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      BAHRAIN TO ISSUE NEW BILLS TOMORROW
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Mahmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 16 March 2008 — The Central Bank of Bahrain, which has already received 300 million Bahraini dinars worth of all–new–look currency notes, will issue the first of the new currency through the monetary supply chain starting tomorrow, a senior official at the central bank said >>>


      BUMPER CROP AT STOCK EXCHANGE IN MANAMA
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Mahmood Rafique, Arab News MANAMA, 16 March 2008 — The listed companies on the Bahrain Stock Exchange (BSE) posted strong financial gains with total profits rising to 1 billion Bahraini dinars with distributions of 404 million Bahraini dinars as cash dividends in 2007, a report released by the bourse said.

The >>>


      FINANCE MINISTRY TO HOLD MEETING WITH TRADERS
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — The Finance Ministry will hold an important meeting with at least 70 prominent traders this week to discuss measures to curb the rising prices of essential commodities, including those subsidized by the government. The meeting comes in the wake of complaints by Saudi >>>


      KINGDOM CALLS FOR WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 16 March 2008 — The Kingdom has called for water conservation measures, both at the corporate and individual levels, as part of a national effort to make judicious use of its natural resources.

This message was delivered yesterday by Loay Musallam, deputy minister of planning at >>>


      MARAFIQ RELEASES RFP FOR WATER, POWER PROJECT
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Arab News JUBAIL, 16 March 2008 — Thamer S. Al–Sharhan, the president and CEO of Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), has announced the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Yanbu Independent Water and Power Project (Yanbu IWPP).

This is the second IWPP project that >>>


      SAUDI MARKET HAS HUGE POTENTIAL, SAYS AMIN
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Siraj Wahab, Arab News Mukhtarul Amin JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — An Indian safety shoemaker says streamlined Saudi regulations are making a planned factory here a safe bet for the company.

Mukhtarul Amin, chairman and managing director of Superhouse Ltd., credited the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SA >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS TUMBLE NEARLY 2 PERCENT
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — Saudi stocks continued to decline yesterday after suffering a fall of '2.78 points last week. Investors are also preparing to trade in Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia (Zain), set for next week.

The Capital Market Authority (CMA) announced yest >>>


      SHB, TAAJEER SIGN DEAL FOR SUKUK ISSUE
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — Taajeer Company for Vehicles, Equipment and Real Estate yesterday announced the successful closing of its debut Islamic sukuk issue.

The sukuk, which was issued as an exempt offer under Capital Market Authority regulations, attracted 50 percent more subscriptions >>>


      ADVISING ONE WIFE TO BE GOOD TO OTHERS
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Any man with more than one wife is bound to come up against women’s jealousy. Indeed many men have to cope with such jealousy even though they have only one wife. A woman’s jealousy may be aroused by the mere casual encounter between her husband and a woman in the course of his daily life. That a >>>


      DISTINCT WAYS, DIFFERENT ENDS
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Say: ‘Who is it that gives you sustenance out of the heavens and the earth?’ Say: ‘It is God; and either we or you are on the right path or have clearly gone astray!’ (24) Say: ‘Neither shall you be called to account for whatever we have >>>


      MARRYING AN OLD ENEMY’S DAUGHTER
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The woman was evidently full of sorrow and appeared overburdened. Yet her feelings could not overshadow the fact that she was both pretty and well brought up. She was speaking to the Prophet (peace be upon him), appealing for his help in her plight. When she mentioned her name, Barrah bint Al&ndas >>>


      THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO OFFER WITR PRAYER
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. If a person offers night worship very often but misses out on some nights due to oversleeping, when should he pray witr?

