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      80 COMPANIES TO TAKE PART IN MENA–EX 200'
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Roger Harrison | Arab News JEDDAH: The second International Exhibition for Mineral Exploration and Development (MENA–EX 200') begins today at Hilton Hotel. Eighty companies representing a global spread of mining and related industries have set up shop in a 400 square meter exhibition alongside the MENA–E >>>


      BAHRAIN, MALAYSIA TO SET UP IMM
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Mahmood Rafique | Arab News MANAMA: Bahrain and Malaysia are keen to set up an International Money Market (IMM) as part of the implementation of an outstanding bilateral agreement between the two sides signed in 1''0, a senior Malaysian official said.

Malaysian Minister for Foreign Affairs Raes Yatim, w >>>


      KINGDOM TO EXPORT POWER IN 5 YEARS
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Arab News RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will start exporting power to the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the next five years, according to a power expert.

Delivering his keynote address on «Recent trends in power and water supply,» Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and president of ACWA Power Internation >>>


      ZAHID TRACTOR ENDS PASSENGER CAR BUSINESS
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News JEDDAH: Zahid Tractor & Heavy Machinery Company Ltd., a major reputable business enterprise, yesterday announced that it is giving up passenger car business as part of a new strategy to sharpen focus on its high growth core businesses.

«We will force the pace of vertically in >>>


      GROUND BRIDGE SECOND CONVOY LEAVES WITH AID
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Sultan Altamimi | Arab News JEDDAH: A convoy of seven trailers full of humanitarian aid carrying a total of 170 tons of medical supplies, equipment and food items left for Gaza yesterday.

The so–called «Ground Bridge,» established by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Jan. 3, >>>


      JEDDAHS YOUNG HAVE NOWHERE TO GO
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Hasan Hatrash | Arab News LAST RESORT: It has become increasingly difficult for Jeddahs young soccer enthusiasts to find suitable venues for playing their favorite sport. (AN photo by Hasan Hatrash) JEDDAH: A lack of public soccer fields in Jeddah has forced many young people to find substitute areas for playing their >>>


      PISR STUDENT DIES, BUT EVENT GOES ON
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News RIYADH: A 16–year–old Pakistani girl collapsed inside the premises of a school here on Friday evening and died on the way to a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, officials of the Pakistan International School, Riyadh are pushing back on allegations that they decided not to an >>>


      PROTECT SOCIETY FROM CHAOTIC FATWA–GIVERS: KING ABDULLAH
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Badea Abu Al–Naja | Arab News Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al–Faisal, flanked by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al–Asheikh, left, and MWL Secretary–General Abdullah Al–Turki, at the opening session of the International Conference on Fatwa in Makkah on Saturday. (AN photo by Ahmad Hashad) MAKKAH >>>


      TWO EGYPTIANS HELD OVER SAUDIS MURDER
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Arab News JEDDAH: Police arrested on Friday two Egyptians for their alleged involvement in the murder of a Saudi in his late 60s in the Safa neighborhood of north Jeddah on Thursday, Al–Eqtisadiah newspaper reported yesterday.

Jeddah police spokesman Col. Misfar Al–Juaid said preliminary inquiries r >>>


      WE WANT TO MAKE MAKKAH A MODEL CITY, SAYS AL–BAR
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News Makkah Mayor Osama Al–Bar JEDDAH: How to transform Makkah into an intelligent city with the aim of improving facilities and services being rendered to the millions of pilgrims who come for Haj and Umrah, will top the agenda of an international conference that opens at Umm Al–Qu >>>


      WOMENS CAMPAIGN FOR RIGHT TO SELL LINGERIE FAILS
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Najah Alosaimi | Arab News RIYADH: A campaign by Saudi women to win the right to sell lingerie has resulted in shop owners not taking notice and thus forcing women to begin a boycott later this month.

«We sent letters to leading lingerie shop owners stating the importance of complying with the Labor Minis >>>


      CRYING FOR HELP
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News A Palestinian girl grieves over relatives at a funeral in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on Saturday. (EPA) GAZA CITY: Israel today declared a unilateral cease–fire effective from 2 a.m. in the Gaza Strip. In a televised news conference, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said th >>>


      EUROPEANS KEEP UP PROTESTS
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     AFP PARIS: Thousands of protesters calling for Israel to stop its offensive in the Gaza Strip took to the streets of European cities yesterday, as the onslaught entered its fourth week.

