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      ALAHLI TAKAFUL SHARES JUMP ''7.50% ON DEBUT
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2007 Shares in Alahli Takaful Company (ATC) made a hefty gain of ''7.50 percent on debut on the Saudi stock market (Tadawul) yesterday.

The SR10 Alahli Takaful shares opened at SR10'.75 and stayed in that level at the closing.

The other new in >>>


      BAHRAIN POSTS ROBUST ECONOMIC GROWTH
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 1' August 2007 In the backdrop of robust economic growth, Bahrains total volume of trade surged to BD7.7 billion at the end of 2006, an increase of 15.3 percent and 13.' percent in exports and imports respectively compared with the 2005 figures, an official report showed.
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      BUSINESSLINE: FOREIGN INVESTORS ACTIVE ON DFM
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 1' August 2007 Dubai Financial Market announced yesterday that the value of shares and bonds bought by foreign investors, or non–UAE nationals, during the last week (August 12–August 16) reached AED '06.' million comprising 2'.7 percent of the total value of st >>>


      FIRST MICROCREDIT BANK IN GULF REGION TO RISE
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 1' August 2007 Bahrains Grameen Bank, the first–of–its–kind in the Gulf region, with a sole mandate to extend microcredit facilities at very competitive rates, will be up and running later this year, a senior official representing the major stakeholder institution >>>


      GEANT HYPERMARKET OPENS IN AL–KHARJ
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Tim Sutton RIYADH, 1' August 2007 Much to the delight of the shopping community, the French retailing giant has opened a new Geant Hypermarket in Al–Kharj, a major township located about 85 kms east of the Saudi capital city. The new hypermarket at the fashionable Kharjs Jaw Ma >>>


      GM CHAIRMAN SAYS YEN STILL UNDERVALUED
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Joseph Szczesny, Agence France Presse DETROIT, 1' August 2007 Facing some intense competition for long–held spot as the worlds top automaker to Japans Toyota, General Motors top executive reiterated late Friday the yen is still undervalued on worlds currency markets.

"I think, in the next five or >>>


      NCB LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ISLAMIC &#8216;PAYROLL SOLUTIONS&#8217;
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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NCB Launches Innovative Islamic Payroll Solutions Arab News

Ayman Al–Tayyar JEDDAH, 1' August 2007 The National Commercial Bank (NCB), the first national bank established in Saudi Arabia 50 years ago, has introduced an innovative Islamic Payroll Solutions >>>


      SAUDI CONSUMERS&#8217; DEMAND FOR WESTERN PRODUCTS STILL STRONG
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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Saudi Consumers Demand for Western Products Still Strong Javid Hassan, Arab News

RIYADH, 1' August 2007 Products from the US, which were taken off the supermarket shelves in the wake of '/11, and those from Denmark, banned last year following the publication >>>


      SHAMIL POSTS RECORD $53M PROFIT IN H1
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 1' August 2007 Bahrain–based Shamil Bank of Bahrain, a leading Islamic commercial and investment bank and member of the Ithmaar banking group, yesterday announced a record net profit of $53.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2007. This represents a more than 62 perce >>>


      A CAREFUL LOOK AT LIFE
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     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 >>>


      AS A CHILD IS BORN
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. It is a Sunnah to call the athan near a childs ear as the child is born. If it is not done, do the parents incur a sin? From another point of view, if a husband sucks the milk of his lactating wife, does it affect their marital relationship?

M. Althaf A. When we describe something as a >>>


      CAN CHEATING BE LAWFUL?
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     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 >>>


      CERTAIN ASPECTS OF WORSHIP ALLOWED TO THE PROPHET ONLY
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q.1. A Hadith mentions that the Prophet always prayed the Sunnah of Fajr, and two rakahs after Asr; but it is well–known that there is no Sunnah to be offered after Asr.

