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      DEAD BIRDS FOUND IN KORONEIA
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2007
     Some 200 dead birds have been found at Lake Koroneia near Thessaloniki, prompting experts to express fears yesterday that there could be a repeat of the disaster three years ago when about 30,000 birds died near the lake due to poisoning.

Staff at the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ) said they have been colle >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2007
     PATRIARCHATE SUPPORT Washington says it will stand by Vartholomaios and Halki seminary US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns yesterday expressed Washington’s support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate after meeting with Patriarch Vartholomaios in Istanbul. Burns said that the USA would also continue to support the Patr >>>


      NEW FACES AND TRUSTED AIDES ARE UNVEILED IN KARAMANLIS’S CABINET
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2007
     Several key posts remain unchanged; Papandreou hits back in PASOK leadership race Evripidis Stylianidis Christos Folias Panayiotis Hinofotis Costis Hatzidakis Aris Spyliotopoulos Sophia Kalantzakou ANA PASOK leader George Papandreou addressed members of the press yesterday for the first time since the news of a leadersh >>>


      PENSIONERS IN DOUBLE SUICIDE
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2007
     An 80–year–old man shot and killed his 82–year–old wife in Athens yesterday before taking his own life as a means of freeing themselves from their serious health problems, according to police.

The husband, a retired architect, killed his wife with a single gunshot to the forehead at thei >>>


      SUNKEN SHIP A ‘TIME BOMB’
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2007
     Uncollected fuel trapped in the sunken cruise ship Sea Diamond off the island of Santorini is a time bomb for the marine environment and has started to escape from the ship’s tanks into other parts of the vessel, according to experts.

Oil from the cruise ship, which sunk in April close to the island’s port, has >>>


      THESSALONIKI STUDENTS TAKE UP POLITICAL FIGHT
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2007
     The enrollment of students at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki began with a fight yesterday between members of the New Democracy– and PASOK–affiliated unions.

A member of PASP, the PASOK–affiliated union, ended up in the hospital with minor injuries after an argument with students from New >>>


      BLUE CITY PROJECT TO BECOME OMAN’S NEW LANDMARK
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Arab News Anees Issa Al–Zadjali JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — A multibillion metropolitan residential development project will soon rise in Oman, its developer Al–Sawadi Investment and Tourism (ASIT) said yesterday.

In a statement, it said the project dubbed «Blue City» covers 32 squar >>>


      HEDGE FUND SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON MIDDLE EAST
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Arab News MANAMA, 1' September 2007 — A major hedge fund conference will take place here on Nov. 5–7 at the Ritz–Carlton Hotel, the London–based Hedge Funds Review publication said yesterday in a statement.

The publication said that its third annual Middle East summit, which is sponsored b >>>


      MAF FASHION SET TO OPEN 11 NEW STORES
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — MAF Fashion announced yesterday its expansion in Saudi Arabia with the launch of 11 new stores.

A member of Majid Al–Futtaim Group — a prominent property developer in the region — the retail company said in a statement that the expansion starts with the opening of >>>


      NAS AIR WIDENS ROUTES, OFFERS ROCK–BOTTOM PRICES
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — Nas Air, the first budget carrier to fly in the Kingdom, had reached an agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines to take over several public service obligation routes from end of October in accordance with the Air Traffic Privatization Act, the company said yesterday.

Unde >>>


      OIL HITS NEW HIGH OVER $82
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Richard Valdmanis, Reuters NEW YORK, 1' September 2007 — Oil surged to a peak over $82 a barrel yesterday, the fifth record in as many trading days, on concerns of a winter supply squeeze in the world’s top energy consumer the United States. A US Federal Reserve decision to cut interest rates by 50 basis points — mo >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS RISE SLIGHTLY
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Khalil Hanware Arab News JEDDAH — The Saudi stock market rose slightly yesterday. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) closed 48.30 points higher at 7,873.33.

