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      EDUCATION FUNDS MISSING THE MARK
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     Greece provides the highest proportion of state funding to its education sector out of a total of 23 developed countries examined in a recent survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), although Greek citizens pay more than their European counterparts for education, suggesting that the ef >>>


      FINGER TIP–OFF HELPS POLICE IDENTIFY ROBBER
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     A 33–year–old Romanian who lost the tip of his finger while trying to break into an alms chest in a church on Lesvos found it hard to deny his misdeed after police traced him and presented him with the missing section of his digit.

The would–be robber is believed to have suffered the injury wh >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     NAME TALKS New round begins in New York but Greece’s hopes are low As diplomats from Athens and Skopje prepared to meet from today in New York for yet another round of talks on the Macedonia name dispute with United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz, Greece’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos admitted that t >>>


      PALOMA, PAOLA AND PACITO JOIN THE COTTON–TOPS
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     THANASSIS STAVRAKIS/AP Three puma cubs were presented to visitors at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, eastern Attica, yesterday. The 2–month–old pumas – called Paloma, Paola and Pacito – are being bottle–fed by zoo staff as their mother stopped producing milk shortly after the birth of the cubs. Am >>>


      PM TELLS MINISTERS TO REFOCUS
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     Voulgarakis hangs on despite resignation rumors, as more allegations emerge in Vatopedi land deal Still languishing in the shadow of a property scandal that threatens to seriously damage the government, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis gathered his ministers and demanded that they refocus on «real politics.» >>>


      ROGGE DOPING ‘QUOTE’ DENIED
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     The head of Greece’s Olympic committee, Minos Kyriakou, yesterday denied ever saying that International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge had remarked to him during the Beijing Games that Greece should be awarded a gold medal for doping.

Reports at the time suggested Kyriakou had made Rogge’s alleged co >>>


      SAMOS SEEKS HELP WITH MIGRANTS
      Kathimerin, 11-09-2008
     Local authorities on Samos yesterday appealed to the government to support their efforts to curb a seemingly relentless tide of illegal immigrants arriving on the island from neighboring Turkey after the number of migrants in the local reception center rose to 4'5, nearly double its capacity.

«The loc >>>


      BILLIONS TO BE SHARED BY ENRON SHAREHOLDERS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Juan A. Lozano I AFP HOUSTON: Enron Corp. shareholders and investors will split about $7 billion from financial institutions accused of participating in the fraud that caused the once–mighty energy company to collapse. The settlement amount was listed at $7.2 billion, a sum that has been accruing interest since 20 >>>


      ECONOMY BRIEFS: HUGE RESPONSE OR JAWAL NET
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: Targeting the business sector, Saudi Telecom Co.s recently launched JAWAL Net is attracting big interest from all segments ranging from medium and large companies to large scale corporations and organizations. Much of the interest is due to the 25 percent reduction in rates, bringing the cost down to S >>>


      JORDAN SIGNS MOU WITH TOTAL AND PETROBRAS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa I Arab News AMMAN: The Jordanian government yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with a coalition of oil companies comprising Frances Total and Brazils Petrobras for producing crude from the countrys oil shale resources.

"The three–year MoU commits the consortium to cond >>>


      LEHMAN TO SELL OFF ASSETS AFTER $3.'BN LOSS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     AFP NEW YORK: Ailing investment bank Lehman Brothers yesterday posted an estimated $3.' billion quarterly loss as it announced a series of asset sales to shore up its finances.

The beleaguered Wall Street firm, seen as in desperate need for a capital injection, offered no new plans on that front, but announ >>>


      PRICES FALL EVEN AS OPEC CUTS OUTPUT &#8212; WHITE HOUSE DISAGREES WITH DECISION
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
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Prices fall even as OPEC cuts output White House disagrees with decision Agencies

NEW YORK: Oil prices fell in jittery trading yesterday, as the strengthening dollar and signs of a slowing economy outweighed inventory drops and the Organization of Petroleum Exportin >>>


      QATAR AIRWAYS TO START HOUSTON FLIGHTS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     K.S. Ramkumar I Arab News JEDDAH: Qatar Airways is gearing up for the launch of its nonstop flights to the southern US city of Houston, thus adding to its growing international network. "This will be our third new destination in the United States from Dec. 8," Ahmed M. Al–Idrissi, Qatar Airways area mana >>>


      TASI REVERSES LOSSES
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Khalil Hanware I Arab News JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market reversed earlier losses to close the last day of trading in the week on positive note. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) edged higher by '7.41 points to 8,128.10 yesterday after falling 2.60 percent on Tuesday.

