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      BAB RIZQ JAMEEL OPENS IN DAMMAM
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Bab Rizq Jameel, a program of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Service Programs (ALJCSP), opened its third branch in Dammam in their continuing efforts to create jobs for youth. The new center was inaugurated by ALJCSP President Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel. The first two branches were set up in Jeddah and >>>


      BUSH, ALLIES PLEDGE JOINT ACTION ON GLOBAL MELTDOWN
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Agencies WASHINGTON: US President George W. Bush and foreign financial officials displayed joint resolve yesterday to combat the unfolding economic crisis, hoping to calm investors whose panic has spread despite bold and accelerating government action.

Yet there was no concrete offer of new moves when Bush spok >>>


      KEPPEL AL NUMU LANDS IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: The coastal skyline of the city will undergo a dramatic transformation with the development of a premium site in the Al–Nawras area of the Corniche.

The project is being developed by Keppel Al Numu, the recently formed joint venture between Singapore–based Keppel Land, one of Asia’ >>>


      SMALL SAUDI BUSINESSES UNHURT
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Galal Fakkar | Arab News JEDDAH: Small and medium businesses in the Kingdom have not been affected by the ongoing international economic crisis, Saleh Al–Turki, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, announced yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Jeddah Chamber of >>>


      CRISIS WILL NOT AFFECT KINGDOM: AL–ASSAF
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     P. K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s development plans will not be affected by the current global economic crisis as they will be funded by reserves and oil receipts, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al–Assaf stated yesterday.

«Oil revenues will definitely cover these projects in addition >>>


      FLY–BY–NIGHT FINANCIER FLEES WITH DEPOSITS
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News RIYADH: An Indian national has swindled hundreds of thousands of riyals out of a number of compatriots here and probably fled the Kingdom. A complaint signed by a group of 20 victims of the fraud has been submitted at the Indian Embassy.

The embassy has alerted the police authorit >>>


      HOSPITALS TO HAVE COMMITTEES FOR PATIENTS’ RIGHTS
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: Health Minister Hamad Al–Manie has instructed that special committees on the rights of patients be established in all the ministry’s hospitals and health centers throughout the Kingdom with the aim of improving the health care services being provided to citizens and expatriates.

Local da >>>


      KFMC TO MARK WORLD ARTHRITIS DAY
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Walaa A. Hawari | Arab News RIYADH: «Think Positive» is the slogan for the International Day for Arthritis being organized by King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) today.

Dr. Khaled Koshmak, head of internal medicine and chairman of the organizing committee, said that though there is no specific statistics >>>


      KING OPENS DEVELOPMENT EXPO
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Hasan Hatrash | Arab News King Abdullah is briefed on new development projects in the Makkah province by Jeddah Mayor Adel Fakieh after opening an exhibition in Obhur on Saturday.

(SPA) JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah opened here yesterday a large–scale exhibition showcasing major >>>


      OFFICIALS REJECT ABUSE CLAIM, GIRL ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Laura Bashraheel | Arab News JEDDAH: A 1'–year–old woman who was residing temporarily in a government–run women’s shelter attempted suicide on Friday when she was told she would be sent back to her family.

The young woman reportedly took an overdose of an unknown medication and was rushed >>>


      OVERSTAYERS RELOCATE NEAR JABAL AL–RAHMA
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News MAKKAH: The area around the Grand Mosque has fewer beggars and street vendors nowadays, thanks to the increased vigilance by authorities in light of numerous construction projects going on in the area.

Instead these people have relocated near Jabal Al–Rahma (Mount of Me >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: BLACKMAILING GROOM: KNOT A GOOD IDEA
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Arab News MADINAH: When is the right time to ask for money owed? The answer may be difficult, but most people would not say «before the start of a wedding ceremony.» This, however, seemed the perfect time for a relative of a man on his wedding day. According to Al–Madinah daily, a relative of a groom t >>>


      VOLUNTEER WORK GATHERS STEAM
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Hasan Hatrash | Arab News A WORTHY CAUSE: Children of needy families receive free school supplies from one of the volunteers in a south Jeddah neighborhood. (AN photo) JEDDAH: Seven young Saudi volunteers spent the last three days giving away free school bags — including essential school supplies — to children of needy >>>


