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      FIRE THREATENS MANDRA HOMES
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     Firefighters were last night able to bring under partial control a wildfire that broke out near homes in Mandra, west of Athens, before any properties or lives were put at risk.

The fire began at about 4.30 p.m., prompting the arrival of some 100 firefighters and nine aircraft to help put out the blaze, which b >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     GANG CAUGHT Four officers injured in arrest of three men for rape and robberies Police early yesterday arrested in Ilioupolis, eastern Athens, three men suspected of raping a young woman and carrying out three armed robberies and 22 break–ins. Four officers were injured as the three suspects tried to evade arrest. >>>


      IRAQIS RESCUED FROM LOCKED TRUCK
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     Eighty–seven Iraqis who had been locked in the back of a truck for two days were found near Athens yesterday, hours before a search was launched for 14 migrants missing off the island of Chios.

Security guards at a factory in Schimatari, some 60 kilometers north of Athens, found the Iraqi immigrants in a >>>


      PM SWITCHES POLL DEBATE TO SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     Karamanlis pledges to safeguard pensions and retirement age WILELMOS ANTONIOU/ANA Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis gives the victory sign at the end of a speech to New Democracy’s central committee in Athens yesterday. His address focused on pension reform, as the ruling conservatives tried to move on from bond scandal >>>


      TEACHER SHORTAGE REBUFFED
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     A few weeks before the start of the new academic year, the Education Ministry rebuffed teachers’ claims of understaffing at state schools, saying appointments had virtually doubled this year.

«It is widely known that this year 2,174 teachers were appointed to permanent posts as opposed to 1,110 last year, >>>


      THESSALONIKI CEMETERY GUARD KILLED ON JOB
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     A 56–year–old municipal guard, found dead in a Thessaloniki cemetery on Wednesday night, was murdered, possibly by would–be thieves, police said yesterday.

Vassilis Zoumboulis, whose body was discovered just after ' p.m. on Wednesday, had been beaten on the head with a wooden pole, a coron >>>


      TWENTY CHARGED OVER RIOTS
      Kathimerin, 24-08-2007
     A Thessaloniki prosecutor yesterday charged 20 people for their alleged role in violent protests sparked by the death of a 27–year–old Nigerian immigrant in the city.

The suspects, all Greeks, were released after being charged with breaching the peace. Ten of the suspects were also charged with caus >>>


      ‘NDRANGHETA: LA VENDETTA ENTRE LES CLANS NIRTA ET VOTTARI REPART DE PLUS BELLE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Des habitantes de San Luca se rendant aux funérailles des victimes de la tuerie de Duisbourg Photo: Keystone ITALIE. Reportage dans le bastion de la mafia calabraise, oů ont eu lieu les funérailles des victimes de la tuerie de Duisbourg.

Eric Jozsef, San Luca Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le cor >>>


      A MI–MANDAT, LES ALLEMANDS SONT SATISFAITS DE LA GRANDE COALITION
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     ALLEMAGNE. Au terme de la premi';re moitié de sa législature, Angela Merkel accumule les succ';s. Frustration du SPD sur certains dossiers.

Yves Petignat, Berlin Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 La victoire par 2 ŕ 1 de la Mannschaft sur l‘Angleterre, mercredi soir au stade de >>>


      AXA WINTERTHUR CRÉE 200 EMPLOIS ET DYNAMISE SON SERVICE EXTERNE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Thomas Buberl Photo: DR Agrandir l‘image REORGANISATION. Les agents généraux deviendront des entrepreneurs indépendants.

L‘accent est mis sur la croissance, explique Thomas Buberl, responsable de la distribution.

Emmanuel Garessus Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le groupe avai >>>


      BREVETS: LA SUISSE NE FERA PAS APPEL
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Axa Winterthur crée 200 emplois et dynamise son service externe EOS conclut un contrat d‘envergure avec RWE Credit Suisse ambitieux sur son marché national Kuoni baisse en bourse sur des résultats mitigés Le Kremlin veut donner un nouvel élan ŕ son industrie aéronautique civile E >>>


      BUSH RÉVEILLE LES FANTÔMES DU VIETNAM POUR JUSTIFIER L‘IRAK
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Des soldats américains ŕ Bagdad oů le niveau de violence reste tr';s élevé Photo: Keystone ETATS–UNIS. La comparaison du président a provoqué des réactions d‘incrédulité.

