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      FRANCE, GERMANY SAY RUSSIA CAN‘T STOP WIDER EU
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      FRENCH CATHOLIC WOMAN ILLICITLY ORDAINED
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      ISRAELI CABINET REJECTS 3–MONTH GAZA PULLOUT DELAY
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      ITALY THE ‘MISER‘ AT G8 FEAST
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      MISSING US CHILD FOUND ALIVE AT RESTAURANT
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      NEWSLINE
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      SYRIA FORCES KILL MILITANT CLOSE TO LEBANON BORDER
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      TOP AL–QAEDA MEMBER SHOT DEAD IN RIYADH
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      US SCIENTISTS FIRE AT COMET IN HOPES TO PEAK INTO CORE
      04-07-2005
      Monday, July 4, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Egypt‘s Iraq envoy kidnapped in Baghdad » US scientists fire at comet in hopes to peak into core » Top al–Qaeda member shot dead in Riyadh » Syria forces kill militant close to Lebanon border » French Catholic woman illicitly ordai >>>


      LATIN AMERICA AGENDA
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 15÷35 Central American Free Trade Agreement will hope to take advantage of an opportunity to lobby US legislators in their home states with both houses of congress in recess for the July 4 holidays. But their efforts are likely to be of no avail.

Judging by its recent efforts to win support >>>


      NEW PROGRAMME FOR FGV EBAPE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 FGV Ebape is launching a Masters in Management programme from its Rio de Janeiro campus in Brazil this September.

The 16–month, full–time programme, taught in English, has been created to meet growing demand from international students to study in Brazil.

It has s >>>


      CHINA, INDIA FACE EU SHOE DUMPING PROBE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 1 2005 03÷00 The European Union yesterday announced that it would launch investigation into whether China and India were dumping reinforced shoes on the European market. The shoe dispute with China could deepen if Brussels gives the green light in coming days to a similar probe against Chinese leather shoe >>>


      EU AND THE US VIE FOR CHINA‘S SUPPORT ON EMISSIONS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 1 2005 03÷00 Among the grasslands, hot springs and pastures of Huitengxile in inner Mongolia, there will soon be a dramatic new addition to the landscape. An installation of 22 wind turbines is being built, providing energy to the population without a reliance on the coal–fired power stations common >>>


      INDUSTRY BOOSTS INDIA‘S GROWTH
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 1 2005 03÷00 India‘s economy surged by 7 per cent in the three months to March, lifting growth for the full year to the 6.' per cent predicted by the government, as strong manufacturing and services output compensated for a weak agricultural performance.

The figures released yesterday pr >>>


      JAPANESE COMPANIES WARNED OF CHINA RISKS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 2 2005 03÷00 Japanese companies should rely less on China, because of its political and microeconomic risks, and increase production in countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the trade ministry said in its annual white paper yesterday.

"We believe there are many risks that >>>


      MACAPAGAL TURMOIL FRAYS PUBLIC NERVES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Across Catholic churches in Manila, Filipinos attending Sunday mass listened intently as priests read a pastoral statement issued by the archbishop, Gaudencio Rosales, on the political crisis gripping the nation.

However, those waiting for a clear statement for or against President Gl >>>


      RIFT WIDENS IN HK BUSINESS FAMILY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Stanley Ho, the Asian gambling tycoon, has disowned his younger sister as a four–year rift in one of Hong Kong‘s most prominent families deepens.

The siblings, 83 and 82, have been locked in a bitter power struggle since 2001 over 3bn patacas ($375m, òÂì >>>


      STAFF BARRED FROM TRADING IN STOCK
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 1 2005 03÷00 Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan‘s trade minister, said he would forfeit a month‘s salary and would bar all trade ministry employees from trading stocks for a year from today in response to the alleged misappropriation of state funds by a senior official.

Mr Nakagawa also admonishe >>>


      UN PANEL CALLS FOR NEW TRIBUNAL ON EAST TIMOR
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 1 2005 03÷00 A UN commission has called for the Security Council to establish a new international criminal tribunal into crimes against humanity in East Timor in 1''' unless Indonesia‘s attorney–general takes over the investigation and prosecution of General Wiranto, the former defe >>>


      BAUGUR PURSUES SOMERFIELD DESPITE ALLEGATIONS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 12÷21 Somerfield, the supermarket group, in conjunction with a consortium of other investors.

