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      ATHENS STAYS POSITIVE ON LEBANON DESPITE EU RIFT
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      HERWIG VERGULT/EPA Photo: Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis arrives at a crisis meeting of the EU’s General Affairs Council in Brussels yesterday to discuss the situation in the Middle East. In a statement released after the fractious meeting, the council called on all parties to refrain from actions in violation of int >>>


      BLOW FOR PROBE INTO MISSILES
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      A last–minute appeal to prevent the opening of two Swiss bank accounts could put an end to the probe into a suspect purchase of Russian missiles by the previous PASOK government, sources said yesterday.

It was revealed that an appeal was made on Friday by a legal firm in Zurich 10 minutes before the dead >>>


      CLOCK TICKING FOR NEW PASSPORTS
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      More personnel are to be put on duty at police stations which accept applications for new passports, the Public Order Ministry said yesterday, as more than 85 percent of Greeks have yet to swap their old passports even though the deadline runs out at the end of this year.

Officials are expecting a sharp increa >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      TEENAGE ARSONISTS Two charged over fires at woods in Galatsi and Papagou on Monday A prosecutor yesterday charged two teenagers with arson in connection with fires in woodland in Galatsi and Papagou on Monday afternoon. The fire on Veikou Hill in Galatsi was put out yesterday night after a large operation by firefighte >>>


      INMATE CAUSES ATHENS CHAOS FOR 45–EURO LOOT
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      A 2'–year–old man from Kazakhstan held up a gift shop in central Athens yesterday and then hijacked a bus in a bid to escape from police with a cache of 45 euros only to be arrested shortly afterward.

Police said the armed man held up a store in Aghios Panteleimonas at around 1.30 p.m. with a f >>>


      NERY–MADEY NIANGKOUARA...
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      ATTILA KOVACS/EPA Nery–Madey Niangkouara competed yesterday in the women‘s 100–meter freestyle heats of the 28th European Swimming Championships in the Szechy Tamas Swimming Pool at the Hajos Alfred Swimming Complex in Budapest, Hungary. Niangkouara qualified for today‘s 100–meter freestyl >>>


      PARENTS ADMIT BEATING CHILD
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      A couple from Thessaloniki, who allegedly beat their 7–year–old son so violently that the attack left the boy brain dead, conceded in court yesterday that they had struck the boy but insisted that it was not a severe beating.

The child’s parents, both Albanian nationals who have not been named, wer >>>


      TOXIC MATERIAL LEFT UNCHECKED IN THESSALONIKI
      Kathimerin, 02-08-2006
      Workers guarantee safety of chemicals Hundreds of tons of toxic substances stored at the Fertilizer and Chemical Products company of Thessaloniki pose a great environmental threat to the area after the company said that it is no longer in a position to guarantee the safety of the dangerous materials.

The manag >>>


      127444 BOUGIES POUR METTRE LAUSANNE EN LUMIČRE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      VAUD. Animateur urbain, l‘artiste Muma a convoqué bougies et habitants pour dresser un portrait social de ville nocturne.

Lorette Coen Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Pour corser l‘effet et rafraîchir l‘atmosph';re, le ciel avait prévu une ondée préalable: ŕ >>>


      A LAUSANNE, ON PESTE CONTRE LE NOUVEAU VISAGE DU RÔTILLON
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      VAUD. A peine achevés, les trois premiers bâtiments du quartier croulent sous les critiques. La faute au Plan d‘affectation, résultat bancal d‘un compromis difficilement atteint.

Samuel Russier Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 «Pas beau», «Lourd», «laid&raq >>>


      ACCČS AUX PSYCHOTHÉRAPIES: ET L‘ÉTHIQUE?
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Dr Silvio Sartorio, Gen';ve Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 En voulant limiter l‘acc';s aux psychothérapies dans le cadre des remboursements obligatoires par l‘assurance de base (Le Temps du 6 juillet), le Conseil fédéral a pris une décision qui laisse songeur. Tous les ind >>>


      BRČVES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Le Temps Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Confettis Des confettis découpés dans des euros et lancés sur un couple de mariés au sortir de la cérémonie nourrissent la polémique ŕ S';te. Un collectif de citoyens s‘est constitué pour dénoncer cette pratique &laqu >>>


      COMMENT TRAVAILLENT–ILS? (7/10) ETIENNE JORNOD, MAÎTRE DU TEMPS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Dix patrons, dix façons de s‘organiser. Chaque jour, un acteur important de l‘économie suisse donne les clefs de son efficacité au travail.

