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      ARGENTINE BAND CHARGED OVER FIRE
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      Members of the band face between two and five years in jail An Argentine rock band has been charged with manslaughter over a fire at a Buenos Aires night club which killed 1'3 people in December.

The seven musicians of Callejeros face up to five years in jail if convicted. A total of 20 people have now bee >>>


      BOLIVIAN PROTESTERS REJECT OFFER
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      Recent protests have brought Bolivia to the brink of standstill Protests have continued in Bolivia despite promises made by President Carlos Mesa aimed at easing the crisis.

He had announced plans on Thursday for an assembly to rewrite the constitution and for a referendum on more autonomy for resource–r >>>


      BRAZIL‘S COACH IN PLAGIARISM ROW
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      By Steve Kingstone BBC News, Sao Paulo Brazil‘s national football coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, has been accused of plagiarism following the publication of a new book about tactical aspects of the game.

Brazil‘s footballing fame is built upon sheer flamboyance The coaching manual, entitled Tactic >>>


      ETHIOPIA ELECTION RESULTS DELAYED
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      Meles Zenawi‘s alliance looks set to form the next government Official results from last month‘s parliamentary elections in Ethiopia will be delayed by one month, and are now due to be announced on 8 July.

This will allow election authorities to investigate hundreds of alleged episodes of fraud and >>>


      JACKSON SHOW IS CUT DOWN TO SIZE
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      By Steven Shukor BBC News website Jackson‘s antics threatened to turn the case into an OJ–style circus For the past 13 weeks, the world‘s media has been living with Michael Jackson

– recording his every move at the Santa Maria court house. Like some sort of TV reality show, every angle >>>


      JAKARTA PROBES MISSING ACTIVISTS
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      The 1''7–'8 riots left hundreds dead or missing Three Indonesian generals are to be questioned over the fate of 14 rights activists missing since the last months of former President Suharto‘s rule.

The generals include former armed forces chief General Wiranto, who ran unsuccessfully fo >>>


      SA‘S ZUMA HAS ‘CLEAR CONSCIENCE‘
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      Jacob Zuma is under fire from the South African press South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma has said his conscience is clear despite the conviction of his financial adviser for fraud and corruption.

Schabir Shaik‘s trial focused on his business relationship with Mr Zuma, who is seen as a favourite to >>>


      TIANANMEN EVENTS DIVIDE CHINESE
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      The Party hopes memories of the bloodshed will fade Saturday marks the 16th anniversary of the clampdown on protests in China‘s capital, Beijing, in which hundreds of pro–democracy demonstrators died.

Police and soldiers cleared the city‘s Tiananmen Square, which had been occupied by proteste >>>


      US GUANTANAMO GUARD KICKED KORAN
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      Five cases of Koran mishandling were found US guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre kicked, threw water and splashed urine on copies of Koran.

The Pentagon has released details of five incidents in which the Koran was mishandled by US personnel at the camp, in violation of military rules.

In a >>>


      US REPORT WARNS KEY GULF ALLIES
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      All Gulf countries are under pressure to stop using child jockeys The US has said eight more countries – including its four Arab allies in the war on terror – could face sanctions for failing to fight human trafficking.

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar were all cited in a US St >>>


      VENEZUELA TO STAGE MASS WAR GAMES
      "--" (, "BBC"), 04-06-2005
      Hugo Chavez aims to have a two–million–strong reservist force Workers at Venezuela‘s state–run oil company are preparing to take part, along with up to 5,000 troops, in a large–scale military exercise.

The civilian employees are due to be trained in the use of anti–aircraft >>>


      ‘BLAIR SEES A FRESH POLITICAL LEGACY‘
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      A daunting challenge awaits the incoming president of the union Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Times Editorial, June 3 "The European ‘constitution‘, that peculiar mixture of vanity and vacuity, is dead ... There is now a huge opportunity, as Britain assumes the EU presidency, to argue for a wider, >>>


      ‘HW MEANWHILE STARTED TO POUR HIMSELF STIFF BRANDIES‘
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Friday September 20 1'74 He Harold Wilson had drafted a piece attacking the press, which was to go out to the press. It was terrible. Joe Haines, Wilson‘s press secretary and I felt unable to oppose him on it – he knew where we stood and his hostility to us stood out a >>>


