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      ' CONSORTIA COMPETE FOR NEW MOBILE LICENSE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 Nine consortia led by major international companies including Egypts Orascom Telecom, Kuwaits Mobile Telecom Co. (MTC) and South Africas MTN are vying for Saudi Arabias third mobile license, which, according to some sources, will generate SR20 billion for the Kingdo >>>


      AAKAR SEES CANADA&#8217;S EXPORTS TO UAE RISING
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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AAKAR Sees Canadas Exports to UAE Rising Arab News

DUBAI, 25 February 2007 Canadian businesses in the United Arab Emirates are expected to continue strong growth in 2007 following record exports to the UAE which topped $50' million in 2006. The figures were anno >>>


      EXPATS REMIT $14 BILLION IN 2006
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agence France Presse RIYADH, 25 February 2007 Expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia sent home some $14 billion in 2006, ranking the Kingdom second only to the United States, according to the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF).

Remittances from Saudi Arabia represented more than half of the total transfers made by foreign wo >>>


      FORD SEEN GEARING FOR TOP SLOT IN THE CROSSOVER SEGMENT
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 25 February 2007 Ford Motor Company is driving to be the leader in the crossover segment and dominate the market seen to reach 3 million sales by 2010.

Fords new crossovers, the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX soon to be launched in the Middle East, were prominently displayed in the recent Detroi >>>


      I2 RECORDS HEFTY REVENUES IN 2006
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Arab News Abdul Hameed Al–Sunaid DUBAI, 25 February 2007 i2, mobile phone provider in the Middle East and Africa, yesterday announced revenues of almost $1.3 billion for 2006, up from $837 million.

Saudi–based i2 expects equally impressive growth rates in the coming year, forecasting that company re >>>


      IDB BODY TO PROMOTE OIC TRADE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News Finance Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al–Assaf, center, IDB President Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, left, and professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the OIC, address a press conference in Jeddah on Saturday. (AN photo by Khalil Hanware)

JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 The International I >>>


      LG TO PUT UP FACILITY FOR AIR CONDITIONERS IN RIYADH SOON
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Khalil Hanware & K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Hassan G.I. Shaker, CEO, Shaker Group of Companies, and Kang Yongjin, LGs Seoul–based vice president, Air Conditioning Overseas Sales, during a conference in Jeddah on Saturday. (AN photo by Khalil Hanware)

JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 LG Electronics and Shaker Gr >>>


      RUSSIA TIES WITH KINGDOM UNDER TEST
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 25 February 2007 Russian President Vladimir Putins historic visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this month the first official visit by a Russian president to the Kingdom since the two countries established diplomatic relations 80 years ago will no doubt pave the way for strengthening bilatera >>>


      SABB APPOINTS AL–YAHYA AS GENERAL MANAGER CREDIT & RISK
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 25 February 2007 — SABB has appointed Mohammed ibn Abdullah Al–Yahya as general manager for credit & risk in place of Chris Murray.

The appointment is in consideration of Al–Yahya’s track record, devotion to work, and academic qualifications in line with SABB’s strategy for dev >>>


      ZABEEL BUYS INTO MADAARES
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 25 February 2007 Zabeel Investments has announced it is taking a stake in Madaares, a private joint stock company launched by National Bonds Corporation (NBC) to raise educational standards in the UAE.

Although NBC continues to lead the project, a selection of strategic corporate investors and >>>


      ASPECTS OF GOD’S GRACE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful And among His signs is that He sends forth the winds bearing good news, so that He might give you a taste of His grace, and that ships might sail at His bidding; so that you might go about in quest of some of His bounty, and that you migh >>>


      DIFFERENT FATWAS ON WOMEN&#8217;S JEWELRY
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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Different Fatwas on Womens Jewelry Edited by Adil Salahi

Q. I read in Arab News a fatwa by Adil Salahi stating very clearly that women need not pay any zakah on their jewelry provided it is intended for personal use. I also read a fatwa by Qari Abdul–Basit in >>>


      GOD&#8217;S GRACE AND MAN&#8217;S LIFE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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Gods Grace and Mans Life Commentary by Sayyid Qutb