The acquisitive Icelandic group had been rumoured to be pulling out of the consortium, following fraud charges brought last week against Jon Asgeir Johannesson, chief executive.

The rest o >>>


      BIG FIVE EU STATES IN DRIVE TO CURB ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 17÷07 Europe‘s five biggest economies will on Monday discuss plans for fresh curbs on illegal immigration, including fingerprinting of visa applicants, and tougher screening at airports.

Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s interior minister, will use the meeting at Evian to show he is get >>>


      DEUTSCHE BANK LURES STORY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 21÷56 Ben Story is to join Deutsche as managing director and head of industrials for Europe. He is the latest in a string of senior hires by Deutsche, one of a handful of investment banks hiring aggressively in Europe at the moment.

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      DIPLOMACY CLEARS CLOUD OVER CLIMATE CHANGE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 18÷43 The plight of Africa may have been at the forefront of public attention in the run–up to this week‘s summit of the Group of Eight leading industrial nations.

But for some time now it has been the other big issue on the summit agenda the need to address climate change that >>>


      FEARS FOR PRESS FREEDOM AS RUSSIAN GROUPS CHANGE HANDS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Two of Russia‘s few remaining independently–minded media outlets are changing hands, provoking concerns that press freedom could be further eroded.

Ren TV, the last television channel with national reach whose news service is critical of the Kremlin, is being bought by RTL >>>


      FRENCH SEEK ANTIDOTE TO NATION‘S ILLS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 17÷0' The titles in the window of the small bookshop just a few hundred yards from the Eiffel Tower pretty much sum up the state of French morale÷ Collapsing France; Unemployment Who‘s to Blame?; Hello Laziness. France doesn‘t believe ithas much to feel good about.

Un >>>


      LONDON AND PARIS CLASH ON FINAL LAP OF RACE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 16÷37 The race for the 2012 Olympics turned tetchy on Monday, as the stadium that would form the centrepiece of a Paris games was criticised at a news briefing by its main rival London.

As political leaders, sporting superstars, journalists and bid officials criss–crossed Singapore in >>>


      PUTIN URGES STATE VODKA MONOPOLY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Vladimir Putin, Russian president, at the weekend called for the creation of a state monopoly on vodka and spirits distribution to reduce the tens of thousands of deaths in Russia from consumption of bootleg and poor–quality alcohol.

Although the initiative is aimed at reducing >>>


      SCANDAL GIVES VW A CHANCE TO REFORM
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 18÷41 Volkswagen, Europe‘s largest carmaker, is seeking to use a growing scandal that has ensnared a leading executive and several high–ranking workers‘ representatives to push through a radical reform of its culture and to bring in younger managers.

Senior VW executives s >>>


      SIEMENS CHIEF STEPS UP PRESSURE TO LIFT MARGINS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 21÷5' Mr Kleinfeld, who took over in January, has divided the 100 Siemens business units into "red", "green" and "yellow" categories depending on profitability.

Managers of "red" divisions those performing poorly have been told their careers could >>>


      THE WEEK IN BRUSSELS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 16÷15 Monday for the last session before the summer break, starting with a debate on the European Central Bank‘s 2004 annual report.

Jean–Claude Trichet, ECB president, will take part in the debate, with attention likely to focus on any softening of his position on interest rate >>>


      WOLFGANG MUNCHAU÷ EUROPE‘S FISCAL OBSESSION
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 20÷08 There are some similarities to today‘s debate about the eurozone‘s poor economic performance. There can be no question that the eurozone needs structural reforms. But Europeans should also take a hard look at monetary and fiscal policy. A good opportunity will come this Thursday, w >>>


      WORLD‘S LONGEST TUNNEL TO PROVIDE FILLIP FOR SWISS SKIERS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 17÷54 A skiers‘ paradise could become a rail travellers‘ headache, after the Swiss government last week offered its support for a huge new railway station deep below the Alps.

The proposed "Porta Alpina" beneath the Gotthard massif would allow travellers from Zurich or >>>


      AFRICAN BLOGOSPHERE GIVES VENT ON LIVE 8
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 14÷4' While an estimated 2bn people saw the Live8 concert on Saturday only a fraction of that figure came from the continent that will be the focus of discussions at this week‘s G8 summit.

