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      L‘EUROPE LIBÉRALE DIT TOUT LE MAL QU‘ELLE PENSE DU PROTECTIONNISME
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      BRUXELLES. Lors de l‘ouverture de la rencontre des chefs d‘Etat et de gouvernement européens, les critiques ont été polies mais fermes contre les pays qui tentent de protéger leur marché de l‘énergie.

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      L‘INVITÉ. CONTRACTION DES LIQUIDITÉS ET MAUVAIS PRESSENTIMENTS
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      L‘invité. Marius Favre, Conseiller économique aupr';s d‘ARIA (Absolute Return Investment Advisors Ltd).

Marius Favre Vendredi 24 mars 2006 L‘on sait, grâce au Dr Knock, que la bonne santé est un état précaire qui ne présage rien de bon. Cette railler >>>


      LA BOURSE SUISSE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Pas de tapis rouge pour le retour de Credit Suisse en Afrique du Sud FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article La Bourse suisse Roche fait plier le SMI.

Anker Bank Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Apr';s avoir résisté tant bien que mal durant les trois premi';res séances de la semaine, le march& >>>


      LA CAMPAGNE DES LÉGISLATIVES ISRAÉLIENNES, OU LA BATAILLE DES SECONDS COUTEAUX
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Ehoud Olmert est tęte de liste de Kadima, le parti créé par Ariel Sharon pour Ariel Sharon. Photo: Keystone PROCHE–ORIENT. Le centriste Ehoud Olmert, le libéral Benyamin Netanyahou et le travailliste Amir Peretz n‘auraient jamais imaginé ętre la tęte de liste de leur parti >>>


      LA CHRONIQUE. DEGRÉ ZÉRO DE LA DÉMOCRATIE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
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      LA DEUXIČME VIE DE LA SIP Ŕ GENČVE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      GENEVE. Un des plus anciens sites industriels de la ville a été converti en studio audiovisuel.

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      LA MISSION SUISSE, ALLIÉE DISCRČTE DE L‘ÉMANCIPATION MOZAMBICAINE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Un héritage historique ŕ valoriser Conflit du CPE. L‘avis de l‘expert. Un contrat de travail unique, contre les inégalités A quand le référendum annuel de l‘UDC sur l‘Europe?

La chronique. Degré zéro de la démocratie Les enseignants devraient >>>


      LA SOCIÉTÉ DOIT RESTER SOLIDAIRE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Réseau routier: la force des lobbies Défendons notre langue COURRIER DES LECTEURS Le Temps I Article La société doit rester solidaire Liliane Maury Pasquier, conseill';re nationale, Châtelaine (GE) Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Le groupe socialiste aux Chambres fédérales a proposé >>>


      LA «TAUPE» DE LA POLICE FÉDÉRALE CONDAMNÉE Ŕ GENČVE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      GENEVE. L‘homme qui devait espionner Hani Ramadan écope d‘une peine ferme pour un trafic d‘anabolisants.

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      LE G14 SERA MARGINALISÉ
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      FOOTBALL. L‘UEFA lance sa contre–attaque visant les clubs riches. La lecture de ce texte (1850 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LE LONG CALVAIRE DES ENTREPRISES QUI VEULENT S‘IMPLANTER DANS LE CANTON DE GENČVE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      GENEVE. Coup sur coup Ikea et Procter &Gamble ont vu leur projet de construction stoppé par des recours. Les zones mixtes pourraient constituer la solution pour vitaliser le canton et éviter de provoquer le blues des entreprises.

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      LE MARASME CONTINUE CHEZ SWISSMETAL
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      CONFLIT. Une troisi';me ronde de médiation pour rien. L‘avenir s‘assombrit ŕ «la Boillat».

Serge Jubin Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Cinquante–huit jours apr';s le déclenchement d‘une gr';ve qui a duré un mois, le conflit qui oppose les 32 >>>


      LE NATIONAL FINIT PAR RESSUSCITER LA TAXE CO2
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Action des Verts le 23 mars 2006 sur la place Fédérale pour soutenir la taxe sur le CO2. Photo: Keystone ENVIRONNEMENT. Le centime climatique est enterré. Reste ŕ fixer le montant de la taxe, sa date d‘entrée en vigueur et les modalités de redistribution.

