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      SAUDIA TO SELL OFF STAKE IN CATERING DIVISION
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 13 August 2006 — In a major boost to the Kingdom’s privatization plan, Saudi Arabian Airlines yesterday kicked off the long–awaited bidding process for a stake of up to 4' percent of its catering division.

The catering division is one of Saudia’s five sectors >>>


      UMM AL–QUWAIN, AL–RAJHI SET UP ‘IMDAD’
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 13 August 2006 — The government of Umm Al–Quwain and Riyadh–based Al–Rajhi Investment Group has announced the establishment of their new company called «Imdad». «Imdad» is equally owned by the government of Umm Al–Quwain and Al–Rajhi >>>


      DOING EVERYTHING IN THE RIGHT MANNER AND FOR THE BEST PURPOSE
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Some people are keen on following the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) example in every detail of his life, to the extent that they would not do something unless they have first ascertained how the Prophet did it. This is no doubt a commendable attitude, because the Prophet did every thing in the ri >>>


      REWARD FOR READING THE QUR’AN
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I read in your column that reward for reading the Qur’an only applies to reading it in Arabic. Could you please explain your answer, and whether it means that we should not read the Qur’an in translation.

Ayaz A. Reading the Qur’an earns a generous reward from God, because the Qur’an >>>


      THE TEST COULD TAKE MANY FORMS
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent Alif. Lam. Mim.

Do people think that once they say: «We are believers», they will be left alone and will not be put to a test?

We certainly tested those who lived before them; and so most certainly God knows those w >>>


      67 PRISONERS FREED IN MADINAH
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Muhammad Abdullah, Arab News MADINAH, 13 August 2006 — Abu Qasem Madharmy, a Bangladeshi, had a counterfeit work visa. Sudanese Al–Obeid Al–Kerar was charged with forging documents.

Muhammad Bishr Khan, a Pakistani, told Arab News he had been sentenced for «indecency» — he didn’t elabor >>>


      HOME STUDY COURSES GAINING POPULARITY
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 13 August 2006 — Long–distance correspondence courses offering students bachelor, master and even doctorate degrees have been popular in foreign countries for decades. Only recently, however — and much to the dismay of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) — have people in the Kingdom began ta >>>


      KIDDIE COASTER GLITCH CAUSES MAYHEM AT PARK
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 13 August 2006 — Amusement park attendees were less than amused after a roller coaster for small kids at a park on Jeddah’s Corniche grinded to a mid–ride halt, leaving passengers, all women and children, screaming for someone to save them, the Okaz daily reported yesterday. Fortunately the ride >>>


      NEW LAW TO PREVENT ELECTRONIC CRIMES
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 August 2006 — Saudi Arabia is expected to enact and enforce stringent laws designed to prevent electronic crimes which have been on the increase with the growing use of the information superhighway.

A draft law to be debated by the Shoura Council within a few weeks prov >>>


      OUTRAGE OVER BUSH’S USE OF ‘FASCIST’ TERM
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 13 August 2006 — US President George W. Bush’s statement that the US is at war with «Islamic fascists» will deepen anti–American and anti–Western sentiments, a cross–section of expatriates contacted by Arab News said yesterday.

Reacting to the repor >>>


      SAUDI WOMEN FORM CHARITY UNIT UNDER RED CRESCENT
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 August 2006 — After signing a petition condemning the US and UK support for Israel’s large–scale war on Lebanon, Saudi women chose not to confine their activism to words alone.

So the group has become the first women contingent of the Saudi Red Crescent Society after >>>


      UN RIGHTS COMMISSION HEADS TO LEBANON
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 August 2006 — The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) has decided to immediately dispatch a commission to investigate the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon.

The UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry is requested to report to the world rights >>>


      ‘CHARITY GROUP SUPPLIED FUND FOR PLANE PLOT’
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 13 August 2006 — One of the leading Pakistani newspaper has reported that a UK–based Islamic charity organization remitted a huge amount of money to three individuals in three different bank accounts in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, in December last year with the sole purpose of helpi >>>


      3 MUSLIMS HELD ON TERRORISM CHARGES AFTER BUYING 80 PREPAID PHONES
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Associated Press CARO, Michigan, 13 August 2006 — Three Muslim men were arrested Friday on charges of supporting terrorism after they purchased 80 prepaid mobile phones from a Wal–Mart store, police said.

