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      ALJ, GOTEVOT IN DEAL TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News MAKKAH, 14 January 2007 — The Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) Fund for Small Projects and the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT), signed in Jeddah on Thursday an agreement to jointly undertake various small trade projects to benefit the unemployed young men and women in var >>>


      CMA SUSPENDS EXCHANGE OF BISHAH AGRICULTURE SHARES
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 January 2007 — The Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) yesterday suspended the exchange of shares of Bishah Agriculture Development Company (BADC) as a result of financial losses incurred by the firm last year.

According to the third quarter results issued by the company, l >>>


      DUBAI UNVEILS E–SERVICES
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News Sultan Ali Lootah DUBAI, 14 January 2007 — The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) has unveiled nine new e–Services on its website www.dubaided.gov.ae. to help investors seeking information to set up businesses in Dubai.

«With the launch of the new nine e–Se >>>


      ETISALAT TO COMPETE FOR 2ND LANDPHONE LICENSE
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 January 2007 — Etihad Etisalat, a consortium of companies led by UAE telecom giant Etisalat, intends to compete with international companies for the Kingdom’s second landphone license after it successfully grabbed the second GSM license two years ago.

«Our company >>>


      FANTASIA LAUNCHES WATCHES IN DUBAI
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 14 January 2007 — Fantasia Trading launched Pirelli, Sector and Philip Watches recently at a glittering ceremony held at Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Fantasia Trading is the sole distributor in the Gulf region of internationally acclaimed brands such as Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Just Cavalli, Moschino >>>


      GM LOGS RECORD SALES IN MIDDLE EAST IN 2006
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 14 January 2007 — General Motors (GM) has continued its record sales growth in the United Arab Emirates to register annual sales of 15,855, up 61 percent over 2005. This growth has been fuelled by a succession of new car and SUV launches throughout 2006.

A best ever month of sales in the Middle >>>


      KHURSANIYAH CLARIFICATION
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News The report headlined «Aramco Defers Khursaniyah Project» that appeared on page 15 of the Arab News on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 edition, incorrectly reports that «Saudi Aramco postponed the commissioning of the 500,000 bpd Khursaniyah oil and gas project to the fourth quarter of the year, a few >>>


      BRINGING LIFE ANEW
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful And among His signs is that He displays before you the lightning, giving rise to both fear and hope, and sends down water from the skies, with which He gives life to the earth after it had been lifeless. In this there are clear signs indeed for people >>>


      DEPRIVING DAUGHTERS OF THEIR SHARES IN INHERITANCE
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A wealthy man died, leaving behind two sons and five daughters. Before his death, he wrote a letter in which he emphasized to his children that they must implement as it was. After his death, his heirs learned from his letter that he left his daughters equal amounts of money, but he left the bu >>>


      HOW TO BE A BETTER MUSLIM
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I attend to my regular prayers but I would like to be a better Muslim and draw closer to God. What should I do?

(Name and address withheld) A. The Prophet (peace be upon him) quotes God as saying in a sacred, or qudsi Hadith: «Nothing that a servant of Mine does is more pleasant >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 10': IN WAR AND PEACE
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News We mentioned how the Prophet (peace be upon him) was well prepared for fighting, should the Muslim community be attacked by its enemies. He had his own personal armament and he was very brave. Yet as he nurtured his newly emerging Muslim community, the Prophet was keen on giving it its distinct ch >>>


      ‘DO NOT ISOLATE IRAN’
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah holds talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora at his residence in Khoraim Garden, outside Riyadh, on Saturday. (SPA)

RIYADH, 14 January 2007 — Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said here yesterday at >>>


      E–GOVERNMENT PORTAL TO BECOME FUNCTIONAL
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 14 January 2007 — In what is seen as a significant move, the Kingdom’s e–government national portal will become operational at the first national e–transaction conference. The conference will be opened at the King Fahd Cultural Center today by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques >>>


      MALE GUARDIANS MAKE IT HARD FOR WOMEN TO WORK
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 14 January 2007 — Attitudes toward working women in the Kingdom are changing. Nonetheless, some working women find it difficult to balance the demands of their careers and the needs of their husbands and families.

This is especially the case with women married to men who are unsympathetic to t >>>


      REGIONAL STABILITY TO TOP RICE’S TALKS WITH SAUDI LEADERS
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 14 January 2007 — Urging Arab states to step up support for the Iraqi government and exploring prospects for a renewed Israeli–Palestinian peace effort are high on the agenda of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s upcoming visit to the Kingdom.

