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      A SOLDIER WIPES THE FACE OF AN EVZONE...
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA A soldier wipes the face of an evzone, who is not allowed to move as long as he remains on guard, outside Parliament in central Athens, yesterday.

The temperature rose to around 40C (104F) yesterday in a heat wave that is expected to continue over the next few days. The City of Athens an >>>


      CRETE ‘SUICIDE’ STILL UNCLEAR
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      The family of a British man who allegedly killed his son in a suicide attempt in Ierapetra, Crete, on Tuesday said yesterday that the facts behind the incident are not yet clear.

According to police, 32 year–old John Hogan jumped from his fourth–story hotel room along with his two children after ar >>>


      FM HEADS FOR MIDDLE EAST
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      Bakoyannis to visit Israel, Lebanon as involvement in UN force is mulled Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is to conduct a tour of the Middle East next week, including visits to Lebanon and Israel, as Greece prepares to take over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, sources told Kathimerini >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      NAME GAME Greece calls for new FYROM government to cooperate in talks Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis said yesterday that he hoped «the new government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will display the necessary spirit of cooperation so that a mutually acceptable solution [to the name issue] >>>


      RUSSIANS FLOCK TO NORTH COAST
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      Some 75,000 Russian holidaymakers visited northern Greece this summer, the highest number in 15 years, as the region is developing into an increasingly popular tourist attraction for the emerging Balkan countries, industry sources said yesterday.

According to figures from the Halkidiki Hotel Association, 75,00 >>>


      THIEVES PLUNDER ‘MIRACLE’ HOLY ICON
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      A priceless 700–year–old icon was stolen yesterday from a cliff–side monastery in the eastern Peloponnese, prompting the police to launch an air and land search for the religious painting which many worshippers believe can work miracles.

Police said that thieves broke into the Elona Monastery >>>


      VERDICT ON TSALIKIDIS IMMINENT
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      Appeals court magistrate Miltiadis Andriotelis is likely to release next month the findings of an appeal against a prosecutor’s report that said that the death of Vodafone employee Costas Tsalikidis was due to suicide, sources told Kathimerini.

Prosecutor Yiannis Diotis admitted in June that the death of Tsali >>>


      VOLOS SPLIT OVER ROTTEN SHIPMENT OF BANANAS
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2006
      A row broke out yesterday over how to dispose of 2,000 tons of South American bananas that are rotting aboard a cargo ship that has been docked in Volos, central Greece, since Monday.

The local mayoral council has approved the transfer of the fruit to a nearby landfill but residents who live close to the site >>>


      ASAFA POWELL ÉGALE Ŕ NOUVEAU SON RECORD
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      ATHLETISME. Pour la troisi';me fois de sa carri';re, le Jamaďquain a couru le 100 m en '‘‘77.

Christian Despont , avec les agences Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 En cet an de disgrâce, Asafa Powell a jugé utile de préciser: «Vous pouvez me contrô >>>


      ASILE: LE BILAN CONTESTÉ DE L‘AIDE D‘URGENCE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Christoph Blocher. Le conseiller fédéral UDC était satisfait de pouvoir démentir les craintes de maintes Cassandre. Photo: Keystone.

REQUERANTS. Pour Christoph Blocher, la dissuasion a opéré. Pas pour l‘OSAR. Denis Masmejan, Berne Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Christoph B >>>


      AU SECOURS DES ALCOOLIQUES RUSSES
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Martin Kindler: «Dans les villages, les jeunes s‘en vont et il ne reste que les vieux et les alcooliques.» Photo: Laurent Nicolet Martin Kindler, agronome bernois, a été sidéré de découvrir le mal social qui décime les campagnes russes. A Kalouga, il a fondé un centre de ré >>>


      FINUL: APPEL URGENT DE L‘ONU AUX EUROPÉENS
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      LIBAN. Le secrétaire général adjoint demande que l‘Europe fournisse rapidement des troupes.

Le Temps Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Alors que l‘armée libanaise a poursuivi vendredi son déploiement au Sud–Liban, le secrétaire général adjoint de l&lsquo >>>


      JARDINS SUSPENDUS (6/6). UNE ROSERAIE SUR LE LAC
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      En face, il y a les Alpes et le lac. Derri';re, une maison début de si';cle (l‘autre). Et puis une terrasse de gravier oů pousse un jardin de roses.

