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      A CHACUN SA RETRAITE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Susanne Blank, Berne Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Il y en a qui se plaignent de devoir arręter de travailler; notre Monsieur Prix l‘a fait. Il est vrai que quand on ne travaille «que» avec la tęte, tant qu‘on n‘est pas atteint de démence ou de la maladie d‘Alzheimer, il est l >>>


      AIGLES CONTRE DRAGONS: UN DERBY EN QUATRE ACTES
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Gil Montandon et Goran Bezina face ŕ face sur la glace. Les deux joueurs se sont mis la pression lors du derby romand ce week–end. (photo: Keystone) HOCKEY SUR GLACE. Ce week–end, Fribourg–Gottéron et Gen';ve–Servette se sont affrontés deux fois en 24 heures. Regards crois& >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. LES PARADOXES DE LA CRISE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Les gérants ne créent pas de valeur, tel est le verdict des chercheurs (suite). Chez les gérants institutionnels, la surperformance serait un mythe Du nouveau dans la finance. Les dérivés de crédit immobilier arrivent en Suisse La minute technique. Gare aux divergences inter–march >>>


      AU PREMIER PLAN. DES BONUS Ŕ L‘ALPHA
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Au premier plan. Myret Zaki Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Jeudi se déroule ŕ Lucerne l‘assemblée générale d‘UBS, lors de laquelle sera voté le plan de sauvetage. La nouvelle politique de rémunération, détaillée dans un rapport, sera débattue.

C‘e >>>


      BARACK OBAMA NOMME LES HOMMES CLÉS DE SON PLAN DE RELANCE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     ETATS–UNIS. Timothy Geithner promu au Trésor, Lawrence Summers conseillera le président.

Le Temps Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Le président élu veut aller vite et mettre fin au vide qui devient béant dans la phase de transition. Selon ses conseillers, il devrait dévoiler ce lundi l >>>


      BARACK OBAMA SUGGČRE UN VASTE PLAN DE RELANCE DE L‘ÉCONOMIE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Timothy Geithner, le prochain secrétaire au Trésor et Lawrence Summers, le principal conseiller économique d‘Obama. (photo: Keystone) ETATS–UNIS. Le président élu est persuadé que son rôle consiste ŕ rassurer les marchés financiers et les Américains avant m&# >>>


      BEAT KAPPELER: «RÉJOUISSONS–NOUS DE CES BAISSES»
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     L‘économiste Beat Kappeler explique que certaines baisses de prix devraient s‘accentuer, mais qu‘une déflation est peu probable en Suisse.

Benjamin Luis Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Le Temps: Dans plusieurs domaines, les prix baissent, d‘autres stagnent.

Ce mouvement va&ndas >>>


      BRČVE RENCONTRE SOUS LA PLUIE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     «Tristan», un opéra–vidéo pour l‘histoire L‘histoire. Europeana implose en ligne Zappropos. La grande évasion, c‘est pour cette semaine CULTURE Le Temps I Culture I Article Br';ve rencontre sous la pluie CINEMA. L‘argentin «Lluvia» fait rimer d >>>


      CANDIDE. MA STATISTIQUE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Candide. Anna Lietti Lundi 24 novembre 2008 En fermant mon enveloppe de vote, j‘ai fait mentalement ma petite statistique personnelle. Elles sont cinq. Cinq femmes, dans le cercle de mes amis, qui ont été victimes d‘abus sexuel durant leur enfance et qui m‘en ont parlé.

Je le pr >>>


      DIS PAPA, IL Y A QUOI DERRIČRE L‘ETAT?
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Alors que les médias regorgent de commentaires sur « le retour de l‘Etat », c‘est au contraire les limites de son pouvoir et de ses rem';des qui dominent ŕ ce stade de la crise.

Jean–Claude Péclet Lundi 24 novembre 2008 La semaine écoulée fournit pe >>>


      DU NOUVEAU DANS LA FINANCE. LES DÉRIVÉS DE CRÉDIT IMMOBILIER ARRIVENT EN SUISSE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Sports Société Culture Eclairages Courrier lecteurs Météo Finance Fonds placement Marchés Economie Carri';res Immobilier Samedi culturel Disques Livres Multimédia Dossiers Photos Vidéos Dessins Blogs Forums Archives Revue de presse Newsletters Hors–séries Netvibes Fl >>>


      DÉJEUNER AVEC MATHIEU FLEURY. L‘ART DE NÉGOCIER SANS VOULOIR TOUT IMPOSER
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Le nouveau secrétaire général de la Fédération romande des consommateurs vient d‘engager une action collective sans précédent contre Credit Suisse.

