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      CHURCH ISSUES A CHRISTMAS REMINDER
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     Archbishop facing dissent Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, and Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Church of Greece, sought to remind the faithful yesterday that Christmas is not just a commercial event.

In their annual addresses, the two religious leaders s >>>


      CONGESTION ON THE RISE IN ATHENS
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     The average speed of cars traveling in Athens during peak traffic has dropped by 10 percent this year due to a growing number of vehicles choking the capital’s roads, experts said yesterday.

Data from the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (SES) show that drivers on many of Athens’s roads are kept t >>>


      EARLY ELECTIONS MULLED
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     PM drops hint; PASOK prepares to go to polls in spring/fall 2007 Officials close to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis yesterday denied that the ruling conservatives were considering calling elections next year even though the premier had earlier given the strongest hint yet that he may go to the polls early.

Rou >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     GREEKS ABROAD Papoulias praises diaspora as shining example of Hellenism President Karolos Papoulias yesterday praised the contribution of Greeks living abroad in his annual message to the diaspora. «Greeks abroad are active citizens of their countries and... contribute in many ways so that Hellenism holds the pos >>>


      MENTALLY ILL PARENTS CAN PASS ON PROBLEMS
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     A third of children whose parents suffer from a mental illness will show signs of an emotional or behavioral disorder because of parental neglect, according to data from health officials.

Experts said that 70 to 80 percent of mentally ill parents also have a higher chance of losing custody of their children and >>>


      ON ERMOU STREET...
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     THANASSIS STAVRAKIS/AP Shoppers on Ermou Street in central Athens yesterday stop to pat a miniature pony which was on show in the busy shopping district. Meanwhile, there will be entertainment for youngsters available in the city center today when Athens Mayor Theodoros Behrakis opens ‘Kids Town’ in Zappeion at 12.30 p. >>>


      POLICE STATIONS’ SECURITY UPPED
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     Parts of streets in front of Athens police stations are being closed to protect the buildings against attacks from self–styled anarchists, sources revealed yesterday.

The sources said that work is under way to strengthen security at some seven police stations and the force’s headquarters. This plan involv >>>


      TRASH PILES UP AS RECYCLING FAILS
      Kathimerin, 23-12-2006
     The amount of rubbish produced per person in Greece has increased 43 percent to 440 kilos per year since 1''5 with packaging waste – from food and consumer items – adding to household garbage, experts said yesterday.

Most of the household rubbish ends up in any one of the 1,200 legal and illegal landfil >>>


      A FRIBOURG, LES FAUTEUILS DU CONSEIL D‘ETAT SE DISTRIBUENT DANS LA SÉRÉNITÉ
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     FRIBOURG. Tr';s consensuel, le gouvernement fribourgeois a opté pour la continuité, en laissant aux partis en place leurs anciens départements.

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S‘abo >>>


      AILLEURS. LES BALCONS DE LJUBLJANA
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     La tranquille capitale slov';ne, baignée de verdure, raconte l‘histoire de la Mitteleuropa, du Moyen Age ŕ l‘opulence monumentale du XXe si';cle.

Promenade entre les terrasses branchées et les kiosques oů l‘on déguste le poulpe.

Michel Samson, >>>


      ARNO DEL CURTO, LE GOUROU DES CIMES
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     HOCKEY SUR GLACE. L‘entraîneur du HC Davos, en poste depuis dix ans, fait office d‘exception dans un microcosme oů l‘ętre humain passe souvent au second plan.

Simon Meier Samedi 23 décembre 2006 «Je me fous compl';tement de ce que l‘on peut dire ou pense >>>


      BON APPÉTIT. CRČME BRŰLÉE AU VIN CUIT
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Bon appétit. Maxime Pietri Samedi 23 décembre 2006 La cr';me br$';lée, dessert ŕ la mode, s‘affiche sur les cartes d‘ŕ peu pr';s tous les restaurants, depuis la cantine d‘altitude oů c‘est la tantine qui gouverne l‘antique potager ŕ >>>


      BOURSE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Bourse suisse Recul généralisé dans de faibles volumes.

