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      COMPASS SET TO START SERVICES AFTER CMA APPROVAL
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News Dr. Nahed M. Taher, chairwoman of the board of directors of Compass Consulting. (AN photo) JEDDAH, 30 July 2006 — Dr. Nahed M. Taher, chairwoman of the board of directors of Compass Consulting, announced here yesterday that the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) has granted Compass Consultin >>>


      MOBILY’S NEW OFFER FOR PRE–PAID CARDS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Arab News RIYADH, 30 July 2006 — Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), in its continuous massive promotion activities, launched its new offer for the pre–paid cards subscribers.

Through this promotion, subscribers could gain up to 50 percent credits charge, for example SR120 been added to the SR240 pre–paid ca >>>


      OMANTEL, TRANSWORLD LAUNCH FIBER–OPTICS PROJECT
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Arif Ali, Arab News MUSCAT, 30 July 2006 — Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), Oman’s telecom giant and Pakistan’s Transworld Associates have launched a '00–km submarine fiber–optics cable project to forge closer telecom links between the two countries.

The cable will link Pakistan with >>>


      FATWA ON THE GOLDQUEST INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      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, 30-07-2006
      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, 30-07-2006
      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, 30-07-2006
      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 >>>


      2,500 BEGGARS ARRESTED IN JEDDAH IN 2 MONTHS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Saeed Al–AbyadArab News JEDDAH, 30 July 2006 — The anti–beggary department, in coordination with the police and Passport Department, have arrested 2,500 people in June and July this year in a massive crack down on beggars in Jeddah.

In addition, police have also smashed two major beggar–netwo >>>


      ABDULLAH, ABBAS DENOUNCE ISRAEL
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah holds talks with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in Jeddah on Saturday. (SPA)

JEDDAH, 30 July 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday denounced the Israeli military c >>>


      ARAMCO FESTIVAL GETS UNDER WAY
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 30 July 2006 — Saudi Aramco kicked off its 5th Awareness and Educational Festival for children with special needs under the theme of «Children’s Joy» at Jeddah’s Al–Shallal Theme Park.

Thirty charities and rehabilitation centers from Jeddah, Makkah and Taif were invited to t >>>


      HOSPITAL HOLDS BABY AS COLLATERAL, DAD APPEALS FOR HELP
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 30 July 2006 — An Indian father is soliciting contributions from charitable–minded Saudis and expatriates to help him release his baby from the Riyadh Medical Complex (formerly Shumaisy Hospital), since he is unable to foot the outstanding bill of SR47,000.

«My wife >>>


      LINE–CUTTER TURNS INTO FACE–PUNCHER
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Arab News AL–AHSA, 30 July 2006 — Be it at the bank, the checkout desk at the airport, or wherever common decency and respect are not just the right thing to do but also a way to keep people from bickering or feeling like secondhand citizens, some people behave like they are the master of their surroundings.
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      PAKISTANIS SEEKING KINGDOM VISAS NEED LATEST MRPS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 30 July 2006 — The Kingdom has tightened rules for Pakistani nationals applying for entry visas to the Kingdom for visits, work, Umrah, Haj and business.

The Saudi Embassy in Islamabad has informed the Pakistani Foreign Ministry that Pakistanis should apply for their Saud >>>


      SUSPECTED GUNMAN IN HAIL SHOOTING SURRENDERS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 July 2006 — A gunman who attacked Hail education director last week surrendered to security authorities yesterday after police tracked him down following the dramatic incident, a senior police officer said yesterday.

«As a result of the combined efforts of securit >>>


      TENANT TEACHES BURGLAR A LESSON HE WON’T FORGET
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Arab News ALKHOBAR, 30 July 2006 — Neighbors here heard a man screaming from the apartment next door, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. Thinking the tenant was being assaulted they called the police. A cat burglar was probably never happier to have had the cops put on his tail. When the authorities arrived they found >>>


      WHISTLE–BLOWER’S STORY ILLUSTRATES COMPANY’S CONTROL OVER EXPATS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Raid Qusti, Arab News Firat Gumus at the Arab News office in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hussain) RIYADH, 30 July 2006 — A foreign national here says he was sacked from his job as an executive assistant at a global pharmaceutical company for blowing the whistle on his supervisor and reporting other irregularities by loc >>>


      WOMAN SEEKS HELP AGAINST DRUG–ADDICT SON
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Arab News MAKKAH, 30 July 2006 — An old Saudi woman in the holy city has approached police and other authorities with a plea to protect her from her drug–addict son. He has allegedly used methods which threaten her life in attempts to get money from her.

