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      APPC SHARES SOAR 77.50% ON DEBUT
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — Despite investor confidence being at a low ebb due to the fall in stock prices and suspension of shares of two companies last week, Advanced Polypropylene Co. (APPC) made a strong debut on the Saudi stock market yesterday.

The SR10 APPC shares, which are tradi >>>


      BRIGHT PROSPECTS FOR TELECOM INDUSTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Walid Mazi, Arab News DUBAI, 21 January 2007 — Telecom industry in the Middle East is expecting brighter prospects in 2007 as mobile growth in most of the regional countries is likely to continue this year, according to a leading global rating agency.

Regional telecommunication operators will continue to focus >>>


      BUSINESSWOMEN FROM US EYEING INVESTMENT IN THE KINGDOM
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — A group of American businesswomen under the sponsorship of the Global Women’s Foundation (GWF) yesterday discussed investment opportunities and joint business ventures in the Kingdom with their Saudi counterparts in a meeting held at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Indu >>>


      CEREMONY FOR KAU LAW GRADUATES
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — The Lawyers Committee of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) will hold a ceremony to honor law graduates on King Abdulaziz University (KAU) this Tuesday under the patronage of Abdullah Al–Hudaithi, vice minister of law for the legal affairs. The even >>>


      COHERENT VISION CATAPULTS ZULTEC TO SUCCESS
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — From small beginnings, the Zultec group of companies has, over the last 20 years, grown to rank as a multinational conglomerate, reaching from Saudi Arabia to Canada, UAE, the UK and Pakistan.

The company’s then youthful CEO Zulqiurnain Ali Khan founded the co >>>


      DUBAI ISSUES NEW SYSTEM FOR REALTY BROKERS
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Walid Mazi, Arab News DUBAI, 21 January 2007 — Dubai’s Land Department yesterday launched the first stage of an initiative in which all real estate brokers in the emirate require a certificate of being qualified to carry out business.

The new initiative will add a new tier of authorization to real estate tradin >>>


      IDB, IMF BACK ISLAMIC BANKING
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — The Islamic Development Bank’s (IDB) recently approved a cooperation program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for promoting Islamic banking and finance.

An official statement issued after the board of executive directors’ meeting added that $600, >>>


      JEF GOES INTERACTIVE
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — The Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) is to incorporate a sophisticated new technology as a key part of its proceedings this year.

The instant feedback system will allow the audience to ask questions, feedback opinion and take part in instant polls to gauge opinion >>>


      KINGDOM SEEKS INDIA INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 21 January 2007 — Saudi Arabia is keen on investment and business opportunities from India in various sectors of the economy, a leading group of Saudi businessmen said in a recent visit to India.

Abdul Rahman A Al–Rabiah, managing director, Al–Rabiah Co. and >>>


      SEC SIGNS CONTRACTS WORTH SR2.45 BILLION
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 21 January 2007 — Mahmoud Abdullah Taibah, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC), signed SR2.45 billion worth contracts with the Arab BAMAKO Contracting Co. to facilitate considerable increase in the power generating capacity and enhance the feeding of the electricity ne >>>


      UAE FOOD IMPORTS HIT $3BN
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Walid Mazi, Arab News DUBAI, 21 January 2007 — The UAE’s annual imports of food hit $3 billion last year and are growing 10 percent annually, according to a report by Food and Agriculture Organization. The estimated global expenditures on imported foodstuffs reached a historic high of $374 billion in 2006, over 2 percen >>>


      ABORTING A PREGNANCY FOR MEDICAL REASONS
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. If it is confirmed that a pregnancy will result in the child having a serious mental disorder, such as the Down Syndrome, is it permissible for the mother to resort to abortion?

