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      ‘I SWIM FOR PEACE, FRIENDSHIP AND CLEAN WATER’...
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Vassilis Psomas/ANA Slovenian swimmer Martin Strel takes a breath yesterday while making his way through the Corinth Canal, a distance of 6.3 kilometers which he covered in one hour and 10 minutes ‘to raise environmental awareness.’ Strel holds three Guinness records and has swum the length of the Amazon and the Mississ >>>


      ARSENIC IN SEA OFF ANAVYSSOS
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Authorities in eastern Attica yesterday prohibited bathing off the coast of Anavyssos, near Sounion, after tests on sea water there revealed traces of the highly toxic chemical arsenic.

Local authorities referred to a «discharge» of water running into the sea. It was unclear whether the source of th >>>


      FOURTEEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED...
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Nikos Axelis/ANA The wreckage of a train that collided with a freight wagon near Bralos, in central Greece, yesterday. Fourteen people were injured, two seriously, when the train, carrying 502 passengers, slammed into the stationary freight car. The cause of the accident is unclear.
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      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     POLICE SHOOTING Cretan suspect given more time to prepare his defense A 32–year–old Cretan farmer, charged in connection with an ambush at a cannabis plantation near Iraklion that left three police officers injured, has been given until tomorrow to prepare his testimony for a magistrate investigating the cas >>>


      LARGE FIRE NEAR MOUNT PARNITHA RAZES FORESTLAND, THREATENS VILLAGE
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     THANASSIS DIMOPOULOS/EUROKINISSI A firefighter surveys the area around Oinoi, a village in the Dervenohoria municipality west of Mount Parnitha, where a large fire broke out yesterday morning. High temperatures and strong winds fueled the blaze which had progressed several kilometers southwest by yesterday evening, thre >>>


      MAN KILLED, WIFE INJURED IN SUBURBAN SHOOTING
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     THANASSIS DIMOPOULOS/EUROKINISSI A man was shot dead yesterday afternoon in his car in Aegaleo, western Athens. The 41–year–old was killed soon after getting into the vehicle with his wife, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition but reported to be stable last night. Police said two gunmen fired >>>


      NEW LAW TO KEEP AN EYE ON COLLEGES
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Bill on private education unveiled Dozens of private colleges that offer thousands of senior high school students opportunities in further education if they fail to make it into university are to be more strictly regulated under a new bill unveiled by the government yesterday.

The colleges, some of which operat >>>


      ORCHESTRA FUNDING HITS BAD NOTE
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Composer Stavros Xarchakos yesterday launched a strong attack on the government and the way that Greece funds the arts as he revealed that the State Orchestra for Greek Music (KOEM), which he conducts, is on the verge of financial ruin.

Xarchakos called a press conference to inform journalists that KOEM owes so >>>


      OTE BECOMES NEW PARTY BATTLEGROUND
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Political attention has shifted from the Siemens scandal to the buyout of retailer Germanos in 2006 by OTE telecom’s mobile phone branch Cosmote, over which criminal charges were issued on Friday.

PASOK demanded that the sale of part of the government’s stake in OTE to Deutsche Telekom be put on hold until the >>>


      SKOPJE RAISES DIPLOMATIC STAKES
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     FYROM premier calls for recognition of ‘Macedonian minority’ and rights for ‘refugees’ in letter to Karamanlis Athens yesterday reacted angrily to a letter sent to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis by his Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) counterpart Nikolas Gruevski calling for the recognition of a supposed >>>


      SKOPJE SABOTAGING TALKS, FM SAYS
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis yesterday accused the prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Gruevski, of intentionally sabotaging talks aimed at resolving the Macedonia name dispute by sending a letter to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis demanding the recognition of a supposed &laq >>>


      STRONG RHODES QUAKE KILLS ONE
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     A strong earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, shook the island of Rhodes in the eastern Aegean Sea just before 6.30 a.m. yesterday, resulting in the death of a 56–year–old woman who slipped and hit her head while fleeing from her home.

