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      ALITALIA EYES RELAUNCH IN WEEKS AFTER DEAL
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Reuters ROME: Alitalia aims to be reborn as a slimmed down airline in just weeks, a government official said yesterday, after once–reluctant pilots unions agreed to a rescue plan by a group of Italian investors.

The breakthrough deal with pilots followed overnight, government–brokered talks and was >>>


      BANKING, PETROCHEMICAL STOCKS DRAG TASI DOWN
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Khalil Hanware I Arab News JEDDAH: After falling 3.44 percent last week, the Saudi stock market continued to drop yesterday as Eid Al–Fitr holidays are round the corner. The market will remain closed from tomorrow until Oct. 5.

The fall in banking and petrochemical stocks dragged the Tadawul All–Sha >>>


      CHINESE REGULATOR SLAMS US LENDING POLICY
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Joe McDonald I AP TIANJIN, China: US lending standards before the global credit crisis were "ridiculous" and the world can learn from Chinas more cautious system as it considers financial reforms, the top Chinese bank regulator said yesterday.

Beijing curbed mortgage lending in 2003 and 2006 to keep d >>>


      CONGRESS RACES TO REACH BAILOUT DEAL
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Reuters WASHINGTON: The US Congress raced to strike a deal on a proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial industry in an urgent weekend negotiating session to try to alleviate the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Pressed to act before Asian markets open tomorrow, negotiators worked throug >>>


      FORTIS INVESTORS FACE UNCERTAINTY
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Reuters AMSTERDAM/BRUSSELS: Financial authorities are holding discussions over the future of Fortis this weekend, while the troubled Belgian–Dutch financial group is seeking to close key divestments deals.

As of yesterday, financial authorities were contacting other institutions, a source familiar with th >>>


      KINGDOM&#8217;S CURRENT ACCOUNT SURPLUS TO REACH SR517.5BN
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
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Kingdoms current account surplus to reach SR517.5bn Khalil Hanware I Arab News

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabias current account surplus, because of high oil export revenues, is expected to reach an all–time high of SR517.5 billion ($138 billion) this year compared to SR3 >>>


      SIGMA EYES EXPANSION OF PRODUCTION FACILITIES
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Sigma Paints, which achieved a 25 to 30 percent growth in business last year, is looking at further expansion of its production facilities as well as setting up new factories across the Middle East.

&#34Two comprehensive feasibility studies have been finalized, and the projects are current >>>


      US MINT SUSPENDS SALE OF 24–KARAT GOLD COINS
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Martin Crutsinger IAP WASHINGTON: The US Mint is temporarily halting sales of its popular American Buffalo 24–karat gold coins because it cant keep up with soaring demand as investors seek the safety of gold amid economic turbulence.

Mint spokesman Michael White said Friday that the sales were being suspe >>>


      A BLESSED MONTH OF A SPECIAL NATURE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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 >>>


      DISCOURSE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Adil Salahi I Arab News Q. Sighting of the new moon to determine the start of lunar months, particularly Ramadan and Shawwal, is a problem in the countries of the Indian subcontinent.

This problem often results in the start of Ramadan or the Eid day being declared on two or even three different days. Please com >>>


      ITALY SAYS SORRY TO LIBYA FOR DAMAGE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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 &#8212; TIME FOR CELEBRATION
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
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Ramadan Time for celebration Adil Salahi I Arab News

THE month of Ramadan is a special season that signifies much for every Muslim who fasts in the day and volunteers other forms of worship at night.

