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      ‘VOLATILE OIL PRICES A BIG WORRY’
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Tang Li, Arab News SINGAPORE, 17 September 2006 — Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to play a more proactive role in regards to the oil market.

Chidambaram, who is leading the Indian delegation (comprising of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka) >>>


      ALHOKAIR PLANS TO OPEN 207 STORES IN TWO YEARS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Arab News Dr. Abdul Majeed Alhokair RIYADH, 17 September 2006 — In line with its expansion strategy Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair & Company plans to open 207 stores in the next 2 years. As of March 31, 2006 Alhokair had 617 stores spread across the Kingdom.

The company believes that there are extensive opportun >>>


      ALJ TO USE GRAMIN BANK EXPERTISE
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Arab News Muhammad Yunus, president of Bangladesh’s Gramin Bank visits Abdul Latif Jameel’s Community Service Programs in Jeddah on Saturday. (AN photo) JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — The present banking system in the world does not cater to the needs of one third of the world’s population, according to a Bangladeshi expe >>>


      BANGLADESH APPROVES BANK SALE
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — The Bangladeshi government has approved a deal to sell 67 percent of the state–owned Rupali Bank for $330 million (23 billion taka) to a Saudi prince, according to a source at the Bangladeshi Finance Ministry on Friday, reported the Al–Eqtisadiah daily.

The pap >>>


      DOHA BANK OPENS OFFICE IN SINGAPORE
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Tang Li, Arab News SINGAPORE, 17 September 2006 — Amidst the backdrop of the conferences and discussions being held at the IMF–World Bank meetings in Singapore, Arab–Asian business ties took a major step closer together when Doha Bank, the largest private bank opened a representative office in Singapore.
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      G–7 MINISTERS ASK CHINA TO ACT ON YUAN
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Shada Islam, Deutsche Presse–Agentur SINGAPORE, 17 September 2006 — Finance chiefs from the world’s leading Group of Seven (G–7) industrialized nations yesterday warned that a slowing US economy, oil price hikes and rising national trade protectionism were endangering global growth.

G–7 natio >>>


      GULF ONE SIGNS MOU WITH DEPFA BANK
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Maha Akeel & Khalil Hanware, Arab News Dr. Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank, center, and Paul Leatherdale, MD and member of the executive committee of DEPFA Bank, shake hands after signing a MoU at Jeddah Hilton on Saturday. At right is Ziyad F. Omar of Gulf One. (AN photo).

JEDDAH, 17 Septembe >>>


      ITHMAAR BANK POSTS RECORD $33.2M PROFIT
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Arab News MANAMA, 17 September 2006 — Ithmaar Bank, a major publicly quoted investment bank based in Bahrain, has posted its best–ever half–year performance, which has seen profits soar by 104 percent.

A continued growth in assets, revenue and net income, has resulted in a net profit of $33.2 milli >>>


      LANGE TARGETS MIDDLE EAST FOR HIGH–END WATCHES
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News DRESDEN, Germany, 17 September 2006 — After a hiatus of over 60 years, the historic Green Vault in Dresden has finally reopened.

It is the repository of treasures accumulated by the Elector of Saxony who gained fame as Augustus the Strong.

Established in the Residential Palace >>>


      ROYAL CARIBBEAN TO EXPAND OPERATIONS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — Royal Caribbean International has announced its plans to return to Asia beginning in December 2007 with its Vision–class ship, which will feature rock–climbing and indoor glass walls giving exotic views of Asian landscapes.

The cruise ship Rhaps >>>


      SAUDI EXPORTS OPEN TO GLOBAL MARKETS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Raid Qusti, Arab News Minister of Trade and Commerce Hashim Yamani, center, is seen inaugurating the Second Saudi Export Meeting in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo) RIYADH, 17 September 2006 — Minister of Trade and Commerce Dr. Hashim Yamani said here yesterday that the biggest benefit Saudi Arabia gained from its joinin >>>


      TV INDUSTRY WITNESSES NEW TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — As new satellite channels continue to be added to the enormous number of existing ones, competition is growing among TV manufacturers to introduce new technologies.