En médiateur particuli';rement avisé. Etienne Dubuis Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Bien s$';r il y a les >>>


      GÉNÉRATION MONDOVINO
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Xavier Debloch. Ce jeune homme fait de la dégustation une partie de plaisir, ce qui n’est pas toujours évident dans un restaurant haut de gamme. Il se réclame d’une sommellerie non conventionnelle, sachant dénicher les raretés et mettant en valeur des vins et des terroirs sans esbroufe. (photo: >>>


      HISTOIRE D‘AMOUR OUBLIÉE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Carol Burnell Pillet–Will, Buchillon (VD) Lundi 24 novembre 2008 La possibilité d‘un concubinage du président américain Thomas Jefferson avec son esclave Sally Hemings permet toujours d‘émoustiller l‘intéręt du public (LT du 16 octobre). Mais les historiens préf >>>


      IMPRESCRIPTIBILITÉ DES ABUS SEXUELS: LES RESSORTS CACHÉS D‘UN VOTE IMPRÉVISIBLE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     VOTATION. La quasi–absence de campagne rend le scrutin tr';s incertain. Denis Masmejan Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Une campagne ŕ bas bruit, des moyens inexistants de part et d‘autre, aucun sondage permettant de mesurer męme tr';s approximativement l‘état de l‘opinion.>>>


      IMPRESCRIPTIBILITÉ: FAUX ESPOIRS
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Denis Masmejan Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Est–ce ŕ la répétition du scénario vécu il y a bientôt cinq ans que risque de donner lieu le scrutin du 30 novembre sur l‘initiative de la Marche blanche?

On se souvient que, contre l‘avis du Conseil fédéral et des C >>>


      JULIAN THOMPSON: «LA CHINE A LES MOYENS DE COMPENSER LE REPLI DE SES EXPORTATIONS»
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Questions ŕ Julian Thompson, gérant du Threadneedle Global Emerging Markets Equity Funds.

Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Avec une baisse de 60% sur un an, les actions émergentes payent un lourd tribut ŕ la crise. Pourtant, celle–ci touche avant tout les économie >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. EUROPEANA IMPLOSE EN LIGNE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     L‘histoire. Richard Werly, Bruxelles Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Le succ';s tant espéré a été au rendez–vous. Mais il s‘est avéré empoisonné.

Ouverte jeudi 20 novembre, la biblioth';que numérique Europeana.org a d$'; fermer d';s >>>


      L‘UNIVERSITÉ DE GENČVE JOUE SON FUTUR MODE DE PILOTAGE DANS LES URNES
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Dans le grand hall d’Uni–Mail. Les référendaires condamnent un syst';me qui brade la participation des étudiants. Mais la situation actuelle rel';ve du «magma», assure un ancien vice–recteur. (photo: Daniel Winteregg) GENEVE. Attaquée par référendum, la nouvelle >>>


      LA BANLIEUE, OŮ LE RAP APAISE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Un jeune romand se produit durant les ateliers. (photo: © Patrick Gillieron Lopreno / Disvoir) REPORTAGE. Samedi ŕ Carouge (GE), le festival Hip–Hop Communes–Ikation célébrait son dixi';me anniversaire. Succ';s phénoménal entre danse, graffiti, stages et concert gr >>>


      LA DOUCE VALSE DES PRIX
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Voitures neuves, électronique, grands vins... La crise financi';re ne présente pas que des inconvénients. Dans plusieurs domaines, ces derniers mois, les prix ont sensiblement baissé ou stagné. Tour d‘horizon.

Benjamin Luis, Albertine Bourget et Christian Lecomte Lundi 24 >>>


      LA LOI EN VIGUEUR SUFFIT
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Giovanni Fantacci, président de SIDA Information Suisse, Niederhasli (ZH) Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Votre article du 5 novembre intitulé «Contre les professionnels de l‘addiction, le combat des chevaliers de l‘abstinence» donne une image négative de l‘association SIDA Informatio >>>


      LA MINUTE TECHNIQUE. GARE AUX DIVERGENCES INTER–MARCHÉS
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Obligations convertibles, nouveaux phénix? Dis papa, il y a quoi derri';re l‘Etat? Julian Thompson: «La Chine a les moyens de compenser le repli de ses exportations» FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Gare aux divergences inter–marchés La minute technique.

Bruno Estie >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Les enfants auront–ils encore le droit de manger de cigarettes en chocolat ou en chewing–gum? Grave question dont il sera débattu en plus haut lieu.

