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      ALERT SYSTEM ADOPTED TO TRACE MISSING CHILDREN
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     KATERINA MAVRONA/ANA Natela Ichuadze, the mother of 11–year–old Alex Meshivili, is seen during the launch of the Amber Alert system in Greece yesterday, designed to quickly inform people about children who have gone missing. Alex went missing in Veria, northern Greece, in February last year. Authorities susp >>>


      BALKAN DRIVERS EVADE POLICE SPEED TRAPS
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     Drivers from Bulgaria and Romania are using devices that jam traffic police radars in order to speed freely on Greek highways, officers from northern Greece said yesterday.

Police in Serres said that they had detected some 150 drivers using the blocking devices over the last few months. Four drivers from Bulgar >>>


      EXAM REVIEW TO BEGIN SOON
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     A discussion between teachers and the government will begin in September to change the way university entrance exams are conducted, an Education Ministry official said yesterday.

«The entrance system for tertiary education is not something static,» said Education Ministry general secretary Andreas K >>>


      GOV’T GIVES THUMBS UP TO BUYBACK OFFER MINISTRY SEES NO PROBLEM WITH ISSUE
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     The government welcomed yesterday a proposal by investment bank JP Morgan and hedge fund North Asset Management (NAM) to repurchase a state bond from pension funds and said that claims of financial problems existing in social funds are groundless.

«The offer by the underwriting bank for the –280 million b >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     HELLENIKON BEACH Mayor continues hunger strike as seafront cleanup is organized As Mayor Christos Kortzidis entered the eighth day of his hunger strike, his municipality of Hellenikon in southern Athens said yesterday that it has decided to clean up its beaches, with the help of other municipalities, on Wednesday. Kortz >>>


      KOZANI TACKLES ASBESTOS
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     Authorities in Kozani, northern Greece, have launched a campaign to curb pollution from a disused asbestos mine which they believe poses a health risk to the local population.

More than –10 million have been earmarked for environmental restoration, including soil treatment, the planting of trees, cementing over >>>


      PM FORGING STRONGER TIES
      Kathimerin, 28-05-2007
     Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis promised initiatives yesterday to help to strengthen cultural and educational ties between Greece and Greeks living in Australia.

«You have become assimilated and contribute to the country where you live but Greece remains your homeland. The maintainence of the language, t >>>


      ALWALEED CONSIDERS INVESTMENT IN CAR
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 28 May 2007 — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office Myriam Gretta, adviser in charge of Arab relations in the Central African Republic (CAR) and special envoy of CAR President Francois Bozize.

The KHC said in a statement yesterday that Gre >>>


      DAMAC ENTERS BOOMING SAUDI REAL ESTATE MARKET
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — Dubai–based DAMAC Properties Co. LLC, which has a track record of $30 billion real estate projects, has entered the booming Saudi market with its first project on the Jeddah Corniche.

«Al–Jawharah is the Kingdom’s first iconic project, a residenti >>>


      DQG SIGNS DEAL ON ENERGY CONSERVATION
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 28 May 2007 — Dubai Quality Group (DQG), a non–profit organization dedicated to raise the general performance level of the local business environment, has signed a memorandum of agreement on behalf of the Emirates Energy Award with the Indian National Productivity Council and UK Center for Economi >>>


      GCC UNIFIED CURRENCY: TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady Kuwait’s decision to drop its four–year old peg to the US dollar in favor of a yet unspecified basket of currencies, has taken its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners by surprise. It reopened the debate on whether the GCC will be able to meet its self–imposed deadline to introduce t >>>


      IFIS SET PACE THROUGH INNOVATIVE ACQUISITIONS
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 28 May 2007 — Lawyers and bankers in London are putting the final touches to one of the more unexpected acquisitions done by a consortium led by two Kuwaiti Islamic financial institutions, The Investment Dar (TID) and Adeem Investment — that is buying a majority 87.5 percent stake in th >>>


