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      A SUNNY DEBUT IN 2007 WILL SOON TURN BLUSTERY
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     The first day of 2007 is expected to be sunny but the weather will soon turn windy and temperatures could drop as low as minus 6 Celsius (21.2 Fahrenheit) in some parts of Greece, meteorologists said.

Weather experts said that winds are likely to reach speeds of between 6 and 7 Beaufort over the weekend but are >>>


      ACADEMICS CAUTIOUS ON REFORMS
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     Top academics said yesterday that they wanted to see reforms to Greece‘s tertiary education system but would not support the government‘s proposals unless the conservatives clarified them.

The Academy of Athens, which includes some of Greece‘s most respected academics, issued a statement backi >>>


      AIR RESCUE FOR STRANDED MEN
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     Eight sailors who had been stranded on an isolated point on the island of Gavdos, south of Crete, were airlifted to safety late yesterday in windy conditions, the Merchant Marine Ministry said.

The eight men were all crew members of the Albanian–flagged «Cyprus» vessel that had run aground off >>>


      BUSINESS WAS QUIET...
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     MARGARITA KIAOU/ANA Business was quiet at the Varvakeio food market in central Athens as butchers waited for customers yesterday. Meanwhile, Piraeus prefectural officials said they confiscated 417 kilos of imported beef that contained traces of salmonella. The beef, brought over from France, was found by inspection offi >>>


      HOLIDAY ROAD DEATHS DROP
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     Traffic police said yesterday that 22 people were killed in car accidents between December 21 and 26, a considerable drop from last year’s toll, though fewer cars were also on the highways this Christmas.

Ten fewer people died over the holidays this year than over the same period last year, police said.

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      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     NIGHTMARE VACATION Greeks stranded in Vienna after agency fails to pay airline for return More than 200 Greek tourists who spent their Christmas break in Vienna were stranded after the travel agency that sold them their holiday package failed to pay for the return flights. After the intervention of the Greek Embassy in >>>


      PATIENTS’ HOME HELP IS AT RISK
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     The future of a program which employs some 3,700 doctors and social workers to provide assistance to around 100,000 elderly and disabled people at home is in doubt, sources told Kathimerini yesterday.

The «Help at Home» program began in 1''8 and has steadily expanded over the years thanks mo >>>


      POLICE DENY THAT CRIME IS RISING
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2006
     Officials point to steady number of offenses; TV coverage blamed for heightened safety concerns TV news bulletins, not an actual increase in crime rates, are to blame for rising fears over neighborhood safety, senior police sources said yesterday, playing down a series of headlining crimes across the country.

S >>>


      A GAZA, LE CESSEZ–LE–FEU N‘A PAS TENU
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     PROCHE–ORIENT. Ehoud Olmert autorise Tsahal ŕ riposter contre le Hamas. Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Le cessez–le–feu entre Israël et les organisations palestiniennes de la bande de Gaza n‘a pas tenu un mois. En effet, au terme d‘une réunion avec l >>>


      A NEUCH'4;TEL, LE HAUT ET LE BAS DU CANTON NE SE COMPRENNENT PLUS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     NEUCHATEL. L‘affaire de la localisation du si';ge de la HE–Arc illustre une fracture grandissante. L‘Etat peut–il imaginer des compensations pour les Montagnes?

La lecture de ce texte (5341 caract';res et 1 encadré) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en l >>>


      ANALYSE. L‘ESCALADE DE L‘INDIGNATION QUI A MIS LE FEU AU JURA
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     JURA. La nouvelle répartition des départements devrait se faire d';s demain vendredi: décryptage.

