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      ARGOLIDA LOOKS FOR CLEAN WATER
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     Authorities in the Peloponnesian prefecture of Argolida, where thousands of residents have been drinking bottled water since July due to the high level of toxic nitrates in their tap water, are seeking approval to exploit the freshwater springs of Anavalos. But recent studies suggest that the Anavalos water too is far f >>>


      FYROM TACTICS ANNOY ATHENS
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     Foreign Ministry sources in Athens expressed clear dismay yesterday at the intransigent stance of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in ongoing Macedonia name talks as the European Union called on Skopje to boost transparency and improve election processes to secure accession talks.

In Athens, a >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     Thieves collared German, Romanian ex cons charged with 100 burglaries A German and a Romanian, both known criminals in their countries, yesterday admitted to carrying out more than 100 burglaries of villas in Attica, police said yesterday. The pair is alleged to have been armed when entered the homes during the night an >>>


      LAW FOR SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS...
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     ANTONIS PASVANTIS/ICON PRESS A policeman covers his ears as a protester shouts into a megaphone during a rally in front of Parliament about a law for special needs schools. At the same time, the Education Ministry revealed that it would remove young children from nursery schools operating without a license and induct th >>>


      MINISTERS FEEL THE HEAT
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     Voulgarakis, Roussopoulos reject accusations they behaved unethically Two government ministers who have come under attack over claims that they have behaved unethically hit back yesterday as New Democracy seeks to rid itself of the bad publicity that has been dogging it for the past few days.

Merchant Marine Mi >>>


      NO OUTLET FOR TOXIC INDUSTRIAL WASTE
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     Hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic industrial waste is festering outside factories and in makeshift dumps across the country as authorities have failed to create the necessary facilities to process it and exporting the waste to countries that have the technology to do so is too costly.

Of the 330,000 tons o >>>


      PARTYING CRETANS FIRED 4,000 SHOTS IN THE AIR
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     A Cretan couple and one of their relatives were in police detention yesterday after allegedly hosting a private party at which some 4,000 gunshots are believed to have been fired, without provoking any injuries.

Police were called to the couple’s Hania home on Wednesday night after receiving complaints from nei >>>


      «HAZARDOUS AND UNHEALTHY»...
      Kathimerin, 05-09-2008
     YIANNIS MOUSIADIS/MOTION TEAM Employees of the National First Aid Center (EKAB) yesterday simulated a road accident outside the Macedonia–Thrace Ministry in Thessaloniki, to highlight the conditions in which they have to work. They also called for their professions to be classified as «hazardous and unhealth >>>


      ANALYSIS: MCCAIN TALKS UNITY WHILE ALLIES ATTACK
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn. –– John McCain preached bipartisanship and unity from a stage retooled to carry him out to the Republican faithful. He didn‘t have to be biting: On the previous night, his attack dogs had paved the way.

For every McCain call for consensus Thursday night, there had been a missil >>>


      ARRESTS MARK LAST ANTI–WAR MARCH OF CONVENTION
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     5, 2008; 8:44 AM ST. PAUL, Minn. –– Percussion grenades, tear gas and nearly 400 arrests marked the final anti–war march during the Republican National Convention.

More than 800 arrests were reported during a week of sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent dissent.

Anti–war protes >>>


      BOYCOTT UNDERSCORES DISPARITIES IN SCHOOLS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A02 CHICAGO –– It is the first week of school for Nadell Jackson, 13, and his brother Natavis, 14, and they are hoping to "get smarter and learn a lot more," in Nadell‘s words. But they often have to share books at the schools they attend on this city‘s South Side, meaning they can&lsqu >>>


      EMISSIONS STANDARDS TIGHTENED
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A04 The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday tightened emissions standards for new gasoline–powered lawn mowers, weed trimmers and boat engines, reducing the amount of smog–causing pollution these motors will be allowed to emit.
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      IRAQ WAR CASUALTIES
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     Iraq War Deaths Total number of U.S. military deaths and names of the U.S. troops killed recently in the Iraq war, as announced by the Pentagon:
4,154 Fatalities In hostile actions:
3,375 In non–hostile actions:
77' Tallies may be incomplete because of lags in reporting.

