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CLARI0NLEDGER.COM SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009 THE CLARION-LEDGER 7A en celebrates JU holiday in Iraq a. I The Associated Press South Koreans watch a TV broadcast of a Saturday. South Korea says the North has North Korea-launched missile in Seoul on fired a seventh missile off its eastern coast. lorea i Ires missiles In Fourth of July salu Protest decries base expansion ROME Protesters clashed with police at a demonstration Saturday against the planned expansion of an airport and U.S. military base in the northern city of Vicenza.

Demonstrators wearing helmets and carrying plastic shields threw stones and other objects at officers guarding a bridge on the route of the protest. Police fired tear gas canisters and clubbed some demonstrators, but no injuries were immediately reported. Several thousand protesters, many from other Italian cities, converged on Vicenza to march against the expansion of the Dal Molin airport. The plan would allow the transfer of four U.S. battalions from Germany, raising the number of active duty personnel in Vicenza to 5,000 from about 2,900 already stationed at the Ederle base.

The move is part of the U.S. Army's plans to transform itself into a lighter, more mobile force. Under the plans, elements of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, a rapid reaction unit now spread between Italy and Germany, would be united. Exiled president vows to return TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras Exiled Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is announcing plans to return today to Honduras accompanied by other unnamed presidents.

In statements posted on Web sites for the Venezuela-based Telesur and Cubade-bate media outlets, Zelaya calls for his supporters to help him return after being ousted by the military on June 28. Honduras' interim government vows to arrest Zelaya if he returns and has withdrawn from the Organization of American State in response to diplomatic pressure to restore Zelia to the presidency. Zelaya says he will show up at Honduras International Airport in Tegucigalpa with several presidents. Release of aid tion of tension in the region," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement after a meetingin Moscow. In Washington, the White House had no immediate comment.

But two senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration, speaking in advance of the launches, said any reaction was likely to be muted to avoid giving attention to Pyongyang or antagonize it. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. North Korea has engaged in a series of acts this year widely seen as provocative. It fired a long-range rocket it said was a satellite in early April, and in late May it carried out its second underground nuclear test following the first in late 2006. The country has also stoked tensions with rival South Korea and last month threatened "thousand-fold" military retaliation against the U.S.

and its allies if provoked. In addition, North Korea convicted two American journalists last month and sentenced them to 12 years hard labor for illegally entering the country. It is also holding a South Korean worker for allegedly denouncing its political system. The secretive communist country is believed undergoing a political transition in which 67-year-old leader Kim Jong II appears to be laying the groundwork to transfer power to one of his sons. The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea North Korea launched seven ballistic missiles Saturday into waters off its east coast in a show of military firepower that defied U.N.

resolutions and drew global expressions of condemnation and concern. The salvo, confirmed by the South Korean government, also appeared to be a slap at the United States as Washington moves to enforce U.N. as well as its own sanctions against the isolated regime for its May 25 nuclear test. The launches came on July 4, which is U.S. Independence Day.

The display was similar to one that took place three years ago, also while Americans celebrated the Fourth of July during another period of tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The number of missiles was the same, though in 2006 North Korea also launched a long-range rocket that broke apart and fell into the ocean less than a minute after liftoff. South Korea said Saturday's missiles likely flew more than 250 miles, apparently landing in waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan. South Korea and Japan both condemned the launches, with Tokyo calling them a "serious act of provocation." Britain and France issued similar statements. Russia and China, both close to North Korea, expressed concern over an "escala The Associated Press BAGHDAD Vice Presi-dent Joe Biden spent the Fourth of July with his son and other American troops in Iraq on Saturday, while the Iraqi government spokesman publicly rejected the American's offer to help with national reconciliation, saying it's an internal affair.

Biden took a break from politics and presided over a naturalization ceremony for. 237 U.S. troops from 59 countries in a marble rotunda at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces at what is now Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters on the western outskirts of Baghdad. He then had lunch with the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade from Delaware, to which his son, Beau, belongs.

Beau Biden stood in the back as his father greeted the troops. In telling the brigade about the naturalization ceremony, the vice president used some of his characteristic colorful language. "We did it in Saddam's palace, and I can think of nothing better," he said. "That S.O.B. is rolling over in his grave right now." Biden's unusually long three-day trip to Baghdad, which began late Thursday, was aimed at fostering political reconciliation after U.S.

combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities as part of a security pact that calls for a full withdrawal by the end of 2011. Government's spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh's comments were in response to an appeal Biden made a day earlier for Iraqis to do more to bring the country's deeply divided factions together and his offer of U.S. help. Biden also warned Friday that U.S. assistance may not be forthcoming if the country reverts to ethnic and sectarian violence.

"The political situation won't accept that the United States intervenes in an internal issue, whether that issue is reconciliation, relations between various Iraqi groups 4 The Associated Press President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in Washington from Camp David, on Saturday. moms meet I Obama's trip aims to reshape U.S. image The Associated Press Vice President Joe Biden is seen with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad on Saturday.

