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      AAYAN SEEKS TO EXPAND BUSINESS IN SAUDI ARABIA
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 25 May 2008 — Kuwait’s Aayan Leasing & Investment Company, in association with 20 affiliated firms, will hold a forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on Wednesday as part of a major drive to strengthen its position in the Saudi market. An exhibition will be staged on the sidelines of the forum >>>


      IBM–SBM ROAD SHOW TOMORROW
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — A road show is being organized by IBM and Saudi Business Machines Ltd. (SBM), the general marketing and services representative of IBM WTC in Saudi Arabia, across Saudi Arabia from tomorrow, to demonstrate the newest generation of IBM servers using ‘Power Architecture’ technology, which b >>>


      MOBILY UNVEILS SR2.4BN PLANS
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Khalid Omar Al–Kaf, left, Mobily CEO, and Ahmed Al–Hashmi, deputy chief marketing officer, address a press conference in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi) RIYADH, 25 May 2008 — In a major move to provide better services to individual and corporate customers, Etihad E >>>


      NEW DEAL TO IMPROVE WATER SERVICES
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News From left, Michael Webb, Roger Eyre, Hyder Consulting UK Ltd.; Loay Al–Musallam and Roger Ford at a function in Jeddah recently.

JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — A ceremony was held over the weekend to mark the signing of a management contract with an international consortium, aimed at impro >>>


      RECORD ATTENDANCE, BIG DEALS MARK FOOD SHOW
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — Food, Hotel and Propac Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s 13th International Showcase for the Industry ended at the Jeddah International Exhibition & Convention Center — on Thursday night, with exhibitors claiming it a big success in terms of participation, business transactions a >>>


      MAINTAINING FAIRNESS AMONG CHILDREN A SIGN OF TAQWA
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. An old couple have one son and four daughters. They have a lot of properties.

They made a gift of many of these properties to their son, excluding their daughters. Their reason is that their son has looked after them in their old age, while their daughters have not. Is their action acc >>>


      SHOWING KINDNESS TO NEIGHBORS
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Adil Salahi, Arab News It is well established that neighbors have a claim to good and kindly treatment.

This is encouraged by all religions. It is also universally accepted in all human societies, apart perhaps from some highly materialistic and individualistic ideas. However, it is given more prominence and gr >>>


      THE KEY TO EVIL
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful For the unbelievers there is severe suffering in store; while for those who believe and do righteous deeds there is forgiveness of sins and a great reward. How about the one whose evil deeds seem alluring to him so as to regard them as go >>>


      COMPUTER–ASSISTED LEARNING FOR ALL, SAYS AL–OBEID
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 25 May 2008 — To keep pace with the latest technological developments, the Kingdom is keen on introducing computer assisted learning in all schools to help the management, teachers, students and parents interact with one another on matters relating to teaching and education, Educat >>>


      EDUCATION IS KEY TO PROGRESS: ABDULLAH
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Faiz Al–Mazroui, Arab News King Abdullah greets the crowd as he stands with Saudi businessmen and senior company executives, who support research and academic programs at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, on Saturday.

(AN photo) DAMMAM, 25 May 2008 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosq >>>


      JUDGE REJECTS CLEMENCY PLEA IN INVESTMENT SCAM
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — A lawyer who formerly represented victims in a high–profile embezzlement case told Arab News yesterday that Sami Al–Jihani, the Makkah man found guilty of defrauding investors, unsuccessfully attempted to seek clemency from the government as a debtor.

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      MAKKAH POLICE ARREST SIX AFTER SCUFFLE RESULTS IN YOUTH’S DEATH
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja, Arab News MAKKAH, 25 May 2008 — A 20–year–old man was stabbed to death in Makkah yesterday following a scuffle, according to police spokesman Maj. Abdul Mohsen Al–Mayman.

He said the man died from blood loss from a deep wound in his thigh. The body was taken to the mor >>>


      MINISTRY BANS ADVERTISING BREAST–MILK SUBSTITUTES
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — Hospitals and clinics will no longer be allowed to offer new mothers promotional samples of baby milk powder starting Tuesday, following a new law issued by Minister of Health Dr. Hamad Al–Manie.

