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      ARAB BANK’S NET PROFIT UP 15.6%
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 28 October 2007 — The Arab Bank Group raised its net profits after tax by 15.6 percent in the first nine months of the year to $572 million from $4'4.' million in the same period of 2006, the group’s chairman Abdul Hamid Shoman said yesterday.

The group’s total asse >>>


      BMG SAUDI INDEX HITS NEW HIGH
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News The BMG Saudi Index moved ahead in the first trading session this week, recording another high since March 2007, on the back of a wave of buying and solid third quarter results. The Index advanced by 3.2 percent yesterday’s trading session to close at 45'.1 points. In addition, the market turnover moved up >>>


      DOMESTIC PRIVATE AIRLINES SET TO OPERATE CHARTERED FLIGHTS: GACA
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is likely to welcome domestic private airlines to operate chartered plane service by next month.

The need for chartered planes has been felt increasingly in recent times particularly at the end of the Ramadan and Umrah >>>


      GLOBAL BUYOUT FUND BUYS INTO AL–JAZEERA STEEL FIRM
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News KUWAIT, 28 October 2007 — Global Investment House announced yesterday that its Global Buyout Fund concluded its first investment in Al–Jazeera Steel Product Company, a listed company on Muscat Securities Market.

The company was established in 1''7 and is a market leader engaged in the ma >>>


      GULF AIR BOOSTS OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 28 October 2007 — Gulf Air’s flight operations have received a further boost with the introduction of a new narrow–body aircraft to the airline’s fleet. The Boeing 737–800, which joined the airline’s fleet yesterday, will enhance our capacity to meet our winter needs, Gulf Air Board Chairma >>>


      GULF SEEKS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 28 October 2007 — With booming domestic demand for power, the hydrocarbon–rich Arabian Gulf countries are exploring the use of alternative and renewable energy resources — including coal, nuclear, solar, wind and hydrogen — a leading industry expert said.

In a statement issued ahead of th >>>


      INDORE SUMMIT BAGS $11.8BN DEALS
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Pervez Bari, Arab News INDORE, India, 28 October 2007 — The Global Investors’ Summit here, the business capital of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, got a fabulous start, when in the inaugural function, four Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) worth Rs.57,400 crores (about $11,850 billion) were signed in the prese >>>


      KINGDOM SEEKS TO PROMOTE OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORT
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 28 October 2007 — The Saudi Ministry of Transportation is drawing up an integrated strategy that seeks to reduce heavy reliance on motor vehicles as the principal means of transportation and promote the railroad and air transportation sectors as the other viable options.

The elem >>>


      NISSAN INTRODUCES FOUR NEW FACES
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — Japanese carmaker Nissan launched its new faces — Altima, Xterra, Qashqai and Navara — along with the company’s all–new 2008 models at a ceremony yesterday.

«These new models are new faces of Nissan, with each vehicle targeted at a distinct segment >>>


      NO CHANGE IN RIYAL’S PEG TO THE US DOLLAR
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour & Fahd Al–Baqami, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — The Saudi riyal’s peg to the US dollar will remain unchanged as GCC countries yesterday unanimously agreed to the continuation of the present exchange rate policy, Hamad Al–Sayari, governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA >>>


      UAE, SPAIN INK AVIATION ACCORD
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 28 October 2007 — As part of continues efforts to support national aviation sector, the United Arab Emirates has initialed Air Services Agreement (ASA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingdom of Spain in Madrid on Oct. 25, 2007. Heading the UAE delegation to Spain, Sultan ibn Saeed Al&nda >>>


      A TEST TOO HARD
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     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 >>>


      ATTENDING A FESTIVE OCCASION IN THE MOSQUE
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah The occasion when a number of Abyssinians celebrated Eid with folk dancing in the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah is often mentioned when scholars speak about the role of the mosque in the life of the Muslim community. It is also cited when scholars speak about what is permissible for wom >>>


      ENTERTAINMENT IN MIXED SOCIETY
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     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, 28-10-2007
     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, 28-10-2007
     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 >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: THE ONE TO LOVE MOST
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     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 >>>


      TO LOVE THE PROPHET AND TO FOLLOW HIM
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News We often speak of our love of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Poets have praised him in some of the finest poetry in Arabic and other languages of the Muslim world. His praises are sung in different types of functions.

