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      DEPUTIES WANT EARLY SOLUTION TO PAKISTAN’S ECONOMIC WOES
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Muhammad Yousuf, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 27 April 2008 — Deputies belonging to the ruling coalition in Pakistan want an early solution to Pakistan’s economic problems. This reporter talked to a number of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders and found that they are more worried about their country’s economic development th >>>


      JAZEERA VIEWS KINGDOM AS ‘TOP GROWTH MARKET’
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — Saudi Arabia will be one of the top three growth markets for Jazeera Airways in the next five years, said the airlines CEO, Marwan Boodai.

«Our ambition not only complements, but stems from the Kingdom’s master plan for increasing the annual number of visi >>>


      LEADING SAUDI, UK LAW FIRMS JOIN HANDS
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — Herbert Smith, a London–based law firm with over 1,200 lawyers in branches world–wide, has established a formal and exclusive association in Saudi Arabia with the Al Ghazzawi Professional Association (GPA), one of the Kingdom’s largest and leading law firms.< >>>


      MADINAH GOVERNOR, SAGIA CHIEF INSPECT KEC CONSTRUCTION SITE
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Arab News From left to right: Madinah Governor Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Majed; Madinah Mayor Abdul Aziz Al–Hussayen; KEC Chairman Ibrahim ibn Mohammed Al–Essa and KEC CEO Tahir Bawazir, at the KEC site in Madinah recently. (AN photo) MADINAH, 27 April 2008 — Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Majed, the governor of Madinah; >>>


      SAMBA WINS BEST BANK AWARD
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — Global Finance, a reputable international magazine, has selected Samba Financial Group for the award of the best bank in Saudi Arabia for the third consecutive year.

Samba is placed in the list of best banks in the Middle East for 2008 in recognition of its excellent performanc >>>


      SRMG, TVTC SIGN DEAL
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Arab News Prince Faisal bin Salman receives a replica of the bank check from Yaqoub Al–Sharif, CEO of Sara Corporation, 2nd from right, in Riyadh on Monday.

Second from left is Saleh Al–Yusuf, Insan general manager. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi) RIYADH, 27 April 2008 — Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman >>>


      ‘MUSLIMS SHOULD SET EXAMPLES FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW’
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 26 April 2008 — Muslims should set an example for other communities by following the divine teachings of Islam in all walks of life, said G.K.

Edathanattukara, an active dawa worker based in Kerala. «Many Muslims are now ready to die for Islam. But most of them are no >>>


      DIVIDING PROPERTY BETWEEN CHILDREN IN ONE’S LIFETIME
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I have two brothers and three sisters. I live with my family and my parents in the ground floor of our house. My brother lives with his family in the upper floor, which he has built, while my other brother lives in a separate home. Our parents want to divide the property between their children. >>>


      GRATEFUL FOR EVERY KINDNESS
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News It was customary for the Arabs in Makkah when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born that they sent their newborn children to some Bedouins where the young ones were breast–fed by wet nurses. They felt that spending the first few years in a desert environment ensured that the child wo >>>


      MOST FORTUNATE STEPCHILDREN
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News «I have the best family line ever: My father is Muhammad (peace be upon him), my mother is Khadeejah, my brother is Al–Qasim and my sister is Fatimah.

Who can have a family line to rival mine?» These were the words of Hind ibn Abu Halah, the Prophet’s first stepson. Thes >>>


      PAYMENT OF ZAKAH ON LAND BOUGHT FOR INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A friend of mine buys building sites. He may keep the site for a year or two, or even longer, then he would build a block of apartments, which he then sells. Is the land liable to zakah during the intervening period, before the building starts? If so, at what value?

Dr. Anwar A. This m >>>


      THE FINAL SCENE
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Say: «The truth has now come. Falsehood neither creates anything new, nor restores anything.» Say: «Were I to go astray, I would but go astray to the loss of myself. But if I am on the right path, it is through what my L >>>


      THE ORIGINATOR OF ALL CREATION
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful All praise is due to God, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, who assigns angels to be messengers, endowed with wings, two, or three, or four. He adds to His creation what He pleases. Indeed God has power over all things.

