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      SIDELIGHTS: BRIDE WHO’S NOT GOOD FOR SON IS JOLLY GOOD FOR FATHER
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Arab News MAKKAH, 15 January 2008 — A young man was surprised to know that his father is now going to marry the girl he had rejected, the daily Okaz reported yesterday. The problem started when the man, accompanied by his father, went to his neighbour’s house with a marriage proposal. However, after meeting the girl — a >>>


      SOLVE PALESTINIAN ISSUE NOW, SAYS SARKOZY
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2008 — French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who paid a visit to the 150–member Shoura Council yesterday, expressed urgency at resolving the Palestinian–Israeli issue.

«Now is the time to solve the Palestinian issue,» he told a full house following an introductio >>>


      THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR PROVOCATION: SAUD
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Raid Qusti, Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2008 — Saudi Arabia yesterday expressed its reservations about what it termed «provocative» statements by US President George W.

Bush on Iran during his current Gulf tour. «I am talking about Saudi Arabia’s point of view. This is not the time for any pr >>>


      UPP A ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ ON EDUCATIONAL FRONT
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 15 January 2008 — A major educational breakthrough has been achieved in the American–run University Preparatory Program (UPP) operating from the Diplomatic Quarter here. The focus of this effort, something that Saudi schools have so far not effectively tackled, is an issue that the >>>


      WORKERS SUE FOR COMPENSATION
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Wael Abdullah, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 January 2008 — The Preliminary Committee for Labor Disputes announced that it would make a decision on a complaint made by 500 workers of the Saudi Geological Survey against its management that has denied them the annual housing allowance and medical insurance for the past six years.< >>>


      ALL OPTIONS OPEN TO STOP IRAN GOING NUCLEAR: OLMERT
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 15 January 2008 — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday that he had told US President George W. Bush that Israel could not reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran, and that the government is «ruling out no options in advance» in barring Tehran from obtain >>>


      BUSH VISIT BRINGS DUBAI TO STANDSTILL
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Shadiah Abdullah, Arab News DUBAI, 15 January 2008 — President George W. Bush may have had a hassle–free visit to Dubai, but many residents suffered from traffic jams as a result of the closure of roads during the state visit.

The emirate declared yesterday a public holiday for employees in the government >>>


      COURT DECLARES HASINA’S SISTER AN ABSCONDER
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 15 January 2008 — The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition of Rehana, sister of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina Wajed, challenging an order of the chief metropolitan magistrate declaring her an absconder in an extortion case. Rehana is being tried in absentia with her deta >>>


      DFLP, PFLP TO BOYCOTT DAMASCUS MEETING
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 15 January 2008 — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced yesterday that they have decided to boycott a Hamas–led conference scheduled to be held in Syria on Jan 23. But Islamic Jihad mo >>>


      ISRAELI MINISTER TO RESIGN OVER PEACE TALKS
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News RAMALLAH, West Bank, 15 January 2008 — The hawkish Israeli Minister of Strategic, Affaires Avigdor Lieberman, is preparing to resign from the government tomorrow in protest against the relaunched peace talks on the core issues of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

According to Isr >>>


      LEFTISTS OPPOSE FUEL PRICE HIKE
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 15 January 2008 — Dismissing reports of their having recently agreed to a minor increase in fuel prices, leaders of leftist parties said yesterday that they remain opposed to any hike, even marginal.

Gurudas Dasgupta of Communist Party of India (CPI) contradicted reports >>>


      MALAYSIA TELLS RP TO SPEED UP REPATRIATION OF ILLEGAL WORKERS
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 15 January 2008 — Malaysia has told the Philippines to speed up the repatriation of illegal Filipino workers detained in jails.

Sabah’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hajji Aman told visiting Philippine lawmakers to expedite the return of the Filipinos, the Malaysian Daily >>>


      PUNE GETTING READY FOR A PRINT WAR
      Arab News, 15-01-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, India, 15 January 2008 — Pune is all set to witness a print war.

