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      CLIMATE CHANGE...
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     KATERINA MAVRONA/EPA An artist spits fire as protesters rally in front of Parliament, central Athens, on Saturday to demonstrate during Global Day of Action against Climate Change. Thousands of Athenians took part in the demonstration to demand greater environmental protection and more measures against climate change. S >>>


      CRETANS SENSE GRAFT IN ZONIANA
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     Roughly three in four Cretans believe that politicians, police officers, lawyers and judges have been involved in allowing criminals based in the village of Zoniana to act with impunity for a number of years, according to a survey conducted for Sunday‘s Kathimerini.

The results of the opinion poll were ma >>>


      FIVE–YEAR PENSION PLAN
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     Reform to be gradual and easy on retirees, government says It will take up to five years for the government to fully implement its pension reform plans, which will involve more than 150 funds being merged into five or seven groupings, sources told Sunday‘s Kathimerini.

Anyone retiring during this five&nda >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     EKALI MURDER Woman, aged 30, arrested on suspicion of stabbing maid Police revealed this weekend they have arrested a 30–year–old woman on suspicion of murdering a Filipino maid who was found dead in August at a house in Ekali that belongs to a well–known jeweler. The 50–year–old woman had >>>


      LIQUIDATION MAY BE BEST FOR OLYMPIC
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     Minister stresses job protection State–owned Olympic Airlines (OA) could be headed for liquidation rather than being shut down in a move that will help protect the employment positions of its thousands of employees, according to Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis.

Hatzidakis told Sunday‘s Kathimer >>>


      MAN ON LIFE SUPPORT AFTER MUSHROOM MEAL
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     A Cretan man was on a life support machine in the hospital yesterday while six others needed emergency medical treatment after eating poisonous mushrooms.

The seven residents of the village of Mochos near Iraklion were admitted to the hospital on Saturday after eating the mushrooms, which had been picked by the >>>


      PENSIONER HELD FOR GRISLY DEATH
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     A pensioner has confessed to killing and then chopping up the body of a 60–year–old man who allegedly swindled him in a land purchase last month, police said yesterday.

The 63–year–old man, a retired laborer, claimed that Theologos Diatsidis had sold him two plots at Oropos, north of Ath >>>


      SAFELY TRANSFERRED...
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     YIORGOS KARAHALIS/REUTERS One of the Caryatid statues is surrounded by people at the New Acropolis Museum in Athens on Saturday after being safely transferred from the Parthenon.

It took three hours, using three cranes, to move the statue. The other four Caryatids, which once supported the roof of the porch of >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     Monday International Human Rights Day.

Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to attend the EU General Affairs and Foreign Relations Council in Brussels.

Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to visit a kindergarten built according to bioclimatic design principles in Palaio Faliron at 11.30 a.m.

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      WWF PANS GOV’T OVER BALI TALKS
      Kathimerin, 10-12-2007
     Environmental group WWF accused the government yesterday of failing to have proposals on tackling environmental problems at an international conference in which the country is participating.

WWF Hellas Director Dimitris Karavelas said the government ought to make public its position on fighting global warming a >>>


      ANALYSE. PETITES ET GLOBALES
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Analyse. Jean–Claude Péclet Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Un emploi sur deux en Suisse dépend de l‘exportation. Le pays en a profité ces derni';res années, oů la demande extérieure a largement contribué ŕ redresser le taux de croissance.

Or les activit&# >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. CRISE DES «SUBPRIME»: Ŕ QUI LE «PIERRE–LE–NOIR»?
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Sécurité du PC: aucun mot de passe ne résiste au cheval de Troie Bloc–notes. Impôt sur la fortune: sans tabou Analyse. Petites et globales Kiosque. Un guide des fonds de hedge funds Regula Schaub Atukeren: «Le marché obligataire traverse une phase anormale» Questions sur les fr >>>


      BEERBAUM, OU L‘ALLEMAGNE TRIOMPHATRICE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     HIPPISME. Brillant ŕ Gen';ve, le no 2 mondial incarne les particularités d‘une nation qui produit les meilleurs cavaliers du circuit.

Julie Conti Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Il galope, tourne, et galope encore, laissant derri';re lui les dix autres concurrents d‘un barrage >>>


      BLACK EARTH FARMING PARIE SUR L‘AGRICULTURE RUSSE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Black Earth Farming parie sur l‘agriculture russe INVESTISSEMENT. Fondée par un Genevois, la société veut obtenir 255 millions de dollars.

