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      GRAND CANYON FLOOD CREATED NEW SANDBARS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     PHOENIX –– The Grand Canyon boasts new sandbars ranging in size from small nooks and crannies to ones as large as football fields, the results of a manmade flood designed to nourish the ecosystem of the Colorado River, an official said.

"On a couple of big sandbars there were already beaver tra >>>


      GUILTY PLEA IN ‘MISS AMERICA‘ SEX STING
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     RIVERHEAD, N.Y. –– A man caught in an online sex sting in which a former Miss America posed as a teenage girl has pleaded guilty two weeks into his trial.

Lawrence Carulli, 4', had argued that he was exploited for the sake of a true–crime television show. But he admitted Thursday to attemp >>>


      HIGH–LEVEL AL–QAIDA FIGURE IS CAPTURED
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Authorities have captured a high–level al–Qaida figure who helped Osama bin Laden escape from Afghanistan in 2001, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman declined to say when or where Mohammad Rahim was captured _ or by whom _ announcing o >>>


      HOUSE CLOSES ITS DOORS FOR SPYING BILL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The House held an unusual closed–door session to talk about classified intelligence gathering in anticipation of a vote Friday on a warrantless eavesdropping bill.

The Democratic bill would set rules for the government‘s surveillance of phone calls and e–mails. Presid >>>


      HOUSE FOR SALE: NON–EARTHLINGS WELCOME
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –– A mountainside house being auctioned in Tennessee is perfect for anyone tolerant of gawkers and fascinated with outer space: It‘s built like a flying saucer.

The home "landed" on a twisting road leading to Chattanooga‘s Signal Mountain in 1'70 _ just a >>>


      HOUSE TO CLOSE ITS DOORS FOR SPYING BILL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– House doors were locked Thursday night as lawmakers prepared for their first closed session in 25 years to debate surveillance legislation.

Republicans requested privacy for what they termed "an honest debate" on the new Democratic eavesdropping bill that is opposed by the Wh >>>


      INCOMING NY GOVERNOR INSPIRES DISABLED
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     SANDS POINT, N.Y. –– When David Paterson takes office Monday to become the nation‘s first legally blind governor, among those watching with the greatest interest will be those who cannot see.

Paterson‘s rise to governor has served as a great source of inspiration to blind Americans, many >>>


      JUNE 3 IS TARGET FOR MICH. DO–OVER VOTE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A Michigan congresswoman says the state‘s Democrats are working on plans for a June 3 primary that would give them a say in the tight race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick says the primary would be statewide and would be fun >>>


      MAN FORGETS TO WEAR PANTS AT DRIVE–THRU
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     YORKTOWN, N.Y. –– Careful with that coffee! Police say a man placing an order in a suburban New York doughnut shop‘s drive–through lane didn‘t have any pants on.

They say a Dunkin‘ Donuts worker saw John Greco‘s exposed genitals in the Feb. 27 stunt and then noted the m >>>


      MAN TRIES TO ROB CLOSED BANK IN PA.
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     LIBERTY, Pa. –– A Pennsylvania man is accused of attempted bank robbery _ and if poor planning were a crime, he might be charged with that, too.

Police say a man arrived at the Citizens and Northern Bank in the borough of Liberty on Thursday and waited in his car for about 20 minutes. Shortly after >>>


      MILITARY SEES FEWER SEX ASSAULT REPORTS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Reports of sexual assaults in the military declined last year, reversing a trend of significant increases over the past several years, according to draft documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

The number of sexual assaults reported by military members in 2007 was 2,688, compared w >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Maximum Prison Terms Given in Torture Case LOGAN, W.Va. –– Two people accused of taking part in the torture of a young black woman received the maximum sentences possible Thursday, but the victim‘s mother said they were not enough.

Karen Burton, 46, and Frankie Brewster, 4', pleaded guilty >>>


      NEW PHOTOS IN ILLINOIS STORE SHOOTINGS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     TINLEY PARK, Ill. –– Police in a Chicago suburb have released a series of photos they hope will help lead them to a gunman who killed five women at a Lane Bryant clothing store.

