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      AMATEUR PILOTS FORCED TO LAND PLANE IN LAKE
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     Rescue workers pulled two amateur pilots out of Yliki Lake north of Athens yesterday after an emergency forced them to land their small aircraft in the water.

It was not immediately clear what caused the pilots to make the forced landing with their single–engine plane at 2.30 p.m.

Emergency worke >>>


      AN ATHENIAN ENJOYS...
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP An Athenian enjoys the sunshine yesterday on one of the beaches in the southern suburbs of the city. The temperature reached as high as 17C (62.6F) in Athens yesterday. Although a period of warm weather in January is traditionally known as the Halcyon Days in Greece, other European countries have b >>>


      ATTICA BREAK–IN GANG NABBED
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     Police said yesterday that they had arrested eight people alleged to be members of one of Attica’s most active robbery gangs, which is thought to have carried out at least 46 break–ins at homes in eastern Attica.

Officers said they have caught six men and two women but are looking for several more suspect >>>


      EXTENSIVE CLASHES IN EXARCHIA
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     Anarchists threw more than 60 Molotov cocktails as well as rocks and pieces of wood at riot police in Exarchia, central Athens, on Saturday night as officers responded with tear gas in the worst clashes recently seen in the area, authorities said.

The group of some 80 self–styled anarchists attacked the p >>>


      HUNT ON FOR TERRORISTS
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     US and Greek experts examine evidence from embassy attack Greek security officials and American FBI experts spent the weekend sifting through evidence from Friday‘s missile attack on the US Embassy hoping to find clues leading to the culprits.

Authorities continued to maintain that a domestic terrorist gr >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     OPINION POLL ND maintains 4 percent lead over PASOK in January survey New Democracy is 4 percent ahead of PASOK, according to an opinion poll conducted for Kathimerini. The VPRC survey found that ND remained at 43 percent but PASOK slightly increased its share of the potential vote from 38.5 percent in December to 3' >>>


      MAYOR EYES RECYCLING AS TRASH REMEDY
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     Kaklamanis wants to build unit New Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis says he plans to oversee the construction of a recycling plant and incineration unit in the capital, whose chronic waste management problem has recently reached crisis levels as the city’s landfills have overflowed.

Kaklamanis, who took the post >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     Monday Doctors at state hospitals in Attica are due begin a five–day strike, protesting their working hours and the government’s alleged lack of investment in health services.

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visits Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia. To tomorrow.

PASOK leader George Papandreou visits >>>


      WINS FOR LEAGUE’S TOP THREE
      Kathimerin, 15-01-2007
     There were no changes at the top end of the Super League’s standings over the weekend, with front–runner Olympiakos, AEK and Panathinaikos all registering victories yesterday.

Defending champion Olympiakos, playing at home against Panionios, held on for a 1–0 win with an early goal from Nery Castill >>>


      2003–2007, BILAN D‘UNE LÉGISLATURE AGITÉE EN VILLE DE GENČVE. LA FIN D‘UN RČGNE CHAOTIQUE Ŕ GENČVE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     GENEVE. La Ville aura traversé une législature infernale, secouée par des affaires ŕ répétition au parfum de scandale. Les proches élections, ce printemps, offrent la chance de redonner une ambition et une image plus en rapport avec la notoriété internationale de la cité >>>


      AGENDA DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Le Temps Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Lundi 15 janvier • Résultats 2006 de la SGS (SGSN.VX).

• Résultats provisoires de Huber &Suhner 2006. • Fermeture des marchés américains (Martin Luther King). Mardi 16 janvier • Chiffre d‘affaires 2006 de Jelmoli (JEL.S) et de SEZ.

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      ASSURÉS ABUSÉS
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Marc–Louis Gindrat, Cortaillod (NE) Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Le manque d‘imagination de nos politiciens en mati';re d‘assurance maladie obligatoire me consterne. Comment ne pas comprendre qu‘il y a un moyen simple et logique d‘atténuer l‘augmentation des cotisations des cais >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. VERS DES SITUATIONS EXTRĘMES EN 2007
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Agenda de la semaine La nouvelle directive MiFID, ou quand l‘Etat providence déresponsabilise l‘investisseur Fonds de placement. Questions ŕ Martin Meili. «Les acheteurs étrangers s‘intéressent ŕ l‘immobilier suisse» Fonds de placement. Br';ves La minu >>>


      BODE MILLER, LE PARI DU PLUS FOU
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     SKI ALPIN. L‘Américain a su prendre plus de risques sur une piste du Lauberhorn particuli';rement traîtresse. Le Kid de Franconia a ainsi remporté sa premi';re grande classique, devant un Didier Cuche toujours aussi régulier.