In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful It is God who sends forth the winds so that they raise clouds, whereupon He spreads them as He wills across the skies, and causes them to break up so that you >>>


      MAKING A WILL THAT DENIES THE REAL HEIRS THEIR DUE SHARES
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. My maternal grandfather died over 20 years ago. He made a will, by which he gave my mother a house while another house was willed to my brother, who was a minor at the time. The house given to my mother was let out, while we lived in the other house: My grandmother, parents, brother, my two sis >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 114: SHOWING BEST MANNERS
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Food represents one of the most common activities in human life. It is essential for survival. People go to great lengths to ensure that they and their families have enough food. Moreover, eating is associated with social activities. People invite relatives, friends and neighbors to a meal. They a >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN – 115: BEING THANKFUL FOR SIMPLE FOOD
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were keen to give us a full picture of the Prophets actions, practices and habits, knowing that this is all part of the guidance he was sent to deliver. They realized that some of his actions were no more than a personal approach and that we have fr >>>


      WHEN ADOLESCENTS MEET
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah The sexual urge is normally at its strongest in adolescence. Young people need to cope with a new, strong desire that is beset with social and moral values. In a society that takes a very serious approach to morality, it is natural that emphasis is placed on observing certain standard >>>


      WIFE&#8217;S TERMINATION OF MARRIAGE AND HUSBAND&#8217;S CONSENT
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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Wifes Termination of Marriage and Husbands Consent Edited by Adil Salahi

Q. After five years of marriage, during which the couple lived in two different countries except for eight months, the wife wanted to terminate the marriage by khula. She offered to refund the >>>


      &#8216;JEF A PLATFORM FOR SAUDI INVESTMENTS&#8217;
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Prince Faisal ibn Abdul Majeed speaking at the inauguration of the JEF 2007. (AN photo by Abdullah Ba–Zuhair)

JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 The Jeddah Economic Forum 2007 kicked off with Prince Faisal ibn Abdul Majeed formally opening the fifth annual event on behalf of Makkah Gov. Pri >>>


      &#8216;PROTECT ENVIRONMENT AT ANY COST&#8217;
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei, Arab News DAMMAM, 25 February 2007 A leading environmental activist in Bahrain has stressed the need to adopt effective policies to fight pollution at the ground level instead of looking for temporary solutions after irreparable harm has been done.

While speaking at an Arab conference on >>>


      BIG TURNOUT EXPECTED AT RIYADH BOOK FAIR
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 The second annual 10–day Riyadh International Book Fair will kick start on Tuesday and will be showcasing not just publishing houses from the Middle East but will also host writers who will be available to meet members of the public at a series of scheduled event >>>


      DEALING IN SOMEONE ELSE&#8217;S MISFORTUNE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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Dealing in Someone Elses Misfortune Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News

Anything from aphrodisiacs to a laptop computer can be purchased at the Friday Market in the Barnu neighborhood of Makkah.

MAKKAH, 25 February 2007 From counterfeit DVDs to aphrodisiacs, >>>


      HARLEY OWNERS SEEK SUPPORT TO ORGANIZE RALLY
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Raid Qusti. Arab News RIYADH, 25 February 2007 The Harley Owners Group of Saudi Arabia is seeking government support for dozens of bikers from the UK, Germany, Denmark and Ireland to participate in the National Saudi Rally, scheduled to be held in Jeddah on Oct. 24.

The rally will take place in Durrat Al– >>>


      LAWYER SEEKS FORGIVENESS FOR &#8216;KILLER&#8217; JOY RIDER ABO KAB
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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Lawyer Seeks Forgiveness for Killer Joy Rider Abo Kab Razan Baker, Arab News

JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 After a preliminary death verdict was issued two days ago on the case of Abo Kab the notorious joy rider who was sentenced to death for causing the deaths of three >>>


      ONCOLOGY SYMPOSIUM TO DISCUSS PROGRESS IN STEM CELL RESEARCH
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Dr. Yasir A. Bahadur JEDDAH, 25 February 2007 An international oncology symposium, which opens at the Inter Continental Hotel here tomorrow, will discuss the latest advancement in stem cell technology for the treatment of cancer, according to Dr. Yasir A. Bahadur, deputy head of the oncolog >>>