Some even add superlatives that go beyond what is legitimate. This is >>>


      WHERE TO ESCAPE DEATH
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful The hypocrites and the sick at heart said: «God and His Messenger promised us nothing but delusions.» Some of them said: «People of Yathrib! You cannot withstand (the attack) here, so go back.» And a group of them asked the Prop >>>


      CAR BURSTS INTO FLAMES ON FREEWAY
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News The charred remains of the car which exploded on Makkah Road in Riyadh Friday night. (AN photo) RIYADH, 28 October 2007 — A Ford Crown Victoria burst into flames on Makkah Road opposite the Saudi Research and Marketing Building here Friday night causing traffic to come to a standstill for 30 minute >>>


      CHALLENGING TASK OF INTEGRATING EX–CONVICTS INTO SOCIETY
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Brig. Gen. Atiya ibn Uthman Al–Zahrani, head of the Makkah Prisons Department.

MAKKAH, 28 October 2007 — Saudis with criminal records once released from prison say that resettling in society and finding jobs and prospective marriage partners is an uphill task.

A >>>


      HEARING IN AL–HURAISI CASE TO START TUESDAY
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 28 October 2007 — The trial of two members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, who allegedly beat to death Salman Al–Huraisi during a raid on his house in search for alcohol, is set to start here on Tuesday.

«One of the three judges pre >>>


      JOB SEEKERS SWARM JCCI
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — Around 800 job applicants were received yesterday on the first day of the National System for Joint Training employment campaign at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).

Young Saudis swarmed the JCCI building queuing up before counters of private >>>


      LAW TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF HIV–INFECTED
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 28 October 2007 — Saudi Arabia is preparing a national AIDS program that will ensure the protection of rights of AIDS patients and give them the same rights as others to education, health, social activities and employment.

The program will also ensure that people with the HIV virus >>>


      LAWYERS CONFIDENT OF SAVING RIZANA
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 28 October 2007 — There is a strong possibility that Rizana Nafeek, charged by a court in Dawadmi with murdering a four–month–old child, will escape execution, according to her lawyers. The law firm of Khateb Al–Shammary retained by the Hong Kong–based Asian >>>


      MINISTRY SETS NEW CONDITIONS FOR HIRING DOMESTIC WORKERS
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — The Ministry of Labor has set new conditions for the recruitment of housemaids and drivers. It has also agreed to issue replacement visas before those presently serving as housemaids and drivers leave the Kingdom on an exit–only visa.

The ministry in >>>


      MUNICIPALITY TO REORGANIZE TRASH COLLECTION IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — The Jeddah Municipality will be signing this month a number of five–year citywide cleaning contracts worth SR'00 million, according to a municipality official.

The new cleanup plan for the first time will divide the city into three separate areas: nor >>>


      SAAD AL–SHEHRI NARRATES HIS DISENCHANTMENT WITH QAEDA
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 October 2007 — Who would have imagined that Saad Zafer Al–Shehri, a young Saudi who used to sell honey in Al–Namas, one of the most beautiful villages in Asir, would become an Al–Qaeda member?

In fact, in a report published in Al–Riyadh newspaper, Al–Shehri bec >>>


      ARROYO URGED TO ALSO FREE JAILED MUSLIM LEADER
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Arab News COTABATO CITY, 28 October 2008 — A leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday to order the release from jail of Muslim leader Nur Misuari.

Hatimil Hassan, MNLF interim vice chairman, told the Inquirer by phone that since Arroyo granted par >>>


      CONGRESS DEMANDS NARCOANALYSIS TEST ON MODI
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 28 October 2007 — The Maharashtra State Congress Committee on Friday demanded a narcoanalysis test on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the genocide in Gujarat in 2002. The state Congress spokesman and General Secretary Hussain Dalwai also demanded the immediate arrest of Modi >>>


      ILLEGAL JOB RECRUITERS SET SIGHTS ON FILIPINO STUDENTS
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 28 October 2008 — An advocacy group has warned would–be Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) against a syndicate offering jobs that are non–existent to caregiving and nursing students.

Kanlungan Migrants’ Center, Inc. said that the members of the syndicate are >>>


      ISRAEL SET TO ‘ISOLATE GAZA 100 PERCENT’
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, 28 October 2007 — Israel plans to paralyze the infrastructure of the Gaza Strip in every possible way and separate itself completely from the Palestinian territory in the long term, an Israeli minister said yesterday. «We want to separate ourselves from the Gaza Strip at the level o >>>


      SUGAR INTAKE IN REGION ‘ALARMING’
      Arab News, 28-10-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 28 October 2007 — The four–day World Dental Congress concluded here yesterday revealing alarming statistics about sugar consumption, which is one of the main reasons for the high rate of dental decay as well as diabetes in the region.

