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      A CELL AT THE WOMEN’S SECTION OF KORYDALLOS PRISON...
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     MARGARITA KIAOU/ANA A cell at the women‘s section of Korydallos Prison in western Athens is seen through bars on the door. Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras visited the prison on Christmas Day to speak with mothers who are raising their children in jail. ‘All mothers and children in the world deserve >>>


      CITIZENSHIP ON OFFER
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     Pavlopoulos indicates that long–term migrants may be eligible Greece is considering offering citizenship to long–term residents from abroad in the wake of a series of reforms that have been made to existing immigration laws, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Kathimerini.

Pavlopoulos indica >>>


      GREECE GETS WAR ZONE RESOLUTION
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     NEW YORK (AP) – The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution, sponsored by Greece and France, on Saturday condemning all attacks targeting journalists in armed conflicts and urging combatants to stop singling out members of the media and respect their professional independence.

The resolution >>>


      GREEKS SET TO BET 8.5 BLN EUROS IN YEAR
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     Casino punters on the rise With gambling fever about to peak on New Year‘s Eve, sources said that Greeks are expected to have gambled –8.5 billion this year with growing amounts being spent in casinos, on OPAP lotteries and on illegal online games.

About –3 billion will be spent in all of the >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     INTRUDER SHOT Farmer, '0, arrested after shooting suspected robber in Cretan home A '0–year–old farmer was arrested in the village of Kalamitsi, near Hania in Crete, yesterday after shooting a 25–year–old man who allegedly broke into his home to rob him, police said. The younger man, a Mo >>>


      SHIP HEADS FOR SAFETY AFTER SCARE
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     A Turkish–flagged ship with five people on board was heading for safety at a port on the island of Rhodes late yesterday just hours after sending out a distress call which prompted a rescue operation to be launched by Greek authorities.

The freighter was caught in a storm at around 6 p.m. some 10 nautical >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     Wednesday PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Kallithea police station, where he will meet with police officers to discuss their working conditions and problems with their jobs.

Synaspismos Left Coalition leader Alekos Alavanos meets with the president of Hellenic Food Authority (EFET), Ioannis Vlemmas.
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      THREE HIT GIANT JOKER JACKPOT
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     Three lucky winners split Sunday‘s first prize Joker jackpot of 14 million euros, the fourth–largest sum awarded in the lottery‘s history.

The three winners, who were not named, will each receive 4.6 million euros after they each had the six lucky numbers – 6, 8, 16, 1', 24 and 7 (Jo >>>


      THREE SUFFER GUNSHOT WOUNDS AFTER DISPUTE
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     Police are hunting for a 48–year–old man from the Dendropotamo district of Thessaloniki after he shot and injured his neighbor and two more people following an argument on Christmas Day.

The suspect‘s neighbor as well as an elderly man and his 10–year–old granddaughter were hospita >>>


      TWO YOUNGSTERS WRAPPED UP...
      Kathimerin, 27-12-2006
     MARIA MAROGIANNI/ANA Two youngsters wrapped up in warm winter clothes yesterday at the Zappeion Hall in central Athens as temperatures dipped to 7C (44.6F) in the capital.

Snow fell on Mount Parnitha, northwest of Athens, yesterday, while meteorologists said that the cold spell could also result in more snowfal >>>


      A CONTRETEMPS. A LA SSR, LA VALEUR AJOUTÉE D‘UNE PLUS–VALUE...
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     A contretemps. Pierre Veya Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 C‘est devenu une rengaine dans toutes les entreprises: viser la valeur ajoutée. Pensez ŕ la valeur supplémentaire pour le client, ŕ sa satisfaction, gage du succ';s, blabla, etc. C‘est tout aussi ennuyeux et abscons que le >>>


      APRČS L‘UKRAINE, MOSCOU MENACE DE COUPER LE GAZ Ŕ LA BIÉLORUSSIE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     ENERGIE. Gazprom avertit l‘ancienne république soviétique qu‘il arrętera la distribution si elle refuse une hausse des prix. Un cinqui';me du gaz russe ŕ destination de l‘Europe transite par la Biélorussie.

