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      CONFERENCE ON MAKKAH URBAN DEVELOPMENT SET
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Galal Fakkar, Arab News MAKKAH, 14 October 2007 — The Al–Umran Saudi Association for urban development studies will hold a six–day international forum to discuss the challenges of urban development in Makkah on Nov. 10.

Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al–Faisal will attend the forum under the th >>>


      JAZEERA AIRWAYS PLANS RIGHTS ISSUE TO RAISE CAPITAL 100%
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Arab News KUWAIT, 14 October 2007 — Jazeera Airways, described as the only private international carrier in the Middle East, will increase its capital by 100 percent to 20 million Kuwaiti dinars through a rights issue to existing shareholders, the company said in a statement yesterday. The subscription period is from Oc >>>


      STRICTLY BUSINESS: COCA–COLA
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Arab News Greenpeace applauds Coca–Cola’s commitment to use climate–friendly coolers and vending machines in all official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing and six co–host cities throughout China. This is the first time 100 percent of the Coca–Cola coolers and vendin >>>


      ALLAH’S HELP FOR THE STEADFAST
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Believers! Remember the blessings God bestowed on you when hosts came down upon you. We let loose against them a windstorm and hosts that you could not see. Yet God sees all that you do.

They came upon you from above and from below you. Your e >>>


      BIDDING FINAL FAREWELL TO THE MOST BELOVED
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News When news of the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him) was known, people were stunned. The believers felt that the whole city of Madinah sank into total darkness. They were like young children losing their parents. They did not know what to do. Despite the repeated hints by the Prophet of his i >>>


      ENCOUNTER WITH ALLIED FORCES
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Believers! Remember the blessings God bestowed on you when hosts came down upon you. We let loose against them a windstorm and hosts that you could not see. Yet God sees all that you do.

They came upon you from above and from below you. Your e >>>


      RALLYING ALL HOSTILE FORCES
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Believers! Remember the blessings God bestowed on you when hosts came down upon you. We let loose against them a windstorm and hosts that you could not see. Yet God sees all that you do.

They came upon you from above and from below you. Your e >>>


      REMEMBERING GOD EVEN WHEN IT IS AN OCCASION TO REJOICE
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) was keen to relate the joyous occasion of the Eid that ends fasting in Ramadan to the idea of obeying God in every situation. It is well known that the Eid prayer is offered a short while after sunrise. The Prophet urged all Muslims to attend the Eid prayer, even th >>>


      SUPREME BLESSING FOR ALL MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Every Muslim who has reasonable knowledge of his religion knows that being a believer in Islam represents a great blessing from God. Islam is a religion that gratifies human nature in the best way it can be gratified. It seeks to establish perfect harmony between man’s life in this world and the u >>>


      THE FEAST AFTER THE FAST
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News When Ramadan is over, Muslims celebrate with a feast that lasts three days. Since the idea of a feast is associated in people’s minds with playing games, fun and enjoyment, as well as having much to eat, it may seem to an outsider that this is a strange way of ending a season of worship such as Ra >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: WHO WERE THE HEIRS OF THE PROPHET
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News When a Muslim dies, whatever he leaves behind goes to his heirs. Islam has established a perfectly detailed system of inheritance, which is fair to all, taking into account responsibilities and privileges. No one can disinherit an heir, and no one can give an heir more than the share God has given >>>


      ACROBATS ARRIVE LATE, WOMEN’S CIRCUS CANCELED
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 14 October 2007 — An official at the Riyadh mayor’s office denied that a women’s circus, which was part of the municipal Eid celebrations at Al–Suwaid district in southern Riyadh, was canceled because of objections from a section of the people.

Saleh Al–Damaiji, undersecretary for >>>


      CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA IN RIYADH
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Javid Hassan & Ali Al–Zahrani, Arab News A Canadian performer shows off his skills during the celebration of Eid Al–Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of a three–day festival, at Prince Faisal ibn Fahd Stadium in Riyadh late Friday. (AFP)

RIYADH, 14 October 2007 — Deput >>>


      FIREWORKS BLAMED FOR BAHA FIRES
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Arab News BAHA, 14 October 2007 — Children playing with fireworks in and around the city of Baha were blamed for 21 fire accidents since the start of Eid celebrations on Friday.

