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      COURT DELIVERS BLOW AGAINST MOBILE MASTS
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Ruling cites public health risk Ten mobile telephone antennas, eight of which are in Athens, must be removed as they pose a threat to public health, the Athens Appeals Court ruled yesterday.

The ruling rebuffs an appeal by an unidentified mobile operator for the suspension of a decision by the National Telecom >>>


      CYPRUS BRACES FOR MASS INFLUX
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Yannis Behrakis/Reuters The Greek ferry Ierapetra enters the port of Beirut near a docked Italian warship yesterday. The vessels have been sent to Lebanon to evacuate hundreds of stranded civilians following days of air strikes by Israeli forces.

The Greek vessel has been chartered by the French government, wh >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      SWIMMING WARNING Coroner says drowned boy, 6, dived into pool on full stomach A coroner on Crete said yesterday that a 6–year–old Austrian boy who died after diving into a pool had been swimming on a full stomach. The unnamed boy dived into the pool soon after his family had checked into the apartment compl >>>


      JOBS RETHINK BEGINS
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Minister wants mobile work force and employment for people over 55 Proposals aimed at making the Greek work force more flexible and mobile, while providing greater job opportunities for people aged over 55 were unveiled by Labor and Social Security Minister Savvas Tsitouridis yesterday.

He signaled the governm >>>


      LANDFILLS UNDER FIRE AFTER BLAZE
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Thessaloniki was examining the environmental toll yesterday of a large fire at the city’s landfill, which released harmful toxins into the air and prompted experts to call for the closing of some dumps.

The fire at the Tagarades dump raged for four days before firefighters tamed it on Sunday.

Yesterda >>>


      SHOPPERS ARE REFLECTED...
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Alexandros Beltes/ANA Shoppers are reflected in the window of a store in central Athens yesterday, the first day of the summer sales. The sales will last until the end of August but thousands of shoppers hit the streets yesterday to snap up the best bargains. Clothing prices will be cut by 20 and 50 percent and shoe pr >>>


      SUBURBAN RAILWAY EXPANSION IS ON TRACK
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Thousands of passengers can start using three new Proastiakos suburban railway stations today in Ano Liosia, Aspropyrgos and Magoula – all in western Attica – that were opened yesterday by Transport Minister Michalis Liapis.

Transport authorities said the stations, which cost some 10 million euros >>>


      VODAFONE IS SET FOR HEFTY FINE
      Kathimerin, 18-07-2006
      Mobile phone operator Vodafone could face total fines of 12 million euros as the watchdog investigating the recent phone–tapping scandal has found the firm guilty of eight offenses, sources told Kathimerini yesterday.

The Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE) has found that Vodafone breached >>>


      A BONS SALAIRES MAUVAISES PERFORMANCES
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      GOUVERNANCE. Les patrons des firmes technologiques pas toujours équitablement rémunérés.

Carole Ulmer Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Dans le domaine des hautes technologies, les chefs d‘entreprise les mieux payés dirigent les entreprises fournissant les plus mauvais résultats boursie >>>


      ACTELION RENFORCÉE GR'4;CE Ŕ ROCHE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      PHARMA. Important accord pouvant dépasser 500 millions de dollars. Willy Boder Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Cinq cent cinquante–cinq millions de dollars, plus la moitié des futurs bénéfices tirés de la vente du médicament, au–delŕ de 2010, si tout se passe bien. Voilŕ ce que >>>


      AIRBUS MISE SUR LE NOUVEL A 350 POUR RATTRAPER BOEING
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      AVIATION. Le groupe américain fait la course en tęte depuis le début de l‘année avec quatre fois plus de commandes.

Le Temps Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Airbus a dévoilé lundi au salon aéronautique de Farnborough la nouvelle version élargie de son long–courrier A35 >>>


      ALARME OZONE: LES RÉDUCTIONS DE VITESSE TOUJOURS PLUS CONTESTÉES
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      POLLUTION. Les valeurs maximales ont été dépassées hier. Que faire? Le Temps Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Hier, la concentration d‘ozone dans l‘air a dépassé le seuil critique en plusieurs endroits de Suisse: 120 µg par m3 en moyenne horaire.

Les principales victimes potentie >>>


      BEYROUTH OU LA PEUR QUE TOUT S‘EFFONDRE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Des secouristes évacuent les victimes de bombardements dans la ville portuaire de Saďda, au Liban. Photo: Keystone • Le Liban redécouvre avec effroi le visage de la guerre. Le bilan humain s‘alourdit chaque jour.