Spec. Steven J. Fi >>>


      MCCAIN AND OBAMA CAMPAIGNS GRAPPLE FOR ‘CHANGE‘
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn. –– Invigorated by back–to–back political conventions, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama grappled for the mantle of change Friday as the fall race for the presidency took off in states teeming with the independent voters they needed to win.

Within hours of a >>>


      MCCAIN PLEDGES TO CHANGE PARTISAN WASHINGTON
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     2008; 4:35 AM ST. PAUL (Reuters) – Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin kicked off a two–month battle for the White House on Friday with a promise that "change is coming," a theme co–opted from their Democratic rivals.

McCain touted his credentials as a reformer and portrayed hims >>>


      NJ COPS KICK IN DOOR OVER BIRD‘S CRIES FOR HELP
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     TRENTON, N.J. –– Cries for help inside a Trenton, N.J., home turned out to be for the birds.

Neighbors called police Wednesday morning after hearing a woman‘s persistent cry of "Help me! Help me!" coming from a house. Officers arrived and when no one answered the door, they kicked it >>>


      PALIN‘S LAWYER HAS ALREADY QUESTIONED 2 WITNESSES
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– So far, the lawyer for Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, has done a masterful job of handling a controversy known as "Troopergate." With the country‘s attention focused on Palin the candidate, lawyer Thomas Van Flein has moved ag >>>


      PHILLY SCHOOL REKINDLES SAME–SEX EDUCATION DEBATE
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     PHILADELPHIA –– Calling all ninth–grade boys! Raise your hand if this school sounds like fun: wearing jackets and ties every day, staying until 5 p.m., learning Latin and _ to top it all off _ no girls.

Who‘s in? Turns out, about 270 boys. And 100 more are on a waiting list. Boys‘ >>>


      REMAINS OF 3 SAILORS FROM PEARL HARBOR IDENTIFIED
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– Two–thirds of a century ago, Kathleen Wyman drove her brother to California to join the Navy. From there, he shipped out to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.

He never came home. Ensign Eldon Wyman was 24 when he died in the Japanese attack of Dec. 7,
1'41. Along with >>>


      SOLDIERS‘ SUICIDE RATE ON PACE TO SET RECORD
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A02 Suicides among active–duty soldiers this year are on pace to exceed both last year‘s all–time record and, for the first time since the Vietnam War, the rate among the general U.S. population, Army officials said yesterday.

Ninety–three active–duty soldiers had killed themselves >>>


      SOUTHEAST BRACES FOR HANNA AS IKE STRENGTHENS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     WILMINGTON, N.C. –– Some Southeastern states declared emergencies and officials urged residents to head inland Thursday as Tropical Storm Hanna headed toward the Atlantic coast, where it could bring high winds and rain from South Carolina to Maine.

Meanwhile, disaster planners eyed ferocious–l >>>


      SOUTHEAST STATES BRACE FOR TROPICAL STORM HANNA
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     WILMINGTON, N.C. –– Tropical storm watches or warnings were extended from Georgia to areas just south of New York City on Friday as states along the Atlantic braced for Tropical Storm Hanna.

And forecasters said Hanna could still become a hurricane before its expected arrival on U.S. shores after ro >>>


      ‘CHANGE IS COMING,‘ MCCAIN SAYS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Robert BarnesWFriday, September 5, 2008; A01 ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– Sen. John McCain of Arizona completed a long and often improbable journey to the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night, offering himself as an "imperfect servant" who will never surrender in his fight to change >>>


      BLOG TALK
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     At the Republican National Convention, you can‘t swing a messenger bag without hitting a blogger; the place is lousy with them. Here‘s one worth clicking on.

Your blog: Pro–Life Pulse, born May 2005, at JillStanek.com. Your real job: a former registered nurse, now a full–time blogger. Yo >>>


      CINDY MCCAIN DELIVERS REMARKS, INTRODUCES JOHN MCCAIN AT REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     SPEAKER: CINDY MCCAIN, WIFE OF SEN. JOHN MCCAIN [×] MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you.