Et jusqu‘ŕ Bruxelles, qui envisage d‘interdire les friandises en forme de clope parce >>>


      LAURENT SCHAFFTER: «LE JURA S‘EST APPROPRIÉ SON AUTOROUTE»
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Laurent Schaffter: «construire une autoroute est une chose, en tirer parti pour rebondir en est une autre.» (photo: Keystone) JURA. Laurent Schaffter, ministre jurassien de l‘Equipement et de l‘environnement, explique ce que l‘A16 a – ou n‘a pas – apporté au canton ŕ l&lsquo >>>


      LE PLAN DE SAUVETAGE D‘UBS RISQUE DE SE RÉVÉLER INSUFFISANT
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Daniel Zuberbühler ne croit gu';re ŕ un rachat d‘UBS. (photo: Keystone) DEBACLE. Le directeur de la CFB «n‘exclut pas» que la Confédération doive injecter davantage que les six milliards prévus dans la grande banque.

L‘évolution des marché >>>


      LE RĘVE BRISÉ DE L‘ARGENTINE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     David Nalbandian est perplexe face au jeu des Espagnols. Les Argentins se sont petit ŕ petit fait dérober une victoire qui leur tendait les bras.

(photo: Keystone) TENNIS. Pourtant archi–favoris, les gauchos se sont fait dérober la Coupe Davis par l‘Espagne dans la fureur de Mar del P >>>


      LES ACCUSATIONS DE TRICHERIE MINENT LE PS FRAN'';AIS
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     FRANCE. Malgré les contestations, Martine Aubry a de fortes chances d‘ętre désignée premi';re secrétaire face ŕ Ségol';ne Royal. Un parti en lambeaux.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Les socialistes français n‘ont pas encore touch& >>>


      LES CHEFS D‘ETAT DE L‘APEC UNIS FACE Ŕ LA CRISE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     SOMMET. Les leaders des pays riverains du Pacifique clament leur foi dans le libre–échange.

Le Temps, avec l‘AFP Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Les dirigeants des 21 pays bordant le Pacifique réunis ce week–end ŕ Lima ont promis de former un front uni pour lutter contre la crise financi >>>


      LES GÉANTS FRAN'';AIS DE LA TÉLÉ VACILLENT SUR LEURS BASES
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     AUDIOVISUEL. Audience en chute pour TF1, perte de la publicité pour France 2: dans l‘Hexagone, les leaders du petit écran affrontent l‘une des pires crises de leur histoire.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Deux colosses se regardent en chiens de faďence, de part et d&lsqu >>>


      LES GÉRANTS DE FONDS NE CRÉENT PAS DE VALEUR, RÉPČTENT LES CHERCHEURS
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     GESTION. L‘alpha est proche de zéro. Pénurie de talents ou impossibilité de battre les indices?

Myret Zaki Lundi 24 novembre 2008 La recherche académique en finance est sans appel: la gestion «active» ne crée pas de valeur. Une fois de plus, il est démontré q >>>


      LES GÉRANTS NE CRÉENT PAS DE VALEUR, TEL EST LE VERDICT DES CHERCHEURS (SUITE). CHEZ LES GÉRANTS INSTITUTIONNELS, LA SURPERFORMANCE SERAIT UN MYTHE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     RESULTATS. La gestion active des avoirs des caisses de pension ne délivre pas de rendements supérieurs au marché, selon le professeur Amit Goyal.

Pour le chercheur Michael Brennan, le probl';me d‘agence explique l‘allocation sous–optimale.

Myret Zaki Lundi 24 no >>>


      LES RENDEZ–VOUS DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Le Temps Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Lundi 24 Mines antipersonnel • Réunion ŕ Gen';ve des Etats parties ŕ la Convention sur les mines antipersonnel.

Un vieux crocodile • Apr';s avoir mis au jour des milliers d‘empreintes de dinosaures, les paléontologues jurassiens ont fait >>>


      LES TIBÉTAINS MAINTIENNENT LA POLITIQUE DE LA «VOIE MOYENNE»
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     TIBET. Assemblée extraordinaire de délégués ŕ Dharamsala, en Inde. Pierre Prakash , envoyé spécial ŕ Dharamsala Lundi 24 novembre 2008 A l‘issue d‘une semaine de débats parfois houleux, les Tibétains en exil ont finalement décidé de maintenir la lig >>>


      MERCI GEORGE BUSH POUR CE BEL HÉRITAGE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Gregg S.Robins, expert financier ŕ Gen';ve, se félicite du legs du président américain: il a créé les conditions idéales pour l‘élection d‘un phénom';ne, Barack Obama.

