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  • Shocking Opulence Revealed as Ukraine Leader Flees Home

    02/23/2014 8:18:05 AM PST · by rktman · 51 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 2/22/2014 | unknown
    A vast country estate, marble-lined mansions, a private golf course and zoo: the unimaginable luxury of the private residence of departed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych flung open for all to see. As parliament voted to oust Yanukovych Saturday and he fled to a pro-Russian bastion in east Ukraine after months of bloody protest again his rule, thousands of Ukrainians wondered awestruck around the breathtaking luxury of his abandoned property some 110 miles from Kiev after it was taken by demonstrators. "I am in shock," said retired military servicewoman Natalia Rudented, as she looked out over the manicured lawns studded with...
  • Iolani Palace vandal suspects appear in court

    02/10/2014 8:57:38 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    KHON - Honolulu ^ | Monday, February 10, 2014, | Manolo Morales
    Drew Paahao, 21, and Koa Alii Keaulana, 30, were arrested for criminal property damage and criminal trespassing. Paahao is accused of kicking the glass door of the palace, causing irreparable damage. They have not been charged. Both suspects appeared in court today on another legal matter, pleaded no contest to unrelated petty misdemeanor charges and were released this afternoon. When asked why she did it, Paahao responded, “because that’s my house. Yeah, that’s my house.” Those were the same comments Paahao made when she was first arrested Saturday morning. The glass door Paahao is accused of breaking is an original...
  • Afghanistan presidential palace attacked in Kabul

    06/24/2013 9:08:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    bbc ^ | 6/25/13 | staff
    More than half a dozen explosions were heard as they clashed with security personnel at the palace's eastern gate, the defence ministry and a CIA station. The police said all of the attackers were killed. The Taliban said they carried out the assault. The incident comes days after President Hamid Karzai raised objections about US-backed peace talks with the Taliban. He said the High Peace Council, the government body set up to lead peace efforts, would not take part unless the process was "Afghan-led". News conference The attack near the presidential palace, in the central district of Shash Darak, began...
  • Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace as Police Battle Protesters

    12/04/2012 9:55:46 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2012 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. Police fired teargas at demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. Several thousand people had gathered nearby in what they dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the...
  • Bye-Bye bidets! US troops leaving Saddam palaces

    06/12/2011 12:26:44 PM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2011 | REBECCA SANTANA
    BAGHDAD (AP) - Available soon: nine palaces in lakeside complex frequented by visiting kings and dictators, beautiful molded ceilings and light fixtures, many bidets, Saddam Hussein mural and former prison cell. As is, with Tomahawk missile damage. Contact: U.S. Army. Thus might read a real estate ad for the Victory Base Complex, one of the many properties the U.S. military is vacating as the Dec. 31 deadline for its withdrawal from Iraq approaches. It will leave behind probably some of the most elaborate, some would say tacky, office spaces ever used by American soldiers, sailors or Marines.
  • Caption Obama's visiting San Salvador

    03/24/2011 11:46:30 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 25 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listen to their national anthem during an arrival ceremony at the National Palace in San Salvador March 22, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) looks at a limited edition print with images of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which has been given to him as he tours the National Cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador March 22, 2011. Standing with Obama are: El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes (R), Archbishop of San Salvador Jose Luis Escobar Alas (L) and a translator U.S. first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she paints a mural next...
  • Kim Jong-il's Palaces as Seen on Google Earth

    05/31/2010 10:02:45 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies · 1,450+ views
    Chosun ^ | June 1,2010
    The Daily Telegraph has published satellite images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's houses and of jails in the Stalinist country. The daily carried the images under the title "A bird's eye view of the prisons and palaces of Kim Jong-il's North Korea." Images show Kim's Sinuiju palace complete with a private train station as well as a residence with a large swimming pool near Pyongyang. Other images show Pyongyang Golf Links, the North's only 18-hole golf course in Mt. Taesong; Kim's yacht moored at nearby Lake Taesong; and an ostrich farm and a chewing gum factory in Pyongyang. "Looking...
  • Banquet for Louis XIV recreated at the Palace of Versailles

