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      ‘COUNTERFEITING OF WATCHES WIDESPREAD’
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — Swiss watch manufacturers and their local distributors said yesterday that the counterfeiting of watches was widespread, but it was not a big problem. «Stringent measures have however to be taken by both manufacturers and their distributors in cooperation with loc >>>


      AMEX SEEKING GREATER SHARE IN KINGDOM
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 27 August 2006 — Amex (Saudi Arabia) Ltd., which owns and operates the American Express card, has announced new simplified procedure for the issuance of Amex cards in a renewed move to win a larger share of the Saudi market.

The announcement of this simplified process, >>>


      US TO SET UP PLANT FOR ELECTRICITY FROM WASTE WATER
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 27 August 2006 — For the first time, a state–of–the–art plant will be set up in the Kingdom for converting waste water into the production of electricity. «We are pleased with the rapid progress being made toward establishing our first waste–to–energy >>>


      DISCARDING EXPENSIVE CLOTHES
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News People normally attach a good measure of importance to the way they dress.

They want to be seen in a good outfit. All languages have a wide range of adjectives to describe clothes and how they affect people’s appearance.

Prosperous societies have thriving clothes industries. Fas >>>


      HARD TESTS AND FALSE TEMPTATION
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent Among people, there are those who say: «We believe in God,» yet when any of them is made to suffer in God’s cause, he thinks that oppression by man is as grievous as God’s punishment. However, should help from your Lord be forthcomin >>>


      IS THIS TERRORISM?
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. In our world today, much is said about terrorism. Would it be terrorism if a group of people embrace Islam and buy a plot of land where they build a mosque and a school, despite a government ban? In such a case, are they allowed to fight against those who try to prevent them from doing so?
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      STORIES DESIGNED TO GIVE SUPERNATURAL IMAGE TO PROPHET
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. A scholar said that when the Prophet was born, he did not need to be washed or to have his umbilical cord cut because it was already cut.

Is this true? Is there a Hadith that suggests a particular sequence for cutting one’s nails?

Q.2. What does the Qur’an say about the Pro >>>


      ‘NEXT HEARING IN POLL CHALLENGE WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC’
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — The defeated candidates of the last year’s municipal elections, who have filed a lawsuit disputing the results of the election, announced here yesterday that the next hearing in the case would be open to the public. The plaintiffs said a lawyer from the United States >>>


      ‘OUR DOORS ARE OPEN TO FOREIGN INVESTORS’
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday emphasized the strength of Saudi economy and welcomed foreign investors. «Our doors and markets are open to investors. They’re most welcome,» he said.

In a wide–ranging interview w >>>


      34 MILITANTS ROUNDED UP
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — The four militants arrested in Jeddah on Monday were part of a group of 34 men rounded up in different operations around the Kingdom, the Interior Ministry said yesterday.

The four suspects surrendered after security forces besieged a building in Al&ndas >>>


      BRIDE’S MOM SCOFFS AT SENSIBLE CAR
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Arab News ASIR, 27 August 2006 — A couple here was divorced right after they were married after the mother of the bride threw a hissy–fit over the car that was going to escort her daughter from the celebration, the Okaz daily reported yesterday. For some reason, the practical Toyota Camry just wasn’t good enough; >>>


      GIFTED KIDS CONFERENCE KICKS OFF
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — A conference on gifted children kicked off yesterday with workshops focusing on integrating thinking skills in the curriculum, developing creative thinking, discovering gifted preschoolers and the social and psychological needs of the gifted.

The workshops continu >>>


      HIV CASES FOR 2005 COULD NUMBER 16,000
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — You see despair in their eyes and they often express their desire to die. These are some of Saudi Arabia’s estimated 1,600 new reported cases of HIV–positive Saudi and non–Saudis in the Kingdom for 2005.

If the UN World Health Organization estimate is correct — th >>>


      KINGDOM CALLS FOR A STRONGER ARAB LEAGUE
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 August 2006 — Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal yesterday called upon Arab countries to rise up to the expectations of their people.

