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      EL EJÉRCITO ISRAELÍ MATA A TRES PALESTINOS EN CISJORDANIA
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Uno de ellos era un responsable de Inteligencia y otro, un militante de los Mártires de Al Aqsa LVD – 14/05/2006 – 16.00 horas Jerusalén. (EP/AP).– Soldados iraquíes dispararon a muerte este jueves a un responsable de Inteligencia palestino durante una redada llevada a cabo en la ciudad >>>


      EL LADRILLO ESPAŃOL LLEGA A CHINA
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      »Marina d´Or», abre oficina en Pekín para amueblar sus apartamentos RAFAEL POCH – 14/05/2006 – 10.28 horas Corresponsal. PEKÍN Con gran dinamismo, Espańa está exportando a China una de sus principales industrias, y la que más la define como «economía fall >>>


      ENTIERRO MULTITUDINARIO DEL JOVEN PAKISTANÍ QUE MURIÓ EN ALEMANIA
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      El caso amenaza con reabrir la crisis de las caricaturas de Mahoma Unagran multitud participó ayer en Pakistánen el entierro del joven pakistaní que se suicidó en una cárcel alemana, tras su detención por atacar al diario Die Welt, que había reproducido las caricaturas de Mahoma. Este >>>


      EXPLOTA UNA BOMBA Y DESACTIVAN OTRA EN CÓRCEGA
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      LVD – 14/05/2006 – 13.15 horas París. (EFE).– Una explosivo de poca potencia estalló hoy en el puerto de la localidad corsa de Bastia provocando dańos materiales, mientras que otro artefacto fue desactivado delante de un restaurante de Ajaccio, informaron fuentes policiales.

Lo >>>


      HAMAS AÚN NO SABE QUÉ SER'3; DE MAYOR
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Haniye ha empezado a ponerse corbata, lo que en Occidente se considera un gesto de acercamiento HENRIQUE CYMERMAN – 14/05/2006 Ramallah. Corresponsal Si hubiese que reflejar gráficamente la crisis de identidad del movimiento islamista palestino Hamas, se podría acostar a uno de sus líderes en el di >>>


      KURT BECK, ELEGIDO NUEVO PRESIDENTE DEL SPD
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      LVD – 14/05/2006 – 14.35 horas Berlín. (EFE).– Kurt Beck fue elegido hoy nuevo presidente del Partido Socialdemócrata (SPD) de Alemania con 444 votos a favor,
14 en contra y ' abstenciones, en un congreso extraordinario de la agrupación.

El resultado de la votación >>>


      LA ECONOMÍA CHINA CRECERÍA LA MITAD SI HAY UNA FUERTE REVALUACIÓN DEL YUAN
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      ALFRED CHENG JIN / REUTERS / ARCHIVO Robert Mundell, en una conferencia en Pekín 2 min China, gigante asiático Noticias El ladrillo espańol llega a China RAFAEL POCH – 14/05/2006 – 10.28 horas Mao, caricaturizado RAFAEL POCH – 14/05/2006 – 00.10 horas Sobres con 500 yuanes para pe >>>


      LA UE TOPA CON LAS RIŃAS LATINAS
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      El principal logro es el diálogo entre líderes, y en especial el de Evo Morales con Zapatero y Lula FERNANDO GARCÍA – 14/05/2006 Viena. Enviado especial Los sesenta líderes europeos y latinoamericanos reunidos en Viena entre el viernes y ayer sábado hablaron, hablaron y hablaron. Conversa >>>


      MAO, CARICATURIZADO
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      La obra de Jung Chang sobre el «Gran Timonel» es un libro de ex guardia rojo converso, con ganas de ajustarle las cuentas a su antiguo dios RAFAEL POCH – 14/05/2006 – 00.10 horas El libro de Jung Chang y Jon Halliday, «Mao. La historia desconocida», ha sido ampliamente aclamado por l >>>


      MUEREN 14 PERSONAS EN UN DOBLE ATENTADO CON COCHES BOMBA EN IRAQ
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      LVD – 14/05/2006 – 13.23 horas Bagdad.(EFE). Al menos catorce iraquíes murieron hoy y seis más resultaron heridos en un ataque suicida con dos coches bomba en una carretera que conduce al aeropuerto de Bagdad, informó el mando militar estadounidense en un comunicado.

