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      AMEX LAUNCHES CARD WITH INBUILT ‘ID KEEPER’
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — In a major move to serve customers in a more sophisticated fashion and to increase its share in the growing Saudi card market, Amex (Saudi Arabia) Ltd., launched the first ever chip–based transparent card with inbuilt ‘ID Keeper’ technology for secure pay >>>


      DUBAI MAY SELL PART OF DAIMLER STAKE
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Agence France Presse DUBAI, 12 November 2006 — Dubai’s state investment firm said yesterday it might sell part of its stake in DaimlerChrysler now that the shares of the German–US auto giant are in the 45–50 euro ($57.80–$64.20) bracket.

«We are now in a position to do a partial exit of >>>


      GLOBAL CONFERENCE SET ON INDO–ARAB ECONOMIC TIES
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Pervez Bari, Arab News NEW DELHI, 12 November 2006 — An international conference on Indo–Arab relations is being jointly organized by the Indo–Arab Economic Cooperation Forum, (IAECF), and Institute of Objective Studies, (IOS), here on Nov.
13–14. The conference will be inaugurated by Minister for >>>


      INDIAN TEXTILE FIRMS TO HOLD BUYER–SELLER MEETINGS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — A two–day Indian textiles road show will begin in Riyadh today as part of India’s drive to increase market penetration in the Kingdom, where its textile export industry has fallen from $360 million last year to $340 million this year.

This was announced a >>>


      MAN TRUCKS TO BE ASSEMBLED IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — A major Saudi automotive dealer will assemble MAN trucks of Germany at its facility in Jeddah, making the Kingdom the production base for three different types of trucks after Mercedes–Benz and GMC trucks.

The announcement was made at a meeting presided o >>>


      SAUDIA TO INTRODUCE LOW–COST SERVICES
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour & Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — Khaled Al–Mulhim, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, yesterday announced his airline’s plan to operate low–cost flights for the benefit of low–income travelers.

The move was made after seeing the success of >>>


      SIPCHEM SHARES FALL ON DEBUT
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — Shares in Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem), which started trading on the Tadawul yesterday, shocked the market by falling below their initial public offering (IPO) price of SR55. Sipchem is the largest private petrochemicals company in the Kingdom a >>>


      THE PROBLEMS SAUDI INVESTORS FACE ABROAD
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Saeed Al–Abyad, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — The review division of the Investment Court, which is part of the Arab League, has fixed Jan. 20 as the date for a decision in the case of a Saudi investor who is demanding SR2'6 million in compensation from the Tunisian government for breach of a contract b >>>


      A VERY SIMPLE LIFE
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) led a very simple life. He could have had all the riches and luxuries he wanted, but he preferred the simple life. In this, he gave us a practical implementation of what he always stressed that the pleasures of this life are transitory and unworthy of too m >>>


      IHRAAM DURING FLIGHT
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. With the new restrictions in some airports and airlines concerning the way we travel and what hand luggage is allowed to be carried on the plane, it has become very difficult to start one’s consecration, or ihraam, during flight. People used to begin their ihraam about 30–45 minutes befor >>>


      MANDATORY PUNISHMENT FOR ADULTERY
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent A Surah which We have bestowed from on high and which We have ordained; and in it have We bestowed from on high clear revelations, so that you may keep them in mind.

As for the adulteress and the adulterer, flog each of them with a hundr >>>


      WEARING A BEARD AND PARENTS’ OBJECTIONS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Is wearing a beard obligatory or a Sunnah? If a young man is told by his parents not to wear a beard, some scholars advise that he must pay no attention to their request. In a certain case I know, the father has threatened to cut off all relations with his son if he wears a beard. Please commen >>>


      ‘INTEGRATED STRATEGY URGED’
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Roger Harrison & K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Prince Abdullah ibn Fahd with Abdullah Al–Hussayen, left, and Saleh Al–Turki, right, at the Jeddah Water and Power Forum on Saturday night. (AN photo by Khidr Al–Zahrani)

JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — The second Jeddah Water and Power Forum opened yes >>>


      ‘YOU CAN’T TELL A BEGGAR FROM A CUSTOMER’
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — The period after Ramadan has long been a time when the number of beggars increases. Normally beggars come to the Kingdom for Umrah and deliberately overstay their visas; they plan to make money by begging.