In her complaints, the woman says her son attempte >>>


      12 KILLED IN YEMEN HIGHWAY COLLISION
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 30 July 2006 — Twelve people were killed and nine others injured when two minivans filled with passengers collided on a highway in western Yemen yesterday, police said.

The accident took place when a minivan taxi carrying 11 people heading from the port city of Houdieda >>>


      DRUGS TO BLAME FOR MAJOR PART OF AFGHAN VIOLENCE: NATO
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Agencies KABUL, 30 July 2006 — A major part of the violence in southern Afghanistan is due to opium poppy cultivation and drug trafficking, the commander of NATO forces in the troubled country said yesterday. «I’m convinced that much of the violence is only caused by the drugs–related activities in the sout >>>


      GRIEF AND PAIN STALK HOSPITALS IN LEBANESE PORT CITY
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Alaa Shahine, Reuters TYRE, Lebanon, 30 July 2006 — Mariam Basma was muttering unrecognizable words under her oxygen mask. When the nurse took the mask off, she called for her son. «Where is he? Can you please ask him to come?» she told the nurse.

«His name is Sheikh Saber. He is with me here >>>


      GUNMEN ATTACK SUNNI MOSQUES IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Associated Press BAGHDAD, 30 July 2006 — Gunmen attacked two Sunni mosques early yesterday in the capital’s western districts, fanning Iraq’s sectarian crisis. The US command said three more US Marines died in action in western Iraq. Men in two BMWs sprayed gunfire at the Muhammad Rasulullah Mosque shortly after midnig >>>


      INDIAN, PAKISTANI OFFICIALS DISCUSS BORDER POST RAIDS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Mukhtar Ahmad, Arab News SRINAGAR, 30 July 2006 — The Indian Army last evening said that the confirmation about Pakistan Army major being killed as an intruder in Gurez sector in north Kashmir needed to be further verified. The army statement last evening has deepened the mystery whether or not the slain intruder had a >>>


      INDO–PAK TIES AT TWO LEVELS — OFFICIAL AND INFORMAL
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 30 July 2006 — Ahead of a high–level Indo–Pakistan contact, which is due to take place next week, New Delhi has once again raised fingers at Islamabad for its alleged involvement in the Bombay blasts. Dispelling apprehensions voiced in Washington about the role of Pa >>>


      LEBANON OIL SLICK ‘WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER’
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Agence France Presse BEIRUT, 30 July 2006 — The Mediterranean is threatened by its worst ever environmental disaster after Israel’s bombing of a power plant in Lebanon sent thousands of tons of fuel gushing into the sea, the environment minister charged yesterday. «Up until now 10,000–15,000 tons of heavy f >>>


      MUSHARRAF SUMMONS MEETING TO END MQM CRISIS
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Azhar Masood & Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, 30 July 2006 — Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf summoned a meeting of the leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other party leaders in a bid to nip the crisis, triggered by the MQM ministers’ resignation, in the bud.

Along >>>


      NO HELP FROM SYRIA, IRAN: NASRALLAH
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Agencies BEIRUT, 30 July 2006 — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah yesterday emphasized that Syria and Iran were not providing any military support to his movement in its current standoff with Israel. In a televised speech, he also vowed that Hezbollah would strike cities «in the center» of Israel if the Jewi >>>


      ONE DIES IN SEATTLE JEWISH CENTER ATTACK
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 30 July 2006 — Ramifications over Israel’s continued assault in Lebanon took a nasty turn Friday afternoon in Washington state when six women were shot — one fatally — at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle by a man who told a witness he was upset about «what was going >>>


      POLICE BEEF UP SECURITY FOR CELEBRITIES IN BOMBAY
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 30 July 2006 — Bombay police yesterday decided to upgrade the security to the maximum level, Z–plus grade, of film stars Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. They have also upgraded to maximum level the security of industrialist Mukesh Ambani and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
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      SIX PERSONS GUNNED DOWN OUTSIDE COURT
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News NAWABSHAH, 30 July 2006 — Armed men gunned down six persons yesterday morning near Nawabshah. According to police four men Mumtaz, Jumman, Abdul Karim and Muhammad, all from Sehto clan, were shot dead by armed men this morning near Goth Kando Saeed when they were on their way to court for he >>>


      TROOPS RE–ENTER NORTH GAZA; TARGETS BOMBED
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 30 July 2006 — Israel bombed a suspected weapons factory and a border tunnel in the Gaza Strip yesterday and sent its troops back into the north of the territory in the latest chapter of a month–long assault that has left nearly 150 people dead.

