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      A CIUDAD JUAREZ, ON EXÉCUTE JUSQUE DANS LES HÔPITAUX
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     MEXIQUE. Dans la ville la plus dangereuse du pays, la guerre des cartels de la drogue n‘épargne pas les habitants.

Frédéric Faux, Ciudad Juarez Samedi 27 décembre 2008 La nuit de Noël, l‘évęque de Ciudad Juarez a célébré la messe ŕ 1'heures >>>


      A GENČVE, ON BARRICADE SES PORTES POUR RÉVEILLONNER Ŕ L‘ABRI DES CAMBRIOLEURS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     GENEVE. Des voleurs géorgiens inqui';tent la police, qui rel';ve une hausse de 30% des délits. Lausanne n‘est pas épargnée.

Cynthia Gani Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Claude Utz n‘en revient pas. «Sept barres de fer ŕ fixer sur des portes d‘ici  >>>


      AFFAIRE KADHAFI: TRIPOLI BRANDIT DE NOUVELLES MENACES
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     TENSIONS. La Libye appelle la Suisse ŕ «prendre les mesures nécessaires pour juger les responsables».

Valérie de Graffenried, Collaboration: Myret Zaki Samedi 27 décembre 2008 La Libye ne lâche pas prise dans l‘affaire Kadhafi qui empoisonne les relations entre Berne e >>>


      ALAIN SCHNEIDER, FOLLE ALLURE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Le «Souchon des bambins» n‘est jamais infantilisant. Olivier Horner Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Son dernier et quatri';me album en date, La Rue est ŕ tout le monde, constitue un nouvel enchantement. Alain Schneider, comme l‘a écrit en 2007 Le Monde ŕ propos du plus latino >>>


      ALBERT A. STAHEL: «LE DRA 10 N‘A PAS LES COMPÉTENCES REQUISES POUR CONTRER LES PIRATES DU GOLFE D‘ADEN»
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Albert A. Stahel. (photo: DR) PIRATERIE. L‘expert Albert A. Stahel qualifie l‘idée d‘envoyer des soldats suisses protéger des navires au large des côtes somaliennes de totalement farfelue. Les navires helvétiques pourraient en revanche hisser un autre pavillon, lâche–t&nd >>>


      COUP DE FREIN POUR LES BÉNÉFICES CHINOIS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     CONJONCTURE. La hausse des profits chute, mais les responsables restent confiants pour 200'.

Le Temps Samedi 27 décembre 2008 La progression des bénéfices des entreprises industrielles chinoises dont le chiffre d‘affaires est supérieur ŕ quelque 800000 francs a nettement d >>>


      DES PRISONNIERS DE GUANTANAMO EN EUROPE?
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Une photo autorisée par l’armée américaine d’un détenu dans sa cellule. L’une des options consisterait ŕ répartir dans des pays d’accueil au sein de l’UE les prisonniers n’ayant pas encore été jugés, et passibles de persécutions s’ils sont renvoyés dans leur pays d’ >>>


      DRÔLES DE DAMES, DRÔLES DE POSITIONS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Mannequin en petite tenue de fęte, couché sur une table dans une posture d’attente. (photo: © Thierry Parel) DESSOUS. Les Fętes sont l‘occasion d‘offrir de la lingerie fine. Certains magasins se transforment en harems peuplés de mannequins érotico–chics.

Décodage >>>


      GAËTAN CRUCHET, UN TALENT
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Le Romand se consacre ŕ sa nouvelle passion depuis sept ans. Olivier Horner Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Des études au Conservatoire et des cours de pédagogie musicale qui finissent par le propulser au royaume des enfants. Le Romand Gaëtan Cruchet, 34 ans, est tombé tardivement mais passionn >>>


      HAROLD PINTER, L‘ÉCRIVAIN ASSOIFFÉ DE VÉRITÉ S‘EST TU
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Harold Pinter. Jamais apaisé, l’écrivain anglais a transformé son discours de réception du Prix Nobel de littérature en réquisitoire impitoyable contre la politique américaine de ces trente derni';res années. (photo: Keystone) HOMMAGE. Auteur d‘une śuvre aussi s >>>


      IL FAUT CROIRE AU REBOND AMÉRICAIN
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Ram Etwareea Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Les germes de la crise financi';re et économique qui ébranle toute la plan';te étaient aux Etats–Unis. De la crise des «subprime» ŕ la chute des géants bancaires, en passant par l‘ass';chement du crédi >>>


      ISRAËL ENTEND «CASSER LA BRANCHE MILITAIRE DU HAMAS» Ŕ GAZA
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     PROCHE–ORIENT. Alors que deux fillettes palestiniennes ont été tuées par la chute d‘une roquette Qassam défectueuse, l‘armée israélienne se prépare ŕ une opération terrestre de grande ampleur.

Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Samedi 27 décembre 200 >>>


      KIOSQUE. BONNE ANNÉE... AVANT L‘APOCALYPSE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Kiosque. Olivier Perrin Samedi 27 décembre 2008 «Courrier international», l‘hebdomadaire qui traduit et publie dans la langue de Moli';re des morceaux choisis de la presse internationale, sort cette fin d‘année un tr';s riche numéro double de '2 pages. Avec un p >>>


      L‘ASIE POURRAIT SAUVER LA CONJONCTURE MONDIALE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     PERSPECTIVES. En 200', les actions des nations émergentes ne se ressaisiront cependant qu‘apr';s une stabilisation des marchés financiers dans les pays industrialisés.

Yves Hulmann Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Avec une rare unanimité, les économistes anticipent une r&# >>>


      L‘ENQUĘTE SUR LE NÉGOCIANT VITOL SE PRÉCISE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     REGULATION. La société pariait sur le pétrole via un hedge fund. Le Temps Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Lancée l‘été dernier, l‘enquęte des autorités américaines de régulation des marchés sur le rôle spéculatif de la société genevoise >>>


      LA CHANSON POUR ENFANTS, BON FILON
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Gaëtan. Dans la chanson pour enfants, il dit trouver une grande liberté de création oů, contrairement aux idées reçues, «aucun sujet n’est tabou».

(photo: © Bertrand Cottet /Strates) Malgré quelques bémols imputables ŕ la crise mondiale du disque, ce secteur de niche >>>


      LA CUISINIČRE DE FRAN'';OIS MITTERRAND
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Dani';le Delpeuch avait prévenu François Mitterrand: «Monsieur le président, personne ne restituera les saveurs de votre enfance. Mais j’essaierai.» (photo: ©Le Monde) Issue d‘une vieille famille du Périgord, Dani';le Delpeuch fut recrutée en 1'88 par le président >>>


      LA FONDATION ELIE WIESEL S‘AJOUTE Ŕ LA LISTE DES VICTIMES DE MADOFF
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     FRAUDE. L‘organisation a perdu 15 millions confiés ŕ l‘escroc new–yorkais. Les liens entre UBP et Fairfield auraient été tr';s étroits, affirme le «Herald Tribune». L‘enquęte débute autour de Santander.

Yves Hulmann, Zurich Samedi 27 >>>


      LA MASCOTTE OU LE PARADIS PERDU DU SUPPORTER
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     «Calvin», la mascotte de Gen';ve Servette. Depuis 2006, «Calvin» et «Calvina» enflamment la vénérable patinoire des Vernets. Malgré le co$';t de fabrication «made in USA», l’entretien et les salaires des «comédiens», l’affaire est un succ';s. (photo: David Wagni';res) F >>>


      LA TRADITION ALTERNATIVE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     La sc';ne du rock continue de choyer les histoires pour petits. Olivier Horner Samedi 27 décembre 2008 En Angleterre, l‘an dernier, est né Colours Are Brighter, oů Franz Ferdinand, The Divine Comedy ou Belle &Sebastian entonnaient des comptines. Tandis que d‘autres ténors de l >>>


      LE CULTE DU LIEU (2/6). A LANGENTHAL, LES SIKHS ONT COUPOLE SUR RUE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Le temple sikh de Langenthal. Sa coupole se dresse ŕ 15 m';tres de hauteur. (photo: Keystone) BERNE. Inaugurée en 2006, la Gurdwara bernoise fait office de symbole pour les 600 sikhs de Suisse. Reportage.

