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      CBB BRINGS ROLE OF CENTRAL BANKING AUTHORITY TO THE FORE
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 22 October 2006 — The establishment in September 2006 of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) to succeed the now–defunct Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA), once again highlights the issue of the role of a central banking authority in an economy and financial market.

Should this >>>


      EIB SIGNS DEAL WITH ALBARAKA
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Arab News DUBAI, 22 October 2006 — Emirates Islamic Bank (EIB) signed an agreement last week with the Bahrain–based Albaraka Banking Group to strengthen their relationship and providing more integrated Islamic financial services.

Officials from both parties say the partnership is in mutual interest for bo >>>


      SAUDIS TO INVEST OVER SR2 BILLION IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Arab News RIYADH, 22 October 2006 — Many Saudi businessmen are now getting ready to establish a number of development projects in Iraq after the Iraqi Parliament approved its foreign investment law, the Al–Eqtisadiah daily reported.

Iraqi authorities are studying the projects and providing the necessary g >>>


      10 NEW FLYOVERS PLANNED FOR JEDDAH
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 22 October 2006 — The Jeddah Municipality will soon sign contracts with specialized companies to establish 10 new flyovers and underpasses to facilitate traffic in the city, according to Mayor Adel Faqeeh. «The real solution to traffic congestions in Jeddah is to improve the c >>>


      BIG MOSQUES, GROUNDS READIED FOR EID PRAYER
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 22 October 2006 — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced that Eid–Al Fitr prayers will be held at 6:10 a.m. tomorrow in 56 mosques in addition to Eid grounds in different parts of the capital.

Arrangements have also been made to conduct prayers at open spaces in Sula >>>


      EID ON MONDAY
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 22 October 2006 — The Supreme Judiciary Council announced yesterday that tomorrow, Monday, is the first day of Eid Al–Fitr, the celebration marking the end of fasting in Ramadan.

«As nobody has sighted the Shawwal crescent on Saturday evening, Sunday is the 30th day of Ramadan and >>>


      IRAQIS, OTHERS LOOK TO MAKKAH PACT WITH HOPE
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News MAKKAH, 22 October 2006 — As a skeptical world waits to see the outcome of the signing of the Makkah Declaration, those scholars who were at Al–Safa Palace late on Friday night are already speeding back to their communities to disseminate crucial details concerning the agreement. It is terri >>>


      LAVISH EXPAT IFTARS PROVIDE FOOD FOR THOUGHT
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 22 October 2006 — With iftar parties galore at one end of the Ramadan spectrum and the poor and the sick languishing in hospitals at the other, the holy month presented a mixed picture as it draws to a close.

Indian and Pakistani expats between them have hosted hundreds of Iftars >>>


      MAKKAH RAINS COME AS RELIEF TO PILGRIMS
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Galal Fakkar, Arab News MAKKAH, 22 October 2006 — The holy city of Makkah witnessed a heavy downpour yesterday afternoon as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims thronged the Grand Mosque.

The rains did not stop the tawaf (circumambulation) around the Holy Kaaba at the heart of the Grand Mosque as the pilgrims cont >>>


      MARWAH BORN NEAR MARWAH
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Arab News MAKKAH, 22 October 2006 — A woman went into labor while inside the Grand Mosque, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. The pilgrim started experiencing contractions as she was performing saieh, where pilgrims walk from Safa to Marwah (two important sites inside the mosque). The woman was taken to a nearby hospita >>>


      STC TAKES PRECAUTIONS TO GO AROUND EID CONGESTION
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 22 October 2006 — Millions of residents in the Kingdom need not worry about a congested telephone network when they try to call their loved ones at home during the Eid this year. In a statement exclusive to Arab News, the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) said that it has increased its capacity a >>>


      SWEET SHOPS IN MADINAH INFLATE PRICES
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Mohammed Abdullah, Arab News MADINAH, 22 October 2006 — The prices of sweets in shops are increasing dramatically with the approach of Eid. Sweet–shop owners are taking advantage of customers by increasing their prices, knowing that the customers will not refuse to buy since sweets are an important part of Eid in >>>


      ABBAS NAMES ARAFAT LOYALIST TO HEAD WEST BANK SECURITY
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Agence France Presse RAMALLAH, 22 October 2006 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday named a loyalist of his late predecessor Yasser Arafat, Gen. Ismail Jaber, to head the security services in the West Bank. A presidential decree said the general would carry the official title of «assistant to the Palest >>>


      ABU SAYYAF FACTION TAGGED IN KIDNAPPING OF ENGINEERS IN S. PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 22 October 2006 — One of the engineers who were kidnapped by gunmen in Jolo said yesterday their ordeal was traumatic but vowed nonetheless to return to the troubled island to complete his work.