In one incident, the fireworks set fire to timber in a downtown warehouse but the fire was extinguished before it spread, local newspa >>>


      MANY JEDDAH RESIDENTS GO WITHOUT WATER ON EID DAY
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 14 October 2007 — Several people in Jeddah had to celebrate this year’s Eid Al–Fitr in disgust and frustration without a bath. Instead they waited in long lines in front of the water distribution plant at Jeddah’s Kilo 14 late into the night.

The office remained virtually closed while hu >>>


      OVERSTAYERS OVERRUN OLD KANDARA HOUSES
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 14 October 2007 — The huge houses, castles and villas which used to be a characteristic part of the Kandara district of Jeddah have now become illegal squats for overstayers. They have taken over many of the buildings and live there in groups with their children.

The local branch of the Passpo >>>


      SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT?
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Roger Harrison, Arab News Is this overloaded dumpster with its surrounding rubbish field soon to become an endangered species? (AN photo by Roger Harrison)

JEDDAH, 14 October 2007 — Here follows the traditional Eid story: Jeddah’s bulging bins are once again providing rich pickings for the feral felines of the >>>


      AFGHANS ACCUSE US TROOPS OF BURNING QUR’AN
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Agence France Presse ASADABAD, Afghanistan, 14 October 2007 — Hundreds of angry villagers demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan yesterday alleging that US troops had burned the Holy Qur’an, a charge the US–led coalition rejected. Residents of Kunar province blocked a road for several hours before parliamentarians, i >>>


      AMERICAN MUSLIMS SPLIT OVER FIRST DAY OF EID
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Barbara Ferguson & Sameen Khan, Arab News WASHINGTON/COLUMBUS, Ohio, 14 October 2007 — American Muslims were split yesterday on when Eid Al–Fitr started this year, the feast that follows the Ramadan month of fasting, with some celebrating it Friday and others opting to continue fasting until yesterday.

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      ARABS URGED TO SKIP ME SUMMIT
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Agencies TEHRAN, 14 October 2007 — Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged Arab nations yesterday to boycott a Middle East peace meeting in the United States, while also accusing Washington of responsibility for all of Iraq’s woes.

«The United States took the initiative for this meeting to sa >>>


      BENAZIR TOLD TO DELAY HER PAK RETURN
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 14 October 2007 — Pakistani leaders yesterday told former Premier Benazir Bhutto to delay her return until the Supreme Court rules on a government amnesty on corruption charges against her.

Benazir, the first woman leader of an Islamic nation, is set to arrive in Pakistan next >>>


      COURT REJECTS 13 ACCUSED KIN PLEA FOR EID VISIT
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 14 October 2007 — The special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court late Friday turned down the plea filed jointly by the 13 accused in the suburban train blasts of July 11, 2006, to allow them to meet their kin on Eid Al–Fitr.

MCOCA Judge Mridula B >>>


      EX–COMMANDER BLASTS STRATEGY IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Agencies WASHINGTON, 14 October 2007 — A former top US military commander in Iraq said the current White House strategy in Iraq will not achieve victory in the four–and–a–half–year war, which he described as «a nightmare with no end in sight» in a hard–hitting speech.

I >>>


      FIVE KILLED IN BANGLADESH TRAIN ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies Bangladeshis climb on the roof of a train for homeward journey on the eve of Eid on Saturday. Five people were killed when an overcrowded train jumped tracks near Chittagong on Saturday. (Reuters)

CHITTAGONG, 14 October 2007 — Five people were killed and more than 100 wounded as an o >>>


      HAKIM CALLS FOR TOTAL US PULLOUT
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 14 October 2007 — A key Shiite member of Iraq’s ruling coalition called yesterday for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from his country and rejected the possibility of permanent bases.