Q.2. There are several contradictory reports about glorifying God aloud. Q.3. According to a Hadith in Al–Bu >>>


      DIVERGENT DESTINIES
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     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 >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN &#8212; 13': RETURN AFTER A JOURNEY
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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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 >>>


      THE QUR&#8217;ANIC DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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The Quranic Descriptions of Heaven Edited by Adil Salahi

Q.1. The Quranic descriptions of heaven include that men will have maidens as spouses. Would women in heaven also have men for their entertainment?

Q.2. Many expatriates reach Makkah in the pilgrimage >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY &#8212; 33: WHEN LOOKING FOR A SPOUSE
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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Women in Islamic Society 33: When Looking for a Spouse Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah

In most societies, the normal practice is that the prospective husband will propose marriage. A woman normally holds back from suggesting marriage, feeling that she should be >>>


      RECTOR PROMISES QUICK END TO GRADUATES&#8217; PLIGHT
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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Rector Promises Quick End to Graduates Plight Khaled Al–Awadh, Arab News

BURAIDAH, 1' August 2007 Sulaiman ibn Abalkhail, rector of Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, has promised to find a solution to the English diploma crisis in the near future >>>


      RIYADH POLICE CAPTURE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 1' August 2007 Ten illegal immigrants were arrested by the security authorities in the suburbs of the capital, Riyadh police said in a statement issued to Arab News yesterday.

According to the statement, those arrested were from neighboring Arab countries and they were >>>


      SAUD UNDERGOES NECK SURGERY
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 1' August 2007 Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal successfully underwent neck surgery in a New York hospital on Friday, according to a royal court statement issued in Jeddah yesterday.

The prince was operated upon to remove calcification on his cervical vertebrae. He will return >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: GROOM STUCK WITH TWO RIGHT SHOES
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Arab News DAMMAM, 1' August 2007 A Saudi groom trusted a shoe seller way too much, according to yesterdays Al–Madinah newspaper. Instead of trying on the shoes he bought for his wedding or even checking the box handed to him by the vendor the groom decided it would be OK to wait until moments before the weddin >>>


      USED–TIRE BUSINESS THRIVES DESPITE OFFICIAL CRACKDOWN
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 1' August 2007 Despite a fine of up to SR1,000 for the sale of used tires and city officials stepping up efforts to crack down on the illegal and potentially dangerous trade, unscrupulous dealers are still wreaking havoc with the lives of people in the Kingdom.

Used tires cause 3' perc >>>


      WOMAN BRAIN DEAD, MEDICAL MISTAKE BLAMED
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Muhammad Al–Homaid, Arab News YANBU, 1' August 2007 A Saudi woman, who was brought to Yanbu General Hospital suffering from an asthma attack, was administered an allegedly banned drug and left brain–dead after her heart and respiratory system stopped.

Fateema Al–Refaie, 33, was brought to >>>


      ABBAS REFUSES TO MAKE MAJOR CONCESSIONS IN TALKS: REPORT
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Mohammed Mari, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 1' August 2007 Talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a future Palestinian state are stuck on the issue of the Palestinian refugee problem, a report said yesterday.

The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted Israeli gov >>>


      ABU SAYYAF MILITANTS KILL 15 SOLDIERS IN S. PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News Filipino soldiers carry comrades, who died in a battle with members of Abu Sayyaf, at the military base in Zamboanga City on Saturday. (EPA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, 1' August 2007 At least 15 soldiers and dozens of Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in fierce fighting yesterday in the >>>


      ACB DIRECTED TO QUIZ PUNE POLICE CHIEF
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 1' August 2007 The image of the already demoralized and tainted Maharashtra police was further dented after a division bench of the Bombay High Court consisting of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice D.Y.

Chandrachud on Friday directed the State Anti–Corrupt >>>


      AL–SHAMSI IN LIST OF 100 MOST POWERFUL ARABS
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 1' August 2007 Salah Salem ibn Omeir Al–Shamsi, chairman and managing director of Al–Qudra Holding, was ranked the 50th most influential figure in the region in a special report entitled "The 100 Most Powerful Arabs in 2007" issued by the Arabian Business Mag >>>


      BUSH MOVES AWAY FROM BENCHMARKS IN ASSESSING IRAQ PROGRESS
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, 1' August 2007 US President George W. Bush yesterday praised what he called "progress and reconciliation" achieved in some Iraqi communities, but pointedly avoided using US government–approved benchmarks in assessing the situation in the country.

