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      PILGRIMS STRANDED AT JEDDAH PORT
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Hassan Adawi, Arab News Stranded pilgrims outside the port entrance. (AN photo by Hassan Adawi) JEDDAH, 17 January 2006 — A large number of Egyptian and Sudanese pilgrims are stranded at the Jeddah Islamic Seaport. They are waiting for the companies that brought them here to send them back to their countries.

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      SPAM HOAX FROM AFRICA TAKES NEW ‘MAGICAL’ TACK
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 17 January 2006 — First, the messages — sent by SMS and e–mails — used to claim that their recipients had won a lottery. Now they have taken a considerably darker tone, even involving calls from human operators, claiming their recipients have been the targets of black magic. The on >>>


      TERROR KNOWS NO BORDERS: SAUD
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Roger Harrison, Arab News Prince Saud addresses the terrorism conference. (AN photo by Roger Harrison) LONDON, 17 January 2006 — Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al–Faisal outlined Saudi Arabia’s position as one of the global partners in the fight against terrorism in a keynote speech yesterday. He said that Saudi Ar >>>


      AZIZ CONDEMNS US AIRSTRIKE
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agencies PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 17 January 2006 — Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday condemned an alleged CIA airstrike on a border village that killed at least 18 people, but said he would go ahead with a planned trip to the United States to build business ties.

Aziz said he is still scheduled to leave today >>>


      DARFUR REBELS BLAST KHARTOUM PEACEKEEPING PROPOSAL ANEW
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agencies CAIRO, 17 January 2006 — Darfur’s main rebel group yesterday rejected Khartoum’s offer to deploy joint forces alongside African Union troops to curb the violence in the war–torn region of western Sudan.

«The Sudan Liberation Movement rejects the Sudanese government’s proposal ... and insis >>>


      GAZA GUNMEN REJECT STORING ARMS FOR VOTE
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      GAZA CITY, 17 January 2006 — Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yousuf said yesterday that fighters in Gaza have rejected a Palestinian Authority plan to put their weapons in storage during next week’s parliamentary election as a way to reduce the risk of violence.

Fears of chaos during the Jan. 25 ballot ar >>>


      JOHNSON–SIRLEAF IS SWORN IN AS AFRICA’S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agencies MONROVIA, 17 January 2006 — Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf, the 67–year–old Harvard–trained economist and grandmother, vowed to unite her country after 15 years of war when she was sworn in as Liberia’s 23rd president and Africa’s first female leader, amid tight security here yesterday.

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      JORDANIAN GETS HARD LABOR FOR RECRUITING FIGHTERS
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agence France Presse AMMAN, 17 January 2006 — Jordan’s state security court yesterday sentenced to four years of hard labor a man accused of recruiting fighters to join the insurgency in Iraq but acquitted three co–defendants. Jordanian Abdullah Al–Mrayat, 28, was sentenced on a single charge of «carr >>>


      KINGDOM URGES IRAN TO FORGO NUKE WEAPONS
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agencies LONDON, 17 January 2006 — Saudi Arabia appealed yesterday for Iran to abide by its promise not to develop nuclear weapons and spark a regional arms race, but said the West bore some responsibility by letting Israel build its own nuclear arsenal. The Jewish state has never confirmed or denied having atomic bomb >>>


      KUWAITIS MOURN THE DEATH OF SHEIKH JABER
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Diana Elias, Associated Press Kuwaitis arrive at the Al–Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on Monday to offer condolences to the ruling family on the death of Emir Sheikh Jaber Al–Ahmad Al–Sabah. (AFP)

KUWAIT CITY, 17 January 2006 — Kuwaitis watched for signals yesterday of who would be named the ne >>>


      SEAL ACCOUNTS OF QUATTROCCHI, GOVT TOLD
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agence France Presse NEW DELHI, 17 January 2006 — India’s top court yesterday ordered the government to ensure the British bank accounts of an Italian businessman accused of taking kickbacks in a military deal 20 years ago remain frozen.