Anker Bank Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Au cours de sa derni';re séance avant Noël, le marché suisse n‘a gu';re fait d‘étincelles. Les investisseurs sont de >>>


      CHARLES–LOUIS ROCHAT, PRÉSIDENCE FINALE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     VAUD. Le libéral présidera le Conseil d‘Etat avant de le quitter, fin juin. Nicolas Dufour Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Ce sera une année «presque ordinaire», assure Charles–Louis Rochat. Apr';s le grand argentier Pascal Broulis, le chef du Département de la sécur >>>


      CŚUR DE LOUVE, CHEFFE DE MEUTE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     De son enfance insouciante dans les pâturages de la vallée de Joux ŕ son immigration canadienne au bord du Saint–Maurice, la vie de Marcelle Fressineau se confond avec plusieurs générations de chiens. Coureuse des bois, elle a enfin découvert la liberté au cśur du Québe >>>


      DANS MOGADISCIO, CAPITALE EN ALERTE, LES ISLAMISTES PRĘCHENT LEUR «GUERRE SAINTE»
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     SOMALIE. Les miliciens islamistes, qui ont déclaré la guerre ŕ l‘Ethiopie, tentent de prendre Baidoa oů sont retranchées les troupes gouvernementales.

Reportage dans la capitale somalienne, presque acquise ŕ la cause de ses nouveaux maîtres.

La lecture de ce tex >>>


      DEUX ANS ET DEMI DE PRISON POUR LE PROPRIÉTAIRE DES PITBULLS D‘OBERGLATT
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     ZURICH. Les chiens avaient tué un garçon de six ans, Süleyman, il y a une année.

Catherine Cossy Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Devant la justiceLe propriétaire des pitbulls qui ont, il y a une année ŕ Oberglatt (ZH), tué un garçonnet de 6 ans, a été condamn& >>>


      ENVISAGER UNE VIE SANS MOLOSSES
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Catherine Cossy Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Que p';sent deux ans et demi de prison face ŕ la douleur de parents qui ont perdu leur seul enfant, déchiqueté par des chiens en furie? Le jugement de premi';re instance dans le cas des pitbulls tueurs d‘Oberglatt paraît clément, >>>


      FIDEL CASTRO, UN THČME D‘INVESTISSEMENT EN 2007
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     DETTE. La recherche de rendements conduit les gérants obligataires vers l‘exotisme.

Jean–Louis Richard Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Patrick Willis, un courtier en obligations ŕ Londres, décortique avec attention les rapports sur l‘état de santé du Lider maximo. « >>>


      FRAPPÉS PAR LA CRISE DE L‘AUTOMOBILE, LES ÉQUIPEMENTIERS SE RÉORGANISENT
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     INDUSTRIE. Le fournisseur américain Delphi pourrait ętre racheté en début d‘année. En réalité, c‘est tout le secteur qui est touché par un marché en mutation et des prix de l‘acier en hausse.

Ram Etwareea Samedi 23 décembre 2006 La course pour >>>


      GAZPROM NE COUPERA PAS LE GAZ Ŕ LA GÉORGIE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     ACCORD. Le géant russe assure dans la foulée qu‘il continuera ŕ livrer le Turkménistan.

Le Temps Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Gazprom s‘est finalement mis d‘accord avec la Géorgie sur la fourniture de plus d‘un milliard de m3 de gaz en 2007. Il le vendra au prix >>>


      GENČVE SÉDUIT DE PLUS EN PLUS DE GÉRANTS DE HAUT VOL
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     FINANCE. La gestion des fonds de Philippe Jabre démarre le 1er février. Deux autres hedge funds se sont lancés dans la ville du bout du lac. La gestion de la fortune Goldsmith aussi y est centralisée.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Le frémissement est ind >>>


      IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS. LE THALLIUM, POISON VEDETTE AVANT LE POLONIUM 210
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Il était une fois. Joëlle Kuntz Samedi 23 décembre 2006 L‘emploi de polonium 210 radioactif pour tuer, comme dans le cas de sa premi';re victime, l‘ex–espion russe Alexandre Litvinenko, s';me le désarroi dans le monde de la science et celui de la sécurité. >>>


      IPSWICH: INCULPATION D‘UN QUADRAGÉNAIRE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     MEURTRES. Un «Monsieur Tout–le–monde» de la région est sous les verrous. Rinaldo Depagne, Londres Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Peu ŕ peu, le myst';re s‘estompe autour d‘une affaire qui fait courir depuis trois semaines des centaines de policiers britanniques.

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      JÉSUS, QUEL MESSAGE AUJOURD‘HUI? PAROLES DE ROMANDS
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     NATIVITE. Sept personnalités livrent leurs appréciations sur l‘actualité de Jésus. Que dirait–il?

