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      ANB’S NET PROFIT FALLS 1.7 PERCENT TO $656M IN ’07
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 27 January 2008 — Arab National Bank (ANB) announced a slight drop of 1.7 percent in net profit at $656 million in 2007 compared to $668 million in the preceding year, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday. The bank’s earning per share reached $1.44 compared to $1.47 in 2006.

Total operating >>>


      ASEAN READIES FOR NEXT DEVELOPMENT STEP
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News DAVOS, Switzerland, 27 January 2008 — The rise of China and India on the world economic stage has sent a wake–up call to the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to get their own houses in order. This was pretty evident from the deliberations at the World Economic Fo >>>


      BMG SAUDI INDEX STARTS THE WEEK UP BY 1 PERCENT
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Arab News The BMG Saudi Index switched its performance; rising in yesterday’s trading session by 1 percent to 50'.78 points after the fourth quarter of 2007 rebalance took place.

The market turnover, however, decreased to SR6.' billion ($ 1.8 billion), down by 1.4 percent from SR7 billion ($1.' bill >>>


      DAVOS DIARY DAY 4: MUSHARRAF KEEPS BROWN UP IN AIR
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Siraj Wahab Pervez Musharraf’s breakfast with a select group of people here was quite a lukewarm affair. There were many reasons why many people in attendance were disappointed. Foremost among them was Musharraf’s monologue. They were there to interact with him — not listen to him sermonize. A lot of jaws dropped when t >>>


      EMAAR SET TO SELL JEDDAH GATE HOMES
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 27 January 2008 — Dubai’s Emaar Properties said yesterday it would launch the sale of premier homes in its $1.6 billion Jeddah Gate from Jan.
30, 2008 at the Downtown Burj Dubai Sales Center.

The sale of premier two, three and four–bedroom apartments and penthouses located in the Abr >>>


      SAUDI HOLLANDI GETS OFFER FOR ABN AMRO’S 40% STAKE
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 January 2008 — The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) is examining bids from local banks and private investors for ABN Amro’s 40 percent stake in Saudi Hollandi Bank (SHB), the bank’s chairman said in remarks published yesterday.

SAMA, the Kingdom’s central bank, was c >>>


      TELECOM REGULATION VITAL TO MOBILE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Arab News MANAMA, 27 January 2008 — Amid continued expansion in the telecommunications industry in the region, the existence of legal and regulatory framework is deemed essential particularly to the mobile industry development.

Mohammad Shabib, Zain Group chief regulatory officer, said «we take regulation >>>


      A SIGN FOR EVERYONE
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful The unbelievers say: ‘Shall we point out to you a man who will tell you that, when you have been utterly torn into pieces, you shall be restored to life in a new act of creation? Has he invented a lie about God, or is he a madman?’ No! It >>>


      DELAYING PAYMENT OF DEBT FOR A LONG TIME
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. Someone lends a friend a sum of money, but the debtor takes a long time to repay it. Every now and then the debtor assures the lender that he has not forgotten, but nevertheless he fails to repay his debt. What should the lender do to make sure that he gets his money back?

Q.2. A fri >>>


      DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TO FINANCIAL MATTERS
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Bilal was one of the very early people to accept Islam. He was an Abyssinian slave owned by Umayyah ibn Khalaf, a chief of the clan of Jumah. When the Quraysh chiefs opposed to Islam launched their persecution campaign against the followers of the Prophet (peace be upon him), they targeted the wea >>>


      IS IT NECESSARY TO REMARRY AFTER EMBRACING ISLAM?
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. My wife and I were married under the civil law of our country, where Muslims are only a minority. At the time, my wife had not yet embraced Islam. Now she is a Muslim, thank God. Do we have to remarry under Islamic law?

N. Militon A. No you do not have to remarry. Your marriage is vali >>>


      THE RIGHT TIME FOR PERFORMING NIGHT WORSHIP
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. What is the proper time for performing night worship, or tahajjud? Should one go to sleep first? What about Lailat Al–Qadr? How many rakahs should we offer in taraweeh?

