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      AEK BACK ON TOP OF THE LEAGUE
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     Needing greater effort than indicated by the final score, AEK regained the lead in the Super League with a 4–1 win at last–placed Cretan soccer club Ergotelis last night, after scoring three late goals.

The Athens club broke clear with two injury–time goals from striker Nikos Lymberopoulos aft >>>


      ANOTHER BUS UP IN FLAMES
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     Yet another bus caught fire in Athens on Saturday, just a few weeks after the city’s public bus company (ETHEL) pledged to withdraw defective vehicles and Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis blamed human error for the blazes.

The bus, the 11th to go up in flames since 2000, caught fire while traveling along Ka >>>


      BALLOONS AND THEIR STRINGS...
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     GIORGOS FOTIADIS/ANA Balloons and their strings slightly obscure the view of residents in Thessaloniki yesterday as they walk through Aristotelous Square, which is the northern city’s main square and also the heart of its Christmas celebrations. Earlier this month, Thessaloniki’s Christmas tree was unveiled in the squar >>>


      CONSUMERS PAY MORE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     This year’s Christmas dinner will cost 10 percent more than it did last year, according to consumer groups.

The rise in cost is mostly due to higher prices of dairy and cereal products which have in turn increased the prices of basic food items such as bread, cheese and pasta, according to the consumer groups.< >>>


      FEAR OF KIFISSOS POLLUTION
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     Residents of the southern Athens suburbs of Moschato and Neo Faliron voiced their opposition this weekend to reported plans of the Environment and Public Works Ministry to divert more waste water into the Kifissos River.

The ministry is reportedly considering diverting a sewage pipe, the Ilissos River and a str >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     LESVOS SEARCH Coast guard looking for survivors from possible wrecked migrant boat Coast guard officers were yesterday searching the sea off Lesvos after a fisherman found the body of a migrant and rescued another immigrant off the Aegean island. The survivor said he had been on a boat with another 31 people. Earlier, 3 >>>


      MINISTRY OFFICIAL’S ASSISTANT CHARGED
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     A prosecutor in Athens on Saturday charged a former colleague of Christos Zachopoulos with blackmail and «involvement» in his suicide attempt, as it was revealed that the Culture Ministry’s ex–general secretary had left three notes behind before trying to end his life.

The 35–year– >>>


      PENSION STANCE TO SOFTEN
      Kathimerin, 24-12-2007
     Sources say gov’t likely to water down social security reform agenda Recently appointed Employment and Social Security Minister Fani Palli–Petralia is likely to water down controversial pension reform proposals after a recent round of strike action forced the government to rethink its stance on the changes.
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      ANALYSE. L‘ANNÉE DES FONDS SOUVERAINS
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Analyse. Jean–Claude Péclet Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Il arrive aux plus ardents défenseurs de l‘économie de marché de piétiner leurs principes. Quand en 1'87 le Kuwaiti Investment Office (KIO) plaça ses pétrodollars en prenant 22% du capital de BP, cette participatio >>>


      ANNÉE 2007 EN DEMI–TEINTE POUR LES CFF
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     TRANSPORTS. Hausse de 6% des passagers. Le Temps, avec ATS Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Les CFF ont transporté cette année 6% de passagers de plus qu‘en 2006.

En revanche, l‘objectif que le secteur marchandises enregistre des chiffres noirs l‘an prochain ne sera pas atteint. Des suppr >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. DANSER SUR UNE CORDE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Réformer le syst';me financier passe par la création d‘une monnaie échappant ŕ l‘arbitraire étatique Analyse. L‘année des fonds souverains Kiosque. L‘économie suisse décrite en 100 pages Du nouveau dans la finance. S‘enrichir en pariant sur la >>>


      CANDIDE. MERRY CHRISTMAS ('';A VEUT DIRE «JOYEUX NOËL»)
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Candide. Anna Lietti Lundi 24 décembre 2007 C‘est donc la m';re qui est allée ŕ Rome pendant que Carla restait ŕ Paris.

C‘est Marisa Bruni Tedeschi, tailleur noir et sac en croco, qui a mangé des tagliatelles ŕ côté du président, dans un restauran >>>


      CE QU‘ILS ATTENDENT DE 2008 (1). ANDREAS KOOPMANN: «LE MANCHE DU COUTEAU A CHANGÉ DE MAINS FACE AUX FOURNISSEURS»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Andreas Koopmann, patron de Bobst.Photo: Keystone INDUSTRIE DE L‘EMBALLAGE. Pour le patron de Bobst, horizon ensoleillé avec trois nuages.

