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      ABU DHABI FIRM LAUNCHES PORTA MODA MARRAKECH
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Arab News Rashad Y. Janahi, right, addresses a press conference with other executives. (AN photo) MARRAKECH, Morocco: Abu Dhabi Investment House (ADIH) has launched $400,000 Porta Moda Marrakech project in Morocco. The celebration to mark the launch was attended by senior Moroccan government officials, foreign investors >>>


      ENTREPRENEUR WEEK A BIG SUCCESS
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Sarah Abdullah | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is one among 77 countries worldwide that took part in the first Global Entrepreneurship Week. The global initiative, which began on Monday and will end today was established with the aim of connecting young business owners and future business leaders in a global network an >>>


      GLOBAL MEET ON ISLAMIC FINANCE FROM TOMORROW
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Mahmood Rafique | Arab News MANAMA: Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the 15th edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) opening tomorrow at the Gulf Hotel and Convention Center in Bahrain.

Held under the patronage of Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al–Khalifa, the pre&ndas >>>


      STOCKS DIP TO 5–YEAR LOW
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: Fears of a world economic slowdown and a further fall in the price of crude oil continued to haunt the Saudi stock market. It lost more than ' percent of its value yesterday and closed at its lowest level in almost five years.

The New York benchmark contract for light swee >>>


      DIVORCE RATES ON THE RISE AMONG STUDENTS ABROAD
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Najah Alosaimi | Arab News RIYADH: The number of divorces among Saudi students on scholarships abroad is increasing, according to the Ministry of Higher Education.

«Approximately eight Saudi couples divorced overseas last year,» said Abdullah Al–Musa, deputy minister for scholarships affairs, >>>


      HAJ AGENCIES TOLD TO UPGRADE SERVICES
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Hamid Al–Sulami | Arab News Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal chairs the Central Haj Committee meeting in Makkah on Saturday. (AN photo by Ahmad Hashad) MAKKAH: Prince Khaled Al–Faisal, governor of Makkah, has called on all Haj–related organizations and departments to upgrade the level of servi >>>


      HEALTH MINISTRY BEEFS UP PREVENTIVE CARE PROGRAM
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News Khaled bin Obaid Zafar MAKKAH: A health center will be opened at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah to provide health services to incoming and outgoing pilgrims, said Khaled bin Obaid Zafar, director general of Health Affairs in Makkah province.

Zafar told >>>


      SEVERE PENALTIES MULLED TO CURB WORKPLACE HARASSMENT
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is planning to impose tougher punishments to prevent harassment of women in work places. A new law calling for a maximum fine of SR100,000 and three years jail will be passed soon by the Shoura Council.

A special committee of the 150–member council is di >>>


      WOMAN SEEKS HELP TO TRACE INDIAN MOTHER
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Md. Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: A 21–year–old woman is seeking the assistance of the Indian Embassy in finding her mother, who was divorced from her Saudi father and sent out on a final–exit visa in 1'8'.

Tharafah was born in Riyadh two years after her parents married in Mumbai in 1 >>>


      WORKSITE ROW ENDS IN MURDER
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: A construction worker has been reportedly killed by a colleague in a north Jeddah district following a dispute between the two men.

A group of workers found the Pakistani bricklayers body in a building under construction, said Col. Misfar Al–Juaid, the official spokesman for Jeddah poli >>>


      PA BACKING ISRAELI SIEGE OF GAZA, ALLEGES HAMAS
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Mohammed Mari & Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News RAMALLAH/GAZA: Hamas yesterday accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of supporting the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip in a bid to weaken the resistance movement which controls the territory.

Ayman Taha, a Hamas spokesman, said in a press statement that &laqu >>>


      PATIL UNDERLINES STEPS TO COMBAT TERRORISM
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy | Arab News NEW DELHI: Indias Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday stressed the need for taking strong measures and extra caution to counter the scourge of terrorism.

In his inaugural address at the two–day conference organized by Intelligence Bureau (IB), Patil said that in India, &l >>>


      POLICE KILL 2 PROTESTERS IN KASHMIR
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Mukhtar Ahmad | Arab News Indian election presiding officers check the electronic voting machines for the second phase of assembly elections in Rajouri, Kashmir, on Saturday.

