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      OBAMA TO NOMINATE DASCHLE AS HHS SECRETARY
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A05 Thomas A. Daschle, a former Senate majority leader and a confidant of President–elect Barack Obama, will be nominated as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and will take on a broader role as the administration‘s health policy chief, said several sources close to the transition proce >>>


      RNC POINTS TO ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE‘S ROLE IN CLINTON PARDONS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A03 The Republican National Committee yesterday highlighted the role of attorney general candidate Eric H. Holder Jr. in controversial 2001 pardons, but GOP senators avoided direct attacks on Barack Obama‘s leading choice to lead the Justice Department.

Republican congressional aides said no information h >>>


      AL–QAEDA LEADER USES SLUR AGAINST OBAMA IN WEB VIDEO
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, November 20,
2008; A12 BERLIN, Nov. 1' –– Al–Qaeda delivered a harsh, personal message to President–elect Barack Obama on Wednesday, tagging him with a racial slur in an attempt to undercut his political appeal in parts of the worl >>>


      BLAST KILLS 1, WOUNDS 23 AT THAI PRIME MINISTER‘S OFFICE
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     10:22 AM BANGKOK, Nov. 20 –– An explosion at an anti–government protest site in central Bangkok early Thursday killed one person and wounded 23 others, prompting a leader of the demonstration to call for a mass rally against the government on Sunday.

Police said they believe the explosion was >>>


      BOLIVIA‘S MORALES DIPLOMATIC, DEFIANT IN VISIT TO D.C.
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A14 Evo Morales, the charismatic but controversial president of Bolivia, this week came to Washington for the first time, saying he hoped for a fresh start with President–elect Barack Obama while defiantly reiterating the policies that have led to the near–collapse of his relations with the Bush administrati >>>


      DEMOCRACY IN NICARAGUA IN PERIL, ORTEGA CRITICS SAY
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By William BoothWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, November 20, 2008; A12 MANAGUA, Nicaragua –– The U.S. Embassy has been accused of counterrevolutionary subversion. A nervous Catholic Church is appealing for calm. The opposition party is crying electoral fraud, while roaming gangs armed with clubs are >>>


      INDIAN NAVAL WARSHIP DESTROYS PIRATE VESSEL
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     November 20, 2008; A16 NEW DELHI, Nov. 1' –– An Indian navy frigate battled with and sank a vessel described as a pirate mother ship in the Gulf of Aden, one of the world‘s busiest and most lawless shipping lanes, the navy said Wednesday.

Amid a surge of piracy around the hijacking–p >>>


      KILLER MAY BE HUNTING JAPANESE OFFICIALS ASSOCIATED WITH LOSS OF PENSION RECORDS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     November 20, 2008; A12 TOKYO, Nov. 1' –– Bureaucrats here have infuriated the Japanese public by losing millions of government pension records. This week, someone with a knife and a willingness to kill appears to be hunting them down.

Riddled with stab wounds, the bodies of Takehiko Yamaguchi, 6 >>>


      POLAND WON‘T LOBBY OBAMA ON MISSILE DEFENSE
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A18 Poland‘s foreign minister said yesterday that his country will wait for the Obama administration to make up its mind on basing missile defense interceptors in his country and will not lobby to have the project proceed.

Saying that the Warsaw government had agreed "out of friendship" to the B >>>


      PROTEST–HIT CHINA SAYS JOB STABILITY TOP PRIORITY
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     1:0' PM BEIJING, Nov. 20 –– A top Chinese official on Thursday described the country‘s employment outlook as "grim," and said he will expedite a new system to mediate employment disputes as China seeks to head off social unrest amid a weakening economy.

Speaking at a news confere >>>


      RUSSIAN JUDGE DELAYS POLITKOVSKAYA MURDER TRIAL
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     MOSCOW –– The trial of three men accused of murdering Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was adjourned Thursday for 10 days, adding to growing doubts about the transparency and fairness of one of Russia‘s highest profile cases.

The judge in the case cited a defense lawyer‘s scheduling >>>


      SOUTH AFRICA TO WITHHOLD ZIMBABWE AID OVER DEADLOCK
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     HARARE (Reuters) – South Africa said on Thursday it will withhold aid for Zimbabwe until a representative government is in place, in what appeared to be the first punitive measure by a regional country to enforce a power–sharing agreement.

