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      QUESTIONS À... RUEDI JEKER CONSEILLER D‘ETAT ZURICHOIS÷ «IL FAUT DÉTERMINER QUELS SONT LES DROITS ET LES DEVOIRS DU REQUÉRANT»
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      Les petits Vaudois doivent mieux savoir lire Les souris de l‘UNIL seront soumises au vote REGIONS Le Temps I Article «Il faut déterminer quels sont les droits et les devoirs du requérant» Zurich met la pression sur Berne en matière d‘asile. Pour sa rentrée automnale, >>>


      REPÈRE. BUSINESS À LA CHINOISE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      Repère. Jean–Claude Péclet Mercredi 17 août 2005 Il y a un mois, Bernie Ebbers, patron déchu de WorldCom, écopait de 25 ans de prison pour une fraude comptable de 11 milliards de dollars. Vendredi dernier, Liu Jinbao, ex–boss de Bank of China (Hongkong), a été >>>


      SAVEURS DU FRANÇAIS. BOGOMILE, SECTE TRESSAUTANTE
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      Nicolas Dufour Mercredi 17 août 2005 Voici un mot à l‘exotisme total. Suggéré par le Petit dictionnaire de mots rares de Thierry Prellier, «bogomile» désigne un mouvement religieux du Moyen Age. Les bogomiles seraient apparus en Bulgarie au Xe siècle. Ils ont e >>>


      SURSAUT DÉMOCRATIQUE DANS LE TOURBILLON DES HAINES
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      Daniel Audétat Mercredi 17 août 2005 C‘est un simple communiqué, un mea culpa de quelques lignes. Ce texte mesuré marque pourtant un sursaut moral qui mérite un retentissement national.

Le gouvernement jurassien présente ses excuses «aux invités» >>>


      UN GRAND PRIX DE TURQUIE ORGANISÉ SUR L‘AUTEL DU MARKETING
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      F1. Le paddock fait escale pour la première fois ce week–end à Istanbul, où on espère un retour sur investissement.

Jean Lelion Mercredi 17 août 2005 Le Grand Prix de Turquie de Formule 1 doit se dérouler ce week–end sur un circuit flambant neuf construit sp >>>


      UN NOUVEAU RADICAL À FRIBOURG?
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      FRIBOURG. Le député Rudolf Vonlanthen devrait annoncer son transfert du PCS.

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      UN SEMESTRE «SOLIDE» POUR GEBERIT
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      SANITAIRES. Hors Allemagne et Etats–Unis, les ventes du leader européen progressent à satisfaction.

Le Temps Mercredi 17 août 2005 Après un premier trimestre en demi–teinte, le leader européen des installations sanitaires basé à Jona (SG) a rassur&eac >>>


      «LA PANNE DE LEIBSTADT TERNIT L‘IMAGE DU NUCLÉAIRE»
      Le Temps, 17-08-2005
      ENERGIE. A l‘arrêt depuis quatre mois, la centrale de Leibstadt devrait rouvrir début septembre.

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      CABINET APPROVES WATER COMPANY
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — The Cabinet approved on Monday the establishment of the first privately owned company for the production of water and electricity.

It thus becomes the second in the country. The Shuaiba Water and Electricity Company will develop, establish, operate and maintain th >>>


      IMF URGES IRAQ TO PURSUE REFORMS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Jitendra Joshi, Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, 17 August 2005 — The IMF, issuing its first review of Iraq in 25 years, urged leaders yesterday to adopt an elusive constitution and to pursue hard–hitting reforms to get the war–torn economy back on track.

The International Monetary Fund acknowledge >>>


      KINGDOM, INDIA TO FINALIZE DTA AGREEMENT
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 August 2005 — The next round of talks for finalizing the Double Taxation Avoidance (DTA) agreement will be held in Riyadh from Sept. 11 to 14 following the previous ones that took place in New Delhi in January last year.