      POOR HEALTH OF ARAB CHILDREN CAUSES ALARM
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Javid Hassan & Abdul Hannan Faisal Tago, Arab News RIYADH, 25 February 2007 Health Minister Dr. Hamad Al–Manie has called for increased vaccination programs in the Arab world where the mortality rates for under–fives have increased by 13 percent. Some 640 million children lack adequate shelter; 500 milli >>>


      TURKEY, KINGDOM DISCUSS IRAN
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah receives Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his palace in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)

RIYADH, 25 February 2007 Turkey yesterday reaffirmed its strong support for the Middle East peace process while pledging to work with S >>>


      &#8216;TRUCE WITH TALEBAN ONLY WAY TO PEACE&#8217;
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Zeeshan Haider, Reuters ISLAMABAD, 25 February 2007 The governor of a Pakistani province often said to be a refuge for Taleban leaders running a guerrilla war in Afghanistan, said the Afghan government and its Western allies should seek a cease–fire and negotiate a peace.

"You cant slaughter all of t >>>


      AMERICANS UNDERESTIMATE CIVILIAN KILLINGS IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Nancy Benac, Associated Press WASHINGTON, 25 February 2007 Americans are keenly aware of how many US forces have lost their lives in Iraq, but they woefully underestimate the number of Iraqi civilians who have been killed, according to a new AP–Ipsos poll.

When the poll was conducted earlier this month, a >>>


      EGYPTIAN PLEADS INNOCENT IN SPYING CASE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Associated Press CAIRO, 25 February 2007 An Egyptian man charged with spying for Israel pleaded innocent at the start of his trial yesterday and claimed he had confessed under torture, a court official said. Mohammed El–Attar, 30, a former student at the renowned Islamic Al–Azhar University in Cairo, was arr >>>


      GATES ORDERS PROBE INTO HOSPITAL FIASCO
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 25 February 2007 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced plans late Friday to form an independent review group to examine Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals.

The move comes after news reports indicated that seriously injured soldiers had been >>>


      HAMAS WON&#8217;T BUDGE ON ISRAEL: MESHAAL
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
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Hamas Wont Budge on Israel: Meshaal Associated Press

CAIRO, 25 February 2007 The leader of the Islamist movement Hamas said his faction will not budge from its position and blamed the United States for the failure of the international community to lift the crippling >>>


      HOLBROOKE, FORMER UN ENVOY, SUPPORTS IRAQ PULLOUT
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Associated Press WASHINGTON, 25 February 2007 President Bush should follow British Prime Minister Tony Blairs lead and start withdrawing troops from Iraq, former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said yesterday.

"Engaging in a broad–based diplomatic offensive, and beginning a redeployment of US forces >>>


      INDIA DEMANDS EXTRADITION OF QUATTROCCHI
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 25 February 2007 A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announced the detention in Argentina of Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Italian national accused in the Bofors case, the capital city is abuzz with speculations and questions regarding the case.

Explaining t >>>


      IRAN FORCES GUN DOWN 17 REBELS ON BORDER
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agencies TEHRAN, 25 February 2007 Irans elite Revolutionary Guards yesterday killed 17 rebels described as opponents of the Islamic republic in clashes in a remote area close to the Turkish border, state media reported. The state–run IRNA agency said the clashes took place after Revolutionary Guards ground forces >>>


      ISRAEL DENIES SEEKING AIR CORRIDOR FOR IRAN ATTACK
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Mohammed Mari, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 25 February 2007 The Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh yesterday denied a British newspaper report that Israel was in negotiations with the United States to secure an "air corridor" over Iraq should an attack on Irans nuclear facilities become necessary. >>>


      JORDAN TEAM TO EVALUATE ISRAELI EXCAVATIONS
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 25 February 2007 A Jordanian team headed to Jerusalem yesterday for a firsthand evaluation of the Israeli excavations near Al–Aqsa Mosque that sparked a spate of protests across the Arab and Islamic worlds.