Q.2. Is investing money in the form of a life insurance acceptable, particularly if it reduces our income tax >>>


      THE ULTIMATE CHARITY
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Prophets (peace be upon them) generally cared little for money. Jesus in particular is often mentioned as the one who cared least for worldly possessions of any sort. This may be so, as he sought to change a prevalent social perception that attached great importance to wealth and material things.< >>>


      WHERE PRAISE IS DUE
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful All praise is due to God, to whom belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth; and to Him will be due all praise in the life to come. He is truly wise, All–Aware. He knows all that goes into the earth and all that comes out of >>>


      WHY A JUDGMENT DAY?
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful The unbelievers say: ‘Never shall the Last Hour come upon us!’ Say: ‘Yes, by my Lord, it shall most certainly come to you. It is He who knows all that lies beyond the reach of human perception. Not an atom’s weight in the heavens or the e >>>


      JEDDAH PREP: 40 YEARS AND STILL COUNTING
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Roger Harrison, Arab News Balloons, cakes and speeches characterized the Jeddah Prep and Grammar School’s 40th anniversary celebrations on Saturday. (AN photo by Roger Harrison) JEDDAH, 27 January 2008 — One of Jeddah’s most familiar educational institutions officially marked its 40th birthday yesterday. The colorful ce >>>


      KINGDOM TO TAKE DELIVERY OF EUROFIGHTERS NEXT YEAR
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 27 January 2008 — Saudi Arabia will receive 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft next year, said Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation for Military Affairs Prince Khaled ibn Sultan.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin–engine multipurpose canard–delta strike fighter aircraft. >>>


      MAKKAH POLICE ARREST RAPIST
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 27 January 2008 — Police arrested an African overstayer, who raped a 16–year–old African girl late on Friday night. Maj. Abdul Muhsin Al–Mayman, spokesman for the Makkah Police, told Arab News that the 28–year–old rapist, who was in a car, kidnappe >>>


      PREMATURE BABIES: GOVT TO BEAR COST OF TREATMENT
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 27 January 2008 — The government will bear the medical expenses for the treatment of premature babies transferred from government to private hospitals due to lack of facilities, a senior Health Ministry official said yesterday.

«The new scheme is being introduced con >>>


      SAUDI STUDENTS TAUGHT HOW TO BEHAVE IN HOST COUNTRIES
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 January 2008 — Over 3,000 students from Jeddah, who are going abroad as part of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, which is in its third year, attended a four–day orientation course offering them educational tips and how to behave in their host countries.

The cours >>>


      SAUDI WOMAN DRIVER IN EGYPT ACCIDENT WAITS FOR COURT HEARING
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 January 2008 — An Egyptian court postponed yesterday a hearing involving a Saudi woman driver who struck a taxi resulting in the death of two people, the lawyer representing the woman told Arab News yesterday.

The hearing was rescheduled because the plaintiffs in the c >>>


      ‘ALL POLITICIANS ARE THE TARGET OF TERRORISTS’
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 27 January 2008 — Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz said yesterday that the government was providing full security to politicians as all of them were the target of terrorists.

Speaking to reporters here, Nawaz said the governor of the North West Frontier Province, Ali Ja >>>


      ‘QADDAFI’S SON BEHIND VIOLENCE IN MOSUL’
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 27 January 2008 — A security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against Al–Qaeda in Iraq said yesterday that the devastating explosion in the northern city of Mosul earlier this week was spearheaded by a band of foreign fighters under the sponsorship of Seif Al–Islam Qaddafi, son of Muam >>>


      20 KILLED, 16 HURT IN JORDAN BUS ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 27 January 2008 — At least 20 people were killed and 16 injured yesterday when a bus collided with a water tanker on the highway between the Jordanian capital Amman and the ancient city of Jerash, 30 kilometers away. The two vehicles fell into a valley near the highway after collisi >>>