Gregg S.Robins, Traduction: Pilar Salgado Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Les pr >>>


      OBLIGATIONS CONVERTIBLES, NOUVEAUX PHÉNIX?
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     PLACEMENTS. La décote extręme observée sur cette classe d‘actifs ne durera qu‘un temps. Des acheteurs commencent ŕ faire leur retour. Les obligations convertibles qui renaîtraient de leurs cendres afficheraient des performances exceptionnelles.

Stéphane Renaud, Analyste >>>


      POURQUOI UN LIBÉRAL VOTERA CONTRE LA NOUVELLE LOI SUR L‘UNIVERSITÉ
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Laurent Franceschetti, ingénieur ŕ l‘EPFL, met en garde contre les entraves ŕ la science que constituerait un financement de l‘institution par des entreprises privées.

Laurent Franceschetti Lundi 24 novembre 2008 C‘est ętre libéral que de vouloir que la connaissan >>>


      PROMESSES ET VERTIGES DES NANOTECHNOLOGIES
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Louis Schlapbach: «Chaque nouvelle technologie doit ętre accompagnée d’une analyse des risques établie suivant l’état des savoirs du moment.» (photo: LDD, montage David Wagni';res /Le Temps) Etudier et dominer les caractéristiques des atomes et des molécules, puis les manipuler pour >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. TRIVIAL POUR SUISSE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     SOCIETE Le Temps I Article Trivial pour Suisse Quoi de neuf.

Sandrine Perroud Lundi 24 novembre 2008 «Qu‘est–ce qui est «Unique» ŕ Zurich?». Et bien? Pas de réponse? Et celle–lŕ: «De quelle origine Henri Nestlé était–il?». Alor >>>


      TOUS LES REGARDS SE TOURNENT DÉSORMAIS VERS UELI MAURER ET CASPAR BAADER
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Ueli Maurer (ŕ gauche) et Caspar Baader. Le second, chef du groupe, a été lancé dans la course samedi par sa section cantonale. Le premier, ancien président du parti, se dit ŕ disposition, tout en excluant de se présenter contre un autre UDC. (photo: Keystone) CONSEIL FEDERAL. Le pr >>>


      ZAPPROPOS. LA GRANDE ÉVASION, C‘EST POUR CETTE SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Zappropos. Olivier Perrin Lundi 24 novembre 2008 Alors que la plan';te s‘enlise dans la crise financi';re, l‘Inde se porte plutôt bien. Avec encore de grandes disparités, certes, mais une croissance soutenue. Un pays – presque un monde en soi – auquel la chaîne glob >>>


      «TRISTAN», UN OPÉRA–VIDÉO POUR L‘HISTOIRE
      Le Temps, 24-11-2008
     Tristan (Clifton Forbis) et Isolde (Waltraud Meier). Ils renaîtront ŕ eux–męmes apr';s avoir bu le philtre et plongé sous l’eau. (photo: Opéra national de Paris) LYRIQUE. L‘opéra de Wagner vu par le vidéaste américain Bill Viola et le metteur en sc';ne >>>


      IDB, ADB DISCUSS WAYS TO TACKLE GLOBAL CRISIS
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News IDB President Ahmed Mohammed Ali, left, presents a memento to ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda at IDB headquarters in Jeddah on Sunday. (AN photo by Khalil Hanware)

JEDDAH: The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have discussed ways to lessen the impact on the >>>


      INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT DECLINE ADDS TO PAKISTAN’S FINANCIAL WOES
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Muhammad Aftab | Arab News ISLAMABAD: It is not the time Pakistanis can afford to hear bad news. The latest on the home front is the decline of the industrial output. The industrial sector has been hit by prolonged power outages. Domestic demand is also down on the back of inflation, high cost of consumer finance and th >>>


      ISLAMIC BANKING SETS NEW RECORD OF GROWTH
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Mahmood Rafique | Arab News MANAMA: Resisting the ongoing global financial turmoil, the Islamic banking industry has set a new growth record in the first half of 2008 and outperformed conventional banks in most of its core markets, according to the McKinsey Competitiveness Report 2008–0'.

