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      &#8216;PLUNGE WILL NOT SPARK ECONOMIC MELTDOWN&#8217;
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agence France Presse LONDON, 11 August 2007 While world stock markets dived for a second straight day yesterday on fears of a widening economic crisis, analysts downplayed the risk of a full–blown meltdown.

As the European Central Bank intervened again to boost flagging liquidity and European and Asian tr >>>


      BANK MUSCAT TO SELL 15% STAKE TO DUBAI FINANCIAL
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Daliah Merzaban, Reuters Mohammed Al–Gergawi DUBAI, 12 August 2007 Bank Muscat, Omans biggest lender by market value, has agreed to sell a 15 percent stake to Dubai Financial for $61' million, making the Dubai government–owned firm the banks second–biggest shareholder.

Bank Muscat will iss >>>


      BERNARDI PROMOTIONAL BLITZ ATTRACTS THRONGS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 12 August 2007 With six more days to go before it rounds off its summer festival campaign on Aug. 17, Bernardi Department Stores promotional campaign which entitles customers shopping for SR500 or more to gift vouchers worth SR60 each, draws encouraging response.

In an announceme >>>


      BUSINESSLINE
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Arab News STC Cuts 50% Call Charges on Holidays Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 As part of the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) contribution to the expatriates living in the Kingdom, the company is offering special discounts for them on their countries national days. Pakistanis, Indians and Indonesians will >>>


      INDIA&#8217;S FACTORY OUTPUT SLOWS ON STRONG RUPEE
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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Indias Factory Output Slows on Strong Rupee Surojit Gupta, Reuters

NEW DELHI, 12 August 2007 Indias industrial production in June grew at its slowest annual pace in eight months as tighter monetary policy trimmed consumer demand and the rupees rise to nine–yea >>>


      KM PROPERTIES COMPLIES WITH DUBAI&#8217;S NEW LAND LAW
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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KM Properties Complies With Dubais New Land Law K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News

DUBAI, 12 August 2007 KM Properties, a Dubai–based company and the real estate development arm of KM Holding, became the first developer to register for the new Land Departments Law, and >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS SHUN GLOBAL MARKETS SLUMP
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 The Saudi stock market fell only slightly yesterday despite the heavy losses in the global stock markets on Thursday and Friday amid fears of widening economic crisis. The local market was closed on Thursday and Friday for regular holidays.

After rising 2.34 perc >>>


      SETE TO BUILD LARGEST WATER PLANT IN KAEC
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Arab News Dr. Abdulraouf Mannaa, left, managing director, Emaar.E.C and George Antonopoulos, CEO, SETE Energy Saudia for Industrial Projects Ltd, share the Letter of Interest in Jeddah. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 Emaar, The Economic City (Emaar.E.C), a Tadawul–listed company developing King Abdulla >>>


      TURKEY EYES GAS FROM SHAKH DENIZ FIELD
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Orhan Coskun, Reuters ANKARA, 12 August 2007 Turkey wants to buy some of the 21 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from Azerbaijans Shakh Deniz gas field in its second phase of production, Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler told Reuters on Friday.

The gas fields are being exploited for a pipeline that w >>>


      VENEZUELA URGES OPEC TO LEAVE OUTPUT STEADY
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agencies CARACAS, 12 August 2007 Venezuela will urge the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain existing oil production cuts and keep output levels unchanged, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Friday.

"We believe that the oil cuts must be left in place, and we have carried them out >>>


      COMMENTARY: DIVERGENT DESTINIES
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Sayyid Qutub In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Is, then, the one who is a believer to be compared to one who is wicked?