Q.2. If one is reading the Qur’an sitting on the floor, and someone close to him is sitting on a sofa, should the one reading the Qur’an move over to sit at a high >>>


      THE PROPHET’S RESPONSIBILITY
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful We have sent you to all mankind so that you bring them good news and give them warning; but most people do not understand. They ask: «When is this promise to be fulfilled, if what you say be true?» Say: «There has been a >>>


      THE STATUS OF SCHOLARS AND CHANGES IN THEIR DRESSES
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Scholars in our part of the world belong almost entirely to the Hanafi school of thought, but when they give fatwa on different matters, they never refer to books by Abu Haneefah, Abu Yusuf and Muhammad ibn Al–Hasan.

Instead they refer to books written over 200 years later. Is th >>>


      THE TRUTH WILL BE OUT
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Say: Call upon those whom you imagine to be partners with God. They do not have even an atom’s weight of authority either in the heavens or the earth, nor have they any share in either, nor does He have any helper from among them.

>>>


      WHEN DIVISION OF INHERITANCE PRESENTS DIFFICULTY
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A person died, leaving behind his wife, both parents and two daughters. According to the rules of distributing inheritance, their shares are more than the total estate. How do we solve this problem?

A. Kasagrod A. There are cases where the shares given to heirs may total more than the >>>


      2 HELD OVER MAKKAH SERIAL BURGLARIES
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 16 March 2008 — A Saudi citizen and a Yemeni national were recently arrested in Makkah for robbing over 30 stores across the holy city, said Maj. Abdul Muhsin Al–Mayman, official spokesman for the Makkah police.

Plainclothes officers who had been monitoring shops >>>


      DUMPSITE BLAST KILLS WOMAN IN ASIR TOWN
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Arab News KHAMIS MUSHAYT, 16 March 2008 — A 64–year–old woman was killed in the town of Hafayez when she inadvertently detonated a 105mm artillery shell near a garbage dump, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday.

«A woman who was collecting firewood died of the injuries received from bei >>>


      EASY TERMS GIVE BOOST TO CONSUMER LENDING
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Galal Fakkar, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — Around 4.8 million Saudis and 461,000 expatriates took bank loans or financed purchases in 2007, according to a recent financial study. The reason? According to one financial analyst: Loans are simply easier to acquire.

«An employee can now get a loan just o >>>


      JEDDAH HOSPITAL GOES FOR MAJOR REVAMP
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Wael Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — King Fahd Hospital will receive a series of new facilities, including a helipad, a new blood bank, laboratory and radiology department.

Health Minister Dr. Hamad Al–Manie will lay the foundation stone for the new building to house several of the new project >>>


      KAUST ANNOUNCES TALENT SEARCH WINNERS
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) yesterday announced the winners of its Global Research Partnership (GRP) investigator competition. They included leading researchers from around the world seeking cutting–edge discoveries on critical scientific challenges. >>>


      NOBODY IS ABOVE CRITICISM: KING ABDULLAH
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah flanked by Crown Prince Sultan, left, and Dr. Saleh Bin–Humaid, chairman of the Shoura Council, at the inauguration of the consultative body’s annual session in Riyadh on Saturday. (AFP)

RIYADH, 16 March 2008 — Custodian of the Two Holy >>>


      NURSE FLIES HOME AFTER MONTHS IN DETENTION
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 16 March 2008 — A South African nurse who went missing on Nov.
20 and was later found in a prison has been sent back to her country by Saudi authorities.

«Dannelene Noach flew from Riyadh to Cape Town to an emotional reunion after having spent months in detention >>>


      POVERTY FUND DOLES OUT MILLIONS TO SUPPORT POOR FAMILIES: AKKAS
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Arab News Abdul Mohsen Al–Akkas JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — The Kingdom has set up a national charitable fund to improve the living conditions of the poor, Social Affairs Minister Abdul Mohsen Al–Akkas has said.

The fund receives SR300 million from the government in annual aid, the minister said. « >>>


      RAKAN IS BACK WITH HIS MOTHER AFTER COURT RULING
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Laura Bashraheel, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — Rakan, the six–year–old boy from Makkah who was allegedly abused by his mother, went back to his mother after a judge, giving his verdict in the custody case last Wednesday, ruled in the favor of the mother.

