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      CLINIC PROBED OVER BABY BUG
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     An Athens prosecutor yesterday ordered an investigation into why 10 babies born at the capital’s Aretaieion hospital within the past month suffered rectal bleeding believed to have been caused by the same bowel–inflaming disease.

The Aretaieion maternity clinic is to remain closed until Monday for disinfe >>>


      CON ARTISTS COMING OUT IN FORCE ON CRETE
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     One woman has been arrested and another is being sought after allegedly pretending to be officials from the Hania Prefecture on Crete during phony inspections of local stores that netted them 2,415 euros in a single day.

Police said that the two women entered several corner shops in Hania on Sunday and said the >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     OSE restructuring Minister expected to herald cuts in jobs and funding today Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis is today expected to announce radical changes to the structure and operation of the debt–ridden state railway organization (OSE). According to sources, the changes are expected to in >>>


      LANDFILL STAFF CALL FOR HELP
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     Fyli site closed for several hours as workers protest violent raids by nearby Roma Attica’s main landfill yesterday remained closed for several hours as staff at the site protested a series of attacks by members of a Roma community living in a makeshift camp next to the dump that culminated in the beating of a garbage t >>>


      ND FLOOR APPEARS OPEN FOR CRITICS
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     New Democracy MPs showed no signs yesterday that they intend to quietly toe the party line as Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis faces a dilemma over how to deal with the rebels due to his party’s slim majority in Parliament.

The conservatives have only 152 of the 300 seats in the House, and this majority was onl >>>


      PEOPLE TO BLAME FOR MOST FIRES
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     Firefighters were last night trying to extinguish wildfires on Mount Athos in northern Greece and on the Cycladic island of Andros as the fire service issued figures indicating that more than '0 people have been arrested for arson or causing fire through negligence since the start of the year.

The fires on >>>


      PROTEST RUSSIAN STRIKES...
      Kathimerin, 12-08-2008
     VAIOS HASIALIS/EUROKINISSI A young Georgian immigrant joined fellow countrymen and supporters outside the Russian Embassy in Athens to protest Russian strikes in Georgia after attacks on seperatists in the region of South Ossetia that entered their fourth day yesterday. A similar rally took place in Thessaloniki as gove >>>


      BEAUX–ARTS. BERLIN, VILLE OUVERTE Ŕ LA DIVERSITÉ
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     ART CONTEMPORAIN. A Annemasse, une exposition collective fait le point sur la création vidéo.

Laurence Chauvy Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Berlin, «ville des possibles» dans le domaine de l‘art contemporain, est un lieu de travail et d‘échanges fructueux. C‘est aussi >>>


      BEAUX–ARTS. DE L‘ESPACE POUR S‘OUVRIR L‘ESPRIT
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     «Fiat 1'34», 2008. La reproduction, en noir, d’un mod';le conduit par Le Corbusier. La tonalité mate de la voiture renvoie aux enduits de plâtre qui recouvrent les murs de l’abbatiale. Bellelay, juin 2008.

(photo: LDD) EXPOSITION. A Bellelay, Boris Rebetez invite ŕ réfléchir >>>


      C‘EST ENCORE LOIN, LA MER?
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Lala et BillyBoy×, Artistes et directeurs de la fondation Tanagra. Emilie Veillon Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 – La premi';re fois que vous avez vu la mer?

BB: Peut–ętre ŕ Atlantic City ou quelque part en Méditerranée.

L: A 5 ans en Algérie. Une plage oů >>>


      CHACUN CHERCHE SA STAR
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Louise Bourgoin.La Française qui présente la météo sur Canal+ est ŕ l’affiche du film d’Anne Fontaine «La Fille de Monaco». Mais sa vraie passion, c’est la peinture. (photo: Keystone) GLAMOUR. Locarno a un probl';me d‘image, cette année. Alors, faute de célébrité >>>


      DANS L‘ŚIL DE PAOLO WOODS. LE GARDE DES TABLEAUX
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     (photo: Paolo Woods) Dans l‘śil de Paolo Woods.

