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      COURT SET FOR CORFU HOTEL TRIAL
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     A court on the Ionian island of Corfu has decided that 13 people will stand trial in connection with the death of two young British children at the Louis Corcyra Beach hotel more than a year ago, sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini.

Christianne and Robert Shepherd, aged 7 and 6, died in October 2006 from suspecte >>>


      DRIVER KILLED IN TRAIN CRASH
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     A truck crashed into a passenger and cargo train in southern Greece Saturday, killing the truck driver and injuring two people in the second major railway incident in eight days.

The Fire Service said two passengers and the train driver were injured in the accident at a rail crossing, which caused at least one >>>


      GREEK FASHION WEEK...
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     THANASSIS STAVRAKIS/AP A model is reflected in a mirror during the Greek fashion week that wound up at Zappeion Hall in central Athens yesterday. For the seventh consecutive fashion season, the Hellenic Fashion Designers’ Association (HFD) organized the Athens Collections InStyle, Greek fashion week. On the internationa >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     ALBANIA BLASTS Five injured taken to Thessaloniki for treatment as Greece provides help Five people from Albania were hospitalized in Thessaloniki yesterday following a series of explosions at an army depot that killed at least nine people in the village of Gerdec, near Tirana, on Saturday. The lives of the five Albania >>>


      OLYMPIAKOS REGAINS THE LEAD
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     Defending champion Olympiakos, which sacked its coach Takis Lemonis last Tuesday after a 3–0 defeat at Chelsea in the Champions League, returned to the top of the Super League with just five rounds remaining after previous leader Panathinaikos was set back 3–2 at Xanthi last night.

Playing on Saturd >>>


      PAPANDREOU TRIES TO BREAK WITH THE PAST
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     Bars ex–ministers from council PASOK leader George Papandreou attempted to make a bold break with the past this weekend by telling delegates at the Socialists’ conference that he would prevent previous ministers or deputy ministers from serving on his party’s political council.

The unexpected move appeare >>>


      POLICEMEN TRADE BLOWS IN UNION ALTERCATION
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     Police officers found themselves on the wrong side of the law on Saturday when a meeting of one of their unions ended with blows being exchanged and one official being hospitalized after receiving a severe beating.

More than 30 members of the Union of Attica Police Employees staged a protest at the group’s offi >>>


      STRIKE SPLITS WORKERS
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     Municipal employees extend protest as police guard landfill Municipal workers agreed yesterday to extend their strike for at least three more days in a battle with the government over pension reforms, as a split between striking employees emerged.

Municipal workers said yesterday they will extend their strike a >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 17-03-2008
     Monday Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament Georgi Pirinski pays an official visit to Athens. At noon he will have talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis.

President Karolos Papoulias to meet with Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis at 12.30 p.m.

The seventh panhellenic conference on « >>>


      ALITALIA CČDE AUX DURES EXIGENCES D‘AIR FRANCE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     REPRISE. La compagnie italienne s‘est résolue ŕ accepter un prix tr';s bas et sous conditions.

Eric Jozsef Lundi 17 mars 2008 La tęte sur le billot, Alitalia a accepté son rachat par Air France–KLM.

Au terme d‘une réunion marathon de pr';s de s >>>


      ANALYSE. INVESTIR DANS L‘ART N‘EST PAS FACILE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Analyse. Christian Mooser, Historien d‘art ŕ Lausanne Lundi 17 mars 2008 Dans une période de forte conjoncture économique, le fait de considérer les objets d‘art comme des placements au męme titre que le pétrole, l‘or ou les mati';res premi';res a toujours >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. KILL BEN!
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Autopsie du marché hypothécaire en définitions. Les deux r';gles d‘or des banques pour octroyer une hypoth';que La question de la semaine. Doit–on craindre la faillite prochaine d‘une grande banque?

La crise de solvabilité ou les pi';ges du contrat I >>>


      AU PREMIER PLAN. C‘EST LE SPREAD, STUPIDE!
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Au premier plan. Myret Zaki Lundi 17 mars 2008 La Réserve fédérale est en mode de «prévention de panique», ironise David Rosenberg, de Merrill Lynch. Apr';s l‘opération de sauvetage de Bear Stearns, il est quasiment assuré qu‘elle baissera son taux directeur >>>


      AUTOPSIE DU MARCHÉ HYPOTHÉCAIRE EN DÉFINITIONS. LES DEUX RČGLES D‘OR DES BANQUES POUR OCTROYER UNE HYPOTHČQUE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     FINANCEMENT. Disposer de 20% de fonds propres et ne pas devoir payer plus de 30% de son revenu pour se loger sont les conditions clés.

