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      A FIREFIGHTER...
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     GIORGOS PAPANIKOLAOU/EUROKINISSI A firefighter attempts yesterday to extinguish a blaze that broke out at a plastics factory in the industrial zone outside Iraklion, Crete. Nobody was hurt in the blaze and the extent of the damage was not immediately clear. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
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      CHURCH AGAINST COHABITATION
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     In the most emphatic fashion, the Church of Greece’s Holy Synod yesterday declared its opposition to the government’s bid to give unmarried couples greater rights by stating that any form of relationship other than a couple married in an Orthodox Church is tantamount to «prostitution.» The Synod’s reaction s >>>


      FEARS OF RUSSIAN SHIP POLLUTING LESVOS COAST
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     The Lesvos Port Authority yesterday expressed fears that a Russian asbestos–laden ship, which has been moored off the island since it foundered there last week, could provoke serious environmental pollution.

The Ataman, loaded with 3,256 tons of asbestos and with 40 tons of diesel in its engines, suffered >>>


      GREEK PUSH FOR RETURN OF MARBLES
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     Changes in museum policies and an increase in instances of cooperation between different countries for the repatriation of looted artifacts could pave the way for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, Culture Minister Michalis Liapis told an international conference in Athens yesterday.

«More and more muse >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     INJURED ALBANIANS Five being treated in Thessaloniki are all in a stable condition Five Albanians, hospitalized in Thessaloniki after sustaining injuries in a series of explosions at an army depot near Tirana on Saturday, have all stabilized, doctors said yesterday. A 6–year–old girl who sustained the worst >>>


      NAME TALKS EDGE FORWARD
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     Athens yesterday retained a cautious stance on ongoing efforts to solve the Macedonia name dispute even after the United Nations mediator expressed «greater optimism» following a fresh round of talks. A Foreign Ministry source told Kathimerini that Athens is «neither more optimistic nor more pessimisti >>>


      REFORMS DEBATE BEGINS AMIDST LABOR UPHEAVAL
      Kathimerin, 18-03-2008
     Opposition parties support protests SYMELA PANTZARTZI/ANA Members of the municipal workers’ union POE–OTA unfurl a banner outside Athens City Hall yesterday evening while colleagues inside staged a sit–in protest. The unionists ended their protest at around ' p.m. last night.

A debate on pension >>>


      CORPORATE NEWS
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Arab News FAKEEH HOSPITAL SIGNS DEAL Jeddah’s Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) on Sunday signed an agreement with Abbott Worldwide for upgrading its diagnostic laboratory services.

Dr. Fakeeh, a consultant in medicine and endocrinology, signed the contract with Amin O. Al–Sanousi, general manager of Med >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS TAKE A NOSE–DIVE
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 March 2008 — The Saudi stock index suffered its biggest one–day drop in two weeks as it plunged by over two percent yesterday. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) fell by 202.80 points to ',455.13. The index dropped 4.47 percent in three days of trading this week.
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      SHABABCO PLANS 30 ‘GOLD GYMS’
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Makarem Sobhi Batterjee JEDDAH, 18 March 2008 — Shababco Enterprises founder Makarem Sobhi Batterjee plans to open 30 «Gold’s Gym» branches across the Middle East at a cost of $300 million.

The company boasts the largest branch of the globally recognized American brand of gy >>>


      ADVISING ONE WIFE TO BE GOOD TO OTHERS
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     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, 18-03-2008
     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, 18-03-2008
     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, 18-03-2008
     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, 18-03-2008
     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, 18-03-2008
     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, 18-03-2008
     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.

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      WHEN DIVISION OF INHERITANCE PRESENTS DIFFICULTY
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     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 >>>


      CABINET PASSES NEW LAW ON COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — The Council of Ministers yesterday passed a new law regulating cooperative societies in the Kingdom and endorsed a plan to centralize the production of fodder to meet growing demand.

The Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, also >>>


      CASSATION COURT OVERTURNS RULING IN AL–HURAISI CASE
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — The Cassation Court in Riyadh has overturned a «not–guilty» verdict on two commission members, who had allegedly beaten to death a 28–year–old man during a raid last year. The case has now been returned to Riyadh’s General Court for a fresh tria >>>


      COMMISSION AGENTS QUESTIONED OVER HIGHWAY ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said yesterday that investigations are still under way regarding the involvement of two of its members in a high speed car chase that led to the deaths of a young man and woman in the Tabuk area on Sunday.
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      CRIMINAL GANG DISMANTLED
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — In a series of operations in the Kingdom’s capital city, 52 men were arrested recently on suspicion of being involved in a criminal gang.