This year is no different except that beggars have rea >>>


      CABBIE ROBBERS IN JEDDAH CAUGHT
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — Police have arrested a gang of robbers comprising three Saudis and an African, who specialized in robbing taxi drivers, Al–Madinah newspaper reported yesterday. According to police sources, the gang would hire taxis to take them to desolate and badly lit locations outside the c >>>


      DENGUE OUTBREAK UNDER CONTROL
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Prince Mansoor ibn Miteb RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — Deputy Minister for Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansoor ibn Miteb said yesterday that the cases of dengue fever in Jeddah and Makkah were «under control.» The prince was inaugurating a three–day workshop entitled, «M >>>


      MAKE WATER, POWER PLANTS ECO–FRIENDLY
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — Concern for the environment took centerstage during a pre–forum seminar at the 2nd Jeddah Water and Power Forum at the Jeddah Hilton yesterday.

Delegates discussed the implementation of an integrated water and power production strategy and methods of con >>>


      PROBE INTO EXPAT’S MURDER REACHES DEAD END
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — Investigations in the case of the stabbing of an Indian worker in Jeddah on Oct. 31 have reached a dead end after police eliminated all suspects in the vicious murder that shocked residents of the city’s Kilo 3 neighborhood.

A police officer assigned to >>>


      SAUDI GIRLS CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY ‘AT BEHEST OF AMERICAN MOTHER’
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Arab News RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — A Saudi father could not believe his ears when he heard his two daughters, who are living in the United States with their American mother, over the phone asking him to stop sending them copies of the Holy Qur’an since they had now converted to Christianity, Al–Watan newspaper r >>>


      SELF–CONTAINED DESALINATION PLANT GIVES JEDDAH HILTON WATER INDEPENDENCE
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Roger Harrison, Arab News Aerated waste water on its way to being purified and sterilized for irrigation at the Jeddah Hilton’s sub–basement desalination plant. (AN photo by Roger Harrison)

JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — As an advertisement of excellence and quality, restaurants in France with absolute confid >>>


      UN OFFICIAL LAUDS MINISTRY’S EFFORTS TO RATIONALIZE WATER CONSUMPTION
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — The 2006 Global Human Development Report released yesterday called for global action plans to resolve the world’s worsening water and sanitation crisis responsible annually for the deaths of nearly two million children.

Releasing the report entitled &laq >>>


      4 MORE CONVICTED IN THE BLASTS CASE
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 12 November 2006 — Four close associates of prime conspirator Tiger Memon were held guilty in the 1''3 Mumbai serial blasts case by designated Judge P.D. Kode of the special Terrorists and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court for abetment in the blasts and for providing ve >>>


      CURBING TERROR TO TOP THE AGENDA OF INDO–PAK TALKS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Nilofar Suhrawardy & Agencies NEW DELHI, 12 November 2006 — Curbing terrorism will top the agenda in India’s peace talks with Pakistan that were put on hold after July’s deadly attacks on commuter trains in Mumbai, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

Top diplomats of the nuclear–armed rivals are d >>>


      DOZENS OF AFGHANS HELD FOR DARGAI BLAST
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD — Dozens of Afghan nationals from different parts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) were arrested yesterday in connection with Dargai suicide bombing that killed 42 Pakistan Army troops.

Arrests were made in Shamshatu, Azakhail and the Federally Administered Tribal Are >>>


      FILIPINO COMMUNITY LEADS CLEANUP DRIVE IN DUBAI
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Rachel Salinel, Arab News DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 12 November 2006 — Two five–year–old Filipinos in Dubai have just learned that helping in environmental campaigns is not only fun but also rewarding.