"Americ >>>


      DESHMUKH PREPARES FOR FINAL ONSLAUGHT AGAINST AHMED
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 1' August 2007 The Bombay High Court verdict delivered two days ago against Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Waqf Minister Anees Ahmed has come as a timely boon to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who considered it as an opportunity to settle political scores >>>


      EGYPT TO CHARGE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADERS
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Agence France Presse CAIRO, 1' August 2007 Egypt yesterday began questioning 16 leading members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood after their arrest in the latest clampdown on the Islamists, the countrys main opposition movement.

The men, including senior figures Essam Al–Aryan and Mahmoud Hussein, wer >>>


      FILIPINO MIGRANT WOMEN REMIT EARNINGS HOME MORE THAN THE MEN DO: STUDY
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 1' August 2007 Daughters of local people in Bukidnon province in the southern Philipines tend to send more of their earnings home than their sons, according to a study presented during a forum at the Ateneo de Manila University recently.

Filipino author Agnes Qu >>>


      GERMAN WOMAN, AFGHAN ENGINEERS KIDNAPPED
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Rahim Faiez, Associated Press KABUL, 1' August 2007 An armed man walked into a fast food restaurant in the Afghan capital and abducted a German woman at midday yesterday, officials said, as a Taleban spokesman said talks to free 1' South Korean hostages have failed.

The abduction of the German woman, wh >>>


      HIJACKERS SURRENDER
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     C. Onur Ant, Associated Press A TV grab from Cihan news agency shows passengers escaping from the hijacked plane at Antalya airport on Saturday. (AFP)

ISTANBUL, 1' August 2007 Two men wielding a fake bomb and claiming Al–Qaeda ties hijacked a Turkish plane yesterday, holding passengers and crew hostag >>>


      INDIA POISED TO BECOME THIRD LARGEST ECONOMY
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Indo–Asian News Service NEW DELHI, 1' August 2007 With a sustained growth of around nine percent, India is well poised to wipe out poverty in the coming 20 years and emerge as the worlds third largest economy, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has said.

He also said Friday evening that the countrys fina >>>


      IRAN&#8217;S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS THREATEN TO &#8216;PUNCH&#8217; THE US
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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Irans Revolutionary Guards Threaten to Punch the US Associated Press

TEHRAN, 1' August 2007 Irans elite Revolutionary Guards said they would not bow to pressure and threatened to "punch" the US, in their first response to Washingtons plan to list them >>>


      IRAQI LEADERS URGE ENVOYS TO BUILD REGIONAL TIES
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 1' August 2007 Iraqs president and prime minister urged the nations diplomats yesterday to forge strong global ties at a time when Baghdad faces bitter criticism over its failure to end its own bloodshed.

"Your role should be as militants to defend the new Iraq," President Jalal >>>


      ISRAEL GRANTS AMNESTY TO PALESTINIAN FIGHTERS
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Mohammed Mari & Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY, 1' August 2007 Israel has granted amnesty to 110 "wanted" Palestinian fighters affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah movement.

"We received the list of names last night," said Akram Al–Rajoub, head of the Pa >>>


      LEFT HARDENS ANTI–NUKE STANCE
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 1' August 2007 Efforts made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior Congress leaders to convince the left bloc about the credentials of the Indo–US civilian nuclear deal virtually collapsed yesterday with the latter refusing to budge.

The high–p >>>


      MASSIVE BLAZE SHUTS DOWN SHARJAH PORT
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb & Shadiah Abdullah, Arab News Thick black smoke billows from Port Khalid in Sharjah. (AN photo by K.T. Abdurabb) SHARJAH, 1' August 2007 Sharjah closed Port Khalid yesterday after an inferno erupted on Friday night at a lubricants warehouse.

