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      UN «ADIEU» BIENVENU
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      CINEMA. Le film d‘Arnaud des Palli';res, chouchou des «Cahiers du cinéma», sonne le réveil des salles indépendantes apr';s l‘été.

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      UNE HISTOIRE SUISSE ENTRE LE POUCE ET L‘INDEX
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      Budgets de la recherche. L‘avis de l‘expert: Martin Beniston. La Suisse coupe dans le budget de la recherche sur le climat, qui devrait pourtant ętre prioritaire L‘analyse de François Modoux. En attendant l‘alternance molle, les Allemands désorientés ont peur de l‘aveni >>>


      VALPLANTES, FOURNISSEUR ATTITRÉ DE RICOLA
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      VALAIS. La coopérative entend diversifier toujours plus ses sources de revenus.

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      VIVES TENSIONS ENTRE MICROSOFT ET GOOGLE
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      INTERNET. La firme de Bill Gates vient de voir l‘un de ses responsables partir chez son concurrent.

Anouch Seydtaghia Jeudi 15 septembre 2005 Google contre Microsoft (MSFT), c‘est bien s$';r un combat entre deux sociétés de plus en plus concurrentes. Mais depuis plusieurs semaines, >>>


      WINTERTHUR VEUT ÉCONOMISER DANS LE TRAITEMENT DES SINISTRES
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      ASSURANCE. Numéro un global dans l‘assurance vie et non–vie, avec 3 milliards de francs d‘avance sur le second, la Winterthur explique sa stratégie et ses priorités.

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      «L‘UDC EST UNE FORCE POLITIQUE QUI VA RESTER DOMINANTE»
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      INFLUENCE. Dans un ouvrage collectif consacré ŕ la montée de l‘UDC, le politologue Hanspeter Kriesi explique que le parti doit son succ';s ŕ sa position anti–européenne et ŕ Christoph Blocher.

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      «LA STRADA», UN FELLINI BESTIAL Ŕ VIDY
      Le Temps, 15-09-2005
      SCENE. En ouverture de saison, le Théâtre de Vidy–Lausanne accueille une adaptation foraine du drame de Fellini, jouée sous un chapiteau de cirque.

Nicolas Julliard Jeudi 15 septembre 2005 Fenętre sur basse–cour. Dans l‘ar';ne de la Compagnie Zampanos, cirque itin& >>>


      $500M DEAL SIGNED FOR SARAYA ISLANDS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Naif AL–Shehri, Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005 — Saud ibn Saqr Al–Qasimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), signed an Agreement with Saad Rafik Hariri, chairman of Saraya Holdings LLC and Abdul Hamid Shoman, chairman and CEO of Arab Bank, to launch»Saraya Islands», a $5 >>>


      25 CANADIAN FIRMS DISCUSS COOPERATION
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005 — The secretary general for Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Adnan Al–Naiem, met business representatives from the Canadian Embassy to discuss the forthcoming visit by Canadian businessmen to Saudi Arabia, Al–Yaum newspaper reported. The business delegates will di >>>


      ABRAJ
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News Hatim Dadabhai, MD, Pegasus Realty Company, has announced that the Abraj Al Lulu project, which consists of three residential towers comprising 860 luxury flats in the heart of Manama, has witnessed considerable interest since its introduction from among Bahrainis and other Gulf nationals. «We believe t >>>


      BA PHONE SYSTEM BREAKS DOWN
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005 — British Airways yesterday asked passengers to contact its travel shop on (01) 465–0216 for any inquiries or assistance due to the malfunctioning of its Riyadh office telephone system. «We’re doing everything possible to restore the telephone system to ensure that we’re >>>


      DOLLAR DIPS AGAINST EURO, YEN; STOCKS EDGE UP
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies LONDON, 15 September 2005 — The dollar fell slightly against the euro and yen yesterday amid the release of a disappointing US retail sales figure for August. Europe’s single currency rose to 1.2285 dollars here from 1.2268 late Tuesday in New York. The dollar fell to 110.23 yen from 110.61 on Tuesday. Pushing >>>


      FRANCE UNVEILS TAX REFORM TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agence France Presse PARIS, 15 September 2005 — The center–right French government unveiled yesterday a landmark income tax reform aimed at helping the middle class, boosting the economy and lowering French rates to average European levels.