Serge Jubin Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 La tension est momentanément retombée, mercredi, dans le Jura. Le président Laurent Schaffter a convoqué pour demain vendredi une n >>>


      CES PERSONNALITÉS QUI INFLUENCENT LA POLITIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE L‘EXTÉRIEUR (2/8). LUIGI PEDRAZZINI, L‘HOMME QUI A REDONNÉ DU POIDS AUX CANTONS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Luigi Pedrazzini. Au printemps 2007, le conseiller d’Etat tessinois compte bien revendiquer un nouveau mandat gouvernemental. Un récent sondage le place déjŕ en bonne position. Photo: Keystone LOBBY. Le démocrate–chrétien tessinois a été un acteur central du vote historique sur l >>>


      CES SPORTIVES AU TEMPÉRAMENT FORT ET AUX EXPLOITS DISCRETS (2/4). L‘HUMANITÉ Ŕ FLEUR DE PEAU
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     La course de toutes les hécatombes SPORT Le Temps I Article L‘humanité ŕ fleur de peau Eunice Barber, grande figure de l’heptathlon. «Dans la vie de tous les jours, je suis fonci';rement timide.» Photo: Keystone EUNICE BARBER. Son interpellation et sa garde ŕ vue, en mars dernier, ont & >>>


      CHAOS SOMALIEN: LES DOUTES DE WASHINGTON
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Des soldats américains en Somalie. L’opération, tr';s médiatisée et appelée «Rendre l’espoir», sera un échec. Photo: Keystone ETATS–UNIS. Pour le Département d‘Etat, la Somalie sert de base est–africaine ŕ Al–Qaida.

Luis Lema, New York Jeud >>>


      DES VENTES DE NOËL DE HAUTE FACTURE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Les Suisses se sont rués dans les magasins. Une fois n’est pas coutume, les stars ont été l’informatique, lesMP3, la photo numérique et les télévisions ŕ écran plat. Le luxe fait un tabac. Photo: Keystone COMMERCE. Les professionnels annoncent des chiffres d‘affaires sup >>>


      DES ZONES D‘OMBRE ENTACHENT L‘UTILISATION DES FONDS ABACHA RAPATRIÉS DE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Sept ans de tractations Windows Vista n‘est pas infaillible ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Des zones d‘ombre entachent l‘utilisation des fonds Abacha rapatriés de Suisse IRREGULARITES. Le rapport de la Banque mondiale confirme les critiques des ONG. L‘argent de l‘ancien dictate >>>


      DES ÉTOILES Ŕ PEINE NÉES ET DÉJŔ MARQUANTES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Le Temps Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Marie–Claude Chappuis, cantatrice Julian Sykes C‘est d‘abord une voix, malléable ŕ l‘envi. Elle fut Annius, rôle travesti dans La Clémence de Titus ŕ Gen';ve (elle chante aussi dans l‘enregistrement récent de Ren >>>


      HANS KÜNG. L‘AUTRE «CERVEAU» DE L‘EGLISE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     L‘enfant terrible de la théologie, interdit d‘enseignement depuis 1'7', publie en France le premier tome de ses Mémoires. Tr';s dur ŕ l‘égard de Jean Paul II, il est plus compréhensif envers son successeur, dont il fut le coll';gue ŕ l‘Univers >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La Bourse suisse Bien orienté apr';s Noël.

Anker Bank Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Au lendemain du long week–end de Noël et avant la célébration de la nouvelle année, le marché suisse a été tr';s bien orient&# >>>


      LA COMMISSION FÉDÉRALE DES BANQUES NE VOIT AUCUN DÉLIT D‘INITIÉ DANS L‘AFFAIRE SWISSFIRST
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     SUPERVISION. La banque, rebaptisée Bellevue Group, encourrait une amende pour avoir prodigué de mauvais conseils.

Jean–Louis Richard Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 La Commission fédérale des Banques (CFB) n‘a mis ŕ jour aucun délit d‘initié dans la fusion entre >>>


      LA COURSE DE TOUTES LES HÉCATOMBES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     VOILE. Neuf abandons ŕ Sydney–Hobart. Le Temps Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Neuf bateaux ont été contraints ŕ l‘abandon avant męme la mi–course de la classique pour monocoques Sydney–Hobart, au large de l‘Australie. Le supermaxi de '8 pieds (30 m) barré par >>>


      LA CULTURE EN 2006 (5/6). LES CRÉATEURS SUISSES SUR ORBITE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     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 Espace ab >>>


      LA CULTURE SUISSE PENSE LOCAL ET GLOBAL
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     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 Espace ab >>>


      LA DERNIČRE CHANSON DE PIERRE DELANOË
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     SHOW–BIZ. Le cél';bre parolier a écrit pour Bécaud, Dassin, Sardou, France Gall, Fugain, Sylvie Vartan et bien d‘autres. Il est mort hier ŕ l‘âge de 88 ans. Quelque 300 «tubes» sont nés sous sa plume.

