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      DRINK IN THE PINK
      FT, 19-08-2005
      updated÷ August 18 2005 20÷18 "You want the right people to discover it," says Marshall Dawson, global brand director for Grey Goose. "We‘re looking for the right people and the right image." Grey Goose retails for £30 a bottle in the UK but the high price has not deterred >>>


      EUROPEAN STOCKS SET FOR STEADY OPEN
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 07÷27 European stocks were expected to open little changed on Friday, with few drivers from Wall Street and as traders assess the market after six–consecutive sessions of declines.

The three main indices – London‘s FTSE 100, Frankfurt‘s Xetra Dax and the CAC&n >>>


      FSA WINS ‘PARTIAL VICTORY‘ IN MARKET ABUSE COURT CASE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18
2005 20÷10 Carl Rigby, the former chairman and chief executive of AIT Group, a software company, was found of guilty of "recklessly" making a "misleading, false or deceptive" statement to the stock exchange in breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act. The crime carries >>>


      GALA IN ?1.3BN REFINANCING DEAL AFTER ABANDONING IPO
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 22÷07 Gala, the bingo and casino group that recently abandoned one of the year‘s biggest stock market floats, has taken advantage of deep liquidity in Europe‘s debt markets for a second time in seven months by agreeing a £1.3bn refinancing.

It forms part of a broader r >>>


      GAP LOWERS FULL–YEAR EARNINGS FORECAST
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 21÷52 Gap, the largest US speciality retailer, mounted on Thursday, after the company reported flat quarterly sales and sharply lowered its earnings outlook for the remainder of the year.

The retailer dropped its 2005 earnings forecast by 14 cents to $1.30 to $1.34, citing month–to >>>


      GE TO BUY 25 PER CENT STAKE IN TURKISH BANK
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 12÷46 General Electric, the US conglomerate, is set to take a significant stake in Garanti Bank after the majority shareholder in Turkey‘s third largest private lender announced talks about selling half its holding.

DoÄŸuÅŸ Holding, which is one of Turkey‘s big >>>


      HUNTING EXPECTS TO EXCEED FULL–YEAR TARGETS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 10÷30 Hunting, the international oil services company, expects to exceed its full–year targets as demand for its services – driven by high oil prices – has risen.

Profits in the first seven months in Gibson Energy and Hunting Energy Services were lifted on the back >>>


      HURRICANE BLOWS AWAY PROFITS AT GOSHAWK
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 08÷11 Goshawk Insurance, which now expects a small loss for the first six months of the year.

The reinsurer said offshore energy catastrophe losses would affect its marine account and the reserves set aside for the hurricane, which occurred in late 2004, would not cover the damage ca >>>


      JUREK MARTIN÷ ON PAR FOR A SMALLER WAISTLINE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 17÷37 I myself am about to embark on an annual discipline ‫ the lobster and finnan haddie diet. It is rough, tough and not for everybody. It is also only really do–able in Maine, where we go every August and where the crustacea are the freshest and cheapest and smoked hadd >>>


      LEICA TAKEOVER BECOMES AN OPEN BATTLE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 0'÷46 Leica Geosystems heated up on Friday as the precision equipment maker withdrew its unilateral support for a bid from Danaher following a surprise improved proposal from Hexagon of Sweden earlier this week.

Leica‘s board said it now had a "neutral" stance aft >>>


      LOMBARD÷ CUE SIGHS OF RELIEF RATHER THAN CHAMPAGNE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 20÷48 FSA secures convictions in test case Celebrations would have been in order at the Financial Services Authority on Thursday night ‫ but somewhat muted ones÷ not so much champagne, more perhaps a collective sigh of relief.

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      LONDON LIFTED BY REBOUNDING MINING STOCKS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 08÷55 London‘s equities market moved cautiously higher on Friday, after a sixth–consecutive lower close, and with little sense of momentum as corporate newsflow dried up, focus turned to rebounding mining stocks.

The FTSE 100 started the session 0.3 per cent higher at 5,2 >>>


      MORGAN STANLEY GETS MANAGEMENT SHAKE–UP
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 00÷32 Cordell Spencer and Mike Uva, who were made joint heads of investment banking in April, during the battle over Philip Purcell‘s leadership of the Wall Street bank, will remain in senior roles.

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      MUDLARK÷ TWO FIRMS SHARE ROVER LEGAL WORK
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 20÷48 Eversheds and Herbert Smith appear to have shared all of the lucrative legal work arising from Rover before and after its collapse, the government investigation into its failure and the sale to China‘s Nanjing Automobile.