Le Temps Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Vernissage de l‘exposition «Encounters», avec laquelle la galerie new–yorkaise Pace Wildenstein vient d‘ouvrir son nouvel espace ŕ Pékin, dans le district 7'8 oů artis >>>


      DE GLAMOUR ET D‘EAU FRAÎCHE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Michael Phelps (ŕ droite) et Garrett Weber–Gale apr';s la victoire du relais 4x100m américain.«C’était si intense que nous avons juste hurlé comme des bętes!». (photo: Keystone) IMMERSION. Avec Michael Phelps, couronné d‘un deuxi';me sacre olympique, la natation >>>


      DES GÉORGIENS CRIENT LEUR COLČRE Ŕ GENČVE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     GENEVE. 120 personnes face ŕ la mission russe. Alexandra Ulmer Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Drapeaux géorgiens et pancartes dénonciatrices devant la mission permanente de la Fédération de Russie, hier en fin de journée. Une voix s‘él';ve, celle de Levan Menagarishvili, G&# >>>


      EN COLOMBIE, MICHELINE CALMY–REY PREND LA DÉFENSE DU MÉDIATEUR JEAN–PIERRE GONTARD
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     La conseill';re fédérale, Micheline Calmy–Rey, ŕ Bogota. (photo: Keystone) VISITE. La ministre a salué le travail «exemplaire» du professeur genevois, chargé de bons offices jusqu‘au mois dernier dans le dossier des otages de la guérilla, inquiété p >>>


      ERIC HOESLI: «MOSCOU NE POUVAIT PAS AGIR DIFFÉREMMENT»
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Eric Hoesli. (photo: Keystone) Spécialiste de la Russie et auteur d‘«A la Conquęte du Caucase»×, Eric Hoesli apporte son analyse.

Stéphane Bussard Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Le Temps: Vu d‘Occident, le conflit russo–géorgien est une preuve de l‘arro >>>


      HISTOIRE(S) DE GLACIERS MÉCONNUS (2/6). OTEMMA, LA MENACE ÉCARTÉE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Il y a un si';cle, nombre de glaciers étaient source de catastrophes: lacs de rétention qui se déversent, séracs qui s‘effondrent. Aujourd‘hui, la menace est moindre, comme on le voit ŕ Otemma. Visite avec un spécialiste des dangers naturels.

Xavier Filliez Mard >>>


      ISAAC HAYES, UNE VIE DANS LES CORDES
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Isaac Hayes.C’est d’abord sa voix, sensuelle, qui grave son temps. (photo: Keystone) DECES. Le chanteur américain est mort dimanche ŕ 65 ans. Il avait composé la musique de «Shaft».

Arnaud Robert Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Le tapis roulant tournait encore. Quand sa femme a retrouv >>>


      L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. «COULAGE ET TIRAGE DE CALE'';ON»
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     L‘avis de l‘expert. Christophe Jacquot Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 «Au water–polo, il ne faut pas avoir peur des duels au corps ŕ corps. Car, oui, on peut se prendre des coups. Coulage en r';gle d‘un adversaire, tirage de caleçon et coups de pied «involontaires» >>>


      L‘EURO REDESCEND DE SES SOMMETS EN VUE D‘UNE CROISSANCE PLUS FAIBLE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     DEVISES. Le ralentissement conjoncturel qui se dessine en Europe laisse entrevoir une baisse des taux directeurs. Si le dollar va encore se raffermir, le franc ne regagnera que peu de terrain.

Yves Hulmann, Zurich Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 L‘euro a cassé lundi le seuil de 1,5 dollar. Apr';s >>>


      L‘HISTOIRE DU JOUR. CÉRÉMONIE D‘OUVERTURE: DES IMAGES TRAFIQUÉES
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     L‘histoire du jour. Simon Meier Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 «Fantastico – troppo fantastico», avait titré le quotidien italien La Repubblica, ébaubi comme tout le monde devant la fulgurance du show. Bien vu! Certaines images télévisées de la cérémonie d‘ou >>>


      L‘INNOVATION, CLÉ DU SUCCČS DES SOCIÉTÉS TEXTILES SUISSES (1/5). LANTAL, UNE SOCIÉTÉ FAMILIALE DEVENUE INCONTOURNABLE POUR L‘AVIATION CIVILE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     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 >>>


      L‘ÉPOQUE LUI A DONNÉ RAISON
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Lionel Baier.«Ma personnalité et mon bagout produisent quelque chose qui peut déplaire.» (photo: Keystone) LIONEL BAIER. Le cinéaste lausannois, bien connu pour ses coups de gueule sur les ondes de la RSR, séduit Locarno avec un film drôle et enlevé sur la critique de cinéma.

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      LA BOURSE DE SHANGHAI CHUTE MALGRÉ LES JO
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     CHINE. Le commerce extérieur rebondit mais n‘efface pas la crainte de ralentissement. Le Temps Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 A l‘inverse des autres bourses asiatiques – stables ou en progression celle de Shanghai a chuté de 5,21% lundi, apr';s que des actions liées aux Jeux olympiq >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE. UNE PROGRESSION SENSIBLE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Une progression sensible La bourse suisse.

