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      ARCAPITA, DALKIA TO SET UP COOLING PROJECTS IN GCC
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Walid Mazi, Arab News MANAMA, 20 May 2007 — Bahrain–based Arcapita Bank and French energy firm Dalkia have agreed to develop district cooling projects in GCC states, focusing on Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. They have already started two projects worth $200 million, with Arcapita holding an 85 percent s >>>


      G–11 REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News DEAD SEA, Jordan, 20 May 2007 — The 11 lower–middle income countries forming the so–called G–11 group, ended a one–day summit yesterday by pledging commitment to shared goals, including sustainable development, homegrown reforms, the rule of law, democratization and >>>


      JEC’S ALUMINUM PROJECT ATTRACTS AMERICAN FIRM
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 May 2007 — Saudi Arabia’s Western Way for Industrial Development Co. (WWIDC) yesterday signed three different agreements with American company, Gerald Metals Inc. (Gerald) and their affiliates, the company said in a statement.

With these agreements, Gerald becomes one of the >>>


      JEEP WRANGLER 2007 ROADSHOW ROLLS OUT
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Roger Harrison, Arab News All–new 2007 Jeep Wrangler JEDDAH, 20 May 2007 — The new 2007 Jeep Wrangler landed in Jeddah with a spectacular roadshow last Thursday and Friday. The iconic retro–look off–roader, which has adopted a slightly more civilized character in the form of electric windows and electr >>>


      MOBILY INVESTS SR1BN IN BROADBAND
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 20 May 2007 — Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecom company, plans to award a SR1 billion ($266.7 million) contract to expand its third generation wireless network heading to the technology of broadband, the company said yesterday.

The existing infrastructure, set up by Ericsson Nokia >>>


      POSH ‘MINI–CITY’ TO RISE IN RIYADH SOON
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News Prince Mishal Ibn Abdul Aziz , center, and Ahmed Al–Rajhi, right, sign an agreement for the SR6 billion real estate project in Riyadh on Saturday.

At left is Prince Abdul Aziz Al–Mishael. (AN photo by Ahmed Yusri) RIYADH, 20 May 2007 — A major agreement was signed here >>>


      DOWRY, JEWELRY AND ZAKAH
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     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, 20-05-2007
     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 >>>


      MOST FIRM SUPPORT
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Whoever submits himself to God and excels in good deeds has indeed taken hold of the most firm support. With God rests the final outcome of all events. And whoever disbelieves; let not their unbelief grieve you. To Us they must all return, a >>>


      RELIGIOUS LEARNING OR DUTIFULNESS TO PARENTS
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     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 >>>


      SHORTENING A VOLUNTARY PRAYER TO JOIN THE CONGREGATION
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A person might have started a four–rakah voluntary prayer when the congregational obligatory prayer is called. Is it permissible for him to shorten his prayer to two rakahs in order to join the congregation?

M. Kaifi A. If such a person is still in the early stages of his four&nd >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 125: SATISFIED WITH WHATEVER AVAILABLE
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     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 >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 126: GIVING THE BEST IN CHARITY
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Islam attaches much emphasis to charity, requiring Muslims to pay their zakah regularly. In fact, zakah is an act of worship we perform by paying a percentage of our property to the poor and needy. There are other purposes for which zakah money is used, but the overall purpose of this great act of >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 20: VISITING FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     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 >>>


      BRITISH EMBASSY TO SET UP THREE CENTERS TO ISSUE BIOMETRIC VISAS
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen & Najah Alosaimi, Arab News RIYADH, 20 May 2007 — The British Embassy here will issue biometric visas through its new Visa Application Centers (VACs) that are to be established in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar beginning September this year.

Announcing the proposed visa scheme, Brian Heffor >>>


      CHILD TRAFFICKER ARRESTED IN NAJRAN
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Arab News NAJRAN, 20 May 2007 — Police in this southern Saudi city announced the arrest of the suspected leader of a child–trafficking ring, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday. Police urged citizens and residents to cooperate with the authorities in rooting out the exploitation of children, many of whom a >>>


      EXPEDITE ELIMINATION OF BANNED WEAPONS: KINGDOM
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 20 May 2007 — Saudi Arabia has called on countries that possess chemical weapons to respect their commitments to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CMC) and expedite their efforts to eradicate their stockpiles.

