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      AL TAWI CELEBRATES INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Roger Harrison, Arab News Saeed Al Tawi with German Consul General Dr. Hubert Lang, right, and Christoph Kleiner, Liebherr general manager, at the recent company celebration.

(AN photo by Roger Harrison) JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — The Al Tawi company, to mark a quarter century in business, Saudi National Day >>>


      US REBUKES RUSSIA IN OIL PERMIT ROW
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agencies WASHINGTON, 24 September 2006 — The United States said Friday it was «very concerned» by Russia’s decision to revoke environmental permits for a Shell–led consortium developing the vast Sakhalin–2 energy project.

The State Department said the move against the British–Dutc >>>


      WALL STREET DOGGED BY FEARS OF SLOWDOWN
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agence France Presse NEW YORK, 24 September 2006 — Wall Street’s recent rally has stalled with investor sentiment dented by revived fears about a US economic slowdown, or even a recession, analysts say.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.46 percent in the week to Friday to 11,508.10, as the blue–chi >>>


      NO ESCAPE FROM GOD
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      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 >>>


      QUR’ANIC WORDS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. An e–mail is in circulation which includes ' boxes in each of which is written a word of Qur’anic Arabic, such as Ya Seen, Ha Meem, Alif Lam Meem. People say that if one looks at these in the morning, all his problems will be taken care of. Some people firmly believe in this. Could yo >>>


      WEARING A RING: CHANGING PATTERNS
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Some people insist that it is a Sunnah to wear a ring, citing the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) example and saying that the Prophet’s companions did the same. We have a large number of Hadiths mentioning the Prophet’s action on this point. We need to look at these in order to establish whether wea >>>


      WHO CAN BE A WOMAN’S GUARDIAN?
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. I want to marry a relative of mine, and she agrees to our marriage. However, her father is too ill to be her guardian in the marriage contract. Her family wants my parents to visit them before they can agree to the marriage. Her eldest brother is unwilling to consent to this marriage before tha >>>


      ABANDONED BY FAMILY AND FORGOTTEN BY SOCIETY
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Zainy Abbas, Arab News Bakheet Al–Mahni, '2 years old, was the first person Arab News met in Makkah.

(AN photo by Zainy Abbas) MAKKAH, 24 September 2006 — With the world having become a global village, Saudi Arabia has seen a slow erosion of traditional Arab and religious values that have been prompt >>>


      AL–SERAISRY SAYS NEW TRANSPORT SYSTEM UNDER CONSIDERATION
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 24 September 2006 — Minister of Transport Jabara Al–Seraisry has said that his ministry has a plan for a new transportation system in the Kingdom. He cited the case of the Saudi Arabian Public Transport Co. (SAPTCO) that has introduced the new concept in its fleet.

The min >>>


      AL–TURKI’S FAMILY BLAMES ANTI–MUSLIM SENTIMENT FOR ARREST
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News RIYADH, 24 September 2006 — The wife and two children of a Saudi man in Aurora, Colorado, found guilty by a US court on Aug. 31 of sexual abuse and imprisonment of his 24–year–old Indonesian maid have returned in the Kingdom.

The family issued a statement to the press after Sarah Al&ndash >>>


      BID TO SMUGGLE HASHISH FOILED
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News JIZAN, 24 September 2006 — A patrol team on the Kingdom’s border with Yemen foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country 140 kg of hashish, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday. Authorities pursued the smugglers until they escaped across the border into Yemen. After a search of the area, border cops d >>>


      FOUR DIE AS CAR HITS RESCUE VAN
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — A Saudi Red Crescent worker and three others were killed when a vehicle slammed into an emergency van that was involved in rescue operations at another accident, Al–Watan reported yesterday.

As the rescue worker was helping injured passengers in an accident on Thursd >>>


      GITMO RETURNEES FREE ON BAIL FOR RAMADAN AND EID
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — Interior Minister Prince Naif has ordered the release of all Saudi Guantanamo Bay returnees from the Kingdom’s prisons in order to help them fast during Ramadan and celebrate Eid Al–Fitr with their families.

