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      MOBILY UNVEILS NEW PROMOTION
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Arab News RIYADH: Mobily launched a new promotion yesterday for new and port–in subscribers. The promotion, which includes prepaid packages Khatti, Khatti Plus, Mada and Najma, grants new and port–in subscribers three hours of talk time everyday for three months.

Subscribers are charged for the firs >>>


      TASI DIPS OVER 3 PERCENT
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market dropped sharply yesterday as investors were awaiting the annual results of the leading listed companies. The Saudi firms are expected to report slowdown in profits because of the global financial crisis. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) plunged 161.57 poi >>>


      BODIES PILE UP IN MORGUES
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Arab News JEDDAH: A health official in Jeddah has blamed the police for leaving the bodies of expatriates unclaimed in hospital morgues in the city, Al–Watan newspaper reported yesterday.

«There are 22 bodies of expatriates in morgues in various Jeddah hospitals. All medical investigations with rega >>>


      BRIDGING DIVIDES: SAUDI, UK YOUTHS SHARE EXPERIENCES
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Syed Faisal Ali | Arab News BOLSTERING TIES: Britain’s Consul General Kate Rudd addresses the 2nd Saudi–British Youth Forum in Jeddah on Saturday. Sitting beside her are Arab News Editor in Chief Khaled Almaeena and Saudi poet Nimah Nawwab. (AN photo by Syed Faisal Ali) JEDDAH: The 2nd Saudi–British Youth Fo >>>


      EXPERTS TO BRAINSTORM ON JEDDAH’S ART WORKS
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Hasan Hatrash | Arab News JEDDAH: The Jeddah municipality is scheduled to hold today a workshop entitled the «Strategic Planning Project for Art in Jeddah Streets,» which is part of a project that aims to beautify the city with sculptures and paintings, according to a city official.

The workshop wil >>>


      IISJ ACTS TO FURTHER IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL STANDARD
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: International Indian School, Jeddah (IISJ) set an example for other educational institutions in the Kingdom recently by holding a parent–teacher–student seminar for the first time as part of its efforts to further improve IISJ&#3's educational standard.

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      KFSHRC HONORS TOP PERFORMERS
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Arab News JEDDAH: King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah honored 12 men and women staff members who were voted the best work partners during 2008.

Khaled Al–Ghaith, manager of the hospital’s Specialist Club, said this was the third successive year that the annual competition was hel >>>


      KING APPROVES PLAN TO CREATE 204,056 JOBS IN EDUCATION SECTOR
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Sulaiman Al–Diyabi | Arab News TAIF: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved plans to create 204,056 new jobs in the education sector, Minister of Civil Service Affairs Mohammed bin Ali Al–Fayez announced yesterday.

«The royal approval came after the Ministry of Civil Serv >>>


      KINGDOM’S HAJ EFFORTS LAUDED
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News CELEBRATION: Abdul Wahid Saifuddin, center, takes part in a traditional Makkah dance along with officials of Haj delegations from African countries.

(AN photo) MAKKAH: Officials of the Haj delegations of various African countries said the sincere efforts made by the Saudi gov >>>


      SCHOOL GUARD TAKES STUDENTS FOR A JOY RIDE
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: The Sri Lankan International School in Riyadh has launched an investigation after a Saudi security guard at the institution caused a car accident as he took a number of senior students in his car for a joy ride during school hours.

The accident happened shortly after the >>>


      SIRIUS STAR CREW MEMBERS UNHARMED, HEADING HOME
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Samir Al–Saadi | Arab News JEDDAH: Officials at Vela International, the Dubai–based Saudi Aramco subsidiary that owns the Sirius Star supertanker that was released by Somali pirates late Friday, said yesterday the ship’s crew is safe and heading home.

«Throughout this ordeal, our sole objectiv >>>


      VICE COPS RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIM
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News MAKKAH: Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice recently found a woman in her 20s who escaped from a group of kidnappers who took her to a rural location along the Jeddah–Makkah Expressway.

«The woman managed to escape from the >>>


      ‘THIRD FRONT’ FAILS TO TAKE OFF
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Ashraf Padanna | Arab News KOCHI, Kerala: The idea of a &#34Third Front&#34 taking on the ruling Congress party–led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the principal opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is off.

