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      DIETER BEHRING DE RETOUR AUX AFFAIRES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      FINANCE. Le financier bâlois reste soupçonné d‘escroquerie. La lecture de ce texte (1312 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      DU CAVIAR POUR TOUS LES HELVČTES?
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
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      DÜRRENMATT EN NOIR ET BLANC
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      BEAUX–ARTS. Les dessins de l‘écrivain mis en sc';ne par Mario Botta ŕ la Fondation Bodmer.

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      EN COLOMBIE, UN NOUVEL ESPOIR POUR LES OTAGES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Sur le mod';le irakien, le jeu de cartes des principaux leaders des FARC recherchés. Photo: Keystone AMERIQUE DU SUD. Le gouvernement a accepté de créer une zone de négociations avec les FARC. Bogota attend une réponse des rebelles.

Pierre Chambonnet Mercredi 28 décembre 2 >>>


      ET L‘ALCOOL?
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Marie–José Hutter, Vevey Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 Je fume depuis mes 17 ans et j‘ai 63 ans. Je mériterai donc bien mon AVS.

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      IMAGES VIOLENTES ÉCHANGÉES PAR MOBILE: DES ADOS FRISENT L‘ILLÉGALITÉ
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      MOEURS. Un cas en Appenzell attire l‘attention sur une tendance inquiétante. Le Temps Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 Ce n‘est peut–ętre pas encore une mode, mais déjŕ une tendance. Des jeunes chargent des images tr';s violentes sur leurs téléphones portables et se >>>


      INTERNET RECYCLE LES CADEAUX DÉCEVANTS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Les sites de vente aux ench';res permettent de vendre. Michael Lapaire Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 les objets qui n‘ont pas eu l‘heur de plaire ŕ Noël.Męme le P';re Noël peut se tromper. Lorsque le petit dernier de la famille reçoit ŕ double le Roboraptor, le >>>


      INTERNET RECYCLE LES RATÉS DU PČRE NOËL
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      BROCANTE VIRTUELLE. D';s le 26 décembre, Internet connaît un boom sur ses sites de revente. Les cadeaux malvenus repartent dans le circuit. Sur le site suisse Ricardo.ch, 200000 ench';res sont mises sur la toile quotidiennement.

Christian Lecomte Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 La Spyd >>>


      L‘ANNÉE PROCHAINE, CHRISTOPH BLOCHER TRAÎNERA LE BOULET DE LA LOI SUR LES ARMES
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Au Tir fédéral. Photo: Keystone SURVEILLANCE. Extręmement contestée, la révision n‘a pas pu ętre adoptée par le Conseil fédéral comme prévu avant la fin de 2005. Mais la Suisse s‘est engagée entre–temps ŕ l‘ONU en faveur d‘un cont >>>


      L‘ARMÉE IRAKIENNE EST LOIN D‘ĘTRE PRĘTE Ŕ POUVOIR PRENDRE LA RELČVE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      IRAK. Męme si la formation a progressé, les nouvelles forces de sécurité manquent encore cruellement d‘expérience. Et d‘officiers intermédiaires.

Michel Bôle–Richard, envoyé spécial ŕ Bagdad/Le Monde Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 Cet article >>>


      LA BOURSE DE MILAN CHERCHE UN PARTENAIRE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      MARCHES. Pour le patron de Borsa Italiana, une cotation devrait l‘aider dans sa quęte d‘alliance.

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      LA BRÉVINE EST PRESQUE Ŕ SEC
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      NEUCHATEL. Froid, pluie absente, resquille: les citernes se vident. La lecture de ce texte (2614 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LA CARPE CHEZ LES MING ET LES QING
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      EXPOSITION. Les collections Baur illustrent la symbolique du poisson. La lecture de ce texte (2662 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LA CRISE DE RÉGIME AU TCHAD MENACE DE VIRER Ŕ LA GUERRE AVEC LE SOUDAN
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      AFRIQUE. Alors que le Tchad s‘estime «en état de belligérance avec le Soudan», la diplomatie régionale redouble d‘efforts pour éviter l‘escalade entre N‘Djamena et Khartoum.

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      LA FRANCE POUSSE LES MÉNAGES Ŕ S‘ENDETTER
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      RELANCE. Paris veut stimuler la croissance grâce au crédit «rechargeable». La lecture de ce texte (2336 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LE GENEVOIS ADB SIGNE LA MEILLEURE PERFORMANCE DES IPO DE L‘ANNÉE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      COTATION. Sur les onze sociétés ŕ avoir franchi le pas de l‘introduction ŕ la Bourse de Zurich en 2005, Advanced Digital Broadcast est de loin celle qui séduit le plus les investisseurs.

