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      AFGHAN MAN KILLED IN DOWNTOWN DISPUTE
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     A 20–year–old Afghan man was stabbed to death in central Athens late on Friday night in the second consecutive night of downtown violence involving migrants.

Police said that the 20–year–old was stabbed by a compatriot at a property on Menandrou Street, near Omonia Square, during a row t >>>


      ASYLUM FUGITIVE COMES BACK WITH A POLICE GUN
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     A 32–year–old Albanian man who escaped from an Athens psychiatric hospital earlier this month and was arrested on Tuesday for petty theft returned to the clinic with a gun he managed to steal from police during his brief detention.

The patient, who had escaped from the Dromokaiteio asylum on July 2, >>>


      BLAZE IN POPULAR ATHENS PARK SHOCKS LOCALS
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     THANASSIS DIMOPOULOS/EUROKINISSI A volunteer firefighter tries to get a grip on the situation yesterday after a large fire broke out in a popular park in Kaisariani, eastern Athens.

Two helicopters helped dozens of fire engines fight the blaze which had been brought under control by late afternoon. There were n >>>


      FLORINA FESTIVAL TENSION EASED
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     Heavy police presence was needed yesterday at the Niki border crossing between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to ensure that there were no clashes on the sidelines of a cultural festival.

The long–standing annual festival in the village of Meliti, in Florina, northern Greece, >>>


      FM WANTS TURKISH SUPPORT ON CYPRUS
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Saturday called on Turkey to help end the «status quo» on Cyprus, as events were held in Greece and on the island to mark the 34th anniversary of the Turkish invasion.

«There must be an end to this unacceptable situation and a fair and viable solution must b >>>


      GREECE SLOW IN FIGHT AGAINST NOISE
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     Greece is set to start a project later this year to map noise pollution levels in Athens and Thessaloniki, more than a year after a deadline set by the World Health Organization.

The project was meant to be completed last June, but Sunday’s Kathimerini has discovered that the tender for the work to be carried o >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     PARENT KILLER Former mental patient beats elderly mother, father to death A 42–year–old Cretan man yesterday faced an Iraklion prosecutor after allegedly bludgeoning his elderly parents to death with a cudgel on Thursday night in the prefecture of Iraklion. The man, who had spent time in psychiatric institut >>>


      LOOTERS ARE PILFERING COSTLY COPPER
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     A spike in thefts of materials containing copper, linked to a huge increase in the value of the metal, has caused widespread damage to infrastructure and businesses across the country.

The disappearance earlier of this week of a 600–meter metal conveyor belt from an industrial site in Kozani, northern Gre >>>


      MEMBERS OF NEW DEMOCRACY’S YOUTH GROUP...
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     ANTONIS NIKOLOPOULOS/EUROKINISSI Members of New Democracy’s youth group ONNED hold hands to form the Olympic rings yesterday ahead of a speech by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis at Ancient Olympia. In his first public address in several weeks, Karamanlis took the opportunity to go on the political offensive and assure >>>


      PASOK LEADER...
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     ANA PASOK leader George Papandreou gestures during his closing speech at the party’s national council meeting in Thessaloniki. Papandreou accused the government’s policies of being disastrous for the country and said PASOK would try to get its message across to the electorate this fall. Thessaloniki MP Evangelos Venizel >>>


      PASOK SEEKING TRANSPARENCY
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     PASOK will publish all its financial income and expenditure on the Internet and publicly name each person that contributes money to the party’s coffers, according to proposals put forward by Socialist leader George Papandreou yesterday.

Speaking at a meeting of PASOK’s national council in Thessaloniki, Papandre >>>


      PM REBUFFS GRUEVSKI CLAIMS
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     Karamanlis responds to FYROM premier’s letter and accuses him of trying to derail Macedonia name talks Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis yesterday accused his Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) counterpart, Nikolas Gruevski, of trying to intervene in Greece’s domestic affairs and undermining negotiations to se >>>


      PROBE INTO GRAFT ON GREEK RAILWAYS
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     Officers from Greece’s financial crimes squad began investigating records at all of Greece’s main railway stations yesterday amid claims that the reason behind a collision between a passenger train and a freight train earlier this week was that the latter was made up of extra wagons that were being used to transport goo >>>