ATS Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 La bourse suisse a sensiblement progressé lundi, notamment sous l‘influence des valeurs financi';res. Le SMI a gagné 1,04% et clôturé ŕ 7337,73 points.

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      LA CHINE, SES CHRÉTIENS ET LEURS DÉFIS
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Alain Millioud, Savi';se (VS) Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Bien que difficilement, on estime qu‘il y a environ '0 millions de chrétiens en Chine: 15 millions de catholiques, 15 de protestants dans l‘Eglise officielle et 60 de protestants d‘«églises de maison», groupes q >>>


      LA CRISE DU CRÉDIT, UN AN APRČS. DE LA BULLE IMMOBILIČRE AU COUP DE FROID MONDIAL
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     CONJONCTURE. Personne n‘imaginait il y a un an que la crise des «subprime» aurait autant de ramifications et d‘effets hors des Etats–Unis.

Ram Etwareea Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Le ' ao$';t 2007, la Banque centrale européenne (BCE) injectait '4,8 milliards d&l >>>


      LA CRISE DU CRÉDIT, UN AN APRČS. LES ETATS–UNIS ATTENDENT L‘ARRIVÉE D‘UNE «DEUXIČME VAGUE»
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     CONSEQUENCES. La confiance des Américains connaît un fort déclin. Luis Lema, New York Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Plus d‘un million de familles ont déjŕ perdu leur maison. Et le phénom';ne se poursuit. Un an apr';s l‘éclatement de la crise du crédit, l& >>>


      LA CRISE DU CRÉDIT, UN AN APRČS. «LA VIGUEUR DU MARCHÉ DU TRAVAIL A PRÉSERVÉ LA SUISSE JUSQU‘ICI»
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     ECONOMIE Le Temps I Economie I Article «La vigueur du marché du travail a préservé la Suisse jusqu‘ici» INTERVIEW. Bruno Parnisari, du Seco, exclut une récession.

Philippe Gumy Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Le Temps: La crise financi';re ne semble pas avoir eu un prof >>>


      LA LÉGENDE DU CH'4;TEAU DE GRUYČRES RENAÎT GR'4;CE Ŕ UNE EXPOSITION VIRTUELLE DERNIER CRI
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     FRIBOURG. Le comédien fribourgeois Roger Jendly est la vedette d‘un spectacle multimédia qui retrace mille ans d‘histoire.

François Mauron Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 «Venez, je vais vous raconter l‘histoire de Gruy';res.» Depuis quelques semaines, les visite >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Benjamin Luis Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Marc Brami, Dominique Jouniot et Mauro Israel sont trois journalistes français qui travaillent au webmagazine Globalsecurity. Derni';rement, les trois comp';res se sont fait jeter dehors de la premi';re conférence mondiale sur la sécurit >>>


      LE PARI GÉORGIEN
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Stéphane Bussard Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Mikhaďl Saakachvili a–t–il surestimé ses soutiens occidentaux en déclenchant, en Ossétie du Sud jeudi dernier, une guerre ouverte avec la Russie? Acculé par Moscou ŕ ce qui pourrait ętre une sév';re défaite >>>


      LE TOURISME VALAISAN SE MÉFIE DE SA NOUVELLE LOI
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Du haut du Mont Fort, pr';s de Verbier (VS), des touristes attendent le levé du soleil sur les Alpes. (photo: Keystone) VALAIS. Exit la taxe de séjour. Tous les propriétaires passeraient ŕ la caisse.

Xavier Filliez Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 «On veut gagner les JO. On a plac&# >>>


      LE TRAC AUX TROUSSES, ROGER FEDERER GAGNE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     TENNIS. Les experts avaient accouru sur le Central pour assister aux débuts du Bâlois.

Christian Despont, Pékin Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 En temps normal, personne n‘aurait pris la peine de traverser le parc, ses méandres grillagés et ses plantons inquiétants pour une affai >>>


      LES CHARS ROMAINS Ŕ QUATRE CHEVAUX SURVIVRONT–ILS Ŕ SAIGNELÉGIER?
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     JURA. La course–phare du Marché–Concours a été annulée dimanche, suite ŕ un incident. Un des participants se serait montré trop téméraire.