«The initiative aims to promote breastfeeding,» sa >>>


      MOTHER AND SON CAUGHT STEALING IN JEWELRY SHOP
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 25 May 2008 — A mother and son were arrested red–handed stealing gold jewelry from a shop in the north of Riyadh yesterday.

Following reports by owners of jewelry stores in the gold souk, police traced the mother and son, who would sell their stolen goods at another >>>


      PME PRESIDENT STRESSES NEED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICING
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — Prince Turki ibn Nasser, president of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), launched the official website for the First Arab Conference and Expedition for Environmental Laws in Jeddah yesterday.

In his remarks on the occasion, Prince Turki cal >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: RECEPTIONIST MEETS WOMAN WITH KARATE
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Arab News MADINAH, 25 May 2008 — A Filipino front office receptionist in a private hospital in Madinah got fed up with an irate woman. A fight ensued and the receptionist pulled out her karate skills, beating the woman up. Police intervened and the two women were taken to Al–Khalidya police station, where they mad >>>


      TOURISM OFFICIALS WANT SAUDIS TO STAY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Sarah Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 May 2008 — With the beginning of the '0–day summer break only a month away, the assistant deputy secretary–general for marketing for the Saudi General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SGCTA), Fahad Al–Jarboa, says that the prime goal of the commission is >>>


      AFZAL GURU’S APPEAL
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Arab News PUNE, India, 25 May 2008 — Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal yesterday defended the remarks of his boss Shivraj Patil drawing parallels between the cases of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru and Sarabjit Singh, the Indian currently on a death row in Pakistan. Jaiswal also said an early decis >>>


      MILITARY RALLY BEHIND NEW PEACE ADVISER
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Al Jacinto, Arab News MANILA, 25 May 2008 — Military commanders in Mindanao vowed to support the new government peace adviser, Hermogenes Esperon, who just retired as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

President Gloria Arroyo last week named Esperon as the new Presidential Adviser on the Peace Proces >>>


      MORE KILLED IN GUJJAR VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 25 May 2008 — Authorities in Rajasthan yesterday called in the army to quell caste violence but the move failed to bring peace to the desert state with police killing four more protesters, bringing the death toll in two days of protests to 20.

The Rajasthan government de >>>


      SADR LAWMAKERS DENOUNCE GOVT
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Hamid Ahmed, Associated Press BAGHDAD, 25 May 2008 — Lawmakers loyal to anti–US cleric Moqtada Sadr yesterday denounced the Iraqi government, accusing it of trying to crush the movement and warning of «black clouds» on the horizon for truces that have eased fighting between Sadr’s militia and security >>>


      STRIKE PARALYZES KASHMIR
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Mukhtar Ahmad, Arab News A policeman throws a stone back at protesters during clashes in downtown Srinagar on Saturday. (EPA) SRINAGAR, India, 25 May 2008 — A strike called by the hard–line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to protest the visit of President Pratibha Patil crippled life across Kashmir yesterd >>>


      SYRIA REJECTS ISRAEL’S CALL TO CUT TIES WITH IRAN, HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH
      Arab News, 25-05-2008
     Albert Aji, Associated Press DAMASCUS, 25 May 2008 — Syria rejected Israel’s demand that Damascus cut its ties with Iran and Hamas as a condition for a peace agreement, a state newspaper said yesterday.

The announcement comes even as Syrian ally Hamas, a sworn foe of the Jewish state, cast doubt on the Israeli >>>


      ‘MIRACLE‘ MARINE REFUSED TO SURRENDER WILL TO LIVE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     –– The young Marine came back from the war, with his toughest fight ahead of him. Merlin German waged that battle in the quiet of a Texas hospital, far from the dusty road in Iraq where a bomb exploded, leaving him with burns over '7 percent of his body.