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      LE TRIBUNAL FÉDÉRAL S‘OPPOSE Ŕ LA RÉDUCTION DU NOMBRE DE JUGES
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      JUSTICE. Mon–Repos proteste contre la décision du Conseil des Etats fixant ŕ 38 le nombre de magistrats, contre 41 aujourd‘hui.

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      LE «CARRY TRADE» PČSE SUR LE FRANC
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      DEVISES. La baisse de la monnaie nationale pourrait se prolonger. Jean–Louis Richard Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Les cambistes, surpris par le recul de 2% du franc contre l‘euro depuis trois mois, sont devenus encore plus baissiers sur la devise helvétique.

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      LES AUTORITÉS ET LES ENTREPRISES ONT LA HAUTE MAIN SUR LE TAMIFLU
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      GRIPPE AVIAIRE. La diffusion du médicament, devenu produit stratégique contre la grippe aviaire, échappe ŕ Roche. Au contraire des particuliers, les entreprises peuvent le stocker.

Willy Boder Vendredi 24 mars 2006 «Bonjour Madame, j‘aimerais du Tamiflu.» Inutile de tenter >>>


      LES BONS RÉSULTATS DE SWATCH GROUP DÉ'';OIVENT LES ANALYSTES
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      L´activité industrielle et de production de Swatch Group pénalise historiquement l´évaluation boursi';re du groupe biennois. Photo: Keystone HORLOGERIE. Avec un résultat opérationnel en hausse de 14% ŕ 735 millions de francs, Swatch Group a établi un record en 2005. >>>


      LES CLÉS DE L‘ACTUALITÉ
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Le Temps Vendredi 24 mars 2006 L‘Ukraine, orange am';re Les législatives de dimanche 26 mars pourraient bien ramener au pouvoir les perdants de la révolution.

Serge Enderlin En décembre 2004, il était un tricheur soutenu par Moscou, pris la main dans le sac. Premier ministre p >>>


      LES ENSEIGNANTS DEVRAIENT SAVOIR ENSEIGNER DANS DEUX LANGUES
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Uli Windisch, sociologue, estime que la haine du privé dans l‘enseignement public et les préjugés sont les obstacles majeurs ŕ un enseignement efficace des langues.

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      LES RAPPEURS DU GROUPE 113 SUR LA SELLETTE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
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      MALGRÉ UNE ANNÉE 2005 CHAHUTÉE, LE DEWS A RÉUSSI UN BON MILLÉSIME
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      PROMOTION ECONOMIQUE. Depuis sa création en 2002, l‘organe commun aux cantons de Vaud, Neuchâtel, Valais et Jura a réussi l‘implantation de 456 entreprises étrang';res.

Marie–Laure Chapatte Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Critiques de toutes parts, rapports contradictoires, >>>


      OBJECTIFS DE KYOTO: LA SUISSE CHOISIT LA TAXE SUR LE CO2
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      UNE Le Temps I Article Objectifs de Kyoto: la Suisse choisit la taxe sur le CO2 POLLUTION. Décision majeure dans la politique environnementale du pays.

Le Temps Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Apr';s des semaines d‘intenses manśuvres en coulisses, des heures de débat acharné en plé >>>


      PAS DE TAPIS ROUGE POUR LE RETOUR DE CREDIT SUISSE EN AFRIQUE DU SUD
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      FINANCE Le Temps I Finance I Article Pas de tapis rouge pour le retour de Credit Suisse en Afrique du Sud CONTESTATION. La banque suisse s‘allie avec Chartered Bank pour entrer dans le marché des actions de Johannesbourg. Les militants anti–apartheid exigent des excuses et des dédommagements.
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      PATRON DU DEWS: LE MYSTČRE PERSISTE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      PROMOTION. Le nom du remplaçant de Francis Sermet reste inconnu. Marie–Laure Chapatte Vendredi 24 mars 2006 «Nous avons trouvé un successeur ŕ Francis Sermet.» Le conseiller d‘Etat Bernard Soguel l‘a affirmé lors de la présentation des résultats de l‘act >>>


      PLASTIQUE ET CHOCOLAT, LE MARIAGE QUI F'4;CHE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      PACKAGING. L‘habillage en PET de la nouvelle ligne Cailler est un désastre écologique, dit la FRC. Mais le public semble approuver le geste d‘architecte de son créateur Jean Nouvel.

