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      CITY LAUNCHES DRIVE TO RECLAIM SIDEWALKS
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     Police officers and City of Athens employees yesterday began removing tables and chairs that had been placed illegally on sidewalks in the trendy, central nightspot of Psyrri in a bid to persuade cafe and taverna owners to stop impeding pedestrians.

The municipal team yesterday targeted five establishments that >>>


      EASIER TO SKIP RELIGION CLASS
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     Schoolchildren will be able to skip religious education lessons by providing their teachers with a note – written by their parents – according to a new initiative by the Education and Religious Affairs Ministry.

A circular distributed to primary and secondary schools says children can miss RE without their pare >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     OFF–DUTY ATTACK Police officer stabs man in fight over parking space An off–duty police officer stabbed a 35–year–old man in a fight over a parking space, it was revealed yesterday. The two men had tried to park in the same space when taking their families to a concert in Xylokastro in the Pelopo >>>


      MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS DEKO WAGE DIFFERENTIAL
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     Employees of public utilities earn on average at least 60 percent more than private sector workers, said Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis as he defended the government’s bid to limit wage demands at state sector firms and utilities.

The figures submitted by Alogoskoufis during an ongoing parlia >>>


      NEW ROOF FOR SITE STILL UP IN THE AIR
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     The Culture Ministry’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) has given the go–ahead for the construction of a new roof over the Akrotiri archaeological site on the island of Santorini almost three years after the structure caved in, killing a British tourist.

Sources said yesterday that KAS met during a lo >>>


      RAILWAY’S MASSIVE DEBT...
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     EUROKINISSI An Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) employee signals yesterday at a station in Larissa, one of several stations in Thessaly that is seeing routes slashed as part of a drive to reduce the railway’s massive debt.

OSE has cut 12 scheduled routes between Larissa and Volos. The cuts have caused probl >>>


      SHOCK AT ISLAND BEATING
      Kathimerin, 31-07-2008
     Police probe alleged impunity on Myconos after club fight leaves tourist in coma Four Greek employees of a nightclub on Myconos yesterday faced a prosecutor following a brawl on the island that has left a 20–year–old Australian tourist in a coma.

The Australian, believed to have been struck on the h >>>


      17E CONFÉRENCE INTERNATIONALE SUR LE SIDA. LUC MONTAGNIER: «IL FAUT ÉRADIQUER L‘ÉPIDÉMIE, PLUS LE VIRUS»
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     «Une bonne nutrition ne remplace pas la thrithérapie, mais peut aider» Un congr';s pour agir La Chine veut faire la pluie et le beau temps Victoire des fumeurs allemands La vie des autres Dessine–moi un miroir C‘est encore loin, la mer?

Quoi de neuf/Hits suisses (fin). Du ri >>>


      1ER AOŰT: DES HISTORIENS ÉCORNENT LES MYTHES FONDATEURS DE LA SUISSE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     UNE Le Temps I Article 1er Ao$';t: des historiens écornent les mythes fondateurs de la Suisse HISTOIRE. Un nouveau livre fait des Waldstätten une simple société rurale alpine.

Le Temps Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 La Fęte nationale du 1er Ao$';t? Une invention de 18'1. Guilla >>>


      A LAUSANNE, LES PREMIERS TRAJETS DU M2. LE «MONSIEUR CATASTROPHES» DEVENU «MONSIEUR M2»
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Olivier Français. Le municipal radical est un homme comblé, le projet de métro lausannois est ŕ bout touchant. «Mais il reste encore beaucoup ŕ faire d’ici l’inauguration», prévient–il. (photo: Keystone) VAUD. Olivier Français a politiquement porté le métro lausannois d >>>


      A PÉKIN, PAVILLON HAUT, POUR TOUT L‘OR DU MONDE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Répétition de la cérémonie d’ouverture.On ne sait pas encore qui portera la banni';re suisse. (photo: Keystone) JO 2008. La Suisse part avec 82 athl';tes et des espoirs jalousement tus.

Tout est possible, rien ne sera comme ailleurs. A quoi ça tient? Christian Despont Je >>>


      BELGIQUE: LA TENTATION FRAN'';AISE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     BELGIQUE. La moitié des Wallons envisage une intégration ŕ la France. François Janne d‘Othée, Bruxelles Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 «La Belgique, il ne faut pas y toucher. [...] Ou alors, il faudrait que les Flamands rendent la vie impossible aux Wallons, et qu‘alors les Wallons se j >>>


      C‘EST ENCORE LOIN, LA MER?
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Didier de Courten. (photo: Keystone) Didier de Courten, chef de l‘hôtel–restaurant Le Terminus, ŕ Sierre. Cuisinier de l‘année 2006.

