- Making News: Budget Deficit Hits New High
America's deficit for the fiscal year that ended last month was $413 billion. Democrats emphasize that's another record in dollar terms, but the Bush administration claims it's a sign of progress. Greg Ip of the Wall Street Journal reports on the latest figures, their political and economic impact, and how the soaring price of oil fits into the picture.
- Reporter's Notebook: Ramadan Begins
It's one of the five Pillars of Islam, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, when God revealed the Quran to Mohammed. For millions of Muslims all over the world, this is the first day of Ramadan. Traditionally, the days are marked by fasting and prayer, followed by evenings of congenial family dinners. Mustapha Abu Sway, professor of Islamic thought at Al Quds University in Jerusalem, looks at how the tradition is observed in the 21st Century.
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