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      ALWALEED TO INVEST ANEW IN CITIGROUP
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Agencies NEW YORK, 13 January 2008 — Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Citigroup’s largest individual shareholder, will inject new cash to help America’s biggest bank grapple with heavy mortgage market losses, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Friday.

Alwaleed is expected to invest about >>>


      INVESTCORP BUYS MANHATTAN PROPERTY FOR $1.4 BILLION
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Mahmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 13 January 2008 — Bahrain–based investment bank Investcorp said yesterday it had bought an office property in New York for $1.4 billion from Dubai state investment agency Istithmar.

The offices are leased to 37 tenants including Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston >>>


      JAMEEL GATE, ZAIN IN JOBS DEAL
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 13 January 2008 — The Jameel Gate for Livelihood, a service scheme under the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Programs (ALJCSP), and Zain Saudi Arabia, signed an agreement in which Jameel Gate would help some 2,000 Saudi youths to work in Zain.

Under the accord, Jameel Gate would invite a >>>


      NCB SEEKS REVIEW OF RIYAL PEG TO DOLLAR
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 13 January 2008 — Saudi Arabia needs to gradually change the riyal currency’s peg to the weak US dollar to protect the value of its reserves, most of which are invested in the United States, state–owned National Commercial Bank (NCB) said.

The Kingdom’s central bank — Saudi Arabian Monet >>>


      QUDRA, SAFAT PLAN NEW JOINT PROJECTS
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Arab News ABU DHABI, 13 January 2008 — Abu Dhabi–based Al–Qudra Holding, which sold a 10 percent stake to Kuwait’s Safat Investments last year, said yesterday the two companies plan to launch new projects jointly.

«Our business dealings with Al–Safat Investments will open doors for furth >>>


      SABIC MULLS ARAMCO PETROCHEMICALS DEAL
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 13 January 2008 — Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) is considering a deal with Saudi Aramco to upgrade a Red Sea Coast refinery and a build a petrochemicals complex there, a magazine reported.

SABIC is also believed to be looking closely at the planned Osos Petrochemicals Company polybutylen >>>


      ‘DIVORCE IN SAUDI SOCIETY’ SYMPOSIUM PLANNED IN RIYADH
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 13 January 2008 — The divorce rate in Saudi Arabia has reached more than 30 percent of the total number of marriages in the year, the Ministry of Social Affairs announced yesterday.

In a move aimed at focusing on the alarming number of divorces in Saudi Arabia, the ministry, upon r >>>


      KINGDOM FINDS ITSELF IN ICEBOX
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 13 January 2008 — Go outside this week and you are likely to hear the sound of knees knocking and teeth chattering because it is c–c–c–cold out there.

Riyadh, typically one of the world’s warmest capital cities, is not so hot now with temperatures plummeting to ne >>>


      KNOWLEDGE VITAL FOR PROGRESS: KHALED
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Roger Harrison, Samir Al–Saadi & K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al–Faisal, right, and Prince Faisal ibn Abdullah, chairman of Al–Aghar Group, share a light moment at the inauguration of the first Arab knowledge economy conference in Jeddah on Saturday. (AN photo by Adnan Mah >>>


      MILK DAY MARKED WITH CALL TO BOYCOTT DAIRY PRODUCTS
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Raid Qusti & Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News RIYADH/JEDDAH, 13 January 2008 — Saudi Arabia marked its second annual National Milk Day yesterday to promote the importance of including milk in people’s diet, especially in the diet of children whose bones need calcium for proper growth.

But on the same day, many con >>>


      MULTIPLE BLAZES BLAMED ON JINN
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Arab News MADINAH — When an apartment was subjected to a series of small fires — each of which could have erupted into a destructive blaze had it not been for the fire department responding effectively — the homeowner concluded that the only thing that could have possibly started so many blazes was a jinn, the Arabian v >>>


      POLICE INVESTIGATE FAKE NOTES IN EP
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei, Arab News DAMMAM, 13 January 2008 — Police are investigating the origins of counterfeit Saudi currency discovered at a number of banks in the Al–Ahsa, Hafer Al–Batin and Al–Khafji areas of the Eastern Province.

