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      CRETAN RAIDS LEAD TO ARRESTS
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     Police arrested three people in Rethymnon, Crete, on Saturday on weapons possession and drug charges as part of a broader investigation into criminal activity linked to the village of Zoniana.

Police said on Saturday they had inspected 13 homes, in the presence of prosecutors, and detained seven people of which >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     Support for Serbs Greek FM: Linking Belgrade’s EU bid to Kosovo status ‘an error’ Linking Serbia’s bid to join the European Union to the status of the breakaway province of Kosovo would be «an error,» Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said on Saturday. «In these critical moments, such efforts... a >>>


      NEW CLAIMS FORCE MAGGINAS OUT
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     Fani Palli–Petralia takes over as employment minister; government insists pension reform will go ahead MARIA MAROYIANNI/ANA Vassilis Magginas is seen on Friday, hours before he resigned as employment minister. He had recently proposed the merger of pension funds, prompting protests from several unions. More strike >>>


      OLYMPIAKOS TOPPLES RIVAL AEK
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     A well–placed header by prolific Serb striker Darko Kovacevic late in the game earned Olympiakos a 1–0 home win over AEK and top spot in the Superleague.

The Piraeus soccer club went into the game in a euphoric mood following Wednesday night’s qualification to the Champions League’s Round of 16 with >>>


      SCHOOLING COSTS HUGE FOR PARENTS
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     Greek families spend some 4.5 billion euros annually, often forgoing vacations, to ensure that their children get the best education possible, according to the results of a survey made public over the weekend.

Some 80 percent of parents questioned by the National Center for Social Research (EKKE) said they made >>>


      SNOW, FOG CAUSE ROAD, AIR TRAVEL PROBLEMS
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     A cold snap over the weekend caused problems on the roads and for air travelers in northern Greece.

Thessaloniki’s Macedonia international airport canceled five flights on Saturday and nine planes were unable to land because thick fog had seriously reduced visibility. The airport was operating normally yesterda >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 17-12-2007
     Monday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis begins an official visit to Moscow.

Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas to attend the conference of donors for the Palestinian territories in Paris.

The Hellenic Migration Policy Institute (IMEPO) is hosting a lecture titled «Strategies for Migrants’ Accu >>>


      A BALI, LE «MUR DE BERLIN» DU CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE EST TOMBÉ
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     CLIMAT. Mise en demeure d‘engager des négociations sur le réchauffement, la communauté internationale a trouvé un accord sur une feuille de route minimale.

Etienne Dubuis Lundi 17 décembre 2007 La conférence de Bali sur le climat, qui s‘est achevée samedi apr&# >>>


      A PARIS, MAHMOUD ABBAS ATTEND UNE AIDE ÉCONOMIQUE POUR ÉLIMINER LE HAMAS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Le Hamas, qui condamne la «collaboration de Mahmoud Abbas avec les Américano–sionistes», a réussi une impressionnante démonstration de force en attirant plus de 300 000 personnes ŕ l´occasion du vingti';me anniversaire de sa création.

Gaza City, 15 décembre 2007. >>>


      ANALYSE. MERCI QUI?
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Analyse. Jean–Claude Péclet Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Distraits par des soubresauts bancaires et politiques, les Suisses n‘ont pas donné toute sa mesure au scoop qui a marqué le début de la semaine derni';re. L‘Union syndicale suisse s‘est félicitée du r >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. ACTIFS EN DÉTRESSE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Acquisitions notables de fonds souverains L‘avis de l‘expert. Comment protéger les personnes en fin de vie de la cupidité de leur entourage Principes pour une approche moderne de la gestion du risque Analyse. Merci qui?

Bloc–notes. C‘est grave, docteur? Kiosque. Le vrai proc >>>


      BLOC–NOTES. C‘EST GRAVE, DOCTEUR?
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Bloc–notes. Ignace Jeannerat Lundi 17 décembre 2007 La communication est un art difficile. Quand on annonce que les plus grandes banques centrales de la plan';te sont au chevet des marchés financiers et qu‘elles leur prescrivent un traitement inégalé depuis le 11 septembre 2001, o >>>