Lt. Gen. Saif Al–Shaafar, undersecretary a >>>


      MUSHARRAF VOWS FREE, FAIR POLLS
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Agencies ISLAMABAD, 1' August 2007 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday pledged that presidential and general elections would be "free and fair" and held in accordance with the countrys laws, state media reported.

Presidential elections will be held between Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, while gen >>>


      SADDAM&#8217;S DAUGHTER IS WANTED IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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Saddams Daughter Is Wanted in Iraq Ammar Karim, Agence France Presse

BAGHDAD, 1' August 2007 The international police organization Interpol yesterday issued a wanted notice for Saddam Husseins eldest daughter, who is sought by the Iraqi government on suspicion o >>>


      SIX KILLED IN IRAN MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASH
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 1' August 2007 Six members of the Iranian security forces were killed and five injured in a helicopter crash during an operation near the Iraqi border, the official IRNA news agency reported yesterday. "The armed forces helicopter crashed due to a technical problem and bad weather c >>>


      SUICIDE BLAST IN AFGHANISTAN KILLS 15
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Agence France Presse Afghan police officers investigate the site of a suicide attack in Kandahar province on Saturday. (AP)

KANDAHAR, 1' August 2007 A suicide bomber rammed his explosives laden vehicle into a US convoy in southern Afghanistan yesterday killing 15 people, including 11 civilians, and wounding >>>


      TASLIMA&#8217;S SECURITY INCREASED AFTER THREAT
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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Taslimas Security Increased After Threat Sailendra Sil, Agence France Presse

KOLKATA, 1' August 2007 Security was stepped up for the exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen yesterday after the controversial author was issued with a death threat, police said.>>>


      US SAYS CAN&#8217;T REWORK INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
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US Says Cant Rework India Nuclear Deal Agence France Presse

NEW DELHI, 1' August 2007 A top US official has said a controversial nuclear pact with New Delhi cannot be renegotiated amid demands from Indian critics for a radical reworking of the deal.

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      US WANTS MODERATE RULE IN PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 19-08-2007
     Chris Brummitt, Associated Press ISLAMABAD, 1' August 2007 The United States wants to see Pakistans moderate and democratic politicians unite to fight extremism, but has no interest in picking sides ahead of upcoming elections, a top US envoy said.

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, speaking a >>>


      BUSH RESPONDS WITH RESTRAINT TO QUESTIONS ABOUT ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     A07 CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 18 –– Worries about the deepening housing slump and an intensifying credit crunch consumed an increasingly anxious Wall Street last week, but President Bush barely broke stride.

Bush went mountain biking and cleared a trail on his ranch here as the stock market gyrated Thurs >>>


      CAMPS OFFER COMFORT TO CHILDREN WHOSE FATHERS WERE KILLED IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     SALADO, Texas (AP) –– After hours of drawing and playing games, the youngsters gathered around a table at summer camp to write letters to their fathers.

But these letters weren‘t going to be mailed home. A counselor explained that the notes would be tied to helium balloons and released in trib >>>


      DEFENSE AGENCY PROPOSES OUTSOURCING MORE SPYING
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 1', 2007; A03 The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to conduct core intelligence tasks of analysis and collection over the next five years, an amount that would set a record in the outsourcing of such functi >>>


      FED CHIEF ‘S MEASURED RESPONSE TO CRISIS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     As the world‘s financial markets experienced a wrenching upheaval and markets for home mortgages and many other kinds of debt came to a standstill, Wall Street begged Ben S. Bernanke and the Federal Reserve to do something about it.

On Friday, they did. Wall Street rejoiced when the Fed cut the interest r >>>


      FIRE AT FORMER DEUTSCHE BANK SKYSCRAPER NEXT TO GROUND ZERO
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     NEW YORK (AP) –– A three–alarm fire in the abandoned Deustche Bank skyscraper sent a plume of gray smoke trailing above ground zero Saturday afternoon, though there were no immediate reports of injuries, authorities said.

