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      53 INJURED AS ATHENS TRAINS CRASH HEAD–ON
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     Bad communication cited in accident THANASSIS STAVRAKIS/AP Railway workers assess the damage from two trains that crashed head–on in Sepolia, western Athens, yesterday. Officials said that, fortunately, the trains were traveling at low speeds as they were in a residential area when the collision took place. More t >>>


      A SPECIALIST...
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     Thanassis Stavrakis/AP A Culture Ministry specialist is pictured restoring an ancient statue at the old Acropolis Museum yesterday. Some 300 sculptures are being prepared for relocation to the new museum at the foot of the Acropolis. Cranes are to relay the works to the new building.
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      ARCHBISHOP TO HAVE TRANSPLANT
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     Archbishop Christodoulos will travel to the USA next month to undergo an urgent liver transplant so his cancer does not spread, his doctors said yesterday.

Greek–American surgeon Andreas Tzakis announced the decision at a press conference after consultation with the doctors that have been treating the hea >>>


      DIMITRAKIS CLAIMS TO BE A NOVICE
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     Alleged bank robber Yiannis Dimitrakis told a court yesterday that the bloody raid on a bank in central Athens in which he took part last year was a «social robbery» and a strike against «the extortionate banking system.» Dimitrakis insisted that he shot only once, into the air, during the robber >>>


      FIRE THREATENS HOMES ON SKIATHOS
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     A fire that broke out on the island of Skiathos yesterday morning ravaged forestland and forced the evacuation of three villages and two hotels before it was contained late last night as strong winds waned.

A few homes were damaged by the blaze, believed to have started near a garbage dumpster, but there were n >>>


      GREECE NAMES NEW TOP JUDGE
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     The changing of the guard at the top of the Greek judiciary led to Vassilis Nikopoulos being named the new Supreme Court president yesterday as the government also approved the appointments of six court vice presidents.

The promotions were rubber–stamped by ministers at a meeting yesterday. Nikopoulos wil >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     Hydrofoil blaze Passengers unharmed after vessel en route to Aegina catches fire A hydrofoil full of passengers caught fire yesterday as it was shuttling between the islands of Aegina and Agistri in the Saronic Gulf near Athens, but no one was hurt authorities said. The vessel was carrying 7' passengers when one of >>>


      STRIKE SHUTS DOWN THE ACROPOLIS FOR SIX DAYS
      Kathimerin, 13-07-2007
     A strike by archaeological site guards will shut down the Acropolis, the country’s most visited monument, for six days, their union said yesterday.

The ancient citadel, which contains architectural marvels such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike, will remain closed tomorrow and Sunday and then again >>>


      A RHINO, UNE FĘTE HORS LES MURS POUR VEILLÉE D‘ARMES
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Les squatters et leurs sympathisants ont bloqué la circulation mais organisé une manifestation bon enfant Photo: Daniel Winteregg GENEVE. Quelque 500 personnes se sont réunies jeudi pour soutenir les occupants de l‘emblématique squat. Elles s‘en sont prises aux autorités.

Cy >>>


      ATTENTION, REGARDS EN CONSTRUCTION
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     RENCONTRES D‘ARLES. Le vénérable festival de photographie invite cet été les sc';nes actuelles de l‘Inde et du quartier Dashanzi ŕ Pékin. L‘occasion d‘interroger les intentions des artistes et les a priori de ceux qui découvrent leurs images.

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      AU NIGER, LA RÉBELLION TOUAREG SE BAT POUR UN PARTAGE DES BÉNÉFICES DE L‘URANIUM
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Des combattants du MNJ Photo: keystone AFRIQUE. Pauvres parmi les plus pauvres, les populations sahéliennes estiment ętre exploitées par les sociétés mini';res.

Yves Petignat Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Treize soldats tués et trente blessés lors d‘un assaut contre u >>>


      CARTES CUMULUS COLLECTOR
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     COMMERCE. Mike Jagger et ses Pierres qui roulent le font pour la Migros. Alain Croubalian Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 On savait que les Rolling Stones roulaient depuis des années dans toutes les directions, mais on découvrira le 11 ao$';t au stade de la Pontaise ŕ Lausanne qu‘ils roulent aussi p >>>