The new raids followe >>>


      US RULES OF ENGAGEMENT GO ON TRIAL
      Arab News, 30-07-2006
      Jim Mannion, Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, 30 July 2006 — The US military’s rules of engagement in Iraq go on trial next week with the start of an inquiry into the killing of three Iraqi men who were shot after being captured by US soldiers.

A series of recent killings of civilians allegedly by US soldiers >>>


      6 DEAD, 2 INJURED IN SKYDIVER PLANE CRASH
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      SULLIVAN, Mo. –– A small plane carrying skydivers crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday, killing six people on board and injuring two others, authorities and witnesses said.

Early reports indicated the plane may have struck a telephone pole before hitting a tree, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelk >>>


      COLO. KILLER CASE DRAWS 100S OF CALLS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– Robert Charles Browne‘s claims that he killed 4' people have generated a flood of more than 100 anguished calls from families and friends of people missing around the nation, some for years.

"They want to know if their family member or friend could have bee >>>


      ECONOMIST LOUIS WINNICK DIES AT 85
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      MANHASSET, N.Y. –– Louis Winnick, an economist who helped guide the investments of the Ford Foundation and promoted low–income home ownership, has died.

He was 85. Winnick died Saturday at a hospice in Manhasset, on Long Island. The cause of death was mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer that >>>


      EXPERTS SAY VERDICT MAY NOT LEAD TO DEMISE OF PRISON GANG
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      SANTA ANA, Calif. –– Federal investigators toiled for years to build a case strong enough to cut off the head of a notorious white–supremacist prison gang and end its 40–year reign over the federal and state prison systems.

On Friday, the government‘s efforts bore fruit: a verdict >>>


      HEMINGWAY CAT CARETAKERS FIGHT WITH USDA
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      MIAMI –– The caretakers of Ernest Hemingway‘s Key West home want a federal judge to intervene in their dispute with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the six–toed cats that roam the property.

More than 50 descendants of a multi–toed cat the novelist received as a gift in 1&# >>>


      IMMIGRATION
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Republican House candidate Rick O‘Donnell has come to one clear conclusion from hours spent knocking on doors in the Denver suburbs. Immigration is the No. 1 issue "by a factor of 10" in Colorado‘s 7th District. "The anger that the border is not secure is visceral and real," he said.
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      IN FORT WORTH NEIGHBORHOODS, RESIDENTS KNOW THE DRILL
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Sylvia MorenoWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 30, 2006; A03 FORT WORTH –– Gary Hogan bought his Spanish–tile–roofed stucco house on the western edge of the city in 1''2 because it offered the perfect combination of city and country living –– only 10 miles from down >>>


      IN THE NEW WEST, DO THEY WANT BUFFALO TO ROAM?
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Blaine HardenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 30, 2006; A08 MALTA, Mont. –– What are the Northern Plains good for?

The soil is bad, the weather worse and the landscape achingly dull. Collapsing barns punctuate a scraggly sea of brown grass and bleached boulders. The population peaked a c >>>


      MAN CHARGED WITH SETTING GIRLFRIEND AFLAME
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      HYATTSVILLE, Md. –– A man was charged early Saturday with an attack on his girlfriend that left her with second– and third–degree burns on her upper body.

Anthony Willoughby, 40, of Hyattsville, was taken into custody at the home of a friend, less than two miles away from his home after >>>


      MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF U.S. IN DROUGHT
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      STEELE, N.D. –– More than 60 percent of the United States now has abnormally dry or drought conditions, stretching from Georgia to Arizona and across the north through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the Universi >>>


      N.J. STRIPPER TO PLEAD IN BODY PARTS CASE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. –– An exotic dancer accused of illegally keeping human body parts in her home plans to plead not guilty to charges of unlawful disposal of human remains, her attorney said.

Linda Kay was arrested late Friday, two days after authorities said she skipped a court appearance. She wa >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Shooting Incidents Kill Six in New Orleans NEW ORLEANS –– Three brothers and a friend were killed in a neighborhood not far from the French Quarter, and two other people were gunned down in separate incidents hours later, authorities said Saturday.