«The current situation demands from us to work together seriously to regain the confidence of our people and the respe >>>


      SAUDI MAN MURDERED IN KIEV BURIED
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Huda Al–Shayeb, Arab News QATIF, 27 August 2006 — The body of Hussein Yousif Al–Zubail was interned yesterday after arriving from Ukraine on Thursday. Al–Zubail, the father of three children, was in his 30s. He was killed when he was attacked by a group of assailants on a street in Kiev shortly after >>>


      40 IMAMS BOOKED
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 27 August 2006 — Over 40 imams from here, Hyderabad, Quetta and Multan have been booked for infringements of the Loudspeaker Act, while five persons from Karachi and Quetta were also arrested. Police sources said that these cases have been registered in different police stations aga >>>


      85 KILLED IN MASSIVE DESERT STATE FLOODS
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI/JAIPUR, 27 August 2006 — Massive floods in Rajasthan, better known as India’s desert state, have killed at least 85 people and forced suspension of an Indo–Pak train. With parts of parched desert area neck deep in water, army, air force and navy have been pressed into actio >>>


      AHMADINEJAD OPENS NUKE FACILITY, SAYS IRAN NO THREAT TO ISRAEL
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Agencies KHONDAB, Iran, 27 August 2006 — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted yesterday that Iran is no threat to Israel as he inaugurated a heavy water production plant just five days before a UN Security Council deadline to suspend sensitive nuclear fuel cycle work.

Opening the controversial facility which >>>


      BANGLADESH POLICE ARREST 5 IN MARKET BLAST
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 27 August 2006 — Bangladesh police arrested five suspected Maoist rebels for questioning yesterday, a day after four policemen and a businessman were slain in a bomb attack in a northwest district, an official said.

At least three bombs ripped through a cattle market Friday, >>>


      FATAH SEEKS NATIONAL UNITY GOVT WITH HAMAS
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Reuters AMMAN, 27 August 2006 — Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement yesterday endorsed a national unity government with the rival Hamas group to end feuding they say Israel has exploited to stall on Middle East peace pledges.

Veteran Fatah leader Nabil Shaath said at the end of three >>>


      GENNEXT OF PAWAR FAMILY SET TO ENTER PARLIAMENT
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 27 August 2006 — With the announcement of the decision of the Election Commission to hold the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) in Maharashtra on Sept. 18, to fill the vacancy following the death of Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) member Vasant Chavan last month, decks have bee >>>


      INVENTION BY INDIAN CAN HELP LOCAL BUSINESS SAVE BILLIONS
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 27 August 2006 — An Indian expatriate, currently working as an information technology consultant for the local Addar Group, has invented an «Advanced Encryption Algorithm», which can help local businesses save billions of riyals, which are lost every year due to data >>>


      IRAQ TRIBAL CHIEFS SIGN ‘PACT OF HONOR’
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Agencies BAGHDAD, 27 August 2006 — Hundreds of Iraq’s tribal chiefs yesterday signed a «pact of honor,» pledging to support the prime minister’s national reconciliation plan on wiping out sectarian strife and terrorism tearing the country.

At least 10 people were killed yesterday, including a woman >>>


      ISRAEL WANTS MUSLIM TROOPS
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Agencies JERUSALEM, 27 August 2006 — Israel said yesterday it was encouraging some Muslim countries to send peacekeepers to southern Lebanon, a contribution that would lend credibility to the heavily European force.

EU nations pledged 6,'00 troops on Friday, dispelling concerns that the peacekeeping force >>>


      LEFT GOVERNMENT COMPLETES 100 DAYS IN OFFICE
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Ashraf Padanna, Arab News TRIVANDRUM, 27 August 2006 — Kerala’s Left Democratic Front (LDF) government headed by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan completed 100 days in power yesterday while a research group said the government’s popularity has come down. A.C. Nielson survey across the 14 districts, commissioned by a l >>>


      PAKISTAN PREPARING TO EXTRADITE TERROR SUSPECT TO BRITAIN
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 27 August 2006 — Top security officials of Britain and Pakistan are negotiating the extradition of Rashid Rauf, the key suspect in the plot to blow up US–bound passenger aircraft from London, although there is no extradition treaty in place between the two countries.

