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      SHOURA TO DISCUSS MAJOR ISSUES WITH AL–ASSAF
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH — Three hot issues — revaluation of Saudi riyal against the US dollar, rising inflation and a GCC common currency — will be the focus of today’s discussion between the 150–member Shoura Council and Finance Minister Dr.

Ibrahim Al–Assaf. Dr. Osama Abu Gharara, dep >>>


      ZAIN IPO ATTRACTS 5 MILLION INVESTORS
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH — The initial public offering of Saudi Arabia’s third GSM operator Zain oversubscribed by 151 percent yesterday with more than 5.05 million investors purchasing '52 million shares worth SR'.52 billion.

Banque Saudi Fransi, which manages the IPO, said '5 percent of su >>>


      CONTRASTING ATTITUDES
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful When We decreed his death, nothing showed them that he was dead except an earthworm that gnawed away at his staff. And when he fell to the ground, the jinn saw clearly that, had they understood the reality, which was beyond (their) percep >>>


      MAINTAINING JUSTICE BETWEEN CHILDREN WHILE GIVING GIFTS
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A man who has two sons and five daughters bought two plots of land. Upon the insistence of his sons, he gave one plot to his two daughters–in–law in equal shares. Now he has bought another plot of land. Should he register it to his five daughters, or should he go back to the price o >>>


      TRYING TO SAVE ALL
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) sometimes illustrated his role and his mission so that people would understand the reason why he was so keen that they should listen to him and heed the warnings that he gave them. The Prophet did not warn people against anything evil or punishment that he might inf >>>


      8 BANGLADESHIS CONVICTED OF MURDER APPEAL DEATH VERDICT
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH — Eight Bangladeshi workers who have been sentenced to death in a highly publicized murder case have appealed the verdict at a higher court.

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi government has instructed its embassy in Riyadh to appeal for royal clemency on behalf of the workers.>>>


      ARMS SMUGGLERS ARRESTED IN BAHA
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Ibrahim Al–Abdullah, Arab News BAHA — Police in Al–Mundul, 45 kilometers west of Baha, arrested two suspects who were attempting to flee in a GMC van. The two men were arrested on their way to Taif after they failed to stop at a checkpoint.

After growing suspicious, police units chased their vehicle >>>


      BABY ABDUCTED FROM HOSPITAL
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Abdul Aziz Abdul Wahid, Arab News JEDDAH — An unidentified man came into the Riyadh Military Hospital and abducted a newborn baby girl. Investigations are still ongoing. A source at the hospital told Arab News yesterday that no clue about the kidnapper has yet appeared since the baby’s disappearance on Monday.

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      FAMILIES REFUSE TO HONOR ORGAN DONORS’ WISHES
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Walaa Hawari, Arab News RIYADH — Saudi Arabia, like the rest of the world, suffers from an organ–donation deficit. With a waiting list of over 10,000 people, according to the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT), many patients will face death before getting the needed organs.

Rana Al–Sabbag >>>


      HEALTH MINISTER APPROVES NEW PROJECTS WORTH SR3BN
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH — Health Minister Dr. Hamad Al–Manie approved yesterday new projects worth SR3 billion.

«The minister has given the green light for a number of projects, including computerization program of 50 hospitals and 300 Family Health Care Centers at a cost of SR680 mill >>>


      KIN OF FILIPINO BEHEADED BY COMPATRIOT SEEKS SWIFT JUSTICE
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Francis R. Salud & Bien Custodio, Arab News JEDDAH/RIYADH, 17 February 2008 — The brother of the Filipino driver who was killed and beheaded by a compatriot in Riyadh yesterday welcomed the arrest of the suspect and hoped that justice would be rendered in no time.

Jonathan Montecino said the killing of his >>>


      LOW–PAID PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES DEMAND WAGE HIKE
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH — Astonished, bitter and downright angry are the words low–salary private sector employees are using to describe how they feel about being excluded from last month’s decision by the Shoura Council to raise the salaries of government workers.

