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      ARSON LINK TO SUMMER FIRES
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Police are examining 30 incendiary devices, including one found in Ancient Olympia, which may have caused some of the recent wildfires around the country, sources told Kathimerini yesterday.

The device found in Ancient Olympia, which was ravaged by fire last month, consisted of 15 flares. Sources said four of t >>>


      BURNT LAND POSES TOXIC RISK
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Experts have called for a ban on animals grazing in agricultural areas that were ravaged in the recent fires as well as the monitoring of toxicity levels in this year’s yield of olive oil.

Of some 280,000 hectares of forest and farmland burnt in this year’s fires, the great majority was «virgin forestland >>>


      BURNT LAND SET TO BE DEVELOPED
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     An agreement signed by the Finance Ministry and the Municipality of Zacharo in southern Greece has paved the way for building activity to take place on fire–ravaged parts of the coastal district, according to a document seen by Kathimerini.

The agreement, signed by the Finance Ministry–controlled Pu >>>


      DETAINEE LEAPS OUT OF POLICE STATION WINDOW
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Thessaloniki’s police chief yesterday ordered an internal investigation after a 2'–year–old female detainee jumped out of a second–floor window at the city’s police headquarters while waiting for officers to take her fingerprints in connection with alleged drug–related offenses.

The >>>


      DRIVERS TO RECEIVE EU PERMITS
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Greek drivers will be issued new licenses next year that will contain a microchip used to store driver information, such as blood type and other personal details.

The new pink–and–yellow credit card–like licenses will be issued as part of a European Union drive to introduce the same permits ac >>>


      GREECE ENDS 4TH IN EUROPE
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Greece lost 6'–78 to Lithuania yesterday in Madrid and ended fourth in the European Basketball Championship. This means it will have to play in a tournament next year to secure qualification to the 2008 Olympics.

Panayiotis Yiannakis‘s men were clearly tired from the huge effort in the semifinal >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Road ahead Maliakos Gulf section of national highway opens to drivers About 32 kilometers of the new section of the Athens–Thessaloniki highway near the Maliakos Gulf was opened to traffic yesterday. The new parts of the national road are in three sections near Kammena Vourla and Aghios Constantinos. Work on some >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Athens–Piraeus Prefect Constantina Bei replaces Fofi Gennimata as new head of prefecture PASOK‘s Constantina Bei was named the new Athens–Piraeus prefect on Saturday.

She was voted in by PASOK councilors at the Athens and Piraeus prefectures after the previous prefect, Fofi Gennimata, stepped >>>


      KARAMANLIS ISSUES UNIFYING CALL
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     PM urges undecided to vote for ND to ensure stable rule; PASOK unveils plans for government PANTELIS SAITAS/ANA Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis salutes New Democracy supporters in central Athens yesterday after delivering his final campaign speech at the Pedion tou Areos park. PASOK leader George Papandreou waves to th >>>


      MIGRANT SMUGGLERS ARRESTED
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Coast guard officers arrested two suspected human traffickers off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Saturday after they allegedly disembarked at least 75 illegal immigrants from a speedboat.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said that the two men arrested were Turkish nationals aged 27 and 2'. O >>>


      ND RETURNS, BUT WITH A REDUCED MAJORITY, AS PASOK TAKES BIG HIT
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     Voters send message to conservatives, Socialists as smaller parties pick up votes SIMELA PANTZARTZI/ANA A young PASOK supporter (below) looks pensive after hearing the results of exit polls that indicated the Socialist party had lost the general elections.

ND leader Costas Karamanlis (left) celebrates with his >>>


      TAVERNA OWNER SHOT DEAD OVER TAKINGS
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2007
     A 57–year–old taverna owner was shot dead in eastern Athens yesterday morning by two armed robbers who were lying in wait for him outside his home, police said.

After leaving his taverna in central Athens, Giorgos Vergos returned to his house in Kamatero at 3.15 a.m., according to officers.

