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      A WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS...
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     DENIS SINYAKOV/REUTERS Manya Pleyeva, a 76–year–old resident of Tskhinvali in South Ossetia, waits to receive food outside a local Greek Orthodox church yesterday. Russian tanks patrolled the breakaway state yesterday despite Moscow’s announcement that it had begun a withdrawal of troops.
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      ATHLETES’ PERFORMANCES FAIL TO LIFT DOPING CLOUD
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     RUNGROJ YONGRIT/EPA Weightlifter Nikos Kourtidis prepares to lift in the 105 kg category at the Beijing Olympics, where he came in 10th yesterday. Kourtidis was the only male Greek lifter taking part after 11 members of the national team were caught taking banned substances this year. Last week, hurdler Fani Halkia beca >>>


      DONATIONS OF ORGANS ON RISE
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     There has been a substantial rise in the number of people who have donated their organs for transplant operations, the National Transplant Organization (NTO) said yesterday.

By this time last year, there had been 78 transplant operations in Greece, thanks to organs donated by 36 people. This year, there have be >>>


      FARMER, 70, BEARING UP AFTER RARE ATTACK
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     A 70–year–old farmer was recovering in a hospital in Florina, northern Greece, yesterday, after being attacked by a large bear on Saturday.

Georgios Pierias had set off from his home in the village of Kladorachi on Saturday morning to inspect his corn crop when the incident occurred.

Accord >>>


      GOV’T PLANS NEW MIGRANT CENTERS
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos yesterday heralded the establishment of new reception centers for the thousands of illegal migrants entering the country and called for increased funding from Brussels to tackle «what will become a major issue for the European Union in the near future.» «We must d >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     FUGITIVE CAUGHT Mastermind of helicopter escape from Korydallos found in Agrinio A 27–year–old fugitive, believed to have planned the dramatic helicopter escape from Athens‘s Korydallos Prison of convicted bank robber Vassilis Palaiocostas and Albanian criminal Alket Rizai, was arrested in the central >>>


      ND BACKS HARASSED EX–MINISTER
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     Government says Parliament was never asked to investigate Aristoteles Pavlidis over blackmail allegations There is no question of any action being taken against former Aegean Minister Aristoteles Pavlidis as long as there is no evidence that he has been involved in something illegal, government sources insisted yesterda >>>


      WORRYING SPIKE IN ROAD ACCIDENTS
      Kathimerin, 19-08-2008
     Traffic police officers are alarmed by a sharp rise in serious road accidents over the last two months, with the number of people being killed in crashes almost doubling during the summer.

According to figures released yesterday, there were 228 fatal accidents on Greek roads this July, compared to a total of 61 >>>


      ARCAPITA SIGNS DEAL TO PURCHASE CEPL
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Mahmood Rafique I Arab News MANAMA: Arcapita Bank has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Compagnie européenne de Prestations logistiques (CEPL), a leading warehouse logistics service provider, from the French private–equity firm Sagard and the current management. Terms of the transaction were >>>


      CMA IMPOSES FINE ON INSURANCE FIRM
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Khalil Hanware I Arab News JEDDAH: The Capital Market Authority (CMA), the Saudi stock market regulator, has imposed a fine of SR50,000 on the Saudi Indian Company for Cooperative Insurance for violating disclosure regulations. According to information available on Tadawul website, the company obtained a permit from Sau >>>


      CORPORATE NEWS
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Arab News IKEA The new 200' IKEA Catalog was launched at a media conference in Jeddah on Sunday. It is printed in 27 languages and 1'8 million copies have been made available. Around 400 million people in 38 countries read it. Ever since it was first introduced in 1'51, the IKEA Catalog has been an indispens >>>


      DOLLAR DECLINES ON PROFIT–TAKING
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Agencies LONDON: The dollar slipped back yesterday on profit–taking after recent gains while the euro found only modest support as the market anticipated more weakness in the European economy.