The grainy, black–and–white photos were captured from a video camera on a nearby Target store in Tinley Park.< >>>


      NEW STUDY RAISES QUESTIONS ON ANESTHESIA MONITORING SYSTEM
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, March 13, 2008; 12:32 PM Imagine this: You‘re lying on the operating table, apparently unconscious.

The surgeon is cutting. But you‘re still awake. Not only that, you‘re paralyzed by the drugs the anesthesiologist gave you and can‘t speak >>>


      NY, MASS. RESTORE HISTORIC TRAIL MARKERS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– New York and Massachusetts are launching an effort to conserve dozens of roadside monuments marking the route taken by patriots who transported the artillery that forced the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

The granite slabs with bronze plaques serve as markers for t >>>


      OBAMA SAYS ILLINOIS EARMARKS ARE PUBLIC
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –– Sen. Barack Obama is open about the pet projects he‘s tucked into federal legislation, but his spending record as a state legislator has been a little murkier.

Public records reveal Obama spent in excess of $6 million on more than 100 projects he sponsored as a state senat >>>


      OBAMA TRIES TO ALLAY JEWISH CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     CLEVELAND –– Barack Obama has a solid Senate record in support of Israel. He sings the praises, too, of Jewish civil rights workers who fought for blacks‘ rights in the U.S. And he says he wants to patch up "a historically powerful bond between the African–American and Jewish communities.&qu >>>


      PA. DOC GUILTY IN LOVE TRIANGLE KILLING
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     MONTROSE, Pa. –– A doctor was sentenced Friday to life in prison for murdering his best friend more than three decades ago so he could marry the friend‘s wife.

Dr. Stephen Scher, 67, received the sentence in Susquehanna County Court the day after a jury convicted him of first–degree murd >>>


      PA. FATHER SENTENCED FOR XBOX KILLING
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     PHILADELPHIA –– A man who killed his 17–month–old daughter in a rage over a broken Xbox was sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

Prosecutors said Tyrone Spellman, 27, killed Alayiah Turman in September 2006 with at least five blows to the head when she pulled down his Xbox conso >>>


      PANEL URGES SCHOOLS TO EMPHASIZE CORE MATH SKILLS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     A presidential panel declared math education in the United States "broken" yesterday and called on schools to focus on ensuring that children master fundamental skills that provide the underpinnings for success in higher math and, ultimately, in high–tech jobs.

The National Mathematics Advisory >>>


      SEVERED DIGITS ACTUALLY GIVE HOPE TO KIN
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     PM MINNEAPOLIS –– The image turns Patrick Reuben‘s stomach: someone cutting off his twin brother‘s finger and putting it in a package with other severed digits.

Yet the grim news this week that captors had sent the fingers to U.S. officials has renewed a sense of hope for relatives of Pa >>>


      SPITZER CALL GIRL LEAVES NYC APARTMENT
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– The call girl linked to the downfall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has left her Manhattan apartment _ and may not be coming back.

A spokesman for the building where Ashley Dupre (du–PRAY‘) has been living declined to divulge Friday what, if anything, he knows about her where >>>


      SUSPECT IN DUKE DEATH TO APPEAR IN COURT
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     DURHAM, N.C. –– A teenager charged in the death of a Duke University graduate student is scheduled to make his first court appearance.

Authorities say 17–year–old Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. should be in court Friday morning in Durham. He faces a first–degree murder charge in the de >>>


      TAMING A RELUCTANT PATIENT
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Michael E. RuaneWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 14, 2008; B01 "Handsome" has been feisty this morning. The young, 170–pound gorilla has been galloping around his National Zoo enclosure, rattling the cage and leaping on the mesh like Spider–Man, until just now.

Although the ani >>>


      THE UNIVERSITY OF UNCERTAINTY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Susan KinzieWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 14, 2008; B01 When Nelson Lopez applied to Virginia colleges this year, it never occurred to him that he might not be considered a state resident. After all, he has lived in the state since he was a baby, holds a voter registration card and will graduate this spri >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama says McCain switched tax views to win Republican votes ... Employee apparently siphoned large sums of money from GOP campaign group ... Obama, Clinton to debate next month in Philadelphia ahead of Pennsylvania primary ...