«I will return to Jolo despite what happened. I have no other choice but >>>


      COPS INVOLVED IN YUNUS MURDER TRANSFERRED OUT OF BOMBAY
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 22 October 2006 — The Maharashtra State Director General of Police Dr. Pavender Singh Pasricha has ordered the immediate transfer of 10 officers out of Bombay for their involvement in the alleged murder of Khwaja Yunus, a software engineer from Aurangabad.

Yunus had been ta >>>


      INDIA, PAKISTAN TRADE CHARGES IN NEW SPY ROW
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Azhar Masood & Agencies NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD, 22 October 2006 — Indian police arrested an army sergeant yesterday in New Delhi as he handed classified military documents to a Pakistan Embassy employee, triggering a strong protest from Islamabad.

Anil Kumar Dubey, who police said worked in the army’s insuranc >>>


      MAKKAH PACT FORBIDS SHIITE–SUNNI KILLINGS
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News MAKKAH, 22 October 2006 — Prominent Shiite and Sunni religious scholars from Iraq took the first major step in decades toward mutual recognition at a historic meeting in Makkah yesterday.

In a joint declaration, signed at Al–Safa Palace overlooking the Holy Kaaba, the religious scho >>>


      SUPPORT GROWS FOR MAKKAH AGREEMENT
      Arab News, 22-10-2006
     Agencies DAMASCUS, 22 October 2006 — Syria’s Sunni leader Sheikh Salah Al–Deen Kuftaro yesterday said he strongly supported the Makkah agreement between Iraqi Shiite and Sunni religious figures rejecting sectarian violence and calling for peace between different religious sects in Iraq.

«We, the rel >>>


      4 SENTENCED FOR SMASHING BLUEBIRD HOUSES
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     GREAT FALLS, MONT. –– Four Belt teenagers were sentenced this week for taking a crowbar to bluebird houses last July along a trail in the Highwood Mountains.

Justice of the Peace Kathleen Jensen sentenced each of the youths to 100 hours of community service and ordered each to pay $35 per nesting bo >>>


      5.47–CARAT CANARY DIAMOND FOUND IN PARK
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     MURFREESBORO, Ark. –– A Wisconsin man visiting a state park took home the ultimate souvenir: a 5.47–carat canary diamond.

Bob Wehle of Ripon, Wis., found the diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro Oct. 14. The park is the world‘s only publicly operated diamond site >>>


      8 CRUISE PASSENGERS STILL HOSPITALIZED
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     HENDERSON, Ky. –– Eight passengers on a riverboat cruise of the Ohio River remained hospitalized in western Kentucky on Saturday after developing flu–like symptoms while aboard the boat.

The Mississippi Queen passengers were part of a group taken to Methodist Hospital on Friday evening. More t >>>


      '/11 CONSPIRACY THEORIST TO LEAVE BRIGHAM YOUNG
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     PROVO, Utah, Oct. 21 –– A Brigham Young University physics professor who suggested that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosives has resigned, six weeks after the school placed him on leave.

"I am electing to retire so that I can spend more time speaking and conducting research of >>>


      ARMSTRONG AGREES TO PAY $34,000 IN PROPAGANDA CASE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (AP) –– Columnist Armstrong Williams has reached a settlement with prosecutors regarding payments he received by the Education Department to promote President Bush‘s agenda.

Under the settlement, Williams admits no wrongdoing but will have to pay $34,000. The deal was reached last w >>>


      BASE JUMPER DIES DURING W.VA. FESTIVAL
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. –– A parachutist who jumped to his death from a bridge during a festival when his chute opened too late was a retired police lieutenant and an outdoor enthusiast, a former colleague said.