Philippe Gumy Lundi 17 mars 2008 Obtenir une hypoth';que présuppose plusieurs conditions strictes, presque gravées dans l‘airain. Elles se résu >>>


      BLOC–NOTES. RECORDS: AVIS D‘ORAGES!
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Bloc–notes. Ignace Jeannerat Lundi 17 mars 2008 Il fut un temps oů sous l‘effet du dopage les records tombaient jour apr';s jour, ou presque, en natation, en athlétisme... En finance, il est désormais un temps, oů sous l‘effet d‘un poison nommé «subprime&raq >>>


      BODE MILLER: «LE SKI ALPIN EST EN DANGER»
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Bode Miller, tout sourire avec son trophée.Photo: Keystone BILAN. L‘Américain, vainqueur du classement général de la Coupe du monde, évoque sa saison et son avenir.

Isabelle Musy, Bormio Lundi 17 mars 2008 Bode Miller n‘aime pas les médias et se montre avare ŕ leur >>>


      CANDIDE. LA MAÎTRESSE ET LA PUTAIN
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Candide. Anna Lietti Lundi 17 mars 2008 Jay McInerney, écrivain américain auteur de Journal d‘un oiseau de nuit, préf';re se faire pincer au lit avec une maîtresse qu‘avec une prostituée, explique–t–il dans une interview au quotidien italien Corriere della sera.>>>


      CHRONIQUE PRÉVOYANCE. L‘OPTIMISATION DE SON AVOIR DE LIBRE PASSAGE PASSE PAR LE CHOIX DU GÉRANT
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Chronique prévoyance. Pascal Kessler, Responsable des fondations Pictet de libre passage et du 3e pilier A Lundi 17 mars 2008 Etant donné la taille des montants parfois engagés dans une prévoyance professionnelle, ainsi qu‘un horizon de temps des placements souvent lointain, des petites diff >>>


      DÉJEUNER AVEC JAN PRONK. «IL Y AURA D‘AUTRES CONFLITS EN AFRIQUE»
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Le Néerlandais fut l‘envoyé spécial de l‘ONU au Soudan en 2004, alors que la communauté internationale prenait conscience du drame qui se tramait depuis un an au Darfour. Quatre ans plus tard, le conflit s‘est enlisé.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Lundi 17 mars 200 >>>


      ELECTIONS JUDICIAIRES. DANIEL ZAPPELLI Ŕ L‘HEURE DU BILAN
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Daniel Zappelli est le candidat de l´Entente, et désormais de l´UDC. Il devra affronter le président du Tribunal administratif, le socialiste François Paych';re.Photo: keystone GENEVE. Le 20 avril prochain, les Genevois seront appelés aux urnes pour élire le patron du Minist >>>


      ENTRE AIGLES ET DRAGONS, LE BAL EST BIEN LANCÉ
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Le Fribourgeois Shawn Heins (ŕ g.) et le Genevois Morris Trachsler ŕ la lutte pour un puck. La premi';re demi–finale de l´histoire des play–off opposant deux clubs romands s´annonce disputée.Photo: Keystone HOCKEY SUR GLACE. Gen';ve–Servette remporte le premier >>>


      EVELINE WIDMER–SCHLUMPF REJETTE LES ACCUSATIONS DE L‘UDC
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     POLEMIQUE. La conseill';re fédérale dément s‘ętre faite complice d‘une conspiration socialiste ayant mené ŕ son élection le 12 décembre dernier.

Bernard Wuthrich Lundi 17 mars 2008 Attaquée avec virulence par l‘UDC, Eveline Widmer–Schl >>>


      FRET EN EUROPE: LA ROUTE DÉCLASSE LE RAIL
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Cort';ge de camions pr';s de la fronti';re polonaise. La route est mieux armée que le rail pour répondre ŕ la demande de l´industrie.Photo: Keystone • Plus souple que le train, mieux adapté aux flux tendus de l‘industrie, le camion fait la course en tęte en Eur >>>


      IRAK: LES JANISSAIRES DE L‘AMÉRIQUE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Cinq ans apr';s l‘invasion, les Américains ont engagé un formidable pari tactique en Irak. Ennemis d‘hier, 80000 sunnites, anciens «terroristes», ex–saddamistes et guerriers tribaux sont désormais salariés des Etats–Unis.