In the banking sector, shares of Al–Rajhi Bank and Arab National Bank edged higher yesterday. Shares of Saudi Hollandi Bank fell by 1.50 percen >>>


      ADOPTION ABOLISHED
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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, 19-09-2007
     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 >>>


      CITC TO SMS SPAMMERS: STOP OR FACE SR5 MILLION PENALTY
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — Sultan Al–Malek, spokesman for the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has issued a stern warning to companies that spam uninvited SMS messages to customers, saying these companies could face fines of up to SR5 million or even a cancellation of the >>>


      DCA ROLE COMES IN FOR PRAISE
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman, left, hands out an honorary membership plaque to Prince Khaled ibn Alwaleed, who received it on behalf of his father, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossein) RIYADH, 1' September 2007 — Businessmen, philanthropists, >>>


      GCC AGAINST IRAN SANCTIONS: ATTIYAH
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — The six–member Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday reiterated its stance on reaching a negotiated settlement to the standoff between Iran and the West over Iran’s nuclear program and opposed plans to impose sanctions on Tehran. «GCC states don’t wa >>>


      IT’S ENTICING, SAY NON–MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Hassna’a Mokhtar, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — Non–Muslims may find the various tasks Muslims carry out in Ramadan difficult to understand, let alone observe. However, they are willing to respect the religious significance of the month. In fact, some find it hard to follow their day–to–day >>>


      MULTIPLE–ENTRY VISAS FOR FOREIGN BUSINESSMEN
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — The Council of Ministers yesterday decided to authorize Saudi embassies abroad and immigration authorities at Saudi airports and other entry points to issue multiple–entry visas valid for 12 months to foreign businessmen.

Visa applicants would not be required to f >>>


      SHOURA COUNCIL SLAMS GOSI
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 1' September 2007 — The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) was heavily criticized by the Shoura Council yesterday. The organization was accused of lacking social responsibility and not doing enough for the welfare of those working in the private sector. Millions of Saudis >>>


      UMM FAISAL CASE POSTPONED AGAIN
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — The case brought by a Saudi woman against the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in the Riyadh Court of Grievances has been postponed for the fourth time to Nov.
27, according to the woman’s lawyer.

«Representati >>>


      UNATTENDED FIREARM SPARKS FAMILY TRAGEDY
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 1' September 2007 — A child playing with an unattended firearm on a farm in Al–Kharj shot a five–year–old in the head, killing him instantly, and shot another child in the leg, Riyadh police reported yesterday.

Police believe the shootings were accidental, a r >>>


      ‘MUSHARRAF TO QUIT ARMY ONLY IF RE–ELECTED’
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 1' September 2007 — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will step down as army chief only if he wins re–election, his lawyer told the Supreme Court yesterday.

«If elected for a second term as president, Gen. Musharraf shall relinquish charge of the office >>>


      ‘WEST FACING NEAR–DEFEAT IN AFGHANISTAN’
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News JEDDAH, 1' September 2007 — Michael Scheuer, the former head of CIA’s Bin Laden Tracking Unit, says too few soldiers and too many agendas have led to a near–defeat in Afghanistan.

Scheuer, whose book, «Through Our Enemies’ Eyes,» was mentioned by Osama Bin Laden in a >>>


      COURT ACQUITS ERSHAD IN GOLD SMUGGLING CASE
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Imran Rahman & Agencies DHAKA, 1' September 2007 — A Bangladesh court yesterday acquitted former army ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad in a 16–year–old gold smuggling case, citing lack of evidence, lawyers and court officials said.

Ershad, separately, stands convicted for squandering state fund >>>


      IRAQ TO REVIEW WORKING OF SECURITY FIRMS
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Reuters BAGHDAD, 1' September 2007 — Iraq will review the status of all security companies after this week’s «flagrant assault» by contractors from the US firm Blackwater in which 11 people were shot dead, the government said yesterday.

Government spokesman Ali Al–Dabbagh said the Cabinet >>>


      ISRAELI SOLDIER KILLED IN NABLUS RAID
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Mohammed Mar’i & Agencies NABLUS/RAMALLAH, 1' September 2007 — An Israeli soldier and a teenage Palestinian were killed during a major Israeli invasion into a refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank yesterday, officials said. Mohammad Rida Khaled,
17, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation >>>


      LEFT WANTS N–DEAL DELAYED SIX MONTHS
      Arab News, 19-09-2007
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 1' September 2007 — Not willing to change their stand against the India–US nuclear deal, the Communist Party of India–Marxist (CPI–M) organized a protest rally in the capital city yesterday.

