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      ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE CHANCE TO SELF–DEPORT
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     Federal authorities yesterday urged illegal immigrants living in the United States in violation of deportation orders to turn themselves in under a pilot program planned for five U.S. cities next month.

The self–deportation program, called "Operation Scheduled Departure," gives immigrants a chan >>>


      LEADING BY EXAMPLE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     The Bush administration announced this week that the federal deficit could reach an unprecedented high, $482 billion, next year, even as all 50 states work to balance their budgets amid an economic recession and a national mortgage crisis.

Citizens in our states and across the country face skyrocketing costs fo >>>


      MCCAIN‘S TRUE VOICE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     In the dog days of summer, John McCain‘s political personality has become so fuzzy that even some Republicans are worrying about his viability. But if you want a reminder of why McCain should be a formidable candidate, take another look at his remarkable 1''' autobiography, "Faith of My Fathers.&q >>>


      NEW PREMISES IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Henry A. KissingerThursday, July 31, 2008; A1' The U.S. presidential campaign has been so long and so intense that it seems to operate in a cocoon, oblivious to changes that should alter its premises. A striking example is the debate over withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

Over the past year, many have >>>


      OBAMA TRIES TO SHOW MISSOURI CONCERN FOR SMALL–TOWN ISSUES
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     July 31, 2008; A06 UNION, Mo., July 30 –– Sen. Barack Obama campaigned through the conservative heart of rural Missouri on Wednesday, determined to prove that a Democrat can capture this bellwether state by winning over voters in its far–flung small towns as well as in its urban centers.

With >>>


      PLOPPING DOWN BEFORE THE CUSHION GETS COLD
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     The indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R–Alaska) this week has set off a game of musical chairs among Republicans to determine who ends up with his plum committee posts, which Stevens was forced to relinquish under Republican rules regarding senators facing felony indictment.

Acting quickly, the Senate Repub >>>


      PROBLEMS BIGGER THAN BRIDGES AND TUBES
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     It was a tender moment between the Senate‘s two oldest members: one infirm, the other indicted.

Eighty–four–year–old Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, newly charged by the feds with corruption–related offenses, walked over to the desk of '0–year–old Democrat Robert >>>


      STEVENS‘S PAYBACK MOMENT
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     If the charges announced yesterday are true, the powerful Alaska Republican Ted Stevens will end his four–decade Senate career in a sleazy flameout; the conservative committee baron is accused of concealing more than $250,000 in payments from the oil firm of an Alaska businessman who was allegedly seeking legislat >>>


      VOTE ON JOURNALIST SHIELD STALLED
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; A17 Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a vote on a controversial law that would protect reporters from having to testify about their confidential sources, refusing to begin debate until the chamber addresses a bill that would promote more domestic oi >>>


      WORKERS‘ RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VS. PATIENTS‘ RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; A01 A Bush administration proposal aimed at protecting health–care workers who object to abortion, and to birth–control methods they consider tantamount to abortion, has escalated a bitter debate over the balance between religious freedom and p >>>


      '/11 ARCHITECT IS UNLIKELY TO AID DEFENSE OF EX–DRIVER
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 30 –– The self–described mastermind of the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks has refused to meet with attorneys for Osama bin Laden‘s former driver and probably will not testify at the driver‘s military trial, the lawyers said Wednesday.

Attorneys for the forme >>>


      AL–QAEDA IN IRAQ LEADER MAY BE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     A01 BAGHDAD, July 30 –– The leader of the Sunni insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to group leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials, a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and we >>>


      BOMB TARGETS PAKISTANI CONSULATE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– An explosives–rigged bicycle detonated outside a Pakistani consulate in western Afghanistan on Thursday, wounding two people at the gates of the building, officials said.

Pakistan‘s government, which has had tense relations with Afghanistan, was quick to remind the >>>


      BUSH DECLARES PROGRESS IN IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush hailed a new "degree of durability" in security gains in Iraq Thursday, saying it should permit him to announce further U.S. troop reductions later this year.