«The gang members lived in the Kingdom illegally without valid residential papers and all of them hail from Africa >>>


      FORUM DISCUSSES NEW TREATMENT TECHNIQUES
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 March 2008 — Patients will in the future have access to computers at their hospital beds to search the Internet for information about their medical conditions and discuss what doctors and nurses should be doing, said Alan Pearson, executive director of the Australian–based Joan >>>


      MEDIA INSTITUTE TO BE LAUNCHED
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Arab News SRMG Chairman Prince Faisal bin Salman, right, receives a plaque from Ali Al–Mizyad, former Asharq Al–Awsat’s Riyadh bureau chief and the head of the Riyadh media event, in Riyadh on Sunday. (AN photo by Ahmed Yusri)

RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman will open the Prince Ah >>>


      PRISON MARRIAGE BRINGS HUMANITARIAN ISSUES INTO FOCUS
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Walaa Hawari, Arab News RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — Muhammad Al–Zahrani, a convicted murderer, was executed at the end of February in Taif. Al–Zahrani’s execution, which was postponed for four years, took place after the victims’ family refused to pardon him.

However, what makes Al–Zahrani’s case >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: SLEEPING CHILD SPARKS CITYWIDE SEARCH
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Arab News MADINAH, 18 March 2008 — When a Saudi father received a call from his 5–year–old son’s elementary school notifying him of his son’s absence, he quickly called the local police and reported the boy missing, the Okaz newspaper reported yesterday. School officials and the boy’s father confirmed that t >>>


      TOURISM CHIEF HIGHLIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES IN KINGDOM
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News Prince Sultan ibn Salman RIYADH, 18 March 2008 — The Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT), Saudi Arabia’s body aimed at developing the country’s nascent tourism industry, has urged investors in the Gulf region and around the world to seize the opportunity to invest in the tourism sector in the King >>>


      WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS OF ADHD CHILDREN
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Razan Baker, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 March 2008 — The Attention–Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Group at Riyadh’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center will run its first awareness lecture at its new Jeddah branch tomorrow.

Dr. Suad Al–Yamani, head of the KFSHRC’s Riyadh branch, >>>


      $41'M AP LOAN WAIVER
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News HYDERABAD, India, 18 March 2008 —The Andhra Pradesh government has announced a 16.'–billion–rupee ($41' million) loan waiver for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and Muslims.

The waiver will benefit 4.38 million borrowers, Chief Minister Y.S. Ra >>>


      KUWAIT CABINET QUITS
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Diana Elias, Associated Press KUWAIT CITY, 18 March 2008 — The ministers in Kuwait’s Cabinet submitted their resignations yesterday over growing differences with lawmakers in Parliament, a government statement said.

The statement, following the Cabinet’s weekly meeting, said that all 14 Cabinet members submitte >>>


      LEFT UNRELENTING ON NUKE DEAL
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 18 March 2008 — Notwithstanding the noise made against the India–US nuclear deal by leftist parties and the assurance given by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on sorting out differences with the former, nothing much was achieved at a meeting yesterday.

C >>>


      MUMBAI SLUM LAND SOLD TO THE RICH AND FAMOUS
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 18 March 2008 — In a startling disclosure, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that a land scam had taken place at a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme in Mumbai’s Juhu suburb.

The revelation by the chief minister comes three days after the Maharashtra >>>


      MUSLIMS GRILL FBI AGENTS ON KEY ISSUES
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Sameen Tahir–Khan, Arab News COLUMBUS, 18 March 2008 — The FBI was interrogated for a change yesterday by members of the Muslim community at an event sponsored by the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Sunrise Academy in Columbus.

Officials engaged in the discourse as part of the FB >>>


      NEW PAKISTAN LAWMAKERS PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO OLD CONSTITUTION
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 18 March 2008 — Newly elected members of Parliament were sworn in as Pakistan’s 13th National Assembly convened here yesterday. But in a looming sign of confrontation with President Pervez Musharraf, the members were administered their oath of office by outgoing Speaker Chaudhry Amir H >>>


      WASHINGTON’S SUPPORT FOR IRAQ ‘UNWAVERING’, DECLARES CHENEY
      Arab News, 18-03-2008
     Olivier Knox, Agence France Presse BAGHDAD, 18 March 2008 — US Vice President Dick Cheney declared Washington’s «unwavering» support for Iraq during a surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday, just days before the war enters its sixth year.

