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      CARRIER LAUNCHES NEW SERIES OF PRODUCTS
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Arab News DUBAI, 2' October 2006 — Reinforcing its position as a leading provider of airconditioning and refrigeration solutions, Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp., yesterday announced at the Big 5 Show, the launch of a new series of next generation products and enhanced transfer of technologies.
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      CBB GRANTS LICENSE TO EFG BANK
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Mazen Mahdi, Arab News MANAMA, 2' October 2006 — Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) said yesterday that it has granted a license to Swiss EFG Bank to establish a representative office in Bahrain.

EFG Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of EFG International, a global private banking group headquartered in Zurich, S >>>


      SHAMIL BANK POSTS '6% INCREASE IN NET INCOME
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Arab News MANAMA, 2' October 2006 — Shamil Bank announced a record net income of $50.2 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2006, reflecting an increase of '6 percent over $25.60 million earned in the same period last year.

As a result, earnings per share increased to 22 cents from 11 cents for t >>>


      AS RAMADAN APPROACHES ITS END
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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, 29-10-2006
     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 >>>


      ‘WASTA’ EQUALS NO FINE
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Arab News DAMMAM, 2' October 2006 — Saudis caught speeding and breaking traffic laws in the Kingdom simply call in their «wasta» (influential contacts) in order to get their fines canceled. Some Saudis simply tear up traffic tickets in the face of the issuing officer, daring him to take action if he can. >>>


      A GOLDEN CHANCE TO FOCUS ON VOLUNTEER WORK, SAYS AL–YAFI
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 2' October 2006 — The Savola Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in Saudi Arabia, has appointed a Saudi woman as manager of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and communication departments.

Faten Al–Yafi is now the highest–ranking female employee >>>


      BIN MAHFOUZ LIBEL RULINGS BOOST SAUDI CONFIDENCE
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News JEDDAH, 2' October 2006 — UK and Swiss court decisions asserting that banker Khalid Bin Mahfouz was libeled by authors who accused him of funneling money to Al–Qaeda in a 2001 book have restored confidence of Saudi businessmen in European justice.

Khalid Bin Mahfouz received an >>>


      FATIMA AND KIDS SPEND EID IN PRISON AS DIVORCE CASE LINGERS ON
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 2' October 2006 — Living in the women’s section of Dammam prison with his mother and two–year–old sister Nuha, Sulaiman did not realize that he had spent not only his first Eid Al–Fitr but also his first birthday anniversary inside a prison. Sulaiman is the second >>>


      GATES TO SPEAK ON ICT ROLE FOR KINGDOM AT RIYADH FORUM
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 2' October 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will sponsor the first Global Competitiveness Forum Series in Riyadh on Nov. 8. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will be the keynote speaker. Gates is well known as a technological wizard and the world’s richest man with a >>>


      NEW HIGH–TECH HOSPITAL TO BOOST UP HEALTH CARE
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 2' October 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is set to open a new private hospital called the International Medical Center in Jeddah today.

The new medical center is said to have a capacity of 3,000 beds and will specialize in various medical fields. The center is bein >>>


      WOMAN TEACHES TEENAGE VOYEUR A LESSON
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Arab News TABUK, 2' October 2006 — A 30–year–old woman taught a Saudi teenager a once–in–a–life lesson he will never forget after she caught him secretly taking pictures of her with his cell phone at an amusement park in Tabuk, the Okaz daily reported yesterday. The woman snatched the c >>>


      YOUNG MOTHER GOES MISSING IN TAIF ZOO
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Arab News TAIF, 2' October 2006 — Police have launched a search for a 21–year–old mother of one who went missing inside a zoo in Taif, Al–Jazirah newspaper reported yesterday. The woman, an Arab expatriate, was visiting the zoo with her husband and four–year–old daughter. According to t >>>


      YOUNG SAUDI COUPLES TURNING TO STEM CELL PROCEDURE FOR KIDS
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Roger Harrison, Arab News Khlood with her children. (AN photo) JEDDAH, 2' October 2006 — Vaccination against disease is almost universally accepted as a positive step in health care. The recipient might not ever be exposed to the disease, but the preventative measures are in place — just in case. It is insurance in >>>


      A FEAST OF ASIA’S RICH CULTURE
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Francis R. Salud, Arab News JEDDAH, 2' October 2006 — A two–day Asia Festival ended here last night on a successful note with the expatriate communities of 10 Asian countries giving cultural presentations. The festival kicked off Friday in the presence of 3,000 invitees and guests belonging to various national >>>


      BANGLADESH POLITICAL VIOLENCE ESCALATES
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 2' October 2006 — At least six people were killed and around 1,000 wounded, many by bullets, in violent clashes between the supporters of the outgoing government and the opposition across Bangladesh yesterday, raising the death toll to 11 in the last 24 hours.