Addressing the rally, CPI–M General Secretary Prakas >>>


      AOL PLAYS CATCH–UP ON ADS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Sam DiazWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 1', 2007; D04 AOL‘s move to New York City is based largely on the hope that by getting closer to advertisers, it will secure a bigger share of an online advertising market that‘s dominated by its rivals.

It&lsqu >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says U.S. "will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza."
>>>


      BUSH CALLS FOR EXPANSION OF SPY LAW
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     PM FORT MEADE, Md. –– President Bush said Wednesday that a law hastily passed in August to temporarily give the government more power to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign terror suspects must be made permanent and expanded.

If this doesn‘t happen, Bush said, "Our national security pro >>>


      BUSH, CONGRESS AT RECORD LOW RATINGS: REUTERS POLL
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     1', 2007; 7:05 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress registered record–low approval ratings in a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday, and a new monthly index measuring the mood of Americans dipped slightly on deepening worries about the economy.

Only 2' >>>


      CARTOONIST TELLS OF HISPANICS AT WAR
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– Cartoonist Hector Cantu decided if the stories of Latino soldiers were going to go untold in Ken Burns‘ upcoming World War II documentary, he‘d have Benito tell them.

This week, Cantu and co–creator Carlos Castellanos unveiled Benito "Benny" Ramirez in th >>>


      DEMOCRATS WON‘T TEMPER IRAQ LEGISLATION
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– After weeks of suggesting Democrats would temper their approach to Iraq legislation in a bid to attract more Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared abruptly Tuesday that he had no plans to do so.

The Democratic leader said he will call for a vote this month on sever >>>


      EMPLOYEES WANT ACCUSED STATE AUDITOR OUT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– The labor union representing U.S. diplomats called Wednesday for the State Department‘s top auditor to step down pending the results of a congressional investigation into whether he blocked fraud probes in Afghanistan and Iraq for political reasons.

The American Foreign Servic >>>


      FORMER ASTRONAUT BACK IN COURT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     ORLANDO, Fla. –– Former astronaut Lisa Nowak returned to court Wednesday to ask a judge to throw out evidence in her assault and attempted kidnapping case over an alleged attack on a romantic rival in a NASA love triangle.

Nowak‘s attorney, Donald Lykkebak, wants Circuit Court Judge Marc L. Lu >>>


      GUILTY PLEA TO END CRUSADING LAWYER‘S LUCRATIVE RUN
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     A01 In a three–decade career, California lawyer William S. Lerach won tens of billions of dollars for his clients by suing executives embroiled in corporate scandal. Casting himself as the voice of victimized shareholders, he chalked up unprecedented awards in the Enron accounting mess and the Exxon oil spill.
>>>


      HOW SENATORS VOTED
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     Following is the 57 to 42 vote by which the Senate refused to consider a bill giving new House seats to the District and Utah: DEMOCRATS FOR Akaka (Hawaii), Bayh (Ind.), Biden (Del.), Bingaman (N.M.), Boxer (Calif.), Brown (Ohio), Cantwell (Wash.), Cardin (Md.), Carper (Del.), Casey (Pa.), Clinton (N.Y.), Conrad (N.D.), >>>


      ISRAEL DECLARES GAZA AN ‘ENEMY ENTITY‘
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM JERUSALEM –– Top Israeli Cabinet ministers declared the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity" on Wednesday, a move likely to cloud Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice‘s visit to the region on a peacemaking mission.

The decision paved the way to cutting off vital supplies of electricity, wa >>>


      MAN FINDS LOST CAMERA THROUGH E–MAILS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– A woman who found a digital camera outside Ohio Stadium located the owner by uploading a picture from it and e–mailing the image to a batch of Ohio State football fans.

Within 48 hours of sending the e–mail to 14 friends, Michelle Montgomery declared her social experime >>>


      MD. BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE IS UPHELD
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Lisa Rein and Mary OttoWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 1', 2007; A01 Maryland‘s highest court yesterday upheld a 34–year–old state law banning same–sex marriage, rejecting an attempt by 1' gay men and lesbians to win the right to marry.

