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      4 COMPANIES SCOOP QUALITY PRIZE
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News Commerce and Industry Minister Abdullah Zainal Alireza announces the winners of King Abdul Aziz Quality Prize during a press conference in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)

JEDDAH: Saudi Telecom Co. (STC), Savola Packaging Systems, Jubail Petrochemicals (Kemya) and Advanced Electronics ha >>>


      CAPIVEST TO SET UP $1 BILLION SMELTER
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Mahmood Rafique | Arab News MANAMA: Bahrain–based Capivest will set up a $1 billion company that will build the first–of–its kind magnesium smelter meeting international environmental standards in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Capivest, an investment bank, said in a statement >>>


      DIGITAL HOMES IN KERALA
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Real estate developers in Kerala are logging in to create hi–tech environment in designing flats and residential villas in the state.

This was evident from the new projects announced by Kochi–based Asset Homes, which has adopted digital homes as its motto in the new apartments and >>>


      MOBILY ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF &#3'MOBILE ROAMING ALLIANCE&#3'
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     RIYADH: Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has announced the launch of the «Mobile Roaming Alliance» (MRA) in conjunction with its mother company, Etisalat in the UAE, and its sister company Etisalat Misr in Egypt.

The MRA provides Mobily customers, both prepaid and postpaid, with high value roaming rates tha >>>


      NWC TO CALL INVESTORS FOR SEWAGE PROJECTS
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     M. Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: The National Water Company (NWC) will call on investors to participate in its various sewage projects in the Kingdom under its privatization program, Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al–Hussayen said here yesterday.

While announcing Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque >>>


      SAUDI ARAMCO, SABIC INK DEAL
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Arab News DHAHRAN: Sino Saudi Aramco Company Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, yesterday signed a mutual cooperation agreement with SABIC Shenzhen Trading Company Ltd., a SABIC subsidiary in China. The deal was inked at the offices of the parent company, Saudi Aramco, in Dhahran. Under this agreement, SAB >>>


      CONTRACEPTION
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News A pregnant woman has been advised by her doctor to have an operation to ensure that she does not get pregnant again. She had previously given birth twice, each time delivering by Caesarean section. The doctor’s advice is based on that three abdominal operations is the maximum that a woman can hav >>>


      HYGIENE AND GOOD SMELL
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) regularly used perfumes and he liked every pleasant smell, but he preferred distinctive ones when he could find them.

Indeed, when he mentioned the two things he liked best in this present life were perfumes and women, emphasizing always the need to treat >>>


      WAYS OF THE ALMIGHTY
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful He causes the night to pass into the day, and the day to pass into the night; and He has made the sun and the moon subservient (to His laws), each running its course for an appointed term. Thus is God, your Lord: to Him belongs all domini >>>


      CONJOINED NO MORE
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News EXTREMELY EXCITED: Aziza, mother of the four–month–old twins, looks at her daughter Safa after the operation at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh on Saturday. (Reuters) RIYADH: Moroccan conjoined twins Safa and Marwa were successfully separated after a 10–hour operati >>>


      KAU TEACHER GETS UK FELLOWSHIP FOR CLIMATE RESEARCH
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Roger Harrison | Arab News JEDDAH: One of the world’s leading climate change research units in the UK has awarded a prestigious fellowship to Dr. Mansour Almazroui, a faculty member at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah.

The Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich a >>>


      PROBE ORDERED INTO CASE OF COMATOSE PATIENT
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: The Health Affairs Department opened an inquiry into the case of a Saudi patient who has been in a coma for a month in a private hospital in Jeddah where he came seeking treatment for a twisted ankle, Al–Madinah daily reported yesterday.

Details of the investigation will be announced nex >>>


      RICE PRICES UP AS SUPPLY SHRINKS
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News JEDDAH: Rice, especially basmati and other high quality varieties, is becoming more of a luxury product, according to a market survey.