The case against Ottavia Quattrocchi, who now lives in Milan, centers on >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBINGS IN SOUTH AFGHANISTAN LEAVE 26 DEAD
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Reuters KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, 17 January 2006 — Taleban suicide bombers killed at least 26 people in two separate attacks in southern Afghanistan yesterday, a day after a Canadian diplomat and two civilians were killed in another attack in the area. The combined toll was the worst in a day from suicide bombings in Afg >>>


      SUSPECT IN DELHI ATTACKS KILLED
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Mukhtar Ahmad, Arab News SRINAGAR, 17 January 2006 — The Jammu and Kashmir police yesterday claimed to have killed the main conspirator of last year’s Delhi explosions in a north Kashmir encounter. Police also said another conspirator was injured in the operation that was launched after specific information from Delhi >>>


      TURK DOCTORS BATTLE TO SAVE BOY
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agencies ANKARA, 17 January 2006 — A Turkish hospital was battling yesterday to save a small boy stricken with bird flu, a day after his sister perished, as doctors warned people in the flu–plagued country that belated search for medical help was proving fatal.

As officials from half the world’s nations >>>


      US HELICOPTER SHOT DOWN IN IRAQ; SADDAM JUDGE AMIN REPLACED
      Arab News, 17-01-2006
      Agencies BAGHDAD, 17 January 2006 — Rebels released an Internet video of what they said was a missile shooting down a US helicopter near Baghdad yesterday, apparently the second downing of an aircraft in three days.

A court trying Saddam Hussein appointed a replacement for the chief judge, throwing into furthe >>>


      AN ARMY DEATH, AND A FAMILY LEFT IN THE DARK
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Josh WhiteWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 17, 2006; A01 Army Spec. Jesse Buryj was in the gun turret of a Humvee that night, guarding a traffic circle in Karbala, Iraq. The soldiers were on edge –– they had been warned about a car bomb –– so when a dump truck came barreling into >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      SAN QUENTIN, Calif. –– California executes its oldest condemned inmate for arranging a triple murder 25 years ago to silence witnesses in another killing.
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      BELGIUM PM: U.S. RELATIONS NEED MORE WORK
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Belgium‘s prime minister told President Bush on Tuesday that while the United States has improved its relationship with Europe in the last year, "there is certainly a lot of work still to do." Belgium was a strong opponent to the U.S.–led war in Iraq and has spoken out ag >>>


      CALIF. TOWN LATEST IN EVOLUTION DEBATE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      AM FRAZIER PARK, Calif. –– Houses of scholarship and worship have peacefully shared space for years in the mountains dividing the conservative San Joaquin Valley from the left–leaning Los Angeles basin.

But when a religion–based alternative to evolution was introduced into a high school >>>


      CALIFORNIA EXECUTES OLDEST INMATE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      SAN QUENTIN, Calif. –– California executed its oldest condemned inmate early Tuesday for arranging a triple murder 25 years ago to silence witnesses in another killing.

Clarence Ray Allen was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 12:38 a.m. at San Quentin State Prison, less than an hour after his >>>


      CHINESE DETAINEES‘ LAWYERS WILL TAKE CASE TO HIGH COURT
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Carol D. LeonnigWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 17, 2006; A03 Lawyers for a group of Chinese nationals held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with no hope of release are taking the rare step of asking the Supreme Court to intervene immediately, saying only the high court can resolve t >>>


      ELDERLY CONVICT‘S CLEMENCY PLEA REJECTED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      SAN FRANCISCO –– The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a 76–year–old convicted killer who argued that he was too old and feeble to be executed.

The ruling cleared the way for Clarence Ray Allen _ legally blind, nearly deaf and in a wheelchair _ to be executed by injectio >>>


      ESCAPED ALA. MURDER SUSPECTS RECAPTURED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      PHENIX CITY, Ala. –– Two escaped murder suspects from Alabama were apprehended in Georgia on Tuesday, three days after they escaped from jail, authorities said.

