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      AGRICULTURE INDEX DIVES 8 PERCENT
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — Investors are taking very cautious approach in view of the imminent corporate earnings period, which is around the corner. After rising slightly last week, the Saudi stock market fell yesterday.

The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) dropped 60.7' poin >>>


      GACA SET TO NAME AIRPORT OPERATOR
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — The top bidder in five companies vying for the contract to operate the Kingdom’s three international airports will be announced on Tuesday, said Abdullah Al–Ruhaimy, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

He said the short&nda >>>


      JORDAN LANDMARK TOWER IN PROGRESS
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 30 September 2007 — The Jordan Gate, the landmark twin tower project in Amman, owned by Bayan Holding Company, has reported an excellent progress, Bayan Holding Company Chairman Esam Janahi, who is also the chairman of Gulf Finance House Bahrain, told the local media yesterday.

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      MENA TRANSPORT SYSTEMS UNDERGO MASSIVE GROWTH
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Mehmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 30 September 2007 — Over the last few years, ambitious public transport projects have been developed and launched in the MENA region and in the coming years, a combination of metro, rail and bus systems, along with enhanced road networks — essential in handling the rapid population gro >>>


      SAMBA RECEIVES THREE BEST BANK AWARDS
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 30 September 2007 — Samba was the recipient of three accolades from Euromoney during a ceremony held recently in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the winners of the magazine’s annual Awards for Excellence among the banks and financial institutions in the Middle East.

Samba bagged th >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA TO MOVE UP IN WORLD TALENT RANKING
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Walid Mazi, Arab News MANAMA, 30 September 2007 — The competition for talent is fiercer than ever in the Middle East countries with Saudi Arabia and Egypt expected to elevate their positions over the next five years in the Global Talent Index rankings, a 30–country survey conducted by executive search firm Heidric >>>


      CORPORATE IFTARS SERVING BUSINESS INTERESTS
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Galal Fakkar, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — Organizing iftar parties is no more an exclusive family occasion. It has become an annual event for the corporate world in Jeddah to promote its business interests. Large companies and businessmen organize grand iftar parties for their staff and clients in luxury hotel >>>


      DAYCARE COMING TO MAKKAH
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 30 September 2007 — Saeed Al–Ghamdi, director of the Social Development Office in Makkah, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Social Affairs, said a number of daycare centers would shortly be opened in Makkah. The centers that mainly aim at helping working mothers will also b >>>


      FIRE SWEEPS THROUGH RIYADH MARKETS, 100 SHOPS GUTTED
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Javid Hassan, Arab News Many small shops were gutted in the fire that broke out in Riyadh’s Batha district shortly after sundown Saturday. (AN photo by Shakeeb) RIYADH, 30 September 2007 — Hundreds of shops were gutted when a huge fire broke out in the Yemeni and Kerala market areas of the Al–Batha district in dow >>>


      JEDDAH BOOK FAIR SET FOR JANUARY
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — Thanks to the support of the local business community, the Jeddah Literary Club’s efforts to organize an international book fair in the city will bear fruit next January, according to Ahmad Qarran, poet and club board member.

«We started all the neces >>>


      JEDDAH TO HAVE NEW SYSTEM OF NAMING STREETS
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — In an effort to organize the city’s address system, the Jeddah Municipality announced yesterday a comprehensive plan to restructure the city’s street–naming system into a more organized numerical system that would work with the Kingdom’s new postal system.
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      NAIF ORDERS AID TO FAMILIES OF OFFICERS KILLED IN ACTION
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — Interior Minister Prince Naif has ordered the distribution of SR20,000 each to 474 members of the families of 76 security officers who were martyred while confronting terrorists in the past years.