Xavier Harel, La Tribune Mercredi 27 décembre 200 >>>


      AU NOM DE LA PARITÉ, UNE ROUTE PLUS FÉMININE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     SIGNALETIQUE. Une ville espagnole féminise ses panneaux de signalisation routi';re. Polémique.

Marion Moussadek Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Le pictogramme indiquant le passage d‘un piéton a enfilé une jupe. Cela se passe ŕ Fuenlabrada, une ville de 200000 habitants " >>>


      CES PERSONNALITÉS QUI INFLUENCENT LA POLITIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE L‘EXTÉRIEUR 1/8. PYM, LA STATUE DU COMMANDEUR DES SOCIALISTES
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     PORTRAIT. Eloigné de la Berne fédérale depuis qu‘il si';ge au Conseil d‘Etat vaudois, Pierre–Yves Maillard n‘en demeure pas moins tr';s présent dans les affaires fédérales.

Stéphanie Germanier, Berne Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 On ne >>>


      CES SPORTIVES AU TEMPÉRAMENT FORT ET AUX EXPLOITS DISCRETS (1/4). LA DISCIPLINE DU BONHEUR
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     L‘hégémonie de Lyon, entre dangers et bienfaits SPORT Le Temps I Article La discipline du bonheur Karin Thürig vise les J.O. de Pékin. Photo: Keystone KARIN THURIG. Accro ŕ l‘effort, championne ŕ part, la Lucernoise court tout ce qui bouge. Elle n‘est heureuse qu‘ave >>>


      DANS LE JURA, LA VALSE DES DÉPARTEMENTS PREND UN TOUR VERTIGINEUX
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     JURA. Le ministre libéral–radical Michel Probst refuse d‘ętre męlé ŕ «des manśuvres déloyales» et exige une nouvelle distribution des portefeuilles.

Le chrétien–social Laurent Schaffter devrait retrouver l‘Equipement, qui lui avait  >>>


      DEUX ANS APRČS LE TSUNAMI, BEAUCOUP D‘ESPOIRS SONT DÉ'';US
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     HUMANITAIRE. La déferlante de dons vers l‘Asie du Sud sinistrée n‘a pas accouché du miracle espéré. La reconstruction bute sur les réalités politiques et économiques locales.

Richard Werly Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Deux ans déjŕ. Et de nouveau l >>>


      EMS VA FREINER SES INVESTISSEMENTS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     STRATEGIE. Le groupe chimique doit procéder ŕ des ajustements. Le Temps Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Ems–Chemie Holding prévoit de mettre un frein ŕ des nouveaux investissements, en raison du ralentissement de l‘économie américaine. C‘est ce qu‘a indiqué ŕ >>>


      EXPLOSION MEURTRIČRE AU NIGERIA
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     PETROLE. A Lagos, l‘incendie d‘un oléoduc a fait des centaines de victimes. La lecture de ce texte (2026 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      FINI LA PRISON POUR LES PETITS DÉLITS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Les peines de prison inférieures ŕ 6 mois seront supprimées au profit de peines pécuni';res. Photo: Keystone • Une révision majeure du Code pénal entrera en vigueur le 1er janvier, qui provoque d‘intenses débats.

• La peine pécuniaire et le travail d‘i >>>


      HELLO KITTY IMPÉRATRICE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     AMIS D‘ENFANCE. Hello Kitty, Spider–Man, Dark Vador &Cie... Durant les Fętes, ces personnages qui fascinent petits et grands se font tirer le portrait. Premier volet de notre série.

Albertine Bourget Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Elle a 32 ans. Elle est ambassadrice de l‘Unicef. >>>


      JAMES BROWN, IMPITOYABLE MACHINE Ŕ SEXE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     DECES. Parrain de la soul music, le chanteur américain est mort le jour de Noël, ŕ l‘âge de 73 ans. Parcours d‘un entrepreneur de génie, qui n‘a jamais pensé de la musique qu‘elle relevait de l‘inspiration romantique.