(EPA) SRINAGAR: Police in Kashmir yesterday said the government soldiers opened fire on hundreds of stone–throwing Muslims protesti >>>


      WELL FIGHT BACK, SOMALI PIRATES HOLDING SAUDI SUPERTANKER WARN
      Arab News, 23-11-2008
     Agencies MOGADISHU: Somali pirates holding Saudi Aramco supertanker, the Sirius Star, yesterday vowed to fight back should any assault be attempted to free the ship and urged its owners to pay a $25 million ransom.

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal said Saudi Arabia was ready to take part in an inter >>>


      AP IMPACT: GOVT PAYS MILLIONS FOR UNAPPROVED DRUGS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     23, 2008; 10:35 AM WASHINGTON –– Taxpayers have shelled out at least $200 million since 2004 for medications that have never been reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness but are still covered under Medicaid, an Associated Press analysis of federal data has found. Millions of private patients >>>


      ASTRONAUTS TRY TO WORK OUT KINKS IN URINE MACHINE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     HOUSTON –– Astronauts hope they have a solution for getting a pivotal piece of equipment working so it can convert urine and sweat into drinkable water and allow the international space station to grow to six crew members.

Flight controllers asked station commander Michael Fincke on Sunday to change >>>


      BUSH BRINGS A DATE TO ASIA–PACIFIC SUMMIT: JANUARY 20
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     LIMA (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush took a date to the Asia–Pacific summit in Peru and it wasn‘t his wife.

It was January 20, 200', the end of his term in office. Everywhere he went, there were reminders he will soon will hand over power to President–elect Barack Obama. Wh >>>


      EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGE WORKERS TO VOLUNTEER
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Nancy TrejosWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 23, 2008; F01 David McGinty spends five to 10 hours a week helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington with such projects as training staff to teach hundreds of kids computer literacy.

He doesn‘t have to worry about his volunteer wor >>>


      FATHER APPALLED BY VIRTUAL AUDIENCE TO SON‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     MIAMI –– The father of a college student whose suicide was broadcast live over a webcam said Saturday he was appalled by the virtual audience that egged on his son and called for tougher regulation of Internet sites.

Abraham Biggs Sr. said those who watched and the Web site operators share some blam >>>


      FIREFIGHTER DIES IN BLAZE AT 2–STORY NYC HOME
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     NEW YORK –– A firefighter has been killed in a blaze at a New York City home.

The Fire Department of New York says the fire was reported early Sunday morning in a two–story private home in Staten Island. It hasn‘t released the name of the firefighter or any details about the fire.
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      FOOD BANKS ADAPT FOR LEAN TIMES
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     The people who feed the needy are getting creative. They have no choice, really: As more people lose homes or jobs, the lines for help with groceries are getting longer, while the size of food and financial donations is diminishing. Over the past few years, food pantries, which focus on immediate hunger relief, and the >>>


      GA. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     ATLANTA –– Only months after winning and giving away $1 million on a television game show, state Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox and her husband have filed for bankruptcy.

Cox said she and her husband, John, decided on Nov. 17 to file for bankruptcy because of losses incurred in his home building b >>>


      KEEP ON GIVING: TIMES ARE EVEN TIGHTER FOR OTHERS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     With rising unemployment and the stock market looking like a bungee jumper whose cord has snapped, it‘s hard to argue that people should continue their charitable giving.

And yet, I will make that plea. I know that in tough times you want to pull back on your spending, including planned donations, but tha >>>


      LESS IN HAND TO OFFER
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     F01 Charities are hurtin‘.

After nearly a decade of record growth, U.S. nonprofits are getting hit from all directions. Some foundations are scaling back on awarding grants as endowments shrink in the stock market meltdown. State and local governments

–– facing falling tax revenue &nd >>>


      NUDE PICS IN PHONE LOST AT MCDONALD‘S GET ONLINE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –– Here‘s some food for thought: If you have nude photos of your wife on your cell phone, hang onto it.

Phillip Sherman of Arkansas learned that lesson after he left his phone behind at a McDonald‘s restaurant and the photos ended up online. Now he and his wife, Tina, >>>


      OBAMA ADVISER ISSUES WARNING TO AUTOMAKERS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President–elect Barack Obama‘s top adviser has a warning for U.S. automakers: Without a plan to retool and restructure, there is very little taxpayers can do to help.