The two are certainly not equal. Those who believe and do righteous deeds will have the gardens of repose for an abode in recompense for what they used to do; whereas th >>>


      GETTING UP FOR WORSHIP
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Only they believe in Our revelations who, whenever they are reminded of them, fall down prostrating themselves in adoration, and extol their Lords limitless glory and praise; and who are never arrogant; who drag themselves out of their beds at night to >>>


      OFFERING FRIDAY PRAYER IN AN ARMY CAMP
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. We are on security duty in an army post, which is around 30 kilometers away from the nearest place where Friday prayer is held. There are about 250 of us, and we are here on more or less permanent basis. We cannot go to Friday prayer at such a distance. Instead we arranged to hold it on camp, bu >>>


      REPORTS SUGGEST AYESHA WAS ABOUT 20 WHEN PROPHET MARRIED HER
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. You have recently stated that Lady Ayesha was about 20 years of age when she married the Prophet (peace be upon him). This is contrary to what we have learned and the common notion that she was only ' at the time of her marriage. Could you please tell me why is it that the other view is so w >>>


      SETTING OUT ON A JOURNEY
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi Traveling is today an easy matter, with people traveling all the time, using a variety of means of transport. We travel by air, sea or land and cover long distances in a short time. Indeed we move across continents in a few hours. Traveling is an essential part of the work of some of us, and they t >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN &#8212; 137 : MEDICAL METHODS AND RELAXATION PROCEDURES
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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The Prophet as a Man 137 : Medical Methods and Relaxation Procedures Edited by Adil Salahi

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used what was available at his time of medical methods and relaxation procedures.

He also observed the standards of propriety that pre >>>


      WAS MAN THE FIRST CREATURE?
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I am a 16–year old student who has been troubled by the need to reconcile what I am taught as Muslim and as a student. Islam says that Adam and Eve were the first creatures on Earth. What about dinosaurs, which lived on Earth long before the first man? Please comment.

(Name and a >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 32: EQUAL APPLICABILITY OF DIVINE RULES
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah During the Prophet’s lifetime men and women met frequently, in all situations. This was accepted as normal. The Prophet did not issue any instructions to prevent such meeting. In fact, he dealt with it as perfectly normal.

He only encouraged people to perform their duty of en >>>


      BORDER GUARD OUTLINES ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE JANUARY
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Abdul Hannan Faisal Tago, Arab News RIAYDH, 12 August 2007 The Saudi Border Patrol has captured 1'8,806 undocumented migrants and 171,461 pieces of ammunition since the beginning of the current Hijra year (Jan. 20) until July 14, officials announced yesterday.

According to Maj. Gen. Hamoud ibn Marzooq Al&nd >>>


      CAMELS SICKENED, NUMEROUS DEATHS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 Thirty camels died and 500 were sickened from an unidentified disease in Wadi Al–Dawasir, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday.

One farmer awoke to find five of his herd dead and about 150 others sickened. Locals believe feedstock may be the culprit. Agriculture aut >>>


      FATHER CHARGED WITH GIRL&#8217;S BRUTAL MURDER
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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Father Charged With Girls Brutal Murder Arab News

JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 A 2'–year–old man has been arrested for burning and beating his seven–year–old daughter to death, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday.

The girl, i >>>


      HAMID ANSARI: A DIPLOMAT WELL–VERSED IN THE ART OF POLITICS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Syed Faisal Ali, Arab News Hamid Ansari JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 Hamid Ansari, a successful diplomat, versatile scholar and acclaimed writer brings with him a wealth of experience to the second highest office in India.

Generous to a fault and gracious to the hilt, Ansari brings to the vice presidency a new statur >>>


      INCREASING INCIDENCE OF OCD &#8216;A CAUSE FOR CONCERN&#8217;
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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Increasing Incidence of OCD a Cause for Concern Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News

JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 Doctors say that there is a high rate of OCD (Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder) in the Kingdom. In fact, many people suffer from OCD without even knowing it, >>>


      JEDDAH FLYOVERS SAFE, EXPERTS SAY AFTER ASSESSMENT
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 The Jeddah Municipality has recently completed a thorough assessment of the existing 28 flyovers and underpasses in the city. According to a municipality official, the aim of the assessment was to determine how safe they are and how long they can be safely used.

