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      AFTER BEING TRAPPED...
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     DIMITRIS DOUNDOUMIS/ICON A motorist receives medical attention yesterday after being trapped in his car for two hours following a collision with a cement truck on the Athens–Lamia national highway. Police said the man, along with his wife and child, suffered minor injuries when the driver of the truck lost control >>>


      CHURCH LEADER KEEPS HIS SPIRITS UP
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     The health of Archbishop Christo–doulos, who is suffering from liver cancer that has spread to his stomach, improved slightly yesterday as his team of doctors gathered at his northern Athens home.

According to Church officials, the 68–year–old’s condition has been generally worsening over the >>>


      GREEK PRIESTS FIGHT IT OUT IN BETHLEHEM
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     Seven people were injured yesterday when Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem – believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus.

Following Christmas celebrations, Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     BHUTTO CONDOLENCES Greece condemns assassination and calls for democracy in Pakistan Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis joined other diplomats around the world yesterday in condemning the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed yesterday as she campaigned in Rawalpindi ahead of parli >>>


      KIFISSOS PLAN MEETS OPPOSITION
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     Experts joined residents of the southern Athens suburbs of Moschato and Neo Faliron in expressing opposition to imminent plans by the Environment and Public Works Ministry to divert more waste water into the Kifissos River.

A report compiled and made public yesterday by two professors from the National Technica >>>


      NEW EVIDENCE SURFACES
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     PM’s office has handed over DVD allegedly used to blackmail Zachopoulos The prime minister’s office forwarded a copy of the DVD allegedly used to blackmail former Culture Ministry General Secretary Christos Zachopoulos to a prosecutor a day after the official attempted to kill himself, it was revealed yesterday.

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      STORE FOR POOR IS A WINNER
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     Ten days after the first «social grocery store» opened in central Athens, the turnout has been much higher than expected with queues extending outside the supermarket and many of its shelves emptying.

The grocery was opened by the Carrefour–Marino–poulos supermarket group in association >>>


      TEENAGER STABS SCHOOLGIRL, 13
      Kathimerin, 28-12-2007
     An 18–year–old man appeared before a prosecutor in Athens yesterday on suspicion of stabbing a 13–year–old schoolgirl following an argument between the pair in the eastern neighborhood of Pangrati.

The girl was taken to the hospital with a minor thigh injury but was later released. The 1 >>>


      2007, L‘ANNÉE DES GRANDS CHANTIERS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     IMMEUBLES D‘AFFAIRES. Les entreprises ont rarement inauguré autant de constructions de haut vol que cette année. La marque la plus voyante de la bonne santé de l‘économie.

Yves Genier Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Une suite continue d‘inaugurations de prestige. L‘ann >>>


      A CONTRETEMPS. LE LOUP, ESPČCE EN VOIE D‘AMÉLIORATION
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     A contretemps. Yelmarc Roulet Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Le loup du val d‘Illiez aurait–il obtempéré aux injonctions de Jean–René Fournier, qui a signifié ŕ cet animal qu‘il n‘avait pas sa place en Valais?

Peut–ętre a–t–il eu peur >>>


      A LAUSANNE, LES PERSONNES SEULES DURANT LES FĘTES NE SAVENT PLUS OŮ DONNER DE LA TĘTE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Des membres de l´association «Les amis de Joël» sur le pont Bessi';res, ŕ Lausanne.Photo: Eddy Mottaz VAUD. Les initiatives pour aider ceux qui sont seuls entre Noël et Nouvel An se multiplient dans la capitale vaudoise. Rencontre avec des pionniers du genre, qui campent depuis 25 ans sur le >>>


      A QUELQUES JOURS DES CAUCUS DE L‘IOWA, LES CANDIDATS RETOURNENT AUX «VALEURS SŰRES»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     ETATS–UNIS. La tręve de Noël a été de courte durée, et les prétendants multiplient les apparitions. Les sondages montrent que rien n‘est décidé ŕ une semaine des primaires. La campagne rec';le un large potentiel de surprises.