In reversing a lower c >>>


      O.J. TO BEGIN COURT FIGHT IN LAS VEGAS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     LAS VEGAS –– A sports collectors who said he was confronted by a gun–wielding "thug" with O.J. Simpson said Wednesday he initially thought the group of men might be police officers and he believes the audio tapes of the confrontation were altered.

Simpson, who says he was trying to r >>>


      OIL–FOR–FOOD TRIAL TURNS TO DIPLOMACY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM NEW YORK –– A businessman implicated in the scandal–ridden United Nations oil–for–food program facilitated unofficial attempts at diplomacy between senior U.S. and Iraqi government officials in the months after the Sept.
11 attacks, according to testimony and documents in the trial o >>>


      ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS "VERY WORRIED" BY CHINA IMPORTS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Around 78 percent of Americans worry about the safety of Chinese imports, and a quarter have stopped buying food from China, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

Almost 35 percent of people polled said they were "very worried," and 43 percent "some >>>


      PLAINTIFFS FACE AFTERMATH OF MD. COURT DECISION
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     18, 2007; 11:16 PM They hoped to be celebrating a legal victory. But instead, the gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Maryland‘s same–sex marriage lawsuit found themselves blinking back tears as they gathered on the steps of a stately old Baltimore church and faced the media yesterday afternoon.

Just hour >>>


      PROSECUTORS FILE CHARGES AGAINST SIMPSON
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     2:14 AM LAS VEGAS –– Prosecutors filed formal charges Tuesday against O.J. Simpson, alleging the fallen football star committed 10 felonies, including kidnapping, in the armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a casino–hotel room.

Simpson was arrested Sunday after a collector reporte >>>


      RICE SWIPES AT IAEA, URGES BOLD ACTION ON IRAN
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     SHANNON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice scolded the U.N.‘s atomic watchdog agency on Wednesday over its Iran strategy and called for diplomacy with "teeth" to end Tehran‘s nuclear plans.

While repeating the U.S. stand that "all options" remained on the >>>


      RICE: MIDEAST MEETING WILL TACKLE "CRITICAL ISSUES"
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     TEL AVIV (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday "critical issues" would be tackled at a U.S.–led peace conference that Palestinians hope will move them closer to statehood.

Speaking to reporters on her flight to Israel, she said she hoped her brief trip woul >>>


      RICHARDSON: TROOPS ADD TO IRAQ UNREST
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson said Wednesday that the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq has contributed to the sectarian violence rather than bringing stability to the war–torn nation.

"There‘s no question there‘s tribal and ethnic hatreds,&q >>>


      SENATE BARS BILL TO RESTORE DETAINEE RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Wednesday against considering a measure to give Guantanamo detainees and other foreigners the right to challenge their detention in the U.S. courts.

The legislation needed 60 votes to be considered by lawmakers in the Senate, narrowly controlled by Democrats; it >>>


      SENATE REJECTS EXPANDING DETAINEE RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– The Senate narrowly rejected legislation on Wednesday that would have given military detainees the right to protest their detention in federal court.

The 56–43 vote fell four shy of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the bill, co–sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D >>>


      SPECTOR JURY LOCKED IN 7–5 IMPASSE
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM LOS ANGELES –– The judge in Phil Spector‘s murder trial said he is considering giving jurors the option of finding the record producer guilty of a lesser charge than second degree murder after the panelists reported a 7–5 impasse following seven days of deliberations.

Spector‘s >>>


      STUDENT ARRESTED, TASERED AT KERRY EVENT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Video of police Tasering a persistent questioner of Sen. John Kerry became an Internet and TV sensation Tuesday, generating fierce debate about free speech and the motives of the college student involved _ a known prankster who often posts practical jokes online.

University o >>>


      TINY LOUISIANA TOWN GEARS UP FOR PROTEST MARCH
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     JENA, La. (AP) –– Thousands are expected in this tiny central Louisiana town Thursday to protest the treatment of six black teenagers arrested in the beating of a white classmate –– and they will march past the stump of a tree that became the focal point of the current racial tensions.

T >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – SEPT. 1'
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     12:53 PM –– Today is Wednesday, Sept. 1', the 262nd day of 2007. There are 103 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Sept. 1', 17'6, President George Washington‘s farewell address was published.

