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      IRAQI FORCES STILL HAVE A WAY TO GO
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Jay Deshmukh I BAGHDAD: The growing competence of the Iraqi armed forces has boosted Baghdads confidence as it negotiates a long–term security pact with Washington but their ability to fight without US help is still in doubt.

Iraq has won measured praise from its US backers after offensives against Shiite >>>


      IT&#8217;S OK TO KIDNAP AHMADINEJAD: ISRAELI MINISTER
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
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Its OK to kidnap Ahmadinejad: Israeli minister Mohammed Mari I Arab News

RAMALLAH: Israeli Pensioners Minister and former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan said in an interview to German magazine Der Spiegel that the same tactics used to capture Nazi Holocaust mastermind Adol >>>


      JAYA TOLD NOT TO PROVOKE MAHARASHTRIANS
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Shahid Burney I Arab News MUMBAI: Taking serious note of the controversial remarks of Samajwadi Party member of Parliament and actor Jaya Bachchan, the Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna published yesterday advised Jaya not to provoke Maharashtrians.

It was Mumbai tha >>>


      JORDAN LAW TO PROTECT EXPATS
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa I Arab News AMMAN: The Jordanian government is considering drafting a law for combating human trafficking, primarily designed to protect rights of expatriates working in the country, Interior Minister Eid Al–Fayez said yesterday.

The move came after Indonesian authorities reportedly ba >>>


      LANKA REBELS ATTACK ARMY BASE IN NORTH
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     AP COLOMBO: Tamil Tiger rebels launched an air raid and a ground assault led by a team of suicide commandos on a military complex in northern Sri Lanka early yesterday. Thirteen troops, one civilian and 11 of the assailants died in the attack, the military said.

The military said it shot down one of the rebels >>>


      LIST OF 450 READY FOR A POSSIBLE SHALIT EXCHANGE
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Mohammed Mari I Arab News RAMALLAH: A special Israeli ministerial task force has completed drafting a list of 450 Palestinian prisoners whom Israel would be willing to release in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

The Israeli daily Haaretz said the ministerial panel, headed by Vice Premier Haim Ramon, >>>


      NUKE DEAL IN FINAL PHASE: US ENVOY
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy I Arab News NEW DELHI: It is only a matter of days for the Indo–US nuclear deal to be finally formally inked. This depends on how soon the US Congress gives the nod to the 123 agreement.

"We are now in the final phase," US envoy in India David C. Mulford told reporters here ye >>>


      REST OF WORLD WANTS OBAMA AS US PRESIDENT: BBC POLL
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Reuters LONDON: US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said yesterday.

All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer to see Obama elected US president ahe >>>


      US REMAINS &#8216;DANGEROUSLY VULNERABLE&#8217;
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
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US remains dangerously vulnerable AP

WASHINGTON: The United States remains "dangerously vulnerable" to chemical, biological and nuclear attacks seven years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a forthcoming independent study concludes. And a House Democra >>>


      ZARDARI SWORN IN AS PAKISTAN PRESIDENT
      Arab News, 10-09-2008
     Azhar Masood I Arab News UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS WIFE: Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, widower of Benazir Bhutto, in front of her portrait at a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday. (AP)

ISLAMABAD: Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as the 12th president of Pakistan yesterday and immediately pledged to wo >>>


      A PORTRAIT OF A MAN DEFINED BY HIS WARS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     A01 Five days before Christmas 2001, a little more than three months after the '/11 terrorist attacks that redefined his presidency, George W. Bush sat in the Oval Office for the first of what would become a series of six interviews about how he had chosen to exercise his most consequential power

–&nd >>>


      ANALYSIS: OBAMA IS BACK ON DEFENSE AGAINST MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     AM RIVERSIDE, Ohio –– Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has found himself in a position he hasn‘t been in during many long months of campaigning _ on defense against Republican rival John McCain.

With just over seven weeks left in the race, the candidates are running even in most po >>>


      DEMOCRATS START ON ENERGY PLAN
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     By Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 10, 2008; A02 After absorbing months of criticism for inaction on the high cost of gasoline, House Democrats yesterday began assembling broad energy legislation that allows greater drilling off the Atlantic coastline and Florida‘s gulf shore.