Although specif >>>


      SR7BN WORTH OF SCAMS IN 2006: REPORT
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 14 January 2007 — If you get an offer to buy into a deal that offers a 70–percent return on investment, chances are the offer is a scam. But according to a report in yesterday’s Al–Riyadh newspaper, this didn’t stop some 30,000 people last year from losing an estimated SR7 billion on simila >>>


      TAKING CARE OF ELDERLY PARENTS IS A RELIGIOUS DUTY — DEPUTY MINISTER
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 January 2007 — Ninety percent of the more than 600 people living in the Kingdom’s 10 homes for the elderly have no children or relatives to take care of them, according to Awad Al–Radadi, deputy minister of social affairs.

«Generally, elderly people in Saudi >>>


      TATARISTAN PRESIDENT NAMED FAISAL PRIZE WINNER
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Mintimer Shaymiev JEDDAH, 14 January 2007 — Tataristan President Mintimer Shaymiev has been declared the winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam for 2007.

A panel of judges chaired by Crown Prince Sultan picked Shaymiev as the winner of the prestigious aw >>>


      WATER SEMINARS SLATED IN BIG CITIES
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 14 January 2007 — The Kingdom and Japan will hold water seminars in three major cities beginning Jan. 20, the Ministry of Water and Electricity announced yesterday.

The program dubbed «Saudi–Japan Water Seminar» is scheduled to take place on Jan. 20, 22 a >>>


      COMMUNIST REBELS BLAME GOVT AGENTS FOR S. PHILIPPINE BLASTS
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 14 January 2007 — Communist rebels yesterday joined the finger–pointing fray over the latest wave of bomb attacks in the southern Philippines and said the Arroyo government was the likeliest culprit.

Three homemade bombs exploded late Wednesday in the cities of Genera >>>


      DUBAI SCHOOL OFFERS SPRING SCHOLARSHIPS
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 14 January 2007 — The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), based in Knowledge Village, has announced eight scholarships for undergraduate students with a total value of more than one million UAE dirhams.

Students joining UOWD for the spring semester, which begins on Feb. 4, are eligible to >>>


      FIVE–MEMBER BANGLADESH CABINET SWORN IN
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 14 January 2007 — Five people from different walks of life were sworn in as members of Bangladesh’s new interim government yesterday, after a bitter fight between the two major political parties led to the cancellation of the January elections and imposition of emergency in the country >>>


      INDIA SEEKS CLOSER ENGAGEMENT WITH EAST
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 14 January 2007 — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday arrived in Cebu in the Philippines on a three–day visit to participate in the 5th India–ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit and the 2nd East Asia summit. «Our participation in both these >>>


      LAND MINE GOES OFF OUTSIDE YEMENI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Arab News SANAA, 14 January 2007 — A land mine exploded outside an archaeological site in north–central Yemen yesterday but caused no casualties or damage, police said.

The mine went off after dawn near the gate of the Mahram Bilqis, or Moon Temple, the legendary home of the Belquis Queen of the ancient Y >>>


      NCP, CONGRESS WON’T HAVE POLL TIE–UP
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 14 January 2007 — Talks between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to forge an alliance in the forthcoming elections to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation collapsed yesterday. Both parties announced that they would fight the elections separately.

The NCP attrib >>>


      PAKISTAN, INDIA DISCUSS KASHMIR
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 14 January 2007 — Pakistan and India held high–level talks and discussed ways to give a boost to the peace process. The dialogue yesterday also included the contentious issue of Kashmir, sources said.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf met with India’s External Affa >>>


      PALESTINIANS EDGE CLOSER TO NATIONAL UNITY GOVT
      Arab News, 14-01-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 14 January 2007 — A Palestinian official revealed yesterday that the Hamas and Fatah factions were inching closer the goal of forming a national unity government. In another important development, Palestinian civil servants agreed yesterday to end a months–old strike.

>>>


      2 W.VA. MINERS DIE IN TUNNEL COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     CUCUMBER, W.Va. –– Two members of a coal mining crew removing pillars in a mine died Saturday when a portion of the tunnel collapsed and the men were buried in debris deep underground, authorities said.

None of the other miners in the 35–member crew was injured, said Ted Pile, a spokesman for >>>


      3 DEAD IN FIRE AT W.VA. APARTMENT
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –– At least three people were killed in a fire late Saturday at an apartment building, authorities said.

