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Obama takes aim at knockout blow in Pennsylvania is gaining ground .... could end the hard-fought Democratic presidential race months earlier than expected. ..... making gains among some voting blocs that have been her most reliable backers. ..... "If Obama wins Pennsylvania, the race is over" ....... a heavy barrage of television advertising by Obama, who has been tripling Clinton's spending in Pennsylvania, a successful six-day bus tour of the state and a few bad weeks for Clinton have helped tighten the race ...... Clinton's lead at 6 points, down from 9 points last week and 12 points in mid-March .... she is slipping everywhere ..... But Obama has closed the gap on Clinton ahead of contests in big states like Ohio, New Jersey, California and elsewhere -- only to lose. ....... Obama also was picking up support in the populous and crucial Philadelphia suburbs. ..... Obama's advertising had been effective and his week-long swing through the state showed him talking with voters in a more personal and effective style. ...... "He was talking specifics in ways that he didn't before, about health care and the economy -- it wasn't just 'turn the page'" ....... her disproven claims to have faced sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996 -- she said she "misspoke" ...... neither is likely to reach the 2,024 needed to clinch the nomination once the nominating contests end in early June. ...... "If he gets within 5 percentage points of her, he can declare victory anyway. That may not get her out of the race but it deflates her arguments"

Nepal Votes in Historic Elections amid Sporadic Violence Enews 2.0, UK
Nepal goes to polls with hope for lasting peace Guardian King Gyanendra ascended the throne after his elder brother and eight other royals were shot in 2001 by the crown prince, who then turned the gun on himself. Gyanendra went on to seize absolute power, but was forced to yield some of his privileges two years ago after street protests. Nepal's main parties have pledged to abolish the monarchy as a first step. ...... one of the world's poorest countries, where 60% of the 27 million population are under 35. Many were voting for the first time. ....... The vote itself is complex: a mix of direct elections and a nationwide proportional representation system with quotas for women and Nepal's many ethnic and caste groups. Even electoral experts from the UN and other international groups say it will be hard to sort out the results, which are not expected until late April or early May. ..... the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based thinktank, warned that the days and weeks after the vote would be dangerous. ..... Gunmen on motorcycles shot at a female candidate in the southern town of Janakpur, but she escaped unhurt. In the central village of Galkot, Maoists tried to take over a polling station and set fire to the building after scuffling with police and election officials, an official said. Police later arrested 15 men, seizing three grenades and a knife.
Nepal votes in historic election International Herald Tribune, France
EC: Voting ends for CA election in Nepal with high turnout Xinhua
Local official: Candidate shot dead in southern Nepal People's Daily Online
117-yr-old woman votes in Nepal election Hindu
On the eve of election, violence continues in Nepal
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA
Nepal voting under way after burst of bloodshed Seattle Times
Violence mars Nepal's run-up to historic vote Times of India
Nepal Gears Up for Historic Election The Associated Press
Violence mars historic Nepal polls
Sify, India
Nepal votes in landmark poll to seal monarchy’s fate
Newindpress, India
In pictures: Nepal votes BBC News
Nepal´s 17.5 million voters ready to cast their democratic vote in ... American Chronicle
Nepal as a republic has a bright future: Jimmy Carter
CNN-IBN, India
After 2 Delays, Nepal Holds National Election Voice of America
Carter terms Nepal elections as a groundbreaking event
Former US President Carter Believes Serious Violence Not Derailing ... Voice of America
Nepal goes to vote, monarchy on its way out
CNN-IBN, India
Booths captured in three districts of Nepal, Thailand
Election Preparation, Nepal Style: Bomb Making, Beatings, Killing ... NewsBlaze
Nepal concludes historic poll, world hails, Thailand