The tremor, whose epicenter was pinpointed off the so >>>


      THESSALONIKI LAMENTS ITS POOR FERRY SERVICE
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Ferry services between Thessaloniki and the northern Aegean are lamentable, according to seven in 10 inhabitants of the two regions.

The results of a survey commissioned by Thessaloniki’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry suggested that eight in 10 professionals active in the tourist industry also think that fer >>>


      ZAKYNTHOS ‘SEX CONTEST’ PARTICIPANTS CHARGED
      Kathimerin, 16-07-2008
     Nine women have been detained on prostitution charges after allegedly taking part in oral sex competitions on the Ionian island of Zakynthos over the weekend, police said yesterday.

Police in Athens originally said that the women involved were British but Reuters cited local police on Zakynthos as saying that t >>>


      GOLD EXHIBITION ATTRACTS FAMILIES
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Fatima Sidiya | Arab News SPECIAL OFFERS: Visitors to the Saudi Exhibition for Gold and Jewelry at Jeddah International Exhibition Center check out the gold and the designed jewelry on offer. (AN photo) JEDDAH: Locally and imported products of gold are on display in 30 stands at the Saudi Exhibition for Gold and Jewelry >>>


      KINGDOM TO SET UP FIRM WITH SR20BN CAPITAL
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will set up an investment firm, Sanabil Al–Saudia, as a joint stock company with a capital of SR20 billion that will invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, foreign currencies, minerals and commodities.

The new firm, which has been approved by the Cabinet, wil >>>


      NEW SERVICE FROM STC
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: ALJAWAL recently added LANA prepaid card customers to its Qitaf loyalty program. They will be registered free of charge in the program, which entitles them to receive one Qitaf point for every SR10 of the purchased prepaid card’s total value.

The points qualify Qitaf program members for a rang >>>


      SHOURA COUNCIL LIKELY TO RECOMMEND RIYAL REVALUATION
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Souhail Karam | Reuters RIYADH: A Saudi council that advises Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is likely to recommend a revaluation of the dollar–pegged riyal as a measure to fight inflation, one of the members said yesterday.

Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf oil producers peg their currenci >>>


      CONTRACEPTION
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     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, 16-07-2008
     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 >>>


      MATTERS OF PREFERENCE
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News Everyone of us dislikes certain things and likes others. Preferences in such matters are very much personal. They are often inexplicable. However, we may all share in a particular area but differ in our preferences of its details. All of us, for example, like good smells and feel irritated by bad >>>


      SAALIK
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News In my home country, some people call themselves Saalik. They deliberately put on a crude and austere appearance, wearing a large white turban and applying henna to their beards and heads. They claim that seven parts of our bodies have to say the name of God many times during the day. Their guides >>>


      SHAVING AFTER UMRAH
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News Some people shave their heads when they finish the Umrah, but others cut only a small portion of their hair. Which way is correct one?

A.A. Javeed Both are correct. However, to shave is much better. God says in the Qur’an: «you shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if God so wills, in ful >>>


      THE START OF MAN’S LIFE
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful It is God who creates you all out of dust, then out of a gamete. He then makes you into two sexes. No female conceives or gives birth without His knowledge. No one attains to old age or has his life cut short unless it be thus laid down i >>>


      TWO TYPES OF WATER
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful It is God who creates you all out of dust, then out of a gamete. He then makes you into two sexes. No female conceives or gives birth without His knowledge. No one attains to old age or has his life cut short unless it be thus laid down i >>>


      WAYS OF THE ALMIGHTY
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     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 >>>


      HIT–AND–RUN TURNS OUT TO BE MURDER
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Shadiah Abdullah | Arab News DUBAI: Two men who killed a businessman and tried to disguise the crime as a hit–and–run accident have been arrested by Dubai Police. The suspects also stole the man’s car and a huge amount of cash that he had just withdrawn from a bank.