His motive is the great prize of forgiveness of past sins >>>


      RAMADAN: BENEFITS OF NIGHT WORSHIP
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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 >>>


      RAMADAN: MOTIVATION FOR EXCELLENCE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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, 28-09-2008
     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 TEACHES: A BOOK FULL OF WISDOM
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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) The surah can be divided into three parts. The first begi >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#3'AN TEACHES: THE FATE OF EVIL DESIGNS
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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&#3'AN TEACHS: AN APPEAL TO REASON
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     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 >>>


      WHAT THE QUR&#8217;AN TEACHES: SUSTAINING THE UNIVERSE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
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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 >>>


      DEFYING RELIGION AND REASON
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Badea Abu Al–Naja I Arab News MAKKAH: Visitors who come to Makkah to perform Umrah travel thousands of kilometers to reach the Kingdom, but regrettably some of them, despite the agony of crossing this long distance, will do things which are totally undesirable and which may make their Umrah invalid.

The w >>>


      DESPERATE TO GET EID HOLIDAYS, GOVT EMPLOYEE HAS FINGER CUT
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: A 32–year–old government employee wanted to take time off for the Eid when many offices keep a skeleton staff while most employees get the time off. Disappointed to see his name on the list of workers who need to remain for the break, the employee had a colleague cut his finger so he could >>>


      SECURITY TIGHTENED FOR EID
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Arab News JEDDAH: Security brigades and field forces will be deployed all over the Jeddah Municipality during the Eid Al–Fitr celebrations to ensure the safety and security of residents and visitors, Director of Jeddah Police Gen.

Ali ibn Muhammad Al–Saadi said. Al–Madinah newspaper quoted the >>>


      VISA RULE AFFECTS BUSINESS IN MAKKAH
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Galal Fakkar I Arab News JEDDAH: The decision by Saudi authorities to reduce the validity of Umrah visas from three to two months and to restrict the number of visas to be issued each month will cost businessmen in Makkah more than SR1 billion annually in lost business, according to executives in the Umrah service secto >>>


      WORSHIPPERS BLOCK ACCESS TO HOSPITAL
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Khaled Al–Awadh I Arab News BURAIDAH: For the second consecutive year, seekers of the Night of Power during the last 10 days of Ramadan blocked the road leading to the main hospital in Buraidah with women worshippers praying in the middle of the road outside the popular Al–Zuwayyid Mosque in the vicinity. Th >>>


      &#8216;NANAVATI REPORT BASED ON FAKE EVIDENCE&#8217;
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     IANS NEW DELHI: The Nanavati commission relied on "manufactured evidence" to conclude that the Godhra train burning tragedy was preplanned, according to the Tehelka newsmagazine, which last year carried out an undercover investigation into the 2002 communal violence in Gujarat.

Showing the footage of >>>


      ANOTHER BLAST ROCKS NEW DELHI
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy I Arab News NEW DELHI: A boy was killed and more than 20 people were wounded when a low–intensity explosion rocked a crowded flower market in South Delhis Mehrauli area yesterday afternoon. Two young motorcyclists planted the bomb, according to eyewitnesses, at about 2:15 IST. The government des >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS 17 IN DAMASCUS
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     AP DAMASCUS: A car bomb exploded yesterday near a complex housing Syrian security offices in Damascus, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen in the deadliest attack in the country in decades.

The explosion came hours after Syrias foreign minister held a rare meeting with US Secretary of State Condole >>>


      CHINESE ASTRONAUT WALKS IN SPACE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Ben Blanchard I Reuters BEIJING: Astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese man to walk in space yesterday, clambering out of Chinas Shenzhou VII spacecraft in a technological feat that Beijing wants the world to marvel about.

"Im feeling quite well. I greet the Chinese people and the people of the wo >>>


      EX–GOVERNOR, CHIEF MINISTER BLAMED FOR KASHMIR LAND ROW
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Syed Faisal Ali I Arab News The state govt failed to curb Hindu militants provocative actions JEDDAH: The then Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Gen. (retd.) S.K. Sinha, his Principal Secretary Arun Kumar and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad are to blame for the recent turmoil in the state over a land dispute between >>>


      HOSTAGES&#8217; LOCATION A MYSTERY
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
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Hostages location a mystery AFP

CAIRO: The whereabouts of 11 tourists and eight Egyptians kidnapped more than a week ago is uncertain yesterday after a Libyan official denied reports the hostages and their abductors are in Libya.