Promising that «everyone would gain», two key minist >>>


      FRASER SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH BAHRAIN COMPANY
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Tang Li, Arab News SINGAPORE, 15 September 2005 — Fraser Serviced Residences, a subsidiary of Centerpoint Properties, the hospitality arm of Singapore’s Fraser and Neave, has signed an agreement with Seef Properties, the leading property development and management company in Bahrain to operate a new serviced residence >>>


      GILLETTE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News Gillette, the global market leader in male grooming, has launched an exciting new promotion, in the Middle East, for all loyal users of Gillette shaving and grooming products in the GCC states. Over the next two months, and with every purchase of a Gillette MACH3Turbo Champion system razor, MACH3Turbo blades >>>


      LG
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News LG’s newly introduced sports car–shaped M4410 mobile handset, aimed at the Kingdom’s young population.

LG electronics has introduced a mobile phone, which has a striking sports car shape and even makes car engine sounds when placing and receiving calls.

«Its advanced features als >>>


      NEW CEMENT FIRM IN HAFR AL–BATEN PLANNED
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News HAFR AL–BATEN, 15 September 2005 — Businessmen from Hafr Al–Baten in the north of Saudi Arabia, are considering establishing a new cement company with total investment of SR200 million, Al–Yaum newspaper reported. Forty percent of the capital money will be financed from the founding partners >>>


      NOKIA
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News Nokia, a leading provider of mobile and IP network infrastructure, has announced the opening of a regional distribution hub for mobile network infrastructure at the Jebel Ali Free Zone, the major business hub in the Middle East and North Africa region. The ideal mix of world–class infrastructure, busine >>>


      OIL SCENE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Syed Rashid Husain Pipeline politics is heating up — all around. As the perception of an impending energy scarcity in the not too distant future seems to be growing, energy thirsty nations are eagerly competing to secure their future supplies. A race is definitely on. Pipelines carrying oil and gas from the fields to t >>>


      SAIB ANNOUNCES NEW FUND
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005 — The Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) announced the release of new «Chance fund» for underwriting. The fund will join a list of fund products issued by the bank in the past two years. This fund is designed to achieve growth in capital money invested through the stock market >>>


      SAUDI GROUP TO INVEST $2BN IN DUBAILAND PROJECT
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News DUBAI, 15 September 2005 — Marking a milestone phase in the development of the $3.8 billion Legends integrated theme park project in Dubailand, the leading Saudi Arabia–based business entity, Tanmiyat Investment Group (Tanmiyat) announced that it has acquired the full residential and commercial componen >>>


      SAUDI STOCK INDEX INCHING TOWARD 15,000 MARK
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — The Saudi stock index is slowly inching toward the 15,000 mark and analysts said the index will achieve this landmark by next week.

The Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) closed marginally higher at 14,818.'7 points yesterday.

The Industrial and ot >>>


      UMA
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Arab News Ashraf Ghonaim, right, senior business developing manager, ISS Co., and Hosam Saleem, center, IT manager of the Jeddah–based Universal Motors Agencies at the press conference in Dubai on Sunday.

Universal Motor Agencies (UMA), a major automobile dealership in Saudi Arabia and the second largest >>>


      US SELLS 11M BARRELS OF OIL FROM ITS STOCK
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies WASHINGTON, 15 September 2005 — The US government said yesterday it had sold 11 million barrels of oil to replenish companies’ supplies after Hurricane Katrina, less than half the total offered in a sign that output is coming back.