Major English–language newspapers have given their final touches to launch local editions in the first quarter of 2008. Poaching of journalists has begun on a big scale.

The Daily News and Analysi >>>


      3,200 MARINES PREPARE FOR AFGHAN TOUR
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– Military officials said Monday that about 3,200 Marines are being told to prepare to go to Afghanistan _ a move that will boost combat troop levels in time for an expected Taliban offensive this spring.

Once complete, the deployment would increase U.S. forces in Afghanistan to as mu >>>


      ANIMAL CLONING: A RISK ASSESSMENT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     January 14, 2008; ':46 PM Conclusions Regarding Food Consumption Risks from Bovine Clones and their Progeny As the first prong of our strategy to address the food consumption risks associated with clones, we have used the Critical Biological Systems Approach (CBSA) as a framework to search for subtle differences bet >>>


      ASHES OF BABY GRACE‘ FLOWN TO OHIO
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     CLEVELAND –– The cremated remains of a toddler who authorities say was beaten to death by her mother and stepfather and dumped in Texas‘ Galveston Bay were flown to Ohio to be buried this week.

A small casket containing an urn with the ashes of 2–year–old Riley Ann Sawyers arrived >>>


      BRINGING UP BABIES, AND DEFYING THE NORM
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Ian ShapiraWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 15, 2008; A01 In an Alexandria strip mall, Erin Rexroth watched her 21–month–old daughter, Haley, straddle and bounce on a plastic alligator one recent day at the My Gym. Rexroth, 27, stood apart. On the playroom‘s other side, older parents cha >>>


      BUSH LODGING OIL PRICE COMPLAINT WITH SAUDI HOSTS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     5:46 AM RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush complained in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that soaring oil prices were threatening the U.S. economy, raising pressure on the world‘s top oil exporter to help ease prices.

Bush said he would raise his concerns face–to–face with his Saud >>>


      CLIMBERS FEARED MISSING ON MOUNT HOOD
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– Two men failed to return as planned from a climb on Mount Hood, where conditions early Tuesday were blizzard–like, authorities said.

The men, described as experienced climbers, were due off the mountain Monday afternoon and have not answered calls to a cell phone they are bel >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA STEP BACK FROM RACE FLAP
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     –– Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stepped back from a controversy over race Monday night, agreeing that a prolonged clash over civil rights could harm their party‘s overall drive to win the White House.

The two leading Democratic contenders shifted cours >>>


      CLINTON, OBAMA STEP BACK FROM RACE FLAP
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     –– Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stepped back from a controversy over race Monday night, agreeing that a prolonged clash over civil rights could harm their party‘s overall drive to win the White House.

The two leading Democratic contenders shifted cours >>>


      CONGRESS LIKELY TO OK SAUDI ARMS DEAL
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     2008; 1:16 AM WASHINGTON –– The Democratic–led Congress is unlikely to block U.S. plans to sell $123 million worth of sophisticated precision–guided bomb technology to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns from some members that the systems could be used against Israel.

The Bush administration >>>


      CONSUMER GROUPS OBJECT TO FDA APPROVAL OF CLONED FOOD
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     PM Reaction from consumer groups was quick and largely negative today as word spread that the Food and Drug Administration had concluded that milk and meat from cloned farm animals is safe to eat.

The agency‘s final report, to be released today, makes it likely that food from clones and their offspring wi >>>


      COURT RULES AGAINST INVESTORS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court on Tuesday curbed investor lawsuits against businesses accused of scheming fraudulently to inflate stock prices.

In a 5–3 ruling, the court gave a measure of protection from securities suits to suppliers, banks, accountants and law firms that do business with pu >>>


      DESIGN FLAW SAID TO HAVE CAUSED MINN. BRIDGE TO COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     January 15, 2008; A03 A design flaw caused a Minnesota bridge to collapse last summer, killing 13 people and injuring 100 in an accident that focused renewed attention on the safety of the nation‘s highways and bridges, according to federal sources familiar with the investigation.