Anna Lietti Vendredi 24 mars 2006 «Notre produit n‘appartient pas au monde des confiseurs, >>>


      POLAR AFRO–VALAISAN Ŕ LA BANQUE CANTONALE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      REMOUS. Les résultats de la BCVs éclipsés par LVH. Laurent Nicolet Vendredi 24 mars 2006 «Année record», «bénéfice exceptionnel», «action qui atteint des sommets vertigineux». Si la conférence de presse de la Banque Cantonale du Valais (BCVs) consac >>>


      POUR (SA) MAMAN, PRINCE DIT NON Ŕ LOLITA
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      PHENOMENE. Le chanteur de Minneapolis sort un nouvel album: «3121». Réactions mitigées. Depuis qu‘il est Témoin de Jéhovah, le «Dirty Mind» a le sexe moins lascif et démonstratif.

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      PÉRISCOPE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Emmanuel Garessus Vendredi 24 mars 2006 La politique de gauche de Silvio Berlusconi Sous le titre «Plus d‘Etat et moins de liberté en Italie», la NZZ dresse sur une pleine page le bilan des années Berlusconi, «un mélange de corporatisme, de socialisme et de catholicisme». Un >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ. «LA SALLE DE SPECTACLE DE FRIBOURG NE FERA PAS MONTER LES IMPÔTS»
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
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      QUOI DE NEUF. LES NECTARS DE GÉRARD DEPARDIEU
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
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      RANDY WESTON, LE GÉANT
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      JAZZ. Le festival vaudois s‘ouvre ce soir. Pendant dix jours, Cully swingue. Rencontre ŕ Brooklyn avec un sorcier du piano syncopé, disciple de Monk, qui joue seul au Temple.

Arnaud Robert, New York Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Une photographie de Cheikh Anta Diop, l‘historien africain, en placa >>>


      REPČRE. L‘AVIATION Ŕ LA MERCI D‘UN TROU D‘AIR
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Rep';re. Jean–Claude Péclet Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Lufthansa vendra d';s le 3 avril des billets ŕ '' euros au départ de l‘Allemagne ŕ destination des autres pays de l‘UE et de la Suisse. Simultanément, le patron d‘Air France–KLM, Jean–C >>>


      RETOUCHES. L‘AIR BĘTE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
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      RUÉE SUR LE BRUT DES SABLES CANADIENS
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      ENERGIE. Le Canada regorge de sable bitumineux. L‘équivalent de 315 milliards de barils de pétrole pourront peut–ętre un jour en ętre extraits. De nombreuses sociétés traquent l‘or noir.

Nicolas Pinguely Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Y‘a plus de pétrole, vive >>>


      RÉSEAU ROUTIER: LA FORCE DES LOBBIES
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Miguel Perez, Düdingen (FR) Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Ainsi, le Conseil des Etats a approuvé mardi ŕ l‘unanimité la création d‘un fonds de 20,8 milliards de francs pour le réseau autoroutier et le trafic d‘agglomération (Le Temps du 22 mars). Ce projet réchauffé >>>


      SWISS AUGMENTE LA CADENCE POUR ĘTRE PROFITABLE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      AVIATION. La compagnie helvétique desservira la Scandinavie et ajoutera un vol vers New York.

Daniel Eskenazi, Zurich Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Malgré une perte nette de 178 millions de francs en 2005, Swiss prévoit un résultat opérationnel positif cette année. Certains signaux encour >>>


      THOMAS LÜTHI PERD–IL SON TEMPS EN 125 CMC?
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      MOTOCYCLISME. Le champion du monde bernois repart pour une saison dans la plus petite catégorie. Certains observateurs estiment ce choix raisonnable, d‘autres affirment qu‘il aurait d$'; «monter» chez les 250 cmc. Débat.

Dino Dimeo Vendredi 24 mars 2006 La Suisse n&lsqu >>>


      TOURISME MÉDICAL: LES DEUX PLUS GRANDS ASSUREURS RAPPELÉS Ŕ L‘ORDRE
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      SANTE. Les cliniques de réadaptation alémaniques sont intervenues aupr';s des autorités fédérales contre la pratique d‘envoyer des assurés de base se faire soigner en Allemagne.

