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      FAWAZ A. ALHOKAIR IPO TO OPEN ON OCT. 7
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 July 2006 — The initial public offering (IPO) of the Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Group, one of the largest retail franchisers in the Kingdom and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, will open for subscription on Oct. 7. The IPO will remain open for 10 days, or until Oct. >>>


      STC READY TO ATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 23 July 2006 — Saudi Telecom Company (STC) highlighted the Al–Jawal network’s readiness to attract new customers by building on the ongoing expansion of the network’s facilities.

«We are planning to attract new customers by leveraging on the professionalism of the Saudi youth, the >>>


      WATER MINISTRY SIGNS 5 CONSULTANCY DEALS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 23 July 2006 — In line with the Kingdom’s privatization program, the Ministry of Water and Electricity signed yesterday five consultancy contracts worth SR23.4 million for privatizing water and wastewater management in Riyadh.

Abdullah Al–Hussayen, minister of water >>>


      VISITING PATIENTS AND LESSENING OTHERS’ SUFFERING
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Whenever I say that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) looked after his companions and cared for the weak and vulnerable among them, I feel that I am merely making an understatement. That he cared for them is a fact, but his care was more like that of a father who wants his children to be successful >>>


      WEARING CHARMS FOR PROTECTION FROM EVIL
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Could you please explain whether it is permissible to wear something bearing God’s name, or a verse from the Qur’an? Also, is it permissible to wear a charm, or talisman, or taweez, for protection from evil? If not what is the alternative?

Ali Mahmood A. God’s names and Qur’anic verse >>>


      WHEN A HUSBAND ACCUSES HIS WIFE
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent And as for those who accuse their own wives (of adultery), but have no witnesses except themselves, let each of them call God four times to witness that he is indeed telling the truth; and the fifth time, that God’s curse be upon him if he is te >>>


      ABDULLAH IN TAIF TO OPEN KEY PROJECTS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is showered with flower petals by a group of schoolchildren dressed in traditional attire at Taif Airport on Saturday. (SPA)

TAIF, 23 July 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah arrived in Taif yesterday as part of his regional tours to >>>


      CHILDREN BANNED FROM MADINAH PARKS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Yousuf Muhammad, Arab News MADINAH, 23 July 2006 — Residents in Madinah are complaining of a strange decision by the city’s park authorities banning children from entering public parks even if they are accompanied by adults.

Authorities took the decision to prevent children from entering the city’s parks after >>>


      JEDDAH OFFERS PERIL FOR LIMOUSINE DRIVERS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Abdul Maqsood Mirza, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 July 2006 — Taxi–related crime is on the rise, say authorities. Common thugs view taxi drivers as prime targets for an easy theft. The Jeddah police reported recently that about half of all vehicles stolen in the city are now taxis or other livery vehicles.

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      NO SUPPORT FOR PATRIOTIC PUBLISHER
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Raid Qusti, Arab News The latest edition of Abnaa Al–Watan. RIYADH, 23 July 2006 — An Arabic language elementary teacher in the capital has started a magazine that specializes in promoting and strengthening patriotic values among Saudi citizens in the education field.

The magazine, entitled «Abnaa >>>


      OUTCRY OVER US BOMBS TO ISRAEL
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Siraj Wahab, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 July 2006 — The report about the Bush administration’s decision to rush precision–guided bombs to Israel was met with an outcry in the Muslim world. Political analysts say it will only add to the raging anti–American sentiment in the region and strengthen the hands of the r >>>


      TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY?
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Arab News BURAIDAH, 23 July 2006 — A wedding night ended with a throw down when the family of the groom objected to the presence of a wedding band, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday. The band, which had already set up, kicked off its first song as the fathers of the newlyweds were arguing over the matter. Upo >>>


      ‘RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!’ OFWS IN SOUTHERN LEBANON TOLD
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 23 July 2006 — Philippine officials yesterday told Filipinos working in the southern part of Lebanon to run for their lives ahead of an impending ground offensive by Israeli forces.

