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      ACTE 2 POUR LA BIBLIOTHČQUE NUMÉRIQUE EUROPÉENNE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Le président de la Commission européenne José Manuel Barroso,au lancement, le 20 novembre 2008, de la biblioth';que virtuelle Europeana, dans la Royal Library de Bruxelles. (photo: Keystone) INTERNET. Rivale déclarée du géant américain Google, Europeana est de nouveau accessibl >>>


      AFFAIRE KADHAFI: LA NOUVELLE STRATÉGIE LIBYENNE POUR FAIRE PLIER LA SUISSE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Charles Poncet: «Je n‘ai aucun scrupule ŕ défendre la Libye» Conseil d‘Etat valaisan: le dernier doute du PDC REGIONS Le Temps I Article Affaire Kadhafi: la nouvelle stratégie libyenne pour faire plier la Suisse SUISSE. Pendant des semaines, un comité ad hoc a tenté de r& >>>


      AVEC NOS BONS MESSAGES (CODÉS)
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     La carte de voeux de Moritz Leuenberger. «Soixante–six milliards de bons voeux pour la nouvelle année!». (photo: DR) VŚUX. A chacun sa carte. Prise de risque zéro pour certains conseillers fédéraux alors que d‘autres, ŕ l‘image de Moritz Leuenberger, délivrent d&lsquo >>>


      CAISSE DE PENSION DE LAUSANNE: LES HOSTILITÉS SONT OUVERTES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     VAUD. L‘UDC Claude–Alain Voiblet s‘attaque au plan d‘assainissement de la caisse de pension de la Ville de Lausanne présenté par le syndic écologiste, Daniel Brélaz. Interview croisée.

Laurent Caspary Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Elle figure en queue de peloton >>>


      CHRONIQUE D‘UN ASSASSINAT 3/5. ROCCO L.
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Chronique d‘un assassinat 3/5. Antonella Cereghetti Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 En 2003, un Suisse, Stefan S., était tué ŕ coups de manche de pioche dans son haras du sud de la France. Jugés l‘an dernier par la Cour d‘assises du Var, la Suissesse Rita H. et ses coaccusés dev >>>


      CONSEIL D‘ETAT VALAISAN: LE DERNIER DOUTE DU PDC
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     VALAIS. La démocrate–chrétienne Marie–Françoise Perruchoud–Massy hésite encore ŕ se lancer dans la course au gouvernement en candidate dissidente.

Elle serait la quatri';me femme en lice. Xavier Filliez Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Partira, partira pas? Derni >>>


      DES CLOCHERS AUX MINARETS
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Yelmarc Roulet Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Interdire les minarets en Suisse? Avec son initiative populaire, l‘UDC impose le sujet ŕ l‘agenda des Chambres fédérales, qui en débattront au printemps, ainsi qu‘au peuple, qui aura le dernier mot, fin 200' ou début 2010.
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      KIOSQUE. L‘ANNÉE WIDMER–SCHLUMPF
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Eveline Widmer–Schlumpf. (photo: Keystone) Kiosque.

Olivier Perrin Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Par sondage interne, la rédaction de la «SonntagsZeitung», un des grands journaux alémaniques du dimanche (publié par le groupe Tamedia), vient de se prononcer, dans son éditio >>>


      L‘ANALYSE D‘ANNA LIETTI. LE SILENCE, LE BAVARDAGE, LA PAROLE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Les témoignages des victimes de pédophilie sont noyés sous la surmédiatisation de ce type de crime.

Anna Lietti Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Une petite fille de ' ans écrit au P';re Noël. Elle demande que l‘homme de sa famille qui la force ŕ des relations s >>>


      L‘HEURE OŮ LA VIERGE CHANGE DE ROBE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Fr';re Gérold. Il est le seul de sa congrégation ŕ approcher la statue d’aussi pr';s. (photo: Daniel Winkler) NATIVITE. La plus cél';bre des statues de Suisse, la Vierge noire d‘Einsiedeln, change de costume avant chaque grande fęte religieuse, se pare de bijoux et >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE. UN SANGLIER, '';A TROMPE...
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     L‘histoire. Serge Jubin Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Décidément, il ne fait pas bon ętre sanglier dans le Jura. Comme partout, le vigoureux porc sauvage prolif';re et met ŕ mal les cultures agricoles.