Toughening its stand, the South African government said it w >>>


      SRI LANKA SAYS IT CAPTURED KEY REBEL DEFENSE LINE
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Sri Lankan troops broke through a strategic front in the country‘s civil war on Thursday, overrunning an important rebel defense line north of the Tamil Tiger‘s de facto state, the military said.

While government forces have pushed deep into rebel–held territo >>>


      STUDENT DIES OF HEART ATTACK IN HAITI SCHOOL PANIC
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     PORT–AU–PRINCE, Haiti –– Emergency officials say a 1'–year–old Haitian schoolgirl died of a heart attack after students panicked that their school was collapsing.

Civil protection official Jean Edme says a dozen stampeding students were injured in Port–au–Prin >>>


      SUSPECTED U.S. AIRSTRIKE KILLS 6 FIGHTERS IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     2008; A18 KABUL, Nov. 1' –– A suspected U.S. airstrike deep inside Pakistani territory Wednesday killed six insurgent fighters and wounded several others, according to a Pakistani security official.

The airstrike in the district of Bannu in the North–West Frontier Province appears to be th >>>


      SYRIAN FACILITY LOOKED LIKE REACTOR, U.N. SAYS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A16 The first independent investigation of the suspected nuclear site in Syria that Israel destroyed last year has bolstered U.S. claims that Damascus was building a secret nuclear reactor, according to a U.N. report that also confirmed the discovery of traces of uranium amid the ruins.

Officials with the Unite >>>


      TAXI DRIVERS STRIKE IN LATEST CHINA UNREST
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A14 BEIJING, Nov. 1' –– Civil unrest stemming from economic concerns flared in southwestern China on Wednesday as several hundred taxi drivers in Chongqing went on strike over a government plan to put more cabs on their district‘s roads. The protest took place two days after rioting erupted in the >>>


      U.N. COUNCIL APPROVES INCREASE IN CONGO PEACEKEEPERS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     12:24 PM NEW YORK, Nov. 20 –– The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to reinforce a beleaguered U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Congo, temporarily approving the deployment of more than 3,100 additional peacekeepers to help protect hundreds of thousands of civilians.

The coun >>>


      U.S. AID NOT ALWAYS APOLITICAL, REPORT FINDS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A20 UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1' –– The United States, the world‘s largest international aid donor, is among the worst at promoting the independence, impartiality and neutrality of humanitarian aid deliveries to needy populations, according to a survey by a Madrid–based nonprofit group that monito >>>


      U.S. JUDGE: FIVE ALGERIANS AT GUANTANAMO CAN BE FREED
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five of six Algerians must be released after nearly seven years of captivity at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a federal judge ruled on Thursday in a setback for the Bush administration, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled from the bench after holding the first hearin >>>


      U.S. TROOPS IN BAGHDAD TAKE A SOFTER APPROACH
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Mary Beth SheridanWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, November 20,
2008; A01 BAGHDAD, Nov. 1' –– It was billed as a peace concert in war–scarred Baghdad.

But after 30 minutes of poetry and patriotic songs, only a scattering of tribal leaders and dark–suited bureaucrats were >>>


      U.S. URGES VIGILANCE AGAINST IRANIAN BANKS IN DUBAI
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Dubai should keep a close eye on sanctions–hit Iranian banks operating in the Gulf trade hub, a U.S. official involved in tracking suspicious financial activity said on Wednesday.

"There is a challenge here in the UAE especially because of these financial, familial commerc >>>


      AFI PAYING OUT $200 MILLION DIVIDEND
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Investors in Russian real estate deny that the Russian market is "like a black hole" but the results that Lev Leviev‘s AFI Development delivered for the first nine months of 2008 paint a dire picture. Its figures and admissions of delays show just how challenging the real–esta >>>


      ARNON MILCHAN: ADVERTISING AGENCIES ARE OPERATING A CARTEL
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Sivan Klingbail The owners of Channel 10 are fed up. And the Antitrust Authority report that revealed the reason that the advertising agencies Shalmor Avnon Amichay, Young & Rubicam and Reuveni Pridan have been blocked from continuing to operate as partners in the media company United, has fallen into their hands >>>


      BAR–ON REVEALS NIS 25 BILLION STIMULUS
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Moti Bassok and Haim Bior Finance Minister Roni Bar–On introduced an NIS 25 billion economic stimulus plan yesterday, which was greeted by open opposition by many and grudging applause by few.

