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      BAWADI, EMAAR IN A AED60BN LANDMARK DEAL
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 21 October 2007 — Bawadi, a member of Tatweer, and Emaar Properties PJSC, the property developer with a significant presence in 16 countries, have joined hands to develop 70 million sq. ft. of land in Bawadi, the largest hospitality and leisure development in the world, located in Dubailand.

Th >>>


      GREATER INTER–SECTOR ACTION NEEDED FOR ROBUST DIGITAL ECONOMIES
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 21 October 2007 — «Regional governments and business sectors need to work hand–in–hand to ensure the necessary enabling environment for greater investments in the ICT sector (and) foster entrepreneurship and (to) stimulate innovation,» said Sheikha Lubna Al–Qasimi, UAE Mini >>>


      GULF REAL ESTATE PROJECTS MORE THAN $1 TRILLION
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 21 October 2007 — The Gulf real estate construction boom has broken through the $1 trillion mark, data from Dubai–based research company Proleads revealed. There are now a total of 885 active civil buildings projects in the region, each with values of more than $10 million, it said.

The s >>>


      INVESTCORP PUTS WELCOME BREAK ON SALE FOR $1BN
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Walid Mazi, Arab News MANAMA, 21 October 2007 — Bahrain–based Investcorp is selling Welcome Break for $1 billion, according to sources. Rothschild is advising the sale.

The Gulf–based private equity firm bought Welcome Break, the UK’s second–largest motorway service area operator after Moto, f >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS JUMP 2.55% IN NEW TRADING SYSTEM
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — The Saudi stock market jumped 2.55 percent as the Tadawul successfully launched the new trading platform yesterday. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) made its biggest one–day gain in more than 15 weeks to close above 8,000 points. The index rose 202.16 poi >>>


      SIA TO INCREASE FUEL SURCHARGE
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — Singapore Airlines (SIA) said yesterday it would raise fuel surcharges from this week to partially offset an increase in jet fuel prices. It is the fourth increase in fuel surcharges this year.

Benchmark crude oil futures have now touched new record highs of ne >>>


      A TEST TOO HARD
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful They came upon you from above and from below you. Your eyes rolled (with fear) and your hearts leapt up to your throats, and confused thoughts about God passed through your minds. That was a situation when the believers were sorely tested and severely >>>


      ALLAH’S HELP FOR THE STEADFAST
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     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 >>>


      ENCOUNTER WITH ALLIED FORCES
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     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 >>>


      ENTERTAINMENT IN MIXED SOCIETY
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah Some people try to paint a picture of Islamic society, showing it to be too serious and too strict. When asked about various activities in social life, they tend to come up with verdicts of prohibition on many things, using flimsy evidence, and taking certain statements out of context >>>


      GRANDCHILDREN’S INHERITANCE
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. My father and grandfather died on the same day, with a few hours difference between them. My brother, sister and myself were minors. Our uncles took all my grandfather’s property, claiming that it is against Islamic law that we should inherit anything from our grandfather. We suffered a great d >>>


      REMEMBERING GOD EVEN WHEN IT IS AN OCCASION TO REJOICE
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     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, 21-10-2007
     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 PROPHET AS A MAN: THE ONE TO LOVE MOST
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Muslims often talk about their love of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In their ordinary speech, many refer to him as «our beloved one,» rather than mention him by name. Others use different titles and adjectives, always indicating how greatly they value, respect and love him. Wh >>>


      ‘WE WANT KAUST TO REACH MIT LEVEL’
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News Nadhmi A. Al–Nasr, interim president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — Nadhmi A. Al–Nasr, the dynamic young interim president of the SR10 billion King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), envisions the new re >>>


      BUSINESSES PLACING ILLEGAL ADVERTS FACE TOUGH ACTION
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — Small businesses that paste illegal advertisements on houses and at public places will now be fined and their phone lines cut as a result of a new Jeddah Municipality rule.

The new regulation comes into effect following an upsurge in complaints from members of >>>


      EXPATS CONCERNED AT INFLATION, COSTLIER REMITTANCES
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Roger Harrison & K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — Expatriates across Saudi Arabia say they are faced with economic difficulties due to costlier remittances, and increased house rents and prices of day–to–day needs.

