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      EMAAR POSTS RECORD REVENUE, NET PROFIT
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 16 July 2006 — Reiterating its strong grip on fundamentals, Emaar Properties has announced record revenue and net profits of AED5.07' billion ($1.383 billion) and AED3.053 billion ($831 million) respectively, for the half year ended June 30, 2006. The revenue and profit for the secon >>>


      ETISALAT’S SERVICE FOR ‘WASEL’ CUSTOMERS
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 16 July 2006 — Etisalat has announced that prepaid «Wasel» customers can now use their mobile phones as normal even when they are outside the UAE. The corporation has completed the launch of prepaid roaming agreements with a number of operators in over 30 countries, and m >>>


      HINO MOTORS SEES BRIGHT PROSPECTS IN KINGDOM
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 July 2006 — For the first time ever, the top executive of a major Japanese truck manufacturing company visited Saudi Arabia. The economy of Middle East countries is growing and alongside their truck market is also expanding, and that explains my visit, Shoji Kondo, president and member of the board >>>


      SAUDI AND GULF SHARES DIVE ON WAR WORRIES
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 July 2006 — The Saudi Arabian and Gulf stock markets plunged yesterday on concerns over escalating tension in the Middle East.

After falling over ' percent last week, the Saudi market continued to plummet yesterday. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) dropped 1,110 >>>


      SAUDI IPO SUMMIT 2006 SET
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News DUBAI, 16 July 2006 — Dubai–based Institute for International Research (IIR) has announced the launch of Saudi IPO Summit 2006, which is due to take place on Nov. 1'–22 at the Al–Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh.

The conference is intended to stabilize the market and help restore inves >>>


      VIOLENCE IN MIDDLE EAST TO KEEP WALL STREET ON EDGE
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Ellis Mnyandu, Reuters NEW YORK, 16 July 2006 — An escalation of Middle East fighting and crude oil prices close to $80 a barrel will create more angst on Wall Street next week, just as the quarterly earnings reporting season hits full swing.

If that didn’t give stock investors enough to worry about, here’s on >>>


      ABDULLAH GETS MESSAGE FROM AHMADINEJAD
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 July 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday received a message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The subject of the communiqué is unknown. Iran’s top national security official Ali Larijani delivered the presidential message to the king during a m >>>


      BORED WOMAN BITES HAND THAT FEEDS
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 July 2006 — The banality of a privileged lifestyle was too much for a Jeddawi wife, so she decided to spice things up by divorcing her unobjectionable hubby, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday. The woman complained of irreconcilable differences with her husband of 25 years because he nev >>>


      FATHER OF THE BRIDE STIFFS WEDDING BAND
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News AL–LAITH, 16 July 2006 — The father of a newly wedded young bride was hauled off to jail for being a deadbeat after telling the wedding band he didn’t have the cash to pay them for their performance, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. The band’s leader called the cops and the man was detained until the >>>


      FRENCH ENVOY CELEBRATES BASTILLE DAY, LAUDS SAUDI TIES
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 July 2006 — About 500 people gathered in the garden of the residence of France’s consul general on Friday to watch on big screen televisions the Bastille Day festivities live from Paris.

French Consul General in Jeddah Issa Maraut welcomed the visitors and highlighted France’s historic rel >>>


      GOVT ORDERS MORE FLIGHTS TO SYRIA TO FACILITATE EVACUATION
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 July 2006 — The Saudi Embassy in Beirut has advised all Saudi citizens in Lebanon to leave the country.

The government has ordered Saudi Arabian Airlines to divert more planes to Damascus to facilitate the flood of Saudi nationals seeking to leave the region due to the Israeli onslaught on >>>


      NEW VISA FEE PAYMENT SCHEME ANNOUNCED FOR US–BOUND SAUDIS
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 16 July 2006 — The US Embassy here introduced a new visa interview payment procedure effective today.

According to the new rule, applicants who have embassy appointments scheduled on Aug. 1 or later, must pay the required SR380 interview fee in advance at any Samba branch >>>


      SCT SIGNS DEALS TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES TO TOURISTS
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 16 July 2006 — Prince Sultan ibn Salman, secretary–general of the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT), signed two major agreements with two different organizations here yesterday with a view to delivering better services for tourists.

