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      JEF ENCOURAGES GLOBAL INVESTORS, SAYS KAMEL
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Arab News Saleh Kamel Saleh Kamel’s Dallah Albaraka has been playing a key role in sponsoring the Jeddah Economic Forum since its inception in 2000. In the following interview, Kamel narrates his impressions of the forum.

Q. How often has Dallah Albaraka sponsored JEF? A. We have been playing a key role in supp >>>


      NEW VENUE FOR FORUM TAKES THE TEST
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH — After many years in the Hilton Hotel complex in Jeddah, the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) opens for business today at its new venue. Now housed in a large single pillarless exhibition hall on Madinah Road, the forum will run for the first time in a single security area and literally all >>>


      PARTNERSHIPS TO OPEN NEW DOORS
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Michel Cousins, Arab News Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal speaks at the inauguration of the Jeddah Economic Forum 2008 on Saturday. (AN photo Khidr Al–Zahrani)

JEDDAH — Opening the 'th Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) at the International Exhibition and Convention Center yesterday, Makkah Gov. Pr >>>


      SAUDI INFLATION HITS 7 PERCENT IN JANUARY
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Daliah Merzaban, Reuters DUBAI — Saudi inflation hit 7 percent in January, its highest level in more than a quarter century, as rents and food costs spurred price rises in the world’s largest oil exporter for a ninth straight month.

Saudi Arabia has been grappling with inflationary pressures as the economy, the >>>


      SAUDI SHARES CONTINUE UPWARD MARCH
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH — The Saudi stock market continued its upward momentum for an eighth straight trading day yesterday. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) closed at 208.'6 points or over 2 percent higher at 10,336.06.

The banking index gained 2.18 percent to 27,0'5.46 as shares of al >>>


      STC’S 50 PERCENT DISCOUNT TO KUWAIT
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Arab News RIYADH — Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) offers a 50 percent discount to all subscribers wishing to call Kuwait on its National Day. Starting the night of Feb.
25 at midnight, this exceptional promotion will last for a full 24 hours at the cost of 55 hallah per minute. Saad ibn Dhafer Al–Qahtani, vice presid >>>


      AN ISSUE OF INHERITANCE THAT NEEDS TO BE SETTLED BENEVOLENTLY
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Our parents died 20 years ago, leaving behind three sons and four daughters. One of the sons and two daughters have died since. We bought a plot of land, with 40 percent of the price provided by our mother and the balance by the two surviving sons. These two also paid for the construction of ou >>>


      THE OUTCOME OF INGRATITUDE
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful There was a sign for the people of Sheba in their dwelling place: two gardens, one to the right and one to the left: ‘Eat of what your Lord has provided for you, and give thanks to Him: a land most goodly and a Lord much–forgiving.< >>>


      TREATING ALL WIVES EQUALLY
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News It is well known that the Prophet (peace be upon him) married several women. Three of his wives, Khadeejah, Zaynab bint Khuzaymah and Rayhanah, died during his lifetime, but all the others survived him. He lived with Khadeejah, his first wife, for 25 years without ever thinking of marrying another >>>


      20% INCREASE IN SWISS VISAS
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH — Last year saw a 20 percent increase in the number of Swiss visas issued to people from the Gulf region compared to the year before, according to a Swiss Tourism official, who is currently visiting the Kingdom on a road show promoting tourism in his country.

Federico Sommaruga, >>>


      BLOGGER’S FAMILY URGES AUTHORITIES TO ALLOW PRISON VISITS
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH — The family members of the detained Saudi blogger Fouad Al–Farhan said yesterday that although Saudi authorities allowed Al–Farhan for the first time to make a telephone call from Jeddah’s Dahban Prison on Feb.
12 they would still like to continue to visit him.

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      COLOMBO TOLD TO SEEK CLEMENCY FOR RIZANA FROM BABY’S FAMILY
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH — A top Saudi official has asked the Sri Lankan government to appeal directly for a pardon to the family of the baby allegedly killed by a Sri Lankan maid.

