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      CRASH INVOLVING 1'2' CAR LEAVES 3 DEAD
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. –– A driver apparently ran a stop sign at an intersection near Ann Arbor and collided with a classic car carrying a family of five, killing two adults and a child, authorities said.

Two other children in the 1'2' Duesenberg convertible were injured Saturday evening >>>


      DOG BEATS MOST IN SWIM FROM ALCATRAZ
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      SAN FRANCISCO –– With a stomach full of scrambled eggs, Jake dog–paddled his way into history, leaving most of the serious _ and human _ swimmers in his wake.

Organizers of the South End Rowing Club‘s 10th annual Alcatraz Invitational _ a 1.2 mile swim from the infamous prison island to >>>


      FEDS MAKE MORE THAN 500 GANG ARRESTS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Federal authorities arrested 528 alleged gang members over a two–week period, officials said Monday, targeting more than 54 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country.

Investigators picked up most of the offenders between July 16 and July 28 on immigra >>>


      LAPD GET FIRSTHAND LOOK AT LONDON BOMBINGS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      LOS ANGELES –– Like scores of law enforcement agencies around the world, Los Angeles police rushed to Britain after the deadly July 7 transit bombings to learn ways of preventing _ and responding _ to terrorist attacks.

But the police officials got an unexpected firsthand lesson when another wave o >>>


      LAPD SEEKS VENDOR WHO ALLEGEDLY STABBED 5
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      LOS ANGELES –– A man allegedly stabbed five people outside Dodger Stadium in a dispute over the sale of counterfeit T–shirts following a game between the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, police said.

The fight broke out Sunday after privately retained security guards hired to crack down on ve >>>


      MISSING PROSECUTOR‘S LAPTOP FOUND IN RIVER
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      BELLEFONTE, Pa. –– Two fishermen found a laptop computer at the bottom of a river that belonged to a county prosecutor who has been missing for 3 1/2 months, police said Monday.

The laptop, which was missing its hard drive, was found Saturday in the Susquehanna River under a bridge, Bellefonte poli >>>


      PA. ACTIVIST SUES OVER LAWMAKER PAY RAISE
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      HARRISBURG, Pa. –– An activist filed a lawsuit Monday contesting a pay raise lawmakers approved for themselves last month, saying the state constitution prohibits the legislature from increasing its own members‘ pay.

The bill increased legislators‘ base pay from $6',647 to $81,050 a >>>


      PATAKI TO VETO ‘MORNING–AFTER‘ PILL BILL
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– Gov. George Pataki plans to veto legislation that would allow women to buy the "morning–after" pill without a prescription, a decision described by abortion rights advocates as "sheer political expediency" to build conservative support for a 2008 presidential run.>>>


      PHOENIX POLICE SEARCH FOR SERIAL RAPIST
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      PHOENIX –– A serial rapist has attacked nearly a dozen women in the city, targeting those who live alone and tracking their movements before breaking into apartments in the middle of the night.

The 11 attacks since November are creating fear in the city and prompting the Phoenix Police Department t >>>


      SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS SET FOR SECOND SPACEWALK
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      HOUSTON (Reuters) – Two shuttle astronauts were set to replace a failed gyroscope on the International Space Station on Monday in the second of three planned spacewalks as NASA pondered whether to add a fourth to repair loose material on Discovery‘s heat shield.

Steve Robinson and Japan‘s Soi >>>


      SOME BLACK PREACHERS EMBRACE HOMOSEXUALITY
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      NEW YORK –– The words that the Rev. James A. Forbes chose to share with the roomful of black gay and lesbian faithful might have come straight from the civil rights struggles of the 1'60s. Forbes reminded his listeners that discrimination has no place in this world and urged them to lay down the notion >>>


      STORMS CLOSE CALIF. FIRE ACCESS ROADS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      CRESTLINE, Calif. –– Ron Albright wonders what he‘d do if a wildfire threatened his home today like one did a couple of years ago. Back then, he and his wife were able to flee the burning San Bernadino Mountains by taking a fire access road. Now, though, taking that less–traveled road wouldn&lsq >>>


      STUDY TRACKS JUVENILE PRISON SEX CONTACTS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Sexual assaults and other illicit incidents of sexual contact are reported at juvenile prisons at 10 times the rate than at adult lockups, a government study finds.

