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      ‘FIVE KILLED‘ IN KASHMIR VIOLENCE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      The grenades were targeted at the security forces At least four civilians have been killed in a series of grenade attacks by suspected militants in Indian–controlled Kashmir, police say.

A fifth civilian died after police opened fire on the suspected militants. Dozens more were injured in the attacks in >>>


      ‘ISOLATED‘ DEBY CLINGS TO POWER
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Stephanie Hancock BBC News Mr Deby has been in power for 16 years The past few months have been some of the toughest of Idriss Deby‘s 16–year rule, and the president has variously been described as "isolated", "scared" and "finished".

Yet despite these prophecies of >>>


      BEHIND CHAD‘S REBEL ALLIANCE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      The rebels marching towards Chad‘s capital are following a well–trodden route. In the 46 years since its independence, power has yet to change hands in Chad through the ballot box.

Many soldiers have deserted to join rebel ranks The United Front for Change (Fuc) is a coalition of several smaller ar >>>


      BOLLYWOOD FILM UPSETS ‘GANGSTER‘
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Salem was extradited to India from Portugal last year One of India‘s most wanted men has demanded that a Bollywood movie he says is based on his life should not be released while he is facing trial.

Lawyers for Abu Salem have filed a petition in a court in the western city of Mumbai (Bombay) to try to bl >>>


      BURUNDI LIFTS 34–YEAR OLD CURFEW
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Robert Walker BBC News Former rebel Pierre Nkurunziza came to power last year Burundi has lifted a midnight to dawn curfew that has been in place for 34 years, saying the country is stable.

A new government was elected last year following a civil war that killed an estimated 300,000 people.

The cur >>>


      CHAD CAPITAL‘S SCARS OF BATTLE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Stephanie Hancock BBC News, N‘Djamena Authorities showed a group of what they said were captured rebels It was clear from looking at the vast glass–lined facade of Chad‘s National Assembly building in the capital, N‘Djamena, the heavy damage the battle had caused.

Fierce fighting had >>>


      CHAD PARADES ‘REBEL‘ PRISONERS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      The prisoners were on show at the Place d‘Independence Chad‘s government has paraded captives, said to be rebels, in a public square in the capital, N‘Djamena.

United Force for Change rebels attacked N‘Djamena on Thursday morning before being beaten back by government forces.

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      COCA QUANDARY FOR HARD–UP BOLIVIA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      A clash of interests looms in Bolivia, where the US is keen to see cocaine production stamped out but where the new president is a former coca farmer, the BBC‘s Becky Branford reports.

Chewing on dark–green coca leaves is a stock tourist experience for visitors to Bolivia.

Indigenous Andea >>>


      COLOMBIAN LANDSLIDES TOLL RISES
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Hundreds of people have been forced to flee rising waters At least 10 people are now known to have died in mudslides in south–western Colombia‘s Buenaventura area.

The death toll could rise as 38 people remain missing, including eight soldiers who were manning a checkpoint.

The rescue effo >>>


      COMPANIES HIT BY RAJKUMAR RIOTS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Irate fans set several buses on fire Riots in the Indian city of Bangalore following the death of leading film star Rajkumar cost businesses there millions of dollars, officials say.

Eight people, including a policeman, were killed in violence on Thursday as tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral o >>>


      EXPLORER FACES RUSSIA EXPULSION
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Karl Bushby has 10 days to lodge an appeal A British explorer who has spent the last seven–and–a–half years on a quest to walk around the world is to be expelled from Russia.

Ex–paratrooper Karl Bushby, 36, from Hull, was fined by a Russian court for entering the country without paperwo >>>


      FOURTH BIRD FLU FATALITY IN EGYPT
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      A worker disinfects houses after the third death in March A fourth person has died in Egypt after being infected with bird flu, the state news agency, Mena, has said.

The victim, an 18–year–old woman from north of Cairo, was admitted to hospital on Monday and found to be suffering from the H5N1 vir >>>


      FRENCH MP HUNGER STRIKE WINS DEAL
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Jean Lassalle said he just wanted to see common sense prevail A French MP is ending a 3'–day hunger strike over a Japanese firm‘s plans to leave his constituency after a deal was reached with the firm.