Ram Etwareea Lundi 10 décembre 2007 La société Black Earth Farming (BEF) porte bien son nom. Fond& >>>


      BLOC–NOTES. IMPÔT SUR LA FORTUNE: SANS TABOU
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Bloc–notes. Ignace Jeannerat Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Le printemps dernier, le gouvernement de Su';de avait franchi le pas en rayant cet impôt introduit en 1'47. La semaine passée, c‘est le premier ministre socialiste José Luis Zapatero qui en a fait la promesse s‘il est r >>>


      B'4;LE VEUT BAISSER SES IMPÔTS, MAIS DIGNEMENT
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Eva Herzog, conseill';re d´Etat: «Bâle–Ville ne suit pas le mouvement de ces cantons qui rivalisent d´ingéniosité pour décharger les hauts revenus».

Photo: Keystone BALE–VILLE. Le paquet fiscal dont débat le parlement cette semaine porte la signature de la >>>


      CANDIDE. VIVRE SANS NUIRE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Candide. Anna Lietti Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Je fais tous les efforts que je peux pour me mettre ŕ jour et regarder le monde sous un angle éco–critique, mais je suis toujours en retard d‘une guerre. Tenez, le pet de vache: je n‘y avais pas pensé, c‘est bęte, hein?

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      CHAMBRES AVEC VOLS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     JOUETS. Avec ses 10 grammes et sa facilité d‘usage, l‘hélicopt';re lilliputien télécommandé est l‘engin favori de Noël 2007. Une prouesse technologique qui n‘aurait pas été possible sans le développement des téléphones portables.
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      CHRISTOPH MARTHALER REVIENT EN MAÎTRE FARCEUR Ŕ ZURICH
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     THEATRE. Trois ans apr';s son départ houleux du Schauspielhaus, l‘artiste zurichois s‘installe ŕ la Rote Fabrik, haut lieu de la contre–culture.

Un retour ŕ guichets fermés avec «Platz Mangel». La lecture de ce texte (4213 caract';res) est ré >>>


      COLUMBUS NE PARTIRA PAS AVANT JANVIER 2008
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     ESPACE. Apr';s de faux espoirs hier matin, une nouvelle défaillance de la navette Atlantis provoque le report du tir du laboratoire européen.

Ariel Herbez, Cap Canaveral Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Grosse déception hier dimanche au Kennedy Space Center de Cap Canaveral, notamment pour les >>>


      CRISE BUDGÉTAIRE AU CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L‘HOMME DE L‘ONU
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     NATIONS UNIES. Cet organe subsidiaire de l‘Assemblée générale n‘a pas le budget pour mettre en śuvre l‘Examen périodique universel. Guerre larvée entre Gen';ve et New York.

Stéphane Bussard Lundi 10 décembre 2007 «L‘argent est la seul >>>


      DU NOUVEAU DANS LA FINANCE. LA «PRIVATE TRUST COMPANY» AURAIT LES ATOUTS DU TRUST, SANS SES DÉFAUTS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Fonds placement Marchés Economie Carri';res Immobilier Samedi culturel Disques Livres Multimédia Photos Vidéos Dessins Blogs Forums Dossiers Archives Revue de presse Newsletters Hors–séries Netvibes Flux RSS Edition PDF Edition ePaper Espace abonnés Boutique Events SMSAnnonces WebA >>>


      DÉJEUNER AVEC CHRISTIAN LEVRAT. LE SYNDICALISTE QUI VEUT RESSUSCITER LE PS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Seul candidat, le patron du Syndicat de la communication compte s‘entendre avec les «bobos». Il sera élu le 1er mars ŕ la présidence du Parti socialiste, qui vient de prendre une raclée aux élections fédérales.

D.S. Miéville, Berne Lundi 10 décembre >>>


      EN ISRAËL, LA MONTÉE DU RACISME ANTI–ARABE DEVIENT ALARMANTE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     PROCHE–ORIENT. 55% des juifs veulent que les Arabes quittent le pays. Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Lundi 10 décembre 2007 «C‘est un travail bidonné par des activistes dont le seul but est de jeter de l‘huile sur le feu.». A l‘instar de leur coll';gue Zeev Boďm, >>>


      ERNESTO BERTARELLI: «ON SE PRÉPARE Ŕ UN DUEL EN MULTICOQUES»
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Ernesto Bertarelli: «La réalité c´est qu´aujourd´hui, je fais la course contre le porte–monnaie de Larry Ellison». Photo: Eddy Mottaz COUPE DE L‘AMERICA. Ernesto Bertarelli, sorti de son silence avec une lettre ouverte visant ŕ modifier en profondeur l‘épreuve, expliq >>>


      KIOSQUE. UN GUIDE DES FONDS DE HEDGE FUNDS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Kiosque. Le Temps Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Hedge Funds of Funds – A Guide for Investors. Chris Jones. Wiley Finance,
274 p.