Dealers said trade was relatively quiet, with the exchanges between Washington and Moscow over the conflict in Ge >>>


      OPEC LIKELY TO CUT OUTPUT AS OIL PRICES DIP
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Agencies LONDON: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries may decide to cut the organizations oil output quota as the price of crude risks falling under $100 a barrel, energy consultancy CGES said yesterday.

"The worsening economic outlook suggests that oil prices have further to fall, but OPEC, w >>>


      TURKEY CONSIDERS FISCAL RULES TO SUPPORT BUDGET
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Hatice Aydogdu | Reuters DENIZLI, Turkey: Turkey is considering setting explicit fiscal rules to support budget discipline as the government continues technical work on a possible IMF precautionary stand–by accord, the economy minister said.

In an interview with Reuters yesterday, Mehmet Simsek also said >>>


      A PERFECT SENSE OF LIFE
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     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 >>>


      COLOR IN ALL CREATION
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     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, 19-08-2008
     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, 19-08-2008
     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 >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News Q. Despite what your writers say, there is enough evidence in the Quran to support the requirement that women should cover their faces when they go out. When someone tries to prove a different viewpoint, the argument becomes one of language. Unfortunately there are many people who try to persuade >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     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 PROPHET AS A MAN: HOW TO TREAT OPPOSITE VIEWS
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News A tribal society like that of Arabia at the time when Muhammad (peace be upon him) received divine revelations normally defers to the chief of the tribe who decides on all matters. Such a chief often consults notable figures in the tribe, but the ultimate decision is his. The Prophet was the lead >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#3'AN TEACHES: GOD&#8217;S DIFFERENT BOOKS
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
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What the Qur&#3'an Teaches: Gods different books Commentary by Syed 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 mountai >>>


      4–YEAR–OLD GIRL FOUND ON CORNICHE
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Ali Al–Amri I Arab News JEDDAH: Police in Jeddah found a four–year–old girl on the Corniche on Friday night. Police have still not been able to trace the parents of the girl, who is thought to be Saudi, or ask her questions due to her constant crying.

A police source said the girl has been han >>>


      CITIZENS, PAKISTANI EXPATRIATES WELCOME RESIGNATION
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Citizens and Pakistani expatriates across Saudi Arabia yesterday welcomed the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf and hoped that the new governing civilian coalition that engineered his ouster would overcome some tough challenges that follow.

The immediate reaction across the Kingdom to >>>


      COURT ORDERS RETRIAL OF CANADIAN IN SCHOOL BRAWL
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News RIYADH: The case of two Canadian brothers charged in connection with the death of a teenager during a schoolyard fight in Jeddah has taken a new turn after a court threw out an earlier judgment and ordered the retrial of one of the brothers in an adult court.

If tried as an adult, >>>


      KINGDOM TO DEVELOP BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers yesterday decided to develop a national strategy for preserving biological diversity involving the protection of all kinds of species, natural locations, hereditary resources and training manpower for its development. The existing National Committee for Biodiversity should deve >>>


      MISSING AL–LAITH WOMAN FOUND IN ADAM TOWN
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Zainy Abbas I Arab News MAKKAH: Police in the town of Adam in the Al–Laith area, found a 28–year–old Saudi woman whose disappearance 10 days ago had sparked a massive police search in the area.

Police found the woman, who is mentally ill, in the custody of the Passport Department. The woman ha >>>


      MORE FILIPINO PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED IN RAMADAN
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Rodolfo Estimo Jr. I Arab News RIYADH: A number of Filipino workers serving time in Saudi jails for various offenses will be released in Ramadan as part of a general amnesty, according to Ezzedin H. Tago, the Philippine consul general in Jeddah.

Speaking by phone from Manila where he is on an official mission, >>>


      MOTHER AND CHILD IN MADINAH POISONING SHIFTED TO KFSH
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Fatima Sidiya I Arab News RECUPERATING: One–year–old Wafa at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah. (AN photo) JEDDAH: The mother of three children who died after being poisoned in Madinah and her youngest daughter have been brought to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah to receive advanced med >>>


      RENOVATED MASAA TO BE READY IN RAMADAN
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Zainy Abbas I Arab News MAKKAH: The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques is set to open the ground floor of the entire Masaa area (the area between mounts Safa and Marwah) this Ramadan.

