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      AL–MAZAYA HOLDING INVESTMENTS IN GULF REACH $7.8 BILLION
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 18 November 2007 — The Kuwait–based shareholding company Al–Mazaya said its total volume of investments reached $7.8 billion in GCC amid record oil prices that fueled the unprecedented boom in the realty sector across the region. The company’s investment portfolio includes the projects in B >>>


      BBK COMPLETES BD50 MILLION RIGHTS OFFERING
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Mahmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 18 November 2007 — BBK has successfully completed the BD50 million rights offering and invited shareholders to receive their share certificates and refund checks.

The date for the rights entitlement will be on Oct.11, 2007. The bank earlier announced that it would issue 100,00 >>>


      COMMTEL ENDS WITH RESOUNDING SUCCESS
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 November 2007 — COMMTEL 2007, which ended here on Friday night was a success, exhibitors said.

«We had a very successful participation and have clinched multimillion riyal deals,» a spokesman for Sharp ME FZE and Hoshan Company Ltd., said.

The company lau >>>


      GCC’S STRONG ASSETS TO ABSORB GLOBAL SHOCKS
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 18 November 2007 — The Gulf states should no longer be seen as oil–based economies but rather as asset–based economies, according to Dr. Nasser Saidi, chief economist with the DIFC Authority and executive director of Hawkamah.

Addressing the DIFC Week that kicked off >>>


      PETROMIN SOLD TO DABBAGH–HINDUJA ALLIANCE FOR $200M
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 18 November 2007 — The Dabbagh Group of Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Hinduja, a major Indian conglomerate, bought Petromin — a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Mobil Investments — for $200 million (SR750 million), a senior official of Petromin told Arab News on Friday.

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      SABIC SHARES DIP 2.08%
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 November 2007 — The Saudi stock market suffered a fall yesterday after rising nearly 20 percent since touching a two–month low early last month. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) dropped 52.43 points to ',212.32.

The index is higher by 16.12 percent so far h >>>


      SAUDI ECONOMY FORECAST TO GROW BY 5% THIS YEAR
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 18 November 2007 — The Saudi economy is forecast to grow by 5 percent, with the private sector projected to grow by about 8 percent in 2007, Dr.

Said Al–Shaikh, National Commercial Bank (NCB) chief economist, said. In a statement yesterday, he noted that the high inflation rate in the Ki >>>


      SEEF SHARE LISTING ON BSE LAUDABLE
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Mahmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 18 November 2007 — Seef Properties strong share price performance has set a new benchmark for not only Bahrain government’s ongoing privatization initiatives but also for other GCC countries.

Shares of Seef Properties were listed on Bahrain Stock Exchange on July 2' and ha >>>


      STRENGTHENING FAITH
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful When the believers saw the Confederate forces they said: «This is what God and His Messenger have promised us! Truly spoke God and His Messenger.» This only served to strengthen their faith and their submission to God.

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      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: COMPETING WITH THE BEST OF ALL MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News It is well established in the minds of all Muslims that the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were the best of Muslim generations.

Indeed, both individually and as a solid community they provided a clear example of dedication to the cause of Islam, which is difficult to attain >>>


      WEBSITES THAT SPREAD MISINFORMATION ABOUT ISLAMIC TEACHINGS
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I read on a website that answers queries about Islam that it is right to force non–Muslims to accept Islam, even through war. The person who answered the question says that the verse stating that ‘there is no compulsion in religion’ has been abrogated by verses 8: 3' and ': 5. Ple >>>


      COPS LOOKING OUT FOR THE MAN WHO CHEATED TEACHERS
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 18 November 2007 Jeddah police are on a manhunt for a Saudi who reportedly cheated several schoolteachers out of large sums of money. The name of the suspect was given only as Al–Zahrani, which is a common last name.

Al–Zahranis latest alleged victim is Umm Fahd, a divorced schoolt >>>


      GANG–RAPE VICTIM VOWS TO FIGHT ON
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 November 2007 — Upset with a sentence of 200 lashes and six months in prison, the 1'–year–old Saudi gang–rape victim known as «Qatif Girl» is appealing the verdict even as the judge in the case said her sentence could be increased as a result, the w >>>


      KINGDOM TO CREATE 2 PETROLEUM PRIZES
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News • Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has issued a directive to Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al–Naimi for the establishment of two prizes — one in petroleum research and one in petroleum journalism.

• Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah honored 12 past and >>>


      MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING GUN
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 18 November 2007 — Police arrested a man for possessing a gun without license after receiving a tip–off from one of his neighbors in the capital city, Al–Madinah newspaper reported yesterday.

An Interior Ministry spokesman ruled out any terrorist connection, but said possessing a f >>>


      RIYADH MAIN ROADS CLEARED FOR OPEC SUMMIT
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News The otherwise busy Khurais Road in Riyadh was completely deserted on Saturday. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossein) RIYADH, 18 November 2007 Major highways leading to the venue of the OPEC Summit were closed yesterday so that the heads of state could reach their destination with a minimum of delay. >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: FROM FLAMING TO DROWNING
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News NAMMAS, 18 November 2007 — A farmer who had caught fire jumped into a well on his farm in Tanuma in order to extinguish the flames, but then found himself in another predicament: Drowning. According to yesterday’s Okaz newspaper, the farmer was burning some dry grass on his property when the flames overtook hi >>>


      SOMALI FORGER ARRESTED
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Arab News BAHA, 18 November 2007 The Baha police arrested a Somali forger who also happened to be an overstayer. The man was caught forging iqamas and other official papers. According to Al–Riyadh newspaper, the same man was caught for forging five years ago and deported. Apparently, he managed to get in again and >>>


      STEPS IN PLACE TO CHECK BIRD FLU
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Ali Al–Amri, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 November 2007 Following a recent outbreak of bird flu in the Riyadh region, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal has ordered the formation of a committee to tackle the problem and the Ministry of Agriculture has declared a state of emergency in the Makkah region.

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      ‘ISRAEL AGREES TO RETURN OF 20,000 PALESTINIANS’
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 18 November 2007 — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed in a closed meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to allow 20,000 Palestinian refugees to return back into Israel in exchange for ending Palestinian intifada, a report said yesterday.

The Pales >>>


      &#8216;OIL TO HIT $200 IF IRAN ATTACKED&#8217;
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Raid Qusti & Javid Hassan, Arab News Top picture shows Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah welcoming Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and bottom picture, welcoming Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in Riyadh on Saturday. (Reuters)

RIYADH, 18 November 2007 Saudi Arabia has contributed $300 >>>


      COMMUNALLY CHARGED BOARDS APPEAR IN AHMEDABAD
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     S.A. Ali, Arab News AHMEDABAD, 18 November 2007 — In scenes reminiscent of apartheid South Africa, the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad, the home of Mahatma Gandhi, has ironically been flooded with billboards designating sections of the city according to religious backgrounds and promising to make Gujarat a Hindu state.
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      COMMUNITY INITIATIVES NEEDED FOR MUSLIM UPLIFT: SACHAR
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Javid Hassan & Syed Abdullah Rizvi, Arab News RIYADH/DAMMAM, 18 November 2007 — Pointing out that Indian Muslims were «lagging behind» other religious communities in the country in terms of educational and job opportunities, Justice Rajender Sachar has stressed the need for community initiatives to uplif >>>


      LA POLICE SCRAP PLAN TO PINPOINT CITY’S MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 18 November 2007 — Police in Los Angeles have abandoned a controversial anti–terrorism plan that would have created a database of the city’s Muslim population.

According to news reports, the LAPD’s counter–terrorism bureau planned to use US census data and oth >>>


      MNLF SAYS MANILA’S PACT WITH MILF VIOLATES 1''6 ACCORD
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Ronald Concha & Jeoffrey Maitem, Arab News & Inquirer News Service JEDDAH/COTABATO CITY, 18 November 2007 — The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is protesting a recent agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to define the borders of a Moro homeland in the southern Phili >>>


      MUSHARRAF REBUFFS NEGROPONTE
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Police arrest supporters of Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi on Saturday. (AFP) ISLAMABAD, 18 November 2007 — President Gen. Pervez Musharraf bluntly told top US diplomat John Negroponte yesterday that he would call off emergency rule only when the security situation improves in Pakistan. Separately, >>>


      SUPER STORM: DHAKA SEEKS FOREIGN HELP
      Arab News, 18-11-2007
     Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 18 November 2007 — Bangladesh yesterday sought foreign help in relief and rehabilitation of the survivors of a super cyclone that killed up to 1,723 people when it hit the southeastern parts of the country late Thursday.