Et comme partout, le droit de les chasser est jugé insuffisant. Le San >>>


      L‘OPÉRATION CONTRE LA PIRATERIE OUVERTE Ŕ UNE PARTICIPATION SUISSE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Le myst';re demeure autour des missiles russes livrés ŕ l‘Iran La mort du président Lansana Conté plonge la Guinée–Conakry dans l‘inconnu Les Etats–Unis intensifient la lutte contre les talibans L‘Union européenne version Nicolas Sarkozy risque de ne pa >>>


      L‘UNION EUROPÉENNE VERSION NICOLAS SARKOZY RISQUE DE NE PAS DURER
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     BILAN. L‘habileté et l‘énergie du Français ont tiré l‘UE vers le haut. La solidité de cet héritage, en revanche, n‘est pas acquise. Richard Werly, Bruxelles Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Comment conserver les acquis de la présidence française de l‘Un >>>


      L‘ÉNIGMATIQUE JULIEN COUPAT RESTE EN PRISON
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     FRANCE. Le prévenu est accusé d‘ętre le maître d‘śuvre du sabotage de quatre lignes de TGV.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Son avocate avait prévenu: «S‘il sort, il ne fera aucune déclaration, il ne veut pas de caméras, pas de >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE. REPLI AVANT NOËL
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Repli avant Noël La Bourse suisse.

BCGE Private Banking Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Mardi, le marché suisse a poursuivi son repli avant la tręve de Noël, dans des volumes toutefois tr';s restreints. En effet, de nombreux investisseurs sont d >>>


      LA MORT DU PRÉSIDENT LANSANA CONTÉ PLONGE LA GUINÉE–CONAKRY DANS L‘INCONNU
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Lansana Conté. (photo: DR) AFRIQUE DE L‘OUEST. L‘annonce de la disparition de l‘autocrate a été suivie mardi d‘une tentative de coup d‘Etat.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Il aura donc fallu attendre sa mort, ŕ l‘âge >>>


      LA RUÉE VERS LES TERRES ARABLES PREND UNE GRANDE AMPLEUR
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     AGRICULTURE. La crise alimentaire pousse de nombreux pays ŕ louer des surfaces agricoles ŕ l‘étranger. Pour les fonds d‘investissement, il s‘agit d‘une belle opportunité ŕ long terme.

Ram Etwareea Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Quel lien y a–t–il entr >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Stéphane Bonvin Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 L‘homme a perdu une habitude: il ne fume plus une bonne cigarette apr';s l‘amour. C‘est ce qu‘écrit le magazine GQ: «La lutte antitabac a eu la peau d‘un vieux cliché masculin: la cigarette post–coďt.&raq >>>


      LE CINÉMA DU MERCREDI. DISNEY, PAS SI ENCHANTEUR
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     «Histoires enchantées» se contente de peu. Elsa Duperray Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Il était une fois un employé d‘hôtel qui ręvait d‘ętre patron. Ses plans incluaient de se marier avec la belle et jeune fille du directeur de l‘établissement.

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      LE CINÉMA DU MERCREDI. UN HIVER 2008 OŮ ROBERT MULLIGAN S‘EN EST ALLÉ
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     DECES. Le réalisateur d‘«Un été 42» et de «To Kill a Mockingbird» est mort vendredi.

Thierry Jobin Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 A force de foncer vers 200', le nez dans les bilans et les emballages, nous avons failli passer ŕ côté de cette triste >>>


      LE CINÉMA DU MERCREDI. UNE POUPÉE QUI DIT NON
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Craig Gillespie signe un faux film indépendant. Thierry Jobin Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Albert Dupontel s‘était déjŕ pręté ŕ cette lubie, et avec moins de pudibonderie, dans Monique. De męme que les Japonais qui vivent avec des reproductions de leurs héroďnes >>>


      LE CINÉMA DU MERCREDI. «AUSTRALIA», LES YEUX PLUS GROS QUE LE VENTRE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     «Australia», film de contre–jours: dans sa folie des grandeurs, le réalisateur Baz Luhrman finira un jour ou l’autre par diriger le soleil pour le forcer ŕ se coucher. (photo: 20th Century Fox) Apr';s «Moulin rouge», l‘Australien Baz Luhrman se prend pour James Cameron, mais som >>>


      LE CINÉMA DU MERCREDI. «YOUNG@HEART», L‘AUTRE CHORALE DE NOËL
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Devant la caméra de Stephen Walker, des octogénaires reprennent Radiohead. Thierry Jobin Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Sans doute était–ce la projection idéale pour Young@heart: sur la Piazza Grande, fin juillet, un jour avant le début du Festival international du film, devant plusieurs m >>>


      LE CULTE DU LIEU (1/6). QUAND LAUSANNE BANNISSAIT LES CLOCHERS CATHOLIQUES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Caisse de pension de Lausanne: les hostilités sont ouvertes Radio éphém';re pour un Noël zurichois L‘histoire. Un sanglier, ça trompe...

