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      HSBC AMANAH RECEIVES &#3'BEST ISLAMIC BANK&#3' AWARD
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Arab News RIYADH – HSBC Amanah, the global Islamic financial services arm of the HSBC Group, has been named &#34Best international Islamic bank&#34 and &#34Best fund manager&#34 by Euromoney magazine in its 2008 Islamic Finance Awards. In addition, one deal lead managed by HSBC Amanah was awarded t >>>


      MOBILY&#3'S NEW OFFER FOR FALLAH SUBSCRIBERS
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Arab News RIYADH – Mobily yesterday announced an attractive offer for all new subscribers to &#34Fallah&#34 prepaid package. New subscribers will get 50 percent off on all video calls and SMS messages.

This offer coincides with the school and college holidays. What makes it even more special is th >>>


      STOCKS TUMBLE AS TRADE UNION MAKES STRONG DEBUT
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH – The Saudi stock market tumbled as the initial public offering of Zain, the Kingdom&#3's third mobile phone operator, began yesterday.

Trading also began for the first time in another insurance company yesterday. Trade Union Cooperative Insurance Co. shares opened >>>


      A SIGN FOR EVERYONE
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful The unbelievers say: ‘Shall we point out to you a man who will tell you that, when you have been utterly torn into pieces, you shall be restored to life in a new act of creation? Has he invented a lie about God, or is he a madman?’ No! It >>>


      ABOUT NOAH, THE FLOODS AND MANKIND
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. We know that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent to all mankind, but was Prophet Noah (peace be upon him) also sent to all mankind? If he was sent as a messenger of God to his own people only, and they refused to accept his message, why was all mankind drowned by the floods that engul >>>


      GOD&#3'S FAVORS OF A SPECIAL NATURE
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful To Solomon (We made subservient) the wind: its morning course (covered the distance of) a month&#3's journey, and its evening course a month&#3's journey.

We caused a fountain of molten brass to flow for him, and >>>


      PROPHET MUHAMMAD, TORAH AND GOSPEL
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Qur&#3'an is God&#3's word which He bestowed from on high on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in passages of varying lengths over the period of his mission which lasted 23 years. God has undertaken to preserve the Qur&#3'an intact for the rest of time. We do not fin >>>


      SPECIAL FAVORS FOR DAVID AND SOLOMON
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful We graced David with Our favor. We said: «You mountains, sing with him God’s praises! And likewise you birds!» We caused iron to become soft for him, saying: «Make coats of mail and measure their links with care. Do good >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: COMPLETING THE MISSION OF PROPHETS
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News We read in the Qur’an accounts of prophets (peace be upon them) who were sent to their communities with the divine message, requiring them to worship none other than God, and to believe in the Day of Judgment, and to prepare for it by doing what is right and refraining from what is wrong and sinfu >>>


      THE RIGHT TIME FOR PERFORMING NIGHT WORSHIP
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. What is the proper time for performing night worship, or tahajjud? Should one go to sleep first? What about Lailat Al–Qadr? How many rakahs should we offer in taraweeh?

Q.2. Is investing money in the form of a life insurance acceptable, particularly if it reduces our income tax >>>


      THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BLACK STONE IN KAABA
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. What is the significance of the Black Stone at the Kaaba? Why do people kiss it? Is it true that it descended from heaven?

Feroz Khan A. The Black Stone is an easily distinguished stone, placed a little below shoulder level at one corner of the Kaaba. The act of worship which is partic >>>


      ART SHOW DEDICATED TO AUTISM SET
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH – A two–day art exhibition to serve the cause of autistic children will be held at the Jeddah Hilton from Tuesday. &#34This year&#3's exhibition is dedicated to support the Saudi Center for Autism in Jeddah,&#34 said Aboud Shami, group managing director of Impact BBDO, one of >>>


      GCC MINISTERS RELEASE HEART HEALTH CHARTER
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries issued recently a new Heart Charter that aims to decrease cardiovascular fatalities in the region. Health ministers of the six–nation GCC discussed the draft of the charter at their 64th conference that ended in Riyadh on Friday. >>>