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      TREATING CHILDREN WITH KINDNESS
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Children were always certain of kind treatment by the Prophet (peace be upon him). Whenever he saw a child, he received him/her with a smile and said some pleasant words, even when the Prophet was preoccupied with something very serious. Anas ibn Malik, who served the Prophet throughout his 10&nda >>>


      AL–JAMMAZ TAKES OVER AS ENVOY IN COLOMBO
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News Abdul Aziz Al–Jammaz RIYADH, 27 April 2008 — The new Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdul Aziz Al–Jammaz, began work at the Saudi Embassy in Colombo.

Al–Jammaz succeeds the former Saudi ambassador in Colombo Mohammed Mahmud Al–Ali, who went to Pretoria in D >>>


      COMMISSION BACKS ACTION OF MEMBER
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 27 April 2008 — The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice yesterday defended the actions of one of its members at a hearing into a case filed by a Saudi woman who says she suffered psychological, physical, and material damages because of him.

The woman, >>>


      DIALOGUE MUST TO DISMANTLE STEREOTYPES OF MUSLIMS: RANIA
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal presents a memento to Queen Rania of Jordan at the opening of the sixth annual symposium of Effat College at the Jeddah Hilton on Saturday night. (AN photo by Adnan Mahdali) JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — Jordan’s Queen Rania yesterday called for a global dialo >>>


      DIALOGUE WILL PROMOTE PEACE: ABDULLAH
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah receives a report on the national dialogue forum in Buraidah from Sheikh Saleh Al–Hosain, chairman of the forum, in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA) RIYADH, 27 April 2008 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday welcomed the different viewpoints >>>


      HUGE VOLUME OF BAD LOANS RAISES CONCERN
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 27 April 2008 — A Saudi economist expressed deep concern at the increasing tendency among Saudis to borrow large sums of money. While the most common form of borrowing is for car purchases, a considerable amount of money is being borrowed to invest.

«The rise in the number of bad debts i >>>


      HUNDREDS NETTED AS RIYADH POLICE STEP UP CRIME FIGHT
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 27 April 2008 — Police announced yesterday that they have arrested 431 criminal suspects, 250 other suspects involved in drug–related offenses and 1,02' illegal residents in raids over the past three months in the city.

Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman lauded the efforts, saying >>>


      NEED FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF CYBER WORLD EMPHASIZED
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Hassna’a Mokhtar, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — Welcoming the audience to the Sixth Annual Learning and Technology Symposium at the Jeddah Hilton yesterday, Haifa Jamal Al–Lail, dean of Effat College, said the World Wide Web could not be ignored as it increasingly attracts youngsters.

«The Web h >>>


      SAUDI BLOGGER FARHAN FREED FROM PRISON
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — The wife of Saudi blogger Fouad Al–Farhan confirmed yesterday that her husband, who has been detained for nearly five months without charges for comments made on his website, has been released from Jeddah’s Dahban Prison.

«He was released around 5:3 >>>


      SHOURA TO DEBATE FEE CUT FOR RECRUITING DOMESTIC HELPERS
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — The Shoura Council will discuss today an important proposal suggesting the government cuts recruitment and iqama charges for house servants to SR500 and SR100 respectively to ease financial burdens on Saudi families.

The council’s finance committee has studi >>>


      UK EXPERTS TO ATTEND SEMINAR ON FIRE SAFETY
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — A one–day seminar on fire, entitled «Fire Safety in Buildings,» is to be held tomorrow at the Jeddah Hilton.

Lt. Gen. Saad Abdullah Al–Tuwaijri, director general of the Civil Defense, and Kate Rudd, British consul general in Jeddah, will >>>


      ABBAS LEAVES US DISAPPOINTED
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, center, meets with a delegation representing the Ramallah community in the United States on Friday night. (AFP) RAMALLAH/WASHINGTON — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he failed to achieve any progress in Middle East peace talks with President George W. >>>


      ISRAELI TROOPS KILL TEENAGE GIRL IN GAZA TOWN
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CTIY, 27 April 2008 — A 14–year–old girl was killed and six other people were wounded in a new Israeli invasion early yesterday in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. Witnesses and medical sources said that the mother and two members of the family were among the injur >>>


      MAULANA ANZAR DIES
      Arab News, 27-04-2008
     Muhammad Mujahid Syed, Arab News JEDDAH, 27 April 2008 — Maulana Anzar Shah Kashmiri, 81, former dean of Islamic Jurisprudence at Darul Uloom Deoband, died yesterday at a private New Delhi hospital after prolonged illness.