Luis Lema, New York Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 S‘il n‘a >>>


      CARLA DEL PONTE SERA BIEN AMBASSADRICE Ŕ BUENOS AIRES
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     DIPLOMATIE. La nomination de la procureure du TPIY pose moins probl';me que le reclassement de l‘actuel chef de mission.

D.S. Miéville Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le Conseil fédéral a annoncé jeudi la nomination de Carla Del Ponte comme ambassadrice de Suisse en Argentine. L >>>


      CES ÉLČVES QUI VOUDRAIENT ÉTUDIER EN PAIX
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     La discipline en classe vue comme un outil de travail Photo: Keystone • Pour la rentrée scolaire 2007, les cantons cherchent des solutions pour un meilleur encadrement. Quitte ŕ revenir ŕ une plus grande discipline.

Marie–Christine Petit–Pierre Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 «L& >>>


      CREDIT SUISSE AMBITIEUX SUR SON MARCHÉ NATIONAL
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Kuoni baisse en bourse sur des résultats mitigés Le Kremlin veut donner un nouvel élan ŕ son industrie aéronautique civile ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Credit Suisse ambitieux sur son marché national BANQUE. Le numéro deux l';ve le voile sur sa stratégie de crois >>>


      DES AGENTS AVEC ARMES Ŕ FEU DANS LES TRAINS? LA BRČCHE EST OUVERTE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     SECURITE. Vive controverse autour d‘un projet de la Commission des transports du National.

Le Temps Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Imaginons. Des agents de police d‘une société privée qui se faufileraient dans les couloirs étroits des wagons CFF le pistolet ŕ la ceinture, en >>>


      DES DIEUX ET DES HOMMES (20). ROSTAM, CHEVALIER MYSTIQUE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Des dieux et des hommes (20). Lisbeth Koutchoumoff Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Fort et intrépide, Rostam est le héros le plus populaire de la mythologie persane. Sa lignée n‘est pas ordinaire. A commencer par son p';re, Zal.

Rejeté ŕ la naissance parce qu‘il é >>>


      DEVANT LA JUSTICE. DEUX HOCKEYEURS RECONNUS COUPABLES DE VIOL
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     NEUCHATEL. Amateurs d‘alcool et de sexe, les deux jeunes sportifs ont abusé une adolescente de 14 ans.

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      EOS CONCLUT UN CONTRAT D‘ENVERGURE AVEC RWE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     ELECTRICITE. Le grossiste romand discute actuellement avec d‘autres groupes étrangers.

Marie–Laure Chapatte Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 L‘approvisionnement en électricité deviendra une préoccupation majeure ŕ l‘avenir. Le grossiste romand EOS l‘a bien co >>>


      EUROFOOT:«NOUS AVONS TIRÉ LES LE'';ONS DU G8»
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Le ministre genevois Mark Muller (ŕ g.) et le conseiller fédéral Samuel Schmid Photo: Daniel Winteregg SUISSE. Le conseiller fédéral Samuel Schmid et le conseiller d‘Etat genevois Mark Muller s‘expriment sur l‘organisation de l‘Euro 2008.

Cynthia Gani et Sandra M >>>


      FULVIO PELLI FAIT UN APPEL DU PIED AUX PATRONS ZURICHOIS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     PUBLICATION. Le président du PRD a rassemblé le témoignage de 37 personnalités sur les valeurs du libéralisme.

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      GR'4;CE Ŕ SON ESSOR EN INDE ET EN CHINE, HOLCIM DÉPASSE LAFARGE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Usine de la société Ambuja Cements en Inde Photo: Keystone CONSTRUCTION. Le cimentier suisse lancera une offre publique d‘achat sur Ambuja Cements.

Daniel Eskenazi, Zurich Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Holcim compense largement la crise de l‘immobilier résidentiel aux Etats–Uni >>>


      HANS–GEORG SIGNER: «CES ENFANTS NE SUPPORTENT PAS LA FRUSTRATION»
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Des innovations intéressantes ŕ Bâle. Marie–Christine Petit–Pierre Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 En 2002, 70% des enseignants de Bâle–Ville considéraient que les él';ves difficiles les empęchaient de faire leur travail. Ce constat ressortait d‘une é >>>


      JAMAIS LES BRITANNIQUES N‘ONT AUTANT ÉMIGRÉ
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     ROYAUME–UNI. Les sujets de Sa Majesté cherchent ailleurs une meilleure qualité de vie.