Congress last week refused to act on a bailout plan for the Big Three auto companies. Lawmakers are demandi >>>


      OBAMA MAY DELAY TAX–CUT ROLLBACK FOR WEALTHY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President–elect Barack Obama may consider delaying a campaign promise – to roll back tax cuts on high–income Americans – as part of his economic recovery strategy, two aides said on Sunday.

David Axelrod, the Obama campaign strategist who was chosen to be a s >>>


      OBAMA TAPS PASSIONATE DEFENDER FOR PRESS SECRETARY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Two of the top qualities Robert Gibbs brings to the job of White House press secretary aren‘t found on his resume: He won‘t flinch at telling it like it is to the next president or telling it like he thinks it ought to be to the media.

Gibbs has been at the side of Presiden >>>


      OBAMA TO ANNOUNCE HIS TOP ECONOMIC TEAM
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     CHICAGO (Reuters) – President–elect Barack Obama on Sunday prepared to announce his top economic team as he worked on a stimulus plan designed to lift the country out of its worst financial crisis in decades.

With top Democrats talking about a package in the hundreds of billions of dollars, a top ai >>>


      OBAMA TO UNVEIL ECONOMIC TEAM ON MONDAY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President–elect Barack Obama will announce the members of his economic team at a news conference in Chicago at 11 a.m. CST (1700 GMT) Monday, his transition office said.

Obama plans to name Timothy Geithner, president of the New York Federal Reserve, as his Treasury secretary, >>>


      RHODES SCHOLARS NAMED FOR 200'
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Thirty–two men and women from across the United States have been selected as Rhodes Scholars for 200', the scholarship trust announced Sunday.

The scholars were selected from 76' applicants endorsed by 207 colleges and universities.

The scholars include first&nda >>>


      SHOTS IN WASH. MALL AFTER ARGUMENT PROVE FATAL
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     TUKWILA, Wash. –– Shots erupted in a packed Seattle–area shopping mall Saturday after an apparent argument between a gunman and two other young men, killing one of the men, creating panic among shoppers and sending police on a store–to–store search for the shooter, authorities said.

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      TODAY IN HISTORY – NOV. 23
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     12:01 AM –– Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2008. There are 38 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.

On this date: In 1804, the 14th president of the >>>


      ZIMBABWE‘S MDC COULD BOYCOTT MBEKI MEETING: SOURCE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe‘s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) may boycott a meeting to discuss a constitutional bill that would allow President Robert Mugabe to form a unity government, an opposition official said on Sunday.

A power–sharing agreement signed by Mugabe and opposi >>>


      BANKING REGULATOR PLAYED ADVOCATE OVER ENFORCER
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ellen NakashimaWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, November 23, 2008; A01 When Countrywide Financial felt pressured by federal agencies charged with overseeing it, executives at the giant mortgage lender simply switched regulators in the spring of 2007.

The benefits were clear: Countr >>>


      LET‘S TALK ABOUT AN ADDITION THAT NEEDS VETTING
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     Mr. President–elect, we advise you to think carefully about the dog you promised to get when you move into the White House.

Lots of world leaders have dogs. They tend to reflect their owners‘ personalities, their images. The queen of England has her imperious and nippish Corgis.

Haile Selas >>>


      OBAMA NAMES WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     2008; A03 President–elect Barack Obama continued building his White House staff yesterday, naming his Senate and campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs as press secretary and filling two other key slots on his communications team.

Gibbs began working with Obama in 2004 as communications director for his Senate c >>>


      POLLSTERS DEBATE AMERICA‘S POLITICAL REALIGNMENT
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     A02 The 2008 election is history, but the battle over what it meant has just begun.

Conservative analysts have insisted that although the Democrats achieved a sweeping victory, it does not indicate a fundamental change. "America is still a center–right country," as Rep. John A. Boehner (R– >>>


      PROBLEMS PLAGUE U.S. FLEX–FUEL FLEET
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Kimberly Kindy and Dan KeatingWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, November 23, 2008; A01 The federal government has invested billions of dollars over the past 16 years, building a fleet of 112,000 alternative–fuel vehicles to serve as a model for a national movement away from fossil fuels.