Sp >>>


      FOGGING UP THOSE OLD–TIME FORECASTS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 10, 2008; B01 HAGERSTOWN, Md. –– They call themselves "prognosticators," people who study the phases of the moon and the height of wasp nests, then declare there will be showers on Oct. 18, 200'.

Prognosticators cr >>>


      FRANKEN, COLEMAN LOOK TO NOV. AFTER PRIMARY WINS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     ST. PAUL, Minn. –– With a pair of easy primary victories behind them, comedian–turned–politician Al Franken and Sen. Norm Coleman wasted no time diving into the homestretch of their already long–running Minnesota Senate battle.

Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" star >>>


      KIM JONG IL MAY BE GRAVELY ILL, JEOPARDIZING TALKS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     10, 2008; 1:17 AM WASHINGTON –– North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il may be gravely ill, perhaps the victim of a stroke, U.S. and other Western officials said Tuesday after he failed to appear for a major national parade. If so, it could jeopardize the already troubled international effort to get his nation to >>>


      LAST TREE–SITTERS DESCEND FROM UC BERKELEY GROVE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     AM BERKELEY, Calif. –– A 21–month occupation of an oak grove at the University of California at Berkeley has ended peacefully, but not without some dispute, as the remaining four tree–sitters descended from their perch and into police custody.

After cutting off food and water supply line >>>


      LEAF WATER, FAMILY HELPED NC MOM SURVIVE RAVINE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     RALEIGH, N.C. –– A North Carolina woman said Wednesday she survived five days trapped in a wrecked truck at the bottom of a ravine by squeezing water from a leaf and thinking about her family.

Amber Pennell said on NBC‘s "Today" show that she doesn‘t remember the crash Aug. 20 >>>


      LEHMAN BROTHERS ANNOUNCES $4 BILLION LOSS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; ':47 AM Historic Wall Street investment firm Lehman Brothers today said it lost nearly $4 billion over the last three months and announced plans to sell some of its assets to raise cash and decrease its involvement in riskier real estate investments.

In a series of steps meant to demonstrate its abili >>>


      MORE PEOPLE CALLING SUICIDE PREVENTION HOT LINE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     12:53 AM WASHINGTON –– The number of Americans calling the government‘s suicide prevention hot line has increased every year since its launch, say the program‘s staff, who attribute that to efforts to promote the number rather than a rise in people considering suicide.

Last month, Americ >>>


      OBAMA OPENS EDUCATION DEBATE WITH MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democrat Barack Obama reached for middle ground on education this week, opening a debate with John McCain over who would do more to put good teachers in classrooms and help parents find alternatives to bad schools.

Conceding that both parties have worthy ideas, Obama set out to prove t >>>


      PENTAGON LEADERS TO URGE CAUTION IN TROOP CUTS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     6:10 AM WASHINGTON –– Top defense leaders are telling Congress the U.S. must be cautious as the Pentagon begins to cut troops in Iraq and focus more attention on the escalating fight in Afghanistan.

In testimony Wednesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was to note the dramatic security gains in Ira >>>


      POLICE ARREST MAN IN PA. SUBWAY HAMMER ATTACK
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     PHILADELPHIA –– Police have arrested a man suspected of brutally attacking a dozing subway passenger with a hammer while other riders did nothing to stop the assault, the city‘s police commissioner said Wednesday.

The suspect, taken into custody in a mental institution late Tuesday, has a leng >>>


      TEXAS OFFICIALS WEIGH EVACUATIONS AS IKE NEARS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     1:16 AM McALLEN, Texas –– With Hurricane Ike steaming into the Gulf of Mexico, Texas emergency officials Tuesday stood ready to order 1 million people evacuated from the impoverished Rio Grande Valley and tried to convince tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that they have less to fear from the Border Pa >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     6:32 AM –– Hurricane Ike was to move northwestward through the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, bringing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to southern Florida.

Isolated tornadoes and waterspouts were possible in southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

Ike was expected to strengthen from a Categor >>>


      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     3:00 AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama‘s ‘lipstick on a pig‘ remark draws fire from Republicans ... McCain ad criticizes Obama vote on sex ed in Illinois, Obama camp calls claim ‘shameful‘ ... Palin sticks with same lines, still taking no questions, but she‘s breaking free this >>>


      AS CAMPAIGN HEATS UP, UNTRUTHS CAN BECOME FACTS BEFORE THEY‘RE UNDONE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; A01 From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared that she had opposed the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," critics, the news media and nonpartisan fact checkers have called it a fabrication or, at best, a half–truth. But yesterday in Lebanon, Ohio, and again in Lancaster, Pa., she crossed that bri >>>


      BIDEN SAYS ONLY MCCAIN WOULD THINK ECONOMY IS GOOD
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     COLUMBIA, Mo. –– Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday that only Republican John McCain would think that Missouri is enjoying good economic times.

