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      AL–AHLIAH COOPERATIVE INSURANCE TO GO PUBLIC
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 17 May 2007 — Insurance is the fastest growing sector in the Kingdom, observed Prince Mohammed ibn Bandar ibn Abdul Aziz, chairman of Al–Ahliah Cooperative Insurance Company, at a press conference held to announce his company’s initial public offering (IPO) which is set to co >>>


      AL–TUWAIJRI NEW MD OF JPMORGAN SAUDI ARABIA
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Arab News LONDON, 17 May 2007 — JPMorgan appointed yesterday Mohammad Al–Tuwaijri as the managing director and senior country officer for Saudi Arabia. He assumed his new role yesterday in Riyadh. Al–Tuwaijri joins the firm after 12 years at SABB–HSBC, an associated company of the HSBC Group in Saudi A >>>


      BAHRAIN INVESTMENT WHARF OPEN TO KUWAITI INVESTORS
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Arab News KUWAIT, 17 May 2007 — Sameer Al–Nafisi, chairman of Al–Khaleej Development Company (Tameer), confirmed the significant contributions of Kuwaiti businessmen in investment projects across the region.

During a reception held yesterday by Tameer and Bahrain Investment Wharf (BIW) at the JW Mar >>>


      ETIHAD AIRWAYS FLIES TO DUBLIN
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 17 May 2007 — The launch of Etihad Airways’ new flights from Abu Dhabi to Dublin will play a significant role in the enhancement of trade ties between the UAE and Ireland. Annual trade figures between the two countries for 2006 stood at more than $343 million (AED1.25 billion), an inc >>>


      KMPK TO TAP SAUDI WOMEN WORK FORCE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 — Saudi businessman Prince Khalid bin Alwaleed and KM Properties announced their newly completed joint venture under the name of KMPK Properties with offices operating in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah.

KM Properties, a subsidiary of Dubai–based KM Holding is a full–fledged >>>


      MALAYSIA TO HOST TRADE FAIR FOR OIC COUNTRIES
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 — Malaysia announced yesterday its plan to organize the second Malaysia Technical Cooperation Program for promoting trade among the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) The program, which Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE >>>


      PROXIMITY PROMOTES CONSUMER AWARENESS
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 — A network of successful agencies is currently establishing its presence in this part of the world to promote proximity between brands and consumers.

«We believe in breakthrough behavior changing ideas, creating an impact for brands by driving real behavior ch >>>


      RED SEA PROJECTS TO ATTRACT SR150 BILLION
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 New tourism projects on the Red Sea coast are expected to attract nearly SR150 billion, according to statistics made public by officials of the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) during a workshop held here. They further estimated annual tourist spending at new Red Sea >>>


      STRICTLY BUSINESS: BITUMAT
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Arab News Bitumat, a major manufacturer of waterproofing materials, organized its international business convention in Singapore recently. More than '0 delegates from all over the world were present at the event. The four–day convention was marked by a series of sessions including one on business in which dele >>>


      SWCC, SAUDI ARAMCO TO HOLD JOINT STUDY ON DESALINATION
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei, Arab News DAMMAM, 17 May 2007 — A memorandum of understanding to conduct joint research in the desalinization technology was signed between the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and the Saudi Aramco at the headquarters of the Saline Water Desalination Research Institute in Jubail, a subs >>>


      BLESSINGS GALORE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Are you not aware that God has made subservient to you all that is in the heavens and the earth, and has lavished upon you His blessings, outward and inward? Yet some people argue about God without having any knowledge, without guidance, >>>


      CUTTING CORNERS IN PERFORMING HAJ
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Q. My wife and I performed the pilgrimage this year with a tour group. We started our preparations long before the pilgrimage, taking notes and determining our procedure. We were eager to perform every step in the right way, and to endeavor to do every Sunnah. However, we could not do things according to our plan, due t >>>


      DOWRY, JEWELRY AND ZAKAH
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I heard on television a mufti saying that women’s jewelry is liable to zakah under certain conditions. When I got married, my wife brought to my house a quantity of gold jewelry according to custom in our part of the world. Over the last few years I gave her more jewelry. Is all of that jewelry >>>