Yelmarc Roulet Samedi 27 décembre 2008 A l‘en croire, le temple sikh de Langen >>>


      LE JURA FAIT LA PROMOTION DE SA CLASSE BILINGUE Ŕ B'4;LE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     JURA. Le parlement cantonal a voté un crédit de 1,4 million. Serge Jubin Samedi 27 décembre 2008 C‘est une opération stratégico–politique ŕ objectifs multiples qui fait débat dans le Jura: sur proposition du gouvernement et de la ministre socialiste de l‘Education, El >>>


      LE MEILLEUR DE LA CULTURE EN 2008 (5/8). UNE FIGURE. LA LE'';ON DE PASSION DE P.O.L
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Le meilleur de la culture en 2008 (5/8). Une figure. La leçon de passion de P.O.L Une tendance. Les Chinois se racontent en sagas Une révélation. Jean–Baptiste Del Amo Nos palmar';s Harold Pinter, l‘écrivain assoiffé de vérité s‘est tu CULTURE Le Temps I Cultu >>>


      LES INTERROGATIONS DEMEURENT CHEZ ROLEX APRČS LA DÉMISSION DE PATRICK HEINIGER
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Le bâtiment Rolex ŕ Plan–les Ouates (GE). Rien ne filtre des murs de la société. (photo: Daniel Winteregg) HORLOGERIE. Le groupe genevois se heurte aux limites de la politique du silence, qui fait naître rumeurs et fantasmes.

Philippe Gumy Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Rien ne fait >>>


      LES MILITAIRES S‘INSTALLENT AU POUVOIR EN GUINÉE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     AFRIQUE DE L‘OUEST. Un hommage national a été rendu vendredi au président Lansana Conté.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn, avec l‘AFP Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Une foule enjouée s‘était massée mercredi dans les rues de Conakry pour acclamer la prise de po >>>


      LES PRODUITS QUI ONT RÉSISTÉ Ŕ LA CRISE EN 2008 (4/6). LES CARTES POUR ACCÉDER Ŕ INTERNET VIA LE RÉSEAU DE TÉLÉPHONIE MOBILE SE MULTIPLIENT
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Les cartes d’acc';s ŕ Internet se font discr';tes. Quatre ans apr';s leur lancement en Suisse, elles passent inaperçues; on peut estimer leur nombre total en circulation en Suisse ŕ 250000. (photo: Daniel Winteregg) COMMUNICATION. En un an, le nombre de cartes ŕ connecter " >>>


      MICHAEL STEGMAIER: «NOUS RESTERONS AUSSI LONGTEMPS QUE NÉCESSAIRE»
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Questions ŕ Michael Stegmaier, représentant du collectif de soutien des sans–papiers ŕ Zurich.

Anne Fournier Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Depuis une semaine, quelque 150 sans–papiers occupent la Predigerkirche, une église située dans le Niederdorf de Zurich. Ils veulent d >>>


      PRIX DE L‘ESSENCE: MYTHE ET RÉALITÉS
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     ENERGIE. Męme avec le baril ŕ zéro dollar... l‘essence serait ŕ un franc. Pierre–Alexandre Sallier Samedi 27 décembre 2008 La suspicion revient quand le pétrole touche des sommets. Mais également quand il baisse. Les réseaux de stations–service ne répercuter >>>


      QU‘AVEZ–VOUS FAIT DE CES 10 ANS? KACEY MOTTET KLEIN: «JE SUIS NÉ ET J‘AI GRANDI»
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Kacey Mottet Klein, ŕ la maison. L’enfant acteur vaudois est arrivé au cinéma par hasard. Mais il va continuer et incarner Gainsbourg au cinéma.

(photo: Eddy Mottaz) Tous les samedis de 2008, pour fęter son 10e anniversaire, «Le Temps» a rencontré des personnalités >>>


      REPČRE. LES VICTIMES DE LEHMAN DÉFILENT
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Rep';re. Yves Hulmann Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Procession inhabituelle mercredi matin ŕ Paradeplatz. L‘association d‘entraide «Anleger–Selbsthilfe», l‘une des deux structures qui défendent les intéręts des victimes de la faillite de Lehman en Suisse, av >>>


      THIEL LE ROUGE. LES HABITS PROPRES DU KOMINTERN
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     La pi';ce d‘identification délivrée par la S$';reté nationale française ŕ Maurice Chervet, arręté le 22 juillet 1'40. (photo: DR) EPISODE 8/30. Le groupe de Hauterive a migré vers le Midi, avec ses missions.

Un pi';ge. Alain Campiotti Same >>>


      UN PEU PLUS PRČS DES CINQ–ÉTOILES
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Cabane Monte Rosa, 2883 m, Zermatt. Architecte: Studio Monte Rosa de l’EPFZ, sous la direction du professeur Andrea Deplazes. A un saut du Gornergletscher, la future cabane Monte Rosa sera de métal et de verre sur une ossature bois. Des panneaux photovoltaďques habilleront l’édifice. (photo: EPFZ) VALAIS. >>>


      UNE VAGUE DE CAMBRIOLAGES SANS PRÉCÉDENT INQUIČTE L‘ARC LÉMANIQUE
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     UNE Le Temps I Article Une vague de cambriolages sans précédent inqui';te l‘Arc lémanique SECURITE. Débordés, les serruriers recommandent la barre de fer qui entrave la porte.

