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      AL–SUWAILAMI VOTED TADAWUL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News Abdullah Saleh Al–Suwailami JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — The board of directors of Saudi Stock Market Company (Tadawul) has appointed Abdullah Saleh Al–Suwailami as executive director of Tadawul.

The Council of Ministers last month approved the company’s board of directors for a three– >>>


      CONSTRUCTION BOOM IN GULF AUGURS WELL FOR IT SOLUTIONS
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — As construction industry in the Gulf goes full swing with billions of dollars being pumped, engineering companies are seeking the best IT solutions to help keep track of all paperwork involved in the process, the company said in a statement recently.

In Saudi Arabia alone, i >>>


      CREDIT SUISSE BOOSTS PRIVATE BANK SERVICES
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 16 December 2007 — As the number of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) — those with more than $1 million in investable assets — in the Middle East is set to increase by 2.8 percent next year, Credit Suisse has deployed a team of six Private Banking Relationship Managers for Saudi Arabia, >>>


      INVESTMENTS IN YANBU TO REACH SR162.8 BILLION
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Muhammad Al–Homaid, Arab News YANBU, 16 December 2007 — The total volume of investments in the Yanbu Industrial City would reach SR162.8 billion in five years.

Aqili Khawaji, director general of Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, told Arab News yesterday «the royal commission would invite tender >>>


      PETRORABIGH IPO PRICE SET AT SR21
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 16 December 2007 — Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (PetroRabigh) will sell shares in its IPO at SR21 ($5.60) per share, a newspaper said.

At that price the company would raise as much as SR4.5'' billion, Al–Riyadh newspaper said on Friday.

PetroR >>>


      SAUDI ARAMCO MAY UP STAKE IN SHOWA SHELL
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News TOKYO, 16 December 2007 — Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is open to the idea of raising its stake in Japan’s Showa Shell Sekiyu KK if the oil distributor wants to expand its operations, the Nikkei business daily quoted the vice president of the Saudi refiner as saying.

In an interview published on Saturday, th >>>


      STRICTLY BUSINESS: SAMSUNG ENGINEERING
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News Samsung Engineering, which has emerged as a major player in the Gulf’s construction industry, donated a major dining facility in Jubail for children suffering from disability disease called «down syndrome». «Doing business in a different way by contributing positively to our community and env >>>


      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS — 2: CHANGING SCENES AND FACILITIES
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     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 — 3: PERFORMING ALL RITUALS OF HAJ WITH EASE AND DEDICATION
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Those days that followed our arrival in Makkah were extremely pleasant. Like the time of my first pilgrimage 40 years ago, we feel in a totally different world. It is a pleasant world where all people have a definite preoccupation, aiming to make the best use of their time. We go to the Haram, or >>>


      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS: WHERE TO START THE IHRAAM?
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     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 >>>


      PILGRIMAGE WHEN ONE IS TOO WEAK
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     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: SPEAKING OF HIS BROTHERS
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Abu Hurayrah reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) went one day to the graveyard. «As he arrived there, he said: ‘Peace be to you, in this dwelling place of believers. We will join you as God wills. I wish I could see my brothers.’ People who were with him said: ‘Messenger of God! Are >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: THE SPECIAL POSITION OF EARLY MUSLIM GENERATIONS
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     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, 16-12-2007
     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, 16-12-2007
     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 >>>


      2 RAPISTS ARRESTED IN RIYADH
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 16 December 2007 — Police in Riyadh recently arrested two burglars for the alleged rape of a foreign woman. The two men are accused of breaking into the woman’s home, stealing valuables and threatening to kill the woman’s 10–year–old daughter if she refused to have sex with them >>>


      5 INDIAN PILGRIMS DIE IN ROAD CRASH
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — Five pilgrims were killed and 1' others injured when a bus carrying 46 pilgrims, all from the Trichur district of southern Indian state of Kerala, overturned on Madinah–Makkah Highway around ' a.m.

