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      KOSOVO DELEGATION MEETS SAUDI BUSINESSMEN
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — In a meeting held yesterday, a delegation from the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce delivered a presentation to a group of businessmen at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry about positive investment opportunities in Kosovo.

Coming out of a destructive war and g >>>


      MANY GLOBAL FIRMS LIKELY TO ATTEND EEC MEET
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Many international companies are expected to attend a major conference early next year to be organized by Emaar Economic City (EEC), a consortium led by Emaar Properties, to promote investment in the SR100 billion King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), the largest sin >>>


      ANSWERING PRAYERS AND FASTING WHILE TRAVELING
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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, 20-08-2006
      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 >>>


      ‘MORALITY IS THE BASIS OF SAUDI TOURISM’
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Prince Sultan ibn Salman, secretary–general of the Supreme Commission for Tourism, emphasized SCT’s determination to promote morality–based tourism in the Kingdom.

«For us, tourism is a social activity rather than an economic venture,&raq >>>


      ART GROUP SPONSORS PROGRAM FOR LEBANON
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — The House of Artists kicked off here a weeklong workshop dedicated to showing solidarity with the people of Lebanon.

The program, titled «Lebanon in Artists Brushes», is open to the public at the Al–Jamjoom Center.

Abdul Manan Hashi >>>


      DISPLAY OF SKILLS MARKS SUMMER PROGRAM
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Students displayed new skills they have acquired during a summer program at the graduation ceremony held at the Jeddah Secondary Industrial Institute here over the weekend.

Parents watched as their children conducted a live demonstration that included car mecha >>>


      DUDE, WHERE’S MY BEARD?
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Relatives of an 80–year–old granddad, who is in intensive care at a hospital in Jeddah, were shocked to find the old–man’s long beard had been shaved off by the hospital barber, the Al–Madinah newspaper reported yesterday.

The Saudi son of the man said >>>


      IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENTS FUELING RADICALISM: WAMY
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 20 August 2006 — US President George W. Bush’s recent usage of the term «Islamic fascists» and other remarks made by White House officials are encouraging extremism, said Dr. Saleh Al–Wohaibi, secretary–general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY).

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      JEDDAH FORGERY RACKET BUSTED
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Saeed Al–Abyad, Arab News Police recovered 32 iqamas, 261 residency visa renewal stamps, seals of ghost companies to be used to fake sponsorship of foreign workers, and about 80 faked driver’s licenses during the raid in Jeddah. (AN photo by Marwan Al–Johani) JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Police arrested yesterd >>>


      KING RENEWS MINISTERS’ TERMS
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — The service of Prince Fahd ibn Badr as governor of Al–Jouf region has been extended to four years from Sept. 17, a royal decree by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said yesterday.

Prince Fahd holds a ministerial rank. In another decree, the king extended >>>


      MORE DETAILS EMERGE OF MADINAH RAPIST
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Arab News MADINAH, 20 August 2006 — The prosecutor in the trial of a notorious rapist, who terrorized housewives across Madinah and became locally known as the «Madinah Serial Killer,» has called for the death penalty to be handed to the 26–year–old man.

In a burglary spree in January, >>>


      SAUDI WOMEN MARRIED TO NON–SAUDI MEN FACE A MYRIAD OF PROBLEMS
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Arab News MAKKAH, 20 August 2006 — Marriages between Saudi women and non–Saudi men produce a number of problems. Questions relating to the success and advisability of such marriages are common all over the Kingdom. According to some, the children of those marriages are doomed to a bleak future. Many people questi >>>


      SAUDIA TO BAN LIQUIDS ON FLIGHTS TO UK, US
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) plans to ban liquids on board its aircraft, according to official airline sources. The proposal was made last week by the airline’s Safety and Security Administration and an announcement is expected within the next few days concerning items >>>


      WOMEN IN LIMBO: NEITHER A WIFE NOR A DIVORCEE
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Mahmoud Ahmad, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 August 2006 — Some heartless and selfish men often refuse to attend court hearings. They use a variety of excuses to keep from divorcing their unhappy estranged wives. By doing so, the woman remains married and is unable to marry again and start a new — and hopefully happier — life.< >>>


      CONSENT GIVEN TO PROSECUTE RAJ THACKERAY
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 20 August 2006 — In a significant development, Ravi Kadam, the advocate general of Maharashtra, has given his consent for criminal proceedings against Raj Thackeray, the chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on the grounds of «threatening» lawyers not to defend >>>


      HEAVY RAINS BATTER BHOPAL AGAIN
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Pervez Bari, Arab News BHOPAL, 20 August 2006 — The rain fury which had wreaked havoc four days back in Bhopal, the capital of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, and the adjoining areas including the state’s eastern part opened its fangs once again forcing residents to run for cover.

