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      BID TO CALM FIERY OA PROTESTS
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     A group of Olympic Airlines maintenance staff ran onto the runway at Athens International Airport yesterday and disrupted the arrival of flights in protest at plans to privatize the carrier, as the government assured employees that they would not be left to fend for themselves.

The European Commission gave the >>>


      FMS AGREE TO PICK UP TALKS ON NAME ROW
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and her counterpart from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Antonio Milososki, have agreed to meet in New York for the next stage of talks on the Macedonia name dispute that have been progressing at the ambassadorial level so far, it was revealed yesterday.

Bakoy >>>


      GREEK–OWNED FREIGHTER HIJACKED OFF SOMALIA
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     The fate of a Greek–owned cargo ship that had been en route to Kenya from Ethiopia was unclear yesterday after it was reported to have been seized by Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean off Mogadishu.

The Centauri, a Maltese–flagged freighter with a crew of 25 Filipinos, is believed to have been bo >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     Maliakos handover Minister opens new section of notoriously risky highway Environment and Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias yesterday opened a newly constructed 54–kilometer section of road running along the Maliakos Gulf, in central Greece, one of the country’s most notoriously dangerous stretches of highway >>>


      KINDERGARTEN FEARS ASSUAGED
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     The Education Ministry yesterday rebuffed claims that children of preschool age have failed to get into kindergartens following the refusal of licenses to some institutions, saying «all 5–year–olds who applied have been granted kindergarten places.» In addition, nine out of 10 4–year– >>>


      MONASTERY PROBE BEGINS
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     First witnesses called in land exchange investigation; ND and PASOK clash The investigation into the controversial exchange of land between the state and the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos began yesterday as PASOK and New Democracy clashed in Parliament over the handling of the probe.

Two journalists were th >>>


      RECLAIM PUBLIC PROPERTY...
      Kathimerin, 19-09-2008
     PANTELIS SAITAS/ANA Municipal employees clean deadwood and rubbish yesterday from a plot of land near the rundown Koundouriotika apartments just off Alexandras Avenue in central Athens. The City of Athens launched a drive to reclaim public property in the area with the aim of turning it into a green space. Yesterday’s e >>>


      BANKS PUMP $300BN INTO MARKETS
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Agencies NEW YORK: Wall Streets biggest crisis since the Great Depression forced the Federal Reserve and central banks around the globe to pump billions of dollars into the world banking system in an urgent bid to stop further damage.

The Fed plowed as much as $180 billion into money markets overseas. At home, >>>


      GULF OIL, INVESTMENTS LIKELY VICTIMS OF US CRISIS
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Omar Hasan I AFP NICOSIA: Gulf states are bracing for the shakeout in the value of their massive foreign investments and the impact of lower oil revenues as the US financial crisis jolts the global economy, analysts say. But the banking sector in the six–nation Gulf Cooperation Council appears safe, they have told >>>


      KUWAIT MONEY SUPPLY GROWTH UP SLIGHTLY
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Reuters KUWAIT: Annual Kuwaiti money–supply growth picked up marginally to 15.33 percent in August after hitting a 20–month low in July, as funds in savings and time deposits rose at a slower rate, official data showed.

M3, the broadest measure of money circulating in the economy, hit 20.62 billion >>>


      LLOYDS RESCUES HBOS IN $22BN DEAL
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Steve Slater I Reuters LONDON: Lloyds TSB rescued Britains biggest mortgage lender HBOS Plc yesterday in a $22 billion takeover as the government swept aside competition rules to ease the deal through.

The takeover, sanctioned by personally by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, came as banks around the world staggere >>>


      MARKET DYNAMICS HAVE CHANGED
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Syed Rashid Husain I Arab News Hurricane Ike may have passed, yet another hurricane of much greater, wider and disastrous dimension of a global economic meltdown is now up on the horizon.

And the crude markets could not remain oblivious to these ominous developments. Hence it tumbled, flirting with low '0 l >>>


      STC AFFILIATE VIVA EYES 10% SHARE IN FIRST YEAR
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Ulf Laessing I Reuters KUWAIT: Kuwaits third telecoms operator VIVA, an affiliate of Saudi Telecom Co, aims to attract 300,000 subscribers in its first year of operation, its chief executive said yesterday.