      IS TRANSLATION OF THE QUR’AN FORBIDDEN?
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I teach world geography in the US, and I spend time discussing Islam and Muslims. I have learned that the Qur’an must not be translated into any other language because, it is said, that Muhammad’s words cannot be appreciated in any language other than Arabic. Some people said that it is almost >>>


      RELIGIOUS LEARNING OR DUTIFULNESS TO PARENTS
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A friend of ours conducts meetings in his flat to discuss religious matters and offer congregational prayers. He is leaving on vacation for 2 months, but he says that he wants to spend one month away from his family home to take a course in Islam. His father needs to be looked after, as he is v >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 125: SATISFIED WITH WHATEVER AVAILABLE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were keen to report whatever the Prophet did, even very ordinary matters, such as his eating and drinking.

We, therefore, have a picture of how the Prophet behaved in all situations. We thus know that the Prophet was an easy–going pe >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 1': VISITORS TO THE PROPHET’S WIVES
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah The wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were often visited by the companions of the Prophet despite the fact that they were ordered to always be behind a screen when they met men. Visits did take place during the Prophet’s lifetime and more often after he had passed away, for a v >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 20: VISITING FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah Some of the visits people paid to the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were for a specific purpose. Many of the visits by the Prophet’s companions and their successors were social and some to learn the Prophet’s guidance concerning certain matters. However, some people had par >>>


      ‘BIG THINGS ARE ON THE HORIZON’ IN EDUCATION
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Stephen L. Brundage, Arab News ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, 17 May 2007 — The director of the women’s section and strategic planning of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for the Gifted is accompanying the Saudi students taking part in the International Science and Engineering Fair assisting with the guidance >>>


      ALFAISAL UNIVERSITY TO ‘HELP NATION GROW AND PROSPER’
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 May 2007 — Prince Khaled Al–Faisal, who was named as the new governor of Makkah by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday, announced the research and academic programs of the newly established world–class Alfaisal University last night.

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      KHALED AL–FAISAL IS MAKKAH GOVERNOR
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Raid Qusti & P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Prince Khaled Al–Faisal speaks to reporters in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)

RIYADH, 17 May 2007 — Prince Khaled Al–Faisal, governor of the Asir region and director general of King Faisal Foundation, has been appointed governor of the >>>


      KING ABDULLAH BEGINS VISIT TO MOROCCO TODAY
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 17 May 2007 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is leaving for Morocco on an official visit today, according to a statement issued by the Royal Court yesterday. «King Abdullah will leave for Morocco tomorrow accepting an official invitation from King Muhammad VI of the Kingdom of Mo >>>


      SOARING RICE PRICES WORRY CONSUMERS
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 — The prices of rice, a staple diet for many in the Kingdom, have gone up sharply with some varieties registering an increase of up to 8 percent, local media reported.

Many citizens and residents are complaining about the price rise and have called on the Ministry of Commerce to cl >>>


      WAMY TO HOLD GALA FOR YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 — The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) will hold a Ladies Muslim Youth Gala at the Westin Hotel in Jeddah on May 26. The event has been organized with the support of Princess Seeta bint Abdullah, who is also scheduled to attend the event. The gala will be held from 8 p. >>>


      WHAT LIFE WITH A WHITE CANE AND DARK SHADE IS LIKE?
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News Jeddah’s public in general is very helpful, discovers Arab News reporter Hasan Hatrash who walked around the city disguised as a blind man. (AN photo by Emad Al–Salehi)

JEDDAH, 17 May 2007 — People with special needs in the Kingdom suffer from a type of imposed isolation due to a >>>


      ‘ISLAMOPHOBIA WORST FORM OF TERRORISM’
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar ibn Obaid Madani gestures during his meeting with OIC Secretary–General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Islamabad on Wednesday. (AN photo by Siraj Wahab)

ISLAMABAD, 17 May 2007 — Foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Confe >>>


      41 IRAQIS KILLED IN NEW VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Thomas Wagner, Associated Press BAGHDAD, 17 May 2007 — A parked car bomb exploded near a market in a Shiite enclave northeast of the capital, killing at least 32 people and wounding 50, police said yesterday. Hospital officials and wounded victims said chlorine gas may have been used in the attack, but police denied tha >>>


      BOMBS KILL ONE, INJURE FIVE ON EVE OF ALGERIA VOTE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Robert MacPherson, Agence France Presse ALGIERS, 17 May 2007 — Bombs killed a police officer and wounded five other people yesterday on the eve of parliamentary elections in Algeria, prompting fears of renewed Islamist extremism.

