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      LE PREMIER MINISTRE ISRAÉLIEN ÉVOQUE UN RETRAIT PARTIEL DE CISJORDANIE
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      PROCHE–ORIENT. Dans son premier discours de politique générale, Ehoud Olmert estime qu‘Israël ne peut plus continuer ainsi.

Serge Dumont, Tel–Aviv Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 «Evacuer une partie de la Cisjordanie pour maintenir une majorité démographique juive en I >>>


      LE PRIVATE EQUITY DEVRAIT RÉALISER DE NOUVEAUX RECORDS EN 2006
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      INVESTISSEMENT. Private Equity Intelligence s‘attend ŕ ce que les montants levés au niveau mondial cette année atteignent entre 220 et 280 milliards de dollars.

Annick Noirfalisse, Londres Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 L‘année 2005 a déjŕ été fantastique pour le p >>>


      LE TITRE SERONO MALMENÉ EN BOURSE
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      BIOTECHNOLOGIE. Le groupe genevois peinerait ŕ trouver un repreneur. Le Temps Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 L‘action Serono (SEO.VX) a dévissé mardi. Elle a plongé de pr';s de 10% suite ŕ un article du Wall Street Journal Europe qui rapporte que le groupe genevois de biotechnologie se >>>


      LES CLÉS DE L‘ACTUALITÉ
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      Le Temps Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 Swissmedic, gendarme du marché des médicaments L‘institut basé ŕ Berne surveille que les r';gles du jeu sont respectées et peut infliger des amendes.

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      LES CONSERVATEURS AU POUVOIR AU CANADA
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      CANADA. Le gouvernement de Stephen Harper n‘aura toutefois pas la majorité au parlement.

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      LES FONDS IMMOBILIERS ALLEMANDS VICTIMES DE RETRAITS MASSIFS
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      PLACEMENTS. Réputés tr';s s$';rs auparavant, ces fonds ouverts suscitent la défiance. Le secteur a subi 3,1 milliards d‘euros de sorties en décembre. Des mesures sont annoncées.

Angélique Mounier–Kuhn Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 On s‘en doutait. La cr >>>


      LES JEUNES BIOTECHS TABLENT SUR L‘ARGENT PUBLIC
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      CAPITAL–RISQUE. Les temps restent difficiles pour les jeunes entreprises. Willy Boder Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 L‘épuisement des sources de financement des jeunes entreprises de biotechnologie qui a suivi, d';s 2001, l‘éclatement de la bulle boursi';re reste un probl'; >>>


      LES PAYS ÉMERGENTS SONT DES CLIENTS, ET PAS SEULEMENT DES MACHINES Ŕ RÉDUIRE LES COŰTS
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      SOMMET. Le Forum de Davos, qui s‘ouvre aujourd‘hui, se recentre sur l‘économie. Un sondage réalisé par PWC, publié ce mercredi, montre que les patrons veulent développer leur groupe dans les pays du Sud, et non plus seulement y délocaliser leur production.

Fr >>>


      LES TRAUMATISMES CAUSÉS PAR UN PČRE ABUSEUR
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      VAUD. Le second jour du proc';s a mis en lumi';re les dégâts causés sur les fillettes adoptées.

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      LES ÉCOLOGISTES ONT LE NOUVEAU CHEF DE L‘OFFICE FÉDÉRAL DE L‘ENVIRONNEMENT Ŕ L‘ŚIL
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      Bruno Oberle prédit une nouvelle ';re de la politique de l´environement. Photo: Keystone ECOLOGIE. Conciliant, Bruno Oberle pourrait renforcer leur cause, jugent les défenseurs de la nature. Toutefois vigilants.

Nicolas Dufour Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 Une attente faite de bienveillance e >>>


      MON ONGLE D‘AMÉRIQUE
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      FRENCH MANUCURE. Vernir ses ongles et souligner leur extrémité d‘un trait blanc: cette mode venue des Etats–Unis porte un nom français et a conquis des milliers de Suissesses. Décryptage.

