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      SNOWSTORM STRANDS MOTORISTS IN MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     MILWAUKEE –– Hundreds of motorists were stranded in a massive traffic pileup on Thursday and classes were canceled for thousands of students as the Midwest dug out from a major snowstorm.

Meanwhile, residents in the Great Lakes nervously eyed rising rivers and braced for flooding.

In Wiscon >>>


      SOUTHERN TOWNS RIPPED BY TWISTERS MOURN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     LAFAYETTE, Tenn. –– County Mayor Shelvy Linville could only shake his head at the horrific toll left by a deadly series of tornadoes that pounded across the South.

"It really is unbelievable that Mother Nature can create that much devastation," he said Wednesday evening at his Macon County >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     ':50 PM –– Severe thunderstorms, spawning deadly tornadoes, tore through the Southeast early Wednesday, while a slow–moving snowstorm dumped more than 20 inches on parts the Midwest.

Flood Warnings were posted for much of the Upper Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley. A mixture of rain, fre >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – FEB. 7
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     12:01 AM –– Today is Thursday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2008. There are 328 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year of the Rat.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1'64, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York‘s John F. Kennedy Internatio >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     11:48 AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama campaign says he‘s raised $7.2 million since Super Tuesday polls closed ... Automated ‘robo–calls‘ targeted by state and federal officials ___ Obama raises $7M post Super Tuesday NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Democratic Sen. Barack Obama has raised $7.2 million >>>


      U.S. BANS 10 OVER VIOLENCE IN KENYA
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     NAIROBI (Reuters) – The United States has imposed travel bans on 10 Kenyans suspected of being behind ethnic violence that has convulsed the country since President Mwai Kibaki‘s disputed re–election, officials said on Thursday.

The move came as pressure mounted on Kenya‘s feuding partie >>>


      A PORK BARON STRIKES BACK
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     Mississippi‘s top two Republicans took sharply different views of Sen. John McCain as he moved toward their party‘s presidential nomination. Gov. Haley Barbour went on Fox News Channel as primary returns came in Tuesday night and suggested the time was near to stop the contest and accept McCain as the winner >>>


      ADMINISTRATION WANTS BACKGROUND CHECKS PUT ON FAST TRACK
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     Bush administration officials hope to resolve one of the government‘s most vexing problems before leaving office –– how to speed up security clearances for federal employees and contract workers.

President Bush, in a memo to agency directors Tuesday, said he wants "aggressive efforts to a >>>


      BARTLETT SITS CONFIDENTLY AMONG LITTLE–KNOWN FOES
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     2008; B06 When Maryland lawmakers drew new congressional district boundaries in 2002, the changes strengthened the position of Democrats throughout the state, but the new lines also were a big boon to Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

His House district, Maryland‘s 6th, spans eight counties, most of the >>>


      BILL WOULD END SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND SUPER BOWL
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     2008; A06 Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill this week that would allow houses of worship to show football games on big–screen televisions.

The legislation was among a flurry of action taken this week as the result of an article Friday in The Washin >>>


      CHANGES PLANNED IN VISA PROGRAM FOR FARMWORKERS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     D01 The Bush administration proposed changes yesterday to a little–used agricultural guest–worker program that would provide incentives for farmers to hire foreigners legally.

The proposed changes include a system for calculating how foreign workers are paid and centralizing the application process >>>


      CHOOSING AMONG GENERATIONS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Nobody scored a knockout victory on Super Tuesday, but it‘s obvious who lost: the partisan voices on the wings of the two parties who have been arguing that Campaign 2008 would be about ideological purity rather than personality.

This nominating campaign has turned out to be a >>>


      CLINTON‘S CALIFORNIA DREAM TEAM
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Eli SaslowWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, February 7, 2008; A10 LOS ANGELES –– He had spent long nights squirming in a chair at the Kodak Theatre waiting to find out whether he had won an Academy Award, but Rob Reiner had rarely felt so nervous. Thirty minutes before last week‘s Democratic deb >>>


      CONNOLLY TO RUN FOR CONGRESS, ‘HIGH EXPECTATIONS‘ IN TOW
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, will make his bid for Congress official today, kicking off what is sure to be a fierce fight for the Democratic nomination in Northern Virginia‘s 11th Congressional District.