The blasts, in Algeria’s third–biggest city Constantine, came 48 hours after >>>


      ISRAELI STRIKES KILL 5 IN GAZA AMID FACTIONAL VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 17 May 2007 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction and Hamas battled for control of Gaza leaving at least 23 people dead yesterday as Israel launched a deadly round of airstrikes against the Palestinians.

Palestinian officials said the widening hostilities cou >>>


      JORDAN’S KING READY FOR ISRAEL VISIT IF IT SPURS PEACE
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Deutsche Presse–Agentur AMMAN, 17 May 2007 — King Abdallah II of Jordan was quoted yesterday as saying that he would visit Israel if he felt such a trip would help «re–launch» the peace process. «I have received an invitation to visit Israel. We appraise such a trip in terms of the impact a >>>


      PRESIDENT CAN’T BE SUED, LAWYER TELLS PAK COURT
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 17 May 2007 — Lawyers for the Pakistani government asked the Supreme Court yesterday to throw out a petition by the country’s top judge against his suspension, which has provoked a wave of deadly protests.

President Pervez Musharraf suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhr >>>


      SONIA OPTIMISTIC CONGRESS WILL PUT UP GOOD SHOW IN GUJARAT AND GOA
      Arab News, 17-05-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 17 May 2007 — Following the Congress party’s rout in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) polls, top party leaders have started finding reasons for the dismal show.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has attributed the party’s disappointing performance to its organizational failure. &laq >>>


      Carta al Presidente: FIN DE LA SUBVENCIÓN ECONÓMICA A LOS PARTIDOS
      Bolivia Indymedia, 17-05-2007
     CARTA AL COMPAÑERO PRESIDENTE: CON EL FIN DE LA SUBVENCIÓN ECONÓMICA A LOS PARTIDOS SE ACABÓ LA POLÍTICA PREBENDAL Y CLIENTELISTA NEOLIBERAL Si el gobierno del MAS decide terminar con la subvención económica a los partidos políticos logrará en los hechos dignificar a la política y quizás sea el primer paso para reconstruir la esencia de la >>>


      Cuatro de cinco miembros del Tribunal fueron designados 14 días antes de la caída de Goni
      Bolivia Indymedia, 17-05-2007
     La Paz, 15 may (ABI).- Cuatro de los cinco magistrados que componen el Tribunal Constitucional fueron designados 14 días antes de que la rebelión popular precipitara la renuncia del ex presidente Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada y en medio de denuncias sobre un cuoteo político entre los entonces legisladores del MNR, ADN, MIR Y NFR. Martha Ro >>>


      ECUARUNARI ante declaraciones de Benedicto XVI
      Bolivia Indymedia, 17-05-2007
     POSICIÓN DE LA CONFEDERACIÓN DE PUEBLOS DE LA NACIONALIDAD KICHWA DEL ECUADOR FRENTE A LAS DECLARACIONES EMITIDAS POR BENEDICTO XVI EN LA V CONFERENCIA DE OBISPOS DE AMÉRICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE (CELAM), EN MAYO DEL 2007 EN BRASIL Los Pueblos y Nacionalidades Indígenas del Continente de Abya Yala (América) rechazamos enérgicamente las declara >>>


      EUROPA: EL MALPAGO DE LA MIGRACION
      Bolivia Indymedia, 17-05-2007
     Altercom * Antonio Peredo Leigue * 16 de mayo de 2007 Talvez sería preferible que nos digan: "sudacas, no los queremos aquí". Así por lo menos suenan las condiciones que, cada vez, aumentan en rigurosidad para acceder a la visa de ingreso a España. No importa que de allí provenga la lengua que nos une a los latinoamericanos. Resultan falsas >>>