"I could walk from here to Springfield and I don‘t think I‘d find a single, solitary person on the way who felt >>>


      GOVERNOR IS ASKED TO RELEASE E–MAILS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     A04 WASILLA, Alaska, Sept. ' –– Gov. Sarah Palin is being asked by a local Republican activist to release more than 1,100 e–mails she withheld from a public records request, including 40 that were copied to her husband, Todd.

Palin had claimed executive privilege for documents copied to he >>>


      HILL AIDE EMERGES IN LOBBYIST‘S CASE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     A13 An aide to Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R–N.M.) worked closely with indicted former lobbyist Kevin A. Ring to help his firm maintain an Indian tribe in the lawmaker‘s district as a lucrative client, according to court papers unsealed Monday.

E–mails between the unnamed staff member for Wilson a >>>


      MCCAIN RALLY MOVES TO PARK AS SCHOOL DEBATE CONTINUES
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     September 10, 2008; B01 Controversy over whether Fairfax High School should host a presidential campaign rally during school hours today eased somewhat after Republicans moved Sen. John McCain‘s event to a local park.

Fairfax County School Superintendent Jack D. Dale drew complaints yesterday from parents >>>


      OBAMA SAYS MCCAIN HAS ERRED BY FOCUSING ON CHANGE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     September 10, 2008; A04 Sen. Barack Obama fought back yesterday against Democratic concerns that Sen. John McCain has seized the initiative in the presidential race, arguing that the conventions did little to change the structure of the election and that his rival made a major miscalculation by focusing the choice on wh >>>


      PALIN ENERGIZING WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; A04 LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. ' –– Susie Baron is a Republican, a mother of two and a home–schooler. She voted for Mike Huckabee in the Ohio primary, but now –– because of Sarah Palin –– she thinks she is part of something much bigger.

"I wouldn‘t even c >>>


      RANGEL SAYS HE WILL PAY BACK TAXES; GOP WANTS HIM OUT OF CHAIRMANSHIP
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; A13 As House GOP leaders called for his removal from the powerful chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D–N.Y.) announced yesterday that he will repay an unspecified amount in back federal, state and local taxes on unreported income from a Dominican Republic vacation pro >>>


      THE COMMANDER IN SPEECH
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     "The president," Bob Woodward writes in his new book, "talked irritably of how he believed there was an ‘elite‘ class in America that thought he could do nothing right." The disdain of the elite class must be painful for the president, who rose from the humble origins of Andover, Yale, Ke >>>


      WHO‘S IT GONNA BE? BARR? NADER?
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     The conventions are over. The battle is joined. And Loop Fans know what that means. Yes, it‘s time for In the Loop‘s quadrennial Pick the President Contest.

Simply predict the winning candidate, the number of electoral votes he‘ll receive and his percentage of the popular vote. The first 20 en >>>


      ACROSS HAITI, A SCENE OF DEVASTATION
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, September 10,
2008; A08 CABARET, Haiti, Sept. ' –– Three times in the past month, the river rose toward Andre Jean Compae‘s cassava garden and three times, he watched it subside. So when his neighbors in this coastal Haitian town began >>>


      ANGOLA‘S RULING MPLA WINS PARLIAMENTARY POLL
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     LUANDA (Reuters) – Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos‘s ruling MPLA party scored a landslide parliamentary election victory on Wednesday with nearly 82 percent of the vote, provisional final results showed.

The outcome, accepted by the opposition, is widely expected to ensure the oil–ri >>>


      DEATH TOLL IN EGYPTIAN ROCK SLIDE CLIMBS TO 62
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– A senior Egyptian health official says the death toll from the weekend‘s devastating rock slide that buried a shanty town on Cairo‘s outskirts has now reached 62.

