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      ABE STRESSES MORE OPEN WORLD ECONOMIC SYSTEM
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News RIYADH: The former prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah had been strongly promoting the modernization of the business environment in the Kingdom.

Speaking on the final day of the Third Global Competitiveness Forum held in >>>


      BANKS URGED TO RESUME BUSINESS OF LENDING MONEY
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Adnan Jaber | Arab News Mohammed Al–Jasser RIYADH: Mohammed Al–Jasser, deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), said yesterday that the Kingdom has focused its efforts on protecting its financial stability by increasing liquidity in order to confront the aftermath of the global economic c >>>


      HMH OUTLINES MARKETING STRATEGY
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Arab News ALEPPO, Syria: Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) held its first meeting of vice presidents at Coral Julia Dumna Hotel in Aleppo earlier this week.

The high level delegation was led by the group’s CEO Michel Noblet and included top executives from the management.

The key objective of the c >>>


      MAHATHIR CALLS FOR REBUILDING OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News NEW STRATEGY: Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, at the concluding session of the Third Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh on Tuesday. (AN photo by Khalid Al–Khameez)

RIYADH: Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, called on the nations, ri >>>


      SAUDI CUSTOMS SIGNS MOU TO FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Arab News RIYADH: Saudi Customs Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with International Trademark World Company (ITMW), a major Saudi–based organization engaged in the fight against commercial fraud, counterfeiting and trademarks protection across Saudi Arabia.

The MoU aims to increase >>>


      SAUDIA SUFFERS SR1.7'8 BILLION LOSS
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines announced yesterday that it registered a loss of SR1.7'8 billion last year as a result of no–show passengers, who make reservations on its flights but change their travel plans without informing the airline.

«Statistics about operatio >>>


      ‘KINGDOM AND INDIA ARE STRATEGIC PARTNERS’
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Tariq Almaeena | Arab News Ambassador Mohammad Ahmad Tayyab and Indian Consul General Sayeed Ahmed Baba cut the ceremonial cake to mark India’s Republic Day celebration at a reception in Jeddah on Monday night. (AN photo) JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and India share common perceptions or regional and global economic and strateg >>>


      AIDS VICTIM’S RAPE BEING INVESTIGATED
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Arab News MAKKAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice and the Public Prosecution in Makkah are investigating the case of an Indonesian AIDS victim who was raped by 46 men, including one police officer, around a month ago.

The woman, a 38–year–old maid, was initially >>>


      BODY IDENTIFIED
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News MADINAH: After a month–long investigation that included DNA tests, Madinah police identified the body found close to their headquarters in October as that of Egyptian pilgrim Mustafa Muhammad Taha, 58.

According to Madinah police spokesman Muhsin Al–Radadi, Taha&#3 >>>


      COOPERATION IN AVIATION SECTOR UNDERLINED
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Sultan Altamimi | Arab News JEDDAH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) opened the first Air Navigation Service Providers’ (ANSP) conference in the Middle East at the Jeddah Meridian yesterday morning.

The conference comes as the air transfor >>>


      FREED TURKISH BARBER REACHES HOME
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News Sabri Bogday RIYADH: A Turkish barber who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on blasphemy charges but later pardoned by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and released, left for Istanbul from Jeddah by a Turkish Airways flight on Monday night.

«On arrival at >>>


      INSURANCE FIRM TO DEAL WITH ROAD ACCIDENTS
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News JEDDAH: The Traffic Department in Jeddah has signed an agreement with Najm Insurance Services Company to deal with road accidents in the city. The company has been authorized to determine responsibility for the accident and remove vehicles from roads in order to facilitate traffic.

>>>


      MORE JUDGES FOR TAIF GRAFT CASE
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Arab News TAIF: An administrative court in Jeddah has assigned more judges to look into a graft case involving 24 Taif municipal employees and two others.

The reason cited was the large number of individuals involved in the case, which is called the largest bribery case being heard by a Saudi court.

On >>>


      MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED ADVOCATED
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Fatima Sidiya | Arab News JEDDAH: Participants of a three–day symposium in Jeddah on disabled people discussed the difficulties that the physically–challenged people face and called for them to be given more opportunities to work and get education.