Col. Khalil Al–Mansoori, di >>>


      IRAQ TO PROVIDE LIST OF JAILED SAUDIS
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Walaa Hawari | Arab News RIYADH: The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights will provide a list of Saudis being held in Iraqi jails to the Kingdom’s governmental Human Rights Commission (HRC) at some point in the future. Representatives of the two organizations announced this following a meeting in Amman on Monday.

Ira >>>


      JUMBO SHOPPING CENTERS ON THE RISE
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Laura Bashraheel | Arab News JEDDAH: The Red Sea port city of Jeddah is home to around 100 shopping malls, which are treated by people who live here — both Saudis and expatriates alike — as places of entertainment. As the Kingdom’s economic boom continues, the number of malls is expected to increase.

John Sfaki >>>


      MORE DETAILS OF NEW TRAFFIC RULES RELEASED
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: More details have been revealed in the new Kingdomwide traffic rules that went into effect on Monday, rules that include a point–based system and codified punishments for the crime of joy riding.

Under the new system, each traffic violation is assigned a point value. If a driver accumula >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: NAME–CALLING COSTS HIM SR12,000
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Here’s a little lesson on defamation law, Saudi style. A judge in this western Saudi city sentenced a young Saudi to pay a man SR12,000 (about $3,200) for calling him a «terrorist.» As reported in the pages of this newspaper recently, the name–calling incident took place at a local re >>>


      ALL SET FOR TODAY’S PRISONER EXCHANGE
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i | Arab News RAMALLAH: The Israeli Cabinet yesterday voted to authorize the deal to return two Israel soldiers captured by the Lebanon–based Hezbollah group in 2006, in exchange for five Lebanese resistance fighters jailed in Israeli prisons. The deal was approved with a majority vote of 22 ministers >>>


      BLAIR NIXES GAZA VISIT ON SECURITY CONCERNS
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i | Arab News RAMALLAH: Tony Blair, the Mideast envoy, yesterday decided not to visit Gaza on the advice of Israel’s Shin Bet Intelligence agency. The visit would have been the first by a top Western diplomat to the Hamas–ruled territory.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Shin Bet h >>>


      DIALOGUE WILL REMOVE MISTRUST: KING
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is received by Spain’s King Juan Carlos on his arrival at the Madrid airport on Tuesday. (Reuters) JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday hoped that the interfaith dialogue would help remove mistrust and suspicions >>>


      INDIAN PM SURE TO WIN TRUST VOTE
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy | Arab News NEW DELHI: Confident of winning the trust vote set for July 22, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted yesterday that the nuclear deal with the US would not in any way «impinge» on India’s strategic program or compromise the country’s foreign policy.

«Ind >>>


      INTERFAITH FORUM BEGINS TODAY
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News MADRID: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will open here today an international interfaith conference that aims to allow representatives of the world’s great religions to get to know each other.

The Muslim World League (MWL) has organized the World Conference on >>>


      OBAMA VOWS TO TAKE THE WAR TO AL–QAEDA
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Barbara Ferguson | Arab News WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will visit the Middle East, including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, next week. Yesterday, he outlined his foreign policy objectives and argued that the open–ended war was diminishing US security and damaging the US economy.>>>


      RAJ&#3'S MNS WORKERS RUN RIOT
      Arab News, 16-07-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney | Arab News PUNE: Pune Police rounded up 300 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers yesterday for targeting educational institutions and federal government offices for the past three days as part of their anti–migrant demonstrations, which was suddenly renewed on the instructions of MNS Presid >>>


      ANALYSIS: GOP, DEMS USING IRAQ TO DEFINE OBAMA
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     CHICAGO –– Democrat Barack Obama wants to prove he‘s ready to be a wartime commander in chief. Republican John McCain hopes to sell the idea that his rival is not.

The return of Iraq and Afghanistan to the forefront of the presidential campaign illustrates how both sides increasingly seem to v >>>


      CALIF. MAN WHO KILLED 11 IN RAIL CRASH GETS LIFE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     LOS ANGELES, July 15 –– A man who murdered 11 people by causing a commuter rail disaster was spared the death penalty Tuesday by jurors who wept while listening to victims‘ relatives but decided that he should get life in prison without parole.