«Things have become difficult for the average expatriate, >>>


      KINGDOM AN IMPORTANT COUNTRY IN ME: HALONEN
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Tarja Halonen HELSINKI, 21 October 2007 — Tarja Halonen, president of Finland, who is arriving in the Kingdom today on an official state visit, said she is looking forward to visiting Saudi Arabia, which she described as an «important country» in the Gulf and the Middle East region. In >>>


      MUNICIPALITY TO REPLACE JEDDAH’S INFAMOUS ORANGE DUMPSTERS
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — Over the coming few months, Jeddah Municipality will replace thousands of orange dumpsters with new types of bins and implement a modern rubbish collection program that will help tidy up Jeddah’s streets.

Complaints about filthy bins increased during the recen >>>


      REMEMBERING MUSTAFA AL–HEJAILAN
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Hassan Yassin, Arab News Mustafa Al–Hejalian, a shining light from a very noble family in Saudi Arabia, and a dear friend to me and many other people, has sadly left us too early. He is survived by his brother Jamil Al–Hejalian, a prominent diplomat and a towering figure; Salah Al–Hejalian, a prominent >>>


      RUSH AT JEDDAH AIRPORT CAUSES CHAOS
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Rasheed Abou–Alsamh & K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News The entrance hall of Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport’s North Terminal is packed with departing passengers as far as the eye can see in this photo taken Friday. (AN photo by Ghazi Mahdi) JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — The continuing rush of departing pass >>>


      SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 21 October 2007 — The London–based Coexist Foundation plans to sponsor a new undergraduate program in Abrahamic religions based on Jewish, Christian and Muslim sacred texts, traditions, ethics, philosophy and law, according to a press statement received here yesterday. The program aims at improvi >>>


      VISITORS ABUSE 24/7 RULE AT PROPHET’S MOSQUE
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Saleh Fareed, Arab News Worshippers rest inside the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah taking advantage of the new opening hours. (AN photo by Saleh Fareed) MADINAH, 21 October 2007 — Following instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to open the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah 24 hours a day, seven days a w >>>


      ‘CRIMINAL’ BLACKWATER MUST LEAVE: IRAQ
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 21 October 2007 — Iraq yesterday repeated a call for US firm Blackwater to leave almost five weeks after its guards killed as many as 17 civilians, but said it had no problem with other companies that obeyed the law.

«The Iraqi government doesn’t want Blackwater to stay in Iraq,» s >>>


      CALLER CLAIMS MILITANT GROUP BEHIND DEADLY MANILA BLAST
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News MANILA/ZAMBOANGA CITY, 21 October 2007 — A group allied with the Abu Sayyaf and the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah has claimed responsibility yesterday for Friday’s deadly bomb attack on a shopping center in the Philippine financial district of Makati City, but police said they have doubt >>>


      FILIPINOS REELING FROM RISING RICE PRICES
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 21 October 2007 — Prices of staple rice have been increasing in the past four months while peso exchange rate continuously decrease as it is pegged at 44 pesos to a dollar as of Friday.

Market prices of commercial rice increased to P26 up to P40 per kilogram, Arab New >>>


      GOVT MUST ACT TO COUNTER TERROR: EXPERT
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News COLOMBO, 21 October 2007 — Frightening figures of 40 terrorist attacks a day throughout the globe should prompt the entire world to adopt counterterrorism measures in their respective countries and regions, observed Dr. Gerard Chaliand, former director of European Center for the Study of c >>>


      IRAN NUCLEAR CHIEF RESIGNS
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Farhad Pouladi & Aresu Eqbali, Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 21 October 2007 — Iran yesterday announced top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani had resigned, a move expected to strengthen President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s influence over policy in the atomic standoff with the West.

Government spokesman Gholam Hosse >>>


      KARACHI BOMBER’S PICTURE RELEASED; POLICE PICK UP 3
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies KARACHI, 21 October 2007 — Pakistani investigators released a photograph of the Karachi bomber’s head and said they were questioning three people over an attack on former Premier Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming parade on Thursday that killed 13' people.

The men had links to a car fro >>>


      LEBANON POLL SET FOR DELAY AGAIN: REPORT
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Agencies BEIRUT, 21 October 2007 — Lebanon’s Parliament is likely to delay electing a president next week because no compromise candidate has been found by rival pro– and anti–Syrian groups, a political source said yesterday. It would be the second postponement in electing a president, a hurdle to resolving >>>


      RENEWED GAZA CLAN–POLICE CLASHES KILL 2
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 21 October 2007 — Two Palestinians including a child were killed and at least 20 other people were wounded yesterday in renewed armed clashes that took place in Shijaiya neighborhood east Gaza City between the Hamas security forces backed by Al–Qassam Brigades, the military wi >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA IS ANTI–TERROR ALLY, SAYS BUSH
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, 21 October 2007 — US President George W. Bush on Friday renewed Saudi Arabia as a key anti–terrorism ally despite concerns over its track record.