Según la no >>>


      NUEVOS ASALTOS A COMISARÍAS DE SAO PAULO ELEVAN A 52 LA CIFRA DE MUERTOS
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Otras 50 personas resultan heridas en la segunda noche de ataques del crimen organizado y hay motines en 36 cárceles LVD – 14/05/2006 – 16.27 horas Actualizada: 14/05/2006 17.44 horas Sao Paulo. (EFE).– La ofensiva lanzada por grupos mafiosos este fin de semana en el estado brasileńo de Sao >>>


      REAJUSTES EN EL EQUILIBRIO MUNDIAL
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      EMERGEN DIVERSOS centros posibles de poder que contrarían el predominio estadounidense, y con la crisis energética de fondo LA VANGUARDIA – 14/05/2006 La intervención militar estadounidense en Iraq fue concebida por sus planificadores y ejecutores como la ocasión que había de confirmar y >>>


      SARKOZY OPTA POR CONTINUAR EN EL GOBIERNO PARA NO ABRIR UNA CRISIS
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      El ministro del Interior desoye el consejo de sus fieles de alejarse de Villepin Sarkozy no quiere aparecer como el responsable de una nueva crisis de Gobierno sólo un ańo después de la remodelación que llevóa VillepinaMatignontras al fiasco delreferéndum europeo. El ministro del Interior >>>


      TROPAS PARA SELLAR LA FRONTERA MEXICANA
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Bush propondrá más control a cambio de generosidad con los ´sin papeles´ Bush, deseoso de un pronto acuerdo sobre una ley de Inmigración, propondrá enviar muchos más efectivos militares para controlar la frontera conMéxico.

Trata así de ganarse a los republicanos m& >>>


      VARIOS ATAQUES DEL CRIMEN ORGANIZADO A LA POLICÍA DEJAN 30 MUERTOS EN SĂO PAULO
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      ALFRED REIXACH – 14/05/2006 Corresponsal BUENOS AIRES .– Durante la noche del viernes al sábado, grupos armados con pistolas y ametralladoras atacaron las comisarías de S';o Paulo y su área metropolitana.

En los tiroteos perecieron al menos 23 policías, la novia de uno d >>>


      %';NACIÓN O PODER?
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      EL ALEGATO DE Putin sobre la salud del nacionalismo ruso podría darle un tercer mandato XAVIER BATALLA – 14/05/2006 El estado de Vladimir Putin es bueno; el Estado ruso está mucho peor, pese al alza del precio de los recursos energéticos. Esta situación parece explicar el alegato hecho esta se >>>


      "ESTOY CONVENCIDO DE QUE EL TRIPARTITO TENDR'3; UNA SEGUNDA OPORTUNIDAD"
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      "Retrasaré las elecciones al máximo y no sé si me presentaré" COMPATIBILIDAD PSC–ERC "Son proyectos muy distintos, pero si fueron compatibles en el 32 podían serlo ahora también" PACTO MAS–ZAPATERO "El Gobierno espańol siempre acaba pactando con lo >>>


      "FUNCIONAR'3; CON PLENITUD"
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      MIQUEL ICETA – 14/05/2006 Portavoz del PSC Las decisiones del president Pasqual Maragall están dirigidas "a aislar el referéndum de cualquier consideración política, para que los catalanes puedan decidir sobre si quieren avanzar en el autogobierno o no. El Govern, hasta el último d&# >>>


      "NO ES MOMENTO DE HACER GRANDES COSAS"
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      ARTUR MAS – 14/05/2006 Presidente de CiU "Entiendo que el presidente de la Generalitat desee cubrir las vacantes durante los cuatro o cinco meses que quedan hasta la formación del nuevo gobierno, pero ahora no es el momento de hacer grandes cosas porque, insisto, este gobierno está en minoría, >>>


      "QUE NO SE PERVIERTA EL TRABAJO DE ERC"
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      JOAN PUIGCERCÓS – 14/05/2006 Secretario general de ERC El dirigente de ERC no opinó del nuevo Govern, aunque dijo que en su partido estarán "muy atentos" a lo que haga, para evitar que "se pervierta" el trabajo realizado por los consellers de ERC. Puigcercós cree que hay qu >>>


      EL ESTATUT TENDRÍA UN RESPALDO DEL 68% EN EL REFERÉNDUM Y EL RECHAZO DEL 25%
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      El Estatut tendría un respaldo del 68% en el referéndum y el rechazo del 25% La participación estimada se sitúa por ahora en el 51%, aunque el 66% dice que irá a votar FALTA TITULO 14/05/2006 Vanguardia (16) RESPUESTA ESPONT'3;NEA Un 58% de los catalanes asegura que votará sí y >>>


