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      EMAAR, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE IN SR52M DEAL ON KAEC CONSTRUCTION
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Arab News Dr. Abdulraouf Al–Mannaa, managing director, Emaar, left, and Mohammed Al–Khuraiji, chairman, International Centre for Commerce and Contracting, at the deal signing. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — Emaar, The Economic City (Emaar.E.C), the Tadawul–listed company developing King Abdu >>>


      NEW BUILDING DESIGNS SHOULD INCLUDE FACILITIES FOR HANDICAPPED
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — Two architects have intensified a campaign seeking to deal with the needs of people with disabilities in the construction of new buildings.

Giving an overview of the campaign that covers architects, planners, designers and builders, Jospeh Kwan of the Hong Kong Ins >>>


      SAUDI–DANISH BUSINESS COUNCIL AIMED AT REINFORCING RELATIONS
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Najah Alosaimi, Arab News RIYADH, 13 May 2007 — The establishment of Saudi–Danish Business Council is in progress, which is aimed at increasing trade and direct investments in the two countries, Danish Ambassador to the Kingdom Hans Klingenberg said recently The non–profit business organization will also enh >>>


      SSPC GETS CONTRACT TO PUBLISH &#8216;AHLAN WA SAHLAN&#8217;
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
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SSPC Gets Contract to Publish Ahlan Wa Sahlan Arab News

Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of SRMG, right, signs the deal with Khaled Al–Mulhim, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, recently.

(AN photo) RIYADH, 13 May 2007 The Saudi Specialized >>>


      ‘CHILD HUNGER HAS NO PLACE IN MIDDLE EAST’
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — At different times throughout the Middle East today, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen will join the world in sending an urgent message: Child hunger has no place in the Middle East or the world and citizens can put an end to it.
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      ABDULLAH AND DICK CHENEY HOLD TALKS
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 13 May 2007 — US Vice President Dick Cheney was in the Kingdom yesterday for a short visit. He met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in Tabuk where the king is on a tour of the north. Crown Prince Sultan also attended the meeting.

A spokesperson from the US Embassy in >>>


      BURGLARIES ON THE RISE, RIYADH RESIDENTS COMPLAIN
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 13 May 2007 — Several thefts and burglaries have been reported this month in the Riyadh region, including three this week alone when burglars stole large amounts of cash and jewelry from the house of a local resident.

Burglars robbed the home of Saqavath Ali, a Saudi Inv >>>


      COMMUNITY POLICING TO MAKE MAKKAH CRIME–FREE: OFFICIAL
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — For the first time, Saudi Arabia will introduce a community policing system in Makkah as part of its efforts to make the holy city crime–free. The Interior Ministry has approved the system, which aims to enhance participation of the local community in increasing >>>


      MUTILATED BODY OF WORKER FOUND IN MADINAH
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Yousuf Muhammad, Arab News MADINAH, 13 May 2007 — The body of a Bangladeshi man, whose hands and legs had been tied, was found late on Friday in suspicious circumstances on Madinah’s Sultana Street.

Police are treating the death as murder and forensic teams could be seen on Saturday at the location gathering ev >>>


      NATION IS FOR EVERYBODY: KING
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News King Abdullah launches new welfare projects in Tabuk on Saturday by pressing a button as Crown Prince Sultan and Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd ibn Sultan look on. (SPA)

JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday urged Saudis to work together in order t >>>


      POPULAR SAUDI SHORT STORY WEBSITE HACKED
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 A well–known Saudi short story website (www.arabicstory.net) was hacked on Friday by an unidentified group calling itself "Group x 5".

The website is popular not only in Saudi Arabia but throughout the Arab world and was founded seven years ago by S >>>


      PRINCE FAISAL SEES MORE CLUBS FOR ORPHANS
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Prince Faisal bin Salman talks to one of the orphans as he surfs the Net at the newly inaugurated INSAN sports club on Saturday. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)

RIYADH, 13 May 2007 — Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group and president of the development c >>>


      SCHOOLCHILDREN JOIN MASSIVE VOLUNTEER PROJECT
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — A massive volunteer and environment awareness program involving 500,000 students from schools across the region kicked off yesterday at the Corniche. The program — which has been organized jointly by the Jeddah Municipality, the Directorate of Education and Saudi Aramco — a >>>


      SOCIAL CENTER HOSTING PREMARITAL COURSE FOR PROSPECTIVE BRIDES
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 After receiving positive feedback on a premarital course for prospective grooms last month, the Mawaddah Social Center is running a similar course for women.