    01/23/2010 6:05:34 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 981+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/21/2010 | Lee C Wallick
    Twenty or more not-so-dainty dishes would have been a typical evening repast for Louis XIV of France. To celebrate a show of the Sun King's art collection at the Palace of Versailles, one chef worked for a year to stage a recreation of a royal belt-buster. FIRST SERVICE Les Hors d’śuvre Royal ballotine of pheasant Petit pâté en croűte ŕ la bourgeoise Fresh deep-sea oysters Lobster aspic chaud-froid Les Potages Beef madrilčne with gold leaf spangles Pureed chestnut soup with truffles from the Court of Italy Bisque of shellfish from our coasts with a boletus infusion Pumpkin soup, fresh from...
  • The Haitian 'White Hou$e' - An omen of things to come or already pres__ent in DC?

    01/13/2010 9:35:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,257+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/10 | Reuters
    A Haitian soldier looks at the badly damaged presidential palace after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 13, 2010. A major earthquake rocked Haiti, killing possibly thousands of people as it toppled the presidential palace and hillside shanties alike and left the Caribbean nation appealing for international help. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (HAITI tags: - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
  • ‘Substantial’ casualties ...Haiti Presidential palace, parliament, national cathedral destroyed

    01/12/2010 6:25:04 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 60 replies · 3,954+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | 1/12/09
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A powerful earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing the presidential palace and raising fears of substantial casualties in what the country’s U.S. ambassador called “a major disaster.” President René Garcia Préval was reported to be safe, but Radio Metropole of Port-au-Prince, the capital, quoted a government official as saying there were “certainly dozens of deaths.” A reporter for the Reuters news agency in Port-au-Prince said he saw dozens of dead and injured people in the rubble, which blocked streets in the city. Numerous public buildings were destroyed along with the palace, including the...
  • Video Shows Haiti's National Presidential Palace Destroyed - Video 1/12/10

    01/13/2010 6:35:17 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 966+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 13, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Haiti's National Presidential Palace that has been destroyed by the 7.0 Earthquake that struck the country yesterday. Below is a picture of what it looked like before the quake . . . . (VIDEO)
  • Posh Palace in the Moscow Region [image rich]

    11/16/2009 5:42:10 PM PST · by Daffynition · 11 replies · 873+ views
    EnglishRussia.com ^ | Nov 16 2009 | unknown
    A posh palace is being built on the bank of Istrin water reservoir in the Moscow region. It’s a mansion looking like a huge 18th century palace, which is already informally named “Istrin mansion”. Its appearance, quick development and approximate cost were recently debated in Russian blogs. But still having some guesses about who could own such a luxury, no one has an official confirmation on who the lucky man really is. The thing is that this building together with its adjacent lands was earlier presented in Google Maps, but now there are no any marks of it. To be...
  • Troops become citizens on Veterans Day

    11/12/2009 5:13:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 717+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, USA
    On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 157 service members became America's newest citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Baghdad. Photo by Lee Craker, MNC-I. BAGHDAD — A naturalization ceremony here on Veterans Day in Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace saw 157 U.S. Soldiers and Marines from 60 countries take the oath to become United States citizens. "How fitting it is that so many, on this Veterans Day, will gain their American citizenship while serving in 'America's Corps'," said Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., commanding general of Multi-National Corps - Iraq. "I can think of no...
  • Saddam Hussein's palaces

    07/16/2009 7:43:34 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 24 replies · 1,520+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 16 July 2009 | Colin Freeman
    Saddam Hussein spent billions building dozens of vast, gaudy palaces all over Iraq, many of which are still occupied by US troops. But the Iraqi government is divided - as usual - on what to do with them once the soldiers have gone... [snip] ...‘For sale/rent: 80 presidential palaces, average unit living space half-a-million square feet. Attached gardens featuring disused swimming pools, personal zoos/nuclear bunkers etc. Rooms fitted with thrones and gold lavatories, en suite torture chamber optional. Some bomb damage. Suit megalomaniac or similar.’
  • NFL Coaches Join Iraq USO Tour