Mohammed Sultan, head of emergency services at the Health Ministry, says the number of injured in Saturday&ls >>>


      GROWING OPTIMISM AS ZIMBABWE TALKS RESUME
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     HARARE, Zimbabwe –– Talks aimed at forming a government of national unity to end Zimbabwe‘s long political crisis resumed Wednesday amid mounting optimism.

Both President Robert Mugabe and the main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai were relatively upbeat when they emerged late Tuesday from n >>>


      IAEA CHIEF ELBARADEI WILL NOT SEEK ANOTHER TERM
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     VIENNA (Reuters) – International Atomic Energy Agency Director Mohamed ElBaradei plans to leave office after his third term expires in November 200', according to an IAEA memo released on Wednesday.

ElBaradei who has presided over politically volatile IAEA investigations into nuclear activities of Nor >>>


      IN HUNT FOR BIN LADEN, A NEW APPROACH
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; A01 PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– Frustrated by repeated dead ends in the search for Osama bin Laden, U.S. and Pakistani officials said they are questioning long–held assumptions about their strategy and are shifting tactics to intensify the use of the unmanned but lethal Predator drone spy plane in the >>>


      MASSIVE PARTICLE COLLIDER PASSES FIRST KEY TESTS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     ':33 AM GENEVA –– The world‘s largest particle collider passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17–mile (27–kilometer) underground ring Wednesday in what scientists hope is the next great step to understanding the makeup of the univers >>>


      MOST MEMBERS OF IRAQ COALITION PREPARING TO PULL UP STAKES
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; A03 The Coalition of the Willing appears to be going out of business.

President Bush tucked a little extra news yesterday into a speech largely devoted to informing the public that he plans to withdraw 8,000 more troops from Iraq: He also announced that most of the countries that have been partnering with >>>


      N. KOREA OFFICIAL DENIES LEADER KIM IS ILL
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; 5:55 AM TOKYO, Sept. 10 –– So, how‘s the health of Kim Jong Il?

U.S. intelligence sources say the North Korean leader, whose no–show on Tuesday at an anniversary parade in Pyongyang raised eyebrows around the world, had a stroke in mid–August and may be seriously ill.

>>>


      NEPAL‘S EX–REBELS TO BE INTEGRATED IN 6 MONTHS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     KATMANDU, Nepal –– Thousands of former communist rebel fighters living in camps will be integrated into Nepal‘s security forces within the next six months, the new Maoist–led government said Wednesday.

A government policy document read in parliament by President Ram Baran Yadav said the >>>


      OFFICIAL: ALLEGED NKOREAN SPY ADMITS TO CHARGES
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     AM SEOUL, South Korea –– A woman from North Korea charged with espionage admitted in court Wednesday that she spied for the communist country, an official said, in a spectacular case that has drawn wide attention in South Korea.

Won Jeong–hwa made the admission during the first court hearing i >>>


      OFFICIALS: AL–QAIDA OPERATIVES KILLED IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     AM DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan –– Two top al–Qaida operatives were among four foreign militants killed in a suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan‘s volatile northwest, Pakistani intelligence officials said Wednesday.

The officials said one was in charge of the terror network‘s a >>>


      PETRAEUS: IRAQ IS ‘CENTRAL FRONT‘ FOR EXTREMISTS
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     September 10, 2008; A11 BAGHDAD, Sept. ' –– Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the departing commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said that the country remains "the central front" for al–Qaeda and other extremist groups but acknowledged that violence is rising in Afghanistan and Pakistan –&n >>>


      QUAKE IN IRAN KILLS 3, SENDS TREMORS ACROSS GULF
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     ':43 AM TEHRAN, Iran –– A strong earthquake rocked southern Iran on Wednesday, killing three people and sending tremors across the Persian Gulf to the skyscrapers of Dubai.