Sheikh Saleh Al–Twalah based the d >>>


      SAUDI WOMEN WELCOMED ‘OFF STAGE’ AT FOURTH SAUDI DRAMA FESTIVAL
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News A scene from the Saudi play «A State of Anxiety» presented by the Taif Drama Group. The group’s play will be on stage on the opening day of the Fourth Saudi Festival that starts on Sunday in Riyadh. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 16 March 2008 — Saudi women will tonight be able to att >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: GIRL TO THE RESCUE, NO THANKS TO MEN
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Arab News HAIL, 16 March 2008 — A seven–year–old boy fell into a swimming pool here recently during a private social function and the men in attendance were helpless to do anything about it. According to a report in Al–Riyadh newspaper, none of the men knew how to swim and were otherwise almost clueles >>>


      GOVT WITHDRAWS CASES AGAINST ZARDARI, BENAZIR
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 16 March 2008 — The National Accountability Bureau yesterday withdrew corruption cases involving 72 million rupees against Pakistan People&#3's Party Co–Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and murdered former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The chief prosecutor of the burea >>>


      IS THERE AN ISRAELI ANGLE TO SPITZER OUSTER?
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 16 March 2008 — It has all the ingredients of a soap opera: Sex, deceit and intrigue involving a politician who built his career on ethics and propriety.

For New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who promised voters he would clean up the state’s corrupt political ethics, his nosed >>>


      MUSLIMS PLAN LEGAL STEPS TO COUNTER ISLAMOPHOBIA
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal, 16 March 2008 — The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from bigoted cartoonists and politicians.

Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world’s Muslim nations are considering legal action >>>


      MUSLIMS WANT MAHARASHTRA TO BAN &#3'FITNA&#3'
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     MUMBAI, 16 March 2008 — A delegation of ulema as well as community leaders yesterday met with Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and apprised him of Muslim apprehensions about the 15–minute controversial anti–Islamic film &#34Fitna&#34, which is scheduled to be released in India on March 28 >>>


      OIC CHIEF URGES INDIA TO IMPROVE KASHMIRIS&#3' LOT
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Arab News DAKAR, Senegal, 16 March 2008 — OIC Secretary–General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu reiterated the 57–member group&#3's complete and unflinching support to what he described as the just cause of Kashmir.

Speaking at a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir in the Senegalese c >>>


      PHILIPPINE TROOPS SUSPEND OFFENSIVE AS PACQUIAO FIGHTS
      Arab News, 16-03-2008
     Gloria E. Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 16 March 2008 — Government troops were ordered to suspend offensive operations against communist rebels today and help cheer on boxer Manny Pacquiao in his world title fight with Mexico’s Juan Miguel Marquez in Las Vegas.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Hermogene >>>


      ‘FOX NEWS SUNDAY‘ PRODS OBAMA ON NO–SHOW
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Hoping to prod Barack Obama into appearing on its show, "Fox News Sunday" launched the "Obama Watch," a weekly update on the number of days the Democratic presidential candidate has failed to appear on the program.

Host Chris Wallace said Sunday that Obama promised >>>


      2 KILLED AS SEVERE STORMS STRIKE GA.
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     ATLANTA –– Two people in rural northwest Georgia are dead and dozens injured after a series of severe storms moved through the state, producing the first–ever tornado to hit downtown Atlanta.

A woman was killed in Polk County early Saturday afternoon when a storm demolished her home and threw >>>


      3 AIRLINES MATCH INCREASES IN FARES TO HELP PAY FOR FUEL
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways yesterday all matched round–trip fare increases of as much as $50 by United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

United and Continental‘s boost was the fourth in a month by U.S. carriers to help cover soaring fuel costs. Jet–fuel prices reached a >>>


      5 DEAD IN NORTHERN OHIO CAR ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     LUCAS, Ohio –– A car drove off a hilly state highway in northern Ohio, overturned, struck several trees and caught fire _ killing the three men and two women inside, authorities said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the accident took place just after 4 p.m. Saturday on State Route 603 near Mansfi >>>