«There is a growing commitment among the manufacturers to the LCD and plasma TV market, >>>


      BEGINNING OF RAMADAN: FOLLOWING THE SAUDI MOON SIGHTING
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Some people in my home country do not begin the Ramadan fast according to their country; they follow Saudi Arabia. They do the same with the Eid and mark it on the same day as in Saudi Arabia, while people at home may be still fasting. Please comment.

A.S. Al–Jaidy A. These peopl >>>


      EARLY DAYS OF ISLAM: HUNGER LEADING TO MISBEHAVIOR
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi When we are in difficulty, we may do things that we would not contemplate in comfortable circumstances. Hardship can lead us to overlook what is wrong in an action we are contemplating. We only think of how to remove the hardship. This is the reason why Islam lays great emphasis on the duty of the >>>


      GOD’S GRACE REMEMBERED WHEN WEARING NEW CLOTHES
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News When we try to draw a picture of the man who was God’s Messenger (peace be upon him), we need to look at every aspect of his personality. Fortunately, we have authentic reports that speak about his every movement and every action. We learn what he said on matters of religion and politics, and wha >>>


      IS THE VEIL OBLIGATORY?
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. You have said more than once that women are allowed to go out with their faces and hands uncovered. If so, may I ask whether some women in Saudi Arabia wear the veil covering their faces and gloves covering their hands on the basis of tradition?

M. O. A. Sulaiman A. This column is inte >>>


      MAINTAINING JUSTICE BETWEEN ONE’S CHILDREN
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Before his death, my father gave one house to my mother as her dowry, or meher. She has two sons and three daughters. She has converted this house into six flats and wants to give a flat to each one of her five children and keep one for herself. She wishes to gift her flat as an endowment, or w >>>


      REFLECTION ON GOD’S CREATION
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Are they not aware how God creates (life) in the first instance, and then brings it forth anew? This is indeed easy for God. Say: «Go all over the earth and see how God has originated His creation in the first instance; and then He >>>


      WEARING A SUITABLE HEAD COVER
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi In most countries, a head cover is an important item of clothing. It is a well–known fact that communities develop their clothes as suits their climate. In cold countries, people generally wear clothes that remain close to one’s body, using warm material, such as wool and leather. This contr >>>


      WORKING IN A BANK
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agence France Presse Q. A Muslim in Canada works in a bank where his job involves providing capital for clients to ensure that they can carry out their projects. All such deals involve interest. Is such work permissible? If not, does it mean that working in a bank or a financial institution is forbidden?

Mazha >>>


      ABDULLAH DOES NOT FORESEE SECTARIAN CONFLICTS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday ruled out the possibility of a sectarian war between Muslims of the region on the basis of religious schools of thought. «The Arab region will not witness wars between Muslims, whether it be on the >>>


      FIGHTING POVERTY AND ELEMENTS IN WADI STARA
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Saeed Al–Abyad, Arab News Most residents of Wadi Stara live in wood–and–tin shacks like this. (AN photo by Saeed Al–Abyad) WADI STARA, 17 September 2006 — Away from the glamour of Jeddah and Riyadh and the spirituality of Makkah and Madinah, take yourself off the beaten track and over narrow mou >>>


      MEDICAL MISTAKES FOCUS OF ‘PATIENT SAFETY SUMMIT’
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 17 September 2006 — A three–day international conference on patient safety and medical errors opened yesterday at the King Faisal Conference Hall here with delegates from all parts of the world attending.

On behalf of Interior Minister Prince Naif, Health Minister D >>>


      NURSES FILL IN AS KINGDOM FACES SHORTAGE OF PHARMACISTS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — Due to the shortage of pharmacists in some remote areas, the Ministry of Health issued a circular recently to all regional health directors permitting nurses to dispense medications.