Ashley Mangum, a case worker with the Russell County Sheriff‘s Department, said Johnny Earl Jones and Lamar Elan Benton were arreste >>>


      HEED DR. KING‘S WORDS, ATLANTA MAYOR URGES
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      ATLANTA –– With the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. absent for the first time in nearly four decades, preachers and politicians urged people Monday to continue the slain leader‘s lifelong pursuit of civil rights and nonviolence.

On the holiday marking King‘s birth, some speakers used th >>>


      INSURERS REMINDED ABOUT NEW DRUG PLAN
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      The federal government has reminded insurers that they must cover a 30–day supply of any drug that patients in the new Medicare drug plan were receiving before the new program began.

Insurance companies participating in the benefit cannot charge more than $5 for that supply of brand–name medicines >>>


      JUDGE REFUSES TO DROP CHARGE IN IRAQ DEATH
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. –– A military judge on Monday rejected a request to dismiss a murder charge against an Army officer accused of suffocating an Iraqi general in 2003.

Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. is accused of killing Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush during interrogatio >>>


      MCCAIN MARKS MLK DAY, HITS GOP GALA
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      SPARTANBURG, S.C. –– Sen. John McCain said in a speech Monday that white Americans owe Martin Luther King Jr. more than black Americans because the slain civil rights leader "rescued us from a shame that would have destroyed us." McCain also read part of King‘s "Letter from a Birmingham >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      Former President Ford Treated for Pneumonia RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. –– Former president Gerald R. Ford was undergoing treatment for pneumonia Monday and was doing well, his chief of staff said.

Ford, '2, was admitted Saturday to Eisenhower Medical Center near his home in Rancho Mirage, Penny Circ >>>


      NEW ORLEANS MAYOR SAYS GOD MAD AT U.S.
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hur >>>


      PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST ORDERED FOR TEEN IN FLORIDA BEATINGS
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 16 –– A judge on Monday ordered a psychological examination for one of two teenagers arrested in the fatal beating of a homeless man and a second beating that was videotaped by a surveillance camera.

Family members and their attorneys negotiated the Sunday surrender of B >>>


      STORMS PAYBACK FROM GOD, NAGIN SAYS
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16 –– Mayor C. Ray Nagin suggested Monday that hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America"

–– and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

"Surely G >>>


      STUDENTS BRING DOSE OF LIFE TO NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– The city is back in business as a college town, and not a moment too soon. Tuesday marks the start of classes at Tulane, Xavier and Southern Universities, all shut down in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Loyola and Dillard started last week. None are fully up to speed, and it could be >>>


      SUPREME COURT DENIES PROTESTER‘S APPEAL
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON _ –– The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from an anti–war protester who was convicted of violating the boundaries of a "restricted area" established during President Bush‘s visit to South Carolina in 2002.

Brett Bursey had urged the justices to hear the >>>


      300
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      At the Smithsonian, a tribute to his statesmanship is planned. In London, an exhibit hails his medical contributions. But at McGillin‘s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia, they know best how to honor Benjamin Franklin on his 300th birthday: with a celebratory toast.

"He was a very jovial fellow who woul >>>


      A FAVOR FROM A FABRICATOR
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Martha SherrillTuesday, January 17, 2006; A17 I have some sympathy for James Frey, the author accused of fabricating parts of his bestselling memoir, "A Million Little Pieces." I planned to write a memoir once, too. Six years ago I sold a book proposal for one to a major publishing house. It was going to b >>>


      BOTH PARTIES RETURN WITH ETHICS PROPOSALS
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Congressional Republicans and Democrats are racing to outdo each other with ethics reforms, as they return to face an election year influence–peddling scandal that may produce grim headlines for some lawmakers.

The lawmakers were spurred to action by the recent guilty plea of fo >>>


      BUSH SAYS KING‘S ‘DREAM‘ NOT YET COMPLETED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush hailed Martin Luther King Jr. Monday as one of the greatest Americans who ever lived, but said more must be done to ensure that his dream of equality becomes a reality.

"At the dawn of this new century, America can be proud of the progress we have made toward equal >>>


      CLINTON SAYS HOUSE RUN LIKE ‘PLANTATION‘
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      NEW YORK –– Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted the Bush administration as "one of the worst" in U.S. history and compared the Republican–controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissenting voices are squelched.