No one expected him to survive. But for m >>>


      AILING GIRAFFE GRETCHEN, 22, IS EUTHANIZED
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     Gretchen was a friendly beauty cursed with a slight deformity. It is unclear how the 14–foot, 1,400–pound giraffe developed her condition, which caused her hooves to rotate slightly inward instead of growing straight out. But the lingering pain in her legs, which worsened as she aged, never took away from Gr >>>


      BLACK CAMPERS RECRUIT AGAINST HISTORY, STEREOTYPE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     GADSDEN, Ala. –– The throngs filling campgrounds across America this weekend will include hardy outdoors types and those who prefer creature comforts, but they‘ll have at least one important thing in common: Nearly all of them are white.

A small but committed group of campers is trying to chan >>>


      CLINTON LOOKS PAST ASSASSINATION COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     HORMIGUEROS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton‘s campaign prepared for its next big test as it tried on Sunday to move away from her controversial remarks about the assassination of Robert Kennedy 40 year ago.

The New York senator campaigned in Puerto Rico ahead of the island‘s Democrati >>>


      FRUSTRATION WITH SAN FRANCISCO POLICE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Karl VickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 25, 2008; A03 SAN FRANCISCO –– What came to be called the Cadaver Van Case began when San Francisco police waited eight days before looking inside a Ford van, even though their cadaver dogs signaled it might contain something dead.

By the time poli >>>


      GREATER EXPECTATION
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     Women get pregnant. This is how civilization moves forward. After centuries, somebody has figured out how to fully monetize this process.

At Becoming Mom in Mason, Ohio, pregnant receptionist Amanda Grimm is helping a pregnant client decide between the nursing cream and the Mama Mio Tummy Rub butter. In the bac >>>


      HAWAII SEN. DANIEL INOUYE WEDS IN CALIFORNIA
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     HONOLULU –– U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, the third most senior member of the Senate, married Irene Hirano in a small private ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 83–year–old Hawaii Democrat, dressed in a dark suit, and Hirano, who wore a white suit, were wed Saturday at All Saints‘ Ep >>>


      MARS SPACECRAFT FACES RISKIEST PART OF MISSION
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     PASADENA, Calif. –– After a nearly 10–month journey, a NASA spacecraft will land softly Sunday on the northern polar region of Mars, if all goes as planned.

The Phoenix Mars Lander is set to touch down in a broad, shallow valley in the Martian arctic plains believed to hold a vast supply of un >>>


      N.Y. HOPES TO ENSURE SMOOTH PEDALING FOR BIKE COMMUTERS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     NEW YORK –– The view from the lens of photographer Mark Weiss‘s camera is of a treacherous world of cab drivers weaving into bike lanes, of double–parked delivery vehicles, of car doors opening suddenly, of pedestrians wandering blindly and of narrow passageways between trucks. It is the world of >>>


      OBAMA CRITICIZES MCCAIN ON VETERANS‘ BENEFITS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BAYAMON, Puerto Rico –– Barack Obama told veterans Saturday that he can‘t understand why Republican John McCain opposes legislation that would provide college scholarships to people who have served in the U.S. military.

"Now, let me be clear: No one can dispute John McCain‘s love fo >>>


      OBAMA EMPATHIZES WITH CLINTON OVER KENNEDY COMMENT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front–runner Barack Obama empathized with rival Hillary Clinton on Saturday for the firestorm she ignited by referring to the 1'68 assassination of Robert Kennedy.

"I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as >>>


      OBAMA PAYS TRIBUTE TO LIBERAL EDWARD KENNEDY
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, seen by some as the heir to the Kennedy family legacy, praised Sen.

Edward Kennedy as a champion for the poor and struggling, as he stepped in for the ailing Massachusetts senator at a graduation ceremony.

Obama, who wa >>>


      PEEVED AT PRICES? DON‘T BLAME THE DEALER
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Steven MufsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 25, 2008; A01 Every time Sohaila Rezazadeh rings up a sale at her Exxon station on Chain Bridge Road in Oakton, her cash register sends the information to Exxon Mobil‘s central computers. If she raises the price of gasoline a couple of pennies, chances are th >>>


      POLL: OBAMA LEADS CLINTON IN MONTANA
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     PM –– THE RACE: The presidential race for Democrats in Montana ___ THE NUMBERS Barack Obama, 52 percent Hillary Rodham Clinton, 35 percent Undecided, 13 percent ___ OF INTEREST: Forty–one percent of respondents had a favorable view of Obama and 38 percent had an unfavorable view, compared with 2' p >>>


      ROBBIE KNIEVEL JUMPS 24 TRUCKS IN OHIO, REDOING DAD‘S STUNT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     MASON, Ohio –– Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel successfully jumped over 24 delivery trucks Saturday night at the site of one of his father‘s most famous stunts.

