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      SAUDIA ADDS 12 NEW AIRPORT TRANSFER BUSES
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — Saudi Arabian Airlines provided 12 new airport transfer buses to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz regional airport in Madinah to transfer passengers to and from airport lounges and the airplanes. The Riyadh airport will have 5 buses and the >>>


      SCC NET PROFITS SOAR 161 PERCENT
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — Saudi Cables Company (SCC) achieved net profits for the first half of 2005 of SR'.81 million, an increase of 161 percent compared to the same period last year. Dr. Wahib Linjawi, the company’s president and managing director, pointed to the changes in the company’s performance that >>>


      SEC FINDS EASIER SYSTEM TO PAY BILLS
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — The Saudi Electric Company (SEC) found an easier system for customers to pay bills by equal monthly installments so that the high summer bills become less of a problem for limited income families, reported Al–Madinah newspaper. This system allows an individual to pay a consistent >>>


      UAE ECONOMY GROWS 7.4 PERCENT
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agence France Presse ABU DHABI, 20 July 2005 — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) economy grew 7.4 percent to top $88 billion in 2004 on the back of high crude prices and a strong performance by the non–oil sector, the local press reported yesterday.

Gross domestic product reached 323.6 billion dirhams ($88. >>>


      AN ANT GIVES A CLEAR WARNING
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent Solomon inherited David. He said÷ «O people! We have been taught the speech of birds, and have been given of all good things. This is indeed a manifest favor (from God)».

Before Solomon were marshaled his troops of ji >>>


      APPRECIATING FINE POETRY
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News It is often suggested that Islam does not approve of poetry. This is due to two Qur’anic verses, the first of which censures poets, and the other mentions that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was not the type of person who composed poetry. Moreover, the Prophet himself rarely, if ever, quoted a l >>>


      IMRANA÷ THE RAPE THAT NEVER WAS
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News The furor over Imrana Ilahi, the Indian woman at the center of the fatwa concerning rape by a woman’s father–in–law, has not died down yet. Last week, I published an article under the title «Can a Rapist Be Rewarded?» in which I discussed the subject without referring to t >>>


      NIGHT WORSHIP ON FRIDAYS NOT RECOMMENDED
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. A group of people meets every Friday night in the mosque to recite the Qur’an, offer night worship and stay until the dawn prayer. When they have offered the dawn prayer, they depart. Is their practice recommended?

T.H. Samath, Makkah A. No, their practice is certainly not recommended >>>


      POETRY APPROVED BY THE PROPHET
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News We mentioned last week the fact that many people tend to think that Islam does not approve of poetry, and stated that Islam does not take a stand against poetry in general, condemning everything poets compose. Rather, it is the contents that determine how Islam views a certain poem. We mentioned >>>


      PRAYER CONCESSION÷ WHAT CONSTITUTES TRAVEL
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. I travel to work a distance of about 50 miles, staying at my place of work from Monday to Friday, and go back for the weekend. May I ask whether this distance counts as travel that permits shortening my prayer? Do I treat my stay at work as travel that gives me the concessions associated with >>>


      WEARING BLACK THREADS AROUND ONE’S NECK
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q. Could you please explain whether wearing black threads around one’s wrist or neck is permissible. Normally, some Qur’anic verses are read and blown on these threads to make them effective.

S.K., Taif A. This is just another form of a charm or a talisman. All such articles are forbidde >>>


      ‘PEOPLE MUST TAKE ACTION TO HELP OUR KIDS’
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Razan Baker, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — To embarrass or beat a child in public has become a frequent affair. Every society wishes for a mentally and physically healthy young population but not all work toward its achievement. Though these incidents can be very disturbing to witness, many choose to watch in silenc >>>


      BROTHER OF SAUDI ENVOY KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Arab News Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — Ahmad Saeed Awad Asiri, the 20–year–old brother of Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Awad Asiri, died in a road accident on Saturday. The incident occurred at Aqaba Shuar in Abha. He was buried on Sunday.