      ETA ADVIERTE QUE "SI CONTINÚAN LOS ATAQUES" DE ESPAŃA Y FRANCIA "SER'3; IMPOSIBLE SEGUIR ADELANTE"
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      La organización terrorista condiciona el desarrollo del proceso de paz a un consenso sobre la territorialidad y la autodeterminación LVD – 14/05/2006 – 15.2' horas Bilbao. (EFE).– La organización terrorista ETA, en una entrevista en el diario ‘Gara‘, considera que « >>>


      ETA APREMIA A ZAPATERO A ABRIR EL PROCESO QUE RESUELVA EL CONFLICTO VASCO
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      La organización reitera que "la clave" está en el debate en Euskadi El diario Gara publica hoy una entrevista a miembros de ETA en la que la banda armada urge al Gobierno de Zapatero a abrir el proceso para resolver el conflicto, cuya clave, según la organización terrorista, está en e >>>


      ICV ADVIERTE QUE NO SE SUMAR'3; A UN NUEVO TRIPARTITO CON MARAGALL
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Diversas intervenciones en el consejo nacional culpan también al PSC de la crisis Dirigentes de ICV advirtieron ayer que no aceptarán que vuelva a haber consellers de esta federación en una eventual reedicióndeltripartito siMaragall está al frente. Sin embargo defendieronunareedicióndeesta >>>


      LA HORA DE LA VERDAD
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Lo que toca ahora es el Estatut, que los catalanes dicen haber seguido con más interés del que parecía El resultado será positivo si los partidos favorables al proyecto se afanan en llevar a sus seguidores a votar JULI'3;N SANTAMARÍA OSSORIO – 14/05/2006 Por fin se aprobó el E >>>


      LA IMAGEN DEL GOVERN EMPEORA MIENTRAS MAS Y DURAN AVENTAJAN A MARAGALL EN VALORACIÓN
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      La imagen del Govern empeora mientras Mas y Duran aventajan a Maragall en valoración La percepción de la coyuntura económica sigue siendo muy favorable: un 5'% la juzga buena LA LABOR DEL PRESIDENT Un 37% juzga regular la gestión de Maragall, frente al 32% que la cree buena REDACCIÓN &ndash >>>


      MARAGALL NO NOMBRA CONSELLER PRIMER E INTEGRA TRES CONSELLERS DEL APARATO DEL PSC
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      Nadal asume las competencias de Presid';ncia y se suprimen dos departamentos: Comerç y Universitats El president Pasqual Maragall cerró ayer la crisis del Govern motivada por la expulsión de Esquerra con el nombramiento de tres consellers del PSC, la supresión de dos departamentos y un repar >>>


      MARAGALL SE INCLINA POR EL DÍA 18 PARA EL REFERÉNDUM TRAS HABER CONSIDERADO EL 21 DE JUNIO
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      LA VANGUARDIA – 14/05/2006 BARCELONA .(Redacción.) – El presidente de la Generalitat, Pasqual Maragall, se inclina ahora por celebrar el referéndum del Estatut el 18 de junio – como estaba previsto inicialmente– a pesar de haber considerado la posibilidad de efectuarlo el 21, tal como >>>


      MAS DICE QUE LOS CAMBIOS SON IRRELEVANTES PORQUE EL GOVERN SE ENCUENTRA EN MINORÍA
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      LA VANGUARDIA – 14/05/2006 BARCELONA .(Agencias.) – El presidente de CiU, Artur Mas, consideró ayer que los cambios anunciados en el Govern "son poco operativos y poco relevantes", puesto que se trata de un Ejecutivo "en retirada", que "está en minoría", lo que l >>>


      TRAS EL SEMESTRE COLÉRICO, ˇGIGANTES Y CABEZUDOS!
      La Vanguardia, 14-05-2006
      EN ALGUNOS círculos de poder de Madrid – alegres por el bufo final del tripartito– ya se habla de tender puentes; volverán los arrumacos ENRIC JULIANA – 14/05/2006 Tarde de gigantes y cabezudos en Madrid. Por Arenal baja el pasacalles con aires de Tierno Galván, el alcalde que reinvent& >>>


      ‘INVESTORS MUST LOOK INTO THE FUNDAMENTALS’
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Faisal Alsayrafi, faisal.alsayrafi@fthgulf.com There are two parallel economic events that have been unfolding in the Saudi economy. First, the Saudi economy itself and second the Saudi stock market.