    07/05/2009 2:52:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 468+ views
    Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher (right) and Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher share some laughs with U.S. servicemembers during a National Football League coaches USO tour of Iraq, at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, July 2. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Edwin L. Wriston, Joint Combat Camera Center – Iraq. KIRKUK — It was a long line for Soldiers and Airmen, but awaiting them at the end were legendary NFL coaches ready to sign photos, shirts or anything else you could scribble a signature on. The coaches, who included New York Giants’ Coach Tom Coughlin, Baltimore Ravens’...
  • Polish family seeks return of old royal palace

    05/13/2009 3:54:38 PM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 478+ views
    Reuters ^ | 13 May 2009 | Gabriela Baczynska
    A campaign by heirs of Polish aristocrats to recover a palace seized by the communists has exposed Poland's continued failure to resolve the restitution of property to former owners after two decades of democracy. The Branicki family says it has now decided to demand the return of the entire estate at Wilanow Palace,not just family heirlooms and archives as previously planned, due to frustration over lack of progress in a legal battle dating back to 1990. The baroque palace of Wilanow, situated in a rolling green park in a southern suburb of Warsaw and now a museum, has been dubbed...
  • Warden Message: Equatorial Guinea Presidential Palace Attack

    02/17/2009 5:25:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 722+ views
    OSAC.GOV ^ | February 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=97428 YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Equatorial Guinea Presidential Palace Attack CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Sub-Saharan Africa - Equatorial Guinea 17 Feb 2009 Printer Friendly Email Article RELATED REPORTS 30 Jan 2009 PIRACY TRENDS IN THE GULF OF GUINEA U.S. Embassy Malabo issued the following Warden Message on February 17: In the early morning hours of February 17 there was an apparent attack in the vicinity of the presidential palace located in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. In response to the apparent attack there is heightened security...
  • Hawaii palace takeover leader couldn't find throne

    08/17/2008 7:16:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 242+ views
    Honolulu (AP) -- The leader of a Hawaiian pro-sovereignty group that broke into a historic palace once home to royalty said he planned to chain himself to the throne but couldn't find it because he had never been in the palace before. But palace officials said three locks, including those securing the throne room, were damaged. No artifacts were damaged or stolen, but the group broke into a barracks building and raised a flag on the flagpole, officials said. Police arrested 23 people during the stunt, in which members of the Kingdom of Hawaii locked the gates to the Iolani...
  • Ancient palace found in dig on hill[UK]

    08/02/2008 7:28:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 231+ views
    The Press and Journal ^ | 02 Aug 2008 | Alistair Beaton
    Archaeologists uncover Aberdeenshire’s hidden history on slopes of Bennachie Archaeologists have uncovered ancient traces, from tiny bead ornaments to massive walls, of a forgotten prince’s palace on the slopes of Bennachie in Aberdeenshire. Only yards from a busy car park used by walkers visiting the landmark hill, a 15-strong team rediscovered remains of Maiden Castle just below the surface of a wooded hillside mound. A stone’s throw from the Rowantree car park, near Pitcaple, and also close to one of the most important Pictish carved monuments in the country, the two-week dig confirmed the importance of the 2,000-year-old fort area....
  • Nepal Celebrates As Former King Evicted From Palace

    06/11/2008 4:59:04 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2008 | Thomas Bell
    Nepal celebrates as former king evicted from palace By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Last Updated: 11:16PM BST 11/06/2008 Nepal's former king has been evicted from his palace as his former subjects revelled in the loss of his dignity and the opening of his secrets. Gyanendra loses his Ł1.5 million annual allowance and 600 staff The country was declared a republic two weeks ago and Gyanendra – now Mr Shah – was told to pack his bags and leave. In his final public act before leaving the palace, he addressed the nation on television. "I have assisted in and...
  • Mexican Archaeologists Unearth Ruins Of (Montezuma) Aztec Palace

