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      CHANGE THEY WANT TO BELIEVE IN
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Richard Leiby and DeNeen L. BrownWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, December 23, 2008; C01 On the campaign trail, he was all about changing Washington. But for the most part, Barack Obama was using the symbolic shorthand that "Washington" has come to evoke: a place where powerbrokers prevail, lousy laws >>>


      KARZAI QUESTIONS U.S. MILITARY CHIEF ON TROOPS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     KABUL, Dec. 22 –– President Hamid Karzai pressed America‘s top military leader Monday on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and preparations to pour up to 30,000 more troops into the country, reflecting Karzai‘s concerns over civilian casualties and operations in villages.

Karzai asked Adm >>>


      MAN ADMITS TO SECRET WORK FOR IRAQ‘S HUSSEIN
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Henri E. CauvinWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, December 23, 2008; B01 A 67–year–old Iraqi who has been living in the United States since the 1'80s pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge yesterday and admitted that he secretly served for more than a decade as an agent of the regime of Sadda >>>


      WHISTLEBLOWER FAULTS PROSECUTION‘S CONDUCT IN STEVENS CASE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     2008; A02 Members of the Justice Department team that investigated and tried Sen.

Ted Stevens (R–Alaska) withheld evidence and had inappropriate relationships with witnesses, according to an FBI agent who worked on the case.

The allegations are contained in a whistleblower complaint made public y >>>


      3 CHINESE SHIPS TO LEAVE FRIDAY FOR SOMALIA
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese warships on a mission to protect their country‘s vessels and crews from pirate attacks off Somalia will depart Friday, armed with special forces, helicopters and plans to share information with other countries working in the area, military officials said.

The operation, Chin >>>


      A LOOK AT GUINEA‘S HISTORY SINCE INDEPENDENCE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     PM –– A brief look at Guinea‘s history: 1'58: Guinea gains independence from France.

1'84: Lansana Conte takes power in a military coup after the death of his predecessor, Ahmed Sekou Toure.

1''3: Conte forms a political party and wins the country‘s first multipa >>>


      BEER–LOVING BRAZILIANS ADAPT TO THE ‘DRY LAW‘
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, December 23, 2008; A08 RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 22 Of all the things you could say to a cop with an automatic weapon after he‘s pulled you out of the car on the side of the highway at midnight, Isaac Chaves chose: "I‘ve had 15 beers." And why not >>>


      BUS CRASH IN EGYPT KILLS 6 RUSSIAN TOURISTS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     EL–ARISH, Egypt, Dec. 22 –– Six Russian tourists died when their bus flipped over late Monday along a winding mountain road north of the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el–Sheikh, a medical official said.

The chief of emergency services for the southern Sinai Peninsula, Ibrahim Ali, sai >>>


      CHINA‘S GOODWILL GIANT PANDAS ARRIVE IN TAIWAN
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     TAIPEI (Reuters) – A pair of giant pandas from China‘s fog–shrouded mountains reached Taiwan on Tuesday, a symbol of improved relations between the political rivals.

Panda–decorated baggage trucks drove out to collect the crates carrying Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan from the cargo hold of a j >>>


      CHINA PANDAS LIFT OFF FOR TAIWAN
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     CHENGDU, China –– A pair of pandas left China Tuesday on a long–awaited goodwill journey to their new home in Taiwan in the latest move symbolizing the warming ties between the rivals.

Reflecting the importance of the trip to China, state television carried live coverage of "Tuan Tuan&quo >>>


      CHINESE COURT REJECTS PARENTS‘ EARTHQUAKE LAWSUIT
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BEIJING –– A court in southwestern China has rejected a lawsuit filed by a group of parents seeking compensation for the deaths of their children when their classrooms crumbled during a devastating earthquake in May, one of the parents said Tuesday.

The court‘s move is a sign of the authoritie >>>


      CHINESE PANDAS ARRIVE IN TAIWAN IN CHARM OFFENSIVE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     TAIPEI, Taiwan –– A pair of giant pandas arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday as a gift from rival China, another symbolic step forward in the two sides‘ rapidly improving relations.

"Tuan Tuan" and "Yuan Yuan" set down at the Taipei airport after a three–hour flight from Che >>>


      DOCUMENTS OFFER LOOK AT BIG TOBACCO‘S TACTICS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Two studies released Tuesday allege that big tobacco companies tried to undermine anti–smoking policies in Asia by infiltrating a research institute in Thailand and providing funding for one in China.

