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      ABUSED SON, 7, FIGHTS FOR LIFE
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      Doctors in Thessaloniki were yesterday trying to save the life of a 7–year–old boy who had been badly beaten, while a prosecutor filed charges of attempted murder against the child’s parents.

The unnamed boy was rushed to the Ippocrateio Hospital on Tuesday with serious head wounds and multiple bru >>>


      AN EVACUEE MOTHER...
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      PETROS KARADJIAS/AP An evacuee mother and her children walk by the cruise ship Serenade in the port of Larnaca, Cyprus, yesterday upon arrival from Beirut. The cruise liner arrived from Lebanon with some 880 evacuees on board. Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos repeated calls by Greece yesterday for an imm >>>


      BIG TAX HIKES IN STORE
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      Smokers, mobile phone users must pay more to boost state revenues Taxes on cigarettes and monthly mobile phone subscriptions will rise by up to 317 percent as the government tries to secure state revenues amid the geopolitical uncertainty and high petrol prices threatening to derail its budget policy.

Smokers >>>


      DAY AFTER FIRE, CHECKS LAUNCHED
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      Experts started conducting tests at Lavrion, southeast of Athens, yesterday to determine the environmental damage caused by Wednesday’s fire at a solvents factory, as local officials accused the plant of operating illegally.

The fire at the Hima factory created a massive toxic black cloud that covered Lavrion, >>>


      EYP REMAINS TIGHT–LIPPED ON TAPPING
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      MPs fail to garner new details The leaders of Greece’s secret service yesterday failed to tell MPs anything about their investigation into the phone–tapping scandal as the parliamentary committee which has been probing the matter for the last five months ended its inquiry for now.

During questioning by M >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      ALEX PROBE Prosecutor charges five minors with murder of missing schoolboy A prosecutor in the northern town of Veria yesterday charged five children with the murder of an 11–year–old Georgian boy who has been missing since February. The two Greek brothers, two Albanians and a Romanian – all aged betw >>>


      SMUGGLING ROUTES UNDER WATCH
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      Authorities are examining the possibility that there are strong links between the gangs that smuggle drugs into Greece and those that help illegal immigrants cross the Aegean from Turkey, sources told Kathimerini yesterday.

The coast guard has received information that there are two major points in Turkey wher >>>


      TIME RUNS OUT FOR DISCOUNT WATCH SCAM
      Kathimerin, 28-07-2006
      A 33–year–old man was arrested in Athens yesterday, accused of running an international scam that claimed to sell expensive watches at discount prices over the Internet but failed to deliver the goods.

Police said that they had traced the suspect electronically but needed more time to investigate t >>>


      ANALYSE. LE PROJET DE RÉFORME «POLICE 2000» Ŕ L‘AGONIE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      VAUD. Apr';s la défection d‘Yverdon, le débat parlementaire sur la sécurité s‘annonce ardu.

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      ATTENTAT ANTI–CHIITE SUIVI DE TIRS DE MORTIER Ŕ BAGDAD
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      IRAK. Quatri';me attaque terroriste anti–chiite de grande envergure en dix jours.

Le Temps Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Trente et une personnes, dont des femmes et des enfants, ont été tuées jeudi et 115 blessées dans un attentat antichiite ŕ la voiture piégée suivi >>>


      AU LIBAN, PEU D‘HUMANITAIRES OSENT DÉNONCER L‘INACCEPTABLE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      PROCHE–ORIENT. L‘impossibilité d‘acheminer l‘aide dans les zones de combat perdure, malgré les appels de la communauté internationale. Le CICR est alarmé. MSF hausse nettement le ton.

Richard Werly Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 A quand l‘ouverture de vrais couloirs >>>


      CES MAISONS QUI ANNONCENT DEMAIN (5/6). EN ROBE DE CUIVRE, AU BORD DE L‘AAR
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      En passant par la Lorraine, découvrir la villa Faraday, de Thomas Jomini, un exemple de maison économique, expérimentale, joyeusement originale.