«At a time when we have shown our respect to our commitment to the >>>


      GAIN REAL–LIFE EXPERIENCE, SALMAN TELLS YOUTH
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 20 May 2007 — Speaking at a silver jubilee event commemorating the establishment of the Technical College of the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT), Riyadh Gov.

Prince Salman encouraged the Saudi youth to expand their horizons and to cont >>>


      LAST–MINUTE REPRIEVE SAVES DEATH ROW PRISONER
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 20 May 2007 — The Reconciliation Committee scored another victory by saving the life of a man who had been sentenced to death moments before his execution at Taif’s Execution Square on Friday.

More than 2,000 people had gathered to witness the execution of Muhammad Al& >>>


      NEW ERA IN SAUDI–MOROCCAN TIES
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Hatem Al–Bataiwi, Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah talks with King Muhammad of Morocco during dinner at Fez Royal Palace on Friday. (AFP)

FEZ, Morocco, 20 May 2007 — Saudi Arabia and Morocco announced plans to upgrade their ties to strategic partnership levels yesterday at the con >>>


      NEW RIYAL BILLS FROM TOMORROW
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 May 2007 — The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) will start issuing new riyal bills with advanced security features beginning tomorrow, SAMA Gov. Hamad Al–Sayari announced yesterday. The new bills, representing the fifth issue of the Saudi currency, will be in the dinomi >>>


      QATAR CLAMPS FINES ON ‘TRESPASSING’ SAUDI FISHING BOATS
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei, Arab News DAMMAM, 20 May 2007 — A Qatari court is expected today to issue orders to release seven Saudi fishing boats detained by the country’s coast guard on charges of reported trespassing into Qatari waters.

The captains of the vessels have agreed to pay a fine of 50,000 Qatari riyals >>>


      SAUDI TEEN JOINS ELITE GROUP
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Stephen L. Brundage, Arab News Brenda Musilli, director of Intel Education, left, congratulates Dammam science student Ahmed Khalid Al–Nuaimi after his win Friday at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque. (AN photo by Stephen L. Brundage)

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, 20 May 2007 — To t >>>


      SCT APPROVES EXECUTIVE PLAN FOR MUSEUM
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 May 2007 — The board of directors of the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) approved a five–year executive plan for the development of the National Museum in a meeting that was held in Riyadh yesterday.

The plan was prepared by SCT’s general secretariat in coordi >>>


      TWO INDIANS ARRESTED FOR KILLING NEPALI
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei, Arab News DAMMAM, 20 May 2007 — Two Indian laborers were arrested on Friday in this Eastern Province city on suspicion of murdering a Nepali national whose body was discovered in a farm building outside of town.

Authorities said the victim worked on the farm and was 50 years old. Evidenc >>>


      VIRTUE COMMISSION AIMS FOR QUALITATIVE SHIFT IN STYLE
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Arab News MADINAH, 20 May 2007 — Offering quality service to pilgrims visiting the holy city was the goal of a seminar organized by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Madinah yesterday, said Sheikh Suleiman Al–Tuwaijri, director general of the commission’s Madinah branch.
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      VOLUNTEER SOCIAL WORK WEEK STARTS WITH APPRECIATION OF EXPATRIATES
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 May 2007 — The Volunteer Social Work Week campaign began yesterday and aims to create a new understanding of social responsibility according to organizing officials from both the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Directorate of Education.

«Volunteer >>>


      18 BANGLADESH GENERALS TO SUPERVISE WORK OF MINISTRIES
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Imran Rahman, Arab News Dhaka, 20 May 2007 — Eighteen major generals of the Bangladesh Army have been assigned to supervise functioning of different ministries to oversee smooth functioning of the military–backed interim government.

The decision to assign the generals to aid the civil administration came >>>


      BANGLADESH IS MAKING DIGITAL LIST OF VOTERS
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 20 May 2007 — The Election Commission said here yesterday that it would announce a timetable for the next national election in Bangladesh after a digital voter list is prepared. «We will prepare a digital voter list with photographs in next 18 months to hold a credible election b >>>


      BSP LEGISLATOR RAJBHAR ELECTED NEW UTTAR PRADESH SPEAKER
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News LUCKNOW, 20 May 2007 — The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator Sukhdev Rajbhar was unanimously elected as the new speaker of the 15th Uttar Pradesh State Assembly on Friday evening.