Xavier Filliez Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 – La premi';re fois que vous avez vu la mer?

– Au Cap d‘Agde. Je devais avoir 5 ans. L >>>


      COMMUNAUX D‘AMBILLY: LE MAIRE NE VEUT PLUS VENDRE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     GENEVE. La commune française d‘Ambilly annule la promesse de vente d‘une parcelle, au risque de retarder un projet immobilier majeur du canton.

Sandra Moro Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Faut–il craindre un nouveau blocage des Communaux d‘Ambilly, l‘un des plus grands projets immobilie >>>


      COUPE DE L‘AMERICA: OŮ, QUAND ET COMMENT?
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Le duel entre Alinghi et Oracle n’aura sans doute pas lieu.Une Coupe de l’America classique pourrait ętre agendée ŕ Valence en 2011. Du moins, si Oracle ne fait pas recours. (photo: Keystone) VOILE. Suite au revirement juridique de mardi soir, Alinghi semble ŕ nouveau en position de force. Il n&lsquo >>>


      DE BEAUX PRINCIPES...
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Jurek Estreicher, Confignon (GE) Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Bien s$';r, le projet de Migros d‘exporter de l‘eau aux Etats–Unis est une aberration (LT du ' juillet). Comme l‘est par ailleurs son importation d‘oignons de Nouvelle–Zélande ou de saucisses du Brésil (je n&l >>>


      DESSINE–MOI UN MIROIR
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Ora Ito. Professionnel de tout et de rien. Créateur plutôt que designer. (photo: DR) ORA ITO. Présenté comme le successeur de Philippe Starck, ce designer tr';s lancé s‘est fait connaître en détournant des marques symboles.

Caroline de Bodinat, Paris Jeudi 31 jui >>>


      ET SI LA SUISSE PRIMITIVE N‘AVAIT PAS EXISTÉ?
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Jean–Daniel Morerod: «Coup dur pour l‘imagerie suisse» L‘instrumentalisation de l‘histoire TEMPS FORT Le Temps I Article Et si la Suisse primitive n‘avait pas existé?

La m';re patrie Helvétie danse avec ses filles, les cantons, sur la prairie du Gr >>>


      FIBRE OPTIQUE: ORANGE ET SUNRISE VEULENT ALLER VITE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     MULTIMEDIA. Face aux projets de Swisscom, les deux opérateurs multiplient les tests.

Anouch Seydtaghia Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Une connexion Internet de 30mbit/s, 100 chaînes de télévision dont certaines en haute définition, un enregistreur et bientôt un service de vidéo ŕ >>>


      HUIT ARRESTATIONS POUR DÉLITS D‘INITIÉS Ŕ LA CITY
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     JUSTICE. Un employé d‘UBS interpellé. LT, avec les agences Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 L‘Autorité des services financiers (FSA), le régulateur des marchés au Royaume–Uni, a annoncé avoir arręté huit personnes et mené des perquisitions dans le cadre d‘une vas >>>


      JEAN–DANIEL MOREROD: «COUP DUR POUR L‘IMAGERIE SUISSE»
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     L‘instrumentalisation de l‘histoire TEMPS FORT Le Temps I Article «Coup dur pour l‘imagerie suisse» L‘analyse de Jean–Daniel Morerod, médiéviste.

Catherine Cossy Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Le professeur ŕ l‘Université de Neuchâtel, Jean–D >>>


      JOURNALISTES CENSURÉS Ŕ PÉKIN
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     CHINE. L‘acc';s internet des reporters couvrant les Jeux sera surveillé. Tristan de Bourbon, Pékin Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 La direction du comité d‘organisation des Jeux olympiques de Pékin (Bocog) vient d‘admettre que l‘acc';s ŕ Internet serait limité >>>


      KARADZIC, MALGRÉ TOUT
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Sylvie Arsever Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 L‘arrivée ŕ La Haye de Slobodan Milosevic, en juin 2001, avait constitué pour le Tribunal pénal pour l‘ex–Yougoslavie une victoire ŕ la Pyrrhus.