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      MURDOCH SIGHTS MORE INTERNET TARGETS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 02÷24 News Corporation‘s list of desired acquisitions÷ Blinkx and IGN Entertainment, people familiar with the company‘s plans said.

The media conglomerate has already bought Scout Media, a sports web company, and Intermix, which operates social networking site My&nd >>>


      NORTHWEST UP AGAINST PROSPECT OF AMFA STRIKE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 18÷27 Northwest Airlines passengers were on Friday facing the prospect of the first significant airline strike in seven years, as talks between the airline and its mechanics continued ahead of a midnight strike deadline.

Shares in Northwest fell 2 per cent by mid–session, refle >>>


      NYMEX IN TALKS TO EXTEND LINK WITH CME
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 23÷54 The development is a sign that Nymex may be keen to head off any attempt by the CME to compete against Nymex in energy futures – an area in which the Chicago exchange has recently expressed interest.

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      SATHNAM SANGHERA÷ BE A DEVIL, SAY €?HELLO‘
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 1'÷31 In short, I went up to a complete stranger on the London Underground and wished them a good morning.

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      SHIRE CONFIRMS DRUG TALKS WITH BARR
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 0'÷0' Shire Pharmaceuticals, the UK drugs group, confirmed it was involved in "very preliminary discussions" with a rival drugs company over a legal dispute involving its hyperactivity drug.

The company reacted to rumours of an agreement, which had sent its share pr >>>


      SHORT VIEW÷ GREENSPAN – TO LOVE HIM OR FEAR HIM?
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 20÷1' Candidates to succeed Alan Greenspan as US Federal Reserve chairman should be asked one question÷ would you rather be feared or loved?

Chairman Greenspan is widely loved. He has piloted the Fed during nearly two decades of robust economic expansion and market appreciatio >>>


      TELIASONERA LAUNCHES NEW ACTION AGAINST ÇUKUROVA
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 14÷13 Friday‘s action, launched in the International Court of Arbitration, was the second such step by TeliaSonera in the case. In June, the Stockholm–based company launched arbitration proceedings against Çukurova in Geneva.

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      THE WEEK IN TECHNOLOGY÷ WORM FARM
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 13÷58 wreak havoc in several large organisations. At least a dozen worms were released between August 14 and August 1', all based on code by an underground programmer believed to be living in Russia. The code was released on August 10, just a day after Microsoft publicised the flaw and ma >>>


      TOKYO STOCKS SLIP ON PROFIT–TAKING
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 06÷2' Japanese stock indices slid by the close of Friday morning trading on profit–taking, though they remained close to four–year highs.

The Nikkei 225 declined by 0.3 per cent to 12,266.86. The Topix fell 0.2 per cent to 1,250.03.

But there was no clear evi >>>


      TOUGH DECISIONS AT TOP OF MACK‘S AGENDA
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 00÷07 Shortly after John Mack joined Morgan Stanley he met with managers including Zoe Cruz, acting president, and David Sidwell, chief financial officer, to discuss what problems should be tackled.

He set a goal of making about half a dozen decisions in time for an August board meet >>>


      WALL STREET EDGES HIGHER DESPITE OIL INCREASE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 15÷43 US stocks were slightly higher on Friday despite oil prices moving back above $64 and mixed earnings results from two US retailers. No US economic data is sheduled during the session and few company announcements are due.

In morning trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was >>>


      BLAIR AGREES HELP FOR AFRICAN COUNTRIES
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Tony Blair has agreed a plan to compensate African countries facing skills shortages because their doctors and nurses have left to work for the National Health Service.

The prime minister has backed a proposal by Hilary Benn, the international development secretary, to set up a >>>


      BLAIR AIMS TO DEFUSE DUP ANGER AT PAISLEY MEETING
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 13÷38 Tony Blair will seek to defuse Democratic Unionist party anger about the withdrawal of troops from Northern Ireland when he meets Ian Paisley today to discuss the next steps in the peace process.

The prime minister, who will meet Mr Paisley and Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn F&Ati >>>


      BUSINESS URGED TO ENCOURAGE GREATER INTEREST IN PHYSICS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Politics and religious studies are the new boom subjects, but physics continues to decline in popularity, according to the latest batch of A–level results.