Private sector employees, who s >>>


      ‘OPEN WAR ON ISRAEL’ HARMS HEZBOLLAH, ARAB CAUSE: LEBANESE PM
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Deutsche Presse–Agentur BEIRUT — Lebanon’s western–backed Prime Minister Fouad Seniora said Lebanon has no interest in an «open war» on Israel as this would harm Hezbollah in addition to the Islamic and Arab causes, Lebanese reports quoted him yesterday as saying.

«I don’t believe >>>


      AL–QAEDA CHASED FROM BAGHDAD, SAYS IRAQI PM
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Kim Gamel, Associated Press BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Prime Minister said US and Iraqi forces have chased Al–Qaeda in Iraq out of Baghdad since a security crackdown began a year ago, and he promised to pursue insurgents who have fled northward.

Underscoring the rising violence in northern Iraq, a double suicide bo >>>


      BOMB KILLS 40 IN PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD — Forty people were killed and more than '0 wounded in a suicide car bomb blast outside the election office of Riyaz Hussain Shah, a Pakistan People’s Party candidate, in the tribal district of Parachinar near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan yesterday, the last day of campaigning >>>


      CBSE ‘HOTS’ PUTS GULF STUDENTS IN HOT SEAT
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Gopal Sutar, Arab News RIYADH — The decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to include Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) for Class X and XII students has evoked a mixed reaction from Indian students and parents studying in the Gulf.

The 2008 examination to be set on the new curriculum will >>>


      KOSOVO PREPARES FOR INDEPENDENCE
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Ismet Hajdari, Agence France Presse PRISTINA — Kosovo will declare independence today amid growing excitement among its ethnic Albanians, anger from its Serbs, and the launch of a EU mission to smoothen the birth of the world’s newest state.

«Tomorrow will be a day of calm, of understanding and of state e >>>


      KOUCHNER URGES ISRAEL TO LIFT GAZA BLOCKADE
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Ezzedine Said, Agence France Presse JERUSALEM — French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner urged Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip and to freeze its policy of building settlements in the West Bank, at the start of a visit to the region yesterday.

Kouchner visited east Jerusalem and met UN emergency re >>>


      MUMBAI COURT RAPS GOVT OVER COPS&#3' ISSUE
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI – In a serious blow to the Maharashtra government, a division bench of the Bombay High Court consisting of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice J.P. Devadhar on Friday quashed the extension given to state&#3's Director General of Police (DGP) P.S. Pasricha and Mumb >>>


      PROTEST, BUT PEACEFULLY: OIC CHIEF
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News Pakistani Muslims express outrage in Islamabad at the reprinting of the blasphemous caricatures in Danish newspapers last week. (AP)

JEDDAH — The secretary–general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) yesterday expressed regret that Danish newspapers had again printed >>>


      US ENVOY ACCUSES COLLEAGUES IN IRAQ OF INCOMPETENCE, NEGLIGENCE
      Arab News, 17-02-2008
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON — Just below the Beltway&#3's public radar screen, many a civil service eyebrow was raised last week over a US official&#3's resignation and his scathing critique of the US diplomatic corps&#3' inability to engage and assist Iraq&#3's fledgling gover >>>


      ASTRONAUTS WRAP UP JOINT WORK
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM HOUSTON –– The 10 astronauts aboard the linked space shuttle and space station wrapped up their joint work and got ready to say goodbye.

The hatches between the two spacecraft were to be sealed around midday Sunday.

Atlantis will undock Monday after a nine–day visit to the internat >>>


      BOYS FIND LIVE GRENADE NEAR FLA. HOME
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PACE, Fla. –– An 8–year–old boy and his friend found a live, World War II–era hand grenade while searching for buried treasure with a metal detector.

Sidney Mathis and his friend had found nails, bolts and a toy car by sweeping the detector over a field near their home Thursday. Bu >>>


      BUSH COUNTRY FADES INTO THE LANDSCAPE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     A12 CRAWFORD, Tex. –– From certain angles, this town looks as if it already got hit by a recession. The gift shop next to the police station closed about a year ago, and there‘s a "Building For Sale" banner flapping from the cornice. Two other gift shops have long since gone out of business.< >>>


      BUSH DISCUSSES AFRICAN CRISES, AID IN TANZANIA
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Sunday met Tanzania‘s leader to discuss Africa‘s political crises before signing a nearly $700–million grant to help stimulate economic growth in the east African nation.

