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      ‘TALKING WITH FIREFIGHTERS’...
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     KATERINA MAVRONA/ANA Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras points yesterday to a photo in an exhibition being held at the Syntagma Square metro station in central Athens.

Titled ‘Talking with Firefighters,’ the exhibition focuses on the work of the fire brigade which includes extinguishing more than the 20,000 >>>


      CAR RENTAL FEES DODGED IN CROSS–BORDER SCAM
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     A Greek businessman is accused of hiring transport trucks in Germany and dumping them in northern Greece in order to dodge paying the rental charge in a scam costing hundreds of thousands of euros, police said yesterday.

The unnamed suspect, aged 40, had hired nine vehicles, including four trucks, from differen >>>


      CHRISTMAS ABROAD IS TEMPTING
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     The number of Greeks choosing to spend Christmas or New Year’s abroad has risen by up to 40 percent compared to last year, travel agents told Kathimerini yesterday, amid concerns about a downturn in business for domestic resorts.

One of the key factors driving the increase is that foreign package deals are comp >>>


      GREECE BACKS EU ON TURKEY, BALKAN STATES
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     Nicosia bars progress of Ankara talks Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, flanked by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos, addresses a news conference in Brussels yesterday after a summit of EU leaders.

As Cyprus, France and the Netherlands blocked any progress with Ank >>>


      GRIPES MOUNT FOR BOSSY BANKS
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     The bank ombudsman received more than 1,000 written complaints from consumers this year, most of which related to loans and credit card charges, while collection agencies were also often accused of pushing too hard with overdue bank customers, he told Kathimerini yesterday.

The Hellenic Ombudsman for Banking In >>>


      HOSPITAL FAILINGS EXPOSED
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     Health inspectors have found a catalog of shortcomings at state hospitals, including severe staff shortages, outdated equipment, expired medicine and doctors who overprescribe certain drugs, according to an annual report seen by Kathimerini.

The Health and Welfare Inspectorate conducted 578 checks during 2005 w >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     YOTOPOULOS FRUSTRATION Court rejects appeal by N17 mastermind for new defense lawyers The mastermind of the November 17 terrorist group Alexandros Yotopoulos said yesterday that he will officially request the replacement of the five judges of the court that is hearing the appeal of the convicted terrorists.

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      TAPPING COULD HAPPEN AGAIN
      Kathimerin, 16-12-2006
     The phone–tapping scandal which rocked Greece earlier this year could happen again, this time endangering national security, the independent privacy watchdog investigating the affair said yesterday.

The head of the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE) Andreas Lambrinopoulos said that unless >>>


      200', ANNÉE BUTOIR DES VINGT–CINQ POUR RÉFORMER LEURS INSTITUTIONS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     EUROPE. Les Etats membres divergent sur les changements nécessaires. La Constitution fait toujours débat. Mais tous veulent éviter la panne.

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      AHMET ERTEGUN, L‘OREILLE CASSÉE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     HOMMAGE. Il avait découvert Ray Charles. Le directeur du label Atlantic est mort jeudi.

Arnaud Robert Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Tout avait changé autour de lui. Pas lui. Dans le gratte–ciel du milieu de ville qu‘occupait sa compagnie Atlantic ŕ Manhattan, de jeunes Noirs aux pantal >>>


      AU DARFOUR, L‘AIDE HUMANITAIRE PRISE AU PIČGE DE LA VIOLENCE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     SOUDAN. L‘acc';s aux populations en détresse de plus en plus limité. L‘UE «préoccupée» mais inerte.

Pierre Chambonnet Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Un cauchemar sans fin. A l‘heure oů la communauté internationale n‘en finit plus de tergive >>>


      BENEDIKT WEIBEL A SA CONVENTION
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     CFF. Accord entre l‘entreprise et les syndicats pour 41 heures de travail. Bernard Wuthrich, Berne Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Benedikt Weibel affichait une mine triomphante lors de son apéritif d‘adieu, vendredi apr';s–midi ŕ Berne. Quelques heures avant, au forceps, il avait sign&# >>>