Amis ou «chevaux de >>>


      L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. RACHETER DES ANNÉES DE SA CAISSE DE PENSION: LE BON TIMING
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     PREVOYANCE. L‘opération dépend, d‘une part, de la politique de la caisse et, d‘autre part, de l‘échéancier individuel de l‘assuré.

Pierre Novello, Journaliste économique indépendant Lundi 17 mars 2008 Si les turbulences de ces derniers mois sur le >>>


      L‘INDUSTRIE MINIČRE PRÉSENTE D‘EXCELLENTES PERSPECTIVES
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     INVESTISSEMENTS. L‘essor économique de la Chine et de l‘Inde stimule les activités extractives.

Heinz Rothacher, Directeur de BlackRock Suisse Lundi 17 mars 2008 En 2008, contrairement aux années précédentes, l‘économie américaine semble affaiblie. Pour l&lsq >>>


      L‘UDC PREND DEUX REVANCHES ÉCLATANTES, Ŕ SAINT–GALL ET SCHWYZ
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     POLITIQUE. Le premier test électoral post–12 décembre co$';te cher au PDC. Le Temps Lundi 17 mars 2008 «Le PDC a été puni pour le rôle qu‘il a joué dans la non–réélection de Christoph Blocher en décembre dernier.» C‘est sur ce ton ve >>>


      LA CRISE DE SOLVABILITÉ OU LES PIČGES DU CONTRAT ISDA
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Chronique des hedge funds. Olivier Baumgartner, Unigestion Lundi 17 mars 2008 Ce début d‘année aura été passablement tourmenté pour la gestion alternative, l‘indice HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index est en baisse de –2.06% en janvier et en hausse de +1.77% en février. De plus, >>>


      LA DROITE FRAN'';AISE MORD LA POUSSIČRE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Le socialiste Philippe Duron savoure sa victoire ŕ Caen. Des fiefs UMP comme Reims et Amiens sont aussi tombés.Photo: AFP FRANCE. Les socialistes s‘emparent d‘une série de villes symboliques lors des municipales.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Lundi 17 mars 2008 Pas de miracle pour Nicolas Sar >>>


      LA MUE AMBITIEUSE DU FESTIVAL VOIX DE FĘTE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Avec les Tętes Raides, Dionysos ou Renan Luce, le Palladium, la nouvelle grande salle du festival Voix de Fęte, a fait le plein et lui a permis de franchir un cap dans son développement.Photo: www.voixdefete.ch CHANSON. A Gen';ve et Annemasse (F), la manifestation achevée dimanche a grandi en >>>


      LA POPULARITÉ DU SALON DE L‘AUTO GAGNERA–T–ELLE LES JEUNES GÉNÉRATIONS?
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     VOITURES. La manifestation s‘est close sur une fréquentation en lég';re baisse mais au–delŕ des objectifs. Réactions.

Benjamin Luis Lundi 17 mars 2008 Les exposants du Salon de l‘automobile de Gen';ve auront quand męme pu klaxonner de joie. Si la manife >>>


      LA QUESTION DE LA SEMAINE. DOIT–ON CRAINDRE LA FAILLITE PROCHAINE D‘UNE GRANDE BANQUE?
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Les rumeurs de défaut ou de faillite d‘une institution majeure se sont multipliées depuis une dizaine de jours.

Madeleine Hoffmann, Analyste, banque Julius Bär Lundi 17 mars 2008 Je ne crois pas ŕ la possibilité qu‘une grande banque tombe en faillite prochainement. Cette per >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 17 mars 2008 Un médecin sur sept détesterait ses patients et ne lui vouerait qu‘un sentiment: la rage! C‘est en tout cas ce que prétend un sondage détaillé dans l‘hebdomadaire alémanique SonntagsBlick. La faute ŕ la hausse des cadences, au s >>>


      LE GOLFE Ŕ LA VEILLE D‘UN DÉCROCHAGE?
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Chronique des changes. Peter Rosenstreich, ACM–Gen';ve Lundi 17 mars 2008 Un dollar US qui s‘effondre, des prix du brut et de l‘or en hausse, un environnement fortement inflationniste et une politique monétaire américaine accommodante font souffler une «tempęte mod' >>>


      LE TAUX HYPOTHÉCAIRE VARIABLE CONNAÎT UNE NOUVELLE JEUNESSE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     PROPRIETE. Peu prisé il y a deux ans encore, le produit s‘av';re en fait tr';s avantageux.