The death toll due to >>>


      HEZBOLLAH FOILS ISRAELI RAID
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Agencies Hezbollah fighters inspect the site where Israeli commandos had landed during a helicopter raid in eastern Lebanon. (AFP) BEIRUT, 20 August 2006 — Helicopter–borne Israeli commandos raided a Hezbollah bastion yesterday in what Lebanon called a «naked violation» of the UN–backed truce th >>>


      HUNDREDS OF ANGRY PALESTINIANS DEMAND SALARIES
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Associated Press GAZA CITY, 20 August 2006 — Hundreds of Palestinian security officials stormed banks and burned tires yesterday, demanding the banks return money deducted from a meager cash advance they received after months of going without wages.

About 80 security officers, many of them armed with assault r >>>


      IRAN READY FOR ISRAEL ACTION AFTER LEBANON WAR
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Reuters TEHRAN, 20 August 2006 — A senior Iranian army commander said yesterday the armed forces were prepared for any action by Israel after what Iran has called the Jewish state’s defeat at the hands of Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas.

Ataollah Salehi, commander–in–chief of Iran’s army, made his c >>>


      ISRAEL SEIZES PALESTINIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Palestinians protest the detention of Shaer in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

(AFP) GAZA CITY, 20 August 2006 — Israeli troops seized Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister and senior Hamas member Nassereddin Al–Shaer at dawn yesterday.

Israel has detained more than 60 Ham >>>


      KFAR SHOUBA, THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE IN SOUTH LEBANON
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Safa Al–Ahmed, Arab News Randa Sulaiman sitting on the rubble of what used to be her home in Kfar Shouba. (AN photo by Safa Al–Ahmed.) BEIRUT, 20 August 2006 — Kfar Shouba is several miles away from the Israeli border, and 70 percent destroyed. Craters, blown up bridges, and quick fix detours, mar the roads >>>


      NO CHANGE IN RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT FOR NOW
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 20 August 2006 — Protests against the proposed amendment in the Right to Information Act (RTI) have succeeded partly as the government has decided not to pursue this during the current session of Parliament.

As per the proposed amendment, the move would have kept out of >>>


      PHILIPPINES DEBATE USE OF FILIPINO AS INSTRUCTION MEDIUM
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Gloria E. Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 20 August 2006 — Like restive Mayon Volcano, debate on whether the Filipino language is a failed language that should be replaced again by English is threatening to explode.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has categorically instructed the Department of Education (DepEd) >>>


      SADDAM COULD BE TRIED POSTHUMOUSLY
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 20 August 2006 — Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein could be tried posthumously for genocide if an Iraqi court decides to execute him for a separate accusation of mass murder, a US official in Baghdad said yesterday.

According to a US legal expert who briefed reporters anonymously >>>


      SHIITE PILGRIMS POUR INTO BAGHDAD
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 20 August 2006 — Security forces were on high alert yesterday as hundreds of thousands of Shiite devotees marched into Baghdad to mark the death of a revered imam, a year after a stampede killed nearly 1,000 pilgrims.

Prime Minister Nuri Al–Maliki warned preachers against us >>>


      THAR EXPRESS LEAVES WITH 362 PASSENGERS
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News MIRPURKHAS, 20 August 2006 — Thar Express yesterday left Mirpur Khas station with 362 passengers for Zero Point station at the border. Meanwhile, India’s Thar Express carrying 580 passengers will reach Monabao railway station from Jodhpur.

Pakistan’s Thar Express will reach Zero Poi >>>


      THREE POLICEMEN KILLED IN MAOIST ATTACK ON POLICE STATION
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News HYDERABAD, 20 August 2006 — Three police personnel were killed in a Maoist attack on a police station in Andhra Pradesh on Friday night. Another policeman was critically injured.