Nepal's Election Sets Course for Abolishing Monarchy (Update2)
Voting suspended at 6 polling booths during CA polls in Nepal
Xinhua, China
One killed, 2 injured in polling booth firing in C Nepal Xinhua
13 injured in blasts in Nepal Xinhua
Nepal turns out in force for historic poll
Times Online, UK a historic election — the Himalayan nation's first in nine years — that could lead to the abolition of the world's last Hindu monarchy. ...... a spate of bombings and shootings in the days before the election. ..... further violence today, with Maoists burning down a polling station in the central village of Galkot and gunmen on motorcycles shooting at a candidate in the southern town of Janakpur ...... 20,000 polling stations around the country, some of which are a seven-day walk from the nearest paved road. ...... deployed 135,000 police and invited 100,000 local and foreign election observers, including British MPs and Jimmy Carter, the former American President. ...... Most expect the Maoists to come third behind the centrist Nepal Congress and left-wing Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) ...... expect the biggest problems to occur after the results
Nepal votes in historic election GulfNews, United Arab Emirates
Nepal border sealed ahead of poll BBC News
Nepal's Terai picks ballots over guns in peace hope
Reuters had been one of Nepal's biggest troublespots, but the people of the country's southern plains ...... new hope for peace in the Terai or Madhesh, Nepal's agricultural and industrial heartland bordering India, home to half the country's 26.4 million people ..... there has been regular violence and many protests over the past year. ....... Just a few weeks ago, there were widespread fears the elections would not even take place in the region, but a last-minute deal brought most of the political parties in the area on board with a promise of autonomy after the vote. ....... The Madheshi people are closely linked in language, dress and culture to neighbouring India and complain of discrimination by successive governments dominated by Nepal's hill people. ...... but the vote passed off much more peacefully than most had hoped. ...... "We have been terrorised by political parties and had locked ourselves in homes for weeks," Shankar Prasad, a grocery shop owner said, queueing to vote in the town of Janakpur...... Hundreds of people prayed for peace in an ancient Hindu temple in Janakpur after casting their votes. ..... Not only does the new government have to reverse decades of discrimination against the Madheshis .... Leaders of a radical faction of the Madheshi People's Rights' Forum were fuming after failing to stop voters.
Two dead in Nepal violence as landmark election ends - Summary Earthtimes, UK
Nepal border sealed ahead of poll BBC News
Nepal's election - an opportunity to recover from a lost decade ...
Reuters AlertNet, UK an historic opportunity for the country to put behind more than ten years of bombs, bullets and bandhs .... whereas the average Chinese person earns US$1,740 a year, and the average Indian US$720, in Nepal it is only US$270 ..... one quarter of Nepali people live on less than a dollar a day
Special security enforced in Nepal-India border Gorkhapatra
Indian intellectuals keep vigil on CA polls Gorkhapatra
Poll signals end for Nepal's monarchy
The Age, Australia
Moaist fighters vote in Nepal
The Times, South Africa

Pre-election violence flares in Nepal CNN International
Violence flares ahead of Nepal election CNN International
Election Candidate Killed In Nepal Allheadlines
Candidate Killed Days Before Nepal Vote The Associated Press
One dead as political rivals clash in Nepal, Ireland
UN chief urges restraint on violence in Nepal
Xinhua, China
UNMIN Chief shocked over Dang killings, UML candidate muder Kantipur Online
Another Massacre in Nepal
World Student Press Agency, Canada massacred at least eight ..... another anti-peace process massacre after the heart-pounding Gaur massacre in March 2007 when 29 civilians were killed in cold blood by Upendra Yadav-led criminal gangs from India and Nepal. ....... the number of deaths might go up since it was a sudden and one-sided firing with a latest automatic weapon. ....... They have spread rumor among such ignorant people that electronic devices installed underground will record whom they vote. The election commission has issued a public notice that the voting will be secret and nobody will ever know whom one votes for.
Nepali voters undeterred by violence in historic poll The Australian, Australia

Independent Candidate Shot Dead In Sarlahi Himalayan Times
High Turnout as Voting Ends For CA Election
1 Killed, 7 Injured as NC, Maoist Cadres Clash in Sunsari
YCL Captures 3 Polling Booths in Lalitpur, 8 Abducted
15 Hurt in Rautahat Clash, Maoists Attack UML in Bajhang
15 Injured as NC, Maoist Cadres Clash in Sunsari
Leela Koirala Escapes Unhurt in Dhanusha Firing A group calling itself LTT opened fire targeting NC leader and candidate for CA polls from Constituency No 4 of Dhanusha Leela Koirala near Saraswoti Secondary School polling centre in Janakpur this morning. ..... she was attacked during a visit to the polling centre. She managed to escape unhurt, but her vehicle was partially damaged
Voting Postponed As Maoists Torch Ballot Boxes in Arghakhanchi
5 Hurt in Clash, Voting Postponed in Sunsari, Sarlahi Booths
Maoists Capture Booths in Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk
One Killed, Two Injured in Mahottari Polling Booth Firing
Voting Postponed in 7 Booths in Chitwan, Siraha
Police Foil Maoist Bid to Capture Booth, Candidate Hurt in Rautahat
Voting Postponed at Two Mahottari Polling Booths
YCL Captures Ramechhap Booths
YCL Men Bar RPP Prez Rana From Voting in Sindhupalchowk a group of YCL cadres wielding lathis and khukuris barred Rana from visiting Thankpalghat polling booth at around 7: 10 am. Sapkota added that Rana returned to Thumpakhar area after YCL cadres misbehaved
PM Casts His Vote in Biratnagar, Prachanda in Chitwan

