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      IERONYMOS WANTS A MORE TOLERANT CHURCH
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     Archbishop Ieronymos yesterday distanced himself from the Holy Synod, which last week described cohabitation between unmarried couples as «prostitution,» saying the Church should be more open–minded and less moralizing.

«The Church is what Christ wants it to be, not what people want it t >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     STRIKING NEWS Lawyers back to work after weeklong protest but central bank staff continue Lawyers, who had been on strike for all of last week, will go back to work today, the Athens Bar Association said in a statement yesterday. The lawyers had been protesting the pension reforms bill. Bank of Greece employees, however >>>


      NAME TALKS TO CONTINUE TOMORROW
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     There was a climate of cautious optimism in Athens and Skopje over the weekend ahead of fresh negotiations on the Macedonia name dispute in New York tomorrow.

In Athens, diplomats told Kathimerini that a compromise could be reached ahead of NATO’s summit on April 2–4, where the possible accession of the F >>>


      OLYMPIAKOS WIDENS THE GAP
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     Defending champion Olympiakos took a major step toward retaining the Greek soccer league title yesterday with a 3–1 win at relegation–threatened Levadiakos after recovering from an early deficit.

A day earlier, second–placed Panathinaikos was held to a 1–1 draw at home by Iraklis, a resu >>>


      PORT POLICE NAB 15 SMUGGLERS
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     Police and port authority officials intercepted 15 suspected smugglers and a total of 8' would–be migrants in different parts of the country over the weekend.

It was an unusually large number of smugglers to be stopped in just two days. Two of them were women in their 20s.

Five of the suspect >>>


      SECURITY IS TIGHTENED FOR OLYMPIC TORCH CEREMONY
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     PETROS GIANNAKOURIS/AP Actresses playing the role of priestesses are seen performing in Ancient Olympia, near the Temple of Hera, where the Olympics were born in 776 BC, during a dress rehearsal for the Beijing Olympics flame–lighting ceremony yesterday. The ceremony is to take place today.

The final rehe >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     Monday The Olympic Flame for the Beijing Games will be lit in Ancient Olympia, in the presence of President Karolos Papoulias and other dignitaries.

Student parades will be held to mark Greek Independence Day. Tuesday Greek Independence Day. A public holiday. A military parade will be held in Athens to mark the >>>


      VOTERS NOT CONVINCED BY REFORMS
      Kathimerin, 24-03-2008
     But PASOK is also failing to gain the public’s support, according to poll A clear majority of Greeks disagree with the pension reforms that are set to be rubber–stamped in Parliament on Wednesday but, despite the apparent dissatisfaction with the government‘s policies, opposition party PASOK seems unable to >>>


      DUBAI–CHINA TRADE SOARS PAST $1'BN
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 24 March 2008 — Trade between China and Dubai jumped to $1'.4 billion in 2007 from $13.18 billion in the previous year, according to figures released here yesterday.

Figures compiled by Dubai World showed that the trade surge last year was contributed by imports from China. T >>>


      EXHIBITION FOCUSES ON RED SEA BEAUTY
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — Our seas and oceans are the earth’s vital life–support system. Our planet would not be able to sustain life without oceans. The protection, preservation and conservation of the wealth and balance of our oceans is therefore of prime importance.

This is the t >>>


      IDEA OF AN ISLAMIC COMMON MARKET UNSUSTAINABLE AT THE MOMENT
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 24 March 2008 — The call for the establishment of an Islamic common market by Sheikh Saud Al–Shuraim, the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah who is also an academic, is the latest in a string of such suggestions over the last three decades by politicians, economists and academics, >>>


      KINGDOM ASSURES WORLD OIL MARKET ADEQUATE SUPPLY
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2008 — Saudi Arabia yesterday reiterated its commitment to stabilize the international oil market by ensuring adequate supply.

The assurance comes after a meeting of the Supreme Council for Petroleum and Mineral Affairs, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
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      PAKISTAN: BANK PROFITS ARE SLOWLY RISING
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Muhammad Aftab, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 24 March 2008 — Despite a slowdown in the economy, bank profits are rising again albeit slowly. The profits rose 4.7 percent in 2007, over and above the previous year. This is indicated in an analysis of banking operations for the calendar year 2007.