      ROTE LEARNING AT UNIVERSITY
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     New survey shows students do little research and aim to memorize subjects As the debate continues over whether private colleges should be allowed to operate freely in Greece and over degrees that are given equal recognition as those from state–funded universities, a new survey indicates that an alarming proportion >>>


      THOUSANDS OF ATHENIANS LEFT THE CITY...
      Kathimerin, 21-07-2008
     VAIOS HASIALIS/EUROKINISSI A woman curls up with her towel on the Velika beach in the Larissa prefecture in central Greece yesterday. Thousands of Athenians left the city over the weekend as the number of people taking their summer vacations rises steadily.
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      DUBAI WILL BE THE ISLAMIC FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD: AL–SHAALI
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Mushtak Parker | Arab News LONDON: &#34Dubai will be the Islamic financial capital of the world,&#34 stressed a confident and articulate Nasser Al–Shaali, chief executive officer of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) in an interview in London recently.

This certainty of purpose and am >>>


      INDONESIA INVITES SAUDI FIRMS FOR SHOW
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Indonesia are all set to enter into a new vision of commercial relation with two–way trade showing 70 percent increase during the first two months of the current year. Jakarta, on the other hand, has invited a large number of Saudi businessmen to visit a majo >>>


      REAL ESTATE PRICES WORRY COMPANIES ACROSS THE KINGDOM
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     John Sfakianakis RIYADH: The Q3 survey of SABB (The Saudi British Bank) reveals that business confidence in the Kingdom remains strong — and indeed, 8' percent of respondents expect even stronger growth over the next two quarters.

From SABB survey of 537 companies across diverse industry sectors: • 8' p >>>


      SRMG’S OPERATING PROFIT UP 11%
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: The Saudi Research & Marketing Group’s (SRMG) operating profit for the first half of 2008 rose by 11 percent to SR148.5 million compared to SR134.2 million during the same period last year, an official statement by the company said. Preliminary financial results showed the group’s net profit declin >>>


      AMULETS, CHARMS AND TALISMANS
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News Q.1. Many Muslims use the word «holy» in reference to several nouns. Thus, they refer to Makkah as the holy city, and they say the holy Kaaba, the holy Qur’an, or the holy prophet. They even speak of the holy month of Ramadan. Is this correct, considering that the word «holy&raq >>>


      CONTRACEPTION
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     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, 21-07-2008
     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 >>>


      NO DOUBLE STANDARD
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News The Prophet, peace be upon him, always sought what is best. Many people try to put on a good show in public, saying only what is correct and what people would acknowledge as the right thing. We always speak of what is «politically correct», referring to the need to say only what is so >>>


      REPLACEABLE CREATION
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful People! It is you who stand in need of God, whereas He alone is free of all wants, worthy of all praise. If He so wishes, He can do away with you and bring in your place a new creation; this is not difficult for God.

(The Origina >>>


      SAALIK
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     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 >>>


      TWO TYPES OF WATER
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     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, 21-07-2008
     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 >>>


      EMBASSY DECIDES TO REPATRIATE INDIAN WORKER IN INTENSIVE CARE
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Md. Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: An Indian worker who is in intensive care in a Riyadh hospital after being assaulted by a supervisor at work will be sent home soon, embassy officials said yesterday.

Officials from the Indian Embassy’s Welfare Department visited the man, Sudheesh Kalathil Parambil, who was br >>>


      EXPERTS WARN AGAINST UNHYGIENIC STORAGE OF WATER IN HOUSEHOLDS
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Arjuwan Lakkdawala | Arab News JEDDAH: The water shortage in Jeddah affects the rich and the poor, something that has led to the need to store water at home. However, many people, especially those who live in the downtown areas of Jeddah, do not store water in safe and hygienic ways.

Water is simply stored in l >>>


      OFFICIALS DENY ASSISTANCE TO PATIENT IN NEED: RELATIVE
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Hayat Al–Ghamdi | Arab News ABHA: A relative of an accident victim in Al–Khafji has blamed officials at the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Embassy in China for not coming forward with financial assistance for his treatment despite government instructions.

«Although there were instructions to >>>


      SPECIALIZED FIRM TO VET DEGREES OF HEALTH WORKERS
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: The Health Ministry has contracted an international firm to verify certificates of expatriate doctors, pharmacists, paramedics, technicians and nurses employed in the Kingdom’s health sector.