The 2008&nda >>>


      PICKING UP THE PIECES
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Habib F. Faris | habib.faris@finavestment.com The G–20 Financial Summit in Washington on Nov. 15 was held at a major crossroads in the history of the world’s economies. The summit brought together the world’s leading industrialized nations and the leaders of the emerging nations, such as China and India, that are >>>


      PROTON LAUNCHES PERSONA MODEL IN SAUDI MARKET
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr. | Arab News From left Malaysian Ambassador Prof. Syed Omar Mohamed Al–Saggaf, Proton’s Managing Director Dato Syed Zainal, Samer Al–Ajjan and Khaled Al–Thunayan at the launch of Persona in Riyadh on Saturday night. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)

RIYADH: The Proton Holdings B >>>


      SAMA SLASHES REPO RATE TO BOOST LIQUIDITY
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the Kingdom’s central bank, cut its benchmark repo rate to 3 percent from 4 percent, the second reduction in a month, and the cash reserve requirement local banks have to make on demand deposits to 7 percent from 10 percent in order to boost do >>>


      SR3BN FIRM TO MANAGE OVERSEAS FARM PROJECTS
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: An SR3 billion public holding company will be established with the participation of private investors to carry out overseas agricultural projects, Agriculture Minister Fahd Balghunaim announced yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after opening Saudi Agriculture 2008 exhibitio >>>


      ABDULLAH MEETS WITH BLAIR IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Arab News King Abdullah receives Tony Blair. (SPA) JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks here yesterday with Tony Blair, former British prime minister and special envoy of the Quartet to the Middle East.

&#34King Abdullah and Blair discussed the latest developments in the Palest >>>


      CABINET PANEL STUDYING LAW TO COMBAT TERROR
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: The Experts Committee in the Council of Ministers is currently studying a draft law to punish those involved in terrorism and other criminal activities that undermine the country’s security.

An informed source said other government agencies have already completed studies o >>>


      CULTURAL SHOWS STIMULATE INTEREST IN BUILDING EXPO
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Hasan Hatrash | Arab News JEDDAH: A large–scale exhibition showcasing major development projects being implemented in Makkah province worth more than SR300 billion has proven to be extremely popular, according to Sami Nawwar, head of the Cultural and Tourism Department at Jeddah Municipality.

Nawwar said >>>


      ENOUGH BLOOD IN BANKS FOR 5M PILGRIMS
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Md. Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has enough stock of blood in its banks to meet the needs of nearly five million pilgrims, Ibrahim Al–Omar, director general of the Blood Bank and Laboratories at the ministry told newsmen here yesterday.

Al–Omar said the ministry does not imp >>>


      FRAUD RAMPANT IN HEALTH CARE, SAY INSURANCE EXPERTS
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Sarah Abdullah | Arab News JEDDAH: As unfortunate as it is, fraud is becoming a problem in the health insurance sector. Those at fault, local insurance experts say, are usually the private sector health care facilities that resort to such activities to make a profit, leaving unsuspecting patients unaware that they have >>>


      MET OFFICE ISSUES HAJ FORECAST
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Samir Al–Saadi | Arab News JEDDAH: Security forces will get five days prior notice in case of any suspected severe weather developments during Haj, said officials of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at the PME headquarters in Jeddah, Samir Bukhar >>>


      TRAFFIC POLICE ISSUE NEW DIRECTIVES FOR ARAFAT MOVEMENT
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Hamid Al–Sulami | Arab News MAKKAH: Haj vehicles that fail to carry the number of the road they will be using in Arafat will not be allowed to enter the holy site, said Col.

Saeed Jabara, traffic police commander in charge of organizing the movement to Arafat.

Speaking at a meeting of the traffic >>>


      ‘FREE TANKER OR FACE BATTLE’
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Mustafa Haji Abdinur | AFP MOGADISHU: Somali Islamist fighters yesterday urged pirates holding a Saudi Aramco supertanker to free the ship or face armed action.

«If the pirates want peace, they had better release the tanker,» said Sheikh Ahmed, a spokesman for the Shabab group in the coastal region >>>


      ISRAELI MILITARY OUTLINES DIABOLIC DESIGN FOR GOVT
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i | Arab News RAMALLAH: The Israeli defense establishment has urged the government to make contingency plans to attack Iran, reach peace with Syria that includes leaving the strategic Golan Heights and prevent new Palestinian elections, at all costs, even at the expense of a row with the US.

The re >>>


      MUSHARRAF GOES TO UK
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Azhar Masood | Arab News ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf and his wife left the country yesterday for a weeklong trip to Britain — his first visit abroad since he resigned in August.

Amidst tight security, the former military ruler drove to the Islamabad airport and took a flight to Brita >>>


      RESISTANCE GROUPS AGREE TO OBSERVE SHAKY GAZA TRUCE
      Arab News, 24-11-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News GAZA: Palestinian resistance groups have agreed to halt rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and to renew their commitment to an Egyptian–brokered cease–fire with Israel in exchange for opening Gaza’s crossing points, a Hamas spokesman said yesterday.