A series of bomb blasts greeted Cheney’s high–security and >>>


      AP POLL: STRESS PAINS MANY IN COLLEGE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     11:21 AM WASHINGTON –– College kids are so frazzled they can‘t sleep or eat. Or study. Good grief, they‘re even anxious about spring break.

Most students in U.S. colleges are just plain stressed out, from everyday worries about grades and relationships to darker thoughts of suicide, acco >>>


      CALIF. MOTH–SPRAYING CONTRACT QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– California officials said Monday that they had canceled a no–bid contract to promote the safety of aerial spraying for an invasive moth, acting after an Associated Press report about the deal.

E–mails obtained by the AP revealed that a senior state contracting offic >>>


      DEMOCRATS IN FLORIDA SAY NO TO REVOTE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     A04 Florida Democrats reversed course yesterday and declared dead their plans to hold a do–over primary election to settle the dispute over seating their delegation to the national convention in Denver.

Karen Thurman, the state‘s Democratic Party chairman, said thousands of people had responded nega >>>


      EXPLOSION ROCKS WIS. CHEMICAL PLANT
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     SPOONER, Wis. –– Police say an explosion has rocked a chemical plant in a small northwestern Wisconsin town. There‘s no word on injuries.

Firefighters and an ambulance are headed the Cortec plant in the town of Spooner.

No other details are available.

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      IN L.A., A CASE STRAIGHT OUT OF ‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE‘
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– As prosecutors tell it, the two women would almost certainly have gotten away with driving over one homeless man to collect on the insurance policies they coaxed him into signing. But then they drove over a second one.

And so Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, found themselv >>>


      MAN SHOT IN STANDOFF AT COLO. HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     BOULDER, Colo. –– A man in a wheelchair at a hospital who claimed his oxygen tank had a detonator was shot and injured by police after a four–hour standoff Monday.

Terrance Baughman, 32, was shot in the chest and was in critical condition after surgery, said Boulder Community Hospital spokesma >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Space Station‘s Robot Gets Eyes, Set of Tools CAPE CANAVERAL –– Spacewalking astronauts stepped outside Monday night and gave the space station‘s new robot some eyes and a set of tools.

It was the third spacewalk of the shuttle Endeavour‘s visit to the station, each aimed at puttin >>>


      OBAMA TELLS VETS NO LOWER DRINKING AGE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     SCRANTON, Pa. –– Democrat Barack Obama on Monday promised Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans help with their grievances _ save one. "I know it drives you nuts. But I‘m not going to lower the drinking age," the presidential candidate said.

Army veteran Ernest Johnson, 23, of Connecticu >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     PM –– Roland Arnall LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ameriquest Mortgage founder Roland Arnall, a billionaire who became a symbol of the subprime lending industry he helped create, died Monday. He was 68.

He died of cancer at UCLA Medical Center, his family said. The Paris–born Arnall once sold flowers on t >>>


      ONE–THIRD OF SENIORS HAVE MENTAL DECLINE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     More than 5 million elderly people have a hard time remembering things, sorting through daily decisions and even sometimes knowing what day it is, according to the first national estimate of how commonly the minds of aging Americans are starting to fade.

Using detailed evaluations of a nationally representative >>>


      TICKETS PRIZED JUST AS MUCH AS THE NCAA TOURNAMENT‘S
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     By Paul DugganWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, March 18, 2008; B03 Outside the Supreme Court building yesterday, awaiting arguments this morning in a potentially landmark gun–rights case, the court of public opinion was already in session, the citizen–justices presiding in portable lawn chairs, robed aga >>>


      TRUMPETER TO HELP NEW ORLEANS LIBRARIES
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     NEW ORLEANS –– Jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has traveled the world playing for audiences in smoky bars and buttoned–up concert halls, and he knows the sounds, tastes and sights of this city are unlike those anywhere else.