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      JUSTE AU CORPS. NADINE STRITTMATTER
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Top model argovien. Sonja Hugentobler Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le Temps: Quand avez–vous fait du sport pour la derni';re fois?

Nadine Strittmatter: Ce matin. Trois heures au fitness, entre autres de la course sur tapis roulant et du yoga.

– Trois mots pour décrire votre apparen >>>


      KUONI BAISSE EN BOURSE SUR DES RÉSULTATS MITIGÉS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     VOYAGE. Le groupe déçoit les analystes, en particulier pour sa performance suisse.

Le Temps Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le bénéfice net du tour–opérateur suisse Kuoni (KUNN.S) a diminué de plus de moitié sur un an, de 8,1 millions ŕ 3,5 millions de francs. Selon >>>


      L‘APOLOGIE DE L‘ANARCHIE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Raymond C. Benoit, Niederweningen (ZH) Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Comme c‘est facile pour M. Blocher de se faire de la pub facile, en attaquant – ŕ nouveau – les lois internationales qui seraient incompatibles avec la volonté du souverain peuple suisse, qui ne peut naturellement jamais se tromper  >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. LA TSR PEUT–ELLE SATISFAIRE LES APPÉTITS TÉLÉVISUELS DES PDC VALAISANS?
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
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      L‘ČRE DES PILOTES DE FORMULE 1 EN SALON
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     La jeune recrue, Lewis Hamilton, prépare ses circuits sur le simulateur de l´écurie McLaren Photo: Keystone AUTOMOBILISME. Dans son antre de Woking, l‘écurie McLaren abrite un simulateur ultra–perfectionné. Le débutant Lewis Hamilton s‘y entraîne en vue de chaque Gran >>>


      L‘ŚCUMÉNISME RESTE UNE PRIORITÉ POUR LES RÉFORMÉS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     RELIGION. Le pasteur Thomas Wipf répond ŕ la lettre ouverte de Mgr Kurt Koch.

Patricia Briel Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Pour les protestants, l‘ścuménisme demeure «une mission et une exigence».

Thomas Wipf, président de la Fédération des Eglises >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE. GAINS AMOINDRIS EN FIN DE SÉANCE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Gains amoindris en fin de séance La bourse suisse.

Anker Bank, Private Banking Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 La Bourse helvétique a clôturé hier en lég';re progression, comme les autres places financi';res européennes. Les indic >>>


      LA CRISE POLITIQUE S‘AGGRAVE EN BELGIQUE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     COALITION. Premier ministre désigné, le chrétien–démocrate flamand Yves Leterme renonce.

Le Temps Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le roi des Belges, Albert II, a mis fin jeudi ŕ la mission du chrétien–démocrate flamand Yves Leterme, qu‘il avait chargé en >>>


      LA POLICE FERROVIAIRE DOIT–ELLE ĘTRE PRIVÉE ET ARMÉE? VIVE CONTROVERSE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Des agents de Securitrans opérant en gare Photo: www.securitrans.ch SECURITE. Un projet de la Commission des transports du Conseil national fait des vagues.

Bernard Wuthrich, Berne Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Faut–il autoriser les agents de la police ferroviaire, une société privée, >>>


      LA PREMIČRE ONG FINANCIČRE EST NÉE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     LOBBY. Les intermédiaires veulent pouvoir dialoguer avec l‘ONU. Myret Zaki Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Pierre Christodoulidis et Jean–Pierre Diserens ont le sourire. Les président et vice–président de la CIFA (Convention of Independent Financial Advisors) sont les premiers financiers >>>


      LE BLÉ PEINE Ŕ POUSSER ET SON PRIX FLAMBE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     CEREALES. Les prévisions de récoltes sont mauvaises. Le Temps, avec les agences Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Le prix du blé est monté ŕ un record historique mercredi sur le marché de Chicago, battant son précédent plus haut niveau, qui datait de 1''6.

Sur le CBO >>>


      LE CORPS ET L‘ESPRIT SE SÉPARENT GR'4;CE Ŕ LA VIDÉO
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     NEUROSCIENCES. Dans une expérience de réalité virtuelle menée ŕ l‘EPFL, des sujets, dupés par leur cerveau, s‘auto–situaient hors des limites de leur propre corps. Le concept de conscience de soi aurait ainsi une composante biologique, et pas seulement psychique.