      CANDIDE. SAUVÉS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
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      COMMENT MICROSOFT A INFILTRÉ LES UNIVERSITÉS SUISSES
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Le fonds de l‘AVS critique le sauvetage de UBS Le groupe de Warren Buffett peut–ętre surévalué ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Comment Microsoft a infiltré les universités suisses INFORMATIQUE. La firme de Bill Gates a engagé, chacun ŕ 20%, huit étudiants en Sui >>>


      CRITIQUE: CHARLES AZNAVOUR Ŕ L‘ARENA. AZNAVOUR Ŕ L‘ANCIENNE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Critique: Charles Aznavour ŕ l‘Arena. La lecture de ce texte (1730 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      CRITIQUE: «20000 LIEUES SOUS LES MERS». JULES VERNE ET LES GAR'';ONS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Critique: «20000 lieues sous les mers». Elisabeth Chardon Lundi 17 décembre 2007 En cette période de Noël oů l‘on se demande ŕ nouveau ŕ quel point les jouets sont sexués, voilŕ un spectacle qui pose aussi question. Déjŕ, il est clair que les garço >>>


      DIRK SCHÜTZ: «LA FILIALE DE UBS Ŕ L‘ORIGINE DES PERTES ÉCHAPPAIT AU CONTRÔLE DES AUTORITÉS»
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Récit Auteur de «La chute de l‘UBS», Dirk Schütz pointe les responsables des pertes abyssales de la banque.

Pierre–Alexandre Sallier Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Une semaine apr';s le séisme provoqué dans la communauté financi';re par l‘aveu >>>


      DÉJEUNER AVEC MARTINA CHYBA. CHYBADABADA... UNE MÉLODIE CONTEMPORAINE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Apr';s un premier roman vendu ŕ plus de 11000 exemplaires, la journaliste de télévision Martina Chyba publie «Beauty foule», qui dénonce une société tyrannisée par les diktats de la beauté.

Valérie Fromont Lundi 17 décembre 2007 «Pour 3 >>>


      EAU, ISLAM ET ÉNERGIE: TOUT EST BON POUR L‘ETF
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     SWX. Les fonds cotés s‘affranchissent des indices et les produits thématiques se multiplient.

Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Avec quelque 120 véhicules cotés ŕ la bourse suisse (SWX), les investisseurs helvétiques commencent ŕ pouvoir profiter d&l >>>


      EMULATION CHEZ LES SUISSES
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Euro 2008, marque déposée et intouchable Stéphane Lambiel rejaillit SPORT Le Temps I Article Emulation chez les Suisses SKI ALPIN. Apr';s Didier Cuche samedi, Marc Berthod est monté sur le podium dimanche.

Le Temps, avec SI Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Apr';s Cuche, Albrecht e >>>


      ET SI LE PDC ÉTAIT VICTIME DE SON PROPRE «COUP»...
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Christophe Darbellay et Urs Schwaller. La direction du PDC est appelée ŕ donner des gages ŕ la droite parlementaire. Berne, 11 décembre 2007.

Photo: DR CONSEIL FEDERAL. Tout indique que le parti aurait préféré un autre dénouement, jeudi. La conquęte du second si& >>>


      EURO 2008, MARQUE DÉPOSÉE ET INTOUCHABLE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     FOOTBALL. Désormais sous contrôle total de l‘UEFA, l‘organisation de l‘événement obéit ŕ des r';gles toujours plus inflexibles. Le marketing parasitaire, de męme que les «events» périphériques, sont l‘objet d‘une traque effr&# >>>


      GAZALIBRE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Soixante ans apr';s son exil, Abou Jammal est convaincu que ses petits–enfants, ou leurs enfants, rentrerons ŕ Nalia. Tal Al–Zaatar, 11 décembre 2007.

Photo: Alain Campiotti Comment les Palestiniens, assiégés apr';s avoir été soumis, font–ils pour >>>


      KIOSQUE. LE VRAI PROCČS DE LA BCGE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Kiosque. Myret Zaki Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Hold–up démocratique ŕ deux milliards et demi: l‘affaire BCGE (BCGE.S), éthique et politiqueSerge Guertchakoff et François MembrezEditions du Tricorne,
131 pages.Un livre d‘enquęte fait le proc';s de Micheline Calmy&nd >>>


      L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. COMMENT PROTÉGER LES PERSONNES EN FIN DE VIE DE LA CUPIDITÉ DE LEUR ENTOURAGE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     HERITAGE. Un testament présumé manipulé par l‘entourage peut ętre attaqué en justice.

