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      NOVARTIS VISE SERONO SUR LE MARCHÉ DE LA SCLÉROSE EN PLAQUES
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      MEDICAMENTS. La multinationale bâloise a présenté hier ŕ Londres l‘état de sa recherche. Elle teste actuellement une pilule, alors que la biotech genevoise offre une solution ŕ injecter.

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      PIETRAGALLA OU L‘ENFANCE DE L‘ART
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      DANSE. Apr';s l‘Opéra de Paris et le Ballet national de Marseille, la danseuse adulée des foules n‘aspire qu‘ŕ ętre libre de créer comme elle l‘entend.

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      PRÉSERVER LES LANGUES NATIONALES
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      Denyse Steigmeier, Lausanne Mercredi 21 septembre 2005 [...] A un moment oů la Thurgovie imagine de retarder l‘apprentissage du français, les neurolinguistes soulignent bien ŕ propos les bénéfices de l‘apprentissage précoce des langues (Le Temps du 6 septembre). Ne craignons do >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ... ANDREAS AUER: «LES GENEVOIS AURONT UNE NOUVELLE CONSTITUTION EN 2010»
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      Andreas Auer. Professeur de droit constitutionnel ŕ Gen';ve. La lecture de ce texte (2125 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      QUESTIONS Ŕ...MARIELLE LABČQUE. LE RETOUR DES SŚURS Ŕ SUCCČS
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      Marielle Lab';que, Pianiste, cadette des sśurs Lab';que. La lecture de ce texte (1600 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      QUOI DE NEUF. MONSIEUR SMITH FAIT DE LA MOTO
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      Le styliste londonien Paul Smith, 5' ans, est un passionné de voitures et motos des années 60, décennie swinguante dans laquelle il puise une large inspiration pour ses lignes de pręt–ŕ–porter et ses accessoires.

Pour sa collection printemps/été 1''5, >>>


      REPČRE. INTROSPECTION NÉCESSAIRE Ŕ LA BANQUE MONDIALE
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
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      RÉGION GENEVOISE. L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. GENČVE ET SA RÉGION: UNE MÉTROPOLE QUI SE REFUSE Ŕ SON RÔLE
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      La question des frontaliers s‘inscrit dans une attitude de refus de Gen';ve par rapport ŕ son rôle de métropole d‘une région genevoise dont elle ne saurait pourtant se passer.

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      TETTAMANTI GAGNE LE BRAS DE FER CONTRE ASCOM
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
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      TRAJECTOIRE. LE RETOUR D‘UNE «PANTHČRE GRISE»
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      Angeline Fankhauser déposait en 1''1 une initiative qui demandait une harmonisation des allocations pour enfants. Quatorze ans plus tard, son projet est enfin débattu aux Chambres.

Stéphanie Germanier, Berne Mercredi 21 septembre 2005 «Ma garde–robe parlementaire est un peu d >>>


      UN CAS DE CORRUPTION Ŕ LA SUVA ÉCLABOUSSE LE MONDE POLITIQUE
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      Le centre construit par Mario Botta ŕ Mendrisio estimé ŕ 13,5 millions de francs a été vendu par la SUVA pour 10,5 millions seulement.

Photo: Keystone ENQUETE. La caisse nationale d‘assurance accident, la SUVA, se dit victime d‘un complot entre un ex–employé et u >>>


      VALLOTTON, LE LIVRE PRIMÉ
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      BEAUX–ARTS. Le Syndicat national des antiquaires plébiscite le catalogue raisonné des śuvres du peintre élaboré par Marina Ducrey.

Laurence Chauvy Mercredi 21 septembre 2005 Marina Ducrey, expert reconnu de l‘śuvre de Félix Vallotton, qui a passé vingt ans su >>>


      «CASH DAILY» BIENTÔT DANS LES TRAINS ET LES AVIONS?
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
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      «ON A MARQUÉ CETTE ENFANT AU FER ROUGE»
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      L‘affaire de la fillette camerounaise ayant accouché ŕ Sion apparaît moins caricaturale qu‘au premier abord. Le vrai p';re pourrait ętre un mineur.

