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      A POLICE OFFICER STANDS...
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     P.SAITAS/ANA A police officer stands by in full riot gear yesterday in central Athens after protesting shipyard workers set fire to three roadside dumpsters outside the Employment Ministry, calling for payment of an extra allowance.

Some 500 protesters were involved in the minor scuffles that broke out with rio >>>


      AGNO OFFER CHURNS MARKET
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     Changes in the dairy market are expected to take place soon after news that milk producer AGNO will slash its wholesale prices by up to 35 percent for products being sold at smaller retail points.

The retail price of the milk sold at supermarkets is normally around 1.20 euros per liter, while smaller retailers, >>>


      AMBULANCES BEING EXPLOITED
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     A large proportion of the citizens who call the National First Aid Center (EKAB) are not in any need of urgent medical attention but merely want a free ride to a hospital, help for an injured pet or information about duty hospitals, the chief of EKAB’s emergency service has told Kathimerini.

Of some 10,000 call >>>


      BACK TO SCHOOL, FOR NOW
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     Teachers to stage regular 24–hour strikes until pay demands are met Teachers have decided to go back to school from Monday after a long strike

– six weeks by primary school teachers and 10 days by their secondary school colleagues – but unrest in the education sector continues, with students j >>>


      BRITISH FAMILY POISONED, TWO DEAD
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     Two British children were found dead in a hotel while their parents remained in a coma yesterday on Corfu, in western Greece, in what initial tests show was the result of poisoning.

The boy and girl, aged 6 and 7 respectively, were found by a maid in the hotel room at the luxury seaside resort in Gouvia, on the >>>


      CONFISCATED CANNABIS PLANTS NUMBER 32,000
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     Police have seized more than 32,000 cannabis plants since the start of the year with most crops being grown in Crete and the Peloponnese, according to Public Order Ministry data seen by Kathimerini.

More than half of the plants (18,143) were detected in the remote mountains of Crete. while another 7,134 plants >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     CRETAN MURDER Two Albanians implicate a third in an alleged contract killing Two young Albanians charged in connection with the murder of a 38–year–old fellow national in Siteia, eastern Crete, on Monday morning yesterday claimed to have been put up to the crime by the victim’s brother–in–law, al >>>


      TWO HURT IN BORDER MINEFIELD
      Kathimerin, 27-10-2006
     Two illegal immigrants were injured by a land mine after entering a minefield on the northeastern border with Turkey, the army said yesterday.

The army said that the two men, of Iraqi and Palestinian origin, entered the fenced minefield on Wednesday night and were rescued early yesterday.

«The mi >>>


      AUTHORS SAY SORRY TO SAUDI BUSINESSMEN
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — The authors of a controversial book that falsely alleged that two leading Saudi businessmen were involved in the financing of terrorism have publicly apologized saying that the allegations were «entirely and manifestly false.» Authors Jean–Charles Brisard and Guillau >>>


      DUBAI PROPERTIES IN DEAL WITH PDS
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Arab News DUBAI, 27 October 2006 — Dubai Properties finalized its strategic agreement with Porsche Design Studios (PDS) at Expo Real 2006 to jointly develop a series of Porsche Design Towers in 17 countries over 15 years. The 'th international commercial property exposition, Expo Real was recently held at the New Mu >>>


      JEWELRY SHOW IN DUBAI SET
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 27 October 2006 — Christie’s, the world’s leading auction house, will open a two–day exhibition at the Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers, in Dubai today. It is open to members of the public between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. and admission is free. The exhibition will incorporate a superb >>>


      OIL SCENE
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Syed Rashid Husain Weak fundamentals and skepticism in the market on OPEC’s ability — rather — resolve to implement the announced 1.2 million bpd output cut are issues that continue to plague the global crude markets, despite notable developments and announcements.