Before I begin, I would like to introduce you for the seven reasons that John and I are so happy as a family. Starting on this end, this is Meghan McCain, Andy McCain, Jimmy McCain, Jack McCain, Bridget McCain, Doug McCain, >>>


      COME AS YOU ARE? SORRY, WRONG PARTY
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     Friday, September 5, 2008; A30 Another difference between Republicans and Democrats: Republican delegates coordinate their convention outfits. Democrats do not.

You could read a lot into that –– like, Democrats are a big, messy tent, with all sorts of competing factions, while Republicans have bette >>>


      FOR DELEGATES FROM N.H., IOWA, IT COMES FULL CIRCLE
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     5, 2008; A23 ST. PAUL, Minn. Sept. 4 –– One group had looked forward to this moment for more than 10 years, the other for less than 10 days. But on Thursday night, the delegations from New Hampshire and Iowa both stood and waved campaign signs, welcoming John McCain to the stage with the same rousing ovation >>>


      FROM THE RADIO RIGHT COMES AN AMEN CHORUS FOR PALIN
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– Dennis Prager was on the air last week on the day Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was named to the Republican ticket, and without missing a beat, the conservative radio host pronounced her "an American Margaret Thatcher." Her speech to the convention, Prager said Thursday during >>>


      GALVANIZED PARTIES HEAD TO HOMESTRETCH
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama will begin the final 60 days of their general–election campaign with a political climate still more favorable for Democrats but with Republicans newly united and confident that they can compete for the undecided voters who still harbor doub >>>


      GOV. TIM PAWLNETY (R–MINN.) SPEAKS TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     SPEAKER: GOV. TIM PAWLENTY, R–MINN. [×] PAWLENTY: Thanks a lot. Appreciate it. We‘re really glad that you‘re in Minnesota. Are you appreciating our Minnesota hospitality?

(APPLAUSE) Let me ask you a question: How do we measure the content of a person‘s character? How do we recogniz >>>


      IN VA., BIDEN PRAISES RIVAL‘S SPEECH, SAYS KEY ISSUES WEREN‘T ADDRESSED
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A31 Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic Party‘s vice presidential candidate, grudgingly offered good marks yesterday to his Republican counterpart for her first major campaign speech, saying on a swing through Northern Virginia that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had given a "heck of a political speech." B >>>


      MCCAIN CAMPAIGN GETS AGGRESSIVE IN VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Anita KumarWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A26 ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– Republican Sen. John McCain‘s presidential campaign says it has launched an aggressive campaign in Virginia, recruiting volunteers, knocking on doors and calling voters to try to win one of the nation&l >>>


      MCCAIN THE NOMINEE DELIVERS A EULOGY FOR MCCAIN THE MAVERICK
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 "You all know, I‘ve been called a maverick," John McCain declared Thursday night as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Indeed he had. Over and over again through the evening‘s program. "Some people call him a maverick," said former Pennsy >>>


      MCCAIN, OBAMA VIE FOR ‘REFORMIST‘ MANTLE
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A23 When Sen. John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate last week, he declared they would "beat the long odds to win a tough election on a message of reform and integrity." Alaska‘s governor promised they would take &q >>>


      NOMINATION ITSELF IS A TESTAMENT TO OBAMA‘S READINESS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 Early in the 1'60 campaign, Democratic vice presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson jumped on a special train in Washington and headed out across the South, trying to rally that once–solid Democratic region to support his partner, John F. Kennedy. At his first stop, in Culpeper, Va., Joh >>>


      OBAMA RAILS AGAINST ATTACKS FROM PALIN, GOP
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A31 YORK, Pa., Sept. 4 –– For the first two days of the Republican convention, Sen. Barack Obama resisted pushing back against the attacks emanating from St. Paul, Minn. But on Thursday, the fourth and final day, his patience gave out, >>>


      PALIN‘S EFFORTS TO REFORM HEALTH CARE ARE COMPLICATED
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took office, she inherited a vexing health–care problem common to many states: whether to let small clinics compete freely against hospitals for such services as outpatient surgery and MRIs.