Xavier Pellegrini Jeudi 28 décembre 20 >>>


      LE PALMARČS DE NOS CRITIQUES (5/6): LES MEILLEURS SPECTACLES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Le Temps Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Le choix de «Alexandre Demidoff» Alexandre Demidoff Le palmar';s de nos critique (5/6): les meilleurs spectacles 1) Quartett de Heiner Müller ŕ Vidy. Madame de Merteuil et Valmont se jouent des tours. Matthias Langhoff ins';re dans ce cér >>>


      LE RÉCHAUFFEMENT CLIMATIQUE ET LA GUERRE AU PROCHE–ORIENT: LES GRANDS BOULEVERSEMENTS PLANÉTAIRES VIENNENT EN TĘTE DES PRÉOCCUPATIONS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Le Temps Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Le réchauffement climatique 7,2 Le Temps Hier encore contesté, le réchauffement climatique global s‘est imposé comme une évidence en 2006.

La canicule du mois de juillet, l‘automne le plus chaud du si';cle, le retentissement du fi >>>


      LES DOUZE ÉVÉNEMENTS QUI ONT MARQUÉ LES ROMANDS EN 2006
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     SONDAGE. Les viols collectifs par des mineurs sont le fait le plus marquant de l‘année.

Le Temps Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Les viols collectifs de jeunes filles mineures par des bandes de préadolescents, parfois tr';s jeunes, représentent le fait le plus marquant de l‘ann >>>


      LES LOIS DE L‘EXIL (2/6). LE JUGEMENT DERNIER
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     Les lois de l‘exil (2/6). La lecture de ce texte (2778 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LES RADICAUX SE PROPOSENT DE REDEVENIR LE PARTI DE L‘ÉCONOMIE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     PROGRAMME. L‘assemblée des délégués se prononcera en janvier sur le nouveau programme du parti, qui insiste sur l‘élimination des obstacles ŕ la concurrence et le soutien de la croissance.

D.S. Miéville, Berne Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Le 20 janvier prochain, les >>>


      LES ROMANDS DÉSIGNENT LE CHOC 2006: LES VIOLS COLLECTIFS PAR DES MINEURS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     • Selon notre sondage M.I.S. Trend, l‘événement le plus marquant de l‘année, pour les Romands, est la série des viols collectifs commis par des préadolescents en Suisse alémanique.

• L‘émotion est légitime et des réactions sont nécessaires, dit >>>


      MORATOIRE IMMOBILIER EN VALAIS: L‘ETAT INFLEXIBLE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     VALAIS. Pas d‘entente entre le Conseil d‘Etat et les communes sur la vente aux étrangers.

Nicolas Dufour Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Les présidents de communes restent «totalement insatisfaits», lance leur porte–parole, Christophe Dumoulin, qui préside la commune de >>>


      RANK DEVRAIT SURENCHÉRIR SUR SIG
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     OPA. Le titre du numéro deux de l‘emballage poursuit son ascension. Thomas Thöni, Zurich Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Les actionnaires de SIG, le numéro deux mondial de l‘emballage en carton pour les boissons derri';re le leader incontesté Tetra Pak, peuvent se réjouir.
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      SADDAM HUSSEIN, LE TESTAMENT D‘UN «MARTYR»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     IRAK. «Je me sacrifie»: l‘ex–rais qui peut ętre pendu d‘un moment ŕ l‘autre a écrit aux Irakiens.

Marc Semo Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Le message en forme de testament de Saddam Hussein, écrit dans un style ronflant et ampoulé, était pręt a >>>


      SPIDER–MAN, HÉROS ADHÉSIF
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     AMIS D‘ENFANCE. Deuxi';me volet de notre série consacrée aux personnages qui façonnent l‘imaginaire enfantin. Aujourd‘hui: l‘idole de Basile, 5 ans.