Le Temps Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Ce fut, ces derniers jours, un sujet de discussion souvent >>>


      VILLAGE PEOPLE. ET LE WINNER 2008 EST...
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Village people. Stéphane Bonvin Samedi 27 décembre 2008 Dans un paysage pipolesque usant et usé, dans un théâtre de la célébrité qui tourne en surrégime et en rond, qu‘aura–t–on vu de neuf et d‘inspirant en 2008? Une forme inédite de blog intergal >>>


      VUES DE L‘ESPRIT
      Le Temps, 27-12-2008
     Détails d‘une composition sur papier de riz de Guo Fengyi. L’artiste se lance dans ses grands formats sans idée préconçue et dans un état proche de la méditation. (photo: DR) MEDIUM. La Collection de l‘art brut ŕ Lausanne a découvert récemment une étonnante a >>>


      INVESTORS SHIFT FOCUS ON FINANCIAL RESULTS
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH/AMMAN: Saudi shares shrugged off a record spending figure in the budget projections that were unveiled on Monday by the government despite retreating crude prices.

The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) extended losses on Wednesday to close at 4,66'.05 points, which repre >>>


      JEDDAH MOTOR SHOW OPENS TODAY
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: The annual Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS), being held with the support of the minister of transport, Jobarah Al–Suraisry, opens at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events on Madinah Road here at 5 p.m. today.

Organized by the Al–Harithy Company for Exhibitions Ltd., the SI >>>


      ‘CONSANGUINEOUS MARRIAGES INCREASE GENETIC PROBLEMS’
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News JEDDAH: Discourage first cousin marriages to check the likely increase of genetic diseases, a British expert said.

«The rate of consanguineous marriages is quite high in this part of the world and has to go down if the incidence of genetic diseases including heart problems has to >>>


      EXPANSION OF PROPHET’S MOSQUE BEGINS NEXT MONTH
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Arab News One of the umbrellas in the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque. (AN photo) MADINAH: The expansion work at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah aimed at accommodating 500,000 more worshippers will start by the middle of next month, Asharq Al–Awsat daily reported yesterday.

«The proposed expansion >>>


      HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: The education department in Riyadh province plans to distribute free copies of a booklet on human rights in schools across the province, Al–Jazirah daily reported yesterday.

«More than 30,000 copies of the publication entitled salient features of the treaty on children&#3's >>>


      INCENTIVE ALLOWANCES FOR HEALTH MINISTRY WORKERS
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: The Ministry of Health will give bonuses next month to its public health employees who have rendered outstanding services in health care throughout the Kingdom.

The program of granting two–month salary as incentive allowances had been discontinued in 1''6. W >>>


      10BN–RUPEE INVESTMENT EXPECTED FROM DIASPORA MEET
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     M. Ashraf | Arab News KOCHI: The two–day diaspora meet «Ente Naadu» (My country) that concluded here Wednesday is expected to bring in 10 billion rupees from expatriates in joint ventures with resident partners, according to Home and Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

Some 550 nonresident >>>


      FIGHT TERRORISM JOINTLY: SAUD
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy | Arab News Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal and his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee at their joint news conference in New Delhi on Friday. (AFP) NEW DELHI: Urging cooperation of all nations in ending terrorism, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal said yesterday that the >>>


      GAZA GETS ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Reuters GAZA: Israel reopened border crossings with the Gaza Strip yesterday, a day after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Hamas fighters to stop firing rockets or pay a heavy price.

Despite the movement of aid, about a dozen rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza at Israel yesterday. One fell short and >>>


      KANNUR AIRPORT IN THREE YEARS, SAYS FORMER AVIATION MINISTER
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Arab News Former Minister Ebrahim, second from left, receiving a memento from S.L.P.

Mohamed Kunhi of KMCC. JEDDAH: The proposed Kannur International Airport would start functioning within three years, according to C.M. Ebrahim, a former Indian civil aviation minister, who is currently visiting the Kingdom.
>>>


      KP APPAN: END OF AN ERA IN MALAYALAM LITERATURE
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     PJJ Antony KP Appan An era in Malayalam literature has come to an end with the death of KP Appan. As a writer, he was unique in many respects. He refused to make public speeches, kept away from academies, shunned all sorts of awards, refused to appear on television and never traveled beyond his home district.