Talking to reporters here after a meeting with the represent >>>


      ‘NO CHILD‘ DATA ON VIOLENCE SKEWED
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     A01 A little–publicized provision of the No Child Left Behind Act requiring states to identify "persistently dangerous schools" is hampered by widespread underreporting of violent incidents and by major differences among the states in defining unsafe campuses, several audits say. Out of about '4,000 >>>


      CAT APPARENTLY HITCHES FROM N.J. TO GA.
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. –– Heathcliff the cat somehow hitched a nearly 800–mile ride from New Jersey to Georgia _ most likely on a moving van, authorities said.

The orange and white shorthair was reported missing Oct. 24 from Sicklerville, N.J. The animal was identified Nov. ' at an animal shel >>>


      DEATH OF EX–COP‘S WIFE CALLED HOMICIDE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BOLINGBROOK, Ill. –– A bright pink placard reading "Where‘s our sister Stacy?" was among half a dozen signs left during a vigil on the front porch of a former police officer suspected in the disappearance of his wife.

Marchers, some clutching candles, stood in front of Drew Peterson& >>>


      FAMILIES STAY CLOSE AFTER MURDER–SUICIDE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     1:48 PM WAPAKONETA, Ohio –– They grew up 20 minutes apart in northwest Ohio, Michelle from a town of 1,750, her dad a postal worker, her mom a shirt embroiderer.

Andy lived just outside this city of ',400 known for hometown hero Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon. His dad sells farm supplies >>>


      FBI‘S FORENSIC TEST FULL OF HOLES
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     discredited. By John SolomonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 18, 2007; A01 Hundreds of defendants sitting in prisons nationwide have been convicted with the help of an FBI forensic tool that was discarded more than two years ago. But the FBI lab has yet to take steps to alert the affected defendants or court >>>


      FORMER S.C. GOV. ROBERT MCNAIR DIES
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Former Gov. Robert E. McNair, who helped guide the state through a turbulent era of race relations, including the deadly clash between state troopers and black college students known as the Orangeburg Massacre, has died. He was 83.

McNair, who was found to have brain cancer in Sept >>>


      LOUISIANA REP. JEFFERSON ACCUSED ANEW
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     ALEXANDRIA, Va. –– Prosecutors are accusing Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana of soliciting bribes in two suspected schemes that are separate from the bribery charges he already faces, according to a published report.

Prosecutors said no new charges will be filed because of the allegations reve >>>


      MCCAIN SAYS HE‘LL RESPECT CLINTON
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PM COLEBROOK, N.H. –– Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Saturday said he won‘t follow his rivals‘ lead in taking personal shots at Democratic front–runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, and that voters seeking a candidate who will do that should look elsewhere.

"I think >>>


      N.J. TAKES A HOLIDAY BACK FROM WORKERS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     TRENTON, N.J. –– In the eyes of many New Jersey state workers, the governor is the Grinch who stole the day after Thanksgiving.

New Jersey used to be among at least 24 states that let their workers take the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday, not by law but as a proclamation by the governor. B >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     Episcopal Diocese Takes Steps to Leave Church DALLAS –– The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth took the first steps Saturday to withdraw from the national church amid a growing rift over scriptural interpretation and homosexuality, giving preliminary approval to constitutional amendments.

The conservat >>>


      NJ–MANHATTAN TRAIN SERVICE BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     TRENTON, N.J. –– Damage to electrical wires halted a passenger train in a tunnel under the Hudson River for nearly two hours Sunday and blocked rail service between New Jersey and New York City‘s Pennsylvania Station, railroad officials said.

NJ Transit and Amtrak passenger service between New >>>


      NOLA COUNCIL WINS WHITE MAJORITY
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     NEW ORLEANS –– A former councilwoman won an at–large seat on the New Orleans City Council on Saturday, creating the first white majority in more than two decades.

Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson defeated Cynthia Willard–Lewis, who is black, with 53 percent of the vote. With all votes counted >>>


      OBAMA CONTINUES JABS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     AUSTIN, Texas –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama continued his not–so–subtle criticisms of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, during a quick fundraising jaunt to the Texas capital Saturday.

In an obvious, albeit unspoken, reference to the Clinton campaign, Obama said "trian >>>


      REPORT: BRAWLEY KIN WANT CASE REOPENED
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     NEW YORK –– Twenty years after her allegations of a racially charged rape became a national flashpoint, Tawana Brawley‘s mother and stepfather want to reopen the case, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Glenda Brawley and Ralph King want to press Gov. Eliot Spitzer and state Attorney General Andrew >>>


      RHODES SCHOLARS NAMED FOR 2008
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Thirty–two men and women from across the United States have been selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2008, the scholarship trust announced Sunday.

The scholars were selected from 764 applicants endorsed by 2'4 colleges and universities. The scholarships, the oldest of the interna >>>


      SALES OF CHILDREN‘S COLD REMEDIES DROP
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 18, 2007; A16 Sales of over–the–counter cold remedies for children have fallen sharply since a federal panel concluded they should not be used for children younger than 6 because of a dearth of evidence that they work and concerns they can be dangerous >>>


      THE END OF A FAILED TECHNIQUE –– BUT NOT OF A PRISON SENTENCE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     SMITHFIELD, N.C. –– Lee Wayne Hunt readily admits that he once was a major marijuana dealer who so antagonized police that they used to call his fortified home "Fort Apache," mocking his Native American heritage. But Hunt is adamant about one thing: He never committed the two execution–style >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – NOV. 18
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     12:01 AM –– Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2007. There are 43 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1'28, Walt Disney‘s first sound–synchronized animated cartoon, "Steamboat Willie" starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.>>>


      TOPPLING GOP LEADER A LONG SHOT FOR DEMS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     LOUISVILLE, Ky. –– Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a bull‘s eye on his back at the beginning of what may be his toughest re–election campaign in years.

Interest groups have run television ads attacking the Kentucky Republican for supporting President Bush‘s Iraq war poli >>>


      U.S. URGES MUSHARRAF TO END EMERGENCY RULE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. envoy John Negroponte said on Sunday he had urged Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule, warning it was "not compatible" with free and fair elections due by early January and would undermine them.

The U.S. deputy secretary of state, who met General >>>


      US SENDS HELP TO BANGLADESH
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The White House offered condolences Saturday evening to victims of a deadly cyclone in Bangladesh and said the U.S. government has provided an initial $2.1 million in emergency relief aide.

A statement from press secretary Dana Perino said the USS Essex and the USS Kearsage are en rout >>>


      VOLUNTEER IN CALIF. FIRES HAS ARSON RAP
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     SAN DIEGO –– A volunteer firefighter who helped battle one of last month‘s wildfires was sent to prison after it surfaced that he pleaded guilty years ago to setting several destructive wildfires.

Steven Santos Robles Jr. violated parole by failing to tell his parole officer he had joined the >>>


      WHITE HOUSE HOPEFULS GET CREATIVE IN DONATION PITCHES
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidates are trying to come up with new ways to raise money now to get them through the New Hampshire and Iowa nominating contests.

The Iowa caucuses are slated for January 3 and New Hampshire‘s primary will likely be a few days later. With several other st >>>


      A GATHERING OF YOUNG CONSERVATIVES
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     By Krissah WilliamsWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 18, 2007; A04 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. –– Up the winding mountain road, Rachel Coolidge pressed her digital camera to the window of the van she shared with other young conservatives, snapping pictures of the rough countryside loved by her hero, Ron >>>


      A SHARP DIVIDE ON HEALTH CARE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     A05 The debate over how to overhaul the nation‘s health–care system is underscoring a dramatic chasm between the two parties, as Democrats battle over which candidate will most quickly expand health insurance to cover all Americans while GOP contenders compete over who can best minimize the role of both gove >>>


