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      A HELICOPTER CARRYING WATER...
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     HARRY VAN VERSENDAAL/KATHIMERINI A helicopter carrying water flies through a thick cloud of smoke in Melissia, northern Athens, yesterday on its way to help in the effort to put out a wildfire that broke out on Mount Pendeli around 10.30 a.m. Helicopters continued to drop water on the fire last night as authorities trie >>>


      ATM THEFT TECHNIQUE ADVANCES
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     A spate of thefts from ATMs in Crete continued on Wednesday with the latest involving more advanced techniques in which the assailants smashed open the cash dispenser and took the money directly rather than towing away the whole machine.

Police said that five armed men smashed open an ATEbank ATM machine in Kro >>>


      CYPRUS NOD STIRS OPTIMISM
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish–Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have agreed to meet with the aim of relaunching stalled peace talks on the divided island, their offices revealed yesterday.

Talat wrote to Papadopoulos on Tuesday accepting the Cypriot president‘s invitation to meet. O >>>


      ELECTION CALLED FOR SEPTEMBER 16
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     Government confirms PM will ask president to dissolve Parliament today to start short campaign Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is due to meet with President Karolos Papoulias at 1 p.m. today to ask him to dissolve Parliament so Greece can hold a general election on Sunday, September 16.

Following weeks of spec >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     Illegal immigrants Authorities detain 14' on Aegean islands of Lesvos and Symi Authorities have detained 14' illegal immigrants on the islands of Symi and Lesvos over the last two days, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday.

The coast guard detained 141 migrants on Symi on Wednesday. Coast guard o >>>


      MOUNT PENDELI FIRE DESTROYS TENS OF HOMES, VEHICLES
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     ALEXANDROS BELTES/ANA Athenians returning yesterday from Wednesday’s public holiday were greeted by a thick black cloud of smoke from a fire on Mount Pendeli, northern Athens. The smoke could be seen from as far away as the Saronic islands.

A wildfire that broke out on Mount Pendeli at around 10.30 a.m. yesterd >>>


      VENGEFUL CLERIC FACES CHARGES
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     A cleric who is alleged to have firebombed the car of a neighbor he suspected of having an affair with his wife is to face a Thessaloniki court, it was revealed yesterday.

The unnamed priest, who serves in a small village in Halkidiki, allegedly started by leaving notes for his neighbor, threatening to destroy >>>


      WOMAN RELEASED AFTER SCISSORS JAB AT OFFICER
      Kathimerin, 17-08-2007
     A 47–year–old woman was given a suspended six–month jail sentence for stabbing a police officer with a pair of scissors when he stopped her on suspicion of begging with her baby in a Thessaloniki suburb.

The incident occurred on Monday at the Aretso Marina in Kalamaria when the officer asked t >>>


      APPELS AU CALME ET Ŕ LA TRANSPARENCE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Le Temps Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 • Nicolas Sarkozy a appelé jeudi les pays du G7 ŕ se saisir de la crise financi';re actuelle lors de leurs prochaines réunions d‘octobre pour proposer des mesures renforçant la «transparence» des marchés. Dans une lettre ŕ la >>>


      APRČS DIX ANNÉES DE GUERRE CIVILE, LE NÉPAL TENTE DE PANSER SES PLAIES
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     ASIE. La population a été touchée de plein fouet par le conflit armé qui a opposé les rebelles maoďstes aux forces militaires. La guerre a fait voler en éclats tout le syst';me de santé népalais.

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      BRAS DE FER SCOLAIRE SUR LA MONTAGNE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     La fermeture guette la petite école du Jura neuchâtelois. Pourtant, le charismatique institueur Gilbert Hirschi compte bien préparer la rentrée des classes lundi matin prochain. Photo: DR NEUCHATEL. Convaincues d‘avoir le droit pour elles, les autorités scolaires de Derri';re&ndash >>>


      CONTROVERSÉ, LE PATRON DE CFF CARGO S‘EN VA
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     MARCHANDISES. Daniel Nordmann jette l‘éponge. Les syndicats lui reprochent d‘avoir négligé la Suisse au profit du marché allemand.

Bernard Wuthrich, Berne Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Les larmes aux yeux, Daniel Nordmann a annoncé jeudi qu‘il jetait l‘épon >>>


      CRITIQUE. THÉ'4;TRE FOU Ŕ FLEUR D‘EAU
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
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      CULTIVATEUR DE CHOCS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     PHILIPP MEIER. Ancien jardinier, l‘agitateur des nuits zurichoises dirige depuis 2004 le Cabaret Voltaire, haut lieu du dadaďsme. Avec un go$';t contesté pour la provocation.