Lorette Coen Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Elle pourrait ętre sortie des mains d‘un enfant, tant elle fait maison, cette villa Faraday. Une maiso >>>


      COMMENT C‘ÉTÉ. UN TRIOMPHE ASSURÉ
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Comment c‘été. Rocco Zacheo Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Quoi qu‘il fasse, ce sera toujours un triomphe. Il pourrait se coller aux chansons un peu idiotes qu‘on fredonne en faisant la vaisselle ou proposer une anthologie exhaustive de la pop bulgare des années 80, Thomas Quasthoff ne sera j >>>


      COMMENT TRAVAILLENT–ILS (4/10). ANDREAS WETTER, TOUJOURS EN LIGNE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Dix patrons, dix façons de s‘organiser. Chaque jour un acteur important de l‘économie suisse donne les clefs de son efficacité au travail.

Anouch Seydtaghia Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Dans le monde des télécoms, –Andreas Wetter fait figure d‘extraterrestre.
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      COUP DE THÉ'4;TRE: LANDIS, VAINQUEUR DU TOUR DE FRANCE, ÉTAIT DOPÉ
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      CYCLISME. L‘Américain a été contrôlé positif ŕ la testostérone ŕ Morzine. Le Temps Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Un vainqueur trop parfait. C‘est la consternation générale, un mélange de col';re, de désolation et de dégo$';t qui ont >>>


      CRASH D‘ÜBERLINGEN: L‘ALLEMAGNE VERSERA DES DOMMAGES ET INTÉRĘTS
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      BADE–WURTEMBERG. Pour les juges de Constance, l‘Allemagne devra payer une somme ŕ définir ŕ la compagnie propriétaire d‘un des avions impliqués dans la collision qui avait fait 71 morts.

Anne Fournier, avec l’ATS Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 L‘Allemagne devra ré >>>


      CRITIQUE. LE CANDIDE SUDBIN
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Critique. Julian Sykes Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Faut–il crier au génie? Promu comme l‘une des futures étoiles du piano russe, Yevgeny Sudbin, 26 ans, donnait un récital mercredi matin ŕ l‘église de Verbier. Jouant Scarlatti et Scriabine, ce jeune homme au port élégan >>>


      DES ORAGES SUR LA MONTAGNE PRIVENT NENDAZ D‘EAU POTABLE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      VALAIS. Un torrent en crue a charrié du sable dans les canalisations. La lecture de ce texte (1'63 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      EMMA ET THÉO SONT LES CHOUCHOUS
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      PRENOMS. Les Suisses toujours friands de noms courts et «plurilingues». La lecture de ce texte (1'58 caract';res et 1 encadré) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      FACE Ŕ L‘INDUSTRIE DU DISQUE, KAZAA S‘ACHČTE UNE VIRGINITÉ
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      MUSIQUE. Les propriétaires du cél';bre réseau d‘échange de fichiers acceptent de payer 115 millions de dollars aux majors du disque. Mais le probl';me du piratage n‘est pas réglé...

Anouch Seydtaghia Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Sharman Networks a eu beau & >>>


      FLOYD LANDIS, LUI AUSSI...
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Floyd Landis. Photo: Keystone. CYCLISME. Le vainqueur du Tour de France a subi un contrôle positif ŕ la testostérone.

Christian Despont Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 C‘est comme s‘émouvoir d‘un mariage et apprendre apr';s coup qu‘un époux avait eu une aventur >>>


      ISRAËL QUI NOUS A FAIT RĘVER
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Stéphane de Montmollin, Bâle Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Enfant, j‘ai vendu des oranges pour des śuvres d‘entraide suisses, il fallait aider Israël, car seuls les Israéliens étaient capables de faire fleurir le désert. Adolescent, j‘ai été fasciné par les >>>


      JACQUES WEBER, OU COMMENT RÉCONCILIER L‘UNIVERSITÉ DE GENČVE AVEC ELLE–MĘME
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      GENEVE. Le nouveau patron de l‘alma mater genevoise n‘a pas hésité longtemps avant de sortir de sa retraite pour prendre le poste de recteur. Par attachement pour l‘académie et par go$';t du défi.

Sandra Moro Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Bientôt, Jacques Weber aban >>>


      KIOSQUE. DANS LES COULISSES DU G8 AVEC GEORGE BUSH
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Le magazine «Newsweek» a suivi le président pendant quatre jours et en montre la face cachée.