Jean Lassalle, 52, has lost 21kg (46lbs) since starting his protest and was admitted to hospi >>>


      HAGUE REFERRAL FOR AFRICAN PAIR
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
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      HEALTH FEARS AMID ATHENS STRIKE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
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Have Your Say Magazine In Pictures Week at a Glance Country Profiles In Depth Programmes BBC Sport BBC Weather CBBC News On This Day Newswatc >>>


      HOWARD BREEZES THROUGH BRIBES INQUIRY
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Phil Mercer BBC News, Sydney It was billed as the most explosive day of Australia‘s wheat–for–weapons inquiry.

Mr Howard has consistently denied knowledge of the alleged kickbacks After three months of testimony, investigators finally had their chance to quiz Prime Minister John Howard abo >>>


      HUNTERS ‘BLOCKADE‘ SEAL ACTIVISTS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      About 325,000 harp seal pups are being culled Anti–seal hunt activists in Canada say fishermen and hunters have trapped them in their hotel in Quebec to stop them documenting a cull.

About a dozen activists and journalists say some 60 angry locals prevented them from leaving the hotel in Blanc–Sabl >>>


      ITALY REVIEWS CONTESTED BALLOTS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Thousands of contested votes are being reviewed Italian officials are checking more than 80,000 contested ballots not included in the election results that gave Romano Prodi a narrow victory.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has refused to admit defeat until the last checks have been made.

But his all >>>


      KIBAKI‘S ‘MAFIA‘ ON THE RUN
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Gitau Warigi BBC Focus on Africa magazine Hardly can two people be more different than Kenya‘s President Mwai Kibaki and his predecessor, Daniel arap Moi.

Kibaki (r) is perceived to be elitist unlike Moi (l) The latter was a ravenous political animal and micro–manager who was obsessed with the tini >>>


      KNIFE ATTACKS ON EGYPT CHURCHES
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured by knife–wielding attackers at three churches in Egypt, police there have said.

The attacks happened in three Coptic churches in the city of Alexandria. The simultaneous incidents took place during Friday Mass, and the attackers fled immediately a >>>


      MOUSSAOUI TOYS WITH DEFENCE TEAM
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Richard Allen Greene BBC News, Alexandria Moussaoui lashed out at his own lawyers from the witness stand Lawyers began the struggle to save the life of Zacarias Moussaoui in a US federal court on Thursday – but they got little help from the confessed al–Qaeda plotter himself, who took the stand for much >>>


      NEPAL‘S KING RENEWS POLL PLEDGE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      The king made no mention of the conflict with Maoist rebels King Gyanendra of Nepal has gone on TV after a week of anti–royalist protests to give his backing for a general election he has promised next year.

It was not immediately clear if the monarch, who seized direct power 14 months ago, was suggestin >>>


      NEPAL PARTIES REJECT KING‘S OFFER
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      The king‘s latest offer is unlikely to appease his opponents Nepal‘s main political parties have rejected an offer by King Gyanendra to participate in talks which the king says could pave the way for elections.

In a televised address, the king said he would open up a dialogue with the opposition an >>>


      NINE HURT IN DELHI MOSQUE BLAST
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      One person was seriously hurt in the blast At least nine people have been injured in two explosions inside the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the Indian capital, Delhi, police say.

The mosque‘s chief cleric, Imam Bukhari, told the BBC the blasts inside the complex came in swift succession. He has appealed >>>


      NO DEAL IN JAPAN–US TROOP TALKS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
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      OUTBACK ‘SKELETON‘ RECALLS ORDEAL
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Mr Magee was driving to a job in Port Hedland A "walking skeleton" who emerged from the Australian Outback after being lost for 10 weeks has recalled how he survived on leeches and frogs.

Ricky Megee, 35, stumbled out of the bush in front of a farm manager‘s jeep in the Northern Territory, near >>>


      RUMSFELD GETS WHITE HOUSE BACKING
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Emilio San Pedro BBC News, Miami Rumsfeld is accused fostering an atmosphere of arrogance The White House has said it is happy with the way the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, is handling his job and the war in Iraq.