The Department of Energy had made available up to 30 million barrels t >>>


      YEMENIA TO BUY 10 BOEING 787 JETS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Deutsche Presse–Agentur SANA’A, 15 September 2005 — Yemen flag carrier Yemenia is negotiating with the US aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing to secure the purchase of ten B787 planes, the official Saba news agency reported yesterday. The agency quoted Yemenia Chairman Abdul–Khaliq Al–Qadi as saying t >>>


      BRINGING LOVED ONES INTO ISLAM
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Those people who accepted the Prophet’s call and adopted Islam felt a total change in their lives. They recognized the great difference between addressing worship to statues made by fellow human beings and a new faith that gave them a rationally perfect concept of God, the Creator of the universe >>>


      CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS SHARE A JOURNEY
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      David Self, The Guardian At some point during the Middle Ages, the Western world adopted so–called Arabic numerals. They had probably originated in India; had been used throughout Muslim civilization for some 500 years and finally reached Europe through Spain — then under Muslim rule. Since Arabic is read from ri >>>


      PRAYER TIMING IN NORTHERN AREAS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Living in Canada, I often find it difficult to stay up for Isha prayer in the summer, when it falls due after 11 p.m. Is it permissible to offer Isha prayer together with Maghrib in order to overcome the difficulty?

This is an important question, particularly for the young who need to >>>


      PRECIPITATING EVIL TO BLAME A PROPHET
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutub In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent To Thamud We sent their brother, Salih, and he said: «Worship God alone», but they split into two contending factions.

Said (Salih): «My people, why do you seek to hasten evil instead of hoping for the good? Why do yo >>>


      SPEAKING OF THE DEAD OR PRAISING THEM
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. In an argument with friends, some people suggested that it is not right to praise dead people, or speak about their good qualities.

The reason they advance for this is that it could invite others who did not like the person being praised to speak ill of him. The course they advocated i >>>


      WINNING INFLUENTIAL RECRUITS AND REDRESSING AN IMBALANCE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News After ten years of hard struggle in preaching the Islamic message in Makkah, there were no more than a few hundred Muslims, enduring a life of persecution.

It appeared that the Quraysh, the dominant tribe in Arabia that made up the majority of the population of Makkah, would not be any m >>>


      WORRYING ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF BLACK MAGIC
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Whenever something goes wrong in the house or with anyone in my family, I think that it is caused by a magic spell. How to counter magic and ensure that it will not affect us.

K. Mumu A. Magic exists, since it is mentioned in the Qur’an. Yet magic has no substance. It is a trick played >>>


      1,000 OVERSTAYERS ARRESTED IN RAIDS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — Security forces raided 317 houses and arrested over 1,000 overstayers during early morning security operations in various districts in Jeddah yesterday.

According to police, 37 individuals with criminal records were detained in the operation. Police s >>>


      CONFERENCE CALLS FOR NATIONAL PLAN TO FILL GAPS IN HEALTH CARE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005 — An international conference on health economics and endowments ended here yesterday with a call for a national plan to bridge the gap in the supply–demand situation in the Kingdom’s health care services.

The three–day symposium, the first d >>>


      EDUCATIONAL MEET IN RIYADH ON SEPT. 23
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005 — A panel of distinguished Saudi and Indian scholars from different walks of life will address an educational conference here on Sept. 23.

Over 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference being organized to mark the silver jubilee of the Studen >>>


      EXPAT’S SAGA CONTINUES AS BANK ACCOUNT IS FROZEN
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 15 September 2005— The bank account of Dr. Ganesh Pande, an Indian doctor who has been under virtual house arrest for the last three years, has been frozen.

«I have faced many problems since my iqama expired about a year and a half ago,» Dr. Pande said. Because he ha >>>


      JEDDAH SCHOOL BUS IN ROAD ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Essam Al–Ghalib, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — At least nine expatriate middle–school students of Al–Mawarid International School escaped unhurt yesterday afternoon, when their school bus crashed into another vehicle.

«Neither the students nor the driver were injured in the traf >>>


      JUNK FOOD A RECIPE FOR ACADEMIC FAILURE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Manal Quota, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — Young students eating fast foods may not be learning as much as their classmates who eat healthy meals. Moreover, the fast–food fans may later learn that low achievement leads to low pay, bigger medical bills and bigger waistlines.