Connolly (D) joins former congresswoman and state senator >>>


      CRACK–SENTENCING REDUCTIONS DECRIED
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     A02 The Bush administration wants Congress to thwart a plan to give thousands of federal crack cocaine offenders a chance to marginally reduce prison sentences that are a hundred times more severe than those meted out for powder cocaine offenses.

In a statement prepared for his scheduled appearance before the H >>>


      DEMOCRATS LIVING DANGEROUSLY
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Forewarned, Democrats now are forearmed –– not that they will necessarily make sensible use of the gift. Tuesday‘s voting armed Democratic voters with the name of the candidate that their nominee will face in the fall. Will their purblind party now nominate the most polarizin >>>


      DIVISION PROBLEMS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     The Super Tuesday primaries were a test of strength that demonstrated weaknesses in both parties and pointed to problems each could confront in the fall.

John McCain is now the clear Republican front–runner, but he leads a party torn by ideology and has survived only because his conservative opponents hav >>>


      FROM THE RIGHT, BOTH ACCEPTANCE AND DISTRUST OF MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Michael Leahy and Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, February 7, 2008; A08 NASHVILLE –– Ronald Reagan has found a regular place in Sen. John McCain‘s stump speech, part of the Republican presidential candidate‘s effort to assert his conservative credentials and assure listen >>>


      GAMBLE PAID OFF FOR HUCKABEE ON TUESDAY
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     A0' After a dispiriting loss nearly three weeks ago in South Carolina, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made the risky decision to sidestep the pivotal Florida primary and turn his attention to a handful of Super Tuesday contests.

Already slipping from the spotlight and with little money to spend, the >>>


      KENNEDY HELPS CLINTON AND OBAMA BREAK THE ICE
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     This time there was no "snub." Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D–Ill.) returned to the Senate yesterday after Tuesday‘s mega–battle in 22 state contests left their nomination fight practically deadlocked. Clinton and Obama talked briefly and let out a pair of lou >>>


      LEAHY NOT ABOUT TO THROW A FLAG ON THE PATRIOTS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     Sen. Arlen Specter‘s one–senator war against the New England Patriots has a big problem: The three–time Super Bowl–winning team has its own Senate patron in Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy.

Leahy is, after all, from New England and, as chairman, can thwart just about any he >>>


      POLAR BEARS‘ PLIGHT RAISED IN DRILL BIDS FOR OIL, GAS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     D01 The Interior Department yesterday announced $2.6 billion in winning bids from companies seeking to drill for oil and gas in Alaska‘s Chukchi Sea despite protests from environmental groups and members of Congress that oil and gas exploration would endanger polar bears.

Companies made 667 bids for 448 t >>>


      POLITICS‘ VERY SNAPPY ‘COMEBACK‘
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     C01 Attention, presidential candidates!

Raise your hand if you have not yet had a comeback this campaign. Anyone? Anyone? Mike Huckabee had one on Tuesday, said CNN and other news outlets yesterday. Robert Novak in the Chicago Sun–Times says Huckabee‘s comeback occurred after he was "given up f >>>


      PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES BOOST PRESENCE IN LOCAL AREA
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     11:11 AM With only five days before the primaries in the District, Maryland and Virginia, the presidential contenders have stepped up their campaign activity in the region.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is scheduled to appear at a rally today in Northern Virginia, while supporters of her rival for the Demo >>>


      PRIMARY BRIEFING
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     MARYLAND2 Endorsements at Obama Rally The Howard county executive and an influential state senator from Southern Maryland yesterday endorsed Barack Obama as the Illinois senator‘s presidential campaign sought to broaden its appeal beyond Maryland‘s Democratic strongholds of Baltimore and Montgomery and Princ >>>