Police found a 31–year–old man lying i >>>


      OFFICIALS HAVE LEARNED TO EVACUATE FIDO, TOO
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Brian SkoloffAssociated PressSunday, July 30, 2006; A03 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– When Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, more than 10,000 people refused evacuation because they wouldn‘t leave behind their most precious possessions –– their pets.

Rescuers wouldn&lsquo >>>


      POLL: SEN. ALLEN LEADING IN VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      RICHMOND, Va. –– Republican Sen. George Allen has a 16–point lead over Democratic challenger Jim Webb in the latest independent statewide poll, published Sunday, but a fifth of the electorate is still undecided.

The election is closely watched nationally as an off–year referendum on the >>>


      ROVE CRITICAL OF MEDIA‘S ‘CORROSIVE ROLE‘ IN POLITICS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Presidential adviser Karl Rove said yesterday that journalists often criticize political strategists because they want to draw attention away from the "corrosive role" their own coverage plays in politics and government.

"Some decry the professional role of politics –– they would lik >>>


      SEATTLE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY AMBUSHED GIRL
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      SEATTLE –– The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity‘s foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13–year–old girl‘s head, the police chief said Saturday.

Once inside, police say, Naveed Afzal Haq >>>


      STATE RECEIVES PART OF LONG BEACH WETLANDS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      LONG BEACH, Calif. –– A nonprofit conservation group has bought 66 acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach and donated the property to the state, the first success in a decades–long attempt to buy and restore the entire 400–acre marsh and protect it from further development.

Th >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      –– Heat advisories were in effect Sunday for parts of the Plains, the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi Valley, where temperatures were expected to reach triple digits.

Showers and thunderstorms were forecast for the Dakotas, the northern Great Lakes and the Carolina coasts.

Monsoonal mois >>>


      ‘A TERRIBLE TUG‘ FOR DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WEST HARTFORD, Conn. –– The challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Aug.
8 Connecticut Democratic primary from antiwar millionaire Ned Lamont is the summertime drama gripping the entire party.

From what I saw last week, this fight is a complete mismatch. The party regulars supporting Lieberman h >>>


      ATLAS GROUP STRIVES TO MAP OUT SUCCESS FOR DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Three of the Democratic Party‘s top field organizers have formed a group to provide their party‘s 2008 presidential nominee with road maps to victory in the dozen or so battleground states.

The effort is known as the Atlas Project and is being organized by political operatives Steve Rosenthal, Mich >>>


      BEYOND LEBANON
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has stated that a simple cease–fire in Lebanon is not the solution to the current violence. She says it is necessary to deal with the roots of the problem. She is right on both counts.

But Hezbollah is not the source of the problem; it is a derivative of the cause, whi >>>


      GM AND UAW SUPPORT PENSIONS BILL
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Final pension reform legislation headed for a vote in the U.S. Senate this week not only will help bankrupt airlines save their traditional retirement plans, but also is supported by General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers.

"We look forward to seeing legislation pass >>>


      IT‘S A BALLPARK, NOT A THEME PARK
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      If the recent "grand reopening" of venerable RFK Stadium turns out to be a guide to the future, this season–ticket holder may just have to ask the Washington Nationals‘ owners to –– in the immortal words of Samuel M. Goldwyn

–– include me out when the team begins p >>>


      LIEBERMAN‘S ERODING BASE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 30, 2006; A04 Irving Stolberg is not just another Connecticut Democrat who wants Joe Lieberman out of office.

The former speaker of the Connecticut House is one of Lieberman‘s oldest allies in state politics. The two met as antiwar activists in t >>>


      MEXICO LEFT TAKES ELECTION PROTEST BACK TO STREETS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left–winger who claims he was robbed of victory in Mexico‘s contested presidential election, will lead a massive protest rally on Sunday to press for a vote–by–vote recount.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to jo >>>


      MINIMUM WAGE HIKE PASSED BY HOUSE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      A01 The House last night voted to boost the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade while also permanently slashing the estate tax, a coupling that GOP leaders calculated might garner enough Senate support to become law.

House lawmakers also approved the biggest overhaul of the nation‘s pensio >>>


      NEW RAILROAD MAY CROSS MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Rob HotakainenMinneapolis Star TribuneSunday, July 30, 2006; A14 DUBUQUE, Iowa –– On a hot June morning, Kevin Schieffer issued a warning as a pack of big birds flew in to perch on a newly rebuilt stretch of railroad next to the Mississippi River.