The men, all from the Dallas area, were being held on charges of soliciting or providing material su >>>


      ABBAS CALLS FOR CREATION OF NATIONAL UNITY GOVT
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 13 August 2006 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday dismissed concerns raised by the Hamas prime minister over the future of the Palestinian Authority, and called for the creation of a national unity government.

«At the first possible opportunity we must s >>>


      ARE THE POLITICS OF TERRORISM HURTING AMERICAN CITIZENS?
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 13 August 2006 — Democrats have often accused the Republican party of politicizing terrorism for political gain, and say their «war on terror» gave President George Bush and Republicans a clear advantage through enflaming fear.

Yesterday, Bush cautioned Ameri >>>


      HUNDREDS DIE IN SRI LANKA FIGHTING
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Agencies COLOMBO, 13 August 2006 — Hundreds were killed as Tamil Tiger rebels mounted a fierce offensive yesterday to retake Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna Peninsula, the heart of the island’s Tamil minority, the military and rebels said, amid the heaviest fighting since the two sides signed a 2002 cease–fire.
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      ISRAELI TROOPS SWAMP S. LEBANON
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Agencies A Lebanese medic attends to 11–year–old Muhamed Sameer Moussa, whose legs were amputated after he was injured in an Israeli airstrike in Al–Daheera, in a hospital in the port city of Tyre in southern Lebanon on Saturday.

(Reuters) BEIRUT, 13 August 2006 — An avalanche of Israeli troo >>>


      KIDNAP GANG IN S. PHILIPPINES BEHEAD CAPTIVE
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 13 August 2006 — Seven people were reported killed yesterday as security forces fought with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in a failed bid to rescue two hostages in the southern island of Jolo.

Military commanders said the dead included businesswoman Jacky Selvin,
58, >>>


      MANILA SHUTS DOWN 1' TRAVEL AGENCIES, BLACKLISTS 50 PERSONS FOR ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 13 August 2006 — In one of the toughest actions taken so far by the government against illegal job recruiters, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) yesterday ordered the closure of 18 travel agencies which it found to have engaged in hiring Filipinos t >>>


      MIDEAST POWERS UPBEAT ABOUT UN RESOLUTION
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Hala Boncompagni, Agence France Presse AMMAN, 13 August 2006 — Key Middle East players were hopeful yesterday that a UN Security Council resolution would bring an end to the Lebanon conflict, even as Israel expanded its military offensive. The resolution called for a full halt to hostilities based upon «the immed >>>


      MILITANTS KILL US SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Associated Press KABUL, 13 August 2006 — Militants armed with rocket–propelled grenades attacked US troops patrolling in the remote northeast of Afghanistan, killing three soldiers before American forces repelled the assault with artillery fire, an official said yesterday.

Three soldiers and one civilian >>>


      PML ELECTION: SHUJAAT ELECTED UNOPPOSED
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 13 August 2006 — Former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and journalist–turned–politician, Mushahid Hussain Syed, have been re–elected unopposed, as president and secretary–general respectively of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML).

Nobody >>>


      SIXTY ‘TERRORISTS’ HELD IN BAGHDAD RAID
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Vijay Joshi, Associated Press BAGHDAD, 13 August 2006 — US forces raided a funeral gathering and detained 60 men suspected of links with an Al–Qaeda cell blamed for a spate of car bomb attacks in Baghdad, the US military said yesterday.

Also yesterday, 16 people were killed in violence across the country >>>


      UK TERROR PLOT: MUSLIM LEADERS SPEAK OUT
      Arab News, 13-08-2006
      Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 13 August 2006 — Downing Street yesterday rebuffed an open letter signed by a group of prominent British Muslims to Tony Blair strongly urging the prime minister to change his foreign policy regarding the Middle East and Afghanistan and warning that the policy is putting civilians at i >>>


      3 TEXAS MEN ARRAIGNED ON TERROR CHARGES
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      CARO, Mich. –– Three Texas men were arraigned Saturday on terrorism–related charges after police found about 1,000 cell phones in their minivan, and prosecutors say they believe the men were targeting a bridge connecting Michigan‘s Upper and Lower peninsulas.