La lecture de ce texte (5438 caract';res et 1 encadré) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés e >>>


      VOLEN SIDEROV, LE CAUCHEMAR BULGARE DE L‘UNION EUROPÉENNE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     PORTRAIT. Présent au second tour des présidentielles bulgares, ce leader ultranationaliste alarme l‘Occident. Pour Siderov, l‘entrée dans l‘Union le 1er janvier est synonyme d‘abandon et de trahison.

La lecture de ce texte (4368 caract';res) est réservée >>>


      WINDOWS VISTA N‘EST PAS INFAILLIBLE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     SECURITE. Failles dans le syst';me de Microsoft. Le Temps Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 Microsoft le pensait sans failles, mais Vista, son nouveau syst';me d‘exploitation, en contient déjŕ une demi–douzaine, selon Determina Security Research.

Cette société spéc >>>


      '';A NE S‘EST PAS PASSÉ COMME PRÉVU (2/4). EN 2006, LES BOURSES ONT UNE NOUVELLE FOIS DÉPASSÉ LES ATTENTES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     ça ne s‘est pas passé comme prévu (2/4). Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Jeudi 28 décembre 2006 En 2005, une troisi';me année de rebond des Bourses avait achevé de remiser au rang de mauvais souvenirs la débâcle Internet et ses séquelles. Et les strat' >>>


      «GAINSBARRE» DE LA POLITIQUE BELGE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2006
     BELGIQUE. Les frasques du ministre Daerden. La lecture de ce texte (2860 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 p >>>


      &#8216;ENTAURUS&#8217; SET TO SCALE NEW HEIGHTS IN PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
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Centaurus Set to Scale New Heights in Pakistan Syed Rashid Husain, Arab News

ALKHOBAR, 28 December 2006 When young Mohammad Ilyas Khan landed in Saudi Arabia, from Azad Kashmir some three decades ago, way back in 1'76, the Kingdom was undergoing a transformation >>>


      FOOD: UNDERSTAND THE BASIC PRINCIPLES, OBSERVE THE RULES
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Muslims who live abroad have different views on what is permissible to eat and what is forbidden. Some insist on specific conditions with regard to meat; some refuse to eat non–meat products for fear that lard might have been used in frying; some fear that the food might have been contami >>>


      INHERITANCE OF A GRANDCHILD
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     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, >>>


      THE CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Extol, then, Gods limitless glory both in your evening hours and in your morning hours.

To Him is due all praise in the heavens and the earth, at twilight and at noon.

He it is who brings forth the living out of that whi >>>


      THE PILGRIMAGE — 5: WHEN HAJ BECOMES DUE
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     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 &#8212; 107: USING WEAPONS
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
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The Prophet as a Man 107: Using Weapons Adil Salahi, Arab News

A Hadith reported by Anas ibn Malik mentions that "the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to have a spear or a staff which he might stick in the ground so that he would be facing it when praying." >>>


      VICTIMS OF SMEAR CAMPAIGNS
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     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 >>>


      ADVANCED STRATEGY ADOPTED FOR JAMRAT CROWD CONTROL
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2006 — The newly built Jamrat Bridge, which is open to pilgrims for the first time and currently has a capacity of 250,000 pilgrims an hour, will bring about a qualitative change in public safety, say officials at the Haj Research Institute. The SR4.2–billion high& >>>


      CHARITY HONORS TABUK GOVERNOR
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2006 — Tabuk Governor Prince Fahd was awarded yesterday an honorary membership to the Down’s Syndrome Charitable Association for his support, which the organization says has led to better technical and social services toward children with the genetic disorder.

Pakistani Doctorate f >>>


      CIVIL DEFENSE CHIEF UPBEAT ABOUT ‘SUPERIOR’ READINESS
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 28 December 2006 — Commander of the Civil Defense for Haj Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al–Amr said yesterday that this year’s safety arrangements are superior to the past years.

