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Atlantis blasts into orbit on last shuttle flight
                                                                                               A little bit sad ... A little bit wistful

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off the launch pad July 8, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Cries of joy erupted from hundreds of tourists gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday as the space shuttle Atlantis rode a pillar of fire into orbit
                                                                                                                for the final time. (AFP)

   Tech grounds
   new horizons
                                                  US jobless rise to 9.2% as hiring stalls
   July 8, (AP): Atlantis and four
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Stagnation ongoing

                                                  Hama to Assad: No talks
   astronauts thundered into orbit
   Friday on Nasa’s last space shut-
   tle voyage, writing the final                                                                                                                                                                                               WASHINGTON, July 8, (Agencies):
   chapter in a 30-year story of daz-                                                                                                                                                                                          US jobs growth ground to a near halt in
   zling      triumphs,      shattering                                                                                                                                                                                        June, with employers hiring the fewest
   tragedy and, ultimately, unful-                                                                                                                                                                                             workers in nine months, frustrating
   filled expectations.                                                                                                                                                                                                        hopes the economy would bounce back
      After days of gloomy forecasts                                                                                                                                                                                           quickly from a slowdown in the first
   full of rain and heavy cloud
   cover, the spaceship lifted off at                                    Damascus seethes as US, French envoys visit embattled city                                                                                            half of the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nonfarm payrolls rose only 18,000,
   11:29 am (1529 GMT) - just 21/2                                                                                                                                                                                             the weakest reading since September,
   minutes late - and embarked on
   the 135th shuttle mission. The                 DAMASCUS, July 8, (Agencies): Syrian security forces                                  Medan and six in the area of Dmeir, east of Damascus.                                  the Labor Department said on Friday,
                                                  opened fire on anti-regime protests on Friday, killing at least                         In Homs, “at least five people were killed in the Al-Khalidya neighbourhood by       well below economists’ expectations
   crowd of spectators was estimat-                                                                                                     security forces who opened fire against demonstrators,” said Abdel Karim Rihawi,       for rise of at least 90,000.
   ed at nearly 1 million.                        13 people, two of them in the capital Damascus, activists said.                       who heads the Syrian League for Human Rights.                                             The unemployment rate climbed to a
      “Let’s light this fire one more                The continuing crackdown on opponents of Bashar al-Assad came as the                 “Security forces shot dead two demonstrators in the neighbourhood of Medan in        six-month high of 9.2 percent from 9.1
   time,” Commander Christopher                   president’s regime accused US Ambassador Robert Ford, who had visited the Damascus,” east of the capital,” he added.                                                         percent in May even as jobseekers left
   Ferguson said just before taking               city, of inciting violence.                                                             London-based Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for                 the labor force in droves.
   flight.                                           Opposition activists speaking to AFP separately by telephone reported five Human Rights, said six people were killed in the area of Dmeir and that at least 24               “The message on the economy is
      The shuttle was visible for 42              deaths in the central city of Homs, two in the capital’s commercial neighbourhood people had been injured in Homs, some of them gravely.                                     ongoing stagnation,” said Pierre Ellis,
   seconds before disappearing into                                                                                                                                                   Rahman said at least 450,000             senior economist at Decision econom-
   the clouds.                                                                                                                                                                     Syrians rallied after Friday prayers in     ics in New York. “Income growth is
      It will be at least three years -                                                                                                                                                                                        marginal so there’s no indication of
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hama under the banner “No to dia-
   possibly five or more - before                                                                                                                                                                                              momentum.
   astronauts are launched again                                                                                                                                                   logue” with Assad’s regime.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Hama demonstrators reiterated           Stocks on Wall Street opened lower
   from US soil, and so this final
   journey of the shuttle era packed                                                                                                                                               their “refusal to dialogue with the         on the data, while US Treasury debt
   in crowds and roused emotions                                                                                                                                                   regime and called for its fall,” he said.   prices rallied. The dollar was little
   on a scale not seen since the                                                                                                                                                      Both US envoy Ford and French            changed against a basket of currencies.
   Apollo moon shots. Nasa has set                                                                                                                                                 Ambassador Eric Chevallier visited             The government revised April and
   a long-term goal of flying to an                                                                                                                                                Hama on Thursday.                           May payrolls to show 44,000 fewer
   asteroid and eventually Mars.                                                                                                                                                      On Friday, the regime accused Ford       jobs created than previously reported.
      “Take a deep breath. Enjoy a                                                                                                                                                 of meeting “saboteurs” there and incit-        The report shattered expectations the
   little time here with your fami-                                                                                                                                                ing anti-Assad protests.                    economy was starting to accelerate
   lies again. But we’ve got a lot of                                                                                                                                                 “The US ambassador met with sabo-        after a soft patch in the first half of the
   work to do. We’ve got another                                                                                                                                                   teurs in Hama ... who erected check-        year.
   program that we’ve got to get                                                                                                                                                   points, cut traffic and prevented citi-        It could prompt calls for the Federal
   under way,” Nasa Administrator                                                                                                                                                  zens from going to work,” an interior       Reserve to consider further action to
   Charles Bolden told the launch                                                                                                                                                  ministry statement said.                    help the economy, although officials
   control team after Atlantis                                                                                                                                                        “The ambassador incited these sabo-      have set a high bar after completing a
   reached orbit. He added: “We                                                                                                                                                    teurs to violence, to demonstrate and to    $600 billion bond-buying program last
   know what we’re doing. We                                                                                                                                                       refuse dialogue” with the government,       week.
   know how to get there. We’ve                                                                                                                                                    it added.                                      “This confirms our view that the Fed
   just got to convince everybody                                                                                                                                                     The foreign ministry called Ford’s       will continue to keep rates on hold into
   else that we know what we’re                                                                                                                                                    presence in Hama “obvious proof of          2012 and if weak employment contin-
   doing.”                                                                                                                                                                         the implication of the United States in     ues it will be pushed out even further,”
      Atlantis’ crew will deliver a                                                                                                                                                the ongoing events, and of their            said Tom Porcelli, chief economist at
   year’s worth of critical supplies                                                                                                                                               attempts to increase (tensions), which      RBC Capital Markets in New York.
   to the International Space Station                                                                                                                                              damage Syria’s security and stability.”        Hopes were high that the economy
   and return with as much trash as                                                                                                                                                   In Paris, foreign ministry spokesman     was starting to find firmer ground as
   possible. The spaceship is sched-                                                                                                                                               Bernard Valero said Chevallier went to      motor vehicle manufacturers ramped
   uled to come home on July 20                                                                                                                                                    Hama “to show France’s engagement           up production and gasoline prices
   after 12 days in orbit.                                                                                                                                                         with the victims, the civilian popula-      descended from their lofty levels.
      The four experienced space                  Protesters chant slogans during a protest in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt,           tion.”                                         Economic activity in the first six
                                                  July 8. Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets around the country Friday to demand justice for victims of Hosni                 “In particular, he went to one of the    months of the year was dampened by
         Continued on Page 8                                  Mubarak’s regime and press the new, military rulers for a clear plan of transition to democracy. (AP)                                                            rising commodity prices and supply
                                                                                                                                                                                   main hospitals in the city where he met
                                                                                                                                                                                   medical teams, the wounded and their        chain disruptions following Japan’s
                                                                                                                                                                                   families.                                   devastating earthquake in March.

