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      ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE...
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     ANTONIS PASVANIS/EUROKINISSI A health worker holds the hand of a woman who visited the Athens War Museum yesterday for an event to raise awareness about Alzheimer‘s disease. One of the warning signs of Alzheimer‘s is trembling of the hands. World Alzheimer‘s Day is this Sunday.
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      BAD ROADS BLAMED FOR FATALITIES
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     The sharp rise in road accidents this year is chiefly due to the country’s poorly maintained road network, according to the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), which said the handover of the collection of toll fees to a private company would deprive the state annually of 240 million euros – cash that could be used to mak >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     STOP SIGNAL Railway workers’ strike halts service to Athens Airport A strike by the Panhellenic Union of Railway Workers means that train services across the country will be severely disrupted and the Proastiakos Suburban Railway will not be running at all. As a result of the strike, there will be no metro service to or >>>


      ISLANDERS SHUT OUT ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     INFORMATION Company Profile Health & Emergency NEWS Islanders shut out illegal migrants Municipal authorities on the island of Patmos, in the Dodecanese, have said they are blocking their ports to would–be migrants coming from Turkey, as the unwanted visitors have exceeded the number of permanent residents on >>>


      ND LOOKING TO HEAL ITS WOUNDS
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     Wife of government spokesman quits journalism as conservatives hope to end recent focus on scandals Exactly one year after it was re–elected, New Democracy sought yesterday to heal yet another of the wounds that have opened up over the last few weeks and jeopardized its hopes of serving a third consecutive term in >>>


      OPENING OF NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM DELAYED
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     ANA Culture Minister Michalis Liapis and a group of visitors admire a set of exhibits at the New Acropolis Museum yesterday. The opening of the museum, which had been scheduled for December, has been postponed until February or March, Liapis said. The minister said he was in talks with choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou >>>


      RED CROSS IRE OVER TOWN HALL
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     The Greek branch of the Red Cross has threatened legal action against the company awarded the contract to build a new town hall in Zacharo, in the western Peloponnese, after alleging that the construction firm submitted two bids for the tender under different guises.

The project had already caused controversy a >>>


      WOMAN, 62, TO WALK 600 KM ON NEW KNEES
      Kathimerin, 17-09-2008
     A 62–year–old woman fitted with artificial knees two years ago is to walk 600 kilometers from Athens to Thessaloniki to prove that fitness can be regained despite illness.

Cleopatra Markopoulou is this Sunday to set off from the Acropolis and wind her way northward, stopping off every evening at tow >>>


      BANKRUPTCY THREAT LOOMS OVER AIG
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Reuters NEW YORK: American International Group Inc shares plummeted after the insurers credit ratings were cut, heightening concerns it might file for bankruptcy and cause more turmoil in global markets.

In afternoon trading, AIG shares were down $1.76, or 37 percent, at $3.00 on the New York Stock Exchange, af >>>


      ECONOMY BRIEFS: STC RAISES NETWORK CAPACITY
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Arab News RIYADH: Saudi Telecom Company (STC) recently completed work to raise its network capacity in the areas surrounding the mosques in Makkah and Madinah.

The project involved establishing a number of new stations, expanding others, and extending the capacity of base control stations, switchboards and sign >>>


      FED HOLDS RATES STEADY
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Mark Felsenthal I Reuters WASHINGTON: The Federal Reserve held US interest rate steady yesterday, opting to soothe rattled financial markets with central bank lending and saying it was worried both about economic weakness and price pressures.