      BLAIR TO SEE OFF PRESSURE ON CONSTITUTION VOTE
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Michael White, political editor Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair is poised to face down pressure to go ahead with Britain‘s promised European constitutional referendum, confident that an emerging majority of EU "realists" privately accept that this week‘s Franco–Dutch no vote ha >>>


      BROWN BACKS PUBLIC PROTESTS
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Chancellor talks of a global call to action for developing world Kirsty Scott Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian The chancellor, Gordon Brown, during his Edinburgh press conference. Photograph÷ Andrew Milligan/PA

Gordon Brown issued a global call to action yesterday to "reverse the fortunes" o >>>


      COUNCIL BANS GAY FIRMS FROM FLYING THE FLAG
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Homophobia accusation levelled at Westminster Patrick Barkham Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Fluttering above the streets of Soho, rainbow flags have for years symbolised the vibrant gay and lesbian community credited with revitalising the central London district.

But the banners are now banned from London >>>


      DIARY TELLS HOW STRIFE DROVE WILSON TO DESPAIR
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      A new book about the 1'74–76 kitchen cabinet reveals an administration riven by infighting – and by ructions over the leader‘s relationship with Lady Falkender Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian The political diary of one of Harold Wilson‘s closest advisers in the mid–70s reveals a Lab >>>


      G8 PLAYS THE SAME OLD SONG
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian I admire Bob Geldof, and support the aims of Live 8, but the reason rich countries promote an unfair economic system is that they know it‘s what their populations want; it‘s even what those who support Live 8 really want (The brilliance of Bob, June 3). In fact, Live 8 is >>>


      LIVE 8÷ OLD WHITE GUYS SINGING THE WRONG TUNE?
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      The Guardian reports on a week in which Bob Geldof‘s belated party invitation evoked euphoria, anxiety and finally irritation Owen Gibson and Sandra Laville Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian When Sir Bob Geldof called a hastily arranged press conference on Tuesday to unveil his ambitious plans for a follow&ndash >>>


      MAN ON MCCARTNEY MURDER CHARGE TODAY
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Angelique Chrisafis, Ireland correspondent Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Robert McCartney. Photograph÷ PA

Police will today charge a man with the murder of Robert McCartney, who was stabbed and beaten to death outside a Belfast bar in January.

Terry Davison, 4', from Belfast, will app >>>


      MCNAMARA ATTACKS UK NUCLEAR POLICY
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Richard Norton–Taylor Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Robert McNamara, the US defence secretary at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, yesterday described the British and American approach towards nuclear weapons as "immoral, illegal and militarily unnecessary".

It was "very, very dan >>>


      THE CONSTITUTION IS DEAD. LONG LIVE PROPER POLITICS
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Like Amish teenagers, Europe‘s voters were not offered a truly free choice Slavoj Zizek Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Amish communities practise the institution of rumspringa. At 17 their children, until then subject to strict family discipline, are set free. They are allowed, solicited even, to go out and e >>>


      THE LOST WORLD
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Leader Saturday June 4, 2005 The Guardian Europe‘s constitutional crisis has many faces, some yet unseen, some perhaps becoming clearer when Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schrder meet today to consider their options amid an acrid whiff of panic about the poorly performing euro. But it is already clear that one resul >>>


      BUSH RETURNING FUNDS FROM COIN DEALER
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 12÷46 AM AP Photo MOCD110 CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) – President Bush is returning $4,000 in campaign contributions from an Ohio coin dealer who is the subject of state and federal investigations, the White House said Friday.

Tom Noe, who is from suburban Toledo, is under investiga >>>


      CHINA‘S LEADERS KEEP TIGHT GRIP ON DISSENT
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 12÷46 AM AP Photo XED105 By AUDRA ANG Associated Press Writer BEIJING (AP) – Sixteen years after the bloody crackdown at Tiananmen Square, China‘s grip on dissent has tightened. From religion to the media, political activism to the Internet, Hu Jintao‘s regime watches all >>>


      DEATH TOLL IN CHINA FLOODS RISES TO 68
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 12÷46 AM AP Photo XIN102 BEIJING (AP) – The number of people killed in flooding in China‘s mountainous south has risen to 68, with another 62 missing after torrential rains washed away houses and livestock, the government said Friday.