      CES VIGNERONS QUI FONT LA RÉPUTATION DE LA SUISSE Ŕ L‘ÉTRANGER (5/6). UN PINOT NOIR DES GRISONS Ŕ EL BULLI
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Vins dégustés Saveurs du français. Braquasse, tout pour la puissance ZOOMS Le Temps I Article Un Pinot noir des Grisons ŕ El Bulli Martha et Daniel Gantenbein Photo: Eddy Mottaz A Fläsch (GR), Daniel et Martha Gantenbein se sont lancés dans le vin en autodidactes. Leur Pinot noir est devenu >>>


      CETTE AFRIQUE QUI RELČVE LA TĘTE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Dans une école primaire. L´éducation comme levier pour sortir de l´assistanat Photo: Keystone • Croissance solide, fierté affirmée: le continent noir enregistre aussi des succ';s porteurs d‘espoirs. Zoom sur le Burkina Faso, ŕ l‘heure oů la Suisse repense son a >>>


      CRITIQUE. QUAND LE DIABLE SE RÉVOLTE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
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      CRITIQUES. TORI AMOS DÉCLINE LA FEMME AMÉRICAINE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Critiques. Alain Crouballian Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Dans la grande salle Stravinski ŕ Montreux, la foule se presse pour apercevoir Tori Amos. Ce mercredi soir, elle apparaît dans un halo mirifique, drapée dans une sculpturale robe greige et perchée sur des talons vertigineux de cuir verni blanc. Bl >>>


      CRITIQUES. WILCO, UN ROCK JOUISSIF
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Critiques. Alain Croubalian Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Les premiers accords sonnent sourd dans la grande salle Stravinski. Les si';ges vides des premiers rangs donnent ŕ ce début de soirée de mercredi un air de fin de partie, malgré le ballet incessant des caméras de télévision e >>>


      GAZPROM EXPLOITERA LE CHAMP DE CHTOKMAN AVEC TOTAL
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     ENERGIE. La confirmation du partenariat sur un gisement géant dans l‘Arctique est une victoire pour le pétrolier français.

Benjamin Quénelle, Moscou Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 C‘est confirmé. Et c‘est une victoire pour Total (FP.PA). Le groupe pétrolier françai >>>


      GEORGE BUSH: «JE CROIS QUE NOUS POUVONS RÉUSSIR EN IRAK»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     ETATS–UNIS. Le président a réaffirmé sa confiance en Nouri al–Maliki, le premier ministre irakien. Publication d‘un rapport d‘étape.

Le Temps Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Les progr';s en Irak sont «insatisfaisants» pour pr';s de la moitié >>>


      ISMAĎL HANIYEH: «L‘AVEUGLEMENT» DES EUROPÉENS EST «DÉCEVANT»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     GAZA. Extraits d‘un entretien avec l‘ex–premier ministre palestinien. Michel Bôle–Richard, Le Monde Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 – Qu‘est–ce qui empęche la libération du caporal israélien Gilad Shalit, enlevé le 25 juin 2006?

Ismaďl Haniyeh: No >>>


      JEAN–BAPTISTE COMPAORÉ: «6% DE CROISSANCE DEPUIS DIX ANS»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     «Aidez–nous ŕ devenir autonomes», lance Jean–Baptiste Compaoré, ministre de l‘Economie, aux pays occidentaux.

Pierre Chambonnet Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Le Temps: Quelle est la dépendance du Burkina Faso vis–ŕ–vis de l‘aide internationale?
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      JUSTE AU CORPS. MICHEL ZENDALI
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Journaliste et présentateur ŕ la TSR. Albertine Bourget Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Le Temps: Quand avez–vous fait du sport pour la derni';re fois?

Michel Zendali: Hier soir, sur mon vélo d‘appartement. Je me suis cassé la jambe et je dois renforcer mes muscles.

– T >>>


      L‘AUTRE TOUR. FATIGUE ET DISPUTE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     L‘Autre Tour. Guillaume Prébois Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 J‘ai dormi cinq petites heures dans la nuit de mercredi ŕ jeudi. A 2 heures du matin, j‘étais encore dans la chambre de Fabio, mon compagnon de route.

Nous avons eu une violente discussion, et notre Tour a bien failli se t >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. LA PRINCESSE DES RUES DE PARIS
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     L‘histoire. Benjamin Luis Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Il était une fois une princesse. Mais celle–ci n‘avait pas de château.

Son royaume: un trottoir. Ses appartements: un couloir entre un fast–food et un bâtiment en rénovation. Une princesse SDF. Dans son quartier de la >>>


      L‘INTÉGRATION DES IMMIGRÉS DEVIENT UNE PRIORITÉ EN ALLEMAGNE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     IMMIGRATION. La langue, la formation et le droit de séjour: Angela Merkel a présenté son plan.