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      3 YEMENIS GO ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGED ISRAEL LINKS
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Sanaa: A Yemeni state security court began yesterday the trial of three young men accused of spying for Israel.

The prosecution charged the three Yemenis, aged between 23 and 26, with «establishing contacts with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and offering to work as agents for Mossad intelligence agen >>>


      DC TO SHUT BRIDGES FOR INAUGURATION
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Tim Kennedy | Arab News WASHINGTON: In recent weeks, Virginians have puzzled over the decision by the US Secret Service and other inaugural officials to prohibit personal vehicles from all bridges spanning the Potomac River into the District of Columbia.

Are the closures supposed to inhibit attendance at inaugu >>>


      INDIA CALLS FOR END TO GAZA’S PLIGHT
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Arab News RIYADH: The government of India looks forward to an early end to the suffering of the people of Gaza and a return to a dialogue and resumption of the peace process, the Embassy of India said yesterday quoting the official spokesperson in New Delhi.

«It is indeed strange that while talks are goin >>>


      INDIA RULES OUT ‘ISRAEL–TYPE’ ACTION
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Nilofar Suhrawardy | Arab News NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: India has not exhausted its diplomatic options in its attempt to bring the Mumbai attack plotters to justice, India&#3's foreign minister said yesterday. &#34We have not reached the end of the road,&#34 Pranab Mukherjee told CNN–IBN television cha >>>


      SMS, FACEBOOK USED TO COLLECT AID
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Arab News DUBAI: In the face of the Israeli incursion in Gaza, many tech–savvy Arabs have mobilized and used their skills to collect aid for the victims.

Using modern technology like SMS, e–mail and social networking websites like Facebook, these activists are using their professional skills to rall >>>


      SOME PLACE CALLED HOME
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Arab News A Palestinian youth inspects a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike overnight in Gaza Strip on Saturday. (EPA)

GAZA CITY: Not satisfied with killing over 800 people, Israel yesterday warned Gaza residents that the worst was yet to come. Israeli forces bombed and shelled heavily populated >>>


      THOUSANDS TAKE TO THE STREETS IN LEBANON, EUROPE
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     AP BEIRUT, Lebanon: Nearly 20,000 people marched through southern Lebanon yesterday to protest Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, as thousands also took to the streets in several European cities to show their anger.

Similar protests have occurred almost daily in the Middle East and elsewhere since Israel lau >>>


      US LOOKING FOR SHIP TO MOVE ARMS TO ISRAEL
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Stefano Ambrogi | Reuters LONDON: The United States is seeking to hire a merchant ship to deliver hundreds of tons of arms to Israel from Greece later this month, tender documents seen by Reuters show.

The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) said the ship was to carry 325 standard 20–foot containers >>>


      US WANTS TOTAL ROUT OF PAK TERROR GROUPS
      Arab News, 11-01-2009
     Shahid Burney | Arab News MUMBAI: In a tone laced with anger, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher told reporters here on Friday night that Pakistan must take stern measures to wipe out terror groups based in the country.

&#34This is a must, and Pakistan has to do all to ensure tha >>>


      ‘THERE‘S NO STRESS‘: COUPLE WEDS AT TACO BELL
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     NORMAL, Ill. –– Wedding bells meant Taco Bell for Paul and Caragh Brooks. Customers inside the fast–food restaurant continued to order tacos and burritos as the couple sat Friday in an orange booth at Taco Bell and exchanged vows.

"It‘s appropriate," groom Paul Brooks said. &qu >>>


      AIRCRAFT CARRIER HONORS ELDER BUSH
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200'; A02 NORFOLK, Jan. 10 –– In a final presidential journey rife with pomp and nostalgia, President Bush joined family and friends here Saturday to commission a new aircraft carrier named for another U.S. president: his father.

After >>>


      ANALYSIS: GOP URGING RESTRAINT IN STIMULUS DEBATE
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Out of power, Republicans appear to be retreating to familiar old ground. They‘re becoming deficit hawks again.

GOP lawmakers didn‘t seem to mind enjoying the fruits of government largesse for the past eight years while one of their own was in the White House.