Most of the deaths were reported in >>>


      MISSING TEEN‘S MOM CALLS ON U.S. TO HELP
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 1÷16 AM AP Photo XAL102 By MICHAEL NORTON Associated Press Writer ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – The mother of a missing Alabama teenager tearfully called for more help from U.S. authorities Friday in the search for her daughter, who disappeared on the last day of a high school graduation t >>>


      MO. HISTORIC SITE TO FLY CONFEDERATE FLAG
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 12÷46 AM By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri‘s governor has ordered that the Confederate flag be flown Sunday at a state cemetery where former rebel soldiers were buried, a move denounced by black leaders.

A spokesman for Gov. Ma >>>


      REPORT÷ CAPTAIN IN 2003 WRECK TAKING DRUG
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 1÷16 AM By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The skipper of a charter fishing boat that capsized in high seas off the Oregon coast in 2003, killing 11 people, was taking an antidepressant to combat his insomnia, a federal report says.

The fact–findi >>>


      RUSSIA REVOKES ADOPTION AGENCIES‘ LICENSES
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 1÷16 AM By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) – Three U.S.–based adoption agencies have been stripped of accreditation after they failed to monitor the children‘s well–being in their adoptive families, the Education Ministry said Friday.

Offi >>>


      SUNNIS SEEK END TO IRAQI INSURGENT SWEEP
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 1÷01 AM AP Photo BAG120 By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – An influential Sunni association called for an end to a weeklong counterinsurgency offensive in Baghdad, saying it overwhemingly targets members of their religious minority and has led to the detenti >>>


      U.S. CONFIRMS GITMO SOLDIER KICKED QURAN
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 1÷16 AM AP Photo DHA103 By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, confirming that a soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book and that an inte >>>


      WWII LAND MINE WOUNDS 5 CHILDREN IN RUSSIA
      Guardian, 04-06-2005
      Saturday June 4, 2005 1÷16 AM ROSTOV–ON–DON, Russia (AP) – Five children playing in a field in southern Russia were wounded Friday when a land mine left over from World War II exploded. Emergency officials said one of the children was seriously hurt.

The children, aged between 2 and 8 >>>


      ‘HANGED‘ BOY÷ GIRL, 12, CHARGED
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Police investigating an attack on a five–year–old boy who was found wandering in a wood with serious neck injuries have charged a young girl with inflicting grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The 12–year–old girl will appear at Dewsbury Youth Court on >>>


      BROWN BACKS POVERTY MARCH CALL
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Chancellor Gordon Brown has backed Bob Geldof‘s call for a million people to march on Edinburgh to protest against world poverty.

The Live Aid founder sparked controversy by calling for the massive demonstration to coincide with the G8 summit of world leaders at Gleneagles next month.

Scottish p >>>


      COMMISSION DISMISSED CHELSEA CLAIMS
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      The independent disciplinary commission which heard the Ashley Cole ‘tapping up‘ case have completely dismissed Chelsea‘s claims they had no intention of signing the Arsenal defender.

On Wednesday the Stamford Bridge club were fined 300,000 and hit with a suspended three–point deduction >>>


      CRASH BOY, 13, ‘HANGING IN‘
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      A 13–year–old boy, still critically ill following a car crash in which four people died, is "hanging in there", his parents have said.

Antony and Colette Proper said of their son Jake÷ "He is showing signs of improvement and is hanging in there and being strong." Three sc >>>


      GIRL, 8, TORTURED FOR BEING ‘WITCH‘
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Two women and a man have been found guilty of cruelty to a girl who was tortured and threatened with death for being a "witch".

The eight–year–old was cut with a knife, beaten with a belt and shoe and had chilli peppers rubbed in her eyes to beat the devil out of her.

And, in a f >>>


      TRESCO PUTS BANGLADESH TO SWORD
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Marcus Trescothick cracked his second hundred of the series as England built an imposing advantage over Bangladesh in the npower Test at the Riverside.

Somerset opener Trescothick followed his 1'4 at Lord‘s last week with another innings studded with boundaries after the tourists were bundled out ins >>>


      TSZYU FORCED TO SHED WEIGHT
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Kostya Tszyu needed two attempts to hit the 10–stone light–welterweight limit at the weigh–in for his IBF title defence against Ricky Hatton in Manchester.

Tszyu was forced to shed three ounces in 40 minutes to make the weight exactly, after Hatton had tipped the scales one quarter of a pound >>>


      UNION ANGER OVER LITERACY REVIEW
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Teachers‘ leaders have warned Education Secretary Ruth Kelly not to tell them how to do their jobs after she announced a full–scale review of the way children learn to read.