The move by the US leader came just weeks after a top US Treasury official sharply criticized the Kingdom’s record on combating >>>


      US IN NO POSITION TO ATTACK IRAN, MOTTAKI SAYS
      Arab News, 21-10-2007
     Agencies HERAT, Afghanistan, 21 October 2007 — The United States is in no position to attack Iran because it is bogged down in the conflict in Iraq, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said yesterday. Mottaki was talking at the sprawling Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, on the border with I >>>


      3 MORE UAW LOCALS REJECT CONTRACT
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     DETROIT, Oct. 20 –– Workers at three more local unions of the United Auto Workers have rejected a tentative contract agreement between the UAW and Chrysler, even as union leaders from Detroit spent the latter part of the week lobbying for yes votes.

The contract was rebuffed Saturday at Local 110 in >>>


      ABUSE VICTIMS VIEWED DIFFERENTLY
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     –– A 17–year–old girl in upstate New York is forced into sex by a male teacher. Instead of sympathy, the student gets harassed for causing trouble for a popular teacher, threatened and pushed around by other girls. Just six weeks before graduation, she quits school.

A 17–year&ndash >>>


      AP: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PLAGUES US SCHOOLS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     2007; 1:21 AM –– The young teacher hung his head, avoiding eye contact. Yes, he had touched a fifth–grader‘s breast during recess. "I guess it was just lust of the flesh," he told his boss.

That got Gary C. Lindsey fired from his first teaching job in Oelwein, Iowa. But it didn >>>


      BANKERS WARN OF INFLATION
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Global economic leaders warned of inflation risks in advanced countries on the eve of the first World Bank meetings since Robert Zoellick took charge of an institution shaken by internal divisions and scandal.

The International Monetary Fund‘s policy–setting committee on Sa >>>


      BUSH ANGLES FOR CONSERVATION STATURE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     ST. MICHAEL‘S, Md. –– President Bush spent a crisp fall Saturday gingerly balancing a tiny screech owl on a gloved hand at a wildlife refuge and casting for rockfish on the Chesapeake Bay.

And for lunch? Famous Maryland style crabcakes, served up at Vice President Dick Cheney‘s waterside >>>


      BUSH ANGLES FOR CONSERVATION STATURE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     ST. MICHAEL‘S, Md. –– President Bush spent a crisp fall Saturday gingerly balancing a tiny screech owl on a gloved hand at a wildlife refuge and casting for rockfish on the Chesapeake Bay.

And for lunch? Famous Maryland style crabcakes, served up at Vice President Dick Cheney‘s waterside >>>


      BUSH SAYS PKK ATTACKS IN TURKEY MUST STOP
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Sunday condemned as unacceptable attacks by Kurdish rebels that killed at least 17 Turkish soldiers and said they must stop.

"President Bush strongly condemns the violent attacks in Hakkari province and extends his condolences to the families who los >>>


      CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AT CROSSROADS IN US
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Stop executions for a while and perhaps they can be stopped forever. That calculation has been part of the strategy of capital punishment opponents for decades.

The Supreme Court–inspired slowdown in executions offers the first nationwide opportunity in 20–plus years to tes >>>


      CASH, ADVICE ON TAP AT ROMNEY‘S OLD FIRM
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     By Matthew Mosk and John SolomonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, October 21, 2007; A05 At key moments during his rise in politics, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has returned to the same reliable source for money, advice and corporate muscle: Bain Capital, the investment company he founded in the 1 >>>


      CHENEY: US WILL NOT LET IRAN GO NUCLEAR
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     LEESBURG, Va. –– The United States and other nations will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.

"Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror–supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions," Cheney sai >>>


      CLINTON REJECTS FRONT–RUNNER LABEL
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday rejected the front–runner label, but acknowledged increasing fire from rivals in both parties _ which she said she will largely ignore.

"I‘m well aware that my opponents on both sides are paying >>>


      COLBERT SAYS HIS U.S. PRESIDENTIAL RUN IS NO JOKE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comedian Stephen Colbert insisted on Sunday that his ambition to run for president was no joke and said he was considering Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho as a vice presidential running mate.