Following the Maoist attack on Atmakur police station in Nalgonda district adjoining Hyderabad, the polic >>>


      TRIBAL ACTIVIST ENDS 1,578–DAY–OLD STIR AGAINST COKE
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News TRIVANDRUM, 20 August 2006 — Mayilamma, the 56–year–old tribal activist who has been a central figure in the campaign against the Coca–Cola, ended her 1,578–day–old sit–in strike before the US soft drink giant’s plant in Plachimada village following a ban o >>>


      UAE’S LABOR MINISTRY SET TO CRACK DOWN ON ‘BOGUS’ FIRMS
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 20 August 2006 — The UAE Labor Ministry will impose a one–year ban on employees of ‘bogus’ firms who fail to report to the ministry within three months, said Humaid ibn Demas, assistant undersecretary of the Ministry.

«As many as 50,000 establishments found to be eit >>>


      UAE DIABETES FACILITY TO HELP REVERSE ALARMING TREND
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Arab News ABU DHABI, 20 August 2006 — Sheikh Suroor ibn Mohammed Al–Nahayan opened a new diabetes center here last week. The Imperial College London Diabetes Center (ICLDC), described as the UAE’s largest multidisciplinary diabetes facility, will be dedicated to prevention, treatment, training and research coveri >>>


      US MARINES SAW HADITHA DEATHS AS NORMAL ACTION
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Associated Press WASHINGTON, 20 August 2006 — The Marine officer in charge of troops suspected of killing 24 Iraqi men, women and children told investigators he did not initiate an inquiry into the carnage because he did not consider the deaths unusual, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

In a sworn statem >>>


      YARD FINDS PLOTTERS IN ‘MARTYRDOM VIDEOS’
      Arab News, 20-08-2006
      Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 20 August 2006 — Evidence, albeit circumstantial, seems to be gathering momentum against several of the 23 terror suspects arrested 10 days ago in Birmingham, London and High Wycombe for allegedly planning to blow up planes en route to US cities from major UK airports using liquid expl >>>


      ANTI–ABORTION ACTIVISTS EYE INNER CITIES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– On a street once known as Murder Row, a teen center founded to steer youths away from drugs and crime has become an outpost in another crusade _ a nationwide push by anti–abortion activists to expand their foothold in heavily black and Hispanic inner cities.

The campaign involve >>>


      BIG DIG LANE CLOSED BY LOOSE BOLT OPENS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      BOSTON –– A lane in a Big Dig tunnel that was closed after a ceiling panel bolt moved during a test reopened Saturday, state officials said. One of three bolts tested Friday night slipped by three–sixteenths of an inch, said Jon Carlisle, spokesman for the Executive Office of Transportation.

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      BOMB SQUAD SWEEPS PLANE, MAN QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      SAN ANTONIO –– Bomb–sniffing dogs swept a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta upon landing Saturday after authorities said a passenger tampered with a smoke detector and moved ceiling panels in a lavatory.

The passenger, a San Antonio man who was not identified, was being questioned by federa >>>


      CHANCE MEETING LED KARR TO PROFESSOR
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      BOULDER, Colo. –– After 10 years of speculation surrounding the brutal slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, the event that eventually led to the first arrest in the case came down to a chance encounter between a runner and a drifter outside a bookstore in Paris.

Michael Sandrock, a 48–year–old a >>>


      DISMISSAL OF LAWSUIT AGAINST CU APPEALED
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      DENVER –– Lawyers for a woman who alleges she was raped by University of Colorado football players or recruits in 2001 have filed an appeal of a federal judge‘s dismissal of her lawsuit against the school.

Lisa Simpson, who has agreed to have her name used in media reports, was a CU student w >>>


      EFFORTS TO HIGHLIGHT MINORITY HISTORY
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      PM –– Some examples of efforts to highlight minorities in American history: _In Colorado, a Civil War–era incident once called the Sand Creek Battle is increasingly called the Sand Creek Massacre. In 1864, about 700 U.S.

soldiers killed 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho people who thought they were un >>>


      FBI: DETAINED PASSENGER NOT SUSPICIOUS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      SAN ANTONIO –– A passenger who was detained after flight attendants said he tampered with a bathroom smoke detector was determined to be "not suspicious at all," the FBI said Sunday.