Krishan Kumar, minister at the Indian Embassy, told Ara >>>


      POWER GRID DECISION UPSETS FIRMS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — The Saudi private sector was disappointed at the decision by the GCC power Grid committee to prevent Saudi and Gulf companies from competing for this project. The project will be confined exclusively to international companies specialized in this field. The reason was that Saudi and G >>>


      SR2 BILLION COMPANY TO SET UP UNIVERSITIES
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — In a significant first, a group of Saudi investors plan to establish a joint stock company with a capital of SR2 billion ($533 million) in order to set up advanced private universities and research centers.

Dr. Ibrahim Al–Awaji, who runs a company sp >>>


      A SCHOLAR METICULOUS IN ESTABLISHING THE CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION OF HADITH
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News In the first part of the article on Shu’bah ibn Al–Hajjaj which appeared last Friday we mentioned that Shu’bah was nicknamed as the ‘King of Hadith’ and that he was instrumental in shaping the Hadith discipline which attained its summit when Al–Bukhari finalized his Sahih collection. >>>


      AHMED DEEDAT÷ HOW IT ALL BEGAN
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Fatima Asmal, Arab News From working in a shop in a remote area of KwaZulu Natal, to debating the famous American reverend, Jimmy Swaggart in the USA — the story of Ahmed Deedat is truly amazing.

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat was born in India on July 1, 1'18. Shortly after his birth, his father, Hoosen, moved to So >>>


      AN EXCHANGE WITH A POWERFUL QUEEN
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent (The Queen of Sheba) said÷ «Know, my nobles, that a worthy letter has been delivered to me. It is from Solomon, and it reads, ‘In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the beneficent÷ Do not exalt yourselves against me, but com >>>


      ANSWERING PRAYERS AND FASTING WHILE TRAVELING
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. What is the surest way to have our prayers answered and come true? There is something I have been praying for, as I need it urgently. I have made a pledge that if it comes true, I will fast in Makkah. I intend to do the Umrah and fast, but I heard that it is too tiring. Is it possible for me n >>>


      DONATION OR ZAKAH; AND WORKING IN A BANK
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. A Muslim in Canada works in a bank where his job involves providing capital for clients to ensure that they can carry out their projects. All such deals involve interest. Is such work permissible in Islam? If not, does it mean that working in a bank or a financial institution is forbidden?>>>


      FATWA ON THE GOLDQUEST INVESTMENT
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I read a fatwa on the IslamOnline website concerning buying products of the Goldquest company, which makes such dealing permissible in Islam.

I thought that such trading could not be acceptable from the Islamic point of view. Please comment.

Tumkur Khan A. The Goldquest busin >>>


      MADINAH DOCUMENT AND A WOMAN’S PLEDGE OF SAFETY
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News The Prophet (peace be upon him) established a rule in the Muslim community making it coherent and closely knit where any individual could give a pledge on its behalf and the whole community would honor that pledge. This was stipulated in what is known as the Madinah Document, which was the first >>>


      ABDULLAH TO STAY ON AS SEC CHAIRMAN
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will continue as chairman of the Supreme Economic Council (SEC), a high–level policy making body that oversees the Kingdom’s economic reforms.

A royal decree has been issued changing Article Four of SEC >>>


      COLORED WRISTBANDWAGON ROLLING PAST CHARITIES
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Maryam Yamani, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — Colored wristbands originally designed as a way to raise charitable contributions and give the wearers the chance to make a statement instead are contributing to the makers and sellers well–being and allowing the wearers to make a fashion statement.

Athle >>>


      ELDERLY WOMEN FIND HOPE AT HOME FOR THE FORGOTTEN
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News MADINAH, 17 August 2005 — Many people look forward to the age when their children are grown, and they hope for an idyllic time of leisure, playing with grandchildren and resting after lives of toil. Sadly, for some that dream remains a dream, and they spend lives in shelter houses instead of poverty, loneline >>>


      FIRST WATER AND POWER CONFERENCE IN NOVEMBER
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Roger Harrison, Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — Jeddah is to host its first Forum for Water and Power from Nov. 12 to 14. The event, organized in response to the increasing concerns with the long term supply of potable water in the Kingdom, will be opened by Makkah Governor Prince Abdul Majeed and Abdullah Al– >>>