Prince Khaled ibn Sultan, assistant minister of defense and aviation for military affairs, made the comments during a >>>


      GOVERNOR SETS UP PROBE INTO ASIR ROAD ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Hayat Al–Ghamdi, Arab News ABHA — Transport Minister Dr. Jabara Al–Seraisry yesterday visited the site of a gruesome accident in Okbat Al–Dhalae but had no answer to recurring road accidents in the Asir and Jizan regions.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Asir Gov. Prince Faisal ibn Khaled, >>>


      GUSTAF IMPRESSED WITH SCOUTS’ ROLE IN HAJ
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah receives King Carl Gustaf of Sweden at his palace in Riyadh on Saturday. During the meeting Gustaf presented the membership of Universal Scout Fund to Abdullah. (SPA)

RIYADH — Swedish King Carl Gustaf, honorary president of the Universal Scout Fund, and >>>


      SAUDI WOMAN IN EGYPT CAR CRASH CLEARED
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH — An Egyptian court yesterday found Sarah Fahd, the 27–year–old Saudi woman whose car collided with a taxi resulting in the death of two people and the injury of two others, not guilty of reckless driving.

«She was up all night awaiting the verdict,» >>>


      SIHS SENDS FIRST GROUP OF STUDENTS FOR US TRAINING
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH — The Saudi Institute for Health Services (SIHS) announced yesterday that a first batch of Saudi medical students have joined Miami Dade College in the United States under a partnership deal signed by the two institutions in 2007.

SIHS is a non–profit organization established five years a >>>


      WEEKLONG ANTI–POLIO DRIVE BEGINS
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH — A national weeklong campaign to vaccinate children under the age of five against polio kicked off yesterday in health care centers run by the Ministry of Health in Jeddah.

The campaign is aimed at immunizing 250,000 children of both genders. The vaccine comes in the form of tw >>>


      6M CHILDREN OF OFWS SUFFER MOST FROM MIGRATION, SAYS UNICEF
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA — Some six million children of Filipino overseas workers bear the brunt of the social costs of migration, according to the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

In a paper presentation at a forum in Manila, UNICEF deputy country representative Colin Da >>>


      ABBAS FORCES BLAMED FOR PREACHER’S DEATH
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank — The family of a Hamas preacher yesterday held the security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the death of their relative due to «severe torture.» Mohammed Barghouthi said that his relative, 42–year–old Sheikh Majed Abdula >>>


      AITZAZ FREED BRIEFLY TO CAST VOTE IN LAHORE BAR ELECTIONS
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association’s President Aitzaz Ahsan, who has been under house arrest for three months, is cheered by lawyers as he arrives to vote for the association elections at the High Court in Lahore on Saturday.

(AP) ISLAMABAD — The president of All Pakistan Bar Associa >>>


      GAZANS RALLY TO PROTEST BLOCKADE
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News Hamas’ women supporters attend a protest calling for an end to Israeli sanctions on Gaza on Saturday. (Reuters)

GAZA CITY — Merchants across the Gaza Strip closed their shops yesterday in a half–day strike to protest against Israel’s blockade of the Hamas–ruled territory, >>>


      HEART OF US MISSION IN IRAQ ATTACKED
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Patrick Quinn, Associated Press BAGHDAD — Extremists fired an explosive barrage yesterday into Baghdad’s heavily protected Green Zone, targeting the heart of America’s diplomatic and military mission in Iraq.

The US military said there were no injuries from the early morning volley, that could be heard all arou >>>


      IRAN: REPORT LEAVES NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SANCTIONS
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Associated Press TEHRAN — A report released by the UN nuclear watchdog Friday has vindicated Iran’s nuclear program and left no justification for any UN Security Council sanctions, top government officials said yesterday.

A group of hard–line students also gathered in central Tehran to celebrate what they >>>


      OPPOSITION CONSIDERS WAYS TO CURTAIL MUSHARRAF’S POWER
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD — President Pervez Musharraf is coming under attack from leaders of Pakistan’s main opposition party, who vowed yesterday to curtail some of his broad powers, including his right to dismiss Parliament, following their sweeping win in this week’s elections. They also mulled candidates fo >>>


      STAY AWAY FROM ANCESTRAL LANDS, MILF WARNS MINING COMPANIES
      Arab News, 24-02-2008
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), yesterday warned foreign mining firms against venturing into the southern province of Maguindanao.