The analysis is based on >>>


      PRINCE SALMAN CALLS ON BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST IN GROWING TOURISM INDUSTRY
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen & Ali Al Zahrani, Arab News Riyadh Governor Prince Salman tours pavilians at the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) after opening the event on Sunday night in Riyadh.

(AN photo by Ali Al Oraisy) RIYADH, 24 March 2008 — Riyadh Governor Prince Salman called Saudi businessme >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA TO HELP LANKA IN OIL EXPLORATION, REFINING
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al–Naimi, right, and Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie, Sri Lanka’s minister of petroleum and petroleum resources development at a meeting in Riyadh on Sunday. (AN photo)

RIYADH, 24 March 2008 — The Kingdom has agreed to train Sri La >>>


      STABLE OIL PRICE CRUCIAL FOR CONSUMERS, PRODUCERS
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady, Arab News The Federal Reserve’s 75 basis point interest rate cut on 18th March knocked some shine off recent oil price rises, along with other commodities, by bringing economic fundamentals back into focus.

The markets are now openly predicting a US recession, and, combined with a seasona >>>


      STAND ON BANGLADESHI WORKERS CLARIFIED
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — Labor Minister Dr. Ghazi Al–Gosaibi said yesterday that a ban on recruiting Bangladeshi workers was only limited to certain jobs, such as domestic servants and farm hands.

Al–Gosaibi said the Kingdom would continue to recruit Bangladeshi doctors and engineers, as we >>>


      TASI CONTINUES DOWNWARD MARCH
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — The badly–hit insurance and services sectors pulled Saudi stocks down yesterday. The insurance and services indexes were down by 2.25 percent and 1.13 percent respectively.

The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) also continued its downward movement yeste >>>


      WORKSHOP ON QUALITY STANDARDS
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2008 — The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), in cooperation with the International Standards Organization (ISO) and MARS Company yesterday launched a two–day workshop, at SASO’s headquarters here.

«Many issues will be discussed, including cooperation >>>


      DISTINCT WAYS, DIFFERENT ENDS
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     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, 24-03-2008
     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, 24-03-2008
     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, 24-03-2008
     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 >>>


      WHEN DIVISION OF INHERITANCE PRESENTS DIFFICULTY
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     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 >>>


      ‘MERMAID’ PLAY TELLS THE TALE OF JEDDAH’S SAILORS
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News The mermaid, played by a young Saudi girl, is seen during a recent rehearsal in Jeddah. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — The Fisherman & Mermaid play at the Jeddah Hilton last night used entertainment to educate. The medium projected to the audience the different aspects of seafa >>>


      BODY FOUND WITH 16 STAB WOUNDS
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Ali Hawash, Arab News JIZAN, 24 March 2008 — The body of an 18–year–old boy, who was stabbed 16 times, was found by police yesterday in Al–Mishaf village in the Jizan area.

Police were able to identify the teenager, who was reported missing by his family on Saturday. An Arab national, who was >>>


      COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN LANDMARK DEAL WITH US INSTITUTION
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News Dr. Ahmed Nagadi, right, and Dr. Joe D. May, sign the agreement in the presence of Dr. Abdul Ilah Saaty and Dr. Jim Henderson among other top officials. (AN photo by Angelo Young)

JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — The Jeddah Community College (JCC) signed a landmark agreement with the Louisi >>>


      COURT REPEALS ABU KAB VERDICT
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Wael Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — The Appeals Court yesterday abrogated a verdict issued by a lower court calling for the execution of Faisal Al–Otaibi, known as Abu Kab. The court, however, ratified an earlier verdict related to the payment of blood money.

Abu Kab’s case has been transferr >>>


      PLAN TO DEAL WITH RADIATION HAZARD BEFORE SHOURA COUNCIL
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2008 — The Shoura Council has discussed a national plan to deal with any potential leakage of radioactive material in the Kingdom following warnings of possible attacks on Iran’s nuclear reactors.

«The plan to check radiation hazards was discussed by Shoura m >>>


      SYRIAN MOTHER STRANGLES BABY DAUGHTER IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Syed Faisal Ali, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2008 — In a shocking incident that has horrified residents of a Jeddah suburb, a Syrian mother strangled her &#34beautiful&#34 three–year–old daughter yesterday. The incident took place at an apartment close to Al–Nazawi supermarket on Al–Imam A >>>


      WALL COLLAPSE KILLS FOUR IN MAKKAH
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News Rescue workers pull out the driver’s body from the garbage truck buried under debris of the collapsed wall in Makkah’s Al–Awali district on Sunday.

