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      112 FIRMS TO ENTER DIC
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Arab News DUBAI, 23 March 2008 – Dubai Internet City (DIC), one of the largest managed ICT clusters in the world and a member of TECOM Investments, yesterday announced 112 new companies have chosen to locate their operations at the cluster during 2007, which translates to 33 percent growth over 2006. Malek Al&ndas >>>


      HP TECHNOLOGY@WORK TURNS OUT TO BE HUGE SUCCESS
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Syed Faisal Ali, Arab News BARCELONA, 23 March 2008 — HP Technology@Work2008 turned out to be a hugely successful event in terms of participations from experts, clients and top executives.

«Like in the past, this year too, we were able to attract top IT professionals as well as IT users from across the wo >>>


      INSURE DIRECT ACQUIRES PWS UNIT
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Arab News MANAMA, 23 March 2008 — The office, portfolio and insurance license of UK–based PWS International’s Bahrain unit, has been acquired by Dubai’s Insure Direct. PWS International Bahrain is the Middle East operating arm of PWS Group, which is headquartered in London. It is one of the world’s leading special >>>


      PORTS FORUM TO LAY DOWN NEW ACTION PLANS
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Wael Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 March 2008 — An international forum for the seafaring and ports is set to open today in Jeddah.

The forum being held in the light of the rapid developments in the seafaring shipping industry aims at laying down new action plans to strengthen the lead role of the Kingdom with >>>


      PROMOTION ON SAUDI NET PREPAID CARDS
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 23 March 2008 — Saudi Telecom launched yesterday a «new and exceptional discount» campaign on the Saudi Net prepaid Internet card services.

Subscribers will benefit from an easy and fast Internet browsing and user friendly services for only SR1' per month with a speed of 128 Kb >>>


      ZAIN FAILS TO MAKE MAJOR IMPACT ON DEBUT
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 March 2008 — The Capital Market Authority (CMA) will soon announce the dates for the initial public offerings (IPOs) of the newly licensed land–phone companies — Atheeb–Batelco; Al–Mutakamilah–PCCW; and Optical Communications–Verizon.

The three >>>


      MARRIAGE WITH ENEMIES’ DAUGHTERS
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     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, 23-03-2008
     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, 23-03-2008
     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 >>>


      FAISAL SIGNS DEAL FOR INSAN VILLAGE
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 23 March 2008 — Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of the Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans (Insan), yesterday signed a SR22 million contract to establish the «Insan Village» for orphans with special needs.

The initiative has been launched to provide orphans with a homely >>>


      FRENCH EXPERTS PREP HANDBOOK FOR PRESERVING JEDDAH’S HISTORIC AREA
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News A partially collapsed building in the historic Balad district of Jeddah. (AN photo) JEDDAH, 23 March 2008 — A new technical guidebook for renovating Jeddah’s historic center, known as Balad, is currently being prepared with the help of French consultants, according to a municipality official.
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      PRICE RISE: SAUDIS, EXPATS CLAMOR FOR GOVT INTERVENTION
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 23 March 2008 — Prices of essential commodities and house rents have increased by 30 to 50 percent, prompting Saudis and expatriates to call for government intervention to curb the unprecedented phenomenon and for increasing their salaries to cope with the situation.

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      2ND GAY MAN KILLED IN S. PHILIPPINE ISLAND IN A WEEK
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 23 March 2008 — A gay man was shot dead in the southern island Jolo on Friday, exactly a week after the murder of another homosexual in the same place, police said yesterday.

Romeo Lim, 25, the son of an army soldier, was having dinner at a friend’s house in the village of >>>


      ISLAMIC MEET
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Arab News KOZHIKODE, India, 23 March 2008 — Jamia Markazu Saquafathi Sunniyya, a prominent Islamic institution in India, is to host an international meeting in Kozhikode on March 28. Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates will participate in the meet.

Organ >>>


      PPP NAMES GILANI AS NEXT PRIME MINISTER
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Yousaf Raza Gilani, right, with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, left, and Co–Chairman Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday.