The ambassador has returned to the K >>>


      IS HEALTH INSURANCE A SCAM?
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Razan Baker, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — The number of people who buy health insurance is growing. Whether private or public, there is a deep divide between those who are for it and those who claim it is no more than a scam.

Some employees do not like the idea of the amount being cut from their monthly sa >>>


      NOUR MIYATI TRANSFERRED TO NAHDA CHARITY HOME
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — After spending two days in jail last week, Nour Miyati was transferred to a charity organization. Efforts at releasing her into her embassy’s custody are still ongoing.

Miyati is the Indonesian maid who accused her sponsor and his wife of torturing her and tying her >>>


      TURKI CALLS FOR EVEN–HANDED ME SOLUTION
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — Saudi Arabia has called upon world community to find a just, lasting and comprehensive Middle East peace settlement based on the principles of international legitimacy and responsibility as well as justice and even–handedness.

Addressing a conference o >>>


      YOUNG GIRL IRKS SHOURA MEMBERS WITH PHONE CALLS
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Saad B. Al–Matrafi, Arab News JEDDAH, 20 July 2005 — Authorities in Onaizah, Qasim, have asked a young Saudi girl to report to the nearest police station for investigation about phone calls and messages made by her to members of the Shoura Council.

Reports said that a large number of Shoura members compl >>>


      AFGHAN WARLORD IN BRITAIN JAILED
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agencies LONDON, 20 July 2005 — Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a London court yesterday for torture and hostage–taking in Afghanistan in a landmark case for international law. Zardad, 42, who lived in south London, had denied the charges, which included keeping a &laqu >>>


      EGYPT CLEARS EL–NASHAR OF COMPLICITY
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Summer Said, Arab News CAIRO, 20 July 2005 — Egyptian authorities said yesterday that investigations have proved so far that Magdy El–Nashar had no role in the London bombings.

A top official source told Arab News that El–Nashar, a 33–year–old university teacher at Leeds, has no links w >>>


      FEWER BANGLADESHIS COMING TO THE GULF
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Imran Rahman, Arab News DHAKA, 20 July 2005 — Bangladesh’s export of manpower to Gulf countries, the second biggest source of foreign exchange earnings, has fallen by 1' percent.

Reluctance of many countries to hire foreign workers, militant trade unionism of expatriate Bangladeshis and the government’s re >>>


      GIVE AID NOW OR RISK INSTABILITY, IRAQ TELLS GLOBAL COMMUNITY
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agencies DEAD SEA, Jordan, 20 July 2005 — Iraq urged the international community yesterday to deliver immediately on its aid pledges and warned more delays would further destabilize the troubled country and threaten global security.

The international community has pledged billions of dollars to help rebuild Ir >>>


      GLITZY WHITE HOUSE DINNER HONORS MANMOHAN SINGH
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 20 July 2005 — President George Bush is famous for snubbing the pomp and pageantry of the presidency, and his dinner Monday in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the first big White House black tie social event in nearly two years to honor a head of government.
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      GREATER COOPERATION NEEDED TO FIGHT IRAQ VIOLENCE÷ NAIF
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Arab News A man shot dead is seen in the front seat of a car as a policeman clears people away from the scene in Baghdad. (Reuters)

ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD, 20 July 2005 — Interior Minister Prince Naif yesterday sought greater cooperation and coordination among Iraq’s neighbors, saying not enough was being done to pr >>>


      HEZBOLLAH IN NEW LEBANON GOVERNMENT
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agence France Presse BEIRUT, 20 July 2005 — Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Fuad Siniora unveiled his Cabinet yesterday which includes for the first time a member of the resistance group Hezbollah, regarded as terrorist by Washington. Siniora’s Cabinet, which was approved by President Emile Lahoud after three previous dra >>>


      IMAMS WHO PREACH VIOLENCE WILL LOSE FRENCH NATIONALITY÷ SARKOZY
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agence France Presse PARIS, 20 July 2005 — France’s tough–talking Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy promised «zero tolerance» yesterday for Muslim leaders who encourage attacks such as the bombings in London on July 7 and said he would strip them of their French nationality.