The tower, left vacant since it was badly damaged during the Sept. 11,>>>


      HOUSE FIRE SPARKS CALIF. BRUSH BLAZE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     TAHOE CITY, Calif. –– A house fire sparked a blaze Saturday on Lake Tahoe‘s west shore, destroying at least two other homes and forcing evacuations, authorities said.

The wind–whipped, 25–acre blaze began near the resort community of Sunnyside just south of Tahoe City, Placer Count >>>


      HOW ROVE HARNESSED GOVERNMENT FOR GOP GAINS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     By John Solomon, Alec MacGillis and Sarah CohenWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, August 1', 2007; A01 Thirteen months before President Bush was reelected, chief strategist Karl Rove summoned political appointees from around the government to the Old Executive Office Building. The subject of the Oct. 1, 2003, meet >>>


      IN OKLAHOMA, A PATRIOTIC SILENCE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     A04 HUGO, Okla. R ep. Dan Boren (D–Okla.) was settling into his chair in the snug broadcast booth at K'5.5 Country as the station‘s Jo Ann Matthews sing–songed her way through the subjects she wanted him to touch on.

There was the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Of course, talk about feder >>>


      MAJOR ARREST IN NEWARK SLAYINGS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     August 1', 2007; A01 A key suspect in the brutal killing of three college students in Newark was arrested early yesterday in Oxon Hill, where authorities found the 24–year–old Nicaraguan man among a group drinking beer and getting tattooed in a filthy apartment furnished with little more than mattresses >>>


      MINE RESCUERS PIN HOPES ON 4TH BOREHOLE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     Associated PressSunday, August 1', 2007; A10 HUNTINGTON, Utah, Aug. 18 –– With underground rescue operations halted and the fate of six miners still a mystery, officials on Saturday hoped that a fourth borehole drilled into a collapsed mine would finally provide clues to whether the missing men are alive >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     Billy Graham in Hospital Over Intestinal Bleeding ASHEVILLE, N.C. –– Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted to a hospital near his home Saturday for evaluation and treatment of intestinal bleeding, hospital officials said.

Graham‘s doctors said the condition did not appear to be life–threa >>>


      NAVY PULLS YOUTUBE VIDEO MADE BY AIRMAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     SAN DIEGO –– The Navy has removed a video from YouTube shot aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan because it shows sailors using safety equipment inappropriately, a Navy spokesman said.

The video, titled "Women of CVN76: ‘That Don‘t Impress Me Much,‘" was shot by an a >>>


      PSYCHOLOGISTS WEIGH INTERROGATION BAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     PM SAN FRANCISCO –– Stung by reports implicating mental health specialists in prisoner abuse scandals at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, the nation‘s largest group of psychologists is considering banning its members from interrogations of terror suspects.

The American Psychological Association, >>>


      RESCUERS TO DRILL 5TH HOLE IN UTAH MINE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     HUNTINGTON, Utah –– Rescuers banged on a drill bit and set off explosives, hoping to elicit a response from six men trapped deep inside a collapsed coal mine. Their efforts were met with silence _ again.

Rescuers found no signs of life Saturday after drilling a fourth hole into the Crandall Canyon m >>>


      SKYSCRAPER BURNS NEAR GROUND ZERO
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     NEW YORK –– A seven–alarm fire ripped through an abandoned skyscraper next to ground zero in Lower Manhattan Saturday, killing two firefighters who were responding to the blaze.

Officers at the scene were preventing nearby residents from returning to their homes, telling them that authorities >>>


      SUMMER HEAT WAVE DEATH TOLL REACHES 4'
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     NASHVILLE, Tenn. –– Authorities in Memphis and Alabama reported 10 more heat–related deaths Friday, bringing the toll in the Southeast and Midwest to at least 4' since oppressive triple–digit temperatures settled over the region last week.

In Memphis alone, heat has been blamed as a >>>


      TEXANS TAKE PRECAUTIONS AS DEAN NEARS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     GALVESTON, Texas –– Some south Texas areas began taking precautions as Category 4 Hurricane Dean charted a course toward the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico, with the Texas coast a possible target.