"We are still getting reports of people who are supposedly in the building and still unaccounted for," State Deputy Fire Marshal Reed Cook told The Herald–Dispat >>>


      7 DEATHS BLAMED ON ICY MIDWEST STORM
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –– A crippling winter storm lashed the central part of the nation with another blast of freezing rain, sleet and snow Saturday, causing widespread power outages and tying up highways and airports.

The storm was expected to continue through the weekend, laying down a coat of ice and >>>


      7 DIE IN W.VA. APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –– Fire ravaged an apartment building, killing at least seven people, and authorities said Sunday that they feared the death count could grow.

The fire broke out in the 64–unit, five–story building late Saturday. Firefighters discovered three bodies on the building&lsqu >>>


      ANALYSIS: CONGRESS PRESSES BUSH ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     PM –– Congressional opposition to President Bush‘s decision to send more troops to Iraq has opened a new front in an increasingly complex war, setting the stage for political battles whose effects may be felt long after U.S.

forces have come home. The battle could well subvert administration e >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –– Fire Chief Greg Fuller says crews have found four more victims in a burned building, bringing the death toll to seven.
>>>


      ARTIST TURNS EVEREST TRASH INTO TREASURE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BRUNSWICK, Maine –– Thousands of adventurers have been drawn to Mount Everest by the challenge of climbing to the top of the world. Jeff Clapp was drawn by the trash they leave behind.

Inspired by a documentary about Everest‘s rubbish, Clapp traveled to Nepal and brought a load of discarded ox >>>


      AT STATE LEVEL, OFFICIAL PROMISES CAREFUL REVIEW OF DUKE CASE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     A03 RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 13 –– North Carolina‘s attorney general on Saturday promised a "careful and deliberate review" of the sexual abuse case against three Duke lacrosse players but noted that "anything can happen," even new charges, as his office reviews the evidence.

&q >>>


      BUSH SAYS CRITICS MUST OFFER ALTERNATIVE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush made clear on Saturday that he was going ahead with his plan to send more troops to Iraq despite an angry reaction in Congress, and accused his critics of failing to offer an alternative.

Democrats in Congress and some Republicans said they doubted Bush&lsqu >>>


      CHURCH SIGN A BILLBOARD? NO, IT‘S ART
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– When people talk about seeing holy signs, they don‘t usually mean "Your Ad HERE" on the side of a church.

That 50–foot message, visible to thousands of commuters on a nearby freeway, was projected Wednesday evening on a dark portion of the bell tower of the Cathe >>>


      FIRES STRIKE 2 CHURCHES IN EASTERN N.C.
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     GREENVILLE, N.C. –– Police and sheriff‘s deputies rushed to check on churches early Sunday after fires broke out at two Baptist churches and a break–in was discovered at a third.

Authorities stopped short of saying the fires were arson. But the state Bureau of Investigation, along with G >>>


      HILLARY CLINTON IN AFGHANISTAN, DUE IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Afghanistan on Sunday for talks with President Hamid Karzai as the latest in a wave of suicide bombers struck in a southern town, killing himself and wounding a passer–by.

Clinton, part of a three–member U.S. delegation, met Karzai >>>


      IS COVER–UP WORSE THAN CRIME IN CIA LEAK TRIAL?
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The only criminal trial to result from a three–year investigation of government leaks begins on Tuesday and, as in previous Washington scandals, prosecutors will focus on the cover–up, not the crime.

Rather than being charged with disclosing the identity of a clandestine >>>


      MARTIN LUTHER KING‘S SECRETARY, 81, DIES
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     ATLANTA –– Dora McDonald, secretary for Martin Luther King Jr., died just days before the national holiday that honors her former boss. She was 81.

McDonald died Saturday of complications from cancer at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, hospital spokesman Lance Skelly said Sunday.

King entruste >>>


      MINIVAN HITS BIG RIG IN OKLA., KILLING 7
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     ELK CITY, Okla. –– A minivan carrying 12 people skidded off an icy highway early Sunday and slammed into an oncoming tractor–trailer, killing seven, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

The eastbound van slid through the center median and struck a westbound tractor–trailer on Interstate 40 >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     Two Die in West Virginia As Mine‘s Roof Caves In CUCUMBER, W.Va. –– Two members of a coal mining crew removing pillars in a mine died Saturday when a portion of the tunnel collapsed and the men were buried in debris deep underground, authorities said.