Hussain Al–Firaihi, secretary–general of the Committee for Health Specializations, signed >>>


      UN URGED TO ADOPT RECOMMENDATIONS OF MADRID FORUM
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News Muhammad bin Ahmed Tayeb JEDDAH: Muhammad bin Ahmed Tayeb, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s regional office, has called upon the United Nations to adopt the resolutions taken by last week’s interfaith conference in Madrid as working plans for its various organizations.

H >>>


      BROWN URGES SETTLEMENT FREEZE
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Adrian Croft | Reuters BETHLEHEM, West Bank: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged Israel yesterday to stop settlement expansion on occupied land, saying it was making it harder to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians this year.

In his first visit as prime minister to Israel and the Palestinian territor >>>


      ISRAELI SOLDIER SHOOTS HANDCUFFED PALESTINIAN
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Agencies JERUSALEM: Footage released yesterday by a rights group showed an Israeli soldier firing what appeared at be a rubber–coated bullet at a handcuffed Palestinian who was arrested during a protest.

The video, released by the Israeli organization B’Tselem, was filmed July 7 by a 14–year–o >>>


      MUSLIMS REJECT GOVT MOVE ON MADRASA BOARD
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney | Arab News MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s move to set up a separate Madrasa Board on the lines of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) boards was rejected by Muslims groups here yesterday.

The rejection was a major setback t >>>


      US TROOPS KILL SON, NEPHEW OF IRAQI GOVERNOR IN RAID
      Arab News, 21-07-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD: US forces shot dead the 17–year–old son and a nephew of the governor of northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province in a raid yesterday, local officials said.

The US military said it shot two armed men, adding it was later found they were both related to the governor.

Gov. Hamad A >>>


      ACCEPTANCE OF GAY PEOPLE IN MILITARY GROWS DRAMATICALLY
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     1', 2008; A03 Public attitudes about gays in the military have shifted dramatically since President Bill Clinton unveiled what became his administration‘s "don‘t ask, don‘t tell" policy 15 years ago today.

Seventy–five percent of Americans in a new Washington Post–ABC >>>


      BARACK OBAMA MEETS PM MALIKI IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama met Iraq‘s prime minister on Monday to get a first–hand assessment of security in the country, where violence is at its lowest level since early 2004.

His visit thrusts U.S. strategy in Iraq and troop levels to the centre >>>


      BARACK OBAMA VISITS IRAQ
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama flew into Iraq on Monday, thrusting U.S. strategy in the country and troop levels to the centre–stage of the November election race.

Obama has called for the removal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking off >>>


      COSMIC MARKDOWN: EPA SAYS LIFE IS WORTH LESS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     A01 Someplace else, people might tell you that human life is priceless. In Washington, the federal government has appraised it like a ‘'6 Camaro with bad brakes.

Last week, it was revealed that an Environmental Protection Agency office had lowered its official estimate of life‘s value, from abou >>>


      CRANE COLLAPSE AT TEX. REFINERY KILLS 4, INJURES 7
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     HOUSTON, July 18 –– One of the nation‘s largest mobile cranes collapsed at a Houston oil refinery Friday, killing four workers and injuring seven others in the latest of several fatal accidents that have raised concerns about the safety of construction cranes.

The 30–story–tall cra >>>


      DEADLY TOLLS: SICK TRUCKERS CAUSING FATAL WRECKS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– Hundreds of thousands of tractor–trailer and bus drivers in the United States carry commercial driver‘s licenses despite also qualifying for full federal disability payments, and some of those drivers have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells, according to a new >>>


      DETAILS OF JUNE PRESIDENTIAL FUNDRAISING
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     AM –– Fundraising figures for June as released by the presidential candidates. REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN Total receipts to date: $144 million.

Total contributions to date: $126.3 million. Total spending: $117.3 million. June 2008 contributions: $21.5 million, including $5.1 million raised through joint >>>


      FISH PEDICURES: CARP RID HUMAN FEET OF SCALY SKIN
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     ALEXANDRIA, Va. –– Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away.

Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months.

John H >>>


      FISH VIRUS FEEDS FEARS IT WILL SPREAD TO MISSISSIPPI RIVER
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     CHICAGO –– A deadly fish virus has been found for the first time in southern Lake Michigan and an inland Ohio reservoir, spurring fears of major fish kills and the virus‘s possible migration to the Mississippi River.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources invoked emergency fishing regula >>>


      GRAMM QUITS MCCAIN POST OVER ‘WHINERS‘ COMMENT
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     NEW YORK, July 18 –– Phil Gramm, a top adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, is resigning from his role as a campaign co–chairman a week after saying that the United States had become a "nation of whiners" who constantly complain about the state of the economy.