Affaire Kadhafi: la nouvelle stratégie libyenne pour faire plier la Suisse Conseil d‘Etat valaisan: le dernier doute du PDC R >>>


      LE LANGAGE EN DÉMOCRATIE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Philippe Rahmy, écrivain, Lausanne Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Le conseiller fédéral fraîchement élu ayant pręté serment devant l‘Assemblée, il se trouve investi d‘un statut qui l‘affranchit de l‘esprit de querelle dont se repaît la politique ŕ >>>


      LE MEILLEUR DE LA CULTURE 2008. LE THÉ'4;TRE Ŕ TOMBEAU OUVERT
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Le cinéma du mercredi. «Australia», les yeux plus gros que le ventre Le cinéma du mercredi. Une poupée qui dit non Le cinéma du mercredi. Disney, pas si enchanteur Le cinéma du mercredi. Un hiver 2008 oů Robert Mulligan s‘en est allé Le cinéma du mercredi. « >>>


      LE MYSTČRE DEMEURE AUTOUR DES MISSILES RUSSES LIVRÉS Ŕ L‘IRAN
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     ARMES. Téhéran confirme la fourniture de syst';mes antiaériens S–300. Delphine Minoui, Beyrouth Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 La Russie a–t–elle, oui ou non, vendu des missiles ŕ l‘Iran? Dimanche, le vice–président de la Commission des affaires étrang& >>>


      LE SOULIER VOLANT N‘EN FINIT PAS DE FAIRE DES ÉMULES
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Des t–shirts en vente sur internet relatent, ŕ leur mani';re, l‘év';nement. (photo: DR) IRAK. En lançant ses chaussures au visage du président George Bush,le journaliste Mountazer al–Zaďdi est devenu une icône planétaire.

Caroline Stevan Mercr >>>


      LES DURES T'4;CHES DE L‘ÉQUIPE DE TRANSITION DE BARACK OBAMA
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Matthew Stevenson, écrivain, souligne ŕ quel point l‘investiture du président élu sera difficile. Les décisions des sénateurs et du gouvernement Bush embarrassent Obama.

Matthew Stevenson Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Pour des raisons historiques, plus de deux mois s‘& >>>


      LES ETATS–UNIS INTENSIFIENT LA LUTTE CONTRE LES TALIBANS
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     AFGHANISTAN. La stratégie militaire américaine apr';s l‘annonce du doublement du contingent.

Rémy Ourdan, Le Monde Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Le pouvoir afghan, inquiet de l‘influence croissante des talibans et confronté ŕ une échéance électorale p >>>


      LES JEUNES ROMANDS SONT DES BUVEURS Ŕ RISQUE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     COMPORTEMENTS. Le «binge drinking» est beaucoup plus répandu qu‘on le croyait. Inquiétudes. Yves Duc, ATS Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Plus des trois quarts des jeunes Romands ont une consommation d‘alcool ŕ risque, au moins une fois par mois. Ce que l‘on pensait ętre >>>


      LES PRODUITS QUI ONT RÉSISTÉ Ŕ LA CRISE EN 2008 (3/6). LE MOTEUR ÉLECTRIQUE FAIT GRIMPER LE VÉLO
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Vélo électrique. Le bonheur cycliste sans la fatigue et la sueur. Les urbains aisés le préf';rent au bus ou ŕ la voiture pour se rendre au travail. Son prix reste néanmoins élevé. (photo: Ecomove) TRANSPORTS. Quand elle ne les fatigue pas, la petite reine séduit les j >>>


      LES RARES ACTIONS QUI SE SONT APPRÉCIÉES MALGRÉ LA CRISE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     BOURSE. L‘indice SMI a chuté de 35% cette année, une performance décevante en soi, meilleure toutefois que le plongeon de 45% de l‘indice mondial.

Peu de titres échappent ŕ la baisse. Emmanuel Garessus Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Dans l‘océan des pertes qui ont >>>


      MADOFF, LA MÉCANIQUE DU SCANDALE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Bernard Madoff traqué devant son domicile par les caméras du monde entier. «Il ne donnait pas l’impression d’ętre un flambeur, mais plutôt d’ętre un bon p';re de famille», dit un banquier de Gen';ve. (photo: Keystone) Comment les ondes de choc du fonds pyramidal se sont–ell >>>


      MADOFF: ENQUĘTE SUR LES ROUAGES DE LA PREMIČRE FRAUDE PLANÉTAIRE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     FINANCE. Comment les plus riches investisseurs se sont fait piéger, de Zurich ŕ Abu Dhabi.