The National Transportat >>>


      EMERGENCY CARE WAITS FOUND TO BE ON RISE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A03 Patients are waiting longer for care in the nation‘s emergency rooms, a potentially deadly result of the shrinking number of emergency departments and rising demand for emergency services, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School.

Half of all emergency room patients waited 30 >>>


      GIULIANI SAYS HE‘S AN AGENT OF CHANGE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     SARASOTA, Fla. –– Republican Rudy Giuliani declared himself a "change agent" on Monday, saying he brought more change to New York City than any other mayor.

"I was a mayor who was a change agent. Whether you agree with my changes or not, I think you‘d have to say I was probably >>>


      KUCINICH OK‘D FOR DEBATE, APPEAL PLANNED
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– NBC News said Monday it will appeal a judge‘s ruling rather than include Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich in a candidates‘ debate in Nevada.

"We disagree with the judge‘s decision and are filing an appeal," said a statement provided by Jeremy G >>>


      LAWMAKER KICKS PHOTOG DURING PRAYER
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     PM DENVER –– Carrying a family Bible, a state representative–elect kicked a photographer who took a picture of him during a statehouse prayer _ then was sworn into office.

Douglas Bruce went to the House floor Monday morning as a guest of Rep. Kent Lambert, a fellow Colorado Springs Republican >>>


      MAIL PLANE CRASHES IN HAWAIIAN SEAS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     HONOLULU –– Crews searched in rough seas Monday for the pilot of a twin–engine plane carrying U.S. mail that crashed into the ocean.

Debris from the Beechcraft 1'00, with only the pilot aboard, was spotted in the water by the crew of a boat from Coast Guard Station Kauai nearly four hours >>>


      MEGACHURCH LEADER CHARGED WITH PERJURY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     ATLANTA –– An 80–year–old leader of a suburban megachurch who is at the center of a sex scandal has been charged with lying under oath for saying he had sex outside marriage with only one other woman, court documents show.

A warrant for the arrest of Archbishop Earl Paulk, co–found >>>


      MOST BACK MANDATORY HEALTH COVERAGE: STUDY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – As health care generates debate in this year‘s presidential campaign, about 68 percent of Americans say individuals should be required to have medical insurance, with government help for those who cannot afford it, a survey released on Tuesday found.

According to th >>>


      NEW SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MIAMI COP KILLING
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     PM NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. –– Prosecutors dropped attempted murder charges Monday against the original suspect in the killing of a police detective, and authorities said they were searching for another man believed to have committed the slaying.

A $30,000 reward was being offered for information lea >>>


      RETAIL SALES DOWN BY 0.4 PERCENT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– Frugal shoppers cut back on their spending at the nation‘s retailers by 0.4 percent in December, the most in six months, in a gloomy report that fanned fears of a recession.

The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the drop in retail sales, which followed a brisk 1 percen >>>


      SUPREME COURT LETS STAND EXPERIMENTAL–DRUG RULING
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A02 The Supreme Court yesterday declined to consider whether dying patients have a right to be treated with experimental drugs not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The court, without comment or recorded dissent, let stand a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which said th >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JAN. 15
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     12:01 AM –– Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2008. There are 351 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1'2', civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.

On this date: In 155', England‘s Queen Elizabeth I was cr >>>


      TRANSIT PANEL URGES GAS TAX INCREASE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A special commission is urging the government to raise federal gasoline taxes by as much as 40 cents per gallon over five years as part of a sweeping overhaul designed to ease traffic congestion and repair the nation‘s decaying bridges and roads.

The two–year study being re >>>


      TRUMP TOWER ACCIDENT SITE HAD VIOLATIONS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     NEW YORK –– The crane accident that sent a worker plummeting 40 stories to his death and injured three others occurred at a Donald Trump hotel–condominium tower recently cited for a series of violations.

Workers were using a crane while pouring concrete at the Trump SoHo complex Monday when on >>>


      A HAND THE CLINTONS AREN‘T SHOWING
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     It turns out that Toni Morrison‘s famous line about Bill Clinton as "our first black president" was just a bon mot. If the Clintons took it as a sign of African Americans‘ unconditional fealty, they were mistaken.