The team comprises deputy chairman of the committee in charge >>>


      LANDSLIDE KILLS 12 IN AZAD KASHMIR
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 25 February 2007 At least 12 people were killed in massive landslide triggered by rains in Azad Kashmir yesterday, police said.

A van with around 20 passengers on board was traveling in the southern district of Poonch when it was hit by the landslide.

"Twelve bod >>>


      MASS FUNERAL FOR TRAIN BLAST VICTIMS
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agencies MEHRANA, India, 25 February 2007 Muslims yesterday held a mass funeral for the charred remains of 23 people from the firebombing of a train headed to Pakistan as police hunted a railway worker for the attack.

Grave–diggers lined the shallow graves with wooden slats before the coffins were buried >>>


      PALESTINIAN GUNBATTLES RESUME; FIVE DEAD
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 25 February 2007 Five Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded in the Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis in clashes between two clans late Friday and early yesterday. The clashes were described by witnesses as part of the settling of scores by people whose relatives were killed in vi >>>


      PIA MULLS LEASING PLANES AS EU BAN LOOMS
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Aamir Ashraf, Reuters KARACHI, 25 February 2007 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is considering leasing passenger planes and crew due to a looming European Union ban on more than three–quarters of its ageing fleet over safety concerns, PIA officials said.

The state–run airline was warned last y >>>


      REBEL AMBUSH KILLS 15 COPS IN MANIPUR STATE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agence France Presse GUWAHATI, India, 25 February 2007 Separatist rebels killed 15 police commandos and injured four more yesterday in the deadliest ambush in the northeast Indian state of Manipur in five years, officials told AFP.

The victims were part of a special anti–insurgency force that was patrolli >>>


      RELATIVES KILL TWO WOMEN IN RURAL SINDH
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agencies KARACHI, 25 February 2007 Two women in a remote southern village of Pakistan have been hacked to death by close relatives who suspected them of flirting with neighbors, in a so–called honor killing, police said Saturday.

Farida, 18, and Hameeda, 20, were asleep when the men attacked them with axe >>>


      STAGE SET FOR MIDEAST TALKS
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agence France Presse ISLAMABAD, 25 February 2007 The foreign ministers of seven key Muslim nations started arriving in Pakistan yesterday for talks on a collective push to end the turmoil in the Middle East.

The foreign ministers will prepare the ground for a summit of their leaders to be hosted in Saudi Arabia >>>


      THOUSANDS PROTEST IN KASHMIR
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agencies The daughter and wife, right, of watchman Kewal Ram, who allegedly died after being slapped by an assistant police sub inspector, mourn his death on the outskirts of Jammu on Saturday. (AP)

SRINAGAR, 25 February 2007 Tear gas was fired yesterday to disperse thousands of angry villagers protesting after >>>


      TROOPS TAKE THREE TIGER BASES ON TRUCE ANNIVERSARY
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agencies COLOMBO, 25 February 2007 Sri Lankan troops overran three Tamil Tiger rebel bases this week, the Defense Ministry said yesterday after the guerrillas declared a five–year–old cease–fire all but dead.

The ministry said security forces carried out a three–day operation around Frid >>>


      TRUCK BOMB KILLS 35 AT IRAQI MOSQUE
      Arab News, 25-02-2007
     Agencies Iraqis welcome Ammar Al–Hakim to hold a press conference as he was released after being briefly detained in Najaf, central Iraq, on Saturday. (AFP)

BAGHDAD, 25 February 2007 A truck exploded yesterday as worshippers left a Sunni mosque west of Baghdad, killing at least 35 people and injuring more >>>


      7 DEATHS BLAMED ON WINTER STORM IN WIS.
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     DETROIT –– A huge winter storm barreled toward the East Coast on Sunday after dumping more than a foot of snow on the Upper Midwest, causing seven traffic deaths in Wisconsin and closing major highways in the Plains.

Parts of Wisconsin could get 18 to 24 inches of snow before the storm passes, said >>>


      ATTACK IN DENVER IS FATAL FOR ZOOKEEPER AND JAGUAR
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     DENVER, Feb. 24 –– A zookeeper at the Denver Zoo died Saturday after a 140–pound jaguar mauled her in its enclosure. The animal was fatally shot when it approached armed emergency workers attempting to treat the injured woman, the zoo said.