The research found 10 reported incidents for every 2,000 youths at state–run juvenile facilities. At state–r >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      PM –– Scattered thunderstorms extended across the East early Monday, while the western two–thirds of the country started out the work week under partly cloudy skies.

A few showers in the Southeast were accompanied by strong winds and lightning strikes. In the Northeast, only gentle rains fell >>>


      VAN CRASH IN CALF. DESERT KILLS FIVE
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      LUDLOW, Calif. –– A van carrying at least 16 people overturned on the shoulder of a desert highway early Monday, killing five and injuring 11, the California Highway Patrol said.

It was not immediately known whether another vehicle was involved or what caused the crash, said CHP officer Todd Weiche >>>


      BUSH COMFORTS THOUSANDS AT SCOUT JAMBOREE
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      BOWLING GREEN, Va. –– As President Bush took to the podium in front of the enormous crowd at the National Boy Scout Jamboree, two troops of Scouts from Alaska stood up and cheered loudly along with their peers. But as Bush began to speak about the tragic electrocutions that had taken the lives of four of th >>>


      BUSH INSTALLS BOLTON AS U.N. AMBASSADOR
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush bypassed the Senate and installed John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Monday over protests by Democrats that the combative critic of the world body would hurt U.S. credibility.

Five months after nominating Bolton, Bush appointed him in a subdued W >>>


      BUSH PINS HOPES ON MIDDLE EAST DEADLINES
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration has a lot riding on the outcome of two deadlines that loom in the volatile Middle East÷ the historic withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from the occupied Gaza Strip and the drafting of a constitution for an independent Iraq.

In both cases, the Uni >>>


      BUSH TO INSTALL BOLTON AS U.N. ENVOY TODAY
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      1, 2005; '÷42 AM President Bush plans to sidestep the Senate on Monday and install controversial nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, an administration official said.

The appointment, which is expected during a White House ceremony this morning, would constitute a so–called >>>


      NOVAK DEFENDS ACTIONS IN CIA LEAK
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Columnist Robert Novak broke his silence Monday about his disclosure of an undercover CIA operative‘s identity, defending himself against a former agency official‘s account that he twice warned Novak not to publish the name.

In his syndicated column, Novak did not dispute >>>


      OFFICIALS÷ BUSH TO NAME BOLTON TO U.N.
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Frustrated by Democrats, President Bush will circumvent the Senate on Monday and install embattled nominee John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, two senior administration officials said.

Bush has the power to fill vacancies without Senate approval while Congress is in re >>>


      REACTION TO BOLTON‘S APPOINTMENT TO U.N.
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      AM –– Reaction to President Bush‘s recess appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations÷ ___ "At a time when we need to reassert our diplomatic power in the world, President Bush has decided to send a seriously flawed and weakened candidate to the United Nations. It‘ >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS NEWS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      Bush will appoint Bolton to U.N. job÷ official WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush will bypass the Senate and appoint John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Monday morning, a senior administration official said. The move, expected in a White House ceremony, would come over the protests o >>>


      SENATE LACKS VOTES FOR STEM CELL OVERRIDE
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Senate supporters of a measure to ease restrictions on embryonic stem cell research lack the votes to override a threatened veto by President Bush, a top proponent of the research says.

A favorable Senate vote is considered more likely now that Majority Leader Bill Frist, R–Tenn >>>


      US SAYS COULD SEEK CHINA TEXTILE DEAL
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration said on Monday it was delaying a decision on whether to restrict additional imports of clothing from China so it could consult with industry and lawmakers about whether to seek a comprehensive textile trade pact with Beijing.

"Today‘s decision wil >>>


      ABDULLAH PROCLAIMED SAUDI KING AFTER DEATH OF FAHD
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, a strategic U.S. ally, proclaimed Abdullah its new monarch to succeed King Fahd who died on Monday after steering the world‘s largest oil exporter through 23 turbulent years.