___ Obama criticizes McCain on taxes CHICAGO (AP) >>>


      A 1'30S LOAN RESCUE LESSON
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson‘s proposal yesterday to overhaul the U.S. mortgage system, Sen. Chris Dodd‘s proposed HOPE for Homeowners Act and Rep. Barney Frank‘s mortgage bill are the latest suggestions for government intervention in the current financial crisis. Government responses during downtu >>>


      ADVENTURES IN IDENTITY POLITICS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Elections can be about policy, personality or identity. The race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is surely not about policy. The differences between the two are microscopic.

It did not start out that way. Last year, when Hillary was headed toward a coronation, she deliberately ran to the center. She to >>>


      BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST, AND FURIOUSLY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Paul FarhiWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, March 14, 2008; C01 Sex scandals have been tainting American politicians and titillating the public for nearly as long as there have been American politicians and publics.

In 17'7, former Treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton confessed to a long affair with t >>>


      BUSH ACKNOWLEDGES WEAKNESS IN US ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Trying to calm jitters about the economy, President Bush conceded on Friday that the country "obviously is going through a tough time" but expressed confidence that it will rebound. He cautioned against overreacting to fix the problems.

In a speech to The Economic Club of New Y >>>


      BUSH NOMINATES VA.‘S AGEE FOR U.S. APPEALS COURT
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     PM President Bush‘s nomination of a Virginia Supreme Court justice to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit signaled that the White House is seeking more bipartisan cooperation with the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy on the Richmond–based appellate court.

G. Steven Agee, who has been >>>


      CLINTON OPENS HER HOME TO WOO UNALIGNED LAWMAKERS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     March 14, 2008; A08 Having mastered the art of town–hall meetings on the campaign trail, Sen.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is now holding them in a more comfortable setting: her living room.

On Wednesday night, the Democratic presidential candidate held a private reception for several dozen members of >>>


      EPA CLOSURE OF LIBRARIES FAULTED FOR CURBING ACCESS TO KEY DATA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     A plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to close several of its 26 research libraries did not fully account for the impact on government staffers and the public, who rely on the libraries for hard–to–find environmental data, congressional investigators reported yesterday.

The report by the Gov >>>


      FEDS PROPOSE HOME–LOAN DISCLOSURE REFORM
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Prospective home buyers would get easier–to–understand information on mortgage terms and save an average $700 in closing costs under a proposal to be unveiled Friday by President Bush.

The proposed overhaul to a 1'74 law requiring lenders to give what‘s called a & >>>


      IT WASN‘T HER PLACE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     "What was he thinking?" is the question everyone‘s asking, but I believe we can confidently imagine what was on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s mind as he allegedly booked "dates" with $1,000–an–hour prostitutes: I‘m entitled.

I‘m above the law. I‘m so >>>


      JUST DAYS AFTER SCANDAL, THE PROMISE OF AN AUDIENCE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Hooking for the Emperors Club and emerging as the Earth‘s best–known call girl is surely not the career plan Ashley Alexandra Dupre had in mind when she moved to New York to make it as a singer. But now that she‘s achieved fame at the media stakeout level, as "Kristen," a bunch of music biz t >>>


      MCCAIN SAYS AL QAEDA MIGHT TRY TO TIP U.S. ELECTION
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     SPRINGFIELD, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Friday he fears that al Qaeda or another extremist group might attempt spectacular attacks in Iraq to try to tilt the U.S.

election against him. McCain, at a town hall meeting in this Philadelphia suburb, was asked >>>


      MISS. ATTORNEY PLEADS IN BRIBERY CASE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     PM JACKSON, Miss. –– Powerful plaintiffs attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and a co–defendant pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe a judge for a favorable ruling in a case involving legal fees from a post–Hurricane Katrina lawsuit.