The review, which will produce recommendations by January next year, will consider whether pupils should be taught with a &qu >>>


      HOW SYNTHETIC PHONICS WORKS
      The Daily Mail, 04-06-2005
      Synthetic phonics has been described as a "back to basics" way of teaching children to read and it will be the focus of the Government‘s literacy review.

The system teaches pupils to recognise the sounds of individual letters, and then blends of letters such as "sh", "th" an >>>


      HAMAS LEADER HASSAN YOUSEF ATTENDS ISRAELI–PALESTINIAN RALLY
      The Jerusalem Post, 04-06-2005
      Hamas leader in the West Bank, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, participated in a joint Israeli–Palestinian demonstration on Friday against the construction of the West Bank security barrier near the village of Bil‘in.

One soldier, three Israeli activists and seven Palestinians were lightly wounded in the ral >>>


      PENTAGON CONFIRMS QURAN DESECRATION
      The Jerusalem Post, 04-06-2005
      WASHINGTON The Pentagon confirmed Friday for the first time that a US soldier deliberately kicked a Guantanamo Bay prisoner‘s Muslim holy book in violation of the military‘s rules for handling the Quran.

In other confirmed incidents, prison guards threw water balloons into a cell block to cause an >>>


      SHALOM IN UN BASHES SYRIA MISSILE PLAN
      The Jerusalem Post, 04-06-2005
      UNITED NATIONS Foreign minister Silvan Shalom met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Friday and expressed his concerns about the development of new weapons in Syria and Iran.

Shalom told Annan such development programs were "unacceptable," and accused the two countries of escalating a Middle Eas >>>


      TWO WOULD–BE BOMBERS NABBED
      The Jerusalem Post, 04-06-2005
      Two Islamic Jihad members who had planned to blow themselves up in a twin suicide bombing in Jerusalem were arrested Thursday at West Bank checkpoints.

A third member of the cell was also apprehended. Five other members of the cell, already in detention, have confirmed that they tried twice to infiltrate the b >>>


      ‘CHILD GOES TO AFRICA IN THE NIGHT TO DO BAD THINGS‘
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Harvey McGavin 04 June 2005 One of the abusers of the 10–year–old girl tortured for being a "witch" still believes the child was possessed and has accused her of lying in court.

Sita Kisanga, 38, who was convicted at the Old Bailey of aiding and abetting child cruelty, said she had tri >>>


      ‘OLD EUROPE‘ TRIES TO CLOSE RANKS AGAINST BRITAIN OVER TREATY
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Stephen Castle in Brussels 04 June 2005 The fallout from the two EU referendum "no" votes became a full–blown crisis yesterday after efforts by Germany to reform an alliance among the core members were blocked.

Amid continuing acrimony after the "no" votes in France and the Netherl >>>


      ‘OLD EUROPE‘ TRIES TO CLOSE RANKS AGAINST BRITAIN OVER TREATY
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Stephen Castle in Brussels 04 June 2005 The fallout from the two EU referendum "no" votes became a full–blown crisis yesterday after efforts by Germany to reform an alliance among the core members were blocked.

Amid continuing acrimony after the "no" votes in France and the Netherl >>>


      100 FEARED DEAD AS FLOODS ENGULF CHINESE FARMLAND
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Elizabeth Davies 04 June 2005 Floods have engulfed large areas of farmland in southern China, leaving at least 100 people missing, feared dead, and tens of thousands homeless.

Three days of torrential rain in Hunan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces have transformed much of the countryside into muddy lakes, and >>>


      A MOTHER‘S AGONY÷ ‘IT WAS MY SON AZMIR. I SAW THEM SHOOT HIM‘
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Vesna Peric Zimonjic in Belgrade 04 June 2005 Still in shock, very shaken and crying, a mother, Nura Alispahic told yesterday of how she turned on her television to watch the news – only to see a video of the execution–style killing of her teenage son Azmir and five other Muslim men from Srebrenica, murd >>>


      BLAIR÷ POLL WOULD BENEFIT EUROPHOBES
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Colin Brown Deputy Political Editor 04 June 2005 Tony Blair has told European leaders that the only group who would benefit now from a referendum in Britain would be the "Europhobes" who are strongly opposed to any further European integration.