Palin responded with an aggressive, uncompromi >>>


      PALIN‘S PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     "There are two questions we will never have to ask ourselves, ‘Who is this man?‘ and ‘Can we trust this man with the presidency?‘ " –– Fred Thompson on John McCain, Sept. 2 This was the most effective line of the entire Republican convention: a ringing affirmation of John Mc >>>


      RE–BRANDING THE OLD ELEPHANT
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Tom ShalesFriday, September 5, 2008; A27 Apparently the leadership of the Republican Party thinks voters are turned off by specifics, and so Sen. John McCain‘s acceptance speech as its presidential nominee last night was a hodgepodge of generalities, musings on courage, reminiscence about his years as a POW in >>>


      RED–CARPET TREATMENT
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Libby CopelandWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A28 ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– There is no better view of the worlds of celebrity and politics converging than here, in an NBC box above the convention floor, where Maria Menounos is about to tape her daily report.

"I&lsqu >>>


      SEN. JOHN MCCAIN ACCEPTS REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     SPEAKER: SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R–ARIZ. [×] MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans: the privilege of accepting our party‘s nomination for president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thanks. And I accept it with...

(A >>>


      THE LAST HURRAH
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A27 ST. PAUL, Minn.

In the Fox News skybox atop a packed arena, Brit Hume rolls his eyes as the giant video monitor below fills with black–and–white images during Fred Thompson‘s convention oration.

"Baby pictu >>>


      THE OTHER PARTY‘S PLAYBOOK
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn. –– Talk about role reversal. The Republican Party, which scoffs at the nonsense of "identity politics," has staked everything on the compelling life stories of its presidential and vice presidential candidates.

The Democratic Party, ever conscious of the diversity of modern >>>


      TODD PALIN‘S GOT A BABYSITTER! LET‘S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 4 – First Dude speaks, and he‘s funny! Todd Palin was the surprise hit of yesterday‘s tribute lunch for Cindy McCain.

"Is it just me, or do things move quick around here?" quipped the GOP‘s favorite stay–at–home dad. Yeah, as already oft–rep >>>


      WHEN SARAH PALIN TALKED, PEOPLE LISTENED
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     The hockey mom may be running for the wrong office. A whopping 37.2 million people tuned in to watch vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin‘s electrifying acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, making it the second–most–watched political convention acceptance speech e >>>


      2 STUDENTS SHOT, WOUNDED AT THAI PROTEST RALLY
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Thai police warned students Friday to avoid street protests after a gunman shot and wounded two students demonstrating against the embattled prime minister, raising new fears of violence in the country‘s tense political crisis.

The attack came after Samak proposed a nation >>>


      ATTEMPTS TO AID DESPERATE HAITIANS HINDERED BY FLOODWATERS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     GONAIVES, Haiti, Sept. 4 –– Floodwaters frustrated efforts by Argentine peacekeepers to distribute aid Thursday at orphanages marooned by Tropical Storm Hanna, confining them to their base as desperate people begged for food and water outside.

The official death toll doubled to 137 as Hanna moved no >>>


      BLAIR TO AP: WEST BANK DOWNWARD SPIRAL HALTED
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     BEIT IBA, West Bank –– Tony Blair toured a Palestinian aluminum factory Thursday and was told it runs at one–third capacity because of Israeli import restrictions. He promised he‘ll take it up with Israeli authorities.

It‘s a typical encounter in the Mideast envoy‘s yearlong >>>


      BP CONCEDES TO RUSSIAN PARTNERS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     D01 MOSCOW, Sept. 4 –– The British energy giant BP and its billionaire partners in Russia‘s third–largest oil company said Thursday that they had resolved an ugly, high–profile battle for corporate control that had become a test of Moscow‘s openness to foreign investment.

BP >>>


      DEMOCRACY WITHIN OUR REACH
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     Pakistan is at a crossroads. The gravity of the situation has led me, at the insistence of my Pakistan People‘s Party (PPP), to run for president in Saturday‘s elections. My children and I are still mourning our beloved leader, wife and mother, Benazir Bhutto. We did not make the decision for me to run light >>>


      EL GUSTO POR LA PATRIA CREA UN COMERCIO DE MUTUO BENEFICIO
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     2008; 12:00 AM Oscar Espinosa sabe que el camino más corto entre un inmigrante y su patria pasa por su estómago. Por 13 años, este inmigrante nicaragüense trabajó en equipaje y carga en el Aeropuerto Internacional Dulles de Washington, primero como maletero y luego como gerente para la a >>>


      ESA SPACECRAFT SET FOR FLYBY OF STEINS ASTEROID
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     FRANKFURT, Germany –– Scientists at the European Space Agency are preparing for the first fly–by of an asteroid by their deep–space explorer, Rosetta, on a mission to solve the mystery of the birth of the solar system.