The first accord was signed >>>


      SFD PLEDGES $133M FOR RECONSTRUCTION
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 16 July 2006 — Saudi Arabia has pledged to give Pakistan $133 million for the reconstruction of earthquake–affected areas in Azad Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the grant was signed on Wednesday in Islama >>>


      SUICIDAL GIRL SAVED, NO THANKS TO HER POP
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News TAIF, 16 July 2006 — Police here are investigating an incident where a girl attempted suicide by taking an overdose of an undisclosed medication, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. Police arrived after receiving a phone call about an attempted suicide to find a man standing at the doorsteps of the house with >>>


      SUSPECT IN 2004 KILLING EXTRADITED
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News QUNFUDA, 16 July 2006 — The criminal court in Qunfuda has recorded the confessions of an Arab expatriate two–and–half years after he killed his friend and fled the country, Al–Riyadh newspaper reported yesterday.

The Saudi police arrested the man after he was returned to the Kingdom >>>


      WIVES WELCOME BRIDE TO KEEP OLD HUBBY HAPPY
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Arab News TAIF, 16 July 2006 — An elderly man here married a woman 55 years his junior, which would become his fourth current wife for the octogenarian, the daily Al–Riyadh reported yesterday. The man married the 25–year–old schoolteacher because he said his three other wives had lost interest in him >>>


      BOMB SCARE AT BOMBAY LOCAL TRAIN STATION
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 16 July 2006 — All train services on the Western Railway route came to a grinding halt for 50 minutes yesterday evening, following a bomb scare at the Vile Parle railway station.

The Government Railway Police control room received a call at 3.46 p.m. from a unidentified ca >>>


      ERDOGAN SLAMS WEST OVER MIDEAST CRISIS
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Agence France Presse ANKARA, 16 July 2006 — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan charged yesterday that Western powers were «keeping mum» over mounting bloodshed in the Middle East, warning that they would «pay the bill» by facing more terrorist attacks, Anatolia news agency reported. &la >>>


      FLEEING LEBANON VILLAGERS CAUGHT IN ISRAELI INFERNO
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Agence France Presse TYRE, Lebanon, 16 July 2006 — The child was holding a sandwich when an Israeli missile killed him and 1' other people fleeing their Lebanese border village in a van. Two little blackened hands could be seen still clutching the bread to the child’s chest when UN peacekeepers recovered the corpse >>>


      IRANIAN LEADERSHIP REJECTS FREEZE OF N–PROGRAM
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 16 July 2006 — Iran’s leadership has rejected demands to freeze sensitive nuclear work contained in an international proposal aimed at resolving the crisis over Tehran’s nuclear drive, an official was quoted as saying yesterday. «In the West’s proposal, two preconditions are raised: s >>>


      IRAQI OLYMPIC CHIEF, 30 OTHERS KIDNAPPED
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Agencies BAGHDAD, 16 July 2006 — Gunmen in uniforms seized 30 or more Iraqi sports officials, including the national Olympics chief, and their bodyguards in Baghdad yesterday, barely an hour after parliament voted to extend a state of emergency. The kidnappings at a central Baghdad hall where the officials were meeting >>>


      ME PEACE PROCESS IS DEAD: MOUSSA
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Agencies Lebanese civilians and a medic escape from a gasoline station after it was hit by Israeli airstrikes in Saida, south Lebanon, on Saturday. (Reuters)

CAIRO, 16 July 2006 — Foreign ministers of 18 Arab countries passed a unanimous resolution yesterday calling on the UN Security Council to intervene to s >>>


      PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DEATH TOLL RISES; VEGETABLE PRICES UP
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 16 July 2006 — Relief operations and rehabilitation work in storm–ravaged areas in the northern Philippines shifted into high gear yesterday, and officials said more deaths were being reported from the field.