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      MORITZ LEUENBERGER RÉAGIT AUX CRITIQUES CONTRE DOUDOU DIČNE
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      DERAPAGE. Le conseiller fédéral commente une phrase du porte–parole de l‘UDC.

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      PAR MANQUE DE GAZ, LA RUSSIE FAILLIT Ŕ HONORER SES CLIENTS
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      ENERGIE. Bien que premier producteur mondial de gaz, la Russie est en crise de livraisons, plongeant des pays comme la Géorgie et l‘Arménie dans les rigueurs de l‘hiver.

Lorraine Millot, Moscou Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 «Hier, c‘est ŕ l‘Ukraine qu‘ils avaient c >>>


      PRD ET PDC ROMANDS AUX CÔTÉS DE LA GAUCHE SUR L‘ASILE ET LES ÉTRANGERS
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      REFERENDUMS. Les démocrates–chrétiens vaudois et genevois combattront les deux lois. Les radicaux des deux cantons sont encore hésitants.

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      PRISONS DE LA CIA: DICK MARTY ORIENTE SES ACCUSATIONS CONTRE L‘EUROPE DE L‘OUEST
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      «l´enquęte est de la responsabilité de l´ensemble du Conseil de l´Europe». Photo: Keystone TERRORISME. L‘ancien procureur tessinois a présenté son rapport intérimaire du Conseil de l‘Europe.

Ron Hochuli, Strasbourg Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 «Ce travail n >>>


      QUESTIONS Ŕ. «LES SIG NE POUVAIENT PLUS SE PERMETTRE D‘AVOIR UNE DIRECTION PLÉTHORIQUE»
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      Questions ŕ. Daniel Mouché, Président des Services industriels de Gen';ve. La lecture de ce texte (2215 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      QUESTIONS Ŕ... «COMMENT PEUT–ON NOUS OBLIGER Ŕ DEVENIR UNE RÉSERVE D‘INDIENS?»
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      Questions ŕ Michel Pittet, ministre fribourgeois de l‘Economie et de l‘emploi. Fati Mansour Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 Amgen ne s‘établira pas ŕ Galmiz. Mardi, la firme américaine a annoncé que son nouveau site de production prendrait la direction de l‘Irlande, mettant un >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. TARTINE D‘AMOUR
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
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      SANCTIONNÉS, DEUX POLICIERS RECOURENT
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      GENEVE. Suites d‘une interpellation musclée. La lecture de ce texte (1607 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      TOUR DE PASSE–PASSE PRÉSIDENTIEL AU SOMMET DE L‘UNION AFRICAINE
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      AFRIQUE. Le Congolais Sassou Nguesso préféré au controversé Soudanais Al–Bachir pour présider l‘organisation continentale en 2006.

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      TRAJECTOIRE. PAR LA GR'4;CE DU SOUFFLE
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      Trajectoire. En douze ans, la cantatrice Marianne Sébastien a distribué plus de 85000 microcrédits en Bolivie, ŕ travers l‘association Voix libres.

Soit 350000 bénéficiaires qui ont choisi de mieux respirer. Marie–Christine Petit–Pierre Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 C >>>


      UN CADEAU AUX ASSUREURS AU DÉTRIMENT DE L‘ASSURANCE INVALIDITÉ
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      Nathalie Narbel et Shirin Hatam, secrétaire générale et juriste de Pro Mente Sana, dénoncent l‘accord permettant aux assureurs de renvoyer des malades ŕ l‘AI de mani';re prématurée.

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      UN JURASSIEN DÉCOUVRE LE PLUS PETIT VERTÉBRÉ
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      BIOLOGIE. Le poisson mis au jour par Maurice Kottelat mesure seulement 7,' millim';tres.

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      «FRIBOURG A BESOIN D‘UN REGARD HISTORIQUE POUR SAVOIR QUI ELLE EST»
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      FRIBOURG. La cité des Zaehringen fętera son 850e anniversaire en 2007. Les autorités ont prévu un floril';ge de manifestations. Décryptage avec l‘historien Francis Python.