The event — entitled «Young Adults & Beyo >>>


      NCB DONATES SR2M TO GAZA VICTIMS
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Arab News JEDDAH: The National Commercial Bank (NCB) has announced a donation of SR2 million to provide relief to the victims in Gaza in response to the plea made by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. The bank has launched a campaign for public donations to support the people of Gaza and stand by them in t >>>


      STEPS TO TACKLE HEART DISEASES DISCUSSED
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News Dr. Peter Lansberg, center, with Pfizer’s Dr. Magdi Mohsen, right, and Dr. Osama Hussain at the seminar on coronary heart disease in Jeddah late Monday night. (AN photo) JEDDAH: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major public health problem worldwide. There is, however, no national data availab >>>


      VERDICT IN ABU KAB CASE NEXT MONDAY
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Arab News JEDDAH: The absence of the defendant, Faisal Al–Otaibi, (also known as «Abu Kab») from the court during the hearing yesterday prompted the Jeddah summary court to postpone the announcement of the verdict to next Monday.

Al–Otaibi faces public execution for three deaths caused b >>>


      GAZA TRUCE PUNCTURED
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Hisham Abu Taha | Arab News SHAKY PEACE: An Israeli Cobra helicopter fires a missile near Kissufim Crossing on Wednesday. (AFP ) GAZA CITY: Ten days into an uneasy cease–fire, an Israeli soldier was killed yesterday in a land mine attack and a Palestinian farmer was killed in Israeli tank shelling. The violence ca >>>


      SECURITY BEEFED UP AT MUMBAI SEAPORT
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Shahid Burney | Arab News MUMBAI: Security has been beefed up to the maximum at the Mumbai seaport after the Mumbai terror attacks in November.

The security, which so far had been handled by the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) personnel and the Mumbai police, has now been handed over to the Central Industrial Security >>>


      US IS NOT ENEMY OF MUSLIMS: OBAMA
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Barbara Ferguson | Arab News An image grab of US President Barack Obama being interviewed on the Dubai–based Al–Arabiya satellite television network late on Monday. (AFP) WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview yesterday as president, >>>


      US SLASHES $55M IN ANTI–TERROR FIGHT AID
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Azhar Masood | Arab News ISLAMABAD: The United States has decided to slash $55 million out of the $156 million bill sent by Pakistan for rendering its military services to fight against Taleban and Al–Qaeda in the volatile tribal areas adjacent to war–torn Afghanistan.

Finance Ministry’s Adviser Sha >>>


      YEMEN DENIES CLASH OUTSIDE US EMBASSY
      Arab News, 28-01-2009
     Khaled Al–Mahdi | Arab News SANAA: Yemen’s Interior Ministry yesterday denied reports claiming that clashes broke out outside the US Embassy in Sanaa, and explained that police fired warning shots to stop a car that passed a security barrier on a street leading to the embassy’s compound.

«A speeding >>>


      AP NEWSALERT
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– House defeats bill that would have delayed analog TV shutdown to June 12.
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      AUTHOR AND PARADE COLUMNIST JAMES BRADY DIES AT 80
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     PM NEW YORK –– James Brady, the Parade magazine celebrity columnist whose wide–ranging career also included novels, a memoir on his Korean War service and a stint as publisher of the fashion bible Women‘s Wear Daily, has died at 80.

Brady‘s death was announced Tuesday by Parade mag >>>


      GOV. BLAGOJEVICH‘S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL ROLLS ALONG
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     PM SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –– Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s impeachment trial turned Wednesday to issues that had nothing to do with allegations he tried to sell President Barack Obama‘s vacated Senate seat _ instead focussing on accusations he broke hiring laws, wasted taxpayer money and illegally defied the >>>


      HARTFORD MAYOR TO BE CHARGED IN CORRUPTION PROBE
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     HARTFORD, Conn. –– Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez said that he will surrender to state police Tuesday on bribery and other charges related to renovations at his home, but that he won‘t resign.