Philippe Gumy Lundi 17 mars 2008 Donnés pour moribonds il y a deux ans, les taux hypothécaires variables connaissent un tr';s fort regain d‘intéręt en Suisse. A >>>


      LES RENDEZ–VOUS DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Le Temps Lundi 17 mars 2008 Lundi 17 Politique monétaire

– Comme chaque année, une délégation du Fonds monétaire international vient inspecter la politique monétaire et financi';re de la Suisse. La délégation fait part de ses observations ŕ Berne.
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      LES ÉCOUTES SECRČTES FONT SCANDALE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     ETATS–UNIS. Les opérateurs télécoms menacés d‘une pluie de plaintes. Luis Lema, New York Lundi 17 mars 2008 Du jamais vu depuis un quart de si';cle! Jeudi, c‘est derri';re des portes closes que se sont réunis les élus américains pour débattre de l >>>


      LEWIS HAMILTON, EN TOUTE DÉCONTRACTION
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     FORMULE 1. L‘Anglais se joue des conditions pour remporter le premier Grand Prix de la saison.

Jacques–Henri Gilbert, Melbourne Lundi 17 mars 2008 Avec 37 degrés ŕ l‘ombre, personne ne s‘attendait ŕ une course facile.

Ni pour les pilotes ni pour les mécanique >>>


      MARCEL ROHNER PRÉPARE SES CADRES Ŕ UNE CURE D‘AMAIGRISSEMENT
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Marcel Rohner s´est exprimé devant 300 cadres de la banque ce week–end ŕ Berlin. Des suppressions de postes ne sont pas exclues.Photo: Keystone BANQUE. Lors de la réunion annuelle de la direction, ŕ Berlin, le directeur a évoqué une amélioration de «l‘efficacit&# >>>


      MICHELINE CALMY–REY ASSISTE Ŕ TÉHÉRAN Ŕ LA SIGNATURE D‘UN GROS CONTRAT GAZIER D‘EGL
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Micheline Calmy–Rey s´est envolée dimanche pour Téhéran. Il y avait un risque que la conclusion du contrat entre Nigec et EGL pose probl';me.Photo: Keystone ENERGIE. La présence de la cheffe de la diplomatie suisse a été souhaitée par l‘Iran. La sociét >>>


      MONSEIGNEUR MAMIE, «HOMME D‘ÉCOUTE ET DE FIDÉLITÉ»
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Mgr Pierre Mamie. Sensible, cultivé et intelligent, il a su se faire apprécier dans son dioc';se.Photo: Keystone DECES. L‘évęque de Lausanne, Gen';ve et Fribourg s‘est éteint vendredi.

Son épiscopat a été marqué par de grands bouleversemen >>>


      PAILLE QUI VAILLE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Maison de paille de la famille Braun ŕ Disentis dans les Grisons. Architecte: Werner Schmidt.Photo: DR MAISON. Ecologiques et économiques, les habitations en paille font leur apparition en Suisse. Tour du propriétaire avec des empaillés convaincus.

Gwenaëlle Reyt Lundi 17 mars 2008 Est& >>>


      PREMIČRE NOTE SALÉE
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     François Modoux Lundi 17 mars 2008 Dans l‘euphorie de leur coup de maître du 12 décembre, rares étaient les tombeurs de Christoph Blocher qui voulaient mesurer, ŕ chaud, ce que représentait ce camouflet pour les électeurs du parti national–conservateur. Il était clair >>>


      PRIVATE EQUITY. LE PRIVATE EQUITY A–T–IL OUBLIÉ LA SUISSE?
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Le Golfe ŕ la veille d‘un décrochage? L‘avis de l‘expert. Racheter des années de sa caisse de pension: le bon timing L‘industrie mini';re présente d‘excellentes perspectives Analyse. Investir dans l‘art n‘est pas facile Bloc–notes. Records: avis >>>


      PÉNURIE DE CHAUFFEURS «DE QUALITÉ» ET DE CAMIONS ÉCOLOS
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Les conséquences de l‘augmentation du trafic se font sentir. François Pilet Lundi 17 mars 2008 «Avec la conjoncture, nous subissons depuis plusieurs années une forte pénurie de chauffeurs, confirme Peter Krausz, ŕ l‘Union internationale des transporteurs routiers. «Enfin, >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. NÉO–PROTO–POP
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Quoi de neuf. Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 17 mars 2008 Il croît, il croît, le nombre de marques «pointues» qui, en s‘associant avec H &M, acc';dent ŕ une démocratique notoriété. On parie que c‘est ce qui va arriver ŕ Marimekko, la marque finlandaise a >>>