      SAFETY OF DRUG IMPORTS QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Marc KaufmanWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, February 7, 2008; A1' With an ever–larger percentage of prescription drugs and drug ingredients coming to the U.S. market from developing nations such as China and India, Congress is voicing concern that the number of inspections of those plants by the Food >>>


      SENATE‘S STIMULUS MEASURE BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, February 7, 2008; A01 A $158 billion economic stimulus plan drafted by Senate Democrats that included relief for low–income seniors, disabled veterans and the unemployed was blocked by a Republican filibuster last night when the Senate fell a single vote sho >>>


      THAT‘S ENTERTAINMENT: THE ALSO–RANS‘ STRAIGHT TALK
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     Ask Donna Edwards a question, and the candidate for Congress tells a personal story about how she struggled without health insurance, helped her son get help overcoming learning disabilities or nearly lost her house to foreclosure.

"Whenever there‘s a complex issue, Miss Edwards has two tactics," >>>


      THE FORMIDABLE MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     The continuing drama of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination should not diminish what John McCain has accomplished on the Republican side of this campaign.

The senator from Arizona still has to finish off the challenges from Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, but after Tuesday‘s victories in su >>>


      VA. IS NEXT BATTLEGROUND IN DEMOCRATS‘ LONG FIGHT
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     February 7, 2008; A01 Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, digging in for a delegate–by–delegate fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, returned to Washington yesterday with plans to make Tuesday‘s Virginia primary a major battleground.

Strategists in both campaigns had on >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS CIA‘S USE OF WATERBOARDING IN INTERROGATIONS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     The White House yesterday directly joined a debate over the use of simulated drownings to force disclosures by CIA detainees, saying the interrogation technique known as waterboarding was legal and that President Bush could authorize the tactic in the future.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said the CIA could >>>


      2 SUSPECTS NABBED OVER BHUTTO KILLING
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Authorities arrested two more suspects Thursday in the suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, an official said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said the two men were arrested in Rawalpindi where Bhutto died in a gun and bomb attack on >>>


      2' DIE IN '–VEHICLE PILEUP IN EGYPT
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– At least 2' people were killed and 12 injured when nine cars and trucks slammed into each other on a fog–choked rural highway south of the Egyptian capital early Thursday, police said.

The string of cars collided because they were speeding in heavy fog some 60 miles south o >>>


      A LONG, HARD SLOG IN ZIMBABWE
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 7, 2008; A15 ON THE ROAD FROM EPWORTH TO HARARE, Zimbabwe A slender moon shadow stretches out on the road before Willard Chitau as he takes his first quick, purposeful steps toward his workplace. It is 4:27 a.m. Nine miles to go.

Buses have begun >>>


      AL–QAIDA IN AFGHANISTAN RELEASES VIDEO
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– The leader of al–Qaida in Afghanistan praised a top commander who was killed last month by a U.S. missile strike and vowed to avenge his death, according to a video released Wednesday.

Mustafa Abu al–Yazeed, the self–proclaimed leader of the terror network‘s A >>>


      AP CONFIRMS SECRET CAMP INSIDE GITMO
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     PM GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba –– Somewhere amid the cactus–studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al–Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded _ a jailhouse so protected th >>>


      ARGENTINA‘S NEW PRESIDENT HAS A LEGACY TO OVERCOME: HER HUSBAND‘S
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     A15 BUENOS AIRES –– The sun is shining later in Argentina than ever before.

The credit, or the blame, belongs to newly elected President Cristina Fern'4;żndez de Kirchner. During a recent heat wave, she set the country‘s clocks forward an hour, giving Argentines an extra hour of da >>>


      ARROYO ORDERS INQUIRY INTO PHILIPPINE KICKBACKS ROW
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered an inquiry on Thursday into allegations of government kickbacks in a deal with China‘s ZTE Corp, in which her husband‘s name has figured.

The move comes a day before the Senate resumes its own inquiry into the $330 million >>>


      BRAZIL CARNIVAL COMPETITION NAMES WINNER
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     PM RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –– Samba group Beija Flor was declared champion of Brazil‘s carnival for the fifth time in six years Wednesday, wowing judges with extravagant floats featuring winged dancers and rich, green jungle displays.