      ‘BARACK OSAMA’ FOR AMERICAN PRESIDENT
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Barbara Ferguson | Arab News LOTS IN A NAME: A general election absentee ballot from Rensselaer County, NY, misspelling the name of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama on Friday. (AP) WASHINGTON: With just about 20 days left before the presidential elections, Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama is wor >>>


      FIRST TRAIN SERVICE LAUNCHED IN KASHMIR
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Mukhtar Ahmad | Arab News MAIDEN RUN: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flags off Kashmir’s first–ever train in Srinagar on Saturday. (Reuters) SRINAGAR: India’s prime minister yesterday launched Kashmir’s first train service, the fruit of an eight–year project that overcame tough terrain and rebel strife >>>


      HAMAS BOMB FACTORY FOUND IN HEBRON
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i | Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank: The chief of Palestinian police in the West Bank city of Hebron, Col. Ramadan Awad, yesterday said that his forces raided a Hamas bomb–making factory in the city and arrested 11 suspects. Awad said the raid on what he described as «a huge factory» took pl >>>


      STORM OVER ALLEGED PURGING OF VOTERS
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Barbara Ferguson | Arab News WASHINGTON: Tens of thousands of voters in at least six battleground states have been removed from election rolls or have been illegally blocked from registering to vote, according to an investigation by the New York Times.

The actions appear to be errors rather than intentional vio >>>


      TRIBES RAZE TALEBAN HOUSES
      Arab News, 12-10-2008
     Azhar Masood | Arab News ISLAMABAD: Angry Pakistani tribesmen traded fire with Taleban militants and demolished their houses in a northwestern tribal region after a car suicide attack killed at least 70 people, sources said yesterday.

The bomber drove his explosive–laden car into the middle of a tribal co >>>


      ATTORNEY: MARINE FIGHTING EXTRADITION FROM MEXICO
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     JACKSONVILLE, N.C. –– The attorney for a Marine accused of killing a pregnant colleague says his client is fighting extradition to the United States.

Dick McNeil says 21–year–old Cpl. Cesar Laurean has filed an extradition appeal in a Mexican court.

In September, North Carolina >>>


      BATTERED BY INDUSTRY SLUMP, GM AND CHRYSLER HOLD MERGER TALKS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     A15 General Motors and Chrysler, bruised by the severe industry downturn, have held preliminary discussions about combining operations, including a full–scale merger, according to people familiar with the talks. It was unclear over the weekend whether the discussions were progressing and what, if anything, would r >>>


      BLIGHTED SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT TOUTS ITS HISTORY
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     SAN FRANCISCO –– In the Tenderloin, corner stores sell more alcohol than food, drug–addled pan handlers shake paper cups at passers–by and churches vie for real estate with strip clubs.

Now, the federal government is on the verge of crowning this neighborhood a place of national historic >>>


      CHIEF SAYS CHICAGO POLICE ARE SUPPORTED, MOTIVATED
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     CHICAGO –– Chicago‘s police superintendent is denying a news report that officers in his command are working the streets less aggressively out of fear of being second–guessed by him.

Jody Weis told reporters Saturday that despite what some people may say, he sees officers who are well su >>>


      CLINTONS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN SWING FOR OBAMA IN PA.
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     WASHINGTON –– When Bill and Hillary Clinton take the stage Sunday at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, it will be the launch of an active campaign for their former nemesis Barack Obama in the home stretch of the 2008 presidential race.

The nation‘s best known and most powerful Democrats for ne >>>


      CONGRESSMAN SAYS MCCAIN ‘SOWING SEEDS OF HATRED‘
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and veteran of the civil rights movement, says the negative tone of the Republican presidential campaign reminds him of the hateful atmosphere that segregationist Gov.

George Wallace fostered in Alabama in the 1'60s. Republican candidate John McC >>>


      FAMILY BLAMES SOLDIER‘S SUICIDE ON ANTI–MALARIA DRUG
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Kari LydersenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 12, 2008; A10 CHICAGO –– Juan Torres didn‘t believe that his son, Army Reservist Juan "John" M. Torres, had killed himself in Afghanistan just weeks before he was to return home in July 2004. He figured that John, 25, was murdered be >>>


      FIRE BURNS 750 ACRES NORTHEAST OF LOS ANGELES
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– A wildfire burned up to 750 acres of forest north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening hundreds of homes and an animal sanctuary, authorities said.