>>>


      LE KREMLIN VEUT DONNER UN NOUVEL ÉLAN Ŕ SON INDUSTRIE AÉRONAUTIQUE CIVILE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Vladimir Poutine avec Mikhail Pogosyan, directeur de Sukhoď Photo: Keystone AVIATION. Moscou accueille cette semaine son «Bourget russe». La star du salon: le Superjet, premier avion civil conçu par la Russie depuis la chute de l‘URSS. Un projet symbole du renouveau d‘une industrie en p >>>


      LE MARCHÉ MONÉTAIRE, ÉPICENTRE DE LA CRISE, RETROUVE DES COULEURS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     CRISE DE CONFIANCE. Les marchés réévaluent vers le bas les dommages que la panique financi';re pourrait finalement infliger ŕ l‘économie réelle.

Jean–Louis Richard Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Les rem';des des banques centrales semblent finalement pren >>>


      LE MET Ŕ LA CONQUĘTE DES SALLES DE CINÉMA
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Le Metropolitan Opera avec, ŕ gauche le New York State Theatre et, ŕ droite, l´Avery Fisher Hall Photo: Keystone LYRIQUE. Fort du succ';s retentissant de la saison passée, le théâtre new–yorkais renforce son opération révolutionnaire.

Rocco Zacheo Vendredi 2 >>>


      LE RÉSEAU D‘ENSEIGNEMENT PRIORITAIRE S‘ÉLARGIT
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     GENEVE. D';s lundi, six nouveaux établissements bénéficieront de moyens supplémentaires.

Cynthia Gani Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Plus que trois jours. Lundi, 70000 él';ves genevois reprendront le chemin de l‘école. Pour une rentrée 2007 placée so >>>


      LES HÔPITAUX PROMEUVENT LA QUALITÉ MAIS PEINENT ENCORE Ŕ COMPARER LEURS RÉSULTATS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     SUISSE. H+ riposte ŕ l‘attaque de Comparis en présentant son projet qualité. En point de mire, une comparaison nationale des établissements en 2010. Mais les obstacles sont importants, tout comme les questions méthodologiques. Sylvie Arsever Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 D‘ici ŕ >>>


      LOGEMENT: HISTOIRES DE MÉTAMORPHOSES (5/6). AU MONT–PČLERIN, ENTRE CIEL ET LAC
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Chargé de reconvertir une grange et une habitation agricole en logement sans en modifier la silhouette, Bakker et Blanc a livré une réinterprétation attentive et imaginative du bâtiment.

Lorette Coen Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Pour les habitants de la Riviera lémanique, le Mont >>>


      MARIE–MADELEINE DE CHASTONAY: «LA VIOLENCE EST TROP SOUVENT UN SUJET TABOU»
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Verbatim. Sierre explore un nouvel outil pour faire revenir les tętes dures ŕ la raison. Le PASS, le programme alternatif de suspension scolaire importé du Canada, est déjŕ en place ŕ Fribourg. Marie–Madeleine de Chastonay, ŕ la direction des écoles de Sierre, livre son anal >>>


      MONDIALISATION: EMBARQUEMENT IMMÉDIAT (5/6). MOSCOU: UN PAYS, DEUX SYSTČMES
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Inauguré pour les Jeux olympiques de 1'80, l‘aéroport de Cheremetievo était une vitrine de l‘empire soviétique. Aujourd‘hui dépassé, il s‘est fait «doubler» par un concurrent privatisé. Russie d‘Etat contre Russie privée, la course est >>>


      PAS D‘ENTRAIDE SUISSE Ŕ LA RUSSIE DANS L‘AFFAIRE YUKOS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     La police ferroviaire doit–elle ętre privée et armée? Vive controverse Pas d‘entraide suisse ŕ la Russie dans l‘affaire Yukos Carla Del Ponte sera bien ambassadrice ŕ Buenos Aires Fulvio Pelli fait un appel du pied aux patrons zurichois SUISSE Le Temps I Suisse I Article Pas d& >>>


      PREMIČRE RÉUSSIE POUR LE FUTUR MÉTRO LAUSANNOIS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     VAUD. La mise sous tension du M2 ouvre une période d‘essais et de tests complexes.