Luis Lema, New York V >>>


      ANTOINE CASABIANCA: «APRČS HUIT MOIS, L‘INTERDICTION DE FUMER DANS LES CAFÉS SATISFAIT LES TESSINOIS»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Au Tessin, l´interdiction de fumer dans les cafés est appliquée depuis le mois d´avril 2007.Photo: Keystone TABAC. D';s le 2 janvier, les bistrots français seront non–fumeurs. Des législations semblables vont entrer en vigueur dans les Grisons et en Appenzell.

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      ARTUR JORGE VOLE AU CHEVET DE L‘ÉQUIPE D‘IRAN
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     FOOTBALL. Le coach portugais, ancien sélectionneur de la Nati, rel';ve un nouveau défi. Trajectoire.

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      AU PAKISTAN, LES AMBIGUĎTÉS AMÉRICAINES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Un allié embarrassant pour l‘administration Bush. Luis Lema, New York Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 L‘assassinat de Benazir Bhutto est déjŕ devenu l‘un des th';mes centraux de la campagne présidentielle américaine. A peine la nouvelle connue, tous les candidats, dé >>>


      BANQUE CRAMER CONTRÔLE GOLAY BUCHEL
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     RACHAT. Une étape est franchie vers la cotation de la banque. Le Temps Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Banque Cramer &Cie prend le contrôle du groupe vaudois coté Golay Buchel (GOL.S). Les actionnaires de LAG Finance (28,6% du capital et 64% des droits de vote de Golay Buchel) ont décidé jeud >>>


      BENAZIR BHUTTO, L‘ATTENTAT MORTEL QUI OUVRE LA PORTE AU CHAOS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     PAKISTAN. L‘assassinat de la cheffe de l‘opposition crée un choc et répand une vive inquiétude.

Le Temps Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 A deux semaines des élections législatives au Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto a été tuée hier dans un attentat qui a fait une vingt >>>


      BENOÎT XVI, UN PAPE DÉSESPÉRÉ ET DÉSESPÉRANT
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Giancarlo Zizola, chroniqueur spécialisé au quotidien «Il Sole/24 Ore», commente la derni';re encyclique, «Spe Salvi», oů il voit un complet retournement de la théologie romaine: il serait vain de mettre ses espoirs dans l‘histoire, seule la foi catholique serait >>>


      CE FOOTBALL ANGLAIS QUI NE CONNAÎT PAS LA TRĘVE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Pas d´arręt pour le football anglais entre Noël et Nouvel An. Photo: Keystone EXOTISME. Tandis que la concurrence européenne est au repos, les joueurs de Premier League disputent une partie décisive de leur saison entre Noël et Nouvel An. Une tradition qui ravit les foules mais revęt d >>>


      CE QU‘ILS ATTENDENT DE 2008 (3). «ALORS QUE LA CLIENTČLE ATTEND UNE BAISSE, LES PRIX DE L‘ÉLECTRICITÉ VONT GRIMPER»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     ENERGIE. Pour le producteur fribourgo–neuchâtelois, un des grands enjeux de l‘année ŕ venir sera la libéralisation programmée du marché, cela au moment oů les tarifs sont en forte hausse.

Marie–Laure Chapatte Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 2007. L‘exerc >>>


      CRITIQUE: «PATINAGE SATIRIQUE» AU THÉ'4;TRE DE BEAUSOBRE. YANN LAMBIEL, LE RIRE QUI CASSE LA GLACE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Critique: «Patinage satirique» au Théâtre de Beausobre. Yann Lambiel. Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 «Y a mon peuple qui me réclamationne!» Apr';s son dernier one–man–show, on connaît le pire cauchemar de Yann Lambiel: que le parlement fédéral r&# >>>


      FRČRE ALOIS: «LES JEUNES ONT SOIF D‘ABSOLU»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     RELIGION. Gen';ve accueille d';s aujourd‘hui la 30e rencontre européenne des jeunes organisée par la communauté ścuménique de Taizé. Rencontre avec Fr';re Alois, son prieur, deux ans et demi apr';s l‘assassinat de Fr';re Roger.