Secondly the fact remains that it might take a >>>


      AS RAMADAN APPROACHES ITS END
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Edited by Adil Salahi Ramadan is a great season for Muslims. Throughout the month, they feel very close to God. Only those who fast know from personal experience that to deprive oneself of the pleasures of eating and drinking when hungry, thirsty and tired on a long, hot summer day does not make the fasting person bored >>>


      DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUNISHMENT
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful And to the people of Madyan We sent their brother Shuayb, who said: "My people, worship God alone, and look forward to the Last Day, and do not act wickedly to spread corruption on earth." But they accused him of lying.

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      FOLLOWING THE FOUR IMAMS
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Muslims learn at a very young age that there are four imams whom we can follow in religious matters. However, some people say that we must not follow these four imams, but we must follow the Quran and the Sunnah.

Please comment. M. Fasih A. It is true that we must follow the Quran and t >>>


      PRACTICES NOT RELATED TO ISLAMIC WORSHIP
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q.1. In our local mosque, people gather after Asr prayer on Thursdays for a session of congregational glorification of God. This starts in very low voices, but become louder as it progresses. Toward the end, the sound is so loud, it is deafening. Afterward, people distribute fruit. Although it appe >>>


      QUR’ANIC REFERENCES TO GOD
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I have noticed when reading the Qur’an that God refers to Himself in the plural form «We». I know that Judaism and Christianity accept the plural formula in referring to God. Islam, on the other hand, insists on God’s oneness. Please explain.

Brian Foust A. Your observation >>>


      RAMADAN AND THE PAYMENT OF ZAKAH
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Could you please let me know which is the best day in Ramadan to pay out one’s zakah?

C. Fazeela A. There is no such a thing as the best day for the payment of zakah. Zakah is a duty which falls due on the same day every year, and it is a different day for everyone. A person becomes a >>>


      THE FRAILTY OF THE POWERFUL
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Those who take anyone other than God for their protectors may be compared to the spider which makes for itself a home. Indeed the spider’s home is the frailest of all homes, if they but knew it. God certainly knows the nature of whatever >>>


      VOLUNTARY FASTING: SOME SUGGESTIONS
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Ramadan, a unique season of worship, is coming to an end. During Ramadan we fast from dawn to dusk, willingly depriving ourselves of eating and drinking when our bodies have been crying for want of both food and drink.

It is this element of willing obedience and compliance with an order w >>>


      3–SECOND BLAST INTO SAUDI AUTO HISTORY
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — With a thunderous roar that shook the ground and streaming 20–meter tails of flame, the first jet–powered dragsters ever to visit the Kingdom scorched their way up the newly–opened Jeddah Raceway on Wednesday night. Driven by American Chuck Haynes — t >>>


      8,500 RELEASED FROM JAIL UNDER RAMADAN AMNESTY
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — About 8,500 individuals jailed for minor offenses were released during Ramadan following an amnesty declared by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, according to Maj. Gen. Ali Hussein Al–Harithy, director general of prisons.

He emphasized the government’s de >>>


      ACROBATIC SHOW ENTHRALLS RIYADH CROWDS
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 27 October 2006 — The huge yellow and red plastic tent on King Fahd Road near Hyper Panda could be seen from a distance. From a glance, you know something unusual is going on. The circus was in town for the three days of Eid Al–Fitr.

Despite the hot afternoon sun, long queues >>>


      AT EID, IT’S NOT ALL SWEETS AND LIGHTS
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Molouk Y. Ba–Isa, Arab News ALKHOBAR, 27 October 2006 — Eid Al–Fitr is a lovely holiday. What could be nicer than seeing children delighted with their candy and toys and everyone working hard at enjoying themselves? But trekking around town this holiday, too often the ugly side of Eid has been clearly visibl >>>


      CORNICHE RESIDENTS FIND HOLIDAYS ‘DISTURBING’
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — Eid is a happy occasion for Muslims the world over, but to some Jeddah residents the Eid holiday was a «disturbing» experience because of the traffic jams and congestion.