yesterday. «The pilgrims came through Akba >>>


      8–MEMBER TEAM TO REPORT ON HAJ
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — An eight–member team from Arab News will bring the latest from the holy sites during Haj 2007. The team comprises Somayya Jabarti, Hassna’a Mokhtar, Siraj Wahab, Badea Abu Al–Naja, Syed Faisal Ali, Samir Al–Saadi, Galal Fakkar and Abdullah Muwallad. For Somayya and >>>


      BLOOD DONATION SITE: DATABASE OF GOOD WILL
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Fatima Sidiya, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — Connecting those willing to give blood and those needing it has never been easier in Saudi Arabia. A recently established website — http://freeblood.com — that began in 2003 as an effort by a group of young Saudis has seen its membership explode.

«The we >>>


      CIVIL DEFENSE HAJ OPERATIONS GO HIGH–TECH
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Brig. Muhammad Al–Qarni explains the Civil Defense Haj plan. (AN photo) MAKKAH, 16 December 2007 — The Civil Defense would respond to emergencies in Makkah and the holy sites on the basis of the data gathered with the help of the latest technology, said Brig. Muhammad ibn Abdulla >>>


      CROWD–CONTROL PLAN FOR HAJ COMPLETE
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Saeed ibn Abdullah Al–Qahtani MAKKAH, 16 December 2007 — More than 4',000 security officers, excluding special forces, will take part in this year’s Haj operations, Lt. Gen.

Saeed ibn Abdullah Al–Qahtani, director of public security and chairman of the Haj secu >>>


      ILLEGAL LIVESTOCK MARKET RAIDED IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Ali Al–Amri, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — Municipal officials, together with Jeddah police, yesterday raided an illegal livestock market on Abdullah Sulaiman Street in the Jamiah District, seizing 125 animals and seven vehicles.

The raid was the first in a series of raids on illegal livestock mark >>>


      MOBILY, BAYANAT SET UP 70 NET ACCESS POINTS FOR PILGRIMS
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 16 December 2007 — Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Bayanat Al–Oula announced that they had setup 70 Wi–Fi access points in the holy sites for use by journalists and the general public.

Wi–Fi, which stands for wireless fidelity, allows anyone with a laptop, PC with a Wi–Fi >>>


      OVERSTAYERS ARRESTED IN MAKKAH
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 16 December 2007 — The Passport Department has arrested 541 overstayers in the Al–Azizia district of Makkah. The department focused on three areas in Al–Azizia which are full of overstayers, most of whom are Indonesian women. Among the confiscated items were a numbe >>>


      SECURITY FORCES READY FOR HAJ: PRINCE NAIF
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja & Ali Hawash A security official briefing Interior Minister Prince Naif in Mina on Saturday. (AN photo by Khidr Al–Zahrani) MINA, 16 December 2007 — Saudi security forces yesterday paraded in front of Interior Minister Prince Naif with their equipment, demonstrating their readiness to p >>>


      SHEEP PRICES RISE
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Arab News DAMMAM, 16 December 2007 — The price of sheep has increased because of the seasonal demand. Abdul Aziz Al–Subai, a sheep trader, said that the increase in prices of fodder and restrictions on importing sheep from many countries have led to the sharp rise. According to Al–Subai, only 5 percent of th >>>


      TENT CITY DIVIDED INTO 12 SECURITY ZONES: AL–KHLAIWI
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Ali Hawash, Arab News MAKKAH, 16 December 2007 — «We are fully geared up and prepared for Haj 2007,» said Maj. Gen. Saad Al–Khlaiwi, deputy commander of Haj forces and director of Haj Training Centers.

Speaking to Arab News yesterday, Al–Khlaiwi said: «We’ve trained ourselves for 2 >>>


      THREE CHARGED WITH GOLD SOUQ RACKET
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Ali Al–Amri, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 December 2007 — Jeddah police arrested a gang consisting of two Africans and one Yemeni that lured people to an apartment near Jeddah’s gold souq with promises of gold for sale at below–market value.