Willy Boder Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Etienne Jornod ouvre la porte de son grand bureau lumineux au sommet de la tour Galenica (GALN.S), imp >>>


      CRITIQUE. LE PIANO DES FUNAMBULES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
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      DEHORS, LA NUIT (2/5). A LA CHASSE AUX PAPILLONS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Une toile blanche violemment éclairée dans une vallée sombre. Et passe un extraordinaire défilé d‘insectes.

Etienne Dubuis Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Bang! Le subterfuge a fonctionné. La toile blanche qu‘Antoine Sierro a tendue dans la nuit, et qu‘il a soigneu >>>


      DEUTSCHE BANK DÉ'';OIT LES MARCHÉS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Deutsche Bank déçoit les marchés RESULTATS. Le titre chute de 4,71%.

Le Temps Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 La premi';re banque allemande, Deutsche Bank, a déçu les attentes mardi malgré la publication d‘un bénéfice ne >>>


      DIETER SCHEIFF PREND LA TĘTE D‘ADECCO
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      TRAVAIL TEMPORAIRE. Le nouveau CEO du groupe vaudois a remplacé Klaus Jacobs le 1er ao$';t.

Thomas Thöni, Zurich Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 A la tęte de DIS Deutscher Industrie Service AG depuis 2001, une entreprise allemande active dans le recrutement spécialisé contrôl >>>


      DORIS LEUTHARD LIVRE SON PREMIER DISCOURS DE MINISTRE EN MARCHANT SUR DES ŚUFS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Neutralité suisse en questions Christoph Blocher, avec l‘accent genevois Questions ŕ Christophe Darbellay. «Je ne veux pas en Suisse de ghettos ŕ la française» SUISSE Le Temps I Suisse I Article Doris Leuthard livre son premier discours de ministre en marchant sur des śufs En >>>


      EN CHINE, LA RÉÉVALUATION DU YUAN REVIENT Ŕ L‘ORDRE DU JOUR
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      POLITIQUE MONETAIRE. L‘économie de la République populaire s‘emballe. Des officiels préconisent un raffermissement de la devise pour écarter le risque d‘un atterrissage brutal.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Un an apr';s la déc >>>


      ENTREPRISES SUISSES. BRČVES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      La superpuissance de Wal–Mart étouffe salariés et fournisseurs Zidane administrateur de Danone?

Deutsche Bank déçoit les marchés ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Br';ves Le Temps Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Credit Suisse Group Credit Suisse a nommé MarcelKrei >>>


      FAZIL SAY ET LANG LANG, DEUX CAS F'4;CHEUX Ŕ VERBIER
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      CLASSIQUE. Les pianistes au succ';s grandissant ont confirmé une cote largement surévaluée.

Rocco Zacheo Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 On les attendait avec inquiétude. Et les voilŕ. Les concerts qui fâchent ont pointé leur nez au Verbier Festival avec un lot d‘ >>>


      FILLE Ŕ PAILLETTES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      VANESSA BRUNO. 3' ans, Parisienne, styliste et mod';le vestimentaire de toute une génération. Son fameux cabas brodé de paillettes fait le tour du monde.

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      HOSPITALISÉ, FIDEL CASTRO INAUGURE LA DYNASTIE COMMUNISTE CUBAINE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Place aux jeunes: Raul Castro, fr';re du Lider Maximo, prendra «provisoirement» les ręnes de Cuba en tant que premier secrétaire du Parti et chef des Forces armées révolutionnaires. Photo: Keystone CUBA. Victime d‘un accident de santé, le Lider maximo, qui aura 80 ao$';t le >>>


      KIOSQUE. LA FRANCE QUE CHIRAC LAISSE AUX JEUNES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Le mensuel économique «Capital» enfonce le clou sur l‘état de la société française.

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      LA BOURSE SUISSE. LE SMI RECULE LÉGČREMENT
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Le SMI recule lég';rement La Bourse suisse.