Isabelle Musy, Wengen Lundi 15 janvier 2007 >>>


      CHÔMAGE DES JEUNES: FAUSSE PISTE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Pierre Kunz, député radical au Grand Conseil de Gen';ve, critique le mod';le d‘aide aux jeunes chômeurs proposé par la Conférence suisse des institutions d‘action sociale (CSIAS).

Pierre Kunz Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Avant de «lancer de nouvelles pistes&ra >>>


      COMME UN LUNDI: METIN ARDITI
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Homme d‘affaires, méc';ne, président de l‘Orchestre de la Suisse romande, écrivain.

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      DES DIRIGEANTS «TOXIQUES»
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Katrina Burrus, premier master en coaching en Suisse de la Fédération internationale de coaching, fondatrice de MKB Conseil &Coaching, se penche sur le cas des chefs caractériels.

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      DÉCLARATION DE GUERRE D‘ARNAUD DE MONTEBOURG
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     José Martinho, responsable presse et communication du PDC Lausanne Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Je suis scandalisé par les propos du porte–parole de Ségol';ne Royal concernant la politique fiscale de la Suisse (LT du 3 janvier). Et si c‘est vrai que le PS français se montre embarrass >>>


      DÎNER AVEC DIDIER CUCHE. «OUI, J‘AI MŰRI»
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Apr';s un retour de blessure, le Neuchâtelois flirte ŕ nouveau avec le succ';s. Deuxi';me de la plus éprouvante descente de la saison, ŕ Wengen, il est en état de grâce: bien dans sa tęte et sur ses spatules.

Isabelle Musy, Wengen (BE) Lundi 15 janvier >>>


      FONDS DE PLACEMENT. BRČVES
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Le Temps Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Rothschild crée un fonds immobilier– Afin de lancer un fonds immobilier, la Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild (RLD.S) s‘est associée avec CB Richard Ellis – PI Performance. Ce bureau suisse de conseils en immobilier établi ŕ Gen';ve est m >>>


      FONDS DE PLACEMENT. QUESTIONS Ŕ MARTIN MEILI. «LES ACHETEURS ÉTRANGERS S‘INTÉRESSENT Ŕ L‘IMMOBILIER SUISSE»
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Fiche signalétique Fonds de placement. Br';ves La minute technique. 2007, l‘année du timing FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article «Les acheteurs étrangers s‘intéressent ŕ l‘immobilier suisse» Questions ŕ Martin Meili, gérant ŕ Zurich du SF Prop >>>


      GUANTANAMO: UNE VOIX DU PENTAGONE DÉRAPE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     LUTTE ANTITERRORISTE. L‘adjoint du ministre de la Défense Robert Gates s‘en est pris ŕ certains cabinets d‘avocats qui défendent aussi bien les intéręts de grandes entreprises que ceux des «terroristes».

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      INVESTI PAR L‘UMP, SARKOZY LANCE UNE OFFENSIVE DE CHARME POUR HUMANISER SON IMAGE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Nicolas Sarkozy devant les partisans de l´UMP. Le candidat gaulliste continue d´axer son programme sur la sécurité, l´encouragement ŕ la propriété privée et l´all';gement de la fiscalité. Photo: Keystone FRANCE. Le ministre de l‘Intérieur a é >>>


      JEUNES Ŕ L‘AIDE SOCIALE: LE RÔLE DE L‘ETAT
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Jean Christophe Schwaab, Riex (VD) Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Le manque de formation est une des causes principales du nombre élevé de jeunes ŕ l‘assistance publique (LT du 5 janvier): plus de deux tiers des concernés n‘ont pas de formation au–delŕ de l‘école obligatoire. >>>