«We have to >>>


      INDIA CAN BE TRUSTED÷ PM
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News Manmohan is applauded by US Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert prior to his addressing a joint meeting of Congress. (EPA)

WASHINGTON, 20 July 2005 — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a man on a mission÷ He wants US support for India’s civil nucl >>>


      IRAN WILL NOT BARGAIN ON N–ENRICHMENT÷ KHATAMI
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 20 July 2005 — Iran’s outgoing President Mohammad Khatami said yesterday that Tehran would not bargain on its right to enrich uranium during talks with Europe on its nuclear activities. «Iran’s admission to the World Trade Organization and the mastering of the fuel cycle are the right >>>


      ISLAMISTS AIM TO BREAK MOLD IN EGYPT POLITICS
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agencies CAIRO, 20 July 2005 — An Egyptian activist said he was confident Islamists would get a legal political voice in Egypt for the first time in decades after his long fight to found a moderate political party. A judicial advisory panel last week for the first time approved the Wasat (center) Party. Party founder A >>>


      PALESTINIAN FACTIONS AGREE TO HELP END GAZA CRISIS
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agencies GAZA CITY, 20 July 2005 — Palestinian factions, including Hamas agreed with senior Egyptian officials during a meeting in Gaza yesterday to continue efforts to end the current crisis between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Saied Seyam, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza who attended the meeting told reporters >>>


      THAILAND INVOKES EMERGENCY RULE IN MUSLIM SOUTH
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Anusak Konglang, Agence France Presse BANGKOK, 20 July 2005 — Thailand’s Cabinet yesterday imposed the highest state of emergency across three Muslim–majority provinces, despite fears that the draconian powers it authorizes could worsen the insurgency in the deep south.

The decision allows authorities to >>>


      TONY BLAIR HOSTS SUMMIT OF MUSLIMS AT DOWNING STREET
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 20 July 2005 — As British Prime Minister Tony Blair, flanked by opposition leaders Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy, hosted a summit of British Muslim leaders at No. 10 Downing Street yesterday, the battle for the «hearts and minds» of young British Muslims continues in t >>>


      TRIBUNALS TO RESUME FOR GITMO DETAINEES
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 20 July 2005 — The Pentagon announced Monday it will soon resume the military trials of two terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and file charges against eight others.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the decision by a three–judge federal appeals court pa >>>


      TURKEY SAYS US ORDERED ARREST OF PKK LEADERS
      Arab News, 20-07-2005
      Agence France Presse ANKARA, 20 July 2005 — The Turkish Army said yesterday the United States had ordered the capture of commanders of the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, where most of the group’s members are based, warning of an incursion into Iraq if Baghdad fails to curb the rebels.

The United >>>


      12 DIE OF HEAT–RELATED ILLNESS IN ARIZ.
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PHOENIX –– A blistering heat wave is being blamed for the deaths of 12 people in Phoenix, prompting officials to ask for donations of ice and water bottles for those sweltering without air conditioning.

From Saturday to Tuesday, Phoenix police reported a dozen people had died of apparent heat&ndash >>>


      BISHOP SAYS HE REASSIGNED ABUSIVE PRIEST
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      CLEVELAND –– Bishop Anthony M. Pilla testified Tuesday in a defamation case against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland that he twice reassigned a priest who allegedly sexually assaulted a minor.

Pilla said the decision was made after the priest, the Rev. James Mulica, had been treated for an a >>>


      BOOK CITES MOCK TRIALS OF RUDOLPH
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      By Jay ReevesAssociated PressWednesday, July 20, 2005; A08 BIRMINGHAM, July 1' –– Serial bomber Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty to avoid a possible death sentence, may have had a better chance than he realized to beat the rap, according to a new book by one of his victims.