But the cos >>>


      APEC: FINANCIAL CRISIS TO BE OVERCOME IN 18 MONTHS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     LIMA, Peru –– Pacific Rim leaders say they can overcome the global financial crisis in 18 months.

Meeting in Peru, the 21 leaders from Asia and the Americas say they have taken "extraordinary steps" to strengthen their economies and believe the crisis can be solved in a year and a half.
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      AUSTRALIANS RETURN 11 STRANDED WHALES TO SEA
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     HOBART, Australia –– Rescuers returned 11 pilot whales to sea Sunday, a day after a pod of 64 mothers and calves were found stranded on a beach in southeastern Australia, wildlife officials said.

A team of 15 government officers and 60 volunteers worked to transport the whales from Anthony‘s B >>>


      BOLIVIA ENDS MARTIAL LAW IN NORTHERN REGION
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales ended martial law in a northern province on Sunday more than two months after government supporters were killed in the region as a wave of political violence swept the country.

The decision by Morales, a leftist and Bolivia‘s first Indian leader, cle >>>


      BUSH WRAPS UP FINAL GLOBAL SUMMIT WITH CONFIDENCE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     PM LIMA, Peru –– President George W. Bush enlisted another bloc of world leaders Sunday in his effort to revive the world economy while still moving to expand free trade.

Wrapping up his final summit with foreign heads of government, Bush and the 20 other Pacific Rim leaders in the Asia–Pacifi >>>


      BUSH: GLOBAL ECONOMY WILL EMERGE IN BETTER SHAPE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     AM LIMA, Peru –– President George W. Bush, wrapping up his final summit with world leaders on Sunday, offered a message of hope that despite the worst economic crisis in decades, the global economy will emerge in better shape.

At a summit of the 21–nation Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperatio >>>


      DALAI LAMA RULES OUT RETIREMENT AND REAFFIRMS MIDDLE WAY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) – The Dalai Lama ruled out retirement Sunday and reaffirmed the support of Tibetan exiles for his "Middle Way" approach to China.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said new policy options on China could be considered in the future.

His statements came a day after >>>


      DALAI LAMA URGES CAUTION IN TIBET‘S DEALINGS WITH CHINA
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     1:14 PM DHARMSALA, India, Nov. 23 –– With the future of his movement at a crossroads, Tibet‘s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Sunday warned of dangers if Tibetan political leaders are not cautious in their strategy toward China.

The Dalai Lama said it might be premature to cut off >>>


      DALAI LAMA WARNS TIBETAN EXILES TO BE PRUDENT
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     DHARMSALA, India –– The Dalai Lama warned Tibetan exiles Sunday to plan with prudence or risk failure after they said they would end talks with China and maybe push for independence for their homeland if Beijing refuses to grant it autonomy soon.

A rare, pivotal meeting ended Saturday with hundreds >>>


      EXILED TIBETANS WEIGH FREEDOM STRUGGLE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Emily WaxWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 23, 2008; A12 DHARMSALA, India, Nov. 22 –– Through a narrow passageway, past Buddhist prayer flags and worn posters for weekly "Free Tibet" concerts, Yangzong sat in a warm cafe quietly knitting a sweater.

It is her way of fightin >>>


      GEORGIA MARKS 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROSE REVOLUTION
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     ':53 AM TBILISI, Georgia –– Georgia‘s opposition marked the Rose Revolution‘s fifth anniversary with a rally Sunday demanding the resignation of the uprising‘s leader _ President Mikhail Saakashvili.

But there was little official fanfare Sunday, unlike the celebrations of previ >>>


      GUINEA–BISSAU SOLDIERS APPEAR TO ATTEMPT COUP
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     BISSAU, Guinea–Bissau –– Mutinous soldiers fought their way into the fortified residence of Guinea–Bissau‘s president, launching a three–hour gunbattle with his guards as the leader and his family hid elsewhere in the building, a top official said.