Ayman Taha, the spokesman >>>


      ASTRONAUTS VENTURE ON 4TH, FINAL SPACEWALK
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     HOUSTON –– Three spacewalks down. One to go. Astronauts Stephen Bowen and Robert "Shane" Kimbrough venture outside the international space station Monday for the fourth and final spacewalk of space shuttle Endeavour‘s nearly two–week visit to the orbiting outpost.

The spacewalk >>>


      BUSH: MORE DECISIONS LIKE CITIGROUP POSSIBLE
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush argued Monday that the government‘s dramatic rescue of Citigroup was necessary to "safeguard the financial system" and help the economy recover, and he said there could be more such moves if other institutions need help.

Bush said he approved the action, >>>


      CINCINNATI HOUSE FIRE KILLS 3 CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     CINCINNATI –– Authorities in Cincinnati say three children have died in a house fire.

Fire Capt. Mike Washington says firefighters arrived on the scene in the city‘s Lower Price Hill neighborhood after 2:30 a.m. Monday and found heavy flames throughout both floors of the single–family ho >>>


      COURT TO HEAR CASE OF UIGHURS HELD AT GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A federal appeals court is considering the fate of 17 Turkic Muslims being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a constitutional showdown over presidential power that could speed efforts to close the military prison.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was scheduled to hear argumen >>>


      FARMERS WORK TO PRESERVE ANCIENT TURKEY BREEDS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     UPPERVILLE, Va. –– At Ayrshire Farm, hundreds of Midget White and Bourbon Red turkeys move in a feathered, gobbling mass on a wind–swept pasture overlooking Virginia‘s horse country.

These birds have longer legs and narrower breasts than the beachball–shaped turkey that will end up >>>


      FED‘S ROLE IN CRISIS IS GIANT, IF OPAQUE
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     Wall Street analysts, congressional overseers and the media have parsed every detail of the Treasury Department‘s financial rescue program –– $250 billion and counting.

Largely outside public view, however, the Federal Reserve is lending far more than that amount –– $8'3 billio >>>


      MAINE SALMON INDUSTRY MOUNTS A VIGOROUS COMEBACK
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     EASTPORT, Maine –– It‘s feeding time at Cobscook Bay‘s Broad Cove and the 25,000 salmon are hungry.

Their twice–daily dinner arrives on a barge loaded with 80 tons of feed pellets, which deliver the food through a 3–inch plastic pipe. In a matter of minutes, an underwater cam >>>


      MOM: BOY ACCUSED OF KILLING FATHER ‘LOVED HIS DAD‘
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     NEW YORK –– The 8–year–old Arizona boy accused of fatally shooting his father and another man is a "good little boy" who loved his dad, his mother said Monday.

"He had a very good relationship with his father," the boy‘s mother, Eryn Thomas, told ABC‘s &qu >>>


      NYC MURDER TRIAL OPENS FOR ACTOR BRANCATO
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     NEW YORK –– A prosecutor at the murder trial of Lillo Brancato Jr. told jurors Monday the former "Sopranos" actor got involved in the killing of an off–duty police officer during a desperate mission to steal drugs.

But the defense said Monday in opening statements that the only culpr >>>


      OBAMA ADVISER: STIMULUS PRICE TAG RISING
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top economic adviser to President–elect Barack Obama said on Monday a U.S. economic stimulus program to revive economic activity would need to be bigger than first thought as the financial storm intensifies.

"We don‘t have the exact number," Austan Goolsbee s >>>


      OBAMA PRESENTS TEAM TO NAVIGATE ECONOMIC CRISIS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     CHICAGO (Reuters) – President–elect Barack Obama presented the economic team on Monday that will help him navigate the U.S. financial crisis but declined to specify how much his proposed 2–year stimulus package would cost.

Financial markets fell during the long–awaited announcement as tr >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     6:23 AM –– Robert Lucas LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Lucas, who until recently fronted the blues rock band Canned Heat and was known for his barrelhouse vocals, has died. He was 46.

Lucas died Sunday at a friend‘s home in Long Beach. The cause of death was an apparent drug overdose, his former ma >>>


      SCREENWRITER FOR HITCHCOCK‘S REAR WINDOW‘ DIES
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     CONCORD, N.H. –– Screenwriter John Michael Hayes, nominated for an Academy Awards for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film "Rear Window" and for "Peyton Place," has died at age 8'.