On the second stop of a five–nation trip where he has >>>


      CHRIS CILLIZZA AND SHAILAGH MURRAY
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     Four days: Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) will participate in a debate in Austin sponsored by CNN and Univision.

Nine days: Clinton vs. Obama II (or is it III?). This time the duo will debate in Cleveland in an NBC–sponsored forum.

Post a Comment Comments that include >>>


      CLINTON AGAIN ALLS ON OBAMA TO DEBATE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     KENOSHA, Wisc. –– Hillary Rodham Clinton renewed her call Saturday to debate Democratic rival Barack Obama in Wisconsin before Tuesday‘s primary, even as she acknowledged she would cease campaigning in the state a full day before voters go to the polls.

"This is what happens when you&lsqu >>>


      CLINTON AIDE WANTS MICH., FLA. DELEGATES
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Harold Ickes, a top adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign who voted for Democratic Party rules that stripped Michigan and Florida of their delegates, now is arguing against the very penalty he helped pass.

In a conference call Saturday, the longtime Democratic Party m >>>


      CLINTON RENEWS DEBATE CHALLENGE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     KENOSHA, Wisc. –– Hillary Rodham Clinton renewed her call Saturday to debate Democratic rival Barack Obama in Wisconsin before Tuesday‘s primary, even as she acknowledged she would cease campaigning in the state a full day before voters go to the polls.

"This is what happens when you&lsqu >>>


      DEMOCRAT SURROGATES STUMP IN HAWAII
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     HONOLULU –– Chelsea Clinton munched chili at a popular Hawaiian restaurant Saturday while urging hundreds of enthusiastic supporters to vote for her mother in the upcoming Democratic presidential caucus.

On the island of Maui, Maya Soetoro–Ng asked about 200 people gathered at a luncheon to vo >>>


      EXPERTS: VERDICTS UNUSUAL IN MURDER CASE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– An unusual verdict in the case of a former police officer accused of killing his pregnant lover opens up possible grounds for appeal if he‘s sentenced to death, some legal experts say.

After deliberations spanning four days, a jury convicted Bobby Cutts Jr. on Friday of murde >>>


      FALLEN SOLDIER‘S BRACELET INSPIRES OBAMA
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     EAU CLAIRE, Wis. –– Barack Obama is wearing a wristband in memory of a soldier killed in Iraq, given to him by a mother who said she wants the Democratic presidential candidate to keep others from dying.

Tracy Jopek of Merrill, Wis., gave Obama the bracelet at a rally Friday night in Green Bay, and >>>


      FEMA NOT PROVIDING PROMISED MOBILE HOMES
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM RAMONA, Calif. –– Patty Reedy is still waiting for someone at the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send her the mobile home she was promised before Christmas.

In December, agency inspectors said she wouldn‘t get a government house because it would be too difficult to haul the 60&ndash >>>


      GUNMAN‘S CONTRADICTIONS CONFOUND POLICE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     17, 2008; 5:3' AM DEKALB, Ill. –– Steven Kazmierczak had the look of a boyish graduate student _ except for the disturbing tattoos that covered his arms.

Professors and students knew him as a bright, helpful scholar, but his past included a stint in a mental health center.

Many saw him >>>


      HEAVY SNOW SHUTS DOWN MISSOURI AIRPORT
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– Heavy snow and slush has forced officials at Kansas City International Airport to close and cancel numerous flights.

Airport spokesman Joe McBride says the runways were closed around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when testing showed conditions were too slick to safely operate planes.

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      HUNDREDS MOURN EXPLOSION VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 16 –– Four victims of a refinery explosion that killed nine were remembered Saturday at memorial services that drew hundreds.