B >>>


      LEFT GOVT TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     M. Ashraf | Arab News THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala’s Left Democratic Front (LDF) government will promote private investments without any limirts in small as well as large infrastructure projects to overcome the impact of the global economic meltdown on the state.

«I’m going to place this in my budget for th >>>


      PAK TROOPS MOVED TO BORDER
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Agencies ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Pakistan began moving thousands of troops to the Indian border yesterday and canceled soldiers’ leave, while India warned its citizens it was unsafe to travel to Pakistan and the prime minister met his military chiefs.

The moves by the nuclear–armed neighbors sharply raised t >>>


      PHILIPPINE COMMUNISTS EXPECT MORE MEMBERS AMID HARDSHIPS
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Al Jacinto | Arab News MANILA: The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said yesterday they expect more people to join the decades–old insurgency movement as they suffer «terrible» hardships brought about by the global financial crisis.

In a message marking the 40th anniversary of the foun >>>


      POLICE TO HOLD QASAB’S IDENTIFICATION PARADE
      Arab News, 27-12-2008
     Shahid Burney | Arab News MUMBAI: The identification parade of the lone arrested terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab would be held shortly. As many as 35 citizens who have seen Qasab fire indiscriminately on the night of Nov. 26 at Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus (VT) and Opposite Cama H >>>


      '11 CALL: WOMAN DESCRIBES SANTA ASSAILANT AT HOME
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     COVINA, Calif. –– A survivor of a horrific shooting at a Christmas Eve party frantically begged an emergency dispatcher for help as she hid in a neighbor‘s house, her daughter wailing in the background with a gunshot wound to the face, according to a '11 tape released by police Friday.

&qu >>>


      CALIF. FAMILY FINDS $10,000 IN BOX OF CRACKERS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     IRVINE, Calif. –– The box of crackers Debra Rogoff bought from the grocery store had some crackerjack in it _ an envelope stuffed with $10,000.

Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter‘s find. After all, who would leave money in such a place?

"We jus >>>


      CAN DOLPHINS SURVIVE WINTER IN NJ RIVERS?
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     SEA BRIGHT, N.J. –– A group of bottlenose dolphins have been confounding humans since they took up residence in two rivers near the Jersey shore six months ago. Now that it‘s winter, some people are worried they‘ll never make it out.

Three dolphins have died out of the original group of >>>


      CORRUPTION CRISIS CREATES CONFUSION IN ILLINOIS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     PM SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –– Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made a point of regularly going to work at his office in Chicago. He has signed legislation and issued pardons. He has sent out press releases about predatory lending and fighting poverty.

But his arrest on federal corruption charge >>>


      FLOODS COULD FOLLOW ICE IN MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     CHICAGO –– After enduring days of cold Arctic air and freezing rain, the Midwest was threatened Saturday with rain, fog and rapidly rising temperatures that could cause flash flooding.

Roadways lacquered with ice that have contributed to dozens of deaths were thawing, but mountains of melting snow a >>>


      GRIM DETAILS SURFACE IN CALIF. MASSACRE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     COVINA, Calif., Dec. 26 –– A man who carried out a Christmas Eve massacre and arson at the home of his former in–laws while dressed as Santa Claus apparently intended to flee the United States, but his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume on >>>


      GROUP: STRONGER WARNINGS NEEDED IN TENN. ASH SPILL
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     HARRIMAN, Tenn. –– A southern environmental group wants authorities to issue stronger warnings about the danger a major coal ash spill in eastern Tennessee poses to residents.

State environmental officials have said there is no indication of immediate risk if residents come in contact with the mixtu >>>


      HAWAII ISLAND OF OAHU WITHOUT POWER
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     HONOLULU –– The island of Oahu lost power Friday evening in the midst of heavy rain and lightning, leaving some 800,000 residents and thousands of tourists in the dark, as well as the neighborhood where President–elect Barack Obama was vacationing.

Residents were being advised by the power com >>>


      HONOLULU MAYOR SAYS POWER 50 PERCENT RESTORED
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     HONOLULU –– The mayor of Honolulu says power has been restored to about 50 percent of Oahu after a blackout hit all of the main Hawaiian island, including the vacation home rented by President–elect Barack Obama.