African coverage and reaction in the lead–up to the global concerts aimed at raising a >>>


      BRUSSELS RIFT OPENS OVER ATTEMPT TO CRACK DOWN ON AIR POLLUTION
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 A rift has opened up in the European Commission over a proposed crackdown on air pollution, intended to help prevent 350,000 premature deaths a year, but with a projected òÂì12bn ( ã8.1bn) annual cost to the economy.

Jos é Manuel Barroso, European Com >>>


      CHANGING TIMES SEE SWISS BANKS LOSE THEIR ALLURE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      April 3 2005 18÷25 It is a model that has worked for decades, centuries even, as foreign potentates, politicians and the plain rich have sought a haven for their wealth.

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      POLITICAL RIVALRIES THREATEN UKRAINE‘S REFORMS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Six months after Ukraine‘s Orange Revolution, growing rivalries among its leaders are threatening planned political and economic reforms.

Allies of Viktor Yushchenko, the mild–mannered president, and Yulia Tymoshenko, the firebrand prime minister, are splitting into compet >>>


      PUTIN URGES STATE VODKA MONOPOLY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Vladimir Putin, Russian president, at the weekend called for the creation of a state monopoly on vodka and spirits distribution to reduce the tens of thousands of deaths in Russia from consumption of bootleg and poor–quality alcohol.

Although the initiative is aimed at reducing >>>


      SWISS NARROWLY SUPPORT CLOSER EU LINKS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      June 5 2005 1'÷07 Almost 55 per cent of voters backed signing up to the EU‘s Schengen and Dublin treaties on closer co–operation between police forces and judges, as well as joint action on asylum seekers.

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      SWITZERLAND REMAINS THE TOP DOG FOR NOW
      FT, 04-07-2005
      June 2' 2005 03÷00 OFFSHORE The efforts of wealthy individuals to protect assets by secreting them in politically and economically secure locations has fostered the creation of numerous offshore financial centres. Ideally, such locations should add favourable tax regimes and high quality financial services >>>


      THREE STRIPES AND YOU‘RE OUT AS RIVALS TARGET ADIDAS DESIGN
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Could the dominance of Adidas‘s three stripes brand in competitive sports be coming to an end? One of the most recognisable of all brands, registered by the company‘s founder, Adi Dassler, in 1'4', it has been worn by former boxer Muhammad Ali, footballer David Beckham and >>>


      WEAKER EURO LIFTS OUTLOOK
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 2 2005 03÷00 The boost to exports from a weaker euro helped lift eurozone manufacturing prospects last month, removing some of the gloom over the region‘s economic outlook, according to a closely watched survey yesterday.

The increase in the eurozone manufacturing purchasing managers‘ >>>


      ANC RIFTS OVER ZUMA‘S DOWNFALL STYMIE LABOUR–MARKET REFORMS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The African National Congress has shelved controversial labour–market reform proposals after a national meeting that exposed deep tensions in South Africa‘s ruling party.

President Thabo Mbeki‘s orthodox economic policies and assertive style of ruling came under impl >>>


      IRAN TALKS LIKELY TO FAIL SAY EU DIPLOMATS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      June 2' 2005 21÷37 Although Britain, France and Germany still intend to keep their promise to put forward new compromise proposals to Iran by the beginning of August, some of the countries‘ diplomats now have little expectation that any deal will be accepted by Tehran.

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      SENIOR QAEDA MILITANT KILLED IN SAUDI CLASH–TV
      FT, 04-07-2005
      2005 8÷13 AM BST A senior al Qaeda militant was killed in clashes between Saudi police and wanted suspects in the capital Riyadh on Sunday, Al Arabiya television said.

The Saudi–owned satellite channel identified the militant killed as Moroccan national Younis Mohammad Ibrahim al–Hayyari, wh >>>


      TINY AFRICAN NATION ILLUSTRATES SIZE OF TASK
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 From the outside, the tidy appearance of the central hospital in Kigali, Rwanda‘s capital, gives a welcome impression to visitors in a country recovering from genocide and blighted by poverty. But step inside and the scene is very different.

In the packed paediatric section two >>>


      AEGIS EARNINGS ON TRACK DESPITE Â?PATCHY‘ RECOVERY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 08÷26 Aegis, the world‘s leading independent media–buying company, said in a trading update on Monday that recovery in advertising was still precarious but it would make up lost ground in the second half.