The country‘s seismological center said the magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:30 p.m., with the epicenter about 850 miles >>>


      REDUCED DOMINANCE IS PREDICTED FOR U.S.
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     By Joby Warrick and Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 10, 2008; A02 An intelligence forecast being prepared for the next president on future global risks envisions a steady decline in U.S. dominance in the coming decades, as the world is reshaped by globalization, battered by climate change, >>>


      RÉSUMÉ SCANDAL MAY WEAKEN IRAN‘S LEADER
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     2008; A12 TEHRAN, Sept. ' –– Apparent résumé–padding by a newly appointed cabinet minister is causing division among President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s supporters and may force him to submit the cabinet to a review by the Iranian parliament, which is led by one of the president&lsq >>>


      STRONG QUAKE HITS SOUTHERN IRAN NEAR OIL PORT
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck southern Iran on Wednesday near Bandar Abbas, site of a major Iranian oil refinery, killing at least three people and injuring 22, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Service said the quake‘s magnitude was 6.1 and it struck at 7 a.m. EDT about 53 km (3 >>>


      THAI PARTIES HUDDLE AHEAD OF FRIDAY‘S PM VOTE
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – The parties in Thailand‘s ruling coalition met behind closed doors on Wednesday to agree a replacement prime minister for Samak Sundaravej, who was removed by the courts for hosting TV cooking shows while in office.

Samak‘s People Power Party (PPP), the biggest in the six&n >>>


      THAI PREMIER OUSTED OVER STINTS ON COOKING SHOW
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     BANGKOK, Sept. ' –– Thailand‘s prime minister was forced out of office Tuesday after a court ruled that he had broken a conflict–of–interest law by hosting a TV cooking show.

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej‘s supporters immediately vowed to bring him back to power, leavin >>>


      WILDFIRES SWEEP SOUTHERN AFRICA, KILL AT LEAST 8'
      Washington Post, 10-09-2008
     MAPUTO, Mozambique –– Officials say at least 8' people have died in wildfires sweeping through Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.

The Mozambique government says that 4' people have died in central Mozambique and the toll may rise further. The fires claimed more than 40 lives in South Af >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief The state doesn‘t usually sue citizens for libel but it‘s made an exception in the case of Ronit Zur, a supervisor at the Social Affairs Ministry.

The Tel Aviv prosecution is suing Yaakov Ben Yisaschar, the man behind the We >>>


      COMING SOON TO A SHOPPING CENTER NEAR YOU: AN ORGANIC MEGASTORE
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Adi Dovrat Tags: Eden Teva, Guy Provisor Until about five years ago, Israel‘s organic sector consisted of small health–food stores. Then Guy Provisor decided to take a risk.

Provisor is the one who introduced the concept of supermarkets, even megastores, for natural and organic foods to Israel, t >>>


      COURT RULES AGAINST THE FINE PRINT IN WARRANTIES
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Rina Rozenberg Tags: Rishon Lezion, Home Center Stipulations and limitations that appear in small, almost hidden font size on warranties are legally void for matters of consumer protection, a court has decided.

In a ruling against the home improvement chain Home Center and its chief executive David Bikovsky, >>>


      FIRM BLOCKED FROM CONVERTING J‘LEM LANDMARK INTO MALL
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Rinat Nahum–Halevy Tags: preservation The site of the old Marienstift children‘s hospital earmarked for preservation on Hanevi‘im Street in Jerusalem can‘t be converted into a mall, a court ruled on Monday.

Arledan Investments bought the 1'th–century structure, one of the fi >>>


      INFOGIN WINS BONANZA DEAL WITH MICROSOFT
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Amitai Ziv Tags: Microsoft, InfoGin, Israel InfoGin says it has finalized a multimillion–dollar agreement with Microsoft, the biggest deal in the Israeli firm‘s history. InfoGin, a local startup founded in 2000, has developed the intelligent mobile platform, which makes Internet content accessible on mobi >>>


      IZZY WON‘T REMAIN EL AL CHAIRMAN, VOWS BROTHER
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz Tags: Borovich, El Al, Israel "He‘s my brother, and I won‘t hurt him," David (Dedi) Borovich told colleagues just a short time after his unsuccessful bid to acquire his brother‘s controlling stake in the Knafaim Group, which controls the national airline, El Al.

>>>


      LANDS ADMIN OFFICIAL TOOK BRIBES FROM DUDI APPEL
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Amit Benaroia Tags: corruption, israel Oded Tal, formerly the manager of the Israel Lands Administration central district, was found guilty of graft yesterday.