Volume and value of traded share >>>


      WORLD BANK CANCELS CHAD PIPELINE DEAL
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Lesley Wroughton I Reuters WASHINGTON: The World Bank said on Tuesday it canceled an oil pipeline funding agreement with Chad, ending long–standing tensions with the government of President Idriss Deby over promises to spend the oil profits on programs for the poor.

In a statement, the World Bank said Cha >>>


      A BLESSED MONTH OF A SPECIAL NATURE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News FASTING in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars upon which the structure of Islam is built. The other four are the declaration of ones belief in Gods oneness and in the message of Muhammad (peace be upon him), regular attendance to prayer, payment of zakah (i.e. obligatory charity), an >>>


      A LESSON TO REFLECT UPON
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Commentary by Syed Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful As for the unbelievers, the fire of hell awaits them. No term shall be determined for them so that they could die, nor shall its suffering be reduced for them. Thus shall We requite all unbelievers. There they will cry aloud: Our Lord! Let >>>


      FAIR IN EVERY RESPECT
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Edited by Adil Salahi ISLAM places very strong emphasis on justice in all spheres of life. In a sacred, or Qudsi Hadith, God is quoted as saying: "I have forbidden Myself injustice, and I have made it forbidden to you. Therefore, do not be unjust to one another." Numerous are the Quranic and Hadith statements >>>


      ITALY SAYS SORRY TO LIBYA FOR DAMAGE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Imed Lamloum I AFP BENGHAZI, Libya: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday apologized to Libya for damage inflicted by Italy during the colonial era and signed a $5 billion investment deal by way of compensation.

Berlusconi made the apology during a visit to the Mediterranean city of Benghazi for a >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Copies of the Quran printed in all countries use certain markings to indicate where one should stop, and where it is better not to stop. However, there are differences in the placement of these markings in copies printed in different countries. For example, in the first surah, the mark indicatin >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Edited by Adil Salahi 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 Umar used to hold his beard with one hand an >>>


      THE PROPHET AS A MAN: FAMILIAR FAMILY PROBLEMS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Edited by Adil Salahi OVER the last few weeks, we cited several incidents that took place in the Prophets homes and with his wives. From these and similar events we learn that his homes were not different from any other home. There may always happen something that is not particularly pleasant to the head of the family. >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#8217;AN TEACHES: SUSTAINING THE UNIVERSE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
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What the Quran teaches: Sustaining the universe Commentary by Syed Qutb

In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Say: Have you considered those beings whom you claim to be partners with God and whom you call upon besides Him? Show me what is it that >>>


      &#3'FASTING NO EXCUSE FOR INEFFICIENCY&#3' – STUDENTS ABROAD CRITICIZE THEIR PEERS FOR SLACKNESS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Hassna&#3'a A. Mokhtar I Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi students abroad miss the Ramadan atmosphere of Saudi Arabia, their families and Arabic food. Being in a foreign country they have realized that it is unacceptable to be inefficient during the holy month.

&#34After being exposed to the outside world an >>>


      &#8216;HELPING DISABLED RELIGIOUS DUTY&#8217;
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Crown Prince Sultan announced an annual contribution of SR10 million to the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR) and urged businessmen and philanthropists to support the centers humanitarian activities. "Every effort in the service of the handicapped will be recorded in golden lett >>>


      5 NABBED FOR GENERATING TERRORIST HYPE ONLINE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Samir Al–Saadi I Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi authorities arrested five men on charges of promoting militant activities on Islamic Internet forums, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday.

"Each of the men used more than one username to persuade unsuspecting victims in a decisive dialogue," said mi >>>


      CAMPAIGN TO MOTIVATE YOUTHS FOR CHARITY WORK
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Laura Bashraheel I Arab News JEDDAH: The television host of a highly successful Islamic program has launched a campaign to get one million Arab youths to volunteer for charity work in Ramadan.