The election for the speaker’s post was unanimous as all the leaders of the political partie >>>


      FILIPINO SCHOOL IN JEDDAH ADOPTS E–LEARNING
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 20 May 2007 – An e–learning system is in place for students at the Philippine Sunrise International School in Jeddah in the coming school year, the school administration has said.

With support from LG Electronics, classrooms from pre–elementary to high school will be equipped >>>


      MAKKAH MASJID BLAST WAS A TERROR ATTACK, SAYS REDDY
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News Federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil, center, and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy, left, talk with relatives of the victims of the bomb blast at the Makkah Mosque in Hyderabad on Saturday. (AFP)

HYDERABAD, India, 20 May 2007 — Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. >>>


      OPPOSITION WANTS YEMEN FIGHTING HALTED
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 20 May 2007 — Five Yemeni opposition parties said yesterday the ongoing fighting between army troops and rebels in the northern province of Saada endangers the country’s national unity and must be halted.

«The war in Saada is fomenting sectarian and ethnic strife an >>>


      PALESTINIANS ANNOUNCE ANOTHER TRUCE
      Arab News, 20-05-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 20 May 2007 — Palestinian factions reached a new cease–fire deal yesterday to end a week of violence that has left more than 50 dead as Israel continued to shell and bomb targets across the Gaza Strip, killing at least three Palestinians.

Gunmen began to abandon rooft >>>


      ‘OLD MAINE‘ DEFENDS BEAR TRAPPING AS BILL TO END IT IS WEIGHED
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 20, 2007; A03 WINTHROP, Maine –– Say what you will about Bill Randall, but he is no Bambi–loving tree–hugger. Inside the 72–year–old‘s cottage in central Maine, his hunter‘s freezer is packed with venison, carved by >>>


      2 DEAD, 31 HURT IN CENTRAL PA. BUS CRASH
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     CLEARFIELD, Pa. –– A bus crashed on a highway in central Pennsylvania early Sunday, killing two people and injuring 31 others, authorities said.

The bus was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 when it crashed at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, state police said. It was not immediately clear what caused the >>>


      2 MEN SURVIVE 40 HOURS IN GULF OF MEXICO
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     ANGLETON, Texas –– Two fishermen whose boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico survived nearly two days and nights drifting at sea before one of them climbed the leg of an offshore oil platform.

The men were rescued early Friday after drifting more than 20 miles over the course of about 40 hours, first >>>


      3 WOUNDED IN IDAHO SHOOTING, POLICE SAY
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     MOSCOW, Idaho –– Dozens of law enforcement officers surrounded a church Sunday where they believed they had cornered a shooter or shooters who wounded two officers and a civilian in bursts of automatic gunfire, police said.

About 75 shots were fired in the attack late Saturday, said David Duke, Mosc >>>


      3,000 CAMPERS FLEE S. CALIF. WILDFIRE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     GORMAN, Calif. –– A fast–moving wildfire had burned more than 2,500 acres Sunday and chased thousands of people from campsites near Los Padres National Forest, authorities said.

No injuries were reported. The fire was 50 percent surrounded by early Sunday morning, said Los Angeles County fire >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     MOSCOW, Idaho –– Two law enforcement officers and two civilians have been shot in Moscow, Idaho, police said.
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      CLERK FINDS $10 BILL, BUYS $1M TICKET
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     NORTH CANTON, Ohio –– Kristina Schneider tried to persuade a customer at the BP station where she works to buy the last ticket on a roll of the Magnificent Millions lottery game.

"I always joke that the last ticket is the winning one, but he said he only had enough money for three tickets," >>>


      COIN RECOGNIZES LITTLE ROCK NINE AND THE QUEST FOR INTEGRATION
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     LITTLE ROCK, May 1' –– Fifty years ago, nine black students faced down a mob to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Now they are being honored on a commemorative silver coin.

The U.S. Mint introduced the coin Saturday at the NAACP‘s Daisy Bates Education Summit, which pays tribute t >>>


      COMMEMORATIVE COIN HONORS LITTLE ROCK '
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –– Fifty years ago, nine black students faced down a mob to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Now, they are being honored on a commemorative silver coin.

The U.S. Mint introduced the coin Saturday at the NAACP‘s Daisy Bates Education Summit, which pays tribute to the >>>


      DANCE PARADE PROTESTS NYC CABARET LAWS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     NEW YORK –– Thousands of demonstrators shimmied down Broadway in the rain Saturday in an extravagant, ecstatic protest against the city‘s 80–year–old cabaret laws, which ban dancing in eating and drinking establishments that lack special licenses.