Le Temps Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Chaque jour, on en apprend un peu plus sur l‘affaire Madoff. La gigantesque escroquerie dans laquelle se sont envolés quelque 50milliards de dollars a piég >>>


      MARC RISTORI: «C‘EST UN PEU COMME UNE RENAISSANCE»
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     La nouvelle vie de Marc Ristori. «J’ai envie de rester dans le sport, avec des jeunes, d’aider ceux qui n’ont pas l’entourage, les structures ou les moyens.» (photo: Daniel Winteregg) RENCONTRE. Le 30 novembre 2007 au Supercross de Gen';ve, un accident a brisé sa carri';re de champion. Mais pas sa v >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. SI ROMANTIQUE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Quoi de neuf. Albertine Bourget, Berne Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Il flotte aussi de la douceur, outre–Sarine. Et pas seulement chez Sprüngli pour les macarons ou ŕ Bâle pour les biscuits bruns. Mais aussi au Sirupier de Berne, refuge des bouches ŕ miel, des becs ŕ sucre et autres pala >>>


      RADIO ÉPHÉMČRE POUR UN NOËL ZURICHOIS
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     MUSIQUE. Un mois derri';re une vitrine du centre–ville pour un choix musical éclectique.

Anne Fournier Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 En face, c‘est une boutique avec des prix déconseillés aux porte–monnaie modestes. Plus bas, une adresse de lingerie, tr';s fr >>>


      REPČRE. LA CRISE FAIT MĘME PLIER ANDORRE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Rep';re. Yves Genier Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 L‘Etat est–il partout le grand gagnant de la crise? C‘est le cas ŕ Washington, Londres, Berlin, Paris ou dans la Bruxelles européenne, oů l‘interventionnisme des gouvernements érige un ultime rempart face au chaos. Ma >>>


      RETROUVER L‘ESPÉRANCE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Nativité. Peinture sur bois de Lorenzo Costa (1460–1535). La fragilité et l’espérance sont symbolisées par un enfant qui naît dans un monde en crise. (photo: Leemage/Prolitteris) Noël est l‘occasion de prendre de la distance par rapport ŕ la crise qui s‘annonce. Des p >>>


      THIEL LE ROUGE. OŮ EST L‘ENNEMI?
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     EPISODE 7/30. La musique pour Debussy, et le trouble pour tous les communistes. Alain Campiotti Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Debussy! C‘est presque un gag. Le 1er Régiment de marche des volontaires étrangers est commandé par un colonel Debussy. Et c‘est sous ses ordres que Reynold Thiel, pia >>>


      UBS IMPLIQUÉE DANS LUXALPHA, UN FONDS ENTIČREMENT DÉDIÉ Ŕ MADOFF
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     FRAUDE. Le patron d‘Access, la firme ayant diffusé le fonds, s‘est donné la mort mardi.

Pierre–Alexandre Sallier, Myret Zaki Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 Il y a une affaire dans l‘affaire Madoff. Celle–ci ne touche plus uniquement les tours de passe–passe du finan >>>


      VARIATIONS. ANNUS HORRIBILIS?
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Variations. Jacques–Simon Eggly Mercredi 24 décembre 2008 On ne sait pas comment la Reine Elisabeth d‘Angleterre qualifiera, cette fois, l‘année présente qui va expirer. Elle hésitera ŕ reparler d‘annus horribilis, d';s lors que les mécomptes n‘auront t >>>


      YVONNE ET SA BŰCHE AU BEURRE
      Le Temps, 24-12-2008
     Yvonne Queloz et Maude, une de ses petites–filles, qui habite au–dessus. «C’est toujours le grand–papa qui a les deux bouts de la b$';che, ceux oů il y a le plus de cr';me dessus…» (photo: Eddy Mottaz) Les livres de cuisine et d‘hygi';ne alimentaire,c‘est >>>


      ETIHAD WINS ‘AIRLINE OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways has been voted ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2008 Arabian Business Achievement Awards, the latest in a series of accolades that the national airline of the UAE has collected in recent months. The Abu Dhabi–based airline picked up the award at a ceremony at the Atl >>>


      MOBILY OFFERS NEW PACKAGE
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: Mobily has launched a new offer on the Fallah prepaid package, which is effective from today. Dubbed «4 in 1,» the offer includes 75 free voice minutes to any national network, as well as a Motorola phone and free subscription to the Hawwel service for two months — all for SR333.