The keeper was not identified by police. The park clo >>>


      BAN ON PRISON RELIGIOUS PROGRAM CHALLENGED
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 25, 2007; A13 CHICAGO –– Interested inmates at Newton Correctional Facility in Iowa receive teaching material that declares: "Criminal behavior is a manifestation of an alienation between the self and God. Acceptance of God and Biblical princip >>>


      CANDIDATES LEAN ON GOVERNORS FOR SUPPORT
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Seven governors already have made endorsements early in the 2008 White House race and pressure is growing for others to choose soon, bringing along their networks of fundraisers and activists.

Their support can prove influential, some analysts say, because the most effective governors >>>


      CHENEY ARRIVES IN PERSIAN GULF FOR TALKS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –– Vice President Dick Cheney landed in the U.S.–allied Arab monarchy of Oman on Sunday and went directly to talks with its foreign minister, Omani government officials said.

A U.S. embassy spokesman in Oman declined to detail Cheney‘s plans or the focus of hi >>>


      CHENEY PLANE FINE AFTER MINOR PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     WASHINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney‘s plane had a small mechanical problem on Sunday but there were no safety concerns and it would make a planned refueling stop in Singapore, the White House said.

White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said there was a problem with a gene >>>


      CIGARETTE MAKERS DIVIDED AS TOBACCO WARS RESUME
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     AM WASHINGTON/SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – The tobacco wars are back in the U.S. Congress, but the battle lines have shifted and anti–smoking forces are no longer facing a monolithic tobacco industry and loyal legislators.

Marlboro cigarettes maker Philip Morris USA is siding with public health a >>>


      DENVER ZOOKEEPER DIES FROM JAGUAR ATTACK
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     DENVER –– Police and zoo officials were investigating what led a 140–pound jaguar to maul a zookeeper to death in the doorway of its exhibit.

The cat was fatally shot when it approached emergency workers trying to save the woman, zoo officials said.

The zoo closed after Saturday&lsquo >>>


      EARLY 2008 POLLS OFFER IMPORTANT CLUES
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s lead in the early polls may not be that reassuring if history is any guide. Republican hopeful Rudy Giuliani, however, is sitting pretty.

For at least three decades, Republicans have been far better than Democrats in early polls at getting behind the cand >>>


      EARLY ATTITUDES GLANCE
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     6. Bush beat Gore in the general election. ___ 2004-Democrats January 2003: Joe Lieberman, 17 percent; John Kerry, 16; John Edwards and Gephardt, each at 13. Kerry won the nomination and lost to Bush in the general election. ___ 2008-Democrats Mid-February 2007: Hillary Rodham Clinton, 41 percent; Barack Obama, 21; Gore, 14; Edwards, 1 >>>


      FACILITY HOLDING TERRORISM INMATES LIMITS COMMUNICATION
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     The Justice Department has quietly opened a new prison unit in Indiana that houses a hodgepodge of second–tier terrorism inmates, most of them Arab Muslims, whose ability to communicate with the outside world has been tightly restricted.

At the Communications Management Unit, or CMU, in Terre Haute, Ind., >>>


      MARKED FOR DUTY
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     A03 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. –– If they are allowed to police parts of Puget Sound, this is how Navy–trained dolphins and sea lions are expected to nab terrorists in wetsuits: Using its sonar, a dolphin locates a swimmer approaching Naval Base Kitsap–Bangor, where Trident submarines with long&nda >>>


      N.J. TOWN TO SET TIME LIMIT ON BARKING
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     CLIFTON, N.J. –– The city of Clifton is not going to the dogs. At least not if the City Council has anything to do about it. Later this month, the council is expected to introduce an ordinance setting a limit on how long dogs can bark.

Noisy canines will be defined as those that bark for more than 3 >>>


      PANEL: EXECUTIONERS NEED MORE TRAINING
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     TAMPA, Fla. –– Death row inmates‘ consciousness should be monitored throughout executions and those administering lethal injections need additional training, according to a panel‘s preliminary recommendations released Saturday.