      HERE COMES THE BRIDE... IN A DONKEY CART?
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News AHSA, 17 August 2005 — A newlywed couple insisted on traveling in a donkey cart on their wedding day in Al–Ahsa, Al–Madinah daily reported. The groom decorated the donkey cart with flowers and lights. Guests were surprised but had no choice but to drive slowly behind the donkey cart to the place w >>>


      MAN SACRIFICES GOATS TO CELEBRATE DIVORCE
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News DEBA, 17 August 2005 — A Saudi man celebrated the divorce from his wife in a unique way, Okaz newspaper reported. The man slaughtered many goats and invited large number of guests to celebrate his freedom from a very violent wife who had made his life a misery for three years. The husband was honoring a vow t >>>


      MAZIN KHASHOGGI TAKES OVER AS KAIA MANAGER
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Maha Akeel, Arab News Mazin Khashoggi JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — According to directives issued by Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, the Presidency of Civil Aviation has decided to retire Sami ibn Sulaiman Maqbul, the general manager of King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jedd >>>


      NEW CURBS ON FLYERS AND BILLBOARDS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News JEDDAH, 17 August 2005 — The Makkah governorate has warned establishments and individuals against sticking billboards and flyers on doors and walls of houses as well as car windows or distributing them at traffic intersections.

In a statement issued yesterday, the governorate said those who fail to h >>>


      RANDOM FATWAS CONFOUNDING MARKETS, SLOWING ECONOMY
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News RIYADH, 17 August 2005 — As Saudis seek Shariah–compliant investment opportunities, the issuance of religious rulings, or fatwas, from various levels is creating confusion in financial markets and may actually be harming the Kingdom’s efforts to modernize its economy into one that is competitive in the >>>


      RIYADH EYES VENEZUELAN MODEL TO TACKLE POVERTY
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 August 2005 — The Kingdom has shown interest in seeking Venezuela’s cooperation in formulating a strategy for poverty alleviation using the Latin American nation’s experience in social welfare programs.

Venezuela’s Ambassador Ramon Herrera Navarro said his country was negotia >>>


      THOUGHTFUL THIEF RETURNS STOLEN GOODS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Arab News DAMMAM, 17 August 2005 — A gentle thief returned all what he stole back to the man he stole it from including identification cards and bank cards but kept the cell phone and small amount of money, Okaz newspaper reported.

The man was surprised when he found some of his property that he left in his ca >>>


      BATTLE OF THACKERAYS COMES INTO THE OPEN
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News BOMBAY, 17 August 2005 — Differences between Uddhav Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, and cousin Raj Thackeray came into the open yesterday when the latter attacked Uddhav, working president of the party, saying it was time the Shiv Sena got rid of incompetent leaders.
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      BRIDGE BUILT BY US TROOPS CONNECTS VILLAGES IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 17 August 2005 — US officials yesterday handed over a 70–meter long hanging foot bridge that links several villages in the outskirts of Pagadian City in the southern Philippines.

American and Filipino troops built the bridge in Lison Valley as part of the United Stat >>>


      COPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN KILLS 17 SPANISH TROOPS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Associated Press KABUL, 17 August 2005 — A helicopter belonging to a NATO–led international security force crashed yesterday in Afghanistan, killing 17 Spanish troops, while a second chopper made an emergency landing, injuring five more, officials said. The cause of the crash in the desert near the western city o >>>


      DHAKA ALLAYS SECURITY FEARS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 17 August 2005 — Bangladesh does not anticipate any threat during the 13th summit of the seven–nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) scheduled for November in Dhaka, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan said yesterday.

«We’re not worried about repor >>>


      EGYPT’S FIRST CONTESTED POLL DRIVE LAUNCHED
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Agencies CAIRO, 17 August 2005 — Egypt’s first competitive presidential campaign kicks off today, with little likelihood that the opposition will mount a successful challenge to incumbent Hosni Mubarak. Both the regime and the opposition’s chances of bringing about real change appear to have been further dimmed by a fr >>>


      GAZA SETTLEMENTS ARE EMPTYING OUT
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Agencies NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip, 17 August 2005 — Settlers bundled their belongings into huge container trucks yesterday before a midnight deadline and hundreds of troops poured into the largest settlement to appeal to residents one last time to leave on their own, or else be evicted.