People who reside next to Jeddah’s Corniche had a hard time because of the mas >>>


      DNA TESTS REVEAL SHE IS NOT EBTIHAL
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — DNA tests on samples of blood taken from two families proved that the girl who was found at a wedding hall in Zulfi recently was not Ebtihal, the three–year–old Al–Motairi girl, who has been missing for the past seven months.

«We co >>>


      FIRE HAZARD: BUSINESSES WARNED
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Saeed Al–Abyad, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — Safety patrol units, which are part of the Jeddah Fire Department, has warned 14 business premises, including gas stations, warehouses, shopping centers and entertainment places, about violating safety regulations by locking emergency doors to use as storage spac >>>


      INCOMPETENT GUARDS A THREAT TO SCHOOL SAFETY
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Arab News RIYADH, 27 October 2006 — Guards at girls schools and colleges are being blamed for failing to stop the shabab (youths) from harassing girls when they leave school and for not giving due consideration to issues relating to sex segregation.

Muna, a school administrator in Riyadh, said that one day she >>>


      MAID CAUGHT RED–HANDED DOING BLACK DEEDS
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — Officials from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Baqaa recently arrested an Indonesian maid for practicing black magic against her sponsor and his family. She admitted to the wrongdoing in front of Sheikh Mutlaq ibn Sameehan Al–Nabit, head of t >>>


      NEW JOB–HOPPING RULES COME INTO EFFECT TOMORROW
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 27 October 2006 — With the new rule liberalizing the transfer of sponsorship set to come into force tomorrow, multinational companies hope that it will make it easier for them to recruit skilled manpower as thousands of job opportunities will be created in the health care, IT and construc >>>


      SONGS, ACROBATIC FEATS BRING AL–QURAYAT EID EVENING TO LIFE
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 October 2006 — Residents of the Al–Qurayat district in south Jeddah enjoyed a special Eid evening on Wednesday when hundreds of residents gathered at an empty municipal land to watch a live show of singing and acrobatic feats.

The event, which was being held for the sev >>>


      ARROYO VOWS TO PURSUE BID TO CHANGE PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 27 October 2006 — Saying that the current system of government in the Philippines is «divisive,» President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday vowed to pursue her campaign to streamline the country’s legislature despite the Supreme Court’s rejection of a petition >>>


      AUSTRALIAN RELIGIOUS LEADER APOLOGIZES FOR REMARKS ON WOMEN
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Lawrence Bartlett, Agence France Presse SYDNEY, 27 October 2006 — Australia’s most senior Islamic religious leader has issued an apology after triggering outrage for describing scantily–clad women without headscarves as «uncovered meat» inviting sexual attack.

The comments were condemned yeste >>>


      DANISH COURT REJECTS LAWSUIT
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, 27 October 2006 — A Danish court yesterday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper that first published the contentious Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cartoons that sparked fiery protests among Muslims worldwide.

The City Court in Aarhus rejected claims by seven >>>


      EU’S SOLANA IN NEW PUSH FOR MIDEAST PEACE
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 27 October 2006 — The European Union was ready to offer help as EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana expressed concern yesterday at the absence of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

«We have the feeling that it is now stalled,» Solana said after a >>>


      INDIA, US HOLD JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 27 October 2006 — More than 150 US Marine Corps personnel and an equal number from the Indian Army infantry division took part in «Shatrujeet», a ten–day military exercise that aims to boost cooperation in countering terrorism. The exercise began in Belgaum yesterday >>>


      INDIAN LAW AIMS TO PROTECT WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Nilofar Suhrawardy & Agencies NEW DELHI, 27 October 2006 — Promising some relief for Indian women suffering abuses at the hands of their husbands and in–laws, a new legislation went into effect yesterday envisaging heavy penalties or jail sentences for the offenders.

The Protection of Women from Domes >>>


      IRAQI DEATH SQUAD LEADER ESCAPES US RAID: MALIKI
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 27 October 2006 — Iraq’s most notorious death squad leader escaped a major US–led raid on a Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri Al–Maliki said yesterday.