There was swing, ballet, tango, ta >>>


      FOR TEXTING TEENS, AN OMG MOMENT WHEN THE PHONE BILL ARRIVES
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     A01 Sofia Rubenstein, 17, got in trouble the way a lot of teens do these days.

Her incessant text–messaging racked up a huge phone bill on the family‘s wireless plan.

"It‘s whatever pops into my head. There‘s no stopping it," she said. "Sometimes I‘ll be on >>>


      FORMER PRESIDENTS AVOID POLITICS AT UNH
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     DURHAM, N.H. –– Former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton put politics aside Saturday, urging University of New Hampshire graduates to focus on helping others both in their community and around the world.

The former rivals have worked together in recent years, raising millions of dollars for th >>>


      FROZEN GAS TAX LEADS TO TOLL ROADS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– A cash crunch is fast approaching for the government trust fund that pays to build and repair highways and bridges.

The federal tax on a gallon of gas has not risen in 14 years and Congress is reluctant to increase it. People are demanding more fuel–efficient vehicles _ less gaso >>>


      GINGRICH ASSAILS ‘RADICAL SECULARISM‘
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 20, 2007; A04 LYNCHBURG, Va., May 1' –– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decried a "growing culture of radical secularism" Saturday morning as he hailed the life of Liberty University‘s late founder, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, in a >>>


      GONZALES RESIGNATION THIS WEEK?
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The top Republican on the Senate committee investigating Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes Gonzales could step down before a no–confidence vote sought this week by Senate Democrats.

Gonzales failed to draw a public statement of support from Senate GOP lead >>>


      IDAHO POLICE: 2 LAWMEN, 2 CIVILIANS SHOT
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     MOSCOW, Idaho –– Two law enforcement officers and two civilians were wounded and police said they believed they had the shooter cornered in a church early Sunday morning.

Police declined to release the condition of the people who had been shot, and few details were immediately available.

Da >>>


      KATRINA VICTIM FATS DOMINO PERFORMS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     NEW ORLEANS –– Fats Domino took the stage before a sold–out crowd of hundreds in a New Orleans nightclub Saturday, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer‘s first public performance since Hurricane Katrina.

Dressed in a snappy white jacket, the 7'–year–old New Orleans ico >>>


      N.J. FIRE STOKES TENSIONS NEAR AIR RANGE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –– The Warren Grove Gunnery Range says it tries hard to be a good neighbor to the growing communities in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

But if your neighbor repeatedly set the neighborhood on fire, crashed a plane into it, and shot up the local elementary school, how neighbo >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     Dam Proposed for New Orleans Canal NEW ORLEANS –– The Army Corps of Engineers said Saturday that it wants to build a $50 million earthen dam to plug the Mississippi River–Gulf Outlet, blamed for much of the flooding after Hurricane Katrina.

Area leaders and residents have clamored for years fo >>>


      PELOSI BACKS MURTHA IN SPENDING DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending a close Democratic ally whom Republicans want to reprimand for threatening a GOP lawmaker‘s spending projects.

Pelosi, D–Calif., said she had "no idea what actually happened" during a noisy exchange in the House chamber last >>>


      PELOSI DEFENDS MURTHA AGAINST REPUBLICAN REPRIMAND
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday defended a leading anti–war Democrat against a Republican plan to reprimand him over a political spat on defense spending.

Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, is expected to file a resolution this week calling f >>>


      SEARCH FOR S.C. OFFICER TURNS UP GRAVE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     CAMERON, S.C. –– Crews looking for a state constable last seen making a traffic stop found a shallow, freshly dug grave Saturday, authorities said.

A special team trained to preserve clues was painstakingly digging up the body, which had not been identified, Charleston County Sheriff‘s Capt.>>>


      TEXAS TO RELEASE 226 JUVENILE PRISONERS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     AUSTIN, Texas –– The agency that runs the state‘s juvenile prison system said it will release 226 inmates after a review found their sentences were improperly extended.

Advocates for Texas Youth Commission inmates and their families have complained that sentences are often extended inconsisten >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     –– Scattered showers and thunderstorms were forecast for Sunday across the eastern Great Lakes, New England and northern Mid–Atlantic. Heavier rainfall amounts were anticipated in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

A cold front was expected to push through the Northern Plains and Upper Mississi >>>


      THOUSANDS FLOCK TO SEE WAYWARD WHALES
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– Thousands of spectators watched Saturday as two wayward whales swam looping half–mile laps around the Port of Sacramento after declining earlier efforts to lure them into the Pacific Ocean.