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      PRESSURE MOUNTS ON SUDAN TO ACCEPT UN DARFUR MISSION
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Reuters KHARTOUM, 27 August 2006 — As pressure mounts on Sudan to accept UN troops in its violent Darfur region, the Khartoum government is closing ranks in defiance, raising fears of a deadlock that could hasten Darfur’s descent into chaos.

The top US diplomat on Africa, Jendayi Frazer, was to arrive in Khart >>>


      US ENTREPRENEURS AND OFFICERS FOUND GUILTY OF STEALING IRAQ AID FUNDS
      Arab News, 27-08-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 27 August 2006 — The early days of America’s reconstruction program in Iraq were heady days for US businessmen, especially shady American entrepreneurs who turned the program for the country into their own devious deals. Many have been caught, but now it seems questionable as to >>>


      128 STUDENTS SUSPENDED AT IND. SCHOOL
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      HAMMOND, Ind. –– Classrooms were a little less crowded at Morton High School on the first day of classes: 128 students were sent home for wearing the wrong clothes.

Fed up with inappropriate outfits, the principal suspended the students for one day Wednesday, minutes after doors opened at the schoo >>>


      4' DEAD IN KY. COMAIR CRASH, 1 SURVIVOR
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      LEXINGTON, Ky. –– A commuter jet taking off for Atlanta crashed just past the runway and burst into flames, killing 4' people before dawn Sunday and leaving the lone survivor in critical condition.

Comair Flight 51'1, a CRJ–200 regional jet, crashed at 6:07 a.m., said Kathleen Bergen, >>>


      ACTIVIST‘S REMARK STARTS FBI PROBE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      ST. LOUIS –– Jim Bensman thought his suggestion during a public hearing was harmless enough: Instead of building a channel so migratory fish could go around a dam on the Mississippi River, just get rid of the dam.

Instead, the environmental activist found himself in hot water, drawing FBI scrutiny >>>


      AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKE, NASA POSTPONES LAUNCH OF ATLANTIS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 26 –– NASA officials decided Saturday to delay the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis by 24 hours to give engineers more time to determine whether a lightning strike a day earlier had caused any problems.

The launch, planned for Sunday, now will not be until at least Mo >>>


      ALA. DEMS: DARBY NOT WELCOME IN PARTY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      MONTGOMERY, Ala. –– Democratic Party leaders want a former candidate for attorney general who denies the Holocaust occurred to stay out of their future primaries.

The party‘s executive committee passed a resolution Saturday informing Larry Darby that "he is not welcome in the Alabama Dem >>>


      DROPS OF WATER IN THE DESERT HELP IMMIGRANTS ON THEIR WAY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      By Sylvia MorenoWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 27, 2006; A03 SANTA TERESA, N.M. –– Flying 500 feet above the simple barbed–wire fence that marks the U.S.–Mexico border, Armando Alarcon scans the desert below not just for a sign of life. He‘s also looking for a signal of distres >>>


      ERNESTO BECOMES CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE, HEADS TO HAITI
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) –– Ernesto became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Sunday with winds of 75 mph, and forecasters said it would strengthen as it headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could menace a wide swath of coastline including New Orleans.

The National Hurricane Center i >>>


      EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN WASH. FOR FIRES
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      SEATTLE –– Tourists and cabin owners were ordered to evacuate Saturday from the perimeter of a wildfire in southeast Washington state.

Many of the evacuated tourists had gathered to take pictures of a DC–10 airplane that could carry as much as 12,000 gallons of fire retardant on one run _ eig >>>


      FATHER–SON TEAM SET WATERMELON RECORDS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      CONVERSE, La. –– A father–son team from this Sabine County town broke the state watermelon record three times in one summer, with melons adding up to a total weight of 677 pounds.

The really big buster, at 252.4 pounds, was cut from its vine Friday in front of two witnesses from the Louisiana >>>


      FEDEX EXPRESS, PILOTS OK TENTATIVE DEAL
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      MEMPHIS, Tenn. –– FedEx Express, operator of the world‘s largest cargo airline, has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with its pilots, the company announced Sunday.