The 11–member panel was assembled to review the state& >>>


      POLICE: 4 FATALLY SHOT IN CONN. CONDO
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     ENFIELD, Conn. –– Four people were found shot to death Saturday night in a condominium, and police said the shootings were not a random act of violence.

No suspects were being sought, Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said. "There‘s absolutely no need for anybody to fear that there‘s some >>>


      REPORT: FAMILY TIES SHARPTON TO THURMOND
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     NEW YORK –– Geneaologists have found that civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is a descendent of a slave owned by relatives of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Daily News said professional genealogists, working at the newspaper‘s behest, recently uncovered the ances >>>


      RICE: OBAMA‘S RUN SHOWS BLACK PROGRESS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice finds Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama appealing and says it won‘t be much longer before race isn‘t a barrier to becoming president.

Obama is a top–tier contender among Democrats and his wide support early in the 2008 >>>


      SEVERE STORMS INJURE 27 IN ARKANSAS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     DUMAS, Ark. –– Severe storms swept cars off roads, crumpled businesses and sent mobile homes airborne Saturday as they moved through southern Arkansas. At least 27 people were injured.

Residents reported seeing multiple tornadoes, and the National Guard was called in to assist with cleanup. The stor >>>


      SEVERE STORMS INJURE 27 IN ARKANSAS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     DUMAS, Ark. –– Authorities went door to door in search of an unknown number of people who remained unaccounted for after severe storms swept through southern Arkansas, shredding home and businesses and injuring at least 27 people.

Residents reported seeing multiple tornadoes Saturday in Arkansas, Mi >>>


      U.S. SCHOOLS WEIGH EXTENDING HOURS, YEAR
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     24, 2007; 11:05 PM BOSTON –– School principal Robin Harris used to see the clock on her office wall as the enemy, its steady ticking a reminder that time was not on her side.

But these days Harris smiles when the clock hits 1:55 p.m. There are still two more hours in the school day _ two more hours >>>


      VIRGINIA APOLOGIZES FOR ROLE IN SLAVERY
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     RICHMOND, Va. –– Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express "profound regret" for the state‘s role in slavery.

Sponsors of the resolution say they know of no other state that has apologized for slavery >>>


      VP‘S PLANE HAS MINOR ELECTRICAL PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Vice President Dick Cheney‘s plane experienced a minor mechanical problem but was making a refueling stop in Singapore as planned on Sunday, the White House said.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard had said earlier that he had received a report that Cheney‘s plane was be >>>


      WARRANT ISSUED FOR FLA. KIDNAP SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     PARRISH, Fla. –– A warrant was issued Sunday for a man suspected of kidnapping a 13–year–old boy at gunpoint from a school bus stop, authorities said.

Police have been searching for a suspect since Clay Moore was abducted Friday morning. He escaped hours later with just scratches and scr >>>


      WELFARE STATE GLANCE
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     12:51 PM The number of people receiving cash welfare payments from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program has plummeted since enactment of the welfare overhaul law in 1''6. But increases in other government programs for the poor have more than offset the decline.

Listed are enrollment and s >>>


      WELFARE STATE TIMELINE
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     12:51 PM –– The nation‘s history of providing for the destitute dates to the colonial days when local relief laws were fashioned after the "Poor Laws" of England.

Today‘s federal system of social welfare dates to the Great Depression in the 1'30s.

Some significant >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DISASTER DRILL SUPPOSES 10–CITY IED STRIKE
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     Dozens of high–level officials joined in a White House drill yesterday to see how the government would respond if several cities were attacked simultaneously with bombs similar to those used against U.S. troops in Iraq.

White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend and the Homeland Securit >>>


      WINTER STORM HAMMERS THE PLAINS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     Associated PressSunday, February 25, 2007; A15 DENVER, Feb. 24 –– A large, fast–moving snowstorm closed sections of major highways in the Plains on Saturday and threatened to dump more than a foot of snow on the Upper Midwest.