      A SCANT PUBLIC RECORD
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Not much in the public record indicates how the Supreme Court justices interpret the Second Amendment, even though advocates on both sides of the issue have searched their writings for clues.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said during his confirmation hearings in 2005 that the court‘s 1'3' deci >>>


      ALASKA GOP CHAIR SURVIVES OUSTER ATTEMPT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Alaska‘s Republican Party chairman survived an ouster attempt Saturday night as the state‘s GOP wrapped up its annual convention.

Just before adjournment, delegates voted 167–133 to table a resolution calling for Randy Ruedrich to resign _ a resolution the chai >>>


      ANALYSIS: PATERSON‘S STYLE WINS FRIENDS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– In one historic hour Monday, Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s once–unlimited political career will dissolve into disgrace, undone by hypocrisy, and Lt. Gov. David Paterson will be sworn in as New York‘s first black governor.

The transition in top Democrats means a tone of bipar >>>


      ARK. BUSINESSMAN VANISHES AMID AUDIT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –– John Glasgow had a healthy salary, with an opportunity to pick up stock in the construction company where he worked. He was the kind of guy who paid back a $500 bonus he got for completing an anti–smoking program because he started to light up again.

But now Glasgow has be >>>


      ATLANTA CLEANS UP AFTER TORNADO STRIKE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     By Errin HainesAssociated PressSunday, March 16, 2008; A11 ATLANTA, March 15 –– Storms killed two people Saturday near the Alabama–Georgia state line, less than 24 hours after a tornado with winds of up to 130 mph cut a six–mile path through downtown Atlanta, blowing windows out of skyscrapers an >>>


      CENTURY–OLD LAW TIED TO SPITZER SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Among the charges Gov. Eliot Spitzer could face in the call–girl scandal that has cost him his job is one that has been brought against a slew of other prominent men in the past century.

In court papers, Client ', identified by law enforcement officials as Spitzer, paid for a p >>>


      CHENEY HEADING TO MIDEAST
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– High gasoline prices and prospects for an Israeli–Palestinian peace deal headline Vice President Dick Cheney‘s trip to the Mideast, but fears about Iran‘s rising influence will be a key topic of his private talks at each stop.

Cheney was scheduled to leave Sunday on a >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA BACKERS TONE DOWN RHETORIC
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Backers of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama toned down their rhetoric on Sunday for fear party infighting might turn voters against Democrats and deliver their votes into the hands of Republican John McCain.

All over the Sunday TV talk show circuit, journalists tried to get campaign >>>


      CRANE CRUSHES NYC BUILDINGS; 4 DEAD
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     2008; 10:36 PM NEW YORK –– A crane rising 1' stories alongside a skyscraper under construction toppled like a tree across a city block Saturday, crashing into apartment buildings, killing four people and setting off a scramble for survivors.

The crane split into pieces as it fell, pulverizing a >>>


      CRANE CRUSHES NYC BUILDINGS; 4 KILLED
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Search dogs sniffed the rubble. Rescuers aimed thermal–imaging cameras and listening devices into crevices. Some pulled at bricks with their gloved hands. Crews working through the night sifted mounds of debris in search of survivors after a towering crane at a construction site toppled lik >>>


      DISCIPLINE DESPITE CALIF. BUS RESCUE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     SEASIDE, Calif. –– A 15–year–old girl who stopped an out–of–control school bus she was riding on was handed a Saturday detention instead because she was skipping school.

Marina High School student Amanda Rouse was on a bus with 40 elementary school students Wednesday morning >>>


      EMPLOYER BIAS THWARTS MANY BLIND WORKERS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Technology and training have improved to the point that blind people can adeptly perform a dazzling array of jobs _ soon to include the governorship of New York. The biggest obstacle still in their way, advocates say, is the negative attitude of many employers.