Truitt Byers, 54, Earl Quarterman, 55, Byron Singleton, 26, and Shelathia Harvey, 31, all worked at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, west of >>>


      IN RENO, A BODY IS FOUND AND FEAR MOUNTS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PM RENO, Nev. –– A 1'–year–old college student missing since she was abducted nearly a month ago was strangled by a serial rapist who has attacked at least two other women and may strike again, Reno police said Saturday.

An autopsy confirmed that a dead woman found Friday in a brush& >>>


      MAN ARRESTED IN NYC THERAPIST SLAYING
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     2008; 3:14 AM NEW YORK –– He told investigators he set out to rob a psychiatrist he said had institutionalized him 17 years ago.

But his criminal mission spiraled into the vicious slaying of a therapist who worked in a neighboring office, where he butchered her with a meat cleaver and a '– >>>


      MAN JAILED IN THEFT OF CASH FROM TYSON HOME
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     JOHNSON, Ark., Feb. 16 –– A college student was arrested in the theft of a briefcase containing more than $140,000 from the home of the chairman of meat processing giant Tyson Foods Inc., police said Saturday.

Ryan Silvey, 1', was arrested in Olathe, Kan., by the FBI Fugitive Task Force, the Joh >>>


      MCCAIN GAINS 50 DELEGATES IN MICH., LA.
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     16, 2008; 8:58 PM LANSING, Mich. –– Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana Saturday.

Republicans met in both states to resolve how to divvy up delegates to the national convention in Septem >>>


      MCCAIN GETS 50 DELEGATES FROM MICH., LA.
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     17, 2008; 7:55 AM LANSING, Mich. –– Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana Saturday.

Republicans met in both states to resolve how to divvy up delegates to the national convention in Septem >>>


      MCCONNELL: HEZBOLLAH THREAT ‘SERIOUS‘
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The nation‘s intelligence chief said Sunday that internal Hezbollah groups or Syria may be to blame for the killing of a Hezbollah commander that has led the FBI to put domestic terror squads on alert in the United States.

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said the >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     Man Arrested in Slaying Of N.Y. Psychologist NEW YORK –– Police investigators have arrested a man suspected in the vicious slaying of a psychologist who was hacked in her office with a meat cleaver.

Investigators matched David Tarloff‘s fingerprints with prints found at the bloody crime scene, >>>


      NEW YORK ‘CRACK TAX‘ PROPOSAL IS DERIDED
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Keith B. RichburgWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 17, 2008; A05 NEW YORK –– If you can‘t beat it, tax it.

That seems to be the axiom in New York these days, where Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer (D), struggling to close a $4.4 billion budget gap, has proposed making drug dealers pay tax o >>>


      NYPD ARRESTS MAN IN THERAPIST SLAYING
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     16, 2008; 11:01 PM NEW YORK –– A 3'–year–old man with a history of mental problems was arrested Saturday in the vicious slaying of a psychologist attacked in her office with a meat cleaver, police said.

David Tarloff of Queens was taken into custody in the morning after investigators >>>


      OBAMA AND CLINTON TAKE BATTLE TO WISCONSIN
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     10:47 PM MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton traded fresh attacks and touted their economic leadership on Saturday as they took their Democratic presidential duel to Wisconsin.

Clinton made her first campaign appearance in Wisconsin and promptly announced she would cut her state campaig >>>


      OBAMA WEARS BRACELET OF U.S. SOLDIER
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PM EAU CLAIRE, Wis. –– Barack Obama is wearing a wristband in memory of a soldier killed in Iraq, given to him by a mother who said she wants the Democratic presidential candidate to keep others from dying.

Tracy Jopek of Merrill, Wis., gave Obama the bracelet at a rally Friday night in Green Bay, a >>>


      POLICE FIND SLAIN DAUGHTER IN BOILER
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     NEW YORK –– A father who said he was upset with his teenage daughter for text–messaging a boy was arrested Saturday on charges of killing the girl, whose burned body was found stuffed in the boiler of his apartment building, police said.

The 34–year–old man called '11 Saturday >>>


      RANKS OF NUCLEAR EXPERTS DWINDLE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 17, 2008; A04 Two leading U.S. scientific groups warned yesterday that, in the next 15 years, as many as half of the nation‘s relatively few experts in identifying smuggled nuclear materials and detonated–bomb components may retire.