Public health researchers from the University of Sydney and the Universi >>>


      FAMILIES WHO SUED LIBYA SEE THEIR VICTORY VOIDED
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Kimberly KindyWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, December 23, 2008; A03 As the State Department reviews hundreds of claims from people who lost family members in Libyan–sponsored terrorist attacks, controversy is building over a case that is so low–profile it is sometimes called "the forgotten flig >>>


      FRENCH SEIZE 10 TONS OF COUNTERFEIT CHOCOLATES
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     PARIS –– Ten tons of chocolate bonbons could stuff a lot of stockings this holiday season _ but instead they will be under the lock and key of French customs agents.

The French customs service announced Tuesday that officers at the giant Rungis international market outside Paris seized nearly 33,000 >>>


      GERMANY ARRESTS RWANDA GENOCIDE SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BERLIN (Reuters) – German police in the city of Frankfurt arrested a 51–year–old Rwandan man suspected of involvement in genocide, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The Hutu, identified only as O.R., was mayor of an area in northern Rwanda and is suspected of taking part in the mass killings o >>>


      GUINEA‘S RULER DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 23 –– The longtime ruler of the West African nation of Guinea has died after a long illness, the country‘s prime minister said Tuesday.

Lansana Conte, who was believed to be in his 70s, died late Monday in the capital, Conakry, Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souare said.
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      GUINEA SOLDIERS ATTEMPT COUP AFTER PRESIDENT DIES
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     CONAKRY (Reuters) – Mutinous Guinean soldiers launched a coup attempt on Tuesday hours after the death was announced of the West African nation‘s long–serving President Lansana Conte.

But the head of the army said he believed the plotters were in the minority. The mutineers broadcast a communi >>>


      HAMAS OFFERS TO STUDY FRESH GAZA TRUCE WITH ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas would consider renewing a lapsed truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip, but wants guarantees the Jewish state will halt incursions and keep border crossings open for supplies of aid and fuel, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Gaza‘s Islamist leaders had initially ruled out extending >>>


      HAMAS TELLS FIGHTERS TO HOLD FIRE FOR 24 HOURS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Matti FriedmanAssociated PressTuesday, December 23, 2008; A14 JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 –– The Gaza Strip‘s ruling Hamas faction on Monday ordered gunmen to hold their fire for 24 hours and said a truce with Israel could be restored, but as rockets continued to fall, Israel signaled that it was preparing f >>>


      INTERPOL CHIEF PRESSES INDIA TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     NEW DELHI –– Nearly a month after the Mumbai terror attacks, India has not provided the evidence needed for Interpol to help identify and apprehend the suspected masterminds, the chief of the global police agency said Tuesday.

Ronald Noble, speaking in Islamabad after a visit to New Delhi, said Paki >>>


      IRAQ PARLIAMENT ALLOWS BRITISH TROOPS TO STAY
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s parliament approved a measure on Tuesday that clears the way for troops from Britain, Australia and a handful of other nations to stay in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires at year‘s end, a senior lawmaker said.

A vote on the measure was delayed for several days by sq >>>


      IRAQI PARLIAMENT ALLOWS NON–US TROOPS INTO 200'
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     AM BAGHDAD –– The Iraqi parliament has approved a resolution allowing thousands of British and other non–U.S. troops to stay into 200'.

The approval by voice vote came moments after the resignation Tuesday of Sunni Speaker Mahmoud al–Mashhadani. It allows about 4,000 British troops a >>>


      LOOK AT LONG–SERVING SUB–SAHARAN AFRICAN LEADERS
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     12:02 PM –– A look at long–serving sub–Saharan African leaders: _ANGOLA: Jose Eduardo dos Santos took power of oil–producing southern African nation of 12 million on Sept. 21, 1'7', after winning election under one–party system.

_BURKINO FASO: Blaise Compaore and Thom >>>


      MISSING CANADIAN WOMAN SURVIVES 4 DAYS IN SNOW
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     HAMILTON, Ontario –– A Canadian woman who went missing during a blizzard has been found alive, buried in 23 inches of snow four days after her sport utility vehicle got stuck in a snowy field.

A police search dog and its handler were trudging through almost knee–high snow on Monday when the do >>>


      NEW GOVERNMENT TAKES OFFICE IN THAILAND
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Tim JohnstonWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, December 23, 2008; A14 BANGKOK, Dec. 22 –– Thailand‘s new government was sworn in Monday with promises to take swift action to tackle the country‘s economic ills, even as the full extent of the challenge started to become clear.