Mais de l‘autorité. Arn >>>


      L‘ETHIOPIE POUSSE LES TRIBUNAUX ISLAMIQUES SOMALIENS Ŕ LA RETRAITE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Des combattants ŕ la solde des tribunaux islamiques pr';s de l´aéroport de Mogadsicio. Photo: Keystone CORNE DE L‘AFRIQUE. L‘escalade de violence en Somalie plonge la population dans l‘angoisse et contraint le Conseil de sécurité ŕ se réunir.

Christop >>>


      L‘HÉGÉMONIE DE LYON, ENTRE DANGERS ET BIENFAITS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     FOOTBALL. En France, l‘OL tue le suspense depuis cinq ans. Diagnostics d‘experts.

Le Monde Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Jusqu‘oů peut aller l‘incroyable domination de l‘Olympique lyonnais sur le championnat de France? Et cette emprise d‘un club sur la Ligue 1 peut&ndas >>>


      L‘ONU DONNE DEUX MOIS Ŕ TÉHÉRAN
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     NATIONS UNIES. Le Conseil de sécurité a pris des sanctions contre le programme nucléaire iranien.

Luis Lema, New York Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Il aura fallu presque quatre mois de difficiles négociations: le Conseil de sécurité de l‘ONU s‘est finalement mis d&lsqu >>>


      LA CULTURE EN 2006 (4/6). LE RETOUR DE L‘ŚUVRE ENGAGÉE, OU LES ARTISTES AU FRONT
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     La culture en 2006 (4/6). Le retour de l‘śuvre engagée, ou les artistes au front Le palmar';s de nos critiques (4/6): les meilleurs films de Thierry Jobin Le palmar';s de nos critiques (4/6): les meilleurs films de Norbert Creutz Etat d‘alerte au théâtre En chanson, l&lsqu >>>


      LA FUSION FEINTOOL–ADVAL TECH POURRAIT AVOIR LIEU
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     MACHINES. Michael Pieper est le deuxi';me plus important actionnaire des deux sociétés spécialisées dans le découpage de pi';ces métalliques.

Thomas Thöni, Zurich Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 La rumeur d‘un rapprochement entre Feintool et Adval Tech gag >>>


      LA MÉDAILLE ET SON REVERS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Editorial. Fati Mansour Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 L‘enfermement comme rem';de principal ŕ la petite délinquance a–t–il vécu?

Pas si l‘on en croit les réticences que provoque le nouveau droit des sanctions. Celui–ci devait pourtant ouvrir une nouvell >>>


      LE BADRUTT‘S PALACE DE ST–MORITZ OFFERT EN CADEAU Ŕ SON DIRECTEUR
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Le mythique hôtel Badrutt´s ŕ St–Moritz. Photo: Keystone LUXE. Sans héritiers directs, Hansjürg Badrutt – quatri';me génération d‘une dynastie d‘hôteliers grisons – assure l‘avenir de son palace par un coup d‘éclat qui enrichi >>>


      LE FLOCON DU JOUR. LA NEIGE ARTIFICIELLE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Pour raison d‘inversion thermique, les températures sont plus douces en moyenne montagne qu‘en plaine, ce qui n‘arrange pas les affaires des skieurs et autres amateurs de glisse. Nombre de stations tentent d‘améliorer l‘ordinaire ŕ l‘aide de canons ŕ neige.

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      LE FOSSOYEUR DE BARING‘S REFAIT SURFACE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     REBOND. Nick Leeson conseille les banques. Le Temps Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Nicholas Leeson s‘est rendu cél';bre en 1''5 en provoquant la faillite de son employeur, la banque Baring‘s, une institution de 233 ans qui comptait la reine d‘Angleterre parmi ses clients. Le trader >>>


      LE PREMIER QUOTIDIEN BULGARE CONSACRE UNE ÉDITION SPÉCIALE Ŕ L‘ENTRÉE DANS L‘UNION EUROPÉENNE. BULGARIE, L‘EUROPE SOUS PRESSE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Le premier quotidien bulgare consacre une édition spéciale ŕ l‘entrée dans l‘Union européenne.

Richard Werly Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Le 1er janvier 2007, la Bulgarie fera son entrée dans l‘Union européenne.