The Yemeni man allegedly played the role of the intermediary who w >>>


      EMERGENCY RULE SAVED PAKISTAN: MUSHARRAF
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Agencies ISLAMABAD, 16 December 2007 — Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that his emergency rule had saved Pakistan, as he addressed the nation just hours after repealing it in the face of fierce criticism at home and abroad. In a nationally televised speech that underlined what he said was his central >>>


      GLOBAL WARMING PACT SET FOR 200'
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Agencies NUSA DUA, Indonesia, 16 December 2007 — World climate negotiators yesterday set a 200' deadline for a landmark treaty to fight global warming after two weeks of intense haggling led to a climb–down by an isolated United States.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki–moon, who flew to the Indonesia >>>


      HAMAS WARNS ISRAEL OF NEW INTIFADA
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Agencies GAZACITY, 16 December 2007 — Hamas threatened to launch a new uprising against Israel yesterday when hundreds of thousands of Islamist supporters rallied in Gaza City to mark the group’s 20th anniversary. «Our people are capable of launching a third and a fourth intifada until the dawn of victory rises up >>>


      ISRAELI MINISTER SLAMS US REPORT ON IRAN
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 16 December 2007 — Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter yesterday criticized the United States over its recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear program saying that «American misconception concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons, which is liable >>>


      SEPARATIST GROUP SLAMS MANILA&#3'S NEW OFFER FOR A MUSLIM HOMELAND
      Arab News, 16-12-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 16 December 2007 — A plan by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to conclude a peace deal early next year looked doubtful after a dispute erupted yesterday over a draft agreement on the boundaries for a Muslim homeland, officials said.

The >>>


      BIG WINTER STORM HEADS INTO NORTHEAST
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PITTSBURGH –– A winter storm set its sights on the Northeast on Sunday, a day after snarling road and air travel and leaving at least two people dead when up to a foot of snow fell from the Plains across the Midwest.

Winter storm warnings and watches were in effect from the Great Lakes to New Englan >>>


      BODYGUARD IN KERRIGAN ATTACK DIES AT 40
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– Brian Sean Griffith, a former bodyguard to figure skater Tonya Harding who admitted a role in the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan during Olympics tryouts, has died. He was 40.

Griffith died Wednesday of what his doctor reported as natural causes, according to the Washington Coun >>>


      BODYGUARD IN KERRIGAN ATTACK DIES AT 40
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– Brian Sean Griffith, a former bodyguard to figure skater Tonya Harding who admitted a role in the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan during Olympics tryouts, has died. He was 40.

Griffith died Wednesday of what his doctor reported as natural causes, according to the Washington Coun >>>


      BOY‘S MURDER SHOCKED A VIOLENT CITY
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     16, 2007; 1:36 PM CAMDEN, N.J. –– Murders are not shocking in this city once called the nation‘s most dangerous. But even this place is shaken by the killing, still unsolved after five months, of a 12–year–old boy whose skull was so badly shattered by bullets that an undertaker used a top h >>>


      BUSH APPEALS TO CONGRESS FOR IRAQ FUNDS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush appealed to Congress on Saturday to give him real cash for the war, not just a pledge to fund the troops.

"A congressional promise _ even if enacted _ does not pay the bills," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "It is time for Congress to provide our t >>>


      DEER INVADES BASEMENT OF MICH. HOME
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. –– When Jody Fabry descended the basement stairs to her seasonal home and saw broken glass on the floor, then spied what caused the mess, she didn‘t know who was more frightened _ her, or the deer that was the culprit.

A young doe apparently got into the basement throug >>>


      DEMOCRATS POISED FOR SOME SOUL–SEARCHING
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– Congressional Democrats will have plenty to ponder during the Christmas and New Year‘s break. For instance, why did things go so badly this fall and how well did their leaders serve them?