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      GABRIELA, UN TACO AU PAYS DU FROID
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     La jeune femme a pris un jour en stop un Italien né en Suisse. Ils voulaient tenir un restaurant calabrais ŕ Guadalajara, ils ont finalement ouvert un mexicain ŕ Fribourg.

François Mauron Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Faire monter un auto–stoppeur ŕ bord de sa voiture peut mener >>>


      GDF, KOREA ELECTRIC, MĘME COMBAT...
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Rep';re. Pierre–Alexandre Sallier Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Si loin, si proche. Emoi de la presse économique française, jeudi, révélant des tarifs de Gaz de France «sacrifiés» sur l‘autel de la défense du pouvoir d‘achat, nouveau mot d‘ordre >>>


      HENRI–FERDINAND LAVANCHY, LE VAUDOIS QUI OSE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Henri–Ferdinand Lavanchy créa en 1'57 ce qui allait devenir la plus grande société mondiale de travail temporaire.Photo: Keystone BIOGRAPHIE. Un livre rend hommage au créateur de la plus grande agence mondiale de travail temporaire.

Jean–Claude Péclet Vendredi 28 dé >>>


      KIOSQUE: SUR LE PROCČS DE L‘ARCHE DE ZOÉ, LA PRESSE FRAN'';AISE ET L‘AFRICAINE N‘ONT PAS LA MĘME OPINION. UN GOŰT D‘INACHEVÉ Ŕ N‘DJAMENA
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Kiosque: sur le proc';s de L‘Arche de Zoé, la presse française et l‘africaine n‘ont pas la męme opinion.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Le verdict est sév';re, mais est–il juste? Au lendemain de la condamnation des membres de L&ls >>>


      L‘ALLEMAGNE CHERCHE DES MOYENS POUR ÉVITER LES INFANTICIDES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     SOCIETE. Trois cas d‘infanticide en Bavi';re le jour de Noël relancent le débat sur la protection des enfants et sur l‘indifférence sociale.

Christophe Bourdoiseau, Berlin Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Encore trois infanticides et toujours les męmes questions: les servic >>>


      L‘ESPOIR DÉMOCRATIQUE ASSASSINÉ
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Benazir Bhuttho a été tuée hier dans un attentat qui a fait une quinzaine de morts. La crainte est vive de voir le Pakistan basculer dans le chaos.Photo: Keystone Agrandir l‘image • A 12 jours des élections au Pakistan, la leader de l‘opposition, Benazir Bhutto, est assassinée.
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      L‘ÉQUILIBRE DU SYSTČME BANCAIRE DEMEURE TOUJOURS FRAGILE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     SUBPRIME. La BCE se tient pręte ŕ fournir encore plus de liquidités, en cette fin d‘année délicate pour les banques. Dans tous les cas, la normalisation du marché monétaire prendra des mois.

Pierre–Alexandre Sallier Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 La Banque centrale >>>


      LA BAHNHOFSTRASSE EN PLEINE GUERRE DES LUMIČRES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     ZURICH. Apr';s trois ans seulement, la rue phare de la capitale économique se cherche une nouvelle illumination de Noël.

Catherine Cossy Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 L‘illumination de Noël de la Bahnhofstrasse ŕ Zurich déroule peut–ętre pour la derni'; >>>


      LA BOURSE DE DUBLIN TOUCHÉE PAR L‘IMMOBILIER
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     La bourse suisse du 27 décembre 2007 FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La bourse de Dublin touchée par l‘immobilier MARCHES. L‘indice irlandais devrait finir en queue des performances européennes cette année.

Romaric Godin, La Tribune Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Cet article >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE DU 27 DÉCEMBRE 2007
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La bourse suisse du 27 décembre 2007 Belle progression apr';s les fętes.