Serge Jubin Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 C‘est l‘apothéose du Marché–Concours. La course de ch >>>


      LES PRODUCTEURS DE PÉTROLE ENCAISSERONT PLUS DE 1500 MILLIARDS DE DOLLARS EN 2008
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     MATIERES PREMIERES. La somme payée par les pays consommateurs aux producteurs est le plus colossal transfert de toute l‘histoire. Les précédents récents, portant sur des sommes moindres, laissent sceptiques sur ses effets.

Jean–Claude Péclet Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 En si >>>


      NOUVEAU SOUFFLE POUR EVO MORALES
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Evo Morales, «caudillo narcissique» selon un détracteur. (photo: Keystone) BOLIVIE. Critiqué pour son encouragement ŕ «l‘ethnicisation» et la polarisation de la vie politique, le président socialiste jouait gros lors d‘un référendum révocatoire dimanche.

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      PETER SPUHLER, PRESSENTI POUR REMPLACER SAMUEL SCHMID, RENONCE ET ÉCLAIRCIT L‘HORIZON
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Peter Spuhler.Pourtant favori, l’entrepreneur se met hors course. (photo: Keystone) PAPABLES. Quel UDC pour succéder au chef de la Défense le moment venu?

L‘entrepreneur Peter Spuhler ne se voit pas dans la peau d‘un ministre. Et Adrian Amstutz voit toujours plus les Zurichois Bruno Zuppig >>>


      POURQUOI UNE RIPOSTE SI BRUTALE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Les chars russes, sur lesquels sont juchés les soldats, pén';trent en Géorgie. Fronti';re abkhaze, 10 ao$';t 2008. (photo: Keystone) La Russie veut anéantir le régime géorgien et ętre enfin prise au sérieux par les Occidentaux.

Lorraine Millot, Mosc >>>


      REPČRE. LE TRÉSOR D‘APPLE, QUI ENFLE, ENFLE...
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Rep';re. Jean–Claude Péclet Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Enfin quelqu‘un qui ose dire du mal de l‘iPhone! La Fédération romande des consommateurs a testé le dernier–né d‘Apple et découvert qu‘il supporte tr';s, tr';s mal l‘hum >>>


      RUSSIE: LA GUERRE JUSQU‘OŮ?
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Tentative de médiation.Le chef de la diplomatie française, Bernard Kouchner.Gori,
11 ao$';t 2008. (photo: Keystone) • Les Russes sont entrés en Géorgie alors que les Européens tentent d‘obtenir un cessez–le–feu.

• La riposte impitoyable de Moscou a pour prem >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRAN'';AIS. LONGANE, DRAGON FRUITÉ
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Saveurs du français. Nicolas Dufour Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Quelle élégance! «Longane» a tous les atours, et pourtant, il lui a fallu surmonter les soubresauts de l‘histoire pour arriver en langue française.

Le longane est un fruit d‘origine chinoise, de couleur b >>>


      SIMPLE PÉQUIN. RESPIREZ, TANT QUE VOUS LE POUVEZ!
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Simple péquin. Frédéric Koller Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 C‘est une des polémiques, hors de Chine, les mieux entretenues de ces Jeux: est–il bien raisonnable, pour un athl';te, d‘aller s‘époumoner dans une ville dont le smog est l‘un des plus redoutables de >>>


      THAKSIN CHOISIT DE FUIR LES PROCČS EN GRANDE–BRETAGNE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     THAILANDE. L‘ancien premier ministre sacrifie sa carri';re pour ne pas comparaître. Arnaud Dubus, Bangkok Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 La carri';re politique de l‘ancien premier ministre Thaksin Shinawatra semble définitivement ruinée apr';s sa décision de s‘e >>>


      UN JOUR, UNE GLACE (2/5). SORBET PRUNEAU AU VIN ROUGE ÉPICÉ
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Un jour, une glace (2/5). Anne Weber Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 C‘est un sorbet qui a du corps, presque une compote glacée. Posé sur une tarte aux pruneaux encore ti';de ou associé ŕ une touche de cr';me double, il annonce l‘été déclinant.

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      UN VENT DE FRAÎCHEUR Ŕ QINGDAO
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Emmanuelle Rol et Anne–Sophie Thilo mettent leur bateau ŕ l’eau.Les Vaudoises n’ont pas entamé leur compétition de mani';re fulgurante. (photo: Keystone) VOILE. Les deux Vaudoises Emmanuelle Rol et Anne–Sophie Thilo ont commencé hier les régates des dériveurs doubles, le >>>


      VALENTINA VEZZALI MARQUE DE SON FLEURET UNE PAGE D‘HISTOIRE
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     ESCRIME. L‘Italienne devient la premi';re escrimeuse ŕ remporter trois titres olympiques. Portrait d‘une championne qui a déjŕ tout gagné.