Announcing a "modest" 0.2 percentage point rise in pass rates to '6.2 per cent, the Joint Council for >>>


      CHINESE TAKEAWAY RAISES ROVER FEARS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 The new Chinese owners of Rover‘s failed Birmingham factory have flown in their own chefs from Nanjing, highlighting fears that few Midlands jobs may be saved.

Nanjing Automobile, which has agreed to pay £53m for the sprawling Longbridge plant, last week brought in >>>


      COST OF POSTAGE TO BE BASED ON SIZE AND SHAPE OF MAIL
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 03÷00 The cost of sending letters and parcels will be determined by the size and shape of an item as well as its weight, according to plans approved by the postal regulator Postcomm yesterday.

The new pricing structure will increase the cost of sending lightweight but bulky items, such a >>>


      IRA MOVE PROMPTS PLEDGE OF TROOP CUTS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1 2005 21÷14 The move triggered condemnation from unionists, who yesterday accused ministers of pre–empting any concrete action by republican paramilitaries to match their rhetoric with actual disarmament.

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      JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN FULL BLOOM
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Manufacturing investors from Japan are boosting production in the UK, counter to expectations that they might be put off by Britain‘s failure to join the euro.

Companies such as car suppliers Toyota, Nissan and Honda, excavator manufacturer Komatsu, and Hochiki, a produce >>>


      LABOUR CAUTIOUS OVER SIR IAN‘S FUTURE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Senior Labour figures are privately supportive of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, but refuse to be drawn on his future until the completion of an inquiry into the shooting of an innocent Brazilian.

Charles Clarke, the home secretary, is said to have a good >>>


      MET CHIEF DENIES CLAIMS OF ‘COVER–UP‘
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 The Metropolitan police commissioner last night robustly denied allegations of a cover–up over the bungled surveillance operation that led to the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes.

The pressure increased on Sir Ian Blair yesterday after the police complaints watchdog rev >>>


      MUSLIM LEADERS ORDER INVESTIGATION OF MOSQUES
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Britain‘s leading Muslim organisation has ordered an internal investigation into the role of mosques amid pressure from the government to help tackle radical extremism in Muslim communities.

The Muslim Council of Britain has also set up committees to examine the role of w >>>


      RETAILERS DOING BETTER THAN EXPECTED DESPITE BOMBINGS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 High street sales appear to have stabilised after a shopping lull during autumn and winter. New data show that sales held up better than expected last month despite the London bombings.

The volume of retail sales dropped 0.3 per cent in July, partly reversing a strong 1.2 per c >>>


      SAUDI DISSIDENT FACES ACTION UNDER TOUGHER LAWS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 The Home Office is preparing to act against a London–based Saudi dissident whose website features footage of beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq, but the clampdown could take months.

Mohammed al–Massari, an academic granted leave to remain in Britain 10 years ag >>>


      TESCO‘S VICTORY ON ASDA ADVERT ENDS YEAR–LONG ROW
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 03÷00 Tesco‘s victory this week over Asda‘s claim that it was "officially" Britain‘s lowest priced supermarket ends a battle that has lasted more than a year.

The UK‘s largest supermarket group, which has a 30 per cent market share of supermarket shoppin >>>


      NASA DELAY CASTS DOUBT ON FUTURE OF US MANNED FLIGHTS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 The space agency Nasahas delayed the next shuttle launch until March 2006 at the earliest, casting further doubt on the future of US manned space flight.

Adding to scientists‘ concern, a mission to repair the Hubble telescope – much desired by the international scie >>>


      PARTY FORESEES SUCCESSES OF SECOND TERM
      FT, 19-08-2005
      July 28 2005 21÷5' With more of a grin than a gloat Scott McClellan, White House spokesman, on Thursday touted the president‘s role in passing the trade bill and his success in getting "other important priorities done as well, like energy and the highway bill".

After weeks of being >>>


      ROADSIDE BOMBS IN IRAQ STILL TAKING HEAVY TOLL ON US FORCES
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Nearly two years ago the US army set up a taskforce to find ways to protect soldiers in Iraq from roadside bombs, which were becoming an increasingly deadly threat to patrols in the country‘s notorious Sunni triangle.

The taskforce, headed by Brigadier General Joseph Vote >>>


      US LEVIES IMPORT DUTIES ON BRAZILIAN JUICE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 03÷00 Brazilian orange growers yesterday warned that US consumers would pay more for their daily glass of juice after Washington announced preliminary import duties against Brazil.