Jean–Claude Péclet Lundi 24 décembre 2007 L‘emballage, c‘est ce qu‘on jette apr';s usage... et un précieux indicate >>>


      CRITIQUE: «HONOUR» AU PULL OFF Ŕ LAUSANNE. LE PROCČS DE LA RUPTURE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Critique: «Honour» au Pull Off ŕ Lausanne. Marie–Pierre Genecand Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Porte claquée sur l';vres serrées, certaines séparations se consomment sans explications. D‘autres, au contraire, ne cessent de secréter du verbe, comme si, espoir dé >>>


      DANIEL WIEDMER: «GENČVE VOIT LES CHOSES PAR LE PETIT BOUT DE SA LORGNETTE»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Questions ŕ Daniel Wiedmer. La lecture de ce texte (3202 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

S‘abonner ŕ l‘édition en ligne pour 17 CHF par mois Permet de consulter tous les articles du jour, des archives, les éditions PDF et ePaper, de s >>>


      DIVISER N‘EST PAS RÉGNER
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Jean Bischofberger et Patrick Buchs, Nyon (VD) Lundi 24 décembre 2007 De nombreux journalistes, depuis l‘élection de Madame Widmer–Schlumpf, nous parlent des 2'% de l‘électorat qui auraient été bafoués, faisant croire que les élections fédérales se sont >>>


      DU NOUVEAU DANS LA FINANCE. S‘ENRICHIR EN PARIANT SUR LA RARÉFACTION DU PÉTROLE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     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 ALBERT DE PURY. UN DRÔLE DE THÉOLOGIEN
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Exég';te de l‘Ancien Testament, observateur pénétrant du conflit israélo–palestinien, Albert de Pury publie son troisi';me album de dessins inspirés de la Bible.

Un délice d‘humour tendre et une leçon de liberté. Anna Lietti Lundi 24 d >>>


      EVICTION DE BLOCHER: LE COUP DE L‘ANNÉE?
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Michele Losa, vice–président des Jeunes UDC du district de Morges, Bi';re (VD) Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Une alliance de gauche s‘est débarrassée de M. Blocher. Comme dans une cour d‘école, on a mis hors–jeu celui qui est compétent et influent afin qu‘il n >>>


      EXHUMATIONS DANS UNE CAMPAGNE DU BENGALE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     INDE. Des paysans s‘opposent ŕ la réquisition de leurs terres en faveur d‘une zone économique spéciale voulue par le pouvoir communiste régional.

«Massacres», viols. La justice est saisie. Vanessa Dougnac, Nandigram Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Piqués devant >>>


      KIOSQUE. L‘ÉCONOMIE SUISSE DÉCRITE EN 100 PAGES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Du nouveau dans la finance. S‘enrichir en pariant sur la raréfaction du pétrole La minute technique. Deux triangles comme cadeau de Noël Ronald Duss: «En 2008, nous prévoyons une hausse de plus de 10%» Les investisseurs se détournent des fonds «absolute return» FINA >>>


      L‘ANALYSE. ENTRE L‘ARMÉE ET LES URNES, LA DOUBLE DÉFAITE DE LA DÉMOCRATIE THAĎLANDAISE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     La victoire électorale des partis favorables ŕ l‘ex–premier ministre en exil Thaksin Shinawatra montre que le putsch militaire de septembre 2006 n‘a pas modifié la donne politique en Thaďlande.

Richard Werly, Ancien correspondant en Asie du Sud–Est Lundi 24 décem >>>


      L‘UDC MODČRE SON OPPOSITION, LE PDC DURCIT LE TON
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     PARTIS. Christoph Blocher indique que la cure d‘opposition des agrariens pourrait ętre courte. Le président du PDC Christophe Darbellay, lui, attaque l‘UDC sur ses propres terres et soutiendra l‘expulsion des criminels étrangers.

Le Temps, avec ATS Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Ch >>>


      LA CFB JUGE QUE UBS A RÉAGI VITE ET AVEC VIGUEUR
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     BANQUE. L‘arrivée du fonds singapourien GIC suscite encore questions et critiques.