Sylvie Arsever Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Les roses sont orangées, rosées, carmin, blanches, roses, mauves mę >>>


      JEAN–MARC MEUNIER, CORRECTEUR DE VUES
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      PHOTOGRAPHIE. Les images de rues piétonnes ou de banlieues prises par cet artiste genevois montrent l‘uniformisation de ces sites. Mais, par leurs nuances, elles apportent le correctif utile pour aller au–delŕ des imbroglios qui font écran Philippe Mathonnet Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 L >>>


      KIOSQUE. NASRALLAH, NASSER ET CHE GUEVARA
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Les intellectuels et artistes égyptiens, dont Youssef Chahine, soutiennent le chef du Hezbollah.

Lisbeth Koutchoumoff Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Terroriste pour les uns, défenseur de la liberté pour les autres... Selon d‘oů l‘on parle, le visage du Hezbollah, le mouvement >>>


      L‘AUTOSUFFISANCE DE LA SUISSE, UN MYTHE CORIACE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      COURRIER DES LECTEURS Le Temps I Article L‘autosuffisance de la Suisse, un mythe coriace Ignace Morand, Préverenges (VD) Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Les réflexions de M. J.–F. Sauter (LT du '.08.06) sont intéressantes et pertinentes si ce n‘est le dernier paragraphe: «... >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. NE TOUCHEZ PAS AUX VACANCES DES ALLEMANDS!
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      L‘histoire. Yves Petignat Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 «Est–ce que les politiciens veulent nous essorer ŕ mort?» Alors que la plupart des Allemands sont encore en vacances, le grand quotidien populaire Bild a levé le drapeau de la révolte contre l‘idée émise pa >>>


      L‘HÔTELLERIE DE LUXE SUISSE VIT UNE ANNÉE FASTE. ELLE Y MET LE PRIX
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      L‘hôtellerie de luxe suisse vit une année faste. Elle y met le prix UNE Le Temps I Article L‘hôtellerie de luxe suisse vit une année faste. Elle y met le prix TOURISME. Les palaces suisses ont massivement investi pour séduire la client';le fortunée.

Le Temps Sa >>>


      L‘INCROYABLE ODYSSÉE DE TROIS PĘCHEURS
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      SAUVETAGE. Trois jeunes Mexicains ont dérivé sur un bateau pendant neuf mois dans l‘océan Pacifique, se nourrissant de mouettes et de poissons crus. Ils disent avoir survécu grâce ŕ leur foi. Récit.

Patricia Briel Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Ils disent avoir embarq >>>


      L‘INDUSTRIE DES PARIS EN LIGNE EN PLEINE TOURMENTE JUDICIAIRE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      JEUX. Bwin, champion européen du secteur, a été interdit en Allemagne. Aux Etats–Unis, le directeur du groupe britannique BetOnSports a été arręté pour fraude.

Serge Maillard Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 L‘industrie des paris en ligne, marché en forte cro >>>


      L‘INTERVIEW DE LA SEMAINE. «MĘME SI SA GRAVITÉ EST AVÉRÉE, L‘AFFAIRE SWISSFIRST NE REMET PAS EN QUESTION LA SOLIDITÉ DU IIE PILIER»
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Claude–Victor Comte, directeur de la caisse de l‘administration du canton de Gen';ve (CIA) et Bernard–Yves Voltolini , directeur de celle des établissements hospitaliers publics (CEH).

Frédéric Leli';vre Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Un scandale secoue le IIe >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La Bourse suisse Saine consolidation.

Anker Bank Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Apr';s avoir progressé de pr';s de 300 points ces derniers jours, le marché a fait l‘objet de logiques prises de bénéfices ŕ l‘issue de la >>>


      LA GUERRE ET LES SCANDALES ÉBRANLENT LE CABINET OLMERT
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Le premier ministre israélien, Ehoud Olmert. Photo: Keystone. PROCHE–ORIENT . Le premier ministre renonce ŕ son plan de retrait partiel de Cisjordanie. Démission d‘un ministre. Elections anticipées évoquées.

Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 >>>


      LA PETITE HISTOIRE DES GRANDES SÉRIES TV (6/6). ANNÉES 2000: LE TRIOMPHE DE LA FICTION TV
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Un nouvel Age d‘or? Les grandes śuvres s‘accumulent et les séries taillent des croupi';res au cinéma.

Nicolas Dufour Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 De ces séries qui captivent leurs amateurs aujourd‘hui, que restera–t–il dans vingt ans? Périlleux >>>


      LA SANTÉ ÉCLATANTE DES PALACES
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Hôtel classe et luxe Photo: Keystone. • Rien n‘est trop beau pour attirer la client';le nantie! Les hôtels de luxe investissent sans compter et leurs prix compétitifs contribuent ŕ leur succ';s.

Bastien Buss Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Alexander est ravi. Ce Brita >>>


      LE RÉSULTAT DE BACHEM SURPREND
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      BIOTECH. En hausse de 40,7%, le bénéfice net dépasse les prévisions. Emmanuel Garessus Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Avec une marge nette de 27,'% au premier semestre, contre 23,1% il y a un an, Bachem (BANB.S) fera des envieux. Le leader des peptides, ces chaînes d‘acides amin >>>


      LE SUCCČS DES VOITURES DIESEL NE SE DÉMENT PAS
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      AUTOMOBILE. Les ventes ont progressé de ',2% en Suisse sur sept mois, grâce notamment ŕ une forte hausse des prix de l‘essence sans plomb.

Bastien Buss Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Les Suisses deviennent de plus en plus friands de véhicules diesel. Plutôt réfractaire >>>


      LES CHAUVES–SOURIS HORS DE L‘OMBRE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      SUISSE ROMANDE. Véritable opération de relations publiques en faveur du mammif';re volant, la Nuit des chauves–souris connaît un succ';s croissant.

Rencontre avec le p';re de cette manifestation, le naturaliste genevois Pascal Moeschler.

Yelmarc Roulet Same >>>


      LES RADICAUX SANS ÉTATS D‘'4;ME SUR LE MILLIARD DE LA COHÉSION
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      PRISE DE POSITION. Le soutien est unanime dans la crainte d‘une mise en danger de la voie bilatérale.

D.S. Miéville Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Les radicaux suisses n‘ont pas le moindre état d‘âme ŕ propos du milliard de la cohésion. C‘est ŕ l&lsq >>>


      NICOLAS SARKOZY AUGMENTE LA PRESSION SUR LES IMMIGRÉS CLANDESTINS
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      FRANCE. Expulsions et contrôles d‘identité. Les défenseurs des sans–papiers dénoncent des «rafles».

Sylvain Besson, Paris Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Mauvaise fin de semaine pour les 500 immigrés, la plupart africains, expulsés jeudi du plus grand squa >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ ROGER NORDMANN. «SWISSFIRST LE MONTRE, L‘UDC CULTIVE L‘IDÉOLOGIE DE L‘AMORALITÉ»
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Questions ŕ Roger Nordmann. Conseiller national socialiste vaudois. Ron Hochuli Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 «La polémique autour de Swissfirst aura des conséquences politiques ŕ plusieurs niveaux», assure le conseiller national Roger Nordmann (PS/VD). Son initiative parlementaire en >>>


      QUI A INTÉRĘT Ŕ AFFAIBLIR LE IIE PILIER?
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Ignace Jeannerat Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 L‘affaire Swissfirst qui défraie la chronique est, si les faits sont avérés, détestable, illégale, et donc condamnable. Si les enquętes concluent ŕ un délit d‘initié, l‘affaire sera jugée par la justice >>>


      REPČRE. LE JAPON VISE LES PÉTRODOLLARS... ISLAMIQUES
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Rep';re. Myret Zaki Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Quand la finance nippone et les préceptes du Coran s‘allient, cela donne des obligations islamiques de premier ordre, émises pour la premi';re fois par un pays du G7, noté AAA, et visant un gigantesque marché: celui des musul >>>


      RILKE ET SES AMIS DE PAPIER
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      FESTIVAL. Evoquée ŕ Sierre, la br';ve et épistolaire relation qui unit, le temps d‘un été, trois monstres de la poésie mondiale.