The blaze began about 2 a.m. in a rugged area about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, fire officials said. About 400 firefighters wer >>>


      HIGHLIGHTS OF PAULSON STATEMENT AT WORLD BANK
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     PM –– Highlights of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson‘s statement Sunday to a meeting of the World Bank‘s development committee, as provided by the Treasury Department: We meet at a time when the global economic environment is undergoing the most serious stresses in recent memory. Financial market >>>


      HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TELL LOVE STORY
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. –– In the beginning, there was a boy, a girl and an apple.

He was a teenager in a death camp in Nazi–controlled Germany. She was a bit younger, living free in the village, her family posing as Christians.

Their eyes met through a barbed–wire fence and she >>>


      HURRICANE NORBERT CROSSES OVER MEXICO MAINLAND
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     PUERTO SAN CARLOS, Mexico –– Hurricane Norbert made landfall over mainland Mexico early Sunday morning but is weakening, weather officials said.

The Category 1 hurricane‘s center made landfall about 25 miles southeast of Huatabampo around midnight Sunday with maximum winds near 85 mph, accordi >>>


      JOLIE: OBAMA WIN WOULD BE ‘NICE‘ FOR FAMILY
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     BERLIN –– Angelina Jolie isn‘t giving away who she‘s backing in the U.S. presidential election, but she does have good things to say about Barack Obama.

The actress and activist tells the German edition of Vanity Fair that the Democratic contender for president comes down on the same sid >>>


      MCCAIN CONSIDERING NEW ECONOMIC PLAN
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain is considering rolling out a new comprehensive economic package to tackle the U.S. financial crisis, one of his closest supporters said on Sunday.

"I think it goes along the lines that now is the time to lower tax rates for investor >>>


      OBAMA OPENS 6–POINT LEAD OVER MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 6–point lead over Republican rival John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, according to a Reuters/C–SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.

Obama leads McCain by 4' percent to 43 percent among likely U.S. voters in the latest four&nd >>>


      RECORDS SHOW J. EDGAR HOOVER‘S DISDAIN FOR COLUMNIST
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     Lies‘ By Pete Yost and Lara Jakes JordanAssociated PressSunday, October 12, 2008; A13 In caustic comments on internal FBI memos, bureau director J. Edgar Hoover referred to prominent Washington columnist Jack Anderson with undisguised contempt, calling him "a jackal," while agents combed his articles for >>>


      REP. FRANK PLANS ECONOMY STIMULUS BILL IN NOVEMBER
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rep. Barney Frank said on Sunday he will put together an economic stimulus bill when Congress returns to session after the November elections, while a key Republican said he would support the effort.

Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, said >>>


      RESIDENTS GET OK TO RETURN AFTER PA. CHEMICAL LEAK
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     PETROLIA, Pa. –– About 2,500 people who fled when a corrosive liquid overflowed from a tank at a chemical plant and evaporated were allowed to return home Sunday after authorities determined that no toxins remained in the air.

A material called oleum, similar to sulfuric acid, leaked from a tank at >>>


      SENTENCING PANEL MULLS ALTERNATIVES TO PRISON
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     As the nation‘s inmate population climbs toward 2.5 million, the U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering alternatives to prison for some offenders, including treatment programs for nonviolent drug users and employment training for minor parole violators.

The commission‘s consideration of alternati >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     AM –– The season‘s first large western snowstorm was expected to continue across the Intermountain West and northern Rockies on Sunday, while showers and thunderstorms were forecast from the southern Plains to the upper Mississippi Valley.

Snow was predicted as far east as western Colorado and >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Setting aside recriminations, Clintons to stump actively for Obama ...

Georgia congressman says McCain and Palin are ‘sowing the seeds of hatred and division‘ ... Masters of the ground game, Republicans see their forte challenged by Obama‘s motivated masses.< >>>


      WILDFIRE DESTROYS HOME, BARN IN NAPA VALLEY
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     ST. HELENA, Calif. –– Authorities say a rock struck by a car ignited a wildfire in California‘s Napa Valley that destroyed a home and a barn and threatened several wineries.