A state grand jury has been investigating possible corruption in city government for 15 months and loo >>>


      INTERIOR IGNORED SCIENCE WHEN LIMITING WATER TO GRAND CANYON
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A06 Interior Department officials ignored key scientific findings when they limited water flows in the Grand Canyon to optimize generation of electric power there, risking damage to the ecology of the spectacular national landmark, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

A Jan. 15 memo written b >>>


      JUDGE OKS HOLDING TALIBAN COOK AT GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who says he merely cooked meals for Taliban forces and never fired a shot in battle lost his petition to be released Wednesday after being held for more than seven years.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said that Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani‘s work as an ass >>>


      OBAMA: SNOWY WASHINGTON NEEDS ‘CHICAGO TOUGHNESS‘
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     12:4' PM President Obama, you‘re not in Chicago anymore.

Shortly before a meeting with business leaders on the economy at the White House, Obama said he wanted to make an unrelated comment to the press.

In a slightly amused tone, he noted that his daughters‘ school, Sidwell Friends, was >>>


      ODD PLANET‘S EXTREME GLOBAL WARMING: HIGHS OF 2240
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     PM WASHINGTON –– Astronomers have found a planet with a galactic case of hot flashes. In just six hours, this planet four times the size of Jupiter heats up by more than 1,200 degrees, according to a study published in Thursday‘s issue of the journal Nature.

"It‘s the first observat >>>


      PEANUT PROCESSOR KNOWINGLY SOLD TAINTED PRODUCTS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January 28, 200'; A01 The Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has killed eight people and sickened 500 more across the country knowingly shipped out contaminated peanut butter 12 times in the past two years, federal officials said yesterda >>>


      REPUBLICANS URGED TO BACK RELIEF PACKAGE
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Shailagh Murray and Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, January 28, 200'; A04 On the eve of a House vote on a massive spending and tax–cut package, President Obama yesterday pressed Republicans to hold their fire on his economic stimulus legislation, urging them "to keep politics to a mini >>>


      BACKLASH AGAINST BUSH APPARENT IN RNC
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January 28, 200'; A05 As they begin meeting in Washington today, many members of the Republican National Committee are focusing their ire against what they considered George W. Bush‘s anti–conservative policies and trying to dump the man he tapped >>>


      DEMOCRATS AMONG STIMULUS SKEPTICS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A01 Republican criticism of the stimulus package that the House will vote on tonight has focused on its soaring price tag, but some Democrats on Capitol Hill and other administration supporters are voicing a separate critique: that the plan may fall short in its broader goal of transforming the American economy over the >>>


      DEMOCRATS OVERTURN BARRIER TO UNEQUAL–PAY SUITS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A04 President Obama plans to sign into law tomorrow the first legislation of his White House tenure, reversing a recent Supreme Court ruling that had restricted the ability of women and other workers to sue for pay discrimination.

Congress passed the measure yesterday with a lopsided House vote, handing a swift >>>


      GOP EYES SEATS OF APPOINTED SENATORS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A02 The confusion and controversy surrounding the recent appointments of four Democratic senators has come with a potential twist –– it could complicate the party‘s efforts to solidify its majority in the Senate.

New York‘s Kirsten Gillibrand, who was sworn in yesterday to fill the seat >>>


      INTELLIGENCE PICK FIELDS PANEL‘S QUESTIONS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A13 Retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair, whose nomination to be director of national intelligence is scheduled for a vote today before the Senate intelligence committee, dealt with some critical issues in a written response to panel members‘ questions, indicating support for disclosing the annual national intelligence bu >>>


      OBAMA ARGUES FOR STIMULUS PLAN BEFORE HOUSE VOTE
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Looking beyond expected House approval of his $825 billion economic stimulus plan, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the nation is at a "perilous moment" requiring swift and decisive action.

"We don‘t have a moment to spare," Obama said in the East Room of >>>


      PRESIDENT OBAMA DELIVERS REMARKS ON ECONOMY, STIMULUS PACKAGE
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAMUEL J. PALMISANO, CEO, IBM DAVID COTE, CEO, HONEYWELL [×] OBAMA: All righty. Please, everybody have a seat.

PALMISANO: Thank you. Mr. President, thank you for the opportunity to be here today, and I think you‘ll agree that across all of America and around the worl >>>


      SENATORS HEAR FBI TAPES OF GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A02 SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 27 –– When Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s voice emerged from secretly recorded FBI tapes for the first time Tuesday, the alleged topic of discussion was a $100,000 bribe from a racetrack operator.