(Name and address withheld) A. Abortion is allowed in Islam only when there is serious risk to the life of t >>>


      AN ANALOGY DRAWN FROM HUMAN LIFE
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful He sets you this comparison, drawn from your own life. Would you have some of those whom your right hands possess as partners in whatever We may have bestowed on you as sustenance, so that you all would have equal shares in it, and you wo >>>


      SAVING ZAKAH FOR A FUTURE PURPOSE
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I am allocating a fixed amount of money to a bank account on a monthly basis hoping to utilize it for some good project for the needy. I do not use this money except for a purpose commensurate with how zakah should be used. My question is whether I need to actually spend the zakah amount of 2.5 >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 110: RIDING A MULE IN BATTLE
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) was very interested in horses, advising his companions to take good care of them, and to keep them ready in case they needed them for battle against the unbelievers, who launched several attacks on the Muslim state in Madinah. He even organized races, which were mea >>>


      BLOOD DONORS WIN TOP SAUDI HONOR
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Saeed Al–Khotani, Arab News RIYADH, 21 January 2007 — The number of people awarded King Abdul Aziz Medal for blood donation has reached 20,060, according to Abdullah Zamil Al–Drees, deputy minister for laboratories and blood banks at the Ministry of Health. The medal is the top honor in the Kingdom and is gi >>>


      CHARITY SPONSORING KIDNEY PATIENTS
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Salman, supervisor of the Prince Fahd ibn Salman Charitable Society for the Care of Kidney Patients, checks on one of the patients who is receiving dialysis at the Arab Medical Dar clinic in Riyadh.

(AN photo by Ahmed Fathi) RIYADH, 21 January 2007 — The first nationw >>>


      DEAL SIGNED TO BUILD HOUSES FOR TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 21 January 2007 — The Kingdom signed an agreement yesterday with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the construction of a housing in Sri Lanka at a cost of SR38.74 million to accommodate the survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami.

The accord was >>>


      DRIVE ON TO ELIMINATE ANONYMOUS SIM CARDS
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Arab News MADINAH, 21 January 2007 — The days of unregistered prepaid SIM cards are numbered if telephone companies using the mobile network in Saudi Arabia get their way.

Al–Madinah newspaper reported that the companies want to tighten up the supervision of documenting personal data of users of prepaid p >>>


      JEDDAH TO HAVE TECH COLLEGE FOR WOMEN
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — Jeddah will have its first technical college for women soon. The General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) has already started working on the project.

The new college will have a capacity of 1,000 students and studies w >>>


      NEW POLICY FOR RECRUITMENT
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Riyadh Governor Prince Salman cuts a ribbon to mark the opening of the new Labor Ministry headquarters in Riyadh on Saturday in the presence of Labor Minister Dr. Ghazi Al–Gosaibi, 2nd left. (AN photo by Khaled Al–Khamees)

RIYADH, 21 January 2007 — Labor Minister Ghazi Al&ndash >>>


      SAUDI–PAK SUMMIT TALKS TODAY
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Madinah Governor Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Majed receives Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf at Prince Muhammad International Airport on Saturday.

(AN photo) JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will hold talks with Pakistani President Gen. P >>>


      SAUDI POST SETS UP BIGGEST E–PORTAL
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 21 January 2007 — The Saudi Post has established the biggest e–portal in the Kingdom on the World Wide Web in order to provide information about the post service to the public. The portal includes e–commerce and a list of the post products and services that are offered for sale.

Th >>>


      STING OPERATION NETS MAKKAH CHARLATAN
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 21 January 2007 — Members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice conducted a sting operation in the holy city and netted an expatriate man who was allegedly exploiting people’s superstitions to sell them charms he claimed were magical.

The alleged char >>>


      12 BAHRAINIS INJURED IN CLASH WITH POLICE
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Mazen Mahdi, Arab News MANAMA, 21 January 2007 — Twelve people were injured when Bahraini police and protesters clashed Friday afternoon during a protest for families of three men who were detained in Daih village on the outskirts of Manama on charges stemming from possessing anti–government leaflets.