A new Post–ABC News poll shows that black Democrats nationwide support >>>


      ALL REVVED UP OVER MICHIGAN‘S PLACE IN POLITICS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Sridhar PappuWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 15, 2008; C01 DETROIT –– On a steely cold Saturday morning, Debbie Dingell walks into a local UAW hall choked with people looking for answers. Tuesday‘s Michigan presidential primary –– one not recognized by the Democratic Nationa >>>


      AS CANDIDATES AGREE, AIDES KEEP SPARRING
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     January 15, 2008; A04 As a controversy over racially charged politics threatened to spin out of control and supporters of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) expressed concern that the ongoing debate would revive old images of a party mired in identity politics and haunt the eventual Democratic n >>>


      BET FOUNDER JOHNSON DEFENDS HIS RECENT CRITICISMS OF OBAMA
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A day after his remarks about Sen. Barack Obama helped fuel a rancorous debate about race in the Democratic presidential contest, an unapologetic Robert L. Johnson described how frustrating it is to be on the other side of a candidate he compared to Teflon.

"We‘ve always said we need a perfect, well& >>>


      COMMITTEE CALLS FOR TEJADA INVESTIGATION
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     11:26 AM A House committee today called for a Justice Department investigation of former Baltimore Orioles slugger Miguel Tejada to determine whether he lied to the panel in 2005 about the illegal use of performance–enhancing drugs in baseball.

Opening a hearing on a report issued last month on the issue, >>>


      EX–OFFICIALS BENEFIT FROM CORPORATE CLEANUP
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A01 Federal prosecutors are steering no–bid contracts to former government officials who earn millions of dollars by monitoring companies accused of cheating investors and other schemes.

A consulting firm led by former U.S. attorney general John D. Ashcroft recently won an assignment, valued at more than >>>


      FDA SAYS CLONES ARE SAFE FOR FOOD
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A long–awaited final report from the Food and Drug Administration concludes that foods from healthy cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as those from ordinary animals, effectively removing the last U.S. regulatory barrier to the marketing of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats.

The >>>


      FEB. 5 PRIMARIES TO POSE A SUPER TEST OF STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     After the trench warfare of Iowa and New Hampshire and the upcoming skirmishes in a handful of states, a very different battle awaits the presidential candidates on Feb. 5: the biggest and most challenging single day in a recent campaign for a party nomination.

Democrats will hold contests in 22 states and one >>>


      GINSBURG IS LATEST JUSTICE TO REFLECT ON FAITH
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A11 It is a story told in many versions, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says near the beginning of the new PBS series "The Jewish Americans," "but mine is: What is the difference between a bookkeeper in New York‘s garment district and a U.S. Supreme Court justice? One generation." Ginsburg, 74, re >>>


      IT TOOK A PARTNERSHIP
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     The greatest fairy tale of the 2008 campaign so far is the accusation that there is some tint of racism or putdown of Martin Luther King Jr. in Hillary Clinton‘s comment that "it took a president," Lyndon Johnson, to realize the civil rights leader‘s dreams.

The visionary preacher and the >>>


      MR. ROMNEY‘S SALES PITCH
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     Tuesday, January 15, 2008; A12 FORMER Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney presents himself as an analytical businessman who understands how to harness the powers of the free market to turn around an ailing enterprise. You wouldn‘t know it from his comments in the run–up to today‘s presidential primary i >>>


      OBAMA‘S FARRAKHAN TEST
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     Barack Obama is a member of Chicago‘s Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama‘s spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1'82, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright‘s daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards >>>


      PRESIDENT NON GRATA
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     The turmoil in the Republican presidential contest, which seems to produce a new front–runner every month, stems from President Bush‘s unpopularity and the fact that even members of his own party want to turn the page on the past seven years.