Maliki said Wednesday’s ground and air assault on the sprawling Sadr City slum targeted Abu Deraa, a feare >>>


      ISRAEL VIOLATES PALESTINIAN PRISONER RIGHTS, SAYS REPORT
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Reuters JERUSALEM, 27 October 2006 — Israel’s policy toward Palestinian prisoners is «arbitrary and disproportionate» and violates international humanitarian law by moving them out of occupied territory, an Israeli rights group said yesterday.

B’Tselem, an independent body that monitors Israeli acti >>>


      TOP AL–QAEDA OPERATIVE’S DEATH MIRED IN MYSTERY
      Arab News, 27-10-2006
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 27 October 2006 — Pakistan has said that an Al–Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the bombing of US embassies in East Africa in 1''8 was killed in the North Waziristan border area last April. A Foreign Ministry press release said Muhsin Matwalli Atwah was on th >>>


      4 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN CALIF. BLAZE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     POPPET FLAT, Calif. –– A wind–whipped wildfire started by an arsonist killed four firefighters Thursday and stranded up to 400 people in an RV park when flames burned to the edge of the only road out, officials said.

"Everybody is hunkered down here. They‘re fighting the fire around >>>


      BLACK GOP AIM TO CHANGE VOTORS‘ HABITS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     QUEENSTOWN, Md. –– As a black Republican running for Senate, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele needs to upset some traditions _ the historical reliance of blacks on the Democratic Party and the reluctance of many whites to vote for a minority.

This demographic and political high–wire act has turned the >>>


      BLAZE IN CALIFORNIA KILLS FOUR
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     27, 2006; A03 BANNING, Calif., Oct. 26 –– A fast–moving, lethal wildfire, driven by powerful desert "devil winds" and set by an arsonist, consumed a fire engine crew Thursday, killing four firefighters trapped in the inferno, while threatening several hundred residents in isolated communities >>>


      BOY DIES IN CRASH ON POLYGAMIST‘S LAND
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     ELDORADO, Texas –– A 3–year–old boy was killed and another child was injured Thursday when a minivan they were riding in crashed on a ranch owned by polygamist sect led by Warren Jeffs.

Allen Rulon Jeffs was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and 3–year–old Richard Rulon Je >>>


      CANDIDATES DEBATE IN FOLEY‘S DISTRICT
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley may not be running for Congress anymore, but he was still part of the first debate Thursday night between the candidates seeking his seat.

The debate opened with a montage of photographs of Foley and a voice detailing the scandal that le >>>


      CHEAPER AND CLOSER TO HOME
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     27, 2006; D01 Wal–Mart Stores Inc. is expanding the availability of its $4 generic prescription drugs to 12 states –– including Maryland and Virginia –– after launching the program in Florida last month, company officials said yesterday.

The world‘s largest retailer held news >>>


      CHENEY‘S REMARKS FUEL TORTURE DEBATE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     Vice President Cheney said this week that dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a "no–brainer," prompting complaints from human rights advocates that he was endorsing the use of a controversial technique known as waterboarding on prisoners held by the United States.

In an in >>>


      CITIZENSHIP CHANGES DRAW OBJECTIONS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     The Bush administration is considering proposals that would make it tougher for legal immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship.

The proposals being drafted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, could nearly double application fees, toughen the re >>>


      DRUG SUSPECTS MAY BE TIED TO FLA. DEATHS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– Four suspects being held on federal drug charges were "persons of interest" in the slayings of a family found along Florida‘s Turnpike two weeks ago, a law enforcement official said Friday.

The suspects were arrested earlier this week on drug charges unrelate >>>


      GOP REP. BONILLA FACES SKEPTICS IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     UVALDE, Texas –– Rep. Henry Bonilla is in an unusual position, an incumbent Texas congressman in a new district. More troubling for his re–election effort, some voters see a contradiction in the only Mexican–American in the House belonging to the Republican Party.

"He‘s forgot >>>


      IN THE LIBBY CASE, A GRILLING TO REMEMBER
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     With withering and methodical dispatch, White House nemesis and prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald yesterday sliced up the first person called to the stand on behalf of the vice president‘s former chief of staff.