With the war in its sixth year and violence substantially decreased in recent weeks, Bush gave a brief >>>


      GATES SEES TERRORISM REMAINING ENEMY NO. 1
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Josh WhiteWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; A01 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says that even winning the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will not end the "Long War" against violent extremism and that the fight against al–Qaeda and other terrorists should be the nation‘s >>>


      HAMAS FREES GERMAN TV‘S CAMERAMAN AFTER 5 DAYS
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– The Hamas militant group released a Palestinian cameraman for German TV on Thursday, and the broadcaster said the 42–year–old man was tortured during his five days in detention.

Masked Hamas gunmen nabbed Sawah Abu Saif from his Gaza home last Saturday during a m >>>


      HOPING FOR JUST ENOUGH RAIN
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Jill DrewWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, July 31, 2008; A10 BEIJING, July 30 –– There is an old Chinese saying that when noble guests visit, the streets must be sprinkled with clean water.

But try telling that to the Beijingers transfixed by weather forecasts for Aug. 8, the date of the >>>


      ICE SHELF SHEDS HUGE CHUNK IN CANADA‘S NORTH
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     EDMONTON, Alberta, July 30 –– A seven–square–mile chunk of ice has broken off a Canadian ice shelf in the Arctic, scientists said Tuesday.

Derek Mueller, a researcher at Trent University in Ontario, was careful not to blame global warming but said the event was consistent with the theory >>>


      IOC ALLOWS CHINA TO LIMIT REPORTERS‘ ACCESS TO INTERNET
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, July 31, 2008; A10 BEIJING, July 30 –– The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese government acknowledged Wednesday that reporters covering the Olympics will be blocked from accessing Internet sites that Chinese authorities consider politically >>>


      ISRAEL‘S OPPOSITION CALLS FOR NEW ELECTION
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     AM JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel‘s right–wing Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday for a new parliamentary election after Ehud Olmert pledged to resign following his party‘s leadership contest in September.

Dogged by corruption scandals, the Israeli prime minister‘s de >>>


      KARADZIC TO APPEAR BEFORE TRIBUNAL TODAY ON WAR CRIMES CHARGES
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     THE HAGUE, July 30 –– Former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic will appear in a courtroom here Thursday to be formally charged with war crimes related to the siege of Sarajevo, the execution of 8,000 prisoners in the town of Srebrenica and other atrocities of the three–year war in Bosnia, prosecu >>>


      MORTAR KILLS FAMILY OF 7 IN PAKISTAN‘S SWAT VALLEY
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– A mortar shell hit a house in a northern Pakistani valley where security forces are battling Islamic militants, killing a family of seven, police said Thursday.

The shell struck overnight in Deolai, a village in the restive Swat valley, said Shakoor Khan, a police official in t >>>


      NEPAL LANDSLIDE HITS HOUSE, KILLS ' PEOPLE INSIDE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     KATMANDU, Nepal –– Officials say a landslide has swept through a mountain village in western Nepal, striking a house and killing a family of seven and two guests inside.

Government administrator Govinda Mani Dhurtel says police and army rescuers are searching through the debris Thursday in search of >>>


      NW PAKISTAN CLASHES INTENSIFY; PEACE DEALS AT RISK, TALIBAN SAYS
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     A13 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 30 –– Clashes between insurgents and Pakistani troops escalated Wednesday in the country‘s fractious northwest as Taliban leaders threatened to withdraw their support for peace deals brokered this year with Pakistan‘s new government.

Accounts of casualties f >>>


      OLMERT‘S RIVALS JOSTLE FOR ISRAEL‘S LEADERSHIP
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     AM JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s rivals jostled for Israel‘s leadership on Thursday after his decision to resign, but aides said he could still stay in office long enough to forge a statehood deal with the Palestinians.