"This will further harm an already stagnant market in the US and could actually harm Florida growe >>>


      WESTERN MISSIONS ISSUE SAUDI TERROR WARNING
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August ' 2005 03÷00 Saudi Arabia‘s new leader–ship confronted its first security crisis yesterday as the US closed all its diplomatic missions in the kingdom for two days and the UK and Australia warned they had "credible reports" that terrorists would soon strike again.

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      '/11 SUSPECT JAILED IN HAMBURG RETRIAL
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 15÷3' A Moroccan man previously jailed for helping plan the September 11 attacks was on Friday cleared of any direct involvement in the terrorist acts, but was found guilty of membership of a Hamburg terrorist cell led by the suicide pilots who mounted the 2001 attacks on Washington and N >>>


      ANTI–WAR PROTESTER LEAVES TEXAS TO VISIT ILL MOTHER
      FT, 19-08-2005
      Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq who is in a month long protest near President Bush‘s ranch, said Thursday that she was temporarily leaving her encampment to be with her mother, who suffered a stroke.

In a statement to reporters, Ms. Sheehan, 48, said that she received word aroun >>>


      BRAZIL REAL DIVES 4%, STOCKS SLUMP ON POLITICS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      (Reuters) Brazil‘s currency dived nearly 4 percent and stocks also slumped on worries a government bribes scandal could widen to implicate top aides to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva like Finance Minister Antonio Palocci, traders said.

The real weakened 3.'' percent to 2.467 per dollar, and >>>


      BRAZIL TO FIGHT WASHINGTON IMPORT DUTIES ON ORANGE JUICE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 22÷20 Brazilian orange growers on Thursday warned that US consumers would pay more for their daily glass of juice after Washington announced preliminary import duties against Brazil.

"This will further harm an already stagnant market in the US and could actually harm Florida growers >>>


      CAP €?INCREASES INEQUALITIES BETWEEN RICH AND POOR‘
      FT, 19-08-2005
      Media & internet Property Retailing & leisure Telecoms Transport "By region" sub navigation US Europe UK UK smaller companies Asia–Pacific Middle East & Africa Americas "Markets" sub navigation Equities Currencies Capital markets Commodities Emerging markets Investor‘s notebo >>>


      CHINA SETS UP SQUADS TO COMBAT TERRORISM
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 21÷5' China has set up a new police force in large cities, equipped with helicopters and armoured vehicles, to combat the threat of terrorism and the rising incidence of rioting and social unrest across the country.

The squads, to be stationed in 36 large cities, reflect the need for >>>


      CHINESE TEXTILE FIRMS SEEK TO BEAT QUOTA BARRIERS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 12÷31 Chinese clothing manufacturers, pessimistic about a resolution of disputes with both the EU and the US to allow an expansion of restrictive quotas, say they have temporarily moved some operations elsewhere in Asia to beat trade barriers.

Clothing slated for export has been stoc >>>


      COHERENCE IS THE FIRST NEED FOR STATE–BUILDING
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 1'÷40 Mark Etherington will answer readers‘ questions about Iraq online next week; send questions to÷ ask@ft.com The English Romantic poet Percy Shelley was allegedly haunted by a recurrent nightmare÷ that history was cyclical rather than linear and that Man was hence inca >>>


      DELAYS CAST DOUBT ON FUTURE OF MANNED SPACE FLIGHT
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 20÷15 The space agency Nasa has delayed the next shuttle launch until March 2006 at the earliest, casting further doubt on the future of US manned space flight.

Adding to scientists‘ concern, a mission to repair the Hubble telescope much desired by the international science communi >>>


      ECUADOR TROOPS MOVE AS PROTEST HITS OIL EXPORTS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1'
2005 08÷36 Ecuadorean troops took control of government buildings in two Amazon provinces and reinforced security at oil wells on Thursday as they moved to quell protests that have slashed crude production and exports, a senior officer said.

Acting after President Alfredo Palacio decl >>>


      FRENCH ELITE MUST UNITE WITH THE ESTRANGED PUBLIC
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 20÷30 Could we be in 178' again or at least in 1788 ‫ and would the rapid coming to power of a young, popular leader in tune with the needs and frustrations of society be the only way to prevent "the people" from taking to the streets in classical revolutionary traditi >>>


      GPS TO GET DRILL FOR BIRD FLU PANDEMIC
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 22÷07 Every doctor‘s surgery in Britain will next month be sent official instructions on how to handle an outbreak of bird flu as ministers step up their preparations for a global pandemic that, if the worst fears are borne out, could kill up to 50m people.