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      LE KREMLIN PERD «SA VOIE LIBÉRALE»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      RUSSIE. Andreď Illarionov abandonne son poste de conseiller de Poutine. La lecture de ce texte (348' caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      LE MANCHOT EMPEREUR
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Poils &plumesManchots, ours, oiseaux, chiens... rarement une année aura été marquée par autant d‘animaux. Exemplaires ou inquiétantes, voire meurtri';res, ces bętes ont, elles aussi, fait l‘actualité de 2005. Premier volet d‘une série en quatre é >>>


      LE MEURTRE SUR PORTABLE, UNE FORME NOUVELLE DU VOYEURISME EXTRĘME
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Allô, torture ou porno. Photo: Keystone APPENZELL (AR). La police cantonale a surpris sur le portable d‘un adolescent des images mettant en sc';ne une exécution. Ces «snuff movies» peuvent ętre téléchargés sur Internet.

Anne Fournier, Zurich Mercredi 28 d >>>


      LE MONDIAL AU SECOURS DE L‘HYMNE ALLEMAND
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      SPORT Le Temps I Article Le Mondial au secours de l‘hymne allemand FOOTBALL. De hauts responsables luttent contre la réticence de leurs compatriotes ŕ chanter.

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      LE PUISSANT LOBBY DES TIREURS VEILLE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Christoph Blocher devrait présenter un nouveau projet de loi sur les armes. D. S. Miéville Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 Le texte aurait d$'; ętre publié avant la fin de l‘année. Il a pris un peu de retard pour des raisons de surcharge de l‘agenda du DFJP. Ce n‘est pas >>>


      LE SÉPARATISME JURASSIEN Ŕ LA RECHERCHE D‘UN SECOND SOUFFLE?
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Jean–Claude Rennwald, conseiller national (PS/JU), montre que le Jura se rapproche de plus en plus de la Suisse mais que, de ce fait, le mouvement jurassien a perdu son énergie.

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      LES ANIMAUX DE 2005 (2). L‘OURS BRUN
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      POILS &PLUMES. Manchots, ours, oiseaux, chiens... rarement une année aura été marquée par autant d‘animaux. Exemplaires ou inquiétantes, voire meurtri';res, ces bętes ont, elles aussi, fait l‘actualité de 2005. Deuxi';me volet d‘une série en >>>


      LES BANLIEUES MALADES DES MOTS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      ORTHOGRAPHE. Un enseignant retraité propose une réforme massive. La lecture de ce texte (2325 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      NOUS ALLONS VERS LE FROID
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      André Bovay–Rohr, Colombier (VD) Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 L‘article sur le réchauffement climatique du 15 décembre signé par le professeur Beniston est excellent, en particulier la figure sur les réservoirs et flux de carbone, męme s‘il y a carbone (CO2) et carbone >>>


      NUMÉRO DEUX DU MOBILE, SUNRISE POURRAIT CHANGER DE PROPRIÉTAIRE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      TDC est convoitée par l‘opérateur néerlandais KPN. Photo: Keystone TELECOMS. KPN, l‘opérateur historique des Pays–Bas, lorgne sur la filiale du danois TDC présente en Suisse. L‘avenir de la société devrait ętre clarifié dans le courant du mois de janv >>>


      PETITE CUVÉE POUR L‘INITIATIVE ET LE RÉFÉRENDUM
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      DROITS POLITIQUES. Seules deux initiatives ont été lancées en 2005, ce qui est tr';s peu, en regard du record de 1' enregistré en 1''8. Les quatre référendums lancés ont par ailleurs échoué.

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      QU‘IMPORTE QUI NOUS A CRÉÉS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Miguel Sanchez, Lausanne Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 Selon Mme Briel, «de nombreux parents sont conscients qu‘ils ne peuvent déposséder leurs enfants des racines de leur civilisation sans léser leur avenir».

Comme tous les corps constitués, le christianisme cherche " >>>


      QUAND LE CINÉMA S‘ÉVEILLE Ŕ L‘AFRIQUE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Dans «The Constant Gardener», John Le Carré dénonce les activités des entreprises pharmaceutiques en Afrique. Le réalisateur Fernando Meirelles en a fait un film tr';s réussi.