      BON APPÉTIT. LES CARDONS DES PARESSEUX
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
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      BONUS RECORD POUR JOHN MACK
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     COMPENSATION. Le patron de Morgan Stanley touche 40 millions de dollars. Ram Etwareea Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Un bonus de 40 millions de dollars! C‘est ce que la banque d‘affaires Morgan Stanley s‘appręte ŕ accorder ŕ son patron John Mack pour 2006. La compensation est ŕ la mes >>>


      CES BLESSURES QUI CICATRISENT DANS LA TĘTE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     SKI ALPIN. Antoine Dénériaz et Didier Cuche. Leur destin se frôle en janvier 2005 lorsqu‘une chute les prive de Mondiaux. Un an plus tard, le Français devient champion olympique et le Suisse touche le fond. A l‘heure de la descente de Val Gardena, les rôles semblent s‘invers >>>


      CHANVRE: LE «NON» DU GOUVERNEMENT
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     INITIATIVE. Le Conseil fédéral se dégage du débat sur le cannabis. La lecture de ce texte (1635 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      CLAY REGAZZONI, LA FIN ABRUPTE D‘UN DESTIN MOUVEMENTÉ
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Clay Regazzoni, figure historique. Il fut l’un des meilleurs pilotes de son époque. Photo: Keystone CARNET NOIR. Le pilote tessinois s‘est tué sur la route vendredi ŕ l‘âge de 67 ans. Homme au grand cśur devenu paraplégique en 1'80, il avait remporté cinq Grands Prix en >>>


      DANS UN CLIMAT CHAOTIQUE, LES DÉPUTÉS GENEVOIS VOTENT UN BUDGET 2007 DÉFICITAIRE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     GENEVE. Le Grand Conseil accepte le projet du ministre David Hiler. Malgré les libéraux et l‘UDC, qui ont męme quitté la salle.

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      DES ARMES SUISSES IRONT NOTAMMENT AU PAKISTAN
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Les médecins ne combattront pas la caisse unique, ils l‘utiliseront Des armes suisses iront notamment au Pakistan Imposition des couples mariés: le Conseil fédéral propose quatre nouveaux mod';les Un Minist';re public plus efficace Benedikt Weibel a sa convention Chanvre: le &la >>>


      E–COMMERCE: LES SUISSES SONT ENCORE PRUDENTS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Il est possible d‘économiser jusqu‘ŕ 60%via Internet... ŕ condition d‘ętre tr';sméfiant TEMPS FORT Le Temps I Article E–commerce: les Suisses sont encore prudents Un dépôt d’Amazon.com dans le Nevada. C’est le troisi';me site le plus consulté >>>


      ENVIES D‘ACHATS EN LIGNE: BONNES AFFAIRES @ BONS CONSEILS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     INTERNET. Les ventes en ligne augmentent, męme si les Suisses demeurent tr';s prudents.

Le Temps Samedi 16 décembre 2006 En trois ans, la consultation des sites de ventes sur Internet a fortement augmenté en Suisse (+4',7 %). Selon l‘audience mensurée par Nielsen/NetRatings >>>


      ESPACE 2 FĘTE SES 50 ANS DANS LA SÉRÉNITÉ
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     RADIO. La chaîne romande draine proportionnellement plus d‘auditeurs que ses voisins.

Julian Sykes Samedi 16 décembre 2006 A ce jour encore, l‘opération «Mozart en MP3» défraie la chronique. Souvenez–vous, c‘était il y a un mois: pendant une semaine, >>>


      FUGUE EN SOL AFRICAIN
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     A Upington, on l‘appelle Jackie. Ses clients sont ses «guests», sa table est réputée, de męme que son accueil. A 62 ans, Jacqueline Castella Pujol a fait le pari d‘ouvrir une «guesthouse» en Afrique du Sud dans une région oubliée des guides touristiques. Neuf >>>


      HENRY PAULSON RENTRE BREDOUILLE DE PÉKIN
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     NEGOCIATIONS. Premi';re rencontre bilatérale difficile entre la Chine et les Etats–Unis.