"The ground floor and the first phase of the first floor and second floor of the Masaa will be available for pilgrims in Ra >>>


      RIZANA CASE RETURNS TO COURT
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Muhammad Rasooldeen I Arab News RIYADH: Rizana Nafeek, the young Sri Lankan housekeeper who was found guilty and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering an infant in her care, will go back for the fifth time on Aug. 30 to the court that initially sentenced her in June 2007.

The high court of Dawadmi, abou >>>


      SRMG TO HAVE A BOARD OF TRUSTEES
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the largest publishing group in the Middle East, announced the creation and appointment of an independent board of trustees, whose task will be guarding its publications editorial independence.

With this announcement, the Riyadh–based company be >>>


      STOLEN EMBASSY CAR ABANDONED IN RIYADH SUBURB
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News RIYADH: A car belonging to the Bangladeshi Embassy that was stolen earlier this month has been found some 30 kilometers away in a Riyadh suburb. The car was found badly damaged and had bloodstains in it.

"No one was in the vehicle when it was recovered from a barren plot of l >>>


      SWCC CLARIFIES REPORT ON DESAL PLANTS
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: In a report titled "SWCC to be phased out as part of privatization," published in Arab News on July 31, Loay bin Ahmed Al–Musallam, CEO of the National Water Company (NWC), was erroneously quoted as saying that the newly–formed company would take over desalination plants from the >>>


      &#8216;PAKISTAN KA KHUDA HAFIZ HAI&#8217;
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Azhar Masood I Arab News FAREWELL: Pervez Musharraf leaves the presidential palace in Islamabad after announcing his resignation over television. (EPA)

ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf yesterday ended days of political suspense in Pakistan by announcing his resignation over live television.

He han >>>


      10 AFGHANS KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMBING
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     AFP KABUL: A suicide car bomb blew up yesterday outside a US military base in eastern Afghanistan, killing 10 civilian laborers, as the country marked Independence Day under the shadow of extremist attacks.

The blast, claimed by the insurgent Taleban, did not penetrate the base in the town of Khost and security >>>


      A TURBULENT TENURE COMES TO AN END
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Mathew Pennington I AP ISLAMABAD: Pervez Musharraf, who took power in a high–altitude coup and later dragged a reluctant nation into the US–led war on terror, left office yesterday after turbulent nine years.

The former military commandos decision to side with Washington after the Sept. 11, 2001, at >>>


      BASHIR IN TURKEY FOR AFRICA SUMMIT
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Reuters ISTANBUL: Sudanese President Omar Bashir arrived in Turkey yesterday for a summit of African leaders this week in his first trip abroad since an international court moved to indict him for genocide.

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno–Ocampo last month asked the court to issu >>>


      GEELANI CALLS FOR KASHMIR&#8217;S MERGER WITH PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
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Geelani calls for Kashmirs merger with Pakistan Mukhtar Ahmad I Arab News

MASSIVE FOLLOWING: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Fronts head Yasin Malik leads Kashmiri Muslims during a rally in Srinagar on Monday. (AP)

SRINAGAR: Hard–line separatist leader S >>>


      GUNMEN AMBUSH ELECTORAL OFFICIALS IN SOUTHERN IRAQ
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD: Masked gunmen ambushed a bus yesterday carrying election workers in southern Iraq, killing two of them, including an official known for resisting interference by Shiite religious extremists, authorities said.

A third election employee was wounded in the attack, which occurred as the bus passed >>>


      HEZBOLLAH SIGNS PACT WITH SUNNI GROUPS
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Agencies BEIRUT: Lebanons Hezbollah resistance group has signed an accord with some local Sunni factions to defuse sectarian tension. More than 100 people have died in sectarian fighting in Lebanon so far this year.