Interstate 70, a major cross–country route, was closed for ab >>>


      AL GORE, ROCK STAR
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By William BoothWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 25, 2007; A01 LOS ANGELES –– In the annals of vice presidential history, tonight will be something different. In his black tux, the man known to his most fervent fans as "The Goracle" will arrive by hybrid eco–limo and, surrounded b >>>


      AS BUSH‘S ID PLAN WAS DELAYED, COALITION FORMED AGAINST IT
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     February 25, 2007; A08 Inspired by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a sweeping federal law to tighten security requirements for driver‘s licenses is in jeopardy of unraveling after missteps by Congress and the Homeland Security Department, analysts and lawmakers said.

While Washington has delayed implementing >>>


      CLINTON FIGHTS TO KEEP IMPEACHMENT TABOO
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By Anne E. KornblutWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 25, 2007; A04 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new commandment for the 2008 presidential field: Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband.

With a swift response to attacks from a former supporter last week, advisers >>>


      GOVERNORS SEE INFLUENCE WANE IN RACE FOR PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 25, 2007; A04 In one of the fastest–starting presidential campaigns in history, one group of politicians has not kept pace: the nation‘s governors.

The most successful route to the White House in recent elections has run through the governors&l >>>


      SMITHSONIAN HEAD‘S EXPENSES ‘LAVISH,‘ AUDIT SAYS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By James V. GrimaldiWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 25, 2007; A01 Lawrence M. Small, the top official at the Smithsonian Institution, accumulated nearly $'0,000 in unauthorized expenses from 2000 to 2005, including charges for chartered jet travel, his wife‘s trip to Cambodia, hotel rooms, luxury >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Rice and former president Jimmy Carter. NEWSMAKERS (C–SPAN), 10 a.m >>>


      11 DAYS TILL BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By David FinkelWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 25, 2007; A01 FORT RILEY, Kan. –– Their camouflage on, their wives carrying infants, their older children carrying flags, the soldiers of George W. Bush‘s surge crowded into a gymnasium for their brigade deployment ceremony, a last public view >>>


      16 KILLED IN ATTACK NEAR BAGHDAD COLLEGE
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A suicide bomber struck Sunday outside a college campus in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and injuring dozens as a string of other blasts and rocket attacks left bloodshed around the city.

Most of the victims outside the College of Business Administration and Economics were >>>


      ARMY LAUNCHES HUNT FOR KILLERS OF 16 INDIAN POLICEMEN
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – A massive manhunt is underway in the dense jungles of India‘s troubled northeastern state of Manipur after 16 policemen were killed in a militant ambush, a top military commander said on Sunday.

In the deadliest attack in the state for at least two years, more than 30 hea >>>


      CHARRED INDONESIAN FERRY SINKS, REPORTER DIES
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – An Indonesian ferry that caught fire last week, killing at least 42 people, sank on Sunday as officials and journalists on board scrambled for safety.

At least three people were missing after the incident off Jakarta, witnesses and Indonesian media said. Lativi television said one of i >>>


      COLOMBIAN REBELS OPEN TO PRISONER SWAP
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian left–wing rebels holding former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt hostage said she was still being held in Colombia and they were open to talks on her release.

Snatched in February 2002, dual French–Colombian national Betancourt has become a symbol of kidnap >>>


      GUINEA LEADER AGREES TO APPOINT NEW PM
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     CONAKRY, Guinea –– Guinea‘s president has agreed to appoint a new prime minister amenable to the West African country‘s powerful union chiefs in an attempt to end a crippling strike and simmering unrest that has killed scores of people this year.

One of the country‘s two main union >>>


      HUNTING DOWN A LIVING IN THE WILDS OF CANADA
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     A1' YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories For David Giroux, happiness is a dead marten.

Pried from his trap, thawed out by his wood stove at home, skinned and dried, the marten‘s pelt would bring Giroux $65 ( $57 U.S.) at the local wildlife office. After the office sends the fur off to auction, the trapp >>>


      IN MBEKI‘S SOUTH AFRICA, CHANGE HAS COME, SLOWLY
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     A18 KHAYELITSHA, South Africa –– The road in front of Princess Rini‘s leaky, wooden shack has been paved. There is a primary school and a library down the street. And though three of the outdoor taps the government built nearby are broken, a twist on the fourth brings forth copious clean water.