La vulgarisation des fonds de hedge funds pour les investisseurs de plus en plus nombreux ŕ s‘y intéresser est un exercice que n‘ont pas tenté, jusq >>>


      KOSOVARS DE SUISSE: LA TENTATION DU RETOUR
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     «Je pense tous les jours ŕ rentrer» «C‘est en Suisse qu‘est ma vie» «Je ne veux pas perdre ma culture» «Passer ma retraite au Kosovo» «L‘indépendance ne viendra pas si vite» TEMPS FORT Le Temps I Article Kosovars de Suisse: la tentat >>>


      L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. POURQUOI LES CAISSES DE PENSION INVESTISSENT–ELLES EN PLACEMENTS ALTERNATIFS?
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     SONDAGE. Les institutionnels apprécient modérément les formes de placement alternatif, en étant conscients des risques pris. Néanmoins, 78% des institutions helvétiques y ont recours.

Graziano Lusenti, Lusenti Partners LLC, Nyon, g.lusenti@lusenti–partners.ch Lundi 10 dé >>>


      L‘OMBRE DES «CERFS–VOLANTS DE KABOUL»
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     CINEMA. Des acteurs sont mis en sécurité. Albertine Bourget Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Zekeria, 11 ans, Ahmad et Ali, tous deux âgés de 13 ans, sont les héros du film tr';s attendu Les Cerfs–Volants de Kaboul, adaptation par le Suisse Marc Forster du best–seller de Khaled Ho >>>


      L‘UNIVERSALISME BATTU EN BRČCHE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Stéphane Bussard Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Le 10 décembre 1'48, l‘Assemblée générale des Nations unies adoptait ŕ l‘unanimité moins huit abstentions la Déclaration universelle des droits de l‘homme. Le document est aujourd‘hui la pierre angulaire de n >>>


      LA CHRONIQUE DES CHANGES. ACHETER LE DOLLAR EN 2008
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     La chronique des changes. Jan Poser, Chef économiste, Banque Sarasin Lundi 10 décembre 2007 A court terme, nous prévoyons que le dollar pourrait tomber ŕ 1,50 contre l‘euro. Mais d‘ici au 3e trimestre 2008, il devrait se renforcer ŕ 1,35.

Dans cette perspective, nous conseil >>>


      LA MAIRIE DE LA CÔTE MISE EN ÉCHEC
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     NEUCHATEL. Peseux refuse la fusion avec Corcelles–Cormondr';che. Pierre–Emmanuel Buss Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Nouveau coup d‘arręt pour les fusions de communes dans le canton de Neuchâtel.

Apr';s l‘échec de la commune unique du Val–de–Traver >>>


      LA PETITE ANGLAISE Ŕ LA LANGUE POINTUE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Kate Nash ŕ Rennes. La jeune chanteuse de 20 ans a construit son répertoire sur les relations entre adolescentes. Photo: AFP MUSIQUE. La chanteuse Kate Nash vaut mieux que sa prestation ŕ Rennes ce week–end.

Olivier Horner, Rennes Lundi 10 décembre 2007 L‘Anglaise Kate Nash é >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Les politiciens, les people, les sportifs, les enfants... Bref, le monde entier a définitivement viré paillettes, frime, fric et bling–bling. Pour s‘en convaincre, il suffit de feuilleter le dernier Paris–Match et de s‘arręter sur le >>>


      LE CLASSICISME DOUX–AMER DE CHÉREAU
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Waltraud Meier (Isolde) et Michelle DeYoung (Brangäne). Photo: Keystone OPERA. Le metteur en sc';ne français, épaulé par le chef Daniel Barenboďm, a fait forte sensation vendredi soir ŕ la Scala de Milan. Avec «Tristan und Isolde», il revient ŕ Wagner qu‘il av >>>


      LE DEUXIČME SIČGE RADICAL AU CONSEIL FÉDÉRAL EST MENACÉ
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     POLITIQUE. Le PDC songe ŕ mieux traduire au gouvernement la force accrue du centre.