The governor was in a hurry to see the money dropped into his campaign treasu >>>


      THE REPUBLICANS ARE SMILING, BUT THEY‘RE NOT BUYING
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     President Obama was a bit disoriented yesterday when he emerged from a chat with Republican senators at the Capitol.

After brief words with reporters, he stepped, perhaps reflexively, to board the senators‘ elevator before aides ushered him in a different direction.

"I never know where I&lsq >>>


      TREASURY WEIGHS HARD CHOICES TO SAVE BANKS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     President Obama‘s top advisers are in the final stages of debating several perilous options to right the financial system, all of which are likely to prove unpopular and in some cases carry a significant risk of failure, according to sources in contact with the officials.

The rapid deterioration of the ec >>>


      ‘ERMINEGATE‘ RENEWS DEMANDS FOR REVAMPED HOUSE OF LORDS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Mary JordanWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January 28, 200'; A0' LONDON, Jan. 27 –– Britain‘s latest political scandal has been dubbed "Erminegate" because of the regal, fur–trimmed red robes sometimes worn by members of the House of Lords.

It began when re >>>


      AUSTRIA ARRESTS 7 MORE IN KILLING OF CHECHEN
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     PM VIENNA, Austria –– Austrian police arrested seven suspects Wednesday in the killing of a Chechen dissident refugee who was critical of the Russian region‘s leader.

Umar Israilov, 27, was shot dead Jan. 13 on a street in Vienna. Officials say they have no proof that the killing was political >>>


      BEHIND A NEW DELHI SUBURB‘S GOLDEN IMAGE
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A10 GURGAON, India Five years ago, this sprawling New Delhi suburb was known as the Manhattan of India for its skyscrapers and as the Silicon Valley of South Asia for its technology corridor.

Amid media fanfare and lavish ceremonies, new gated communities named their apartment complexes Santa Barbara Marina and >>>


      BRITISH AUTOMAKERS OFFERED $3.2 BILLION
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     200'; A0' LONDON, Jan. 27 –– The British government on Tuesday announced a $3.2 billion financial support package intended to make Britain‘s struggling automakers "greener, more innovative and more productive" as they battle through a deepening recession.

"This industry >>>


      CHINA RAIDS HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN TIBETAN CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     11:32 AM BEIJING, Jan. 28 –– Chinese authorities carrying out a "strike hard" campaign in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa have raided thousands of homes and businesses, run checks on 5,766 suspects and detained at least 81 people, including two for having reactionary music on their cellphones, accordi >>>


      FIRST WITNESS RECANTS VERSION IN WAR CRIMES TRIAL
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     THE HAGUE, Netherlands –– A former Congolese child soldier recanted his testimony against an accused warlord Wednesday, throwing a landmark war crimes trial into confusion in its opening stages.

The International Criminal Court adjourned for consultations after the witness said an account he gave ho >>>


      GATES PREDICTS ‘SLOG‘ IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January 28, 200'; A06 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday signaled sharply lower expectations for the war in Afghanistan, warning the conflict will be "a long slog" and that U.S. and allied military forces, even at higher levels, can achieve >>>


      IN IRAQ‘S NORTH, ETHNIC STRIFE FLARES AS VOTE DRAWS CLOSER
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Ernesto LondoñoWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January 28,
200'; A08 QARAQOSH, Iraq –– Iraq‘s upcoming provincial elections have exacerbated tensions along the ethnically mixed frontier between the traditionally Arab parts of the country and its Kurdish autonomous region in >>>


      ISLAMIST GROUP TAKES OVER SITE OF SOMALI PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 27 –– A hard–line Islamist group seized the seat of the Somali parliament and said Tuesday that it will establish sharia law in the city.

Al–Shabab, which is on Washington‘s list of terrorist groups, took over Baidoa late Monday, a day after Ethiopian troop >>>


      OBAMA EXTENDS HAND TO ARABS AND MUSLIMS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     By Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January 28, 200'; A06 President Obama has launched a determined effort to change the tone, if not yet the substance, of U.S. relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds, saying he is eager to listen to their concerns and acknowledging that Americans "have not >>>


      OIL PRICES STEADY DESPITE HUGE INVENTORY BUILDUP
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     NEW YORK –– Oil prices were relatively steady Wednesday despite another government report showing that U.S. crude stockpiles are growing as consumers and business slash spending on energy.