The campaign, Feena Al–Khair Goodness in Us is the brainchild of Ahmed Al–Shugairi, host of MBCs Khawatir ( >>>


      INDIAN WORKERS IN DISTRESS SEEK HELP
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Muhammad Rasooldeen I Arab News RIYADH: A group of Indian workers who, on arriving in the Kingdom, were forced to sign new contracts for lesser salaries have called on the Indian Embassy to intervene and help end their plight.

The workers claim that when they reached Saudi Arabia, their sponsor threatened to ki >>>


      MAN SEEKS SR60M COMPENSATION FOR LOST BABY BOY
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Abdul Aziz Abdul Wahid I Arab News AL–JOUF: The father of a baby boy who was kidnapped from a hospital here in December when he was only a day old has filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Health demanding SR60 million in compensation for the loss of his son.

Marzouq Sulaiman Al– Sarhani told Arab >>>


      MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Abdul Aziz Abdul Wahid I Arab News AL–JOUF: A Saudi man was arrested on charges of murdering a 23–year–old Saudi youth in Zaloum town in Al–Jouf province on Tuesday night. He was also charged with assaulting the victims parents, who were hospitalized for stab wounds.

"The Saudi yout >>>


      QUR&#8217;AN MEMORIZERS HONORED
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
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Quran memorizers honored P.K. Abdul Ghafour I Arab News

JEDDAH: Outstanding memorizers of the holy Quran from centers in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and South America were honored during a ceremony organized by the Holy Quran Memorization International (HQMI) at >>>


      SR540 MILLION FOR PORT IMPROVEMENT
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: The Saudi Seaports Authority (SSA) has laid down plans to enhance the capacity of Kingdom&#3's sea ports, particularly at the Jeddah Islamic Port and Dammam&#3's King Abdul Aziz Port.

As a short–term arrangement to counter the currently experienced congestion at the JIP, >>>


      &#8216;ISRAEL WORKING ON WAYS TO WIDEN GAZA–WB DIVIDE&#8217;
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Mohammed Mari I Arab News RAMALLAH: Israel is taking unilateral steps in order to institutionalize a new reality of separation between the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip and the one living in the West Bank, Israeli human rights organizations stated in a new report released yesterday.

BTselem, the Info >>>


      AFGHANS WELCOME BUSH&#8217;S MOVE TO SEND MORE TROOPS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
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Afghans welcome Bushs move to send more troops Reuters

KABUL: Afghanistan welcomed yesterday a US decision to send more troops but reiterated that the strengthening of Afghan security forces was the long–term answer to defeat militants.

President Geor >>>


      AK PARTY ACCUSES NEWS GROUP OF &#8216;MEDIA TERROR&#8217;
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
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AK Party accuses news group of media terror Reuters

ISTANBUL: Turkeys ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) yesterday accused the countrys largest news organization of "media terror" in its coverage of corruption allegations, prompting debate abo >>>


      GEORGIAN OFFICER KILLED NEAR RUSSIAN POST
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili | AP GORI, Georgia: A Georgian police officer was killed yesterday by gunfire that came from the direction of a Russian checkpoint near separatist South Ossetia, a government spokesman said.

It was not immediately clear who opened fire, but the shooting was certain to add to high tensio >>>


      GOP SEES RED OVER LIPSTICK COMMENT
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Barbara Ferguson I Arab News WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama yesterday accused Republican John McCains campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift–boat politics" by claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Calling it &q >>>


      GOVT ORDERS PROBE AS FLOODS, DISEASE BITE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Agencies PATNA, India: Authorities battling devastating floods in eastern India ordered a probe yesterday to determine whether negligence contributed to the disaster, while more people drowned and diseases spread across South Asia.

Fourteen more people drowned overnight in the flood–hit eastern Indian sta >>>


      INDIAN CONSULAR TEAM TO VISIT TAIF TODAY
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: A consular team of the Consulate General of India will visit Taif today. The team will stay at Hotel Al–Barraq (02–7360610). It will receive applications for consular services from ' a.m. to 5 p.m. today and deliver the processed documents of attestations and miscellaneous services tomo >>>


      IRAN PROTESTS ISRAELI THREAT TO KIDNAP AHMADINEJAD
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Edith M. Lederer I AP UNITED NATIONS: Iran protested against Israeli threats to kidnap President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and use force against the Islamic republic, declaring it would not hesitate to act in self–defense.