The prisoners will be released on bail and will have to ret >>>


      HIGH MERCURY LEVEL IN BEAUTY ITEMS: EXPERTS SOUND ALARM
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Saeed Al–Abyad, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — Scientists at a Health Ministry laboratory have expressed concern about a skin whitening beauty product from Europe that has been shown to have elements of mercury inside — something which according to medical experts makes people susceptible to skin cancer.>>>


      KINGDOM DEPORTS 120 INDIANS
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 24 September 2006 — Saudi Arabia recently deported 120 Indian nationals, who were either working illegally or overstaying in the Kingdom. The Indians were given amnesty by the Saudi government and were repatriated to India on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight last Thursday, accord >>>


      MAN GETS BRIDE BY ‘CURING’ DIABETES
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — An elderly man in Renya was so ecstatic in his belief that another man had cured his diabetes with an herbal remedy that he offered the medicine man a gift: His daughter. Now the medicine man is off on a honeymoon and for the time being isn’t able to offer his patients a cure that >>>


      NEED TO FILL QUOTA?TRY RENT–A–SAUDI!
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News TAIF, 24 September 2006 — Saudization, the national policy to replace foreign guest workers with qualified Saudis, is moving ahead in baby steps. But along the way some companies are finding creative ways to cook their Saudization books. The daily Okaz reported yesterday that a concession at the airport in Ta >>>


      ROAD CLOSED, TURN AROUND, GO BACK
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Yazeed Al–Hassan, Arab News Al–Hada Road, which was completed in 1'70, is known as the scenic route into the city of Taif, where tourists can see the baboons that have grown accustomed to receiving treats from tourists. (AN photo by Yazeed Al–Hassan) TAIF, 24 September 2006 Javid Azim, an Indian e >>>


      SAUD CALLS FOR RESOLUTION OF MIDEAST ROW
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Arab News NEW YORK, 24 September 2006 — Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal yesterday called for a quick and just solution to the protracted Arab–Israeli conflict.

«It’s high time we reach just and comprehensive solution to this issue in the light of international law and UN resolutions,&r >>>


      WATER CRISIS HITS PEAK IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — The water crisis in Jeddah reached a peak as many people, Saudis and expatriates, were obliged to welcome the holy month of Ramadan without water. Hundreds of people thronged the water distribution center in order to get coupons for tankers. The crisis created a >>>


      YOUNG SAUDIS TAKE TO STREETS IN SHOW OF PATRIOTISM
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 September 2006 — Many streets in Jeddah became chaotic scenes of celebration and shopping, especially since the Kingdom’s National Day coincided with the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The city was jammed until early morning hours as people hurriedly did the last of >>>


      ‘MUSHARRAF’S DISCLOSURE OF US THREAT SHOWS WEAKNESS’
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Sami Zubeiri, Agence France Presse ISLAMABAD, 24 September 2006 — President Pervez Musharraf’s disclosure of a US threat to bomb Pakistan if it did not back the war on terror may have been meant as a sop to domestic opponents, but made him look weak instead, analysts say.

Experts said they were baffled why Mus >>>


      13 KILLED IN BUS COLLISION NEAR ISLAMABAD
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 24 September 2006 — In one of the worst road accidents in the country, two passenger buses collided head–on early yesterday killing 13 people and leaving 45 seriously injured.

Police and eyewitnesses said a Lahore–bound bus coming from Peshawar collided head&n >>>


      AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES FRUSTRATED BY REPUBLICANS
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Reuters WASHINGTON, 24 September 2006 — Religious conservatives voiced frustration on Friday with Republican Party leaders and their failure to push key social initiatives through the US Congress and said it could hurt voter turnout in November’s elections.

At a «Values Voters Summit» sponsored by >>>


      ARAB FILM COMPETITION
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 24 September 2006 — The overwhelming response to Dubai International Film Festival’s (DIFF) first Arab Film Competition has prompted organizers to extend the deadline to Oct. 1. The festival is scheduled to run from Dec. 10–17.