Saudi officials say King Abdullah, who is at least 80 and has run day–to–day af >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Administration official says President Bush will install embattled nominee John Bolton on Monday to be U.N. ambassador.
>>>


      BOMBAY FLOODED AGAIN AS RAINS HIT WESTERN INDIA
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      AM BOMBAY (Reuters) – Heavy rain again flooded Bombay on Monday after a record downpour last week triggered floods and landslides that killed nearly 1,000 people in and around India‘s financial capital.

Floods closed key roads and delayed train services in the sprawling metropolis of more than 15 m >>>


      DEATH OF EX–REBEL LEADER GARANG ROCKS SUDAN
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      KHARTOUM (Reuters) – John Garang, who led Sudan‘s southern rebels for two decades before making peace and joining the government he fought, has died in a helicopter crash, sparking riots and fears for hard–won stability.

Garang, six of his companions and a crew of seven died over the weekend >>>


      ENVOYS TOIL IN VAIN ON JOINT KOREA NUCLEAR TEXT
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – Delegates toiled in vain on Monday on the seventh day of North Korean nuclear crisis talks, failing to thrash out a consensus statement laying down even minimal principles for an eventual settlement.

"We had vigorous discussions, but we can‘t say there was major progress,&q >>>


      EU URGES IRAN AGAINST RESUMING NUCLEAR WORK
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union urged Iran on Monday against resuming frozen sensitive nuclear work, which the West believes could help it develop a bomb, but Tehran notified the U.N. watchdog of its intention to restart a key plant.

Germany said the EU‘s three major powers –– B >>>


      GERMANS DISCOVER REMAINS OF NINE BABIES
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      BERLIN –– Police discovered the remains of nine newborn babies buried in a garden in eastern Germany and arrested a woman believed to be their mother, prosecutors said Monday.

The bodies were found Sunday in Brieskow–Finkenheerd, a village near the Polish border, after police received a tip, >>>


      IRAN POISED TO RESTART NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      TEHRAN, Iran –– Iranian technicians will break U.N. seals on the Isfahan nuclear plant on Monday, allowing uranium processing to resume, a spokesman for Iran‘s Supreme National Security Council said.

Officials from the U.N.‘s nuclear watchdog agency will supervise the removal of the sea >>>


      IRAN TO RESUME NUCLEAR WORK IN DEFIANCE OF EU
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said it would resume nuclear fuel activities on Monday after the European Union failed to respond in time to its offer of new talks.

Two years of hard bargaining over a nuclear program that Tehran had kept secret for 18 years appeared to be heading toward a crisis that could see I >>>


      ISRAELI RIGHTISTS VOW LAST–GASP MARCH ON GAZA
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Jewish settlers vowed on Monday to defy an Israeli government ban and march into the Gaza Strip en masse in a last–gasp bid to derail this month‘s planned withdrawal from the occupied territory.

Shrugging off rightist ire at his plan to "disengage" from fightin >>>


      ITALIANS ARREST ALLEGED STEROID SELLERS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      ROME –– Police have arrested two Slovenians who allegedly mailed steroids and other performance–enhancing drugs to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and other customers around the world, a police official said Monday.

Sasco Tacs, 30, and Vesna Milosevic, 20, were arrested last month following a raid on a >>>


      KING ABDULLAH÷ AN EFFECTIVE REFORMER
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– King Abdullah, who succeeded his half brother King Fahd on Monday, is a popular leader who has been the kingdom‘s effective ruler for 10 years and is the main force behind an unprecedented reform drive.

The 81–year–old Abdullah, sticking to tradition, immed >>>


      KING FAHD
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      AM Title÷ King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (King of Saudi Arabia) Born÷ In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; believed to be 83 Died÷ Aug. 1, 2005 Known for He held his country together and preserved his family‘s rule in an era of immense pressures both domestic and external. During this tenuous time, he >>>


      KING FAHD, MAN OF MADDENING CONTRADICTIONS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      6÷36 AM King Fahd ibn Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, who died Monday, was a man of maddening contradictions who ruled a country of maddening contradictions.