The US central banks unanimous decision leaves the interbank overnigh >>>


      GCC, INDIA CLOSER ON FTA DEAL
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News Ahmad Ahen, leader of the GCC delegation, (4th right) is seen with Bharathi Sihag, leader of the Indian delegation, (2nd left) and Rajeev Shahare, deputy chief of Indian mission, (extreme left) at the GCC–India FTA talks in Riyadh on Tuesday. (AN photo)

RIYADH: Talks on a >>>


      GLOBAL CRISIS FEAR GRIPS INVESTORS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Khalil Hanware I Arab News CONFIDENCE BROKEN: A styrofoam bull is pictured in front of the board at Frankfurts DAX stock exchange on Tuesday as stocks continued to slide after Lehman Brothers bankruptcy rocked markets worldwide. (Reuters)

JEDDAH/LONDON: World stock markets tumbled for a second straight day yest >>>


      IMF CHIEF WARNS MORE BANKS MAY CLOSE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Alain Navarro I AFP CAIRO: The global financial crisis is not over and more banks could close, possibly leading to the disappearance of independent investment houses, IMF chief Dominique Strauss–Kahn told AFP.

"The fact that a certain number of banks in the United States are restructuring shouldnt le >>>


      LEHMAN EMPLOYEES PACK UP THEIR BAGS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     AFP TOUGH TIME: A worker carries a box out of the office of Lehman Brothers in the Canary Wharf district of London on Tuesday. (Reuters)

TOKYO: As Lehman Brothers workers packed their bags across Asia, an employee of the once venerable Wall Street firm in Tokyo said he felt like he had been handed the death pen >>>


      SAUDI BINLADIN&#8217;S SR1B SUKUK A BIG SUCCESS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
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Saudi Binladins SR1b sukuk a big success Arab News

RIYADH: The Saudi Binladin Group successfully completed the issuance of a privately placed Saudi riyal sukuk of finance raising more than SR1 billion from the capital markets in Saudi Arabia. The Sukuk has a 5&ndash >>>


      SAUDI, SUDAN TEAMS DISCUSS COOPERATION IN FARM SECTOR
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Sultan Al Tamimmi | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and Sudan discussed special economic integration and cooperation between the two countries in the field of agriculture at a meeting held at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) here Monday night.

Minister of Finance and National Economy Dr. Awad A >>>


      A BLESSED MONTH OF A SPECIAL NATURE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     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, 17-09-2008
     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 >>>


      ITALY SAYS SORRY TO LIBYA FOR DAMAGE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     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 >>>


      RAMADAN: BENEFITS OF NIGHT WORSHIP
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News THE special character, which distinguishes the month of Ramadan from the rest of the year is derived from the type of action we do during this month, be they obligatory or voluntary. We have spoken about fasting and the reasons for making it obligatory, as well as the role it plays in the buildin >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     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 PROPHET AS A MAN: FAMILIAR FAMILY PROBLEMS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     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&#3'AN TEACHES: THE FATE OF EVIL DESIGNS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Commentary by Syed Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful They swear by God with their most solemn oaths that if a warner should ever come to them, they would follow his guidance better than some other community, but when a warner did come to them, they turned away with increased aversion, behavin >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#8217;AN TEACHES: SUSTAINING THE UNIVERSE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
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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 >>>


      &#8216;FLOATING&#8217; LAND DEEDS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN YANBU
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
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Floating land deeds a major problem in Yanbu Arab News

YANBU: Title deeds that do not clearly define the land that they supposedly represent is a major threat to development in Yanbu as buyers often end up discovering later that the land they have purchased belong t >>>


      CHARITABLE BODY LAUNCHED
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Hasan Hatrash I Arab News JEDDAH: The first charitable vocational training association was launched yesterday at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The new body aims at training low–income citizens and providing them with business support throughout the Kingdom.

Ahmad Hashim, who was appo >>>


      DEPORTATION OF EXPATS ARRIVING ON FORGED PAPERS HITS AIRLINES
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Mohammed Rasooldeen I Arab News RIYADH: Foreign workers who were repatriated from the Kingdoms prisons earlier are being sent home by return flights on arrival in the Kingdom with forged documents.

An immigration official at the Jeddah airport, who didnt want to be named, said those workers who are sent to pris >>>


      GULF CITIZENS TO GET EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN GOVERNMENT JOBS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers has instructed authorities to treat all GCC citizens equally in employment at government departments and institutions, Information Minister Iyad Madani said.

