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      RUSSIA‘S PUTIN BIDS FAREWELL TO U.S. AMBASSADOR
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     NOVO–OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Putin praised the outgoing U.S. ambassador on Wednesday for his willingness to compromise despite antagonism between the two countries.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to a new post Cold War low due to Russia‘s opposition to >>>


      SOCAL CITIES FACING POLLUTION FINES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Conservationists hailed a move by regional water officials to enforce clean–water standards by threatening 20 cities and Los Angeles County with tens of thousands of dollars in daily fines for repeatedly polluting Santa Monica Bay with contaminated runoff.

The action put teeth i >>>


      SUPREME COURT TO RELEASE SAME–DAY TAPES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will take the special step of releasing audiotapes of oral arguments on the same day that it hears a case challenging the District‘s gun law.

Every argument before the justices is recorded, but the tapes normally are not available until well after the court&ls >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Clinton hints at sharing ticket with Obama, but nomination must be decided first ... McCain heads to White House today to have lunch with Bush and get his endorsement ... Huckabee drops his quixotic campaign after ‘journey of a lifetime.‘ ___ Clinton hints at shared ticket >>>


      U.S. SAYS TIME TIGHT FOR NUCLEAR DEAL, BUT DOABLE
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday time was tight to seal a controversial nuclear deal with India, but it was still possible to wrap it up if it reached the U.S. Congress by July, ahead of November‘s presidential poll.

The deal is caught up in India‘s domestic politics, >>>


      BERNANKE WANTS BANKS TO REWORK MORTGAGES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke yesterday called on mortgage lenders to be more willing to renegotiate with borrowers who are at risk of losing their homes and said that the crush of mortgage foreclosures is likely to continue "for a while longer." Bernanke‘s comments positioned him between the >>>


      CLINTON BEATS OBAMA IN TEXAS AND OHIO; MCCAIN CLINCHES REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Dan Balz and Jon CohenWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, March 5, 2008; A01 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won critically important victories in Ohio and Texas last night, defying predictions of an imminent end to her presidential candidacy and extending the remarkable contest for the Democratic nomination to Penns >>>


      CLINTON: ENERGIZING VICTORIES, BUT DIFFICULT DELEGATE MATH
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     March 5, 2008; A01 As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton raced from border towns on the Rio Grande to farm communities in the Midwest trying to salvage her troubled presidential campaign in recent days, advisers at her Arlington headquarters were awash in mixed feelings about whether she should go on.

Decisive victori >>>


      COUNCIL APPROVES SICK LEAVE IN DISTRICT
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     B01 The D.C. Council voted unanimously yesterday to make Washington the second city in the country to require employers to grant their workers paid sick leave, but not before council members added several amendments that business leaders applauded and labor leaders said significantly weakened the legislation.

U >>>


      DHS TESTS OF RADIATION DETECTORS WERE INCONCLUSIVE, REPORT SAYS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     D01 Department of Homeland Security tests of new radiation detection machines last year did not show whether the costly devices performed well enough to be used as planned at ports and borders to protect the country against nuclear attacks or dirty bombs, according to a new report about the process.

The perform >>>


      GOVERNMENT STARTS CUTTING SENTENCES OF CRACK INMATES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Darryl FearsWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, March 5, 2008; A02 The federal government said yesterday that it has received hundreds of court orders reducing the prison sentences of crack cocaine offenders in the two days since new sentencing guidelines took effect.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau >>>


      HUCKABEE CONCEDES NOMINATION TO MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     FORMER GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE, R–ARK.: Thank you very much. Well, George Brett was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. And in his career for the Kansas City Royals, he was asked, when he was nearing the end of his career, how he wanted his last play in the major leagues to go.