The backing comes despite renewed calls for Mr Rumsfeld‘s resignation from ret >>>


      RUMSFELD RESIGNATION CALLS GROW
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      die in Colombia mudslidesHunters ‘blockade‘ seal activistsSkilling slams Enron prosecutorsUS in warning to ‘defiant‘ IranMan charged in US family killingKatrina rebuilding rules issuedRace charge for Brazilian playerTaylor takes charge at HeritageGaudio claims quarter–final placeUS offers >>>


      SAND ROW SPARKS NIGERIA CLASHES
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Hundreds of people have fled their homes in central Nigeria after three days of communal clashes.

The fighting in Plateau State has left at least 25 people dead, according to unconfirmed reports.

State Information Commissioner Yakubu Datti would only confirm the deaths of two policemen and a soldier d >>>


      SEVEN EMPLOYEES KILLED IN BASRA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Seven Iraqi workers with a construction company have been killed in the southern city of Basra, police say.

Ten employees were handcuffed and blindfolded and taken to a residential area in the northern part of the city.

They were lined up against a wall to be shot. Seven of them were killed, but three >>>


      SRI LANKA PEACE TALKS MOVED BACK
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
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      STRIKE OVER KARACHI BOMB ATTACK
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Security is tight with army and paramilitary troops deployed Shops have shut down in the Pakistani city of Karachi in response to a strike called to protest against the killing of four Sunni Muslim leaders.

Leaders of the Sunni Tehrik group were among at least 57 killed and 80 wounded by a suspected suicide bo >>>


      TAIWAN OPPOSITION IN CHINA TALKS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
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      UN CONDEMNS REBEL ATTACK IN CHAD
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Chad‘s government is blaming Sudan for the rebellion The UN Security Council has condemned a rebel attack on the capital of Chad on Thursday, which the government says it has now beaten off.

After about two hours of fighting around dawn, President Idriss Deby said government troops were in full control.< >>>


      US BLACKLISTS INDONESIA MILITANTS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Jailed Abu Bakar Ba‘asyir is scheduled to be freed in June The US Treasury says it has blacklisted the alleged spiritual leader of Indonesian militant group Jemaah Isalmiah (JI) and three other members.

Radical cleric Abu Bakar Ba‘asyir is in jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings but is to be >>>


      US IN WARNING TO ‘DEFIANT‘ IRAN
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      Ms Rice said Iran might face punitive sanctions The US has warned Iran that it must face the consequences of its defiance over its nuclear programme.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the UN Security Council would have to look at options to compel Iran to "obey the international system".
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      US OFFERS BABYLON DAMAGE APOLOGY
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 14-04-2006
      By Jonathan Charles BBC World affrairs correspondent Babylon was home to one of the ancient world‘s Seven Wonders A senior US marine officer says he is willing to apologise for the damage caused by his troops to the ancient Iraqi site of Babylon.

US forces built a helicopter pad on the ancient ruins and >>>


      AGGRESSIVE MOSQUITOES IN GREECE
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      A mosquito which can transmit a severe form of encephalitis to humans has been found in Greece for the first time, scientists said at a conference in Thessaloniki yesterday.

The Asian Tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus, is native to Southeast Asia but has spread its wings and was recently discovered in Albani >>>


      EX–CHIEF’S CLAIMS OF PPC GRAFT RESURGING
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      Details of the allegations of corruption within the Public Power Corporation (PPC) emerged yesterday from a file submitted to an Athens prosecutor by the former president of the electricity giant, Yiannis Paleokrassas.

The file was handed in with 43 documents which the former PPC chief claims support his alleg >>>


      HUGE STASH OF ARTIFACTS FOUND
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      Police said yesterday they had seized about 37 stolen artifacts from homes in Athens and on the Aegean islet of Schoinoussa in what authorities estimate to be one of the most important cases of its kind in recent years.

Police said the owner of the two homes was a woman from a wealthy shipping family who lives >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      ZAKYNTHOS TREMORS More than 20 aftershocks hit island but experts say worst may be over After being struck by a series of powerful earthquakes in previous days, Zakynthos experienced some 20 aftershocks yesterday, the largest of which measured 4.5 Richter. Seismologists said they expected the aftershocks to continue fo >>>


      PLUG PULLED ON POWER COMPANY CON ARTIST
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      A 40–year–old man accused of robbing elderly citizens in Athens after entering their homes by pretending to be an employee of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) was arrested yesterday, police said.