Knievel had said he would be going '5 miles per hour during the 220–foot jump, which began from a tall ramp and was comp >>>


      ROVE: COURTS WILL HAVE TO DECIDE HIS SUBPOENA
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s former chief political adviser denied meddling in the Justice Department‘s prosecution of Alabama‘s ex–governor and said Sunday the courts will have to resolve a congressional subpoena for his testimony.

"Congress, the House Judiciary Commi >>>


      SOLDIER–BROTHERS SEE ALL SIDES OF WAR
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     HOLCOMBE, Wis. –– Mitch Bocik waddles to the putting green, his legs bent and unsteady, his putter doubling as a cane. For balance, his left hand grips the right shoulder of D.J. Engel, his half brother and almost constant companion.

Enjoying a round of golf, the two are home from war, taking care o >>>


      SPACECRAFT ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORIC MARS LANDING
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     PASADENA, Calif. –– A three–legged NASA spacecraft was closing in on Mars Sunday for what scientists hope will be the first–ever touchdown near Mars‘ north pole to study whether the permafrost could have supported primitive life.

The time it takes the Phoenix Mars Lander to streak >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     –– Heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected in the Plains on Sunday, with a slight risk of severe weather from eastern Kansas through Wisconsin.

Showers and possible thunderstorms were in store for California and much of the Northwest.

Cool weather was anticipated along the West Coast and >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Reps. Tom Cole (R–Okla.) and Chris Van Hollen (D–Md.), Clinton campaign chairman Terence R. McAuliffe and Col.

Michael J. Colburn, director of U.S. Marine Band. THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Obama ch >>>


      THREE PEOPLE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN TOUR HELICOPTER CRASH OFF CALIF.
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     LOS ANGELES, May 24 –– A tour helicopter crashed on an island off the Southern California coast Saturday morning, killing three people and injuring three others, a county sheriff‘s deputy said.

The helicopter shot flames from its exhaust pipe while it was over water, then went down on the west >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – MAY 25
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     AM –– Today is Sunday, May 25, the 146th day of 2008. There are 220 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1'68, the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     –– IN THE HEADLINES In visit to Puerto Rico, Obama criticizes McCain for not supporting new GI Bill ... Obama picks up delegates in Georgia, Alaska and Wyoming; Clinton gains 1, loses 1 ... Former President Clinton says Hillary Clinton could still win nomination ...

___ Obama criticizes McCain on ve >>>


      TORNADOES RAKE OKLAHOMA AS MIDWEST TALLIES DAMAGE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     OKLAHOMA CITY –– A slow–moving storm packing tornadoes and hail battered rural Oklahoma on Saturday, destroying several buildings, tearing up trees and tossing a mobile home onto a highway. The bodies of two storm victims were found in Kansas.

A twister destroyed three barns at a hog farm near >>>


      U.S. SHOULD FOCUS ON STEMMING GUN FLOW, MEXICO SAYS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The chief of Mexico‘s war on drug gangs said Washington should concentrate on halting the flow of arms to Mexican drug cartels rather than haggle over how much aid to give Mexico‘s anti–smuggling operation.

Reacting to a vote by U.S. lawmakers to trim an aid packa >>>


      VETERANS‘ BURIALS NONSTOP AT NATIONAL CEMETERIES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     RITTMAN, Ohio –– The cracking of rifle fire silenced the twittering blue jays, blackbirds and killdeer. As members of the color guard lowered their rifles, the smell of bitter smoke drifted over the family and friends of former Army Sgt. Ellis Hale, a Vietnam War veteran who died of prostate cancer at age 5& >>>


      WEATHER COOPERATES IN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE FIGHT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     GILROY, Calif. –– Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and calmer winds Saturday as they continued to fight a persistent wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has chewed through acres of centuries–old redwoods, destroyed at least 20 homes and displaced hundreds of people.