      Figura destacada del terrorismo de Estado, Murió otro represor: el almirante Luis María Mendía
      Bolivia Indymedia, 17-05-2007
     Murió otro represor: el almirante (re) Luis María Mendía, de 82 años de edad, figura destacada del terrorismo de Estado. Ya es un clásico: se mueren impunes, de viejos y en la cama, rodeados del calor familiar, desde que -por su avanzada edad- cumplen arresto domiciliario. Pese a los más de 30 años transcurridos, la justicia no tiene apu >>>


      BANK BUYS NAME TO GARDEN‘S THEATER
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     NEW YORK –– The Theater at Madison Square Garden will be named for banking giant WaMu, marking the first naming–rights deal for one of the nation‘s most famous entertainment venues, the venue and bank announced Thursday.

The change was to take effect immediately, and work to install new >>>


      BERNANKE: MORTGAGE CRACKDOWN COMING
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that he did not believe the growing number of mortgage defaults would seriously harm the economy.

Facing criticism from members of Congress about lax regulation, Bernanke also promised that the Fed would do everything possible to crac >>>


      CIA LEAK CASE SET TO RESUME
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The legal fallout from the 2003 CIA leak scandal continues as lawyers seek dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame contends the administration violated her constitutional rights by leaking her identity to reporters in 2003.< >>>


      DEMOCRATS MAKE BUDGET PROPOSAL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     Congressional Democrats yesterday proposed a $2.' trillion budget plan that seeks to boost spending by $23 billion over the president‘s request, setting up a confrontation with the White House over funding for education, health care and veterans‘ services.

The White House has threatened to veto >>>


      EARLY PRIMARIES DON‘T REFLECT U.S. PREFS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– White, rural and homogeneous. New Hampshire and Iowa play big roles in choosing presidential candidates but don‘t look much like the rest of the country. A better bellwether might be Illinois. It‘s the most average state, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the >>>


      HOUSING SLUMP CONTINUED IN APRIL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– Home building posted a small gain in April, but permits for future construction plunged by the largest amount in 17 years, a sign the nation‘s housing industry is still in a deep slump.

Construction of new homes and apartments rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.528 >>>


      KIDS FIND MISSING S.C. OFFICER‘S BADGE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     CHARLESTON, S.C. –– Children unwrapping an abandoned wad of burned rags discovered a missing constable‘s badge, handcuff case and other items inside, authorities said.

The constable, Robert Lee Bailey, disappeared Monday night while patrolling the small community of Lincolnville, about 20 mile >>>


      LAB AIMS TO PREVENT SOLDIERS‘ INJURIES
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. –– One soldier ran on a treadmill while wearing a mask to measure his breathing. Another tracked his endurance on a stationary bike. Computers displayed their progress on charts.

Fort Campbell on Tuesday opened its Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement Laboratory, a first& >>>


      LAWYER: SUSPENSION RECOMMENDED FOR PROF
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     DENVER –– A University of Colorado committee has recommended that a controversial professor accused of faulty research be suspended for one year rather than fired.

Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, touched off a national firestorm with an essay that compared some of the 2001 Wor >>>


      MCCAIN, ROMNEY DUEL AS GIULIANI LEADS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     A feud that has been brewing quietly for months burst into the open Tuesday night as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona clashed sharply in a Republican presidential debate in South Carolina.

With former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani emerging as the leader in national >>>


      N.H. TOWN DIVIDED OVER KILLING OF POLICE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     5:12 AM FRANCONIA, N.H. –– Liko Kenney, described by friends as a free–spirited "Hippie kid," had a history of bad blood with police Cpl. Bruce McKay.

So there was the potential for trouble when a traffic stop brought them together again.

Within minutes of the Friday stop, b >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     Rainstorm Bypasses New Jersey Wildfire LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. –– Firefighters battling a wildfire that apparently began when a military jet dropped a flare on a bombing range hoped for rain Wednesday that would douse the flames.

