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"We are fully prepared."
U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, in video footage recorded the day before Hurricane Katrina hit and released last week, after a briefing of state and federal officials in which Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, warned of Katrina's disaster potential

"For the sake of our country, please send candidates to this election."
THAKSIN SHINAWATRA, embattled Thai Prime Minister, asking for all political parties to take part in national elections called for April 2. Thaksin's opponents have threatened to boycott the vote

"I have...

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