The account by Emily >>>


      BOYS IN TRUNK WERE ALIVE 13 HOURS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Associated PressWednesday, July 20, 2005; A06 CAMDEN, N.J., July 1' –– Three boys who suffocated in a car trunk last month were trapped alive for at least 13 hours, slowly succumbing while police searched their neighborhood, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The boys, ages 5, 6 and 11, died 13 to 33 ho >>>


      BUSH SUPREME COURT CHOICE IS CONSERVATIVE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush tilted young and conservative with Judge John G. Roberts, filling his first Supreme Court vacancy with a 50–year–old jurist who could leave an indelible right–leaning imprint on the nation‘s judiciary.

With Republicans controlling the White House >>>


      EMILY‘S OUTER BANDS HIT SOUTHERN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas –– With heavy wind from Hurricane Emily whipping the coast and giant tides swallowing up beaches, Risa Jones and her husband decided to pack up their two young children and head inland to get away from the storm.

Their destination÷ San Antonio, where Jones planned t >>>


      EMILY SPREADS HEAVY RAIN IN SOUTH TEXAS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      SANTA ROSA, Texas –– Outlying sections of Hurricane Emily blew heavy rain across extreme South Texans on Wednesday, causing scattered power outages while many residents waited it out in shelters.

The eye of the storm ran ashore just before dawn near San Fernando, Mexico, about 85 miles south of Bro >>>


      FORMER JUICE COMPANY EMPLOYEE KILLS BOSS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      BALTIMORE –– A former employee of a juice company shot and killed his former boss Tuesday night before pointing a shotgun at police officers, who shot and wounded him, police said.

The man, fired from the H.R. Nicholson Co. about two months ago, drove to the company‘s northwest Baltimore head >>>


      GOP, DEMS COURT HISPANICS AT CONFERENCE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PHILADELPHIA –– Democratic and Republican leaders touted their parties‘ records on inclusion Tuesday, courting voters at the annual conference of a Hispanic civil rights group.

In a sign of the growing political clout of Hispanics, the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Com >>>


      JOHN G. ROBERTS JR.
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      John G. Roberts, 50, has long been considered one of the Republicans‘ heavyweights amid the largely Democratic Washington legal establishment. Roberts was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2003 by President George W. Bush. (He was also nominated by the first President Bush, but never >>>


      KEY PLAYERS IN ROBERTS CONFIRMATION
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the panel‘s senior Democrat, will play key roles in the Senate confirmation of John G. Roberts to succeed Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor.
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      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      6 Ga. Camp Counselors Charged With Murder CLEVELAND, Ga. –– Six counselors at a state–run wilderness camp for troubled boys were charged with murder in the death of a 13–year–old boy with asthma who was restrained for more than an hour.

A White County grand jury handed up the char >>>


      NORTHEAST BASE CLOSINGS WORRY CHAIRMAN
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The chairman of the military base closure commission expressed doubts about the Pentagon‘s plans to close so many bases in the northeastern United States, saying he believes the military should be present in every part of the country.

Chairman Anthony Principi, during a hearing >>>


      PILOTS CLAIMED DISABILITY BUT KEPT FLIGHT STATUS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      SAN FRANCISCO, July 1' –– Forty pilots were arrested after an investigation found they were receiving Social Security disability payments for various illnesses but were still licensed to fly, federal officials said.

The pilots claimed to be medically fit to fly airplanes. However, they may have >>>


      POPULATION OF ENDANGERED WOODPECKER RISES
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      THOMASVILLE, Ga. –– Working by flashlight in a Georgia pine forest, wildlife biologists carefully position nets over tree cavities 30 to 40 feet above ground.

Soon there‘s a rustling in the darkness, and they manage to catch one red–cockaded woodpecker. Biologist Jim Cox then attaches a >>>


      RESEARCH LAB PROBES LIFE UNDER THE SEA
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Living for days on end 63 feet beneath the waves is a near–ideal situation for researchers studying undersea life, biologist James Lindholm says. Yet sometimes the best–laid experiments can go awry.