Kuwait, a country of more than 3 million people with mobile phone penetration of more '0 percent, sol >>>


      WORRIED CUSTOMERS MOB AIG SINGAPORE OFFICE
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Bernice Han I AFP SINGAPORE: For the second day hundreds of anxious policyholders lined up in the hot sun outside the Singapore offices of global insurance giant American International Group (AIG) yesterday, despite a US government bailout of the firm.

Hundreds more some vowing to terminate their policies were >>>


      RAMADAN: MOTIVATION FOR EXCELLENCE
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News WHEN we think of the role the Muslim community is required to play on lifes stage, we are bound to feel that constant motivation is needed to enable this community to face up to the challenges and overcome the difficulties of its task. Muslims are trustees of Gods message to mankind. They fulfill >>>


      THE DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News Q. In answering a reader about not fasting in Ramadan because he got married, you said he could consider this as travel from Jeddah to India. This sounds as if you are giving a ruling to fit a case. Is this right? Could it not suggest a way out for anyone who does not wish to fast because of spec >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#3'AN TEACHS: AN APPEAL TO REASON
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Commentary by Syed Qutb In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Ya Sin. By the Quran, full of wisdom, you are indeed one of Gods messengers, pursuing a straight way. It is a revelation by the Almighty, the Merciful.

(Ya Sin: 36: 1–5) This Makkan surah is characterized by short verses and >>>


      AIRPORT SYSTEM MALFUNCTIONS
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Sultan Al Tamimi I Arab News JEDDAH: Passengers at King Abdul Aziz International Airport (North Terminal) had to endure a wait of five hours last night when the new system implemented by the Passport Department malfunctioned briefly.

The situation developed after Maghreb prayers and was finally eased by 11 p.m. >>>


      BLENDING ENTERTAINMENT WITH MONEY
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Hasan Hatrash I Arab News JEDDAH: Investing in small–scale entertainment ventures is one of the most common practices of some youths during the month of Ramadan, especially in the southern districts of Jeddah.

Youngsters are seen playing table soccer and billiards in almost every alley and side street of >>>


      DOCUMENTARY ON BATTLE OF BADR
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: A documentary film on the Battle of Badr is being produced by the Madinah Research & Studies Center, according to Abdul Basit Badr, director of the center. "The 12–minute documentary is currently undergoing final touches," he told Al–Watan Arabic daily. "We have used thre >>>


      IQAMA THIEVES ARRESTED
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Jeddah police arrested two Africans who took away the iqama and wallet of an Egyptian expatriate worker and asked him to pay SR1,500 for returning his valuables, press reports said. The Egyptian informed Kandara police about the incident soon after he lost his valuables. Police then worked out a plan t >>>


      KING ATTENDS FUNERAL PRAYER
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan yesterday attended funeral prayers for Princess Lulwa bint Abdul Aziz at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, along with a large number of princes and citizens including Interior Minister Prince Naif and Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman. The king >>>


      MAKKAH TO BE TURNED INTO SMART CITY
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour I Arab News JEDDAH: A two–day international conference on intelligent cities will be held in Makkah in January next year with the objective of transforming Makkah into a smart city with advanced technological facilities.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal will open the conference >>>


      MOVE UNDER WAY TO TRAIN SAUDI NURSES
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is in the process of recruiting 2,000 Filipino nurses and has announced 1,000 scholarships for Saudi girls in a move to address the shortage of specialist nursing staff.

More than 10,000 nurses are urgently required to make up for the shortfall and this mov >>>


      BUS CRASH IN BIHAR KILLS 14 VILLAGERS
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Arab News PATNA: A speeding bus ran over villagers watching a movie adjacent to a national highway in eastern India early yesterday, killing 14 and seriously wounding 18 others, police said. The accident occurred in the eastern state of Bihar, when the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and crashed into dozen >>>


      CHOPPER CRASH IN IRAQ KILLS 7 US TROOPS
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD: Seven American soldiers were killed yesterday when their transport helicopter crashed in southern Iraq, the deadliest such incident in the country for over a year, the US military said.