Le Temps Lundi 10 décembre 2007 On ne peut plus exclure une nouvelle secousse lors de la réélection du Conseil fédéral le mercredi 12 décembre. Longtemps indécis et prudents, les démo >>>


      LE MORMON QUI TENTE DE SÉDUIRE LES ÉVANGÉLIQUES
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     ETATS–UNIS. Un mormon ŕ la Maison–Blanche? Suscitant de fortes méfiances, le candidat Mitt Romney veut forger une alliance avec les Eglises les plus conservatrices.

Luis Lema, New York Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Un mormon pourrait–il s‘emparer de la Maison–Blanche? Au co >>>


      LE PDC PEUT BRISER LA MAJORITÉ RADICALE–UDC EN VISANT LE SIČGE DE HANS–RUDOLF MERZ
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Hans–Rudolf Merz. Le si';ge du conseiller fédéral sera–t–il convoité par le PDC mercredi prochain? Photo: Eddy Mottaz CONSEIL FEDERAL. Plus que jamais, le Parti démocrate–chrétien a la composition du gouvernement entre ses mains.

Bernard Wuthrich Lundi 10 >>>


      LES CAISSES DE PENSION ÉCHAPPENT AU PIČGE DU «SUBPRIME», PAS Ŕ SES EFFETS INDIRECTS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     TAUX MINIMAL. Les institutions de prévoyance estiment leurs rendements ŕ une maigre fourchette de 1 ŕ 2,5% cette année.

Pierre–Alexandre Sallier, Myret Zaki Lundi 10 décembre 2007 «Il sera tr';s difficile pour les caisses de retraite d‘atteindre cette anné >>>


      LES ONG, LES NOTABLES ET L‘ARCHE DE ZOÉ
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Frédéric Giraut, professeur en géographie politique ŕ l‘Université de Gen';ve, montre les écueils qui attendent les humanitaires. Extraits.

Frédéric Giraut Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Dans l‘équipée calamiteuse de L‘Arche de Zoé, l >>>


      LES RENDEZ–VOUS DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Le Temps Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Lundi 10 Naturalisations

– Les naturalisations peuvent– elles ętre soumises au vote populaire ou doivent–elles ętre tranchées par une assemblée communale? Les Chambres n‘ont toujours pas trouvé d‘accord. Le Conseil des E >>>


      LES VÉRITÉS CACHÉES DE L‘INDÉPENDANCE DU KOSOVO
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Un garçon albanais arbore les couleurs nationales de l´Albanie (Pristina, juin 2007). Photo: Keystone • L‘échec des négociations sur le sort du Kosovo favorisera une indépendance autoproclamée.

• Pannes d‘électricité, corruption, mafias... Comment bâtir u >>>


      LETTRE AUX BELGES FRANCOPHONES: UN AUTRE DESTIN EST POSSIBLE, DEVENEZ SUISSES AVEC NOUS!
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     «Je ne voterai pas Christoph Blocher» Les ONG, les notables et L‘Arche de Zoé ECLAIRAGES Le Temps I Article Lettre aux Belges francophones: un autre destin est possible, devenez Suisses avec nous!

Jean–Frédéric Bonzon, rédacteur de la revue satirique lausannoise &laqu >>>


      LOUISE ARBOUR: «IL FAUT METTRE FIN AU SCHISME»
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Louise Arbour. La haut–commissaire estime qu´en soixante ans, la cause des droits de l´homme a beaucoup progressé. Photo: Daniel Winteregg Haut–commissaire de l‘ONU aux droits de l‘homme, Louise Arbour juge urgent de réconcilier les deux conceptions des droits humains: libert& >>>


      PROCHE–ORIENT: ISRAËL F'4;CHÉ CONTRE LA SUISSE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Le PDC peut briser la majorité radicale–UDC en visant le si';ge de Hans–Rudolf Merz Yvan Perrin:: «Le Taser peut tuer, mais aussi sauver des vies» Proche–Orient: Israël fâché contre la Suisse SUISSE Le Temps I Suisse I Article Proche–Orient: Israël f&# >>>


      QUESTIONS SUR LES FRAIS D‘ÉMISSION
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     FONDS. Les investisseurs privés devront eux aussi apprendre ŕ négocier. Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Les co$';ts associés aux fonds de placements traditionnels devront baisser.