The three–day course, entitled "Happy Living," will start today at the Maternity and Childre >>>


      SRI LANKA CALLS FOR BIGGER PILGRIM QUOTA
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 13 May 2007 Sri Lanka requested the Kingdom to increase the nations Haj quota for the next season in a meeting between a high–level Sri Lankan delegation and Saudi Haj Minister Dr. Fouad Al–Farsy yesterday.

The Sri Lankan delegation included Abdul Hameed Fowzie >>>


      THOUSANDS SCRAMBLE FOR SECURITY JOBS
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 13 May 2007 Since late Friday night, thousands of potential rookies gathered in front of the Public Security Training City in Makkah looking for jobs, with many coming from towns and villages outside Makkah sleeping in their cars, following news that the authorities were recruiting 1,500 n >>>


      UK AMBASSADOR PROMISES FULL SUPPORT TO SAUDIZATION
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News William Patey RIYADH, 13 May 2007 — British Ambassador William Patey, who yesterday visited the technical college of the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT), said that his country would lend its fullest support to the Kingdom’s Saudization program >>>


      WOMEN–ONLY HOTELS CAUSE CONCERN
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Najah Alosaimi, Arab News RIYADH, 13 May 2007 — Establishing women–only hotels is a growing trend across the Kingdom. However, many people express concern that the new phenomena may cause further gender segregation within society.

Of late many hotels have tried to meet the market demand for women–on >>>


      ABBAS WON&#8217;T ATTEND PETRA TALKS
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
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Abbas Wont Attend Petra Talks Mohammed Mari & Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News

RAMALLAH/AMMAN, 13 May 2007 A Palestinian source said yesterday that President Mahmoud Abbas will not participate in a summit meeting between King Abdallah of Jordan and Israeli Prime M >>>


      DOZENS KILLED IN PAK VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Huma Aamir Malik & Azhar Masood, Arab News Bodies lie on the road following a gunbattle between two rival groups in Karachi on Saturday. (AP)

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, 13 May 2007 — Violence erupted ahead of planned rival rallies and fierce gunbattles between rival political activists left 31 people dead and 100 w >>>


      FIVE GIS KILLED, TWO CAPTURED
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 13 May 2007 Five US soldiers were killed and two were missing and presumed captured when their group of seven that included an Iraqi interpreter was attacked during a patrol in an Al–Qaeda stronghold south of Baghdad yesterday.

The attack, one of the worst against American ground forces >>>


      LOSS OF FAITH IN PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS CITED AS CAUSE OF LOW VOTER TURNOUT
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Dinan Arana & Ronald Concha, Arab News ALKHOBAR/JEDDAH, 13 May 2007 — Philippine officials in charge of overseas absentee voting in the Kingdom yesterday noted a surge in the number of votes cast during the weekend, but said the total would not likely reach even a third of the 2004 figures.

At the close of >>>


      MAYAWATI TO TAKE OATH TODAY
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney & Indo–Asian News Service LUCKNOW, 13 May 2007 As the clock strikes 1 p.m. this afternoon, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati will take the oath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time.

The chief minister–designate made this announcement herself after a ne >>>


      PROFESSOR’S COMMENTS ON ISLAM SPARK PROTEST IN TEXAS
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 13 May 2007 — A professor of religion and expert on Islam has been condemned by certain Baptists in Texas for saying that Christianity and Islam talk about «the same God.» His comments triggered protest resolutions by two associations of churches, which asked the Bapti >>>


      US TO FREE LAST OF KUWAITI GITMO INMATES: REPORT
      Arab News, 13-05-2007
     Agence France Presse KUWAIT CITY, 13 May 2007 — The United States has decided to release the last four Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantanamo Bay within the next four months, a Kuwaiti daily said yesterday.