Eclatante dans son principe: c‘était le premier chef d‘Etat inculp >>>


      L‘ACTION SYNTHES TIRE PARTI DE SON CARACTČRE DÉFENSIF
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     TECHNIQUES MEDICALES. Le groupe soleurois profite de la demande constante dans l‘orthopédie. Le reste de la branche peine ŕ rebondir.

Yves Hulmann, Zurich Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Les résultats semestriels de Synthes tranchent avec la morosité ambiante.

De janvier ŕ juin, le >>>


      L‘HÔTEL EN SON JARDIN (4/5). PARADIS DE SCULPTURES ET VERDURE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Au bord du lac des Quatre–Cantons, ŕ mi–chemin entre Gersau et Vitznau, le Paradies Hotel ŕ Rotschuo est enfoui au cśur d‘un «parc exotique» parsemé de statues. Un lieu pour l‘apaisement.

Philippe Mathonnet, Rotschuo Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Peut–ę >>>


      L‘IDÉE D‘UNE OMC Ŕ DEUX VITESSES REVIENT APRČS L‘ÉCHEC DE LA CONFÉRENCE DE GENČVE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Susan Schwab. La cheffe négociatrice américaine veut prendre du recul et voir s’il ne faut pas simplifier le Cycle de Doha. (photo: Keystone) NEGOCIATION. Les Etats–Unis mettent en cause la clause de l‘engagement unique – un accord ne peut ętre trouvé qu‘en cas de consensus su >>>


      L‘INSTRUMENTALISATION DE L‘HISTOIRE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Trois mythes qui vacillent. Catherine Cossy Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Le Pacte fédéral est le document le plus connu de l‘histoire suisse du Moyen Age. Il entre dans l‘inconscient collectif ŕ partir de 18'1, passant pour le document qui scelle le serment des Trois Suisses sur la prairie du Gr& >>>


      L‘IRAN, ENTRE PUISSANCE ET DÉSILLUSIONS (I). KAZEM JALALI: «NOUS PLAIDONS POUR UN MOYEN–ORIENT DÉPOURVU DE BOMBE ATOMIQUE»
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     IRAN. Porte–parole de la Commission pour la sécurité du parlement, Kazem Jalali juge improbable une attaque américaine. Pour lui, son pays est dans la légalité du droit.

Stéphane Bussard, Téhéran Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Alors que le président iranien, Mahmoud Ahm >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE. LE SMI FRANCHIT LE SOMMET DES 7‘100
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Le SMI franchit le sommet des 7‘100 La bourse suisse.

BCGE Private Banking Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 En milieu de semaine, le marché suisse a repris le chemin de la hausse, soutenu par le recul des cours du pétrole et par les bons résultats publiés par >>>


      LA CHINE VEUT FAIRE LA PLUIE ET LE BEAU TEMPS
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     METEOROLOGIE. Les scientifiques chinois disent pouvoir contrôler le temps lors de l‘ouverture des JO. Info ou intox? La méthode utilisée – «ensemencer» les nuages – est connue depuis soixante ans. Mais elle reste contestée.

Olivier Dessibourg Jeudi 31 juillet 20 >>>


      LA CONJONCTURE SUISSE FLÉCHIT ENCORE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     L‘action Synthes tire parti de son caract';re défensif Les grandes affaires économiques de la Suisse (2/6). Le scandale de Chiasso, ou l‘histoire d‘une banque dans la banque Pour doper ses exportations, le Japon mise sur l‘industrie verte ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article L >>>


      LA JORDANIE REDORE SON IMAGE EN ACCUEILLANT LES STARS DANS SES VIEILLES PIERRES
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     PRESTIGE. Le Jordan Festival, mis sur pied en quelques mois, aligne les célébrités, de Diana Krall ŕ Placido Domingo. Mais sa premi';re édition, qui continue jusqu‘au ' ao$';t, s‘est heurtée ŕ quelques difficultés. Reportage.

Elisabeth Chard >>>


      LA JUSTICE TURQUE REFUSE D‘INTERDIRE L‘AKP
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Hasim Kilic ,président de la cour constitutionnelle turque, a annoncé la décision de ne pas dissoudre l’AKP, sous le regard du p';re de la nation Atatürk. (photo: Keystone) TURQUIE. Pour la Cour constitutionnelle, le parti au pouvoir est devenu un foyer anti–laďc, mais sans que cel >>>


      LA PLAGE DES SIX POMPES, TORRENTS D‘ART DANS LES RUES DE LA CHAUX–DE–FONDS
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     NEUCHATEL. Le plus important festival des arts de la rue de Suisse fęte ses quinze ans cette année. Malgré plusieurs changements structurels, il reste fid';le ŕ son âme chaux–de–fonni';re.