The Saudi economy has never been stronger. The consumer price index and the producer price index both indicate >>>


      BOURSE GREETS NEW CMA CHIEF WITH '.85% SURGE
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — The stock market reacted positively yesterday after Saudi Arabia appointed Abdul Rahman Al–Tuwaijeri, secretary–general of the Supreme Economic Council (SEC), as acting chief of the Capital Market Authority (CMA). He replaced Jammaz Al–Suhaimi.

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      GFH STARTS TRADING SHARES FROM TODAY
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI/BAHRAIN, 14 May 2006 — Gulf Finance House (GFH) will start trading its shares on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) from today.

With this initiative, GFH will join a select group of GCC companies that are cross–listed on three regional bourses — Kuwait Stock Exchange, Bahrain >>>


      JORDAN HIKES KEY RATE TO 7.25%
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 14 May 2006 — The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) yesterday raised the main interest rate on the dinar by a 0.25 percentage point, to 7.25 per cent from 7 percent, to cope with a similar interest rate hike on the US dollar, according to a CBJ statement. The hike, which goes into effec >>>


      NCCI TO COVER EXPAT EMPLOYEES OF BAE SYSTEMS
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 14 May 2006 — More than 50 percent of the expatriate population in the Kingdom has yet to be covered by the mandatory health insurance scheme.

This was announced by Abdullah Al–Sharif, secretary general of the Council for Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) at the Ministry >>>


      TRADING IN SRMG SHARES BEGINS TOMORROW
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — Beginning tomorrow, shares of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG), the first Arab media company to go public, will be traded on the Kingdom’s stock market, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) announced yesterday.

SRMG shares would be traded on Tadawul Services Sector, the >>>


      UAE TO LIBERALIZE TELECOM SECTOR BY 2015
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News DUBAI, 14 May 2006 — The UAE Telecommunications Supreme Committee, the entity empowered by the government to oversee the telecommunications sector, has announced its intention to liberalize the telecommunications sector by 2015.

The move comes as the UAE seeks to regularize the telecom >>>


      UAE, KOREA SIGN OIL, TRADE DEALS
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News ABU DHABI, 14 May 2006 — The UAE and South Korea signed a series of accords yesterday, including a memorandum of understanding on stockpiling Emirati oil in South Korea and a MoU for boosting operation in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), sources told Arab News yester >>>


      A CASE OF LOAN, NOT INHERITANCE
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. My elder brother was working as revenue inspector in India when the government decided to give free plots of land to poor people. At the time my father was retired, while my two elder brothers were looking after our large family. My elder brother obtained two separate plots but could not regis >>>


      THE TRUTH MADE CLEAR
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent You certainly were not present on the western side of the mountain when We issued the Commandments to Moses, nor were you one of those who witnessed (those events).

But We raised up many generations, and long was their span of life. Nor >>>


      WE ARE 25 YEARS OLD: INTRODUCING ISLAM TO NON–MUSLIMS
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News A couple of weeks ago, this page, Islam In Perspective, completed 25 years of its publication. Throughout it maintained a close relationship with its readers, strengthened by the continuous stream of their letters, asking questions that range from the very basic to the most complicated. It has be >>>


      ‘MISYAR’ APPROVAL SENDS BUSINESS BOOMING
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — Business for professional matchmakers has risen by 60 percent in the Kingdom following the legalization of «misyar» (marriage without obligations), according to a local Arabic newspaper.

One reason why people resort to such secret but legal options is to avoid family >>>


      2ND SEWAGE COLLAPSE THIS YEAR CLAIMS EXPAT WORKER’S LIFE
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — A collapsed sewage line in southeast Jeddah yesterday claimed the life of at least one Sudanese worker. Another worker, also from Sudan, was alive but still trapped under the rubble last night.

Hadi Salem Muhsin, a Yemeni worker who was also trapped when a >>>


      ANTI–TERROR FIGHT FOCUS OF WASHINGTON MEETING
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — The Saudi–US Committee for Strategic Dialogue will hold its second meeting in Washington on May 18. The meeting will explore the prospects of expanding cooperation in military, security and economic sectors and fighting terrorism, according to Saudi Ambassador t >>>


      DANGER LURKS IN MADINAH VALLEYS AFTER RAIN
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Yousuf Muhammad, Arab News Despite repeated warnings to people in Madinah to stay out of valleys after rain, they often ignore it, placing their lives and the lives of their families in danger. (AN photos by Yousuf Muhammad)

MADINAH, 14 May 2006 — A pleasant family outing can end in disaster if the wrong picni >>>


      DATE TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS RESCHEDULED AGAIN
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — The Ministry of Higher Education has rescheduled the date for accepting scholarship applications for the second time.