Eff >>>


      ‘RECOUNT‘: STILL TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Tom ShalesWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 25, 2008; M01 There‘s something especially satisfying about a can‘t–miss proposition that doesn‘t –– partly because so many hugely ballyhooed "sure things" instead land with ignominious splats. A splat is precisely what do >>>


      ARSON NEAR CHICAGO MAYOR‘S HOME MAY BE LINKED TO COUGAR‘S KILLING
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     CHICAGO –– Authorities are investigating whether an arson fire near Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s summer home in Michigan last month is linked to threats against the mayor from someone furious about the April 14 killing of a cougar that had roamed into downtown Chicago.

Chicago FBI Special >>>


      CONVENTION RULES TO LIVE BY
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer, and in an election year such as this, the national party conventions will mark the end. But the Democratic convention in Denver and the Republican one in Minneapolis–St.

Paul won‘t be like the old days for members of Congress, who must now live under >>>


      DNC IS NOT DUPLICATING THE FUNDRAISING SUCCESS OF PARTY‘S CANDIDATES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     May 25, 2008; A10 In a banner fundraising year for Democrats, the struggles of the Democratic National Committee to stockpile cash are frustrating party leaders and complicating efforts to define Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clin >>>


      MUSEUMS LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF MILITARY HISTORY
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     The gray paint is chipped on the World War II anti–aircraft gun. The finish is worn on some of the display cases. The crude video and interactive features date to the 1'80s.

The exhibits at the National Museum of the United States Navy are housed in a century–old gun factory at the Washington Na >>>


      OBAMA ACCEPTS CLINTON ACCOUNT OF RFK REMARK
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 24 –– Sen. Barack Obama told a Puerto Rican radio station Saturday that he takes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at her word when she said she meant no harm by invoking Sen. Robert F. Kennedy‘s assassination in speaking about the current Democratic presidential race.

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      SAFETY LAPSES RAISED RISKS IN TRAILERS FOR KATRINA VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 25, 2008; A01 Within days of Hurricane Katrina‘s landfall in August 2005, frantic officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency ordered nearly $2.7 billion worth of trailers and mobile homes to house the storm‘s victims, many of them using a sin >>>


      TO CLAIM POPULAR VOTE, CLINTON IS SEEKING WINS IN LAST 3 PRIMARIES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     25, 2008; A08 Trailing in delegates while her debt continues to grow, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is aggressively campaigning in the final three contests of the primary season in the hope of seizing a victory in the overall popular vote from Sen. Barack Obama.

The effect of such a victory –– and the >>>


      VIRGINIA IS UP FOR GRABS IN FALL
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Tim CraigWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 25, 2008; C01 RICHMOND –– For the first time in decades, Virginia is shaping up as a presidential battleground as advisers to Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama lay plans to compete in the fall for the state‘s 13 electoral votes.

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      WHEN THAT GOOD NIGHT FALLS, WE WANT OUR STARS TO SHIMMER
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     It was hard to look at the images of Sen. Edward Kennedy this past week and not be pained. His malignant brain tumor diagnosis is terrifying and sad. And he has had to deal with that news in front of prying cameras and amid urgently morose reporting that details precisely how lethal his form of cancer typically proves t >>>


      ‘THE WHOLE WORLD STANDS BEHIND YOU‘
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Maureen Fan and Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 25, 2008; A17 YINGXIU, China, May 24 –– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki–moon on Saturday surveyed recovery efforts at one of the towns hit hardest by China‘s May 12 earthquake, telling Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that "the w >>>


      AFGHANISTAN ADDS HUNGER TO ITS WORRIES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 25, 2008; A16 KABUL, May 20 –– By 7 a.m., the bakers of Sang Tarashi Street have been hard at work for hours, shaping globs of dough, slapping them into a hot clay oven and flipping them out at just the right second. A stack of fresh flat bread ca >>>


      AT LEAST SIX KILLED IN COLOMBIAN EARTHQUAKE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – At least six people were killed when a shallow, 5.6–magnitude earthquake hit Colombia on Saturday, destroying homes and shaking buildings in the capital Bogota, where panicked residents fled into the streets.