Ammar Hakim, a leading figure of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), told a gathering celebrat >>>


      PALESTINIAN FORCES SEIZE HAMAS MATERIAL IN WB MOSQUE RAIDS
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, 14 October 2007 — Palestinian security forces affiliated with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday raided five mosques in several West Bank cities and confiscated printed material belonging to rival Hamas movement.

According to local sources, the raids took place in >>>


      SECURITY TIGHTENED IN PAKISTAN FOR EID
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 14 October 2007 — Pakistan beefed up security in the capital Islamabad and major cities yesterday on the eve of Eid Al–Fitr.

Islamabad authorities and police made comprehensive foolproof arrangements to ensure peace during Eid today.

Acting Deputy Commission >>>


      THERE’S MONEY IN AGRICULTURE AND AGRIBUSINESS
      Arab News, 14-10-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 14 October 2007 — Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap is encouraging Overseas Filipino Workers to invest in agriculture and agribusiness because the results are «bountiful» and doors are open to them.

Yap said that business opportunities that overseas Filipin >>>


      A WIFE‘S BATTLE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     By Anne HullSunday, October 14, 2007; A01 ROMNEY, W.Va.

M ichelle Turner‘s husband sits in the recliner with the shades drawn. He washes down his Zoloft with Mountain Dew. On the phone in the other room, Michelle is pleading with the utility company to keep their power on.

"Can‘t you t >>>


      AIM LEADER VERNON BELLECOURT DIES AT 75
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     MINNEAPOLIS –– Vernon Bellecourt, a longtime leader of the American Indian Movement who fought against the use of American Indian nicknames for sports teams, died Saturday his brother said. He was 75.

Bellecourt died at Abbott Northwestern Hospital of complications of pneumonia, according to Clyde B >>>


      AMERICAN LOTUS PATCH SPARKS DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     GROSSE ILE, Mich. –– A rapidly spreading patch of flowering American lotus is causing an ugly battle.

Across Gibraltar Bay on Hickory Island, Sue Liphardt said she doesn‘t like the sight of the plants. She and others fear the patch will grow to interfere with fishing and boating, driving down >>>


      ANIMAL–CONTROL WORKERS MASSACRE PETS IN PUERTO RICO
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct. 12 –– Animal–control workers seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths, authorities and witnesses said Friday.

Barceloneta Mayor Sol Luis Font'4;żnez blamed a contracto >>>


      ARMENIA GENOCIDE MEASURE TO ADVANCE: U.S. LAWMAKERS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday said she intends to press ahead on a resolution calling the 1'15 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide, despite White House concerns it will damage relations with Turkey, a key supporter of the Iraq war.

& >>>


      CLINTON HAS 21–POINT LEAD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE POLL
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has a 21–point lead over fellow Democrat Barack Obama in New Hampshire, one of the first states to vote in the nominating process for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, a poll showed on Sunday.

In a poll by Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, 41 perc >>>


      CLINTON HAS LEAD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE POLL
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has a 21–point lead over fellow Democrat Barack Obama in New Hampshire, one of the first states to vote in the nominating process for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, a poll showed on Sunday.

In a poll by Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, 41 perc >>>


      CONGRESS MUST APPROVE U.S. ATTACK VS IRAN: PELOSI
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush must seek congressional approval before taking any military action in Iran, unless Tehran attacks the United States first, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday.

"We don‘t believe that any authorities that the president has would give him the >>>


      CRAIG STILL SET FOR IDAHO HALL OF FAME
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BOISE, Idaho –– Organizers had planned a pleasant dinner for Saturday, during which the tiny Idaho Hall of Fame would add a dozen inductees and renew its aim of honoring "real life heroes," as its Web site states.

Then Sen. Larry Craig, one of this year‘s honorees, got arrested in an >>>


      DETENTIONS TO BE TOP TOPIC FOR MUKASEY
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– As the chief federal trial judge in Manhattan, Michael Mukasey approved secret warrants allowing government roundups of Muslims in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks. Six years later, the man President Bush wants to be attorney general acknowledged that the law authorizing those warrants &q >>>


      EMBATTLED SEN. CRAIG HONORED IN IDAHO
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BOISE, Idaho –– Sen. Larry Craig was named Saturday night to the Idaho Hall of Fame, marking the Republican lawmaker‘s first ceremonial appearance back in his home state since his arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting became public in August.