Le Temps Lundi 24 décembre 2007 UBS a agi «rapidement et vigoureusement» aux difficultés qu‘elle a rencontrées, estime Eugen Haltiner, président de la Commission fédérale >>>


      LA CONVERSION DE TONY BLAIR AGACE LES CATHOLIQUES BRITANNIQUES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     GRANDE–BRETAGNE. L‘ancien premier ministre s‘est converti au catholicisme. La lecture de ce texte (2'84 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

S‘abonner ŕ l‘édition en ligne pour 17 CHF par mois Permet de consulter tous les artic >>>


      LA LUMIČRE AU BOUT DU TUNNEL
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Ibraim Zili sert Micheline Calmy–Rey. La présidente de la Confédération est entourée de sa m';re et de ses soeurs lors du cocktail dînatoire donné en son honneur ŕ Gen';ve, il y a une année.Photo: Eddy Mottaz • Sans–papiers, il servait le champagne aux >>>


      LA MINUTE TECHNIQUE. DEUX TRIANGLES COMME CADEAU DE NOËL
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     La minute technique. Bruno Estier, bruno.estier@dplanet.ch, président de l‘Association suisse des analystes techniques Lundi 24 décembre 2007 A ceux qui me font l‘honneur de me lire un 24 décembre, voilŕ la pensée

– cadeau de la Minute Technique: «Dans les formes >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Le Français préféré des Français est Yannick Noah, selon le plus grand sondage annuel du genre. Le chanteur black qui avait réussi dans un sport de Blancs reprend la tęte de ce classement qu‘il avait abandonnée ŕ Zidane.< >>>


      LE CODE CIVIL A UN SIČCLE: «CENT ANS DE SOLLICITUDE POUR LES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Banderolle et affiches en l´honneur du centenaire du Code civil suisse.Photo: DR DROIT. Adopté en 1'07, le Code civil suisse aura contribué ŕ cimenter l‘unité nationale, dit le professeur de droit neuchâtelois Olivier Guillod. Il aura aussi joué un rôle précurseur d >>>


      LE CONTE DE NOËL DU SANS–PAPIERS QUI SERVAIT LES CONSEILLERS FÉDÉRAUX
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     RECIT. Apr';s dix ans ŕ se faufiler dans l‘illégalité, Ibraim Zili savoure sa régularisation.

Le Temps Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Maître de rang dans la restauration haut de gamme, employé d‘une maison chic ŕ Lausanne, Ibraim Zili, 37 ans, vient d‘&# >>>


      LE COUP DE SANG D‘UN SIOUX
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     INDIENS. Un leader de la tribu des Lakota appelle les siens ŕ déterrer la hache de guerre et ŕ faire sédition. Controverse.

Luis Lema, New York Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Certains disent de lui qu‘il est le Sioux le plus important depuis les temps légendaires de Sitting Bull et d >>>


      LE DICTATEUR OUZBEK EST ASSURÉ D‘UNE VICTOIRE ÉCRASANTE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     OUZBEKISTAN. Président depuis 1'8' grâce ŕ un appareil policier redoutable, Islam Karimov ne courait aucun risque de défaite lors de l‘élection présidentielle de dimanche.

Piotr Smolar, Le Monde Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Si les morts d‘Andijan pouvaient parler >>>


      LE GUETTEUR DES LETTRES FRAN'';AISES S‘EN EST ALLÉ
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Julien Gracq. «J´écris comme presque tout le monde, en commençant par le début et en finissant par la fin», disait–il avec humour.Photo: Keystone DECES. Aussi discret qu‘exigeant, Julien Gracq, qui refusa le Prix Goncourt 1'51 attribué ŕ son «Rivage des Syrtes», >>>


      LE MUSÉE DES BEAUX–ARTS Ŕ RUMINE? UNE FAUSSE BONNE IDÉE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Philippe Biéler, ancien conseiller d‘Etat vaudois, estime qu‘au stade oů en sont les études et projets, il vaut mieux continuer ŕ miser sur ce qui a déjŕ été décidé par le canton.

La lecture de ce texte (4''8 caract';res) est rés >>>


      LE PARTI DE THAKSIN INFLIGE UNE GIFLE AUX MILITAIRES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Samak Sundaravej, premier ministre avant le retour du chef.Photo: Keystone THAILANDE. Les alliés de l‘ex–premier ministre exilé ont largement remporté les législatives.