The p >>>


      REPORT FINDS PROBLEMS WITH NJ GAY UNIONS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PM MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. –– A commission established to study same–sex civil unions in New Jersey has found in its first report that civil unions create a "second–class status" for gay couples, rather than giving them equality.

The report stops short of recommending that the state >>>


      SMALL–PLANE CRASH KILLS 1 AT ORE AIRPORT
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– A small plane crashed just short of the runway at Portland International Airport on Saturday, killing the only person on board, federal officials said.

The single–engine Lancair Columbia 400 crashed and burned while trying to land, said Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the Federa >>>


      SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN BUTLER COUNTY
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     BENTON, Kan. –– Kansas authorities say a small plane crashed near Wichita, killing one person.

The Butler County Sheriff‘s Office says it‘s not yet clear how many people were aboard the twin–engine plane. But one person is confirmed dead.

Officials have not yet identified >>>


      STREET RACING A KNOWN PROBLEM IN MD.
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     ACCOKEEK, Md. –– A local official says residents who live near the Maryland highway where eight street–racing fans were killed have long complained about reckless driving and street racing.

Stan Fetter, president of the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council, says the racing has been a known >>>


      SURROGATES STUMP FOR DEMOCRATS IN HAWAII
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     HONOLULU –– Chelsea Clinton munched chili at a popular Hawaiian restaurant Saturday while urging hundreds of enthusiastic supporters to vote for her mother in the upcoming Democratic presidential caucus.

On the island of Maui, Maya Soetoro–Ng asked about 200 people gathered at a luncheon to vo >>>


      SUSPECT IN WOUNDING OF DEPUTY, D.C. OFFICER IS KILLED
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Amy GardnerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 17, 2008; C06 A Prince George‘s County sheriff‘s deputy was shot and seriously wounded early yesterday in a motel room in the Laurel area by a man who had shot a D.C. police officer in the face Friday, authorities said.

Other law enforcement >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM –– Heavy downpours, strong winds and even tornadoes were possible Sunday in parts of the Southeast as a low pressure front moves through the region.

Though the nastiest weather from this storm system was to occur in the South, some messy conditions were expected to develop in the Midwest and Nort >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.). NEWSMAKERS (C–SPAN), 10 a.m. >>>


      VENEZUELA WILL CUT OIL TO U.S. IF ATTACKED: CHAVEZ
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday he will cut oil sales to the United States if Washington attacks the South American country.

Venezuela is in the midst of a legal battle with U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil, which recently won court orders freezing up to $12 billion in Venezu >>>


      WEATHER SLOWS CLINTON, OBAMA CAMPAIGNS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     MADISON, Wis. –– A snow and ice storm Sunday slowed the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in Wisconsin.

Clinton had scheduled an early afternoon town hall meeting in DePere, but a spokeswoman for her Wisconsin campaign said the event was postponed until Monday.

Carly Lind >>>


      WTC BOMBING ENDED AGE OF INNOCENCE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM NEW YORK –– The 1''3 World Trade Center bombing left a giant crater in the basement of the 110–story twin towers and an even larger hole in the nation‘s sense of security.

With the 15th anniversary approaching, the days before the bomb blast appear to mark the last time when m >>>


      A ROTTEN WAY TO PICK A PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     Something is seriously wrong with the way we pick our presidential candidates. But experts and pundits, caught up in the horse races, have been slow to point out the obvious –– or have come to accept our badly flawed system as immutable fact.

We were brought to our current mess by the best of intent >>>


      CANDIDATES ON MESSAGE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     MUNICH –– Karl Wendl, an Austrian journalist and author and my neighbor at this Bavarian capital‘s annual conference on global security, gets a lot of fun out of the American election campaign for a mere $30 plus online charges.