Nine people were also listed as missing after fl >>>


      SOMALI ISLAMISTS AGREE TO RESPECT GOVT LEGITIMACY: ARAB LEAGUE
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Agencies KHARTOUM, 16 July 2006 — Somalia’s newly powerful Islamists have agreed to respect the legitimacy of the fragile government and continue talks despite a rebuff by the president, an Arab League envoy said yesterday.

President Abdullahi Yusuf decided on Friday to boycott talks in Sudan this weekend mean >>>


      TWO DIE IN FRESH RAIDS ON GAZA STRIP
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 16 July 2006 — Two Palestinians were killed as Israel pounded Gaza with fresh air raids yesterday. Ten people were wounded including three babies, in Israel’s campaign to retrieve a captured soldier. A 25–year–old Palestinian was killed when Israeli aircraft slammed two >>>


      UAE CARRIERS BOOST FLIGHTS TO SYRIA FOR EVACUATION
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 16 July 2006 — Emirates, Etihad and Air Arabia airlines have arranged extra flights to Damascus to facilitate the flood of Emiratis seeking to leave the region due to the Israeli onslaught on Lebanon.

According to sources in the UAE Embassy, more than 1,450 UAE nationals have be >>>


      VIOLENCE IN KARACHI AS MURDERED LEADER BURIED
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 16 July 2006 — Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal leader Allama Hassan Turabi was laid to rest here in the premises of Mustafa Mosque at Abbas Town yesterday as violence flared in this southern Pakistani city as angry mobs went on a rampage after the funeral.

Gangs attacke >>>


      YEMENI FAMILIES CALL FOR DIPLOMATIC EFFORT TO FREE RELATIVES FROM GITMO
      Arab News, 16-07-2006
      Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 16 July 2006 — Relatives of Yemeni prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba demonstrated outside Parliament in Sanaa yesterday calling for a Yemeni diplomatic effort to secure their release.

Protesters held up pictures of Yemeni prisoners in Guantanamo and banners ca >>>


      10 YEARS LATER, TWA FAMILIES STILL IN PAIN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– Andy Krukar boarded TWA Flight 800 with a diamond ring in his pocket, planning to place it on his fiancee‘s finger at the Eiffel Tower during a romantic weekend in Paris. His fiancee, Julie Stuart, was going to follow him on another flight the next day.

Krukar died when Flight 800 >>>


      2 DEAD AFTER SHOOTING OUTSIDE WIS. CLUB
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      MILWAUKEE –– An argument at a nightclub in a popular tourist area spilled out to the streets early Sunday, erupting into fighting and gunfire in which two people were killed and a third was wounded, authorities said.

Detectives were still sorting through details and trying to determine a motive, bu >>>


      A MEDICAL CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 16, 2006; A01 In Chicago, an ambulance driver refused to transport a patient for an abortion.

In California, fertility specialists rebuffed a gay woman seeking artificial insemination. In Texas, a pharmacist turned away a rape victim seeking the morning&ndas >>>


      ABORTION BACKERS, FOES SQUARE OFF IN MISS.
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      JACKSON, Miss. –– Hundreds of abortion rights advocates and anti–abortion protesters squared off in a contentious rally Saturday with both sides proclaiming Mississippi a new key battleground state in the fight over Roe v. Wade.

The National Organization for Women and other abortion rights gr >>>


      ARK. LT. GOV. WIN PAUL ROCKEFELLER DIES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –– Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, the unassuming billionaire who last year abandoned a race for Arkansas governor _ a post once held by his father _ died Sunday after unsuccessful treatments for a blood disorder, his office said. He was 57.

Rockefeller died Sunday morning at the Univer >>>


      BAN OF BOOK ON CUBA LANDS IN COURT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      MIAMI (Reuters) – A children‘s book that fails to paint a harsh picture of communist Cuba is at the heart of the latest battle between Cuban exiles in Miami and civil libertarians over cherished U.S. free–speech rights.

A federal court is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a lawsuit aga >>>


      BEER BARON COORS LOSES LICENSE FOR DUI
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      DENVER –– Beer baron Peter Coors‘ driver‘s license has been revoked by a hearing officer who ruled the executive had been driving under the influence of alcohol, officials said.