City officials in Brownsville called for voluntary evacuations while in Edinburg, another cit >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – AUG. 1'
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Aug. 1', the 231st day of 2007. There are 134 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Aug. 1', 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.

On this date: In 1807, Robert Fulton& >>>


      WAS THE MORTGAGE A MISTAKE?
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     By Michael S. RosenwaldWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 1', 2007; F01 Two years ago, my wife and I sat at a long conference table in a mortgage–title office in Bethesda. Sitting next to us: our real estate agent, who drew up our bid on a townhouse in Germantown two days after showing it to us.
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      CANDIDATES TURN TO ‘BOUTIQUE‘ FIRMS TO REACH NICHE AUDIENCES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     When Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.) launched the first ads of his presidential campaign in Nevada last week, two things stood out.

The first was obvious: They were in Spanish. The second was much less obvious. Rather than being produced by David Axelrod, Obama‘s chief media consultant, they were made by >>>


      DEMOCRATS PREACH VIRTUE OF LABOR UNIONS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa –– Democratic presidential candidates argued Saturday night that organized labor is an essential part of the nation‘s economy whose troubles mirror the deterioration of the middle class way of life.

"The only way to reinvigorate the middle class is to reinvigorate the l >>>


      NEW YORK ACTIVISTS SAY GIULIANI HAS RETREATED ON GAY ISSUES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     A04 NEW YORK –– Frustrated by what he regards as the shifting stance of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani on gay rights, Ryan Davis logged on to MySpace, gathered a few of his friends and grabbed a video camera.

Together, they created a minute–long YouTube video aimed at hu >>>


      REAGAN IMAGE–MAKER CHANGED AMERICAN POLITICS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     A01 Michael K. Deaver, 6', the media maestro who shaped President Ronald Reagan‘s public image for 20 years, transforming American politics with his powerful gift for image–making, died of pancreatic cancer yesterday at his home in Bethesda.

As the White House deputy chief of staff during the fi >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. NEWSMAKER0S (C–SPAN), 10 a.m.: Rep. James L. Oberstar (D–Minn.). FACE THE NATION (CB >>>


      13 KILLED BY TYPHOON SEPAT IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     BEIJING –– At least 13 people were killed as a tornado and Typhoon Sepat hit the Chinese mainland after more than '00,000 were evacuated as a precaution, state media reported Sunday.

Xinhua News Agency said the tornado, which was believed to be formed under the influence of the typhoon, killed a >>>


      A DEADLY CLASH AT DONKEY ISLAND
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     the City By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 1', 2007; A01 RAMADI, Iraq Staff Sgt. Norman Stark had never seen combat. Nor did the 32–year–old soldier from Baltimore expect it, after many uneventful months in Iraq‘s Anbar province, as he jostled over the rough terrain of br >>>


      CALL TO WAR TURNS GUARDSMEN ON A DIME
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     By Christian DavenportWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 1', 2007; C01 The house was in complete disarray, with dirty dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor and the trash bin overflowing. Even the TV was left on.

Stephanie Pyle felt awful that she had left such a mess for her vacationing housemate >>>


      FLIGHT FROM DARFUR ENDS VIOLENTLY IN EGYPT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 1', 2007; A15 MARKER NO. 6 ON THE ISRAELI BORDER, Egypt –– For Hagga Abbas Haroun, a 28–year–old refugee from Sudan‘s Darfur region, four years of struggle to bring herself and her family to safety ended violently last mon >>>


      GERMAN WOMAN KIDNAPPED IN KABUL EATERY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Four armed assailants kidnapped a German aid worker dining with her husband at a restaurant in Kabul in a bold midday attack, as the Taliban said negotiations for the release of 1' remaining South Korean hostages have failed.

Meanwhile, a suicide car bomb attack killed 15 p >>>


      HOPES DIM FOR OVER 180 TRAPPED MINERS IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     XINTAI, China (Reuters) – More than 180 Chinese miners trapped down a flooded shaft have slim hopes for survival, but officials said they would press on with frantic rescue efforts after one of the nation‘s worst mine disasters.