      L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. L‘IMPOSITION SUR LA DÉPENSE OU «FORFAIT FISCAL»: AVIS DE TEMPĘTE...
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     L‘avis de l‘expert. Claude Charmillot, Expert fiscal diplômé c.charmillot@g–po.com Lundi 15 janvier 2007 L‘imposition sur la dépense (ISD) (ou, dans son appellation erronée mais reprise par les médias, «forfait fiscal») est source de controverses récurren >>>


      L‘ENQUĘTE SUR ISABEL PERON EST ÉLARGIE Ŕ D‘AUTRES CRIMES
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     La justice argentine, qui enquęte sur la responsabilité de l‘ex–présidente Isabel Peron dans la disparition d‘un opposant en 1'76, a élargi ses investigations ŕ d‘autres crimes, a indiqué samedi une source judiciaire. Chargé d‘une vaste enquęte su >>>


      L‘ÉPREUVE ESSENTIELLE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Editorial. Denis Masmejan Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Pour les anciens dirigeants de Swissair, l‘heure est venue de s‘expliquer et de rendre des comptes. C‘est la premi';re et peut–ętre la principale vertu du proc';s qui doit s‘ouvrir ce mardi devant la justice zurichoise.
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      LA DÉB'4;CLE SWISSAIR DEVANT LA JUSTICE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Le proc';s des dirigeants de Swissair s´ouvre mardi. Parmi les accusés, on trouvera des figures éminentes de l´économie suisse. Photo: Keystone • Le plus spectaculaire proc';s économique jamais tenu en Suisse s‘ouvre mardi ŕ Bülach. Dix–neuf accusé >>>


      LA GESTION QUANTITATIVE GAGNE EN CRÉDIBILITÉ AUPRČS DES CAISSES DE PENSION
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     STRATEGIES. Depuis cinq ans, les méthodes de placement qui éliminent la subjectivité humaine gagnent du terrain.

Emmanuel Garessus Lundi 15 janvier 2007 L‘exc';s d‘informations nuit ŕ la performance d‘un portefeuille. Telle est la conclusion d‘une étude t >>>


      LA MINUTE TECHNIQUE. 2007, L‘ANNÉE DU TIMING
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     La minute technique. Bruno Estier, bruno.estier@dplanet.ch Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Nous souhaitons ŕ tous une tr';s bonne année 2007, en sachant pourtant que les années qui finissent en 7 présentent une forte correction, voire męme une crise (voir tableau de 1887–1''7).
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      LA NOUVELLE DIRECTIVE MIFID, OU QUAND L‘ETAT PROVIDENCE DÉRESPONSABILISE L‘INVESTISSEUR
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     BANQUE. La directive européenne sur les instruments financiers (MiFID), basée sur la louable intention de défendre les investisseurs, aboutit ŕ diluer les responsabilités entre le client et le fournisseur de services, attente ŕ la sph';re privée, renchérit l‘offre et >>>


      LE GOŰT D‘AILLEURS
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     DECOUVERTE. S‘initier ŕ un pays en suivant des cours de cuisine sur place, en y faisant son marché, en apprenant les secrets des plats traditionnels.

C‘est ce que proposentde plus en plus de voyagistes et d‘hôtels, y compris en Suisse. Expérience thaďlandaise.

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      LE NÉCESSAIRE PROCČS CINQ ANS APRČS LE GROUNDING DE SWISSAIR
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     JUSTICE. Dix–neuf accusés devant la cour pour une catharsis symbolique. Le Temps Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Les 2 et 3 octobre 2001, les avions de Swissair restaient cloués au sol.

Manquant de liquidités, la compagnie s‘effondrait apr';s que ses dirigeants avaient suivi une strat&# >>>


      LE RECORD Ŕ LANGNAU, LA VICTOIRE Ŕ BERNE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     HOCKEY SUR GLACE. Le derby du Stade de Suisse trouve une issue logique devant 30067 âmes.

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      LES CANTONS SONGENT Ŕ AUGMENTER LES FORFAITS FISCAUX
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     SUISSE. Les directeurs cantonaux des Finances réfléchissent ŕ des mesures contre trop de concurrence fiscale.