Well, everyone ass >>>


      IN RURAL OHIO, IT‘S NO COUNTRY FOR DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     GREENVILLE, Ohio, March 4 –– Route 4' will carry you straight into Greenville, where sharpshooter Annie Oakley lived and died, and where Democrats have been pummeled at the polls since Ronald Reagan‘s presidency. The flat state highway takes you past acres and acres of brown farmland first, with wo >>>


      IN TEXAS, A GAY BAR‘S PATRONS TOAST HILLARY CLINTON
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     C01 GUN BARREL CITY, Tex., March 4 –– "The thing is, Hillary‘s been a victim," says Leo Bartlett, taking a drag of his cigarette. "Hillary‘s a real fighter." She‘s been picked on, ridiculed, bullied. Those haircuts, that laugh, the clothes. Oh, and Monica. But she never >>>


      MCCAIN CLINCHES GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Michael D. Shear and Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, March 5, 2008; A01 Sen. John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination last night, and immediately castigated his potential Democratic rivals as liberals who lack the experience and wisdom to lead a country facing economic distress >>>


      MCCAIN REMARKS ON NOMINATION VICTORY
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R–ARIZ : Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Texas, Ohio.

(APPLAUSE) Thank you, Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE) I am very grateful for the broad support you have given our campaign. And I am very, very grateful and pleased to note that tonigh >>>


      OBAMA‘S FIRST 100 DAYS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     In the seesaw Democratic primary race, Republicans generally are rooting for confusion, which means rooting for Hillary Clinton –– who now has some political momentum after last night‘s victories in Ohio and Texas but little realistic chance of taking a lead in delegates.

It is the Republican >>>


      OBAMA: IN THE WEEKS TO COME, A COSTLY BATTLE ON TWO FRONTS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     March 5, 2008; A01 With losses in three out of four primaries yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.) and his campaign face a scenario that a barrage of advertising, phone calls and door–knocking could not avert –– a protracted, two–front war against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the presum >>>


      PARK POLICE CHIEF IS RELIEVED OF COMMAND
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     B01 U.S. Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford was removed from operational command of the troubled force yesterday while Department of the Interior officials assess his suitability to continue as chief, the National Park Service announced.

Pettiford will continue to hold the title of chief but will be moved to >>>


      SENATE DEMOCRATS PROPOSE BUDGET
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Lori MontgomeryWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, March 5, 2008; A02 Senate Democrats unveiled a budget plan yesterday that would inject billions of additional dollars into such domestic priorities as education, energy and transportation, while providing $35 billion for a second round of government spending aimed >>>


      SOME WHO FIGHT FOR MCCAIN ARE FIGHTING AGAINST MCCAIN–FEINGOLD
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     March 5, 2008; A10 Some of the same conservative activists who have recently signed on to Sen. John McCain‘s presidential campaign are also still hard at work trying to undo his most famous legislative accomplishment.

To date, these grudging McCain supporters have mounted four Supreme Court challenges and >>>


      TEMPERS FLARE AS CONTESTS HEAT UP
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     5, 2008; A14 Tempers flared at several Texas voting precincts, and the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton (D–N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D–Ill.) traded accusations of rule–breaking yesterday during the hours leading up to evening caucuses where one–third of the state‘s delegates were to be awar >>>


      THE FORCE OF GENDER
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     "Gender," Gloria Steinem wrote in the New York Times, "is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or who could be in the White House." Later that day, Hillary Clinton‘s victory in New Hampshire made her the first woman to win a pr >>>


      THE HOUSING FIX
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     "Decline in Home Prices Accelerates" –– Page One headline, the Wall Street Journal, Feb. 27 Gloom. Doom. Calamity. Home prices are tumbling. We‘re bombarded by somber reports. But wait. This is actually good news, because lower home prices are the only real solution to the housing collapse. T >>>


      TURBULENCE? WHAT TURBULENCE?
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     COLUMBUS, Ohio Hillary Clinton‘s campaign plane was flying above the clouds Tuesday evening en route to a primary–night celebration here when it unexpectedly hit severe turbulence.

Meal carts rolled, beer cans and debris flew across the galley, coffee and meals spilled in laps, and passengers in the >>>


      UNSETTLED RACE LEAVES MCCAIN FREE TO CAMPAIGN UNCHALLENGED
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     11:47 AM Another dramatic election night has left the contest for the Democratic nomination more unsettled than ever, while clearing the way for Republican Sen. John McCain to make his case to general–election voters largely unchallenged

–– for now –– by attacks from the other part >>>


      WHITE WORKING–CLASS VOTERS FUEL CLINTON‘S COMEBACK
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     March 5, 2008; A0' Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) revved up her stalled presidential campaign in Ohio and Texas last night by recapturing white working–class voters who had swayed toward Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the Wisconsin primary two weeks ago.