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      FEAR STALKS MARKETS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Mohamed A. Ramady Whether it is in the international markets, or in the Saudi stock market, fear seems to stalk trading. The daily volatility seems to be symptomatic of a deep–seated anxiety and fear that the global credit squeeze, triggered by the US housing crash, is more pervasive then seems on the surface. Con >>>


      JEDDAH GOLD FESTIVAL EXTENDED
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Khalil Hanware & K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — The ongoing «Jeddah the Gate of Gold» festival has been extended through Ramadan, Eid Al–Fitr and the Kingdom’s national day which falls on Sept. 23, according to the organizers.

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Indu >>>


      MALAYSIA: A DESTINATION OF CHOICE FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News Naimun Mohammed Ashkali MANAMA, 17 September 2007 — Malaysia, which had issued the world’s first global sovereign $600 million Malaysian global Sukuk, ranks first in Sukuk issuance with 67 percent of global outstanding Islamic bond market, said Ambassador Naimun Mohammed Ashkali on the occasio >>>


      OIL WINDFALLS OPEN WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR GCC STATES
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — The current oil windfalls have opened a window of opportunity for Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Given the importance of oil revenues to the GCC, global oil prices will play a major role in the economic and fiscal prospects for the region as a whole.

Th >>>


      SIIG, CHEVRON–PHILLIPS TO FORM NEW PETROCHEM FIRM
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — The Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) will establish a new petrochemical company at a cost of SR18 billion ($4.8 billion) in joint venture with American Chevron–Phillips. The project is likely to start production in the last quarter of 2011, an offic >>>


      SURGING INSURANCE STOCKS FAIL TO HALT TASI’S SLIDE
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — The Saudi stock market dropped yesterday as investors kept an eye on the third quarter results of the listed companies.

The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) fell 44.01 points to close at 7,773.03. The insurance sector performed very well yesterday though >>>


      WESTERNERS KEEN ON INVESTING MORE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 17 September 2007 — An overwhelming majority of Western investors are interested in enhancing the size of their investments in the Middle East in next three years, a survey conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit has revealed.

According to findings of the survey, Western bank >>>


      ADOPTION ABOLISHED
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful Never has God put two hearts in one man’s body. Nor does He make your wives whom you declare to be as unlawful to you as your mothers’ bodies truly your mothers. Likewise, He does not make your adopted sons truly your sons.

These are only word >>>


      EMPHASIS ON BLOOD RELATIONS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Most Merciful The Prophet (peace be upon him) has more claim on the believers than they have on their own selves; and his wives are their mothers. Blood relatives have, according to God’s decree, a stronger claim upon one another than other believers (of Madinah) an >>>


      ISLAM TREATS MAN AND WOMAN EQUAL IN ALL RESPECTS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Could you please explain whether a woman has the right to question her husband on certain matters after he comes home from work, or she should only keep quiet?

M.Z. Ahmad A. The Prophet (peace be upon him) provided the best example of good family relations. His directives stress most e >>>


      SIGHTING THE MOON AND THE BEGINNING OF RAMADAN
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The problem of sighting the moon arises every year as the month of Ramadan approaches. Some people suggest that Muslims should do away with the old method of sighting the moon with the naked eye and rely instead on calculation.

They argue that it is possible to determine the exact time, d >>>


      THE PARTING OF THE MOON
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I am told that the Prophet (peace be upon him) divided the moon into two and later put it back in its original form. Is this true? Is there any evidence to support this?