FedEx Express, the largest division of Memphis–based FedEx Corp., and its 4,700 pilots, represented by the A >>>


      FLA. ZOO FIRES HANDLER OVER TIGER ESCAPE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      TAMPA, Fla. –– A zoo has fired an animal handler after a rare tiger had to be fatally shot when it escaped from its unlatched holding cell.

Enshala, a 200–pound Sumatran tiger, escaped from her night enclosure at Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday and was trying to scale a 7–foot wall when she w >>>


      FLIGHT CRASHES IN KY.; AT LEAST 1 ALIVE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      LEXINGTON, Ky. –– A Comair flight carrying 50 people crashed a mile from Lexington‘s airport Sunday morning shortly after takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration said. At least one person survived.

Comair Flight 51'1, a CRJ–100 regional jet with 47 passengers and three crew mem >>>


      HOW DIFFERENT GROUPS FEEL ABOUT KATRINA
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      PM –– Some demographics and details from AP–Ipsos polling on attitudes about Hurricane Katrina and the nation‘s disaster readiness.

OVERALL: Almost six in 10, 57 percent, say they feel the nation isn‘t ready to handle another major disaster. Fewer than a third approve of President >>>


      IDAHO FIREFIGHTER CHARGED IN ARSON CASE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      SALMON, Idaho –– A federal firefighter accused of persuading a friend to set a brush fire on the city‘s outskirts has been charged with conspiracy to commit arson.

Levy Miller, 21, was being held in the Lemhi County Jail on $30,000 bond, officials said Friday.

Miller has worked for t >>>


      IN BILOXI, THE RECOVERY IS QUICK –– FOR SOME
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      A07 BILOXI, Miss. –– If there is a booming recovery anywhere amid Hurricane Katrina‘s wreckage, it is here in this city of casinos, fishermen and beaches.

Seven of the city‘s nine gambling emporiums –– all of which were severely damaged or destroyed –– are schedu >>>


      JUDGE: STRANDED SHIP TO BE AUCTIONED
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      CHARLESTON, S.C. –– The crew of a stranded Egyptian freighter may have to stay on board another month after a judge ordered the vessel be auctioned amid a shipping dispute.

The Edco will be put up for auction Sept. 21, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled Friday.

Bidding on the 22,350&nd >>>


      KEY DEADLINE LOOMS FOR SOME SALVADORANS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      C03 Salvadoran Embassy officials worked the D.C. United Latin American Festival yesterday afternoon. Last night, Salvadoran President Elías Antonio Saca appeared on Univision‘s long–lived variety show "Sábado Gigante." Today, Salvadoran consular representatives will open an outpost at a >>>


      LAWSUIT DROPPED IN NYC POLICE SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      NEW YORK –– The mother of a hammer–wielding man who was fatally shot by police in 1''' has dropped a lawsuit that claimed the officers overreacted and used excessive force.

Gidone Busch‘s family sought unspecified damages in the lawsuit, which was filed in August 2000 agains >>>


      MOST SAY U.S. ISN‘T READY FOR DISASTER
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Their confidence shaken by Katrina, most Americans don‘t believe the nation is ready for another major disaster, a new AP–Ipsos poll finds.

The survey, conducted one year after the devastating hurricane and with much of New Orleans still in shambles, found diminishing fait >>>


      N.D. TOWN SHORT SQUAD CARS AFTER CHASE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      GRAND FORKS, N.D. –– The city is short on squad cars after a man led police on a destructive chase and crashed his van into 10 cruisers, officials said.

By the time officers stopped Jeffrey Bean in Minnesota, eight squad cars from Grand Forks and two from East Grand Forks, Minn., were damaged, Gran >>>


      N.D. TOWN SHORT SQUAD CARS AFTER CHASE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      GRAND FORKS, N.D. –– The city is short on squad cars after a man led police on a destructive chase and crashed his van into 10 cruisers, officials said.