Al–Wasat, quoting informed sources, said US authorities had informed Kuwait that its remaining citizens in >>>


      5 CLIMBERS RESCUED FROM MOUNT HOOD
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. –– Five climbers stranded at the ',800–foot level of Mount Hood were rescued late Saturday night and returned safely to Timberline Lodge, the Clackamas County sheriff‘s office said.

All five were reported in good condition. Rescue workers took a Sno–Cat up >>>


      BORDER PATROL SAYS AGENCY ERRED ON FENCE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     BROWNSVILLE, Texas –– A top Border Patrol official told Rio Grande Valley leaders and residents Saturday that the agency erred in secretly drawing a map of planned border fencing and would be more forthcoming about the plans.

"We did not do a very good job out the gate of sharing information,&q >>>


      BUSH FETES JAMESTOWN‘S 400TH ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     JAMESTOWN, Va. –– President Bush, who is fond of promoting the endurance of freedom, made a pilgrimage Sunday to the settlement where the nation began to take shape centuries ago in swampland.

Bush came to honor the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, America‘s first permanent English colony. It b >>>


      BUSH TOURS JAMESTOWN ON 400TH ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     JAMESTOWN, Virginia (Reuters) – President George W. Bush toured Jamestown on Sunday to mark the 400th anniversary of the English settlement, saying the United States must continue to stand by countries struggling for freedom.

Bush and his wife Laura toured an archaeological site at Historic Jamestowne whe >>>


      CAR PLOWS INTO LA BUS STOP, KILLS 1
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– A car plowed into a bus stop Sunday, killing one person and injuring five others, authorities said.

The six were waiting for a bus in South Los Angeles when the out–of–control vehicle struck them, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman D‘Lisa Davies.

O >>>


      CHENEY TALKS WITH EGYPT ON IRAQ AND IRAN
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday toward the end of a regional tour, focusing on ways to stem chaos in Iraq and on Iran‘s impact on security in the Gulf.

The talks with Mubarak, whose country is a key U.S. ally, were part of >>>


      CLINTON SAYS BUSH GOVERNS ‘FOR THE FEW‘
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized President Bush on Saturday as running a "government of the few, for the few and by the few." "For six long years the hardworking families of our middle class have been invisible to this president," she said, promising to be a president w >>>


      CRITICS BASH ‘WARRIOR CULTURE‘ OF LAPD
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– The Police Department‘s violent response at the end of an immigrant demonstration is the latest incident highlighting what critics describe as the force‘s "warrior culture." It‘s an ethos that‘s been on display before _ the use of clubs and tear gas to dispers >>>


      DEMOCRATS PROD AUTOMAKERS ON MILEAGE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic–controlled Washington stepped in to help save Chrysler nearly 30 years ago when the automaker was on the verge of bankruptcy due to lackluster sales of its fuel–thirsty vehicles.

With the Big Three struggling again, many political leaders now are taking Detroit t >>>


      FLOODING THREAT EASES ALONG MISSOURI
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –– The Missouri River neared its highest point in the state‘s capital city Saturday after a week of flooding towns upstream, but hydrologists said it wasn‘t nearly as bad as feared.

The river reached about 2' feet Saturday morning, some 6 feet above flood stage. T >>>


      FUGITIVE ON FBI TOP 10 HELD IN CANADA
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Canadian authorities have arrested a California man who was on the FBI‘s "Ten Most Wanted" list for alleged sex crimes against children, the FBI said.

Richard Steve Goldberg, 61, of Long Beach, was arrested Saturday in Montreal at an address provided by a tipster who r >>>


      GIRL DIES IN ACCIDENT WITH SCISSORS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     VERONA BEACH, N.Y. –– A 6–year–old girl reaching for scissors on top of a refrigerator died when she fell from a chair and the blades stabbed her in her neck, police said.