• Pour le gouvernement libanais, impuissant face au Hezbollah, la priorit >>>


      BRČVE. VAUD
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Le Temps Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Les habitants de Nyon voteront sur le projet de «Petite ceinture». Les référendaires ont récolté pr';s de 2700 signatures, soit 1000 de plus que nécessaires. Ils combattent la construction de la route de contournement de la commune, dont le Con >>>


      CARNAGE DANS UN MARCHÉ AU SUD DE BAGDAD
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      IRAK. Des hommes armés ont tiré dans la foule apr';s l‘explosion de deux voitures piégées.

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      CES PLATS QUI SE MANGENT FROIDS (2/6). ODE AU TERROIR Ŕ L‘ALPES ET LAC
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Situé ŕ deux pas de la gare de Neuchâtel, la terrasse ombragée de l‘hôtel–restaurant offre une carte originale doublée d‘une magnifique terrasse. «Peut–ętre la plus belle de Suisse romande», souffle–t–on alentour.

Pierre–E >>>


      COMMENT C‘ÉTÉ? BL!NDMANN, SAMOURAĎS DE LA POLYPHONIE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
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      COMMENT RÉDUIRE LES COŰTS DE LA SANTÉ (3). «ALLÔ, QUE PUIS–JE FAIRE POUR VOUS AIDER Ŕ COŰTER MOINS CHER Ŕ VOTRE ASSURANCE?»
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      SANTE. Un coup de fil, c‘est si facile. Certaines caisses offrent des rabais ŕ ceux de leurs assurés qui ont recours ŕ un centre d‘appels médicaux avant d‘aller consulter un spécialiste.

Sylvie Arsever Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Rien ne semble pouvoir freiner la hausse des >>>


      CONFIDENCES CROISÉES AVANT LA SOUFFRANCE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Un coureur s´entraîne avant la grande ascension dans les Alpes. Photo: Keystone TOUR DE FRANCE. A bâtons rompus sur une terrasse avec le «baroudeur» Jens Voigt et le «bleu» Christophe Le Mével, avant trois jours d‘ascension dans les Alpes.

Jean–Claude P&# >>>


      EN PENSÉE, SION SURPASSE B'4;LE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      FOOTBALL. La méc';ne du FCB se lasse, Christian Constantin voit tr';s grand. La lecture de ce texte (3233 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      GEORG FISCHER RESTE TRČS PROFITABLE MALGRÉ LE PÉTROLE CHER
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      INDUSTRIE. La hausse des co$';ts de l‘or noir et des métaux n‘a pas empęché le groupe schaffhousois d‘augmenter son résultat de 54% ŕ 117 millions.

Les objectifs 2007 seront atteints. Thomas Thöni, Zurich Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Etonnante de vitalité, G >>>


      HÔPITAL SUISSE DE PARIS: UBUESQUE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Montreux Jazz: régime minceur, SVP! COURRIER DES LECTEURS Le Temps I Article Hôpital suisse de Paris: ubuesque François Bouniol, PDG Repotel, Paris Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Mes ancętres genevois seraient choqués des contrevérités émises par les représentants de l‘Hôp >>>


      INNOCENT ABATTU: LA POLICE BRITANNIQUE ÉCHAPPE AU PROCČS
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      GRANDE–BRETAGNE. La famille du Brésilien Jean Charles de Menezes, tué par erreur dans le métro en juillet 2005 suite aux attentats de Londres, crie au scandale. La victime avait été tuée de onze balles.

Eric Albert, Londres Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Aucune inculpation ne sera po >>>


      KIOSQUE. KARL, LES BONS MOTS D‘UNE MAUVAISE LANGUE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Le tr';s stylé magazine français «Numéro» publie une interview jouissive de Lagerfeld. Un sommet kitsch et «camp» qui fait du créateur, une fois de plus, le successeur d‘Andy Warhol.

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      L‘EUROPE DES CAFÉS LÉGENDAIRES (2/6). LE MONDE BOUILLONNANT DES CAFÉS VIENNOIS
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Au fil de l‘histoire de l‘Empire déchu, on y croise bourgeois, artistes, étudiants, philosophes, journalistes et quantité de musiciens: la capitale autrichienne, repue de café, gorgée de pâtisseries, est aussi hantée par le démon artistique.