The amount has been sent to the bereaved families including fathers, mothers, >>>


      PRODUCTIVITY AND SELF–DISCIPLINE IN RAMADAN
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Hassna’a Mokhtar, Arab News JEDDAH — More than 1,400 years ago, the holy month of Ramadan offered Muslims the chance to strengthen their minds and exercise self–discipline in order to attain higher things. In Islamic history, Ramadan was a time when major battles were fought and won. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upo >>>


      ABBAS, OLMERT LIKELY TO HOLD TALKS ON TUESDAY
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Hisham Abu Taha & Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News GAZA CITY/RAMALLAH, 30 September 2007 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are likely to meet on Tuesday to prepare for a US–sponsored Middle East peace conference, a Palestinian official said yesterday.

«Nothing >>>


      BROTHER OF ‘BOMB MASTERMIND’ HELD
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News HYDERABAD, India, 30 September 2007 — Police have arrested Mohammed Abdul Majid, brother of the alleged mastermind of Hyderabad bomb blasts and Harkat–ul–Jehadi Islami activist Shahid alias Bilal. Bilal’s friend, Mohammed Shakeel, has also been arrested on charges of criminal consp >>>


      DESHMUKH GETS A REPRIEVE
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, India, 30 September 2007 — Congress President Sonia Gandhi postponed any immediate decision to replace Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who has been given a month’s reprieve.

A senior Congress leader and MP, speaking to Arab News here yesterday, said that there w >>>


      DETERMINED TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF PEACE
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Shadiah Abdullah, Arab News Umugwaneza Sulaiman, left, with a group of contestants at the Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award. (AN photo) DUBAI, 30 September 2007 — The life story of Umugwaneza Sulaiman, a contestant for the Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award, is truly inspirational since he has risen from rubble t >>>


      IRAQ CIVILIAN DEATHS PART OF WAR ON TERROR: US
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 30 September 2007 — The US military yesterday put down to its «war on terror» the deaths of civilians in a series of airstrikes in Baghdad and southern belts this week that also killed a senior Al–Qaeda in Iraq leader.

«We regret when civilians are hurt or killed while >>>


      ISRAEL MAKING EXCUSES FOR WAR, SHARA SAYS
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Reuters DAMASCUS, 30 September 2007 — Syria accused Israel yesterday of making excuses for war by spreading what it described as false reports that an Israeli air raid targeted a site linked to weapons of mass destruction.

Syrian Vice President Farouk Shara said his country did not want war «in the distan >>>


      KINGDOM URGES NEW APPROACH TO MIDDLE EAST
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 — Saudi Arabia yesterday called upon major international powers to change the current approach toward the Arab–Israeli conflict and find a just and lasting solution to the 60–year–old dispute in order to promote world peace and save the region fro >>>


      MUSHARRAF NOMINATION OK’D AS POLICE BEAT UP LAWYERS
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Azhar Masood, Arab News An anti–riot policeman hits a lawyer during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Saturday. (Reuters) ISLAMABAD, 30 September 2007 — Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf picked up another legal victory yesterday as the Election Commission approved Musharraf’s nomination fo >>>


      SUICIDE ATTACK ON KABUL ARMY BUS KILLS 30
      Arab News, 30-09-2007
     Agencies KABUL, 30 September 2007 — A suicide bomber wearing an army uniform blew up an Afghan military bus in Kabul yesterday, killing around 30 people and wounding many more in one of the deadliest attacks of the Taleban’s insurgency.

Afghanistan’s US–backed president, Hamid Karzai, called for «st >>>


      AGING INMATES CLOGGING NATION‘S PRISONS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     ':1' PM HARDWICK, Ga. –– Razor wire topping the fences seems almost a joke at the Men‘s State Prison, where many inmates are slumped in wheelchairs, or leaning on walkers or canes.

It‘s becoming an increasingly common sight: geriatric inmates spending their waning days behind bar >>>


      BILL CLINTON TO JOIN BONO, SHAKIRA IN NY
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PM NEW YORK –– After getting hundreds of pledges to tackle the world‘s problems at his philanthropic summit this past week, former President Bill Clinton is doing what any good host would: He‘s throwing a party.

Music, celebrity and politics were mixing Saturday night at Harlem‘s A >>>


      BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ADM. MULLEN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     12:17 PM –– NAME _ Michael Glenn Mullen. AGE _ 60; born Oct. 4, 1'46. EDUCATION _ U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School and Harvard Business School‘s Advanced Management Program.