Tristan de Bourbon, Pékin Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Les négociateurs américains sont repartis de Pékin la tęte basse et les poches vides. Henry Paulson, le secrétaire au T >>>


      IMPOSITION DES COUPLES MARIÉS: LE CONSEIL FÉDÉRAL PROPOSE QUATRE NOUVEAUX MODČLES
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Le mariage pénalisé. Le Conseil fédéral cherche un moyen pour ne plus discriminer les couples mariés par rapport aux concubins. Photo: Keystone IMPOTS. Le gouvernement met en consultation plusieurs variantes de taxation pour ne plus pénaliser les époux par rapport aux concubins. Le man >>>


      IMPÔTS: NON AUX HYBRIDES
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Bernard Wuthrich Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Dommage. Dommage que l‘indispensable réforme de l‘imposition des couples mariés, exigée par le Tribunal fédéral depuis 1'84, s‘enlise ŕ nouveau dans un marécage de propositions contradictoires.

Hans–Rudo >>>


      L‘ACHAT DE TITRES MAL AIMÉS, UNE STRATÉGIE PAYANTE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     PLACEMENT. De 2003 ŕ 2005, l‘approche dite «contrarian» a permis un rendement supérieur ŕ l‘indice SMI.

Emmanuel Garessus Samedi 16 décembre 2006 En sport, le résultat serait décevant. On n‘obtient pas de bonnes performances avec une équipe compos >>>


      L‘ESSENTIEL. LE SIAM, AU RYTHME DES MASSAGES
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     VOYAGE. De plus en plus de touristes se rendent en Thaďlande ŕ la découverte des massages traditionnels thérapeutiques. Parcours du bout des doigts autour de Bangkok et Chiang Mai.

Marie–Christine Petit–Pierrede retour de Thaďlande Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Chiang Mai, un >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. DR CHEE, LE SINGAPOURIEN QUI EN DISAIT TROP
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
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      L‘INTERVIEW DE LA SEMAINE. «IL Y A UNE TRČS BELLE RELČVE DE TALENTS DANS LES HEDGE FUNDS, TOUTES STRATÉGIES CONFONDUES»
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Arpad Busson, président fondateur d‘EIM. Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Le Temps: Votre société de gestion de portefeuilles de fonds alternatifs, EIM, grandit depuis que vous l‘avez fondée, ŕ Nyon, en 1''2. Comment s‘est passée l&lsq >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La Bourse suisse Nestlé et Novartis progressent encore.

Anker Bank Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Le marché suisse a clôturé la semaine en lég';re progression par rapport ŕ la veille. Des achats motivés par l‘orientation sur les >>>


      LA BOUTEILLE DE LA SEMAINE. ELOGE DE L‘ODORAT
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     La bouteille de la semaine. Patricia Briel Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Pour un dégustateur, le rhume est un grand malheur. L‘inflammation de la muqueuse nasale rend impossible toute appréciation du vin. Le nez perçoit faiblement les arômes, voire pas du tout. En bouche, le vin paraît acid >>>


      LA SEMAINE. LA FORTUNE POSSIBLE DES PLUS PAUVRES
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     La semaine. Beat Kappeler Samedi 16 décembre 2006 La Suisse n‘a pas trop de gens riches, mais trop de gens sans fortune:
2'% des contribuables ne poss';dent pas un sou, selon la nouvelle statistique de l‘administration fédérale des impôts. Certains se sont émus de la >>>


      LA TOURNÉE DU PČRE NOËL A DÉJŔ COMMENCÉ POUR LES BOURSES
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     ACTIONS. Les places du monde entier sont en forte progression depuis la fin novembre. La communauté des strat';ges est unanime: les signaux plaident pour une poursuite de la hausse.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Cette année sur les marchés d‘actions, >>>


      LA «GUERRE ENTRE FRČRES» PALESTINIENS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Echange de coups de feu entre les forces de sécurité et des sympathisants du Hamas. Photo: Keystone PROCHE–ORIENT. La tension est vive entre le Fatah et le Hamas apr';s l‘attentat perpétré contre le premier ministre. Reportage ŕ Gaza.