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      L‘INVITÉ. OPA SUR CONVERIUM: ANGOISSE ET AMERTUME
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     L‘invité. Dominique Freymond, Administrateur indépendant et consultant en gouvernance d‘entreprise. Dominique Freymond@mas–ltd.ch Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Coups de théâtre et retournements de situation ont jalonné l‘offre publique d‘achat inamicale de Converium (CHR >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE. SGS SE DISTINGUE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article SGS se distingue La Bourse suisse.

Anker Bank Private Banking Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Jeudi, le marché suisse a enregistré une performance inférieure ŕ celle de ses homologues européens. Il n‘a pas pleinement profité de l‘ouverture >>>


      LA GRANDE ET LA PETITE HISTOIRE DU CONSEIL FÉDÉRAL (5/24). CELUI QUI OUBLIA NEUTRALITÉ ET COLLÉGIALITÉ
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Arthur Hoffmann Photo: Keystone Arthur Hoffmann (1857–1'27) chercha ŕ obtenir l‘adhésion de la Russie ŕ une paix séparée avec l‘Allemagne.

Valérie de Graffenried Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Du conseiller fédéral Arthur Hoffmann (PRD/SG), on retiendra su >>>


      LA MÉTÉO, C‘EST AUSSI DANS LA TĘTE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     L‘histoire. La princesse des rues de Paris La natation en déclin ŕ l‘école Cartes Cumulus Collector Juste au corps. Michel Zendali Quoi de neuf. Ca ętre sehr bon alcool SOCIETE Le Temps I Article La météo, c‘est aussi dans la tęte La météo a été l& >>>


      LA NATATION EN DÉCLIN Ŕ L‘ÉCOLE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     PETITION. Apprendre ŕ nager pourrait devenir obligatoire. Valérie Fromont Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Les enfants savent–ils de moins en moins bien nager? C‘est en tout cas l‘hypoth';se émise par la Société suisse de sauvetage (SSS), qui lance d';s aujourd‘hu >>>


      LA RÉPRESSION IRANIENNE S‘INTENSIFIE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Un café de la capitale. Pr';s de 150 000 femmes ont été interpellées ŕ cause de leur foulard, jugé trop léger Photo: Keystone IRAN. Depuis trois mois, le régime de Téhéran, sous pression internationale ŕ cause de son programme nucléaire, durcit le ton & >>>


      LE BRÉSIL FAIT DE L‘OMC UNE MACHINE DE GUERRE COMMERCIALE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     AGRICULTURE. Le géant sud–américain attaque les Etats–Unis sur les aides. Ram Etwareea Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Pour la forme, le Brésil croit toujours dans un succ';s du Cycle de Doha, dont l‘un des objectifs est de libéraliser le commerce des produits agricoles.

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      LE GROUPE TENTACULAIRE RIO TINTO SE POSE EN CHEVALIER BLANC D‘ALCAN
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     PORTRAIT. En misant sur une tr';s grande diversité ŕ la fois géographique et sectorielle, le géant anglo–australien est l‘une des trois plus grandes sociétés mini';res du monde. Il vient contrecarrer les vues d‘Alcoa sur le spécialiste canadien de l&ls >>>


      LE MONDE EST STONE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Sly Stone Photo: Keystone Sly Stone. Précurseur brillant de la soul contemporaine, il surgit apr';s une absence de vingt ans. Conversation exclusive avec un revenant qui ignore encore s‘il faut s‘en réjouir. Concert montreusien, ce soir.

Arnaud Robert Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Le pr >>>


      LE PASTEUR QUI FOUETTAIT SA FEMME DE MÉNAGE CONDAMNÉ
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     GENEVE. L‘ancien homme d‘Eglise ne contestera pas l‘ordonnance qui le reconnaît coupable d‘abus de détresse.

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      LES AFFAIRES CRIMINELLES QUI ONT SECOUÉ LA SUISSE (5/10). CYRIL BELSHAW, COUPABLE SI PLAUSIBLE...
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     ECLAIRAGES Le Temps I Article Cyril Belshaw, coupable si plausible...