Biden celebrated the Fourth of July with his son and other American troops in Iraq, a day after warning Iraqi leaders that U.S. assistance will be jeopardized if the country reverts to ethnic and sectarian violence. or between the (self-ruled Kurdish) region and Baghdad," al-Dabbagh said on Iraqi state TV, "The U.S. administration is concerned about the absence of progress on some political issues in Iraq and this is clear," he added. "But the prime minister said that these are internal issues and it is the Iraqis who will handle the matter and the interference of non-Iraqis in these issues will create unnecessary complications and problems." Al-Maliki is trying to use the U.S.

withdrawal to build support before Jan. 30 general elections and his spokesman's remarks were likely aimed at an Iraqi public impatient with the American presence. But they also signaled a growing assertiveness by Iraqis as the U.S. dominance in the country wanes with its pullback of troops. Al-Maliki's office also said the Iraqi government is committed to the national reconciliation process but excluded Saddam's ousted Baath Party, saying "it is responsible for the destruction inflicted on Iraq." utto's IRRIGATION SUPPLIES GREAT SELECTION! WATtt HOSES 'SOAKER HOSES i WATER WANDS NOZZLES HOSE MENDERS j'- GALVANIZED WATER CANS MUCH, MUCH MORE! ilFULL LINE OF DRIP IRRIGATION Fresh Sod! SUN HATS! PERENNIAL SALE! 3.88 (QT.

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Putin responded Friday by poking fun at Obama's imagery and saying the new U.S. president is wrong about him. A Putin spokesman said Obama would change his mind after meeting Putin. "Putin knows that, given Medvedev's position, he's the guy who deals with foreign leaders," said Stephen Ses-tanovich, a Russian expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. "But Putin wants to find ways of reminding everybody who's really in charge.

And I don't doubt that he will find ways of doing that." The rhetoric leading up to the summit reflects the complex relationship between the countries. Medvedev noted that conditions had worsened in recent years but now there is "only one road to follow the road of agreement." II1U I where Metro Jackson workers urged DUBLIN, Ireland The head of an Irish humanitarian aid agency appealed Saturday for the release of two employees kidnapped in Darfur. John O'Shea, chief executive of GOAL, said the group had not heard from the abductors of Irishwoman Sharon Commins, 32, and her Ugandan colleague, Hilda Ruwuki, 42. The international peacekeeping mission in the troubled region said they were abducted by gunmen in north Darfur on Friday. "We have had no contact with the kidnappers and we are very concerned for their safety," O'Shea said.

"We have no indication as to who did this or why and I would appeal directly to the kidnappers to immediately release both these women who are valued colleagues of ours." A Sudanese government official said Saturday the kidnappers had not been identified. Mohamed Osman Kebir, the governor of North Darfur, said a search started half an hour after the kidnapping. Albanian group threatens fight TIRANA, Albania Albania's opposition Socialists charged Saturday that the ruling Democrats were improperly trying to influence the country's lengthy vote count by declaring victory before all ballots from last week's national election were tallied. Albania joined NATO in April and has been under intense international pressure to ensure the June 28 vote was free of the fraud that marred the first six elections held after the Balkan country's communist regime fell in 1990. But the Socialists threatened to hold street protests after election authorities declared late Friday that Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democrats had won enough seats to form a government.

The country's electoral commission is re-counting ballots from some polling stations following complaints about irregularities. From wire reports The Associated Press WASHINGTON Deter-mined to change the way the world views the United States, Barack Obama is onto his next foreign mission: rebuilding relations with Russia, proving to global leaders that America is serious about climate change, and outlining his vision for Africa, his father's birthplace. And when in Rome? Obama will go to the Vatican to see Pope Benedict XVI for their first meeting. Obama's weeklong trip he leaves Sunday night for Moscow typifies the pace of his first-year agenda. Capitalizing on his popularity and his party's hold on power in Washington, Obama is moving quickly and broadly on foreign policy.

That often means overturning George W. Bush's policies or mending relations that Obama contends went adrift under his Republican predecessor. Familiar foes may shadow Obama and his plans. Iran and North Korea are defiantly pursuing nuclear weapons programs despite international penalties. Iran has taken a hard and deadly line against postelection protesters, while North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles off its eastern coast on America's Independence Day.

The North also has raised the prospect of a long-range missile launch, possibly toward Hawaii. The U.S. has positioned more missile defenses around the state. Obama's trip is anchored around a yearly meeting of leaders from the world's industrial powers, set for Italy. The Group of Eight countries the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Russia will try to make progress on climate change.

Negotiations for a new international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases get under way in Denmark in December. Before the Italy meeting, Obama holds a nuclear-arms-focused summit in the Russian capital The final leg of the trip We're talking about everything that's on your mind. Visit us today and join the conversation!.

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