"I don‘t want to be president. I want to run for president. There‘s a >>>


      ENERGY TRADERS AVOID SCRUTINY
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     By David ChoWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 21, 2007; A01 One year ago, a 32–year–old trader at a giant hedge fund named Amaranth held huge sway over the price the country paid for natural gas. Trading on unregulated commodity exchanges, he made risky bets that led to the fund‘s collapse &n >>>


      GIULIANI TRIES TO REASSURE CONSERVATIVES
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Rudy Giuliani tried to find peace with a restless bloc of the Republican Party Saturday, telling religious conservatives not to fear him for his stand on issues such as abortion or expect he would change purely for political advantage.

The GOP presidential candidate won praise for simp >>>


      IRAN‘S NUCLEAR NEGOTIATOR RESIGNS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     Iran yesterday announced the resignation of its chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, a move that signals deepening internal divisions on the eve of critical international talks about its nuclear program.

The announcement may indicate that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to gain control of Iran‘ >>>


      JINDAL WINS LOUISIANA GOVERNOR‘S RACE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     BATON ROUGE, La. –– U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal became the nation‘s youngest governor and the first nonwhite to hold post in Louisiana since Reconstruction when he carried more than half the vote to defeat 11 opponents.

Jindal, the Republican 36–year–old son of Indian immigrants, had 53 >>>


      LADYBUGS HELP NEW YORK AS PEST KILLERS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     NEW YORK –– It sounds like a horror movie: 720,000 ladybugs on the attack in Manhattan.

In this real life story, however, the red–and–black bugs have been unleashed on the 80–acre grounds of one of New York‘s biggest apartment complexes with a mission: eat pests infesting the >>>


      LOUISANA ELECTS JINDAL, FIRST INDIAN–AMERICAN GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana on Saturday to become the first Indian–American to lead a U.S.

state. With most of the precincts counted, Jindal, 36, had 54 percent of the vote to win without a runoff in Louisiana‘s electoral system, where can >>>


      LOUISIANA ELECTS JINDAL, FIRST INDIAN–AMERICAN GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana on Saturday to become the first Indian–American to lead a U.S.

state. With most of the precincts counted, Jindal, 36, had 54 percent of the vote to win without a runoff in Louisiana‘s electoral system, where can >>>


      LOUISIANANS VOTE IN GOVERNOR‘S RACE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PM BATON ROUGE, La. –– Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal‘s opponents in the state‘s gubernatorial race hoped Saturday that they could chip away at enough of his lead to push one of them into a runoff with the congressman.

If Jindal gets more than 50 percent of the vote in Saturday‘s pri >>>


      MCCAIN QUESTIONER WAS THOMPSON DONOR
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– The man who flustered White House hopeful John McCain last week by questioning his standing among fellow Vietnam prisoners of war was a contributor to rival Fred Thompson‘s campaign.

Ed Nowokunski, a retired Air Force major and fighter pilot, gave $500 to Thompson‘s tes >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     Calif. to Sue EPA Over Emissions Law LOS ANGELES –– California will sue the Environmental Protection Agency this week, demanding the right to set its own limits on vehicle emissions, which are stricter than national standards, a spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said Saturday.

California, >>>


      OBAMA CAMPAIGNS IN EAST LA
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PM LOS ANGELES –– Sen. Barack Obama promised to improve the education system Saturday when he brought his presidential campaign to the East Los Angeles school immortalized in the 1'88 movie "Stand and Deliver." The Democrat spoke to about 200 students, teachers and others at Garfield High Schoo >>>


      PELOSI‘S JUDGMENT QUESTIONED OVER ARMENIA ISSUE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Nancy Pelosi‘s pledge of a new direction took a detour when she fumbled an Armenian genocide resolution and raised questions about her leadership as the highest ranking member of the U.S.

Congress. Pelosi, 67, speaker of the House of Representatives and next in line t >>>


      PENTAGON CHIEF SEEKS HELP IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     KIEV (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will ask Ukraine and other eastern European countries this week to send troops to Afghanistan to cover a shortfall in trainers for the Afghan army, a senior U.S. defense official said.

Gates, who landed in Kiev on Sunday to meet Ukraine‘s governme >>>


      POLICE: HANDLERS TORTURED IMMIGRANTS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PHOENIX –– Police raided a drop house for illegal immigrants and discovered several, including a pregnant woman, whose handlers had beaten and tortured them, authorities said.