The surprise plea came Friday during a >>>


      NRCC SAYS EX–TREASURER DIVERTED UP TO $1 MILLION
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     The former treasurer for the National Republican Congressional Committee diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars –– and possibly as much as $1 million –– of the organization‘s funds into his personal accounts, GOP officials said yesterday, describing an alleged scheme that could become on >>>


      OBAMA LISTS REQUESTS FOR PET–PROJECT FUNDING
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.) disclosed yesterday the more than half a billion dollars‘ worth of pet projects, or earmarks, he sought to fund during his first two years in the Senate, and he immediately called on rival Sen.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) to do the same. Obama released the list a >>>


      OBAMA, CLINTON TO DEBATE IN PHILADELPHIA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton plan to debate in Philadelphia next month before Pennsylvania‘s primary, their presidential campaigns said Thursday.

ABC News will host the debate on a date still to be determined. Pennsylvania voters go to the polls April >>>


      OZONE RULES WEAKENED AT BUSH‘S BEHEST
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     The Environmental Protection Agency weakened one part of its new limits on smog–forming ozone after an unusual last–minute intervention by President Bush, according to documents released by the EPA.

EPA officials initially tried to set a lower seasonal limit on ozone to protect wildlife, parks and f >>>


      PLAN AIMS TO RESTORE FAITH IN THE ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By David Cho and Jeffrey H. BirnbaumWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, March 14, 2008; A01 The nation‘s top economic policymakers unveiled a far–reaching plan yesterday to fortify the U.S. financial system, aiming to prevent a repeat of the credit meltdown that has roiled global markets since the summer.>>>


      POLITICIANS SPANKED BY VIRGIN
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Seems just about everyone has been seizing on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s misfortune to score legislative points or make a buck.

RH Reality Check, an online abortion rights publication, has been pushing to drop language in an international AIDS–prevention bill that would require health organizatio >>>


      PRESSURE AND THE PROPHET
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     The economy is a rising issue in presidential politics, but Iraq still overshadows this election.

John McCain‘s nomination was ensured by the success of the surge he had consistently advocated, against intense opposition.

If Barack Obama eventually wins the Democratic nomination, his extraordinar >>>


      RACE TANGLED IN THE RACE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     The debate about racial preference vs. equal opportunity has coursed through society for decades, and not smoothly. We‘ve argued passionately about who gets admitted to college and why, who gets a job promotion and why, which company gets awarded a contract and why.

But affirmative action in pursuit of th >>>


      STREET VENDORS VOW NOT TO BE ‘BULLIED‘
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Street vendors pulled their carts off the District‘s sidewalks yesterday afternoon to attend a public hearing on legislation that they fear could put them out of business.

In a room packed with about 200 people at the John A. Wilson Building, vendors testified about possibly losing spots where they have o >>>


      THE ANTI–STEAMROLLER
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Eliot Spitzer vowed to shake up government and politics in New York. He did so in ways absolutely no one anticipated.

By dallying with a call–girl ring known as the Emperors Club VIP –– the name augured power and cost Spitzer his –– he brought to office a remarkable new governor wh >>>


      THE SECRET IS OUT: THERE WAS NO BIG SECRET
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Psst. Congress has a secret. At 6 p.m. yesterday, the House of Representatives –– the People‘s House, as lawmakers like to call it –– turned itself into a private club, determined to shield its deliberations from the prying eyes of the American public.

"I ask unanimous consent >>>


      WHAT DID THE FCC DO ABOUT THAT?
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By John DunbarAssociated PressFriday, March 14, 2008; D03 The Federal Communications Commission processes '5 percent of the citizen complaints it receives but does a poor job of tracking how it resolves them, congressional auditors said in a report released yesterday.

The Government Accountability Office sa >>>


      A WHIFF OF OPENNESS AT CHINA‘S CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, March 14, 2008; A13 BEIJING –– China is awash in policy proposals as more than 5,000 people meet this month to ratify laws handed down by Communist Party leaders.

The official Chinese news media portray it as democracy in action –– deleg >>>


      AL–QAIDA SETS DEADLINE FOR HELD TOURISTS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     13, 2008; 10:43 PM CAIRO, Egypt –– Al–Qaida‘s branch for North Africa on Thursday set a three–day deadline to meet conditions for the release of two Austrian tourists it claimed to have kidnapped in Tunisia last month.