The UK‘s 10,465 su >>>


      INDONESIAN OUTAGE LEAVES 100M WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 01÷56 Some 100m Indonesians were without electricity yesterday as power outages hit the country‘s main grid, leaving office workers in Jakarta trapped in elevators and the state–owned power monopoly struggling for an explanation.

Perusahaan Listrik Negara said power was l >>>


      LIVEDOOR PRESIDENT TO RUN FOR PARLIAMENT
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 10÷05 Takafumi Horie, the punk rocker of Japanese business, on Friday became the latest "political assassin" sent in to kill off rebels opposed to postal privatisation in next month‘s general election, likely to be the most fiercely contested in years.   Junichir >>>


      MERKEL TAKES HER MESSAGE OF TOUGH LOVE TO THE EAST
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 18÷08 For an instant last Tuesday, it seemed as though placid Cottbus, a town of 100,000 people in the south–eastern corner of Brandenburg, had turned into the stage for a decibel contest.

At one edge of Berliner Platz, loud African drums blared from powerful speakers set on an >>>


      MO MOWLAM, FORMER NORTHERN IRELAND SECRETARY, DIES
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 08÷58 One of the surprises about the political career of Mo Mowlam, who died aged 55 on Friday, is that she won an international reputation as Labour‘s Northern Ireland Secretary despite fiercely resisting being sent there. When offered the job by Tony Blair in 1''7 she bitterly >>>


      NASA SETS BACK DATE FOR NEXT SHUTTLE MISSION
      FT, 19-08-2005
      not launch the next shuttle mission until March 4, at the earliest, because the agency is still working to figure out how to prevent hazardous debris from falling off the external fuel tank during ascent, officials said Thursday.

"The early opportunities don‘t make sense for us," William H. Ger >>>


      OIL PRICES DENT EUROZONE TRADE SURPLUS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 18÷17 The eurozone‘s trade surplus in the first six months of 2005 shrunk to less than half the figure for the same period a year before as oil prices pushed up sharply the cost of energy imports.

The trade data released by Eurostat, the European Union‘s statistical unit, >>>


      POLITICAL LEADERS PAY TRIBUTE TO MO MOWLAM
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 0'÷50 Tributes from across the political spectrum have been paid to Mo Mowlam, the former Northern Ireland secretary, who has died after a long illness on Friday morning.

Ms Mowlam, who served as MP for Redcar from 1'87 to 2001, died in a hospice in Kent. She was 55.

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      SAUDI DISSIDENT FACES ACTION UNDER TOUGHER LAWS
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 08÷12 The Home Office is preparing to act against a London–based Saudi dissident whose website features footage of beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq, but the clampdown could take months.

Mohammed al–Massari, an academic granted leave to remain in Britain 10 years ag >>>


      SECURITY MEASURES ALONE WILL NOT MAKE US MORE SECURE
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 14÷38 The nature of the terrorist threat to which western democracies are exposed is mutating. That much was suspected after the Madrid train bombings in March 2004. The investigation into the London bombings has brought the lesson home. By most accounts, the centrally controlled al–Qae >>>


      THE WEST HAS LOST THE WILL TO FUND BASIC RESEARCH
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 20÷30 American and European economies face an unprecedented challenge to their technological leadership of the past two centuries. Yet researchers in industry, academia and government are playing it safe. In the US, the kind of freewheeling basic research that spawned new industries â€&laqu >>>


      US ANTI–WAR FORCES COALESCE AROUND SHEEHAN
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 23÷36 Outside the White House at dusk on Wednesday, at dusk , the warm summer evening was punctuated by the competing sounds of a roller–skate hockey game and several hundred anti–war protesters gathered for a "Vigil for Cindy Sheehan".

It was a subdued jamboree of >>>


      US NAVEL SHIPS TARGETTED IN ROCKET ATTACK
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 1' 2005 12÷23 At least three missiles were fired from Jordanian territory on Friday morning, two apparently targeting US naval vessels docked in the port of Aqaba, the other landing in the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat.

One of the rockets flew over the bow of the USS Ashland and hit a mili >>>


      US SENATOR STEPS UP ATTACK ON CHINA
      FT, 19-08-2005
      August 18 2005 21÷22 Senator Charles Schumer, who has waged an aggressive campaign to push China to revalue its currency, stepped up his criticism on Thursday, complaining China unfairly keeps US companies from directly investing or gaining market access.