Gramm had als >>>


      GREEN BECOMES OFFICIAL COLOR OF BASEBALL
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Keith B. RichburgWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 20, 2008; A02 NEW YORK –– When baseball‘s legendary greats came rolling up Sixth Avenue this month for the annual Hall of Fame parade, the familiar red carpet was distinctly green.

That‘s not talking about the hue. The carpet, >>>


      HURRICANE FAUSTO GROWS TO CATEGORY 2 STORM
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     MIAMI –– Hurricane Fausto has increased to a category 2 storm in the Pacific while Tropical Storm Dolly moves over Mexico‘s Yucatan peninsula and heads for the Gulf of Mexico.

Though Hurricane Fausto has increased in strength, the National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has probably >>>


      IRAQIS SAY THEY LIKE OBAMA, DIVIDED ON HIS POLICIES
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     AM BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is popular among Iraqis.

In two dozen interviews across the country, many told Reuters a black man would understand their plight.

Obama arrived in Iraq on Monday on only his second trip to the country. He wants to bolster >>>


      MAN DECIDES NOT TO JUMP OFF LEDGE, THEN FALLS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     A patient at George Washington University Hospital fell from a fifth–story ledge overlooking New Hampshire Avenue in Northwest Washington yesterday afternoon after threatening to jump for several hours, police said.

The man climbed onto the ledge about 12:15 p.m. and for four hours paced and peered at the >>>


      MCCAIN TO FOCUS ON DOMESTIC ISSUES
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, July 1', 2008; A06 DETROIT, July 18 –– As Sen. Barack Obama takes a highly publicized trip abroad over the next week, Sen. John McCain plans to highlight his commitment to the nation‘s domestic challenges in stops across the country.

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      MUKASEY‘S GOAL: RIGHTING THE SHIP OR JUST STEADYING IT?
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Carrie JohnsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 20, 2008; A01 From a book–lined den on the fifth floor of the Justice Department, the attorney general is watching the clock.

Tenure, after all, is short for Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge who has just six more months to restore confid >>>


      RANGEL‘S LETTERS TO POTENTIAL DONORS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel has come under fire for soliciting donations from corporations with business interests before his panel, hoping to raise $30 million for the new Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York. Below are copies of several letters he wrote >>>


      REMAINS OF MIA PILOTS IDENTIFIED
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Ian ShapiraWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, July 1', 2008; A03 When the phone call came five weeks ago to his Colorado home, Gilbert "Gib" McKain was in disbelief. A U.S. government official wanted to share his latest findings about McKain‘s only brother, who had been shot down while flying a >>>


      RESCUERS SEARCH OFF GUAM FOR CREW OF CRASHED B–52
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     HONOLULU –– Rescue crews were searching a vast area of floating debris and a sheen of oil Monday for crew members of an Air Force B–52 bomber that crashed off the island of Guam, officials said.

At least two people from the bomber‘s six–man crew were recovered from the waters, but >>>


      RULING GIVES SOUTH DAKOTA DOCTORS A SCRIPT TO READ
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 20, 2008; A03 CHICAGO –– In a victory for antiabortion forces, doctors in South Dakota are now required to tell a woman seeking an abortion that the procedure "will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being." The U.S. >>>


      SOME HAWAIIANS SEE THEIR EXPORT OF GARBAGE AS LESS THAN ‘ALOHA‘
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     HONOLULU –– With sugar cane and pineapples fading, Hawaii‘s next big export to the U.S. mainland could be less sweet: 100,000 tons of trash a year.

In one of the most ambitious municipal disposal plans yet, Oahu, Hawaii‘s most populous island, is considering sending some of its garbage o >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Rudy Giuliani takes fellow Republican John McCain out to ball game at Yankee Stadium ... Rice says Obama‘s campaign success shows US has come a long way in race relations ... Obama cuts back on spending in June as he builds up cash reserves ...