Etienne Jeandin, Notaire ŕ Gen';ve Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Il arrive réguli';rement qu‘une personne se trouve en fin de vie dans une situation précaire; s >>>


      LA CHRONIQUE DES HEDGE FUNDS. CHANGEMENT DE RÉGIME, CHANGEMENT DE PARADIGME
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     La chronique des hedge funds. O. Baumgartner–Bézelgues, Analyste de hedge funds, Unigestion Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Le mois d‘octobre s‘était terminé en fanfare sur les marchés actions. Le S &P500 venait d‘atteindre son plus haut niveau ŕ 1576 points. L‘Euro >>>


      LA QUESTION DE LA SEMAINE. LA RÉCESSION EST–ELLE EN TRAIN DE DEVENIR UNE RÉALITÉ AUX ETATS–UNIS?
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Chaque semaine, «Le Temps» pose une question liée ŕ l‘actualité des marchés ŕ deux spécialistes. L‘investisseur y trouvera une diversité de points de vue experts et pourra se forger sa propre opinion.

Lundi 17 décembre 2007 «2008, une ann >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 17 décembre 2007 38% des Suisses prient une ou plusieurs fois par semaine. Si on y ajoute les Helv';tes qui pratiquent une forme de méditation, on arrive ŕ 44%. C‘est une étude de la Fondation Bertelsmann relayée par la NZZ am Sonntag qui le dit. L‘ >>>


      LE FONDS DE L‘AVS CRITIQUE LE SAUVETAGE DE UBS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Ulrich Grete, contre la recapitalisation. Photo: Keystone CAPITAL. Le responsable du 1er pilier des retraites dénonce des conditions injustes et onéreuses.

Frédéric Leli';vre Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Ulrich Grete semble en col';re. Dans les colonnes du SonntagsBlick, le pr >>>


      LE GROUPE DE WARREN BUFFETT PEUT–ĘTRE SURÉVALUÉ
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     PLACEMENT. Epargné par la crise financi';re, Berkshire Hathaway voit sa valeur s‘envoler.

Le Temps Lundi 17 décembre 2007 L‘action Berkshire Hathaway valait vendredi 143000 dollars, 30% de plus qu‘il y a quelques mois. Mais la valeur du groupe de Warren Buffett pourrait bien >>>


      LES CHÔMEURS, NOUVELLE MINORITÉ
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     ALLEMAGNE. La peur d‘ętre au chômage incite les Allemands ŕ mépriser ceux qui n‘ont pas d‘emploi.

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      LES GENEVOIS AUX URNES. CHÔMAGE: GENČVE SORT DE L‘ANCIEN RÉGIME
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     François longchamp: «Le résultat montre que les Genevois sont pręts ŕ tourner la page, c´est un atout pour la suite des discussions avec Berne». Gen';ve,
16 décembre 2007. Photo: Eddy Mottaz GENEVE. Les citoyens ont massivement accepté la réforme de la loi sur le ch >>>


      LES RENDEZ–VOUS DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Le Temps Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Lundi 17 Assurance invalidité

– A la veille des décisions du Conseil des Etats sur la révision de l‘assurance invalidité et la hausse de la TVA, l‘Office fédéral des assurances sociales fait le point sur la traque aux abus.
>>>


      LESBIENNES, FA'';ONS DE DIRE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Les héroďnes de «L–World» incarnent pour beaucoup une nouvelle mani';re d´ętre lesbiennes. Photo: Keystone COMING OUT. Plusieurs femmes cél';bres ont récemment révélé leur homosexualité.

L‘amorce d‘un changement? Valérie Fr >>>


      MAXILLY, SON CH'4;TEAU, ET SON ÉMIR BIENFAITEUR
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     HAUTE–SAVOIE. Le président des Emirats arabes unis a donné 840000 euros ŕ la commune, qui l‘a autorisé ŕ agrandir sa demeure.