Les experts de l‘industrie réunis ŕ l‘occasion de la derni&# >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. SCULPTURES EN DOIGT MAJEUR
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Quoi de neuf. Marie–Christine Petit–Pierre Lundi 10 décembre 2007 C‘est s$';r, mieux vaut avoir le doigt long – le bras n‘est ici que de peu d‘importance. Car c‘est une bague qui ne supporte rien de mesquin, ni de petit. Elle se veut sculpture, ni plus, ni moins. Et >>>


      REGULA SCHAUB ATUKEREN: «LE MARCHÉ OBLIGATAIRE TRAVERSE UNE PHASE ANORMALE»
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Questions ŕ Regula Schaub Atukeren. Jean–Pascal Baechler, Gérante du fonds ZKB Fonds Fremdwährungsobligationen Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Le ZKB Fonds Fremdwährungsobligationen se classe réguli';rement parmi les meilleurs fonds obligataires internationaux. Ce qui n‘a pas emp >>>


      SION S‘INCLINE, CONSTANTIN SE CONTIENT
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     FOOTBALL. L‘entraîneur Alberto Bigon reste... pour l‘instant. Le Temps Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Christian Constantin avait été clair il y a une dizaine de jours: si le FC Sion ne récoltait pas quatre points en deux matches (face ŕ Lucerne et Young Boys), l‘entraîneur Al >>>


      SÉCURITÉ DU PC: AUCUN MOT DE PASSE NE RÉSISTE AU CHEVAL DE TROIE
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Marcelo Corręa, CEO de Covadis, société genevoise active dans la sécurité informatique Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Choisiriez–vous une banque qui soit une passoire? Assurément pas. Mais vous confiez sans hésiter des données financi';res sensibles ŕ votre PC, ras >>>


      UBS PRÉPARERAIT UN SÉVČRE AVERTISSEMENT SUR RÉSULTATS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     UBS, de sev';res pertes annoncées. Photo: Keystone «SUBPRIME». La grande banque doit chiffrer ses amortissements du quatri';me trimestre et s‘expliquer, dans le cadre de la journée des investisseurs, sur le calcul de son exposition.

Myret Zaki Lundi 10 décembre 2 >>>


      UN AN DE COMMÉMORATIONS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     L‘ONU lance une opération d‘un an dans le cadre du 60e anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l‘homme.

Stéphane Bussard Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Les droits de l‘homme sont encore méconnus? Les Nations unies recourent aux gros moyens pour y rem >>>


      UN VENT PRODIGIEUX PORTE LED ZEPPELIN
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     ROCK. Le band se produit ce soir ŕ Londres et fait des millions d‘envieux. Une suite s‘annonce. Rocco Zacheo Lundi 10 décembre 2007 «Ce groupe va couler comme un dirigeable de plomb.» L‘apprenti proph';te et accessoirement donneur de rythmes des Who, Keith Moon a d$' >>>


      YVAN PERRIN:: «LE TASER PEUT TUER, MAIS AUSSI SAUVER DES VIES»
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     CONTROVERSE. L‘UDC Yvan Perrin juge cette arme inappropriée au renvoi forcé d‘étrangers.

Valérie de Graffenried Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Les Taser, ces pistolets ŕ électrochocs qui paralysent leur cible par le biais d‘une décharge qui peut aller jusqu&lsqu >>>


      YVES FERRARI EN «TOP MANAGER» DES VERTS
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     VAUD. Député au parlement cantonal, conseiller communal ŕ Lausanne et président du parti de la capitale, l‘homme incarne, avec Ad';le Thorens élue au Conseil national, la rel';ve écologiste: pragmatique, indépendante et ambitieuse.

Marco Danesi Lundi 10 d >>>


      «JE NE VOTERAI PAS CHRISTOPH BLOCHER»
      Le Temps, 10-12-2007
     Liliane Maury Pasquier, conseill';re aux Etats socialiste genevoise, explique pourquoi elle ne votera pas pour le chef de l‘UDC.

Liliane Maury Pasquier Lundi 10 décembre 2007 Le 12 décembre, le parlement élira les membres du Conseil fédéral. Le 12 décembre, pour les G >>>


      AL–RAJHI BANK CEO CLINCHES ISLAMIC BANKER 2007 AWARD
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 10 December 2007 — Abdullah Sulaiman Al–Rajhi, chief executive officer of Al–Rajhi Bank, was declared «Islamic Banker of the Year» for 2007 at the International Industry Awards Ceremony of the 14th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) held yesterday.