The victims told police that the supect would insist on entering the house in order to fix a problem >>>


      PRIME MINISTER COSTAS KARAMANLIS...
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      PETAR PETROV/AP Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (center) with his Bulgarian counterpart Sergei Stanishev (right) stand in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a welcome ceremony in Sofia yesterday. The Greek prime minister, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, is in Bulgaria on a two–day v >>>


      TRASH STRIKE PILES ON MISERY
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      Street cleaners extend protest; 40,000 tons of rubbish mounts up in Athens Rubbish collectors refused to go back to work yesterday, extending their strike for the 10th straight day, as some municipal authorities took steps to reduce the public health risk from the tons of rotting trash gathering on sidewalks.

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      UNIVERSITY SINKS INTO VIOLENCE
      Kathimerin, 14-04-2006
      The grounds of one of Greece’s most prestigious universities were the scene of a violent confrontation yesterday between extreme left– and right–wing activists that led to three students being taken to hospital with knife wounds.

Events at Panteion University in Athens began to unfold around noon a >>>


      AL MENOS 22 MUERTOS EN DISTINTOS ACTOS VIOLENTOS EN IRAQ
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LVD – 14/04/2006 – 14.00 horas Bagdad. (AFP) – Al menos 22 personas han fallecido en diversos actos violentos en Iraq, donde los líderes políticos deben todavía solucionar la crisis que bloquea la formación de un gobierno de unión nacional.

Los insurgentes han golpeado Baso >>>


      CHINA REFORZAR'3; SUS INTERCAMBIOS MILITARES CON BIELORRUSIA
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LVD – 14/04/2006 – 11.52 horas Pekín. (EFE). China reforzará sus intercambios militares con el régimen bielorruso, que Occidente ha denunciado por sus prácticas antidemocráticas, informó hoy la agencia oficial Xinhua.

Xu Caihou, vicepresidente de la Comisión Milit >>>


      DEPORTADA DE EE.UU. LA MUSULMANA ESPAŃOLA DETENIDA EN FLORIDA
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      Safana Jawad, de origen iraquí, ha permanecido dos noches en un centro de detención para inmigrantes Jawad calificó la experiencia como «una pesadilla, era como una película» LVD – 14/04/2006 – 08.4' horas Miami (EEUU). (EFE). Las autoridades de Inmigración de EEUU n >>>


      EL GOBIERNO ITALIANO CONFIRMA EL TRIUNFO ELECTORAL DE PRODI
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      El resultado no puede variar ya que las papeletas pendientes de verificación son menos de 5.300 y no las cerca de 80.000 anunciadas LVD – 14/04/2006 – 14.18 horas Roma. (EUROPA PRESS).– El Ministerio del Interior comunicó hoy en una nota que las papeletas pendientes de verificación tras >>>


      LOS SONDEOS PRONOSTICAN LA VICTORIA DE LA COALICIÓN SOCIALISTA–LIBERAL EN HUNGRÍA
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      La segunda vuelta de las elecciones legislativas será el próximo 23 de abril LVD – 14/04/2006 – 11.23 horas Budapest.(EFE). Los últimos sondeos publicados hoy antes de la segunda vuelta de las elecciones legislativas del próximo 23 de abril en Hungría pronostican que la actual coali >>>


      MUERE UNA NIŃA Y NUEVE PERSONAS QUEDAN HERIDAS EN CACHEMIRA EN UN ATAQUE DE SEPARATISTAS
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LVD – 14/04/2006 – 10.13 horas Srinagar (India).(EP/AP). Cuatro granadas, lanzadas por separatistas, estallaron hoy en la capital del Estado de Cachemira, Srinagar, matando al menos a una nińa y causando heridas a nueve personas, según informó la Policía.