In it, the nation‘s first chief executive wrote, >>>


      VA SECRETARY CITES BACKLOG OF CLAIMS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     Outgoing Secretary Jim Nicholson acknowledged yesterday that the Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling to reduce backlogs in disability claims from Iraq war veterans.

Delays in processing disability payments reach up to 177 days, and Nicholson, in addressing Congress for a final time before stepping down >>>


      VANISHING LANGUAGES IDENTIFIED
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Rick WeissWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 1', 2007; A12 Oklahoma has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the five worst "language–loss hotspots" in the world –– places where native languages are going extinct the fastest –– according to an analys >>>


      WHO WATCHES US SECURITY FIRMS IN IRAQ?
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– The fog of war keeps getting thicker. The Iraqi government‘s decision to temporarily ban the security company Blackwater USA after a fatal shooting of civilians in Baghdad reveals a growing web of rules governing weapons–bearing private contractors but few signs U.S. agencies are >>>


      AIMING TO AGITATE, FLORIDA STUDENT GOT A SHOCK
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     C01 Andrew Meyer, the University of Florida student whose Monday arrest at a John Kerry speech headlined CNN and other networks yesterday, has contributed a better lead to this story than we could have invented: "Don‘t tase me, bro!" In a widely circulating video of the scuffle, university police grab Me >>>


      BILL WOULD BAN BIAS ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     The House federal workforce subcommittee usually operates on bipartisan consensus and voice votes. But not yesterday.

The panel‘s Democrats and Republicans split over proposed legislation that would ban discrimination against federal employees and job applicants based on sexual orientation. Republicans as >>>


      DEBATE NO–SHOWS WORRY GOP LEADERS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 1',
2007; A01 Key Republican leaders are encouraging the party‘s presidential candidates to rethink their decision to skip presidential debates focusing on issues important to minorities, fearing a backlash that could further erode the part >>>


      DEMOCRATS MAY TIE CONFIRMATION TO GONZALES PAPERS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     September 1', 2007; A10 The retired federal judge nominated as attorney general enjoyed a warm reception on Capitol Hill yesterday, but Democrats continued sending mixed signals about whether their dispute with the White House over congressional access to sensitive administration documents will be an impediment to h >>>


      GOP MODERATES WEIGH LOYALTY TO BUSH VS. POLITICAL REALITIES
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     September 1', 2007; A03 With a difficult war debate looming and presidential vetoes for a host of popular legislation threatened, moderate Republicans in Congress are facing a tough choice: Stand by President Bush or run for their political lives.

Votes are due soon on Iraq, an expansion of a children&lsquo >>>


      GOP SUPPORTERS ARE HARD TO FIND ON CRAIG‘S LIST
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     When Larry Craig (R–Lindbergh Terminal) dropped in unexpectedly for lunch with his Senate Republican colleagues yesterday, the caucus developed a serious case of acid reflux.

"I never talk about these things," a sour Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) told reporters as he left the room.

"You& >>>


      HOUSE MEMBERS RESIST TESTIFYING IN CONTRACTOR TRIAL
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     A07 The defense contractor charged with bribing convicted former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham has subpoenaed 13 House members, including former speaker J. Dennis Hastert, to testify in his federal trial.

But the 13 lawmakers are refusing the subpoena, and the House general counsel sent lawyers >>>


      OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT REMEMBERS YOU!
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     Okay, so maybe we‘re a little slow sometimes picking up on real news. But at least our memory is a tad better than President Bush‘s.

We just came across this interview he gave to Asian journalists in the Roosevelt Room on Aug. 30 before heading to Australia for the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooper >>>


      SENATE REJECTS EXPANDING DETAINEE RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     2007; 12:00 PM A Republican filibuster in the Senate today shot down a bipartisan effort to restore the right of terrorism suspects to contest their detentions and treatment in federal courts, underscoring the Democratic–led Congress‘s difficulty with terrorism issues.

The 56–43 vote fell shor >>>


      SENATORS BLOCK D.C. VOTE BILL, DELIVERING POSSIBLY FATAL BLOW
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     2007; A01 Republican lawmakers yesterday blocked the Senate from taking up the D.C.

vote bill, a potentially fatal setback for the District‘s most promising effort in years to get a full member of Congress.