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      QUOI DE NEUF. UN ARBRE Ŕ PLANTER
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Quoi de neuf. Albertine Bourget, Berne Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Ils ne s‘appellent ni Adam ni Eve, mais ils sont en couple et amoureux des arbres, notamment fruitiers. L‘idée qui leur trottait dans la tęte depuis longtemps est en train d‘ętre concrétisée. Depuis leur ferm >>>


      RENTRÉE SCOLAIRE: LA DISCIPLINE N‘EST PLUS UN TABOU
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Marie–Christine Petit–Pierre Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Une entreprise britannique a développé une gamme d‘uniformes scolaires résistant aux coups de couteau: ŕ Londres, sept garçons ont été poignardés depuis le début de l‘année. La Suisse n&l >>>


      REPČRE. LES FINANCIERS SE PLACENT Ŕ L‘ONU!
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Rep';re. Myret Zaki Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 C‘est une premi';re mondiale. L‘association d‘intermédiaires financiers indépendants CIFA, créée en 2001 par des Genevois avant–gardistes, s‘est constituée en organisation non gouvernementale. Cette >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. OMBELLIFORME: L‘ÉTÉ 2007
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 L‘été 2007 se sera révélé davantage ombelliforme que caniculaire. Pourtant, tout commençait dans la fournaise. Au moins par anticipation. Dans leurs prévisions ŕ long terme, publiées au printemps, d >>>


      SHAKESPEARE Ŕ LA TRAPPE
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     PERFORMANCE. Prévu sur la place Neuve ŕ Gen';ve, un «Coriolan» version claquettes est annulé.

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      SIGNAUX APAISANTS SUR LES MARCHÉS FINANCIERS
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Brevets: la Suisse ne fera pas appel Axa Winterthur crée 200 emplois et dynamise son service externe EOS conclut un contrat d‘envergure avec RWE Credit Suisse ambitieux sur son marché national Kuoni baisse en bourse sur des résultats mitigés Le Kremlin veut donner un nouvel élan ŕ son >>>


      UN LABEL POUR QUARTIERS DURABLES
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     ECOLOGIE. Le WWF propose aux Suisses une nouvelle culture urbaine. Etienne Dubuis Vendredi 24 ao$';t 2007 Des quartiers durables, consommant un minimum de ressources naturelles, sont apparus ces derni';res années en Europe: de Londres (BedZed) ŕ Fribourg–en–Brisgau (Vauban), en passa >>>


      WEST SIDE STORY
      Le Temps, 24-08-2007
     Gilbert–Michel Rolle. Tout petit, il chantait pour se consoler. Il a continué pour faire une carri';re de ténor. Aux Etats–Unis. Son premier CD commercialisé vient de sortir ŕ New York.

Il arrive en Suisse. Voyage musical La lecture de ce texte (4'17 caract';r >>>


      2CONNECT WIDENS MPLS NETWORK
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 24 August 2007 — 2Connect, the Kingdom’s link to the next generation of telecommunications services, has announced it has expanded its global, multi– protocol label switching (MPLS) network. Through strategic partnerships,
2Connect’s new, international MPLS network is now ava >>>


      DHL EXPANSION IN US ENHANCES DELIVERY SERVICE
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 24 August 2007 — With $1.2 billion invested in US ground and air networks sending export shipments and personal effects to the US mainland from the Middle East, it has now become faster using DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics provider, a statement said.

As part of >>>


      FAYROUZ PEACH FLAVOR DRINK ‘HITS THE GROUND RUNNING’
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 24 August 2007 — As part of its ongoing initiatives to expand consumer choice and enhance its brand portfolio with new exciting and trendy flavors, Fayrouz brand, a leading player in the soft drink industry across the Middle East, has launched Fayrouz peach variant — one of its most innovative new flav >>>


      MIDEAST PAPER INDUSTRY WORTH $3BN
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 24 August 2007 — The paper industry in the MENA region is currently about $3 billion, with UAE’s share alone reaching $1 billion, industry players said at a press conference yesterday.

Paper Arabia 2007, the first–of–its–kind expo on the industry that is set to >>>


      MORE BEARISH ECONOMIC TREND NEGATIVELY IMPACT OIL DEMAND
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Syed Rashid Husain Despite the calls to open taps, OPEC continues to tread a cautious course. With the world oil demand projections put forward by various stake holders falling into a still more widening range, global economic woes coming to surface finally and the crude prices falling, uncertainty in the market seems s >>>


      TAQA BUYS PIONEER CANADA
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 August 2007 — In a substantial $540 million deal, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (ADSM: TAQA) has purchased the Canadian oil and petroleum company Pioneer Canada. Calgary–based Pioneer Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of the US firm Pioneer Natural Resources Company, is a >>>


      CHANGING NAME TO BE A MUSLIM
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A Muslim family received a proposal of marriage from a young man who is a Hindu. He said that he is willing to adopt Islam if his proposal is accepted. The girl’s father told him that he should also change his name to adopt an Islamic name, but the young man refused. Please comment.