«Prices have nearly doubled across the Kingdom and elsewhere in the Gulf over the last few years due to increasing demand and shrinking supply,&r >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: GOVERNMENT WORKERS BUSY AT PLAY ON COMPUTER
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Fed up with workers playing computer games on the clock, the head of a local government department in Makkah instructed his IT team to purge all diversions from the system. The computers were cleaned of the little games that had been installed by the employees, but to no avail. Later it was discovered >>>


      ARABS PLAN CRISIS TALKS ON BASHIR
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Agencies CAIRO: The Arab League said yesterday it would hold crisis talks on Sudan after the media reported that the International Criminal Court may seek Sudanese President Omar Bashir’s arrest. The Cairo–based League received «an official from the Sudanese government and examined the latest developments in >>>


      HAMAS REJECTS FAYYAD’S UNITY CALL
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News GAZA: Hamas yesterday rejected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s call for Palestinian reconciliation.Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman of Hamas in Gaza, told reporters that Fayyad was implementing a US–Israeli agenda rather than Palestinian one.

He also described Fayyad as «the most >>>


      IRAN RELEASES FIVE SAUDI FISHING BOATS, CREWS
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Faiz Al–Mazrouei | Arab News DAMMAM: The Border Guard said yesterday that Iran released five Saudi fishing boats and their Indian crews that had strayed into Iranian waters.

The move followed the freeing earlier this week by the Kingdom of two Iranian vessels that had entered the Kingdom’s territorial wat >>>


      MADRID FORUM WON’T DISCUSS CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS: AL–TURKI
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: More than 200 prominent personalities from 54 countries have agreed to take part in the international interfaith conference, to be opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in Madrid on Wednesday.

Abdullah Al–Turki, secretary–general of the Musl >>>


      RAJ SERVES ULTIMATUM TO GOVT EMPLOYEES OVER NORTH INDIANS
      Arab News, 13-07-2008
     Shahid Burney | Arab News MUMBAI: Venting his anger against the officials of the state government for their role in issuing licenses, ration cards and other documents to the migrants from north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in lieu of bribes, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray has gi >>>


      ‘GENERATION KILL‘ CAPTURES WAR‘S LULLS AND HORRORS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     War is often, and aptly, described as long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of terror. Many movies get the latter right. Gun battles in Mogadishu. An ambush in the Mekong Delta. The Normandy landing.

But few films –– and none about Iraq –– have focused so effectively on the hum >>>


      AD CAMPAIGN PRESSES CANDIDATES ON EDUCATION
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– An education–advocacy group will begin airing ads this week seeking to nudge Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on ways to improve the standing of U.S. schools compared with other industrialized nations.

Strong American Schools, a nonpartisan group supported by t >>>


      ALASKA VOLCANO ERUPTS, FLINGS ASH 30,000 FEET HIGH
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– A volcano has erupted with little warning on an island in Alaska, sending an ash cloud at least 30,000 feet high.

The Okmok Caldera erupted late Saturday morning. Seismologists at the Alaska Volcano Center detected a series of small tremors hours before.

Okmok is locate >>>


      BERTHA WEAKENS TO TROPICAL STORM IN ATLANTIC
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     MIAMI –– Forecasters say Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm from a hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was nearly stationary over the Atlantic early Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds were near 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. Large swells and high surf are af >>>


      BROLIN, WRIGHT, OTHERS IN FILM CREW ARRESTED
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SHREVEPORT, La. –– Actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with members of a crew filming an Oliver Stone movie, were arrested during a bar fight Saturday morning, police said.

Shreveport police Sgt. Willie Lewis said Brolin, Wright and five others were arrested just after 2 a.m. at a club call >>>


      BUSH PRAISES FORMER SPOKESMAN TONY SNOW
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush is remembering former press secretary Tony Snow as a decent, good–natured guy who was committed to his country and family.

Snow died of colon cancer Saturday at age 53. Bush offered fond words about Snow after returning to the White House on Sunday from Camp David. >>>


      CINDY MCCAIN ATTENDS INDYCAR RACE IN NASHVILLE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     GLADEVILLE, Tenn. –– Cindy McCain spent her Saturday getting up close and personal with the IndyRacing League at the series‘ stop at the Nashville Superspeedway, taking a spin around the track in the pace car with Johnny Rutherford and checking out Danica Patrick‘s car in the garage.