      SAINT–EXUPÉRY ABATTU PAR UN ADMIRATEUR
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     HISTOIRE. Récit du pilote qui aurait tiré sur l‘avion de l‘auteur. Yves Petignat, Berlin Lundi 17 mars 2008 Soixante–quatre ans apr';s la disparition de Saint–Exupéry – c‘était le 31 juillet 1'44, au–dessus de la Méditerranée – le >>>


      UNE VAGUE UDC DÉFERLE DANS LES CANTONS DE SAINT–GALL ET SCHWYZ
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Toni Brunner, président de l´Union démocratique du centre.Photo: Keystone SAINT–GALL. L‘UDC sort vainqueur des élections cantonales. Le parti de Toni Brunner devient la premi';re force du parlement et son candidat au gouvernement devance Lucrezia Meier–Schatz.

Anne >>>


      ZAPPROPOS. EMBARQUEMENT IMMÉDIAT AVEC SWISS ET QUELQUES SOUCOUPES VOLANTES
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Zappropos. Olivier Perrin Lundi 17 mars 2008 Toutes Taxes comprises dit vouloir prendre de l‘altitude (!) avec Christoph Franz, le CEO de la compagnie Swiss. Moi, j‘aimerais bien savoir si nous, contribuables suisses, nous ne nous sommes pas fait un peu gruger par Lufthansa, dans toute cette affaire. (TSR1, >>>


      «IL Y A BEAUCOUP DE VALEUR SUR LE HAUT RENDEMENT»
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Questions ŕ Bernard Lali';re, cogérant du Petercam L Bonds Higher Yield. Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 17 mars 2008 Qu‘on les nomme «obligations pourries» ou «dette ŕ haut rendement», les titres du marché du crédit considérés comme spéculat >>>


      «LA SITUATION HUMANITAIRE NE CESSE DE S‘AGGRAVER EN IRAK»
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     BILAN. Le Comité international de la Croix–Rouge publie un rapport cinq ans apr';s l‘entrée des troupes américaines.

Stéphane Bussard Lundi 17 mars 2008 Cinq ans de guerre en Irak ont laissé un pays dévasté. Malgré la réduction relative de la viol >>>


      «PÉKIN NOUS OBLIGE Ŕ RENIER LE DALAĎ–LAMA»
      Le Temps, 17-03-2008
     Depuis son exil ŕ Dharamsala, le dalaď–lama a réclamé une enquęte internationale sur les violences au Tibet et dénoncé un «génocide culturel» mené par «un régime de la terreur». La répression a fait 80 morts ŕ Lhassa.Photo: Keystone CHINE. Alors que le da >>>


      BMG SAUDI INDEX DOWN AGAIN
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Arab News The BMG Saudi Index went down in its second trading day this week by 0.4 percent to 52'.3 points. The market turnover, however, surged by 55.' percent to SR3.6 billion ($'52 million) compared to SR2.3 billion ($611 million) on Saturday.

Two sectors went up in yesterday’s trading. The servi >>>


      FINANCIAL SCAMS: A SUCKER IS BORN EVERY MINUTE...
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady, Arab News Investment naivety and lack of financial acumen do not seem to be the prerogatives of developing countries, but seems to be rampant in developed countries too. The news that a father and daughter team — Paul and Zibiah Gunter — have swindled nearly $70 million from naïve British inv >>>


      KAU SET TO HOST MAJOR ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Najwa Khaled Muminah JEDDAH, 17 March 2008 — Wealth from the oil and gas reserves in Muslim countries should be instrumental in helping less fortunate Islamic countries to develop economically. This will be at the center of discussions at the seventh Islamic Economic Conference to be hosted by the King Abdul Aziz Univer >>>


      SAUDI–GERMAN TAXATION DEAL NOT IN SIGHT
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 17 March 2008 — Saudi Arabia and Germany are not expected to sign an agreement to avoid double taxation in the near future, as the Kingdom still needs to complete certain criteria legislated by the Organization for Economic Co–operation & Development (OECD), German Ambassador to S >>>


      STC LAUNCHES NEW FAMILY PACKAGE
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 17 March 2008 — Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the Kingdom’s national telecommunications provider, has launched a new «family & friends package» for its landline customers by reducing the service fee from SR10 to SR4 per month, representing a 25 percent discount on five numbers selected b >>>


      ‘REPATRIATED SAUDIS HAVE NO PROVEN TERROR LINKS’
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 17 March 2008 — The Interior Ministry yesterday refuted a report carried by an international news agency that three Saudi nationals who had been recently repatriated to the Kingdom from Pakistan were militants.