(AP) ISLAMABAD, 23 March 2008 — The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) yesterday named Yousaf Raza Gilani, former Parliament speaker and >>>


      TRUTH COMMISSION NOT FOR EX–PMS
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 23 March 2008 — The chief adviser of Bangladesh’s interim government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, has said that detained former Prime Ministers Khaleda Zia and Hasina Wajed will not be eligible to appear before the proposed Truth Commission seeking pardons as they are already arraigned on corruption >>>


      UAE TO SPEND $4.4BN ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
      Arab News, 23-03-2008
     Arab News ABU DHABI, 23 March 2008 — UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al–Nahyan has allocated $4.4 billion for infrastructure projects in parts of the seven–emirate federation, the official WAM news agency reported yesterday.

The funds will go toward setting up new towns and intercity highways >>>


      1'70S RADICAL IS RETURNED TO PRISON DAYS AFTER RELEASE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES, March 22 –– Days after her release on parole, a former 1'70s radical who had hidden as a fugitive for years was arrested Saturday and returned to prison to serve at least one more year. Corrections officials said a miscalculation resulted in her early release.

Criticism that followe >>>


      2 CHARGED IN CONN. MILLIONAIRE‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     HARTFORD, Conn. –– A chauffeur and his cousin are being charged in the 2006 stabbing death of a millionaire developer accused of real estate fraud, police said Saturday.

Andrew Kissel, 46, was found tied up and stabbed to death in his Greenwich mansion just days before he was to plead guilty in a mu >>>


      ADVISERS TO BOTH FAULT OBAMA CAMP
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Prominent supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on Sunday both faulted Obama‘s campaign for allowing a retired general and backer of the Illinois senator to equate comments by Clinton‘s husband to McCarthyism.

"I don‘t believe President Clinton wa >>>


      CLINTON AND OBAMA REST UP FOR LONG–HAUL RACE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took a much–needed rest from their presidential campaigns on Easter Sunday as their tight race for the Democratic nomination looked set to drag on for months.

Republican John McCain, who has locked up his party‘s nomination, returned from a >>>


      ENDEAVOUR CREW RESTS BEFORE TRIP HOME
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     AM HOUSTON –– With their fifth and final spacewalk under their belt, Endeavour‘s astronauts planned to take some well–deserved time off on Sunday before starting the journey home.

Astronauts Michael Foreman and Robert Behnken sailed through their six–hour spacewalk on Saturday, att >>>


      ERROR SENDS EX–RADICAL BACK TO PRISON
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Just days after her release on parole, a former 1'70s radical was headed back to prison Saturday to serve at least one more year after corrections officials said clerical error resulted in her early release.

Criticism over the early release from prison Monday of Sara Jane Olson, w >>>


      EX–RADICAL JAILED AFTER MISTAKEN RELEASE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Just days after her release on parole, a former 1'70s radical was headed back to prison Saturday to serve at least one more year after corrections officials said a miscalculation resulted in her early release.

Criticism over the early release from prison Monday of Sara Jane Olson, >>>


      FINDINGS OF KEATING FIVE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Highlights of the Senate ethics committee‘s findings on the Keating Five: ALAN CRANSTON Democrat, California.

The committee found "substantial credible evidence" that Cranston "engaged in an impermissible pattern of conduct in which fundraising and official activit >>>


      INDONESIA LEFT DEEP IMPRINT ON OBAMA FAMILY
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – A small group of Indonesians in their late 40s who attended the same elementary school in central Jakarta recently gathered for a reunion and to pledge their support for an absent former classmate

–– Barack Obama. Obama‘s late mother came to Indonesia with her young s >>>


      MCCAIN: I LEARNED FROM KEATING FIVE CASE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Sen. John McCain‘s ethics entanglement with a wealthy banker ultimately convicted of swindling investors was such a disturbing, formative experience in his political career that he compares the scandal in some ways to the five years he was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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      MISSOURI LEVEE KEEPS FLOOD WATERS BACK
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     AM VALLEY PARK, Mo. –– As floodwaters pushed against the Valley Park levee, Tracy Ziegler pushed a cold beer toward one of his customers at Meramec Jack‘s bar and grill.