Anne Fournier, Zurich Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 A la main droite, deux grosses bagues argentées dont l&l >>>


      ENTRE JURA ET BERNE, UNE RÉCONCILIATION RURALE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     JURA/BERNE. La Fondation rurale interjurassienne satisfait tous ses partenaires. La lecture de ce texte (2''3 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      ET SI '';A N‘EN FINISSAIT PAS?
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     C´est la panique dans les places boursi';res depuis la mi–juillet. La crise rappelle celle de 1''8, oů la Fed était alors venue ŕ la rescousse. Photo: Keystone Correction saine ou dérapage incontrôlé? Les experts continuent de diverger sur la nature de la crise qu >>>


      GARROTXA, LA PROMENADE DES VOLCANS. UN PAYSAGE AGRICOLE ENFOUI SOUS LA FORĘT RENAÎT EN PARC CONTEMPORAIN
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Au XIXe si';cle, des paysans pauvres des Pyrénées avaient creusé leurs champs dans une coulée basaltique. Pour ces lieux abandonnés et oubliés, des architectes catalans ont créé une magnifique mise en sc';ne.

Lorette Coen, Les Preses Vendredi 17 ao$' >>>


      GOOGLE ATTAQUE PLUS DUREMENT OFFICE, LA VACHE Ŕ LAIT DE MICROSOFT
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     LOGICIELS. Google distribue StarOffice et vise aussi les entreprises. Anouch Seydtaghia Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Ses dirigeants ne cessent de s‘en défendre avec vigueur. Et pourtant, Google (GOOG) attaque de mani';re de plus en plus frontale Office, la suite bureautique développée par >>>


      JUSTE AU CORPS: SARAH MARQUIS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Aventuri';re. Dernier livre et DVD: «La voie des Andes». La lecture de ce texte (2'28 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      JUSTICE FISCALE: POUR UNE UNION DE LA GAUCHE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Michel Buenzod, journaliste ŕ «Gauchebdo», Lausanne Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Dans une lettre de lecteur parue le 6 ao$';t, le député socialiste vaudois Jean Christophe Schwaab reproche ŕ juste titre au Temps d‘ignorer les initiatives du PS, en particulier dans le domaine d‘un >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE DU 16 AOŰT 2007
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La bourse suisse du 16 ao$';t 2007 Nouveau plus bas de l‘année pour le SMI.

Anker Bank Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 La bourse suisse a encore clôturé hier en net recul ŕ l‘issue d‘une séance tr';s volatile. Le Swiss >>>


      LA CORRECTION DE L‘ÉTÉ 2007 A FAIT SON ENTRÉE DANS LES ANNALES BOURSIČRES
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     ACTIONS. La crise actuelle est évocatrice de celle de 1''8. La Fed était alors venue ŕ la rescousse.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Ces quatre derni';res années, l‘horizon boursier était limpide. Sur fond de conjoncture mondiale &# >>>


      LA CRISE PERSISTANTE DES MARCHÉS FAIT CRAINDRE UNE RÉCESSION
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     La crise persistante des marchés fait craindre une récession UNE Le Temps I Article La crise persistante des marchés fait craindre une récession BOURSES. La baisse s‘étend aux pays émergents et s‘aggrave.

Le Temps Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Est–ce la fin d&lsq >>>


      LA CRISE RÉVČLE LES MANQUEMENTS DES AGENCES DE NOTATION
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     BOURSE. Le président français, Nicolas Sarkozy, a invité la chanceli';re allemande, Angela Merkel, ŕ engager une réflexion sur les responsabilités des agences dans la débâcle des marchés.

Rinny Gremaud Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Les crises boursi' >>>


      LA DOUBLE VIE DE GEORGES HALDAS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     RENCONTRE. A '0 ans, l‘écrivain vit une existence intense, poétique et vagabonde.

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      LA N‘DRANGHETA, MULTINATIONALE DU CRIME ORGANISÉ
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     La police effectue des contrôles aux abords de San Luca, bastion de la N´Drangheta, l´une des plus puissantes organisations mafieuses. Photo: Keystone ITALIE. Un acteur criminel bien plus compétitif que la mafia sicilienne, selon la police.