Farooq Khan A. The parting of the moon is a fact, but the Prophet did not do it. How could he when he was an ordinar >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 142: A CHOICE OFFERED TO NO ONE ELSE
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet was an ordinary human being, but he attained his status when God chose him to deliver His final message to mankind. Thus, he became a prophet when he received his first revelation which started with the word, «Read.» Shortly afterward, he was given his message to warn peopl >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN — 143: IN HIS LAST ILLNESS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Adil Salahi, Arab News In the last few days of his blessed life, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was ill. His illness was severe and debilitating. However, it seems to have been a progressive deterioration of strength, rather than acute pain or a particular disease. The Hadiths that speak about his last illness and what >>>


      WOMEN IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY — 36: MIXED WEDDINGS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Dr. Abd Al–Haleem Abu Shuqqah When we look at reports of the Prophet’s companions’ behavior on social occasions we are shocked at the wide gulf between their practice and what we take for granted to be the correct Islamic behavior. Some of us might think that we now know the correct behavior while they stepped out >>>


      CRACKS APPEAR IN MAKKAH OVERPASS, TRAFFIC DIVERTED
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Cracks that appeared on the Thalatheen Flyover in Makkah on Sunday. (AN photo by Badea Abu Al–Naja)

MAKKAH, 17 September 2007 — A major flyover in the Aziziyah district of Makkah was closed yesterday evening and traffic diverted after it developed large cracks, which wer >>>


      EMPLOYING RUNAWAY MAIDS IS BIG BUSINESS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 17 September 2007 — With a high demand for maids during Ramadan, many people employ runaway maids and pay them extortionate salaries ranging from SR1,100 to SR1,500, instead of the standard SR600 to SR800 paid to legal maids working legally.

Fahd Amash’s wife is a teac >>>


      FISHMONGERS LAMENT RAMADAN SALES DIP
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Najah Alosaimi, Arab News RIYADH, 17 September 2007 — Ramadan is never good for fishmongers and this year isn’t any different. Vendors at Saudi fish markets have been bracing for the seasonal dip in sales, attributed to the usual rise in demand for ground lamb, which is used as an ingredient in traditional treats like s >>>


      OUDAH DENOUNCES BIN LADEN’S IDEOLOGY
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Khaled Al–Awadh, Arab News BURAIDAH, 17 September 2007 — In a major blow to the ideology of Osama Bin Laden and his followers in the Kingdom, Sheikh Salman ibn Fahad Al–Oudah, a popular Saudi religious scholar, has criticized the way in which Bin Laden has ruined Islam’s global image. «We as scholars o >>>


      POOR RESPONSE TO NSHR REPORT IRKS AL–HAJJAR
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — Dr. Bandar Al–Hajjar, chairman of the National Society for Human Rights, has expressed his dismay at the lukewarm response by Saudi agencies to a report published by his organization last May on the human rights situation in the country.

However, A >>>


      PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON NATIONAL DAY
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — Saudi Arabia has declared Sunday, Sept. 23, an official holiday for National Day. «It will be an official holiday for all government employees,» said Civil Service Minister Muhammad Ali Al–Fayez.

National Day commemorates King Abdul Aziz’s unification of t >>>


      RAMADAN PROVIDES ‘IDEAL BREAK’ TO QUIT SMOKING
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — With Muslim smokers already refraining from the habit during daylight hours this month, a number of health experts and officials say that Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to kick the habit for good.

According to Dr. Abdullah Al–Baddah, director of th >>>


      SOMALIS SIGN LANDMARK PACT
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Siraj Wahab & Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan with Somali leaders at the signing of the Somali peace agreement in Jeddah on Sunday. (AN photo by Marwan Al–Johani)

JEDDAH, 17 September 2007 — Somali leaders signed a landmark peace agreement here yesterday. Custodia >>>


      STUDY REVEALS MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF MISWAK
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 September 2007 — A study has revealed that the miswak or teeth cleaning sticks used in Arab and Asian countries have greater value than toothbrush and toothpaste.