The most recent available >>>


      FOUR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS DIE IN N.Y. CRANE COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     By Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 16, 2008; A07 NEW YORK, March 15 –– Four construction workers were killed Saturday afternoon when a towering crane toppled onto a Manhattan apartment building, in what Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) called one of the city‘s worst construction ac >>>


      KATRINA AFTERMATH ERODES BAYOU CULTURE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     GRAND BAYOU, La. –– When Ruby Ancar talks about her fishing village on the bayou, she says a divine hand has protected her Atakapa–Ishak kinfolk for generations.

But Grand Bayou is forsaken these days, 30 months after Hurricane Katrina washed over it and dragged one of Louisiana‘s last a >>>


      MEDIA SHIELD LAW REMAINS IN DOUBT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– As federal judges order more reporters to disclose their confidential sources, news organizations are pinning their hopes on congressional passage of a media shield bill the Bush administration opposes as a threat to national security.

The legislation being considered in the Senate off >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     2nd Spacewalk Is Made For Assembly of Robot CAPE CANAVERAL –– Astronauts started the second spacewalk of their space–station mission on Saturday, to put together almost an entire robotic machine.

The robot‘s hands were attached to its 11–foot arms during the first spacewalk. This t >>>


      OBAMA DECRIES RACIAL RHETORIC
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     PLAINFIELD, Ind. –– Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday decried "the forces of division" over race that he said are intruding into the Democratic presidential nomination contest.

"We have to come together," he told a town–hall meeting at a high school. He cited videos of inflamma >>>


      OBAMA EXPANDS DELEGATE LEAD
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Democrat Barack Obama expanded his fragile lead in delegates over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday, picking up at least seven delegates as Iowa activists took the next step in picking delegates to the national convention.

Half the 14 delegates allocated to John Edwards on >>>


      OBAMA EXPANDS DELEGATE LEAD OVER CLINTON
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Democrat Barack Obama expanded his fragile lead in delegates over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday, picking up nine delegates as Iowa activists took the next step in picking delegates to the national convention.

More than half the 14 delegates allocated to John Edwards on >>>


      POLL: MORE SEE GOVERNMENT AS SECRETIVE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     AM –– Nearly nine in 10 Americans say it‘s important to know presidential and congressional candidates‘ positions on open government, but three out of four view the federal government as secretive, according to a survey released Sunday.

Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University con >>>


      RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE POINTER DEAD AT 73
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –– Retired U.S. District Judge Sam C. Pointer Jr., who received death threats because of his rulings forcing school integration in Birmingham during nearly 30 years on the bench, has died. He was 73.

Pointer died Saturday at a hospital after suffering from an illness, said his wife, >>>


      SAVANNAH BLACKS OUT FOR ST. PAT‘S PARTY
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     SAVANNAH, Ga. –– Savannah‘s weekend St. Patrick‘s Day celebration turned from emerald green to pitch black late Saturday as the city lost power, plunging the downtown party into darkness as thousands roamed the streets.

The only lights in the city‘s historic district were flashing >>>


      SEC PLAYS A TOURNAMENT LIKE NO OTHER
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     ATLANTA –– The setting resembled a Pee Wee league game, with seats reserved for family and friends. Most everyone else headed for home while a Southeastern Conference tournament like no other ad–libbed its way through the weekend, trying to pick up the pieces from a devastating storm.

There wa >>>


      SPACEWALKERS ATTACH ARMS TO CANADIAN ROBOT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – Spacewalking astronauts attached a pair of arms to a Canadian–built robot that will act as a mechanical maintenance man to the International Space Station.

Veteran astronaut Richard Linnehan and rookie partner Michael Foreman completed their spacewalk after a little over seven ho >>>


      TEACHERS UNION GIVES BACKING TO SLOT MACHINE INITIATIVE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Bolstering the campaign to expand legal gambling in Maryland, the state‘s powerful teachers union announced its endorsement yesterday of the November referendum to legalize slot machine gambling.