Christian Lecomte Lundi 17 décembre 2007 A Maxilly–sur–Léman, 1200 âmes, ŕ deux kilom';tres d‘Evian, il >>>


      NEWSLETTERS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Abonnez–vous ŕ la Newsletter du Temps et recevez chaque jour le sommaire complet du journal dans votre messagerie.
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      PALESTINE, LE NERF DE LA PAIX
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Alain Campiotti Lundi 17 décembre 2007 L‘Etat palestinien, ŕ Annapolis il y a trois semaines, ce n‘était que des mots. Ce lundi, ŕ Paris, ce ne sera que des chiffres. Le premier ministre Salam Fayyad va demander aux Etats et organisations internationales une avance de plus de 5 milliards >>>


      POURQUOI JE SUIS LŔ. «JE MILITERAI POUR UNE NOUVELLE CENTRALE NUCLÉAIRE»
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Christian Wasserfallen, 26 ans, radical bernois, est un fervent partisan du langage clair.

Valérie de Graffenried, Berne Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Quand on le rencontre dans la salle des pas perdus, Christian Wasserfallen donne l‘impression d‘ętre quelqu‘un de plutôt timide, u >>>


      PRINCIPES POUR UNE APPROCHE MODERNE DE LA GESTION DU RISQUE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     MANAGEMENT. L‘appréhension des risques ne peut plus se satisfaire des méthodes traditionnelles. De nouveaux outils doivent ętre intégrés afin de développer une vision globale.

Frédéric Bertholon–Lampiris, Manager, Ernst & Young Lundi 17 décembre 2007 >>>


      PROPOS FERROVIAIRES D‘APRČS LE 12.12
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     «Les parlementaires ont fait comme au jardin d´enfants: je ne l´aime pas, alors je le mets dehors», Myriam Spörri, Fleuriste, gare de Zurich. Photo: Jacques Bélat • Les Suisses ont tous un avis sur l‘éviction, la semaine derni';re, de Christoph Blocher du Conseil fédéral. >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. FLEUR DE CACTUS, FLAIR DE BAMBOU
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Quoi de neuf. Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 17 décembre 2007 A notre nez d‘éternel profane ';s essences, c‘est la bougie au parfum de cactus, de fleurs d‘eau et d‘aloé vera qui aura semblé la plus exotique.

Aux narines des câlins frileux, c‘est celle q >>>


      RICHES JOUEURS CAMBRIOLÉS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     FOOTBALL. Les «aristocrates» de Liverpool sont volés pendant les matches. Butins faramineux. La lecture de ce texte (1815 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      SORTIE DE BASSORAH
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     IRAK. Retrait britannique. Le Temps, avec AFP Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Les Britanniques ont remis dimanche le contrôle de la riche province pétroli';re de Bassorah aux autorités irakiennes, concluant ainsi leur désengagement du sud de l‘Irak apr';s une occupation de quatre an >>>


      SOUFFLE LIBÉRAL SUR LA PLUS GRANDE UNIVERSITÉ DU PAKISTAN
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     PAKISTAN. Un mouvement d‘étudiants conteste la mainmise des religieux radicaux sur l‘Université du Pendjab.

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      STATIONS: L‘ALLIANCE DE DAVID ET GOLIATH
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     SKI. Toujours plus de petits et grands domaines skiables s‘unissent pour élargir leur offre, entre Dubaď et Neuchâtel.

Marie–Christine Petit–Pierre Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Verbier, 1'5 km de pistes – 410 si l‘on compte les Quatre Vallées – 26 insta >>>


      STÉPHANE LAMBIEL REJAILLIT
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     PATINAGE ARTISTIQUE. Il se disait «vide de tout» et fatigué. Une semaine apr';s, il remporte la finale du Grand Prix.

Le Temps, avec SI Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Stéphane Lambiel a balayé tous les doutes d‘un coup de lame énergique et passionné. En finale du >>>


      SYLVIO BERNASCONI: «VOUS ME JUGEREZ DANS DIX ANS»
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Sylvio Bernasconi, président de Neuchâtel Xamax. Des ambitions et un discours brut de décoffrage. Photo: Keystone FOOTBALL. La qualification en demi–finales de Coupe arrachée hier par Neuchâtel Xamax ponctue une premi';re moitié de saison prometteuse. Le président veut vo >>>


      UN SECTEUR SOUS LA LOUPE. BILAN DE SANTÉ 2007, ORDONNANCE 2008
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Un secteur sous la loupe. P. Boyer Barresi, CFA, Analyste santé, Bordier & Cie Lundi 17 décembre 2007 L‘année 2007 se termine sur des notes plutôt mitigées si l‘on sait que la performance des grandes sociétés pharmaceutiques n‘a pas forcément brillé...>>>


      UNE JOURNÉE EN TRAIN DANS UNE SUISSE QUI N‘A PAS PEUR DE L‘UDC
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Une journée en train dans une Suisse qui n‘a pas peur de l‘UDC UNE Le Temps I Article Une journée en train dans une Suisse qui n‘a pas peur de l‘UDC REPORTAGE. Non, dit la population: la concordance n‘est pas morte apr';s le 12 décembre.