Now >>>


      ATTITUDES SHIFT ON ILLEGAL RESIDENTS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     11, 200'; A01 For years, mainstream Montgomery County has been generally accepting of illegal immigrants, and county leaders followed suit, pledging not to enforce immigration laws even as police agencies elsewhere in the region began to do so.

But public sentiment appears to be shifting in Montgomery, driv >>>


      BAD ECONOMY MAY FUEL HATE GROUPS, EXPERTS WARN
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Carrie JohnsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200'; A04 For 20 years, Bart McIntyre has tracked white supremacist movements, even spending two years undercover in Alabama to penetrate a violent young band of criminals who called themselves the Confederate Hammerskins.

Away from his wife a >>>


      CHARTER BUS, CARS COLLIDE ON SNOWY NH HIGHWAY
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     DERRY, N.H. –– Officials in New Hampshire say 5' vehicles, including three buses and two tractor–trailer rigs, have crashed on a snowy highway.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said the crash happened Sunday morning on Interstate '3 at Derry, N.H.

Derr >>>


      FIRE RAMPAGES THROUGH $28M TENN. CASTLE–HOME
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –– A luxurious castle–like home in Johnson City, Tenn., has been badly burned by fierce flames.

Assistant Fire Chief Mark Finucane (Fee–new‘–cahn) says the roof and top floor of Crantzdorf Estate‘s main three–story complex were badly burned Sat >>>


      GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES TALK ABOUT PREPARATIONS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. –– The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles held its annual awards–season kickoff tea party Saturday, attracting a slew of Golden Globe nominees.

Here‘s what some had to tell AP Television about preparing for Sunday‘s big show.

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      IN OBAMA‘S RUN, FINDING A LONG–SOUGHT SENSE OF ACCEPTANCE
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     C04 In one week, people from across the country will start arriving to mark the inauguration of America‘s first black president. Who are these people?

In their stories is a portrait of a nation. First of a series. Too often Ryan Barrett, 25, has felt like she just doesn‘t fit in. But last year that >>>


      IN OBAMA, MANY SEE AN END TO THE BABY BOOMER ERA
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     NEW YORK –– When George W. Bush lifts off in his helicopter on Inauguration Day, leaving Washington to make way for Barack Obama, he may not be the only thing disappearing into the horizon.

To a number of social analysts, historians, bloggers and ordinary Americans, Jan. 20 will symbolize the passin >>>


      NO. 2 SENATE DEMOCRAT HOPES DEAL NEAR ON BURRIS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– The Senate‘s second–in–command, Sen. Dick Durbin, said Sunday that he is moving away from resisting former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris as President–elect Barack Obama‘s successor and hopes a resolution to the disagreement will be reached soon.

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      OBAMA SAYS WILL MOVE SWIFTLY ON NEW IRAN APPROACH
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President–elect Barack Obama said on Sunday he will take a new approach toward Iran that will emphasize respect for the Iranian people and spell out what the United States expects of its leaders.

"Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges," Obama said in >>>


      OBAMA: $350B BAILOUT NEEDS TO HELP PEOPLE
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– President–elect Barack Obama wants more transparency and strict guidelines for using the second $350 billion of the bailout fund Congress approved last fall to stabilize the nation‘s financial system.

Obama‘s economic team has been talking with the Bush administration >>>


      REPLY–ALL E–MAIL STORM HITS STATE DEPARTMENT
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Many "reply all" fiascos result in mere embarrassment, but American diplomats have been told they may be punished for sending mass responses after an e–mail storm nearly knocked out one of the State Department‘s main electronic communications systems.

A cable sent >>>


      SALMONELLA PROMPTS PEANUT BUTTER RECALL IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– An Ohio distributor says it has recalled two brands of its peanut butter after an open container tested positive for salmonella bacteria.

There was no immediate indication whether the brands were linked to a national salmonella outbreak.

King Nut Companies said in a statem >>>


      SENATE TO CONSIDER EXPANDING WILDERNESS PROTECTION
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Congress is considering whether to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness in an early showdown that threatens to derail pledges by Senate leaders to work cooperatively as a new administration takes office.

The largest expansion of wilderness protection in 25 y >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     AM –– Snow was predicted to fall through New England Sunday morning, but greatly diminish in the afternoon.