Craig, 62, seated near the front of the banquet r >>>


      FARM DISASTER PROPOSAL DIVIDES SENATORS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– Senators from the Plains states are trying to persuade colleagues to create a permanent disaster fund for farmers despite objections from some farm state senators, environmentalists and the White House.

Proponents have found a way to include $5 billion in the Senate‘s version >>>


      FEDERAL REVIEW LOOMS IN BOOT CAMP DEATH
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     PM PANAMA CITY, Fla. –– Seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse had barely processed an all–white jury‘s decision to acquit them in a black teenager‘s death before federal authorities announced they would review the case.

Since jurors on Friday acquitted them of manslaug >>>


      FIERY CALIF. PILEUP KILLS AT LEAST 2
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     PM SANTA CLARITA, Calif. –– A late–night crash in a Southern California freeway tunnel quickly turned into a fiery, chain–reaction pileup that mangled several trucks, killed at least two people and shut down the key north–south route as the wreckage burned into Saturday.

The crash >>>


      FIERY CALIFORNIA PILEUP KILLS AT LEAST 3
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     SANTA CLARITA, Calif. –– A fiery, chain–reaction pileup resulting from a late–night crash in a Southern California freeway tunnel mangled several trucks, killed three people and shut down the key north–south route.

The crash late Friday involved five to six big rigs and several pas >>>


      LOWLY SPECIES GETS SOME HELP AGAINST ENTOMBMENT IN FLORIDA
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     A04 MIAMI –– Gopher tortoises are made for digging burrows. Their front feet are shovel–like, their back limbs elephantine and perfect for bracing.

Fatally, however, they cannot pierce asphalt and concrete. Over the past 16 years, thousands of the animals have essentially been buried alive by >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     After Acquittals, Justice Dept. To Review Boot Camp Death PANAMA CITY, Fla. –– Federal authorities said they will review the death of a black teenager after seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse were acquitted Friday by an all–white jury on manslaughter charges.

Florida civil righ >>>


      NEW FACES, SAME POLICIES SEEN FROM CHINA CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top China–watchers in the United States expect policy continuity –– including no significant political reform moves –– from China‘s Communist Party when it opens its 17th Congress on Monday.

Personnel matters look set to dominate the meeting, w >>>


      SIGOURNEY WEAVER TO CO–HOST NY AWARDS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     NEW YORK –– She won‘t be singing, but Sigourney Weaver will be surrounded by some of the world‘s opera greats when she joins mezzo–soprano Susan Graham to host the Opera News awards.

The movie star and opera fan will help deliver the third annual Opera News awards on Jan. 24 during >>>


      TURKISH ARMY CHIEF SAYS U.S. TIES AT SERIOUS RISK
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey‘s military chief said on Sunday that if the U.S. Congress approved a bill branding the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide ties between the NATO allies would never be the same again.

"If the resolution that has passed in the U.S. committee is accepted by the >>>


      U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ AT 3,826
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     10:2' PM –– As of Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at least 3,826 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians.

At least 3,115 died as a result of hostile action, according t >>>


      WEALTHY COLLEGES QUESTIONED ABOUT COSTS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     –– Colleges and universities raked in money by the billions last year. But their investing success now has a price _ a movement in Congress to force the wealthiest schools to spend more of their money to keep down tuition.

In recent weeks, a string of colleges and universities have announced enviabl >>>


      CLINTON URGES DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     FLORENCE, S.C. –– Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that President Bush has made a mistake in failing to push direct diplomacy with Iran despite the increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Asked at a campaign appearance what the United States should do in the event Iran blocka >>>


      ENCOURAGED BY WOMEN‘S RESPONSE, CLINTON STRESSES FEMALE SIDE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     A06 AMES, Iowa –– The candidate was running late. But at the crossroads of Main Street and Kellogg Avenue here after dusk one night recently, a girl power rally was underway, even before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled up to the event site.