Partisan players will quarrel for months, but objective analysts say the debate must star >>>


      FLA. STORM OVERTURNS CARS, DAMAGES JAIL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     LAND O‘ LAKES, Fla. –– An apparent tornado demolished a jail building and overturned vehicles early Sunday in central Florida, authorities said.

No injuries were reported. The storm was reported about 5:15 a.m. in Pasco County, the National Weather Service said.

One of two minimum&nda >>>


      GIULIANI: NATION NEEDS BOLD LEADERSHIP
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     10:37 PM TAMPA, Fla. –– Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani‘s "bold" vision for the nation sounded a lot like the same ideas he‘s been talking about for months, but delivered in a new package Saturday.

Giuliani‘s address before about 200 people was billed by h >>>


      ICY WINTER STORM PLOWS THROUGH MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PITTSBURGH –– As much as a foot of snow fell from the Plains across the Midwest on Saturday as the second big winter storm in a week barreled through on its way to New England.

Tens of thousands of people still lacked electricity after the first storm slammed Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri earlier in >>>


      IOWA, BOSTON PAPERS MAKE ENDORSEMENTS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– The Des Moines Register‘s editorial board is endorsing Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton ahead of the state‘s Jan. 3 presidential caucuses, contending they top the field in competence and readiness to lead in a time of dissension at home and distr >>>


      JUVENILE SERIAL KILLER REMAINS IN PRISON
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     WARWICK, R.I. –– They called him Iron Man, a hulking teenage football player with a baby face and winsome smile who lived with his parents in a small ranch house in the Buttonwoods section of town.

Then, one summer night in 1'87, Craig Price crept across his neighbor‘s yard, broke into a l >>>


      LAWMAKERS SAY NOT DETERRED BY CIA PROBE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress members vowed on Sunday to investigate the CIA‘s destruction of interrogation videotapes despite Justice Department advice that the agency not cooperate.

The top Republican member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and a leading Democratic voice on >>>


      MYSTERIES LINGER OVER HEIST SUSPECTS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –– By age 24, she had been married, given birth to a son, gotten a divorce, filed for bankruptcy and tried to make extra cash as a model. By age 22, he had played plenty of the computer game Halo, and found a job at an armored car company.

As a couple, they lived a quiet life in the >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     House Fire in York Kills Family Members YORK, Pa. –– An electrical fire destroyed a family‘s home early Saturday, killing a man, his pregnant wife and two of their children, authorities and relatives said.

Jos'4;ż Hern'4;żndez, his wife, Aracely, a 13–year–o >>>


      NEWLYWEDS SKYDIVE TO CELEBRATE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     HAZLETON, Pa. –– Talk about taking the plunge. Jeanie Dulski and Jamy Knittle actually took two plunges on Friday: First, they got married at Hazleton Municipal Airport, then they went skydiving.

As Dulski explained it: "Getting married is scarier than jumping out of a plane." Hazleton May >>>


      OBAMA FRIEND SELLS CANDIDATE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PM CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa –– Mike Jordan sells Barack Obama door to door.

For the insurance agent from Richton Park, Ill., the role is a natural _ he knows sales and he knows Obama. And, as any salesman will say, the most effective pitches are made by those who truly believe in their product.

J >>>


      OBAMA SAYS HE‘S READY FOR WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     WATERLOO, Iowa –– Democrat Barack Obama Saturday scoffed at suggestions by President Clinton that the Illinois senator is not ready to be president, and that Obama is running strong in Iowa in part because his home state and Iowa share a border.

"When I was 20 points down, they all thought I wa >>>


      ON LOUDOUN BOARD, GROWTH MAY TRUMP IMMIGRATION ISSUES
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     2007; A01 Loudoun County‘s much–publicized election–year effort to root out and drive away illegal immigrants may fizzle six months after it began, as a slate of Democrats with different priorities prepares to take control of the Board of Supervisors next month.