Police took 54 people into custody after the raid Friday, including four children and seven suspected smugglers.

On >>>


      PRESSURE ALLEGED IN DETAINEES‘ HEARINGS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     By Josh WhiteWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 21, 2007; A15 Reprinted from Saturday‘s late edition Politically motivated officials at the Pentagon have pushed for convictions of high–profile detainees ahead of the 2008 elections, the former lead prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay sa >>>


      PUTTING THE GREEN BACK IN GREENSBURG
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     TOPEKA, Kan. –– A tornado leveled Jerrold Hoffman‘s town of Udall more than 50 years ago, killing 77 people and leaving little behind for the survivors. So after a twister swept through Greensburg this year, wreaking similar destruction, he decided he would at least try to help the town get its scenery >>>


      RUSSIA SAYS U.S. SEEKS SWIFT END TO WTO TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia‘s Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said late on Saturday that U.S. officials have expressed the wish to conclude as quickly as possible multilateral talks on Russia‘s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

"I got the feeling that they are ready to push th >>>


      TEACHER SEX ABUSE SCARS FAMILY, TOWN
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     BERWYN, Ill. –– They‘ve learned to watch their older daughter for any sign that something‘s wrong. She cuts her long, blond hair and dyes it jet black.

And they worry. Her father picks up a book she‘s been reading, "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, and skims it for clues.
>>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     AM –– Forecasters predicted severe thunderstorms packing hail and strong wind gusts in the Plains on Sunday, while heavy rain was expected in the Northwest and clear skies in the East.

The severe weather in the Plains was expected to shift to the Midwest and Mississippi Valley during the night. The >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – OCT. 21
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Oct. 21, the 2'4th day of 2007. There are 71 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1805, a British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French–Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.

>>>


      UNION ENDORSEMENTS FOR PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Major labor endorsements of Democrats made early in the 2004 and 2008 presidential primary seasons:
2008: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York _United Transportation Union. Endorsed in August.

_International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Endorsed in August.
>>>


      UNIONS HOLDING OFF ON ENDORSEMENTS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Despite the candidates‘ pleas for endorsements, some of the most powerful labor unions are sitting on the sidelines until the presidential primaries begin to thin out the Democratic field.

It is a tough call for the unions, analysts say, because the eight Democrats are all friend >>>


      WILDFIRE BURNS 100 ACRES NEAR I–5
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     SANTA CLARITA, Calif. –– A fast–growing wildfire whipped up by 50–mph winds consumed about 100 acres early Sunday amid dry conditions in northeast Los Angeles County, authorities said.

The fire broke out late Saturday in the hills west of the Golden State Freeway, said Los Angeles County >>>


      WOMAN SURVIVES 1' HOURS IN SEA OFF MAUI
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     UKUMEHAME, Hawaii –– A 4'–year–old woman held onto a water container to stay afloat for 1' hours until she was rescued from choppy ocean waters a mile off Maui, she said.

Lillian Ruth Simpson, of Juneau, Alaska, told the Maui News that she also wrapped her bathing suit top around >>>


      COUNTDOWN
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PLAYERS Vying for the title of shortest–lived consulting firm in history, the polling and public affairs outfit known as RWT Strategies has disbanded after just a month. In a release announcing the firm‘s formation on Sept. 6, longtime pollster V. Lance Tarrance proclaimed that "our cumulative experienc >>>


      SOME SAY CLINTON MODEL IS FLAWED
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     By Alec MacGillisWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 21, 2007; A01 JAVA, N.Y. –– Doug Merlau always leaned Republican, but that was before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came to talk about the mystery of the tainted milk.

The state‘s junior Democratic senator seemed "genuine about wa >>>


      15 MIGRANTS DEAD IN MEXICO SHIPWRECK
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PM SAN FRANCISCO IXHUATAN, Mexico –– Authorities have recovered the bodies of 15 Central American migrants whose boat capsized in the Pacific Ocean, the Mexican navy said on Saturday. The vessel was believed to be carrying more than 20 migrants.

Survivor Noemi Martinez, 2', of El Salvador, said >>>


      AT LEAST 12 TURKISH SOLDIERS KILLED IN KURD AMBUSH
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     TUNCELI, Turkey (Reuters) – Kurdish rebels killed at least 12 Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others on Sunday in an ambush in mountains near the Iraqi border, security sources said.

Fighting was continuing between troops and rebels in the border area, they said.