Brian Lee Schubert, 66, died of injuries suffered when he hit the water 876 feet below the N >>>


      CALIFORNIANS FACE DECISIONS, DECISIONS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Rachel KonradAssociated PressSunday, October 22, 2006; A04 SAN FRANCISCO –– Voter guides are landing with a thud on doorsteps across California as residents are facing an unusually large number of ballot measures and candidates in next month‘s election.

Election officials worry that the sta >>>


      COLUMNIST SETTLES EDUCATION DEPT. CASE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Columnist Armstrong Williams has reached a settlement with prosecutors regarding payments he received by the Education Department to promote President Bush‘s agenda.

Under the settlement, Williams admits no wrongdoing but will have to pay $34,000. The deal was reached last week b >>>


      CONN. OFFICER STRUCK BY JUDGE‘S SUV DIES
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– A police officer died Saturday, four days after being struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by a federal judge, the mayor said.

Officer Dan Picagli, a 17–year veteran of the force, was hit while directing traffic in the rain Tuesday night. He had been wearing a black rai >>>


      DATA RECORDERS FOUND AFTER TRAIN CRASH
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. –– Federal investigators removed data recorders from a train that derailed and burst into flames over a bridge in southwestern Pennsylvania as ethanol tanker cars continued to burn.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board on Saturday also removed a section of tr >>>


      DEMOCRATS: MORE SEATS COMING INTO PLAY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Democrats hold solid leads for four of the six Republican seats they need to capture the Senate and about 10 of 15 required to win the House, according to officials in both parties. Numerous additional races remain highly competitive.

After two weeks of adverse publicity linked to the >>>


      EDWARDS TAKES HEAT OVER QUOTATIONS ABOUT HILLARY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     2006; A07 Comments attributed last week to the wife of former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) provided a faint foreshadowing of the intraparty battle that could arise when Democrats choose their presidential nominee in two years.

Elizabeth Edwards said last Thursday that her life has been a happier one >>>


      EGG SALAD RECALLED IN 17 STATES
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WAYNE, W.Va. –– Ballard‘s Farm Sausage Inc. said Saturday it is recalling its egg salad in 17 states because of possible contamination.

The company said tests showed mixed results for Listeria monocytogenes. The bacterium can cause serious or fatal infections in young children or elderly peopl >>>


      FEDS INVESTIGATE FIERY PA. TRAIN CRASH
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     PM NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. –– Federal investigators arrived at a smoldering scene Saturday to piece together how two dozen ethanol tanker cars derailed and several exploded on a southwestern Pennsylvania bridge.

No one was injured late Friday when 23 cars from the train‘s midsection derailed and nin >>>


      HILL IN HK FOR BRIEFS ON N.KOREA FUNDS FREEZE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     HONG KONG (Reuters) – Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher Hill is in Hong Kong for briefings by consulate staff on the freezing of North Korean funds in Macau and possibly other meetings, a consulate spokesman said on Sunday.

Hill, the chief U.S. envoy for North Korean affairs, arrived on Saturd >>>


      KINKY FRIEDMAN A ‘LONE RANGER‘ ON TRAIL
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     PM HOUSTON –– Richard Kinky Friedman is standing, sans cowboy boots, in his suite at the Hilton as a third day of election stumping ends, remote control in hand and Fox News on the tube. His campaign manager, heavy–lidded as the clock nears midnight, is doing his sleep–deprived best to reassure T >>>


      MORE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT GROUND ZERO
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     NEW YORK –– Workers recovered more human remains Saturday from several manholes as the city began a new search for Sept. 11 victims.

The search was ordered after the surprise discovery of dozens of bones in an abandoned manhole this week.

Utility and city officials on Saturday hand–re >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     Flulike Symptoms Hit Riverboat Passengers HENDERSON, Ky. –– Eight passengers on a riverboat cruise of the Ohio River remained hospitalized in western Kentucky on Saturday after developing flulike symptoms while aboard the boat.

More than 30 Mississippi Queen passengers, headed to St. Louis from Cinc >>>


      OFFICIALS PROBE OHIO ST. ELEVATOR DEATH
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– An elevator in an Ohio State University dormitory where a student was pinned and killed has been sealed while state inspectors and police investigate, officials said.