«The fake currency was included in cash deposited by >>>


      RAIN BRINGS PAIN AND SUFFERING TO MAKKAH
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News The roof of a building which caved in during Friday’s rain in Makkah. (AN photo by Badea Abu Al–Naja)

MAKKAH, 13 January 2008 — Though rain is a great blessing from God, when it comes to Makkah it turns out a disaster. People in the holy city and surrounding villages are >>>


      RIYADH DECKED UP TO WELCOME US, FRENCH LEADERS
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News The roundabout opposite King Faisal Palace in Riyadh’s Nasseriyah district is decorated with Saudi, US and French flags to greet the visiting leaders.

(AN photo by Khaled Khamees) RIYADH, 13 January 2008 — The streets of the capital have been decked with flowers and Saudi, US and >>>


      ROAD DIGGING WREAKS HAVOC ON DRIVERS
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News A hole on the ground near a sewage cover at Al–Rawdah District. This hidden trap has wreaked havoc on cars and their drivers for more than a year.

(AN photo by Hasan Hatrash) JEDDAH, 13 January 2008 — Anyone who has spent any time in Jeddah will know that road projects are a way o >>>


      SAUDI–FRANCO TIES A STRATEGIC CHOICE
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Zeina El Tibi, Arab News Nicolas Sarkozy PARIS, 13 January 2008 — French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s two–day state visit to Saudi Arabia beginning today will mark a new stage in the development of relations between the Kingdom and France. Saudi–Franco relations are longstanding and have not failed to progres >>>


      SHIH APPOINTED KAUST PRESIDENT
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News King Abdullah with Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al–Naimi, professor Shih Choon Fong, third left, and his wife, Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah, Prince Mansour ibn Abdullah, right, and interim President Nadhmi Al–Nasr, left. (SPA)

JEDDAH, 13 January 200 >>>


      WOMAN BLUDGEONED TO DEATH; HUSBAND HELD
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Ali Al–Amri, Arab News JEDDAH, 13 January 2008 — A 34–year–old Saudi man was arrested in the early hours of Friday a couple of hours after he bludgeoned his 42–year–old wife with a drinking glass in front of her three children from a previous marriage.

After police arrived at the c >>>


      ‘US WON’T BRING IRAN TO ITS KNEES’
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Agencies TEHRAN, 13 January 2008 — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday the United States would not be able to bring Iran to its knees in a row over sensitive nuclear work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.

Khamenei also told the visiting head of the UN nuclear watchdog that Iran’s nucl >>>


      31% BOYCOTT PHILIPPINE CIVIL ENGINEERING LICENSURE TEST
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 13 January 2008 — The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) pushed through with the controversial Civil Engineering Re–take Examinations yesterday despite opposition and threat of boycott by almost one–third of the examinees.

A total of 3,261 graduates >>>


      EARLY DEPORTATION OF SPY UNLIKELY
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, India, 13 January 2008 — The deportation of convicted Pakistani spy Saeed Ahmed Desai faces further delay after Pune Police Commissioner Jayant Umranikar said recently that he has no authority to deport Desai.

Desai, who was convicted of spying for Pakistan’s Inter–Serv >>>


      IRAQ OKS LAW TO REHIRE BAATHISTS
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Mussab Al–Khairalla, Reuters BAGHDAD, 13 January 2008 — Iraq’s Parliament voted yesterday to let thousands of members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party return to government jobs.

The new law will allow thousands of former party members to apply for reinstatement in the civil service and military. A smaller >>>


      ISRAELI GOVT OKS 7,000 MORE FAMILY REUNIFICATIONS
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 13 January 2008 — The Head of Palestinian Civil Affaires Commission, Hussein Al–Sheikh, yesterday said that Israeli authorities have approved family unification files of 7,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

«This is the second list from >>>


      JORDAN TO PARTICIPATE IN UNESCO MEETING ON AQSA
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa and Agencies AMMAN, 13 January 2008 — Jordanian experts will take part in a UNESCO–sponsored meeting due to be held in Jerusalem today for evaluation of an Israeli plan to build a bridge leading to Al–Magharebah gate near Al–Aqsa Mosque, Minister of Information Affairs and Communica >>>


      MILITANTS RANSACK GAZA SCHOOL
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 13 January 2008 — Unknown gunmen broke into the American international school in north Gaza before dawn yesterday for the second time in three days, smashed windows, burned buses and looted equipments.