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      RÉVISION GÉNÉRALE: LE QUIZ DES FEUILLETONS D‘HIER ET D‘AUJOURD‘HUI
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Le Temps Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006
1. En quelle région et quelle époque se déroule Zorro?

A. Californie espagnole, 1820. B. Californie américaine 1848. C. Uri 1837.
2. L‘abonné de la ligne U avait une particularité presque avant–gardiste, laquelle?
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      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. PICOTIN, CHANSON PAILLARDE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Le «picotin» était une ration de nourriture, en particulier l‘avoine que l‘on donnait ŕ une bęte de trait. Par l‘une de ces innombrables dérivations lubriques du langage, «se faire donner le >>>


      SERVETTE – LAUSANNE, UN PARFUM D‘ANTAN
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      FOOTBALL. Apr';s cinq ans d‘abstinence forcée, les deux fleurons se retrouvent en Challenge League ce samedi au Stade de Gen';ve. Une affiche au go$';t particulier qui ravive bien des souvenirs.

Simon Meier Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Comme on se retrouve... D‘un c& >>>


      SIERRE–ZINAL: UN SUCCČS SPORTIF ET POPULAIRE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Joël Rossier, Vionnaz (VS) Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Depuis plusieurs années, je suis abonné ŕ votre journal pour la qualité de sa couverture de la sc';ne politique, internationale, économique et financi';re.

Or, force est de constater que, lorsqu‘il s >>>


      SUR LES TRACES DE BEN LADEN
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      TERRORISME. La journaliste vedette de CNN, Christiane Amanpour, vient d‘achever un documentaire sur l‘ennemi public numéro un.

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      SWISSFIRST CHERCHE UN ACQUÉREUR, SA DIRECTION VEUT DÉMISSIONNER
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      AFFAIRE. La banque zougoise veut protéger ses actionnaires et ses clients, qui pâtissent de la campagne de diffamation dirigée contre elle. Son action s‘effondre de 12% ŕ 83 francs.

Thomas Thöni, Zurich Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Sauve qui peut! Le groupe Swissfirst a manda >>>


      TROIS HOMMES Ŕ LA BARRE POUR UNE PLACE
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      VOILE. Ed Baird, Peter Holmberg et Jochen Schuemann, en concurrence pour le poste de barreur d‘Alinghi ŕ la Coupe de l‘America en juin 2007, s‘affrontent pour la premi';re fois sur une męme épreuve de match–racing, ŕ Saint–Moritz.

Isabelle Musy, Saint&n >>>


      VILLAGE PEOPLE. DOUBLE ZÉRO
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      Village people. Stéphane Bonvin Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Quelle différence y a–t–il entre un sac d‘os et Victoria Beckham? Entre un chat de goutti';re athénien et Keira Knightley? Quelques grammes. Je l‘ai appris en lisant le journal SonntagsZeitung.

De pl >>>


      «UNE POLICE UNIQUE EST UNE POLICE DISTANTE»
      Le Temps, 19-08-2006
      NEUCHATEL. A la veille du débat parlementaire sur le projet de police unique, les adversaires fourbissent leurs armes. A leur tęte, l‘élu libéral de la Ville de Neuchâtel Antoine Grandjean.

Serge Jubin Samedi 1' ao$';t 2006 Dans le message appelant le Grand Conseil  >>>


      IDB SIGNS TWO ACCORDS WITH IRAQI GOVT
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has signed two agreements with Iraq, whereby the bank will provide a soft loan of $12.' million for constructing and furnishing 15 elementary schools in the country, an official IDB statement said. The bank will also give a technical assistan >>>


      ANSWERING PRAYERS AND FASTING WHILE TRAVELING
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. What is the surest way to have our prayers answered and come true? There is something I have been praying for, as I need it urgently. I have made a pledge that if it comes true, I will fast in Makkah. I intend to do the Umrah and fast, but I heard that it is too tiring. Is it possible for me n >>>


      DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOTHES
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News We see nowadays that some people are keen to wear the Arabian white robe wherever they go. Some may live in a country where the weather is cold most of the year, but they still prefer to wear it. It marks them out among people. When you ask them the reason for wearing it, you receive one of two a >>>


      DOING EVERYTHING IN THE RIGHT MANNER AND FOR THE BEST PURPOSE
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      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 >>>


      GIVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah When women participate fully in the social life of the Muslim community, meeting men on an equal basis, they have the chance to attend to much that is good, adopt higher concerns and gain useful experience. We will gain a better insight into these areas when we speak about other issu >>>


      REWARD FOR READING THE QUR’AN
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      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, 19-08-2006
      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 >>>


      WHO BENEFITS BY STRIVING
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent Do those who do evil deeds think that they can escape Us? How ill they judge!

Whoever looks forward with hope to meeting God (let him be ready for it); for the end set by God is bound to come. He alone hears all and knows all.

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      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 1: ENSURING THAT LIFE IS PUT BACK ON AN EASY COURSE
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah We do not have any text in the Qur’an or the Hadith that specifies the aims of women’s participation in the social life of the Muslim community.

However, we can easily deduce these from texts and reports of events where such participation occurred. The first of these aims is >>>


      ‘MY FATHER NEVER RAPED ME’
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — The 20–year–old Pakistani woman Zarni involved in a sexual abuse case says that the culprit is not her father but a scorned suitor and his collaborators.

«My father never raped me,» she said. «I never said that he did. I only >>>


      1,500 EXPERTS SET TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON GIFTEDNESS
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — More than 1,500 scientists, academics and experts from within and outside Saudi Arabia will take part in a regional scientific conference for the giftedness to be opened here on Aug. 26. Some 80 brilliant girls and boys of the Prince Abdul Majeed Center for the >>>


      MAKKAH IMAM URGES UMMAH TO ASSERT IDENTITY
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — Sheikh Saud Al–Shuraim, imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, yesterday urged Muslim faithful to protect their identity without being subservient to foreign forces.

He also called upon Muslims to extend full support to their fellow believers facing >>>


      SCALY STOWAWAY SPOOKS SPECTATORS
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — A rather large lizard took refuge inside the engine carriage of a car parked near Madinah Court here, spooking neighbors who could do little but circle warily around the vehicle hoping to catch a glimpse of the dragon beneath the hood, the Al–Madinah daily reported yesterday >>>


      WOMEN LIKELY TO OUTNUMBER MEN BY 2010, RCCI STUDY REVEALS
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — The number of Saudi women in the Kingdom is expected to exceed that of their Saudi male counterparts by 2010 when the Saudi population is estimated to cross 26 million, according to a report by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Men, who curr >>>


      ‘BOMB KIT’ FIND BOLSTERS BRITISH POLICE CONFIDENCE
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 1' August 2006 — Each of the 43 police forces throughout the UK is now involved in the investigation into the alleged terror plot to blow up nine trans–Atlantic airliners flying out of major UK airports en route to US cities, as the hunt for concrete evidence against the alle >>>


      26 DEAD AS RAINS DEVASTATE KARACHI
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 1' August 2006 — Heavy rains in Karachi claimed 26 lives including four at I.I. Chundrigar Road alone and the rest in other areas — all due to electrocution. The rains that hit the city continued unabated, badly disrupting city life. All city roads were inundated under knee&ndas >>>


      CALL FOR SOLVING THE ISSUES OF KASHMIR, STRANDED PAKISTANIS
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2006 — The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) organized a function to mark the 60th Independence Day of Pakistan. The event was presided by veteran Pakistani Mohammad Abdur Rafi.