Eric Jozsef, Rome Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Pl >>>


      LA POLOGNE RECRUTE PLUSIEURS MILLIERS DE TRAVAILLEURS INDIENS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     MIGRATION. La main–d‘śuvre extra–européenne sera indispensable en Europe comme en Suisse.

Ram Etwareea Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Malgré les discours alarmistes sur les étrangers, l‘Europe s‘appręte ŕ ouvrir ses portes aux travailleurs extra– >>>


      LE QUART DU REVENU DES FOYERS PROVIENT DES RENTES
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     ENQUETE. Le revenu global des foyers suisses a atteint 440 milliards en 2004.

Marie–Laure Chapatte Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Le revenu global des ménages helvétiques s‘est élevé ŕ 440 milliards de francs en 2004, a indiqué l‘Office fédéral de la sta >>>


      LE RAFFUT DU ROCK DESCEND DANS L‘ARČNE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     L´amphithéâtre d´Avenches, mercredi soir. 30´000 personnes sont attendues cette année. Photo: Keystone ROCK OZ‘ARENES. Sa m';che allumée par Nine Inch Nails, la 16e édition du festival qui se déroule ŕ Avenches paraît bien partie. Les concerts de ce so >>>


      LES AS DE LA BISTRONOMIE (5/6). LUC PARMENTIER, LA FANTAISIE EN PLUS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Le nouveau chef de l‘Auberge communale d‘Aclens (VD) se l';ve tôt pour faire mieux avec moins: moins de fioritures, moins de frime, moins de chichis.

Jean–Luc Ingold Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Début mars, ils n‘avaient pas déverrouillé la porte de leur aub >>>


      MAX ROACH, LE JAZZ PERD SON TEMPO
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     HOMMAGE. Le batteur et pionnier du jazz moderne est mort ŕ 83 ans. Michel Barbey Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Avec Max Roach, décédé la nuit passée ŕ l‘âge de 83 ans des suites d‘une longue maladie, c‘est la disparition d‘un monstre fier qu‘il faut d >>>


      MENACÉ EN 1'45, LE CICR A SURVÉCU GR'4;CE Ŕ LA GUERRE FROIDE ET AU COURAGE DE SES DÉLÉGUÉS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     HISTOIRE. Catherine Rey–Schyrr s‘est penchée sur l‘histoire du Comité international de la Croix–Rouge de 1'45 ŕ 1'55: une période accidentée oů l‘organisation a payé cher son impuissance face ŕ la barbarie nazie. Avant de se redresser.

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      N‘AIDONS PAS LES PÉCHEURS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Editorial. Jean–Claude Péclet Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Ce qui n‘était jusqu‘ŕ ces derniers jours qu‘une «saine correction» des marchés financiers est en train d‘évoluer en quelque chose de plus inconfortable.

Avec les fortes baisses de cet >>>


      NOUVELLE VAGUE DE GRATUITS EN SUISSE ALÉMANIQUE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     La Pologne recrute plusieurs milliers de travailleurs indiens ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Nouvelle vague de gratuits en Suisse alémanique PRESSE. «Tages–Anzeiger», avec «Berner Zeitung» et «Basler Zeitung», lanceront un nouveau produit.

Daniel Eskenazi, >>>


      PREMIER DÉFI ÉLECTORAL POUR LES GÉNÉRAUX AU POUVOIR EN THAĎLANDE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     ASIE. La nouvelle Constitution, élaborée sous supervision de la junte militaire, est soumise ŕ référendum ce dimanche.

Richard Werly, de retour de Bangkok Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Ils gagneront sans doute. Mais ils ne sont pas s$';rs de sortir des urnes la tęte haute. >>>


      QUAND L‘ÉVOLUTION SE LIT DANS LE CLIMAT
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     NATURE. Un chercheur de l‘EPFL a créé une méthode permettant de relier les mutations dans le génome des ętres vivants ŕ des param';tres environnementaux.