Figu >>>


      NEW RUSSIAN MISSILE FAILS A 5TH TEST
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     AM MOSCOW –– Russia‘s new sea–based ballistic missile has failed in a test launch for the fifth time, signaling serious trouble with the highly advertised key future component of the nation‘s nuclear forces.

The Bulava "self–destructed and exploded in the air" after >>>


      PAKISTANI JETS SCRAMBLE AS INDIA HARDENS TONE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     By Rama LakshmiWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, December 23, 2008; A12 NEW DELHI, Dec. 22 –– In signs of growing regional tension since the Mumbai attacks last month, Pakistan scrambled fighter jets over several of its larger cities Monday, and India‘s foreign minister told a gathering of Indian >>>


      POLITICAL CHOICE REVEALS RUSSIA‘S UNSETTLED MOOD
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     A08 MOSCOW, Dec. 22 –– In late August, one of Russia‘s leading opposition figures addressed a small demonstration in downtown Moscow and laid into Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, comparing his rollback of democratic reforms to the attempted coup by Communist Party hard–liners in the last days of t >>>


      PYRAMID SCHEME PROTEST INJURES 5 IN COLOMBIA
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– Six people are in custody after a crowd ransacked the home of an alleged pyramid scheme representative.

About 300 people went to the man‘s home to demand the return of their money. But when they found the house empty, they broke inside and tried to set it on fire.

>>>


      RUSSIA ACCUSES FOREIGN NATIONALS IN GEORGIA WAR
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     MOSCOW –– Russian investigators are claiming that volunteers from the United States and a number of other countries fought on the side of Georgia in its August war with Russia.

Russian news agencies quote Aleksandr Bastyrkin, an investigator with the Russian prosecutor‘s office, as saying Tues >>>


      RUSSIA FIGHTS BACK IN WAKE OF U.N. CORRUPTION PROBE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     1:1' PM UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 23 –– Russia pressed this week for the ouster of a senior U.N. corruption investigator and his team of white–collar–crime specialists after they conducted hard–hitting probes into corruption by a Russian diplomat and another Russian national.

The mo >>>


      SCHOLARS, LAWYERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF CHINA CRITIC
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     BEIJING –– More than 150 scholars and rights activists sent an open letter Tuesday to Chinese President Hu Jintao urging the release of a writer who helped draft a statement calling for greater freedoms in the country.

Liu Xiaobo, a former university professor who spent 20 months in jail for joining >>>


      STUDENTS MARCH, GUNMAN SHOOTS POLICE BUS IN GREECE
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     ATHENS (Reuters) – Hundreds of anarchists marched through Athens on Tuesday hours after a gunman opened fire at a riot police bus, in a third week of anti–government protests since police shot dead a teenager.

Police said the unidentified gunman shot at the bus carrying 1' officers when it stopp >>>


      TALIBAN‘S OMAR REJECTS REPORTS OF PEACE FORMULA
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban‘s supreme leader rejected on Tuesday reports he had sent a letter to the Saudi king involving a formula for ending the war in Afghanistan and conditions for talks with the Afghan government.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, who carries a bounty of $10 million by the United States >>>


      TROOPS HEAD TOWARD GUINEA PRESIDENTIAL COMPOUND
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     23, 2008; 8:34 AM CONAKRY, Guinea –– A military–led group seized control of the airwaves in Guinea and declared a coup Tuesday after the death of the mineral–rich West African country‘s longtime dictator, but the prime minister insisted he remained in charge.

An Associated Press re >>>


      U.S. MILITARY CHIEF URGES INDIA, PAKISTAN WORK TOGETHER
      Washington Post, 23-12-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer has sought to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India, urging Islamabad to use the Mumbai attacks as an opportunity to work with India to fight extremism.

India and the United States have blamed Pakistan–based militant group Lashkar–e&ndas >>>


      AN EXPENSIVE THERAPY
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Azilect has been marketed in Israel from 2005 and is sold in about 30 countries.

In some of them, its use by Parkinson‘s sufferers is subsidized by the state.

Reports claiming that the drug, also known as rasagiline, not only treats symptoms of the devastating condition >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Work began Sunday to fix submarine cables under the Mediterranean Sea, suspected of being cut by a ship‘s anchor. The disconnection Friday morning severely disrupted Internet and international telephone service from Zambia in central Africa t >>>


      CHECK POINT BUYING NOKIA‘S SECURITY APPLIANCE DIVISION
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Orr Hirschauge Check Point Software Technologies is using its mountain of cash: Yesterday it revealed it would be acquiring Nokia‘s California–based security appliance division, which employs some 500 people.