Like many residents of this small Meramec River town, Ziegler had been confident the new levee would pass its first test.
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      MISTAKE DASHES REGIONAL SPELLER‘S DREAM
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     ST. JOSEPH, Mo. –– Seventh–grader Morgan Brown thought her dream to compete in the national spelling was about to come true when she won her regional contest.

But her family found out this week that her school was not registered with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, disqualifying her for the >>>


      MOTHER FIGHTS ARMY OVER SON‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     WAUSAU, Wis. –– Joan McDonald believes her son was a casualty of the war in Iraq, but the Army says that while he did suffer a severe head wound in a bomb blast, the cause of his death is undetermined, keeping him off the casualty list.

She and her family are demanding more answers in the death of S >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     New Levee Protects Town From Flooding VALLEY PARK, Mo. –– Residents of small towns along the Meramec River breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as the stream finally crested after days of flooding caused by torrential rainfall across the Midwest.

At Valley Park, the river rose to a peak of 37.8 feet S >>>


      NTSB: FLIGHT SCHOOL PLANE FLEW TOO SLOW
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     LANTANA, Fla. –– A small plane that crashed last week in South Florida, killing all four people aboard, was apparently flying too low and might have been overloaded, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Saturday.

The Cessna 172S was carrying four men weighi >>>


      OBAMA‘S ROUGH PATCH COULD‘VE BEEN WORSE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     MEDFORD, Ore. –– Barack Obama refers to the past couple of weeks as a tough, turbulent stretch.

And why not? His foreign policy adviser quit for calling Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton a "monster." Then he had to distance himself from his longtime pastor‘s fiery >>>


      OLDEST TEXAN DEAD AT 114
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     DALLAS –– A 114–year–old woman, considered the oldest person in Texas, has died at a Dallas retirement home.

Arbella Perkins Ewings celebrated her birthday March 13 with a proclamation from Mayor Tom Leppert and speeches by friends and family. She blew out all 114 candles on her birthday >>>


      OREO DEFENSE USED IN CONN. SPEEDING CASE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     SALISBURY, Conn. –– Police say a man‘s excuse for speeding through a small Connecticut town takes the cake _ or, at least, the cookie.

A state trooper who stopped the 1''3 BMW last fall says its driver, 28–year–old Justin Vonkummer of Millerton, N.Y., blamed his driving pro >>>


      POLICE IN NYC SUBURBS FACE CHARGES
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. –– Manslaughter, rape, assault. A recent spate of allegations against police officers on the outskirts of New York City has raised fears that a big–city problem has invaded the suburbs.

"You don‘t want this to go on anywhere but you certainly don‘t expect it >>>


      PRISON CALLS IT FOOD, INMATES DISAGREE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     MONTPELIER, Vt. –– When shooting suspect Christopher Williams acted up in prison, he was given nutraloaf _ a mixture of cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes.

Prison officials c >>>


      SEX OFFENDER RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     WILMER, Texas –– A registered sex offender running for mayor of his small town says he hopes voters can overlook his 2004 arrest in which he was caught in a police sting trying to arrange sex with a 15–year–old girl on the Internet.

Brian Sliter said late Friday he accepts responsibility >>>


      STUDY: ‘FLUTIE EFFECT‘ MORE THAN A MYTH
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     RICHMOND, Va. –– Turns out there‘s some basis for the long–held belief among college admissions officials that the better their schools‘ teams do in high–profile sporting events, the more applications they‘ll see.