A droite, Cyril Belshaw, et ses défenseurs, apr';s 13 mois de prison préventive Photo: Keystone De mémoire de chroniqueur judiciaire, le proc';s du professeur d‘anthropologie canadien accusé du meurtr >>>


      LISBONNE VIENT DISCUTER AVEC LE PATRON DE LA CONSTRUCTION SUISSE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Rep';re. Inéluctables, les hausses de prix Le Brésil fait de l‘OMC une machine de guerre commerciale «J‘ai décroché un gros contrat en Chine, mais chut! je suis Suisse...» L‘invité. OPA sur Converium: angoisse et amertume Le groupe tentaculaire Rio Tinto se >>>


      PAR LES SENTIERS ÉPICÉS DE POUSSIN
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     EXPOSITION. Les couleurs éclatent et les bestioles jacassent le long des sentiers que Gérald Poussin nous invite ŕ arpenter, du sud de l‘Inde ŕ Carouge.

Ariel Herbez Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Gérald Poussin marche, marche inlassablement pour chercher l‘inspiration, que ce soi >>>


      PASCAL BROULIS: «IL EST POSSIBLE DE FAIRE MIEUX POUR DÉFENDRE LES INTÉRĘTS DU CANTON DE VAUD»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Questions ŕ Pascal Broulis. Yelmarc Roulet Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Le radical Pascal Broulis cumule sa qualité de chef du Département des finances et la nouvelle présidence fixe du gouvernement cantonal, une nouveauté ŕ l‘échelle suisse. Questions sur les relations extérieu >>>


      PIERRE BOILLAT: «C‘EST COMME SI LES JURASSIENS AVAIENT OUBLIÉ LES BONNES RAISONS DE CRÉER UN CANTON»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     JURA. Le canton est–il devenu un pays de «Neinsager»? Président de Jura Tourisme, l‘ex–ministre Pierre Boillat s‘en inqui';te.

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      QUAND L‘AFRIQUE SE TIENT DEBOUT
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Pierre Chambonnet Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Des feux épars dans la brousse. Lorsqu‘on survole le Burkina Faso, on aperçoit ŕ des kilom';tres des lumi';res de Ouagadougou, la capitale, une multitude de points incandescents dans la nuit: la lumi';re de foyers isolés. Autant >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. CA ĘTRE SEHR BON ALCOOL
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Quoi de neuf. Benjamin Luis Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Sur l‘étiquette, visiblement rajoutée ŕ la va–vite par l‘importateur alémanique, on lit, textuellement: «Déchire–moi et Prendre–moi». Effectivement.

Suisse ętre terre de contrastes. Car m >>>


      REPČRE. INÉLUCTABLES, LES HAUSSES DE PRIX
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Rep';re. Ram Etwareea Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Le suif. Cette graisse d‘animal herbivore est tout d‘un coup d‘actualité.

Elément indispensable dans la fabrication de la plupart des savons, il a vu son prix doubler en une année, passant de 15 ŕ 35 dollars le kilo.
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      ROGER BÜHLER: «A L‘ÉTRANGER, IMPLENIA DEVRAIT CHERCHER DES PARTENAIRES»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     CONSTRUCTION. Selon Roger Bühler, chef des investissements de Laxey, la voie solitaire est risquée.

Daniel Eskenazi, Zurich Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Les relations sont tendues entre Implenia et le fonds Laxey, détenteur de 30% du leader suisse de la construction. Principale raison de la discorde: >>>


      SARKOZY REJETTE UN POUVOIR PRÉSIDENTIEL AFFAIBLI
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     FRANCE. Le chef de l‘Etat nomme un comité chargé de réformer rapidement les institutions.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Rien ne freine la boulimie de réformes de Nicolas Sarkozy. Alors que ses premi';res mesures économiques sont discutées au parlement >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. BRAQUASSE, TOUT POUR LA PUISSANCE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Le Tour de France aborde aujourd‘hui les plaines de la Bresse. Selon Jean–Michel Monin, champion olympique cité sur le site internet d‘Amaury, «cette étape marquera la derni';re occasion pour les spécialistes >>>


      SIX MORTS Ŕ LA JUNGFRAU: POURQUOI SONT–ILS PARTIS DANS D‘AUSSI MAUVAISES CONDITIONS?
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     La coulée de neige qui a emporté les militaires, entre la Jungfrau et le Rottalhorn Photo: Keystone BERNE. Les militaires ont été emportés alors qu‘ils faisaient un exercice sur le versant sud du massif, ŕ 3800 m';tres d‘altitude. Les risques étaient pourtant é >>>


      SOLEIL NOIR SUR LA FORMATION ASTANA
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Alexandre Vinokourov a fait une mauvaise chute ŕ 25 km de l´arrivée Photo: Keystone TOUR DE FRANCE. Alexandre Vinokourov et Andreas Klöden, tous deux victimes d‘une chute, ont peut–ętre déjŕ tout perdu.