The charges follow a bitter debate in Congress >>>


      11 SEPTEMBRE÷ LE MAROCAIN MOTASSADEQ CONDAMNÉ À 7 ANS DE PRISON
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le Marocain Mounir el Motassadeq a été condamné vendredi à 7 ans de prison pour appartenance à une organisation terroriste, a annoncé la Cour d‘appel de Hambourg (nord) qui le jugeait pour son implication présumée dans les attentats du 11 septembre 2001.
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      11 SEPTEMBRE÷ MOTASSADEQ CONDAMNÉ À 7 ANS DE PRISON EN ALLEMAGNE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le Marocain Mounir el Motassadeq a été condamné vendredi à 7 ans de prison pour appartenance à une organisation terroriste, par la Cour d‘appel de Hambourg (nord) qui le jugeait pour son implication présumée dans les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 aux Etats– >>>


      A LA SYNAGOGUE DE COLOGNE, LE PAPE APPELLE AU RAPPROCHEMENT JUDÉO–CHRÉTIEN
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le pape Benoît XVI a dénoncé vendredi le "crime inouï" de la Shoah à la synagogue de Cologne, la plus ancienne d‘Allemagne, et appelé juifs et chrétiens à se rapprocher pour combattre "les forces du mal".

Au deuxième jour de >>>


      AFFAIRE DE MENEZES÷ LE CHEF DE SCOTLAND YARD DIT QU‘IL NE DÉMISSIONNERA PAS
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le patron de Scotland Yard, Sir Ian Blair, a déclaré vendredi qu‘il ne démissionnerait pas après les révélations sur les circonstances de la mort de Jean Charles De Menezes, le jeune Brésilien abattu le 22 juillet par la police britannique.

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      ARRIVÉE AU VENEZUELA D‘UNE CENTAINE DE PROCHES DES VICTIMES DU CRASH
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Une centaine de proches des Français tués dans l‘accident d‘avion mardi au Venezuela sont arrivés vendredi peu après 05h00 locale (11h00 à Paris) à Maracaïbo (ouest du Venezuela), la ville la plus proche du lieu du drame, pour une cérémonie de re >>>


      BENOÎT XVI CHALEUREUX ET EXIGEANT POUR SON 1ER CONTACT AVEC LES JEUNES
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le pape Benoît XVI a noué jeudi un contact sympathique avec les dizaines de milliers de pèlerins des XXèmes Journées mondiales de la jeunesse à Cologne (Allemagne), pour son premier voyage à l‘étranger marqué par un discours au ton chaleureux mais exi >>>


      BENOÎT XVI PRIE POUR LES VICTIMES DE LA SHOAH À LA SYNAGOGUE DE COLOGNE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le pape Benoît XVI a prié devant le mémorial des victimes de la Shoah à la synagogue de Cologne, au deuxième jour de son séjour en Allemagne pour les journées mondiales de la jeunesse (JMJ).

Le pape allemand Benoît XVI était arrivé vendredi & >>>


      BENOÎT XVI PRIE À LA SYNAGOGUE DE COLOGNE POUR LES VICTIMES DE LA SHOAH
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le pape Benoît XVI a dénoncé vendredi le "crime inouï" de la Shoah et prié pour les victimes juives du nazisme dans la synagogue de Cologne, la plus ancienne d‘Allemagne.

Au deuxième jour de sa visite aux Journées mondiales de la Jeunesse (JMJ) qui >>>


      BENOÎT XVI À LA SYNAGOGUE DE COLOGNE, TEMPS FORT DE SA VISITE AUX JMJ
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le pape Benoît XVI effectuera vendredi une visite remarquée à la synagogue de Cologne (ouest), la plus ancienne d‘Allemagne, au deuxième jour de sa visite dans le cadre des Journées mondiales de la Jeunesse (JMJ) qui rassemblent plus de 400.000 catholiques.

Arrivé >>>


      BOMBES AU BANGLADESH÷ 100 ARRESTATIONS DONT UN ÉTUDIANT DE MADRASSA
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      La police a annoncé vendredi avoir arrêté plus de 100 suspects dont un étudiant de madrassa en possession d‘une vidéo montrant des discours d‘Oussama ben Laden et des techniques d‘entraînement militaire, dans le cadre de l‘enquête sur les attentats >>>


      CRASH AU VENEZUELA÷ LES EXPERTS FRANÇAIS À PIED D‘OEUVRE POUR L‘ENQUÊTE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Des experts venus de France et qui ont obtenu toute latitude du gouvernement vénézuélien pour travailler, ont commencé jeudi à participer à l‘identification des corps et à une enquête sur les causes du crash d‘un avion colombien, dans lequel sont morts >>>