Dan Rev Rodriguez and Vincent Angelo Idos were among the Filipino kids who joined their parents >>>


      IRAN VOWS TO HIT BACK IF ISRAEL LAUNCHES ATTACK
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 12 November 2006 — Iran’s armed forces yesterday vowed to hit back against any military strike after a top Israeli official refused to rule out attacking the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear program.

«The armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will firmly respo >>>


      KCR IS TO BE FULLY OPERATIVE BY 200'
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 12 November 2006 — The Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) is being developed on most modern lines with the project being completed in three years by the year 200'.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had stated that the people of Karachi would get the most modern transport facility. >>>


      NAB NOT TO FILE APPEAL
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Arab News KARACHI, 12 November 2006 — The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Sindh has decided that it will not file an appeal against the acquittal of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and others in the Pakistan International Airlines illegal appointment reference, NAB’s press release said. H.A.M.
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      OFWS IN KAZAKHSTAN RESTLESS OVER DELAYED REPATRIATION
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 12 November 2006 — The Philippine labor attaché in Riyadh, Rustico dela Fuente, has been ordered to immediately return to Tengiz, Kazakhstan, to assist Filipino workers who were reportedly getting restless again.

«We want to make sure we have someone >>>


      PAKISTAN OFFERS EASY VISA ASSISTANCE TO DIVIDED INDIAN FAMILIES
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 12 November 2006 — Pakistan yesterday offered visas without hassles to the relatives of people of Indian origin who have migrated to Pakistan to visit their relatives, raising hopes of some 250 Pak citizens in Kerala who live here as foreigners in the twilight of their life >>>


      PENTAGON WEIGHING IRAQ OPTIONS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 12 November 2006 — The Pentagon is conducting a major review of the military’s Iraq strategy to determine «what’s going wrong and should be changed» to attain US objectives in the war–torn country, the nation’s top general has revealed.

The chairman of t >>>


      PROVINCIAL BOARD MEMBER, TOWN MAYOR ASSASSINATED IN THE PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 12 November 2006 — A provincial official in the northern Philippines and a town mayor in the south were killed yesterday in two separate attacks believed to be linked to the May 2007 election.

James Bersamin was shot to death at dawn by gunmen on board a motorcycle while he >>>


      QUIT PALESTINE, ABBAS BLUNTLY TELLS ISRAEL
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 12 November 2006 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas bluntly told Israel yesterday that the Jewish state would not live in peace and security unless it withdrew to its borders before the 1'67 Arab–Israeli war. Abbas was addressing a crowd in Ramallah as Palestinians mark >>>


      SINIORA REJECTS HEZBOLLAH, AMAL RESIGNATIONS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Agence France Presse BEIRUT, 12 November 2006 — All five Shiite ministers from Hezbollah and ally Amal quit the Lebanese government yesterday, the head of the group’s parliamentary bloc said, but the prime minister said they must stay.

«We have resigned because the majority insists on exercising power on >>>


      SOMALI PRESIDENT SAYS READY FOR TALKS WITH ISLAMIC COURTS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 12 November 2006 — Somalia President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said yesterday his government were would hold talks the Islamic Courts movement if the movement that controls much of southern Somalia stops fighting with government forces and other factions.

«We are ready >>>


      SRI LANKA MINISTER IS UPBEAT ABOUT PEACE PROCESS SUCCESS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 12 November 2006 — A visiting Sri Lankan minister who took part in the recent peace talks with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in Geneva, is optimistic that the negotiations for a peaceful settlement would continue in the coming months. «It is wrong to presume tha >>>


      SURVEY CHALLENGES MI5 VIEWS OF MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Ismaeel Nakhuda, inakhuda@arabnews.com JEDDAH, 12 November 2006 — A leading British anti–racist charity has produced statistics challenging recent headline–grabbing claims made by the head of British intelligence that there is overwhelming support among UK Muslims for the 7/7 underground tube bombings.
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      US KILLS GAZA MASSACRE RESOLUTION
      Arab News, 12-11-2006
     Agencies UNITED NATIONS, 12 November 2006 — The United States yesterday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution urging an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and condemning an Israeli attack there that killed 18 Palestinian civilians. Nine of the Council’s 15 members voted for the measure, while four abstai >>>


      BACK FROM BATTLE, A GENERATION KEPT FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Paul DugganWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 12, 2006; A01 It was getting toward dusk, the sun headed down on yet another day in the very long life of Frank Woodruff Buckles.