Le chef de l‘Office valaisan de la protection de l‘enfance dénonce les effets désastreux de la mé >>>


      «RITA» IMPOSE UNE NOUVELLE ÉVACUATION DE LA NOUVELLE–ORLÉANS
      Le Temps, 21-09-2005
      ETATS–UNIS. Ray Nagin, le maire, renvoie les habitants qu‘il faisait revenir. Les digues, męme réparées, sont fragilisées. Les ingénieurs redoutent de nouvelles ruptures qui submergeraient la ville.

Alain Campiotti, New York Mercredi 21 septembre 2005 Maintenant, la pluie s >>>


      BMG TO RAISE FINANCE FOR DUBAI PROJECT
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Arab News DUBAI, 21 September 2005 — BMG Financial Advisors has announced a mandate from WorldCare, a global health care company, to raise the financing for a major hotel and health center to be built in Dubai. «BMG has been retained to structure and raise equity and debt financing,» Nasser Menhall, CEO, Wo >>>


      DOLLAR FALLS AGAINST EURO; STOCKS SURGE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agencies LONDON, 21 September 2005 — The dollar fell slightly against the euro yesterday. At 1600 GMT, the single European currency was trading at 1.2173 dollars from 1.2138 in late trade on Monday. The dollar strengthened to 111.5' yen from 111.4' on Monday. The euro remained in a tight trading range throughou >>>


      FIRST ELECTRONIC AUTHENTICATION TRANSACTION IN THE KINGDOM
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Maha Akeel, Arab News An official at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry gives live electronic authentication transaction demonstration on Tuesday. (AN photo by Maha Akeel)

JEDDAH, 21 September 2005 — In an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) pr >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS SHOW NO MAJOR MOVEMENT
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 September 2005 — The Saudi stock market showed no major movement yesterday as the Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) registered a minor gain of 8.4 points to close at 15,00'.84.

The index closed over 15,000 points Monday, which was an all–time high. The Industrial ind >>>


      SHEIKHA LUBNA REJECTS UAE ECONOMY OVERHEATED
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      P.V. Vivekanand, Arab News DUBAI, 21 September 2005 — Minister of Economy and Planning Sheikha Lubna Al–Qassimi yesterday rejected a suggestion that the UAE economy was «overheated» and the government was following a carefully chartered strategy to promote foreign equity ownership and privatization.>>>


      A MUSLIM’S ATTITUDE TO THE COMFORTS, LUXURIES OF THIS WORLD
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi What should be the attitude of Muslims to the comforts, pleasures and luxuries of this world?

The basic Islamic concept attaches no importance to such things and the Prophet, peace be upon him, was keen to illustrate this to his companions, and to Muslims in following generations. He alwa >>>


      FACE COVERING DURING THE UMRAH
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. I have a friend who wears the veil normally, covering her face when she goes out. However, she refuses to do so when she performs the Umrah.

I tried to persuade her to wear the veil in Umrah, but she would not. Could you help me to convince her to do so?

M. Jaleel A. I am afra >>>


      MUHAMMAD YUSUF AL–KANDHALAWI: HADITH SCHOLAR FROM INDIA
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf Al–Kandhalawi comes from an Indian family that produced a long line of famous scholars devoted to the study of Hadith and Fiqh, as well as other Islamic studies.

Al–Kandhalawi was born on Jumad Al–Awwal 25, 1335 H, corresponding to March 20, 1'1 >>>


      OBSERVING GOOD MANNERS IN ALL SITUATIONS
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. I have noticed that many people here do not cover their mouths when sneezing, coughing or yawning. I have been brought up in an environment which teaches that covering one’s mouth is necessary in all these situations, and that one must resist the yawn if possible. Please comment.

R.O. >>>


      PEOPLE TURNED AWAY FROM THE PROPHET’S GRAVE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. I recently visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and noticed how the guards turn people away from his grave when they try to touch the outside walls or the gate or anything on the structure. They claimed that all this is a form of shirk, or associating partners with God.