EXPERIENCE _ Commanded three ships and the USS George Washington carrier battle group; Commander, U.S. >>>


      D.C. AREA OUTPACES NATIONS IN POLLUTION
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 30,
2007; C01 The Washington area produces more carbon dioxide than several medium–size European countries, according to a new estimate of local emissions, as the region‘s crawling traffic and coal–fired power plants give it a pol >>>


      DUKE OFFICIAL OFFERS APOLOGY OVER SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 2' –– Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead apologized Saturday for not better supporting the men‘s lacrosse players falsely accused in last year‘s highly publicized hoax rape scandal.

Brodhead, speaking at the university‘s law school, said he regret >>>


      ESCAPED KILLERS CAUGHT AFTER WYO. CHASE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     MANILA, Utah –– Two escaped killers were captured on a Wyoming highway after stealing a sport utility vehicle and leading police on an 11–mile chase that left one of the convicts critically wounded, authorities said.

Danny Martin Gallegos, 4', and Juan Carlos Diaz–Arevalo, 27, who es >>>


      GINGRICH SAYS NO TO WHITE HOUSE BID
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax–exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday.

"Newt is not running," spokesman Rick Tyler said. "It >>>


      GIULIANI‘S STRATEGY: NOT HILLARY CLINTON
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PM PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –– Rudy Giuliani made a simple case for his presidential candidacy Saturday to a national convention of Republican women: He‘s not Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to a GOP organization devoted to getting women elected, Giuliani hammered on the Democratic front–runner an >>>


      GIULIANI ARGUES HE CAN BEAT HILLARY
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     NEW YORK –– Rudy Giuliani has focused on November 2008 _ and Democratic front–runner Hillary Rodham Clinton _ from the outset of his presidential bid with a strategy as uncertain as it is necessary.

"I‘m not running against my Republican opponents. I‘m running against the Demo >>>


      GROUND BEEF RECALL EXPANDED ACROSS U.S.
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     TRENTON, N.J. –– The Topps Meat Co. on Saturday expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties to include 21.7 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that sickened more than a dozen people in eight states.

The recall of products distributed to retail grocery st >>>


      GROUND SEARCH ON FOR ADVENTURER FOSSETT
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     RENO, Nev. –– Dozens of searchers set off into the rugged Nevada backcountry Saturday after analysts scanning radar and satellite images spotted what may be clues to the whereabouts of missing adventurer Steve Fossett.

Fossett has been missing since his plane went down 27 days ago. The formal aerial >>>


      GROUND SEARCH ON FOR MISSING ADVENTURER
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     RENO, Nev. –– Dozens of searchers set off into the rugged Nevada backcountry Saturday after analysts scanning radar and satellite images spotted what may be clues to the whereabouts of missing adventurer Steve Fossett.

Fossett has been missing since his plane went down 27 days ago. The formal aerial >>>


      IRAQ FOCUS FOR NEW JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is troubled by the Iraq war. He thinks it has become such a consuming focus of U.S. attention that it may be overstretching the military and distracting the nation from other threats.

When he steps into his new offi >>>


      JENNA BUSH BEGINS NATIONAL BOOK TOUR
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Jenna Bush looked poised as she stepped to the podium, but she couldn‘t quite hide the butterflies as she stood before an eager bookstore crowd Saturday to introduce her new book, "Ana‘s Story: A Journey of Hope." "This is my first day, so I‘m a little nervo >>>


      LEADING INDICATORS POINT DOWN FOR GOP
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– It is gallows humor time for Republicans in Congress, where one lawmaker jokes that "there‘s talk about us going the way of the Whigs," the 1'th century political party long extinct.

"That‘s not going to happen," Rep. Tom Davis, R–Va., hastens >>>


      MAN EATS 21 POUNDS OF GRITS FOR TITLE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     BOSSIER CITY, La. –– He‘ll never want breakfast again. Pat Bertoletti, a mohawk–sporting chef from Chicago, gulped down 21 pounds of buttery, goopy grits in 10 minutes to win $4,000 in the first World Grits Eating Championship at Louisiana Downs on Saturday.