While the directive is temporary until a pharmacist or assistant pharmacist is >>>


      POPE SORRY MUSLIMS WERE OFFENDED
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Arab News Kashmiri Muslims protest in Srinagar on Saturday against Pope Benedict’s controversial remarks. (EPA) JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — The Vatican said yesterday that Pope Benedict is sorry Muslims were offended by a speech that provoked fury in the Islamic world and led to calls for the leader of the Catholic chu >>>


      SAUD ASKS POPE TO CLARIFY STANCE ON ISLAM
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Prince Saud JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — Saudi Arabia yesterday urged Pope Benedict XVI to issue a statement clarifying his stand on Islam and its teachings after his provocative statement on Tuesday denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

In a message to hi >>>


      SEVEN–YEAR–OLD IN COMA; STEPMOM FACES CHARGES
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2006 — A seven–year–old girl is in a coma after her stepmother smashed her head causing a severe injury.

The girl now lies in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Arar Central Hospital and a neurosurgeon is following her case, a hospital official told Arab >>>


      WE WILL SOON BE MALARIA–FREE: AL–MANIE
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Raid Qusti, Arab News Health Minister Dr. Hamad Al–Manie, center, inaugurating the first Saudi–European medical meeting in Riyadh. (AN photo) RIYADH, 17 September 2006 — Health Minister Dr. Hamad Al–Manie said yesterday that the Kingdom would soon be malaria–free due to the successful public cam >>>


      ‘MOUNTAIN FURY’ LAUNCHED TO TAME TALEBAN
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agencies An Afghan schoolgirl holds her brother’s hand as they run in the old section of the city of Kabul on Saturday. (AFP) BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, 17 September 2006 — Thousands of Afghan and foreign security forces kicked off a major new offensive against the Taleban in eastern Afghanistan yesterday as a NATO& >>>


      ‘NO FUTURE FOR ISRAEL WITHOUT JUST PEACE’
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 17 September 2006 — King Abdallah of Jordan yesterday painted a grim picture for the Middle East if the status quo persists in the region, and cautioned Israel «will have no future» without a just and comprehensive settlement that guarantees rights of the Palestinians.< >>>


      20 DETAINED IN KASHMIR FOR PROTESTING POPE’S REMARKS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press SRINAGAR, 17 September 2006 — Police detained nearly two–dozen angry Muslims protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on Islam yesterday, the second straight day of anti–pope rallies in Indian Kashmir.

More than 100 supporters of the hard–line faction of the All& >>>


      ABBAS TO MEET BUSH IN NEW YORK WEDNESDAY
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 17 September 2006 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with US President George W. Bush in New York next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said yesterday the meeting will take place Wednesday. On Monday, Abbas i >>>


      BRITON MARRIES INTERNET LOVER UNDER POLICE GUARD
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Hugh Muir and Shekhar Bhatia, Guardian News Service NEW DELH, 17 September 2006 — A British Muslim woman has married under police protection in India after fleeing from her family in Britain to be with a Hindu she met over the Internet.

Subia Gaur, 18, told how she and her husband, Ashwani Gupta, had a two&nda >>>


      ERDOGAN WARNS GREECE OVER MUSLIM MINORITY RIGHTS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agence France Presse ISTANBUL, 17 September 2006 — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned neighboring Greece yesterday to respect the right of its Muslim minority to elect its own religious leader or face reciprocal measures from Ankara. «If Greece respects its own minority rights and has expectations >>>


      HUDOOD BILL WEIGHS ON RULING PARTY
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 17 September 2006 — What President Gen. Pervez Musharraf wanted was to empower women in Pakistan socially, economically and legally. With this in mind, he instructed the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Q) to bring about necessary amendments to the Hudood Ordinance which was enacted by >>>


      INDIAN PM TELLS NAM: UNITE TO FIGHT TERRORISM
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Michael Langan, Agence France Presse HAVANA, 17 September 2006 — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged Non–Aligned Movement leaders late Friday to take a conciliatory tone as they work to counter terrorism, and try to keep the Mideast peace process on track.

«If NAM is to be relevant in today’ >>>


      INDONESIANS MARCH TO SUPPORT PALESTINIANS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agencies JAKARTA, 17 September 2006 — About 1,000 Indonesian Muslims waving flags and shouting «God is Great» marched to the Palestinian Embassy in Jakarta yesterday to demonstrate their support for the Palestinian people and criticize the Pope.