Also in Gaza, a roadside bomb lightly injured two Hamas policemen, while >>>


      MUSHARRAF REJECTS UN PROBE
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 13 January 2008 — President Pervez Musharraf yesterday ruled out a UN inquiry into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as demanded by her party, saying Pakistan is not Lebanon.

Benazir’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, and her son Bilawal have both called for >>>


      NEW RP–US MILITARY TRAINING PLANNED FOR SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 13-01-2008
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 13 January 2008 — Philippine and US troops are to begin a new joint military training in the southern province of Sulu, where troops are fighting the militants linked to the Al–Qaeda.

«We are now preparing for the Balikatan 2008 and it would probably start in Ma >>>


      24–FOOT SNAKE STAYING AT COLUMBUS ZOO
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– Fluffy, a 24–foot python billed as the largest snake in captivity, is staying put to lure visitors into the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The zoo paid $35,000 to the snake‘s breeder in Oklahoma to keep the reticulated python on permanent display. While on loan last year, t >>>


      A DARK ADDICTION
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By Nick MiroffSunday, January 13, 2008; A01 TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va.

The crowd is gathering early in the dirt parking lot outside the Clinch Valley Treatment Center, the only methadone clinic within 80 miles. Third in line, Jeff Trapp smokes Winstons in his pickup, watching the cars turn off the highway and settle >>>


      ANALYSIS: CAN HUCKABEE BROADEN APPEAL?
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. –– This much is known: Mike Huckabee, a one–time Southern Baptist preacher, attracts fellow Christian evangelicals in droves.

Still a question is whether can he appeal to a broader scope of the GOP electorate and swing voters the Republican Party needs to beat Democrats >>>


      ARREST OF ‘CHUBS‘ IS BEFORE HIGH COURT
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– When B.J. Karpowski overheard the name "Chubs" or "Chub" on a police radio, the alert detective in Portsmouth, Va., put out the word.

Pull the man over, Karpowski advised fellow officers. Someone with the nickname had been released from a federal penitentiary and wa >>>


      BEHIND NEVADA CASINO WALLS IS A POLITICAL FIGHT
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A key back–room battle in the contest to nominate a Democratic presidential candidate is raging far from the gaze of TV cameras in places like the workers‘ cafeteria of the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

There, activists like Amelia Moreland are trying to translate >>>


      BUSH SAYS IRAN THREAT TO WORLD SECURITY
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ABU DHABI (Reuters) – President George W. Bush said on Sunday that Iran was threatening security around the world by backing "extremists" and urged its Gulf Arab allies to "confront this danger before it is too late." Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the third stop of his tour of Arab allies, Bush said t >>>


      CELEBRITIES DONATE TO MANY CANDIDATES
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     PM WASHINGTON –– The nation‘s capital may be Hollywood for ugly people, but Hollywood celebrities are still attracted to Washington politicians.

A host of movie stars, directors, writers, producers and singers have contributed to presidential hopefuls for the 2008 election, with many making do >>>


      CLINTON COURTS HISPANIC VOTE IN THE WEST
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, attempting to earn the "la presidenta" title bestowed by supporters in the West in recent days, appealed to Nevada‘s Hispanic community Saturday to back her potentially history–making candidacy as an affirmation of the American dream they sh >>>


      COPS: MAN SODOMIZED STEPSON IN REVENGE
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     FORT WORTH, Texas –– A father sodomized his 18–year–old stepson to avenge the teenager‘s alleged rape of the man‘s 8–year–old daughter, police said.

