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4 January 2008


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Obama, Huckabee Win in Iowa -- The Iowa caucus-circus played itself out last night with triumphs for Governor Mike Huckabee on the Republican side and Senator Barack Obama on the Democratic side. The campaigns began spinning the results before the clock struck 10 in Des Moines, but CNN’s political analyst Bill Schneider said it best, “this was a debate between change and experience, and change won.”

Sri Lanka’s Non-Ceasefire Officially Ends -- For six years, there has been a legal ceasefire in Sri Lanka between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE] terrorists/freedom fighters. For the past two years, the ceasefire has been merely a piece of paper with both sides violating its terms. On Wednesday, the government told the Norwegian-led peacekeepers to get out of the way, formally ending the truce. If things were bad before, they may well be worse very soon.

Venezuela’s New Currency is Cosmetic Change -- On New Year’s Day, Venezuela launched a new currency that President Hugo Chavez has dubbed “the strong bolivar.” Basically, it lops three zeroes off the plain bolivar. This will make some daily transactions a bit easier, and the accountants will love not having to put those extra “0”s on spreadsheets. But beyond that, this is a cosmetic fix for a badly managed economy.

NHL’s Outdoor Game Scores Hat Trick -- In the good old days, ice hockey players grew up playing on a frozen lake or pond outdoors. The National Hockey League recreated that feeling this week with an outdoor game, the Winter Classic, between Pittsburgh and Buffalo. The hockey may not have been the best, the conditions were a little dodgy, but the game scored the highest TV ratings in over a decade, and more than 73,000 attended the game.

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