Until recently, evidence about the "Flutie Effect&q >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – MARCH 23
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     AM –– Today is Easter Sunday, March 23, the 83rd day of 2008. There are 283 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his famous call for American independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, "Give me liberty, >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama campaign says Bill Clinton should know better than to attack patriotism ... Clinton as senator: Small steps, home–state cheerleading and unexpected comity with the GOP ___ Obama adviser faults Bill Clinton speech MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) _ Former President Clinton is using divisi >>>


      TOO TINY TO LIVE?
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     Collingswood, N.J. Pop: 14,000 Notable features: Childhood home of TV star Michael Landon; birthplace of Maryland men‘s basketball coach Gary Williams.

East Rutherford, N.J. Pop: 8,'00 Notable feature: Site of Meadowlands Sports Complex, home of Giants Stadium.

Carlstadt, N.J. Pop: 5,'00 >>>


      US MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ AT 3,''6
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     PM –– As of Saturday, March 22, 2008, at least 3,''6 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians.

At least 3,253 died as a result of hostile action, according to >>>


      8 QUESTIONS THAT WILL SHAPE WHERE THE RACE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATON GOES FROM HERE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     What is the most likely outcome of the dispute over the delegations from Florida and Michigan?

1. The collapse of efforts in Florida and Michigan to conduct do–over primaries makes a negotiated settlement to seat the two delegations the most likely outcome. But the ultimate resolution will have only a mar >>>


      A FAILURE TO SEE SHADES OF GRAY IN THE BLACK CHURCH
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     Churches have always been high on the tourist agenda. Visitors revel in the history of the Washington National Cathedral. They make pilgrimages to Saint Peter‘s Basilica in Vatican City to see the famous works of art.

They crowd into Notre Dame to photograph its soaring architecture. In New York, tourists >>>


      BARGAIN BASEMENT JUDICIARY
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     On New Year‘s Day, Chief Justice John Roberts, pursuant to his duty to report annually on the condition of the federal judiciary, issued a short and persuasive plea. It was lost in the cacophony of political news.

Besides, why worry about the judiciary? We have Alexander Hamilton‘s assurances, from >>>


      FOR THE PRESIDENT, A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 23, 2008; A02 Standing on the windswept docks outside Jacksonville, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon, President Bush praised the steps taken by federal regulators to stave off a financial crisis on Wall Street.

"The Federal Reserve and the Treasury acted swif >>>


      HE‘S PREACHING TO A CHOIR I‘VE LEFT
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     I‘ve known preachers like the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., former pastor to Sen. Barack Obama. Like many of them, he no doubt sees his congregation as full of victims, and thinks that his words will inspire them to rise out of their victimhood. I understand that.

Once upon a time, I saw myself as a victim >>>


      IN PARTS OF PA., RACIAL DIVIDE COLORS ELECTION
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     A01 HARRISBURG, Pa. –– At American Legion Post 733, the day begins around 10 a.m., when the first men trickle in, turn on ESPN, order a whiskey or a gin and tonic, and start talking about sports. Most were born and raised here, and are retired from the nearly shuttered Bethlehem Steel mill nearby or work the >>>


      OBAMA‘S PROMISE –– AND ITS LIMITS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     Barack Obama‘s worldview is anchored in both his DNA and his experiences. This is a historical optimist at work: He believes that people and nations can change themselves, for the better –– and that they will be moved to do so even more by their differences than by their similarities.

This is >>>


      OKAY, BARACK. NOW SHOW ‘EM YOUR WHITE SIDE.
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     So it‘s official. Sen. Barack Obama is black enough. Now it‘s time for him to switch gears. Okay, maybe not Obama himself –– he does a good job of appearing to be above the political and racial fray, as his speech last week proved again –– but his supporters. They need to start pushin >>>


      PASSPORTGATE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     AM In politics, it‘s important to be good. But it really helps to be lucky.

Barack Obama, still on the defensive over the rantings of Jeremiah Wright, caught a break last night –– one that involves almost staggering stupidity by some administration officials.