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      COLORADO VOTERS WILL BE ASKED WHEN ‘PERSONHOOD‘ BEGINS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– A proposal to define a fertilized human egg as a person will land on Colorado‘s ballot this November, marking the first time that the question of when life begins will go before voters anywhere in the nation.

The Human Life Amendment, also known as the personhood amendment, says >>>


      CREWS ‘TURN THE CORNER‘ AGAINST 1 CALIF. WILDFIRE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     2008; 6:54 AM PARADISE, Calif. –– Many firefighters and homeowners were able to take a collective breath Sunday morning as another town appears to have been spared from yet another wildfire in an unprecedented California fire season still in its early stages.

Moist air and calmer winds helped firefi >>>


      CREWS GAIN ON WILDFIRE THAT OVERRAN N. CALIF. TOWN
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     A05 PARADISE, Calif., July 12 –– Firefighters "turned the corner" Saturday on a wildfire that destroyed part of a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, one of the hundreds of blazes that continue to char huge swaths of California.

Crews made progress Saturday in Butte County, north of Sacra >>>


      FED POISED TO CURB SHADY HOME–LENDING PRACTICES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Confronted by record foreclosures, the Federal Reserve is ready to give home buyers more protection from the types of shady lending practices that have contributed to the housing crisis.

Chairman Ben Bernanke and his central bank colleagues were expected to approve a plan Monday that w >>>


      GA. CONGRESS PRIMARY: WHO IS THE REAL DEMOCRAT‘?
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SAVANNAH, Ga. –– U.S. Rep. John Barrow is working the lunch crowd outside a barbecue shack when he grabs the hand of a woman who says she recognized him instantly.

"Bless your heart," the two–term congressman tells her with a grin. "You shook my hand anyway." There‘s >>>


      IMMIGRANT WORKERS VITAL, VA. FIRMS SAY
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 13, 2008; C01 HINTON, Va. –– Every morning, 26,000 white tom turkeys arrive at the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative plant in the Shenandoah Valley, where they are killed, gutted, cleaned, chilled, cut up and prepared for shipment by the end of t >>>


      IN A SWITCH, GOVERNORS NOW AWAIT RUNNING–MATE CALL
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PHILADELPHIA –– For more than three decades, the National Governors‘ Association has assembled on presidential election years as one of its members made a bid for the White House _ a Carter or a Reagan, a Dukakis, a Clinton or a Bush.

Not this time. With two senators as the presumed nominees o >>>


      IRAN CONDEMNS MCCAIN FOR CIGARETTE JOKE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has condemned U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain for joking about killing Iranians with cigarettes and said it showed his "warmongering" foreign policy attitude, media said on Sunday.

McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to >>>


      IRAN DENOUNCES MCCAIN‘S REMARKS ABOUT CIGARETTES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran‘s Foreign Ministry has condemned remarks by Republican presidential candidate John McCain that exporting cigarettes could be a way of killing Iranians.

The state–owned English language IRAN daily has quoted ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini denouncing the rema >>>


      L.A. OFFICIAL WANTS A CHANGE OF MENU
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Karl VickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 13, 2008; A02 LOS ANGELES, July 12 –– Citing alarming rates of childhood obesity and a poverty of healthful eating choices, a city councilwoman is pushing for a moratorium on new fast–food restaurants in South–Central Los Angeles.

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      MCCAIN OFFICIAL DISMISSIVE OF CAMPAIGN SURROGATES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A top economic surrogate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain doesn‘t think people are paying much attention to what people like her have to say.

In discussing McCain economic adviser Phil Gramm‘s remarks about the U.S. becoming a "nation of whiners" >>>


      N.Y. STRUGGLES TO AID CHILD PROSTITUTES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Robin ShulmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 13, 2008; A03 NEW YORK –– The girl is very slight, pretty, with glasses, nervously fingering the blue and gold beads on a bracelet she made herself.