A group of dentists at King Saud University (KSU) has done a study revealing the medicinal properties of >>>


      TWO YOUNG MEN DROWN IN YANBU
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Muhammad Al–Homaid, Arab News YANBU, 17 September 2007 — Border Guards recently found the bodies of two young divers, who drowned in the sea at Yanbu. Ryan Hussain Ahmad and Abdullah Adnan Malik Sheikh, both thought to be in their early 20s, had earlier visited a Border Guards Center requesting permission to dive. >>>


      ABBAS, OLMERT WORKING ON A ‘DECLARATION’
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 17 September 2007 — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert downplayed yesterday media reports that he had reached an «agreement of principles» with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of the US–hosted peace conference this fall. Olmert said however that >>>


      APDM UNVEILS ANTI–MUSHARRAF PLAN
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies Pakistani opposition leaders from the All Parties Democratic Movement meet in Islamabad on Sunday. (AP) ISLAMABAD, 17 September 2007 — Opposition parties yesterday unveiled their plan to block Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s re–election as president for a second term.

The opposition Al >>>


      COLORFUL BREED OF FLYING FOX FOUND ON PHILIPPINE ISLAND
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Reuters MANILA, 17 September 2007 — A colorful new breed of flying fox with orange fur and three white stripes on its face has been discovered on the central Philippine island of Mindoro, the government said yesterday.

Flying foxes are a type of fruit bat. They are named flying foxes because of their fox– >>>


      DIARRHEA OUTBREAK KILLS 2 PEOPLE IN S. PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 17 September 2007 — Two people had died and five dozens more were infected with a still unknown disease in two remote villages in the southern Philippines, health officials said yesterday.

Health workers and doctors rushed to North Upi town in the province of Shariff Kabuns >>>


      MAHARASHTRA GOVT RETAINS TAINTED TOP COP VIRK
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 17 September 2007 — Maharashtra state cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and former director general of police, Punjab state, Swardeep Singh Virk, who was arrested last week on charges of amassing disproportionate assets to known sources of income by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau >>>


      MAYAWATI SETS HER AMBITIONS HIGHER
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 17 September 2007 — Displaying a definite air of optimism about her party’s prospects, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati is hopeful of repeating her success in Uttar Pradesh (UP) in the forthcoming state polls in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Keen to play >>>


      MILITANTS STEP UP IRAQ ATTACKS, KILL 30
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Reuters BAGHDAD, 17 September 2007 — Militants stepped up attacks across Iraq yesterday, killing at least 30 people in a spate of bombings and shootings that followed a threat by Al–Qaeda to launch a new phase of violence.

The US military announced it had caught a suspected Al–Qaeda militant believe >>>


      SOUTH ASIA FLOODS DISPLACE MILLIONS
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA/GUWAHATI, 17 September 2007 — Severe flooding in India and Bangladesh claimed 2' more lives overnight as officials warned yesterday there was more rain ahead in a deluge that has marooned or displaced millions.

More than 3,200 people have now been killed in the two countrie >>>


      SYRIA DENIES NUKE HELP FROM N. KOREA
      Arab News, 17-09-2007
     Jean–Luc Renaudie, Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, 17 September 2007 — Israel boasted yesterday it has recovered its «deterrent capability» after an airstrike in Syria triggered warnings of retaliation and intense media speculation over the aim of the operation.

«The new situation affect >>>


      2,000 EVACUATED AS CALIF. FOREST BURNS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     FAWNSKIN, Calif. –– Firefighters Sunday were battling two raging wildfires in Southern California that forced nearly 2,000 people to evacuate.

The larger blaze burned 15,433 acres _ about 24 square miles _ of dense, dry bush in the San Bernardino National Forest and was 12 percent contained.

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      A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF THE BUZZ FROM THE SUNDAY TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates backed away slightly yesterday from his Friday statement that U.S. troop levels in Iraq could go as low as 100,000 by the end of next year, and he signaled that the Bush administration would go into a wait–and–see mode on Iraq for another six months.

"The key h >>>


      BUSH PICKS MUKASEY AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush has settled on Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general and will announce his selection Monday, a person familiar with the president‘s decision said Sunday evening.

Mukasey, who has handled terrorist >>>


      BUSH TO NOMINATE MUKASEY AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush plans to announce on Monday he has chosen retired New York judge Michael Mukasey as his choice for attorney general, a senior U.S. official said.