    06/10/2008 1:45:29 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 120+ views
    IHT ^ | 6-10-2008 | AP
    Mexican archaeologists unearth ruins of Aztec palace The Associated PressPublished: June 10, 2008 MEXICO CITY: Mexican archaeologists said Monday they have unearthed the remains of an Aztec palace once inhabited by the emperor Montezuma in the heart of what is now downtown Mexico City. During a routine renovation project on a Colonial-era building, experts uncovered pieces of a wall as well as a basalt floor believed to have been part of a dark room where Montezuma meditated, archaeology team leader Elsa Hernandez said. Montezuma's palace complex — known as the Casas Nuevas, or New Houses to distinguish them from his...
  • Mysterious Church And Palace From 1st Millennium AD Discovered In Sudan

    04/25/2008 6:46:51 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 454+ views
    Naukapl.pap ^ | 4-12-2008 | Warsaw University Centre of Meditterranean Archaeology
    Mysterious church and palace from the beginning of the 1st millennium A.D. discovered by Polish archaeologists in Sudan Archaeological site in SelibAt the beginning of this year, archaeologists from Warsaw University, headed by Dr Bogdan Żurawski discovered the remains of an Early Christian church and an even older palace. "During research in the area of Selib, a village located on the right bank of the Nile, between the 4th and 3rd cataract, the remains of a building erected on the plan of a huge rectangle were found. It soon turned out that this was one of the most unique churches...
  • The Benefits of High Gas Prices

    04/13/2008 8:11:59 PM PDT · by Alouette · 42 replies · 2,945+ views
    Joe-ks ^ | Apr. 13, 2008
    It's amazing what $5 US per gallon of gas can buy... This palace is owned by the family of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates and rule of Abu-Dhabi. My Mom said to always look at the bright side of things -good things these people are doing so 'well'!
  • Prince Andrew (UK) Angers Palace With US Attack

    02/06/2008 1:13:40 PM PST · by blam · 77 replies · 212+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-6-2008 | Andrew Pierce
    Prince Andrew angers Palace with US attack By Andrew Pierce Last Updated: 2:44am GMT 06/02/2008 The Duke of York has angered the Queen and senior politicians with his extraordinary attack on the White House on the eve of his trade mission to the United States. Downing Street and the Foreign Office were also dismayed by the timing of his comments so close to the Super Tuesday primaries. The Duke of York is about to embark on a 10-day mission to the US as British trade envoy The duke's criticism, in a newspaper interview, of President Bush's post-war strategy for Iraq...
  • Rebels surround president's palace in Chad capital

    02/02/2008 4:50:09 PM PST · by jdm · 2 replies · 109+ views
    Reuters via ABC News ^ | Feb. 02, 2008 | By Moumine Ngarmbassa
    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chadian rebels surrounded the presidential palace in N'Djamena on Saturday after storming into the capital, and France began evacuating French and foreign nationals from the city. After a day of fierce clashes in the streets of N'Djamena, there was speculation about the whereabouts of President Idriss Deby, but at least two of his ministers said he remained inside the palace complex at the head of loyal troops. The official Libyan news agency JANA reported one of the leaders of the rebels, Mahamat Nouri, had agreed to a ceasefire and negotiations with government forces following mediation by Libyan...
  • Christmas in Iraq: Deposed dictator's palace used for peaceful ceremony

    12/25/2007 9:18:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Review ^ | Bill Hess Embed w/40th Exped. Sig Bn.
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — In the midst of a combat zone, the Prince of Peace was honored with a Christmas Eve candlelight service. The service held in Al Faw Palace filled the nearly four story rotunda as sounds of carols echoed off the marble hall. It was time for Christians to remember their roots, Chaplain (Col.) Mike Tarvin said. Those roots go back to the Middle East, a place many Americans and others from a host of nations now find themselves, the senior chaplain for Multi-National Corps-Iraq said. “I love Christmas, even here in Iraq,” the Christian Church of Disciples...
  • Archaeologists Have Uncovered A Royal Palace Used By King Henry II