Visitors and exhibitors from 130 countr >>>


      ‘SOME FATALITIES‘ IN N.C. BEACH FIRE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. –– Fire swept through a beach house believed occupied by college students early Sunday and officials were unsure how many people died in the blaze.

Investigators had not yet been inside the house by late morning. "We do know there are some fatalities," Mayor Debbie S >>>


      ‘SUPERBUG‘ CONCERN AT NEW YORK SCHOOLS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. –– Public schools in Mount Vernon are being disinfected after a worker and a student showed signs of an antibiotic–resistant staph infection, authorities said.

Schools Superintendent W. L. Tony Sawyer said a high school employee and a third–grade student are being test >>>


      5 DEAD IN FIERY CHICAGO CRASH
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     CHICAGO –– A man who was driving the wrong way on an expressway west of downtown early Sunday caused a fiery crash that left five people dead, including himself, state police said.

The accident closed all the lanes on Interstate 2'0 for nearly three hours, said Illinois State Trooper Ivan Bukacz >>>


      ANTI–IRAN RHETORIC RAISES UN CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Sunday he had no evidence Iran was working actively to build nuclear weapons and expressed concern that escalating rhetoric from the U.S. could bring disaster.

"We have information that there has been maybe some studies about possible wea >>>


      ASTRONAUTS PREPARE FOR SECOND SPACEWALK
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     AM HOUSTON –– Two astronauts set out Sunday for the second spacewalk of Discovery‘s mission to the international space station, aiming to add equipment to the outside of the new Harmony addition and inspect a couple areas of concern on the orbiting outpost.

Spacewalkers Scott Parazynski and Da >>>


      CALIF. FIREFIGHTERS WORK TO HOLD GAINS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. –– Firefighters Sunday hoped to hold on to the strong gains they made against Southern California blazes, despite a forecast of warmer, drier weather and a continuing threat to some homes.

The blistering Santa Ana winds that whipped fires over more than a half–million ac >>>


      CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS RUINS HALLOWEEN ON LI
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     LONG BEACH, N.Y. –– Call it the Misadventure of Captain Underpants and the Peeved Principal.

A suburban Long Island high school has banned all Halloween costumes after three senior girls showed up last year dressed as the underwear–baring subject of a series of best–selling children&lsqu >>>


      EDWARDS: 2–YEAR BAN ON NEW DRUG ADS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     CONCORD, N.H. –– Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says prescription drug companies should have to wait two years to begin advertising their new products to consumers.

Edwards on Sunday was outlining a plan to regulate what he views as a proliferation of misleading drug ads. In the decade >>>


      FINGERPOINTING OVER GROUNDED HELICOPTERS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     PM ORANGE, Calif. –– State and federal officials on Saturday blamed each other for allowing nearly two dozen water–dropping helicopters to sit idle while deadly wildfires ravaged Southern California, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pledged to improve the state‘s response to battling wildfires.
>>>


      GA. ASTRONOMY VILLAGE FILLS UP QUICKLY
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SHARON, Ga. –– The most important rule at this remote vacation spot is simple: no white light. Even a sliver of the pupil–contracting rays coming from the window of a cabin at Deerlick Astronomy Village could ruin a neighbor‘s view of the Milky Way. The '6–acre village in rural Taliafer >>>


      HUCKABEE, THOMPSON TOP REAGAN DINNER
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Republicans Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson topped a field of six presidential candidates at an Iowa party fundraiser Saturday evening, with Huckabee saying other candidates criticism of him shows his bid for the nomination is gaining steam.

"I‘m flattered to be attack >>>


      IN ONE CUL–DE–SAC, NEIGHBORS ARE ALL THAT‘S LEFT
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SAN DIEGO, Oct. 27 –– The street named for the human heart is half here, half gone.

The bottom of Corazon Place is still a pretty block of expensive Mediterranean houses with snowy oleanders abloom in green yards. But at the top of Corazon, the dozen dwellings in the cul–de–sac are ashen >>>


      INJURED GI‘S BROTHER BECOMES CAREGIVER
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     WOODLYN, Pa. –– For years, brothers Pisey and Dara Tan had barely spoken to each other as they went their separate ways _ Pisey into the Army, Dara off to college.