Yesterdays agreement prohibits any Muslim group from attacking fellow Muslims. It was signed by >>>


      INDIAN GOVT PREPARING TO FACE NSG
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy I Arab News NEW DELHI: The United States Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns was scheduled to be here to give final touches to the coordinated moves of India and the US at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting in Vienna.

But despite his India visit having been post >>>


      INDIANS FEAR TIES WILL WORSEN
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Alistair Scrutton I Reuters NEW DELHI: India fears that its relations with Pakistan could get worse after Pervez Musharrafs departure.

While many Pakistanis despised Musharraf as a dictator, India enjoyed some of its best diplomatic relations in decades during his rule. New Delhis fear is that a weak civilian g >>>


      IRAN READY TO PUT MUSLIM COUNTRIES&#8217; SATELLITE IN ORBIT
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
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Iran ready to put Muslim countries satellite in orbit Agencies

TEHRAN: Iran said yesterday it was ready to help fellow Muslim states launch satellites into orbit after it successfully put a dummy satellite into orbit a move that may increase Western suspicions over >>>


      IRAQI REFUGEES RETURN FROM EGYPT
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Reuters CAIRO: About 240 Iraqis flew home from Cairo on Sunday aboard a government–sponsored flight, but some refugee agencies and analysts said their return was premature and politically motivated.

Families crowded outside a Cairo airport terminal hours before the flight was due to take off and an Iraqi >>>


      MILF REBEL ATTACK LEAVES 28 DEAD
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     AFP MOVING TO SAFETY: Residents carry their belongings as they flee Kauswagan town, Lanao del Norte in southern Philippines, on Monday. (Reuters)

ILIGAN, Philippines: Separatist rebels launched a series of pre–dawn attacks in the restive southern Philippines yesterday, killing at least 28 civilians and th >>>


      MUSHARRAF&#8217;S EXIT SPARKS JUBILATION
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
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Musharrafs exit sparks jubilation AFP

MULTAN: Pakistanis danced in the streets yesterday after beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation, with many ordinary people hoping his departure would bring improvement to their lives.

After rul >>>


      PA WELCOMES HAMAS–JORDAN RAPPROCHEMENT)
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Muhammed Mari I Arab News MOROSE: A Palestinian woman holds a picture of a prisoner currently held in an Israeli jail during a protest outside the International Red Cross building in Gaza City on Monday. (AP)

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Authority yesterday welcomed the improving relations between Jordan and Hamas >>>


      RUSSIA HAS MOVED SS–21 MISSILES INTO GEORGIA, SAYS US
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
     Agencies WASHINGTON: Russia has moved short–range SS–21 missile launchers into South Ossetia since fighting there came to a halt, possibly putting the Georgian capital Tbilisi in range, US officials said yesterday.

The development came amid signs that Russia was adding ground troops and equipment to >>>


      SEPTUPLET MOTHER SAYS FAMILY CAN&#8217;T COPE ALONE
      Arab News, 19-08-2008
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Septuplet mother says family cant cope alone Reuters

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: An Egyptian woman who gave birth to septuplets last week after taking fertility drugs said yesterday her family was too poor to raise the newborns.

Ghazala Khamis, 27, delivered three g >>>


      CALIF. COURT PUTS GAYS‘ CARE OVER DOCTORS‘ FAITH
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 –– Doctors may not refuse medical treatment to gay men or lesbians for religious reasons, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday.

The court ruled that physicians‘ constitutional right to the free exercise of religion does not exempt businesses that serve the >>>


      FLOODING RECEDES IN SOUTH TEXAS AFTER FOOT OF RAIN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     AM ESCOBARES, Texas –– The Rio Grande Valley‘s main highway was open to traffic again Tuesday as flooding receded following a deluge of up to 13 inches of rain across southern Texas.