Rosetta is set to rendezvous with the Steins asteroid, also known as >>>


      EXPERTS HELPING PALIN BRUSH UP ON FOREIGN POLICY
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     September 5, 2008; A25 ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 4 –– Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is among several national security experts helping brief Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on foreign policy issues as she prepares to hit the campaign trail while cramming for a debate with her Democratic opponent, Se >>>


      HOTEL NEAR LONDON APOLOGIZES FOR TURNING AWAY BRITISH SOLDIER
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A16 LONDON, Sept. 4 –– A British hotel apologized Thursday to a soldier refused lodging by a desk clerk who told him the hotel had a "no military personnel" policy.

Cpl. Tomos Stringer, 23, was on leave from his army unit in Afghanistan in June when he sought a room on a Sunday night at th >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S NEW PRESIDENT TO FACE CRISES
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan‘s new president, almost certain to be the widower of Benazir Bhutto, will have to contend with a host of critical problems including militant violence and an economy in crisis.

Investors, longing for an end to political uncertainty that has helped drag stocks and the r >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S ZARDARI, ONCE ON THE SIDELINES, EYES PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     2008; A10 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 4 –– Two decades ago, Asif Ali Zardari was virtually unknown in the high–flying political circles in which his new wife, Benazir Bhutto, traveled.

When the son of a cinema owner married the daughter of a legendary president, he told reporters that he had no >>>


      PAKISTAN RESTORES 3 JUDGES OUSTED BY MUSHARRAF
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s law minister says three Supreme Court judges ousted by ex–president Pervez Musharraf have returned to the bench, but not the deposed chief justice.

The move cements deep political divisions in Pakistan a day before lawmakers elect Musharraf‘s succe >>>


      PAKISTANI TORTURED, HER ATTORNEY SAYS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A04 NEW YORK, Sept. 4 –– The attorney for an American–trained behavioral scientist charged with trying to kill U.S. personnel in July said in court Thursday that she believes that her client was imprisoned and tortured for several years before the incident and now could be mentally incompetent.

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      PENTAGON URGES EXTENDED PAUSE IN IRAQ DRAWDOWN
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     September 5, 2008; A01 Pentagon leaders have recommended to President Bush that the United States make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, administration officials said yesterday.

The plan, delivered this week, calls for extending a pause in drawdowns until late January or early February –&ndas >>>


      REPORT SAYS FRAUD, ABUSE ARE POSSIBLE UNDER IRAQI VISA LAW
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A1' A new law that permits up to 5,000 Iraqis who previously worked for the U.S. government or its contractors to resettle in the United States annually over the next five years "is at high risk for fraud and abuse," according to consular officials interviewed by the State Department inspector general.
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      RICE PRIMED FOR HISTORIC VISIT TO LIBYA
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     ':30 AM LISBON, Sept. 5 –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is traveling to Libya Friday, making the first visit by the top U.S. diplomat to the once–pariah state in more than a half–century and signaling a new chapter in Washington–Tripoli relations.

Rice is scheduled to me >>>


      SUSPECTED U.S. DRONE ATTACK KILLS 5 IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – Five Islamist militants were killed on Friday in a missile attack by a suspected U.S. drone in Pakistan‘s North Waziristan region, in a stepped up campaign against militants near the Afghan border.

U.S.–controlled Predator aircraft have struck several sites used >>>


      SYRIA MAKES PEACE PROPOSAL TO ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     DAMASCUS, Syria –– Syria‘s leader said Thursday he offered a proposal for peace with Israel but also refused to break off ties with Hezbollah and militant Palestinians _ a key Israeli demand.