(AN photo by Badea Abu Al–Naja) MAKKAH, 24 March 2008 — At least four Bangladeshi cleaners were killed when a concret >>>


      ‘PAINFUL CONCESSIONS’ NEEDED, SAYS CHENEY
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, 24 March 2008 — US Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday that a Mideast peace agreement will require «painful concessions» by Israelis and Palestinians who must work together to defeat those «committed to violence.» After meeting Palestinian President Mahmo >>>


      CABINET NOD FOR UAE NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 24 March 2008 — The UAE Cabinet yesterday approved a memorandum on the possible development of a nuclear energy program for peaceful purposes.

According to state news agency WAM, the memorandum, presented by Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah ibn Zayed Al–Nahyan, was appr >>>


      FATAH–HAMAS TALKS END WITHOUT GAZA AGREEMENT
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Ahmed Al–Haj, Associated Press SANAA, 24 March 2008 — Palestinian factions meeting in Yemen ended yesterday five days of reconciliation talks without agreeing on who will control the Gaza Strip, but said that they will talk again in the Yemeni capital.

The Hamas delegation and the Fatah group signed a sta >>>


      FILIPINOS REDISCOVER NUTRITIOUS BROWN RICE AS WORLD SUPPLY GETS TIGHTER
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 24 March 2008 — The Department of Agriculture is encouraging rice–consuming Filipinos to save every precious grain and eat brown rice amid increasing global demand for rice.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said that brown rice is healthier and more nutritious t >>>


      MAKE OFFICIALS ANSWERABLE, HAZARE SAYS
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, India, 24 March 2008 — Renowned social worker Anna Hazare yesterday called for legislation that will allow people to take inefficient government officials to court.

«In my view guilty bureaucrats should be dragged to court and punished,» Hazare said.

Spea >>>


      MUSHARRAF LAUDS ‘NEW ERA’ OF DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 24-03-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, center, at the National Day parade in Islamabad on Sunday. (AFP)

ISLAMABAD, 24 March 2008 — A day before the next prime minister of Pakistan is to be elected, President Pervez Musharraf lauded the start of a «new era of real democracy.» Ad >>>


      $1M FINE PROPOSED FOR DEADLY TUNNEL FIRE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Federal regulators on Monday proposed more than $1 million in penalties against the two companies involved in a Colorado fire that killed five workers in October.

The Labor Department‘s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $845,100 in penalties against RPI Coati >>>


      ASTRONAUTS ENJOYING OWN MARCH MADNESS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     AM HOUSTON –– To Dominic Gorie, commander of the shuttle Endeavour, spaceflight has a lot in common with competing in the NCAA basketball tournament.

So far his crew has muscled through a daunting to–do list, including five spacewalks to build a giant robot and install the first segment of a J >>>


      AT THE BORDER, NO TIP OF THE HAT FOR THIS DANDY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, March 24, 2008; C01 LONDON –– Sebastian Horsley arrived at the gates of America in a top hat and tails and a red velvet vest.

It‘s how the London author and artist always dresses, whether attending some rock star‘s fancy party or ju >>>


      BLAST AT ARK. MEAT PLANT CAUSES GAS LEAK
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     BOONEVILLE, Ark. –– An explosion at a meat packing plant on Sunday caused an ammonia gas leak that forced 180 people from their homes, but none of those working at the plant was injured, emergency responders said.

The explosion in the western Arkansas town of 4,000 occurred in the freezer section of >>>


      BUSH COMMITTED TO IRAQ SUCCESS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– As the U.S. death toll in Iraq climbed to 4,000, the White House said on Monday that President Bush spends time every day thinking about those who have lost their lives in battle.

"The president is committed to successfully completing the mission, which is one of the main requests >>>


      BUSH MOURNS ALL 4,000 DEAD IN IRAQ: WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House, Pentagon and political leaders expressed sorrow on Monday as the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq hit 4,000, days after President George W. Bush marked the fifth anniversary of the conflict.

Bush was saddened by the deaths and felt responsible for ensuring the U >>>


      CANDIDATES‘ ADVISERS FAULT OBAMA CAMP
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     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 _ which appeared to question Obama‘s patriotism _ to McCarthyism.>>>


      CHENEY SAYS HAMAS–FATAH DEAL UNLIKELY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday he did not believe Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would agree to reconcile with Hamas until the Islamist group gave up control of the Gaza Strip.