Catherine Cossy Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Les assureurs qui envoient des patients de base se >>>


      TRAJECTOIRE. SEPT VIES, COMME LES CHATS
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Trajectoire. Créatrice de l‘entreprise Rezonance, Genevi';ve Morand est une spécialiste du réseautage et de l‘échange d‘informations. Mais aussi l‘initiatrice du «Swiss Innovator‘s Yearbook».

Fabienne Bogadi Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Le tél >>>


      UN PROJET SUR LES CERTIFICATS DE SALAIRE CURIEUSEMENT DISCRET
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      Michel Ducret, de la direction de la Chambre de commerce et d‘industrie de Gen';ve, s‘étonne d‘un projet sur les certificats de salaire a priori positif, mais qui soul';ve des questions.

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      VAUD DÉPLACE SA HAUTE ÉCOLE SPÉCIALISÉE, AU GRAND DAM DES NEUCH'4;TELOIS
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      VAUD/NEUCHATEL. D';s la prochaine rentrée, Yverdon accueillera toutes les fili';res en technique et en gestion de l‘université des métiers vaudoise.

A Neuchâtel, on craint une concurrence alors que les écoles sont liées entre elles.

Nicolas Dufour Ve >>>


      VENT DE RÉFORME AU DÉPARTEMENT DES AFFAIRES ÉTRANGČRES
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      STRATEGIE. La Direction politique sera désormais bicéphale: Heidi Tagliavini et Anton Thalmann remplacent Urs Ziswiler.

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      «IL FAUT PRIVILÉGIER LES COMPÉTENCES VALAISANNES»
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      VALAIS. Le consultant Peter Furger se méfie de la mainmise grandissante des groupes étrangers sur les remontées mécaniques du canton.

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      «L‘EAU NE BÉNÉFICIE TOUJOURS PAS DE LA PRIORITÉ QU‘ELLE MÉRITE»
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      SANTE. Apr';s une semaine de débats lors du 4e Forum mondial de l‘eau ŕ Mexico, le point avec le spécialiste Jean Fabre.

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      «LA FIN D‘ETA SERAIT LA DISPARITIONDU DERNIER HÉRITAGE DU FRANQUISME»
      Le Temps, 24-03-2006
      ESPAGNE. Au lendemain de l‘annonce d‘un cessez–le–feu permanent par les séparatistes basques, l‘éditorialiste Josep Ramoneda livre au «Temps» son analyse de ce moment historique.

Stéphane Bussard Vendredi 24 mars 2006 Apr';s l‘annonce par E >>>


      ABG APPROVES DIVIDENDS, IPO
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Arab News BAHRAIN, 24 March 2006 — The annual ordinary general meeting of Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG), held in Manama earlier this week, approved the final accounts of the group for 2005 as well as the distribution of cash dividends of $17 million to the shareholders and issuance of $122 million new shares.

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      DUBAI EGOVERNMENT DIRECTOR NAMED ‘YOUNG CEO OF THE YEAR’
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 24 March 2006 — Salem Al–Shair, eServices director, Dubai eGovernment has been named «Young CEO of the Year» at the Third Middle East CEO of the Year Awards announced on Wednesday at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai.

«Winning this award is indeed an honor for me. >>>


      DUBAI FIRM SAYS WAGE ROW WITH WORKERS RESOLVED
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Reuters DUBAI, 24 March 2006 — A leading UAE construction firm admitted there was unrest among laborers this week, as newspapers reported hundreds of foreign construction workers rioted near the site of a major project in Dubai.

The company said yesterday it had resolved the dispute and work had resumed. &laqu >>>


      INDIA LIKELY TO GET LNG FROM QATAR
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Himangshu Watts, Reuters NEW DELHI, 24 March 2006 — Qatar is expected to supply 2.1 million tons a year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from December to fire the mothballed Dabhol power plant, a top Indian official told Reuters yesterday.

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      JOINT VENTURES, DEALS IN FOCUS AT TRADE FAIR IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2006 — Overseas exhibitors at Saudi Arabia’s international trade fair, which ended here yesterday, said they were considering proposals for setting up joint ventures and also in the process of reaching deals worth several million riyals.