Four political l >>>


      BJP SUSPENDS EX–MINISTER
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Pervez Bari, Arab News BHOPAL, India, 2' October 2006 — The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday suspended it’s a legislator and former Madhya Pradesh state minister Gaurishankar Shejwar for anti–party activities after he allegedly campaigned for expelled leader Uma Bharti’s Bharatiya Janashakti (BJS) >>>


      COURT GIVEN EVIDENCE OF PAKISTANI ROLE IN BOMBINGS
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 2' October 2006 — Stung by criticism from all quarters for inept handling of the July serial train blasts cases, the Maharashtra police have filed charges in the case in a special court. The charge sheet accused Pakistani nationals of conspiracy in the July 11 Bombay blasts that >>>


      FOUNDATION FOR HAJ HOUSE TO BE LAID IN CALICUT SOON
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News CALICUT, India, 2' October 2006 — The foundation stone for the Haj House at Karipur near the airport here would be laid before Dec. 10 and it would be completed within eight months, to be ready for use by the next year’s pilgrimage, Kerala Haj Committee Chairman A.K. Abdul Hameed has said. >>>


      I’M NOT AMERICA’S MAN IN IRAQ: MALIKI
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 2' October 2006 — Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al–Maliki was to ask US President George W. Bush yesterday for more help in building local armed forces after warning: «I’m not America’s man in Iraq,» an aide said.

Hassen Sunaid, a senior adviser to the Iraqi lead >>>


      OFWS HAVE UNTIL TUESDAY TO REGISTER AS ABSENTEE VOTERS
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 2' October 2006 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday appealed once again to Filipinos abroad who have yet to sign up as overseas absentee voters to do so now before the registration ends on Tuesday.

Election Commissioner Florentino Tuason Jr. said >>>


      PARTIES TRY TO FATHOM POPULAR SUPPORT IN UP
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 2' October 2006 — Ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections early next year, parties in the race are pondering their political future.

They expect the results of an urban local body election in the state to help them get an indication of how their parties would fare >>>


      PRC: HOSTAGE CRISIS TO END SOON
      Arab News, 29-10-2006
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 2' October 2006 — One of the three Palestinian factions holding an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip said yesterday it expected a solution to the crisis within days, but Hamas and a Palestinian Authority official were less optimistic.

It was the first time since Cpl. Gi >>>


      ACLU WITHDRAWS LAWSUIT CHALLENGING PATRIOT ACT
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped a three–year–old lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act, months after Congress rewrote parts of the law.

The ACLU said Friday it is withdrawing the lawsuit because of "improvements to the law." "While the reautho >>>


      CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE DESTROYS 34 HOMES
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     TWIN PINES, Calif. –– While crews made progress on a wildfire that killed four firefighters, evacuees began returning to their homes _ often to find nothing left.

Carol Hurley stood Saturday at the still–smoldering wreckage of a neighbor‘s house but was unable to bear the sight of what w >>>


      CANDIDATES, PARTIES TARGET WEB AUDIENCE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Increasing numbers of people looking for political news are going online _ with more than a third now saying they check the Internet for such information.

That group is more likely to be younger, better educated and male than the population in general, an Associated Press–AOL New >>>


      FIREFIGHTER‘S MOM ASKS GUILTY TO STEP UP
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     PM SOBOBA HOT SPRINGS, Calif. –– The mother of one of the four firefighters who died battling a wildfire that authorities blamed on arsonists urged those who set it to turn themselves in Saturday.

"I firmly believe you didn‘t believe that things were going to turn out the way they did, bu >>>


      GAY COUPLES‘ ADOPTED KIDS MAY BE BAPTIZED, CATHOLIC DRAFT SAYS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     Children adopted by gay couples may be baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, even though the church does not support such adoptions, calling them "a pastoral concern," according to new guidelines for ministering to gay men and lesbians that will be presented to U.S. bishops next month in Baltimore.