He had come to see the grave of Gen. John J. Pershing, on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery. Buckles once shook the gre >>>


      FEMA OFFICIAL GETS DUNKED IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     ':45 PM NEW ORLEANS –– For $5, residents of one of the city‘s hardest hit neighborhoods received three tennis balls Saturday _ and a chance to vent 15 months of frustration at the slow pace of rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina.

The object of their annoyance sat perched atop a dunk tank _ >>>


      KIN DEDICATE MEMORIAL TO FLT. 587 DEAD
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     NEW YORK –– Bells tolled in a beachfront neighborhood Sunday as families clutching red roses and photographs gathered to read the names of loved ones killed five years ago in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered with relatives of the 260 people killed aboard th >>>


      MAN ATTACKED BY SHARK OFF MAUI BEACH
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     KIHEI, Hawaii –– A man was attacked by a shark Saturday off a Maui beach, suffering lacerations to his leg and hand, authorities said.

Maui County spokeswoman Ellen Pelissero said the man, who is in his mid–20s, was attacked near Kihei. He was listed in stable condition at Maui Memorial.
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      MCCAIN EDGES TOWARD ‘08 PRESIDENTIAL RUN
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Sunday he is moving toward a possible 2008 presidential run by "doing things organizationally and legally" but will not make a final decision until early next year.

McCain, considered the front–runner for his party‘s pre >>>


      MIDDLE–CLASS ENCLAVE IN N.Y. IS SOLD, AND TENANTS WORRY
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 12, 2006; A03 NEW YORK, Nov. 10 –– For Rosemary Heath and her family, middle–class living in Manhattan is a careful balance.

Eat out once a week, but mostly at the local coffee shop –– it‘s cheap. Get away each year >>>


      MOTHER IN SF DROWNINGS GOING ON TRIAL
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     SAN FRANCISCO –– LaShuan Harris took her three children on a train from Oakland into San Francisco on Oct. 1', 2005. She bought the little boys hot dogs, and they walked along Fisherman‘s Wharf.

Then Harris undressed the three boys, ages 16 months, 2 and 6, and dropped them one at a time o >>>


      PILOT SHOT DOWN OVER LAOS TO BE BURIED
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     RIVER FOREST, Ill. –– Larry Hull knew exactly what he wanted. His dad was an Air Force master sergeant who worked on planes. And from the time Larry was a boy, he wanted to join the Air Force, like his dad.

But Hull wanted to fly. "Flying and flying in the Air Force went together for him," >>>


      RARE STAMP MAY BE ON ENVELOPE IN FLORIDA BALLOT BOX
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 11 –– An absentee ballot was mailed with what may have been a valuable, extremely rare stamp, but the envelope is now in a box that by law cannot be opened before September 2008.

While reviewing absentee ballots Tuesday night, Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom not >>>


      TRUCK PLOWS INTO MULE CARRIAGE; 3 DEAD
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     ALAPAHA, Ga. –– A tractor–trailer plowed into a mule–drawn covered carriage that was returning from the annual town festival Saturday, killing three people and injuring three others.

The victims, who were all related, had left the Alapaha Station Celebration and were traveling on U.S. Hw >>>


      A TRUE BLUE LIBERTARIAN
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 12, 2006; D01 BOZEMAN, Mont. –– Stan Jones, a Montana libertarian widely known for his peculiar blue skin, can arguably be said to have recast the political complexion of the U.S. Senate, turning it from Republican red to the same color as his face >>>


      BUSH APPROVAL DROPS, DEMOCRATS‘ GOALS BACKED: POLL
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just days after Democrats took over Congress, Americans embraced their top goals and President George W. Bush‘s job approval rating slid to 31 percent, according to a Newsweek poll issued on Saturday.