Anker Bank Private Banking Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 La bourse suisse a ouvert jeudi en hausse de 0.35% ŕ 8‘4'7.'2 points. Tout d‘abord stable et avec un >>>


      LA CHRONIQUE. MEILLEURS VŚUX
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
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      LA CONFÉRENCE DE BALI, C‘EST AUSSI LE RESPECT DES DROITS DE L‘HOMME
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Mary Robinson et Kevin Watkins, ex–haut–commissaire aux Droits de l‘homme et responsable au PNUD, montrent la logique humaine qui sous–tend l‘accord sur le réchauffement.

Mary Robinson et Kevin Watkins Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Il y a soixante ans, apr';s une guer >>>


      LA GARE DE SION SOUS LES CAMÉRAS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
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      LA NORVČGE PORTE LES FEMMES Ŕ LA TĘTE DE SES SOCIÉTÉS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     GDF, Korea Electric, męme combat... Ce qu‘ils attendent de 2008 (3). «Alors que la client';le attend une baisse, les prix de l‘électricité vont grimper» Henri–Ferdinand Lavanchy, le Vaudois qui ose Banque Cramer contrôle Golay Buchel Le fabricant Matsushita se co >>>


      LA SULTANE ASSASSINÉE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Au lendemain du retour d‘exil de «Pinkie», l‘automne dernier, le journal «Le Monde» avait publié ce récit prémonitoire de son destin.

Patrice Claude, Le Monde Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 «Je peux ętre abattue sur le tarmac d';s ma descente >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Poutine. Quelle est sa chanson préférée? Le morceau des Beatles intitulé Yesterday.

Un Canadien sur quatre s‘est inscrit sur le site Facebook et s‘y est trouvé plein d‘amis. Cela fait du Canada le pays le plus facebooké du monde. Toronto compte le plus grand pourc >>>


      LE FABRICANT MATSUSHITA SE CONCENTRE SUR LA TECHNOLOGIE LCD
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     HI–TECH. Le leader mondial des écrans plasma, sous sa marque Panasonic, se renforce dans la fabrication d‘écrans ŕ cristaux liquides qui dominent le marché.

Delphine Cuny, La Tribune Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Cet article n‘est pas disponible sur notre site internet. Se >>>


      LE PORTEUR DE VALISE QUI EMBARRASSE BUENOS AIRES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     ARGENTINE. Pour sa campagne, la présidente a–t–elle utilisé 800000 dollars non déclarés?

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      LE RASSEMBLEMENT DU JOUR. LA 1RE RENCONTRE DE TAIZÉ EN SUISSE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     A contretemps. Le loup, esp';ce en voie d‘amélioration ZOOMS Le Temps I Article La 1re rencontre de Taizé en Suisse Quarante mille jeunes majoritairement européens se réunissent aujourd‘hui ŕ Gen';ve pour cinq jours de pri';res et de réflexion. Ce « >>>


      LE SPLEEN DU CINÉMA SUISSE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Critique: «Patinage satirique» au Théâtre de Beausobre. Yann Lambiel, le rire qui casse la glace CULTURE Le Temps I Culture I Article Le spleen du cinéma suisse BILAN. Des grosses productions qui font des bides. L‘impression que Berne néglige les auteurs engagés. La politique d >>>


      LES GÉNIES DE LA FINANCE (2/5). LE LOUFOQUE CO–FONDATEUR DU WALL STREET JOURNAL
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     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 >>>


      LITTÉRATURE: CE QUI RESTE DE 2007
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Les choix d‘Isabelle Rüf Autour de ma m';re, Catherine Safonoff (Zoé). Un journal entre passé et présent, intime et universel, subtil et souvent drôle. (Prix Dentan et Grand Prix de la Ville de Gen';ve) Le Versant animal, Jean–Christophe Bailly (Bayard). Qu‘y a& >>>


      OŮ DOIT HABITER LE SYNDIC? DÉBAT VAUDOIS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     VAUD. Suite ŕ la radiation du syndic de Nyon, le député veveysan Jérôme Christen demande que n‘importe quel citoyen vaudois puisse ętre élu dans n‘importe quelle commune. Comme en Valais.