Simon Meier, Autun Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Foire d‘empo >>>


      TRAGÉDIE DE LA JUNGFRAU: LES GRAVES QUESTIONS POSÉES Ŕ L‘ARMÉE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     ALPINISME. Six militaires, cinq recrues et un sergent, ont été emportés par une avalanche.

Le Temps Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Ils étaient partis vers 5h hier matin. A 10h, ŕ 3800 m';tres, c‘est le drame: une corniche de neige fraîche se détache et emporte deux cor >>>


      UNE AIDE MIEUX PENSÉE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Micheline Calmy–Rey en réunion ŕ Dakar. Valérie de Graffenried Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Comment aider plus efficacement l‘Afrique? Cette question est au centre de la Conférence régionale des ambassadeurs de Suisse en Afrique subsaharienne, au męme titre que la gestion des crises >>>


      UNE FIRME AMÉRICAINE JUGÉE POUR L‘ASSASSINAT DE SYNDICALISTES
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     ETATS–UNIS. La société mini';re Drummond est accusée d‘avoir payé des tueurs pour éliminer trois syndicalistes en Colombie en 2001.

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      UNE INITIATIVE RÉCLAME SIX SEMAINES DE VACANCES AU NOM DE LA PRODUCTIVITÉ ACCRUE
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     CONGES. Travail.Suisse réclame une hausse de deux semaines du minimum légal de vacances. Le syndicat estime que les salaires ne sont pas adaptés aux efforts consentis. Et que ces efforts se répercutent sur la santé des travailleurs.

Ron Hochuli, Berne Vendredi 13 juillet 2007 Travail.Su >>>


      «J‘AI DÉCROCHÉ UN GROS CONTRAT EN CHINE, MAIS CHUT! JE SUIS SUISSE...»
      Le Temps, 13-07-2007
     Le chiffre du jour. 300 Christoph Franz: «Un vol direct sur Shanghai» L‘invité. OPA sur Converium: angoisse et amertume Le groupe tentaculaire Rio Tinto se pose en chevalier blanc d‘Alcan Gazprom exploitera le champ de Chtokman avec Total ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article «J&lsquo >>>


      CARRIER CORP. LANDS MULTIMILLION–DOLLAR CONTRACT
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 13 July 2007 — With 2.5 million pilgrims expected during the Haj season and 7.5 million visitors for Umrah, which includes two million pilgrims during Ramadan alone, the Kingdom’s air–conditioning industry has received a big boost.

Carrier Corp., a business unit of United T >>>


      DUBAI CREATES GULF’S LARGEST BANK IN $11.3BN DEAL
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 13 July 2007 — A merger between National Bank of Dubai (NBD) and Emirates Bank International (EBI) has created the GCC’s largest bank, now known as Emirates National Bank of Dubai, which has an estimated combined capitalization of 41.3 billion dirhams ($11.3 billion).

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      ENERGY SECURITY REQUIRES NEW SET OF DIMENSIONS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Syed Rashid Husain DAMMAM, 13 July 2007 — The word is out, neither for the first nor the last time, oil was the casus belli for the war on Iraq. What Brendan Nelson, the Australian defense minister, said last week about the oil connection to the «coalition of the willing» in the adventure to Baghdad is by no >>>


      STRICTLY BUSINESS: LINGO
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Arab News The National Company for Sales and Marketing (LINGO) has concluded an exclusive agreement for marketing KTV Middle East products that falls within the company’s plans for expansion in the Saudi market. This coincides with the increased demand for electronic equipment, particularly LCD TVs. Alahleya Co. Executi >>>


      VIPS TO BE CHAUFFEURED IN STYLE AT KAIA
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH , 13 July 2007 — VIPs arriving at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport will henceforth be transported in luxurious cars. This follows an agreement that followed the delivery to the airport authorities of 20 Cadillac DTS from Aljomaih Automotive Company (AAC), General Motors’ pre >>>


      MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT AYESHA’S AGE WHEN SHE MARRIED PROPHET
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. At what age was Ayesha when she married the Prophet? (Name and address withheld) A. The report commonly known among Muslims is that Lady Ayesha was nine years of age when she married the Prophet (peace be upon him). This report is highly suspect. It is questioned on several counts. I have writt >>>