Andrew Polakowski, 18, of Erie, Pa., was the last person in a group of students to enter the elevator on Stradley H >>>


      PARACHUTIST DIES JUMPING OFF BRIDGE AT W.VA. FESTIVAL
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va., Oct. 21 –– Thousands of people watched a participant jump to his death during West Virginia‘s annual Bridge Day festival Saturday when his parachute opened too late, a sheriff said.

Brian Lee Schubert, 66, of Alta Loma, Calif., died of injuries suffered when he hit the wat >>>


      RARE AUTO AUCTION FETCHES $36 MILLION
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     OXNARD, Calif. –– A collection of '0 rare cars and 80 motorcycles owned by late Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler brought in more than $36 million at auction.

More than 1,200 people crowded into Chandler‘s Vintage Museum, which housed the collection, for the auction Saturday by Goo >>>


      RIVAL BLASTS CLINTON ON WHITE HOUSE HOPE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     NEW YORK –– U.S. Senate candidate John Spencer said his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a "tremendous" candidate for president, but that he was the one more interested in representing the state of New York.

"I‘m the only one standing here that wants to be a United States >>>


      SIX INJURED OCT. 10 ON BRITISH JET, AIRLINE SAYS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     TAMPA, Oct. 21 –– Six people were injured when a British Airways passenger jet was ordered to descend after a small plane nearby triggered its collision warning system, officials said Saturday.

Four crew members and two passengers suffered cuts and bruises on the Oct.
10 flight from Tampa to Lon >>>


      SPACE ENTHUSIASTS COMPETE AT X PRIZE CUP
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     AM LAS CRUCES, N.M. –– Fresh off a trip to the international space station last month, entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari dropped by a New Mexico airport on Saturday and liked what she saw _ a sprawling science fair that attracted space enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

The two–day fair _ the second an >>>


      THE END OF AN ERA?
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Darryl Fears and Hamil R. HarrisWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, October 22, 2006; A03 Nearly 30 years after Louis Farrakhan seized control of the Nation of Islam, the organization is preparing for a change at the top. The controversial minister is battling what he has described as a "life–threatening& >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     ':42 PM –– The Northeast had a mainly dry, blustery day Saturday, while light snow fell in parts of the West.

Missouri received several inches of rain. Rain also fell in southern Wisconsin, the Central Plains and the Upper Mississippi Valley, while strong thunderstorms moved through the central >>>


      TRAIN DERAILS IN SOUTHWEST ARK.
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     GURDON, Ark. –– A train carrying a potentially flammable liquid derailed Sunday morning near a residential area, causing churches to cancel services and prompting evacuation orders for as many as 75 residents, officials said.

No injuries were reported after at least four cars of the Union Pacific tr >>>


      A NEW TACK ON DARFUR
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     Instead of saving Darfur‘s people, their advocates may be prolonging their agony. They need to consider whether a different message is required to get urgent action from the Bush administration on ending the violence.

Specifically: Is it not time to go beyond urging greater pressure on Sudan and using for >>>


      AFTER ELECTIONS, A DEMOCRATIC PUSH
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     No one speaks more authoritatively for the Democrats on defense and national security issues than Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, both longtime members of the Armed Services Committee. If you want to know what Democratic gains in this midterm election would mean for national security policy, >>>


      ALLEN, WEBB ARE NOT SPOTLIGHTING THEIR POSITIONS ON IMMIGRATION
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Karin BrulliardWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, October 21, 2006; B05 Millions of protesters took to the streets this year to demand amnesty for unauthorized immigrants. Congress debated immigration bills for months before approving a 700–mile border fence. In several fiercely contested political races nat >>>


      ALLEN, WEBB FACE SCRUTINY OF THE NAACP
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, October 21, 2006; B01 HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 20 –– Virginia‘s candidates for the U.S. Senate made an election–year pilgrimage to the state‘s leading African American organization Friday, submitting separately to almost an hour of tough bu >>>


      ANTI–O‘MALLEY AD SHOWS BALTIMORE IN A GRIM LIGHT
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     Mayor Martin O‘Malley may be the target but Baltimore also takes a beating in a television ad launched yesterday by the Republican Governors Association, a 30–second tableau of urban decay that declares Maryland‘s largest municipality "the most dangerous city in America." The ad, the first th >>>


      BUSH FACES POLITICAL NIGHTMARE IF DEMOCRATS WIN
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Democrats win control of the U.S. Congress in the November 7 election, it would turn the Capitol upside down and create a political nightmare for the already embattled President George W. Bush.