Altaf Hussain, president of Pakistan Writers Forum, praised PRC for timely convening the Independen >>>


      FATHER OF BRITISH BOMB PLOT SUSPECT IN PAK CUSTODY
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 1' August 2006 — After only 36 hours’ stay in Islamabad of a six–member British team, seven more people were arrested including the father of bombing plotter–suspect Rashid Rauf, making him the third member of the family in custody, officials said yesterday.
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      HANIYEH SETS CONDITIONS FOR COALITION GOVT
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 1' August 2006 — Hamas set tough conditions yesterday for forming a coalition government. Addressing worshippers during Friday prayers, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insisted a Hamas member head the government, and that «all ministers and MPs» from the p >>>


      HEZBOLLAH PAYS WAR VICTIMS
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Agencies A man counts a wad of cash he received as compensation for his destroyed house from a Hezbollah activist in Beirut. (Reuters) BEIRUT, 1' August 2006 — Hezbollah handed out bundles of cash yesterday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the group’s support among the masses.
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      IRAQI FORCES DETAIN 77 IN CRACKDOWN
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Associated Press BAGHDAD, 1' August 2006 — Gunmen attacked a convoy of civilian trucks yesterday, killing one guard, and a cache of arms was seized in a Baghdad mosque, officials said. Security forces detained 77 people across Iraq in a crackdown on sectarian and political extremists.

The convoy carrying u >>>


      ISRAEL JUSTICE MINISTER TO RESIGN OVER SEX CHARGE
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, 1' August 2006 — Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon is to resign, a spokesman said yesterday, one day after the attorney general decided to indict him over accusations of sexual harassment.

Ramon, a close aide of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and a leading member of the govern >>>


      JORDANIAN BECOMES FIRST POSTWAR ARAB ENVOY TO IRAQ
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 1' August 2006 — Jordan has become the first Arab country to have a full ambassador in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Iraqi presidency said yesterday.

President Jalal Talabani received the credentials of Ambassador Ahmed Al–Lawzi in a ceremony on Thur >>>


      MAKE–UP OF MANILA&#3'S NEW TASK FORCE AGAINST ILLEGAL JOB RECRUITERS QUESTIONED
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA — An executive order creating a new task force on illegal job recruitment with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) as lead agency has raised eyebrows among government officials, overseas Filipinos and advocates alike.

Civil society groups dealing with Overs >>>


      MUSLIMS UNDER POLICE, INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 1' August 2006 — Though denied by the Maharashtra government that it has issued any directive to put Muslims under watch, an issue that was even raised in the Lok Sabha (Lower House) of the Indian Parliament two days ago, reliable police sources still claim that the directive exi >>>


      PAKISTAN WILL MULL TAKING PART IN LEBANON FORCE: KASURI
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb & Agencies DUBAI, 1' August 2006 — Pakistan will consider possible participation in a UN force in south Lebanon but will only send troops if they would be «welcomed» by all parties to the conflict, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said yesterday.

«We are >>>


      UPROAR OVER DISTORTIONS IN TEXTBOOKS
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 1' August 2006 — Agitated legislators were on their feet in the Rajya Sabha (upper house) yesterday over alleged distortions in school textbooks prepared by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), controlled by the government department of education.>>>


      US MARINES HID HADITHA EVIDENCE
      Arab News, 19-08-2006
      Reuters WASHINGTON, 1' August 2006 — A Pentagon investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha has found possible concealment or destruction of evidence by US Marines involved in the case, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Two Defense Department officials briefed on the investig >>>


      3 MORE HIGHWAY SHOOTINGS IN INDIANA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      HAMMOND, Ind. –– Authorities believe they have a description of the person responsible for a wave of vehicle shootings along northwestern Indiana highways after three more damage reports Friday.

No injuries were reported, and Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez said he now believes a pellet gun was t >>>


      AP PROBE LOOKS AT RECRUITING MISCONDUCT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      –– More than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters. Women were raped on recruiting office couches, assaulted in government cars and groped en route to entrance exams.

A six–month Associated Press investiga >>>


      ARMY ACCEPTING OLDER RECRUITS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      AM FORT JACKSON, S.C. –– Margie Black had wanted to enter the military as a teenager, but having her first child at 1' put off her ambitions.

So when she learned the Army raised its enlistment age, Black, now a 41–year–old grandmother from West Columbia, Texas, didn‘t hesitate >>>


      BOMB THREAT SHUTS DOWN N.Y. HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. –– Vassar Brothers Medical Center officials found an envelope containing white powder and a bomb threat Friday, forcing the hospital to shutdown for several hours.