Los ataques fueron reiv >>>


      UN MUERTO Y 17 HERIDOS TRAS ATACAR TRES IGLESIAS COPTAS EN ALEJANDRÍA
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LVD – 14/04/2006 – 13.14 horas Según esta información, un grupo de personas, supuestamente islamistas, atacaron con arma blanca a los fieles coptos cuando salían de tres iglesias en los barrios de Hadra, Flemeng y Sidi Beshr, en Alejandría. Las fuentes indicaron que entre los heridos hay >>>


      UNA EXPLOSIÓN EN UN MERCADO CHIÍ DE BAGDAD CAUSA, AL MENOS, 13 MUERTOS
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LVD – 14/04/2006 – 08.15 horas Bagdad. (EFE). Al menos 13 personas han muerto por la explosión de un coche bomba en un barrio chií de Bagdad, según fuentes del ministerio de Interior citadas por el canal qatarí Al Yazira.

Según explicaron otras fuentes, "la explosi >>>


      EL GOBIERNO VERIFICAR'3; SI EL ALTO EL FUEGO DE ETA TAMBIÉN SUPONE EL FIN DE LA EXTORSIÓN
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      Sevilla dice que se debe comprobar si las cartas a empresarios vascos "están enviadas antes o después de la fecha de la tregua" LVD – 14/04/2006 – 15.32 horas L‘Alcora (Castellón). (EUROPA PRESS).– El ministro de Administraciones Públicas, Jordi Sevilla, seńal& >>>


      EL PSOE QUIERE EL 2006 SEA AŃO DE LA MEMORIA A LAS VÍCTIMAS DEL FRANQUISMO Y A LOS PERSONAJES DE LA TRANSICIÓN
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LVD – 14/04/2006 – 11.50 horas Madrid. (EFE). El PSOE pretende que la declaración de 2006 como Ańo de la Memoria propuesta por IU–ICV no sea sólo un homenaje a la II República espańola ––que cumple hoy 75 ańos desde su proclamación–– y a las v >>>


      MARGALL AFIRMA QUE SEGUIR'3;N CON LA CAMPAŃA DEL REFERÉNDUM SIN ERC
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      El president considera un "sinsentido" que la formación republicana no asuma un texto del que ha sido "protagonista" LVD – 14/04/2006 – 12.5' horas Barcelona, 14 abr (EFE).– Pasqual Maragall ha afirmado hoy que su gobierno no esperará a que ERC se decida sobre el Esta >>>


      UN GRUPO ANARQUISTA REIVINDICA EL ENVÍO DE LA CARTA BOMBA A UN JUEZ DE BARCELONA
      La Vanguardia, 14-04-2006
      LA VANGUARDIA – 14/04/2006 Barcelona. (EFE).– Un grupo de ideología anarquista autodenominado "Las Brigadas de la Cólera" ha reivindicado el envío de la carta bomba dirigida a un juez de Barcelona que el pasado sábado fue desactivada por los Mossos d‘Esquadra en una ofici >>>


      EMAAR PROPERTIES DECLARES RECORD PROFITS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Mridula & K.T. Abdurabb DUBAI, 14 April 2006 — Emaar Properties yesterday announced record net profit of DH1.517 billion for the first quarter 2006, a 14 percent rise over DH1.325 billion recorded for the equivalent period of 2005. During the first quarter 2006, the company reported a 4 percent rise in gross profit >>>


      GAZA COMMERCE DYING AMID FINANCIAL CRISIS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, 14 April 2006 — In Gaza’s business hub, shopkeepers extend credit but trade is dying, and middle–class Palestinians are unable to afford luxuries with the Hamas government in financial crisis and foreign aid slashed. In the once bustling Sheikh Radwan in Gaza City, customers no lon >>>


      INVESTORS SHOW TREMENDOUS INTEREST IN SRMG IPO
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar & Abdul Maqsood Mirza Saudi Research & Marketing Group Chairman Prince Faisal Bin Salman, center, with SRMG officials at a presentation on SRMG’s IPO at the Jeddah Hilton on Wednesday night. (AN photo by Abdullah Al–Mowallad)

JEDDAH, 14 April 2006 — Local businessmen and investors w >>>


      OIL PRICE SMASHES THROUGH $70
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Agence France Presse LONDON, 14 April 2006 — The price of Brent North Sea crude oil broke through $70.00 per barrel for the first time yesterday, fueled by heightened tensions between Iran and the international community. The price of Brent crude for June delivery jumped 34 cents to reach $70.20 per barrel at 16:45 GMT >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA 18TH, UAE 24TH TOP OIL EXPORTERS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Mridula, Arab News DUBAI, 14 April 2006 — Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading oil producer, was the 18th top exporter in the world with the Middle East, Africa and the CIS, the world’s largest net exporters of fuels, benefiting from the rise in fuel prices and increased their merchandise exports values between 2' per >>>


      GOING TO UNNECESSARY TROUBLE
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Having read a Hadith in Al–Bukhari that a pilgrim will be rewarded in proportion to the amount of money he spends and the physical effort he undertakes, my rich friend plans to spend very generously on his pilgrimage and to cover the distance between the different places walking.