She seems like a typical shy high school kid. Little about her suggests the tortured story she >>>


      NATION‘S SCENIC PARKWAYS STRAINED AS TRAFFIC GROWS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ARLINGTON, Va. –– Meandering through wooded hills, the George Washington Memorial Parkway offers stunning views of the Potomac River and the capital‘s monuments beyond. It also offers one of the most direct commutes to downtown Washington for suburban residents _ and that has brought traffic it was nev >>>


      NEIGHBORHOOD SEEKS TRUCE IN MURAL DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Derek KravitzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 13, 2008; C04 Standing in front of a giant Afrocentric mural, D.C. Council member Jim Graham spoke about Ward 1‘slong–standing problems with graffiti, noting the images of Malcolm X and African freedom fighters behind him as an example of artwork done >>>


      OBAMA SAYS PENTAGON CONTRACTING PROCESS NEEDS AUDIT
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama said on Saturday the rising cost of a contract to build new presidential helicopters showed problems in Pentagon contracting and he pledged a thorough audit.

The Pentagon‘s chief arms buyer, John Young, said earlier this year Lockheed >>>


      OBAMA SAYS LITTLE DOUBT‘ COUNTRY IN RECESSION
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SAN DIEGO –– Barack Obama said Saturday there is "little doubt we‘ve moved into recession," underscoring the country‘s need for a second economic stimulus package, swift steps to shore up the housing market and a long–term energy policy to reduce reliance on foreign oil imports.>>>


      OBAMA, MCCAIN AND THEIR AWKWARD HISPANIC OUTREACH
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ORLANDO, Fla. –– Like eager but awkward suitors, Barack Obama and John McCain are working hard and sometimes fumbling in their efforts to court Hispanic voters who could swing November‘s presidential election.

For the African–American Obama and white Anglo McCain, the problem is less one >>>


      OBAMA: LITTLE DOUBT‘ COUNTRY IN RECESSION
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SAN DIEGO –– Barack Obama said Saturday there is "little doubt we‘ve moved into recession," underscoring the country‘s need for a second economic stimulus package, swift steps to shore up the housing market and a long–term energy policy to reduce reliance on foreign oil imports.>>>


      OFFICIALS CHECK ON FREDDIE MAC SECURITIES SALE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Department officials are trying to make sure that Freddie Mac, one of two troubled U.S. giant mortgage firms, will be able sell $3 billion in securities this week at a previously scheduled sale, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

On Monday, Freddie Mac is due to s >>>


      ON HBO, THE FIERCE TUG OF WAR
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     Making an earnest attempt to fake magnanimity, the commanding officer approaches a small group of his men and tells them he wants to know exactly what‘s bothering them, what their complaints and concerns are. "I want you to talk freely," he insists. When they come up with only meager responses, he presse >>>


      POLICE: MAN MADE UP MARTHA‘S VINEYARD SHARK TALE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     EDGARTOWN, Mass. –– A 60–year–old man was charged Friday with disorderly conduct for allegedly lying about seeing two great white sharks off a Martha Vineyard‘s beach, authorities said.

Edgartown police Chief Paul Condlin said Michael Lopenzo warned people to get out of the water a >>>


      POLITICAL PLAY OF THE DAY: OBAMA REVIEWS ‘WALL–E‘
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SAN DIEGO –– Add one more name to the list of famous Chicago movie critics. Barack Obama took his place aside Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper and the late Gene Siskel this weekend when he offered his review of the new Disney animated movie, "WALL–E." The Democratic presidential contender and Illi >>>


      RELIGION THROWS WRINKLE INTO IOWA FLOOD RECOVERY
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Tayeeb Foods Inc. always enjoyed a modest profit, but Nazar Osman said running his six–year–old Sudanese grocery was never about the money.