Loudoun was quick to follow Pri >>>


      ROMNEY PORTRAYS HUCKABEE AS A BILL CLINTON CLONE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     It‘s almost too easy. Mike Huckabee and Bill Clinton. Two former governors both from the tiny town of Hope, Ark. One, the hottest thing in the Republican presidential race, thanks in large part to his support from social conservatives; the other, a former Democratic president loathed by those same voters.

>>>


      SECOND STORM IN A WEEK MOVES EAST
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PITTSBURGH, Dec. 15 –– Snow fell from the Plains across the Midwest on Saturday, accumulating as much as a foot in places, as the second wintry storm in a week barreled through on its way to New England.

Tens of thousands of people still had no electricity since the first storm slammed Oklahoma, Kan >>>


      SLAIN COLO. MISSIONARY MOURNED IN MINN.
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     CHISHOLM, Minn. –– The body of Tiffany Johnson, one of four people killed in two shootings in Colorado, was returned to northern Minnesota, where she was remembered as a young woman well loved by friends and family.

Johnson, 26, was remember at a funeral service Saturday. She was killed by a gunman >>>


      TEEN HELD AFTER THREAT SENT TO SATANISTS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     CORTLAND, Ohio –– A teenager was arrested after a leader of the Church of Satan turned over to the FBI an e–mail the high school student had written to the sect in which he threatened to kill his grandparents, authorities said.

Andrew Culver, 18, told police the e–mail detailing his inte >>>


      TEXAS JUVENILE PRISON CHANGES QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     DALLAS –– Nearly 10 months after reports of inmate abuse first surfaced, at least one parent disputes claims of progress in reforming the agency that oversees the Texas juvenile prison system.

State lawmakers ordered the Texas Youth Commission to revamp its programs and change its managers after the >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     10:10 PM –– A massive but still–developing storm brought a variety of weather to a vast swath of the nation Saturday as it churned eastward.

The storm began the day in the Southern Plains as a broad area of low pressure but quickly intensified, generating heavy rain and thunderstorms in the So >>>


      THOMPSON SEEKS POPULARITY BOOST IN IOWA
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Republican Fred Thompson, Hollywood celebrity and former Tennessee senator, went from hot to not in short order.

Now, he‘s trying to create another popularity burst in the presidential race, this one perfectly timed.

His voice and expression serious, Thompson told >>>


      U.S. ACCUSES BOSNIAN REFUGEE OF WAR CRIMES
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     SEATTLE –– A man who gained refuge and later citizenship in Canada after fleeing Bosnia 10 years ago has been accused by U.S. immigration authorities of being a war criminal.

An immigration judge in Tacoma, Wash., has ordered Bozo Jozepovic, 41, deported to Canada and barred permanently from the Uni >>>


      U.S. CONFIDENT TROOP CUTS WON‘T HURT IRAQ SECURITY
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Cuts in U.S. troop levels in Iraq will not derail recent security gains, but the Iraqi government must move quicker to take advantage of the falls in violence, a senior U.S. general said on Sunday.

Lieutenant–General Raymond Odierno, the number two commander of U.S. forces in Ira >>>


      WIFE OF ALDOUS HUXLEY DIES AT '6
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Laura Archera Huxley, the widow of "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley, who worked to preserve his legacy for nearly half a century after his death while authoring her own books, has died. She was '6.

Huxley died of cancer Thursday night at her Hollywood Hills home, s >>>


      34 MEMBERS OF FORCE ARRESTED THIS YEAR
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     C06 One D.C. police officer helped himself to a woman‘s credit card while investigating a burglary at her home, another allegedly spit on a nightclub bouncer in a drunken rage and a third was caught soliciting sex within 10 blocks of police headquarters.

They are among 34 members of the D.C. police depart >>>


      A COSTLY SHUFFLE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     the economic benefits may be questionable, the strains in store for roadways are beyond doubt.