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      PREPARATION FOR A DIFFICULT MISSION
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent When Moses had fulfilled his term, and was traveling with his family, he perceived a fire on the slope of Mount Sinai. So he said to his family: «Wait here, for I perceive a fire. Perhaps I may bring you from there some information, or a b >>>


      PROPHET ABRAHAM’S FOOTPRINTS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. How can we be sure of the authenticity of Prophet Abraham’s footprints near the Kaaba, where we are recommended to pray?

On a different note, may I mention that there are several websites that are very hostile to Islam. Action is needed to answer these. Please comment.

R. Has >>>


      PURCHASE BY INSTALLMENTS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. Here in the US, a person may have to use the facility of buying expensive items, such as a car or a house, or even less expensive items, on installments.

This may involve the payment of interest. Is this acceptable from the Islamic point of view?

Q.2. Is stoning to death th >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 80: SITTING WHILE PRAYING AT NIGHT
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Since God has told us that the Prophet’s practice (peace be upon him) provides guidance for us and that we will do well to emulate what he did in all situations, it is important for us to learn what he did in his night worship and how he approached it. We have seen over the last couple of weeks h >>>


      CHILD KIDNAPPED, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 14 April 2006 — A group of Africans sexually assaulted a nine–year old boy, a local Arabic newspaper reported yesterday. According to the Al–Madinah newspaper report, which quoted local authorities, two of the four suspects have been identified but are still at large.

According to >>>


      FORGOTTEN KEBABS SPARKS DIVORCE
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News MAKKAH, 14 April 2006 — A case of forgetfulness led to a divorce, the daily Okaz reported. A wife asked her husband to pick up three kilos of kebabs for a dinner party. The husband mistakenly brought home only two kilos.

Big mistake. Whatever marital stress was brewing broke like a dam. One kilo of k >>>


      GULF COUNTRIES URGED TO INVEST MORE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Katepalli R. Sreenivasan RIYADH, 14 April 2006 — A prominent scientist called on the Saudi and Gulf governments to invest in scientific research and advanced studies to reduce the gap between the Arab world and the developed countries for the sake of long–term sustainable prosperi >>>


      KINGDOM’S SUPPORT FOR HAMAS UNWAVERING
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 April 2006 — Crown Prince Sultan yesterday reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s unwavering support to Palestinians and said the victory of Hamas in January parliamentary elections would not affect this historic stand.

«We believe that Hamas is part of the Palestinian people >>>


      MADANI ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO TAKE PART IN LITERARY ACTIVITIES
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News ALKHOBAR, 14 April 2006 — Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani called on women to actively participate in literary activities in the Kingdom.

«Women members should play an effective role in literary clubs and there should be women’s committees as an extension of the board of director >>>


      MAKKAH POLICE RAID HIDE–OUT OF PROSTITUTES
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 14 April 2006 — The Makkah police cracked down on a house of ill repute and arrested one 50–year–old man and three Asian women. The man was the father of one of the women.

According to the police, the father and daughter came to Saudi Arabia on an Umrah visa. The man >>>


      MAN BUYS OWN SHROUD
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News AL–LEETH, 14 April 2006 — A quest for a death shroud left a man dead, the daily Okaz reported. The man from Al–Leeth traveled to Gonfotha, in the south of the Kingdom to buy a shroud for his dead grandmother. On his way back he was involved in a fatal accident. He was buried next to his grandmothe >>>


      MARRIAGE, INTERRUPTED
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News AHSA, 14 April 2006 — A wedding night in the Eastern Province ended in a divorce, the daily Al–Riyadh reported. It started when family members of the bride insisted that their daughter enter the wedding hall first without her husband. The husband insisted that he enter the hall with his wife. An argumen >>>


      NEW SYSTEM FOR TOURIST VISAS IN THE PROCESS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Galal Fakkar, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 April 2006 — The Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) is in the process of implementing the tourist–visa system through a limited number of tourist companies in the Kingdom in a bid to promote the country’s tourism industry.