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      QUARANTE ANS APRČS, QUE RESTE–T–IL DE LA PROTÉIFORME ANNÉE 68?
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Olivier Perrin Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Sur la couverture, un homme nu, assis dans l‘herbe, une couronne de mimosa sur son crâne chevelu– barbu–moustachu et un gros pendentif baba «übercool» autour du cou: on est en 1'6', Festival de Woodstock, quelques mois apr& >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ VALÉRIE NIQUET. «UN FACTEUR DE DÉSTABILISATION MONDIALE»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Questions ŕ Valérie Niquet, chercheur ŕ l‘Institut français des relations internationales.

Caroline Stevan Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Le Temps: Que présage cet attentat pour l‘avenir du Pakistan?

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      QUOI DE NEUF. LE CANON Ŕ NEIGE POUR LA MAISON
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Quoi de neuf. Julien Rapp Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 C‘est les vacances. Les amis de Martin (prénom fictif) sont tous partis skier ŕ la montagne. Martin, lui, enrage. Bloqué au travail, il ne chaussera pas ses skis, ne fera pas de bonhomme de neige, ne construira pas d‘igloos.

Et >>>


      RETOUCHES. MĘME PAS MATÉRIALISTE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
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      RČGLEMENTS DE COMPTES AU SOMMET Ŕ KABOUL
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     AFGHANISTAN. Deux diplomates européens soupçonnés de négociations avec les talibans ont été expulsés jeudi Richard Werly, Bruxelles Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Climat délét';re au sommet de l‘Etat Afghan. En décidant l‘expulsion, jeudi de Kaboul, d >>>


      RÉTROSPECTIVES 2007 (5/5). LITTÉRATURE FRAN'';AISE, LE MALAISE...?
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Gilles Leroy, Prix Goncourt 2007, avec son livre «Alabama Song».Photo: Keystone LIVRES. Attaquée par «Time», mal servie par elle–męme, la littérature paraît en crise. Et si c‘était une question de point de vue?

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      SOUS LES PIEDS DES VALAISANS, UN TRÉSOR CONDAMNÉ
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     VALAIS. Les fouilles archéologiques d‘urgence sur les terrains des promotions immobili';res sont souvent interrompues. Faute d‘argent.

Xavier Filliez Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 L‘attention portée aux vestiges archéologiques en Valais est inversement proportionnelle & >>>


      VERTIGE PAKISTANAIS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     Stéphane Bussard Vendredi 28 décembre 2007 Son retour risqué d‘exil était porteur, ŕ tort ou ŕ raison, de l‘espoir occidental d‘une démocratisation du Pakistan. L‘assassinat de l‘ex–premi';re ministre Benazir Bhutto a finalement fait exploser >>>


      «METTONS FIN Ŕ L‘IMAGE ROMANTIQUE DE MAO»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2007
     CHINE. Auteure d‘une biographie événement de Mao, Jung Chang esp';re avoir réussi ŕ contrer la mythologie du Grand Timonier.

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      BSE SET TO IMPLEMENT WB RULES ON COMPETITIVENESS
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 28 December 2007 — Bahrain Stock Exchange (BSE) is poised to implement the World Bank guidelines aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the bourse, a senior official said yesterday.

The Governor Central Bank of Bahrain and BSE Chairman Rasheed Al–Maraj presided over the BSE board meet >>>


      GOLD, OIL PRICES UP ON GEOPOLITICAL ANXIETIES
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Agencies LONDON, 28 December 2007 — Gold and oil prices as well as government bonds rose while US stock futures fell yesterday after news Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

The price of gold hit a one–month peak yesterday >>>


      REDTAG UNVEILS SECOND FASHION STORE IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2007 — RedTag, the new family fashion and home–store, opened its second shop in Jeddah on Wednesday at the Andalus Mall, King Abdullah Road, following the success of its first store at Salama Center which was opened in July 2007.