If his Republicans lose the majority, Bush would hear newly empowered calls to withdra >>>


      BUSH HOLDS STRATEGY SESSION ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush on Saturday reviewed Iraq strategy with top war commanders and national security advisers, but indicated little inclination for major changes to an increasingly divisive policy.

"Our goal in Iraq is clear and unchanging: Our goal is victory," Bush said in his w >>>


      DEMOCRATS STRENGTHEN CHANCES FOR SENATE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     22, 2006; A01 Democrats in the past two weeks have significantly improved their chances of taking control of the Senate, according to polls and independent analysts, with the battle now focused intensely on three states in the Midwest and upper South: Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia.

Democratic challengers are >>>


      EHRLICH, O‘MALLEY FOCUS ON TURNOUT AS ELECTION NEARS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     October 21, 2006; A01 The hallways were decorated with the green and white of Martin O‘Malley‘s campaign, but more important was what was happening inside the Prince George‘s County ballroom: thunderous applause from a thousand supporters, most of them African American women.

The Baltimore may >>>


      FIGHTING FOR THE SPOILS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     Time to Eat. By Steve HendrixWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 22, 2006; D01 CHICAGO This must be how Machiavelli ate his corned beef sandwiches.

Sitting in a South Side deli, Rahm Emanuel doesn‘t so much eat his lunch as overwhelm it with two hands and a hard stare. It‘s a combat glower f >>>


      FOR HISPANICS, POVERTY IS RELATIVE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     The cat is out of the bag: The majority of Latino immigrants in the United States are poor. By one calculation, up to three–fifths are "working poor" or "lower middle class," with annual incomes of less than $30,000.

The bad news seems worse when one considers that as Hispanics gained >>>


      GOP LOSSES COULD SPARK PARTISAN WARFARE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The White House is bracing for guerrilla warfare on the homefront politically if Republicans lose control of the House, the Senate or both _ and with it, the president‘s ability to shape and dominate the national agenda.

Republicans are battling to keep control of Congress. But p >>>


      HOW FOLEY SKIRTED RULES TO PURSUE RELATIONSHIPS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Amy Goldstein and Elizabeth WilliamsonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, October 22, 2006; A01 They met on the House floor. He was a 16–year–old political junkie, dressed in the drab navy blazer and gray slacks of a congressional page, rushing phone messages to the members he served. Rep. Mark Foley was >>>


      IRAQI YOUTH WANT U.S. TROOPS TO WITHDRAW
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– Majorities of Iraqi youth in Arab regions of the country believe security would improve and violence decrease if the U.S.–led forces left immediately, according to a State Department poll that provides a window into the grim warnings provided to policymakers.

The survey _ uncl >>>


      KIMMIT SEES STRONG ECONOMY DESPITE HOUSING: REPORT
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     MADRID (Reuters) – Control of inflation and unemployment will continue to sustain the U.S. economy despite a housing price slowdown, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Thomas Kimmit was quoted as saying in a Spanish newspaper on Sunday.

"It‘s true we‘ve seen a certain slowdown due to the hous >>>


      LAWMAKERS TO BUSH: PUSH IRAQ ON MILITIAS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Republicans and Democrats urged the White House on Sunday to step up the pressure on Iraq‘s prime minister to crush the militias that are inciting sectarian violence and undermining a fragile democracy.

Senators from both parties expressed wavering confidence in Nouri al–Ma >>>


      LUGAR, DEMS URGE U.S.–N. KOREAN TALKS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee joined Democrats on Sunday in calling for direct talks with North Korea aimed at easing a nuclear standoff.