The car‘s driver tried to extinguish the fire when it broke out Friday afternoon, but strong wind in the hills nea >>>


      AS LARGER BANKS CRUMBLE, LOCAL FIRMS SEE RUSH
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     A01 Joann Gaskins panicked. After absorbing a steady drumbeat of bad news about bank runs, bank collapses and bankruptcies, she arrived at a Manassas branch of faltering Wachovia Bank minutes before it opened Sept. 17, demanded her savings in cash and walked out the door. For eight days, she toted a metal box stuffed wi >>>


      CANDIDATE BANNERS CAN LEAVE CLIENTS, BUSINESSES BRUISED
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     C01 The sign went up Sunday evening, bold black letters against the stark white background of the marquee at the Colony South Hotel &Conference Center in Clinton: "Country First. McCain/Palin." By daybreak, pandemonium had broken loose all across heavily Democratic Prince George‘s County. Many local >>>


      INCUMBENTS ARE ATTACKED FOR RESCUE PLAN
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 12, 2008; A07 On the evening of Sept. 30, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) helped unveil a bipartisan deal that would open the door to massive government intervention in the financial markets, calling it "one of the finer moments in the Sen >>>


      ISSUE OF RACE CREEPS INTO CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     A01 In the first presidential campaign involving an African American nominee of a major party, both candidates have agreed on this much: They would rather not dwell on the subject of race.

But their allies have other ideas. Yesterday, civil rights leader John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, became >>>


      OBAMA CAMP RELYING HEAVILY ON GROUND EFFORT
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     A04 In 2004, Democrats watched as any chance of defeating President Bush slipped away in a wave of Republican turnout that exceeded even the goal–beating numbers that their own side had produced.

Four years later, Sen. Barack Obama‘s campaign intends to avoid a repeat by building an organization mod >>>


      POLLSTERS DEBATE ‘BRADLEY EFFECT‘
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Steven A. HolmesWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 12, 2008; A06 Not long ago, it was considered political gospel: Be wary of polls when an election involves an African American candidate, because many whites will voice support but then vote for the white opponent.

Now, poll–watchers are askin >>>


      VA. DEMOCRATS‘ SURPRISING PLAN: CALL BILL CLINTON
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Tim CraigWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 12, 2008; C07 RICHMOND –– A decade ago, Virginia Republicans would joke that their easiest path to victory on Election Day was getting the Democrats to have President Bill Clinton campaign for them.

Virginia Democrats rarely obliged, but they s >>>


      WORLD LEADERS OFFER UNITY BUT NO STEPS TO EASE CRISIS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     12, 2008; A01 Officials from 20 major countries yesterday endorsed a coordinated approach to the financial crisis, but they failed to announce any concrete steps, underscoring the difficulty of crafting a global plan to halt the contagion as it spread to the broader economy.

The announcement, made in Washington >>>


      A MOTHER‘S FINAL LOOK AT LIFE
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     Story by Kevin Sullivan, Photos by Carol GuzyThe Washington PostSunday, October 12, 2008; A01 FREETOWN, Sierra Leone –– Fatmata Jalloh‘s body lay on a rusting metal gurney in a damp hospital ward, a scrap of paper with her name and "R.I.P." taped to her stomach. In the soft light of a single >>>


      AMERICAN SPACE TOURIST BLASTS OFF IN SOYUZ ROCKET
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan –– A Soyuz spacecraft with two Americans and a Russian on board lifted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for the international space station.

The Soyuz TMA–13 capsule carrying American computer game millionaire Richard Garriott soared into a clear sky atop a Russian rocket as >>>


      AMID THE MELTDOWN, ECONOMICS NOBEL NO EASY PICK
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     11:21 AM STOCKHOLM, Sweden –– If history is any guide, this year‘s Nobel economics prize will award the developers of economic theories that have had the time to take root, grow and prove resilient.

The past also indicates that Monday‘s winner will probably be an American male who will h >>>


      AN AMAZON ICON‘S TOWN IS A SHRINE FROZEN IN TIME
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     A22 XAPURI, Brazil, Oct. 11 –– She remembers the spot in the hallway where her father said, "They shot me," then fell into the arms of his wife. She remembers, even though she was only 4 years old, how Chico Mendes tried to say her name but couldn‘t finish the words before the world‘s m >>>


      AUSTRALIA TO GUARANTEE BANK DEPOSITS FOR THREE YEARS: PM
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia will guarantee all bank deposits for three years and will also guarantee wholesale funding to Australian banks in an attempt to combat the global credit crisis, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday.