Speaking during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, >>>


      EHRLICH‘S LAND FUNDING TOO LATE, WATCHDOGS SAY
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      2006; B02 Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.‘s pledge to fully fund open–space preservation programs mollified but didn‘t completely placate 300 legislators and environmentalists who met yesterday to preview what they call a critical year for environmental legislation.

Ehrlich announced yest >>>


      FAMILIES‘ OF FIREFIGHTERS APPEAL DENIED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Families of New York firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, failed Tuesday to persuade the Supreme Court to allow them to go forward with a lawsuit against New York City and Motorola for supplying the rescuers with faulty radios.

The high court let stand a de >>>


      FIRE IN THE BELLY
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Mark LeibovichWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 17, 2006; C01 LITTLE ROCK He was born in Hope, has been governor of Arkansas for 10 years and is thinking about running for president.

So, yes, Mike Huckabee has much in common with Bill Clinton. He‘s also struggled to control his appetites ov >>>


      FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD HOSPITALIZED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. –– Former President Ford was undergoing treatment for pneumonia Monday at the same facility where he was briefly hospitalized a month ago, his chief of staff said. He was said to be doing well.

Ford, '2, was admitted Saturday to Eisenhower Medical Center near his home in R >>>


      GOOD BET ON BILOXI
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      BILOXI, Miss. –– An hour‘s drive west of here, the City Formerly Known as New Orleans wasn‘t destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was on the storm‘s weak side, relatively speaking, where the force of wind and water was terrible but not apocalyptic. The city would have had only moder >>>


      JUSTICES DENY APPEAL ON EVIDENCE WITHHELD
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to decide whether defendants should get new trials when prosecutors withhold evidence, rebuffing an appeal by a reputed mob associate convicted of looting a small New Jersey printing company‘s pension fund.

In the 1''0s, Leonard Pelullo, >>>


      KAINE OUTLINES GROWTH CONTROLS TO LEGISLATURE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Michael D. Shear and Chris L. JenkinsWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, January 17, 2006; B01 RICHMOND, Jan. 16 –– Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Monday proposed new controls on development to a legislative audience that appears increasingly willing to consider such ideas to ease traffic. But Kaine >>>


      LATINO MINISTRIES WORRIED ABOUT IMMIGRATION BILL
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Darryl FearsWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 17, 2006; A02 The Cuban immigrant who walked into the Spanish Catholic Center with cancer was beyond hope. Calmly and sweetly, physician Anna Maria Izquierdo–Porrera showed him how to die with dignity in his Washington area house.

"Whatever >>>


      MARINES IN IRAQ ARE ALLOWED TO SKIP THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      The Marine Corps has decided that fighting one war at a time is enough. A recent order from headquarters at Quantico says Marines sent to Iraq can be exempt from the Corps‘ rigid weight–loss program, which requires weigh–ins, extra physical training and "Semper Fit" lectures about nutrition. >>>


      MORE HIRING OF VETERANS URGED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      A15 If you want to work for the federal government, it helps to have served in the military.

Since at least the Civil War, veterans have enjoyed an official leg up on other federal job seekers, both as an appreciation for their sacrifice and because of a belief that they are skilled team players. As a general >>>


      MURTHA AND THE MUDSLINGERS
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      I underestimated the viciousness of the right wing. Last November, Rep. John Murtha, a Democrat and a decorated Marine combat veteran, came out for a rapid American withdrawal from Iraq. At the time, I wrote: "It will be difficult for Bush‘s acolytes to cast Murtha, who has regularly stood up for the militar >>>


      OPRAH‘S GRAND DELUSION
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      Because she has led countless billions and billions of people to the promised land of books, because she preaches self–help and self–sufficiency and not least because she has shown that even a middle–aged person can keep weight off, I must tiptoe up to the amazing Oprah and merely whisper to her that >>>


      REGION‘S REPRESENTATIVES SEEK TO KEEP EQUAL PAY PRINCIPLE FOR MILITARY, CIVIL SERVICE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      Eight members of the Washington area House delegation plan to send President Bush a letter today urging him to "embrace the principle of pay parity" and provide equal pay raises for civil service and military personnel in his fiscal 2007 budget plan.