RedTag is a new concept store owned by Jazirat >>>


      SAUDI INVESTMENTS IN UAE REAL ESTATE CROSS SR30BN
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 28 December 2007 — The real estate sector in the UAE is set to attract over SR30 billion of Saudi investments in 2007 as the growth in interest by the global community in the local real estate industry continually soars.

The key factor driving this growth has been the emergence of significant g >>>


      A PILGRIM’S THOUGHTS — 2: CHANGING SCENES AND FACILITIES
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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, 28-12-2007
     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 >>>


      ‘ASSASSINATION LANDS PAKISTAN ON THE BRINK OF CHAOS’
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Shafquat Ali, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2007 — Editors and political observers in the Middle East reacted with shock and horror at Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. However, after condemning the heinous crime, most of them admitted it was a tragedy that was waiting to happen. In fact, they had clearly seen it coming.< >>>


      ‘SETBACK FOR DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN’
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Arab News Team RIYADH/JEDDAH, 28 December 2007 — Citizens, expatriates and government officials across Saudi Arabia yesterday condemned the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and described it as shocking, sad and tragic. Some hoped that the Pakistan People’s Party would hold together in its efforts to restore democracy in >>>


      BURGLARY LEAVES SIERRA LEONE ENVOY AGHAST
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 28 December 2007 — «I could not imagine that such things would happen in Saudi Arabia,» said Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Alhaji Amadu D.

Tejan–Sie, as he showed Arab News around his house, which was burgled while he was away in Makkah during Haj. The ambassador, w >>>


      NOOR HOSPITAL UNDERTAKES BIG EXPANSION WORK
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 28 December 2007 — The Al–Noor Specialist Hospital in Makkah undertook expansion works and installation of new devices worth SR27 million as part of the hospital’s preparations to receive the current Haj season.

Dr. Hatim Al–Amri, director of programs at th >>>


      PILGRIMS THRONG DOWNTOWN JEDDAH FOR SHOPPING
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Fatima Sidiya, Arab News Shopkeepers catering to pilgrims of all nationalities in Jeddah’s Al–Balad district. (AN photos by Abdullah Bazuhair) JEDDAH, 28 December 2007 — Markets in the Kingdom, especially in the Western Province cities of Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, tend to see a surge in shoppers after the Haj, w >>>


      SAUDI CITIZEN FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST JIZAN POLICE OFFICER
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Arab News JIZAN, 28 December 2007 — The family of a Saudi man, who was shot in the leg by an off–duty police officer, has filed a lawsuit against the officer and sent an official letter of complaint to Jizan Governor Prince Muhammad ibn Naser.

Drama unfolded when married man Ahmed, who was out walking wit >>>


      VOLUNTEERS COME TO THE RESCUE OF AILING OFW IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Ronald Concha, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2007 — To members of the Filipino community in the Kingdom who are not covered by medical insurance programs, here’s a tip from a community leader in Jeddah: Take advantage of the medical missions being conducted by various organizations.

«Kung mayroon kayong k >>>


      BENAZIR ASSASSINATED
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Benazir Bhutto minutes before she was killed in a gun–and–bomb attack in Rawalpindi. (Reuters) RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, 28 December 2007 — Pakistani opposition leader and former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun–and–suicide attack yesterday at an election rally >>>


      BHUTTO ASSASSINATION DRAWS CURTAIN ON PAKISTAN&#3'S ILLUSTRIOUS DYNASTY
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Salahuddin Haider KARACHI, 28 December 2007 – The assassination of former prime minister and life chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party, Benazir Bhutto brought a tragic end to an illustrious dynasty in Pakistan and placed the PPP on the cross roads of its history.