      PERFECTION OF CREATION
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Such is He who knows all that is beyond the reach of human perception, and all that can be witnessed, the Almighty, the Most Merciful, who makes most excellent everything that He creates. He begins the creation of man out of clay; then He causes his pr >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 134: WEARING PERFUME WHEN GOING OUT
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) was known to love good smells. He sums up what he loved of material things in this present world, saying: «Of all that is available in this present life, I am made to love perfume and women, but the thing that gives me best gratification is prayer.» (Rel >>>


      CHANNEL FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS LAUNCHED
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 July 2007 — A specialized satellite channel for people with special needs will be launched in Riyadh in the first week of September, according to Abdul Rahman Al–Fallaj, media consultant for the new channel.

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      FINGERPRINTING NETS 32 ILLEGALS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 13 July 2007 — The newly–introduced fingerprinting system at the expatriate administration in the Passport Department in Makkah helped detect 32 cases of the illegal return of deported overstayers recently, according to an official of the administration. Lt. Col. Shoayl Al–Matr >>>


      FODDER MARKET TURNING INTO A LOOSE CANNON
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja & Muhammad Al–Juaid , Arab News An overstayer relaxes in his makeshift joint. (AN photos) MAKKAH, 13 July 2007 — No one knows what is happening behind the scenes at Makkah’s animal fodder market. One thing, however, for sure is the fact that the market is totally controlled by overstaye >>>


      INITIAL LEGAL FEES PAID FOR FILING SRI LANKAN MAID APPEAL
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 July 2007 — As the July 16 deadline to file an appeal in the case of Rizana Nafeek, the 1'– year–old Sri Lankan maid accused of strangling a four–month–old Saudi boy, draws near, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has come forward and deposited an in >>>


      JEDDAH FESTIVAL OPENS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Fireworks usher in Jeddah’s Summer Festival at Lacosta beach. (AN photo by Salman Marzouki)

JEDDAH, 13 July 2007 — Hundreds of thousands of Saudis, expatriates and foreign tourists thronged the Corniche last night to witness the launch of the Jeddah tourism festival, one of the maj >>>


      WAMY HOLDS CULTURAL, MUSICAL PROGRAMS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Dr. Mohammed Badahdah, sixth from left, with the Canadian delegation. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 13 July 2007 — The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) recently organized a variety of Islamic recreational programs as part of the Jeddah Summer Festival. The programs were held at the Jedda >>>


      WHY DO GIRLS CHOOSE TO LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES?
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja & Zain Al–Alawi, Arab News MAKKAH, 13 July 2007 — Why do some girls choose to leave their families and start a new life away from their parents and siblings?

The reasons vary. Some leave because of family problems, others run away after having sexual relationships with men, and >>>


      ‘HOSPITAL TRAIN’ PROJECT TO HELP MILLIONS OF POOR
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy & Agencies NEW DELHI, 13 July 2007 — A hospital–on–rails that will travel through India’s vast rural hinterland was launched here yesterday by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, promising to bring free up–to–date medical and even surgical treatment for millions who have littl >>>


      AL–QAEDA SUSPECT HELD IN PUNE
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 13 July 2007 — A 22–year–old Kashmiri man from Doda district, thought to be an Al–Qaeda member, was arrested by police late Wednesday night in the Pimpri district of Pune and taken to an undisclosed destination.

According to police sources, the arrested man >>>


      ANGRY BAHRAIN DEMANDS IRAN EXPLAIN CLAIM TO ISLAND
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Reuters MANAMA, 13 July 2007 — Claims by the editor of a hard–line Iranian newspaper that Bahrain is part of Iran and should be returned have provoked uproar in the Gulf island state which is seeking an explanation from Tehran.

Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of conservative Iranian daily Kayhan, said in an >>>


      HAKIM URGES SUNNIS TO STAY IN POLITICAL PROCESS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 13 July 2007 — The leader of Iraq’s largest Shiite political party said he will stand by Prime Minister Nuri Al–Maliki and urged Sunnis not to abandon the political process, promising serious efforts to solve any problem angering them. Abdul–Aziz Al–Hakim’s written comments were recei >>>


      HAMAS INFLICTS FIRST ISRAELI COMBAT DEATH THIS YEAR
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Agencies GAZA CITY, 13 July 2007 — Israel lost its first soldier in combat in nine months yesterday in a confrontation with Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip, where the Islamist group seized control over rival Palestinian factions a month ago.

