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      CHILDREN SUFFERING AS PARENTS PUFF AWAY
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     The health of nearly seven out of 10 children living in Athens is being put at risk by their parents’ smoking habit, according to the results of a medical study made public yesterday.

Of some 2,133 children with breathing problems examined over the past 10 years by experts at the Elpis Hospital’s pediatric unit >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     FIRE SEASON Almost 7,000 firefighters are to be hired in the next few weeks Some 5,500 seasonal firefighters will be hired on April 1 along with some 1,200 full–time firemen as Greece beefs up its fire defenses ahead of the summer. Deputy Interior Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis informed a parliamentary committee ye >>>


      MINISTERS JOIN TALKS ON NAME
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is to meet with her counterpart from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Antonio Milososki in Brussels today to push forward talks aimed at solving the Macedonia name dispute, the ministry in Athens said yesterday.

Meanwhile, sources told Kathimerini that Greek dip >>>


      PEACE TALKS...
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     Andreas Manolis / Reuters Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias gestures during a press conference in Nicosia on Wednesday. Christofias, who is to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat today, said he is ready for peace talks but stressed that there can be no quick fix solution.

Related Articles Ledra Str >>>


      PENSION REFORMS GO THROUGH, BUT UNDER PROTEST
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     ND majority ensures bill’s passage AFP Port workers chant slogans during a rally in central Athens on Wednesday that was attended by some 100,000 people who protested against the pension reforms bill that was voted through Parliament yesterday.

Tempers were fraught inside and outside Parliament last night on th >>>


      SADISTIC RAPE CASE REVEALED
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     A 53–year–old Greek man who allegedly held hostage, and repeatedly raped, a 44–year–old Belarussian woman for a–year–and–a–half, has been arrested after throwing her off a first–floor balcony, police in Athens said yesterday.

The suspect threw the woman off >>>


      SAVING WATER BEGINS AT HOME
      Kathimerin, 21-03-2008
     To mark World Water Day today, homeowners in Greece have been encouraged to fix leaky faucets and toilet cisterns as they may be doubling each family‘s water consumption.

The director of the Athens Water Company‘s (EYDAP) network, Stefanos Georgiadis, told Kathimerini that a leaky faucet could cause >>>


      CORPORATE NEWS
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Arab News Amadeus Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, saw hotel bookings increase by 7.5 percent in 2007. Hotel occupancy during 2007 increased in every region of the world, according to a survey by Deloitte1 (Asia Pacific, Central and South America, Mid >>>


      EMIRATES FIRST TO OFFER IN–FLIGHT MOBILE CALLS
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Arab News DUBAI, 21 March 2008 — Emirates Airlines announced yesterday that passengers will not only no longer have to switch off their phones but also be allowed to make calls and text people from the sky.

The airline announced that the first authorized mobile telephone call from a commercial flight was made y >>>


      FINANCIAL MELTDOWN: INVESTOR ANGER GROWS...
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady, Arab News There is a palpable sense of foreboding, fear and anger by investors and the ordinary public at how matters have been allowed to be where they are today. Despite sweet talk and assurances from policy makers and politicians that things will sort out in the end, the lack of confidence in t >>>


      OIL MARKET: THINGS ARE BEYOND OPEC’S CONTROL
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Syed Rashid Husain What an exceptional week it has been! With Bulls continuing to reign and crude for the first time in history crossing the $110 mark, this has been an unprecedented and turbulent week in many, many ways. Fears of a third oil shock are being expressed all around. Talks of stagflation, first heard in the >>>


      SBI SIGNS DEAL FOR FIRST SAUDI BRANCH IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 March 2008 — The State Bank of India’s (SBI) first branch in Saudi Arabia will be located at Al–Andalus Plaza on Sitteen Street here.

This follows a building lease agreement signed on Wednesday. Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) gave the clearance to SBI last year to >>>


      UK COMPANIES EYE SECURITY MARKET IN KINGDOM, BAHRAIN
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 March 2008 — A delegation of eight security companies organized by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) concluded their weeklong second visit to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Tuesday.