Tel Aviv Magistrate‘s Court Judge Dan Mor found Tal guilty of three charges involving accepting bribes and breach of trust in the Zohar Towers >>>


      MARKET REPORT / BANKS FALL DESPITE FANNIE, FREDDIE RESCUE
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Tal Levy Tel Aviv stocks dropped hard yesterday, dragged down by the real estate sector. The story of the day remained the nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the United States, which guarantee $5.5 trillion worth of mortgages. Shares in the two outfits collapsed by about 80% at Wall Street‘s openi >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     If you keep a constant eye on oil options, you must have had a fright Tuesday morning: The price of put options dived by no less than '0%. (Puts bet that the price of oil will drop and if the price of a put option drops, that indicates the belief that oil will become more expensive.) Glue your toupee back on: The no >>>


      MICROMEDIC AND FLORIDA U. SCIENTISTS TAKE ON JAW BONE ROT
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Ruth Schuster and Yoram Gabison Tags: osteoperosis, cancer Micromedic Technologies is seeing the first fruits of a strategic collaboration agreement signed two months ago with the University of Florida. Scientists at the university are working on a blood–test kit which the Israeli company would commercialize &n >>>


      TRUSTEES SEE HOPE FOR PACT WITH NIDAR CREDITORS
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Nurit Roth Tags: bankruptcy, Nidar, Israel The trustees responsible for Nidar Construction & Development say that offers are being submitted for the acquisition of the bankrupt company.

The trustees, attorneys Amir Bartov and Jacob Amster, have motioned the court to extend the stay of proceedings protect >>>


      TSHUVA SUED OVER ‘ATTIC–LIKE‘ $53M PLAZA HOTEL PENTHOUSES
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger and Reuters Tags: Yitzhak Tshuva The buyer of two penthouse apartments at the renovated Plaza Hotel on Manhattan‘s Fifth Avenue is suing Yitzhak Tshuva‘s Elad Properties and the brokers, claiming the property‘s quality falls short of promises. For one thing, the ceilings are too l >>>


      A BAD LAW FOR DEMOCRACY
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: referendum, Israel, Knesset A referendum is not part of the political culture in Israel, and never has been. The public was not asked its opinion before Israel annexed Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. It was not asked what it thought about an exemption from the draft for yeshiva students, or ab >>>


      DON‘T WORRY ABOUT THE BIBLE, IT CAN TAKE CARE OF ITSELF
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Michael Handelzalts Tags: Hebrew, Education Ministry In Israel – which was established 60 years ago as the national home of the Jewish people, which "gave the world the eternal Book of Books" (according to the Declaration of Independence), and whose official languages, alongside Arabic, include that s >>>


      OLMERT‘S WARNING SIGN
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Uzi Benziman Tags: israel police, corruption Last month, an interministerial panel operating under the auspices of the Justice Ministry approved Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s request for a NIS 30,000 reimbursement to partially cover the legal fees accrued during his testimony before the Winograd Committee. Not o >>>


      THE ISSUE IS THE CITIZENS, NOT THE JUSTICES
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Daphne Barak–Erez Tags: Israel The proposal to amend the Basic Law on the Judiciary, which would reduce the scope and efficacy of judicial review of Knesset legislation, was met by criticism regarding the damage it would do to the status of the judicial system in general, and the Supreme Court in particular. Bu >>>


      WHO NEEDS IT?
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Avirama Golan Tags: democracy, amram mitzna An unwritten law divides central Israel from the periphery: The smaller the town, the larger and more numerous are the campaign signs for local elections. Conversely, the more critical the elections, the more apathetic the residents – and their faith in the power of p >>>


      DERI ASKS ELECTION COMMITTEE CHIEF TO SANCTION BID FOR JERUSALEM MAYOR
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Shahar Ilan and Yair Ettinger Former Shas chairman Aryeh Deri asked the head of the Central Elections Committee yesterday to allow him to run for mayor of Jerusalem, a necessary step in overcoming the ban on him running for public office that was imposed because of the 10 months in prison he once served for corruptio >>>


      FAMILY ROW ENDS IN BRUTAL AX MURDER; POLICE SUSPECT BROTHER
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi Police suspect a 25–year–old man from the lower Galilee yesterday hacked his sister to death with an ax. The body was found in the victim‘s home in Kfar Shibli.

The body of Fassaiyel Shara‘an Shibli was found in the lounge room of the house where the 34–year– >>>


      FEARING THREATS, COURT HAD CANCELED NETANYA SHOOTING VICTIM‘S COMMUNITY SERVICE
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Jonathan Lis Tags: Netanya, Charlie Abutbul Convicted underworld figure Charlie Abutbul, who was critically wounded in an apparent mob hit in Netanya on Monday, had earlier been barred from performing court–ordered community service because the authorities feared it would put his life at risk.