The power failure struck Friday evening during a thunderstorm, blacking out the i >>>


      HOW NORMAL WILL LIFE BE FOR OBAMA‘S FAMOUS TWEENS?
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     PM NEW YORK –– They‘re only 10 and 7, and already designers are angling to dress them. They‘ve been on the cover of People and Us Weekly. And there‘s that standing invitation _ unlikely though it is to be redeemed _ to the set of "Hannah Montana." Malia and Sasha Obama are unquest >>>


      KENNEDY SAYS '/11, OBAMA LED HER TO PUBLIC SERVICE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     AM NEW YORK –– With the wind of her family‘s legacy at her back, Caroline Kennedy says her quest for a Senate seat has been a long time in the making.

In her first sit–down interview since she emerged as a Senate hopeful, the 51–year–old daughter of President John F. Kennedy >>>


      KENNEDY SAYS SHE KEPT QUIET OUT OF RESPECT
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     NEW YORK, Dec. 26 –– Caroline Kennedy said Friday that if she is appointed to a seat in the U.S. Senate, she knows she will have to prove herself because of her famous background and her lack of political experience.

"I came into this thinking I have to work twice as hard as anybody else," >>>


      METRO PHOENIX LAUNCHES LIGHT RAIL LINE SATURDAY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     AM PHOENIX –– The public is getting its first crack at riding metropolitan Phoenix‘s new 20–mile light rail line.

Rides on the new system are free through Wednesday. Saturday‘s inaugural runs on the $1.4 billion startup line came after four years of construction.

The line >>>


      NICHE REMAINS FOR EXPENSIVE, HANDMADE TOMBSTONES
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     NEWPORT, R.I. –– John Larkum leans over a slab of slate, striking a metal chisel with a brass–capped mallet. Tinny pings ring out as he sinks his tool into the soft, inky stone.

Larkum is painstakingly creating lasting tributes to lives well–lived _ hand–crafted tombstones, grave m >>>


      OBAMA AND DAUGHTERS CAUSE STIR ON HAWAII OUTING
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     HAWAII KAI, Hawaii (Reuters) – Barack Obama, trying to enjoy the last semblance of normal life before he becomes U.S. president on January 20, caused a commotion when he took his daughters to a shopping mall in Hawaii on Friday.

It made for a surreal scene –– the president–elect, daughte >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     7:20 AM –– Barney Goltz OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Former state Sen. Barney Goltz has died. He was 84.

Goltz died Thursday of cardiac arrest, according to a statement issued Friday by the office of Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Elected in 1'72, the Bellingham Democrat served one term in the House. Go >>>


      OHIO SCHOOLS KEEP CAFETERIAS OPEN FOR HOLIDAYS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     CINCINNATI –– A school district in Ohio says the economy is so tight it has kept its cafeterias open during Christmas break to provide hot lunches for needy students.

It‘s the first time North College Hill School district outside Cincinnati has kept its lunch lines going through the holiday br >>>


      PHILADELPHIA HOUSE FIRE KILLS 4 ADULTS, 3 KIDS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     AM PHILADELPHIA –– A house fire apparently caused by an exploding kerosene heater killed seven people, most of whom were found huddled together in the basement, a survivor and firefighters said.

Those killed in the Friday night blaze were four adults and three children, including a 1–year&ndas >>>


      POWER OUTAGE HITS DURING OBAMA‘S HAWAIIAN VACATION
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     AM HONOLULU –– The Hawaiian island of Oahu was plunged into darkness by a power outage, but President–elect Barack Obama reportedly had power generators at his vacation house, officials said.

Hawaiian Electric Company spokeswoman Jan Loose said the company sent an emergency power generator to >>>


      SANTA GUNMAN HAD LOST JOB, WIFE BEFORE GORY ATTACK
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     AM COVINA, Calif. –– Bruce Pardo‘s ambitions rarely panned out quite as he envisioned.

He lost his electrical engineering job. His marriage ended after two years. Even his planned getaway to Canada after a murderous rampage at his former in–laws‘ house ended instead in his suicide >>>


      STATES CONSIDER SELLING OFF ROADS, PARKS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn. –– Minnesota is deep in the hole financially, but the state still owns a premier golf resort, a sprawling amateur sports complex, a big airport, a major zoo and land holdings the size of the Central American country of Belize.

Valuables like these are in for a closer look as 44 state >>>


      STILL NOT CLEAR IF GMAC CLEARED HURDLE FOR BAILOUT
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     ':40 AM GRAND BLANC, Mich. –– The financing arm of General Motors Corp. still wouldn‘t say on Saturday if it had met a midnight deadline to clear a final hurdle in its bid to become a bank holding company and gain access billions in federal bank bailout money.