      JORDAN’S FOREIGN INVESTMENTS SOAR
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 28 May 2007 — Jordanian Finance Minister Ziyad Fariz said yesterday that foreign investments in the country reached $3 billion last year, thanks to the policies adopted by the government for promoting the investment infrastructure. «Foreign investments in Jordan reached $3 bil >>>


      IS PAYING ZAKAH AN ANNUAL DUTY?
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Is zakah an annual duty in the sense that money or property that is held for several years becomes liable to zakah every year? An imam in Madras, India, argues that once you paid zakah on some property, you do not have to pay zakah again on it forever. In other words, if one has 10,000 this yea >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 22: PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah When we look at life in Islamic society during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), trying to determine the attitude adopted by men and women in public life, we find numerous reports giving us a clear picture of social life at the time. Over the next few months, we will be >>>


      ‘THOSE WHO HELP OVERSTAYERS WILL BE PUNISHED’
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 28 May 2007 — Col. Aid ibn Tagalib Al–Luqmani, head of the Passport Department in Makkah, said there was no let up in the drive against overstayers.

In an interview with Arab News, he said: «Citizens and expatriates who employ or help overstayers are also being severel >>>


      ‘WE DON’T NEED FOREIGN GROUPS TO COME AND TEACH US HUMAN RIGHTS’
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 28 May 2007 — Maj. Gen. Ali Al–Harithy, the director general of prisons, said yesterday that prisoners in the Kingdom were not tortured or beaten on a large scale, and that beatings were «individual cases,» which should not be generalized.

Al–Harithy was ref >>>


      AL–MANIE SAYS DIABETES REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — Saudi Arabia, where diabetes affects nearly a quarter of the population, is one of 10 countries having the highest number of diabetics in the world, according to a report issued by an international diabetes conference.

Health Minister Dr. Hamad Al–Manie >>>


      BEAUTY EXPOSITIONS HIT RIYADH SUMMER
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Najah Alosaimi, Arab News RIYADH, 28 May 2007 — While many Saudi women tend to choose the summer to travel abroad for a seasonal shopping spree, a series of women–targeted beauty exhibitions are expected to hit Riyadh this summer.

Hammed Al–Hushan, secretary of the National Committee of Exhibitions >>>


      CANCER PATIENTS TO GET 50% OFF ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — Cancer patients and their dependents can now enjoy up to 50 percent discounts on air, land and marine fares in the Kingdom following a Ministry of Social Affairs decision, which was passed recently.

The decision brings the privileges offered to cancer patients on >>>


      CHARITY AIMS TO INVEST IN CAPACITY BUILDING OF THE POOR
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — Helping the poor and investing in their capacity building efforts are among the objectives of a new charity organization called Kindah Charity, which has been established in Jeddah.

The new project is being embarked upon to serve the interests of the poor, especial >>>


      COUNTERFEIT PERFUMES A HEALTH HAZARD
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Arab News DAMMAM, 28 May 2007 — A stroll through any of the Kingdom’s major shopping areas reveals a host of street sellers plying their wares that include all sorts of counterfeit items. The abundance of fake perfumes, cosmetics and aftershave leads one to think that the Kingdom has perhaps been flooded with such items >>>


      FAIR PROBE PROMISED
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News President of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Ibrahim Al–Ghaith, speaks to reporters at the commission headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday. (AN photo by Abdullah Ateeq)

RIYADH, 28 May 2007 — The president of the Commission for the Promotion of Vi >>>


      MINISTRY SETTING UP UNIT TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — The Ministry of Social Affairs will establish a center to receive complaints about domestic violence and follow up such cases round the clock, said Awad Al–Radadi, deputy minister for social care and development, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

«The center will r >>>


      PRINCIPAL CARRIES OUT LASHING IN SCHOOLYARD AFTER COURT VERDICT
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Hassna’a Mokhtar, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — A preliminarily court yesterday sentenced a 24–year–old man to 12 days in jail and 20 lashes, and handed him a SR23,000 fine for assaulting the principal of the school that his younger brother attends.