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      «LE RÉCHAUFFEMENT AFFECTE D‘ABORD LES PAYS ARIDES»
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      TERRE. Les changements climatiques vus du désert: un désastre. Interview. La lecture de ce texte (3322 caract';res) est réservée ŕ nos abonnés en ligne.

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      «NOUS NE NOUS CONSIDÉRONS PAS COMME UN MÉDIA DE MASSE»
      Le Temps, 25-01-2006
      TELEVISION. Une étude place CNN en tęte des chaînes d‘information en continu regardées par les Européens les plus fortunés.

David Haeberli Mercredi 25 janvier 2006 CNN est la chaîne la plus regardée par les Européens ŕ revenus élevés.

L >>>


      CMA APPROVES REQUESTS FOR CAPITAL HIKE
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Wael Mahdi, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 January 2006 — The Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) approved yesterday the requests of the Saudi British Bank (SABB), Riyad Bank and Al–Yamama Saudi Cement Co. to increase their capital through issuing bonus shares. CMA also announced yesterday that it is making changes to art >>>


      SABB’S PROFIT UP 52.2%
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr., Arab News RIYADH, 25 January 2006 — The Saudi British Bank (SABB) recorded a net profit of SR2.5 billion ($668 million) last year, up 52.2 percent over the SR1.65 billion ($43' million) in 2004, according to John Coverdale, SABB managing director.

He said earnings per share increased >>>


      SABIC AND KAYAN SIGN MOU
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Wael Mahdi, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 January 2006 — Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and Kayan Petrochemicals Company have signed this week an initial Memorandum of Understanding appointing SABIC as a partner in Kayan project. According to the MOU, SABIC is required to review all works, studies, agreements and update t >>>


      SAUDI STOCKS STAY IN RECORD TERRITORY
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 January 2006 — The Saudi stock market stayed in a record territory yesterday. The Tadawul All–Share Index (TASI) broke the 18,500 barrier and closed 203.16 points or 1.11 percent higher at 18,587.46.

The banking sector, however, was in a negative territory as shares o >>>


      SAUDIA POSTS RECORD REVENUE OF SR14.6BN
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 January 2006 — Saudi Arabian Airlines posted a record revenue of SR14.6 billion last year, which is SR1 billion more than the figure of 2004, Dr. Khaled Ben–Bakr, its director general said yesterday. Saudia made a net profit of SR500 million in 2005.

Ben–Bak >>>


      SR600BN WORTH OF PROJECTS PLANNED IN THE KINGDOM
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Khalil Hanware, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 January 2006 — The oil and gas sector in Saudi Arabia faces unprecedented growth in 2006. High energy prices and strong global oil demand are fuelling a significant upturn in construction activity, with almost SR600 billion ($160 billion) worth of large–scale projects planned >>>


      SRMG BUYS HALA PRESS FOR SR125M
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Arab News Prince Faisal ibn Salman, chairman of SRMG, second left, with Dr. Azzam Al–Dakhil, left, Khaled Al–Rasheed, and Majed Ghurab.

RIYADH, 25 January 2006 — Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG) yesterday announced the purchase for SR125 million of Hala Press, one of the largest and most >>>


      ZAMIL TO OPEN $20M PLANT IN INDIA
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Reuters RIYADH, 25 January 2006 — Saudi Arabia’s Zamil Industrial Investment Co. yesterday said it would open a $20–million plant in India to manufacture pre–engineered steel buildings. The plant, expected to be completed in the Indian state of Maharashtra by the end of this year, will have an annual produc >>>


      HOW MUSLIM COMMANDERS TREATED MATERIAL POWER WITH CONTEMPT
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Shortly before the Battle of Al–Qadisiyyah, Saad ibn Abi Waqqas, the Muslim commander, sent another messenger to Rustum, the commander of the Persian Army that heavily outnumbered the Muslims. He sent Al–Mugheerah ibn Shubah first who explained the main principles of the Islamic faith >>>


      READING THE QUR’AN: CLARIFICATION SOUGHT
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Adil Salahi, Arab News Q.1. It is agreed that reading the Qur’an when one is in the state of ceremonial impurity is permissible but not touching or holding the Qur’an itself.

Which is more sacred — the paper and ink which are man–made, or the words that God revealed?