      AS IOWA CAUCUSES LOOM, INTRIGUE REMAINS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     The Senate 2008 electoral picture is as blurry as the presidential race. Republicans must defend 22 seats, but how many can Democrats realistically expect to win? Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid has a prediction. "If the elections were held today, we‘d pick up four seats," the Nevada Democrat assert >>>


      CLINTON AND OBAMA CAMPAIGNS CLASH OVER REPORT
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     By Anne E. KornblutWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 18, 2007; A08 Just days after a series of sharp exchanges in a debate Thursday night, a tense back–and–forth erupted between two top Democratic presidential candidates Saturday as Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) accused Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y >>>


      EDWARDS, CLINTON AIM AT CLIMATE CHANGE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PM LOS ANGELES –– On a day when a U.N. panel warned of growing peril from climate change, John Edwards accused the oil and gas industry Saturday of deploying hundreds of lobbyists to Washington to resist efforts to free the nation from its dependence on fossil fuels.

Edwards‘ criticism came du >>>


      JEFFERSON ACCUSED OF TWO MORE SCHEMES
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     Federal prosecutors on Friday accused Rep. William J. Jefferson (D–La.) of soliciting bribes in two alleged schemes that had not been previously disclosed.

The allegations, detailed in a seven–page document filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, will not result in new charges, prosecutors said, >>>


      MCCAIN STAKES HIS CAMPAIGN ON NEW HAMPSHIRE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     November 18, 2007; A01 DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H., Nov. 17 –– John McCain‘s campaign caravan rolled through the North Country‘s first snowstorm of the year this weekend, the start of a last–ditch effort in the state that will once again make or break his bid for the Republican presidential nomina >>>


      AFGHAN BLAST TOLL INCLUDES MANY SHOT BY GUARDS, U.N. SAYS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BAGHLANI–JADID, Afghanistan, Nov. 17 –– As many as two–thirds of the 77 people killed and 100 wounded in a suicide bombing Nov. 6 were hit by bullets from visiting lawmakers‘ panicked bodyguards, who fired into a crowd for as long as five minutes, a preliminary U.N. report says.

Af >>>


      AFTER CH'3;VEZ EXHORTS OPEC TO FLEX POLITICAL MUSCLE, SAUDIS OBJECT
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     A23 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 17 –– To the annals of peculiar diplomatic and cultural moments, add Saturday‘s ceremony opening the summit of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

The meeting was held in an ornate royal conference center, with Corinthian columns and carved arc >>>


      AS MORE TAKE A CHANCE ON FLEEING NORTH KOREA, ROUTES FOR ALL BUDGETS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     A01 SEOUL –– Brokers here are busily selling what they call "planned escapes" from North Korea.

Given enough money, the brokers say, they can now get just about anyone out of the dictatorial Stalinist state that human rights activists call the world‘s largest prison.

A low&n >>>


      AT LEAST 33 KILLED IN UKRAINE MINE BLAST
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     KIEV, Ukraine –– A methane blast ripped through a coal mine in eastern Ukraine early Sunday, killing at least 33 miners and leaving about 70 others trapped, emergency officials said.

The explosion occurred at the Zasyadka mine in the Donetsk region at a depth of more than 3,280 feet at around 3 a.m. >>>


      AT LEAST 5 KILLED BY BOMB TARGETING IRAQI ADVISER
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least five people were killed on Sunday when a car bomb targeting a Finance Ministry adviser exploded in central Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

Salman al–Mugotar, the ministry adviser, was unharmed by the blast, which occurred in al–Hurriya Square in the Karrada district, a >>>


      BANGLADESH CYCLONE TOLL NEARS 1,'00
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     DHAKA (Reuters) – Grieving survivors and rescuers picked through the rubble left in the wake of a super cyclone that battered Bangladesh as the death toll neared 1,'00 on Sunday and a government official declared the disaster "a national calamity." Military ships and helicopters were trying to reach >>>


      BANGLADESHI CYCLONE KILLS AT LEAST 1,861
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     DHAKA, Bangladesh –– Hundreds of thousands of survivors were stuck Saturday behind roads blocked by fallen trees, iron roofs and thick sludge as rescue workers fought to reach towns along Bangladesh‘s coast that were ravaged by a powerful cyclone that killed at least 1,861 people.