Judge Abdul Aziz Al–Shithry handed the sen >>>


      SUSPECT IN FRENCHMEN’S KILLINGS HELD
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — Security forces yesterday arrested Majid ibn Ma’aidh Al–Harbi, one of three wanted suspects behind the Feb. 26 killing of four French nationals '0 km north of Madinah.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al–Turki, Interior Ministry spokesman, said: «The >>>


      ‘SRI LANKAN WORKERS IN KINGDOM HAPPY, CONTENT’
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News KUWAIT, 28 May 2007 — A majority of the Sri Lankan workers are happy and content with the working conditions in the Kingdom, observed the island’s Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Keheliya Rambukwella.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Rambukwella said >>>


      '6 OFWS DUPED BY ‘FIXERS’ SEEK HELP
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Romy Tangbawan & Ronald Concha, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — Philippine Consulate officials here yesterday warned Filipino workers in the Kingdom who are seeking to return home beware of «fixers» promising an easy exit.

Welfare Officer Abdurajik Samain, speaking for Consul General Pendosina N >>>


      BATTLE OF WORDS OVER ‘AAM AADMI’
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 28 May 2007 — Even before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s ten–point agenda for the industry, reminding them of their responsibility toward the common man (Aam Aadmi), has sunk into the corporate world, senior Congress leaders are engaged in a battle of words over the issue. >>>


      DEADLINE SET FOR LEBANON NEGOTIATIONS
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Agencies BEIRUT, 28 May 2007 — Lebanon has given Palestinian factions until the middle of the week to negotiate a peaceful end to deadly fighting between the army and militants, a government source said yesterday.

«The authorities have given Palestinian organizations until the middle of the week» to >>>


      DEATH THREATS TO DRAVID AND DHONI: REPORT
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     S.A. Ali & Agencies NEW DELHI, 28 May 2007 — The police are investigating a letter written by Maoist rebels threatening to kill cricketers Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Dhoni, a newspaper reported yesterday.

In the letter, the left–wing rebels from the eastern state of Jharkhand and neighboring Chhattisga >>>


      EU ACCUSED OF NOT DOING ENOUGH FOR PEACE IN ME
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 28 May 2007 — Gulf speakers at the Euro–Gulf Forum here yesterday accused the European Union of not doing enough for peace in Palestine and Lebanon. They also said that Europeans were shying away from describing Israeli tactics as an «occupation,» adding that Europe was no >>>


      IMRAN VOWS TO TAKE MQM CHIEF TO COURT
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, 28 May 2007 — Pakistani cricketer–turned–politician Imran Khan, who has been banned from entering Karachi over comments he made blaming members of a ruling coalition for deadly riots in the city, said yesterday he would take the MQM chief to court.

Khan >>>


      ISRAEL, HAMAS TRADE THREATS AS ROCKET KILLS CIVILIAN
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, 28 May 2007 — Israel and Hamas traded threats yesterday as an Israeli civilian died in a second deadly rocket strike from Gaza within a week and the Jewish state pursued its relentless pounding of militant targets.

Thirteen civilians and 33 militants have been killed by Israeli r >>>


      JUMBLATT DOWNPLAYS ARMY ACTION AT CAMP
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Reuters BEIRUT, 28 May 2007 — A senior member of Lebanon’s governing coalition said yesterday military action was not on the table for ending a standoff between the Lebanese army and militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt demanded the handing over of the Fatah Al–Isl >>>


      KUWAIT ADOPTS FRIDAY–SATURDAY WEEKEND
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Agence France Presse KUWAIT CITY, 28 May 2007 — Kuwait yesterday decided to switch its weekend to Friday–Saturday from Thursday–Friday, starting Sept. 1, State Minister Faisal Al–Hajji told the official KUNA news agency.