Traders on the New York Mercantile Exchange looked to Washington, where the House was expected to approve an $8 >>>


      POPE VOICES SUPPORT FOR JEWS, REJECTS HOLOCAUST DENIAL
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     200'; ':37 AM Pope Benedict‘s decision to lift the excommunication of four ultra–traditionalist bishops, including one who has denied the Holocaust, has angered many Jews and Catholics who say the bishops represent repressive and anti–Semitic currents in Catholicism that they want the pope to n >>>


      U.S. ENVOY CALLS FOR ‘CONSOLIDATED‘ CEASE–FIRE IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     10:22 AM JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 –– The Obama administration‘s Middle East envoy, former senator George J. Mitchell (D–Maine), arrived here Wednesday to push for a more solid cease–fire between Israel and Hamas, hours after Israel bombed smuggling tunnels in Gaza to retaliate for a Tuesday attac >>>


      UN: STAFF CAME UNDER FIRE IN SRI LANKA ‘SAFE ZONE‘
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Dozens of U.N. workers and their relatives spent a terrifying night huddling in hastily built bunkers as artillery fire pounded a civilian "safe zone" in Sri Lanka‘s war–wracked north, according to an internal U.N. memo.

The memo, obtained Wednesday by The >>>


      US ENVOY CALLS FOR END TO HAMAS WEAPONS SMUGGLING
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     PM JERUSALEM –– President Barack Obama‘s new Mideast envoy called Wednesday for an end to Hamas weapons smuggling and a reopening of Gaza‘s borders, seeking to strengthen the shaky cease–fire between Israel and Palestinian militants thrown into turmoil by new violence.

Hours before >>>


      VIOLENCE ERUPTS AT GAZA BORDER AS U.S. ENVOY ARRIVES IN REGION
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     A08 JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 –– Palestinian fighters detonated a bomb near the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, killing an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military said. Israeli gunfire later killed a Palestinian farmer, according to Gaza medical officials, and Israeli officials claimed to >>>


      ZIMBABWE DEAL‘S FATE UNKNOWN AMID CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS
      Washington Post, 28-01-2009
     200'; A10 JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 27 –– Zimbabwe‘s fragile power–sharing pact remained in limbo Tuesday, after southern African leaders said the nation‘s rival parties had come to an agreement but the main opposition party denied that.

Leaders of the 15–nation Southern African >>>


      ‘REALITY ISN‘T PRETTY, BUT WE CAN COPE‘
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Moti Bassok and Tal Levy Tags: economic crisis, israel news "We‘re looking reality in the face and it isn‘t pretty," said Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer at a special press conference convened yesterday, following his aggressive interest–rate cut. Although Fischer on Monday lowered >>>


      A HAIRCUT OR A TRIM?
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: israel news Some companies try to give their bondholders a haircut, while others make do with a trim. One such is Ocif Investment & Development, which recently changed hands and is now controlled by businessman Shlomo Eisenberg‘s Isras Investments.

A haircut is market jargo >>>


      AFRICA ISRAEL SELLS 50% GOTTEX STAKE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: israel news Lev Leviev‘s Africa Israel Investments is selling its 50% stake in bathing suits maker Gottex Fashions, in the latest development of its drive to gain liquidity.

This year alone Africa Israel, which has real estate holdings around the world, urgently needs cash to m >>>


      ASHDOD PORT UNION THREATENS STRIKE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: israel news Labor leaders at Ashdod Port are threatening to call a strike unless the Transport Ministry ceases and desists with its plan for reforms.

The chairman of the port workers union, Alon Hassan, bitingly criticized Transportation Ministry Director–General Gidon Siterman >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Citing caution, Maadanot is recalling all its products for fear of contamination with listeria bacteria. More test results came in yesterday and more need to be done, which will take time, the company explained. Examples of newly withdrawn pr >>>


      HOLD ONTO YOUR IDBD SHARES
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Nathan Sheva If you‘re thinking selling your IDB Development shares back to Nochi Dankner, you should probably hold off. That premium of 33% over market price might look tasty, but things are worth a second look. For instance, take the price.