      MIDTERM SCHOOL BREAK SNARLS CITY TRAFFIC
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News A view from Jeddah&#3's ever busy Madinah Road. (AN photo by Khidr Al–Zahrani) JEDDAH – With the numerous ongoing road and public works projects in Jeddah, visitors who have flocked to the city for the one–week midterm school break that began yesterday are finding thems >>>


      MYSTERY OF MISSING NURSE DEEPENS WITH PHONE CALL
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH – Attempts by the South African Embassy, relatives and acquaintances to find Dannelene Noach, a nurse who has been missing since November last year after whistle–blowing on alleged irregularities at a local hospital, have been unsuccessful.

&#34We have wri >>>


      SAUDI HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL SLAMS VICE COPS IN YARA CASE
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH — The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), Saudi Arabia’s non–governmental rights body, will address the Governorate of Riyadh regarding Yara, a 36–year–old Jeddah–based businesswoman who was apprehended by the religious police and thrown in Al–Malaz Prison >>>


      MUSHARRAF OPENS COURT AMID LAWYERS’ STRIKE
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD — President Pervez Musharraf yesterday opened a high court in Pakistan’s capital as lawyers observed a nationwide strike to press for the reinstatement of sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Lawyers traveled in motorcades from Lahore, Gujrat, Gujar Khan, Attock and >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBING AT A POLL RALLY IN PAKISTAN KILLS 25
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News A man carries a wounded boy to a hospital in Peshawar after a suicide bomb attack at an election rally in Charsadda on Saturday. (Reuters)

ISLAMABAD — At least 25 people were killed and 40 injured yesterday when a suicide bomber struck an Awami National Party (ANP) election rally in Char >>>


      THREE ISRAELI SOLDIERS ARRESTED OVER ABUSE OF PALESTINIAN BOYS
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Mohammed Mar&#3'I, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank – Arab and Israeli left–wing politicians yesterday slammed Israeli forces after three soldiers belonging to the problematic Kfir Brigade were detained by military police investigators on suspicion of beating up two Palestinian boys and placing a heater >>>


      TURKISH LAWMAKERS LIFT HEAD SCARF BAN
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Agence France Presse ANKARA — Turkish lawmakers voted overwhelmingly yesterday in favor of lifting a ban on Islamic head scarves at universities, defying a mass rally protesting the move as a threat to secularism. The final vote on the constitutional reform package, tabled by the ruling Islamist–rooted Justice and >>>


      UK ARCHBISHOP HITS BACK IN SHARIAH ROW
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON — The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans yesterday strongly defended his comments suggesting that the introduction of some aspects of Islamic law (Shariah) was unavoidable in today’s multicultural society in Britain.

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      US ENVOY SAYS TIME RUNNING OUT FOR NUKE DEAL
      Arab News, 10-02-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI — India needs to act immediately on the civil nuclear agreement with the United States unless of course it is not keen on pursuing the deal any more, David Mulford, US envoy to India, said yesterday.

With less than a year left for President George Bush’s government, prosp >>>


      BIG DRUG CASE DERAILED BY ROGUE SNITCH
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PM CLEVELAND –– Wes Ballard is trying to put his life back together after serving 10 months in jail because of lies told by an informant who was handled by a federal agent now facing multiple investigations himself.

Ballard and 25 other people were arrested in a sting meant to clean up the drug trad >>>


      BURNING SUGAR SLOWS GA. REFINERY SEARCH
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. –– Sugar that was still burning three days after a refinery explosion killed at least five people hampered the search Sunday for three other workers missing since the blast leveled portions of the plant.

Crews used construction cranes to shore up three badly damaged, 80–foo >>>


      CAN BLACK CANDIDATE WOO HISPANICS?
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PM PHOENIX –– His rallying cry echoes the late Cesar Chavez, the Latino activist who inspired legions with three simple words, "Si, se puede!" The loose translation _ "Yes, we can!" _ has become Barack Obama‘s call to arms.