Michel Braudeau, >>>


      L‘HEURE DÉCISIVE APPROCHE POUR LA PRÉSIDENCE DU PDC
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      CANDIDATURES. Seuls en lice, la Saint–Galloise Lucrezia Meier–Schatz et le Valaisan Christophe Darbellay ne s‘affronteront pas directement.

D.S. Miéville, Berne Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Les partis cantonaux ont jusqu‘au 2 ao$';t ŕ midi pour déposer une candidature  >>>


      L‘INDIVIDUALISME SUÉDOIS EXPOSÉ Ŕ MARTIGNY
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      BEAUX–ARTS. Le Manoir valaisan poursuit son exploration de pays «peu connus». La lecture de ce texte (2048 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      L‘OMBRE PORTÉE DE BRASSENS
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      MAXIME LE FORESTIER. A l‘origine indirecte de la naissance du Paléo Festival, le barde post–soixante–huitard chante ce soir ŕ Nyon un répertoire via lequel il est né en chanson.

Olivier Horner Mardi 18 juillet 2006 «On a sans doute oublié ce que Maxime Le Forest >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE. LE SMI RÉSISTE GR'4;CE Ŕ NESTLÉ ET NOVARTIS
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Le SMI résiste grâce ŕ Nestlé et Novartis En début de semaine, le climat est toujours plombé par l‘escalade du conflit au Proche Orient, ainsi que les craintes de nouvelles hausses des prix du pétrole et d‘un ralentissement de l‘& >>>


      LA CAMERATA DES GHETTOS ROUMAINS
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Apr';s Lhasa l´année passée (photo), le Village du Monde met ŕ l´honneur le Taraf de Haďdouks, Kocani Orkestar, Goran Bregovic... Photo: Keystone PALEO. Le festival s‘ouvre ce soir ŕ guichets fermés avec le Taraf de Haďdouks, formation tzigane qui sillonne la p >>>


      LA CHRONIQUE DES CHANGES. LES TENSIONS GÉOPOLITIQUES PROFITENT AU DOLLAR
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      La chronique des changes. Nicolas Longchamp Mardi 18 juillet 2006 La série d‘attentats meurtriers en Inde, l‘escalade de la violence au Moyen–Orient et les tensions entre les deux Corées apr';s les missiles de Pyongyang poussent le marché ŕ se réfugier en achetant du d >>>


      LA CONFUSION RČGNE AUTOUR DE LA PREMIČRE COTATION DE ROSNEFT
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      BOURSE. Lundi, le bras pétrolier du Kremlin est revenu sous son cours d‘introduction. Le début des véritables échanges est attendu demain ŕ Londres. Pierre–Alexandre Sallier et Emmanuel Grynszpan, Moscou, Andrea Morawski, Londres Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Le premier jour de cotation de >>>


      LA SITUATION HUMANITAIRE ET SANITAIRE SE DÉGRADE Ŕ GAZA
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      PROCHE–ORIENT. Outre le front libanais, l‘armée israélienne poursuit ses raids sur Gaza–City.

Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Eclipsée par les hostilités au Liban, la situation humanitaire continue de se dégrader dans la bande de Gaza oů l&lsqu >>>


      LA SUISSE A DE MEILLEURES IDÉES
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      EDITORIAUX Le Temps I Article La Suisse a de meilleures idées Editorial.

Bernard Wuthrich Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Comme un réflexe pavlovien, les écologistes exigent la limitation de la vitesse ŕ 80 km/h sur les autoroutes d';s l‘apparition des grandes chaleurs.

Rien ne >>>


      LE G8 SE CONFORTE DANS SES DIFFÉRENCES
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      ENERGIE. La déclaration de Saint–Pétersbourg bute sur de vieux différends. Benjamin Quénelle, Saint–Pétersbourg Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Au sommet du G8 ŕ Saint–Pétersbourg, la Russie et ses partenaires occidentaux ont peiné ŕ cacher leurs divergences sur l&ls >>>


      LE PDC DÉFEND UNE ARMÉE MODERNE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
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      LE POP ART VÉCUT UNE AUTRE VIE... EN HELVÉTIE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      EXPOSITION. Le mouvement anglo–américain des années 1'60 connut un certain succ';s en Suisse. Un fait qui n‘a jamais été mis en évidence. Le Kunstmuseum de Thoune se permet de le rappeler, lui qui en fit longtemps son point fort.