Y. Shahid A. >>>


      THE PROPHET’S INHERITANCE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Recently I read an article in which the writer refers to the plot of land owned by the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Fadak. According to this article, this plot was not divided among the Prophet’s heirs as per the Islamic law of inheritance. Since Islamic law applied to the Prophet in his pers >>>


      WHAT THEQUR’AN TEACHES: PLOTTING TO KILL A PROPHET
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Commentary by Sayyid Qutb In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent There were in the city nine men who did evil deeds in the land, and would not do any good. They said: «Let us swear a mutual oath by God that we shall suddenly kill him and his household by night; and then we shall boldly say to his next o >>>


      AGE DIVIDE RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT MARRIED LIFE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Manal Quota, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 September 2005 — It’s not uncommon to find old men marrying young girls. Despite age gaps of 30 or 40 years or more between the two spouses, some men expect it in their old age.

One extreme case of such a marriage involved a 15–year–old girl being married off to a >>>


      BUSINESS VISA RULES EASED
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Mahmoud Ahmed & Samir Al–Saadi, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 September 2005 — Saudi Arabia has eased business visa regulations as part of its efforts to attract foreign investment and win accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The new law allows owners, board chairmen and directors general of foreign compan >>>


      EXPATS CAN OBTAIN PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR BAHRAIN
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News RIYADH, 21 September 2005 — Expatriates who fulfill certain conditions can now obtain permanent residence permits for Bahrain.

«All they are required to do is buy an apartment in a Marina West housing project in Bahrain; that will guarantee the buyer a permanent residence >>>


      FORUM DEBATES RELIGIOUS, ECONOMIC ISSUES
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News Saleh Al–Hussayen flanked by Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef, right, Faisal ibn Muammar during a preparatory dialogue forum in Jeddah on Tuesday. (AN photo by Marwan Al–Johani)

JEDDAH, 21 September 2005 — A preparatory meeting for the Fifth National Dialogue Forum was held here >>>


      MAKKAH CHARITY BAZAAR TAKES PLACE BEFORE HOLY MONTH
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Razan Baker, Arab News JEDDAH, 21 September 2005 — The Makkah Society for Development and Social Affairs held its first charity bazaar yesterday at the Sunset Hotel here.

Princess Mashael bint Muqrin ibn Abdul Aziz is sponsoring the event that is set to continue till Sept. 23.

Maya Halfawi, head of wo >>>


      PRINCE TURKI REFLECTS ON UK EXPERIENCE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Roger Harrison, Arab News Prince Turki Al–Faisal LONDON, 21 September 2005 — In a statement to mark Saudi National Day, Prince Turki Al–Faisal, the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK, who is soon to leave as ambassador to the US, adopted a reflective tone.

«Celebrating National Day is always spec >>>


      ‘HEART–TO–HEART’ TALKS TO SOLVE KASHMIR ROW
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 21 September 2005 — Urging Kashmiris of the subcontinent to put behind the bitterness of the past five decades, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah yesterday reiterated his call for «soft borders».

«A simple, solid solution to the K >>>


      ‘KGB BOOK ROW MALICIOUS PROPAGANDA’
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Pervez Bari, Arab News BHOPAL, 21 September 2005 — Federal Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh has described as «malicious propaganda», the row over claims by a book that ministers in Indira Gandhi’s government had links with erstwhile Soviet Russia’s intelligence agency KGB.

Arjun, who >>>


      6 DEAD AS HEAVY RAINS LASH ANDHRA PRADESH
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News HYDERABAD, 21 September 2005 — Six persons were killed as heavy rains lashed north coastal Andhra and Telangana for the second consecutive day yesterday, under the impact of a cyclonic storm that crossed the state coast near Kalingapatnam yesterday. Train services and road traffic were also a >>>


      BRITISH RESCUE SPARKS TENSION IN BASRA
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agencies BASRA, Iraq, 21 September 2005 — Tension ran high in southern Iraq yesterday after British troops freed two undercover soldiers taken hostage by a Shiite militia, as the American death toll in bomb attacks rose to nine over a two–day period. In northern Iraq, four American security agents were killed in >>>