Global economic growth will severely slow in 200', Bar–On said at a press conference yesterday; the >>>


      BOTTOM SHEKEL / IT‘S A NICE PLAN, NO MORE
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Question: What do Botswana, China, South Korea, Oman, Malta, China and Israel have in common? Answer: All have taken a giant economic step forward.

Almost all modern economies are growing, by at least 1% to 3% per capita a year, over several years. Yet a few achieved a pace of 10%–15% >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief By Ora Coren , Amitai Ziv , Daniel Schmil , Hila Raz , Ranit Nahum–Halevy A handyman who got catalog numbers confused and painted an apartment in pink will have to pay 75% of the cost of repainting it beige. The Ramat Hasharon couple who hire >>>


      HOUSING MIN. SUGGESTS HELP FOR HOME–BUYERS, BUILDERS
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Arik Mirovsky Expect a slowdown in construction, Housing Minister Zeev Boim told the Social and Economic Affairs cabinet yesterday. He predicts that supply will fall short of demand and housing could become costlier. In short, the government should intervene.

Suggestions include reviving incentives to persua >>>


      MARKET REPORT / TASE UNSTIMULATED BY BAR–ON EMERGENCY PLAN
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Yuval Maoz Tel Aviv stocks retreated on Wednesday, after a brief spike into the green following Finance Minister Roni Bar–On‘s press conference, at which he presented his economic stimulus program. Yet the burst of enthusiasm didn‘t last and the indices ended mixed with a negative skew.

The >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By TheMarker , Yuval Maoz , Reuters , TheMarker , TheMarker , Reuters , Nathan Sheva Underclothing maker Delta Galil is closing down its U.K. operations. Falling lingerie sales to Marks & Spencer, eroding margins and the weakness of the British pound against the dollar force it to streamline. Product development wil >>>


      PHOENIX HAS TO CHOOSE: TSHUVA OR DELEK GROUP
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Eti Aflalo The Phoenix Insurance Company board met yesterday to debate who the company prefers as Delek Real Estate‘s controlling shareholder: the Delek Group, or its owner Yitzhak Tshuva – who also controls the Phoenix itself.

The issue at hand is a clause in the NIS 80 million loan Phoenix gran >>>


      SPOTTING THE SILVER LINING IN THE STORM
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Guy Griml For Israeli entrepreneurs, the worldwide economic slowdown is a frightening reality, that could just bear profitable fruit How will Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley fare as financial crisis seizes the business world by the throat?

Nobody has any idea, really, how thin >>>


      WAKE UP FROM NIGHTMARE OF FAILED TYCOON
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Ruth Schuster One of the nightmare scenarios making the rounds is that the "big tycoons" might fail. As business empires implode, goes the nightmare, banks could fall too. Could it really happen?

Yields on corporate bonds have reached junk status, indicating a deep–seated fear of just that.>>>


      XTL VALUE VANISHES AS CLINICAL TRIALS FLOP
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Yuval Maoz and Nir Zalik Until Tuesday, XTL Biopharmaceuticals was the leading company in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange‘s MidCap–50 Index. Its status, however, dragged the entire index down when the company crashed following unsuccessful trial results.

XTL‘s share spun into a freefall, landin >>>


      A LATE MEETING
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     Only one of us dared to call her Miriam. Former justice minister David Libai, today a high–powered attorney, took the liberty of now calling her by her first name. The rest of us called her as we did then: Dr. Fischler.

Four of us arrived at an old–age home this week to meet our former biology and h >>>


      HMOS EXPLOITING THEIR MEMBERS
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     The suit filed by the Clalit Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) against leukemia patient Ehud Hoch, an HMO member (Ran Reznick, Haaretz November 1'), illustrates a very extreme and disturbing practice that too–often characterizes all four of the nation‘s HMOs. Every year, all of them evade paying for >>>


      HOLLOW LEADERSHIP II ARI SHAVIT
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     In the first round of the 200' election campaign, Likud won. Likud under Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in preventing Tzipi Livni from forming a government, succeeded in redefining itself and succeeded in creating momentum. In contrast, Kadima under Livni failed in its coalition negotiations and failed in creating a h >>>