The Tel Aviv–based Check Point is one of the world‘s largest internet and ne >>>


      COURT EXTENDS NIS 55M SEIZURE ORDER ON ASSETS OF RUSSIAN–ISRAELI TYCOON GAYDAMAK
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Ranit Nahum–Halevy Tags: Arcadi Gaydamak, Israel News The Tel Aviv District Court on Monday agreed to expand a temporary seizure order on tycoon Arcadi Gaydamak‘s assets by NIS 55 million, and to extend the order for a fourth time. The court accepted the request of creditor Joseph Troim.

Gaydamak >>>


      INSTITUTIONALS GIVEN FREE REIN TO PRICE ILLIQUID ASSETS THEMSELVES
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Tal Levy Israel‘s institutional investors are about to get new freedom to price their illiquid assets by themselves, as they see fit. Yadin Antebi, the commissioner of Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings at the Finance Ministry, has told the evaluation company Shaarey Ribit to issue a temporary order allowin >>>


      ISRAEL CHEMICALS DIVES 6%
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Tal Levy Tel Aviv stocks tumbled yesterday after violently seesawing throughout the day. Ultimately the TA–25 index lost 1.7% to 661 points, dragged down by heavyweights such as Israel Chemicals and its parent company, Israel Corporation. The TA–100 index fell 1.6% to 578 points.

Total turnover r >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     Clal Finance analyst Yuval Ben–Zeev lowered his fourth–quarter forecast for Delek Automotive for a second time, and also cut his 12–month price target. On the bright side, he repeated an Outperform rating for company, which imports Mazdas and Fords. The exchange rate is unfavorable, Ben–Zeev writ >>>


      MILOMOR PROPOSES TO REPAY CREDITORS IN FOUR YEARS
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Nurit Roth Freddi Robinson‘s real estate group owes banks, bondholders and other creditors NIS 8'0 million Freddi Robinson‘s Milomor this week reached an arrangement with creditors, giving the real estate and casinos company four years to repay its debts.

Which are not small. About two months >>>


      NO POLICY CHANGE AFTER CRISIS, SAYS LEUMI OFFICIAL
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Tali Heruti–Sover Small businesses up and down the land have been complaining of a dramatic fall in sales, sometimes as steep as 50%, and also claim that the banks have been increasingly stingy with loans. Bankers are demanding higher interest rates and better collateral when they‘re willing to lend at al >>>


      RESHET, CHANNEL 10 IN TALKS TO JOIN FORCES
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Ophir Bar–Zohar and Hila Raz The Reshet broadcast company and Channel 10‘s production company have sent out feelers over a possible merger, TheMarker has learned.

According to sources in the know, Reshet chief executive Yohanan Zangan will be tapped to head the venture should the deal go through. >>>


      ST. JUDE ACQUIRING MEDIGUIDE FOR $283 MILLION IN CASH
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By TheMarker Correspondent and Reuters , By Paz Vaysman St. Jude Medical is acquiring the Israeli medical–technology company MediGuide for $283 million in cash, the American firm announced yesterday.

MediGuide develops technology to guide catheters in minimally invasive medical procedures.

Advert >>>


      TEVA CHOSE OWN INTEREST OVER PATIENTS, CHARGES HEALTH OFFICIAL
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz A top Health Ministry official is accusing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries of prioritizing its commercial considerations above the greater good of patients in Israel. The allegation is over Azilect, a drug for Parkinson‘s disease, which is expected to become the Israeli drug company&lsquo >>>


      THE THREATENING SHADOW OF DEBT
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Doron Tsur Today the question isn‘t who‘ll earn the most. It is who will survive.

Nasty surprises lurk in some balance sheets In days of yore, shareholders and corporate executives were naturally preoccupied mainly with how to increase profits, free cash flow and return on equity.

That s >>>


      FEWER ATTACKS, MORE HATRED
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Benny Chafetz Tags: Israel News, Palestinians You do not have to travel far to reach another country – just five minutes from Kfar Sava. These lines were written while doing reserve duty last June in the Qalqilyah area. And for me, reserve duty in the territories is routine; I have been doing it every year for >>>


      INTOLERABLE TOLERANCE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Shimon Shamir As everyone knows, Jerusalem is a city of seers and visionaries. The archives are full of plans for palaces and grandiose towers that savers of the world have dreamed of building in Jerusalem to spread peace and brotherhood.