Anker Bank Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 L‘indice Swiss Market Index (SMI) a terminé lundi en baisse de 0,05%, ŕ 7'41,83 points. Pour sa part, l‘indice élargi Swiss Performance Index (SP >>>


      LA COUR DES COMPTES, MOTIF DE GUERRE Ŕ GENČVE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      GENEVE. Vif débat en vue de l‘élection, le 24 septembre, des membres du nouvel organe.

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      LA NEUTRALITÉ SUISSE AUJOURD‘HUI? MICHELINE CALMY–REY S‘EXPLIQUE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      UNE Le Temps I Article La neutralité suisse aujourd‘hui? Micheline Calmy–Rey s‘explique INTERVIEW. «La neutralité, ce n‘est pas se cacher sous la table et attendre que ça passe».

Le Temps Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 «Pour moi, la neutralité ne se >>>


      LA SUPERPUISSANCE DE WAL–MART ÉTOUFFE SALARIÉS ET FOURNISSEURS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      COMMERCE DE DETAIL. Un livre démonte le mod';le de la chaîne d‘hypermarchés devenue en quarante ans un géant dont les décisions ont des répercussions dans le monde entier.

Emmanuel Garessus Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Le géant de la distribution Wal–Mart >>>


      LE CINÉMA DU MERCREDI. UN «PIRATES DES CARAĎBES 2» BOITEUX
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      CINEMA. Au terme de deux heures trente épuisantes, ce deuxi';me volet de la saga invite le public ŕ découvrir la fin en... été 2007! Un procédé mercantile et frustrant, ŕ l‘image du film, tr';s en dessous des attentes, malgré Johnny Depp.

Thier >>>


      LES DÉTROITS OŮ S‘ÉCRIT L‘HISTOIRE (2/5). ORMUZ, ENTONNOIR DES PEURS PÉTROLIČRES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Le passage entre le golfe Persique et la mer d‘Arabie est l‘une des zones les plus sensibles du globe. Parce qu‘il voit passer chaque jour vingt millions de barils de brut. Et que l‘Iran menace d‘en bloquer l‘acc';s.

Serge Enderlin Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 La sc >>>


      LES FONDS DE PLACEMENT MALMENÉS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      MARCHE. Recul de 3,1% au 1er trimestre. Le Temps Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Le marché suisse des fonds de placement n‘a pas été épargné par les turbulences boursi';res de ces derniers mois. Rien que pour le premier trimestre 2006, l‘Association suisse des fonds de placeme >>>


      LES FĘTES DE GENČVE Ŕ L‘USAGE DES CONFÉDÉRÉS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      GENEVE. D';s demain, la rade de Gen';ve vivra onze jours durant sous le signe de la fęte et de la musique sur les bords du lac. Suggestions.

Chloé Dethurens Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Non, les Fętes de Gen';ve ne sont pas réservées aux citoyens du bout du L&# >>>


      LES MÉCHANTS (11). KURTZ, COLONEL DES TÉNČBRES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Pierre Chambonnet Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Pas besoin d‘avoir lu tout Freud pour craindre le pire. Rien qu‘ŕ l‘écouter raconter d‘une voix monocorde son ręve récurrent et son plus grand fantasme

– un escargot qui rampe sur une lame de rasoir – on ima >>>


      LES VENTES DE «FLIRT» RAPPROCHENT STADLER RAIL DU MILLIARD DE FRANCS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      TRAINS. La société rachetée par Peter Spuhler en 1'8' a renoué avec la tradition suisse de l‘innovation ferroviaire. Plus de 250 exemplaires de son train vedette ont été commandés.

Daniel Eskenazi Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Sans Stadler Rail, Bussnang restera >>>


      LIBAN: LA BATAILLE POUR UN CESSEZ– LE–FEU FAIT RAGE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      PROCHE–ORIENT. Au sein du Conseil de sécurité de l‘ONU, les cinq grands restent divisés sur les modalités d‘un arręt des hostilités.