Al– >>>


      ANB BOARD PROPOSES SHARE CAPITAL HIKE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — Arab National Bank (ANB) Board decided to recommend to the extraordinary general assembly that is expected to meet during the first quarter of 2008 to increase its capital from SR4,550 million to SR6,500 million by offering to its shareholders 3 bonus shares for each 7 shares.
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      BAHRAIN FINANCIAL HARBOR’S PROJECT DRAWS BIG RETURNS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 10 December 2007 — The Bahrain Financial Harbor Holding Company (BFHHC) has generated around 80 percent return on investment in less than two years time, a senior official at the Gulf Finance House (GFH) said yesterday.

Peter Panayiotou, acting CEO of GFH, underlined the importance of GFH’s de >>>


      BAHRAIN URGES ISLAMIC BANKS TO KEEP PACE WITH INNOVATION
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 10 December 2007 — The availability of high liquidity coupled with the explosion of real estate projects in the MENA region have resulted in complacency in some Islamic banks, a central bank official said yesterday.

Rasheed M. Al–Maraj, governor, Central Bank of Bahrain, in his opening r >>>


      CATALOG SHOW STRENGTHENS GERMAN–SAUDI TRADE TIES
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr., Arab News RIYADH, 10 December 2007 — Germany should keep on fine–tuning its engineering and technological expertise if it is to retain its position as the Kingdom’s largest trading partner, said Gerd M. Doepner, representative of German Industry & Commerce for Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arab >>>


      COMMON MARKET MORE IMPORTANT THAN COMMON CURRENCY
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Dr. Eckart Woertz With Kuwait’s decision to peg its currency to a currency basket instead of the dollar exclusively and the withdrawal of Oman, the planned GCC currency union saw two major setbacks this year. Still, its scheduled implementation by 2010 was reconfirmed at the GCC summit in December 2007, despite widespre >>>


      DOLLAR DEPRECIATION PUTS PRESSURE ON OIL PRICES
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — Depreciating dollar has played its role in spurring the oil prices recently. As long as the dollar bashing continues, crude prices will continue to move upward. At the moment, there are no signs of letup in dollar fall, according to Barrel on the Roll report released by the Riyadh&nd >>>


      FSA SET TO LICENSE BIIH GENERAL
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 10 December 2007 — The UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) is to authorize BIIH General, the general insurance subsidiary of British Islamic Insurance Holdings (BIIH), provided it complies with a number of important conditions set out by the regulatory body.

BIIH was formed in 2006 and rai >>>


      INDIA ATTRACTS ATTENTION FROM GCC INVESTORS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 10 December 2007 – The high GDP growth countries such as India, like the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia and China) countries, are attracting much attention from investors, including those from the Middle East and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. But the huge pent–up dem >>>


      KINGDOM EXTENDS $22M LOAN TO JORDAN
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 10 December 2007 — The Saudi Development Fund on Saturday extended a soft loan of $22 million to Jordan to finance the expansion of the state–run Al–Bashir Hospital, an official statement said. The loan agreement was signed by Jordan’s Minister of Planning and Internatio >>>


      KINGDOM SLASHES CUSTOMS DUTIES ON 22 PRODUCTS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — The Saudi Customs authorities will implement the second phase of tariff reduction on Tuesday (Dec. 11), Saleh Al–Khelawi, director of Saudi Customs, said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency yesterday.

Al–Khelawi said that the ne >>>


      KINGDOM TO OPEN IPOS, STOCKS FOR FOREIGNERS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — Abdul Rahman Al–Tuwaijri, chairman of the Capital Market Authority, has said that Saudi Arabia will soon allow foreigners to invest in its stocks and initial public offerings (IPOs).

Al–Tuwaijri said in an interview with Al–Arabiya televisio >>>


      PLANNING OPTIMIZATION EASES MEGA PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     J. Garrett Ralls and Dr. Nazir Khaja Mega projects often wait until after initial launch and project site selection to engage facilitation and organization design services. However, experience indicates early use of such services to support project leadership and key staff.

In another essay on Mega Projects Ini >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS: ON A ROLL AND A BUBBLE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady The Saudi go–go stock market is at it again, spurred on by cheerleaders to break above the 10,000 level, and they did. It would seem that the events of «Black February 2006» are now a distant memory, when the Tadawul Index plunged from nearly 22,000 to 7,'00 closing levels in >>>


      SOIETZ LAUNCHES BILINGUAL WEBSITE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 10 December 2007 — The Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates & Technology Zones (SOIETZ) has announced that investors can obtain all the services required online via its new bilingual website launched yesterday.