A >>>


      KAABA WASHING ON TUESDAY
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Zainy Abbas, Arab News MAKKAH, 12 August 2007 Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal will participate in the washing of the interior of the Kaaba on Tuesday under orders of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Prominent religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries will attend the event. >>>


      LAWYER TAKING CALLER&#8217;S QUESTIONS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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Lawyer Taking Callers Questions Arab News

JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 A call–in radio program on legal advice is being aired at 4 p.m. today. The program, being presented by Waleed Shari, will feature lawyer Ashraf Saraj as the guest. Complaints and queries may be >>>


      NAIF LISTS CRIMES RESULTING IN DETENTION
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 12 August 2007 Interior Minister Prince Naif has issued a list of major crimes for which suspects will be detained, the Saudi Press Agency reported yesterday. The new guidelines, which are based on recommendations by the Commission for Investigation and Public Prosecution, was originally issued on July >>>


      PAK OFFICIAL, WIFE DIE IN CAR CRASH
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 12 August 2007 Pakistans Privatization and Investment Commission Secretary Arif Mansur and his wife, who were visiting the Kingdom for Umrah, died in a fatal road accident on the Makkah–Madinah Expressway on Thursday.

Sources at the Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah told >>>


      SULTAN CITY FIGHTS DIABETES IN MALL
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Walaa Hawari, Arab News RIYADH, 12 August 2007 Prince Sultan ibn Abdul Aziz Humanitarian City ended its summer campaign activities under the logo: "Helping People to Help Themselves". The campaign, hosted by Granada Mall in Riyadh, lasted for two weeks and aimed to educate the public of the dangers of diabetes >>>


      &#8216;EXILED LEADERS SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM POLL&#8217;
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Azhar Masood & Reuters ISLAMABAD, 12 August 2007 President Pervez Musharraf yesterday said he wants the exiled former prime ministers, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, to stay away from the parliamentary elections in the country, sources said.

Elections are due later this year or in early 2008. Speaking at >>>


      ATTACK RAISES FEARS OF FRESH PALESTINIAN INFIGHTING
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Mohammed Mari, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 12 August 2007 Unidentified gunmen tried to assassinate Palestinian police commander Idris Al–Jabari in his West Bank home near Hebron, Palestinian security sources said yesterday.

Seventeen shots were fired at Al–Jabari, who suffered serious injures and >>>


      BOMB KILLS GOVERNOR AND POLICE CHIEF OF IRAQI PROVINCE
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Paul Tait, Reuters BAGHDAD, 12 August 2007 The governor and police chief of Iraqs southern Shiite province of Diwaniya were among six people killed by a roadside bomb yesterday, police said. Diwaniya Gov. Khalil Jalil Hamza and police chief Maj. Gen. Khaled Hassan were returning to the provincial capital of the same nam >>>


      DOZENS HURT IN KASHMIR FIRE OF ARMY AMMUNITION DEPOT
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Mukhtar Ahmad, Arab News SRINAGAR, 12 August 2007 At least two dozen people, including 15 army personnel, were injured yesterday when a huge fire broke out at an ammunition depot of the Indian Army in Kashmir, officials and witnesses said. More than 25,000 residents wereevacuated from different villages around the depot >>>


      DUBAI HERITAGE KIOSKS TO PROMOTE TOURISM
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Shadiah Abdullah, Arab News DUBAI, 12 August 2007 The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed building the last kiosk at Al–Shindaga Heritage Village.

Khaled Al–Zahid, acting CEO of RTAs Marine Agency, said the Heritage Village location was significant in that it was the very heart of heri >>>


      GERMANY READY TO EXPAND DARFUR CONTRIBUTION
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agencies BERLIN, 12 August 2007 Germany is prepared to widen its contribution to peacekeeping efforts in Sudans Darfur region, Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek–Zeul was quoted as saying yesterday. Air transport support currently provided by the German armed forces should "be expanded if necessary,&qu >>>


      ILLEGAL SALE OF WAQF LANDS TO BE PROBED
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 12 August 2007 In a move to end all illegal sale of Waqf lands in Maharashtra, district collectors and divisional commissioners have been ordered by State Revenue Minister Narayan Rane to check and verify all Waqf Board land deals. The review was ordered by the revenue department.>>>


      INTERIM RULE PROPOSED FOR DISPUTED SUDAN OIL REGION
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Reuters KHARTOUM, 12 August 2007 Former south Sudan rebels have proposed a temporary administration and new borders for the disputed oil–rich Abyei region to break a deadlock which threatens to derail a landmark north–south peace deal.