Despite Ministry of He >>>


      SAUDI WOMEN TO RUN FOR OFFICE FOR FIRST TIME
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — For the first time, Saudi women will be able to run for office in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) elections in November, an official source said. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry agreed on Tuesday to allow Saudi businesswomen to run for >>>


      SUICIDE A GROWING PROBLEM AMONG WOMEN
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Manal Quota, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — The Interior Ministry reported 11' cases of suicide this year in the Kingdom. Although the number is low in comparison to other nations, it is an issue that should not be overlooked.

There have been reports of people jumping out of windows, inhaling lethal >>>


      URDU WELL NURTURED IN INDIA: SHAHARYAR
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      K.S. Ramkumar, Arab News JEDDAH, 15 September 2005 — One Urdu poet who does not want to compromise the quality and content of his couplets to earn some extra money and cheap popularity in Bollywood is Shaharyar the noted literary figure, who is among 17 poets who will be regaling an enthusiastic audience at the IISJ (B >>>


      ‘IAEA OPPOSES TAKING IRAN TO UN COUNCIL’
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Reuters BERLIN, 15 September 2005 — The head of the UN nuclear watchdog fears referring Iran to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions now would be wrong and instead wants to give Tehran one final chance to comply, diplomats said yesterday.

The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency >>>


      BAGHDAD CARNAGE KILLS OVER 160
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies Men look at victims’ bodies in a hospital morgue following a suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad on Wednesday. (Reuters)

BAGHDAD, 15 September 2005 — A spasm of retaliatory violence claimed by Al–Qaeda in Iraq ripped through Baghdad yesterday with more than 160 killed and 570 wounded in more than >>>


      FOREIGN AID SOUGHT TO FIGHT ENCEPHALITIS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Shachindra Sharma, Agence France Presse LUCKNOW, 15 September 2005 — The death toll from an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in northern India neared 700 yesterday with 21 fatalities reported overnight as state health officials sought more international help.

«At least 21 more persons died overnight, ta >>>


      HUNGER POSES BIG CHALLENGE IN S. SUDAN
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies AKUEM, Sudan, 15 September 2005 — Akol Deng Akol expected the end of Sudan’s 21–year civil war to end the hunger that usually takes hold when the rains stop. But eight months after peace was agreed between southern rebels and the northern Khartoum government, Akol’s home region of Bahr El Ghazal is recov >>>


      INDIAN SOLDIERS TRAIN US TROOPS IN JUNGLE WARFARE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Associated Press GAWAHATI, 15 September 2005 — Forty American soldiers yesterday moved into the dense jungles of India’s remote northeast to learn from Indian soldiers experienced in countering guerrilla warfare, officials said.

US Embassy spokesman David Kennedy said the training would focus on the unique ter >>>


      IRAQI MINISTER SLAMS US DETENTION POLICY
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Mariam Karouny & Alastair Macdonald, Reuters Iraqi Justice Minister Abdul Hussein Shandal talks to a reporter during an interview in Baghdad on Wednesday. (Reuters)

BAGHDAD, 15 September 2005 — Iraq’s justice minister has condemned the US military for detaining thousands of Iraqis for long periods without >>>


      PALESTINIAN CELEBRATION IN GAZA MARRED BY GUNFIRE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 15 September 2005 — Palestinians celebrated Israel’s pullout from Gaza by staging a show of mass unity yesterday but the rally was marred by gunfire toward the end near the ruins of the largest old Jewish settlement.

Land which just a month ago was home to more than 2,000 >>>


      PHILIPPINE TROOPS CORNER PENTAGON GANG’S ELUSIVE LEADER
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 15 September 2005 — Security forces arrested a leader of the former separatist rebel group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who had been implicated in the 2001 kidnapping of five Chinese engineers and an Italian missionary in the southern Philippines, officials said yesterday. >>>


      PRIME SUSPECT IN PAK CLERIC’S KILLING NABBED
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Huma Aamir Malik, Arab News KARACHI, 15 September 2005 — Pakistani police arrested a key suspect in the slaying last year of a prominent Sunni in the port city, sources said.