BSIA Overseas Promotions Manager Peter Nicholls was quietly pleased with the reac >>>


      MARRIAGE WITH ENEMIES’ DAUGHTERS
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News The marriage of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to Juwayriyyah, the daughter of a tribal chief who was preparing to launch an attack on Madinah, was discussed last week. That marriage led not only to the release from captivity of all her tribesmen who had fallen prisoner in Muslim hands, but her t >>>


      SERIOUS ILLNESS, RIGHT TREATMENT AND PRAYERS
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. I am very confused on certain issues. Is the time of a person’s death predetermined so as to come no matter what measure we take. Suppose one has a serious illness, and doctors give him the right treatment: will he die whether he takes the treatment or not? Can our choices influence our life >>>


      STUBBORN TO THE HILT
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful The ones who deemed themselves mighty will say to those who were weak: ‘Was it we who prevented you from following right guidance after it had been given you? Certainly not! It was you who were guilty. Those who were weak will reply to th >>>


      3 DIE IN DAMMAM BRIDGE COLLAPSE
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei, Arab News Civil Defense officers rescue a worker trapped in the debris of an under–construction bridge that collapsed in Dammam on Wednesday. (AN photo)

DAMMAM, 21 March 2008 — Two construction workers and a Civil Defense officer involved in rescue operations were killed and five o >>>


      AL–QURASHI FOLLOWS FAMILY TRADITION IN TRACKING OUTLAWS
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Muhsin Al–Qurashi MAKKAH, 21 March 2008 — Examining crime scenes, tracing criminals and finding leads is all in a day’s work for 70–year–old Muhsin Al–Qurashi.

A wizened old man, Al–Qurashi works for the Makkah police as a tracker. His work is sim >>>


      FREE HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS UNDER CONSIDERATION
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 March 2008 — Minister of Social Affairs Abdul Mohsen Al–Akkas has announced that his ministry plans to provide health coverage to all social security beneficiaries. He said the move was taken in order to reduce the financial burden on poor families and individuals.

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      MINISTRY EMBARKS ON SR3BN PLAN TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 21 March 2008 — As part of an ambitious SR3 billion plan to expand the Kingdom’s health care facilities, Minister of Health Dr. Hamad Al–Manie signed a number of agreements that include the building of three major hospitals.

«These new projects comes within the >>>


      ‘ISRAELI ACTIONS WEAKENING PA’
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i & Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY, 21 March 2008 — A senior Palestinian official accused Israel yesterday of trying to weaken the Palestinian Authority’s ability to enforce law and order in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, the secretary–general of Palestine >>>


      EYEING ELECTIONS, MAHARASHTRA OPTS FOR A POPULIST BUDGET
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 21 March 2008 — Parliamentary and state assembly elections may be more than a year away, but the Congress–NCP Democratic Front government in Maharashtra entered into poll mode when Finance Minister Jayant Patil tabled a populist surplus budget in the legislature on Wednesday n >>>


      FIVE YEARS INTO WAR, IRAQ STILL LIVES IN FEAR
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 21 March 2008 — The US–led war on Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein entered its sixth year yesterday with millions of Iraqis still battling daily chaos and rampant bloodshed.

Five years ago on March 20, 2003, US planes dropped the first bombs on Baghdad, and within three weeks invading tr >>>


      PNA TO ELECT PREMIER ON MONDAY
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 21 March 2008 — President Pervez Musharraf has called the National Assembly (Parliament) to session on Monday for the election of a prime minister. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, the son of slain former Premier Benazir Bhutto, is likely to announce the choice of Pakistan People’s Party for th >>>


      TIME RUNNING OUT FOR IRAQI LEADERS: UN
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD, 21 March 2008 — The top UN official in Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, warned Iraqi leaders yesterday that time was running out for them to resolve differences hampering political progress.