If I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was not afraid of the special counsel before, the former >>>


      N.C. NURSE CHARGED IN PATIENT‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     CHARLOTTE, N.C. –– For five years, the death of Sandra Baker Joyner after a mini–facelift was attributed to medical error. But last month, investigators proposed a more sinister explanation. As she lay bandaged in the recovery room, Joyner was poisoned by a nurse anesthetist who believed Joyner had sto >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     Court Decision Could Allow Ala. Felons to Register to Vote BIRMINGHAM –– A divided Alabama Supreme Court has refused to block a lower court‘s decision that said some convicted felons should be allowed to register to vote.

A lawyer representing felons said Thursday that the 5 to 4 decision, whi >>>


      OHIO HOUSE FIRE KILLS MOTHER, 3 CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– A house fire early Friday killed a woman and her three young children, but six other people managed to escape, a fire official said.

Two firefighters were treated for burns. The identities of the 18–year–old mother and her children were not immediately released.

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      OHIO ID LAW SUSPENDED FOR ABSENTEE VOTING
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 26 –– A federal judge suspended Ohio‘s new voter–identification law Thursday as it applies to absentee voting, saying the state‘s 88 counties are inconsistently applying the rule in the voting, which is already underway.

U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley g >>>


      REMAINS SEARCH MAY WIDEN TO WTC ENVIRONS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     NEW YORK –– Officials believe searching several roads near the World Trade Center site could turn up more human remains. But they will not advise an expanded search at ground zero itself because they do not expect to find remains on those 16 acres, according to an official familiar with the plan, who was not >>>


      SEARCH FOR REMAINS AT GROUND ZERO MAY GROW
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     NEW YORK, Oct. 26 –– Officials overseeing the recovery of human remains at the World Trade Center site will recommend expanding the search to several nearby roads, the Associated Press learned Thursday.

A proposal to be sent to Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler on Friday will not suggest an expanded search >>>


      A PRISONER OF GLOBAL IMPACT
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, October 27, 2006; A01 President Bush hopes to go to Vietnam next month bearing a gift –– passage of a bill to create the closest trade relations between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War. But the plight of an ailing 58–year–old >>>


      AFTER MANY BATTLES, STILL ON THE FRONT LINES
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     Karin Johanson loves studying the tiny print in the dozens of political polls that land on her desk every morning. She can tell you what‘s happening in Indiana‘s 8th Congressional District at any given moment, and why 20 volunteers must be dispatched pronto to an obscure precinct in Michigan.

She ca >>>


      BUSH DEFINES MARRIAGE AS MAN AND WOMAN
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     DES MOINES –– President Bush said the "sacred institution" of marriage between a man and a woman must be defended against what he called activist court rulings.

Bush briefly brought up the topic, unprompted, while raising money here for a Republican congressional candidate, a day after the >>>


      BUSH SIGNS BILL AUTHORIZING 700–MILE FENCE FOR BORDER
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     October 27, 2006; A04 WARREN, Mich., Oct. 26 –– President Bush signed a measure Thursday authorizing the construction of a fence along 700 miles of the U.S.–Mexico border, an action that conflicts with his own stated vision of immigration reform but one championed by many Republicans facing reelection >>>


      CHENEY DID NOT BACK SIMULATED DROWNING: WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney was not talking about simulated drowning when he agreed this week that a "dunk in water" for terrorism suspects might be useful, the White House said on Friday.