      CRASH EN GRÈCE÷ L‘ENQUÊTE SEMBLE LIER FACTEURS HUMAINS ET TECHNIQUES
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Les enquêteurs grecs s‘orientaient vendredi vers une combinaison de facteurs techniques et humains pour tenter de dissiper le mystère entourant l‘accident du Boeing 737 de la compagnie chypriote à bas prix Helios qui a coûté la vie à 121 personnes dimanche au nord&nd >>>


      CRASH EN GRÈCE÷ PROBLÈME DE CLIMATISATION DU COMPARTIMENT ÉLECTRONIQUE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le pilote du Boeing 737 qui s‘est écrasé dimanche en Grèce avait signalé un problème de "climatisation du compartiment électronique", un élément jugé sérieux par les enquêteurs, a déclaré vendredi à l&lsquo >>>


      DÉPART POUR LE VENEZUELA DES PREMIÈRES FAMILLES DES VICTIMES DU CRASH
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Plus d‘une centaine de proches des 152 victimes martiniquaises du crash, mardi, de l‘avion de la compagnie colombienne West Caribbean ont quitté Fort–de–France par avion à destination de Maracaïbo (nord–ouest du Venezuela), proche du lieu de l‘accident, a constat& >>>


      GAZA÷ DIX–HUIT COLONIES ÉVACUÉES, ABBAS SALUE LES "SACRIFICES" PALESTINIENS
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Les forces israéliennes ont achevé vendredi l‘évacuation de 18 des 21 colonies de la bande de Gaza, considérée par le dirigeant palestinien Mahmoud Abbas comme le résultat des "sacrifices" de son peuple après 38 ans d‘occupation. [voir L‘&eac >>>


      GAZA÷ POURSUITE DES ÉVACUATIONS, SHARON SUR PLACE LA SEMAINE PROCHAINE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Les forces israéliennes évacuaient vendredi la colonie de Gadid, une des quatre restant à démanteler dans la bande de Gaza dans le cadre du retrait de ce territoire qui doit s‘achever en début de semaine prochaine. [voir L‘événement] En marge de ce retrait, >>>


      IRAK÷ OPTIMISME SUR LA CONSTITUTION EN DÉPIT DES DIFFICULTÉS
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Des responsables irakiens se disent optimistes sur un accord constitutionnel, alors que des délégations américaines de haut niveau continuent de défiler à Bagdad avant la nouvelle date butoir de la remise du document au Parlement lundi.

"Les leaders politiques se rencon >>>


      IRAK÷ OPTIMISME SUR LA CONSTITUTION MALGRÉ DES DIFFICULTÉS
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Des responsables irakiens se disent optimistes sur un accord constitutionnel avant la nouvelle date butoir du 22 août même si les négociations avancent lentement et que les mosquées s‘opposent au fédéralisme.

"Les choses avancent mais lentement", a d&eac >>>


      KAZAKHSTAN÷ ÉLECTION PRÉSIDENTIELLE EN DÉCEMBRE 2005
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le Conseil constitutionnel kazakh a décidé vendredi que l‘élection présidentielle devait avoir lieu en décembre 2005, mettant un terme à une polémique de plusieurs mois, certains officiels estimant ––contrairement à l‘opposition–&nda >>>


      L‘EX–CHEF REBELLE HUTU PIERRE NKURUNZIZA ÉLU PRÉSIDENT DU BURUNDI
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le Parlement du Burundi a élu vendredi comme chef de l‘Etat l‘ex–leader rebelle de l‘ethnie majoritaire hutue, Pierre Nkurunziza, seul candidat en lice pour ce premier scrutin présidentiel depuis le début de la guerre civile en 1''3 dans ce petit pays d‘Afriqu >>>


      L‘EX–CHEF REBELLE PIERRE NKURUNZIZA ÉLU PRÉSIDENT DU BURUNDI
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      L‘ex–chef rebelle de l‘ethnie majoritaire hutue, Pierre Nkurunziza, a été élu président du Burundi vendredi par le Parlement, un scrutin sans surprise car il était le seul candidat en lice.