By the time officers stopped Jeffrey Bean in Minnesota, eight squad cars from Grand Forks and two from East Grand Forks, Minn., were damaged, Gran >>>


      NASA WEIGHS ANOTHER SHUTTLE LAUNCH DELAY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– The chances of NASA launching the space shuttle Atlantis this week diminished by the hour Sunday as the space agency worried about the effect of a lightning strike at the launch pad and the threat of Hurricane Ernesto.

NASA delayed the launch until Tuesday to give engineers >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      5 Guantanamo Inmates Are Sent to Afghanistan The Pentagon said yesterday that it had transferred five detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Afghanistan.

A written statement did not say why the detainees were transferred and did not disclose their identities or home countries.

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      NEW HURRICANE WORRIES LA. AFTER KATRINA
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– What was to have been a weekend of remembrance of Hurricane Katrina‘s destruction became a weekend of worry as Ernesto strengthened to a hurricane in the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center said Ernesto could grow into a Category 3 hurricane by Thursday, menacing a broad s >>>


      RESULTS OF AP–IPSOS POLL ON KATRINA
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      PM –– The Associated Press–Ipsos poll on public attitudes about Hurricane Katrina and the nation‘s preparedness for a major disaster was conducted Aug. 7–' with one question asked again from Aug. 15–17.

It is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults from Aug. 7&nd >>>


      SEATTLE FIRM WARNED BP ABOUT PIPELINE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      SEATTLE –– An engineering firm raised a red flag more than four years ago about BP PLC‘s monitoring of its Alaska oil pipelines, documents show.

The draft report by Seattle‘s Coffman Engineers, published in November 2001, is among documents being reviewed by a federal grand jury in Anch >>>


      SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS LAUNCH ON HOLD
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA technicians carried out new tests on Sunday to check whether space shuttle Atlantis was damaged by a lightning strike and the U.S. space agency said the ship‘s launch would be delayed at least until Tuesday.

NASA is seeking to determine whether the shuttle&l >>>


      STUDY: TEACHER‘S GENDER AFFECTS LEARNING
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– For all the differences between the sexes, here‘s one that might stir up debate in the teacher‘s lounge: Boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women.

That‘s the upshot of a provocative study by Thomas Dee, an associate professor of economics at Swarthmor >>>


      THE MCCAIN MAKEOVER
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      By Glenn FrankelSunday, August 27, 2006; W12 IT‘S FEBRUARY 15, 2000, a pivotal moment in the race for the Republican nomination for president, and at the televised candidates‘ debate in Columbia, S.C., temperatures are rising.

John McCain, fresh off an upset victory in the New Hampshire primary, ha >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      AM –– Rain was forecast for much of the nation Sunday, while most of the West Coast was expected to remain dry.

Rain was expected throughout New England, the Mid–Atlantic and the Upper Mississippi Valley. Showers and thunderstorms were forecast for the Rocky Mountains and the Plains. The Stor >>>


      WEATHER THREATENS NASA SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– The chances of the space shuttle Atlantis launching this week diminished by the hour Sunday as NASA prepared for Hurricane Ernesto and the possibility of moving the spacecraft into shelter.

Workers on Sunday rolled to the launch pad a gigantic crane that could be used to mov >>>


      CAMPAIGNING THE BAYH WAY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      Sen. Evan Bayh (D–Ind.) is doubling his chit–building chances in the 2008 presidential race by holding a joint fundraiser with New Hampshire Gov.

John Lynch and Iowa gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver next month. Bayh, who has made little secret of his ambition to run for president in 2008, will h >>>


      DEMOCRATS SPLIT OVER TIMETABLE FOR TROOPS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      By Jim VandeHei and Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, August 27, 2006; A01 Most Democratic candidates in competitive congressional races are opposed to setting a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, rejecting pressure from liberal activists to demand a quick end to the three–year&n >>>


      FEDS SAY NEW ORLEANS IS STORM–READY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Federal emergency officials claim New Orleans levee system is ready for another major hurricane, despite the less–optimistic views of other political leaders and engineers.