But though a strong storm pelted the northern part of the sta >>>


      NO DISSENT ON SPYING, SAYS JUSTICE DEPT.
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     A06 The Justice Department said yesterday that it will not retract a sworn statement in 2006 by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that the Terrorist Surveillance Program had aroused no controversy inside the Bush administration, despite congressional testimony Tuesday that senior departmental officials nearly resigne >>>


      NY COUPLES CELEBRATE GAY MARRIAGE RULING
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     NEW YORK –– Michael Adams and his partner, Fred Davie, waited three years to find out whether their marriage in Massachusetts was legal. On Wednesday, they got an answer: Their wedding rings can stay on.

A judge ruled that marriages of gay couples from New York who wed in Massachusetts before last J >>>


      POLICE: UNCLE BIT BOY TO TEACH A LESSON
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –– A man was charged with assault for allegedly biting his 3–year–old nephew all over his body to teach the toddler that biting people is wrong, police said.

Hector Pulido, 40, was arrested Tuesday after day care workers discovered adult–size bite marks on the boy >>>


      RAIN HELPS N.J. FIRE CREWS DOUSE BLAZE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. –– Firefighters believed a timely rainstorm would help them control a wildfire that apparently began when a military jet dropped a flare on a bombing range.

The fire had charred about 22 square miles by Wednesday evening when a line of thunderstorms crossed the South >>>


      REPORT SAYS SOLDIERS WERE NOT PROTECTED
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Three U.S. soldiers slaughtered in a grisly kidnapping–murder plot south of Baghdad last June had been left alone for up to 36 hours in a poorly planned mission, a military investigation concluded. Two officers have been relieved of their commands.

Neither of the officers faced c >>>


      RICHARDSON TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will officially declare that he is running for president on Monday at the Los Angeles Press Club.

Richardson has already been campaigning since late last year, raised more than $6 million in the first three months of the year and took part in the first Democratic debate in South >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP SUES OVER TERROR WATCH LIST
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Civil rights lawyers sued the Bush administration Wednesday over a Treasury Department terrorist watch list, asking a federal court to order the release of documents on the secretive program.

The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, which filed the Freed >>>


      RUDY GIULIANI, EDWARDS REPORT INCOME
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     –– WASHINGTON _ Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani reported a whopping $16.1 million in earned income over the past 16 months, most of it in speaking fees, according to financial documents filed Wednesday.

Democratic hopeful John Edwards reported earned income of $1.25 million, the bigg >>>


      SCIENTISTS CAST DOUBT ON KENNEDY BULLET ANALYSIS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     By John SolomonWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, May 17, 2007; A03 In a collision of 21st–century science and decades–old conspiracy theories, a research team that includes a former top FBI scientist is challenging the bullet analysis used by the government to conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone >>>


      SENATE DEMS FAIL TO CUT OFF WAR FUNDS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Anti–war Democrats in the Senate failed in an attempt to cut off funds for the Iraq war on Wednesday, a lopsided bipartisan vote that masked growing impatience within both political parties over President Bush‘s handling of the four–year conflict.

The 67–2' >>>


      SENATE MOVES TO NEXT ROUND ON WAR BILL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– A Senate deeply divided on Iraq agreed Thursday not to try to pass its own war spending bill just yet, opting instead to resolve the matter first with the House behind closed doors.

The Senate passed by voice vote a resolution that avoids the funding question and instead pledges to sup >>>


      SENATORS RENEW CALL FOR GONZALES‘ OUSTER
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is under new political heat after two more Republicans came out against him and Democrats broadened their probe of prosecutor firings to questions of whether he politicized the Justice Department at the White House‘s behest.

Gonzales, who some be >>>


      STREET LOCKDOWNS PROPOSED FOR BALTIMORE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     BALTIMORE –– A city council leader, alarmed by Baltimore‘s rising homicide rate, wants to give the mayor the power to put troubled neighborhoods under virtual lockdown.