Acknowledging entries to DIFF’s competitive s >>>


      BAHRAINI POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH AFTER RALLY QUELLED
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Deutsche Presse–Agentur BILAD AL–QADEM, Bahrain, 24 September 2006 — Bahraini police and protesters clashed late Friday after authorities banned a political rally by the Haq (Justice) movement in Bilad Al–Qadem on the outskirts of Manama.

The clashes left at least five people with minor injur >>>


      BIN LADEN’S ‘DEATH’ NOT CONFIRMED
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News PARIS/ISLAMABAD, 24 September 2006 — France yesterday said a report that Osama Bin Laden died last month of typhoid was unconfirmed, and launched an inquiry into how a preliminary intelligence brief detailing the assertion was leaked.

President Jacques Chirac stressed to journalists tha >>>


      COKE, PEPSI WAREHOUSES VANDALIZED
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agencies TRIVANDRUM, India, 24 September 2006 — Two warehouses in southern India owned by US giants Coca–Cola and Pepsi were vandalized yesterday, a day after a court lifted a ban on sale of their soft drinks, police said.

The attacks on the warehouses came as the Kerala’s communist state government anno >>>


      EXPLOSION KILLS DOZENS IN BAGHDAD; AL–JUBOURI HELD
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press BAGHDAD, 24 September 2006 — A bomb blew up a kerosene tanker truck in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood yesterday, killing at least 37 people, police said. Meanwhile, authorities said a leader of Ansar Al–Sunnah, a group linked to Al–Qaeda in Iraq that was responsible for >>>


      IRAQI REBEL BASTION RECRUITS LOCALS FOR THE CITY POLICE
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agence France Presse RAMADI, Iraq, 24 September 2006 — Maj. Ted Gates is about to get the monthly police recruiting session under way in the Sunni insurgent bastion of Ramadi.

«Sixty to a hundred will be a good day,» he says hopefully. The first volunteers, most aged about 20, turn up at the gates >>>


      KIDNAPPED FILIPINO TEENAGER FREED AFTER 2 MONTHS IN CAPTIVITY
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 24 September 2006 — Kidnappers freed the daughter of a university president after almost two months in captivity in the southern Philippine island of Basilan.

Eldigario Gonzales, president of the state–owned Western Mindanao University in Zamboanga City, said he paid >>>


      LEBANON ARMY ON ISRAEL BORDER FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agence France Presse NAQURA, Lebanon, 24 September 2006 — Lebanese soldiers backed by UN peacekeepers deployed yesterday for the first time in decades at posts on the volatile border with Israel, as the Hezbollah chief boasted his Shiite fighters were stronger than ever.

After more Israeli troops withdrew from >>>


      MANMOHAN CALLS FOR MORE MUSLIMS IN ARMED FORCES
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agencies NAINITAL, India, 24 September 2006 — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged regional leaders yesterday to recruit more Muslims into the police and intelligence agencies to help counter a growing sense of insecurity in the minority community.

Manmohan said there was an underlying sense of insecurit >>>


      OPPOSITION SAYS SALEH’S ELECTION WIN ‘ILLEGAL’
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 24 September 2006 — Yemen’s opposition slammed yesterday as «illegal» the win of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the country’s presidential poll after final results were announced.

«We reject this result which is illegal, and came through a pres >>>


      SINDH CITIES PUT ON HIGH ALERT AS STORM APPROACHES
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Huma Aamir Malik & Agencies KARACHI, 24 September 2006— A storm brewing over the northern Arabian Sea is likely to gain strength and hit coastal areas of Pakistan and India packing high winds and dropping heavy rains, media reports said.

Authorities in Pakistan’s Thatta and Badin cities have declared high >>>


      SRI LANKAN MUSLIMS FLEE HOMES
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Anthony Deutsch, Associated Press COLOMBO, 24 September 2006 — Hundreds of Muslim families are fleeing their homes in eastern Sri Lanka amid fears of a Tamil Tiger rebel assault to reclaim territory taken by government forces in recent fighting, a local government leader said yesterday.