Pagan Amum, secretary–general of the Sudan Peoples Liberat >>>


      IRAN TRYING TO SWAY DEBATE ON IRAQ: US GENERAL
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Reuters BAGHDAD, 12 August 2007 A US general said yesterday Iran had increased supplies of weapons to Shiite militias in Iraq to attack US troops and influence debate in Washington before the presentation of a crucial report on Iraq next month.

Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the day–to–day commander of U >>>


      MANMOHAN DARES LEFT TO WITHDRAW SUPPORT: N–DEAL
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy & Indo–Asian News Service NEW DELHI, 12 August 2007 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dared the left to withdraw support to his United Progressive Alliance government over the India–US nuclear deal, insisting that the deal cannot be renegotiated.

"I told them that it is n >>>


      MOROCCO, POLISARIO TO CONTINUE TALKS ON WESTERN SAHARA
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agence France Presse UNITED NATIONS, 12 August 2007 Morocco and the Polisario independence movement will meet outside New York for a second day of UN–brokered talks on their 32–year–long dispute over Western Sahara.

The two sides began negotiations Friday in Manhasseet, just east of New York C >>>


      MUSHARRAF TO ADDRESS JIRGA
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agence France Presse ISLAMABAD, 12 August 2007 Pakistani helicopter gunships launched new assaults yesterday on Al–Qaeda and Taleban hideouts in the mountainous northwest as President Pervez Musharraf prepared to address a peace summit in Kabul.

Cobra helicopters killed three suspected militants, pounding >>>


      MUSLIM PANEL TO PROMOTE DIALOGUE
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agence France Presse AMMAN, 12 August 2007 Jordan has formed a committee of 100 Muslim scholars to address through dialogue "critical issues" affecting Muslims around the world, a statement said yesterday.

The committee, called "Salam (peace) 100," aims to "enable peaceful debate and di >>>


      NEW AFGHAN BATTLE LEAVES DOZEN DEAD
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agencies KABUL, 12 August 2007 Coalition warplanes were called in to help a military convoy under attack in southern Afghanistan in a daylong battle estimated to have killed a dozen insurgents, the US–led force said yesterday.

About 30 rebels ambushed the reconnaissance patrol from three hilltops as it wa >>>


      POLICE FILE CASE AGAINST TASLIMA, SEEK OK TO BOOK MIM LEADER
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News HYDERABAD, 12 August 2007 The Hyderabad City Police have booked a case against controversial Bangladesh writer Taslima Nasreen for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. The police have also sought the clearance from a court to file a case against Majlis–e–Ittehaadul Muslimee >>>


      REPORT OF ATTACK ON AIRLINER DISMISSED
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agence France Presse SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, 12 August 2007 Aviation officials from Iraqs Kurdish region yesterday dismissed reports that a Swedish airliner had been targeted by a missile as it took off with 130 passengers on board. According to the Swedish TT news agency, the pilots of a Nordic Airways MD–83 jet saw >>>


      RICE TO VISIT ISLAMABAD IN MID–AUGUST
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab  News ISLAMABAD, 12 August 2007 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Pakistan in the middle of this month, an informed source said yesterday.

The schedule of Rices visit has not been revealed due to security reasons but preparations are being made for her trip. The government has >>>


      SAUDI SOB STORIES IN CAIRO STREETS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Arab News CAIRO, 12 August 2007 This summer a popular time for Egyptian beggars to flock to tourist areas to gain the sympathies of visitors, particularly those from Gulf states an abundance of Saudi beggars can be seen in Cairo trying to elicit the sympathies of fellow Gulf travelers to make a quick buck.

Most >>>


      SPECTER OF HUNGER LOOMS OVER FLOOD–HIT INDIA
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Agencies MADHUBANI, India, 12 August 2007 Senior bureaucrat Nibha Thakur ran short of cash as she shopped for vegetables in Indias eastern Bihar state, where severe floods have pushed basic food prices beyond the reach of millions.