Ou comment étudier les mécanismes de l‘évolution ŕ partir de données géographi >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. LA RENTRÉE DES CLASSES (5/5). ETHIQUE ET TOC
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Quoi de neuf. La rentrée des classes (5/5). Benjamin Luis Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 «Les défis: ils nous gardent jeunes», disait Elvis Presley. Le défi du XXIe si';cle, c‘est de sauver la plan';te. Tout faire pour que la nature, déjŕ si mal en point, ne fin >>>


      REPČRE. QUELLE NOTE AUX AGENCES DE NOTATION?
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Rep';re. Daniel Eskenazi, Zurich Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 En ces temps de perturbations boursi';res, les agences de notation ne sont pas prętes de retrouver leur crédibilité. Alors qu‘elles disposent d‘un quasi–pouvoir de mort ou de vie sur les entreprises et les Et >>>


      RETOUR FORCÉ D‘UN ENFANT EN ISRAËL
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     TRIBUNAL FEDERAL. Confirmant leur pratique stricte, les juges ont ordonné ŕ une m';re ayant quitté son mari en emmenant illégalement son fils de le ramener dans l‘Etat hébreu.

Denis Masmejan Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Le Tribunal fédéral campe sur ses positio >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. CHLEUASME: JE SUIS NUL, PAS VRAI?
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Chaque jour de l‘été, sans prétention, «Le Temps» déguste un mot de la langue française.

Nicolas Dufour Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Nos saveurs du français sont nulles, leur auteur est idiot, cette chronique occupe chaque jour un espace démesuré pour >>>


      STEPHAN MEIER, «OISEAU DE PARADIS»
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Stephan Meier, mannequin et star helvétique du beach–soccer. Photo: Jacques Bélat BEACH–SOCCER. L‘équipe nationale est en passe de se qualifier pour le Mondial.

Sa vedette est un ex–mannequin doué qui, pendant la semaine, joue avec Ronaldo et Kaka. Découverte.
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      SUISSES DE L‘ÉTRANGER: «IL FAUT SE GARDER DE SE POLITISER»
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Un projet de taxe climatique déjŕ contesté Suisses de l‘étranger: «Il faut se garder de se politiser» Controversé, le patron de CFF Cargo s‘en va Retour forcé d‘un enfant en Israël SUISSE Le Temps I Suisse I Article Suisses de l‘étranger: « >>>


      TAXER PLUS SIMPLEMENT? LA FISCALITÉ RADICALE SUSCITE DÉJŔ LE DOUTE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     SUISSE. Le Parti radical invite la Suisse ŕ s‘exprimer sur son projet d‘imposition simplifiée. Trois directeurs cantonaux des Finances formulent ŕ chaud leur avis, et déjŕ quelques réserves.

Marco Danesi Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Tout le monde veut simplifier le sy >>>


      UN GAR'';ONNET RETROUVÉ EN FRANCE QUELQUES HEURES APRČS SON RAPT
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     JUSTICE. Tout juste libéré de prison, un pédophile récidive ŕ Roubaix. Le Temps Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Un garçonnet de cinq ans enlevé mercredi dans le nord de la France a été retrouvé par la police quelques heures apr';s, et son ravisseur présum >>>


      UN NOUVEL EMBLČME POUR LES PHARMACIES
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     LOGO. PharmaSuisse réaffirme son identité. La lecture de ce texte (212' caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      UN PROJET DE TAXE CLIMATIQUE DÉJŔ CONTESTÉ
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Taxer le CO2 sur les carburants et les combustibles: Moritz Leuenberger s´expose ŕ l´ire des milieux industriels et économiques. Photo: Keystone ENVIRONNEMENT. Moritz Leuenberger veut étendre la taxe sur le CO2 aux carburants au plus tard en 2012, afin de réduire les émissions nocives >>>


      UN SÉISME MEURTRIER DÉVASTE LE SUD DU PÉROU
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     AMERIQUE DU SUD. Le tremblement de terre fait au moins 500 victimes et 1600 blessés.

Le Temps Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Un fort tremblement de terre, de 7,7 sur l‘échelle de Richter, a frappé mercredi soir la côte sud du Pérou et la capitale, Lima, faisant au moins 500 morts >>>


      UNE SUISSE DE CARTES POSTALES (8). 140 MČTRES DE PANACHE GENEVOIS
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     Bras de fer scolaire sur la Montagne Entre Jura et Berne, une réconciliation rurale REGIONS Le Temps I Article 140 m';tres de panache genevois GENEVE. Depuis plus d‘un si';cle, le jet d‘eau de la Rade est la premi';re attraction de la ville.

Christian Lecomte Vendredi 17 >>>


      UNE «FĘTE AU VILLAGE» DEVENUE UN FESTIVAL MASTODONTE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     MUSIQUE. L‘édition 2007 de l‘Open Air de Gampel (VS) se poursuit jusqu‘ŕ dimanche. Portrait du fondateur Aldo Rotzer.