The grits were presented in 2 >>>


      MCCAIN CALLS FOR TOUGH STANCE ON MYANMAR
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     RYE, N.H. –– Sen. John McCain said Saturday that the United States and Myanmar‘s neighbors need to be tougher on the military junta responsible for this week‘s brutal crackdown on demonstrators.

The Republican presidential hopeful said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be >>>


      MICH. LAWMAKERS TRY TO AVOID SHUTDOWN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     2007; 6:07 AM LANSING, Mich. –– Lawmakers trying to avoid a partial government shutdown were taking a short break early Sunday from brokering deals on tax increases and other measures aimed at plugging a budget deficit.

The Legislature is tasked with erasing a $1.75 billion deficit in the fiscal yea >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     N.J. Company Expands Meat Recall TRENTON, N.J. –– The Topps Meat Co. on Saturday expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria and sickened more than a dozen people in eight states.

Topps said it is recalling 21.7 million pounds of ground beef product >>>


      NEW CONDOMS TO REPLACE D.C. SUPPLIES
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Who cares if they‘re free? Residents in the nation‘s capital say the condoms being handed out have a serious problem.

As many as 70,000 condoms given away in a citywide campaign to reduce HIV and AIDS were returned this week by community groups. Another 100,000 condoms were >>>


      POOR SMOKERS WOULD PAY FOR HEALTH BILL
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children‘s health coverage: people with relatively little money and education.

The program expansion passed by the House and Senate last week would be financed >>>


      S.C. LEADS IN SINGLE–GENDER CLASSES
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     –– COLUMBIA, S.C. _ David Chadwell believes boys and girls can get through the awkward middle school years better when they‘re separated, learning in classrooms tailored to the learning styles of each gender.

As the country‘s first and only statewide coordinator of single–gender ed >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     7:58 AM –– A low–pressure system moving through the Plains toward the Great Lakes was forecast to bring rain and high–elevation snow to the Rockies, Plains, upper Midwest and Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

Another low–pressure system was expected to renew heavy rain and high–e >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D–N.Y.), Trent Lott (R–Miss.), Honor Flight founder Earl Morse, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R–Ga.).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Former president Bill Cli >>>


      TROPICAL SYSTEMS WEAKEN IN THE ATLANTIC
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     MIAMI –– Tropical Storm Melissa and the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen weakened early Sunday in the eastern Atlantic, forecasters said. Neither posed an immediate threat to land.

At 5 a.m. EDT, Melissa was centered about 4'0 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, according to the National Hurri >>>


      U.S. MAKES GAINS IN DISMANTLING WARHEADS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– The U.S. is dismantling unneeded nuclear warheads at a faster pace than forecast as it substantially reduces its atomic arsenal under terms of an arms control treaty with Russia, government officials said Sunday.

The Bush administration planned to announce Monday that it has taken a >>>


      U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ AT 3,802
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     ':04 PM –– As of Saturday, Sept. 2', 2007, at least 3,802 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians.

At least 3,0'' died as a result of hostile action, >>>


      WOMAN DIES AFTER AIRPORT ARREST
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PHOENIX –– A woman late to her plane became irate, was put in handcuffs and was later found dead in a holding cell, police said. Authorities were investigating Saturday if the woman choked herself while trying to get free from the handcuffs.

Carol Ann Gotbaum, 45, of New York, was arrested Friday at >>>


      WOMAN DIES AFTER AIRPORT ARREST
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PHOENIX –– A woman late to her plane became irate, was put in handcuffs and was later found dead in a holding cell, police said. Authorities were investigating Saturday if the woman choked herself while trying to get free from the handcuffs.