Maulana Anzar, who wrote several books on Hadith and Islamic Jurisprudence and was a resp >>>


      100 HOMES EVACUATED AS SOCAL WILDFIRE CREEPS TOWARD TOWN
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     SIERRA MADRE, Calif. –– Authorities were evacuating 100 homes as a 100–acre wildfire crept closer to neighborhoods near Pasadena on a hot, dry Saturday in Southern California, authorities said.

The fire about broke out Saturday afternoon and earlier forced the evacuation of a scout camp and le >>>


      2 CUBANS DIE, 2 MISSING, 8 RESCUED FROM RAFT
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NEW ORLEANS –– A dozen Cubans tried to cross the Gulf of Mexico in a raft but ran into trouble about 300 miles south of New Orleans, authorities said.

Two died, two were missing Saturday, and six were hospitalized, including a mother and her 16–year–old daughter, the Coast Guard said.
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      AN UNUSUAL PROSECUTION OF A WAY OF LIFE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 27, 2008; A03 ELDORADO, Tex. –– The ironic thing is that before the big sheriff‘s department armored personnel carrier appeared outside the Yearning for Zion Ranch, it was starting to seem as though America had finally figured out how to >>>


      AT COLUMBIA, REMEMBERING A REVOLUTION
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NEW YORK, April 26 –– Forty years ago, they launched a student protest at Columbia University that involved the occupation of five campus buildings, the hostage–taking of a dean, 712 arrests and injuries to scores of students, faculty members and police officers.

Now, they are lawyers, judges, >>>


      BALLPARK FUNERAL SET SUNDAY FOR LONG–MISSING OHIO SOLDIER
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     CINCINNATI –– Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of a young Ohio soldier whose remains were found in Iraq last month, four years after he was kidnapped west of Baghdad.

Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds, will host the memorial Sunday for Staff Sgt. Matt Mau >>>


      BUSH TWEAKS CANDIDATES AT CORRESPONDENTS‘ DINNER
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush poked fun at his potential successors Saturday night, expressing surprise that none of them were in the audience at the White House Correspondents‘ Association annual dinner.

"Senator McCain‘s not here," Bush said of GOP nominee–in–waiti >>>


      CARETAKERS GET HINTS ON CARING FOR CHILDREN SEIZED IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     AM –– From Amarillo to Houston, children removed from a polygamist ranch in west Texas are settling into new surroundings, and caretakers are getting cultural pointers on how to deal with them _ such as no television, no movies, no radio and nothing red.

"The color ‘RED‘ is not acce >>>


      CARETAKERS GET HINTS ON HANDLING CHILDREN SEIZED IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     AM –– From Amarillo to Houston, children removed from a polygamist ranch in west Texas are settling into new surroundings, and caretakers are getting cultural pointers on how to deal with them _ such as no television, no movies, no radio and nothing red.

"The color ‘RED‘ is not acce >>>


      DEMOCRATIC PARTY AD CRITICIZES MCCAIN OVER IRAQ REMARKS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     –– TITLE: "100" LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: nationally on cable television. SCRIPT: Questioner: "President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years " McCain: "Maybe 100. That would be fine with me." Announcer: "If all he offers is more of the same is >>>


      ELECTORAL MAP FAVORS A DEMOCRAT, HAS MCCAIN PLAYING DEFENSE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The electoral road to the White House favors Democrats this fall _ either Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton _ and has Republican John McCain playing defense to thwart a presidential power shift.