The father, 32, turned himself into to authorities on Friday and was released from jail Saturday after posting a $1 >>>


      CUOMO TO PROBE 1'88 TANKLEFF MURDERS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     NEW YORK –– The state‘s attorney general said Saturday he will lead a new investigation into the 1'88 murders of a couple whose son served 17 years in prison before an appeals court said he might be innocent.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Gov. Eliot Spitzer appointed him as a special >>>


      FBI FINDS BLACKWATER TRUCKS PATCHED
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     12, 2008; 10:4' PM WASHINGTON –– Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whether enemy gunfire provoked the attack, according to people familiar with the government‘s investigation of the incid >>>


      GIULIANI TALKS ABOUT INSURANCE IN FLA.
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     AM BRADENTON, Fla. –– Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Saturday that his experience as New York City‘s mayor during the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks is a big reason why he supports a national insurance backup fund.

"Maybe I feel more strongly about this becaus >>>


      GOVERNORS SEEK REMEDIES FOR SHORTFALLS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By Keith B. RichburgWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 13, 2008; A03 NEW YORK –– Faced with a weak national economy and a worsening housing crisis, a growing number of states are confronted with severe budget deficits, forcing some governors to come up with creative –– some say risky &nd >>>


      GROUP BACKING CLINTON TAKES A GAMBLE ON A NEVADA AD CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     As the presidential playing field expands west, independent groups spending campaign cash in support of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are following.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is airing a radio ad in Nevada in advance of the state‘s Jan. 1' caucuses. The commercial carries a message nearl >>>


      HUCKABEE ESCHEWS POLITICS FOR PREACHING
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     SPARTANBURG, S.C. –– Republican Mike Huckabee spoke from the pulpit Sunday, not as a politician but as the preacher he used to be, and delivered a sermon on how merely being good isn‘t enough to get into heaven.

Huckabee is vying for support from the Christian conservatives who dominate the GO >>>


      INTRAPARTY TACTICS QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LINGERING TENSIONS Intraparty Tactics Questioned The presidential campaign has moved on from New Hampshire, but it has left behind deep fissures and feelings of resentment among local Democrats that some fear may linger all the way until November.

Some Barack Obama supporters, stung by his loss to Hillary Clint >>>


      ISRAEL–PALESTINIAN FINAL STATUS TALKS START MONDAY
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will open talks on Monday on the most sensitive issues such as the future of Jerusalem as part of a U.S.–led push for a peace deal this year, officials said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his chief negotiator, Ahmed Qurei, an >>>


      MCCAIN, ROMNEY GAINING IN MICHIGAN
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     11:02 PM –– THE RACE: The presidential race for Republicans, Democrats in Michigan. ___ THE NUMBERS – DEMOCRATS Hillary Rodham Clinton, 56 percent Uncommitted, 33 percent Dennis Kucinich, 3 percent Undecided, 5 percent ___ THE NUMBERS – REPUBLICANS John McCain, 27 percent Mitt Romney, 26 percent >>>


      MCCONNELL WEIGHS IN ON WATERBOARDING
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The nation‘s intelligence chief says waterboarding "would be torture" if used against him or if someone under interrogation actually was taking water into his lungs.

But Mike McConnell, in a magazine interview, declined for legal reasons to say whether the technique cat >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     Arrest Warrant Issued In Dead Marine‘s Case JACKSONVILLE, N.C. –– Authorities issued an arrest warrant Saturday for a Marine corporal wanted in the death of a pregnant colleague, whose burnt remains were excavated from a fire pit in his back yard.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said investigat >>>


      NEVADA TEACHERS CHALLENGE CAUCUS RULES
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     AM LAS VEGAS –– Nevada teachers have filed a legal challenge that could curb the influence of the state‘s largest union in its Democratic caucus later this month.

The Nevada State Education Association, its president and five people identified as Democrats planning to attend the Jan. 1' ca >>>


      O.J. SIMPSON JAILED ON BAIL VIOLATION
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– O.J. Simpson was in jail Saturday, accused of violating terms of his bail in an armed robbery case, after a bondsman told authorities the former football star tried to get him to pass a message to a co–defendant.