      END MILITARY OPERATIONS, KARZAI TELLS US
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agencies KABUL, 21 September 2005 — Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai yesterday called for a new approach to battle militants in Afghanistan, saying airstrikes are no longer effective and that US–led coalition forces should focus on terrorist bases and their support. Karzai also demanded an immediate end to fo >>>


      IRAN UPS THE ANTE IN NUKE STANDOFF
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 21 September 2005 — Iran yesterday issued its toughest warning yet in response to Western pressure over its nuclear program, threatening to limit UN inspections, resume ultra–sensitive fuel work and saying it could even be forced to quit the Non–Proliferation Treaty.

Th >>>


      ISLAM HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE: YOUSUF
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Indo–Asian News Service Pakistan batsman Muhammad Yousuf, right, prays with his teammates after practice at the Qaddafi Stadium in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday.

(Reuters) ISLAMABAD, 21 September 2005 — Pakistani batsman Yousuf Youhana, now known as Muhammad Yousuf, has said he feels «revolu >>>


      LANKANS TOLD TO KEEP WAR RHETORIC DOWN; TIGERS TAKE THE FLAK
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agence France Presse COLOMBO, 21 September 2005 — Top foreign aid donors yesterday warned Sri Lankan political parties against undermining a fragile peace process and accused Tamil Tiger rebels of carrying out political assassinations to undermine a truce.

The United States, the European Union, Japan and Norwa >>>


      MOBILE LINE SELLERS HELD IN HARIRI PROBE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agencies BEIRUT, 21 September 2005 — Four men who sold mobile phone lines that were only used around the time of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have been arrested, a Lebanese judicial source said yesterday.

The men were on a list of 10 mobile subscription salesmen handed over >>>


      MOROCCO DETAINS 201 PLANNING TO SLIP INTO EUROPE
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agencies RABAT, 21 September 2005 — Moroccan authorities have detained 201 Moroccans trying to illegally cross to Europe via Spain on three rickety boats, state news agency MAP reported yesterday, quoting a Royal Navy statement. The arrests were made on Monday near northern Al–Hoceima town, 445 km from Rabat, it >>>


      OPEC PUTS AN EXTRA 2M BPD ON THE BLOCK
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Barbara Lewis, Reuters VIENNA, 21 September 2005 — OPEC yesterday offered up every last barrel of its spare production in a bid to reassure consumer countries about energy supply security. The deal means the 11–member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is putting its last two million barrels a day >>>


      QOREI ‘READY’ TO QUIT OVER LAWLESSNESS
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agence France Presse RAMALLAH, West Bank, 21 September 2005 — Palestinian Premier Ahmed Qorei said yesterday he was willing to resign over the growing state of lawlessness in the Palestinian areas. Speaking six days before a scheduled vote in the Palestinian Legislative Council on a motion of no confidence in his gover >>>


      SUDAN UNVEILS FIRST POSTWAR UNITY GOVT
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agence France Presse KHARTOUM, 21 September 2005 — Sudan’s unity government was partially announced yesterday, after weeks of bitter wrangling and eight months after the January peace agreement that ended 21 years of civil war in Africa’s largest country.

The formation of Sudan’s first national unity governmen >>>


      UAE TAKES MEASURES
      Arab News, 21-09-2005
      Agence France Presse DUBAI, 21 September 2005 — The United Arab Emirates decided yesterday to ban the import of aquatic birds from Asia as part of measures to prevent a possible outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus.

«The Ministry of Agriculture and fishing wealth decided to prevent the import of all aqu >>>


      2008 STARTS CRUISE TO WARMER WATERS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      The world of 2008 presidential politics is like a glacier: Much more is going on below the surface than above it.

Take, for example, a trip last week by 50 members of the Greenville and Spartanburg chambers of commerce to Capitol Hill organized by Rep. Bob Inglis (R–S.C.).