Lindholm once found himself tracking a large grouper that unexpectedly >>>


      RICE SEEKS GREATER AFRICAN FARM IMPORTS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      DAKAR, Senegal –– The United States already buys large amounts of oil from Africa, but both places would benefit from increased trade in an array of other goods, especially farm products, U.S. officials say.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was opening a brief African visit Wednesday with encour >>>


      ROBERTS‘S STATEMENT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Following are remarks by appellate Judge John G. Roberts Jr. at the White House last night after President Bush announced his nomination to the Supreme Court÷ Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you. Thank you very much. It is both an honor and very humbling to be nominated to serve on the Supreme Court.

Be >>>


      SERIAL KILLER SENTENCED TO DEATH IN ARIZ.
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PHOENIX –– A man was sentenced to death for luring five women to a camper, strangling them during sex and dumping their bodies around a neighborhood.

Cory Morris was sentenced Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, said Bill FitzGerald, a spokesman for prosecutors. He had been convicted July 11 >>>


      SOUTH TEXAS READIES FOR HURRICANE EMILY
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Tex., July 1' –– Hurricane Emily‘s outer bands began lashing the southern tip of Texas on Tuesday, causing giant tides that quickly swallowed this resort island‘s beaches while forcing residents to board up windows and stock up on sandbags.

But the rain, strong w >>>


      TRIAL TO BEGIN FOR 2ND FORT RILEY SOLDIER
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      FORT RILEY, Kan. –– Last month, Sgt. Eric Colvin‘s testimony helped convict a fellow soldier of killing two other Fort Riley soldiers. Now Colvin faces his own court–martial.

Colvin, 24, is charged with two counts of premeditated murder for the Sept.
13, 2004, shooting deaths of Sta >>>


      VA. APPELLATE PANEL HEARS ARGUMENTS IN PADILLA CASE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      By Tom JackmanWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 20, 2005; A0' RICHMOND, July 1' –– A top government attorney declared Tuesday that, in the war on terror, the United States is a battlefield, and therefore President Bush has the authority to detain enemy combatants indefinitely in this count >>>


      ‘HE‘S A MAN OF EXTRAORDINARY ACCOMPLISHMENT AND ABILITY‘
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Following are President Bush‘s remarks at the White House last night in announcing that he will nominate federal appellate judge John G. Roberts Jr. for the Supreme Court÷ Good evening. One of the most consequential decisions a president makes is his appointment of a justice to the Supreme Court.

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      A MOVE TO THE RIGHT, AN EYE TO CONFIRMATION
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      20, 2005; A01 President Bush moved boldly to shift the Supreme Court to the right last night by selecting federal appellate judge John G. Roberts Jr. to succeed Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor. But in choosing a jurist with establishment credentials and bipartisan allies, Bush was also looking for a nominee who could >>>


      BIG LABOR‘S BIG FIGHT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Unless someone pulls a last–minute rabbit out of an eleventh–hour hat, the biennial convention of the AFL–CIO, which begins on Monday in Chicago, will be radically smaller than originally planned. As things now stand, the four dissident unions that have raised the specter of disaffiliation from the la >>>


      BILL WOULD GIVE NIH DIRECTOR BROAD POWER OVER SPENDING
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      The director of the National Institutes of Health would have unprecedented authority to decide federal spending priorities for biomedical research and would gain new powers to kill or consolidate the agency‘s 27 institutes and centers under draft legislation released by a House committee yesterday.

The p >>>


      BOX÷ BASE CLOSURE CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES DOUBT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      AM –– MILITARY PRESENCE÷ The chairman of the commission deciding which military bases should be closed or downsized says he‘s concerned that too many facilities in the Northeast are on the block.

HARD–PRESSED÷ Connecticut and Maine face massive job losses in the Pentagon&l >>>


      BRAVE NUKE WORLD
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      The U.S. public diplomacy team is starting to take shape. Dina Habib Powell , a former White House personnel director, was sworn in Monday as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. Powell is expected to be a major player in yet another major effort to improve the U.S. image abroad.

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      BUSH‘S CHOICE BEGINS WITH 11 NAMES
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush had just sat down for lunch with Australia‘s prime minister when he had to step away to make the telephone call that would end his search for a Supreme Court justice.