T >>>


      OIL PRICES SLIDE UNDER $40 A BARREL
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Agencies LONDON: World oil prices fell yesterday below $40 a barrel in thin pre–Christmas trade, as traders eyed weak energy demand arising from a global economic downturn.

Light sweet crude for delivery in February delivery shed $1.58 to $38.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). The pr >>>


      SAUDI BUDGET: BOLDER THAN BEFORE
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: The Saudi 200' budget, which was unveiled by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Monday, is more aggressive than those of earlier years. The government has budgeted for further expenditure despite a predicted fall in revenues. This reflects the need to reassure the p >>>


      17 WORKERS HURT IN MINA ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Hamid Al–Sulami | Arab News MAKKAH: At least 17 cleaning workers suffered light to critical injuries when a mini truck carrying them overturned near Mina yesterday morning, police said.

The injured were taken to King Faisal Hospital in Makkah where 12 of them were released after receiving first aid and fi >>>


      FLOOD WARNING IN MADINAH
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Arab News MADINAH: Civil Defense authorities in Madinah issued a flood warning for the areas around the city. The Civil Defense received information late Monday about strong floodwaters forming in Wadi Al–Jazl, south of Al–Ula town, some 400 km north of Madinah, after heavy rains in the northern region.
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      IMPOTENCY DRUG SEIZED FROM MAKKAH PHARMACY
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News MAKKAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice yesterday seized large quantities of an «unlicensed» impotency drug from a medical store in Al–Mansourah district of Makkah.

The commission did not name the type of drug seized or say >>>


      NO ABUSE SHOULD GO UNPUNISHED: HRC
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Walaa Hawari | Arab News RIYADH: The women’s branch of the governmental Human Rights Commission (HRC) will launch a yearlong media campaign to raise awareness in society about women’s rights, it was announced here yesterday.

«Punishment is essential in cases of violence and abuse against women,» sai >>>


      RESERVES TO HELP FILL BUDGET GAP
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: Finance Minister Ibrahim Al–Assaf said yesterday that Saudi Arabia would be able to meet its SR65 billion deficit in the 200' general budget from state reserves accumulated as a result of rising oil prices during the past three years.

Speaking to Saudi Television >>>


      STRANDED ASIAN WORKERS LEFT IN A LURCH
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: Workers who have sought refuge in Asian embassies in the capital after getting stranded as a result of disputes with their employers are left in a lurch without accommodation during the colder months of the year.

«I ran away from Hail (400 km away from Riyadh) since >>>


      EURO–MED OFFERS GULF STATES OBSERVER STATUS
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News Hans–Gert Pottering RIYADH: The six–nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been offered a stake in a new union of Mediterranean and European countries because of the growing economic and political influence of its member states.

Hans–Gert Pottering, president >>>


      HAMAS READY TO STUDY NEW GAZA CEASE–FIRE WITH ISRAEL
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News GAZA CITY: A tense calm reigned over Gaza Strip yesterday as Hamas said it might be willing to agree to a new truce with Israel.

Hamas movement could consider extending a temporary truce and agreeing to a new long–term truce in the Gaza Strip, following the expiry on Friday of >>>


      INTERPOL SEEKS MUMBAI FACTS
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Azhar Masood | Arab News ISLAMABAD: Interpol Secretary–General Ronald K. Noble yesterday said that India had not provided the global police agency any information about the Nov. 26 terrorist attacks.

Flanked by Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Interior Secretary Sayed Kamal Shah, Noble said a >>>


      MANILA EYES FRESH PEACE PUSH WITH MUSLIM REBELS
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     Al Jacinto | Arab News MANILA: The Philippines made a fresh push to end 40 years of Muslim secessionist conflict in the country’s south by forming a new negotiating panel yesterday, saying it hoped to resume peace talks in early 200'.

Two former lawmakers and a Muslim who is part of President Gloria Macapag >>>


      MUSLIMS CALL FORT DIX VERDICT UNFAIR
      Arab News, 24-12-2008
     AP ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey: Muslim leaders reacted with frustration after five Muslim immigrants were convicted of scheming to massacre US soldiers at Fort Dix.

The five defendants were found guilty Monday in federal court in Camden of conspiring to kill military personnel.