In three days, the gro >>>


      BUSH HEARS WARNINGS ON COURT NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate leaders warned President George W. Bush on Wednesday that his next nominee to the Supreme Court will likely face a far more contentious confirmation battle than John Roberts, who is poised to become U.S. chief justice.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pen >>>


      CONSERVATIVES HONOR EX–SEN. JESSE HELMS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      RALEIGH, N.C. –– Conservatives on Tuesday honored former Sen. Jesse Helms as a role model whose departure from elected office left a void in Washington.

"You are missed here in this town every single day," Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association said at the event in Arlington, Va >>>


      DETAINEE HUNGER STRIKE PROMPTS REQUEST FOR HEALTH RECORDS ACCESS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      2005; A24 Attorneys for several detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asked a federal judge for immediate access to their clients‘ medical records, saying they fear an eight–week–long hunger strike is growing more serious, according to court papers declassified yesterday.
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      DISPLACED DOLPHINS RESCUED FROM OPEN WATER
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      AM JACKSON, Miss. –– Marine biologists have rescued the last four of eight trained dolphins that were swept to sea by Hurricane Katrina.

Before the hurricane hit the coast on Aug. 2', the dolphins were moved to a pool at the Marine Life Oceanarium that had withstood the destruction of Hurricane >>>


      FORECASTERS FEAR HURRICANE RITA‘S STRENGTH
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM KEY WEST, Fla. –– Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the Florida Keys on Tuesday and headed into the Gulf of Mexico, where forecasters feared it could develop into another blockbuster storm targeting Texas or Louisiana.

Thousands of people were evacuated from the Keys and low–lyin >>>


      GOVERNORS SEEK GAS PRICE GOUGING PROBE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      AM MADISON, Wis. –– Eight Democratic governors asked President Bush and congressional leaders on Tuesday to investigate possible gasoline price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In a letter, the governors urged an investigation into "excessive profits being made by oil companies w >>>


      GUANTANAMO TRIAL TO RESUME
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      The Pentagon cleared the way yesterday for the resumption of the long–delayed military trial of Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks.

The Defense Department had put the case on hold last year after an unfavorable court ruling. Officials said the hearings in the Hicks trial will resume sometime between Oct >>>


      JUDGE ORDERS TATTOO INK HEALTH WARNINGS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      LOS ANGELES –– A judge ordered two manufacturers of ink used for tattoos to place labels on their bottles warning consumers of potential health risks, a watchdog group said Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Irving Feffer granted a preliminary injunction against New York–based Huck Spaulding Enter >>>


      MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN KATRINA‘S AFTERMATH
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      6:33 AM –– Major developments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: _ Rita strengthens into a 120–mph Category 3 storm as it barrels past the Florida Keys into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is projected to cross the gulf and hit Texas by the end of the week.

_ New Orleans officials race to p >>>


      MARS ORBITER SPOTS CHANGES ON RED PLANET
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PASADENA, Calif. –– The Martian surface has undergone dramatic changes in the last few years with the appearance of new gullies and fresh boulder tracks, new images released Tuesday show.

The photos, taken by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, suggest that the Red Planet is perhaps more >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      Hurricane Expert Predicts a Cycle Of More Storms in Next 10 to 20 Years Expect more hurricanes large and small in the next 10 to 20 years, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield said yesterday.

He told a congressional panel that he believes the Atlantic Ocean is in a cycle of increased hurricane activ >>>


      NATS‘ CHURCH APOLOGIZES FOR REMARKS ABOUT JEWS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      E06 The Washington Nationals suspended a volunteer chaplain and distributed an apology from outfielder Ryan Church yesterday, two days after Church was quoted in a front–page Post article as suggesting that Jews are headed for eternal damnation.

Tony Tavares, the team‘s president, issued a statemen >>>


      NO CHARGES IN PHILLY PRIEST ABUSE CASE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM PHILADELPHIA –– Leaders of the Philadelphia Archdiocese including two cardinals concealed sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests for four decades, a grand jury has found, but no criminal charges can be brought against the church or its clergy because of the limits of state law.