Thierry Jobin Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 «Je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais le cin&# >>>


      QUE 2006 VOUS SOIT MÉTA!
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
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      QUESTIONS Ŕ.... JEAN–YVES BONVIN, DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL DU GROUPE RHÔNE MÉDIA: «LA PRESSE A BESOIN D‘AIDES SIMPLES»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Le Temps: Le Conseil fédéral maintient sa décision de cesser tout syst';me d‘aide ŕ la presse. Pour un groupe comme Rhône Média, que cela représente–t–il financi';rement?

Jean–Yves Bonvin: Des charges supplémentaires de 300000 " >>>


      RAP, LA NOUVELLE AFRIQUE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Au Sénégal, une jeune génération de musiciens utilise le rap pour s‘affranchir de l‘influence française, remise en question par les débats sur le rôle de la colonisation. L‘Afrique, pour eux, est désormais ouverte sur le monde entier.

Arnaud Robert, Dak >>>


      SIGNAUX CONTRADICTOIRES DE L‘ÉCONOMIE JAPONAISE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      INFLATION. Les prix cessent de chuter, mais les ménages nippons réduisent leurs dépenses.

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      SILVIO BERLUSCONI ÉTRILLÉ PAR LE PATRON DES PATRONS ITALIENS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      ITALIE. A quatre mois des élections, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo appelle ŕ élire des gens honnętes et compétents.

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      SOUS LA HOULETTE DE PAUL VOLCKER, LA BANQUE CENTRALE AMÉRICAINE TERRASSE L‘INFLATION
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      1'78–1'87. Apr';s le terne et bref mandat de William Miller, Paul Volcker prend les rennes de l‘autorité monétaire des Etats–Unis. Il se fixe pour mission d‘endiguer la spirale des prix, quel qu‘en soit le co$';t économique.

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      SWISSTRANSPLANT QUITTERA GENČVE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      GENEVE. La fondation de dons d‘organes déménagera ŕ Berne en mai. La lecture de ce texte (2253 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      TENSION ENTRE LE TCHAD ET LE SOUDAN
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Depuis vendredi dernier, le gouvernement tchadien se dit «en état de belligérance avec le Soudan» voisin.

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      TRAJECTOIRE D‘ALTITUDE (3/10). DE LA PLAINE DU RHÔNE AU MOLÉSON
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Philippe Micheloud est l‘âme de Moléson–sur–Gruy';res. Avec son fr';re Bernard, il a bâti de toutes pi';ces la station voilŕ un quart de si';cle. Aujourd‘hui, il projette de doubler sa capacité d‘accueil.

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      UN CERTIFICAT D‘APTITUDE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Jean–François Simon, Boudry (NE) Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 Un enfant est mort dans des circonstances atroces et cela aurait pu ętre évité. Qu‘il ait été tué par des pitbulls ou des labradors, peu importe: une vie a été prise et ce drame est intolérable. >>>


      UN PARTI DU TEMPS JADIS
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
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      UN RÉD‘ EN CHEF POUR LE GRATUIT «20 MINUTES»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
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      UNE ÉTOILE EST NÉE
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      LUMIERE. Un astre interactif sur le Sal';ve. La lecture de ce texte (1422 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      VOULEZ–VOUS CHANTER AVEC MOI CE SOIR?
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      Kiosque. Nicolas Julliard Mercredi 28 décembre 2005 «Libération» décortique la vogue et l‘histoire des duos chantés. Ou comment l‘industrie du disque atténue sa crise en adoptant les stratégies d‘un club de rencontres vocales «J‘en ai marre d&lsquo >>>


      «LA PLANČTE SPORTIVE REND NOS VIES PLUS HABITABLES»
      Le Temps, 28-12-2005
      «La plan';te sportive rend nos vies plus habitables» Le Mondial au secours de l‘hymne allemand Le Mondial au secours de l‘hymne allemand SPORT Le Temps I Article «La plan';te sportive rend nos vies plus habitables» CHRISTOPHE GALLAZ. L‘écrivain vaudois raco >>>


      EGYPT, TURKEY TO SIGN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Agence France Presse CAIRO, 28 December 2005 — Egypt and Turkey were expected to sign a free trade agreement yesterday aimed at tripling the volume of annual trade between the two countries over three years to $3 billion.

Foreign trade ministers from the two countries will sign the deal that comes after nearly >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS EDGE HIGHER
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — Saudi stocks rose slightly yesterday, with the Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) closing 2'.65 points higher to 16,686.14.