The CH–47 Chinook went down, killing all on board, about 100 km west of the main southern port city of >>>


      GROUP THREATENS SAUDI MISSION
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     AFP SANAA: Yemeni authorities have rounded up 25 suspects over a deadly attack on the US Embassy in Sanaa claimed by an Al–Qaeda linked group.

The Organization of Islamic Jihad said it was behind Wednesdays car bombing and rocket attack on the highly fortified US mission that killed six soldiers, six assa >>>


      INDIA PLANS SPECIAL ANTI–TERRORISM CENTER
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy I Arab News NEW DELHI: The Indian government unveiled new security measures yesterday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted to "vast gaps" in intelligence gathering following a spate of bombings in major cities.

The Cabinet approved proposals to hire 7,000 additional policeme >>>


      ISRAELI OFFICIAL WARNS OF CHEMICAL WARFARE AGAINST SYRIA
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Mohammed Mar&#3'i I Arab News RAMALLAH: A senior Israeli defense official warned that any future military conflict with Syria may include chemical warfare and fighting against guerrilla and regular army forces, a report said yesterday.

The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot quoted Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi, head >>>


      LIVNI PLANS NEW GOVT AFTER NARROW POLL WIN
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Amy Teibel I AP JERUSALEM: Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni eked out a victory yesterday in a surprisingly tight race to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as head of Israels governing party, and said she would immediately turn to the task of trying to build a new government.

Livni, a political moderate, won 43.1 p >>>


      NO RETREAT UNDER SANCTIONS THREAT: AHMADINEJAD
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Agencies TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday Iran would not halt sensitive nuclear work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs and brushed aside threats of more sanctions.

Ahmadinejad, who is due to attend the UNs General Assembly debate next week, also said he was willing to meet w >>>


      PAKISTAN SAYS NOT INFORMED OF US STRIKE
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Reuters ISLAMABAD: The United States did not inform Pakistan about a missile strike on militants hours after the top US military officer said the United States would respect Pakistans sovereignty, Pakistans foreign minister said.

The United States, frustrated by an intensifying Taleban insurgency in Afghanistan >>>


      PALIN&#8217;S E–MAIL ACCOUNT HACKED
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
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Palins e–mail account hacked Barbara Ferguson I Arab News

WASHINGTON: Now we know why John McCain doesnt use e–mail. Who wants to get their personal messages plastered all over the World Wide Web?

Thats what happened to his vice presidential run >>>


      PIRATES SEIZE TWO MORE SHIPS OFF SOMALI COAST
      Arab News, 19-09-2008
     Mustafa Haji Abdinur I AFP MOGADISHU: Somali pirates yesterday seized a Greek ship and a Hong Kong–flagged vessel in the latest in a string of attacks that have prompted calls for international action, officials said.

Pirates armed with rockets seized the freighter Centauri with a crew of 25 Filipinos som >>>


      BIG CHURCHES NOT ALWAYS IMPERSONAL, STUDY FINDS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     2008; A06 Congregants find megachurches offer more personal worship and sense of community than smaller churches, according to a study released yesterday that challenges the conventional wisdom that some large churches are too big to offer a spiritual experience.

Researchers at the Institute for Studies of Reli >>>


      CALIF. REGULATORS BAN CELL USE BY TRAIN OPERATORS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– California regulators reacting to the deadly wreck of a commuter train issued an emergency order Thursday banning train operators from using cell phones on duty.

The Public Utilities Commission‘s unanimous decision to pass the temporary order came a day after investigators confi >>>


      CELLPHONE USE IS BANNED FOR TRAIN WORKERS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Ashley SurdinWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 1', 2008; A02 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 –– California‘s rail safety regulators Thursday temporarily banned train operators from using cellphones on duty, one day after investigators confirmed that the engineer of a commuter train involved in >>>


      CHARGES AGAINST FOLEY SAID TO BE UNLIKELY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 18 –– Two federal officials have told the Associated Press that no charges are expected against former congressman Mark Foley (R–Fla.) after a lengthy investigation into his lurid computer messages to underage pages.

