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Republicans thrilled by John McCain's Veep choice, Democrats skeptical

John McCainMinneapolis, Aug. 30: John McCain's choice of Republican running mate -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin -- has made a key evangelical leader and a foe of him, a believer, the New York Times reports.

James Dobson told The Washington Times on Friday that he now fully supports McCain.

"If flip-flopping is a sin, I'm a sinner. As you know, I once said I don't see how I could ever come to support John McCain," Dobson was quoted, as saying.

NASA’s Phoenix extends its mission on Mars till September 30

NASA’s Phoenix extends its mission on Mars till September 30Washington, August 30: NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, which has completed its 90-day primary mission on the Red Planet, has extended its activities till September 
30. 

NASA made the decision after the confirmation that the spacecraft has sufficient power and experiment capacity.

Once the Lander finishes collecting science data, the mission teams will continue the analysis of the measurements and observations.

US to stay out of Pakistan's internal affairs

US to stay out of Pakistan's internal affairsWashington, Aug 30: Assuring that the United States is there to support Pakistan to further consolidate its democracy, the State Department has said that it will stay out of Pakistan's internal affairs.

"Our policy is to stay out of Pakistan's internal affairs. We have repeated that over and over again," the Daily Times quoted State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood, as saying.

Terming Pakistan as a "close ally", Robert said that the US would continue to co-operate with Islamabad in the fight against extremism.

Barack Obama has made significant progress on image front: NYT

Barack Obama has made significant progress on image front: NYTNew York, Aug. 30 : The New York Times has said that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has made significant progress in terms of molding his party and his image ahead of the November 4 presidential poll

In an editorial, the paper claims that the Democratic Party of 2008 is different from the one that lost the last two presidential elections.

“It is bigger, younger and less visibly linked to traditional Democratic interest groups,” it adds.

Boy found with “terror suspect” Dr Aafia is her son, but he denies

Boy found with “terror suspect” Dr Aafia is her son, but he deniesWashington, Aug 30 : Ahmed, the 11-year-old boy said to have been apprehended along with ‘terror suspect’ Pakistani-American doctor Aafia Siddiqui was identified as her son, although he denies that he is in any way related to her.

Ahmed told those who questioned him that he was an Afghan and not Aafia Siddiqui’s son.

When asked to give details of his Afghan family, Ahmed was unable to do so, The Daily Times says.

It's Obama's to lose, McCain has too much baggage to overcome," says expert

It's Obama's to lose, McCain has too much baggage to overcome," says expertNew York, Aug. 30 : A consultant with the Republican Party has said that the forthcoming November 4 presidential poll has all the makings of a political cracker of a contest, a contest that’s Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s to lose, a contest in which his Republican rival, John McCain is going into with too much baggage to overcome.

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