John McCain‘s victory in last week‘s New Hamp >>>


      THE RACIAL ROW THAT‘S DIVIDING THE DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Lois RomanoWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 15, 2008; C01 Herein lies the irony: The first seriously viable black presidential candidate has largely avoided discussions of race, while the white candidate whose husband was affectionately called the "first black president" is being assailed by cri >>>


      VOTERS‘ OPTIMISM DROPS AS ECONOMIC FEARS RISE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     January 15, 2008; A04 Concern about the economy has jumped to the front of voters‘ minds as optimism about the nation‘s direction has dipped to its lowest point in more than a decade, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll.

Nearly eight in 10 now think the country is "pretty ser >>>


      WOLF URGES SAFETY PROBE OF BAGHDAD EMBASSY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A11 The Government Accountability Office should "initiate a full and thorough investigation" of allegations that the firefighting systems at the new U.S. Embassy complex under construction in Baghdad have potential safety problems, a senior lawmaker said yesterday.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf (Va.), ranking Re >>>


      3 SENTENCED IN MUSHARRAF MURDER PLOT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     KARACHI, Pakistan –– An anti–terrorism court sentenced three Muslim militants to life in prison on Tuesday for attempting to kill Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in 2002, a state prosecutor said.

The court found the three men guilty of plotting to kill Musharraf by setting off a car bomb >>>


      8 THAI SOLDIERS DIE IN AMBUSH; MUSLIM REBELS SUSPECTED
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     NARATHIWAT, Thailand, Jan. 14 –– Suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an army patrol in Thailand‘s restive south Monday, killing all eight soldiers and then beheading one of them, in a rebellion that has entered its fifth year.

The soldiers were on a morning patrol when a bomb hidden on the ro >>>


      A CAUTIOUS COMEBACK ON CAMPUS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 15, 2008; A08 BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 –– During his eight–year endeavor to complete his undergraduate degree, Haider Swadi Kareem has witnessed more than he‘d care to remember at Baghdad University.

From the vantage point of a pla >>>


      AFGHAN HOTEL ATTACKER WORE COP UNIFORM
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghanistan‘s intelligence service arrested a man wearing a police uniform suspected of taking part in a multipronged attack on Kabul‘s main luxury hotel that killed eight, officials said Tuesday.

A militant leader believed to be based in Pakistan was accused of mas >>>


      ALLIES FEEL STRAIN OF AFGHAN WAR
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 15, 2008; A01 The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines to troubled southern Afghanistan this spring reflects the Pentagon‘s belief that if it can‘t bully its recalcitrant NATO allies into sending more troops to the Afghan front, perhaps it >>>


      ATTACK ON KABUL LUXURY HOTEL KILLS 7
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Militants stormed Kabul‘s most popular luxury hotel Monday, hunting down Westerners who cowered in a gym during a coordinated assault that killed seven people and could signal a new era of brazen Taliban attacks.

The gunmen threw grenades and fired AK–47s, and one e >>>


      BESLAN MOTHERS THREATEN TO CONDEMN PUTIN IN COURT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Mothers of children seized by rebels at a southern Russia school in 2004 threatened on Tuesday to use a legal action brought by authorities against them to expose President Vladimir Putin‘s role in the bungled rescue.

Islamist fighters seized more than 1,000 people in the school i >>>


      BRITISH AGENCY DEFIES RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 15, 2008; A10 MOSCOW, Jan. 14 –– Two British government–financed cultural offices opened for business Monday in defiance of a Russian government shutdown order, leading Russia to retaliate with a formal protest and limitations on visas for Br >>>


      BUSH TALKS TO SAUDI KING OVER OIL PRICES
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– President Bush on Tuesday nudged OPEC powerhouse Saudi Arabia and other cartel members to produce more oil, recognizing that soaring prices are straining the U.S. economy.