«They should have more dialogue among themselves because time is short,» De Mistura told AFP in an >>>


      YEMENI BID TO RECONCILE FATAH AND HAMAS FAILS
      Arab News, 21-03-2008
     Nasser Abu Bakr, Agence France Presse RAMALLAH, 21 March 2008 — The latest attempt to reconcile Fatah and Hamas ended in failure yesterday, with each party blaming the other.

The announcement came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Syria that Palestinian reconciliation was key to solving the Isra >>>


      ‘YOU BET,‘ REZKO QUOTED AS WANTING BRIBE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– A high–powered attorney testified Thursday that he got political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko to back an $81 million hospital construction project by dangling a bribe of as much as $1.5 million.

Stuart Levine, the government‘s star witness at Rezko‘s fraud tr >>>


      AIDE: RANGEL‘S AILMENT WAS ENCEPHALITIS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– The illness that put Rep. Charles Rangel in a New York City hospital earlier this month was a brain–swelling virus, not the flu, a spokesman said Thursday.

The chairman of the tax–writing House Ways and Means Committee was hospitalized in Manhattan from March 4 to 10. At the >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     SANTA FE, N.M. –– The Associated Press has learned that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is endorsing Senator Barack Obama for president.
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      ASTRONAUTS TEST REPAIR TECHNIQUE ON SPACEWALK
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – A pair of astronauts ended a spacewalk late on Thursday in which they tested a repair procedure for the heat shields on the space shuttle fleet –– a technique NASA hopes it never needs to use.

"I think it went really, really well," astronaut Rick Linnehan, who was >>>


      BUSH VOWS TO PREVENT IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR ARMS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By William BraniginWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, March 20, 2008;
12:46 PM President Bush said the Iranian government has "declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people" and vowed that the United States would be "firm" in preventing Tehran‘s acquisition of such arms.< >>>


      CHENEY AND SAUDI KING TO HOLD OIL TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     RIYADH (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday met Saudi Arabia‘s King Abdullah for talks that will include discussions on cooperation to stabilize the oil market, where prices have reached record highs.

"I‘m sure they will talk about the need for a cooperative way forward to try >>>


      CHENEY AND SAUDI KING TO HOLD OIL TALKS: U.S. OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     RIYADH (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks with King Abdullah that will include discussions on cooperation to stabilize the oil market, where prices have reached record highs.

"I‘m sure they will talk about the need for a cooperative way forward to >>>


      COMMENTS BY SHOT NY TEEN‘S DAD PROBED
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     GARDEN CITY, N.Y. –– A father is unlikely to face criminal charges for incendiary comments he made after learning a gunman would face no more than four years in prison for killing his teenage son after a racially charged confrontation, legal experts said Thursday.

"Nice message it sends to soci >>>


      EX–SLA MEMBER FREED FROM CALIF. PRISON
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– After serving six years in prison for trying to bomb police cars in the 1'70s, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson has been released on parole and reunited with the family she hid with for years.

Olson, 61, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, walked out of the >>>


      FBI OPENS PROBE OF CHINA–BASED HACKERS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     March 21, 2008; A02 The FBI has opened a preliminary investigation of a report that China–based hackers have penetrated the e–mail accounts of leaders and members of the Save Darfur Coalition, a national advocacy group pushing to end the six–year–old conflict in Sudan.

The accounts of 10 >>>


      FOSSETT REMEMBERED AT COLO. SERVICE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     BEAVER CREEK, Colo. –– Family, friends and admirers of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett gathered Thursday to remember him as an energetic, upbeat and generous man.

Fossett, who lived part–time in this resort town, was declared dead in February, five months after his small plane disappeared >>>


      ILL. MAN NABBED IN STOLEN DOUGHNUT VAN
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     TOLEDO, Iowa –– A bevy of officers chased a doughnut delivery van at speeds up to 100 mph before arresting the driver at gunpoint, authorities said.