Q.2. You often mentioned tha >>>


      ABDULLAH VISIT HERALDS A NEW ERA
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News King Abdullah is received by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday. (AP)

NEW DELHI, 25 January 2006 — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah arrived to a grand welcome in New Delhi yesterday on a historic four–day visit aimed at >>>


      ABUSED A CAMEL, ABUSED BY CAMEL
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Arab News MADINAH, 25 January 2006 — A man who committed animal cruelty got his come–uppance when he untied the angry creature, Okaz daily reported. The man locked his camel in a stable and bound its legs for three days. When he untied the creature it immediately attacked him, biting him in the head causing a sev >>>


      CAMEL WORTH MILLIONS STOLEN, RECOVERED
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Arab News RIYADH, 25 January 2006 — Saudi Arabia’s most prized camel was retrieved from thieves seeking to fertilize their stock, Okaz daily reported. Owners of the Kingdom’s most prized camel charge SR6,000 for the opportunity to mate the rare breed with female camels. Police said the motive for the theft was that app >>>


      DOCTORS ADDRESS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAUSES
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Maha Akeel, Arab News JEDDAH, 25 January 2006 — Defining, assessing and recommending solutions to the issue of domestic abuse in Saudi Arabia was the aim of the first Child–Spouse Abuse Conference held at the International Medical Center on Monday.

Domestic violence has been a hot topic in the media duri >>>


      LOW–PAID MIGRANT WORKERS NARRATE THEIR PLIGHT
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Abdul Hannan Faisal Tago, Arab News RIYADH, 25 January 2006 — Hussein Harazey’s situation is one shared by many of the Kingdom’s low–paid migrant workers. After selling his land at home in Bangladesh to pay for his visa, he told Arab News it would take years to buy back the properties that his family relies on.>>>


      8 KILLED, DOZENS HURT IN IRAN BLASTS
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 25 January 2006 — Eight people were killed and dozens more injured in a double bomb attack yesterday in the restive city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran where a scheduled visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was canceled at the last minute. Witnesses said the first bomb to rock the city — domi >>>


      ABBAS CALLS FOR MAXIMUM PALESTINIAN VOTER TURNOUT FOR TODAY’S ELECTIONS
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Hisham Abu Taha, Arab News GAZA CITY, 25 January 2006 — On the eve of the second ever general elections, President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called upon Palestinian voters to turn out in large numbers while the armed factions pledged to ensure the ballot passed off peacefully.

Abbas’ Fatah party is facing an unp >>>


      AFGHANS HOLD RALLY TO DENOUNCE BOMBINGS
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Agencies HERAT, Afghanistan, 25 January 2006 — Women in burqas and men in wheelchairs were among hundreds of Afghans who marched in the western city of Herat yesterday to denounce a wave of suicide bombings that many blame on neighboring Pakistan. The march was the third well–organized protest in Afghanistan sinc >>>


      AU LEADERS NAME CONGO AS HEAD
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Agence France Presse KHARTOUM, 25 January 2006 — African leaders yesterday named Congo to head the African Union and agreed that Sudan would take over the leadership in 2007, settling a row over Khartoum’s bid to lead the 53–nation body.

Sudan’s candidacy to head the continental body had failed to win un >>>


      CONSERVATIVES WIN CANADA’S ELECTION AS AN ARAB MAKES IT TO HOUSE OF COMMONS
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Latafat Ali Siddiqui, Arab News OTTAWA, 25 January 2006 — Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party won national elections Monday and ended 13 years of Liberal rule, a victory expected to move Canada rightward on social and economic issues and lead to improved ties with the United States.

The triumph for the C >>>


      COURT INDICTS BIHAR GOVERNOR
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Syed Asdar Ali, Arab News NEW DELHI, 25 January 2006 — In a severe indictment of Bihar Gov. Buta Singh, the Supreme Court yesterday held that he misled the federal government in recommending the dissolution of the state assembly in May 2005.