Two weeks ago, IDBD was trading at practically the same pric >>>


      KNESSET PULLS THE PLUG ON CHANNEL 10
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Ophir Bar–Zohar Tags: israel news Channel 10‘s broadcasting franchise shall not be renewed, the Knesset‘s Economic Affairs Committee decided yesterday. Unless it relents or some arrangement is reached, the channel in its current format is to be closed down next year. Hundreds of Channel 10 workers w >>>


      MARKET REPORT / RATE CUT EFFECT DIDN‘T LAST SO MUCH AS A DAY
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Nathan Sheva Tags: israel news Tel Aviv stocks eased down on Tuesday, as the effect of the Bank of Israel‘s startling interest rate cut, announced the day before, ebbed, faded and vanished into the night.

Rate cuts are considered good for share prices, because interest on risk–free alternatives s >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     No less than $100 trillion worth of assets had become bloated in price, said Apax Partners‘ chief Martin Halusa at the Life, Design, Digital convention in Munich this week. Only a third of them have dropped in value, leaving $60 trillion to go, which will take time, Halusa said. The process has to involve deflatio >>>


      NETANYAHU: I‘LL FORCE THE BANKS TO UNCLENCH THEIR FISTS
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Tags: israel news Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday revealed his economic manifesto, in which he is vowing to force the banks to unclench their fists and also, promises to lower income tax.

"The Bank of Israel‘s interest rate cuts, no matter how dramatic they are, don&l >>>


      POLYSACK SUMMONS BOND HOLDERS TO REOPEN TERMS
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Yoram Gabison Tags: israel news Polysack Plastic Industries has called a meeting of its series B1 bondholders for February 1. The agenda: to discuss the structure of the company‘s debt and the steps Polysack is taking to meet its financial obligations.

Polysack, which is controlled by kibbutzim Nir Yit >>>


      TEVA AIMS FOR THE CLINICAL NUTRITION MARKET
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Tags: israel news Teva Pharmaceutical Industries evidently aims to be more than the biggest generic drugs provider in the world. The company is getting into a whole new area: clinical nutrition. That means dietary supplements whose efficacy is backed by research and empiric evidence rather tha >>>


      THE TIME BOMB IN IBM‘S BALANCE SHEET
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Doron Tsur Tags: israel news Mark Twain popularized the saying that there are three kinds of lies: "lies, damned lies, and statistics." I think I‘ve found a fourth kind – American accounting practices.

Last week IBM published its financial statement for the fourth quarter of 2008 and an >>>


      AMERICA‘S ELECTION MESSAGE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: elections, benjamin netanyahu U.S. President Barack Obama promised after his inauguration to pursue Middle East peace "actively and aggressively." Today, former U.S. senator George Mitchell arrives in Jerusalem for his first visit to the region as Obama‘s special envoy to the M >>>


      AN OBLIGATION TO INVESTIGATE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Eyal Benvenisti Tags: IDF, gaza, hamas, israel news In response to questions of international law raised during the fighting in Gaza, Israel Defense Forces and Israeli government officials have steadfastly argued that the country‘s military actions were in full accordance with the law. For that precise reason, >>>


      THE OTHER NATIONAL DEBT
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File The other national debt By Dan Ben–David Tags: israel news, elections As national debts go, Israel‘s has customarily been one of the highest in the Western world. When governments spend more >>>


      THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Nadav Shragai Tags: israel news, Israel elections How many people remember why the elections were moved up? How many of us recall that after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced his resignation, Shas demanded that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni pledge that Jerusalem not be a matter for negotiation, and Livni, who had a >>>


      THE SETTLEMENT–TERRORISM EQUATION
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Aluf Benn 0 and 2001, when he led an international fact–finding committee to examine the second intifada. The committee did not try to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, but to moderate it, and attributed responsibility to each side.

It succeeded beyond expectations in setting a diplomatic >>>


      ‘IF YOU‘RE NOT HANDSOME AND BLOND ENOUGH, YOU WON‘T GET IN‘
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Yoav Stern Tags: israel news, israel news The High Court of Justice has given the Israel Lands Administration 60 days to explain why restrictions should not be lifted on would–be residents wishing to build their homes on state land in small communities.