Richard Werly Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Troisi';me semaine de guerre et toujours pas d‘issue en vue pour le conf >>>


      LOCARNO RĘVE SA PIAZZA MAGIQUE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      La programmation du festival de Locarno, qui débute ce soir, pourrait ętre une sorte de «formule magique» fédératrice. Photo: Keystone CINEMA. La 5'e édition du Festival du film débute ce soir avec la projection de «Miami Vice» sur la Piazza Grande. Un avant–go$ >>>


      LOCARNO, L‘HEURE DE VÉRITÉ
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Editorial. Thierry Jobin Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Ce matin, un jeune quadragénaire neuchâtelois s‘est sans doute réveillé avec un nśud au ventre. Pas s$';r qu‘il ait mal dormi d‘ailleurs: Frédéric Maire est plutôt du genre zen. Mais il connaîtra >>>


      MEL GIBSON DANS LA ZONE ROUGE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      DERIVE. Sous l‘emprise de l‘alcool, la star américaine a déclenché un scandale en multipliant les propos antisémites. Il s‘est excusé ŕ deux reprises.

Mais le mal est fait. Irrémédiable? Luc Debraine Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Hollywood adore les his >>>


      MICROSOFT FACTURE LA VERSION–TEST DE OFFICE
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      INFORMATIQUE. Les utilisateurs–cobayes paieront pour télécharger le logiciel. Daniel Eskenazi Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Premi';re chez Microsoft (MSFT). D‘apr';s le site d‘informations en ligne Cnet, la firme de Redmond s‘appręte ŕ faire payer les utilisat >>>


      PANOPLIE 06. EN TERRASSE (2/4). UN VENT SUÉDOIS SUR L‘ÉTÉ
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Panoplie 06. En terrasse (2/4). Benjamin Luis Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Panoplie dans la panoplie. Aujourd‘hui c‘est en effet Ikea qui meuble toute la terrasse. Grâce notamment ŕ l‘astucieux «Blancö» (c‘est son petit nom scandinave) qui semble le fruit des amours i >>>


      QU‘AVEZ–VOUS APPRIS Ŕ L‘ÉCOLE? CINDY
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      22 ans, chanteuse neuchâteloise, participante ŕ l‘émission «Nouvelle Star» sur M6.

Marion Moussadek Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 – Vos branches fortes?

– Le français, et puis pff, lŕ... un peu l‘allemand. – Vos branches cauchemar? – Les maths, je ne co >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ CHRISTOPHE DARBELLAY. «JE NE VEUX PAS EN SUISSE DE GHETTOS Ŕ LA FRAN'';AISE»
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Doris Leuthard livre son premier discours de ministre en marchant sur des śufs Questions ŕ Christophe Darbellay. «Je ne veux pas en Suisse de ghettos ŕ la française» SUISSE Le Temps I Suisse I Article «Je ne veux pas en Suisse de ghettos ŕ la française» Questions &# >>>


      RED BULL PREND LE FOOTBALL PAR LES CORNES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      MARKETING. Racheté il y a un an par l‘entreprise autrichienne de boisson énergétique, Salzbourg affronte Zurich au 2e tour qualificatif de la Ligue des champions. Portrait d‘un club voué ŕ la gloire de son gestionnaire.

Ludovic Chappex Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 A vingt >>>


      REPČRE. LA GRIPPE QUI MENACE LES ETATS–UNIS
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Rep';re. Jean–Claude Péclet Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Sauf surprise, la Banque centrale européenne rel';vera jeudi son principal taux d‘intéręt ŕ 3%. La zone euro a pris un peu de vigueur, le chômage y a baissé ŕ 7,8% en juin, son niveau le plus ba >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. TCHUFFEUR, FĘTARD DES LČVRES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Chaque jour de l‘été et sans prétention, «Le Temps» déguste un mot du français. Nicolas Dufour Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Il aime embrasser, tout simplement. Ce n‘est pas un tombeur ou un genre de play–boy, mais il adore poser ses l';vres sur celles d&ls >>>


      SIX ÉTOILES DE MODE ÉLUES
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      STARS. Le concours suisse Stella est l‘un des mieux dotés du monde. Liste des finalistes.