GMAC Financial Services LLC h >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     6:5' AM –– A major storm was developing in the East on Saturday. The storm was to track eastward through the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes. Its associated cold front was to sweep through the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley while producing significant rain, thunderstorms, and possible torn >>>


      TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR‘S EVE BALL GOES ON DISPLAY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     NEW YORK –– The Waterford Crystal ball that drops in Times Square to signal the start of the new year is being displayed at its new permanent perch.

Organizers of the New Year‘s Eve party say the bigger, brighter ball will remain in place all year atop the building at 1 Times Square to celebra >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – DEC. 27
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     12:01 AM –– Today is Saturday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2008. There are four days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1'68, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

On this date: In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin >>>


      ACCOUNTING STANDARDS WILT UNDER PRESSURE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     A01 World leaders have vowed to help prevent future financial meltdowns by creating international accounting standards so all companies would play by the same rules, but the effort has instead been mired in loopholes and political pressures.

In October, largely hidden from public view, the International Account >>>


      BROKEN PROMISES ON THE BAY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, December 27,
2008; A01 Government administrators in charge of an almost $6 billion cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay tried to conceal for years that their effort was failing

–– even issuing reports overstating their progress –– >>>


      LAWS TO TRACK SEX OFFENDERS ENCOURAGING HOMELESSNESS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Upon release from state custody, Ross Wollschlager began an intensive search for a home, one that abided by the restrictions imposed on convicted sex offenders in California –– and, in various versions, by about 30 other states. Obliged by law to return to Ventura County, the convi >>>


      LIKE MANY STATES, OHIO REACHES FOR A LIFELINE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, December 27, 2008; A01 COLUMBUS, Ohio –– As the economy sputters and tax revenue plummets, governors and mayors across the United States are lining up to ask President–elect Barack Obama and the new Congress for hundreds of billions of dollars to plu >>>


      RELIGION‘S BIG AND UNPRECEDENTED ROLE IN ‘08 POLITICS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     By Kevin EckstromReligion News ServiceSaturday, December 27, 2008; B06 Barack Obama chose Joe Biden, and John McCain turned to Sarah Palin, but in the end the most sought–after running mate in the 2008 campaign never appeared on a single ballot.

God, it seems, couldn‘t be entirely wooed by either pa >>>


      REPUBLICAN‘S GIFT HELD RACIAL PARODY OF OBAMA
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     A05 Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent committee members this month a holiday music CD that included "Barack the Magic Negro," a parody song first aired in 2007 by talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Created by conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, the song put >>>


      RETAILERS TRY ONE LAST LURE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     By Ylan Q. Mui and V. Dion HaynesWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, December 27, 2008; D01 After a day spent catching their breath, retailers yesterday flung open their doors for pre–dawn sales and further slashed prices to try to turn around what has been a dismal holiday shopping season.

J.C. Penney >>>


      TANGLED U.S. OBJECTIVES BRING DOWN SPY FIRM
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     By Richard LeibyWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, December 27, 2008; A01 After a federal jury in New York swiftly convicted a major Afghan heroin trafficker and Taliban supporter named Haji Bashir Noorzai, the government promptly issued the usual celebratory news release thanking the men and women of the DEA and FBI >>>


      TENN. SLUDGE SPILL IS LARGER THAN THOUGHT
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     A06 This week‘s coal ash spill from the Tennessee Valley Authority‘s Kingston Fossil Plant has released 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge into the surrounding environment, according to TVA officials, a figure that is triple the original estimate.

Authority officials revised their original estimate o >>>


      150,000 PAKISTANIS MARK 1 YEAR SINCE BHUTTO KILLED
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, Pakistan –– More than 150,000 Pakistanis flocked to the mausoleum of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Saturday after some walked hundreds of miles (kilometers) to offer flowers and kiss her grave on the first anniversary of her assassination.

Some mourners beat their heads >>>


      150,000 PAKISTANIS MARK BHUTTO‘S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, Pakistan –– Up to 200,000 Pakistanis gathered at the mausoleum of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Saturday on the first anniversary of her assassination, some of them walking hundreds of miles (kilometers) to get there.

Dozens of people kissed Bhutto‘s grave, which >>>


      4 YEARS AFTER TSUNAMI, CORAL REEFS SYMBOLIZE RENEWAL
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     BANGKOK, Dec. 26 –– Southeast Asia‘s tsunami–ravaged coral reefs have bounced back with surprising speed, according to a study released Friday, four years after the deadly waves hit.