It said tribesmen have threatened to use force should mining firms operate in their so&ndas >>>


      AMERICAN SAMOANS BACK MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     PAGO PAGO, American Samoa –– The American Samoa Republican Party announced Saturday that all nine of the delegates it will send to the GOP national convention support John McCain.

The delegates from the U.S. territory, about 2,300 miles south of Hawaii, helped McCain move closer to clinching the GOP >>>


      CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER ORANGE IS HONORED
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     ATLANTA, Feb. 23 –– Hundreds of people attended a funeral for the Rev. James Orange on Saturday, remembering the civil rights leader for taking the lessons he learned from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for workers‘ rights and global equality.

Orange died Feb. 16 at age 65 after suff >>>


      CLINTON DEFENDS HUSBAND ON RACIAL ISSUES
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     NEW ORLEANS –– Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly defended her husband‘s record on civil rights Saturday at a forum in which she acknowledged "painful moments" in a presidential contest pitting the first woman candidate against a pioneering black contender.

At the annual State of the Bl >>>


      COPS: 5 DEAD, 1 HURT IN CALIF. SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     BREA, Calif. –– Police in Orange County, Calif., say five people are dead, three of them children, in what appears to be a murder–suicide.

Sgt. Peter Rodriguez of the Brea Police Department says a 14–year–old boy called '11 around 11 p.m. Saturday to report that his father had >>>


      COUPLE FIGHT AS MAN CLINGS TO CAR ROOF
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. –– A man fighting with his girlfriend clung to a car roof and punched her through the window as she drove more than a mile on a busy road, hitting several other cars, police said.

Both were hurt in the brawl Saturday and were arrested, police Sgt. Manfredo Figueroa said.

Th >>>


      CREOLE CRAFTSMAN HELPS REBUILD N.O.
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     NEW ORLEANS –– Smiling with satisfaction, Earl Barthe pushes back his wide–brimmed hat and runs his eyes over the intricate plaster trim of the Luling Mansion.

He‘s sure his family helped form the room‘s original decorations, elaborate patterns on the ceilings and even likenesses o >>>


      FORMER PAXSON EXEC DENIES MCCAIN MEETING
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A former Paxson Communications president said Saturday he never met with John McCain about the Arizona senator writing letters to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the regulatory delay of a Pittsburgh TV station sale.

Dean Goodman, who was in charge of the company‘s >>>


      GEORGIA COUPLE WIN $270 MILLION LOTTERY
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     PORTAL, Ga. –– All those lottery players holding crumpled, worthless Mega Millions tickets can take some consolation: The couple who won the $270 million jackpot are just too nice to resent.

Robert and Tonya Harris matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in Friday night‘s drawing, the only >>>


      GIRL, 12, SAVES SIBLINGS FROM HOUSE FIRE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. –– As flames consumed her home and prevented her parents from rescuing her and two younger siblings, a quick–thinking 12–year–old girl saved the other children Saturday by kicking out a second–story window and helping them down, firefighters said.

Derrion >>>


      GOP AIMS TO RETAKE 2 TEXAS DISTRICTS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     SAN ANTONIO –– Republicans are still hot over the loss of two congressional districts to Democrats in 2006 _ especially the one that had been held by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay _ and they‘re looking to win them back this fall.

But first, they must choose their challengers in the March 4 p >>>


      HOPING TO AVOID THE HEPATITIS A–LIST
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     NEW YORK –– Hundreds of patrons of a posh Manhattan hot spot, including A–list celebrities who attended actor Ashton Kutcher‘s 30th birthday party there, may have been exposed to hepatitis A, health officials said.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offered free vaccines through >>>


      HUCKABEE LINGERS ON THE SET OF ‘SNL‘
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     NEW YORK –– Even though Mike Huckabee is still battling for the Republican presidential nomination despite long odds, he said Saturday he won‘t "overstay his welcome." Then he did precisely that, lingering on the "Weekend Update" set of "Saturday Night Live" despite repeat >>>


      IN TEXAS, CLINTON HAS HISTORY AND OBAMA HAS BUZZ
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton likes to remind Texans that she first came here to ask for their votes in 1'72 as a young Democratic campaign worker.