Le Temps Lundi 17 d&# >>>


      ZAPPROPOS. A CHOIX: OPPOSITION DE PRINCIPE OU CONCORDANCE MUSICALE
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Zappropos. Olivier Perrin Lundi 17 décembre 2007 C‘est la question qui risque de nous occuper encore pas mal de temps, presque angoissante ŕ force d‘ętre inédite en ce pays dit «de concordance»: concr';tement, entrer dans l‘opposition, ça veut dire quoi pour >>>


      «IL Y A UNE BULLE SUR LES VALEURS CYCLIQUES»
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Questions ŕ Isabel Levy, directrice de la gestion, Metropole Gestion et François–Marie Wojcik, Président–directeur général, Metropole Gestion.

Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 17 décembre 2007 Avec 2,6 milliards d‘euros sous gestion réunis en cinq ans d&lsquo >>>


      «LA FLŰTE» BIEN SAGE D‘OMAR PORRAS
      Le Temps, 17-12-2007
     Fredy Porras signe des décors féériques. Ici, Christoph Strehl en prince Tamino tenant dans ses mains la fl$';te enchantée. Photo: GTG/Vanappelgheim LYRIQUE. Le metteur en sc';ne colombien s‘entoure de décors somptueux et de magnifiques costumes pour le dernier opéra de >>>


      AGFUND TO CREATE MORE BANKS FOR THE POOR TO SLASH POVERTY
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News WASHINGTON D.C., 17 December 2007 — Microloans to the poor around the world soared to 133 million last year, up from 13 million just nine years ago, a report released yesterday by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, an initiative of Results Educational Fund. The dramatic progress was also evident in the Campaign’ >>>


      AL–KHAYALA SALES SKYROCKET
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — Al–Khayala Airlines, the Middle East’s only business travel carrier operated by Saudi–based National Air Services (NAS), yesterday announced a 400 percent increase in sales during 2007 compared to previous years.

The airline also reported a 300 percent increase i >>>


      ALWALEED RECEIVES GM OF SCOT
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, right, at a meeting with Dr. Faissal A.M. Shaheen in Riyadh on Sunday. (AN photo)

RIYADH, 17 December 2007 — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Foundation, received at his office in Riyadh the consultant physician nephrologist and general manager of the Saudi Cen >>>


      EXPERT CALLS FOR SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN POSTAL TECH
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Cathy Rogerson JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — With many of government agencies being privatized, there is tremendous scope for the private sector to run them with new investments in technology in order to maintain a sustained growth, according to an international expert in postal, transportation and >>>


      FOREIGN FIRMS VIE FOR DUBAI’S TRAM PROJECT
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 17 December 2007 — Companies from France to Japan are vying for a 2 billion dirham ($545 million) contract to build a tram system in Dubai to ease traffic congestion, the London–based Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) reported.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in June it >>>


      JEDDAH ISLAMIC PORT TO INCREASE CAPACITY WITH NEW TERMINAL
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — The new container terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port will increase the port’s capacity by 45 percent, said Dr. Khaled ibn Ahmed Boubasheet, president of the Saudi Seaports Authority, yesterday.

The new terminal named Red Sea Gateway will be completed within >>>


      LATEST TECHNOLOGY, EXPERIENCE GUIDE MEGA PROJECTS
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     J. Garrett Ralls and Dr. Nazir Khaja Global growth is spawning numerous mega projects to provide infrastructure for increasing populations and economic development. The current era of mega projects will enjoy the experience of decades of modern growth and innovative 21st century technology to provide improved cost and s >>>


      TADAWUL LEADS GULF GAINS AT 14–MONTH HIGH
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — Saudi Arabia’s bourse closed at its highest in more than 14 months yesterday, leading gains in the Gulf Arab region, led by Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and Kingdom Holding Co. The index added 1.07 percent to 11,045.63 points.