But the cops weren‘t simply hankering for doughnuts. The van, owned by Donut Delite of Moline, Ill., was stolen early Thursday while the driver w >>>


      LAWYER SCRUGGS‘ SON GUILTY IN MISS.
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     OXFORD, Miss. –– The last defendant in the bribery case that brought down powerful plaintiffs‘ attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs _ his son _ pleaded guilty Friday in a deal with federal prosecutors that could keep him out of prison.

Zach Scruggs pleaded guilty to misprision of a felo >>>


      MIDWEST RIVERS RISE; SNOW HITS CHICAGO
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PM FENTON, Mo. –– Flood–weary Midwesterners fought Friday to save their homes and businesses from rivers spilling over their banks after rainstorms blamed for at least 16 deaths moved through the region.

Thousands of people from Arkansas through Ohio were staying in shelters or with relatives >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     Wasted Lodging Cost Red Cross $688,000 The American Red Cross paid $688,000 for unused hotel rooms during last fall‘s wildfires in Southern California because it lost track of how many workers were arriving and how many rooms it had booked, officials said yesterday.

The 6,074 room–nights that went u >>>


      NM GOV. BILL RICHARDSON ENDORSING OBAMA
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     SANTA FE, N.M. –– New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation‘s only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a "once–in–a lifetime leader" who can unite the nation and restore America‘s international leadership.

Richardson, who d >>>


      NO CHARGES IN FATAL OH SCHOOLYARD FIGHT
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PM COLUMBUS, Ohio –– A grand jury has declined to bring charges in the death of a father after a schoolyard fight with another man over their students‘ behavior.

The jurors decided against charging Grant Reese after hearing evidence in the October death of 2'–year–old Franklin >>>


      OBAMA‘S PASSPORT RECORDS IMPROPERLY ACCESSED
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contract workers for the U.S. State Department improperly viewed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama‘s passport records three times this year in what his campaign called "an outrageous breach" of his privacy.

The State Department said its initial asse >>>


      OFFICER IN NY SHOOTING: I HAD NO CHOICE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– A detective accused in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day testified he shouted "Police! Don‘t move!" and believed the man‘s friend was reaching for a weapon before officers began firing.

"I felt he had a gun, and I couldn‘t wait anymo >>>


      RICE APOLOGIZES TO OBAMA OVER PASSPORT FILES
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice apologized on Friday to Sen. Barack Obama after it was learned State Department contract workers improperly viewed the Democratic presidential candidate‘s passport files.

"I told him that I was sorry and I told him that I myself would b >>>


      RICHARDSON BACKS OBAMA IN BLOW TO CLINTON
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Sen. Barack Obama won a coveted endorsement from fellow Democrat Bill Richardson on Friday as the State Department apologized for snooping into his passport files and those of his two main White House rivals.

The decision by the Hispanic governor of New Mexico is a victory for >>>


      RICHARDSON TO ENDORSE OBAMA‘S WHITE HOUSE BID
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday endorsed Barack Obama‘s bid for the Democratic nomination for president, handing the Illinois senator a potential boost among Hispanic voters.

Richardson‘s endorsement posed a personal blow to Obama‘s rival Hillary Cl >>>


      RICHARDSON TO ENDORSE OBAMA‘S WHITE HOUSE BID: SOURCE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson endorsed Barack Obama‘s bid for the Democratic nomination for president, Obama‘s aides said on Friday, in a boost for the Illinois senator.

"I can confirm that he (Bill Richardson) is endorsing (Obama) and that he will be at the >>>


      RUSSIAN MPS URGE RECOGNITION OF GEORGIA SEPARATISTS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia‘s parliament on Friday urged the Kremlin to consider recognizing two separatist regions of Georgia, a move likely to anger Georgia and its Western allies who do not want the country broken up.