Le journal «Trud» salue >>>


      LE PS PROPOSE UN COMPROMIS POUR LA RÉORGANISATION DE L‘ARMÉE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     DEFENSE. La solution de la gauche met Samuel Schmid dans l‘embarras. Ron Hochuli Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 L‘alliance contre nature entre le PS et l‘UDC sur les dossiers militaires a–t–elle vécu? Apr';s avoir fait capoter, ces dix–huit derniers mois, la plupart des p >>>


      LES LOIS DE L‘EXIL (1/6). CINDERELLA
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Les lois de l‘exil (1/6). La lecture de ce texte (3383 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LES POLICES EMPILENT LES HEURES SUPPLÉMENTAIRES
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     SUISSE. La «SonntagsZeitung» estime le travail supplémentaire ŕ 1,26 million d‘heures en un an.

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      LES SECRETS D‘UN DÉBUT D‘HIVER PEU BANAL
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     METEO. Une forte inversion thermique s‘ajoute au manque de précipitations pour limiter drastiquement, en cette fin 2006, les quantités de neige ŕ disposition des skieurs.

Etienne Dubuis Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Si le temps est tristement gris en plaine, il fait beau, désespé >>>


      LEUENBERGER BRISE UN TABOU SUR L‘AVS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     RETRAITES. Le ministre n‘exclut pas une hausse de l‘âge limite. La lecture de ce texte (100' caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      OASIS D‘HIVER. ZEN EN VILLE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
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      PLUS DE PRISON, MAIS DES AMENDES POUR PUNIR LES PETITS DÉLITS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     JUSTICE. La révision du Code pénal d';s le 1er janvier est une révolution. Le Temps Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 L‘argent plutôt que la privation de liberté. C‘est le point fort du nouveau Code pénal. A la veille de son entrée en vigueur, le 1er janvier 2007, cett >>>


      REPČRE. L‘EURO F'4;CHE LES FRAN'';AIS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Rep';re. Frédéric Leli';vre Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 A part pour l‘Euro Millions (67 millions mis en jeu ce vendredi), les Français n‘apprécient gu';re la monnaie unique européenne. Dans un sondage publié mardi ŕ Paris, plus d‘un sur deux >>>


      SAVARY... NE VARIE PAS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
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      TOUR DE VIS MONÉTAIRE PEUT–ĘTRE REPORTÉ AU JAPON
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     CONJONCTURE. L‘inflation ralentit en décembre, la consommation continue sa contraction.

Jean–Louis Richard Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 Une palette de statistiques publiées mardi et les commentaires prononcés la veille par le gouverneur de la banque centrale confirment la reprise en >>>


      UNE DIZAINE DE FIRMES SUISSES SERONT ATTIRÉES PAR LA BOURSE EN 2007
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Tour de vis monétaire peut–ętre reporté au Japon FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Une dizaine de firmes suisses seront attirées par la Bourse en 2007 PREVISIONS. Les fenętres pour les entrées sur le marché boursier restent favorables. Les secteurs de la biotechnologie et de l >>>


      '';A NE S‘EST PAS PASSÉ COMME PRÉVU (1/4). LE SPECTRE D‘UN BARIL DE PÉTROLE Ŕ 100 DOLLARS S‘ÉLOIGNE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     Ram Etwareea Mercredi 27 décembre 2006 En cette fin d‘année 2006, le prix du baril de brut tourne autour de 62 dollars, sous influence des sanctions onusiennes contre l‘Iran, décidées samedi, mais aussi de la décision des pays producteurs de fermer quelque peu le robinet. On est pour >>>


      «IL FAUT REVOIR DE FOND EN COMBLE LA POLITIQUE DU LOGEMENT EN VILLE DE GENČVE»
      Le Temps, 27-12-2006
     GENEVE. La Verte Mich';le Künzler vient d‘ętre désignée par son parti pour briguer un si';ge ŕ l‘exécutif de la Ville aux côtés du sortant Patrice Mugny. Elue au Grand Conseil, elle entend ranimer le dialogue ente la Ville et le canton.