«Pack up and run. All Filipinos, get out of there and go to the embassy or >>>


      ‘WE GAVE ISRAEL NO GREEN LIGHT’
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News David Welch, State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, speaks to a select group of Arab and Israeli journalists on Friday afternoon regarding Rice’s upcoming trip to the Middle East. (AN photo by Tulin Daloglu)

WASHINGTON, 23 July 2006 — With Israel massing soldi >>>


      13 TALEBAN KILLED IN SWEEP OF SOUTHERN AFGHAN DISTRICT
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Agence France Presse KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, 23 July 2006 — Afghan and coalition forces yesterday kept up a hunt for rebels who briefly captured two southern districts last week, killing 13 Taleban in the latest strikes, an official said.

Another 15 were wounded in the operations, including air strikes, around >>>


      4 MORE HELD IN BOMBAY TRAIN BLASTS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 23 July 2006 — Four more suspects, including a doctor, with alleged Lashkar–e–Taiba links have been detained in connection with the July 11 serial bombings, Bombay Police said yesterday. «Four suspects, including a doctor, who we believe have received training in >>>


      AMERICA RUSHES PRECISION–GUIDED BOMBS TO ISRAEL
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Reuters NEW YORK, 23 July 2006 — The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision–guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Citing US officials who spoke >>>


      AMERICAN MOM, HER ADOPTED LEBANESE BABY EVACUATED
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Associated Press BEIRUT, 23 July 2006 — It was a happy ending for at least one American woman trying to flee the bombardment of Lebanon. After a 10–day ordeal, Laura Gabriel left Friday with something very precious: Her newly adopted baby.

«Just knowing that I will finally be going home with him, t >>>


      BHUTTO’S GRANDDAUGHTER COVERING LEBANON CONFLICT
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 23 July 2006 — Former Pakistan Premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s granddaughter Fatima Bhutto is covering the Israeli attack of Lebanon from Beirut. Fatima, daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, is sending dispatches to two Pakistan dailies The News and The Jang. Fatima, 17, is author of a book. >>>


      BRITISH VOICES SPEAK OUT AGAINST ISRAEL’S INVASION OF LEBANON
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Nadia Mehdid, Arab News LONDON, 23 July 2006 — Nearly two weeks into the open war raging between Israel and Hezbollah, which has set Lebanon ablaze one more time and plunged the region into deeper crisis, there is as yet no sign from the leaders of the West and the industrialized nations (except from Kofi Annan, the se >>>


      CABINET RETURNS OFFICE–OF–PROFIT BILL TO PARLIAMENT
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 23 July 2006 — The controversial office–of–profit bill is likely to mark the beginning Parliament’s monsoon session tomorrow on a stormy note as the government has rejected changes suggested by President A.P.J.

Abdul Kalam and returned the bill to the house. >>>


      FOREIGN GOVTS URGE REMAINING NATIONALS TO QUIT LEBANON
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Agence France Presse LARNACA, Cyprus, 23 July 2006 — Foreign governments stepped up efforts to evacuate their remaining nationals from Lebanon yesterday amid mounting talk of an Israeli ground offensive against its northern neighbor.

Warships, cruisers and ferries crisscrossed the eastern Mediterranean from po >>>


      GERMAN FIRM WINS TRACK DEAL
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 23 July 2006 — A German firm has won the contract for laying railway track from Pakistan to China, Pakistan’s Railway Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed said. Rashid told a press conference that firms from Australia, Malaysia and Germany participated in the bidding. The German bidder offe >>>


      IRAQ ANNOUNCES PEACE PLAN, WITHOUT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 23 July 2006 — Iraq held the first meeting of a homegrown peace initiative yesterday, with the country’s top leaders vowing to reconcile the warring factions amid protests over US meddling.