The Supreme Court, which in its Oct. 7 interim order had ruled the di >>>


      KUWAIT PREMIER NAMED NEW EMIR
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Diana Elias, Associated Press KUWAIT CITY, 25 January 2006 — Kuwait’s Parliament and Cabinet ended a leadership struggle yesterday, ousting the ailing emir and moving quickly to name the prime minister to take over.

The Cabinet appointment of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al–Ahmad Al–Sabah, half brot >>>


      PAKISTAN VISIT IN MARCH
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 25 January 2006 — US President George W. Bush will arrive in Pakistan on a two–day official visit on March 3. Before visiting Islamabad, President Bush will pay an official visit to India. Bush will arrive in New Delhi on Feb. 28.

While confirming the visit, officials w >>>


      TROUBLED SADDAM TRIAL POSTPONED TO SUNDAY
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Reuters BAGHDAD, 25 January 2006 — The trial of Saddam Hussein was delayed again yesterday, with judges apparently divided after a series of setbacks that defense lawyers said proved political interference with the US–sponsored Iraqi court. A court spokesman said the postponement to Sunday was due to witnesses fa >>>


      TURKEY MAKES FRESH INITIATIVE TO RESOLVE CYPRUS CONFLICT
      Arab News, 25-01-2006
      Agence France Presse ANKARA, 25 January 2006 — Turkey yesterday announced a package of proposals aimed at lifting trade and transport restrictions in Cyprus in the hope that mutual gestures will help end the island’s three–decade division.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told a news conference that he had >>>


      BUSINESSMAN TO RUN FOR ALASKA GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      JUNEAU, Alaska –– Former legislator and Anchorage businessman Andrew Halcro has filed a letter of intent to run as an independent for governor this fall.

Halcro, 41, joins an already crowded field of candidates, but it‘s a list that doesn‘t include Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski and fo >>>


      COLOMBIA TRADE BENEFITS SEEN AT RISK WITHOUT US DEAL
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Colombia could lose current trade benefits with the United States if the two countries are unable to finish talks on a free trade agreement, U.S. industry and congressional sources said on Wednesday.

The warning came as U.S. and Colombian negotiators began their 14th round of talks >>>


      EMBATTLED REP. NEY TO SEEK RE–ELECTION
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Undaunted by speculation within his own party that he may have to quit Congress because of a corruption probe, Rep. Bob Ney announced Wednesday he‘s running for re–election.

"2006 promises to be a vigorous campaign and I am ready for the fight," said Ney, R&ndash >>>


      ILL. POWER CO. TO SETTLE LEAK CASES
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      BRACEVILLE, Ill. –– A nuclear power plant is buying out one property owner and negotiating financial settlements with 14 others after elevated levels of a radioactive substance were discovered near the site of a 1''8 pipeline valve break.

Higher than normal tritium levels were found in grou >>>


      L.A. MAYOR TO GIVE RESPONSE TO BUSH SPEECH
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the Spanish–language response to President Bush‘s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Democratic congressional leaders announced.

Villaraigosa has been seen as a rising Democratic star since his election in May as the fir >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Florida Inmate‘s Execution Delayed STARKE, Fla. –– A death row inmate won a stay from the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, about an hour after he was scheduled to be executed for killing a police officer.

Clarence Hill, 48, says he is mentally retarded. He had asked for a delay to give him tim >>>


      NEW ORLEANS WANTS TO DESTROY HISTORIC HOMES
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– Preservationists say the city would tear down structurally sound, historic buildings under a much–criticized plan to cull the city of homes in danger of falling over in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The city wants to tear down about 2,000 homes that inspectors deemed in such b >>>


      POLICE: LA. COUPLE DIE IN MURDER–SUICIDE
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      AUSTELL, Ga. –– A New Orleans couple who had been chased from their home by Hurricane Katrina died in an apparent murder–suicide, leaving behind an infant and a 4–year–old boy who had been beaten so severely he couldn‘t open his eyes, police said.

Police entered the couple&l >>>


      POST OFFICE MANAGEMENT OPPOSES REFORM BILL
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      12:50 PM WASHINGTON –– After more than a year of seeking legislation to update how the post office is run, postal management said Wednesday both the House and Senate bills should be scrapped and the whole process started over.