Philippe Mathonnet, Thoune Mardi >>>


      LE SCULPTEUR ANGLAIS TONY CRAGG UTILISE L‘UTILITAIRE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      BEAUX–ARTS. A la Fondation Louis Moret, il met en évidence l‘obsession de l‘utile et la dépasse.

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      LES MÉCHANTS (6). CAĎN MARCHENOIR, L‘«ENTREPRENEUR DE DÉMOLITIONS»
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Pierre Chambonnet Mardi 18 juillet 2006 «J‘ai longtemps cherché le moyen de me rendre insupportable ŕ mes concitoyens.» L‘écrivain le plus redoutable de la littérature française, le plus grand pamphlétaire et polémiste de la fin du XIXe si';cle n‘ >>>


      LES VICTIMES DU FRANQUISME SORTENT DE L‘OUBLI
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      ESPAGNE. Au 70e anniversaire du coup d‘Etat, la question des réparations est débattue.

François Musseau, Madrid Mardi 18 juillet 2006 «Il nous faut reconnaître les victimes du franquisme parce que ces gens–lŕ ont payé les crimes d‘une dictature militaire qu >>>


      MONTREUX JAZZ: RÉGIME MINCEUR, SVP!
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Orlando Menegalli, Lausanne Mardi 18 juillet 2006 On ne peut pas s‘empęcher de sourire ŕ la lecture des arguments de Claude Nobs face ŕ la situation financi';re de son festival (Le Temps du 12 juillet).

Arriver ŕ la conclusion, apr';s quarante ans, que sa survie dé >>>


      NESTLÉ, MAILLOT JAUNE DE LA CARAVANE DU TOUR
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      PUB. Impossible d‘échapper ŕ la multinationale suisse sur le parcours de la Grande Boucle.

Jean–Claude Péclet, Gap Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Un peu titubants ŕ force de virages et de klaxons, Sandrine et Philippe Note descendent de la camionnette au Pla–de–Béret. La >>>


      NOVARTIS POURSUIT SA FORTE CROISSANCE AU PREMIER SEMESTRE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      PHARMA. Malgré les co$';ts d‘intégration de l‘entreprise de vaccins Chiron, le bénéfice net du groupe bâlois a progressé de 21% ŕ 4,3 milliards. La rentabilité des génériques s‘accroît elle aussi.

Willy Boder Mardi 18 juillet 2006 >>>


      OZONE: LA LIMITE DU 80 KM/H NE CONVAINC PLUS
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Les valeurs maximales ont été dépassées hier. Faut–il obliger les automobilistes ŕ réduire leur vitesse? Photo: Keystone POLLUTION. Les cantons romands ne vont pas obliger les conducteurs ŕ lever le pied cet été.

Stéphanie Germanier, Berne Mardi 18 juille >>>


      PANOPLIE 06. AU BORD DE LA PISCINE (2/5). BRUMES DE RĘVE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Panoplie 06. Au bord de la piscine (2/5). Benjamin Luis Mardi 18 juillet 2006 '';a brille et ça sent bon. Chaque été, l‘industrie cosmétique redouble d‘ingéniosité pour reléguer au placard les traditionnels brumisateurs d‘eau minérale.

MODELc >>>


      PETIT Ŕ PETIT, LAUSANNE DYNAMISE SON CENTRE–VILLE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      VAUD. La rue Centrale, véritable art';re de la ville, change de vocation. De nombreux travaux redonnent leur place aux piétons. Philippe Miauton Mardi 18 juillet 2006 «Redonner la priorité au piéton et revitaliser le centre lausannois»: l‘objectif d‘Olivier Franç >>>


      PROMOWEIL OBLIGÉ DE RETIRER SES T–SHIRTS «PIRATES»
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      JUSTICE. Deux artistes romands obtiennent des mesures provisionnelles pour préserver leur création.

Marie–Laure Chapatte Mardi 18 juillet 2006 «Mumucow» gagne une bataille. Les créateurs de cette vache rigolote, Jaques Vallotton et Bertrand Lehmann, ont obtenu la semaine derni& >>>


      QU‘AVEZ–VOUS APPRIS Ŕ L‘ÉCOLE? LORENZO MALAGUERRA
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      34 ans, metteur en sc';ne, Gen';ve. Propos recueillis par Karin Kotsoglou Mardi 18 juillet 2006 – Quelles étaient vos branches fortes?