Beija Flor‘s parade honored legends of the Amazon rain >>>


      CALDERÂŻMAY REDUCE MILITARY‘S ANTI–DRUG ROLE
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 7, 2008; A18 MEXICO CITY, Feb. 6 –– Faced with growing complaints about alleged human rights abuses, Mexican President Felipe Calder¿n said Wednesday he would consider using the military less to fight drug cartels.
>>>


      CHAD READY TO PARDON FRENCH AID WORKERS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     PARIS –– Chad‘s president said Thursday he was "ready to pardon" six French aid workers convicted in December of trying to kidnap over 100 children they said were orphans from Darfur.

President Idriss Deby, speaking on Europe–1 radio, said he could only issue a pardon after a F >>>


      CHADIANS COME OUT AS CALM RETURNS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     A18 JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 6 –– Life eased toward normality Wednesday in Chad‘s capital of N‘Djamena as a few shops reopened and people began venturing out of their homes on the quietest day since rebels attacked last week, according to humanitarian workers.

With the rebels in retreat, Presi >>>


      CONFUSION CLOUDS GUANTANAMO TRIBUNALS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     PM GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba –– The confusion of combat during an intense firefight in Afghanistan five years ago has led to conflicting testimony that is complicating the case of a Canadian terror suspect, opposing attorneys agree.

Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured, is accused of th >>>


      CONGO TURNS OVER WAR CRIMES SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     THE HAGUE, Netherlands –– Congo has arrested and turned over for trial an army colonel and former rebel leader accused of leading a 2003 attack on a village in the country‘s lawless east that left 200 civilians dead, the International Criminal Court announced Thursday.

Mathieu Ngudjolo, 37, wa >>>


      EUROPE WATCHDOG SCRAPS PLANS TO MONITOR RUSSIA VOTE
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     ':3' AM MOSCOW (Reuters) – Europe‘s main election watchdog pulled its observers on Thursday out of Russia‘s presidential vote blaming obstruction by Moscow, a step likely to inflict new damage to Russia‘s already frayed image as a democratic state.

Dmitry Medvedev, a loyal ally o >>>


      GATES HITS NATO ALLIES‘ ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     February 7, 2008; A01 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the top U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan yesterday issued a blunt assessment of the alliance‘s shortcomings in that country, arguing that the unwillingness of some member states to risk combat casualties is threatening NATO‘s future and >>>


      IN PACT, U.S. WON‘T COMMIT TO PROTECTING IRAQ
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     A17 A long–term "relationship" being negotiated between the United States and Iraq will include U.S. "security assurances and commitments . . . to deter foreign aggression against Iraq that violates its sovereignty and integrity of its territories, waters, or airspace," according to an agreemen >>>


      INSURGENTS ARE TEACHING YOUTHS TO KILL, U.S. ASSERTS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Sudarsan RaghavanWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 7,
2008; A17 BAGHDAD, Feb. 6 –– The Sunni insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq is training boys as young as 10 to kidnap and kill, U.S. and Iraqi officials asserted Wednesday, showing propaganda videos seized from suspected insurgent >>>


      ISRAEL KILLS FIVE HAMAS GUNMEN, TEACHER IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes launched a raid into the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing five Hamas gunmen and a schoolteacher, the ruling Palestinian Islamist faction and hospital officials said.

Residents said tanks and heavy bulldozers penetrated the border fence >>>


      ITALY, U.S. POLICE TARGET MAFIA IN RAIDS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     ROME –– Authorities in Italy and the United States conducted raids Thursday targeting dozens of alleged members of Mafia clans who controlled drug trafficking between the two sides of the Atlantic, officials said.

Police in the Sicilian capital of Palermo said they hoped to bring in 25 to 30 suspect >>>


      JAPANESE SUMO TRAINER ARRESTED OVER DEATH OF WRESTLER
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese police arrested the former head of a sumo gym on Thursday on suspicion of assault resulting in the death of a 17–year–old wrestler last year, which cast a harsh spotlight on the rigid world of the ancient sport.