T >>>


      GUN BLAST IGNITES FIREWORKS SHOP
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. –– A man attempting to rob a fireworks shop Saturday fired his shotgun, igniting fireworks and starting a blaze that destroyed the business, authorities said.

No injuries were reported at North American Fireworks, the Vilas County Sheriff‘s Department said in a statement. >>>


      GUN BLAST IGNITES FIREWORKS SHOP
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. –– A man attempting to rob a fireworks shop fired his shotgun, igniting fireworks and starting a blaze that destroyed the business, authorities said.

No injuries were reported at North American Fireworks, the Vilas County Sheriff‘s Department said in a statement Saturday. >>>


      HALLOWEEN PARTY BRINGS OUT WIS. REVELERS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     MADISON, Wis. –– From the pedestrian to the profane, costumed college students and others roamed downtown Saturday in the early hours of an annual weekend party that in recent years has ended with drunken mayhem and police spraying pepper gas to control the masses.

But this year, with new constraint >>>


      MD. SENATE RIVALS SPAR ON IRAQ, ABORTION
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Rivals in Maryland‘s closely watched Senate race sparred over Iraq, abortion and stem cell research on Sunday, with the Republican saying the war is "a mess" and states should decide abortion rights.

Michael Steele, the Republican lieutenant governor, said the situation >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     Arson Suspects Urged To Turn Themselves In SOBOBA HOT SPRINGS, Calif. –– The mother of one of the four firefighters who died battling a wildfire that authorities blame on arsonists urged those who set it to turn themselves in Saturday.

"I firmly believe you didn‘t believe that things were >>>


      STORM BLACKS OUT PARTS OF NORTHEAST
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     NEW YORK –– Thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity Sunday from Maryland into New England as a storm system blasted the region with wind gusting to more than 50 mph.

Gusts as high as 70 mph were possible Sunday at higher elevations of New York state, the National Weather Service said.>>>


      TENN. SENATE HOPEFULS SPAR ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     2006; 10:56 PM NASHVILLE, Tenn. –– The candidates in one of the country‘s tightest Senate races disagreed on a strategy for the war in Iraq in their last of three debates Saturday.

Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said he wants to "chart a new course in Iraq" by dividing the country i >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     AM –– Wind advisories remained in effect Sunday throughout the Northeast, although rain was expected to subside in New England as a strong storm moved through Canada.

Lake–effect snow showers were forecast for western New England. The Northeast and Great Lakes were expected to remain cool, wit >>>


      TORNADO CAUSES DAMAGE IN FLA. TOWN
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     APALACHICOLA, Fla. –– This seaside town was without power Saturday after a tornado tore through the area, damaging nearly 50 buildings and slightly injuring two people, authorities said.

All 1,600 customers in the area remained in the dark late Saturday but were expected to have power at some point >>>


      US DEMOCRATS WITH BIG EDGE IN CAMPAIGN‘S LAST WEEK
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     7:58 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats enter the final week of the fight for Congress with a commanding edge over Republicans, who hope a strong voter turnout effort and shift in focus away from Iraq can limit their losses.

Recent polls show that growing Democratic momentum, fed by strong dissatisfactio >>>


      WEB POLITICS POLL GLANCE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     PM –– Some demographics and details from the AP–AOL News poll on people looking for political news and information on the Web. The poll was conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

OVERALL: 35 percent in this country say they look to the Internet for political news _ a number that ri >>>


      WIND CUTS POWER TO THOUSANDS IN N.Y.
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     NEW YORK –– Thousands of households in the New York region, mainly on Long Island, were without power Sunday as winds gusting more than 50 miles per hour continued to sweep through the area for a second day.

Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and sustained winds of 30 to 40 p.m. were forecast for the metrop >>>


      WIS. HALLOWEEN PARTY ENDS PEACEFULLY
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     MADISON, Wis. –– The crowd was a lot smaller, but so were the problems, at an annual Halloween party that ended without violence or the use of pepper spray as it had in recent years.

Police recorded fewer arrests among the estimated 35,000 costumed revelers, less than half the 80,000 that jammed the >>>


      . . . BUT A U.S. POLICY CZAR MIGHT HELP
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     Political rhetoric serves in an election season to deny the obvious and get voters to suspend belief in their own judgments. Thus George W. Bush in recent days, urging the American public not to "allow our dissatisfaction to turn into disillusionment about our purpose" in Iraq.