Huge majorities of those polled said they approved of the legislative priori >>>


      BUSH STANDS BY HIS MAN FOR U.N. ENVOY
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush will not relent in his defense of John Bolton, his nominee for U.N. ambassador, despite unwavering opposition from Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy, aides said Sunday.

Two of Bush‘s top advisers said the White House is not back >>>


      BUSH, TEAM TO MEET WITH IRAQ STUDY GROUP
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s chief of staff said Sunday "nobody can be happy with the situation" now in Iraq and the White House would consider the idea of U.S. talks with Syria and Iran if a blue–ribbon commission recommended that.

President Bush and his national security te >>>


      DEMOCRATS FIND LESSONS IN GOP REIGN
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 12, 2006; A01 Democrats preparing to take control of Congress for the first time in over a decade are looking to the Republican takeover in 1''5 as an object lesson of what to emulate and what to avoid. They hope to match the legislative energy of t >>>


      FEINGOLD DECIDES AGAINST 2008 PRESIDENTIAL BID
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Russell Feingold, a leading liberal in Congress and an outspoken foe of the Iraq war, announced on Sunday that he would not seek the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

"I‘m sure a campaign for president would have been a great adventure and helpful in advancing >>>


      FEINGOLD WON‘T SEEK 2008 RUN
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     10:48 AM Sen. Russell Feingold, an antiwar Democrat from Wisconsin and a longshot contender for president in 2008, announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president.

"I‘m sure a campaign for president would have been a great adventure and helpful in advancing a progressive agend >>>


      HURTING GAYS, AND OURSELVES
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     We‘re all familiar with the headlines involving homosexuality. The names of Jim McGreevey, Mark Foley and now Ted Haggard have become known throughout America because of admitted or alleged homosexual "indiscretions." We have not heard as much about their families. That‘s where I come in. I underst >>>


      LAWMAKERS GEAR UP TO FIGHT SOME OLD BATTLES
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers geared up to fight old battles with President George W. Bush over domestic wiretapping and a contentious U.N. nominee, even as Bush pledged to cooperate with the new Democratic–led Congress that starts in January.

The current Republican–led Congress –&nda >>>


      LIEBERMAN: CALL ME INDEPENDENT–DEMOCRAT
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– He was a Democrat who won re–election as an independent, so Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman now says he wants to be called an Independent–Democrat.

If that‘s not confusing enough, the three–term lawmaker who will caucus with Senate Democrats would not rule out en >>>


      MCCAIN SAYS TO MULL PRESIDENTIAL BID OVER HOLIDAYS
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said on Sunday he was preparing for a possible run for president in 2008 but would not make a final decision until after the new year.

"I am going to sit down with my family over the holidays and make that decision," the four–te >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     Lawmakers gear up to fight some old battles WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers geared up to fight old battles with President George W. Bush over domestic wiretapping and a contentious U.N. nominee, even as Bush pledged to cooperate with the new Democratic–led Congress that starts in January. The current Republ >>>


      ROVE REMAINS STEADFAST IN THE FACE OF CRITICISM
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     For a man still climbing out of the rubble, Karl Rove seemed in his usual unflappable mood. He roamed around his windowless West Wing office decorated with four Abraham Lincoln portraits, joking with his staff, stuffing copies of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" into his bag and signing the last paperwo >>>


      START U.S. IRAQ WITHDRAWAL IN 4–6 MONTHS: DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats, who won majorities in the U.S. Congress in last week‘s elections, said on Sunday they will push for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to begin in four to six months.