But two of the men said the >>>


      6 DEAD, OTHERS MISSING IN INDIANA FIRE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. –– Fire swept through a two–story house early Sunday, killing at least six people, the state fire marshal said. An unknown number of others were missing. "It‘s not clear whether they left the scene or are still inside the home," State Fire Marshall Roger Johnson sai >>>


      7 HURT AS TRAIN AND CAR COLLIDE IN L.A.
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– A commuter train collided with a car near the Staples Center arena, injuring seven people, authorities said.

The car was attempting a left turn across the tracks Saturday night when an oncoming Metro Blue Line train smashed into it and dragged it for several hundred feet before comin >>>


      ASTRONOMERS STRUGGLE TO DEFINE ‘PLANET‘
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– Our solar system is suffering an identity crisis. For decades, it has consisted of nine planets, even as scientists debated whether Pluto really belonged. Then the recent discovery of an object larger and farther away than Pluto threatened to throw this slice of the cosmos into chaos.

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      BOOT CAMP CADET DIES AT FLA. STATE PARK
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      NORTH MIAMI, Fla. –– A 13–year–old cadet at a juvenile military boot camp died Saturday during an orientation camping trip, officials said.

Authorities rushed the child from Oleta State Park to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, North Miami police said.

The cause of deat >>>


      BOOT CAMP CADET DIES AT FLA. STATE PARK
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      NORTH MIAMI, Fla. –– A 13–year–old cadet at a private military academy died Saturday during an orientation camping trip, the school‘s principal said.

Authorities rushed the child from Oleta State Park to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, North Miami police said.

T >>>


      BRITISH HOME SECRETARY: ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK IS ‘HIGHLY LIKELY‘
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      ':24 AM LONDON, Aug. 13 –– British Home Secretary John Reid warned Sunday that another attempted terrorist attack is "highly likely," while British police prolonged the detention of all but one of the original two dozen suspects accused of plotting to explode multiple airplanes destined for th >>>


      COLD CAN‘T STOP ALASKA SEWAGE COMPOSTING
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      FAIRBANKS, Alaska –– Environmental consultant Mike Pollen remembers standing on a pile of sewage sludge composting outside the Fairbanks treatment plant on a November day in 1''7. The temperature was 40 degrees below zero but his feet were warm. Then sweaty. Then uncomfortably hot inside his insulat >>>


      D.C. GAY GROUP BATTLES ‘AIDS FATIGUE‘
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Jose Antonio VargasWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 13, 2006; A01 Josh arrives two hours late, still wondering why he even bothered to show.

This is a party for HIV–positive gay men. And though those gathered in this Northeast Washington condo are supposed to be his new clan –– h >>>


      DIOCESE ORDERED BY JUDGE TO IDENTIFY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 13, 2006; A03 Promised anonymity in an $84 million settlement with a Kentucky Roman Catholic diocese, men and women sexually abused by its priests are opposing a state judge‘s order to reveal their identities and details of the alleged crimes to prosecutor >>>


      FEDS TO INCREASE CALIF. NO–FISHING ZONES
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– Federal authorities have unveiled a proposal to double the size of no–fishing zones around the Channel Islands off Southern California to protect marine life.