Simpson was awaiting a Wednesday court hearing, when prosecutors pla >>>


      REPORT: 121 VETERANS LINKED TO KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     NEW YORK –– At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The newspaper said it also logged 34' homicides involving all active–duty military personnel and >>>


      RESEARCHERS RESTART RAT HEART
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     PM WASHINGTON –– Researchers seeking new treatments for heart disease managed to grow a rat heart in the lab and start it beating.

"While it still sounds like science fiction, we‘ve hopefully opened a new door in the notion that we can build these tissues and one day provide options for p >>>


      ROMNEY AND MCCAIN DEBATE ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     YPSILANTI, Michigan (Reuters) – Republican rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain clashed on Saturday over how to revive the depressed economy of Michigan, as the most open presidential race in decades approached its next big test.

Michigan–born Romney needs to win the Republican primary here on Tuesday >>>


      ROMNEY MEETS HIS FIRST–GRADE TEACHER
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LIVONIA, Mich. –– Add another stop on Mitt Romney‘s trip down memory lane in his native Michigan. The Republican presidential contender ran into his first–grade teacher _ 78–year–old Gloria Blazo of Novi _ as he was shaking hands Saturday following a speech to the conservative America >>>


      SMALL PLANE CRASH KILLS 4 IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LAKESIDE, Ohio –– A small plane crashed in a rural residential area as its pilot prepared to land Saturday, killing four people aboard, a sheriff‘s department said.

No injuries were reported to people on the ground. The crew of the twin–engine Cessna 340 had radioed their intention to la >>>


      SMALL PLANE CRASH KILLS 4 IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     LAKESIDE, Ohio –– A small plane crashed in a rural residential area as its pilot prepared to land Saturday, killing four people aboard, a sheriff‘s department said.

No injuries were reported to people on the ground. The crew of the twin–engine Cessna 340 had radioed their intention to la >>>


      STUDY: NORTHEAST WINTERS WARMING FAST
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– Earlier blooms. Less snow to shovel. Unseasonable warm spells. Signs that winters in the Northeast are losing their bite have been abundant in recent years and now researchers have nailed down numbers to show just how big the changes have been.

A study of weather station data from ac >>>


      SUSPECT IN SLAIN NC MARINE CASE SPOTTED
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     JACKSONVILLE, N.C. –– The key suspect in the brutal slaying of a 20–year–old pregnant Marine has been sighted outside of North Carolina, the sheriff said Sunday.

The sighting by a member of the general public happened around midnight, said Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown, who would not sa >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     11:1' PM –– Another storm system rumbled into the already waterlogged Pacific Northwest on Saturday, bringing rain and high elevation snow.

The system brought precipitation from Washington state to Northern California. The Northwest, where temperatures were in the 30s and 40s, has experienced a >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sen. John F. Kerry (D–Mass.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R–Ga.).

NEWSMAKERS (C–SPAN), 10 a.m.: Sout >>>


      THOMPSON SAYS RADIO NATURAL FIT FOR HIM
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. –– Fred Thompson is relying on his radio roots for a rally in South Carolina‘s GOP presidential primary.

Thompson has sat behind microphones in a series of town–hall meetings as talk radio hosts question him for a few minutes before opening it up to audiences. On W >>>


      ACTIVISTS POSE AS GUANTANAMO PRISONERS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     C03 More than 24 hours after he was arrested while kneeling on the steps of the Supreme Court in an orange prisoner jumpsuit and a hood, Tim Nolan stood before a judge yesterday in D.C. Superior Court Room 202 and said the word he‘d come to Washington to say: "Fazaldad." Nolan, of Asheville, N.C., was on >>>


      AS OBAMA RISES, OLD GUARD CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS SCOWL
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     There was a time in the not–too–distant past when "black president" was synonymous with "president of black America." That was the office to which Jesse Jackson appointed himself in the 1'70s –– resigned to the fact that the actual presidency was out of reach. In 2003, Chr >>>


      CLINTON ADVISER CHARGED WITH DWI IN NH
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     NASHUA, N.H. –– A senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was arrested and charged with aggravated drunken driving a day before the New Hampshire primary.