Dr. Thoufeek, chairman >>>


      TALEBAN TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED: UK GENERAL
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agencies LONDON, 24 September 2006 — The Taleban are proving to be a more difficult adversary for British troops in Afghanistan than they expected, the head of Britain’s Army told the BBC yesterday. British forces have been engaged in fierce combat in recent weeks as the country faces its bloodiest violence since the T >>>


      THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST WAR IN UK
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Phil Hazlewood, Agence France Presse Thousands of anti–war protesters take part in a demonstration in Manchester on Saturday. (AFP)

MANCHESTER, 24 September 2006 — Over 10,000 people marched against British policy toward Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel in Manchester yesterday, on the eve of the governing La >>>


      UNITY GOVT BACK TO ZERO: ABBAS
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agencies CAIRO, 24 September 2006 — Efforts to form a Palestinian government acceptable to the West have gone «back to zero,» Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday.

Abbas’ remarks came a day after Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh from the Hamas group declared that he would not >>>


      US RALLIES GLOBAL NATIONS FOR UN FORCE IN DARFUR
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Agence France Presse NEW YORK, 24 September 2006 — Warning that «time is running out» to halt a resurgence of violence in Darfur, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought Friday to build international pressure on Sudan to let UN peacekeepers into the war–torn region. «The violence in Darfur >>>


      WEST BLOCKS ARAB MOVE TO DECRY ISRAEL’S N–ACTIVITIES
      Arab News, 24-09-2006
      Reuters VIENNA, 24 September 2006 — A bid by Arab nations to pass a resolution in the UN nuclear watchdog condemning Israel’s nuclear activities failed Friday due to technical objections by Western countries. The draft resolution concerning «Israel’s nuclear capacities and threats» was backed by 15 Arab cou >>>


      3 KIDS FOUND DEAD IN FETUS THEFT CASE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. –– Autopsies were planned Sunday for three young children who were found dead hours after a woman was charged with killing their pregnant mother and her fetus in a grisly attack.

The two boys, ages 7 and 2, and their 1–year–old sister were found together Saturday in >>>


      5 MORE E. COLI CASES BLAMED ON SPINACH
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– The outbreak of E. coli linked to fresh spinach was blamed for another five cases of illness Saturday, raising the number of people sickened to 171, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The number of states affected held steady at 25. So far, '2 people have >>>


      ' DEAD IN STORMS HITTING MIDWEST, SOUTH
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. –– More stormy weather was forecast Sunday after two days of high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes that were blamed for at least nine deaths in the Midwest and the South.

Flood warnings were in effect for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee, and severe weathe >>>


      A COMBATIVE CLINTON DEFENDS RECORD ON FIGHTING TERRORISM
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By Michael GrunwaldWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 24, 2006; A0' Former president Bill Clinton angrily defended his administration‘s counterterrorism record during a Fox News interview to be aired today, while accusing "President Bush‘s neocons" and other Republicans of ignoring >>>


      AKAKA TAKES EARLY LEAD IN SENATE RACE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      HONOLULU –– Liberal incumbent Sen. Daniel Akaka held an early lead Saturday night over upstart challenger Rep. Ed Case in the Democratic primary after absentee ballots and early votes were released.

Akaka was leading 56.4 percent to 43.6 percent after 84,088 votes were counted. He had 47,446 votes >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      HONOLULU –– Incumbent Sen. Daniel Akaka has defeated Rep. Ed Case in the Hawaii Democratic primary and will face a Republican candidate to be appointed by the GOP.
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      CHARGES FILED IN KILLING OF MOTHER, FETUS
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Sept. 23 –– A woman was charged Saturday in the deaths of a pregnant acquaintance and the fetus authorities believe she cut from the slain woman‘s womb.

Tiffany Hall, 24, was charged with first–degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child in the death >>>


      FALWELL SAYS HILLARY WOULD SPARK BASE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Rev. Jerry Falwell says a White House run by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would energize his base of religious conservatives even more than if the devil were the Democratic nominee.

"I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate," Falwell told a private prayer breakfast. >>>


      HOSPITALS GO ORGANIC FOR PATIENTS‘ SAKE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PORTLAND, Ore. –– Patients at Good Shepherd Medical Center like the hospital food so much, some come back to eat after their stay is over.