The website www.soietz.gov.sa was launched after a successful trial period >>>


      A NECESSARY BALANCE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     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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      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS — 2: CHANGING SCENES AND FACILITIES
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Having had a little rest in our hotel after arriving in Makkah, we proceed to do the Umrah, as we are following the tamattu’ method of pilgrimage, which is the one preferred and recommended by the Prophet (peace be upon him). It involves doing the Umrah on arrival in Makkah, releasing yourself fro >>>


      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS: WHERE TO START THE IHRAAM?
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Long it has been since I offered the pilgrimage. I come from a far away country and things back home have not been well generally. My only previous pilgrimage was a great experience that gave me much spiritual fulfilment on which I could draw even many years later. Since then I have always yearned >>>


      IT EXPERT CALLS FOR USING INTERNET TO SPREAD ISLAM
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 24 November 2007 — Wadji Akkari, an IT expert from the Jeddah Dawa Center, has stressed the need for utilizing the Internet and other modern mediums for the propagation of Islam.

«The world has shrunk and you can introduce Islam to millions around the world sitting inside your house free >>>


      PILGRIMAGE WHEN ONE IS TOO WEAK
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A woman is eager to do the pilgrimage but she is too weak to undertake the journey. She has pain in her legs and feet, and she is overweight.

She finds walking very tiring. Can she send someone to do the pilgrimage on her behalf, considering that she has not yet performed her duty pilg >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: THE SPECIAL POSITION OF EARLY MUSLIM GENERATIONS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were exemplary in their commitment to Islam. They realized the great change in their lives as a result of embracing Islam and living according to its teachings. When they compared their life under Islam with how they lived before it, they felt that >>>


      TREACHERY OF GREAT MAGNITUDE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful He brought down from their strongholds those of the people of earlier revelations who aided them, casting terror in their hearts: some you slew, and some you took captive.

And He passed on to you their land, their houses and thei >>>


      UNNECESSARY HOSTILITY
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful God turned back the unbelievers in all their rage and fury; they gained no advantage. He spared the believers the need to fight. God is Most Powerful, Almighty. (The Confederates Al–Ahzab: 33: 25) When Islam arrived in Madinah, the >>>


      BODY FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF A TOWER
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News YANBU, 10 December 2007 — Police found the body of a 30–year–old man at the base of a mobile phone tower. A citizen reported to the police about the body. The police believe the man suffered from a psychological illness and committed suicide. The body was taken to Yanbu General Hospital and the pol >>>


      CIVIL DEFENSE GEARED TO ENSURE MAXIMUM SAFETY FOR PILGRIMS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Lt. Gen. Saad ibn Abdullah Al–Tuwaijri MAKKAH, 10 December 2007 — To deal with any problems during Haj at the Grand Mosque or the holy sites (Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah), the Saudi Civil Defense has prepared thousands of rescue workers, a fleet of helicopters, trucks, ambulances >>>


      FAMILY ROBBED OF GOLD, VALUABLES WORTH SR100,000
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 10 December 2007 — Burglars robbed gold and valuables worth around SR100,000 from the Riyadh home of an Indian family, who had just popped out for an hour to go shopping.

«I lost all my gold ornaments and other valuables worth SR100,000,» Shameena Osman, an Ind >>>


      FARMERS SEEK COMPENSATION AS MORE CAMELS DIE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Muhammad Al–Homaid, Arab News YANBU, 10 December 2007 — Livestock owners in Yanbu are calling on the Ministry of Agriculture for help as more camels die from what is thought to be contaminated fodder.

Nayer Al–Refaie, a camel breeder in Yanbu, told Arab News that three more of his camels died on Sat >>>


      FATIMA AND MANSOUR STILL HAVE HOPE, SAYS NSHR
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — Fatima, the forcefully divorced wife and perhaps the most spoken about Saudi woman in the past two years, knows nothing of the International Human Rights Day, which is taking place today.

For seven months, Fatima, 34, has been living in a women’s refuge — wi >>>


      MONORAILS TO EASE PILGRIM TRANSPORT
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — Efforts are under way to establish five monorails linking Makkah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah at a total cost of SR20 billion in order to facilitate travel of more than three million Haj pilgrims between the holy sites.

According to Dr. Habeeb Zain Al&nda >>>


      RIYADH POLICE RESCUE TEEN FROM RAPISTS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 10 December 2007 — Police in Riyadh recently arrested a gang of three Saudi men, who kidnapped a 16–year–old boy from a football field to allegedly rape him.