Earlier, extremists pel >>>


      HEARING OF PEARL KILLER’S APPEAL ADJOURNED
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Huma Aamir Malik & Agencies KARACHI, 17 August 2005 — A provincial high court yesterday adjourned the hearing of an appeal by an extremist sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering US reporter Daniel Pearl.

British–born Sheikh Omar was convicted of involvement in Pearl’s abduction and given the >>>


      IRAQIS HOPE TO FINISH CONSTITUTION ON TIME
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Agencies BAGHDAD, 17 August 2005 — Kurdish leaders insisted Monday they have no plan to secede from Iraq even if they want the new constitution to give them the right to do so — one of the issues that forced a delay in finishing the draft charter.

Meetings were to resume today among Iraqi leaders seeking to fi >>>


      LARIJANI VOWS TO PRESS ON WITH FUEL WORK
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Agencies TEHRAN, 17 August 2005 — Iran’s new hard–line nuclear boss Ali Larijani vowed Tehran will press on with nuclear fuel work as protesters yesterday formed a human chain at a uranium facility at the center of its standoff with the West. Larijani signaled in his first interview since being named Monday as Su >>>


      MADRASA GRADUATES BARRED FROM POLLS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Associated Press LAHORE, 17 August 2005 — Pakistan’s Supreme Court yesterday rejected the appeals of 11 madrasa graduates who were banned from this week’s municipal elections because they had not studied English, Pakistan Studies and the country’s dominant language, Urdu, an official said.

The ruling by Chief >>>


      MOST AMERICANS UNHAPPY OVER IRAQ
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Sue Pleming, Reuters WASHINGTON, 17 August 2005 — A new survey shows the US public is unhappy with US handling of Iraq and with how the Bush administration deals with the Muslim world in general.

The latest poll reflects a growing disquiet seen in other recent surveys over US involvement in Iraq and a dip in P >>>


      MYSTERY DEEPENS OVER CYPRIOT PLANE CRASH
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Agencies ATHENS, 17 August 2005 — The co–pilot and a flight attendant were among dozens of people still alive when a Cypriot airliner crashed in Greece, Athens’ chief coroner said yesterday, deepening the mystery over what incapacitated the flight carrying 121 people.

Chief Coroner Fillipos Koutsaftis to >>>


      QATAR OFFERS ASYLUM TO MAURITANIA’S TAYA
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Reuters BANJUL, 17 August 2005 — Qatar has offered asylum to Mauritania’s ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya almost two weeks after he was overthrown in a bloodless coup, a Gambian official said yesterday.

«Qatar has invited Taya to seek asylum there,» said a Gambian official in the capit >>>


      SUDAN POLICE RAID ON REFUGEE CAMP ANGERS SPLM
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Reuters KHARTOUM, 17 August 2005 — The former rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement withdrew in protest yesterday from a committee investigating deadly riots that erupted following the death of its leader John Garang in July.

The SPLM, which signed a peace deal in January to end 21 years of north–s >>>


      SYRIAN POLICE NAB 35 KURDS AFTER RIOTS, ACTIVIST SAYS
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Reuters DAMASCUS, 17 August 2005 — Syrian police arrested about 35 Syrian Kurds in a northern town near Aleppo after they assaulted policemen dispersing members of a banned separatist faction, a rights activist said yesterday.

Ammar Qurabi of the Arab Organization of Human Rights in Syria (AOHRS) said a crowd >>>


      VENEZUELA PLANE CRASH KILLS 160
      Arab News, 17-08-2005
      Ian James, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela, 17 August 2005 — A plane carrying vacationers home to the French Caribbean island of Martinique crashed yesterday in western Venezuela after reporting engine problems, killing all 160 people on board, officials said.

The McDonnell Douglas MD–82 was headed f >>>


      1' SOLDIERS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN GA.
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      FORT BENNING, Ga. –– A lightning strike sent 1' Fort Benning soldiers to the hospital Tuesday as a storm brought between 2 and 3 inches of rain to the area.