Serge Dumont, envoyé sp >>>


      LE BARRAGE TURC D‘ILISU APPORTERA 225 MILLIONS AUX SOCIÉTÉS SUISSES
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Culture Eclairages Courrier lecteurs Météo Finance Fonds placement Marchés Economie Emploi, formation Sortir Samedi culturel Disques Livres Sciences Multimédia Dossiers Blogs Forums Archives Galeries de photos Revue de presse Newsletters Hors–séries Edition RSS Edition PDF Edition ePaper E >>>


      LE CANULAR BELGE VU DE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     «La Belgique a été ridiculisée aux yeux du monde» Village people. Emmanuelle combien?

L‘essentiel. Le Siam, au rythme des massages Bon appétit. Les cardons des paresseux La bouteille de la semaine. Eloge de l‘odorat Le nez dehors SOCIETE Le Temps I Article Le canular >>>


      LE NEZ DEHORS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Marion Moussadek Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Noël dans une yourte

– «Les myst';res de Noël», spectacle de marionnettes présenté par les Pannalal‘s Puppets, s‘installe sous une yourte dans le jardin du Musée d‘ethnographie de Gen';ve. >>>


      LE PATRON DE SKYGUIDE S‘EN VA AVANT D‘Y ĘTRE CONTRAINT
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     SUISSE. Le passage d‘Alain Rossier ŕ la tęte de la société de surveillance aérienne a été marqué par la catastrophe d‘Überlingen.

Catherine Cossy Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Alain Rossier, le directeur de Skyguide, s‘en va. La photo ci–contre >>>


      LES JUIFS EN IRAN, DE CYRUS II Ŕ AHMADINEJAD
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Joëlle Kuntz Samedi 16 décembre 2006 La conférence sur l‘Holocauste organisée par le président iranien au nom du droit ŕ la «libre pensée», en présence des négationnistes européens les plus notoires, jette une lumi';re noire sur la pensée e >>>


      LES MILLIARDS INCONNUS DE L‘OR NOIR
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     VALEUR. Liste de sociétés. Le Temps Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Les plus grosses sociétés au monde ne sont pas forcément celles que l‘on croit. Certaines d‘entre elles, les valeurs cachées comme les surnomme le Financial Times, ne sont pas cotées en Bourse et entretiennent >>>


      LES MÉDECINS NE COMBATTRONT PAS LA CAISSE UNIQUE, ILS L‘UTILISERONT
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     VOTATION. L‘initiative pour une caisse unique présente des défauts aux yeux de la FMH. Mais le syst';me actuel aussi. La campagne sera l‘occasion de les souligner et de tenter de les corriger.

Sylvie Arsever Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Les médecins suisses voteront sur l&lsqu >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ VIVIANE KELLER. «UN VÉRITABLE MANUEL DU DÉVELOPPEMENT DURABLE»
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Questions ŕ Viviane Keller. Cheffe de l‘Unité développement durable ŕ l‘Etat de Vaud.

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      REPČRE. REGRETS INDIENS POUR SWISSCOM
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Rep';re. Ram Etwareea Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Le marché indien des télécommunications explose et c‘est la grande ruée des entreprises indiennes et internationales, qui veulent chacune un morceau du gâteau. Le seuil de 100 millions d‘abonnés vient d‘ailleurs d& >>>


      SHINZO ABE BRISE LES TABOUS PACIFISTES JAPONAIS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     JAPON. Le premier ministre de droite fait passer ses réformes–clés sur la défense et l‘éducation.

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      SWISSFIRST ENTERRÉ, LES ACTIONNAIRES ADOPTENT LE NOUVEAU BELLEVUE GROUP
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     ASSEMBLEE GENERALE. L‘institut bancaire change de nom et se choisit une nouvelle identité ŕ l‘unanimité. Walter Knabenhans, ex–CEO de Julius Bär, est nommé président du groupe.

Daniel Eskenazi Samedi 16 décembre 2006 «Good–bye Swissfirst, hello Be >>>


      THÉRAPIE THÉ'4;TRALE RAVAGEUSE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     THEATRE. Le Basque de Gen';ve Oskar Gómez Mata et la compagnie de l‘Alakran épinglent ŕ tous les étages du Grütli discours politiques et mercantilisme spirituel. Troublant.

Alexandre Demidoff Samedi 16 décembre 2006 L‘originalité des śuvres? Une foutai >>>


      UN LIVRE DE JIMMY CARTER DÉCLENCHE UNE POLÉMIQUE AUX ETATS–UNIS
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     PROCHE–ORIENT. L‘ancien président démocrate dénonce un «apartheid» de la part d‘Israël. Des critiques affirment qu‘il frise l‘antisémitisme.