Crowds shrieked every time they caught a glimpse of the humpback mother and c >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – MAY 20
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     AM –– Today is Sunday, May 20, the 140th day of 2007. There are 225 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1'27, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

On >>>


      U.S. FORCES KILL MAN BEHIND JANUARY KERBALA ATTACK
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces have killed the man behind a well planned guerrilla assault in Iraq in January in which five U.S. soldiers were killed, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said on Sunday.

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told CNN Azhar al–Dulaimi had masterminded the attack in which guerr >>>


      2 SPEECHES SHOW CONTRASTING CAMPAIGN STYLES
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 20, 2007; A04 MANCHESTER, N.H., May 1' –– Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois used a commencement speech here Saturday to challenge graduates to rise above cynicism and selfishness, while in New Orleans, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York used a similar o >>>


      ASHCROFT‘S COMPLEX TENURE AT JUSTICE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     20, 2007; A01 As attorney general, John D. Ashcroft was the public face of an administration pushing the boundaries of the Constitution to hunt down terrorists, but behind the scenes, according to former aides and White House officials, he at times resisted what he saw as radical overreaching.

Testimony last we >>>


      IS FRANCE WILLING TO WORK?
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     Arson is a form of commentary favored by the French left, so at least 1,000 vehicles were torched by disappointed supporters of the Socialist presidential candidate Ségol';ne Royal after she was defeated53 percent to 47 percent by Nicolas Sarkozy. Last spring, rioting was the left‘s economic argument >>>


      TAINTED CHINESE IMPORTS COMMON
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     Dried apples preserved with a cancer–causing chemical. Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics. Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria. Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides. These were among the 107 food imports from China that the Food and Drug Administration detained at U.S. ports just las >>>


      WESTERN ALLIES IN THE TWILIGHT
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     The two wounded warriors stood side by side in the sunshine of the White House Rose Garden. Tony Blair and George Bush, partners in a transatlantic alliance that has come a cropper in Iraq, tried to shield each other from the slings and arrows of two nations‘ reporters.

Bush upbraided British journalists >>>


      3 GERMAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– In a rare attack in Afghanistan‘s relatively calm north, a suicide bomber detonated himself next to German soldiers shopping in a crowded market on Saturday, killing three of them, along with seven Afghan civilians, officials said.

The attack in the city of Kunduz came af >>>


      AP: FILES SHOW POSTWAR WOES OF VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     BAD AROLSEN, Germany –– Looking back at the first weeks after World War II, a French lieutenant named Henri Francois–Poncet despaired at ever fulfilling his mission to establish the fate of French inmates of the Bergen–Belsen concentration camp.

For the living skeletons who survived the >>>


      ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 2003 FORETOLD SITUATION IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 20, 2007; A06 Two intelligence assessments from January 2003 predicted that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and subsequent U.S. occupation of Iraq could lead to internal violence and provide a boost to Islamic extremists and terrorists in the region, according to c >>>


      AUSTRALIAN DETAINEE BACK FROM GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     SYDNEY, Australia –– Convicted al–Qaida supporter David Hicks returned to his hometown Sunday to carry out the remainder of his sentence after more than five years at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Hicks _ the first terrorist suspect convicted by a U.S. military commission in Cuba >>>


      AUSTRALIAN DETAINEE BACK FROM GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     SYDNEY, Australia –– Confessed Australian al–Qaida supporter David Hicks was transferred to a maximum security prison in his hometown on Sunday after spending more than five years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Hicks, the first of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees to f >>>


      BOMBER KILLS 10, WOUNDS DOZENS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 10 civilians and wounded at least 30 others in the southern Afghan province of Paktia on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.

Paktia governor Rahmatullah Rahmat said the bomber struck as a convoy of foreign forces was passing through a street market in the city of >>>


      BOMBER KILLS 14 IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     GARDEZ, Afghanistan –– A suicide bomber on foot detonated himself in a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday just after a U.S. convoy drove by, killing at least 14 people and wounding 31, officials and witnesses said.