Clinton‘s focus on experience may have h >>>


      11 DIE WHEN TRUCK OVERTURNS IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     LUCKNOW, India –– A truck carrying Hindu pilgrims overturned on a northern Indian highway, killing 11 of them and injuring another 20, police said Wednesday.

The driver, who was among the dead, apparently lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn on Tuesday night and hit a wall by t >>>


      AZERBAIJAN BLAMES ARMENIA FOR ARMED CLASH
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BAKU (Reuters) – Azerbaijan accused neighbor Armenia on Wednesday of stoking unrest in the breakaway region of Nagorno–Karabakh, following shooting there in which Azerbaijan said 16 soldiers had been killed.

The Azeri Defense Ministry said 12 Armenian forces and four Azeri soldiers were killed in cl >>>


      AZERBAIJAN, ARMENIANS CLASH
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 4 –– Ethnic Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged fire for hours Tuesday near the disputed territory of Nagorno–Karabakh, officials in the neighboring former Soviet republics said.

A spokesman for Nagorno–Karabakh‘s military force said eight Azerbaijani >>>


      BUSH ATTENDS TO FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, March 5, 2008; A03 President Bush sought to cope with foreign policy crises on multiple fronts yesterday, reaching out to the president–elect of Russia for the first time and seizing on military tensions in Latin America to renew his quest for congression >>>


      CHINA TO ENACT NEW PRODUCT SAFETY RULES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BEIJING –– The Chinese premier said Wednesday that Beijing is taking steps to ensure that its product safety regulations meet international standards, signalling another phase in China‘s wide–ranging campaign to repair its batterd reputation as an exporter.

China‘s exports have com >>>


      CHINA WILL ACT TO SLOW GROWTH, LEGISLATORS TOLD
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, March 5, 2008; A15 BEIJING, March 5 –– Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday that the government will move to temper the nation‘s juggernaut of economic growth, which has sparked a worrisome rise in inflation pressures, consumed huge amounts of >>>


      COLOMBIA: REBELS CONSIDERING DIRTY BOMBS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     PM GENEVA –– Colombia‘s vice president on Tuesday defended his country‘s attack on a rebel base on Ecuadorean soil, telling a U.N. disarmament panel that the leftist guerrillas were trying to acquire radioactive material that could be used to make "dirty bombs." Vice President Francisco >>>


      COLOMBIAN ATTACK SPARKS WAR OF WORDS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     CUCUTA, Colombia –– Venezuela and Ecuador took their growing conflict with Colombia to the diplomatic front, seeking international condemnation on Wednesday of Colombia‘s deadly assault on a rebel base in Ecuador.

The two countries tightened their borders and were deploying thousands of troops >>>


      CZECHS FACE BATTLE TO RATIFY U.S. MISSILE SHIELD
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech opposition leader ordered his deputies to vote against a plan to build a U.S. missile defense radar in the central European country, raising the possibility that the project could be defeated.

The United States wants to install a radar base in the Czech Republic and 10 interce >>>


      ECUADOR TO DEFEND ITSELF IF NO COLOMBIA APOLOGY
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday that Ecuador would defend itself if Colombia did not apologize for an attack on rebels in its country and if the international community did not condemn it.

"The aggressor has to apologize and the international community condemn him. If not >>>


      EU CALLS ON SERBIA TO COMMIT TO EUROPE
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union urged Serbia on Wednesday to make clear it saw its future with Europe and laid out incentives on visas, education and transport to try to boost the bloc‘s image in the Balkans.

The appeal came after the party of Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica called >>>


      FEUDS AND ENVY FUELLED DEADLY THAI DRUG WAR: RIGHTS BODY
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej should learn the lessons of the 2003 war on drugs, in which more than 2,600 people were killed, before reviving the campaign, a top state human rights official said on Wednesday.