Hearing officer Scott Garber ruled Friday that Coors did not stop at a stop sign on May 28 and was driving in >>>


      BUSH REPEATS ISRAEL HAS RIGHT TO SELF–DEFENCE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – President Bush repeated on Sunday that Israel had the right to defend itself in the Middle East, and did not back Lebanese calls for an immediate ceasefire.

"Our message to Israel is defend yourself but be mindful of the consequences, so we are urging restraint,&quo >>>


      CIVILIANS MULL WHETHER TO FOLLOW BASE JOBS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      TINTON FALLS, N.J. –– When Jim and Teresa Savarese took their family to check out the Maryland area where his civilian Army job will be transferred, the three children were sold on the move once they rode horses with the real estate agent.

By the time the family returned to their New Jersey shore c >>>


      DISCOVERY CREW SPEND LAST DAY IN SPACE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– Discovery‘s six astronauts spend their last full day in space Sunday stowing equipment, giving television interviews and testing the space shuttle‘s flight control system for landing.

The testing relieved concerns about a leaking unit that powers hydraulic system >>>


      DOC SUSPECTED IN NY BUILDING COLLAPSE DIES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– The doctor suspected of blowing up his town house rather than allowing his ex–wife to benefit from its sale has died, nearly a week after suffering critical injuries in the blast, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.

Dr. Nicholas Bartha, 66, died late Saturday, said Mary Halston, a >>>


      FEINGOLD ADDRESSES VOTER UNREST OVER IRAQ
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      DUBUQUE, Iowa –– Voter unrest over the war in Iraq has elevated foreign policy issues to a rare level of importance in Democratic politics and is the top concern at the moment, potential presidential candidate Russ Feingold said Saturday.

"At the moment, it is probably the most defining issue, >>>


      FOR SOME, THERE IS NO CHOICE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      When the dispatcher called, Stephanie Adamson knew this might be the run she had feared. But it wasn‘t until her ambulance arrived at the hospital and she saw the words "elective abortion" on the patient‘s chart that she knew she had to make a choice.

"I just got a sick feeling in my >>>


      G8 READIES STANCE ON MIDEAST, BUSH BACKS ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – World leaders at a big–power summit on Sunday strove to forge a unified position on the Middle East crisis with President Bush uncompromisingly saying Israel had the right to defend itself.

The Group of Eight leaders, closeted in a tsarist–era palace on the G >>>


      MEGACHURCHES BUILD A REPUBLICAN BASE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      LANCASTER, Ohio (Reuters) – It‘s not Sunday but Fairfield Christian Church is packed. Hundreds of kids are making their way to vacation Bible school, parents are dropping in at the day–care center and yellow–shirted volunteers are everywhere, directing traffic. In one wing of the sprawling churc >>>


      NASA SAYS IT‘S READY TO EXPAND SPACE STATION
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Guy GugliottaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 16, 2006; A07 HOUSTON, July 15 –– After a three–year delay, NASA engineers say they are finally ready to begin the most ambitious construction project ever attempted in space –– one that will double the size and weight of the interna >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      Missouri Cannot Find Doctor for Executions ST. LOUIS –– The state of Missouri has told a federal judge that it cannot find a board–certified anesthesiologist to assist in executing prisoners by lethal injection.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. had set a Saturday deadline for the Misso >>>


      NEBRASKA‘S POPULAR CHIMNEY ROCK ERODING
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BAYARD, Neb. –– Erosion created Chimney Rock. And erosion will likely destroy it. A long–familiar icon in Nebraska, gracing everything from license plates to decorative spoons, Chimney Rock catapulted into the national spotlight in April with its appearance on the back of the state‘s commemorati >>>


      NEW YORK PANEL OKS PISTOL–PACKING JUDGES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– It‘s one way to assure order in the court. The New York state Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics has ruled that it is permissible for judges to pack a pistol beneath their robes while on the bench.

"From an ethical standpoint, there is no prohibition ... barring you from c >>>


      PARENTS JAILED IN STARVING OF 3 S.C. KIDS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      LYMAN, S.C. –– A couple was jailed on felony charges after police discovered their three adopted sons were severely malnourished, including a 5–year–old boy who weighed less than 20 pounds.