Tropical Cyc >>>


      BERLUSCONI LAUNCHES NEW POLITICAL PARTY
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     ROME (Reuters) – Italian centre–right leader Silvio Berlusconi, under attack from his coalition allies, said on Sunday he was launching a new party and would dissolve the Forza Italia (Go Italy!) group he founded in the early 1''0s.

Surrounded by supporters in a central Milan square, Berlusc >>>


      CANADA REASSIGNS POLICE OVER TASER DEATH
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     VANCOUVER, British Columbia –– Four police officers involved in the death of a Polish immigrant from a Taser stun gun have been reassigned, officials said Saturday.

Federal police commissioner William Elliott would not say how long the officers would be assigned to other duties. He acknowledged that >>>


      CHILE STRUCK BY 6.0 MAGNITUDE QUAKE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile on Saturday, the latest in a series of aftershocks to hit the mineral–rich Andean country since a powerful temblor on Wednesday.

The epicenter was 41 miles north–northwest of Antofagasta, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. >>>


      DEEPENING CHINA–IRAN TIES WEAKEN BID TO ISOLATE IRAN
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 18, 2007; A20 The rapidly growing relationship between Iran and China has begun to undermine international efforts to ensure that Iran cannot convert a peaceful energy program to develop a nuclear arsenal, U.S. and European officials say.

The Bush admi >>>


      DIPLOMATS SCRAMBLE TO PUSH LEBANON DEAL, CLOCK TICKS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – Diplomats intensified their moves on Sunday to get rival Lebanese leaders to agree on a successor for the president whose term ends this week, a step vital to defusing a prolonged crisis.

Lebanon faces the prospects of two parallel governments and maybe bloodshed if parliament‘s W >>>


      DOUBTS LINGER AS SYRIA SHOWS IRAQ BORDER SECURITY
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     WADI AL–SAWAB, Syria (Reuters) – Syrian soldiers speed along the border with Iraq on truck patrols designed, officials say, to prevent Jihadists from Syria joining the insurgency on the other side.

Others man elevated posts along the 600–km (375 mile) border, their machineguns pointed into the >>>


      EX–REBEL LEADER AHEAD IN KOSOVO VOTE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PRISTINA, Serbia –– A former rebel leader who has promised to declare Kosovo‘s independence if mediation efforts fail declared victory for his party in a parliamentary election Saturday.

With most votes counted, opposition leader Hashim Thaci‘s Democratic Party of Kosovo led with 35 perc >>>


      IRAN PREZ PLAYS DOWN POSSIBLE US STRIKE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     MANAMA, Bahrain –– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played down talk of a possible U.S. strike against his country, but nonetheless said Saturday that Iran is prepared "to face any development." The hardline leader made the comments during a half–day stop to Bahrain on his way to a summi >>>


      IRANIAN WEAPONS STILL A PROBLEM IN IRAQ: U.S. MILITARY
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iranian weapons and agents still pose a threat to U.S.–led forces in Iraq, a U.S. military spokesman said on Sunday, despite a recent softening in tone by U.S. officials towards Washington‘s bitter foe.

"We‘re still seeing a large number of Iranian–made wea >>>


      ISRAEL PRESSED TO MAKE BOLDER MOVES BEFORE MEETING
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Israel to go beyond a planned partial settlement freeze and to raise the number of Palestinian prisoners to be freed before a peace conference, Israeli and Western officials said on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mah >>>


      JAPAN FLEET SETS OFF TO HUNT HUMPBACKS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     SHIMONOSEKI, Japan –– A defiant Japan embarked on its largest whaling expedition in decades Sunday, targeting protected humpbacks for the first time since the 1'60s despite international opposition. An anti–whaling protest boat awaited the fleet offshore.

Bid farewell in a festive ceremony >>>


      JAPANESE WHALERS CHAFE UNDER CURBS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PM WADA, Japan –– A whale‘s bleeding carcass bobbed in the surf, a steel harpoon jutting from its side. Then butchers at this Japanese fishing village went to work, turning a motorized winch to haul the beast ashore.