After fierce lobbying from proponents and opponents, the Maryland State Teachers Association board of director >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     AM –– The threat of severe weather continued into the late Saturday afternoon as Tornado Watches remained in effect from Alabama through southern North Carolina.

Heavy rain was also noted farther north into the Ohio Valley. A smaller low pressure system delivered rain and some snow to New England. C >>>


      THE POWER DRAIN
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     George Mann, an $18–an–hour grocery store clerk in Waldorf, found himself trembling last month as he wrote the check to pay his $644 electricity bill.

Still financially recovering from a $54' electricity bill in January, Mann said he noticed he was "shaking" as he paid the bill, full o >>>


      THE PRESSURE ON LOCAL BUDGETS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     The pain at the pump is hitting local governments, too. Skyrocketing gas prices are adding to the pressure on spending plans being hammered by the real estate slump. Officials are being forced to budget more money to keep tens of thousands of police cars, ambulances and school buses on the roads. They are also looking f >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., and Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D–Conn.) and Charles E. Schumer (D–N.Y.).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Paulson and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama picks up delegates in Iowa thanks to Edwards switches ... Clinton expresses support for Michigan Democratic primary revote proposal ... Pelosi‘s stance on Democratic convention delegates boosts Obama ___ Obama expands delegate lead DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Democrat Barack Ob >>>


      TREASURY CHIEF DEFENDS FED INTERVENTION
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Sunday defended the Federal Reserve‘s decision to help rescue Bear Stearns Cos., the teetering Wall Street investment bank. He sidestepped questions about whether other firms are on shaky ground and the possibility of additional interventions of this ki >>>


      ‘TAKE BACK AMERICA‘ CONFERENCE IS A CHANCE FOR DEMOCRATS TO HIGHLIGHT PROGRESSIVE POLITICS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Watch out, Washington: The liberals are coming. Tomorrow kicks off the fifth annual Take Back America conference in Washington –– a gathering of groups across the progressive spectrum aimed at planning and coordinating their efforts heading into the November election and beyond.

"We are headed >>>


      A BEAR STEARNS MARKET
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Panic is old hat on Wall Street. Rarely before, however, has there been a crisis so comprehensive as this one. It first materialized last summer in the shape of a disturbance in the low–rated, or subprime, mortgage market.

"Contained," the regulatory establishment hopefully pronounced. But it ha >>>


      ARIZONA‘S BOOSTER SOCIALISM
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     PHOENIX –– When the upscale stores –– Bloomingdale‘s, Nordstrom and other magnets for affluent shoppers –– open their doors at the CityNorth "urban village" being built here, Phoenix taxpayers will be there, sort of. They are providing a $'7.4 million subsidy to th >>>


      D.C.‘S GUN BAN GETS DAY IN COURT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     By Robert BarnesWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 16, 2008; A01 Despite mountains of scholarly research, enough books to fill a library shelf and decades of political battles about gun control, the Supreme Court will have an opportunity this week that is almost unique for a modern court when it examines whether >>>


      EDGING (AT TIMES CLUMSILY) TOWARD A POST–RACIAL AMERICA
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     We are supposed to be living in post–racial times: Black mayors such as Washington‘s Adrian Fenty and Newark‘s Cory Booker preside over predominantly black cities with a philosophy based on transcending differences. An African American candidate for president has won primaries and caucuses in overwhelm >>>


      GA. TECH CHIEF SELECTED AS HEAD OF SMITHSONIAN
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     March 15, 2008; A01 One year after a spending controversy forced the ouster of the head of the Smithsonian Institution, the governing board of the world‘s largest museum complex picked an outsider, Georgia Institute of Technology President G. Wayne Clough, to be the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian.

Clou >>>


      HUD QUESTIONS GO UNANSWERED
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     By Carol D. LeonnigWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 16, 2008; A04 Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson twice last week declined to directly answer senators‘ questions about allegations that he and his agency sought to punish a housing authority for refusing to help one of Jackson‘s friends.