None of the other miners in the 35–m >>>


      NEW GENERATION OF PREACHERS STEPPING IN
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     NEW YORK –– The last of the black preachers who came up in the era of Martin Luther King Jr. are nearing retirement, giving way to a generation who learned about the civil rights movement instead of living through it.

It‘s a transition that carries both challenges and opportunities for pastors >>>


      PAPER: PENTAGON GETS CITIZEN CREDIT DATA
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The Pentagon and to a lesser extent the CIA have been using a little–known power to look at the banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage within the United States, according to a published report.

"It is our understand >>>


      PENTAGON CHIEF IN UK TO DISCUSS AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     LONDON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in London on Sunday for talks to discuss future policy in Afghanistan and Iraq on his first visit to Britain since he took office last month.

Gates‘ trip comes four days after President Bush said he would increase the number of U.S. troops in >>>


      PENTAGON GETS SOME AMERICANS‘ BANK DATA
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The Pentagon and to a lesser extent the CIA have been using a little–known power to look at the banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage within the United States, officials said Saturday.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman s >>>


      POLICE SEIZE $20 MILLION IN COCAINE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BOWMANSVILLE, Pa. –– Police seized just over 200 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $20 million during a traffic stop in a Philadelphia suburb, authorities said Saturday.

Police pulled over a minivan in Uwchlan Township for an unspecified traffic violation on Friday morning. The driver of the >>>


      POWERFUL WINTER STORM CRIPPLES CENTRAL PART OF U.S.
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 13 –– A winter storm lashed the central part of the country with another blast of freezing rain, sleet and snow Saturday, causing widespread power outages and tying up highways and airports.

The storm was expected to continue through the weekend, laying down a coat of ice and >>>


      PROSECUTOR ACCUSED IN NYC CALL GIRL BIZ
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     NEW YORK –– It‘s a tabloid writer‘s dream. There‘s a boastful pimp, a federal prosecutor turned tough–talking defense lawyer and a drop–dead gorgeous woman once touted as New York City‘s top prostitute. Their lives converge at a spacious Manhattan loft that housed a high&n >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     AM –– More freezing rain, sleet and snow were forecast for much of the nation‘s midsection on Sunday, while the West was expected to remain cold.

Ice was expected to continue creating treacherous driving conditions and damaging power lines, leading to widespread outages. Overnight temperatures >>>


      U.S., CANADA WEIGH GREAT LAKES CLEANUP
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     –– When Canada and the United States approved the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1'72, the running joke in Cleveland was that anyone unlucky enough to fall into the Cuyahoga River would decay rather than drown.

The Cuyahoga, which meanders through the city before reaching Lake Erie, help >>>


      U.S., CANADA WEIGH GREAT LAKES CLEANUP
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     –– When Canada and the United States approved the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1'72, the running joke in Cleveland was that anyone unlucky enough to fall into the Cuyahoga River would decay rather than drown.

The Cuyahoga, which meanders through the city before reaching Lake Erie, help >>>


      UGLINESS IN THE NAME OF BEAUTY
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Sonya GeisWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 14, 2007; A03 LOS ANGELES –– The women sat around a Beverly Hills living room sipping cocktails on a Saturday, chatting with their friends and waiting their turn. Then one by one, they filed into a bathroom where they paid a handsome doctor with a char >>>


      VIEWS ON DETAINEE REPRESENTATION DRAW FIRE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By John HeilprinAssociated PressSunday, January 14, 2007; A05 The Pentagon yesterday disavowed a senior official‘s remarks suggesting companies boycott law firms that represent detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Charles "Cully" Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary >>>


      WOMAN IN WATER DRINKING CONTEST DIES
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– A woman who competed in a radio station‘s contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner‘s office said Saturday.

Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hour >>>


      A NEW CONTENDER IN KENTUCKY
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     Former representative Anne Northup (Ky.) is expected to announce this week that she will challenge Gov. Ernie Fletcher for the Republican nomination in the Bluegrass State‘s May 22 primary.