Cla >>>


      13 US TROOPS DIE AS COPTER CRASHES IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 21 January 2007 — A US military helicopter crashed northeast of Baghdad yesterday, killing all 13 military personnel on board, but the US military gave no immediate details on the cause. It was one of the deadliest single incidents in four years of war and the bloodiest since US President George W. Bus >>>


      ABBAS–MESHAAL TALKS PUT OFF, SAYS OFFICIAL
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Agencies DAMASCUS, 21 January 2007 — A senior member of a Palestinian faction said yesterday that the meeting scheduled between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas top leader Khaled Meshaal was postponed.

«There will be no meeting today,» the Palestinian faction official told The Associate >>>


      AP APPROVES METRO RAIL FOR HYDERABAD
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News HYDERABAD, India, 21 January 2007 — The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet yesterday cleared the 87.6–billion–rupee Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and approved the formation of a special body to coordinate and monitor implementation of the project on fast track.

The project will be impl >>>


      DNA TESTS CONFIRM DEATH OF ABU SAYYAF CHIEFTAIN
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 21 January 2007 — Forensic experts have identified the remains of a man who was killed in fighting in the southern Philippine island of Jolo as that of Khadaffy Janjalani, the leader of the Al–Qaeda–linked Abu Sayyaf group, a Philippine military spokesman said yesterday. >>>


      FOUR ARRESTED IN MUMBAI WITH EXPLOSIVES
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 21 January 2007 — Four people, including a woman, were arrested with over 6 kilograms of powerful explosives near a crowded train station in Mumbai yesterday, six months after a string of train bombings killed 186 people in India’s financial hub.

The arrests were made near >>>


      INDIAN DIPLOMAT BIMAL KAPOOR DIES
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYAD, 21 January 2007H — A senior Indian diplomat, Bimal Kapoor, died after a massive heart attack here yesterday.

In a condolence message, Indian Ambassador M.O.H. Farook said, «Kapoor was one of the most dynamic and outstanding officers serving in Riyadh mission and I w >>>


      MEMORIAL CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF ABIR ARAMIN
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 21 January 2007 – Students of all 3 schools in Anata are to hold a memorial ceremony for 10–year old Abir Aramin today.

According to 16–year old Hassan Hilweh, Abir was shot by a border police officer on Tuesday morning outside her school.

Hassan states, &#34the >>>


      PUNJAB’S POLICE BOSS TRANSFERRED
      Arab News, 21-01-2007
     S.A. Ali, Arab News NEW DELHI, 21 January 2007 — The Election Commission has ordered immediate transfer of the police chief of the northern Punjab state, S.S. Virk, «in the interest» of free and fair assembly elections there.

The commission said that serious concerns had been raised recently, puttin >>>


      10TH TRAPPED DOLPHIN DIES IN NEW YORK
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. –– The number of dolphins who have died since being trapped in a shallow creek off eastern Long Island has risen to 10, a rescue leader said Saturday.

About 20 of the "common dolphins" were first sighted about 11 days ago in the Northwest Harbor cove, which is north of E >>>


      4 KIDS, MOTHER SEIZED BY GUNMAN IN IND.
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     ELKHART, Ind. –– A gunman shot a man and held his ex–girlfriend and their four young children hostage for about nine hours Saturday before forcing them into a car and fleeing, police said.

Elkhart police issued an Amber Alert and said the children and their 31–year–old mother, Kimb >>>


      AGENTS HUNT FOR KIDNAPPED MOM, 4 KIDS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     ELKHART, Ind. –– Police and federal agents extended their search to Chicago on Sunday for four children and their mother, whose ex–boyfriend authorities say shot a man and kidnapped them in Indiana the day before.

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert and said the children and their mother, 3 >>>


      BUSH SPEECH TO ARGUE FOR IRAQ, DOMESTIC PLANS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid a war of words with Democrats over Iraq, President George W. Bush will use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to argue for staying in Iraq and try to build support for his domestic plans.

Bush goes before a joint session of the U.S. Congress, which Democrats control for >>>


      FORMER SEN. GEORGE SMATHERS DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     MIAMI –– Former U.S. Sen. George A. Smathers, a polished, dashing politician who forged friendships with presidents, waged war against communism, resisted civil rights legislation and was an early voice cautioning of Fidel Castro‘s rise to power, died Saturday. He was '3.