"Survival is now a major issue," said Thakur, lugging a bagful of pota >>>


      TALEBAN TO FREE 2 WOMEN
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Amir Shah, Associated Press Taleban negotiator Mullah Qari Bashir, left, speaks to the media as fellow negotiator Mullah Nasrullah looks on in Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, on Saturday. (Reuters)

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, 12 August 2007 A Taleban spokesman said yesterday that the militants would release two sick femal >>>


      THOUSANDS FLEE HOMES IN S. PHILIPPINE ISLAND AS WAR WIDENS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, 12 August 2007 — Thousands of people have fled their homes in the southern Philippine island of Jolo as troops pursued Moro rebels blamed for killing at least 26 soldiers over the past few days, officials said yesterday.

The fighting, which began last Tuesday, >>>


      UDDHAV WARNS AGAINST IMPLEMENTING REPORT ON COMMUNAL RIOTS
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 12 August 2007 The working president of the militant Hindu Shiv Sena party and son of Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray on Friday warned the Congress–led Democratic Front (DF) government in Maharashtra of serious consequences if it decides to implement the Srikrishna Commission rep >>>


      WE&#8217;RE THE SAME FAMILY: SARKOZY
      Arab News, 12-08-2007
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Were the Same Family: Sarkozy Ben Feller, Associated Press

US President George W. Bush welcomes French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his parents vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Saturday. (EPA)

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine, 12 August 2007 US President Georg >>>


      ‘SURVIVABLE SPACE‘ FOUND IN UTAH MINE
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     PM HUNTINGTON, Utah –– A video camera lowered into a mine where six workers have been missing for more than five days shows "survivable space," a federal official said Saturday, but attempts to signal the miners were met by silence.

The void found by a camera lowered into a new hole showed >>>


      ‘SURVIVABLE SPACE‘ FOUND IN UTAH MINE
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     HUNTINGTON, Utah –– With their efforts to drill inside a Utah mountain and find six trapped miners yielding no signs of life, exhausted rescuers pondered alternatives including drilling a hole big enough to accommodate a human–size capsule to lift the men out.

But officials said that could add >>>


      A PUBLIC VIEWING FOR A PIONEER OF CIVIL RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     RICHMOND, Aug. 11 –– Hundreds gathered at Virginia‘s Executive Mansion on Saturday to pay homage to Oliver Hill, the civil rights lawyer at the forefront of the court battle that outlawed America‘s segregated public schools.

Dignitaries, citizens and Hill‘s family members filed int >>>


      ABA WON‘T VOTE TO CLOSE COURT RECORDS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     SAN FRANCISCO –– The American Bar Association has scrapped a proposal that called for closing certain arrest and court records to the public.

The proposal‘s sponsors said ready access to court records has led to employment and housing discrimination against people who were arrested but never c >>>


      ASTRONAUTS INSPECT GOUGE IN SPACE SHUTTLE
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – The space shuttle Endeavour crew unpacked their ship‘s robot arm on Sunday, latched on an extension to double its length and deployed it beneath the spaceship to image heat shield damage that occurred during their launch last week.

NASA believes the damage is minor, but the U.S. >>>


      BACK HOME, MORE FRUSTRATION
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     A06 BRUNSWICK, Maine The woman stood waiting amid the lunch counter clatter at the Grand City Variety Store to confront Olympia J. Snowe.

"We need to get out," Stephanie Slocum told Snowe, one of Congress‘s most conflicted members over the war in Iraq. It was the Maine Republican‘s first w >>>


      BARBECUE, MUSIC AND VOTING MACHINE MISHAPS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     washingtonpost.com Staff WriterSunday, August 12, 2007; A05 AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 –– Republican presidential candidates transformed the campus of Iowa State University into a conservative carnival Saturday, competing for votes by offering free soda and barbecue and a promise of shade for the thousands who brav >>>


      COMPUTER GLITCH CAUSES DELAYS AT LAX
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Weary international passengers were stuck at Los Angeles International Airport for several hours, unable to set foot in the United States after a computer failure prevented customs officials from screening arrivals.

About 6,000 international passengers, both Americans and foreigners, >>>


      ENTERTAINER, BUSINESSMAN GRIFFIN DIES
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Merv Griffin, the big band–era crooner turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion–dollar empire, died Sunday. He was 82.

Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his family t >>>


      FREEWAY SHOOTOUT IN DALLAS KILLS 3
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     DALLAS –– Two police officers responding to what they thought was a wreck on a downtown freeway early Sunday were caught in a shootout that killed three people and wounded a patrolman, authorities said.

Witnesses told investigators they stopped to help a motorist on the side of Interstate 35 when so >>>


      FRENCH LEADER‘S VISIT WITH BUSH SIGNALS WARMING
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     A04 KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine, Aug. 11 –– During Nicolas Sarkozy‘s visit Saturday, there was no fishing trip like the one Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoyed last month. Not even a game of horseshoes, a Bush family tradition on Walker‘s Point.

But for the newly inaugurated French preside >>>


      GROUPS TO FIGHT CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Sandhya SomashekharWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 12, 2007; PW05 Immigrant advocates and civil liberties activists in Loudoun County are developing plans to fight a proposed county crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying that they hope to dispel widely held misconceptions about the issue.

The Boa >>>


      HEBREW CHARTER SCHOOL DRAWS CRITICS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     HOLLYWOOD, Fla. –– A school opening this month is named for a Jewish high priest, is directed by a rabbi, will have kosher food and will teach Hebrew.

It‘s also a public school, funded by public tax dollars and following state curriculum guidelines.

Ben Gamla Charter School, billed as >>>


      HURRICANE FLOSSIE EXPECTED TO WEAKEN
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     HONOLULU –– Hurricane Flossie spun about 875 miles east–southeast of Hawaii on Sunday, but forecasters predicted the Category 4 storm would weaken considerably before passing by the islands.

The hurricane was expected to pass by Hawaii late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but by then cooler waters >>>


      IOWA GOP STRAW POLL RESULTS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     10:30 PM Results of Saturday‘s Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll.

Candidate Votes Percent Mitt Romney 4,516 31.5 Mike Huckabee 2,587 18.1 Sam Brownback 2,1'2 15.3 Tom Tancredo 1,'61 13.7 Ron Paul 1,305 '.1 Tommy Thompson 1,03' 7.3 Fred Thompson 203 1.4 Rudy Giuliani 183 1.3 Duncan Hunter 17 >>>


      LONG DELAYS FOR SOME LA AIRPORT PLANES
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– About 6,000 international passengers were stranded for as long as six hours Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport because a computer failure prevented them from passing through customs, authorities said.

The passengers were stranded in four airport terminals and in 24 planes s >>>


      NASA TO LOOK CLOSER AT TROUBLING GOUGE
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     HOUSTON –– NASA wants to get a closer look at a troubling gouge on the heat shield that protects space shuttle Endeavour‘s belly to determine if astronauts need to repair the 3–inch wound.

The space agency planned to spend several hours Sunday doing a detailed inspection of the 3 1/2&nda >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     Mayor Calls for End To Newark Killings NEWARK –– The mayor of New Jersey‘s largest city pounded a lectern and yelled, "Enough is enough!" at the funeral Saturday for one of the three friends killed by shots to the head in a schoolyard.

Mayor Cory A. Booker was applauded at Metropolit >>>


      POLICE: MAN ATTACKS GRANNIES WITH HAMMER
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     WILKES–BARRE, Pa. –– A 41–year–old man stormed a beauty salon and bludgeoned four grandmothers with a hammer, fracturing one‘s skull, before making off with less than $'0, police said.

Thomas Leyshon III, of Mountain Top, was arrested after a daylong manhunt Friday.
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      RACE IS ON TO DETECT DARK MATTER
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– In deep underground laboratories around the globe, a high–tech race is on to spot dark matter, the invisible cosmic glue that‘s believed to keep galaxies from spinning apart.

Whoever discovers the nature of dark matter would solve one of modern science‘s greatest mys >>>


      ROMNEY‘S IOWA POLL VICTORY A "BIG START"
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney on Sunday called his victory in the Republican Iowa straw poll a "big start" toward winning his party‘s presidential nomination and said the no–show by his main national rivals only enhanced the win.