The vote was on a motion to simply consider the bill. Fifty–seven senators voted in >>>


      STATE IG ACCUSED OF AVERTING PROBES
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     September 1', 2007; A21 Howard J. Krongard, the State Department‘s inspector general, has repeatedly thwarted investigations into contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan, including construction of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and censored reports that might prove politically embarrassing to the Bush administ >>>


      THE CLAIM
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     "You know, you look back over our history, and it doesn‘t take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people‘s liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world.‘‘ –– Fred D. Thompson, stump speech in Des Moines, Sept. 7 THE FAC >>>


      BACKED BY CHEERING CROWDS, DEFIANT MONKS PROTEST BURMA‘S JUNTA
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     RANGOON, Burma, Sept. 18 –– Hundreds of defiant monks marched through Rangoon on Tuesday, walking 10 miles through streets lined with cheering crowds, after being barred from Burma‘s most important Buddhist temple along the way, witnesses said.

The marches were the latest in a series of anti&n >>>


      BEIRUT CAR BOMB KILLS ANTI–SYRIAN LAWMAKER
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – A car bomb killed an anti–Syrian Lebanese lawmaker and at least six other people in Beirut on Wednesday, just six days before parliament was due to elect a new president, security sources said.

The lawmaker, Antoine Ghanem of the Christian Phalange party, was killed by the blast i >>>


      BLAST HITS CHRISTIAN SUBURB IN BEIRUT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM BEIRUT, Lebanon –– An explosion rocked a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital Wednesday, setting several cars ablaze, and a local television station reported that four people were killed and 20 wounded.

The cause of the explosion in the Sin el–Fil district was not immediately known >>>


      BLOGGERS‘ ROUNDTABLE WITH GEN. DOUGLAS M. STONE
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     Editor‘s Note: This is a rush transcript. Q: Charlie Quidnunc here from Whizbang – Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone ( Commander, U.S. detention facilities in Iraq ): Hello. Major General Doug Stone. Can I help you?

Charles "Jack" Holt (Chief, New Media Operations, Office of the Assistant >>>


      CHINA RUSHES TO HALT BIRD FLU AMONG DUCKS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     A17 BEIJING, Sept. 18 –– China scrambled to respond Tuesday to an outbreak of bird flu among ducks in the southern city of Guangzhou. But as officials sought to reassure the public, there were signs that China was reluctant to release details about a possible health threat.

The outbreak in Guangzhou >>>


      CONGO‘S EBOLA OUTBREAK COULD BE WORST IN YEARS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     2007; A1' JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 18 –– International medical personnel and supplies are being airlifted to a remote region of central Congo to combat what threatens to become the world‘s most serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in years.

Only nine cases of the disease have been confirm >>>


      CROATIAN POLITICIAN VLATKO PAVLETIC DIES
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     ZAGREB, Croatia –– Vlatko Pavletic, a former speaker of Croatia‘s parliament who served as acting president for two months, died Wednesday. He was 77.

Pavletic, of the ruling conservative Croatian Democratic Union, took over presidential duties in December 1''', when President Fran >>>


      DEMOCRATS‘ IRAQ PUSH ON HOLD
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 1',
2007; A03 Unable to garner enough Republican support, Senate Democratic leaders said yesterday that they are abandoning a bipartisan effort to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by next spring.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D&n >>>


      DIPLOMATIC CONVOYS CURTAILED IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     1', 2007; 5:10 AM BAGHDAD –– The United States on Tuesday suspended all land travel by U.S.

diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad‘s heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting public outrage over the alleged killing of civilians by the U.S. Embassy‘s security >>>


      FORMER KHMER ROUGE LEADER ARRESTED
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM PAILIN, Cambodia –– Police arrested the top surviving Khmer Rouge leader Wednesday, serving 82–year–old Nuon Chea with a warrant on charges related to his role in the 1'70s regime blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.

Nuon Chea was then flown to the capital, Phnom Penh, whe >>>


      FORMER KHMER ROUGE LEADER DETAINED
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     AM PAILIN, Cambodia –– Police arrested the top surviving Khmer Rouge leader Wednesday, taking Nuon Chea to appear before a U.N–backed genocide tribunal for his role in the 1'70s Cambodian regime blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.