The Cabinet meeting on Monday night, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, took the decis >>>


      HIJAZ RAILWAY BRIDGE TO BE RECONSTRUCTED
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Arab News MADINAH: The Madinah Municipality has decided to reconstruct the historic railway bridge near the Islamic University in Wadi Al–Aqiq neighborhood in Madinah.

"The General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (GCTA) is collaborating with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in the r >>>


      OIC, GCC SIGN ACCORD &#8212; THE PACT AIMS AT PROMOTING POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour I Arab News BEGINNING OF AN ERA: OIC Secretary–General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, left, shakes hands with GCC Secretary–General Abdul Rahman Al–Attiyah after signing the agreement. (AN photo)

JEDDAH: The 57–member Organization of the Islamic Conference, which is the world&a >>>


      &#8216;ISLAMABAD COMMITTED TO KASHMIR CAUSE&#8217;
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Azhar Masood I Arab News ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani yesterday said that Pakistan was committed to the political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for right of self–determination.

He expressed the confidence that the Organization of Is >>>


      &#8216;ONGRESS PERFORMANCE WILL IMPROVE BEFORE ELECTIONS&#8217;
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Syed Faisal Ali I Arab News JEDDAH: The Congress party will improve its performance in the politically crucial states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in the coming national elections, said two senior Congress leaders.

"Under the dynamic and inspiring leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi the pa >>>


      ANWAR SAYS HE HAS MAJORITY TO RULE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Jalil Hamid I Reuters ROARING TO TAKE OVER: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and wife Wan Azizah Ismail during a press conference at his office near Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. (EPA)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysias opposition alliance claimed yesterday it had enough support in Parliament to oust the government an >>>


      BOLIVIAN GOVERNOR HELD &#8212; US SUSPENDS PEACE CORPS PROGRAM
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
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Bolivian governor held US suspends Peace Corps program Dan Keane | AP

LA PAZ: President Evo Morales announced yesterday that soldiers have arrested an opposition governor on suspicion of directing a massacre of the leftist leaders supporters as Bolivias political cr >>>


      ELEVEN DIE IN GAZA GUNBATTLE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Hisahm Abu Taha I Arab News MURDER AVENGED: The funeral procession for Hamas policeman Samah Al–Naji winds its way through the streets of Gaza City on Tuesday. (Reuters)

GAZA CITY: Eleven people, including a police officer and an infant, were killed yesterday in a fresh outbreak of internecine Palestinian >>>


      HASINA GRANTED BAIL IN EXTORTION CASE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Reuters DHAKA: A Bangladesh court yesterday granted bail to former Prime Minister Hasina Wajed in an extortion case setting the stage for her return from the United States next month ahead of elections later in the year.

Hasina, who was paroled in June and allowed to go abroad for medical treatment, is still fa >>>


      IRANIAN GUARDS TO PATROL GULF WATERS &#8212; SANCTIONS HURTING, SAYS TRADE BODY CHIEF
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Agencies TEHRAN: Iran announced yesterday that it has put the elite Revolutionary Guards in charge of defending the countrys territorial Gulf waters in what appeared to be a hardening of its stance.

US commanders in the Gulf have in the past said they find Guards ships more confrontational than the regular Iran >>>


      IRAQ GAINS FRAGILE, SAYS NEW US COMMANDER &#8212; EXIT PETRAEUS, ENTER ODIERNO
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
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Iraq gains fragile, says new US commander Exit Petraeus, enter Odierno Agencies

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq: Gen. Raymond Odierno took charge of US–led forces in Iraq yesterday from David Petraeus, warning that security gains in the country were "fragile and rever >>>


      ISI MUST BE REFORMED, BOUCHER SAYS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Reuters WASHINGTON: The Pakistani militarys powerful and controversial spy agency needs reform but there is no indication this is happening yet, the top US diplomat for South Asia said on Monday.

"It has to be done," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher said >>>


      LAST UN STAFF SAFELY LEAVE LANKA WAR ZONE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Reuters COLOMBO: The United Nations last team inside Sri Lankas war zone safely reached army–held territory yesterday after the government told aid workers to leave the north in what the president called a temporary safety measure.