Arnaud Dubus, Bangkok Lundi 24 décembre 2007 C‘est un coup de tonnerre dans le monde politique tha&# >>>


      LES GRANDES TRADITIONS SPORTIVES DE FIN D‘ANNÉE (1/5). LES TRANSHUMANCES BIGARRÉES DE LA COUPE SPENGLER
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     De la vraie origine du label SPORT Le Temps I Article Les transhumances bigarrées de la Coupe Spengler La tribune nord du stade davosien. Chaque années, les prix montent, mais tous les billets sont vendus, et les hôtels complets, avant męme que l´affiche soit connue.Photo: Keystone HOCKEY SUR GL >>>


      LES INVESTISSEURS SE DÉTOURNENT DES FONDS «ABSOLUTE RETURN»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     SUBPRIME. La crise du crédit met en échec de nombreuses stratégies promettant un rendement positif en tous temps.

Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Performance: – 8,6% sur un an. Qui est le coupable? Un fonds de valeurs financi';res qui a plongé en raison d >>>


      LES OCCIDENTAUX ONT RÉALISÉ UN SPECTACULAIRE TĘTE–Ŕ–QUEUE Ŕ BEYROUTH
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     LIBAN. L‘impasse qui dure dans la présidentielle montre que la Syrie reste ferme: prendre et ne rien donner.

Alain Campiotti Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Les Libanais ont une bonne raison de prier. Qu‘ils soient musulmans (Eid al–Adha) ou chrétiens (Noël), ils demandent que la gu >>>


      LES ORACLES DES MARCHÉS ÉVOQUENT LE RISQUE DE STAGFLATION AUX ETATS–UNIS
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Une inflation tr';s alimentaire en 2008 Au fait, qu‘avaient–ils prédit pour cette année?

Prévision. Tablez–vous sur un scénario de stagflation en 2008? Réponses des strat';ges Au cśur des marchés. Danser sur une corde Réformer le syst >>>


      LES RENDEZ–VOUS DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Le Temps Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Mardi 25 Noël en musique – A 17h, un Noël polychoral renaissant et baroque ŕ la collégiale de Neuchâtel.

L‘ensemble vocal et instrumental La Sestina, sous la direction d‘Adriano Giardina, joue des śuvres ŕ plusieurs ch" >>>


      LUMIČRES D‘ÉPOQUE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Luc Debraine Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Noël, une lumi';re dans la nuit... Bien s$';r, mais que reste–t–il du scintillant symbole? Des guirlandes installées d';s novembre dans les villes, une récupération marchande maximale, une surconsommation énergétiqu >>>


      PASCAL COUCHEPIN S‘OFFRE UN FILM HISTORIQUE DŰ Ŕ UN COMMUNISTE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Autoroute entre Gen';ve et Lausanne. Le premier tronçon a été construit en 1'64 ŕ la veille de l´Exposition nationale.Photo: DR SUISSE ROMANDE. Alex Mayenfisch, autrefois militant d‘extręme gauche, a réalisé un moyen métrage commandé par Pascal Couchepi >>>


      PHILIPPE NENDAZ: «LA NOTION DE HANDICAP MENTAL VARIE SELON LES RÉGIONS ET LES REPRÉSENTATIONS»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Visite Contacts Sommaire REGIONS Pascal Couchepin s‘offre un film historique d$'; ŕ un communiste Daniel Wiedmer: «Gen';ve voit les choses par le petit bout de sa lorgnette» Philippe Nendaz: «La notion de handicap mental varie selon les régions et les représentations >>>


      PRÉVISION. TABLEZ–VOUS SUR UN SCÉNARIO DE STAGFLATION EN 2008? RÉPONSES DES STRATČGES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Prévision. Le Temps Lundi 24 décembre 2007 «Nous sommes déjŕ dans la stagflation» Patrick Segal, Membre du comité de direction de la Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Nous sommes déjŕ entrés dans la stagflation, car l‘inflation des produits alimentaires et >>>


      QUELQUES ÉLANS DE LUMIČRE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     A l´Abbaye de la Fille–Dieu, Romont, les vitraux abstraits de l´artiste britannique Brian Clarke ont été inaugurés en 1''6.Photo: Luc Debraine • Noël, lueur dans la nuit... L‘occasion de découvrir des śuvres qui incarnent cette spiritualité.