    09/23/2007 1:38:57 PM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 212+ views
    Newbury Today ^ | 9-23-2007
    Archaeologists have uncovered a royal palace used by King Henry II AN ANCIENT royal palace near Kingsclere unearthed during recent excavations will be open to the public over the weekend (September 22-23). The Royal Palace of Fremantle has lain hidden under the Hampshire Downs at Tidgrove Warren Farm, in the parish of Hannington, for nearly 900 years. Over the last three years the site has been excavated by staff and students from the University of Southampton in association with the Kingsclere Heritage Association local volunteers. Explorations have revealed a medieval enclosed settlement surrounded by a massive ditch - larger than...
  • Inside The Emperor's Underground Palace (China)

    08/22/2007 2:46:36 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 605+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 8-22-2007
    From The Times (UK)August 22, 2007 Inside the Emperor’s underground palace Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent It covers an area the size of Cambridge but so far only a tiny proportion of the site of the First Emperor of China’s underground palace for the afterlife has been excavated. Now Chinese archaeologists have used computerised imagery to complete a 3-D reconstruction of the giant tomb that lies 30 metres beneath a mound, with the Qinling mountains in the background. The dramatic imagery has been made available to The Times by the historian John Man, before he publishes pictures and a detailed description...
  • Palace Of Darius The Great Discovered In Bolaghi Gorge

    05/15/2006 2:54:46 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,047+ views
    CHN ^ | 5-15-2006
    Palace of Darius the Great Discovered in Bolaghi Gorge Discovery of remains of a gigantic palace in Bolaghi Gorge and its similarity to the constructions of the time of Darius I, Achaemenid King, in Persepolis show that it was built during the same period of time. Tehran, 15 May 2006 (CHN) -- Iran-French joint archeology team at Bolaghi Gorge succeeded in discovering and identifying the remains of a gigantic palace, believed to be from the Achaemenid era (648 BC–330 BC), during their second season of excavations in the area. “Before the start of this season of excavations, our geophysical tests...
  • Palace HART helps injured Airmen

    05/05/2006 6:16:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 300+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Julie Weckerlein
    /5/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- A common trait exists among the injured Airmen recuperating at hospitals in the capital region, said the Air Force chief of staff. “Every Airman I’ve met wants to return to active duty and (his or her) unit,” said Gen. T. Michael Moseley in recent testimony on Capitol Hill. “I am proud of them and their courage as they travel the hard road to recovery.” The determination of injured Airmen inspired the creation of a program dedicated to helping them -- Palace HART, or Helping Airmen Recover Together. This program is offered to separated or retired...
  • Palace Of Homer's Hero Rises Out Of Myths

    03/28/2006 10:59:23 AM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 1,291+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3-28-2006 | John Carr
    Palace of Homer's hero rises out of the myths From John Carr in Athens ARCHAEOLOGISTS claim to have unearthed the remains of the 3,500-year-old palace of Ajax, the warrior-king who according to Homer’s Iliad was one of the most revered fighters in the Trojan War. Classicists hailed the discovery, made on a small Greek island, as evidence that the myths recounted by Homer in his epic poem were based on historical fact. The ruins include a large palace, measuring about 750sq m (8,000sq ft), and believed to have been at least four storeys high with more than thirty rooms. Yannos...
  • King David’s Palace Found in East Jerusalem?

    02/24/2006 9:09:21 AM PST · by restornu · 6 replies · 439+ views
    taipeitimes ^ | 2006 01 05 | By Robert Morley
    Does an amazing new discovery show that the Bible is supported by science? Many archeologists are calling the latest Israeli archeological discovery “the find of the century” (Canadian Jewish News, October 20). Eilat Mazar, an Israeli archeologist, is claiming to have unearthed, in East Jerusalem, the palace of biblical King David. King David was the 10th century b.c. poet-warrior and slayer of Goliath, whom the Bible says consolidated and expanded the ancient Israelite kingdom into a regional power. In approximately 1000 b.c., King David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites (Washington Post, December 2), and subsequently made it his capital....
  • Palace Drill Prepares Combat Lifesavers for Real-Life Attack