The biggest pro–Palestinian rally took place in the French capital, where several thousand people, many carrying Palesti >>>


      IRAQS BIGGEST SHIITE PARTY EYEING SELF–RULE IN OIL–RICH SOUTH
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     AP NAJAF: Iraqs biggest Shiite party is hoping for a big win in elections across the oil–rich south to jump–start its campaign for a self–ruled region a move that would transform Iraq and, critics say, give neighboring Iran its biggest prize since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

To reach that >>>


      PALESTINIANS RACE FOR WATER IN WAR ZONE
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     AFP GAZA CITY: Every day when Israel pauses its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, Palestinians launch a ground assault on the territorys public fountains to try to lay their hands on precious supplies of water.

As soon as the radio announces the start of the daily three–to–four–hour lull, thousa >>>


      QASABS TRIAL TO BE HELD IN MUMBAI JAIL
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Shahid Burney | Arab News MUMBAI: Even as war of words continues between India and Pakistan over the Mumbai terror attacks, the trial of the lone surviving terrorist Muhammad Ajmal Amir Qasab is likely to be held in the high security Arthur Road Prison, said to be the largest prison in Asia, according to police sources. >>>


      SALEH SUGGESTS GAZA VOLUNTEER FORCE
      Arab News, 18-01-2009
     Agencies SANAA: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday called on Muslim countries to allow their citizens to serve as volunteer fighters alongside Palestinians against Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, the state Saba news agency reported.

Saleh, who made the call during a meeting with an Iranian envoy in >>>


      5 WHITE–KNUCKLED MINUTES ABOARD FLIGHT 154'
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     NEW YORK –– The birds flew majestically, in perfect formation, and the co–pilot saw them coming. For a moment, it looked like they would pass beneath US Airways Flight 154', but when Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger looked up, they were there in his windscreen. Big. Dark brown. Lots of them.

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      AS JET WAS DITCHED, NEARBY FERRIES WENT INTO RESCUE MODE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     NEW YORK, Jan. 17 –– On Thursday afternoon, Capt. Vince Lombardi was backing his ferry, the Thomas Jefferson, out of Manhattan‘s Pier 7' in the Hudson River when he noticed a strange–looking boat.

No, he realized –– it was a commercial jet. Lombardi quickly moved his crew >>>


      AXELROD: DOUBLE–DIGIT JOBLESSNESS MUST BE AVERTED
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– A top aide to President–elect Barack Obama says the new administration is determined to "put the brakes on the most serious economic downturn" in years.

David Axelrod, who will join Obama‘s White House after serving as a key campaign adviser, said Sunday that &quo >>>


      CREWS HOIST DITCHED PLANE FROM HUDSON RIVER
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     AM NEW YORK –– Salvage crews have used a big crane to lift a downed US Airways jet from the Hudson River and onto a barge.

The bottom half of the jetliner looked battle–scarred as it inched up from the water late Saturday, carried by five large slings.

The metal on the bottom of the p >>>


      CROWDS GATHER ON MALL, METRO FOR FREE CONCERT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     12:44 PM Metro trains were packed and the area of the Mall around the Reflecting Pool was filling up late this morning as people arrived for the afternoon concert at the Lincoln Memorial that will formally open the inauguration festivities.

While President–elect Barack Obama and his family were attending >>>


      DEBRIS KILLS BOY IN STANDS AT MONSTER TRUCK SHOW
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     TACOMA, Wash. –– Debris flew into the grandstands at a monster truck show in Washington state, killing a 6–year–old boy and injuring another spectator, witnesses and city officials said Saturday.

A red truck came apart while doing doughnuts during the freestyle competition of Friday nigh >>>


      EMANUEL SAYS TALKS WITH BLAGOJEVICH APPROPRIATE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Barack Obama‘s chief of staff says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich did not ask for anything improper in their discussions about Obama‘s Senate successor.

Aide Rahm Emanuel says he talked with Blagojevich (bluh–GOY‘–uh–vich) and the governor‘s ex& >>>


      FDA URGES PEOPLE TO AVOID PEANUT BUTTER PRODUCTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     7:25 AM WASHINGTON –– Federal health authorities on Saturday urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter until authorities can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination.

Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appe >>>


      FOR BUSINESSES BIG AND SMALL, IT‘S LIGHTS OUT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Annys ShinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 18, 200'; A01 With the economy in the tank, companies are doing all they can to stay afloat. For many, though, even the most desperate measures have not been enough.

Former giants in American business have recently tilted into extinction. Circuit City >>>


      GUNFIRE KILLS 1, INJURES 2 IN MONTANA TOWN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     GLASGOW, Mont. –– Shots were fired near the Glasgow hospital‘s ambulance barn on Saturday, killing one person and wounding two, and a manhunt was under way for the shooter, police said.

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier told the Great Falls Tribune the other two shooting victims were in stable >>>


      INAUGURAL HISTORY: WILSON ON THE VERGE OF WAR
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     18, 200'; 5:08 AM WASHINGTON –– Woodrow Wilson made Americans citizens of the world by his words and deed.

The words rang out from his March 5, 1'17, inaugural speech. The deed came a month later, when the U.S. declared war on Germany, ending its neutrality in the great conflict in Europe. A >>>


      OBAMA‘S VIEW AN ODE TO AMERICA‘S PROMISE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– When Barack Obama mounts the podium to take the oath and deliver his inaugural address, when he looks out upon the National Mall and hundreds of thousands of bright and hopeful faces, he will see so much more: the symbols of a nation forever struggling to live up to its promise.

Start >>>


      OBAMA ANNOUNCES GRASS–ROOTS LOBBY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     A08 President–elect Barack Obama yesterday announced the formation of a group to continue the grass–roots engagement that was a hallmark of his presidential campaign, but lobbying now for his policy priorities in the White House.

"As president, I will need the help of all Americans to meet the >>>


      OBAMA HONORS WAR DEAD AT ARLINGTON, ATTENDS CHURCH
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     200'; 1:05 PM WASHINGTON –– Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Sunday, somberly pausing to honor America‘s war heroes in the midst of a mostly festive weekend prelude to taking on the presidency.

Just over 50 hours from becoming the 44th president of the United State >>>


      OBAMA TO LAY WREATH, ATTEND CONCERT SUNDAY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– President–elect Barack Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery then attends a star–studded concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the second day of his days–long inaugural celebration.

Obama will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Sunday morning. Later in the da >>>


      PELOSI WANTS BUSH OFFICIALS‘ ACTIONS REVIEWED
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants an investigation into whether the Bush administration broke the law when it fired a group of federal prosecutors.

She says that what she calls the politicizing of the Justice Department cannot go unreviewed.

House Democrats last week recommende >>>


      PR. GEORGE‘S TOLD TO BOIL WATER AFTER MAIN BREAK
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     12:01 PM More than '0,000 homes and businesses in a wide swath of Prince George‘s County that includes National Harbor are being told to boil their water through Inauguration Day as officials run tests in the wake of a massive water main break yesterday in Temple Hills.

The Washington Suburban Sanitar >>>


      SPEAKER PELOSI DIFFERS FROM OBAMA ON TAXES, PROBES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to differ from Barack Obama on at least two issues _ tax increases and investigating the Bush administration.

But the two Democrats agree on the need to address the soaring cost of entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.

The speake >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JAN. 18
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     AM –– Today is Sunday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 200'. There are 347 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Jan. 18, 1'1', the Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending World War I, opened in Versailles, France.

On this date: In 1778, >>>


      ‘LABEL YOUR KIDS‘ AMONG TIPS SUGGESTED BY SWEARING–IN VETS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     Hand warmers, bloody marys, binoculars and milk crates. Those are some things that veteran inauguration–goers swear by to survive this grueling and giddy American celebration.

It will be cold and crowded, standard for most inaugurations past. Some years, visitors navigated raucous protests –– >>>


      BEFORE THE HANDOVER COMES THE SLEEPOVER
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Mary Beth Sheridan and Aaron C. DavisWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, January 18, 200'; C0' As night falls on inauguration eve, a government slumber party of historic dimensions will begin. Nearly 6,000 soldiers will unroll their sleeping bags in D.C. schools. Homeland Security employees will climb onto b >>>


      BUSH‘S POST–PRESIDENCY TO INCLUDE MORE THAN A LIBRARY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     Many former presidents rise to a second act. Jimmy Carter founded a human rights center and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Bill Clinton established a charity and traveled the world making speeches. Even the disgraced Richard Nixon opened a foreign–policy think tank shortly before his death.