Nashua police say Sidney Blumenthal was arrested early Monday morning after an officer pulled over a car trave >>>


      CLOUDY FORTUNES FOR CONSERVATISM
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     Well, this wasn‘t the plan. As pretty much everyone has noticed, the Republican race hasn‘t exactly followed any of the scripts laid out for it. Mitt Romney has been hacked apart like the Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." John McCain‘s fortunes –– which had been b >>>


      HUCKABEE: EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO LEAD GOP
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     January 13, 2008; A17 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 12 –– Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee touted his candidacy Saturday as a chance for evangelical Christians to lead the Republican Party rather than just support its candidates.

"I don‘t presume that you automatically support me becaus >>>


      IN VEGAS, POLITICS COMES TO THE STRIP
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By Paul Kane and Alec MacGillisWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, January 13, 2008; A01 LAS VEGAS –– Next Saturday, gamblers at the Bellagio, the opulent Las Vegas casino immortalized in the George Clooney blockbuster "Ocean‘s Eleven," will be treated to an unusual sight.

Just befo >>>


      INTELLIGENCE CHIEF COUCHES REFERENCE TO WATERBOARDING AS ‘TORTURE‘
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     The nation‘s intelligence chief says that waterboarding "would be torture" if used against him, or if someone under interrogation was taking water into his lungs.

But Mike McConnell declined for legal reasons to say whether the technique categorically should be considered torture.

" >>>


      REACHING OUT TO HOMELESS VETERANS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 13, 2008; C03 The nation‘s gaze may have shifted to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

But for the homeless men milling through the lobby of the VA Medical Center in Washington yesterday, memories of Vietnam hung as heavily as the smell of >>>


      RIDING THE CHANGE HORSE
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     Back in 1'72, a University of Chicago research project called the General Social Survey began asking the following question: "If your party nominated a black for president, would you vote for him if he were qualified for the job?" The first year, 75 percent of Americans said yes.

Over the next two >>>


      SC PAPER ENDORSES MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– South Carolina‘s largest newspaper on Saturday endorsed John McCain in the state‘s Republican primary.

The State‘s editorial board wrote on the newspaper‘s Web site that its choice in the Jan. 1' GOP primary boiled down to McCain or Mike Huckabee.
>>>


      THE CURRENCY OF CHANGE
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     Change is coming to America. –– Barack Obama I think I represent change.–– Mitt Romney I want to make change.–– Hillary Clinton I love change. –– Bill Richardson Change: Make ours in quarters for the bus.

The thing to remember is, there is change, and there is cha >>>


      THE VOTE A SON DIDN‘T GET
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     When George Romney was the Republican governor of Michigan 40 years ago, his lieutenant governor was William Milliken, the personable heir to a department store dynasty in Traverse City.

They were partners in a socially progressive, business–oriented state administration, notable for its involvement with >>>


      WHITE HOUSE SECRECY STARTS TO GIVE
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By Elizabeth WilliamsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 13,
2008; A05 After years of hammering on the walls of secrecy surrounding the Bush White House, activists and Congress have begun, slowly, to open some cracks.

A federal magistrate on Tuesday ordered the administration to reveal by this wee >>>


      WHY OBAMAMANIA? BECAUSE HE RUNS AS THE GREAT WHITE HOPE.
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s upset victory in the New Hampshire primary last week was every bit as impressive as Sen. Barack Obama‘s Iowa caucus breakout five days before –– if anything, more impressive, since his win was predicted and hers unforeseen. But the reactions to the two events couldn& >>>


      WILL THEY PLAY THE RACE CARD?
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     I‘m scared for Barack Obama, but not for the same reasons that many other black voters are. While the possibility of a crazed gunman coming after him does worry me, my real fear is grounded in something more probable