– Pas le souvenir d‘avoir eu une branche forte... (Rires) Bon, je dirais le français.

– Vos branches cauchemar? – Maths! –

>>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ JEAN–CLAUDE HENGUELY. «LE PUBLIC DE LA JAZZ PARADE DE FRIBOURG APPRÉCIE DE DEVOIR PAYER L‘ENTRÉE»
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
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      REPČRE. LA JUNGLE DES AVIS D‘ANALYSTES
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Rep';re. Bastien Buss Mardi 18 juillet 2006 La NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) a infligé des amendes ŕ trois banques, dont Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) (CS). L‘Association américaine des courtiers en Bourse reproche entre autres ŕ la banque suisse d‘utiliser un langa >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. DUXELLES, FRAÎCHEUR HACHÉE
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Il est des mots qui imposent une image, souvent tr';s éloignée de leur signification.

Entendant parler d‘une duxelles, on songe ŕ une vieille fille vaguement revęche, telle la bibliothécaire du cliché v&# >>>


      TRANSIT ALPIN: LE CHOIX ENTRE TROIS VARIANTES
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      TRANSPORTS. Le Conseil fédéral ouvre la consultation sur le transfert du trafic lourd.

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      UNE MYSTÉRIEUSE MENACE PČSE SUR LA LIGNE DE TRAIN MATTSTETTEN–ROTHRIST
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      BERNE/ARGOVIE. Un appel anonyme a incité la police ŕ fermer la circulation ferroviaire pendant quelques heures. Un type d‘alerte rare.

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      «LA PROMOTION ÉCONOMIQUE ROMANDE VA MAL PARCE QUE NOUS MANQUONS D‘AMBITION»
      Le Temps, 18-07-2006
      SUISSE ROMANDE. Le patron genevois de l‘Economie publique revient sur son projet de promotion romande commune.

Yelmarc Roulet Mardi 18 juillet 2006 Dans une récente initiative, les cantons de Gen';ve et de Fribourg ont proposé au reste de la Suisse occidentale de mener une promotion  >>>


      KINGDOM’S STOCK MARKET REBOUNDS 8.66%
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — The Saudi stock market rebounded yesterday after falling nearly 13 percent in previous two days. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) jumped '04.23 points or 8.66 percent to close at 11,347.4'. All the 81 stocks that were traded yesterday were in the black.>>>


      NCCI’S PROFIT JUMPS 57 PERCENT
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — The National Company for Cooperative Insurance (NCCI) announced a net profit of SR262 million for the first half of 2006, compared with SR167 million for the same period last year. This was an increase of 57 percent from last year. The profit per share increased from SR3.35 in 2005 to S >>>


      SABIC POSTS SR8.8BN PROFIT IN FIRST HALF
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) reported a net profit of SR4.6 billion in the second quarter of this year. The total profits generated in the first half of 2006 amount to SR8.8 billion compared to SR'.8 billion in the same period last year.

SA >>>


      STRICTLY BUSINESS: SONY ERICSSON
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News Sony Ericsson President Miles Flint welcomed feedback from the Middle East’s local consumers as part of his visit to the region last week. «The Middle East is one of Sony Ericsson’s most exciting markets so it was a great opportunity to meet with the region’s consumers first hand,» said Flint, pre >>>


      A DIFFERENT UNIVERSE
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent Say: «Have you considered if God were to make the night perpetual over you, without break, till the Day of Resurrection, is there any deity other than God that could bring you light? Will you not, then, listen?» Say: «Have you >>>


      HIJAB IN WESTERN COUNTRIES
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. On the basis of my understanding of verses such as 24: 31, and 33: 53 & 55, the hijab is obligatory for Muslim women. However, some of our brothers and sisters living in the US claim that it is optional for those living in the US and other Western countries. They argue that wearing it is c >>>


      PRAYERS ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News To a Muslim, prayer is a recourse which gives reassurance and ready help and which is always available. In all situations of distress, when man feels unable to cope, helpless, alone, or overwhelmed, he can resort to prayers and he will soon feel better and stronger as he seeks help from the One w >>>


      SOFTENING A HARDENED HEART: A NEW CONVERT
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News In the early days of the Islamic message, the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions met tough opposition from the unbelievers in Makkah.