Ah >>>


      SETTING THE SCENE
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Prophet! Have fear of God and do not yield to the unbelievers and the hypocrites.

God is certainly All–Knowing, Wise. Follow what is revealed to you by your Lord; for God is well aware of all that you do. Place your trust i >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN–140: AT THE START OF A JOURNEY
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Many of us have learned that the Prophet used to say a particular prayer when he was about to initiate a travel. We hear this prayer every time we travel on some airlines of Muslim countries. Yet hardly ever is this prayer translated so that passengers who do not speak Arabic should understand it. >>>


      BURAIDAH DATES MARKET EXPECTS SR2BN SALES
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Khaled Al–Awadh, Arab News The bustling Buraidah International Dates Market. (AN photo) BURAIDAH, 24 August 2007 — Buraidah International dates market is expected to draw SR2 billion in sales of dates this year, according to the head of the Technical Committee of the large Buraidah date market in Qasim.

& >>>


      EXPERT ADVICE
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 24 August 2007 — Waleed Shehri will present a program on Expert Advice on the Saudi Radio at 1.30 p.m on Monday. The guest lawyer will be Ashraf Saraj. Any questions should be sent to e–mail expert.advice@yahoo.com, or SMS:0541180140 before 4 p.m Sunday. Frequency: Riyadh '7.7 and Dammam 103. >>>


      INDONESIANS PROTEST OUTSIDE SAUDI EMBASSY IN JAKARTA
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Rasheed Abou–Alsamh, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 August 2007 — Relatives of the four Indonesian maids who were allegedly severely beaten by their Saudi employers in Aflaj more than two weeks ago protested yesterday outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, along with workers’ rights activists, demanding th >>>


      MINISTRY BANS CHINESE TOOTHPASTES
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Arab News RIYADH, 24 August 2007 — Saudi Arabia has removed from shelves seven brands of toothpaste produced in Chinese found to have a poisonous chemical in them, a Ministry of Commerce and Industry statement clarified on Wednesday.

According to the statement of the ministry reported by Saudi Press Agency its >>>


      ABBAS DENIES SECRET TALKS WITH ISRAEL
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i & Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY, 24 August 2007 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday denied recent Israeli media reports that secret peace talks have made progress on some of the most sensitive issues at the heart of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

In the la >>>


      COURT ALLOWS SHARIF TO RETURN
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Supporters of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif celebrate the Supreme Court decision in favor of the former leader in Islamabad on Thursday.

(AP) ISLAMABAD, 24 August 2007 — In another blow to Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the country’s Supreme Court yesterday all >>>


      CPI–M ADAMANT ABOUT US N–DEAL
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 24 August 2007 — Taking tougher stand against prospects of Congress–led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) pursuing the controversial Indo–US nuclear deal, the Communist Party of India–Marxist (CPI–M) yesterday threatened withdrawal of support if the Congre >>>


      DESHMUKH FOR NEW VEHICLE TAX TO STEM MUMBAI TRAFFIC WOES
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 24 August 2007 — With Mumbai’s vehicular population zooming at a frenetic pace, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has proposed a new vehicle tax in Mumbai to arrest this growth.

«No matter how much improvement continues to be made for pedestrian’s safety, i >>>


      GROUP EYES ENTERTAINING, SPIRITUAL RAMADAN
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News SHARJAH, 24 August 2007 — Qanat Al–Qasba, a family leisure and cultural destination of the Gulf region, will host Ramadaniat Al–Qasba 2007 starting next month. The five–week long annual event will run through the Holy month of Ramadan into the Eid Ul Fitr celebrations.

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      JORDANIAN SCIENTIST OFFERS FREE TRAINING ON STEM CELL THERAPY TO FILIPINO SPECIALISTS
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 24 August 2007 — A Jordanian scientist specializing in stem cell–based therapy and cancer immunotherapy has offered to sponsor four Filipino specialists, preferably hematologists or oncologists, to a two–day training in Jordan.