The demonstrators, who arrived at the embassy after a >>>


      IRAN, VENEZUELA TRY TO FORGE ANTI–US FRONT
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Reuters Acting Cuban President Raul Castro, right, gestures to photographers while greeting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the entrance to the Havana convention center on Friday where the summit of Non–Aligned nations is being held. (Reuters) HAVANA, 16 September 2006 — Iran, Venezuela and other states >>>


      MORE CORPSES FOUND AS US VOWS TO BOOST BAGHDAD FORCE
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 17 September 2006 — Dozens of corpses were found across Baghdad yesterday, as Prime Minister Nuri Al–Maliki launched a fresh peace bid and the US pledged more troops to help to restore stability in the Iraqi capital. Police said 47 bodies were recovered in the streets of the capital, >>>


      MUSHARRAF, MANMOHAN DISCUSS KASHMIR
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agencies HAVANA, 17 September 2006 — Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held «historic» talks on the disputed Kashmir region yesterday, on the sidelines of a developing–world summit in Havana.

The two shook hands before starting their closed doors t >>>


      NO THREAT TO UPA GOVT, SAYS TOP CPM LEADER
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy & Indo Asian News Service NEW DELHI, 17 September 2006 — The Congress party–led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government can breathe easy. Communist veteran Prakash Karat says his party has no intention of toppling it and a third alternative is not in sight.

Karat, general secr >>>


      OPPOSITION ACCEPTS KHALEDA’S TALKS OFFER
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Agencies DHAKA, 17 September 2006 — Bangladesh’s main opposition said yesterday it accepted an offer by the prime minister for election reform talks but would still go ahead with a «million man rally» to push the government for changes.

«We’re ready to talk with the government on election ref >>>


      RECALLING THE HINDU–MUSLIM AMITY IN UNDIVIDED INDIA
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Sameen Tahir–Khan, Arab News OHIO, 17 September 2006 — He reads Dawn newspaper every night. He gave $100 to the Pakistan earthquake victim fund (A fact he rarely discloses for fear of sounding boastful). Sehgal, who was born in an area now within Pakistan, has not been there since 1'44. But he intensely loves >>>


      TOP ALGERIA ISLAMISTS TO END EXILE: ASSOCIATE
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Reuters ALGIERS, 17 September 2006 — Three leaders of Algeria’s main banned Islamist party will return from exile today in a further sign of rapprochement between the government and radicals who once sought purist Islamic rule, a colleague said. Rabah Kebir, Abdelkrim Ghemazi and Ould Ada would be the first leaders of >>>


      UP HAJ MINISTER CAUGHT TRAVELING WITHOUT TICKET
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      S.A. Ali, Arab News NEW DELHI, 17 September 2006 — Uttar Pradesh’s Haj Minister Haji Yaqoob Qureshi along with his three supporters were allegedly caught traveling without tickets on board the Lucknow–Delhi Lucknow Mail train early this morning.

Railway and Government Railway Police (GRP) sources said th >>>


      YEMEN FORCES ARREST FOUR TERROR PLOTTERS
      Arab News, 17-09-2006
      Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 17 September 2006 — Yemeni security forces arrested four members of an Al–Qaeda cell in the capital Sanaa yesterday, Interior Minister Rashad Al–Alimi said, a day after security forces foiled twin suicide bombings of oil installations.

The minister told a pre >>>


      5 SCIENTISTS RECOGNIZED FOR MEDICAL ADVANCES
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      NEW YORK –– Pioneers in psychotherapy and cell biology and three scientists who discovered a crucial enzyme linked to cancer and aging are being awarded prestigious medical prizes.

The $100,000 prizes from the Lasker Foundation will be presented Friday in New York.

The Lasker award for cli >>>


      ASTRONAUTS COMPLETE SPACE STATION ADDITION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      Associated PressSunday, September 17, 2006; A08 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 16 –– With their hardest tasks behind them, space shuttle Atlantis‘s six astronauts got time to relax Saturday after almost a week of nonstop work adding a 17 1/2 –ton addition with winglike solar power panels to the int >>>


      EARTHBOUND FARM SCRUTINIZED OVER SPINACH
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      PM SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. –– Earthbound Farm, the country‘s largest grower of organic produce, is facing unwelcome scrutiny after federal officials linked a nationwide E. coli outbreak to its bagged spinach.