Investors are taking wait–and–see approach as this is the last week of trading for the year.

The Banking an >>>


      SEMINAR FOCUSES ON CHANGES IN KINGDOM’S TAX LAWS
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — Saudi Arabia’s new income tax law, which was approved in April 2004, and the related bylaws issued on Aug. 15, 2004, were the focus of a seminar organized by Abdullah Baeshen, country coordinating and managing partner of Ernst & Young, Jeddah, one of the world’s >>>


      THE PILGRIMAGE — 6: YOUNG WOMEN IN PILGRIMAGE
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Lady Aishah, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him), praised the women of the Ansar because they did not allow their shyness to stop them from asking questions concerning the performance of their religious duties.

They put their questions to the Prophet overcoming the natural shynes >>>


      WHO CAN GIVE RULINGS
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. During my home visit, my sister told me that if a person cannot afford to go on pilgrimage, he should undertake a trip with the Tableeghi group, and he will get equal reward from God. I told her that this was absolutely wrong and suggested that she consult you, but she retorted by questioning >>>


      AL–DAHERI ELECTED HEAD OF JEDDAH MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — Municipal councils throughout the Kingdom have chosen their leadership and are preparing for their 2006 sessions.

In Jeddah yesterday, council members met to elect their president and vice president. They also outlined the issues they intend to tackle when >>>


      CITY OFFICIALS BEGIN BILLBOARD CRACKDOWN
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Hassan Adawi, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — The Jeddah municipality has begun removing billboards that violate a Dec. 25 deadline for the removal of what city officials call an eyesore and a danger.

Jeddah Mayor Adel Faqeeh said illegal billboards would be removed at their owners’ expense.

Furt >>>


      COMPANY OWNER BREAKS PROMISE ON PAY INCREASE
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — A group of young Saudis working in a big car rental company in Jeddah complained that they have not received the 15 percent salary increase they were promised by the company’s administration, Al–Riyadh newspaper reported.

The group of Saudis said that the manager of t >>>


      ENGINEERS COUNCIL POLL: ONE MORE STEP FOR SAUDI WOMEN
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Somayya Jabarti, Arab News Nadia Bakhurji JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — Results of the first–ever election to the Saudi Engineers Council were announced yesterday with a Saudi woman making history again by winning a seat on the 10–member board.

Nadia Bakhurji received 431 votes, the fifth highest amon >>>


      KING FAISAL PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Javid Hassan & Naif Al–Shehri, Arab News RIYADH, 28 December 2005 — Two Arab professors from Egypt and Morocco shared the 2006 King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and Literature, while two mathematicians — one each from the UK and India — were declared co–winners of the prize for science >>>


      MAGNET SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE NEARING COMPLETION
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Hasan Hatrash, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — The Jeddah Science Innovation Club, which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, will be officially inaugurated soon after this Haj season, said Ahmed Linjawy, external relations manager, Modern Products Company (MPC).

The two–story center, which cove >>>


      MAN KILLED IN NAJRAN TRIBAL CLASH
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Arab News NAJRAN, 28 December 2005 — A deadly fight between members of two tribes in Yadma, in the southern Najran region, last week resulted in the death of a 20–year–old man, Al–Watan reported.

The cause of the clash, in which three others were wounded, was unknown. The violence continued a >>>


      MASTER PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL MAKKAH APPROVED
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — The Makkah Development Authority held a meeting here yesterday and approved the master plan for the development of the central region of the holy city. The 23–year plan aims at accommodating three million Saudis and expatriates and eight million pilgrims.>>>


      MOST WANTED TERRORIST ARRESTED
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — Five Saudi policemen were killed and a most wanted terrorist was captured yesterday in the bloodiest gunbattle in the Kingdom in three months, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Two police officers were killed by gunfire from a car east of Buraidah, >>>


      NO PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR SCHOOLGIRLS
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — A few public girls’ schools in Jeddah submitted requests to have gymnasiums built, but their hopes for introducing physical education classes were dashed after the Ministry of Education announced that physical education for girls would not be allowed. Speculation in the >>>


      RCCI PROMOTING CHARITY THROUGH AWARDS FOR MERIT
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Javid Hassan, Arab News Abdulrahman Al–Jeraisy RIYADH, 28 December 2005 — The Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has announced that it will institute prizes for orphanages, charitable endowments and philanthropic support for funding educational activities and scientific research. There will also be a >>>