Most of the soldiers were treated and released from Martin Army Community Hospital, although four remained hospitalized overnight for obse >>>


      ACT SCORES HOLD STEADY FOR HIGH SCHOOLS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      –– Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam held steady across all subjects for the high school class of 2005 compared with last year‘s seniors, an indication that schools are treading water in their efforts to prepare students for college–level work.

Administrators noted that th >>>


      BUSH NEIGHBOR LETS WAR PROTESTERS USE LAND
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      AM CRAWFORD, Texas –– One of President Bush‘s neighbors will allow use of his land by dozens of war protesters who have camped in roadside ditches the past 11 days, giving them more room and halving their distance from Bush‘s ranch.

Fred Mattlage, an Army veteran, said he sympathizes wi >>>


      CALIF. TERROR PROBE YIELDS THIRD ARREST
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      AM LOS ANGELES –– A Pakistani citizen has been arrested in an investigation into a possible plot to attack the Israeli Consulate, California National Guard facilities and other Los Angeles–area targets, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Hammad Riaz Samana, 21, was taken into custody Aug >>>


      COPS FIND $60K ON WOMAN SLEEPING IN STORE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      JANESVILLE, Wis. –– Police trying to rouse an 87–year–old woman snoozing on a recliner in a discount store on the weekend found $60,000 in cash in her purse while looking for her identification.

Employees at the Big Lots store said the woman had been sleeping there for hours when police >>>


      CORETTA SCOTT KING IN FAIR CONDITION
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      ATLANTA –– Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was in fair condition after being hospitalized for an unspecified condition, officials said.

King, 78, went to an emergency room Tuesday morning and was resting comfortably later in the day, said Piedmont Hospit >>>


      EX–FBI WHISTLEBLOWER TO JOIN ‘PEACE MOM‘
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      OAKDALE, Minn. –– Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti–war demonstration near President Bush‘s ranch.

Rowley, now a Democratic candidate for Congress, and Sen. Becky Lourey will jo >>>


      EX–FBI WHISTLEBLOWER TO JOIN ‘PEACE MOM‘
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      OAKDALE, Minn. –– Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti–war demonstration near President Bush‘s ranch.

Rowley, now a Democratic candidate for Congress, and Sen. Becky Lourey will jo >>>


      GOLISANO SAYS MCCAIN URGING N.Y. GOV. RUN
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– Billionaire businessman B. Thomas Golisano, who has run three losing races for New York governor as an Independence Party candidate, said Tuesday that Sen. John McCain has urged him to make a fourth run _ this time as a Republican.

"He did call me," Golisano told The Assoc >>>


      HARKIN TAPS EDWARDS TO HEADLINE FUNDRAISER
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WATERLOO, Iowa –– U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has picked 2004 vice presidential candidate John Edwards as the headline speaker for his annual steak fry next month, a Democratic strategist said.

One of the Democratic Party‘s biggest events, the fundraiser will provide Edwards with a chance to speak t >>>


      HURRICANE IRENE WEAKENS AS IT TRAVELS EAST
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      MIAMI –– A weakening Hurricane Irene continued its slow eastward path across the open Atlantic early Wednesday, forecasters said.

The Category 1 hurricane had top sustained winds near 85 mph, and was moving east at about 8 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It remained a threat only t >>>


      JOHN G. ROBERTS JR.÷ IN HIS OWN WORDS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      August 17, 2005; A11 Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. was asked to state his opinion on some of the most controversial legal issues of the day while serving as an associate legal counsel at the White House from 1'82 to 1'86 –– a period in which Reagan administration policies on a range of s >>>


      KAN. TEEN DIES PLAYING ‘PASSING OUT GAME‘
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      LAWRENCE, Kan. –– A teenager found hanging from a dresser drawer with a coated bicycle chain lock around her neck apparently died while playing the "pass–out game," the girl‘s parents said.