By turns profligate and abstemious, corrupt and correct, energetic and lazy, dedicated and indifferent, he demonstrated both voracious appetites and un >>>


      LAWAMAKER‘S DEATH DARKENS JAPAN‘S POLITICAL DRAMA
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      TOKYO (Reuters) – Political infighting over plans to privatize Japan‘s postal system turned nasty on Monday when some ruling party rebels said a lawmaker had killed himself due to government pressure to support the legislation.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said rejection of the bills &ndash >>>


      MILITARY PROSECUTORS FAULT DETAINEE TRIALS÷ PAPER
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two former military prosecutors complained last year about the fairness of the Pentagon trials for four detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, charging the system was designed to improve the chance of conviction, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Citing e–mails obtained by t >>>


      POLITICAL SCANDAL WON‘T DERAIL BRAZIL REFORM –U.S.
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      BRASILIA (Reuters) – A bubbling political scandal over alleged vote–hiring shouldn‘t derail Brazilian economic reforms that U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow wants to support during an official visit, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

Snow arrived in the Brazilian capital on Sunday and w >>>


      RED SEA BOMBING SUSPECT SHOT DEAD
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      CAIRO, Aug 1– Egyptian police shot dead one of the prime suspects in the bombings which killed at least 64 people in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el–Sheikh on July 23, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

His wife was also killed and their four–year–old daughter was injured in an exchan >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA‘S KING FAHD DIES IN RIYADH
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      By Anthony Shadid and Fred BarbashWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, August 1, 2005; 6÷45 AM DAMASCUS, Aug. 1 –– King Fahd ibn Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia died Monday and was quickly succeeded by his half–brother Crown Prince Abdullah, who has run the kingdom since Fahd suffered a stroke in 1&# >>>


      SAUDI KING FAHD, A KEY U.S. ALLY, DIES
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– Saudi Arabia‘s King Fahd sought to modernize his desert kingdom while balancing change against tribal tradition and orthodox Islam, but a stroke a decade ago left him a ruler in name only during tumultuous times for the world‘s biggest oil producer. His death Monday came >>>


      SAUDIS JOCKEY FOR POWER AFTER FAHD DEATH
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– King Fahd, who moved Saudi Arabia closer to the United States but ruled the nation in name only since suffering a stroke in 1''5, died Monday, and his half brother was quickly named to replace him. The first change in the throne in 23 years uncorked a jockeying for position i >>>


      SUDAN TURNS VIOLENT AFTER GARANG‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan‘s capital on Monday after a helicopter crash killed the country‘s vice president, who until recently was a southern rebel leader.

Sudanese leaders appealed for calm and said the nation‘s peace process would remain on >>>


      U.N. CONVOY AMBUSHED IN AFGHAN SOUTH, 2 HURT
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      KABUL (Reuters) – A United Nations convoy was ambushed in southern Afghanistan, the latest violence ahead of next month‘s parliamentary elections, and two people were injured, a U.N.

spokesman said on Monday. A driver for the U.N. Office for Project Services and a policeman guarding the convoy were >>>


      U.S. WARNS IRAN AGAINST RESUMING NUCLEAR WORK
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned Iran on Monday against restarting sensitive nuclear fuel activities at a uranium conversion plant, saying such a step could lead the United States and its European allies to seek U.N. action against Tehran.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Iran had >>>


      UK SEEKS RETURN OF LONDON BOMB SUSPECT FROM ITALY
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is set to lodge a formal request on Monday for the extradition from Italy of a prime suspect in July‘s failed bombings on London‘s transport system.

A judicial source with direct contact to the suspect has told Reuters that Osman Hussain, arrested in Rome on Friday, >>>


      UKRAINE IDS SLAIN REPORTER SUSPECTS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      KIEV, Ukraine –– Prosecutors have identified all the suspects in the 2000 killing of a crusading journalist who wrote about high–level corruption, a news agency reported Monday.