A downtrodden economy, the war in Iraq and a public call for change have created an El >>>


      FIRE IN CONNECTICUT APARTMENT BUILDING LEAVES 150 HOMELESS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NORWICH, Conn. –– A fast–moving fire destroyed a large apartment complex early Saturday and authorities were looking for dozens of people reported unaccounted for.

No deaths had been confirmed, but Fire Chief Ken Scandariato said he couldn‘t rule out the possibility that some residents m >>>


      GOV. RICHARDSON MEETS CHAVEZ OVER HOSTAGES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – The governor of New Mexico met on Saturday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in an effort to restart talks with neighboring Colombia to secure the release of hostages held by leftist rebels.

Chavez this year helped free six hostages held for years by the Marxist FARC rebels in Colo >>>


      JUSTICES SCRUTINIZE KILLER‘S RIGHT TO CROSS–EXAMINE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     There is no dispute about why Brenda Avie was unavailable to testify against her former boyfriend Dwayne Giles at his trial.

He killed her. But a lawyer told the Supreme Court this past week that it was unfair that the jury that convicted Giles of murder heard Avie‘s statement that he had threatened to do >>>


      KENNEDY COUSIN SKAKEL, OTHER PRISON INMATES, TURNING TO ART
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     PM NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, imprisoned for killing a teenage neighbor, is spending some of his time in prison creating art that depicts beauty, danger and the loss of innocence.

Skakel, convicted in 2002 of killing Martha Moxley in 1'75, participates in a program that l >>>


      NOW, THIS IS CAMPAIGN FATIGUE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     A01 After nearly six months on the road, sleeping in hotels, herding an unruly press corps onto buses, and boarding and emptying out charter planes from Medford, Ore., to Mecklenburg County, N.C., Jen Psaki on Friday faced reality.

With seemingly no end to the Democratic campaign in sight, Sen. Barack Obama&lsq >>>


      OBAMA SAYS NO DEBATES WITH CLINTON BETWEEN NOW AND INDIANA
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Sunday brushed aside a challenge from Hillary Rodham Clinton to debate before the May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.

On Saturday, Clinton said she wants Obama to face off with her in a debate without a moderator, Lincoln&nda >>>


      OBAMA SAYS RACE NOT AN ISSUE IN ELECTION
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama, struggling to win over white Democratic voters, said in a Sunday television interview that race would not be a factor in November‘s U.S. presidential election.

"Is race still a factor in our society? Yes. I don‘t think anybody would deny that," Ob >>>


      OBAMA SAYS WILL BACK PETRAEUS FOR NEW MILITARY JOB
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who has called for withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, said on Sunday he will vote to confirm the top commander there for a new job as head of the military‘s Central Command.

President George W. Bush has nominated Gen. David >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     PM –– Bill E. Burk MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Bill E. Burk, author and former Memphis newsman who covered the last 20 years of Elvis Presley‘s life, has died. He was 75.

He died Thursday in Memphis after a heart attack, said his wife, Connie. Burk was a columnist for the former Memphis Press– >>>


      OFFICERS‘ ACQUITTAL DECRIED IN N.Y.
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NEW YORK, April 26 –– The fiancee of an unarmed man shot to death by police on his wedding day said Saturday that "the justice system let me down" when the three detectives were acquitted of all charges in his killing.

"April 25, 2008: They killed Sean all over again," Nicole Pau >>>


      PRINCE PLAYS COACHELLA, COVERS RADIOHEAD
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     INDIO, Calif. –– "Coachella, I am here." Prince hit the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with that announcement, heralding his arrival as the much–anticipated headliner of the summer festival.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Prince strutted onto the stage wearing >>>


      SAN DIEGO AREA RELIEVED TO SEE NO SIGN OF KILLER SHARK
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     SOLANA BEACH, Calif. –– Fear and shock turned to wary relief as a golden Southern California beach weekend unspooled with no sign of the great white shark that killed a swimmer in a rare attack near San Diego.

Thousands fled record inland temperatures for the relative cool of the coast, though 17 mi >>>


      SHARPTON VOWS TO ‘CLOSE THIS CITY‘ AFTER OFFICER ACQUITTALS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NEW YORK –– Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem on Saturday after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to "close this city down" to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50–shot barrage that killed a groom on his wedding day and wounded two friends.