Kuwait will follow the example of Gulf partners the United Arab Emirates, >>>


      PAKISTAN URGED TO USE N–ENERGY FOR ELECTRICITY
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 28 May 2007 — The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) has called on the government of Pakistan to establish an institute for utilizing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Speakers at a symposium organized here by the PRC to mark the anniversary of Pakistan’s atomic tests urged Islamabad to u >>>


      PAWAR DISMISSES RESHUFFLE REPORT
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 28 May 2007 — Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar dismissed speculations of a reshuffle of ministers in the Congress–led Democratic Front government in Maharashtra but warned his party ministers to enhance their performances within a span of one or two mont >>>


      SYRIANS VOTE AS BASHAR RUNS UNOPPOSED
      Arab News, 28-05-2007
     Reuters DAMASCUS, 28 May 2007 — Syrians went to the polls yesterday to re–elect President Bashar Assad for a second term in a ballot for which he was the only candidate allowed to run.

With Iraq plunging into sectarian strife and instability in Lebanon, state media and the ruling Baath party have emphasiz >>>


      71–YEAR–OLD TO STAND TRIAL IN 1'64 DEATHS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     JACKSON, Miss. –– A reputed Ku Klux Klansman is scheduled to go on trial this week on kidnapping and conspiracy charges in the deaths of two young black men who were abducted, beaten and dumped into the muddy Mississippi River more than 43 years ago.

James Ford Seale, 71, of Roxie, has been jailed s >>>


      A MONUMENT TO CREATION
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 27, 2007; A03 PETERSBURG, Ky. –– At the Creation Museum, a fanciful Eden rises from the void. Adam appears, bearded and handsome, if slightly waxen. Eve emerges from his rib with luxuriant hair and a kindly expression. Trees blossom and creatures frolic, >>>


      A PARENT IN PRISON, A VOID AT HOME
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Kari LydersenWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, May 28, 2007; A03 CHICAGO, May 27 –– When 12–year–old Heaven Carr wakes up, her mother is not there to make her breakfast. As the school year ends, Heaven is already sad that her mother will not be around to do the back–to–school sho >>>


      ALA. ENDS TERROR WATCH LIST
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     MONTGOMERY, Ala. –– The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and antiwar organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.

The Web site identified different types of terrorists and listed groups it said could spawn terr >>>


      ANOTHER MEMORIAL DAY MARKS GRIEF‘S JOURNEY
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Donna St. GeorgeWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, May 28, 2007; A01 Not a waking hour goes by when Judy Adamouski does not think of the son she lost at war. Some nights, she drifts from room to room in her Springfield home –– sleepless, taking in what is left of his life. A framed photograph of a soldie >>>


      BRITAIN EXTRADITES TERRORISM SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     NEW YORK, May 26 –– An American student arrested last year in London on allegations of providing al–Qaeda fighters with equipment to attack U.S.

soldiers was in federal custody Saturday. Syed Hashmi, 27, arrived in the United States late Friday, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said. Hashmi is >>>


      BUSH TO VISIT ARLINGTON TODAY
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush will pay tribute to America‘s war dead this Memorial Day with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

The president will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns before a speech to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In his Memorial Day p >>>


      CHENEY FOCUSES ON TERROR FIGHT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Michael VirtanenAssociated PressSunday, May 27, 2007; A13 WEST POINT, N.Y., May 26 –– Vice President Cheney on Saturday urged the '78 new graduates of the U.S. Military Academy to provide leadership to troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Noting that West Point is about 50 miles north of >>>


      CHINA CALLS FOR EXTRADITION TREATIES TO FIGHT GRAFT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese officials have called for Western countries to sign extradition treaties, the China Daily reported on Monday, saying the country‘s use of the death penalty was no reason to avoid repatriating criminals.

Many Western countries do not have extradition treaties with China, c >>>


      CHINA SAYS U.S. REPORT ON ITS MILITARY EXAGGERATED
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China hit back at a Pentagon report on its rising military might on Monday, saying it was exaggerated and an interference in Chinese domestic affairs.

The U.S. Defense Department report released on Friday said that while Beijing remained focused on the Taiwan Strait as a potential flas >>>


      CRITICAL CARE WITHOUT CONSENT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 27, 2007; A01 The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting patients‘ permission.