      ARROYO EXTENDS CONTROVERSIAL MILITARY CHIEF’S TERM
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Arab News DAVOS, Switzerland, 27 January 2008 — Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday extended the term of the country’s armed forces chief, who was implicated in the alleged rigging of the 2004 presidential elections to ensure her victory. Arroyo also named retired Supreme Court justice Jose Melo to he >>>


      EGYPT PREVENTS GAZANS FROM LEAVING RAFAH
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Ibrahim Barzak & Omar Sinan, Associated Press RAFAH, Gaza Strip, 27 January 2008 — Egyptian riot police and armored vehicles restricted Gaza motorists to a small border area of Egypt yesterday, in the second attempt in two days to restore some control over the chaotic frontier which was breached by Hamas gunmen earl >>>


      GANDHI GRANDSON QUITS AFTER CRITICIZING JEWS
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Arun Gandhi ROCHESTER, New York, 27 January 2008 — Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson resigned from the peace institute he co–founded after condemnation of his comments that Israel and the Jews are the biggest players in a culture of violence that «is eventually going to destroy humanity. >>>


      INDIA SHOWCASES ITS MILITARY MIGHT
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News A model of Indian missile AGNI III is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Saturday. (AP)

NEW DELHI, 27 January 2008 — India celebrated its 5'th Republic Day yesterday with Pratibha Patil, the country’s first woman president, unfurling the national flag and >>>


      JAPAN UNVEILS $10BN CLIMATE FUND AT WEF
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News DAVOS, Switzerland, 27 January 2008 — Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda yesterday unveiled a five–year, $10 billion fund to support efforts in developing countries to combat global warming.

In addition, Japan aims to create a new multilateral fund with the US and the UK to mitiga >>>


      OBAMA LEADS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 27 January 2008 — South Carolina Democrats cast votes yesterday in a bitter presidential nominating race, with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama leading rival New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in polls and counting on heavy black support to carry him to a needed victory.

Record turn >>>


      PFLP LEADER HABASH DIES
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Associated Press AMMAN, 27 January 2008 — George Habash, a longtime rival of Yasser Arafat who led the PLO’s second–largest faction which pioneered airliner hijackings, died yesterday in Jordan.

He was 81. «He had a severe heart attack and he died instantly,» said Leila Khaled, a member of the >>>


      SADDAM’S INTERROGATOR SAYS HE DID NOT EXPECT US ATTACK
      Arab News, 27-01-2008
     Lily Hindy, Associated Press NEW YORK, 27 January 2008 — Saddam Hussein allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction to deter rival Iran and did not think the United States would stage a major invasion, according to an FBI interrogator who questioned the Iraqi leader after his capture.

Saddam >>>


      3RD AVALANCHE VICTIM FOUND IN CALIFORNIA
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– A brief hiatus from nearly a week of stormy weather was interrupted by deadly avalanches, flooded streets and mud and rock slides in rain–soaked Southern California.

Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties braced for another bout of heavy rain as flash flood watches were >>>


      AT FLORIDA POLLS, TOUCH SCREENS AND CROSSED FINGERS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     A08 MIAMI –– There will be no "hanging chads" this time around in Florida.

The punch–card voting that plagued the 2000 presidential election in the state is long gone.

But with Florida‘s critical Republican primary approaching on Tuesday, some in the state are bracing >>>


      BLACK VOTE WAS VITAL, BUT NOT THE WHOLE STORY
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     27, 2008; A10 Overwhelming support from African American voters fueled Sen. Barack Obama‘s big win in yesterday‘s South Carolina Democratic primary, but he also continued to demonstrate broad appeal across racial lines, particularly among younger, better–educated and wealthier voters.

Black vo >>>


      DEMOCRATS LOOK AHEAD TO SUPER TUESDAY
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     AM MACON, Ga. –– Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, each claiming a pair of early victories, now leave the concentrated campaigning of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina for an unwieldy and costly 10–day dash through 22 states that hold presidential primaries or caucuses Feb. 5.
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      DESPITE WEALTH, ROMNEY KEEPS FUNDRAISING
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     LAND O‘ LAKES, Fla. –– Mitt Romney‘s millions aren‘t limitless, nor is his willingness to spend them, so the Republican presidential contender has begun taking valuable time from his primary campaign to raise money from outsiders.