«This is an Iraqi initiative for those who are part of the political process,» >>>


      ISRAELI TANKS ROLL INTO LEBANON
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Agencies Smoke rises from television and mobile phone towers following Israeli airstrikes in north Lebanon on Saturday. (Reuters)

BEIRUT, 23 July 2006 — Israeli tanks and armored vehicles rolled into south Lebanon yesterday and its troops kept hold of a Lebanese village as it opened a humanitarian corridor ami >>>


      LAST SEPT. 11 DETAINEE RELEASED FROM LOCKUP
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Tom Hays, Associated Press NEW YORK, 23 July 2006 — An Algerian man believed to be the last domestic detainee still in custody from a national dragnet after Sept. 11 — and who was cleared of links to terrorism in November 2001 — was set free this week, his lawyer said Friday.

Benemar Benatta, 32, went to Ontar >>>


      MUSLIMS CHARGE WITCH HUNT IN WAKE OF BOMBAY BLASTS
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Elizabeth Roche, Agence France Presse NEW DELHI, 23 July 2006 — Angry Muslim leaders claim their community is the target of a witch hunt by police investigating the Bombay train bombings last week which killed 183 people and wounded 800. They say Muslims are being targeted by authorities who have rounded up hundreds of >>>


      THOUSANDS RALLY ACROSS UK AGAINST ISRAELI OFFENSIVE
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Agence France Presse LONDON, 23 July 2006 — «Peace for Lebanon!» rang the chant of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of London yesterday in one of several rallies across Britain against Israel’s offensive in the Middle East.

Waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags and banging drums the >>>


      THREAT ON PRESIDENT TRACED TO INDORE CAFE
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Pervez Bari, Arab News BHOPAL, 23 July 2006 — Police have traced the cyber café in Indore, the commercial capital of central Madhya Pradesh state, from where a threatening e–mail was sent to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. It was a one–line death threat in English, sent from the e–mail ID Dinesh_ >>>


      UN AGENCY HEAD ‘HORRIFIED’ BY GAZA DESTRUCTION
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 23 July 2006 — The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees Karen Abu Zeid said yesterday she was «a bit horrified» by the extent of the destruction caused by the Israeli Army in the Gaza Strip.

«I’m a bit horrified by it,» she sai >>>


      VOLUNTEERS HELP POLICE REPULSE REBEL ATTACK IN EASTERN PHILIPPINE TOWN
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Al Jacinto, Arab News MANILA, 23 July 2006 — A group of soldiers who were traveling to their place of work in the eastern Philippines helped police and coast guard troops repulse what could have been a disastrous attack by communist rebels yesterday in the eastern Philippine port town of Matnog, military and police off >>>


      WAR FEARS AS SOMALI ISLAMISTS AND GOVT FORCES CLASH
      Arab News, 23-07-2006
      Agencies MOGADISHU, 23 July 2006 — Gunmen loyal to Somalia’s Islamists fought government forces yesterday in a brief clash some 120 km (74 miles) from the interim government’s base, an Islamist source said, heightening fears of all–out war.

There was no word on casualties in the first fighting between th >>>


      2 BROTHERS DROWN IN MISSOURI LAKE
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      LAKE WAUKOMIS, Mo. –– Two brothers drowned early Saturday when their canoe flipped over on Lake Waukomis, police said.

The bodies of John Utter, 24, and James Utter, 23, were recovered several hours later.

Police received calls from residents around 2:30 a.m. about two men who were fightin >>>


      3 NYC COPS SHOT IN FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– Three police officers were accidentally shot Sunday as one or more officers took aim at a pit bull attacking a member of their crew, police said. All were in stable condition.

The three officers suffered minor graze wounds and a fourth was bitten, said police Officer Doris Garcia.
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      ACLU SUES FOR ANTI–GAY GROUP THAT PICKETS AT TROOPS‘ BURIALS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– A Kansas church group that protests at military funerals nationwide filed suit in federal court, saying a Missouri law banning such picketing infringes on religious freedom and free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Friday in the U.S. District Court in >>>


      AUSTIN: ‘LA BARE‘ CLUB IS TOO REVEALING
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      AUSTIN –– "Bryce" hits the stage with a cartwheel and a flip, then starts dancing to the pulsing grooves of the music. Dressed in a baseball uniform, his batting gloves are the first to come off. Then comes the shirt. It won‘t be long before he‘s all the way down to his short shorts, e >>>


      BERING SEA PACT AIMS TO REDUCE SQUID BYCATCH
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      ANCHORAGE –– They‘re pink, slippery and decidedly not cute, especially if you‘re a pollock fisherman in the Bering Sea pulling up a slew of unusable squid this summer.