Cynthia >>>


      MALAYSIAN GOVT TARGETS 100,000 SAUDI TOURISTS NEXT YEAR
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 — Malaysia hopes to attract at least 100,000 Saudi visitors next year, Tourism Malaysia official said at the unveiling of the «Visit Malaysia 2007» campaign logo Monday night.

«We’re focused on Saudi vacationers as they account among the highes >>>


      SAUDIA CARRIED 17.57M PASSENGERS IN 2006
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 — Saudi Arabian Airlines carried a record 17.57 million passengers this year, registering an increase of 471,462 passengers compared to the previous year, an official report presented at the airline company’s board meeting said.

These passengers included 72 >>>


      CAN NON–SYEDS MARRY WOMEN OF SYED FAMILIES?
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. In our part of the world, women belonging to Syed families are often told that they cannot marry anyone who is not a Syed. In fact some mullahs force the divorce of women who marry non–Syeds because they consider such a marriage a dishonor to the family. Please comment.

(Name and >>>


      THE PILGRIMAGE — 6: COMMITTING THE SAME SINS AFTER PERFORMING HAJ
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The main and clear aspect of pilgrimage is that we hasten to respond to God’s call, wearing nothing of the ornaments, which are part of our custom.

When we feel our dedication in this way and when our submission is truly genuine, God rewards us richly for our pilgrimage. He wipes off our >>>


      ELABORATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR HAJ, SAYS AL–TUWAIJERI
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News Lt. Gen. Saad Al–Tuwaijeri MAKKAH, 27 December 2006 — The head of Civil Defense in Makkah said yesterday that authorities have implemented unprecedented emergency response measures for Haj that include more firefighters, emergency vehicles, and even rescue boats and divers in the event of fl >>>


      GOVERNMENT AGENCIES BRACE UP TO ENSURE A SAFE HAJ
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 27 December 2006 — Government agencies responsible for guaranteeing a safe and comfortable Haj have completed all arrangements to welcome the pilgrims to the holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat. The pilgrims will move to Mina tomorrow at the beginning of the six–day Haj rituals >>>


      GUEST PILGRIMS TAKEN ON A TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 — Saudi authorities have arranged a variety of programs including visits to important places for the nearly 1,000 Muslim leaders, directors of Islamic centers and organizations and new Muslims who have come from different parts of the world to perform Haj as guests >>>


      JEDDAH AIRPORT EXPANSION TO START IN NINE MONTHS
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 — Work on the new multibillion dollar King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah will start within nine months, according to Prince Fahd ibn Abdullah, assistant minister of defense and aviation for civil aviation affairs.

«It’s a big proje >>>


      KINGDOM FREES 18 FORMER GITMO DETAINEES
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 — The Interior Ministry announced yesterday that 18 former Guantanamo detainees that returned from the US prison camp in Cuba earlier this year have been released from custody. The announcement comes a week after 11 other former detainees were released.

T >>>


      PILGRIMS PREPARE FOR MINA TREK
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims pack the courtyard of the majestic Grand Mosque in Makkah on Tuesday. (AFP)) MAKKAH, 27 December 2006 — Islam’s holiest city was pulsating yesterday with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world as the faithful prepared for the five–day pilgri >>>


      SAUDIS IN MINA RENTING THEIR SPACE TO FOREIGNERS
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Arab News MAKKAH, 27 December 2006 — A recent survey in the Mina area has shown that temporary trading pitches, licensed to Saudis, are being sold to non–Saudis for exorbitant prices on a burgeoning black market.

Al–Madinah newspaper reported that Saudis applied for permits and then sold them on to >>>


      SLAUGHTERHOUSES READY FOR EID
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 — It is that time of year again when sheep are in big demand. The Jeddah municipality announced yesterday that all seven of the municipality’s slaughterhouses would be fully operational in time for Eid Al–Adha.