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      UN MINISTČRE PUBLIC PLUS EFFICACE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     JUSTICE. Le parquet devra se concentrer sur les plus gros dossiers. La lecture de ce texte (274' caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      VILLAGE PEOPLE. EMMANUELLE COMBIEN?
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
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      VUE SUR LE MONDE. L‘ALLIANCE ISRAÉLO–ARABE
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     Vue sur le monde. Bernard Guetta Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Oubliez le conflit israélo–arabe. Malgré sa persistance, oubliez męme le conflit israélo–palestinien. Dans le Proche–Orient d‘aujourd‘hui, le premier des conflits oppose désormais l‘Iran, perse et c >>>


      ZERMATT, VILLAGE ENGLOUTI
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     VALAIS. Pour 6,5 millions, la cél';bre station valaisanne s‘offre un nouveau Musée du Cervin, Zermatlantis, qui ressuscite, ŕ travers quatorze habitations reconstituées, le village de paysans d‘autrefois et explique comment il est devenu l‘un des hauts lieux du tourisme mond >>>


      «EIM A FRANCHI LES 10 MILLIARDS DE DOLLARS»
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     HEDGE FUNDS. Gen';ve a une carte ŕ jouer. Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Dans une interview exclusive au Temps, Arpad Busson, le chasseur de talents alternatifs, rév';le que les actifs sous gestion d‘EIM, sa société d‘assemblage de hedge fun >>>


      «MOINS DE FEMMES TURQUES VOILÉES MAIS DAVANTAGE DE RELIGIOSITÉ»
      Le Temps, 16-12-2006
     TURQUIE. Une chercheuse de l‘Université du Bosphore d‘Istanbul a réalisé, dans ce pays laďc, une enquęte sur l‘islam ŕ sept ans d‘intervalle. Entretien.

Propos recueillis ŕ Istanbul par Delphine Nerbollier Samedi 16 décembre 2006 Une récente & >>>


      FORUM ON SMART CITIES TO HIGHLIGHT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2006 — A major forum on smart cities will be held in Riyadh today to highlight investment opportunities in the four economic cities that were launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in different parts of the Kingdom within a year. The four cities in R >>>


      JORDAN TO PRIVATIZE AIRLINE
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 16 December 2006 The Jordanian government on Thursday disclosed plans for privatizing its national carrier, Royal Jordanian (RJ), as of the beginning of the next year.

"The government, in its capacity as the owner of RJ, has decided to start privatization of the compan >>>


      SAUDI BUDGET, RESULTS OF FIRMS TO INFLUENCE MARKET TREND
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Khalil Hanware & Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News JEDDAH/AMMAN, 16 December 2006 The Saudi stock market witnessed frequent fluctuations last week, but the Tadawul All–Shares Index (TASI) gained 0.56 percent, closing at 7,'50.42 points from 7,'06.28 points the previous week. The TASI is currently 52 perce >>>


      THE OIL CONNECTION IN IRAQ STUDY GROUP REPORT
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Abdus Sattar Ghazali SAN FRANCISCO, 16 December 2006 A group of Iraqi politicians and ministers is close to finishing a draft of a national oil law that, if enacted, would be the most significant legislation passed by the government so far and help narrow some of the countrys major political schisms, according to the In >>>


      AN INVITATION TO REFLECT
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Would they never reflect in their own minds? God has not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them other than in accordance with the truth and for a specific term set (by Him). Yet there are many people who deny the t >>>


      THE PILGRIMAGE — 4: THE EXTENT OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News People are always eager to do the pilgrimage to the Kaaba for the fulfillment of a major duty of Islam and to ensure the forgiveness of their past sins.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) says: «A pilgrimage offered in devotion and dedication to God can only be rewarded with admittance >>>


      THE PROPHET’S DESCRIPTION OF THE AQSA
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. According to some Hadiths, the Prophet (peace be upon him) described the Aqsa Mosque to the people of Makkah after his night journey which took him to Jerusalem and back. As it is historically known, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in the first century and was not rebuilt until the Islami >>>


      DEATH TOLL IN EATERY BLAST RISES TO THREE
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2006 — Two more people died as a result of a gas cylinder explosion that took place in a small restaurant in front of King Abdul Aziz University last Tuesday, bringing the death toll from the accident to three, informed sources said.