President Bashar Assad also said indirect negotiations with Israel were on hold until that country cho >>>


      THERE‘S SUMMERING, AND THEN THERE‘S SUMMERING
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     Washingtonians are slowly drifting back into town this week, chatting about where they went for a break from the elite East Coast establishment. Many just vacation at nearby beaches –– Ocean City, Duck, etc. Others get a chance to go to niftier venues.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, for example >>>


      TURNING A TASTE FOR HOME INTO A WIN–WIN FOR TRADE
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– Oscar Espinosa knows that the shortest path from an immigrant to his homeland passes through his stomach. For 13 years, the Nicaraguan worked baggage and cargo at Washington Dulles International Airport, first as a handler and then as a manager for Taca, the Salvadoran airline with dai >>>


      U.S. LETTER PUTS INDIA‘S PREMIER ON DEFENSIVE OVER NUCLEAR DEAL
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     A15 NEW DELHI, Sept. 4 –– As international negotiators met in Vienna to decide the fate of the contentious nuclear energy agreement between India and the United States, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s government found itself facing a revived political battle at home over the deal because of the release >>>


      U.S. SAYS 2 CIVILIANS AMONG 8 DEAD IN AFGHAN STRIKE
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two civilians were among eight people killed in a U.S.–led coalition operation in western Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. military said, the latest in a mounting toll of civilian deaths that has outraged Afghans.

The military said fighting erupted after coalition and A >>>


      U.S. SPIED ON IRAQI LEADERS, BOOK SAYS
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     By Steve LuxenbergWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 5, 2008; A01 The Bush administration has conducted an extensive spying operation on Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki, his staff and others in the Iraqi government, according to a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward.

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      UNPOPULAR JAPAN PM SCORES WITH PARTING SHOT
      Washington Post, 05-09-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was unpopular with voters but T–shirts printed with his huffy parting shot are now a hit.

At a nationally televised news conference where he abruptly announced his resignation on Monday, Fukuda was criticized by a reporter for not havin >>>


      DON‘T DIP IT IN HONEY
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Paz Vaysman Tags: Apple, Israel The first bricks–and–mortar Apple Store is set to open on September 18 at the Ramat Aviv Mall.

The 300–square–meter space, like its cousins in the U.S. and a smattering of countries worldwide, will give potential buyers a chance to fondle the sleek whit >>>


      HARD LOOK / GREAT KARMA, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE?
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Rotem Starkman Tags: Israel Shari Arison and Efrat Peled, two of the most powerful and interesting women in Israeli business had a lot of clever things to tell reporters at their offices at Golda Center in Tel Aviv this week. The world is becoming increasingly crowded and polluted, they said. People have to eat and d >>>


      MARKET REPORT / STOCKS CLOSE DOWN ON GROWTH WARNING
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Yael Pollak Tags: Finance Ministry, Israel Tel Aviv stocks retreated further yesterday as news emerged of the Finance Ministry‘s plan to scale down growth forecasts in 200'. The TA–100 index lost 0.5% to '00 points, while the TA–25 index fell 0.6%, to '84 points.

After losing 1. >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     After Israel Chemicals stock lost 17.5% in the last month and '% from the start of the year, management evidently feels it‘s a good deal. The board of directors has decided to buy back up to 5% of ICL‘s stock, which is worth about NIS 3.5 billion or roughly a billion dollars. The company will be repurcha >>>


      NATURALLY MISLEADING
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Rina Rozenberg Tags: environment, Israel Have you ever spent a few extra shekels on "natural" cosmetics? Next time spend a few extra minutes reading the ingredients, too. In the absence of a law defining natural, organic or ecological products, most manufacturers tend to ride the environmentally friendly wa >>>


      QUMRANET MAKES EXIT WITH $115M SALE
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Guy Griml Tags: Qumranet, Israel Giora Yaron, Benny Schnaider and Rami Tamir have done it again. The serial entrepreneurial trio are fattening their respective bank accounts by several million dollars more after the American open–source software giant and Linux operating system vendor Red Hat announced yesterda >>>


      TEVA CLAIMS THAT NOVARTIS STOLE SECRETS OF MS DRUG COPAXONE
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Tags: Teva, Israel Forty–five days after Sandoz, a member of the Novartis group, and Momenta filed for approval of their generic version of Copaxone, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is suing them for violating its patent protecting the multiple sclerosis drug.