Kayleigh C. Cochis wanted the scissors to cut off gum stuck in her hair. She was standing on a wheeled, office&ndash >>>


      HIGHWAYS REMAIN CLOSED FROM WILDFIRE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     LAKE CITY, Fla. –– Authorities briefly reopened two highways crossing north Florida into Georgia on Sunday before dense wildfire smoke forced them to again halt traffic, while hundreds of Florida residents waited to return to their threatened homes.

Officials said Sunday that the wildfire that had r >>>


      HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR FOUND, BUT WON‘T MEET SON WHO SEARCHED FOR HER
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     BEACHWOOD, Ohio –– Sol Factor‘s 17–year search for his mother, a Holocaust survivor who disappeared in the aftermath of World War II, came to a blunt and unsatisfying end.

"We regret to inform you that we located the above mentioned person, but she would not like to be contacted by >>>


      JUSTICE KENNEDY: THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL MAN IN THE MIDDLE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Robert BarnesWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 13, 2007; A01 It is easy to define Justice Anthony M. Kennedy‘s role on the Supreme Court this term, and difficult to exaggerate his importance.

To borrow President Bush‘s self–description, he‘s "The Decider." He is the on >>>


      MAIL HIKE HITS ALASKA VILLAGES HARD
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– The new U.S. Postal Service rates that go into effect Monday have people living in Alaska‘s remotest villages worried about more than just paying 2 cents more for a stamp.

The Postal Service also is bumping up rates for Alaska‘s one–of–a–kind discou >>>


      MARINE: HADITHA DEATHS DIDN‘T NEED PROBE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. –– A Marine major who inspected the Iraqi homes where Marines killed 24 people testified Saturday that the gore left even 10 days after the gruesome sweep stamped searing images in his mind.

Hours after a comrade‘s killing in a roadside bombing, the Marines had cleared t >>>


      MONTANA SKYDIVING PLANE CRASH KILLS 5
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     MARION, Mont. –– A plane crash killed five members of a group of skydivers Saturday in northwestern Montana, authorities said.

The crash happened late Saturday morning in a field about 30 miles southwest of Kalispell, in an area known as Lost Prairie, Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan said. The Fe >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     Marine Recounts Gory Scene in Haditha CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. –– A Marine major who inspected the Iraqi homes where Marines killed 24 people testified Saturday that the gore left even 10 days after the gruesome sweep stamped searing images in his mind.

Hours after a comrade‘s killing in a roads >>>


      NO WINNERS IN MOON–DIRT COMPETITION
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     SANTA MARIA, Calif. –– Four teams and some strange machines competed for a quarter–of–a–million dollars from NASA, but all walked away empty–handed.

NASA‘s Regolith Excavation Challenge invited teams to build machines for digging mock moon dirt, or regolith, in a compet >>>


      NUDIST GROUPS SEEKING YOUNGER MEMBERS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     WOODSTOCK, Conn. –– Here‘s the naked truth about nude recreation: The people who practice it aren‘t getting any younger. To draw 20– and 30–somethings, nudist groups and camps are trying everything from deep discounts to a young ambassador program that encourages college and graduate >>>


      NYC TAXI CABS OFFER HIGH–TECH HARDWARE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     NEW YORK –– To taxi officials, the touch–screen monitors popping up in cabs help passengers make the most of the 13 New York minutes spent on an average ride.

Passengers can pay by credit card _ no more fumbling for cash and tip. As a cab heads through Greenwich Village, for example, passenger >>>


      OBAMA‘S SISTER DEBUTS AS CAMPAIGNER
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     HONOLULU –– Maya Soetoro–Ng, debuting Saturday as an enthusiastic campaigner for brother Barack Obama, recalled that he could be "bossy" but was never mean to his little sister.

Soetoro–Ng said their mother, Ann Dunham, had a huge impact on Obama before she died in 1''5 >>>


      OVERFLOWING FAIRFAX HOMES SPLIT NEIGHBORS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Bill Turque and Karin BrulliardWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, May 13, 2007; A01 Harry Gault doesn‘t think of the small ranch home next door as a hot–button political issue in this year‘s Fairfax County election or realize how frequently his complaint is heard throughout the region.