«The preparations this year differ from last year’s in the sense that they are updated on the basis o >>>


      EMERGENCY MEDICAL TOWER OPERATIONAL IN MINA
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Saeed Al–Khotani, Arab News MINA, 28 December 2006 — Interior Minister Prince Naif, who is also the head of the Supreme Committee for Haj, opened the new SR185–million Mina Medical Emergency Tower on Tuesday. This new hospital replaces the Mina General Hospital, which was serving pilgrims for decades and was >>>


      FIGHTING FLU OUTBREAK DURING HAJ
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2006 — The huge gathering of pilgrims from all over the world becomes an ideal environment for the transmission of infectious diseases, especially those transmutable through casual contact, such as the most common culprits: the cold and flu viruses.

Patients often b >>>


      MOBILY SAYS ITS NETWORK COVERS ALL HOLY SITES
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Arab News RIYADH, 28 December 2006 — Mobily, the second mobile operator in Saudi Arabia, has completed its preparations for covering all the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah with its network, as part of its Haj project.

According to Humoud Al–Ghobaini, the Mobily spokesman, the company had doubled its cap >>>


      PILGRIMS MOVE INTO MINA
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Arab News Team Pilgrims offer Isha prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Wednesday before leaving for the nearby tent city of Mina at the start of the annual pilgrimage. (AFP)

MAKKAH, 28 December 2006 — Black, white, and brown — people of all colors, creeds and nationalities, all chanting «Labbaik Alla >>>


      RIYADH DECKED UP FOR EID
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 28 December 2006 — As the festive air of Eid arrives once again, a comprehensive plan to ensure public safety, health and hygiene during the Eid Al–Adha festival has been drawn up by Riyadh municipal officials, said Ibrahim Al–Quaiyid, a member of the Municipal Counci >>>


      STRANDED CHECHENS GIVEN FREE TRANSPORT TO HOLY CITIES
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2006 — A group of Chechen pilgrims stranded after their bus broke down at Halat Ammar near the Kingdom’s border with Jordan has been provided free transportation to Makkah and Madinah, according to Khalifa ibn Hajhouj Al–Khalifa, supervisor of Haj and Umrah affairs >>>


      ‘INDIA TAKES PRIDE IN ITS TIES WITH KINGDOM’
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News E. Ahamed MAKKAH, 28 December 2006 — India takes great pride in its association with Saudi Arabia and the large contingent of nearly 157,000 pilgrims goes to prove the excellent relationship that the two countries enjoy, according to India’s Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed.
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      DEADLY PHILIPPINE FIRE A WAKE–UP CALL FOR LAW ENFORCERS: ARROYO
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 28 December 2007 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday ordered local government officials and the police to start enforcing laws on firecrackers and fire safety before another tragedy happens.

Arroyo issued the directive two days after a blaze sparked by e >>>


      GOVERNMENT DETERMINED TO END BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS: MANMOHAN
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     S.A. Ali, Arab News NEW DELHI, 28 December 2006 — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that his government was committed to ending discrimination against the Muslims and other minorities.

Brushing aside the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s charge of appeasing Muslims, Manmohan said the minorities, in >>>


      ISLAMABAD, DHAKA URGED TO RESOLVE BIHARI ISSUE
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2006 — The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) at a meeting here called for urgent steps to start the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh.

The meeting held to mark the birth anniversary of Quaid–e–Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah adopted a resolution calling on th >>>


      ISRAEL TO RENEW GAZA ATTACKS
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, meets Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday. (Reuters)

GAZA CITY, 28 December 2006 — Threatening to send a shaky, month–old truce into total collapse, Israel yesterday decided to renew attacks against Gaza, saying they >>>


      MWL WANTS LAWSUITS FOR ABUSE OF ISLAM AND THE PROPHET
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2006 — A two–day conference organized by the Makkah–based Muslim World League yesterday called for a consultative commission in order to take legal action against those who abuse Islam and its Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and Islamic sanctities, at lo >>>


      SAUDIA AIRCRAFT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN NAGPUR
      Arab News, 28-12-2006
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE — A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 carrying Haj pilgrims from Dhaka to Jeddah made an emergency landing at the Nagpur Airport on Tuesday evening following an SOS message to the Nagpur control tower from the captain of the aircraft stating medical emergency.