Sen. Richard Lugar, R–Ind., said direct talks, which the North long has coveted and which the Bush administration ref >>>


      MONEY FLOWS INTO TEACHER BONUS PROGRAM
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration is handing out money for teachers who raise student test scores, the first federal effort to reward classroom performance with bonuses.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings planned to announce the first of 16 grants, worth $42 million, including $5.5 million f >>>


      NEWSWEEK POLL PUTS DEMOCRATS FAR AHEAD IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than half of Americans, 55 percent, would like to see Democrats take control of Congress, according to a poll by Newsweek magazine released on Saturday.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters found that 55 percent would choose a Democrat to represent their district if the vote were he >>>


      PARTY OF JESSE VENTURA VIES TO BE MORE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Conrad deFiebreMinneapolis Star TribuneSunday, October 22, 2006; A08 In 12 years as a major political party in Minnesota, the Independence Party has produced one larger–than–life governor, an appointed U.S. senator for 7 1/2 weeks and a smattering of local officials.

Now the party of Jesse Ventur >>>


      QUESTIONS TO GUIDE AN EXIT POLICY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     A realist with a wintry smile, James A. Baker III, who helped make George W. Bush‘s presidency possible, is seeking ways to salvage it. After the 2000 election, Baker orchestrated the Bush campaign‘s lawyering against the Gore campaign‘s lawyering that tried to overturn Bush‘s 537–vote Flor >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     Poll puts Democrats far ahead in Congress WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than half of Americans, 55 percent, would like to see Democrats take control of Congress, according to a poll by Newsweek magazine released on Saturday.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters found that 55 percent would choose a Democrat to re >>>


      ROVE ROAD–TESTS TOUGHER ATTACK ON DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     A05 BUFFALO, Oct. 21 –– Republicans have been promising they would ratchet up the rhetoric against Democrats in the final two weeks of the fall campaign, and the man President Bush called "The Architect" of his political campaigns offered a preview of what they have in mind on Friday night.

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      SCHROEDER SAYS BUSH‘S RELIGIOUS TALK WORRIED HIM
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     BERLIN (Reuters) – Ex–German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has written in a new book that George W. Bush‘s frequent references to God in their meetings before the Iraq war had made him wary of the U.S. president‘s political decisions.

Schroeder wrote in an advance excerpt of his memoirs t >>>


      SEN. OBAMA MULLS BID FOR WHITE HOUSE IN 2008
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday said he has thought about running for president in 2008 and will give it more serious consideration after the mid–term congressional elections on November 7.

"I have thought about the possibility but I have not thought about it with the se >>>


      STARK LESSONS FROM IRAQ
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     The bloody chaos of Iraq under U.S. occupation is shaking Western governments into sobering reassessments of that conflict and of war itself. More urgently, some of these governments have launched tightly held contingency planning for the consequences of a possible American failure in Iraq.

"There will be >>>


      UNBOWED JEFFERSON KEEPS UP THE FIGHT
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     NEW ORLEANS –– At a barbershop in the Third Ward, in an area still woozy from Hurricane Katrina‘s knockout punch, the chatter was about what to do with Rep. William J. Jefferson (D–La.).

"He‘s got my vote. I like Jefferson," shop owner Charles Harris said as he finished u >>>


      ‘THEY ARE SO RICH, AND THEY ARE SO POOR‘
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Beth Duff–BrownAssociated PressSunday, October 22, 2006; A20 KAMPONDE, Congo –– Louis Anselme Kasamba dreams of becoming a doctor, yet he is dirt–poor by conventional Western standards. So like many Congolese determined to scratch out a living, Kasamba devised a shrewd plan of action.

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      AFGHANISTAN, U.N. APPEAL FOR DROUGHT AID
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– The Afghan government and the United Nations appealed Sunday for $43 million in aid to respond to a severe drought and help tens of thousands of families displaced by fighting in the country‘s south.

A similar appeal for $76.4 million in June resulted in donations of just >>>


      BLASTS KILL 5 IN BAGHDAD MARKET, BAKERY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Bombs ripped through a Baghdad market and a bakery on Sunday as shoppers were stocking up on sweets and other delicacies to celebrate a major Muslim holiday, and at least five people were killed, police said.

The carnage in the Shurja wholesale market, Baghdad‘s oldest and >>>


      BOMB KILLS SOLDIER, WOUNDS MONKS IN THAI SOUTH
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) – A remote–controlled bomb killed a soldier and wounded 11 people in Thailand‘s Muslim south on Sunday, police said, the latest attack in a separatist insurgency which has killed more than 1,700 since early 2004.