–– that Hillary Clinton, after her less–than–stellar showing in I >>>


      7 CANADIAN HIGH SCHOOLERS DEAD IN CRASH
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     BATHURST, New Brunswick –– A van carrying a Canadian high school boys‘ basketball team collided with a truck Saturday, killing seven students and the coach‘s wife on their way home from a game.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Derek Strong said the seven players _ between the ages of 1 >>>


      ATTACK SEEN AS SETBACK FOR U.N. IN DARFUR
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By Colum LynchWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 13, 2008; A18 UNITED NATIONS –– A U.N.–African Union peacekeeping force faced the first major challenge to its authority in Darfur, Sudan, this week, enduring more than 10 minutes of hostile fire from Sudanese forces without responding with a si >>>


      BUSH SAYS IRAN THREAT TO WORLD SECURITY
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     12:54 PM ABU DHABI (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush accused Iran on Sunday of threatening security around the world by backing militants and urged his Gulf Arab allies to confront "this danger before it is too late." Iran said it rejected such efforts to isolate Iran among its Gulf neighbors, ad >>>


      BUSH SAYS US, ALLIES MUST CONFRONT IRAN
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates –– President Bush said Sunday that Iran is threatening the security of the world, and that the United States and Arab allies must join together to confront the danger "before it‘s too late." Bush said Iran funds terrorist extremists, undermines stability in Leb >>>


      BUSH WARNS ABOUT IRAN‘S AMBITIONS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates –– President Bush said Sunday that Iran is threatening the security of the world, and that the United States and Arab allies must join together to confront the danger "before it‘s too late." Bush said Iran funds terrorist extremists, undermines peace in Lebanon >>>


      CHAVEZ SAYS NO MILITARY SOLUTION TO WAR IN COLOMBIA
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday that Colombia‘s long guerrilla war had no military solution and peace talks would only prosper when rebel armies there were labeled insurgents, not terrorists.

The leftist Venezuelan leader enjoyed international praise this week f >>>


      CROATIAN PARLIAMENT ENDORSES NEW CABINET
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ZAGREB, Croatia –– Parliament approved on Saturday a new coalition government headed by Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who vowed to pursue Croatia‘s quest to join the European Union and NATO.

Sanader ran the previous, pro–Western government and his conservative party won the most votes in N >>>


      EX–CAPTIVE DESCRIBES YEARS WITH GUERRILLAS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     By Ian JamesAssociated PressSunday, January 13, 2008; A21 CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 12 –– Clara Rojas, one of two hostages freed Thursday after being held captive for years by Colombian rebels, gave birth to her son nearly four years ago by kitchen–knife Caesarean and has not seen him since he was taken >>>


      GALLERY OWNER BATTLES FOR ART IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     BAGHDAD –– By all rights, the Hewar art gallery should be a casualty of war. Months go by without a single painting or sculpture being sold. The gallery‘s cafe _ once a noisy meeting ground for Baghdad‘s intelligentsia _ now sees just a few hardy regulars.

The owner‘s balance sheet >>>


      GROUP: KENYAN POLICE HAVE KILLED DOZENS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Police are behind dozens of deaths in Kenya‘s post–election turmoil, opening fire on both looters and opposition protesters under an unofficial "shoot to kill" policy, a leading human rights group said Sunday.

Human Rights Watch called on Kenya‘s governm >>>


      HANDS–ON GENERAL IS NEXT NO. 2 IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     A04 Most U.S. Army generals wear pistols on the battlefield. Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, a decorated paratrooper who next month takes over as the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, packs an M4 rifle.

A physically imposing but modest man who is little known outside Army circles, Austin‘s hands–on style >>>


      HK PROTESTERS MARCH AGAINST BEIJING SUFFRAGE RULING
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands in Hong Kong held a protest march on Sunday calling for direct elections in 2012, in a public rebuke against Beijing‘s decision not to permit universal suffrage that year, but allow it in 2017 instead.