Le Temps Samedi 23 décembre 2006 «Voici comment arriva la naissance de Jésus–Christ. Marie, sa m';re, était fiancée ŕ Joseph; avant leur >>>


      JÉSUS, SON MESSAGE, SON ACTUALITÉ
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Crypte de l’église de la Nativité ŕ Bethléem. En raison des obstacles administratifs, seuls 18000 touristes sont attendus cette année dans la ville de Cisjordanie. Photo: Keystone Que retenir de la personne Jésus? Quel est l‘essentiel de son message?

Quelles devraient ęt >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. ON A RETROUVÉ LA MESSE PERDUE DE RILKE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     L‘histoire. La lecture de ce texte (1770 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

S‘abonner ŕ l‘édition en ligne pour 16 CHF par mois. Permet de consulter tous les articles du jour, les éditions PDF et ePaper et de profiter d‘autres ava >>>


      L‘INTERVIEW DE LA SEMAINE. «LA DISCRIMINATION DES SALAIRES ENTRE HOMMES ET FEMMES SERA UN COMBAT PRIORITAIRE D‘UNIA EN 2007»
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Andreas Rieger, nouveau coprésident du syndicat Unia. Daniel Eskenazi, Zurich Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Le Temps: Par rapport ŕ votre prédécesseur Vasco Pedrina, quelles différences allez–vous introduire dans la mani';re de diriger Unia?

Andreas Rieger:En ce qui concern >>>


      LA BANQUE EFG ÉTOFFE SA PRÉSENCE EN SCANDINAVIE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     COURTAGE. L‘institut zurichois de gestion de fortune ach';te la société suédoise Quesada.

Thomas Thöni, Zurich Samedi 23 décembre 2006 EFG Investment Bank AB, la filiale suédoise du groupe zurichois de private banking EFG International, a annoncé vendredi l&lsquo >>>


      LA CAISSE UNIQUE, «UN MONSTRE TROP COŰTEUX»
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Pascal Couchepin. Devant la presse, le conseiller fédéral n’a pas mâché ses mots sur cette initiative qu’il juge contre–productive. Photo: Keystone VOTATION. Pascal Couchepin a lancé la campagne contre une caisse unique, qui entraînerait une baisse des prestations.

Ron Hochul >>>


      LA CLASSE POLITIQUE AMÉRICAINE, CANCRE EN MATIČRE D‘ISLAM
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     ETATS–UNIS. Chiite ou sunnite? Le journaliste Jeff Stein traque l‘ignorance. La lecture de ce texte (38'8 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LA CULTURE EN 2006 (3/6). LE RÉVEIL DES GÉNIES OU L‘ANNÉE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     La culture en 2006 (3/6). Le réveil des génies ou l‘année Mozart, un faire–valoir pour les stars Samuel Beckett, les beaux jours d‘un maître qui se rit de l‘âge Le culte Robert Walser Le vrai Chostakovitch A propos, en 2007 Le palmar';s de nos critiques (3/6): les >>>


      LA MEILLEURE PROTECTION DE L‘EMPLOI...
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     MULTINATIONALES. ...est d‘investir ŕ l‘étranger, selon une étude allemande. Emmanuel Garessus Samedi 23 décembre 2006 La sécurité de l‘emploi dans le pays d‘origine est–elle réduite ou accrue par une expansion des investissements des multinationales ŕ >>>


      LA SEMAINE. DES CADEAUX DE NOËL... MAIS POUR L‘ETAT
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     La semaine. Beat Kappeler Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Les politiciens pensent aux cadeaux de Noël – mais des cadeaux plutôt destinés ŕ l‘Etat. Car les cadeaux de Noël en politique s‘énoncent en termes de fiscalité, et ils sont plutôt orientés vers la hausse >>>


      LE NEZ DEHORS
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Marion Moussadek Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Veillée de Noël

– Une veillée de Noël «comme ŕ la maison» est proposée gratuitement au restaurant du Parc des Bastions. Repas, animations, jeux gratuits. Possibilité d‘ętre raccompagné apr' >>>


      LE PALMARČS DE NOS CRITIQUES (3/6): LES MEILLEURES EXPOSITIONS EN SUISSE ET Ŕ L‘ÉTRANGER
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Le choix de «Philippe Mathonnet» Le choix de «Laurence Chauvy» CULTURE Le Temps I Culture I Article Le palmar';s de nos critiques (3/6): les meilleures expositions en Suisse et ŕ l‘étranger Le Temps Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Le choix de «Philippe Mathonnet» >>>


      LE RETRAIT QUI DONNE UNE CHANCE DE SURVIE AU BC BONCOURT
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     BASKETBALL. Le club jurassien est surendetté. Il paie la fuite en avant de son président, qui s‘en est allé le 7 décembre.