Mr Blair returns to London today after his week&ndash >>>


      BRAZIL ARRESTS CIVIL SERVANTS IN CRACKDOWN ON AMAZON LOGGING TRADE
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By David Usborne in New York 04 June 2005 The authorities in Brazil were hailing their latest attempt to bring an end to illegal logging of the Amazon rain forest after police arrested 8' people, of whom nearly half were civil servants in the government agency specifically charged with protecting it.

Envir >>>


      BRITISH HAVE ONE OF THE WORST SAVINGS RATES IN DEVELOPED WORLD
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      Environment Politics Sci/Technology Africa Americas Asia Australasia Middle East Robert Fisk Business News Analysis & Features Comment SME Citywire People Obituaries Profiles Pandora Home > News > Business > News British have one of t >>>


      BULLYING AN OPTIONAL EXTRA IN RUSSIAN ARMY ‘HOLIDAYS‘
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Andrew Osborn in Moscow 04 June 2005 Military service in Russia is known for its brutality but a group of Chechen war veterans are offering the curious, and the masochistic, an opportunity to experience the real thing as tourists – for a price.

The "holidays" are being offered in the provinc >>>


      BUSH UNDER PRESSURE TO INCREASE DEBT RELIEF FOR THIRD WORLD
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Ben Russell and Paul Kelbie 04 June 2005 Gordon Brown stepped up the pressure on George Bush to agree to huge increases in debt relief and financial support for the Third World despite his strong opposition to proposals for a doubling of aid.

The Chancellor insisted that a deal could be done at the G8 summi >>>


      CURATOR ON TRIAL FOR ‘OBSCENE‘ ART
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Elinda Labropoulou in Athens 04 June 2005 Greece‘s religious right is on a collision course with the art establishment after a prominent curator was put on trial under blasphemy laws for staging a show which Orthodox clerics said was "obscene".

Christos Ioakimidis, who curated the show Outlo >>>


      DR MARTENS OWNER HANGS UP HIS FOOTBALL CLUB BOOTS
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Martin Hickman 04 June 2005 As the favoured footwear of football fans for decades, it was perhaps fitting when the owner of Dr Martens boots decided to indulge his lifelong passion for the game and start a club.

Business was good for Max Griggs back in the early 1''0s÷ his air–cushioned >>>


      EU MAKES RAIDS IN BANANA AND PINEAPPLE PRICE–FIXING INQUIRY
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By James Daley 04 June 2005 EU competition authorities have raided the offices of Europe‘s largest fruit distributors, it emerged yesterday, after Chiquita, the world‘s biggest producer of bananas, blew the whistle on an alleged cartel in the European banana and pineapple markets.

Fyffes, the Londo >>>


      FIVE MINUTE BRIEFING÷ DOES THE SPLIT OVER EUROPE‘S FUTURE COURSE SPELL DANGER FOR THE EURO?
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Stephen Castle 04 June 2005 Are all "no" voters singing from the same songsheet?

No. There are some similarities between some of those in France and the Netherlands who rejected the constitution. Left–wing parties in both countries opposed the treaty on the basis that it was infused with fre >>>


      FIVE MINUTE BRIEFING÷ DOES THE SPLIT OVER EUROPE‘S FUTURE COURSE SPELL DANGER FOR THE EURO?
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Stephen Castle 04 June 2005 Are all "no" voters singing from the same songsheet?

No. There are some similarities between some of those in France and the Netherlands who rejected the constitution. Left–wing parties in both countries opposed the treaty on the basis that it was infused with fre >>>


      FRIDAY CLOSING MARKET÷ FTSE SLIPS BELOW 5,000 ON US JOBS SHOCK
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      Travel Enjoyment News

UK Crime Environment Health/Medical Legal Politics This Britain Transport Ulster Europe Media World Environment Politics Sci/Technology Africa Americas Asia Australasia Middle East Robert Fisk Business Ne >>>


      HOW WE WERE TALKED INTO JOINING EUROPE
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      Thirty years ago, Britons voted on whether to stay in the Common Market. Michael Cockerill recalls the wily tactics that won round a sceptical nation 04 June 2005 When Jack Straw stands up in the Commons on Monday to announce the shelving of the referendum on the European Constitution – he will be doing so on an >>>


      ITALY SHOULD BRING BACK THE LIRA, SAYS MINISTER
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Philip Thornton Economics Correspondent 04 June 2005 The possibility of a break–up of European monetary union shot back up the agenda yesterday after an Italian minister said the country should consider ditching the euro.