Stéphane Bussard Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Côtoyer Bush dans son avion présidentiel d‘Air Force One ou l‘accompagner dans les coulisses du sommet du G8 de Saint–P& >>>


      L‘INVITÉ. L‘ÉCHEC Ŕ L‘OMC, UNE MAUVAISE NOUVELLE POUR LE MULTILATÉRALISME
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      L‘invité. Didier Chambovey, Représentant permanent adjoint de la Suisse aupr';s de l‘OMC Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Les négociations commerciales de l‘OMC lancées ŕ Doha en 2001 ont été suspendues sine die le 24 juillet 2006. Cette décision est intervenue >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La Bourse suisse Le SMI résiste au recul des valeurs pharmaceutiques.

Anker Bank Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 La Bourse suisse a évolué de façon tr';s volatile pendant toute la séance d‘hier, mais elle a finalement terminé sur une not >>>


      LA RELATION TROP SPÉCIALE DE BLAIR AVEC BUSH
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Tony Blair et George Bush lors du récent sommet du G8. Une discussion privée captée par des micros laissés ouverts a donné l’impression que le Britannique n’était pas traité d’égal ŕ égal. Photo: Keystone.

ATLANTISME. Le premier ministre britannique rend visite >>>


      LE DERNIER CRI EN POLITIQUE: UN BLOG!
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      • Aux Etats–Unis, les blogs font partie du paysage politique. En France, ils font fureur avant la présidentielle.

• En Suisse, les élections fédérales pourraient vaincre les réticences des candidats.

• Mode ou renaissance d‘une culture du débat? Mauvais dé >>>


      LE FONDS AMÉRICAIN KKR REDEVIENT UNE STAR DU CAPITALISME MONDIAL
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      PORTRAIT. Apr';s avoir frôlé le désastre dans les années '0, le plus ancien fonds privé des Etats–Unis retrouve le devant de la sc';ne en participant aux grosses acquisitions du moment.

Eric Leser, New York Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Cet article n‘est pas >>>


      LE PS BOUDE LES VERTS SUR LE CONFLIT AU LIBAN
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      DIVERGENCES. Les socialistes estiment que l‘on ne peut pas uniquement condamner Israël.

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      LES GÉANTS DU GRAIN S‘ENGAGENT POUR L‘AMAZONIE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      ENVIRONNEMENT. Deuxi';me producteur de soja, le Brésil commence ŕ céder aux pressions.

Chantal Rayes, S';o Paulo Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Les principaux exportateurs de soja, comme les courtiers en grains américains Cargill, Bunge et ADM, le français Louis Dreyfus et le >>>


      LES MARGES D‘ABB S‘ENVOLENT GR'4;CE Ŕ LA FORTE DEMANDE EN ÉNERGIE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      La plate–forme pétroli';re de Troll en Norv';ge. ABB a enregistré une forte hausse des ventes de câbles sous–marins pour transporter l’électricité.

Photo: Keystone. INDUSTRIE. Elles franchissent la barre des 10%, soit un objectif fixé pour 200'.
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      PANOPLIE 06 EN CAMPING (5/6). ASTRES TECHNOLOGIQUES
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Panoplie 06 En camping (5/6). Albertine Bourget Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 LED. Comme light–emitting diode. En français courant: diodes électroluminescentes.

Soit de petites ampoules économes et durables qui s‘éclairent par un composant électronique (lire LTdu 28.03.06).
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      POURQUOI IL FAUT AUSSI COMPRENDRE ISRAËL
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Robert Austern, Richterswil (ZH) Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 D';s le début des hostilités, Micheline Calmy–Rey et la majorité des médias suisses, dont Le Temps, montrent du doigt le gouvernement et l‘armée d‘Israël.

Le terme de «réaction dispropor >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ JOHN SCHWARZ. «BUSINESS OBJECTS RESTE TOUJOURS LEADER EN MATIČRE D‘INTELLIGENCE ÉCONOMIQUE»
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Questions ŕ John Schwarz. Directeur général de Business Objects. Carole Ulmai Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Le Temps: Le chiffre d‘affaires du deuxi';me trimestre de votre société franco–américaine de logiciels d‘intelligence économique Business Objects s‘&# >>>


      REPČRE. LES CHIFFRES SURRÉALISTES DES PÉTROLIERS
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Rep';re. Bastien Buss Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 C‘est ŕ y perdre la raison. Les résultats des compagnies pétroli';res donnent vraiment le vertige. Dopés par l‘envolée des prix de l‘or noir, bénéfices et chiffres d‘affaires explosent. Ainsi, l&lsq >>>


      ROMANCHE DU MONDE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      GIOVANNI NETZER. L‘homme de théâtre touche–ŕ–tout porte l‘âme communautaire d‘une vallée grisonne.