Dogged by corruption scandals, Olmert thrust Israeli >>>


      OLMERT DECLARES INTENT TO STEP DOWN
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Linda GradsteinSpecial to The Washington PostThursday, July 31, 2008; A10 JERUSALEM, July 30 –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, facing a widening corruption investigation, announced Wednesday that he will not compete in his party‘s leadership primary in September. The move will effectively end h >>>


      REPORT CREDITS DROP IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO ENFORCEMENT
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 31, 2008; A16 A report released yesterday by a Washington think tank that advocates stricter limits on immigration says the number of illegal immigrants in the country appears to have declined significantly over the past year, at least partly because of the chil >>>


      RUSSIA WIPES CALIFORNIA FROM ITS MAP
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – California will no longer exist on the Russian map. Russia‘s north–western region of Nizhny Novgorod has decided to eliminate the tiny village of California due to the lack of inhabitants, Itar–Tass news agency reported on Thursday.

The village was set up in the 1' >>>


      SOUTH AFRICA COURT DEALS BLOW TO ZUMA IN GRAFT CASE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa‘s highest court on Thursday rejected ruling ANC party leader Jacob Zuma‘s attempt to stop seized evidence being used against him in a corruption trial.

Zuma‘s battle against the charges is likely to decide whether the African National Congress leader >>>


      SRI LANKA FIGHTING KILLS 25 AS SUMMIT NEARS
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– The Sri Lankan army launched a wave of attacks against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north, sparking battles that killed 24 rebels and one soldier, the military said Thursday.

The new fighting came as officials from eight South Asian nations gathered in Colombo for a regional >>>


      SUDAN‘S PRESIDENT VOWS NEVER TO DEAL WITH ICC
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Sudanese President Omar al–Bashir said in an interview published Thursday that he will never appear before the International Criminal Court to face charges of genocide and war crimes in his country‘s Darfur region.

Al–Bashir‘s comments to the Khartoum indep >>>


      TURKEY‘S RULERS SURVIVE SECULARIST CHALLENGE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     By Ernesto LondoñoWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, July 31, 2008; A12 ISTANBUL, July 30 –– Turkey‘s highest court decided Wednesday not to outlaw the nation‘s Islamic–rooted ruling party, handing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a narrow victory and frustrating Turks inten >>>


      U.N. COUNCIL SET TO RENEW DARFUR PEACEKEEPING MANDATE
      Washington Post, 31-07-2008
     UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is set to renew a mandate for peacekeepers in Darfur on Thursday in a resolution that will echo African concerns at efforts to indict Sudan‘s president for war crimes there.

Western powers agreed to wording making clear the council is ready to dis >>>


      BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS PASSES FIRST READING
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: Economy The days of free plastic shopping bags may be coming to an end. The Knesset yesterday approved in first reading a ban on the free distribution of the ubiquitous, double–handled bags. The bill, which still has another two readings before passing into law, would permit stores to sell the >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Online gamblers are becoming the No.1 target for identity thieves, says IBM‘s X–Force Report, which analyzes trends in data security threats. The four most common Trojan horses designed to steal passwords target gamers, though financ >>>


      CABINET HAS TO DECIDE: DEFENSE OR EDUCATION
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     Jewish World Opinion National Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Cabinet has to decide: Defense or education By Moti Bassok Tags: Israel For the first time in Israeli history, the Finance Ministry is handing the responsibility for shaping th >>>


      CONGESTION TOLL FOR TEL AVIV BY 200'
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli and Zvi Zrahiya Tags: Economy Some time during 200', expect to start paying a congestion charge if you plan to drive into Tel Aviv. Transportation Ministry director general Gideon Siterman yesterday said that the ministry will finalize plans to levy the charge on private vehicles in Tel Aviv by >>>


      DOGS OF THE REAL ESTATE–15 INDEX
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Dogs of the Real Estate–15 index By Sharon Shpurer Tags: Israel The implosion of Nidar Construction & Development and the convulsions at Dadeland Towers and TRD are just the start. Small real estate companies are going to fall like a house of cards in the year to c >>>


      HARD LOOK / ROOT OUT THE FRUIT IN ORDER TO POISON ORGANIZED CRIME
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Tags: Israel The picture of Yitzhak Abergil, garbed in jeans and a white shirt, graced the front pages of all Israeli newspapers yesterday. "The strongest and most stable crime organization in Israel," one paper called the outfit run by Abergil, who is thought to be behind the abortive ass >>>


      MARKET REPORT / TECH, BANKS RALLY BUT VOLUME STAYS THIN
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Rotem Sella Tags: Economy Tel Aviv stocks finished yesterday‘s session with a decisive positive bias, on turnover of NIS 1.7 billion. This is slim, compared to last year‘s daily average of NIS 2 billion, but then it‘s summer holiday season among the capital market pack right now.