"She‘s got history in Texas," said Doug Hattaway, a Clinton adviser who worked on Al Gore‘s presidential campaign in 2000.
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      LAPD ARREST JAPANESE MAN IN 1'81 MURDER
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– A Japanese businessman has been arrested on suspicion of murder more than a quarter–century after an infamous downtown shooting that left his wife dead and caused an international furor, police said.

Kazuyoshi Miura, 60, had already been convicted in Japan in 1''4 of the >>>


      MICHIGAN EATERY BUILDS A BIGGER BURGER
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     SOUTHGATE, Mich. –– A Detroit–area restaurant owner believes he has broken the world record for "largest hamburger commercially available." After 12 hours of preparation and baking, the 134–pound burger emerged Saturday at Mallie‘s Sports Bar and Grill.

The "Absolute >>>


      NADER ANNOUNCES RUN FOR PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Ralph Nader is launching a third–party campaign for president. The consumer advocate made the announcement Sunday on NBC‘s "Meet the Press." He says most Americans are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties, and that none of the presidential contenders are >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     FEMA Trailer Tenants Can Request Testing NEW ORLEANS –– People living in FEMA trailers can now ask the federal government to test their homes for formaldehyde contamination.

Such testing could begin as early as next week and would begin with residents of the Gulf Coast who have already requested tes >>>


      NIU HOLDING MEMORIAL FOR SLAIN STUDENTS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     DEKALB, Ill. –– Students, faculty and supporters of Northern Illinois University are getting ready for a campus–wide memorial to remember the five students killed by a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom and then committed suicide.

University officials say they expect the crowd at the Su >>>


      OBAMA‘S OHIO MAILINGS INFURIATE CLINTON
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     CINCINNATI –– Hillary Rodham Clinton angrily accused her Democratic rival Saturday of deliberately misrepresenting her positions on NAFTA and health care in mass mailings to voters, adding, "Shame on you, Barack Obama." Clutching two of Obama campaign mailings in her hand for emphasis, the former f >>>


      OBAMA: MCCAIN PUTS LOBBYISTS ‘IN CHARGE‘
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that the Republican presidential nominee in waiting, Sen. John McCain, has lobbyists as top aides and "many of them have been running their business on the campaign bus while they‘ve been helping him." The Democratic presidential hopeful also >>>


      PAPER: DA WAS PART OF JFK MOVIE DEAL
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     DALLAS –– A longtime prosecutor agreed while he was in office to give filmmakers access to documents connected to President Kennedy‘s assassination and helped form a company to take part in the venture, a newspaper reported Sunday.

New details about District Attorney Henry Wade‘s involve >>>


      REFINERY BLAST DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 11
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     AUGUSTA, Ga. –– The death toll from a Georgia sugar refinery explosion has risen again.

A hospital spokeswoman in Augusta says another burn patient has died from injuries suffered in the blast at Imperial Sugar in Port Wentworth. That means 11 people have died since the Feb. 7 explosion.

Be >>>


      SKIER SURVIVES MASSIVE ALASKA AVALANCHE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– A skier was rescued from a massive avalanche that buried him for as many as 40 minutes Saturday near the site where another slide killed two snowmobilers earlier this month.

Ian Wilson of Portland, Ore., was blue and unresponsive when he was pulled out from 4 feet of snow, but w >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     AM –– A powerful Pacific storm was forecast to slam into California on Sunday, bringing strong winds to the state and several feet of snow to the highest elevations.

Winds were predicted to gust to over 50 mph in the lower elevations and to near 100 mph in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. >>>


      THOUSANDS MOURN SLAIN COLLEGE STUDENT
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     RENO, Nev. –– More than 3,000 mourners gathered Saturday night to remember a 1'–year–old college student believed killed by a serial rapist as a loving, caring woman with many friends and a winning personality.