By Steve VogelWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 16, 2007; C01 Heralded as an economic boon, the Pentagon‘s base realignment plan will be an expensive game of musical chairs for the Washington region, >>>


      CLINTON WINS KEY ENDORSEMENT
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Chris Cillizzawashingtonpost.com staff writerSunday, December 16, 2007; A04 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) was endorsed by the Des Moines Register last night, a much–needed victory for a front–runner who has stumbled in recent weeks.

The Register praised Clinton‘s "readines >>>


      COAST GUARD EMPLOYEE ALLEGES RETALIATION
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 16, 2007; A08 A civilian U.S. Coast Guard employee was placed on paid administrative leave, threatened with a criminal investigation and confronted by guards at gunpoint in retaliation for disclosing information embarrassing to the service‘s troubled fl >>>


      DESTRUCTION OF CIA TAPES DEFENDED
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     The Bush administration has told a federal judge that its 2005 destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes did not violate a court order because the captives in question were being kept in secret prisons at the time, not at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In court papers, the government >>>


      INVESTIGATOR IS SUBJECT OF PROBE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 16, 2007; A06 A British customs agent who investigated the nuclear smuggling network of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has himself become the target of a British criminal probe after being prominently featured in a book by American researchers.

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      MCCAIN ADVOCATES NEW TACTICS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 15 –– Republican White House hopeful John McCain said he wants "a crash program" in civilian and military schools that emphasizes language and creates a "new specialty in strategic interrogation" so the nation never feels the need for torture.

McCain, a forme >>>


      N.H. PUTS TIES CLINTONS BUILT TO THE TEST
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     A01 PLAISTOW, N.H., Dec. 15 –– Faced with the prospect of defeat in the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) is counting on the foundation she and her husband built in this state over the past decade and a half, forged around Bill Clinton‘s "comeback kid" finish in the 1& >>>


      THE FOREIGN POLICY–PRO: JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. is a 35–year legislative veteran, a widely respected foreign–policy expert, a likable man with one of the most gripping biographies in American politics.

Not a bad formula for a presidential campaign. Yet, Biden has failed to excite voters, and is polling steadily in the mid >>>


      THE GOVERNOR: BILL RICHARDSON
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     Bill Richardson has the most coveted title in the Democratic field: governor. It‘s supposedly the best path to the presidency. Add to that former congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and secretary of energy. As President Clinton said when he nominated Richardson to the latter post: "If there&ls >>>


      THE IMMIGRATION HARD–LINER: TOM TANCREDO
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     Most presidential candidates have at least a few policy priorities. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R–Colo.) has one chief goal: ending illegal immigration. His campaign slogan is simple yet harsh: "Secure the borders. Deport those who don‘t belong. Make sure they never come back." One of the most conservative >>>


      THE LIBERAL: DENNIS J. KUCINICH
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     Running for president a second time after collecting few votes in 2004, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D–Ohio) continues calling for a single–payer health–care system that covers all Americans, and for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

And he still languishes in the polls. It probably doesn‘ >>>


      THE LIBERTARIAN SURPRISE: RON PAUL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     It is hard to say what the turning point was, when Rep. Ron Paul, the elfin libertarian from Texas with the penchant for lonely stands in the Congressional Record, became Ron Paul, beacon to disaffected Americans and accidental instigator of one of the more memorable grass–roots campaigns in history.

It m >>>


      THE WASHINGTON INSIDER: CHRISTOPHER J. DODD
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D–Conn.) is really committed to win Iowa. He moved his wife, Jackie Clegg, and their two young daughters to Des Moines, even enrolled them in a local elementary school.

Like his friend, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Dodd, 63, has been a Washington insider for most of his adult life, >>>


      ‘BEST–KEPT SECRET‘ FOR HIV–FREE AFRICA
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 16, 2007; A26 NDORI, Kenya –– Giving antiretroviral drugs to pregnant women has long been celebrated as one of the few successful tactics in the war against AIDS in Africa. A single pill for a woman in labor, followed by a sip of syrup for her n >>>


      2'' INMATES ESCAPE IN JAILBREAK IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     NEW DELHI –– Nearly 300 communist prisoners overpowered guards and escaped from a prison in restive eastern India Sunday, police said.