Serge Jubin Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Le 21 mai 2003, cinq ans apr';s sa promotion en Ligue A, le Basket Club Boncourt est sacré champion suisse de >>>


      LES CLUBS DU VATICAN S‘ARRACHENT LES SÉMINARISTES LES PLUS TONIQUES
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     FOOTBALL. Dans la perspective de la «Clericus Cup» qui commencera en 2007, les négociations vont bon train place Saint–Pierre.

Guillaume Prébois, Milan Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Soutane et crampons. Homélie et ballon rond. Dans les sacristies de Rome et les coursives du Vatic >>>


      LES ENTREPRISES DISTRIBUENT–ELLES LEURS GAINS SOUS FORME DE PRIMES? A PEINE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     REMUNERATIONS. Les gratifications de fin d‘année ou les autres «cadeaux» accordés aux salariés de base ne compensent de loin pas l‘écart entre la petite progression des salaires et celle, plus importante, des bénéfices dans maintes branches.

Yves Genier, Col >>>


      LES MINISTRES JURASSIENS SE DÉCHIRENT AU MOMENT DE SE RÉPARTIR LE TRAVAIL
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     JURA. Doyen d‘âge et président en exercice, le chrétien–social Laurent Schaffter est éjecté de l‘Equipement. Le radical Michel Probst obtient l‘Economie, qu‘il revendiquait.

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      LES SANS–PAPIERS DE L‘ABSINTHE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     NEUCHATEL. Le 31 décembre prendra fin la période de tolérance qui a suivi la légalisation de l‘absinthe. La Régie fédérale des alcools assure qu‘elle ne m';nera pas de chasse aux sorci';res, mais certains distillateurs craignent pour leur avenir.

Pi >>>


      NICOLAS SARKOZY RČGNE EN MAÎTRE SUR SON CAMP
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     FRANCE. Presque tous les dirigeants de droite se sont ralliés au président de l‘UMP.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Tels des vassaux face ŕ leur seigneur, les barons de la droite française s‘inclinent devant Nicolas Sarkozy. Depuis trois semaines, une processi >>>


      NOËL Ŕ L‘ÉCOLE: «OUI AU SAPIN, NON Ŕ LA CRČCHE»
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     RELIGION. Comment fęter Noël en milieu scolaire dans une Suisse toujours plus multiculturelle? Apr';s deux semaines de polémique, parole ŕ un militant de la laďcité.

Etienne Dubuis Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Tout est parti d‘une phrase au conditionnel dans Le Temps. >>>


      POLLUTION SOUS LE SAPIN
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     MODE. Les Suédois s‘offrent des bons écolo. Le Temps Samedi 23 décembre 2006 «Ce Noël, j‘offre ŕ mon mari une tonne de dioxyde.» Vrai, dans la bouche d‘une Suédoise. Ou plausible. Car les Suédois s‘emballent pour les cadeaux écologiques.

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      SANCTIONS CONTRE L‘IRAN: LE RISQUE D‘UNE ESCALADE
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     NATIONS UNIES. Le Conseil de sécurité entend punir Téhéran pour son programme nucléaire.

Stéphane Bussard Samedi 23 décembre 2006 L‘étau sur l‘Iran se resserre. Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies devrait adopter, samedi, une résolution imp >>>


      SEULES TROIS CAISSES DE PENSION SUR CENT AFFICHENT ENCORE UN DÉCOUVERT
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     RETRAITES. La sous–couverture de l‘ensemble des institutions helvétiques de prévoyance s‘est réduite de 8,2 milliards de francs en 2005, pour s‘établir ŕ 1',5 milliards.

Bastien Buss Samedi 23 décembre 2006 De l‘avis męme du conseiller fé >>>


      SITE UNIQUE DE LA HE–ARC: TERGIVERSATIONS Ŕ NEUCH'4;TEL
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     NEUCHATEL. Le Conseil d‘Etat s‘oppose au plan du comité stratégique de la Haute Ecole.