Rain was to fall in the Southeast but trail off as the day progressed. By the end of the day the only precipitation was expected to be in Florida, which was to see showers and thunderstorms.>>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JAN. 11
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 200'. There are 354 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1'08, the Grand Canyon National Monument was created with a proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt. (It became a national park in 1'1'.) On >>>


      WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA BORN AT NATIONAL ZOO
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Debbi WilgorenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200';
11:33 AM A baby western lowland gorilla was born at the National Zoo yesterday in full view of visitors and a zoo volunteer, officials announced this morning.

Visitors can see the mother and baby, along with the other gorillas, in th >>>


      WILLIAM ZANTZINGER, VILLAIN IN DYLAN SONG, DIES
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. –– William Zantzinger, a wealthy Maryland landowner whose fatal beating of a black barmaid was recounted in a Bob Dylan protest song of the 1'60s, was buried Friday. He was 6'.

Zantzinger died Jan. 3. His family did not provide further details of his death, the Brinsfield >>>


      A FIRST LADY GOWNED IN GREEN WOULD BE A GO
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     A significant number of readers who participated in our online design–an–inaugural–gown challenge appeared to be under the impression that the 44–year–old, physically fit lawyer who will soon be first lady would like to look like a 70–something mother–of–the–bride on >>>


      A RUSH OF SPIRITUAL OUTREACH, SPIRITED PARTYING
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     January 11, 200'; C04 Saying they see a spiritual nature to Barack Obama‘s inauguration, dozens of area churches and other faith groups are planning an unusual rush of activities to mark the occasion, from assisting food banks to Bible lectures on public policy to hosting of hundreds of out–of–town >>>


      BUDGET CUTS ARE FOCUS FOR MD., VA.
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By John Wagner and Anita KumarWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, January 11, 200'; C01 Maryland and Virginia lawmakers will return to work Wednesday with thousands of bills to consider and one bleak reality hanging over their heads: If anything costs money, forget it.

With both states facing their worst f >>>


      CANDIDATES HUSTLE FOR ATTENTION IN SPRINT TO REPLACE MORAN
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Michael LarisWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200'; C05 In their 28–day dash to election day in Alexandria, Democratic lawyer Charniele Herring and Republican legislative aide Joe Murray have had to scramble for attention from distracted voters.

The special election to represent the >>>


      DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS SHOWS SIGNS IT WILL NOT BOW TO OBAMA
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     11, 200'; A05 Even before taking office, President–elect Barack Obama has endured a baptism by friendly fire.

Last week, an expanded and emboldened group of congressional Democrats greeted his tax proposals with disdain, dragged him into a political squabble over his Senate successor and chafed at key >>>


      INAUGURATION–WATCHING, IN A PLACE OF THEIR OWN
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Theresa VargasWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200'; C01 Margaret Simmons, 71, plans to spend the night before the inauguration sleeping in a church, bundled in a pew, so she will get the view she wants most of the ceremony –– on a state–of–the–art projection screen in >>>


      LUCKY ONES WILL SOON CLUTCH COVETED TICKETS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     A01 As a teenager, Katie K. Davenport washed dishes in the basement of a whites–only restaurant in downtown Baltimore, where as an African American she did not venture to the world upstairs.

The work was hard, and it wrecked her hands, and in those times, she said, "You knew, as a black person, where >>>


      OBAMA STRESSES PLAN‘S JOB POTENTIAL
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200'; A01 Facing increased skepticism from both parties about the details of his economic stimulus proposal, President–elect Barack Obama and his team yesterday laid out new claims regarding the $775 billion package, saying that '0 percent o >>>


      STIMULUS BILL MAY INCLUDE ENERGY MEASURES
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Steven MufsonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 11, 200'; A03 Congressional leaders and Obama advisers are looking at including as much as $25 billion of energy tax credits in the economic stimulus package in an effort to bolster renewable energy projects, fuel–efficient cars and biodiesel producti >>>


      3RD OFFICIAL OF INDIAN IT GIANT HELD IN FRAUD
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     NEW DELHI, Jan. 10 –– Indian police arrested the chief financial officer of embattled outsourcing giant Satyam Computer Services on Saturday, the third executive to be charged in a fraud scandal that threatens to roil India‘s flourishing technology industry.