Authorities have completed the first stage of investigation into Heorhiy Gongadze‘s killing, the Prosecutor G >>>


      WIFE OF MURDERED BANKER SAYS HE ABUSED HER FOR YRS
      Washington Post, 01-08-2005
      HONG KONG (Reuters) – An American woman accused of poisoning and clubbing her banker husband Robert Kissel to death in Hong Kong said on Monday that he had snorted cocaine and subjected her to violent physical and sexual abuse for years.

Speaking for the first time since the trial began in early June, Na >>>


      AD CAMPAIGN STARTS TO PAY OFF
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Ayala Tsoref Beseeching potential buyers is apparently paying off. Clubmarket trustees Shlomo Nas and Gabi Trabelsi reported a sales increase of 35 percent and a 15 percent rise in customer traffic compared to the previous week.

The results follow a television and print campaign that started last weekend. T >>>


      AYALON H‘WAY TO BE EXTENDED PAST NETANYA
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Sharon Kedmi Transportation Ministry director general Salman Ben Tzion yesterday ordered that the Ayalon Highway be extended northward. The new route is to terminate after Netanya, and the project‘s estimated cost is NIS 1.6 billion.

The decision was based on the conclusions of a nongovernmental team >>>


      CLUBMARKET UPDATES / BUSINESS BUREAU SEEKS CREDIT TO WARD OFF DOMINO EFFECT
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
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Clubmarket Updates / Business bureau seeks credit to ward off domino effect By Sivan Klingbail The action committee established by the suppliers of the bankrupt Clubmarket chain is working to get bank credit for businesses hurt by the food retailers‘ collapse >>>


      DISCO ISN‘T DEAD, IT‘S JUST BEEN DELAYED
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Omer Sharvit On Thursday night, members of the press and celebrities made merry Tel Aviv‘s Ha‘oman 17 club, celebrating the launch of Disco – Tami Mozes–Borovich‘s and daily Maariv‘s new music magazine. But before the party–goers recovered from their hangovers, they discover >>>


      EDUCATION MINISTRY‘S RONIT TIROSH ENTITLED TO ENLARGED PENSION
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      Education Ministry‘s Ronit Tirosh entitled to enlarged pension By Zvi Zrahiya Education Ministry Director General Ronit Tirosh will receive a budget–supported pension covering her entire tenure in the civil service when she retires, according to a recent Justice Ministry decision adopted by Civil Service Co >>>


      IS THE CAT GUARDING THE CREAM – AGAIN?
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Amir Helmer The shareholders of World Group, who are angry with Zvika Barenboim for not asking them to approve allocation of shares to his friend Mark Saltzman, can take comfort in the fact that the board of directors‘ controlling committee is headed by a well–known personality who can be trusted implici >>>


      LONGSHOREMEN WANT PORT TO BUY BACK SHOPPING VOUCHERS
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      Longshoremen want port to buy back shopping vouchers By Sharon Kedmi Clubmarket‘s fiery implosion is far from over, according to Ashdod longshoremen, who say they hold NIS 1.5 million in vouchers from the bankrupt chain.

The port employees recently approached port management asking that it buy back the v >>>


      MARKET REPORT / JULY ENDS WITH THIN PICKINGS
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Hertzel Laks The stock exchange closed the last trading day in July down slightly, after blue chips peaked Thursday at just under a record 700 points during the options expiry. The Maof–25 blue chip index shed 1.2 percent to 678.81 points, the broader TA–100 lost 1.1 percent to 688.3' points and tech >>>


      SECURITIES AUTHORITY TEAM DETERMINES GUIDELINES FOR INVESTMENT ANALYSTS
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Nitzan Cohen The Israel Securities Authority is continuing to take steps to regulate activity in the capital market. Recently the ISA created a team to examine the activities of analysts in the various investment houses. The team‘s members formulated a set of recommendations – still in the form of a posi >>>


      DISENGAGEMENT WITHOUT FAVORS
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Shmuel Rosner WASHINGTON – Israelis apparently allow themselves to make almost anti–Semitic remarks. Fact÷ Four of them had a prepared answer to throw out, in almost identical words, when asked why Israel shouldn‘t withdraw its request for generous American financial aid for the disengagemen >>>