However, in contrast to those plans, which remain buried in the archiv >>>


      MOFAZ IS TO BLAME
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Flight Safety, Aviation The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration‘s decision to downgrade Israel‘s flight safety rating came as no surprise. It restates virtually word–for–word the Lapidot Committee‘s report, which was submitted to the transportation minister more >>>


      OPINION / GOV‘T CALLS FOR GAZA WAR ARE DECEIVING THE PUBLIC
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     National Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Last update – 03:23 23/12/2008 OPINION / Gov‘t calls for Gaza war are deceiving the public By Yoel Marcus Tags: Israel News, Gaza Strip As of writing these lines, no one had been killed by >>>


      SHOW US YOUR REPORT CARD
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: Israel News, Aviation These past few weeks have not been easy, not at all. A dear man is present among us who is sad all the time, terribly sad, as his facial expression bears out. This man is in great agony, and the public agonizes along with him, without knowing why. What sin have we committed?
>>>


      ACCO THEATRE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF, TWO MONTHS LATE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Zipi Shochat This year‘s Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre opened yesterday, in a giant tent in Acre‘s Old City.

During yesterday‘s opening ceremony, special awards were given to Dr. Shimshon Shoshani and Prof. Shimon Levi for their contributions to the festival.

Adverti >>>


      ASSAD: ‘DIRECT TALKS WILL HAPPEN‘
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondents and AP , By Barak Ravid, Mazal Mualem and Yoav Stern Syrian President Bashar Assad said yesterday he believes direct peace talks with Israel are possible and that they will eventually take place.

"It‘s natural that we would move, at a later stage, to direct negotiations. We >>>


      BALLOT BOX
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     Israel‘s Arab parties must be included individually in media reports on opinion poll results, the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Eliezer Rivlin, stated yesterday. When providing poll results Hebrew–language media outlets generally group the three Arab parties – United Arab List&nd >>>


      BARGAIN–HUNTING ISRAELIS HEAD FOR EUROPE FOR YEAR–END SALES
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz If you are traveling abroad to take advantage of the feast of end–of–the–year sales in foreign lands, you are not alone. About 20,000 Israelis are taking off around now for just that reason, the head of the Israel Tourist and Travel Agents Association, Yossi Fattal said yesterday. >>>


      BRITISH VOLUNTEER IN CITY OF DAVID ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG DISCOVERS 1,300–YEAR–OLD BYZANTINE COIN TROVE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Nadav Shragai A British tourist working in an archaeological dig in Jerusalem on Sunday unearthed a treasure of 264 gold coins from 1,300 ago. Archaeologists called the find "one of the most impressive deposits ever found in the capital." The coins were found by Nadine Ross, who came to Israel for one month >>>


      HEALTH MINISTRY: 20,000 LEGAL ABORTIONS PERFORMED IN ISRAEL ANNUALLY
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Dana Weiler–Polak Tags: health, Israel news, women Some 20,000 legal abortions are performed annually in Israel, according to a Health Ministry report to be released today. The report notes that the percentage of abortions in Israel is low compared to Europe. While in Israel the figure represents 133.8 abortion >>>


      INTERNATIONAL PLAYER COULD ENTER GAZA CEASE–FIRE IMPASSE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate GA 2008 Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Last update – 01:32 23/12/2008 International player could enter Gaza cease–fire impasse By Barak Ravid An international player is attempting to renew talks between Israel and Hamas about the cease& >>>


      MERETZ APPROVES JOINING NEW LEFTIST PARTY BY LARGE MARGIN
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Roni Singer–Heruti The Meretz central committee yesterday approved joining the new leftist party by a large majority.

Although 87 percent of the central committee voted for the move, some people voiced criticism over the fact that Meretz candidates ranked in last week‘s primary would get lower sl >>>


      MUBARAK CALLS LIVNI TO CAIRO TO DISCUSS RENEWING GAZA CEASE–FIRE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Amos Harel, Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will head to Cairo on Thursday to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the possibility of reviving the truce with Hamas.

Hamas announced yesterday that it would suspend hostilities for 24 hours, at Cairo‘s request. Nev >>>


      NETANYAHU‘S AIDES NIX DEBATE FOR NOW
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Mazal Mualem Associates of Benjamin Netanyahu have given what appears to be a negative answer to the debate invitation that Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni extended to the Likud chief last week.

"First Livni needs to debate herself and make up her mind on whether she‘s in favor of unilateral pullout >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     A Haifa woman was murdered yesterday, apparently by her husband, despite a restraining order against him. An hour before Ananay Jamra, 42, was killed, she met with a social worker who called the police and said Jamra‘s life was in danger after she ran into her husband, but the police sent no escort.