An 8–year–old brother weighed less than 40 pounds and a 7–year–old brothe >>>


      PASTOR AT VICTIM‘S FUNERAL: FIX BIG DIG
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BOSTON –– All "politics and divisions" should be set aside so the deadly Big Dig highway tunnel complex can be fixed, a pastor said Saturday at a memorial for the woman who was crushed to death when concrete tunnel ceiling panels fell on her car.

"We should pray for the authorities s >>>


      PETERSON TRIAL TRANSCRIPT CERTIFIED
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      REDWOOD CITY, Calif. –– The transcript of Scott Peterson‘s murder trial was certified as accurate, opening the way for numerous expected appeals that could last years.

The Friday hearing was likely the last step of the case in San Mateo County, where the trial was moved after a judge ruled th >>>


      RICE: UN RESOLUTION TO GET N.KOREA BACK TO TALKS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council resolution imposing weapons–related sanctions on North Korea shows an international unity that will help get Pyongyang back to six–party talks, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday.

"Ultimately, North Korea will >>>


      SANTORUM STRUGGLES FOR SUPPORT AT HOME
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      PITTSBURGH –– Phyllis Sharkady has voted twice for the local boy who made good, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum.

Not this year. "I‘m willing to go for change _ big time," said Sharkady, 5', a Hewlett–Packard retiree from Shaler Township, Pa., who admits she knows little abou >>>


      SEEKING CARE, AND REFUSED
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      Desperate to have a baby, Guadalupe Benitez was hoping her next try would finally work. So Benitez was stunned when a crucial moment arrived in her cycle and her fertility clinic refused to do the insemination procedure.

"I was in tears," said Benitez, 34, of Oceanside, Calif. "I wanted to be a >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      –– Forecasters predicted hot weather in much of the country Sunday, including temperatures reaching into the 100s in some areas, with only scattered showers and thunderstorms expected in coastal areas in the South and Mid–Atlantic.

Temperatures were expected to reach into the '0s in much >>>


      THUNDERSTORMS MAY HIT AREA OF CALIF. FIRES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. –– Crews battling wildfires that had destroyed 58 homes and blackened more than 110 square miles faced a threat of thunderstorms Sunday that could produce lightning capable of starting new blazes _ or heavy rain that would flood the newly denuded land.

"We‘re definit >>>


      US OKS DEPARTURE OF SOME EMBASSY STAFF IN LEBANON
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – The United States has authorized the departure of some personnel from the U.S. embassy in Lebanon due to the upsurge in violence in the country, the White House said on Sunday.

"The embassy in Beirut is not being evacuated," said White House National Security Council s >>>


      VA. MAN GETS 150 YEARS FOR CHILD PORN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A Virginia man was sentenced to 150 years in prison for sexually exploiting minors and operating child pornography Web sites.

Gregory John Mitchel, who previously had been convicted of child pornography crimes, pleaded guilty in January to the production, distribution, sale and posses >>>


      VA. MAN GETS 150 YEARS FOR CHILD PORN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A Virginia man was sentenced to 150 years in prison for sexually exploiting minors and operating child pornography Web sites. Gregory John Mitchel, who previously had been convicted of child pornography crimes, pleaded guilty in January to the production, distribution, sale and possession of c >>>


      A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP?
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Glenn FrankelSunday, July 16, 2006; W13 All David Ben–Gurion wanted was 15 minutes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s time.

Israel‘s founding father, one of the indomitable political leaders of the 20th century, came to Washington in December 1'41 yearning to present the case for a Jewish >>>


      A KEYSTONE MATCHUP
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      PITTSBURGH –– A senator seeking to model his career on that of some earlier Senate titan might choose one of the 1'th century‘s "great triumvirate"

–– Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Calhoun. Twentieth–century luminaries would include Mr. Republican, Robert Ta >>>


      AFTER MEXICO‘S ELECTION
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      Close elections are no big deal; they happen nearly everywhere and very often. If the close July 2 vote in Mexico, my country, seems surprising and confusing, it‘s simply because there have been very few real elections, close or otherwise. Most scholars would agree that in the country‘s entire history, at m >>>


      BUSH‘S NUCLEAR ENERGY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      If presidential willpower could end eras, the generation–old fear of nuclear energy born in the catastrophes of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl would be headed for history‘s ash heap. The one thing that George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin firmly agreed on in St. Petersburg yesterday was the need for a new nuc >>>


      CURSE OF THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      NEW YORK (Reuters) – You could call it the curse of The Devil Wears Prada. While the hit movie about a fashion editor from hell showcases dozens of high–end and mainstream brands, the sweet smell of success isn‘t rubbing off on Wall Street.