Copaxone is Teva‘s most >>>


      TREASURY TO TRIM 200' GROWTH FORECAST
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Eytan Avriel Tags: Israel, Finance Ministry The Finance Ministry is expected to adjust downward its 200' growth forecast for the Israeli economy in the next few weeks, from 3.5% to between 2.5% and 3%.

The treasury‘s current forecast is among the highest issued by the country‘s financial bodi >>>


      TREASURY, STATE BROADCASTER MAKE A DEAL
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Ophir Bar–Zohar Tags: IBA, Israel Representatives of the Finance Ministry and the Israel Broadcasting Authority reached an agreement Wednesday on the future of the state–run radio and television unit.

IBA chairman Moshe Gavish and treasury budget director Ram Belinkov hammered out the deal, which >>>


      AN ISRAELI PARTNER IS NEEDED
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Kadima, Syria, Israel Yesterday‘s four–way summit in Damascus was one of this region‘s most important diplomatic events for some time. It is not merely Bashar Assad‘s newfound standing because of the French attitude to Syria, but a new strategic opportunity.

Ho >>>


      DON‘T LISTEN TO US
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: Israel, Yossi Sarid At our age, a man begins to develop a certain interest in the black–bordered notices on the obituary page. You find friends and acquaintances there every day. Those who live long become sought–after eulogizers. Eulogizing becomes a way of life.

The mourners o >>>


      ENERGETIC INTERVENTION
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Emanuele Ottolenghi Tags: Europe, Iran The story broke in late July that the German company SPG (Steiner–Prematechnik–Gastec) had signed a 100–million euro deal with Iran to build three plants for compressed natural gas (CNG) production.

There are three lessons to be learned from this tale: >>>


      FINDING THE NEXT DANNY
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Marco Greenberg Tags: September 11, Israel Seven years ago next Thursday, I ventured outside my Upper West Side apartment to quickly get some cash and emergency supplies. A few minutes earlier, two planes had barreled into the World Trade Center, a few miles to the south. Like many fellow New Yorkers, and not knowing >>>


      JERUSALEM AND BABYLON / THE JEWISH AGENCY‘S DIMINISHED ROLE
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer Tags: Jewish Agency, Jewish World Last week, the Jewish Agency signed its own death certificate. The agreement with Nefesh B‘Nefesh (NBN), the private organization that has been helping thousands of Jews immigrate from the United States and Canada, whereby the agency will cease its aliyah operati >>>


      NOW THEY ARE OBAMA
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Doron Rosenblum Tags: Israel, Obama There were periods when politicians in this country wanted to be the Israeli Jimmy Carter or the Israeli Bill Clinton: new, plain, promising and charismatic.

Years later – for a while, until his initial glamour faded – they tried to be the Israeli Tony Blair: e >>>


      THE SIN OF HAUGHTINESS
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Akiva Eldar Tags: Israel, Olmert, Barak Along the timeline, 15 years minus one week since the signing of the Oslo Accords on the lawn of Bill Clinton‘s White House, it seems the prime minister is right. We have never been so close to peace with the Palestinians. It‘s enough to mention that 13 years ago mi >>>


      THEY TRIED TO MAKE US GO TO REHAB
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Ori Nir Tags: Israel Something odd happened to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem last week. On Tuesday morning, over coffee, Israel‘s English–language newspapers informed her of Peace Now‘s latest report, which documented the sharp increase in Israeli West Bank settlement activit >>>


      WHAT‘S IN A NAME
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Daniel Orenstein Tags: JNF, Israel They‘re at it again! In one corner, a powerhouse philanthropic agency of the Zionist world – the Jewish National Fund of the United States (JNF–USA).

In the opposite corner – the owner of more than 10 percent of Israel‘s land and one of its pri >>>


      COURT SHAFTS LAST VESTIGE OF SAFDIE PLAN
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat and Jonathan Lis The High Court of Justice yesterday struck down a controversial real estate development plan near the western Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot, after residents waged a legal and public campaign against the project.

The development, part of what is known as the "Safdie plan&q >>>


      DICHTER: OFFICIALS WHO PERPETRATE LEAKS ARE AKIN TO TERRORISTS
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat , Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Kadima, Israel, Avi Dichter Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said Thursday that officials who leak sensitive information to the media are akin to participating in a criminal gang or a terrorist group.