Philippine Ambassador to Jor >>>


      MANILA WRITER RESIGNS AS OUTRAGED OFWS PROTEST SLUR
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 24 August 2007 — A writer for Manila Standard Today and People Asia magazine resigned her positions from both publications yesterday amid an uproar sparked by an article she wrote that disparaged Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Malu Fernandez herself announced h >>>


      NEW US REPORT FINDS MALIKI GOVT SHAKY
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press WASHINGTON, 24 August 2007 — The Iraqi government will become more precarious over the next six to 12 months and its security forces have not improved enough to operate without outside help, US spy agencies conclude in a new assessment of the country’s political and military fortunes. D >>>


      PALESTINIANS PREFER PRO–WEST GOVT
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i & Agencies RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM, 24 August 2007 — Palestinians prefer the Western–backed government of Salam Fayyad to the sacked Cabinet of Hamas Premier Ismail Haniyeh, according to an opinion poll published yesterday.

The poll published by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center >>>


      SUDAN EXPELS TOP CANADIAN, EU DIPLOMATS
      Arab News, 24-08-2007
     Agencies KHARTOUM, 24 August 2007 — Sudan expelled the top Canadian diplomat and the European Commission envoy from the country for what was described as «meddling in its affairs,» the state news agency reported yesterday.

The two diplomats were summoned separately on Wednesday to the Foreign Minist >>>


      2 FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT GROUND ZERO SITE
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     NEW YORK –– A heavy piece of construction equipment plummeted 23 stories Thursday from the site of last week‘s deadly fire at ground zero, crashing through a shed and hitting two firefighters in another accident at the plagued building, officials said.

The accident came five days after two fir >>>


      ARMY SECRETARY REJECTS LONGER IRAQ TOURS
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     24, 2007; 12:24 PM WASHINGTON –– The Army‘s top civilian leader said Thursday he sees "no possibility" of extending soldiers‘ 15–month Iraq tours, reflecting concern about mounting strains on soldiers and their families as well as an emerging expectation that the troop buildup in >>>


      CHILDREN FOUND DEAD IN CARS IN OHIO, MO.
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     ST. LOUIS –– A 7–month–old infant was found dead in the heat of a parked car Thursday near the Washington University School of Medicine, authorities said. Hours later, a 2–year–old toddler was found dead in a vehicle in a suburb of Cincinnati.

The infant‘s name has not >>>


      DRAFT REPORT LOGS BLEAK OUTLOOK FOR IRAN
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     24, 2007; 12:23 PM WASHINGTON –– A draft intelligence report on Iran suggests a change in the Tehran regime appears unlikely any time soon despite growing public anger over the country‘s economic woes, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The report also anticipates little progress in getting Iran to >>>


      DRILL SERGEANT FACES 225 ABUSE CHARGES
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     SAN DIEGO –– A Marine drill instructor has been charged with 225 criminal counts connected to abusing recruits, a Marines spokesman said Thursday.

In one incident, Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass allegedly ordered a recruit to jump head–first into a trash can and then pushed him further into the containe >>>


      FACTORY ORDERS JUMP 5.' PERCENT IN JULY
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Factories saw orders for big–ticket goods jump 5.' percent in July, the most in 10 months, an encouraging sign that many manufacturers are holding up to the stresses caused by a housing slump and a credit crunch.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that the sizable increa >>>


      FIEGER CHARGED IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROBE
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     DETROIT –– Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, best known for representing assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, was indicted on charges of conspiring to make more than $125,000 in illegal contributions to the 2004 presidential campaign of Democrat John Edwards.

The indictment was returned Tuesday and uns >>>


      FORMER ASTRONAUT LISA NOWAK DUE IN COURT
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     ORLANDO, Fla. –– Former astronaut Lisa Nowak is expected in court Friday and will make her first public statements since her Feb. 5 arrest, her attorney said.

Nowak, who is accused of attacking Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman in a parking lot at Orlando International Airport, is expected to ask Circ >>>


      GENERAL‘S AIDE SUSPENDED OVER WEB SITE
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– An aide to the California National Guard‘s top general has been suspended pending an investigation into his connection to a Web site that appeared to advocate mass violence.

The guard placed Senior Airman Travis Gruber, 27, personal assistant to Maj. Gen. William Wade II, >>>


      GOP CONSULTANT, 2 MEN FOUND DEAD IN FLA.
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     ORLANDO, Fla. –– A Republican political consultant and two other men were found dead in a home in an apparent double–murder and suicide, authorities and relatives said.