Now the survival of his store in Coralville depends on finding money, but unlike hundreds of other small Iowa businesses affecte >>>


      REMOTE ALASKA VOLCANO ERUPTS, SPEWING ROCK AND ASH
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– A volcano erupted Saturday with little warning on a remote island in Alaska, sending residents of a nearby ranch fleeing from falling ash and volcanic rock.

The Okmok Caldera erupted late Saturday morning, just hours after seismologists at the Alaska Volcano Center began detecti >>>


      ROAD STILL BUMPY FOR MCCAIN‘S RETOOLED BANDWAGON
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     HUDSON, Wis. –– Every presidential campaign has its hitches. For John McCain, they felt more like full–blown lurches this week, with nearly every step forward quickly offset by a misstatement or wisecrack that seemed to blow his message off course.

It was the week McCain hoped to show off his >>>


      SIGN OF KATRINA FATIGUE? STORM MEMORIAL DELAYED
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PM NEW ORLEANS –– Between acres of aboveground tombs that are this marshy city‘s way to inter the dead, there is a strip of land that is an empty tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Unknown to most in town, including the relatives of those who died in the storm, it is the chosen site >>>


      SIGN OF KATRINA FATIGUE? STORM MEMORIAL DELAYED
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     AM NEW ORLEANS –– Between acres of aboveground tombs that are this marshy city‘s way to inter the dead, there is a strip of land that is an empty tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Unknown to most in town, including the relatives of those who died in the storm, it is the chosen site >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     –– Thunderstorms were forecast to roll through the eastern United States on Sunday, picking up in the early afternoon. The storms were to be especially heavy on the western slopes of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania down to the Southeast.

Heavy rain and some strong winds were expected along the so >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Tribute to Tony Snow with guests including Vice President Cheney and commentator Rush Limbaugh.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). NEWSMAKERS (C–SPAN), 10 a.m.: Preemp >>>


      THUNDERSTORM SPAWNS HUGE SLIDE IN EASTERN CA
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     INDEPENDENCE, Calif. –– A huge mudslide has forced nearly a dozen people from their homes in the California town of Independence on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Janet Upton says severe thunderstorms Saturday set off the mudslide 300 yards wide and up to three feet deep >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama says little doubt‘ country in recession and Iraqi withdrawal won‘t be perfectly neat‘ ... McCain retooled his campaign, but first week out on the road remained bumpy and quirky ... Cindy McCain takes spin in pace car, visits Danica‘s car before w >>>


      U.S. VISIT FEEDS PAKISTANI WORRY OVER U.S. ATTACK
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, visited Pakistan on the weekend, fueling speculation that the United States was about to take action against militants in northwest Pakistan.

Pakistan has been a close U.S. ally in the global campaign against terror >>>


      WESTERN OFFICIAL: AFGHAN ATTACK KILLS ' US TROOPS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Western official: ' US soldiers killed in massive attack on remote Afghan base
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      ADS HOPE TO INJECT U.S. SCHOOL CHALLENGES INTO WHITE HOUSE RACE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     2008; C07 Amid a presidential campaign dominated by debate about the economy and the war in Iraq, an advertising campaign scheduled to debut in Northern Virginia and elsewhere tomorrow is seeking to spotlight challenges facing U.S. schools.

A 30–second television spot shows a blond–haired boy raisin >>>


      CLINTON URGES GOVERNORS TO NURTURE ‘LABORATORIES OF DEMOCRACY‘
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PHILADELPHIA, July 12 –– Former president Bill Clinton kicked off the centennial gathering of the National Governors Association here Saturday with a challenge to the states to reassert themselves to help the country combat what he called the profound challenges of globalization and interdependency.

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      FREDDIE MAC‘S NEXT HURDLE: RAISE CASH
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Steve MufsonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 13, 2008; A01 Treasury Department officials were working the telephones yesterday to make sure that Freddie Mac, one of the nation‘s two troubled mortgage giants, will be able to sell $3 billion of its securities tomorrow in a previou >>>


      GREEN PARTY NAMES MCKINNEY AS PRESIDENTIAL PICK
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Green Party, which captured far less than 1 percent of the vote in the last presidential election, chose former Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney as its 2008 presidential candidate on Saturday.