Some 172 miners were pinned down in the mine in the eastern province Sh >>>


      IRAQI LEADERS‘ TALKS YIELD SCANT RESULTS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     A17 BAGHDAD, Aug. 18 –– Iraq‘s top five governmental leaders began a review of the country‘s de–Baathification law Saturday but appeared not to have reached an agreement on that topic or any of the other critical issues that have plunged the country into a political crisis.

Prime M >>>


      ISRAEL RETURNS SUDANESE MIGRANTS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Israel confirmed Sunday that it has begun returning Sudanese migrants to Egypt, expelling nearly 50 in an operation overnight.

Egyptian security said late Saturday that Israel sent back 48 Africans, most of them Sudanese, across the border with Egypt, but there was no immediate Israeli >>>


      ISRAEL: REPORT ON AMNESTY FOR PALESTINIANS UNTRUE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel denied on Sunday it had submitted to a Palestinian security official a list of 110 militants whom he said Israeli forces would stop pursuing in the occupied West Bank.

"The report is not true. There is no such list," Israeli government spokesman David Baker said.
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      KAZAKH LEADER‘S PARTY WINS TOTAL VICTORY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     ASTANA (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev‘s party won every available seat in a new parliament, results showed on Sunday, in an election that further tightened his grip over the Central Asian state.

Kazakhstan has never held a vote judged free and fair and the Soviet–style 88.05 >>>


      MALDIVIANS VOTE IN HISTORIC ELECTION
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     MALE, Maldives –– Thousands of Maldivians, many of them fed up with the president‘s nearly three–decade rule, voted Saturday at schools and makeshift gazebos in the crowded capital and on remote atolls in a poll seen as a referendum on their leader.

The vote was technically to choose a n >>>


      PET CAMEL KILLS AUSTRALIAN WOMAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     BRISBANE, Australia –– An Australian woman was killed by a pet camel given to her as a 60th birthday present, police said Sunday.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was killed Saturday at her family sheep and cattle ranch near Mitchell, 350 miles west of the Queensland state capital Brisba >>>


      REPORT: J.K. ROWLING WRITING CRIME NOVEL
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     LONDON –– J.K. Rowling has been spotted at cafes in Scotland working on a detective novel, a British newspaper reported Saturday.

The Sunday Times newspaper quoted Ian Rankin, a fellow author and neighbor of Rowling‘s, as saying the creator of the "Harry Potter" books is turning to c >>>


      SHIITE MILITIA EXPANDS GRIP IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     BAGHDAD –– The street market bustles in the early mornings and late afternoons as shoppers come out to buy fruit, bread, clothes and toys. Late into the hot summer nights, whole families gather to eat grilled kebabs at tiny stalls, their small children shrieking as they play tag.

The Hurriyah neighb >>>


      THOUSANDS IN PERU LACK FOOD, WATER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     LIMA, Peru, Aug. 18 –– Word leaked Friday night that several relief workers were sleeping in a seminary in the shattered town of Ica. The news instantly transformed the building into a tempting target for those desperate for supplies since Wednesday‘s 8.0–magnitude earthquake.

"The >>>


      US ADVISER: BRITAIN FACES UGLY PULLOUT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2007
     LONDON –– An adviser to the U.S. military said that British troops face an "ugly and embarrassing" withdrawal from southern Iraq in the coming months, a British newspaper reported.

Stephen Biddle, a member of a group that advised U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq last year, told the Sunday >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     Opinion Rosner‘s Domain Anglo File Travel Sports del.icio.us Digg It! new Business in Brief Two fruit growers have petitioned the High Court of Justice, asking the court to order the government to supply them with permits for foreign workers without making them pay fees to the Plants Production and Marketing Board >>>


      EMERGENCY PLAN TO AVOID BLACKOUTS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli The electrical shortage is now expected to start earlier than forecast: Power outages are planned for the summer of 2008 and long outages will occur up until 2011.