Brianna Denison‘s body was found in a Reno field on Feb. 15. Police >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – FEB. 24
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     –– Today is Sunday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2008. There are 311 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M.

Stanton; Johnson was l >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     3:10 AM –– IN THE HEADLINES California a tough climb for any GOP nominee ... ‘Soul Man‘ Sam Moore tells Obama to stop using his song ... GOP delegates in American Samoa support John McCain ___ ‘Soul Man‘ to Obama: Cool it NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Hold On: Stop using my song.

T >>>


      TROUBLED MICH. EX–NEWS ANCHOR FOUND DEAD
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     ROYAL OAK, Mich. –– A former TV news anchor in Michigan who was accused of embezzling from a man she dated and advised financially has been found dead in her home.

Police tell The Detroit News that a relative found Suzanne Wangler unresponsive Saturday afternoon in her home in suburban Royal Oak. De >>>


      US SEEKS CUBAN TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Cuba without Fidel Castro as president should move toward "peaceful, democratic change" and allow Cubans the chance to become "masters of their own lives," the Bush administration said Sunday.

"The Cuban people, facing the legacy of decades of tyranny, merit ou >>>


      WASHINGTON GOVERNOR CALLS FOR FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire called on Sunday for the federal government to issue up to $60 billion in bonds to fund infrastructure projects across the country.

"It‘s an idea whose time has come," the Democratic leader said at the National Governors Assoc >>>


      WHITEWATER PROBE INVOLVED FIRST LADY
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     11:1' AM –– Events during the Whitewater investigation involving Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1''2: March 8: The New York Times raises questions about an old real estate venture in the Ozarks involving the Clintons and former savings and loan owner Jim McDougal and his wife, Susan. Bill and Hillary Ro >>>


      WHITEWATER: YEARS OF LEGAL TROUBLE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Whitewater. The word symbolizes years of legal troubles for Hillary Rodham Clinton during her husband‘s presidency. The scandal stoked a $52 million criminal investigation and offered moments of extraordinary spectacle, including the unprecedented grand jury appearance by a first lady.
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      GRACEFUL EXIT‘ URGED FOR MUSHARRAF
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Three senators who met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after opposition parties won a governing majority last week urged a "graceful exit" from power for the close Bush terror–fighting ally.

"Were I their political adviser, that‘s what I would advis >>>


      401(K) PLANS PUT ON NOTICE AS INVESTOR‘S SUIT ADVANCES
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     The Supreme Court‘s ruling on the mismanagement of a 401(k) plan last week isn‘t likely to have broad ramifications for investors saving for retirement.

But it does highlight ongoing efforts to expand protections for investors managing their own retirement accounts.

About 70 million people >>>


      A COMEBACK FOR THE CRIME ISSUE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     From Pakistan to Serbia, and recurrently in Iraq, the headlines point to the dangers of the world –– most notably the threat of terrorism. And yet when the polling firm Cooper & Secrest Associates asked 1,13' Americans in December which threat they took most seriously, 6' percent chose violent cr >>>


      CLINTON TAKES STRONG EXCEPTION TO TACTICS OF OBAMA CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     February 24, 2008; A11 HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio, Feb. 23 –– In perhaps her sharpest attack of the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her Democratic rival Saturday of "using tactics that are straight out of Karl Rove‘s playbook," declaring at one point, "Shame on y >>>


      COULD OBAMA TURN RED STATES BLUE?
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     As Sen. Barack Obama creeps ever closer to the Democratic presidential nomination, the eyes of The Fix are more and more diverted to what a general election matchup between the senator from Illinois and Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.) might look like.