The attack will put pressure on T >>>


      AT LEAST 13 KILLED IN U.S. BAGHDAD STRIKES: POLICE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. air strikes killed at least 13 people and wounded 52 early on Sunday in the northeastern Baghdad district of Sadr city, a stronghold for Shi‘ite militants, two police sources said.

The U.S. military confirmed it had conducted early morning operations in Sadr city "targe >>>


      BHUTTO SEEKS INTERNATIONAL HELP IN BOMBING PROBE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     KARACHI (Reuters) – Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto called on the government on Sunday to seek foreign help in investigating last week‘s suicide bombing aimed at killing her on her return after eight years of exile.

Two blasts killed 13' people early on Friday as Bhutto traveled t >>>


      BHUTTO VOWS BOMB WILL NOT DETER CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     AM KARACHI, Pakistan –– Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto appeared in public Sunday for the first time since a deadly bomb attack on her homecoming convoy, visiting hospitalized victims and vowing that the assassination attempt would not force her into hiding.

Thursday‘s attack, w >>>


      BIG AIRLINER TAKES FIRST LUCKY FLIERS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     SINGAPORE –– The first commercial flight by the world‘s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, will fulfill a rich man‘s promise to his '1–year–old father and grant a college student‘s birthday wish.

Outfitted with the most luxurious cabin ever seen on a jetliner >>>


      BUSH SAYS PKK ATTACKS IN TURKEY MUST STOP
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Sunday condemned as unacceptable attacks by Kurdish rebels that killed at least 17 Turkish soldiers and said they must stop.

"President Bush strongly condemns the violent attacks in Hakkari province and extends his condolences to the families who los >>>


      CARIBBEAN SEEKS TO SELL ITSELF AS ONE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –– Caribbean islands, separated by diverse languages and cultures, are developing a single regional brand to promote the tourism industry that drives most of their economies.

The new campaign, whose logo presents the word "Caribbean" in a rainbow of colors, aims to re >>>


      CHENEY CALLS IRAN AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     LANDSDOWNE, Virginia (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney, taking a tough line toward Iran, described the country‘s government on Sunday as a "growing obstacle to peace in the Middle East." Cheney, in a speech to a think tank, also accused Tehran of practicing "delay and deception" rega >>>


      CHINA PARTY VOTES FOR FRESH LEADERSHIP LINEUP
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China‘s Communist Party closes a five–yearly Congress on Sunday that will acclaim President Hu Jintao‘s policies and start to install a new leadership crucial to shaping his legacy.

After a week of rhetorical displays of unity around Hu, the Congress seems sure to app >>>


      CONGO FIGHTING DISPLACES MORE CIVILIANS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     KINSHASA, Congo –– Clashes broke out Saturday between rebels and a pro–government militia in eastern Congo, forcing people to flee their homes, a U.N. official said.

The fighting in two villages in North Kivu province pitted rebels loyal to former army general Laurent Nkunda against Mai Mai mi >>>


      CUBA HOLDS FIRST LOCAL VOTE WITHOUT CASTRO
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans voted on Sunday to elect more than 15,000 municipal council members in the first elections since ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother last year.

Cubans lined up to cast ballots in urns guarded by school children for neighborhood candidates whose photo >>>


      ECONOMIES OF SUB–SAHARAN AFRICA TO GROW STEADILY, IMF SAYS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     The economies of sub–Saharan Africa, home to some of the most extreme and pervasive poverty in the world, will grow at a healthy pace next year, International Monetary Fund economists said yesterday.

The news came at the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank this weekend, where leaders of the latter g >>>


      ETHIOPIA ONLF REBELS SAY KILLED 140 ETHIOPIAN TROOPS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia‘s Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels said they killed 140 government soldiers in a weekend assault targeting a visiting senior official, a statement Ethiopia immediately denounced as false.

The rebels, who want more autonomy in their eastern region of Eth >>>


      ETHIOPIAN REBELS CLAIM 140 KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –– Ethiopian rebels said Sunday they have killed 140 Ethiopian soldiers in the country‘s southeast, but the government denied that such an attack took place.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front said in a statement e–mailed to The Associated Press that about 1,000 f >>>


      FINANCE CHIEFS INCH TOWARD IMF VOTE AGREEMENT
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global finance chiefs on Saturday made progress on reforms that would give emerging economies a greater say in the International Monetary Fund and expressed confidence they could seal a deal next year.