"The first order of business is to change the direction of Iraq policy," said S >>>


      THE QUESTIONS THAT DEFINED THE ELECTION
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By the summer, it was obvious that this year‘s political winds were not blowing favorably for Republicans. But it was far from inevitable that Democrats would command a majority simultaneously in the House and Senate for the first time in a dozen years. In July, the political staff of The Washington Post and washi >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and White House counselor Dan Bartlett .

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten ; and Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D–D >>>


      WHITE HOUSE INTENT ON BOLTON FOR U.N. ENVOY
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration is intent on overcoming Democratic opposition to John Bolton, the White House said on Sunday, but top Democrats said Congress would not confirm the outspoken U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

"I think if (Bolton) actually was able to get a vote in the fu >>>


      BAGHDAD MORGUE TOOK IN 1,600 BODIES IN OCTOBER: SOURCE
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Around 1,600 bodies were taken to Baghdad‘s morgue in October as insurgent attacks and sectarian violence surged during the holy month of Ramadan, an official at the morgue said on Sunday.

The tally is the highest since July, when the toll hit 1,815, and was up 10 percent from 1, >>>


      BLAIR TO ADDRESS IRAQ STUDY GROUP
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, November 11,
2006; 4:08 PM LONDON, Nov. 11 –– Prime Minister Tony Blair will speak via video link with officials from the Iraq Study Group on Tuesday to discuss "U.K. ideas on Iraq and the Middle East," a Blair spokeswoman said Saturday. >>>


      BLAST KILLS 35 AT IRAQI POLICE CENTER
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 35 people at a police recruiting center on Sunday as Iraq‘s prime minister announced a cabinet reshuffle in an apparent response to his government‘s failure to rein in sectarian violence.

The blast, claimed by an al Qaeda–linked Sunni militant >>>


      BLASTS KILL 35 AT IRAQ POLICE RECRUIT HQ
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A pair of suicide bombs ripped through a crowd of would–be police recruits in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 35. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki rebuked lawmakers for putting party and sectarian loyalty ahead of Iraq‘s stability, and said he was planning a swee >>>


      BRAZILIAN WOMAN SURVIVES 6 SHOTS TO HEAD
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     SAO PAULO, Brazil –– A woman was released from the hospital a day after she was shot in the head six times in an attack police blamed on her ex–husband, Brazilian media reported Saturday.

Patricia Goncalves Pereira, a 21–year–old housewife, was shot Friday after an altercation with >>>


      BURMESE POLITICAL PRISONER SEEKS MORE MEDICAL VISITS
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     RANGOON, Burma, Nov. 11 –– Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner held under house arrest in Burma, left her home for the first time since May on Saturday to meet with a U.N. diplomat, telling the official she needed more frequent medical attention.

Suu Kyi made the comments to the U.N. unde >>>


      CLASHES IN SOMALIA KILL EIGHT
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Eight people were killed when troops from a powerful Somali Islamist movement clashed on Sunday with fighters allied to the interim government a day after it rejected a peace initiative.

The fighting near the semi–autonomous northern Puntland region is the second duel between t >>>


      DEMOCRATS SAY WILL PUSH FOR IRAQ WITHDRAWAL
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats, who won control of the U.S. Congress, said on Sunday they will push for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq to begin in four to six months, but the White House cautioned against fixing timetables.

"First order of business is to change the direction of Ir >>>


      DESPITE BILLIONS SPENT, REBUILDING INCOMPLETE
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Griff WitteWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 12, 2006; A01 For a little more than $38 billion, the United States and its contractors in Iraq have provided 4.6 million people with access to water. They have distributed seeds to Iraqi farmers, improving wheat harvests. With electricity–generating capac >>>


      DOZENS OF SHIITE TRAVELERS SEIZED; 10 KILLED
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 –– Sunni gunmen ambushed a convoy of minibuses Saturday night at a fake checkpoint on the dangerous highway south of Baghdad, killing 10 Shiite passengers and kidnapping about 50. Across the country at least 52 other people were killed in violence or were found dead, five of them decapitated >>>