Carol Ann Gotbaum, 45, of New York, was arrested Friday at >>>


      BUSH‘S EPA IS PURSUING FEWER POLLUTERS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By John Solomon and Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 30, 2007; A01 The Environmental Protection Agency‘s pursuit of criminal cases against polluters has dropped off sharply during the Bush administration, with the number of prosecutions, new investigations and total convictions all dow >>>


      IOWA TRIP TO MARK NEW INTENSITY FOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Dan Balz and Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 30, 2007; A04 On Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will embark on a four–day campaign swing through Iowa, starting off with events that will mark the fifth anniversary of a speech he gave opposing the war at a rally in Chicago. His >>>


      NUCLEAR WARHEAD DESIGN HITS SNAG
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     A17 An independent scientific advisory group, tasked by the federal government at the direction of Congress to review the administration‘s plan for a new generation of nuclear warheads, has questioned whether it can go ahead without further laboratory work.

The study, performed by the "Jasons," >>>


      REPORT TO SHOW ROMNEY FORTUNE‘S BIGGER ROLE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     September 30, 2007; A05 When former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney closes the books on his latest campaign finance report today, it will reveal a slow but steady shift from a candidacy built on thousands of individual donations to one relying increasingly on his own personal fortune.

Top Romney advisers sai >>>


      ‘THE IED PROBLEM IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL. WE‘VE GOT TO STOP THE BLEEDING.‘
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     A13 BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan –– By the late summer of 2002, as the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington approached, an American victory in Afghanistan appeared all but assured.

A pro–Western government had convened in Kabul. Reconstruction teams fanned out t >>>


      ‘THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPON AGAINST OUR DEPLOYED FORCES‘
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     A01 BAGHDAD it began with a bang and "a huge white blast," in the description of one witness who outlived that Saturday morning, March 2', 2003. At a U.S. Army checkpoint straddling Highway ', just north of Najaf, four soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, part of the initial invasion of Iraq, had s >>>


      100,000 PROTEST OVER JAPAN TEXTBOOK
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PM TOKYO –– More than 100,000 people protested Saturday in southern Japan against the central government‘s order to modify school textbooks which say the country‘s army forced civilians to commit mass suicide at the end of World War II.

Publishers of history textbooks were ordered in Dec >>>


      3 QUAKES STRIKE IN PACIFIC OCEAN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     WELLINGTON, New Zealand –– Three strong earthquakes struck Sunday near New Zealand and the U.S. territory of Guam in remote parts of the Pacific Ocean, monitoring agencies said.

None of the quakes caused a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or PTWC in Honolulu, Hawaii. There we >>>


      AFRICAN UNION ATTACKED, SEVEN KILLED IN DARFUR
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Armed men attacked an African Union base in southern Darfur killing at least seven soldiers and injuring eight others in the worst attack on the African troops since they deployed in 2004, sources said on Sunday.

Sudan‘s army and Darfur rebel movements blamed each other for the >>>


      AN UNLIKELY VOTE FORCES NO CHANGE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     A06 On Wednesday morning, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R–Ga.) walked onto the Senate floor and committed an act that for him is highly unusual: He voted with the Democrats on Iraq.

The measure, offered by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., was a nonbinding statement of support for a new Ira >>>


      ARMY SNIPER, ACQUITTED OF MURDER, IS SENTENCED FOR PLANTING EVIDENCE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     BAGHDAD, Sept. 2' –– A military panel on Saturday sentenced an Army sniper to five months in prison, a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay for planting evidence in connection with the deaths of two Iraqi civilians.

Spec. Jorge G. Sandoval, 22, was acquitted of murder charges in the April and >>>


      ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 30, 2007; A20 SEOUL –– When they come in for plastic surgery, young women usually bring along a photograph torn from a celebrity magazine.

The photo almost always shows a comely star from South Korean soap operas, which are watched obs >>>


      AU SUFFERS WORST DARFUR ATTACK
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Armed men attacked an African Union base in southern Darfur killing at least seven soldiers and injuring eight others in the worst attack on the African troops since they deployed in western Sudan in 2004.