Mukasey, 66, would replace Alberto Gonzales, who resigned last month after he became embroiled in controversy ov >>>


      BUSH TO PICK MUKASEY AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Michael Mukasey, President Bush‘s pick to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, is not expected to prompt the confirmation battle that Senate Democrats threatened to wage if a more partisan nominee was chosen.

The retired federal judge from New York has received endorseme >>>


      CLIMATE CHANGE BRINGS RISK OF MORE EXTINCTIONS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     2007; A07 BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Md. –– Third in a monthly series What has gone missing here is almost as spectacular as the 8,000 acres of swampy wilderness that remain. And that makes it Chesapeake Bay‘s best place to watch climate change in action.

Visitors can see ospreys gli >>>


      D.C. VOTING–RIGHTS DEBATE NEARS DO–OR–DIE MOMENT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Mary Beth SheridanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 16,
2007; C06 For the first time in almost 30 years, the full Senate plans to take up the D.C. voting–rights issue in a showdown Tuesday that could either give the legislation a strong push or kill it for this year.

Lawmakers will deci >>>


      DAD: 2 DEAD BOYS FOUND HOURS AFTER CRASH
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     GARY, Ind. –– The parents of two high school seniors who died in a car crash say their sons were left near the road for hours after police overlooked them while investigating the accident.

Brandon Smith and Dominique Green, both 18, were killed in the single–vehicle accident early Saturday, ac >>>


      DEMOCRATS COURT ACTIVISTS AT STEAK FRY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     INDIANOLA, Iowa –– Six Democratic presidential candidates took aim at President Bush as they made their case Sunday to thousands of activists scattered across an Iowa field.

"Everybody is sick and tired of being sick and tired of George Bush," said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. "All you >>>


      DOWNGRADED INGRID WEAKENS IN ATLANTIC
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     MIAMI –– The remains of Tropical Depression Ingrid, its center no longer well defined, further weakened early Monday as it moved in the open Atlantic.

Maximum sustained winds were near 30 mph with higher gusts, and forecasters don‘t expect it to strengthen significantly in the next day.
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      DUELING DEMONSTRATIONS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Michelle Boorstein, V. Dion Haynes and Allison KleinWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 16, 2007; A08 A march by thousands of protesters demanding an end to the Iraq war turned chaotic yesterday afternoon near the Capitol, where hundreds sprawled on the ground in a symbolic "die–in." Police >>>


      EUROPEAN COURT UPHOLDS MICROSOFT ANTITRUST FINE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     ':06 AM A European court today upheld a record $68' million antitrust fine against Microsoft, another in a string of defeats for the company‘s business practices and one that narrows the options in its decade–long battle with continental regulators.

The European Court of First Instance said >>>


      GAY ACTIVISTS HOPEFUL ON JOB BIAS BAN
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Gay rights advocates expect Congress will soon move closer to approving a federal ban on job discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender workers.

Rep. Barney Frank, a leading proponent, predicts the ban will win House approval in coming weeks.

But he and other gay righ >>>


      GREENSPAN CLARIFIES IRAQ WAR, OIL LINK
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Clarifying a controversial comment in his new memoir, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he told the White House before the Iraq war that removing Saddam Hussein was "essential" to secure world oil supplies, according to an interview published on Monday.

G >>>


      IN FLORIDA, MYSTERY SURROUNDS 8 SKELETONS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, September 17, 2007; A04 MIAMI –– For almost six months, Fort Myers police have puzzled over the eight skeletons discovered in the spring in a forested wetland.

Who were they? How did they get there? Though the bones were discovered in March &ndas >>>


      JUDGE ORDERS SIMPSON TO BE HELD WITHOUT BAIL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     LAS VEGAS (AP) –– Police arrested O.J. Simpson on Sunday, saying he was part of an armed group who burst into a Las Vegas hotel room and snatched memorabilia that documented his own sports career, long ago eclipsed by scandal.