Pierre–Emmanuel Buss Samedi 23 décembre 2006 «Une situation schizophrénique.» Sylvie Perrinjaquet a utilisé le terme elle–męme. Cosignatrice, jeudi soir, d&lsq >>>


      VILLAGE PEOPLE. JEY–CI & CO
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Village people. Stéphane Bonvin Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Il y a tant de choses que le misérable rapporteur du Village des people serait en droit de demander au P';re Noël. Un abonnement ŕ vie ŕ Voici et au Monde Diplo. Les abdos de Daniel (Craig). La femme de l‘artiste Justin P >>>


      VUE SUR LE MONDE. L‘IRAN VOTE POUR LA MODÉRATION
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Vue sur le monde. Bernard Guetta Samedi 23 décembre 2006 Il ne fait pas moins peur ŕ son pays qu‘au reste du monde. Dix mois apr';s sa victoire présidentielle, en plein bras de fer avec l‘Occident et le monde arabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vient d‘ętre désavoué par les >>>


      «MA PRINCIPALE ADVERSAIRE, C‘ÉTAIT MOI»
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     Amélie Mauresmo. «J’ai trouvé qui je suis.» Photo: Keystone RENCONTRE. 2006 restera l‘année de l‘épanouissement, celui d‘un talent vaste et d‘une humanité rare. Vainqueur ŕ Melbourne et ŕ Wimbledon, Amélie Mauresmo est arrivée au bout d‘un diffic >>>


      «POUR L‘APPROVISIONNEMENT EN ÉLECTRICITÉ, DES CENTRALES Ŕ GAZ SONT INCONTOURNABLES»
      Le Temps, 23-12-2006
     ENERGIE. Directeur de l‘Office fédéral de l‘énergie, Walter Steinmann évoque les scénarios pour combler les manques en électricité que pourrait subir la Suisse d';s 2012. A ses yeux, il faudra avant tout consommer moins.

Ron Hochuli, Berne Samedi 23 dé >>>


      DEADLINES FOR PHONE LICENSES ARE EXTENDED
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News RIYADH, 23 December 2006 — Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator said yesterday that the deadline for submitting applications for the new mobile license has been extended to Feb. 24 and for the fixed–line license to March 10.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Communication and >>>


      OIL SCENE
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Syed Rashid Husain By announcing to switch over to euro as the currency for its oil trading, Iran is treading into dangerous waters. Some say the move could be suicidal too.

Many decades ago the dominance of the greenback was often referred to as "dollar diplomacy." Since the fall of the Soviet empire >>>


      SEC CAN BE MADE PROFITABLE BY RAISING LEVEL OF TARIFF
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Dr. Talal A. Bakr, talalbakr@hotmail.com This is the fourth of a quadripartite essay on the electricity consumption tariff. I want to begin it by discussing the nature of profit that the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has been declaring through the last 5 years, one year after applying the new consumption tariff that w >>>


      INHERITANCE OF A GRANDCHILD
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. My wife’s parents died recently. They left behind six daughters and one son, as well as one grandson whose father had died before them. Some of their daughters also have children of their own. Could you please explain how their property is to be divided, and whether any of their grandchildren, >>>


      PAYING ZAKAH TO ONE’S RELATIVES AND SYEDS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. One of my sisters is a widow who has young children. We support them for all their needs. May I ask whether we could pay our zakah to them?

I also heard that zakah is not payable to those who are called Syed. May I ask whether this is correct even though they may be very deserving?
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      THE PILGRIMAGE — 5: WHEN HAJ BECOMES DUE
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News We know that the pilgrimage is a duty of all Muslims, provided that they are able to undertake the journey. An important question, therefore, is to know when the duty becomes due so that we can take the necessary steps to fulfill it.

In order for the pilgrimage to become due, a person mus >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 106: HOLDING A STAFF
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to hold a staff, stick, rod or cane at different times and occasions. Ibn Abbas reports: «Leaning on a staff or a stick is a habit of prophets. God’s messenger used to have a staff on which he leaned as he walked. He instructed others to do likewise.&raqu >>>


      VICTIMS OF SMEAR CAMPAIGNS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I am writing on behalf of my friend, a young British Muslim man. Last summer he was shot in his shoulder by British police on suspicion of making a dirty bomb. There were no charges pressed against him. After he held a press conference to declare his innocence the police accused him of various >>>


      ABDULLAH’S VISIT TO BOOST SAUDI–OMAN RELATIONS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s landmark visit to Oman, beginning today, reflects the strong relations between the two GCC countries, said Omani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Saeed Al–Kalabani.