Now it‘s Geo >>>


      D.C.‘S HIGH–LEVEL SOCIAL SCENE NOW MINGLES BLACK AND WHITE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     January 18, 200'; A01 Eleven days after the presidential election, 100 people were invited to the home of Vernon and Ann Jordan. The guest of honor was former Time Warner chief Richard Parsons, but the belle of the ball was Valerie Jarrett, one of Barack Obama‘s best friends and a newly named White House senio >>>


      DRIVEN TO OBAMAVILLE BY SOMETHING ‘BIGGER THAN US‘
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     The phone started ringing at Cherry Hill RV Park the morning after the election, but Mike and Linda Gurevich didn‘t really believe it until the recreational vehicles started lumbering in by the hundreds. Winter‘s a quiet time at the Gureviches‘ campgrounds in College Park, but yesterday, their 60 acres >>>


      IN THE BEGINNING
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Dan ZakWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 18, 200'; M01 Thirty seconds to change the country. Thirty seconds to keep it the same.

Just give your lovely wife that Bible, put your hand on it and repeat after me.

I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear . . . The oath of office: Heavy wi >>>


      INAUGURATION IS CLIMAX TO TWO YEARS OF INCREASING SECURITY AROUND OBAMA
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 18, 200'; A17 As jubilant Democrats nominated Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.) for president in a Denver convention hall in late August, the U.S. Secret Service in Washington placed its largest ever order for bulletproof glass.

The service request >>>


      NATION‘S HOPES HIGH FOR OBAMA, POLL SHOWS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     18, 200'; A16 Even as they express deep concern about the current direction of the country, Americans are overwhelmingly optimistic about Barack Obama and are pinning their hopes for recovery from a massive economic collapse on the president–elect, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll.
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      OBAMA‘S PATH TO FAITH WAS ECLECTIC
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Eli SaslowWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 18, 200'; A18 The presidential inauguration ceremony on Tuesday will begin and end with prayers from two men whom Barack Obama considers role models, advisers and dear friends. One, Joseph Lowery, is an 87–year–old black liberal Methodist from the >>>


      PROGRESSIVES HOPE U.S. SHIFTS GLOBAL SOCIAL POLICY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     UNITED NATIONS –– After being shut out for eight years by the Bush White House, social progressives are pressing President–elect Barack Obama to transform the way the United States deals with matters of sex, marriage and religious values in the international arena.

The battle will play out in >>>


      THE DONORS WHO GAVE BIG, AND OFTEN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Kimberly Kindy and Sarah CohenWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, January 18, 200'; A02 Nearly 100 wealthy families and power couples contributed at least $100,000 each to help Barack Obama over the past two years, creating an elite set of donors to whom the president–elect repeatedly turned in financing h >>>


      TRANSITION SIGNALS A CENTRIST APPROACH IN OBAMA WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Anne E. KornblutWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 18, 200'; A17 If history is any guide, the 77–day transition period between the election and Tuesday‘s inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation‘s 44th president provides an early road map to what the Obama presidency will look like, i >>>


      VISITORS POUR INTO D.C., LOADED WITH LUGGAGE BUT LIGHTENED BY HOPE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     200'; C01 They were rolling north, at the end of a four–hour drive from Durham, N.C., almost there. The rest of the car was focused on the directions to a hotel downtown.

Then the Washington Monument appeared in the distance. Anjanée Bell pointed it out, but the others were distracted. So she sav >>>


      A KENYAN TRANSITION TO POWER
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Stephanie McCrummenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 18,
200'; A21 KOGELO, Kenya There she was again, a small, slightly bent figure in a bright yellow dress, walking out of her house to greet one more group of strangers. President–elect Barack Obama‘s Kenyan grandmother, who is 87 and >>>


      AVALANCHES KILL AT LEAST 10 IN AFGHANISTAN: OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     KABUL (Reuters) – A series of avalanches have killed at least 10 people in Afghanistan and authorities were still searching for those feared missing, an official said on Sunday.

The avalanches hit the southern part of the Salang Tunnel Friday, the main highway linking southern Afghanistan with the north o >>>


      GIRL IN CHINA CRITICALLY ILL WITH BIRD FLU
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     BEIJING –– A 2–year–old girl in northern China has tested positive for bird flu and is in critical condition _ the second case of human infection in a month.