Voting concludes; most districts see over 60 pc voter turnout NepalNews voting has ended successfully and the officials are preparing to bring the ballot boxes to the district headquarters for counting. ....... Kathmandu constituency No. 1, where electronic voting system was introduced for the first time in Nepal ...... majority districts saw over 60 percent voter turnout. ...... Arghakhanchi district had over 70 percent turnout .... The balloting went smoothly in Terai and eastern districts like Morang, Sunsari, Bara, Prasa, Rautahat and Jhapa while it has been postponed in nearly a dozen stations in Chitwan, Siraha, Saptari and Mahottari districts.
India hails election as 'welcome and historic step'
Booths 'captured' in Lalitpur, Dolakha and Baglung; clashes in some districts
Voting postponed in seven polling centres; one killed in Mahottari voting has been postponed in Sajhapur centre and Janaki Secondary School centre in Meghauli Chitwan district, Sugabhawanipatti centre in Saptari-3; Balara centre in Sarlahi-3, Tetnahapatti High School centre in Siraha-2 and Banauli Danauli centre of Mahottari district have been cancelled. ...... Polling has also been cancelled at Balkot centre in Arghakhanchi district after the Maoists reportedly tried to capture booth. ...... Rastriya Janamorcha cadres have captured a polling booth in Rangkhni of Baglung constituency-2 ...... reports from Siraha district said the Nepali Congress cadres attempted to capture a polling booth in constituency No. 2. In the same constituency, Young Communist League (YCL) cadres and police opened fire at each other ....... one person was killed in a stampede after unidentified persons opened fire near a polling centre in Parsapatauli of Mahottari district. ..... The victim was hit by a jeep when the terrified voters were rushing for safety after the shooting incident. ..... cadres of Maoist-affliated Young Communist League barred Rastriya Prajatantra Party chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana, a RPP candidate from constituency no 3 in Sindhupalchowk district from visiting a polling center this moring to cast his vote
Independent candidate gunned down in Sarlahi
Carter says he is very satisfied with the 'revolutionary election
Three killed in explosion in Rautahat
NC cadre dies in clash with MJF men in Sunsari-5; Sujata demands re-polling Ganga Das, 38, succumbed to injuries he received during a violent scuffle with the MJF men at the polling station in Bhutaha. Das was attacked with sharp weapon. ..... has demanded re-polling, accusing MJF chief and her main rival Upendra Yadav of rigging the election ..... During the election campaigning also, cadres of the two parties had attacked each other’s election rallies in the constituency.

American Airlines cancels 1000 more flights for inspections Los Angeles Times for another round of maintenance checks. ..... The disruptions rippling through the nation's air traffic system today are the latest and most dramatic fallout from the rash of maintenance-related problems that have hit U.S. airlines in recent months.
Nepal set for historic elections Opinion polls also show the Maoists don't have as much support as Nepal's other political parties ...... 'We have to have a coalition and in the coalition Maoists have to be there, other wise we will not be able to take the peace process to its logical conclusion,'' said Madhav Nepal, President, CPN-UML.
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Clinton: I Differ With Bill on Trade The Associated Press Democratic voters who fault international deals for U.S. job losses. ...... "I don't think any married couple I know agrees on everything. And we disagree on this." ...... "Oh, we talk about everything." ..... In 2005, the former president was paid $800,000 by Gold Service International, a Bogota-based business development group, for four days of appearances in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
Obama's Emerging Economic Message Washington Post sought to fuse a laundry list of economic policy proposals, many on the table for months, to his broader post-partisan governing philosophy ........ reflects working-class pocketbook concerns, from gas prices to declining wages ...... an erratic, sometimes clumsy process, with blocks of new text dropped into a free-flowing and high-minded stump speech, as conspicuous as weeds. ....... Obama said the broad goals of his "new direction" would include paying down the national debt, narrowing the income divide (in part by raising taxes on wealthy people), and minimizing the role of special interests in the legislative process.
Wolfson: Obama Must Win Pennsylvania RealClearPolitics Blog Outspending Hillary Clinton 3-to-1 in Pennsylvania
Obama May Bypass Public Financing The Associated Press
Clinton zeros in on Iraq Los Angeles Times Obama has a new commercial pitching his ties to women, which features his wife Michelle and their two children, along with his half-sister and grandmother. ...... "The person you want answering the phone at 3 a.m. is the person who's read the intelligence report . . . and is asking the tough questions," he said. Noting that voters want a president who has the judgment to say no to misguided wars, he added in reference to both Clinton and McCain, "There's only one out of the remaining candidates who qualifies on that front." ...... no country with a weak economy can maintain a strong military ...... the $10 billion a month the United States is spending in Iraq could be better used at home building roads, bridges and installing broadband technology.
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