SABIC gained 1.46 percent and Kingdom Ho >>>


      TAWUNIYA INKS SR180BN DEALS WITH 10 FIRMS FOR COVERAGE
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 17 December 2007 — Tawuniya, the leading insurance company in Saudi Arabia, has signed deals with 10 local and international companies to provide insurance in the energy sector, recently undertaking projects in the Kingdom, the company announced yesterday.

The company’s insurance s >>>


      THE DOLLAR AND NEW WORLD REALITIES
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady There must have been those in the US administration that must have made a collective sigh of relief at the announcement of the GCC finance and monetary chiefs that, for the present, the GCC would continue to peg their currencies to the dollar. To many however, the decline of the dollar, a potent sy >>>


      ‘WE’RE HERE TO PRAY FOR PEACE’
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News An Iraqi pilgrim rests outside the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Women make up nearly 50 percent of all hajis. (AN photo by Khidr Al–Zahrani)

MAKKAH, 17 December 2007 — They are here in large numbers, praying alongside men in the Grand Mosque. They frequently burst into tears, and keep lo >>>


      DEAD INDIAN PILGRIMS TO BE BURIED TODAY
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — Five Indian pilgrims, who died on Saturday when the bus they were traveling in toppled over on the Madinah–Makkah highway, will be buried today.

«The burial of the dead pilgrims is expected to be completed by tomorrow,» Indian Consul General >>>


      KING ABDULLAH PARDONS QATIF GIRL
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has pardoned the 20–year–old Saudi rape victim known as Qatif girl after a court sentenced her to 200 lashes and six months in prison, according to Justice Minister Abdullah Al–Asheikh.

An inf >>>


      KINGDOM, SPAIN TO EXCHANGE SECURITY INFO
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 17 December 2007 — Saudi Arabia and Spain are set to exchange security information regarding their efforts in the war against terror and exchange training programs between the security bodies of the two countries as a result of bolstering political and economic relations, a reliable source >>>


      OSTRICH MEAT BANNED IN RIYADH
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 December 2007 — Municipal officials in Riyadh have instructed poultry sellers and restaurants not to sell ostrich meat following the discovery of bird flu among ostriches a couple of days ago.

«Municipal inspectors are currently conducting raids on shops and din >>>


      PALESTINIANS RECOUNT RIGORS OF HAJ JOURNEY
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Ali Hawash, Arab News MAKKAH, 17 December 2007 — The Palestinian Haj delegation, comprising 2,186 people, thanked the Saudi government for its continuous support since their arrival in the Kingdom following a gruesome seven–day trip from occupied Palestine.

Saleh Al–Regab, head of the delegation, sa >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN SIGN BORDER PACT
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — Saudi Arabia and Jordan yesterday signed an agreement to demarcate their marine border in the Gulf of Aqaba. The landmark accord was signed at the Conference Palace in Jeddah by Interior Minister Prince Naif and his Jordanian counterpart Eid Al–Fayez.
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      SIDELIGHTS: BRIDE’S SHOES STOLEN ON WEDDING DAY
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News ASIR, 17 December 2007 — A brief power failure in a local wedding hall here dampened the mood of the party when a thief took advantage of the darkness to steal the bride’s wedding shoes, the daily Okaz reported yesterday.

As the bride was trying on her wedding dress, the thief sneaked into her room an >>>


      THOUSANDS THRONG TENT CITY OF MINA
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News The white tents in the sprawling Mina valley are all set to welcome pilgrims. (AN photo by Khidr Al–Zahrani) JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — Hundreds of thousands of faithful Muslims began assembling in the tent city of Mina yesterday in preparation for the annual pilgrimage, which is the >>>


      UNITY KEY TO CORRECTING DISTORTED IMAGE OF MUSLIMS: PRINCE KHALED
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Ibtisam Shegdar, Arab News A group of pilgrims leaves the Aziziya area of Makkah for the tent city of Mina, where most of the Haj activities take place. (AN photo by Adnan Mahdali)

MAKKAH, 17 December 2007 — Muslim unity is essential for the Ummah’s integration with the new world order, said Makkah Gov. Prince >>>


      WHEN MEN OF MAKKAH TURN INTO SOLDIERS SERVING GUESTS OF GOD
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Ibtisam Shegdar, Arab News MAKKAH, 17 December 2007 — The wives of pilgrim guides, who work during the Haj, often do not get to see their husbands for weeks because of the nature of their jobs. Such wives end up remaining at home alone while their husbands are busy with pilgrims during the busiest time of the year in Sa >>>


      AWAMI LEAGUE DEMANDS TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMINALS
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 17 December 2007 — Bangladesh celebrated the 36th anniversary of independence from Pakistan yesterday, but the powerful Awami League and three other parties boycotted a key event, accusing the government of condoning war criminals.