Kimberly Wilson, a 15–year–old student at Veritas Christian School in Lawre >>>


      L.A. HOLDUPS LINKED TO ISLAMIC GROUP, POSSIBLE TERRORIST PLOT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      August 17, 2005; A05 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 –– A police probe that began with a series of gas station holdups here has broadened into an investigation of a possible terrorist plot and connections to a radical Islamic group believed to be operating in the California prison system, law enforcement sources said. >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      Judge Alleges Threat In Mississippi Case JACKSON, Miss. –– One of Edgar Ray Killen‘s brothers issued an "indirect" death threat against the judge who presided over Killen‘s trial this year in the 1'64 slayings of three civil rights workers, the judge said Tuesday.

Circuit >>>


      OFF THE CAPE, THE COD CONTINUE TO DWINDLE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      A02 Cape Cod‘s population of its namesake fish dipped by 25 percent between 2001 and 2004, according to preliminary findings by federal scientists, indicating that the once–abundant cod has yet to rebound despite years of government protection.

A group of scientists from the National Oceanic and At >>>


      OHIOANS URGE U.S. ESCALATION OR PULLOUT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      CLEVELAND, Aug. 16 –– The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged President Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.

"We feel you either have to fight this war right or get out," said Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Cpl. Ed >>>


      PAKISTANI ARRESTED IN POSSIBLE TERROR PLOT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      AM LOS ANGELES –– Authorities arrested a Pakistani citizen as part of an investigation into a possible plot to attack the Israeli Consulate and several other Los Angeles–area targets.

Hammad Riaz Samana, 21, was taken into custody Aug. 2 and has been detained in Los Angeles, according to the >>>


      PARENTS OF FALLEN MARINE MAKE PLEA TO BUSH
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      CLEVELAND –– The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged President Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.

"We feel you either have to fight this war right or get out," Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder >>>


      REPORT÷ FLA. GOP COURTS JOE SCARBOROUGH
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      PENSACOLA, Fla. –– Two local businessmen active in Republican Party politics say the GOP is courting cable TV host Joe Scarborough to replace U.S. Rep.

Katherine Harris in the 2006 Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

Scarborough, a former U.S. representative, has met with s >>>


      SHEEHAN FEELING THE GLARE OF THE SPOTLIGHT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      2005; A03 CRAWFORD, Tex., Aug. 16 –– Cindy Sheehan rode into town 10 days ago, a forlorn mother with a question for her president÷ Why did my son die in Iraq?

But now the same wave of publicity and political anger that she rode to become a nationally known symbol of the antiwar movement thre >>>


      STUDY DESCRIBES BAR AT CENTER OF MILKY WAY
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      MADISON, Wis. –– After creating the most detailed analysis yet of what the Milky Way looks like, astronomers say a long bar of stars cuts on an angle through the center of the galaxy that includes the sun and planet Earth.

Some scientists have suspected the presence of the stellar bar, but the surv >>>


      STUDY DETAILS BAR AT CENTER OF MILKY WAY
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      MADISON, Wis. –– After creating the most detailed analysis yet of what the Milky Way looks like, astronomers say a long bar of stars cuts on an angle through the center of the galaxy that includes the sun and planet Earth.

Some scientists have suspected the presence of the stellar bar, but the surv >>>


      TENN. MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PASSING BRIBES
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      MEMPHIS, Tenn. –– A lobbyist pleaded guilty Tuesday to passing along bribes to state lawmakers, and his lawyer said he is helping the government in its ongoing investigation.

Charles Love, 55, pleaded guilty to passing along cash from undercover FBI agents to Sen. Ward Crutchfield, a Democrat, and >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      7÷08 AM –– Scattered rain and thunderstorms could dampen much of the nation Wednesday, stretching across the Southeast, Tennessee Valley region, central Plains and the Pacific Northwest.

The Desert Southwest, California and southern Rockies were expected to stay dry under partly cloudy skies >>>


      TRADE GROUP SAYS LIMIT SODA IN SCHOOLS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      AM OLYMPIA, Wash. –– The American Beverage Association on Tuesday recommended limiting the availability of soft drinks in schools across the country, saying the industry needs to help fight the increasing rate of childhood obesity.