The benchm >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     Arcadi Gaydamak said yesterday that he personally guarantees that his holding company Ameris Holdings will meet its NIS 28.5 million payment to Gmul, within 30 days. Gmul said at the start of the week that it would be acting to collect the debt, which had been due on June 30. Ameris Holdings paid less than a fifth of th >>>


      NIMRODIS NEARING MAARIV SALE TO BLAVATNIK
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Guy Leshem Tags: Israel The Nimrodi family, controlling shareholders of the Ma‘ariv group, has reached a ‘no shop‘ agreement with businessman Leonard Blavatnik in order to continue negotiations over the sale of the daily newspaper.

The agreement, which will remain in force for 30 days, give >>>


      TALK THROUGH THE CAMERA
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Tali Heruti–Sover , with TheMarker Staff Tags: Economy Last week not one but two $100,000 checks were issued in the EasyStart contest of the month, one check to each of two entrepreneurs with groundbreaking ideas. After a long and heated debate by the contest judges, the choices were Ran Yashfe and Eyal Avisar. >>>


      NEITHER AN OFFICER NOR A GENTLEMAN
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Gideon Levy Tags: IDF, Israel, War Crimes Brigadier General Moshe "Chico" Tamir is a devoted and loving father who let his 14–year–old son drive a military all–terrain vehicle. Being the law–abiding organization that it is, the Israel Defense Forces probed the incident, calling it &q >>>


      OLMERT‘S CRIMES
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Akiva Eldar Tags: Jerusalem, Peace, Ehud Olmert The critics of Ehud Olmert on the right, including senior figures in his party, claim that the prime minister has turned negotiations with the Palestinians and Syrians into a shovel with which he seeks to dig himself out of the police investigations against him.

>>>


      SURVIVORS: BLOCK YAD VASHEM
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Holocaust, Jewish World The cabinet decision two days ago to postpone the implementation of the Dorner Commission recommendations – which determined that an additional allowance should be paid immediately to 43,000 Holocaust survivors – causes unforgivable harm to the first group o >>>


      THE LIKUD HAS CHANGED, NOT DAYAN
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Israel Harel Tags: Uzi Dayan The political system apparently is not forgiving Uzi Dayan. And the media, which used to pamper him quite a bit, greeted his decision to join the Likud with criticism as well as considerable cynicism.

The criticism came in spite of the fact that at the press conference where he a >>>


      THE WHITEWASHERS
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Ari Shavit Tags: Israel The argument was a serious one: the legalization of Israeli life. About a decade ago, a small but high–quality group of public figures, jurists and academics began arguing that Israel was undergoing a dangerous process that put the law above politics. They were not all rightists; centris >>>


      ‘THE POLLUTER PAYS,‘ AS BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS PASSES FIRST READING
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: pollution, Israel The Knesset on Wednesday passed a "polluter pays" law, which represents yet another stage in the 17th Knesset‘s "green revolution." The new law significantly toughens Israel‘s various environmental protection laws by, inter alia, adding an entire lis >>>


      ‘UNORTHODOX‘ SDEROT GOV‘T IS RUN FROM GROUND UP
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Mijal Grinberg A recent Interior Ministry report into the conduct of the Sderot municipality has found that all of the tenders it has issued of late were given according to regulation standards.

But one important point was missing from the document: Who, in practice, actually runs the municipality?

>>>


      AGUDAT YISRAEL TO NAME MK PORUSH ITS CANDIDATE FOR J‘LEM MAYORSHIP
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Jonathan Lis MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) is expected to be chosen today as his Agudat Yisrael faction‘s candidate for mayor of Jerusalem. However, since UTJ is a joint list comprising two different factions – Agudat Yisrael and Degel Hatorah – this does not mean he will be UTJ‘s cand >>>


      ALL THE KING‘S SCANDALS
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Haaretz Staff The announcement yesterday by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, declaring that he will not renew his challenge for leadership of Kadima and in effect resigning his post in two months‘ time, was made against the backdrop of several financial scandals and police investigations involving him in the past se >>>


      ANALYSIS / CRUSHED AND BATTERED, OLMERT FINALLY BROKE
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Yossi Verter, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Israel, Kadima, Ehud Barak This was a speech – respectful, restrained – that Ehud Olmert should have delivered long ago. Right after the Second Lebanon War, some will say.