The grand jury, c >>>


      OFFICIALS LOWER TALLY OF ‘MISSING‘ CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      A10 Authorities trying to track down more than 2,600 children in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama still missing three weeks after Hurricane Katrina believe that most of them are not really "missing." Rather, authorities said, the vast majority of these children are "lost"

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      PROSECUTION CAN USE ENGLAND STATEMENT
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      FORT HOOD, Texas –– A military judge has ruled that prosecutors may use a statement Army Pfc. Lynndie England gave to investigators implicating herself in the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

England‘s court–martial on seven counts of conspiracy and prisoner abuse wa >>>


      RESCUERS FIND ELDERLY MAN ALIVE, WIFE DEAD
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      NEW ORLEANS –– John and Leola Lyons stayed together, locked in their neat little blue house, riding out the killer storm and the flood that followed.

A pair of agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found the elderly couple inside their house Tuesday, more than three weeks >>>


      RITA IS GAINING FORCE IN THE GULF
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      By Sam Coates and Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 21, 2005; 4:06 AM KEY WEST, Fla., Sept. 20 –– Hurricane Rita slapped at Key West on Tuesday before strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico, where it appeared to be veering away from New Orleans, but still forced the eva >>>


      RITA, NOW CATEGORY 4, HEADS FOR GULF COAST
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      GALVESTON, Texas –– Residents of this island city packed up mementoes and pets and started evacuating Wednesday as Hurricane Rita intensified into a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds and threatened to devastate the Texas coast or already–battered Louisiana by week‘s end.

Mandatory eva >>>


      TEEN KILLS FAMILY MEMBERS, DIES IN CRASH
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM ELKHORN CITY, Ky. –– A 17–year–old who was sent home from school for being intoxicated shot his parents and grandmother to death, then died in a crash after police attempted to pull him over on a highway, authorities said.

Another driver also was killed. The teen was identified Wedne >>>


      AIDE WAS RETICENT ON LOBBYING FOR FOREIGN CLIENTS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      September 21, 2005; A02 David H. Safavian, the Bush administration official arrested Monday, initially failed to disclose lobbying work he had done for several controversial foreign clients when he went before a Senate panel last year to be confirmed as chief of the White House‘s federal procurement office.
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      BUSH ADMINISTRATION TOUTS RITA READINESS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      1:4' PM WASHINGTON –– Eager to avoid the public pounding he got for his response to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush pledged on Wednesday to be "ready for the worst" as another big hurricane headed for the Gulf Coast.

Across the federal government, officials were advertising the Bush >>>


      BUSH HEARS WARNINGS ON COURT NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate leaders warned President George W. Bush on Wednesday that his next nominee to the Supreme Court will likely face a far more contentious confirmation battle than John Roberts, who is poised to become U.S. chief justice.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pen >>>


      BUSH PRAISES PROGRESS IN REBUILDING EFFORTS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      By Michael A. FletcherWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 21, 2005; A07 NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20 –– President Bush returned to the storm–battered Gulf Coast on Tuesday, telling local leaders that amid the rampant devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina there are promising signs of recovery.< >>>


      CHANGES TO ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT MULLED
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Congress is considering proposed changes to the 32–year–old Endangered Species Act that would get the government out of the business of setting aside critical habitat for threatened plants and animals.

That would eliminate a central element of the landmark law. An overh >>>


      EXPERTS SAY FAULTY LEVEES CAUSED MUCH OF FLOODING
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      September 21, 2005; A01 NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20 –– Louisiana‘s top hurricane experts have rejected the official explanations for the floodwall collapses that inundated much of New Orleans, concluding that Hurricane Katrina‘s storm surges were much smaller than authorities have suggested and that t >>>


      GOP REP. TRIES TO KILL BASE CLOSINGS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– A House Republican set the wheels in motion Tuesday to try to kill the Pentagon‘s proposal to close or downsize hundreds of U.S. military bases, a move that is largely symbolic and has little chance of succeeding.

Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois introduced a joint resolution in the >>>


      HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUSH AHEAD WITH KATRINA PROBE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans are pushing ahead with an investigation into the botched response to Hurricane Katrina despite objections from Democrats who want an independent probe, a key lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, who will head the Republican–led invest >>>


      IN PROFILE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      Christopher R. Hill Title: Assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and chief U.S. negotiator to the six–party talks on North Korea‘s nuclear programs.

Born : 1'52, Paris. Education : BA in economics, Bowdoin College; MA, Naval War College. Career : Ambassador to South Ko >>>


      INTERIOR DEPT. DEFENDS ITS KEEPING OF INDIAN BOOKS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      The Interior Department says its audits of accounts it manages for thousands of Native Americans have found few errors and little evidence that anyone tampered with the records.

The agency‘s position, in a report sent to Congress on Monday, runs contrary to that of Native Americans who filed a 1'' >>>


      KATRINA‘S COST MAY TEST GOP HARMONY
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      By Shailagh Murray and Jim VandeHeiWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 21, 2005; A01 Congressional Republicans from across the ideological spectrum yesterday rejected the White House‘s open–wallet approach to rebuilding the Gulf Coast, a sign that the lockstep GOP discipline that George W. Bus >>>


      KATRINA ADDS TO PUBLIC DOUBTS ABOUT BUSH
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Hurricane Katrina did more than wipe out much of the Mississippi coastline and flood New Orleans. The storm and the bungled government response eroded President Bush‘s political standing and dampened enthusiasm for his second–term agenda.

An AP–Ipsos poll shows a sha >>>


      LONGTIME STATESMAN PUTS BEST FACE FORWARD FOR U.S.
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      A21 Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill, who over the weekend as chief U.S. negotiator reached a tentative agreement with North Korea on ending its nuclear programs, was a fresh–faced 21–year–old Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon when he learned his first lesson in diplomacy.

Hil >>>


      MESSAGE CHAOS AFFLICTS BOTH PARTIES AS KATRINA AFTERMATH WASHES DISCIPLINE AWAY
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      For about an hour and a half yesterday, Republicans had a new tax–cut policy. Addressing a group of credit–union officials in the morning, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow said that hurricane recovery spending would "push to the back burner" the GOP‘s plans to extend the tax cuts this year.>>>


      NATURAL BUFFERS TOOK A BEATING
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 21,
2005; A10 Until a couple of weeks ago, Mississippi‘s Clower–Thornton Nature Trail lured avid birders as well as small children, who wandered in fascination underneath its broad canopy of oak and dogwood trees. Now the trail‘s e >>>


      O‘CONNOR URGES JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM TEMPE, Ariz. –– In a climate of death threats against judges and political attempts to restrict court jurisdiction, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor warned that judicial independence must be preserved.

"It‘s easier than most people imagine to destroy," O&lsquo >>>


      PENTAGON NIXES '/11 HEARING TESTIMONY
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      ':00 AM WASHINGTON –– The Department of Defense forbade a military intelligence officer to testify Wednesday about the work of a secret military unit that identified four '/11 hijackers more than a year before the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, according to the man‘s attorney.

In writte >>>


      PENTAGON SET TO PAY UZBEKISTAN FOR USE OF AIR BASE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it would pay Uzbekistan nearly $23 million for use of an air base in the Central Asian country which is a hub for U.S. operations in Afghanistan but from which it is being evicted.

Members of the U.S. Congress protested the payment. Uzbekistan in J >>>


      REID WILL OPPOSE ROBERTS FOR CHIEF JUSTICE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      By Charles Babington and Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, September 21, 2005; A03 The Senate Democratic leader, pressed by several allies to build as much opposition as possible to Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., said yesterday he will vote against President Bush‘s choice for chief justi >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      Reid seeks ‘mainstream‘ nominee for US court WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he will ask President George W. Bush on Wednesday that his second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court be "mainstream, not extreme." With the court‘s balance of power likely a >>>


      SCHWARZENEGGER VOWS VICTORY IN CALIF. NOV ELECTION
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Tuesday he is ready to open his wallet and will raise as much money as needed in his campaign for four ballot measures in a special election he insists are needed to overhaul the state government.