Isabelle Musy, Pékin Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 C‘est comme s‘il était écrit qu‘elle devait marquer >>>


      VIRER SON COACH, L‘INDÉMODABLE TRAVERS DES DIRIGEANTS DE CLUB
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     FOOTBALL. Deux entraîneurs de Super League, Andermatt et Sforza, ont déjŕ perdu leur poste apr';s cinq journées de championnat.

Simon Meier Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Sale temps sur les bancs de Super League! Le championnat est vieux de trois semaines et deux des dix clubs engag >>>


      WALT DISNEY S‘INSTALLE Ŕ L‘EPFZ
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Simulation et animation. Un travail de recherche du Computer Graphics Laboratory de l’EPFZ. (photo: ETH Zurich) RECHERCHE. Le géant du divertissement s‘allie ŕ l‘école polytechnique pour mettre au point les technologies d‘animation graphique du futur. Un laboratoire commun sera cré& >>>


      «ILS CHERCHENT Ŕ NOUS TERRORISER»
      Le Temps, 12-08-2008
     Manifestation populaire anti–russe dans la capitale géorgienne. Tbilissi,
10 ao$';t 2008. (photo: Keystone) Sur le théâtre des hostilités, le bilan est lourd. Certains civils ont tout perdu.

Emmanuel Grynszpan, Tbilissi et Gori Mardi 12 ao$';t 2008 Deux jours apr& >>>


      CHINA NEEDS $420BN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Mahmood Rafique I Arab News MANAMA: China, in the next couple of years, will need a massive investment of roughly $420 billion to create an infrastructure aimed at facilitating the countrys transition out of a low–end manufacturing economy, said a report released by Lehman Brothers.

China faces overcapaci >>>


      GLOBAL STOCKS UP AS OIL TUMBLES, DOLLAR INCREASES
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Herbert Lash I Reuters NEW YORK: Global stocks rose yesterday, as a rising dollar dampened inflation worries and helped push oil and other commodities sharply lower.

Stocks climbed as oil fell, building on a Wall Street rally last week that gave US equity markets their best week in months. The stock gains lesse >>>


      SAUDI SHARES REBOUND AFTER DEEP PLUNGE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Khalil Hanware I Arab News JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market rebounded yesterday and bucked the regional downward trend, recouping some of the losses incurred from the last three days after investors pulled out in part to new transparency rules which will come into effect on Saturday. Other Gulf stock markets dropped sharp >>>


      A PERFECT SENSE OF LIFE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News Sometimes the advocates of Islam and those who are profoundly religious give the impression that the way they go about life leaves no room for relaxation or entertainment. They appear to be too serious in their approach, even when the matter in hand should be taken lightly. Such an image tends to >>>


      ASPIRING FOR THE BEST
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     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 >>>


      COLOR IN ALL CREATION
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Are you not aware that God sends down water from the skies, with which We bring forth fruits of different colors? In the mountains there are streaks of white and red of various shades, as well as others jet–black. Similarly, human b >>>


      FAIRNESS IN TREATING WIVES
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Adil Salahi | Arab News Q. Is it true that God says that we can marry up to four wives provided that we maintain fairness in treating them, but since we are human, it is impossible for us to do so?

Emran Khan A. Some people try to paint this picture as you have described, for one of two reasons: Either to say t >>>


      LEAVING TIME FOR ENTERTAINMENT
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News MANY Muslims avoid discussing the subject of entertainment because they fear that they will end up with a verdict that much of what they do for entertainment is wrong and cannot be approved by Islam. Yet this is a wrong perception, resulting from the fact that many Muslim countries went through a >>>


      OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     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 >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News Q. Please comment on those people who claim that wearing a beard is not important from the Islamic point of view. They even say that it is not something to talk about. However, Imam Muhammad ibn Al–Hasan reports a Hadith which states that "Ibn Omar used to hold his beard with one hand >>>


      THE MESSENGER’S ROLE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful The blind and the seeing are not equal; nor are darkness and light; nor the (cooling) shade and the scorching heat; and neither are equal the living and the dead. God can make hear whoever He wills, whereas you cannot make those who are i >>>


      550 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN AL–BAIK EVENT
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar I Arab News JEDDAH: Five hundred and fifty students, comprising 260 boys and 160 girls from Jeddah and 130 boys from Makkah, who successfully completed the annual "Al–Baik House Hero Summer Program," were given certificates at a graduation ceremony held at the Vocational Industrial Institut >>>


      AGREEMENT WITH UN NUCLEAR AGENCY GETS CABINET NOD
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers yesterday approved the Kingdoms agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the application of safeguards in the framework of the Nuclear Non–Proliferation Treaty and its attached protocol.