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      LES JUIFS, LES PERSES ET LES MOUCHES!
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Alex Rabus, Neuchâtel Lundi 15 janvier 2007 «Cela ne servait ŕ rien et n‘arrętera pas la violence, bien au contraire!»...

Ces commentaires, tous semblables, concernant l‘exécution de Saddam étaient prévisibles, comme ont été prévisibles la qua >>>


      LES SCIENTOLOGUES S‘INSTALLENT EN GRANDE POMPE Ŕ BERLIN
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     INAUGURATION. Le groupement s‘offre une nouvelle centrale pour renforcer son influence politique. La capitale allemande se méfie.

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      MAHMOUD ABBAS REJETTE L‘IDÉE D‘UN ETAT PALESTINIEN TEMPORAIRE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     PROCHE–ORIENT. Le président palestinien a reçu a Ramallah la secrétaire d‘Etat américaine Condoleezza Rice, en tournée dans la région. Déception ŕ la sortie des entretiens.

Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Lundi 15 janvier 2007 «J‘ai clairement entendu >>>


      MALGRÉ LE DÉFICIT DU NOMBRE DE FILLES, PÉKIN DOIT MAINTENIR SA POLITIQUE DE L‘ENFANT UNIQUE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     DEMOGRAPHIE. Selon une étude, la Chine comptera 1,5 milliard d‘habitants en 2033. La mise en place d‘un syst';me de protection sociale s‘av';re nécessaire pour éviter l‘explosion sociale.

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      MASSACRE NAZI EN ITALIE: DIX PERPÉTUITÉS
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     JUSTICE. Verdict d‘un tribunal militaire. Eric Jozsef, Rome Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Ils ont tous aujourd‘hui plus de 80 ans. Mais soixante–deux ans apr';s les faits, le tribunal militaire de La Spezia les a condamnés par contumace, samedi, ŕ la réclusion criminelle ŕ perpé >>>


      MIGROS AURAIT PAYÉ PLUS DE 700 MILLIONS POUR RACHETER LES MAGASINS DENNER
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Le CEO de Denner, Philippe Gaydoul (ŕ gauche) et le CEO de Migros Herbert Bolliger. Denner aurait été acheté au prix fort. Photo: Keystone COMMERCE DE DETAIL. Selon la «NZZ am Sonntag», le numéro un suisse a payé le prix fort pour faire barrage ŕ la concurrence étrang& >>>


      POUR REDÉCOUVRIR FASSBINDER
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     CINEMA. Le grand cinéaste fęté au Ciné–Club universitaire de Gen';ve. Norbert Creutz Lundi 15 janvier 2007 On n‘en a jamais fini avec Rainer Werner Fassbinder: trop de films ŕ découvrir (40 tournés en 14 ans!), qui méritent tous d‘ętre approfondis lo >>>


      POUR ĘTRE RECONNUS, SOYONS VICTIMES!
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     LIVRE. La psychanalyste Caroline Eliacheff et l‘avocat Daniel Soulez Larivi';re s‘alarment, dans un ouvrage commun, d‘une dérive émotionnelle qui tend, dans nos sociétés, ŕ transformer toute victime en héros.

Sylvie Tanette Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Pourquoi J >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. FEMME ET ENCEINTE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
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      REQUIEM POUR DEUX HÉRITIERS DE COLTRANE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Michael Brecker, sur sc';ne ŕ Montreux en 2002, est décédé samedi ŕ l´âge de 57 ans. Photo: Keystone JAZZ. Les disparitions, ŕ quelques heures de distance, de Michael Brecker (57 ans) et d‘Alice Coltrane (6' ans) rappellent la légende de Philadelphie, meltin >>>


      ROGER FEDERER ET LE BOUT DU MONDE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     Roger Federer ŕ l´Open d´Australie. Photo: Keystone TENNIS. Le tenant du titre entamait l‘Open d‘Australie dans la nuit de dimanche ŕ lundi contre l‘Allemand Bjrn Phau, un obscur parmi les viennent–ensuite.

Peu de tournois lui ont posé autant de probl';me >>>


      SUR LES RIVES DU LAC DE NEUCH'4;TEL AVEC LES COMPTEURS D‘OISEAUX
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     VAUD/FRIBOURG. Comme chaque année ŕ mi–janvier, les ornithologues de Suisse ont participé au recensement international des oiseaux d‘eau. Pas facile quand la température printani';re favorise les perturbations. Reportage dans la Grande Cariçaie.