The latest violence to threaten Darfur‘s fragile peace process came as a >>>


      CASTRO SAYS SPAIN‘S AZNAR SOUGHT TO BOMB SERB MEDIA
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban leader Fidel Castro accused Spain‘s former prime minister on Sunday of recommending that Serbian media be bombed during the war in Kosovo, publishing what he said was a transcript of a talk Jose Maria Aznar had with a U.S. official at the time.

Aznar‘s conservative Pop >>>


      CHINA BANS BRA, UNDERWEAR, SEX TOY ADS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     BEIJING –– China has banned television and radio ads for push–up bras, figure–enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist government‘s latest move to purge the nation‘s airwaves of what it calls social pollution.

Regulators have already targeted ads using crude or sugge >>>


      CIVIL WAR TALK STOKES BOLIVIAN FEARS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia –– Miguel Roda fires four shots into the palm trees and imagines a civil war.

"We will spill our last drop of blood, comrades!" he shouts to a few dozen supporters gathered in a city plaza. "We will defend Santa Cruz inch by inch, street by street and town by town! >>>


      DENGUE FEVER SURGES IN LATIN AMERICA
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –– Dengue fever is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the worst outbreaks in decades, causing agonizing joint pain for hundreds of thousands of people and killing nearly 200 so far this year.

The mosquitoes that carry dengue are thriving in expanded urba >>>


      DIPLOMATS: GAMBARI MAY MEET WITH SUU KYI
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     YANGON, Myanmar –– U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari returned to Myanmar‘s largest city, Yangon, on Sunday after meeting with the country‘s junta leaders in their new capital, and was expected to meet with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said.

Gambari came from the remote >>>


      ENOUGH SAID? PROBABLY NOT.
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 30, 2007; A06 NEW YORK –– Lee Bollinger walks into the lecture hall and, easing out of his jacket, begins to set up a hypothetical: Let‘s say I‘m a senator who wants a law that prohibits glorifying violence against Americans, he says.< >>>


      EVEN IN MIDEAST, BEES KNOW NO BORDERS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     MT. HERMON, Golan Heights –– From a dry riverbed on this frontier mountain, under a fortified outpost where Israeli troops peer out at their Syrian enemies, Efraim Ezov sends his Israeli honeybees on daily sorties into Syrian airspace.

The result _ dark, herb–flavored and reputed to enhance vi >>>


      GEORGIAN PRESIDENT RETURNS AMID TURMOIL
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     2007; 8:58 PM TBILISI, Georgia –– The pro–Western president of Georgia interrupted an overseas trip and returned to the ex–Soviet republic Saturday amid tensions over the arrest of a former ally who accused the leader of involvement in a murder plot.

Former Defense Minister Irakli Okruas >>>


      HISTORIC UK NUCLEAR PLANT DEMOLISHED
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     LONDON –– Explosives leveled four giant cooling towers at the world‘s first commercial nuclear power station Saturday, as engineers began the planned decommissioning of the plant.

The station‘s 50–year–old towers, which cooled water used by the plant, had started to degrade a >>>


      IRAQ OFFICIAL CRITICAL OF IRANIAN MOVE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     AM UNITED NATIONS –– Iraq‘s foreign minister says Iran is punishing the Kurdish region for something the Kurdish authorities were not responsible for _ the arrest of an Iranian official by the U.S. military on Sept. 20.

Hoshyar Zebari said late Saturday that he raised the issue of Iran‘s >>>


      IRAQI PARTIES DENOUNCE SPLITTING COUNTRY
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     AM BAGHDAD –– Representatives of Iraq‘s major political parties on Sunday strongly denounced a U.S. Senate proposal calling for a limited centralized Iraqi government with the bulk of the power given to the country‘s ethnically divided regions.

The groups, which represented both Shiites >>>


      ISRAEL SUBMITS NUCLEAR TRADE PLAN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 30, 2007; A23 Israel has pushed a key group of nations engaged in nuclear trade to adopt new guidelines allowing the international transfer of nuclear technology to states that have not signed on to nonproliferation rules, and the move may complicate the Bush >>>


      JAPAN‘S MINAMATA DISEASE STILL LINGERS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     SHIRANUI SEA, Japan –– The dawn is still only a faint glow beyond distant mountains, but fisherman Akinori Mori and his wife, Itsuko, are already hard at work on their boat, reeling in nets of squid, fish and crabs.