But two others rivals who finished second and thi >>>


      ROMNEY WINS IOWA‘S GOP POLL
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Dan Balz and Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, August 12, 2007; A01 AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 –– With a convincing victory in the Republican straw poll here Saturday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney vaulted himself into the next phase of a presidential nomination battle pitting his >>>


      ROMNEY WINS IOWA STRAW POLL AS EXPECTED
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     AMES, Iowa –– Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high–profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday, claiming nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival.

Romney had been expected to win the test because he spent millions of dollars and month >>>


      ROMNEY WINS IOWA STRAW POLL AS EXPECTED
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     AMES, Iowa –– Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won an easy and expected victory in a high–profile Iowa Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday, claiming nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival.

Romney had been expected to win the test because he spent millions of dollars and month >>>


      SPACE SHUTTLE DAMAGE APPEARS MINOR: NASA
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – A small gouge in space shuttle Endeavour‘s heat shield appears to be a minor problem and is unlikely to require repair, NASA said on Saturday after studying the three–inch gash on the ship‘s belly.

The shuttle crew will use remote sensors on Endeavour‘s robot ar >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – AUG. 12
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2007. There are 141 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Aug. 12, 1'44, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed with his co–pilot when their explosives–laden Navy pla >>>


      US DECLARES LEBANESE GROUP TERRORISTS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration has blacklisted as a "foreign terrorist organization" a Lebanese Islamist group blamed for major fighting at a refugee camp, the Associated Press has learned.

The State Department is expected to announce the designation against al–Qaida–ins >>>


      WHO‘S ON THE LINE? THESE DAYS, IT COULD BE EVERYONE
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     In the blink of an eye, you could miss it –– that scene in "The Bourne Supremacy" when Jason Bourne delivers a lightning–quick beat–down to a U.S. consulate official in Naples, then grabs the man‘s PDA, manipulates its micro–motherboard, and drives off listening to the man o >>>


      A SERIES OF FORTUNATE EVENTS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     years. He needed serious luck. By Liza MundySunday, August 12, 2007; W10 In the summer of 2002, a little–known Illinois state legislator named Barack Obama thought he saw the political opening he‘d been looking for. It was a long shot, a flier –– a race for the U.S. Senate against a sitting Repub >>>


      THE ART OF THE CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Anne E. KornblutSunday, August 12, 2007; B01 President Bush came to office after the so–called "Seinfeld" election – the mindless campaign of 2000, a race filled with chatter but fundamentally about nothing, like the hit television show.

Now that Bush‘s second term is winding down >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) and his wife, Ann.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sen. Sam Brownback (R–Kan.) and Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D–Ohio).

NEWSMAKERS (C–SPAN), 10 >>>


      2 ARRESTED OVER JOURNALISTS‘ KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     AM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Two suspects were arrested Sunday in the deaths of two prominent Somali journalists who were killed within hours of each other, authorities said.

Mayor Mohamed Dheere announced the arrests but did not identify the suspects. "These men are in the hands of police forces,& >>>


      2 SOMALI RADIO JOURNALISTS SLAIN
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Stephanie McCrummenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 12,
2007; A14 NAIROBI, Aug. 11 –– Two prominent Somali radio journalists were killed in Mogadishu on Saturday, the first by gunmen in the morning and the second, the radio station‘s co–owner, in an explosion hours later as he >>>


      30 KILLED IN NORTHEAST VIOLENCE IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     GAUHATI, India –– Suspected rebels killed four Hindi–speaking migrant workers before dawn Sunday and three more bodies were found from an earlier killing in India‘s insurgency–wracked northeast, police said, bringing the death toll from a week of violence to 30.

"About six mil >>>


      5 AMERICAN SOLDIERS KILLED NEAR BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military said Sunday that five American soldiers were killed south of Baghdad, including four in a single roadside bombing.

The four soldiers were killed and four others were wounded Saturday by a blast that struck during combat operations, the military said.

Another sol >>>


      ACTIVISTS SAY SUDAN DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN WORKING
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The campaign to persuade U.S. companies and investors to halt the flow of dollars to war–torn Sudan through China and other countries is making significant progress, activists say.