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      SALZBOURG DIGČRE L‘ANNÉE MOZART
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      OPERA. Pour sa derni';re année aux commandes du festival, Peter Ruzicka rend hommage ŕ l‘enfant de la ville en donnant l‘intégrale de ses opéras.

«Les Noces de Figaro» ont véritablement lancé la manifestation mercredi soir.

Renaud Machart, >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. ETIAGE, MISČRE D‘UNE RICHESSE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Une vieille rengaine des autorités suisses consiste ŕ dire que notre pays ne poss';de pas de ressource naturelle. Pas de pétrole, ou de café, ou de gaz: la Suisse, disent nos élites, est privée de toute rente sur le >>>


      SENTIERS ET ROUTES DES VINS (5/6). LE KLETTGAU, TROP MÉCONNU
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Le plus grand vignoble alémanique se trouve dans le canton de Schaffhouse. Le pinot noir y domine. Pour découvrir ces vins, rien de mieux qu‘une halte ŕ la vinoth';que de Hallau.

Patricia Briel Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Il y a du vin ŕ Schaffhouse? Oui, et męme du tr&# >>>


      UN SALE TOUR
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Fred Hirzel Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 S‘il n‘y avait le choc d$'; ŕ la tristesse, l‘affaire Floyd Landis pręterait ŕ un sourire sardonique. Songeons que, pendant sept ans, son compatriote Lance Armstrong a survolé le Tour de France avec tous les soupçons de dopage sur so >>>


      UNE NOUVELLE PUCE POUR DIFFUSER LES ÉMOTIONS
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      TECHNOLOGIE. Le «memory spot» développé par Hewlett–Packard pourrait permettre de relier les mondes physique et numérique.

Anouch Seydtaghia, de retour de Londres Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 D‘apparence, cet album photos semble bien banal. Tout juste remarque–t–o >>>


      VALENTIN ROSSIER. QU‘AVEZ–VOUS APPRIS Ŕ L‘ÉCOLE?
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      Valentin Rossier. 40 ans, metteur en sc';ne et comédien. Propos recueillis par Karin Kotsoglou Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 – Votre jeu préféré dans la cour?

– Le football avec une balle de tennis. – Quelles étaient vos branches fortes? – Ouh, j‘ai envie de dire aucune! Bon, >>>


      ZURICH SE RĘVE EN CENTRE D‘UNE NOUVELLE MÉTROPOLE EUROPÉENNE
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      ZURICH. Le gouvernement zurichois a présenté un rapport qui encourage la formation d‘une «Metropolregion ZURICH.», avec des collaborations notamment dans les transports. Une métropole qui franchirait les fronti';res.

Anne Fournier Vendredi 28 juillet 2006 Quand il pense >>>


      «LE DÉPARTEMENT DE L‘ÉCONOMIE N‘A PAS LE POUVOIR QUE LE PUBLIC SEMBLE IMAGINER»
      Le Temps, 28-07-2006
      PAMPHLET. Dans un livre qui sort ŕ l‘occasion de la retraite de Joseph Deiss, Beat Kappeler s‘interroge sur le sens de son minist';re. En interview, il propose de le remplacer par un Département fédéral de la formation et de la recherche.

Bernard Wuthrich, Berne Vendredi >>>


      CANADIAN FIRM WINS SR225M CONTRACT
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 28 July 2006 — A joint venture of Canadian energy services company ShawCor Ltd. has won an SR225 million contract to provide pipeline coating services for a major pipeline project in Saudi Arabia. This is a prestigious project under which the Arabian Pipecoating Company, which r >>>


      OIL SCENE
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Syed Rashid Husain It is not very often that OPEC and the International Energy Agency, the OECD energy watchdog, with conflicting and contrasting interests and job descriptions agree on issues. Yet the energy world is such an equalizer that both are coming to virtually the same conclusion about the basic issue afflicti >>>


      FATWA ON THE GOLDQUEST INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Agencies Q. I read a fatwa on the IslamOnline website concerning buying products of the Goldquest company, which makes such dealing permissible. I thought that such trading could not be acceptable from the Islamic point of view.