Her tragic end resembles in many ways his >>>


      CONGRESS MAY BREAK UP IF DESHMUKH STAYS: MUNDE
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 28 December 2007 — Bharatiya Janata Party Vice President Gopinath Munde warned yesterday that the Congress would disintegrate if Vilasrao Deshmukh continued as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

Speaking at a program organized by the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ), >>>


      LANKA TO UTILIZE FULL HAJ QUOTA IN FUTURE
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2007 — Sri Lanka, whose 5,500 pilgrims performed Haj this year, hopes to utilize its full Haj quota in the coming years. «We have a Haj quota of 7,000, and we hope to bring more pilgrims next year,» A.H.M. Fowzie, minister of petroleum and petroleum resources deve >>>


      MOURNED AT HOME–IN–EXILE IN DUBAI
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Agence France Presse Former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto is seen with her daughters at a news conference in Dubai in this undated photo. (AFP)

DUBAI, 28 December 2007 — Supporters of slain Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Dubai, where she made her base through eight years of exile, were left in >>>


      POLICE ENFORCE CURFEW IN ORISSA AFTER RIOTS
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy & Agencies NEW DELHI, 28 December 2007 — Hundreds of federal police enforced a curfew in parts of eastern India yesterday after clashes between Hindus and Christians in which one person was killed and several injured.

Police said the clashes had ended but curfews remained in place in thre >>>


      STUDY CITES POOR USE OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS’ CONTRIBUTIONS
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 28 December 2007 — Overseas workers give high contributions to the government but get little protection, a University of the Philippines professor said in his country report for the year 2007.

Dr. Eduardo Gonzales, a University of the Philippines’ professor at the Asi >>>


      WORLD LEADERS SHOCKED BY ‘HEINOUS CRIME’
      Arab News, 28-12-2007
     Agencies UNITED NATIONS, 28 December 2007 — UN chief Ban Ki–moon yesterday led the global condemnation of the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto calling it a «heinous crime» and «an assault on stability» in her country. «I strongly condemn this heinous crime a >>>


      1 SMALL TOWN, 2 BIG PITCHES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     CLINTON VS. OBAMA 1 Small Town, 2 Big Pitches CARROLL, Iowa –– In the same small town, 20 hours apart, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made their pitches. They each faced audiences of more than 500 people, many committed, many undecided. She spoke for 42 minutes, he for 45.

Both drew cheers – >>>


      AFFIDAVIT DETAILS BABY GRACE‘ BEATING
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     GALVESTON, Texas –– A 2–year–old girl whose body was found in Galveston Bay was beaten by her mother and stepfather with leather belts, held under water, and grabbed by her hair and flung her across a room onto a tile floor, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The affidavit released >>>


      ARSON DAMAGES FORMER BUSH HOME IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     ODESSA, Texas –– An arson fire damaged the Odessa home where former President Bush and his family lived in during the late 1'40s early Thursday, authorities said.

The home sits behind the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library in Odessa and was rented by George H.W. and Barbara Bush when the >>>


      BHUTTO DEATH ROILS US PRESIDENTIAL RACE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan jolted the race for the White House on Thursday, sending candidates in both parties scrambling for political advantage while condemning the attack.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of >>>


      BUSH TO VETO DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush intends to veto defense authorization legislation over a provision that would "imperil Iraqi assets held in the United States," the White House said on Friday.

The provision would "allow plaintiffs‘ lawyers immediately to freeze Ira >>>


      CALIF. ZOO REEXAMINES TIGER ENCLOSURE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     By Marc KaufmanWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 28, 2007; A03 The wall protecting the public from big cats at the San Francisco Zoo – where a tiger escaped on Christmas Day and killed a teenager and mauled two brothers –– is below the minimum height recommended by the nation‘s zoo acc >>>


      CANDIDATES FINE–TUNE CAMPAIGN PITCHES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     DENISON, Iowa –– After a year of position papers and policy speeches, handshakes in the summer heat and winter snow, advertising that floods mailboxes and TV screens, and too many bites of pork on a stick at too many county fairs, it‘s time.

For the final arguments. Heading into the Iowa caucu >>>


      CHIHUAHUA HELPS POLICE FIND SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     AUBURN, Calif. –– A three–pound Chihuahua mix named Tink helped police put a fugitive in the clink.