Raining Jane, an all–female band, played a Joan Je >>>


      GETTING AROUND RULES ON LOBBYING
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     By Elizabeth WilliamsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 14,
2007; A01 In recent days, about 100 members of Congress and hundreds of Hill staffers attended two black–tie galas, many of them as guests of corporations and lobbyists that paid as much as $2,500 per ticket.

Because accepting such >>>


      IN S.C., BEAUTY SALONS ARE ALSO POLITICAL SOAPBOXES
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     A01 CHARLESTON, S.C. –– At Hair Menders Unlimited beauty salon the other day, owner Margaret Bell was working up a soapy lather in a customer‘s thin, gray hair when a conversation in the waiting room took a dangerous turn.

"My girlfriend and her daughters went to see Obama downtown &ndash >>>


      REPUBLICANS OPT FOR CONVENTION TO CHOOSE NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     14, 2007; C11 RICHMOND, Oct. 13 –– Republican leaders decided Saturday to hold a convention to choose their nominee in next year‘s U.S. Senate race, delivering a setback to moderate Rep. Thomas M. Davis III and bolstering the chances of conservative former governor James S. Gilmore III.

The vo >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D–Md.) and House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R–Ohio).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader M >>>


      VOTE NEARING IN BATTLE OVER KIDS‘ HEALTH CARE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 14, 2007; A03 Single parent Donna Johnson, an office manager for a private school near Baltimore, lives on $42,000 a year and counts herself lucky that she doesn‘t have to work two jobs to afford health insurance for her children.

The reason, s >>>


      WHEN SERVICE LIMITS OPTIONS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     By Christian DavenportWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 14, 2007; A14 Angela Rooker was proud of her military service and it showed: On her r'4;żsum'4;ż she listed her membership in the Air National Guard prominently, highlighting her rise through the ranks and her position as the execu >>>


      12 DIE IN STAMPEDE IN INDIA NEAR TEMPLE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     AHMADABAD, India –– At least 12 Hindu devotees were trampled to death on a narrow path leading to a temple in western India on Sunday, police said.

Another eight people were injured. The stampede occurred during a religious festival at the temple of Hindu goddess "Mahakali" in Panchmahal d >>>


      21 KILLED IN COLOMBIA MINE COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     PM BOGOTA, Colombia –– A landslide triggered by local residents digging for rumored deposits of gold in an abandoned mine killed at least 21 people and injured another 26 Saturday in southern Colombia, authorities said.

Seven of those injured were in serious condition, Cauca provincial Gov. Juan Jos >>>


      22 MINERS DEAD, 15 MISSING IN COLOMBIAN LANDSLIDE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian rescuers used dogs on Sunday to locate bodies buried in a landslide that swamped an open pit gold mine killing at least 22 workers, a Red Cross spokesman said.

The search for 15 missing workers at the small, privately owned Suarez Gold Mine in the southwestern province of Cauc >>>


      8 IRAQI CIVILIANS KILLED IN TRUCK BOMB
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BAGHDAD –– Eight Iraqi civilians were killed and four others were wounded in a suicide truck bomb explosion north of Baghdad that was followed by a clash between police and dozens of gunmen, an official said Sunday.

The Saturday afternoon blast occurred when police fatally shot a suicide bomber driv >>>


      AUSTRALIA PM CALLS NOV. 24 ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     CANBERRA, Australia –– Prime Minister John Howard on Sunday called general elections for Nov. 24 that will decide whether Australia will start bringing home its troops from Iraq.

Howard, who has been prime minister for the last 11 years, faces a tough battle to win a fifth term against Labor Party o >>>


      BAGHDAD BOMB BLAST KILLS 4
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb killed four people in Baghdad‘s northern Kadhimiya district on Sunday, police said, marring what had been a relatively violence–free Eid al–Fitr holiday for the Iraqi capital.