The arrest of Vadlamani Srinivas ca >>>


      5 PIRATES DROWN WITH SHARE OF $3 MILLION RANSOM A DAY AFTER FREEING SAUDI TANKER
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 10 –– Five of the pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom, a relative said Saturday, the day after the bundle of cash was apparently dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.

The Sirius Star and its 25 crew members saile >>>


      6 TROOPS, 40 MILITANTS KILLED IN PAKISTAN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– Hundreds of militants, many from Afghanistan, attacked a Pakistani paramilitary camp in a lawless northwestern tribal region early Sunday, sparking a major clash that left six security troops and 40 insurgents dead.

The brazen raid in Mohmand suggested sophisticated cross&ndash >>>


      BIDEN VISITS AFGHANISTAN, MEETS KARZAI, U.S. OFFICIALS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     A16 KABUL, Jan. 10 –– Vice President–elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a heavily guarded visit to Afghanistan on Saturday, meeting with top Afghan and U.S.

military leaders after a quick stop in Pakistan to stress continued U.S. support in the fight against terrorism across South Asia. The Democr >>>


      CLASHES BETWEEN SOMALI ISLAMISTS KILL 2', WOUND 50
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     MOGDASIHU, Somalia –– Clashes between Islamist militias have killed at least 2' people and wounded more than 50 others in central Somalia, witnesses said Sunday. It was the latest sign of divisions within an Islamist insurgency the U.S. government says has links to al–Qaida.

The fighting i >>>


      CROWD TRIES TO ATTACK US CONSULATE IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     KARACHI, Pakistan –– Police say a crowd tried to attack the U.S. Consulate building in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi during an anti–Israel protest, but security forces managed to repel them.

Police say they fired tear gas shells and baton charged the crowd, forcing it to disperse.
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      EU MONITORS ARRIVE TO GET RUSSIAN GAS FLOWING AGAIN
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     SUDZHA, Russia (Reuters) – European Union monitors arrived at a Russian gas export pipeline on Sunday, in what could be the first step toward ending a supply cut–off that has plunged parts of Europe into a mid–winter energy crisis.

But it was unlikely the gas would reach Europe earlier than Tu >>>


      EU MONITORS DEPLOY TO END RUSSIAN GAS DEADLOCK
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     KIEV, Ukraine –– Teams of EU monitors traveled to gas pumping stations along Ukraine‘s extensive pipeline network Sunday, as Russia prepared to resume natural gas shipments through Ukraine to Europe.

Ukraine signed a deal early Sunday to allow European, Russian and its own experts to track the >>>


      FIGHTING ESCALATES AS ISRAELI TROOPS PUSH FARTHER INTO GAZA
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Craig Whitlock, Griff Witte and Reyham Abdel KareemWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 11, 200'; 8:2' AM JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 –– Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen battled Sunday morning on the outskirts of Gaza City in some of the most intense fighting of the week–old ground off >>>


      FOR ZIMBABWE‘S DEAD, A FINAL INDIGNITY
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     By Karin BrulliardWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 11, 200'; A01 HARARE, Zimbabwe –– Noel Nefitali died of cholera on Dec. 28 at age 35, though no one passing by his grave site would know that.

The cheapest chipboard coffin and funeral parlor fees alone had sent his family far into >>>


      INDONESIA FERRY CARRYING 250 PEOPLE SINKS: MINISTER
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     JAKARTA, Jan 11 (Reuters ) – An Indonesian ferry with 250 people on board has sunk in the country‘s east, Indonesia‘s transport minister told Reuters on Sunday.

He said 150 people had been taken off the ferry but that he did not know whether they were dead or alive.

The ferry was trav >>>


      IRAN USING FRONTS TO GET BOMB PARTS FROM U.S.
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     The Iranian businessman was looking for high–quality American electronics, but he had to act stealthily: The special parts he coveted were denied to Iranians, especially those seeking to make roadside bombs to kill U.S.

troops in Iraq. With a few e–mails, the problem was solved. A friendly Malaysian >>>


      IRAQ‘S PARLIAMENT FACES CRISIS OVER INFIGHTING
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     BAGHDAD –– The Iraqi parliament faced a new crisis Sunday after members of the country‘s major Sunni Arab bloc fell out with one another over the nomination of a candidate for speaker.