The exact date of starting applications will be available on the ministry’s website — www.mohe.gov.sa — next week when the date currently on the >>>


      DEAL OF A LIFETIME FALLS SHORT OF PROMISE
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Arab News MAKKAH, 14 May 2006 — A death row inmate attempted to bribe a mentally ill prisoner to take his place, the daily Al–Watan reported yesterday.

Charged with murder and facing the executioner’s sword, the inmate allegedly said to his crazy colleague that he would pay him SR300,000 to assume his id >>>


      KINGDOM WILL HAVE 20 NEW DIABETIC CENTERS
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — Twenty new diabetic centers will be established in different parts of the Kingdom shortly as part of the government’s efforts to provide advanced health care to the country’s growing number of diabetic patients.

«We are now in the process of inviting te >>>


      MAKKAH HIGHLANDERS DESCRIBE LIFE ‘ABOVE’ CITY FOLK
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Zainy Abbas, Arab News Mountain people often describe their lives as pastoral, with a much stronger social network than the city folk down in the holy city of Makkah. (AN photo)

MAKKAH, 14 May 2006 — Abu Mahmoud says there are two different types of people living in Makkah.

«Those that live in t >>>


      PRINCIPAL BANS RED INK AFTER STOCK MARKET LOSS
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Arab News ARAR, 14 May 2006 — After losing an undisclosed sum of money in the stock market, a high–school principal banned the use of red ink by teachers to grade papers, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. Instead, he issued a decree saying that all papers should be marked up in green ink. The report did not say >>>


      THE RESIDENTS OF AL–MALAA BRIDGE
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Zainy Abbas, Arab News There are shelters for the homeless, but this man prefers to stay under a bridge in Makkah. (AN photo by Zaini Abbas)

MAKKAH, 14 May 2006 — For each homeless man there is a story to tell. Some were rich and successful businessmen until they fell on hard times. Some were happy family men >>>


      TOWN CELEBRATES AFTER MAN PARDONS SON’S KILLER
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — A 22–year–old man has been spared the executioner’s sword following a pardon from his victim’s father in the town of Bareq in the southern province of Asir.

It was a memorable day for the people of the town. A large dinner with music and dance was arranged to celebra >>>


      WITH THIS DEBT I THEE WED
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Mahmoud Ahmad, Arab News MAKKAH, 14 May 2006 — Government employee Ahmad S. learned a hard lesson in borrowing money for love.

According to a report in Al–Nadwa newspaper recently, there are lots of men like Ahmad who take out loans from banks and friends to finance dowry arrangements, marriage, and a li >>>


      ACHUTHANANDAN IS READY TO BECOME CM BUT PARTY HAS YET TO DECIDE
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News TRIVANDRUM, 14 May 2006 — Formation of a new government in the state is likely to be delayed at least by another week because of bitter power struggle within the Communist Party of India–Marxist that leads the coalition. According to reports, the reformists led by state unit Secretary P >>>


      BOMB BLAST KILLS 3 CHILDREN IN EAST TURKEY
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Agencies ANKARA, 14 May 2006 — A bomb explosion killed three children and badly wounded another in eastern Turkey yesterday, Anatolia news agency reported.

It said the bomb went off in the garage of a local official at Ulalar, in Erzincan, killing two boys aged about 10 who were playing nearby.

A thir >>>


      HIGH–TECH SCHOOL IN MALAPPURAM PLANNED
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — Vidyanagar Public School, a high–tech residential high school with modern academic facilities, is being built in the heart of Malappuram, a Muslim majority district in the south Indian state of Kerala.

The Malabar Educational and Charitable Trust (MECT) >>>


      MAHARASHTRA MINISTER JAILED
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 14 May 2006 — Senior Cabinet minister of the Maharashtra government Surupsinh Naik of the Congress party, who was embroiled in a controversey over granting licenses to sawmills despite a ban, which led to the Supreme Court handing him a one–month imprisonment, resigned from h >>>


      MOROCCO KING, MUBARAK URGE RENEWAL OF PEACE PROCESS
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Agence France Presse MARRAKECH, 14 May 2006 — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI called on the quartet of Middle East negotiators to renew efforts for peace in the region, in a joint declaration released yesterday.