Mufti Mizamuddin Shamzai, who had called for a «jihad» against the United States after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq >>>


      SAYYAF DENIES WAR CRIME CHARGES, SUPPORTS INQUIRY
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies PAGHMAN, Afghanistan, 15 September 2005 — A former Afghan Mujahedeen leader who is standing in the upcoming parliamentary election denied yesterday allegations that he had been involved in war crimes. Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, as head of the conservative Ittihad–e–Islami faction, helped battle the 1 >>>


      TURKISH PM VENTS ANGER OVER NEW EU CONDITIONS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies ANKARA, 15 September 2005 — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the European Union of «rude» diplomatic conduct for placing new conditions on its bid to become a member of the EU, the Anatolia news agency said yesterday. Formal talks on Turkey’s entry were scheduled to start on >>>


      UN URGES END TO CONFLICT, GENOCIDE
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News Delegates observe a moment of silence during the 2005 World Summit at the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

(AFP) UNITED NATIONS, 15 September 2005 — The United Nations rolled out the red carpet yesterday for more than 170 leaders attendin >>>


      US PONDERS AFGHAN TROOP CUTBACK, NYT REPORTS
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Agencies NEW YORK, 15 September 2005 — US troop levels in Afghanistan could be cut by up to a fifth, or about 4,000 troops, next spring under a proposal being reviewed by the Pentagon, The New York Times reported yesterday. If adopted, it would be the biggest withdrawal since US–led forces overthrew the Taleban i >>>


      YEMEN RESHUFFLES DIPLOMATIC CORPS TO BOOST IMAGE ABROAD
      Arab News, 15-09-2005
      Khaled Al–Mahdi, Arab News SANAA, 15 September 2005 — Yemen has recalled 38 diplomats working in its foreign missions as part of a move aimed to reform the country’s diplomatic representation and boost its image abroad.

The reshuffle comes four months after Yemen’s former ambassador in Syria, Ahmad Abdul >>>


      ‘IT WAS AS IF ALL OF US WERE ALREADY PRONOUNCED DEAD‘
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      By Wil Haygood and Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, September 15, 2005; A01 NEW ORLEANS For five eternal–seeming days, as many as 20,000 people, most of them black, waited to be rescued, not just from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina but from the nightmarish place where they had sought re >>>


      ANNAN SEEKS TO RESTORE U.N. CREDIBILITY
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      UNITED NATIONS –– Bitter differences between U.N. member states have blocked many crucial United Nations reforms, and nations must act boldly to restore the world body‘s credibility, Secretary–General Kofi Annan told a summit of world leaders.

Presidents and prime ministers were more bl >>>


      AS CITY DRIES, RESIDENTS PLAN RETURN
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, September 15, 2005; A14 NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14 –– Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents could begin returning to their homes as early as Monday as city and federal authorities have set out an accelerated plan to repopulate the city, reversing earli >>>


      FLOODS‘ POLLUTANTS WITHIN THE NORM
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A15 NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14 –– Early tests on the floodwater that covered most of this city do not suggest it will leave a permanent toxic residue or render residential areas uninhabitable for more than a short time, officials of both state and federal environmental agencies said yesterday.

The pollu >>>


      FOR ONE NEW ORLEANS POLICE OFFICER, A TERRIBLE CHOICE
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A1' NEW ORLEANS –– Tony Jerome Mitchell said he was forced to make a choice: his grandmother or his honor as a police officer.

Mitchell, a nine–year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, is listed as one of nearly 400 police missing from their posts after Hurricane Katrina. That a >>>


      HEY, BATTER, HOLD THE CHATTER
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Take me out to the ballgame, sure. But please lose the baseball metaphors on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

John G. Roberts Jr., the man who would be chief justice, led off Monday, when he said that "judges are like umpires" and "it‘s my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or b >>>


      HURRICANE OPHELIA SOAKS NORTH CAROLINA
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      AM HAVELOCK, N.C. –– Hurricane Ophelia continued its tortuously slow crawl along North Carolina coastline early Thursday as officials feared serious flooding and a possible 11–foot storm surge.