"I think we‘re in good shape," Don Powell, the Bush administration‘s coordinator of >>>


      HEAD DEMOCRATS IN ALA. RESTORE WHITE NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      2006; A04 A battle over race that had divided Alabama‘s Democratic Party came to an end yesterday when the party‘s executive committee reinstated a white woman as its nominee to represent a historically black Birmingham district in the state legislature.

The nominee, Patricia Todd, is a lesbian and >>>


      IRAQ: STILL WORTH SOME WAITING
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      DIWANIYAH, Iraq –– When the Bush administration talks about the progress it is making in Iraq, it points to places like this provincial capital about 100 miles south of Baghdad. The population is overwhelmingly Shiite, and the region is fairly calm by comparison with the capital. But even here in Qadisiyah >>>


      IRAQI PM: VIOLENCE IS DECREASING
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Iraq‘s prime minister said Sunday that violence was decreasing in his country, despite daily reports of bloodshed and fighting. Nouri al–Maliki insisted that his government was making progress in efforts to combat sectarian clashes between Shiites and Sunnis, and terrorism by Sunni >>>


      KEY US LEGISLATOR SAYS WILL BLOCK AID TO LEBANON
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A key U.S. legislator said in Israel on Sunday he would block aid President George W. Bush promised Lebanon and free the funds only when Beirut agreed to the deployment of international troops on the border with Syria.

"The international community must use all our available mea >>>


      MORALITY IN IRAQ, THEN AND NOW
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      Change is news, and the important news from the second trial of Saddam Hussein is this: The U.S. government is helping expose the ex–dictator‘s genocidal assault on Kurdish tribesmen instead of helping hide it.

Welcome the change. But do not rush past the original malfeasance: U.S. officials were d >>>


      ON BECOMING A ‘REAL AMERICAN‘
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      From adolescence on, I heard a constant refrain from my Indian father: "Don‘t ever believe that you‘re really American." I found his advice peculiar, especially as I had been living in America since age 8 and had largely forgotten my time in India. To him, it didn‘t matter that the only lang >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      Soldiers‘ families question Rumsfeld on deployment FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Reuters) – The wives of soldiers whose duty in Iraq was extended to add troop strength to Baghdad peppered U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with tough questions, some that he could not answer, at a closed–door meeting in Alask >>>


      RUMSFELD IN ALASKA, TO MEET WITH SOLDIERS‘ FAMILIES
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld landed in Alaska on Saturday and was due to meet behind closed doors with the families of soldiers‘ whose duty in Iraq was extended to counter a dramatic rise in violence in Baghdad.

Rumsfeld, in comments to reporters en route, pr >>>


      RUMSFELD PRAISES TROOPS DOING EXTRA DUTY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      FAIRBANKS, Alaska –– Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Saturday praised the work of an Army brigade whose one–year tour in Iraq was extended just as they prepared to return home, and said he saw no reason for the soldiers or their families to be angry at him.

"I don‘t put it >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D–Del.); federal Coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding Donald E. Powell ; New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas ; AOL co–founder and Revolution Health Group Chairman Steve C >>>


      U.S. RELATIVES OF TERROR CAMP CONVICT DENIED ENTRY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. government has barred two relatives of a California man convicted of attending Pakistani terrorism training camps from re–entering the country after an extended stay in Pakistan, even though both are U.S. citizens, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday.

M >>>


      UNBIND JAPAN‘S MILITARY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      TOKYO –– Ever since Commodore Perry‘s black ships entered the harbor here in 1853, the Japanese have wondered whether their nation could modernize without becoming thoroughly westernized. Today they wonder whether their nation can provide for their defense and play a proper role in the international s >>>


      WEATHERING THE NEXT STORM
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      As we look back on Hurricane Katrina a year later, one thing is clear: We must employ the lessons learned so that when the next disaster strikes we are better prepared to protect lives, prevent suffering, reduce property loss and respond more effectively.

Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive natural disa >>>


      4 SUSPECTED MILITANTS KILLED IN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      MAKHACHKALA, Russia –– Police surrounded a home in Russia‘s Dagestan region Saturday and exchanged gunfire with suspected militants, killing four and wounding a woman who was with the gunmen, authorities said. One police officer was wounded.