The dispute is over a replacement for former parliament speaker Mahmoud al–Mashhadani, a Sunni who resi >>>


      ISRAEL PROTEST TARGETS US CONSULATE IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     KARACHI, Pakistan –– Security forces used tear gas and batons to repel anti–Israel protesters who tried to attack a U.S. consulate in Pakistan on Sunday, as tens of thousands in cities across Europe, the Middle East and Asia demonstrated against Israel‘s offensive in the Gaza Strip.

A pr >>>


      LAWMAKERS, MUSLIMS CRITICIZE PRINCE OVER COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     LONDON –– Lawmakers, Muslim groups and the Pakistani public criticized Prince Harry Sunday after a British newspaper published video footage of him using offensive and racist language.

Harry, third in line to the British throne and an army lieutenant, issued an apology on Saturday after the News of >>>


      LEADING BRITISH JEWS SEEK END TO GAZA CONFLICT
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     LONDON –– Leading British Jews said Sunday that Israel‘s government must end its military action in Gaza to achieve security.

In a letter published in The Observer newspaper, 11 signatories called on Israel to end the military campaign and to attempt to negotiate a settlement.

Those w >>>


      PAKISTAN: 6 TROOPS, 40 MILITANTS KILLED IN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– At least 40 militants were killed and scores of others wounded as security forces repulsed an attack by about 600 fighters in northwestern Pakistan.

Six security forces were also killed and seven others wounded in the pre–dawn attack in Mohmand agency.

Insurgents >>>


      RUSSIA, UKRAINE AGREE TO RESTART GAS FLOW, E.U. SAYS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     A16 MOSCOW, Jan. 11 –– The European Union said it brokered an agreement between Russia and Ukraine early Sunday to resume shipments of natural gas to the continent under the watch of international observers. But analysts warned that the key disputes that caused the shutdown were left unresolved and could lea >>>


      SRI LANKA ARMY FIGHTS TO FINISH OFF TAMIL TIGERS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan troops fought toward the shrinking strongholds of the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday, the military said, seeking a crushing battlefield victory to end one of Asia‘s longest insurgent ground wars.

The military said it had killed at least 24 rebels after a serie >>>


      STORM SINKS INDONESIAN FERRY WITH 250 PASSENGERS
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– An Indonesian passenger ferry sank in a storm Sunday with around 250 passengers and 17 crew onboard after being battered by seven–foot (two–meter) waves, officials and witnesses said.

Several members of the crew and 18 passengers were rescued, but the fate of the ot >>>


      THE VIEW FROM ISRAEL: VICTORS IN A NECESSARY WAR
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     A12 TEL AVIV, Jan. 10 –– After 15 days of war that have left more than 800 Palestinians dead –– as many as half of them civilians, medical officials say –– Israelis are sure of two things: They are the victims, and they are also the victors.

This is an unwanted war, Israelis >>>


      U.S. THWARTED ISRAELI PLAN TO BOMB IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITY
      Washington Post, 11-01-2009
     President Bush last year rejected an Israeli request to provide sophisticated, deep–penetration bombs to attack Iran‘s underground nuclear enrichment facilities, Pentagon officials said yesterday.

The administration also rebuffed Israel‘s plan to fly through U.S.–controlled Iraqi airspac >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Five vandals entered the Venice offices of the Zim shipping company armed with iron rods on Friday afternoon, and destroyed computers and other equipment while denouncing Israel and calling for the liberation of Palestine and the Gaza Strip. >>>


      FARMERS SUE LOCAL PLANNING COUNCIL
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amiram Cohen Tags: israel news A group of 425 agricultural land owners in Zichron Yaakov, Binyamina and Kfar Ada are suing the Samaria Local Planning and Building Council for NIS 1.2 billion, after zoning restrictions reduced their property values.