The passenger, a San Antonio man whose identity wasn‘t released, was questioned Saturday after fligh >>>


      FLOODS CLOSE ALASKA HIGHWAY, RAIL LINE
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Flooding and mud slides brought on by heavy rain closed the main highway and rail line Saturday between Anchorage and Fairbanks, the state‘s two largest cities.

Rising water undermined two bridges on the Parks Highway, and the road could be closed for two days, officials >>>


      GRASS FIRE DESTROYS WESTERN TEXAS HOME
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      CADDO, Texas –– Drought–parched grass and gusting winds fueled wildfires in western Texas on Saturday that destroyed at least one home, threatened several others and burned a swath of land more than five miles long.

Authorities said no injuries have been reported from the fires, which began F >>>


      HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN MO. YARD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      DREXEL, Mo. –– The remains of at least two people were found in a rural Missouri yard, where the bodies of as many as six people could have been disposed, sheriff‘s officials said Saturday.

Officials planed to resume the search early Sunday. Two sets of remans were found Friday on the three&n >>>


      MINORITIES SEEK HISTORY CLASS CHANGES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      –– American students often get the impression from history classes that the British got here first, settling Jamestown, Va., in 1607. They hear about how white Northerners freed the black slaves, how Asians came in the mid–1800s to build Western railroads.

The lessons have left out a lot. For >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      N.Y. Man Held in Neighbor‘s Slaying '4;· 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, 31, of Glen Cove, w >>>


      POWERFUL QUAKE HITS NEAR ANTARCTICA
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      TOKYO –– A powerful earthquake struck Sunday in the Scotia Sea between South America and Antarctica, Japanese and U.S. officials said.

No tsunami alert was issued by the Hawaii–based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said Dale Grant, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey‘s Nation >>>


      RAMSEY MURDER SUSPECT EN ROUTE TO U.S.
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      ABOARD THAI AIRWAYS TO LOS ANGELES –– The suspect in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey left Thailand on Sunday aboard a flight to the United States, where he faces charges in the killing of the 6–year–old beauty queen. John Mark Karr, escorted by three U.S. officials, was on Thai Airways Internation >>>


      RAMSEY SUSPECT MOVED FOR U.S. FLIGHT
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      BANGKOK, Thailand –– The suspect in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey was escorted to Bangkok‘s international airport Sunday for a flight to the United States where he will face charges in the killing of the 6–year–old beauty queen.

John Mark Karr looked solemn as a dozen Thai police >>>


      REMAINS OF 2 PEOPLE FOUND IN MO. YARD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      DREXEL, Mo. –– Officers were being briefed Sunday in the search for human remains in a rural Missouri yard, a day after authorities announced that bone fragments from at least two people were found there. Sheriff‘s officials said the bodies of as many as six people could have been dumped on the three& >>>


      ROMNEY: U.S. NEEDS SKILLED IMMIGRANTS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the California GOP convention Saturday the United States should encourage foreigners with skills to immigrate, while discouraging those who come here illegally and without skills.

"It is wrong for us to build an absolute concrete wall against >>>


      SEN. HAGEL SAYS GOP HAS LOST ITS WAY
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Republicans have lost their way when it comes to many core GOP principles and may be in jeopardy heading into the fall elections, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R–Neb. says.

Hagel, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, said Sunday that the GOP today is very different party from the one >>>


      SUSPECT IN JONBENET CASE TO ARRIVE IN U.S.
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      By Amy GoldsteinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 20, 2006; A07 The 41–year–old American teacher arrested in Bangkok last week as a suspect in the decade–old killing of JonBenet Ramsey is due to arrive in the United States this evening, escorted by U.S. law enforcement officials, according to >>>


      TEENS DEFEND POLYGAMY AT UTAH RALLY
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– Calling their lives blessed, more than a dozen children and young adults from polygamist families in Utah spoke at a rally Saturday, calling for a change in state laws and the right to live the life and religion they choose.

"Because of our beliefs, many of our people have be >>>


      THAI POLICE SAY RAMSEY SUSPECT ‘NERVOUS‘
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      AM BANGKOK, Thailand –– The suspect in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey was "a bit nervous" Sunday as Thai and U.S. officials prepared to fly him back to the United States, Thai police said.