Wendl is cranking up his BlackBerry as dinner speakers bid up the >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA DISPUTE ROLES OF SUPERDELEGATES
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     February 17, 2008; A12 MILWAUKEE, Feb. 16 –– Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday urged the Democratic Party‘s unpledged delegates to make their own decisions about whether to support her or Sen. Barack Obama, predicting that the battle for the Democratic nomination will continue into the summer.
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      DIVIDED LABOR LOYALTIES
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     When Walter Mondale was threatened by the insurgent candidacy of Gary Hart in the 1'84 Democratic presidential contest, he turned to his friends at the AFL–CIO for help, and their endorsement was instrumental in pulling him through to the nomination.

When another veteran officeholder, Al Gore, was cha >>>


      OHIO TOWN‘S DEMOCRATS SEE ‘HOPE‘ DIFFERENTLY
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     LIMA, Ohio –– A six–cylinder engine rolls down the conveyer belt and stops in front of Bo Huenke every 28 seconds. He attaches a metal pipe, twists in four screws with hands that suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and finishes just in time to stretch his back before the next engine arrives. His hands m >>>


      PLAY THE RACE CARD AT YOUR OWN PERIL
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     It‘s conventional wisdom that American racism is an inexhaustible well that cynical politicians can always dip into if they want to sink their opponents in a campaign. That‘s what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s Hispanic pollster, Sergio Bendixen, seemed to be doing when he told a reporter last month tha >>>


      QUESTIONS FOR JOHN MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     Foreign policy has slipped to the periphery of presidential politics, displaced by a nonexistent recession as the voters‘ preoccupation. Come autumn, however, Iraq and Iran may be central subjects, Iraq as a bigger problem for the Democratic nominee than for John McCain and Iran as a problem for McCain.

A >>>


      THE OBAMA MYSTERY
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     "Why is the press going so easy on Barack Obama?" asks a prominent Democratic Party strategist, echoing a criticism frequently made by the Clinton campaign.

It‘s a fair question, and now that Obama appears to be the front–runner in terms of his delegate count, he deserves a closer look, es >>>


      TRADING DOWN
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AT HIS BEST, Sen. Barack Obama is a tribune of hope, an eloquent politician–prophet who unabashedly calls on Americans to remember that "we rise or fall as one nation." He is the Democratic Party‘s presidential front–runner today in part because, to many people, he forthrightly identifies the >>>


      WHAT POTOMAC PRIMARY?
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     I did not head to the polls on Tuesday for the Potomac Primary. This was not because I don‘t believe in the efficacy of voting or because I‘m still registered in my home state, like many D.C. residents, but because I‘m a registered independent.

As a recently converted independent, I have been >>>


      80 KILLED IN AFGHAN BOMBING
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– A suicide bombing at an outdoor dog fighting competition killed 80 people and wounded dozens more Sunday, a governor said. It appeared to be the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

More than 300 people had gathered to watch the event on the >>>


      AS SENSE OF CRISIS DEEPENS, PAKISTANIS PREPARE TO VOTE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     2008; A01 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 16 –– Few people understand the hardships entailed in Pakistani politics better than Israr Shah.

Shah, a candidate in Monday‘s national elections, was at a rally here in the Pakistani capital in July when a massive bomb exploded, killing 1' people and in >>>


      ATTACKS IN BAGHDAD FALL 80 PERCENT: IRAQ MILITARY
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Attacks by insurgents and rival sectarian militias have fallen up to 80 percent in Baghdad and concrete blast walls that divide the capital could soon be removed, a senior Iraqi military official said on Saturday.

Lieutenant–General Abboud Qanbar said the success of a year– >>>


      AUSTRALIA TO ALLOW MORE MIGRANTS TO EASE SKILLS SHORTAGE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia said on Sunday it was relaxing its migration program to allow more skilled workers into the country where the jobless rate is at a three–decade low and most companies face a labor shortage.

The new centre–left Labor government said it was expanding the skilled migr >>>


      BHUTTO‘S WIDOWER DENOUNCES EXTREMISM
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     LAHORE, Pakistan –– Benazir Bhutto‘s widower said his party must try to convince Pakistanis that the fight against Islamic militancy is their own war _ not just America‘s.