Xavier Filliez Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Ce n‘est peut–ętre pas le jour idéal pour tailler le portrait d‘un patron de festival. A que >>>


      ZFS CROÎT SANS METTRE EN DANGER LA SOLIDITÉ DE SON BILAN
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     RESULTAT. Le bénéfice net semestriel du groupe augmente de 33% et dépasse de presque 10% les attentes. Le groupe présente une forte croissance des nouvelles affaires dans le secteur vie.

Emmanuel Garessus, Zurich Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 James Schiro, CEO de Zurich Financial (ZURN.VX) >>>


      «IL Y A PAS MAL D‘AGITATION ET DE PEURS LŔ–DEDANS...»
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     A Wall Street, on veut toujours y croire. Luis Lema, New York Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 Fument–ils plus que d‘habitude? Téléphone collé ŕ l‘oreille, un śil sur le bandeau digital sur lequel les cours ne cessent de défiler, les traders prennent une courte pause. Mais, >>>


      «LA ZOOPHILIE EST UNE DÉPENDANCE DIFFICILE Ŕ SOIGNER»
      Le Temps, 17-08-2007
     DEVIANCE. Un jeune homme a été interpellé par la police pour pratiques zoophiles répétées dans la région de Bex.

Florence Gaillard Vendredi 17 ao$';t 2007 La police cantonale vaudoise ne fait aucun commentaire. On sait peu de chose sur le jeune homme interpellé le >>>


      GULF GOVERNMENTS URGED TO REFORM IPO RULES
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Daliah Merzaban, Reuters DUBAI, 17 August 2007 Gulf Arab governments must reform rules for initial public offerings (IPO) quickly to restore confidence among investors and companies that are increasingly abandoning a model distorted by last years stock market crash.

A system that once triggered scuffles among i >>>


      GULF STOCK MARKETS WEATHER GLOBAL TURBULENCE
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Ali Khalil, Agence France Presse DUBAI, 17 August 2007 Major stock markets in the Gulf region have largely shrugged off the turbulence which has seen many world bourses go into meltdown over the US housing market crisis, analysts said yesterday.

The largest Arab bourse in regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia posted >>>


      INDIAN SHARES PLUNGE 4.28 PERCENT
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Agence France Presse MUMBAI, 17 August 2007 Indian share prices plunged 4.28 percent yesterday, the markets sharpest one–day drop in more than a year as investors reacted to a US credit crunch linked to risky home loans, dealers said.

They said banking, metal and property shares fell on concern that credi >>>


      JAPAN, INDIA TO BOLSTER LAGGING BUSINESS TIES
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     George Nishiyama, Reuters TOKYO, 17 August 2007 Japan and India will seek to bolster lagging business ties between Asias largest and third–largest economies when their leaders meet in New Delhi next week.

Japan is Indias biggest donor of economic aid, but trade and investment between the two economies hav >>>


      JEDDAH BECOMING A TOURISM CENTER
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2007  Jeddah is becoming a tourist destination for Saudis and for people from other surrounding countries as it forecast to receive 5 million tourists in 10 years.

Saleh Al–Turki said that there is a noticeable increase in the number of Saudi tourists going to l >>>


      LEADERS URGE CALM AMID FRESH MARKET TURMOIL
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Agencies NEW YORK, 17 August 2007 World leaders insisted that the US credit crunch would not cause an economic crisis but stock markets across the world plummeted yet again as investors remained unconvinced.

The largest US mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial Corp. tapped out a $11.5 billion credit line and a >>>


      OIL SCENE: QUEST FOR ENERGY IN ARCTIC HEATS UP
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Syed Rashid Husain The 1.2 million square kilometers of the Arctic seabed the new frontier in the global quest for energy is suddenly in headlines.

Virtually all the wars and major expeditions in recent times, from Iraq to Afghanistan, have somehow been linked to the energy riches. This new front, beneath the N >>>


      PETRONAS INTERESTED IN JIZAN OIL REFINERY PROJECT
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Reuters KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2007 Malaysian state oil and gas firm Petronas is keen on taking a role in Saudi Arabias Jizan oil refinery, Chief Executive Hassan Marican said yesterday.