"Better be careful, guys," said the ra >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Rice cancels Beirut trip JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Her diplomatic mission in jeopardy after Israel‘s bombing of a Lebanese village, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled a visit to Beirut on Sunday, saying she had work to do in Israel to get a truce. Rice, who returned to the region on Saturday in a >>>


      RICE CANCELS BEIRUT TRIP
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Her diplomatic mission in jeopardy after Israel‘s bombing of a Lebanese village, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled a visit to Beirut on Sunday, saying she had work to do in Israel to get a truce.

Rice, who returned to the region on Saturday in a new push to bri >>>


      RICE MEETS WITH TOP ISRAELI OFFICIALS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      JERUSALEM –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with top Israeli officials on Sunday to try to iron out a cease–fire and a deeper political solution to underlying disputes with Lebanon that have long vexed Middle East leaders and exacerbated nearly a month of fighting.

While acknowledgin >>>


      ROVE SAYS US VOTERS INATTENTIVE BUT NOT STUPID
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. voters often tune out policy debates but it‘s wrong to think of them as stupid, uninformed and gullible, top White House political strategist Karl Rove said on Saturday.

Rove, who is gearing up for a fight to help Republicans keep control of Congress in November, describ >>>


      SPY LESSONS FROM ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Israel has been forced to improvise furiously on the battlefield after discovering how much it did not know about the fighters and the strategic arsenal that Hezbollah had amassed in southern Lebanon. Americans should watch closely what will happen in Israel once the smoke of this battle clears.

What will happ >>>


      STATE DEPARTMENT HID COSTS OF IRAQI PROJECTS: PAPER
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion for reconstruction projects in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide cost overruns and failed to tell Congress about schedule delays, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

A report by the independent Special Inspector Gene >>>


      STATE DEPT.: ISRAEL HAS RIGHT TO DEFEND
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The State Department‘s third–ranking official reaffirmed the White House‘s position that Israel has the right to defend itself and contended on Sunday an agreement was near on ending the fighting that has ravaged Lebanon.

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns expres >>>


      THE SECRETIVE FIGHT AGAINST BIOTERROR
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      approach has raised concerns. By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 30, 2006; A01 On the grounds of a military base an hour‘s drive from the capital, the Bush administration is building a massive biodefense laboratory unlike any seen since biological weapons were banned 34 years ago.

Th >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns ; L. Paul Bremer , former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq; Steven A. Rosenberg , chief surgeon at the National Cancer Institute.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA) >>>


      US SEN JOHN MCCAIN‘S SON TO JOIN MARINES: REPORT
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The youngest son of U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam and a vocal proponent of more American troops in Iraq, will soon report for duty in the Marine Corps, Time Magazine reported on Saturday.

Jimmy McCain, 18, will spend three months in boot camp in Cali >>>


      US URGES RESTRAINT AFTER QANA
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States urged Israel on Sunday to take more care to avoid civilian casualties in Lebanon after an air strike killed 54 people in the village of Qana, but continued to resist calls for an immediate ceasefire.

In a statement, the White House said that U.S. Secretary of Stat >>>


      VOTES NEAR ON POCKETBOOK ISSUES
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, July 2', 2006; A04 The House moved last night toward voting on a major overhaul of the nation‘s pension laws and a bill that would combine a $2.10 increase in the minimum wage with a deep and permanent cut to the estate tax, hoping the mix would garner >>>


      4 U.S. MARINES KILLED IN IRAQI PROVINCE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Four U.S. Marines were killed in combat in western Iraq‘s Anbar province, the U.S. military said Sunday.

The Marines, who were assigned to the Regimental Combat Team 7, died Saturday. Their identities were not released. At least 2,577 members of the U.S. military have died si >>>


      516 REPORTED KILLED IN LEBANON, ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      PM –– At least 516 people have been reported killed in Lebanon and Israel since fighting broke out July 12 between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas.

IN LEBANON: At least 458 have been killed _ including 403 civilians confirmed dead by the Health Ministry, 20 Lebanese soldiers and at least 35 >>>


      AN ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADER IN WEST BANK IS KILLED
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      NABLUS, West Bank, July 2' –– Israeli troops killed two Islamic Jihad members Saturday, including the man the group described as the leader of its militant wing in the West Bank city of Nablus.