The court also instructed the communities in ques >>>


      ANALYSIS / BORDER BLAST DEMANDS STRONG – BUT NOT EXCESSIVE – ISRAELI RESPONSE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Tags: Israel, Israel News, Gaza With the bomb blast that killed an IDF tracker Tuesday along the border fence with the Gaza Strip, it is not only Israel‘s deterrent that has been reduced to a holding action, but also the political campaign of the ruling coalition, Kadima and Labor >>>


      BELGIUM DISTANCES ITSELF FROM MINISTER‘S ATTACK ON ISRAEL
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Cnaan Liphshiz Belgium‘s foreign ministry distanced itself yesterday from statements by a Flemish minister who likened Israel‘s Gaza campaign to a recent deadly attack on a nursery near Brussels.

The remarks drew unusually harsh words from Israel‘s embassy in Brussels, which called the comp >>>


      CCTV CATCHES TIBERIAS YOUTHS ATTACKING ARAB BOY
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Eli Ashkenazi An Arab youth was injured lightly on Monday night after a gang of Jewish teens allegedly beat him with clubs while he was walking along the promenade in Tiberias.

Police arrested eight suspects, ranging from 14 to 16 years of age, who are believed to have taken part in the alleged assault.
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      COPS SUSPECT CRIME GANG BEHIND ARSON ATTACK ON SNEH‘S CAR
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Roni Singer–Heruti Tel Aviv police think a suspected criminal ring from the Sharon region was behind Sunday‘s torching of the car of Strong Israel party chairman Ephraim Sneh, due to his intervention in a local dispute involving the individuals. However, other police officials, who deal with the individua >>>


      DAY 1 OF TV CAMPAIGNING: ALL PARTIES DECLARE VICTORY, LAMBASTE OPPONENTS
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Roni Singer–Heruti and Mazal Mualem Tags: Israel elections, Israel news Labor Party activists and candidates watched last night‘s election broadcasts at party headquarters in Tel Aviv‘s Hatikva quarter, after canceling plans to do so at a Tel Aviv bar in reaction to yesterday‘s hostilities in >>>


      ELECTION WATCH / THE ODOR OF THE DAY
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: Israel elections, Israel news Election–ad abuse is like abusing a corpse; where‘s the value in it? So there‘s no value in this column. I promised myself I would scrutinize them with no prejudice, and here is my opinion: A whole hour of incredulous observation – were they real >>>


      ELI YISHAI COMMITS TO NETANYAHU GOV‘T
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Yair Ettinger Tags: Israel news, Israel elections The Shas party will support Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, Shas leader Eli Yishai announced at a news conference in Tel Aviv yesterday at which he also unveiled Shas‘ television advertising campaign.

Kadima leader Tzipi Livni is pres >>>


      FAMILY KEEPS NAME OF SLAIN SOLDIER PRIVATE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Yuval Azoulay The name of the 23–year–old Israel Defense Forces NCO killed yesterday near the Gaza border was not released to the press, at the request of the family. A mourning tent was erected at the entrance to the neighborhood of the Bedouin town in which he lived, with many of the residents coming to >>>


      FOR SOME YOUNG VISITORS, HOLOCAUST EXHIBIT ON RIGHTEOUS MUSLIMS CALLS UP THOUGHTS OF GAZA
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Nir Hasson Tags: Gaza, Israel, Jewish World An exhibition about Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust opened Tuesday in the mixed Arab–Jewish city of Ramle.

The exhibit, entitled "Besa: A Code of Honor," is a collection of photographs by American photographer Norman Gershman documenting >>>


      ICJ PRAISES GERMAN ATONEMENT EFFORT
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By DPA AMSTERDAM – Germany‘s efforts to atone for the Holocaust are unique in history and should serve as an example to other nations, Thomas Buergenthal said yesterday in a lecture commemorating the Holocaust here.

"Germany has admitted its responsibility and apologized for the terrible crimes >>>


      ISRAEL TO RESPOND HARSHLY TO DEADLY GAZA BORDER BLAST
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Amos Harel and Anshel Pfeffer Tags: israel, gaza, hamas Israel is gearing up to respond harshly against Hamas in response to a remote–control bomb attack at the Gaza Strip security fence Tuesday, which killed an Israel Defense Forces tracker and wounded three other soldiers, one seriously.