The food is cooked from scratch. The menu features offerings like wild salmon and local organic produce. Even the pie has a hint of health, packed with antioxid >>>


      HOT, DRY WINDS BLOW INTO CALIF. WILDFIRE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PM OJAI, Calif. –– Hot, dry Santa Ana winds gusting to more than 50 mph on Saturday grounded water–dropping helicopters and stoked the flames of a three–week–old wildfire in Los Padres National Forest.

"It is blowing ferociously. We expect a lot more acreage to go," Vent >>>


      HOT, DRY WINDS STOKE CALIF. WILDFIRE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      AM OJAI, Calif. –– Firefighters anticipated another day of hot, dry winds Sunday as they battled to keep a three–week–old wildfire from moving toward homes at the edge of the Los Padres National Forest.

Late Saturday, authorities urged the evacuation of about 300 houses and a college ea >>>


      INCUMBENT SEEN WINNING MD. HOUSE PRIMARY
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      ROCKVILLE, Md. –– A six–term incumbent congressman emerged Saturday as the apparent winner of a hotly contested primary after officials finished counting more than 11,000 provisional ballots.

The unofficial tally for the 4th District race gave Rep. Albert Wynn 3',482 votes, or 4' perc >>>


      LOST EVIDENCE INVESTIGATED IN KARR CASE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      SANTA ROSA, Calif. –– The Sonoma County Sheriff has launched an internal investigation into the department‘s handling of the John Mark Karr child pornography case.

The probe will focus on the loss of a key piece of evidence: a computer bearing pornographic images seized five years ago from th >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      N.J. Episcopal Diocese Elects a New Bishop NEWARK –– Avoiding further controversy in the worldwide Anglican family, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark chose a Massachusetts priest on Saturday as its new bishop, rather than an openly gay candidate.

The Rev. Mark Beckwith, 54, won on the third ballot wi >>>


      RANCHER VOWS FIGHT WITH GOV‘T OVER ELK
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      1:36 PM ASHTON, Idaho –– When 100 farm–raised elk fled his private hunting reserve through a bear–dug hole under the fence, owner Rex Rammell _ a man with a long history of locking antlers with the state _ didn‘t realize he‘d wind up in the governor‘s crosshairs.

But a >>>


      RICE MEETS WITH LIBYAN COUNTERPART
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      NEW YORK, Sept. 23 –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Libya‘s foreign minister Saturday for the first time since the two sides restored full diplomatic ties, and she urged Tripoli to resolve issues linked to the Lockerbie bombing.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Rice to >>>


      SECURITY CONCERNS GUARDS AT AMMO PLANT
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– Guards at a riverfront Army ammunition plant in Tennessee report that boaters have entered restricted areas, holes are often found in a perimeter fence and a government contractor steps up security to impress inspectors.

One time, the guards say, two teenage runaways were found wan >>>


      SEN. BURNS, TESTER DEBATE IN MONTANA
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      BUTTE, Mont. –– U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns accused his Democratic challenger Saturday of wanting to raise taxes and weaken the U.S. Patriot Act, but brushed off allegations of ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Jon Tester, locked in a tight race with the three–term incumbent, blasted Burns >>>


      STORMS SLAM MIDWEST, SOUTH
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By Will GravesAssociated PressSunday, September 24, 2006; A1' LOUISVILLE, Sept. 23 –– High winds, heavy rain and tornadoes pounded parts of the Midwest and the South, leaving at least eight people dead, stranding people in cars, forcing others from their homes and leaving thousands without power.
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      SUBURBAN ANGST QUOTES
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      1:01 PM –– The view from suburban Philadelphia voters about politics and politicians: "I think the Republicans have done a lot of things that have disappointed their core constituency over the past several years as a result of what‘s happened in Iraq, the war against terrorism. The skyrocketing d >>>


      UTAH HIGH COURT TO HEAR SMART CASE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– The Utah Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on whether a woman accused in the 2002 abduction of then–14–year–old Elizabeth Smart may be forcibly medicated in the hope she may become mentally fit to stand trial.