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      PERSONAL SIDE: CANDIDATES‘ UNDONE CHORES
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     –– When you run for president, some duties on the home front go undone. Heavy travel demands are drawing the presidential candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire and other states in play for the nomination, and candidates who also serve in Congress are often pinned to the capital as well. All that has kept them fr >>>


      SEA LION JOINS WALK–A–THON IN CALIF.
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     CORTE MADERA, Calif. –– He has flippers instead of feet _ and certainly no sneakers or hiking boots. But that didn‘t stop a sea lion from joining schoolchildren on a walk–a–thon.

The marine mammal apparently noticed children doing laps Friday morning around a course they had set up >>>


      TEXAS TOWN APPROVES BAN ON RENTING TO ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     FARMERS BRANCH, Tex., May 12 –– Voters in this Dallas suburb Saturday overwhelmingly approved a measure banning landlords from renting to most illegal immigrants, in the first public vote on any of the more than '0 measures local governments around the country have proposed to crack down on illegal immig >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     –– Showers and some thunderstorms were forecast for Sunday along the Southeast Coast, as a slow–moving frontal system drifts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

A high pressure system was expected to move over the Great Lakes toward the Northeast and keep much of the eastern half of the country dry.< >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – MAY 13
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     AM –– Today is Sunday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2007. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother‘s Day.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement in Virginia (the colonists went ashore the >>>


      VICTIMS OF KATRINA FILE RASH OF LAWSUITS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 13, 2007; A03 NEW ORLEANS –– Ever since the floodwaters receded, the idea that the U.S.

government was to blame for the Katrina catastrophe has possessed and angered its victims.

A legion of lawn signs, posted in front of many wrecke >>>


      WAR COMMANDER OFF TO A QUIET START
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Admirers of Adm. William J. Fallon salute his reputation for deft diplomacy. Judging from his first weeks as top commander of American forces in the Middle East, a talent for tact has served him well in many countries of the region except, perhaps, the one that matters most _ Iraq.

Fal >>>


      A BUSTLING HATE–CRIME INDUSTRY
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     Political entrepreneurship involves devising benefits to excite or mollify niche constituencies. Hence HR 15'2, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, which has passed the House, trailing clouds of sanctimony –– lots of members announced their hatred of hate.

Hate–cr >>>


      A PAPER TRAIL TOWARD CHAOS?
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     A bill that is headed for early action in the House of Representatives threatens to create a major controversy over the conduct of the 2008 election.

Blessed with the wonderful title of the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, the legislation has the valuable goal of ensuring that there is >>>


      BUSH‘S RELATIONS WITH CAPITOL HILL CHILLY
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 13, 2007; A05 Every few weeks, President Bush invites House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–Nev.) and their GOP counterparts to the White House for a discussion of Iraq and other issues of the day.

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      COSTS GROW FOR COMMON MEDICARE DRUGS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 13, 2007; A10 After some initial success containing drug prices, private insurers in the new Medicare prescription drug program may be losing their leverage over drug manufacturers as they try to hold down medicine costs for seniors and the federal government, H >>>


      EDWARDS CAMPAIGNS TO MAKE MEMORIAL DAY AN ANTIWAR STATEMENT
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is calling on his supporters to turn this year‘s Memorial Day into a day of antiwar activism, saying that the best way to honor the troops is to demand an end to the Iraq war.

"Each of us has a responsibility as Americans, a duty to our troops and to eac >>>


      IN PRIVATE SECTOR, GIULIANI PARLAYED FAME INTO WEALTH
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By John Solomon and Matthew MoskWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, May 13, 2007; A01 On Dec. 7, 2001, nearly three months after the terrorist attack that had made him a national hero and a little over three weeks before he would leave office, New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani took the first official step toward makin >>>


      IN THIS RACE, THERE‘S NO STARTING GUN
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     C onventional political wisdom dictates that early political advertising campaigns are akin to flushing cash down the toilet, based on the idea that voters aren‘t paying enough attention for commercials to change the dynamic of a race.