Roberto Maroni, the Welfare Minister, said the government should hold a referend >>>


      JEREMY WARNER‘S OUTLOOK÷ THE CONUNDRUM OF LOW LONG–TERM RATES IS EASILY ANSWERED. THEY ARE JUST TOO DAMN LOW
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      Bring back the lira; all is forgiven 04 June 2005 Alan Greenspan, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, has called it a "conundrum".

The Bank of England prefers the word "puzzle". However you want to describe it, no one has yet come up with a wholly convincing explanation for why long–t >>>


      JOB WITH PROSPECTS÷ HOW A CIVIL SERVANT BECAME GOLD–PANNER
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Arifa Akbar 04 June 2005 As a geology student, Vince Thurkettle developed a passion for rare minerals.

While his student contemporaries partied late into the night, he would bundle up in waterproofs and abseil down crumbling old mine shafts in the Lake District by torchlight, in search of rare piece of zinc >>>


      LACK OF RESPECT FOR MPS IS BLAMED ON FIRST–PAST–THE–POST
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Ben Russell Political Correspondent 04 June 2005 Voters will not reconnect with Parliament unless the electoral system is reformed to ensure their votes count, Geoff Hoon has been warned after blaming poor media coverage for declining levels of respect for politicians.

Campaigners spoke out after Mr Hoon, t >>>


      MARKET REPORT÷ BID SPECULATION LIGHTS UP THE LOGISTICS SECTOR
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Michael Jivkov 04 June 2005 The logistics sector may not be the most exciting industry in the world but it was certainly a major talking point in dealing rooms across the Square Mile yesterday. The buzz seems to have been caused by talk that a new wave of consolidation may be about to break out in the sector and it >>>


      MCCARTNEY MURDER CASE÷ MAN CHARGED
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Harvey McGavin 04 June 2005 A man has been charged with the murder of Robert McCartney, who was stabbed outside a bar in Belfast in January by suspected members of the IRA.

Police said a second man would also be charged with the attempted murder of Brendan Devine who was with Mr McCartney on the night of th >>>


      MICROCHIPS IN AIR BAGGAGE WILL HELP FIND LOST LUGGAGE
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Barrie Clement Transport Editor 04 June 2005 The world‘s major airlines are being forced to introduce a state–of–the–art system for baggage handling in response to mounting complaints about lost luggage.

Within the next few years radio frequency chips will be attached to bags instead >>>


      OBSERVATORY PLANS STAR ATTRACTION
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Paul Kelbie 04 June 2005 To celebrate three centuries of scientific exploration, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich has embarked upon a 15m project to create a window on the universe with the construction of one of the world‘s biggest planetariums and educational science centres.

They have dug a huge >>>


      PERU TO SAVE INCAS‘ LOST CITY FROM THREAT OF TOURISTS
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Christian Barby 04 June 2005 Peru‘s National Institute of Culture has released a 10–year master plan that is aimed at conserving the ruins of Machu Picchu, where heavy tourism and nearby development hasendangered the so–called Lost City of the Incas.

With the defeat of the Shining Path ter >>>


      POLICE INVESTIGATING 30 CASES OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE INVOLVING BLACK MAGIC
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Arifa Akbar 04 June 2005 The shocking ordeal of the eight–year–old victim has exposed the growing numbers of children who are accused of "witchcraft" and secretly tortured in their homes across Britain.

Experts are currently dealing with a rising number of cases in which young children >>>


      POLICE MAKE ARREST IN LATVIA OVER RAPE AND MURDER OF JESHMA
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Neville Dean 04 June 2005 The prime suspect in the rape and murder of a student, Jeshma Raithatha, could be returned to Britain within weeks after his arrest in Latvia.

Viktors Dembovskis was detained under a European arrest warrant on Thursday night in his home town of Livani, 150 miles east of the capital >>>


      PROTEOME CUTS LOSSES AND REMAINS ON TRACK
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      03 June 2005 Proteome Sciences, the specialist developer of medical treatments based on the study of proteins, is concentrating on commercialising its three–pronged strategy and deals and revenues should begin to come through in the near future.