The Democrat, who >>>


      GINGRICH: 2008 RUN WOULD BE LAST RESORT
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– First, Newt Gingrich said he would run for president in 2008 only if no other Republican emerged as a clear front–runner. Now, the former House speaker says he will run only as a "last resort." His assessment came in response to a question by Chris Wallace, host of "Fox New >>>


      IRAQ WAR MAY INTRUDE ON LIBBY TRIAL
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– The slow and contentious selection of a jury to try the vice president‘s former chief of staff may foreshadow a perjury trial constantly interrupted by disputes over how much jurors should hear about the Bush administration‘s Iraq war policy.

U.S. District Judge Reggie W >>>


      MO. YOUTH HAD CONTACT WITH POLICE 10 MONTHS AFTER HE WENT MISSING
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     ST. LOUIS, Jan. 20 –– Ten months after Shawn Hornbeck‘s disappearance, he spoke with police to report his bicycle had been stolen but gave no clue that he was a missing child, a newspaper reported Saturday.

That apparently was the first of two encounters Shawn had with police in a St. Louis su >>>


      N.M. GOVERNOR ENTERS WHITE HOUSE RACE
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Gov. Bill Richardson, D–N.M., said Sunday he is taking the first step toward an expected White House run in 2008, offering extensive experience in Washington and the world stage as he seeks to become the first Hispanic president.

"I am taking this step because we have to rep >>>


      N.O. SEEKS TO CLEAR HOUSING PROJECTS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     NEW ORLEANS –– The city‘s public housing agency plans to ask a judge to bar anyone from entering projects without permission and will file claims against some who are trying to avert the buildings‘ demolition.

Attorneys for the Housing Authority of New Orleans e–mailed notice of th >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     Ex–FEMA Director Faults Politics for Katrina Delay NEW YORK –– Michael D. Brown, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told a group of graduate students that party politics influenced decisions on whether to take federal control of areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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      NEW HOUSE SPEAKER SHOWS SHE‘S BOSS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Sworn in just over two weeks ago as the first female speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi wasted no time showing who‘s boss.

The California Democrat rammed six major bills through the House at breakneck speed, stomped out smoking privileges near the House floor, partially sidelined >>>


      PILOT BECOMES ILL DURING FLIGHT; DIES
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     McALLEN, Texas –– The pilot of a Continental Airlines flight became ill after takeoff and was later pronounced dead after the plane made an emergency landing Saturday, a company spokeswoman said.

The 210 passengers on the flight, which departed from Houston, were never in danger and the co–pil >>>


      PILOT DECLARED DEAD AFTER JET LANDS IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     McALLEN, Tex., Jan. 20 –– The pilot of a Continental Airlines flight became ill after takeoff and was pronounced dead after the plane made an emergency landing Saturday, a company spokeswoman said.

The 210 passengers on the flight, which departed from Houston, were never in danger, and the co– >>>


      PILOT DIES IN–FLIGHT; O–PILOT LANDS JET
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     McALLEN, Texas –– The pilot of a Continental Airlines flight became ill after takeoff and was later pronounced dead after the plane made an emergency landing Saturday, a company spokeswoman said.

The 210 passengers on the flight, which departed from Houston, were never in danger and the co–pil >>>


      PRINCETON NEWSPAPER STIRS CONTROVERSY
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     PRINCETON BOROUGH, N.J. –– An article in the annual joke issue of Princeton University‘s student newspaper has left some readers accusing its staff of racism.

The Daily Princetonian issue included a column with a byline that closely resembles the name of Jian Li, an 18–year–old Asi >>>


      REPORT: MISSING MO. BOY MET WITH POLICE
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     ST. LOUIS –– Ten months after Shawn Hornbeck‘s disappearance, he spoke with police to report his bike had been stolen but gave no clue that he was a missing child, a newspaper reported Saturday.