An Airports Auth >>>


      AP POLL: BUSH, BRITNEY GET THUMBS–DOWN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     1:51 PM WASHINGTON –– Bad guy of 2006: President Bush. Good guy of 2006: President Bush. When people were asked in an AP–AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times.

Among entertainment celebrities, Oprah Winfrey edged o >>>


      AP POLL: DEMOGRAPHICS AND DETAILS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     1:31 PM –– Demographics and details from the AP–AOL News poll on public attitudes about who were the biggest heroes and villains of the past year. The poll was conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

OVERALL: In a testament to how divided Americans are about their president and how >>>


      BROWN‘S BODY EN ROUTE TO APOLLO THEATER
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     PM NEW YORK –– The body of James Brown was en route from Georgia late Wednesday for a final trip to Harlem‘s Apollo Theater and a historic public viewing of the soul singer, whose innovative music and ferocious energy touched the world for 50 years.

A horse–drawn carriage waited to take >>>


      COLORADO BRACES FOR ANOTHER SNOWSTORM
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     PM DENVER –– Still recovering from last week‘s blizzard, Colorado cities braced Wednesday for another storm that could bring more than a foot of snow and high winds to the state and cause planes to be grounded at Denver International Airport again.

The National Weather Service said a storm, ex >>>


      COLORADO BRACES FOR ANOTHER SNOWSTORM
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     DENVER –– Still recovering from last week‘s blizzard, Colorado cities braced Wednesday for another storm that could bring more than a foot of snow and high winds to the state and cause planes to be grounded at Denver International Airport again.

The National Weather Service said a storm, expec >>>


      COURT CAN‘T FORCE GAY MARRIAGE VOTE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     BOSTON –– Massachusetts‘ highest court said Wednesday it has no authority to force lawmakers to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. But it rebuked the Legislature for its "indifference to, or defiance of, its constitutional duties." The unanimous 7–0 ruling >>>


      DEPUTY IN GIBSON CASE CLAIMS HARASSMENT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     LOS ANGELES –– The sheriff‘s deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving six months ago says his superiors have harassed him ever since a report detailing the star‘s anti–Semitic tirade was leaked to a celebrity news Web site.

Deputy James Mee was transferred to another assi >>>


      EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF FORD IN ACTION
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– As a president and candidate, Gerald R. Ford made being ordinary a political trademark.

In the beginning, it was a strength that helped Ford assure voters that the era of Richard Nixon and the corrupting of the presidency was over.

He spurned the traditional perks right away, >>>


      FAMED NYC HAWK SEES BALD EAGLE SOAR BY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     NEW YORK –– Pale Male, the famed red–tailed hawk of Central Park, was perched on the 22nd floor of the swank Beresford apartment building on Wednesday when the national emblem of the United States soared past, carrying a large fish in its talons.

"Pale Male usually sits there sort of rela >>>


      FEDS APOLOGIZE FOR WOMAN‘S STRIP SEARCH
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     TAMPA, Fla. –– The Homeland Security Department sent a letter apologizing to a Muslim woman who was detained at the Tampa airport and strip searched at a county jail.

Safana Jawad, 45, a Spanish citizen who was born in Iraq, was detained on April 11 because of a suspected tie to a suspicious person, >>>


      FORD HAD A WAYWARD WAY WITH WORDS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– He was a quiet, unassuming everyman, and it showed. Gerald R. Ford, who died Tuesday night at '3, was the first president of the television era to wear his humanity on his sleeve, and his label as the "accidental president" was fitting: In 2' short months in the Oval Office, h >>>


      FORD HAD PROBLEMS WITH BUSH IRAQ POLICY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Former President Gerald R. Ford questioned the Bush administration‘s rationale for the U.S. invasion and war in Iraq in interviews he granted on condition they not be released until after his death.