A convoy of 10 aid workers reached the Omanthai checkpoint, 265 km north o >>>


      MCCAIN, OBAMA HAVE DIFFERENT CURES FOR WALL STREET MESS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Barbara Ferguson I Arab News WASHINGTON: Both US presidential candidates were riveted on Wall Street finances as their campaigns sought to address the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers investment firm and the huge point plunge by the Dow this week.

Given the trauma on Wall Street since Monday, it was not too big a >>>


      MULLEN MAKES UNANNOUNCED VISIT TO PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Agencies WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, arrived in Pakistan on an unannounced visit yesterday to discuss operations under way on the Afghanistan frontier with Pakistans leaders, the Pentagon said.

"He will meet with Prime Minister (Yousaf Raza) Gilani a >>>


      POLLS SEE EASY LIVNI VICTORY OVER MOFAZ
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     Mohammed Mari I Arab News RAMALLAH: A new Israeli public opinion poll yesterday predicted a landslide victory for Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni over her main opponent, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz to succeed incumbent Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as chair of the ruling Kadima party and possibly prime minister.
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      SEARCH ON FOR SMOKELESS ALTERNATIVE TO CIGARETTES
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     The Independent LONDON: Smoking has been so much part of our culture for so long that it is hard to imagine a world without it. Yet that is exactly what the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the UK called for last week. The RCP suggested that, with a concerted effort, smoking could be eliminated within 20 years.
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      SULEIMAN OPENS &#8216;NATIONAL DIALOGUE&#8217;
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
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Suleiman opens national dialogue Tom Perry I Reuters

PEACE MOVES: "We must be unified," said Lebanese President Michel Suleiman at the presidential palace in Beirut. (EPA)

BEIRUT: Lebanons president called on rival leaders to unite yesterday at th >>>


      TALEBAN KILL TOP AFGHAN OFFICIAL, WIFE
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     AFP ASADABAD: Gunmen shot dead an Afghan intelligence agent and his wife and their two sons in their beds early yesterday, officials said, pinning the murders on Taleban–linked militants.

In other violence linked to an extremist insurgency, a deputy provincial governor and his police chief escaped a Taleb >>>


      TINY ISLAND DOMINATES DELHI–DHAKA NEGOTIATIONS
      Arab News, 17-09-2008
     IANS DHAKA: The location of a tiny island and the flow of a river into the Bay of Bengal are the main points of negotiation as India and Bangladesh discuss their maritime boundary after a gap of 28 years.

The island is called South Talpatty by Bangladesh and Purbasha or New Moore Island by India. The flow of Ha >>>


      FBI TO GET EXPERT HELP IN ANTHRAX INQUIRY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     A06 FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told skeptical lawmakers yesterday that the bureau will enlist an expert panel to assess the quality of scientific evidence in its widespread anthrax investigation.

Deflecting calls for a special congressional inquiry, bureau leaders are reaching out to the National Academ >>>


      FDA BANS IMPORTS OF 28 INDIAN–MADE DRUGS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     By David BrownWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 17, 2008; A03 The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that it was halting importation of 28 drugs made by the giant Indian generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories because of manufacturing deficiencies at two of the company‘s plants.

Do >>>


      GATES EXPRESSES REGRET FOR CIVILIAN DEATHS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM KABUL, Afghanistan –– Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday expressed "personal regret" for recent U.S. airstrikes that killed Afghan civilians, and pledged more accurate targeting in future.

After meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior government officials, G >>>


      KEY PROVISIONS OF HOUSE ENERGY BILL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     3:12 AM –– Key provisions of House energy bill: _Opens federal waters beyond 50 miles from shore along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to oil and gas drilling, ending drilling bans that have been in effect for 26 years. States would have to agree to drilling for areas between 50 and 100 miles from land.
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      MCCAIN ABLE TO SKIRT LIMITS OF FEDERAL FINANCING
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     A04 Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama put his fundraising machine on display in Beverly Hills last night, tallying more than $' million at star–studded events that included a $28,500–per–person dinner and a private concert by Barbra Streisand.