Three candidates for president –– former Massachusetts gov >>>


      1.5 MILLION TURKS RALLY TO STAY SECULAR
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     IZMIR, Turkey –– Choking the highways and crammed onto ferries, hundreds of thousands of Turks streamed into this port city on Sunday in an enormous show of opposition to the pro–Islamic ruling party, saying it threatened to destroy the country‘s modern foundations.

Some 1.5 million prot >>>


      27 PEOPLE KILLED IN STORM IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     LUCKNOW, India –– A violent storm lashed northern India on Saturday, causing several buildings to collapse and leaving 27 people dead, officials said.

Twenty–four people were killed in the town of Sultanpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh when several were destroyed, while three others >>>


      37 DIE IN PAKISTANI POLITICAL VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     KARACHI, Pakistan –– Pro–government and opposition groups blamed each other Sunday for the worst political violence to grip Pakistan in years, as fresh riots broke out and the toll from bloody street battles in Karachi rose to 37 dead and more than 150 wounded.

Unrest broke out Sunday in sever >>>


      5 DIE IN AMBUSH OF U.S. PATROL IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Sudarsan Raghavan and Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 13, 2007; 8:02 AM BAGHDAD, May 13 –– A massive aerial and ground manhunt involving thousands of American and Iraqi troops was underway Sunday for three U.S. soldiers missing after an organized assault on a military patrol south >>>


      AFGHAN LAWMAKERS VOTE TO OUST FM
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan lawmakers voted Saturday to oust the foreign minister over the mishandling of the expulsion of Afghan refugees from neighboring Iran, although President Hamid Karzai said his top diplomat would remain pending a Supreme Court ruling.

An official in the country‘s int >>>


      AFGHANISTAN OFFICIALS SAY KEY TALIBAN FIGURE KILLED
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 13 –– Mullah Dadullah Akhund, the Taliban‘s most prominent military commander, was killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan with Afghan and NATO troops, security officials said Sunday.

Dadullah was killed Saturday in the southern province of Helmand, said Sayed Ans >>>


      AFRICAN UNION FORCE LOW ON MONEY, SUPPLIES AND MORALE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     UNITED NATIONS –– The beleaguered African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur is on the verge of collapse, a development that is undercutting international efforts to protect civilians and deploy United Nations reinforcements, according to A.U. and U.N. officials.

The African Union‘s first majo >>>


      AL QAEDA SAYS HOLDING U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     PM BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of American troops searched on Sunday for three U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq after an ambush in which al Qaeda said it seized "crusader" forces, while a suicide bomber killed 50 people in the Kurdish north.

The self–styled Islamic State in Iraq, a group le >>>


      AT LEAST 40 DEAD AMID POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     PM ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 13 –– Clashes between government supporters and opposition activists continued in Karachi on Sunday, bringing the death toll for the weekend to about 40 in the worst political violence the nation has seen in years.

The governing Mutahidda Qaumi Movement, or MQM, blamed th >>>


      AT SOCIAL CLUB FOR BAGHDAD‘S ELITE, ESCAPE IS A WEEKLY GAME OF BINGO
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– A few dozen members of this city‘s privileged classes chatted on fraying armchairs at the Alwiyah Club on a recent Saturday, waiting for the weekly bingo game to start. The caller usually responsible for yelling out English letters and Arabic numbers –– "B–sabaa!" >>>


      AUSTRALIA BANS CRICKET TOUR TO ZIMBABWE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     CANBERRA, Australia –– Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday the Australian government has banned the country‘s cricket team from touring Zimbabwe in September because he does not want to support the regime of a "grubby dictator." Howard told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television that his >>>


      BEIJING‘S MOMENT
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Ben BrazilSpecial to The Washington PostSunday, May 13, 2007; P01 Beijing was growing on me.