It was the P >>>


      JEWS BOYCOTT GERMAN HOLOCAUST CEREMONY
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By DPA BERLIN – Despite a Jewish boycott, German President Horst Koehler marked international Holocaust memorial day Tuesday with the promise that Germany would keep alive the memory of the Shoah.

"The grief for the victims, the shame over the terrible deeds and the will for reconciliation with the J >>>


      JUDGE SAYS EVIDENCE SUGGESTS MOTHER INVOLVED IN MURDER OF 4–YEAR–OLD ROSE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Ofra Edelman Tags: Israel, Ronny Ron A Petah Tikva District Court judge ruled Tuesday that the evidence collected so far in the investigation of the death of Rose Pizem last summer points to the involvement of the 4–year–old‘s mother. Judge Meir Yifrach ordered an examination of Marie–Charlott >>>


      LACK OF MINISTRY GUIDELINES NIXES WOMEN‘S MRI SCANS
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Dana Weiler–Polak Hundreds of women in Israel have been forced to wait months for an MRI to detect potential breast cancer or to determine the proper treatment for breast cancer already diagnosed. Some women have been denied the advanced procedure (magnetic resonance imaging) altogether.

There are only >>>


      MITCHELL‘S MESSAGE: U.S. TO FOCUS EFFORTS ON GAZA CEASE–FIRE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Barak Ravid Tags: Israel News, Gaza U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell is due to arrive in the country Wednesday, and is expected to tell Israeli and Palestinian officials the Obama administration wants to focus on stabilizing the Israel–Gaza cease–fire, rebuilding the Gaza Strip, and countering arms smug >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     Tags: israel news Europe suggests joint PA and Israel transport office The European Commission has proposed that Israel and the Palestinian Authority establish a common office for transport issues. European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani made the offer to Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz in Jerusalem yesterday, >>>


      SARKOZY TELLS NOAM SHALIT: GILAD IS ALIVE
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed that captive Israel soldier Gilad Shalit had survived Operation Cast Lead, Noam Shalit, the boy‘s father, said yesterday.

Speaking to Haaretz from France, Shalit noted that no new direct messages from his son were received, but expr >>>


      SENIOR UN OFFICIAL SKIPS HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AMID ACCUSATIONS OF ANTI–ISRAEL BIAS, THREATS FROM U.S. JEWS
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Shlomo Shamir NEW YORK – UN General Assembly President Miguel d‘Escoto Brockmann skipped the world body‘s ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday, after American Jewish leaders threatened to demonstratively exit the event if he used the podium to attack Israel.

D& >>>


      TOP IDF RESERVE OFFICER: ISRAEL PASSED UP ‘HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY‘ TO WIPE OUT HAMAS
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Amos Harel Tags: Hamas, Israel News, Gaza A high–ranking officer who served in a key role in the Israel Defense Forces‘ Southern Command during the IDF operation in the Gaza Strip has said that Israel missed an opportunity to defeat Hamas.

Brig. Gen. Zvi Fogel, who served as Southern Command arti >>>


      TWO HAMAS CAPTIVES TALKING TO SHIN BET ABOUT TACTICS, TRAINING
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Amos Harel The Shin Bet security service released details yesterday regarding its interrogation of two Hamas men who were arrested by the Israel Defense Forces during the Gaza military campaign, including the militants‘ use of mosques for weapon caches and military training. There are more than 20 terrorists cu >>>


      U.S. RELEASES IRANIAN SHIP SAID TAKING ARMS TO GAZA
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Natasha Mozgovaya WASHINGTON – The U.S. navy was forced to release an Iranian boat detained in the Red Sea on suspicion of carrying arms to Hamas–ruled Gaza. Weapons of various kinds were found aboard the ship, which was flying the Cypriot flag when it was stopped January 1'. The ship was released yes >>>


      WHO PUTS UP A MEZUZAH IN SPACE? A JEWISH ASTRONAUT
      Haaretz, 28-01-2009
     By Ofri Ilani, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Jewish astronaut If Dr. Garrett Reisman did not exist, then Mel Brooks or Woody Allen would have had to invent him. The veteran astronaut, who spent three straight months in space, looks like a character from a comedy about Jews in space: He is short, an engineer and full of se >>>



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