Under a plan backed by the IMF‘s policy committee, fast–growing emerg >>>


      FIRE IN BOMBED MANILA MALL CAUSES PANIC, NO INJURIES
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     MANILA (Reuters) – A small fire broke out on Sunday in a mall in the Philippine capital where a bomb exploded last week. The fire caused panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, witnesses and officials said.

The fire was in the kitchen of a restaurant in a part of the mall not damaged by Fr >>>


      GATES SEES NO IMMINENT TURKISH ATTACK
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     KIEV, Ukraine –– Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday it appears Turkey‘s military is not on the verge of invading northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels responsible for a deadly attack on Turkish soldiers.

Gates told reporters that in a meeting with Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Go >>>


      HU‘S DOCTRINES FORMALLY ADOPTED AT CHINA PARTY MEET
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao‘s political doctrine was enshrined in the Communist Party‘s constitution on Sunday, the closing day of the Party‘s largest gathering in five years.

Writing Hu‘s "scientific concept of development" –– an effort to >>>


      IRAN SAYS EX–NEGOTIATOR TO GO TO ROME ATOMIC TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Ali Larijani, who quit as Iran‘s chief nuclear negotiator, will attend talks with his replacement this week in Rome to try to defuse a row with the West, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Larijani‘s resignation was announced on Saturday, a move analysts said exposed a rif >>>


      IRAQ BOY TREATED FOR DEFECT WITH US HELP
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PM BAGHDAD –– An Iraqi boy born with a rare congenital defect captured the hearts of a group of U.S. soldiers who stumbled upon him in a farming village southeast of Baghdad.

The 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment decided to help. Six months and two intricate surgeries later, Ihaab Najim Mohammed, 5 >>>


      IRAQI POLICE TIED TO ATTACK ON U.S. BASE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 21, 2007; A1' BAGHDAD, Oct. 20 –– The men gathered in the evening at the schoolyard to execute their attack. By the time they finished, at least seven rockets had crashed down nearly four miles away inside the American military headquarters >>>


      ISRAELI SURGEONS HELPING SWAZILAND IN DRIVE TO CURB HIV
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     A16 MBABANE, Swaziland –– The young men seated in a cramped waiting room in Swaziland‘s capital twitched with nerves. Feet tapped. Fingers drummed.

The occasional brave joke was delivered with a smirk. Beyond a wooden door a few feet away, two Israeli doctors donned blue hospital scrubs adorne >>>


      KOSOVO ALBANIANS REJECT EXTENDING TALKS DEADLINE
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     PARIS (Reuters) – Kosovo Albanians ruled out extending negotiations over the future of the breakaway province past a December 10 deadline, saying on Sunday they wanted the issue resolved as soon as possible.

"We consider that December 10 will mark the end of this negotiation process," Kosovo Pre >>>


      LEBANON ELECTIONS LIKELY TO BE POSTPONED
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Lebanon‘s presidential election scheduled for Tuesday will most likely be postponed to give room for rival Lebanese factions to agree on a consensus candidate, parliamentary deputies said late Saturday.

Three parliamentarians from the two rival camps, all speaking on conditi >>>


      MEXICO WATCHES TROPICAL STORM KIKO
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     MEXICO CITY –– Residents in western Mexico prepared for a possible sideswipe by Tropical Storm Kiko, which could still become a hurricane but unlikely to move inland.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm‘s eye would likely move northwest, parallel to Mexico‘s >>>


      N.KOREAN, SYRIAN OFFICIALS HOLD TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     DAMASCUS, Syria –– A high–level North Korean official held talks in Damascus on Saturday with senior officials of Syria‘s ruling Baath Party on ways to develop relations between the two countries, Syria‘s official news agency reported.

Neither Choe Thae Bok, the speaker of North Ko >>>


      NATO CONFLICTED OVER AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     By John Ward AndersonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 21,
2007; A21 KABUL –– Four years after NATO began an expanded mission in Afghanistan, members of the 26–nation alliance are divided over anti–drug and reconstruction policies, rising civilian casualties and what some say is >>>


      NKOREA ACCUSES SKOREAN NAVY OF INTRUSION
      Washington Post, 21-10-2007
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea on Sunday accused South Korean warships of intrusions into its territorial waters, saying the actions were an attempt to undermine a recent accord aimed at easing tensions along the Cold War‘s last frontier.

The North‘s Navy Command claimed 54 South Kore >>>



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