King Abdullah and Sultan Qaboos are expe >>>


      AFRICAN WOMAN, FOUR CHILDREN DIE IN JEDDAH HOUSE FIRE
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — An African woman and her four children who were squatting in a vacant house with no electricity perished in a fire yesterday morning in Jeddah’s centrally located Bani Malik district. The three daughters and one son were below the age of 15.

According to Brig. >>>


      ERITREAN CHOPPER CREW SEEKS ASYLUM
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — The captain of an Eritrean helicopter and his assistant have requested political asylum after landing north of Jizan yesterday afternoon, the Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official of the Defense and Aviation Ministry.

«An investigation is under way to know the r >>>


      HOSPITAL HOLDING NEWBORN BABY TO RANSOM IN RIYADH, SAY PARENTS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Mohammed Rasooldeen & Hasan Hatrash, Arab News RIYADH, 23 December 2006 — A Pakistani man and his Indian wife say that Al–Salama public hospital in Riyadh has refused to give them their baby until they pay their bill.

«The hospital refuses to give the baby without the full settlement of the bill >>>


      MINISTRY SLAPS RECRUITMENT BAN ON 12' FIRMS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — Labor Minister Ghazi Al–Gosaibi yesterday issued a decision banning 12' companies and establishments from foreign recruitment for two years for failing to comply with Saudization regulations.

«These companies have not registered any Saudi >>>


      MURDERERS PARDONED BY VICTIMS’ KIN
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — Muhammad Saleh Al–Atwi, a young Saudi from Tabuk, was sure that he would be executed for murdering another Saudi as the official read out the verdict before carrying out the sentence. But God had destined that he should live.

Hammad ibn Ali Dhowaihi >>>


      NEW THREADS FOR KAABA
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Arab News MAKKAH, 23 December 2006 — Sheikh Saleh Al–Hosain, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs, yesterday handed over the new Kaaba kiswa (cover) to Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al–Shaibi, chief custodian of the Holy Kaaba, at a ceremony attended by top officials. The cover was manufactured at the >>>


      PRIVATE HOSPITALS COMPLAIN ABOUT MEDICINE SHORTAGE
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — Private hospitals across Jeddah and Taif have been short of vital medicines and injections for months jeopardizing the quality of treatment that patients potentially receive.

A source at a private hospital in Jeddah recently told Al–Watan newspaper that hospitals have >>>


      SCHOLARS WARN AGAINST DEMANDING MONEY TO PERFORM SUBSTITUTE HAJ
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Mohammad Murad, Arab News TAIF, 23 December 2006 — A flyer distributed in mosques around Taif recently advertises a special type of Haj service. The service is to perform Haj on behalf of the sick, the elderly or the dead who were unable to perform Haj.

Sheikh Abdullah Al–Muneia, a member of the higher sc >>>


      TIMELY SURGICAL INTERVENTION SAVES PATIENT’S LIFE
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Arab News Dr. Walid Fitaihi, fifth from right, CEO of International Medical Center, and the surgical team with the patient who had undergone an emergency open–heart surgery at the hospital. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 23 December 2006 — A 53–year–old man from Makkah came to Jeddah’s International Medic >>>


      GUNBATTLES IN GAZA, NABLUS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Palestinian security force officers argue with Hamas gunmen near a gunbattle between Hamas and Fatah fighters in the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday.

(AP) GAZA CITY, 23 December 2006 — Highlighting the fragility of a new cease–fire, ferocious gunbattles broke out between Hama >>>


      ISLAMABAD, DELHI DISCUSS SIR CREEK
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 23 December 2006 — Pakistani and Indian officials met in Rawalpindi yesterday to discuss a lingering territorial dispute over an estuary, which has hindered exploration of oil and gas and led to the arrests of fishermen from both sides, a Defense Ministry official said.