About 20 percent of the waters surrounding five islands off Ventura and Santa Barbara counties would be closed to harve >>>


      IN THE FALLOUT SHELTER: BUSH, CHAFEE, CLINTON
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      The biggest losers from Tuesday‘s primary voting are obvious. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D–Conn.) is vowing to keep his job, but he‘ll have to do it as an independent after getting beat by antiwar challenger Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary. Meanwhile, Reps. Cynthia McKinney (D–Ga.) and John >>>


      LAPD OFFICER WOUNDED WITH ASSAULT RIFLE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– A young man sprayed a police car with bullets from an assault rifle during a traffic stop, wounding an officer before being shot himself, authorities said Sunday. Two police officers pulled over a small black Honda in the Montecito Heights neighborhood northeast of downtown Los Angeles just a >>>


      MICH., TEXAS AIRPORTS SEE DISTURBANCES
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      ROMULUS, Mich. –– The Customs area at a Detroit airport was briefly shut down Saturday after a passenger claimed he had contaminated everyone on a flight with a biological agent, officials said.

Meanwhile, in Dallas, officials evacuated part of a terminal airport because a suitcase was smoking and >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      Three More Students Arrested; Two Missing DES MOINES –– Three more Egyptian exchange students missing after they entered the United States were arrested late Friday, officials said, bringing the total number of students in custody to nine.

The three men were being held on administrative immigration >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      –– Alvin Cooperman NEW YORK (AP) _ Alvin Cooperman, a television producer, executive at the Shubert Organization, and owner of more than a dozen New York theaters, died Friday. He was 83.

Cooperman‘s wife, Marilyn, told The New York Times in Saturday‘s editions her husband died of compl >>>


      PATAKI: GOP NEEDS TO GET BACK TO BASICS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      ANKENY, Iowa –– Republicans can avert a disastrous midterm election this fall by returning to basic conservative themes that set them apart from Democrats, New York Gov. George Pataki said Saturday.

"There will be a lot of change between now and November," Pataki said in an interview with >>>


      PLUTO‘S STATUS ATTACKED
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      PRAGUE (Reuters) – Despite being the farthest planet from Earth in our solar system, Pluto has come under attack from astronomers and may be about to lose its status in the battle.

Some 3,000 astronomers and scientists from around the world will meet in Prague this week to decide whether Pluto, discovere >>>


      POLYGAMIST‘S DAUGHTER ON FBI WANTED LIST
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– Houston‘s FBI office has placed the fugitive daughter of a deceased Utah polygamist on the agency‘s "most wanted" list after getting a tip about the woman from a relative in prison.

Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron is wanted in connection with four 1'88 murders i >>>


      POLYGAMIST‘S DAUGHTER ON FBI WANTED LIST
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– Houston‘s FBI office has placed the fugitive daughter of a deceased Utah polygamist on the agency‘s "most wanted" list after getting a tip about the woman from a relative in prison.

Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron is wanted in connection with four 1'88 murders i >>>


      PROTESTERS HOST BARBECUE FOR CRAWFORD
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas –– War protesters extended the olive branch to their new neighbors in President Bush‘s adopted hometown by hosting a barbecue Saturday _ and a few even showed up.

"You can have a dialogue, but you‘ll never agree," said Valerie Duty, a staunch Bush supporter who >>>


      RENO WILDFIRE 70 PERCENT CONTAINED
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      PM RENO, Nev. –– A wildfire that had threatened an upscale subdivision in the Sierra foothills just west of Reno was 70 percent contained Saturday, officials said.

Calmer winds and an all–out air attack allowed crews to gain ground after the fire initially threatened about 50 homes in the Som >>>


      SICKENED IRAQ VETS CITE DEPLETED URANIUM
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      PM NEW YORK –– It takes at least 10 minutes and a large glass of orange juice to wash down all the pills _ morphine, methadone, a muscle relaxant, an antidepressant, a stool softener. Viagra for sexual dysfunction. Valium for his nerves.

Four hours later, Herbert Reed will swallow another 15 mg of >>>


      SICKENED IRAQ VETS CITE DEPLETED URANIUM
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      NEW YORK –– It takes at least 10 minutes and a large glass of orange juice to wash down all the pills _ morphine, methadone, a muscle relaxant, an antidepressant, a stool softener. Viagra for sexual dysfunction. Valium for his nerves.