Speaking to reporters in th >>>


      SENATE PETITIONED IN EMINENT DOMAIN CASE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM WASHINGTON –– The Connecticut woman whose case led to the Supreme Court decision allowing local governments to take homes for private development asked senators on Tuesday to end the federal government‘s involvement in such seizures.

"I sincerely hope that Congress will do what judges >>>


      SENATE VOTES TO BAN JAPAN BEEF IMPORTS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Kobe beef should stay off U.S. menus if Japan won‘t buy American beef, the Senate has decided.

Senators retaliated Tuesday against Japan for refusing to lift a mad cow–related ban on U.S. beef. On a 72–26 vote, the Senate adopted an amendment prohibiting importation >>>


      SENATOR SOLD STOCK BEFORE PRICE DROPPED
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, sold all his stock in his family‘s hospital corporation about two weeks before it issued a disappointing earnings report and the price fell nearly 15 percent.

Frist held an undisclosed amount of stock in Hospital Corporation o >>>


      SENATORS PITCH IDEAS TO BUSH ON NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Leading senators floated the names of about a dozen candidates to fill Sandra Day O‘Connor‘s vacancy on the Supreme Court, but President Bush kept his list to himself at a White House breakfast Wednesday.

Talking to reporters outside the West Wing, Senate Judiciary Chai >>>


      TAX BREAKS FOR KATRINA MAY AID RICH MORE
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM WASHINGTON –– House and Senate tax writers agreed Tuesday on a package of tax breaks designed to help Hurricane Katrina victims recoup their losses and access needed cash.

The Congressional Research Service, an office that provides lawmakers with nonpartisan legislative analysis, said some of th >>>


      THAILAND: FREE TRADE DEAL MAY TAKE TIME
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Thailand‘s foreign minister says Thai misgivings about a U.S.–Thai free trade agreement could push negotiations into next year, an apparent blow to President Bush‘s hope that a deal be completed sooner.

Bush and Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra agreed during a >>>


      U.S. DISMISSES N. KOREA REACTORS DEMAND
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      PM WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration on Tuesday dismissed North Korea‘s demand for civilian nuclear reactors and appeared confident about a final agreement to end that nation‘s nuclear weapons program.

Still, the United States and South Korea foresee difficulties. The next round of >>>


      US PRESSES FOR SERVICES MARKET OPENINGS IN WTO DEAL
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Other countries must lower barriers to U.S. banking, insurance and other service industry firms as part of a new world trade agreement also focused on reforming global agricultural trade, the chief U.S. negotiator said on Tuesday.

"I have made clear that we can not accept a fi >>>


      ABBAS DISMISSES MEDIATORS‘ PLEA TO DISARM MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday brushed aside an appeal from the quartet of international peace mediators to dismantle militant groups, saying he knew best how to handle them.

"With regard to dealing with the Palestinian organizations, this is our affai >>>


      ASIA MUST CHANGE AGE–OLD FARMING TO STOP DISEASE: WHO
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      NOUMEA, New Caledonia (Reuters) – Asia must change age–old farming practices to reduce contact between people and poultry to limit bird flu and prevent new animal diseases infecting humans, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

In launching a five–year plan to combat emerging >>>


      AT U.N., SHARON IS PRAISED FOR GAZA PULLOUT
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      A20 UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 –– The United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union on Tuesday praised Israeli leader Ariel Sharon for showing what they called "political courage" by ending Israel‘s 38–year occupation of Gaza with the peaceful withdrawal of Israeli tro >>>


      BOLIVIAN CANDIDATE VOWS TO PROTECT COCA
      Washington Post, 21-09-2005
      LA PAZ, Bolivia –– Presidential candidate and Indian leader Evo Morales said Tuesday night that if elected president he will reject the U.S. government‘s policy on eradicating much of the country‘s coca leaf crop, which is the primary ingredient of cocaine. Morales also pledged to launch an inte >>>



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