Ophelia was expected to churn away from land and into the Atlantic Ocean later in the day after an >>>


      JUDGE RULES PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IN CALIF. SCHOOLS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A03 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 –– A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the law requiring the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional and said he was ready to issue an injunction to three California school districts to halt the daily reciting of the pledge.

Terming th >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Texas Executes Woman Who Killed Her Family HUNTSVILLE, Tex. –– Frances Newton was executed Wednesday for the fatal shootings of her husband and two children 18 years ago, becoming the third woman, and first black woman, to be put to death in the state since executions resumed in 1'82.

Strapped >>>


      OFFICIALS RUSH TO PREPARE COASTAL N.C. FOR OPHELIA
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A01 FRISCO, N.C., Sept. 14 –– As slow–moving Hurricane Ophelia hugged the North Carolina coast in a torrential embrace Wednesday, federal, state and local officials were taking no chances of a repeat of the sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.

Here on Hatteras Island, which was expected to >>>


      RETURNING GUARDSMAN ARRIVE IN LOUISIANA
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      ST. ROSE, La. –– Of those streaming back to clean and fix homes in this riverside suburb of New Orleans, few have come as far as Army Sgt. Jackie Gantt.

Gantt was stuck in Iraq when Hurricane Katrina raked his hometown, scattering the trees on his street like bowling pins and lathering his backroom >>>


      SOME EVACUEES RELISH CHANCE TO START ANEW
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      2005; A14 As Donald Henry clung to the side of his New Orleans house and watched as his brother and niece were plucked from his side and drowned by Hurricane Katrina, he had no way of knowing that his own life was about to change dramatically –– for the better.

A few blocks away, Cash Smith floated >>>


      SPINNING IN THE RING
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      C01 It‘s midmorning on the second day of questioning John G. Roberts Jr., President Bush‘s nominee for Supreme Court chief justice.

Things are going pretty much like the day before: Democrats are pressing Roberts on voting rights and issues of privacy (translation: Roe v. Wade ), and Roberts is loo >>>


      ‘ADVISE AND CONSENT,‘ ANYONE?
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Efforts to get an answer out of John G. Roberts were going nowhere at yesterday‘s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, so Sen. Charles E. Schumer went Hollywood.

"Your failure to answer questions is confounding me," the New York Democrat fumed at the nominee for chief justice. "It‘s a >>>


      A CONSERVATIVE, YES, BUT NOT A SCALIA
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A13 After two days of often intense questioning of John G. Roberts Jr. by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a new image of President Bush‘s nominee for chief justice of the United States is coming into focus.

Still blurry at the edges, thanks to Roberts‘s refusal to declare how he would rule on abort >>>


      BACTERIA, LEAD TAINT WATER IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– New government tests show dangerous amounts of sewage–related bacteria and lead from unknown sources in the floodwaters in New Orleans, and high levels of chemicals such as hexavalent chromium, used in industrial plating, and arsenic, used in treating wood.

Environmental Prot >>>


      BUSH TO REQUEST MORE AID FUNDING
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      September 15, 2005; A01 President Bush will call tonight for an unprecedented federal commitment to rebuild New Orleans and other areas obliterated by Hurricane Katrina, putting the United States on pace to spend more in the next year on the storm‘s aftermath than it has over three years on the Iraq war, accordin >>>


      CORRECTION
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Thursday, September 15, 2005; A33 Because of an editing error, a Sept. 11 op–ed by Peter M. Shane and Reed Hundt incorrectly identified a Supreme Court decision the writers cited as an example of the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist‘s moderation on the question of executive power. It was Hamdi v. Rum >>>


      CRUEL SEPTEMBER
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      I nominated September as the true "cruelest month" in a column a year ago. I cited Sept. 11, the start of World War II and other disasters to support that anthropocentric notion. I did not foresee that Hurricane Katrina would make me accidentally clairvoyant.