Juan Alvarez parked his gasoline–doused spo >>>


      CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK AEI NAMES A NEW LEADER
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A03 For the first time in more than two decades, one of the leading institutions in the conservative movement will have new leadership.

The American Enterprise Institute announced yesterday that Arthur C. Brooks, a professor of business and government policy at Syracuse University, will replace Christopher DeMu >>>


      DESPITE LIFELINES, CONCERNS LINGER ON MORTGAGE GIANTS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     July 15, 2008; D01 The federal government‘s assistance plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac steadied the financial markets yesterday but failed to end concern about the future of the mortgage finance giants.

The plan, announced Sunday evening after an intense weekend of behind–the–scenes negoti >>>


      DISTRICT GUN BILL GOES TO COUNCIL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Robert E. Pierre and Nikita StewartWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, July 15, 2008; A01 Within weeks, District residents could legally keep handguns in their homes under emergency legislation that goes to the D.C. Council today, as officials try to comply with the Supreme Court ruling rejecting the city‘s h >>>


      FOR NATIONALS‘ GUZMÁN, A REWARDING COMEBACK
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     Seven years creates a cognitive gap too long for the mind to bridge, so when Cristian Guzmán looks back on 2001, his first great summer as a major league baseball player, he sees not the early end of his career‘s spectrum, but a different career altogether.

Now, as in 2001, Guzmán is an all& >>>


      FOX‘S HUME TO STEP DOWN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     Brit Hume, a top anchor and executive with Fox News since the channel was launched 12 years ago, plans to step down at year‘s end. But he won‘t disappear entirely.

Sources familiar with the situation say that Hume, 65, will give up his job as Washington managing editor and anchor of "Special Re >>>


      GM REVEALS PLAN TO SAVE $15 BILLION
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Frank AhrensWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 16, 2008; D01 General Motors will try to cut expenses by $15 billion by the end of next year through a combination of job reductions, production slowdowns, terminated retiree benefits and salary freezes, the company said yesterday.

The moves, about six >>>


      INCUMBENT HOUSE MEMBERS COAST IN GA. PRIMARIES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     ATLANTA, July 15 –– Rep. John Lewis easily triumphed Tuesday in his first Democratic primary fight in 16 years, turning back two challengers on an election night in Georgia dominated by congressional incumbents.

Eight of Georgia‘s 13 House members won their party‘s nomination without a f >>>


      INDEPENDENT‘S DAY: SHERRILL BEATS THE ODDS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     Long before he joined the Baltimore Orioles as an overlooked piece of perhaps the shrewdest trade of the offseason, George Sherrill started on his long road out of the independent leagues with little more than his own determination.

But even among those who didn‘t think he had a chance to make it to the m >>>


      IRAQ BUILDUP IS OVER; 150,000 TROOPS REMAIN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The military surge into Iraq that began more than 18 months ago has ended. But 150,000 U.S. troops remain, as many as 15,000 more than before the buildup began.

In recent days, the 3rd Infantry Division‘s 2nd Brigade, the last of the five additional combat brigades sent in by Pre >>>


      JOBLESS RATE FOR YOUTHS IS INCREASING
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Kari LydersenWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, July 15, 2008; A02 CHICAGO –– Since Eddie Macias graduated from high school in Chicago on June 17, his summer has stretched in front of him.

But he has no job. Macias, 1', has been looking for work on and off for four years, starting after an >>>


      LAWYERS WANT DETAINEES TO TESTIFY IN TERROR TRIAL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 14 –– Attorneys for Salim Ahmed Hamdan said Monday that they intend to call other detainees to testify at his upcoming military trial here, entangling the landmark proceeding in yet another difficult legal issue.