A draft of the letter, organized by Rep. Steny H. >>>


      RELIEF FROM HEATING BILLS UNLIKELY TO LAST
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– There‘s a bit of relief because of unusually balmy winter weather, but heating bills _ sometimes double what they were a year ago _ nevertheless are straining household budgets from New England to the Midwest and Northern Plains states.

State and local agencies were scrambling t >>>


      SENATE PANEL‘S VOTE ON ALITO DELAYED UNTIL NEXT WEEK
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Amy GoldsteinWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 17, 2006; A03 The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee reached an agreement yesterday evening to wait until next Tuesday to vote on the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court.

The agreement alters the schedule >>>


      SENATE PANEL TO VOTE ON ALITO JAN. 24
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Judge Samuel Alito‘s nomination to the Supreme Court on Jan. 24, officials announced Monday night, and the full Senate will begin debate the following day.

In a written statement, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R–Tenn., said >>>


      SENATOR SAYS GULF COAST HELP INSUFFICIENT
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– The government has not done enough to help large swaths of the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, a key Republican senator said in a push for Congress to retain its focus on delivering aid in the new year.

Though lawmakers have approved $67 billion for Gulf Coa >>>


      SPEAKER LARGELY SILENT AMID SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      A01 With his affable demeanor and his open–door policy, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert remains unchallenged in the most powerful post in Congress, even as a growing corruption scandal roils the Republican leadership and more Congress–watchers say the speaker bears some responsibility for the troubles that >>>


      SUMMARY: HEATING BILLS HIGH DESPITE SPELL
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      3:26 AM –– WARM WINTER NOT ENOUGH: It‘s been a warmer winter than usual, so far, but heating bills are still straining household budgets from New England to the Midwest to the Northern Plains.

NOT AS BAD AS PREDICTED: The federal Energy Information Administration says heating costs will be le >>>


      SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OREGON SUICIDE LAW
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court upheld Oregon‘s one–of–a–kind physician–assisted suicide law Tuesday, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.

Justices, on a 6–3 vote, said that federal authority to regulate >>>


      TRANSCRIPT: FORMER VICE PRESIDENT GORE‘S SPEECH ON CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      FORMER VICE PRESIDENT GORE DELIVERS REMARKS ON CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES JANUARY 16, 2006 SPEAKER: AL GORE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT [×] GORE: Thank you very much.

I‘d like to thank Michael Ostrolenk for that on–the–spot introduction, and I‘d like to thank Michael and the other leaders o >>>


      UNDERNEATH THEIR ROBES
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      Winnie the Pooh, or so he tells us, is a Bear of Very Little Brain. As he struggles to think his way out of a predicament, you can see him trying to knock the solution out of his fluff–filled head. By contrast, Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice–in–Waiting Samuel Alito are, as Pooh might say, V >>>


      WHITE HOUSE ACCUSES GORE OF HYPOCRISY
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The White House accused former Vice President Al Gore of hypocrisy Tuesday for his assertion that President Bush broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.

"If Al Gore is going to be the voice of the Democrats on national security matters, we welcome it,& >>>


      BITTER COLD IN MOSCOW LEAVES TWO DEAD
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      MOSCOW –– Two people died of exposure and 14 more were hospitalized in a single day as temperatures plunged in the Russian capital, city emergency medical authorities said Tuesday. Temperatures dropped from about freezing Monday afternoon to minus–28 Celsius (minus–18 Fahrenheit) overnight as a >>>


      BOLIVIA‘S MORALES MAKING FASHION STATEMENT
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      LA PAZ, Bolivia –– Bolivian president–elect Evo Morales has drawn curious looks _ and caused something of a stir _ not so much with his leftist policies, but with the alpaca sweater he wore to greet heads of state at almost every stop on his world tour.