Police surrounded his home in Pailin in northweste >>>


      GIULIANI IN BRITAIN VOWS TO THWART IRAN
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     PM LONDON –– Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani met with Britain‘s prime minister Wednesday and vowed the U.S. would take any action necessary to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

The former New York mayor is the latest GOP candidate to travel to Britain, meeting the new po >>>


      GROUP URGES AMNESTY FOR ZIMBABWE LEADERS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, September 1',
2007; A17 JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 18 –– A leading international research group urged southern African leaders Tuesday to offer Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his closest allies amnesty from prosecution in exchange for politic >>>


      IRANIAN: RETALIATION IF ISRAEL ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     ':4' AM TEHRAN, Iran –– The deputy commander of Iran‘s air force said Wednesday that plans have been drawn up to bomb Israel if the Jewish state attacks Iran, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

The announcement came amid rising tensions in the region with the United States >>>


      IRAQ PM CRITICIZES BLACKWATER, U.S. CURBS TRAVEL
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     ':15 AM BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki suggested on Wednesday the U.S. embassy stop using American security firm Blackwater after a deadly shooting, saying he would not allow Iraqis to be killed in "cold blood." U.S. civilian officials have been barred from road travel >>>


      KHMER ROUGE "BROTHER NO. 2" TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     PAILIN, Cambodia (Reuters) – Khmer Rouge "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, Pol Pot‘s top surviving henchman, was detained on Wednesday by police and security guards from the U.N. "Killing Fields" tribunal and taken by helicopter to Phnom Penh.

He was then driven to the tribunal com >>>


      LAWYERS FOR ISLAMIC CHARITY URGE JURORS TO IGNORE POLITICS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 1',
2007; A12 DALLAS, Sept. 18 –– The leaders of what was once the nation‘s largest Islamic charity did sometimes sympathize with the anger, and even the actions, of extremists.

In one wiretapped call played at their tr >>>


      MARINE CORPS EXONERATES CAPTAIN IN IRAQ KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     A10 A U.S. Marine company commander who led the unit that killed as many as 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq, has had all criminal charges against him dismissed nearly two years after the shootings occurred.

Marine Corps officials announced yesterday that Capt. Lucas M. McConnell no longer faces two counts o >>>


      MEXICO‘S FOX, IN BOOK, CHIDES AND PRAISES BUSH
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     1', 2007; A1' ANTIGUA, Guatemala, Sept. 18 –– President Bush and Vicente Fox once portrayed themselves as diplomatic allies and close friends, but the former Mexican president takes some jabs at Bush in a new autobiography, calling him "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life" and a &qu >>>


      MOROCCO‘S KING NAMES VETERAN POLITICIAN AS NEXT PM
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     RABAT (Reuters) – King Mohammed has chosen veteran politician and government minister Abbas el Fassi to replace technocrat Driss Jettou as Morocco‘s next prime minister, the royal palace announced on Wednesday.

El Fassi, minister of state without portfolio in the outgoing administration, takes over >>>


      NATO FORCES LAUNCH MAJOR AFGHAN OPERATION
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – British–led forces launched a major operation in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, aiming to clear Taliban insurgents from a valley in Helmand –– the most violent province in the country.

Some 2,500 troops from the NATO–led force began the oper >>>


      NEPAL GOVERNMENT AIMS TO WOO MAOISTS BACK
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal‘s government will hold talks with Maoists on Wednesday to try to persuade the former rebels to rejoin the government and support a historic election to decide on the future of the monarchy.

The Maoists quit the government on Tuesday after the other political parties refus >>>


      NEPAL LEADERS POSITIVE AFTER TALKS TO WOO MAOISTS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal‘s ruling alliance said it had positive talks with the Maoists on Wednesday as it tried to persuade the former rebels to rejoin the government and back a historic poll to decide the country‘s political future.

The negotiations came a day after the Maoists quit the in >>>


      PROVINCES UNDERMINE BEIJING‘S GOALS ON AIDS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2007
     A16 MIANCHI, China –– Twice a week, just after school lets out in this small county in Henan province, a 13–year–old girl with a short bob and wide smile holds her parents‘ hands and walks two blocks down the street into the harsh fluorescent light of an emergency medical station.

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