In the clash, which fell on the anniversary of the start of Israel’s >>>


      IRAQ, AFGHAN WARS COSTING US GOVT $12BN A MONTH
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 13 July 2007 — The United States has spent well over half a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to independent congressional analysts who say the boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month >>>


      ISRAEL, LEBANON DRAW AMNESTY FIRE
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i & Agencies RAMALLAH/LONDON, 13 July 2007 — A year after the July war on Lebanon, Amnesty International censured the absence of steps, in both Israel and Lebanon and by the international community, to prosecute those «responsible for war crimes and other grave violations» committed during t >>>


      LIFE BAN SET FOR AMNESTY SEEKERS WITH RECORDS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 13 July 2007 — Amnesty seekers with criminal records will be given a life ban from entering the country, a senior immigration official said.

«If an absconder/illegal resident is found to have a criminal record, then there is a chance to get a life ban stamped on their passp >>>


      MUSHARRAF WARNS TERRORISTS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 13 July 2007 — Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf yesterday regretted the loss of lives in the battle against extremists in the capital’s Red Mosque and the adjoining Madrasa Hafsa, but warned that such revolts anywhere in the country will be crushed.

The president was >>>


      PHILIPPINES, MILF PROBE BEHEADINGS IN BASILAN
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 13 July 2007 — While vowing retribution against rebels behind Tuesday’s ambush and beheading of Marines in the southern island of Basilan, the government yesterday said the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) must be preserved.

The military and MILF >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBINGS LEAVE EIGHT DEAD IN PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, 13 July 2007 — A suicide car bomber killed five people including three police officers in northwest Pakistan yesterday, while three government workers died in another suicide attack near the Afghan border, officials said.

While there was no immediate claim of resp >>>


      US CAN STILL WIN THE WAR IN IRAQ, BUSH INSISTS
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 13 July 2007 — President George W. Bush said yesterday that Americans can still win the war in Iraq, despite a bleak picture of progress in the war–wracked nation painted by a White House report.

Speaking after the release of a congressionally mandated report on Ira >>>


      WOLFOWITZ LANDS NEW JOB IN NEOCON THINK TANK
      Arab News, 13-07-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 13 July 2007 — Days after his departure from the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz has joined the American Enterprise Institute, AEI, as a visiting scholar, the neo–conservative Washington–based think tank announced recently.

The AEI said Wolfowitz will focus on deve >>>


      ‘KILLER‘ WASPS MENACE STATE DEPARTMENT
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     WASHINGTON –– As if the insurgency in Iraq and the fight against terrorism wasn‘t enough, U.S. diplomats are now struggling with a new threat: menacing "killer" wasps that have infested areas around the State Department‘s headquarters.

Large numbers of the fearsome looking inse >>>


      126 PEOPLE ILL AFTER CHICAGO FOOD FEST
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     CHICAGO –– More than 120 people who ate from the same booth at the Taste of Chicago food festival last week became ill, at least nine of them with salmonella poisoning and 10 who were hospitalized, the health department said Thursday.

The Chicago Department of Health was investigating the cases and >>>


      14 NAMED IN PRISON ARYAN WARRIOR CASE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     LAS VEGAS –– A federal indictment unsealed Thursday alleges that 14 members of a white supremacist gang directed beatings and stabbings inside and outside Nevada state prisons and sold drugs from behind bars.

The indictment accuses the gang of extorting money from inmate families and stealing and us >>>


      3RD TEEN ARRESTED IN FLA. GANG RAPE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– A third teenager was arrested Thursday in the gang rape and assault of a mother and her 12–year–old son in a housing project, police said.

Fingerprints in the woman‘s house linked 15–year–old Jakaris Sansay Taylor to the June 18 attack, West Pal >>>


      BECKHAMS ARRIVE IN LOS ANGELES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Soccer great David Beckham and his wife, "Posh Spice" Victoria, arrived with their three children to begin their new life in Los Angeles, greeted by the familiar sight of reporters and photographers.

Authorities set up barricades at Los Angeles International Airport as if th >>>


      BOMB SQUADS ARE LEFT LACKING
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     B01 Many local bomb squads in the Washington area are under–equipped to respond to the kind of simultaneous attacks being attempted by terrorists around the world, most recently in London, officials say.