According to informed sources, the SCT has au >>>


      PRINCE AHMAD SAYS NO POLITICAL PRISONERS IN JAILS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News RIYADH, 14 April 2006 — Deputy Interior Minister Prince Ahmad has denied there was any political prisoner in the Kingdom’s jails, Asharq Al–Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News reported yesterday.

Speaking to the press after opening the historical picture archives of the Model Asima Institu >>>


      YOUNG MAN FACES LASHING
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 14 April 2006 — A Hail court handed down on Wednesday a sentence of 500 lashes and six months in jail to a youth on charges of falling prostrate before a dancer in a musical program held in a rest house in Hail seven months ago, Al–Watan newspaper reported yesterday.

The punishment will >>>


      COMPLAINT AGAINST ADVANI LODGED
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Pervez Bari, Arab News BHOPAL, 14 April 2006 — A complaint has been lodged against Lal Krishna Advani, former president of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, for blaspheming against Christ and hurting religious sentiments of Christians under Section 153A IPC (Indian Penal Code). >>>


      CYPRUS SUPPORTS INDIA’S BID FOR UN SEAT
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 14 April 2006 — Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday asserted his country’s support for India’s permanent membership of expanded United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC). «We believe India deserves a seat in the UNSC,» Papadopoulos said. «We recognize >>>


      EGYPT FREEZES ASSETS OF RED SEA DISASTER FERRY OWNER
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Reuters CAIRO, 14 April 2006 — An Egyptian prosecutor yesterday froze the assets of the businessman who owned the ferry which sank in the Red Sea in February with the loss of more than 1,000 lives, the state news agency MENA said.

Socialist Prosecutor Gaber Reihan, whose post dates from the nationalization per >>>


      GUNMEN STORM PALESTINIAN PM’S OFFICE OVER UNPAID SALARIES
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Agencies RAMALLAH, West Bank, 14 April 2006 — Masked gunmen from the Al–Aqsa Martyrs Brigades yesterday briefly occupied the Palestinian prime minister’s West Bank offices to demand benefits from the cash–strapped Hamas government.

Around two dozen militants forced their way into the downtown build >>>


      IRAN REJECTS ‘HALT–NUKE’ CALL
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Parisa Hafezi, Reuters TEHRAN, 14 April 2006 — Iran rebuffed renewed international calls to halt uranium enrichment, casting a shadow over yesterday’s visit by the head of the UN atomic watchdog.

Speaking after a series of meetings with senior Iranian officials in Tehran, International Atomic Energy Agency (IA >>>


      IRAN TO CRACK DOWN ON SKIMPY DRESSERS
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 14 April 2006 — Iranian police are poised to launch a fresh pre–summer crackdown on women disrespecting the Islamic dress code, a press report said yesterday.

«Unfortunately we see some immodestly and inappropriately dressed women who violate the rights of others,» >>>


      IRAQIS RUSH TO CHANGE NAMES TO HIDE SECTARIAN IDENTITY
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Omar Al–Ibadi, Reuters BAGHDAD, 14 April 2006 — Some flee the country. Others buy weapons. But Iraqis lining up at a state registry say the best protection against sectarian violence is a new name.

«I changed my name to Abdullah because it is a neutral name. It could be Sunni or Shiite. My life is >>>


      ONE KILLED AS JORDAN PRISON UPRISING QUELLED
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Randa Habib, Agence France Presse AMMAN, 14 April 2006 — Jordanian security forces quelled an uprising yesterday at a prison north of Amman that led to the death of one prisoner and in which two policemen were reportedly taken hostage, officials said.

«The mutiny is over and security forces completely co >>>


      PAKISTAN KILLS TOP AL–QAEDA WANTED MAN
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Munir Ahmad, Associated Press ISLAMABAD, 14 April 2006 — Pakistani forces have killed an Egyptian Al–Qaeda terrorist wanted by the United States over the 1''8 American Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Mohsin Musa Matawalli Atwah, 45, was killed late Wedne >>>


      PAKISTAN TO SHOP FOR US AND CHINESE WARPLANES
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Azhar Masood & Reuters ISLAMABAD, 14 April 2006 — Pakistan’s Cabinet has given its air force clearance to open negotiations to buy 36 Jian–10 fighter aircraft from China and 62 F–16s from the United States, defense officials said yesterday.