Luc D >>>


      RONALD DUSS: «EN 2008, NOUS PRÉVOYONS UNE HAUSSE DE PLUS DE 10%»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Questions ŕ Ronald Duss. Ronald Duss, Gérant du Callander Fund Global Security Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Avec un rendement de 3,1% depuis son lancement en mai, le fonds Callander Fund Global Security résiste bien ŕ la crise boursi';re. Il fait mieux que son indice de référence, le >>>


      RÉFORMER LE SYSTČME FINANCIER PASSE PAR LA CRÉATION D‘UNE MONNAIE ÉCHAPPANT Ŕ L‘ARBITRAIRE ÉTATIQUE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     CRISE DU CREDIT. Les réponses apportées par les Etats et les banques centrales ŕ l‘effondrement généralisé de la confiance ŕ la suite de la crise des «subprime» entraîneront, ŕ terme, la disparition des moyens de paiements publics et leur remplacement par de >>>


      RÉTROSPECTIVES (3/5). L‘ANNÉE CHÉREAU CRIANTE DE VÉRITÉ
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     LYRIQUE. L‘année 2007 fut marquée par deux spectacles du metteur en sc';ne français ŕ la hauteur de sa réputation: «De la Maison des Morts» de Janácek ŕ Vienne et ŕ Aix–en–Provence, et «Tristan und Isolde» de Wagner ŕ Milan.>>>


      UN NOUVEAU PRIX POUR OLIVIER DESSIBOURG
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     PRIX. Le journaliste scientifique du «Temps» distingué. Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Cent trente–cinq candidats provenant de 46 pays avaient été sélectionnés par la Fédération mondiale des journalistes scientifiques. Au final, seuls 14 ont ét& >>>


      UNE SOIRÉE CHEZ... (1/5). SVETLANA, UNE ROULOTTE POUR MÉMOIRE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Autour de Svetlana Stevanovic–Gojun: le musicien tzigane Jovan Nikolic, Basrak Gordana (sa soeur), Matia Stevanovic–Gojun (son fils), Danica Stevanovic (sa m';re) et Tina Stevanovic–Gojun (sa fille). Gen';ve, 21 décembre 2007.Photo: Eddy Mottaz Danse, musique, émotions et plat >>>


      ZAPPROPOS. DE NOËL Ŕ L‘EPIPHANIE, LE MEILLEUR DU PETIT ÉCRAN
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Zappropos. Olivier Perrin Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Temps de Fętes! C‘est pas facile–facile ŕ avouer, mais en fait, j‘aime assez LES BĘTISIERS. Chic, c‘est de saison. On reverra donc avec délices quelques gags involontaires (France2, lundi 24, 22h35) ou, le męme soir h& >>>


      «SUBPRIME»: COMMENT EN EST–ON ARRIVÉ LŔ?
      Le Temps, 24-12-2007
     Gérald Mermet, Chessel (VD) Lundi 24 décembre 2007 Le syst';me des «subprime» est fortement apparenté au jeu de l‘avion. Il nécessite un afflux constant de crédits pour maintenir un marché haussier.

Il était donc indispensable qu‘une cohorte tou >>>


      LEVERAGING EXPERIENCE TO ACHIEVE BEST RESULTS
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     J. Garrett Ralls & Nazir Khaja For the successful implementation of mega projects, the impact on the community of the project is crucial.

In the continuation of their essay on the elements of success in implementing mega projects, the writers underscored that the support of the community or communities play >>>


      MOODY’S MAINTAINS BBK’S CREDIT RATINGS
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Arab News BAHRAIN, 24 December 2007 — Credit rating agency Moody’s has updated their credit analysis report on BBK and maintained the bank’s credit ratings at local currency deposits A2, Long–term foreign currency deposits A2/P–1 and BFSR C–, with a stable outlook.

In maintaining the bank’s ra >>>


      OIL, PROPERTY AND INFLATION: A VOLATILE MIX
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady The price of crude oil is hovering at the $'0–$100 a barrel, up almost $40 since last year, but energy addicts are not always put off by high prices. Sometimes the cost of a drug makes the craving more dangerous.