Obama‘s record $66 million ha >>>


      MCCAIN BLACKBERRY EASILY CONNECTS WITH GORE INTERNET
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     2008; A04 The campaign of Sen. John McCain wanted to be clear yesterday: The Arizona Republican did not help create the BlackBerry.

That message came after McCain‘s top economic adviser said that the senator had, in fact, helped bring about the handheld device, comments that the campaign later called a &q >>>


      MCCAIN CAMPAIGN CLAMPS DOWN ON QUESTIONS IN ALASKA
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     JUNEAU, Alaska –– GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is effectively turning over questions about her record as Alaska‘s governor to John McCain‘s political campaign, part of an ambitious Republican strategy to limit any embarrassing disclosures and carefully shape her image for voters in >>>


      MCCAIN EMBRACES REGULATION AFTER MANY YEARS OF OPPOSITION
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     2008; A01 A decade ago, Sen. John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate the banking and insurance industries, helping to sweep aside a thicket of rules established over decades in favor of a less restricted financial marketplace that proponents said would result in greater economic growth.

Now, as t >>>


      MCCAIN OFFERS NEW AD IN RESPONSE TO CRISIS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM WARREN, Ohio –– John McCain, struggling to strike the right note amid roiling financial markets and a Wall Street restructuring, released a new television ad Wednesday asserting he is the right leader to keep Americans‘ savings safe in the future.

"Enough is enough," says the comm >>>


      MISERABLE POST–IKE LIFE WON‘T CHANGE SOON FOR MANY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM GALVESTON, Texas –– Life after Ike has come to mean misery by degree for many along the Texas coast.

Up in Houston, most residents in the nation‘s fourth–largest city remained without power into Wednesday morning, making it tough to track the latest information on where to pick up sup >>>


      OBAMA BUYS 2–MINUTE COMMERCIAL ON ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. –– Barack Obama sought to put a personal stamp on his economic policies in troubled times, appearing Wednesday in a two–minute television commercial to outline his plans and caution it won‘t be easy to fix the nation‘s worsening financial problems.

The new >>>


      OBAMA LEADS MCCAIN BY 2 POINTS: REUTERS POLL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     17, 2008; 8:02 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has a 2–point lead in the U.S. presidential race on Republican John McCain, whose choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate helped shore up support for both candidates, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

Obama leads >>>


      OFFSHORE DRILLING UP TO SENATE AFTER HOUSE PASSAGE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– Offshore oil drilling, which has dominated energy debates in the presidential campaign, is now coming to the Senate.

The House late Tuesday approved on a 236–18' vote legislation that would open waters 50 miles off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and natural gas dev >>>


      STUDY LINKS CHEMICAL BPA TO HEALTH PROBLEMS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 17, 2008; A03 The first large study in humans of a chemical widely used in everyday plastics has found that people with higher levels of bisphenol A had higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities, a finding that immediately became the >>>


      U.S. SEIZES CONTROL OF AIG WITH $85 BILLION EMERGENCY LOAN
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     By David S. Hilzenrath and Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 17, 2008; A01 Invoking extraordinary powers granted after the 1'2' stock market crash, the government seized control of the insurance giant American International Group to preserve a crucial bulwark of the global financial >>>


      HOUSE PASSES BILL TO EXPAND DRILLING, FUND RENEWABLES
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     By Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 17, 2008; A10 The House approved a package of energy initiatives yesterday, including measures that would allow oil drilling as close as 50 miles off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and finance the long–term development of alternative energy sources.
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      PANEL WEIGHS STAY OF MIERS HILL TESTIMONY
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     Federal judges pondered yesterday whether preventing former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers from testifying before Congress would enable the Bush administration to leave office without having to defend its assertion that presidential aides need not appear before congressional panels.

A federal judge has or >>>


      U.S. HOUSE, D.C. COUNCIL WRESTLE OVER GUN CONTROL
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     September 17, 2008; A01 The struggle to regulate guns in the District in light of a historic U.S.