Lawmakers voted 440–0 to adopt a resolution on Georgia‘s Abkhazia and >>>


      SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR 4 TENNESSEE CAVERS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     TOWNSEND, Tenn. –– Rangers are searching for two teenagers and two men who went on an overnight caving trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park spokesman Bob Miller says the men left the Tennessee town of Maryville around 10 p.m. Thursday to explore a cave and planned to return by 3 a.m.
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      SEX CASE AGAINST MA GUV‘S AIDE DROPPED
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     BOSTON –– Florida prosecutors have decided to drop their case against an aide to the governor of Massachusetts who had been accused of sexual battery against a teenage boy in the steam room of a resort.

Carl Stanley McGee, assistant secretary for policy and planning, was arrested Dec. 28 at the Gasp >>>


      STATE FIRES 2 FOR LOOKING AT OBAMA FILE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Two contract employees for the State Department have been fired and a third disciplined for inappropriately looking at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama‘s passport file, and the department is investigating whether political or other motives were involved, senior officials sai >>>


      TENSE MAYORAL RACE FOLLOWS MO. SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     AM KIRKWOOD, Mo. –– Six weeks after a deadly shooting rampage rife with racial overtones in Kirkwood‘s City Council chambers, the issue of race has spilled over into the contest for mayor of this St. Louis suburb and produced a uniquely tense campaign.

A community activist, Michael Moore, is r >>>


      UC DAVIS LAUNCHES OLIVE RESEARCH CENTER
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– After the repeal of Prohibition in 1'33, the University of California, Davis established a research department that led to the flourish of the California wine industry. Now, it hopes to do the same for olive oil.

The challenges to the emerging industry are significant: find >>>


      VACCINE FAILURE IS SETBACK IN AIDS FIGHT
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By David BrownWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 21, 2008; A01 The two–decade search for an AIDS vaccine is in crisis after two field tests of the most promising contender not only did not protect people from the virus but may actually have put them at increased risk of becoming infected.

The resul >>>


      ‘BORN FIGHTER‘ SETTLES DOWN TO COLLEGIAL FIRST TERM
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     Even before Virginia Sen. James Webb was sworn in, the decorated Marine was known for his confrontational, sometimes antagonistic style.

There was that retort at the White House when President Bush asked about his son serving in Iraq ("That‘s between me and my boy, Mr. President").

His >>>


      3 CANDIDATES‘ PASSPORT FILES BREACHED
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     2008; 1:04 PM WASHINGTON –– The passport files of the three presidential candidates _ Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain _ have been breached, the State Department said Friday.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the breaches of McCain and Clinton‘s passport >>>


      A CURIOUS STATE OF AFFAIRS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By David SegalWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 21, 2008; C01 ALBANY, N.Y.

Whatever is ultimately said about David Paterson and his term as the governor of New York, one verdict of history is already assured: The guy made quite an entrance.

His fine how–do–you–do started Monda >>>


      ANOTHER ANGRY BLACK PREACHER
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     Let‘s ask the hard question about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Is he as far outside the African American mainstream as many of us would like to think?

Because Barack Obama‘s speech on race in America was so candid about both the legitimacy of black and white grievances –– and the flaws in t >>>


      CLINTON‘S EXPERIENCE IS DEBATED
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Peter Baker and Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, March 21, 2008; A06 On March 22, 1''', Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived at the Itihadiya Palace in Egypt for what her schedule said was a "courtesy call with President Mubarak." Aides blocked out ' a.m. to ':15 a.m. Then she >>>


      CLINTON CAMP RAPS OBAMA CAMP OVER PHOTO
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign criticized Barack Obama‘s campaign Friday for "peddling photos" of former President Clinton and Obama‘s longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

A photograph of the former president and Wright shows the two shaking hands with >>>


      DEMOCRATS IN STALEMATE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     Friday, March 21, 2008; A16 THE COLLAPSE of efforts to conduct new primaries in Michigan and Florida leaves the Democratic Party in a pickle partly of its own making. That‘s not our concern. Our worry is about voters in Florida and Michigan. They shouldn‘t be punished because lawmakers and state party offici >>>