McKinney, 53, will be joined on the ticket for the November election by vice preside >>>


      OBAMA OPPOSES EXCLUDING RUSSIA FROM G8
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes excluding Russia from the Group of Eight industrial nations, as suggested by Republican rival John McCain, saying Moscow‘s cooperation was needed in the fight against nuclear proliferation.

"It would be a mistake >>>


      ONE CANNOT CHOOSE BUT WONDER
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     With the national party conventions less than two months away, the speculation over who John McCain and Barack Obama will pick as their seconds in command is heating up. The Fix‘s top five picks (5 being least likely to be chosen,
1 the most) for each party are below.

REPUBLICANS 5 John Thune: The Sou >>>


      PRESS SECRETARY RELISHED JOB
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     Tony Snow, the former television and radio talk show host who became President Bush‘s chief spokesman and redefined the role of White House press secretary with his lively banter with reporters, died yesterday at Georgetown University Hospital after losing a high–profile battle with cancer. He was 53.
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      RECENT BUSH VICTORIES SMELL OF COMPROMISE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Dan Eggen and Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 13,
2008; A04 The decider has become the compromiser.

President Bush has racked up a series of significant political victories in recent weeks, on surveillance reform, war funding and an international agreement on global warming, but only a >>>


      RIPPLE EFFECTS FROM FANNIE AND FREDDIE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Nancy TrejosWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 13, 2008; F01 The crisis at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, once the unwavering giants of the mortgage finance industry, could make getting a home loan even more difficult at a time when lenders are already tightening their grip on credit, industry experts and financia >>>


      17 CIVILIANS, 4 POLICE DIE IN AFGHAN SUICIDE BLAST
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Seventeen civilians and four police were killed in a suicide attack in a bazaar on Sunday in Afghanistan‘s southern province of Uruzgan, police said.

The bomber targetted a police vehicle in a bazaar of Deh Rawud district, the provincial police chief told Reuters.

"Se >>>


      7 HURT IN LATEST RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN PAMPLONA
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PAMPLONA, Spain –– Bulls roughed up seven people Sunday as they thundered down the rain–slicked cobblestone streets of Pamplona during the weeklong San Fermin festival, officials said.

Sunday‘s run _ the seventh of the festival _ featured six massive Miura bulls, traditionally the larges >>>


      CLASHES ERUPT IN PAKISTAN‘S NW; ADM. MULLEN MAKES SURPRISE VISIT
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 12 –– At least 20 people were killed Saturday in fighting between security forces and pro–Taliban insurgents in volatile northwestern Pakistan, according to officials and witnesses.

The violence came during an unannounced, one–day visit to Pakistan by Adm. Michae >>>


      DOCTOR: ANGELINA JOLIE GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PARIS –– The Brangelina twins are here: Angelina Jolie has given birth to a girl and a boy.

The obstetrician who delivered the twins, Dr. Michel Sussmann, told The Associated Press that the actress, the babies and Jolie‘s partner, actor Brad Pitt, "are doing marvelously well." Sussma >>>


      EGYPT POLICE HOLD 21 ISLAMISTS IN PARLIAMENT VOTE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Police detained 21 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday in northern Egypt where the Islamist group was fielding candidates for three vacant parliamentary seats, the Brotherhood said.

Security officials had earlier confirmed 17 arrests. The Brotherhood, the stron >>>


      FIRST PHOTOS OF BRANGELINA TWINS WILL NET FORTUNE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PARIS –– They are the ultimate million–dollar babes. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s new twins, a girl and a boy born by Caesarean section on Saturday, are barely a few hours old but already their first photos are worth a fortune.

A million dollars, two, five, 10 even 20 million? Exactly >>>


      FRANCE LAUNCHES MED UNION WITH HIGH HOPES
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a 43–nation Union for the Mediterranean on Sunday with a plea for Middle Eastern countries to emulate Europe‘s model of reconciliation and integration.