Pierre–Emmanuel Buss Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 C‘est un petit >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Stéphane Bonvin Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Wall–E voterait–il Obama ou McCain? Wall–E est–il un robot gauchiste ou patriote? La question intéresse les journaux américains. Wall–E est donc le héros du film du męme nom, sorti cette semaine sous une couverture de lauriers ( >>>


      LES GRANDES AFFAIRES ÉCONOMIQUES DE LA SUISSE (2/6). LE SCANDALE DE CHIASSO, OU L‘HISTOIRE D‘UNE BANQUE DANS LA BANQUE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Pour doper ses exportations, le Japon mise sur l‘industrie verte ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article Le scandale de Chiasso, ou l‘histoire d‘une banque dans la banque Ernst Kuhrmeier (au centre), directeur adjoint de la filiale tessinoise du Crédit Suisse.Le banquier est condamné ŕ 4 >>>


      LES GYMNASTES CHINOISES TROP JEUNES?
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     JO. Des doutes subsistent sur l‘âge réel de deux athl';tes. Le Temps, avec l‘AFP Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 La Chine a démenti avoir deux gymnastes de moins de 16 ans dans son équipe féminine qui participera aux Jeux olympiques de Pékin. «Nos équipes ont ét >>>


      LES PAYSANS SOULAGÉS ET INQUIETS APRČS L‘OMC
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     REPIT. Les agriculteurs ont pu voir que personne n‘hésitait ŕ sacrifier ŕ l‘intéręt général un secteur représentant 1% du PIB.

D.S. Miéville Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 L‘heure est au soulagement, mais pas ŕ l‘euphorie, dans les milieux agricol >>>


      LIONEL MESSI EN ROUTE POUR LES JO
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     FOOTBALL. La FIFA force les clubs ŕ libérer leurs joueurs pour les Jeux. Le TAS, qui avait été saisi, s‘est déclaré incompétent. Le Temps, avec l‘AFP Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Lionel Messi s‘est encore rapproché des JO de Pékin. Le jeune attaquant du FC Barcelon >>>


      MATIČRES PREMIČRES: UN MOIS DE CHUTE DES COURS
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     BULLE. Du maďs au soja, en passant par le cuivre ou le nickel, la folie spéculative est bien retombée. Le pétrole redescend vers 120 dollars.

Pierre–Alexandre Sallier Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Soudain, une tout autre ambiance r';gne. Les certitudes sur lesquelles était bas >>>


      MIKHAĎL BARYSHNIKOV: «JE SUIS UN DÉBUTANT AVANCÉ»
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Mikhaďl Baryshnikov.Le danseur d’origine russe installé ŕ New York privilégie l’instinc et la curiosité. (photo: Keystone) DANSE. A 60 ans, Mikhaďl Baryshnikov conserve une vision sans limite de son métier.

Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Mikhaďl Baryshnik >>>


      NATURALISATIONS: L‘UDC PEINE Ŕ CONVAINCRE AU–DELŔ DE SES SYMPATHISANTS
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     VOTATIONS. 43% des sondés n‘accordent qu‘une tr';s faible crédibilité ŕ Christoph Blocher.

Valérie de Graffenried, Berne Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Pour le scrutin du 1er juin, l‘UDC a eu de la peine ŕ convaincre en dehors de son propre camp avec son initiative >>>


      NOS HÉROS ET LEURS MODČLES (10). JULIEN SOREL, AMBITIEUX, ROMANTIQUE ET CRIMINEL
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Nos héros et leurs mod';les (10). Eléonore Sulser Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 LE HÉROS. Il est, comme le dit Monsieur de Ręnal – maire de Verri';res, petite ville de Franche–Comté oů naît Julien Sorel – le «fils du scieur de planches». Julien Sorel poss& >>>


      POUR DOPER SES EXPORTATIONS, LE JAPON MISE SUR L‘INDUSTRIE VERTE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Le conglomérat Nippon Steel , premier aciériste de l’Archipel, va réduire ses émissions de CO2 grâce ŕ une technologie de nettoyage du charbon.