The reality is that dee >>>


      AS ELECTIONS NEAR, DUELING WITH DOLLARS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     By Jim VandeHei and Chris CillizzaWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, October 2', 2006; A01 John Lapp, a 35–year–old Democratic strategist in charge of spending $60 million to defeat Republicans, had reason to feel aggressive. Internal party polls late last week showed 30 GOP House incumbents tied or be >>>


      BUOYED BY POLLS, LIEBERMAN ‘OPTIMISTIC‘ OF VICTORY
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) – Energized by a big poll lead over his anti–war rival, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman punched the air with his fist as he arrived at a campaign rally at a Cajun diner to cheers of "Let‘s go Joe." Just over a week before the November 7 election, the 2000 vic >>>


      BUSH PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR IRAQ PM
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, South Carolina (Reuters) President George W. Bush reassured Iraq‘s prime minister of his support on Saturday as Democrats accused the president of living in a "fantasy world" over the unpopular war that could cost his Republican Party control of the U.S. Congress.

Ten >>>


      CAN BUSH CROSS THE AISLE?
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     With all the parsing that was needed to make sense of President Bush‘s convoluted explanations of his Iraq policies during last week‘s lengthy news conference, it‘s not surprising that another question –– on another topic –– received little notice.

It was, in the presid >>>


      CLOCKS TO FALL BACK AT 2 A.M. SUNDAY
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Millions of people in the United States will turn back the clock this weekend.

Standard time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, with clocks falling back to offer an extra hour of sleep.

Next year daylight–saving time will last a bit longer. Under a change in the law, it was exten >>>


      ELECTIONS MAY BRING NEW ACCORD IN SENATE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     By Charles BabingtonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 2', 2006; A04 Regardless of whether Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) or Harry M. Reid (D–Nev.) prevails as the Senate‘s next majority leader, one thing seems certain: Either one will show more interest in the institution‘s often obscure t >>>


      GOP LEADER SAYS HE WOULD‘VE CANNED FOLEY
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– House Majority Leader John Boehner says he might have taken matters into his own hands if he or any GOP leader had known about ex–Rep.

Mark Foley‘s sexually explicit instant messages to former pages. "Foley‘s conduct was reprehensible, abhorrent. And if any one o >>>


      HIGHLIGHTS OF KEY U.S. HOUSE RACES
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     8:52 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters will decide on November 7 which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives, where President George W. Bush‘s Republicans hold a 15–seat advantage over Democrats.

All 435 House seats will be on the ballot. Here are brief looks at events of the past we >>>


      ON CAMPAIGN STOP, BUSH RALLIES LOYALISTS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 2', 2006; A07 SELLERSBURG, Ind., Oct. 28 –– After months of fundraising, President Bush plunged into retail politicking for the first time this campaign season, telling a raucous crowd of several thousand Republican partisans on Saturday th >>>


      OWN A SNOWMOBILE? POLITICIANS WANT YOUR VOTE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Soccer moms and NASCAR dads, meet the snowmobile voters.

In past campaigns, political candidates sought to win over relatively large groups of voters –– minivan–driving "soccer moms" in 1''6 or blue–collar "NASCAR dads" in 2004 as >>>


      PARTITION IS NOT THE SOLUTION . . .
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     Desperate to find solutions to the violence in Iraq and thus an exit strategy for the United States, an increasing number of lawmakers in Congress are considering Iraq‘s partition into Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite regions under the umbrella of a loose confederation. But partition is neither desirable nor feasible.
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      RETURN OF THE YELLOW DOG
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     In a remarkable editorial on Wednesday, the New York Times endorsed Diane Farrell for Congress from a district in Connecticut.

Who is Diane Farrell? I have no idea, and the Times seemed to have not a lot. After eight years as first selectman of Westport, the paper noted somewhat desperately, "she has a bet >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     U.S. seen balking at challenge by Islamist Web WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration is failing to counter Islamist online propaganda that could propel militancy into the next generation, experts say. From the Middle East, Asia and Europe, Islamists have built an expansive Internet library of sophisticate >>>


      TENNESSEE DEMOCRATS SEEK TO MOBILIZE ‘DROP–OFF‘ VOTERS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     While Republican Bob Corker and Democratic Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. slug it out in the Tennessee Senate race, voters there are already going to the polls in record numbers. Early voting began in the state Oct. 18, and turnout is reported to be especially high in Ford‘s home town of Memphis.