The arrest starts a new legal odyssey for the fallen football star who mo >>>


      MUKASEY HAS LONG TERROR RESUME
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Retired judge Michael Mukasey is intimately familiar with the nation‘s legal battles over terrorism. He played a central role in such cases for over a decade _ much of that time getting around–the–clock protection from armed guards.

Mukasey, 66, once worked as a repor >>>


      MURTHA: PRIMARIES MAY STALL IRAQ ACTION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– Rep. John Murtha predicted Monday that Democrats will not be able to pass any meaningful legislation to end the Iraq war until presidential primary elections are over next year.

Murtha, a Vietnam veteran and war critic who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing defense sp >>>


      N.J. GOVERNOR TO UNDERGO MORE SURGERY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     CAMDEN, N.J. –– Gov. Jon S. Corzine arrived at a hospital Monday for radiation treatment and surgery to remove excess bone growth in the leg he broke in a near–fatal car accident in April.

The surgery will require Corzine to transfer power to Senate President Richard J. Codey and spend several >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     Five Killed in Fire At Ohio Apartments GREENVILLE, Ohio –– A fire that started in one duplex apartment spread to the other apartment Sunday, killing five people, including two children, fire officials said.

Three people died at the scene, and a fourth victim –– a 5–year–old g >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     Retired General and Michigan Senator Announce Support for Clinton in Her Presidential Bid Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark endorsed fellow Arkansan Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) in her presidential bid Saturday, as did Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D–Mich.).

Neither endorsement was a surprise. Clark >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     Air Force Drops Indecency Charge Against Female Airman Who Had Alleged Rape RALEIGH, N.C. –– The Air Force has dropped a charge of criminal indecency filed against a female airman who refused to testify against another airman she had accused of rape, her lawyer said Friday.

The commander of the 43rd >>>


      NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE BETWEEN GM, UNION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     A07 General Motors and the United Auto Workers union yesterday continued negotiations for a new labor contract that will shape the future of the union and the auto industry.

The talks were extended hour by hour after the previous contracts expired at midnight Friday. Analysts say that probably means the negotia >>>


      NIXON (FORD, WILSON, TAFT, JFK, LBJ . . .) SLEPT HERE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Kirstin DowneyWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 16, 2007; C01 Elegance and sophistication in the heart of Wesley Heights. This magnificent home is located on a quiet, private cul–de–sac in prestigious Wesley Heights and has had an incredible transformation! Once a Vice Presidential residence, >>>


      O.J. SIMPSON ACCUSED IN VEGAS ROBBERY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     LAS VEGAS –– O.J. Simpson‘s arrest may be the start of a new legal odyssey for the fallen football star, one that could reopen the possibility of prison time more than a decade after his acquittal on murder charges.

Police arrested Simpson on Sunday, saying he was part of an armed group that b >>>


      O.J. SIMPSON IS CHARGED IN ALLEGED ROBBERY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     Las Vegas police arrested O.J. Simpson yesterday and charged the former football star with six felony counts in connection with an alleged hotel–room robbery, placing Simpson in his most serious legal jeopardy since his acquittal on double murder charges in 1''5.

Simpson, 60, was arrested yesterda >>>


      O.J. SIMPSON ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BAIL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     LAS VEGAS –– O.J. Simpson‘s arrest may be the start of a new legal odyssey for the fallen football star, one that could reopen the possibility of prison time more than a decade after his acquittal on murder charges.

Police arrested Simpson on Sunday, saying he was part of an armed group that b >>>


      OBAMA CALLS FOR OPENNESS IN MARKETPLACE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     NEW YORK –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday called for more openness and transparency in the marketplace to bolster the trust of investors and the public.

The reasoning "what‘s good for me is good enough" has crept into parts of the business world, Obama said >>>


      PERKS GIVE AREA FIRMS A SILICON VALLEY FEEL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, September 17,
2007; D01 A Porsche '11 sits outside company headquarters, ready for employees to grab and go for a spin. Inside, a "chill out" room offers an XBox, while the staff lounge displays the kookiest items employees have found on eBay, i >>>


      PRESIDENT REACHES OUT TO A FRIENDLY CIRCLE IN NEW MEDIA
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     2007; A07 The day after his prime–time speech on Iraq, President Bush sat down for a round–table interview not with traditional White House reporters but with bloggers who focus on military issues, including two participating by video link from Baghdad.