At 8 p.m., MSNBC broke th >>>


      SINCE ‘01, GUARDING SPECIES IS HARDER
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     With little–noticed procedural and policy moves over several years, Bush administration officials have made it substantially more difficult to designate domestic animals and plants for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Controversies have occasionally flared over Interior Department officials wh >>>


      THE REAL VALUE OF OBAMA‘S SPEECH
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     In the days following Barack Obama‘s address on race last week in Philadelphia, there was broad agreement among politicians and journalists that "A More Perfect Union," as he titled his speech, was the most important he has delivered since his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

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      18 UKRAINIAN SAILORS TRAPPED IN HK
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     HONG KONG –– Eighteen Ukrainian sailors were trapped underwater Sunday in their capsized tugboat after it collided with a cargo ship in Hong Kong waters, a marine official said.

Hong Kong Director of Marine Dept. Roger Tupper said the sailors were trapped in the ship‘s hull and could still be >>>


      2 COALITION SOLDIERS DIE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Two soldiers from the U.S.–led coalition have been killed in southern Afghanistan.

The soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Kandahar province on Saturday. They were conducting a security patrol in the Zhari district along with Afghan soldiers. >>>


      AFGHAN, NATO TROOPS KILL DOZENS OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan and NATO–led forces killed or wounded scores of Taliban insurgents in a joint air and ground operation in southern Afghanistan, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry did not give an exact number of militants killed in the latest clash near the town of Deh >>>


      BAGHDAD‘S GREEN ZONE HIT BY BARRAGE OF BLASTS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Baghdad‘s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi parliament and U.S. embassy, was hit by a sustained barrage of rocket or mortar bomb fire early on Sunday, witnesses and officials said.

It was not immediately clear where most of the missiles landed or if there were >>>


      BHUTANESE CAUTIOUSLY APPROACH FIRST VOTE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     THIMPHU, Bhutan, March 22 –– The journey of this tiny, tranquil Himalayan kingdom from a hereditary monarchy to a modern democracy has not been without pitfalls.

One candidate had to scrap his campaign after his feet became too sore from trekking through alpine forests and far–flung yak– >>>


      BHUTANESE FACE SUBTLE CHOICES IN FIRST ELECTION
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     PUNAKHA, Bhutan (Reuters) – The people of Bhutan face some subtle choices in their first parliamentary elections on Monday, choices that underline the changes democracy is bringing to this traditional Himalayan kingdom.

The biggest decision of all was imposed on the mainly Buddhist Bhutanese –&ndash >>>


      BLASTS STRIKE BAGHDAD‘S GREEN ZONE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– A volley of rockets or mortars has been fired toward the U.S.–protected Green Zone in Iraq‘s capital.

Smoke rose from the heavily fortified area in central Baghdad after some 10 blasts were heard starting shortly before 6 a.m. The U.S. public address system there warned people >>>


      CHENEY ATTENDS JERUSALEM EASTER SERVICE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Vice President Dick Cheney began Easter Sunday with a prayer and the singing of "Amazing Grace" Sunday at a tiny chapel in Jerusalem, then launched into a day of talks about conflict: the Mideast peace process and the rising influence of Iran in the region.

"We are obviou >>>


      CHENEY VOWS TO PUSH ISRAELI–PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that Washington was doing its utmost to push forward Israeli–Palestinian peace negotiations while dealing with emerging threats in the Middle East.

Cheney, who began a visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank on Saturday, kicked >>>


      CHINA ATTACKS PELOSI OVER TIBET REMARKS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     CHENGDU, China –– China attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday for her recent meeting with the Dalai Lama, accusing her and other "human rights police" of double standards and ignoring the truth about the unrest in Tibet.

China also again accused the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spir >>>


      CHINA MAY BE NEW LAND OF OPPORTUNITY
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     TAIPEI, Taiwan –– When Marvin Ho co–founded a Chinese language school in Taiwan in 1'57, his only students were a handful of Western missionaries.