Yelmarc Roulet Lundi >>>


      TORTURES EN EGYPTE: IMAGES ACCABLANTES SUR INTERNET
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     DROITS DE L‘HOMME. Plusieurs vidéos filmées par les bourreaux eux–męmes circulent sur la Toile.

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      TRACTATIONS SECRČTES AUTOUR DE LA POSTE
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
     REFORME. Le Conseil fédéral devrait mettre en consultation cette année une réforme de l‘opérateur. Il multiplie les coups de sonde.

Stéphanie Germanier, Berne Lundi 15 janvier 2007 Le dossier est extręmement sensible, tout comme la communication qui l‘entoure.
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      ZAPPROPOS. UNE SEMAINE DE TÉLÉVISION EN AMIE QUI VOUS VEUT DU BIEN
      Le Temps, 15-01-2007
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      ANB NET PROFIT UP 37%
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Nasser Salti, Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2007 — Arab National Bank (ANB) has announced a net profit of $668 million for 2006 compared to $487 million in 2005, an increase of 37 percent. This increase came as a result of a 23 percent rise in operating income to reach $1.028 billion due to an increase of 15 percent in n >>>


      BISHAH AGRICULTURE WEIGHS THREE OPTIONS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 January 2007 — Bishah Agriculture Development Company (BADC) is seeking the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to hold an emergency meeting of its general assembly in order to discuss three options after the Capital Market Authority (CMA) suspended exchange of its >>>


      CONFIDENCE KIT FOR DIAMOND TRADERS LAUNCHED
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 15 January 2007 — The C5 Conference, organized by the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), launched the WFDB Mark and the Diamond Confidence Kit for diamond traders in a day–long event held yesterday in Dubai.

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      GCC ENERGY FUND TAKES PART IN MIS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 15 January 2007 — The GCC Energy Fund — the region’s first private equity fund focused on the energy sector — has expanded its role in the oil and gas sector, taking part in the $80 million private placement raised for Maritime Industrial Services (MIS), it was announced yesterday. As part of the invest >>>


      PAKISTAN TRADE DEFICIT WIDENS AS IMPORTS RISE
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Muhammad Aftab, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 15 January 2007 — Pakistan’s trade deficit is widening as imports grow fast while exports are moving up slowly.

Trade deficit widened to a record $6.45' billion during July–December 2006 — the first half of the current fiscal 2007, up from $5.603 billion in the sam >>>


      PRIVATE EQUITY GAINS PROMINENCE AFTER FALL IN GULF BOURSES
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 January 2007 — With stock markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region languishing, the alternate asset class such as private equity has gained prominence among the investors. Lower investment returns from publicly traded stocks in the region, along with low interest rates, h >>>


      THE BUCK STOPS HERE: THE DOLLAR IN 2007
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Dr Mohamed A. Ramady The writing seems to be on the wall for the mighty greenback in 2007. The dollar is overvalued and has further to fall in the coming months, with major implications for many countries, not least the oil producers. It is not a coincidence that the US Treasury has just announced the reintroduction of >>>


      THE YEAR AHEAD FOR SAUDI ARABIA
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Khan H. Zahid RIYADH, 15 January 2007 — As we start the year 2007 and gaze into future, what do we see? The dazzle of the Gulf economies continues to attract global attention as investment in infrastructure, industry and other projects picks up speed, thus solidifying on the ground the benefits of the accumulated oil re >>>


      THREE GPCA OFFICIALS JOIN RANKS OF MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN CHEMICALS INDUSTRY
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 15 January 2007 — Three key figures of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) have entered the list of the world’s 40 most influential people in the field of chemicals.

The honor was bestowed on them by one of the leading international publications dedicated to the chemicals s >>>


      WHAT’S IN STORE FOR INVESTORS IN 2007?
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Mohammed Habeebulla We are in the new year and about to begin another first quarterly earnings cycle.