"We s >>>


      STAR POWER LIGHTS UP CORRESPONDENTS‘ DINNER
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     By Jose Antonio VargasWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 27, 2008; A04 The lasting image of President Bush at the White House Correspondents‘ Association dinner may be this: bouncing slightly off–beat with a gleeful smile on his face and a baton in his hand last night as he conducted "The Preside >>>


      STUDIES ON CHEMICAL IN PLASTICS QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 27, 2008; A01 Despite more than 100 published studies by government scientists and university laboratories that have raised health concerns about a chemical compound that is central to the multibillion–dollar plastics industry, the Food and Drug Administra >>>


      TEEN ARRESTED AFTER 4 FAMILY MEMBERS FOUND DEAD AT SC HOME
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     EASLEY, S.C. –– An 18–year–old man gunned down his father, stepmother and two siblings at the home they shared in suburban South Carolina, authorities said Saturday.

Nathaniel Dickson, 18, was arrested 8:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Belton about 20 miles from where the bodies of his fam >>>


      THE 1'68 PROTESTERS, THEN AND NOW
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     These are some of the people involved in the 1'68 takeover of buildings at Columbia University.

Nancy Biberman, 60 Role during protests: typed news releases at Strike Central, ran messages among strikers.

Résumé highlights: Legal Aid lawyer; taught at Harvard University, New York Universi >>>


      THE FLAMBOYANCE OF SIMPLICITY
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     It‘s hard to look at the women from the polygamist compound in Texas and not be stopped by their studiously constructed appearance. Like a lot of people, they have used attire to identify themselves as part of a tribe

–– in this case, one that has apparently rejected the art of made–to&n >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     AM –– A line of rain was expected to move northeastward through New England on Sunday, and areas of heavy rain embedded with thunderstorms were expected in the Southeast.

Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms were also expected through Texas. There was a slight chance of severe weather there.

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      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sen. Evan Bayh (D–Ind.), Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D–Tex.) and Artur Davis (D–Ala.) and former senator Thomas A. Daschle (D&ndash >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Electoral College road to the White House favors Democrats; McCain playing defense ... Clinton challenges Obama to Lincoln–Douglas style debate as the Democrats campaign in Indiana ... President Bush pokes fun at his potential successors at White House correspondents‘ dinne >>>


      WOUNDED IRAQ VETERAN PLAYS LACROSSE AFTER LOSING LIMBS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NEW YORK –– John Fernandez should not have been playing lacrosse Saturday in the Army–Navy alumni game at Madison Square Garden. By all rights, the former U.S. Army first lieutenant should be dead. But luck intervened.

"It was just a matter of chance _ pure luck," said Fernandez of S >>>


      CLINTON CHALLENGES OBAMA TO LINCOLN–DOUGLAS STYLE DEBATE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     8:08 PM MARION, Ind. –– Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton turned up the rhetoric Saturday in their increasingly heated primary battle as she issued a new debate challenge and he complained of a race that‘s largely been reduced to trivia while working families feel economic pain. >>>


      CLINTON INTENSIFIES GROUND WORK IN IND.
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 27, 2008; A08 SOUTH BEND, Ind. –– At Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s headquarters here the other day, the campaign staff was brainstorming about ways to reach beyond the voters who appear on traditional Democratic Party lists. Did anyone know fathe >>>


      PROSECUTE THE MORTGAGE SHARKS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     When Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson released the government‘s blueprint for overhauling the nation‘s financial regulatory structure, he promised to direct more attention toward the front–line people who arrange mortgage loans.

"Simply put, that process was broken," Paulson said. >>>


      RELIABILITY, COST OF U.S. FORCES‘ STANDARD RIFLE UNDER SCRUTINY
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     HARTFORD, Conn. –– No weapon is more important to tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan than the carbine rifle. And for well over a decade, the military has relied on one company, Colt Defense of Hartford, to make the M4s they trust with their lives.