Jamra >>>


      OLMERT: PEACE WITH SYRIA IS POSSIBLE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     Christian leader Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah, said he would support peace talks between Lebanon and Israel if Syria is present.

On Sunday, the Lebanese daily Ad–Diyar reported that France was working toward the holding of direct talks between Israel and Lebanon. According to the report, which has no >>>


      RUSSIA GIVING IRAN ONLY DEFENSIVE WEAPON SYSTEMS
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By The Associated Press MOSCOW – Russia‘s state arms export agency said yesterday it is supplying Iran with defensive weapons, including surface–to–air missiles, but did not say whether they include sophisticated long–range S–300 missiles.

Iranian media reported Sunday that R >>>


      STILL LIKE THOSE OLD–TIME SUFGANIYOT
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Michal Palti Every year the sufganiyot (donuts) are just an excuse: the dough balls deep fried in oil have not been filled with jelly and coated with confectioner‘s sugar for a while now. Even their size is no longer what it once was. Donuts have turned into a sort of frilly sweet.

They are loaded with >>>


      STREET SIGN ‘SOLVES‘ ARLOSOROFF MURDER: ‘ARABS‘ KILLED HIM
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Yanir Yagna After 75 years, the city of Be‘er Sheva has finally solved the riddle of who murdered Chaim Arlosoroff: A street sign in his honor declares that he was "murdered by Arabs." Arlosoroff, who headed the Jewish Agency‘s political department, was murdered in 1'33 while he and his wife >>>


      TEACHER GETS ONLY COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MOLESTING CHILD
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Ruth Sinai Tags: Courts, Crime, Israel News A teacher who molested a student for two and a half years, starting when the boy was 5, will perform six months of community service and pay the boy NIS 2,000 in a plea bargain reached Monday.

Michael Maguri admitted that on several occasions he ordered the victim >>>


      THE GAZA FRONT / DECISION MADE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Yoel Marcus If there is a solution to the Gaza problem, it is not going to come from hysteria and pressure, but through brainpower and deliberation. With respect to these, no one can compete with Ehud Barak and his cold, razor–sharp judgment.

Going into Gaza is not an action of the wham–bam&ndash >>>


      TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY TO ESTABLISH INQUIRY INTO EILAT BUS CRASH
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Staff , By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: Israel News, Eilat bus crash The Transportation Ministry will set up its own inquiry committee into last week‘s bus crash near Eilat, which killed 24 people and wounded dozens more.

The committee will not be established until after the police >>>


      U.K. COP SAYS W. BANK POLICE EQUIPPED TO HANDLE CHALLENGES
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Avi Issacharoff Colin Smith sounded more optimistic than in the last interview with him, six months ago. The British police officer, who as head of mission of the European Union Police Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support had trained the Palestinian police force in the West Bank for the past two years, >>>


      WELFARE AUTHORITIES TAKE AWAY TWO SISTERS, AND RETURN ONLY ONE
      Haaretz, 23-12-2008
     By Yuval Goren Tags: welfare, Israel news Welfare authorities took two sisters away from their parents, and later sent the 2–year–old home – but not her 6–year–old sister, Haaretz has learned.

The affair surfaced during a review of the older sister‘s custody at the Tel Aviv M >>>


      "El embarazo era un riesgo, pero vivir ya lo es para mí"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Cuando Virginia Felipe habla sólo se le ven los ojos, marrones y enormes, y una preciosa sonrisa adornada con carmín rojo. Todo a su alrededor se olvida al escuchar su voz, alegre y cantarina. Todo. Incluso que Virginia vive anclada en una silla de ruedas. Que no puede moverse. Ni sostener un vaso con coca cola —le encanta—. Ni vestirse s >>>


      "El embarazo era un riesgo, pero vivir ya lo es para mí"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Cuando Virginia Felipe habla sólo se le ven los ojos, marrones y enormes, y una preciosa sonrisa adornada con carmín rojo. Todo a su alrededor se olvida al escuchar su voz, alegre y cantarina. Todo. Incluso que Virginia vive anclada en una silla de ruedas. Que no puede moverse. Ni sostener un vaso con coca cola —le encanta—. Ni vestirse s >>>


      "El embarazo era un riesgo, pero vivir ya lo es para mí"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Cuando Virginia Felipe habla sólo se le ven los ojos, marrones y enormes, y una preciosa sonrisa adornada con carmín rojo. Todo a su alrededor se olvida al escuchar su voz, alegre y cantarina. Todo. Incluso que Virginia vive anclada en una silla de ruedas. Que no puede moverse. Ni sostener un vaso con coca cola —le encanta—. Ni vestirse s >>>