Now Bolivians looking for clues to his >>>


      CANADIAN TEEN‘S SLAYING KINDLES U.S.–STYLE GUN CONTROL DEBATE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      A14 TORONTO –– Jane Creba, 15, was browsing the Boxing Day sales with her older sister when she started crossing the street to look for sneakers. She stepped into a spray of gunfire between rival teenage gangs in the middle of the busy downtown shopping district.

Creba died from a single bullet, an >>>


      DEPUTY EXPECTED TO REPLACE SADDAM JUDGE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– The chief judge who resigned from Saddam Hussein‘s trial amid claims of government interference is expected to be replaced by his deputy, the top Iraqi investigator in the case said Tuesday.

Judge Raid Juhi, who investigated Saddam before his trial started but is not one o >>>


      FAMILY HOLDS MEMORIAL FOR DEPOSED ZHAO
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      BEIJING –– Family and friends of deposed Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang gathered Tuesday to commemorate the one–year anniversary of his death, as authorities kept a close watch on dissidents seeking to further his legacy of political openness.

Visitors streamed into Zhao‘s Beijing h >>>


      FIRST LADY TOUTS TEXTBOOK PROGRAM IN GHANA
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      ACCRA, Ghana –– In a muggy college auditorium, first lady Laura Bush on Tuesday announced a U.S.–backed program to provide 15 million textbooks for students in sub–Saharan Africa where more than one–third of primary school aged children are not enrolled in school.

"It‘s >>>


      FRANKLIN‘S RESTORED LONDON HOME UNVEILED
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      LONDON –– Benjamin Franklin‘s only surviving home was unveiled as a museum Tuesday, the 300th anniversary of the American founding father‘s birth.

Franklin lodged in the modest four–story brick building just off Trafalgar Square between 1757 and 1775, acting as a diplomat on behal >>>


      IRAQ: '' PERCENT OF DEC. 15 VOTE WAS VALID
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Iraq‘s electoral commission ruled Monday that more than '' percent of the ballots from the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections are valid, opening the way for a new government to start coming together.

Final election results have been delayed by fraud complaints mainly lod >>>


      IRAQIS FIND TRAVEL TO JORDAN INCREASINGLY FRUSTRATING
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      A14 AMMAN, Jordan –– Jordanian border police are turning away hundreds of Iraqi vehicles daily at the Karama border crossing, often without explanation, creating huge parking lots of frustrated travelers in the Iraqi desert.

At Queen Alia International Airport, just south of Jordan‘s capital, >>>


      ISRAELIS CRACK DOWN ON SETTLER RIOTING IN HEBRON
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      HEBRON, West Bank, Jan. 16 –– Israeli police seized buildings and rooftops in a Jewish settler enclave in Hebron on Monday, restoring order after three days of riots sparked by plans to evict Israeli squatters from an abandoned Palestinian market.

The scuffles could be the opening salvo in a battle >>>


      PAKISTAN: 4 OR 5 TERRORISTS DIED IN STRIKE
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– At least four foreign terrorists died in the purported U.S. airstrike aimed at al–Qaida‘s No. 2 leader in a Pakistani border village, the provincial government said Tuesday.

The Bush administration, meanwhile, called Pakistan a valued ally in the war on terror Tues >>>


      PAKISTANI RULING PARTY DEMANDS U.S. APOLOGY
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s ruling party on Monday demanded an apology for an alleged CIA airstrike that killed at least 17 people, but the country‘s prime minister said his trip to the United States this week would go ahead as planned.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and his ruling Pa >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL DOZENS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      By Griff WitteWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 17, 2006; A11 KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 16 –– At least two dozen people were killed in a pair of suicide attacks in Afghanistan‘s southern Kandahar province on Monday, marking the deadliest day of suicide bombings here in the more than four >>>


      TAIWAN‘S PRIME MINISTER TO STEP DOWN
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      TAIPEI, Taiwan –– Taiwan‘s prime minister announced his resignation on Tuesday, paving the way for a Cabinet reshuffle.

Premier Frank Hsieh, the island‘s No. 3 leader, has come under pressure to resign since the ruling Democratic Progressive Party lost local elections on Dec. 3.