The landowners claim that the zoning restrictions placed on >>>


      FISCHER BOWS OUT OF NY FED RACE
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By News Agencies Tags: hamas, israel news, israel Advertisement ccording to WSJ, the new leading candidate is Kevin Warsh, a Federal Reserve governor the newspaper described as having "played a key role in managing the Fed‘s market interventions from the Federal Reserve Board in Washington" and as being >>>


      IMPORTERS CUT CAR PRICES
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Daniel Schmil Tags: israel news Local car importers aren‘t yet offering buy one – get one free deals like some of their American counterparts, but they are trying to entice customers with lower prices. Dodge–Chrysler importers Automotive Requipment Group‘s new price list, for example, features >>>


      LOAN FUND TO EASE CREDIT CRUNCH
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Moti Bassok Tags: economy, israel news As part of the government‘s program for jump–starting the economy, the treasury has announced the creation of a NIS 1.3 billion loan fund for medium–sized businesses.

The loans will be available to businesses with annual sales of NIS 22 million–N >>>


      NEW CONSUMER LAW TO END AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF SERVICE CONTRACTS
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Barr Hayoun and Zvi Zrahiya Tags: israel news, economy, israel A law that went into effect yesterday bars many types of companies from automatically renewing your contract without prior notification or, conversely, from ending the business relationship without giving you a head‘s up of 30 or 60 days.

T >>>


      A BIG SHUDDER ON THE WING
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Haaretz Editorial Advertisement The lessons of previous wars, during which the IDF destroyed infrastructure targets and the homes of civilians but did not gain the quiet it had sought, have not been internalized. Israel‘s justified rationale in acting against rocket launchers has been increasingly damaged over >>>


      JAILING JOURNALISTS
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Yossi Melman Tags: hamas, gaza, israel news The Israel Defense Forces has learned from past wars. Take the Falklands War – in 1'82 the British Navy sailed thousands of kilometers to liberate,
1'th century–style, the remote and scarcely populated islands, which had been seized by the Argentine >>>


      RELIGIOUS ZIONISM HAS NOT DISENGAGED
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Yair Sheleg Tags: IDF, israel news Despite the disinclination to delve into the social distribution of fallen soldiers, it is impossible to ignore the chilling coincidence: The first five troops felled in the Gaza ground operation last Monday and Tuesday included one Druze, Yusuf Muadi, and four men – Dvir Emma >>>


      THE LEAD ISN‘T ALWAYS CAST
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: israel news, orthodox jews The fighting in Gaza has diverted attention from the very disturbing figures that the state gave the High Court of Justice in its reply to the petition opposing the extention of the Tal Law on military service for the ultra–Orthodox.

In its response to the p >>>


      WHERE HAVE OUR FRIENDS GONE?
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Zvi Ba‘rel Tags: israel, israel news, hamas Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked to speak with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Olmert just before the start of Israel‘s offensive in Gaza. Olmert avoided Erdogan because he did not want to tell the Turkish premier about the coming attack. He did no >>>


      11TH– AND 12TH–GRADERS IN SOUTH GOING BACK TO CLASS
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Or Kashti After two weeks of canceled classes, 12th and 11th graders in almost all the towns in the south are expected to return to their desks this week.

Education Ministry Director General Shlomit Amichai said that at least half of all 11th– and 12th–graders would return to school as early as t >>>


      ANALYSIS / UN GAZA TRUCE RESOLUTION WAS SERIOUS DIPLOMATIC MALFUNCTION
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Aluf Benn Tags: UN, Gaza, Hamas, Israel News Resolution 1860 by the United Nations Security Council, which called for a cease–fire in Gaza, should be seen as an expression of the international community‘s discomfort about the continued fighting.

It does not dictate halting the Israeli operation n >>>


      EUROPEAN JEWS PLANNING COUNTER–PROTESTS IN RESPONSE TO ANTI–ISRAEL, ANTI–SEMITIC ACTIONS
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Cnaan Liphshiz In response to anti–Semitic incidents, threats and anti–Israel protests, European Jewish communities have decided to stage support rallies for Israel and its operation in Gaza.

Rallies will take place in several cities in Holland and Belgium, as well as Rome, London, Munich, Frankf >>>


      FOURTEEN HURT AS ROCKETS HIT SOUTH
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Yanir Yagna At least 21 Palestinian rockets hit Israeli territory over the weekend, injuring 14 people.