Today they share a home and are as close as two brothers can be, reunited by a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2004 that reduced Pisey&lsquo >>>


      INMATES PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN FIRE FIGHT
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. –– They‘ve stolen cars, used drugs and forged checks. When California is burning, they fight fires. About a quarter of the 14,000 firefighters defending homes and businesses in Southern California from wildfires have been prisoners, officials said.

Of the 4,400 inmates t >>>


      LA. MAYOR: STATE MAY TAKE OVER DA OFFICE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     NEW ORLEANS –– Mayor Ray Nagin says the state could take over the New Orleans district attorney‘s office as early as Monday as the agency faces a multimillion–dollar civil judgment.

A federal judge ruled this past week that district attorney office assets could be seized to pay off a $3. >>>


      LAURA BUSH SAYS POLICY ROLE NOTHING NEW
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– First lady Laura Bush, an increasingly prominent voice on matters at home and abroad, says the difference lately is not her policy role in the White House but rather the attention she gets for it.

"The fact is, I‘ve been involved for a long time in policy, and I think I just >>>


      MINORITIES LESS LIKELY TO TRICK–OR–TREAT
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Two–thirds of parents say their children will trick–or–treat this Halloween, but fewer minorities will let their kids go door to door, with some citing safety worries, a poll shows.

The survey found that 73 percent of whites versus 56 percent of minorities said their >>>


      N.Y. WILL OFFER SECURE DRIVER‘S LICENSES TO CITIZENS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     Associated PressSunday, October 28, 2007; A02 The Bush administration and New York announced an agreement yesterday to create a generation of super–secure driver‘s licenses for U.S. citizens, but also to allow illegal immigrants to get a version.

New York is the largest state to sign on so far to th >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     Antiwar Rallies Held In Cities Across U.S. SAN FRANCISCO –– In the largest of a series of war protests taking place in New York, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown San Francisco on Saturday, chanting and carrying s >>>


      OBAMA ACCUSES CLINTON OF SIDESTEPPING
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday lashed out at rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, accusing her of dodging tough questions about Social Security.

Obama, campaigning at a senior center in Des Moines, said all the presidential candidates need to talk honestly ab >>>


      ON THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, A WHOLE SCHOOL LEFT BEHIND
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     A03 COMO, Miss. –– Of all the nation‘s elementary schools, the one serving this poor, rural crossroads is at the bottom of the heap.

Its math and reading test scores ranked at the bottom in Mississippi last year, and Mississippi, in turn, ranked last among the states.

"We‘r >>>


      ORLANDO–TO–DALLAS FLIGHT DIVERTED
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     DALLAS –– An American Airlines flight from Orlando, Fla., to Dallas–Fort Worth was diverted to Houston on Saturday night after a passenger tried to open an emergency door.

The passenger was unable to open the door and no one was injured. The passenger, a woman, was detained by local authoritie >>>


      PAULSON: INDIA SHOULD PROCEED WITH NUCLEAR DEAL
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     AMTALA, India (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Sunday urged India to proceed with a civilian nuclear deal as soon as possible, but acknowledged that domestic political controversy over the deal must be resolved first.

"You all have to work through your own internal political decision. >>>


      REPORT: GRAND JURY PROBING COPPERFIELD
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SEATTLE –– A federal grand jury is investigating allegations that magician David Copperfield raped and threatened a Washington state woman at his estate in the Bahamas, a newspaper reported.

The Seattle Times reported Saturday that at least three federal law–enforcement officials, whom the pap >>>


      RICHARDSON TOUTS FOREIGN POLICY RESUME
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     DEARBORN, Mich. –– Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson told Arab–Americans on Sunday that he has the diplomatic experience to work for peace in the Middle East.

The New Mexico governor and former United Nations ambassador said "solutions imposed from outside almost always fail >>>


      SHOTS FIRED AT MO. COLLEGE, NO INJURIES
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     MARYVILLE, Mo. –– Shots were fired during the night on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University but no one was injured, school officials said Sunday.

No one had been arrested. Officers were looking for two men they described as persons of interest, but said they believed the men had left th >>>


      SPACEWALKING ASTRONAUTS READY POWER UNIT FOR MOVE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – Two spacewalking astronauts unbolted a huge solar power truss from the International Space Station on Sunday to get it ready for a move to a new place on the space outpost.