ABA President and CEO Susan Neely was to formally announce the orga >>>


      TRIAL SHOWS LANGUAGE BARRIER IN MD. COURT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      BALTIMORE –– Marta Goldstein‘s laptop glows with a list of troubling words, such as "fuerza contundente," which is Spanish for blunt force, and "salpicadura de sangre," which means blood splatter. After 25 years as an interpreter, Goldstein still keeps the list handy as she helps d >>>


      VICTIMS‘ KIN TO CONFRONT BTL SERIAL KILLER
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WICHITA, Kan. –– It‘s been 31 years since Kevin Bright surprised the BTK serial killer when he accompanied his sister home in 1'74.

Dennis Rader bound the siblings, but Kevin loosened his bonds and ran for help, despite being shot in the head. His sister, Kathryn, was strangled and stabbe >>>


      WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BABY LEFT IN WAL–MART
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      MACON, Ga. –– A woman was charged Tuesday with leaving her newborn baby in a Wal–Mart bathroom toilet, covered in trash and tissue paper. The child survived.

Diane Shorter, 26, was jailed on charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to a child.

The infant girl was found Sunday aftern >>>


      ‘ABLE DANGER‘ BARRED FROM INFORMING FBI
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– An Army intelligence officer says his unit was blocked in 2000 and 2001 from giving the FBI information about a U.S.–based terrorist cell that included Mohamed Atta, the future leader of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said the small intelligence unit, called &quo >>>


      ‘HARD SLOG‘ FOR BUSH
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      President Bush is saying the right thing about Iraq, which is that there is no easy fix for a war that his defense secretary correctly termed "a long, hard slog." But Bush is conveying this message in a detached way that upsets and angers growing numbers of Americans. The evaporation of political support at h >>>


      A NATION OF BIG SPENDERS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      Every so often the government spits out some factoid that seems crammed with special significance. The Commerce Department did just that recently when it reported that Americans‘ personal savings rate had dropped to zero.

As a society, we seem unwilling to devote even a penny to the future. How could thi >>>


      ARMY NAMES NEW RECRUITING HEAD
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      PM WASHINGTON –– The Pentagon has tapped a new commander to head the struggling Army Recruiting Command.

Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick will take command of recruiting operations Oct. 12, Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the Army recruiting headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky., said Tuesday.

Bostick >>>


      DEMOCRATS FEEL HEAT FROM LEFT ON ROBERTS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      August 17, 2005; A01 Major liberal groups accused Democratic senators yesterday of showing too little stomach for opposing John G. Roberts Jr.‘s Supreme Court nomination, saying newly released documents indicate he is much more conservative than many people first thought.

The response was quick and point >>>


      DON‘T FEAR THE REAPER, VOTE FOR HIM
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      Why vote for the lesser of two evils when you can vote for someone who looks evil?

"Our great country is in a terrible downward spiral," says the message on http÷//www.walken2008.com , touting Christopher Walken for president.

"It‘s time to be smart about our politics." >>>


      EX–LOBBYISTS PLEAD INNOCENT IN SPY PROBE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      ALEXANDRIA, Virginia –– Two former officials of a pro–Israel lobbying organization and a Defense Department official accused of feeding them classified information pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges they conspired in the illegal use of classified U.S. defense information involving Middle East countri >>>


      GOSS, 8 EX–CHIEFS OF CIA MARK OLD POST‘S PASSING
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      By Dafna LinzerWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, August 17, 2005; A11 CIA Director Porter J. Goss threw a wake yesterday.

With eight former intelligence chiefs at his side, including former president George H.W. Bush, Goss honored the influential and powerful position they have all held÷ director o >>>


      IRAQ ON THE BRINK
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      It looks increasingly as if President Bush may have been off by 74 years in his assessment of Iraq. By deposing the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, Bush assumed he would bring Iraq to its 1787 moment –– the crafting of a democratic constitution, the birth of a unified republic. Instead, he seems to have bro >>>


      ISRAEL TO CONSULT U.S. ON CHINA ARMS SALES
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Israel has agreed to consult with the U.S. government before selling any weapons to China or other nations under an understanding announced Tuesday.