Meanwhile, three Russian riot police were killed an >>>


      BACK–TO–BACK BOMBS KILL ' IN KIRKUK
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      KIRKUK, Iraq –– Two back–to–back suicide car bombs struck the northern city of Kirkuk on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding 22, while four more people were killed in a motorcycle bomb in southern Iraq.

The first car bomber smashed into a checkpoint about 7:30 p.m. outside >>>


      BRITISH SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHAN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      KABUL (Reuters) – A British soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on Sunday, the British Defense Ministry said, the latest NATO soldier to die since the alliance took over in the Afghan south from a U.S.–led force last month.

"The Ministry of Defense can confirm the death of >>>


      CAR BOMB HITS OFFICES OF IRAQI NEWSPAPER
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded outside the offices of the state–run newspaper al–Sabah in Baghdad on Sunday, killing two people, wounding 20 and causing extensive damage to the building, police said.

The blast demolished the facade of the newspaper‘s production department, witn >>>


      CHAD PLANS TO EVICT 2 OIL FIRMS OVER UNPAID TAXES
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      N‘DJAMENA, Chad, Aug. 26 –– Chad‘s president on Saturday ordered two oil companies, Chevron Corp. and Petronas, to leave the country, saying that neither had paid taxes and that his country would take responsibility for the oil fields they have overseen.

In remarks on state–run ra >>>


      CURFEW IN PAKISTANI CITY AFTER REBEL LEADER KILLED
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Authorities in the Pakistani city of Quetta imposed an indefinite curfew and called in troops on Sunday after violent protests followed the killing of a Baluch nationalist rebel leader.

Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, 7', was killed in fighting with security forces on Saturday in >>>


      FOX JOURNALISTS RELEASED AFTER NEARLY TWO WEEKS IN CAPTIVITY
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      5:40 AM JERUSALEM, Aug. 27 –– Two Fox Television journalists held for 13 days in the Gaza Strip were released Sunday after they were shown on a videotape saying they converted to Islam.

The two journalists, American Steve Centanni, 60, and New Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, "have liberated t >>>


      FRENCH TROOPS AID IN LEBANON REBUILDING
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Dozens of French soldiers arrived Sunday to help the Lebanese army rebuild bridges that were destroyed or damaged by Israeli airstrikes during the 34–day fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas.

The soldiers, who are not part of the expanding U.N. peacekeep >>>


      GUNMEN KIDNAP, RELEASE HAITIAN LAWMAKER
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      PORT–AU–PRINCE, Haiti –– Gunmen kidnapped and briefly held a Haitian legislator before releasing him unharmed, local radio reported Saturday.

Rodney Alcide, a deputy in the lower house of Parliament, was seized late Friday in a suburb north of the capital of Port–au–Prince a >>>


      IN ISRAEL, A DIVISIVE STRUGGLE OVER TARGETED KILLING
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      A01 TEL AVIV Israel‘s top military commander sat on the edge of his bed, talking on the phone, rubbing his forehead. The bedroom door was closed, muffling the Saturday clink and giggle of his children at lunch. His chief of operations was on the gray, secure phone, the line that rang louder and sharper and made h >>>


      IN ISRAEL, PROTESTS BY SOLDIERS OFTEN DRIVE POLITICAL CHANGE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      JERUSALEM, Aug. 26 –– Itamar Shapira refused to go to war. The 26–year–old first sergeant, a combat veteran called up from reserves to fight in southern Lebanon, told his superiors he did not think the war made sense.

His punishment: eight days‘ confinement in a prison camp. " >>>


      IRAN REASSERTS NUCLEAR RIGHTS AS DEADLINE FROM U.N. NEARS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      KHONDAB, Iran, Aug. 26 –– Iran inaugurated a heavy–water plant Saturday, expanding its nuclear program days before a U.N. deadline that threatens sanctions unless Tehran curbs activities that U.S. and European leaders say could be used to make atomic weapons.