Stéphane Bonvin Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Du beau linge et des étoiles réputées. C‘est l‘impression qui domine ŕ la lecture des noms des six designers de mode retenus po >>>


      ZIDANE ADMINISTRATEUR DE DANONE?
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      ALIMENTAIRE. Le groupe songerait ŕ confier des responsabilités ŕ «Zizou». Marie–Laure Chapatte Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Zinédine Zidane a raccroché ses crampons il y a quelques semaines et reçoit déjŕ une proposition, mi–loufoque, mi–réalis >>>


      «LA NEUTRALITÉ, CE N‘EST PAS SE CACHER SOUS LA TABLE...»
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      Micheline Calmy–Rey: «La neutralité, ce n´est pas se cacher sous la table et attendre que ça passe». Photo: Keystone • La cheffe du Département des affaires étrang';res expose le probl';me que pose ŕ la Suisse, dans le conflit Israël–Liban, son concept de n >>>


      «LE MAGHREB DEVIENT UNE RÉGION INTÉRESSANTE»
      Le Temps, 02-08-2006
      TRANSPORTS. Interview du patron et actionnaire majoritaire de Stadler Rail. Daniel Eskabazi Mercredi 2 ao$';t 2006 Peter Spuhler avait trente ans quand il a racheté Stadler Rail. Aujourd‘hui, il est aussi membre du conseil d‘administration de UBS (UBSN.VX) et conseiller national UDC. Il s‘ >>>


      AID WORKER, KIDNAPPED IN HAITI BACK HOME
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– The 70–year–old aid worker who may have charmed his kidnappers in Haiti into releasing him two weeks ago is back at home, still unsure why he was freed without a ransom payment.

"There are lots of questions, but no answers," Charles Adams said Tuesday after arr >>>


      DEMOCRAT KEEPS KANSAS BOARD OF ED SEAT
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      TOPEKA, Kan. –– A member of the state Board of Education who approved new classroom standards that call evolution into question held onto his seat Tuesday, turning back a challenge from two defenders of Darwin.

John Bacon won his primary with 4' percent of the vote. Two pro–evolution chal >>>


      FORMER PA. LEGISLATOR ORDERED TO JAIL
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      PITTSBURGH –– A former legislator accused of concocting a bizarre fake anthrax plot to smear a constituent was ordered jailed Wednesday to serve a sentence for having aides do campaign work on state time.

The judge turned aside the request from former state Rep. Jeff Habay to delay his six–mo >>>


      FUGITIVE IN IND. TRIPLE KILLING CAUGHT
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WHEELING, Ind. –– After an extensive search, a man wanted in a triple killing two weeks ago was arrested Tuesday after police found him holed up with his girlfriend just yards from his own home.

Officers arrested Nicholas Harbison about 2:30 p.m. in an abandoned house in southwestern Indiana‘ >>>


      GIRL SCOUT LEADER ACCUSED OF STEALING
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      DELAWARE, Ohio –– A Girl Scout leader has been charged with stealing $5,000 raised by a central Ohio troop through cookie sales and other fundraisers.

Teresa Wickline, 42, of Lewis Center, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a felony theft charge. Prosecutors accuse her of raiding the checkin >>>


      IND. TEEN CHARGED IN DEADLY CAR CRASH
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      JASPER, Ind. –– An 18–year–old was charged with reckless homicide after authorities said he crashed a pickup into a tree while under the influence of marijuana, killing his 16–year–old sister and two other teens.

Tyler Messmer of Ferdinand was being held without bond on thre >>>


      LA. ALLIGATORS HAVE FEW PLACES TO NEST
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– Every fall, hunters string up baited lines in Louisiana‘s swamps and marshes and carry out a custom that has been practiced for generations: The alligator hunt.

But this year‘s hunt for gator skins will be smaller because last year‘s two monster hurricanes stripped >>>


      N.Y. TIMES MUST SURRENDER REPORTERS‘ PHONE DATA
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      By Charles LaneWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, August 2, 2006; A16 The New York Times may not withhold reporters‘ phone records from a federal grand jury investigating an alleged leak of a pending government raid on two Islamic charities suspected of supporting terrorism, a federal appeals court ruled yest >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      New Hampshire May Move Primary to 2007 CONCORD, N.H. –– New Hampshire may schedule its presidential primary for late 2007 if the Democratic Party moves ahead with plans to add a caucus to the early nominating calendar, the state‘s secretary of state said Tuesday.

A Democratic National Committ >>>


      NEV. CANDIDATES RESORT TO WILD TACTICS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      PM LAS VEGAS –– Nevada‘s wide–open race for governor is being fought with sock puppets, cardboard cutouts, "Star Wars" parodies and Internet close–ups of an elephant‘s behind.