S >>>


      LATE CALLS RARELY MERIT SNAP DECISIONS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     A01 There is no dispute, as a dramatic campaign ad from Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign suggests, that presidents get plenty of phone calls at 3 a.m.

A sleeping Ronald Reagan was alerted early in the morning to what turned out to be the accidental shoot–down of an Iranian passenger plane. George H >>>


      MIDEAST PLAYERS DIFFER ON APPROACH TO HAMAS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     During a trip to the Middle East this month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice served as an informal go–between for Hamas and its sworn enemy, the government of Israel, helping to arrange a tentative truce, according to U.S., Israeli and Arab officials.

The United States has long considered Hamas, the P >>>


      NEW TASK FOR A BUDGET STRAIGHT–TALKER
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     It was sheer coincidence that Wednesday, David M. Walker‘s last day as comptroller general of the United States, was the same day that the House and Senate began to debate their budget resolutions for next year.

As the head of the Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, Walker has >>>


      PELOSI‘S DELEGATE STANCE BOOSTS OBAMA
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it would be damaging to the Democratic party for its leaders to buck the will of national convention delegates picked in primaries and caucuses, a declaration that gives a boost to Sen. Barack Obama.

"If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what >>>


      PUTTING MENTALLY DISABLED WORKERS AT RISK IS NO WAY TO CUT CORNERS
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Demolishing a building that dates back to the days of asbestos is a complicated business. You need to examine the construction method and, often, call in the men in white suits.

When the Federal Aviation Administration decided to knock down an old guard shack last year on the grounds of the Washington Air Route >>>


      RALLIERS IN D.C. WORK TO BUILD COUNTERWEIGHT TO ANTIWAR MOVEMENT
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     Chanting such slogans as "surrender is not an option" and waving American flags, a few hundred people from across the country rallied and paraded in downtown Washington yesterday to support the war.

The demonstration was sponsored by Eagles UP!, an organization founded by veterans in the wake of a war >>>


      REPUBLICANS SEE STORM CLOUDS GATHERING
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 16, 2008; A05 While all eyes were on the presidential campaign and the demise of New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer (D) last week, Republicans on Capitol Hill were suffering a run of bad news that could hold dire implications for the campaign season.

It s >>>


      WAITING GAMES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     President Bush seems ready to pack up and move back to Texas. There he was last weekend singing a jolly farewell at the Gridiron Club dinner, a fancy gathering for journalists and their big–shot sources.

"Little Crawford looks the same, as I step down from the plane," he crooned in a Washington >>>


      ALBANIA BLAST KILLS 5, INJURES 243
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     TIRANA, Albania –– A massive explosion at an Albanian army ammunition dump on Saturday killed at least five people and injured 243, including many children, authorities said.

Footage from Albanian television showed a massive ball of fire shooting up from the site in Gerdec village, about six miles n >>>


      ARMY DEPOT BLAST INJURES 243, KILLS 7
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     TIRANA, Albania –– Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha says two more bodies have been found at a massive blast site at an army ammunition dump, raising the death toll to seven.

Speaking Sunday to reporters at a Tirana hospital housing many of the injured from Saturday‘s blast, Berisha says 10 >>>


      BOMBS KILL THREE, WOUND 21 IN THAI MUSLIM SOUTH
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     PATTANI, Thailand (Reuters) – Bombs killed three men and wounded 21 people in three separate attacks in Thailand‘s troubled Muslim far south, police said on Sunday.

A 20–kg (44–lb) remote–controlled bomb, hidden in a car near the entrance of a hotel in the city of Pattani, killed o >>>


      BRIEF POWER OUTAGE IDLES OIL REFINERY
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– A brief power outage idled Iraq‘s largest oil refinery Sunday, an official with the nation‘s oil ministry said.

The disruption lasted five hours and was the third major production stoppage since January at the facility in Beiji, about 155 miles north of Baghdad.