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      GAYDAMAK LIKELY TO SURRENDER JERUSALEM RACE TO DERI
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Lily Galili Russian–born businessman Arcadi Gaydamak is expected to give up on his plans to run for mayor of Jerusalem after former Shas chairman Aryeh Deri announced yesterday he is running for the same post.

Even though Gaydamak has not made a final decision, his advisers say Deri‘s candidacy w >>>


      IDF RESERVISTS URGED TO AVOID MUSLIM STATES DUE TO HEZBOLLAH KIDNAP THREAT
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Amos Harel, Yossi Melman and Ora Coren Israel‘s secret services recently warned former officers of the Israel Defense Forces and other security agencies not to travel to Muslim states, for fear that Hezbollah will try to kidnap them in order to avenge the death of Imad Mughniyeh. Reserve IDF officers who do bus >>>


      ISRAELI SCIENTISTS JOIN EXPERIMENT TO BREAK OPEN ‘BIG BANG‘
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Assaf Uni , Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies Tags: Giora Minkenburg, Big Bang It is afternoon in the control room of the Atlas particle detector, the biggest and most complex system of its kind. Prof. Giora Minkenberg of the Weizmann Institute is examining the tracks of a few muons 100 deep meters in the ground, wh >>>


      KNESSET OKAYS 10–YEAR TAX BREAK FOR OLIM, RETURNING EX–PATS
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Cnaan Liphshiz Tags: immigration, israel New immigrants and returning Israelis on Tuesday received a 10–year tax exemption on revenues earned outside the country, when the Knesset plenum unanimously approved a sweeping tax reform designed to attract more Diaspora Jews to immigrate to Israel and more expatriate >>>


      LEBANON PRESIDENT CALLS RIVAL LEADERS FOR TALKS ON FATE OF HEZBOLLAH ARMED WING
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Reuters BEIRUT – Lebanon‘s President Michel Suleiman invited rival leaders yesterday for talks next week that are set to focus on the fate of Hezbollah‘s military wing. The talks, set to start at the presidential palace on Sept. 16, were stipulated in a Qatari–brokered deal that ended the coun >>>


      LEGAL ANALYSIS / AN UNSEEMLY PATH TO CITY HALL
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Ze‘ev Segal Aryeh Deri‘s intention of presenting his candidacy for mayor of Jerusalem raises the question of the moral turpitude entailed in his conviction for accepting substantial sums of money as a bribe.

Bribery is considered more serious than other offenses connected to governmental corrupti >>>


      MEMO URGING EMBASSY STAFF TO SNITCH ON DIPLOMATS CAUSES UPROAR
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Rotem Sella Tags: The tense relationship between diplomats and administrative personnel in Israel‘s embassies abroad recently became even more tense with the release of an internal telegram from Jerusalem urging the bureaucrats to report any "inappropriate behavior" on the diplomats‘ part.
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      MINISTER: WE COULD SNATCH IRANIAN LEADER
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Haaretz Staff Former Mossad agent Rafi Eitan has hinted in an interview with Germany‘s Der Spiegel magazine that Israel may abduct Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in order to bring him before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

"It could very well be that a leader such as Iranian >>>


      MISSING GIRL‘S GRANDFATHER RECANTS: I DIDN‘T KILL ROSE
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Roni Singer–Heruti Ronny Ron, the grandfather and stepfather of Rose Pizem, revoked his confession on Tuesday, insisting that he didn‘t kill the 4–year–old girl, who has been missing since May. "It‘s a blood–libel, everything is a lie. My confession was forced. The last time I >>>


      NEW BILL PROPOSES STATE COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF UNDERWORLD SHOOTINGS
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: israel, crime, terrorism A bill requiring the state to compensate victims of criminal attacks in the same way that it compensates victims of terror attacks was submitted to the Knesset Tuesday by MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu).