Ford has had a >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     Guests to be interviewed today on major network news shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sens. Rick Santorum (R–Pa.), Charles E.

Schumer (D–N.Y.) and Elizabeth Dole (R–N.C.), Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr . (D–Tenn.) and political humorist Mark Russell . THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m. >>>


      U.S. PROBES CHAVEZ LINK TO VOTING MACHINE FIRM: NYT
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is probing whether a takeover last year of a leading U.S. voting machine maker by a software company with links to Venezuela gave President Hugo Chavez‘s leftist government control over its operations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The Committee >>>


      U.S. SEEKS AUSTRALIAN HELP WITH N.KOREA SANCTIONS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     SYDNEY (Reuters) – The United States will look to close ally Australia to provide some military muscle to U.N.

sanctions against North Korea once details are worked out, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Sunday. "I would think that as we look to the difficulties of policing t >>>


      US DEMOCRATS WITH BIG EDGE IN CAMPAIGN‘S LAST WEEK
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     7:58 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats enter the final week of the fight for Congress with a commanding edge over Republicans, who hope a strong voter turnout effort and shift in focus away from Iraq can limit their losses.

Recent polls show that growing Democratic momentum, fed by strong dissatisfactio >>>


      WHO NEEDS TO ‘HELP‘ AMERICA VOTE?
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     The hoariest jest in conservatism‘s repertoire is that the three least credible assertions in the English language are "The check is in the mail," "Of course I‘ll respect you as much in the morning" and "I‘m from the government, and I‘m here to help you." Which bring >>>


      3 POLICE KILLED, 1 DECAPITATED IN MEXICO
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     ACAPULCO, Mexico –– The bodies of three state police officers, one of whom had been decapitated, were found Saturday in a sport utility vehicle abandoned outside the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, police said.

Acapulco has seen a wave of beheadings, shootings, stabbings and grenade attacks on poli >>>


      A MONTH OF SECOND THOUGHTS ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     By Thomas E. Ricks and Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, October 2', 2006; A01 As the fighting in Iraq swerved toward civil war in February, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R–Va.) expressed "a high degree of confidence" that a new government would take charge an >>>


      AHMED BECOMES BANGLADESH INTERIM LEADER
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     DHAKA, Bangladesh –– Bangladesh‘s president was installed as head of the country‘s caretaker government on Sunday, ending a political standoff with the opposition that sparked days of deadly riots in the streets of the capital.

President Iajuddin Ahmed takes over from outgoing Prime Mini >>>


      BALL ROLLING IN INDONESIA FOR SUHARTO‘S SON RELEASE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Former Indonesian president Suharto‘s youngest son, in jail for plotting a murder, could get a conditional release this week, prison officials said on Sunday.

Thanks to the Indonesian system of "remissions," or regular cuts in sentences for good behavior, Hutomo "T >>>


      BANGLADESH PRESIDENT SEEKS TO DEFUSE POLITICAL CRISIS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed was consulting feuding party leaders on Sunday to try to defuse a mounting crisis over forming a caretaker government to steer the nation through to January general elections.

The deadlock over a caretaker has triggered political clashes that have kil >>>


      BOLIVIA TO SIGN NATIONALIZATION DEALS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     LA PAZ, Bolivia –– President Evo Morales‘ government completed an ambitious oil and gas nationalization plan late Saturday, with the last–minute signing of contracts allowing international companies to continue operating in Bolivia the country under state controls.

The government complet >>>


      BUSH, IRAQI PREMIER ACT TO CLOSE RIFT AFTER WEEK OF TENSION
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     A1' BAGHDAD, Oct. 28 –– President Bush coaxed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki back into a common front with the U.S. administration Saturday, soothing the Iraqi leader in a 50–minute video link–up after a week of missteps and sharp words exposed tensions between the two allies.
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      CASH AID PROGRAM BOLSTERS LULA‘S REELECTION PROSPECTS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 2', 2006; A14 ALTO DE SANTA HELENA, Brazil, Oct. 28 –– In this sparsely furnished cinder–block house with seven rooms, one tattered love seat and no chairs, the refrigerator doesn‘t work and the electric stove won‘t heat up. Bu >>>


      CHINA NOW HAS 150 MILLION MIGRANT WORKERS: REPORT
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese officials estimate the migrant population has reached 150 million, doubling over the past decade as poor rural residents flocked to cities to take part in the country‘s economic boom, state media said on Sunday.