Upbeat about their participatio >>>


      NEW CMA RULES RESTRICT EXPATS FROM IPOS
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2006 — Non–Saudi residents seeking to trade in the Saudi stock market (Tadawul) would be prohibited from participating in initial public offerings (IPOs), according to the Capital Market Authority (CMA) regulations announced yesterday. Although the expected outcome of allowi >>>


      SABB APPOINTS AL–NASSER AS DMD
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2006 — The board of directors of SABB has appointed Adel Marzook Al–Nasser, general manager credit and risk, as deputy managing director with effect from June. He replaces Sulaiman Al–Hamdan who resigned from the bank’s services to attend to his own business. The board thanked Al& >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA MAY EXPAND 2 REFINERIES
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Reuters NEW DELHI, 24 March 2006 — Saudi Arabia, which is set to build two major export–oriented refineries, may also expand two of its existing plants by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) each, a senior Saudi Aramco executive said yesterday.

The new expansion projects would take Saudi Arabia’s refining capa >>>


      A WARNING BY A WELL–WISHER
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent But then, when he was about to strike the one who was their enemy, the latter exclaimed: «Moses! Do you want to kill me as you killed another man yesterday? You want only to become a tyrant in the land, and you do not want to be one who se >>>


      COMBINING PRAYERS: THE POINT TO NOTE
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. It is said that combining two prayers when one is resident and not travelling is permissible. May I ask whether this is true? Is it applicable to a newly wed couple that may need to take a shower more than once if they are to attend to their five obligatory prayers at their regular times?
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      DUTCH WOMAN’S EMBRACE OF ISLAM DRAWS STARES
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Molly Moore, The Washington Post BREDA, Netherlands, 24 March 2006 — Rabi’a Frank sees her Dutch hometown through the narrow slit of the black veil that covers her face.

The looks she receives from the townspeople are seldom kindly. On a recent winter afternoon, the wind tugged at her ankle – length taup >>>


      EXPERTS WORK OUT PLAN TO COMBAT BLINDNESS
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2006 — Saudi and international health experts attended a workshop at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh to work out a national plan to combat blindness in the Kingdom. The workshop opened by Health Minister Hamad Al–Manie on Tuesday ended yesterday.
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      GERMAN TRAINING CENTER TO OPEN IN JEDDAH
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2006 — For the first time in the Kingdom, a German Institute for Technical Training in Jeddah is in the works. According to Musbah Al–Ayesh, project department manager at GTZ, a German company that specializes in training, the center will be up and running in 2008 in the >>>


      KINGDOM PLAYS ACTIVE ROLE IN WHO TUBERCULOSIS PROGRAM
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2006 — Saudi Arabia will join the member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing World Tuberculosis Day today.

The Health Ministry has instructed its regional health centers to carry out a program to provide information on preventive measures >>>


      PAKISTANI KILLED, 3 FILIPINOS INJURED IN RIYADH FIRE
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Bien Custodio, Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2006 — An early morning fire gutted an 11–room accommodation of eight Filipinos and one Pakistani national, all employees of Khalda Group, in Rawdah District on Tuesday. According to a Khalda Group supervisor, the Pakistani later died. One of the three Filipinos injured i >>>


      PRISONERS NOT TO STAY IN JAILS FOR OVER SIX MONTHS WITHOUT TRIAL
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 24 March 2006 — No prisoner in Saudi jails will be held without trial for more than six months, according to an announcement made by Maj.

Gen Ali Al–Harithy, director general of prisons. During a tour of the Breman prison in Jeddah, Al–Harithy stressed the need for swift completio >>>


      ‘DANES MUST APOLOGIZE TO MUSLIMS’
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Mazen Mahdi, Arab News Denmark’s Islamic Organization’s Dr. Jehad Al Farrah, right, at the International Islamic Conference for Support of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday. (Reuters)

MANAMA, 24 March 2006 — Danish imams attending an Islamic scholars meeting here will not call for a halt >>>


      3 HOSTAGES FREED AS VIOLENCE BLEEDS IRAQ
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Agencies BAGHDAD, 24 March 2006 — British–led forces rescued three Christian peace activists from captivity yesterday after finding them tied up in a house in western Baghdad, two weeks after their American colleague was killed.