Authorities have not determined a motive for the deaths of Ralph Gonzalez,
3', his roommate, David Abrami, 36, and a >>>


      GOP SENATOR CALLS FOR TROOP WITHDRAWALS
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Sen. John Warner‘s call for troop withdrawals from Iraq is likely to ratchet up pressure on President Bush substantially and lend momentum to Democratic efforts to end U.S. combat.

Warner, R–Va., former chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Navy secretary during the >>>


      IOWA CAUCUS: WOOING ONE VOTER AT A TIME
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     PRIMGHAR, Iowa –– If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins Iowa‘s presidential caucuses, it won‘t be because of endorsements or poll numbers. It will be because of people like Carol McCarty, who lives in the state‘s heavily Republican northwest corner but plans to attend her local caucus and stand up >>>


      MORE STORMS SLAM FLOODED MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     CHICAGO –– Ferocious thunderstorms, heat and humidity added to the Midwest‘s flooding misery Friday as thousands of people returned to damaged homes, many without electricity to run fans or pumps.

A sudden thunderstorm with 70 mph wind slammed into the Chicago area Thursday evening, tearing do >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     Police Officer Indicted In Girlfriend‘s Death CANTON, Ohio –– A grand jury indicted a police officer on murder charges Thursday in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, whose 2–year–old son was left alone in an apartment to tell police: "Mommy was crying. . . .

Mommy‘s i >>>


      NATIONAL FORESTS BATTLE TRASH, ATVS
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. –– Near a rock formation twisting into the Arizona sky, the desert floor has been torn up by off–road vehicles. A tattered VCR and a bullet–riddled washing machine further scar the landscape.

Tonto is one of many national forests that suffer environmental dam >>>


      PROGRESS MADE AGAINST CALIF. WILDFIRE
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     SANTA BARBARA, Calif. –– Residents of communities that had been threatened by a gigantic wildfire burning central coast forest for much of the summer were able Friday to return to homes they were forced to evacuate.

Firefighters, aided by rising humidity and cooler weather, made progress Thursday in >>>


      RUSSIA SELLS VENEZUELA '8 ILYUSHIN AIRCAFT: MEDIA
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has signed a deal to sell '8 Ilyushin civilian aircraft to Venezuela, Russian newspapers reported on Friday.

Sergei Chemezov, head of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, signed the deal for the Ilyushin–114 planes, which can be used as passenger and cargo planes, the V >>>


      SCHWARZENEGGER COOL TO ELECTORAL REFORMS
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a chilly reception Thursday to a GOP–backed plan to change the way California awards electoral votes in presidential elections _ a proposal critics say could tilt the outcome in favor of Republicans.

"In principle, I don‘t like to chang >>>


      SEALE GETS 3 LIFE TERMS FOR ‘64 KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     PM JACKSON, Miss. –– James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced Friday to three life terms in prison for his role in the 1'64 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in southwest Mississippi.

Seale, 72, was convicted in June on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in >>>


      TELEVANGELIST‘S HUSBAND TURNS SELF IN
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     ATLANTA –– The minister husband of evangelist and gospel singer Juanita Bynum turned himself in Friday morning to face charges that he beat her outside a hotel earlier this week.

Thomas W. Weeks III, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, was accompanied by his lawyer when he surrendered at the Ful >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     AM –– Heavy rain was forecast throughout Friday in parts of the Midwest already saddled with flooding. Some of the heaviest rainfall accumulations were expected over northern Illinois, with more than 4 inches possible around Chicago.

Wet weather was also expected in the Plains as the same storm syst >>>


      2008: THE YEAR OF THE CIVILIAN
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     By Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, August 24, 2007; A03 As some of the leading presidential candidates trooped before the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City this week, there was one thing largely missing at the lectern –– veterans of foreign wars.

With the exception of Sen. John >>>


      FOR A MAN IN THE MIDDLE ON IRAQ, CHURCH PROVIDES NO SANCTUARY
      Washington Post, 24-08-2007
     The sign outside Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke announces that it is a "liberal, welcoming religious community." For Rep. Tom Davis yesterday, it was more liberal than welcoming.

The Virginia Republican, a possible Senate candidate who supports the Iraq war, had bravely agreed to atte >>>



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