All large brokerages employ analysts to keep track of stock growth. Their job is to pick future winners and losers so they can recommend buying or selling a particular stock. Besides other factors, the biggest >>>


      COMPATIBILITY IN MARRIAGE
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. May I cite a case I have read about in a newspaper whereby a court terminated the marriage of a Muslim couple on the basis of an application by their relatives. The application was based on the fact that the woman belonged to a different tribe. How can this be allowed under Islamic law? What do >>>


      ISLAMIC ADVOCACY IN PRACTICE — '1: IMMIGRATION OF THE PROPHET’S COMPANIONS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News After 13 years of struggle to deliver his message in Makkah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) had only around 300 followers, most of whom were persecuted for having followed him. Some were imprisoned, others were tortured, and many endured social and economic boycott. However, the truth is bound to >>>


      A DISTRICT THAT HAS BECOME A HOTSPOT OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 15 January 2007 — Jeddah’s southern Al–Nuzla district is home to many illegal residents. It is also an area with some of the highest rates of criminal activity and has caused an emigration of Saudis and legal residents from the area, according to a recent report in Al–Watan.

Accord >>>


      CHARITY STEPS IN TO HELP SAUDIS ABROAD
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 January 2007 — The Charitable Society for the Care of Saudi Families Abroad (Awasser) intends to expand its activities with the support of government agencies, according to Abdullah ibn Saleh Al–Hamoud, chairman of the society’s board of directors.

«We establ >>>


      MINISTRIES LAUNCH WEBSITES
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2007 — Several ministries and government organizations launched or updated their websites on the occasion of the first national e–transactions conference titled «Toward Tangible e–Government» opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah here >>>


      PROBE ORDERED INTO MISSING FILES ON HOSPITAL INQUIRY
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2007 — Investigations are under way into the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the files on a summary inquiry into five Saudi women employees in a hospital in Riyadh, Al–Watan newspaper reported yesterday.

The inquiry was instituted following a woman’s complaint t >>>


      SAUDI EDUCATORS LAMENT BURGEONING DIPLOMA MILLS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 15 January 2007 — Based on the number of Saudis that put «Eng.» or «Dr.» in front of their names, you’d think the country is filled with people who actually have Ph.D.s or engineering degrees. But in a report in Al–Madinah Arabic daily, many academics expressed concern ove >>>


      TOTAL BAN ON PRIVATE PRACTICE BY GOVT DOCTORS STARTING NEXT WEEK
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2007 — A total ban on doctors who are employed in government hospitals also having private practice is to come into effect on Jan. 20.

Violators will face strict punishments, including termination of contract and forfeiture of service benefits. The decision was >>>


      ‘PRIDE OF KERALA’ IS INDIA’S CHIEF JUSTICE
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 15 January 2007 — Justice Konakuppakatil Gopinathan Balakrishnan,
61, was sworn in as the 37th chief justice of India by President A.P.J.

Abdul Kalam at an impressive ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan yesterday. Balakrishnan is the first Dalit, the lowest in caste hiera >>>


      ABBAS REJECTS TEMPORARY PEACE DEAL
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stand together following a press conference at Abbas’ office in Ramallah on Sunday. (AP)

GAZA CITY, 15 January 2007 — Visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday pledged a renewed US push for pea >>>


      AWAMI LEAGUE TO CONTEST POLLS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 15 January 2007 — Days after the president met its demands and postponed the disputed vote, an alliance led by Awami League announced that it will contest parliamentary elections.

«We have decided to participate in the elections,» Awami League General–Secreta >>>


      CHANCELLOR GORDON BROWN AND UK MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 15 January 2007 — British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, staking his premiership credentials as the successor to lame duck Prime Minister Tony Blair — who has confirmed that he will be retiring later this year — has embarked on a major «hearts and minds» offensive >>>


      NOTHING CONCRETE COMES OUT OF INDO–PAK TALKS
      Arab News, 15-01-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 15 January 2007 — India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Pakistani political party leaders yesterday, a day after talks that heralded a new phase in a three–year–old peace process that has yet to resolve any territorial disputes.

Among those who >>>


      AMERICANS HAVE PERSONAL BONDS WITH CARS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Cheryl Hoffer leaves the world behind when she climbs into Breezy _ her Volkswagen GTI _ and drives the 31 miles of winding roads through California‘s Santa Cruz mountains to visit her daughter.