Cheney was asked on Tuesday by a conservative radio host from Fargo, North Dakota: &q >>>


      DETERRING KIM JONG IL
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     In an interview aired last week, George Stephanopoulos put the question to President Bush: What would he do if "North Korea sold nukes to Iran or al–Qaeda?" Bush replied, "They‘d be held to account." Seeking specifics, Stephanopoulos asked: "What does that mean?" The president a >>>


      DOES THE CODE STILL WORK?
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     The Republican Party built its "solid South" in part with an appeal to racism against African Americans and other minorities. Sometimes the message was explicit –– Jesse Helms‘s mugging of Harvey Gantt in 1''0 was perhaps the most blatant example. Usually, though, latent prejudice had >>>


      EARLY OPPOSITION TO IRAQ WAR BOLSTERS MORAN IN HOUSE RACE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     One recent Saturday, Republican congressional candidate and Army veteran Tom M. O‘Donoghue ran smack into his campaign‘s biggest problem, and it came in the form of Joan O‘Keefe, a 52–year–old NASA contractor putting up Halloween decorations in her yard.

When O‘Donoghue stopp >>>


      EX–WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL TO BE SENTENCED
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Sentencing for former Bush administration official David Safavian was set for Friday, another election–season reminder of the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Safavian was convicted in June of lying to investigators about his relationship with the disgraced former lobbyist while Safavian w >>>


      FCC REJECTS SCHWARZENEGGER RIVAL‘S LENO COMPLAINT
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast regulators on Thursday rejected a complaint by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Democratic rival, who demanded equal time on NBC TV stations after Schwarzenegger appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The Federal Communications Commission ruled t >>>


      FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– A federal government worker faces up to 14 months in prison after admitting he stole colleagues‘ credit card numbers to hire prostitutes.

Shang Hsiung, a 54–year–old specialist in fuel cell technology for the Transportation Department, pleaded guilty Thursday to one c >>>


      FLA. LAWMAKER FACES RACIAL–SLUR INQUIRY
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     A03 MIAMI –– For months, state Rep. Rafael Arza has ducked accusations that he repeatedly used a racial slur. But last Saturday night, according to authorities, he was caught using the derogatory term for a black person on another legislator‘s voice mail, and what has been a long–running sideshow >>>


      IN MICHIGAN, A SALE THE GOP CAN‘T CLOSE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     HOUGHTON, Mich. –– While Republicans scratch their heads over why a seemingly good economy is not helping them nationally in this year‘s elections, Michigan is where the party once hoped a bad economy would help it seize a governorship.

The heavy hits sustained by the auto industry‘s Big >>>


      INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN URGES LEAK INQUIRY
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has proposed a sweeping inquiry into the possible leak of a classified National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq by a staff member, including an audit of staff telephone records and e–mail to identify unauthorized contacts with news media or message >>>


      IRS GIVES KATRINA–HIT AREAS EXTRA TIME
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The IRS will put off until after the new year enforcement action against people in Hurricane Katrina–hit areas who are late in paying their income taxes, IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said Friday.

Everson, in an interview with The Associated Press, said that, after consultation w >>>


      NATO SECRETARY–GENERAL TO MEET WITH BUSH
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– NATO Secretary–General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, fresh from a visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, is in Washington for talks about matters including the NATO chief‘s wish for closer relations between the alliance and Russia.

President Bush and de Hoop Scheff >>>


      O‘MALLEY HAS MADE ENEMIES FOR HIMSELF, ALLIES FOR EHRLICH
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     27, 2006; B02 Prominent Baltimore lawyer William H. Murphy usually reserves his powerful rhetorical skills for the courtroom, but this year he‘s hitting the airwaves to try to sway voters.

"I don‘t think anybody understands the criminal justice system better than I do, and that‘s why I&ls >>>


      RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES CHEER RULING ON GAYS AS WAKE–UP CALL
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     A07 The New Jersey court decision that gay couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples was bad news for social conservatives – the bad news they were hoping for.