      EXCERPTS OF AN INTERVIEW WITH FORMER FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     On the current economic crisis: "Whenever you have a crisis like this, it‘s always important to evaluate why it happened and, if appropriate, ascribe blame to institutions and people, because if you don‘t get it right you won‘t get the fix right." On the decision to keep the federal funds rat >>>


      FCC NAMES WINNERS OF WIRELESS AUCTION
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Cecilia KangWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 21, 2008; D01 Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner in a federal auction of wireless airwaves and agreed to deploy a nationwide network that will give consumers more ways to use their cellphones and other wireless devices.

The Federal Communications Com >>>


      GOV. RICHARDSONS ENDORSEMENT REMARKS FOR OBAMA
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     SEN. OBAMA AND GOV. RICHARDSON DELIVER REMARKS AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT, PORTLAND, OREGON MARCH 21, 2008 SPEAKERS: SEN. BARACK OBAMA, D–ILL.; GOV. BILL RICHARDSON, D–N.M.

RICHARDSON: My friends, earlier this week, an extraordinary American gave a historic speech.

(APPLAUSE) Senator Barack Obama >>>


      INFLATION HITS THE POOR HARDEST
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Neil Irwin and Alejandro LazoWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, March 21, 2008; A01 Inflation is walloping Americans with low and moderate incomes as the prices of staples have soared far faster than those of luxuries.

The goods and services Americans consumed in February were 4 percent more expensive than >>>


      MICHIGAN ENDS REVOTE BID
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 21, 2008; A06 The effort to schedule a June revote for the Michigan Democratic primary collapsed yesterday, dealing a potentially serious blow to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s bid for the White House.

With Florida Democrats already all but givin >>>


      REASONS FOR GOOD FRIDAY
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     In a flood of bestsellers by skeptics and atheists charging a nonexistent God with crimes against humanity, Timothy Keller stands out as an effective counterpoint and a defender of the faith. His new book, "The Reason for God," makes a tight, accessible case for reasoned religious belief. And his national tour >>>


      REP. REYNOLDS WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R–N.Y.) announced yesterday that he will not seek another term in office, becoming the latest member of the former GOP leadership team to step down in the past two years.

Reynolds is the fifth departing member of the Republican leadership team that ran the House with an iron fist >>>


      REPUBLICAN EXODUS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     With Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (N.Y.), below, announcing his retirement yesterday, all but two of the Republican leaders who controlled the House before Democrats seized power in the 2006 elections are gone or on their way out. A look at the team, now mostly on the sidelines.

Gone Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (Ill.) Ha >>>


      RICE TO OBAMA: SORRY FOR PASSPORT BREACH
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday apologized to Sen. Barack Obama for a security breach in which three State Department contractors inappropriately reviewed the Democratic presidential candidate‘s passport file.

The episode raised questions as to whether the actions o >>>


      THE SPEECH: A BRILLIANT FRAUD
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     The beauty of a speech is that you don‘t just give the answers, you provide your own questions. "Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes." So said Barack Obama, in his Philadelphia speech about his pastor, friend, mentor and spiritual adviser of >>>


      TWO FIRED FOR VIEWING OBAMA PASSPORT FILE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 21, 2008; A03 Two State Department employees were fired and a third has been disciplined for improperly accessing Sen. Barack Obama‘s passport file, the State Department announced last night.

Senior department officials said they learned of the inc >>>


      7.2–MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CHINA
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     BEIJING –– A major earthquake struck western China early Friday, but there were no reports of casualties.

The 7.2–magnitude quake hit at 6:33 a.m. (2233 GMT Thursday), about 140 miles southeast of the city of Hotan in southwest Xinjiang province, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A >>>


      A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO A SHOWDOWN OVER FREE TRADE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– I recently had the chance to talk with two of Mexico‘s most prominent business leaders, Emilio Azcarraga Jean, chairman of television giant Televisa, and Roberto Hernandez Ramirez, chairman of the board of Banamex. Among other things, we spoke about the pledges of candidates Hill >>>


      ANNAN URGES MORE UN ACTION ON DARFUR
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Former U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan questioned whether all countries on the Security Council have lived up to their responsibility to protect civilians in Darfur from atrocities.