On the flensing floor, the men blessed it with rice wine _ then hacked throug >>>


      KOSOVO HEADING FOR GRAND COALITION AFTER ELECTION
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) – Kosovo was heading for a likely grand coalition on Sunday to lead the province into a final showdown with Serbia on the ethnic Albanian majority‘s demand for independence.

A senior official in Hashim Thaci‘s Democratic Party (PDK), which claimed victory in Saturday >>>


      MUSHARRAF REJECTS U.S. PRESSURE TO LIFT EMERGENCY RULE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     18, 2007; A23 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 18 –– President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday rebuffed pressure from a senior U.S. envoy to revoke emergency rule under the country‘s current security situation, envoys said.

In a tense two–hour meeting, Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte >>>


      OPPOSITION DEMOCRATIC PARTY CLAIMS KOSOVO VICTORY
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) – Former rebel fighter Hashim Thaci claimed victory in Kosovo‘s third postwar parliamentary election on Saturday, making him the man likely to lead the breakaway province to independence from Serbia.

"With our victory today begins the new century," Thaci told che >>>


      PAKISTAN: '1 DEAD IN SECTARIAN UNREST
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– Rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims clashed Sunday in a northwestern Pakistan town where three days of sectarian violence has left '1 people _ most of them civilians _ dead, officials said. The military said it was sending forces to the area to quell the fighting.

Both sides fir >>>


      PARTY OF EX–REBEL WHO HAS PROMISED INDEPENDENCE TAKES LEAD IN KOSOVO VOTE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PRISTINA, Serbia, Nov. 17 –– The party of a former rebel leader who has promised to declare Kosovo‘s independence if mediation efforts fail was leading in a parliamentary election Saturday, according to an unofficial tally by independent observers.

With most of the votes counted, opposition le >>>


      SAUDI GAS PIPELINE FIRE, BLAST KILLS 28
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– An explosion and fire on a gas pipeline killed 28 workers in eastern Saudi Arabia, the Saudi national oil company Aramco said Sunday.

The fire broke out while contract workers were linking a new pipe to the line late Saturday, Aramco said in a statement.

It said 28 w >>>


      STATE DEPT OFFICIAL ASKS TO CANCEL BLACKWATER HEARING
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lawyer for State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard asked on Saturday that he not be called to testify before Congress on discrepancies between his statements and those of his brother over the brother‘s ties to the Blackwater security firm.

"There is no legi >>>


      SUDAN LEADER SAYS HE‘D BE READY FOR WAR
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PM KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Sudan‘s government does not want war but will be ready for one if forced to fight, President Omar al–Bashir warned Saturday during a show of support for a paramilitary force that once battled southern rebels.

Al–Bashir spoke at a rally to mark the 18th anniver >>>


      TALIBAN TORTURE, EXECUTE 5 AFGHAN POLICE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Taliban militants tortured five abducted policemen in southern Afghanistan and then hung their mutilated bodies from trees in a warning to villagers against working with the government, officials said Sunday.

The discovery of the bodies came as officials said that recent vio >>>


      THE SURVIVING LIEUTENANTS OF CAMBODIA‘S POL POT
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 18, 2007; A18 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia –– Pol Pot, the despotic leader of the Khmer Rouge whose brutal rule from 1'75 to 1'7' left as many as 1.7 million dead in the killing fields, labor camps and prisons of Cambodia, died a free man in 1 >>>


      U.S. ANTI–DRUG PLAN WOULD RECAST LEGAL SYSTEM IN MEXICO
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     2007; A18 MEXICO CITY –– The Bush administration‘s proposed counternarcotics aid package for Mexico would set in motion a vast reengineering of the country‘s justice system, revamping the legal education process, creating a network of court clerks and helping to write new laws, according to two s >>>


      U.S. ENVOY PRODS MUSHARRAF TO END EMERGENCY RULE
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. envoy John Negroponte said on Sunday he had urged Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule, warning it was "not compatible" with free and fair elections due by early January and would undermine them.