Please comment. Tumkur Khan A. The Goldquest business relies on tempting customers >>>


      THE PROPHET AND THE QUR’AN
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent He who has made the Qur’an binding on you will surely bring you back to the place of return. Say: My Lord knows best who has come with right guidance, and who is lost in obvious error. You could never hope that this Book would be conferred on yo >>>


      VISITING THE ILL AND STRENGTHENING TIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News One of the important practices that strengthen relations within the Muslim community is visiting those who are ill. When a person is bed–bound with illness, a visit by those who mix with him in society, friends and relatives is very encouraging. It first tells him that his absence is felt, >>>


      ZAKAH AND TAXATION
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. If a Muslim country imposes taxation on people, what should be the attitude of Muslim people? Must they present accurate accounts of their income?

Should they abide by the relevant rules? If the same department in government collects both zakah and taxes, could we present our accounts >>>


      ‘EBENEZER SCROOGE’ SUES POOR, ELDERLY RENTER
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 28 July 2006 — A Saudi millionaire behaved in the miserly fashion of the Dickens’s character «Ebenezer Scrooge» when he sued a tenant for SR2,000 in back rent and demanded her eviction, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. The judge tried to persuade the man to back off the tenant, an elderl >>>


      MADINAH RESIDENTS COMPLAIN OF RUNDOWN NEIGHBORHOODS
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Muhammad Abdullah, Arab News Neighborhoods such as this attract illegal residents because the rents are low and the area offers little access to authorities. (AN photo by Yousuf Muhammad)

MADINAH, 28 July 2006 — Despite determined efforts by the passport authorities to rid the city of illegal immigrants, resid >>>


      MAN NEARLY TRASHES HIDDEN SECRET STASH
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Arab News TABUK, 28 July 2006 — A Saudi man had been literally sleeping on a hidden treasure for eight years before he finally discovered the SR22,000 just before he was about to throw it away, the Al–Madinah daily reported yesterday.

The pillow, dating from the 60s, was among other household items that >>>


      MONEY AND MARRIAGE: IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Arab News QUNFUDA, 28 July 2006 — A Saudi groom couldn’t believe his ears when his father–in–law–to–be asked for only SR3 for dowry, the Okaz daily reported yesterday. The young man thought at first the old man was joking, but the old man explained that he didn’t believe in inflicting financial >>>


      OOPS! SORRY HONEY, IT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 28 July 2006 — A newly wedded couple were on their way to celebrating their honeymoon when the husband stopped at a gas station to fill up his car tank, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday.

His new bride had been sleeping in the back seat, but got up to use the bathroom at the stati >>>


      POLICE DISMISS HOT TEA FOUL PLAY
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Arab News MAKKAH, 28 July 2006 — Police found that there was no criminal involvement in a recent accident in which a blind 70–year–old woman suffered severe burns while she was making a cup of tea in the Jarwal district of Makkah.

The police made detailed inquiries following complaints from some of >>>


      RENTING WEDDING DRESSES COMES IN VOGUE
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Arab News ABHA, 28 July 2006 — In Saudi Arabia and across the world it is the norm for brides to lash out on a lavish wedding dress to be worn for a few hours and then stored and cherished for the rest of their lives. In light of the dire financial situation of many Saudis, however, the trend of renting wedding dresses >>>


      TELETHON RAKES IN SR10'M FOR LEBANON
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Children hand out their pocket money as donations for Lebanon at the Malaz Collection Center. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)

RIYADH, 28 July 2006 — A Saudi television appeal has raised about SR10' million to help the Lebanese people ravaged by the continuing Israeli air and land >>>


      1' SOMALI MINISTERS QUIT TO PROTEST GOVERNMENT INACTION
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Mohamed Olad Hassan, Associated Press BAIDOA, Somalia, 28 July 2006 — Somalia’s virtually powerless government was unraveling yesterday as a fifth of its Cabinet resigned in disgust and its Islamic rivals tightened their grip on the capital.