Annan said there was "quite a bit of hypocrisy on all sides" in trying to resolve the fi >>>


      ANNAN WARNS AGAINST CONFLICT WITH IRAN
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PM NEW YORK –– Former U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan warned Thursday that military action against Iran would be "a real disaster" and said the Middle East could explode if the international community doesn‘t handle the many conflicts in the region very carefully.

He also sai >>>


      AS TENSIONS RISE IN LEBANON, RESIDENTS AGAIN FEAR THE WORST
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     ServiceFriday, March 21, 2008; A14 BEIRUT –– Posters slapped up on the walls of Beirut‘s Shiite Muslim southern suburbs show the face of a slain Hezbollah leader and declare that his death is a "sign of the coming victory." Just out of sight from Beirut‘s shores, U.S. warships ply the w >>>


      AUSTRALIAN‘S BREAK–IN REPORT GOES TO POT
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian man has found himself in trouble after calling police to report that his house had been broken into and some of his cannabis plants stolen.

The 35–year–old man from the southern city of Adelaide called police in the early hours of Tuesday after being woken by i >>>


      BANGLADESH ASKS DIPLOMATS TO AVOID INTERNAL ISSUES
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh‘s army–backed interim administration has asked foreign diplomats, who often make comments on domestic politics, not to interfere in the country‘s internal affairs.

The government move came on the heels of recent visits by foreigners who made comments on the c >>>


      BOMB TARGETS CHRISTIAN HOME IN WEST BANK
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– A bomb hidden in a package was delivered to the home of a Christian pastor in the West Bank and exploded when a teenage son opened it, wounding the youth.

The family and police confirmed Friday that the bomb detonated Thursday at the family‘s home in Ariel, but they wouldn‘t >>>


      BRAZIL PURSUES CRACKDOWN ON LOGGERS AFTER SURGE IN CUTTING
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     TAILANDIA, Brazil –– The Brazilian government has launched an aggressive crackdown on logging in the Amazon, an operation that pits environmental regulators against people who say they depend on those protected resources to survive.

After three years of declining rates of deforestation, satellite im >>>


      CYPRIOT LEADERS TO RESTART PEACE TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     AM NICOSIA, Cyprus –– The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to restart peace talks on reunifying their ethnically split island, and to open a crossing in the heart of the divided capital.

Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met for the firs >>>


      CYPRUS LEADERS AGREE TO MEET AGAIN TO END DIVISION
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     AM NICOSIA (Reuters) – Leaders of Cyprus‘s Greek and Turkish communities agreed on Friday to meet again in three months in an effort to reunite the divided island, a major hurdle to Turkey‘s bid to join the European Union.

The United Nations said Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and T >>>


      DIOXIN FOUND IN SOME ITALY MOZZARELLA
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     ROME –– Makers of Italy‘s prized buffalo mozzarella took out full–page ads in Italian newspapers Friday assuring consumers the cheese was safe after high levels of dioxin were found in some samples of buffalo milk.

The tainted products came from a few buffalo dairies in the southern Camp >>>


      DUAL U.S.–RUSSIA CITIZENS FACE SPY CHARGES
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, March 21, 2008; A13 MOSCOW, March 20 –– Two brothers who hold dual U.S.–Russian citizenship have been charged with industrial espionage after they allegedly attempted to obtain classified information for foreign energy companies, the domestic successo >>>


      EXPENSES AT U.N. BALLOON 25 PERCENT
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     UNITED NATIONS –– Despite long–standing efforts by successive U.S. administrations to rein in U.N. spending, the United Nations this month presented its top donors with a request for nearly $1.1 billion in additional funds over the next two years –– boosting current U.N. expenses by 25 perc >>>


      FILIPINOS MARK GOOD FRIDAY WITH WHIPS AND NAILS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) – Filipinos including a 15–year–old were nailed to crosses and scores more whipped their backs into a bloody pulp on Friday in a gory ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ.