The problem took on alarming proportions in early July when fishermen netted more than 500 tons of squid bycatch in a w >>>


      CALIF. TEMPERATURES SPARK RECORD POWER USE
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– Triple digit temperatures smashed records across California Saturday, straining thermometers and air conditioners and prompting dozens of scattered electricity outages that left residents sizzling.

A major Northern California power plant tripped off line as temperatures climbe >>>


      CLASSIFIED BILLS A REFUGE FOR MISCHIEF
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Convicted congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a new study says, took advantage of secrecy and badgered congressional aides to help slip items into classified bills that would benefit him and his associates.

That finding comes from Michael Stern, an outside investigator hire >>>


      CRUSTY THE GATOR WINS REPRIEVE IN FLORIDA
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –– Crusty the alligator is getting a second chance. An anonymous donor has put up $1,150 to catch the elusive reptile, which had become so accustomed to people feeding him that wildlife managers believed he was potentially dangerous, said Todd Hardwick, a Miami–Dade County alliga >>>


      DURHAM POLICE INVESTIGATED BY RALEIGH COPS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      RALEIGH, N.C. –– Raleigh police are investigating allegations that several Durham police officers were involved in an assault outside a sports bar, authorities said Saturday.

In addition to the criminal probe of Thursday‘s incident, Durham police Chief Steven Chalmers said in a statement his >>>


      EX–LOBBYISTS SAY JUSTICE DEPT. URGED THEIR FIRING
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Two former pro–Israel lobbyists allege that Justice Department prosecutors pressured their employer, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to fire them and stop paying their legal fees to make it more difficult for them to defend themselves in a criminal investigation.

In a court filing l >>>


      FLA. FAMILY DIE IN APPARENT MURDER–SUICIDE
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      PALM COAST, Fla. –– Two former financial planners who faced complaints that they steered clients into high–risk investments were found dead Saturday, along with their 12–year–old daughter, in an apparent double murder–suicide, authorities said.

Preliminary investigations ind >>>


      GROUP: U.S. MILITARY URGED ABUSE IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– The group Human Rights Watch said in a report released Sunday that U.S. military commanders encouraged abusive interrogations of detainees in Iraq, even after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal called attention to the issue in 2004.

Between 2003 and 2005, prisoners were routinely physically >>>


      GUARDIAN ANGELS BEGIN PATROLLING PHOENIX
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      PHOENIX –– A volunteer public safety group is patrolling parts of the city amid reports that two serial killers have been striking separately in recent months, killing as many as 11 people.

The Guardian Angels began their patrols in an east Phoenix neighborhood last week and expanded them to southe >>>


      JUDGE ORDERS TEEN TO CANCER TREATMENT
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      NORFOLK, Va. –– A judge has ruled that a 16–year–old boy fighting to use alternative treatment for his cancer must report to a hospital by Tuesday and accept treatment that doctors deem necessary, the family‘s attorney said.

The judge on Friday also found Starchild Abraham Cherrix >>>


      MYRIAD REPORTS POINTED TO BIG DIG‘S PROBLEMS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Amy GoldsteinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 23, 2006; A03 BOSTON –– When excavation began in 1''1, it was heralded as a jewel of engineering and vision: a network of tunnels that would burrow under Boston, eliminating traffic gridlock, reducing air pollution and ushering an economic reb >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Colleagues Express Support For Accused Doctor, Nurses NEW ORLEANS –– To Louisiana‘s attorney general, the doctor and two nurses arrested last week are murderers. But many in the medical community are outraged at the arrests, saying that the three caregivers are heroes who faced unimaginable horrors as >>>


      QUEENS DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN MANTON DIES
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Queens Democratic Chairman Thomas Manton, a former congressman who for years wielded his influence to shape New York City‘s political landscape, has died. He was 73.