Wanda Barzee‘s attorneys contend a dec >>>


      A FIGHT TO DEFINE EQUALITY
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      DETROIT –– A feisty 2'–year–old white woman and a pugnacious 67–year–old black man are performing two services this autumn for Michigan and the nation. Their Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) is promoting colorblind government. And they are provoking remnants of the civil r >>>


      AHMADINEJAD‘S GAUNTLET
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By David IgnatiusSunday, September 24, 2006; B07 NEW YORK –– The most telling moment in a conversation here last week with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came when he was asked if America would attack Iran. He quickly answered "no," with a slight cock of his head as if he regarded the very >>>


      AN INVESTIGATIVE TARGET? A SUBJECT? A FINE LINE.
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      The hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Montana devolved last week into a confusedly legalistic, ferociously partisan game of "target" shooting.

Is Sen. Conrad Burns (R) a "target" of a federal investigation into the Jack Abramoff influence–peddling scandal? Is he a "subject" >>>


      BASKETBALL LEGEND‘S CAMPAIGN GETS AN ASSIST FROM HIS FAME
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By Chris Cillizza and Jim VandeheiWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 24, 2006; A04 MADISON, Ind., Sept. 23 –– From beauty shops to bars, Baron Hill says, he is besieged by people wanting to talk basketball.

Hill is not a coach. He is a Democratic candidate for Congress. But that is not >>>


      BOTH PARTIES SENSING TIGHTER HOUSE RACES
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      After months of unrelenting bad news, President Bush and his Republican allies have begun to change the mood, if not the overall trajectory, of a midterm election campaign that has tilted against them for a year.

A combination of good luck –– in the form of a sharp decline in gasoline prices &ndash >>>


      HAWAII‘S SEN. AKAKA WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sept 24 – (Reuters) – Veteran U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, an 82–year–old Democrat from Hawaii, defeated upstart challenger and fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Ed Case in the state‘s primary election.

"Losing is never easy," Case said. "I have lost a few tim >>>


      HAWAII VOTES IN HEATED SENATE PRIMARY
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      HONOLULU –– Hawaii residents choose between liberal incumbent Sen. Daniel Akaka and nervy challenger Rep. Ed Case in Saturday‘s Democratic primary.

Case, 53, faced the difficult challenge of unseating the 82–year–old Akaka, who led in pre–election polls and who has cited his >>>


      HOMELAND SECURITY BILL IS MORE STYLE THAN SUBSTANCE, ANALYSTS SAY
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      A11 Eager to showcase fresh votes on national security before the fall elections, Congress has loaded a $34 billion homeland security spending bill with measures to beef up defenses at the nation‘s borders, ports and chemical plants and to revamp its disaster management.

The action comes as Republicans t >>>


      INTEL: WAR HAS WORSENED TERROR THREAT
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Iraq war has contributed to an increased threat of terrorism, according to an intelligence assessment that has not lessened the Senate majority leader‘s defense of the U.S.–led invasion three years ago and occupation.

The classified assessment of the war‘s impact >>>


      IRAQ WAR SPAWNED TERRORISM, RADICALS: REPORT
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Iraq war gave birth to a new generation of Islamic radicals and the terrorist threat has grown since the September 11 attacks, according to a U.S.

intelligence report cited in The New York Times on Saturday. A National Intelligence Estimate completed in April says Islamic radic >>>


      KARZAI SAYS BIN LADEN NOT IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Afghan‘s president asserted on Sunday that Osama bin Laden has not been in his country since being chased out after the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago. But Hamid Karzai acknowledged that the al–Qaida leader‘s exact location is unknown.

"He has never been in our >>>


      LEGAL AID PROGRAM TRIED TO OUST AUDITOR
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– Directors of the government‘s legal aid program for the poor secretly debated how to fire the auditor who exposed their expensive meals, use of limousine services and headquarters move to a ritzy neighborhood.