"There is no difference in the outcome between a terror >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     Tags: Kinneret, community centers Seven community centers are to open in the coming months, after years in which no such centers were opened. They will be located in Bat Yam, Modi‘in Ilit, Abu Basma, Ein Malal, Be‘er Sheva, Umm al–Fahm and Arara. "Community centers play an important role in genera >>>


      OBAMA TARGETING JEWISH VOTE IN FLA. CAMPAIGN
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Natasha Mozgovaya and Bradley Burston The Barack Obama campaign in Florida, targeting the Jewish vote in a state which has proven crucial in recent presidential campaigns, has launched a new strategy to mobilize hundreds of community leaders in support of the Democratic ticket.

Recent polls have indicated th >>>


      PERES: ISRAEL, PA STANCES ON BORDERS SIMILAR
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Yoav Stern President Shimon Peres said yesterday that the difference between Israeli and Palestinian negotiating positions on the final borders of a Palestinian state was less than 5 percent.

"In order not to spoil the negotiations, I will only say that the difference between the sides does not reach tw >>>


      RETURNING ISRAELI CITIZENS ARE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Cnaan Liphshiz Native Israelis who return to their homeland after emigrating have a greater positive impact on the economy than citizens who never left, according to a study published by the Absorption Ministry yesterday. The ministry announced 2008 as an all–time record year for bringing back ex–Israelis >>>


      SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF TOP DOCTOR
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Roni Singer–Heruti A second suspect in the 2007 murder of a leading expert on pain therapy was arrested this week, and police think he may have played a key role in the shooting.

Ramle resident Imad Mughrabi, 27, was arrested Monday night on the basis of solid evidence tying him to the crime, not just >>>


      SHALIT DEAL MAY SHORTEN ABBAS PRESIDENCY
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Avi Issacharoff Tags: israel, hamas, gilad shalit Israel is expected to free the 40 Hamas Palestinian parliament members held in Israeli prisons, as part of a deal to release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. However, if Israel takes this step before the end of 200', it is expected to bring Mahmoud Abbas&lsqu >>>


      TARGETING OFFICERS / TENNENBAUM SQUARED
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Amos Harel The relevant precedent case is Elhanan Tenenbaum, a reserve IDF colonel who, in the framework of his service, is exposed to some of Israel‘s most sensitive secrets, and is tempted to go ahead with a dubious transaction.

Eventually, after arriving at the Persian Gulf, he is taken by Hezbollah >>>


      TEACHERS EARN HALF OF OECD AVERGAGE
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Or Kashti Israeli teachers‘ salaries rank 28th out of 32 developed countries and are less than half the average for members of the Organisation for Economic Co–operation and Development, according to the OECD‘s 2008 edition of its Education at a Glance report.

The report examines the state >>>


      UNITED NATIONS HOLDS GLOBAL ANTI–TERROR SYMPOSIUM
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent and Reuters Tags: terrorism, United Nations NEW YORK – The United Nations General Assembly had never before heard such a speech. Arnold Roth, the Israeli father of a terrorist victim, told the forum the story of his 15–year–old daughter Malki, who was murdered by >>>


      VIOLENCE AGAINST MEDICAL STAFF RISES
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     By Ran Reznick Since the beginning of this year 1,322 incidents of violence against medical personnel in Israeli medical institutions have been reported to the Health Ministry. These incidents include physical and verbal abuse, and property damage. The affected personnel included doctors (26 percent), nursing staff (25 >>>


      WORLD BRIEFS
      Haaretz, 10-09-2008
     The Education Ministry is paring down the cost of annual class trips to Poland and increasing scholarship funds to make it easier for parents to send their children on the trips, where students learn about the Holocaust by visiting death camps and other sites, the ministry said yesterday. The cost–cutting measures >>>


      Insisten en que la valija de Antonini era para la campaña
      Clarin, 10-09-2008
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      HIGH–LEVEL NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATION VISITS SWITZERLAND
      Nhan Dan, 10-09-2008
     National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son on September 8 held talks with Vice President of the Swiss National Council Chiara Simoesschi Cortesi as part of his working visit to the European country from September 5–10.

Host and guest expressed their delight at the recent fine development of bilateral >>>


      MEETING MARKS DPRK‘S NATIONAL DAY
      Nhan Dan, 10-09-2008
     The Vietnam–Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friendship Association and the Vietnam‘s Committee in Support of DPRK held a joint meeting in Hanoi on September 8 to mark the DPRK‘s 60th National Day, September '.

Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations‘ Chairman Vu >>>



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