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Analysis: Google App Engine alluring, will be hard to escape Ars Technica Aimed almost squarely at the loosely-coupled Amazon Web Services, Google is betting that developers and startups will opt to host their applications in Google's cloud, taking advantage of Google APIs, and leveraging the nearly unlimited processing power and storage capacity of Google's servers. ..... it allows you, the developer, to begin coding without having to worry about all the nitty-gritty issues involved with hosting, buying expensive hardware, and scaling your code. ..... Amazon's more open-ended EC2 service

Officials extinguish Olympic flame amid heavy protests in Paris
India joins queue for Africa's resources Guardian
Tibetan leaders struggle to speak for split populace Christian Science Monitor In the past 20 years, the Dalai Lama has transformed the Tibetan government in exile from the semitheocracy he brought from Tibet to a relatively independent democracy. In doing so, he has invested it with more responsibility. ....... 80 schools and 40 refugee settlements across South Asia .... 110,000 Tibetan refugees worldwide ...... more than 140 Tibetans have been killed in the crackdown. ....... embassy-like missions in 13 cities from New York to London to Tokyo ...... "He always says, 'You should work as though there is no Dalai Lama' " ...... 43-member parliament, which are held every five years in the subcontinent, Europe, and North America.
Barack Obama Opens Campaign Headquarters In Lexington WYMT
Clinton's Mark Penn Problem
TIME Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest firms in the world of public relations ...... Penn's private blog for his Burson-Marsteller colleagues
Help for Sex-Starved Wives a desire gap ..... one out of every three couples experiences this difficulty ...... the kinds of hills and valleys that all couples go through, even when they have a really healthy sex life ..... what becomes the main issue in their relationship. ...... the person with the higher desire just lives their life in lonely misery ..... Low desire in men has got to be America's best-kept secret. ...... the vast majority of men who experienced low sexual desire were completely unwilling to talk with their wives, go to a doctor or go to a therapist ..... it is very, very common for people to be mismatched in their sexual desire ...... the person with the lower sex drive controls the sexual relationship ...... they have veto power. .... biological, emotional or relationship-oriented ....... most antidepressants dampen desire and the ability to be aroused. A cardiovascular disease of any sort is a problem too ........ depression is rampant ...... if he has a childhood history of sexual abuse, or if he grew up in a dysfunctional family and has low self-esteem ....... underlying, unresolved relationship problems ...... wives are critical or nagging ....... criticism and nagging are not aphrodisiacs. So, many men just go into a cave. ...... she has totally let herself go. She doesn't eat well. She doesn't exercise. All she ever wears is sweatpants ....... attraction is a very basic, animalistic thing ..... Men are more visually oriented ...... anyone wanting a more robust sex life can have it. It's never too late to have a great sex life.

Situation unfavourable for polls in five districts: NEMA NepalNews Dhankuta, Dhanusha, Dhading, Jumla and Kalikot ..... out of 290 incidents of code of conduct violations recorded over the last two weeks, Maoist have their involvement in all except for one in Doti