(photo: Keystone) ENVIRONNEMENT. Le gouvernement de Tokyo veut proposer ŕ la Chine et au reste de l‘Extręme–Orient s >>>


      PÉKIN, VILLE OLYMPIQUE(4/4). L‘'4;ME POURFENDUE DE PÉKIN
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     La révolution urbaine de Pékin s‘accompagne d‘une révolution sociale. Avec la disparition des anciens quartiers s‘op';re un tri de population qui favorise la spéculation, le vol et la concentration de richesses. Ces nouveaux riches sont les principaux soutiens du régime >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF/HITS SUISSES (FIN). DU RIZ AU ROUGE Ŕ LČVRES
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     SOCIETE Le Temps I Article Du riz au rouge ŕ l';vres Quoi de neuf/Hits suisses (fin).

Laetitia Mahrer Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Des poissons bleus qui nagent dans une mer jaune pastel. Des mots aux consonances énigmatiques et lointaines, tien, tien nhat. Le sac pratique et original en photo ici a >>>


      RADOVAN KARADZIC ARRIVE PEUT–ĘTRE TROP TARD POUR REDORER LE BLASON DU TPIY
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Radovan Karadzic a été transféré hier en hélicopt';re de l’aéroport de Rotterdam ŕ la prison des Nations unies de Scheveningen. Arręté apr';s treize années de cavale, l’homme doit ętre jugé par le Tribunal pénal international de La Haye. (p >>>


      REPČRE. MOTOROLA NE RÉPOND (PRESQUE) PLUS
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Rep';re. Frédéric Leli';vre Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Il y a dix ans, Motorola dominait le marché des téléphones mobiles. Il y a encore un an, le groupe américain en occupait la deuxi';me marche, derri';re le finlandais Nokia.

Ce jeudi, apr';s la >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. PEIGNELET, R'4;LEUR EN RÉSEAU
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Un mot vaudois croisant une marque de haute technologie fichtrement tendance ces jours. C‘est la magie langagi';re que l‘on trouve parfois sur Internet.

Lorsque le bonhomme «peignelet» croise le chemin d‘Apple, >>>


      SITUATION FLOUE POUR LES SOCIÉTÉS SUISSES EN LIBYE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     Culture Eclairages Courrier lecteurs Météo Finance Fonds placement Marchés Economie Carri';res Immobilier Samedi culturel Disques Livres Multimédia Dossiers Photos Vidéos Dessins Blogs Forums Archives Revue de presse Newsletters Hors–séries Netvibes Flux RSS Edition PDF Editio >>>


      TONI BRUNNER NAVIGUE Ŕ VUE ET LE SECRÉTARIAT SE VIDE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     DIRECTION. Le Saint–Gallois veut ramener Christoph Blocher au gouvernement. Philippe Miauton, Berne Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Tout va–t–il pour le mieux ŕ l‘UDC? La question se pose. Yves Bichsel, le secrétaire général du parti annonce qu‘il quittera son poste seulement cinq >>>


      VICTOIRE DES FUMEURS ALLEMANDS
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     TABAC. La cigarette n‘est plus interdite au petit bistrot. Jusqu‘ŕ quand? Antoine Heulard, Berlin Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 «Boire une bi';re, fumer et discuter. L‘un ne va pas sans les autres.» Accoudé au comptoir, un verre devant lui et une cigarette aux l';vres, Gun >>>


      «TANNH'6;USER» ASPIRÉ PAR LA SPIRALE DE LA VIE
      Le Temps, 31-07-2008
     FESTIVAL. A Baden–Baden, Nikolaus Lehnhoff et Philippe Jordan livrent une version décantée de l‘opéra de Wagner.

Julian Sykes Jeudi 31 juillet 2008 Wagner face ŕ Wagner. Au moment oů Bayreuth focalise toute l‘attention avec un nouveau Parsifal confié au Norvé >>>


      GACA SIGNS DEALS WORTH SR16BN TO DEVELOP KAIA
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has so far signed contracts worth more than SR16 billion to develop Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA), Abdullah Ruhaimy, president of GACA announced yesterday.