The two Canadians and a Briton, seized in November, were alone in the house. >>>


      AFGHANISTAN SEEKS SOLUTION ON CONVERT AMID WESTERN UPROAR
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Waheedullah Massoud, Agence France Presse KABUL, 24 March 2006 — Afghanistan’s Supreme Court said yesterday it was trying to find a «good solution» following a flood of Western criticism over a man facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity.

US President George W. Bush has stepped into >>>


      BIRD FLU FORCES ISRAELI–PALESTINIAN COOPERATION
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, 24 March 2006 — The discovery of deadly bird flu in both Israel and the Palestinian territories is pushing the two sides to work together despite plummeting relations as Hamas prepares for government.

Israel confirmed yesterday that the H5N1 strain that is dangerous to humans ha >>>


      ISRAELI ARABS STRUGGLE TO KEEP HOLD IN PARLIAMENT
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Agencies BE’INEH, 24 March 2006 — «Fifteen minutes of your time every four years is not too much to ask. You must vote,» one Israeli Arab lawmaker shouted through his megaphone.

«Vote for us or for any other Arab party,» called Azmi Bishara to a small audience in the northern Israeli vi >>>


      MUBARAK HOLDS TALKS WITH SINIORA, SHARA
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Agence France Presse SHARM EL–SHEIKH, 24 March 2006 — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks with leaders from Syria and Lebanon yesterday in what a presidential source said was an effort to repair strained relations between the two neighbors.

Mubarak, who has long played a mediating role in the Mid >>>


      MUSHARRAF CHALLENGES AL–QAEDA MILITANTS
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies LAHORE/ISLAMABAD, 24 March 2006 — Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday warned foreign Al–Qaeda militants to quit Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan otherwise his forces would kill them. «We will never tolerate foreign terrorists and extremists» hiding in >>>


      PAKISTANIS CELEBRATE NATIONAL DAY IN KINGDOM
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Arab News RIYADH, 24 March 2006 — Pakistan’s National Day was celebrated in the Kingdom yesterday with simplicity and fervor. Flag–hoisting ceremonies were held at the Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah to mark the occasion. The ceremonies were attended by a large number of Pakistanis. >>>


      SONIA GANDHI QUITS PARLIAMENTARY SEAT
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy & Agencies NEW DELHI, 24 March 2006 — India’s ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi resigned her parliamentary seat yesterday after opposition allegations that she wrongfully held another salaried public post.

«Following the principles of probity and my inner conscience I am res >>>


      SYRIA’S FIRST FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT HAILED AS PROGRESS FOR WOMEN
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Somayya Jabarti & Abdul Maqsood Mirza, Arab News Najah Al–Attar JEDDAH, 24 March 2006 — Syria named a veteran former culture minister, Najah Al–Attar, as its first woman vice president, the official SANA news agency reported yesterday.

«Mrs. Najah Al–Attar was sworn in as second vic >>>


      US HANDS DOG HANDLER 6 MONTHS IN PRISON, REDUCTION IN RANK
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 24 March 2006 — A US Army dog handler has been sentenced to nearly six months in prison and reduced in rank for tormenting Abu Ghraib prisoners with his snarling Belgian shepherd. But the trial and sentence failed to examine the origins of the harsh interrogation techiques that w >>>


      WOMAN PARADED NAKED IN MAHARASHTRA
      Arab News, 24-03-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 24 March 2006 — Within a span of a fortnight, a second incident of a woman belonging to lower caste being stripped and paraded naked was reported from the Beed district in Marathwada region of the western Maharashtra state.

In the shameful incident, the 30–year–o >>>


      A NEW CLASS OF COMETS EMERGES NEARBY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      By Guy GugliottaWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 24, 2006; A07 Astronomers have identified a new class of comet in the asteroid belt, offering fresh support for the view that the large volumes of water that transformed the barren early Earth into today‘s fertile planet may have come from a much closer so >>>


      ADOPTION INSTITUTE SUPPORTS GAY PARENTS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      NEW YORK –– As debate over the issue flares in several states, a major adoption institute says in a new report that it strongly supports the rights of gays and lesbians to adopt, and urges that remaining obstacles be removed.