In a statement posted on the Internet _ which included six phot >>>


      BRITAIN HALTS DEPORTATION MOVE AGAINST GAY IRANIAN
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Mary JordanWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, March 14, 2008; A10 LONDON, March 13 –– Britain halted deportation proceedings Thursday against a gay Iranian teenager who has said he would probably be hanged because of his sexual orientation if he is returned to Iran.

Mehdi Kazemi, 1', move >>>


      BRITONS RANKLED BY ‘SIN TAXES‘ ON GAS HOGS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     LONDON, March 13 –– Britons were up in arms on Thursday about the imposition of "sin taxes" that will increase the cost of alcohol, cigarettes, gas–guzzling cars and, potentially, plastic bags.

"Don‘t Drink or Drive" trumpeted the Sun newspaper after Treasury chief Al >>>


      CANADA VOTES TO EXTEND AFGHAN MISSION
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     TORONTO –– Parliament voted Thursday to extend Canada‘s mission in Afghanistan to 2011, provided NATO supplies more troops and equipment to back up its forces in the volatile south.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government has been under growing pressure to withdraw Canada‘s 2,50 >>>


      CHAD–SUDAN PACT SEEN CRUCIAL FOR PEACE IN DARFUR
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     DAKAR (Reuters) – Chadian rebels on Friday dismissed the latest peace pact between Chad and Sudan, a deal which Khartoum and Paris said must succeed if there was any chance of finding a political solution in Darfur.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al–Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby sig >>>


      CHINA REMOVES AWARD FOR DRUNK OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     BEIJING –– A news agency says a local government in central China has stripped an official who died drinking in a karaoke bar of a merit award after an outcry on the Internet.

The state–run Xinhua News Agency said Thursday the government decided to remove a merit award given to a former family >>>


      CHINA: NO UNUSUAL FLU IN SOUTH
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     HONG KONG –– Flu cases that spurred Hong Kong to close primary schools for the first time since SARS have prompted close monitoring in the surrounding region, but no unusual flu patterns have been detected, China‘s health minister said Friday.

Experts have said there is no sign the flu virus c >>>


      CHINESE AUTHORITIES SURROUND MONASTERIES IN TIBET, WITNESSES SAY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     BEIJING, March 14 –– Police surrounded at least two Buddhist monasteries Thursday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, in an attempt to contain an increasingly desperate protest by monks who oppose China‘s rule of the region, according to news reports.

Two monks attempted suicide Thursday in the Dre >>>


      CIA TRANSFERS AL QAEDA SUSPECT TO GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA this week transferred a suspected high–level al Qaeda member with close ties to Osama bin Laden to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The detainee, Muhammad Rahim, helped prepare the Tora Bora caves used as a hide–out for bin Lade >>>


      CRACKDOWN FALLOUT HITS MYANMAR TOURISM HARD
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     BAGAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – It may be awash with cultural splendors, topped off by the 1,000–year–old temples of Bagan, but a reviled military government has ensured Myanmar has never been flooded with foreign tourists.

Six months after September‘s bloody crackdown on monk–led prote >>>


      DISMINUCIÓN EN REMESAS, LLAMADO DE ALERTA PARA AMÉRICA LATINA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     12:00 AM Jesús Antonio Soriano había querido hacer algo por Chalatenango, un departamento al norte de El Salvador devastado por el conflicto civil en los 80. Así que hace cuatro años, junto con tres socios nacidos como él en ese departamento, desarrollaron un plan para mejorar el valor >>>


      DUTCH ANTI–KORAN FILM THREATENS HARMONY: INDONESIA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia, the world‘s most populous Muslim nation, warned on Friday that a film made by a Dutch lawmaker that is expected to be critical of the Koran could derail interfaith dialogue and threaten peace.

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, a right–wing politician who has called f >>>


      HARD–LINERS SEE VICTORY IN IRANIAN VOTE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     2008; 1:38 AM QOM, Iran –– Ali Farahani smiles as he talks about Iran‘s parliament elections Friday. The young cleric in this spiritual center of the Islamic revolution says the vote will sweep the country closer to hard–liners‘ ideal of the Islamic state.