Cheney ended a three–day visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank on Monday aimed at bols >>>


      CLINTON PROPOSES GREENSPAN LEAD FORECLOSURE GROUP
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and other economic experts should determine whether the U.S.

government needs to buy up homes to stem the country‘s housing crisis, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will propose on Monday.

Cli >>>


      COURT ALLOWS INMATES TO GET ABORTIONS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court turned down an appeal Monday from a county sheriff who objects to transporting jail inmates for elective abortions.

An Arizona sheriff wanted the justices to allow him to enforce a jail policy that bars transporting inmates for abortions without a court order.

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      COURT TAKES FIREARMS POSSESSION CASE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the case of a man who successfully challenged firearms possession charges that were linked to alleged domestic violence.

The federal government had asked the justices to step into the case. In 1''4, Randy Edward Hayes pleaded guilt >>>


      DEMOCRATS IN A DO–SI–DO OVER NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     PARSING BILL CLINTON‘S WORDS Democrats in a Do–Si–Do Over Negative Campaigning Hillary Clinton‘s campaign continued its pushback yesterday against an accusation that Bill Clinton questioned Barack Obama‘s patriotism last week.

In a "must–read" e–mail sent East >>>


      DETROIT MAYOR CHARGED WITH PERJURY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     DETROIT –– Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one–time rising star and Detroit‘s youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also cha >>>


      EX–COP SAYS HE‘S PORTRAYED AS ‘SINISTER‘
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     BOLINGBROOK, Ill. –– Jobless and with no prospects, Drew Peterson spends his days taking care of his four children: cooking meals, washing clothes, helping with homework. All the while, he does so knowing that most of the world believes he killed his last two wives.

Nearly five months have passed si >>>


      FED BACKS JPMORGAN, BEAR STEARNS DEAL
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Federal Reserve is backing JPMorgan Chase & Co.‘s revamped offer to buy Bear Stearns Cos.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said it will provide financing to facilitate the deal.

"This action is being taken by the Federal Reserve with the support of the T >>>


      FIRE CONTAINED AT LA CONSTRUCTION SITE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Firefighters on Monday contained a blaze that ripped through part of a five–story condominium complex under construction in the San Fernando Valley.

No injuries were reported. More than 200 firefighters were at the scene of the blaze to extinguish the last of the flames, said fi >>>


      FISHING BOAT SINKS OFF ALASKA; 4 DEAD
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– A fishing boat sank off Alaska‘s Aleutian Islands on Sunday, leaving four crew members including the captain dead and another missing, the Coast Guard said.

Forty–two of the 47 crew members on board the Seattle–based Alaska Ranger were rescued, but the search c >>>


      FISHING BOAT SINKS OFF ALASKA; 4 DEAD
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– The Coast Guard searched through the night for a crew member missing from a fishing vessel that sank off Alaska‘s Aleutian Islands.

The captain and three other crew members died in the accident. The Seattle–based Alaska Ranger started taking on water shortly before 3 >>>


      FORECASTERS WARN OF FLOODING IN ARK.
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –– High water pouring down the White River could cause historic flooding in cities along its path in eastern Arkansas, forecasters warned Sunday.

The river, one of many out of its banks across wide areas of the Midwest, could top levels recorded in a devastating flood 25 years ago, >>>


      IN CHINA, RIGHTS ACTIVISTS USE OLYMPICS TO PUSH FOR REFORMS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     AM BEIJING, March 24 –– Demonstrators denouncing China‘s record on human rights breached strict security in Ancient Olympia on Monday and disrupted a torch–lighting ceremony that launched the Olympic flame‘s long journey to Beijing.

Two men from the Paris–based group Reporter >>>


      IRAQ WAR PROTESTERS DISRUPT CHICAGO MASS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– Six Iraq war protesters disrupted an Easter Mass on Sunday, shouting and squirting fake blood on themselves and parishioners in a packed auditorium.