There are now worries about a global economic downtown, and if sust >>>


      UNICORN ACQUIRES 75% EQUITY STAKE IN OPEN–SILICON
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Arab News BAHRAIN, 24 December 2007 — Unicorn Investment Bank (Unicorn) announced the investment of $1'0 million to acquire a 75 percent equity stake in Open–Silicon, Inc. (Open–Silicon), a market leader in chip design and outsourced manufacturing services based in Milpitas, California. Unicorn is partne >>>


      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS — 2: CHANGING SCENES AND FACILITIES
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     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, 24-12-2007
     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 H >>>


      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS: WHERE TO START THE IHRAAM?
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     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, 24-12-2007
     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, 24-12-2007
     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, 24-12-2007
     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, 24-12-2007
     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, 24-12-2007
     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 >>>


      KNIFE–WIELDING PILGRIM SENDS 3 TO HOSPITAL
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 24 December 2007 — A 48–year–old Indonesian pilgrim was arrested after reportedly attacking other pilgrims inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah at around ' p.m. Saturday night, local authorities said yesterday.

The suspect allegedly carried a kitchen knife >>>


      MADINAH GEARED FOR POST–HAJ PHASE
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Yousuf Muhammad, Arab News MADINAH, 24 December 2007 — The central area around the Prophet’s Mosque is becoming crowded again after being calm for a few days. The Presidency of the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs has been preparing for the post–Haj influx of pilgrims to the Prophet’s City.

The presidency is impl >>>


      MISSING INDIAN BOY REUNITED WITH PARENTS
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News Abdul Azeem was taken good care of by the staff at Al–Noor Hospital.

JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — The 18–year–old mentally handicapped Indian boy who became separated from his family in Muzdalifah on Tuesday night was found in good health at a hospital in Makkah yesterday. >>>


      NEW PHILIPPINE CONSUL GENERAL IN JEDDAH ASSUMES OFFICE
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Ronald Concha & Francis R. Salud, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — The new Philippine head of post in Jeddah has assumed office, ending three weeks of uncertainty.

Consul General Ezzedin Tago arrived in Jeddah from Manila on Saturday morning and was given a welcome party later in the day by consulate of >>>


      PILGRIMS’ WOES RELATE TO LODGING, TRANSPORT
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — Pilgrims of certain countries have voiced complains related to accommodation, transportation and food. Organizers of these pilgrims said they were looking into such complaints.

The Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry’s Haj Management Committee operating in t >>>


      PRE–HAJ SWOOP NETTED 28 SUSPECTS: INTERIOR MINISTRY
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — The Interior Ministry said yesterday that 28 people were arrested in Kingdom–wide sweep that began Dec. 14 in the provinces of Makkah and Madinah, as well as the northern border region and Riyadh.

Twenty–seven of the suspects are Saudis, the >>>


      SAUDI MEDIA ENJOY FULL FREEDOM, MADANI SAYS
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — Culture and Information Minister Iyad Madani has highlighted the press freedom in Saudi Arabia and said his ministry had put no restrictions on foreign journalists and media persons who came for Haj coverage. «We did not tell any foreign news agency or telev >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: PILGRIM ON TAWAF TREK ENDS UP IN MADINAH
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Arab News MADINAH, 24 December 2007 — A Moroccan pilgrim got a little mixed up when he jumped into a Madinah–bound taxi, a local paper reported yesterday.

The exhausted pilgrim only wanted a lift from Mina to the Grand Mosque — a few kilometers away. The pilgrim then promptly fell asleep in the back of th >>>


      TAWAFA GROUPS WARNED AGAINST AIRPORT DUMPING
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Galal Fakkar, Arab News MAKKAH, 24 December 2007 — Minister of Haj Fouad Al–Farsy has ordered the Tawafa establishments not to transport any of their pilgrims to the airport or seaport long before their scheduled departure time.

In a statement issued yesterday, the minister warned that Tawafa establishmen >>>


      COPS RE–ARREST INFLUENTIAL RAPE CONVICT WHO WALKED OUT OF MANILA PRISON
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 24 December 2007 — Police yesterday rearrested former Rep.

Romeo Jalosjos a day after he walked out of the national penitentiary in Manila and flew to his hometown in the southern Philippines.