The hospital turned away new patients and closed its doors for about four hours after the note was opened by an empl >>>


      BUSH FULFILLS FEW PROMISES TO GULF COAST
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      –– Nearly half of New Orleans was still under water when President Bush stood in the Crescent City‘s historic Jackson Square and swore he would "do what it takes" to rebuild the communities and lives that had been laid to waste two weeks before by Hurricane Katrina.

"Our goal i >>>


      DEER DECOY CRASH RULING DIVIDES CITY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      KENTON, Ohio –– It was intended to be a prank: steal a decoy deer, place it on a country road and watch as motorists swerved to avoid it.

It ended with two teenagers suffering serious injuries when their car hit the decoy and rolled into a ditch.

When a judge ruled this week that two boys >>>


      DEMOCRATS TO REVAMP ‘08 PRIMARY CALENDAR
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      CHICAGO –– Come 2008, Democrats don‘t want their presidential candidates spending the entire month of January in high boots and barn jackets.

The Democratic National Committee on Saturday is expected to add Nevada and South Carolina to the early presidential voting states, a detour into gambl >>>


      E–MAILS DETAIL RAMSEY SUSPECT‘S INTEREST
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– The suspect in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey called the 6–year–old girl "my love, my life" and prayed that the little beauty queen could hear his voice "calling out" from the darkness separating them, according to e–mails he sent to a Colorad >>>


      FILIPINOS VIE FOR SEAT IN U.S. HOUSE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      HONOLULU –– Two Filipino–Americans are struggling against long odds and a crowded field of candidates _ including each other _ to become the first member of Congress from one of the nation‘s largest immigrant groups.

Filipino organizations nationwide are pushing for either state Sen. Ro >>>


      HARD TO PREDICT 6TH CIRCUIT‘S NSA RULING
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      CINCINNATI –– Even though the administration‘s warrantless surveillance program is heading toward an appellate court loaded with Bush appointees, the court‘s mixed record makes it difficult to predict how it will view the surveillance, lawyers said.

"It is not a foregone conclusion >>>


      HURTING FOR TAX REVENUE, TOWN PONDERS A FREEZE ON CHURCHES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      By Sylvia MorenoWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, August 1', 2006; A02 STAFFORD, Tex. –– To say this Houston suburb‘s got religion is hardly an exaggeration. It‘s more like an understatement.

In one short stretch, there are the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple, made of 3,83 >>>


      JONBENET LINK UNSETTLES KLAAS TOWN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      1', 2006; 2:04 PM PETALUMA, Calif. –– Carla Ballestrasse still has a Polly Klaas button pinned to an old raincoat from the days 13 years ago when she, like hundreds of other residents, kept vigil for the missing 12–year–old.

So it was a jolt when she learned that the man arrested in >>>


      JONBENET MENTIONED IN ‘01 PROBE OF SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      By Amy Goldstein and Anne HullWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, August 1', 2006; A01 Five years before John Mark Karr was arrested this week as a suspect in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey, law enforcement officials in California investigating him on child pornography charges suspected he may have been involved >>>


      LIBBY DENIED SOME CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A federal judge blocked Vice President Dick Cheney‘s former chief of staff on Friday from using some classified material to help with his defense in the CIA leak case.

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been granted access to a number of classified do >>>


      MAN TRAPPED WAIST–DEEP IN CHOCOLATE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      KENOSHA, Wis. –– It might sound like a chocoholic‘s dream, but stepping into a vat of viscous chocolate became a two–hour nightmare for a 21–year–old man Friday morning. Darmin Garcia, an employee of a company that supplies chocolate ingredients, said he was pushing the chocolate dow >>>


      MORTGAGE RATES DECLINE AGAIN, TO 6.52%
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      Rates on 30–year mortgages fell for a fourth consecutive week as a slowing economy eased concerns about inflation.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that 30–year, fixed–rate mortgages fell to 6.52 percent this week, from 6.55 percent last week.

That was the lowest level for 30 >>>


      MOST STATES HAVE BUDGET SURPLUSES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      It‘s tantamount to finding an unexpected wad of cash buried in the pocket of an old jacket –– utter euphoria at the windfall, mad money to splurge on a one–time extravagance.