The officials confirmed a report in the Business Recor >>>


      PHILIPPINE SMART SUBSCRIBERS CAN NOW CALL FROM KINGDOM: REPORT
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Arab News MANILA, 14 April 2006 — Users of the Smart Communication’s SIM card in Saudi Arabia can now make voice calls from their cell phones to the Philippines, a Manila daily reported yesterday.

The Philippine Star said the new feature was made available through a tie–up between the Philippine company >>>


      RETIRED GENERAL JOINS CALL FOR RUMSFELD’S RESIGNATION
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 14 April 2006 — A fourth recently retired Gulf War general yesterday joined the chorus of brass calling for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Retired Army Major Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the first Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004–2005 >>>


      SEN. HAGEL DOUBTS MILITARY OPTION TO BE USED ON IRAN
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 14 April 2006 — A member of the powerful US Senate Committees on Foreign Relations and Intelligence said yesterday he doubted whether the United States would use military force to settle a row with Iran over its nuclear program.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, s >>>


      TROOPS DEPLOYED AS KARACHI STILL TENSE
      Arab News, 14-04-2006
      Huma Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 14 April 2006 — Troops were deployed in Karachi yesterday as trouble broke out before funerals for Sunni Muslim leaders who were among 57 people killed in a suicide blast two days ago.

Life came to a standstill here for the second day following the Nishtar Park tragedy and public >>>


      6–YEAR–OLD GIRL DIES IN TENN. BEAR ATTACK
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      BENTON, Tenn. –– A bear attacked a family at a camp site in the Cherokee National Forest on Thursday, killing a 6–year–old girl and injuring her 2–year–old brother and mother, authorities said.

The attack took place near a pool of water on Chilhowee Mountain, said Dan Hicks, >>>


      6 KILLED WHEN TRAIN, SUV COLLIDE IN COLO.
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      GRANADA, Colo. –– A freight train collided with a sport utility vehicle near the Kansas state line Thursday, killing six migrant workers in the SUV, police said.

Another person in the SUV suffered serious injuries in the collision at a spot where tracks cross a county road that cuts through farm fi >>>


      ALA. TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX, MURDER PLOT
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      COFFEEVILLE, Ala. –– An English teacher at a small Alabama high school has been charged with having sex with at least four students and allegedly involving one in a plot to kill her husband.

Officials released few details but said the husband, a gym teacher who taught at the same school last year, >>>


      BUSH, DEMOCRAT IN IMMIGRATION SKIRMISH
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and the leader of Senate Democrats squabbled on Thursday over who was to blame for stalling immigration reform, an issue that has deeply divided the United States in an election year.

The White House said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada had &q >>>


      BUSH, REID TRADE BARBS ON IMMIGRATION
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush accused Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday of "single–handedly thwarting" action on immigration legislation, and got a brisk retort in return.

"President Bush has as much credibility on immigration as he does on Iraq and national securi >>>


      CASH CRUNCH FORCES SALE OF D.C. BUILDING
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      By Alan CoopermanWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, April 14, 2006; B04 The Christian Science Church said yesterday it plans to sell its office building in downtown Washington, shrink its headquarters space in Boston and put two historic properties in Boston suburbs on the market.

The church, founded by Mary >>>


      COURT OVERTURNS EX–PRIEST‘S CONVICTION
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– A state appeals court has overturned a former Roman Catholic priest‘s conviction on charges of molesting three boys.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled 2–1 on Thursday that misconduct occurred during Fernando Lopez‘s trial when the prosecutor expressed her perso >>>


      EX–CALIF. CONGRESSMAN WINS GOP NOMINATION
      Washington Post, 14-04-2006
      SAN DIEGO –– Lobbyist and former GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray will face Democrat Francine Busby in a June runoff to fill the House seat left vacant by jailed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

A count of several thousand last–minute absentee and provisional ballots Thursday widened Bilb >>>



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