      ENVOYS: HAMAS ACCEPTS PEACE TALK PLAN
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     CAIRO, Egypt –– The Arab League called Sunday for an international peace conference with Israel, and diplomats said the Hamas–led Palestinian government accepted. Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, of the ruling Hamas group, endorsed a statement by Arab foreign ministers calling for a peace conference dur >>>


      FORMER CONTRAS BEMOAN ORTEGA‘S RETURN TO POWER IN NICARAGUA
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     A12 SAN BENITO, Nicaragua –– As a young insurgent fighting to overturn Nicaragua‘s Marxist–led Sandinista revolution during the 1'80s, Mart?n Laguna chose the alias "Comandante Amargura," Spanish for "Commander Bitterness," to protest his suffering at the hands of a govern >>>


      FOUR UK TROOPS DIE IN PATROL BOAT ATTACK IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     LONDON (Reuters) – Four British troops were killed and three seriously wounded in an attack on a patrol boat in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday, the Ministry of Defense in London said.

Their boat was attacked on the Shatt al Arab river, the ministry said in a statement. The routine patrol was c >>>


      IRAQ DEFENDS GENERAL U.S. SAYS IS SECTARIAN
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s Defense Ministry on Sunday rejected charges by U.S. military commanders that a general in the volatile Diyala province was targeting Sunni leaders and turning a blind eye to Shi‘ite death squads.

"All the commanders of our divisions work professionally and we ha >>>


      MAN ACQUITTED IN 1''' RUSSIAN BLAST
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     MAKHACHKALA, Russia –– A jury in southern Russia acquitted a man being retried for an apartment building blast in 1''' that killed 64 people and led to Moscow‘s renewed military campaign in Chechnya, a court spokesman said Saturday.

Magomed Salikhov was found innocent of bombing ch >>>


      MULTIPLE BLASTS KILL MORE THAN 30 IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Sudarsan RaghavanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 12,
2006; 11:34 AM BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 –– Two suicide bombers detonated themselves Sunday as a crowd of new police recruits were gathering in front of a police–recruiting center in central Baghdad, killing at least 33 and wounding 56, >>>


      NEW CLICKS IN THE ARAB WORLD
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Faiza Saleh AmbahWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 12,
2006; A13 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia –– When he was a college student in Washington state, Saudi Arabia‘s most popular blogger, Fouad al–Farhan, donned a T–shirt emblazoned with "Animal Rights Equals Human Rights&quo >>>


      NICARAGUA‘S ORTEGA VOWS CLOSE U.S. TIES
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     MANAGUA, Nicaragua –– Daniel Ortega returns to Nicaragua‘s presidency a shadow of the fiery revolutionary who in Cold War times vowed an endless fight against a U.S. government determined to overthrow him.

Balding, weakened by heart trouble and often appearing almost docile, he now preaches re >>>


      PALESTINIAN FACTIONS OPEN TALKS ON GOVERNMENT POSTS
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     GAZA (Reuters) – The Hamas Islamist movement and the rival Fatah faction opened talks on Sunday on allocating cabinet seats in a unity government that Palestinians hope will lead to the easing of Western sanctions, officials said.

Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah >>>


      POLITICAL ALLIANCE TO PROTEST IN DHAKA
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     DHAKA, Bangladesh –– A political alliance planned to go ahead Sunday with a paralyzing strike to press for electoral reforms, despite a police ban on gatherings in the capital, officials said.

The 14–party alliance led by Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina said Saturday it would block roads and >>>


      SPECIAL PANEL COULD HELP RESHAPE POLICY
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     By Michael Abramowitz and Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, November 12, 2006; A01 After meeting with President Bush tomorrow, a panel of prestigious Americans will begin deliberations to chart a new course on Iraq, with the goal of stabilizing the country with a different U.S. strategy and possibly th >>>


      TALIBAN INSURGENCY MAJOR AFGHAN CHALLENGE: UN TEAM
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan‘s biggest challenge remains the Taliban insurgency, the head of a visiting U.N. mission said on Sunday on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the overthrow of the Taliban‘s puritanical Islamist government.