The lawyers representing Hamdan, Osama bin Laden‘s for >>>


      MANSON FOLLOWER DENIED COMPASSIONATE RELEASE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     SACRAMENTO, July 15 –– The California Board of Parole Hearings unanimously denied compassionate release Tuesday to a follower of Charles Manson who stabbed pregnant actress Sharon Tate to death nearly 40 years ago and is now dying of brain cancer in prison.

The board‘s unanimous decision on th >>>


      MASS. SENATE VOTES TO LET OUT–OF–STATE GAYS MARRY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     BOSTON –– Gay couples from across the country are one step closer to a Massachusetts wedding.

The state Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a 1'13 law used to bar out–of–state gay couples from marrying in the state. The law, driven in part by California‘s recent embrace of same&ndas >>>


      MCCAIN PLEDGING TO NAACP MORE EDUCATION OPTIONS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     CINCINNATI –– John McCain is telling the NAACP he will expand education opportunities for children in failing schools.

McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Wednesday is addressing the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nati >>>


      NEW ARK. EFFORT CONNECTING FARMERS, TOURISTS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     CABOT, Ark. –– Arkansas wants to give tourists a taste of the farm experience, and is encouraging more of its farmers to start selling it.

The Arkansas Agritourism Initiative is designed to help consumers find local vendors as well as farms that offer tours or other attractions. Organizers launched >>>


      NEW DISH NETWORK SATELLITE LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     LONG BEACH, Calif. –– Sea Launch Co. has launched a new satellite for Dish Network Corp.

A rocket carrying the EchoStar 11 satellite lifted off at 10:21 p.m. PDT Tuesday from Long Beach, Calif.–based Sea Launch Co.‘s rocket platform positioned on the equator in the Pacific Ocean.

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      OBAMA HAS 7–POINT EDGE ON MCCAIN: REUTERS POLL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     7:03 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has a 7–point lead on Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, and holds a small edge on the crucial question of who would best manage the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

More than a month after kicki >>>


      OBAMA NOT CLOSING RACIAL DIVIDE: POLL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans are sharply divided by race ahead of the first presidential election in which a black candidate will represent a major party, a New York Times/CBS News poll showed on Tuesday, The poll found that blacks and whites hold vastly different views of Sen.

Barack Obama, an Illino >>>


      UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN TILLMAN REPORT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Josh WhiteWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, July 15, 2008; A17 Congressional investigators could not determine when senior Pentagon and White House officials learned the details of the "friendly fire" death of Pat Tillman, the Army Ranger and former NFL player, and what role they may have played in the m >>>


      US ENVOY TO JOIN IRAN NUKES MEETING
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A top U.S. diplomat heading to Tehran has no plans to meet separately with Iran‘s chief nuclear negotiator, but the mere presence of the Bush administration official at talks between the Iranian negotiator and representatives of other world powers will be a sharp break with past administr >>>


      A BAFFLING GLOBAL ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     We‘ve been having the wrong discussion about globalization. For years, we‘ve argued over whether this or that industry and its workers might suffer from imports and whether the social costs were worth the economic gains from foreign products, technologies and investments. By and large, the answer has been ye >>>


      AN ECONOMY THROWN INTO TURMOIL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Anthony Faiola and Neil IrwinWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, July 16, 2008; A01 Fresh worries spread through world markets yesterday as a crisis of confidence battered more U.S. financial institutions and the chairman of the Federal Reserve issued a sober assessment of the country‘s economic woes. It ap >>>


      AN ELECTION GOES ABROAD
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     "Odd." That‘s what German Chancellor Angela Merkel said when told of Barack Obama‘s plan to deliver a major campaign speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, right where the Berlin Wall used to be, where Ronald Reagan once famously called upon Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down thi >>>


      BAILING HARD AND GETTING SOAKED
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     What are we taxpayers getting for our money as we bail out the geniuses who have run some of our leading financial institutions into the ground?

The Treasury is extending a reported $300 billion line of credit to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but what do we receive in return?

The answer, I‘m afraid >>>


      CONGRESS EASILY OVERRIDES MEDICARE VETO
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     July 16, 2008; A02 President Bush sought to block a bill yesterday aimed at forestalling an 11 percent cut in payments to doctors taking care of Medicare patients, but Congress quickly overrode his veto.