But now, some are asking: Can he? After a dismal s >>>


      CLINTON SEEKS TO CAST HERSELF AS UNDERDOG VS OBAMA
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Hillary Clinton, viewed by many last year as virtually unstoppable in her bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, is now seeking to portray herself as the underdog against her rival Sen. Barack Obama.

Political analysts saw some irony in the idea that Clinton, who ha >>>


      DROUGHT HAS GEORGIA REVISITING BORDER DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     By Greg BluesteinAssociated PressSunday, February 10, 2008; A0' COLE CITY HOLLOW, Tenn. –– Nearly two centuries after a flawed survey placed Georgia‘s northern border just short of the Tennessee River, some legislators are thirsting to set the record straight.

A historic drought has added >>>


      EARLY LA EXIT POLL HIGHLIGHTS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     ':01 PM –– Some highlights of preliminary data from exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in the Louisiana presidential primaries Saturday: RACE AND GENDER In the historic Democratic contest to nominate either the first black or first woman for president, about one in five >>>


      EXIT POLLS EXPLAIN LA PRIMARIES
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     ', 2008; ':01 PM –– Blacks helped Barack Obama against Hillary Rodham Clinton in Louisiana‘s racially polarized Democratic primary Saturday, while John McCain made little headway among the most conservative, highly religious voters as he battled Mike Huckabee in their first head–to– >>>


      HUCKABEE WINS KANSAS CAUCUSES
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Mike Huckabee trounced John McCain in Kansas‘ caucuses Saturday, their first head–to–head contest, and told fellow conservatives he was in the Republican presidential race to stay.

"I didn‘t major in math," the former Arkansas governor told a cheering >>>


      LONG LIST BEFORE SHORT LIST FOR VEEP
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Yes, yes, yes, it‘s much too early to start thinking about running mates.

Too bad. People are doing it anyway. And even though they won‘t admit it, odds are that Sens. John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are giving it at least some thought.

So, too >>>


      MAINE DEMOCRATS TRUDGE TO SNOWY CAUCUSES
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     AUGUSTA, Maine –– Maine Democrats faced snow and bitter winds as they headed to municipal caucuses Sunday to declare whether they favor Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama as their party‘s presidential nominee.

Democrats in 420 Maine cities and towns were deciding how the state‘s 24 d >>>


      MCCAIN A ‘TRUE CONSERVATIVE,‘ BUSH SAYS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– John McCain is a "true conservative," President Bush says, although the presumptive Republican presidential nominee may have to work harder to convince other conservatives that he is one of their own.

McCain "is very strong on national defense," Bush said in an inte >>>


      MCCAIN STUMBLES ON WAY TO NOMINATION
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Sen. John McCain stumbled in the first elections since becoming the apparent Republican nominee for president, losing the Kansas caucuses as another round of states voted Saturday.

Despite losing to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in Kansas, McCain is all but assured his party nod. >>>


      MEDICAL ISSUE DELAYS SPACE LAB WORK
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     AM HOUSTON –– NASA scrambled to rearrange the flight plan for the 10 astronauts aboard the linked shuttle and space station Sunday after their main job _ installing the Columbus lab _ was delayed a day because of a crew medical problem.

German astronaut Hans Schlegel was pulled off the first spacewa >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     Medical Problem Delays Spacewalk CAPE CANAVERAL –– The space shuttle Atlantis and its astronauts delivered a sparkling new lab to the international space station Saturday but had to delay installing it by a day because of a crew member‘s undisclosed medical problem.

The installation of the $2 >>>


      OBAMA NARROWS DELEGATE GAP WITH CLINTON
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PM WASHINGTON –– Democratic Sen. Barack Obama narrowed the delegate gap with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton Saturday, picking up delegates in four contests.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee swept all 36 delegates in the Kansas GOP caucuses, in what could be the only Republican delegates awarded on Sa >>>


      OBAMA SWEEPS 3 STATES, HUCKABEE 2
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     2008; 3:18 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama easily swept Democratic presidential contests in three states on Saturday, striking the latest blows in a bruising back–and–forth battle with Hillary Clinton for the party‘s nomination.