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      ELECTRONIC QUR&#3'AN ENCYCLOPEDIA LAUNCHED
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Javid Hassan & Ali Al–Zahrani, Arab News RIYADH, 16 December 2006 – An electronic encyclopedia for the Holy Qur&#3'an, including the art of recitation in different styles, was launched in Dubai at a high–profile function.

The encyclopedia (Iqra), described as the first of its kind, >>>


      MORE LANKANS ALLOWED TO COME
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     K.S. Ramkumar & Mohammed Rasooldeen , Arab News RIYADH/JEDDAH, 16 December 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah instructed the Foreign Ministry to issue another 1,000 Haj visas to Sri Lankans, a senior official in Colombo told Arab News yesterday.

«The king generously responded to a >>>


      PSU IN EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH US UNIVERSITY
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 16 December 2006 — Prince Sultan University (PSU) has signed an agreement with Kansas State University in the US to promote joint academic and research programs and to exchange students and faculty members.

«The memorandum of understanding will help PSU students to >>>


      RESIDENTS WANT STINKING JEDDAH ZOO GONE, MANAGEMENT UNSURE
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2006 — The management of the Beautiful Creatures Zoo in Jeddah’s Al–Rihab district said that it hasn’t received any official notification from the authorities regarding the non–renewal of the zoo’s property lease.

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      AZIZ ARRIVES IN ISLAMABAD
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Arab News ISLAMABAD, 16 December 2006 Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz arrived here yesterday after a four–day successful visit to Saudi Arabia. The prime minister visited the Prophets Mosque yesterday and offered Friday prayers before leaving for Islamabad.

He was seen off at the airport by Abdul Kareem Al&nd >>>


      BAHRAINI OPPOSITION BOYCOTTS PARLIAMENT
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Mazen Mahdi, Arab News Empty seats of the opposition before the opening ceremony of the National Assembly in Manama on Friday. (AN photo by Mazen Mahdi)

MANAMA, 16 December 2006 — In an eleventh–hour surprise decision, the 17–member parliamentary bloc Al–Wefaq Islamic Society decided to boycot >>>


      COP TO HANG FOR MURDERING ATTACKERS
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     S.A. Ali, Arab News NEW DELHI, 16 December 2006 — A Delhi court yesterdy sentenced to death a senior police officer for battering to death two men 1' years ago.

Terming the offense as the «rarest of the rare,» Delhi High Court Judge Rajinder Kumar ordered that retired Delhi Assistant Police Comm >>>


      HAMAS, FATAH GUNMEN CLASH
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Fatah–loyalist security forces charge Hamas supporters during a rally in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday. (AP)

GAZA CITY, 16 December 2006 — Hamas and Fatah gunmen clashed at a West Bank mosque and on Gaza Strip streets yesterday, deepening factional violence a day afte >>>


      MARATHI MANDATORY FOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS IN MAHARASHTRA
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News NAGPUR, India, 16 December 2006 — The western Indian state of Maharashtra has decided to make learning the Marathi language mandatory for students studying in schools affiliated to the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) in the s >>>


      ONE KILLED, SEVERAL INJURED IN KARACHI VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 16 December 2006 A passerby was killed and several other people were injured during violence in Karachi yesterday, following a protest by local transporters.

Transporters from an ethnic Pashtun group that own and operate most public transport in the southern city, have been >>>


      PAKISTAN, EGYPT TO SET UP JOINT BUSINESS COUNCIL
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 16 December 2006 Pakistan and Egypt yesterday decided to set up a joint business council to promote bilateral trade. The agreement was reached following talks between Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri and his Egyptian counterpart Aboul Gheit.