Now, as Congress considers spe >>>


      THIS TIME WE MEAN IT: THE YOUTH VOTE MATTERS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     Election after election, when all the obvious story lines are exhausted, the media tend to turn to an oldie but goody: "Will this be the race where young people finally start voting?" Youth vote advocates insist that young people are more dialed in than ever this year, while political hacks who have been in th >>>


      1 DAY AFTER TALKS OFFER, CHINA ASSAILS DALAI LAMA
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     BEIJING, April 26 –– Less than 24 hours after China offered to meet with an envoy of the Dalai Lama, state–controlled news media on Saturday kept up their campaign of denunciations of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

"The behavior of the Dalai clique has seriously violated fundamental teachi >>>


      ADMINISTRATION SAYS PARTICULARS MAY TRUMP GENEVA PROTECTIONS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     The Geneva Conventions‘ ban on "outrages against personal dignity" does not automatically apply to terrorism suspects in the custody of U.S. intelligence agencies, the Justice Department has suggested to Congress in recent letters that lay out the Bush administration‘s interpretation of the interna >>>


      AFGHAN PRESIDENT ESCAPES ASSASSINATION BID
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped unhurt after an assassination attempt by Taliban fighters with guns and rockets during an official celebration in the capital, Kabul, on Sunday.

Government ministers along with leaders of other political factions were seen ducking for cover after gun >>>


      AFGHAN PRESIDENT SAFE AFTER FLEEING GUNFIRE AT KABUL EVENT
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Suspected Taliban militants attacked a ceremony attended by the Afghan president on Sunday, unleashing automatic weapons fire that sent foreign dignitaries and senior members of the government fleeing for cover.

President Hamid Karzai, who escaped unharmed, later appeared on te >>>


      AFTERMATH OF A SOVIET FAMINE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, April 27, 2008; A14 MOSCOW –– Relations between Russia and Ukraine, bedeviled by disputes over natural gas supplies and NATO expansion, have lately been roiled by one of the great tragedies of Soviet history: the famine of 1'32–33, which left mill >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Dignitaries including Afghan president flee as gunfire breaks at ceremony in Kabul.
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      ASSAD SAYS FACILITY ISRAEL BOMBED NOT NUCLEAR: PAPER
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     DUBAI (Reuters) – The Syrian site Israel bombed in September was not part of a nuclear weapons program, but was a military facility under construction, President Bashar al–Assad said in remarks published on Sunday.

Last week, Washington released intelligence alleging Syria had built a nuclear reacto >>>


      ATTEMPTS ON AFGHAN PRESIDENT‘S LIFE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     AM –– President Hamid Karzai has escaped at least four attempts on his life since he took power in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime six years ago: _ April 27, 2008 _ Militants open fire with automatic weapons and rockets on a ceremony in Kabul. Karzai, Cabinet ministers and ambassadors flee f >>>


      AUSTRIAN WOMAN SAYS FATHER HELD HER IN CELLAR FOR 24 YEARS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     VIENNA, Austria –– Police have found a woman missing since 1'84, who told authorities that her father had kept her in a cellar for almost 24 years and that she had given birth to seven children after being repeatedly raped by him.

The 73–year–old father was taken into custody, Franz >>>


      AUSTRIAN WOMAN SAYS IMPRISONED, ABUSED FOR 24 YEARS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian woman says she was kept prisoner and abused by her own father for 24 years in a basement dungeon in eastern Austria, where she bore him seven children, Austrian police said on Sunday.

The 42–year–old woman has been named by police as Elisabeth F. and told authori >>>


      BAGHDAD GREEN ZONE BLASTED UNDER COVER OF STORM
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militants bombarded Baghdad‘s Green Zone with rockets on Sunday, taking advantage of the cover of a blinding dust storm to launch one of the heaviest strikes in weeks on the fortified compound.