Among Republicans, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabe >>>


      OBAMA WINS TWO CONTESTS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     2008; ':00 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama won Democratic presidential contests in Nebraska and Washington state on Saturday, striking the latest blows in the back–and–forth battle with Hillary Clinton for the party‘s nomination.

Nebraska and Washington, with a combined 102 de >>>


      QUOTES FROM THE 2008 CANDIDATES
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     11:22 PM –– Quotes from the Democratic and Republican candidates on Saturday. ___ DEMOCRATS ___ "You know, for me, politics isn‘t a game. It‘s not about who‘s up or who‘s down. It‘s about your lives, your families and your futures. And isn‘t it about time you had a pr >>>


      RECORD–HIGH PRICE OF GOLD BRINGS ABOUT A MINI–RUSH
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     By Jeannette J. LeeAssociated PressSunday, February 10, 2008; A14 GIRDWOOD, Alaska –– The snow is knee–high along the banks of Crow Creek, where men are crouching up to their chests in near–freezing water, and the air is several degrees colder.

But for Mike Telgenhoff and his companions, >>>


      SAUDI PRINCE‘S ASSETS BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     A federal judge has temporarily blocked the former Saudi ambassador to the United States from removing real estate sales proceeds from the United States, pending resolution of a class–action lawsuit.

The suit was filed last September by a tiny Michigan city‘s retirement system. It accuses current an >>>


      SUBDIVISIONS BUILT FOR BLACKS PRESERVED
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     12:27 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio –– Young, working–class and black, Henry Bolden Jr. was not the kind of person who bought a new house in 1'46, even in the North.

But Bolden was also a U.S. Army veteran who‘d spent World War II driving supply trucks in Belgium and France. With help from the G >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     11:47 PM –– Weather across most of the nation on Saturday was tranquil, while snow and rain fell in some pockets.

A cold front moved from the Plains, across the Mississippi Valley and into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region, bringing snow and rain.

Meanwhile, temperatures plunged in the >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: President Bush.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), Maryland Gov. Martin O‘Malley (D), Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R–Va.) and former congressman Tom DeLay (R–Tex.).< >>>


      THE WEEK THAT WAS IN AMERICA: DRAINING
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     –– There‘s a fortune–cookie–style proverb that sounds like a blessing but, legend says, is really a curse: "May you live in interesting times." The saying is usually attributed to ancient China, but it is, by many indications, entirely American. Which makes it particularly suitabl >>>


      TURNOUT LOW AS HUCKABEE, OBAMA WIN IN LOUISIANA
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (Reuters) – The U.S. primary elections have been called the most gripping in recent years but not in the Deep South state of Louisiana where parties struggled to motivate voters on Saturday.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama beat rival Sen. Hillary Clinton with 57 percent of the vote and >>>


      US JUDGE BLOCKS BANDAR FUNDS TRANSFER
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A federal judge has temporarily blocked Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the United States, from removing real estate sales proceeds from the United States pending resolution of a class–action lawsuit.

The suit filed last September by a tiny Michigan city >>>


      WRITERS IN N.Y. APPLAUD PACT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     NEW YORK, Feb. ' –– Jubilant screenwriters in New York declared victory Saturday in their 14–week–old strike, hailing the Writers Guild of America‘s tentative agreement with Hollywood‘s major studios that, if formally accepted, could return employees to work as soon as Monday.
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      WRITERS SIGNAL SUPPORT FOR STUDIO OFFER
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Hollywood writers on Saturday gave resounding support to a tentative agreement with studios that could end a strike that has crippled the entertainment industry. However, it appeared the approval process might briefly delay their return to work.

About 3,500 writers packed the Shrine A >>>


      7'6 INSIDERS MAY HOLD DEMOCRATS‘ KEY
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     10, 2008; A01 For months, Patsy Arceneaux sat on the fence as key aides to the presidential campaigns of Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama made gentle but persistent inquiries. Ann Lewis, a close Clinton adviser, called weekly.