Gen. Mansour Al–Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, dismi >>>


      COMMISSION DENIES HUMILIATING WOMAN STUDENT IN MAKKAH
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 17 March 2008 — The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice denied yesterday the charges made in a local newspaper that its members had exceeded the limits in their treatment of a woman student and humiliated her in public.

Speaking to Arab News, >>>


      KING CHAIRS MILITARY COUNCIL
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Arab News King Abdullah chairs a meeting of the Military Service Council in Riyadh.

(SPA) RIYADH, 17 March 2008 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday instructed government departments to complete all matters related to military officers without further delay. The king made this comment whi >>>


      NEED TO DO MORE ABOUT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS STRESSED
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Hassna’a Mokhtar, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 March 2008 — In spite of the launch of a national breast cancer awareness campaign in February, Saudi women are still apprehensive about coming forward to undergo testing and many are still being diagnosed with the illness at its advanced stages signaling the need to do more.
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      SAUDI YOUTH SETS OUT TO CONQUER MT. EVEREST
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Farouk Al–Zoman addressing a press conference in Riyadh. (AN photo) RIYADH, 17 March 2008 — A 30–year–old national is ready to leave for Nepal today to scale Mount Everest, a feat that will make him the first Saudi to attempt the mammoth climb.

«My goal i >>>


      WOMAN WINS BATTLE FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PARK
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Razan Baker, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 March 2008 — After a year and a half of struggling, Hessah Al–Oun, head of the Women’s Council in the Al–Rawdah district of Jeddah, with a member of the Men’s Council of the district, has succeeded in securing a permit to open the first park in the neighborhood with separate >>>


      ‘I WILL NOT WITHDRAW IN FAVOR OF ANYBODY EXCEPT ZARDARI’
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Makhdoom Amin Fahim ISLAMABAD, 17 March 2008 — Senior Vice Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and President of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Makhdoom Amin Fahim said he would remain a candidate for premiership if Asif Ali Zardari decides not to run for the post.

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      CONSERVATIVES WIN MAJORITY IN IRAN’S PARLIAMENTARY VOTE
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Zahra Hosseinian, Reuters TEHRAN, 17 March 2008 — Conservatives won a majority in Iran’s parliamentary vote, state television said yesterday, but the new assembly may still give President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a tougher time ahead of next year’s presidential election. The president’s reformist critics had tried to capital >>>


      DHAKA COURT QUASHES TRIAL OF EDITOR
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 17 March 2008 — The High Court in Dhaka yesterday declared illegal the proceedings of two separate cases against detained journalist Atiqullah Khan Masud, owner and editor of Janakantha newspaper. Masud, who also owns Janakantha Industrial Group and Globe Construction Ltd., has been charge >>>


      INDIA REJECTS OIC STAND ON KASHMIR
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 17 March 2008 — India yesterday rejected the demand of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) that the Kashmir problem be resolved according to UN resolutions and regretted the Muslim body discussing the issue .

«We note with regret,» External Affai >>>


      IRAQI KURDS MOURN VICTIMS OF HALABJA GAS ATTACKS
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Shwan Mohammed, Agence France Presse HALABJA, 17 March 2008 — Iraqi Kurds mourned yesterday the deaths of around 5,000 villagers from Halabja who were massacred 20 years ago in chemical attacks blamed on Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran–Iraq war.

Kurdish villagers, dressed in black, gathered in Hal >>>


      MCCAIN LANDS IN BAGHDAD
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Paul Tait, Reuters BAGHDAD, 17 March 2008 — US Republican presidential candidate John McCain arrived in Iraq yesterday to assess the success of a troop build–up, part of a trip to the Middle East and Europe on which he planned to emphasize national security.

He was due to meet Iraqi leaders and US officia >>>


      MUSLIM LEADERS DENOUNCE FETICIDE
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, India, 17 March 2008 — Female feticide and infanticide, problems that are leading to disparity in sex ration in India, were the topics of a discussion organized by the All Indian Muslim Waqf Trust, the Islahe Muasha Committee and the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in Pu >>>


      NEW PAK MPS TAKE OATH TODAY
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 17 March 2008 — Political parties were locked in intense consultations for the formation of a coalition government yesterday on the eve of the first National Assembly session when elected members are expected to take oath. The lower house of Parliament meets in Islamabad this morning.< >>>


      POLICE STING NETS DUBAI DRUG DEALER
      Arab News, 17-03-2008
     Shadiah Abdullah, Arab News DUBAI, 17 March 2008 — Undercover police arrested a drug dealer in possession of heroin worth 2.2 million dirhams (around $600,000) recently.