The statement, issued at the close of a three–day visit by Mu >>>


      NGOS ACCEPTED AS OBSERVER MEMBERS IN OIC
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 14 May 2006 — Senior officials of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) approved a draft decision that would allow non–governmental organizations (NGOs) to join the OIC as observers.

The move was announced during the OIC’s preparatory meeting in Jeddah this week f >>>


      PAKISTANI HAJ DIRECTOR DENIES SAUDI COURT STOPPED TRANSFER OF MONEY
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 14 May 2006 — A senior Pakistani official has denied that a Saudi court stopped Pakistan’s Religious Ministry from transferring a substantial amount of money to Pakistan, proceeds from the sale of the old Pakistan House in Madinah.

A report appeared in the Pakistani pre >>>


      SQUABBLES OVER POSTS FINAL HURDLE FOR IRAQ GOVT
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Agencies BAGHDAD, 14 May 2006 — Pressure mounted on Iraq’s Shiites yesterday to form a new government that will stem the ongoing violence, as US President George W. Bush described militias as one of the main challenges to peace.

Party officials were closeted in talks over the distribution of the key ministries >>>


      TALKS NOT UNDER THREAT: IRAN
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Agencies From left: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the fifth D–8 Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali. (AP)

BALI, Indonesia, 14 May 2006 — Iran’s president told the world ye >>>


      THOUSANDS RALLY AT THE FUNERAL OF AMIR CHEEMA
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies ISLAMABAD, 14 May 2006 — Tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral yesterday of a Pakistani man, Amir Cheema, who died in German custody while awaiting trial for trying to kill a newspaper editor over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), sources said.

More >>>


      US RUNS INTO TROUBLE WITH TOUGH SUDAN RESOLUTION
      Arab News, 14-05-2006
      Associated Press UNITED NATIONS, 14 May 2006 — The United States has run into strong resistance in its bid for a Security Council resolution that would give the United Nations immediate control over peacekeepers in Darfur, diplomats said Friday.

Objections from China, Russia and several African nations have fo >>>


      3 DEAD, 2 WOUNDED AFTER STANDOFF IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      SWANTON, Ohio –– A man called '11 after stabbing his wife, then shot an investigating deputy before he was found dead with the couple‘s two children Saturday after a standoff with police, authorities said.

Clarence Saunders, 58, Lauren Saunders, 10, and Jacob Saunders, 5, were found dead >>>


      BACKLOG AT BORDERS, CRACKS IN THE SYSTEM
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 14, 2006; A01 Beefed–up enforcement at the U.S.–Mexico border since Sept. 11, 2001, has substantially increased the number of arrests of illegal immigrants, but tens of thousands of captured non–Mexicans continue to be released into the United S >>>


      BORDER SECURITY PLAN WORRIES TEXAS TOWN
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      REDFORD, Texas –– The last time the U.S. military posted troops on the border near this tiny cluster of farms and ranches, an 18–year–old goat herder was shot to death.

Hardly a day passes that Esequiel Hernandez Jr.‘s family and neighbors don‘t think of May 20, 1''7 >>>


      CHENEY PENNED NOTE ABOUT PLAME, FILING SHOWS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      After former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV publicly criticized a key rationale for the war in Iraq, Vice President Cheney wrote a note on a newspaper clipping raising the possibility that the critique resulted from a CIA–sponsored "junket" arranged by Wilson‘s wife, covert CIA officer Valeri >>>


      FORMER TIME EDITOR, NIXON AIDE KEOGH DIES
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      GREENWICH, Conn. –– James Keogh, a former executive editor of Time magazine who served in communication roles through the troubled years of the Nixon administration, has died. He was 8'.

He died Wednesday of respiratory failure, his granddaughter, Sara Crouse, said Sunday.

Keogh, who l >>>


      MOUSSAOUI BEGINS LIFE SENTENCE IN SUPERMAX PRISON
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      DENVER, May 13 –– Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui began serving his life sentence Saturday at the nation‘s most secure prison after U.S. marshals flew him overnight from Alexandria, Va., to Colorado.

Marshals brought Moussaoui, prisoner 51427–054, before dawn Saturday >>>


      MYANMAR JUNTA WONDERS ABOUT US INVASION
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      MONE, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar‘s military junta said on Sunday it wondered whether the U.S. exemption of the Karen refugees from immigration laws presaged an invasion of the southeast Asian country.

Information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan said the last time Washington allowed an exempti >>>


      MYSPACE.COM BRAGGING LEADS TO CHARGES
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      ROCKVILLE, Md. –– Two teenagers were charged with setting fires in suburban Washington after they bragged about the blazes on MySpace.com, authorities said.