___ Giuliani takes McCain >>>


      TROPICAL STORM DOLLY BEARS DOWN ON CANCUN
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     MIAMI –– A tropical storm warning remains in effect Monday for Mexico‘s Yucatan peninsula as Tropical Storm Dolly nears Cancun.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is moving northwest near 15 mph and is expected to cross the peninsula and move into the Gulf of Mexico later in >>>


      U.S., IRAQ AGREE TO ‘TIME HORIZON‘
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     July 1', 2008; A01 President Bush and Iraq‘s prime minister have agreed to set a "time horizon" for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as part of a long–term security accord they are trying to negotiate by the end of the month, White House officials said yesterday.

The deci >>>


      WHALE ADVOCATES GAIN VICTORY
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, July 1', 2008; A02 A federal appeals court yesterday ruled in favor of environmentalists seeking protection for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, giving those activists a victory in a long–running fight to prevent whale–ship collisions >>>


      A BEAR‘S BEST FRIENDS?
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE –– Two polar bears, known in these parts as ice bears, amble and yawn on an iceberg. The mother and her 2–year–old cub stand out light yellow against bright white and glacial blue –– these mascots of the global warming movement seem majestically content on an Arct >>>


      BARACK OBAMA SPENDS LESS IN JUNE, SAVES RESOURCES
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Barack Obama cut back on his spending in June after securing the Democratic presidential nomination, building up his cash on hand as Republican rival John McCain outspent him with a heavy dose of television advertising.

Unlike McCain, who spent more than he raised in June, Obama accumu >>>


      BARACK WHO?
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     P resident Bush was asked twice last week about Sen. Barack Oba ma. In response, Bush never used the Democratic presidential candidate‘s name.

As it turns out, Bush has uttered Obama‘s name only a handful of times since the senator from Illinois began running for the White House last year, according >>>


      BLACK. FEMALE. ACCOMPLISHED. ATTACKED.
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     There she is –– no, not Miss America, but the Angela–Davis–Afro–wearing, machine–gun–toting, angry, unpatriotic Michelle Obama, greeting her husband with a fist bump instead of a kiss on the cheek.

It was supposed to be satire, but the caricature of Barack Obama and his >>>


      CYBERSECURITY WILL TAKE A BIG BITE OF THE BUDGET
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     President Bush‘s single largest request for funds and "most important initiative" in the fiscal 200' intelligence budget is for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a little publicized but massive program whose details "remain vague and thus open to question," according to t >>>


      DETAINEE‘S TRIAL IN MILITARY SYSTEM BEGINS TODAY
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba –– Nearly seven years after President Bush declared an "extraordinary emergency" that empowered him to bring terrorists before military judges, Osama bin Laden‘s former driver is scheduled to go on trial Monday in the first test of whether that system can dispense fair an >>>


      GORE‘S ENERGY OOMPH
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     On the issue of gasoline prices, Republicans think they have a winner in their call for new drilling, and Democrats are playing defense. Democrats need –– this is a technical term –– a lot more oomph. Al Gore wants to help them.

In a speech here yesterday and in an interview, Gore played >>>


      IN IMMIGRATION CASES, EMPLOYERS FEEL THE PRESSURE
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 21, 2008; A01 A three–year–old enforcement campaign against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is increasingly resulting in arrests and criminal convictions, using evidence gathered by phone taps, undercover agents and prisoners who agree >>>


      IN IRAQ, AND UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     I asked one of the Republican Party‘s smartest, most candid heavy hitters last week whether John McCain really has a chance to defeat Barack Obama in this season of Republican discontent. "No, if the campaign is about McCain," he replied. "Yes, if it‘s about Obama." That underlines the im >>>


      LIBERAL BLOGGERS BRACE FOR VICTORY
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Jose Antonio VargasWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 21, 2008; C01 AUSTIN, July 20 –– "Yep, the way it‘s looking, we might actually win this thing . . ." That‘s Markos Moulitsas talking, a.k.a. "Kos" to everyone here at Netroots Nation, the four–day liberal blo >>>


      MCCAIN TO SPEAK AT SEPT. 11 FORUM ON VOLUNTEERISM
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will speak about the need for public service at a national forum on that topic being held in New York on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

ServiceNation, a coalition of more than 100 service groups, including AARP and United Way >>>


      PAULSON‘S VIEW
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     Henry Paulson was in shirt sleeves yesterday afternoon in his office at the Treasury Department, tie loose at the collar, feet propped up on the coffee table. Behind his desk, Bloomberg screens were blinking out instant price quotations from the turbulent financial markets, but Paulson wasn‘t focused on the short >>>