Full Story

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      SANCTUARY FOUNDERS PREPARE TO SELL AFTER 30 YEARS OF ROCKING
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Damian Reece City Editor 04 June 2005 The management duo that discovered Iron Maiden and launched them as a global rock band that still play to sold–out tours is preparing to sell their company after 30 years in the music business.

Sanctuary Group said yesterday it had held "exploratory discussio >>>


      SHARON AND ABBAS TO MEET IN JERUSALEM FOR FIRST TIME
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem 04 June 2005 Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, are to hold their summit this month in Jerusalem, according to an announcement by the Israeli Prime Minister‘s office that marks a break with past precedent.

It is believed to be the first time the le >>>


      SMG REMAINS CONFIDENT DESPITE SLOWDOWN
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      03 June 2005 Media group and Virgin Radio owner SMG has admitted the consumer slowdown is making advertisers more cautious and contributed to a slower second quarter although it remains confident of meeting full–year expectations.

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      THE DISAPPEARING TIGER
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      A century ago, 100,00 tigers roamed the world. Today it may be around 3,000. And poaching and official indifference mean that even India‘s premier reserve is not immune By Kim Sengupta 04 June 2005 Backpackers are still beating a path to the Tiger Den guesthouse. A short dusty walk inside the Sariska Tiger Reserv >>>


      THE GOOD OLD DAYS?
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      New surveys this week reveal mothers get less sleep, children have less respect and trains are less punctual. But was the past really so much better?

Michael Bywater makes the case for – and against 04 June 2005 Well now÷ the Post Office has lost the plot. In the old days, there was a twice– >>>


      THE INTERVIEW÷ GOING WALKABOUT IN THE BARS BUSINESS IS MORE THAN JUST A MERRY PUB CRAWL
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      News Analysis & Features Comment SME Citywire People Obituaries Profiles Pandora Home > News > Business > Analysis & Features The Interview÷ Going Walkabout in the bars business is more than just a merry pub crawl Robert Ivell Executive chairman, Regent Inns By >>>


      THREE FACING PRISON OVER TORTURE OF GIRL FOR BEING ‘A WITCH‘
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Arifa Akbar 04 June 2005 An independent review has been launched after two women and a man were found guilty of cruelty to a girl who was tortured and threatened with death for being a "witch".

The eight–year–old was cut with a knife, beaten with a belt and shoe and had chilli peppers >>>


      UNKNOWN LA TOUR PORTRAIT REVEALED BY PRADO
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid 04 June 2005 An anonymous oil painting that languished for decades in a Madrid mansion has been identified as a major work by the 17th century French master, Georges de la Tour.

The Prado museum‘s experts hailed the unexpected find as "a fantastic discovery". The vib >>>


      US ADMITS IT HAS NO LEADS IN HUNT FOR ‘WOUNDED‘ ZARQAWI
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Luke Baker in Baghdad 04 June 2005 American forces have had no good leads on the whereabouts of the rebel leader Abu Musab al–Zarqawi since finding his laptop computer in February, but believe that reports of his wounding suggest his group may be in disarray.

US troops seized the Jordanian militant&ls >>>


      US REGULATOR CASTS SHADOW OVER BOOM IN ONLINE POKER
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Katherine Griffiths in New York and Rachel Stevenson 04 June 2005 American regulators are threatening to clamp down on illegal internet gambling in a move that could damage prospects for PartyGaming‘s planned $10bn (5.5bn) stock market flotation later this month.

The official US position is that virtu >>>


      WHY WORLD POVERTY IS A TRADE ISSUE – AND WHY THE G8 MUST ADDRESS IT
      Independent, 04-06-2005
      By Maxine Frith Social Affairs Correspondent 04 June 2005 The full picture of how the multibillion–dollar American farm subsidy system

– coupled with Britain‘s appetite for cut–price clothes – is destroying Africa‘s cotton farmers was revealed by aid agencies yesterday.
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      BRITISH CITY GIVES AN IMMIGRANT SON A NEW TITLE
      The Christian Science Monitor, 04-06-2005
      Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor LONDON It‘s a long way from the hot plains of provincial Pakistan to the damp urban sprawl of northwest England.

But for Mohammed Afzal Khan, the real journey did not begin until after he‘d arrived in 1'70s Britain as a bewildered 12–year&nd >>>


      FORUM÷ THE MIDDLE EAST
      04-06-2005
      JERUSALEM, June 3 – An Israeli newspaper reported on Friday that Israeli forces said they carried out "eye for an eye" attacks on Palestinian police officers in 2002 in revenge for the killing of six Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint.