"Desperate measures are needed when we‘re in desperate situations," City Council Vice President Robert W. Cur >>>


      TERROR SUSPECT SEEKS TO BE FREED ON BAIL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     CAMDEN, N.J. –– Of the six men charged last week with plotting to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, Agron Abdullahu had the smallest role _ and did not intend to kill anyone, prosecutors say. But, the U.S. Attorney‘s Office argues, he should still be held in a detention center until his case is decided.
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      TO ‘WAR CZAR,‘ SOLUTION TO IRAQ CONFLICT WON‘T BE PURELY MILITARY
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     17, 2007; A13 In selecting Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute to manage the war in Iraq, President Bush has chosen a soldier who believes there is no purely military solution to the conflict and wants to forge a political accommodation among Iraqi factions that may fall short of full reconciliation but could lead to an exit strat >>>


      TRANSFER OF N. KOREA MONEY SOUGHT
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, May 17, 2007; A14 Wachovia Corp. said yesterday that it is considering a request from the State Department to transfer tainted money tied to North Korea from an overseas bank blacklisted earlier this year by the Treasury Department.

The State Department has >>>


      VA. CITY MOURNS DEATH OF JERRY FALWELL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     LYNCHBURG, Va. –– When Wendell Walker moved to Lynchburg from Macon, Ga.,
33 years ago to attend Lynchburg Baptist College, he said the school lacked a proper campus.

"What is now Liberty University, when I first came, was a cow pasture," he said.

The school, founded by the Re >>>


      WAYWARD WHALES TO BE LURED BACK TO SEA
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– Biologists hope the salty waters and ample food of the Pacific Ocean will speed the recovery of two humpback whales injured on a '0–mile detour up the Sacramento River.

To get them to the ocean, the biologists plan to play the underwater sounds of humpbacks from >>>


      WOMAN SURVIVES ‘INTERNAL DECAPITATION‘
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     DENVER –– Even her surgeon calls her a miracle. Shannon Malloy was critically injured Jan. 25 when a car crash slammed her into the dashboard. Her skull separated from her spine, although her skin, spinal cord and other internal organs remained intact.

The rare condition is known as clinically as in >>>


      WORLD BANK CONSIDERS WOLFOWITZ‘S FUTURE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Paul Wolfowitz‘s future as World Bank president rests with the 24 board members who are trying to resolve conflict–of–interest charges that have roiled the poverty–fighting institution.

The board was set to resume deliberations Thursday. Wolfowitz and the Bush a >>>


      WORLD BANK LEADERSHIP CRISIS COULD COME TO HEAD
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crisis over leadership at the World Bank could come to a head on Thursday when the board meets to discuss the tenure of its embattled president, Paul Wolfowitz.

Wolfowitz, under a cloud over his handling of a raise and promotion for his companion, refused to bow to heavy Europea >>>


      CONTROVERSIAL CEO TO LEAVE SMITHSONIAN BUSINESS VENTURES
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     May 17, 2007; A01 Gary M. Beer, the founding chief executive of the Smithsonian‘s business unit and architect of a controversial deal with Showtime Networks Inc., has announced plans to leave amid internal and congressional inquiries into his management, expense account and promotions of a female subordinate.
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      DISCLOSURE FORMS SHOW WEALTHY LOT OF HOPEFULS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     Running for president is a pursuit for the wealthy, according to personal financial disclosure forms released yesterday that show that at least 10 of the major party candidates are millionaires and, collectively, the field of contenders is worth at least a quarter–billion dollars.

The candidates have amas >>>


      EVEN WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY‘S RIGHT WING, BUSH‘S IRAQ PLANS DON‘T FLY
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     Even as the capital buzzed with word of the tense meeting last week between President Bush and a group of House Republicans who worry that his handling of the war will damage the GOP‘s future, there was another White House meeting the same day that slipped by largely unnoticed.

Bush reached out to about 1 >>>


      HAGEL AS HAMLET –– OR THE THIRD MAN?
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     If Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel shows any more leg about an independent presidential candidacy, he risks a citation for indecent exposure.