Judging from some of the accounts of the Frida >>>


      RICE FACES UPHILL BATTLE ON NEW MIDEAST PUSH
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will try this week to cajole Israelis and Palestinians to take bold steps ahead of a U.S. peace conference this year but experts predict an uphill battle.

Rice is set to arrive in Jerusalem on Wednesday for a brief trip aimed at getting Israe >>>


      SMITHSONIAN RETURNING SITTING BULL ITEMS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Mementoes of Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull are being returned to his descendants, the Smithsonian‘s National Museum of Natural History announced Monday.

The return of the lock of hair and leggings belonging to Sitting Bull was requested by Ernie LaPointe, great–grandson o >>>


      STUDY: TEENS BLANK ON CONSTITUTION DAY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– Constitution Day is here and many teenagers know little about commemorating the document‘s signing.

A study being released Monday by a foundation that focuses on journalism and the First Amendment found that 51 percent of high school students questioned had not heard of the da >>>


      SUNBELT CITY IN GRASP OF HOUSING UNDERTOW
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Neil Irwin and David ChoWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 16, 2007; A01 FORT MYERS, Fla.–– To understand how the housing bust may ripple through the broader American economy, look beyond the countless for–sale signs that dot this middle–class city. Instead, stop by Boater‘s >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     6:33 AM –– Generally calm weather was on tap for much of the nation Monday as high pressure covers the eastern portion of the country and the West largely lacks enough moisture for significant areas of widespread rain to develop outside the Rockies.

In the East, temperatures were to come more into l >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – SEPT. 17
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     12:01 AM –– Today is Monday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2007. There are 105 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. >>>


      WAR OPPONENTS TRAIN FOR VISITS TO AREA SCHOOLS AND RECRUITMENT CENTERS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     2007; B02 Two days after bringing thousands of protesters to the U.S. Capitol, Iraq war opponents will begin a "week of action" today that starts with sending activists to area high schools and military recruiting centers and marching through a congressional building.

Dozens of war opponents, includin >>>


      ‘HELP WANTED‘ AD BELIES REPORT ON IRAQ SECURITY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     A week ago today, Gen. David H. Petraeus started his rounds on Capitol Hill, reporting that security in Iraq was improving to the point that a small number of troops could begin coming home by year‘s end.

But 10 days ago, his commanders in Baghdad began advertising for private contractors to work in comba >>>


      ACCORD ON IRAQ WAR SLIPS FURTHER AWAY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     September 16, 2007; A01 When Army Gen. David H. Petraeus last week proposed withdrawing more than 20,000 U.S. troops from Iraq, some congressional Democrats nodded their heads and saw it as a positive, if insufficient, step forward. Some wanted to take credit. After all, they reasoned, the drawdown, the benchmarks repor >>>


      AT IOWA EVENT, CLINTON VOWS PRE–INAUGURATION DIPLOMATIC PUSH
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     17, 2007; A02 INDIANOLA, Iowa, Sept. 16 –– Appearing Sunday at a mini–Democratic convention of sorts in a field, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton declared that if she is elected she will not wait until her inauguration to begin acting as president.

Clinton said that, the day after winning election, >>>


      BUSH SELECTS EX–JUDGE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WritersMonday, September 17, 2007; 12:32 PM President Bush today announced his nomination of retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to become the nation‘s 81st attorney general, moving to install a law–and–order conservative at the Justice Department to help wage the war on terrorism while hoping to >>>


      BUSH SURPRISED BY GREENSPAN CRITICISM
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush was surprised by the criticism leveled against him and his administration by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in his new book, the White House said Monday.