The company, which is to reports first–half figures on September 6 s >>>


      ANIL AMBANI TO BUY CONTROL OF ADLABS FILMS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 17÷24 He has agreed terms to take control of Mumbai–based Adlabs Films for Rs3.6bn ($82.6m), a deal that represents the largest single capital investment in the Indian film industry.

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      BAUGUR PURSUES SOMERFIELD DESPITE ALLEGATIONS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 12÷21 Somerfield, the supermarket group, in conjunction with a consortium of other investors.

The acquisitive Icelandic group had been rumoured to be pulling out of the consortium, following fraud charges brought last week against Jon Asgeir Johannesson, chief executive.

The rest o >>>


      BECHTEL HOPES TO SETTLE DABHOL CASE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 16÷10 People involved in resurrecting Dabhol, the moth–balled $2.'bn facility built by bankrupt energy trader Enron, say they hope for a resolution to Bechtel‘s attempts to regain its investment following an announcement by General Electric that it had settled its own Dabhol claims.< >>>


      BRENT CRUDE FALLS AS NYMEX CLOSED FOR US HOLIDAY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 12÷28 Brent crude prices slid lower in early trade after surging $2 late last week. Both Brent and US West Texas Intermediate futures soared on Friday as traders covered their short positions ahead of the US long weekend.

In London, the August Brent future was trading 1' cents lower mid >>>


      BUSINESS DIVIDED ON MOVES TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 20÷41 Businesses are divided over the prospect of further international action to tackle climate change, which will be discussed by the Group of Eight industrialised nations this week at Gleneagles, Scotland.

A group of 24 of the world‘s biggest companies, including Ford, Toyota and B >>>


      CITIC RESOURCES BID FOR TPI THROWN INTO DOUBT
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 11÷20 At an unexpected press conference on Monday, Prachai Leophairatana, TPI‘s founder and former controlling shareholder who had forged an alliance with Citic to buy into TPI, said Citic had sent a letter to the Thai government saying it would "suspend the investment in TPI until the pi >>>


      CREDIT DERIVATIVES FIND CALMER WATERS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 17÷43 Sentiment in the credit derivatives market looks to have calmed down after the outbreak of turmoil that followed the downgrade in May of General Motors and Ford, say traders and bankers.

The prices of the some of the riskier instruments in the collateralised debt obligation (CDO) sect >>>


      EUROZONE BOND YIELDS RISE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 13÷30 Reduced expectations of an interest rate cut in the eurozone pushed government bond prices lower and yields higher on Monday.

The euro, which weakened to touch a 13–month low against the dollar, also weighed on sentiment in the bond market.

Yields on the two–year >>>


      EXPORTERS LEAD THE NIKKEI HIGHER
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 08÷4' Tokyo shares were broadly higher on Monday, led primarily by exporters as the dollar further strengthened against the yen.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 average was up 0.2 per cent to close at 11,651.55, while the broader Topix index was up 0.4 per cent at 1,186.0'.

Export >>>


      ITV BID TALK LEADS LONDON HIGHER
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 12÷1' The FTSE 100 pushed to a fresh three year by mid–morning on Monday helped by bid speculation in the media sector and a strong performance by oil stocks prompted by crude prices climbing above $58 per barrel.

The FTSE 100 rose 0.4 per cent to 5,181.5 while the mid–cap F >>>


      JAMES BEATTIE GETS SECOND BID APPROACH
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 10÷42 James Beattie has now attracted the attentions of a second bidder less than a week after House of Fraser agreed to buy it for Â6'.4m ($123m).

The 128–year–old chain on Monday confirmed it had "recently" received an unsolicited approach from a third par >>>


      KIC AIMS FOR AMBITIOUS RETURNS ON NATIONAL RESERVES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 17÷38 The KIC started operations last week with a mandate to manage $20bn or almost a 10th of the country‘s international reserves as South Korea looks for ways to diversify its currency holdings away from US treasury debt.

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      MARKET INSIGHT÷ NICKEL TRADERS DEVELOP NERVES OF STEEL
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 17÷0' Copper, aluminium, lead, zinc and tin all hit long–term highs later in 2004. Copper is the only metal to continue to break new highs this year.

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      NEC SAYS GROWTH PROSPECT HURT BY PRICE FALLS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 12÷21 NEC expects to see little organic growth over the next few years due to deflation in the IT sector, leaving the group reliant on cost–cutting and mergers to boost revenues, according to its president.