    02/20/2006 11:28:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 20, 2006 | Spc. James P. Hunter, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Feb. 20, 2006 – Just as any other day at Al Faw Palace, soldiers work to continue the mission of freeing Iraq. Boom! Suddenly the palace shakes and the noise within becomes faint. Soldiers run around frantically, trying to figure out what has went wrong. A bomb went off within the palace. Seven soldiers lie wounded on the ground. Combat lifesavers rush over to provide the casualties with medical aid. Thankfully, this scenario was an exercise based on a simulated attack on the palace Feb. 17. The exercise prepares soldiers within the palace in the event of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: The Secret Tapes -- Inside Saddam's Palace

    02/15/2006 12:24:52 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 2,924+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 15 2006 | BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    ABC news has obtained 12 hours of tape recordings of Saddam Hussein meeting with top aides during the 1990's, apparently recorded in the Baghdad version of the Oval Office. The tapes were provided to ABC News by Bill Tierney, a former member of an UN inspection team who was translating them for the FBI. He says the U.S. Government is wrong to keep these tapes and others secret from the public. "Because of my experience being in the inspections and being in the military, I know the significance of these tapes when I heard them" said Tierney. U.S. officials confirm...
  • Inside Saddam's Baghdad bunker

    01/25/2006 6:47:13 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 24 replies · 1,779+ views
    BBC News ^ | January 24, 2006 | Alastair Leithead
    The huge dining room's domed roof still stands, as do the pillars decorated with ornate plaster, but everything else in the room is destroyed beyond recognition. In the middle of the circular hall, where the great and the good of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party would have sat around a huge, luxurious table, are two deep trenches. Look up, and the two overlapping holes slap bang in the middle of the dome show where the bunker busting bombs entered the palace from more than 12,200 metres (40,000 feet). Everything else is rubble. Concrete reinforcing rods have been bent around a pillar...
  • US inducts 66 soldier citizens in Saddam palace

    12/21/2005 7:53:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 550+ views
    AFP) ^ | 25 minutes ago
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - On a day their grandchildren will surely hear about, 66 soldiers from 30 countries became US citizens in a sumptuous palace built by Saddam Hussein at Baghdad's airport. "You are truly the best that America has to offer," Lieutenant General John Vines told Sergeant Ambar Penelope Gonzalez from the Dominican Republic, Specialist Collins Umoh from Nigeria and their fellow servicemen and women. They were given a certificate, a US flag that had flown over the marble Al-Faw palace, at Camp Victory west of Baghdad, and two standing ovations by senior US officers and enlisted personnel. "This is...
  • Possible wall of King David's Palace unearthed in Jersulam

    12/06/2005 6:02:09 PM PST · by Liberty1970 · 41 replies · 1,995+ views
    Amazing discovery in heart of biblical Jerusalem By: DAVID HAZONY Special to the CJN Recent archaeological find, thought by some to be the biblical palace built by King David, stirs controversy over the right of the Jewish people to claim Jerusalem. In what many archaeologists hail as the potential find of the century, remains of a massive structure dating to the time of King David have been discovered in the heart of biblical Jerusalem. Eilat Mazar, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavation, has suggested that it may, in fact, be the palace built by David as described in the Bible....
  • Amazing discovery in heart of biblical Jerusalem

    12/05/2005 6:03:20 AM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 3,096+ views
    Cleveland Jewish News ^ | December 5, 2005 | DAVID HAZONY
    In what many archaeologists hail as the potential find of the century, remains of a massive structure dating to the time of King David have been discovered in the heart of biblical Jerusalem. Eilat Mazar, the Israeli archaeologist leading the excavation, has suggested that it may, in fact, be the palace built by David as described in the Bible. The discovery has shaken the already contentious field of biblical archaeology to its roots: For the last few years, a number of respected archaeologists n most prominently Israel Finkelstein, chairman of Tel Aviv University’s archaeology department and author of the 2001...
  • Archaeologists find site of grand gate of 1,300-year-old palace