Previously known as East Pakistan, Bangladesh >>>


      IRAQI FORCES TAKE CONTROL OF BASRA
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Agence France Presse BASRA, 17 December 2007 — Iraq formally took security control of the southern oil province of Basra from British forces yesterday, paving the way for Britain to sharply reduce its nearly 5,000–strong troop presence.

«The handover means victory for Iraq and defeat to its enemies, >>>


      ISLAMABAD, DHAKA URGED TO RESOLVE BIHARI ISSUE
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 December 2007 — The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) met here on Friday night to mark the anniversary of the fall of Dhaka and remember the stranded Pakistanis still in Bangladeshi camps.

The meeting entitled «Repatriation of Stranded Pakistanis — Our National Obligation» urg >>>


      ISRAELI TROOPS ADMIT ABUSE AT CHECKPOINTS
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, 17 December 2007 — One in four of Israeli troops serving at the hundreds of checkpoints across the occupied West Bank have engaged in or witnessed abuse of Palestinians, an army–commissioned survey said yesterday. Twenty–five percent of respondents said they had either taken p >>>


      ONE KILLED, 3 HURT IN JOLO GRENADE BLAST
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 17 December 2007 – A man was killed and three others were wounded in a grenade explosion yesterday in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, police said. Arnold Cataylo, 25, was toying with the grenade when it exploded, said Supt. Hakam Pae, acting provincial police chief. A Mari >>>


      PAKISTANI PARTIES STEP UP POLL DRIVE
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses a public gathering during an election campaign in Pattoki on Sunday. (AFP)

ISLAMABAD, 17 December 2007 — Pakistani political parties stepped up poll campaign yesterday, a day after President Pervez Musharraf lifted emergency rule >>>


      POEA SUSPENDS SIX MORE RECRUITMENT AGENCIES SUSPENDED FOR VARIOUS VIOLATIONS
      Arab News, 17-12-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 17 December 2007 — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has suspended six recruitment agencies for contract substitution and issuing fake visit visas.

In the orders of preventive suspension Arab News obtained, POEA suspended 7 Blessings Development and Pl >>>


      A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF THE BUZZ FROM THE SUNDAY TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, surging in the polls for the GOP presidential nomination, faced criticism by two rivals yesterday.

Fred D. Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, said, "Liberal is the only word that comes to mind, when he was governor." On CBS‘s "Face the Nation, >>>


      ACCURAL METHOD WOULD SHOW HIGHER DEFICIT
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– The federal budget deficit would have been 6' percent higher than the $162.8 billion reported two months ago if the government had used the same accounting methods as private companies, the Bush administration reported Monday.

The administration, releasing the "Financial Re >>>


      AS TEMPERATURES RISE, HEALTH COULD DECLINE
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     Depending on where you are, this is going to be a hotter, wetter, drier, windier, calmer, dirtier, buggier or hungrier century than mankind has seen in a while. In some places, it may be deadlier, too.

The effects of climate change are diverse and sometimes contradictory. In general, they favor instability and >>>


      BILL COULD HALT NEW YORK CARRIAGE HORSES
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     A03 NEW YORK –– The carriage horses at Central Park are one of this city‘s most iconic sights, along with the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the street–side artists and the hot dog vendors. But now one city council member from Queens is trying to send the horses the way of the once >>>


      BREAKING RANKS
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     LIEBERMAN TO BACK MCCAIN Breaking Ranks Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee who currently lists his party affiliation as "Independent Democrat," will break party ranks to endorse Sen. John McCain‘s presidential bid, according to sources close to the Arizona Republ >>>


      BUDGET BILL REVERSES BUSH CUTS
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Lawmakers unveiled a $500 billion–plus catchall spending bill Sunday, reluctantly sticking within President Bush‘s budget but still protecting politically sensitive domestic programs from White House cuts.