That apparently was the first of two encounters Shawn had with police after his 2002 disappearance, >>>


      RICE WARNS FIRMS IRAN MAY FACE FURTHER SANCTIONS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     BERLIN (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said companies should beware of doing business with Iran and think about the possibility more sanctions will be imposed on it.

"I think people ought to think about the risk of doing business with Iran," Rice told Der Spiegel magazine, accord >>>


      RICHARDSON TAKES STEP TOWARD PRESIDENTIAL BID
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced on Sunday he is taking the first step toward a longshot 2008 presidential bid. saying he has the experience needed to run the United States.

Richardson, 5', would be the first Hispanic president, but said on ABC‘s " >>>


      SEN. CLINTON AHEAD IN DEMOCRATIC RACE: POLL
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Hillary Clinton holds a large early lead over other top candidates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, said a national poll reported on Sunday in The Washington Post.

New York‘s Clinton was the favorite of 41 percent of Democrats polled, more than doub >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     AM –– Forecasters predicted more than a half foot of snow in the central Plains and widespread rain from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Southeast on Sunday.

More snow was predicted for the Rockies and the Southwest, and the white stuff was also expected in parts of New England. Areas of freezin >>>


      TRIBUNE CO. COMMITTEE REVIEWS OFFERS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     CHICAGO –– An independent Tribune Co. board committee reviewed prospective offers for the media company Saturday, but announced no initiatives designed to satisfy investors.

The Chicago–based media giant has been entertaining offers amid pressure from investors to boost the company‘s sag >>>


      U.S. ENVOY IN CHINA TO MULL DATE FOR N.KOREA TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – Washington‘s envoy to North Korean nuclear talks arrived in China and his Pyongyang counterpart conferred with Russia on Sunday, as hopes revived for progress in the long–running six–country negotiations.

U.S. envoy Christopher Hill, aiming to fix a date for resuming >>>


      BROWNBACK ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL BID
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Matthew MoskWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 21, 2007; A08 Sen. Sam Brownback, the son of a rural Kansas farmer who has become a leader among religious conservatives in Congress, formally launched his 2008 bid for president at a rally in Topeka yesterday.

Brownback, 50, became one of the first Rep >>>


      DEMOCRATS SEEK TO AVERT ABORTION CLASHES
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 21, 2007; A05 Eager to avoid a resumption of the culture wars, the new Democratic leaders are trying to tiptoe around the abortion issue by promoting legislation to encourage birth control and assist women who decide to proceed with unwanted pregnancies.
>>>


      FAR FROM A HINDRANCE, GENDER COULD BE KEY FOR CLINTON
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Lois RomanoWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 21, 2007; A06 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the presidential arena as the most viable woman ever to seek the office and at a propitious moment.

More women hold elected office than ever before, and ' million more women than men voted in the last >>>


      FOR DEMOCRATIC ADVISERS, A SEASON OF TOUGH CHOICES
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     January 21, 2007; A01 Rep. Rahm Emanuel considers Sen. Barack Obama a close friend. The Illinois Democrats had dinner just last week. They are both from Chicago and socialize together with their wives. But Emanuel got his big break in national politics from Bill Clinton and worked for him in the White House. And now his >>>


      STATES ACT ON CONGRESSIONAL GOALS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     A12 The newly Democratic House may think it responded swiftly to the populist message of the November elections with passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s 100–hour agenda. But out in the heartland, many state legislatures and governors hope to leave Congress in the dust.

Paying heed to voters‘ eco >>>


      THE ‘08 RACES GET SERIOUS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     Washington Post reporters Chris Cillizza, Peter Baker, Dan Balz, and Shailagh Murray discuss President Bush‘s "surge" plan, the new Democratic majority in Congress, and the leading 2008 presidential contenders.

Post a Comment Comments: (Limit 5,000 characters) Comments that include profanity or >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D–Del.) and Carl M. Levin (D–Mich.); Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Sen. Sam Brownback (R–Kan.); and New Mexico Gov. Bil >>>


      THROWING HER HAT ON THE WEB
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Ann HornadayWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 21, 2007; D01 If a Democratic primary were held on sheer production values, Hillary Rodham Clinton would win in a landslide.