The seven–term congressman died Saturday, said Rep. Joseph Crowley, who took Manton‘s Queens congress >>>


      REPORT: FLIGHT TO LAS VEGAS QUARANTINED
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      DENVER –– A section of the airport at Las Vegas, Nev., was closed for several hours after a flight arrived from Denver with 11 sick people on board, officials said Sunday.

Passengers and crew members on United Airlines Flight 14'1 were quarantined for several hours Saturday night at McCarran In >>>


      SOME SEE ACCUSED NEW ORLEANS MD AS HERO
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– To Louisiana‘s attorney general, the doctor and two nurses arrested this past week are murderers. But many in the medical community are outraged at the arrests, saying the three caregivers are heroes who faced unimaginable horrors as Hurricane Katrina flooded the city and trapped them a >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      –– More scorching temperatures were forecast for the West on Sunday, while showers and thunderstorms were expected in the East.

Triple–digit temperatures were forecast throughout the Southwest, California and parts of the Northwest, a day after many record highs were set. Humidity was expecte >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton ; House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R–Ill.); Plácido Domingo , general director of the Washington National Opera.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA): Will not air because of British Op >>>


      BIG BROTHER ON CAMPUS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Does the federal government need to know whether you aced Aristotelian ethics but had to repeat introductory biology? Does it need to know your family‘s financial profile, how much aid you received and whether you took off a semester to help out at home?

The Secretary of Education‘s Commission on t >>>


      DEMOCRATS SEEK 2008 ELECTION CALENDAR SHAKE–UP
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Saturday recommended moving up Nevada‘s 2008 presidential caucus to the week between the traditional campaign kickoff contests in Iowa and New Hampshire in a bid for more racial and geographic diversity in the nominating process.

A Democratic National Committee p >>>


      DEMOCRATS TWEAK THE PRIMARY CALENDAR
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      There were lots of complaints among Democrats about the lack of racial and geographic diversity in the party‘s presidential nominating calendar.

Yesterday, the party made big changes for 2008, adding two states to the crucial early days of the process.

Nevada will be placed in between the Iowa c >>>


      HASTERT: HOUSE MAY CHALLENGE OFFICE SEARCH
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Sunday he may challenge a judge‘s order allowing FBI agents to examine documents seized at a Louisiana congressman‘s Capitol Hill office in a bribery probe.

Hastert said he believed Rep. William Jefferson, D–La., was "in big tro >>>


      HOPE VS. REALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      PITTSBURGH –– If you stood Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell next to his opponent, Lynn Swann, you would think the burly Rendell is the former football star.

The former two–term mayor of Philadelphia radiates the pugnacious energy of a linebacker for his Philadelphia Eagles. But the comparatively sl >>>


      PRESSURING HIZBOLLAH, IRAN, SYRIA KEY: BUSH
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Saturday launched a round of diplomacy on the crisis in southern Lebanon, saying the United States would urge Arab leaders to help pressure Hizbollah as well as Syria and Iran.

With U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heading to the region on S >>>


      SMOKE OVER THE HORIZON
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      U.S. cigarette sales fell more than 4 percent in 2005 and 20 percent in the past decade –– perhaps the greatest and most unsung public health achievement in the United States in recent years.

Unfortunately, the U.S. experience is not being replicated globally. Instead, thanks largely to the efforts >>>


      THE GOP LAG AMONG LATINOS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida is one frustrated and worried Republican. For six years, first as secretary of housing and urban development and more recently as a senator, the Cuban refugee has labored to build support for President Bush and other Republicans among his fellow Hispanics.

But now, he said in an in >>>


      US OPEN TO NATO–LED FORCE IN LEBANON: BOLTON
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is open to a NATO–led force keeping the peace on Lebanon‘s southern border with Israel, although using U.S. forces has not been discussed, a senior Bush administration official said on Sunday.