The m >>>


      CHADIAN REBEL CHIEF THREATENS ATTACK ON OIL REGION
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     DAKAR (Reuters) – A Chadian rebel leader threatened on Sunday to attack Chad‘s southern oil–producing Doba region unless France and the United States put pressure on President Idriss Deby to start a dialogue with his foes.

"We can carry the war to the south ... if the Americans and the Fr >>>


      CHINA NAMES PREMIER, TOP JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China‘s parliament re–elected Wen Jiabao as premier on Sunday, but a next–generation leader was passed over for promotion to a top military job.

The rubber–stamp National People‘s Congress gave Wen, ranked third in the Communist Party hierarchy, a second f >>>


      CONSERVATIVES KEEP GRIP OF IRAN PARLIAMENT IN VOTE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Conservatives were set to keep their hold on Iran‘s parliament, early election results showed, but the legislature may still give President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a harder time ahead of next year‘s presidency poll.

Conservatives have taken 120 seats in the 2'0–member >>>


      DALAI LAMA CALLS FOR TIBET PROBE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     BEIJING –– The Dalai Lama called Sunday for an international investigation into China‘s crackdown against protesters in Tibet, which he said is facing a "cultural genocide" and where his exiled government said 80 people were killed in the violence.

The demonstrations were the fierces >>>


      FOR GERMANY‘S FORMER COMMUNISTS, A STUNNING RESURGENCE
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     A20 BERLIN –– Nineteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the old East German Communist Party is making a comeback.

Known these days simply as the Left, the ex–communists have broadened their appeal by playing to Germans‘ anxieties about globalization, wealth distribution and welfa >>>


      INDONESIAN PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Police say a small, private airplane has crashed into a residential area in the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, killing the pilot.

The lightweight recreational plane developed engine trouble while on a training flight and slammed into three houses, said local police Capt.< >>>


      INDONESIANS RALLY OVER SOARING FOOD PRICES
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – About 500 Indonesian Muslims took to the streets of the capital to demand the government bring down food prices after media reports of cases of starvation.

The protesters, from the Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, marched through Jakarta‘s main streets to the presidential pa >>>


      IRAN LEADERS SAY VOTE DEFIES WEST
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iranian leaders said Sunday their victory in parliamentary elections showed voters‘ defiance of the West after allies of hard–line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the largest share.

But a powerful bloc of Ahmadinejad‘s conservative opponents made a strong showing >>>


      ISLAMABAD ON ALERT AFTER DEADLY BLAST
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s capital was on high alert Sunday and embassies reviewed security measures after a bomb struck an Italian restaurant crowded with foreigners, killing a Turkish aid worker and wounding at least 12 other people.

U.S. and British embassy personnel were wounded in >>>


      JOHN MCCAIN IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain arrived in Iraq on Sunday to assess the success of a U.S. troop build–up that he has strongly backed, part of a week–long trip to the Middle East and Europe.

He is scheduled to meet Iraqi leaders and U.S. military officials >>>


      KIDNAPPED AUSTRIAN TOURISTS HELD IN MALI: OFFICER
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     BAMAKO (Reuters) – Two Austrian tourists kidnapped by al Qaeda militants are being held in Mali‘s remote northeast Kidal region, a senior Malian military officer said on Sunday.

"Intelligence shows their presence in Malian territory, in the Kidal region, more precisely in the Tegargar sector,&q >>>


      LEFT SEEKS GAINS AS VOTERS DECIDE IN FRENCH ELECTION
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – France went to the polls for the final round of municipal elections on Sunday, which could leave the left in charge of most major French cities and put pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to change his style of government.

In the first round last weekend, opposition leftist parties won >>>


      LEFT SEEKS TO CAPTURE BIG CITIES IN FRENCH ELECTION
      Washington Post, 16-03-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – France goes to the polls for the final round of municipal elections on Sunday, which could leave the left in charge of most major French cities and put pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to change his style of government.

In the first round last weekend, opposition leftist parties won >>>



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