In the video on Clinton‘s Web site yesterday, announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, she chucke >>>


      1' U.S. TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     8:48 AM BAGHDAD, Jan. 21 –– A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon northeast of the capital, killing all 12 American soldiers on board, and at least seven soldiers died in other parts of the country, officials said.

The deaths made the day the third–deadliest for U.S. service >>>


      AT LEAST 24 AMERICANS DIED IN IRAQ SAT.
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– At least 24 Americans died in Iraq on Saturday _ the third deadliest single day for U.S. troops since the war began in March 2003.

That total included four soldiers and a Marine killed in the violent Anbar province whose deaths were announced Sunday.

The gunmen who killed f >>>


      BOMB EXPLODES ON BUS IN BAGHDAD; 6 DEAD
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A bomb struck a small bus in Baghdad as it headed to a predominantly Shiite area on Sunday, killing six passengers and wounding 10, police said.

The bus was en route from the Bab al–Sharqi area to the central commercial district of Karradah when the explosion occurred at 8:15 >>>


      BURGLARS BREAK INTO FLOWER SHOP 30 TIMES
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– Florist Auvaroza Abraham‘s shop was broken into again. That‘s life, you might say. But not if it has happened more than 30 times.

The New Straits Times reported Sunday that the flower shop in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak state on Borneo Island, has been robbe >>>


      CARTER, CLINTON SEEK TO BRING TOGETHER MODERATE BAPTISTS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Alan CoopermanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 21, 2007; A03 Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are leading an effort to forge dozens of small and medium–size, black and white Baptist organizations into a robust coalition that would serve as a counterweight to the conservative Southern B >>>


      EMBATTLED, BUSH HELD TO PLAN TO SALVAGE IRAQ
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Michael Abramowitz and Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, January 21, 2007; A01 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki had a surprise for President Bush when they sat down with their aides in the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Firing up a PowerPoint presentation, Maliki and his national securit >>>


      EXPELLED BUSHMEN RETURN HOME
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     A15 GABORONE, Botswana –– Several dozen Bushmen who had been expelled from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have returned there under a landmark court ruling giving the traditional hunter–gatherers rights to land they and their ancestors occupied for thousands of years.

Ten families entered t >>>


      HISTORIANS OFFER DISMAL IRAQ FORECAST
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     PM –– To historians and others pondering Iraq, forecasting a final outcome for that sad land is like finding your way through one of its "shamal" sandstorms. You may not know where you‘re headed, but you know it‘s going to be dark.

The Middle East historian David Fromkin sees a >>>


      HONG KONG TUTORS SELLING SEX APPEAL
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     HONG KONG –– Angela Yiu and Stella Cheng spent weeks meeting with fashion stylists and photographers before deciding on the mini skirts and high heels to wear in their promotion campaign.

They‘re not models peddling perfume or sports cars. They‘re English tutors who earn good money helpi >>>


      IRAN TO CONDUCT MISSILE WAR GAMES
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran plans three days of military maneuvers, including short–range missile tests, beginning Sunday _ its first since the U.N.

Security Council imposed sanctions against it in late December, state–run television said.

"The elite Revolutionary Guards plans to >>>


      ISRAELI LEADER OLMERT VOWS TO FIGHT ON
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Police are investigating him for corruption. His military chief has resigned. His office manager is under house arrest, and an inquiry commission is looking into his alleged mishandling of last summer‘s Lebanon war.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s mounting political troubles _ >>>


      JAPAN EYES HARSHER RULES FOR TRADE WITH NORTH KOREA
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to tighten customs law to stem illegal trade with North Korea and boost effectiveness of economic sanctions imposed on the communist state for conducting missile and nuclear tests, news reports said on Sunday.