The share prices of brands that got placement in the >>>


      GIULIANI A WILD CARD IN 2008 WHITE HOUSE RACE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      2:04 PM BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has the record, reputation and travel schedule of a serious White House contender. But it will not be easy turning "America‘s Mayor" into America‘s president.

Riding high on the acclaim for his leadership in New Yo >>>


      GOP FEARS FALLOUT OF IMMIGRATION SPLIT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      A04 They monitor the same polls and national debate over immigration, yet House Republicans are reaching dramatically different conclusions from President Bush and Senate GOP leaders regarding which political and policy routes to take, a disagreement that may haunt their party in years to come.

House Republica >>>


      IN GEORGIA RACE, THE SHOO IS ON THE OTHER FOOT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      When Ralph Reed decided to run for lieutenant governor in Georgia, he was widely seen as a shoo–in. The former executive director of the Christian Coalition and past chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, Reed had friends at every level of state and national politics.

Turns out he had one too many. Hi >>>


      MEXICAN LEFTIST FACES TEST IN CAPITAL VOTE MARCH
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The leftist claiming fraud in Mexico‘s presidential election two weeks ago faces a test of his strength on Sunday when he heads a huge rally through the capital in support of his call for a vote recount.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who pulled a crowd of 100,000 protesters l >>>


      ON IMMIGRATION, LIBERALIZE TO CRACK DOWN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      The first House "field hearings" on immigration legislation have at times seemed more like talk show free–for–alls than serious contributions to the legislative process. Certainly this was true at the session I attended in Laredo, Tex., where Republicans fanned voters‘ fears by portraying th >>>


      PARTIES SCRAMBLE FOR YOUTH VOTE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Zachary A. GoldfarbSpecial to The Washington PostSunday, July 16, 2006; A04 In 2004, young people voted in the highest percentage they had since 1''2, and in the third–highest percentage in the nine presidential elections since a constitutional amendment in 1'71 lowered the voting age to 18.
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      PRODI MEETS BUSH, PLEDGES TO HELP IN MIDDLE EAST
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi told President Bush on Saturday that Italy could play a role in easing the Middle East crisis.

Prodi, who won an April election against close U.S.–ally Silvio Berlusconi, said ahead of the G8 summit that Bush had accepted his pla >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      G8 readies stance on Mideast, Bush backs Israel ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – World leaders at a big–power summit on Sunday strove to forge a unified position on the Middle East crisis with President Bush uncompromisingly saying Israel had the right to defend itself. The Group of Eight leaders, closeted >>>


      RICE TELLS ISRAEL US CONCERNED ABOUT CASUALTIES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday the United States was deeply concerned about mounting civilian casualties in Lebanon but that an immediate ceasefire would not solve the problem.

As Israel launched fresh attacks in Lebanon and rockets fired by Lebanese >>>


      STEM CELLS IN SENATE SPOTLIGHT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      This week‘s Senate debate on stem cell research will be freighted with consequences –– for the future health of humanity and for the politics of 2006 and 2008.

To deal with first things first: When the House passed stem cell legislation in May 2005 by a margin of 238 to 1'4, 50 Republican >>>


      U.S. EVACUATION TEAMS ARRIVE IN LEBANON
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST. PETERSBURG, Russia –– U.S. security teams landed at the American embassy just outside Beirut on Sunday to plan the evacuation of some of the estimated 25,000 U.S. citizens living in war–torn Lebanon.