Obama‘s campaign has insisted that he has the ability >>>


      EXXON OIL SPILL CASE MAY GET CLOSURE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     By Robert BarnesWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 24, 2008; A01 When a federal jury in Alaska in 1''4 ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion to thousands of people who had their lives disrupted by the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, an appeal of the nation‘s largest punitive damages award was inevitabl >>>


      HOW WOULD JESUS VOTE?
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     As an evangelical who worked in Democratic politics before entering journalism, I‘m used to getting looks from liberals who are embarrassed for me when I use the E–word to describe myself. Confusion flickers across their faces as they instantly reassess my political leanings and intelligence. People who have >>>


      I VOTED FOR OBAMA. WILL I GO STRAIGHT TO. . . ?
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     Like most Maryland Democrats, I voted for Sen. Barack Obama in the recent Potomac Primary. By doing so, according to the leaders of my church, I put my soul at risk. That‘s right, says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops –– tap the touch screen for a pro–abortion–rights candidate, and y >>>


      IN TOLEDO, PROMISES OF CHANGE RING HOLLOW
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     2008; A01 TOLEDO –– The Ford plant in nearby Maumee, where workers stamped out automobile fenders and dash panels, will close this year. Johnson Controls, which for years made seats for the iconic Jeeps that are assembled here, recently lost that contract to a firm in India. And American Standard is closing >>>


      IT‘S A SCARY WORLD. DON‘T CAMPAIGN REPORTERS CARE?
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     The last year has thrown a dizzying array of foreign policy challenges at the United States. We deployed an additional 30,000 troops to Iraq.

Venezuela‘s Hugo Ch'4;żvez and Iran‘s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blustered their way across the world stage. Russian President Vladimir Putin flirted wit >>>


      IT‘S NOT YOUR FATHER‘S RELIGIOUS RIGHT
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     Who will govern the new religious right? History may look back at this Republican primary season and judge that answering that question –– not determining the nominee –– could be its greatest significance. Even if Sen. John McCain wins the race for the White House, he‘s likely, at his age, >>>


      JUSTICES FURTHER RESIST FINDING RIGHT TO SUE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     A0' There was a time when Supreme Court justices peered into federal statutes outlawing discrimination and found between the lines the right of the aggrieved to take his complaint to court. What good was the law, they reasoned, without a means to enforce it?

Those, Justice Antonin Scalia said last week, wer >>>


      NEED A SENATOR TO PROMOTE A FILM? THIS AIDE COULD MAKE IT HAPPEN.
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     C07 Paul S. Green, who died Feb. 6 at age '0, became one of Hollywood‘s inside publicity men in Washington while working as a Capitol Hill aide in the 1'50s and 1'60s.

His first coup was getting a former vice president to dress like Davy Crockett to promote Burt Lancaster‘s 1'55 fron >>>


      OBAMA‘S RED–STATE PROSPECTS UNCLEAR
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     A01 For Democrats desperate to reclaim the White House, the numbers have been tantalizing.

In winning Tuesday‘s primary in the key swing state of Wisconsin, Sen. Barack Obama drew support from tens of thousands of Republicans and independents. He pulled off the same feat in his landslide victory in the Vi >>>


      OUR FLAGGING FAITH IN THE GOP
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     It‘s immigration, stupid. That‘s the message from Hispanic faith voters –– the de facto swing vote in this year‘s presidential election. The candidate who hears and heeds it may well win the White House in November. And despite the patterns of the past, that candidate may not be a Republica >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S POLITICAL COALITION MEANS NEW CHALLENGES FOR U.S.
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     After six years of relying on President Pervez Musharraf to combat extremism in Pakistan, the Bush administration has begun a slow and awkward separation from its ally, reaching out to disparate new political and military leaders to ensure future cooperation with the United States.

"No one wants us to be i >>>


      SENATORS DIVERTING CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO KIN
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 24, 2008; A04 Under long–standing congressional ethics rules, corporations, unions and other large organizations cannot directly pay senators stipends. But their contributions to senators‘ election campaigns can be paid without limit to the child >>>


      SIMPLE QUESTION DEFINES COMPLEX HEALTH DEBATE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     A10 The defining difference between the Democratic presidential candidates on the top domestic issue in their recent debate and throughout the campaign has been their contrasting views on a seemingly simple question: Should the government require all Americans to have health insurance?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clint >>>


      THE RUNNING MATE MCCAIN NEEDS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     "Do you think he‘d do it?" That was the first question Ronald Reagan asked when, 24 days before the 1'76 Republican convention, his campaign manager suggested that Reagan immediately name Pennsylvania‘s Sen. Richard Schweiker as his running mate. Reagan was narrowly behind in the delegate count >>>


      THE VALUE OF NEWNESS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     "When it comes to foreign policy, experience is a highly overrated asset." So says a former British foreign service officer named Jonathan Clarke, who has created a blog called Swoop ( http://theswoop.net) dedicated to undermining Washington‘s fondness for conventional wisdom.