The House voted 383 to 41 to override the veto, while the Senate voted 70 to 26, in both cases far more than >>>


      COSTLY WEAPON–DETECTION PLANS ARE IN DISARRAY, INVESTIGATORS SAY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A15 Bush administration initiatives to defend the nation against a smuggled nuclear bomb or a biological outbreak or attack remain poorly coordinated, costing billions of tax dollars while basic goals and policies remain incomplete, according to new reports by congressional investigators.

The administration bud >>>


      D.C. GUN BAN IS OUT, BUT REGULATIONS STAY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Nikita Stewart and Bill TurqueWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, July 16, 2008; B01 The D.C. Council unanimously approved emergency legislation last night that ends the strictest handgun ban in the country and voted 12 to 1 to approve the transfer of almost $125 million to renovate schools by fall

&ndas >>>


      DETAINEE DESCRIBES TREATMENT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Jerry Markon and Josh WhiteWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, July 16, 2008; A06 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 15 –– Salim Ahmed Hamdan, an alleged al–Qaeda driver who faces a historic military trial next week, testified Tuesday that a female interrogator elicited information from him using sexual >>>


      FORMER LOBBYIST IS CHARGED WITH TRYING TO DESTROY EVIDENCE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A03 A former lobbyist and close friend of former congressman Curt Weldon was charged yesterday with trying to destroy potential evidence in the federal investigation of the Pennsylvania Republican.

The lobbyist, Cecilia M. Grimes, is accused of throwing away documents sought by FBI agents as part of their probe >>>


      GATES WARNS OF MILITARIZED POLICY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 16, 2008; A06 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned yesterday against the risk of a "creeping militarization" of U.S. foreign policy, saying the State Department should lead U.S. engagement with other countries, with the military playing a suppor >>>


      HEEDLESS RUSH TO OIL SHALE
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     To hear Bush touting Western oil shale as the answer to $4 per gallon gasoline, as he did again yesterday in the Rose Garden, you would think it was 1'08
. . . or 1'20 . . . or 1'45 . . . or 1'74. Every couple of decades over the past century, the immense reserves of the oily rock under Colorado and >>>


      HOUSE PANEL UNVEILS BILL TO KEEP AIRLINES, FAA AT ‘ARM‘S LENGTH‘
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     D02 U.S. House Transportation Committee leaders yesterday introduced an aviation safety bill aimed at keeping airlines and federal aviation inspectors at "arm‘s length." The proposed legislation follows recent safety lapses at the Federal Aviation Administration and a highly critical inspector–gene >>>


      IN VIRGINIA, THAWING A MAP
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     RUTHER GLEN, Va. –– If the 2008 election is destined to break up a frozen electoral map, Virginia is one of the most likely venues for the great political thaw.

The state has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 44 years, yet the trends are decidedly in the party‘s favor. Demog >>>


      LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     For months, if not years, congressional Democrats had craved the chance to pounce on Doug Feith, the former No. 3 at the Pentagon and the brains behind the Iraq WMD claims, torture policy and other great adventures.

Yesterday, House Democrats finally had their quarry, wearing a tie almost as orange as a detaine >>>


      MORTGAGE GIANTS‘ AID FACES GOP SKEPTICISM
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and David S. HilzenrathWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 16, 2008; D01 Some lawmakers expressed doubts yesterday about the wisdom of the federal government‘s plan to prop up mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with one Republican senator complaining it was tantamoun >>>


      NOT A GREEN–LETTER DAY ON CAPITOL HILL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     B arbara Boxer (D–Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, asked Vice President Cheney on Nov. 1 for documents on the White House‘s reported watering down of testimony by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about global warming‘s harmful effects on >>>


      POTENTIAL VEEPS JOINING OBAMA FOR SECURITY TALK
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     CHICAGO –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called on two potential running mates and a host of foreign policy experts Wednesday as he pushed his agenda for Iraq and his views for U.S. foreign policy elsewhere.