Witnesses said two helicopters flew in from over the Mediterranean and landed on the emba >>>


      U.S. STRUGGLES TO RANK POTENTIAL TERROR TARGETS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 16, 2006; A0' The U.S. government has made limited headway in identifying and securing the domestic targets whose destruction would pose the greatest threat to American lives and national defense, experts and former government officials said.

The De >>>


      UNPREPARED FOR THE ATTACKS; PREPARING FOR FLU PANDEMIC
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      Whatever it meant for politics, for many government agencies and those who ran them, Sept. 11, 2001, was a life–changing experience. Tommy G.

Thompson, then the secretary of health and human services, had called a meeting that morning with a group of scientists to discuss the threat of pandemic flu.
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      US AND RUSSIA PLAN NUCLEAR DEAL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – The United States and Russia announced on Saturday they would negotiate a landmark atomic cooperation deal and sought to disarm potential critics by vowing to redouble efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.

"We express our intent to develop bilateral cooperation in th >>>


      30 AT SPORTS MEETING IN IRAQ ARE ABDUCTED
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 16, 2006; A12 BAGHDAD, July 15 –– The security guard at the Oil Ministry Cultural Center was bending down to kneel for midday prayer Saturday when someone behind him said, "Turn around and do not move." The guard, Yasin Ibrahim Mustafa, tur >>>


      40 REBELS KILLED IN CLASHES IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 15 Coalition and Afghan forces killed more than 40 fighters across southern Afghanistan on Saturday, including 10 in a large–scale air assault aimed at wresting a desert town from Taliban control.

More than 300 British paratroops, backed by U.S. and Canadian forces, launched a >>>


      AMID WAR, SOME VIOLENCE MAY BE PERSONAL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Sonya Geis and John PomfretWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 16, 2006; A03 On March 12, a 15–year–old Iraqi girl was raped, and she and her father, mother and sister were gunned down in their home.

Three months later, three U.S. soldiers were slain by insurgents. One was shot and two oth >>>


      AT CAREFULLY STAGED G–8, DISSENTERS KEPT IN WINGS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Peter Finn and Peter BakerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 16, 2006; A13 ST. PETERSBURG, July 15 –– The anti–globalists, anti–summiteers and sundry opponents of President Vladimir Putin, all 150 of them, were corralled at a stadium at the edge of downtown Saturday. No one could get >>>


      AT LEAST 8 KILLED IN HIZBOLLAH ROCKET FIRE ON HAIFA
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Rockets fired by the Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah hit the Israeli city of Haifa on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen others, several seriously, medics said.

At least five rockets, thought to be Katyushas, hit the city, with one of them striki >>>


      BOMBER KILLS 25 AT CAFE IN NORTHERN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A suicide bomber detonated explosives Sunday inside a northern Iraqi cafe popular with Shiites, killing 25 people and injuring 23, an Iraqi general said.

The attack occurred just after sunset at a cafe in the outdoor market in Tuz Khormato, a mostly Turkomen city 130 miles north of >>>


      BUSH, ALLIES SEEK CONSENSUS ON MIDEAST
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST. PETERSBURG, Russia –– World leaders, mindful of turbulent Mideast politics, struggled Sunday to draft a consensus statement on escalating warfare between Hezbollah and Israel that dominated talks at the summit of wealthy nations.

Russia said it would evacuate its citizens from Lebanon, where Is >>>


      CHINESE DEATH TOLL FROM TYPHOON BILIS RISES TO 42
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BEIJING (Reuters) – Typhoon Bilis killed at least 42 people and left more than 100 missing as it swept across southeast China at the weekend, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

It said emergency workers rescued 11 seamen on Saturday from a sinking Russian vessel in stormy seas off the Ch >>>


      CHINESE STORM CLAIMS 48 LIVES, CUTS RAIL LINKS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 48 people died in rainstorms and floods as Typhoon Bilis scythed across southeast China, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

It said emergency workers rescued 11 seamen on Saturday from a sinking Russian vessel in stormy seas off the Chinese coast.

Bi >>>


      CLASHES IN AFGHANISTAN KILL 40 MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– More than 40 insurgents were killed Saturday as hundreds of coalition troops, many dropped by helicopter, wrested a desert town from the Taliban and U.S. forces battled militants across southern Afghanistan, officials said.