They also told AP that results of the state inve >>>


      CITING GRAVE FINANCIAL THREATS, OFFICIALS READY MASSIVE RESCUE
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Binyamin Appelbaum and Lori MontgomeryWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, September 1', 2008; A01 The Bush administration is urgently preparing a massive intervention to revive the U.S. financial system, including a plan to sweep away the unpaid loans that are choking banks and blocking the flow of money to borr >>>


      CRISIS POSES BIG TEST FOR MARKETS‘ REGULATOR
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     D01 The Securities and Exchange Commission is confronting its biggest test in nearly 75 years, when the agency was founded in response to a market crash that devastated ordinary investors.

SEC Chairman Christopher Cox and his counterparts who oversee stock markets often have operated on the sidelines during the >>>


      FOR A GLOBAL GENERATION, PUBLIC HEALTH IS A HOT FIELD
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     Courses in epidemiology, public health and global health –– three subjects that were not offered by most colleges a generation ago –– are hot classes on campuses these days.

They are drawing undergraduates to lecture halls in record numbers, prompting a scramble by colleges to hire facul >>>


      IN CRUCIBLE OF CRISIS, PAULSON, BERNANKE, GEITHNER FORGE A COMMITTEE OF THREE
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     1', 2008; A01 The response to the gravest financial crisis in generations has been engineered to a remarkable degree by a committee of three.

From the rescue of Bear Stearns to the takeovers of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and American International Group, all the key decisions have been made by Treasury Secreta >>>


      LAST OF STEINWAYS TO RUN PIANO–MAKER DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     NEW YORK –– Henry Z. Steinway, the great–grandson of the founder of the legendary piano–making company his family started in 1853, is dead. He was '3.

Susan Steinway, his daughter, confirmed that her father died on Thursday in Manhattan.

Henry Zeigler Steinway was the last o >>>


      MOTHER TO ASK CONGRESS TO AWARD SON MEDAL OF HONOR
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     AM CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. –– The mother of a Marine who witnesses say covered a grenade with his body to save comrades in Iraq plans to appeal to Congress to award her son the nation‘s highest military honor after learning it was denied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates because of questions about his f >>>


      OBAMA SUPPORTS U.S. ECONOMIC RECOVERY EFFORTS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said on Friday he supported efforts by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve to shore up confidence in the financial markets and said he would hold off from presenting his own economic recovery plan.

"The events of the last few days >>>


      RI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HITS 8.5 PERCENT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     PROVIDENCE, R.I. –– A record number of Rhode Island workers were searching for a job in August as the unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent, its worst showing in 15 years and more than 2 percentage points above the national rate, according to state data.

The number of people looking for work grew by >>>


      STATES ACCUSE PENTAGON OF THREATS, RETALIATION
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 1', 2008; A02 Environmental officials from several states that have tried to force the Pentagon to clean up polluted military sites say the Defense Department has retaliated by reducing or withholding federal oversight dollars due them.

A group >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     8:07 AM –– Rain troubled the West Coast and Gulf Coast region early Friday, while high pressure kept skies sunny from the Northeast to the Plains.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected in the Southeast. A front extending through the Gulf of Mexico will trigger showers over areas >>>


      TREASURY TO GUARANTEE MONEY MARKET MUTUAL FUNDS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– The Treasury Department announced Friday it will tap into a Depression–era fund to provide guarantees for the nation‘s money market mutual funds.

Seeking to deal with a severe financial crisis, the department said that for the next year the U.S. Treasury will insure the >>>


      VEGAS POLICE TALKED OF ‘GETTING‘ O.J. ON RECORDING
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– Jurors who have been told to refrain from judging O.J. Simpson on his past heard a recording Thursday of a police employee exulting: "This is great. ... California can‘t get him. ... Now we‘ll be able to." Police detective Andy Caldwell conceded the statement was made as a >>>


      GOP SEES REBOUND IN BATTLE FOR CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Shailagh Murray and Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, September 1', 2008; A01 Like many of her Republican colleagues concerned about their reelection prospects, Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina skipped the party‘s national convention to focus on campaigning back home. But even in her absenc >>>