The U.S. deputy secretary of state met General Mush >>>


      U.S. LAUNCHES ASSAULT ON IRAQI QAEDA STRONGHOLD
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – About 600 U.S. troops launched a pre–dawn assault south of Baghdad on Friday against al Qaeda fighters linked to the kidnapping of two soldiers six months ago, the U.S. military said.

F–16 warplanes dropped two 500–lb bombs on potential escape routes while helicopters >>>


      U.S. TROOPS ACCUSED OF WOUNDING SIX IN IRAQIS
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     SAMAWA, Iraq (Reuters) – An Iraqi provincial governor accused U.S. troops of opening fire on civilian cars south of Baghdad on Sunday, wounding six people, and threatened to suspend ties with U.S. officials over the "brutal" attack.

A U.S. military spokesman said no information was immediately a >>>


      UKRAINE MINE BLAST KILLS 17
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Seventeen miners were killed and 14 are missing after a methane explosion ripped through a mine in Ukraine‘s Donbass coalfield on Sunday, the latest of a string of accidents in the region‘s outdated mines.

Ukraine‘s Emergencies Ministry said 31 miners had bee >>>


      US ENVOY: PAKISTAN MUST END EMERGENCY
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     PM ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Despite a blunt call from Washington‘s No. 2 diplomat that emergency rule must be lifted and political opponents freed ahead of elections, there was no immediate sign that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf would heed the advice.

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte >>>


      US SAYS IRAQ ATTACKS DOWN 55 PERCENT
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     BAGHDAD –– Violence is down 55 percent in Iraq since a U.S.–Iraqi security operation began this summer, U.S. officials said Sunday, even as at least 15 Iraqis were reported killed in bombings and shootings.

The dead included three children who were killed as they gathered around American troop >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 18-11-2007
     IRAQ Mass Grave Uncovered The decomposed remains of possibly dozens of people believed slain in sectarian violence were unearthed Saturday from a mass grave in southern Baghdad, the third such find this month.

Also on Saturday, an Iraqi television station said that one of its reporters had been kidnapped.
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      COMPROMISE NEAR ON MISHOR ROTEM POWER STATION
      Haaretz, 18-11-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli tags: Israel, Ofer brothers An agreement is near in negotiations between the state and the Ofer brothers‘ OPC over reinstating the tender for building a power plant at Mishor Rotem in the Negev, TheMarker has learned.

At the end of last week, representatives of OPC – 80 percent >>>


      HOME COOKING GAS BATTLE HEATS UP
      Haaretz, 18-11-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli tags: economy, inflation, Israel Only 24 hours before the tense debate in the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee over approval of the reforms in the household cooking gas sector, the state is using its ultimate weapon in the battle: National Infrastructures Minister Benjamin Ben–Eliezer ordere >>>


      HOUSEHOLD WATER PRICES TO RISE 11%
      Haaretz, 18-11-2007
     By Amiram Cohen tags: desalinization, Israel, Water Water for household use will go up in price 11.3 percent starting January 1, 2008. According to a decision by the Water Authority Council, water supplied by the Mekorot national water company prices for all uses will rise. Water for industrial use will go up 17.8 perce >>>


      IS AN ICE CREAM SHORTAGE LOOMING?
      Haaretz, 18-11-2007
     By Amiram Cohen tags: Ice crea, israel, milk, Tnuva Israel‘s powdered milk reserves are nearly empty, and ice cream lovers will feel it the worst. The drop in powdered milk inventories comes from a steep increase in milk demand in recent months, according to the head of the Israel Dairy Board, Shyke Drori.

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By Ora Coren tags: Merck, finance Pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant Merck is starting drug development and commercialization operations in Israel. The company will sign an agreement this week and join the chief scientist‘s program for international cooperation between small Israeli firm >>>
      MERCK TO START ISRAELI R&D
      Haaretz, 18-11-2007
     

      PENSIONS FOR FORMER RUSSIANS TO INCREASE BY 40 PERCENT
      Haaretz, 18-11-2007
     By Haim Bior tags: pension, Russia, Israel Pensions allowances paid by the Russian government to 25,000 to 30,000 retirees who are Russian citizens living in Israel are set to increase on December 1 by 23 percent. Pensions will be raised again on August 1 by about 13 percent, for a total of at least 40 percent within ei >>>



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