So, he says, the city‘s library system should be just as unique. >>>


      A CANDIDATE WHO MIRRORS THEIR LIVES
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     By Nikita StewartWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, March 18, 2008; C01 Back in September, they were seemingly alone.

Young black professionals, raised on MTV and "The Cosby Show," flocked to Washington‘s hot spots as the annual conference of the Congressional Black Caucus became all about Bar >>>


      AN OLD HAND AT COURT GEARS UP FOR BATTLE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Here‘s how veteran Supreme Court advocate Walter E. Dellinger gets ready for a big case: Three dozen lawyers are waiting for him in a conference room, but Dellinger isn‘t in a hurry. In his 11th–floor office at O‘Melveny & Myers, he meticulously cuts up his notes and tapes key sections into a >>>


      ANY IDEAS, CANDIDATES?
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     The Democratic presidential candidates squabble over real or imagined racial sensitivities, the Republican presidential candidate stages photo opportunities with the troops in Iraq, and meanwhile the financial system is coming apart at the seams.

Would someone please tell Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John >>>


      CONGREGATION DEFENDS OBAMA‘S EX–PASTOR
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     By Eli SaslowWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, March 18, 2008; A01 CHICAGO –– The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spent 36 years teaching this congregation how to recognize injustice, and his parishioners sense it all around them now. On Sunday, more than 3,000 of them filled Trinity United Church of Christ on the c >>>


      CRISES OF CONFIDENCE IN THE MARKETS
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     By David Cho and Neil IrwinWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, March 18, 2008; A01 Investors dumped stocks of the nation‘s major investment firms yesterday after a rescue plan for one of the biggest, Bear Stearns, exposed unexpectedly large cracks in the foundation of the financial system.

Even after th >>>


      FOR YOUNG AREA LAWYER, THE SUPREME COMPLIMENT
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Even for a lawyer with decades of experience and a résumé of eminent achievements, an opportunity to help shape constitutional history might never come along.

Then there‘s Alan Gura, 37, Class of ‘'5 at Georgetown University Law Center. For him, the chance has just arrived. When the U. >>>


      HOW THIS CRISIS IS DIFFERENT
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     It‘s said that we‘re in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Maybe. But remember the S&L crisis of the mid–1'80s? Or the commercial banking crisis of the late 1'80s (from 1'88 to 1''2, '05 banks failed).

Or the 1''7–'8 Asian finan >>>


      NEW PRO–GUN GROUP HOPES TO DRAW FROM THE NRA
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     The National Rifle Association always seems to have a target painted on its back. As one of Washington‘s most powerful and controversial interest groups, it is constantly dodging potshots from one group or another.

Enter another group. The American Hunters and Shooters Association is the latest organizati >>>


      NOT JUST FOR WONKS ANYMORE: POLITICAL MAG GETS MAKEOVER
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Politics magazine publishes many fine articles, but the most astonishing, amazing and entertaining thing about the magazine is the ads.

Flip through the March issue and you quickly come to an ad illustrated by a photo of a wood–paneled sitting room where three animal heads are mounted on the wall like hun >>>


      OBAMA‘S PASTOR PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Some questions: Why did Barack Obama take so long to "reject outright" the harshly critical statements about America made by his minister, Jeremiah Wright, not to mention the praise the same minister lavished on Louis Farrakhan just last November?

How is it possible that Obama did not know about these >>>


      OBAMA CONFRONTS RACIAL DIVISION IN US
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     2008; 11:2' AM PHILADELPHIA –– Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to stem damage from divisive comments delivered by his pastor, while bluntly addressing anger between blacks and whites in the most racially pointed speech yet of his presidential campaign.

Obama confronted America&lsqu >>>


      OPPONENTS OF IRAQ WAR PLAN SERIES OF PROTESTS
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     B04 Antiwar protesters said yesterday that they plan a series of demonstrations starting this evening and lasting through tomorrow that could disrupt traffic, hamper commuters and block access to some buildings in downtown Washington.

The actions, aimed to draw attention to the fifth anniversary of the start of >>>


      PROBE OF DISPUTED HOUSE VOTE TURNS INTO LONG AND COSTLY SAGA
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     It was supposed to be a last–ditch parliamentary maneuver by House Republicans on an Agriculture Department appropriation bill, a routine "gotcha" amendment designed to expose Democrats to political peril over the simmering issue of federal benefits for illegal immigrants.