      RESURRECT THE SECULAR–LIBERAL AGENDA
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Shahar Ilan In an interview with Akiva Eldar (Haaretz, 16.11) celebrated author Amos Oz explained whom the new leftist movement which he and his friends established is geared toward: "The list will consist of Meretz members, ex–Laborites, environmentalists, supporters of Dov Khenin in the just–finish >>>


      WHERE IS THE ISRAELI DETERMINATION?
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Israel Harel When small fry criminal gangs are referred to as "families" who make their living in, as criminologists and other experts put it, "organized crime," we tend to forgive the police for not being able to cope with them. After all, in line with the fantasy depicted in movies like "Th >>>


      ANALYSIS / WHICH PEACE INITIATIVE WILL OBAMA BACK?
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Aluf Benn Tags: Israel News, elections President Shimon Peres related that Barack Obama was "very impressed" by the Arab peace plan, when Peres told him about it during their meeting in Jerusalem. Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu says Obama was very impressed by Netanyahu‘s "economic peace" >>>


      ANTI–ISRAEL PROTESTORS HURL ABUSE, BUT PERES JUST KEEPING ON SMILING
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies , By Anshel Pfeffer President to get honorary knighthood from Queen today LONDON – President Shimon Peres told members of the British Parliament yesterday that Israel would have difficulty dismantling West Bank settlements without causing a civil war in Israel.

On the >>>


      CABINET FINDS FUNDS TO REINFORCE HOMES IN SDEROT REGION
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Amos Harel Zigzag cabinet: Economic stimulus plan includes money for Gaza–area reinforcement The cabinet made a U–turn yesterday regarding anti–missile reinforcements for communities near the border with Gaza.

One week after the cabinet rejected a proposal by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and >>>


      CENTER FOR BLIND REPRIEVED AFTER NIS 50M FOUND IN COFFERS
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Ruth Sinai The Jewish Institute for The Blind froze its decision to lease its sports facilities to a private company yesterday after it was revealed that the organization had NIS 50 million in its coffers and was not strapped for cash, as management had previously claimed.

"We decided to freeze the cont >>>


      ENGINEER ADMITS TO KILLING BUSINESS ASSOCIATE DURING SPAT
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Engineer admits to killing business associate during spat By Yuval Goren A man has been charged with killing his business associate, a Sderot man whose body was found near Shoham on Tuesday after he had been missing for a week, police said yesterday.

Police >>>


      EXPERTS: FRESH EVIDENCE FOR HEROD‘S TOMB SITE
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By The Associated Press Israeli archaeologists excavating what they believe is the tomb of biblical King Herod said yesterday they have unearthed lavish Roman–style wall paintings of a kind previously unseen in the Middle East and signs of a regal two–story mausoleum, bolstering their conviction that the Rom >>>


      GUSH KATIF PETITIONERS SEEK TO REPLACE ‘BIASED‘ JUDGE
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Tomer Zarchin Attorneys representing dozens of Gush Katif evacuees last month appealed to Jerusalem Magistrate Court President, Judge Amnon Cohen, with a request to remove Judge Anna Schneider from the handling of petitions relating to the Evacuation–Compensation Law. A similar letter was sent to Cohen by the C >>>


      IAEA: SYRIAN SITE BOMBED BY IAF BORE FEATURES OF NUCLEAR REACTOR
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Reuters , By Yossi Melman A Syrian complex bombed by Israel bore features that would resemble those of an undeclared nuclear reactor and Syria must cooperate more with UN inspectors to let them draw conclusions, a watchdog report said yesterday.

According to the International Atomic >>>


      ISLAMIC JIHAD: HAMAS TO ANNOUNCE ABBAS REPLACEMENT IN JANUARY
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Avi Issacharoff Tags: Israel News, Islamic Jihad Hamas plans to appoint a new Palestinian Authority president in January at the end of Mahmoud Abbas‘ four–year term, according to Mohammed al–Hindi, a leader of Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Hindi said the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Cou >>>


      ISRAEL TO BOYCOTT ‘DURBAN II‘ ANTI–RACISM CONFERENCE
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Barak Ravid Tags: durban ii, tzipi livni, ga Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced yesterday that Israel has made a final decision to boycott the United Nations "Durban II" conference on human rights this spring, fearing it would be used once again as a forum for anti–Israeli sentiment. Ironically, t >>>


      ISRAEL TO NEGOTIATE PULLOUT FROM DIVIDED VILLAGE OF GHAJAR
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Barak Ravid Israel will begin negotiations with the United Nations over an Israel Defense Forces withdrawal from the northern section of the border village of Ghajar, the government decided Wednesday.