      SALMAN INAUGURATES RIYADH PUBLIC PARK
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Naif Al–Sheheri, Arab News Riyadh Governor Prince Salman tours Al–Watan Park in a boat after opening the facility on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Prince Faisal ibn Salman, chairman of Saudi Research & Marketing Group. (SPA)

RIYADH, 28 December 2005 — Riyadh Governor Prince Salman inaugurated >>>


      ARAB PARLIAMENT HOLDS INAUGURAL SESSION
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Agencies CAIRO, 28 December 2005 — The newly formed Arab Parliament convened for the first time yesterday in Cairo, the latest effort by the Arab League to revitalize its activities in the region. Arab League Secretary–General Amr Moussa and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak addressed the 88–seat interim Par >>>


      BULGARIA, LIBYA SET NEW DATE FOR AIDS TALKS
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Agence France Presse TRIPOLI, 28 December 2005 — Talks over compensation payments between Bulgarian officials and Libyan families of HIV positive children allegedly infected by Bulgarian nurses are to resume on Jan. 15, an official said yesterday.

Executive director of the Qaddafi Foundation, Salah Abdessalam, >>>


      DEATH FOR SIX AL–QAEDA MEN IN KUWAIT
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Omar Hasan, Agence France Presse KUWAIT CITY, 28 December 2005 — A Kuwaiti court yesterday ordered the hanging of six extremists accused of being members of a group linked to Al–Qaeda, the largest number of death sentences in a single case in the emirate’s history.

The condemned were charged with being m >>>


      ISRAELI JETS ATTACK ROADS, BRIDGES IN GAZA
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, 28 December 2005 — Israeli air raids struck buildings and roads in the Gaza Strip yesterday with the army poised to implement a security zone in the Palestinian territory intended to thwart militant rocket attacks.

Army helicopters fired missiles, heavily damaging offices connec >>>


      LEBANESE AUTHORITIES ARREST SYRIAN OVER MP’S KILLING
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Agence France Presse BEIRUT, 28 December 2005 — Lebanese authorities have arrested a Syrian man on suspicion of involvement in the killing earlier this month of anti–Syrian MP and newspaper magnate Gebran Tueni, a judicial source said yesterday.

Abdel Kader Abdel Kader, 30, was arrested after he was ques >>>


      PAKISTANI IMMIGRANTS IN GREEK ABDUCTION CLAIM
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Agence France Presse ATHENS, 28 December 2005 — Five Pakistani immigrants yesterday initiated legal proceedings against Greek and British agents whom they allege illegally abducted and interrogated them following the London bombings in July, their lawyer said.

The lawyer, Frangiskos Ragoussis, said some of his >>>


      PRC WANTS URGENT STEPS FOR BIHARIS’ REPATRIATION
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Abdul Maqsood Mirza, Arab News The participants at the PRC function with Tarek Mishkhas, coordinating editor Urdu News, in Jeddah.

JEDDAH, 28 December 2005 — Speakers at a function organized by the Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) called for adhering to the principles of Quaid–e–Azam Mohammad Al >>>


      PROTESTERS CALL FOR IRAQI NATIONAL UNITY GOVT
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Associated Press BAGHDAD, 28 December 2005 — More than 10,000 people backing Sunni and secular Shiite politicians marched through Baghdad yesterday in support of a national unity government. Also yesterday attacks on security forces left six Iraqi police officers and two bystanders dead yesterday.

Municipal wo >>>


      SANAA FORUM TO TACKLE TERRORISM, SECURITY ISSUES
      Arab News, 28-12-2005
      Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News ADEN, 28 December 2005 — The presidents of Yemen, Sudan and Somalia and the Ethiopian prime minister are to begin two days of talks in Aden today on boosting security and economic cooperation.

Issues of regional security, mainly the fight against terrorism in the Horn of Africa >>>


      APPALACHIAN TOWN LOOKS TO FLATTEN MOUNTAIN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      PIKEVILLE, Ky. –– The towering mountains that frame this Appalachian town have been a hindrance to growth, forcing homes and businesses to crowd together side by side on precious little flat land.

That could change under a plan by Pikeville leaders who recruited a coal company to flatten two mounta >>>


      CALIF. GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENTS SHIFT FOCUS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      SAN FRANCISCO –– One of two groups competing to put a gay marriage ban before California voters in 2006 has bowed out of the fight for now, saying the timing and political climate are not right to get such a measure passed.