Police in Aichi, central Japan, arrested "Tokitsuk >>>


      JOLIE IN IRAQ FOR UN REFUGEE MISSION
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Angelina Jolie brought her star power to Baghdad on Thursday on a mission as a U.N. goodwill ambassador to highlight the plight of Iraqi refugees.

The actress said there needs to be a more coherent plan as the more than 2 million internally displaced Iraqis begin to trickle back to their >>>


      JOLIE: INTERNALLY DISPLACED IRAQIS NEED MORE HELP
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Hollywood star and humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie appealed on Thursday for more international help for the millions of Iraqis displaced internally and abroad, U.N. officials said.

Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), met offi >>>


      KHMER ROUGE TRIAL TAPS DONORS FOR ANOTHER $114 MLN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia‘s U.N.–backed "Killing Fields" court has trebled its initial budget, seeking an extra $114 million from international donors to continue its pursuit of Pol Pot‘s top surviving henchmen, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Under the new proposal, the lo >>>


      LAVROV CRITICIZES US ‘IMPERIAL THINKING‘
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     WARSAW, Poland –– Russia‘s foreign minister called U.S. plans to build a global missile defense shield an example of "imperial thinking," and suggested in comments published Thursday that Washington was using the system to try to encircle Russia.

Sergey Lavrov said in an interview wi >>>


      LOWER HOUSE PASSES ANTI–TERROR LAW
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     TORONTO –– Canada‘s lower house Wednesday passed a revised anti–terrorism law that remains one of the country‘s most contentious, allowing the government to detain foreign terror suspects indefinitely without disclosing evidence against them.

Canada‘s Supreme Court struck dow >>>


      MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI; WAS MEDITATION GURU TO THE BEATLES
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     B07 The man who introduced transcendental meditation to the West, who briefly became a guru to the Beatles and other pop musicians and who built a multimillion–dollar global business based on teaching people how to pause and close their eyes twice a day, died Feb. 5 at his home in Vlodrop, Netherlands. Maharishi M >>>


      MASS ARRESTS IN ANTI–MAFIA SWEEP IN U.S., ITALY
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities arrested 54 organized crime suspects on Thursday including three they considered high–ranking members of the Gambino crime family, officials said.

More arrests were made in Italy in a trans–Atlantic operation targeting some of the most–wanted Mafia s >>>


      NATO STRUGGLES FOR UNITY AMID AFGHAN TROOP CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     AM VILNIUS/KABUL (Reuters) – NATO struggled to maintain unity over the war in Afghanistan on Thursday after the United States raised concerns that some members were not willing to let their troops "fight and die" to achieve victory.

On a visit to troops fighting the Taliban, U.S. Secretary of St >>>


      NATO STRUGGLES FOR UNITY OVER AFGHAN WAR
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     PM VILNIUS/KABUL (Reuters) – NATO tried to patch over divisions about the war in Afghanistan on Thursday but differences remained over the willingness of some members to contribute troops to the conflict.

At a meeting in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, defense ministers with troops fighting fierce battles >>>


      PROPOSED ABORIGINE APOLOGY RELEASED
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     CANBERRA, Australia –– Parliament will apologize next week to thousands of Aborigines who were forcibly removed from their families under policies that lasted for decades, but the proposed apology does not include any financial compensation.

About 100,000 children were taken from their Aboriginal mo >>>


      RICE, BRITISH DIPLOMAT VISITS KANDAHAR
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband flew to the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on Thursday for a firsthand look at the front lines of the NATO–led fight against Afghan insurgents.

It was a rare >>>


      RICE, MILIBAND ARRIVE IN AFGHANISTAN IN UNITY SHOW
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday in a symbolic show of unity, pressing the case for reluctant NATO allies to share the combat burden.

"Frankly, I hope there will be more troop contributions and there >>>


      RUSSIA‘S MEDVEDEV PLEDGES AID WITH A FINGER CLICK
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     KHABAROVSK, Russia (Reuters) – Dmitry Medvedev, likely to be Russia‘s next president, says the country‘s so rich from an oil–fuelled boom that billions can be doled out simply by a click of the fingers.