The strikes appeared to defy a renewed call for a ceasefire issued on Friday by Shi&ls >>>


      BOLLYWOOD NO LONGER A DREAM TOO FAR FOR INDIA‘S LOWER CASTES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     MUMBAI –– With a résumé listing his acting gigs in rural folk theater and a handful of slightly out–of–focus head shots, Birendra Paswan arrived in this crowded city from his rural village in Bihar, one of India‘s poorest states, and asked, "Where‘s Bollywood?" Pas >>>


      CASABLANCA MATTRESS FACTORY FIRE KILLS AS MANY AS 55 WORKERS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     ':4' PM CASABLANCA, Morocco –– A fire roared through a mattress factory in a poor section of Casablanca Saturday, killing up to 55 workers and injuring as many as 24 others, Moroccan officials said.

The head of the Red Crescent rescue operation said an emergency exit was blocked and firefigh >>>


      FRENCH VINTNERS FLIRT WITH HERESY _ SCREW TOPS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     CHABLIS, France –– Fine French wine with a screw top? At La Cote Saint Jacques restaurant, a Michelin three–star temple of gastronomy in the Burgundy region, chief sommelier Arnaud Laplanche isn‘t ashamed to give it a try.

He‘s part of a quiet revolution sweeping the French wine bu >>>


      GOV. RICHARDSON MEETS CHAVEZ OVER HOSTAGES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – The governor of New Mexico met on Saturday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in an effort to restart talks with neighboring Colombia to secure the release of hostages held by leftist rebels.

Chavez this year helped free six hostages held for years by the Marxist FARC rebels in Colo >>>


      INDIANS HOLD OFF YANKEES TO MAINTAIN WINNING RUN
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – Victor Martinez‘s bases–loaded single in the ninth inning led the Cleveland Indians to their fifth consecutive win, a 4–3 home victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

"I looked for a pitch up in the zone and tried to put a good swing on the ball," Ma >>>


      IRAQ MASS GRAVES YIELD 100 BODIES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces have found more than 100 bodies in two mass graves, military officials said on Sunday.

Fifty bodies were found in a mass grave in central Iraq on Sunday, a military source in the area said, and another team said it had discovered more than 50 bodies in a grave sou >>>


      IRAQI LEADERS DISCUSS UNITY GOVT; 5 DIE IN BAGHDAD VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s prime minister met Sunday with the Sunni Arab vice president to discuss reintegrating Sunni political parties into the Shiite–dominated government as police said five people died in violence in Baghdad.

The meeting between Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki and Tariq >>>


      ISRAELI COMMANDER OF LEGENDARY REFUGEE SHIP EXODUS DIES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Yossi Harel, the ship commander whose attempt to bring Holocaust survivors to Palestine aboard the Exodus 1'47 built support for Israel‘s founding, died on Saturday. He was '0.

Harel‘s daughter Sharon said he died of cardiac arrest at his home in Tel Aviv.

H >>>


      MASSIVE GUNBATTLES BREAK OUT IN TIJUANA; 13 DEAD, ' WOUNDED
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     TIJUANA, Mexico –– Massive gunbattles broke out between suspected drug traffickers who fired at each other while speeding down heavily populated streets of this violent border city early Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding nine.

All of the dead were believed to be drug traffickers, possibly riv >>>


      NINE KILLED WITH MACHETES IN HONDURAN PRISON RIOT
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Nine prisoners were killed with machetes and knives on Saturday during a riot in an overcrowded prison in northern Honduras, the government said.

"Nine prisoners, eight from gangs, died after a fight ... in the San Pedro Sula penitentiary," said Security Ministry spokesma >>>


      OLYMPIC TORCH BEGINS SOUTH KOREA LEG
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– The Olympic torch began its run Sunday through the South Korean capital, where activists demanding that Beijing respect the rights of North Korean refugees in China vowed to disrupt the event.

One protester rushed at the torch shortly after the run began from Seoul‘s Olym >>>


      PAKISTAN IS AT AN IMPASSE OVER REINSTATING JUDGES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     A17 ISLAMABAD, April 26 –– After weeks of deliberation, Pakistan‘s newly formed coalition government appears to have reached an impasse over its month–old promise to reinstate dozens of judges fired last year by President Pervez Musharraf.