Violence-hit Nepal ups security ahead of polls AFP
The Life of a Polygamous Woman ABC News largest child abuse case in the nation's history ..... some wonder how and why women in the cloistered community led by the jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs were silent for so long. .... The women spend much of their days caring for children on the compound's 1,700 acres. The women till gardens, quilt and often were forced to marry while still in their teens. ..... it's the power of persuasion and control that keeps the women captive. ...... Women wear hand-sewn garments, their extremely long hair pinned up in braids, and don ankle-length dresses, as if from another century. ....... He allowed no television, radio or Internet access. Even laughter was forbidden. ....... he did allow iPods, which people could use to listen to hours of his sermons, and his control extended beyond what people could read, see and wear. He also controlled who married whom and, he claimed, who got to go to heaven. ........ You don't do anything except do what you're told ...... many women remain loyal to Jeffs ...... "I have a right to worship any damn thing I want; wear any damn clothes I want," said one female follower.
ANALYSIS: Asian giants India, China prepare to compete in Africa Monsters and
Iraqi cleric cancels plans for massive protest march
Los Angeles Times Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr abruptly canceled plans for a massive anti-government and anti-U.S. march on Wednesday after accusing security forces of blocking followers from reaching the capital.
Why The Clintons Held Onto Mark Penn CBS News
Clinton Punches, Obama Bowls, and McCain Reminisces
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Obama to Question Petraeus This Afternoon CBS News
Obama visited Pakistan as a college student
Strategist's behaviour may rob Clinton of weapon against Obama
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Clinton campaign wobbles after top strategist quits AFP Penn's departure had been rumored as early as January, when Clinton lost the leadoff nominating contest in Iowa to Obama, in what has evolved into a furious confrontation for the nomination. ..... But Clinton's win in New Hampshire a few days later staved off a shakeup and left internal rivalries simmering
Obama Raises Cash, Clinton Shakes Up Staff KCBS Obama raised more than $1 million at four private fundraisers
Clinton: ‘The Boys’ Made Me Tough New York Times all those years fighting off the “boys” that gives her the strength to resist calls to drop out ..... “Well, I have not bowled since I left the White House,” Mrs. Clinton said. ..... She didn’t fare much better than Mr. Obama. Her first try was a gutter ball. On the second try, she knocked down a lone pin.
Campaign to highlight Clinton's humanity after Penn's departure Guardian, UK clashes over his outside work for other clients - notably the government of Colombia, screaming matches with senior campaign staff, and withering criticism of his strategy. ...... Clinton would gradually try to shift the focus from experience and readiness to lead - Penn's vision for her candidacy - towards highlighting her more human side. ...... Penn would continue to provide polling for Clinton. ........ Penn's latest blunder had merely been a pretext to end a relationship that was no longer benefiting the Clintons. ...... Penn has earned $13 million for his work for the Clinton campaign - while maintaining his corporate jobs. ...... Garin describe him as a solid, data-driven strategist with a command of intricate polling data. ...... a more personable character than Penn, and is less likely to be a part of publicly aired infighting
Dean: Clinton or Obama Will Be Firm Leader for Nomination by July U.S. News & World Report, DC Once the Democratic primaries conclude in early June, the superdelegates will make their final decisions and put either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama on a clear path to the party's presidential nomination, says Howard Dean ....... he expects the unpledged delegates to clarify their positions by July 1 ...... will make the national convention in Denver much less contentious than is now feared. ..... Florida and Michigan ..... seat the delegates in some way ..... Puerto Rico, Montana, and South Dakota in early June .... the long fight for the Democratic nomination has been good for the party because it has generated intense excitement and drawn hundreds of thousands of new voters to the party ....... he liked an extended primary season because it allows candidates to build excitement, recruit supporters, and show their mettle over a long time. ....... the Texas Democratic Party has had a "rebirth"
Poll: Obama widening lead over Clinton Kansas City Star
Gallup Daily: Obama Moves to 9-point Lead Over Clinton Gallup Poll News

Tibetan Buddhism's next leader? International Herald Tribune In a thriller that is already a legend among Buddhists, the Karmapa and two fellow monks drove in secret from Tsurphu Monastery, north of Lhasa, to the remote and rugged border of Mustang, a former Buddhist kingdom now part of Nepal. From there he and his companions made a dash by horseback to the nearest Nepali airport, from which they were able to fly unnoticed via Katmandu to Delhi. The Karmapa, born Ogyen Trinley Dorji, arrived unannounced in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's base, in January 2000, and has remained under the watchful eye of the Tibetan leader since. ...... The Karmapa's American followers would like to have him establish his base in the United States, making him the first Asian religious leader of that magnitude to live in the West. ..... the wise older man and the vigorous young lama

McCain Calls Plans to Withdraw From Iraq, ‘Reckless’ New York Times
McCain rebukes Democrats' views on Iraq withdrawal Los Angeles Times
McCain says Iraq approaching normalcy MSNBC
Protest Disrupts Torch Relay in Paris New York Times
Olympic torch relay again met with protests
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Princess Diana unlawfully killed BBC News the "gross negligence" of driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi ...... Mr Paul's drink-driving and a lack of seatbelts contributed to their deaths. ....... unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving - or gross negligence manslaughter...... The total cost to British taxpayers of investigating Princess Diana's death is expected to top £10 million. ....... "For 10 years I have endured two police investigations. The French and the Scotland Yard inquiries were wrong. These inquests prove it. They said it was an accident and their findings are now dismissed." ........ there is no conspiracy