Instead, a GOP motion >>>


      PUBLIC RISK, PRIVATE GAIN
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     The story so far: With the acquiescence of federal regulators, Wall Street went hog wild, earned gobs of money and, in the process, created a whopping mess that the federal government now has to clean up.

In the words of Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economist who‘s been predicting this debacle >>>


      REPORT: NEW NY GOVERNOR ADMITS AFFAIR
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– With his predecessor‘s term doomed by a sex scandal, brand–new Gov. David Paterson tried to come clean about his own skeletons just hours after assuming office by acknowledging a years–old affair.

Paterson was sworn in almost exactly a week after allegations first s >>>


      REPORTS CITE LACK OF UNIFORM POLICY FOR TERRORIST WATCH LIST
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     A02 Almost seven years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the government is still struggling to establish a uniform procedure to put people on its master watch list of known or suspected terrorists, according to two government reports out this month.

The reports‘ findings come after criticism from priva >>>


      SECT. OF TREASURY PAULSON ON FINANCIAL MARKETS
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     SECRETARY OF TREASURY HENRY M. PAULSON: Good afternoon, everyone. We had a good meeting of the President‘s Working Group on Financial Markets with the president. We gave him an update on what‘s happening in the markets this morning. He was well aware of the actions that took place over the weekend because I >>>


      SEN. BARACK OBAMA ADDRESSES RACE AT THE CONSTITUTION CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     (As Delivered) OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank.

Let me begin by thanking Harris Wofford for his contributions to this country in so many different ways. He exemplifies what we mean by the word "citizen." And so we are very grateful to him >>>


      THE AUDACITY OF CHUTZPAH
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     A group of Jewish leaders announced that it was having a public meeting yesterday to discuss the 2008 presidential election. Representing John McCain: former secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger. Representing Hillary Clinton: former White House official Ann Lewis. Representing Barack Obama: "a high–level r >>>


      THE FED CAN‘T DO IT ALONE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Psychology has now overwhelmed economics. What started last summer as a serious problem in a little–known –– but not so little –– corner of the U.S. mortgage market has blossomed into a worldwide financial panic, the sort we read about in history books. Except within the Republican Party, l >>>


      THE STREET ON WELFARE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     Never do I want to hear again from my conservative friends about how brilliant capitalists are, how much they deserve their seven–figure salaries and how government should keep its hands off the private economy.

The Wall Street titans have turned into a bunch of welfare clients. They are desperate to be b >>>


      WALL STREET CRISIS FORCES CANDIDATES TO SHIFT THEIR FOCUS
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     March 18, 2008; A04 The contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination raced to inject themselves into the debate over the credit and housing crisis yesterday, slamming the Bush administration‘s failure to do more to avoid a crisis as the economy once again surged to the forefront of the campaign.

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      BRAZILIANS LOOK TO REGIONAL FORCE TO ROOT OUT DEATH SQUADS
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     RECIFE, Brazil –– The name was on the tip of Rosario Lapa‘s tongue, but it stubbornly stayed there. She tapped her forehead to try to shake it loose, then turned to her friends for help.

"What do they call the death squad here?" Five middle–aged women, all of whom were visiting >>>


      CHENEY WARNS AGAINST LARGE CUTS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Vice President Dick Cheney warned Monday against large U.S. troop cuts that could jeopardize recent security gains in Iraq, as he marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S.–led invasion with a two–day visit to the country.

Cheney used words like "phenomenal" and " >>>


      DALAI LAMA THREATENS RESIGNATION
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     From News Services and Staff ReportsTuesday, March 18, 2008; 10:57 AM DHARMSALA, India –– The Dalai Lama threatened Tuesday to step down as leader of Tibet‘s government–in–exile if violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland spirals out of control. He would remain the spiritual leader of >>>


      FAR–FLUNG TIBETANS FIND UNITY IN PROTEST
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, March 18, 2008; A06 LANZHOU, China, March 17 –– A group of Tibetan college students, heads downcast, sat silently in the middle of a soccer field Monday as nervous officials, teachers and plainclothes security officers watched from the sidelines. One offi >>>


      FATAH READY TO TALK IF HAMAS ACCEPTS YEMEN INITIATIVE
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     SANAA (Reuters) – Fatah officials said on Tuesday they were ready to begin a Palestinian national dialogue if the rival Hamas faction accepts the terms of a Yemeni initiative to end hostilities between them.