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      U.S. MISSION IN CUBA RUNS RIGHTS MESSAGES
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      PM HAVANA –– The U.S. mission in Cuba on Monday ran excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.‘s "I Have a Dream" speech on an electronic sign running along its sea front building, the latest salvo in an ongoing billboard war.

Evidently timed to coincide with the U.S. holiday, the message >>>


      U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MEETS EGYPT LEADER
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      CAIRO, Egypt –– Vice President Dick Cheney met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Tuesday for talks on the political process in Iraq and the West‘s standoffs with Syria and Iran.

After meeting with Mubarak, Cheney was expected to travel to Saudi Arabia later Tuesday for talks with King Abd >>>


      USAID PAPER DETAILS SECURITY CRISIS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      A13 The U.S. Agency for International Development paints a dire and detailed picture of the Iraq security situation in its request for contractors to bid on its $1.32 billion, 28–month project to help stabilize 10 major Iraqi cities.

The USAID program, outlined in a Jan. 2 paper, envisions development be >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 17-01-2006
      Clash Between Police and Villagers In Southern China Leads to ‘Chaos‘ BEIJING –– Police brandishing electric batons clashed with protesting villagers in southern China over the weekend, and several people were injured, villagers and Hong Kong media reported Monday.

State media blamed vi >>>


      A CASE OF MISTAKEN ID
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Simon Hoggart Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian To the House of Lords for a debate on ID cards. On the way I met a former cabinet minister. "What," he inquired, "have Charles Kennedy and Julius Caesar got in common? Both were knifed in the back by men wearing sandals." In the house Lord Pearson >>>


      AL–JAZEERA ASKS TO SEE BUSH ‘BOMBING‘ TRANSCRIPT
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      BNP gets top news listing on Google Martin Kettle: The idea that anyone over 50 is finished is absurd From firebrand to pussycat: Galloway‘s TV transformation What makes Tony Blair such an irresistible subject for dramatists?

Lawyer denies leak of al–Jazeera bomb plot harmed security Labour MPs lea >>>


      BRINGING NEW LIFE TO DOWNING ST
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Julian Glover Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian Fans at Raith Rovers groaned last Saturday when their team lost 3–2 to Stirling Albion on their first outing since the club was bought by its supporters. But alongside 2,235 disappointed locals stood one man with a goofy grin on his face. The Stark‘s Park >>>


      DAVID CAMERON‘S SPEECH ON POLICE REFORM
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      The Conservative leader, David Cameron, today set out his proposals to reform the police in a speech in Dalston, east London. Below is the full text of that speech.

Monday January 16, 2006 I‘m delighted to be speaking at a meeting organised by Crime Concern.

Your organisation forges partnerships >>>


      FEARS OVER FUTURE OF GP RECRUITMENT SCHEME
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland Tuesday January 17, 2006 Doctors have called for a meeting with ministers following concerns that a groundbreaking GP recruitment and retention scheme is under threat because of spiralling government spending.

The British Medical Association described as "shortsighted" >>>


      GALLOWAY‘S MOTION MYSTERY
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Tania Branigan, political correspondent Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian First he was accused of abandoning his constituents to pursue TV stardom.

Now George Galloway has been accused of being too politically active while locked up in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The Speaker of the Commons ye >>>


      GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON KERB CRAWLERS
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Matt Weaver and agencies Tuesday January 17, 2006 A prostitute in Edinburgh. Photograph: Guardian

Kerb crawlers and pimps are targeted in a new government strategy on prostitution announced today.

The new strategy, which abandons earlier proposals for licensed "red light" zones, cracks down >>>


      GOVERNMENT FIGHTS ON AS PEERS INFLICT DEFEATS ON ID CARD BILL
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Independent vetting of costs demanded by Lords Critics say scheme now ‘holed below waterline‘ Michael White and Julian Glover Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian Ministers refused to back down last night in the face of a defeat in the House of Lords which threatens to block their bill to introduce ID card >>>


      LORDS BID TO RESOLVE ‘WEST LOTHIAN QUESTION‘
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland and agencies Tuesday January 17, 2006 A bill being introduced in the House of Lords today could stop Scottish and Welsh MPs voting on issues that affect only England.