Minister of National Infrastructures Benjamin Ben–Eliezer will present the cabinet with an emergency plan today to modera >>>


      KAN FIGHTING TREASURY OVER MEKOROT RESTRUCTURING
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli and Ora Coren The antitrust commissioner, Ronit Kan, is strongly opposed to restructuring the national water company Mekorot. She is warning against the possible future damage to competition in the water industry.

Kan sent a harshly worded letter to Finance Ministry Director General Yarom A >>>


      MOSHE SCHNITZER, ISRAEL PRIZE WINNER AND DIAMOND EXCHANGE FOUNDER, 86
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Ora Coren Moshe Schnitzer, a founder of the Israeli diamond industry, passed away Thursday night. He was 86.

Schnitzer is considered the person who most influenced the industry and who shaped the business into the international giant it became. He was president of the Israel Diamond Exchange from 1'67 to >>>


      PUBLIC STARTS TO FEEL STOCK MARKET CRISIS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Hagai Amit The stock market crisis is now reaching the general public, and they may soon begin to feel the pain.

In the first two weeks of August, provident funds, a major pension investment for much of the public, lost 4.5 percent on average. Considering that the entire sector showed gross nominal yields of >>>


      TAKING CARE OF TYCOONS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Sami Peretz So who won the battle over raising taxes on company cars?

After a year full of conflict and pressure from all sides, the treasury wound up last week with a shrunken, cushy set of reforms. These reforms spread out the tax increases for workers with company cars over four years, and also have a muc >>>


      A MENACING DOCTRINE
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial The document drafted by two former Supreme Court presidents in an effort to restore trust between the justice minister and the current court president is not worth the paper it was written on. The changes the minister initiated, and especially the amendment to limit the court‘s authority, were >>>


      A PRIVATIZED ZIONIST PATRIOT
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Lily Galili If war breaks out – the war which everyone claims no one wants – it will be a disaster. Not only because the war was defined as superfluous even before it started, but also because the public has absolutely no faith in the information services and spokespeople who are supposed to be of assista >>>


      THE CAREGIVER DID HER BIT
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Shahar Ilan The Filipino caregivers perform work that Israelis are unwilling to take on. They take care of our parents‘ needs, dress them, feed them, take them for walks and bathe them.

Interior Ministry rules stipulate that a foreign worker may remain here for up to five years and three months, unless >>>


      THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE AS PUBLIC ENEMY
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Ehud Asheri There is something deceptive about the character of Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann. It begins with the odd gap between the smug, self–indulgent tone of voice and the provocative, belligerent messages; between the desiccated, academic packaging and the dramatic content behind it. Those who are imp >>>


      WHO IS LOONY?
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Gideon Levy Benjamin Netanyahu has once again demonstrated he is a political virtuoso.

One may even start to suspect that he invented Moshe Feiglin. Talk is one thing – "we‘ll uproot Feiglin" – but the result is something else: The Feiglins helped reinvent the Likud Party leader. >>>


      AFTER LONG DELAY, WJC GETS NEW SECRETARY GENERAL
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Yair Sheleg Michael Schneider, former vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, has been appointed secretary general of the World Jewish Congress.

He will assume his duties on September 10. Schneider‘s appointment last Wednesday ended a turbulent period for the WJC, a politica >>>


      ARAB OFFICIALS: SYRIA NOT PLANNING TO ATTACK ISRAEL
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Amos Harel, Barak Ravid and Yoav Stern Two friendly Arab countries have told Israel that Syria is not planning to attack in the coming months. The messages were relayed by senior–level officials and are based in part on talks with the officials‘ Syrian counterparts.

This is part of a broader effo >>>


      BERLINERS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ISRAELI PRODUCTS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2007
     By Assaf Uni BERLIN – The opening of "Israel Week at the Galeria Kaufhof department store in Berlin spurred a demonstration yesterday against Israeli food products originating in the territories. Protesters held signs reading "No to settlement products" and "Stop the Israel–EU Association >>>



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