"Money today is not a problem at all: only click (your fingers) and there you ar >>>


      RUSSIA‘S PUTIN, JAPAN PM MAY MEET OVER ISLAND ROW
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new talks to resolve the fate of four rocky islands seized from Japan in the closing days of World War Two, prompting Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to consider a visit to Moscow.

Fukuda said he had received a letter in which Putin had e >>>


      RUSSIA SAYS REGRETS EUROPE VOTE WATCHDOG‘S STANCE
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia‘s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday he regretted the way Europe‘s main election watchdog had behaved in a dispute over monitoring a March 2 presidential vote.

"ODIHR (the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) has been making public sta >>>


      THAI EX–PM MAY GET DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Thailand‘s foreign minister said Thursday his office may restore to ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra the symbolic privilege of holding a diplomatic passport, in the latest suggestion from the new government that it may rehabilitate the former leader.

Foreign Minister Nopp >>>


      TURKEY TAKES FIRST STEP TO END HEADSCARF BAN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey‘s parliament voted in a first round on Thursday to change the constitution to lift a ban on women students wearing the Muslim headscarf at university, a measure opposed by the secular elite.

The secular establishment, which includes army generals, judges and university rect >>>


      UK DENIES PROMINENT MUSLIM CLERIC VISA TO VISIT
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has refused a visa to prominent Muslim cleric Youssef al–Qaradawi, accusing him of justifying terrorism.

The decision, announced on Thursday, prompted an angry reaction from British Muslim groups.

The Egyptian scholar, who appears on the satellite channel Al Jazee >>>


      US: AL–QAIDA IN IRAQ TRAINING CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Boys in soccer jerseys don black masks and grab weapons. They scramble over mud–brick walls, blast down doors and hold guns to the heads of residents inside. The U.S. military said videos seized from suspected al–Qaida in Iraq hideouts show militants training children who appear as you >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     italy Fleeting Parliament Dissolved The second–shortest–lived Parliament in Italy‘s postwar history was sent packing Wednesday, and Italians will vote in April in an election that could return conservative Silvio Berlusconi to power.

President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved Parliament more than >>>


      WORRIES SURROUND PAKISTANI ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 07-02-2008
     By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 7,
2008; A16 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 6 –– Despite the candidates‘ colorful posters papering road signs and storefronts, the political atmosphere two weeks before Pakistan‘s parliamentary elections is as bleak and forebodin >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief This can happen when the workers own a chunk of the company: Labor representatives at El Al Israel Airlines foiled a resolution that the board of directors tabled at a shareholders assembly, to raise the directors‘ pay. The directors wante >>>


      ELECTRIC CORP DEMANDS 5% RATE HIKE
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: Costs, Sanctions The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is in financial trouble again, and that spells another demand for permission to raise rates in the offing.

The national electricity company is expected to report excess expenditures of more than NIS 1 billion in its annual 2007 fi >>>


      FELDMAN SLATED TO HEAD TAX AUTHORITY
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: Israel, Tax Authority Ze‘ev Feldman is expected to be named the next head of the Tax Authority in the coming days. He will replace the temporary commissioner, Yehuda Nasardishi, appointed after Jacky Matza was forced to resign amidst a corruption scandal last year.

CPA Ze‘ev Fel >>>


      GAYDAMAK EARNED 300% ON OCIF‘S MOSCOW DEAL
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: Israel, Arcadi Gaydamak, Ocif Since Arcadi Gaydamak bought the controlling interest in real estate firm Ocif from the Aviv family, he seems to have been busy mainly with insider transactions, some of which are astonishing.