"There are no winners, there are no losers," Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon told The Associated Press. "This is a win&n >>>


      IT TAKES THE RIGHT ARMY
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      By Frederick W. KaganWednesday, August 17, 2005; A13 The Bush administration is making it clearer day by day that it intends to withdraw American troops from Iraq rapidly and roughly in step with the increase in the number of Iraqi troops deemed capable of taking over security responsibilities. Even while denying rumor >>>


      JUDGE HEARD TERRORISM CASE AS HE INTERVIEWED FOR SEAT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      A04 Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was interviewing for a possible Supreme Court nomination with top Bush administration officials at the same time he was presiding over a terrorism case of significant importance to President Bush.

Roberts recently released details of the months–long interviewing process show >>>


      LEAHY LAMBASTES ROBERTS‘ ‘RADICAL‘ STANDS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Sen. Patrick Leahy says Supreme Court nominee John Roberts holds "radical" views and has been an "eager, aggressive advocate" for policies of the far right.

While stopping short of announcing his opposition to the appointment, the Vermont Democrat‘s written s >>>


      LIBRARY MISSING ROBERTS FILE
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      August 17, 2005; A04 A file folder containing papers from Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.‘s work on affirmative action more than 20 years ago disappeared from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after its review by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department in July, according to offi >>>


      MEETING FIDEL÷ CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR?
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      You‘d think Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has enough going on with upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Now comes word that he‘s been busy trying to wangle face time with Fidel Castro.

Specter‘s spokesman, William H. Reynolds, confirms that Specter was in Havana o >>>


      OFFICER÷ UNIT STOPPED FROM GIVING FBI INFO
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– An Army intelligence officer says his unit was blocked in 2000 and 2001 from giving the FBI information about a U.S.–based terrorist cell that included Mohamed Atta, the future leader of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said the small intelligence unit, called &quo >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH TO VISIT IDAHO NEXT WEEK
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      BOISE, Idaho –– President Bush will make his first trip to Idaho next week, spending Monday evening and Tuesday vacationing in the lake and resort region near Donnelly and then speaking about the war against terrorism at the agricultural community of Nampa on Wednesday.

The president will fly to Bo >>>


      QUESTIONS FOR JOHN ROBERTS
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      The furor over the recent NARAL Pro–Choice America ad about John Roberts and abortion clinics is unfortunate in that it obscures an important issue that raises serious questions÷ John Roberts‘s role as deputy solicitor general in the court case Bray v. Alexandria Women‘s Health Clinic. In that >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      Israel says crisis defused with U.S. on arms exports JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the United States have signed an accord defusing a long–running dispute over Israeli arms exports to China that had soured relations with the Jewish state‘s chief ally, the Israeli Defense Ministry said.

Was >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      Israel says crisis defused with U.S. on arms exports JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the United States have signed an accord defusing a long–running dispute over Israeli arms exports to China that had soured relations with the Jewish state‘s chief ally, the Israeli Defense Ministry said.

Was >>>


      SUPREME COURT NOMINEE OPPOSED JACKSON COMMENDATION
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Billboard) – The Reagan–era White House counseling of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts, Jr. dug up in the press in recent weeks might not be inflammatory enough to rally Democrats to oppose his confirmation, but fans of Michael Jackson and Prince may now be bristling.

As reported i >>>


      U.S. DEFENDS CRIME FIGHTING NEAR MEXICO
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The U.S. government on Tuesday defended efforts by the United States and Mexico to stem violence and drug trafficking on the border following decisions by two Southwestern states to declare an emergency in their border counties.

In the last week, the governors of Arizona and New Mexic >>>


      A LOOK AT U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      PM –– As of Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at least 1,858 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,441 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military‘s numbers. The figures include five military >>>


      AFRICANS GOING HUNGRY ACROSS CONTINENT
      Washington Post, 17-08-2005
      GAO, Mali –– To get a sense of Africa‘s unrelenting hunger, look no further than the fever–bright eyes of 17 severely malnourished infants languishing in a west African hospital.

Worse–than–normal food crises raging all but unaddressed in parts of Mali and elsewhere in Afric >>>



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