Daniel Tani and Scott Parazynski disconnected cables and unbolted the 18–tonne unit from the top of the sta >>>


      THOUSANDS CALL FOR SWIFT END TO IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown on Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: "Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die" or "Drop Tuition Not Bombs." The streets were filled with thousands as labor unio >>>


      TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN ATLANTIC
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     MIAMI –– The 16th tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed Saturday, prompting storm warnings in Haiti and a watch in Cuba.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the depression could bring 6 to 10 inches of rain to Hispaniola and slightly more rain to Jamaica >>>


      TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN ATLANTIC
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     MIAMI –– Tropical Depression 16 prompted storm warnings in Haiti and a watch in Cuba and could bring more than 10 inches of rain to Jamaica, forecasters said.

The depression could strengthen into a tropical storm late Sunday, when it would be named ‘Noel,‘ according to the National Hurri >>>


      YEMEN SAYS BOMBER OF U.S. DESTROYER COLE STILL DETAINED
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen denied on Sunday media reports that a man convicted over the al Qaeda bombing of the U.S. Navy ship Cole in 2000 had been set free.

The United States said on Friday it would be "disturbing" if reports that Jamal Badawi had been released from prison in Yemen turned out to >>>


      A DIVIDING LINE SPRINGS UP FROM JINDAL‘S MILESTONE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 28, 2007; A06 Ever since U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana on Oct. 20, Indian Americans across the country have been debating whether to celebrate or turn up their noses.

Many feel downright giddy at the thought that for the firs >>>


      GIULIANI‘S BID TO WOO NEW HAMPSHIRE INDEPENDENTS CENTERS ON HEALTH CARE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     Independents will make all the difference in New Hampshire. That bloc, which encompasses more than 40 percent of registered voters in the state, exercises huge influence in the presidential primary process, as unaffiliated individuals can cast a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

While Sen. >>>


      JUDICIAL RACES NOW RIFE WITH POLITICS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     BUTLER, Pa. –– It‘s always packed for Wing Night at American Legion Post 117, and in the crowd Seamus McCaffery saw the building blocks of his electoral success.

The local sheriff, the union guys, the daughter of a veteran who said, "I like your commercial about being a Marine." And >>>


      OBAMA RATCHETS UP CRITICISM OF CLINTON
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 28, 2007; A08 Sen. Barack Obama yesterday slammed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for "ducking the issue" of ensuring the solvency of Social Security and signaled that he will take a more aggressive approach to the front–runner for the Democratic >>>


      RUDY A LEFTY? YEAH, RIGHT.
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     You wouldn‘t know it from reading the papers, but the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination is a confirmed right–winger. On issues such as free speech and religion, secrecy and due process, civil rights and civil liberties, pornography and democracy, this moralist and self–styled lawma >>>


      TOUCHING UP (AND ON) FEMINIST ROOTS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     Feminism has come a long way since Yoko Ono performed "Cut Piece" in 1'64, sitting mute on a stage as members of the audience approached her with scissors and snipped away her clothes bit by bit.

And it is reassuring to know that a woman no longer has to attach a paintbrush to her underwear and, i >>>


      WEBB SEEN AS A POTENTIAL 2008 RUNNING MATE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     A04 Just 10 months into his first term in elected office, James Webb found himself on the podium for one of the most coveted speaking slots in Democratic politics.

The freshman senator from Virginia delivered the keynote address to the New Hampshire Democratic Party at its annual Jefferson–Jackson Dinner >>>


      ‘WE ARE LIVING FOR DEMOCRACY‘
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 28, 2007; A18 MAE SOT, Thailand –– This bustling border town has long been a magnet for refugees fleeing Burma‘s repressive military government and searching for a better life. But many arriving now, on the run from authorities for their role i >>>


      80 TALIBAN FIGHTERS REPORTED KILLED
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     KABUL, Oct. 28 –– U.S.–led coalition forces killed about 80 Taliban fighters during a six–hour battle outside a Taliban–controlled town in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the latest in a series of increasingly bloody engagements in the region, officials said.

Also Saturday, a sui >>>


      AIRLINE PULLS TURBOPROPS FROM FLEET
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     STOCKHOLM, Sweden –– Scandinavian Airlines said Sunday it will pull Bombardier Q400 turboprops from its fleet after a series of crash landings caused by landing gear malfunctions.