Once in Massachusetts the day after the New Hampshi >>>


      EDWARDS KEEPS ON RUNNING IN PRESIDENTIAL RACE
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – John Edwards just keeps on running. He hasn‘t won a single contest in the Democratic race for the U.S. presidential nomination but the millionaire lawyer with the movie star smile still hopes to be a player in the November election.

Edwards suffered a blow to his >>>


      FLA. GOVERNOR ENDORSES MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –– Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed a beaming Sen. John McCain on Saturday night, delivering a boost three days before the state‘s pivotal primary.

Crist praised McCain as a "true American hero." At a county GOP dinner in St. Petersburg, Crist added, "Aft >>>


      GREAT LAKES‘ LOWER WATER LEVELS PROPEL A CASCADE OF HARDSHIPS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     CHICAGO –– A decade ago, Chicago winters meant monumental ice hillocks and caves forming along the lakeshore, skirted by interlocking ice sheets like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Today, it is rare to see more than a thin frozen shelf or a few small ice floes sloshing in Lake Michigan below the city‘ >>>


      GUAM‘S YOUNG, STEEPED IN HISTORY, LINE UP TO ENLIST
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 27, 2008; A15 BARRIGADA, Guam –– As a recruiter for the Guam Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Fernandez has oodles of time for golf. In the past two years, he has taken 18 strokes off his handicap.

Slipping away to the links, howe >>>


      IN ILLINOIS, SUPER TUESDAY WILL BE EVEN BIGGER
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     For months, Feb. 5 has been circled on the calendars of political junkies across the country. With 24 states voting for presidential nominees that day, it will be the equivalent of a national primary –– the first such event in recent political history.

While most of the states that rushed to move th >>>


      LOOK AT US TROOP LEVELS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     AM –– A look at U.S. troop levels during 2007 in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, showing end–of–month totals, as well as current and projections.

Iraq 2007: January _ 137,000 February _ 138,000 March _ 145,000 April _ 144,600 May _ 148,000 June _ 155,300 July _ 156,300 August _ 164,000 S >>>


      MORE HITTING COST LIMIT ON HEALTH BENEFITS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     A03 A small but growing number of American families beset by major medical problems are learning the hard way that simply having health insurance is sometimes not enough.

Those who need organ transplants or who have hemophilia, Gaucher disease or other costly chronic illnesses can easily rack up medical bills t >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     Avalanches Kill 3 People In Mountains Near Los Angeles LOS ANGELES –– A series of avalanches in the mountains outside of Los Angeles killed three people after sweeping backcountry slopes in the San Gabriel Mountains, authorities said Saturday.

Despite the avalanches, about 6,000 people swarmed to th >>>


      NY‘S 16–MILE CAR TUNNEL WOULD BE LONGEST
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     OYSTER BAY, N.Y. –– It would be the world‘s longest highway tunnel, running more than 16 miles under the west end of Long Island Sound.

The cost is estimated at $10 billion _ and it wouldn‘t cost taxpayers a dime. A developer wants to build the tunnel with private money, recouping his co >>>


      OBAMA ROUTS CLINTON IN SOUTH CAROLINA
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     27, 2008; 7:25 AM COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast–to–coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.

&q >>>


      PROBE LAUNCHED OVER DETROIT MAYOR TEXTS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     DETROIT –– A prosecutor launched an investigation Friday into allegations that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lied under oath about an affair with his top aide. Some political observers are questioning whether the popular yet polarizing figure should stay on the job.

"Can he? Yes. Should he? That&lsquo >>>


      REPORT: CUOMO GETS COOPERATION IN PROBE
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– A company that analyzed the quality of subprime mortgages for investment banks has agreed to provide the New York attorney general with information for an investigation, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The agreement involves Clayton Holdings, of Shelton, Conn., a publicly held company >>>


      SC DEMS SEE RECORD TURNOUT
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– The South Carolina Democratic Party broke its own turnout record in Saturday‘s presidential primary and eclipsed the number of ballots cast by residents in the Republican primary the week before.