Hillary Clinton strategist quits amid Colombia trade flap Reuters
Top Clinton Aide Leaving His Post Under Pressure New York Times
Hillary's chief strategist is ousted Newsday
Penn Out As Clinton Senior Strategist The Associated Press
Campaign Memo Up Close, Montana Compares Clinton and Obama
New York Times
Obama's trip out West MSNBC

Can Ed Rendell Deliver for Clinton? Time "I am the best messenger to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania about the 1990s," Rendell boasts. "What part of the 1990s didn't you like—the peace or the prosperity?" ...... "It's stunning. Does Keith Olbermann get checks from the Obama campaign?" ..... grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side ..... "I like Barack," he says. "If he's the nominee, we'll bust a hump for him."
Being American — and Muslim Wearing the hijab is first and foremost an act of worship and obedience ...... In Saudi Arabia, there was easy access to mosques — almost every street or neighborhood had one. While out shopping, I didn't have to plan around prayer times: shops closed at each prayer, and we would simply walk over to the closest mosque, pray, then resume our shopping. It's different in America. ...... I have a husband who can't understand how I spend so much time at the mall; I have big dreams for work; I play sports; I love to run. ..... Shireen Khan is a producer for

Texas removes 183 women and girls from sect ranch Reuters
Zimbabwe Opposition Reluctant on Runoff
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Rival Resists Zimbabwe Runoff, Saying He Won New York Times
135000 police on the streets as Nepal waits for vote that could ... Scotsman
Roles Collide: Adviser To Clinton Campaign Loses Job for His Firm Washington Post The two roles collided last week when Penn met with Colombian officials to discuss a pending trade agreement
In Tibetan Monasteries, the Heavy Hand of the Party Washington Post After widespread protests swept the Tibetan plateau last month, Chinese leaders responded with a combination of arrests, interrogations and vigorous education campaigns. ....... For Tibetan Buddhists, the education campaigns undermine their core beliefs and are a hated humiliation. For the Chinese, the campaigns boil down to a simple loyalty oath. ...... the two years since tough-talking Zhang Qingli took over as party secretary for the Tibet Autonomous Region ...... China liberated Tibet from oppressive feudalism in the 1950s ..... officials insisted the only problem in Tibet was that a small group of "splittists" had incited people to riot and that the monks needed more education. ....... The campaigns intensified in 1995 after China named its own Panchen Lama, the second-most-revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, and the Panchen Lama recognized by the Dalai Lama disappeared. ...... so many monks have fled in the past five decades that there are no more senior monks living in Tibet itself. That makes it nearly impossible to pass on core Buddhist teachings and provides little buffer between Chinese government officials who control the monasteries and the increasingly restive young monks attempting to study there.
Crushing New Poll For Clinton: Obama Leads By 23 In NC After days of Pennsylvania polls showed Hillary Clinton crumbling in the state .... just one month ago, Rasmussen's NC poll had Clinton not far behind in the state, trailing by 7%, 47% to 40%. .... The huge drop also gives more credibility to her huge drops in PA. ..... Obama leads 86% to 9% among black voters while Clinton is holding on to a slight lead among whites, 47% to 38%. A month ago, Clinton led by 20 points among whites. ...... Obama is flooding states with ads which he can afford because of the massive amounts of money he's raising .... she is basically out of money ..... The end is near.
Casey’s backing may be Obama’s key to win Lebanon Daily News It positions the junior senator against virtually the entire Democratic political establishment in the state — while it pits him even in his home town of Scranton against Hillary Clinton, the “hometown girl.” .... Casey, who won his Senate seat with almost 60 percent of the vote .... Casey, who will travel to many campaign stops with Obama and help him navigate through the often-byzantine world of state politics ... Of the state’s 29 supers, Casey becomes only the fourth to side with Obama.
Clinton Ramps Up Call to Count Fla, Mich The Associated Press
No Re-Vote in Michigan a Blow to Clinton Washington Post