An Ashkelon man was lightly wounded and required medical attention after a Qassam rockets slammed into his apartment building yesterday in the center of town. In addition, the Ashkelon city center sustaine >>>


      GIDEON LEVY / MY HERO OF THE GAZA WAR
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Gideon Levy Tags: israel, hamas, israel news My war hero likes to eat at Acre‘s famed Uri Burri restaurant. He thinks it‘s the best fish restaurant in the world, and told me as much yesterday from the porch of the central Gaza City office building from which he has broadcast every day for the past two wee >>>


      IDF SAYS HAMAS SHOWING SIGNS OF TIRING
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff On the 15th day of Operation Cast Lead, a senior Israeli military commander involved in the Gaza invasion told Haaretz that Hamas militants are suffering from exhaustion and are, for the first time, beginning to desert their battle stations.

Further, the commander told reporter >>>


      INVESTIGATION SHOWS ERRANT MORTAR HIT UN BUILDING
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amos Harel Tags: Israel News, Gaza, UN, Hamas A preliminary investigation into the fatal shooting by the Israel Defense Forces into a United Nations building in northern Gaza on Tuesday reveals the Israeli troops firing on the building missed their targets by some 30 meters.

Hamas is claiming the mortar fire >>>


      ISRAEL DISAPPOINTED BY UN RESOLUTION THAT AVOIDS KEY DEMANDS ON GAZA
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Hamas, Israel News, UN, Gaza Israel was disappointed by the UN‘s resolution passed early Friday morning calling for an immediate cease–fire in the Gaza Strip. Officials expressed additional disappointment with U.S. President George Bush‘s refusal to veto the >>>


      LIFE IN THE GAZA WAR ZONE
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amira Hass Tags: israel, hamas, israel news Access to Gaza‘s new cemetery near the Israeli border has been cut off, forcing Palestinians to bury the increasing number of dead in old graves near the city center, Palestinians told Haaretz yesterday.

Gaza‘s morgues are filled with bodies not yet ide >>>


      NEW MERETZ LEFTIST PARTY LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST IDF OPERATION IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Roni Singer–Heruti The new left–wing party spearheaded by Meretz is launching a campaign against the Israel Defense Forces‘ operation in the Gaza Strip. This reverses the party‘s decision to suspend its election campaign until the fighting ends.

The new drive makes it clear that Israe >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     Tags: israel news Lebanon arrests 7 after last week?s rocket attack The Lebanese army arrested seven people over the weekend suspected of involvement in firing rockets at Israel last Thursday. Lebanon has not released details on the suspects or said if they belonged to a specific organization. UN observers discovered a >>>


      PA FORCES BREAK UP GAZA PROTEST
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amira Hass Ramallah residents were shocked on Friday when a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza was forcibly dispersed by Palestinian Authority security forces using tear gas and clubs. Youth from the Fatah movement assisted security forces in breaking up a rally of solidarity with the Palestinian faction&l >>>


      SECURITY CABINET: ISRAEL TO CONTINUE GAZA OP TO PRESSURE EGYPT
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Yoav Stern Tags: Israel News, Egypt, Hamas The security cabinet decided Friday to continue Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, but not expand it at this stage. In the coming days Israel will focus its military and diplomatic efforts on pressuring Egypt to work toward th >>>


      STUDY: SOUTH TO RECOVER MORE QUICKLY FROM WAR THAN NORTH AFTER LEBANON
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Eli Ashkenazi Tags: hamas, israel, gaza Southern residents are likely to recover more quickly from the current conflict than their northern counterparts did after the Second Lebanon War, a new study has found.

The study, conducted by Dr. Shaul Kimche and Prof. Yohanan Eshel, members of the Psychology Departm >>>


      THE NEXT MOVE
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Amir Oren Colonel A., a GOC Southern Command intelligence officer, is one of the central figures responsible for the professional successes of Operation Cast Lead, and one of the youngest. When GOC Southern Command Yoav Gallant was appointed commander of the southern operational arena, A., an avid bicyclist, was sele >>>


      THOUSANDS RALLY IN WORLD CAPITALS TO PROTEST AGAINST GAZA WAR
      Haaretz, 11-01-2009
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies , By Assaf Uni Protesting Israel‘s actions in Gaza, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets over the weekend in a number of European capitals.

Violent clashes occurred in Oslo, where hundreds of Norwegians, mostly young protesters, clashed with police on T >>>



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