The girl fell ill on Jan. 7 in central Hunan province and was taken to a hospital by her grandparents four days later after she re >>>


      HAMAS AGREES TO TEMPORARY CEASE–FIRE LASTING 7 DAYS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     January 18, 200'; 11:10 AM JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 –– Hamas and other Palestinian guerrillas said Sunday they would join a cease–fire in the Gaza Strip, but warned that they would take up arms again if Israeli forces did not withdraw in seven days.

Israel had announced late Saturday that it wou >>>


      HAMAS AND ISRAEL SEPARATELY ANNOUNCE GAZA CEASEFIRE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas said on Sunday it would cease fire immediately along with its Islamist allies in the Gaza Strip and give Israel, which already declared a unilateral truce, a week to pull its troops out of the territory.

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in response: "We&l >>>


      HAMAS ANNOUNCES CEASEFIRE AFTER ISRAEL DECLARES TRUCE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas said on Sunday it would cease fire immediately along with other militant groups in the Gaza Strip and give Israel, which already declared a unilateral truce, a week to pull its troops out of the territory.

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in response: "We >>>


      ISRAEL CEASES FIRE BUT TROOPS STAY IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     200'; 1:1' AM JERUSALEM –– Israel unilaterally ceased fire in the Gaza Strip on Sunday but kept its troops there after a 22–day war meant to halt years of rocket fire on southern Israel but whose vast scale of death and destruction provoked international outrage.

Israel stopped its off >>>


      ISRAEL UNILATERALLY HALTS FIRE AS ROCKETS PERSIST
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     200'; 7:24 AM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Militants in Hamas–ruled Gaza fired salvoes of rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, defying a unilateral cease–fire called by Israel and threatening to reignite three weeks of violence that medics say has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and turned >>>


      ISRAELIS ANNOUNCE CEASE–FIRE IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Craig Whitlock and Jonathan FinerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 18, 200'; A01 JERUSALEM, Jan. 17 –– Israel said Saturday that it would cease fighting in the Gaza Strip and pronounced victory in the devastating war that it launched 22 days ago. But fears persisted that the conflict coul >>>


      JAPAN PM RALLIES PARTY TO FIGHT ELECTION GLOOM
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso tried to rally his fracturing party on Sunday ahead of an election this year it looks set to lose, vowing to turn around a worsening recession and win over disillusioned voters.

Aso, 68, is struggling to manage his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the fa >>>


      KENYAN MUGARA WINS MUMBAI MARATHON
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     MUMBAI (Reuters) – Kenneth Mugara led a Kenyan sweep in the men‘s event of the Mumbai marathon on Sunday in the city‘s first international sports event since the militant attacks last November.

Almost 35,000 people participated in five separate events in the annual run through the streets of s >>>


      N. KOREA DISCORDANT ON OBAMA ERA, NUCLEAR ARSENAL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 18, 200'; A22 SEOUL, Jan. 17 –– North Korea sees the presidency of Barack Obama as an opportunity for much–improved relations with the United States, a U.S.

scholar said Saturday after a trip to the country. Still, it says that >>>


      NIGERIA MILITANTS REPORT BOTCHED HOSTAGE RESCUE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     LAGOS, Nigeria –– Militants said Sunday that the Nigerian military botched a rescue mission aimed at liberating two British hostages held captive in Nigeria‘s restive southern oil region.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in an e–mail message that the overnight mi >>>


      RUSSIA, UKRAINE REACH GAS DEAL; EUROPE STILL WAITS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     MOSCOW –– Russia and Ukraine announced a deal Sunday to end the bitter dispute that has blocked Russian natural gas from Europe for nearly two weeks and deeply shaken Europeans‘ trust in the two as reliable energy suppliers.

The early morning agreement between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir P >>>


      SKOREA ARMY ON ALERT AFTER NORTH‘S MILITARY THREAT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korea said its army remained on alert Sunday, a day after North Korea threatened military action in response to Seoul‘s hard–line stance against its communist regime.

The latest harsh rhetoric from the isolated regime appeared aimed at heightening tensions on >>>


      SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS STUCK UNDERGROUND
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –– Media say rescuers are trying to bring to the surface 167 gold mine workers trapped underground in northern South Africa for nearly 24 hours.