    12/03/2005 6:14:51 PM PST · by xcamel · 6 replies · 601+ views
    XINHUA online ^ | 2005-12-03 21:35:25 | www.chinaview.cn
    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists have found the of a grand gate of the 1,300-year-old Daming Palace, the largest imperial architectural complex of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province. Archaeologists have recently discovered that the Danfeng Gate, or Vermillion Phoenix Gate, of the Daming Palace, had five doorways, which means it was the largest-scale imperial palace gate in the Chinese history, said Chinese archaeologist An Jiayao here on Friday. An, a researcher with the Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the gates of ancient Chinese palaces usually...
  • A Dig Into Jerusalem's Past Fuels Present-Day Debates [Palace of King David Found]

    12/02/2005 8:43:25 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 1,379+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2005 | Scott Wilson
    Down the slope from the Old City's Dung Gate, rows of thick stone walls, shards of pottery and other remains of an expansive ancient building are being exhumed from a dusty pit. The site is on a narrow terrace at the edge of the Kidron Valley, which sheers away from the Old City walls, in a cliffside area the Bible describes as the seat of the kings of ancient Israel. What is taking shape in the rocky earth, marked by centuries of conquest and development, is as contested as the neighborhood of Arabs and Jews encircling the excavation. But the...
  • Iraqi government takes control of base in Tikrit

    11/23/2005 3:23:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 596+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 23, 2005
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 23, 2005) -- The Iraqi government took control of Saddam Hussein’s palace complex in Tikrit from U.S. coalition forces during a ceremony Nov. 22 which continued despite a dud round fired by terrorists. Terrorists fired what officials called "unidentified explosive ordnance" that impacted about 300 yards from the ceremony. The projectile failed to explode, and no one was injured in the incident, officials said. The ceremony halted only briefly, they said, and was completed without further disruption. This was the 25th coalition operating base turned over to the people of Iraq so far, officials...
  • Saddam's Hometown Palace to Transfer to Iraqis (The Citizenry Claim Their Rightfull Property)

    11/21/2005 4:43:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 535+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 21, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2005 – In what's being regarded as a highly symbolic development in Iraq, coalition forces will turn over former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit to the new Iraqi government during Nov. 22 ceremonies. The sprawling palace complex in Saddam's hometown, 90 miles north of Baghdad, is the largest and most elaborate of his presidential sites, a senior military official in Iraq said today on background. The U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division initially secured the complex in 2003, dubbing it Camp Iron Horse. The camp served as the division's headquarters when its members captured Saddam in...
  • FOB DANGER TO BE TURNED OVER TO IRAQI GOVERNMENT

    11/20/2005 6:10:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 641+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | November 20, 2005 | MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOB DANGER TO BE TURNED OVER TO IRAQI GOVERNMENT TIKRIT, Iraq — Multi-National Forces will turn over control of the former Saddam Hussein Palace Complex here to Iraqi government officials in a ceremony in Tikrit Nov. 22. “The planned turnover of the complex to the Iraqi Ministry of Finance and the provincial government will be a landmark event highlighting the increased capability of the Iraqi government to administer and govern itself,” said Col. Billy J. Buckner, Multi-National Corps-Iraq spokesman. The Tikrit complex consists of more than 1000 acres of land situated on a high bluff overlooking the...
  • Saddam palaces to become leisure park

    11/01/2005 7:06:51 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 353+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | November 02, 2005 | AFP
    TIKRIT: U.S. commanders on Tuesday moved out of a complex of palaces that once belonged to ousted president Saddam Hussein, a site Iraqi officials hope to turn into a tourist destination. The complex, which overlooks the Tigris River, was built just outside Saddam's hometown of Tikrit soon after the end of the 1989-90 Gulf war. It served as headquarters to the 42nd Infantry Division, responsible for military operations in north-central Iraq. Their replacement, the 101st Airborne Division, will be staying at a former Iraqi airbase a few kilometers up the road. Local Iraqi officials will take control of the site...
  • Palace plan jars community leaders' peace of mind (Peace Palaces)