Returning to the table, Bush told John Howard, "I just offered the job to a great, smart 50& >>>


      BUSH CHOOSES ROBERTS FOR COURT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      July 20, 2005; A01 President Bush nominated U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John G. Roberts Jr.

for the Supreme Court last night, passing over several female candidates to replace the retiring Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor in favor of a well–regarded litigator with conservative credentials and friends in >>>


      BUSH NOMINATES ROBERTS FOR SUPREME COURT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts begins his confirmation campaign Wednesday to nail down Republican Senate support and overcome Democrats‘ fears that he would push the nation‘s highest court far to the right on abortion and other polarizing issues.

President Bush intr >>>


      BUSH SAYS GOVERNMENT FOCUSED ON SECURITY
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      BALTIMORE –– Nearly two weeks after terrorists launched a deadly strike on the London mass transit system, President Bush sought Wednesday to reassure Americans that his administration is working overtime to prevent attacks in the United States.

"What I‘m telling you is that we‘re >>>


      BUSH URGES SENATE TO BACK HIS SUPREME COURT PICK
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush urged the Senate on Wednesday to be "fair and civil" to his first Supreme Court nominee, opening a campaign to head off a potential confirmation battle that could focus largely on John Roberts‘ views on abortion.

Roberts, 50, a member of the U.S. Circ >>>


      CLAWS AND EFFECT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. –– This is crab country. Put a chicken neck on a string, toss it into the saltwater creek off Inlet Point and get your net ready.

Or put out a dead fish as bait and bring in a squirming basket of crabs clawing and wounding each other with a destructive energy that spares not ev >>>


      COLLEAGUES CALL HIGH COURT NOMINEE SMART
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– John G. Roberts pairs a youthful demeanor with a sharp, seasoned legal mind that has impressed Ivy League professors, government lawyers and U.S. presidents.

Befitting his age of 50 and limited time on the appellate court, the book on his judicial decisions remains a work in progress. >>>


      DEMOCRATS EXPLORE THEIR SPIRITUAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL SIDES
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Senate Democrats are getting religion. Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–Nev.), yesterday unveiled a Web site aimed at religious voters and announced plans to hold a conference on faith–based social services in Las Vegas on Aug.
24.

Reid spokeswoman Tessa Hafen said the conference will bring tog >>>


      DEMOCRATS FAINTLY ECHO REPUBLICANS‘ LOUD PRAISE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      By Charles Babington and Mike AllenWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, July 20, 2005; A11 Republican senators quickly embraced the nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court last night while Democrats reserved judgment, saying he would trigger neither immediate opposition nor instant acceptance from the >>>


      END OF FARM SUBSIDIES NO PANACEA FOR AFRICA –U.S.
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      DAKAR (Reuters) – African countries hoping for a boost from the end of rich nations‘ farming subsidies should concentrate on improving efficiency to ensure they can seize new opportunities, a U.S. trade official said on Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florizelle Liser said >>>


      FEDS ACCUSE FIRMS IN PORN E–MAIL SCHEME
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Federal regulators accused seven companies Wednesday of hiring others to send illegal e–mails with pornographic messages to tempt consumers to visit adult Internet sites.

The government said four of the firms already agreed to pay nearly $1.2 million to settle the charges, makin >>>


      HISPANIC CHILDREN AT A GLANCE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      AM –– A new government report measuring the well–being of children in 25 categories found÷ _The number of children living in poverty increased slightly. In 2003,
18 percent of all children lived in poverty. The percentage of white children living in poverty was 10 percent, compared with 34 >>>


      ILLUSTRATION FLESHES OUT BUSH ADMINISTRATION‘S PAY PROPOSAL
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      The Bush administration‘s proposal to overhaul federal pay rules would move the government closer to private–sector models by allowing annual raises to vary according to occupation and market demand and by linking raises to job performance.