Greenspan accused Bush of not responsibly handling the nation‘s spending and racking up big bud >>>


      CLINTON HEALTH PLAN OUTLINED
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     DES MOINES –– Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s sweeping health–care proposal, which she plans to unveil today, would require every American to carry health insurance and offer federal subsidies to help reduce the cost of coverage.

The proposal, Clinton‘s first major effort to achieve >>>


      EX–JUDGE IS SAID TO BE PICK AT JUSTICE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     By Michael Abramowitz and Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, September 17, 2007; A01 President Bush has selected retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey as his new attorney general, sources said yesterday, moving to install a law–and–order conservative at the Justice Department while hoping to av >>>


      HSU CAST WIDE NET FOR CLINTON DONORS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     16, 2007; A01 To raise $850,000 for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s presidential campaign in just eight months, Norman Hsu tapped an eclectic group of donors that included wealthy investors in his apparel ventures, hotel shopkeepers, a '6–year–old in a Florida retirement home and an auto–body w >>>


      MICHAEL B. MUKASEY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     Born –– July 28, 1'41, in the Bronx, N.Y.

Occupation –– Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb &Tyler law firm in New York, returning to the firm where he previously worked for 12 years.

––From 1'88 to 2006, he was a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Sout >>>


      MUKASEY CITED AS LEADING CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     September 16, 2007; A02 Michael B. Mukasey, a former federal judge regarded as an expert on national security issues, has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, several conservatives close to the White House said yesterday.

The sources said that President Bush is cl >>>


      ON THE PATH TO ATTORNEY GENERAL, OLSON RUNS INTO A ROADBLOCK
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     With President Bush settled on naming Michael B. Mukasey to replace former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales, and intending to announce his choice as early as today, the man favored by many for the job has instead been passed over.

Theodore B. Olson, the former solicitor general, was said to be a White House >>>


      ON WIKIPEDIA, DEBATING 2008 HOPEFULS‘ EVERY FACET
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     2007; A01 On Sen. John McCain‘s Wikipedia entry, the argument has been over whether he is a conservative, moderate or liberal Republican. A heated exchange on former senator John Edwards‘s page has centered on deleting any reference to his $400 haircuts. And perhaps the most contentious dispute of all &ndash >>>


      WIFE‘S REELECTION RACE A BAROMETER FOR DAVIS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     When Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R–Va.), who is preparing for a possible run for the Senate next year, says he is focusing on state legislative races for the next two months, what he really means is that he is focusing on one race in particular: that of his wife, state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R–Fairf >>>


      A MASTER OF THE MACHINES THAT GIVE TOURISTS A LIFT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     A14 PARIS Deep beneath the Eiffel Tower, Fabrice Fevai is dodging fat water drops, skirting slick pools on the concrete floor and ducking giant wheels and pistons.

"Down here there‘s always water dripping, we always have leaks," he says. Splat. His shoulder takes a direct hit. It‘s 3:15 in >>>


      AFGHAN OPERATION KILLS 120 INSURGENTS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– A joint U.S. coalition and Afghan operation has left 120 insurgents dead over the past 20 days in central Ghazni province, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Last month, the Afghan army dropped leaflets warning of impending military action in Ghazni _ the province where the rec >>>


      ANGER OVER AIRLINE DELAYS SPURS PASSENGERS‘ COALITION INTO ACTION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     and Sounds of a Lengthy Wait on the Tarmac By Del Quentin WilberWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, September 17,
2007; A16 Just a few months ago, Kate Hanni wasn‘t thinking much about the woes of air travelers.

The Northern California mother of two was a popular real estate agent, living in a 3,200&n >>>


      BANGLADESHI AID WORKER SEIZED IN LATEST AFGHAN KIDNAPPING
      Washington Post, 17-09-2007
     2007; A14 KABUL, Sept. 16 –– A Bangladeshi aid worker helping to administer anti–poverty programs in rural Afghanistan has been kidnapped, his employer said Sunday.

It was the latest in a string of abductions of international workers here. Noor Islam was seized Saturday from a branch office of >>>



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