Ruhaimy said contracts for the remaining work >>>


      KINGDOM’S INFLATION EXPECTED TO EASE IN 200'
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s inflation fell slightly in May but is likely to average 11–12 percent this year and is expected to ease to around 10 percent in 200'. With government spending brisk, and the prospect of an early US interest rate hike receding, domestic liquidity growth is likel >>>


      NEW YCC PLANT TO PRODUCE 3M TON CLINKER ANNUALLY
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News JEDDAH: Yanbu Cement Company (YCC) signed a contract with Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. of China for setting up a new cement plant at a ceremony at the YCC headquarters here yesterday. YCC Vice Chairman Sulaiman Al–Rajhi and Sinoma Vice President and Board Chairman Liu Zhijian >>>


      TADAWUL TO NAME INVESTORS WITH 5% STAKES
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market continued to show negative performance yesterday.

The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) closed 32.31 points down at 8,740.74 after falling by nearly same points on Tuesday.

Over SR5.54 billion worth of shares changed hands yesterday. Shares i >>>


      AMULETS, CHARMS AND TALISMANS
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     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 >>>


      ASPIRING FOR THE BEST
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) was always keen to tell everyone in his household that their relation to him did not give them any preferential position in God’s sight. He said to his youngest daughter whom he loved very dearly: «Fatimah bint Muhammad! I cannot avail you anything before God >>>


      CONTRACEPTION
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     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 >>>


      EVERYONE ON THEIR OWN
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful No soul will bear the burden of another. If a heavily laden soul should call upon others for help, nothing of its load shall be carried by anyone, not even by a close relative. Hence, you can truly warn only those who stand in awe of thei >>>


      HYGIENE AND GOOD SMELL
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     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, 31-07-2008
     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 >>>


      OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News Sometimes when I need to take a bath, I feel worried that I have not done everything properly. The other day, as I was drying myself after a shower, I thought that I had not properly washed my eyes, so I repeated my shower.

Then on the second occasion I felt that I did not properly clean >>>


      REPLACEABLE CREATION
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     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 >>>


      55 ARRESTED AT SUSPECTED GAY PARTY IN QATIF FARM
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News RIYADH: Police have arrested 55 people at a party allegedly held by homosexuals at a farm near Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia.

David Dicang, the Philippine Embassy’s labor attaché in charge of the Eastern Province, said, «I know that some Filipinos have been arrested i >>>


      BRITON STABBED TO DEATH
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Roger Harrison | Arab News JEDDAH/DAMMAM: A British man was found fatally stabbed in an apartment in the Eastern Province city of Alkhobar on Tuesday. The man, believed to be in his 50s, was not the target of a terrorist attack, said a British Embassy official on condition of anonymity.

«There are no indi >>>


      EXPECTATIONS LOW AS BUSINESSWOMEN READY FOR RCCI VOTE
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Najah Alosaimi | Arab News RIYADH: For the first time ever, Saudi businesswomen are preparing to be voted into the board of directors of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).

Following elections in Jeddah and the Eastern Province, this will be the third time that Saudi women will be able to run fo >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: FATHER HOLDS SON’S HOUSE HOSTAGE
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Arab News ABHA: A young Saudi man did the right thing: Before marrying his betrothed, he rolled up his sleeves and built a house. But according to yesterday’s Okaz daily, the father of the man decided to take family liberties by claiming the house for his second wife. The problem started when the father decided to marry >>>


      SWCC TO BE PHASED OUT AS PART OF PRIVATIZATION
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Galal Fakkar | Arab News JEDDAH: The National Water Company (NWC) will assume responsibility for water supplies and sewage services in Jeddah starting early September as part of ongoing efforts to privatize the key utility sector.

Loay bin Ahmed Al–Musallam, CEO of the NWC, said the new company would take >>>


      VICE COPS ENFORCE BAN ON CATS AND DOGS
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Hassna’a Mokhtar | Arab News JEDDAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice began enforcing a ban on the sale and escorting of cats and dogs in public places in Riyadh yesterday, a local newspaper reported.

Prince Sattam, acting governor of Riyadh province, issued a decision prohi >>>


      COURT ASKS FOR PROOF AGAINST SIMI
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Arab News NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD: Even as the role of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is being probed in the recent serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, the Delhi High Court has told the Center it has to produce fresh evidence of the outfit’s link to «bomb blasts, riots and destructive activities& >>>


      CURFEW DECLARED IN SWAT VALLEY
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Azhar Masood | Arab News ROAD TO A DIFFERENT WORLD: People walk along the main road that leads to the troubled area of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan on Wednesday.