On CBS‘s "Face the Nation" on Sunday, he teased about joining a third–party ticket with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "It‘s a great count >>>


      IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL IS CLOSER TO SENATE FLOOR
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, May 17, 2007; A04 Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a broad overhaul of the nation‘s immigration laws that would offer virtually all of the nation‘s 12 million undocumented workers a route to legal status while shifting migr >>>


      JUSTICE DEPT. SEARCH FOR ROVE E–MAILS YIELDS LITTLE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     The Justice Department told Congress yesterday that a search of e–mails sent over 2 1/2 years turned up a single message in which the department‘s senior officials communicated with White House adviser Karl Rove about the dismissals of nine U.S. attorneys last year.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary C >>>


      JUSTICE WEIGHED FIRING 1 IN 4
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     17, 2007; A01 The Justice Department considered dismissing many more U.S. attorneys than officials have previously acknowledged, with at least 26 prosecutors suggested for termination between February 2005 and December 2006, according to sources familiar with documents withheld from the public.

Attorney General >>>


      MEMOS SUGGESTED DOJ FIRE 26 U.S. ATTORNEYS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     Unreleased government records obtained by the Washington Post show that the Justice Dept. listed 26 U.S. attorneys as candidates for firing, including nine who were fired in 2006. The roster of prosecutors is much longer than previously acknowledged.

Here is the information contained in the records (names with >>>


      OMB MOVES TO CURB RESALE OF FEDERAL TRANSIT BENEFITS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     A federal agency is issuing new guidelines today to tighten loopholes that have allowed federal workers to pocket tens of millions of dollars by illegally selling their transit benefits on the Internet.

The Office of Management and Budget is requiring federal agencies and departments to enact by June 30 basic s >>>


      WOLFOWITZ HANGS ON AS OUSTER HITS WALL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     By Peter S. GoodmanWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, May 17, 2007; A01 The Bush administration spent much of yesterday trying to broker a graceful end to the ethics controversy consuming the World Bank, offering the resignation of embattled president Paul D. Wolfowitz, senior administration and bank officials said. >>>


      2 CLIMBERS KILLED ON MOUNT EVEREST
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     KATMANDU, Nepal –– Two South Korean climbers were killed trying to scale Mount Everest, a Nepalese mountaineering official said Thursday.

Oh Hee–joon, 37, and Lee Hyun–jo, 34, fell after they reached the altitude of 27,200 feet on their way to the summit Wednesday, said Khadananda Dhakal >>>


      AFGHANS PROTEST AT PAKISTAN EMBASSY
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– About 1,000 Afghans shouting "Death to Pakistan" demonstrated in front of Pakistan‘s embassy in Kabul Wednesday, blaming the neighboring country for some of the bloodiest border clashes in years.

Many of the demonstrators were from the eastern province of Paktia >>>


      ALGERIANS VOTE FOR PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     ALGIERS, Algeria –– Algerians voted Thursday for representatives in parliament amid tight security to prevent terrorist attacks and frustration by an electorate that believes their choice won‘t bring change.

Candidates had a hard time catching the attention of the populace during the campaign, >>>


      AUSTRALIAN WHO PLOTTED WITH AL–QAIDA FREED
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     PERTH, Australia –– An Australian who pleaded guilty to plotting with al–Qaida to bomb Israel‘s embassy in Australia was released on parole Thursday after serving half his nine–year sentence.

Jack Roche, a British–born Muslim convert, was convicted in May 2004 after he confes >>>


      BHUTAN REFUGEES SAID SPLIT ON U.S. OFFER
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     KATMANDU, Nepal –– Bhutanese refugees long stranded at camps in Nepal are divided over a U.S. offer to resettle thousands of them, with those wanting to hold out for a return to Bhutan threatening those in favor of immigrating to America, a rights group said Thursday.

More than 100,000 ethnic Nepali >>>


      BLAIR, BUSH HEAR UPDATE FROM IRAQ
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Focusing on Iraq at their final White House meeting, President Bush and outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair participated in a secure video conference Thursday with U.S. and British officials in Baghdad for an update on security, economic and political issues.

The president took the prim >>>


      BLASTS IN AFGHANISTAN KILL 10 POLICE
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Two bomb blasts about 15 minutes apart killed 10 police Thursday, an official said.

A remote control bomb blast targeting a police vehicle killed four officers inside, said Gul Zaman, a police official.