Failure to win approval of provisions opposed by the Bush administration >>>


      PRESIDENT OF MORMON CHURCH HOSPITALIZED
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      SALT LAKE CITY –– The '5–year–old president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints underwent surgery at a Salt Lake City hospital to remove a cancerous portion of his colon, church officials said.

The growth was found when Gordon B. Hinckley had a routine medical s >>>


      PRODUCT RECALLS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      12:50 PM –– The following recall has been announced: _ About 1,550 Homelite Vac Attack II leaf blowers, manufactured by Homelite Consumer Products Inc., because they are missing the doors covering the vacuum inlet, exposing the blower‘s fan blade and posing a risk of cuts to the user. The blowers were >>>


      STATES TO BE REIMBURSED FOR DRUGS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Federal officials said yesterday that they will reimburse states that bought medicine for senior citizens and disabled people who could not get help through the new Medicare drug benefit.

Under the program, which began Jan. 1, beneficiaries enroll in private plans selected by the government to provide prescrip >>>


      THE UNSMOKED SIGNAL OF VICTORY ON ALITO
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      C01 Sometimes it‘s not the words that tell the story. Sometimes it‘s a cigar.

During yesterday‘s Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., there were words aplenty, thousands of them, spoken for nearly three hours. There were words of praise and condemnatio >>>


      W. HOUSE ACCUSED OF FOOT–DRAGGING IN KATRINA PROBE
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the top Democrat on the Senate panel investigating the government‘s botched response to Hurricane Katrina, on Tuesday accused administration officials of failing to cooperate and trying to run out the clock on the congressional probe.

"The problems >>>


      ‘IT‘S LIKE THE TWILIGHT ZONE‘
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– A city council meeting is in session. On a high dais at the back of a dim, dilapidated committee room –– a room as far from the spirit of an old New Orleans townhouse as it is possible to imagine – sit the council members. Below them sits a group of young black men, part of >>>


      AMERICA‘S MESSAGE TO IRAQ
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      America‘s agile envoy in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, is working these days to cajole Iraqi political leaders to put aside narrow interests in favor of a government of national unity. But behind the political dickering lies a stark message: If the Iraqis can‘t agree on a broad–based government of reconc >>>


      BUSH CALLS CANADA‘S HARPER AFTER ELECTION WIN
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush called Canada‘s Prime Minister–elect Stephen Harper on Wednesday to congratulate the Conservative leader over his win in a campaign which included calls for improving strained ties with Washington.

Bush looks forward to working with Harper and t >>>


      BUSH THE INCOMPETENT
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Incompetence is not one of the seven deadly sins, and it‘s hardly the worst attribute that can be ascribed to George W. Bush. But it is this president‘s defining attribute. Historians, looking back at the hash that his administration has made of his war in Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina and his Med >>>


      BUSH TO VISIT NSA FOR PEP TALK
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush will try to boost the morale Wednesday of the people carrying out his controversial domestic surveillance program.

While his administration presses its campaign to explain warrantless eavesdropping and wire taps, Bush will visit behind closed doors with employees of the >>>


      CALIFORNIA‘S GOVERNOR PADS HIS SQUAD
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      As he faces a tough reelection battle, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is adding people to his political entourage. So far, at least, he‘s not doing any subtracting. This could lead to a big team –– not always a formula for nimble politics.

Steve Schmidt, who will leave his position as >>>


      CONTEMPT FOR CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      If ever there was a perfect illustration of the Bush administration‘s attitude toward Congress, it came precisely one hour, six minutes and 20 seconds into Monday‘s Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on mine safety.

The administration‘s two top mine safety officials had finished testi >>>


      DARFUR DESCENDING
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      When I visited Darfur last May, I felt hopeful. Today I am pessimistic, unless a major new international effort is mustered in the coming weeks.

I visited a village whose people had returned after fleeing from violence and were living in relative safety, thanks to the presence of troops from the African Union >>>


      DEMOCRATS MOVE TO REVIVE MEDICARE LAW
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      A04 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) and Rep. John D. Dingell (D–Mich.) will introduce legislation to restore Senate–passed language that would cut payments to private insurers in Medicare by $26 billion over the next decade, the lawmakers said yesterday.