At first, I couldn‘t see anything but the sprawl, the construction and the vicious, honking traffic that squeezed the slow streams of cyclists in the bike lanes. Then, gradually, I quit fixating on Beijing&lsqu >>>


      BULGARIANS PRAY FOR RELEASE OF MEDICS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     SOFIA, Bulgaria –– The spiritual leader of Bulgaria‘s Orthodox Christians on Saturday called for a "just verdict" in the case of six medics sentenced to death in Libya for allegedly infecting about 400 children with HIV.

Thousands of people, some holding banners reading "You are >>>


      CHENEY IN SAUDI ARABIA SEEKING IRAQ HELP
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     TABUK, Saudi Arabia –– Vice President Dick Cheney worked to overcome Saudi skepticism over the U.S. military strategy to secure Baghdad and the leadership capabilities of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki.

Cheney met with King Abdullah at a royal palace in this northern city on Saturday. Th >>>


      ETHIOPIANS FEAR FOR THEIR INTERFAITH OASIS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Stephanie McCrummenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 13, 2007; A15 DESE, Ethiopia –– Rumors were spreading up and down the narrow streets here, in front of the Noah pharmacy and Millennium Cafe, through the rectangular mosques and domed Orthodox churches of this northern Ethiopian city.

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      EU PROPOSES MONITORING RADICAL MOSQUES
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     VENICE, Italy –– Security officials from Europe‘s largest countries backed a plan Saturday to profile mosques on the continent and identify radical Islamic clerics who raise the threat of homegrown terrorism.

The project, to be finished by the fall, will focus on the roles of imams, their trai >>>


      FOUR DEAD IN GAZA FACTIONAL VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     GAZA (Reuters) – Four Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Sunday and a Hamas official was abducted from his home in the deadliest outbreak of factional fighting in the coastal strip in months, sources from Hamas and the Fatah group said.

Gunmen killed a senior commander of al–Aqsa Martyrs Brigades a >>>


      GUINEAN PRESIDENT REPLACES MINISTER
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     CONAKRY, Guinea –– President Lansana Conte agreed Saturday to replace his unpopular defense minister, a key demand of soldiers leading a three–day–old military revolt, according to a decree read on state radio.

On Friday, the embattled dictator also capitulated to the soldiers‘ dem >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 2 IRAQIS IN A CITY CENTER
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– Gunmen drove into a crowded Iraqi downtown Sunday morning, pulled two handcuffed men out of the trunk, and shot and killed them in a grisly display meant to send a message to residents not to cooperate with U.S.–led forces, police and witnesses said.

"This is the destiny of tra >>>


      ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT KEEPS MAJORITY
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     7:50 AM REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland‘s pro–industry government held onto its majority on Sunday in a tight election but a power shift looked likely with junior coalition partner the Progressive Party expected to leave after a dismal showing.

This would force Prime Minister Geir Haarde‘s >>>


      ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT SEEMS SET TO LOSE MAJORITY
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     11:03 PM REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland‘s government looked set to lose its majority on Sunday with 76 percent of votes counted in polls, opening the door to an opposition coalition taking power and a possible first woman prime minister.

Still, the margins were razor–thin –– hanging >>>


      IRISH PM DEFENDS PAYMENTS FROM UK BUSINESSMAN
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern defended himself on Sunday for taking cash from businessmen in the 1''0s, saying the payments were made at a time of "great personal turmoil" following the breakdown of his marriage.

Ahern, who was finance minister and briefly deputy p >>>


      LEGENDARY FORCE UPDATES ITS IMAGE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Molly MooreWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 13, 2007; A14 CASTELNAUDARY, France –– The French Foreign Legion, one of the most romanticized military units in history, is getting a 21st–century makeover.

Out with the images honed by Hollywood –– in movies such as "B >>>


      OFFICIALS: TALIBAN COMMANDER KILLED
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban‘s most prominent military commander, was killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan with Afghan and NATO troops, officials said Sunday.

Dadullah, a top lieutenant of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was killed Saturday in the southern province o >>>


      PACIFIC COMMANDER STRESSES CHINA TIES
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     BEIJING, May 12 –– The new commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Timothy J. Keating, said Saturday that he wants to intensify joint exercises and other exchanges with the Chinese military as quickly and broadly as the Chinese government will allow.