The decision was taken in the councils weekly meeting >>>


      BAHA POLICE ARREST IMAM FOR BURGLARIZING SHOPS
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Hayat Al–Ghamdi I Arab News ABHA: An imam in a mosque in the western city of Baha was arrested on charges of burglary, local police said yesterday.

"The Saudi man is suspected to have been involved in burgling several shops and engaging in some other illegal activities," the source told Arab New >>>


      COCKFIGHTING TOURNEYS IN VOGUE ON WEEKENDS
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Arjuwan Lakkdawala I Arab News JEDDAH: Although cockfighting is illegal in the Kingdom, the fighting of roosters takes place across Saudi Arabia with the majority of organizers, spectators and betters being expatriates from Southeast Asia.

These bloody clandestine events, which include gambling, take place on w >>>


      HANDICRAFTS CENTER GIVES TASTE OF TRADITION TO JEDDAH DOWNTOWN
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Hasan Hatrash I Arab News JEDDAH: A new handicrafts market has been opened in Jeddahs historical downtown Balad area to add a taste of the past to the citys heart during this years summer festival.

The market was set up last week at the Bab Jadeed area in front of Al–Baiah roundabout, said Sami Nawwar, he >>>


      LOVER NABBED OVER WOMAN&#8217;S MURDER
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
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Lover nabbed over womans murder Ibtisam Sheqdar I Arab News

MAKKAH: The suspected killer of a young Saudi woman was arrested in Makkah within 24 hours of committing the crime early Saturday morning.

Maj. Zaki bin Salim Al–Rihaili, acting spokesman for >>>


      MOTHER ASKS COURT TO ANNUL MARRIAGE OF 8–YEAR–OLD GIRL
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Arab News UNAIZAH: In order to settle his debts, a Saudi father here married his eight–year–old daughter to a man in his 50s, who already has two wives, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

Details of the case came to light when the mother of the girl took it to the court calling for an abrogation >>>


      WISDOM OF JAILING DEBTORS QUESTIONED
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Laura Bashraheel I Arab News JEDDAH: To many creditors in Saudi Arabia, jailing debtors is the best solution to pressure them into paying back their debts. But many question the wisdom of this move: Whats the guarantee that they would honor the debts even after imprisonment? What is the point of placing people behind ba >>>


      AFGHAN, US FORCES KILL 25 TALEBAN, 8 CIVILIANS
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Reuters GHASTLY SCENE: NATO and Afghan soldiers gather at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Monday. (AFP)

KABUL: Afghan and US–led coalition forces killed 25 Taleban insurgents and eight civilians after an ambush in southern Afghanistan, the US military said yesterday. The issue of civilian casualt >>>


      ALLEGING PERSECUTION, THAKSIN FLEES TO BRITAIN
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Ambika Ahuja I AP ON THE RUN: Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and wife Pojaman arrive at a Bangkok court in this July 31 photo. (AP)

BANGKOK: Thailands Supreme Court issued arrest warrants yesterday for ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife after they failed to appear at a hearing >>>


      COMBATIVE MUSHARRAF SAYS NO TO SAFE PASSAGE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Azhar Masood I Arab News ISLAMABAD: A combative President Pervez Musharraf yesterday rebuffed offers of a safe passage out of the country if he resigned as Parliament convened to consider his fate.

The last man who met Musharraf to ask him for a graceful exit was Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer. Musharraf bluntly tol >>>


      GEORGIANS PULL TROOPS BACK TO SAVE TBILISI
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Matt Robinson I Reuters TBILISI: Georgia appealed for international intervention yesterday and pulled its battered forces back to defend the capital, as Russian troops moved further into its territory, ignoring Western pleas to halt.

"The Georgian Army is retreating to defend the capital. The government is >>>


      HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE TO LASH MAHARASHTRA
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Shahid Burney I Arab News PUNE: Heavy rains and thunderstorms continued to lash the Maharashtra state with railway services badly hit on the Konkan and Central Railway route, and water–logging at several places.