In a letter to Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon, Irans UN ambassador referred to >>>


      KIM: IL OR NOT IL?
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     AP SEOUL, South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is believed to be recovering from recent surgery, South Koreas spy agency said yesterday as the communist nation rejected reports questioning Kims health as a "conspiracy plot." Speculation that Kim may have taken ill had intensified after he missed a para >>>


      LEBANESE PRESIDENT CALLS RIVAL LEADERS FOR TALKS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Reuters BEIRUT: Lebanons President Michel Suleiman invited rival leaders yesterday for talks next week that were set to focus on the fate of the military wing of Iranian–backed Hezbollah group.

The talks, set to start at the presidential palace on Sept. 16, were stipulated in a Qatari–brokered deal >>>


      MILITIAS KILL SIX IN DARFUR VILLAGE RAID
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Reuters KHARTOUM: Sudanese pro–government militia fighters have killed six people and abducted five in a raid on a village in the Darfur region, rebel leaders said yesterday.

But a spokesman from Sudans armed forces dismissed the accusations of an attack on the village of Bere on Tuesday as "definite >>>


      PAK, AFGHAN LEADERS EYE NEW TIES; TESTS AHEAD
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Reuters ISLAMABAD: A pledge by Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together to fight militants could build trust between the uneasy US allies, but differences in security strategies could undermine their efforts, analysts said.

In a rare show of solidarity, Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the inauguration o >>>


      THACKERAY ATTACKS SHAH RUKH TO SHIELD BACHCHANS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Shahid Burney IArab News MUMBAI: In an exhibition of love for the Bollywood star family of Amitabh Bachchan, the Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray deflected the controversy triggered by actor and Samajwadi Party member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan over her remarks on using Hindi language, which also invited the wrath of Raj >>>


      THOUSANDS STRANDED IN MANILA &#8212; MORE RAINS LIKELY IN THE CAPITAL, NORTHERN REGIONS
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Agencies MANILA: Thousands of people were stranded yesterday in flash floods in the Philippine capital amid heavy rains driven by Typhoon Sinlaku.

Afternoon classes were suspended in several areas of metropolitan Manila as floodwater rose to waist–high in some streets.

The National Disaster Coord >>>


      TOGADIA THREATENS MORE VIOLENCE
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Agency NEW DELHI: Unfazed by the criticism his group has faced over the violence in Orissa, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia has said that violence against Hindus will be met with violence. "If a violent religion is targeting a section of Hindu society, there would be a violent reaction," Tog >>>


      US STRIKE KILLS 4 TOP MILITANTS IN WAZIRISTAN
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
     Azhar Masood I Arab News DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: Two top Al–Qaeda operatives were among four foreign militants killed in a suspected US missile strike in Pakistan&#3's northwest, intelligence officials said yesterday.

One allegedly was in charge of the terror network&#3's activities in >>>


      WORLD&#8217;S LARGEST PARTICLE COLLIDER CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL TEST
      Arab News, 11-09-2008
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Worlds largest particle collider conducts successful test Alexander G. Higgins I AP

GENEVA: The worlds largest particle collider successfully completed its first major test by firing a beam of protons all the way around a 27–km tunnel yesterday in what scienti >>>


      ‘CELEBRITY‘ DIG REFLECTS US CULTURE, HISTORY
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– When John McCain decided to cast Barack Obama as a feckless upstart, an empty suit, he reached for the dirtiest word he could use: "celebrity." "He‘s the biggest celebrity in the world," a female narrator warns in breathless tones for a McCain ad, "but is he ready >>>


      ARMY LOOKS FOR OUTSIDE HELP TO REDUCE SUICIDES
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     DENVER –– The Army‘s top medical officer says commanders are looking to their counterparts in the Air Force and in civilian agencies for ways to cope with an alarming increase in suicides.