Bush said he is speaking with Saudi King Abdullah, whose nation holds the world‘s largest oil rese >>>


      BUSH TRIP REVIVES ISRAELI PUSH FOR PARDON OF SPY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A0' JERUSALEM –– A balding, bearded visage loomed over President Bush‘s visit here last week, peering down from banners and from posters on buses barreling along quiet streets. The face was that of Jonathan Pollard, an American who pleaded guilty in 1'86 to passing top–secret information >>>


      CARRYING NEWS, COLOMBIA HOSTAGE FLIES BACK TO BOGOTA
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – A Colombian hostage freed after years in guerrilla captivity returned to Bogota on Monday carrying letters and photographs from fellow kidnap victims left behind in secret jungle camps.

Former congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez was released last week by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Co >>>


      DEADLY BEIRUT CAR BOMBING HITS U.S. CONVOY
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     January 15, 2008; 11:41 AM Four Lebanese were killed and more than a dozen were wounded in a car bombing that hit a U.S. Embassy convoy in Beirut today, according to U.S. officials and local news reports.

Two local embassy employees, including the driver, were in one of the vehicles damaged by the bomb, which w >>>


      DIANA DID NOT WANT CHARLES AS KING, COURT TOLD
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – Princess Diana thought her husband, Prince Charles, should not become king and that the crown ought to skip a generation, one of her lawyers told the inquest into her death on Tuesday.

Diana, killed in a high–speed Paris car crash with her lover Dodi al–Fayed in August 1' >>>


      FRENCH PRESIDENT MARRIED EX–MODEL LAST WEEK, NEWSPAPER SAYS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     A10 PARIS, Jan. 14 –– The French newspaper that brought you the presidential divorce first, followed by the first interview with the former first lady, now reports this: An unnamed "source close to a witness who attended the ceremony" says that President Nicolas Sarkozy and his supermodel–tur >>>


      HEALTH OF INDONESIA‘S SUHARTO DETERIORATES: DOCTORS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia‘s ailing former president Suharto has pneumonia and is developing the life–threatening blood infection sepsis leading to a further deterioration in his health, his doctors said on Tuesday. Doctors have been battling to save the 86–year–old former strongman, who >>>


      IN PERSIAN GULF INCIDENT, SOME SUSPECT HECKLERS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     The Navy has a monkey on its back. Since at least 1'82, U.S. Navy ships plying the Persian Gulf have been taunted by mysterious radio transmissions that are alternately obscene, nonsensical, racist, infantile, misogynistic and menacing. Sometimes they threatened U.S. ships; at other times they simply babbled away, a >>>


      INDONESIA‘S SUHARTO DEVELOPS SEPSIS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Ailing former dictator Suharto has developed sepsis, a potentially deadly blood infection, and the 86–year–old‘s heart became unstable Tuesday, his medical team said.

Sepsis, characterized by a whole–body inflammatory state caused by infection, can progr >>>


      KENYA OPPOSITION WINS VOTE FOR PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya‘s opposition won the post of speaker of parliament on Tuesday, confirming its supremacy in the house and signaling legislative problems for President Mwai Kibaki after his disputed presidential election.

After three rounds of votes, Kenneth Marende, candidate of the Orange >>>


      KENYAN RIVALS TAKE DISPUTE TO PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Kenya‘s parliament opened Tuesday for its first session since a disputed presidential election, a fight that has provoked widespread violence and was expected to carry over to the selection of a house speaker.

President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga both arri >>>


      PAKISTAN OPPOSITION ATTACKS MUSHARRAF
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     PM ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif accused Pakistan‘s president Monday of blindly following America and ordering anti–terror operations that have left the country "drowned in blood." Sharif‘s tirade against President Pervez Musharraf came as troops and milita >>>


      PERSONAL APPROACH MARKS BUSH‘S FIRST SAUDI VISIT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 15, 2008; A08 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 14 –– President Bush on Monday launched a rare round of intensive personal diplomacy with Saudi King Abdullah aimed at winning support for a variety of American objectives such as rebuilding Iraq, press >>>


      RICE GOES TO IRAQ TO PUSH FOR RECONCILIATION
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met top Iraqi officials in Baghdad on Tuesday after Iraq‘s parliament passed the first in a series of critical laws aimed at reconciling warring Iraqis.