The figure for migrants now amounts to 11.5 percent of the p >>>


      CHINA REVIVING OIL DEAL FROM HUSSEIN ERA
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     BEIJING, Oct. 28 –– China and Iraq are reviving a $1.2 billion deal signed by Beijing and Saddam Hussein‘s government in 1''7 to develop an Iraqi oil field, Baghdad‘s oil minister said Saturday.

Officials will meet next month to renegotiate the agreement over the al–Ahdab f >>>


      CONGO HOLDS POLL TO END DECADE OF WAR AND PILLAGE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congo voted on Sunday in a presidential election run–off intended to end decades of war, pillage and kleptocracy that have left the huge country devastated and poor despite vast mineral riches.

A pre–dawn thunderstorm turned streets in Kinshasa into rivers and slowed votin >>>


      CONGO LEADER, EX–REBEL CHIEF IN RUNOFF
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     KINSHASA, Congo –– Congo‘s president faced a former rebel chief Sunday in a runoff vote that climaxed a rough transition to democratic rule in a central African nation torn by decades of dictatorhip and war.

Fighting between the forces loyal to the two candidates two months ago marred the eage >>>


      CRUNCH DAY FOR SERBIA‘S TWO–STAGE CONSTITUTION VOTE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia resumed voting on Sunday in a two–day referendum on a new constitution that enshrines the breakaway province of Kosovo as an "inalienable" part of Serbia.

A new constitution has been made necessary by Serbia‘s change from lead republic of the now–def >>>


      CZECH ELECTION COULD EASE DEADLOCK
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     PRAGUE, Czech Republic –– The Czech Republic‘s center–right Civic Democratic Party won 14 seats and gained a simple majority in runoff elections for parliament‘s upper chamber, according to results released Saturday.

The result from the voting on Friday and Saturday, announced by t >>>


      EGYPTIAN TROOPS DEPLOY ALONG GAZA BORDER
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     PM RAFAH, Egypt –– Up to 5,000 Egyptian soldiers deployed near the Egypt–Gaza border Saturday after reports of a possible Israeli "smart bomb" attack on suspected smuggling tunnels, security officials said.

Troops fanned out across the northern Sinai peninsula, patrolling roads in an >>>


      FINAL STAGE OF ELECTION IN CONGO HOLDS HOPES OF MANY FOR PEACE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     2006; A16 GOMA, Congo, Oct. 28 –– By 8 a.m. Thursday, several dozen people had already lined up at the election commission office. Some had walked miles in leather loafers or flip–flops, ridden bicycles with skinny tires across lumpy dirt roads or traveled by car through the rolling green jungle.
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      FRESH FIGHTING IN PHILIPPINE SOUTH LEAVES 4 DEAD
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     MANILA (Reuters) – Four Muslim guerrillas were killed and a soldier was wounded in fresh fighting in the southern Philippines, an army spokesmen said on Sunday.

Lieutenant–Colonel Julieto Ando, a military spokesman, said soldiers were preparing breakfast when an undetermined number of Muslim rebels >>>


      HAMAS TEAM TO ATTEND PRISONER SWAP TALKS IN DAYS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Senior Hamas members, excluding the movement‘s leader Khaled Meshaal, will visit Cairo in the next few days to discuss a prisoner exchange deal with Israel brokered by Egypt, a Hamas official said on Sunday.

Hamas wants the deal to include the release of 1,000 named Palestinian >>>


      IN IRAQI VILLAGES, TROOPS SEE STRIDES AND A BIG CHALLENGE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     MUSTAFAR, Iraq –– The smell of baking bread wafted over the dusty central square as children clamored to get closer to the U.S. troops and their hulking armored vehicles. Lt. John Sirhal tried fruitlessly to keep order among a group of boys waiting for M&Ms, while Capt. Adam Sawyer calmly walked up to bu >>>


      IN SWAZILAND, ‘SECRET LOVERS‘ CONFRONTED IN FIGHT AGAINST AIDS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     A15 MBABANE, Swaziland –– This tiny kingdom‘s new anti–AIDS campaign arrived without warning one day in July, featuring a slogan both unusually explicit and dripping with implied accusations: Makhwapheni Uyabulala.