«The kidnappers, who were between 25 and 30 years of age, took the 16–year–old boy, w >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: MAN GETS SECOND OPINION FROM FIRE DEPARTMENT
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Arab News MADINAH, 10 December 2007 — A Saudi man called the fire department in Madinah to save him from a doctor who wanted to amputate his finger, the Al–Riyadh daily reported yesterday. The man was suffering from a swollen finger and as a result, he could not remove his ring. This was causing the man a lot of p >>>


      SULTAN GIVES SR16M FOR ORPHANS’ CARE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — Crown Prince Sultan has donated SR16 million to the Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans (Insan). The society supports 24,150 orphans in Riyadh city and neighboring villages.

Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman, who is chairman of the society, thanked the cro >>>


      UNDERCOVER OFFICERS SMASH GANG PEDDLING FAKE DOLLARS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Ali Al–Amri, Arab News Male members of the African gang after their arrest. (AN photo) JEDDAH, 10 December 2007 — A gang of eight Africans, including one woman, who was peddling around $266,000 worth of counterfeit US dollars, was recently arrested in Jeddah. With the price of the dollar standing at SR3.75, the ga >>>


      EC ISSUES NOTICE TO SONIA OVER REMARKS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 10 December 2007 — India’s Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi turned 61 yesterday, with the day marked by a rather unwelcome notice from the Election Commission (EC).

Proceeding ahead with a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the EC issued a notice to Sonia >>>


      ISRAELI RACISM AGAINST ARABS ON RISE: ACRI
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 10 December 2007 — The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) yesterday said on the release of the organization’s annual report that prejudice against Arab–Palestinians is reaching new heights.

According to the report, 50 percent of Israel’s Jewish pop >>>


      KUWAIT SPARES FILIPINO MAID’S LIFE
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 10 December 2007 — Kuwait’s ruler yesterday spared the life of a Filipino maid who had been condemned to die for killing her employer, the presidential palace in Manila said yesterday.

In a press statement, Malacañang said Sheikh Sabah Al–Ahmad Al&nda >>>


      NEW GRAFT CASES FILED AGAINST KHALEDA, HASINA
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 10 December 2007 — Bangladesh’s Anti–Corruption Commission filed charges against two detained former prime ministers yesterday for corruption.

«Separate cases were filed today against the two detained prime ministers for underhand deals with Canadian firm Niko,&raq >>>


      NRIS MIGRATE BACK WHERE THEIR HEART BELONGS
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 10 December 2007 — Excess forex income is worrying the federal government, even as the rupee rose 15.1 percent against the US dollar in 20006–07.

This made the federal government warn that the inflow of foreign funds was more than what the economy can absorb and this ap >>>


      PRESSURE NEEDED FOR ME PEACE: BLAIR
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah holds talks with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is the Quartet’s envoy for the Middle East. The talks focused on international efforts to establish peace in the Middle East. (SPA) RIYADH, 10 December 2007 — Middle East envoy >>>


      SHARIF’S PARTY OPTS FOR POLL
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 10 December 2007 — Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party will take part in the January general election after failing to clinch a boycott pact with other opposition parties, his party spokesman said yesterday.

Sharif had hoped that fellow opposition leader B >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 12 IN SWAT VALLEY
      Arab News, 10-12-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 10 December 2007 — Twelve people were killed, including two children and three policemen when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives–laden car into a police outpost yesterday in Pakistan’s Swat valley.

The dead have been identified as Abdullah Qureshi, Zafar Ali, Ibra >>>


      10 SHOT, 4 DIE AT MISSIONARY CENTER AND CHURCH IN COLO.
      Washington Post, 10-12-2007
     ARVADA, Colo., Dec. ' –– A gunman killed two staff members and injured two others at a here early Sunday after being told that he couldn‘t spend the night. About 12 hours later and 65 miles away, a gunman fatally shot a parishioner at a megachurch in Colorado Springs and wounded four others before >>>


      4 DIE IN COLO. CHURCH, MISSION ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 10-12-2007
     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– A gunman killed two staff members at a missionary training center near Denver early Sunday after being told he couldn‘t spend the night. About 12 hours later, a gunman fatally shot a person at a megachurch in Colorado Springs before a guard killed him, police said.

T >>>


      A MISSION ACCEPTED
      Washington Post, 10-12-2007
     They had spent the past month scared and sequestered as France revolted around them, so the Mormon missionaries could hardly wait to get outside Paris and onto open country roads. The mission president and his wife readied their roomiest car, a Citroen DS. For this road trip in June 1'68, they asked Mitt Romney to b >>>



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