With '8 percent of precincts reporting, more than 520,000 votes had been tab >>>


      SON OF KAN. GOVERNOR CREATES BOARRD GAME
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     TOPEKA, Kan. –– The son of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is peddling a board game titled "Don‘t Drop the Soap," a prison–themed game he created as part of a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.

John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate >>>


      STRONG BLACK VOTE GIVES OBAMA WIN
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Landslide margins among black voters powered Barack Obama to his win Saturday in South Carolina‘s Democratic presidential primary, allowing him to overcome the telling edge Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards had among whites.

Blacks made up 55 percent of the voters in Saturd >>>


      SUDAN SUMMONS U.S. ENVOY OVER DARFUR COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan summoned the top U.S. diplomat in Khartoum saying he had interfered in the internal affairs of the country and rejected U.S.

criticism of the appointment of Musa Hilal to a central government post. U.S. Charge D‘Affaires Alberto Fernandez told Reuters in an interview last >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     AM –– More stormy weather was forecast for California on Sunday, with heavy rain from the coast to the Central Valley and snow in the Sierra Nevadas.

Winter storm warnings were in effect for the Sierras, where up to 3 feet of new snow was expected. Some areas are expected to flood due to the previou >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JAN. 27
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2008. There are 33' days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1'67, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraf >>>


      U.S. SPY SATELLITE IS FALLING EARTHWARD
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit Earth in late February or March, government officials said yesterday.

The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on Earth it might come down, they said.

The officials >>>


      US SHIFT SEEN TO PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration is attempting to re–energize its terrorism–fighting war efforts in Afghanistan, the original target of a post–Sept. 11 offensive. The U.S. also is refocusing on Pakistan, where a regenerating al–Qaida is posing fresh threats.

There is gro >>>


      VETO OF WIRETAP MEASURE IS THREATENED
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 27, 2008; A05 The White House warned Democratic leaders yesterday that President Bush would veto a proposal to extend an expiring surveillance law by 30 days, saying that Congress should quickly approve a Senate bill favored by the Bush administration.

The >>>


      A BETTER WAY TO DEAL WITH DOWNTURNS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     Shortly after House leaders and the White House reached a tentative deal Thursday to stimulate the economy, President Bush hailed the agreement as the result of "patience, determination and good will on all sides." While politically expedient, the stimulus package is unjustified in the short run and harmful in >>>


      A MARGIN THAT WILL BE HARD TO MARGINALIZE
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     A01 Across South Carolina last week, African American voters came in droves to see Sen. Barack Obama. They came, they said in interviews, not just for a glimpse of the first black candidate with a serious chance at winning the White House but because they were drawn by his message of bringing Americans of all background >>>


      BUSH HITS A WALL IN THE MIDEAST
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     Watching Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and other congressional leaders craft a stimulus package to calm the turbulent economy is like watching President Bush pursue his equally implausible and belated Middle East peace initiative.

In each case, the challenges are so much larger than the means suddenly being brough >>>


      CLEARLY, SOME ARE DIFFERENT
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     By Hank StueverWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 27, 2008; M01 Two of Washington‘s airports –– Dulles and Reagan National –– will soon be part of the federal government‘s Registered Traveler program, which offers passengers the happy prospect of getting through security line >>>


      DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE ‘PICKED‘ AT VA. COLLEGE
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     LEXINGTON, Va. –– As Democratic voters went to the polls in South Carolina over the weekend, strange things were happening here: Hard–core Republicans stood and cheered for Jesse L. Jackson, and Barack Obama supporters cast votes for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It‘s the 100th year of Washing >>>


      EDWARDS‘S APPEAL OVERSHADOWED BY RIVALS‘ CELEBRITY
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     A01 In a quiet moment of an otherwise–fiery Democratic debate Monday, Barack Obama reflected on the frenzy sparked by seemingly every one of his and Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s utterances.