The move comes after consultations held in Jerusalem on Wednesday between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defens >>>


      ISRAELI POLICE IN PARIS FIND 43 MORE CLOCKS STOLEN FROM MUSEUM
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Jonathan Lis Jerusalem police investigators in France have recovered an additional 43 timepieces stolen from Jerusalem‘s L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in the 1'80s, Haaretz has learned. Now, just 10 out of 106 lifted clocks remain missing.

In the course of the probe, investigators came upon a n >>>


      ISRAELIS TRADE ARMS WITH ENEMY STATES
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Yossi Melman Israeli arms dealers have negotiated and sold military equipment to a number of countries defined by Israeli law as enemy states in recent years with the full acknowledgment and approval of the Defense Ministry, Haaretz has learned.

The ministry has okayed negotiations and sales between Israeli >>>


      LATEST POLL GIVES LIKUD BIG EDGE OVER KADIMA
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Yossi Verter Tags: Israel News, elections Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud have had a good three weeks, with no major slips, with brand new faces and with a good press, while Kadima is bleeding and Labor is disintegrating.

The opinion polls are responding in kind: Likud opened a large, decisive lead of six MKs o >>>


      LEGAL AIDES FIND LOOPHOLE FOR DEFENSE MINISTRY ACTION ON HEBRON HOUSE
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     Jewish World Opinion National Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Legal aides find loophole for Defense Ministry action on Hebron house By Amos Harel The Israel Police and Israel Defense Forces have more than 30 days to comply with a High Court >>>


      NETANYAHU: ECONOMICS, NOT POLITICS, IS THE KEY TO PEACE
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Raphael Ahren Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu told the closing plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly Wednesday that the peace process needs to focus on economic issues and not political disagreements.

Instead of talking about contentious issues such as the status of Jerusalem, the first >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     The Tel Aviv municipality is laying new sod lawns at the city‘s Charles Clore Park in violation of water–saving laws prohibiting authorities from watering new public parks and gardens. The municipality denies it, saying the lawns were rehabilitated and were not new. "In any case, the municipality is not >>>


      PALESTINIAN ADS SEEK TO EXPLAIN POSITION TO ISRAELIS
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Avi Issacharoff Today, for the first time, the Palestinian Authority is publishing advertisements in the Hebrew–language Israeli press that present the details of the Arab peace plan.

The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said yesterday t >>>


      REPORT: '0% OF SCHOOLS OFFER AUXILIARY PROGRAMS NOT MONITORED BY EDUCATION MIN.
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Or Kashti, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Israel News Associations, foundations and business groups are operating educational programs in approximately '0 percent of elementary and junior highs, according to a report submitted last month to the Education Ministry. The report is the first attempt to determine the sco >>>


      STIMULUS PACKAGE / EVEN HOUDINI COULDN‘T HAVE PULLED THIS OFF
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Nehemia Shtrasler Even the great magician Houdini couldn‘t have pulled this one off. Not only did Roni Bar–On present a gargantuan NIS 21.7 billion plan – he did it without increasing the budget by one shekel. Not one. How did he do it? Sleight of hand? Illusion?

First of all, he put togeth >>>


      STRIKE LOOMS IF SCHOOLS‘ SECURITY BUDGET CUT
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Or Kashti Teachers and civil servants have vowed to close down schools in January unless funding for security guards is made available.

The Union of Local Authorities and the two biggest teachers unions said they would shut down schools unless the government rescinds its decision to cut NIS 120 million from >>>


      TAMIR: HAMAS IS HEAVY BURDEN ON OUR SOLDIERS
      Haaretz, 20-11-2008
     By Amos Harel Tensions eased along the Gaza Strip border yesterday, after two weeks of exchanges of fire. However, military sources said the situation still remained far from a return to a full cease fire.

The Israel Defense Forces had orders to act with restraint yesterday as commanders gained the impression t >>>


      CAODAISTS‘ CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATION PRAISED
      Nhan Dan, 20-11-2008
     Deputy PM Trong made this remark while receiving a delegation from the Cao Dai Tay Ninh Church, led by Monsignor Thuong Tam Thanh, Head of the Church‘s Executive Council, in Hanoi on November 1'.