The 2004 Democratic nominee, Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), called, urg >>>


      A STRATEGIC CHOICE FOR DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     When this remarkable political year began, many Democrats were expecting a smooth passage to a historic nomination and a relatively easy presidential victory. That is hardly the case today.

Sen. Hillary Clinton was clearly the established favorite among a large field of challengers, blessed with far more financ >>>


      AT VA. CAMPAIGN RALLY, IT‘S ESTABLISHMENT VS. INSPIRATION
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     T he candidate was more than an hour late, and the crowd, stuck in a stuffy high school gym in Arlington, was getting antsy. A campaign staffer took the stage with a big pile of T–shirts to give to those who answered trivia questions about Hillary Clinton.

Her birthplace? Got it. Her law school? Piece of >>>


      CANDIDATES AND SUPPORTERS FAN OUT FOR THE FINAL PUSH
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     By Tim Craig and John WagnerWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, February 10, 2008; A12 Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama were scheduled to give dueling speeches last night at the Virginia Democratic Party‘s annual Jefferson–Jackson Day dinner in Richmond, the only time they will appear at the same eve >>>


      CINDY MCCAIN‘S SUPER DO DAY
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     When John McCain climbed onstage to speak to supporters in Arizona Tuesday night, his wife Cindy was by his side as usual. Wearing a bright red suit and a quadruple–strand pearl necklace, she is a woman who never seems to have a hair out of place.

But that night, uncharacteristically, it was her hair that >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA TARGET LATINOS, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WritersSunday, February 10, 2008; C06 Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are aggressively targeting Latino and immigrant voters in the Washington area, especially Northern Virginia, for Tuesday‘s Potomac Primary, as the region‘s foreign–born communities have grown so rapidly that their ballo >>>


      EVEN LIVING ABROAD, DEMOCRATS MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     Democrats went to the polls in 22 states last Tuesday, but they also held their first– ever "global primary," an eight–day event for party members who live abroad.

Voters can participate by mail or the Internet (or fax!) at one of the Democrats Abroad centers set up in more than 30 countri >>>


      GETTING IN THE PARTY SPIRIT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     By Paul SchwartzmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 10, 2008; C01 Olimpia Lopez, a nanny who lives in Northwest Washington‘s Petworth neighborhood, canceled a dental appointment yesterday, along with an $18–an–hour baby–sitting job.

A historic election was at hand, and Lopez, >>>


      HUCKABEE TROUNCES MCCAIN IN KANSAS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     February 10, 2008; A01 Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee easily defeated Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the Republican caucuses in Kansas yesterday, signaling continued discontent among conservatives toward the senator despite his vast advantages in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The >>>


      IN VIRGINIA, A LONGTIME REPUBLICAN VOTES FOR CHANGE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     A10 GLEN ALLEN, Va. –– Laura Barchi DeBusk threw on her boots and sunglasses as the school bus rounded the corner. Clutching her preschooler‘s hand, she crossed the street along with half a dozen other stay–at–home moms.

DeBusk and her neighbors –– Republicans all &ndas >>>


      OBAMA HANDILY WINS NEBRASKA, LOUISIANA, WASHINGTON
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     By Michael D. Shear and Anne E. KornblutWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, February 10, 2008; 8:31 AM Sen. Barack Obama dominated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in presidential balloting in Nebraska, Louisiana and Washington state last night, besting her by huge margins in those contests and further narrowing her slender >>>


      PANEL VOTES TO END FLA. ELECTION PROBE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A House task force voted Friday to end an investigation into a disputed 2006 Florida congressional election after extensive testing showed that touch–screen voting machines likely worked properly.

Democrat Christine Jennings called for the congressional investigation after she lo >>>


      PROGRESSIVES SEE WYNN AS BEATABLE IN 4TH DISTRICT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     2008; C01 The power of incumbency in the U.S. House of Representatives can be summed up by this: Since 1''8, only 3 percent of all incumbents who have run for reelection have been defeated at the ballot box.