The company, also known by its legal name Natural Selection Foods LLC, recalled an >>>


      FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR RICHARDS LIES IN REPOSE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By April CastroAssociated PressSunday, September 17, 2006; A15 AUSTIN, Sept. 16 –– Former president Bill Clinton on Saturday tearfully escorted the flag–draped casket of former governor Ann Richards into the state Capitol, where she will lie in repose for two days until her funeral and burial.

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      HALF OF FREEDOM TOWER TO BE RENTED OUT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      NEW YORK –– Federal and state officials have agreed to rent half of the Freedom Tower when it opens in about five years at the World Trade Center site _ sealing one part of an elaborate deal that would, if finalized, divide control of what to build there.

The federal General Services Administration >>>


      HP SPOKESMAN WAS ONE TARGET OF LEAK PROBE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16 –– Hewlett–Packard Co. officials said Saturday that the company improperly accessed phone records of a corporate spokesman during its investigation into leaks to the media.

Spokesman Michael Moeller was one of two HP employees targeted during the company‘s int >>>


      MISSOURI AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR INFANT GIRL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      Associated PressSunday, September 17, 2006; A10 UNION, Mo., Sept. 16 –– A grandmother of a newborn girl stolen from a rural home pleaded Saturday for the baby‘s safe return, as authorities searched for an abductor who stabbed and seriously injured the infant‘s mother before fleeing with the chil >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      New Hurricane Forms, But No Land Threat Yet MIAMI –– Hurricane Helene formed Saturday in the open Atlantic, while a weakened Hurricane Gordon drifted slowly, also hundreds of miles from land, forecasters said.

Helene had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph –– just 1 mph above the minimum >>>


      OSTEOPOROSIS DRUG SHOWN TO CUT FRACTURES
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      An experimental treatment for bone–thinning osteoporosis appears to prevent spine and hip fractures even though it is given only once a year, eliminating the need for a strict daily pill regimen, preliminary data show.

Reclast, given as an annual 15–minute infusion, reduced risk of new spine fractu >>>


      PAINTED ELEPHANT CAUSES STIR IN L.A.
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– A city agency that allowed a spray–painted elephant to appear at an art exhibit is now saying it will not issue permits for such events in the future.

The elephant, named Tai, was given a nontoxic paint job for the Thursday opening of the "Barely Legal" exhibit by Bri >>>


      PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT HONORS WAR VETS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      HONOLULU –– Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo dedicated a plaque here in memory of Filipino and American soldiers who died fighting side–by–side in wars of the Pacific.

Arroyo on Saturday placed a wreath adorned with red, white and blue ribbons in front of the plaque, which >>>


      PUBLIC MONEY MAY NOT BE ENOUGH IN 2008
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Those three dollars you‘ve set aside in your tax returns as a good deed toward clean presidential elections? Forget about it. Nobody wants them anymore.

Strategists from both parties estimate the White House race in 2008 could cost each nominee $500 million _ far more than the P >>>


      REPORT: MOST CDC BONUSES GO TO MANAGERS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      ATLANTA –– The employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who get bonuses most frequently are not scientists, but instead are accountants, budget analysts, computer experts and other administrative managers, according to a published report Sunday.

The data appear to reinforce the f >>>


      TEEN RESCUED AFTER SENDING TEXT MESSAGE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      PM LUGOFF, S.C. –– A text message sent by a kidnapped 14–year–old to her mother led to her rescue Saturday, when police found her in a hand–dug, booby–trapped bunker.

Elizabeth Shoaf‘s message also led investigators to name a suspect in her kidnapping more than a week >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      ':0' PM –– The nation‘s first snowstorm of the season began dropping snow in the Northern Rockies on Saturday, with accumulation up to ' inches in higher elevations.