"With research operati >>>


      MIDEAST QUARTET IS PRO–ISRAEL: HAMAS
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     AFP GAZA CITY: Hamas movement yesterday denounced statements made in New York by the Middle East Quartet, claiming the diplomatic group is biased toward Israel.

"The position of the Quartet reflects a pro–Israeli bias," the Palestinian movement that rules the Gaza Strip said in a statement.
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      MINISTER DEMANDS 4% RESERVATIONS FOR MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Shahid Burney I Arab News MUMBAI/NASHIK: In a letter to Maharashtra state Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister for Development, Anees Ahmed has demanded four percent reservation in quota for Muslims in the state.

Ahmed, who had been a controversial minister in the Maharashtra government, and who has locke >>>


      MUSLIMS TAKE PLEDGE AGAINST TERRORISM IN KERALA
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Mohammed Ashraf I Arab News MALAPPURAM: More than 500,000 Muslims gathered in this Kerala town to take the pledge against terrorism on Friday as also happened to be the night of the 27th of Ramadan which is most likely to be the Lailat Al–Qadr, or the Night of Power.

They chanted prayers for peace and for >>>


      PAKISTAN MILITANTS CONSCRIPT SONS IN TRIBAL REGION
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     AP ISLAMABAD: Militants battling security forces in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan have forced families to give up sons to fight alongside extremists, a Pakistani military official said.

New violence in the Bajaur tribal region yesterday reportedly killed 16 insurgents, while police said they caught 35 m >>>


      PIRATES WHO SEIZED SHIP WITH TANKS DEMAND $35M
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     AFP MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have demanded a $35 million ransom for the release of a Ukrainian freighter carrying a shipment of tanks and grenade launchers, a regional maritime official said yesterday.

The MV Faina was seized Thursday with a crew of 21 people on board as it neared the Kenyan port of Mombasa wi >>>


      SECURITY FORCES KILL MORE THAN 30 IN BAJAUR
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Azhar Masood I Arab News ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security forces killed 30 militants loyal to Al–Qaeda and Taleban in the latest fighting in a strategically important tribal region on the Afghan border, officials said yesterday.

Three soldiers, including two army officers, were also killed in the fighting, w >>>


      SNAKES, STENCH ON UTTAR PRADESH FLOOD TRAIL
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     IANS BARABANKI, Uttar Pradesh: What is the smell of flood? Rotting cattle carcasses. Why do people wading through floodwaters carry heavy sticks? To keep at bay the snakes swimming alongside.

Over 400,000 people have been affected by the floods that have ravaged 200 villages in this eastern Uttar Pradesh distri >>>


      SOME SOLID BLOWS, BUT NO KNOCKOUT IN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     Barbara Ferguson I Arab News WASHINGTON: The first presidential campaign debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, held Friday night in Oxford, Mississippi, was tailor–made for those who like these candidate face–offs heavy on policy substance and light on political theater.

W >>>


      SYRIAN MINISTER LAUDS &#8216;POSITIVE&#8217; TALKS WITH RICE
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
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Syrian minister lauds positive talks with Rice AFP

DAMASCUS: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said yesterday that he had held "positive" talks with his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice despite renewed criticism from Washington of his countrys policies. >>>


      UK TROOPS TO LEAVE IRAQ WITHIN A YEAR
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
     The Independent LONDON: Britains war in Iraq will end by this time next year, a highly placed defense source said yesterday. But asked whether the pullout from Iraq would mean reinforcements being sent to combat a resurgent Taleban, the senior officer responded: "Emphatically no. We have already mortgaged the Iraq >>>


      WE TAKE IRAN&#8217;S VOWS SERIOUSLY: SAUD
      Arab News, 28-09-2008
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We take Irans vows seriously: Saud Ebtihal Mubarak I Arab News

NEW YORK: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal said the Kingdom takes "very seriously Iranian pledges on fully respecting its commitments toward preventing proliferation of weapons of >>>


      AP INVESTIGATION: PALIN GOT ZONING AID, GIFTS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     11:58 AM WASILLA, Alaska –– Though Sarah Palin depicts herself as a pit bull fighting good–old–boy politics, in her years as mayor she and her friends received special benefits more typical of small–town politics as usual, an Associated Press investigation shows.