"Organic growth is going to be difficult. So, we will actively pursue mer >>>


      OILS HELP BOURSES EDGE HIGHER
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 12÷22 European bourses edged cautiously higher helped by a strong oil sector as Wall Street will be closed for the Independence Day holiday. Deutsche Telekom is in focus on talk of a $30bn sale of its T–Mobile USA unit.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 turned around early losses to rise 0.3 per >>>


      SIEMENS CHIEF STEPS UP PRESSURE TO LIFT MARGINS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 21÷5' Mr Kleinfeld, who took over in January, has divided the 100 Siemens business units into "red", "green" and "yellow" categories depending on profitability.

Managers of "red" divisions those performing poorly have been told their careers could >>>


      STERLING HITS NEW LOW ON TALK OF SHOCK RATE CUT
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 11÷55 Sterling fell yet again in European morning trade on Monday as all eyes turned to Thursday‘s eagerly awaited UK interest rate decision.

The pound fell 3 per cent against the US dollar last week and lost ground against a basket of currencies as weak UK economic data led traders t >>>


      THE SHORT VIEW÷ THE GREENBACK BOUNCES BACK
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 17÷57 That change in perception benefited the dollar in two ways. First, it bolstered the hopes of those who believe that the US economy has merely experienced a "soft spot". That ought to be good news for corporate profits and thus equities.

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      TRANSNET PLANS TO FOCUS ON FREIGHT BUSINESS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 17÷17 Transnet, which also owns South Africa‘s rail, pipeline and port networks, announced the target date as the group reported a return to profitability for the year after posting a R6.3bn ($'30m) loss in 2004. The timetable will depend on parliament passing a draft law enabling the spin >>>


      TRAVIS PERKINS SEES CHALLENGING DIY MARKET
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 08÷42 Travis Perkins said on Monday it had downgraded expectations for the rest of the year as the building services and DIY group forecast that the trading environment would continue to be â?challenging‘.

In early trade in London, Travis Perkins shares were down over 6 per cen >>>


      UK GROUPS DEFY CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ADVICE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 21÷58 The surprise finding will be welcomed by institutional investors as evidence that they are not, as companies‘ feared, using the recently revised combined code on corporate governance to force out experienced non–executive directors.

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      AFRICAN MUSIC IN A CORNISH GARDEN
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 18÷36 The world‘s attention this weekend fell on a assembly of giants from the rich world promising to help Africa. Not the Group of Eight meeting itself, but mammoth rock concerts in London, Philadelphia, Berlin and other G8 cities, where some of the world‘s most famous musicians perfor >>>


      ALL EYES ON THE MPC AS SLOWDOWN IN SPENDING PERSISTS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 This week there is a chance that interest rates may be cut for the first time in two years÷ a decision that would bring to an end a cycle that saw rates rise from 3.5 per cent to 4.75 per cent last summer.

The Bank of England‘s response on Thursday to the slowdown in cons >>>


      BIG FIVE EU STATES IN DRIVE TO CURB ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Europe‘s five biggest economies will today discuss plans for fresh curbs on illegal immigration, including fingerprinting of visa applicants and tougher screening at airports.

Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s interior minister, will use the meeting at Evian to show he is getting >>>


      CBI CHIEF CALLS FOR FAIRER TRADING RULES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Sir Digby Jones, the director–general of the CBI employers‘ group, will today urge heads of the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations to tear down tariff barriers and implement fairer trading rules as well as providing debt relief to resolve Africa‘s long–term e >>>


      COST OF BUSINESS REGULATION COULD EXCEED TAX REVENUE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The total cost of business regulations to the UK economy could be greater than the money raised by income tax, according to the head of the government‘s Better Regulation Task Force.

Sir David Arculus, who chairs the taskforce, is currently consulting with business, the public s >>>


      DEFIANCE FROM TOP AFRICAN ARTISTS BANISHED TO EDEN
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The world‘s attention this weekend fell on an assembly of giants from the rich world promising to help Africa. Not the Group of Eight meeting itself, but enormous rock concerts in London, Philadelphia, Berlin and other cities, where some of the world‘s most famous musicians gathere >>>


      DEVELOPING STATES TO HAVE SAY ON GLOBAL WARMING
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The five developing countries attending next week‘s G8 summit in Gleneagles are expected to release a separate statement at the meeting laying out their distinctive world view and position on climate change.