Those who did not have high standing in their tribes were vulnerable to much persecution, including torture and even death. On the other hand, >>>


      SUBSTITUTE PILGRIMAGE
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. When Allah says every one is responsible for his own deeds, no one else will be questioned for other’s deeds, how do you justify substitute pilgrimage, or Haj–e–Badal? If an old man gives money to his son for Haj on his behalf and dies, he will get reward just for the money that he >>>


      ALLEGED CHILD RAPISTS ARRESTED, CHARGED
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News ABHA, 18 July 2006 — A man suspected of the sexual assault of 16–year–old boy here was arrested hiding beneath an abaya in the women’s section of a mosque, Al–Watan newspaper reported yesterday. The man, accused of raping a minor and recording the incident with a mobile phone, reportedly has >>>


      ANONYMOUS DONOR GIVES SR10M FOR CHILDREN ORPHANED BY TSUNAMI
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Habib Shaikh, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — A Saudi philanthropist is to take financial care of 500 Indonesian children who were orphaned as a result of the devastating tsunami that hit the archipelago and other Southeast Asian countries in December 2004.

An agreement for the project was signed in Jeddah on >>>


      DAD DISPUTES DRESS, DECLARES DIVORCE
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — A married couple got into an argument over a dress the mother wanted to buy for her daughter, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday. According to the report, the wife wanted to buy a slinky party dress for their daughter. The father saw the dress and said it would be a rainy day >>>


      FATHER SAVED BY MINI CHAUFFEUR
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News YANBU, 18 July 2006 — An eight–year–old boy proved his worth behind the wheel of a car when he drove his father 20 kilometers to the hospital, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday. The man was driving with his son when he suffered a diabetes attack. The kid bolted into action by pushing h >>>


      GROOM SUFFERS WHEN WEDDING TURNS BLACK
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News QUNFUDA, 18 July 2006 — Condolences not congratulations were received by a groom whose would–have–been bride fell ill and died two hours before the ceremony, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. The groom rushed to the hospital after hearing that his fiancée had been taken ill, upon his arriv >>>


      HOME DELIVERY OF MAIL BY NEXT YEAR
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Razan Baker, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — Residents of major Saudi cities will now be able to have the added luxury of having their mail delivered to and sent from their doorsteps in an initiative that will soon cover the whole of Saudi Arabia.

Muhammad Saleh Benton, president of the Saudi Postal Corporati >>>


      KINGDOM BLAMES ‘LOOSE ELEMENTS’ FOR ME CRISIS
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — Saudi Arabia stepped up its criticism yesterday of Lebanese and Palestinian groups, saying their actions had allowed Israel to wage war against their people.

«Some elements and groups have got loose and slipped into taking decisions on their own that Israel has exploited >>>


      PRIVATE SECTOR ‘IS THE GOLDEN GOOSE’
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News Minister of Labor Ghazi Al–Gosaibi speaks with businesswomen during a meeting at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday. (AN photo by Khidr Al–Zahrani)

JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — Minister of Labor Ghazi Al–Gosaibi has announced that the Saudization proce >>>


      SHOURA COUNCIL TEAM FOR CAIRO MEET
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 18 July 2006 — An eight–member Shoura Council delegation, headed by Shoura member Mohammed Al–Ghamdi, will leave today for Cairo to participate in a three–day meeting of the Interim Arab Parliament (IAP) which will begin at Arab League headquarters in the Egyptia >>>


      STUDENT LEADERS HEAD TO SINGAPORE SUMMIT
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 18 July 2006 — A delegation of 10 student leaders from Saudi Arabia are participating in the Asian Young Leaders Summit, which was inaugurated in Singapore yesterday. This 12–day summit, in which 80 students top schools of Asian countries are participating, seeks to forge >>>


      SUICIDE SUNDAY: TWO DIE, ONE SAVED
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News DAMMAM, 18 July 2006 — A young Saudi man in his early 20s allegedly committed suicide while in National Guard custody in Dammam, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday. The man was arrested after he was stopped trespassing at a National Guard base. Officers said he looked like he might have been under th >>>


      THAT’S FUNNY, YOU DON’T LOOK SAUDI
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News TABUK, 18 July 2006 — Police arrested two Saudi men in a vehicle after discovering that a woman in a shumagh (the headdress worn by Saudi men) was not in fact a Saudi, but rather an Indonesian woman, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. The two men were arrested for trying to smuggle a woman into the country wh >>>


      UNSCRUPULOUS AGENTS RECRUIT UNTRAINED DRIVERS, PUT FAMILIES IN JEOPARDY
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News MAKKAH, 18 July 2006 — Saudi citizens have accused local recruitment offices of jeopardizing the safety of their families by hiring untrained foreign drivers to come and work for them in the Kingdom.