The administration announced its proposed pay overhaul in >>>


      IN GAZA, A TEST CASE FOR PEACE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Next month thousands of Israelis will be uprooted from their homes in 25 settlements, against the backdrop of widespread political opposition and intensifying Palestinian terrorism. Israel faces difficult days ahead.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is boldly determined to move forward with disengagement from Gaza >>>


      JUSTICE DEPT. OPPOSES SHIELD FOR REPORTERS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 20, 2005; A03 The Justice Department is opposing a bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to protect journalists from having to reveal confidential sources, calling the legislation "bad public policy" that would impair the administration‘s ability &q >>>


      LET A THOUSAND FILTERS BLOOM
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      In 1'4', when George Orwell wrote his dystopian novel "1'84," he gave its hero, Winston, a job at the Ministry of Truth. All day long, Winston clips politically unacceptable facts, stuffs them into little pneumatic tubes, and then pushes the tubes down a chute. Beside him sits a woman in charge of >>>


      MUSLIMS QUESTION CONGRESSMAN‘S COMMENT ON MECCA
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressman who suggested the United States might consider bombing Muslim holy sites, including Mecca, has drawn apology demands from U.S. Muslim and Arab groups but rejected a request to meet with one leading organization.

Rep. Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in an >>>


      NEW LAW REQUIRES WORKERS TO LEARN ABOUT CONSTITUTION
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 20, 2005; A21 Civics lessons do not get much swankier than this.

The 160 or so federal employees who filed into the National Archives‘ McGowan Theater yesterday for a program on the Constitution sat in plush red chairs and heard a five–p >>>


      ON RIGHT, LEFT, TIME FOR ACTION
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      July 20, 2005; A13 Just after learning that President Bush planned to nominate federal appeals court Judge John G. Roberts Jr. for the Supreme Court, NARAL Pro–Choice America sent an electronic action alert yesterday to its 800,000–person network, encouraging members to call their senators and talk to frien >>>


      PENTAGON NAMES NEW CHIEF GUANTANAMO DEFENSE LAWYER
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon named a new chief defense lawyer on Tuesday for the Guantanamo Bay war crimes trials, called the death penalty unlikely in the first 12 cases and defended as fair a process critics deride as a "kangaroo court." The trials of foreign terrorism suspects conducted by spe >>>


      PENTAGON÷ CHINA‘S MILITARY STRENGTHENING
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– China is building up its military for the long–term goal of projecting its power well beyond Taiwan, the self–governing island that draws most of the mainland‘s attention today, a Pentagon report says.

The Chinese military is buying new weapon systems _ including imp >>>


      RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT –– AND SOME CONTRADICTIONS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      July 20, 2005; A01 In 1''1, John G. Roberts, then deputy solicitor general in the first Bush administration, told the Supreme Court its historic decision supporting a woman‘s right to an abortion was "wrongly decided and should be overruled." In 2003, when Roberts was up for a judgeship, he play >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS NEWS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Bush sees good prospects for Roberts confirmation WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush held a breakfast meeting with his Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts, on Wednesday and said he thought the confirmation process was off to a good start. ‘In my conversations with senators last night, we discussed how im >>>


      ROBERTS DONATED MONEY TO LUGAR‘S CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts has donated to the political campaigns of several Republican candidates, including one senator who will vote on Roberts‘ appointment to the high court.

In recent election years, Roberts has contributed more than $3,700 to Republican candidat >>>


      ROBERTS HAS SOLID CONSERVATIVE CREDENTIALS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– John G. Roberts has solid conservative credentials and a lengthy background as a government lawyer and a private attorney whose clients ranged from big companies to welfare recipients.

But his record as a judge is short and relatively nondescript. Roberts,
50, has been on the U.S. >>>


      ROBERTS HAS SOLID CONSERVATIVE CREDENTIALS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– John G. Roberts has demonstrated strong backing for Bush administration policies, ruling against Geneva Conventions protections for detainees at Guantanamo Bay and in favor of keeping Vice President Dick Cheney‘s energy task force records secret.