Three people, including a small baby, were killed when an avalanche crus >>>


      CARGO PLANE BREAKS IN TWO AT BRUSSELS AIRPORT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BRUSSELS (Reuters) – An American Kalitta air cargo plane drove off the runway during take–off at Brussels‘s Zaventem airport on Sunday and broke in two but there were no casualties, airport and fire brigade officials said.

"The accident happened during take–off of the plane, which w >>>


      CHINA‘S MIGRANT WORKERS RETURN HOME AFTER QUAKE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     MIANYANG, China –– Gao Ping‘s arms are still bruised and scratched from scrambling over boulder–strewn roads and dodging rain–slick landslides.

The 43–year–old migrant worker wasn‘t here when the earthquake struck on May 12. Instead, he is one of millions who had >>>


      CHINA: 6' DAMS IN DANGER AFTER QUAKE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     CHENGDU, China –– Nearly 70 dams scarred by the force of China‘s most powerful earthquake in three decades were in danger of bursting, rattled again Sunday by one of the strongest aftershocks since the initial disaster.

Meanwhile, soldiers carrying explosives hiked to a lake formed by a blocke >>>


      COLOMBIA‘S TOP FARC COMMANDER DEAD
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – The founder and chief commander of Colombia‘s FARC rebel force, Manuel Marulanda, has died after more than 40 years fighting the state from jungle and mountain camps, the government said on Saturday.

If confirmed, the death of Manuel Marulanda, who organized the Revolutionary Arme >>>


      COLOMBIA SAYS LEGENDARY REBEL LEADER BELIEVED DEAD
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– The Colombian Defense Ministry said Saturday that it has information from various intelligence sources that the legendary leader of Latin America‘s largest guerrilla army is dead.

In a statement, the ministry said "we have learned through different military intelligenc >>>


      COLOMBIA SAYS LEGENDARY REBEL LEADER IS DEAD
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– The Colombian Defense Ministry said Saturday it believes the legendary leader of Latin America‘s largest guerrilla army is dead.

Manuel "Sureshot" Marulanda, commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, died on March 26, the ministry said in a >>>


      CONGO EX–REBEL CHIEF BEMBA ARRESTED FOR WAR CRIMES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese former rebel warlord Jean–Pierre Bemba was arrested by Belgian authorities in Brussels on Saturday on an International Criminal Court warrant for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic.

Bemba, the defeated contender in Democratic Republic of Congo‘s >>>


      DEATH TOLL FROM QUAKE RISES TO 62,664
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BEIJING –– A Chinese government spokesman says the death toll has risen to 62,664 from the massive earthquake that hit Sichuan province nearly two weeks ago.

Cabinet spokesman Guo Weimin told a news conference Sunday that another 23,775 people are still missing from the May 12 earthquake.

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      DONORS AND MYANMAR TO WORK ON DIFFERENCES OVER AID
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     YANGON (Reuters) – International donors and Myanmar‘s military government hoped to reconcile major differences over relief and rebuilding needs for millions of cyclone survivors at a pledging conference in Yangon on Sunday.

Three weeks after Cyclone Nargis left nearly 134,000 people dead or missing >>>


      DONORS PLEDGE CYCLONE AID AT MYANMAR CONFERENCE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– U.N. Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon said Sunday he was hopeful "a turning point" had been reached in Myanmar‘s cyclone crisis as an international conference convened to pledge funds for some 2.4 million survivors.

A top U.S. official, meanwhile, said Mya >>>


      FACTORY FIRE IN IRAN KILLS AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran‘s state media says at least 30 people have died and 38 were injured in an explosion caused by fire at a factory in central Iran.

The fire broke out during welding work at the plant, which produces cosmetics and detergent near the city of Arak in central Iran, the official >>>


      FILIPINO MARINES BATTLE MUSLIM MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     MANILA, Philippines –– Muslim guerrillas, backed by al–Qaida–linked militants, attacked a military detachment and reinforcement troops in the southern Philippines in a clash that left two rebels dead and 10 marines wounded.