The 1' ministers who resigned yesterday were key members of the 1 >>>


      AL–QAEDA VOWS TO AVENGE ISRAELI ONSLAUGHTS
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Agence France Presse DUBAI, 28 July 2006 — Al–Qaeda second in command Ayman Al–Zawahiri vowed yesterday that the network would carry out attacks against Israel and its US backers to avenge the Israeli offensives against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

In a videotape aired by Arabic television channel A >>>


      DOZENS DIE IN BAGHDAD BLASTS
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Ryan Lenz, Associated Press BAGHDAD, 28 July 2006 — A rocket and mortar barrage followed by a car bomb blasted an upscale, mostly Shiite district yesterday, killing 31 people and wounding 153, police said. The attack came just days after President George W. Bush agreed to send more US troops to the capital to curb sect >>>


      DUBAI YACHT CLUB BANS TWO–STROKE MOTORS
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 28 July 2006 — In a bid to safeguard the marine environment, Dubai Marina Motor Yacht Club has decided to ban all two–stroke outboard engine powered boats on its waterways.

«The two–stroke outboard motors, found on a number of boats and personal watercraft, emi >>>


      MANMOHAN SLAMS BOMBING OF LEBANON
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Agencies NEW DELHI, 28 July 2006 — India’s prime minister condemned yesterday in the «strongest possible terms» Israel’s offensive against Lebanon and called for an immediate cease–fire in the region. «We are condemning in the strongest possible terms the disproportionate reaction by Israel,&raq >>>


      MORE KILLED IN GAZA STRIP
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Palestinians carry the body of seven–month–old Shahd Okal, followed by her three–year–old sister Mary and their mother Asmaa, during their funeral in Jabaliya on Thursday. (AFP)

GAZA CITY, 28 July 2006 — Three Palestinians, including a 75–year–old >>>


      MYSTERIOUS WOUNDS FROM ISRAELI SHELLS IN GAZA
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, 28 July 2006 — «When the bomb exploded from the plane. I felt I was in hell. Real hell,» shouts 31–year–old Ghassan stabbing the air with his finger and straining over the side of his grubby hospital bed.

Professing allegiance to Palestinian national secu >>>


      PHILPPINE MILITARY, REBELS SWAP BLAME IN PEASANT LEADER’S MURDER
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, 28 July 2006 — A farmer leader was shot dead and another activist was abducted separately in the latest of a string of killings of leftist activists in the Philippines, officials said yesterday.

The cases prompted a warning from the Commission on Human Rights >>>


      SENATE WANTS TO KNOW WHERE OFWS&#3' FEES WENT
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 28 July 2006 — A clamor by Filipino migrant workers for an accounting of their contributions to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has finally been heard.

The Senate oversight committee on labor and employment yesterday said it wants to look into >>>


      WE HAVE GOT GREEN LIGHT, SAYS ISRAEL
      Arab News, 28-07-2006
      Agencies BEIRUT, 28 July 2006 — Israel insisted yesterday it had been given the green light from a world meeting on Lebanon to press on with its deadly war on Hezbollah and vowed to step up its air offensive after suffering its biggest single–day military loss in the conflict.

But as Israeli warplanes we >>>


      ARMY DISMISSES GAY ARABIC LINGUIST
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –– A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don‘t Ask, Don‘t Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.

Bleu Copas, 30, told The Associated >>>


      BUSH URGES SYRIA BECOME ACTIVE IN PEACE FOR REGION
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Friday urged Syria to become an active participant for peace in the Middle East.

Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were asked at a joint news conference their message to both Iran and Syria.

Bush said Iran needs to give up its nuclear a >>>


      CALIF. ATTORNEY‘S WIFE SLAIN TRIAL BEGINS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      MARTINEZ, Calif. –– A prosecutor described the gruesome injuries inflicted on the wife of prominent defense lawyer as opening statements began Thursday in the trial of the teenager accused of killing her.

"She fought as valiantly as she could, but the attack continued," prosecutor Harold >>>


      DEADBEAT PETE‘S SHUT FOR NOT PAYING TAXES
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      TOWNSEND, Tenn. –– A Mexican restaurant named Deadbeat Pete‘s was closed Thursday by state revenue agents because its taxes have not been paid, officials said.