The refinery is to be part of an "economic city" in the impoverished region of Jizan in the far south of Saudi Ara >>>


      SAUDI INFLATION TO RISE TO 2.8% IN &#8217;07: AL–RAJHI
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Saudi Inflation to Rise to 2.8% in 07: Al–Rajhi Agencies

RIYADH, 17 August 2007 Inflation in Saudi Arabia is likely to increase to 2.8 percent in 2007, from 2.2 percent the previous year, Al–Rajhi Bank & Investment Corp. said in a report this week. & >>>


      STRICTLY BUSINESS
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News OIL BARONS BALL Dubais premier corporate social event, the Oil Barons Ball, will make its inaugural international debut with an event in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Aug.18.

This event will witness the crowning of the first ever European Oil Baron and marks the introduction of the Oil Barons Ball to the glo >>>


      A CAREFUL LOOK AT LIFE
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Sayyid Qutub In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Do they not reflect on how many a generation We have destroyed before their time, in whose dwelling places they now walk about? In this there are signs indeed: will they not listen? Are they not aware that it is We who drive water to dry land devoid o >>>


      CAN CHEATING BE LAWFUL?
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. We have learned that a fatwa, or religious ruling, was published in a Saudi newspaper where a scholar advises Saudis who go abroad to study for a few years to marry girls in the countries where they are studying, and then divorce them when they are about to come back home. They should not tell t >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN &#8212; 13': RETURN AFTER A JOURNEY
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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The Prophet as a Man 13': Return After a Journey Edited by Adil Salahi

Whatever the Prophet did provides the best guidance in all situations. Returning from travel is an occasion that falls outside the normal pattern of life, because travel is a special activity >>>


      ABDULLAH ORDERS COMPENSATION FOR RASH OF CAMEL DEATHS
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2007 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the payment of compensations to the herdsmen whose camels died recently showing symptoms of consuming toxic substances, the Saudi Press Agency quoted Minister of Agriculture Fahd Balghunaim as saying yesterday.

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      COMATOSE EGYPTIAN ENGINEER GOES HOME
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Molouk Y. Ba–Isa, Arab News ALKHOBAR, 17 August 2007 Last Friday morning a convoy set out from Saad Specialist Hospital in Alkhobar to Dammams King Fahd International Airport (KFIA). The ambulance at the head of the line of vehicles carried a precious life. Engineer Moataz Mohammed Abdul Mohnsif Ahmed Ibrahim was >>>


      EXPAT COMMITS SUICIDE IN TAIF
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News TAIF, 17 August 2007 Authorities here said that a foreign resident of unreported nationality jumped from a third–floor window to his death in an apparent suicide, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday.
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      FOR RIYADH, A PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT PLANTS
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 August 2007 A botanical garden depicting the evolution of plant life will come up on a 1.5 million square meter site off the first checkpoint on the Riyadh–Makkah highway near the capital.

Described as a unique ecological project in the Kingdom, the SR100 million King Ab >>>


      GENDER–MIXING AT PARTY: 165 DETAINED
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2007 Immigration officials arrested 165 Ethiopians who were attending a party attended by men and women, according to a report in yesterdays Al–Riyadh newspaper. Authorities said some of the women arrested admitted to being illegally married to some of the men in the party.
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      KINGDOM CALLS SYRIAN VP&#8217;S COMMENTS &#8216;LIES&#8217;
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Kingdom Calls Syrian VPs Comments Lies Arab News

JEDDAH, 17 August 2007 Saudi Arabia said yesterday that Syrian Vice President Farouk Sharas recent comments contained several "lies and fallacies" when he criticized the Kingdom for not playing a leading rol >>>


      MAN ARRESTED FOR KILLING BROTHER
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2007 Authorities arrested a Saudi man whom they believe killed his brother following a conflict between the two. Four other young men, including a brother of the victim and the alleged attacker, were questioned for delivering the body to a hospital and fleeing. Police say the attacker admitte >>>


      NSHR PROBING HARASSMENT CASE IN HOSPITAL
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 17 August 2007 The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) is investigating a possible sexual harassment case in a hospital, Al–Eqtisadiah newspaper reported yesterday.

The report did not provide many specific details about the case, such as the location of the hospital, the names of th >>>


      SAUDI WOMEN LEARN TECHNIQUES OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION AT US PROGRAM
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2007 A number of Saudi women participated with other Muslim women from around the world in a leadership program earlier this month on Capitol Hill and George Washington University with the aim of empowering Muslim women to promote peaceful change in their communities.