Winter storm warnings remained in effect for many counties in Montana through early evening. The totals were less t >>>


      WOMEN TO FLY GIS HOME BEFORE IRAQ DUTY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      MONTPELIER, Vt. –– Amanda Tyrell thought she wouldn‘t see her husband for a year and a half when he left in July for training and then military service in Iraq. But she‘ll get to see him one more time Sunday before he eventually departs to Iraq. She and other wives raised money to pay to fly som >>>


      A SCHOOL DAY OF RECKONING OVER STEROIDS?
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      It was a long time ago, but the memories of those first days of football practice linger with me the way the taste of sweet little cakes did with Proust. For me, the smell of freshly cut grass does it. I am immediately drawn back to a time some 50 years ago when I would stretch out on the field at my little New England >>>


      BLUE AMERICA, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      In this autumn of their discontent, Republicans tremble as November nears. But now comes yet another book by a gloomy liberal anticipating permanent Republican dominance. Thomas B. Edsall of The New Republic, in "Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power," argues t >>>


      CANDIDATE AGONISTES AND IRAQ
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      The headline Thursday morning from Iraq read: "Nearly 100 Killed in Baghdad During 24 Brutal Hours." That‘s what faced embattled Republican Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut –– along with a plate of lukewarm scrambled eggs and a tableful of reporters at a press breakfast sponsored by the Chris >>>


      EUROPEANS MAY MEET WITH IRAN, SANS U.S.
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– European diplomats are considering a meeting with Iran on the sidelines of next week‘s U.N. General Assembly in hopes of de–escalating the standoff over Tehran‘s nuclear program _ but the United States won‘t be getting an invitation.

The Bush administration, >>>


      FRIST EXPECTS A DEAL ON DETAINEE BILL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      PM COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R–Tenn., said Saturday he has to do more to get Sen. Lindsey Graham, R–S.C., in line with other Republicans and the White House on how terrorist suspects should be prosecuted.

Graham and Sen. John McCain, R–Ariz., helped Demo >>>


      GORE‘S 2008 PLANS MAY BECOME CLEARER AFTER RELEASE OF BOOK
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      Although saying he has no plans to run for president in 2008, former vice president Al Gore has nonetheless left the door ever so slightly ajar.

It‘s a good bet that door will swing open a good bit wider come next May. That is when Gore is scheduled to publish his next book. With no fanfare, he signed a >>>


      MAJOR PROBLEMS AT POLLS FEARED
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Dan Balz and Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 17, 2006; A01 An overhaul in how states and localities record votes and administer elections since the Florida recount battle six years ago has created conditions that could trigger a repeat –– this time on a national scale &n >>>


      MD. ELECTION PROBLEMS FUEL PUSH FOR PAPER RECORD
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Cameron W. BarrWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 17, 2006; A04 The primary day debacle in Montgomery and Prince George‘s counties will add momentum to regional efforts to ensure that election systems create a paper record of each vote, according to some elected officials and activists critical of p >>>


      THE POST–PUTIN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Jim HoaglandSunday, September 17, 2006; B07 MOSCOW –– Democracy does not march very long or very far. It lunges forward into vacuums created by the collapse of colonial, communist or imperial systems. Democratic reforms must then often creep or ooze or simply abide until the next turn of the political wh >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte and House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R–Ohio).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley , Sen. John McCain (R& >>>


      TRANSIT–WORKER ID PROGRAM STALLED
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 17, 2006; A03 A Bush administration initiative to secure the nation‘s ports is bogged down in industry opposition, technology flaws and evidence that it fails to safeguard workers‘ privacy, according to industry and government analysts.

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      TRIBUNAL DISPUTE COULD RUIN GOP STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 17, 2006; A05 Congressional Republicans had carefully orchestrated the finale of the legislative year to be a showdown with Democrats over which party is best equipped to keep the country safe, a handpicked fight on traditional Republican turf.

B >>>


      WHERE IRAQ ITSELF FINDS HOPE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      From my experiences visiting the United States, it is easy for me to understand how disappointed and saddened Americans must be at the scenes of violence from Iraq. For Iraq‘s leaders, the carnage is a source of deep frustration.