What my friend Cla >>>


      ‘RAULISTAS‘ EXPECTED TO BACK RAUL CASTRO
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     HAVANA –– They are called "Raulistas" _ top military men who manage much of Cuba‘s economy and populate the upper reaches of power. On Sunday, these men will likely ensure that Raul Castro not only succeeds his brother Fidel as president, but remains in firm control.

Having served in >>>


      25 DIE IN SAUDI ARABIA BUS CRASH
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– A bus plunged over a cliff Saturday in southern Saudi Arabia, killing at least 25 people on board, the state–run news agency reported.

The official Saudi Press Agency said 25 people were killed and eight were wounded, citing police Col. Abdulla al–Qurni in the sou >>>


      ARMENIAN PRESIDENT LAMBASTS OPPOSITION
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     PM YEREVAN, Armenia –– Armenia‘s president accused the opposition Saturday of trying to seize power in the small ex–Soviet nation as protests against alleged fraud in this week‘s presidential vote entered a fourth day.

"Our actions will be resolute and harsh and aimed at prese >>>


      ATTACK ON SHI‘ITE PILGRIMS KILLS THREE IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militants attacked a group of pilgrims in Baghdad on Sunday as they walked to one of Shi‘ite Islam‘s holiest festivals, killing three people and wounding 36, Iraqi police said.

They said the pilgrims were hit by a roadside bomb and then fired on by gunmen in Doura, a southe >>>


      BAGHDAD URGES TALKS AS TURKEY, PKK CLASH IN N.IRAQ
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     ZAKHU, Iraq (Reuters) – Turkish troops engaged Kurdish PKK rebels in close combat on Sunday that left scores dead in a major ground offensive into northern Iraq.

Iraq‘s government said NATO member Turkey should withdraw its troops as soon as possible and urged Ankara to sit down with Baghdad for tal >>>


      CANADA SEEKS TO DEPORT MOROCCAN–BORN MAN
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     PM TORONTO –– Canada‘s spy agency made new allegations against a Montreal man who has been accused of being an al–Qaida sleeper agent, saying he once discussed commandeering a commercial aircraft and had applied to work for Air Canada.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service laid the >>>


      CASTRO REJECTS IDEA OF POLITICAL CHANGE
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     HAVANA –– Fidel Castro on Saturday rejected the idea of major political change after Cuba‘s parliament chooses a new president _ his final published comments as the nation‘s longtime leader.

The article on the front page of the Communist Party newspaper Granma was one of a flurry of rece >>>


      CHAD REBELS SEEK FOREIGN SUPPORT FOR NEW ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     N‘DJAMENA (Reuters) – One of Chad‘s main rebel groups called on the international community on Sunday to push for new elections in the turbulent central African state.

The Union of Forces for Democracy and Development (UFDD), one of three rebel factions which launched a failed assault on the C >>>


      CHINA COULD GIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC A BOOST
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     BEIJING –– Facing dwindling popularity in the West, classical music could receive a boost from a large Chinese population increasingly interested in other cultures, the music director of the New York Philharmonic said Saturday.

Speaking ahead of two performances in Beijing‘s new National Grand >>>


      CUBA TO NAME NEW LEADER TO SUCCEED FIDEL CASTRO
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba‘s rubber–stamp National Assembly will name Fidel Castro‘s successor on Sunday, ending the 4'–year rule of the bearded revolutionary who turned Cuba into a communist state on America‘s doorstep.

His brother Raul Castro, who has been running Cuba sin >>>


      CUBA TO REPLACE CASTRO AFTER 4' YEARS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     HAVANA –– Cuban lawmakers meet to name a new head of state for the first time in nearly a half–century on Sunday, five days after an ailing, 81–year–old Fidel Castro relinquished power.