On Tuesday night Ocif reported that a majority of shareholder >>>


      HARD LOOK / WHO CARES ABOUT EDUCATION?
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Tags: Israel, Education, Teaching Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are two of the 10 best universities in the world. Amazingly, both are found in one city, and not a particularly big one at that: Boston, in the northern United States. That achievement probably makes Boston a wor >>>


      HOGLA KIMBERLY INTRODUCING NEW HUGGIES DIAPER BRANDS
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Adi Dovrat Tags: Hogla Kimberly, Israel Hogla Kimberly, which controls the lion‘s share of the local diapers market with its Huggies and Titulim brands, is now expanding the Huggies brand to include new categories and products for children and infants.

The firm will invest NIS 12 million in the develop >>>


      HOT BEATS BEZEQ IN PRICING – AND COMPLAINTS
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Barr Hayoun Tags: Israel, Consumer, Bezeq, HOT Fees for HOT‘s telephone service are lower than Bezeq‘s but Bezeq enjoys higher consumer confidence, according to a study conducted by Emun Hatsibur, a non–profit consumer protection organization.

HOT‘s customers complain about customer s >>>


      IBRAHIM BOULOUS CLAIMING NIS '5 MILLION FROM DISCOUNT, CHARGES RUINED HIS BUSINESS
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Ibrahim Boulous claiming NIS '5 million from Discount, charges ruined his business By Nurit Roth Tags: Boulous Family, Israel The Boulous family was the first to take Israeli Arab companies onto the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: Boulous Tourism and Hotels, Boulous >>>


      ISRAEL, EU ENDING AVIATION LIMITS
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz Tags: Israel, Flights Soon limits on flights between Israel and the European Union countries will be removed, according to the memorandum of understanding that Israel and the European Commission signed g yesterday.

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz met yesterday with the EU ambassador to >>>


      ISUZU BRINGING NEXT NEW GENERATION TO ISRAEL
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Daniel Schmil Tags: Japan, Car, Isuzu, Israel After 14 years in the local market, the Isuzu pickup truck is being replaced with an entirely new model. The new truck is to be offered in 6.2 or 7.5 ton payload models. The Sumo was the most widely sold vehicle in the light truck market, with 6'3 delivered in 2007.>>>


      MARKET REPORT / ORCKIT SOARS 23% ON FLAT EXCHANGE
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Tags: TASE, Wall Street, Israel Tel Aviv‘s leading indices went much of nowhere yesterday, ending flat after a choppy session. Nor did it help that Wall Street began with gains.

The day began in the red. The leading indices started the day more than 1% below water, with the banks and big >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     The police yesterday released Barak Rosen, one of the owners of Canada Israel and the Pangaea real estate group, who had been arrested on suspicions of tax issues regarding the TreeTops housing project, which has attracted some of Israel‘s best–known businessmen as partners, including the likes of Eazy Shera >>>


      SEEKING A MARRIAGE OF EQUALS
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Tali Heruti–Sover Tags: Israel, ICT, Bio–Med Company Risk is a relative thing. "The chance of being killed by a bomb in Tel Aviv is smaller than the chance of being run over by a bicycle in Copenhagen," Ilana Rawlings, Denmark‘s economic envoy to Israel, rebukes intrepid entrepreneurs who >>>


      SHORTAGES EXPECTED THROUGH 200' AFTER FISH FARMS FREEZE
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Amiram Cohen Tags: St. Peters Fish, Israel The cold spell that hit Israel two weeks ago destroyed 25,000 St. Peters fish fingerlings, or about 50% of the annual harvest of the fish.

Breeders warn that the shortage of freshwater fish in recent weeks, mainly of St. Peters fish, would continue until mid 200' >>>


      STEALING A MARCH ON SHAI AGASSI / PIAGGIO TO SELL ELECTRIC CARS HERE
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Daniel Schmil Tags: Israel, Scooter, Piaggio The Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio will be the first company to market an electric car in Israel. Sales are scheduled to begin in about a month, three years before the expected launch of Shai Agassi‘s electric car initiative.

Figaro‘s Porter mode >>>


      TEVA STARTS SELLING COPYCAT FOSAMAX
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Yoram Gavison Tags: Fosamax, U.S., Teva Generic drugs giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said yesterday the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration had approved its copycat version of the blockbuster drug Fosamax for immediate marketing.