The ceremonial inaugural summit at the lofty iron–and–glass Grand Pala >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 2 IN SOCCER GAME ATTACK NEAR BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military says gunmen have attacked a soccer game north of Baghdad, killing a policeman and a Sunni Muslim allied with the U.S.

against al–Qaida in Iraq. The military says Sunday‘s attack near Duluyiah also wounded three others, including a '–year–old a >>>


      HAMAS CHIEF IN YEMEN TO DISCUSS PALESTINIAN TALKS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SANAA (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived in Yemen for top–level talks on Sunday on reviving Yemeni efforts to broker reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions after a previous attempt faltered in March.

Meshaal made no comment to the media on arrival. He was due to meet Y >>>


      IRAN CONDEMNS MCCAIN FOR CIGARETTE JOKE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has condemned U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain for joking about killing Iranians with cigarettes and said it showed his "warmongering" foreign policy attitude, media said on Sunday.

McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to >>>


      JAPAN‘S KILLER WORK ETHIC
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     TOKYO –– Death from too much work is so commonplace in Japan that there is a word for it –– karoshi.

There is a national karoshi hotline, a karoshi self–help book and a law that funnels money to the widow and children of a salaryman (it‘s almost always a man) who works himsel >>>


      MANDELA AT '0: FADING AWAY BUT STILL REVERED
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –– He wore a trendy black shirt just like many of the kids in the crowd. But Nelson Mandela moved slowly, leaning on his wife and on a white cane as he crossed the stage to adoring cheers.

Public appearances like the one at the London rock concert in honor of his birthday >>>


      MILITARY CHIEF: MORE UK TROOPS WILL LEAVE IRAQ IN 200'
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     LONDON –– Britain plans to substantially scale back its troop numbers in Iraqi during 200', the head of the country‘s armed forces said Sunday.

Air Chief Marshal Jock Stirrup said the U.K. will withdraw soldiers to help ease major strains on Britain‘s military, which has been stretch >>>


      NATO SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– NATO says one of its soldiers died of wounds sustained in northern Afghanistan.

NATO said in a statement that the soldier was caught in an explosion in the country‘s north.

The alliance did not identify the soldier‘s nationality. It said he died Sunday.
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      NEWFOUND IRAQI CONFIDENCE PLEASES, WORRIES US
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Wajih Hameed is an Iraqi general with an attitude. His swagger sometimes grates on American officers. But Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond sees it as a hopeful sign the Iraqi army _ generals and soldiers alike _ has reached a new level of self–confidence, pointing the way toward truly independent I >>>


      NKOREA REJECTS PROPOSAL TO RESUME TALKS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea on Sunday rejected a proposal by South Korea‘s president to resume stalled reconciliation talks, calling it a "deceitful" tactic to avoid taking responsibility for deteriorated ties.

North Korea‘s main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said in a commen >>>


      NORTH KOREA REJECTS PROPOSAL TO RESUME TALKS
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea on Sunday rejected a proposal to resume stalled reconciliation talks with South Korea, while Seoul denounced the communist regime for the shooting death of a tourist that heightened tension between the divided nations.

North Korea‘s main newspaper, Rodong Sinm >>>


      OFFICIAL SAYS IRAN WOULD DESTROY ISRAEL IF ATTACKED
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     8:34 PM TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran would destroy Israel and 32 U.S. military bases in the Middle East if the Islamic Republic was attacked over its disputed nuclear program, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The Islamic Republic and Israel have been embroiled in an escalating war of >>>


      OLMERT SAYS PALESTINIAN PEACE DEAL CLOSER THAN EVER
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have never been so close to a peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Olmert, talking up peace prospects as he clings to office in the face of new >>>


      OLMERT SAYS PEACE DEAL CLOSER THAN EVER
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     PARIS –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel and the Palestinians have "never been as close" to a peace deal as today.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says both sides are "serious and want to achieve peace." The leaders were speaking together Sunday in Paris, where th >>>


      PAKISTAN PLANS NO RELEASE OF MILITANT SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– The government will not release a prominent militant suspect despite threats against its security forces by the top commander of the Pakistani Taliban, the Interior Ministry chief declared Sunday.