Australia will also make A$4 billion ($2.6 billion) available >>>


      BAGHDAD RESIDENT IS HAUNTED BY FRIENDS‘ BETRAYAL
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     2008; A20 BAGHDAD Muhammed Kurmash‘s phone rang.

On the line were Taha and Khudair, his former neighbors and best friends. They are Sunnis. He is a Shiite. They hadn‘t spoken since June 2007. But on this September morning, they urged him to return to his house in eastern Baghdad‘s Amil neighbo >>>


      FEAR AMID HOSTILITY IN SOUTH AFRICA
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Karin BrulliardWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 12, 2008; A20 AKASIA, South Africa –– Mohammed Rage lived here among the dusty tents outside the nation‘s capital for one month. At 48, the Somali shopkeeper was considered an elder among hundreds of immigrants who sought refuge in this g >>>


      FRANCE ANNULS EXTRADITION FOR EX–LEFTIST TERRORIST
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     PARIS –– The French president‘s office says that a former member of the Italian left–wing Red Brigades terrorist group won‘t be extradited to Italy because of ill health.

Marina Petrella had been convicted in absentia in 1''2 of complicity to murder and sentenced to life in >>>


      IRAN: MERCHANTS IN MAIN TEHRAN MARKET STAGE STRIKE
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Merchants in Tehran‘s main market have closed their shops in protest of a new sales tax despite the government‘s announcement that it would suspend the measure for two months.

Gold, carpet and textile merchants participated in Sunday‘s strike against the 3 percent v >>>


      IRANIAN ACTRESS HEADS INTO A STORM
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Thomas ErdbrinkWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, October 12, 2008; A23 TEHRAN, Oct. 11 –– When Iranian movie star Golshifteh Farahani moved from Tehran to Hollywood, she didn‘t bring along her head scarf, which is obligatory in her own country.

The 25–year–old actress appea >>>


      IRAQ TO BEGIN FIRST OIL BID ROUND IN LONDON
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     AM BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s oil minister will meet Monday in London with representatives of international oil companies for the first round of bidding for new contracts in the country since the U.S.–led invasion in 2003, the minister‘s spokesman said.

Last April, Iraq chose 35 oil compani >>>


      LITHUANIA VOTES IN SHADOW OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     7:51 AM VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuanians voted in a parliamentary election on Sunday, troubled by double–digit inflation and fears their small economy could be swamped by the global financial crisis.

Lithuania, aiming for the euro zone by 2011 or 2012, is run by a Social Democrat–led four&ndash >>>


      MALIKI ORDERS INCREASED PROTECTION FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     1:07 PM BAGHDAD, Oct. 12 –– The Iraqi government on Sunday ordered security forces to increase protection of Christians in northern Iraq, where hundreds have fled their homes in recent days after a wave of killings and threats.

At least a dozen Christians have been slain in the past few weeks in the >>>


      MORE THAN 100 TALIBAN KILLED IN AFGHAN CLASHES
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– An Afghan official says more than 100 militants have been killed in separate battles in southern Afghanistan.

Daud Ahamdi, the spokesman for Helmand province‘s governor, says 62 militants were killed early Sunday by Afghan soldiers and NATO airstrikes after they launch >>>


      NATO AND AFGHAN TROOPS KILL 65 TALIBAN IN SOUTH
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghan and NATO–led forces killed 65 Taliban militants preparing to attack the provincial capital of the southern province of Helmand, the provincial governor‘s spokesman Daud Ahmadi said on Sunday.

The leader of the group of Taliban militants, Mullah Qudratul >>>


      NKOREA TO RESUME DISMANTLING NUCLEAR FACILITIES
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea said Sunday it will resume dismantling its main nuclear facilities, hours after the United States removed the communist country from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.

The North‘s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it will again allow U.S. and Int >>>


      NO AL–QAIDA FIGHTERS REPORTED DEAD IN US AIRSTRIKE
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan –– The latest in a barrage of suspected U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan‘s northwest killed five people, but none was believed to be a foreign al–Qaida fighter, officials said Sunday.

Two drone aircraft were seen above the town of Miran Shah in the North Waziri >>>


      OLMERT TELLS POLICE CRACK DOWN ON ACRE VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told police on Sunday to show "zero tolerance" toward rioters after a fourth night of violence between Arabs and Jews in a northern Israeli city.