The soldiers attacked Presi >>>


      IRAN HANGS CONVICTED SPY FOR ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Thomas ErdbrinkWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 23, 2008; A18 TEHRAN, Nov. 22 –– Iran has executed a man convicted of spying for Israel in an "intensifying intelligence war" between the two countries, a high–level Iranian security official announced Saturday at a rare news c >>>


      IRAQI OFFICIAL URGES PACT PASSAGE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Mary Beth SheridanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 23, 2008; A15 BAGHDAD, Nov. 22 –– Iraq‘s defense minister warned Saturday that the government would declare a state of emergency if there was no agreement to keep U.S.

forces in the country past the end of the year. The threat b >>>


      ISRAEL JAILS EIGHT JEWISH NEO–NAZIS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     TEL AVIV (Reuters) – An Israeli court jailed eight Jewish teenagers on Sunday for carrying out neo–Nazi attacks in a case that sparked revulsion in a state that was a haven for Jews after the Holocaust.

Tel Aviv District Court Judge Zvi Gurfinkel sentenced the teenagers, aged 16 to 1', to betwee >>>


      KARZAI: OBAMA PROMISES TO FIGHT TERROR IN ‘REGION‘
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– U.S. President–elect Barack Obama pledged in a telephone conversation with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and the region _ an apparent reference to Pakistan _ would be a top priority during his administration, Karzai‘s office said Sunday >>>


      KEY IRAQI CABINET MEMBERS DEFEND PACT WITH US
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     AM BAGHDAD –– Two members of the Iraqi prime minister‘s Cabinet say that if a proposed security pact with the U.S. is not passed, the result will be security problems that will hurt Iraq‘s economic growth.

Planning Minister Ali Baban and Finance Minister Bayan Jabr spoke Sunday at a news >>>


      KURDS IN N. IRAQ RECEIVE ARMS FROM BULGARIA
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Ernesto LondońoWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, November 23, 2008; A01 BAGHDAD –– Kurdish officials this fall took delivery of three planeloads of small arms and ammunition imported from Bulgaria, three U.S. military officials said, an acquisition that occurred outside the weapons procurement p >>>


      LEADER: PAKISTAN WON‘T BE FIRST IN NUCLEAR STRIKE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s president has assured rival India he would not be the first to use atomic weapons in any future conflict and proposed the idea of a nuclear–free South Asia.

Pakistan‘s nuclear doctrine, unlike India‘s, does not contain a clause saying the cou >>>


      LEADERSHIP FIGHT FRAYS SOCIALIST PARTY IN FRANCE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     A21 PARIS, Nov. 22 –– France‘s once–reigning Socialist Party, the main opposition to President Nicolas Sarkozy, fell into full disarray Saturday over a backbiting leadership struggle that betrayed deep divisions about the role of a leftist party in modern France.

The dispute marked anoth >>>


      MAN TELLS JAPANESE POLICE HE STABBED BUREAUCRAT
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     TOKYO –– Police on Sunday searched the home of a man who claimed to have fatally stabbed a former Japanese health official in a high–profile case believed to be linked to the loss of millions of pension records.

Takeshi Koizumi, 46, turned himself in to police late Saturday, saying that he had >>>


      OBAMA TELLS KARZAI AFGHAN SECURITY WILL BE PRIORITY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. President–elect Barack Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai he would make it a priority to fight terrorism and bring security to Afghanistan and the region, the Afghan presidential palace said Sunday.

Obama has pledged a new focus on Afghanistan when he becomes president i >>>


      POLICE QUESTION MAN IN JAPANESE KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     November 23, 2008; A14 TOKYO, Nov. 23 –– A man with bloodstained knives in his possession turned himself in to police here Saturday night, saying that he had killed a former Japanese health minister.

That homicide was one of two stabbing attacks last week that police had suspected were linked to pub >>>


      POPE SPEAKS TO UKRAINIAN PILGRIMS OF 1'30S FAMINE
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     VATICAN CITY –– Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday prayed that no political ideology would ever again cost people their freedom and dignity, as he recalled the millions who died from famine in Ukraine and other Soviet regions under dictator Josef Stalin.

The pontiff spoke in Ukrainian to pilgrims from that >>>


      SECOND PHASE OF POLLS IN INDIAN KASHMIR BEGINS
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     SRINAGAR, India –– Thousands of troops patrolled streets and guarded polling stations as the second phase of state elections in Indian–controlled Kashmir began Sunday.