Tuesday was the deadline for ProtectMarriage.com to submit the signatures n >>>


      HEART DEVICE‘S EXPORT BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Marc KaufmanWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 28, 2005; A02 The Food and Drug Administration has told Guidant Corp., a maker of medical devices, that it will not approve new contracts to export heart–rhythm stabilizers made in its Minnesota plant until the company can prove that its products are >>>


      HIGH COURT URGED TO HEAR PADILLA CASE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Jerry MarkonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 28, 2005; A13 Attorneys for "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla yesterday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up his case, saying the government‘s actions in detaining Padilla without charges for more than three years "highlight the danger >>>


      HISTORICAL FIGURES AT ODDS WITH POLS IN NAME GAME
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      What‘s in a name? Politics, it turns out, when Congress gets involved. The House passed legislation last week to name two buildings at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta after the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa, who ministered to the penniless.

The m >>>


      LOCATION OF BURIED ARTIFACTS SOUGHT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      HONOLULU, Dec. 27 –– A federal judge on Tuesday found four leaders of a Hawaiian group in contempt of court for refusing to disclose where they buried native Hawaiian artifacts borrowed from a museum.

Edward Halealoha Ayau, executive director of a group dedicated to the proper treatment of ancestra >>>


      MAINE OCEAN FLOOR HAS MUD–TRAPPED GAS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      PORTLAND, Maine –– The Maine coast has dozens of methane gas fields on the ocean bottom where mud–trapped gas occasionally bubbles to the surface, according to a team of University of Maine scientists.

There are 70 known gas fields between Portland and Eastport, and the rising bubbles create >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      Transit Workers Board Approves New Contact NEW YORK –– The executive board for the city‘s transit workers union approved a tentative new contract late Tuesday, five days after it ended a bus and subway strike that stranded millions of commuters.

The tentative contract, announced by union Pres >>>


      NEW ORLEANS POLICE KILL MAN WHO SWUNG KNIFE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 27 –– Police officers shot and killed a man brandishing a knife in a confrontation that was partially videotaped by a bystander, setting off another internal investigation of the embattled police department.

Monday‘s daylight shooting on a busy street was the first involving >>>


      NEW ORLEANS TOP COP SUPPORTIVE OF SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM NEW ORLEANS –– The officers who gunned down a knife–wielding man appeared to be justified, and would have betrayed their police training if they had aimed to fire a non–lethal shot, said Police Superintendent Warren Riley.

Anthony Hayes, 38, was shot Monday after allegedly lunging at >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      6:23 AM –– Donald Shelton Dawson WASHINGTON (AP) _ Donald Shelton Dawson, a lawyer who worked as a special assistant to President Harry S. Truman, died Sunday after suffering a stroke.

He was '7. Dawson died at his residence in Bethesda, Md., said a grandson, Chris Coyner. As administrative ass >>>


      POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN MILWAUKEE BEATING
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      MILWAUKEE –– A motorist who was kicked, punched and left alone in the street after honking at a group of people suffered severe head trauma and may not survive, police said.

City officials asked for the public‘s help in finding the assailants, believed to be between 16 and 23 years old. It wa >>>


      THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Robert StraussSpecial to The Washington PostWednesday, December 28,
2005; A03 PHILADELPHIA –– A vintage advertising poster from the mid–20th century hangs in the offices of the Philadelphia Zoo. It has a yellow background with a semi–Art Deco drawing of an elephant and says "Visit th >>>


      A SHARED UNCERTAINTY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Blaine HardenWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 28, 2005; A01 NEW ORLEANS Joseph and Kesa Williams have come home once since Hurricane Katrina chased them off to Atlanta. Once was all they could bear.

Inside their ruined house on Delery Street in the Lower Ninth Ward, they found ceilings collap >>>


      ACT NOW TO PREVENT GENETIC DISCRIMINATION
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      A21 Cheers to IBM for its recent pledge to not use genetic information in its hiring practices or in deciding eligibility for health insurance coverage for its 300,000 employees. Yet the fact that IBM felt the need to take such action highlights the gap in federal legislation to adequately protect job candidates and em >>>


      BALANCING ACT: IOWA, N.H. VS. CRITICS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 28, 2005; A04 For much of the past year, a Democratic Party commission labored to build a better mousetrap. The goal is to create a 2008 presidential nominating calendar that reduces the outsized influence of Iowa and New Hampshire and stretches the process int >>>


      BEAU, THE GUIDE DOG WHO TOOK THE SENATE FLOOR
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 28, 2005; A1' His name was Beau, and he bridged the gap between senator and dog.