Delegations from the rival factions will meet separately with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh >>>


      INDIA TRIES NEW WAYS TO REACH ITS UNDERFED CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     BADARWAS, India (Reuters) – A couple of months ago, Sheela Adivasi‘s infant son fell sick and his eyes filled with pus. By the time the infection cleared up, Deepak‘s pupils had turned a pearly white. He is now permanently blind.

It did not help matters that Deepak is malnourished, as are half >>>


      KENYAN PARLIAMENT PASSES FIRST PART OF CRISIS DEAL
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     AM NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya‘s parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed the first of two laws required to enact a power–sharing deal designed to end the country‘s bloody post–election crisis.

In a 200–0 vote, the legislature approved the constitutional amendment making positi >>>


      LAVROV: RUSSIA, US DIFFER ON MISSILES
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     10:33 AM MOSCOW –– Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia and the U.S. still disagree over a missile shield for central Europe, while Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the system "would not constitute a threat" to Moscow.

After talks with Gates and Secretary of State Con >>>


      MALAYSIA PM SHAKES UP CABINET AFTER POLL SETBACK
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia‘s prime minister made sweeping changes to his cabinet line–up on Tuesday, dumping his long–serving trade minister, after the ruling coalition suffered a heavy setback at elections this month.

The omission of Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz, a minister >>>


      MERKEL: GERMANS ASHAMED OVER HOLOCAUST
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Germany‘s chancellor told Israel‘s parliament Tuesday that Germans are filled with shame over the Nazi Holocaust and that she bows before the victims.

Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered the speech in German on the last day of an Israel visit marked by extraordinary warmth. I >>>


      NATO TIGHTENS GRIP ON NORTH KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) – NATO placed the Kosovo town of Mitrovica under de facto military law on Tuesday after riots by a Serb population hostile to independence killed one U.N. policeman and forced the pullout of U.N. personnel.

The NATO–led peacekeeping force KFOR and the United Nations missi >>>


      NEW PAKISTANI PARLIAMENT SET TO CHALLENGE PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     A11 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 17 –– Pakistan swore in its newly elected Parliament on Monday, setting the stage for a political clash with the government of President Pervez Musharraf a month after voters handed a victory to the country‘s major opposition parties.

The long–awaited first >>>


      OLYMPIC OFFICIALS WANT TO CLEAR THE AIR
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     By Amy ShipleyWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, March 18, 2008; A01 The International Olympic Committee acknowledged for the first time yesterday that air pollution could affect the health and performance of athletes at this summer‘s Olympics in Beijing and said it would monitor air quality daily during the Gam >>>


      ONLINE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST TRIED IN BEIJING COURT
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     ':0' AM BEIJING, March 18 –– Hu Jia, a human rights activist and commentator, was tried in a Beijing court Tuesday on charges of inciting subversion against the Chinese government through his writings on the Internet.

Hu‘s lawyer, Li Fangping, said the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court >>>


      PEACEKEEPERS BATTLE SERBS IN KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo –– Serb demonstrators attacked international peacekeepers with rocks, grenades and Molotov cocktails Monday, setting off the worst violence in Kosovo since it declared independence from Serbia last month.

The Serbs traded gunfire with U.N. and NATO forces in hours of clash >>>


      RADICAL MEXICAN LEFTIST CLAIMS PARTY LEADERSHIP WIN
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     2008; 10:40 PM MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A leftist firebrand who narrowly lost Mexico‘s 2006 presidential election took a step toward a political comeback on Monday when a close ally claimed victory in the main opposition party‘s leadership race.

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador‘s candi >>>


      SUNNIS BOYCOTT IRAQ RECONCILIATION EVENT
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     AM BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s main Sunni bloc boycotted a conference Tuesday aimed at reconciling the nation‘s sectarian groups, a sign of the deep schisms still facing this country.

Members of the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front said they would not participate in the conference until Shiite lawmake >>>


      U.S. TO SEARCH FOR MISSING WW2 AIRMEN IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In honor of the crouching, naked blonde painted on its nose, its pilot had named his bomber the "Hot as Hell." But it was a freezing and stormy day as the American B–24 Liberator made its way across the Himalayas on Jan 25, 1'44, flying what was known as "the Hump,&qu >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 18-03-2008
     turkey Court to Consider Case Against Ruling Party Turkey‘s top court said Monday it would decide within 10 days whether to take up a request by state prosecutors to close the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, in a case that has upset investors and stoked fears of instability.