Right after Talansky‘s testimony, others will say, or after the Olmertours sc >>>


      ANOTHER ROUND OF ISRAEL–SYRIA TALKS ENDS
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Yoav Stern The fourth round of indirect talks between Israel and Syria ended yesterday in Istanbul, what a Turkish source described as in a "positive way." Turkey is serving as interlocutor for the two sides as they try to make the necessary progress that will allow them to move on to direct negotiations. L >>>


      DESPITE GAZA TRUCE, SDEROT SWIMMING POOL STAYS CLOSED
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Fadi Eyadat Tags: Israel, Qassams, Sderot Every day, the manager of Sderot‘s municipal swimming pool spends hours in a local cafe, watching television and chatting with friends. This is the second year in a row that the pool has been closed, so Charlie Levy has little work to do.

It does not seem to bo >>>


      FULL TEXT OF SPEECH / ‘I REGRET MY MISTAKES‘
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     As a citizen of a democratic state I have always believed that when a prime minister is elected in Israel, even those who voted against him at the polls are obligated to desire his success. Instead of gaining that basic trust, however, I found myself subject to a wave of investigations, examinations and criticism immedi >>>


      HAMAS‘ CHRISTIAN CONVERT: I‘VE LEFT A SOCIETY THAT SANCTIFIES TERROR
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Avi Issacharoff Tags: converts, Christians A moment before beginning his supper, Masab, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, glances at the friend who has accompanied him to the restaurant where we met. They whisper a few words and then say grace, thanking God and Jesus for putting food on their plates >>>


      LAWMAKERS RESPONDING HOT AND COLD TO PM‘S RESIGNATION ANNOUNCEMENT
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Lawmakers yesterday reacted to news that Ehud Olmert would step down as prime minister in September, some welcoming the departure of a "failed and corrupt" politician while others lamenting the loss of "one of Israel‘s finest prime minister." MK Arieh Eldad of the right–win >>>


      MORE AND MORE YESHIVA STUDENTS CHOOSE TORAH OVER IDF
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Yeshivas, Jewish World The number of yeshiva students whose army service has been put on hold because they have declared Torah study as their occupation currently stands at 55,300, as opposed to just over 50,000 last year, according to Colonel Tziki Sela, head of the IDF Depar >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     June Walker, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died of cancer at the age of 74. Walker was also the former president of Hadassah, one of the most powerful organizations in the Jewish world. Walker was a chemistry professor and an expert in respiratory therapy. She lead >>>


      OLMERT‘S ANNOUNCEMENT / PURSUED BY HIS PAST – NOT BY PROSECUTORS
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Yossi Sarid It was impossible not to be reminded last night of an announcement by another prime minister, under circumstances that were similar, but nevertheless entirely different. Who could forget that evening? I certainly never will.

At that time, 31 years ago, we lived in Kiryat Shmona, and the televisio >>>


      OLMERT: I HAVE DECIDED TO STEP DOWN
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Mazal Mualem and Barak Ravid Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced yesterday that he does not intend to run in the upcoming Kadima party leadership primary, and will resign as prime minister immediately after the new party leader is chosen in September.

Yet senior Kadima officials predicted that in reality, O >>>


      PM CHOSE ‘BLAIR EXIT,‘ POLITICAL STABILITY
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Barak Ravid Last night, at 7 P.M., shortly before appearing in the garden of the Prime Minister‘s Residence in Jerusalem to deliver the announcement that he would be leaving political life, Ehud Olmert called the White House to speak with his close friend, George W. Bush.