The legislation – which has little chance of becoming law – is being put forward by the former Conse >>>


      MINISTERS HAVE AS MUCH OF A CLUE AS YOU OR ME
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      The Ruth Kelly row underlines the dangers of a system that leaves decisions to politicians instead of professionals Polly Toynbee Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian The sight of a minister devoured in a feeding frenzy should make any decent person feel sick. They have rarely committed any heinous sin, with small err >>>


      NO DELAY TO SCHOOLS BILL, INSISTS NO 10
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Staff and agencies Tuesday January 17, 2006 Downing Street today denied that the row over sex offenders working in classrooms would delay the publication of the school reforms bill.

The prime minister‘s official spokesman said the furore had not distracted the education secretary, Ruth Kelly, from dealin >>>


      ORGANISED CRIME TARGETS TAX CREDIT SYSTEM
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Gangs may be behind half suspect cases says taxman Nearly 40,000 claims in eight months investigated Phillip Inman Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian Fears that organised crime gangs are targeting the government‘s 16bn tax credit system were heightened yesterday after ministers admitted there had been a surge >>>


      OUSTED MPS REFLECT ON ‘A SITUATION AS DREADFUL AS SUCCESS WAS A DELIGHT‘
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      The Commons has heard testimony on the trauma of leaving an elite club David Hencke Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian You are a member of the country‘s most elite club. You enjoy many of the privileges and perks of power, combined with the moral satisfaction of being a custodian of democracy. But when you qui >>>


      PRIVATE CHAIN IN TALKS TO RUN FAILING NHS HOSPITALS
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Peter Preston: Hitting the back button The suspects Kelly stands firm despite fresh claims City academies adviser resigns after cash–for–honours accusation
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      SPECIALISTS ARE THE KEY
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Leader Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian In two days time Ruth Kelly is due to return to the Commons to set out more fully what the government intends to do to provide better protection for children from sex offenders. Some things are simple. A person such as PE teacher Paul Reeve, who was cautioned in 2003 for acc >>>


      THE AWAKENING GIANT
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      India is set to become one of the dominant global powers of the 21st century, and Britain would do well to pay it more attention, says Ed Vaizey Tuesday January 17, 2006 I have recently returned from my first parliamentary trip – to India. I flew out on new year‘s day with 11 other Conservative MPs, and ret >>>


      TORY REFORMS TO TARGET BAD POLICE
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Tania Branigan, political correspondent Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian The Conservatives would make it easier for chief constables to sack bad officers, David Cameron said yesterday in a speech setting out his plans for police reforms.

The Tory leader promised officers a reduction in centralised control >>>


      VOLUNTEERS AND PRIVATE FIRMS GIVEN ROLE IN CUTTING BENEFITS CLAIMS
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Minister promises tougher regime in two years‘ time Most of 2.7m claimants to face job–related interviews Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian The voluntary and private sectors are to be given a bigger role in the delivery of the government‘s tougher inc >>>


      WE KNOW WHO WE ARE, GORDON
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian Gordon Brown asks: "Where is our declaration of rights?" (Brown: Remembrance Sunday should become ‘British Day‘, January 14). Although fondly remembering "the golden thread" of an idea, running from the 1215 Magna Carta to the 168' Bill of Rights >>>


      YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Watchdog mulls inquiry into all–party group funding Leader: In praise of ... free votes Yesterday in parliament NHS reforms badly judged, say MPs
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      ‘COMEDY DOESN‘T GO WITH OUR MUSIC‘
      Guardian, 17-01-2006
      Boney M could turn almost anything into a disco hit. But will their surreal songs about Rasputin and Belfast make any sense as a musical? By Alexis Petridis Tuesday January 17, 2006 The Guardian Frank Farian lets out a long sigh. Germany‘s most successful producer and songwriter looks pretty good for 64 – i >>>



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