"I‘m not entirely faulting the media," Obama offered. "There‘s no doubt that in a race >>>


      FAIRNESS ON THE BALLOT
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     Come November, voters will decide on more than half a million federal, state and local officeholders and ballot initiatives. Ninety–nine percent of these decisions will matter less than will the five civil rights initiatives that might be on the ballots in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri.
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      FAMILY IN ECONOMIC PERIL IS LOOKING TO A REPUBLICAN FOR RELIEF
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     A08 RIVERVIEW, Fla., Jan. 25 –– Piece by piece, as the economy has faltered and as the subprime mortgage crisis has taken hold, Ivan Toledo‘s grasp on his job, his house –– his entire middle–class life –– has come undone.

Eight months ago, he was no longer able to >>>


      OBAMA IS BIG WINNER IN S.C.
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     WritersSaturday, January 26, 2008; ':45 PM CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 26 –– Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won the South Carolina primary in a landslide Saturday, attracting a biracial coalition and giving his candidacy a much–needed boost as the Democratic presidential race moves toward a 22–state s >>>


      THE DULLES RAIL DEATH KNELL
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     By Amy Gardner and Michael LarisWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, January 27, 2008; C01 Regional business and political leaders have looked to a rail connection between the nation‘s capital and its premier airport as more than a congestion reliever. It was to be an organizing principle around which Northern Vir >>>


      THE GOP STRIKES UP THE BLAND
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     You would never realize how high the stakes are in Tuesday‘s winner–take–all Florida Republican primary if you judged only the behavior of the leading presidential candidates these past few days.

Their final pre–primary debate was bland to the point of apathy. Mitt Romney, John McCain, R >>>


      27 DIE IN CLASHES IN WESTERN KENYA
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     2008; A14 NAIROBI, Jan. 26 –– Three days of attacks and counterattacks among rival tribal gangs have killed at least 27 people in the previously calm city of Nakuru in western Kenya, prompting the deployment of the Kenyan army for the first time since the disputed presidential election last month unraveled t >>>


      AMERICAN AID WORKER SEIZED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     Associated PressSunday, January 27, 2008; A14 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Jan. 26 –– Gunmen kidnapped an American aid worker and her driver in southern Afghanistan‘s largest city early Saturday, seizing the woman from a residential neighborhood as she was on her way to work.

Cyd Mizell worked in Ka >>>


      ANNAN MEETS ODINGA AS FRESH KENYA CLASHES ERUPT
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     NAIROBI (Reuters) – More ethnic clashes erupted in Kenya‘s Rift Valley on Sunday as former U.N. chief Kofi Annan met opposition leader Raila Odinga to try to mediate an end to a month–long crisis that has killed 750.

A Reuters reporter in Naivasha saw one man dragged from a minibus and beaten >>>


      ASIA–PACIFIC LEADERS REMEMBER SUHARTO
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Asia–Pacific leaders recalled the late Indonesian dictator Suharto‘s strengths on Sunday, praising him for modernizing his country and promoting regional unity _ despite his deeply flawed human rights record.

The U.S. also offered its "sincere condolences" >>>


      CHINA BATTLES WINTER WEATHER CHAOS AHEAD OF HOLIDAY
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China struggled on Sunday with transport havoc and threats to energy and food supplies caused by snows and freezing cold, with forecasters warning of more harsh weather across eastern and central areas in coming days.

The cold snap has struck central, eastern and southern China in rece >>>


      CHINA BATTLES WINTER WEATHER CHAOS AHEAD OF HOLIDAY
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Sunday ordered urgent steps to fight transport chaos and threats to energy and food supplies caused by brutal winter weather that forecasters said will continue as the nation heads into a major holiday.

The cold spell has lashed central, eastern and southern China in recent da >>>


      COLOMBIA ORDERS BLOCKADE OF REBEL HOSTAGE CAMPS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia ordered troops to surround jungle camps where rebels hold hundreds of kidnap victims in hopes of forcing their release despite concerns the move could endanger the lives of the hostages.