The fighting between the Filipino marines and Moro Islamic Liber >>>


      FIRE IN IRANIAN FACTORY KILLS 30: IRNA
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – A fire at a pharmaceutical plant in Iran killed 30 people and injured 38 others on Sunday, the official IRNA news agency said.

Another news agency, Mehr, had earlier said 15 workers had died in the blaze at the factory near the city of Arak, 2'0 km (180 miles) southwest of the capit >>>


      FORMER CONGOLESE WARLORD CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     THE HAGUE, Netherlands –– Former Congolese warlord and ex–presidential candidate Jean–Pierre Bemba has been arrested in Brussels on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The International Criminal Court announced his arrest in a news release late Saturday, and said Bemba was >>>


      FORMER WARLORD BEMBA ARRESTED FOR WAR CRIMES
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     AMSTERDAM, Netherlands –– Belgian police arrested a Congolese warlord and ex–presidential candidate in Brussels after he was secretly charged with rape and torture, an international war crimes court said Sunday.

Jean–Pierre Bemba, who fled to Europe in 2007, was taken into custody at his >>>


      GENERAL SULEIMAN TO BECOME LEBANON‘S PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon‘s parliament is set to vote in army chief General Michel Suleiman as the country‘s 11th president on Sunday, filling a post left vacant for six months by a crisis that threatened a new civil war.

A Qatari–brokered deal between rival Lebanese leaders last week d >>>


      GO–IT–ALONE FRANCE SHIFTS MILITARY STANCE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     PARIS –– In the past few months, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced the first French military base in the Middle East, christened his country‘s costliest nuclear submarine and advocated returning troops to NATO command.

Sarkozy‘s efforts to project the image of a militarily p >>>


      GROWING FOOD CRISIS STRAINS U.N.
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Colum LynchWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 25, 2008; A1' UNITED NATIONS –– For four years, U.N. peacekeepers have protected Haiti‘s fragile government from attacks by street gangs, drug lords and political agitators. But they were no match for a bowl of rice that has doubled in price dur >>>


      GUINEA–BISSAU IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     Population:1.5 million Official language: Portuguese Religions: Indigenous beliefs, 50 percent; Muslim, 45 percent; Christian,
5 percent Arable land:8.3 percent Major exports: Cashew nuts, shrimp, sawn lumber Life expectancy:47.5 years Literacy:42 percent SOURCE: CIA World Factbook Post a Comment Comments that inclu >>>


      HAMAS WANTS ARABS TO BROKER PALESTINIAN ACCORD
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     DUBAI (Reuters) – Palestinian group Hamas is open to Arab mediation in its dispute with rival Fatah faction of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Arab League chief said in remarks published on Sunday.

Amr Moussa said Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal expressed the Islamist group‘s view during a telephone conver >>>


      INDIANS END SEVEN–GAME SKID WITH WIN OVER RANGERS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Cleveland Indians ended a season–high seven–game losing streak with a convincing 5–2 home win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

Ben Francisco powered the victory, stroking a three–run homer in the third inning.

Francisco, who had a three–ru >>>


      LEBANESE PARLIAMENT ELECTS ARMY CHIEF AS PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Lebanon‘s parliament elected army commander Gen. Michel Suleiman as president Sunday in a long–delayed vote that was a key step toward restoring political stability after an 18–month stalemate.

Celebratory gunfire and occasional explosions reverberated across the >>>


      LEBANON‘S GENERAL SULEIMAN SET TO BECOME PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon‘s parliament is set to vote in army chief General Michel Suleiman as the country‘s 11th president on Sunday, filling a post left vacant for six months by a crisis that threatened a new civil war.

A Qatari–brokered deal between rival Lebanese leaders last week d >>>


      MALAWI EX–LEADER MULUZI HELD ON COUP CHARGE: LAWYER
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     LILONGWE (Reuters) – Former Malawian president Bakili Muluzi was arrested in connection with an alleged coup plot as he returned home from Britain on Sunday, his lawyer said.

Five members of Muluzi‘s United Democratic Front (UDF) and three army generals were arrested last week on suspicion of being >>>


      MILITARY: US SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– A suicide bomber hit a Canadian military convoy in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, wounding two children, while a U.S.–led coalition soldier was killed in an operation in the west, officials said.