But they were acquitted of >>>


      BUSH FORGIVES MAN CONVICTED FOR 1'48 AID TO ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 24, 2008; A03 In 1'48, Charlie Winters took an unusual step for a Boston–born Protestant businessman: He waded into the bloody struggle for a Jewish state in the Middle East, selling decommissioned B–17 bombers to the Haganah resistance group an >>>


      BUSH PARDONS MAN WHO HELPED ISRAEL DURING WARTIME
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– The last words Charles Winters spoke to his son nearly 25 years ago _ "Keep the faith" _ guided the Miami businessman as he sought a rare presidential pardon for his late father‘s crime: aiding Israel in 1'48 as it fought to survive.

Charles Winters, a Protestant >>>


      CALIF. BUDGET CRISIS HAS A FAMILIAR RING
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 –– While Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democrats who control California‘s legislature tussle over details of a bill aimed at bridging the first $18 billion of the state‘s $40 billion budget shortfall, the deadlock is halting freeway repairs and bringing warnin >>>


      CHRISTMAS AT CAMP DAVID: FOR BUSH, 1 LAST VISIT
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President George W. Bush and his huge extended family are spending their 12th and last Christmas at Camp David.

The president‘s twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, along with Jenna‘s husband, Henry Hager, are part of the visiting clan. Also coming to the sprawling and rustic >>>


      CHRISTMAS EVE STORMS PREDICTED FOR MIDWEST, WEST
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     CHICAGO –– Many stranded, irate travelers tried to take advantage of a lull between snowstorms to get home by jet, car or train before another wallop of winter‘s wrath smacks the West and Midwest on Christmas Eve.

Weather service forecasters said more snow was likely Wednesday in the Midwest a >>>


      DEICER FUMES AFFECT PLANE PASSENGERS AT SEA–TAC
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     SEATAC, Wash. –– Fumes from a chemical used to de–ice airplanes got into the passenger cabin of an Alaska Airlines plane Wednesday at Sea–Tac Airport and irritated the eyes of passengers and the crew, airport officials said.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Caroline Boren said officials had n >>>


      DISGRACED MASS. SEN. APPLIES FOR PENSION INCREASE
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     BOSTON –– A former state senator in Massachusetts who resigned after he was charged with harassing women is trying to double his pension.

James Marzilli Jr. cites a law that allows elected officials under age 55 with more than 20 years of service to boost their pensions if they fail to win re– >>>


      DURABLE GOODS DROP 1 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     ':36 AM WASHINGTON –– Orders to U.S. factories for big–ticket manufactured goods fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, and a steady rise in inventories suggests production will need to be cut further.

The drop in durable goods orders, while smaller than expected, revealed pers >>>


      FORT DIX TIPSTER SEEKS A LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     AM MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. –– It was a tip from a quick–thinking clerk at a Circuit City store that led authorities to accuse a group of men with planning to kill soldiers on the Army‘s Fort Dix.

A day after the men were convicted of conspiracy to kill military personnel, Brian Morgenstern is >>>


      GIANT SNOWMAN RISES AGAIN IN ALASKA _ MYSTERIOUSLY
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     AM ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– A giant snowman named Snowzilla has mysteriously appeared again this year _ despite the city‘s cease–and–desist order.

Someone again built the giant snowman in Billy Powers‘ front yard in an east Anchorage neighborhood. Snowzilla reappeared before dawn >>>


      GUNMAN KILLED, BOY HURT DURING LA HOSTAGE STANDOFF
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     EL MONTE, Calif. –– A camouflaged gunman was killed and his 6–year–old hostage was shot in the leg during a two–hour standoff with police Tuesday that began when the man snatched the child off a sidewalk and barricaded himself in a Chinese restaurant east of Los Angeles.

The man wa >>>


      HO, HO, NO: TOYMAKERS SAY LEAD LAW HARMS WORKSHOPS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     AM SAN FRANCISCO –– Worries over lead paint in mass–market toys made the holidays a little brighter for handcrafted toy makers last year, but now the federal government‘s response to the scare has some workshops fearful that this Christmas might be their last.

Without changes to strict n >>>


      INVESTOR WHO LOST $1.4B TO MADOFF KILLS HIMSELF
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     NEW YORK –– He was a distinguished investor who traced his lineage to the French aristocracy, hobnobbed with members of European high society and sailed around the world on fancy yachts.