The elections come after some of the largest protests against Indian rule in Jammu–Kashmir, the country‘s only Mus >>>


      SOME IN ARAB WORLD WARY OF CLINTON
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, November 23, 2008; A03 There is possibly no person President–elect Barack Obama considered for secretary of state who is more reliably pro–Israel than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.), the woman to whom he appears likely to give the job somet >>>


      THAI PROTESTERS VOW FINAL SHOWDOWN WITH GOVERNMENT
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Police prepared barricades, schools canceled classes and zoo animals were moved to safety as Bangkok braced for an anti–government protest Monday that demonstrators said would be their final showdown in a struggle that has turned increasingly violent.

The demonstrators, wh >>>


      WAR TAKES SHINE OFF GEORGIAN REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 23-11-2008
     6:27 AM TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia marked the fifth anniversary of its "Rose Revolution" in somber mood on Sunday, with President Mikheil Saakashvili urging unity after a disastrous war with Russia in August.

There was none of the celebration of previous years after the 2003 revolution that for >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief After more than eight years of waiting and expectations, doctors will most likely receive a 20–25% pay increase when the results of the current arbitration process with the treasury is announced in the next few days. The treasury estimates th >>>


      HOW LONG IS A CONTRACTOR LIABLE FOR REPAIRING DEFECTS?
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Dan Halpert The Sales Law (Apartments), enacted in 1'73, is a consumer law designed to protect apartment buyers. The law states, among other things, that if an apartment or anything in it deviates from the technical specifications, official standards or building codes, this discrepancy constitutes a breach of the >>>


      U.S. STOCKS SOAR AS NEW TREASURY SECRETARY NAMED
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By The Associated Press President–elect Barack Obama yesterday outlined his plan to create 2.5 million jobs with public works programs that will rebuild roads and bridges, modernize schools and create alternative energy sources.

"These aren‘t just steps to pull ourselves out of this immediate c >>>


      UNDER POLITICAL PRESSURE, TREASURY LOOKS FOR CHEAP RESCUE PLAN TO CALM MARKETS
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Moti Bassok The announcement of a new emergency economic plan to rescue the Israeli public‘s retirement savings largely depends on developments in U.S. and Israeli capital markets, and in particular on media pressure on the Finance Ministry and politicans in this pre–election period, said senior officials >>>


      WILL CORPORATE BOND SAFETY NET SAVE PENSIONS?
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Eti Aflalo The present economic crisis has hit the public‘s pension savings hard.

Provident funds are so far down on average 18% this year, pension funds have lost 10%, and life insurance policies are off 20%.

The treasury is now formulating a plan to deal with such losses by providing a safet >>>


      IF PNINA ROSENBLUM WERE A MAN
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Tzafi Saar She doesn‘t keep her mouth shut, she demands respect, and her statements are not always as polished as they should be, to put it mildly. If she were a man, she would probably have been considered quite a guy. But Pnina Rosenblum, who is now running for a slot on the Likud‘s Knesset list, is cer >>>


      ISRAEL ELECTS ITS BUSH
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Gideon Levy The elections for the 17th Knesset have already been decided: Benjamin Netanyahu will be the next prime minister. Nothing will change the current trend, which was reflected in polls this weekend. At a time when the entire world, including Israel, is amazed and moved by the miracle election of Barack Obama >>>


      NEGOTIATIONS FOREVER
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el It was a lovely ad that the Palestinian Authority took out in Israel‘s daily newspapers on Thursday – a full translation into Hebrew of the Saudi initiative that came out of the 2002 summit in Beirut, adorned by 50 flags that frame the text.

More than half of those countries are >>>


      OPEN GAZA TO MEDIA COVERAGE
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–Moon was among those who lent their voices to the international protest against Israel‘s tightening siege on the Gaza Strip. This past weekend, the heads of the world‘s most important media organizations joined the group, protesting in a letter to >>>


      TOWARD GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat In recent months the Environmental Protection Ministry has warned a number of times of the impact of climate change on Israel. It has emphasized that Israel must do its part in the international commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, ahead of an important international conference on the issue next year i >>>


      ABBAS URGES OBAMA TO BACK ARAB LEAGUE PEACE PLAN
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Reuters Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday urged U.S. President–elect Barack Obama to back an Arab League proposal for comprehensive peace with Israel in return for it quitting all occupied Arab lands.