Quoting unspecified government sources, Kyodo news agency said the >>>


      KENYA SENDS 34 MILITIAMEN TO SOMALIA
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     PM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Kenya handed over 34 Islamic militiamen to Somalia‘s transitional government, the Somali government spokesman said Sunday, adding that some of them may be senior leaders of the country‘s Islamic movement.

Kenya flew the militiamen to Somalia under armed guard on >>>


      LAW COULD HELP MODERNIZE IRAQ OIL SECTOR
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A new draft hydrocarbons law will pave the way for "transparent and fair" competition in bids to develop Iraq‘s oil wealth, the oil minister said Sunday as he sought to restore the confidence of foreign investors.

The new law, if approved, is expected to encourage >>>


      MAJOR QUAKE HITS NORTHEASTERN INDONESIA
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– A 7.3–magnitude earthquake struck Sunday in the Molucca Sea about 100 miles east of Sulawesi Island in northeastern Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was large enough to cause a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement, but no ts >>>


      MAJOR WARLORD SURRENDERS ARMS TO SOMALI GOVERNMENT
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 20 –– The last major warlord to withhold support from Somalia‘s government surrendered his weapons and militiamen on Saturday

–– a boost for a fledgling leadership that still faces threats of guerrilla attacks from the Islamic movement that fled the capital >>>


      MODERATE QUAKE SHAKES EASTERN TURKEY
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     ANKARA, Turkey –– A moderate earthquake shook eastern Turkey Sunday, the Anatolia news agency reported. There were no immediate reports injuries, but officials said homes were demolished in at least two villages.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, was centered in Agri province, borderin >>>


      NATO URGES SAUDI ARABIA TO JOIN COOPERATION PACT
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     RIYADH (Reuters) – NATO appealed to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to consider entering a cooperation agreement with the Western alliance, citing shared interest in stopping weapons proliferation in an apparent reference to Iran.

"I do want to stress here today that NATO would very much value the participati >>>


      PAKISTAN DENIES IT HARBORS TALIBAN
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 21, 2007; A20 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 –– Faced with new charges that Pakistan is harboring Islamic insurgents, including fugitive Taliban leader Mohammad Omar, Pakistani officials this weekend denied such allegations and defended their ef >>>


      POLAND SILENT ON U.S. ANTI–MISSILE SHIELD DEAL
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland said on Sunday it was still in talks with the United States about the possibility of allowing it to base an anti–missile system on its soil, and had no comment on a report that a final deal had been agreed.

Washington is investing $10 billion a year in developing the system >>>


      PROSECUTOR: TEEN ADMITS KILLING EDITOR
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     ISTANBUL, Turkey –– A teenage boy has confessed to fatally shooting an ethnic Armenian journalist outside his newspaper office in a brazen daytime attack, a prosecutor said Sunday.

Ogun Samast, who is either 16 or 17 years old, was caught in the Black Sea city of Samsun late Saturday, a day after Hr >>>


      SERBS VOTE IN TIGHT GENERAL ELECTION
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia voted on Sunday in a tight election fought between ultranationalists and pro–Western reformers, under the shadow of an imminent international decision on the fate of the breakaway Kosovo province.

Monitors said 30.' percent of the 6.6 million voters had cast ballots b >>>


      SHORTAGE OF SNOW LEAVES ALPS BURIED IN DEBATE
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By John Ward AndersonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 21,
2007; A15 MEGEVE, France –– Freakish high temperatures and rain revisited this posh ski resort in the French Alps and other mountain areas of Europe last week, prolonging a mild winter that is striking hard at alpine economies and fu >>>


      SRI LANKA BATTLES REBELS AT SEA AS FIGHTING SPREADS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     VALACHCHENAI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – A flotilla of Tamil Tiger attack boats, including suicide craft, attacked a cargo ship off Sri Lanka‘s northern tip on Sunday, and the navy and helicopter gunships engaged them sinking at least one vessel, the military said.