Nothing about this placid scene reveals that Japan‘s worst environmental disas >>>


      KASPAROV JOINS RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     MOSCOW –– The former world chess champion Garry Kasparov entered Russia‘s presidential race on Sunday, elected overwhelmingly as the candidate for the country‘s beleagured opposition coalition.

Kasparov has been a driving force behind the coalition, which has united liberals, leftists an >>>


      MAGNITUDE 6.8 QUAKE OCCURS NEAR GUAM
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     TOKYO –– A strong earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean and was felt in Guam on Sunday morning, officials and various agencies said. No injuries, damage or tsunamis were immediately reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake magnitude at 6.8 and said it occurred about 215 miles south >>>


      NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR TALKS ENTER RECESS
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     BEIJING –– Six–nation disarmament talks on North Korea ended Sunday without an expected agreement and with envoys instead opting to send a detailed, draft plan on shuttering the North‘s nuclear programs to their governments for approval.

The four days of talks, which began on an optimist >>>


      OLMERT, ABBAS AND NEGOTIATING TEAMS TO MEET
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and their negotiating teams will meet on Tuesday to try to narrow differences over a U.S.–led conference on Palestinian statehood.

Israeli government spokesman David Baker said on Sunday the Olmert&ndas >>>


      PFIZER FACES $8.5 BLN SUIT OVER NIGERIA DRUG TRIAL
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) – A court case brought by Nigeria against Pfizer resumes on Wednesday with the U.S. drug maker saying it answered a call for help to save the lives of African children during a meningitis epidemic.

Nigeria alleges Pfizer deceived patients and caused the death of 11 children in 1 >>>


      PROTAGONISTS OF ORANGE REVOLUTION VIE AGAIN
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 30, 2007; A20 KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 2' –– Ukraine‘s weary voters go to the polls Sunday for the third time in three years, a testament not only to the country‘s incessant political infighting but also to the Orange Revolution‘ >>>


      PUTIN PRAISES SOVIET DISSIDENT THEATRE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, on Sunday sang the praises of a Moscow theatre that was once the target of censors in Soviet times.

Founded in 1'64, Moscow‘s Taganka Theatre was a venue for relative dissent in the Soviet Union, staging banned plays which le >>>


      RIVAL PALESTINIANS CLASH AT GAZA MOSQUE
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Hamas and Fatah loyalists clashed Saturday at a mosque in the southern Gaza Strip, leaving nine people wounded in the latest flare–up of Palestinian infighting, witnesses and medical officials said.

The melee erupted after Hamas _ the Islamic militant group that rules >>>


      STORM KILLS 5 IN PHILIPPINES, HEADS FOR VIETNAM
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     MANILA (Reuters) – Tropical depression Lekima swept off the Philippines on Sunday, leaving five people dead and four missing, a disaster official said, warning that floods and landslides could cause more havoc.

Anthony Golez, deputy chief of the civil defense office, said thousands of people were marooned >>>


      TAIWAN PARTY ASSERTS SEPARATE IDENTITY
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     TAIPEI, Taiwan –– Taiwan‘s ruling party passed a resolution Sunday asserting the island‘s separate identity and calling for a referendum on its sovereignty, but failed to put any real force behind it, apparently out of fear of provoking rival China.

The resolution _ passed after a heated >>>


      TALIBAN REBUFFS KARZAI‘S OFFER
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     AM KABUL, Afghanistan –– President Hamid Karzai offered to meet with the Taliban leader and give militants a government position, but a spokesman for the militant group on Sunday said it will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities until U.S. and NATO forces leave the country.

Karzai mad >>>


      TALKS PUSH FOR NKOREA DEAL
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     BEIJING –– A top U.S. diplomat said Sunday he was optimistic about reaching an agreement on specific steps to shut down North Korea‘s nuclear programs.

However, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said he was uncertain whether negotiators would come up with a statement before the exp >>>


      TRIBAL MEMBERS JOIN IN EFFORT TO ASSIST U.S., IRAQI FORCES
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 30, 2007; A23 More than 30,000 tribal members in Iraq have come forward to work with U.S. and Iraqi forces over the past six months, a phenomenon that is spreading beyond Anbar province to Baghdad and other regions of the country, according to U.S. commande >>>


      TURBULENT UKRAINE CHOOSES NEW PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainians voted for a new parliament on Sunday in an election that President Viktor Yushchenko said offered a choice between "false stability and change" after months of political turmoil.

The pro–Western Yushchenko, swept to power in the 2004 "Orange Revolution,&quo >>>


      U.N. MEMBERS, GUN LOBBY FACE ARMS FIGHT
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     PM UNITED NATIONS –– Britain, Japan, Australia and others are pushing for an unprecedented treaty regulating the arms trade worldwide, in a campaign sure to last years and to pit them against a determined American foe, the National Rifle Association.

In what U.N. officials say is an "overwhelmi >>>


      U.N. PEACE ENVOY MEETS DETAINED LEADER
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     YANGON (Reuters) – U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari met detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday but had not held talks yet with the head of the junta on ending a bloody crackdown on protests against 45 years of military rule.

"He looks forward to meeting Senior General Than Shwe, Chai >>>


      U.S. WON‘T BLOCK LIBYA‘S U.N. BID
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     By Colum LynchWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 30, 2007; A25 UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 –– The Bush administration will not stand in the way of Libya‘s bid to join the U.N. Security Council, senior U.S. officials said, paving the way for Tripoli‘s full diplomatic rehabilitation at the >>>


      UKRAINE ON CROSSROADS IN DECISIVE ELECTION
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     KIEV (Reuters) – After months of political turmoil Ukraine elects a new parliament on Sunday, choosing between "Orange Revolution" advocates backing President Viktor Yushchenko and his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.

His powers reduced since 2004 mass protests when orange–clad sup >>>


      UKRAINE VOTES IN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION
      Washington Post, 30-09-2007
     KIEV, Ukraine –– Ukrainians began voting Sunday in an early parliamentary election meant to bring an end to a months–long political standoff between the nation‘s two feuding leaders.

President Viktor Yushchenko‘s party appeared set for a dismal showing, with polls predicting the bl >>>


      COURT ORDERS IEC TO PAY DAMAGES FOR 2006 BLACKOUTS
      Haaretz, 30-09-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli If all the IEC‘s other troubles were not enough, the Small Claims Court in Petah Tikva has ruled that the electric company must compensate two consumers who sued it in the wake of the power outages during the summer of 2006.

The IEC initiated the blackouts when electricity demand hit >>>


      ELECTRIC CORP. TO HIRE 150 NON–JEWS TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY ON SATURDAYS
      Haaretz, 30-09-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli The IEC will hire 150 non–Jewish workers to prevent Sabbath violation at its facilities, according to a decision last week by National Infrastructures Minister Benjamin Ben–Eliezer.

The step is part of the process to advance a new law regulating electricity production on the Jew >>>


      IEC CANCELS EMERGENCY BOND ISSUE ON RATING REDUCTION FEARS
      Haaretz, 30-09-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) considered an emergency bond issue two weeks ago, but backed down because it feared its bonds‘ credit rating might be lowered, TheMarker has learned.

The offering was to be for bonds with a duration (the weighted average maturity) of only two year >>>


      OLIVE OIL PRICES TO RISE 20 PERCENT
      Haaretz, 30-09-2007
     By Amiram Cohen The price of high–quality olive oil produced in Israel is expected to rise by 20 percent in the coming months, and reach NIS 40 to NIS 50 per liter.

The reason for the price increase is a poor olive harvest this year, as a result of last year‘s dry winter and high temperatures in the >>>



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