However, Mumbai and Thane were spared from heavy rainfall, while other places in the state rep >>>


      IRAN SETS UP MARINE OFFICES ON ABU MUSA
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     AP TEHRAN: Iranian state TV said the country has set up offices on a Gulf island also claimed by the United Arab Emirates.

The report quoted an Iranian marine official, Ali Taheri Motlaq, as saying that Iran has set up two offices on Abu Musa island. He said one is a marine rescue center and the other is a regi >>>


      IRAN, EU AGREE TO PURSUE NUCLEAR TALKS
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Agencies TEHRAN/BRUSSELS: Iran said yesterday it has agreed with the EU to continue talks aimed at resolving the nuclear crisis but again insisted it will press on with contested work despite the threat of more sanctions.

Top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili spoke by phone with EU foreign policy chief Javier Sol >>>


      JORDANIAN KING VISITS BAGHDAD
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Agencies LANDMARK TRIP: Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul–Mahdi, left, welcomes Jordans King Abdallah in his office in Baghdad. (AP)

BAGHDAD: King Abdallah of Jordan held talks in Baghdad yesterday on the first visit to Iraq by an Arab head of state since the 2003 US invasion.

The monarch went imme >>>


      LANKA GOVT ANNOUNCES NEW CUSTOMS DUTY RULES
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen I Arab News RIYADH Responding to public demand, the Sri Lankan government will allow duty–free concessions to some of the items that were listed under dutiable goods in a recent circular issued by Sri Lanka Customs: namely, four–burner cookers and washing machines.

Also, Lankans >>>


      PAK TROOPS FIRE ON MILITANTS IN TRIBAL CITY
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Agencies KHAR, Pakistan: Pakistani forces have trained gunfire and dropped bombs on Islamic militants in and around the main town of a tribal region next to the Afghan border, forcing thousands of residents to flee, witnesses said yesterday.

Witnesses and local media reported that thousands of people were fleei >>>


      POLICE KILL APHC LEADER DURING MASS PROTEST
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Mukhtar Ahmad I Arab News BRUTAL BASHING: Indian policemen beat a Kashmiri Muslim protester during a march on Srinagar–to–Muzaffarabad Road in Srinagar on Monday.

SRINAGAR: Indian troops shot dead a prominent Kashmiri separatist leader and four other protesters yesterday as they tried to halt huge M >>>


      SYRIA DRAWS PARALLELS WITH IRAQ IN N–DISPUTE
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Agencies DAMASCUS/BEIRUT: Syria yesterday drew parallels between the United States current approach to the issue of its alleged nuclear activities, and Washingtons having accused Baghdad of possessing weapons of mass destruction prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Comments published by state–owned newspap >>>


      THOUSANDS FLEE AS TROOPS PURSUE FIGHTERS
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Agencies SEEING SAFE HAVEN: Residents flee Takipan village in Pikit town, North Cotabato, southern Philippines, as fighting continued on Monday. (AP)

MANILA: Philippine attack aircraft and artillery bombed rebel positions for a second day yesterday, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster in the south with nea >>>


      UN HELICOPTER COMES UNDER FIRE IN DARFUR REGION
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Agencies KHARTOUM: A helicopter belonging to the joint United Nations–African Union force in the war–torn western Sudanese region of Darfur was shot at yesterday, but there were no reports of casualties, UNAMID said. "About 30 minutes into the flight and '0 kilometers northwest of Geneina (in West D >>>


      YEMEN POLICE STORM SUSPECTED MILITANT HIDE–OUT
      Arab News, 12-08-2008
     Khaled Al–Mahdi I Arab News SANAA: Two police officers and five suspected Al–Qaeda militants were killed and five others, including two policemen, were wounded yesterday after security forces raided a house sheltering wanted suspects in eastern Yemen, a provincial governor said.

The fighting broke o >>>


      ‘OFF–ROAD RAGE‘ CLIMBS AS TRAILS GET MORE CROWDED
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     FARMINGTON, N.M. –– As more and more Americans light out for backcountry trails, officials are seeing a parallel rise in episodes of "off–road rage": unpleasant, even violent encounters between drivers of all–terrain vehicles and hikers, mountain bikers and others.