M. Nkurunziza a été élu dès le premier >>>


      LA POLICE BELGE NEUTRALISE SANS DRAME LE PRENEUR D‘OTAGES DE BRUXELLES
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      La police belge a neutralisé sans drame tôt vendredi matin un détenu en fuite armé retranché depuis une trentaine d‘heures dans un immeuble de Bruxelles et libéré saines et sauves les deux femmes de son ex–belle–famille qu‘il retenait en otages.>>>


      LONDRES÷ UNE PERSONNE SUSPENDUE APRÈS LES FUITES SUR LA MORT DE MENEZES (TV)
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      La personne responsable des fuites de documents de la commission d‘enquête sur la mort de Jean Charles de Menezes, le Brésilien tué le 22 juillet par des policiers britanniques, a été suspendue de ses fonctions, ont rapporté jeudi la BBC et Sky News.

La personne, >>>


      PROCHE–ORIENT÷ DES ROQUETTES TIRÉES SUR AQABA ET EILAT, UN JORDANIEN TUÉ
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Un soldat jordanien a été tué vendredi par l‘explosion d‘une roquette sur le port d‘Aqaba (sud), a affirmé à l‘AFP une source sécuritaire, alors qu‘une autre roquette a touché la station balnéaire israélienne voisine d‘E >>>


      PROCHE–ORIENT÷ TIRS DE ROQUETTES SUR AQABA ET EILAT REVENDIQUÉS PAR AL–QAÏDA
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Trois roquettes Katioucha tirées vendredi matin depuis Aqaba (sud) ont visé ce port jordanien sur la Mer Rouge où mouillaient deux bâtiments de la marine américaine, ainsi que la station balnéaire voisine d‘Eilat, en Israël.

Les tirs, qui ont tué un s >>>


      PRÉSIDENTIELLE EN 2005 AU KAZAKHSTAN, UNE PETITE VICTOIRE POUR L‘OPPOSITION
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      La décision vendredi du Conseil constitutionnel kazakh de fixer à décembre 2005 la date du prochain scrutin présidentiel a marqué une première petite victoire politique pour l‘opposition kazakhe, de nombreux officiels ayant publiquement souhaité que l‘&eacut >>>


      RETRAIT DE GAZA÷ DES IRRÉDUCTIBLES DÉLOGÉS DE DEUX SYNAGOGUES
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Les forces de l‘ordre israéliennes ont délogé jeudi, au deuxième jour de l‘évacuation forcée des colons de Gaza, des centaines d‘irréductibles retranchés dans les synagogues de Kfar Darom et Neve Dekalim, deux bastions de l‘opposition au r >>>


      RETRAIT GAZA÷ SHARON SUR PLACE LA SEMAINE PROCHAINE, ÉVACUATION DE LA COLONIE DE GADID
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      L‘armée israélienne se préparait vendredi à évacuer la colonie de Gadid, l‘une des quatre dernières de la bande de Gaza encore occupées, alors que le Premier ministre Ariel Sharon se rendra la semaine prochaine à Gaza pour s‘entretenir avec les >>>


      TROIS ISLAMISTES, DONT UN CHEF D‘AL–QAÏDA, TUÉS EN ARABIE SAOUDITE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Les forces de sécurité saoudiennes ont asséné jeudi un nouveau coup terrible à la branche locale du réseau terroriste Al–Qaïda en tuant l‘un de ses principaux chefs, Saleh al–Oufi, et au moins deux autres de ses membres lors de deux raids.

Les d >>>


      CRASH AU VENEZUELA÷ CHIRAC À L‘HOMMAGE AUX VICTIMES À FORT–DE–FRANCE
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le président Jacques Chirac assistera mercredi 24 août à l‘hommage national qui sera rendu à Fort de France aux victimes de la catastrophe aérienne survenue mardi au Venezuela, a annoncé l‘Elysée vendredi.

Cette cérémonie d‘hommag >>>


      JEAN–PAUL HUCHON JUGE LES PROPOS DE MICHEL ROCARD "DANGEREUX"
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Jean–Paul Huchon, président PS de la région Ile–de–France, a commenté vendredi les déclarations de Michel Rocard en soulignant qu‘il est "dangereux de dire qu‘on va vers la scission du parti alors que le débat n‘a pas commencé".
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      JULIEN DRAY (PS)÷ "L‘HEURE N‘EST PAS À LA FOIRE D‘EMPOIGNE"
      Le Figaro, 19-08-2005
      Le porte–parole du PS Julien Dray a affirmé vendredi que "les socialistes doivent donner l‘image d‘un parti rassemblé et uni", et que "l‘heure n‘est pas à la foire d‘empoigne ni à la constitution de combines politiciennes".

Da >>>



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