The goals laid out by Keating, on his first >>>


      PAKISTANI TROOPS TOLD TO SHOOT RIOTERS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     KARACHI (Reuters) – The Pakistani government authorized paramilitary troops on Sunday to shoot anyone involved in serious violence in Karachi, where 37 people have been killed over the past two days, an official said.

On Saturday, 34 people were killed and more than 130 wounded in the country‘s wors >>>


      PENTAGON HOPES TO EXPAND AID PROGRAM
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 13, 2007; A13 The Pentagon is seeking to make permanent and expand to other countries some security and foreign assistance programs underway in Iraq and Afghanistan that traditionally have been supervised by the State Department and the Agency for International Dev >>>


      POTTER AUTHOR ADDS TO U.K. REWARD FUND
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     LONDON –– Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has pledged a major contribution to a $3 million reward fund for the safe return of a British girl who has gone missing in Portugal, a Sunday newspaper said.

The News of the World said Rowling had offered the single largest contribution to the fund started >>>


      PRO–PRESIDENTIAL PARTIES SET TO WIN ARMENIA VOTE
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     YEREVAN (Reuters) – Pro–presidential parties have won a large majority in Armenia‘s parliamentary elections, the former Soviet state‘s election commission said on Sunday ahead of official results being released.

The Republican party, which leads the election seen as a dress rehearsal for >>>


      RUSSIA TO CONTROL GAS OUT OF CENTRAL ASIA
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan, May 12 –– Russia announced a deal Saturday to significantly increase the amount of natural gas it moves from Central Asia to Europe, a victory in a growing rivalry with the West for the region‘s vast energy resources.

Russia and the region‘s main energy produc >>>


      SAMOAN KING DIES AT '4; RULED SINCE 1'63
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     APIA, Samoa –– King Malietoa Tanumafili II, one of the world‘s longest–reigning monarchs, has died, the prime minister‘s office said Saturday. He was '4.

Malietoa died Friday night at Tupua Tamasese National Hospital in the Samoan capital of Apia, where he had been staying for >>>


      SOUTH KOREA SAYS SHIP SINKS WITH 16 MISSING
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean freight ship sank off China‘s east coast after colliding with a Chinese vessel on Saturday and 16 sailors are missing, a South Korea Coast Guard official said.

Seven South Korean sailors and nine foreigners, including eight Myanmarese and an Indonesian, disappeared a >>>


      THOUSANDS LOOK FOR 3 GIS MISSING IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– Thousands of U.S. soldiers searched Sunday for three Americans who were missing after their patrol came under attack in an explosion that killed four other American soldiers and an Iraqi army translator.

Meanwhile, a suicide truck bomber crashed into the offices of a Kurdish political par >>>


      THREE U.S. TROOPS STILL MISSING IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     AM BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S military said on Sunday it had identified the bodies of three American soldiers and an Iraqi army interpreter who were killed near Baghdad on Saturday and said it was still hunting for three missing U.S. soldiers.

The attack on the eight–member U.S.–led patrol to >>>


      TINY IRISH VILLAGE IS LATEST PLACE TO CLAIM OBAMA AS ITS OWN
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     MONEYGALL, Ireland –– Here they call him O‘Bama. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, Democratic candidate for president, is the talk of this village because recently unearthed records indicate that he is a son of Moneygall.

Stephen Neill, a local Anglican rector, said church documents he has found, >>>


      TOP CHINA NEGOTIATOR TO BECOME NEW TAIWAN PREMIER
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will choose its top China negotiator as its next premier for lack of other job candidates as the former premier leaves to ease tension in the ruling party ahead of the 2008 presidential race, a source said on Sunday.

Chang Chun–hsiung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Found >>>


      TURKS PROTEST AHEAD OF EARLY ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 13-05-2007
     IZMIR, Turkey (Reuters) – At least 1 million Turks took to the streets of Izmir on Sunday to demand their country remain a secular state, stepping up pressure on the Islamist–rooted government before July elections.

Organizers hoped the fourth major anti–government protest in a month would uni >>>



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