"We work real closely with the Veterans Administration, who have for many years taken the lead in th >>>


      DELAY SEEN FOR FENCE AT U.S.–MEXICO LINE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 11, 2008; A02 The Bush administration is unlikely to complete 670 miles of border fence by year–end as required by Congress because of surging construction costs and problems acquiring private land along the border with Mexico, Homeland Security Depa >>>


      FROM FAMILIES‘ GRIEF, A SYMBOL OF LOSS AND HOPE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     A01 Jim Laychak arrived at the corporate headquarters of Anheuser–Busch on a windy afternoon in April, thinking through his pitch. A company photographer snapped his picture beside a giant bronze eagle in the lobby, and executive Laura Reeves invited him upstairs. He had come to ask for a million dollars.

>>>


      HOUSTON–GALVESTON COULD FACE MAJOR DAMAGE FROM IKE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     AM HOUSTON –– Gleaming skyscrapers, the nation‘s biggest refinery and NASA‘s Johnson Space Center lie in areas that could be vulnerable to wind and damaging floodwaters if Hurricane Ike crashes ashore as a major hurricane.

Forecasters expect the storm to make landfall this weekend somewh >>>


      IKE HEADING TOWARD TEXAS; LOWELL OVER MEXICO
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     MIAMI –– After a deadly and destructive trip across the Caribbean, Hurricane Ike began to move across the Gulf of Mexico, where it was expected to strengthen before plowing into Texas.

And in the Pacific, Tropical Depression Lowell was moving over Mexico‘s Baja California peninsula.

I >>>


      IND. CITY LOOKS FOR TIME CAPSULE THAT TIME FORGOT
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     ELKHART, Ind. –– Call it the time capsule that time forgot. A city committee voted recently to open a time capsule buried in 1'58, when the city was celebrating its centennial. The plan was to display the items, then add modern ones and rebury it until 2058.

Trouble is, no one seems to know exac >>>


      JUBILANT ALASKANS WELCOME GOV. SARAH PALIN HOME
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     FAIRBANKS, Alaska –– Gov. Sarah Palin arrived home to a chanting, cheering crowd, a blur of smiling supporters eager to embrace her after a whirlwind of national scrutiny since she was named Republican presidential nominee John McCain‘s running mate.

"It‘s been an amazing couple of >>>


      JUDGE TO DECIDE LIFE OR DEATH FOR SC KILLER OF 3
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     AM COLUMBIA, S.C. –– The killer taunted investigators, scrawling in blood on one dead man‘s wall: "Victem #4 in 2 weeks. Catch me if u can." He lit candles around the body and laughed when the man‘s daughter called and asked to speak with her father. "You can‘t," he told >>>


      MCCAIN‘S ‘EDUCATION‘ SPOT IS DISHONEST, DECEPTIVE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     A new John McCain ad caricatures Barack Obama‘s education record by claiming that his only achievement is to pass legislation ensuring "comprehensive sex education" for kindergartners. It implies that its critique of the Democratic presidential nominee has been endorsed by the nonpartisan journal Educati >>>


      OBAMA ACCUSES MCCAIN CAMP OF LIES, PHONY OUTRAGE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     AM NORFOLK, Va. –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain‘s campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift–boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Calling it &q >>>


      ONE LABEL DOES NOT FIT ALL
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     By David MontgomeryWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 11,
2008; C01 Geraldo Rivera –– who has gone from TV showman to defender of la raza with his new book subtitled "Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S." –– warmed up a Latino luncheon crowd the other day with the o >>>


      PALIN GETS HERO‘S WELCOME BACK IN ALASKA
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Reuters) – Republican vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin returned home to Alaska on Wednesday to a hero‘s welcome as a new U.S. political star and promised her compatriots she would make the state proud.

The Alaska governor was greeted by cheers and even squeals of excitem >>>


      SEX OFFENDER WHO POSED AS CHILD PLEADS GUILTY
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     AM PHOENIX –– A sex offender who posed as a 12–year–old boy to enroll in Arizona schools has pleaded guilty to seven criminal charges, two stemming from the charade he pulled for two years, and will go to prison for more than 70 years, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Authorities didn‘ >>>


      SIMPSON TRIAL JUDGE SAY JURY WILL BE SEATED SOON
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     AM LAS VEGAS –– After a contentious day of lawyers sparring with prospective jurors in O.J. Simpson‘s kidnapping–robbery trial Wednesday, the judge said it appeared a jury would be seated by Friday or earlier.