The peaceful protest march, which police said drew over 6,000 peop >>>


      IN MICHIGAN, A FRUSTRATED GOP SUPPORTER HEDGES HIS BETS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     A17 BIRMINGHAM, Mich. –– James Esshaki pilots his black Mercedes down the main strip of what‘s left of the high–end shopping district here, coming to one of the 11 buildings he owns. "Esshaki Properties for Lease" posters hang in the windows where mannequins modeling the latest fashions >>>


      INDIAN PRIME MINISTER SINGH IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     BEIJING –– Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a three–day visit aimed at boosting sometimes strained relations between the two Asian giants, whose massive populations and sizzling economies are increasingly driving world trade.

Singh was scheduled to meet wit >>>


      INDONESIAN ACTIVIST‘S MURDER UNPUNISHED
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– More than three years after Indonesia‘s leading human rights campaigner died of arsenic poisoning during a commercial airline flight, his case has become a critical test of the country‘s willingness to come to grips with the legacy of the 32–year Suharto dictatorship.< >>>


      IRAN AGREES TO ANSWER NUCLEAR QUESTIONS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     VIENNA, Austria –– Iran‘s leaders agreed to answer all remaining questions about their country‘s past nuclear activities within four weeks in talks with the U.N.‘s chief nuclear inspector, his spokeswoman said Sunday.

The spokeswoman also said International Atomic Energy Agency chi >>>


      IRAN TO SETTLE ATOM INQUIRY ISSUES WITHIN MONTH: IAEA
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran agreed to answer remaining questions about its past covert nuclear activities within a month during talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, the U.N. watchdog said on Sunday.

For the first time, Tehran also gave Mohamed ElBaradei information about its work to develo >>>


      IRAQ PASSES BILL ON BAATHISTS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     January 13, 2008; A01 BAGHDAD, Jan. 12 –– The Iraqi parliament passed a bill Saturday intended to make it easier for former members of Saddam Hussein‘s Baath Party to return to government jobs and collect their pensions, a significant achievement for the divided legislature on an issue still regarded w >>>


      ISRAELI LEADER: OUTPOSTS ARE ‘DISGRACE‘
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday declared it a "disgrace" that dozens of unauthorized West Bank settlements were standing four years after Israel promised to dismantle them, following pointed criticism from President Bush.

In a meeting with political allies, Olmert >>>


      KAZAKH MINE BLAST DEATH TOLL RISES TO 30
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ALMATY (Reuters) – The death toll in a Kazakh coal mine explosion rose to 30 on Sunday when authorities gave up hope of rescuing 23 trapped miners and said they could not have survived.

"The high temperatures and the high concentration of carbon oxide ... have made their survival impossible," th >>>


      MILITANTS OCCUPY CORSICA PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     AJACCIO, Corsica –– Militant nationalists occupied the local parliament building Saturday while police outside dispersed demonstrators with tear gas in the capital of this French Mediterranean island.

A fire erupted on the building‘s fifth floor, where the offices of Assembly President Camille >>>


      MILITANTS SLAIN IN PAKISTAN BATTLE
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Islamic militants attempted to attack a Pakistani military base close to the Afghan border, sparking fighting that killed between 40 and 50 of the insurgents, the army said Sunday.

The clashes were some of the bloodiest in weeks in the lawless region _ a militant stronghold wh >>>


      NAVY OFFICIALS SAY THREAT RAISED TENSION
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     MANAMA, Bahrain –– A threatening radio message to U.S. warships may have been a coincidence but was taken seriously because it came at the same time Iranian vessels swarmed the American fleet, the commander of one of the American ships said Sunday.

Cmdr. Jeffery James, of the destroyer USS Hopper, a >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP URGES KENYA TO ALLOW PROTESTS
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya‘s government should order police to stop using lethal force against protesters, a U.S.–based rights group said on Sunday as the nation braced for three days of opposition rallies over disputed December 27 polls.

Police have banned all demonstrations since President Mw >>>


      S. AFRICAN CHIEF OF POLICE PUT ON LEAVE
      Washington Post, 13-01-2008
     A1' RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan. 12 –– President Thabo Mbeki announced Saturday that national police chief Jackie Selebi was being placed on extended leave, a day after prosecutors said Selebi would soon be charged with corruption, fraud and racketeering.

Mbeki‘s move marked a new phase >>>



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