Hayes, who was involved in Dartmouth College‘s film studies program, died of natural causes >>>


      SYRACUSE CAMPUS LIFTS LOCKDOWN AFTER SHOTS FIRED
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     SYRACUSE, N.Y. –– Syracuse University has ended its lockdown as police say the suspect in an off–campus shooting is no longer in the area.

University officials e–mailed a lockdown alert to its more than 1',000 students as a precaution just after 11:30 a.m. Monday. The alert was lifte >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     AM –– Cold, wintry weather was sweeping across the Midwest and Ohio River Valley early Monday, while much of the West and Plains enjoyed clear skies.

Blustery northwest winds packing rain and snow were to trek across the Great Lakes. Michigan can expect several inches of snow, while northern Illinoi >>>


      THOMAS JEFFERSON GRADUATE IS AMONG RHODES SCHOLARS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     This year‘s Rhodes Scholarships winners are continuing the tradition of doing big things.

There is a University of Pennsylvania exhibit curator, a college football star, and a Leesburg student who is working on environmental projects that he would like to see "increase profits." They are just so >>>


      U.S. OFFERS CITIGROUP EXPANSIVE SAFETY NET
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     By Neil Irwin and David ChoWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, November 24, 2008; A01 The government said last night that it will provide a multibillion–dollar backstop for Citigroup, revamping emergency efforts yet again to head off the failure of a company more deeply intertwined with the financial system than >>>


      US, ISRAELI LEADERS TO MEET FOR A LAST TIME
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President George W. Bush are wrapping up three years of close cooperation with hopes of leaving a Mideast peace legacy to their successors.

Monday evening‘s White House session is expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear threat and assess pr >>>


      VA. PANEL ON IMMIGRATION STEPS BACK FROM HARD LINE
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     RICHMOND –– Virginia, known for some of the nation‘s toughest policies on illegal immigration, appears to be abandoning its hard–line approach as state officials consider proposals to help foreign–born residents assimilate, including increasing the number of English classes.

In the >>>


      WEST, KEYS AND RIHANNA DOUBLE–UP ON AMA TROPHIES
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Kanye West had nothing to complain about Sunday, as he picked up his first–ever American Music Awards and delivered a flawless, if subdued, performance of his new single, "Heartless." West was a double winner, collecting trophies for favorite male rap/hip–hop artist and f >>>


      AS BUSH‘S TERM ENDS, SOME BIG NAMES SEEK PARDONS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     A04 With a backlog of applications piled up at the Justice Department, high–profile criminals and their well–connected lawyers increasingly are appealing directly to President Bush for special consideration on pardons and clemency, according to people involved in the process.

Among those seeking pre >>>


      FOR DANA PERINO, A BRUISING YEAR
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     The network stars were gone, the seats half empty and the questioning low–key as Dana Perino held a White House briefing last week, her biggest announcement that the administration would try to ease air traffic for the holidays.

President Bush has faded from the news, and the last year has been hard on hi >>>


      FRIEND OF THE OBAMAS TO BE SOCIAL SECRETARY
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     By Lois RomanoWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, November 24, 2008; C01 Desirée Rogers, a prominent Chicago businesswoman and Harvard MBA, will be named the first African American White House social secretary, sources in the presidential transition office said yesterday.

Rogers, 4', is a friend of M >>>


      MUCH TO HIS CHAGRIN, ‘PLAIN OLD BARACK IS GONE‘
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     comfort in a city he has never embraced. By Eli Saslow and Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, November 24, 2008; A01 A familiar number showed up on Terry Link‘s cellphone last week, the one that belonged to the friend he tutored in politics, dominated in golf and sometimes referred to playfully as &q >>>


      OBAMA FACES FIERCE FIGHT TO KEEP EDUCATION PROMISES
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     President–elect Barack Obama has made big promises to educators, parents and the nation‘s nearly 50 million public school students. He vowed to recruit an "army of new teachers," create better tests and give public schools more funding. He also said he would make college more affordable.

A >>>


      OFFICERS VIE TO ESCORT VIPS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     B01 One young officer drummed his fingers on the bottom of the table during most of the interview.

Others sat stiffly in their chairs, hands on their knees. Some looked overweight or wore wrinkled uniforms or unpolished shoes.

But last week, as the final military officers vying to be chosen as VIP inau >>>


      WHERE THERE‘S BUREAUCRACY, THERE‘S BUREAUCRACY
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     The first wave of Obama transition staffers rolled into the government bureaucracy last week to investigate the states of play at various agencies.

Best we can tell, things went reasonably smoothly, with perhaps a few exceptions, mostly having to do with security–clearance glitches.