The National Human Rights Commission would forward its recommendations >>>


      GERMAN RELEASED AFTER 12–HOUR KIDNAP IN NIGERIA
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     ABUJA (Reuters) – A German man was released unharmed late on Tuesday in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, about 12 hours after he was seized by unknown gunmen who killed a driver and two soldiers, a source at his company said on Wednesday.

The source at Julius Berger, a German–Nigerian construction group, >>>


      HEATED WORDS IN WAKE OF COLOMBIAN RAID
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, March 5, 2008; A15 RECIFE, Brazil, March 4 –– While troops in Ecuador and Venezuela moved toward their borders with Colombia, the leaders of those three countries moved further from a negotiated solution Tuesday. One ratcheted up his rhetoric, another cu >>>


      INDIA MUST QUICKLY FINALIZE NUCLEAR DEAL
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     AM NEW DELHI, India –– India must work fast to finalize its landmark nuclear energy deal with the United States, a top American diplomat warned Wednesday as India‘s prime minister said he was trying to overcome fierce domestic opposition to the pact.

"We‘re kind of playing in overti >>>


      IRAN CALLS NEW UN SANCTIONS ‘WORTHLESS‘
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran vowed to push ahead with uranium enrichment Tuesday, a day after the U.N. Security Council passed a third round of sanctions that Tehran called "worthless" and politically biased.

The council approved the measures in a 14–0 vote, but unity among the major powers >>>


      IRAN SAYS WILL ONLY TALK TO IAEA ON ATOMIC FILE
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday it would only discuss its nuclear program with the U.N. atomic watchdog, rejecting a call by world powers to hold more talks with the EU‘s foreign policy chief.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s comments, carried on state media, were his first since the >>>


      JOBS NEEDED OR IRAQ TROOP PULLOUT AT RISK: U.S. GENERAL
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – The United States may be forced to halt planned troop withdrawals from Iraq unless Iraqi authorities move faster to create jobs and improve basic services, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

Major–General Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq, said both >>>


      MEXICO BOMB PLOT ORDERED FROM SINALOA
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– A failed plot to bomb a Mexico City police commander has been traced to Mexico‘s Sinaloa state, home to one of the country‘s most powerful drug cartels, the capital‘s top prosecutor said Tuesday.

An unidentified man from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, who goes by the nickname &q >>>


      MILITANTS ASSERT THEMSELVES IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– After a lull during Pakistan‘s elections, militants have reasserted themselves with a string of suicide blasts that have killed more than '0 people, including an army general and tribal leaders fed up with the violence.

The carnage illustrates the challenge facing th >>>


      N. IRELAND‘S PAISLEY TO RELINQUISH LEADERSHIP ROLES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Mary JordanWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, March 5, 2008; A15 LONDON, March 4 –– Ian Paisley, the Protestant clergyman who has towered over Northern Ireland politics for 40 years, announced Tuesday that he will resign as head of his political party and step down as the leader of a power–sh >>>


      OHIO: WHERE HOPE IS SCARCE, CLINTON SELLS PRACTICALITY
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     A14 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, March 4 –– A candidate seeking to overcome an opponent who is preaching hope and optimism could hardly ask for a better place to rebound than here, a chronically depressed industrial region where on Election Day the only thing grayer than the abandoned steel mills was a slate sky pourin >>>


      PALESTINIANS WILL RESUME PEACE TALKS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     RAMALLAH, West Bank –– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he will resume peace talks with Israel, backing off a threat to boycott negotiations until Israel reaches a truce with Hamas militants in Gaza.

"The peace process is a strategic choice and we have the intention of resumin >>>


      PROTESTS FLARE AT 2 IRANIAN CAMPUSES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     By Thomas ErdbrinkWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, March 5, 2008; A16 TEHRAN, March 4 –– Hundreds of students at two Iranian universities have mounted protests in recent days to decry the expulsion of student activists and call for the resignation of a government–appointed campus president.
>>>


      RICE SAYS ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS AGREE TO RESUME TALKS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she received assurances from Israeli and Palestinian leaders that they would resume their negotiations suspended after an Israeli offensive in Gaza.