Trouble began in Acre, a city Olmert said had been "a shining example of co–existe >>>


      PAKISTANI TRIBESMEN RISE UP AGAINST MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistani tribesmen are raising armies to battle al–Qaida and Taliban militants close to the Afghan border _ a movement encouraged by the military and hailed as a sign its offensive there is succeeding.

The often ramshackle forces lend force to the campaign in the lawles >>>


      PALESTINIAN LEADERS CALL FOR RECONCILIATION
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     DAMASCUS, Syria –– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday the rift between his mainstream Palestinian faction and archrival Hamas must end. The Hamas leader, meanwhile, said the time is right for reconciliation.

Fatah and Hamas have been at odds since the latter‘s violent takeover of >>>


      PRAYERS, CANDLES TO REMEMBER BALI BOMB VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Survivors and relatives of the victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings said prayers and lit candles on Sunday during a small, private ceremony to remember the sixth anniversary of the deadly attacks.

About 50 people, some choking back tears, gathered at the Australian c >>>


      RUSSIAN LEADER MEDVEDEV WATCHES MISSILE TESTS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     MOSCOW –– President Dmitry Medvedev watched a missile soar from Russia‘s rain–soaked northern forests toward a target thousands of miles away on Sunday, capping a weekend of launches reminding audiences at home and abroad about the country‘s nuclear might.

Prominent coverage of the >>>


      SRI LANKA FIGHTING KILLS 30 REBELS, 2 SOLDIERS
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Separate battles between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka‘s volatile northern region killed 30 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Sunday.

The new fighting came as soldiers closed in on the rebels‘ administrative capital of Kilinochchi >>>


      STEP–ON SCANNER LETS AIR PASSENGERS KEEP SHOES ON
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     LOD, Israel (Reuters) – Israel has introduced a step–on scanner that spares airline travelers the nuisance of having to remove their shoes so they can be X–rayed for hidden weapons, though the new device cannot yet sniff out explosives.

Only the shoes of passengers deemed suspicious by Ben&nda >>>


      THE BIG APPLE LOSING SOME OF ITS LUSTER
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Keith B. Richburg and Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, October 12, 2008; A03 NEW YORK –– This big, brash, in–your–face city suddenly seems to have lost its mojo.

At the beginning of the year, there was supercharged hype over the possibility that two, even three New Yo >>>


      U.S. MILITARY PLANS POLLS AND FOCUS GROUPS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 12-10-2008
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 12, 2008; A12 The U.S. military is planning a large polling and focus–group operation in Iraq over the next three years to help "build robust and positive relations with the people of Iraq and to assist the Iraqi people in forming a new government,&q >>>


      BIG LOSSES EXPECTED ON TASE AFTER WALL STREET DROPS 18%
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Rotem Sella and Tal Levy, TheMarker Correspondents and Reuters Tags: TASE, Israel News There has never been a day like this in the history of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. It will open trading this morning after being closed since last Monday – having taken five days off due to the Yom Kippur holiday and the wee >>>


      BOI AND TREASURY CONSIDERING PROVIDING FUNDS FOR BANKS
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Moti Bassok and Eytan Avriel Tags: Stanley Fischer, Israel News In an extraordinary meeting held on Friday, the governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, Finance Minister Roni Bar–On and their most senior advisers discussed the possibility of injecting capital into Israel‘s banks directly, in order >>>


      DOLLAR, EURO JUMP 2.6% AGAINST SHEKEL ON FRIDAY
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Yuval Maoz Tags: shekel, euro, dollar Foreign currency trading was very tense and pressured on Friday, and the dollar jumped by 2.6%, to a representative rate of NIS 3.5'5. The greenback had reached gains of 4.2% earlier in the morning. For the shortened holiday week, the dollar gained 3.75% against the shekel.>>>


      GOSHEN IS WORKING HARD – AT COLUMBIA
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Tags: Israel News, Zohar Goshen In these fateful economic times, with the global crisis reaching new highs, local regulators are expected to make every effort to supervise their area of activity. Prof. Zohar Goshen, the chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, is spending a large chunk of his time >>>


      HOW MANY ISRAELIS WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS DUE TO FINANCIAL CRISIS?
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Ido Solomon and Haim Bior Tags: Israel News, Histadrut How many Israelis are expected to lose their jobs in 200'? It depends on whom you ask.