The naval clash 5 miles out to sea off >>>


      STRONG EARTHQUAKE HITS OFF INDONESIA‘S SULAWESI
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.3 occurred on Sunday in the Molucca Sea, east of the northern tip of Indonesia‘s Sulawesi island, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.

Indonesia‘s meteorology and geophysics agency put the quake strength at 6.5 on the Richter s >>>


      SUNNI–SHIITE FIGHT FLARES IN BROADCASTS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 21, 2007; A18 It was the worst insult a Sunni Iraqi could give to a Shiite countryman.

"You Persian shoe!" politician Mishan al–Jabouri shouted at journalist Sadeq al–Musawi during a panel discussion earlier this month on al&ndash >>>


      TALKS ON PALESTINIAN UNITY POSTPONED
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     DAMASCUS, Syria –– Key talks on forming a Palestinian unity government were canceled and a top Hamas official said Sunday that a planned meeting between the Palestinian president and the exiled leader of Hamas militants won‘t take place.

"The possibility of a meeting today has become none >>>


      TEEN HELD IN KILLING OF TURKISH EDITOR
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     PM ISTANBUL, Turkey –– Police on Saturday detained a teenager suspected of slaying an ethnic Armenian journalist, acting on a tip from the boy‘s father after his picture was broadcast on Turkish television, senior officials said.

Ogun Samast, who is either 16 or 17 years old, was caught on a b >>>


      U.S. ENVOY SAYS N.KOREA TALKS POSSIBLE IN TWO WEEKS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – Talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up nuclear weapons could resume within two weeks, Washington‘s chief envoy to the long–running negotiations said on Sunday.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill was speaking after meeting Wu Dawei, China‘s chief n >>>


      U.S. OFFICIALS LAUD TRANSFER OF MEXICAN DRUG SUSPECTS
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 21,
2007; A15 MEXICO CITY, Jan. 20 –– The extradition to the United States of four major drug traffickers, including Osiel C?rdenas Guill?n, head of the powerful Gulf cartel, was hailed Saturday by U.S. officials as a signal of a >>>


      U.S.: BRIGADE SOON READY FOR BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     PM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A newly arrived brigade of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, the first of the 21,500–troop buildup ordered by President Bush, will be ready to join the fresh drive to quell sectarian violence in the capital by the start of next month, the American military said Sunday.

The 2 >>>


      UK POLICE SILENT ON LITVINENKO KILLER‘S IDENTITY
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     LONDON (Reuters) – British police declined to comment on Sunday on a report that they had identified the man suspected of killing the former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Litvinenko died in a London hospital on November 23 after being poisoned with radioactive polonium&ndash >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-01-2007
     Envoy Says Darfur Fuels Sudan–Chad ‘Quiet War‘ N‘DJAMENA, Chad –– Violence in Sudan‘s Darfur region is stoking a "quiet war" between Sudan and Chad that will end only if both governments stop supporting each other‘s rebels, Washington‘s special envoy to Sud >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 21-01-2007
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Bookmark to del.icio.us Business in Brief The free newspaper "Israeli" is losing $700,000 a month: It has $250,000 in revenues a month, and spends over a million dollars. According to the paper‘s business plan, which has been presented to the cour >>>


      LEVIEV AND BOYMELGREEN SELLING WALL STREET SKYSCRAPER
      Haaretz, 21-01-2007
     By Haim Handwerker NEW YORK – Lev Leviev‘s Africa Israel and Shay Boymelgreen are about to make a huge sale of a skyscraper at 14 Wall Street, for $325 million.

Africa Israel and Boymelgreen bought the building only a year and a half ago for $210 million. Thus if the deal takes place, the two will m >>>


      SUPER–SOL CEO CHOSEN AS MARKETING MAN OF THE YEAR
      Haaretz, 21-01-2007
     By Ayala Tsoref and Gali Berger Ephraim Rosenhaus, the CEO of the Super–Sol supermarket chain, was chosen as 2006‘s marketing man of the year.

Rosenhaus beat out – among others – the sellers of Crocs shoes, Strauss–Elite and the Toto sports betting organization.

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