Dichter made the comments at a memorial ceremony Thursday at >>>


      GOVERNMENT WARNS ISRAELIS TO LEAVE SINAI
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     The government‘s counterterrorism unit yesterday warned of concrete terror threats against Israelis travelling abroad, especially in Sinai, Thailand and Turkey.

While the counterterrorism bureau already issued the warning a number of weeks ago, it chose to reiterate it ahead of the High Holidays at the en >>>


      HIGH COURT TO STATE: ALLOW RIGHTISTS TO MARCH THROUGH UMM AL–FAHM
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Tomer Zarchin, Yoav Stern and Jack Khoury The High Court of Justice yesterday instructed the state to formulate a plan that would allow right–wing activists to march through the northern Israeli–Arab town of Umm al–Fahm.

The activists, led by former Kach movement activist Itamar Ben Gvir, c >>>


      INDICTMENT ‘LIKELY‘ AGAINST PM IN RISHON TOURS CASE
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Jonathan Lis The police are expected to recommend to the State Prosecutor on Sunday to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for alleged financial irregularities in the Rishon Tours case.

They are still deliberating whether there is sufficient evidence to indict him for the Morris Talansky "cash envelopes&q >>>


      JEWISH GROUP CONCERNED CANADIAN ELECTION COULD TAKE PLACE ON SUKKOT
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Rhonda Spivak Tags: Sukkot, Jewish World, Canada WINNIPEG – Canada‘s largest Jewish organization has asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reject plans to call a federal election for October 14, which is the first day of Sukkot.

The Canadian Jewish Congress has written a letter to Harper, saying >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     French President Nicolas Sarkozy, visiting Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus yesterday, brought with him a letter from Noam Shalit to his son, captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. Assad is expected to transfer the letter to Hamad bin Khalifa, the emir of Qatar, who will then transfer it to the Ham >>>


      POLICE CRACK 2007 MYSTERY MURDER OF LEADING PHYSICIAN
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Roni Singer–Heruti The investigation into the 2007 murder of a hospital physician has taken a major step forward, police revealed yesterday, with the arrest of the first suspect in the case.

Prof. David Niv, the head of a clinic at a Tel Aviv hospital, was found shot dead in his BMW in Ramat Gan on Feb >>>


      SYRIA DETAILS ITS STANCE ON PEACE TALKS
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Yoav Stern and Barak Ravid Syrian President Bashar Assad revealed details on the peace process with Israel yesterday, presenting Turkey with a document of principles, one of whose points discusses the desired extent of the withdrawal from the Golan Heights. The Syrian leader also said indirect negotiations with Israe >>>


      TOP IDF OFFICER: ISRAEL NOT PREPARED FOR NEXT WAR
      Haaretz, 05-09-2008
     By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Israel, IDF Major General (res.) Moshe Ivri–Sukenik, who resigned as commander of the Israel Defense Forces‘ Northern Corps earlier this year, has sharply criticized the way the army is training. In his first public comments on the matter, Sukenik says the army&lsqu >>>


      Ahora el Gobierno discute subas de luz, gas y colectivos
      Clarin, 05-09-2008
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      Ahora el Gobierno discute subas de luz, gas y colectivos
      Clarin, 05-09-2008
     Clarín Móviles Clarín SMS Versión Palm Toolbar Clarín.com Noticias RSS Lector de noticias RSS Clarín.com página de inicio Noticias gratis en su sitio Podcasting Ayuda Archivo Búsqueda avanzada Newsletters Webmail Clima Tránsito Cartelera Carta de lectores Humor Horóscopo Claringrilla Sudoku Normas de Confidencialidad y privacidad Farmacias >>>


      Ahora el Gobierno discute subas de luz, gas y colectivos
      Clarin, 05-09-2008
     Clarín Móviles Clarín SMS Versión Palm Toolbar Clarín.com Noticias RSS Lector de noticias RSS Clarín.com página de inicio Noticias gratis en su sitio Podcasting Ayuda Archivo Búsqueda avanzada Newsletters Webmail Clima Tránsito Cartelera Carta de lectores Humor Horóscopo Claringrilla Sudoku Normas de Confidencialidad y privacidad Farmacias >>>



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