 ▼           US$/KD 0.27425/35                    51 of 178 survive Congo plane crash                                                                                                 “France repeats its concern over the
                                                                                                                                                                                   fate of the inhabitants of the city of
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hama, and its condemnation of the vio-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The data is a blow to the Obama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               administration, which has struggled to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               get the economy to create enough jobs
 ▼             Euro/KD 0.3941                     KINSHASA, July 8, (RTRS): An air- statement said.                                     ministry, Gudile Bualya, accused the lence being carried out by Syrian                 to absorb the 14.1 million unemployed
                                                  liner ploughed into dense forest as it        The chief executive of the airline airline of underestimating the number authorities against the protesters and                Americans. It could stiffen the resolve
 ■              Yen/KD 0.0034                     tried to land during a rainstorm in the involved in the crash told Reuters earli- of passengers.                                 the civilian population.”                   of Democrats to push for near-term
                                                  Democratic Republic of Congo on er that there had been 110 people on                    The accident at the international air-      Elsewhere, security forces used live     stimulus as they seek a deal with
 ▲           British £/KD 0.4384                  Friday, killing 127 people on board, the board the plane, of whom 53 had died port of Kisangani, a commercial centre rounds against protesters in the coastal                Republicans to cut the US budget
                                                  Congolese transport ministry said.          and 57 survived.                          and river port town in the east, is the city of Banias.                                deficit.
 ▲ KS E +4.40 pts at closing, July 7                 There were 51 survivors, a ministry        But a spokesman for the transport                 Continued on Page 8                        Continued on Page 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The economy is the top concern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               among voters and will feature promi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               nently in President Barack Obama’s
 ▼ Dow -62.29 pts at closing, July 8                                                                                                                                                                                           bid for re-election next year.
                See Page 39                       Life in vitamin D3                                  Newswatch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So far, the economy has regained
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               only a fraction of the more than 8 mil-
 ▼ Nasdaq -12.85 pts at closing, July 8           for ‘older’ women                                                                                                                                                            lion jobs lost during the recession.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Republicans were quick to criticize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the administration.
 ▼ FTSE -63.97 pts at closing, July 8             NEW YORK, July 8, (RTRS): Elderly
                                                  women who take vitamin D3 supple-
                                                  ments may have a small survival
                                                                                                Berlusconi won’t run in ’13 poll                                                                                                  “Today’s report is more evidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that the misguided ‘stimulus’ spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               binge, excessive regulations, and an
 ▲ Nikkei +66.59 pts at closing, July 8           advantage over those who don’t, a new         ROME, July 8, (AFP): Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi                                                                  overwhelming national debt continue
                                                  research review concludes, although           confirmed Friday that he will not run in the next elections in 2013
                                                                                                and will hand over the reigns of his party to Justice Minister                                                                 to hold back private-sector job creation
                                                  they also raise their risk of kidney
 ▲ Gold $1,541.50 per oz (London)                 stones.                                       Angelino Alfano.                                                                                                               in     our     country,”     House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Representatives Speaker John Boehner
                                                                                                   “I will not be a candidate for the post of prime minister in the
                                                     The review of 50 clinical trials           next elections,” the 74-year-old media mogul said in an interview                                                              said in a statement.
 ▼      NYMEX crude $96.20 per barrel             involving more than 94,000 elderly            with the left-wing Repubblica newspaper.                                                                                          The economy needs to create
                                                  adults found that those randomly                 “The centre-right candidate will be Alfano. If I could I would     A South Sudanese soldier holds his weapon as he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               between 125,000 and 150,000 new jobs
 ▲     Brent crude $118.33 per barrel
                                                  assigned to take vitamin D3 were six          already give it up,” he added.                                        stands to attention during a parade rehearsal in Juba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a month just to absorb new labor force
                                                                                                                                                                      on July 7, two days before South Sudan secedes
          3-month $ LIBOR rate 0.246%             percent less likely to die during study                            Continued on Page 8                              from the north and becomes the world’s newest            entrants.
                                                           Continued on Page 8                                                                                                             nation. (AFP)                                Continued on Page 8

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