Four hours later, Herbert Reed will swallow another 15 mg of mor >>>


      STAR IS DESCENDED FROM KINGS. OF COURSE, MOST PEOPLE ARE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Matt CrensonAssociated PressSunday, August 13, 2006; A07 Actress Brooke Shields has a pretty impressive pedigree –– hanging from her family tree are Catherine de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia, Charlemagne and El Cid, William the Conqueror and King Harold II, vanquished by William at the Battle of Hastings.< >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      AM –– Showers and thunderstorms were forecast for the Plains and Upper Midwest on Sunday, and forecasters said severe weather was possible.

Scattered rain and storms were also forecast for the Southeast, Gulf Coast, Southwest and Southern Rockies.

The Northeast was expected to remain dry b >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff ; Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R–Mich.); Connecticut Senate candidate Ned Lamont (D).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Chertoff ; Sens. Russell Feingold (D–Wis.) >>>


      TRAIN, CAR COLLIDE IN LA; 7 INJURED
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– A commuter train collided with a car near the Staples Center arena, injuring seven people, authorities said.

The car was attempting a left turn across the tracks Saturday night when an oncoming Metro Blue Line train smashed into it and dragged it for several hundred feet before comin >>>


      US TO EASE FLIGHT RULES: CHERTOFF
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Restrictions on U.S. airline travelers will likely be eased sometime on Sunday but Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the threat of an attack on airliners remained.

The Transportation and Security Administration, or TSA, barred all liquids, except baby formula and br >>>


      WHY THE U.S. HAS NOT STEMMED HIV
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By David BrownWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 13, 2006; A07 The number of people in poor countries taking AIDS drugs –– about 1.4 million

–– rises by tens of thousands every week. The spread of AIDS in Africa seems to have peaked. Three countries there –– Uganda, >>>


      WOMEN IN TOP RANKS PULL UP THE PAY OF OTHERS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Shankar VedantamWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 13, 2006; A08 MONTREAL –– American women earn substantially more money and narrow the long–standing gender gap in income if other women in their workplaces reach the ranks of senior management, according to a new national study presented he >>>


      AL–QAIDA–U.K. PLOT LINK EVIDENCE GROWS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– After more than a decade hunting al–Qaida, U.S. counterterrorism agencies are reviewing their understanding of the terror group, which they strongly believe was behind the plot to blow up some 10 bomb jetliners bound for the U.S.

Several Western government officials, who spoke o >>>


      ANALYSIS: PACT WON‘T IMPROVE U.S. IMAGE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A U.S.–backed diplomatic pact to end more than a month of war between Israel and Islamic militants in Lebanon may stop the worst of the killing and retire the daily television images of burning buildings and suffocated children.

It will not do much to improve the image of Americ >>>


      CHERTOFF: U.S. STILL AT RISK FOR ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– the U.S. is remaining vigilant for other attacks after last week‘s foiled plot to blow up airliners, the nation‘s chief of homeland security said Sunday, "citing concerns that terror groups may "think we are distracted." Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department >>>


      CONNECTICUT MAY BE A 2008 PREVIEW
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 13, 2006; A04 American politics this year has been running on two divergent tracks. The first is intensified partisan combat in advance of a critical midterm election.

The second is growing disaffection among many voters with a national capital seen as stal >>>


      FEDERAL PAY: MYTH AND REALITIES
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      We‘ve often heard that civil servants forgo higher private–sector salaries in order to serve the nation selflessly. Many federal bureaucrats are indeed hardworking, but new statistics show that they are anything but underpaid.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released data this month showing that th >>>


      HOW TO HELP OUR STUDENTS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 sent an enormously important message to politicians and educators across America: Stop making excuses for low student achievement and start holding your schools accountable for results.

Florida and New York City are leaders when it comes to accountability in education. We h >>>


      IN N.J. RACE, KEAN TRIES TO KEEP IT LOCAL
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      A04 MORRISTOWN, N.J. –– Robert Menendez and Tom Kean Jr. agree on so many principles that it‘s hard to believe they are running against each other in one of the nation‘s tightest Senate elections. Current tax policies are misguided, the status quo is unacceptable and New Jersey needs a senator w >>>


      JOE LIEBERMAN, INSURGENT
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      Thank you, Connecticut Democrats, for showing a refined sense of humor. You have delivered a victory for irony by telling Joe Lieberman to get lost. Only that could have spurred Lieberman into doing what is needed for political success in these days of global political rage.