      JUDAISM EXISTS, AND IT WILL WIN
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Haaretz Editorial The program of lectures, sessions and panel discussions of the 14th World Congress of Jewish Studies, which opened yesterday in Jerusalem, arouses curiosity and wonder. Some 1,200 speakers will, in just a few days, cover an almost infinite number of topics relating to Jewish studies and the Jewish >>>


      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      A deserving junior guy‘ Regarding the veto of David Schneiweiss‘ appointment as deputy ambassador in London, I was distressed to see the justification for the veto by a source at the Foreign Ministry who commented something to the effect that "How would the senior people in the British Foreign Off >>>


      MAZUZ‘S WELCOME DETERMINATION
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Ze‘ev Segal As in some kingdoms – but not as in democracies – Israel has been blessed with the son of a prime minister who, in the name of the father, but not always with his knowledge, is running the kingdom as if it were the court of a Byzantine emperor.

When Ariel Sharon entered office, >>>


      THE DEEP ABYSS OF ISRAELI DISCOURSE
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Michael Melchior The last horror show in Gush Katif featured several thugs (it may be assumed that they were, once again, uninvited guests there) welcoming the chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces in black plastic bags, the sort used for removal of corpses. This act reflects another stage in the transformation o >>>


      THE NEXT BATTLEFIELD
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Danny Rubinstein The Housing Ministry‘s plan to build a particularly splendid synagogue topped with a golden dome close to Herod‘s Gate in Jerusalem‘s Old City does not appear to be very practical. According to the plan, the synagogue‘s dome will tower above the walls of the Old City and cons >>>


      AREA A‘ STATUS WON‘T PAY THE RENT
      Haaretz, 01-08-2005
      By Akiva Eldar This is all the prime minister needs – for the right wing to air out those dusty "don‘t give them guns" slogans, which he helped to draft, from the attic and to post them with billboards proclaiming "Sharon is expelling [people] under fire." Ariel Sharon knows better than >>>


      A MUTTERED PART OF THE PROCESS
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      fear, is democratic business, what politics is about. Maybe, as Bush seeks to spread his patented representative democracy to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, its repercussions will grow worse, not better.

And maybe General Myers‘ three horsemen of the apocalypse – diplomacy, economics, politics – wil >>>


      A UNITED IRELAND IS INEVITABLE
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      The inexorable pressure of economic reality will end partition Roy Hattersley Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair was right to rejoice. There is a real prospect of permanent peace in Northern Ireland. But he was wrong to imply that the world, at least as seen from Belfast, changed last Thursday afternoon. His >>>


      ACTION STATIONS
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Today‘s defeat in Cheadle proves that to win back power, Conservatives must change radically and comprehensively, writes Ed Vaizey Friday July 15, 2005 So Cheadle was not our Orpington. We had high hopes for this byelection.

We had an excellent candidate in Stephen Day, who had been the MP in Cheadle for >>>


      BLAIR ACCUSED OF ADDING TO THE ANGER
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      David Pallister Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair is fomenting anger and frustration in the Muslim communities by branding widely held Islamic ideas as extremist, a conference was told yesterday.

Organised by the Islamic political party Hizb ut–Tahrir, the conference in a central London hotel >>>


      BRITISH FLY TO BRAZIL FOR TALKS WITH SHOOTING VICTIM‘S FAMILY
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Plan to improve relations with Muslim communities Blair accused of adding to the anger Escape to Italy sparks border security inquiry Geoffrey Wheatcroft÷ Blair‘s two faces of terrorism Mary Riddell÷ Trust in the judge and jury Anger over ‘shoot to kill‘ policy grows Call for hi–te >>>


      BYERS ‘BLOCKED ATTEMPT TO SAVE RAILTRACK‘
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Press Association Monday August 1, 2005 The former rail regulator Tom Winsor today said ministers had threatened to strip him of his powers as he fought to save Railtrack, the rail infrastructure company.

Mr Winsor said management at the firm had been wrongly convinced by the threats, even though it would have >>>


      CONCERN OVER INNER–CITY TRUANCY LEVELS
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Press Association Monday August 1, 2005 Thousands of pupils in England‘s inner cities skip school for up to two weeks every year, government research has revealed.