An accidental activist for the rights of the disabled, Beau, a yellow Labrador retriever, died quietly in his sleep this month, eight years after having an inhu >>>


      BUSH TENDS TO POLICY, HISTORY AND BRUSH
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM CRAWFORD, Texas –– Read nothing into President Bush‘s current choice in books, the White House says.

The president is reading "When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House," but presidential spokesman Trent Duffy said Bush is not thinking about his post–Oval >>>


      DEMOCRATS: DHS HASN‘T FULFILLED PROMISES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      3:54 AM WASHINGTON –– Nearly three years after it was created, the Homeland Security Department hasn‘t kept 33 of its promises to better protect the country, according to House Democrats overseeing the agency.

A report released Tuesday by 13 members of the House Homeland Security Committee sa >>>


      EAVESDROPPING AND EVADING THE LAW
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      As we learn more about what was going on under the Bush administration‘s secret surveillance program, it‘s clear the National Security Agency has developed some powerful new tools against terrorist adversaries. That‘s all the more reason these innovative spying methods should be brought within the rul >>>


      OUR ENTITLEMENT PARALYSIS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      As noted by recent cover stories in Newsweek and Business Week, the first of the roughly 77 million baby boomers turn 60 in 2006. J. Walker Smith of the polling firm of Yankelovich Partners told Newsweek that many boomers "think they‘re going to die before they get old" –– a reference to one >>>


      PEACE ON EARTH? INCREASINGLY, YES.
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      Seen through the eyes of the media, the world appears an evermore dangerous place. Iraq is sliding toward civil war, the slaughter in Darfur appears unending, violent insurgencies are brewing in Thailand and a dozen other countries, and terrorism strikes again in Bali. It is not surprising that most people believe glob >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      Secret surveillance up sharply since '/11 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal applications for a special U.S. court to authorize secret surveillance rose sharply after the September 11, 2001, attacks, and the panel required changes to the requests at an even greater rate, government documents show. President Georg >>>


      SEN. SCHUMER SETS SIGHTS HIGH FOR 2006
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Despite being New York‘s less–famous senator, Charles Schumer stayed busy in 2005, keeping a hand _ or quote _ in almost every major congressional battle.

Now he is out to prove he has the strategy to elect Senate Democrats and maybe wrest control from the Republicans.< >>>


      STATE DEPT. SANCTIONS ' FOREIGN COMPANIES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration is punishing nine foreign companies, six of them in China, for selling missile goods and chemical arms material to Iran.

In making the announcement Tuesday, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the sanctions were based on "credible evidence," >>>


      TIME TO TEST OLDER DRIVERS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      You know who you are: You‘re contemplating hiding your father‘s car keys in a spot where he won‘t find them. You hope that this will cool his desire to drive, to head out as he has for the past 60 or so years, driving himself wherever he wanted –– lots of those times, taking you where you >>>


      TRUMAN AIDE DONALD DAWSON DIES AT '7
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Donald Shelton Dawson, a lawyer who worked as a special assistant to President Harry S. Truman, died Sunday after suffering a stroke. He was '7.

Dawson died at his residence in the suburb of Bethesda, Md., said a grandson, Chris Coyner.

As administrative assistant to Trum >>>


      U.S. RAISES DOUBTS OVER IRAQ PRISON CONTROL
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration suggested Tuesday that prisons in Iraq where hundreds of detainees apparently were abused were only "nominally" under the control of the central government in Baghdad.

While the central government, with U.S. help, is trying to take charge of these >>>


      AN IRAQI UNDERDOG ON COMEBACK TRAIL
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      2005; A16 BAGHDAD, Dec. 27 –– Mithal Alusi‘s visit to Israel for a conference on terrorism and security in September of last year –– unprecedented for an Iraqi politician –– was an act of political suicide.

He was indicted, though never tried, by Iraq‘s highest c >>>


      AS SCRUTINY GROWS, BURMA MOVES ITS CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Alan SipressWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, December 28, 2005; A01 RANGOON, Burma –– Military trucks rumble up in front of Rangoon‘s ministries several times a week and workers lug ancient desks, chairs and filing cabinets to the waiting vehicles. The convoys depart at daybreak on a 12&nd >>>



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