As part of a broad budget–c >>>


      EARLE PROBES POSSIBLE CUNNINGHAM–DELAY TIE
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      SAN DIEGO –– The Texas prosecutor targeting Rep. Tom DeLay has issued a second round of subpoenas to businessmen here seeking records surrounding donations to the former Republican leader and disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

The subpoenas issued by Travis County District Att >>>


      ENOUGH SENATORS BACK ALITO CONFIRMATION
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      AM WASHINGTON –– As the Senate begins its final debate on Samuel Alito‘s nomination to the Supreme Court, the conservative jurist already has won enough commitments from senators to become the nation‘s 110th justice and likely tilt the high court to the right.

Senators were to consider >>>


      GONZALES ECHOES DEFENSE OF WIRETAPS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales argued yesterday that the requirements of a secret intelligence court are too cumbersome for rapid pursuit of suspected terrorists, repeating the administration‘s position that warrantless wiretapping authorized by President Bush does not violate the Constitution or federal la >>>


      GONZALES SAYS SURVEILLANCE ENTIRELY LEGAL
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Attorney General Alberto Gonzales offered additional defenses of President Bush‘s domestic spying program on Tuesday, as the administration tried to redefine the warrantless surveillance in a way that undermines critics.

Speaking to students at Georgetown University law school, >>>


      GRASSLEY BACKS EX–FBI AGENT
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January 25, 2006; A17 When Cecilia Woods, an FBI special agent based in Panama, suspected her boss of having extramarital affairs including one with a paid informant in 2000, she reported her concerns to bureau officials –– and started investigating o >>>


      LAWYERS FOR DEFENSE, UNIONS DETAIL THEIR DIFFERENCES FOR FEDERAL JUDGE
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Judge Emmet G. Sullivan presides over his federal courtroom with an easy manner, a sleek laptop computer on his desk and the ancient scales of justice behind his chair. He does not always require the audience to stand when he enters and leaves the courtroom, and yesterday he gave ample time to Justice Department and un >>>


      MANY IN CONGRESS HAWKISH ON IRAN
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– As the Bush administration pushes to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, many members of Congress are advocating get–tough approaches and say military force should remain an option to thwart Tehran‘s nuclear ambitions.

Lawmakers largely back the effort to haul Iran be >>>


      NEW DOD PERSONNEL SYSTEM DELAYED
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      The Defense Department agreed yesterday to delay implementation of its new personnel system until at least March 1 to give a federal judge time to decide whether the new rules pass legal muster.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia told lawyers for the department and >>>


      NEW TAX BREAKS FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      A01 President Bush will propose that Americans be allowed to take tax deductions on more of their out–of pocket medical expenses, as part of an initiative the White House believes will rein in soaring health costs by shifting responsibility toward individuals, according to congressional and other sources familiar >>>


      PATRIOT ACT TALKS HIT ROADBLOCK ON PRIVACY ISSUE
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      2006; A03 Efforts to resolve House and Senate differences over a revised USA Patriot Act have reached a stalemate, a key committee chairman said yesterday.

That means the current version of the law is likely to remain in place through next month or longer unless Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans dr >>>


      REPORT: DEPLOYMENTS NEARLY BREAKING ARMY
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Senate set to debate high court nominee WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate begins debate on Wednesday on U.S.

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, a 55–year–old conservative likely to soon join the nation‘s highest court. A day after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Alito on a >>>


      RUMSFELD TO EXPLAIN BUDGET PRIORITIES
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– The increased emphasis and spending for Special Operations forces and intelligence operations are the results of lessons learned in Iraq, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

According to remarks prepared for Rumsfeld‘s delivery at a briefing Wednesday, the Pent >>>


      THE MONEY MAW
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      Washington so far has managed to take the much–hyped "Abramoff Effect" in stride. There was a little hiccup, to be sure, when the birthday bash–fundraiser tonight for Sen. Conrad Burns (R–Mont.) moved from powerhouse lobbyist Cassidy &Associates offices to the National Republican Senator >>>


      WOLFOWITZ PLEDGES GRAFT FIGHT AS STAFF AIR CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz says he is willing to withhold funding or halt the approval of loans for some World Bank projects if there are concerns about corruption in a country.