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      SIDELIGHTS: WHAT? NO WORK AFTER 11? WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Arab News MAKKAH, 17 August 2007 A Saudi man was surprised with the demands from a seasonal maid he wanted to hire to help his wife during the month before Ramadan, the daily Al–Madinah reported yesterday. The report said the man approached a facilitator for the illegal hiring of a runaway maid. The maid ended up >>>


      ANTI–ARAB US DIPLOMAT QUITS STATE DEPT
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Associated Press WASHINGTON, 17 August 2007 A career US diplomat indicted this week for sending threatening messages to an Arab political organization has retired from the foreign service, the State Department said yesterday.

Patrick Syring retired last month, about a year after he allegedly left racist and int >>>


      COURT HEARS SHARIF&#8217;S PLEA TO END EXILE
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Court Hears Sharifs Plea to End Exile Azhar Masood, Arab News

ISLAMABAD, 17 August 2007 The Supreme Courts five–member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, yesterday gave seven days to the federal government to produce documents which allowed the >>>


      IRAN&#8217;S GUARDS SCOFF AT US BLACKLIST PLAN
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Irans Guards Scoff at US Blacklist Plan Agencies

TEHRAN, 17 August 2007 Irans Revolutionary Guards yesterday dismissed US plans to list the elite force as a terror group in order to strangle its growing economic power, warning that its "iron will" would no >>>


      IRAQ SUNNIS SHUN NEW BLOC
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Mariam Karouny, Reuters BAGHDAD, 17 August 2007 Iraqi Kurdish and Shiite leaders formed an alliance yesterday to support Prime Minister Nuri Al–Malikis government but failed to bring in Sunni leaders who are crucial to national reconciliation.

Maliki is facing a political crisis after the main Sunni Arab >>>


      ISLAMIC GROUP ASKS FOR REMOVAL FROM US TERROR LIST
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Associated Press DALLAS, 17 August 2007 An Islamic advocacy group asked a federal judge yesterday to remove it and other Muslim organizations and individuals from a list of unindicted co–conspirators in a terrorism–finance trial.

Also, a group of Muslim lawyers and the National Association of Crimin >>>


      MANMOHAN ACCUSED OF MISLEADING HOUSE OVER US NUKE DEAL
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Agence France Presse NEW DELHI, 17 August 2007 Lawmakers yesterday accused Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of misleading Parliament about a controversial civilian nuclear deal with the United States.

MPs from four Communist parties, who prop up Manmohans government in Parliament, joined opposition lawmaker >>>


      MINORITIES CAUGHT IN &#8216;FAULT LINES&#8217; OF IRAQ&#8217;S BATTLES
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Minorities Caught in Fault Lines of Iraqs Battles Agencies

NEW YORK/KAHTANIYA, Iraq, 17 August 2007 The suicide bombings that ravaged the Yazidi sect in Iraq underscored the fears of violence and insecurity binding many of the countrys religious minorities, ranging >>>


      MNLF ASKED TO STAND ASIDE AS PHILIPPINE TROOPS HUNT ABU SAYYAF
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 17 August 2007 — Saying the «battle lines are clearly drawn,» Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the military is poised to «hit» the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu.

In a show of defiance, the militant group announced >>>


      MUSHARRAF COMMITTED TO &#8216;STABLE TRANSITION&#8217;: US
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Musharraf Committed to Stable Transition: US Agence France Presse

ISLAMABAD, 17 August 2007 A senior US official said yesterday that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally in the "war on terror," was committed to a stable transition from militar >>>


      PERU QUAKE KILLS HUNDREDS
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Agencies Members of a family inspect their earthquake–destroyed home in Ica, 275 km south of Lima, on Thursday. (AP)

CHINCHA, Peru, 17 August 2007 Powerful aftershocks shook Peru yesterday as rescuers pulled wounded and dead from collapsed homes and churches a day after a massive earthquake killed hundred >>>


      PHILIPPINES DESTROY LUXURY CARS TO TEACH SMUGGLERS A LESSON
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 17 August 2007 — In a bid to teach smugglers a lesson, government officials yesterday destroyed 18 luxury vehicles seized earlier and impounded at Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila.

The gleaming luxury cars were reduced to broken glass, twisted metal and tat >>>


      SENA ACTIVISTS GO ON RAMPAGE IN NAVI MUMBAI
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 17 August 2007 Shiv Sena activists, protesting Mukesh Ambani–led Reliance Companys Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Commercial Business District (CBD) at Belapur in Navi Mumbai, went berserk yesterday afternoon as the rally turned violent.