Asif Ali Zardari blamed authorities under President Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a 1''' militar >>>


      BLAST ROCKS SERB–CONTROLLED NORTH KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PM KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo –– An explosion rocked a U.N. courthouse in the Serb–controlled north of Kosovo, causing slight damage but no injuries hours after majority ethnic Albanians proclaimed the province‘s independence.

The blast, apparently caused by a hand grenade, damaged a con >>>


      BUSH ASKS CONGRESS TO BACK AIDS PROGRAM
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania –– President Bush on Sunday said Congress should renew his global AIDS program and preserve a requirement that steers money into abstinence efforts.

"We don‘t want people guessing on the continent of Africa whether the generosity of the American people will continu >>>


      BUSH URGES CONGRESS TO REAUTHORIZE FUNDING FOR AIDS IN AFRICA
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Feb. 17 –– President Bush made a long–distance appeal to Congress on Sunday to reauthorize and increase funding for his program to fight AIDS in Africa without tampering with controversial elements such as its emphasis on abstinence.

The president used a ceremony wi >>>


      CHINA WARNS OF NEW WAVE OF COAL MINE DISASTERS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China, home to the world‘s deadliest mining industry, could be faced with a new wave of accidents as collieries start operations again following severe winter weather which forced many to close.

Build ups of deadly gases, flooding and unstable power supplies could all cause probl >>>


      CYPRUS VOTE SHOWS PAPADOPOULOS DEFEAT
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos looked likely to be eliminated in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday, with early results showing him in third place.

With 77 percent of the vote counted, conservative–backed Ioannis Kassoulides was ahead with 33.7 percent of >>>


      CYPRUS VOTES IN TIGHT THREE–WAY PRESIDENTIAL RACE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     NICOSIA (Reuters) – Greek Cypriots vote on Sunday in a tight three–way election for a new president who will be tasked with finding a peace deal on the divided island that could open Turkey‘s path towards the European Union.

Tassos Papadopoulos and challengers Demetris Christofias and Ioannis >>>


      ELATION AND DREAD AS KOSOVO DECLARATION NEARS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 17, 2008; A16 PRISTINA, Serbia, Feb. 16 –– A new line of T–shirts here bears the words "Uncle, It‘s Over" and a portrait of Adem Jashari, a founder of the Kosovo Liberation Army. His killing by Serb forces in 1''8, alo >>>


      EX–PHILIPPINE OFFICIALS URGE ARROYO CABINET TO RESIGN
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     MANILA (Reuters) – More than 50 former top Philippine government officials, including a one–time head of the central bank, urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo‘s cabinet to resign on Sunday over a multi–million dollar corruption scandal.

"We call on all those who can no longer en >>>


      FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 3 IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM BAGHDAD –– A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a predominantly Shiite area in central Baghdad on Sunday morning, killing at least three people and wounding 10, police said.

Police in the Masbah commercial area suspected the woman, who was in a black Islamic robe, and asked her to stop but >>>


      FORESTS VANISHING SWIFTLY IN HAITI
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Jonathan M. KatzAssociated PressSunday, February 17, 2008; A22 GRAND COLLINE, Haiti, Feb. 16 –– Far from the spreading slums of the Haitian capital, past barren dirt mountains and hillsides stripped to a chalky white core, two woodcutters bring down a towering oak tree in one of the few forested valleys l >>>


      IN AFRICA, BUSH MAKES CASE FOR US AID
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PM DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania –– President Bush is betting Congress will hear him better from the heart of Africa than it does from down the street in Washington.

Foreign aid programs that Bush sees as crowning achievements _ and which he holds dear _ are having their spending levels questioned on Capi >>>


      IRAN–BACKED GROUPS USING SECRET ARMS STORES: U.S.
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Sunday it had evidence Iranian–backed Shi‘ite militias in Iraq were increasingly using secret weapons stores to attack U.S. and Iraqi forces.

The accusation comes days after Tehran postponed talks with the United States on improving security in Ira >>>


      IRAN SAYS U.S. TALKS DELAYED FOR TECHNICAL REASONS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran‘s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday technical reasons were behind the delay in talks between Iranian and U.S. officials on Iraq and denied new U.S. charges that Tehran was stoking violence in its neighbor.