(AP) AZHAR MASOOD | ARAB NEWS ISLAMABAD: Fierce fighting erupted in the volatile Swat Valley of Pakistan yesterday, killing 36 people includin >>>


      SAARC TO SET UP FOOD FUND
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News COLOMBO: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is set to launch a SAARC Development Fund (SDF), a pact on regional legal cooperation to fight crimes, and another fund to manage food and energy crisis.

«Food crisis is a global crisis and it has regiona >>>


      TURKISH COURT REJECTS AK PARTY BAN
      Arab News, 31-07-2008
     Christopher Torchia | AP ISTANBUL: Turkey’s top court yesterday narrowly decided against banning the ruling AK Party over accusations that it was steering the country toward Islamic rule, preserving a government locked in a power struggle with the secular elite.

The Constitutional Court, however, delivered a st >>>


      A ‘DEAD ZONE‘ IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Joel AchenbachWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; A02 The "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, an area on the seabed with too little oxygen to support fish, shrimp, crabs and other forms of marine life, is nearly the largest on record this year, about 8,000 square miles, researchers said this >>>


      BUSH ORDERS REVAMPING OF INTELLIGENCE GATHERING
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; A02 President Bush ordered a major restructuring of the nation‘s intelligence–gathering community yesterday, approving new guidelines aimed at bolstering the authority of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as the leade >>>


      BUSH SIGNS NEW RULES, ROLES FOR SPY AGENCIES
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush approved an order that rewrites the rules governing spying by U.S. intelligence agencies, both in the United States and abroad, and strengthens the authority of the national intelligence director, according to a U.S. official and government documents.

Executive Order 123 >>>


      COLORADO MAN CHARGED IN TRANSGENDER SLAYING
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     GREELEY, Colo. –– A Colorado man is accused of fatally battering a sex partner with a fire extinguisher after discovering that his companion was a transgender woman.

Allen Ray Andrade, 31, faces several charges, including second–degree murder in the death of Justin Zapata, 20, who was known as >>>


      FIRED MINN. OFFICIAL NOW WORKING FOR FEDERAL TSA
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     MINNEAPOLIS –– A Minnesota emergency manager who was fired after taking an out–of–state trip in the aftermath of last year‘s bridge collapse is now working for the federal Transportation Security Administration.

Sonia Pitt, 44, is a security specialist for the agency in Arlington, >>>


      GOLDEN RETRIEVER ADOPTS TIGER CUBS AT KANSAS ZOO
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     CANEY, Kan. –– A dog at a southeast Kansas zoo has adopted three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother. Safari Zoological Park owner Tom Harvey said the tiger cubs were born Sunday, but the mother had problems with them.

A day later, the mother stopped caring for them. Harvey said the cubs were wande >>>


      MASS. SET TO ALLOW OUT–OF–STATE GAY COUPLES TO WED
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     BOSTON –– Gov. Deval Patrick is set to sign a bill that will allow gay couples who live outside Massachusetts to marry in the state.

A spokesman for the governor says the signing ceremony will take place at noon Thursday in the Statehouse. The change in the law will take effect immediately because t >>>


      NASA SAYS LIQUID CONFIRMED ON SATURN‘S MOON TITAN
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     PASADENA, Calif. –– At least one of many large, lake–like features on Saturn‘s moon Titan studied by the international Cassini spacecraft contains liquid hydrocarbons, making it the only body in the solar system besides Earth known to have liquid on its surface, NASA said Wednesday.

Scie >>>


      NYPD NABS MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WOMAN IN MASS.
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     NEW YORK –– A man accused of fatally stabbing a woman in a Massachusetts apartment and then fleeing with his four children and their mother was arrested Wednesday by police, who said the siblings and their mother were in good health and apparently had not been taken against their will.

Rodlyn Petitb >>>


      OBAMA SAYS REPUBLICANS TRYING TO SCARE VOTERS
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –– Democrat Barack Obama, the first black candidate with a shot at winning the White House, says John McCain and his Republican allies will try to scare them by saying Obama "doesn‘t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." Stumping in an economically challe >>>


      SEN. TED STEVENS TO FACE JUDGE IN CORRUPTION CASE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is due in federal court to answer charges that he lied about hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from an oil services contractor.

Stevens is the Senate‘s longest–serving Republican and has been a dominant figure in congressional politics for a >>>


      SIGNS OF LIFE SHORT–LIVED
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Mark VieraWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; E01 Fireworks exploded. Music boomed through the speakers. Jumbo TV monitors in the outfield screamed: "HOME RUN." Could it be? The Washington Nationals finally had something to celebrate.