The $50 >>>


      DEM SUPERDELEGATE ENDORSEMENTS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     –– Democratic presidential candidates and superdelegates who have endorsed them include: JOE BIDEN: _Sen. Thomas Carper of Delaware HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: _Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey _Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York _Gov. Martin O‘Malley of Maryland _Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii _Sen. Barbara Mikul >>>


      FISH STORY‘S NEW REALITY IS THAT MAN BITES SHARK
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 27, 2007; A01 LAS BARRANCAS, Mexico –– Year after year, beach season brings accounts of harrowing shark attacks as people around the world plunge into the surf to escape summer‘s heat.

But the reality is that these fearsome predators ki >>>


      IF IT FEELS GOOD TO BE GOOD, IT MIGHT BE ONLY NATURAL
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     The e–mail came from the next room. "You gotta see this!" Jorge Moll had written. Moll and Jordan Grafman, neuroscientists at the National Institutes of Health, had been scanning the brains of volunteers as they were asked to think about a scenario involving either donating a sum of money to charity or k >>>


      IMMIGRATION BILL‘S POINT SYSTEM WORRIES SOME GROUPS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     A11 For weeks, U.S. senators wrestled among themselves and with White House officials over the question of what mix of skills, background and experience prospective immigrants should bring to their new country.

The answer they came up with, embodied in the immigration bill now on the Senate floor, would represe >>>


      ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE KILLS FIVE HAMAS GUNMEN
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 27, 2007; A22 JERUSALEM, May 26 –– Israeli military aircraft fired on a Hamas post Saturday in the Gaza Strip, killing at least five gunmen from the radical Islamic movement, and Israeli troops arrested a Hamas cabinet minister, the second in less tha >>>


      LARGE SHIPS COULD THREATEN 2 LOST WHALES
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Rescuers were encouraged by progress in returning two lost whales to the ocean but were concerned about encounters the whales might have with large ships as they neared the San Francisco Bay.

A mother humpback whale and her calf on Sunday made it down the Sacramento River as far as >>>


      MARINE‘S MEMORIAL FUNDS ARLINGTON VISITS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     ARLINGTON, Va. –– Just a few years ago, Lance Cpl. Steven Szwydek was a classmate of students at a high school in the mountains of Pennsylvania‘s Fulton County. Now the fallen Marine is part of their history lesson.

On separate days this spring, students from all three high schools in his home >>>


      MEMORIAL FUND ADDRESS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     –– Donations to the Semper Fi Memorial Fund should be made payable to: The Semper Fi Memorial Fund c/o Nancy Szwydek 276 Mays Chapel Road Warfordsburg, PA 17267
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      MO. MAN BURNS BOOKS AS ACT OF PROTEST
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– Tom Wayne amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store, Prospero‘s Books. His collection ranges from best sellers like Tom Clancy‘s "The Hunt for Red October" and Tom Wolfe‘s "Bonfire of the Vanities," t >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     U.N. Security Council Hears Wrong Statement UNITED NATIONS –– U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had to reconvene the U.N. Security Council and rerun a meeting Friday after reading the wrong statement on Sudan, effectively wiping an entire council session out of history.

At the first session, Khalilza >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     Prison Term Sought for Former Ala. Governor MONTGOMERY, Ala. –– Federal prosecutors have recommended a 30–year prison sentence and a $1 million fine for former Alabama governor Don Siegelman (D) and a 25–year term and a $7.2 million fine for former HealthSouth chief executive Richard Scrushy.
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      OHIO MOM WANTS IRAQ CONTRACTORS HONORED
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     BRATENAHL, Ohio –– As the nation pauses on Memorial Day to honor its war dead, one woman is working to keep alive the memory of her son, who was killed in Iraq while serving as a civilian contractor.

Donna Zovko wants Americans to remember her son Jerko "Jerry" Zovko and other contractors >>>


      PARTYING LIKE IT‘S 11:5'
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     CANNES, France –– It just doesn‘t seem fair. We‘re sitting in a bungalow by the Mediterranean with Leonardo DiCaprio, and he‘s talking about the end of the world. Not necessarily the end of the Earth, mind you. The planetary ecosystem will continue to function (barring collision with a mete >>>


      PEACE GARDEN GETTING $32M MAKEOVER
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     DUNSEITH, N.D. –– The 2,300–acre International Peace Garden, which straddles the U.S.–Canadian border and signifies the long–standing peace between the two countries, once exploded in colorful blooms and invited visitors with its picturesque waterfall.

Today, it has fallen victim t >>>


      PELOSI, BOEHNER HITTING HOME ON OPPOSITE VIEWS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     After five months on the job, Congress is in Memorial Day recess this week, but lawmakers are still hitting the same themes at home that they have been debating in Washington.

Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) encouraged lawmakers to hold recess events about the military, energy independence and cli >>>


      POEM HONORS FALLEN MARINE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     –– A poem, titled "Oct. 20, 2005," by Stephanie Jo Bard, sister of Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szwydek of Warfordsburg, Pa., who was killed in Iraq on that date: Life changed That October day.

Hearts were broken That October day.

Time stood still as a son was taken That October day.< >>>


      RECORD TURNOUT MARKS ROLLING THUNDER RIDE‘S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     The day is known for its ability to evoke power through the thunderous collective rumble of thousands of motorcycles rolling through downtown Washington.

But for Johnny "Halftime" Penn, 31, of Lancaster, Pa., the power is also in quiet solemnity. That‘s how he described his mood yesterday as he >>>


      SPEAKER IN TEXAS KEEPS JOB AMID UNREST IN HOUSE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     AUSTIN, May 26 –– Hours after lawmakers who tried to overtake the speaker‘s podium seeking to oust him were physically restrained, House Speaker Tom Craddick (R) charged through a rowdy floor session Saturday without ceding his coveted post.

The House parliamentarian resigned on the verge of t >>>


      TEXAS SENATOR RISKS HIS HEALTH TO BLOCK A VOTER–IDENTIFICATION BILL
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     AUSTIN –– Against his doctor‘s advice, a stooped and feeble state Sen. Mario Gallegos Jr. (D) arrives at the Texas Capitol each day, just to make sure his chamber does not take up a bill that would require voters to produce identification at the polls.

And when the rigors of the job start to w >>>


      THE MARRIAGE PENALTY
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     It‘s almost June, which means we should soon start to hear the peal of wedding bells.

As all those happy couples with June weddings bid adieu to well–wishers and set off on a honeymoon, consider this: The honeymoon is a relatively recent invention, dating back to only the 1'th century. Before th >>>


      TOP TALENT COULD LOSE FAST TRACK TO U.S.
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Anthony Faiola and Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, May 26, 2007; A01 NEW YORK –– Would America open its doors for the next Albert Einstein?

Under the new immigration bill, the answer is maybe, but maybe not. For years, foreign–born Nobel Prize winners, corporate officers >>>


      U.S. TO TELL IRAN HOW IT COULD HELP STEADY IRAQ
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 27, 2007; A20 The United States intends to lay out a comprehensive account of Iran‘s growing military role in Iraq –– including the array of arms provided to both Shiite and Sunni militias –– during critical talks between U.S. and Irani >>>


      U.S., BRITISH TROOPS CLASH WITH SADR MILITIA
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By John Ward AndersonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 27, 2007; A21 BAGHDAD, May 26 –– U.S. and British troops battled Moqtada al–Sadr‘s Mahdi Army militia in Baghdad and the southern city of Basra on Friday and Saturday, killing about a dozen fighters shortly after the influential Shii >>>


      WABC–TV BACK ON AFTER STUDIO FIRE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     NEW YORK –– WABC–TV was back on the air Monday morning after a fire damaged equipment in its Manhattan studios and filled the building with thick smoke just before the start of an evening broadcast.

No one was injured, and the fire was quickly put out, but the smoke forced an evacuation that k >>>


      WEBSITE TO SELL NONEXISTENT REAL ESTATE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     HONOLULU –– Real estate is often a long–term investment. But 10,000 years? Lo‘ihi Development Co. will soon start offering oceanview lots speculators won‘t even be able to stand on for many millennia. That‘s because they‘re currently submerged more than 3,000 feet below sea leve >>>


      WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERS NEXT STEPS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Michael Abramowitz and Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, May 27, 2007; A05 President Bush and his top aides have signaled in recent days that they are beginning to look more closely at a "post–surge" strategy that would involve a smaller U.S. troop presence in Iraq and a mission focused >>>


      A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF THE BUZZ FROM THE SUNDAY TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     The immigration proposal before Congress continued to prompt objections from each side of the aisle.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R–Tex.) said that although the bill would improve current law, she objects to allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the United States without returning home to apply for legal s >>>


      AN INSIDER‘S GUIDE TO THE UPCOMING WEEK
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     Bush‘s Bully Pulpit After weeks of Congress dominating the news, President Bush returns to center stage as he tries to sell the Senate immigration bill to the public, beginning Tuesday with a speech in Georgia. The legislation would combine beefed–up enforcement with a temporary–worker program and a pa >>>


      ANOTHER TOP BUSH AIDE MAKES AN EXIT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     As the Bush administration inches closer to its concluding months, more top aides are headed out to the private sector. Sara M. Taylor, the White House political director and microtargeting guru who has been with George W. Bush from the outset of his first presidential campaign, is the latest staff member to leave the p >>>


      BARACK OBAMA‘S WIFE CROWD FAVORITE IN CAMPAIGN APPEARANCE WITH HUSBAND
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     CONWAY, N.H. (AP) –– Illinois Sen. Barack Obama handed his jacket to wife Michelle at one point during a steamy rally Sunday in a school gym, but it was clear she‘s more than a coat–holder for the Democratic presidential candidate.

When someone in the audience asked Michelle Obama why vo >>>


      DEMOCRATS PREPARE FOR ANOTHER FUNDING BATTLE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, May 27, 2007; A07 After a contentious, three–month battle with the White House over Iraq, congressional Democrats limped out of Washington Friday with their sights trained on July for the next round –– but antiwar activists are >>>


      IMMIGRATION AGENCY MIRED IN INEFFICIENCY
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     Last June, U.S. immigration officials were presented a plan that supporters said could help slash waiting times for green cards from nearly three years to three months and save 1 million applicants more than a third of the 45 hours they could expect to spend in government lines.

It would also save about $350 mi >>>


      MINOR OFFENSES MAKE UP MOST IMMIGRATION CASES
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     Most of the Department of Homeland Security‘s immigration enforcement work is consumed not with stopping terrorists and unraveling their support networks, but with relatively minor administrative violations, according to a new analysis of federal records.

DHS authorities filed charges against more than 80 >>>


      OBAMA WANTS BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     CONWAY, N.H. (AP) –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Sunday the country is not providing enough mental health services for active duty troops and veterans. He proposed spending hundreds of million dollars more each year for better care.

"We cannot expect our young men and wo >>>


      PICKING THE BRAINS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Mary Beth SheridanWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, May 28, 2007; B01 The setting is Congress, the year 2007. But as lawmakers wrangle over the D.C. voting rights bill, they are turning the clock back to the 1700s, furiously debating whether the Founding Fathers intended to deprive District residents of a vote in t >>>


      SLUMP IN NIH FUNDING IS TAKING TOLL ON RESEARCH
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     Stanford University biochemist Roger D. Kornberg won a Nobel Prize last year for work he began in the 1'70s, but he is pretty sure that if he had been born a generation later, he never would have had the chance.

The scientist, 60, is convinced that his groundbreaking research, in which he figured out how in >>>


      UNFLATTERING BOOKS CAUSE HARDLY A RIPPLE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Dan Balz and Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WritersSunday, May 27, 2007; A04 As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) campaigned across Iowa this weekend, she was asked about the war in Iraq, illegal immigration and even whether her husband, former president Bill Clinton, might serve as secretary of state >>>


      A DUBIOUS DIPLOMAT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 27, 2007; A20 MOSCOW, May 26 The single–engine Cessna aircraft, flying just 10 yards off the ground, buzzed Red Square three times as the pilot looked for a place to land. But too many people were on the square that May evening.

So the plane pulled u >>>


      A LONG TIME GONE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     By Peter SlevinThe Washington PostSunday, May 27, 2007; A01 CROOKSTON, Minn. As often as he can, 6–year–old Austin Cassavant sits by his mother‘s computer and watches his father‘s face appear on the webcam from Iraq. On good days, sitting thousands of miles apart, they will tell stories and play >>>


      BLAST RIPS INTO CROWD IN ETHIOPIA, UP TO 11 DIE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A blast ripped through a crowd in Ethiopia‘s volatile Somali region on Monday, killing at least five people and setting off a stampede that saw up to six more die, according to witnesses and aid–workers.

The Ethiopian government quickly blamed the attack on the Ogaden N >>>


      BRITAIN ASKS RUSSIA TO EXTRADITE LITVINENKO SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Britain‘s ambassador on Monday submitted an official request to Russia for the extradition of the man suspected of murdering Alexander Litvinenko.

British prosecutors said last week they wanted to bring Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoy before a British court to try him for the m >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS AT LEAST 1' IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 1' people and wounding 46, police and hospital officials said.

The bomb went off at 2 p.m. in the Sinak commercial district on the east side of the Tigris River.

Also in central Baghdad, a battle raged a >>>


      FOR CLOAKED SAUDI WOMEN, COLOR IS THE NEW BLACK
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     A01 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia –– Manal Fageeh never liked the abaya, the long black cloak she was forced to begin wearing at 13. She resented the fact that it was obligatory for women in Saudi Arabia, and the black absorbed heat in the often–scorching climate.

When Fageeh, a health industry executi >>>


      FORMER ISRAELI PM BARAK POISED FOR COMEBACK
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The leadership of a party key to keeping embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in office was up for grabs on Monday in an election that could mark the political comeback of one of Israel‘s best known figures.

Ehud Barak, who as prime minister from 1''' to 2001 held u >>>


      HAMAS ROCKETS FALL, ISRAEL EYES ESCALATION
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas kept up rocket fire into Israel on Monday in defiance of a ceasefire call by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli threats to escalate military strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Seven rockets struck the town of Sderot in southern Israel but caused no casualties, the military said >>>


      IN PARIS, TWO EUROS BUYS A SPIN ON AN ENCHANTING TIME MACHINE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     PARIS At 7:34 on a soft spring Paris evening, 5–year–old Sonia inspects the carousel at Place du Trocadero the way she might scrutinize the window of a tempting patisserie.

Will she ride the finest horse in the stable? Or climb aboard the shiny Le Petit Prince biplane? Or perhaps lounge inside a pas >>>


      INDIA, U.S. TO HOLD NUCLEAR DEAL TALKS THIS WEEK
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A top U.S. official will visit India this week to make a fresh attempt to break a deadlock over a controversial nuclear energy deal, an Indian foreign ministry official said on Monday.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, the main U.S. negotiator for the deal, will hold talks >>>


      IRAN OFFERS TO HELP GULF STATES WITH ATOM TECHNOLOGY
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran can help its Gulf neighbors develop peaceful nuclear energy, the country‘s foreign minister said on Monday, in comments which might irritate major powers fearing Tehran‘s own atomic work is aimed at building bombs.

Manouchehr Mottaki, whose country has rejected Western >>>


      ISRAELI ARMY CAN BROADEN GROUND ROLE
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Israel‘s army received approval Monday to broaden its ground operations against Gaza Strip militants who have been barraging Israeli border towns with deadly rocket fire, military officials said.

The military, which has been primarily relying on intensified airstrikes in the past >>>


      JAPAN MINISTER REPORTEDLY HANGS HIMSELF
      Washington Post, 28-05-2007
     TOKYO –– Japan‘s agricultural minister died Monday after reportedly hanging himself just hours before he was to face questioning in parliament in a political scandal, officials said.

Toshikatsu Matsuoka, 62, was found unconscious in his apartment and rushed to a hospital, where he was declared >>>



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