The workers _ mainly maintenance staff _ were trapped when lightning struck an electrical substation late Saturday and caused a >>>


      SRI LANKA ARMY SEIZES CAMP, SAYS REBELS BOXED IN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     12:43 PM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Soldiers captured a Tamil Tiger camp and a factory as government forces pushed the separatist rebels into a shrinking enclave in Sri Lanka‘s war–ravaged north, the military said Sunday.

A defense ministry statement said soldiers seized "a highly fortif >>>


      TAMIL TIGER HEAD MAY HAVE FLED SRI LANKA: ARMY CHIEF
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     AM COLOMBO (Reuters) – The elusive leader of the Tamil Tigers may have already fled Sri Lanka with the army charging fast toward the separatist rebels‘ final strongholds, Sri Lanka‘s army commmander said.

Lieutenant–General Sarath Fonseka, commanding the most successful army offensive in >>>


      U.S. URGES RUSSIA TO RESUME GAS FLOW AFTER UKRAINE DEAL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     12:12 PM MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States urged Russia on Sunday to resume pumping gas to Europe through Ukraine at once after finally agreeing a price for 200' as negotiators worked on a detailed Russian–Ukrainian agreement to be signed Monday.

The prime ministers of Ukraine and Russia said >>>


      VIDEO THREATENS GERMANY OVER AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     BERLIN –– German authorities on Sunday were evaluating a purported al–Qaida video in which a speaker appears to threaten Germany over its military presence in Afghanistan.

The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.–based organization that monitors militant Web sites, said al–Qaida‘s >>>


      VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES REIN IN THE COUNTRY‘S VIGOROUS BLOGOSPHERE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     A21 BANGKOK –– Vietnam‘s government has issued several decrees in recent months to curtail blogging, as the number of Internet users soars in the communist country.

The campaign started in August, when the government published an edict giving police broad authority to move against online criti >>>


      ZIMBABWE LEADER: NO MORE CONCESSIONS TO OPPOSITION
      Washington Post, 18-01-2009
     HARARE, Zimbabwe –– President Robert Mugabe ruled out giving any further concessions in power–sharing talks, saying Zimbabwe‘s opposition has one last chance to join a national unity government, a state newspaper reported Sunday.

Mugabe and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Ts >>>


      CATTLE BREEDERS IN CENTER PAY HIDDEN COST OF FIGHTING
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Amiram Cohen Tags: israel news Thefts of calves being raised for beef on moshavim and private ranches have increased 60% since Operation Cast Lead began late last month, the Israeli Cattle Breeders Association reports.

Last week cattle thieves broke into Moshav Batzra, in the Sharon region, and loaded 120 ca >>>


      CONDITIONS FOR PRIME CATERING NOT SO CHOICE
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Adi Dovrat Tags: israel news Over the weekend, the struggling Prime banquet facility in Tel Aviv‘s Hayarkon Park was invaded by suppliers, who came to remove equipment they own from the premises. CEO Nissim Bin–Nun, accompanied by a bodyguard, was there at the time. Yochai Peleg, the owner of the business >>>


      GAZA WAR LEADS TO CREATIVE MARKETING AND SUCCESS
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Tali Heruti–Sover Tags: israel news, gaza, economy "A rocket that fell 300 meters from the farm, three weeks without work and hundreds of kilograms of fish that had to be destroyed" is how Haim Dobkin described the situation at the start of the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The moshavnikim from >>>


      OWNERS, SUPPLIERS TO OFFER NIS 70 MILLION TO SAVE VITA
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Ora Coren, Amiram Cohen, Hila Raz and Haim Bior Tags: israel news The financially troubled food manufacturer Vita Pri–Galil is expected to submit a NIS 60–70 million recovery plan, funded jointly by owners and suppliers, to a court convening today to deliberate whether to put the company into receivership >>>


      AMIR OREN / HOW MANY ARABS IS ONE ISRAELI WORTH?
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Amir Oren Tags: israel news, gaza, hamas These were the declared objectives of Operation Cast Lead on its first day: The Israel Defense Forces would "attack high–trajectory weapons infrastructure, strike terror operatives and infrastructure, prevent hostile terrorist activity from the Gaza Strip, prepare f >>>


      GIDEON LEVY / AN OPEN RESPONSE TO A.B. YEHOSHUA
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Gideon Levy Tags: israel news, israel, gaza Dear Bulli, Thank you for your frank letter and kind words. You wrote it was written from a "position of respect," and I, too, deeply respect your wonderful literary works. But, unfortunately, I have a lot less respect for your current political position. It is as >>>