Rice first had talks with Shi‘ite Islamist Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki after >>>


      RICE MEETS WITH IRAQ PM
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit Tuesday to Baghdad, where Iraqi officials said she congratulated the premier on the passage of the so–called de–Baathification legislation and encouraged him to speed along other benchmark laws.

Rice flew from Riyadh, S >>>


      RICE PRAISES IRAQ PROGRESS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a surprise trip to Iraq Tuesday that national reconciliation has moved along "quite remarkably," citing a new law that lets former members of Saddam Hussein‘s Baath party to reclaim government jobs or pensions.

Rice, who spli >>>


      RICE PRAISES IRAQ, SAYS MORE PROGRESS NEEDED
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Iraq‘s leaders on Tuesday for passing the first in a series of critical laws aimed at reconciling warring Iraqis but said more progress was needed.

Rice held talks with Shi‘ite Islamist Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki after ar >>>


      ROOM ENOUGH FOR CHINA AND INDIA, SINGH SAYS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – India is not seeking to contain China and peace and stability in Asia are in the common interest of both the world‘s fastest–growing major economies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday.

There was room enough for the rise of both countries, which together comprise >>>


      SOME ATTACKS ON FOREIGNERS IN KABUL
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     PM –– Some attacks targeting nonmilitary foreigners in Kabul, Afghanistan: _ Jan. 14, 2008: Militants with suicide–bomb vests, grenades and AK–47 rifles attack Serena Hotel as Norwegian embassy holds meeting. At least six people, including two Americans, killed.

_ Aug. 18, 2007: Gunmen a >>>


      SPAIN‘S ELECTIONS SET FOR MARCH '
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     MADRID, Spain –– The Spanish government Monday called general elections for March ', launching what is shaping up as a close race between Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez‘s ruling Socialists and opposition conservatives.

Zapatero is seeking a second term after being elected in March 2004 >>>


      SYRIA REBUILDING AT SITE BOMBED BY ISRAEL: REPORT
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syria has raised a new building on a remote site bombed by Israel in September that some analysts suspect was a potential nuclear reactor, an independent security monitoring group reported on Monday.

The new building was visible in satellite images taken on Wednesday and does not ap >>>


      U.S. ADMIRAL, CHINESE DISCUSS PORT CALLS
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 15, 2008; A10 BEIJING, Jan. 15 –– In high–level meetings this week, Chinese officials did not give the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Timothy J. Keating, any reason for rejecting a routine port call in Hong Kong by a U.S. aircraft ca >>>


      U.S. TROOPS KILL 60 IN IRAQ AL QAEDA OFFENSIVE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said on Monday it had killed 60 militants during a week–long offensive in northern Iraq against al Qaeda which has proved a resilient foe and has resisted previous attempts to drive it from the region.

The offensive in four northern provinces and Baghdad‘s southern >>>


      WGULF PRANKSTER AT ISSUE IN IRAN DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Sailors in the Persian Gulf have known him for years: a radio operator who taunts and insults passing ships. The rants are heard and logged, then mostly forgotten.

But now the phantom voice has taken center stage in the latest flurry of claims and counterclaims between Iran and the U >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 15-01-2008
     Britain Fingerprinting Required for Visas All visitors to Britain requiring visas will have to be fingerprinted starting Monday, the government said.

Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said those applying for a British visa from any of 133 countries would now have their fingerprints checked against a database.
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      BAD SEEDS AT MAKHTESHIM AGAN
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Yoram Gavison Tags: Israel The profit warning that Makhteshim Agan Industries released Thursday sent the agrochemical company‘s stock into a nosedive. MAI lost 16% in a day, though on Sunday it corrected a bit, gaining 4%.