Three men and three women startled the crowd during Cardinal Francis George‘s homily, yelling "Even the Pope calls for peace" >>>


      KWAME KILPATRICK AT A GLANCE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     AM –– NAME: Kwame Kilpatrick. AGE: 37 (Born June 8, 1'70). EDUCATION: Bachelor‘s degree in political science, Florida A law degree from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

POLITICAL CAREER: Detroit mayor, 2002–present; Michigan House, 1''6–2001; minorit >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     4 Dead, 1 Missing, 42 Rescued After Fishing Boat Sinks ANCHORAGE –– A fishing boat sank off Alaska‘s Aleutian Islands on Sunday, leaving four crew members, including the captain, dead and another missing, the Coast Guard said.

Forty–two of the 47 crew members on board the Seattle–b >>>


      PAPERWORK FLUB KEEPS MO. GIRL OUT OF BEE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– A 12–year–old girl is being kept out of the Scripps National Spelling Bee because of one word _ "district" _ and not because she got it wrong.

Morgan Brown‘s school district north of Kansas City incorrectly registered its students by district rather th >>>


      PATIENTS‘ DATA ON STOLEN LAPTOP
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     24, 2008; A01 A government laptop computer containing sensitive medical information on 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study was stolen in February, potentially exposing seven years‘ worth of clinical trial data, including names, medical diagnoses and details of the patients‘ heart >>>


      REMAINS OF US CONTRACTORS RECOVERED
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The FBI says it has recovered the remains of two kidnapped U.S. contractors in Iraq.

The agency identified the contractors Monday as Ronald Withrow of Roaring Springs, Texas, and John Roy Young of Kansas City, Mo.

Withrow worked for JPI Worldwide when he was kidnapped in Janua >>>


      RISING HEALTH COSTS CUT INTO WAGES
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     A01 Recent history has not been kind to working–class Americans, who were down on the economy long before the word recession was uttered.

The main reason: spiraling health–care costs have been whacking away at their wages. Even though workers are producing more, inflation–adjusted median famil >>>


      SHUTTLE CREW PREPARES TO LEAVE STATION
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     HOUSTON (Reuters) –– Shuttle Endeavour astronauts on Sunday prepared to leave the International Space Station after a successful 12–day visit to install the first piece of a Japanese laboratory and assemble a Canadian maintenance robot.

The crew swapped spacesuits, leaving its newest gear and >>>


      SHUTTLE TO DEPART SPACE STATION, HEAD FOR HOME
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     HOUSTON (Reuters) – Space shuttle Endeavour was set to depart from the International Space Station on Monday, ending a long and busy stay that had astronauts thinking fondly about the return home.

The shuttle was scheduled to undock from the station at 7:56 EDT to begin the two–day trip back for lan >>>


      SUPREME COURT TAKES NEW SEARCH CASE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether police may enter a home without a search warrant when an informant already is inside and sees evidence of a crime.

The case from Utah also will test whether the officers who conducted the warrantless search may be sued by the person >>>


      TEXAS DROUGHT TOUGH ON FARMERS, RANCHERS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     LA PRYOR, Texas –– Hal Jessee looks at a shovelful of dirt and assesses it as only a lifelong farmer can.

"It‘s not looking good," says Jessee, 83, who farms 400 acres about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio. "If you go down, you get dry dirt. ...

It should be wet all >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     AM –– The Northwest was expected to have wet weather Monday as a broad area of low pressure centered in the Gulf of Alaska brings continued onshore winds to Washington and Oregon.

The moist winds will cause precipitation to form along the coastal mountains and in the Cascades.

Snow and rain >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Lawmakers urge Justice Department to investigate snooping of candidates‘ passport records ... Lessons from Keating scandal applied to McCain presidential campaign ___ DOJ urged to investigate passport breach WASHINGTON (AP) _ Senators from both parties are urging the Department o >>>


      US MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ AT 4,000
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     PM –– As of Sunday, March 23, 2008, at least 4,000 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 the milit >>>


      A VOTE OF ALLEGIANCE?
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     By DeNeen L. BrownWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, March 24, 2008; C01 Woman has an ocean of wrongs too deep for any plummet, and the Negro, too, has an ocean of wrongs that cannot be fathomed. There are two great oceans; in the one is the black man, and in the other is the woman. . . . I will be thankful in my soul >>>


      A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF THE BUZZ FROM THE SUNDAY TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said that the people around Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) practice "gutter" politics and that they feel entitled to the presidency, a day after an informal adviser to her campaign compared Richardson to Judas for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.).
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      ADMINISTRATION PUTS ITS BEST SPIN ON IRAN REPORT
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     Comments last week by President Bush and Vice President Cheney suggested continuing White House unhappiness at the conclusions of last December‘s national intelligence estimate on Iran‘s nuclear program.