      "He aprendido a disfrutar sin el balón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     A Daniel Alves (Juazeiro, Brasil; 1'83) no le importa que le critiquen por su forma fashion de vestir o por lo que le ha costado al Barcelona: 2' millones de euros más otros cinco por variables. "Quiero que se me juzgue en el campo", replica el defensa derecho acentuando con énfasis cada palabra. Lo suyo es correr por la banda >>>


      "He aprendido a disfrutar sin el balón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     A Daniel Alves (Juazeiro, Brasil; 1'83) no le importa que le critiquen por su forma fashion de vestir o por lo que le ha costado al Barcelona: 2' millones de euros más otros cinco por variables. "Quiero que se me juzgue en el campo", replica el defensa derecho acentuando con énfasis cada palabra. Lo suyo es correr por la banda >>>


      "He aprendido a disfrutar sin el balón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     A Daniel Alves (Juazeiro, Brasil; 1'83) no le importa que le critiquen por su forma fashion de vestir o por lo que le ha costado al Barcelona: 2' millones de euros más otros cinco por variables. "Quiero que se me juzgue en el campo", replica el defensa derecho acentuando con énfasis cada palabra. Lo suyo es correr por la banda >>>


      "Los notarios somos como confesores"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     La crisis del ladrillo llega a los rincones más increíbles. "Sí, ya hay despidos en las notarías. A finales del pasado año se empezó a notar; ahora se firma la obra comprometida anteriormente; 200' va a ser mucho peor". Almudena Castro-Girona se convirtió en 2003 en la notaria más joven de España, con 25 años de edad. Es tan joven >>>


      "Los notarios somos como confesores"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     La crisis del ladrillo llega a los rincones más increíbles. "Sí, ya hay despidos en las notarías. A finales del pasado año se empezó a notar; ahora se firma la obra comprometida anteriormente; 200' va a ser mucho peor". Almudena Castro-Girona se convirtió en 2003 en la notaria más joven de España, con 25 años de edad. Es tan joven >>>


      "Michael Jackson necesita un trasplante de pulmón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     El cantante estadounidense Michael Jackson, de 50 años, sufre una rara enfermedad de origen genético y potencialmente mortal que, al parecer, requiere de manera urgente un trasplante de pulmón. Así lo asegura el periódico británico The Sun, que cita como fuente a un biógrafo del artista, Ian Halperin. Jackson, Michael A FONDO Género: P >>>


      "Michael Jackson necesita un trasplante de pulmón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     El cantante estadounidense Michael Jackson, de 50 años, sufre una rara enfermedad de origen genético y potencialmente mortal que, al parecer, requiere de manera urgente un trasplante de pulmón. Así lo asegura el periódico británico The Sun, que cita como fuente a un biógrafo del artista, Ian Halperin. Jackson, Michael A FONDO Género: P >>>


      "Michael Jackson necesita un trasplante de pulmón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     El cantante estadounidense Michael Jackson, de 50 años, sufre una rara enfermedad de origen genético y potencialmente mortal que, al parecer, requiere de manera urgente un trasplante de pulmón. Así lo asegura el periódico británico The Sun, que cita como fuente a un biógrafo del artista, Ian Halperin. Jackson, Michael A FONDO Género: P >>>


      "Vengo a robar el balón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Robo muchos balones". Equipos: Real Madrid Diarra A FONDO Nacimiento: 0000 Lugar: Francia La noticia en otros webs webs en español en otros idiomas El nuevo fichaje del Madrid -20 millones de euros se embolsa el Porstmouth hizo ayer su presentación oficial en el Bernabéu asegurando que viene a robar balones. A juzgar por el concepto que t >>>


      "Vengo a robar el balón"
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Robo muchos balones". Equipos: Real Madrid Diarra A FONDO Nacimiento: 0000 Lugar: Francia La noticia en otros webs webs en español en otros idiomas El nuevo fichaje del Madrid -20 millones de euros se embolsa el Porstmouth hizo ayer su presentación oficial en el Bernabéu asegurando que viene a robar balones. A juzgar por el concepto que t >>>


      Aguirre avala el nuevo modelo de financiación autonómica propuesto por Zapatero
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Comentarios - 130 La presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, siempre crítica con su recurrente discurso de que el Gobierno maltrata a los madrileños, se ha convertido este lunes en la primera avalista del nuevo modelo de financiación autonómica propuesto por el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Aguirre, >>>