Fletcher, who was elected to three terms in Congress before winning the governorship in 2003, has been hurt by a ser >>>


      A SKEPTIC‘S CASE FOR THE SURGE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     President Bush‘s plan for a surge of American troops in Iraq has run into a brick wall of congressional opposition. Critics rightly argue that it may well be too little, way too late. But for a skeptical Congress and nation, it is still the right thing to try –– as long as we do not count on it succeed >>>


      BUSH‘S HAIL–MARY PASS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     During the battle of the Marne in September 1'14, France‘s Marshal Foch declared: "My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking." His brio is remembered because his tactic worked: It prevented a rout that might have swiftly ended what might not today be known a >>>


      HOUSE GOP SHOWS ITS FRACTIOUSNESS IN THE MINORITY
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     A01 House Republican leaders, who confidently predicted they would drive a wedge through the new Democratic majority, have found their own party splintering, with Republican lawmakers siding with Democrats in droves on the House‘s opening legislative blitz.

Freed from the pressures of being the majority a >>>


      IN BAGHDAD, A TEST OF THE PETRAEUS PRINCIPLES
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the soldier–intellectual chosen by President Bush to provide new leadership in the war in Iraq, got one thing he needed from the president Wednesday night. But what was missing will ultimately be more important than what was provided.

Petraeus, who holds a doctorate from Princeton >>>


      OFFICIALS: PENTAGON PROBED FINANCES
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 14, 2007; A12 The Defense Department has used a long–standing authority to acquire the personal financial records of American citizens in military–related criminal and other investigations as part of an expansion of the Pentagon‘s gathering of >>>


      ON IRAQ, U.S. TURNS TO ONETIME DISSENTERS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     2007; A01 First of an occasional series Timothy M. Carney went to Baghdad in April 2003 to run Iraq‘s Ministry of Industry and Minerals. Unlike many of his compatriots in the Green Zone, the rangy, retired American ambassador wasn‘t fazed by chaos. He‘d been in Saigon during the Tet Offensive, Phnom Pe >>>


      THE BIG GAMBIT IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     With his new Iraq policy, President Bush essentially has written off any prospect of regaining broad support at home for his course of action, in the slender hope of finding the key to military success and political agreements in Baghdad.

It is a huge personal gamble, one that has triggered a debate that may we >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Vice President Cheney.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Rep. John P. Murtha (D–Pa.); national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley; California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R); Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin ( >>>


      WHAT‘S LOST IN PRENATAL TESTING
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     She was a fresh–faced young woman with a couple of adorable kids, whiling away an hour in the sandbox at the park near my home. So was I, or so I thought. New in town, I had come to the park in hopes of finding some friends for myself and my little ones.

Her eyes flicked over to where my daughter sat, sho >>>


      200 DIE IN DARFUR DURING WEEK OF INTERTRIBAL BATTLES
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Mohamed OsmanAssociated PressSunday, January 14, 2007; A15 KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 13 –– More than 200 people have died in clashes between ethnic African farmers and nomadic Arabs in South Darfur in the past week, leading the Sudanese government to send emissaries to try to reconcile the tribes involved, of >>>


      3 DEAD, 107 HURT IN THAI TRAIN WRECK
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Two passenger trains collided near a beach resort town south of Bangkok early Sunday, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others, officials said.

The accident occurred before dawn when a Bangkok–bound train took the wrong track and hit an oncoming train head&nd >>>


      A GOP LAWMAKER GRAPPLES WITH TROOP ESCALATION
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 14, 2007; A10 Rep. Charlie Dent wrestled all week with President Bush‘s plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq.

On Monday, the two–term Republican from eastern Pennsylvania told a hometown reporter that it would take "a pretty hard se >>>


      ABBAS REJECTS ‘TEMPORARY BORDERS‘ FOR PALESTINIAN STATE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     ':26 AM RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 14 –– Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday adamantly rejected "any temporary or transitional solutions, including a state with temporary borders," throwing cold water on an idea advanced by Israel‘s foreign minister.

Abbas spok >>>


      ABBAS: NO ‘TEMPORARY‘ PALESTINIAN STATE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     AM RAMALLAH, West Bank –– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday that he opposes the establishment of a provisional Palestinian state in temporary borders.

Palestinian officials in recent weeks have grown increasingly wary of the idea, which was also p >>>


      ADMIRAL‘S DIPLOMATIC SKILLS COULD PROVE CRUCIAL
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 14, 2007; A12 When Adm. William J. Fallon –– the nominee to command U.S. forces in the Middle East –– was tasked with resuscitating military ties with China, he took on the challenge with characteristic gusto.