In Tehran, computer techn >>>


      IN HIS OWN WORLD OF DENIAL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     Accept Blame By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, March 14, 2008; A12 JOHANNESBURG –– Author Heidi Holland‘s route to her interview with one of the world‘s most notorious dictators was a travelogue of decay, down crumbling streets, past half–empty stores, through neighborh >>>


      INDIAN EMBASSY WORKER TIED TO ARMS CONSPIRACY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     An employee with the Indian Embassy in Washington and Indian government agencies conspired with an international electronics executive to obtain secret weapons technology from U.S. companies, according to a guilty plea the businessman made yesterday in federal court.

The plea by Parthasarathy Sudarshan, 47, bef >>>


      IRANIANS VOTE IN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iranians voted Friday in elections likely to yield little change: Conservatives and allies of the hardline president are expected to retain control of parliament after many reformists were barred from even running.

As polls opened, state radio urged a strong turnout so that Iranians >>>


      IRANIANS VOTE, CONSERVATIVES TIPPED TO WIN
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranians voted on Friday in an election likely to keep conservatives firmly in control of parliament after unelected state bodies disqualified many reformist foes of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the race.

But the next parliament may not give Ahmadinejad an easy ride even if conser >>>


      IRAQ ARCHBISHOP KIDNAPPERS WANTED $1 MILLION: POLICE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Kidnappers of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop found dead in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had demanded a $1 million ransom, a senior police official said on Friday.

Paulos Faraj Rahho, the archbishop of Mosul, 3'0 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, was abducted on February 2 >>>


      ISLAMIC SUMMIT FAVORS DIALOGUE NOT CLASH WITH WEST
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     DAKAR (Reuters) – Leaders at a summit of Islamic states agreed on Friday to work with the West to fight religious bigotry and a U.S. envoy pledged support for a dialogue to avoid "a clash of ignorance." Delegates at the 57–nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Dakar, Senegal, said >>>


      KIDNAPPED ARCHBISHOP FOUND DEAD IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     By Cameron W. BarrWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, March 14, 2008; A10 BAGHDAD, March 13 –– The body of a senior Christian cleric was found Thursday in the northern city of Mosul, two weeks after gunmen abducted him there and killed three of his associates.

The death of Paulos Faraj Rahho, 65, >>>


      LAW–OFFICE SHOOTING KILLS 6 IN MEXICO
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     GUADALAJARA, Mexico –– Six people were shot and killed inside a private law office in central Mexico, state prosecutors said.

Five men and a woman died in Thursday‘s attack in the city of Guadalajara, the Jalisco state attorney general‘s office said in a statement. It was not immediately >>>


      MALAYSIA PM URGED TO RESIGN AS RIFT OPENS IN PARTY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The son of former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad on Friday asked Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down from office following the ruling coalition‘s election debacle at the weekend.

Mukhriz Mahathir is the first figure from the United Malays National Organisat >>>


      MANDELA REUNITED WITH FORMER TREASON TRIALISTS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa‘s former president Nelson Mandela was reunited on Friday with anti–apartheid activists who faced trial with him during the 1'50s and 1'60s, as part of his birthday celebrations.

The closed reunion, in which Mandela met 20 activists charged with him >>>


      MEXICO‘S NO. 2 OFFICIAL TARGETED IN GRAFT PROBE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     2008; A12 MEXICO CITY, March 13 –– The lower house of Mexico‘s Congress launched a corruption investigation Thursday targeting the interior minister, a move that politically weakens the nation‘s second most powerful official and imperils major energy reform plans.

A commission approved b >>>


      MEXICO CONGRESS PROBES CABINET SECRETARY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– Mexico‘s lower house of Congress on Thursday created a special committee to investigate allegations of corruption against Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino, a confidant of the president who holds the government‘s second highest profile job.

Mourino faces allegations o >>>


      MYANMAR DISSIDENTS MAKE APPEAL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Myanmar dissidents urged voters Friday to reject a military–drafted constitution that will be presented to them in an upcoming referendum.