      Aguirre avala el nuevo modelo de financiación autonómica propuesto por Zapatero
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Comentarios - 130 La presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, siempre crítica con su recurrente discurso de que el Gobierno maltrata a los madrileños, se ha convertido este lunes en la primera avalista del nuevo modelo de financiación autonómica propuesto por el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Aguirre, >>>


      Aguirre avala el nuevo modelo de financiación autonómica propuesto por Zapatero
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Comentarios - 130 La presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, siempre crítica con su recurrente discurso de que el Gobierno maltrata a los madrileños, se ha convertido este lunes en la primera avalista del nuevo modelo de financiación autonómica propuesto por el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Aguirre, >>>


      Aguirre cambia la ley en el último minuto para controlar Caja Madrid
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     En plenas navidades, en el último minuto y cuando ya parecía que la tormenta de Caja Madrid amainaba, Esperanza Aguirre dio ayer el golpe de mano definitivo para controlar el futuro de la entidad y tener en sus manos la continuidad o no de su presidente, Miguel Blesa, en septiembre de 200', cuando cumple mandato tras 12 años. Oposi >>>


      Aguirre cambia la ley en el último minuto para controlar Caja Madrid
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     En plenas navidades, en el último minuto y cuando ya parecía que la tormenta de Caja Madrid amainaba, Esperanza Aguirre dio ayer el golpe de mano definitivo para controlar el futuro de la entidad y tener en sus manos la continuidad o no de su presidente, Miguel Blesa, en septiembre de 200', cuando cumple mandato tras 12 años. Oposi >>>


      Aguirre cambia la ley y abre la guerra por el control de Caja Madrid
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Comentarios - 82 Dudaron durante mucho tiempo, pero finalmente Esperanza Aguirre y su equipo han decidido abrir sin complejos, en plenas Navidades, la guerra de Caja Madrid, en la que puede llevarse por delante al presidente, Miguel Blesa, y a quien le apoya, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón. El grupo popular en la asamblea de Madrid acaba de registr >>>


      Aguirre cambia la ley y abre la guerra por el control de Caja Madrid
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Comentarios - 82 Dudaron durante mucho tiempo, pero finalmente Esperanza Aguirre y su equipo han decidido abrir sin complejos, en plenas Navidades, la guerra de Caja Madrid, en la que puede llevarse por delante al presidente, Miguel Blesa, y a quien le apoya, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón. El grupo popular en la asamblea de Madrid acaba de registr >>>


      Aguirre cambia la ley y abre la guerra por el control de Caja Madrid
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Comentarios - 82 Dudaron durante mucho tiempo, pero finalmente Esperanza Aguirre y su equipo han decidido abrir sin complejos, en plenas Navidades, la guerra de Caja Madrid, en la que puede llevarse por delante al presidente, Miguel Blesa, y a quien le apoya, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón. El grupo popular en la asamblea de Madrid acaba de registr >>>


      Aguirre da su respaldo al modelo de financiación que ofrece Zapatero
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Ni una objeción, ni una duda. Sólo apoyo y satisfacción expresó ayer la presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre (PP), ante el avance que le expuso el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, de cómo va a quedar su comunidad en la nueva financiación autonómica. "Va a resultar muy positivo para Madrid porque se r >>>


      Aguirre da su respaldo al modelo de financiación que ofrece Zapatero
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Ni una objeción, ni una duda. Sólo apoyo y satisfacción expresó ayer la presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre (PP), ante el avance que le expuso el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, de cómo va a quedar su comunidad en la nueva financiación autonómica. "Va a resultar muy positivo para Madrid porque se r >>>


      Aguirre da su respaldo al modelo de financiación que ofrece Zapatero
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Ni una objeción, ni una duda. Sólo apoyo y satisfacción expresó ayer la presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre (PP), ante el avance que le expuso el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, de cómo va a quedar su comunidad en la nueva financiación autonómica. "Va a resultar muy positivo para Madrid porque se r >>>


      Al menos 66 personas fallecen en enfrentamientos al norte de Sri Lanka
      El Pais, 23-12-2008
     Al menos 56 rebeldes tamiles y diez soldados del Ejército de Sri Lanka han muerto esta madrugada (hora española) en intensos combates que se han librado en las proximidades de Kilinochi, al norte del país, según asegura el Ministerio de Defensa. Centenares de muertos en el asalto al cuartel general de los rebeldes tamiles Al menos 22 m >>>



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