The decision came a day after an SAS turboprop with 44 people on board crash–landed in Denmark when part of its la >>>


      ARGENTINE FIRST LADY HOLDS WIDE LEAD ON EVE OF PRESIDENTIAL VOTE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 28, 2007; A14 BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 27 –– If the latest polls are right, the only real suspense that remains in Sunday‘s election is whether Argentine first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will receive enough votes to win the presidency outri >>>


      ARGENTINE FIRST LADY SEEKS PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     BUENOS AIRES, Argentina –– First lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, whose husband is credited with Argentina‘s rebound from an economic collapse, overshadowed 13 rivals Sunday in her bid to become her country‘s first elected woman president.

Fernandez, a senator who harnessed President >>>


      AUSTRALIA FACES ECONOMIC TURBULENCE FROM U.S. MELTDOWN: PM
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia, one of the best–performing advanced economies, faced looming economic turbulence from the subprime lending meltdown in the United States, Prime Minister John Howard warned on Sunday.

On Friday, Australian Treasurer Peter Costello had warned of an approaching internation >>>


      BHUTTO VISITS VICTIMS‘ FAMILIES
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     LARKANA, Pakistan –– Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Sunday toured her political stronghold to visit the families of victims of the bloody Oct. 18 suicide blast that shattered a mass rally in Karachi to welcome her home, leaving 145 people dead.

Surrounded by more than a dozen policemen, Bhu >>>


      CAR BOMB EXPLODES OUTSIDE BUS TERMINAL IN IRAQ, KILLS 8
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded outside a bus terminal in the volatile northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least eight people and setting shops and cars ablaze, police said.

A police official said 28 people were also wounded. Some 25 shops and 10 cars were destroyed in the blast in the >>>


      CHAD DECRIES PLAN TO UPROOT 103 CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     N‘DJAMENA, Chad, Oct. 27 –– Seven crew members of a plane contracted to fly more than 100 children out of Chad were detained, authorities said Saturday, and Chad‘s president promised punishment for anyone involved in a plan to spirit the children to Europe.

President Idriss Deby traveled >>>


      CORRECTED:IRAN FAVORS PEACEFUL SOLUTION ON KURDS, IRAQ SAYS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     (Corrects spelling of Iranian president‘s name to Ahmadinejad throughout from Ahmedinejad) BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iran‘s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told Iraq he supports a crackdown on Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq but wants a peaceful solution to the crisis, Iraq‘s government said.
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      DA VINCI‘S ‘LAST SUPPER‘ GOES ONLINE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     MILAN, Italy –– Can‘t get to Milan to see Leonardo Da Vinci‘s masterpiece "The Last Supper?" As of Saturday, all you need is an Internet connection.

Officials put online an image of the "Last Supper" at 16 billion pixels _ 1,600 times stronger than the images taken wi >>>


      DARFUR MEETING PUSHES FOR WIDER REBEL PRESENCE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Participants at Darfur peace talks are trying to persuade absent rebel chiefs to abandon a boycott and come to Libya to help efforts to end violence in the Sudanese region, rebels said on Sunday.

As discussions moved into a second day, rebels attending the gathering in the Libyan >>>


      FEDERAL GRAND JURY TAKES COPPERFIELD CASE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Mike CarterSeattle TimesSunday, October 28, 2007; A10 SEATTLE –– A federal grand jury in Seattle is investigating allegations by a Washington state woman who said she was raped, assaulted and threatened by magician David Copperfield at his private island in the Bahamas in July, at least three federal law >>>


      FIDEL CASTRO POKES FUN AT GEORGE W. BUSH
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     HAVANA (Reuters) – Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro poked fun at President George W. Bush on Sunday for proclaiming "Long Live Free Cuba," likening it to Spain‘s king saying the same during his colonial rule over the island.

Bush said the transfer of power from the ailing Fidel Castro to h >>>


      FIRST LADY THE FAVORITE AS ARGENTINES VOTE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentines appeared certain to choose their first elected female president on Sunday, with first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner favored to win by a wide margin over her closest rival, another woman.

Many Argentines credit Fernandez‘s husband, center–left President >>>


      IRAN FAVORS PEACEFUL SOLUTION ON KURDS, IRAQ SAYS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iran‘s President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has told Iraq he supports a crackdown on Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq but wants a peaceful solution to the crisis, Iraq‘s government said.

A statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki‘s office released overnigh >>>


      ISRAEL REDUCES FUEL SUPPLIES TO GAZA: PALESTINIANS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israel reduced fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip on Sunday after threatening to impose sanctions in response to rocket attacks from the impoverished Hamas–ruled territory, Palestinian officials said.

Mojahed Salama, head of the Palestinian Authority‘s Petrol Agency, said that Su >>>


      ISRAELI PARTY THREATENS TO QUIT GOV‘T
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     JERUSALEM –– A key partner in the coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Sunday that he would withdraw from the government if an upcoming Israeli–Palestinian meeting includes negotiations on core issues of the conflict.

The threat by Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman limi >>>


      KOREANS STRANDED SINCE 1'45 FINALLY FIND HOME
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     PM INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – Korean Park Jung–ja spent the first six decades of her life on wind–swept Sakhalin, the bad breaks of the Cold War making her a citizen of nowhere. Now, she has finally found a home in suburban Seoul.

Park, 68, is one of hundreds of Koreans returning to the >>>


      KREMLIN SEEKS TO EXTEND ITS REACH IN CYBERSPACE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Anton Troianovski and Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 28, 2007; A01 MOSCOW –– After ignoring the Internet for years to focus on controlling traditional media such as television and newspapers, the Kremlin and its allies are turning their attention to cyberspace, which remains a ha >>>


      NO WOMEN ELECTED IN OMANI VOTE
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     MUSCAT (Reuters) – Oman‘s 84–member advisory Shura Council will have no women members after 21 female candidates failed to win seats in Saturday‘s election.

The outgoing fifth Shura Council, elected in 2003, had two women members. Some women and activists have suggested a quota system to >>>


      PAVAROTTI‘S WIDOW DENOUNCES GOSSIP
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     ROME –– Luciano Pavarotti‘s widow has broken her silence to denounce Italian media reports alleging financial and family problems, saying she never imagined she and the late tenor would be so publicly insulted.

Nicoletta Mantovani said she felt compelled to appear on television to set the reco >>>


      RAMADI WAR ZONE NOW RARE BRIGHT SPOT
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     RAMADI, Iraq –– For veterans of Ramadi, it seems like a different place and a different war.

Just last year, soldiers were breaking down doors, hunting insurgents and struggling to secure the city block by block. U.S. troops now are invited into the homes of sheiks for lunch.

Life is not al >>>


      REPORT: 15 KURDS DEAD IN TURKEY CLASHES
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     ANKARA, Turkey –– Turkish troops killed 15 Kurdish guerrillas in fighting Sunday far from the increasingly tense Iraq border region where some of the separatists have sought refuge, a news report said. Turkey‘s prime minister called for unity between Turks and Kurds against the rebels.

The cla >>>


      REPORT: 2 ARRESTED OVER ROYAL BLACKMAIL
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     LONDON –– A newspaper reported that police have arrested two men over an attempt to blackmail a member of the British royal family with an alleged sex tape.

In response to queries about the report, London police said only that two men, 30 and 40, had appeared at a London court on Sept. 13 charged wi >>>


      SHIPPING OUT
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 28, 2007; A01 SALEM, Ind. –– Brett and Kurtis Walters played army in the woods as kids.

They dueled at video games and spent untold hours debating who was stronger and cooler, Superman or Batman. Years later, they are still giving each other >>>


      SRI LANKA SAYS 15 REBELS DIE IN FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan troops killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels and three soldiers died in clashes in the north, the military said on Sunday, as stepped–up fighting continued in the latest chapter of a long–running civil war.

Troops fought four separate battles with Liberation Tigers of Tam >>>


      SUNNI VIOLENCE IN BAGHDAD CALLED DISRUPTED
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Joshua Partlow and Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 28, 2007; A17 BAGHDAD, Oct. 27 –– The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, said Saturday that the Sunni insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq has been disrupted and no longer operates in large numbers in any nei >>>


      TALKS ON DARFUR OPEN WITH PARTIAL BOYCOTT BY REBELS
      Washington Post, 28-10-2007
     By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 28, 2007; A14 SIRTE, Libya, Oct. 27 –– International envoys tried Saturday to show that peace efforts for Darfur were still on track despite the growing chaos there, opening new peace talks even in the face of a rebel boycott.

The par >>>



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