Once the army finds the makeshift jails and seals their perimeters, an international commis >>>


      EGYPT TAKES OFFERS FOR NUCLEAR PROJECT
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Egypt will begin taking bids in February to build the country‘s first nuclear reactor, the state–run news agency reported Saturday.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced plans for the nuclear power project last year, saying it would diversify Egypt‘s energy res >>>


      FORMER INDONESIAN DICTATOR SUHARTO DIES
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Suharto, the U.S. Cold War ally who led one of the 20th century‘s most brutal dictatorships over 32 years that saw up to a million political opponents killed, died Sunday. He was 86.

The former leader and army general had been ailing in a hospital in the capital, Jakarta, >>>


      FORMER INDONESIAN DICTATOR SUHARTO DIES AT 86
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     5:21 AM Suharto, who in 32 years of authoritarian rule of Indonesia turned one of Asia‘s largest and poorest countries into a fast–growing tiger economy, died today in Jakarta. He was 86.

The Associated Press reported that the chief presidential doctor, Marjo Subiandono, issued a statement that list >>>


      FRENCH FUTURES TRADER IN POLICE CUSTODY
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     By Pierre–Antoine SouchardAssociated PressSunday, January 27, 2008; A16 PARIS, Jan 26 –– The French trader accused of one of the biggest bank frauds ever surfaced Saturday –– in the custody of police, who were questioning him about bad bets that cost France‘s No. 2 bank billions of eu >>>


      GAZANS HEAD HOME AS EGYPT BLOCKS SUPPLIES
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     RAFAH, Egypt (Reuters) – Palestinians streamed home across Gaza‘s breached border with Egypt on Sunday as Egyptian authorities choked off supplies to the area and vowed to restore control.

Egypt has struggled to re–seal the border and contain hundreds of thousands of needy Gazans who poured ac >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 11 IN GUYANA VILLAGE
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     LUSIGNAN, Guyana, Jan. 26 –– Gunmen stormed into a coastal village and killed 11 people, including five children, in violence blamed on a gang leader who has threatened widespread attacks. The assault sparked angry protests over rising crime in this impoverished country.

The killings in Lusignan cam >>>


      HEFTIER AID AT ELITE COLLEGES DRAWS PRAISE, REBUKES
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     By Valerie StraussWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 27, 2008; A13 Decisions by Harvard, Yale and other elite schools to make college more affordable to a larger pool of applicants might have the unintended consequence of harming less wealthy institutions and the students who attend them, some educators and fin >>>


      IN FLA., MCCAIN AND ROMNEY ARGUE ABOUT IRAQ
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     January 27, 2008; A01 SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 26 –– Sen. John McCain of Arizona accused former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney of having once supported a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, sparking an angry demand for an apology from Romney, who called the statement "dishonest." Both Republicans aban >>>


      INDONESIA‘S FORMER PRESIDENT SUHARTO DEAD: POLICE
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia‘s former president Suharto, who ruled with an iron fist for 32 years, has died, a senior police official told reporters on Sunday at the hospital where he was being treated.

"Indonesia‘s second president Haji Muhammad Suharto has passed away at about 13.10,&q >>>


      INDONESIA‘S FORMER PRESIDENT SUHARTO DIES
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia‘s former president Suharto, whose legacy of economic development was marred by graft and human rights abuses during his 32 years in power, died on Sunday, aged 86, after suffering multiple organ failure.

"I invite all the people of Indonesia to pray that may the de >>>


      IRAQ MOVES TROOPS AND TANKS TO NORTHERN CITY MOSUL
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi tanks and helicopters are being sent to the northern city of Mosul and troop reinforcements should arrive later on Sunday for a big offensive against al Qaeda militants, Iraqi security officials said.

Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki said on Friday that Iraqi forces were prepa >>>


      ITALIAN POLITICAL CRISIS ENTERS DECISIVE WEEK
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     ROME (Reuters) – Italy‘s government crisis enters a decisive week with a snap election and a return to power of Silvio Berlusconi‘s centre right looking ever more likely.