"You were a true friend,& >>>


      POLICE: OLMERT STEPPING DOWN BECAUSE HE KNOWS WE HAVE HIM
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Jonathan Lis Tags: Ehud Olmert Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announcement yesterday that he would not run for reelection in the Kadima primary on September 17 was because "he recognized that the investigation evidence held by police is serious and solid," law enforcement sources said last night.

Olmer >>>


      PROBE: BORDER POLICEMAN SHOT BOY, 11, IN NA‘ALIN
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay and Jonathan Lis The 11–year–old boy killed in Tuesday‘s clashes in the West Bank town of Na‘alin was apparently shot by an Israeli border policemen, a joint investigation by the Israel Defense Forces and the Border Police has concluded.

The findings, including the ident >>>


      THE INVESTIGATIONS / THE COST OF MISCALCULATION
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Amir Oren Ehud Olmert admitted last night that his gamble had failed. As usual, he was incapable of actually telling the truth, but the meaning was clear: The confusion that he himself created between the public and the legal tracks had worked to his detriment rather than his benefit.

Olmert tried to create >>>


      THE LEGACY / FAILING GRADES
      Haaretz, 31-07-2008
     By Aluf Benn With eyes glittering with tears and a soft voice, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appeared last night before the few reporters who attended the event that marks his leaving office. Behind him, on the piano at the prime minister‘s residence, stood a large vase of white flowers, hiding the large painting of >>>


      HO CHI MINH ORDER GRANTED TO LATE GENERAL LE MINH HUONG
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     Nhan Dan – The Ministry of Public Security held a ceremony on July 30 to bestow Ho Chi Minh Order to Senior Lieutenant–general Le Minh Huong, former member of the Politburo and Minister of Public Security.

Addressing the event, Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan stressed that the Order was present >>>


      PARTY LEADER ASKS BANKS TO PLAY AS A CORE IN CURBING INFLATION
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     Party leader Manh talks with leaders of Vietinbank.

The banking system at this moment should play as a core in curbing inflation, stabilising macro economy, maintaining growth and ensuring social security for sustainable development, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh said on July 30.

He stressed on >>>


      SOLUTION TO GEORGIAN–ABKHAZ PEACE PROCESS URGED
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     Deputy Representative of Vietnam to the UN Security Council, Ambassador Bui The Giang delivered the statement at a consultation meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Abkhazia and Georgia, held in New York on July 2'.

Ambassador Giang called upon "all the parties concerned to exercise utmo >>>


      UNDP HELPS VIETNAM WITH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR NEXT DECADE
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     Nhan Dan Online – A US$2–million project funded by the UNDP has been launched to help Vietnam to work out a socio–economic development strategy in the 2011–2020 period.

The project was signed on July 30 by representatives from the UNDP and Vietnam‘s Development Strategy Institute ( >>>


      US DEPUTY SECRETARY HAILS US–VIETNAM CLOSER TIES
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on July 2' spoke highly of US–Vietnam relations, confirming that the two countries‘ relationship has entered a new chapter.

It is symbolised by US President George Bush‘s visit to Vietnam in 2006 and the US visit by Vietnamese Prime Minister Ngu >>>


      VIETNAM HAILS NAM MEMBERS‘ CLOSE CO–OPERATION
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Non–Aligned Movement held in Tehran, Iran, from July 2'–30, Deputy FM Minh said Vietnam hoped NAM member countries would persistently uphold NAM‘s goals and principles, take concrete measures to promote solidarity and mutual assistance in the NAM and support >>>


      VIETNAM IS PRIORITY FOR SWISS CO–OPERATION
      Nhan Dan, 31-07-2008
     Swiss President Pascal Couchepin has spoken highly of the Vietnam–Switzerland relations and affirmed that his country prioritises Vietnam in its co–operation policies.