Five decades later, it‘s a different story. Ho‘s classrooms are packed with scores of people clamoring to learn what they believe i >>>


      CUBANS TEMPER HOPES OF POST–FIDEL CHANGE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     HAVANA –– Cubans expecting their new president to transform their straitened lives are tempering their hopes as they gradually accept him at his word: Small improvements will come with time, but nothing will happen overnight.

Hopes for at least modest economic reforms sprang up 20 months ago when Ra >>>


      EARLY MORNING BARRAGE HITS BAGHDAD‘S GREEN ZONE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Baghdad‘s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi parliament and U.S. embassy, was hit by a sustained barrage of rocket or mortar fire early on Sunday but there were no reports of casualties, officials said.

The central Baghdad area was frequently hit at the height o >>>


      ECUADOR WARNS OF NEW COLOMBIA TENSIONS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     QUITO, Ecuador –– President Rafael Correa on Saturday threatened to seek international condemnation against Colombia if DNA tests confirm that Colombia‘s military killed an Ecuadorean citizen during its raid on a rebel camp in Ecuador‘s jungle.

Ecuador and Venezuela sent troops to their >>>


      FATAH AND HAMAS SIGN RECONCILIATION DEAL
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     SANAA (Reuters) – Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Sunday signed a Yemeni–sponsored reconciliation deal, promising to revive direct talks after months of hostilities.

The two factions reconvened in Sanaa earlier in the day in a last ditch effort to hammer out a compromise over the futur >>>


      FOUR POLICEMEN, REBEL KILLED IN KASHMIR CLASH
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Four policemen and a militant were killed on Sunday after a gun battle in Kashmir‘s main city, police said.

The encounter, the first in past eight months in Srinagar, Kashmir‘s summer capital, broke out after police raided a militant hideout.

"Militant >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 5 IN ATTACK ON MEXICO POLICE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Suspected drug cartel gunmen killed five people in an attack on a police station in central Mexico and during their subsequent escape, authorities said on Saturday.

At least six masked, heavily armed men raided the police station in the town of Jerecuaro, in the state of Guanajuato >>>


      IN CHINA, AN APPEAL FOR CHANGE ON TIBET
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     By Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, March 23, 2008; A12 BEIJING, March 22 –– A group of 30 Chinese intellectuals appealed to the Chinese government Saturday to admit that its policy of crushing dissent in Tibet and blaming the ensuing violence on the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, w >>>


      IRAQ DETENTION CASE HEADS TO HIGH COURT
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     By Josh White and Robert BarnesWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, March 23, 2008; A05 In a jail guarded by U.S. military police on the outskirts of Baghdad, at a base where U.S. interrogators do the questioning, Iraqi American Mohammad Munaf and Jordanian American Shawqi Ahmad Omar are stuck in a peculiar legal limbo. >>>


      JAPAN‘S OKINAWANS RALLY AGAINST U.S. MILITARY CRIMES
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Thousands of Okinawans rallied on Sunday to protest crimes by U.S. troops and demand a smaller U.S. military presence on the southern Japanese island after last month‘s arrest of a Marine on suspicion of raping a schoolgirl.

"Crimes and accidents due to the bases have happened >>>


      KURDISH MAN DIES IN CLASH WITH TURKISH POLICE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – A Kurdish man was killed on Sunday during clashes with Turkish police in the southeastern city of Yuksekova, hospital officials said, in the second day of violence between Kurdish demonstrators and police.

Kurdish protestors hurled stones at security forces from behind a bar >>>


      KURDS SAY IRAN SHELLS NORTHERN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Iranian artillery shelled three border towns Sunday in northern Iraq where Iranian Kurdish rebels are believed to be operating, an Iraqi Kurdish official said.

The shelling hit the towns of Marado, Razda and Dolakoka and lasted for about two hours, said Azad Watho, a top administrative of >>>


      MEDIA: 1 DEAD, 7 HURT IN JAPAN STABBINGS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     TOKYO –– Public broadcaster NHK says one person was stabbed to death and at least seven others were injured by a man who went on a knifing spree at a shopping mall in eastern Japan.