The popular restaurant in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains mostly serves tourists passing along the town‘s main thoro >>>


      DRIFTER ARRESTED IN TEEN‘S SLAYING
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– A drifter is accused of killing a suburban teenage girl who got lost after a night of clubbing in Manhattan and whose body was later found in a New Jersey trash bin.

A New Jersey judge signed an arrest warrant Thursday charging Draymond Coleman, 35, in the slaying of Jennifer Moore, 18, >>>


      EARTHQUAKE RATTLES HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      HONOLULU –– Residents of Maui and Oahu felt a rare 4.5–magnitude earthquake Thursday that rattled buildings but caused no injuries or damage.

The quake was too small to generate a tsunami, said Stuart Weinstein, assistant director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Earthquakes ar >>>


      FEDS BEGIN SEPARATE PROBE OF BIG DIG
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Federal investigators are looking into whether vibrations from nearby construction could have shaken loose bolts in a Boston highway tunnel, allowing its massive ceiling panels to collapse on a passing motorist.

The state‘s criminal probe into that deadly collapse is meanwhile f >>>


      FLOODING IN OHIO PROMPTS EVACUATIONS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      EASTLAKE, Ohio –– Flood water surged into homes and businesses, forcing people to rooftops to await rescue Friday morning after ' inches of rain filled the rivers and streets of northeast Ohio.

Lake County, east of Cleveland, declared a state of emergency. County Administrator Kenneth R. Gauntn >>>


      IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUPS SPLIT OVER SENATE BILL
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      Even as Congress is stalled over legislation dealing with the growing number of illegal immigrants, a split has emerged among pro–immigrant rights groups over whether to back the Senate measure, seen as the more lenient of the two bills being considered by lawmakers.

A number of the larger and more well& >>>


      INTELLIGENCE PANEL CITES PROGRESS AND SHORTFALLS AT FBI
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      A House intelligence subcommittee reported yesterday that FBI agents are beginning to evolve from law enforcement officers into intelligence collectors, but that the bureau still has not revised its guidelines for recruiting, vetting and employing informants in national security cases.

"We understand the >>>


      KAZAA SOFTWARE SUPPLIER SETTLES PIRACY LAWSUITS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      The company behind Kazaa software, which made it simple for millions of computer users to download music and movies over the Internet, has agreed to pay more than $115 million to the entertainment industry to settle global piracy lawsuits.

Sharman Networks Ltd., which produced and distributed the popular Kazaa >>>


      LEGAL RESIDENTS FACE FINGERPRINTING AT PORTS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, July 28, 2006; A14 Millions of legal permanent residents will soon have to be fingerprinted and photographed before reentering the United States by sea or air, in a significant expansion of a long–stalled border security program, officials announced yesterday.< >>>


      MD. REPUBLICAN OFFERS TWO VIEWS OF BUSH
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Republican Michael Steele‘s changing remarks about President Bush _ from criticism to calling him his "homeboy" _ left Maryland voters wondering what are the Senate candidate‘s true views.

"I can‘t tell what Steele thinks about Bush," Michael >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      '8 Deaths Linked to California Heat FRESNO, Calif. –– Corpses piled up at the morgue Thursday, and aid workers went door–to–door checking in on elderly people in hopes of keeping the death toll from California‘s 12–day heat wave from rising. California coroner‘s offices sai >>>


      NEIGHBOR CHARGED IN DEATH OF UTAH GIRL
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– Police searching for a missing 5–year–old girl in her neighbor‘s basement did not initially find the plastic storage box that contained her body because it was hidden deep in the cellar, authorities said.

The box containing Destiny Norton‘s body was in a &q >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      –– Charles W. Bray MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Charles W. Bray, the press secretary for Secretary of State William P. Rogers during tumultuous times in the Nixon administration, died Sunday, Feerick Funeral Home in Shorewood said. He was 72.

Bray spent 30 years as a diplomat before becoming president of the J >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      –– Charles W. Bray MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Charles W. Bray, the press secretary for Secretary of State William P. Rogers during tumultuous times in the Nixon administration, has died. He was 72.

Bray died of pneumonia at his home in Milwaukee on Sunday, said his son, David.