But after losing more than $1 billion of his clients‘ money to Bernard Madoff, Rene–Thierry Magon de >>>


      JEWISH CHARITIES SCRAMBLE TO COVER LOSSES TO TRADER
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 24, 2008; A02 NEW YORK, Dec. 23 –– According to the 12th–century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, one of the highest categories of philanthropy is giving so the recipient doesn‘t know the donor, and the donor doesn‘t know the rec >>>


      MAN ARRESTED IN PARK BEATING OF 2 ARIZ. BOYS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     PHOENIX –– Two Phoenix boys have been found severely beaten in a park and police arrested a man suspected of following them to the playground.

The 7– and 10–year–old cousins were in extremely critical condition Wednesday after the attack Tuesday.

Police said the beatings a >>>


      MILITARY CENTER TRACKING SANTA‘S SLEIGH RIDE
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– Who says Santa Claus doesn‘t exist? The military personnel charged with being the eyes in the sky are certainly acting like he does _ and they‘ve been joined on the Internet by millions of believers.

Even doubters have reason to pause when they hear the North A >>>


      NC STORE EMPTIED AFTER BULLET FIRED _ BY ESCALATOR
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     CHARLOTTE, N.C. –– Christmas shoppers were evacuated from a North Carolina store after a customer dropped several bullets onto a moving escalator and a round went off.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that a customer accidentally dropped the .22–caliber bullets on the escalator at Dic >>>


      OBAMA CHOOSES LINCOLN‘S BIBLE FOR INAUGURATION
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President–elect Barack Obama will use the same Bible at his inauguration that Abraham Lincoln used for his swearing in.

Obama will be the first president since Lincoln to use that Bible, part of the collection of the Library of Congress.

"President–elect Obama >>>


      POLICE: DALLAS SHOOTING SUSPECT HAD TROUBLED PAST
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     DALLAS –– A former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of fatal rush–hour shootings near Dallas had an addiction to painkillers and a warrant had been issued for his arrest in connection with a recent robbery, according to Texas and Utah authorities.

Dallas police said Tuesday they think >>>


      SOCAL LAW SCHOOL TEMPTS STUDENTS WITH FREE TUITION
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     PM IRVINE, Calif. –– A new law school opening next fall in Southern California is offering a big incentive to top students who might be thinking twice about the cost of a legal education during the recession: free tuition for three years.

The financial carrot is part of an ambitious strategy by Erwi >>>


      SOCAL MAN KILLED BY COPS WAS 2004 MURDER SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     10:34 AM LOS ANGELES –– A former child actor killed by police after a two–hour standoff as he held his 7–year–old son hostage in a restaurant was a suspect wanted for the 2004 murder of his girlfriend, authorities said Wednesday.

The boy was wounded. The man killed was 38–yea >>>


      SOLDIER MOM BACK TO SEE DAUGHTER‘S ‘MIRACLE‘ STEPS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     AM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –– Little Cheyenne Leslie entered the Ocean Medical Center and ran into the arms of her physical therapist, to the cheers of smiling staff workers as the girl seemed unhindered by her arm and leg brace. It was a dress rehearsal of sorts.

Hours later, the 4–year–o >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     7:14 AM –– Snow, rain, ice and sleet were forecast for much of the central and eastern parts of the nation on Wednesday, threatening to disrupt Christmas Eve travel, while wet, cold weather was expected in much of the West.

Widespread precipitation was predicted from the Mississippi Valley to the mi >>>


      UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS REACH 26–YEAR HIGH
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     12:3' PM The number of people filing for unemployment benefits hit a 26–year high last week, as the deepening recession forced more employers to cut jobs.

First–time claims for unemployment rose 5.4 percent, to 586,000 for the week ending Dec. 20, the Labor Department reported this morning. The >>>


      UTAH CUSTODY FIGHT COMPLICATED BY TRIBAL LAW
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     SALT LAKE CITY –– Heather and Clint Larson hoped they‘d be spending Christmas with a newly adopted 6–month–old boy. Instead, after a monthslong court battle, the couple had to hand him over to representatives of the birth mother‘s American Indian tribe and watch him being driven away. >>>


      WITNESS IN SEN. STEVENS‘ TRIAL REGRETS TESTIFYING
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– A witness in convicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens‘ corruption trial has told the judge he never would have testified if he‘d known he did not have immunity from prosecution.