With no incumbent in the race and no hand–picked successor to popular Republican Go >>>


      PERFECT 10S AND THE ODDS OF A PINK NURSERY
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      It‘s no surprise to evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently gave birth to a daughter, or that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes also are proud parents of a beautiful baby girl.

Good–looking parents are 36 percent more likely to give birth to a girl than less& >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      AM –– Forecasts in the East called for continued high temperatures Wednesday, but rain was expected in pockets around the nation.

Near–record high temperatures were predicted throughout the East, with heat indices in excess of 100 degrees. Parts of the Mid–Mississippi Valley and the Cen >>>


      22 CITIES JOIN CLINTON ANTI–WARMING EFFORT
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      A03 Twenty–two of the world‘s largest cities announced yesterday that they will work together to limit their contributions to global warming in an effort led by former president Bill Clinton.

The Clinton Climate Initiative –– which will create an international consortium to bargain for >>>


      '/11 PANEL SUSPECTED DECEPTION BY PENTAGON
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, August 2, 2006; A03 Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon‘s initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather th >>>


      A NEW HUB FOR TERRORISM?
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      By Selig S. HarrisonWednesday, August 2, 2006; A15 While the United States dithers, a growing Islamic fundamentalist movement linked to al–Qaeda and Pakistani intelligence agencies is steadily converting the strategically located nation of Bangladesh into a new regional hub for terrorist operations that reach int >>>


      ALL THE SPAM YOU CAN EAT, $1,000
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      With the campaign season in full swing, I asked a few lobbyist friends –– yes, this being Washington, some of my best friends are –– to save up their fundraising invitations. One industrious lobbyist collected a week‘s worth –– and messengered over about 150 solicitations.
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      ARMY GUARD UNITS SAID NOT COMBAT READY
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– More than two–thirds of the Army National Guard‘s 34 brigades are not combat ready, mostly because of equipment shortages that will cost up to $21 billion to correct, the top National Guard general said Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum spoke to a group defense reporters af >>>


      BORDER AGENTS LET FAKE IDS GO THROUGH
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      AM WASHINGTON –– Undercover investigators entered the United States using fake documents repeatedly this year _ including some cases in which Homeland Security Department agents didn‘t ask for identification.

At nine border crossings on the Mexico and Canadian borders, agents "never ques >>>


      CASTRO CONFOUNDED US FOR DECADES
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some U.S. presidents sought his overthrow, most have tried to isolate him and a few tried to engage him. But Cuban President Fidel Castro –– now ailing and at least temporarily sidelined –– has confounded them all.

Since leading the revolution that toppled d >>>


      CURRY TALKED UP IN PR. GEORGE‘S EXECUTIVE RACE
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      By Rosalind S. HeldermanWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, August 2,
2006; B01 Former Maryland delegate Rushern L. Baker III is challenging incumbent Jack B. Johnson (D) for Prince George‘s County executive, but it was another local politician‘s name on Baker‘s lips at a forum for electoral ca >>>


      DEMOCRATS SCRAMBLING TO ORGANIZE VOTER TURNOUT
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      Top Democrats are increasingly concerned that they lack an effective plan to turn out voters this fall, creating tension among party leaders and prompting House Democrats to launch a fundraising effort aimed exclusively at mobilizing Democratic partisans.

At a meeting last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pel >>>


      FDA, BARR TO MEET NEXT WEEK ON MORNING–AFTER PILL
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the company‘s bid to sell its morning–after contraceptive Plan B without a prescription, the agency said on Wednesday.

"The FDA and Barr Labs will meet on T >>>


      GROUP SAYS OPM MUST DO MORE TO RECRUIT, RETAIN HISPANICS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      A coalition of 40 Hispanic organizations yesterday faulted the Office of Personnel Management for failing to improve Hispanic hiring across government and called for congressional hearings on the issue.

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda gave the OPM an "F," saying that federal hiring of Hispani >>>


      LABOR DEPT. NOMINEE IS NEARLY UNNOTICED IN HEARING
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      When senators spent two hours yesterday grilling President Bush‘s choice to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, perhaps the happiest person in the room was Paul DeCamp, whose nomination to a key Labor Department post was also up for confirmation.