The U.S. military, meanwhile, agreed to assist an >>>


      CONFRONTATION JUST STARTING: HIZBOLLAH
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday confrontation with Israel was just beginning after the bombardment of the Israeli city of Haifa.

"We will continue. We still have a lot more and we are just at the beginning," he said in a taped televised address. "W >>>


      DEATH TOLL IN HAIFA ROCKET ATTACKS RISES TO 8
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The death toll from Hizbollah rocket attacks on the Israeli city of Haifa on Sunday rose to eight, medics said, with at least 14 others wounded, some of them seriously.

At least five rockets fired by the Lebanese guerrilla group hit the port city on Sunday, with one of them hitting >>>


      G8 CLEARS DECKS BEFORE TACKLING MIDEAST CRISIS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – World leaders at a big–power summit on Sunday strove to forge a unified position on the Middle East crisis after President Bush uncompromisingly said Israel had the right to defend itself.

With pressure on the Group of Eight to respond to the growing violence, worl >>>


      HEZBOLLAH ROCKETS HIT HAIFA, KILLING 8
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Waves of warplanes thundering through the darkness bombed Beirut‘s southern suburbs for hours Sunday, and Hezbollah guerillas fired rockets into Israel‘s third–largest city, killing eight people and wounding seven.

A barrage of rockets pounded the northern Israe >>>


      HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS UNITED BY TACTICS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      A14 GAZA CITY, July 15 –– When the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah launched a cross–border raid Wednesday and captured two Israeli soldiers, barely two weeks after Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip had done virtually the same thing, Gaza accountant Mohammed Abu Asen saw the events as "completel >>>


      HIGHLIGHTS OF SUMMIT DOCUMENTS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      AM –– The Group of Eight world leaders adopted statements Sunday on the summit‘s three priority areas of energy security, education and the fight against infectious diseases. Here are the main provisions: _ ENERGY: The G–8 expresses commitment to "transparent, efficient and competitive glob >>>


      HIZBOLLAH ROCKETS HAIFA AND ISRAEL BOMBS BEIRUT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rockets fired by Hizbollah guerrillas killed eight people in the Israeli city of Haifa on Sunday and bombs shook Beirut as Israel pursued a five–day–old assault in Lebanon aimed at crippling the Shi‘ite Muslim group.

It was Hizbollah‘s deadliest rocket strike in >>>


      HONG KONG LEADER HINTS AT FULL VOTE IN 2012: PAPER
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang has hinted at the possibility of full universal suffrage in the city in 2012 amid calls by democracy activists for a timetable for its introduction, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Two years ago China ruled out a full vote for 2007, and tens of >>>


      HOW COMMON GROUND OF '/11 GAVE WAY TO PARTISAN SPLIT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      16, 2006; A01 It was the moment that was supposed to change everything. But almost five years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American politics has reverted to many of its old habits and patterns.

The bipartisanship that appeared spontaneously in the aftermath of the attacks was quickly swallowe >>>


      IMPOTENT ARAB GOVTS SAY PEACE PROCESS DEAD, SEEK HELP
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      CAIRO (Reuters) – Rebuffed by the United Nations and the United States, impotent against militant Islamist groups fighting Israel, and often unpopular at home, Arab governments have made a joint appeal for urgent assistance.

At a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday, they declared Middl >>>


      IN RUSSIA, PUTIN, BUSH PUT ON A BRAVE FACE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      By Peter Baker and Peter FinnWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 16, 2006; A01 STRELNA, Russia, July 15 –– President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to reach a much–anticipated trade agreement Saturday after marathon talks by aides collapsed hours before the two leaders got toge >>>


      INDIA TRAIN BLAST TOLL LOWERED TO 182
      Washington Post, 16-07-2006
      BOMBAY, India –– Authorities lowered the death toll from the synchronized bombings of Bombay‘s commuter train network, saying Sunday that 182 had been killed.

Officials previously said that at least 200 died and more than 700 were injured in Tuesday‘s blasts.

The new toll was r >>>



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