Roberts‘ record as a feder >>>


      SEN. CLINTON HAS BIG LEAD IN N.Y. POLL
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to sport a hefty lead over potential Republican challenger Jeanine Pirro in the 2006 Senate race, a statewide poll reported Wednesday.

The Siena College Research Institute Poll also found that Gov. George Pataki‘s favorable rating among Ne >>>


      SEN. SPECTER SAYS NO ASBESTOS VOTE TILL AUTUMN
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to create a $140 billion asbestos compensation fund is not expected to come up on the Senate floor before the August recess, the legislation‘s co–author, Sen. Arlen Specter, said on Wednesday.

"It does not look at this point as if the majority leader is goin >>>


      SENATE CONSIDERS MEDIA SHIELD
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The Senate Judiciary Committee, before turning to President Bush‘s Supreme Court nominee, is hearing what the administration thinks about jailing reporters who refuse to reveal their sources.

The testimony from Deputy Attorney General James Comey comes as the panel considers a b >>>


      SENATE MOVING FAST TO FILL HIGH COURT SEAT
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The first Monday in October, the day the Supreme Court begins its term, sounds far away in the heat of July. Still, with a Supreme Court nominee in waiting, Republican senators are moving quickly to complete the time–consuming confirmation process in the fall.

"It‘s i >>>


      SUMMER STONEWALL
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      A president‘s ability to govern effectively depends on a measure of accountability –– the public‘s confidence that the leader will hold subordinates accountable for lapses in performance, ethics and judgment. That is precisely the quality that is beginning to slip away from the Bush administrati >>>


      U.S. LAWMAKERS PUSH A LONGER DAY TO SAVE ENERGY
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      Tom Doggett and Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers working out details of a broad U.S. energy bill voted on Tuesday to expand daylight–saving time by two months to conserve energy, but refused to boost mileage requirements for gas–guzzling sport utility vehicles.

Negotiator >>>


      U.S. REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE TOUGH IMMIGRATION BILL
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All of the estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens in the United States would have to leave the country under an immigration bill introduced on Tuesday by two conservative Republican senators.

The bill by Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl and Texas Sen. John Cornyn is a tougher altern >>>


      US DEMOCRATS WARY OF ROBERTS HIGH COURT NOMINATION
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats voiced concerns about President Bush‘s nomination of conservative John Roberts for the Supreme Court on Tuesday but said was too early to know if they will try to deny him confirmation.

Special interest groups from the right and left quickly began their >>>


      WOMEN CLOSEST TO BUSH ARE PRO–CHOICE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PM During the 2000 presidential campaign, Barbara Bush said the Republican Party should drop an anti–abortion plank from its national platform.

"Listen to your mama," declared a radio ad aired at the time by an abortion–rights group. "That‘s a family value we can all agree on.& >>>


      A LOOK AT U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PM –– As of Tuesday, July 1', 2005, at least 1,771 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 1,361 died as a result of hostile action. The figures include five military civilians.

The AP count is fi >>>


      ACROPOLIS FACELIFTS NEAR FINISH IN GREECE
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      PM ATHENS, Greece –– For years, tourists to the Acropolis have been frustrated to find ancient monuments shrouded in scaffolding, thanks to a long and painstaking restoration project. Now, an end is in sight.

Greek cultural officials said Wednesday that work on the Parthenon, the Athena Nike temple >>>


      AMONG THE YOUNG OF MULTIETHNIC LEEDS, A HARDENING HATRED
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      By Tamara JonesWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, July 20, 2005; A14 LEEDS, England –– By the time the mob was finished with Tyrone Clarke, all that was left of the 16–year–old was what his own mother later described to reporters as "just a bloody pulp." About 30 boys and young men >>>


      AP÷ EXTREMIST GROUP PRAISED U.K. BOMBINGS
      Washington Post, 20-07-2005
      6÷10 AM LONDON –– When Prime Minister Tony Blair met with two dozen Muslim religious leaders to discuss a new package of anti–terrorism bills, the radical Islamic firebrand Anjem Choudary was not invited.

The British government has heard enough of his views, spoken from the angry margi >>>



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