Supreme Court ruling sparked competing legislative efforts yesterday as members of Congress debated taking control of the issue and the D.C. Council implored them to leave it in local hands.

On the most si >>>


      WHIRLWIND TOUR BEATS OUT HURRICANE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     P resident Bush yesterday toured parts of Texas devastated by Hurricane Ike, saying that government at all levels is working hard to mitigate the effects of a storm that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned last week could present a "worst–case scenario." But Sandy K. Baruah, acting admini >>>


      10 DEAD IN CAR BOMBING AT US EMBASSY IN YEMEN
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM SAN‘A, Yemen –– A car bomb exploded at the front gate of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen‘s capital Wednesday, killing six Yemeni guards and four civilians, officials said. No American personnel were reported hurt.

Several "secondary explosions" followed the first blast, the embass >>>


      BLASTS HEARD NEAR U.S. EMBASSY IN YEMEN: REPORT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     DUBAI (Reuters) – Explosions and gunfire were heard on Wednesday near the heavily–fortified U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Arab television stations quoted witnesses as saying.

They gave no more details.

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      BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT, OPPOSITION AGREE TO TALKS TO DEFUSE CRISIS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     A15 BOGOTA, Colombia, Sept. 16 –– Bolivian President Evo Morales and opposition leaders agreed Tuesday to formal negotiations to defuse a crisis that has threatened to split the country in half and led to more than 15 deaths.

The two sides will meet Thursday to discuss issues that include greater di >>>


      CAR BOMB EXPLODES OUTSIDE U.S. EMBASSY IN YEMEN: REPORT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     DUBAI (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy in Yemen on Wednesday, and a fire was seen blazing in the heavily–fortified compound, Al Arabiya TV reported.

It quoted witnesses as saying that the blast was followed by gunfire. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties >>>


      DOUBLE GRENADE ATTACK KILLS 7 MARKING MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     MORELIA, Mexico, Sept. 16 –– Assailants threw two grenades into a huge crowd of independence day revelers in the central western state of Michoacan on Monday night, killing seven people and injuring more than 100 in a brazen attack that escalates the war between Mexico‘s army and drug gangs.

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      EPA LETS ELECTRONIC WASTE FLOW FREELY, GAO REPORT SAYS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     2008; A11 The Environmental Protection Agency has done little to curb the export of discarded electronic products containing hazardous waste, much of which ends up in poorly regulated countries and harms the environment and public health, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report being released today.>>>


      FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBERS ARE LATEST WAR TACTIC
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     17, 2008; A01 BAQUBAH, Iraq –– Shortly after the Muslim sunset prayer, the beggar approached Naeem Jabbar as he stepped out of his car. She was no more than 1' years old. He was a leader of the Awakening, a U.S.–backed force that has helped improve security in Iraq. For the past four months, Jabbar >>>


      FRANCE RESCUES TWO HOSTAGES
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, September 17, 2008; A14 PARIS, Sept. 16 –– French special forces stormed a hijacked sailboat and freed two French hostages held captive since Sept. 2 in a small Somali port, killing one of the kidnappers and capturing six, the government announced Tuesd >>>


      GEORGIA SAYS CELLPHONE RECORDS ARE EVIDENCE RUSSIA STARTED WAR
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     2008; A14 TBILISI, Georgia, Sept. 16 –– Georgian authorities on Tuesday released recordings of cellphone calls they say are evidence that significant numbers of Russian troops began moving into the breakaway region of South Ossetia on Aug. 6, a day before war with Russia started.

Earlier, Georgian a >>>


      ISRAELI PARTY RIVALS FACE OFF IN POWER BID
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM JERUSALEM –– Israel‘s popular foreign minister faced off against a grizzled former military chief on Wednesday in the leadership race for the ruling Kadima party _ an election that could determine the country‘s next prime minister.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who hopes to become Isr >>>


      MEXICAN GRENADE ATTACK SHOWS NO ONE IS SAFE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     MORELIA, Mexico –– The message was clear when two explosions ripped through crowds of Mexican Independence Day revelers: Anyone, anywhere, is fair game when it comes to Mexico‘s intensifying violence.