A state pro >>>


      ‘BANK OWNERS CONTROL ALL HERE‘
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Eti Aflalo "At Israeli banks, the controlling shareholders decide everything – the board of directors‘ agenda includes only what the controlling shareholders want," said Professor Amir Barnea, former external director at Bank Hapoalim, at a conference yesterday.

The Tel Aviv conference, >>>


      BOTTOM DOLLAR / DID YOU LISTEN TO THE PUNDITS? TOO BAD
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Reality somehow refused to line up with the forecasts of the market gurus.

Here‘s what they said and what actually happened. What a good thing that the capital market has an expert or two, people who can coolly analyze the situation, express a learned opinion and issue a recommendation. >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Last update – 03:04 18/03/2008 Business in Brief It isn‘t easy for the armed forces to recruit quality tech people compared to sexy startups waving stock options in their fresh young faces. The Shin Bet security service is having a stab at it, though, >>>


      DELEK U.S. BIDDING FOR VALERO REFINERIES
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Delek U.S. is among three top contenders to acquire three refineries from energy giant Valero Energy Corp., CNN Money reports. The other bidders are Petroplus and Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).

Valero, the largest U.S. refiner, has put its Caribbean Aruba, Memphis, Tennessee and Krotz Springs >>>


      HARD LOOK / SHADES OF DISGRUNTLEMENT, AND THE REAL THING AT POLGAT
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Haim Bior On Sunday, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange management decided yet again to shorten the trading day, ending it at 14:15 instead of 17:30. Last week, the local exchange also closed early each day, not because investors had had enough of red screens, but because the Histadrut labor federation had declared a labor >>>


      ISRAELI BLUE CHIPS FALL 4%, BANKS SINK
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Nathan Sheva and Rotem Starkman Israeli stocks tumbled yesterday on heavy turnover as U.S. and European shares wilted after Bear Stearns‘ implosion late last week and the investment bank‘s takeover for a meager $236.2 million by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Just how bad is that price? Well, it‘s about t >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     Formula Systems, which is now an arm of London–traded Emblaze, said yesterday that it netted $37.3 million in 2007, quite an improvement compared with its $10 million net profit in 2006. Operating profit rose 170% to $27.2 million, Formula said, against $10.1 million the year before. Consolidated 2007 revenues, in >>>


      PROPERTY & BUILDING BETS AGAINST THE GLOBAL STORM
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Four months ago, Las Vegas‘ Frontier Hotel was demolished in a televised celebration that marked the start of a new mega–project rising in its stead.

IDB Development Corporation, Property and Building Corporation (PBC) and Yitzhak Tshuva‘s privately held company Elad Grou >>>


      RADCOM TUMBLES ON STOCK CONSOLIDATION
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Shmuel Shuster Shares of Israeli technology company Radcom tumbled 14% on Nasdaq yesterday, as of writing, after the company – which makes systems to test communications networks – announced that it would carry out a reverse split of its stock to avert being delisted from the New York exchange.

O >>>


      SIEMENS SHARES THE PAIN
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By News Agencies The pain isn‘t confined to banks or real estate. A sign of the times is the profit warning from German giant Siemens, which admits that its results have been savaged by the downturn: a huge project was cancelled and major contracts were put on ice. "Siemens expects the negative impact on earn >>>


      TSHUVA, DANKNER MAY BOW TO MARKETS AND DELAY VEGAS PLAZA
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Ora Coren Even the strongest Israeli businessmen have to bow before the storm winds of the global crises sometimes. And the markets have been worrying about the massive investment that two of the giants, Yitzhak Tshuva and Nochi Dankner, are planning to make in the gambling Mecca of the desert – Las Vegas. The >>>


      UBS SEES DOLLAR UP 12% VS SHEKEL THIS YEAR
      Haaretz, 18-03-2008
     By Yael Pollak Analysts at the Swiss investment bank UBS predict that the dollar to rebound this year, strengthening by 12% against the shekel by the end of 2008 to NIS 3.'0.

On Friday the dollar closed at an official exchange rate of NIS 3.474. Advertisement The bank‘s analysts predict that the euro >>>



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