The torrential rain flooded an estimated 750 homes Monday in Starr County but authorities couldn‘t persua >>>


      GUTHRIE, O‘S GET LITTLE RELIEF
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Zach BermanWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, August 1', 2008; E05 BALTIMORE, Aug. 18 –– When the Boston Red Sox finished batting practice before Monday‘s 6–3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, a cadre from Red Sox Nation encircled the visiting dugout at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Followi >>>


      OBAMA HITS BACK AT MCCAIN OVER IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     ORLANDO –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is criticizing Republican rival John McCain for questioning his patriotism and his judgment on national security matters.

Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Orlando, Florida, that McCain was wrong to support the invasion of >>>


      SAILOR, KNOCKED FROM BOAT, RESCUED 12 HOURS LATER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     GREEN BAY, Wis. –– A sailor rescued after he fell into Lake Michigan says one of the worst moments of the 12–hour ordeal came near the end, when a Coast Guard helicopter seemed to have its spotlight on him, only to turn away.

"I heard the rotors and looked east and here was this magnifice >>>


      SEARCH TO RESUME FOR MISSING GRAND CANYON TOURISTS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     PHOENIX –– A handful of hikers remained unaccounted for after flooding struck a tiny village near the Grand Canyon rim, a community so remote it is the only one in America where the mail is delivered by mule.

The search was to resume Tuesday for about 11 people missing near the Havasupai Tribe&lsquo >>>


      SOME NONPROFITS PUSH FOR INCREASED FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     In the world of philanthropy, where independence from government has long been sacred, a revolution is underway. Social entrepreneurs are clamoring for a realignment of the way the federal government and nonprofit groups work together to maximize the impact of American generosity.

With the presidential campaign >>>


      TROPICAL STORM FAY SOAKS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     NAPLES, Fla. –– Tropical Storm Fay moved inland Tuesday after making landfall in southwest Florida, bringing soaking rains and gusty winds but failing to reach the minimal hurricane status that had been predicted.

Streets were largely deserted in the early morning hours in Naples. Rain swept across >>>


      ‘A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST DON‘T TAKE THE BASIC PRECAUTIONS‘
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     A11 At the end of the Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas this month, James Finch, head of the FBI‘s Cyber Division, sat down for an interview about crime and the Internet. About 4,000 people gathered at the annual convention to hear about research on the latest network and computer or electronic–device >>>


      ANTI–REGULATION AIDE TO CHENEY IS UP FOR ENERGY POST
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     A02 A senior aide to Vice President Cheney is the leading contender to become a top official at the Energy Department, according to several current and former administration officials, a promotion that would put one of the administration‘s most ardent opponents of environmental regulation in charge of forming depa >>>


      CANDIDATES GOT ADVANCE LOOK AT QUESTIONS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Perry Bacon Jr. and Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, August 1', 2008; A04 Responding to questions about whether Sen. John McCain had an unfair advantage over Sen. Barack Obama at Saturday‘s forum on faith at the Saddleback Church in California, a spokesman for the Rev. Rick Warren said >>>


      FBI ELABORATES ON ANTHRAX CASE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Carrie Johnson and Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, August 1', 2008; A02 FBI officials attempted to bolster their case against researcher Bruce E. Ivins yesterday by presenting experts who said that a lone scientist working for three to seven days with readily available equipment could have produ >>>


      NAVY TO SEEK THIRD STEALTH DESTROYER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 18 –– The Navy has reversed course and decided to push for construction of a third stealth destroyer, Sen. Susan Collins said Monday.

It had said last month that it would scrap the Zumwalt destroyer program after the first two were built. The DDG–1000 warship has massive >>>


      OBAMA SUGGESTS $2 BILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR NASA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     Sen. Barack Obama has detailed a comprehensive space plan that includes $2 billion in new funding to reinvigorate NASA and a promise to make space exploration and science a significantly higher priority if he is elected president.