In an interview with Reuters late on Tuesday, Wolfowitz said he had stopped several bank projec >>>


      A SURVIVOR OF RWANDA‘S HORRORS WRITES HOPE INTO LAW
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      She was born a Rwandan refugee in Uganda, where her parents herded cattle. A bright and determined student, she went to class under a tree using a borrowed identity, was smuggled across borders to continue her schooling, graduated from Uganda‘s Makerere University and studied law on a scholarship in Australia.
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      BUSH TO VISIT INDIA, PAKISTAN ON MARCH TRIP
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      President Bush announced yesterday that he will travel to India and Pakistan in March in a visit likely to be dominated by discussions of terrorism, democratic governance and the recent U.S. airstrikes in Pakistani territory.

Bush met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at the White House yesterday to d >>>


      CASTRO HEADS PROTEST AGAINST US MISSION‘S NEWS TICKER
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      HAVANA (Reuters) – President Fidel Castro sent hundreds of thousands of Cuban marchers past the U.S. mission in Havana on Tuesday to protest a five–foot–high (1.5– meter) ticker that streams news and human rights messages across its windows.

Castro accused the Bush administration of &qu >>>


      CHILE SAYS PINOCHET‘S DAUGHTER DETAINED
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      SANTIAGO, Chile –– The older daughter of former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was detained Wednesday upon arrival in Washington after failing to obey a summons by a Chilean judge, who indicted her on tax evasion charges, the government said.

Lucia Pinochet "was the target of an international >>>


      DAUGHTER OF CHILE‘S PINOCHET DETAINED IN US
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) – The eldest daughter of former dictator Augusto Pinochet was detained at Washington‘s Dulles International Airport on Wednesday after leaving Chile in defiance of tax evasion charges, Chilean officials said.

Chilean government officials said Lucia Pinochet Hiriart had flo >>>


      ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT RATES NEW ZEALAND NO. 1
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      A05 New Zealand leads the world in meeting key environmental goals such as providing clean water and sanitation for its citizens, according to a study by researchers at Yale and Columbia.

The United States ranked 28th on the environmental performance survey being released Thursday as part of this week‘s >>>


      EUROPEAN INQUIRY FAILS TO CONFIRM SECRET CIA PRISONS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January 25,
2006; A16 BERLIN, Jan. 24 –– A European human rights investigator on Tuesday accused the United States of "unacceptable and appalling" tactics in the fight against terrorism but said he was unable to independently confirm r >>>


      EXCERPTS OF POPE‘S FIRST ENCYCLICAL
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      –– Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI‘s first encyclical: "Today, the term ‘love‘ has become one of the most frequently used and misused of words. ... We speak of love of country, love of one‘s profession, love between friends, love of work, love between parents and children, love >>>


      HAMAS POISED TO BECOME INSIDERS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January 25, 2006; A14 GAZA CITY –– Mahmoud Zahar is a relatively well–off thyroid surgeon who wears his thinning gray hair in a comb–over that shakes loose when he is angry, which is often. On his forehead is the dime–size bruise of >>>


      IRAN ACCUSES UK OF COOPERATING WITH AHVAZ BOMBERS
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran on Wednesday accused the British military of cooperating with bombers who killed eight people in southwest Iran, a claim Britain described as "ludicrous." A little–known group campaigning for independence for Iran‘s Arab minority claimed responsibility in a Web statem >>>


      IRAN DEFIANT AS WORLD WEIGHS ACTION IN ATOMIC ROW
      Washington Post, 25-01-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran again threatened on Wednesday to start full–scale uranium enrichment if reported to the U.N. Security Council, while signaling interest in a Russian proposal aimed at calming its nuclear row with the West.

The council‘s five veto–wielding permanent members plus G >>>



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