The voluntary crucifixions in the northern Philippines were the most extreme displays of >>>


      FRANCE WRESTLES WITH EUTHANASIA
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     PARIS –– A woman with a rare tumor that had eaten away at her face is accomplishing in death what she could not do while alive: reviving the debate over euthanasia in France.

Chantal Sebire failed to convince a court to allow her to undertake a "doctor–assisted suicide" with a lethal >>>


      GREEKS RETURN TO WORK AFTER STRIKES
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     ATHENS, Greece –– Greek garbage collectors returned to work Friday, removing mounds of trash that had piled up on city streets during their two–week strike protesting pension reforms.

Parliament approved the unpopular reforms Thursday, despite weeks of widespread protests including three gener >>>


      HILLARY CLINTON IN THE WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s eight years as first lady were packed with meetings, speeches, foreign travel, fundraising events and her own ambitious early effort to reform the nation‘s health–care system, her newly released public schedules show. She has said while campaigning for the presidency that those >>>


      IRAN A NUCLEAR THREAT, BUSH INSISTS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 21, 2008; A14 President Bush said Thursday that Iran has declared that it wants to be a nuclear power with a weapon to "destroy people," including others in the Middle East, contradicting the judgments of a recent U.S. intelligence estimate.

The >>>


      ISRAEL GROUNDS SOME F–16 FIGHTERS OVER CANCER FEARS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli air force said on Friday it was suspending training flights using U.S.–made F–16I fighter jets after finding a suspected cancer–causing substance in the cockpit.

Israel informed Lockheed Martin Corp, the U.S. defense contractor that manufactures the F&nd >>>


      KING DRAGS BHUTAN INTO DEMOCRACY AND FIRST ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     THIMPU (Reuters) –The tiny and deeply traditional Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan takes a slightly nervous step into the modern world on Monday when it holds the first parliamentary elections in its history.

Its northern neighbor Tibet may be writhing in protest under Chinese rule, but Buddhist Bhutan, a nati >>>


      KURDS CELEBRATE FESTIVAL IN SE TURKEY
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     DIYARBAKIR, Turkey –– Tens of thousands of Kurds celebrated a spring festival in Turkey‘s southeast Friday and many chanted support for a Kurdish rebel group and its imprisoned leader in a challenge to the Turkish state.

Authorities had increased security before the Nowruz festival in the pred >>>


      LAVROV: EASE ON GAZA, STOP SETTLEMENTS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     RAMALLAH, West Bank –– Russia‘s foreign minister called on Friday for an end to the blockade of the Hamas–ruled Gaza Strip and demanded that Israel halt settlement activity in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Sergey Lavrov said it was "unacceptable" for Gaza to be afflicted with th >>>


      MUGABE WARNS RIVALS AGAINST KENYA–STYLE VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe (Reuters) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe warned the opposition on Friday against Kenyan–style violence if they lose next week‘s election, saying security forces stood ready to crush such protests.

The 84–year–old leader faces a stiff challenge from former all >>>


      NATO WORKING TO REBUILD AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     DEH HASSAN, Afghanistan –– The girl flashed a shy smile from under her white head scarf and stepped to the front of the class when the headmaster asked who could find Afghanistan on the map of the world.

After a little hesitation, 11–year–old Pashtun pointed to her homeland, making a suc >>>


      PALESTINIANS EXTEND RECONCILIATION TALKS
      Washington Post, 21-03-2008
     RAMALLAH, West Bank –– Reconciliation talks between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have been extended through Saturday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.

On Thursday, Abbas‘ Fatah party and the Islamic Hamas movement that rules Gaza accused each other of sabotaging the talk >>>



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