      OBAMA AIDE: NO FIXED RULES ON TOO BIG TO FAIL
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – There are no hard and fast rules to determine which financial firms are "too big to fail," a senior adviser to Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Jason Furman, a top economic aide to Obama, told Reuters that taxpayer–funded bailouts are alw >>>


      OBAMA, MCCAIN TRADE SHOTS OVER RESPONSES TO FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     September 1', 2008; A03 GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 18 –– Republican presidential nominee John McCain proposed the creation of a new financial institution to head off future Wall Street meltdowns as he and his Democratic rival both groped for a more robust response to the nation‘s deepening economic cri >>>


      OFFICIAL RANGEL PROBE APPEARS LIKELY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     Rep. Gene Green (D–Tex.), the acting chairman of the House ethics committee, said yesterday that he will recommend launching a probe of Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D–N.Y.), who has asked the panel to examine questions about his financial filings and other matters.

Rep. Doc Hastings (Wash.), the ranking >>>


      PALIN‘S HUSBAND REFUSES TO TESTIFY IN PROBE
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife‘s alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participa >>>


      PALIN ATTUNED MORE TO PUBLIC WILL, LESS TO JOB‘S DETAILS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     WritersFriday, September 1', 2008; A04 It was three days before the legislature was to go home, and Alaska Gov.

Sarah Palin was frustrated. The state Senate was thwarting a reduction she wanted in the fee for business licenses. So the governor‘s aides culled records at the state Department of Commerce >>>


      STARTLE RESPONSE LINKED TO POLITICS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Shankar VedantamWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 1', 2008; A0' People who startle easily in response to threatening images or loud sounds seem to have a biological predisposition to adopt conservative political positions on many hot–button issues, according to unusual new research published >>>


      TRYING TO GET CHRISTIAN MUSIC FANS TO TUNE TO THE LEFT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     2008; C01 Fans of Christian music, listeners to Christian radio, watchers of Christian TV –– you‘re very attractive, did you know that?

After years of living in a quiet, monogamous relationship with the Republican Party, you are being courted by the Democrats. These leftie operatives say it&ls >>>


      WARNER, GILMORE SPAR ON TAXES, PARTISANSHIP
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Tim Craig and Anita KumarWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, September 1', 2008; B06 Republican James S. Gilmore III staked out strong conservative positions and Democrat Mark R. Warner sought to embrace the center, including supporting gun rights in the District, in a debate by Virginia‘s U.S. Senate cand >>>


      BUSH DEFENDS ‘EXTRAORDINARY‘ STEPS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     After days of silence amid a broadening financial crisis, President Bush yesterday defended his approval of "extraordinary measures" to shore up faltering Wall Street firms and said his administration would remain focused on the "serious challenges" facing the troubled economy.

"The Ame >>>


      CHINESE PARENTS SEEK ANSWERS ON TAINTED BABY MILK
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     SHIJIAZHUANG, China –– Hundreds of Chinese parents, some cradling infants, converged on the company at the heart of the tainted baby formula scandal Thursday, demanding refunds and asking what they can safely feed their children.

Thousands of others filled hospitals, many hovering over sons and daug >>>


      CHÁVEZ HAS UNDERMINED DEMOCRACY, GROUP SAYS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     A14 BOGOTA, Colombia, Sept. 18 –– Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has stacked the judicial system with supporters, weakened government institutions and demonized the opposition, debilitating democracy in that oil–rich country and violating its constitution, a leading human rights group said Thu >>>


      FOR GEORGIANS, A MUCH–NEEDED BREAK
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     2008; A14 KVARIATI, Georgia –– Kitty Arsenidze had beach plans in August, but then her country went to war. Russian troops occupied her town, Gori. A bomb hit her house. She spent her 50th birthday installing a new roof and windows.

Only after the Russians left did she finally make it to the beach. >>>


      GEORGIA, WALL ST. OVERHANG ANNUAL UN SUMMIT
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A new chill in East–West relations overhangs next week‘s U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders, the first major international meeting since Russia invaded Georgia last month.