What wasn‘t clear was exactly who threw the two fragmentation grenades at a holiday cel >>>


      MORALES, BOLIVIAN GOVERNORS AGREE TO TALKS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     LA PAZ, Bolivia –– President Evo Morales and Bolivia‘s opposition governors doused the latest flare–up of the country‘s deep political divisions, signing a pledge to hold talks over key reforms long sought by both rival factions.

Tuesday‘s pact requires anti–Morales pro >>>


      MULLEN VISITS PAKISTAN AS U.S. RAIDS STIR TENSIONS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     17, 2008; A13 KABUL, Sept. 16 –– The United States‘ top military officer flew unexpectedly into Pakistan on Tuesday night to meet with senior officials amid a tense confrontation between the two allies over recent U.S. military incursions into Pakistan in pursuit of al–Qaeda and Taliban extremist >>>


      NIGERIA SHUTS DOWN MAIN TV CHANNEL AFTER REPORT
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     AM LAGOS, Nigeria –– Nigerian security officials forced a major private broadcaster off air and arrested three reporters after the station aired a report that President Umaru Yar‘Adua might step down for health reasons, a government spokesman said Wednesday, claiming the report was erroneous.

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      RANGEL WON‘T STEP DOWN AS PANEL CHAIR DURING PROBE
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     2008; A11 Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D–N.Y.) will not give up his powerful committee chairmanship while he is being investigated for possible ethics violations, a decision supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.), the congressman‘s lawyer said yesterday.

"Mr. Rangel has not conside >>>


      RUSSIA SIGNS TREATIES WITH GEORGIA REBEL REGIONS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed friendship treaties with Georgia‘s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Wednesday and promised them the backing of Russia‘s armed forces.

The treaties formalize military, diplomatic and economic co–operation betwee >>>


      U.S. DEFENSE CHIEF TO ACT ON AFGHAN CIVILIAN DEATHS
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Under pressure over rising civilian deaths in Afghanistan, the U.S. defense chief said on Wednesday that the U.S. military needed to do more to prevent the killing of ordinary Afghans caught up in military operations.

Anger has mounted in Afghanistan over a spike in civilian casualties i >>>


      U.S. EMBASSY IN YEMEN ATTACKED
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     17, 2008; 7:36 AM SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 17 –– Attackers exploded a vehicle bomb outside the main gate of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen on Wednesday in what appeared to be a well–coordinated assault that triggered more explosions and heavy gunfire around the compound.

Yemen‘s official Saba news >>>


      WITNESS TIES COLOMBIAN GENERAL TO PARAMILITARIES
      Washington Post, 17-09-2008
     A12 MEDELLIN, Colombia –– Gen. Mario Montoya has for years been a trusted caretaker of the sizable aid package Washington provides Colombia‘s army, leading helicopter–and–commando teams that eradicated drug crops and helping orchestrate this summer‘s dramatic rescue of hostage Ingrid >>>


      AIG HIT BY MULTI–NOTCH DOWNGRADE, ISRAELIS SAY NOT EXPOSED
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By With Reuters , By TheMarker As the markets had dreaded, the international credit rating agencies yesterday downgraded American International Group on liquidity worries as its stock plunged, but Israeli insurance sources reassure that local exposure to the insurance giant is low. Meanwhile, a local credit agency downg >>>


      ALL THE FIRMS ARE EXPOSED
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Hagai Amit Tags: Wall Street, Business One of the stories of the day in Tel Aviv trading circles yesterday was the Tel Bond–20 index. That‘s the index with the 20 weightiest corporate bonds (in terms of market cap) listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The thing is, the Tel Bond–20 tumbled 2% yeste >>>


      AT BANK‘S BEHEST, COURT NAMES TEMPORARY RECEIVER FOR GAYDAMAK‘S SHARES IN OCIF
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Nurit Roth, Michael Rochvarger, and Hila Raz At the request of Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, the Tel Aviv District Court has ordered the appointment of a temporary receiver for shares in Ocif Investments & Development belonging to Arcadi Gaydamak. The bank held rights to the shares because they were securing the NIS 244 >>>


      CHAIM KATZMAN SEES THE BOTTOM
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: Business, Gazit "What is happening to Lehman Brothers proves the determination of the American economy to clear itself of past sins," says Chaim Katzman, controlling shareholder of the Gazit Group. "Even though it wasn‘t nice, what the U.S.