Th >>>


      REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE FOR ISLAMOPHOBIC REMARKS
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News Rep. Virgil Goode, R–Va., seen after a news conference in Rocky Mount, Virginia, on Thursday. (AP)

WASHINGTON, 23 December 2006 — A congressman said Thursday he will not retract a letter warning that unless immigration is tightened, «many more Muslims will be elected&raqu >>>


      RPI–A BREAKS WITH NCP
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 23 December 2006 The Republican Party of India (RPI–Athavale faction) has decided to break with the Nationalists Congress Party (NCP). The NCP has become an anti–Dalit party and Dalits (lower caste Hindus) have lost faith in it. Hence there is no point in continuing with >>>


      SINGAPORE FIRM TO TAKE CONTROL OF GWADAR SEAPORT
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 23 December 2006 — Pakistan has decided to give the management control of its upcoming deep–seaport in southwestern Balochistan province to Port of Singapore from next year, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

China, a close strategic and economic ally of Pakistan whi >>>


      UAE UNITS CLEAR SOUTH LEBANON VILLAGES OF MINES
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Arab News DUBAI, 23 December 2006 — Emirati engineering units have finished clearing mines, defusing bombs and removing cluster bomblets and other types of unexploded munitions in Arnon and Qal’at Shqeef villages in Southern Lebanon, the UAE Program to Support and Rebuild Lebanon announced yesterday.

The progra >>>


      US TO MAINTAIN LONG PRESENCE IN GULF
      Arab News, 23-12-2006
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 23 December 2006 An increased US naval presence in the Gulf is not a response to any action by Iran but a message to all countries that the United States will keep its regional footprint "for a long time," US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday.

CBS News reported Monday tha >>>


      APPEALS COURT ALLOWS FEMA TO HOLD OFF ON FUNDING
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     By Matt ApuzzoAssociated PressSaturday, December 23, 2006; A22 A federal appeals court told the Bush administration yesterday that it does not need to immediately restart a housing program for thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims.

The ruling by a three–judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Di >>>


      BUS RIDERS GET GIFTS FROM SECRET SANTA
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     SPOKANE, Wash. –– A woman hopped aboard buses, greeted passengers with "Merry Christmas" and handed each an envelope containing a card and a $50 bill before stepping off and repeating the process on another bus.

She did it so quickly that descriptions of the woman varied among surprised Sp >>>


      BUSH URGES PRAYERS, GIFTS FOR IRAQ GIS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– President Bush on Saturday told troops who are spending Christmas far from their families that "the coming year will bring change" _ but no reduction in support for their service and sacrifice.

The president is rushing to craft a course correction for the increasingly unpo >>>


      COURT SHOOTING CASE ‘READY FOR TRIAL‘
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     ATLANTA –– Lawyers for a man accused of killing four people in a spree that started inside a courthouse lost another request that would have delayed the trial, set for next month.

Superior Court Judge Hilton Fuller said in his order Friday that "an interim appeal would not serve the ends of jus >>>


      DELAYS CONTINUE FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     6:24 PM Home for the holidays? The odds are still long for many air travelers who must get in or out of snowbound Denver, where the airport reopened this afternoon for the first time in two days.

"For the average person flying, you‘re stuck," said airline consultant Michael Boyd, speaking from h >>>


      DENVER AIRPORT REOPENS, BUT MESS LINGERS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     DENVER –– A day after Denver‘s snowed–in airport reopened, United Airlines‘ plan to resume a full flight schedule Saturday provided little comfort to those unable to complete their travel plans by Christmas.

Some travelers gave up hope of making it home for the holidays as airlines >>>


      DENVER AIRPORT REOPENS; THE MESS LINGERS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     DENVER –– Denver‘s snowed–in airport reopened Friday for the first time in two days, but the backlog of flights around the country could take all weekend to clear, and many of the nearly 5,000 holiday travelers stranded here might not make it home for Christmas.

As planes began taking of >>>


      DRUNKEN–DRIVING DEATH RATES DECLINE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Drunken–driving deaths declined slightly across the nation in 2005, and the rate of drunken–driving deaths fell in 23 states last year, transportation officials said Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 23 states and Puerto Rico had a dec >>>


      FORMER MISS NEVADA APOLOGIZES FOR PHOTOS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     CLEARWATER, Fla. –– The former Miss Nevada USA, dethroned over raunchy photos posted online, apologized Saturday as her attorney pleaded for the pageant queen to be given a second chance.

Katie Rees, who appeared in photos revealing a breast and exposing her thong at a party in Tampa, said her behav >>>


      FORMER VT. SEN. STAFFORD DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     MONTPELIER, Vt. –– Former U.S. Sen. Robert Stafford, a staunch environmentalist and champion of education whose name is familiar to countless college students through a loan program named for him, died Saturday. He was '3.