Each location is equipped with 22 veterinaria >>>


      AMERICAN LOSSES IN IRAQ TOP '/11 TOLL
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Jennie Matthew, Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 27 December 2006 — A series of bomb attacks killed another 20 Iraqis yesterday and pushed the number of American soldiers killed beyond the death toll of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Among the dead were 16 Baghdad residents killed in a triple ca >>>


      INDIA DISMISSES REPORT ON SECRET TALKS
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 27 December 2006 — India yesterday dismissed reports it has been engaged in back channel talks with Pakistan for the resolution of the Siachen dispute. «The report is factually incorrect,» External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

A front–p >>>


      PAKISTAN TO FENCE PARTS OF BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 27 December 2006 — Pakistan has decided to erect a fence and lay land mines along parts of its border with Afghanistan in an effort to stop militants crossing into Afghanistan, a Foreign Ministry official said yesterday.

Pakistan has suggested building a fence but Afghanis >>>


      SADDAM TO BE EXECUTED WITHIN A MONTH: COURT
      Arab News, 27-12-2006
     Mona Salem, Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 27 December 2006 — Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged within 30 days, an appeals court judge said yesterday, after confirming the former strongman’s sentence for crimes against humanity.

Speaking in front of reporters in Baghdad, Judge Arif Shaheen said >>>


      A LOOK AT STATE FUNERALS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     1:26 AM –– The president, former presidents and a president–elect are all entitled to a state funeral, but the family decides if they actually get one, or just how involved it will be.

Details of Gerald Ford‘s funeral have not been announced. Ronald Reagan‘s state funeral in 2004 w >>>


      BACKWOODS CELEBRITY FACES LONG PRISON TERM FOR INCEST
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     A02 Robert Hale, a Bible–toting father of 15 who calls himself Papa Pilgrim, became an anti–government celebrity in Alaska by driving a bulldozer across a national park that encircles his land.

The Lord told him that using the bulldozer to clear 14 miles of derelict road through the park was a lovin >>>


      BUSH‘S IRAQ PLAN GETS BIG BUILD–UP
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Determined not to be rushed, President Bush has spent weeks figuring out a new war plan in Iraq. All the while, the American public‘s expectations have been headed in one direction _ up.

Anticipation is high not just because people are weary of war, but also because of the way Bu >>>


      BUSH CALLS FORD ‘A GREAT AMERICAN‘
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     CRAWFORD, Texas –– President Bush issued a statement Tuesday night in response to the death of former President Ford: Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford.

President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On Au >>>


      CONTRACTOR‘S HANDGUNS MISSING FROM HOMELAND SECURITY VAULT
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that it is investigating how four handguns recently went missing from its headquarters in Northwest Washington.

Jarrod Agen, a department spokesman, said the guns belonged to Paragon Systems of Chantilly, which provides security for the department‘s facil >>>


      COURT WON‘T FORCE GAY MARRIAGE VOTE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     BOSTON –– The state‘s highest court on Wednesday said it had no authority to force lawmakers to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Opponents of same–sex marriage, angry that lawmakers failed to act on the proposed amendment in November, had sued, asking the >>>


      COURT WON‘T FORCE MASSACHUSETTS GAY MARRIAGE VOTE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     BOSTON (Reuters) – In a setback to gay marriage opponents, Massachusetts‘ highest court said on Wednesday it would not require a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that could lead to a ban on gay marriage in the only U.S. state where it is legal.

Acting on a lawsuit spearheaded by Massachus >>>


      FORD ONCE SOUGHT IMPEACHMENT OF JUSTICE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– Nixon and Watergate were not the only time Ford wrestled with the issue of impeachment.

In April 1'70, at the request of White House aide John Ehrlichman, Ford led an effort by more than 100 House members to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. The effort stemmed fr >>>


      FORD REMEMBERED AS STEADY, SELFLESS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. –– President Bush hailed Gerald R. Ford for his administration‘s honor. Ford‘s former opponent, President Carter, called him "a man of highest integrity," and former President Clinton cited his strength and humility.

"Jerry Ford was, simply put, one o >>>


      FORMER PRESIDENT FORD DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     LOS ANGELES –– Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon‘s scandal–shattered White House as the 38th president and the only one never elected to nationwide office, has died. He was '3.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our belove >>>


      FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     LOS ANGELES –– Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon‘s scandal–shattered White House as the 38th president and the only one never elected to nationwide office, has died. He was '3.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our belove >>>


      MINN. ETHANOL PLANT TAPS THIRST FOR VODKA
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 27, 2006; A03 BENSON, Minn. –– As distilleries for premium vodka go, the behemoth in Benson is surely one of the most unlikely.