None of the eight local and state bomb squads in the region is top–rated under the classificatio >>>


      BROWNBACK QUIETLY COURTING CONSERVATIVES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback is counting on his conservative credentials and a Midwest bond to lift his candidacy in Iowa.

The Kansas senator is making some inroads. Although far behind in the polls and fundraising, Brownback has stuck to a well–honed strat >>>


      CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BREAKS EVEN
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     CHICAGO –– The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said Thursday that it balanced its budget for the 2006–2007 season, a difficult feat for an arts organization and a first for the symphony since 2003.

A leading official said the symphony broke even on its $57.6 million operating budget, but said the o >>>


      EX–MARINE TACKLES SUSPECTED BANK ROBBER
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     DECATUR, Ga. –– A former Marine, already irritated about the disappearance of $100 from his bank account, tackled a suspected robber who came into the bank wielding a fire extinguisher and demanding cash.

Timothy Armstead was waiting at the Washington Mutual Bank branch on Tuesday to discuss the mis >>>


      FARM WORKERS TO GET NEARLY $1.' MILLION
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     YAKIMA, Wash. –– A judge has ordered one of the nation‘s largest labor contractors and two growers in central Washington‘s Yakima Valley to pay more than 600 farm workers nearly $1.' million in damages for federal labor law violations.

The workers are entitled to about $2,000 to $4,5 >>>


      FEDERAL DEFICIT DOWN, JUNE POSTS SURPLUS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The federal deficit is running sharply lower through the first nine months of this budget year as the growth in revenues continues to outpace spending growth.

The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the government ran a surplus of $27.5 billion in June, up sharply from the $20.5 >>>


      GRAND JURY INDICTS EX–MAYOR OF NEWARK
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     NEWARK, July 12 –– A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted former Newark mayor Sharpe James on corruption charges involving land sales and the extravagant use of city–issued credit cards for himself and several women.

The 33–count indictment charges James with fraud for allegedly facil >>>


      GRAND JURY INDICTS FORMER NEWARK MAYOR
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     AM NEWARK, N.J. –– The probe into former Newark Mayor Sharpe James began with a tip from a concerned citizen to the FBI three years ago, while James was still running New Jersey‘s largest city.

Code named "Cornered Lot," the investigation, conducted by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney&lsqu >>>


      GUN SHOPS UNDER CLOSER SCRUTINY
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     NEW YORK –– When criminals need guns, they have plenty of options in a country with nearly 100,000 licensed gun stores. But drug dealers and other crooks don‘t shop just anywhere. They have their favorites.

In Compton, Calif., gangsters preferred Boulevard Sales & Service, a shop police sa >>>


      JILTED LOVER ORDERED TO PAY $52,000
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     ELKTON, Md. –– A jilted lover who wrote a book of lies about his former girlfriend, then distributed it to her co–workers and family, owes her $52,000 for defamation, a jury decided.

Charles W. Azain, 56, said he was despondent over his 2004 breakup with Bonnie Gifford. He wrote a 54–pag >>>


      MAN ACCUSED OF BOMB PLOTS TAKES STAND
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     SCRANTON, Pa. –– A man accused of trying to help a supposed al–Qaida operative blow up U.S. oil pipelines and refineries testified Thursday he was trying to entrap terrorists.

Michael C. Reynolds, 4', of Wilkes–Barre, said he laid out an extremely detailed plan so he could seem more >>>


      MISTRIAL IN RAPE CASE WITH BANNED WORDS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     LINCOLN, Neb. –– Before a jury was even seated, a judge declared a mistrial in a sex–assault case where he had barred the words "rape" and "victim." Judge Jeffre Cheuvront of Lancaster County District Court said protests and other publicity surrounding the rape case against Pamir Sa >>>


      MOURNERS REMEMBER LADY BIRD JOHNSON
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     AUSTIN, Texas –– Three days of proceedings marking the death of Lady Bird Johnson will incorporate some of the great loves of her long life: the memory of her husband, the couple‘s Hill Country Ranch, and Texas wildflowers.

The first formal ceremony for the widow of President Lyndon Baines Joh >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 13-07-2007
     DEA Expands Probe of Dead Wrestler‘s Doctor ATLANTA –– Federal agents have expanded their investigation of professional wrestler Chris Benoit‘s personal physician to include former patients and other patients of his who have died, and they seized records dated as far back as 2002, two years earli >>>



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