And hundreds of students are truant for the equivalent of a whole term or more, according to a study conducted by the National Foundation for >>>


      DUNCAN SMITH THREATENS TO QUIT PARTY OVER ‘BETRAYAL‘
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Iain Duncan Smith, rapidly returning to favour inside the Tory party, has threatened to resign and run as an independent if the two people he regards as responsible for his downfall are allowed to stand as Tory candidates.

Friend >>>


      ESCAPE TO ITALY SPARKS BORDER SECURITY INQUIRY
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Sandra Laville, Kim Willsher in Paris and John Hooper in Rome Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian The government is to hold an inquiry into how one of the four suspects in the July 21 terror attacks on London was able to slip out of the country on Eurostar despite one of the tightest security operations in recent times. >>>


      EVEN WHEN WE LEAVE IRAQ, WE FACE YEARS OF BLOWBACK
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Escalating violence and the rise of theocratic rule bode ill in Baghdad David Clark Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian When Tony Blair says we should not "give one inch" to the terrorists, what he really means is that he isn‘t prepared to give one inch to those who say he blundered by invading Iraq. It& >>>


      FIVE ARRESTED DURING WESTMINSTER FREE SPEECH PROTEST
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest and agencies Monday August 1, 2005 Police grapple with protesters in Parliament Square. New laws restricting demonstrations near parliament come into effect today. Photograph÷ Ian Nicholson / PA

Five people were arrested today after staging an illegal demonstration outside parliament to >>>


      HAIN SUGGESTS ULSTER TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest and agencies Monday August 1, 2005 The Northern Ireland secretary, Peter Hain, today suggested a South African–style truth and reconciliation process to heal the scars of terrorism in Ulster.

In the wake of last week‘s IRA declaration that it was giving up armed struggle, Mr Hain wa >>>


      I‘LL QUIT COMMONS AT NEXT ELECTION, BLAIR TELLS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair will stand down as an MP at the next general election, he has told his family and close political allies.

His move will help avert any charge that he is lingering in the Commons to act as a backseat driver to his expec >>>


      IRAN THREATENS TO RESTART NUCLEAR ACTIVITY
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Britain, France and Germany ask for week‘s grace as Tehran claims it has offer of non–aggression deal Ian Traynor Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Britain, France and Germany are to promise Iran that it will not face military attack if it abandons enriching uranium, the key to building a nuclear bomb, a s >>>


      NO 10 DENIES BLAIR PLANS TO QUIT AS MP
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest and agencies Monday August 1, 2005 Downing Street today insisted that Tony Blair had not yet decided whether to step down as an MP when he gives up the role of prime minister at the next election.

No 10 said that the question of whether to stay on the backbenches or leave the Commons was not so >>>


      PLAN TO IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Home Office initiative to focus on shared challenges Alan Travis, home affairs editor Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Home Office ministers yesterday launched an initiative to foster relations with Britain‘s Muslim community in the wake of the London bomb attacks as a row broke over "racial profiling" >>>


      PRESCOTT OFFICE IN SPAT OVER 50M FOR ‘RESPECT‘ UNIT
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian The Whitehall row over how to deal with antisocial behaviour deepened yesterday with the leak of a memo showing John Prescott‘s office refusing a Home Office request to hand over 50m to fund the work of Tony Blair‘s Respect Un >>>


      RISKS SEEN IN PATIENT CHOICE
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      James Meikle Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Giving patients more choice of where and how they are treated could put them at risk, says the consumer lobby group Which?.

Increasing private sector involvement in NHS care, introducing minor operations in GP surgeries and blurring the boundaries between nurses, >>>


      SOUTHERN STRATEGY
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Leader Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Quite properly, the bulk of analysis of last week‘s IRA "farewell to arms" statement has focused on its impact in Northern Ireland. Far less attention has been given to the implications south of the border, in the Irish republic.