The group initially said in an announcement over mosque loudspeakers that Hani Awijan, 2', was th >>>


      ANNAN URGES UN CALL FOR LEBANON CEASEFIRE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Sunday to condemn a deadly Israeli attack on the Lebanese village of Qana and to call for an immediate ceasefire.

Annan spoke after calling an emergency Security Council meeting, which will include addresses >>>


      AT LEAST 50 KILLED IN ISRAELI AIR STRIKE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      July 30, 2006; 6:16 AM BEIRUT, July 30 –– Israeli warplanes seeking to destroy Hezbollah rocket launchers blasted a group of houses in a southern Lebanese village Sunday, killing more than 50 people, most of them women and children, according to Lebanese officials and on–scene interviews by Lebanese t >>>


      ATTACK KILLS FOUR IN NORTHERN IRAQI OIL CENTER
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Andy MosherWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 30, 2006; A22 BAGHDAD, July 2' –– Iraqis waiting in a long line of cars to buy gasoline in Kirkuk were hit by a car bomb Saturday afternoon, the sixth bombing this month in the increasingly violent hub of Iraq‘s northern oil fields.

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      BAHRAIN BUILDING FIRE KILLS 16
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      MANAMA (Reuters) – Sixteen people were killed by a blaze in a three–storey building in Bahrain‘s capital Manama on Sunday, the official BNA news agency reported.

The agency, quoting an Interior Ministry statement, said the 16 all died from smoke inhalation.

The statement said another >>>


      BLAIR TALKS TO BUSH, CHIRAC ON LEBANON PEACE FORCE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair talked to President George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac on the Mideast crisis on Saturday, his spokesman said, as the diplomatic drive for a UN resolution aimed at ending the conflict in the Middle East gathered pace.

Blair said e >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS 2, HURTS 7 IN KIRKUK, IRAQ
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A car packed with explosives exploded near the U.S. consulate in Kirkuk, killing two Iraqis and wounding seven others, Iraqi police said Sunday.

No Americans were injured in the explosion late Saturday in eastern Kirkuk, said police Col. Burhan Tayeb.

It was the seventh ca >>>


      CARACAS THREATENS OIL CUT IN CASE OF US AGGRESSION
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Venezuela will cut its oil exports to the United States if Washington takes a hostile stance toward Caracas, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez was quoted as saying by Iran‘s official IRNA news agency on Sunday.

The Web site of the U.S. Energy Information Administration says 11.8 percen >>>


      DOZENS KILLED, HURT IN ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      QANA, Lebanon –– An Israeli airstrike Sunday killed at least 50 people _ more than half children _ in a southern Lebanese village, the deadliest attack in 1' days of fighting. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice postponed a visit to Lebanon.

Infuriated Lebanese officials said they had asked Ric >>>


      FOUR MORE MARINES KILLED IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Four U.S. marines have been killed in action in restive Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

The marines, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7, died on Saturday. No further details were available.

The casualties followed the deaths of four other marines in Anbar, >>>


      IN MEXICO‘S ‘MISERY BELT,‘ AN ANNUAL STRIKE BECOMES MUCH MORE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 30, 2006; A24 OAXACA DE JUAREZ, Mexico –– Gonzalo Toledo Cruz tries to teach math in a dark, sweltering classroom that has no electricity. During morning flag–raising ceremonies, he said, some of his students pass out from lack of >>>


      IN VIETNAM, A GATEWAY FOR BIRD FLU
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Alan SipressWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 30, 2006; A23 DONG DANG, Vietnam –– The smugglers first appeared on the distant ridgeline and then, like ants, streamed down a dirt track carved from the lush, sculpted mountains that separate Vietnam from China. As the figures grew closer, their st >>>


      IRAN‘S HIGH COURT APPROVES DEATH SENTENCES
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran‘s Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences for five Iranian Arab separatists convicted for bombings near the Iraqi border, state–run Iranian television reported Saturday.

"The supreme court sentenced five people to death on charges of involvement in explosio >>>


      ISRAEL AIR STRIKE KILLS 40
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      QANA, Lebanon (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed at least 40 Lebanese civilians, including 23 children, on Sunday, prompting Lebanon to tell U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice she was unwelcome in Beirut before a ceasefire.

Hundreds of protesters chanting "Death to Israel, Death to Ameri >>>


      ISRAELI AIR STRIKE KILLS 54 CIVILIANS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      QANA, Lebanon (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed 54 civilians, including 37 children, on Sunday, prompting Lebanon to tell U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice she was unwelcome in Beirut and fuelling world pressure for a ceasefire.