Restoration of the judiciary has been a key issu >>>


      REBEL AIRSTRIKE HITS SRI LANKAN FORCES
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Separatist rebels used light aircraft to bomb an army defense line in Sri Lanka‘s war–torn north early Sunday, hours after fierce clashes killed 42 combatants, the military said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said the Tamil Tiger plane dropped three bom >>>


      SAUDI ACTIVIST BLOGGER FREED AFTER 4 MONTHS IN JAIL WITHOUT CHARGE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     A14 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, April 26 –– Saudi Arabia‘s most popular blogger was released Saturday after serving four months in prison without charge.

Fouad al–Farhan, 33, was detained Dec. 10 after authorities warned him about his online support of an activist group. At the time of his arr >>>


      SOMALIA: RANSOM PAID TO PIRATES FOR RELEASE OF SPANISH SHIP
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     AM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Authorities paid pirates a ransom of $1.2 million to win the freedom of a Spanish fishing boat and its 26–member crew seized off the Horn of Africa a week ago, a Somali official said.

Suspected pirates armed with rocket–propelled grenades had seized control of th >>>


      THE NEW ECONOMICS OF HUNGER
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 27, 2008; A01 The globe‘s worst food crisis in a generation emerged as a blip on the big boards and computer screens of America‘s great grain exchanges. At first, it seemed like little more than a bout of bad weather.

In Chicago, Minneapolis >>>


      US MARINES DEPLOYING IN AFGHANISTAN FOR FIRST TIME IN YEARS
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan –– U.S. Marines are crossing the sands of southern Afghanistan for the first time in years, providing a boost to a NATO coalition that is growing but still short on manpower.

They hope to retake the 10 percent of Afghanistan the Taliban holds. Some of the Marines that m >>>


      WITNESS: FROM WAR TO ELECTION: NEPAL‘S EXHILARATING RIDE
      Washington Post, 27-04-2008
     Simon Denyer is India bureau chief for Reuters, with responsibility for Nepal and Bhutan. He has visited Nepal several times to cover what often seemed like intractable political and social problems, including a Maoist revolution, and most recently for April 10 parliamentary elections.

In the following story, h >>>


      BIG LOSSES IN RETIREMENT LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     By Eti Aflalo Tags: Israel The first quarter of 2008 was bad news for those saving for their retirement with insurance policies. These whole life policies, known in Israel as "executive insurance policies" (Bituach Menahlim), showed an average negative return of 5.4% for the first three months of the year.
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      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Rice prices will rise 70% this week, and other basic goods such as tuna, flour, coffee, oil and sugar will also become more expensive – though by about only 10%, said Super–Sol vice president Eli Gidor. He said no shortage is expecte >>>


      KASHER MAY BE KOSHER, BUT IT STINKS
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     By Shuki Sadeh Tags: Israel The Second Broadcasting Authority adopted the recommendations of the Kasher Committee, headed by Prof. Asa Kasher, in February 2007. These recommendations included allowing hidden commercials in reality programs and variety shows, and banning them on the news, in children‘s programs and >>>


      STEALING THE SHOW
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     By Shuki Sadeh Tags: Second Broadcasting Authority As a Second Broadcasting Authority supervisor, Ronit Binder has to watch hours and hours of TV to spot the commercial brands that worm their way onto many programs, breaking the law against hidden advertising.

Binder spent last Tuesday morning watching the real >>>


      ASSAD WILL TELL YOU WHAT‘S HAPPENING
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Israel, Israel oming an aggressive opposition, of convincing people that the withdrawal is necessary, and with clearly demonstrating how Israel will benefit from this. How was Olmert planning to present the "painful concessions to the public? In a whisper? Through hypnosis?

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      HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A HOSPITAL?
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     By Avirama Golan Tags: Israel The decision to issue a tender for building a hospital in Ashdod, which was made public last week, created a stir in the media. On the face of it, a great change had come about in the government‘s position, especially the treasury‘s position. It seemed that after years of opposi >>>


      INSTEAD OF DOING NOTHING
      Haaretz, 27-04-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Israel The objection to the proposal for a bilateral cease–fire between Israel and Hamas is understandable. The main concern is that it will give Hamas the opportunity to rearm and regroup in preparation for renewed attacks on Israel. The fact that other Palestinian groups, such as Islam >>>



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