At a joint press conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Rice gave >>>


      SEIZED LAPTOP SHOWS CHAVEZ–REBEL TIES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes.

Files in the computer seized in Saturday‘s raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his c >>>


      SKOREA SPURNED NKOREAN OFFER FOR TALKS
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korean President Lee Myung–bak rejected a North Korean offer to hold talks ahead of his recent inauguration, a news report said Wednesday.

The North made the approach through South Korea‘s spy agency in January after Lee won the December elections, the leading >>>


      SOUTH KOREA‘S LEE REBUFFED NORTH OFFER TO MEET: REPORT
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     SEOUL (Reuters) – New South Korean President Lee Myung–bak, who has pledged a tougher policy in dealing with North Korea, rebuffed his communist neighbor‘s offer to meet in January, a news report said on Wednesday.

The proposal was made through South Korea‘s National Intelligence Service >>>


      SUDAN FINDS BODY BELIEVED TO BE FRENCH EU SOLDIER
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     N‘DJAMENA (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have found a body which they believe is that of a French European Union soldier missing after a clash near the Chadian border on Monday, a spokesman for the EU military force in Chad said.

"The arrangements for the formal identification and recovery of >>>


      TEXAS: IN CLINTON TERRITORY, OBAMA BACKERS STAKE CLAIM
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     LAREDO, Tex., March 4 –– Jose Lopez had already spent three hours hammering Barack Obama signs into the ground when he drove up to an elementary school within sight of the Mexican border Tuesday morning. The 23–year–old college student grabbed six signs and carried them to the school‘s fron >>>


      TROUBLE IN THE ANDES
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     11:42 AM At first blush, the Colombian incursion into Ecuador this weekend to kill a top leader of the FARC guerrilla group had nothing to do with Venezuela.

Yet every regional fracas in Latin America seems to involve Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and this one is no exception. Chavez was first to condemn th >>>


      TURK PLANES STRIKE N.IRAQ, NO CASUALTIES REPORTED
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes bombed villages in remote northern Iraq on Tuesday, a week after a major eight–day offensive by Turkish forces against Kurdish PKK guerrillas in the region, border officials said on Wednesday.

An Iraqi border guard official said Turkish aircraft struck a vil >>>


      UK PARLIAMENT VOTES ON REFERENDUM FOR EU TREATY
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is likely to survive a revolt in parliament from some ruling Labour Party members on Wednesday and avoid a referendum on the new European Union reform treaty.

Brown has sent the treaty to parliament for ratification but Labour rebels and opposition me >>>


      US DENIES NEW IRAQ TALKS WITH IRAN
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     PM BAGHDAD –– Iraqi and Iranian officials said that the U.S. and Iran planned to meet Thursday for their fourth discussion on Iraqi security, but the U.S. said no meeting was planned.

Iran‘s state news agency, IRNA, reported that the Iranian delegation for the talks arrived in Baghdad on Wedne >>>


      US PERMITTED USE OF UZBEKISTAN BASE
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     MOSCOW –– A NATO official said Wednesday that Uzbekistan has allowed some members of the alliance, including the United States, to use an air base on its territory in a signal of thawing relations with the West.

Uzbekistan evicted U.S troops from an air base in the Karshi–Khanabad region,
>>>


      VATICAN AND MUSLIMS TO ESTABLISH PERMANENT DIALOGUE
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican and Muslim leaders agreed on Wednesday to establish a regular official dialogue to improve sometimes difficult relations between the two religions, the Vatican said.

The first meeting of the "The Catholic–Muslim Forum" will take place in November in Rom >>>


      VENEZUELA MOBILIZES FORCES TO COLOMBIA BORDER
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela deployed tanks and its air and sea forces toward the Colombian border in its first major military mobilization in a crisis with Colombia, the OPEC nation‘s defense minister said on Wednesday.

The move escalates tensions in a dispute over a Colombian weekend raid inside >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 05-03-2008
     mexico Soldiers Outlast Kidnap Suspects in Tijuana Mexican army troops fought a seven–hour gun battle with a group of kidnapping suspects in a house in an upscale area of the border city of Tijuana, the army reported Tuesday.