Fed[eral Reserve Bank] >>>


      HARD LANDING / WHAT HAPPENED? ALL THE ANSWERS
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Eytan Avriel Tags: economy, Israel Lehman Brothers has fallen, Merrill Lynch has been sold and American International Group – better known as AIG – is desperately scrambling for cash after being downgraded. Of the five great independent Wall Street banks, only two remain: Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. >>>


      HARD LOOK / IS A FAILED MINISTER SUITABLE TO SERVE AS PRIME MINISTER?
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Admittedly, I can‘t express an intelligent opinion on Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Her ministry doesn‘t deal with economics and I haven‘t been keeping track of the ministry‘s activity. I have no idea whether Livni has been a good, great or terrible foreign minister.

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      HOME SWEET HOME FOR JEWISH BANKERS?
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Ido Solomon The shock and fear that have pervaded the financial world has naturally hit London. Increasing numbers of Israelis and Jews are sending out feelers in search of a possible return or aliya to Israel. Analysts and brokers who had felt in the past that the Israeli finance industry was limited in both scope a >>>


      LEHMAN DEBRIS HITS SHEKEL–DOLLAR RATE
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Nathan Sheva The collapse of Lehman Brothers may have originated in New York but it‘s threatening Israeli exporters – by weakening the dollar against the shekel, again.

The behavior of the forex market since the sudden events that began at the end of last week, culminating in Lehman‘s demis >>>


      LEHMAN LEADING KESHET TO DEFAULT
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer The demise of Lehman Brothers may force Keshet Debentures to default on its liabilities to bondholders. Keshet will probably not be sending investors interest checks in two weeks for the Keshet B1 series of bonds, brokered by Excellence Nessuah. That‘s because the Deutsche Bundesbank has halted p >>>


      LEN BLAVATNIK CLOSING PURCHASE OF MAARIV – SOURCES
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Eytan Avriel The sale of the Maariv daily newspaper to billionaire Leonard Blavatnik is a done deal, says a source close to the negotiations. Blavatnik and Maariv owner Ofer Nimrodi are drawing up the contract, says the source.

The deal could be done in 10 days to two weeks, the source said. Blavatnik will r >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     Life goes on Advertisement It‘s rocky times for stock markets the world over. Some companies are scrambling for credit and some investors are frightened. But even as storm clouds gather and rain falls, life goes on, as the following briefs demonstrate.

Danya Cebus nabs $250m Russia job Danya Cebus said ye >>>


      TEL AVIV BANK STOCKS, HOLDING COMPANIES TANK
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer and Moti Bassok Tel Aviv stocks fell across the board yesterday in heavy trading as the global credit crisis escalated. Despite early signs of a rally on Wall Street, in Israel shares of banks and insurance companies fell hard, and the index tracking real estate stocks dropped 10%. Corporate bonds dive >>>


      TEVA SEEKING REPLACEMENT FOR LEHMAN AS INVESTMENT BANKER
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Tags: Lehman Brothers, Business Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has to find a new investment banker after the demise of Lehman Brothers.

The moribund institution was the investment bank through which Teva operated for decades. Lehman advised Teva on the financial aspects of all its major acquisi >>>


      DANCING AT BEN–GURION AIRPORT
      Haaretz, 17-09-2008
     By Alexander Yakobson Tags: Israel, Ben–Gurion airport Here is yet another story about the security checks at Ben–Gurion airport: A black American dancer – a member of the well–known Alvin Ailey dance troupe, which had come to give a series of performances in Israel – was asked to dance in >>>



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