      HAARETZ EDITORIAL / A LONG–TERM DEAL ON GAZA IS NEEDED
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: israel, hamas, gaza The growing international pressure amid the serious harm to innocent civilians and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip has moved the center of gravity from the battlefield in the south to the diplomatic arena. Due to Israel‘s opposition to any deal with Hamas, a >>>


      IT DEPENDS ON THE POLITICAL RESULT
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Zeev Sternhell Tags: israel news, gaza, hamas In going to war, every country has its objective. As Carl von Clausewitz has shown, a military victory cannot serve as a goal in its own right.

Its significance is purely tactical. Some great military victories ended in a national catastrophe for the victors, sta >>>


      THE WAR AS WARM–UP ACT FOR OBAMA
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Gershom Gorenberg Tags: hamas, israel news, israel The diplomatic timing for the war looked lovely. The U.S. president who loved military action was still in power, though fading into the shadows.

The new president, dynamic and popular, hadn‘t yet entered office. There was no one to interfere, to press >>>


      13 PALESTINIANS KILLED; 13 SOLDIERS HURT IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies , By Amos Harel and Anshel Pfeffer Thirteen Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded, three seriously, in fighting in the Gaza Strip over the weekend. Thirteen Palestinians were killed yesterday in the course of IDF operations in the Strip, bringing the death toll there to 1,205 >>>


      A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT IMAGE TO STOMACH
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Gili Izikovich Dr. Abu al–Aish‘s evident grief over his slain daughters will likely be remembered as one of the most difficult images of this war.

On Friday evening, around 5 P.M., the mobile phone of Channel 10 News correspondent Shlomi Eldar began ringing incessantly while he was appearing on O >>>


      ANALYSIS / THE BALL IS NOW IN HAMAS‘ COURT IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Tags: Gaza, Israel News, Hamas Twenty–two days after launching its campaign against Hamas, Israel announced on Saturday it was pulling the plug. But the cabinet‘s decision to declare a unilateral cease–fire while maintaining a military presence in areas seized by the I >>>


      GRAD NEARLY STRIKES WORSHIPERS AT SYNAGOGUE
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Yanir Yagna Dozens of worshipers in a community near the city of Ofakim narrowly escaped injury yesterday when a Grad rocket hit a study hall adjacent to the synagogue where they were praying.

"We were in the middle of the shacharit morning prayer service and the rabbi just said the word vishmarech [&qu >>>


      HAMAS OFFICIALS BLAST LEADERS FOR ‘DISASTER‘ IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Avi Issacharoff Two leaders of Hamas‘ more pragmatic wing in Gaza have blamed the group‘s leadership in Damascus for its decision not to extend the six–month cease–fire with Israel that ended in December, saying the move brought "disaster" on the coastal territory.

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      IDF BOMB KILLS THREE DAUGHTERS, NIECE OF GAZA MD WORKING AT TEL HASHOMER
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Noah Kosharek Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al–Aish, a gynecologist living in Jabalya refugee camp and working at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer lost three daughters and a niece Friday as the result of an Israel Defense Forces strike. Another daughter and another niece, seriously injured in the strike, are currently be >>>


      IDF STRIKE HITS UN SCHOOL, KILLING MOTHER, TWO CHILDREN
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies , By Avi Issacharoff The Israel Defense Forces yesterday fired on a Gaza building owned by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, killing one woman and her two children.

The facility, a school, was hit in the morning, as the IDF was bombing ta >>>


      ISRAEL DECLARES UNILATERAL CEASE–FIRE
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies , By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Assaf Uni The security cabinet last night authorized a unilateral cease–fire in the Gaza Strip to go into effect at 2 A.M., ending three weeks of intense fighting.

"The objectives of the operation have been fully >>>


      ISRAELI OFFICIAL PROPOSES ‘DISENGAGING‘ ILLEGAL BEDOUIN HOMES
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Akiva Eldar Tags: Negev, Bedouin, Israel News A government employee being considered to head an inter–ministerial team to deal with issues of Bedouin settlement in the Negev has recommended implementing similar principles to those used in the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip. "If the government evacu >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     Tags: israel news Qatar cutting commercial links with Israel The government of Qatar announced Friday it would cut relations with Israel due to its military campaign in the Gaza Strip. Hamad bin Jassim, who serves as both prime minister and foreign minister, told reporters in the capital Doha that Israeli commercial rep >>>


      OUR VICTORY AND OUR DEFEAT
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: Israel News, Barack Obama Have we not exerted ourselves enough in the past three weeks to have staged a winning image, that final picture that will brand itself on our consciousness and souls, as though done with phosphorous?