Campaigning in Florida yesterday, Sen. John McCain responded by telling business >>>


      OBAMA TELLS ALLIES HE IS READY TO HIT BACK
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Shailagh Murray and Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, August 1', 2008; A04 ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 18 –– Sen. Barack Obama returned to the presidential campaign trail on Monday after a week–long Hawaiian vacation and tried to assure anxious Democrats that he is ready to fight back >>>


      SUMMER‘S WAKE–UP CALLS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     The Democratic and Republican conventions have a couple of tough acts to follow. Two compelling spectacles –– one glorious, one shocking –– have stolen the spotlight this summer to remind us all that whatever nostrums we hear from Barack Obama and John McCain about it being morning again in Ameri >>>


      THAT‘S ENTERTAINMENT –– OR IS IT?
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     Whatever you do, do not call the events at the upcoming presidential conventions that feature Kanye West and the band Daughtry "concerts." They are not, according to their sponsor, the Recording Industry Association of America. They are multi–hour educational exhibitions at which the artists, well, sing, >>>


      THE NEW EVANGELICAL POLITICS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     Anyone who still doubts that the evangelical Christian world is going through a political revolution was not watching Pastor Rick Warren‘s presidential forum this weekend. The era of reducing Christianity to a narrow set of ideological commitments is over.

Just a few years ago, who would have imagined tha >>>


      VA. SHORTFALL IS POSSIBLE, KAINE SAYS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Tim CraigWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, August 1', 2008; B01 RICHMOND, Aug. 18 –– Gov. Timothy M. Kaine warned Monday that he may have to cut spending on schools and transportation this fall because the worsening economy is driving the state‘s budget into a shortfall that some lawmakers sa >>>


      WHO‘S NO. 2? OBAMA KEEPS EVERYBODY GUESSING.
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     This is Veep Week. That, in reality, is about all that anyone outside Sen. Barack Obama‘s inner, inner circle knows –– that sometime before next week the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will announce his running mate. Beyond that, the political world is in a zone of fevered speculation.
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      AFGHAN PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced in an interview Tuesday he will seek re–election next year, saying he has yet to finish the job he began four years ago as Afghanistan‘s first freely elected president after nearly 30 years of war.

"I have a job to do, a >>>


      AMBUSH OF FRENCH PARATROOPERS NEAR KABUL KILLS 10
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     SUROBI, Afghanistan –– About 100 insurgents ambushed a group of French paratroopers, killing 10 soldiers in an area outside the capital known as a militant stronghold. In a separate coordinated attack Tuesday, a team of suicide bombers tried unsuccessfully to storm a U.S. base near the Afghanistan–Paki >>>


      AS MUSHARRAF FALTERED, U.S. STAYED AT A DISTANCE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     August 1', 2008; A0' For years, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had no stronger supporter than President Bush, who valued his assistance in fighting al–Qaeda in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But as Musharraf‘s political standing crumbled over the past several months, the White Hou >>>


      EYEING KASHMIR, INDIA IS WARY ABOUT RESIGNATION
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Emily WaxWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, August 1', 2008; A08 NEW DELHI, Aug 18 –– For India, Pervez Musharraf‘s resignation as the president of Pakistan leaves a power vacuum during an increasingly tense time between the two nuclear–armed neighbors. Musharraf‘s legacy in Ind >>>


      INTERVIEW WITH COLOMBIAN PARAMILITARY COMMANDER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     Ever Veloza, a paramilitary commander in the now–defunct United Self–Defense Forces of Colombia, spoke to The Washington Post on July 26 in his cellblock at Itagui prison, just outside of Medellin, Colombia. Once the commander of two powerful militias, Veloza is now participating in special judicial proceedi >>>


      MOST RUSSIANS SUPPORT INVASION OF GEORGIA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     MOSCOW –– While Western officials are mulling how to punish Russia for invading neighboring Georgia, most Russians view Georgia as the aggressor _ aided and abetted by a hostile West.

Many Russians take pride in what they see as their country‘s ability to stand up to the West, come to the resc >>>


      NATO ACCUSES RUSSIA OF ‘DISPROPORTIONATE‘ FORCE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     August 1', 2008; ':53 AM BRUSSELS, Aug. 1' –– NATO allies on Tuesday accused Russia of using "disproportionate" force in its military conflict with Georgia and said the alliance will not resume regular contact with Moscow until its troops have withdrawn to pre–conflict positions & >>>


      NATO PUTS RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA ON BACK BURNER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     BRUSSELS, Belgium –– NATO allies say they cannot have normal relations with Russia as long as Moscow has troops in Georgia.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her 25 NATO counterparts have called on Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from Georgia.