According to the Makkah–based Al–Nadwah newspaper, many Saudis say the foreigners that co >>>


      WOMAN DISAPPEARS AFTER DELIVERING BABY
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Arab News TABUK, 18 July 2006 — A Saudi woman arrived at a hospital here in labor, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. She delivered a healthy baby boy and was taken to a room for recovery. Nurses were shocked to later discover that the woman had fled the hospital without claiming her newborn child.

Authorities >>>


      WOMEN DENIED ACCESS TO DRAMA WORK
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — A local drama group is premiering today its newest experimental production titled «Mercy Bullet,» but if you are a woman interested in theater forget about it.

Despite hopeful signs authorities of King Fahd Coastal City would allow the Saudi Society >>>


      100 INJURED AS STUDENT GROUPS CLASH IN DHAKA
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 18 July 2006 — Thousands of students clashed on a university campus in Dhaka yesterday, leaving more than 100 people injured, police and witnesses said.

The campus violence erupted as student activists of the Jamaat –e– Islami attacked a rally organized by the opp >>>


      12 MUSLIMS HELD IN BEED
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 18 July 2006 — Twelve Muslim youths, alleged to have links with Lashkar–e–Taiba, have been arrested by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Bombay police in Beed district in Marathwada region. The operation was carried out jointly with local police yesterday morning. T >>>


      25 KILLED IN DARING NAXAL ATTACK IN CHHATTISGARH
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI/RAIPUR, 18 July 2006 — Twenty–five people were killed and over 150 injured early yesterday morning, when a group of Naxalites attacked Errabore village in Dantewara district of Chhattisgarh. At least 20 people have been taken captive.

«About 800 Naxalites att >>>


      ARROYO SEEKS INVESTMENTS FROM LIBYA
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 18 July 2006 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday invited Libyan businessmen to invest in the Philippines and at the same time sought for an improvement in the welfare of Filipinos working in the Middle Eastern country.

Arroyo arrived in Tripoli Sunday e >>>


      BUSH: SYRIA SHOULD GET HEZBOLLAH TO STOP DOING THIS S×××
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 18 July 2006 — It wasn’t meant to be overheard, but yesterday a private luncheon conversation picked up by a microphone provided a rare window into both banter and substance: President George Bush cursing Hezbollah’s attacks against Israel.

An open microphone at the Grou >>>


      CANADA MOURNS 7 NATIONALS KILLED BY ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Agence France Presse MONTREAL, 18 July 2006 — Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay expressed condolences late Sunday for the deaths of seven Canadian citizens killed during an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon.

«On behalf of the government of Canada, I extend my deepest sympathies to the loved ones >>>


      DETAINED ISLAMIST MP IN ‘CRITICAL’ CONDITION IN JORDAN
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Deutsche Presse–Agentur AMMAN, 18 July 2006 — Mohammed Abu Fares, a Jordanian MP being detained over remarks made to the family of deceased terrorist leader Abu Musab Al–Zarqawi, has been hospitalized after his health deteriorated, a statement from his party said yesterday.

Fares was brought to hos >>>


      EVACUATIONS UNDER WAY AS FOREIGNERS FLEE LEBANON
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Agencies BEIRUT, 18 July 2006 — A host of countries were evacuating their nationals from Lebanon yesterday to escape Israeli air strikes which have pounded the country for six days.

As Europeans crowded outside their embassies in Beirut, the European Union urged Israel to guarantee the safety of tens of thousa >>>


      F–16 BOMBER DESTROYS GAZA BUILDING
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 18 July 2006 — For the second time in a week, an Israeli F–16 jet yesterday bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in Gaza, demolishing the building and increasing the pressure on the Hamas government three weeks after the capture of a soldier.

With Israel showing n >>>


      GUNMEN KILL OVER 50 IN RAID ON TOWN NEAR BAGHDAD
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Reuters BAGHDAD, 18 July 2006 — Gunmen killed over 50 people in an attack around a crowded market in a violent town near Baghdad yesterday, one of the bloodiest incidents in Iraq this year.