The suspect, 41–year–old teacher John Mark Karr, is to be flown to Los Angeles. He will >>>


      U.S. REP. DON SHERWOOD HAS HEART SURGERY
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      WILKES–BARRE, Pa. –– U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood underwent heart surgery and is expected to leave the hospital this week, the hospital announced Saturday.

The minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery was performed Friday as a preventive measure by Dr. Alfred Casale, chief of cardiothoraci >>>


      UNIVERSITIES AIM TO AVOID ‘FRESHMAN 15‘
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      DURHAM, N.C. –– Sunny Dawson ran two miles every other day when she started her freshman year at the University of Southern California. But the lure of the cafeteria near her dorm became too much to resist.

"Everyone I know went crazy, ‘Oh my God, pizza. Oh my God, ice cream,‘" >>>


      A BELATED COMING TO TERMS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      Germany and Japan have served six decades on global probation. It is time for their neighbors, their citizens and the international community to acknowledge the thorough transformation of the former Axis powers into fully democratic and morally responsible nations.

Comes now Guenter Grass, Germany‘s most >>>


      AS AN INDEPENDENT, LIEBERMAN LEADS THE FIELD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      After Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman came up short against businessman and Iraq war opponent Ned Lamont in Connecticut‘s Democratic primary earlier this month, there was considerable speculation that the long–term incumbent‘s formidable status in the state would crumble now that he is running as an independ >>>


      BLOCK THE VOTE
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      Election laws exist to ensure orderly voting and vote counting and to facilitate a democratic process that helps citizens choose their officials. Increasingly, however, election laws are being used not to achieve either of these ends but rather to reduce competition and deprive voters of choices.

In Texas, for >>>


      DEMOCRATS ADD JANUARY VOTING IN 2 MORE STATES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      CHICAGO, Aug. 1' –– Democrats agreed to shake up tradition Saturday by wedging Nevada between Iowa‘s leadoff caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in the 2008 presidential nominating calendar and adding South Carolina soon afterward.

The addition of Nevada‘s caucuses and the South >>>


      DHS TERROR RESEARCH AGENCY STRUGGLING
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 20, 2006; A08 The federal research agency in charge of countering emerging terrorist threats such as liquid explosives is so hobbled by poor leadership, weak financial management and inadequate technology that Congress is on the verge of cutting its budget in >>>


      GOP‘S FINANCIAL EDGE SHRINKS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      2006; A01 The traditional fundraising advantage held by incumbent lawmakers –– which Republicans have regarded as a safety wall in their effort to keep control of Congress –– has eroded in many closely contested House races, as many Democratic challengers prove competitive in the race for cash.< >>>


      IN MICHIGAN, A RAY OF GOP HOPE
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. –– When word came last week that the unemployment rate in Michigan had jumped up to 7 percent in July, a shiver of apprehension went through the Democratic Party, not just in Michigan but around the nation.

Even though the joblessness figure may have been inflated by seasonal l >>>


      PENALTIES SOUGHT IN RECRUITER MISCONDUCT
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– The ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said Sunday he would push to increase penalties for sexual misconduct by military recruiters.

Rep. Ike Skelton was reacting to an investigation by The Associated Press that found more than 80 military recruiters were dis >>>


      PUNDITS RENOUNCE THE PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      For 10 minutes, the talk show host grilled his guests about whether "George Bush‘s mental weakness is damaging America‘s credibility at home and abroad." For 10 minutes, the caption across the bottom of the television screen read, "IS BUSH AN ‘IDIOT‘?" But the host was no lib >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R–Neb.), Rep. Peter T.

King (R–N.Y.), former director of security for the Israel Airports Authority Rafi Ron , former presidential counterterrorism adviser Rand Beers and Washington >>>


      THE UNEASY SLEEP OF JAPAN‘S DEAD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      TOKYO –– The past is present everywhere, but Japan is an unusually history–haunted nation. Elsewhere the Cold War is spoken of in the past tense. Japan, however, lives in a dangerous neighborhood with two communist regimes –– truculent China and weird North Korea. For Japan, the fall of th >>>


      4 U.S. SOLDIERS ARE KILLED AS AFGHAN VIOLENCE SURGES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      By Fisnik AbrashiAssociated PressSunday, August 20, 2006; A12 KABUL, Insurgents killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded six others in clashes Saturday during an upsurge in violence across the country. Two Afghan soldiers also were killed.