Only this find is breathtakingly huge. For first time since Sept. 11, 2001, the vast majority of states reported >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      NASA to Replace Shuttle Bolts CAPE CANAVERAL –– NASA managers decided Friday to change out two bolts they fear may not be secure enough to hold an important antenna to space shuttle Atlantis‘s payload bay.

The swap will take place over the weekend while Atlantis is on the launchpad in prepara >>>


      NEIGHBOR HELD IN RETIRED TEACHER SLAYING
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      MINEOLA, N.Y. –– A man was arrested in the killing of a retired schoolteacher whose dismembered body was found in his Long Island home and whose severed head was discovered in the trunk of his car, police said.

Evan Marshall, 30, of Glen Cove, was expected to be arraigned Saturday on a charge of se >>>


      NEW LAW HELPS SAME–SEX COUPLES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Some advantages of retirement accounts once reserved for spouses can now be used by other beneficiaries, a change lauded by gay and lesbian groups as a boon for unmarried couples.

One change, part of the pension overhaul that President Bush signed into law Thursday, lets a beneficiary >>>


      NO RAMSEY LINK IN KLAAS KILLER‘S CELL
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      SAN QUENTIN, Calif. –– Prison guards searched the death row cell of Polly Klaas‘ killer after learning he may have corresponded with the suspect in the decade–old slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, authorities said Friday.

Guards at San Quentin State Prison searched Richard Allen Davis‘ >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      –– Yen Ngoc Do LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Yen Ngoc Do, a journalist who covered the Vietnam War and later founded the first Vietnamese–language newspaper in the United States, has died. He was 65.

Do died at a hospital Thursday of complications from diabetes and kidney disease, said his daughter, Anh >>>


      OZONE LAYER HEALING, BUT MORE SLOWLY THAN HOPED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      GENEVA, Aug 18 –– Earth‘s ozone layer is finally on the mend after decades of damage, two U.N. agencies reported Friday.

But the agencies, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), said the protective layer, which filters dangerous solar ra >>>


      SEATTLE PROPOSAL RAISES BIG DIG FEARS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      SEATTLE –– The Alaskan Way Viaduct shuttles more than 100,000 automobiles each day on twin concrete decks that soar above the sparkling waterfront.

The highway is also drab, rickety and outdated, and Mayor Greg Nickels and his allies want to bury it.

Their proposal to replace the viaduct w >>>


      U.S. DEPLORES CUBA TRANSITION PLANS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The "dynastic succession" taking place in Cuba is not acceptable to the United States and will also be rejected by the Cuban people over the long run, the State Department said Friday.

Instead of trying to impose provisional leader Raul Castro as the successor to President F >>>


      U.S. RICE SUPPLY CONTAMINATED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced late yesterday that U.S. commercial supplies of long–grain rice had become inadvertently contaminated with a genetically engineered variety not approved for human consumption.

Johanns said the company that made the experimental rice, Bayer CropScience of Monhe >>>


      WHO‘S TO BLAME FOR STATE OF NEW ORLEANS?
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– In many ways, New Orleans is a huge crime scene, with bodies and victims and fingerprints _ many, many sets of fingerprints. But who did it? Who is responsible for this mess, for a barely functioning city with large swathes still uninhabited _ or uninhabitable _ a year after Hurricane Katrina >>>


      2 FIRMS PICKED FOR PRIVATE SPACESHIP JOB
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– With the hope of private spaceflight in the future, NASA on Friday chose two companies _ both recovering from different failures _ to develop a new commercial spaceship.

The two companies would get a total of almost $500 million in "seed money" from NASA over the next five y >>>


      ALLEN FLAP MAY GIVE A BOOST TO WEBB
      Washington Post, 19-08-2006
      August 1', 2006; A01 RICHMOND –– The nationwide fallout from controversial remarks Sen. George Allen (R–Va.) made last week has given Democrats new hope in a race many thought would be difficult to win in the historically conservative state.

Before Allen insulted a native Fairfax County m >>>



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