Bush told U.S.–funded Radio Farda, which broadcasts into Iran in Farsi, that Iranian leade >>>


      AN INSIDER‘S GUIDE TO THE UPCOMING WEEK
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     Less in Tune, and Better for It? Kevin Rudd has a tough act to follow. The new Australian prime minister arrives Friday for his first visit to Washington since taking office in December. The trip comes weeks after John Howard, Rudd‘s predecessor, made a valedictory visit.

Howard, a stalwart ally of Presid >>>


      BOTH OBAMA AND CLINTON EMBELLISH THEIR ROLES
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     March 24, 2008; A01 After weeks of arduous negotiations, on April 6, 2006, a bipartisan group of senators burst out of the "President‘s Room," just off the Senate chamber, with a deal on new immigration policy.

As the half–dozen senators –– including John McCain (R–Ariz.) >>>


      DEMOCRATS‘ OBAMA DILEMMA
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     Barack Obama‘s speech last week, hastily prepared to extinguish the firestorm over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, won critical praise for style and substance but failed politically. By elevating the question of race in America, the front–running Democratic presidential candidate has deepened the dilemma created b >>>


      DEMONS ON WALL STREET
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     One year ago, with spectacular timing, a Wall Streeter named Richard Bookstaber published a book on financial engineering. He called it "A Demon of Our Own Design," and his argument was that a new breed of "quants" –– or "quantitative" number–crunchers like him –&nda >>>


      DETROIT MAYOR CHARGED WITH PERJURY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     DETROIT –– Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one–time rising star and Detroit‘s youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages surfaced that appear to contradict his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.

Wayne County Prosecut >>>


      NAFTA‘S ECONOMIC IMPACT
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     March 24, 2008; 2:45 PM Introduction The 2008 U.S. presidential elections have brought new attention to the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the free trade bloc uniting Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Currently, the Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. governments all broadly support NAFTA, b >>>


      REGION‘S VENTURE CAPITAL RANK SLIPS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     D01 Regions of the West Coast and Midwest moved ahead of Washington as top destinations for venture capital in recent years, as the local venture economy grew more slowly than the national average, a Washington Post analysis shows.

In 2001, the year the technology bubble popped, Washington ranked sixth among to >>>


      THE NEXT PRESIDENT‘S PLAN . . .
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     the Economy Monday, March 24, 2008; A13 To solve the current crisis, John McCain would shore up the foundations of the companies, growth enterprises and family businesses that are the source of jobs for our nation‘s workers. Spending by households and businesses is slowing, leading to job losses. Looming over dail >>>


      THOUGHTS ABOUT RACE, FROM BEYOND THE PULPIT
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     Susan Shearouse can think of no better place than church to discuss the difficult topic of race.

"If not here, then where?" she said before an 11 a.m. service yesterday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna. "You can‘t do it at work or on the soccer field. But given that, how do we b >>>


      TROOPS ARE PAID FAIRLY, BUT DIFFERENTLY, STUDY SHOWS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     It is one of the most politically sensitive questions on Capitol Hill: Are the troops getting paid the right amount?

A new Defense Department study suggests that the answer is yes, when basic pay, cash allowances, free health care, pensions and tax breaks are taken into consideration.

When those elemen >>>


      UNEQUAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACIAL EQUALITY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     Imagine that you are waiting in line to be born . . . Presently, you are scheduled to be born white. However, you are offered an alternative arrangement.

In exchange for a cash gift, to be deposited in a bank account for you when you are born, you can choose to instead be born black.

Social psychologis >>>


      WHERE EUROPE DRAWS THE LINE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     Mikheil Saakashvili kicked off the second wave of freedom movements in formerly Communist Europe in 2003 when he strode into the Georgian Parliament, rose in hand. Now he‘s president, and his country and his revolution are in danger of being stranded between a weakening West and a surging Russia.

Last wee >>>


      WITH BLOGTALKRADIO, THE COMMENTARY UNIVERSE EXPANDS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     The press wasn‘t paying much attention to John McCain last fall when he called Ed Morrissey from the campaign trail and spent 38 minutes fielding questions.