NATO foreign ministers say >>>


      POLICE: BOMB BLAST IN PAKISTAN HOSPITAL KILLS 23
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan –– A bombing outside the emergency gate of a hospital crowded with Shiite Muslim mourners in Pakistan‘s volatile northwest killed at least 23 people and wounded 15 Tuesday, officials said.

The motive for the blast in Dera Ismail Khan District appeared to be sectarian >>>


      RUSSIAN SOLDIERS TAKE PRISONERS IN GEORGIA PORT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     August 1', 2008; ':58 AM RUISI, Georgia –– Russian soldiers took 20 Georgian troops prisoner at a key port in western Georgia on Tuesday, blindfolding them and holding them at gunpoint, and commandeered American Humvees awaiting shipment back to the United States.

The move came as a small co >>>


      SUICIDE ATTACK AT ALGERIAN POLICE ACADEMY KILLS 43
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     7:48 AM ALGIERS, Algeria –– A suicide bomber rammed an explosives–rigged car into a police academy as applicants lined up to register for classes, killing at least 43 people, Algeria‘s Interior Ministry said. It was one of the deadliest attacks in recent years in the North African country.
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      U.S. EXTRADITIONS RAISE CONCERNS IN COLOMBIA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, August 1', 2008; A01 MEDELLIN, Colombia –– In a small courtroom here, Ever Veloza has over the past year confessed to nearly 1,000 slayings in Colombia‘s conflict and recounted how the death squads he helped run were supported by army officers a >>>


      ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT LEVY MWANAWASA DIES AT 5'
      Washington Post, 19-08-2008
     PARIS –– The French president‘s office says Zambia‘s President Levy Mwanawasa has died. He was 5'.

The statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy‘s office did not say how, when or where the Zambian leader had died.

Mwanawasa had been hospitalized in France since sufferin >>>


      A PILE OF JUNK AT BARGAIN–BASEMENT PRICES
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Doron Tsur Tags: junk bonds, Israel Everybody‘s been talking about "high–yield bonds," or as they‘re better known in the yellow press – "junk bonds." The papers are full of speculation about which company will be next to implode and stiff its bondholders.

The busin >>>


      ANXIOUS PAZ RENEWS REQUEST FOR BURGER RANCH RECEIVER
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Adi Dovrat and Hila Raz Tags: Paz, Burger Ranch A week ago the court gave Burger Ranch 20 days to respond to Paz‘s demand that the court appoint a temporary receiver, but that‘s not fast enough for the energy firm. Yesterday Paz, which used to own a stake in Burger Ranch and remains owed money by the tott >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief According to public health regulations, the nutritional value per 100 grams of product must appear on the product‘s label. But to make the calculation easier for customers, most companies also include nutritional details for the total cont >>>


      DANYA CEBUS BREAKING RULES BY OPENING DEALS, CLAIM BUILDERS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Raz Smolsky and Guy Liberman Tags: Danya Cebus, Lev Leviev Construction and infrastructures works company Danya Cebus is trying to improve its bottom line by raising prices on work already underway.

Industry sources say the company, controlled by Lev Leviev, recently approached contractors with requests to r >>>


      FUNDS WRITING OFF BSR BONDS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Eti Aflalo Tags: Israel, Epsilon, BSR Institutional money managers don‘t believe BSR Projects is in a position to redeem the bonds it issued to finance projects in Las Vegas. As such, they have begun writing them off on their portfolios. Epsilon reported a hefty 3.3% negative return on its provident fund in Jul >>>


      GAYDAMAK FACES THE MARKET TEST
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Yuval Maoz and Michael Rochvarger Tags: Ameris, Gaydamak Will Arcadi Gaydamak make sure that the Israeli publicly listed companies he controls will repay their debts to bondholders? Capital market circles evidently harbor doubt. Bonds of Ameris Holdings, one of the listed companies that the Israeli–Russian busi >>>


      HALDOR TECH WARNS DOCS BEFORE THE LAWSUIT HITS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Guy Griml Tags: medical equipment, Haldor Medical malpractice is a sore subject in the health–care establishment.