That final picture has arrived and it is of Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al& >>>


      SHALITS BEG IDF TO INCLUDE GILAD IN CEASE–FIRE DEAL
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Jack Khoury Relatives of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being held by Hamas gathered at his family‘s home in Mitzpeh Hila yesterday and implored the cabinet to include him in any Gaza cease–fire agreement.

"We‘re in favor of reaching agreements but we‘re saying any deal, any agreem >>>


      THE DOWNSIDE OF GRACE
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Neri Livneh Instead of finally bringing back their boy, the Israeli government is insisting on turning the family of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit into an example of nobility. For them the unilateral cease–fire is a very bad decision. Grace is important to display, say, for a president&lsq >>>


      THE PRIZE GOES TO ‘WALTZ WITH BASHIR‘ – BOX OFFICE TO ‘LOST ISLANDS‘
      Haaretz, 18-01-2009
     By Nirit Anderman Last year was a mixed one for Israeli cinema: Although "Waltz with Bashir" won the Golden Globe award for best foreign film last week and is a strong candidate for an Oscar in the same category, fewer moviegoers in Israel saw locally–produced films in 2008 than in the previous year.
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      HAMAS ET MOUVEMENTS DE RÉSISTANCE DÉCRČTENT UN CESSEZ–LE–FEU Ŕ GHAZA
      APS, 18-01-2009
      DAMAS– Le bureau du mouvement de résistance palestinien Hamas basé ŕ Damas, la capitale syrienne, a annoncé dimanche un cessez–le–feu dans la bande de Ghaza, confirmant l‘annonce faite un peu plus tôt par le mouvement Jihad islamique. "L‘ennemi israélien >>>


      ISRAËL DÉCIDE UN CESSEZ–LE–FEU UNILATÉRAL, LE HAMAS POURSUIT LA RÉSISTANCE
      APS, 18-01-2009
      EL QODS occupée – Israël a décidé samedi un cessez–le–feu unilatéral ŕ partir de minuit au 22e jour de son agression militaire contre la Bande de Ghaza, rapportent les agences de presse. Pour sa part, le mouvement de résistance palestinien Hamas a rejeté le prin >>>


      L‘ANTHOLOGIE DE LA MUSIQUE CLASSIQUE ALGÉRIENNE S‘ENRICHIT D‘UN NOUVEL ALBUM
      APS, 18-01-2009
      ALGER– L‘anthologie de la musique classique algérienne vient de s‘enrichir d‘un nouvel album, comprenant la nouba "zidane" et la nouba "mezdj", édité par le musicologue et président de l‘association "El Inchirah", Smaďn Hini. "A l >>>


      LA RÉUNION DE DOHA A ABOUTI Ŕ DES RÉSULTATS "TRČS POSITIFS"
      APS, 18-01-2009
      DOHA– Le président de la République, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a affirmé dimanche que la réunion de Doha a abouti ŕ des résultats "tr';s positifs" qui ouvrent la voie ŕ une action arabe soutenue. "Nul doute que la réunion de Doha a abouti ŕ des r >>>


      SOLIDARITÉ AVEC LE PEUPLE PALESTINIEN Ŕ GHAZA, THČME DU SOMMET ÉCONOMIQUE ARABE Ŕ KOWEĎT
      APS, 18-01-2009
      KOWEIT– Le sommet économique arabe ouvre ses travaux, lundi ŕ Koweďt, sous le th';me "Solidarité avec le peuple palestinien ŕ Ghaza" en présence de la majorité des dirigeants arabes dont le président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika arriv >>>


      ‘TALIBAN SETS PAKISTANI SCHOOL ON FIRE‘
      , 18-01-2009
     Taliban militants have destroyed a public school building and damaged two other houses in restive Swat valley in northwest Pakistan.

Police officials said unknown militants exploded a state boy‘s high school in Mingora city in Swat valley on Saturday.

The blast also damaged two houses situated cl >>>



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