The financial turmoil on Wall Street –– just about 4 miles from U.N. >>>


      GOLDMAN ALUMNI NOW CALL THE SHOTS IN WASHINGTON
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     2008; A11 When newly appointed White House chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten tried to shake up the Bush administration in the spring of 2006, he spent weeks wooing Goldman Sachs chief executive Henry M. Paulson Jr. to be Treasury secretary. Bolten had personal reasons for thinking Paulson might be a good pick –&ndas >>>


      IN TRADITION–BOUND INDIA, FEMALE, DIVORCED AND HAPPY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     A13 KOLKATA, India –– In India, a divorce is slowly becoming a girl‘s best friend.

Across the country‘s teeming urban centers, petitions for divorce are rising and so are the numbers of headlines and blog entries about how the trend could be the most powerful proof of female empowerment >>>


      INDIAN POLICE BATTLE ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     NEW DELHI –– Indian media are reporting that police are battling suspected Islamic militants holed up in a house in New Delhi.

The Press Trust of India news agency says the gunbattle is taking place in a southern part of the sprawling city and that at least one of the militants has been killed. The >>>


      IRAN‘S TOP LEADER FIRMS UP BACKING FOR AHMADINEJAD
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran‘s top authority told politicians on Friday to stop squabbling that was undermining the government, in a fresh sign of support for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet before the 200' election.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tends to stay above the fray of >>>


      LÍDERES SUDAMERICANOS SUPERAN OBSESIÓN DE CULPAR A OTROS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     2008; 12:00 AM El Presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez llegó a Chile esta semana alabando la determinación sudamericana de defender la democracia y lamentando los días en que los líderes de la región se mantuvieron impávidos mientras un golpe de estado, apoyado por la CIA, d >>>


      MALAYSIA PM REJECTS ANWAR PARLIAMENTARY CALL
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia‘s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday rejected opposition demands to recall parliament for a confidence vote, prolonging his grip on power but also a deeply uncertain political environment.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had called for parliament to be >>>


      MARINE DENIED MEDAL OF HONOR
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 1', 2008; A16 According to the secretary of the Navy, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta gave his life to save his comrades in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004, grabbing a hostile grenade, pulling it to his body and absorbing the brunt of the blast. President >>>


      NATO MEMBERS WONDER: WILL DEFENSE PROMISES HOLD?
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     LONDON –– In the aftermath of Russia‘s brief war with Georgia, the United States and its NATO partners face questions about the very foundation of their alliance _ the pledge enshrined in the 5'–year–old North Atlantic Treaty that an unprovoked attack on one member would be treated as a >>>


      NORTH KOREA PREPARING TO RESTART NUCLEAR FACILITY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     PANMUNJOM, Korea –– North Korea said Friday it was preparing to restart its nuclear reactor, accusing the United States of failing to fulfill its obligations under an international disarmament–for–aid agreement.

It was the first time the North has confirmed it has begun reversing what it >>>


      PUBLIC ANGER OVER MILK SCANDAL FORCES CHINA‘S HAND
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     By Ariana Eunjung ChaWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, September 1',
2008; A13 SHANGHAI, Sept. 18 –– Not long after Che Yanjun‘s twin sons drank contaminated baby formula and were hospitalized with kidney stones, the vice governor of the province came by bearing a basket of red flowers and >>>


      RICE SAYS RUSSIA HAS TAKEN A ‘DARK TURN‘
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     A14 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stepped up U.S. criticism of Russia yesterday, saying its military action against neighboring Georgia last month failed to achieve Moscow‘s objectives and has put Russia on a path to "self–imposed isolation and international irrelevance." In a speech, Rice sa >>>


      RUSSIA STOCK MARKET RISES AS TRADING RESUMES
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     MOSCOW –– Russian stock markets are rising steeply after they were reopened following a two–day suspension of trading.