After a dearth of offensive production –& >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     AM –– Heavy rain, hail and strong winds were forecast Thursday across the Dakotas and Minnesota. Tornadoes were possible.

Rain also was expected in the middle of the Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley, as well as the Tennessee Valley.

Seasonable showers and thunderstorms were predicted acro >>>


      WHITE HOUSE TO UNVEIL INTELLIGENCE OVERHAUL: REPORT
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will unveil on Thursday a major overhaul of intelligence powers, boosting the powers of the director of national intelligence, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper, quoting government officials familiar with the plans, said President George W. Bush signed >>>


      WIDE–RANGING BILL AIMS TO REIN IN COLLEGE COSTS
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     –– Congress wants to blow the whistle on colleges that raise tuition sharply, while helping students pay less for textbooks and making Pell grants available year–round _ part of a wide–ranging bill designed to address concerns about rising college costs.

Under the legislation, students c >>>


      ‘THE ONE‘? TAKE A NUMBER, SEN. OBAMA
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     C01 Neo: What is happening to me?

Morpheus: You are the One, Neo. –– "The Matrix" Wags in John McCain‘s camp reportedly have taken to referring to Barack Obama as "the One." It‘s a sendup of the messianic devotion the Obamanauts sometimes display

–&ndas >>>


      ALASKANS FRET ABOUT A FUTURE WITHOUT HELP FROM ‘UNCLE TED‘
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     ANCHORAGE, July 30 –– Alaska‘s vast landscape is littered with federally funded tributes to Sen. Ted Stevens‘s single–minded promotion of the state, from the brushed steel of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to the $187 million that subsidizes air mail for the one–third of >>>


      AN AIDS VICTORY UP CLOSE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     It is my intention to celebrate a legislative and moral victory –– the reauthorization and expansion of America‘s massive effort to fight global AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria –– with an apology.

Two months ago, I made a rather vivid attack on a group of U.S. senators I called &quo >>>


      AS AIDES MAP AGGRESSIVE RACE, MCCAIN OFTEN STEERS OFF COURSE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     July 31, 2008; A01 KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 30 –– Sen. John McCain last week delivered one of his sharpest critiques yet of Sen. Barack Obama‘s Iraq policies, carefully reading a prepared speech that accused his Democratic rival of failing the commander–in–chief test and promoting ideas that >>>


      BUSH CRITICIZED FOR INTERVIEWS WITH STATE–RUN CHINESE MEDIA
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     President Bush sat down yesterday for interviews with foreign journalists, including two unusual media outlets: the People‘s Daily newspaper and the Central China Television network, both controlled by China‘s ruling Communist Party.

The two state–run organizations were subject to the same rul >>>


      ECONOMIC HARMONY ON THE LEFT
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     If there‘s one thing to which the world of Democratic economics is utterly unaccustomed, it‘s agreement. Democrats fight with each other all the time on trade. They disagree about whether to push for balanced budgets or increased spending. Some emphasize growth; others call for greater distributional fairnes >>>


      GOODLINGS AMOK
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     The improbable topic of today‘s column is Monica Goodling and the federal budget deficit.

You might think that the two of these have nothing in common save the happenstance that both are the subject of devastating new reports: Goodling about the stomach–turning politicization of the Justice Departme >>>


      HOUSE PANEL CITES ROVE FOR CONTEMPT
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     A House committee voted yesterday to cite former top White House aide Karl Rove for contempt of Congress, as its Senate counterpart explored punishment for alleged Bush administration misdeeds.

Voting 20 to 14 along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee said that Rove broke the law by not appearing at a Ju >>>


      HOUSE PASSES PRODUCT SAFETY BILL
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     Alarmed by a year of recalls targeting millions of tainted toys, the House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ban lead and phthalates –– some permanently and some pending further study –– from items such as jewelry and rubber ducks that could end up in kids‘ mouths.

Phthalates are c >>>


      HOUSE VOTES TO LET FDA REGULATE TOBACCO INDUSTRY
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     The House approved legislation yesterday that would for the first time empower the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the tobacco industry, a measure long sought by anti–smoking advocates.

After about 40 minutes of sometimes passionate debate, the House voted 326 to 102 to approve the measure, which >>>



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