The stabbings occurred in the city of Tsuchiura on Sunday. Seven people were injured and an eighth died as he was rush >>>


      MORE THAN 40 KILLED IN AFGHAN VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan and NATO forces killed more than 40 insurgents in a joint air and ground battle in southern Afghanistan, a security official said Sunday. Separately, two soldiers from the U.S.–led coalition died after hitting a roadside bomb.

Troops seized dozens of weapons _ incl >>>


      MUSHARRAF HAILS DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday hailed the start of a "new era of real democracy" in Pakistan and pledged his support to the country‘s incoming government, sure to be packed by foes determined to diminish the power of the embattled U.S.–backed leader.

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      MUSHARRAF VOWS SUPPORT FOR NEW PAKISTAN GOVT
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf assured his full support on Sunday for an incoming government that will almost certainly be led by a prime minister he had jailed for over four years.

The Pakistan People‘s Party of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto nominated Yousaf Raza G >>>


      ONE MAN‘S PERSONAL MISSION TO END SLAVERY IN MAURITANIA
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     A13 Boubacar Messaoud remembered strolling from the flatlands of Mauritania toward the southern town of Rosso, a watermelon poised on his head. Beyond a riverbank, he could see a row of children in a yard. Messaoud, then 7, stopped to find out what was going on, with the pure curiosity of a child.

He found out >>>


      OPPOSITION VOWS TO FIGHT ZIMBABWE ELECTION FRAUD
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     HARARE (Reuters) – A Zimbabwean opposition leader on Sunday told supporters to keep a close watch on polling stations in Saturday‘s election to stop what he said was a bid by President Robert Mugabe‘s government to rig the vote.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the larger faction of the Movement f >>>


      SOUTH KOREAN INVESTORS QUIT CHINA OVER RISING COSTS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     QINGDAO, China (Reuters) – Scores of South Korean–owned factories are closing surreptitiously in eastern China as their owners flee rising costs, leaving behind embittered workers like Li Hua.

Li and more than 200 colleagues have been fighting for a year to get the six weeks‘ wages they were o >>>


      STALWART SERVICE FOR U.S. IN IRAQ IS NOT ENOUGH TO GAIN GREEN CARD
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     During his nearly four years as a translator for U.S. forces in Iraq, Saman Kareem Ahmad was known for his bravery and hard work. "Sam put his life on the line with, and for, Coalition Forces on a daily basis," wrote Marine Capt. Trent A. Gibson.

Gibson‘s letter was part of a thick file of suppo >>>


      SUICIDE BOMB KILLS 13 IRAQI SOLDIERS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– A suicide car bomber killed at least 13 Iraqi soldiers and wounded dozens more people in Iraq‘s north on Sunday. Meanwhile, the U.S.–protected Green Zone in Baghdad came under fire from either mortars or rockets, and a round that fell short injured two bystanders.

The Easter S >>>


      U.S. STRIKE KILLS 6 IRAQI SUNNI VOLUNTEERS
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     By Sholnn FreemanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, March 23, 2008; A14 BAGHDAD, March 22 –– American–backed Sunni volunteer forces had set up two checkpoints at a small bridge near the insurgent stronghold city of Samarra, taking precautions not to be mistaken for enemy fighters. They had spent th >>>


      WOMEN JOIN DEMINING CHARGE IN SOUTH SUDAN
      Washington Post, 23-03-2008
     MILE 38, Sudan (Reuters) – Seven months pregnant Opayi Mary stands half a meter away from a mine made expressly to blow anything over 3 kg to pieces.

For her, it‘s just part of a day‘s work. Mary leads an all–female team of deminers working for Norwegian People‘s Aid (NPA) in one o >>>


      11 SDEROT–AREA SCHOOLS TO BE RAZED AND REBUILT FOR PROTECTION
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Arik Mirovsky Residents of communities near the Gaza border will have 11 schools destroyed and rebuilt – not by Qassam rockets, but in order to protect them from the threat of more attacks.