The coincidence of the storm‘s trag >>>


      DEMOCRATS DISSECT MEMOS FROM 1'80S
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A13 As Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee try to cast doubt on whether John G. Roberts Jr. deserves to become chief justice of the United States, the main club they are wielding are his own words –– as glimpsed in memos he wrote, as a young but well–positioned legal adviser inside the Reagan >>>


      FERRER TO TAKE ON BLOOMBERG IN NYC
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A02 NEW YORK, Sept. 14 –– Fernando Ferrer, the former Bronx borough president, stood alone as the Democratic challenger to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg after Rep. Anthony D. Weiner surprised supporters by conceding the primary.

After Tuesday‘s primary, Ferrer had finished a whisker short of the >>>


      HATE CRIMES EXPANSION ADDED TO BILL
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Supporters of expanding hate crime law to include acts of violence against gays and lesbians scored a surprise win in the House, boosting their hopes on an issue repeatedly blocked in Congress.

With the help of 30 Republicans, House Democrats on Wednesday pushed through a measure that >>>


      HOUSE FAVORS EXPANDING HATE CRIME LAW TO PROTECT GAYS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Sex offenders who prey on children would be subject to stringent monitoring requirements and face new mandatory penalties under a bill, passed by the House, that was expanded to include protections for gay men and lesbians under federal hate crime law.

The House voted 371 to 52 yesterday in favor of the Childr >>>


      IRAQ CONCERNS WILL REVERBERATE IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Public angst about Iraq will reverberate in Congress in the weeks ahead as lawmakers start shaping a defense spending blueprint and debate President Bush‘s Iraq policies.

Hurricane Katrina has topped the agenda since the House and Senate returned to Washington last week. But deb >>>


      JUDGES HAVE LIMITED POWER, ROBERTS SAYS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Following are excerpts of questions, answers and exchanges at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on the nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. for chief justice: Sen. Sam Brownback (R–Kan.) asked what checks exist on the court‘s power : Roberts: "I would say the primary check on the courts has a >>>


      KATRINA RESPONSE FUNDS CONTINUE TO FLOW
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Congress is moving quickly to provide tax cuts and health care benefits in response to Hurricane Katrina as the money continues to flow on Capitol Hill for victims of the devastation.

Congress is acting Thursday as President Bush makes his fourth trip to the region to give a nation >>>


      NEWS FLASH: REPUBLICANS LIKE ROBERTS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      By Dana MilbankWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 14, 2005;
2:51 PM Move over John Marshall and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Sen. John Cornyn (R–Tex.) dashed to the microphones during a break in today‘s John Roberts confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

H >>>


      SETTING THE CONSERVATIVE STANDARD
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Under the editorship of Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard has become one of the most consistently rewarding political journals. It is a place you can go for a predictably conservative view on certain issues, from the wisdom of the U.S. intervention in Iraq to sustaining the life of Terri Schiavo. But it is also on occa >>>


      US TAKES COUNTEROFFENSIVE IN WAR OF WORDS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The U.S. military is mounting a counteroffensive in a war of words with Iraq‘s insurgents, firing off accusations of child murder, kidnapping, torture, brainwashing and plans to use chemical weapons.

For much of the 2 1/2 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, Bush administration of >>>


      WE CAN PAY TEACHERS MORE
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      With schools back in session it‘s worth reminding ourselves of a sobering fact: America‘s average public school teacher is paid $46,000 a year. Largely because of the persistent efforts of teachers unions, that number is much higher in real terms than it was two decades ago. Still, it pales in comparison wi >>>


      WHAT RESPONSIBILITY?
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Following the botched Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1'61, John F. Kennedy took full responsibility for the debacle. "I am the responsible officer," the president said. Similarly, in 1'83, Ronald Reagan said "I accept responsibility" for the catastrophic terrorist attack on the Marine barra >>>


      ‘STRONG EVIDENCE‘ POINTS TO ZARQAWI
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A25 DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 14 –– A senior U.S. military officer said Wednesday that much of the preparation for the wave of bombings that struck Baghdad on Wednesday originated in the Euphrates River valley west of the Iraqi capital, an area that officials say is used by insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi as hi >>>


      A FAMILY, TORN APART, PULLS TOGETHER
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, September 15,
2005; A25 BAGHDAD, Sept. 14 –– The hunt for one of the missing young men of the Rahim family ended at a refrigerator truck in a hospital back lot.