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said his country could >>>


      WE HAVE TO TALK TO BAD GUYS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Although the fighting in the Middle East is still raging, it is not too soon to start drawing lessons from these tragic events. Even if this situation begins to cool, there are so many other flashpoints in the Middle East and so many other potential hot spots in the world that any respite from crisis is bound to be sho >>>


      WITH INSURANCE POLICY COMES MEMBERSHIP
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 23, 2006; A05 In 2001, Jennifer B. Chace heard an insurance broker‘s pitch for a new insurance company marketing tax–free medical savings accounts. She jumped at the offer, but first, the broker told her, she would have to sign an application &ndas >>>


      ARIEL SHARON‘S CONDITION WORSENS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      JERUSALEM –– The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in January, has deteriorated though there was no immediate danger to his life, hospital officials and former aides said Sunday.

Sharon, 78, was having a problem with his kidneys >>>


      BOMBINGS KILL 8 IN SOUTHERN AFGHAN CITY
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Fisnik AbrashiAssociated PressSunday, July 23, 2006; A18 KABUL, Afghanistan, July 22 –– Suicide bombers killed eight people, including two Canadian soldiers, in two near–simultaneous blasts Saturday in the southern city of Kandahar, officials said. A purported Taliban spokesman asserted responsibil >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS 36 IN SHI‘ITE EAST BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb killed 36 civilians and wounded 72 in a Shi‘ite district of east Baghdad on Sunday, a day after an inaugural meeting to start reconciling Iraq‘s rival factions produced little tangible result.

The bomb, near a police station and open–air market, was in the >>>


      CAR BOMBINGS KILL MORE THAN 60 IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Bombs exploded Sunday in Baghdad and the northern oil center of Kirkuk, killing more than 60 people and dramatically escalating tension as the prime minister left for Washington for talks on reversing the country‘s slide toward civil war.

The blasts occurred as Iraqi forces a >>>


      CIVILIANS BEAR BRUNT IN MIDEAST
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon and Hizbollah rockets crashed into Haifa on Sunday as a senior U.N.

official demanded a halt to the violence to allow aid to reach desperate civilians.

Civilians have taken the brunt of the 12–day war that has cost 368 lives in Lebanon a >>>


      EVACUATION RULES SEPARATE N.VA. FRIENDS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      A13 They were best friends, bonded like sisters since the third grade. They spent their summers at swimming pools, in shopping malls, in theaters.

Then, this summer, Sherylin Miller asked Ginger Cook to share something else: a visit with Sherylin‘s mother and two brothers to their homeland of Lebanon. Th >>>


      IN IRAQ, MILITARY FORGOT LESSONS OF VIETNAM
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 23, 2006; A01 The real war in Iraq –– the one to determine the future of the country

–– began on Aug. 7, 2003, when a car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy, killing 11 and wounding more than 50.

That bombing c >>>


      IN IRAQ, MILITARY FORGOT THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 23, 2006; A13 The real war in Iraq –– the one to determine the future of the country

–– began on Aug. 7, 2003, when a car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy, killing 11 and wounding more than 50.

That bombing c >>>


      IRAQ CAR BOMBS KILL 56 PEOPLE
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Car bombs killed at least 56 people in Iraq on Sunday as Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki prepared for a White House visit expected to focus on easing violence that has raised doubts over his reconciliation efforts.

A blast killed 36 civilians in a Shi‘ite district of Baghdad >>>


      IRAQI LEADER TO VISIT BUSH; TALKS TO FOCUS ON VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      July 23, 2006; A16 WACO, Tex., July 22 –– The last time President Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki, White House officials touted a new security plan for Baghdad as one of the centerpieces of Iraq‘s fledgling national unity government.