The attack in the city of Gardez damaged around 30 shops, shattered wind >>>


      BRAZIL, ARGENTINA FAULTED ON AIR SAFETY
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 20, 2007; A18 BUENOS AIRES, May 1' –– Pilots and air traffic controllers have warned that shoddy safety systems could be putting passengers at risk in South America‘s two largest countries, prompting an international outcry for rapid overhauls >>>


      BUSH IS ‘THE WORST IN HISTORY‘ IN FOREIGN RELATIONS, CARTER SAYS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     LITTLE ROCK, May 1' –– Former president Jimmy Carter called President Bush‘s international relations "the worst in history" and also took aim at Bush‘s environmental policies and the administration‘s "quite disturbing" faith–based initiative program.

T >>>


      BUSH, NATO CHIEF SEEK WAYS TO BOLSTER AFGHANISTAN MISSION
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     A20 CRAWFORD, Tex., May 1' –– NATO‘s top official is scheduled to arrive here Sunday for talks with President Bush amid growing anger in Afghanistan about civilian casualties from the alliance‘s war there and continued reluctance among many NATO members to increase their commitment to the six >>>


      CAR BOMB IN RAMADI KILLS 2, INJURES '
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– A suicide bomber exploded a tanker truck near a police checkpoint outside a market west of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least two officers and injuring nine people, police said.

Police said they suspected chlorine gas was used in the attack in a town just outside the turbulent city of Ra >>>


      DREADLOCKED MISS JAMAICA PUTS RASTAS IN NEW LIGHT
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – With dreadlocks down to below her buttocks, the first Rastafarian to compete for the Miss Universe title is out to smash the stereotype that Rastas are only interested in reggae and marijuana.

Zahra Redwood, 25 and the first Miss Jamaica to be crowned from the country‘s minor >>>


      DUBAI RULER STARTS $10 BILLION FUND
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan –– The ruler of Dubai launched a $10 billion foundation Saturday to provide scholarships and promote research in the Middle East, saying the region has neglected education despite its oil wealth.

Sheik Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is hailed as the architect of Dubai&lsq >>>


      EAST TIMOR SWEARS IN RAMOS–HORTA AS NEW PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     DILI (Reuters) – Nobel peace laureate Jose Ramos–Horta, East Timor‘s newly elected president, took the oath of office at a simple ceremony in Dili on Sunday, succeeding Xanana Gusmao as leader of the young nation.

Ramos–Horta, who spent years abroad as a spokesman for East Timor‘s >>>


      EIGHT FEARED DEAD AFTER STORM LASHES MYANMAR COAST
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     YANGON (Reuters) – Eight people were feared dead and more than '00 houses were destroyed by a storm in the Bay of Bengal that swept through coastal districts of Myanmar last week, a fisherman and a state newspaper said on Sunday.

A small fishing trawler with 13 crew sank off Sindamaw Island, 18 miles >>>


      HOMEMADE BOMB KILLS 6, WOUNDS 48 IN PERU
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     LIMA, Peru –– A backpack containing dynamite and nails exploded during a celebration in a southern Peruvian market, killing six people and wounding 48, police said Saturday.

Police Col. Romeo Delgado told The Associated Press by telephone that police have not ruled out a terrorist attack.

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      IMMIGRANT‘S DEATH SPARKS TENSIONS IN N.Y.
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 20, 2007; A15 MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. –– It was the kind of life and death that might have slipped by without much notice. Rene Perez was homeless, a drinking man from Guatemala, an occasional laborer in this affluent community, and he was found unconscious o >>>


      INDIANS DIVIDED ON KISSING A CULTURAL TABOO GOODBYE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Emily WaxWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 20, 2007; A17 NEW DELHI –– On a scorching afternoon, Javed Khan, 24, and his fiancee were cuddling under a leafy tree at one of the city‘s many ancient tombs, a rare nook of privacy in a country with a billion people, arranged marriages and a deepl >>>


      IRAQ‘S SADR OVERHAULS HIS TACTICS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     A01 NAJAF, Iraq –– The movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al–Sadr has embarked on one of its most dramatic tactical shifts since the beginning of the war.

The 33–year–old populist is reaching out to a broad array of Sunni leaders, from politicians to insurgents, and purging extremis >>>


      IRAQ PRESIDENT HEADS TO U.S. FOR CHECKUP
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq –– President Jalal Talabani left Iraq on Sunday for a nearly three–week trip to the United States that was expected to include a medical checkup.

Talabani, a 73–year–old Sunni Kurd, boarded a plane in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles northeast of Baghd >>>


      IRAQI SHIITE LEADER HAS LUNG CANCER
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– The leader of Iraq‘s largest Shiite party has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has gone to Iran to seek immediate treatment, officials close to him said Sunday.

Abdul–Aziz al–Hakim, leader of the Supreme Islamic Council in Iraq since 2003, has been a key player in Ira >>>


      ISRAEL STRIKES HAMAS MILITANTS ANEW
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israeli warplanes sent missiles slamming into a car carrying Hamas militants early Sunday, then demolished arms factories belonging to two Palestinian groups, the army said, in a widening of reprisals against Gaza rocket squads.

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threa >>>


      ISRAEL THREATENS STRONGER MILITARY STEPS IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday threatened stronger Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip unless Hamas halted its rocket attacks on southern Israel.

"If the measured steps we are taking, in the political and military sphere, do not bring about the desired calm, we will >>>


      ISRAEL TO OFFER NEW PEACE INITIATIVE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan –– Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Sunday his government would offer a counterproposal to an Arab peace initiative to resolve the conflict with Palestinians.

He urged Arab leaders to meet with Israel to hash out the issue. Arab League chief Amr Moussa suggested he woul >>>


      LEBANON ARMY BATTLES MILITANTS AT PALESTINIAN CAMP
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – Lebanese troops battled militants linked to al Qaeda at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon on Sunday and at least three soldiers were killed, security sources said.

At least four more soldiers were wounded in the clashes at the Nahr al–Bared camp near the nor >>>


      LEBANON ARMY BATTLES MILITANTS IN NORTH, 21 KILLED
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     NAHR AL–BARED, Lebanon (Reuters) – Lebanon‘s army battled al Qaeda–linked militants who threatened to open "gates of fire" after clashes which killed 21 people, 13 of them soldiers, on Sunday.

It was Lebanon‘s worst internal fighting since the end of the 1'75–1& >>>


      LEBANON TROOPS BATTLE ISLAMIC MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Lebanese forces fought Islamic militants with alleged links to al–Qaida in the northern city of Tripoli and at an adjacent Palestinian refugee camp early Sunday, causing casualties on both sides, security officials and witnesses said.

At least four policemen were wounded, se >>>


      MCCARTNEY: I DON‘T READ DIVORCE COVERAGE
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     LONDON –– Paul McCartney avoids reading media coverage of his difficult divorce because he does not want to see the details of his private life on front pages, he said in an interview published Saturday.

McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney, are in the middle of divorce proceedings >>>


      NEW LEADERSHIP TRIO COULD PUT EUROPE BACK ON POLITICAL MAP
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     By Molly MooreWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 20, 2007; A17 PARIS –– Europe is undergoing its most dramatic changing of the guard in more than a decade. New leaders in the European Union‘s three preeminent countries –– Britain, France and Germany –– not only may trans >>>


      NOBEL LAUREATE IS TIMOR‘S 2ND PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     DILI, East Timor –– Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos–Horta was sworn in as East Timor‘s second president on Sunday, and he vowed to unite the desperately poor nation more than a year after violence brought down its first government.

Ramos–Horta was sworn in by Francisco "Lu >>>


      PUERTO RICO TACKLING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –– The gym routine for 11–year–old Daniel Alvarado mixes music and games with jump ropes and stationary bikes. But like the other children sweating through workouts, he doesn‘t come just for fun.

He is following doctor‘s orders. The apple–cheeked b >>>


      REPORT: SPAIN PROBES TREASURE HUNTERS
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     MADRID, Spain –– The Spanish government is investigating if a crime was committed by a U.S. company that said it had found $500 million worth of coins in an Atlantic Ocean shipwreck, according to Sunday news reports.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, based in Tampa, Fla., revealed on Friday they had found >>>


      ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS 6 U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Six U.S. soldiers and an interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad on Saturday, the U.S. military said as a search for three abducted soldiers entered its second week on Sunday.

The soldiers and their interpreter had been uncovering caches of weapons, including gren >>>


      RUSSIA SAYS THWARTS PLOT TO KILL ALLY OF PUTIN
      Washington Post, 20-05-2007
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has foiled a plot to kill the governor of Russia‘s second city of St Petersburg, who is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, the state security service said on Saturday.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said two suspects had been detained on suspicion of involvement >>>



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