Bray spent 30 years as >>>


      OREGON WILDFIRES PROMPT EVACUATIONS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      PORTLAND, Ore. –– About 500 people who live near a central Oregon tourist town were ordered to evacuate Thursday as a wildfire threatened two neighborhoods, officials said.

Another 1,000 residents were given a pre–evacuation notice, meaning they might have to flee at a moment‘s notice.< >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JULY 28
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      AM –– Today is Friday, July 28, the 20'th day of 2006. There are 156 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On July 28, 1'45, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 7'th floor of New York‘s Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

On this date: In 1540, >>>


      VIRGINIA EXECUTES MAN FOR SLAYING INMATE
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      JARRATT, Va. –– A man who stabbed a fellow inmate to death during a pagan religious ceremony was executed Thursday night.

Michael Lenz, 42, had no final words before the lethal drugs were injected. He was pronounced dead at ':07 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center. Lenz and another inma >>>


      WILD BIRDS CAN SPREAD BIRD FLU TO PEOPLE
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      ATLANTA –– A study of duck hunters in Iowa is believed to be the first to show people can catch bird flu _ a non–threatening kind _ from wild birds. Previous cases of people being infected with any form of bird flu have involved domestic poultry, like chickens.

The type of bird flu seen in th >>>


      A TIME TO ACT
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice‘s just–concluded trip to Lebanon, Israel and Rome was an exercise in grace, bravery and, to my regret, wrongly focused diplomacy. Especially disappointing is the fact that she resisted all suggestions that the first order of business should be negotiation of an immediate >>>


      A WAR OF HER OWN
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      Lebanon has now become Condi‘s war. You can argue whether legal title to the tragic mess in Iraq properly belongs to Rummy or Cheney or to the Decider himself, but as far as Lebanon is concerned, it‘s Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who has stepped front and center to handle the crisis and show the worl >>>


      AT BOLTON HEARING, SOME UNNATURAL PHENOMENA
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      It would be no exaggeration to say that yesterday‘s confirmation hearing for John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was a washout.

Three hours into the dreary and desultory proceedings of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a torrent of water began to pour from light fixtures in the cei >>>


      AUDIT SHOWS TOXINS POORLY SAFEGUARDED
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Biological agents and toxins used to kill wildlife are poorly safeguarded by the Agriculture Department, a federal audit found.

At issue is how the department handles and stores the poisons it uses to kill animals such as starlings, wild turkeys and chickens, black bears, coyotes and >>>


      BOLTON‘S U.N. POST SPARKS PARTISAN DEBATE
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      AM WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration and GOP leaders on Thursday renewed their push for Senate approval of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador. Democrats maintained he is too brash and ineffective to be confirmed.

The sharp division all but guaranteed that lawmakers were headed toward another partis >>>


      BUSH SAYS RICE TO RETURN TO MIDEAST FOR TALKS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush said on Friday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will return to the Middle East on Saturday for more talks about the conflict in southern Lebanon.

Bush said he and visiting British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed that a international force for south >>>


      BUSH SIGNS BILL TO MONITOR CHILD MOLESTERS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush, joined by "America‘s Most Wanted" host John Walsh, signed a new law Thursday that requires convicted child molesters to be listed on a national Internet database and face a felony charge for failing to update their whereabouts.

"Our nation grieves >>>


      BUSH, BLAIR TO DISCUSS MIDEAST TURMOIL
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are teamed up against much of the world again, this time in their refusal to criticize Israel‘s offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon or to call for an immediate cease–fire in the Mideast fighting.

T >>>


      CAMPAIGNS SLINGING OIL MONEY ALLEGATIONS
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      High gasoline prices and reports of record oil company profits sparked a barbed exchange yesterday between Sen. George Allen (R–Va.) and his Democratic opponent, James Webb.

After Exxon Mobil Corp. reported a record 36 percent increase in profits over this time last year, Webb called on Allen to return $ >>>


      CANDIDATE‘S DEATH PIQUES INTEREST ACROSS NEVADA
      Washington Post, 28-07-2006
      By Sonya GeisWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, July 28, 2006; A03 LAS VEGAS, July 27 –– A healthy Nevada politician suddenly dies. Two days later, her husband attempts suicide. Her husband, it emerges, was strangely close to the death of the politician‘s previous husband.

The death of state >>>



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