Three U.S. soldiers were killed and three were wounded during operations i >>>


      71 SUSPECTED AFGHAN MILITANTS KILLED
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Afghan police backed by NATO aircraft killed 71 suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, while separate clashes left four U.S. troops dead and six wounded, officials said Sunday.

The 71 insurgents were killed when they attacked police in Panjwayi district in sou >>>


      A COVERT CHAPTER OPENS FOR FORT HUNT VETERANS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      By Petula DvorakWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 20, 2006; A01 For more than 60 years, they kept their military secrets locked deep inside and lived quiet lives as account executives, college professors, business consultants and the like.

The brotherhood of P.O. Box 1142 enjoyed no homecoming parades >>>


      AHMADINEJAD: U.S. TIES HURTING BRITAIN
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      LONDON –– Britain‘s close alliance with the United States is damaging its standing in the Muslim world, Iran‘s president said in an interview published Saturday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged Britons to evict Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s government from office, saying Blair‘s sup >>>


      ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS GATHER IN EGYPT
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      CAIRO, Egypt –– Arab League foreign ministers convened for an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss how to fund reconstruction in war–ravaged Lebanon and defuse Mideast tensions amid rising discord between moderate Arabs and Syria, a main backer of Hezbollah.

The Kuwaiti government plans to >>>


      BRAZIL‘S ROAD TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 20, 2006; A01 SAO PAULO, Brazil –– Record oil prices have made the world‘s energy landscape a darkly foreboding place this year, inhospitable to optimism and celebration.

Except in Brazil. It has been something of a banner year here, >>>


      CAR BAN DISRUPTS LIFE IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      By Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 20, 2006; A12 BAGHDAD, Aug. 1' –– By 7 p.m., Faris Ali realized the day had been a total loss.

"Today there is no business," grumbled Ali, a 55–year–old pharmacy worker. "No one came." Most of Baghdad has >>>


      CHAVEZ: VENEZUELA CAPTURED 4 U.S SPIES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela has caught four people spying for the American government, but a U.S. embassy spokesman said Saturday that he had "no idea what the president is talking about." Without offering specifics, Chavez said that one woman was caught not long ago >>>


      CONGOLESE PRESIDENT MAY NOT AVOID RUNOFF
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      KINSHASA, Congo –– President Joseph Kabila‘s lead Saturday in Congo‘s historic presidential election was below the majority needed to avoid a runoff, a day before the deadline for a preliminary tally of votes.

If none of the 33 presidential candidates wins an outright majority in Congo& >>>


      FRENCH APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE KILLS 5
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      ROUBAIX, France –– A fire broke out in a run–down apartment building that mainly housed immigrants Sunday in northern France, killing five people and injuring 10, local authorities said.

Police in the town of Roubaix said they had taken the owner of the building into custody.

The fir >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 2 PEACEKEEPERS IN SUDAN
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Two African Union peacekeepers were killed and three were wounded when their convoy was ambushed in Sudan‘s Darfur region Saturday, the AU said in a statement. A group of unidentified armed men attacked the fuel convoy traveling to an AU headquarters in North Darfur, the statement s >>>


      HOMELESS YOUTHS THRONG CONGO‘S CITIES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      KINSHASA, Congo –– Colonial rule, rapacious dictatorship and civil war have so ravaged Congo‘s economy and society that the streets of its cities swarm with homeless young people who numb their misery with drugs and alcohol.

Sixteen–year–old Baruti Ilanga ran away from home four y >>>


      INDONESIAN WOMAN DIES OF BIRD FLU
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      JAKARTA, Indonesia –– A woman has died of bird flu in an Indonesian village where authorities were investigating a possible cluster of human cases of the H5N1 virus, a health official said Sunday.

Laboratory test results confirmed that Euis Lina, 35, had of the disease, said Nyoman Kandun, the Heal >>>


      IRAN TEST–FIRES 10 SHORT–RANGE MISSILES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran test–fired 10 surface–to–surface short–range missiles on Sunday, a day after it launched a series of large–scale military exercises throughout the country, state–run television reported. The Saegheh missile had a range of between 50 and 150 miles, the >>>


      ISRAEL INSISTS LEBANON RAID IS JUSTIFIED
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      20, 2006; 11:34 AM JERUSALEM, Aug. 20 –– Israel Sunday insisted its raid into Lebanon was justified despite Lebanese condemnation of the Saturday attack as a violation of the cease–fire, and the Lebanese defense minister warned militias not to give Israel a pretext to strike again.