The U.S. dollar–denominated RTS has climbed 10 percent minutes into the start of trading Friday, while the ruble–denominated MICEX has skyrocketed 14.4 percent.
>>>


      SOUTH AMERICAN LEADERS MOVE PAST BLAME GAME
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Chile this week hailing South America‘s determination to defend democracy and decrying the days when the region‘s leaders stood by as a CIA–backed coup toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1'73. "Things are >>>


      THAI GOVERNMENT OPENS TALK WITH PROTESTERS
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Thailand‘s government, seeking to ease a political standoff that has roiled the country for weeks, has initiated talks with the protest group occupying the prime minister‘s office compound, the country‘s new leader said Friday.

"We are all Thais ... (I) do >>>


      TOLL IN YEMEN RISES, INCLUDES AMERICAN
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     2008; A16 SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 18 –– The number of victims killed in an attack on the U.S. Embassy here rose to 11 Thursday when a Yemeni civilian died of his injuries, security officials said. The U.S. State Department confirmed that the dead also included one American, an 18–year–old woman from >>>


      UNKNOWN MOZART FRAGMENT FOUND IN FRENCH LIBRARY
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     PARIS –– It‘s a forgotten melody, sketched in black ink in a swift but sure hand. The single manuscript page, long hidden in a provincial French library, has been verified as the work of Mozart, the apparent underpinnings for a Mass he never composed.

The previously undocumented music fragment >>>


      VENEZUELA EXPELS U.S. RIGHTS GROUP FOR CRITICISM
      Washington Post, 19-09-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez expelled a delegation of Human Rights Watch from Venezuela on Friday after the U.S.–based group criticized him for eroding democracy in his nearly 10 years in power.

The move highlighted the leftist leader‘s intolerance of international criticism and w >>>


      A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Barr Hayoun Tags: Rosh Hashanah September brings with it not only the fragrance of autumn, but also the question of where to spend the High Holy Days and the inevitable quandary of what to bring the hosts. Traditional gift packages include honey, olive oil, wine or chocolates, and "Happy New Year" cards abo >>>


      BANKS RETHINK RATES ON LOANS AS RISKS RISE
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Tags: Banking crisis, Israel The global crisis is about to slam into Israel‘s property market: Now that there is a whole new appreciation of risk, Israel‘s banks are thinking of raising interest rates on mortgages.

Bank Leumi this week cut maximal funding to homebuyers to 70% of th >>>


      GLOBAL PANIC HITS TEL AVIV AS INVESTORS SWITCH TO BANK ACCOUNTS
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Nathan Lipson, Yuval Maoz and Eti Aflalo, TheMarker Correspondents, and Reuters Tags: Israel, banking crisis The global hysteria has reached Tel Aviv. As Morgan Stanley scrambles for a buyer and the credit markets freeze up, redemptions from savings vehicles in Israel have soared. From Tuesday, the public has withdra >>>


      IN GOD WE TRUST
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Tags: Banking crisis The tidal wave of withdrawals began after the market learned that Reserve Primary had been investing money in Lehman Brothers bonds, just $780 million to be precise. But the public suddenly realized that what looks like cash (money market funds are an alternative to cash deposit >>>


      MARKET REPORT / BANK HAPOALIM LOST 25% OF ITS VALUE THIS WEEK
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Yuval Maoz Tags: Hapoalim, Israel, stocks Tel Aviv stocks ended yesterday‘s session mixed with a negative bias on enormous turnover. World stock markets also clawed back ground as central banks teamed up to bolster the money markets with a roughly $180 billion liquidity injection. But yesterday was still a chop >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     Speaking of faith, Bank of America unit Merrill Lynch still has some in a number of Israeli stocks. Its Outperform picks, in its emerging markets report, include the drug company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, potash producer Israel Chemicals, mobile communications provider Partner Communications (Orange) and Yitzhak T >>>


      SHOPPERS UNFAZED, FOR THE MOMENT
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Rina Rozenberg, Eti Aflalo and Sharon Shpurer Tags: consumers, Israel It is the nature of communist economies to be remarkably stable. Capitalist economies, on the other hand, are volatile. They swing up and down. "And right now, we‘re down," said Eli Yones, chief executive of Mizrahi–Tefahot an >>>


      TAKING STOCK / REDEEM YOUR PROVIDENT FUND? ARE YOU NUTS?
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Also, pension monies are held for you in trust. The manager doesn‘t own the money, he just keeps it for you. You aren‘t exposed to the risk that the fund manager might collapse.Read that again. That‘s a critical point.