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      INDONESIA DROPS BALLS INTO VOLCANO
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     SURABAYA, Indonesia –– Indonesian engineers temporarily halted an attempt to plug a fissure that has been gushing mud for nine months, after a steel cable hoisting cement balls into the crater broke Saturday, officials said.

The hot, noxious mud has displaced 13,000 people and covered dozens of fact >>>


      INDONESIAN FERRY FIRE DEATH TOLL DOUBLES
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– An Indonesian passenger ferry that caught fire last week capsized Sunday as accident investigators and journalists inspected the charred vessel, killing one and leaving three others missing, witnesses and media reports said.

The accident occurred hours after authorities announc >>>


      IRAN LAUNCHES HOME–MADE SPACE MISSILE: STATE TV
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has launched a home–made missile capable of reaching space, Iran‘s state television Web site reported on Sunday, quoting an Iranian aerospace official.

The comments came a day after Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the Islamic Republic was planning to build >>>


      IRAN LAUNCHES SPACE MISSILE: STATE TV
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has launched a missile capable of reaching space, Iran‘s state television Web site reported on Sunday, quoting an Iranian aerospace official.

"Iran has successfully launched its first space missile made by Iranian scientists," the head of Iran‘s aerospace rese >>>


      IRAN: U.S. IS IN NO POSITION TO ATTACK
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     PM TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran‘s foreign minister said Saturday the United States was in no position for another war, and maintained that negotiations _ not threats _ were the only way to resolve the standoff over its nuclear activities.

Manouchehr Mottaki was responding to Vice President Dick Cheney >>>


      ISRAELI TROOPS RAID WEST BANK CITY
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     NABLUS, West Bank –– Dozens of Israeli jeeps and armored vehicles raided the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday and placed tens of thousands of Palestinians under curfew.

The army said troops had uncovered an explosives laboratory in the city and that soldiers had been shot at in several places and ret >>>


      KURDS ENDORSE DRAFT OIL LAW
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     A18 BAGHDAD, Feb. 24 –– Leaders of Iraq‘s oil–rich Kurdish region have apparently approved a draft oil law that will be presented to Iraqi lawmakers in coming weeks, an eagerly awaited breakthrough that is expected to professionalize and expand drilling in the country.

The agreement was >>>


      LIBYA HIV CASE NURSES SAY NOT GUILTY OF DEFAMATION
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV, on Sunday pleaded not guilty to charges they defamed two Libyans by accusing them of torture, lawyers said.

A Libyan court sentenced the six, in jail since 1''', to de >>>


      MILD WEATHER TAKES EDGE OFF CHINESE ICE FESTIVAL
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 25, 2007; A1' HARBIN, China –– The hands had melted off a delicately entwined couple of ballet dancers crafted by an ice–sculpting team from Vladivostok. Eaves fashioned from packed snow drooped into icicles at the Roast Meat Fire House >>>


      MOZAMBIQUE RESORTS DEVASTATED BY CYCLONE
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     VILANCULOS, Mozambique –– A huge clean–up operation was under way Saturday in some of Mozambique‘s most popular resorts as the southern African nation‘s fledgling tourist industry struggled to recover from a devastating cyclone that left tens of thousands homeless.

Casualties from >>>


      MURTHA STUMBLES ON IRAQ FUNDING CURBS
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     By Jonathan Weisman and Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, February 25, 2007; A05 The plan was bold: By tying President Bush‘s $100 billion war request to strict standards of troop safety and readiness, Democrats believed they could grab hold of Iraq war policy while forcing Republicans to defend s >>>


      NO CHANGE ON SANCTIONS AFTER ABBAS TRIP
      Washington Post, 25-02-2007
     PM PARIS –– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ended his European tour Saturday without persuading any country to end crippling economic sanctions based on his power–sharing deal with the rival Islamic militant Hamas.

The bright spot in his trip was a promise Saturday from French Foreign Mini >>>



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