"I would like to be perfectly clear ... I would have pleaded the Fifth," welder David Ande >>>


      ‘GREEN‘ JOBS COMPETE FOR STIMULUS AID
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Paul Kane and Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, December 24, 2008; A01 In one of the first internal struggles of the incoming Obama administration, environmentalists and smart–growth advocates are trying to shift the priorities of the economic stimulus plan that will be introduced in Congr >>>


      CHEERS, ALL AROUND
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     2008; B01 The volunteers gather by the dozen, hang their "Welcome Home" signs on the wall and transform Baltimore–Washington International Marshall Airport into something akin to the red carpet at Cannes. Cameras flash. Strangers stop and stare, and sometimes join in the applause for the troops coming ho >>>


      CHERTOFF, AREA OFFICIALS DISCUSS PLANS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     2008; B08 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff met yesterday with the governors of Virginia and Maryland and the D.C. mayor as officials try to finalize plans for what could be record crowds at next month‘s historic presidential inauguration.

Robert P. Crouch Jr., homeland security adviser to Gov. >>>


      FAA–WEATHER SERVICE SPAT DRAGS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Steve VogelWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 24, 2008; A0' The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday gave the National Weather Service two more months to recommend how to reduce the number of meteorologists at regional air traffic control centers, effectively delaying a decision on the controver >>>


      KAINE RELATIVE EYED FOR U.S. ATTORNEY JOB
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     24, 2008; B01 Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine‘s brother–in–law is among the candidates for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, a key law enforcement job that is supposed to be free of political considerations, legal and political officials said yesterday.

Kaine (D) said he has discussed the position w >>>


      OBAMA ATTENDS SERVICE FOR GRANDMOTHER
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     HONOLULU, Dec. 23 –– President–elect Barack Obama and his family joined close friends Tuesday to pay tribute to the woman he called his "rock," his maternal grandmother, who provided stability in his young life and made possible his rise to the nation‘s presidency.

The Obamas a >>>


      OBAMA REPORT CLEARS DEALINGS WITH BLAGOJEVICH
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     2008; A03 White House Chief of Staff–designate Rahm Emanuel spoke "one or two" times with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and "about four" times with the governor‘s chief of staff but did not engage in any inappropriate discussions about who should be appointed to Barack Obama‘s vacan >>>


      SEC CHIEF DEFENDS HIS RESTRAINT
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Amit R. Paley and David S. HilzenrathWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, December 24, 2008; A01 Christopher Cox, the embattled chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is defending his restrained approach to the financial crisis, saying he has provided steady leadership as Wall Street‘s main regu >>>


      TARGETING OBESITY ALONGSIDE HUNGER
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Jane BlackWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 24, 2008; A02 The worsening economic crunch is causing the tab for food assistance programs to balloon, and with the rising costs has come an intensifying debate over whether –– and how –– the U.S. government can tackle simultaneously t >>>


      THE BEST MINDS OF KISSINGER‘S GENERATION, STARVING HYSTERICAL NAKED
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     Loop Fan alert! Some of the following material may be shocking. We‘ll warn you at the appropriate point.

The National Security Archive at George Washington University, after protracted legal and bureaucratic wrangling, has released 15,502 documents and more than 30,000 pages of transcripts of telephone co >>>


      THE ONLY FACTS SO FAR: 10 BALLS, 5 LOCATIONS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By Roxanne RobertsWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 24, 2008; C01 News flash! Rumors are true!

The Presidential Inaugural Committee –– trumpets, please! –– is hosting 10 official balls on the night of Jan. 20.

These, ladies and gentlemen, are the only parties where >>>


      UAW SIGNALS IT WILL FIGHT CONCESSIONS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     By David Cho and Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, December 24, 2008; D01 The nation‘s automakers are preparing to ask for wage and benefits concessions from their workers in early January to meet the conditions of a $17.4 billion federal aid package, but labor officials say they will seek >>>


      2 HAMAS MILITANTS KILLED IN GAZA BLAST
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Hamas says two of its fighters have been killed in a blast in the southern Gaza Strip.

The militant group says the men were killed on a "holy mission." That‘s the term Hamas uses when fighters are killed by explosives that go off inadvertently.

Hamas >>>


      AUSTRALIA TO MAINTAIN IRAQ PRESENCE
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     SYDNEY, Australia –– Australia says it will maintain its military presence in Iraq until at least the middle of next year.

Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says he has welcomed an Iraqi parliamentary resolution authorizing foreign troops to remain in the Gulf nation until the end of July 200'.>>>


      BETHLEHEM FILLS UP WITH CHRISTMAS PILGRIMS
      Washington Post, 24-12-2008
     BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Thousands of Christian pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem‘s Manger Square on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas under the protection of security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

About 500 security men arrived from the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Je >>>



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