Now, businessman Nochi Dankner bought IDB in mid–2003, and in mid–20 >>>


      BOI TELLS HAPOALIM TO APPOINT EXTERNAL AUDITOR AS LOSSES ON DERIVATIVES GROW
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Ram Dagan Tags: investments, Bank Hapoalim The Bank of Israel is getting concerned about Bank Hapoalim‘s financial investments in the international credit market. How much has the Israeli bank lost so far? Does it face more writeoffs? To allay concerns, the central bank has taken the extraordinary measure of or >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has received tentative FDA permission to market donepezil, which is a generic version of Eisai‘s Alzheimer drug Aricept. U.S. sales of the tablets were $1.2 billion in the 12 months ending September 2007, acc >>>


      CHOOSE WARSAW INSTEAD OF NASDAQ, BANK URGES ISRAELIS
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Ram Dagan Tags: Israel, foreign banks The reform and development of the Israeli capital market has attracted a batch of foreign banks to the country over recent years. BNP Paribas, Bank of India, Credit Suisse and Credit Agricole have all set up shop.

Now another huge European bank seeks to cross the Mediter >>>


      DELEK NEGOTIATING TO ACQUIRE ENERGY FIRMS IN EUROPE, U.S.
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Tal Levy Tags: gas stations, fuel, Israel The Delek Group announced yesterday that it has begun due diligence of a European company that operates gas stations and has other fuel–related activities. Delek, controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva and managed by Asi Bartfeld, will study the European company over the next six >>>


      HAPOALIM LOSES POLE POSITION TO TEVA
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Ora Coren Tags: Shari Arison, Teva Shari Arison may have gained full control of Hapoalim, but she can‘t rest on her laurels. The subprime loan crisis is taking its toll, and the bank has slid from its top position on Dun & Bradstreet‘s "strength" ranking to the third–strongest company >>>


      HARD LOOK / BIG BANK, LITTLE PEOPLE
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Tags: MBS, Israel, investments The management at Hapoalim, Israel‘s biggest bank, are preoccupied these days with something very important: he says she says, or, who‘s to blame for the bank‘s awful experience with investments in MBS (mortgage–backed securities) and SIV (struc >>>


      ICL BUYING WATER TREATMENT DIVISION FROM HENKEL GROUP
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Yoram Gavison and Nathan Sheva Tags: water treatment, Henkel Israel Chemicals is continuing its two–year shopping spree with the purchase of Henkel‘s water treatment business. The deal between the German company and Israel Chemicals unit ICL Performance Products is estimated at $8' million – abo >>>


      MARKET REPORT / STOCKS SURGE ON BACKWIND FROM GLOBAL MARKETS
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Nathan Sheva Tags: global markets, TASE, Israel Tel Aviv stocks gained ground yesterday, propelled north by a backwind from rebounding world markets. The indices spent the morning largely flat, but Wall Street began its trading day with gains, which lifted the TA–25 index to end 0.5% higher at 1,170 points. The >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     Tags: Teva Pharm, HSBC, Israel HSBC downgrades Teva Pharm to Neutral The HSBC investment bank yesterday downgraded Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Neutral, from Outperform, but reiterated a $50 12–month price target, which is 4% above its closing price on the Street last night. Teva shares have been hovering at >>>


      T.A. LANDLORDS SUE TO KILL OFF HERITAGE PRESERVATION PLAN
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Raz Smolsky Tags: Landlord, Israel A trio of Tel Aviv landlords whose buildings were marked for preservation as icons of the city have complained that the criteria for choosing buildings are erroneous, and are demanding that the entire program for preserving landmarks in Tel Aviv should be abolished.

The thr >>>


      THINK YOU CAN WIN TV GAME SHOWS? STARTUP INLIVE INTERACTIVE LETS YOU TRY
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Guy Griml Tags: Israel, Quiz Game Show Almost everyone is familiar with the quiz game show "1 vs. 100" hosted by Avri Gilad, where one contestant competes against a hundred others.

Now imagine what would happen if advanced technology could enable a contestant to compete against viewers in real time >>>


      ‘ATTACK THE COURT, SAVE THE COUNTRY‘
      Haaretz, 15-01-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Supreme Court, Israel A recent letter to Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch demanding that she recuse herself from any deliberations on settlements, outposts or the separation fence was signed by 20 Knesset members from six factions, both coalition and opposition. This was nothing more tha >>>



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