The move was the latest defiance >>>


      IRAN SAYS WILL PURSUE ATOM WORK
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran insisted on Sunday it would never stop uranium enrichment despite a looming U.N. deadline to halt the sensitive atomic work, which the West says is part of an effort to build atomic bombs.

"Iran will continue its uranium enrichment. We want to produce our own nuclear fuel,&qu >>>


      IRAQI MUSEUM SEALED AGAINST LOOTERS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 27, 2006; A14 BAGHDAD, Aug. 26 –– Before he quit as head of Iraq‘s antiquities board, Donny George made a final desperate attempt this summer to safeguard the relics of 5,000 years of history: He ordered the doors of the National Museum >>>


      ISRAEL ASKS MUSLIM STATES TO SEND TROOPS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      JERUSALEM –– The Israeli government said Saturday it is asking friendly Muslim countries to contribute troops to the U.N. force that is to help police the cease–fire in southern Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah.

The U.N. wants Muslim troops included to lend credibility in the region to wh >>>


      ITALY SEEKING ROLE IN MIDEAST PRISONER SWAP
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Italy is seeking a role in negotiations over the release of Israeli and Hizbollah prisoners, including two Israeli soldiers whose seizure sparked the recent war between the two sides, Hizbollah said.

In a television interview to be broadcast later on Sunday, Hizbollah leader Sayyed Has >>>


      JAPAN–TAIWAN TIES GROW DESPITE CHINA OBJECTIONS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      TAIPEI (Reuters) – When Japan‘s top–ranked sumo wrestler Asashoryu walked into a reception to kick off a sumo tournament in Taiwan, guests rushed to take his photo and mobbed his dinner table to get autographs.

Mongolian–born Asashoryu, who has a record of 84 victories in a year, visite >>>


      JESSE JACKSON SAYS SYRIA BACKS PRISONERS‘ RELEASE
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syria backs efforts to free captured Israeli soldiers and Arab prisoners held by the Jewish state, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said after meeting President Bashar al–Assad on Sunday.

"President Assad supports the finding of their status and release. He uses infl >>>


      KIDNAPPED FOX NEWS JOURNALISTS FREED
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Two Fox News journalists were released Sunday, nearly two weeks after being seized by militants, ending the longest–running drama involving foreign hostages in the Gaza Strip.

American correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig of New Zealand were dropped of >>>


      KIDNAPPED FOX REPORTERS FREED IN GAZA: FOX
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      GAZA (Reuters) – Militants in the Gaza Strip released two kidnapped journalists from the American Fox News Channel on Sunday after the men appeared on a videotape saying they had converted to Islam, Fox said.

Fox said correspondent Steve Centanni, a 60–year–old American, and New Zealand&ndash >>>


      LOUD BLAST HEARD NEAR HOTEL IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A loud blast shook central Baghdad and black smoke was seen rising near a hotel complex on Sunday, witnesses said.

Sustained gunshots were heard minutes after the blast some 100 meters from the Palestine hotel. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Witnesses said the bla >>>


      LULA‘S SILENCE ONLY MAKES BRAZILIAN PUBLIC GROW FONDER
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 27, 2006; A14 RIO DE JANEIRO –– With little more than a month left in his reelection campaign, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is skipping televised presidential debates, ignoring the print media and distancing himself from his scandal&ndas >>>


      ONE–THIRD OF CHINA HURT BY ACID RAIN
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      BEIJING –– One–third of China‘s vast landmass is suffering from acid rain caused by its rapid industrial growth, while local leaders are failing to enforce environmental standards for fear of hurting business, said officials quoted Sunday by state media.

China‘s factories spewed o >>>


      PERU‘S EX–SPY CHIEF SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      LIMA, Peru –– Peru‘s jailed ex–intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos has been sentenced to six years in prison for using government money to fund former President Alberto Fujimori‘s 2000 re–election campaign.

The Superior Court handed down Montesinos‘ sentence late F >>>


      POLICE ARREST 450 RIOTERS IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 27-08-2006
      QUETTA, Pakistan –– Police arrest 450 rioters for defying curfew imposed after Pakistani army killed rebel tribal chief, official says.
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