"Pro–traditional–marriage organizations ought to give a distinguished service award to the New Jersey Supre >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     U.S. Muslims moving into prime–time politics CHICAGO (Reuters) – At less than 3 percent of America‘s 300 million residents, Muslims are still on the fringe of political influence and power, experts say. But that may be changing. A voter registration and get–out–the–vote drive is under >>>


      THE PARADOX BEHIND THE PARALYSIS ON SECURITY
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     A theory that explains the chaotic world of 2006 –– one where people from Baghdad to Beijing seem unable to cooperate on projects that would make them better off –– was written more than 40 years ago by an obscure American economist named Mancur Olson Jr. His short 1'65 book, "The Logic >>>


      THE WALLS TUMBLED BY TIME
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Joel GarreauWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, October 27, 2006; C01 "Something there is that doesn‘t love a wall," wrote Robert Frost in "Mending Wall." The poem is in part about being driven nuts by a neighbor who ceaselessly repeats "Good fences make good neighbors." As part of >>>


      THE YEAR OF PLAYING DIRTIER
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     A01 Rep. Ron Kind pays for sex!

Well, that‘s what the Republican challenger for his Wisconsin congressional seat, Paul R. Nelson, claims in new ads, the ones with "XXX" stamped across Kind‘s face.

It turns out that Kind –– along with more than 200 of his fellow hedonis >>>


      U.N. EXPERT SEES U.S. INTERROGATION LAW SETTING STANDARD
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     GENEVA (Reuters) – Washington‘s new law allowing tough interrogation techniques and military trials for terrorism suspects risks setting a dangerous standard for other countries to follow, a United Nations rights expert said on Friday.

Martin Scheinin, the U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion an >>>


      U.S. EVANGELICAL SUPPORT FOR IRAQ WAR SLIPPING
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     DALLAS (Reuters) – A new poll shows support for the war in Iraq is slipping among white evangelical Protestants, previously a key pillar of support for President George W.

Bush‘s conduct of the conflict. The poll is the latest bad domestic news for Bush and the Republicans about Iraq with just 12 da >>>


      U.S. MUSLIMS MOVING INTO PRIME–TIME POLITICS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     CHICAGO (Reuters) – At less than 3 percent of America‘s 300 million residents, Muslims are still on the fringe of political influence and power, experts say. But that may be changing.

A voter registration and get–out–the–vote drive is under way in the Muslim community before the No >>>


      U.S. SAYS S.KOREA FARM MARKET OFFER NOT ENOUGH
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     SOGWIPO, South Korea (Reuters) – The United States, at the end of a week of free trade talks on Friday, said South Korea‘s latest offer to open its heavily protected agricultural market did not go far enough.

But chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Cutler said the talks were not faltering and that the discu >>>


      WELL–TIMED FUNDING IN TIGHT RACES
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Ben FellerAssociated PressFriday, October 27, 2006; A21 Those in power love to dole out grants at election time. With Republican control of Congress at risk, the Bush administration is busily using the perks of incumbency to help allies from Ohio to California.

The formula: Cabinet luminaries travel to compe >>>


      WINNING BY LOSING
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     When, just a week ago, Barack Obama showed a bit of ankle and declared the mere possibility of his running for the presidency, the chattering classes swooned. Now that every columnist in the country has given him advice, here‘s mine: He should run in ‘08. He will lose in ‘08. And the loss will put him >>>


      3 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN WEST BANK RAIDS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     NABLUS, West Bank –– Three Palestinians were killed Friday in Israeli army raids in the northern West Bank, medics and relatives said.

In the refugee camp of Al Faraa, Saadi Subuh, 23, and Mustafa Abu Zalat,
17, were shot and killed, their relatives and medics said. The circumstances of the shoo >>>


      A VOICE FOR FRANCE‘S SUBURBAN POOR
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Molly MooreWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, October 27, 2006; A12 ARGENTEUIL, France –– For most of her youth, Aissata Tounkara studied, played and danced within smelling distance of garbage bins.

The all–girl, hip–hop dance troupe that she and her teenage girlfriends created to >>>


      AFGHAN OFFICIALS SAY DOZENS OF CIVILIANS DIED IN NATO MILITARY STRIKE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     LAY KUNDI, Afghanistan, Oct. 26 –– Dozens of civilians were killed in a NATO military strike against suspected Taliban insurgents, Afghan officials said Thursday. Villagers fled the southern region by car and donkey, and hundreds attended a funeral for about 20 people buried in a mass grave.