The International Monetary Fund published a report recently predicting only about 4,000 such job losses, and a rise in unemployment from 6% to 6.2% next year. Howe >>>


      AN UNNECESSARY PRIZE FOR VIOLENCE
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Acre, Israel News, Arabs The Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee will convene today to discuss the difficult events taking place in Acre and the decision of mayor Shimon Lankri to cancel the Fringe Theater Festival, which was scheduled to open in the city during the intermediate >>>


      DIVIDED WE FALL
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Moshe Arens Tags: Ze‘ev Sternhell, settlers United we stand, divided we fall. This old adage about the advantages of being united is almost self–evident. And yet it requires some elaboration when applied to a democratic society, where uniformity of opinion is not the general rule, and is not even to be de >>>


      FROM RABIN SQUARE TO PALESTINE SQUARE
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Israel Harel Tags: Israel News, Tzipi Livni The public and "professional" debate over the price of Gilad Shalit‘s release reveals the intellectual, ideological and psychological face of Israel.

And this face is cause for concern. A good example is the judgment of top army officers and other s >>>


      IS ANYBODY IN CHARGE?
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Amir Oren Tags: Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni The timing of the release of Moshe Dayan‘s "play dumb" testimony before the Agranat Commission that investigated the intelligence failure behind the 1'73 Yom Kippur War ("Me? An army man? I‘m just a political animal") could not be more perfec >>>


      MY FIRST (AND LAST) ACCOUNT
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Gideon Levy Tags: Financial crisis, Banks Even before my bar mitzvah, grandfather Victor opened a bank account for me. My parents already had a high school savings account for me, if anyone still remembers such a thing, so Victor, as I called him, opened the savings account so that I would have money when I grew up.< >>>


      ‘06 DISPUTE BLOCKED CHANCE TO PREVENT SHALIT KIDNAPPING
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Amos Harel A dispute within the Israel Defense Forces‘ General Staff over the timing of the arrest of two Hamas operatives delayed the procurement of intelligence that could have prevented the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, defense sources told Haaretz.

Just a few hours after the kidnapping occurred, on J >>>


      ‘ACRE COULD BE JUST THE BEGINNING,‘ FEAR MIXED–CITY MAYORS
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Yoav Stern Tags: Acre riot, Lod, race relation Jews and Arabs in mixed cities on Saturday warned that riots similar to the ones that erupted in Acre over Yom Kippur could take place in cities like Lod, Ramle and Jaffa, each of which has a combination of underprivileged Jewish and Arab communities.

Community >>>


      ‘NOT A TIME FOR CELEBRATIONS,‘ SAYS ACRE MAYOR, AS THEATER FESTIVAL IS CANCELLED
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Tzipi Shochat The city of Acre announced over the weekend its intention to cancel the Fringe Theater Festival that was scheduled to take place there over the Sukkot holiday. The decision came following unrest in the mixed Jewish–Arab city during the Yom Kippur holiday that saw 30 people arrested, and some 40 st >>>


      ‘THE ARABS OF ACRE WILL KILL YOU WITH KNIVES,‘ CITY‘S JEWS WARN
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Gideon Levy Tags: Arabs, Israel News, Jews A young woman – kerchief on her head, baby in her arms – stood behind the barred windows of her apartment yesterday and shouted: "Get all the Arabs out of here... We don‘t want them here... They‘ve made our lives a misery." The balcony blind >>>


      AFTER RELENTING ON NUCLEAR INSPECTION, NORTH KOREA OFF U.S. TERRORISM LIST
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By The Associated Press Tags: nuclear weapons, Israel news WASHINGTON – After North Korea relented on nuclear inspection demands, the U.S. Saturday erased the communist country from a terrorism blacklist.

President George W. Bush once had branded North Korea part of an "axis of evil." The U.S. s >>>


      ANALYSIS / GILAD SHALIT IS STILL IN CAPTIVITY – WHO IS TO BLAME?
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Amos Harel Tags: Israel Defense Forces The approaching end of Ehud Olmert‘s term as prime minister has coincided with a wave of media reports about Gilad Shalit‘s abduction and the ongoing negotiations over his release.