      SNUBBED BY OBAMA
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     Barack Obama is on his way to Europe, where an adoring public awaits. But I wonder if the reception would be quite so enthusiastic if Obama‘s fans across the Atlantic knew a dirty little secret of his remarkable presidential campaign: Although Obama portrays himself as the best candidate to engage the rest of the >>>


      THE AUDACITY OF VANITY
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. He figures it would be a nice backdrop. The supporting cast –– a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins –– would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

What Obama does not seem to understand is that the >>>


      THE DEMOCRATS‘ BAGHDAD TWO–STEP
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     It‘s hard not to have heard about the positive developments in Iraq lately. On Friday, the White House announced that President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki had reached agreement on a "time horizon" for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joi >>>


      THE FACE OF INNOCENCE
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     In May, the baby–faced chief executive of IndyMac Bancorp, Michael Perry, lashed out at critics who said the bank was on weak footing: "Given the decline in our stock price, some people have questioned IndyMac‘s survivability in the current environment. I am here to tell you that I believe we have turne >>>


      TROOP WITHDRAWAL TIMETABLE CONCERNS PENTAGON CHIEF
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Pentagon‘s top military officer said Sunday a specific time frame for withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq could jeopardize political and economic progress, leading to "dangerous consequences." Adm. Mike Mullen said the agreement between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Mi >>>


      TURKEY‘S TURMOIL
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     Turkey‘s political crisis has taken a turn for the worse. The chief prosecutor, who has accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of anti–secular statements and actions, has presented his argument to the Constitutional Court. The court is expected soon to bar Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan >>>


      UNLIKE MCCAIN, MANY SENIORS DEPEND ON THE WEB
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     NEW YORK –– If Sen. John McCain is really serious about becoming a Web–savvy citizen, perhaps Kathryn Robinson can help.

Robinson is now 106 _ that‘s 35 years older than McCain _ and she began using the Internet at '8, at the Barclay Friends home in West Chester, Pa., where she lives >>>


      A FRESH FACE FOR THE OLYMPICS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     PM BEIJING, July 20 –– Beijing, a city of 16 million that never seems to stop, slowed down Sunday and in some ways was unrecognizable.

Visibility was far above the usual few hundred yards. Streets were lined with newly planted flowers instead of dusty shrubbery. In parks and hotels, smoking was offi >>>


      A FRESH FACE FOR THE OLYMPICS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     BEIJING, July 20 –– Beijing, a city of 16 million that never seems to stop, slowed down Sunday and in some ways was unrecognizable.

Visibility was far above the usual few hundred yards. Streets were lined with newly planted flowers instead of dusty shrubbery. In parks and hotels, smoking was officia >>>


      ACROSS CHINA, SECURITY INSTEAD OF CELEBRATION
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, July 1', 2008; A01 YENGISHAHAR, China –– Shortly after dawn on July ', the local government here bused several thousand students and office workers into a public square and lined them up in front of a vocational school. As the spectators watched, >>>


      AFRICA‘S LAST AND LEAST
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 20, 2008; A01 OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso After she woke in the dark to sweep city streets, after she walked an hour to buy less than $2 worth of food, after she cooked for two hours in the searing noon heat, Fanta Lingani served her family‘s only meal of >>>


      ANGLICANS FACE ‘SEVERE CHALLENGE‘
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     CANTERBURY, England, July 20 –– The head of the Anglican Communion said Sunday that the global fellowship faces "one of the most severe challenges" in its history, and he urged bishops at their once–a–decade Lambeth Conference to do the hard work of finding solutions.

Archbisho >>>


      ASEAN TACKLES BORDER SPAT, RIGHTS AND MYANMAR
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian ministers urged Cambodia and Thailand on Monday to show restraint over a military standoff on their border and took steps to create a regional human rights body.

The 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations were also tackling spiraling food and fuel p >>>


      BARACK OBAMA MEETS PM MALIKI IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama met Iraq‘s prime minister on Monday to get a first–hand assessment of security in the country, where violence is at its lowest level since early 2004.