Sprouting towers and tanks, the cavernous compound rises from the plains of western Minnesota. Industrial tru >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     Illegal–Immigrant Law Is Challenged DALLAS –– Two civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a new ordinance in a Dallas suburb that outlaws renting apartments to illegal immigrants.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund con >>>


      NEBRASKA–BORN, FORD LEFT STATE AS INFANT
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     OMAHA, Neb. –– Gerald Ford was the only president born in Nebraska, but he lived in Omaha only a couple of weeks before his mother, fleeing an abusive marriage, left the state with her infant son.

Today a small park and historic conservation center, both named for Ford, mark the site of the presiden >>>


      OHIO GOV. TAFT REPRIMANDED OVER ETHICS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     10:43 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio –– The state Supreme Court on Wednesday publicly reprimanded Ohio Gov. Bob Taft for his ethics violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent record as an attorney.

Taft, a Republican and great–grandson of President William Howard Taft, pleaded no co >>>


      PLANE CARRYING BLAIR OVERSHOOTS RUNWAY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     11:17 AM MIAMI –– British Airways blamed poor lighting at Miami International Airport for a commercial jet overshooting a runway with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family aboard, but airport officials said Wednesday that the lights were fine.

No injuries were reported, and the plane wasn >>>


      POLICE FIND 3 BODIES IN ARK. APARTMENT
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –– A man suspected of killing his girlfriend and her two children, and then spending the next four days in their Fort Smith apartment with their bodies was arrested Tuesday, police said.

Officers went to the apartment after receiving a call shortly after midnight from James Aaron M >>>


      RAPIST PREYS ON MEN IN SUBURBAN HOUSTON
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     BAYTOWN, Texas –– A rapist who has struck at least five times since April in and around Baytown has not only spread fear in this working–class community but also piqued the interest of those who study the criminal mind. The reason: He preys on other men.

That makes him something of a rarity in >>>


      REMNANTS OF A TRIAL PROMPT A CRUSADE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     B01 Jim Savage has been living in a world of guard shacks, green security poles and Jersey barricades lining the street outside his home next to the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

They were put there for the trial of a terrorist, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, and they were supposed to come down wh >>>


      TONY BLAIR ON JET THAT STRUCK LIGHTS ON MIAMI RUNWAY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     MIAMI, Dec. 26 –– A commercial jet carrying British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family missed a runway exit and struck some lights after landing at Miami International Airport on Tuesday. The plane was not damaged and no injures were reported, officials said.

British Airways Flight 20' fro >>>


      A DEADLY STORY WE KEEP MISSING
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     The non–story of 2006 was also the non–story of 2005. It is a non–story every year going back decades. Yet the number of people who die in car crashes in the United States is staggering, even if it is absent from the agenda of most public officials and largely ignored by the public.

When all i >>>


      BUSH‘S NEW LOOK ON IRAQ: WEARY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     Watching President Bush in recent weeks has become a grim kind of reality TV show. In almost every news conference, speech and photo opportunity, the topic is the same: what to do about the grinding war in Iraq. Bush has let the facade crack open –– admitting that his strategy for victory isn‘t working >>>


      BUSH DECIDING IRAQ POLICY AT TEXAS RANCH
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     AM CRAWFORD, Texas –– After weeks of deliberation, President Bush is honing in on a national security team meeting at his Texas ranch that will take him a step closer to deciding a new U.S. policy in Iraq.

With each passing day that he gathers advice, Bush is creating more than a new way forward. He >>>


      BUSH: FORD HELPED HEAL DIVIDED NATION
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     AM CRAWFORD, Texas –– President Bush on Wednesday remembered former President Gerald Ford as a "gentlemen who reflected the best in American character" and helped heal a nation divided by Watergate.

"He assumed power in a period of great division and turmoil and for a nation that need >>>


      BUSH: FORD HELPED HEAL US AFTER WATERGATE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – Former President Gerald Ford helped heal the United States after the Watergate scandal and brought "a calm and steady hand" to the White House, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday.