Officials familiar with preparations for the meeting said the five lead >>>


      FIRST THREE NHS FOUNDATION TRUSTS BEGIN TO FLEX THEIR FINANCIAL MUSCLES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The first three NHS foundation trusts have used their borrowing powers to raise a total of slightly less than Â35m for new facilities.

All three – Stockport, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Homerton in east London – say it has brought them new facilities more quickl >>>


      G8 COULD OVERSHADOW THE DECISIONS ON INTEREST RATES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The policymakers of the European Central Bank and Bank of England could feel understan–dable relief if developments at the conference in Gleneagles of the group of eight leading industrialised nations overshadows their decisions on interest rates due to be announced this week.

P >>>


      LABOUR DENIES ‘STEALTH‘ COUNCIL TAX RISES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The government has denied Tory claims that it is planning a Â200m "stealth tax" on English households.

"Any speculation that the government is planning a council tax shake–up that will lead to huge rises in council tax bills is untrue," the Office of t >>>


      LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE RISES TO ?8
      FT, 04-07-2005
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      LONDON MAKES LATE SURGE FOR LINE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 16÷17 On a wall in the Canary Wharf headquarters of London 2012, a small poster promoting the UK capital‘s Olympic bid bears the signatures of BA‘s Rod Eddington and Virgin‘s Richard Branson.

Such unity from the airline rivals symbolises the triumph of the London 2012 camp >>>


      MOD ‘AWARE‘ OF REPORTS OF IRAQI VIOLATIONS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The government remains committed to training Iraqi security forces and supplying them with military equipment, despite taking seriously allegations that the new Iraqi government is increasingly involved in human rights violations, Whitehall officials made clear yesterday.

The Foreign >>>


      SLOWDOWN TAKES TOLL ON CITY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The City has not managed to escape the general economic slowdown in recent months but the financial sector is more optimistic than others about the outlook for the future, the CBI and PwC say today.

A joint survey by the employers‘ group and the accounting firm found that busine >>>


      WEMBLEY WORK ‘WILL FINISH ON TIME‘
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 The construction company building the new Wembley stadium has assured the government that the project will be finished on time. Richard Caborn, sports minister, said yesterday he had been assured by John Roberts, Multiplex‘s founder and executive director, that work would be finished on >>>


      BEST–LAID PLANS OF PRESIDENTS CAN COME TO NOUGHT
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 2 2005 03÷00 One of the greatest powers of any US president is the power to appoint Supreme Court justices. Or is it?

Conventional wisdom holds that Supreme Court appointments are the best way to guarantee a president‘s political legacy. George W. Bush wants his bequest to be a court dominat >>>


      COMPUTERS RECOGNISE ‘SUBVOCAL‘ SPEECH
      FT, 04-07-2005
      March 26 2004 05÷00 Nasa scientists have found a way to computerise the "silent" or "subvocal" speech that most people produce when they are reading or talking to themselves.

In preliminary experiments at the space agency‘s Ames Research Centre in California, researchers found >>>


      IS SEDNA REALLY THE 10TH PLANET?
      FT, 04-07-2005
      March 1' 2004 18÷53 The fourth Earl of Orrery‘s lasting contribution to science was a model of the solar system, as far as it was known in the 18th century. His clockwork contraption showed the planets as balls revolving elegantly on brass ribbons in their appointed orbits around the Sun.

A r >>>


      JOINT VENTURE BRINGS COKE BACK TO MARKET AFTER 37–YEAR ABSENCE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Coca–Cola, one of the best known symbols of US culture, is re–entering the Iraqi market after a 37–year absence, on the heels of the US–led invasion.

On Friday, Coke launched the Coca–Cola Bottling Company of Iraq, which will have exclusive production and >>>


      MAGAZINE AGREES TO HAND OVER REPORTER‘S NOTES
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 1 2005 03÷00 Time magazine yesterday agreed to provide federal prosecutors investigating the leaking of a CIA agent‘s name with the notes of a reporter who is facing a possible prison sentence for not revealing his sources.

The move comes after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a >>>


      O‘CONNOR RESIGNATION OPENS DOOR FOR BUSH
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 2 2005 03÷00 Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor, the US‘s first female Supreme Court justice, announced her retirement yesterday, opening the door for President George W. Bush to nominate a successor who could strengthen conservative control over the nine–person court for a generation.