In response to his humiliating defe >>>


      PRESCRIPTION GIVEAWAYS DRAW COMPLAINTS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A free Viagra prescription or a no–cost trial of sleeping pills are examples of growing offers to U.S. consumers, but regulators and critics worry about the side effects of pitching medicines like selling soap.

Drug makers say the coupons, rebates and similar promotions lower >>>


      REPUBLICAN EHRLICH HIGHLIGHTS TIES TO DEMOCRATIC PR. GEORGE‘S EXECUTIVE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      B04 After getting trounced in the Washington suburbs in 2002, Maryland Gov.

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday that he is well positioned to gain ground there in his reelection bid in part because of his warm relationship with Prince George‘s County Executive Jack B. Johnson.

Four years ago, & >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      Three major crises face Bush CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush faced major security challenges on three fronts on Sunday as he prepared to return to Washington after a 10–day working vacation at his ranch. The fighting in southern Lebanon, concerns about whether there are still suspects a >>>


      SEN. OBAMA ADDRESSES XAVIER GRADUATES
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina submerged Xavier University‘s campus under eight feet of water, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday joined the school in celebrating one of its largest graduating classes.

"Thanks for allowing me to share in your miracle," Obam >>>


      STANDING BY BUSH
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      The Post reported recently on Page 1 that "President Bush is facing a new and swiftly building backlash on the right over his handling of foreign affairs" ["Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush‘s Foreign Policy," July 1'].

Judging by those quoted, the current backlash is centered am >>>


      SUCCESS IN IRAQ IS UP TO THE IRAQIS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      President Bush has been emphatic in saying that American troops will leave Iraq only when conditions there allow it. His "stay the course" approach, underscoring the progress Iraq needs to make in security and other areas before we can prudently depart, has sent a powerful signal to our Iraqi friends that our >>>


      THREE MAJOR CRISES FACE BUSH
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush faced major security challenges on three fronts on Sunday as he prepared to return to Washington after a 10–day working vacation at his ranch.

The fighting in southern Lebanon, concerns about whether there are still suspects at large in the Briti >>>


      2 PAIRS OF PANDA TWINS BORN IN CHOMA
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BEIJING –– Two more pairs of panda twins have been born at Chinese breeding centers, the latest in a mini–baby boom for the rare, endangered animals, government media reported Sunday.

Three of the new babies are female and the sex of the fourth is unknown because its mother is still holding i >>>


      2 U.S. SOLDIERS AMONG 50 DEAD IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BAGHDAD –– Police found a dozen bodies trapped in a grate in the Tigris River, and a roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers on a foot patrol south of Baghdad Saturday as 50 violent deaths were reported across Iraq.

Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki banned a Kurdish extremist party from operating >>>


      3 U.S. SOLDIERS DIE IN AFGHAN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Fisnik AbrashiAssociated PressSunday, August 13, 2006; A15 KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12 –– Three U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded in a firefight in northeastern Afghanistan after insurgents attacked an American patrol with rocket–propelled grenades and small–arms fire, a military sp >>>


      AS MIDEAST SMOKE CLEARS, POLITICAL FATES MAY SHIFT
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      It was a very close call. U.N. diplomats assembled at 3 p.m. in the cavernous Security Council hall to get the U.S.–French proposal to end an excruciating month of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah. The United States had Lebanon‘s approval but still had not received word from Israel. U.S. Ambassador >>>


      BATTLES RAGE ON EVE OF UN TRUCE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United Nations said Israeli and Lebanese leaders had agreed a truce would take effect at 0500 GMT on Monday to end the month–old war, but fighting raged on Sunday as Israeli forces met fierce resistance from Hizbollah guerrillas.

Israeli jets launched scores of strikes on mor >>>


      BRAZILIAN CRIME GROUP KIDNAPS REPORTER
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      SAO PAULO, Brazil –– Brazil‘s most notorious organized crime group kidnapped a television reporter and forced his station to broadcast a video Sunday in which the gang called for improvements in Brazil‘s prison system.