Sen. Evan Bayh, D–Ind., and former Sen. Sam Nunn, D–Ga., were s >>>


      PROBE IS URGED OF RANGEL‘S FUNDRAISING FOR N.Y. CENTER
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A02 The House Republican leader and a government watchdog group separately called yesterday for the House ethics committee to look into Rep. Charles B. Rangel‘s fundraising efforts on behalf of an academic center that bears his name.

The panel should examine whether the House Ways and Means Committee chai >>>


      SCANDAL IN PLAIN SIGHT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A sitting president collecting secret cash in unlimited sums from corporations and wealthy favor–seekers.

This might sound outrageous, and it is. But it‘s also perfectly legal, as fundraisers for sitting presidents work to fill the coffers of future presidential libraries with six– and seven&n >>>


      TERRORISM SUSPECT MAY PETITION CIVILIAN COURT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By R. Jeffrey Smith and Del Quentin WilberWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, July 16, 2008; A06 A federal appellate court issued a new setback to the Bush administration on the treatment of terrorism suspects yesterday, declaring that the only accused "enemy combatant" apprehended and held on U.S. soil ca >>>


      THE HELP FANNIE AND FREDDIE NEED
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     Don‘t bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They don‘t need it. The losses they face are not surprising, given what‘s happened to housing prices.

They have more than enough capital to meet their cash obligations when those become due, which is the most basic definition of solvency. They also ha >>>


      THE PERILS OF PAULSON
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     The chief stewards of U.S. financial market policies seem to be living out an old–time movie serial. Over the past year, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have moved from crisis to crisis, improvising as they go. The distressed damsels they saved over the weekend were the g >>>


      THE WHALE OIL ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE –– North of Oslo, north of Longyearbyen, almost as north as North itself, the National Geographic Endeavor breaks pack ice in endless daylight through a gray–teal sea. The expedition has been cruising near Svalbard, a group of high arctic islands larger than Denmark –– >>>


      3 BRITONS ADMIT PLOT BUT NOT INTENT TO KILL
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A14 LONDON, July 14 –– Three men accused of plotting to blow up transatlantic airliners in 2006 have pleaded guilty to conspiring to set off bombs, but they deny targeting planes or attempting to cause injuries, prosecutors told a London court Monday as one of Britain‘s most important terrorism trials >>>


      AMERICAN ENVOY TO JOIN IRAN TALKS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     The Bush administration will send a senior envoy this weekend to international talks with Iran about its nuclear program in what U.S. officials described as a "one–time deal" designed to demonstrate a serious desire to negotiate a solution to the impasse over Tehran‘s ambitions.

In a signi >>>


      BUSH ATTEMPTS TO ALLAY FEARS ABOUT THE ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     President Bush sought yesterday to reassure shaky markets and frightened consumers about worsening financial conditions, and he blamed congressional Democrats for not acting quickly enough to tackle the nation‘s economic troubles.

And with one large California bank already taken over by the federal govern >>>


      CANDIDATES FIND SOME ACCORD ON AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     July 16, 2008; A01 Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain shifted their foreign policy focus yesterday from the future of U.S. military involvement in Iraq to the deteriorating war in Afghanistan, with both White House hopefuls pledging thousands of additional troops and a large–scale infusion of aid for the Afghan co >>>


      CHINA EXPRESSES ‘GRAVE CONCERN‘ OVER INDICTMENT OF SUDAN‘S BASHIR
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A14 China voiced concern yesterday over charges by the International Criminal Court implicating Sudan‘s President Omar Hassan al–Bashir in state–sponsored acts of genocide in the country‘s embattled Darfur region, but there was no indication it would move to stall the process so close to the Aug. >>>


      CHINA: MORE ISLAMIC TERROR GROUPS BUSTED
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese authorities issued the latest in a flurry of claimed victories against Islamic terrorist groups Wednesday, as Beijing continues its crackdown on those it accuses of targeting next month‘s Olympic Games.