    10/27/2005 6:26:10 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 293+ views
    www.startribune.com ^ | October 26, 2005 at 11:49 PM | Curt Brown
    Palace plan jars community leaders' peace of mind Harmony and joy may be coming to St. Paul and other areas in the form of a Peace Palace. Curt Brown, Star Tribune Last update: October 26, 2005 at 11:49 PM They promise inner happiness and fulfillment through transcendental meditation. And they've got their eye on a vacant lot on St. Paul's East Side for the first of 10 Maharishi Peace Palaces in the Twin Cities area. Neighbors and community leaders, trying to keep an open mind about opening minds, are a bit skeptical and concerned about "hidden agendas." But the group's...
  • Biblical palace found (?) near Old City (King David's Palace)

    10/15/2005 4:51:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 3,487+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 10/14/05 | David Hazony
    The field of biblical archeology has been rocked, so to speak, by dramatic new finds in the heart of ancient Jerusalem. For the last few years, a number of respected archaeologists have posited that the biblical accounts of Jerusalem as the seat of a powerful, unified monarchy under the rule of David and Solomon are essentially false. The most prominent of these is Israel Finkelstein, chairman of Tel Aviv University’s archeology department, whose 2001 book, "The Bible Unearthed," written together with Neal Asher Silberman, became an international best seller. The lynchpin of his argument was the absence of clear evidence...
  • Is This The Palace of King David ? Archeologists Debate New Discovery

    09/09/2005 12:19:46 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 32 replies · 1,464+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 9/8/2005 | Ran Shapira
    A debate of biblical proportions By Ran Shapira The recently ended season of excavations at the top of the City of David slope was accompanied by much excitement. With every passing day, more and more parts of an enormous building were unearthed. Dr. Eilat Mazar, the archaeologist in charge of the site, believes this could be the palace King David built after conquering Jerusalem from the Jebusites. The discovery has stirred up the old argument among archaeologists as to whether the events described in the Bible in fact occurred, and in this context, the importance and greatness of David himself....
  • King David's Palace Is Found, Archaeologist Says

    08/05/2005 11:51:57 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 134 replies · 4,693+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2005 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    An Israeli archaeologist says she has uncovered in East Jerusalem what may be the fabled palace of the biblical King David. Her work has been sponsored by a conservative Israeli research institute and financed by an American Jewish investment banker who would like to prove that Jerusalem was indeed the capital of the Jewish kingdom described in the Bible. Other scholars are skeptical that the foundation walls discovered by the archaeologist, Eilat Mazar, are David's palace. But they acknowledge that what she has uncovered is rare and important: a major public building from around the 10th century B.C., with pottery...
  • 12 Dozen Win Citizenship at Camp Victory (US Patriots/New Citizens)

    07/25/2005 5:19:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 25, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Mark St. Clair, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, July 25, 2005 – One hundred forty-three U.S. servicemembers from 42 different countries held up their right hands and became U.S. citizens today in the Al-Faw Palace rotunda here. The Army and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services led the ceremony. The Oath of Citizenship of the United States of America includes the words "... that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States of America when required by law." But Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, Multinational Corps Iraq commander, noted the new citizens had already made their decision about serving the...
  • A Nation Defiant; Message from a Londoner (with photos: WWII Lancaster bomber; Spitfire; Hurricane)

    07/25/2005 4:53:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 1,194+ views
    Email | JULY 25, 2005 | Londoner
    Hello Lads, I don't know what sort of news coverage you're getting in the U.S, but I just thought I'd show you some pictures of London yesterday... 3 days after the terrorists struck: A Lancaster Bomber, escorted by a Spitfire and a Hurricane flies over Buckingham Palace to the Mall. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people are in the Mall. The Queen and the Royal Family are on the balcony of Buck House just as she was with Winston Churchill in 1945. The bomb doors open, and a million poppies fall to earth to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice...