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      ‘GLOBAL DUBAI TEA FORUM’ SET
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 10 June 2007 — The Dubai Tea Trading Center (DTTC), an initiative of Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), said yesterday that the Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008 will be held from February 1'–20, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency, Dubai.

This biennial two–day forum, following the success >>>


      ABYAAR POSTS AED62M NET PROFITS IN Q1
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 10 June 2007 — Abyaar Real Estate Development, Kuwait–based real estate developer in the region, has reported operational net profits of more than AED 62 million for the first quarter of 2007, while the return on capital reached 14 percent for the same period.

Total company assets stand a >>>


      ALJ, GRAMEEN IN PARTNERSHIP TO COMBAT WIDENING POVERTY
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 June 2007 — Modeled after the social business enterprise concept developed by 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Muhammed Yunus, Abdul Latif Jameel Group (ALJ) and Grameen Foundation on Friday announced the formation of Grameen–Jameel Pan–Arab Microfinance Limited, a joint ven >>>


      HYPER PANDA INAUGURATES FIRST YANBU BRANCH
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News YANBU, 10 June 2007 — The first Hyper Panda opened at Danah Mall here over the weekend, with Yousuf Al–Hujaily, acting director general of the Royal Commission for Yanbu, presiding over the formal ceremony.

Dr. Mohamed Amin Kashgari, executive president of the Savola Group’s retail sector, said: >>>


      KINGDOM TOP EXPORTER TO ABU DHABI IN FIRST QUARTER
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 10 June 2007 — Saudi Arabia was the top exporter to Abu Dhabi during the January–March period with trade value estimated at AED2.3 billion.

Germany and US came second and third with total trade value at AED1.8 billion and AED1.7 billion, respectively.

Mohammed >>>


      MOBILY UNVEILS ONLINE BILL PAYMENT SERVICE
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) yesterday announced the addition of online payment via credit card through its secure website.

Visa and MasterCard credit cardholders can now pay their bills through Mobily’s ePortal customer care facility, bringing the number of payment channels to five >>>


      SAMSUNG LAUNCHES NEW LCD, FLAT PANEL TV
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — United Matbouli Group (UMG), sole dealer for Samsung Electronics in the Kingdom, launched Samsung’s new generation Samsung LCD and flat panel TVs in a ceremony that included an exciting laser show in a spectacular ceremony here yesterday. The theme of the ceremony >>>


      SAUDI ARAMCO TO GLITZ UP 75TH ANNIVERSARY
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — Saudi Aramco is planning a series of celebrations to generate enthusiasm and excitement among its employees and friends worldwide to mark its 75th Anniversary in 2008.

Preliminary plans include staging a number of high–profile, world–class events >>>


      SAUDIS TOP GULF INVESTORS IN DUBAI FINANCIAL MARKET
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News DUBAI, 10 June 2007 — Saudi Arabia topped the list of Gulf investors in Dubai financial market over the past five months with an estimated AED11.8 billion of the AED16 billion total investments, Arabic business daily Al–Eqtisadiah reported yesterday, quoting Dubai financial market sources. Kuwait, Qatar >>>


      PATIENTS SEEKING FREE TREATMENT
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. As a doctor working in an army hospital, I am often requested by relatives and poor people for free treatment, which could involve admission to hospital for examination, treatment and even operations. I request my specialist colleagues to see them and they do so freely, although this is against >>>


      PUTTING UNNECESSARY RESTRICTIONS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. When I graduated, my parents arranged my engagement but we told the family of my fiancée that this will be a long engagement, taking up to four years until I have finished my higher studies. I met the girl a few times, and we talk on the phone regularly. However, I was in doubt about the >>>


      STOPPING WORK WHEN PRAYER IS CALLED
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Is it obligatory to stop work, or whatever we are doing, when the athan is called, until it is finished, and to repeat the phrases when they are said?

M.M. Khan A. What is recommended, but not obligatory, is to repeat the phrases which constitute the athan when they are called. Thus, w >>>


      THE LURE OF COMFORTABLE LIVING
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Do you not see that the ships sail the sea by God’s blessing, so that He might show you some of His signs? In this there are clear signs indeed for all who are truly patient in adversity and deeply grateful to God.

When the waves >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 128: OVERFLOWING BLESSINGS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Whenever the Prophet (peace be upon him) was with a group of people, they were sure to have something good coming their way as a result of being with him. This may be material, such as having some food or drink, or something different, such as learning something useful or a prayer that was certain >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 12': WHEN THE PROPHET PRAYED FOR PEOPLE
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were always keen that he should pray for them. They realized that his prayers were always answered in the best way they could hope for. They were happy with every good word he said to them or about them. The Prophet was always ready with a good wor >>>


      TREATMENT OF BIRDS IN POULTRY FARMS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. As a teacher I have been asked by students about certain practices in poultry farms. The birds are caged and not allowed to move freely in order to maximize the production of eggs. Is this permissible in Islam? Moreover, the male birds are removed and destroyed after a day or two of being hatch >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 23: IMPORTANT ROLE OF MOSQUES
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah The mosque is the most important institution in Islamic society. It is the center of worship, education as well as social and political activity.

It is also the place where public meetings take place, and it serves as a sports arena when necessary. Therefore, during the lifet >>>


      &#8216;KANDARA WOLF&#8217; ONFESSES TO RAPING SEVEN–YEAR–OLD GIRL
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
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Kandara Wolf Confesses to Raping Seven–Year–Old Girl Ali Al–Amri, Arab News

JEDDAH, 10 June 2007 Police in Jeddah have arrested and charged a man, dubbed the Kandara Wolf, who kidnapped two seven–year–old girls on separate occasions and >>>


      30 INMATES SITTING EXAMS IN YANBU JAIL
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Mohammed Al–Homaid, Arab News YANBU, 10 June 2007 — More than 30 prisoners in Yanbu joined students across the Kingdom yesterday to sit their school and college exams in prison.

According to prison officials, inmates are given the opportunity to complete their education in prison as part of a rehabilitati >>>


      CAMPAIGN AGAINST STREET VENDORS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News TAIF, 10 June 2007 — Police in this highland southwestern Saudi city have initiated a campaign to crack down on street vendors at traffic lights, Al–Watan newspaper reported yesterday. The authorities have started the campaign after receiving a high volume of complaints about people selling trinkets and >>>


      DRUG DEALER ARRESTED AT CHECKPOINT
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Muhammad Al–Homaid, Arab News Police display to reporters packs of hashish that they discovered in the trunk of a car during routine inspection at a checkpoint on the Madinah–Yanbu highway. (AN photo)

YANBU, 10 June 2007 — Police recently arrested a drug smuggler, who was in possession of seven kilo >>>


      GLOBAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR ARAB WOMEN
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 June 2007 — Women professionals in the travel industry in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been offered access to a development program which would develop their skills and further their careers. The program, composed of 20 scholarships for the U21Global Executive Diploma of Business Ad >>>


      HAIFAA TIES THE KNOT IN FULL GLARE OF PUBLICITY
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Arab News Movie director Haifaa Al–Mansour married American Bradley Neimann in Dhahran recently. (AN photo)

RIYADH, 10 June 2007 When celebrities get married they often employ extreme measures to keep the paparazzi and the eyes of the world out of their personal celebration. When Brad Pitt and Jennifer An >>>


      REAL ESTATE FUND LOAN DISTRIBUTION
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Abdul Aziz Abdul Wahid, Arab News JOUF, 10 June 2007 — Ruman Al–Qasim, manager of the Al–Jouf branch of the Real Estate Development Fund, said his office is ready to distribute loans to the sixth batch of applicants. This latest disbursement is estimated at SR3' million for 164 applicants from Sakaka, Qu >>>


      RIYADH GOVERNORATE CONFIRMS PROBING COMPLAINT AGAINST COMMISSION
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — The governorate of Riyadh confirmed yesterday to Arab News that it is investigating a complaint filed by a Saudi citizen against the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice for alleged harassment and detention of his two sons. The father claims members o >>>


      SAUDI–INDONESIA PANEL TO DISCUSS COOPERATION
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — Saudi Arabia and Indonesia will hold the first meeting of their joint parliamentary panel here today. The Saudi–Indo Inter–parliamentary Friendship Committee, which was constituted recently by the Shoura Council and the Indonesian Parliament, will discu >>>


      SAUDI–INDONESIAN PANEL MEETS TODAY
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — The Saudi–Indonesian Inter–Parliamentary Friendship Committee, which was constituted recently, will discuss here in their first meeting today how to promote parliamentary cooperation and boost political and commercial ties, according to Yubil Septian, a >>>


      SAUDI GOVT ANSWERS PLEA TO REPATRIATE STRANDED FILIPINOS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Charles Tabbu & Ronald Concha, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 June 2007 — After quite a long wait, hundreds of distressed Filipino workers and overstayers, who have flocked to the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah to seek help in going home, are now closer to getting repatriated.

In yet another favorable response to an >>>


      SECURITY GUARDS FACE ENORMOUS CHALLENGES
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 10 June 2007 — Being insulted and belittled is part and parcel of the job of security guards, who are tasked with carrying out one of the most difficult jobs in the Kingdom.

Walk into any bank, government office and shopping mall and security guards tend to be helpful >>>


      SRI LANKAN WOMAN FINDS HERSELF DUPED
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 10 June 2007 — Lured by the promise of a better life for herself and her family, a Sri Lankan woman came to the Kingdom to find herself trapped and obliged to work in inhuman conditions for only half the salary specified in her contract.

«I was hired to work here as >>>


      TERROR OPERATIVES ARE TOOLS IN HANDS OF OTHERS: NAIF
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 10 June 2007 — The 11 terrorist financiers and plotters who were arrested by Saudi authorities last week were more dangerous than those who had carried out terrorist attacks in the Kingdom, Interior Minister Prince Naif stated yesterday.

«These arrested persons have p >>>


      ‘US MISSILE SHIELD COULD WORSEN IRAN STANDOFF’
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Agencies MOSCOW, 10 June 2007 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that United States missile defense plans could worsen the Iranian nuclear standoff and urged Washington to freeze work on the issue with the Czech Republic and Poland.

Lavrov said that the United States should take time to stu >>>


      5 LEBANESE SOLDIERS DIE IN CLASHES
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Nicolas Tohme, Agence France Presse NAHR Al–BARED, Lebanon, 10 June 2007 — Five Lebanese soldiers were killed yesterday in new clashes with militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp, as mediators announced a setback in efforts to broker a peaceful end to the 21–day siege.

«Five of our s >>>


      ARMY FIGHTS KILLER DISEASES
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, 10 June 2007 — The Indian Army and Navy have deployed medical teams in the southern state of Kerala after over 50 people died there of vector–borne diseases last week.

According to official estimates, nearly half a million people have been affected by >>>


      BAGHDAD PROTESTS BOMBING OF KURDS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Assaad Abboud, Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 10 June 2007 — Iraq lodged an official complaint with Turkey yesterday claiming it had bombarded Iraq’s northern Kurdish region and warning that the attack against Kurdish rebels could destabilize the region. «The Foreign Ministry delivered a letter to the charge d’affa >>>


      EU ASKS DHAKA TO HOLD POLLS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Imran Rahman & Reuters DHAKA, 10 June 2007 — The European Union troika delegation said here that elections in the country should be held at the earliest and a congenial atmosphere should be created for a free and fair poll.

«Bangladesh’s army–backed government should hold elections as soon as po >>>


      JOSE PADILLA JURY HEARS HIS VOICE IN WIRETAPS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News Alleged Al–Qaeda operative Jose Padilla is seen in this April 16, 2007 courtroom drawing during the first day of jury selection at the trial of him and two other men, who are charged in a terrorism conspiracy. (AP)

WASHINGTON, 10 June 2007 — Jurors in the terrorism support and >>>


      MUSHARRAF PULLS BACK MEDIA CURBS
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Agencies ISLAMABAD, 10 June 2007 — Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf yesterday reversed a much–criticized decision to place curbs on television networks after they agreed to draft a code of conduct to ensure respect for the army and judiciary.

Unhappy with media coverage of his decision in March to su >>>


      PAKISTAN HIKES DEFENSE SPENDING
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 10 June 2007 — Pakistan yesterday unveiled its budget for the coming year, with a big jump in its annual spending plans, hiking civil service pay and funds for education as well as military spending in an election year for both President Pervez Musharraf and his government.

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      PALESTINIANS MOUNT DARING RAID
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Israeli troops take positions during a gunbattle with fighters of Islamic Jihad at the Kissufim crossing, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, on Saturday. (AP)

GAZA CITY, 10 June 2007 — In a daring raid, Palestinian gunmen broke through Israel’s heavily fortified Gaza bor >>>


      PHILIPPINE MILITARY OFFICIALS SIT DOWN WITH MILF LEADERS TO FORTIFY TRUCE
      Arab News, 10-06-2007
     Al Jacinto & Agencies ZAMBOANGA CITY, 10 June 2007 — Muslim guerrilla leaders and military field commanders in the southern Philippines swapped not gunfire but ideas in a welcome development unimaginable a few years ago.

«It is happening,» said Malaysian Lt. General Ismael Khan, chief of the Mal >>>


      ALBANIA HOPES FOR KOSOVO REASSURANCE FROM BUSH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TIRANA (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush on Sunday visits Albania which hopes to receive reassuring words on backing for its NATO membership bid and the future independence of breakaway Kosovo.

The capital Tirana was festooned with U.S. flags, welcome banners and huge posters of a smiling Bush.
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      ALBANIA LOOKS FOR KOSOVO REASSURANCE FROM BUSH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TIRANA (Reuters) – President George W. Bush arrived in Albania on Sunday, the first visit by a U.S. leader to the Balkan state which has prepared the kind of welcome he could only dream of in many countries.

On the penultimate stop in his eight–day European tour there will be none of the protests th >>>


      ARSON DAMAGES AMISH SCHOOL IN PA.
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     BROWNSTOWN, Pa. –– One or more people broke into a one–room Amish schoolhouse in the middle of the night and set a fire that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the fire at the Pleasant Valley School in West Earl Township shortly after 3 a.m. S >>>


      BEEF RECALL EXPANDED MILLIONS OF POUNDS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– A meat supplier has greatly expanded a ground beef recall, which now includes about 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen meat that may be contaminated with E. coli.

David Goldman, acting administrator of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, announced on Saturday that the rec >>>


      DETROIT HOSPITAL CLOSING PART OF PATTERN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     DETROIT –– Her legs crippled by diabetes, Mary Lewis is grateful it‘s a short distance between her doctor‘s office at Riverview Hospital and the adjacent apartment tower where she lives.

It will become a painful struggle next year when the hospital closes and physicians‘ offices ar >>>


      FIGHT OVER VACCINE–AUTISM LINK HITS COURT
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Shankar VedantamWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 10, 2007; A06 For more than a decade, families across the country have been warring with the medical establishment over their claims that routine childhood vaccines are responsible for the nation‘s apparent epidemic of autism. In an extraordinary proceedi >>>


      FOR RESIDENTS OF ARIZONA BORDER TOWN, TOWERS ARE UNWELCOME EYES IN THE SKY
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     ARIVACA, Ariz. –– The document arrived at the library one sleepy Saturday morning, without warning and without explanation. The librarian recalled that the messenger simply said: "This is sensitive." It turned out to be much more than that to this quirky desert community of 2,500 residents, who lea >>>


      FOR YEARS, U.S. HAS RENEWED AMNESTY FOR 312,000
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 10, 2007; A07 Every 18 months, Jeremias Villalobos dutifully pays about $300 in fees, fills out several U.S. government forms and buys himself another year and a half of peace.

Since 1''8, when the Riverdale truck driver applied for the "t >>>


      GINGRICH‘S IDEAS BENEFIT CONTRIBUTORS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Potential GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has promoted public policy positions that closely track the financial interests of companies that underwrite a think tank he founded.

The Center for Health Transformation is part of an elaborate consulting and communications empire Gin >>>


      HUNT FOR INMATE ACCUSED IN LETTERMAN JOB
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     BUTTE, Mont. –– Authorities on Saturday combed an area near the Montana State Prison for two inmates, including one once accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman‘s son, who escaped while working at the prison‘s ranch.

Kelly A. Frank, 45, and convicted burglar William J. Willcutt, 22 >>>


      ILLINOIS BOY DISCOVERS BLUE–EYED CICADA
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. –– It was a one–in–a–million find. Literally. Most of the 17–year cicadas that have emerged in recent weeks in parts of the Midwest have red eyes. But a 6–year–old boy in this Chicago suburb found a rare blue–eyed one in his backyard Friday.
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      IT‘S THE YEAR OF THE FLIP–FLOP IN U.S. POLITICS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In what has become the year of the flip–flop, U.S. presidential candidates have been accusing each other of switching positions on policy issues as often as they change their clothes.

Campaign researchers are leaving no stone unturned in their search for information on rival c >>>


      LIEBERMAN: U.S. SHOULD WEIGH IRAN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Sunday the United States should consider a military strike against Iran because of Tehran‘s involvement in Iraq.

"I think we‘ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in >>>


      MUSCLE CREAM BLAMED FOR DEATH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     NEW YORK –– A medical examiner blamed a 17–year–old track star‘s death on the use of too much muscle cream, the kind used to soothe aching legs after exercise.

Arielle Newman, a cross–country runner at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died after her body absorbed high lev >>>


      NEW LABOR STRIKES DEALS WITH ‘PRIVATE EQUITY GUYS‘
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     10, 2007; A01 The Steelworkers union has an investment banker working down the hall from its president. A Service Employees International Union organizer is becoming an expert on leveraged buyouts. The Machinists are loading up their research department with MBAs.

The embattled labor movement is learning to thi >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     PM –– Friedrich Adolph MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) _ Friedrich Adolph, the last surviving sailor in Uruguay from the famed German battleship Admiral Graf Spee, died Friday, his family said. He was 8'.

Adolph had been "very sick," according to his grandson, Tobias Friedrich Adolph.

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      PLANE LANDS NOSE DOWN ON FLA. BEACH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. –– A small airplane carrying two people made an emergency landing on the beach Saturday and landed nose down in the sand, police said. No one was injured.

The single–engine plane was returning to a Jacksonville area airfield when it lost power around 5 p.m., Police Sgt >>>


      POWELL GIVES OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY ADVICE
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has sought out former Secretary of State Colin Powell for advice on foreign policy matters.

While Powell served in the administrations of two Republican presidents, he said Sunday it was too early in the 2008 race to say whether he would b >>>


      PROTESTING FOR PEACE WITH A VIVID HUE AND CRY
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Libby CopelandWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 10, 2007; D01 Medea Benjamin, one of the founders of the women‘s peace group Code Pink, wears pink every single day, and sleeps in it, too.

Her shoulder bag, her wallet and her cellphone are all pink. When she visits Washington from San Francisco t >>>


      SHUTTLE HEADS TOWARD SPACE STATION
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     HOUSTON –– Space shuttle Atlantis sped Sunday toward a rendezvous with the international space station _ the first of 2007 _ with a peeled–back corner of a thermal blanket being the biggest concern tracked by engineers on the ground.

Engineers weren‘t sure if stitching on the blanket cam >>>


      SHUTTLE HEADS TOWARD SPACE STATION RENDEZVOUS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – The space shuttle Atlantis winged toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station on Sunday, lugging the heaviest payload ever for the orbital outpost and troubled only by a small tear in a heat–protecting thermal blanket.

Atlantis was scheduled to link up with the stati >>>


      SNOW: BUSH STANDING FIRM BEHIND GONZALES
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The White House on Sunday dismissed Senate plans to hold a no–confidence vote on the attorney general and said the outcome will not undermine President Bush‘s resolve to keep Alberto Gonzales at the Justice Department.

"Not a bit. Purely symbolic vote," presidenti >>>


      SOLDIERS STRUGGLE TO FIND THERAPISTS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Soldiers returning from war are finding it more difficult to get mental health treatment because military insurance is cutting payments to therapists, on top of already low reimbursement rates and a tangle of red tape.

Wait lists now extend for months to see a military doctor and it ca >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     –– A cold front that crept across the East was expected to push into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, causing diminishing showers throughout New England and dry conditions in the Mid–Atlantic.

The tail end of the front was to remain over the Southeast, allowing scattered showers and thunderstorms >>>


      TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR U.S. NUCLEAR DEAL: INDIA PM
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India‘s prime minister has warned that tough negotiations lie ahead if New Delhi is to seal a landmark nuclear energy pact with the United States, preferably before September, newspaper reports said on Sunday.

The deal, agreed in principle in 2005, would allow sales of U.S. nuc >>>


      VIETNAM RELEASES JAILED ACTIVIST BEFORE U.S. VISIT
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has released a political activist one week before President Nguyen Minh Triet visits the United States as Washington applies diplomatic pressure on Hanoi over jailed dissidents.

The official Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday that Triet granted amnesty to Nguyen Vu Binh, 3 >>>


      WIS. SHOOTING LEAVES 6 DEAD, 1 INJURED
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     DELAVAN, WIS. –– A shooting left six people dead and one injured, the Delavan police chief said Sunday.

Police responding to a report of shots fired found six people dead Saturday night inside a house in this southern Wisconsin city, Chief Tim O‘Neill said.

A child who had been shot i >>>


      ‘2008‘ IN TRYOUTS: THE SONGS NEED WORK
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     "A good play starts with a world at peace," Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth says as we sit in his cramped office above 16th and Q streets NW. It is late on a Thursday evening and Roth, for once, is not speaking about a stage production for the renowned artistic arm of the D.C. Jewish Community Center, whi >>>


      CONSERVATIVES WORRY ABOUT COURT VACANCIES
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     June 10, 2007; A04 A White House failure to move quickly to fill judicial openings around the country is fueling concern among conservative allies that President Bush may miss an opportunity to use his final months in office to continue putting his stamp on the federal judiciary.

Bush enjoyed great success in i >>>


      DEMOCRATS, NRA REACH DEAL ON BACKGROUND–CHECK BILL
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     Senior Democrats have reached agreement with the National Rifle Association on what could be the first federal gun–control legislation since 1''4, a measure to significantly strengthen the national system that checks the backgrounds of gun buyers.

The sensitive talks began in April, days after a m >>>


      GIULIANI‘S TIES TO BLACK NEW YORK TROUBLED
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 10, 2007; A05 NEW YORK –– Once the cultural capital of black America, Harlem had reached the bottom of decades of decline by the late 1'80s, with streets full of abandoned houses, virtually an open–air crack cocaine market and thousands of >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: MEET THE PRESS (NBC, WRC), 8 a.m. (early time due to French Open coverage): former secretary of state Colin Powell.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D–Ill.) and White House press secretary Tony Snow.

THIS WE >>>


      50,000 YEARS OF RESILIENCE MAY NOT SAVE TRIBE
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Stephanie McCrummenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, June 10, 2007; A01 YAEDA VALLEY, Tanzania –– One of the last remaining tribes of hunter–gatherers on the planet is on the verge of vanishing into the modern world.

The transition has been long underway, but members of the dwindling H >>>


      A STRUGGLE FOR YOUNG PALESTINIAN MINDS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     12:00 PM KUFR NAMEH, West Bank –– Palestinian children spend more of their school day studying Islam. Critical jobs in public education are filled by Islamic stalwarts. A once–banned social studies reader, crammed with hard–line rhetoric, is now in classrooms.

During a year in power, the >>>


      ALBANIANS WARMLY GREET PRESIDENT BUSH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TIRANA, Albania –– President Bush, leaving behind thousands of anti–Bush protesters in Rome, got a hero‘s welcome here Sunday as he became the first American president to visit this tiny impoverished nation.

The hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21–gu >>>


      ATTACKERS STONE ROMANIA GAY RIGHTS MARCH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     BUCHAREST, Romania –– Police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at the annual gay rights parade in the Romanian capital Saturday, officials said.

About 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christ >>>


      AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM LEADER STEPS DOWN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     MELBOURNE, Australia –– Australia‘s top Islamic cleric, who came under fire last year when he likened women without head scarves to "uncovered meat," stepped down Sunday. Muslim leaders appointed a new mufti.

Australia‘s council of Muslim leaders appointed Sheik Fehmi Naji El&n >>>


      BOMBER KILLS 7, WOUNDS 50 IN TIKRIT
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     BAGHDAD –– A suicide truck bomber struck an Iraqi police agency in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least seven people and wounding 50, police said, while overnight clashes between U.S. troops and Shiite militiamen reportedly left at least five people dead and 1' wounded.

The explosion, which >>>


      BUSH IS LOSING CREDIBILITY ON DEMOCRACY, ACTIVISTS SAY
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 10, 2007; A1' President Bush waxed eloquent about democracy in Prague‘s majestic Czernin Palace last week, pledging to the assembled dissidents from 17 countries that the United States "will never excuse your oppressors" and, "We will alway >>>


      BUSH URGES INDEPENDENCE FOR KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TIRANA, Albania –– President Bush, getting a hero‘s welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.

"At some point in time _ sooner rather than later _ you‘ve >>>


      CHINA MAY HALT COAL–TO–OIL PROJECTS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     BEIJING –– China is considering halting efforts to make oil from coal due to concerns about the expense and energy demands, a state news agency on Sunday quoted an official as saying.

China is hoping to ease its rising dependence on imported oil by promoting alternative energy sources such as oil&nd >>>


      DEATH TOLL FROM CYCLONE GONU RISES TO 61
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TEHRAN, Iran –– The death toll from Cyclone Gonu rose to 61 on Saturday _ with dozens of others still missing and feared dead in Oman _ when Iranian state media reported nine new deaths from the storm.

Residents of deep southern Iran reported massive devastation in some small desert villages, with o >>>


      DETENTION THREATENS U.S.–IRAN RELATIONS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran‘s confirmation Sunday that it has detained a fourth Iranian–American _ this one a peace activist from California _ seems certain to further rile relations between the two countries, already tense over Iran‘s nuclear program.

The United States has criticized the >>>


      EXPLOSION IN ISTANBUL STREET INJURES 14
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     ANKARA, Turkey –– A small bomb exploded outside a clothing shop in Istanbul on Sunday, injuring 14 people and shattering nearby windows, police and news reports said, amid heightened tensions over attacks by separatist Kurdish rebels.

The bomb appeared to be a type of explosive that usually makes a >>>


      FLOODING KILLS 14 IN SOUTHERN CHINA
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     BEIJING –– Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 14 people in southern China and forced 20,000 from their homes, a state news agency reported Sunday.

Another four people were missing and 2' injured after the flooding in densely populated Guangdong province, which borde >>>


      HOLLYWOOD STARS FIND AN AUDIENCE FOR SOCIAL CAUSES
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore traipsed purposefully up the Capitol steps last month in a simple black dress, red–soled black pumps and russet mane, not for a film shoot but to lobby for child feeding programs in Africa as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. World Food Program.

Barrymore, 32, then took h >>>


      IRAN: NEW DOUBTS ON TALKS WITH U.S.
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TEHRAN, Iran –– The Iranian Foreign Ministry cast doubt Sunday on whether a second round of U.S.–Iran talks on the situation in Iraq would take place this month, saying no decision had been taken on a second meeting.

On May 28, U.S. and Iranian diplomats met for four hours in Baghdad to discus >>>


      JAPAN VOTERS WARY OF RULING PARTIES BEFORE ELECTION
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Nearly half of Japanese voters want the ruling coalition to lose its upper house majority in July elections, a Kyodo news agency poll showed on Sunday.

The poll of 1,858 voters found 46.' percent hoped Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior co >>>


      JORDANIAN POLICE CLASH WITH GUNMEN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     AMMAN, Jordan –– Jordanian police exchanged gunfire with a small group of armed men suspected of stealing electricity and water in a town near the Israeli border, the official Petra news agency reported. One of the gunmen was killed and several were arrested.

An Associated Press photographer at the >>>


      KARZAI UNHARMED IN TALIBAN ROCKET ATTACK
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban guerrillas made a failed attempt to kill Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a rocket attack on Sunday, narrowly missing a building where he was giving a speech, Taliban and the government said.

Rockets fell several hundred meters from the government building southwest of Kabul an >>>


      LEBANON CAMP BATTLE ENTERS 4TH WEEK
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     NAHR AL–BARED, Lebanon (Reuters) – Fighting between the Lebanese army and al Qaeda–inspired militants in north Lebanon entered its fourth week on Sunday and three soldiers died from wounds sustained in the conflict.

A military source said the three deaths overnight raised to 55 the army‘ >>>


      MILITARY ENVISIONS LONGER STAY IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 10, 2007; A01 BAGHDAD –– U.S. military officials here are increasingly envisioning a "post–occupation" troop presence in Iraq that neither maintains current levels nor leads to a complete pullout, but aims for a smaller, longer– >>>


      NAPOLEON‘S SWORD SOLD FOR $6.4 MILLION
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     FONTAINEBLEAU, France –– A gold–encrusted sword Napoleon wore into battle in Italy 200 years ago was sold Sunday for more than $6.4 million, an auction house said.

The last of Napoleon‘s swords in private hands, it has an estimated value of far less _ about $1.6 million, according to the >>>


      NEW FRENCH POLITICAL CRY: LIBERTÉ, EGALITÉ, DIVERSITÉ
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     By Molly MooreWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, June 10, 2007; A18 LYON, France –– When Najat Vallaud Belkacem, a Moroccan Muslim immigrant, applied to France‘s most prestigious political science university, she recalled, her high school teachers told her she‘d never be accepted: She wasn&ls >>>


      NOTEBOOK: BUSH NAME MAY HAVE HELPED TEEN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     TIRANA, Albania –– The name "George Bush" could open doors in Albania. Even prison gates. An appeals court showed clemency last week and released a 15–year–old boy who had been charged with stealing scrap metal from a copper factory in the northern town of Lac.

His name? Xhorxh >>>


      POISONED RUSSIAN HAD SOUGHT ENTRY TO U.S., BOOK SAYS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     LONDON –– Before Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian intelligence agent fatally poisoned in London last year, sought asylum in Britain, he first tried to flee to the United States, according to a new book that also offers fresh details of his uneasy life and relationship with the former KGB agent now ac >>>


      POLLS OPEN IN FRENCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     PARIS (Reuters) – Voting began in the first round of France‘s legislative election on Sunday with President Nicolas Sarkozy‘s conservative UMP party expected to strengthen its hold on power.

Sarkozy was elected last month on a platform of reforms and needs to retain comfortable control of parl >>>


      POPE TELLS BUSH OF HIS CONCERN ABOUT SAFETY OF IRAQ‘S CHRISTIANS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     A1' VATICAN CITY, June ' –– President Bush met Saturday for the first time with Pope Benedict XVI, who the Vatican said expressed concern about "the worrying situation in Iraq," especially the deteriorating plight of Christians there.

Speaking later to reporters, Bush said the pont >>>


      REPORT: AFGHAN BATTLE KILLS 20 TALIBAN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– A six–hour battle between police and Taliban left 20 suspected militants and two policemen dead in northwestern Afghanistan, a provincial police chief said Sunday.

The militants attacked three separate police posts Saturday in the Murghab district of Badghis province, sai >>>



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