Rahul Sharma, the superintendent of police, said 2'' of 377 inmates fled from the Dantewada prison, 350 miles south of Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh st >>>


      30 YEARS AFTER ABDUCTIONS, QUESTIONS HAUNT JAPANESE
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Akiko Yamamoto and Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 16, 2007; A32 NIIGATA, Japan –– Megumi Yokota was walking home from badminton practice here in Niigata, on the northern coast of Japan, when North Korean agents grabbed the 13–year–old and packed her off to a waiti >>>


      AZERBAIJAN: WESTERN SECRETS SENT TO IRAN
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     BAKU, Azerbaijan –– Azerbaijan‘s security agency said Saturday that 15 people convicted this week of treason had passed information on U.S., British and Israeli activities in the ex–Soviet republic to Iranian intelligence.

The National Security Ministry gave new details about the group, >>>


      BALKANIZED HOMECOMING
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 16, 2007; A01 BAGHDAD When the Iraqi government last month invited home the 1.4 million refugees who had fled this war–ravaged country for Syria –– and said it would send buses to pick them up –– the United Nations and the U.S. mi >>>


      BRITISH HAND OVER BASRA TO IRAQI CONTROL
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     BAGHDAD –– British forces formally handed over responsibility Sunday for the last region in Iraq under their control, marking the start of what Britain hopes will be a transition to a mission aimed at aiding the economy and providing jobs in an oil–rich region beset by militia infighting.

With >>>


      CHINA DETAIN MINE OWNER OVER BLAST
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     BEIJING –– Authorities have detained a coal mine owner who went on the run after an explosion that killed 105 workers in one of China‘s worst mining accidents in years, a police official said Sunday.

Wang Donghai was captured Saturday, said a duty officer at the public security bureau in Linfe >>>


      COLUMBIA STILL ROILED BY IRANIAN‘S VISIT
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     NEW YORK –– When the head of Columbia University suggested that free speech was banned in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not only disagreed, he also invited Lee C. Bollinger to come and see for himself.

The retort won Ahmadinejad applause on the New York campus and accolades back home >>>


      CONGO DISPLACED RECRUITED TO FIGHT: U.N. REFUGEE HEAD
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – Armed groups in eastern Congo are recruiting fighters in camps for those displaced by violence, the U.N. refugee chief said on Sunday, as diplomats tried to revive a peace plan that has failed to halt fighting.

Violence has forced nearly one in six people in Congo‘s violent N >>>


      FOR GANGS, TATTOOS OUT; OLLEGE LOOK IN
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PM CHIMALTENANGO, Guatemala –– Tattoos, baggy pants and tank tops are out.

Smart blazers and university recruits are in. It‘s an extreme makeover for Central America‘s gangs. Facing harsh crackdowns by government security forces and citizen vigilante groups, they are trying to lower thei >>>


      FOUR BOLIVIAN STATES CHALLENGE MORALES
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     16, 2007; A2' BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 15 –– Four Bolivian states bitterly opposed to a proposed new constitution unveiled plans Saturday for greater self–rule, challenging President Evo Morales and sparking demonstrations throughout the country.

The state governments formally announced their in >>>


      GADHAFI ARRIVES IN SPAIN
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PM SEVILLE, Spain –– Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began his first official trip to Spain Saturday with a private visit to a luxury country resort hotel after arriving from France where he sealed business deals worth billions of dollars.

Gadhafi, who was long a vocal champion of armed struggle and a >>>


      GUNMEN KIDNAP FRENCH JOURNALIST IN NORTH SOMALIA
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) – Gunmen in Somalia‘s northern Puntland region kidnapped a French journalist on Sunday, the area‘s deputy governor said.