When Palin needed >>>


      AP NEWSALERT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Congress leaders, Bush administration reach tentative deal on financial markets bailout.
>>>


      BUSH: BAILOUT PLAN WOULD COST LESS THAN $700B
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, September 27, 2008;
4:14 PM President Bush said today that his administration‘s proposed financial rescue package would actually cost less than its estimated pricetag of $700 billion because taxpayers would eventually recoup most, if not all, of their money.
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      CARS SELL FOR NEARLY $1 MILLION AT MAINE AUCTION
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     OWLS HEAD, Maine –– Winning bidders at an auction of vintage vehicles and memorabilia in Maine have bought a 1'10 Mercedes four–seat Tourabout for $887,000 and a 1'13 Rolls–Royce Silver Ghost for $832,000.

The auction on Friday and Saturday drew an estimated 500 people to the tow >>>


      CONGRESS, WHITE HOUSE REACH FINANCIAL BAILOUT DEAL
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     28, 2008; 5:0' AM WASHINGTON –– Congressional leaders and the Bush administration reached a tentative deal early Sunday on a landmark bailout of imperiled financial markets whose collapse could plunge the nation into a deep recession.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the $700 billion accord >>>


      CORONER TO THE STARS, RONALD KORNBLUM, DIES AT 74
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Ronald N. Kornblum, a former Los Angeles County coroner who performed autopsies on such celebrities as John Belushi, Natalie Wood and Truman Capote, has died. He was 74.

Kornblum served eight years as county coroner before resigning in 1''0 amid charges of poor management. He >>>


      DELICATE EMBRACE BY OBAMA, MCCAIN OF $700B BAILOUT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain on Sunday gingerly embraced a newly negotiated congressional deal for a $700 billion bailout of the hobbled financial industry.

"This is something that all of us will swallow hard and go forward with. The option of doing nothing is >>>


      DRAFT PROPOSAL ON FINANCIAL RESCUE LEGISLATION
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     Sunday, September 28, 2008; 12:23 PM REINVEST, REIMBURSE, REFORM: IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL RESCUE LEGISLATION.

Significant bipartisan work has built consensus around dramatic improvements to the original Bush–Paulson plan to stabilize American financial markets

–– including cutting in >>>


      EARMARKS ASIDE, MCCAIN WOULD HAVE SAID YES TO BILL
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Sunday he probably would have voted for legislation to keep the federal government running after midweek, even though it was packed with the kind of "outrageous pork–barrel spending" he has long opposed.

"That&lsqu >>>


      HOUSE APPROVES NUCLEAR PACT WITH INDIA
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The House voted overwhelmingly Saturday to approve a landmark pact that would allow the U.S. to provide nuclear materials to India.

The deal still faces obstacles in the Senate, making prospects uncertain for passage before President Bush leaves office in January. Senate Majority Leade >>>


      HOW FANNIE –– AND YOU –– BOUGHT A HAPLESS HOUSE
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A01 The American taxpayers own Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, dozens of parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, pastureland, government complexes and historic sites. And now, for all intents and purposes, the American people are the major stakeholders in a little townhouse at 14746 Barksdale St. in Dale C >>>


      HURRICANE MOVES OFF NJ COAST, RACES TOWARD MAINE
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     EASTPORT, Maine –– Hurricane Kyle raced toward Maine early Sunday, triggering the state‘s first hurricane watch in 17 years as it roared over the Atlantic off New Jersey on a northward trek that threatened to bring flooding and damaging winds inland.

Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning >>>


      IN MISSISSIPPI, DEEP–ROOTED DOUBT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Krissah Williams ThompsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 28, 2008; A11 CANTON, Miss. –– The presidential campaign is as close as it will ever be to Robert Lawson‘s wood–frame house, but he‘s not the least bit impressed.

Resting in the shade of his screened porch in >>>


      LAWMAKERS AIM TO NAIL DOWN BAILOUT DEAL
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     10:16 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional leaders locked themselves behind closed doors on Saturday and worked into the night with the aim of nailing down a deal on a $700 billion bank bailout and halting a downward spiral in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Leading lawmakers, wh >>>


      LAWMAKERS NEAR ACCORD ON DETAILS OF RESCUE BILL
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Lori Montgomery and Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 28, 2008; A01 Congressional negotiators closed in on an agreement yesterday on a $700 billion plan aimed at shoring up the U.S. financial system, meeting late into the night in hopes of striking an accord that could be ratified by the House a >>>


      MCCAIN SAYS HOPES TO SUPPORT BAILOUT PLAN
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Sunday he hoped to support a $700 billion Wall Street bailout package that has been brokered by the Bush administration and the U.S. Congress.

"Hopefully yes," the Arizona senator said when asked whether he would suppor >>>


      MCCAIN, OBAMA TENTATIVELY SUPPORT BAILOUT PLAN
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on Sunday tentatively supported the $700 billion plan to bail out the U.S.

financial system. "Hopefully yes," McCain said when asked on ABC‘s "This Week" whether he would support the deal.

"This >>>


      MEDEVAC HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS 4 IN MD.
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. –– A medevac helicopter taking accident victims to a trauma center crashed in suburban Washington early Sunday, killing four of the five people aboard, authorities said.

The accident killed two police officers on board, one of them the pilot. Also killed were an Emergency Medic >>>


      NUCLEAR PACT WITH INDIA GETS APPROVAL OF HOUSE
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A06 The House overwhelmingly gave final approval yesterday to a landmark civil nuclear agreement with India, putting the Bush administration in reach of a substantial foreign policy achievement.

The legislation, which passed 2'8 to 117, still faces obstacles in the Senate, where it has been approved by the >>>


      OBAMA GIVES TENTATIVE SUPPORT TO FINANCIAL BAILOUT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Sunday gave his tentative support to a $700 billion Wall Street bailout proposal that has been brokered by the Bush administration and the U.S.

Congress. "While I look forward to reviewing the language of the legislation, it app >>>


      OBAMA HAILS THOSE WHO PAVED HIS WAY
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A14 At the end of a tumultuous week that had him wrestling with dire economic warnings and preparing for his first presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama seemed pleased, even relaxed, last night as he paid homage to political forebears and took a jab or two at his rival for the White House.

Obama and his wife, >>>


      OBAMA SLAMS MCCAIN FOR NOT MENTIONING MIDDLE CLASS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     AM FREDERICKSBURG, Va. –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama sought to score a quick post–debate advantage Saturday by traveling to two Republican–leaning states and accusing GOP rival John McCain of being out of touch with middle–class Americans.

"We talked about >>>


      OFFICIALS: KOREAN NUCLEAR MISSION FOR US ENVOY
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     NEW YORK –– A senior American diplomat plans to visit North Korea in the coming week in a bid to salvage a faltering international effort to get the communist country to give up nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said Saturday.

Christopher Hill, the chief American negotiator in the six–nation tal >>>


      PALIN TALKS WITH MILITARY MOMS AT PHILLY SHOP
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     PM PHILADELPHIA –– Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin met Sunday with a group of military mothers at a downtown eatery, the third day of a swing through this Democratic stronghold.