The original maker of the strong–selling osteoporosis treatm >>>


      A SUSPICIOUS FAILURE
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Ari Shavit On September 17, 2006, the Israeli government decided to appoint a government investigative committee to examine the preparation and behavior of the political echelon and the defense establishment during the Second Lebanon War. However, when the committee published its final report last Wednesday, it only >>>


      BARAK IS THE WRONG MAN
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Israel Harel Tags: Ariel Sharon, Lebanon The main reason given by Defense Minister Ehud Barak for remaining in the government is to contend with the state‘s grave security threats, from both near and far. To be prepared, he said, our operational capabilities must be restored and a moral change must be implement >>>


      THE COMMITTEE AGAINST FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Yuval Karniel Tags: Israel, Media, Lebanon At first the media sharply criticized the fact that the Winograd Committee was a government panel rather than a state inquiry commission. Then, following the scathing interim report, some journalists expected a courageous report and personal conclusions. Now the report is be >>>


      THE INVESTIGATION IS OVER
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Israel, Winograd, Lebanon Prof. Yehezkel Dror, a member of the Winograd Committee, would have done well to show restraint similar to that demonstrated by his colleagues and to refrain from being interviewed on any political subject in the days after the committee submitted its report. Discussi >>>


      UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Nehemia Shtrasler Tags: Israel, Apartments, Economy There is no institution the public hates more than the banks. They take interest, exaggerate their fees and disperse millions to senior officials.

So there is nothing less popular than defending them. Alas, sometimes they are also right.

The matter >>>


      ‘WE‘RE HERE TOO‘ CRY THE ‘OTHER‘ ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi Alternative–energy entrepreneurs such as wind–power executives are demanding benefits similar to the ones enjoyed by solar–panel operators who receive state support and concessions.

The National Infrastructure Ministry‘s program for decreasing Israel‘s dependency o >>>


      2 IRISH WOMEN STUCK IN GAZA AFTER BORDER SEALED
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By The Associated Press An Irish woman and her daughter who sneaked into Gaza across a breached border said yesterday that they were unable to cross back into Egypt.

The pair had distributed $11,270 among needy Gazans and wanted to return to Egypt late Tuesday, but they were stopped by Egyptian border guards.>>>


      AIR FORCE SOLDIER DIES AT TRAINING BASE IN NEGEV
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Amos Harel An Israel Defense Forces soldier collapsed and died yesterday in an Israel Air Force base in the Negev.

The soldier, undergoing basic training as an anti–aircraft soldier, lost consciousness while studying the material taught in his course. Army officials said he was not involved in any subs >>>


      COMMITTEE‘S STATUS / THERE‘S NO UNRINGING THE BELL
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Since releasing its final report eight days ago, the Winograd Committee appears to be heading with determination toward its final goal: the fundamental undermining of whatever is left of its public standing.

This follows the dispute that the committee has managed to stir, follo >>>


      DICHTER: NEW PRISONS TO GET HEATERS, AIRCONDITIONING
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said yesterday that the Prisons Service would install heating and air–conditioning systems in all new facilities.

In addition, the Prisons Service will launch a comprehensive refurbishment scheme in all existing facilities.

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      DIMONA VICTIMS WERE A TEAM IN THE PHYSICS LAB AND AT HOME
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Ofri Ilani Lyubov Razdolskaya, 73, who was killed in Tuesday‘s suicide bombing in Dimona, was a theoretical physicist who studied sub–atomic particles, like her husband Eduard Gedalin, 74, who is in critical condition due to injuries suffered in the attack.

Neither one is well known in Israel&lsq >>>


      ED. MIN. CAVES IN AS PARENTS DEMAND ENGLISH IN FIRST GRADE
      Haaretz, 07-02-2008
     By Or Kashti Over the past three or four years, the teaching of English at the Retamim elementary school in Ashdod has been stepped up. Classes now begin in the first grade, and by the second grade pupils know the ABC‘s and are capable of putting together monosyllabic words. A year later they are expected to delve >>>



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