Stafford was surrounded by family at a Rutland nursing home when he died >>>


      JUDGE: SCHOOL CAN‘T OUST KIDS OVER FILM
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. –– Making a movie in which evil teddy bears attack a teacher got two budding filmmakers expelled from their high school, but a federal judge says it was the school that was wrong.

However, the judge said the boys should apologize. Cody Overbay and Isaac Imel, both sophomores, must >>>


      KANSAS COURT DISMISSES ABORTION CHARGES
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     WICHITA, Dec. 22 –– Kansas‘s attorney general, a vocal opponent of abortion, charged a well–known abortion provider Friday with illegally performing late–term abortions, but a Sedgwick County judge threw out the charges only hours later.

Judge Paul W. Clark dismissed the charges ag >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     6:15 AM –– Mary Forni BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Mary Forni, who had a key role in a little–known incident in World War II in which she spotted two Nazi spies who arrived by U–boat along the Maine coast, has died. She was '1.

Forni‘s death Dec. 16 was confirmed by Hancock town offici >>>


      OVERTIME GIVES PRISON GUARDS FAT SALARY
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– About 6,000 California corrections officers earned more than $100,000 in the last fiscal year thanks to overtime work in the strained prison system, and one brought in more than a quarter of a million.

Overtime added $220 million to the $453 million base pay for those prison wo >>>


      PROSECUTORS DROP DUKE RAPE COUNTS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     By Peter Whoriskey and Sylvia AdcockWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, December 23, 2006; A01 Prosecutors dropped rape charges yesterday against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of assaulting an exotic dancer at a team party, saying in court documents that although the accuser "initially believed& >>>


      SHUTTLE‘S LANDING ENDS BIG YEAR FOR NASA
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     AM CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– NASA began 2006 having flown only a single space shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster three years earlier.

After Friday‘s landing of space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts, the U.S. space agency will end the year with three successful shuttle mission >>>


      SHUTTLE LANDS AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts safely returned to Earth on Friday after some last–minute suspense over which landing site to use, closing out a year in which NASA finally got construction of the international space station back on track.

Its arrival an >>>


      SOME WORKERS SEIZED IN RAIDS RELEASED
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     OMAHA, Neb. –– Dozens of illegal immigrants arrested in last week‘s meatpacking plant raids have been released for humanitarian reasons pending immigration hearings, a government official said Friday.

About 100 have been released from detention centers, many to care for children or ailing rela >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     5:20 AM –– Light to moderate rain was forecast for Saturday in the Northeast. A low pressure system was expected to move north into Texas, bringing steady rain.

Another Pacific storm was forecast to move through the West with rain and high–elevation snow.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 >>>


      TIGER MAULS TRAINER AT SF ZOO
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     SAN FRANCISCO –– A 350–pound Siberian tiger attacked and injured her trainer Friday at the San Francisco Zoo as at least 50 visitors looked on, zoo officials said.

The woman may lose an arm and was in surgery Friday at San Francisco General Hospital with injuries to both arms, Fire Chief Joann >>>


      TIGER MAULS TRAINER AT SF ZOO
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     SAN FRANCISCO –– A 350–pound Siberian tiger that mauled an experienced San Francisco Zoo keeper so badly she could lose her arm had no history of violence, prompting an investigation into what led to the vicious attack.

The tiger would likely remain on view Saturday, zoo officials said, even a >>>


      TOYOTA EXPECTS TO BE WORLD‘S NO. 1 AUTOMAKER NEXT YEAR
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     December 23, 2006; A01 Toyota said yesterday that it was on track to become the world‘s largest automaker next year, dethroning General Motors and underlining how far auto manufacturing has fallen from its once–pivotal place in America‘s economy and politics.

The Japanese automaker‘s pot >>>


      TROUBLED GA. POLICE GET NEW CHIEF
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     ATLANTA –– A former Dallas police chief was named Friday as the new leader of the suburban DeKalb County Police Department, whose officers have been criticized for fatally shooting 12 people this year.

County Chief Executive Vernon Jones said he did not focus on the uproar in tapping Terrell Bolton >>>


      WEB SITE ALLOWS IRANIAN JEWS TO MOURN
      Washington Post, 23-12-2006
     5:06 AM LOS ANGELES –– As a young woman in Tehran during the 1'70s, Susan Manavi never visited a cemetery, even after her grandparents were laid to rest a couple of years before Iran‘s 1'7' Islamic Revolution. Although they were buried in a Jewish cemetery near the city, Manavi‘s pare >>>



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