"We [Switzerland and Vietnam] are in the very comfortable situation that mthere are no contentious issues pending," the Pr >>>


      "A los de radio no deberían ponernos cara jamás"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Hay un hombre que esta noche estará buscando un cine con una programación lacrimógena para disimular ahí los ojos rojos. Está deseando tener una excusa para llorar, una un poco más falsa que la mejor, la de verdad: la del locutor de radio que hoy, 32 años después del primer día, abandona el programa más veterano de Radio Nacional de Españ >>>


      "A los de radio no deberían ponernos cara jamás"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Hay un hombre que esta noche estará buscando un cine con una programación lacrimógena para disimular ahí los ojos rojos. Está deseando tener una excusa para llorar, una un poco más falsa que la mejor, la de verdad: la del locutor de radio que hoy, 32 años después del primer día, abandona el programa más veterano de Radio Nacional de Españ >>>


      "A superar el mito de Barcelona"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Marta Domínguez, doble plata mundial en 5.000 metros, llegó hace dos semanas a Barcelona, se preparó para enfrentarse por segunda vez a su nueva disciplina, los 3.000 metros obstáculos, y sintió unas molestias en el glúteo. "Si noto algo al primer kilómetro", le dijo a José María Odriozola, presidente de la federación de atletismo, "me pa >>>


      "A superar el mito de Barcelona"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Marta Domínguez, doble plata mundial en 5.000 metros, llegó hace dos semanas a Barcelona, se preparó para enfrentarse por segunda vez a su nueva disciplina, los 3.000 metros obstáculos, y sintió unas molestias en el glúteo. "Si noto algo al primer kilómetro", le dijo a José María Odriozola, presidente de la federación de atletismo, "me pa >>>


      "Tokio Blues" de Murakami, al cine
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     El director franco-vietnamita Tran Anh Hung dirigirá la versión cinematográfica de la exitosa novela Tokio Blues (Norwegian Wood), después de que el autor, el japonés Haruki Murakami, haya aceptado su petición, anunció hoy la productora. La compañía Asmik Ace Entertainment informó hoy de que ya ha iniciado el proyecto junto a la televi >>>


      ACS confirma que venderá sus acciones de Unión Fenosa a Gas Natural
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Comentarios - 38 Como estaba previsto, Gas Natural va a comprar a ACS el ',''% de la eléctrica Unión Fenosa en los próximo cinco días hábiles bursátiles -antes del 6 de agosto- y otro 35,3%, hasta alcanzar el 45,3%, en los diez días hábiles posteriores a la autorización que dé la Comisión Nacional de la Energía (CNE), ya que el >>>


      ACS confirma que venderá sus acciones de Unión Fenosa a Gas Natural
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Comentarios - 38 Como estaba previsto, Gas Natural va a comprar a ACS el ',''% de la eléctrica Unión Fenosa en los próximo cinco días hábiles bursátiles -antes del 6 de agosto- y otro 35,3%, hasta alcanzar el 45,3%, en los diez días hábiles posteriores a la autorización que dé la Comisión Nacional de la Energía (CNE), ya que el >>>


      Agua para Lanzarote
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     La Empresa de Agua de Lanzarote está al borde de la quiebra. En 1'64 fue creada para sacar agua potable del mar. Desde entonces, la desalinización del agua marina ha suministrado a Lanzarote el elemento imprescindible para proveerse de una infraestructura básica con la que subirse al carro de la sociedad del bienestar ¿Cómo es posible q >>>


      Agua para Lanzarote
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     La Empresa de Agua de Lanzarote está al borde de la quiebra. En 1'64 fue creada para sacar agua potable del mar. Desde entonces, la desalinización del agua marina ha suministrado a Lanzarote el elemento imprescindible para proveerse de una infraestructura básica con la que subirse al carro de la sociedad del bienestar ¿Cómo es posible q >>>


      Agua para Lanzarote
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     La Empresa de Agua de Lanzarote está al borde de la quiebra. En 1'64 fue creada para sacar agua potable del mar. Desde entonces, la desalinización del agua marina ha suministrado a Lanzarote el elemento imprescindible para proveerse de una infraestructura básica con la que subirse al carro de la sociedad del bienestar ¿Cómo es posible q >>>


      Agua para Lanzarote
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     La Empresa de Agua de Lanzarote está al borde de la quiebra. En 1'64 fue creada para sacar agua potable del mar. Desde entonces, la desalinización del agua marina ha suministrado a Lanzarote el elemento imprescindible para proveerse de una infraestructura básica con la que subirse al carro de la sociedad del bienestar ¿Cómo es posible q >>>