"A French journalist has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen," Yusuf Mumin Bidde told Reuters. "Puntland security officials are now me >>>


      HAMAS SUPPORTERS RALLY TO SHOW STRENGTH
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Palestinians flooded the streets of the Gaza Strip by the tens of thousands Saturday in the biggest show of support for Hamas since the Islamic militants seized the territory in June.

Leader Ismail Haniyeh vowed in speeches on the 20th anniversary of the movement‘s >>>


      INDIA REVISITS FOREST FIRE BAN
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     By Rama LakshmiWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, December 16, 2007; A33 YERAKANAGADDE, India –– Achuge Gowda‘s village is ensconced deep inside a thick, hilly forest that has been home to his people for thousands of years. He and others from the Soliga tribe have songs, folklore and cultural ritua >>>


      IRAN TO LET MISSING US MAN‘S WIFE VISIT
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran will allow an American woman to travel to Tehran to get information about her husband, a former FBI agent who was last seen at a resort island off the country‘s southern coast, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

"A visa was granted to her and there will be no problem f >>>


      ISRAEL ALLOWS GAZAN PILGRIMS THROUGH BORDER
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is allowing hundreds of Palestinians from the Hamas–controlled Gaza Strip to cross Israeli territory on their way to the annual haj pilgrimage to Mecca, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Sunday.

About 4'0 Palestinians traveled in 10 buses under Israeli police >>>


      KYRGYZSTAN VOTES TO GIVE PRESIDENT DOCILE PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyz voters went to the polls on Sunday in a snap parliamentary election expected to hand President Kurmanbek Bakiyev‘s party an overwhelming victory though it has been criticized as undemocratic by the opposition.

Home to a U.S. and a Russian military airbase, Kyrgyzstan has b >>>


      LIBERIA TRIES DEMOCRACY WITH NEW LEADER
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     MONROVIA, Liberia –– Rarely in Africa has the human cost of war and greed been clearer than in this dingy, broken, sweltering corner of hell. Yet nowhere has the expectation of change created so much hope.

After 14 years of darkness, street lights shine amid the shattered buildings. And the new pres >>>


      LONDON PLOT SUSPECT ESCAPES IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani–British man suspected of involvement in an al Qaeda plot to blow up U.S.–bound airliners over the Atlantic has escaped from custody in the Pakistani capital, a senior official said on Sunday.

Rashid Rauf escaped on Saturday from outside an Islamabad court wher >>>


      MBEKI SUPPORTERS HECKLED AT ANC CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     POLOKWANE, South Africa (Reuters) – Ministers and aides in South African President Thabo Mbeki‘s government were heckled by delegates on Sunday when the ruling ANC opened a congress that could see Mbeki losing control over the party.

South Africa‘s African National Congress is expected to choo >>>


      PALESTINIAN ROCKET WOUNDS 2–YEAR–OLD
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     JERUSALEM –– A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza wounded a 2–year–old boy in a community on the Gaza–Israel border, Israeli police and rescue services said Sunday.

The toddler was hit by shrapnel and taken to hospital, and his mother was being treated for shock, polic >>>


      PALESTINIANS WARN SETTLEMENT PLAN WILL CLOUD TALKS
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     PARIS (Reuters) – Israel‘s plan to build houses on occupied land near Jerusalem will cloud renewed peace talks, the Palestinian Authority said on Sunday, the day before an international aid conference opens in Paris.

The one–day meeting is the financial follow–up to a U.S.–sponsore >>>


      PRO–U.S. VOLUNTEER FORCE ATTACKED IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 16-12-2007
     16, 2007; A30 BAGHDAD, Dec. 15 –– A wave of violence, including attacks on a pro–American Sunni volunteer force, left eight people dead in Iraq on Saturday, police officials said.

The assaults came as the U.S. military reported the death of an American soldier, killed by small–arms fire >>>



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