The Alaska governor, along with her 14–year–old daughter, Willow, spent about 45 minutes sipp >>>


      POWER SHIFTS FROM N.Y. TO D.C.
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Keith B. RichburgWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 28, 2008; A03 NEW YORK –– This is the town of money –– freewheeling, high–stakes, high–risk and big–spending. The home of the $20 martini, the seven–figure bonus, the multimillion–dollar condos owned b >>>


      PRICE, SCARCITY OF SALT PINCHING CITY COFFERS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Charles WilsonAssociated PressSunday, September 28, 2008; A06 INDIANAPOLIS –– A shortage of road salt and skyrocketing salt prices could mean slippery roads this winter in communities across the nation, as officials struggle to keep pavement clear of snow and ice without breaking their budgets.

H >>>


      SENATE SENDS BIG SPENDING BILL TO BUSH TO SIGN
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Automakers gained $25 billion in taxpayer–subsidized loans and oil companies won elimination of a long–standing ban on drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as the Senate passed a sprawling spending bill Saturday.

The 78–12 vote sent the $634 billion measure to >>>


      TEXAS HOMEOWNER ACQUITTED OF KILLING TEEN INTRUDER
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     LAREDO, Texas –– A Texas jury acquitted a man accused of killing a boy who broke into his home looking for a snack _ a case that sparked outrage in this border city, where many thought the man should not have even been charged.

It took the jury of eight men and four women three hours Friday to find >>>


      TWO PORTRAITS OF A BIOTERROR SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Anne Hull, Marilyn W. Thompson and Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 28, 2008; A01 Two days before he was found unconscious at home, felled by a lethal dose of Tylenol and valium, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins logged on to one of the "express computers" on the second floor of the >>>


      U.S. REACHES OUTLINE FOR BAILOUT DEAL
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Sunday were set to sign off on a deal to create a $700 billion government fund to buy bad debt from ailing banks in a bid to stem a credit crisis threatening the global economy.

After marathon talks into the wee hours of Sunday morning, congressional leaders fro >>>


      FOR MCCAIN, DAYS OF CHAOS, IMPROVISATION AND DRAMA
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A10 The brain trust of Sen. John McCain‘s presidential campaign knew three things as their motorcade lurched through Manhattan traffic on the way to the Morgan Library and Museum on Wednesday afternoon for what was supposed to be two hours of intensive debate preparation.

They knew that their candidate fa >>>


      FOR OBAMA, DIALOGUE DROVE WEEK‘S WORK
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A10 When the news first broke on Wednesday that Sen. John McCain had suspended his campaign, a wave of distress rippled throughout the Obama campaign

–– from the Chicago headquarters to the traveling entourage on the ground in Florida.

Some Obama aides worried the move could give their riva >>>


      LAWMAKERS REACH ACCORD ON HUGE FINANCIAL RESCUE
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Lori Montgomery and Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 28, 2008; 1:33 AM Congressional negotiators said they were close to agreement yesterday on a $700 billion plan aimed at shoring up the U.S. financial system, and were meeting late into the evening in hopes of striking an accord that could be >>>


      MCCAIN READY FOR A CHANGE OF SUBJECT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Dan Balz and Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 28, 2008; A01 In the two weeks that the Wall Street financial crisis has dominated the political debate, the presidential race has shifted from what had been essentially a dead heat to one in which Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a narrow but >>>


      OBAMA, BIDEN TURN ATTENTION TO OUTER SUBURBS IN VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     28, 2008; A11 Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his running mate, Sen.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D–Del.), took their campaign to fast–growing outer suburbs in Virginia yesterday as they appealed for support from the young families and long–distance commuters who they believe could be >>>


      PALIN‘S STAND ON MINING INITIATIVE LEAVES MANY FEELING BURNED
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A12 For months, the confrontation mounted, a face–off that arguably held in the balance the fates of two of Alaska‘s biggest industries. On one side were companies hoping to open Pebble Mine at a huge gold and copper reserve adjacent to one of the world‘s largest salmon runs, Bristol Bay. On the other >>>


      RANGEL INSISTS ETHICS TUMULT WILL PASS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Christopher Lee and Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September 28, 2008; A02 This is what defiance looks like: a figure in a dark business suit, gold pocket square and silver pompadour, refusing to be driven from the job he loves.