The district is home to the shrine of a revered Shi‘ite imam and has often >>>


      BOMB TARGETS IRAQIS HEADING TO SHRINE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BAGHDAD –– A bomb exploded inside a minibus carrying worshippers to a Shiite shrine on Sunday, killing six people in the Iraqi capital, including a '–year–old child and two women, a police officer said.

Separately, police on Sunday reported that a suicide truck bomber followed by doz >>>


      CASTRO CALLS IN TO VENEZUELAN BROADCAST
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     HAVANA –– Fidel Castro called in to the Venezuelan president during a television and radio broadcast on Sunday, the first time the ailing Cuban leader has made a live media appearance since February.

The telephone call came minutes after visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez aired a new videotap >>>


      CHINA‘S COMMUNIST PARTY TO ENSHRINE ‘SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT‘
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     ':34 AM BEIJING, Oct. 14 –– The Chinese Communist Party announced Sunday that President Hu Jintao‘s major political innovation, which he calls "scientific development," will be enshrined in the party charter as a historical contribution to Marxist ideology.

The move, in an amendm >>>


      CHINA MUM ON NEW LEADERSHIP ON PARTY CONGRESS EVE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China‘s ruling Communist Party insisted on Sunday it remained relevant in the face of rapid social change, and on the eve of a major Party conclave indicated any steps toward political reform would keep it firmly in charge.

Li Dongsheng, spokesman for the 17th Party Congress, a f >>>


      EVEREST BECKONS MORE JAPANESE SENIORS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     AM TOKYO –– Yuichiro Miura has an unusual routine for a man who just turned 75. At dawn, the veteran adventurer wakes after a night in a private low–oxygen chamber. He straps weights onto his ankles, hoists a 44–pound backpack onto his shoulders and hikes for hours around Tokyo. Sometimes he adds >>>


      FIDEL CASTRO MEETS WITH VENEZUELAN ALLY CHAVEZ
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     HAVANA (Reuters) – Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public since July last year, met on Saturday for more than four hours with his ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Cuban state television said.

Chavez, on his third visit to Cuba this year, arrived in Havana early on Saturday >>>


      ISRAELI POLICE TO LAUNCH NEW OLMERT INVESTIGATION
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel‘s attorney–general ordered police on Sunday to launch a new criminal investigation into Ehud Olmert‘s conduct in government before he became prime minister.

The attorney–general said the probe would focus on Olmert‘s tenure as minister of industry >>>


      MALAYSIA PROBES PLANE STOWAWAY CASE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– A Palestinian man managed to stow away in a wheel well of an airplane flying from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, prompting Malaysian officials to order a probe into how he breached security, reports said Sunday.

Osama R.M. Shublaq stunned the ground crew at Changi Airport when >>>


      MYANMAR ARRESTS 4 PROMINENT ACTIVISTS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     YANGON, Myanmar –– Myanmar‘s junta arrested four prominent political activists Saturday, Amnesty International said, including one who went into hiding after leading some of the first major marches against the government several weeks ago.

The United Nations has called on the military governme >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S EMBATTLED MOSQUE REOPENS WITH FRESH MOMENTUM
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     A20 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Three months after a bloody commando raid shuttered a haven for radicalism in the heart of this mild–mannered city, the Red Mosque is open again. And in some ways, little has changed.

At prayers this month, calls for Islamic revolution once again echoed from the mina >>>


      PRINCE WILLIAM‘S GIRLFRIEND GOES HUNTING
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     LONDON –– Photographs published Sunday of Prince William‘s girlfriend Kate Middleton, clad in khaki on a Scottish hunting trip, have rekindled speculation that the pair will soon announce their engagement.

British Sunday newspapers ran pictures showing Middleton, 25, on a stag hunting expediti >>>


      PUTIN TO VISIT IRAN AMID NUCLEAR TENSION
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     AM MOSCOW –– When President Vladimir Putin visits Tehran this week, he will be closely watched for any sign he has moved closer to launching the nuclear reactor Russia is building for Iran.