Some 15 minutes later, a secondary blast hit police attending t >>>


      BRITAIN‘S BROWN AND CAMERON IN IMAGE DUEL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     LONDON (Reuters) – In a media age where image is a vote winner, Britain‘s leader in–waiting Gordon Brown and Conservative rival David Cameron could not be more different – but the political foes share a common heritage.

Genealogists discovered that Brown, a clergyman‘s son, and Cam >>>


      COORDINATED BLASTS KILL 7 IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Two bomb blasts 15 minutes apart killed seven people Thursday, including three police officers responding to the first explosion, a provincial police chief said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The first blast _ a remote–controlled bomb targeting a >>>


      DOG NURSES TIGER TRIPLETS AT CHINA ZOO
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     BEIJING –– It‘s a dog‘s life for three newborn tiger triplets in eastern China. The cubs, whom officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province are so far just calling "One," "Two" and "Three," have been nursed by a dog since they were rejected >>>


      FRENCH PRESIDENT APPOINTS PRIME MINISTER
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     PARIS –– President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed reform–minded conservative Francois Fillon as his new prime minister Thursday.

Outgoing Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was to formally turn over power to Fillon at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. EDT).

The rest of the government was expected to be na >>>


      GORDON BROWN BECOMES A LOCK FOR PM
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     LONDON –– Gordon Brown‘s only challenger for the leadership of the Labour Party pulled out of the race Wednesday, making the Treasury chief a lock to succeed Tony Blair as Britain‘s prime minister.

Member of Parliament John McDonnell, a former trade union official, announced he was quitt >>>


      IN INDIA, A JAUNDICED PEARL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     By Emily WaxWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, May 17, 2007; A10 AGRA, India –– Even the Taj Mahal, India‘s national beauty and renowned monument to love, needs a deep–cleansing facial every now and then.

Air pollution and, some say, natural aging have given the Taj a slightly yell >>>


      IRANIAN, U.S. OFFICIALS TO MEET ON IRAQ ON MAY 28
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Iranian and U.S. officials are to meet in Iraq on May 28 to discuss security in Iraq, a rare face–to–face meeting between the bitter rivals, Iran‘s foreign minister said on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the talks would focus on the situation in >>>


      ISRAELI AIRCRAFT FIRES ON HAMAS TARGETS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israeli aircraft launched missiles at Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing at least five people, after Hamas fired rocket barrages into Israel in an apparent attempt to draw Israel into increasingly violent Palestinian infighting.

Hamas gunmen fatally shot >>>


      ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES TARGET HAMAS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israel targeted Hamas with three airstrikes Thursday, destroying a compound and a car carrying senior commanders of the Islamic group and killing three people in a new layer of violence added to Palestinian infighting that has paralyzed the Gaza Strip.

All of the strikes wer >>>


      JAPAN IRKED TODDLER PUT IN BABY DROP BOX
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     TOKYO –– Japan‘s first anonymous drop box for unwanted babies triggered a wave of anger and soul searching Wednesday after it was discovered that a preschooler _ and not an infant _ was left by his father on the service‘s first day.

Newspapers condemned the father and warned that the ope >>>


      MALDIVES SAYS SINKS SUSPECTED TAMIL TIGER ARMS VESSEL
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Maldives coast guard opened fire on and sank a vessel carrying suspected Tamil Tiger rebels and a cargo of weapons on Thursday after a 12–hour standoff at sea in its southern territorial waters, the government said.

However, a man who threw himself overboard before the clash >>>


      NIGERIAN UNIONS CALL FOR 2–DAY STRIKE OVER POLLS
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian unions have called for a two–day strike on May 28–2' to protest against widespread vote–rigging in last month‘s elections, the secretary–general of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said on Thursday.

John Kolawale told Reuters the strike, which wil >>>


      OPPOSITION NEEDS UNITY TO WIN IN TURKEY
      Washington Post, 17-05-2007
     AM ISTANBUL, Turkey –– "Unite, unite, unite," the demonstrators shouted. This was an anti–government rally, but many of the slogans weren‘t meant for Turkey‘s ruling party.

They were directed at the country‘s opposition parties _ a jumble of leftists, nationalists a >>>



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