A statement from The 88 Generation Students said the May referendum would be a "sham" and described the draft constitution a >>>


      NON–EUROPEAN PHDS IN GERMANY FIND USE OF ‘DOKTOR‘ VERBOTEN
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     March 14, 2008; A01 BERLIN, March 13 –– Americans with PhDs beware: Telling people in Germany that you‘re a doctor could land you in jail.

At least seven U.S. citizens working as researchers in Germany have faced criminal probes in recent months for using the title "Dr." on their bus >>>


      NORWAY PROPOSES GAY MARRIAGE MEASURE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     OSLO, Norway –– The Norwegian government proposed a marriage law Friday that would give gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals, including church weddings, adoption and assisted pregnancies.

The new legislation would replace a 1''3 law that granted gays the right to enter civil unions s >>>


      PETRAEUS: IRAQI LEADERS NOT MAKING ‘SUFFICIENT PROGRESS‘
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     A10 BAGHDAD, March 13 –– Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.

Petraeus, who is preparing to testify to Congress next month >>>


      PROSECUTOR ASKS TURKISH COURT TO CLOSE RULING PARTY
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     ANKARA (Reuters) – A state prosecutor asked Turkey‘s top court on Friday to shut the ruling AK Party for anti–secular activities, intensifying tensions between the secular elite and the Islamist–rooted government.

Turkish television channels quoted the Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor A >>>


      QUEEN OPENS NEW HEATHROW TERMINAL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     LONDON –– Queen Elizabeth II opened Heathrow Airport‘s gleaming new Terminal 5 on Friday in a first step toward reviving the dingy, overcrowded facilities at the world‘s busiest international airport.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, toured the light–filled structure, whic >>>


      REMITTANCE SLOWDOWN, WAKE–UP CALL FOR LATIN AMERICA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– Jesus Antonio Soriano had long wanted to give something back to his native Chalatenango, a province in northern El Salvador devastated by civil war in the 1'80s. And so four years ago, the agronomist, with three partners, developed a plan to improve land values and create jobs by b >>>


      RUSSIAN INVESTOR GETS 13 YRS FOR CAMBODIA ABUSE
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – A Cambodian court sentenced a prominent Russian investor to 13 years in jail on Friday for the sexual abuse of a 14–year–old girl, the latest foreigner to be caught in the country‘s drive to stop child sex tourism.

The lawyer for 41–year–old Alexander T >>>


      SUDAN, CHAD SIGN PEACE DEAL
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     DAKAR, Senegal –– The presidents of Sudan and Chad signed a peace agreement Thursday to suppress attacks by armed groups operating along their shared border, a move toward stability in Chad and the battered Darfur region of Sudan.

The pact, signed by Sudan‘s Omar al–Bashir and Chad&lsquo >>>


      TAIWAN ELEVATES ABORIGINALS TO DOWNPLAY CHINESE ROOTS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     TAIPEI (Reuters) – A decade ago, Taiwan‘s aboriginals seldom dared to wear native costumes in public or admitted to their indigenous roots on an island dominated by an ethnic Chinese majority.

But these days indigenous people such as Kolas Yotaka wear their heritage as a badge of honor. In Yotaka&ls >>>


      TIBET PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT, SHOPS BURN IN LHASA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     AM BEIJING, March 14 –– A week of tense confrontations over Chinese rule in Tibet erupted in violence Friday, as hundreds of protesters clashed with police and set fire to shops in the center of Lhasa. Doctors reported dozens of wounded streaming into area hospitals and one witness said the downtown area was >>>


      TRAUMA AND POVERTY SHRED YOUNG IRAQIS‘ DREAMS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – As a teenager, Mazin Tahir dreamt that the U.S.–led invasion of Iraq would bring new freedoms and democracy with the fall of Saddam Hussein.

As a young adult, his hopes have been replaced by despair after five years of unremitting violence.

"It‘s sad, or funny >>>


      U.S. ASSESSES ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN PEACE SHORTFALLS
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A U.S. general on Friday gave his first assessment of where Israel and the Palestinians were failing to meet their peace commitments but Israel‘s defense minister did not attend, irking the Palestinians.