U.S. sanctions on Sudan, where conflict in the Darfur region has been branded "genocide&quo >>>


      AFGHAN GOV‘T: NO MEDIA AT HOSTAGE TALKS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan officials banned journalists Sunday from operating near the site where talks on the fate of 21 South Korean hostages are being held, one day after two Taliban leaders held a news conference there.

Marajudin Pathan, the governor of Ghazni province where the hostages were >>>


      AU: AFRICANS CAN MAKE UP DARFUR FORCE
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     KHARTOUM, Sudan –– The African Union chairman said Sunday that outside troops would not be needed for the new Darfur peacekeeping force in Sudan because African governments had committed enough soldiers.

The Sudanese government is adamantly opposed to non–Africans playing any major role in the >>>


      BLAST INJURES 12 SOLDIERS IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Twelve soldiers were injured, three of them seriously, on Sunday when Kurdish guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb in southeast Turkey, military officials said.

They said militants from the Kurdistan Workers‘ Party (PKK) planted the bomb on a country road in the Eruh d >>>


      BLAST INJURES U.S.–ALLIED SUNNI CLERIC
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Megan GreenwellWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 12, 2007; A14 BAGHDAD, Aug. 11 –– A Sunni cleric who had joined with U.S. forces to fight the insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq was seriously wounded Saturday in a bomb blast at his Baghdad home, a dramatic act of retribution for his role in a >>>


      FIRE AT ARMS DEPOT IN INDIAN KASHMIR
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     SRINAGAR, Kashmir –– A fire that broke out at the Indian army‘s largest arms depot in Kashmir killed two firefighters and wounded at least 35 people, officials said Sunday as the blaze continued to rage.

Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. A.K. Mathur said two military firefighters died of their wo >>>


      FIVE U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED SOUTH OF BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Five U.S. soldiers were killed, including four in a single explosion, during combat operations south of Baghdad on Saturday, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

Four other soldiers were wounded in the explosion but no other details of the incident were immediately available.

In >>>


      GITMO‘S ‘PROFESSOR‘ LINKED TO TERRORISM
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –– After more than five years, the Pentagon revealed why it is holding a Saudi nicknamed "the Professor" at Guantanamo Bay, saying he once lived with a Sept. 11 conspirator and received a stipend from Osama bin Laden.

Shaker Aamer‘s lawyer denies the allegations >>>


      HOW THE FIGHT FOR VAST NEW SPYING POWERS WAS WON
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     12, 2007; A01 For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down. "This is the issue," said the plain–spoken retired vice admiral and Vietnam veteran, "that >>>


      HOW THE NORIEGA DRAMA UNFOLDED
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     PM –– Manuel Noriega was a career soldier who rose through the ranks as a CIA operative and protege of Omar Torrijos, known as "the benevolent dictator" for his work in favor of Panama‘s poor.

After Torrijos was killed in a plane crash in 1'81, Noriega seized the military, became >>>


      ILLEGAL GUATEMALAN FOSTER HOME RAID FINDS 46 BABIES
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     ANTIGUA, Guatemala (Reuters) – Guatemalan police found 46 children, some just 3 days old, in an illegal foster home in the tourist city of Antigua on Saturday, the latest scandal for the country‘s corruption–riddled adoption system.

Carlos Azurdia, an official from the country‘s adoption >>>


      IN IRAQ & ELSEWHERE, BOMB–SNIFFING DOGS SOLDIER ON
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Jeff DonnAssociated PressSunday, August 12, 2007; D02 SAN ANTONIO –– When he came to, the Marine‘s arm hung lamely. It was broken by ball bearings hurled so hard from a suicide bomb that they embedded themselves in his gun as well as his body. Yet Brendan Poelaert‘s thoughts quickly turned to >>>


      KAZAKH NEWSPAPER SUPPLANTED
      Washington Post, 12-08-2007
     By Anton TroianovskiSpecial to The Washington PostSunday, August 12, 2007; A16 MOSCOW –– A popular Kazakhstan newspaper owned by the former son–in–law of President Nursultan Nazarbayev was forced to close last week, its editors said, and was replaced with a new, similarly styled weekly run by a m >>>



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