Meeting transcripts obtained by The Associated Press show that Leg >>>


      LOBBYISTS‘ POWER WANES AS ELECTION DAY NEARS
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By Jeffrey H. BirnbaumWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 24,
2006; A08 Many pressure groups that have grown accustomed to getting their way on Capitol Hill have found their initiatives shelved this year as lawmakers focus on security–related matters and rush to leave town to campaign for reelection >>>


      MCCAIN WANTS BOLTON CONFIRMED QUICKLY
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Sen. John McCain on Sunday urged quick confirmation for John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, saying the nominee is needed to talk back to "two–bit dictators" such as Venezuela‘s president.

McCain, R–Ariz., joined lawmakers from both parties in condemning Hugo Ch >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      Iraq war spawned terrorism, radicals: U.S. report WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Iraq war gave birth to a new generation of Islamic radicals and the terrorist threat has grown since the September 11 attacks, according to a U.S.

intelligence report cited in The New York Times on Saturday. A National Intellige >>>


      SENATE PANEL FREEZES BILL ON LEGAL PROTECTION FOR REPORTERS
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      A13 The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed consideration of a federal shield law for journalists after hearing strong new objections to the measure from the Justice Department.

The postponement all but guarantees that there will be no Senate action on the measure until Congress returns after the November >>>


      SOMETHING‘S ROTTEN IN FOOD OVERSIGHT
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      Federal agents are scurrying across the Salinas Valley –– the nation‘s "salad bowl" –– in search of the source of the E. coli contaminating the spinach supply. They won‘t find it without a mirror, because the real culprit in this case is the U.S. government. A half–do >>>


      THE KEY TO AFGHANISTAN: MORE TIME
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      American commanders worry that Afghanistan is "the forgotten war" as it recedes into the shadow of the bloodier, more divisive conflict in Iraq.

But they take some comfort from their relative obscurity: They need time, and they will take it any way they can get it.

The biggest challenge that >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Former president Bill Clinton and JoGayle Howard of the National Zoo.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Sens. Bill Frist (R–Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D–N.J.), New Jersey Senate candidate Thomas H. >>>


      THE TIDE‘S IN FOR INDEPENDENTS
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      The independence being demonstrated all over the political spectrum these days –– by Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman and Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, both in tough reelection battles, and by Republican Sens. John McCain and John Warner –– has its roots in American history. When they ran for the >>>


      VENEZUELA FOREIGN MINISTER DETAINED, U.S. APOLOGIZES
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela‘s foreign minister was detained at a New York airport on Saturday, prompting an apology from the U.S. government and compounding already tense relations between the two countries.

In New York, State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said the United State >>>


      VENEZUELA FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS WAS DETAINED IN US
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela‘s foreign minister said on Saturday that U.S. authorities detained him briefly at New York‘s JFK airport in an action he called a violation of international law.

The circumstances of the detention were not clear and the U.S. Embassy in Caracas could no >>>


      WHOUSE: NEWSPAPER‘S ACCOUNT OF IRAQ REPORT INCOMPLETE
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A newspaper report that a U.S. intelligence analysis said the Iraq war gave rise to a new generation of Islamic radicals and made the overall terrorism problem worse was "not representative of the complete document," the White House said on Sunday.

The New York Times in i >>>


      WILDERNESS DESIGNATION TRADE–OFFS FAULTED
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 24, 2006; A03 Congress is on the verge of approving half a dozen bills that would protect as much as 1 million acres of wilderness areas across the West, but the move has infuriated environmentalists who charge that lawmakers are giving away too much prist >>>


      ABBAS TO RESUME UNITY GOVERNMENT TALKS WITH HAMAS: AIDES
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip as early as Monday to try to revive stalled talks on a unity government, aides said.

"President Abbas will go to Gaza Monday or Tuesday to pursue efforts to form a unity government,&quo >>>


      ANGER AT U.S. POLICIES MORE STRIDENT AT U.N.
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 24, 2006; A23 UNITED NATIONS –– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad grabbed headlines last week by blasting U.S. policies from the dais of the U.N. General Assembly. But while their words were harsh, in many >>>


      ARGENTINE LAND FIGHT DIVIDES ENVIRONMENTALISTS, RIGHTS ADVOCATES
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      A01 CONCEPCIÓN, Argentina –– From a flat patch of tree–studded savannah, the gaze stretches for miles: across a small pond where a marsh deer stops to drink, and over swampy wetlands where herons gingerly high–step.