Militants used a mobile phone to detonate a 5&ndas >>>


      BULGARIANS VOTE FOR PRESIDENT AHEAD OF EU ENTRY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarians cast ballots on Sunday in elections expected to hand President Georgi Parvanov a second five–year term and help his ruling Socialist allies consolidate power ahead of joining the European Union on January 1.

But polls show voter frustration at poverty and slow reforms co >>>


      CONGOLESE UNITY HAS ITS PRICE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By David LewisReutersSunday, October 22, 2006; A20 KILOLIWE, Congo –– In his base high in Congo‘s eastern hills, dissident general Laurent Nkunda dances, sings war songs with his heavily armed men and talks politics.

"How will he not listen while we are here? How will he manage the territ >>>


      COPS TARGETED IN FRENCH HOUSING PROJECTS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     EPINAY–SUR–SEINE, France –– On a routine call, three unwitting police officers fell into a trap. A car darted out to block their path, and dozens of hooded youths surged out of the darkness to attack them with stones, bats and tear gas before fleeing. One officer was hospitalized, and no arrests >>>


      FORMER SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT CHOI DIES
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     SEOUL, South Korea –– Choi Kyu–hah, who was South Korean president for a short term in 1'7'–80, died Sunday of heart failure, hospital officials said. He was 88.

Choi lost consciousness at his Seoul home early in the morning and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced >>>


      FRENCH MINISTER SAYS 43 BAGGAGE HANDLERS AT MAIN PARIS AIRPORT DENIED SECURITY CLEARANCE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     PARIS (AP) –– Authorities rescinded the security clearance of 43 baggage handlers at France‘s main international airport due to suspicions they were connected with radical organizations, a top government minister said Saturday.

Responding to reports a day earlier that several dozen baggage han >>>


      IN A LAND WITHOUT ORDER, PUNISHMENT IS POWER
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Anthony ShadidWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 22, 2006; A01 YUSUFAN, Iraq –– A year or so ago, just one poster adorned Sheik Adnan Aidani‘s wall. It was a portrait of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq‘s faded but still preeminent cleric, whose stern visage glared down on visitor >>>


      IN CUBA, ‘ON THE LEFT‘ MEANS A FLOURISHING BLACK MARKET
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 22,
2006; A14 HAVANA –– Most mornings a woman with darting brown eyes lingers here in the sticky hot corner of an open–air vegetable market.

She effects a casual stance, elbow propped nonchalantly against a cigar st >>>


      INTENSE DIPLOMACY BUT STILL NO END TO KOREAN CRISIS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     TOKYO (Reuters) – A week of intense diplomacy has left world capitals still unsure as to whether North Korea will test a second nuclear device or return to talks following the imposition of U.N. sanctions.

News reports had raised hopes that tension was easing after North Korean leader Kim Jong–il wa >>>


      ISLAMIST FORCES GATHER AS SOMALIS PREPARE TO FLEE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     LEGO, Somalia (Reuters) – Heavily armed Islamist fighters gathered near a key southern Somali town on Sunday a day after their allies were chased out by government troops, sending many residents fleeing in fear of an all–out attack.

One Islamist source said its troops were also planning an attack on >>>


      ISRAEL: FLIGHTS OVER LEBANON TO CONTINUE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     JERUSALEM –– Israel‘s defense minister said Sunday that air force flights over Lebanon would continue because arms smuggling to Lebanese guerrillas has not stopped.

Amir Peretz, in remarks at Israel‘s weekly Cabinet meeting, accused the Lebanese government of failing to carry out its obl >>>


      JAPAN PM ABE‘S PARTY WINS DOUBLE BY–ELECTION TEST
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Candidates from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s party won two closely watched by–elections for parliament‘s lower house on Sunday, the first national level polls since the conservative Abe took office last month.

The by–elections in Kanagawa, near Tokyo, and >>>


      MASKED GUNMEN IN GAZA KILL SENIOR FATAH MILITANT
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     GAZA (Reuters) – Masked gunmen killed a senior Fatah militant in a Gaza Strip refugee camp on Sunday in what appeared to be another deadly episode of an increasingly violent power struggle with the governing Hamas movement.