Now a senior policy adviser in the depart >>>


      MARINE IN HADITHA CASE ACCUSES CONGRESSMAN
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A Marine Corps sergeant under investigation in connection with the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha is accusing Rep. John P. Murtha of defaming him in public comments about the case.

Lawyers for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in a suit to be filed Wednesday in federal court that >>>


      MIDEAST LESSONS FROM 1'73
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      Groping for a way to understand the ruinous mess in the Middle East, I find myself looking backward to an earlier ruinous mess, the Yom Kippur War of October 1'73.

That long–ago war, like the current one in Lebanon, began with an Arab sneak attack –– a potentially devastating Egyptian thr >>>


      MINIMUM WAGE, MAXIMUM GALL
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid has taken to invoking Harry Truman‘s line about a "do–nothing Congress," and with ample reason. In dealing with the major issues of our time (global warming, immigration, the diminishing benefits and stagnant wages that characterize today‘s economy) or in >>>


      PENTAGON WATCHDOG FAVORS CIVILIAN CONTRACTING CORPS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should create a reserve force of civilian contractors to be deployed for relief and rebuilding operations as needed, the government‘s independent inspector for Iraq reconstruction recommended on Wednesday.

In a report to Congress, Special Inspector General f >>>


      REPORT CONDEMNS IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION PLAN
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The beleaguered Iraq reconstruction effort was beset by problems from the very start and is also hampered by a long pattern of corruption in the country, a new report finds.

For several months before the war, government agencies didn‘t consult each other on what they were doing >>>


      REPORT TO SUGGEST MARINES SHOT IRAQIS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

Agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have completed their initial wo >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      US Marine accused in Haditha case to sue Murtha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will sue Rep. John Murtha for libel after the war critic made public comments about the case and accused the serviceman of murder, attorneys said on Wednesday. Lawyers re >>>


      SENATE APPROVES MORE OFFSHORE DRILLING
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Senate voted Tuesday to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters in the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling, setting up a confrontation with the House which wants even more drilling in waters now off–limits.

Supporters said the measure would be a major step toward >>>


      SENATE APPROVES MORE OFFSHORE DRILLING
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Senate wants to expand oil and gas drilling to a large chunk of the Gulf of Mexico that has been off limits to energy companies.

But the House has a more ambitious plan: Open coastal waters to drilling everywhere unless a state objects.

Opening the Outer Continental Shelf >>>


      SENATOR SAYS CASTRO NEWS A SURPRISE
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration was caught by surprise when Cuban President Fidel Castro announced a temporary transfer of power due to illness, according to a U.S. senator who met with the president. And Republican senators began drafting legislation aimed at prodding the Communist nation toward demo >>>


      SENATOR: U.S. TO OK MORE DETAINEE RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      3:1' AM WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration has backed away from its initial proposal that Congress pass legislation authorizing its secret military tribunals to prosecute terror suspects and is considering a plan that would grant detainees more legal rights, a GOP senator says.

Sen. Lindsey >>>


      SENATORS PROD FDA NOMINEE ON POLITICIZATION OF AGENCY
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach struggled yesterday to convince a Senate committee that he deserves to lead the agency on a permanent basis, but his efforts were repeatedly undercut by tough questions about the agency‘s flagging reputation and its snail‘s–pace >>>


      TIPS AT ISSUE IN MINIMUM–WAGE BILL
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Tip money earned by waitresses in Las Vegas, manicurists in Hollywood and bartenders in Seattle is on the table in the nation‘s capital, as lawmakers scrap over an election–year minimum wage bill.

Nevada, California and Washington are among seven states where workers get t >>>


      TRUE BLUE, OR TOO BLUE?
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      By David SegalWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, August 2, 2006; C01 WILLIMANTIC, Conn.