"You sound pretty chipper for a dead guy," the radio host told McCain, whose presidential campaign had been all but buried by mainstream jo >>>


      AL–QAIDA NO. 2 SAYS ATTACK ISRAEL, US
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Al–Qaida deputy leader Ayman al–Zawahri is calling on Muslims to strike Israeli and American interests to avenge Israel‘s recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a new audiotape.

In the 4–minute tape, posted on a Web site Monday, al–Zawahri accu >>>


      ANBAR: U.S. TROPHY FOR IRAQ SECURITY LOSING ITS SHINE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Tensions are simmering again in once bloody Anbar province, Washington‘s prize good news story for security in Iraq.

Along the main road through Anbar‘s second city of Falluja, a former insurgent stronghold and scene of fierce battles with U.S. forces in 2004, markets >>>


      AUSTRIAN HOSTAGE CAPTORS SEEN EXTENDING DEADLINE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – An Islamist group holding two Austrian hostages in the Sahara has extended by two weeks an ultimatum for its demands to be met, a U.S.–based service which monitors Islamist Internet forums said on Monday.

The SITE Intelligence Group said Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb extended th >>>


      BHUTAN HOLDS FIRST PARLIAMENTARY VOTE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     THIMPHU, Bhutan –– The secluded Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was on its way to becoming the world‘s newest democracy Monday, as voters cast ballots to select a parliament and end more than a century of absolute monarchy.

But like much else in this mountainous land _ long known as quirky holdout >>>


      BHUTAN VOTES FOR STABILITY BUT REJECTS KING‘S UNCLE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     THIMPU (Reuters) – The people of Bhutan shocked even themselves on Monday, voting for stability and experience in their first ever parliamentary elections but overwhelmingly rejecting a party led by the king‘s uncle.

This was not a vote against the much–loved king of Bhutan or a century of roy >>>


      BOSTON BANK ON MATSUZAKA FACTOR IN OPENER
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – The Boston Red Sox will be banking on Daisuke Matsuzaka magic to give them a winning start to the season against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Matsuzaka mania is expected to reach fever pitch at a sell–out Tokyo Dome when the World Series champions and Oakland open the new Majo >>>


      CHENEY MEETS WITH ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– With Palestinian complaints about Israeli settlement expansion fresh in his ears, Vice President Dick Cheney turned his attention back to Israel‘s top concerns as he sought to nudge the two sides closer to a Mideast peace agreement.

Iran has been a top issue during Cheney‘s >>>


      CHENEY TO MEET WITH ISRAEL‘S OLMERT
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– With Palestinian complaints about Israeli settlement expansion fresh in his ears, Vice President Dick Cheney turned his attention back to Israel‘s top concerns as he sought to nudge the two sides closer to a Mideast peace agreement.

Iran has been a top issue during Cheney‘s >>>


      CHINA RIGHTS ACTIVIST SENTENCED TO JAIL
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     BEIJING –– A Chinese activist who had petitioned for land rights was sentenced Monday to five years in prison and then shocked with electric batons when police scuffled with his family, his lawyer said.

Yang Chunlin had gathered more than 10,000 signatures for an open letter titled "We want hum >>>


      COLOMBIA SAYS ECUADOREAN KILLED IN ANTI–REBEL RAID
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – Already tense relations between Colombia and Ecuador looked set to worsen on Sunday after Colombia said it had killed a citizen of the neighboring country in a March 1 attack on Ecuador‘s side of the border.

Ecuador‘s leftist president, Rafael Correa, has vowed that relation >>>


      DOG PRAYS AT JAPANESE ZEN TEMPLE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     NAHA, Japan –– At a Zen Buddhist temple in southern Japan, even the dog prays.

Mimicking his master, priest Joei Yoshikuni, a 1 1/2–year–old black–and–white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at Naha‘s Shuri Kannondo temple, sitting up on his hind legs and >>>


      EAST TIMOR EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     DILI, East Timor –– East Timor extended by one month a state of emergency imposed after last month‘s assassination attempts on the president and prime minister.

Parliament voted for the extension Sunday after an appeal by acting President Fernando Lasama de Araujo. The emergency order, which b >>>


      FOOD PRICES SOARING WORLDWIDE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– If you‘re seeing your grocery bill go up, you‘re not alone. From subsistence farmers eating rice in Ecuador to gourmets feasting on escargot in France, consumers worldwide face rising food prices in what analysts call a perfect storm of conditions. Freak weather is a factor.
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