Fatah blamed Hamas for the attack that killed Mohammed Shahadeh, commander of al&n >>>


      MORTAR ATTACK KILLS 32 IN MOSTLY SHIITE IRAQI CITY
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     ':48 AM BAGHDAD, Oct. 21 –– Mortar rounds fired by suspected Sunni Arab insurgents rained on a market crowded with shoppers Saturday, killing 32 Iraqis in a predominantly Shiite city south of Baghdad, hospital officials said.

Three Marines were killed in attacks in the western province of Anbar, >>>


      MUSEUM EXPLORES PERU‘S SHINING PATH
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     LIMA, Peru –– Paintings celebrating deadly bomb attacks, photographs of beheaded children and rusting homemade grenades fill a police museum dedicated to the tens of thousands of people killed by Peru‘s ruthless Shining Path rebels.

With the Maoist group‘s leader Abimael Guzman recently >>>


      MUSLIMS SET FOR POST–RAMADAN FEAST
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     CAIRO, Egypt –– The Muslim feast of Eid al–Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, begins Monday according to religious authorities in several Middle Eastern countries.

Official media in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian terri >>>


      PAKISTAN FREES ' HELD FOR TERROR LINKS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     KHAR, Pakistan –– Pakistani authorities have released nine tribesmen held for more than a year on suspicion of links with the Taliban and al–Qaida, a tribal elder and residents said Sunday.

The men, who included relatives of fugitive militant leader Faqir Mohammed, were captured by Pakistani s >>>


      PANAMA VOTING ON MAJOR CANAL EXPANSION
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     PANAMA CITY, Panama –– The largest modernization project in the '2–year–history of the Panama Canal was up for a nationwide referendum on Sunday, with polls indicating overwhelming support for the $5.25 billion plan to expand the waterway for larger ships.

President Martin Torrijos&l >>>


      REPORT: 2ND NUKE TEST NOT SCHEDULED
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     TOKYO –– North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told a Chinese envoy his regime has no immediate plans to carry out another nuclear test but whether it will do so in the future depends on U.S. policy toward his country, a news report said Sunday.

Kim made the remarks to Chinese envoy Tang Jiaxuan during ta >>>


      REPORT: JAPAN MAY HELP WITH CARGO PROBES
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     TOKYO –– Japan may deploy naval destroyers and surveillance aircraft to cooperate with the United States and other countries in proposed inspections of cargo vessels moving to and from North Korea, a news report said Sunday.

Tokyo was considering the deployment of several naval destroyers and P&ndas >>>


      SEOUL HESITANT TO END N. KOREA PROJECTS
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korea is still sending tourists to a mountain resort in the North and maintaining a joint economic zone, despite pressure to cancel the projects after Pyongyang‘s nuclear test.

The country has its reasons for refusing to shutter key projects that help keep Kim Jong >>>


      SUDAN GIVES U.N. ENVOY 3 DAYS TO LEAVE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     KHARTOUM, Sudan –– The Sudanese government on Sunday gave the chief U.N. envoy to Sudan three days to leave the country, Sudan‘s official news agency reported.

The envoy, Jan Pronk, wrote earlier this month in his personal Web blog that government military forces had sustained serious losses a >>>


      SUDAN ORDERS TOP U.N. ENVOY TO LEAVE
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan on Sunday ordered the top U.N. envoy, Jan Pronk, to leave the country within three days following comments he made that the army‘s morale was low after suffering two major defeats in the violent Darfur region.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ali al–Sadig said Pronk had un >>>


      TORRENT OF MUD SWAMPS INDONESIA
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     By Chris BrummittAssociated PressSunday, October 22, 2006; A20 PORONG, Indonesia Factories that once produced watches and shoes lie under a sea of thick, stinking mud. Villagers stand on hastily constructed dams and gaze at the thousands of homes swallowed by brown sludge.

Four months ago, a torrent of hot mud >>>


      U.S. MARINE AND SOLDIER KILLED IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 22-10-2006
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Two U.S. troops were killed in fighting in Iraq, the military said Sunday, raising the death toll in October to 80, the highest of any month this year.

A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died during combat in Anbar province west of Baghdad on Saturday, the military said.< >>>



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