The dog‘s Christmas Day adventure began when four suspects who were fleeing police crashed a stolen minivan into a hillside in this Sierra foothill town east of Sacramento, and one of them >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA MAKE CASE FOR VOTES IN IOWA
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     2007; 8:18 AM DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton touted her experience and rival Barack Obama made his case for change on Thursday as White House hopefuls scoured Iowa for support one week before the U.S. state‘s too–close–to–call nominating contest.

Clinton and >>>


      COPS: TIGER ATTACK VICTIM HELPED FRIEND
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     28, 2007; 10:41 AM SAN FRANCISCO –– The last minutes of a 17–year–old boy‘s life were spent trying to save his friend from the tiger that was mauling him at the San Francisco Zoo, only to have the animal turn on him, police and family members said.

Carlos Sousa Jr. and his friend&l >>>


      DAD: CHILD‘S MP3 PLAYER CAME WITH PORN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     COOKEVILLE, Tenn. –– A father gave his 10–year–old daughter a Christmas present that would make Santa blush.

Now Daryl Hill wants to know why an MP3 video player he bought at a Wal–Mart in Sparta was preloaded with pornography and explicit songs.

Hill bought three of the p >>>


      GA. THIEVES TAKE 2,600 CASES OF BEER
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     ALBANY, Ga. –– Sounds like some south Georgia crooks have been stocking up for a big holiday bash.

Thieves took tractor–trailers loaded with beer and swiped the suds twice within the past week, authorities said.

Dougherty County authorities are investigating a report of a missing 53&n >>>


      HEALTH CARE, ECONOMY UP IN IMPORTANCE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     7:08 AM –– SETTING PRIORITIES Issues rated as "extremely important" in November, and how that sentiment has changed: Health care: 48 percent then, 53 percent now.

The economy: 46 percent then, 52 percent now. Social Security: 42 percent then, 48 percent now. Gas prices: 47 percent then, 48 >>>


      HOUSE MEMBERS SPENT $20.3M ON MAILINGS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     WASHINGTON –– U.S. House members spent $20.3 million in tax money last year to send constituents what‘s often the government equivalent of junk mail _ meeting announcements, tips on car care and job interviews, surveys on public policy and just plain bragging.

They sent nearly 116 million piec >>>


      ILL. STORM MAY DISRUPT HOLIDAY TRAVEL
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     CHICAGO –– A winter storm moved into northern Illinois on Friday, threatening to disrupt holiday travel with canceled flights and snow–covered roads.

Flights at O‘Hare International Airport were delayed about an hour, and cancellations were expected as the day progressed. Officials urged >>>


      JUDGE: JEWISH MAN‘S ESTATE OWNS ARTWORK
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     PROVIDENCE, R.I. –– A painting held by a German baroness rightfully belongs to the estate of a late Jewish art dealer who was forced by Nazi authorities to auction it off, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi ordered Maria–Luise Bissonnette on Thursday to turn over "Girl f >>>


      MAN ACCUSED OF PUSHING CAR OFF MOUNTAIN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     HARRISBURG, Pa. –– A man pushed his Ford Mustang down a mountain as part of a scheme to claim it was stolen, authorities said.

Richard Way Jr., 28, pushed the car down an embankment along Wopsy Mountain in Blair County last year, then reported it had been stolen from the parking lot of a hot dog res >>>


      MAN CONVICTED IN PARENTS‘ DEATH SET FREE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     NEW YORK –– Martin Tankleff walked out of court a free man for the first time in the 17 years since he was convicted of murdering his parents. But his next step was less clear.

Prosecutors have not said whether they will retry Tankleff, who was released on $1 million bail Thursday, days after an app >>>


      N.J. ORDERS HIV TESTING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2007
     By Keith B. RichburgWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 28, 2007; A03 NEW YORK, Dec. 27 –– New Jersey this week launched one of the most ambitious efforts in the country to control mother–to–child transmission of HIV, making screening tests mandatory for all pregnant women in the state b >>>



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