His visit thrusts U.S. strategy in Iraq and troop levels to the centre >>>


      FOR ‘SURGE‘ TROOPS, PRIDE MINGLES WITH DOUBT
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Ernesto LondoñoWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 21, 2008; A01 BAGHDAD –– This time last year, Capt. Wes Wilhite‘s men were getting ready to move into an abandoned house in western Baghdad wedged between cells of Sunni insurgents to the south and strongholds of Shiite militias to th >>>


      FOR SURVIVORS OF SICHUAN QUAKE, THE HARD LESSONS OF STARTING OVER
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 21, 2008; A07 BEIJING –– As she read the words scrawled in black spray paint on her restaurant‘s metal security gate, Cheng Xingfeng vowed she would not yield.

"Sichuan People: Go back to the disaster zone," the message said. Ch >>>


      IN AFRICA, ONE FAMILY‘S STRUGGLE WITH THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     6:23 PM LOUDA, Burkina Faso –– All day, Ruth Bamogo hacked at the ground with an iron hoe, trying to coax sorghum out of the hard, red dirt.

Finally exhausted, with the temperature still over '0 degrees in the dying afternoon light, Bamogo strapped her 4–year–old son onto her back wi >>>


      IN BURKINA FASO, RUNNING AFOUL OF MR. X
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     6:25 PM OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso –– He came at us like a hound chasing a squirrel.

"No! No!" he shouted, waving his arms and his laminated government ID card at us.

As it turned out, he was the bureaucrat in charge of this street, the deputy assistant associate section head of so >>>


      INDIA LAWMAKERS GATHER TO DEBATE CONFIDENCE VOTE
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     NEW DELHI –– Indian lawmakers gathered Monday to debate a vote of confidence in the government that will likely determine the fate of a landmark civilian nuclear deal with the United States.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was forced to call the vote after his communist political allies withdrew their >>>


      INDICTMENT OF SUDANESE LEADER SEEN AS THREAT TO PEACEKEEPERS
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     UNITED NATIONS –– Six days before Sudanese President Omar Hassan al–Bashir was charged with genocide, a group of 200 fighters on horseback, supported by more than 40 vehicles mounted with machine guns, carried out the bloodiest and most sophisticated ambush yet on a fledgling U.N. and African peacekeep >>>


      MILLIONS RALLY FOR COLOMBIAN HOSTAGES
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 21, 2008; A01 BOGOTA, Colombia, July 20 –– In the letters María Teresa de Mendieta received from her husband, he spoke of a jungle–borne disease that had so infected his legs that he had to drag himself through the mud to go to the bathro >>>


      MUGABE OPPONENTS, GOVERNMENT AGREE TALKS FRAMEWORK
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe‘s opposition and the ruling party of President Robert Mugabe will sign a deal on Monday laying down a framework for formal talks to end a deep crisis, both sides said.

An official of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, w >>>


      OBAMA ARRIVES IN BAGHDAD TO DISCUSS IRAQ STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     July 21, 2008; ':14 AM BAGHDAD, July 21 ––– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama arrived in Iraq Monday morning to discuss U.S.–Iraq strategy and American troop levels, issues that have become a cornerstone of debate in the U.S. presidential campaign.

But after meeting for >>>


      OBAMA GETS LOOK AT AFGHAN WAR ZONE
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Candace Rondeaux and Dan BalzWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 20, 2008; A01 KABUL, July 1' –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama got his first look at deteriorating conditions in war–torn Afghanistan on Saturday, meeting with U.S. military commanders and local officials an >>>


      OBAMA, KARZAI SHARE A ‘WORKING LUNCH‘
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     By Candace Rondeaux and Dan BalzWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 21, 2008; A04 KABUL, July 20 –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama met here Sunday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and later reiterated his call for additional U.S. forces to deal with conditions in Afghanistan that he >>>


      PAULSON REASSURES ON BANKS, WARNS OF MORE TOUGH TIMES
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. sought to reassure an anxious public yesterday that the banking system is sound, while also bracing people for more troubled times ahead.

"I think it‘s going to be months that we‘re working our way through this period –– clearly months," >>>


      PLEA DEAL UNLIKELY BEFORE 1ST GUANTANAMO TRIAL
      Washington Post, 21-07-2008
     GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba –– A last–minute plea deal could halt the first war crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay on Monday, but military lawyers and observers say that appears extremely unlikely at this late stage.

A military judge will consider some final pretrial motions Monday under tight >>>



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