The intensity of the Taliban‘s fightback this year h >>>


      U.N. HUMANITARIAN MEETS UGANDAN REBEL
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     RI–KWANGBA, Sudan –– The U.N.‘s top humanitarian official helicoptered to a jungle clearing on Sunday to meet with a Ugandan rebel leader accused of war crimes, but he failed to secure immediate freedom for women and children held captive by the insurgent group.

The U.N.‘s Jan Egel >>>


      U.S. VETOES CONDEMNATION OF GAZA STRIKES
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     PM UNITED NATIONS –– The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution Saturday that sought to condemn an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand Israeli troops pull out of the territory.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the Arab–backed draft resolution was &quo >>>


      U.S. VETOES U.N. MEASURE ON ISRAELI ACTION IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 12-11-2006
     UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 –– The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution Saturday that condemned an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and demanded that Israeli troops pull out of the territory.

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton said the Arab–backed draft resolution was &q >>>


      2 ARRESTED IN FATAL HIT–AND–RUN ACCIDENT
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 10:31 AM By ROBERT WELLER Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) – When the city created its 16th Street Mall and popular lower downtown entertainment district, Fabby Hilliard recalls, officials discussed traffic flow and parking at great lengths.

We tried to encourage a pe >>>


      2 ARRESTED IN HIT AND RUN THAT KILLED 3
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 10:31 AM AP Photos CODEN101–103 By ROBERT WELLER Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) – When the city created its 16th Street Mall and popular lower downtown entertainment district, Fabby Hilliard recalls, officials discussed traffic flow and parking at great lengths.

&# >>>


      2 DEPUTIES SHOT IN FLA., 1 FATALLY
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 1:16 PM TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) – One sheriff‘s deputy was killed and another was wounded after being gunned down during a routine traffic stop, authorities said Sunday. A search for the suspect or suspects was under way.

Deputy Brian Tephford called for backup after he was shot >>>


      AHMADINEJAD BLASTS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 3:46 PM AP Photo VAH101 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday criticized the United Nations Security Council over its efforts to impose sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program.

It is most embarrassing that the U.N Security Council, which sh >>>


      ARABS LIFT BLOCKADE ON PALESTINIANS
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 5:31 PM AP Photo ABC110 SALAH NASRAWI Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Arab countries decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestinians on Sunday in response to a U.S. veto on a U.N. Security Council draft resolution condemning Israel‘s military offensive in the Gaza >>>


      BLASTS KILL 35 AT IRAQ POLICE RECRUIT HQ
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 3:31 PM AP Photo BAG116 By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A pair of suicide bombs ripped through a crowd of would–be police recruits in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 35. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki rebuked lawmakers for putting pa >>>


      BOMB EXPLODES AT JAKARTA RESTAURANT
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 4:46 AM AP Photo JAK105 JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A bomb exploded at an American fast food restaurant in the Indonesian capital on Saturday, seriously wounding a man believed to have been carrying the device.

Al–Qaida–linked militants have carried out several bombings >>>


      BUSH HAILS TROOPS AS IRAQ WAR REVIEWED
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 2:46 AM AP Photo DCLJ10' By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – President Bush marked Veterans Day by praising U.S.

troops who have fought oppression around the world, yet spoke only briefly about Iraq, where U.S. commanders are re–evaluating stra >>>


      BUSH STANDS BY HIS MAN FOR U.N. ENVOY
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 4:46 PM AP Photo NYOH107 By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush will not relent in his defense of John Bolton, his nominee for U.N. ambassador, despite unwavering opposition from Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy, aide >>>


      BUSH, TEAM TO MEET WITH IRAQ STUDY GROUP
      Guardian, 12-11-2006
     Sunday November 12, 2006 2:46 PM AP Photo DCLJ10' By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush‘s chief of staff said Sunday nobody can be happy with the situation‘‘ now in Iraq and the White House would consider the idea of U.S. talks with Syria and Iran if >>>



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