One Democrati >>>


      WHO ARE THE BETTER MANAGERS –– POLITICAL APPOINTEES OR CAREER BUREAUCRATS?
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     Every time the White House changes hands between the Democrats and the Republicans, the outgoing party quickly sees the virtues of staffing government departments with competent managers. The incoming party invariably seeks to reward loyal campaign operatives with political appointments.

Presidents from Thomas >>>


      AS WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC ADVISER, SUMMERS TO ASSUME LESS–PUBLIC ROLE
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     A13 Lawrence H. Summers, tapped as the director of the National Economic Council in the incoming Obama administration, has long regretted that his tenure as Treasury secretary was cut short by Al Gore‘s defeat in 2000, less than 1 1/2 years after he succeeded Robert E. Rubin.

But Summers, an eight–y >>>


      BAGHDAD BOMB ATTACKS KILL 1', MOSTLY WOMEN
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A bomb blast killed 13 female government employees on a bus on their way to work in eastern Baghdad on Monday, and a female suicide bomber killed five people outside Baghdad‘s Green Zone compound, police said.

A separate attack on a police patrol in the popular central shopping d >>>


      CHAVEZ WINS VENEZUELA VOTE BUT OPPOSITION GAINS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez‘s left–wing party won most state races in elections on Sunday, but the opposition scored victories in major power centers to dent his dominance over the OPEC nation.

Chavez‘s Socialist Party won in 17 of 20 states with another two race >>>


      CHAVEZ, OPPOSITION SHARE VENEZUELA ELECTION SPOILS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez‘s left–wing party and the growing opposition shared the spoils of Venezuela‘s local elections as they jostled for political momentum in the OPEC nation on Monday.

Chavez‘s socialist allies won a clear majority of state races but the multi&n >>>


      CHÁVEZ ALLIES WIN BIG, BUT OPPOSITION SECURES KEY POSTS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, November 24, 2008; A08 CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov. 24 –– Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez‘s allies won a hefty majority of state governorships in Sunday‘s elections, but the opposition secured important victories by winning the mayor‘ >>>


      DEMOCRATS‘ STIMULUS PLAN MAY REACH $700 BILLION
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     By Lori MontgomeryWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, November 24, 2008; A01 Facing an increasingly ominous economic outlook, President–elect Barack Obama and other Democrats are rapidly ratcheting up plans for a massive fiscal stimulus program that could total as much as $700 billion over the next two years.
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      DREAMING OF OIL, GREENLAND VOTES ON MORE AUTONOMY
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     COPENHAGEN, Denmark –– Dreaming of oil wealth, Greenland voters are expected to decide in a nonbinding referendum Tuesday to extend the island‘s self rule in what many see as a key step toward independence from Denmark.

Potential reserves of oil and minerals have increased hopes of independenc >>>


      FOR WORLD‘S SICK, CARE VIA E–MAIL
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     A08 WINGHAM, England –– Geese honked happily outside as Pat Swinfen sat in the study of her 16th–century farmhouse, cozy and warm amid thick Oriental carpets and a glowing wood fire.

Pure English countryside idyll –– except for the critically ill pregnant woman in Iraq desperately >>>


      GEORGIAN, POLISH LEADERS‘ CONVOY ALLEGEDLY SHOT AT
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     A10 MOSCOW, Nov. 24 –– The presidents of Georgia and Poland said they encountered gunfire while attempting to visit a Russian checkpoint near the South Ossetian border on Sunday, an assertion Russia immediately denied and described as a provocation and "wishful thinking." Georgian President Mikheil >>>


      IN INDIA, CONTROVERSY OVER HINDUS‘ ARRESTS
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     By Rama LakshmiWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, November 24, 2008; A12 MALEGAON, India –– Every morning, dozens of Muslim men gather at a tea shop in this western textile town near the spot where a motorcycle bomb exploded in September during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The bomb killed six peopl >>>


      ISRAEL LETS LIMITED AID INTO HAMAS–RUN GAZA STRIP
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israel opened border crossings with the Hamas–run Gaza Strip on Monday, allowing in limited amounts of food and fuel for the second time in three weeks after the United Nations warned of a looming humanitarian crisis.

Aid groups said the one–day shipment would have minimal imp >>>


      MALAYSIA LABOR ACTIVIST ACQUITTED AFTER LONG FIGHT
      Washington Post, 24-11-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– A Malaysian court on Monday acquitted a prominent labor activist who was arrested 12 years ago for claiming that police tortured illegal immigrants in detention.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled in favor of Irene Fernandez, the director of the human rights group Tenaganita >>>



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