Like many in an AP–AOL Autos poll, her car is more than a machine and her relat >>>


      BIDEN WANTS CONFEDERATE FLAG OFF GROUNDS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Sen. Joseph Biden said Monday he would vote to keep the Confederate flag off South Carolina‘s Statehouse grounds, a location that prompted the NAACP‘s ongoing boycott of the state.

"If I were a state legislator, I‘d vote for it to move off the grounds _ out o >>>


      BIRTH SET FOR COUPLE WHO SAVED EMBRYOS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     AM COVINGTON, La. –– Glen and Rebekah Markham are a bit taken aback by the worldwide publicity surrounding their child, scheduled to arrive by Caesarean section on Tuesday. News outlets from as far away as Singapore are enthralled with the story of officers using flat–bottomed boats to rescue the child >>>


      BUSH REFUSES TO WAVER ON IRAQ TROOP PLAN
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush concedes he isn‘t popular, and that the war in Iraq isn‘t either. Yes, progress is overdue and patience is all but gone. Yet none of that changes his view that more U.S. troops are needed to win in Iraq.

"I‘m not going to try to be popular and chan >>>


      BUSH TALKS TOUGH IN CASE FOR TROOP BOOST
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Digging in for confrontation, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney say they will not budge from sending more U.S. troops to Iraq no matter how much Congress opposes it.

"I fully understand they could try to stop me," Bush said of the Democrat–run Congress. &quo >>>


      BUSH: HONOR KING‘S LEGACY BY HELPING ALL
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Paint brush in hand, President Bush helped spruce up a high school Monday and tried to draw attention to a broader point _ the value of community service on a day honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I encourage people all around the country to seize any opportunity they can >>>


      CAMPER RESCUED IN N.M. AFTER A MONTH
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –– A camper who became stranded nearly five weeks ago in a national forest because she could not cross a swollen river was rescued Sunday, more than two weeks after the search for her was called off.

A New Mexico National Guard crew waded across the icy Gila River to rescue a dehyd >>>


      DEATH TOLL MOUNTS FROM MIDWEST ICE STORM
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     ST. LOUIS –– As the death toll from a powerful winter storm rose to 30 across six states, utility crews worked on Monday to restore electricity to about 330,000 Missouri households and businesses.

Crews hoped to take advantage of moderate weather expected Monday _ with only a few lingering snow show >>>


      EDWARDS ECHOES KING‘S ANTI–WAR MESSAGE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     NEW YORK –– Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards called on Americans to resist President Bush‘s planned troop escalation in Iraq, echoing a plea by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years ago to end the Vietnam War.

Edwards addressed about 1,200 parishioners Sunday at Riverside Chur >>>


      EXPERTS: MO. BOY CONTROLLED BY CAPTOR
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     PM KIRKWOOD, Mo. –– For more than four years, Shawn Hornbeck seemed to have had every chance to escape, left alone for hours to ride his bike, play video games and walk past missing–child posters showing his own age–progressed image.

But mental health experts say this troubling case is h >>>


      FIRE BREAKS OUT AT CALIF. OIL REFINERY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     RICHMOND, Calif. –– A fire broke out at an oil refinery Monday morning, injuring one employee, sending flames as high as 50 feet into the air and prompting an order for residents to stay indoors, authorities said.

The fire began at about 5:24 a.m. at Chevron‘s Richmond Refinery, said Contra Co >>>


      FIRST U.S. UTERUS TRANSPLANT PLANNED
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     First came kidney, liver and heart transplants. Then a few doctors started transplanting hands. French surgeons even did a face.

Now, doctors are planning the first womb transplant in the United States. A team based in Manhattan has begun screening women left barren by cancer, injuries or other problems who wan >>>


      FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, THE WIKI WAY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     By Elizabeth WilliamsonWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, January 15,
2007; A13 You‘re a government worker in China, and you‘ve just gotten a memo showing the true face of the regime. Without any independent media around, how do you share what you have without landing in jail or worse?