Lebanese D >>>


      ISRAEL PUTS DEMANDS ON PEACEKEEPERS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      JERUSALEM –– Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel will not accept the presence of peacekeepers in Lebanon from countries that don‘t have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, according to officials.

The decision complicated efforts by the United Nations to form a 15,000&nd >>>


      JAPAN EXPECTING FLOOD OF NEW LAWYERS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      TOKYO –– In past years, 25–year–old law school graduate Hiroyuki Ichikawa would have been facing an almost impossible task _ a bar exam with a '7 percent failure rate.

Now, his chances are closer to 50–50. In the most sweeping reform of Japan‘s legal system since World W >>>


      JOURNALISTS‘ KIDNAPPING PROTESTED IN GAZA CITY
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      GAZA CITY, Aug. 1' –– Palestinian journalists on Saturday protested the kidnapping of a Fox News correspondent and cameraman, as concern about the men‘s safety grew.

Cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, of New Zealand, and American correspondent Steve Centanni, 60, were taken Monday from their TV van >>>


      MEXICAN OFFICERS CHARGED IN FELIX PROBE
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      MEXICO CITY –– Mexican prosecutors announced Saturday that they have charged two policemen with protecting the Arellano Felix drug trafficking gang, whose alleged kingpin was recently arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Large numbers of Mexican police officers are believed to have helped the Tijuana& >>>


      NEPALESE PROTESTS SINK FUEL PRICE HIKES
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      KATMANDU, Nepal –– The government on Sunday withdrew hikes in gasoline, diesel and cooking fuel prices after thousands of protesters clashed with police, blocked traffic and vandalized government vehicles.

Nepal‘s government had raised prices Saturday to reduce losses for the state–owne >>>


      NICARAGUA‘S PARTIES OPEN CAMPAIGNS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      MANAGUA, Nicaragua –– Nicaragua‘s five political parties kicked off their campaigns Saturday for November‘s general elections, which could see the return of the leftist Sandinistas who ruled this Central American nation in the 1'80s.

Most opinion polls this week found Sandinista pre >>>


      RAMSEY SLAYING SUSPECT EN ROUTE TO U.S.
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      AM BANGKOK, Aug. 20 –– The American teacher arrested in Bangkok last week as a suspect in the decade–old murder of JonBenet Ramsey told Thai police "he just wanted to go home" prior to his departure late Sunday for the United States.

John Mark Karr, 41, flew out of Thailand Sunday a >>>


      REBEL GROUP IN INDIA ENDS ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      GAUHATI, India –– A separatist group‘s suspension of its military campaign could lead to the end of their 27–year–long rebellion in India‘s remote northeast, the group‘s representatives said Saturday.

The United Liberation Front of Asom announced Friday that it would s >>>


      RUSSIA HANDS OVER FISHERMAN‘S BODY
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      TOKYO –– Russia on Saturday handed over the body of a Japanese fisherman killed by a Russian patrol boat that opened fire in disputed waters, sparking a diplomatic feud.

The shooting of crab fisherman Mitsuhiro Morita, 35, on Wednesday was the latest flare–up in a 60–year dispute over s >>>


      SHIITE PILGRIMS ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      AM BAGHDAD, Aug. 20 –– Armed gunmen attacked a group of pilgrims attending one of Shiite Islam‘s most sacred religious holidays Sunday , killing 16 pilgrims and wounding more than 230 others, authorities said.

The attacks occurred despite a weekend–long ban on vehicle traffic in Baghdad >>>


      SNIPERS KILL 16 PILGRIMS IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Snipers fired on a major Shiite religious procession in Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 16 pilgrims and injuring 230, officials said. Four suspected gunmen were shot dead by police.

The attacks occurred from rooftops along several points of the procession toward the shrine of Imam >>>


      SNIPERS KILL 17 IRAQ SHIITE PILGRIMS
      Washington Post, 20-08-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Snipers firing from rooftops and a cemetery killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens Sunday in a series of attacks on a Shiite religious procession that drew hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Baghdad.

The "terrorist assaults" took place when the pilgrims were walki >>>



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