Tehran on Thursday postponed what would have been a fourth round of talk >>>


      ISRAELI FORCES KILL HAMAS MILITANT IN GAZA: MEDICS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops killed a Hamas militant during clashes in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the Islamist group and medical workers said.

Six other gunmen and a civilian were wounded as Israeli troops backed by aircraft clashed with Palestinian militant groups in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, Ha >>>


      JUSTICE OFFICIAL DEFENDS ROUGH CIA INTERROGATIONS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 17, 2008; A03 The Bush administration allowed CIA interrogators to use tactics that were "quite distressing, uncomfortable, even frightening," as long as they did not cause enough severe and lasting pain to constitute illegal torture, a senior Justice De >>>


      KEY DATES IN KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AM –– Key dates in Kosovo‘s decades–long _ and often bloody _ drive to gain independence from Serbia: 1'68 _ First pro–independence demonstrations by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, when it was part of Yugoslavia; many arrested.

1''1 _ As Yugoslavia implodes, separatists pr >>>


      KEY FACTS ABOUT KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     5:48 AM –– Key facts about Kosovo, which is preparing to declare independence from Serbia: ___ LAND: Kosovo covers about 4,200 square miles _ roughly the size of Connecticut _ and borders Albania and Macedonia.

___ PEOPLE: About 2 million _ '0 percent ethnic Albanian, of whom most are Muslim, an >>>


      KOSOVO CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) – Albanians flooded the Kosovo capital Pristina on Saturday, celebrating the territory‘s independence from Serbia a day ahead of schedule.

Cavalcades of cars circled with horns blaring as thousands poured into the city waving the black and red Albanian flag. Fireworks lit >>>


      KOSOVO PREPARES FOR INDEPENDENCE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     PRISTINA, Serbia –– Kosovo‘s prime minister said parliament will meet Sunday for a special session to declare the province‘s independence, a bold and historic bid for statehood in defiance of Serbia and Russia.

By sidestepping the U.N. and appealing directly to the U.S. and other nations >>>


      LAURA BUSH PROMOTES AIDS INITIATIVE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania –– To hear President Bush tell it, his program to combat AIDS across Africa faces an uncertain future in Congress. His wife is not so worried.

"I don‘t think there will be a problem," first lady Laura Bush told reporters Sunday. Her comments came on a day when >>>


      MORE THAN 60 DEAD IN AFGHAN SOUTH BLAST: GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A blast at a picnic spot in Afghanistan‘s southern province of Kandahar on Sunday has killed at least 60 people, or possibly more, the provincial governor said, blaming it on a suicide bomber.

"Sixty of the martyrs were brought to hospitals and 20 more dead bod >>>


      N. KOREA SLOWING DISARMAMENT, U.S. NUCLEAR DELEGATION REPORTS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 17, 2008; A21 BEIJING, Feb. 16 –– North Korea has slowed nuclear disarmament to a snail‘s pace because it has received only part of the energy aid it was promised in return and does not believe it has made progress toward being removed from >>>


      PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN RALLY BOMBING KILLS 37
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a crowd following a rally for a candidate allied with the opposition, killing 37 people and heightening fears of Islamic militant violence during Monday‘s crucial parliamentary elections.

Most of the victims of Sa >>>


      PAKISTAN TENSE ON ELECTION EVE
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani politicians were making final preparations on Sunday for a general election the next day that could usher in a parliament intent on forcing U.S. ally President Pervez Musharraf from power.

Authorities imposed a curfew in a northwestern town after 47 were killed in a suicide >>>


      SINGER, 104, TAKES STAGE AMID PROTESTS
      Washington Post, 17-02-2008
     AMSTERDAM, Netherlands –– Several dozen people protested outside a theater Saturday where a 104–year–old singer who once performed for Adolf Hitler took the stage in the Netherlands for the first time in four decades.

Johannes Heesters was never accused of being a propagandist or anythin >>>



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