Wikileak >>>


      ICE STORM LASHES MUCH OF U.S.; 20 DEAD
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     OKLAHOMA CITY –– The ice storms that have been blamed for at least 20 deaths continued to lash much of the nation Sunday, as crews tried to restore power to hundreds of thousands and slick roads spawned accidents.

Waves of freezing rain, sleet and snow since Friday have caused at least 11 deaths in >>>


      KENTUCKY TRAIN CRASH RELEASES CHEMICALS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     IRVINE, Ky. –– Chemicals were released in a train crash Monday and officials called for people to evacuate homes and businesses.

Kentucky State Police said they did not know what kind of chemicals were released. They did not know any details of the accident or if anyone was injured.

State p >>>


      MLK‘S DAUGHTER HONORS HER PARENTS IN GA.
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     ATLANTA –– On the first holiday celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. since the death of Coretta Scott King, their eldest daughter urged Americans to be forces for peace and love.

"We must keep reaching across the table and, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott Kin >>>


      MO. TEEN WAS MISSING IN PLAIN SIGHT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     By Kari Lydersen and Darryl FearsWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, January 15, 2007; A03 KIRKWOOD, Mo., Jan. 14 –– To Shawn Hornbeck‘s neighbors, he seemed like any other teenage kid in this St. Louis suburb, riding his bike around his neighborhood, visiting a local Wal–Mart with a friend, pla >>>


      MOURNERS QUIETLY REFLECT AT KING‘S TOMB
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     ATLANTA –– Before dawn, the final resting place of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King was an oasis of peace. In a few hours, radio stations would blast their reports from loudspeakers only yards away along Auburn Avenue, the downtown street where King lived and worked. A daylong parade of mourners >>>


      N. DAKOTA MAN AIMS TO BE 1ST HEMP FARMER
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     BISMARCK, N.D. –– David Monson began pushing the idea of growing industrial hemp in the United States a decade ago. Now his goal may be within reach _ but first he needs to be fingerprinted.

Monson turned in an application Monday to the state Agriculture Department to become the nation‘s first >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     Seven Killed in Oklahoma In Accident on Icy Road ELK CITY, Okla. –– Seven people were killed early Sunday when a minivan skidded on an icy highway and slammed into an oncoming tractor–trailer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

All seven victims were thrown or partially thrown from the minivan, >>>


      NO SPRINKLERS IN DEADLY W.VA. FIRE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –– There was no sprinkler system in the five–story apartment building where fire killed at least seven people, including a child, fire officials said Monday.

"I think they would have made a huge difference," Fire Chief Greg Fuller told reporters.

While spri >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     PM –– A.I. Bezzerides LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A.I. Bezzerides, a novelist–turned–screenwriter best known for post–World War II film noir classics such as "Kiss Me Deadly," "On Dangerous Ground" and "Thieves‘ Highway," died Jan. 1 after a brief illness, his dau >>>


      OFFICERS‘ KEEN EYES LEAD TO BOYS‘ RESCUE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     AM KIRKWOOD, Mo. –– One of the officers who arrested the suspect in the double kidnapping of two teenagers said Monday he knew the man even before he began staking out his home: He had eaten at the pizza parlor he managed.

Police officer Gary Wagster spent all night Thursday watching Michael Devlin& >>>


      RARELY SEEN KING PAPERS GO ON VIEW
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     By Errin HainesAssociated PressMonday, January 15, 2007; A08 ATLANTA –– The words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are as inspiring today for Shirley Franklin as they were when she saw him deliver his 1'63 "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

That helps mak >>>


      RESULTS OF AP–AOL AUTOS POLL
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     AM –– The Associated Press–AOL Autos poll on people‘s personal attachment to their cars was conducted Dec. 1'–21 and is based on telephone interviews with 1,004 adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The poll was conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

Resu >>>


      RICE, OLMERT MEET IN BID TO REVIVE PEACE EFFORTS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday, one day after she promised a bigger American push for a Palestinian state.

Rice is pressing Olmert to take steps that could help bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah in his powe >>>


      RICE, OLMERT PLAN MEETING WITH ABBAS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed on Monday to hold a three–way meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on reviving peace talks, an Olmert adviser said.

The adviser, Miri Eisin, said the three would convene for talks >>>



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