On a low–rise stage in front of a delicatessen, a blues band is taking a moment between songs to set up a chair and keyboards. Ned Lamont takes a seat and plays a few tentative notes, as if trying to jog his memor >>>


      US EXPELS TWO KYRGYZ DIPLOMATS: MINISTRY
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      BISHKEK (Reuters) – The United States has expelled two Kyrgyz diplomats following the expulsion from the Central Asian state of two of its own envoys, Kyrgyzstan‘s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Kyrgyzstan, home to a U.S. military base, deported two U.S. diplomats in July after it accused them >>>


      US REBUKES UN NO. 2 FOR CRITICIZING MIDEAST POLICY
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States sharply rebuked the No. 2 U.N. official on Wednesday for criticizing Washington anew after he said America should allow other nations to share the lead in Middle East diplomacy.

"We are seeing a troubling pattern of a high official of the U.N. who seems to be >>>


      WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL WOULD EXPAND AUTHORITY OF MILITARY COURTS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      A04 A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such "commissions" to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al–Qaeda or the Taliban and are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to of >>>


      WIDENING WAR COMPLICATES US POLICY GOALS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      10:02 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush has described the Israel–Hizbollah crisis as another opportunity to remake the Middle East in his democratic vision.

But as civilian casualties from the Israeli–Hizbollah conflict in Lebanon mount, the situation looks increasingly chaot >>>


      AFGHAN FORCES SAY KILL 18 TALIBAN GUERRILLAS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – NATO and Afghan forces killed 18 Taliban guerrillas in a raid on a village in southern Afghanistan, where violence has escalated after NATO troops took over from U.S. forces.

In another province in the Taliban‘s southern heartland, 15 police surrendered as the rebe >>>


      AFGHANISTAN ADVISED ON FIGHTING DRUG TRADE
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      AM KABUL, Afghanistan –– Anti–drug police from Colombia have been touring Afghanistan to advise it on how to combat its booming illegal drug trade, officials said Tuesday.

A five–member team from Colombia, the world‘s leading producer of cocaine, has spent 10 days meeting countern >>>


      BOMBINGS, SHOOTINGS KILL 61 IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Bombings and shootings killed up to 61 people in Iraq on Tuesday, including at least 26 soldiers, undermining the government‘s attempts to show it can suppress unremitting violence.

A roadside bomb attack on a bus filled with Iraqi troops on a road between Tikrit and Baiji, nort >>>


      CANDIDATE ALLEGES ‘MASSIVE FRAUD‘ IN CONGO VOTE
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      A0' KINSHASA, Congo, Aug. 1 –– One of Congo‘s four vice presidents said Tuesday that a historic national election on Sunday was marred by "massive fraud" that must be remedied through new balloting in at least some parts of the country.

Azarias Ruberwa, the former leader of a Rw >>>


      CAR BLAST IN AFGHAN CAPITAL KILLS AT LEAST ONE
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      KABUL (Reuters) – A blast in a car killed at least one man and wounded two more in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said.

The cause of the explosion was unclear, said Ali Shah Paktiawal, a senior police official for Kabul. The blast occurred on a main road to the south of the city center.

>>>


      CHINESE IMPOSE RULES FOR WATER USE
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, August 2, 2006; A0' BEIJING, Aug. 1 –– For centuries, the Chinese have struggled through flood and drought to tame the Yellow River, known as the Mother River, birthplace of Chinese culture, writing and folktales. Now the government is tightening c >>>


      CUBANS IN MIAMI CHEER CASTRO‘S ILLNESS
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      A08 MIAMI, Aug. 1 –– On Calle Ocho, they jeered his name and wished for his death. " Cuba Sí, Castro No! " they shouted. " Se Acabó! " –– "It‘s Over!" Horns blared and celebrants waved flags and smoked cigars.

The announcement late Monda >>>


      EUROPEANS, OFFERING PEACEKEEPERS, CALL FOR END OF HOSTILITIES NOW
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 1 –– The European Union‘s 25 foreign ministers called Tuesday for an immediate cessation of hostilities in southern Lebanon and expressed their "readiness" to serve in a multinational peacekeeping force there once Israel and Hezbollah agree to halt their fighting and set >>>


      HEAVY EQUIPMENT USED TO BURY THE DEAD
      Washington Post, 02-08-2006
      BAALBEK, Lebanon –– People in a village outside this Hezbollah stronghold used a front–end loader to carry away some of the dead Wednesday after a night of Israeli airstrikes and a commando raid inside Baalbek that residents said killed at least 15 civilians.

It was the deepest thrust into Le >>>



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