Five weeks later, even the White H >>>


      IRAQI RECONCILIATION PANEL OPTIMISTIC
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, July 22 –– Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki‘s program to bridge the widening divisions among Iraq‘s religious, ethnic and political factions took its first concrete step forward Saturday. A high–level reconciliation panel held its first meeting, with its members voicing optimi >>>


      ISRAEL WILL ACCEPT A DISARMED HEZBOLLAH
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 23, 2006; A13 The United States, Israel, the United Nations and the European Union have reluctantly concluded that despite punishing military attacks, Hezbollah is likely to survive as a political player in Lebanon, and Israel now says it is willing to accept the >>>


      ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH CONTINUE TO EXCHANGE ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      10:04 AM HAIFA, Israel, July 23 –– Six Hezbollah rockets fell on Haifa Sunday, about 25 miles from the Lebanese border, killing two people and wounding at least six others in separate attacks, while Israeli forces continued their intensive artillery fire and air strikes on Lebanon.

In the attack on >>>


      LANDIS REGAINS LEAD, IS POISED TO WIN TOUR
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      PARIS, July 22 –– American Floyd Landis has given the Tour de France its greatest roller coaster ride in years.

In Saturday‘s final time trial through the Burgundy countryside, the 30–year–old Landis reclaimed the top overall position for the fourth time in 1' days of racing.< >>>


      LARGESS WITH CLEAR LIMITS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 23, 2006; A12 KHAYELITSHA, South Africa –– Bill and Melinda Gates came to the cramped tin shack of Nkosebaca Thingathinga one day this month to understand how the 61–year–old man had contracted tuberculosis –– a major focus >>>


      LEBANON EVACUEES POUR INTO CYPRUS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      AM LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) – Thousands of people fleeing Israeli bombing in Lebanon kept pouring into Cyprus on Sunday as the United Nations appealed for urgent international aid for the far greater numbers of people left behind.

Hundreds of foreigners were also whisked to the Turkish port of Mersin, a >>>


      REPORT: KIM JONG IL LIVING WITH SECRETARY
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has been living with his former secretary, who is virtually acting as the communist nation‘s "first lady," South Korea‘s Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.

There is no official information available about the marital histo >>>


      SANDINISTA AIMS FOR COMEBACK IN NICARAGUA
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 23, 2006; A12 MANAGUA, Nicaragua –– Sixteen years after voters swept Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua‘s presidency, the former Marxist icon appears to have his best chance yet for a comeback in elections scheduled for Nov.
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      SEEING CYCLISTS SWEAT IS WORTH ‘THE WAIT‘
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      L‘ALPE D‘HUEZ, France Thirty hours before the first cyclists of the Tour de France were scheduled to arrive, Carol Boltz and her two daughters had staked out a prime position between a rock wall and a narrow sliver of asphalt that winds along a precipitous mountainside.

They set up neon–pink >>>


      SOMALIS SAY ETHIOPIA WIDENS ROLE OF TROOPS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAIDOA, Somalia, July 22 –– Ethiopian troops entered a second Somali town Saturday to protect the country‘s weak interim government, residents and U.N. workers said. The move angered the Islamic militia that controls most of Somalia and caused peace talks to collapse.

About 200 Ethiopian troo >>>


      SYRIA SAYS WILL URGE MIDEAST CEASE–FIRE
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      DAMASCUS, Syria –– Syria, one of Hezbollah‘s main backers, said Sunday it will press for a cease–fire to end the fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group but only in the framework of a broader Middle East peace initiative.

Damascus warned, however, that it will not stand b >>>


      TALIBAN WARNS AFGHANS TO AVOID FOREIGN TROOPS
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants warned Afghans on Sunday to keep away from foreign troops as they planned more attacks, a day after a twin suicide strike against a Canadian patrol killed at least five locals.

The threat of more such attacks, made by a Taliban spokesman in a phone call to Reuters, com >>>


      U.S. TROOPS CLASH WITH SHIITE MILITIAMEN
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– U.S. troops clashed with Shiite militiamen south of Baghdad on Saturday in a three–hour gunbattle in which 15 gunmen and an Iraqi soldier were killed, U.S. officials and Iraqis said.