The findings came as communities across the Indian Ocean remembered the Dec. 26, 2004, disaster with pray >>>


      5 KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK ON AFGHAN POLICE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– A suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint Saturday in southern Afghanistan, killing five people, an official said.

Three police and two civilians were killed in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, said local police chief Zamarai Khan. Four police and one civ >>>


      ABDUCTION ILLUMINATES CRIMINALITY IN MEXICO
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     A01 SALTILLO, Mexico –– They ordered the goat. That‘s what the kitchen is famous for at the upscale La Principal restaurant in Saltillo, a prosperous manufacturing city in the high desert of northern Mexico. And so it was only natural that Felix Batista, an American expert in corporate security, and hi >>>


      AGENCIES: ZIMBABWE MALNUTRITION, CHOLERA WORSE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     HARARE, Zimbabwe –– International aid agencies warned on Saturday that Zimbabwe‘s humanitarian crisis is deepening, with a sharp rise in acute child malnutrition and a worsening cholera epidemic.

President Robert Mugabe‘s government has acknowledged the collapse of Zimbabwe‘s healt >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS AT LEAST 25 AT BAGHDAD BUS STATION
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb killed at least 25 people and wounded at least 45 more at a Baghdad bus and taxi station on Saturday, police said.

The explosion shook the busy Shi‘ite district of Kadhimiya in northwestern Baghdad, where people typically gather at a major Shi‘ite mosque on Satur >>>


      CHINA TRIES 6 ACCUSED OF SELLING CHEMICAL FOUND IN TAINTED MILK
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     BEIJING, Dec. 26 –– Six Chinese men went on trial Friday accused of making and selling the industrial chemical at the center of a tainted–milk scandal blamed for killing six children and sickening nearly 300,000 others.

Among those in court Friday was the owner of a workshop that was allegedly >>>


      CHINESE DAIRIES TO COMPENSATE MELAMINE VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese dairy companies that sold melamine–tainted milk are ready to pay compensation to the families of the nearly 300,000 children who became ill or died from drinking contaminated infant formula, a state news agency reported Saturday.

Twenty–two dairy producers will make a >>>


      CHRISTMAS STRAW GOAT BURNED DOWN AGAIN IN SWEDEN
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     STOCKHOLM, Sweden –– A giant Christmas straw goat that has been targeted in a violent Christmas tradition for four decades in Sweden was burned down yet again on Saturday, an official said.

"It was set on fire early in the morning; it‘s very sad," goat committee spokeswoman Anna Ostm >>>


      COALITION, AFGHAN FORCES KILL 6 MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan and coalition forces say they have killed six militants during a patrol in southern Afghanistan‘s most violent region.

The U.S. coalition says Saturday that the combined forces were on a patrol in Helmand province Thursday when they spotted militants pulling out we >>>


      ELEVATOR ACCIDENT LEAVES 17 DEAD IN CENTRAL CHINA
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     BEIJING –– State media says at least 17 workers have been killed and one seriously injured when an elevator suddenly dropped to the ground at a construction site in central Hunan province.

The official Xinhua News Agency reports the accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the construction site fo >>>


      FIGHTING BETWEEN RIVAL SOMALIA ISLAMISTS KILLS 12
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Twelve people were killed on Saturday when an Islamist group seized control of a central Somali town in a battle with hardline al Shabaab militants, residents said.

Al Shabaab, which means youth in Arabic, captured Gurael, 370 km (230 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu on December >>>


      FRENCH PARDON OF BRIBE–TAKER RAISES HACKLES
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     12:10 PM PARIS –– Among 27 prisoners granted French presidential pardons this holiday season is one with an unusual resume.

Jean–Charles Marchiani, a former secret agent, helped free French hostages in Lebanon in the 1'80s and Bosnia in the 1''0s, and served in the European parliam >>>


      GAZA ROCKET KILLS 2 GIRLS, ISRAEL LIFTS BLOCKADE
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israel eased a blockade of the Gaza Strip on Friday but militants there aimed rockets and mortars across the border, one of which misfired and killed two Palestinian girls.

Israel said it was responding to numerous requests from the international community by reopening border crossings wi >>>


      GUINEA COUP LEADER GETS SENEGAL‘S BACKING
      Washington Post, 27-12-2008
     CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea‘s military junta was boosted by the endorsement of neighboring Senegal as it attempted to garner international backing, and, after meeting political parties on Saturday, promised to stamp out the burgeoning drugs trade.

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara‘s supporters, who s >>>



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