After the collapse of Bear Stearns, Lehman Bros, even >>>


      TRADER: PEOPLE LOST TWO YEARS‘ EARNINGS IN TWO DAYS
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Barr Hayoun and Lior Dattel Tags: Israel, provident funds You can‘t just walk into a bank, shove your credit card into a machine and tap a few buttons to withdraw money from a savings fund, nor can you redeem your provident fund savings with a phone call. First, you have to go through the bank‘s customer >>>


      BENEVOLENCE, AS WELL AS PRUDENCE
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Sanford R. Cardin Tags: Israel The current crisis on Wall Street and reverberating in markets worldwide is creating significant problems and challenges in every corner of the global economy, and philanthropy is no exception. Many foundations and endowments are experiencing sharp and substantial decreases in the value >>>


      FIRST TEST OF LEADERSHIP
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Livni, Kadima, Israel Tzipi Livni‘s victory over Shaul Mofaz in the race to become Kadima‘s leader seems narrow because it did not match the pollsters‘ forecasts. But even a lead of 431 votes, like a lead of one vote, is a victory. When the number of voters in the primary is >>>


      HOPE IS IN HER HANDS
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Ari Shavit Tags: Kadima, Israel, Livni Tzipi Livni must not get confused: Her victory over Shaul Mofaz in Kadima‘s leadership race was not a victory of the righteous. The work that Immigrant Absorption Minister Eli Aflalo did for her up north was not the work of the righteous. The work the vote contractors did >>>


      IN THE NAME OF ZIONISM
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Erez Tzfadia Tags: Israel Twenty–four official evacuation orders are stirring up emotions here. No, it is not West Bank settlements that have been told to shut down, but single–family farms built early in the decade in the Negev.

The Wine Route Farms, as they are known collectively, were a joint >>>


      IT‘S YOU, STUPID
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: Israel, banking crisis Between the writing of this column and its reading, yet another investment bank could go belly up and file for bankruptcy. Yet another bank could go the way of all paper and lose '5 percent of its value. It‘s not the economy, stupid. It‘s the economic system.>>>


      THE HALLMARK OF ANTI–SEMITISM
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Benjamin Weinthal Tags: Israel, anti–Semitism BERLIN – Antony Lerman protested the formulation "anti–Zionism equals anti–Semitism" on this page, arguing that because many anti–Zionists are Jewish, such an approach only "widens the pool of our enemies" and causes us to >>>


      THE IMPLICATIONS OF ISOLATION
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By David Stromberg Tags: Russia, Georgia After its occupation of Georgia, one begins to wonder how Russia sees its role in the world. With the benefits of cooperation comes the need to cooperate.

If Russia‘s new position is that it no longer intends to abide by what it perceives as terms dictated by the W >>>


      THE JUDGE, THE LEGISLATOR AND THE EXECUTIVE
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Fania Oz–Salzberger Tags: Israel Apparently there will soon be three women heading the three branches of government. Dorit Beinisch, Dalia Itzik, and Tzipi Livni will be serving in the State of Israel‘s highest positions. Seated next to them at official ceremonies will be one lone man, closed inside the s >>>


      WELCOME TO THE CLUB
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Amir Oren Tags: Bush, Israel, Livni Four months from tomorrow in Washington a new president will be sworn in, John McCain or Barack Obama, but until January 20, 200', George W. Bush will remain in the White House. Tzipi Livni must not neglect the relationship with him during a period liable to see a conflagration >>>


      AFTER DEBACLE, DACHAF WILL NO LONGER CONDUCT PRIMARY ELECTION POLLS
      Haaretz, 19-09-2008
     By Ofri Ilani Israel‘s pollsters have admitted their failure to correctly predict Wednesday‘s Kadima primary results.

The polls made public ahead of the vote promised a resounding victory to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, by a margin of over 10 percent, but her actual win was extremely narrow. Livni >>>



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