He also expressed his wish that the dignitaries and followers would continue to uphold their spirit of uni >>>


      CATHOLICS ASKED TO CONTRIBUTE TO PROSPERITY
      Nhan Dan, 20-11-2008
     He made the remarks at the opening session of the fifth congress of representatives of Vietnamese Catholics in Hanoi on November 1', which brought together 476 Catholic priests and followers, as well as representatives of other religions and of several embassies.

Chairman Trong reiterated that the Party and >>>


      PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN VENEZUELA
      Nhan Dan, 20-11-2008
     President Triet was welcomed at the airport by Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.

Nhan Dan/VNA – President Nguyen Minh Triet arrived in Caracas on November 18, beginning a two–day official visit to Venezuela at the invitation of his counterpart Hugo Chavez Frias.

Picking up President Triet at >>>


      VIETNAM SUPPORTS UN SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM
      Nhan Dan, 20-11-2008
     Vietnam supports efforts to reform the UN Security Council towards higher transparency, democracy and effectiveness, avoiding the overlapping of activities among UN bodies, said a senior Vietnamese diplomat on November 18.

Ambassador Hoang Chi Trung, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN made the >>>


      30% DES PLANTES ET ANIMAUX RISQUENT DE DISPARAÎTRE Ŕ LA FIN DU SIČCLE
      APS, 20-11-2008
      ALGER – 30% des plantes et des animaux, recensés ŕ l‘heure actuelle dans le monde, risquent de disparaître ŕ la fin du si';cle en raison des changements climatiques, a–t–on appris mercredi ŕ Alger aupr';s du secrétaire exécutif de la Convention >>>


      L‘ACCUEIL DES PČLERINS ALGÉRIENS SE DÉROULE "NORMALEMENT"
      APS, 20-11-2008
      ALGER – Le ministre des Affaires religieuses et des wakfs, M. Bouadallah Ghlmallah a affirmé, jeudi ŕ Alger, que l‘accueil des p';lerins algériens se déroule "normalement", et ce, une semaine aprés le départ mercredi dernier du premier groupe depuis la ville >>>


      LES MINISTRES AFRICAINS DE L‘ENVIRONNEMENT APPELLENT Ŕ UN PARTENARIAT PERMANENT POUR FAIRE FACE AUX EFFETS DES CHANGEMENTS CLIMATIQUES
      APS, 20-11-2008
      ALGER – Les participants ŕ la conférence africaine des ministres de l‘Environnement sur les changements climatiques pour l‘apr';s 2012, ont appelé jeudi ŕ Alger ŕ l‘établissement d‘un "partenariat permanent" entre les pays développé >>>


      AFGHANISTAN AT THE CROSSROADS: AFGHAN RETURNEES ASSESS THE LAY OF THE LAND
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     Source: UNHCR Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author‘s alone.

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 1' (UNHCR) – Land and shelter are among the biggest problems facing Afghan refugees returning home after d >>>


      AL–QAIDA WARNS ‘HOUSE NEGRO‘ OBAMA AGAINST SENDING MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     DUBAI: Calling US President–elect Barack Obama a "house negro", al–Qaida number two Ayman Zawahiri has warned him against sending more troops to Afghanistan, in an Internet audio message released on Wednesday.

Zawahiri insulted Obama and other black Americans who have held high office in t >>>


      AL QAEDA DEPUTY WARNS OBAMA AGAINST TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     DUBAI (AFP) – Al–Qaeda number two Ayman Zawahiri warned US president–elect Barack Obama against sending more troops to Afghanistan, in an Internet audiomessage released on Wednesday.

"What you have announced before ... that you will withdraw (US) troops from Iraq (and send them) to Afghanistan >>>


      BROADER APPROACH NEEDED TO RESOLVE AFGHANISTAN CRISIS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     Barnett R. Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says to spur a political settlement there the United States should reach out to other parties such as Pakistan, Russia, India, and Iran and even support dialogue with Taliban insurgents willing to cut ties with al–Qaeda. As to dealing with the Taliban, Rubin says, >>>


      GENERAL: NEED MORE FORCES IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     WASHINGTON (AP) – The top American commander in Afghanistan is renewing his plea for more help.

General David McKiernan says he needs more American help in southern Afghanistan, where he says he doesn‘t have enough manpower now to keep the Afghans secure.