One person was found dead inside the house when soldiers overcame the resistance >>>


      ‘GREEN‘ FUNDS POST RED INK
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Green mutual funds invest mainly in foreign companies, due to the limited selection of local companies that operate in this field and are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Thus the appreciation of the shekel has hurt the shekel value of these funds‘ foreign share holdings. The purchase of opt >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Last update – 02:40 05/03/2008 Business in Brief Mazda, Honda and Hyundai were the top sellers in February, as 18,84' new cars were sold here last month, down by 11% from January, but up 3'% compared to February 2007. As usual in recent years, Mazda >>>


      CLAL INSURANCE INVESTMENT IN DANYA CEBUS SOURS, IN A WEEK
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger All finance and economic theory reiterates that capital market investments are a long–term proposition, and only the patient investor who does not skedaddle during market slumps – such as the one we are now experiencing

– will win in the end. Clal Insurance has learned th >>>


      GOV‘T GIVING NIS 300 MILLION TO GALILEE EGG, POULTRY FARMS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Zvi Zrahiya The Knesset Finance Committee approved an amendment to the Galilee Law on Monday, which will provide NIS 300 million in grants and subsidies over the next 10 years to Galilee egg and chicken farmers.

According to the amendment, the state will allocate NIS 260 million in grants for the egg product >>>


      HOLLANDIA ABANDONING SDEROT BECAUSE OF THE MISSILE ATTACKS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Ora Coren Hollandia is considering relocating its factory in Sderot to an alternative site out of the range of Qassam rockets. It first obtained the support of about '0% of its factory workers for the move. The factory is lagging in deliveries to customers, and half of its employees left due to the rocket fire. T >>>


      IMPORTED A JEEP? BRING THE TOOLSET TOO
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Daniel Schmil Automotive Equipment, which imports and sells Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep models, won‘t provide services to privately imported vehicles unless the client provides his own tools and technical literature. Never mind that AE services and sells spare parts for all the models it imports, and already has a >>>


      ISRAEL‘S GROWTH TO BEAT TREND, SAYS CITI
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Nathan Sheva The Israeli economy will grow by 4.6% in 2008, despite fears that a U.S.

slowdown may cause a global recession, Citi‘s equity research arm predicted yesterday.

The bank‘s analysts predicted that Israel will sustain its economic growth in 200', though at a slower rate of >>>


      LEAKING GAS PIPELINE ALMOST CAUSES DISASTER IN ASHKELON
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Avi Bar Eli A serious failure in the Tethys Sea natural gas pipeline nearly caused a disaster near Ashkelon last month.

The problem arose in the pipeline that funnels natural gas from the Tethys Sea production center off the Ashkelon coast to a power station located near the water desalination plant south of >>>


      LUBASH VERSUS THE NASTY MINNOWS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Prisma chairman Ron Lubash yesterday took advantage of the brokerage‘s press conference to lash out at the unethical behavior of Israel‘s small–size brokers. Lubash commented that other investment firms trying to take advantage of the unfortunate situation to recruit Prisma‘s cl >>>


      MARKET REPORT / ICL GAINS 1% ON JIM CRAMER RECOMMENDATION
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Yael Pollak The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange reverted back to the red, obedient to negative trends on European markets. The TA–25 large–cap index sank 0.5% to 1072 points, and the TA–100 slipped 0.7% to ''6 points, on lower–than–average turnover of NIS 1.5 billion.

As investo >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     The Swiss bank Credit Suisse is trying to find some other bank to take over its $475 million loan to Lev Leviev‘s Africa Israel. Ten months ago Africa Israel borrowed $711 million to buy the New York Times building in Manhattan. Credit Suisse, hard hit by the subprime–cum–credit crisis, already hawked >>>


      POLISH TOURISM TO ISRAEL ON THE RISE
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Irit Rosenblum The flow of Polish tourists to Israel continues to swell, with a 16'% increase this January (8,347 visitors) as compared to January 2007. This increase continues the 2007 trend, when 86,000 Polish tourists visited Israel, 104% more than in 2006.