Local officials and residents in Mahmudiya, as well as the US military whose troops were later on the scene, said a large >>>


      ISRAEL RAINS DEATH ON LEBANON
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Agencies A badly wounded man is evacuated from a house hit by rockets in the coastal Israeli city of Haifa on Monday. (AFP)

BEIRUT, 18 July 2006 — Israeli jets pounded Lebanon with a new wave of deadly air raids yesterday, sending the death toll above 200 after less than a week of fighting as Hezbollah again h >>>


      KUWAIT MPS PASS KEY ELECTION REFORM BILL
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Omar Hasan, Agence France Presse KUWAIT CITY, 18 July 2006 — Kuwait’s Parliament yesterday passed a key election reform bill which slashes the number of polling constituencies in line with a key opposition demand aimed at curbing corruption.

Sixty MPs voted for the government–sponsored law to reduce the >>>


      MMA VOWS TO BLOCK MUSHARRAF’S RE–ELECTION BID
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 18 July 2006 — The opposition religious alliance, Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal (MMA), has vowed to block President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s bid to get elected as president for another five–year term.

MMA leader Fazlur Rahman told newsmen after a meeting of the par >>>


      POSTPONEMENT OF PEACE TALKS DISAPPOINTS ISLAMABAD
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 18 July 2006 — Pakistan yesterday expressed disappointment over India’s decision to postpone ongoing peace talks between the two South Asian rivals.

«This is a negative development because it has interrupted the ongoing peace process,» Foreign Secretary Riaz M >>>


      SUDAN UPBEAT ON UGANDA PEACE TALKS DESPITE ROUGH START
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Agence France Presse NAIROBI, 18 July 2006 — Southern Sudanese leader Salva Kiir expressed optimism yesterday that peace talks his government is mediating between Uganda and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels will succeed despite a rocky start.

At the same time, he warned that failure would likely lead to fig >>>


      TOP SOMALI ISLAMIST WARNS AGAINST PEACEKEEPERS
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Agencies MOGADISHU, 18 July 2006 — The supreme leader of Somalia’s increasingly powerful Islamist movement warned world powers yesterday against backing peacekeepers for the lawless nation where his forces are now dominant.

Speaking as the international contact group on Somalia were to meet to discuss options >>>


      US THINK–TANK PREDICTS FULL–SCALE ISRAELI INVASION OF LEBANON
      Arab News, 18-07-2006
      Siraj Wahab, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 July 2006 — An independent intelligence think–tank in the United States is predicting a full–scale Israeli invasion of Lebanon to root out Hezbollah, a move that could extend as far as southern Beirut.

The report was released on July 13 by the Texas–based Str >>>


      3 ARRESTED IN NEW ORLEANS HOSPITAL DEATHS
      Washington Post, 18-07-2006
      AM NEW ORLEANS –– A doctor and two nurses were arrested overnight in connection with the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital in the days following Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana attorney general‘s office said Tuesday.

"We‘re not calling this euthanasia. We‘re not c >>>


      CAMPS TEACH KIDS TO BE ACROBATS, ROCKERS
      Washington Post, 18-07-2006
      CINCINNATI –– At summer camp, 11–year–old Loren Littlejohn did a lot more than hike and toast marshmallows. She learned to crack codes and figure out how tall a person is from their shoe size.

Littlejohn, who attended Discovery Detectives camp in Dayton, is one of a burgeoning number of >>>


      DHS ASKS LOUISIANA TO DETAIL STORM–EVACUATION NEEDS
      Washington Post, 18-07-2006
      The Bush administration said yesterday that it needs specific lists of Louisiana‘s shelters, immobile hospital patients and transportation pickup points before it can promise reliable evacuation help during a major hurricane.

In a letter to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D), Homeland Security Secretary >>>


      IRS WARNS CHURCHES AGAINST CAMPAIGNING
      Washington Post, 18-07-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– The Internal Revenue Service has been warning churches and nonprofit organizations that improper campaigning in the upcoming political season could endanger their tax–exempt status.

In notices to more than 15,000 tax–exempt organizations, numerous church denominations and >>>


      KAN. CROPS WITHER UNDER STIFLING HEAT WAVE
      Washington Post, 18-07-2006
      WICHITA, Kan. –– Harvey Heier checked his dryland fields and watched helplessly as his corn plants withered under the unrelenting heat wave. The plants along the edge of his fields are brown.

Before the heat wave that gripped his farm and much of the nation, it looked like he might have a decent co >>>



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