Under the new agreement the >>>


      PREMIER BLAIR COMES UNDER RENEWED ATTACK
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 16 December 2006 — British Prime Minister Tony Blair came under renewed attack yesterday for the timing of his two–hour questioning by Scotland Yard over the «cash–for–honors» allegations clouding his Labour Party administration. The investigation however s >>>


      TOP COURT BLOCKS TALEBAN–STYLE BILL
      Arab News, 16-12-2006
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 16 December 2006 Pakistans Supreme Court yesterday blocked a Taleban–style anti–vice bill passed by a provincial assembly in the countrys northwest, a court official said.

Legislators in North West Frontier Province on Nov. 13 voted to establish a moral policin >>>


      26 BOSNIAN SERBS ARRESTED IN U.S.
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     A03 A Justice Department dragnet based on war crimes probes in Europe led to 26 arrests in the past week of Bosnian Serbs who had obtained refugee status in the United States by allegedly concealing their service in the Bosnian Serb military during the bitter Yugoslav conflict of the mid–1''0s.

Th >>>


      BAYH RULES OUT WHITE HOUSE BID IN 2008
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana will not seek the presidency in 2008, saying he believes the odds of a successful run were too great to overcome.

"At the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds were longer than I felt I could responsi >>>


      CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA SUSPEND EXECUTIONS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Faced with grim testimony of poorly trained executioners operating in cramped, dimly lit quarters, a federal judge declared California‘s execution procedure unconstitutional.

The state‘s "implementation of lethal injection is broken, but it can be fixed," U.S. >>>


      CARTER EXPLAINS ‘APARTHEID‘ REFERENCE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     ATLANTA –– Former President Jimmy Carter issued a letter to American Jews on Friday, explaining the use of the term "apartheid" in his new book and sympathizing with Israelis who fear terrorism.

Carter, author of a book on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict that advocates "peace n >>>


      COLLECTOR PAYS $2.3M FOR $1,000 BILL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     DALLAS –– An art collector has paid about $2.3 million for a $1,000 bill printed in 18'0, according to the auction house that brokered the transaction between two anonymous private collectors.

"This $1,000 bill is one of only two known of its type; the other surviving example is in the muse >>>


      EDWARDS OFFERS PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– The crowd packed every pew, every doorway and nearly every foot of floor space inside the little chapel to hear from John Edwards, and it seemed like the perfect place for the former senator and one–time presidential candidate to address his faithful.

Because these days, the >>>


      EXPERTS ANALYZING SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND AT U.N. HEADQUARTERS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     UNITED NATIONS (AP) –– Security experts were analyzing a suspicious package leaking white powder that was left in CNN‘s mailbox at U.N. headquarters Friday, U.N. officials said.

"A suspicious package was found and it is being analyzed," U.N. associate spokesman Yves Sorokobi said.
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      FIRE ON PLANE FORCES LANDING IN COLORADO
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– A personal air filter sparked a fire Friday on a Continental Airlines jet with 160 people on board, forcing an emergency landing.

Six people were taken to a hospital, officials said. Their condition was not immediately known, John McGinley, Colorado Springs Airport‘s >>>


      FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA SUSPEND EXECUTIONS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     OCALA, Fla. –– Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions in Florida after a medical examiner said Friday that prison officials botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death earlier this week.

Separately, a federal judge in California extended a moratorium on executions i >>>


      GERM OUTBREAK REPORTED AT L.A. HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     LOS ANGELES –– A hospital has closed its neonatal and pediatrics intensive care units to new admissions after a potentially fatal bacterium sickened seven children, including an infant who may have died from the infection, officials said Friday.

White Memorial Medical Center shut down the neonatal u >>>


      IRAQ‘S MALIKI PROMISES TO TARGET INSURGENTS: W.HOUSE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki on Friday told President Bush he aimed to improve security in Baghdad by targeting "all sources of violence," including insurgents and militias, a White House spokesman said.

Bush and Maliki, who took office seven months ago as hea >>>


      JUDGE SET TO RULE ON SCHOOLS TAKEOVER
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     LOS ANGELES –– A lawsuit seeking to block a new state law that gave Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa partial control of the nation‘s second–largest school district has gone to a judge.

The suit by the school district and others argues that the law violates the state constitution and the city c >>>


      KY. PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR LEAVES HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     LEXINGTON, Ky. –– The co–pilot of a jet that crashed in August, killing everyone else on board, was released from a rehabilitation hospital Friday.