The man, who is of an Asian nationality, was arrested selling 7 kilograms of heroin to the officers. Police later discovered a further 15 kilo >>>


      3 REMAIN MISSING AFTER CRANE COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Three people remained missing more than a day after a construction crane crashed down on a Manhattan neighborhood, killing at least four workers, injuring dozens and damaging six buildings.

"There‘s no sign of life so far," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday afternoon ne >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The government reports that the current account, the broadest measure of foreign trade, declined to $738.6 billion last year, a ' percent decline from an all–time high in 2006.
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      ATLANTA EXAMINES TORNADO DAMAGE
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     ATLANTA –– Many streets were closed and some traffic lights were still out Monday morning because of a tornado that ripped a path of destruction through the city‘s core. Commuters to downtown were encouraged to stay home.

Broken glass still littered the ground and police warned pedestrians to >>>


      BEES SWARM IN CA AFTER TRUCK FLIPS OVER
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– Millions of swarming honey bees are on the loose after a truck carrying crates of the insects flipped over on a California highway.

The California Highway Patrol says 8–to–12 million bees escaped Sunday from the crates in which they were stored and swarmed over an a >>>


      BROTHER: MAN BLAMES RICIN FOR ILLNESS
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     SAN DIEGO –– The brother of a hospitalized man who may have been exposed to toxic ricin in his Las Vegas motel room says the man belives he was contaminated by the deadly poison.

Roger Bergendorff has been hospitalized in Las Vegas since Valentine‘s Day with respiratory ailments and failing ki >>>


      BUSH: US IS ON TOP OF FINANCIAL CRISIS
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush, trying to calm turmoil in financial markets, said Monday that his administration is "on top of the situation" in dealing with the slumping economy.

"One thing is for certain, we‘re in challenging times," the president said after meeting with Tr >>>


      CHAFEE RAPS CLINTON AS BUSH ENABLER
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the lone Republican senator to vote against the Iraq war, calls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton one of the "Democratic Bush enablers" who failed to stand up to the president.

In a new book, Chafee, who is backing Clinton rival Sen. Barack Obama, skewer >>>


      CHENEY SAYS HIGH OIL PRICE REFLECTS MARKET REALITY
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Crude oil prices in excess of $100 a barrel reflect the reality in the market place, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday.

He told reporters there was limited excess oil production capacity worldwide. Dollar weakness was also an element pushing prices to record levels, he add >>>


      CIA EXPANDS LEGAL HELP FOR WORKERS
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The CIA announced Monday that it will now pay the full cost of legal liability insurance for about two–thirds of the agency workforce.

The insurance costs about $300 a year. Until now the CIA has paid just half of the premium annually. Only about 15 percent of eligible employees >>>


      COST NEARLY DOUBLES FOR MARINE ONE FLEET
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     A year after Sept. 11, 2001, the White House set out to build a fleet of state–of–the–art Marine One helicopters for the al–Qaeda age that would be safer, more powerful and more reliable than the iconic white–topped aircraft that have landed on the South Lawn for decades.

But the a >>>


      COURT ACCEPTS CRIME LAB CASE
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether prosecutors can use crime lab reports as evidence without having the forensic analyst who prepared them testify at trial.

The reliability of crime labs has been questioned in several states and at the federal level in recent years.

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      COURT WILL DECIDE WASH. SHOOTING CASE
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider reinstating the murder conviction of the driver in a gang–related drive–by shooting that horrified Seattle in 1''4.

The court will hear arguments in the fall in the case of Cesar Sarausad II. He was convicted for his role >>>


      EX–AIDE CLAIMS 3–WAY SEX WITH MCGREEVEYS
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     TRENTON, N.J. –– A former aide to ex–Gov. Jim McGreevey claims he had sexual trysts with McGreevey and his now–estranged wife while they dated before the governor took office.

Theodore Pedersen detailed multiple trysts in interviews Sunday with The Star–Ledger of Newark and New Yor >>>


      FBI PRESENCE IN BOMBED PAKISTAN DINER ADDS TO MURK
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani police carried out a dragnet following a bomb attack on Saturday night that killed a Turkish woman and wounded four FBI agents among several other people dining at a Italian restaurant in Islamabad.