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D–N.Y.), 78, addressing two vi >>>


      $20M SOMALI RANSOM DEMAND FOR SHIP; 1 CREWMAN DIES
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     1:32 PM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– As a heavily armed U.S. destroyer patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead Sunday, a Somali pirate spokesman told The Associated Press his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.

The spokesman also warned that the pir >>>


      52 SOMALIS KILLED AFTER DRIFTING 18 DAYS IN BOAT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     SAN‘A, Yemen –– The United Nations refugee agency says at least 52 Somalis have died after being adrift for 18 days in a broken smuggler boat.

The UNHCR says Yemeni coast guards rescue 71 survivors on the boast as it drifted near the coast. The agency said Sunday the boat left Somalia with 124 >>>


      ADMINISTRATION PUSHING TO SALVAGE ACCORD WITH N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A07 A top U.S. envoy is planning to travel to North Korea this week in a last–ditch effort to salvage a faltering accord to end Pyongyang‘s nuclear weapons programs, sources said yesterday.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill is seeking to arrange the rare visit in the wake of North Kor >>>


      AFGHAN WOMAN POLICE DIRECTOR GUNNED DOWN
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a high–ranking woman police official as she went to work in Afghanistan‘s largest southern city Sunday, officials said.

Malalai Kakar led the department of crimes against women in Kandahar city, said Zalmai Ayubi, spokesman >>>


      AS CHINA‘S FIRST SPACEWALK UNFOLDS, ANCHORS KEEP THEIR COOL
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     A20 BEIJING, Sept. 27 It was an unprecedented moment for China‘s space program and a possibly unrivaled 30 minutes for state broadcaster CCTV.

At 4:25 p.m. Saturday, five minutes before China‘s first–ever spacewalk, television viewers just tuning in were treated to a live image of the Shenzhou >>>


      AUSTRIA: SOCIAL DEMOCRATS EXPECTED TO WIN ELECTION
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     VIENNA, Austria –– Initial projections from Austria‘s parliamentary elections Sunday indicate the Social Democrats are poised for victory, though the real winners may turn out to be the country‘s two far–right parties.

The SORA Institute for Social Analysis and Research said the So >>>


      BELARUS LEADER PLEDGES FAIR VOTE; OPPONENTS DOUBT
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     MINSK, Belarus –– As voters in Belarus chose a new parliament Sunday, opposition leaders insisted the ballot was already rigged against them despite promises by the country‘s authoritarian president that international voting standards would be followed.

Yet even the fact that a count could be >>>


      CAIRO‘S POOREST LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     CAIRO (Reuters) – As Manal Mohamed goes about her day, in the back of her mind she‘s on alert for signs the ground might be moving, fearing a repetition of the rockfall that crushed homes and lives in Cairo‘s Duwaiqa district this month.

"I want to leave this area, but I cannot get an apa >>>


      CHINA‘S SPACE WALKER HEADS BACKS TO EARTH
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – The man who made China‘s first "footprint in space" started the trip back to earth on Sunday after President Hu Jintao hailed the space walk as major breakthrough in the country‘s space program.

Zhai Zhigang and two other astronauts on board the Shenzhou VII are d >>>


      CHINA‘S TAINTED–MILK CRISIS GROWS DESPITE OFFICIAL CLAIMS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 28, 2008; A22 BEIJING –– Like thousands of other parents, Gu Yinghua took his child to the kidney unit of a local children‘s hospital for free testing as China‘s tainted–milk scandal continued to widen.

Another hospital >>>


      CHINESE MISSION TOUCHES DOWN AFTER FIRST SPACEWALK
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese astronauts returned to earth and emerged triumphant from their capsule Sunday after successfully completing the country‘s first–ever spacewalk mission.