Poland is now the fifth–largest nation >>>


      PRISMA ‘SAFE‘ FUND LOSS CAUSED BY 81% EXPOSURE TO STOCKS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer and Tal Levy More than a month after the asset value of a "conservative" Prisma provident fund plunged 8% in January, the position that led to the hammering was revealed yesterday for the first time. The Hermon fund carried an 81% exposure to the stock market, and of that, 58% was through der >>>


      SHAS SWAYED BY MAMMON OVER BILLBOARDS, GREENS SAY
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Guy Leshem ‘We support environmental issues. But we will not have it turned it into idol worship,‘ warns Shas faction leader Yakov Margi.

Nothing less than the fate of the billboards along the Ayalon Highway was at stake a month ago, at the Knesset Economics Committee. On the one side was MK Yora >>>


      THE BOTTOM LINE / RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff The sneer most commonly aimed at the Finance Ministry‘s "young Turks," other than ridicule of their inexperience, is that their decisions are motivated by a hidden agenda: to pander to Israel‘s business magnates so that these magnates will provide them with lucrative jobs in th >>>


      A DISCRIMINATORY AND DANGEROUS TRICK
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Tamar Rotem Tags: israel, rabbinic courts The young woman walking toward the offices of Mavoi Satum, an organization that offers assistance to women whose husbands refuse to divorce them, was only 21, married for two years, and pregnant. The daughter of a well–known right–wing spiritual leader, she grew u >>>


      APART FROM THE SECURITY PROBLEMS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: security, gaza, israel The security problems in the South and the Gaza Strip, and the shakiness of the relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, are drawing attention away from everyday civil issues, which also have serious implications.

As in other places in the world w >>>


      HE WHO PAYS LAST PAYS BEST
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Akiva Eldar Tags: sderot, israel, gaza Once again, everything is so simple. In the battle zone in the South, as in the arena of the Second Lebanon War, as on the soccer field, numbers are the thing: The numbers of Hamas and Islamic Jihad casualties are counted up and compared to the number of Qassams fired at Sderot >>>


      MAZUZ IS WHINING
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Uzi Benziman Tags: israel, menachem mazuz When Aharon Barak was attorney general, he made a series of decisions that were directly relevant to the political futures of public figures: He decided to indict Asher Yadlin, who was a candidate for the post of Bank of Israel governor; he ordered the police to initiate an i >>>


      TOO MUCH TO EXPECT
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Moshe Arens Tags: war, ehud olmert, israel It was just too much to expect. That Ehud Olmert, the prime minister who brought us the disaster of the Second Lebanon War, had finally learned the lesson of that war. That he now understood that the only way to protect civilians from short–range rocket attacks is to h >>>


      ALL IN FAVOR / TAKING CREDIT FOR SAVING SDEROT
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Zvi Zrahiya Who will help the small business people in Sderot? The government, the coalition, or the opposition? That is one of the burning questions facing the house these days. Last week, in opposition to the government‘s stand, the Knesset passed the preliminary reading of a bill, sponsored by former finance >>>


      CLASHES ERUPT AS IDF VEHICLES ENTER SOUTH GAZA
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay, Mijal Grinberg and Avi Issacharoff Some 25 Israel Defense Forces armored vehicles advanced into southern Gaza after nightfall yesterday, and troops clashed with militants, Palestinian witnesses said, just a day after the IDF ended its offensive in northern Gaza against Palestinian rocket squads.
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      COUPLE LEAVES SDEROT FOR FIRST TIME – AND ROCKET SLAMS INTO HOME
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Fadi Eyadat For the entire eight years that the Gigis – Alice, 71, and Shlomo, 76 lived in Sderot under the threat of rocket attacks, they refused to leave town. They saw no sense, they said, in leaving for a few days and coming back. The Qassams were not going to stop in any case, the couple believed.