Russia has resisted the U.S. push for stronger sanctions against Tehran and strongly warned Washington against >>>


      RESISTANCE FIGHTER DE JONGH IS DEAD
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BRUSSELS, Belgium –– Countess Andree De Jongh, who set up an escape route that helped hundreds of British airmen flee the Nazi occupation of Belgium during World War II, has died. She was '0.

De Jongh died Saturday, a former resistance organization said. No cause of death was given.

De >>>


      RICE AVOIDS CRITICIZING PUTIN AS U.S. SEEKS RUSSIA‘S COOPERATION
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     October 14, 2007; A23 MOSCOW, Oct. 13 –– With the Kremlin backsliding on democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has responded with expressions of dismay over a crackdown on independent institutions, while steering clear of any direct criticism of President Vladimir Putin‘s possible plan to exte >>>


      RICE IN NEW MIDEAST VISIT TO PREPARE FOR CONFERENCE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began a Middle East visit on Sunday by voicing doubts Israel and the Palestinians could agree during her 4–day trip on parameters for a conference on Palestinian statehood.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams have begun meeting to >>>


      RICE SEES NO BREAKTHROUGH IN TALKS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice played down expectations for breakthroughs as she opened a critical round of Mideast shuttle diplomacy Sunday. She urged Israel not to take any steps that might erode confidence in the peace process.

As she flew into the region from Russia, Rice said >>>


      RICE WORRIED BY PUTIN‘S BROAD POWERS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     MOSCOW –– The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has amassed so much central authority that the power–grab may undermine Moscow‘s commitment to democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday.

"In any country, if you don‘t have countervailing institutions, th >>>


      SEDIN BROTHERS LEAD CANUCKS OVER OILERS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     VANCOUVER, British Columbia –– Henrik Sedin set up twin brother Daniel for two goals 2:18 apart in the second period to break open a close game and help the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4–1 on Saturday night.

Henrik Sedin added his third assist on Taylor Pyatt‘s goal in the >>>


      SHI‘ITE GROUPS SAY ATTACKED POLISH ENVOY AND EMBASSY IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two Shi‘ite militant groups have claimed responsibility for deadly bomb attacks on Polish targets in Iraq, saying they were in response to the alleged torture of Iraqi detainees by troops from Poland.

In a video obtained by Reuters Television on Sunday, the hitherto–unknown >>>


      SRI LANKA SAYS MILITARY KILLS 11 TAMIL TIGER REBELS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan military killed 11 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier also died in the clashes, officials said on Sunday, as fighting in the civil war intensifies.

The clashes in the north, focus of renewed civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) >>>


      THAI FLOOD KILLS 6 GERMAN TOURISTS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Six German tourists and a Thai tour guide were killed after being swept away by flash floods while exploring a cave at a national park in southern Thailand, police said Sunday.

The victims were trekking through the Khao Sok national park in Surathani province late Saturday after >>>


      TURKISH ARMY CHIEF SAYS U.S. TIES AT RISK
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey‘s powerful military chief said on Sunday if the U.S. Congress approved a resolution branding the 1'15 killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide ties between the NATO allies would never be the same again.

Ankara is a crucial ally for Washington, which relies on Turk >>>


      TURKISH GENERAL WARNS US OVER TIES
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     ISTANBUL, Turkey –– Turkey‘s top general warned that ties with the U.S., already strained by attacks from rebels hiding in Iraq, will be irreversibly damaged if Congress passes a resolution that labels the World War I–era killings of Armenians a genocide.