The veteran figh >>>


      ANTI–U.S. ALLIES VENEZUELA AND IRAN SEEK OPEC OIL CUT
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela and Iran strengthened their growing ties on Saturday with a stream of anti–U.S. statements, various commercial agreements and a pledge to push for a cut in world oil supplies to counter plunging prices.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blamed the United States, the arch >>>


      ANTI–US ALLIES VENEZUELA AND IRAN SEEK OPEC OIL CUT
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela and Iran strengthened their growing ties on Saturday with a stream of anti–U.S. statements, various commercial agreements and a pledge to push for a cut in world oil supplies to counter plunging prices.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blamed the United States, the arch >>>


      ARGENTINA STEPS UP PURSUIT OF IRANIANS IN ‘'4 BOMBING
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 14, 2007; A14 BUENOS AIRES –– As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Latin America this weekend to strengthen economic and political ties with the region, Argentina‘s Néstor Kirchner will not be in the line of presidents turning >>>


      ARRESTED IRANIANS TIED TO GROUP ARMING IRAQIS: U.S
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Sunday that five Iranians held by its troops in Iraq are linked to Revolutionary Guards who are arming and funding Iraqi militants but Tehran called them diplomats and demanded they be released.

The five were arrested on Thursday in a U.S. dawn raid on an Iran >>>


      ARRESTED IRANIANS TIED TO GROUP ARMING IRAQIS: U.S.
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Five Iranians arrested by U.S. forces in northern Iraq are connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard group that provides weapons to Iraqi insurgents, the U.S.

military said on Sunday. The five were arrested on Thursday in a U.S. raid on an Iranian government office in the Iraqi city >>>


      AU VISITS SOMALIA FOR PEACEKEEPING TALKS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     PM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– An African Union delegation was in Somalia‘s capital Sunday to discuss the deployment of international peacekeepers as government troops expanded a house–to–house search for weapons in one of the world‘s most dangerous and heavily armed cities.

Mohame >>>


      BIRD FLU CLAIMS LIVES, WAYS OF LIFE IN ASIA
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Dikky SinnAssociated PressSunday, January 14, 2007; A17 HONG KONG, Jan. 13 –– Something was strange about the little brown bird found dead from bird flu in one of Hong Kong‘s busiest shopping districts.

The scaly–breasted munia usually lives in rural areas of the territory. So how did >>>


      CHAD ARMY, REBELS DISPUTE CONTROL OF REMOTE TOWN
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     N‘DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad‘s army said on Sunday it had dislodged rebel forces from a remote town they captured on Saturday and was pursuing them through the desert, but the rebels insisted they still held the town.

The rebel Union Forces for Democracy and Development (UFDD) occupied the remot >>>


      CHIRAC‘S PARTY CHOOSES NOMINEE AMID INTRIGUE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     2007; A14 PARIS –– When Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is nominated Sunday as the uncontested presidential candidate for the center–right Popular Movement party of President Jacques Chirac, it should be a moment of personal and political triumph, capping Sarkozy‘s four–year campaign for >>>


      FRANCES CONSERVATIVES NOMINATE SARKOZY
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     PARIS –– France‘s interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, formally clinched the ruling conservatives‘ presidential nomination Sunday, pushing a pivotal race for a discouraged nation into high gear.

The ruling UMP party announced that Sarkozy, the sole person listed on the party ballot, had w >>>


      FRENCH RIGHT NAMES SARKOZY AS CANDIDATE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     PARIS (Reuters) – France‘s ruling UMP party officially named Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy as its candidate for the 2007 presidential election to challenge Socialist Segolene Royal.

Sarkozy, the only candidate standing, won overwhelming endorsement from those who voted, with '8.1 percent of >>>


      IRAN AND VENEZUELA PLAN ANTI–U.S. FUND
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     ':35 PM CARACAS, Venezuela –– Venezuela‘s Hugo Chavez and Iran‘s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad _ fiery anti–American leaders whose moves to extend their influence have alarmed Washington _ said Saturday they would help finance investment projects in other countries seeking to thwart U.S. dominati >>>


      IVORIAN POLICE DITCH UNIFORMS TO STEM CHILD TRAFFIC
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     ABOISSO (Reuters) – Staring bewildered at the floor and fiddling nervously with their hands, three shoeless girls mumble details of how they were smuggled to work in Ivory Coast as plain clothes police officers clatter away at typewriters.

Four boys and six young men sit outside on a stone floor waiting t >>>


      NEW RED CROSS, RED CRESCENT EMBLEM COMES INTO FORCE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     GENEVA (Reuters) – The world‘s largest relief organization, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, on Sunday began using a third emblem whose adoption allowed Israel to join after a decades–long struggle.