Yet, just as a verified >>>


      SUPPORTING BURNLEY UNITED
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Kitty Ussher says the white and Asian communities in her Burnley constituency should come together after the terrorist attacks on London, and not allow themselves to be driven apart Monday July 18, 2005 Like most MPs I was in London on the day of the bombings. Amid all the horror and depression of that terrible day the >>>


      THE MARKETING OF BLAIRISM
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Nick Mathiason meets Ann Rossiter, head of the Social Market Foundation think–tank, and leading light in the Third Way Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer Last May, Philip Collins, director of the Social Market Foundation (SMF), was parachuted into Number 10 as Tony Blair‘s top speechwriter and strategic advi >>>


      THE NIGHT YOGI AND BOO–BOO HELPED SEMOLINA PILCHARD SNARE A BEATLE
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Police report on 1'68 drug raid of Lennon‘s home released at National Archives Alan Travis Home affairs editor Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian Semolina pilchard, climbing up the Eiffel tower Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe – I Am the Walr >>>


      THIRD MAN KILLED IN LOYALIST TURF WAR
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Angelique Chrisafis, Ireland correspondent Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian The loyalist feud that has terrorised Northern Ireland‘s working–class Protestant communities claimed its third life at the weekend when a 2'–year–old man was riddled with bullets as he sat in a van outside his fat >>>


      WIM DUISENBERG
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      European banker who was midwife to the euro Mark Milner Monday August 1, 2005 The Guardian If Europe‘s single currency found its expression in a single individual, it was Wim Duisenberg, who has died aged 70. The gangling, chain–smoking Dutchman was head of the European Central Bank (ECB) for five years fro >>>


      WORLD‘S CRUDE AWAKENING AS OIL HITS $60
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Oil price shock Heather Stewart Sunday July 3, 2005 The Observer When the cost of a barrel of crude oil gushed through $30 in spring 2003, experts in the oil–thirsty countries of the west found plenty of excuses÷ America was about to roll the tanks into Iraq; unrest in Nigeria was threatening to cut off Af >>>


      ABUSE CLAIMS SPUR PA. POLICE INTO ACTION
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 1÷01 PM AP Photo PX203 By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer EASTON, Pa. (AP) – Until 2001, Jack Cuvo Jr. was best known around town as the athlete who won two NCAA wrestling championships and a gold medal at the Pan–American Games. Now people see him as the guy who got $2 >>>


      AFGHAN ELECTIONS FACE FUNDING SHORTFALL
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 5÷31 PM By DANIEL LOVERING Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghanistan‘s upcoming parliamentary elections face a funding shortfall of $31 million because international donors have failed to deliver on pledges, a U.N. spokesman said Monday.

The lack of >>>


      ALCOHOL–RELATED DEATHS ON HIGHWAYS FALL
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 6÷31 PM By KEN THOMAS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of alcohol–related fatalities on U.S. highways dropped for a second straight year, the government reported Monday. Highway deaths also declined overall.

The Department of Transportation said alco >>>


      AMTRAK BOOSTS ACELA SERVICE ON EAST COAST
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 7÷16 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – Amtrak is restoring more of its high–speed Acela train service along the East Coast. Beginning Monday, Acela will run nine roundtrips between Washington and New York each weekday, Amtrak said. That is three more than the passenger railroad is currently >>>


      ANNAN÷ BOLTON MUST COOPERATE WITH ENVOYS
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 6÷16 PM AP Photo NY121 By NICK WADHAMS Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan said Monday he looked forward to working with John Bolton but warned that the new U.S.

ambassador to the United Nations will have to negotiate with 1&# >>>


      ARAB, WORLD LEADERS SALUTE LATE KING FAHD
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 4÷31 PM AP Photo JRL118 By PAUL GARWOOD Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Arab leaders announced mourning periods, postponed a summit and prepared Monday to attend the funeral of Saudi Arabia‘s King Fahd, whose close ties with the United States and control over the wor >>>


      BRITAIN MAKES SHOW OF FORCE IN SUBWAYS
      Guardian, 01-08-2005
      Monday August 1, 2005 3÷01 PM AP Photo LKW105 By MICHAEL McDONOUGH Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – British transport police dispatched reinforcements from around the country to patrol London‘s subway system Monday in a show of force meant to discourage more suicide attacks.

Officers we >>>



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