The prison–based First Capital Command, or PCC, whose leaders >>>


      BRAZILIAN GANG KIDNAPS TWO JOURNALISTS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) – A powerful criminal gang that has terrorized Brazil‘s largest state of Sao Paulo kidnapped two Brazilian television journalists, police and a TV station said on Sunday.

Guilherme Portanova, a reporter for TV Globo, and his assistant, Alexandre Coelho Calado, were abduc >>>


      BRITAIN SAYS NEW TERRORISM ATTEMPT HIGHLY LIKELY
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LONDON (Reuters) – Interior minister John Reid warned on Sunday that another attempted terrorist attack on Britain was "highly likely" after police said they had thwarted a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners.

"We think we have the main suspects in this particular plot," Home Secr >>>


      CASINOS ARE AGGRESSIVELY COURTING ASIAN AMERICANS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Ling LiuAssociated PressSunday, August 13, 2006; A11 MASHANTUCKET, Conn. –– It‘s a little after noon, and a crowd has started to gather in Boston‘s Chinatown. Some are reading the Sing Tao Daily or the Ming Pao Daily News. Others clutch plastic bags filled with snacks.

All look up wh >>>


      CASTRO PHOTOS APPEAR IN COMMUNIST PAPER
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      HAVANA –– The first photographs of Fidel Castro since his illness two weeks ago were published Sunday in Cuba‘s Communist Youth newspaper with a statement by the Cuban leader saying on his 80th birthday "I feel very happy." "For all those who care about my health, I promise to fight for >>>


      CHINA‘S DEATH TOLL FROM TYPHOON HITS 114
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BEIJING –– The death toll from Typhoon Saomai _ the strongest storm to hit China in 50 years _ rose to 114 Sunday as more evacuees died when buildings used as shelters collapsed, authorities said.

While residents of China‘s southeast coast cleared away the debris of their wrecked houses, rain >>>


      CHINA DROUGHT LEAVES 17 MILLION WITHOUT WATER: MEDIA
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BEIJING (Reuters) – About 17 million people in southwest China don‘t have access to clean drinking water due to sustained drought, state media reported on Sunday.

Crops on large tracts of farmland in Sichuan province and the nearby Chongqing municipality have withered due to the month–long dr >>>


      CHINA EX–CHIEF PROSECUTOR EXECUTED FOR KILLING WIFE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BEIJING (Reuters) – The disgraced chief prosecutor of a district in northwest China has been executed for stabbing his wife to death in her sleep, the Beijing News reported on Sunday.

Chen Ping, former chief prosecutor of Qindu district in Xianyang city, Shaanxi province, was put to death on Saturday aft >>>


      COLOMBIA REBELS LINKED TO DRUG TRAFFIC
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      PM SANTIAGO, Chile –– Colombian rebels attempted to traffic drugs through Chile, police said Saturday in describing the seizure of almost a half–ton of cocaine and arrests 12 people.

Police Gen. Samuel Cabezas said the investigation is still developing "and we are in close consultation w >>>


      FIVE MISSING ISRAELI SOLDIERS FEARED DEAD: ARMY
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Five Israeli soldiers declared missing after their helicopter was shot down by Hizbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon on Saturday were feared to be dead, the Israeli army said on Sunday.

If the deaths are confirmed, it would bring the number of Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon o >>>


      FLEEING LEBANESE CHRISTIANS SEE TOWN FOREVER CHANGED
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      A01 HASBAYA, Lebanon, Aug. 12 Israeli troops entered Marjayoun at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. They had first seized Burj al–Molouk. Next was Qleia. The last, along a road stretching from the border, was the capital of the province, a faded, once–prosperous town that unfurls up a hill overlooking a valley carpeted i >>>


      HEALTH MINISTER: 7 IRAQI GUARDS ARRESTED
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Iraq‘s health minister, who is aligned to a powerful Shiite militia, claimed Sunday that U.S. forces arrested seven of his personal guards in a surprise pre–dawn raid on his office. The reason for the alleged arrests was unclear.