Why now? Because it seems as though Olmert, despite his recent efforts to fin >>>


      ANALYSIS / IN HAIDER‘S DEATH, A UNIFIED RIGHT?
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Adar Primor Joerg Haider‘s car crash yesterday was an abrupt, dramatic end to a noisy political life. The car skidded out of control, hit a concrete traffic barrier and flipped over several times, the news agencies reported. Police said Haider, 58, was probably speeding.

The life and death of Austria&l >>>


      AUSTRIAN RIGHTIST LEADER JOERG HAIDER KILLED IN CRASH
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By The Associated Press VIENNA – Austrian politician Joerg Haider, whose far–right rhetoric in the 1''0s was denounced as sympathetic to the Nazis, died early Saturday in a car accident.

Haider, 58, governor of the southern province of Carinthia, had been making a return to national politics >>>


      BANK OF ISRAEL, TREASURY MAY INTERVENE IN MARKETS
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By TheMarker Staff and News Agencies Tags: Israel News, Treasury Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer and Finance Minister Roni Bar–On discussed on Friday directly injecting capital into Israel‘s banks in order to reduce the effects of the credit crisis. The pair decided to watch economic developments in >>>


      FAKE REPORT ABOUT LEHMAN BROTHERS MOVING $400 BILLION TO ISRAEL GETS BROAD CIRCULATION
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer Tags: Wall Street, Lehman Brothers A new anti–Semitic conspiracy theory has been spreading online over the last few days, claiming that on the eve of Lehman Brothers‘ collapse last month, the firm transferred $400 billion to Israel.

The theory, which comes in the form of a news rep >>>


      FOR U.S. JEWISH GROUPS, CRISIS MEANS LESS IN DONATIONS, MORE NEEDY
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz U.S. Correspondent Tags: Israel News, Financial crisis As the U.S. economic crisis mounts, American Jewish organizations face both a growing need for their services at home and declining contributions.

The result is likely to be a sharp drop in donations to overseas projects, inclu >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     2 Palestinians killed in tunnel blast Advertisement Two Palestinians were killed in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza–Egypt border, police and hospital officials said yesterday. Two others are still missing. Officials say the blast occured Friday when a gas canister blew up. Friday‘s deaths b >>>


      PA BUSTS MAJOR BOMB LAB IN HEBRON
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Reuters , By Avi Issacharoff Palestinian general intelligence forces uncovered a very large explosives laboratory in the center of the West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian news agency Ma‘an reported Friday.

The discovery of the lab, situated in the city‘s Wadi Tufah >>>


      RIOTS RESUME IN ACRE AFTER LULL
      Haaretz, 12-10-2008
     By Jack Khoury A fourth straight day of rioting in Acre ended yesterday with Jews torching an empty Arab house, three Jews lightly wounded by Arab stone–throwers, and three other Jews arrested for throwing stones at policemen and Arabs.

Since Wednesday, police have arrested some 30 rioters, both Jewish an >>>


      ACCUEIL CHALEUREUX AU PRÉSIDENT DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE Ŕ TLEMCEN
      APS, 12-10-2008
      TLEMCEN – Un accueil chaleureux a été réservé dimanche ŕ Tlemcen au président de la République, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, au premier jour de sa visite de travail dans cette wilaya. Le chef de l‘Etat, qui a parcouru ŕ pied le boulevard Colonel Lotfi sur plusieurs dizaines >>>


      LE PRÉSIDENT BOUTEFLIKA PRÉSIDE Ŕ TLEMCEN LA CÉRÉMONIE SOLENNELLE DE L‘OUVERTURE DE L‘ANNÉE UNIVERSITAIRE
      APS, 12-10-2008
      TLEMCEN – Le président de la République, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a présidé dimanche ŕ Tlemcen la cérémonie solennelle de l‘ouverture de l‘année universitaire 2008–200'. Le chef de l‘Etat a mis l‘accent, dans un discours prononcé ŕ c >>>


      PLUS DE 752 MILLIONS DE DA CONSACRÉS Ŕ L‘EMPLOI DES JEUNES Ŕ GHARDAĎA
      APS, 12-10-2008
      GHARDAIA – Le ministre de la Solidarité nationale, de la Famille et de la Communauté nationale ŕ l‘étranger, Djamel Ould Abb';s, a indiqué, samedi ŕ Ghardaďa, que son département a débloqué "une enveloppe supplémentaire de plus de 752 milli >>>



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