The bomber struck the Canadian convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, >>>


      MUGABE CHANGES TACTICS AHEAD OF RUN–OFF ELECTION
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     HARARE (Reuters) – President Robert Mugabe has changed his campaign strategy ahead of the June 27 presidential run–off, opting for voter canvassing and small village meetings, a senior official said.

Mugabe has tended to make mass rallies the focus of his election bids since assuming power in 1' >>>


      NOVICE WORKERS STRUGGLE IN BURMA
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Amy KazminWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 25, 2008; A17 BANGKOK, May 24 –– For five days, Soe Thein, a Burmese employee of Save the Children, traveled by wooden boat up and down a corpse–clogged river to deliver food and emergency supplies to cyclone survivors at the tip of the devastated >>>


      OPEN UP IF YOU WANT MORE CYCLONE AID, MYANMAR TOLD
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     YANGON (Reuters) – Western nations led by the United States urged Myanmar on Sunday to fulfill its promise to admit all relief workers, saying outside audits of the damage left by Cyclone Nargis were needed before they promised more aid.

In a gesture of conditional goodwill to an army–run country it >>>


      POVERTY, JOBLESSNESS DRIVE INDIANS TO PERSIAN GULF
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     GARINDA, India –– There‘s nothing easy about life in this village on the edge of the vast Thar desert. Summer temperatures regularly top 120 degrees Fahrenheit, there‘s running water for only three hours on a good day, electricity for about eight.

And forget about the rain _ so little fa >>>


      PUERTO RICO IS A KEY TO OBAMA‘S EFFORTS TO REACH HISPANICS
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     SAN JUAN, P.R., May 24 –– Sen. Barack Obama swept across this island commonwealth Saturday, a visit that had the markings of a coda to a grueling primary campaign.

"Hóla, Puerto Rico! How‘s everybody doing today?" Obama shouted to a crowd gathered in Old San Juan, before he led >>>


      ROUTE OF EVIL
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 25, 2008; A01 QUINHAMEL, Guinea–Bissau –– Filipe Dju sat grim–faced on the tangled roots of a mangrove tree, a padlocked chain around his ankle tethering him to four other recovering cocaine addicts.

Three months ago, Dju‘ >>>


      STRONG EARTHQUAKE KILLS 3 IN COLOMBIA, ROCKS CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– A strong earthquake has shaken Colombia‘s capital, killing three people and injuring eight.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 5.6–magnitude quake started around 2:20 p.m. Saturday (1'00 GMT) afternoon and lasted for 40 seconds. The quake was centered about 33 mi >>>


      SURVIVOR PULLED ALIVE FROM CHINA QUAKE RUBBLE
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – A survivor was pulled alive from the rubble of China‘s earthquake 266 hours after the big tremor hit, state television reported on Sunday.

(Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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      THE ROAD TO WEST AFRICA
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     5:04 PM BISSAU, Guinea–Bissau–– One of the great joys of being a journalist is traveling the world‘s roads not taken. And hardly anybody takes the road to Guinea–Bissau. The airlines are not exactly flocking to one of the poorest countries on earth.

When I plugged "London to B >>>


      U.S. TEAMS START WORK OF RESTORING SOUTH IRAQ
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     A16 NAJAF, Iraq, May 24 –– U.S. officials on Saturday launched local reconstruction teams at two sites in the southern provinces of Karbala and Najaf, saying they intend to take advantage of security gains by repairing the region‘s ailing infrastructure and boosting economic development.

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      UN TO EXAMINE FIGHTING IN OIL–RICH REGION OF SUDAN
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Both sides involved in the bloody fighting in Sudan‘s oil–rich region of Abyei have agreed to an investigation into the incident, the U.N. representative to Sudan said Sunday.

Ashraf Qazi told reporters that the head of U.N. forces in Sudan will investigate the fightin >>>


      US AMBASSADOR: AL–QAIDA CLOSE TO DEFEAT IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 25-05-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Saturday that al–Qaida‘s network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki for his moves to rein in Shiite and Sunni militant groups.

Ryan Crocker‘s comments came as Iraqi forces h >>>



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