Dozens were wounded in the firefight in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad. It appeare >>>


      WIDOWS OFTEN FIND HELP ELUSIVE IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD –– She has progressed a few paces in five hours under the glaring sun, but still the line of women in black robes stretches far in front of her. In three more hours, the Labor Ministry will close, and Aida Qamel will return home for another few months, until she has another free day to search for so >>>


      WIDOWS STRAIN WELFARE SYSTEM IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      BAGHDAD –– She has progressed a few paces in five hours under the glaring sun, but still the line of women in black robes stretches far in front of her. In three more hours, the Labor Ministry will close, and Aida Qamel will return home for another few months, until she has another free day to search for so >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 23-07-2006
      Surge of Kidnappings Adds to Tension in Haiti PORT–AU–PRINCE, Haiti –– A rash of kidnappings has raised fears that well–armed, politically aligned street gangs are seeking to destabilize Haiti‘s new government, threatening U.N.–led efforts to restore security 2 1/2 years after >>>


      A WEDDING NOT TO BE MISSED – SO WHERE WAS CHERIE?
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      David Smith Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer There was the Prime Minister. There was the chief of the armed forces.

There were cabinet ministers and captains of industry, Downing Street spin doctors and the editor of the Sun – in fact almost everyone who is anyone in the political and media establishmen >>>


      ADDICTED TO THE NUCLEAR OPTION
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      William Keegan Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer Some years ago, a senior American diplomat asked a group of Observer journalists: ‘What is best for a country like the UK: to have a strong economy; to be a member of the United Nations Security Council; or to possess a nuclear deterrent?‘ His answer was, &ls >>>


      ANTI–HEROIN PROJECT TRANSFORMS TOWNS
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Mark Townsend, crime correspondent Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer A remarkable drugs project has transformed one of the regions worst affected by heroin addiction, it was revealed last week. Until recently, drug–related crimes made life a nightmare for people in the former pit villages of north Nottingham, wit >>>


      BRITAIN STILL HAS A ROLE IN OUR LESS THAN IDEAL WORLD
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Leader Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer Ideally, Israel‘s reflex action to any threat would not be to respond with such massive force that significant civilian casualties become inevitable.

Ideally, Hizbollah would not want to provoke the Jewish state by firing missiles into Israeli territory that kill >>>


      BRITISH SPLIT WITH BUSH AS ISRAELI TANKS ROLL IN
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Minister attacks ‘disproportionate‘ raids 2,000 troops cross into Lebanon Ned Temko, Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv and Peter Beaumont in Beirut Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer Israeli commander of a self–propelled gun shouts orders as it fires on Lebanon. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

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      BROWN HIT BY OLYMPICS CONTRACT ROW
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Chancellor faces grilling from MPs over alleged private talks with controversial construction giant Nick Mathiason Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer Gordon Brown will be forced to spell out to MPs whether he has held private meetings with a firm vying to win the right to build the Olympic Games site in east London.
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      COUNTESS QUITS ‘FARCICAL‘ TRIBUNAL FOR ASYLUM APPEALS
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer The immigration system is a ‘farce‘ which fails to expel rejected asylum seekers and lets down deserving cases, according to a senior figure who has quit in despair from the body governing appeals against deportation.

The Countess of >>>


      DFID ‘DOESN‘T UNDERSTAND BUSINESS‘
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Heather Stewart Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer Members of Parliament will today accuse the Department for International Development of failing to understand how business works, despite claiming to put the private sector at the heart of its anti–poverty strategy.

Development secretary Hilary Benn has m >>>


      FURIOUS BLUNKETT‘S HITTING BACK WITH A BOOK
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday July 23, 2006 The Observer David Blunkett is to reopen the painful saga of his downfall from the cabinet in an outspoken autobiography expected to argue that Downing Street should not have let him go over the affair of the visa for his lover‘s nanny‘s visa.

Th >>>


      GORDON BROWN TAKE NOTE
      Guardian, 23-07-2006
      Although New Labour‘s strategy of ‘triangulation‘ has served the party well in three general elections, it has undermined the party‘s traditional appeal, says Timothy Stanley Tuesday July 4, 2006 As a parliamentary candidate for the Labour party in 2005 I was invited to a series of late night po >>>



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