Skip to next paragraph Forum÷ The Middle Eas >>>


      INSIDE NYTIMES.COM
      04-06-2005
      WASHINGTON, June 3 – Four United States allies in the Middle East are among the countries added to the State Department list of those not doing enough to combat trafficking in human beings, a practice that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today called an "abomination." Skip to next paragraph Jason Re >>>


      INSIDE NYTIMES.COM
      04-06-2005
      SANTA MARIA, Calif., June 3 – After more than four months of listening to 140 witnesses paint starkly different portraits of Michael Jackson that he is either a serial pedophile or a naïve and gentle soul vulnerable to greedy gold diggers – jurors began deliberating today whether the pop singer is guil >>>


      ALL ECONOMY SECTORS OPEN TO FOREIGN INVESTORS÷ PM
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      Pak, Turkey working on Preferential Tariff arrangements IstanbulPrime Minister Shaukat Aziz Friday said Pakistan and Turkey were working on preferential tariff arrangements which will give more incentives to investors and boost the two–way trade.

«Think of new paradigm, you cannot survive with wal >>>


      CHINA WILL BLOCK ANY MOVE TO EXPAND UNSC
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      BeijingChina is in contact with Pakistan and other friendly countries in its bid to promote consensus on the UN reforms.

«We are against any unilateral move to adopt the reforms through majority vote,» this was stated by a spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Kong Quan at a weekly news briefi >>>


      EIGHTEEN DIE IN IRAQI VIOLENCE
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      BaghdadEighteen Iraqis died in the countrys latest round of unchecked violence as security forces pressed on with an operation to root out insurgents in the capital, Baghdad, sources said.

Five people, including a child and two Iraqi soldiers, were killed in several attacks north of the capital early Friday, >>>


      GOVT ACTION TO CHECK DISTRIBUTION OF SACRILEGED TEXT OF QURAN
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      Asif Chaudhry lahoreThe Pakistan government has issued strict instructions to provincial governments to be on high alert for halting of the distribution of take Quran by foreign author Saffee Mahdy in both Arabic and English texts, sources told the Pakistan Observer.

The distorted Quran titled as The America >>>


      GOVT TO IMPORT 20,000 TRACTORS
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      Anwar Rajani KarachiThe government has decided to import 20,000 tractors with a view to keeping the prices of local tractors at a reasonable level.

The tractors to be imported are JOHN DEER from China. It is a well known brand of American origin.

The committee of Senate on agriculture food and livest >>>


      GOVT TO TAKE DECISION ON BUILDING DAM AFTER COMMITTEE REPORT
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      Mahmood Hussain IslamabadThe government will decide the construction of large water reservoirs after considering the recommendations of the two committees formed for this purpose, says Minister for Water and Power, Liaquat Ali Jatoi.

The two committees namely Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources and Tec >>>


      INDIA ROCKED BY KICKBACKS IN DEFENCE DEALS
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      New DelhiIndias Central Vigilance Commissioner has drawn the governments attention to several defence contracts in which the responsible officers had collected kickbacks.

His report focuses on defective radars, and fake parachutes, over– invoiced bills.

Significant findings of the Vigilance >>>


      INDIA, PAKISTAN ASKED TO SHOW FLEXIBILITY
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      APHC leaders demand inclusion in dialogue process I have solid proposals for Kashmir resolution÷ Mirwaiz We will not accept outside solution÷ Yasin Malik Hameed Shaheen/Agencies MuzaffarabadThe Hurriyat leaders on Friday demanded inclusion in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India, calling upon >>>


      INDIAN OIL MINISTER DUE TODAY
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      IslamabadIndian Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar is arriving here today, Saturday, on a four–day official visit to Pakistan.

The government official told Online here on Friday that Indian Oil Minister, who will be accompanied by of 33–member delegation comprising 12 Indian officials and 21–me >>>


      KEY TO PEACE IN KASHMIR LIES WITH INDIA÷ GILANI
      Pakistan Observer, 04-06-2005
      srinagarHurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani on Friday said the key to peace in Kashmir lies with India and not with Pakistan.

«I desire peace in Kashmir but cannot do it on my own. The key to peace lies with New Delhi and not with Pakistan or Kashmiris.» he told a Friday congregation in Baramulla >>>



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