The 17–year–old schoolmates were involved in 17 fires in Montgomery County, fire officials said Friday. The teens face 22 charges, >>>


      N.H. FLOODS FORCE 100 PEOPLE FROM HOMES
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WAKEFIELD, N.H. –– Torrential rain washed out roads and forced about 100 people from their homes early Sunday.

Some areas of central New Hampshire had seen 7 inches of rain by early Sunday and forecasters said as many as 5 more inches might come during the day.

The state Office of Emergenc >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      No DNA Match in Duke Case RALEIGH, N.C. –– A second round of DNA testing in the Duke University rape case came back with the same result as the first –– no conclusive match to any member of the lacrosse team, defense attorneys said Friday.

Joseph Cheshire, a lawyer who represents a team >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      Fla. Officials May Have Captured Killer Gator SUNRISE, Fla. –– Wildlife officers captured an alligator Saturday that they believe was responsible for fatally attacking a woman while she was out jogging.

The '–foot 6–inch alligator was trapped under the canal bridge where Yovy Suarez >>>


      NEW ORLEANS RUNOFF HAS 11,000 BALLOTS CAST EARLY
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      Associated PressSunday, May 14, 2006; A08 NEW ORLEANS, May 13 –– More than 11,000 people cast ballots early in the runoff for mayor that pits incumbent C. Ray Nagin against Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, and the majority –– 7,488 –– voted in Orleans Parish.

A tally from the secret >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      PM MIAMI –– Eusebio Penalver Mazorra, a former Cuban political prisoner who led a group of fellow exiles that Cuban President Fidel Castro once accused of plotting to assassinate the president of Venezuela, has died. He was 71.

Penalver died Thursday in Miami, according to the Caballero Rivero Wood >>>


      PAPER: MILITARY IGNORING MENTAL ILLNESS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      HARTFORD, Conn. –– U.S. military troops with severe psychological problems have been sent to Iraq or kept in combat, even when superiors have been aware of signs of mental illness, a newspaper reported for Sunday editions.

The Hartford Courant, citing records obtained under the federal Freedom of I >>>


      PAPER: MILITARY IGNORING MENTAL ILLNESS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      HARTFORD, Conn. –– U.S. military troops with severe psychological problems have been sent to Iraq or kept in combat, even when superiors have been aware of signs of mental illness, a newspaper reported for Sunday editions.

The Hartford Courant, citing records obtained under the federal Freedom of I >>>


      SEEMA BOESKY DETAILS HER LIFE OF LEISURE
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      NEW YORK –– One of the promotional blurbs on the back of the recently published anthology of columnist Seema Boesky‘s work says her offerings "have made thousands of readers smile, scratch their heads and wonder." Indeed. Wonder things like: How fabulous is it to be obscenely rich? What do y >>>


      STATES AGAIN PONDER SPACE TRAVEL BUSINESS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      LOS ANGELES –– The promise of blasting thrill–seeking tourists into space is fueling an unprecedented rush to build snazzy commercial spaceports.

The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing proposals from New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to be gateways for private space travel. Depending o >>>


      TEXAS IS AT FOREFRONT OF NON–MEXICAN INFLUX
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WESLACO, Tex. –– At a Border Patrol station near Texas‘s southernmost tip, four U.S. agents laboriously processed 36 Salvadorans apprehended one recent morning –– making an electronic record of each illegal immigrant by filling out a detailed questionnaire and taking fingerprints.

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      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      –– Scattered showers and thunderstorms were forecast for much of the East on Sunday, while the West was to remain mostly dry.

Rain was expected in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi Valley, Southeast, Mid–Atlantic and New England, with flooding possible in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachus >>>


      THOUSANDS MOURN DETECTIVE KILLED IN VA.
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      VIENNA, Va. –– A detective gunned down outside her police station when a heavily armed teenager opened fire on officers was remembered Saturday for her actions that prevented further tragedy.

Vicky O. Armel was caught in the shootout in the parking lot as she left the Sully District Station on Mond >>>


      U.S. ASKS FOR SUIT AGAINST AT& T TO BE DISMISSED
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      The government filed a motion yesterday to intervene and seek dismissal of a lawsuit by a civil liberties group against AT&T Inc. over a federal program to monitor U.S. communications.