Jalosjos, sentenced to serve two life terms for raping an 11–year& >>>


      DOZENS KILLED IN AFGHAN VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Agencies GHAZNI, 24 December 2007 — Around two dozens of people, including several civilians, were killed in the latest spate of Taleban–linked violence across Afghanistan, authorities said yesterday.

Three civilians, including a woman, were killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in the eastern province of >>>


      GOVT WILL ENSURE FAIR, TRANSPARENT POLL: SOOMRO
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro said the government would ensure that the forthcoming election scheduled for Jan. 8 is fair, free and transparent.

Speaking at a Pakistani community function here late Saturday, Soomro said, «Every Pakistani voter >>>


      MADRASAS GROOM KILLERS: BENAZIR
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 24 December 2007 — Opponents of President Pervez Musharraf hit the campaign trail yesterday with just two weeks to go before pivotal elections for Parliament.

Main opposition leaders Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif held rallies ahead of the Jan. 8 vote, which both have sai >>>


      OLMERT REJECTS HAMAS’ OFFER OF CEASE–FIRE
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i & Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News A Palestinian man looks at the construction of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the Israeli neighborhood of Har Homa in the eastern part of Jerusalem on Sunday. (AP) RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY, 24 December 2007 — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday rejected Hamas’ >>>


      PAWAR, THACKERAY MEETING SPARKS SPECULATION
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 24 December 2007 — In a major political development, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and federal Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar called on Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at the latter’s residence yesterday.

Pawar went to Matoshree, Thackeray’s residence in the suburb >>>


      TURKISH PLANES HIT PKK BASES IN NORTHERN IRAQ
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     Agencies ANKARA, 24 December 2007 — Turkish aircraft yesterday carried out fresh attacks on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, Turkey’s Anatolia news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga security force.

Turkish fighter jets first carried out reconnaissance in the Qandil mountains ne >>>


      YASSIN AL–QADI EXONERATED
      Arab News, 24-12-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Yassin Abdullah Al–Qadi JEDDAH, 24 December 2007 — The six–year–long saga of Saudi businessman Yassin Abdullah Al–Qadi, who was accused by US authorities of funding terrorism, has ended with the Swiss federal prosecutor exonerating him of all charges.

Accord >>>


      ADVOCATES HOPE SCIENCE CAN SAVE A BIG TUNA
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     A06 For centuries, humans have mythologized the bluefin tuna, an elite, warmblooded fish that can traverse the Atlantic basin in less than a month and a half and grow to weigh three–quarters of a ton. Romans put bluefin on their coins; Salvador Dali painted them.

Now, researchers are using hard science to >>>


      ASTRONAUT‘S MOTHER MOURNED IN ILL.
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     LOMBARD, Ill. –– As NASA astronaut Daniel Tani orbits Earth, hundreds of mourners filled a suburban Chicago church Sunday to remember his '0–year–old mother as someone who endured hardship to raise five children and worked until age 70.

Rose Tani died Dec. 1' when her car was str >>>


      BUILDING SLOW TO BEGIN ON NAVAJO LAND
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     TUBA CITY, Ariz. –– The pavement stops abruptly here, giving way to a sandy, washboard road that takes residents to a place where tires keep roofs from blowing away and electricity and running water are scarce.

A sign once posted here read: "Now you‘re entering third world country. Bennet >>>


      BUSH MAKES HOLIDAY CALLS TO TROOPS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush called 10 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf on Monday to thank them for their sacrifice and wish them a happy holiday even though they‘ll be away from their families and friends.

The president made his Christmas Eve phone calls from the >>>


      CATTLEMEN SEEK CHECKOFF CHANGES
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     LINCOLN, Neb. –– Cattle producers in Nebraska and other states are pushing for the first significant change to the national beef checkoff program since it started more than 20 years ago.

The beef checkoff program is behind the popular "Beef, It‘s What‘s for Dinner" ads that fea >>>


      CLINTON PLEDGES SUPPORT TO VETERANS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa –– Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday renewed her pledge to ensure the United States fulfills its obligations to veterans.

At the Iowa Veterans Home in central Iowa, Clinton said she was glad to be there during the holidays _ a time when "we all think about what we&lsq >>>


      CLINTON PLEDGES SUPPORT TO VETERANS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa –– Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday renewed her pledge to ensure the United States fulfills its obligations to veterans.