The civ >>>


      BORN TO USE A RIFLE, NET AND TRAP, A NATIVE INUIT MOURNS A LOST WAY OF LIFE
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     A12 KUGLUKTUK, Canada It is almost noon, and Peter Taptuna is stuck behind his desk. He gets up to peer out the window. Outside, the Arctic stretches white and blue toward the horizon. He can trace the snowy shoreline as it tumbles into the waters of the Coronation Gulf. He can see spectral shapes of ice gathering just >>>


      COALITION NAVIES ON WATCH FOR OIL ATTACK
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –– Coalition naval forces in the Gulf are on watch for possible terror threats to oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, a British navy official said Friday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said a >>>


      DANISH COURT REJECTS SUIT AGAINST PAPER THAT PRINTED PROPHET CARTOONS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     COPENHAGEN, Oct. 26 –– A Danish court rejected a lawsuit Thursday against the newspaper that first printed the controversial prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Arab politicians and intellectuals warned that the verdict would widen the gap between Westerners and Muslims, but they said mass protests were unli >>>


      DEFIANT IRAQ WAR FOE DEFINED BY VIETNAM
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     A01 James Webb will tell you that he is first a writer, with several best–selling novels to his name. He is also the descendant of brave–hearted Scots–Irish who stood up to English kings. He is a husband and father of four.

But above all, Webb is still in his heart a combat Marine. His definin >>>


      DEPORTATION OF UZBEK BY RUSSIA IS CRITICIZED
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, October 27, 2006; A16 MOSCOW, Oct. 26 –– Russia has deported an Uzbek man to his home country despite a last–minute order by the European Court of Human Rights that the deportation be stayed pending a review.

Rustam Muminov was sent back to U >>>


      GERMAN MILITARY: 2 SOLDIERS SUSPENDED
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     BERLIN –– Germany‘s military has suspended two soldiers from duty in connection with photos of troops posing with a skull in Afghanistan, the defense minister said Friday.

The pictures, published in the daily newspaper Bild, have provoked widespread expressions of disgust and triggered a revie >>>


      IN SOUTH AFRICA, A DRAMATIC SHIFT ON AIDS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, October 27, 2006; A01 JOHANNESBURG –– The South African government is seeking to shake off years of international denunciation for its handling of the AIDS epidemic – including a fixation on the supposed protective powers of beets and lemons
>>>


      IRAN STARTS UP 2ND ATOMIC FUEL NETWORK: ISNA
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has started enriching uranium in a second network of centrifuges, Iran‘s student news agency ISNA reported on Friday, expanding a programme which the West fears is intended to make atomic bombs.

ISNA quoted an "informed source" saying "the injection of gas was >>>


      ISRAEL KILLS THREE IN WEST BANK RAIDS: RESIDENTS
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians in raids against militants in the occupied West Bank on Friday, local residents said.

Two men were shot dead in al–Fara refugee camp, near the city of Jenin. Residents said the men were civilians and that one had been throwing r >>>


      ISRAEL MAY BOMB ALONG BORDER WITH EGYPT: PAPER
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel may soon use "smart" bombs on the narrow border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons into the Palestinian territory, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.

Maariv daily said the precision–guided weapons would be used to >>>


      LATIN AMERICA‘S HURDLES TO INTEGRATION
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     By Marcela SanchezSpecial to washingtonpost.comThursday, October 26, 2006;
5:40 PM WASHINGTON –– Forty–one ballots have yet to produce a rotating representative from Latin America on the U.N. Security Council. That is 40 ballots more than it took to elect four representatives from the other regions >>>


      LOS OBSTÁCULOS A LA INTEGRACIÓN HEMISFÉRICA
      Washington Post, 27-10-2006
     Por Marcela SanchezEspecial por washingtonpost.comFriday, October 27, 2006;
12:00 AM Cuarenta y una rondas de votación no han producido todavía un representante no permanente de América Latina al Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas.

Eso significa 40 rondas más de lo que se ne >>>



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