McKiernan also endorses efforts to >>>


      IRAN ASSESSING KIDNAPPING CASE EVIDENCE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     Tehran says the recent kidnapping of its diplomat in the northern Pakistani tribal region must be investigated in a ‘broader context‘.

"The Islamic Republic has looked into the kidnapping case and is evaluating existing evidence," said Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesd >>>


      OVERLAND AFGHANISTAN SUPPLY ROUTE EYED
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     WASHINGTON, Nov. 1' (UPI) –– U.S. military officials are contemplating longer but safer overland supply routes to Afghanistan through Europe as militants step up attacks, documents show.

A vital NATO supply route to Afghanistan that currently goes from Pakistani seaports through restive tribal a >>>


      U.S. COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN HAS RECONCILIATION PLAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday recommended a plan to stem growing violence by empowering local Afghan leaders, including former Taliban members.

"That is the local leadership that we have to work with for a successful outcome in Afghanistan," >>>


      U.S. TROOPS IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN WON‘T REST FOR WINTER
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     Reporting from Washington –– U.S. troops in Afghanistan will continue pursuing extremists in the eastern part of the country over the brutal winter months, but lack the forces in southern areas to mount the same offensive, the top U.S. commander there said Tuesday.

U.S. efforts in eastern Afghanista >>>


      UN IN TALKS ON AFGHAN RETURNEES
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     The UN refugee agency and the Afghan government have pledged more support for refugees returning to Afghanistan.

A joint statement said better homes, schools, medical facilities and job opportunities were needed if Afghans still abroad were to return for good.

About five million Afghans have gone home >>>


      US COMMANDER HOPES OBAMA MOVES QUICKLY ON AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     by Jim Mannion – Wed Nov 1', 10:08 am ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – The commander of US forces in Afghanistan expressed hope Tuesday that the incoming administration of president–elect Barack Obama acts quickly to provide more US troops for Afghanistan.

General David McKiernan, who commands NATO and US forces >>>


      US SEEKING NEW SUPPLY ROUTES INTO AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-11-2008
     Torkham (Afghanistan), Nov. 1' : The United States is reportedly seeking new supply routes into Afghanistan to counter the Taliban‘s attacks on NATO supply–laden trucks.

One of the routes under consideration is the border town of Torkham that lies below the Khyber Pass.

According to the >>>


      AUTOMAKERS PRESS HIGH–STAKES PLEA FOR AID
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Lori MontgomeryWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, November 1', 2008; A01 The chieftains of Detroit‘s Big Three automakers made a desperate appeal to skeptical lawmakers yesterday for $25 billion in emergency loans to forestall the possible collapse of the domestic auto industry, offering to cut their ow >>>


      EPA MOVES TO EASE AIR RULES FOR PARKS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A06 The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing new air–quality rules that would make it easier to build coal–fired power plants, oil refineries and other major polluters near national parks and wilderness areas, even though half of the EPA‘s 10 regional administrators formally dissented from the >>>


      ERIC HOLDER SAID TO BE TOP PICK FOR JUSTICE DEPT.
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Carrie JohnsonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, November 1', 2008; A01 Eric H. Holder Jr., a former Justice Department official who was President–elect Barack Obama‘s campaign co–chairman, is the leading candidate to serve as the next U.S. attorney general, according to Democratic sources f >>>


      FDA SENDING INSPECTORS TO OTHER NATIONS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, November 1', 2008; A12 BEIJING, Nov. 18 –– Under fire for not having the resources to better protect consumers at home, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is deploying staff members abroad to work directly with importers and foreign regulatory ag >>>


      GUANTANAMO‘S YEMENI DETAINEES EPITOMIZE A U.S. SECURITY CONCERN
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A16 The single biggest opportunity –– and potential difficulty –– for the incoming administration‘s plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, comes from the same group of Yemeni prisoners, who make up fully 40 percent of the detainees still held there.

Despite inte >>>


      HOLIDAY TRAVEL EXPECTED TO DROP
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     D01 President Bush trekked to the Transportation Department yesterday to outline the steps the White House was taking to curb air traffic hassles during the busy holiday travel season.