"He‘s gone! He‘s gone!‘‘ an aunt of 1'&nd >>>


      ASSESSING THE BLAME IN UKRAINE
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, September 15, 2005; A28 KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 14 –– A feud over a hulking steel plant controlled by one of Ukraine‘s leading tycoons was the tripwire for the implosion that last week destroyed the coalition that led Ukraine‘s Orange Revolution >>>


      BANGLADESH MADRASAS NOT LINKED TO MILITANTS –CHIEF
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh‘s madrasas have no links with militants blamed for a spate of bombings, said the head of one of the best–known Islamic schools in the country, adding that arrests of teachers and scholars was persecution.

But Moulana Shah Ahmadullah Ashraf also told Reuters on Wed >>>


      CHILE COURT STRIPS PINOCHET OF IMMUNITY
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      5:53 PM SANTIAGO, Chile –– The Supreme Court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution Wednesday, paving the way for a trial of the former dictator for his alleged role in the disappearance and killing of 15 dissidents during his 1'73–'0 regime.

The court voted 10&nd >>>


      CHINA KILLINGS REVEAL PLIGHT OF MIGRANT WORKERS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese labourer who was insulted when he tried to claim unpaid wages ran amok and killed four people, triggering anguish about the plight of millions of neglected migrant workers across the country.

Wang Binyu, from undeveloped western province Gansu, went on the rampage after he w >>>


      ELECTION GIVES GROUP THAT BATTLED TALIBAN CHANCE AT A COMEBACK
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      2005; A20 BAZARAK, Afghanistan –– The green–domed mausoleum housing the tomb of Afghanistan‘s legendary guerrilla leader Ahmed Shah Massoud sits atop a windblown cliff with a breathtaking view of the lush Panjshir Valley. This was Massoud‘s northern redoubt over two decades of fighting aga >>>


      FOR IRA CRITICS, NO PEACE IN BELFAST
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, September 15,
2005; A21 BELFAST, Sept. 14 –– The family of Robert McCartney, a Catholic whose death at the hands of Irish Republican Army members in January caused international outrage and brought White House condemnation, said Wednesday it was >>>


      ISRAELI COURT RULES WEST BANK BARRIER LEGAL
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel‘s top court ruled on Thursday that the Jewish state had a right to build a barrier on occupied West Bank land, effectively rejecting a World Court decision that the project was entirely illegal.

But the High Court of Justice said Israel only had the right to build secti >>>


      MEXICO‘S FOX OK WITH U.N. REFORM DOCUMENT
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      PM UNITED NATIONS –– Mexican President Vicente Fox said Wednesday that he and the rest of the Group of 15 developing nations think a U.N. reform document approved this week is a step in the right direction, but stressed it is only a first step.

Speaking to The Associated Press on the opening day of >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 15 POLICE COMMANDOS
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber in a car killed 15 police commandos in Baghdad on Thursday, keeping up the pressure on the government a day after some of the bloodiest carnage in Iraq since a U.S.–led invasion in 2003.

A police official said the attack in the southern Doura district of the cap >>>


      THIS YEAR, BUSH TAKES A DIFFERENT TONE WITH THE U.N.
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      A08 UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 14 –– Three years ago, making the case for confronting Iraq, President Bush said the United Nations would sink into irrelevancy if it failed to act at a "difficult and defining moment." But, addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, the president struck a strikin >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 15-09-2005
      Iranian Condemns U.S. During Address at U.N. UNITED NATIONS –– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned the United States on Wednesday as a country of unilateralism, militarism and privilege, and called on the United Nations to promote spirituality.

In an address to the annual meeting of the >>>


      AFTER BLAIR, NO TURNING BACK
      Guardian, 15-09-2005
      Alan Milburn Thursday September 15, 2005 The Guardian When Tony Blair leaves Downing Street in the years ahead, some worry others hope – that the modernising, centrist approach he has personified will go with him. Certainly our opponents are desperately hoping Labour will revert to type.

In fact the only >>>



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