The pace of what we can achieve, relative to what we aspire to, is simply n >>>


      ABBAS FREEZES UNITY GOVT TALKS, BLAMES HAMAS: AIDES
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has frozen talks on forming a unity government after Hamas said it would not accept existing peace deals with Israel, two of his aides said on Sunday.

The impasse threatens to unravel Palestinian efforts to end international isolation an >>>


      AIDE SAYS POPE ‘REGRETS‘ COMMENTS ON ISLAM
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      VATICAN CITY, Sept. 16 –– Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely regrets" offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam‘s founder as "evil and inhuman," a senior Vatican official said in a statement Saturday.

But t >>>


      ALGERIAN PROGRAM OFFERS AMNESTY, BUT NOT ANSWERS ABOUT PAST
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      A17 BLIDA, Algeria –– For nearly a decade, this city nestled at the foot of the Atlas Mountains anchored one corner of Algeria‘s "triangle of death," a killing field overrun by bomb throwers, throat–slitters and masked gunmen during an apocalyptic civil war that killed an estimated 200 >>>


      BLAIR WANTS INCENTIVES FOR SUDAN ON U.N. TROOPS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      LONDON, Sept. 16 –– British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday that he would propose an incentive package for Sudan as part of an initiative to get U.N. peacekeepers on the ground in the war–torn region of Darfur and end the crisis there.

"In the coming weeks, I will talk to other l >>>


      CALLED FROM DIPLOMATIC RESERVE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 17,
2006; A23 Is Jim Baker bailing out the Bushes once again?

The former secretary of state, James A. Baker III, a confidant of President George H.W. Bush, visited Baghdad two weeks ago to take a look at the vexing political and military si >>>


      EX–NUCLEAR SCIENTIST LEAVES HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      KARACHI, Pakistan –– A former Pakistani scientist who has confessed to leaking nuclear weapons technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya was discharged from a hospital Sunday after undergoing cancer surgery, hospital and security officials said.

Abdul Qadeer Khan, 70, had surgery for prostate cance >>>


      ISRAELIS LOSE FAITH IN NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 17, 2006; A01 JERUSALEM, Sept. 16 –– Frustration over the outcome of the war in Lebanon has spurred many Israelis to question the abilities of a new class of political professionals who are stepping into roles long held by the men and women who >>>


      IVORY COAST NAMES CABINET AMID SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast –– Ivory Coast named a new Cabinet Saturday, replacing the ministers of transport and environment but reappointing most others, after a toxic waste dumping scandal prompted the resignation of the entire 32–member body last week.

The appointments followed a day of violent >>>


      MEXICAN LEFT CREATES ‘PARALLEL GOV‘T‘
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      PM MEXICO CITY –– President Vicente Fox celebrated Independence Day at the traditional military parade Saturday, while supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador massed at an outdoor gathering and acclaimed him leader of a "parallel government." Fox reviewed thousands of military personnel >>>


      NONALIGNED MOVEMENT‘S FINAL DECLARATION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      11:2' PM –– Some highlights from the Nonaligned Movement summit‘s final declaration. TERRORISM: Denounces the brutalization of peoples under foreign occupation as the gravest form of terrorism. Asks that terrorism not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group and that it be reco >>>


      NORTH KOREA‘S NO. 2 LEADER BLASTS U.S
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      8:03 PM HAVANA –– North Korea‘s No. 2 leader blamed the lack of world peace on the United States at the Nonaligned Summit on Saturday, saying its failure to respect the sovereignty of other nations has destroyed "the international order." Parliament leader Kim Yong Nam said desires for peace >>>


      PEACEKEEPING GROWS, STRAINS U.N.
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Colum LynchWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 17, 2006; A17 UNITED NATIONS –– The United Nations is set to field its largest peacekeeping enterprise in its 61–year history, with more than 100,000 troops and police to be deployed by year‘s end in missions around the world.