The red crystal on a white background is an alternative to either the cro >>>


      NEWSPAPER BLASTS DEFENSE AGENCY UPGRADE
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea‘s main newspaper blasted Japan on Sunday for upgrading the country‘s Defense Agency to a full ministry, calling it a return to the pre–World War II system and an attempt to invade the communist state.

Japan launched the Defense Ministry on Tuesday >>>


      PENTAGON CHIEF GATES MEETS WITH BLAIR
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     LONDON –– President Bush‘s new approach in Iraq and Britain‘s plan to withdraw troops from southern Iraq were chief topics for Pentagon chief Robert Gates in talks Sunday with Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Gates told reporters he also wanted to discuss Afghanistan, where extremist violence >>>


      RICE BEGINS PUSH IN THE MIDDLE EAST
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice embarked Saturday on a new push for Israeli–Palestinian peace but set modest goals for herself, saying she was coming without a particular plan or proposal but instead wanted to gather ideas from Israelis, Palestinians and key Arab figures in th >>>


      RICE SAYS SHE REGISTERS MIDEAST DEMANDS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     RAMALLAH, West Bank –– President Bush‘s top diplomat tried to assure Palestinians on Sunday she has heard their demands for a stronger U.S. hand to guide peace efforts with Israel. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, however, offered no new plans and gave few clues to how she views recent initiatives >>>


      RULES ON JAPAN MILITARY ARMS USE MAY BE EASED: PAPER
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Rules on the use of arms by Japanese troops taking part in peacekeeping operations overseas may be eased to allow them to use weapons even when their lives are not at risk, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Sunday.

Such a decision would mark a change in Japan‘s interpretation of it >>>


      RUSSIA TO SEND POLICE TO PROBE SPY DEATH
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     MOSCOW –– Russia will soon send a team of investigators to Britain to investigate the poisoning death of a former KGB agent there, the country‘s top prosecutor said Sunday.

Russia expected full cooperation from British authorities as it investigated the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the RIA&n >>>


      SE ASIA URGES N.KOREA BREAKTHROUGH
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – Southeast Asian countries urged China, Japan and South Korea on Sunday to find fresh ideas to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis and remove the threat of an atomic arms race in the region.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which wants to establish itse >>>


      SEN. CLINTON MEETS WITH KARZAI, TROOPS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ate breakfast with soldiers from New York and Indiana at the main U.S. base in Afghanistan on Sunday before meeting with the top American general in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, officials said.

Clinton, a Democrat from New York who >>>


      SPECIAL POLICE HEAD FOR BRAZIL‘S CRIME–HIT RIO
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     SAO PAUL0 (Reuters) – The first units of an elite Brazilian police force headed for Rio de Janeiro on Sunday on a mission to crack down on rampant crime that has caused daily bloodshed and challenges the authority of the state.

About 400 troopers in the paramilitary National Public Security Force were dep >>>


      TURKISH PM SEEKS TO LIMIT MIGRATION
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     ANKARA, Turkey –– Turkey‘s prime minister on Saturday proposed imposing limits on the number of people moving to Istanbul as well as restricting car ownership in the country‘s most populous and congested city.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former mayor of the city that counts more than 12 mill >>>


      U.S. LINKS 5 IRANIANS TO IRAQ INSURGENCY
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Five Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday.

The statement provided the first details from the military on the five people detained by U.S.–led >>>


      U.S. LINKS FIVE IRANIANS DETAINED IN IRAQ TO MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     11:34 AM BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 –– The U.S. military said today that the five Iranian nationals detained on Thursday are connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard‘s al–Qods Force, an organization that is active in arming, training, and funding Middle East militant groups, such as Hezbollah in Lebano >>>


      U.S. STARS SHINE AGAIN IN JAPAN ADS
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 14, 2007; A01 TOKYO –– Forget the rising stock market or fifth straight year of economic growth. The latest sign of Japan Inc.‘s comeback is Cameron Diaz in a slinky black dress gabbing on a phone and strutting to the tune of Aerosmith&lsq >>>


      UNCLEAR ATHENS ATTACK ROCKET WAS CHINA–MADE––BEIJING
      Washington Post, 14-01-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China has received "no official information" that a rocket used to attack the U.S. embassy in Athens on Friday was Chinese–made, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Greek police said the weapon used for the attack, which they suspect was the work of a leftist guerrilla >>>



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