Police in the city of Kashgar in the traditionally Muslim Xinjiang regio >>>


      COFFINS BELIEVED TO HOLD ISRAELI SOLDIERS‘ BODIES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     NAQOURA, Lebanon –– Hezbollah TV is showing two black coffins on the Israel–Lebanon border. They‘re believed to contain the bodies of two Israeli soldiers captured by the militant group two years ago.

Israel has said it believed the men were dead, but Hezbollah had never commented on the >>>


      CONNECTION TO MUGABE THREATENS SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT‘S LEGACY
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     A13 JOHANNESBURG –– At first glance they are nothing alike. Zimbabwe‘s aging president, Robert Mugabe, is, at 84, among the last of a generation of African Big Men, clinging to power through brutal repression. South Africa‘s suave President Thabo Mbeki, nearly two decades younger, rules by popula >>>


      FIRES RAGE OUTSIDE ATHENS, THREATENING BUSINESSES
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     ATHENS (Reuters) – Hundreds of firefighters battled fires that raged along the outskirts of Athens on Wednesday, some started by gypsies burning for scrap, with the fronts threatening to cut off a major highway out of the city.

Some 30 fire engines, and two helicopters were battling to control the flames >>>


      GITMO VIDEO OFFERS GLIMPSE OF INTERROGATIONS
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     AM TORONTO –– Burying his face in his hands, a 16–year–old captured in Afghanistan sobs and calls out "Oh Mommy!" in a hidden–camera video released Tuesday that provides the first look at interrogations inside the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Lawyers for Toront >>>


      HEZBOLLAH AND ISRAEL SWAP CORPSES ON LEBANON BORDER
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     LEBANON/ISRAEL BORDER (Reuters) – Hezbollah handed the bodies of two Israeli soldiers to the Red Cross on Wednesday to be exchanged for Lebanese prisoners held by Israel in a deal viewed as a triumph by the Lebanese Shi‘ite guerrilla group.

Many Israelis see it as a painful necessity, two years afte >>>


      HEZBOLLAH CONFIRMS TWO ISRAELI SOLDIERS DEAD
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) – Hezbollah on Wednesday handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross what it said were the bodies of two Israeli soldiers captured two years ago, confirming for the first time that they were dead.
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      HEZBOLLAH GIVES COFFINS TO ISRAEL IN PRISONER SWAP
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     July 16, 2008; 8:46 AM KIRYAT MOTZKIN, Israel, July 16 –– Israel and the Shiite militia Hezbollah on Wednesday began an extraordinary exchange, with two coffins containing the bodies of abducted Israeli soldiers being handed over as a prelude to the expected release of five Lebanese prisoners.

After >>>


      IN INDIAN CASE, LINE BETWEEN CLASSES IS DRAWN WITH BLOOD
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     NEW DELHI –– When in doubt, blame the servants. That‘s what detectives did after they found a teenage girl dead in her bedroom in a posh suburb of New Delhi, her throat slit, her body in a pool of blood.

Since a household servant was nowhere to be found, he must have killed her and taken off, >>>


      KARZAI SACKS ATTORNEY–GENERAL AFTER PRESIDENCY BID
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai fired the attorney–general on Wednesday after the country‘s top prosecutor announced he intended to run for the presidency in elections next year.

Abdul Jabar Sabit has also accused some government and parliament members of corruption and tried t >>>


      LAST CALL AT THE HYATT
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, July 16, 2008; A12 CAIRO Diners in the revolving restaurant on the 41st floor of Cairo‘s Grand Hyatt once could count on a certain order to things: As surely as the torpid Nile coursed below and the Pyramids loomed in the distance, the whiskey, beer and >>>


      MALAYSIA‘S ANWAR ARRESTED: LAWYER
      Washington Post, 16-07-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested, his lawyer said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a political showdown that could further rattle the country‘s financial markets.

The former deputy premier had agreed to meet police on Wednesday on a sodomy compl >>>



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