"The end is near, folks!" Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass a >>>


      FOR WORKING MOMS, ‘FLAWED‘ PALIN IS THE PERFECT CHOICE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     E ight working mothers from the Virginia Run development in Centreville went together to the Palin–McCain rally yesterday because Sarah Palin is "just like us." This is something new. Nobody ever accused Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan of being just like us.

"She justifies what we do ev >>>


      MCCAIN CAMP HITS OBAMA ON MORE THAN ONE FRONT
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     September 11, 2008; A04 Sen. John McCain‘s presidential campaign launched a broadside against Sen.

Barack Obama yesterday, accusing him of a sexist smear, comparing his campaign to a pack of wolves on the prowl against the GOP vice presidential pick, charging that the Democratic nominee favored sex educat >>>


      MIXED IMPRESSIONS ON TAXES
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     By Lori Montgomery and Jennifer AgiestaWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, September 11, 2008; A08 As far as Tony Montella is concerned, Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.) is clearly the better choice for president: He‘s new. He‘s different. And, Montella said, he‘s bound to raise taxes.

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      NEW AD TESTS THE STRENGTH OF PALIN‘S COATTAILS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     Well, that didn‘t take long: Sarah Palin is now a big–time topic in down–ballot races.

State Rep. Jay Love, a Republican running in Alabama‘s 2nd Congressional District, hit the airwaves yesterday tightly allied with the vice presidential candidacy of the Alaska governor. Love, who is in >>>


      PENTAGON POSTPONES TANKER COMPETITION
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     D01 The Pentagon yesterday postponed the controversial $40 billion competition to build an aerial refueling tanker for the Air Force, conceding a breakdown in the management of the contest and postponing the politically charged decision until the next presidential administration.

The delay came after months of >>>


      RANGEL SAYS HE REGRETS ‘ERRORS,‘ REJECTS CALLS TO CEDE PANEL POST
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     A15 Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D–N.Y.) acknowledged yesterday that he had not lived up to the "higher standard" expected of members of Congress, but he maintained that he should not be punished politically for failing to disclose and pay taxes on rental income from his Caribbean resort property.

Th >>>


      REPORT SAYS OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     September 11, 2008; A01 Government officials in charge of collecting billions of dollars worth of royalties from oil and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms, federal investigators reported yesterday.

Invest >>>


      SHE‘S THE STAR THE GOP HITCHED ITS BANDWAGON TO
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     C01 After weeks of mocking Barack Obama as a famous man and that‘s all, the McCain campaign now has its own celebrity to promote: Sarah Palin, the sudden sensation.

Mad love from the public is always welcome, in politics and entertainment, but the McCain campaign seems to have come to this notion slowly. >>>


      TERRORISM FADES AS ISSUE IN 2008 CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 11,
2008; A06 The joint appearance at Ground Zero today by Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama will not only commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks but also will mark a rare moment in the campaign when both candidates focus on t >>>


      THE ADS THAT AREN‘T
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     C01 When Democrats turned their attention to national security themes at their nominating convention last month, Sen. John McCain‘s campaign was ready.

In a withering TV commercial called "Tiny," McCain claimed that Sen. Barack Obama had called Iran a "tiny" country that "doesn&ls >>>


      THIRD–PARTY CANDIDATES CHOOSE CLOWN MAKEUP OVER PIG LIPSTICK
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     There‘s no putting lipstick on this pig. Ron Paul, the libertarian gadfly who launched a mass movement in his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, convened a third–party unity event at the National Press Club yesterday to bring Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin toget >>>


      7 YEARS LATER, NEW YORKERS PAUSE TO REMEMBER
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     September 11, 2008; A14 NEW YORK, Sept. 10 –– At Engine Company No. 10 on Liberty Street, next to the World Trade Center site, tourists and local residents left flowers, posed for pictures with the firefighters and lined up to buy T–shirts with the station house logo "10 House Still Standing." >>>


      AUSTRALIA POLICE MINISTER QUITS OVER DIRTY DANCE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     CANBERRA (Reuters) – The police minister in Australia‘s most populous state was forced to quit on Thursday over reports he "dirty danced" in underwear over the chest of a female colleague in a drunken late–night office party.