Citing long delays, lost bags and overbooked flights, the president jokingly asked, "Will it be ‘It‘s a Wonder >>>


      LAWMAKERS BLAST HANDLING OF BAILOUT
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Neil IrwinWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, November 1', 2008; A01 Lawmakers accused Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. yesterday of haphazardly managing the $700 billion financial rescue, as fault lines widened over what the government should try next to contain the fallout of the financial crisis.
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      NAMING NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM WILL BE A PRIORITY FOR OBAMA
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A08 If President–elect Barack Obama follows the pattern of most of his modern predecessors, one of the first documents to bear his signature after he takes office will be a directive laying out his administration‘s national security structure. Bill Clinton signed one his first day in office; George W. Bush d >>>


      NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     Gen. James L. Jones Current job: President and chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce‘s Institute for 21st Century Energy Credentials: Forty years of active duty in the Marine Corps; supreme allied commander in Europe, 2003–2007; former commandant of the Marine Corps; senior aide to former defense s >>>


      RETIREMENT RANCH PLANNED FOR WILD HORSES
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, November 1', 2008; A06 Madeleine Pickens, the wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, who this week offered to rescue more than 30,000 wild horses kept in federal holding pens, said yesterday that she wants to create a permanent retirement ranch for the horses an >>>


      TEXAS GRAND JURY INDICTS CHENEY, GONZALES ON CHARGES RELATED TO PRISONS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     McALLEN, Tex., Nov. 18 –– Vice President Cheney and former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.

The indictments, returned >>>


      AFTER HIJACKING, SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS NATION WILL JOIN ANTI–PIRACY EFFORTS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     1', 2008; A12 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 18 –– Saudi Arabia‘s foreign minister on Tuesday condemned the hijacking of a Saudi supertanker carrying $100 million in crude oil, calling piracy "a disease that has to be eradicated." The 1,080–foot Sirius Star was seized by Somali pirates >>>


      BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT EVO MORALES VISITS WASHINGTON, TALKS OF FRESH START WITH U.S. UNDER OBAMA
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     2008; 7:37 PM Evo Morales, the charismatic but controversial president of Bolivia, this week came to Washington for the first time, saying he hoped for a fresh start with President–elect Barack Obama while defiantly reiterating the policies that have led to the near–collapse of his relations with the Bush ad >>>


      REPORT: U.S. USES AID TO PROMOTE NON–HUMANITARIAN GOALS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Colum LynchWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, November 1', 2008;
2:04 PM UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1'––The United States, the world‘s largest international aid donor, is among the worst at promoting the independence, impartiality and neutrality of humanitarian aid deliveries to needy popu >>>


      U.S. SEEKS NEW SUPPLY ROUTES INTO AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Candace Rondeaux and Walter PincusWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, November 1', 2008; A01 TORKHAM, Afghanistan, Nov. 18 –– A rise in Taliban attacks along the length of a vital NATO supply route that runs through this border town in the shadow of the Khyber Pass has U.S. officials seeking alt >>>


      A DRAMATIC RESCUE FOR DOOMED WILD HORSES OF THE WEST
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A01 The unwanted horses seemed destined for death. The wheels had been set in motion to put down about 2,000 healthy mustangs, those in a federally maintained herd of wild horses and burros that no one wanted to adopt.

The Bureau of Land Management knew that euthanasia was a legal alternative, but officials wer >>>


      ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO PROTECT KEY APPOINTEES
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Juliet Eilperin and Carol D. LeonnigWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, November 18, 2008; A01 Just weeks before leaving office, the Interior Department‘s top lawyer has shifted half a dozen key deputies –– including two former political appointees who have been involved in controversial environme >>>


      AMERICANS, EUROPEANS SHARE IMMIGRATION WORRIES
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A15 Americans and Europeans share deep concerns about immigration, with a large percentage worrying that it can bring crime and displace workers, even though a majority agree that it does not increase the risk of terrorism, according to an opinion survey sponsored by the German Marshall Fund.

People on both sid >>>


      FROM JUSTICE STEVENS, NO EXIT SIGNS
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     By Robert BarnesWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, November 18, 2008; A25 GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 17 –– For all the speculation about how President–elect Barack Obama‘s nominees may change the Supreme Court, there is one irrefutable fact: He can‘t make an appointment until there is a vaca >>>


      GULF WAR SYNDROME IS REAL, PANEL CONCLUDES
      Washington Post, 20-11-2008
     A report released yesterday concluded that Gulf War syndrome is a legitimate condition suffered by more than 175,000 U.S. military veterans who were exposed to chemical toxins in the 1''1 Persian Gulf War.

The congressionally mandated report could help veterans who have battled the government for treatm >>>



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