At the Iowa Veterans Home in central Iowa, Clinton said she was glad to be there during the holidays _ a time when "we all think about what we&lsq >>>


      CLINTON URGES IOWA VOTERS TO CAUCUS ON WRONG DAY
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     DES MOINES (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton may have shot herself in the foot trying to get Iowa voters to pledge support to her –– she is encouraging them to go caucus on January 14, 11 days too late.

At a rally featuring her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clin >>>


      COP WHO LIED ABOUT CITIZENSHIP DEPORTED
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     PM MILWAUKEE –– A man who took a dead cousin‘s identity to pose as a U.S.

citizen in order to become a police officer was deported from the United States and arrived in central Mexico on Sunday.

Oscar Ayala–Cornejo, 25, was arrested May 31 after an anonymous tip and was charged >>>


      DEADLY STORM LEAVES DANGEROUS ROADWAYS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     AM MILWAUKEE –– Even as a deadly snowstorm loosened its grip on the upper Midwest, officials warned that holiday travelers still faced treacherous roadways Monday.

At least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm, which led to multi–car pileups that closed parts of several major highways in the Pla >>>


      DONOR DROPS $1,000 INTO RED KETTLE
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –– Salvation Army Major Richard Hathorn knew when and where it would happen, but he still doesn‘t know who slipped the $1,000 bill into one of the charity‘s Christmas kettles.

Each Christmas since 1'78, someone has covertly stuffed one of the big bills into a kettle >>>


      DYING IOWA VOTER CONFRONTS CANDIDATES
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– A little over a year ago, Kathy Stangl received a devastating prognosis: Doctors told her she had only a few months to live.

Then April came around and Stangl, still very much alive, did what comes naturally to Iowans _ she started meeting presidential candidates.

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      FORMER MISS. LT. GOV. EVELYN GANDY DIES
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     JACKSON, Miss. –– Former Mississippi Lt. Gov. Evelyn Gandy, the only woman elected to three statewide offices in Mississippi, has died after a lengthy illness. She was 87.

Gandy died around ' p.m. Sunday at her home outside Hattiesburg, said Carroll Ingram, a law partner of Gandy‘s who ser >>>


      GIULIANI‘S LOSS SET STAGE FOR SUCCESS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     NEW YORK –– Rudy Giuliani revels in a reputation for being unstoppable _ the bold prosecutor of mobsters and crooked politicians, the dauntless mayor at the World Trade Center. And now a Republican presidential contender.

But Giuliani does know failure. He lost his first campaign, a 1'8' run >>>


      JURY CONVICTS BLACK MAN IN SHOOTING DEATH OF WHITE TEEN
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     By Frank EltmanAssociated PressMonday, December 24, 2007; A05 RIVERHEAD, N.Y. –– A black man who invoked images of lynch mobs in explaining why he killed a white teenager has been convicted of second–degree manslaughter because a jury rejected defense lawyers‘ arguments that his actions were just >>>


      OREGONIANS RECEIVE EARLY GIFT: REBATES
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     By Julia SilvermanAssociated PressMonday, December 24, 2007; A05 PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 23 –– Just in time for Christmas, Oregon taxpayers have gotten some extra spending money from an unlikely Santa Claus: their state government.

Checks have arrived in mailboxes all over the state, thanks to an only& >>>


      PETRAEUS: NO INTEREST IN PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s top Iraq war commander said Sunday that as far as he knows, his command performances now and in the future will be strictly military, not political.

In fact, Army Gen. David Petraeus cited the words of Civil War–era Gen. William T. Sherman in declaring he h >>>


      PETRAEUS: NO INTEREST IN PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s top Iraq war commander said Sunday that as far as he knows, his command performances now and in the future will be strictly military, not political.

In fact, Army Gen. David Petraeus cited the words of Civil War–era Gen. William T. Sherman in declaring he h >>>


      POLICE PROBE TV STATION CAR CRASH
      Washington Post, 24-12-2007
     CHICAGO –– A minivan crashed into the glass exterior wall of a downtown television studio, jarring the building and startling the anchor delivering the 10 p.m. news.

No one was injured in the Sunday night crash at WLS–TV. The impact of the van hitting the studio‘s reinforced glass wall o >>>



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