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TRANSATLANTIC TIMES: World News Report
November, 27Th, 2006
Washington, DC, USA
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A. RUSSIAN SPY TURNED CRITIC OF PUTIN'S GOVERNMENT DIES IN LONDON
B. OIL PRODUCING NATION OF NIGERIA, BEGINS CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT
C. PROTESTERS AWAITS POPE BENEDICT IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
D. NEW YORK POLICE KILLS A GROOM ON HIS WAY TO WEDDING.

RUSSIAN SPY TURNED CRITIC OF PUTIN'S GOVERNMENT DIES OF RADIATION POISON.
London, England - Russia denies any connection to the mysterious death of a former KGB spy turned critic of the Putin's government, Mr Litvinenko. Britain has opened an investigation over the alleged radiation poison death on British soil, but many expert believe that is not going to be easy finding the evidence to link the mysterious death of the 43 year old Russian spy to the Russian government. The spy novel style poison occurred with the suspected agent polonium-210, investigators are trying to confirm the alleged use of this poisonous agent and then attempt to determine its source and those who were involved in the alleged murder plot.


NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2007
Abuja, Nigeria - The oil producing country of Nigeria has started the campaign to find a replacement to the two term government of Olusegun Obasnajo, who tried unsuccessfully to amend the country's constitution for a third term. The former British colony and third largest oil supplier to the United States is facing this first and most significant test of the fragile democracy that was installed after many years of military rule. The leading candidates at this point would be primarily determined by the candidate picked by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP, scheduled for December, 16, 2006. Heading the list attempting to get the PDP nomination are former leaders which include Ibrahim Babagida, Michael Okhai Akhigbe, and current governors and political insiders, Donald Duke, Peter Odili, Jerry Gana, Adamu. The embattled current vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is at odds with the president has declared his intention to seek the office though it is not c! lear what party he would seek his nomination through. It is widely believed he is not going to be successful in getting the PDP nomination considering the odds with many elites of the party. Similarly, most of the seating governors and past leaders have serious issues pending before the Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, which has been the successful program of the Olusegun Obasanjo's ruling PDP. It is somewhat doubtful by many experts that PDP would pick a candidate with active issues pending before the EFCC. This is good news for the likes of Michael Akhigbe the former Vice leader of the 1998-1998 administration that successfully transition the government to the democratically elected civilian government, Donald Duke the governor of Cross River state and Jerry Gana. With or without PDP nomination, it is virtually certain that Ibrahim Babagida the former military leader, Atiku Abubakar the current vice president, and another former military leader Mohamme! d Buhari are going to seek the office and this could present a! n intere sting split in the ruling PDP, paving the way for four main contenders for the position of president, 2007, in addition to the other crowd of presidential candidates in the more than twenty registered parties.

PROTESTER AWAIT POPE BENEDICT IN TURKEY
Istanbul, Turkey - Thousands of protesters are already lined up in Istanbul shouting and caring banners reading "Pope is not friend to Muslims", "Jesus is not the son of God but a prophet of Islam". The Turkish secular government had hoped that the visit by the papal pontiff would show case the secular aspect of the Turkish society and make a strong case for their bid to join the European Union. The protesters accuse the Pope of insensitivity to Islam due to statements made by the Pope recently, which he has since apologized for the offense it may have caused. The difficult irony however, is the meeting of the East and West on this issue, how sensitive comments about Jesus and Mohammed can be accepted whether in respect or in error. It would seem that this freedom of speech infractions occurs on both sides.


NEW YORK POLICE KILLS A GROOM ON WEDDING DAY.
Queens, New York - New York police undercover agents fired numerous shots at a groom with his marital bachelors entourage following a party for the groom, killing the groom and seriously injuring others, preventing the groom from making it to his marriage ceremony. Its not exactly clear what triggered the undercover agents reaction who where conducting a sting operations in the area where the shooting occurred, but one fact is certain, the bride and the families are surely not pleased, and so is the outrage in New York city, USA. The city has began investigation into the incident and its certainly a bad publicity for the NYPD.

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