Your secret lover can kill you. Despite living in a country that has the >>>


      IRAQI LEADER‘S BODYGUARD HURT IN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Gunmen attacked an Iraqi government convoy Sunday and wounded a bodyguard of Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki, but the leader was not in the procession, officials said as violence rose in Baghdad after a post–Ramadan lull.

A mortar attack elsewhere in the capital killed >>>


      ISRAELI AG SAYS KATSAV SHOULD STEP ASIDE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     ':08 AM JERUSALEM –– Israel‘s attorney general said Sunday that President Moshe Katsav should temporarily step aside pending the resolution of a series of criminal investigations _ including allegations of rape _ against him.

In a legal opinion given to the Supreme Court, Attorney General >>>


      JAPAN TRICKS AND TREATS ITSELF TO HALLOWEEN
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Ghosties and ghoulies, princesses and pumpkins took to the streets of Tokyo this weekend as Japan celebrated one of its newest festivals –– Halloween.

Little known two decades ago, Halloween has spread in cities such as Tokyo, where autumn now sees florists selling pumpkins, >>>


      JET WITH 104 ABOARD CRASHES IN NIGERIA
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     ABUJA, Nigeria –– A Nigerian airliner reportedly carrying 104 people crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from the airport in Abuja during a storm and at least six people survived, Nigerian media reported.

The airline had 104 passengers and crew members on board when it went down near the airport in >>>


      MAJOR PLANE CRASHES IN THE LAST 2 YEARS
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     PM –– Some of the deadliest plane crashes in the past two years: _ Oct. 2', 2006: A Nigerian ADC Airlines plane carrying 104 people crashed shortly after taking off during a storm in Abuja. Six people survived, but the others were feared dead.

_ Sept. 2', 2006: A Gol Airlines flight crashed >>>


      NATO SAYS 55 SUSPECTED INSURGENTS KILLED
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– NATO and Afghan troops battled a large group of insurgents who attacked a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing 55 suspected militants, the alliance said Sunday.

Some 100 to 150 militants attacked the troops north of Tarin Kowt, in Uruzgan province, the statement said. >>>


      NATO: 70 SUSPECTED INSURGENTS KILLED
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– NATO and Afghan troops killed 70 suspected militants who attacked a military base in southern Afghanistan, while a roadside blast killed one NATO soldier and wounded eight others, the alliance said Sunday.

Some 100 to 150 militants attacked a military base north of Tarin Kowt i >>>


      NEW PHOTOS SHOW CASTRO STANDING, TALKING
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     AM HAVANA –– Photographs of Fidel Castro standing and talking on the phone were published Sunday in Cuba‘s state–run media, a day after the ailing leader appeared in a video to dispel rumors he was on his deathbed.

The Communist Youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde dedicated its front page t >>>


      OVER 100 DEAD IN NIGERIAN AIRLINER CRASH
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     ABUJA (Reuters) – About 100 people including the head of Nigeria‘s Muslims died on Sunday when a local airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nigerian capital Abuja, authorities said.

An ADC Airlines official said 105 people were on board the scheduled flight to the northern city of Sokoto >>>


      POLICE ORDERED TO OAXACA AFTER 3 KILLINGS IN STRIKE
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     2006; ':30 AM MEXICO CITY, Oct. 28 –– President Vicente Fox on Saturday ordered federal police to seize control of strike–ravaged Oaxaca de Juarez, a popular tourist destination where a U.S. journalist was among three people killed Friday.

Despite pressure from Oaxaca‘s tourist indus >>>


      POLICE SURROUND BESIEGED MEXICAN CITY
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     OAXACA, Mexico –– Federal police in riot gear and armored cars took up positions on the outskirts of this southern Mexican city on Sunday, as leftist protesters who have taken charge of the streets stood firm at their barricades of tree trunks and hijacked trucks.

The teachers whose strike over pay >>>


      REPORT: U.S. MULLS DEFENSES FOR TOKYO
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     TOKYO –– The U.S. is considering deploying its advanced Patriot missile defense system near Tokyo after North Korea‘s recent missile and nuclear tests, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Washington unofficially informed the Japanese government it is considering putting Patriot Advanced Capability 3 >>>


      SOMALIA ISLAMIC GROUP: PEACE TALKS OFF
      Washington Post, 29-10-2006
     MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Somalia‘s Islamic group said Sunday it would not attend peace talks with the transitional government, demanding that Ethiopian troops withdraw from the country.

The talks, scheduled to start Monday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, were supposed to focus on power sharing >>>



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