In his embargoed July 2004 interview with The Washington Post, Ford said the Iraq >>>


      FUNERAL PLANS FOR PRESIDENT FORD
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     AM –– Funeral plans for President Ford (all times are local): Thursday, Dec. 28 _ Noon. Capitol closes for tours through Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Friday, Dec. 2' _ 12:20 p.m., President Ford‘s casket arrives at St. Margaret‘s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. Mrs. Ford and the family w >>>


      JOHN EDWARDS JOINS PRESIDENTIAL RACE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     PM NEW ORLEANS –– Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards jumped into the presidential race Wednesday a day earlier than he‘d planned, prodded by an Internet glitch to launch a candidacy focused on health care, poverty and other domestic issues.

The North Carolina Democrat&lsq >>>


      JUDGE WON‘T REINSTATE ABORTION CHARGES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     By John HannaAssociated PressThursday, December 28, 2006; A18 WICHITA, Dec. 27 –– A judge refused Wednesday to reinstate criminal charges against a Wichita abortion doctor, only hours after the outgoing attorney general named a special prosecutor to handle the case.

Last week, state Attorney General >>>


      MURDERS ARE UP IN NEW YORK, OTHER CITIES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     AM NEW YORK –– Gangs, drugs, easy access to guns and a disturbing tendency among young people to pull guns to demand respect were among the causes authorities cited in trying to explain this year‘s increase in murders in New York and many other major cities after years of decline.

The number o >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     British Airways Cites Lighting at Miami Airport MIAMI –– British Airways blamed poor lighting at Miami International Airport for a commercial jet missing a runway exit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family aboard, but airport and federal officials said Wednesday that the lights were fine.
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      NO CHARGES AGAINST KAN. ABORTION DOCTOR
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     WICHITA, Kan. –– Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline spent more than two years investigating a nationally known abortion provider, but he‘ll likely leave office next month with little to show for it.

A judge on Wednesday refused to reinstate the 30 criminal charges Kline filed against Dr. Geor >>>


      OHIO SUPREME COURT REPRIMANDS GOV. TAFT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     By Andrew Welsh–HugginsAssociated PressThursday, December 28, 2006; A04 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 27 –– The state Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) on Wednesday for his ethics violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent record as a lawyer.

Taft, a grea >>>


      PARROTS HAVE COLONIZED THE WILDS OF BROOKLYN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     A02 NEW YORK –– Alex Joseph, a West Indian–born parks worker, rakes the lawn at the grandly gothic Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn when he and his fellow laborers hear what sounds like a flock of sea gulls dive–bombing at their heads. The workers instinctively duck and whip round and look up and s >>>


      PLOWS OUT EARLY AS STORM CLOSES ON COLO.
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     PM DENVER –– Plows patrolled Denver‘s streets Thursday as another major storm blew toward the city, where 2 feet of snow still lingered from the blizzard that paralyzed the region a week earlier.

If the wind remains as strong as forecast, it could easily whip the snow into blinding whiteouts b >>>


      REPORT: APPLE PROBED ON STOCK OPTIONS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     SAN JOSE, Calif. –– Apple Computer Inc.‘s stock option troubles underwent extreme twists following reports of a federal probe into the possible forgery of documents to bolster executives‘ profits and that CEO Steve Jobs received 7.5 million stock options in 2001 without proper board approval.
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      UNIV. TEXAS RETHINKS CONFEDERATE STATUES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     AUSTIN, Texas –– The new president of the University of Texas says he will appoint a panel to decide what to do with four bronze statues on the Austin campus that honor confederate leaders and have drawn complaints for several years.

William Powers Jr., who took over as president this month, said th >>>


      A SOOTHER‘S MISSTEPS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     Gerald R. Ford was a professional politician who tempered the practice of his trade‘s deceits with innate decency. That was demonstrated to me on April 1, 1'71, in an incident unique in my half–century as a Washington reporter.

I had been tipped that House Republican leader Ford was carrying out >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Somalia‘s prime minister says government troops are in Mogadishu.
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      BUSH TALKS WITH TOP ADVISERS ON NEW IRAQ STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush met with top advisers at his Texas ranch on Thursday to hash out a new Iraq strategy that he plans to unveil next month to an American public weary of the war.

Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Ri >>>


      BUSH TO HUDDLE WITH TOP ADVISERS ON IRAQ STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush huddles with top advisers at his Texas ranch on Thursday to hash out options for a new Iraq strategy that he wants to unveil next month to an American public weary of the war.

Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of Stat >>>


      BUSH, ADVISERS CRAFTING NEW IRAQ POLICY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     CRAWFORD, Texas –– Already weeks in the making, President Bush‘s new war plan is being burnished with the assistance of top military and diplomatic advisers as critics of the war urge the Democratic Congress to resist any call for a large military buildup in Iraq.

It‘s unclear whether Bu >>>


      EDWARDS ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL BID IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     AM NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 28 –– Former North Carolina senator John Edwards officially jumped into the 2008 presidential race this morning in this flood–ravaged city, sounding a populist call for citizen action to reduce the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, combat poverty and global warming and help restore Amer >>>


      EDWARDS LAUNCHES W.HOUSE BID IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – John Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004, launched a run for the presidency on Thursday with a call to cut U.S. troops in Iraq, reduce global warming and end poverty in America.

To drive home his populist message, Edwards opened his campaign among the debris a >>>


      EDWARDS SCOOPED BY HIS WEB SITE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, December 28, 2006; A03 NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 27 –– Former senator John Edwards of North Carolina scooped himself Wednesday when advisers testing his campaign Web site posted the news that he is running for president in 2008. The posting came a day before Edwards&l >>>


      EDWARDS TO LAUNCH WHITE HOUSE BID IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – John Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004, launches another White House run on Thursday using a poor New Orleans neighborhood ravaged by Hurricane Katrina as backdrop for his populist message.

Edwards opens his campaign among the debris and wreckage of the city >>>


      EXCERPTS FROM BOB WOODWARD‘S INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT FORD
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     27, 2006; ':14 PM On July 28, 2004, former president Gerald R. Ford sat down for an interview with The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward. The interview was conducted at Ford‘s Beaver Creek, Colo., house; the former president agreed that his comments could be published any time after his death.

Read >>>


      FORD DISAGREED WITH BUSH OVER IRAQ INVASION: WPOST
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and his top advisers made a "big mistake" in their justification for invading Iraq, Gerald Ford told journalist Bob Woodward in an interview embargoed until after the former president‘s death.

Ford, who died on Tuesday at his home in Californ >>>


      FORD: THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     ':24 PM WASHINGTON –– Gerald R. Ford was a man of limited ambition who, through bizarre circumstances never before experienced by the country, achieved an office that others win through the greatest determination and calculation.

The nation‘s 38th president, Ford wanted only to become spea >>>


      GERALD FORD‘S PERFECT PITCH
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     Those who believe that a kindly Providence keeps a watchful eye on America‘s welfare can cite the fact of Gerald Ford. On Aug. ', 1'74, at a moment when the nation was putting aside an unhappy, tormented president, and was aching for serenity in high places, to the center of national life strode an abnorma >>>


      GERALD R. FORD: A HEALER OF WOUNDS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     3:12 PM Gerald R. Ford was the most accidental of American presidents, but when he unexpectedly appeared at the crossroads of history, he seemed to have been placed there by a deliberate act of providence.

In one important respect, Ford was different from most of his predecessors and all of his successors: He d >>>


      GOVT TOSSES ROADBLOCK FOR VIRGIN AMERICA
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     ':25 PM WASHINGTON –– The government tossed a roadblock in the path of startup airline Virgin America on Wednesday, ruling that the company must change its ownership and corporate structure before it can receive an operating certificate.

Under the law, a U.S. airline must be 75 percent owned and >>>


      HAYDEN‘S HANDS–ON STYLE CHANGES TONE AT CIA
      Washington Post, 28-12-2006
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, December 28, 2006; A14 On Mondays at 8:30 a.m., the top 20 CIA staff members gather in the Operations Center on the seventh floor of the agency‘s headquarters in Langley. The pace is quick –– no one even sits down –– as the staffers tell >>>



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