"We call on President Obama to begin immediately dealing with the peace process based >>>


      AS HE HEADS TO WASHINGTON, OLMERT PREPARES HIS COMEBACK
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Aluf Benn Tags: ehud olmert Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been dealing with affairs of state, calling meetings, releasing statements and keeping his distance from the election campaign. He is acting like the president, who is above politics. But make no mistake: Olmert is preparing for a comeback. He is trying to fi >>>


      BELGIAN BROADCASTER FEATURES HITLER IN ADS FOR TRAVEL SHOW
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     Week‘s End Anglo File Belgian broadcaster features Hitler in ads for travel show By Cnaan Liphshiz he show airs on Canvas, a channel belonging to the Flemish broadcaster VRT. The broadcaster‘s management in Brussels could not be reached for comment.

Advertisement Michael Freilich, editor of the Antw >>>


      CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SECURITY ADVISER WANTS NATO FORCE IN WEST BANK
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Aluf Benn Tags: israel news, barack obama General James Jones, whom U.S. President–elect Barack Obama is widely expected to tap as his national security adviser, supports the deployment of an international force in the West Bank instead of the Israel Defense Forces.

He also opposes Israel‘s deman >>>


      DEFENSE ESTABLISHMENT PAPER: GOLAN FOR SYRIA PEACE, PLAN FOR IRAN STRIKE
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     Jewish World Opinion National Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Last update – 03:04 23/11/2008 Defense establishment paper: Golan for Syria peace, plan for Iran strike By Barak Ravid Tags: iran, syria, peace A defense establishment paper >>>


      ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS: WHY PLACE US SO FAR FROM JOB POSSIBILITIES?
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Vered Lee Tags: ethiopian immigrants The scenery outside the Jewish Agency absorption center near Kibbutz Beit Alfa in the Jezreel Valley is breathtakingly beautiful. But this is of no consolation to the 750 immigrants from Ethiopia who reside there: They complain that meager stipends and the distance from industrial >>>


      HEBRON HOUSE DEFENDERS FOREGO YESHA COUNCIL
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Nadav Shragai and Amos Harel The group fighting the eviction of Jewish settlers from a contested house in Hebron has decided to refrain from cooperating with the Council of Jewish Settlements of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District, or Yesha Council the umbrella group representing the interests of the settler movemen >>>


      HOLIDAY IN HEBRON
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Gideon Levy The Pachao family was out yesterday for a Sabbath walk. Sarah and Yosef pushed the baby carriage, and the little ones, Ahuva, Gershon, Hananel and Noah, crowded into the carriage or walked behind it. Why did you come to live here, I asked? "Because of the good air." The Pachaos, who are members >>>


      IRAN EXECUTES BUSINESSMAN CONVICTED AS ‘ISRAELI‘ SPY
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Iran executes businessman convicted as ‘Israeli‘ spy By News Agencies Iran has executed an Iranian businessman convicted of spying on its military on behalf of Israel, the Islamic Republic‘s judiciary said yesterday.

In a statement, it sai >>>


      ISRAEL IN POLE POSITION AT CHESS OLYMPIAD
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Eli Shvidler Tags: Israel news, Chess Olympiad A successful weekend for the Israeli team at the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany has placed it in first place. With only two rounds remaining, the Israelis are in an excellent position to bring back an historic Olympic medal.

On Friday, Israel beat Germa >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     Hezbollah engaged in military drills in south Lebanon yesterday, the pan–Arab satellite television station Al–Arabiya reported. Though the maneuvers focused mainly on deployment in mountainous terrain and did not include live–fire exercises, any military drilling south of the Litani River would violate >>>


      OUTLINES OF OBAMA‘S PEACE PLAN EMERGING
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Amir Oren Eight weeks before Barack Obama is sworn in as president, the outlines of his approach to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict have begun emerging.

These outlines are marked by his expected appointment of Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, the report that he is considering appointing ret >>>


      TREASURY TO GIVE IN ON PENSION FUND SAFETY NET
      Haaretz, 23-11-2008
     By Nehemia Shtrasler Until Thursday senior Finance Ministry officials were still trying to stop the erosion. Most were vehemently opposed to a safety net for pension funds.

