Archive for November, 2009


Wal-Mart Gets Deals Ready

Wal-Mart’s much-awaited Black Friday deals will focus on a gamut of gadgets such as high-definition TVs, laptops and Blu-ray players, as well as holiday gift favorites such as toys and DVDs, according to a copy of the retailer’s circular obtained by

While not confirming the entire circular, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman confirmed some of the deals, which will be available between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. local time on Nov. 27, that appear in the leaked circular.

“There’s a lot of excitement that builds up around electronics,” said Wal-Mart’s Tara Raddohl.

Items with confirmed prices for the day-after-Thanksgiving sale are a Sanyo 50-inch plasma 720p HDTV for $598, a Magnavox Blu-ray player for $78, a Tom Tom GPS for $59, select children’s clothing for as low as $3, a $7 reversible fleece jacket for kids and adults, and the Barbie Power Wheels Ride-On, a toy Jeep, for $88.




Pakistan seizes taliban stronghold

Pakistan’s military said Tuesday that its forces have taken over a Taliban stronghold during the ongoing ground offensive in the tribal region of South Waziristan.

Pakistani security forces have secured Sararogha and have started to clear the town of weapons and ammunition, the military said. It comes a day after its forces gained control of Kaniguram, another key Taliban stronghold, which the military says its forces have now completely secured.

According to the military, 21 militants and one Pakistani soldier died in the past 24 hours of fighting — most of them in the raid on Sararogha. The military is trying to rout Taliban insurgents operating along the Pakistan-Afghan border.

The restive and largely ungoverned region of South Waziristan is the headquarters of the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan’s military suspects its leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, is still in the region backed by up to 8,000 militant fighters.

Pakistan’s army has launched three similar offensives in Kaniguram and Sararogha since 2004 without success, sometimes agreeing to peace deals that eventually fall apart.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas recently told CNN that this time a peace deal is not an option.

“Certainly there is no scope of a peace deal,” Abbas told CNN. “It is a fight to the finish.”


German chancellor visits Washington

Six days before the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday addressed a joint meeting of Congress, and charged U.S. lawmakers to tear down other walls.

“Today’s generation needs to prove that it can meet the challenges of the 21st century. In a sense, we are able to tear down walls of today,” she said.

What that means, Merkel said, is “creating freedom and security, creating prosperity and justice. And it means protecting our planet.”

Merkel, the first German chancellor to address a joint meeting ofCongress, emphasized the need for an agreement on global warming.

“Icebergs are melting in the Arctic. In Africa, people become refugees because their environment has been destroyed,” she said.

“We need an agreement on one objective: Global warming must not exceed 2 degrees Celsius.”

She said she hopes that agreement will be reached at a the climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, next month.

Merkel also touched on the global financial crisis, saying that the “near collapse of the markets has shown what happens when there is no underpinning order.”

“A globalized economy needs a global order … a global framework of rules,” she said. “Without global rules and transparency and supervision, we will not gain more freedom, but rather risk the abuse of freedom and thus risk instability.”