The new, rebuilt modern facilities were authorized after studies ordered by the Education Ministry and local auth >>>


      BOTTOM DOLLAR / SAVING UP DOLLARS FOR HARD TIMES
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: terrorism, Sami al–Arian Stanley Fischer has an interesting new habit. The governor of the Bank of Israel has started, just a few weeks ago, to make surprise announcements on Thursday afternoons after the Tel Aviv Stock exchange closes. He waits and then shocks the public with a new economic s >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Prisma pays for failures – but so far only for Bank Hapoalim employees Advertisement Prisma may have promised investors in its Hermon and Tabor provident fund it would make up for its staggering 8% monthly loss in January – but the m >>>


      IS FISCHER INCREASING CURRENCY RESERVES OR INTERVENING?
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Eytan Avriel "The act of purchasing $5 billion in coming years by the Bank of Israel is a dramatic intervention by the central bank in the foreign currency market," said a veteran Israeli forex trader in response to the plan announced by the governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, last Thursday aft >>>


      IUED: NOT WASTING WATER IS SMARTER THAN DESALINATING IT
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli "Instead of depending on desalinization as a magic solution, we need to invest at the same time most of our efforts in ways to save water," said attorney Naama Elad and Dr. Aharon Dotan of Adam Teva V‘Din, The Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED).

The two wrote a re >>>


      SIEMENS CONDUCTING SECRET PROBE HERE OF ALLEGED IEC BRIBES
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli The Siemens Israel affair is becoming more and more complicated as more details are revealed: The investigative team appointed by Siemens international headquarters to look into its Israeli representative has been conducting a secret, independent investigation in Israel for months over suspicions of >>>


      STATE TO PUBLISH NIS 1.5 BILLION TENDER FOR FOURTH DESALINIZATION PLANT
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli The state will publish the minimal requirements for a tender for building a desalinization plant to provide 100 million cubic meters of fresh water a year.

The estimated NIS 1.5 billion new plant will be built on the coast at Soreq, between Tel Aviv and Ashdod.

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      EVIL IS NOT NEUTRAL
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: U.S., Israel, Iran Two of the most prominent personages today in the global arena, who visited Israel last week, spoke clearly and lucidly against the Iranian danger.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential frontrunner, agree that the >>>


      RELIGIOUS FUEL FOR THE BONFIRE
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Uzi Benziman Tags: Jews, Ghetto, Israel Zvia Sariel, a teen from Elon Moreh charged with attacking a Palestinian near her settlement, was released five days ago after three and a half months in detention. During that time, she refused to accept the authority of the Israeli court to deliberate her case and demanded to >>>


      SAVED FROM CERTAIN DISASTER
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Shlomi Barzel Tags: IDF, Israel, Elazar Stern Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi must demonstrate generosity and quickly grant Major General Elazar Stern, the chief of the Israel Defense Forces Personnel Directorate, his long–awaited decoration, a medal to pin to the front of his shirt. Perhaps th >>>


      WE‘VE ALREADY WON IN IRAQ
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Iraq, Middle East, U.S.

What exactly did Bush say to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war? "This is a fight America can and must win," he summarized. So why, after five years, has it not won in Iraq?

Perhaps it is another one of the lies that has gone along wit >>>


      WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Gideon Levy Tags: peace process, diplomacy The amount of support being shown for Israel these days is almost embarrassing.

The parade of highly–placed foreign guests and the warm reception received by Israeli statesmen abroad have not been seen for quite some time. Who hasn‘t come to visit lately >>>


      ANALYSIS: NETANYAHU SEEKS TO CONTAIN DAMAGE TO IMAGE
      Haaretz, 23-03-2008
     By Mazal Mualem, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Israel Bonds, Israel, U.K.

This time it truly does smell very bad, and it‘s clear that the damage to Benjamin Netanyahu‘s image is considerable, senior Likud officials said on Saturday in response to a report in Friday‘s Yedioth Ahronoth alleging th >>>



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