"For a nation that needed healing and an office that needed a calm and stea >>>


      FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD DIES
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Gerald Ford, who was swept into office after the Watergate scandal and later pardoned Richard Nixon, died at age '3, his widow said on Tuesday.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfathe >>>


      FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Gerald Ford, who was swept into office after the Watergate scandal and later pardoned Richard Nixon, died at age '3, according to a statement from his widow on Tuesday.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved hus >>>


      FRIST ISN‘T RESTING, ON HIS LAURELS OR OTHERWISE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     Those who think formerly important people in Washington just vegetate once they leave town might note how outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill "Dr.

Video" Frist (R–Tenn.) keeps engaged as he heads out of town. We got an e–mail just before Christmas, one he apparently sent to all his politi >>>


      GERALD R. FORD, '3, DIES; LED IN WATERGATE‘S WAKE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     27, 2006; A01 Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., '3, who became the 38th president of the United States as a result of some of the most extraordinary events in U.S. history and sought to restore the nation‘s confidence in the basic institutions of government, has died. His wife, Betty, reported the death in a statement >>>


      GOOD WILL, LOYALTY MARKS OF FORD‘S LEGACY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     10:54 AM The standard tribute to Gerald R. Ford Jr. is that he served the nation best simply by stepping into the presidency for the disgraced and banished Richard M. Nixon.

But to those who served with the man from Michigan, his achievements did not begin or end with his being available to help "heal our >>>


      HOPE FOR NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     Nearly 16 months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans remains devastated. In the Lower Ninth Ward (primarily black and poor), mid–city (mixed–race and middle class) and Lakeside (richer and whiter), houses are boarded up and ruined; shattered windows reveal rooms full of debris; perhaps one in 10 places has >>>


      LAWYER ASKS BUSH TO REVOKE HIS NOMINATION TO THE BENCH
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 26 –– A Mississippi lawyer asked President Bush to withdraw his nomination to an appellate court, saying that he does not believe that the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee considers him a consensus nominee.

The lawyer, Michael B. Wallace, 54, of Jackson, said Tu >>>


      MYTHS AND THE MIDDLE CLASS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     Almost all Americans see themselves as "middle class." To declare yourself middle class is to say you‘ve succeeded without openly bragging that you‘re superior –– a no–no in a democratic culture. You‘re like everyone else, only a little more or less so.

Not surprisi >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH HAILS THE LATE PRESIDENT FORD
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     December 27, 2006; 11:16 AM WACO, Tex, Dec. 27––President Bush Wednesday hailed the late former President Gerald R. Ford as a man of common sense and "great rectitude," emphasizing the personal character of the man who helped heal the nation after the Watergate scandal.

"He assumed po >>>


      PRIVATE FUNDS PREPARE TO LOBBY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     2006; D01 Some top private–equity funds have joined to form a lobbying organization to head off potential regulation.

The funds have become some of the most active purchasers of U.S. corporations, pooling money from private investors and companies and augmenting those sums with loads of debt. More than 28 >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     Oldest former president Gerald Ford dies LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Gerald Ford, who was swept into office after the Watergate scandal and later pardoned Richard Nixon, died at age '3, his widow said on Tuesday. "My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our bel >>>


      SENATORS NIX PRE–'/11 HIJACKER ID THEORY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– A lengthy Senate investigation has debunked charges by a Republican congressman that military analysts identified Mohamed Atta and other Sept. 11 hijackers before the attacks, according to a committee aide familiar with the report.

In a letter to members of the Senate Intelligence Comm >>>


      STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT BUSH REGARDING DEATH OF GERALD R. FORD
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     From The White HouseWednesday, December 27, 2006; 12:48 AM Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford.

President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On August ', 1'74, after a long career in the House of Representativ >>>


      THE BOOK ON NORTH KOREA
      Washington Post, 27-12-2006
     A17 On the surface, "A Corpse in the Koryo," by James Church, is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the end. It has received rave reviews – as a mystery novel.

But the book has also caused a stir among Asia special >>>



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