State broadcaster CCTV showed their Shenzhou 7 spaceship landing under clear skies in the grasslands of China‘s >>>


      DEATH TOLL FROM FLOODS IN VIETNAM REACHES 33
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     HANOI, Vietnam –– Floods triggered by Typhoon Hagupit have killed at least 33 people and left five others missing as rescuers struggled to provide relief aid to isolated villages, disaster officials said Sunday.

In the worst–hit province of Son La, 12 people were killed in the floodwaters and >>>


      EGYPTIAN JOURNALIST GETS JAIL FOR MUBARAK REPORTS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday upheld a guilty verdict against a newspaper editor who wrote stories questioning the president‘s health and sentenced him to two months imprisonment.

Ibrahim Eissa, editor of the independent daily al–Dustor, was originally convicted in >>>


      FINLAND MOURNS 10 VICTIMS OF SCHOOL SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     HELSINKI, Finland –– Finns nationwide are mourning the victims of a school massacre in which a lone gunman killed ' fellow students and a teacher before shooting himself.

President Tarja Halonen and other government members are attending a special memorial service broadcast live on radio and tel >>>


      FLOODS, LANDSLIDES KILL 32 IN NORTHERN VIETNAM
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     HANOI (Reuters) – The death toll from a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines and China earlier in the week has jumped to 32 in Vietnam as flash floods swept through villages, the government said on Sunday.

Thousands of homes were either washed away or destroyed in northern Vietnam as typhoon Hagupit >>>


      FLOODS, LANDSLIDES KILL 50 IN VIETNAM, THAILAND
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     HANOI (Reuters) – Flash floods and landslides have killed 50 people in Vietnam and Thailand, swept away thousands of homes and inundated farmland, official reports said on Sunday.

In Vietnam, the death toll from typhoon Hagupit, which struck the Philippines and China earlier in the week, has jumped to 32 >>>


      FOR REFUGEES, GEORGIA CONFLICT STIRS UP OLD FEARS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Tara BahrampourWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 28,
2008; A23 DUISI, Georgia –– When war broke out last month and helicopters appeared over the valley in which this town lies, Taos Yerznukaiva did not wait to see what would happen. She packed up her family members, including a 2– >>>


      GAINS FOR RIGHT PREDICTED IN AUSTRIAN ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     AM VIENNA, Austria –– Austrians were voting in parliamentary elections Sunday that analysts say could bolster the standing of the country‘s far–right and give the main ruling parties their worst results in years.

The governing coalition of the conservative People‘s Party and the ce >>>


      HELP FOR THE HEAVY AT RAMADAN
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     By Thomas ErdbrinkWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 28,
2008; A20 TEHRAN –– Millions of faithful Muslims worldwide do not eat or drink between dawn and sunset during Ramadan, a month of sacrifice and humility punctuated by joyous family gatherings –– and vast quantities of food >>>


      HONG KONG MAN ARRESTED OVER BANK RUN RUMORS
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     HONG KONG –– Hong Kong police have arrested a man for allegedly spreading rumors on the Internet about a bank run amid anxiety in the Chinese territory about the U.S. financial crisis, police said Sunday.

The man was arrested Saturday for allegedly using a computer with criminal or dishonest intent >>>


      IRAN AVOIDS NEW SANCTIONS IN U.N. COUNCIL VOTE
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday that again orders Iran to halt nuclear enrichment work but imposes none of the new sanctions Washington and its allies want.

The text was agreed to on Friday by the five permanent Security Council members &nda >>>


      ISRAELI OFFICIALS SAY US PROVIDES ADVANCED RADAR
      Washington Post, 28-09-2008
     PM JERUSALEM –– The U.S. has provided Israel with an advanced radar system that will give it early warning in case of an Iranian missile attack, Israeli officials said Sunday, confirming a new defense tool in what is potentially the Mideast‘s deadliest feud.

Israel considers Iran its biggest t >>>



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