Matt Brown resigned just three days after being sworn in a >>>


      GEORGIAN KILLED NEAR RUSSIAN ROADBLOCK
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     2008; A11 KARALETI, Georgia, Sept. 10 –– A Georgian police officer was shot dead Wednesday at a roadblock near a Russian position in this town, two days after Russia agreed to start pulling troops out of Georgia‘s undisputed territory.

Sgt. Kakha Tsotniashvili was shot twice about 10 a.m. as h >>>


      HOW TO HELP VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     American Red Cross 1–800–REDCROSS http://www.redcross.org Catholic Relief Services 877–HELP–CRS http://www.crs.org Doctors Without Borders 888–3'2–03'2 http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org World Vision 888–511–65'3 http://www.worldvision.org Post a Comment Comm >>>


      IN DEVASTATED HAITIAN CITY, A BODY AS ENVOY OF PEACE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     2008; A01 GONAIVES, Haiti, Sept. 10 –– Caught in a traffic jam, Max Cosci pounded on his horn and cursed the world. He didn‘t have time for this. He needed to recover the body of Lionel Augustin.

In a morgue in the stinking mud–lake that a month ago was a Haitian city, the dead man lay o >>>


      INDIAN COURT SENTENCES 2 CZECH MEN IN INSECT THEFT
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     CALCUTTA, India –– An Indian court has fined a Czech entomologist and sentenced another Czech citizen to three years in prison after finding them guilty of illegally collecting rare butterflies and beetles in the country‘s remote northeast, officials said Thursday.

Wildlife officials caught th >>>


      ISRAELI POLICE LOCATE MISSING GIRL‘S REMAINS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Israeli police believe they have found the body of a 4–year–old French girl whose disappearance has transfixed the nation.

Police have been searching for Rose Pizam for weeks after arresting her paternal grandfather and mother in the case.

The pair are lovers, and t >>>


      MALAYSIA SECURITY FORCES DECRY RACIAL INSTIGATION
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– Malaysia‘s police and armed forces warned people Thursday not to make public remarks that could sour race relations, in a bid to scotch tensions following a Malay politician‘s diatribe against the ethnic Chinese minority.

The threat of a crackdown on racial prov >>>


      MARINE CAPTAIN FROM MD. DIES IN AFGHAN BOMBING
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     2008; A13 Marine Corps Capt. Jesse Melton III told his mother he had a bad feeling about his March deployment to Afghanistan, a sense that he would either be wounded or not return home to Maryland from his second combat tour.

Janice Chance said she asked her son if he wanted to try to get out of going, but he n >>>


      MORE VOTERS PERCEIVE PROGRESS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     By Jon CohenWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 11, 2008; A06 The percentage of voters seeing progress in U.S. efforts to restore civil order in Iraq is now higher than it has been in nearly three years, even as Americans still hold broadly negative views about the original decision to go to war.

Th >>>


      NORTH KOREA‘S KIM SAID RECOVERING QUICKLY, STILL RULES
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong–il is on the mend from an apparent stroke, a South Korean lawmaker said on Thursday, with no signs he has lost his grip over a country that possibly has nuclear weapons.

Kim can stand up with assistance and is able to communicate, a South Korean lawmake >>>


      OFFICIAL: BOAT CAPSIZES WITH 40 PEOPLE IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     PATNA, India –– A government official says 40 people, mostly women and children, are missing after their boat capsized in a river in northern India.

Sudhansu Shekhar, the block development officer, says the boat got entangled in a fishing net on Thursday and sank in the strong currents of the Haroha >>>


      PAKISTAN KILLS MILITANTS; TENSION WITH U.S. GROWS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani security forces have killed 20 militants near the Afghan border, a security official said on Thursday, as tensions over how to tackle the Taliban and al Qaeda surfaced with the United States.

An intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan has piled pressure on Pakistan to go aft >>>


      PAKISTAN PREMIER BACKS ARMY CHIEF‘S US REBUKE
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s prime minister on Thursday backed the army chief‘s criticism of the U.S. following a deadly American–led ground assault in Pakistani territory.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani‘s comments Wednesday reflected go >>>


      REPORTS: NO NUKES FOR RUSSIAN BOMBERS IN VENEZUELA
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     MOSCOW –– Two long–range bombers that flew to Venezuela in the first such Western Hemisphere flight since the Cold War carried no nuclear weapons, a news agency reported Thursday citing a Russian air force official.

The bombers flew to Venezuela before planned joint military maneuvers that app >>>


      RUSSIAN BOMBERS LAND IN VENEZUELA FOR DRILLS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     11, 2008; A11 CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 10 –– Two Russian strategic bombers landed in Venezuela on Wednesday as part of military maneuvers, President Hugo Chávez said, welcoming the unprecedented deployment at a time of increasing tensions between Russia and the United States.

Russian militar >>>


      SOUTH OSSETIA AIMS TO JOIN RUSSIA, LEADER SAYS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Georgia‘s breakaway region of South Ossetia plans to become part of the Russian Federation, its leader said on Thursday.

"Yes, we will be part of the Russian Federation," South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity told reporters in the Russian resort of Sochi on the >>>


      THAI PROTESTERS SAY WILL ACCEPT NO PPP MINISTERS
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters occupying Thailand‘s seat of government said on Thursday they would not accept any candidates from parliament‘s dominant People Power Party (PPP) as a replacement for disqualified Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

"The main principle is that Samak, who violat >>>


      THAI RULING PARTY BACKS SAMAK FOR PM
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand‘s ruling People Power Party (PPP) nominated leader Samak Sundaravej on Thursday to return as prime minister, putting it on a collision course with protesters hell–bent on stopping him from resuming office.

Protesters occupying Thailand‘s seat of government sa >>>


      THE MAN WHO PUT COLOR BACK IN SAUDI MENSWEAR
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     11, 2008; A10 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia –– About 10 years ago, Saudi fashion designer Yahya al–Bishri decided he had had enough of the plain, long white robe worn by men here.

Bishri, who had previously designed only for women, came up with a line of men‘s robes, known here as thobes, that fe >>>


      TOP MILITARY OFFICER URGES MAJOR CHANGE IN AFGHANISTAN STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     A01 The nation‘s top military officer issued a blunt assessment yesterday of the war in Afghanistan and called for an overhaul in U.S. strategy there, warning that thousands more U.S. troops as well as greater U.S. military involvement across the border in Pakistan‘s tribal areas are needed to battle an inte >>>


      UK‘S BROWN SEEKS NEW APPROACH ON PAKISTAN BORDER
      Washington Post, 11-09-2008
     LONDON –– British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he‘ll discuss a new approach to policing the Afghan–Pakistan border in talks with U.S. President George W. Bush.

Brown said the two leaders were holding a video conference on Thursday to assess the work of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghani >>>


      ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN CUTS BANK HAPOALIM HOLDING
      Haaretz, 11-09-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Tags: Bank Hapoalim Is AllianceBernstein (formerly known as Alliance Capital Management) withdrawing as a significant shareholder in Bank Hapoalim? Over the past three months Alliance has sold around NIS 200 million worth of Hapoalim shares, about a 1% stake in the bank.

Its pace of selling ha >>>


      ANALYST UPGRADES ALVARION
      Haaretz, 11-09-2008
     By Nir Zalik Tags: Alvarion, Oppenheimer Investment bank Oppenheimer this week upgraded its recommendation for the Israeli company Alvarion from Sector Perform to Outperform. The bank‘s 12–month price target for Alvarion is $'.

Analyst Ittai Kidron explains that the company‘s share price i >>>


      BANKS INCH DOWN, CHEMICALS DROP HARD
      Haaretz, 11-09-2008
     By Rotem Sella Tags: TASE Tel Aviv stocks fell yesterday after a session in the shadow of developments on Wall Street. Heavyweights Israel Chemicals and Israel Corporation managed to claw back some lost ground but still ended significantly lower, dragging down the benchmarks.

Trading in Tel Aviv took place agai >>>



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