The raid on the southern village of Qana was the bloodiest sin >>>


      ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES KILL 20, DESTROY HOMES
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Israeli airstrikes destroyed several houses in a southern Lebanese town Sunday, killing at least 20 people, Lebanese officials said.

The Israeli army said it targeted the town of Qana because missiles have been repeatedly launched from the area.

"We were attacking l >>>


      LEBANON ASKS RICE NOT TO VISIT LEBANON
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BEIRUT, Lebanon –– The Lebanese government asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday to put off a visit to Lebanon after an Israeli airstrike that killed more than 50 people.

Lebanon said it would only consider an immediate cease–fire to the Israeli–Hezbollah fighting.

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      MANY ARABS APPLAUD HEZBOLLAH
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      A17 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 2' –– Ever since the seizure of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah sparked an Israeli offensive in Lebanon, Huda Fatani has set her alarm for 3:15 each morning, gotten up to perform her ablutions, then spent more than an hour on her knees praying for the Lebanese militia.>>>


      MD. MAN DIES AFTER BLAST IN DISPOSAL OF ORDNANCE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      2006; A22 Edward A. Koth was a "stand–up guy" who always did his duty, a close friend recalled last night.

In Iraq, Koth‘s duty as a sailor in the U.S. Navy involved the disposal of explosives.

Last week, an Iraqi Army unit dropped off a piece of ordnance that seemed to be leakin >>>


      NO TALKS WITH RICE BEFORE CEASEFIRE: LEBANON
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon‘s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said on Sunday he would not hold any talks on resolving the latest Middle East crisis before an immediate ceasefire after Israeli bombing killed at least 40 civilians in south Lebanon.

Minutes later Lebanese officials said Lebanon had told U >>>


      REPORT ON PREWAR INTELLIGENCE LAGGING
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Dafna LinzerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 30, 2006; A07 When angry Democrats briefly shut down the Senate last year to protest the slow pace of a congressional investigation into prewar intelligence on Iraq, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–Nev.) claimed a rare victory.

Republicans c >>>


      RICE CANCELS TRIP TO BEIRUT AFTER AIRSTRIKE
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      AM JERUSALEM, July 30 –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was forced to cancel a trip to Beirut Sunday after an Israeli airstrike killed more than 50 people, mostly women and children, in the southern Lebanese town of Qana in the bloodiest attack since the hostilities began between Israel and Lebanon&lsq >>>


      RICE RENEWS TALKS IN MIDEAST
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      July 30, 2006; A01 JERUSALEM, July 2' –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the Middle East late Saturday for more talks on how to end fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, saying she was encouraged by Hezbollah‘s agreement on Thursday at a Lebanese cabinet meeting to accept a cease& >>>


      SOMALI LEGISLATORS BRAWL AFTER PM SURVIVES
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) – Somali lawmakers threw punches and wrestled on the floor after Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi survived a crucial vote of no confidence which could have signaled the collapse of his government.

Armed police entered parliament to drag the brawling members of parliament apart an >>>


      SOMALI MILITANTS FREE 25 KIDNAPPED SAILORS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Twenty–five sailors who were taken hostage in April off Somalia‘s lawless coast were released Sunday after more than $800,000 in ransom was paid, a Somali militia commander said.

The sailors were headed to the Seychelles islands off the coast of Africa, the command >>>


      SOMALIA‘S NEIGHBORS ARE WARNED BY U.S.
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      KINSHASA, Congo, July 2' –– The United States warned Eritrea and Ethiopia on Saturday to stay out of the escalating crisis in Somalia, where they are believed to be backing rival sides.

"There are many foreign elements in Somalia right now," said Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of >>>


      SOME IN CONGO LONG FOR THE ORDER OF LATE DICTATOR
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 30, 2006; A16 KINSHASA, Congo, July 2' –– There is something familiar in the stern dark eyes of one of the men who wants to be Congo‘s next president. Put him in a pair of black, horn–rimmed glasses and a leopard–skin hat, and >>>


      SUDAN ATTACKS DARFUR REBELS
      Washington Post, 30-07-2006
      KHARTOUM, Sudan, July 2' –– Sudanese government forces and allied militias attacked bases of a new rebel alliance in Darfur despite a cease–fire in the violent west, officials and rebels said Saturday.

An unpopular African Union–mediated peace deal was signed in May by only one of t >>>



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