Turkey, which is a major cargo h >>>


      U.S. MILITARY TECHNOLOGY BEING EXPORTED ILLEGALLY IS A GROWING CONCERN
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     Pentagon investigators thought they had discovered a major shipment of contraband when they intercepted parts for F–14 Tomcat warplanes headed to Iran, via FedEx, from Southern California. Under U.S. sanctions since its 1'7' revolution, Tehran had been trying for years to illegally obtain spare parts for t >>>


      U.S. URGES TURKISH RESTRAINT ON KURDS
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     By Molly Moore and Robin WrightWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 14, 2007; A01 ISTANBUL, Oct. 13 –– U.S. officials began an intense lobbying effort Saturday to defuse Turkish threats to launch a cross–border military attack on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq and to limit access to critical >>>


      UN ENVOY TO MYANMAR SEEKS HELP FROM ASIA
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     YANGON, Myanmar –– Myanmar‘s ruling junta lashed out Sunday at global efforts to bring democracy to the tightly controlled nation, timing its message for the day a U.N. envoy headed to Asia to rally the country‘s neighbors for help with its crisis.

U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was >>>


      VA. OFFICER TO GO ON TRIAL ON CHARGES OF AIDING FOE
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     BAGHDAD, Oct. 13 –– A Virginia man who commanded the jail that held Saddam Hussein will face trial in the coming week on charges of aiding the enemy by providing a cellphone to detainees and acting inappropriately with an interpreter, the military said Saturday.

Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele, a re >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-10-2007
     IRAQ U.S. Deaths Confirmed in Attack The U.S. military confirmed Saturday that two American soldiers were killed in a recent rocket attack against Camp Victory, the sprawling headquarters for U.S. forces in Iraq.

A U.S. military spokesman, Lt. Col. Rudolph Burwell, said two 15th Sustainment Brigade soldiers wer >>>


      ‘APOLOGIZE AND PAY ME HALF A MILLION SHEKELS, OR I‘LL SUE‘
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Nurit Roth "Sorry, we made a mistake. Bar Rafaeli‘s statements in the article and in the promos were distorted and taken out of context." That‘s the headline model Bar Rafaeli demanded that newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth run on its front page last Thursday. And she demanded that it appear even large >>>


      A QUICK END TO THE SCHOOL STRIKE?
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Haim Bior The Secondary School Teachers‘ Association (SSTT) striking high schools and half of the junior high schools is threatening that the strike could go on for weeks or even months. The teachers are replacing the port workers in the public‘s mind as the "official, serial national strikers," >>>


      ADLER–CHOMSKY AD AGENCY HEADING FOR THE STOCK MARKET
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Sharon Shpurer So far 2007 has been a great year for advertising agency Adler, Chomsky and Warshavsky. Even the coma of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, Reuven Adler‘s long–time friend, has not seemed to hurt the firm. In fact the agency has seen its business grow dramatically.

In August the c >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     Opinion Rosner‘s Domain Anglo File Books Travel del.icio.us Digg It! new Business in Brief The idea of starting a fifth major health maintenance organization is picking up support. TheMarker has learned that the heads of all 10 government hospitals have approached the director general of the Health Ministry, Profe >>>


      GOLDMAN SACHS INVESTING $100M IN STARTUP MOBILEYE
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Eran Gabay and Raphael Fogel Another huge deal for Israeli high–tech: Only two days after the sale of Traiana for $247 million to British firm ICAP, U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs is investing $100 million in the Israeli company Mobileye. This reflects a valuation of $600 million.

Mobileye develops >>>


      SEPTEMBER CPI EXPECTED TO DROP 0.4 TO 0.5 PERCENT
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Moti Bassok The September Consumer Price Index (CPI) is expected to fall by 0.4 to 0.5 percent, according to government economists‘ forecasts at the end of last week. The CPI will be announced tomorrow evening by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, wil >>>


      A HUMANIST APPEAL WILL NOT HELP BURMA
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Yehuda Bauer The historical experience of past generations teaches, it seems, that totalitarian regimes either fall as a result of external intervention or collapse due to internal reasons. Opposition without force does not topple them. Outside intervention can be direct and military, as in the case of Nazi Germany.< >>>


      EGYPT MUST DECIDE
      Haaretz, 14-10-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial While the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams are hard at work formulating a joint declaration ahead of the Annapolis peace conference at the end of November, developments along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt are casting a heavy pall over its chances of success. Since Hamas comple >>>



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