His 76–year–old younger brother Raul Castro, as first vice president and constitutio >>>


      EATING BUGS IN NORTHERN THAILAND
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     CHIANG MAI, Thailand –– I broke open my omelet and ant eggs spilled out. They were glistening white, the size of Rice Krispies. I sat up and took a breath. Could I stomach this?

Before I arrived in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai in search of insect cuisine, I envisioned a scene out of Fear Fac >>>


      GEORGIA TYCOON‘S BODY TO BE RELEASED FOR BURIAL
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     TBILISI (Reuters) – The body of wealthy Georgian opposition leader Badri Patarkatsishvili will be flown home from Britain to his native Georgia for burial while the investigation into his death continues, his family said on Sunday.

Patarkatsishvili, Georgia‘s richest man, dropped dead on February 13 >>>


      GREEK CYPRIOTS VOTE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     AM NICOSIA (Reuters) – Greek Cypriots voted on Sunday to choose between a communist and right–wing candidate in a tight presidential race crucial to fresh peace talks on the war–divided island and to Turkey‘s EU accession hopes.

Half a million Greek Cypriots choose between Communist part >>>


      IN CUBA, HOPES FOR A NEW CAPITALIST SEASON
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 24,
2008; A15 COJIMAR, Cuba, Feb. 23 –– Idalberto Estrada really wanted to make a sale.

He slashed a slender blade through the barklike brown skin of a yuca root, a staple of the meager Cuban diet. A woman with brightly >>>


      IN MOSUL, A HOPEFUL PARTNERSHIP
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 24, 2008; A01 MOSUL –– The mission was as dangerous as any that American troops could face in Mosul. An Iraqi informant had tipped them off about an enormous stockpile of homemade explosives and rocket–propelled grenades hidden along a ci >>>


      IRAQI PM GOING TO UK FOR MEDICAL TESTS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki was to travel to London on Sunday for a round of medical tests just two months after he spent a week there for another round of checks.

Al–Maliki‘s adviser Yassin Majeed said al–Maliki was in good health and that the tests are merely >>>


      ISRAEL SAYS IT HAS IMPROVED AIRSTRIKES
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     TEL AVIV, Israel –– Amer Qurmot never saw it coming: In a split second, an Israeli missile killed the 44–year–old Palestinian rocket mastermind as he walked along a road in the northern Gaza Strip.

With that Feb. 4 assassination, Qurmot became the latest in a long line of Gaza militant l >>>


      KREMLIN RULER OR PUTIN‘S PUPPET: WHO IS MEDVEDEV?
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – People who know Dmitry Medvedev describe him as an intelligent and straightforward man who dislikes risk –– but does he have the political instincts to survive as Russia‘s next president?

He has been overwhelming favorite to win the March 2 presidential election ever s >>>


      MAGNITUDE 6.6 QUAKE HITS INDONESIA: USGS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia off the coast of Sumatra island on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake, which struck at ':46 a.m. EST, was '6 miles (154 km) southwest of Padang, Sumatra, and was centered at a depth of 21.7 miles, the USGS said.< >>>


      MERKEL‘S PARTY KEEPS POWER IN HAMBURG, LEFT GAINS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservatives appeared on track to retain power in an election in the northern city–state of Hamburg on Sunday which also delivered gains for a new far–left party.

Christian Democrat (CDU) Premier Ole von Beust, a Merkel ally who has r >>>


      PAKISTAN BLOCKS YOUTUBE VIDEO ACCESS
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s government has banned access to the video–sharing Web site YouTube because of anti–Islamic movies that users have posted on the site, an official said Sunday.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority told the country‘s 70 Internet service pro >>>


      PAKISTAN TALIBAN WARN NEW GOVERNMENT TO KEEP CLEAR
      Washington Post, 24-02-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan militants linked to al–Qaeda warned any incoming civilian government on Sunday that they would strike even more viciously if President Pervez Musharraf‘s war on terror was continued in tribal areas.

Following last week‘s inconclusive election, several polit >>>



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