President Giorgio Napolitano granted himself a day of reflection on Sunday, planning to resume consultations with political >>>


      KENYA‘S RELUCTANT REFUGEES FIND SYMPATHETIC HAVEN
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     MULANDA, Uganda (Reuters) – Kenya‘s election months were good times for teenage budding musician Robert Kinganga –– he was given a fistful of money, a microphone and a big crowd to entertain.

The 17–year–old, who prefers to be called King G, wrote lyrics extolling incumbent P >>>


      KREMLIN CRITIC BARRED FROM ELECTION
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     MOSCOW –– Russia‘s Central Election Commission on Sunday barred the most vocal Kremlin critic from the presidential election, saying that tens of thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions were forgeries.

The commission ruled that Mikhail Kasyanov should be kept off the ballot in the >>>


      KREMLIN FOE BARRED FROM RUSSIAN ELECTION
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov was barred on Sunday from running for president in a March election, a move he said was taken to block any real challenge to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin‘s chosen candidate.

The Election Commission‘s decision seemed certain to s >>>


      MEXICO: ARREST IN CARDINAL‘S 1''3 MURDER
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     TIJUANA, Mexico –– An alleged drug cartel hit man who is among the suspects in the 1''3 slaying of a Mexican cardinal was arrested in the border city of Tijuana, authorities announced on Saturday.

Alfredo Araujo Avila, also known as "Popeye," allegedly worked for the Tijuana– >>>


      PAKISTAN REBUFFS U.S. PLAN FOR CIA BUILDUP: REPORT
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf this month rebuffed U.S. proposals to let the CIA have greater latitude to operate in tribal areas where al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups are active, The New York Times said in Sunday editions.

The paper cited U.S. and Pakistani offic >>>


      PLO FIGURE GEORGE HABASH DIES AT 81; FOUNDED FACTION KNOWN FOR HIJACKINGS
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 26 –– George Habash, whose radical PLO faction gained notoriety after the simultaneous hijackings of four Western airliners in 1'70 and the seizure of an Air France flight to Entebbe, Uganda, died Saturday in Jordan. He was 81.

The former guerrilla leader, whose rivalry with >>>


      SHARK BITES MAN ON DECK OFF AUSTRALIA
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     BRISBANE, Australia –– A 200–pound mako shark attacked a fisherman on his boat deck, biting him on the leg after the man reeled it in while fishing off Australia‘s east coast Sunday, an official said.

The 20–year–old deckhand was airlifted by helicopter rescue, said Brian Rus >>>


      SUHARTO AGAIN IN VERY CRITICAL CONDITION
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– The health of former Indonesian dictator Suharto took a sudden downturn Sunday, and his doctors said he was unconscious, breathing through a ventilator, and in "very critical" condition.

Dozens of doctors on his medical team were rushed to the hospital after his blood >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 27-01-2008
     sudan Ex–Detainees Demand Payment From U.S.

A group of Sudanese released from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, demanded cash and an apology from the United States on Saturday for mental and physical torture suffered during their years in detention.

"We have asked for compensation and >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 27-01-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief The cabinet will vote today on the proposal to increase state support for Israeli airlines‘ security costs to 80% in return for El Al giving up its exclusivity on regular overseas routes. Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz will present hi >>>


      CABINET TO VOTE ON EMERGENCY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
      Haaretz, 27-01-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: Business A major public relations campaign to encourage water conservation; restrictions on watering parks and gardens; and increasing waste–water recycling are all part of an emergency water savings plan to be presented today to the cabinet for approval by the Minister of National Infra >>>


      CEOS OF FACEBOOK AND DELL TO ATTEND 200' JERUSALEM CONFERENCE
      Haaretz, 27-01-2008
     By Ora Coren and Guy Rolnik Tags: Michael Dell, Facebook DAVOS, Switzerland – Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and Michael Dell, of the huge computer company of the same name, will be visiting Israel sometime during April and May 200'. President Shimon Peres invited the two to attend the Jerusalem Con >>>



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