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      ABBAS INVITES MILITANT GROUPS INTO GOVERNMENT
      FT, 04-07-2005
      8÷53 PM BST Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has invited militant factions, including the Islamic group Hamas, to join his government before next month‘s Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Authority official said on Saturday.

Israel condemned the idea, which would mark the first >>>


      ASIANS FACE Â?SILENT TSUNAMI‘, SAYS UN
      FT, 04-07-2005
      Europe UK US "World" sub navigation US Europe UK Asia–Pacific Middle East & Africa Americas International economy "Europe" sub navigation Brussels briefing "Companies" sub navigation By industry By region Companies A–Z "By industry" sub navigation Aerospace & >>>


      BIG FIVE EU STATES IN DRIVE TO CURB ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 17÷07 Europe‘s five biggest economies will on Monday discuss plans for fresh curbs on illegal immigration, including fingerprinting of visa applicants, and tougher screening at airports.

Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s interior minister, will use the meeting at Evian to show he is get >>>


      BLAIR RACES TO SINGAPORE FOR 2012 OLYMPIC VOTE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 10÷12 Tony Blair, the British prime minister, embarked on a last minute charm offensive on Monday as he sought to woo the International Olympic Committee in Singapore, two days before it decides which city will host the 2012 Games.

Mr Blair flew in ahead of French president Jacques Chirac t >>>


      BRUSSELS RIFT OVER ATTEMPT TO CRACK DOWN ON POLLUTION
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 22÷06 A rift has opened up in the European Commission over a proposed crackdown on air pollution, intended to help prevent 350,000 premature deaths a year, but with a projected òÂì12bn ( ã8.36bn) annual cost to the economy.

Jos é Manuel Barroso, European Co >>>


      BUSINESS LOOKS FOR BALANCE IN COURT NOMINEE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 17÷32 The US business community has its own agenda for the nomination of a new justice to the US Supreme Court and it is not the agenda likely to dominate the news in upcoming weeks.

Abortion will make the headlines when President George W. Bush reveals his choice to succeed Justice Sandra >>>


      CHINA URGED TO STOP HARASSING AIDS ACTIVISTS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      June 15 2005 05÷0' After years of prevarication and cover–ups by local governments, top Chinese leaders in 2003 ordered a new approach toward Aids after a outbreak of the deadly Sars virus highlighted the threat that infectious disease could pose to society and the national economy.

The rest >>>


      COMET CRASH TURNS EYES TO THE SKY
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 17÷52 Nasa smashed a projectile into a comet in the early hours of America‘s Independence Day to find out what lies beneath the hard exterior of these heavenly bodies.

The $330m "Deep Impact" mission was a public relations as well as a scientific victory for the US space age >>>


      DELICATE BALANCE TO AVERT CLIMATE MELTDOWN
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 20÷08 2 are disturbing the delicate balance of factors (such as sea temperature, salinity, currents, ice sheets and solar radiation) that maintained an exceptionally stable, gently warming climate over 8,000 years while human beings achieved the astonishing transformation that we call modern civilis >>>


      DIPLOMACY CLEARS CLOUD OVER CLIMATE CHANGE
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 3 2005 18÷43 The plight of Africa may have been at the forefront of public attention in the run–up to this week‘s summit of the Group of Eight leading industrial nations.

But for some time now it has been the other big issue on the summit agenda the need to address climate change that >>>


      EGYPT‘S ENVOY TO IRAQ KIDNAPPED IN BAGHDAD
      FT, 04-07-2005
      12÷56 PM BST Egypt‘s envoy to Iraq has been kidnapped in Baghdad, possibly in response to reports he was to become the first full–ranking Arab ambassador to the U.S.–backed Iraqi government, diplomats and police sources said on Sunday.

Ihab el–Sherif, the head of mission, was cor >>>


      FEARS FOR PRESS FREEDOM AS RUSSIAN GROUPS CHANGE HANDS
      FT, 04-07-2005
      July 4 2005 03÷00 Two of Russia‘s few remaining independently–minded media outlets are changing hands, provoking concerns that press freedom could be further eroded.

Ren TV, the last television channel with national reach whose news service is critical of the Kremlin, is being bought by RTL >>>



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