Health minister Ali al–Shemari sai >>>


      HUNDREDS FIGHT FOREST FIRES IN SPAIN
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      MADRID, Spain –– Hundreds of paratroopers joined the struggle to control scores of forest fires in northwestern Spain, while more than 20 suspected arsonists have been arrested.

Defense Minister Jose Antonio Alonso, who visited firefighting crews and charred areas, announced Saturday that the gover >>>


      IRANIAN PRESIDENT LAMBASTS US ON NEW BLOG
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran‘s president has launched a Web log, using his first entry to recount his poor upbringing and ask visitors to the site if they think the United States and Israel want to start a new world war.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose speeches are riddled with anti–U.S. rhetoric, also >>>


      IRAQ SHI‘ITE LEADER CALLS FOR COMMITTEES
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Shi‘ite leader has called for neighborhood committees to provide security in their own districts, casting further doubt on the ability of Iraqi and U.S. forces to reduce violence levels in Baghdad.

Hadi al–Amiri, a member of parliament and head of a Shi‘ite militia >>>


      ISRAEL APPROVES UN CALL TO END FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s cabinet on Sunday approved a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities with Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, a political source said.

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan had said the prime ministers of >>>


      ISRAEL PULLOUT SEEN WITHIN 2 WEEKS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli army will begin pulling out of southern Lebanon, where they have been fighting Hizbollah guerrillas in a major offensive, within a week or two, the Israeli Web site YNET News reported on Sunday.

The Web site quoted a senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert& >>>


      ISRAELI CABINET APPROVES U.N. CEASE–FIRE DEAL
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      13, 2006; 10:22 AM JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 –– The Israeli cabinet voted Sunday to accepted a U.N.

–– declared cease–fire, even as the fiercest ground fighting of the war continued in southern Lebanon and Israel launched new air strikes on southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah and the Le >>>


      ISRAELI CABINET TO VOTE ON CEASE–FIRE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      JERUSALEM –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert opened a Cabinet session Sunday to vote on a U.N. cease–fire plan, telling ministers he hoped two captured Israeli soldiers would be freed.

The deal foresees the deployment of around 15,000 Lebanese troops beside an equal number of U.N. forces i >>>


      LEBANON SUPPORTERS CONVERGE AT WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      By Petula Dvorak and Robert SamuelsWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, August 13, 2006; A10 Thousands of people came from across town, across the river or across the country to circle the White House yesterday in a passionate demonstration supporting Lebanon, the country at the center of the fighting between Israel an >>>


      MALAYSIA BRACES FOR RULING ON ISLAM CONVERSION
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia is expecting a court ruling any day now that could shake society to its foundations: does a Muslim have the right to convert to another faith?

A Muslim by birth, Lina Joy decided to become a Christian, marry and raise a family. But in Malaysia, where Islam is the officia >>>


      NERVE–GAS GURU TESTS JAPAN LEGAL SYSTEM
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      2006; 1:06 PM TOKYO –– When she was finally allowed to visit her father, she found him in a wheelchair, wearing a diaper. A prison guard took notes throughout the 30–minute encounter, which took place in a small, barren room, through a plate of thick, transparent plastic. It was, for her, a dream come >>>


      PAPER IS UPBEAT ON CASTRO‘S CONDITION
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      HAVANA, Aug. 12 –– Fidel Castro is sitting up, walking and even working a bit on the eve of his 80th birthday, Cuba‘s official Communist Party newspaper said Saturday, two weeks after intestinal surgery forced the Cuban leader to step aside as president.

The article in the Granma newspaper &n >>>


      PHILIPPINE VOLCANO SPEWS HOT GAS, DEBRIS
      Washington Post, 13-08-2006
      LEGAZPI, Philippines –– Searing gas and debris raced down the slope of the Mayon volcano in the Philippines this weekend, a development that showed the volcano has entered a much more threatening cycle, a scientist said.

The burst of pyroclastic flow Saturday marked the first time Mayon shot out fa >>>



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