Rehman Malik also laid out what happened during a bloody encounter in Pakistan&l >>>


      PAKISTAN SAYS US NOT HUNTING BIN LADEN ON ITS TURF
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     July 12, 2008; 10:45 PM NEW YORK –– Pakistan‘s top diplomat said Saturday there are no U.S. or other foreign military personnel on the hunt for Osama bin Laden in his nation, and none will be allowed in to search for the al–Qaida leader.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pakista >>>


      POLICE SAY 24 KILLED IN AFGHAN SUICIDE BLAST
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to a police patrol in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 24 people, including 1' civilians, a provincial police chief said.

The attack in the southern province of Uruzgan also killed five police officers and woun >>>


      POLISH STATESMAN GEREMEK KILLED IN CRASH
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     WARSAW, Poland –– Bronislaw Geremek _ who was a key figure in the Solidarity trade union that helped topple communism, and went on to become Poland‘s foreign minister _ was killed in a car accident Sunday, police said. He was 76.

Geremek was driving a Mercedes that collided head–on with >>>


      POPE IN AUSTRALIA WILL HIGHLIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     DARWIN, Australia –– Pope Benedict XVI began a pilgrimage in Australia Sunday, saying he wants to use his visit to raise awareness about global warming and to address the crisis of clergy sexual abuse.

Benedict‘s plane landed in the northern city of Darwin in the morning after a more than 20&n >>>


      POPE SAYS TO SPEAK OUT ON AUSTRALIA SEX SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     DARWIN, Australia (Reuters) – Pope Benedict landed in Australia on Sunday where he says he will apologize for a sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church in the country, vowing that everything possible would be done to prevent a recurrence.

The Pope, on his way to Australia for the Church >>>


      SHANGHAI, A STAR IN ECLIPSE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 13, 2008; A10 SHANGHAI –– On the traffic–clogged flyover leading from Hongqiao Airport into the frenzy of downtown Shanghai stands a large billboard reading, "Welcome to stylish Shanghai." This is China‘s most fashion–consc >>>


      SLOW–MOVING TOPICAL STORM NEARS BERMUDA
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     HAMILTON, Bermuda –– Bertha weakened into a tropical storm as it hovered near Bermuda on Sunday, but forecasters say it might still deal a glancing blow to the Atlantic island.

Bertha‘s outer bands were expected to brush the island in the coming days. Over the weekend, most tourists chose to h >>>


      SRI LANKA: 33 KILLED IN LATEST FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– New fighting in Sri Lanka‘s civil war killed 31 Tamil Tiger rebels and two government soldiers, the military said Sunday.

In the worst clash Saturday, 18 rebels and a soldier were killed in Mannar district, a military official said on condition of anonymity, citing govern >>>


      SUDAN SEEKS ARAB LEAGUE TALKS ABOUT CRIMINAL COURT
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     CAIRO (Reuters) – Sudan formally asked the Arab League on Saturday to hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers after reports the International Criminal Court‘s (ICC) prosecutor may seek the arrest of Sudan‘s president.

A senior European diplomat said on Friday the ICC‘s prosecutor >>>


      SUDAN: ICC CASE COULD PROVOKE VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Sudan‘s ruling party warned Sunday there will be more violence in Darfur if the country‘s president is indicted for crimes against humanity and genocide as hundreds of people rallied in Khartoum to show their support for the longtime leader.

A prosecutor at the Interna >>>


      THAI PM VOWS TO AMEND CHARTER TO BOOST STABILITY
      Washington Post, 13-07-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, who has lost two ministers after tough court rulings, said on Sunday he would amend the country‘s army–designed constitution, a move likely to intensify street protests to oust him.

The embattled premier also announced that he would res >>>



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