"Laws and policies that preclude adoption by gay or lesbian parents >>>


      COLLEGE BOARD ACKNOWLEDGES MORE SAT SCORING ERRORS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      School administrators were stunned yesterday by the revelation from the College Board that an additional 27,000 SAT tests from the October exam had not been rescanned for errors.

The announcement was the third admission in two weeks by the testing organization of potential errors and underreported scores in th >>>


      FROZEN WWII AIRMAN TO GET PROPER BURIAL
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      BRAINERD, Minn. –– The World War II airman whose body was found on a mountainside more than six decades after his plane crashed was raised by Finnish immigrant parents in this central Minnesota community.

Leo Mustonen, who was just 22 when he died preparing to join the war effort, was scheduled to >>>


      GOLD MEDALIST SHEA DROPS UTAH BID
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– Olympic gold medalist Jim Shea, Jr., who won hearts in 2002 with his victory in the skeleton shortly after his grandfather‘s death, has withdrawn his candidacy for the Utah Legislature.

Shea withdrew on Wednesday, one day before the state‘s chief election officer was e >>>


      L.A. INVESTIGATING ALLEGED PATIENT DUMPING
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– Authorities are examining a surveillance tape that shows an elderly woman wandering Skid Row in a hospital gown and slippers as they investigate the practice of hospitals and police agencies dumping homeless people downtown.

Carol Ann Reyes, 63, of Gardena, was taken from a Kaiser Pe >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      Wisconsin Protesters March Against Immigration Bill MILWAUKEE –– Thousands of people filled the streets Thursday for what was billed as "A Day Without Latinos" to protest efforts in Congress to target illegal immigrants.

Police estimated that more than 10,000 people joined the demonstrati >>>


      NYC TRANSIT CONTRACT TO GO TO ARBITRATION
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– The contract dispute involving New York City‘s subway and bus workers will go to binding arbitration, a state agency decided Thursday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has sought binding arbitration, in which a neutral party issues a decision that can‘t be appea >>>


      SOME GOP FLEE FROM BUSH, BUT NOT HIS MONEY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Many worried Republicans on the ballot in November have been pushing away from the White House, not wanting to be dragged under by President Bush‘s sinking approval ratings and growing anxiety over Iraq. That doesn‘t mean they‘re also fleeing his cash offerings, however.
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      THE SEARCH FOR KATRINA‘S VICTIMS FINDS SOME MISSING BY CHOICE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– By Louisiana‘s latest official count, 1,2'2 people are known to have died in the state because of Hurricane Katrina.

About 1,280 –– the number changes daily –– remain missing. Hundreds of people were sucked into the Gulf of Mexico by Katrina‘s >>>


      TWO DOZEN HORSES DIE IN N.J. STABLE FIRE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      UPPER FREEHOLD, N.J. –– Two dozen horses perished in a stable fire early Friday at one of New Jersey‘s largest horse farms, authorities said.

The blaze broke out after midnight at Perretti Farms, claiming 12 mares and 12 foals, WCBS–TV and WCBS radio in New York reported, citing the Mon >>>


      USE OF DRUG TO TREAT ADHD IN CHILDREN OPPOSED
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      The narcolepsy drug modafinil should not be approved as a treatment for attention–deficit hyperactivity disorder in children until more is learned about a possible link to a serious skin disease, federal advisers said yesterday.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 12 to 1 against reco >>>


      WANTED MAN, TWO GIRLS FOUND DEAD IN TENN.
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      OAK RIDGE, Tenn. –– Two young girls were found dead in the back seat of a car after their father _ wanted on rape charges _ fatally shot himself in what police called an apparent murder–suicide.

An officer patrolling a parking lot at the Bull Run fossil plant near Oak Ridge discovered Richard >>>


      WOMAN RECOUNTS 10 YEARS SHE WAS ‘MISSING‘
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      MCKEESPORT, Pa. –– Since the day she ran away 10 years ago, Tanya Nicole Kach says her home was a bedroom she was rarely allowed to leave. A man more than twice her age kept her there, she says, where she had only a bucket for a bathroom.