"Move y >>>


      A SWEET RIDE?
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     Having just reentered the world of car ownership a week ago, I read with some amusement about how Terry Box revels in driving his ‘07 Mustang Shelby GT despite its obvious contribution to global warming. Faced with a middle–aged man‘s car fetish in all of its glory, I had one basic thought: Get over it >>>


      BUSH WARNS RUSSIA; MEDVEDEV ORDERS HALT TO ACTION
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     WASHINGTON –– With a crisis of Cold War proportions brewing, President Bush demanded that Russia withdraw its troops from the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Hours later, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ordered a halt to the military action, saying it had brought security for civilians and Russ >>>


      DISTRACTION 2008: FREEDOM OF CHOICE _ OR FROM IT?
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– On blistering days in Los Angeles, drive northeast on the 110, exit at Highland Park and pull into a roadside grocery called Galco‘s.

Then walk in and say, "I‘m thirsty. Can you point me to the soda–pop aisle?" This question may get you laughed out of the p >>>


      FEDS SAY STEVENS‘ TRIAL SHOULDN‘T MOVE TO ALASKA
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Two Alaska politicians facing federal indictments for their ties to a defunct oil field services company were subjects of court proceedings nearly 3,500 miles apart Monday.

In Anchorage, state Sen. John Cowdery, 78, pleaded not guilty to federal counts of bribery and conspiracy. >>>


      FLA. POLICE OFFICER FILMED BEATING SUSPECT RESIGNS
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– A police officer has quit and two others were on administrative leave Tuesday after a patrol car dashboard camera caught them punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect.

West Palm Beach police released the video Monday, showing what happened to Pablo Gilberto Valenzuela, 42, >>>


      JUDGE RULES DETROIT MAYOR DIDN‘T VIOLATE BOND
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     DETROIT –– A judge ruled Tuesday that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick didn‘t violate conditions of his bail in an assault case by visiting his sister, who is listed as a witness in the case.

Judge Ronald Giles rejected a prosecution move, agreeing with the mayor‘s attorneys that a no–contac >>>


      LA AUTHORITIES: ‘ROCKEFELLER‘ IS WANTED GERMAN
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– A man charged with kidnapping his daughter in Boston is a German who lived in the guesthouse of a Los Angeles–area couple who disappeared in 1'85, a sheriff‘s spokesman said Monday.

Los Angeles County sheriff‘s investigators have identified Christian Gerhartsreit >>>


      MOST COMPANIES IN US AVOID FEDERAL INCOME TAXES
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Two–thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1''8 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress.

The study by the Government Accountability Office, expected to be released Tuesday, said about 68 percent of foreign companies doing business in th >>>


      MUSHARRAF LOSES ALLIES AHEAD OF IMPEACHMENT BID
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Embattled Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf lost the support of some allies on Tuesday, with provincial legislatures dominated by his opponents increasing pressure on him to step down before a bid to impeach him.

Musharraf has been at the centre of a political crisis since early la >>>


      REPORT: CLINTON TOLD TO CAST OBAMA AS UN–AMERICAN
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s top campaign strategist advised her to cast presidential rival Barack Obama as having questionable "roots to basic American values and culture" and use the theme to counter the image that his background is diverse and multicultural.

"I c >>>


      STUDY: WOMEN RISE IN STATE GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     AM ALBANY, N.Y. –– The number of women in state government leadership positions is on the rise, with the percentage nearly mirroring their representation in the general population in six states, a study has found.

Of the governor–appointed posts in all 50 states last year, 35 percent were held >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     AM –– Heavy rain and severe weather were forecast for the Northeast, the South and parts of the Midwest on Tuesday, while much of the West was expected to be clear and dry.

Low pressure moving through the Northeast was likely to bring cold, wet conditions to New England. New York, Vermont and Massac >>>


      THE TRAIL
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     A 200' VACATION? McCain Hints Ridge Would Stay Backstage ERIE, Pa. –– Sen. John McCain began a two–day Pennsylvania swing Monday, accompanied by Tom Ridge, but there were conflicting signs about how serious a vice presidential contender the former governor and onetime homeland security secretary mi >>>


      W.HOUSE ASSESSING RUSSIAN HALT TO GEORGIA OPERATION
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday it could not confirm that Russia had halted military operations in Georgia, despite a statement from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that hostilities were ending.

"We saw the reporting and the announcement from the Russian president, Medvedev,& >>>


      A NEW VOICE FOR A FAMILIAR INSTITUTION
      Washington Post, 12-08-2008
     The Federal Diary is back. It‘s been two months since Stephen Barr wrote the last Federal Diary column. Now I‘ve been selected to continue what is a true Washington Post institution. The Federal Diary has been around since 1'32, longer, as far as anyone here can tell, than any other staff–written f >>>



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