So how to explain the fierce political battle in Tuesday‘s Democratic primary now facing U >>>


      PROMISES THEY CAN‘T KEEP
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama share a problem as they move deeper into the primary season: They have both issued promises to withdraw from Iraq that are impossibly vague, unrealistic or worse. They must now rectify this –– for the good of their campaigns and the nation.

The Democratic candidates >>>


      THE ROAD TO A GOP MINORITY
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     LEE COUNTY, Fla. –– Coconut Road near Fort Myers looks like any other concrete ribbon near housing developments, golf courses and shopping malls in this state‘s booming southwest. But like another fragrant slab of recent pork, the $223 million "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska, Coconut Road leads >>>


      WOMEN COULD GIVE CLINTON THE EDGE IN MAINE‘S CAUCUSES
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     February 10, 2008; A13 BANGOR, Maine, Feb. ' –– It is women like Linda Sinclair who have turned New England into a potentially tough playing field for Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

Sinclair listened with rapt attention as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) spoke at a rally in Orono on Saturday morni >>>


      ARMY SNIPER DEFENDANT AWAITS HIS FATE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Defense attorneys for an Army sniper accused in the death of an unarmed Iraqi civilian insisted during closing arguments Sunday that the killing was an accident, but the prosecution called it a simple case of murder.

Sgt. Evan Vela, charged with killing the man and then planting an AK&nda >>>


      AUDIT OF U.N.‘S SUDAN MISSION FINDS TENS OF MILLIONS IN WASTE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     UNITED NATIONS –– The United Nations has wasted tens of millions of dollars in its peacekeeping operations in Sudan over the past three years, according to the findings of U.N. auditors examining the financial practices of the global body‘s overseas missions.

U.N. officers in Sudan have squand >>>


      BOMB KILLS 25 AT PAKISTAN ELECTION RALLY
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PM ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people, wounding dozens and stoking fears about security surrounding this month‘s parliamentary election.

In the south, an estimated 100,000 supporters of Benazir Bhu >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS 23 IN IRAQ, US SAYS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     BAGHDAD –– A car bomb exploded Sunday near an Iraqi checkpoint in an open–market area north of Baghdad, killing at least 23 civilians and wounding 25, the U.S. military said.

The military said U.S. and Iraqi forces had secured the area and the wounded had been evacuated to hospitals.

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      DIARY OF AN INSURGENT IN RETREAT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     2008; A01 BAGHDAD, Feb. ' –– On Nov. 3, U.S. soldiers raided a safe house of the insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq near the northern city of Balad. Not a single combatant was captured, but inside the house they found something valuable: a diary and will written in neat Arabic script.

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      FIRE STRIKES LONDON‘S CAMDEN MARKET
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PM LONDON –– A major fire broke out late Saturday at London‘s famous Camden market, ripping through one of the city‘s top tourist draws and a nearby celebrity hangout, fire officials and witnesses said.

Flames from the blaze sent bright red cinders and huge plumes of smoke into the night >>>


      FIRE SWEEPS THROUGH LONDON‘S CAMDEN MARKET
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – A huge fire swept through Camden market, one of the British capital‘s most popular tourist spots, on Saturday, damaging shops, a famous nightspot and nearby houses.

London Fire Brigade said it had sent 20 fire engines and 100 firefighters to tackle the blaze at the market in north >>>


      FLOODS, STORMS KILL 12 IN INDONESIA‘S JAVA
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Floods and storms have killed 12 people on Indonesia‘s main island of Java, a health official said on Sunday.

Floods triggered by heavy rain killed eight people in two districts in East Java over the past two days, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry‘s crisis ce >>>


      GATES CAUTIONS ON NATO‘S SURVIVAL
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     MUNICH, Germany –– Survival of the NATO alliance, a cornerstone of American security policy for six decades, is at stake in the debate over how the United States and Europe should share the burden of fighting Islamic extremism in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

"We must >>>


      GATES URGES EUROPE TO BACK U.S. IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a direct appeal to Europeans on Sunday to support the war in Afghanistan, warning that violence and terrorism could surge worldwide if NATO was defeated there.