James Polehinke of Florida underwent treatment at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for about 2 1/2 months, the hospital said. He was released >>>


      LAWYERS: PADILLA UNABLE TO HELP DEFENSE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     MIAMI –– Jose Padilla‘s lawyers say the accused al–Qaida operative has mental problems stemming from his treatment during 3 1/2 years in solitary confinement and have asked a federal judge to decide whether he is competent to stand trial.

A psychiatrist and clinical psychologist who eval >>>


      LEGAL FLAP BREWS IN ILLINOIS OVER NOOSE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     BENTON, Ill. –– Folks in this hardscrabble town still cling to the legend of Charlie Birger, the bootlegging gangster who moments before meeting his maker on the gallows flippantly remarked how lovely the world was.

Nearly eight decades later, the noose used in Illinois‘ last public hanging ha >>>


      LETHAL INJECTION IS ON HOLD IN 2 STATES
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     By Peter Whoriskey and Sonya GeisWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, December 16, 2006; A01 MIAMI, Dec. 15 –– Executions by lethal injection were suspended in Florida and ordered revamped in California on Friday, as the chemical method once billed as a more humane way of killing the condemned came under m >>>


      MAN KILLS SELF, 5 OTHERS IN MO. SPREE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– A man killed five people, including three of his children, before fatally shooting himself Saturday morning, and a fourth child was in the hospital with life–threatening wounds, police said.

The man killed one woman Friday night, then shot his longtime girlfriend, their fou >>>


      MAN SORRY FOR TAKING HANDICAPPED SPOT
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     UNION, S.C. –– A man who parked illegally in a space reserved for handicapped drivers was sentenced to stand outside the store with a sign telling everyone about his crime.

Ragheem Smith, 2', stood in front of a Bi–Lo grocery store Thursday with a handmade sign that read "I am not han >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     Paternity Test Is Ordered In Duke Lacrosse Rape Case DURHAM, N.C. –– A judge ordered a paternity test on a baby expected by the woman who has accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape. But both the district attorney and the defense rejected any possibility that one of the men is the father.

News o >>>


      NEVADA MAN ARRESTED FOR COURTROOM FIGHT
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     LAS VEGAS –– A Nevada man whose son used an unsecured shotgun to commit suicide in 2005 was wrestled to a courtroom floor and arrested after throwing punches at uniformed court officers during a videotaped divorce proceeding.

Geoffrey Wells, 36, of Henderson, was being held Friday at the Clark Count >>>


      NORTHWEST STORM LEAVES 1M IN THE DARK
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     SEATTLE –– Residents of the Pacific Northwest struggled to stay warm Saturday after the worst windstorm in more than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses and killed at least six people.

More than 600,000 customers in Washington and Oregon still had no power Saturd >>>


      OFFICIALS: EDWARDS TO ENTER 2008 RACE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards intends to enter the 2008 race for the White House, two Democratic officials said Saturday.

Edwards, who represented North Carolina in the Senate for six years, plans to make the campaign announcement late this month from the New >>>


      ORE. SEARCHERS PIN HOPE ON SATURDAY PUSH
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     AM MOUNT HOOD, Ore. –– National Guard helicopters, a C–130 aircraft with infrared equipment and scores of expert climbers prepared to launch the largest search yet on Mount Hood for three mountaineers missing since last weekend.

A C–130 made three passes over Oregon‘s highest mount >>>


      PANEL SEEKS CONSENSUS ON U.S. NUCLEAR ARSENAL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     A08 A prestigious Defense Department advisory panel has determined there is no national agreement on what the nation needs in the way of nuclear weapons in the post–Cold War period.

In a recently released declassified version of a report on U.S. nuclear capabilities completed earlier this year, the Defens >>>


      PANEL URGES CAUTION IN USE OF ANTIBIOTIC TIED TO DEATHS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2006
     The benefits of an antibiotic linked to rare reports of severe liver problems and several deaths outweigh its risks in treating pneumonia, but it should not be used for less serious bacterial infections such as bronchitis and sinusitis, federal health advisers said yesterday.

The nonbinding recommendations rais >>>



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