The fear of lawsuits leads practitioners to prescribe costly treatments and tests that the patient may not necessarily need. But one unfortunately common problem leading to many damages sui >>>


      HARD LOOK / A NATION OF RISK HATERS, OR NUMSKULLS?
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Eytan Avriel Tags: Israel, investing What do Israelis have against shares in small companies?

In the United States, smallcaps have been outperforming big firms. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average, with its 30 giant corporations, has lost more than 13% this year, the Russell 2000 Index of small companies >>>


      LAWYER PUNISHED FOR FLEEING JUSTICE
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Amit Benaroia Tags: Yakov Efroni Yakov Efroni has been suspended from the Israel Bar Association for five years after being convicted of criminal offenses and fleeing Israel. His suspension from the Bar was handed down by that association‘s disciplinary body.

In 2003, the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court fou >>>


      LEONARD BLAVATNIK STARTS DUE DILIGENCE ON MAARIV GROUP
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Shahar Ran Tags: Maariv, newspapers Russian–born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik has begun due diligence on Maariv following a no–shop agreement signed between the parties in July, ensuring Blavatnik a free field for negotiations.

As far as is known, this is the first time during discussions over M >>>


      MARKET REPORT / REFINERIES RISES DESPITE LOW NET
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Yael Pollak Tel Aviv stocks ended yesterday‘s session with a positive bias, lifted by a spate of upbeat financial statements for the second quarter. The TA–25 index gained 0.4% to 1,02' points, and the TA–100 index rose by the same to nearly '40 points. However, total turnover was thin, as h >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     Well, don‘t cry for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries just yet, but it is true that in the first half of 2007, for the first time in the history of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Israel Chemicals became the most liquid stock. Daily turnover in the potash producer (okay, it also makes other things) averaged NIS 284 mill >>>


      MIFAL HAPAYIS SUED OVER COYNESS WITH INFORMATION
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Hila Raz Tags: lottery, Mifal payis The Mifal Hapayis lottery isn‘t transparent enough, according to the Movement for Freedom of Information. The movement has sued in court to have the lottery company provide it with the names of its Donations Committee, the manner of their appointment, minutes of the Donation >>>


      PARTNER IS ON THE BLOCK AGAIN
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Amitai Ziv Tags: Partner Communications Israeli GSM operator Partner Communications is up for sale again. Partner‘s controlling shareholder, the Hong Kong–based business empire Hutchison Telecommunications International, has recently approached a number of large business entities in Israel and abroad as p >>>


      SUPERSOL SPECIAL BARGAIN: HAZARDOUS BABY WALKERS
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Tags: Baby Happening, Supersol A walker deemed hazardous to babies stars in Supersol‘s latest advertising campaign.

The grocery chain is advertising its "Baby Happening" – a five–day sale on infant products – on billboards. One product that appears in >>>


      VERIFONE PROPOSING CREDIT CARD SYSTEM FOR BUS TRAVEL
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     Week‘s End Anglo File VeriFone proposing credit card system for bus travel By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: Wi–Fi, Israel, VeriFone VeriFone, an electronic payment technologies provider, is offering Israeli public transportation companies a payment system by credit card. The system uses WiFi and GPRS technology, t >>>


      A POPULATION IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION
      Haaretz, 19-08-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: Ultra–Orthodox, Jerusalem It is difficult to think of a better way to irritate the secular residents of Jerusalem‘s Kiryat Yovel neighborhood than the decision of Deputy Mayor Yehoshua Pollack, who also holds the municipal planning and construction portfolio, to place two caravans housin >>>



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