The bill wraps together the budgets for every Cabinet department exc >>>


      BUSH WOULD VETO BUDGET BILL WITHOUT IRAQ MONEY: AIDE
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush would veto a broad budget bill under consideration by the U.S. Congress if it does not contain money for the Iraq war, his spokeswoman said.

"Because it does not have any money for our troops in Iraq, the president would veto the bill –– the >>>


      CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AT FOX NEWS BUILDING
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     NEW YORK –– A small chemical explosion was reported Monday in the building that houses Fox News, officials said. One person was hurt.

The explosion happened at 10:3' a.m. on the building‘s 45th floor, which houses the heating and cooling systems for the 47–story building.

&q >>>


      CONTRACTOR, OWNER FIGHT OVER HIDDEN CASH
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     CLEVELAND –– A contractor who helped discover bundles of cash totaling $182,000 hidden behind bathroom walls says the homeowner should turn the money over to him _ or at least share it.

Bob Kitts said his feud with the owner of the house, a former high school classmate, has deteriorated to the point >>>


      DEMS LOSE FIGHT ON FAMILY PLANNING AID
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Unable to override a promised veto, Democrats have backed down on their insistence that the 2008 foreign aid budget reverse President Bush‘s ban on providing aid to family planning groups abroad that offer abortions.

A measure to ease restrictions on international aid was strippe >>>


      GIULIANI CAMPAIGN WARMS UP TO FLORIDA
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     By Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 17, 2007; A04 TAMPA –– The current center of the political universe is Iowa, as presidential candidates from both parties are spending millions and braving the winter weather in the struggle to win its first–in–the–nation caucu >>>


      HOPES AND CONCERNS AS EU LIFTS BORDERS
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A minute after midnight on Thursday, the EU will lift border checks with nine of its newest members, setting aside the last remainders of the Iron Curtain in a move some fear could make life easier for criminals.

Travelers will be able to drive from Warsaw to Porto or Prague to Paris >>>


      LIEBERMAN ENDORSES MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. –– Sen. John McCain, trying to keep momentum in this state‘s critical Republican primary race, brought in something unusual on Monday _ an endorsement from the other party‘s former vice presidential nominee.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Democrat Al Gore‘s running mate >>>


      N.J. BANS DEATH PENALTY
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     TRENTON, N.J. –– Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed into law Monday a measure that abolishes the death penalty, making New Jersey the first state in more than four decades to reject capital punishment.

The bill, approved last week by the state‘s Assembly and Senate, replaces the death sentence with li >>>


      OBAMA DESCRIBES FAITH AMID FALSE RUMORS
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     MASON CITY, Iowa –– Democrat Barack Obama on Sunday confronted one of the persistent falsehoods circulating about him on the Internet.

He went to church. His attendance here at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, with the news media in tow, was as much an observation of faith as it was >>>


      OMAHA STORE TO REOPEN AFTER VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     OMAHA, Neb. –– The department store where a teen gunman went on a rampage will reopen Thursday, about two weeks after the shootings, company officials said.

The Von Maur store at Westroads Mall will hold a brief ceremony in memory of those killed and hurt before the opening, the company said.
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      PAUL RAISES MILLIONS IN 24–HOUR EFFORT
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul‘s supporters raised over $5 million Sunday to boost the 10–term Texas congressman‘s campaign for the White House.

Called a "Money Bomb," the goal was to raise as much money as possible on the Internet in one day. >>>


      RON PAUL WHITE HOUSE BID RAISES $4.5 MILLION
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, an anti–war libertarian who has clashed with his rivals over Iraq, raised a record $4.5 million in a one–day Internet fund–raising event on Sunday, his campaign said in a statement.

Paul‘s campaign said the Texas co >>>


      SENATORS DEBATE IMMUNITY FOR TELECOMS
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The Senate is expected to decide this week whether to shield from civil lawsuits telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on Americans.

The Senate is grappling with an update to the 1'78 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that dictates when fede >>>


      SNOW AND ICE SNARL MIDWEST, NEW ENGLAND
      Washington Post, 17-12-2007
     BOSTON, Dec. 16 –– Motorists slid off roads Sunday across the Great Lakes states and into New England as a storm already blamed for three deaths cut visibility and iced over highways with a wind–blown brew of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warni >>>



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