While admitting policy mistakes –– and his own role in one of them &nd >>>


      GATES: IRAQIS SHOWING SIGNS OF PROGRESS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s political leaders are showing promising new signs of progress toward reconciliation, yet still face difficult decisions on how to stabilize the country, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

"They seem to have become energized over the last few weeks," Gates t >>>


      GERMANY TOUTS ITS ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     MUNICH, Germany –– Germany rejected U.S. criticism of its role in Afghanistan on Saturday, insisting its troops were playing a key role in promoting stability and reconstruction in the country‘s north.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized Germany and other key European allies this we >>>


      IMPATIENCE THREATENS IRAQ SECURITY GAINS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Growing impatience with the slow pace of work to improve basic services like electricity and water could threaten security gains in Iraq‘s Anbar province, a former al Qaeda stronghold, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

With Iraq‘s Shi‘ite–led government deadlock >>>


      IRAN HIGH ON THE AGENDA FOR OLMERT‘S BERLIN TALKS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to use a visit to Germany beginning on Sunday to lobby for tougher measures to force Iran to curb a nuclear program he has called a threat to Israel‘s existence.

"Israel believes that this is the time for more pressure on the regime in Tehra >>>


      KENYA OPPOSITION DROPS CONCILIATORY TONE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     CHEPKIOYO, Kenya –– Kenya‘s opposition leader demanded Saturday that the president resign and new elections be held, dropping a conciliatory stance that had brought hope for a political settlement to end weeks of postelection violence.

Raila Odinga, who accuses President Mwai Kibaki of stealin >>>


      KENYA RIVALS READY TO DISCUSS POWER–SHARING
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     AM NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya‘s rival parties geared up on Sunday to thrash out a power–sharing agreement to end a deadly crisis over President Mwai Kibaki‘s disputed re–election.

Both sides gave ground last week at talks mediated by former U.N. boss Kofi Annan, paving the way for a >>>


      KENYA VIOLENCE LEAVES UNCERTAIN FUTURE
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PM TIGONI, Kenya –– More than a century ago, European colonists carved up Africa, jamming together people who spoke different languages, danced to different music and worshipped different gods within the same borders.

Kenya was one of the few new nations that flourished. But now, the once stable and >>>


      MCCARTNEY, MILLS TO LOCK HORNS IN DIVORCE COURT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – Paul McCartney and former model Heather Mills lock horns in a British divorce court on Monday in their battle over how big a slice she will take of the former Beatle‘s fortune.

After a marriage that lasted less than four years, Mills is believed to be seeking about 30 million poun >>>


      NORWAY CLOSES KABUL EMBASSY AFTER THREAT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     STOCKHOLM, Sweden –– Norway closed its embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday because of "terror threats," a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

Kristin Melsom said the embassy had been closed until further notice. She would not elaborate on the nature of the threats or how long the emb >>>


      OIL RIG OFF UK EVACUATED AFTER ALERT
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     LONDON –– Hundreds of workers were being evacuated from an oil rig in the North Sea following an apparent bomb scare Sunday.

A fleet of 14 military and coast guard helicopters was evacuating 53' workers from the Safe Scandinavia rig, 170 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, eastern Scotland, followi >>>


      OLMERT RESISTS PRESSURE TO INVADE GAZA
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resisted pressure Sunday to launch a broad military operation against Gaza rocket squads, a day after an 8–year–old boy lost his leg in a rocket attack on a much–targeted Israeli town.

The ongoing rocket barrages and Israeli military >>>


      OLMERT VOWS TO TARGET THOSE BEHIND ROCKET SALVOES
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened on Sunday to target all Palestinians responsible for cross–border rocket attacks from the Hamas–controlled Gaza Strip but warned against a knee–jerk Israeli military response.

Olmert has been wary of launching a large–scal >>>


      PAKISTAN ATTACK VICTIMS MOURNED
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– Hundreds of mourners wept Sunday as villagers buried the victims of a suicide bombing at a Pakistani political gathering, an attack that killed 27 people and stoked fears about security ahead of this month‘s crucial parliamentary elections.