The activists damaged more >>>


      SEZER&#8217;S &#8216;GESTURE&#8217; DELAYS ERDOGAN&#8217;S NEW GOVERNMENT
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
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Sezers Gesture Delays Erdogans New Government Agence France Presse

ANKARA, 17 August 2007 Outgoing Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer yesterday refused to approve the new government in a "gesture" to his successor who is to be elected soon, Prime Ministe >>>


      SUDANESE EX–REBELS FORM POLITICAL PARTY
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Agencies ASMARA/KHARTOUM, 17 August 2007 Former rebels operating in eastern Sudan have transformed into a political party in line with a peace deal signed with Khartoum last year, an ex–rebel leader turned government adviser said in Asmara yesterday. "We have finished creating our constitution and all of us h >>>


      TALEBAN HOSTAGE TALKS FAIL TO MAKE PROGRESS
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Agencies GHAZNI, Afghanistan, 17 August 2007 Talks yesterday between Afghanistans Taleban and a South Korean delegation trying to free 1' hostages ended with the hard–line militants reporting no progress. The two sides met for three hours in the small town of Ghanzi, south of Kabul, said a Taleban spokesman an >>>


      US ARMY SUICIDE RATE HIGHEST IN 26 YEARS
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 17 August 2007 A new military report released yesterday found that US Army soldiers are committing suicide at the highest rate in 26 years. More than one–fourth of the army soldiers committed suicide while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, it said.

The report came th >>>


      US, ISRAEL SIGN $30BN DEFENSE ACCORD
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Mohammed Mari & Agencies JERUSALEM, 17 August 2007 The United States signed a deal yesterday to boost its military aid to Israel to $30 billion over the next decade aimed at countering a "resurgent" Iran and its allies. "The United States has an abiding interest in the state of Israel," US Under >>>


      VILLAGERS FIGHT OFF ANIMALS IN FLOOD–HIT SOUTH ASIA
      Arab News, 17-08-2007
     Reuters PATNA, 17 August 2007 Flood victims fought off hungry animals and battled waterborne diseases in South Asia yesterday as unrelenting monsoon rains caused fresh flooding in the region, already battered by weeks of bad weather.

The death toll in eastern India alone rose by over 100 in the past week with t >>>


      1 MINE RESCUER DIES, 8 OTHERS HURT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     HUNTINGTON, Utah, Aug. 16 –– A seismic "bump" in a coal mine killed one person and injured eight other people, as they worked to find trapped miners, authorities said.

"All rescue workers have been evacuated from the mine. Nine rescue workers were injured in the accident. One of those >>>


      3 RESCUE WORKERS KILLED AT UTAH MINE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     HUNTINGTON, Utah –– The search for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a second cave–in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them.

It was a devastating turn for the families of the six men trappe >>>


      4TH TEEN CHARGED IN SUSPECTED GANG RAPE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– A fourth teen has been charged in the suspected gang rape and assault of a woman and her 12–year–old son.

Tommy Lee Poindexter, 18, was indicted Thursday on charges of sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, kidnapping and promoting sexual performance by a child >>>


      5 KILLED IN ALASKAN AIRPLANE CRASH
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     KETCHIKAN, Alaska –– A small airplane crashed near this island city in southeast Alaska killing five people, authorities said.

There were four survivors in the crash Thursday, including a 2–year–old girl, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Identifications of th >>>


      AFTER MANY TESTS, NASA DECIDES NOT TO FIX GOUGE IN SPACE SHUTTLE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 17 –– NASA decided Thursday that no repairs are needed for a deep gouge in Endeavour‘s belly and that the space shuttle is safe to fly home.

Mission Control notified the seven shuttle astronauts of the decision right before they went to sleep, putting an end to a wee >>>


      CIA, FBI COMPUTERS USED FOR WIKIPEDIA EDITS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People using CIA and FBI computers have edited entries in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo prison, according to a new tracing program.

The changes may violate Wikipedia‘s conflict–of–interest guidelines, a spokes >>>


      CONSTRUCTION WOES PLAGUE U.S. EMBASSIES
      Washington Post, 17-08-2007
     The new air–conditioning system in the $66 million U.S. Embassy in Mali broke down in June, sending office temperatures soaring to 100 degrees.

An electrical fire erupted in the rehabilitated annex to the embassy in Rome. And the U.S. ambassador in Belize had to personally help workers sand the floors for >>>



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