U.S.–backed peace talks launched at a conference in Annapolis, Maryl >>>


      U.S. CONVENES ISRAELI–PALESTINIAN TALKS AMID TENSION
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A U.S. general on Friday gave Israel and the Palestinians his first assessment of where they were failing to meet peacemaking commitments, but Israel‘s defense minister, under fire over settlements, did not attend.

U.S.–backed peace talks launched at a conference in Annap >>>


      U.S. TO FOLLOW UP ON NUCLEAR TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. officials will extend talks in Geneva with North Korea over nuclear disarmament, U.S. envoy Christopher Hill said on Friday, saying considerable work was still needed before resuming six–party negotiations.

"It was a very good meeting," he told reporters. Hill will >>>


      US MEDIATES FIRST MIDEAST PEACE MEETING
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– The Bush administration‘s Mideast envoy pushed Israel and the Palestinians to speed up peace negotiations Friday at the first meeting the U.S. has attended since talks resumed nearly four months ago.

Lt. Gen. William Fraser III took a hands–off approach during his first few >>>


      VENEZUELA, COLOMBIA LEADERS TO MEET
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     CARACAS, Venezuela –– The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia have pledged to put aside their differences after a bitter spat.

The governments of Venezuela‘s Hugo Chavez and Colombia‘s Alvaro Uribe issued statements Thursday night saying the two had spoken by phone and agreed to meet in >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-03-2008
     CENTRAL AFRICA Sudan, Chad Sign Deal to Police Border The presidents of Sudan and Chad signed a peace agreement Thursday to prevent armed groups operating along their shared borders from destabilizing the region, officials said.

If successful, the deal would be a step toward ending violence in Sudan‘s Dar >>>


      BANK OF ISRAEL PURCHASES DOLLARS, INTERVENES IN FOREIGN CURRENCY MARKET
      Haaretz, 14-03-2008
     By Moti Bassok, Hagai Amit and Dafna Maor The Bank of Israel intervened in the foreign currency market yesterday for the first time since 1''7 and bought dollars. The move surprised almost everyone in the financial markets given that central bank governor Stanley Fischer, as well its foreign currency department >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 14-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Tourism Ministry examines building 1,500 guest rooms to go with racetrack Advertisement Israel‘s first horse–racing track is drawing a lot of interest. The Tourism Ministry has examined the feasibility of building 1,500 guest rooms i >>>


      HADERA PAPER‘S PROFITS UP 25% TO NIS 18.5 MILLION
      Haaretz, 14-03-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Hadera Paper, of the IDB Group, is reporting a 25% increase in its fourth–quarter profits compared to the last quarter of 2006. This rise in profits, which totaled NIS 18.5 million, stems from improved operational profitability, lower financing expenses and a shift into the black by joint–ve >>>


      HAPOALIM NOTIFIES OF DECLINING MORTGAGE–BACKED INVESTMENTS
      Haaretz, 14-03-2008
     By Shlomi Sheffer $500 million. That‘s the figure Bank Hapoalim gave the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange yesterday as the cumulative decline in the market value of its investments in mortgage–backed securities (MBS). The announcement followed Hapoalim‘s receipt of a report from the Andrew Davidson consulting f >>>


      IBM AND SIEMENS BOTH INTERESTED IN STARTUP CTRUE
      Haaretz, 14-03-2008
     By Ora Coren IBM and Siemens are both conducting preliminary negotiations to buy Israeli startup CTrue. The firm specializes in three–dimensional imagery and biometric identification based on physiological data.

CTrue‘s business development manager, Shai Yaakobi, revealed the existence of the talks >>>


      MARKET REPORT / GRIM WEEK FINALLY ENDS AMID BAD NEWS
      Haaretz, 14-03-2008
     By Nathan Sheva and Yael Pollak The atmosphere on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange was depressing as the trading week ended yesterday afternoon.

The big losses on Asian and European markets, along with local news such as Bank Hapoalim‘s announcement of another large write–down – $350 million
>>>



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