Saturday‘s blast devastat >>>


      POLICE: INDONESIA CONCERT RUSH KILLS 10
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– A stampede at an Indonesian punk rock concert left 10 people dead and dozens injured, most of them teenagers, police said Sunday.

The deadly crush happened Saturday night as hundreds of people tried to leave a concert by local band, Beside, in Bandung the provincial capital of >>>


      POLL: PAKISTANIS TURN AGAINST BIN LADEN
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Sympathy for al–Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and the Taliban has dropped sharply in Pakistan amid a wave of deadly violence, according to the results of a recent opinion poll.

The survey, conducted last month for the U.S.–based Terror Free Tomorrow organization, als >>>


      SUDAN ARRESTS TWO OVER U.S. AID OFFICIAL‘S KILLING
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan has arrested two suspects in connection with the killings of a U.S. aid official and his driver in the capital Khartoum six weeks ago, state media reported on Sunday.

The suspects opened fire when they were cornered on Saturday in a suburb of Omdurman, a city close to the Sudane >>>


      UNEASY PEACE REIGNS ON SOUTHERN PHILIPPINE ISLAND
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     JOLO, Philippines (Reuters) – The sound of guns used to be commonplace on Jolo, an island in the remote south of the Philippines used as a base by a rebel group linked to al Qaeda, but it has been relatively calm for a few years now.

About 5,000 Philippine soldiers, backed by between 200 to 500 U.S. soldi >>>


      US COMMANDERS WELCOME FALLUJAH REVIVAL
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     FALLUJAH, Iraq –– Women shrouded in black shop for gold jewelry and fabric. Young boys tote trays of tea. The smell of tangerines wafts through the air. This is Fallujah 2008 _ a former insurgent stronghold that U.S. commanders now hold up as an example for the rest of Iraq.

But a simmering provinci >>>


      WITNESS: ROCK–STEADY WOMEN BUILD AFRICA‘S VILLAS
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     Siphiwe Sibeko, 35, is mostly a self taught photographer who was born and grew up in Soweto township, South Africa. After working for some leading South African newspapers as a senior photographer, he joined Reuters in 2005. Julien Pretot, 31, is a Paris–based sports reporter since 2001. Both paired up for the Afr >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 10-02-2008
     SUDAN Army Raids Kill Dozens in Darfur At least 27 people were killed in government attacks on three West Darfur villages, their families said Saturday, as they called for an end to raids that were leaving their homes in flames.

The Sudanese army said it launched the assault on Abu Surouj, Sirba and Suleia on F >>>


      BANANA REPUBLIC / MONKEY BUSINESS IN THE IDF
      Haaretz, 10-02-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Banana republic / Monkey business in the IDF By Guy Leshem In December 2006, TheMarker described a visit by the chief of staff at the time, Dan Halutz, to a training base in southern Israel. The top soldier was treated to a demonstration of a tactical training sy >>>


      BUSINESS AND LABOR JOIN FORCES TO BEND BANK OF ISRAEL‘S ARM
      Haaretz, 10-02-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business and labor join forces to bend Bank of Israel‘s arm By Nehemia Shtrasler Big Business is teaming up with Big Labor to ambush the governor of the Bank of Israel and force a change in the definition of the central bank‘s role. At present the Ban >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 10-02-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief State must justify doctors‘ work for nurses Advertisement The High Court of Justice has given the state 30 days to explain why it shouldn‘t void its resolution to expand the mandate of nurses at health–care institutions. Eight >>>


      DANKNER SEES CRISIS CONTINUING BUT BUYS BACK STOCK IN IDB GROUP COMPANIES
      Haaretz, 10-02-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Nochi Dankner, one of Israel‘s most powerful tycoons, evidently believes that the series of upheavals in the world markets is far from over. Put otherwise, he thinks that asset prices will drop some more but meanwhile, he‘s buying back shares in his own business group, IDB.

Dan >>>



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