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      DEFENSE ESTABLISHMENT MULLS GIVING OUT ANTI–RADIATION PILLS NEAR REACTORS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     Jewish World Opinion National Print Edition Advertising Books Arts & Leisure Business Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Defense establishment mulls giving out anti–radiation pills near reactors By Shahar Ilan Israel has recently replenished its supply of Lugol iodine tablets – whi >>>


      DON‘T SPLASH THROUGH THIS PUDDLE
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Ofri Ilani "Is that all people have to do on Saturday morning? Go see a puddle?" wondered the driver who transported me to the starting point of a Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) tour last Saturday. After we arrived, he was surprised to discover that several other people had opted to e >>>


      ELIE WIESEL TO LIGHT TORCH FOR 60TH INDEPENDENCE DAY
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Or Kashti Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will be one of the 12 torchlighters at the Independence Day opening ceremony, the Ministerial Committee on Symbols and Ceremonies has announced. The motif of the event, which launches the 60th anniversary celebrations, will be "Israel‘s children," with torchlighter >>>


      HAMAS LETS FATAH MAN SEE KIDS‘ GRAVES
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Avi Issacharoff Following a report in Haaretz yesterday, Hamas has decided to let a Fatah activist return to the Gaza Strip to visit the burial site of two of his children who were killed Sunday during an Israel Defense Forces raid in Jabalya.

Muhammed Abu Shabak, a Fatah activist, fled to Ramallah last June >>>


      HUNDREDS MOURN ASHERI, ‘SOLDIER OF WISDOM‘
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Asaf Carmel Hundreds of people attended the funeral yesterday of journalist and author Ehud Asheri, who died Monday of cancer at the age of 57.

Among the mourners were many of Asheri‘s colleagues from his days as editor of Kol Ha‘ir, of the weekly magazine of the newspaper Hadashot, and Haaretz w >>>


      IDF OFFICERS: WE FACED FIERCE BUT DISORGANIZED RESISTANCE IN GAZA STRIP
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Amos Harel More than 24 hours after the end of Operation Warm Winter in the northern Gaza Strip, its commanders, from the Givati and the Barak armored brigades, met yesterday for a debriefing. While the resistance they encountered was fierce, they said, it was less organized than they thought it would be based on inf >>>


      IRAN REARMING HEZBOLLAH VIA TURKEY, MI SAYS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Barak Ravid Iran is arming Hezbollah with missiles sent via Turkey, according to intelligence received in Israel. Turkish authorities are unaware of the arms shipments, which are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 that brought an end to the Second Lebanon War.

A senior Israeli go >>>


      LEVIEV: ZIONISM IS NOW BANKRUPT
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer Businessmen Lev Leviev – who, in addition to being the richest person in Israel, operates a 100–school educational network in Israel, the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe – does not accept secular Jewish culture and believes that Zionism is bankrupt.

In a wide–ran >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     Defense Minister Ehud Barak vowed yesterday that if the Qassam rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israel does not stop, the Israel Defense Forces will continue operating in the Strip and will even increase its pressure.

Barak spoke one day after a 48–hour IDF operation left more than 100 Palestinians and >>>


      POLICE LOOKING FOR MOTHER OF ASHDOD BABY LEFT IN BAG
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Roni Singer–Heruti and Yuval Azoulay Hundreds of people called Ashdod city hall yesterday offering to adopt the baby found inside a plastic bag placed in the lobby of an apartment building. The infant, believed to be only about 2 hours old at the time of his discovery, is in good condition at Kaplan Hospital in >>>


      POLICE: FENCE CUT DOWN CRIME IN J‘LEM
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Jonathan Lis The security fence surrounding Jerusalem has completely eliminated terrorist attacks in the city, and has also decreased ordinary criminal activity, according to Major General Aharon Franko, commander of the Jerusalem District Police.

"All the terrorists‘ efforts to carry out attacks >>>


      PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES 2008 / THE BIG ELECTION QUESTIONS
      Haaretz, 05-03-2008
     By Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz U.S. Correspondent Columbus, OHIO – How should we read the results of the second Super Tuesday?

Last Tuesday‘s debate between Democratic presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was the biggest thing to hit Cleveland, Jay Leno joked last week. But Ohio is ba >>>



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