The two had met at her middle school, where they kissed in a >>>


      ANALYZING A DOWNFALL
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      By Eugene RobinsonFriday, March 24, 2006; A1' I have to admit that when Claude Allen was arrested a couple of weeks ago for allegedly stealing merchandise from discount stores, my first reaction was pure schadenfreude. Until his resignation last month for the standard Washington non–reason –– to s >>>


      BATTLE BEGINS TO OVERTURN S. DAKOTA ABORTION LAW
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (Reuters) – Abortion rights supporters planned to launch an attack on Friday on a new South Dakota abortion law designed as a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 33 years ago.

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, signed the law, wi >>>


      BULGARIA TO SEAL DEAL ON MILITARY BASES WITH US
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      SOFIA (Reuters) – NATO newcomer Bulgaria and the United States have agreed to establish three U.S. military bases in the Black Sea state, officials from both countries said on Friday, despite polls showing widespread public opposition.

The deal, under which up to 3,000 U.S. troops will be stationed in Bu >>>


      CHINA ASKS U.S. SENATORS FOR MORE TECH AND VISAS
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China wants the United States to relax restrictions on its high–tech exports and ease access to visas for Chinese citizens, two visiting U.S. Senators told reporters on Friday.

Sen. Charles Schumer reiterated that "the jury is still out" on whether he and Sen. Lindsey >>>


      COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      Now it gets painful for George W. Bush. Iraq is wrapped around his presidency as tightly as Vietnam was around Lyndon Johnson‘s. Bush keeps telling the country he has a plan for victory, but the polls suggest the public doesn‘t believe it. Those big "Plan for Victory" signs at his rally in Wheelin >>>


      ESPIONAGE LAW‘S MERITS TIED INTO EX–LOBBYISTS‘ CASE
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      The federal judge presiding over the prosecution of two former lobbyists has focused attention on the imprecise nature of the law they are charged with breaking, the 1'17 Espionage Act that restricts the dissemination of national defense information that could harm U.S. interests.

In January, U.S. District >>>


      FOR ONE CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, THE CORRECT NAME RIGHTS A WRONG
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      ATLANTA –– A misspelled letter kept a Canadian who died while fighting for Union forces in the Confederate South during the Civil War from getting a proper headstone.

After 142 years, that is about to change. Officials at Marietta National Cemetery, outside Atlanta, will unveil a new marble headsto >>>


      FROM HER LIPS TO HIS EAR
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      Dear Laura, It‘s time for you to act. Nancy Reagan did it. You can, too.

Things are falling apart. They always do in the second term. And when they do, there‘s only one person who can change things: the wife. You are the only one who can tell him the truth. You are smart, astute; you‘re not a >>>


      FUNDRAISING PROWESS OF BUSH, CHENEY
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      AM –– President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney may be down in the polls but not in dollars raised for Republican candidates and the GOP. A look at the numbers through March 16.

___ President Bush:
2005: 20 events raising $75.5 million 2006: Six events raising $12.5 million ___ Vice Preside >>>


      HAPPY DOOMSDAY TO YOU!
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      Washington was about one horseman short of an apocalypse yesterday. It began with a breakfast meeting in a Senate office building where, over fruit salad and bagels, government and academic experts discussed the coming avian flu pandemic. "Currently it has a fatality rate of 56 percent," reported Nancy Cox, f >>>


      IMMIGRATION DEBATE IS SHAPED BY ‘08 ELECTION
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      By Jonathan Weisman and Jim VandeHeiWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, March 24, 2006; A01 President Bush‘s effort to secure lawful employment opportunities for illegal immigrants is evolving into an early battle of the 2008 presidential campaign, as his would–be White House successors jockey for position >>>


      IN CHARGE, EXCEPT THEY‘RE NOT
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      Is President Bush the leader of our government, or is he just a right–wing talk–show host?

The question comes to mind after Bush‘s news conference this week in which he sounded like someone who has no control over the government he is in charge of. His words were those of a pundit inveighing >>>


      ISRAELI SOFTWARE FIRM ABANDONS U.S. DEAL
      Washington Post, 24-03-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A leading Israeli software company failed to resolve security objections by the Bush administration over its plans to buy a smaller U.S.

technology rival and abruptly abandoned the $225 million deal. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. of Ramat Gan, Israel, withdrew its plans Thurs >>>



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