But pressure came from all sides, and the treasury chiefs understood they had no choice but to present a plan to save the pension funds soo >>>


      ALGÉRIE–KOWEIT: VOLONTÉ DE PROMOUVOIR LES INVESTISSEMENTS
      APS, 23-11-2008
      ALGER– Le ministre des Finances koweďtien, M. Mostefa Djassem El–Chamali a souligné samedi ŕ Alger la volonté de l‘Algérie et du Koweďt d‘échanger les investissements dans les différents domaines. "Nous nous sommes entendus sur plusieurs questions d& >>>


      LE BOUCLAGE ISRAÉLIEN DE GHAZA AGGGRAVE LA SITUATION HUMANITAIRE DE LA POPULATION
      APS, 23-11-2008
      ALGER – Le bouclage israélien de la bande de Ghaza était dimanche maintenu, accentuant ainsi la souffrance de la population civile vivant dans ce territoire palestinien déclaré "entité hostile" par Israël depuis sa prise de contrôle par le mouvement de résistance >>>


      LE GISEMENT DE MARBRE DE LA CARRIČRE DE FILFILA (SKIKDA) SOUS–EXPLOITÉ
      APS, 23-11-2008
      SKIKDA – Le gisement de marbre de la carri';re Filfila (Skikda) est sous exploité, a estimé samedi ŕ Skikda le directeur de la PME et de l‘artisanat (DPMEA), en marge de l‘inauguration du 3e salon national du marbre. S‘exprimant au cours de la cérémonie d‘ >>>


      VIOLENCE Ŕ L‘ÉGARD DES FEMMES: POUR UNE LÉGISLATION PLUS "RIGOUREUSE"
      APS, 23-11-2008
      ALGER – Le président de la Commission nationale consultative pour la promotion et la protection des droits de l‘homme (CNCPPDH), Farouk Ksentini, a plaidé, dimanche ŕ Alger, pour une législation plus "rigoureuse" et plus "sév';re" contre la violence ŕ >>>


      20 REASONS TO SHUT DOWN THE GUANT'3;NAMO TRIALS
      , 23-11-2008
     As Barack Obama and his transition team begin looking at ways to fulfill the President–elects pledge to close Guantánamo, Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, recalls that Barack Obama also promised to «reject the Military Commissions Act» (the legislation that revived the syste >>>


      A PAKISTANI JOURNALIST‘S VIEW OF AFGHANISTAN
      , 23-11-2008
     reaching a resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan is the role of its neighbors, particularly Pakistan. A Pakistani journalist says the United States needs to understand that his country‘s stance toward Afghanistan is affected by its long–standing rivalry with India.

To start turning things around >>>


      AFGHANISTAN URGES COOPERATION TO DEFEAT TALIBAN
      , 23-11-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan could oppose the presence of foreign troops on its soil if they do not cooperate with Afghan forces to defeat the Taliban–led insurgents across the country, the foreign minister said Saturday.

President Hamid Karzai and his government have become more vocal in recent we >>>


      GATES WOULD LIKE TO ADD US FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN
      , 23-11-2008
     Anne Gearan Associated Press Sat Nov 22, 5:00 am ET CORNWALLIS, Nova Scotia Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he would like to add significant U.S. forces to the war in Afghanistan before national elections scheduled for next year, and that grim depictions of backsliding in the seven–year–old war >>>


      IRAN TO SET UP GEOLOGICAL BASE IN KABUL
      , 23-11-2008
     Tehran, Nov 22, IRNA An agreement to set up a base for geology sciences in Kabul was signed on Saturday by Minister of Industries and Mines Ali Akbar Mehrabian and his Afghan counterpart.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Mehrabian said that in addition to setting up the base in th >>>


      MPS JOIN CALLS TO PULL BRITISH TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN
      , 23-11-2008
     London, Nov 22, IRNA Four British parliamentarians Friday joined human rights lawyers, military families, journalists and peace activists in calling for the withdrawal of UK troops from Afghanistan.

Their call came after the ‘Stop the War Coalition‘, the UK‘s largest peace network group, held >>>


      ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS 2 CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN
      , 23-11-2008
     Amir Shah Associated Press Sat Nov 22, 7:4' am ET KABUL, Afghanistan A bomb exploded next to a vegetable market in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday, killing two people, officials said.

At least 17 others were wounded 16 civilians and a private security worker said Taher Khan Sabari, deputy governor >>>



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