The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California accuses AT&T of unlawful collaborati >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DISMISSES CALLS FOR DIRECT IRAN TALKS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday dismissed calls for direct talks with Iran to resolve the stand–off over its nuclear program, saying the United Nations was the best forum for those discussions.

"We think the framework we have is even better, we have a number of countries that >>>


      A LONELY WARNING ON DEBT
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      The hardest question any Washington reporter faces these days, whenever talking with voters outside the capital, is simply: Can I believe anything I‘m told by those politicians in Washington –– or by the press?

The cynicism in the public is thick enough to cut with a knife. People are tuning >>>


      A STORM BLOWS IN ALONG WITH THE WIND
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 14, 2006; A03 Proponents of the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound say wind farms like it will help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. Opponents suggest it will harm the area‘s environment, scenic views and economy.

And both sides >>>


      BACK FROM IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      Bad stuff happened in Iraq, stuff Adam Reuter doesn‘t want to talk about. Not with his friends, not with the line cooks in the burger joint where he worked when he first came home or the tenants in the apartment complex he manages now.

He doesn‘t even want to talk about it with his wife, who worrie >>>


      BUSH POLITICAL PROBLEMS MAY HAVE NO QUICK FIX
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A long, slow slide in President George W. Bush‘s popularity ratings over the past year to a low of around 30 percent suggests there may be no quick fix for his political woes.

Six weeks after Bush began a staff shakeup aimed at reinvigorating his presidency, his popularity ha >>>


      CHENEY PUSHED TO WIDEN EAVESDROPPING: NY TIMES
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney argued in the weeks after the September 11 attacks that the National Security Agency should intercept domestic telephone calls and e–mails without warrants as part of its war on terrorism, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.

Cheney and his >>>


      CHENEY THE FOCUS OF CIA LEAK COURT FILING
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– In a new court filing, the prosecutor in the CIA leak case revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney made handwritten references to CIA officer Valerie Plame _ albeit not by name _ before her identity was publicly exposed.

The new court filing is the second in little more than a month >>>


      CHENEY THE FOCUS OF CIA LEAK COURT FILING
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– In a new court filing, the prosecutor in the CIA leak case revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney made handwritten references to CIA officer Valerie Plame _ albeit not by name _ before her identity was publicly exposed.

The new court filing is the second in little more than a month >>>


      CIA LEAK CASE COURT FILING FOCUSES ON CHENEY
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. prosecutor in the CIA leak case has told a court he plans to use as evidence a newspaper article with notes that he says were hand–written by Vice President Dick Cheney referring to Valerie Plame shortly before she was exposed as a CIA operative.

The notes show Chene >>>


      FIRED OFFICER BELIEVED CIA LIED TO CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      By R. Jeffrey SmithWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 14, 2006; A01 A senior CIA official, meeting with Senate staff in a secure room of the Capitol last June, promised repeatedly that the agency did not violate or seek to violate an international treaty that bars cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainee >>>


      GOP IS NOT LAW–AND–ORDER PARTY ON IMMIGRATION, DEMOCRATS SAY
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      With President Bush scheduled for a prime–time address on immigration tomorrow, Democrats believe it‘s time to turn tables on the president and argue that the Republicans are not the party of law and order when it comes to illegal immigrants.

A new analysis by the centrist Democratic group Third Wa >>>


      KENNEDY PLANE DIVERTED AFTER LOSING POWER
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      BOSTON –– A plane carrying U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy from western Massachusetts to his home on the coast was struck by lightning Saturday and had to be diverted to New Haven, Conn., his spokeswoman said.

The eight–seat Cessna Citation 550 plane lost all electrical power, including communica >>>


      LAURA BUSH DOESN‘T BELIEVE BAD POLLS
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First lady Laura Bush said on Sunday she does not believe opinion polls showing her husband‘s approval ratings at record low levels.

Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, Laura Bush said she did not think people were losing confidence in President George W. Bush, despite a series o >>>


      MCCAIN RECONNECTS WITH LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 14, 2006; A04 LYNCHBURG, Va., May 13 –– Six years after labeling the Rev. Jerry Falwell one of the political "agents of intolerance," Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.) delivered the commencement address Saturday at Falwell‘s Liberty Universit >>>


      MOMENTUM GROWS TO HALT MEDICARE PENALTY
      Washington Post, 14-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A pivotal Republican is joining the congressional drive to eliminate the financial penalty for people who miss Monday‘s deadline for enrolling in the Medicare drug benefit, the latest sign of a growing rebellion against President Bush on the issue.

Rep. Nancy Johnson said she ha >>>



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