      Alonso: "Renault no está bien en ningún sentido"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Apenas quedan esperanzas para Fernando Alonso en la actual temporada. El piloto de Fórmula Uno afronta este fin de semana el Gran Premio de Hungría con bastante menos optimismo que hace cuatro meses, cuando se dio el pistoletazo de salida en Australia. Carrera a carrera, su coche no ha sido capaz de emular el R26 de hace dos temporadas, en >>>


      Atacado con cócteles mólotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles mólotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Atacado con cócteles molotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles molotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Atacado con cócteles molotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles molotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Atacado con cócteles molotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles molotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Atacado con cócteles molotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles molotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Atacado con cócteles molotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles molotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Atacado con cócteles molotov el coche de un miembro del PP en Bilbao
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Cuatro encapuchados han atacado con sendos cócteles molotov el vehículo de un miembro del PP y un cajero exterior de Caixa Galicia en el barrio bilbaíno de Santutxo. Los ataques han tenido lugar sobre las 23.15 horas en la calle Luis Luciano Bonaparte, según ha informado un portavoz del Departamento vasco de Interior, que no ha querido reve >>>


      Aíto: "Pensar sólo en Pau nos desenfoca"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Treinta y cinco años después de haber emprendido su larga y exitosa carrera como entrenador de élite, Aíto (Madrid, 1'46) afronta el desafío de conducir a la mejor generación de jugadores españoles a la consecución de una medalla olímpica. Aíto vuelve a dirigir a Pau Gasol y Juan Carlos Navarro ocho años después de darles el espald >>>


      Aíto: "Pensar sólo en Pau nos desenfoca"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Treinta y cinco años después de haber emprendido su larga y exitosa carrera como entrenador de élite, Aíto (Madrid, 1'46) afronta el desafío de conducir a la mejor generación de jugadores españoles a la consecución de una medalla olímpica. Aíto vuelve a dirigir a Pau Gasol y Juan Carlos Navarro ocho años después de darles el espald >>>


      Aíto: "Pensar sólo en Pau nos desenfoca"
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     Treinta y cinco años después de haber emprendido su larga y exitosa carrera como entrenador de élite, Aíto (Madrid, 1'46) afronta el desafío de conducir a la mejor generación de jugadores españoles a la consecución de una medalla olímpica. Aíto vuelve a dirigir a Pau Gasol y Juan Carlos Navarro ocho años después de darles el espald >>>


      Berlusconi demanda a YouTube por 500 millones de euros
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     El grupo italiano de radiodifusión Mediaset ha demandado a la compañía Google Inc y su división de vídeo YouTube por la difusión de sus contenidos. El grupo de comunicación que pertenece al Primer Ministro italiano Silvio Berlusconi solicita 500 millones de euros en concepto de daños y perjuicios. La compañía de Berlusconi se suma >>>


      Berlusconi demanda a YouTube por 500 millones de euros
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     El grupo italiano de radiodifusión Mediaset ha demandado a la compañía Google Inc y su división de vídeo YouTube por la difusión de sus contenidos. El grupo de comunicación que pertenece al Primer Ministro italiano Silvio Berlusconi solicita 500 millones de euros en concepto de daños y perjuicios. La compañía de Berlusconi se suma >>>


      Berlusconi demanda a YouTube por 500 millones de euros
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     El grupo italiano de radiodifusión Mediaset ha demandado a la compañía Google Inc y su división de vídeo YouTube por la difusión de sus contenidos. El grupo de comunicación que pertenece al Primer Ministro italiano Silvio Berlusconi solicita 500 millones de euros en concepto de daños y perjuicios. La compañía de Berlusconi se suma >>>


      Berlusconi demanda a YouTube por 500 millones de euros
      El Pais, 31-07-2008
     El grupo italiano de radiodifusión Mediaset ha demandado a la compañía Google Inc y su división de vídeo YouTube por la difusión de sus contenidos. El grupo de comunicación que pertenece al Primer Ministro italiano Silvio Berlusconi solicita 500 millones de euros en concepto de daños y perjuicios. La compañía de Berlusconi se suma >>>



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