But police said on Monday they have so far been unable to link any those pi >>>


      FED TAKES NEW STEPS TO EASE CRISIS
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Federal Reserve, in an extraordinarily rare weekend move, took bold action Sunday evening to provide cash to financially squeezed Wall Street investment houses, a fresh effort to prevent a spreading credit crisis from sinking the U.S. economy.

The central bank approved a cut in its >>>


      HOUSE PANEL DEBATES IRAQ REFUGEE QUANDARY
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     A House hearing last Tuesday led to an unusual discussion about U.S. obligations to the 4.5 million Iraqi refugees who live inside and outside that country.

Democrats demanded that the Bush administration take responsibility for the refugees displaced by the five–year–old war, help them survive in J >>>


      ILLINOIS–SHAPED CORN FLAKE FOR SALE
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– Sounds a little flaky, but someone has offered more than $50 on eBay for a piece of breakfast cereal that is touted as a lookalike to the state of Illinois.

Two sisters listed "The Great Illinois Corn Flake" on the online auction site, promising it has undergone no alterations.< >>>


      JUDGE ORDERS RETURN OF CARS TO EX–COP
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     JOLIET, Ill. –– Former police officer Drew Peterson entered a courtroom Monday for the first time since being named a suspect in his wife‘s disappearance, winning a judge‘s order that investigators return seized cars and computers to him.

The former Bolingbrook sergeant has denied involv >>>


      LAWYER IN D.C. GUN CASE DOESN‘T OWN ONE
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Robert Levy has never owned a handgun and has no burning desire to own one now. He hasn‘t been a Washington resident since he was a teen in the 1'50s.

But for six years, the wealthy attorney has carefully plotted a legal challenge to Washington‘s strict ban on handgun o >>>


      LETTING THE MARKET DRIVE TRANSPORTATION
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     March 17, 2008; A01 It took a few moments for Tyler Duvall, the top policymaker at the Department of Transportation, to digest the news from the Hill. But when he realized what it meant, he was stunned.

Last year, Congress decided not to dictate how the department could spend its discretionary funds. No earmark >>>


      MCCAIN TRIP COMES DURING IRAQ MILESTONES
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Sen. John McCain‘s trip to Iraq, which began Sunday in Baghdad, coincides with a number of milestones.

The Iraq war, to which the probable Republican presidential nominee has linked his political future, will be five years old Thursday. Around that date, the U.S. military is likely >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     3 Still Missing After Crane Collapse NEW YORK –– Rescuers dug through debris Sunday for three people still missing in the rubble and wreckage left when a construction crane toppled like a tree across a city block and killed at least four construction workers.

Among the missing were two workers and a >>>


      OREGON WINE GRAPE PRODUCTION HITS RECORD
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– Oregon produced and crushed a record amount of grapes in 2007, the third year in a row it has hit such highs.

Experts say it‘s the result of the right mix of good weather and demand for Oregon wine.

"I think it‘s just another impressive figure to show the >>>


      PATERSON TO BECOME 55TH NY GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– Welcome to Day One, take two. Lt. Gov. David Paterson prepared to take over Monday for Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose vow as he took office of "Day One, Everything Changes," was unraveled a week ago by revelations of a prostitution scandal.

At his swearing–in as the state& >>>


      REPORT SUGGESTS NEW TOLLS FOR REGION
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     By Eric M. WeissWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, March 17, 2008; B01 Regional transportation and political leaders are increasingly coming to the conclusion that the only way to keep the chronically congested Washington region moving is tolls, and plenty of them.

A report to be released Wednesday pushes a re >>>


      RUSSIA AND U.S. SEEK WAY OUT OF MISSILE SHIELD ROW
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and the United States will try again to find a way out of their dispute over Washington‘s planned missile defense shield on Monday when senior U.S. officials arrive for talks in Moscow.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates will meet their R >>>


      SEX OFFENDERS COLLECT FINANCIAL AID
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     MADISON, Wis. –– James Sturtz is not your ordinary college student struggling to pay tuition.

The 48–year–old rapist is one of Iowa‘s most dangerous sex offenders, locked up in a state–run treatment center for fear he will attack again if released.

Yet he has receive >>>


      SPACE ROBOT FLEXES ARMS FOR FIRST TIME
      Washington Post, 17-03-2008
     AM HOUSTON –– Astronauts flexed the giant arms of the international space station‘s new robot for the first time, testing the brakes and maneuvering the appendages into position for a Monday night spacewalk.

All the brakes on the Canadian–built robot passed the test except for one in the >>>



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