Above it all, a small airplane drones. At the controls is Douglas >>>


      ATTACKS SPARK TOUGHER GUANTANAMO JAIL
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PM GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba –– The military is toughening a new jailhouse for suspected al–Qaida and Taliban militants to protect guards after a spate of attacks and evidence that detainees have organized themselves into groups to mount uprisings, officials said.

The hardening comes as >>>


      BLAIR: AFGHAN WAR TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      MANCHESTER, England –– Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday that NATO‘s battle with Afghan insurgents has been more difficult than anticipated but must continue.

"I think the particular mission was tougher than anyone expected. But I‘m not surprised it was tough," Blair said >>>


      CAR BOMB IN BAGHDAD KILLS 2, INJURES 13
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A car bomb targeting a police patrol killed two people and wounded 13 in Baghdad Sunday morning, police said.

The bomb in a parked car detonated as the patrol went by in eastern Baghdad at 10:15 a.m. One policeman was among the dead and five officers were injured, police Lt. Bilal >>>


      CHAVEZ: U.S. DETAINED FOREIGN MINISTER
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      ':04 PM CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez said his foreign minister was detained by U.S. authorities at a New York airport Saturday for more than hour as he tried to return to the South American country.

Chavez told Venezuela‘s state TV broadcaster that U.S. officials alleged th >>>


      FIERY BLAST IN BAGHDAD KILLS 38
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      24, 2006; A20 BAGHDAD, Sept. 23 –– A fiery explosion tore through a line of people waiting to buy fuel on Saturday and killed at least 38 people, most of them women and children, continuing the wave of tit–for–tat sectarian killings.

The horrific blast sent women engulfed in flames scre >>>


      GAMBIAN PRESIDENT WINS 3RD TERM
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      PM BANJUL, Gambia –– Gambian President Yahya Jammeh easily won a third term Saturday and called for a concerted effort to develop the country socially and economically.

The president, who has a broad support base, had promised his re–election would bring more prosperity to Gambia and that he >>>


      GUNMEN MAKE THREATS IN NAME OF BASQUE GROUP ETA
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      MADRID (Reuters) – Three hooded gunmen claiming to speak for the Basque guerrilla group ETA have told a rally their armed struggle for independence from Spain continues, despite an ETA ceasefire declaration, Spanish media said on Sunday.

ETA usually publishes its statements in the Basque newspaper Gara o >>>


      HUNGARIANS HOLD BIGGEST PROTEST, BUT PM HOLDS ON
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Protesters vowed on Sunday to maintain their effort to topple Hungary‘s prime minister after their biggest rally yet, but analysts said Ferenc Gyurcsany was likely to survive despite admitting lying to win re–election.

Some 40,000 people poured into Budapest‘s parli >>>


      HUNGARY SEES LARGEST PROTEST YET
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      BUDAPEST, Hungary –– A square in front of Hungary‘s parliament overflowed Saturday with demonstrators demanding the prime minister quit in the largest protest yet since a recording was leaked on which he admitted lying to the people.

About 20,000 people filled Kossuth Square by mid–even >>>


      IRAQI PARTIES AGREE TO FEDERALISM BILL
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Iraq‘s fractious ethnic and religious parliamentary groups agreed Sunday to open debate on a contentious Shiite–proposed draft legislation that will allow the creation of federal regions in Iraq, politicians said.

The agreement came after a compromise was reached wit >>>


      ISLAMISTS MOVE TOWARD SOMALI PORT CITY KISMAYO
      Washington Post, 24-09-2006
      KISMAYO, Somalia (Reuters) – Islamist forces on Sunday advanced toward Somalia‘s third largest city Kismayo and the defense minister who controlled the region has fled, a witness said.

Defense Minister Col. Abdikadir Adan Shire, a warlord also known as Barre Hiraale, led the Juba Valley Alliance wh >>>



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