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      ROAD BLAST IN AFGHANISTAN KILLS THREE AID WORKERS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 17,
2006; A18 KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 –– Three Afghan aid workers were killed Saturday when their vehicle hit a bomb on a highway just south of the capital, while 7,000 Afghan and U.S. troops launched an operation against Taliban i >>>


      SOCIAL DEMOCRATS UNDER THREAT IN SWEDISH ELECTION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden votes on Sunday in a close election that could see a centre–right alliance take power from the Social Democrats who forged the country‘s long–cherished welfare state.

Opinion polls put Fredrik Reinfeldt‘s four–party centre–right alliance ju >>>


      TREASURY WARNS G–7 ABOUT IRAN
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      By Peter S. GoodmanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 17,
2006; A23 SINGAPORE, Sept. 16 –– U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. used his first meeting of world finance chiefs on Saturday as a venue for the Bush administration‘s mission to isolate Iran and choke its nuclear as >>>


      U.S. AND U.N. BASHED AT CUBA SUMMIT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2006
      HAVANA (Reuters) – Washington‘s biggest enemies, from communist Cuba to North Korea, called on developing nations on Saturday to challenge U.S. dominance through a revived Non–Aligned Movement labeled a Cold War relic by critics.

More than 50 heads of state and leaders from over 100 Third Wor >>>


      ‘NO SMOKING GUN‘ IN PEERAGES SCANDAL
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Yard‘s inquiry fails to find any compelling evidence of serious wrongdoing Mark Townsend and Antony Barnett Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer Police investigating the alleged cash–for–peerages scandal have so far found no ‘compelling‘ evidence of serious wrongdoing, raising the likeli >>>


      BEING BOLD AND PROGRESSIVE WILL WIN BACK DISILLUSIONED VOTERS
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Peter Hain Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer For Labour, this is a moment both of great threat and great opportunity.

Threat, because we have had a dreadful summer, culminating in the near catastrophic divisions of two weeks ago. And because, at the last election, we won our historic third term with a low >>>


      BROWN RIVAL ‘BITTER‘ OVER 11–PLUS
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Education Secretary says his daughter‘s ‘life chances were lost‘ after failing selection exam Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer Alan Johnson, who is rapidly emerging as Gordon Brown‘s only serious rival for the Labour leadership, today reveals his ‘bitt >>>


      BURST OUT OF THE PINSTRIPES AND SHOW US SOME PASSION
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Sir Menzies Campbell can‘t afford to muff his opportunity at the Lib Dem conference to inspire his party and the public Andrew Rawnsley Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer If you are the government, you can do. If you are the official opposition, you can only talk. If you are the Liberal Democrats, you are usu >>>


      CAMERON BRAND IS FAILING TO SET THE TORY GRASSROOTS ON FIRE
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer The David Cameron ‘brand‘ is failing to percolate down to the grassroots of his supposedly transformed party, according to a leaked presentation to his inner circle.

The memo, which details private discussions about how the part >>>


      HAVE WE THE WILL TO USE FORCE TO SAVE THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR?
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      With British troops committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Prime Minister must tackle another war on terror Mary Riddell Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer Today is Darfur Day. In Downing Street, and across the world, a coalition of the aghast will gather to demand action from their leaders. Or at least a bit of at >>>


      I‘LL GIVE POWER BACK TO THE CABINET, PROMISES BLAIR
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer Tony Blair has ordered the return of cabinet–style government as he fights back from the attempted coup against him, reversing years of reliance on private deals with Gordon Brown and ‘sofa politics‘ with his intimates.

He >>>


      IT‘S THE NEW PM. FORGET BROWN. WHAT ABOUT JANE?
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      It looks like fact but it‘s a BBC drama as Jane Horrocks plays a supermarket manager who storms her way to Downing Street Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer It sounds so far–fetched it could only be fiction: the tale of a woman supermarket manager who, despairing of all p >>>


      LIB DEMS PLAN TO TAX POLLUTERS
      Guardian, 17-09-2006
      Campbell‘s scheme could add 2,000 a year to running costs of 4x4 cars Ned Temko, chief political correspondent Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, is staking his reputation on a radical new tax policy that will target top polluters rather than top earners. The >>>



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