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      BID ACTIVITY LIFTS LONDON‘S STOCK MARKET
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 14:56 London equities markets pushed higher on Monday, buoyed by confirmation of Deutsche Post‘s offer for Exel and speculation that Unilever may scrap its Anglo–Dutch structure.

The FTSE 100 edged up 0.3 per cent to 5,425.3, having hit a new four–year peak of 5,427.2. >>>


      BIG PHARMA NEEDS TO OVERHAUL RISK ASSESSMENT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:03 Drugmakers‘ comparative riskiness, influenced by factors such as price controls, litigation, sales practices, restructuring and product safety, underscore investor concern that the pharmaceutical sector is no longer a defensive investment. For decades, investment in drugs companies was co >>>


      CANADIAN TELECOM RIVALS SEAL BROADBAND VENTURE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:04 Two arch–rivals in Canadian telecommunications have agreed to collaborate in setting up a national wireless broadband network that aims to reach two–thirds of the country‘s population within three years.

Bell Canada, the country‘s biggest phone company, and Roge >>>


      CHINA MOBILE DENIES EYEING RELIANCE TELECOM
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 13:32 China Mobile, the world‘s largest wireless operator, on Monday denied it was negotiating to acquire Reliance Telecom, a small cellular services company controlled by Mumbai businessman Anil Ambani.

"Our executives did go to India to visit some operators, but they >>>


      CRUDE PUSHED HIGHER BY HURRICANE WORRIES
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 11:41 Crude prices climbed higher on Monday on forecasts Tropical Storm Rita will strengthen into a hurricane and possibly hit refineries in southern Texas by the weekend.

Hurricane Katrina paralysed US oil and natural gas production and refining in the Gulf of Mexico last month with a r >>>


      DEUTSCHE POST TO TAKE OVER EXEL IN ?3.7BN DEAL
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 18:22 Deutsche Post, Europe‘s biggest postal service, will on Monday announce an agreed takeover of Exel that values the UK logistics company at about

ã3.7bn ($6.7bn). Both boards approved the deal at the weekend to create the world‘s biggest logistics group with a workfo >>>


      EURO FALLS AS GERMAN POLITICAL CHAOS LOOMS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 11:43 The euro was pummelled by investors as political chaos loomed in Germany after the weekend election failed to provide a clear winner. See more on German election The euro declined in Asian trade overnight and sank to $1.2105 in early European trade before rallying slightly to reach $1.2137. >>>


      EUROZONE BOND YIELDS FALL ON GERMAN REFORM FEARS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 10:51 Eurozone government bond yields fell on Monday as the most inconclusive German election in post–war history fuelled doubts about the pace of future reform in the eurozone‘s largest economy.

Investors tend to buy government bonds during times of uncertainty while selling >>>


      FOREIGN MEDIA HAS €?HIT A BRICK WALL‘ IN CHINA
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 01:41 Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp, said his media group had "hit a brick wall" in China and that Chinese authorities were no longer opening up to international media companies, reversing their stance from a year ago.

Mr Murdoch, who was speaking at a c >>>


      FRANKFURT LOWER AFTER GERMAN ELECTION DEADLOCK
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 14:52 Frankfurt–listed stocks sharply underperformed other European markets on Monday after Germany‘s election failed to produce a clear winner, and the country‘s investors faced weeks of political uncertainty.

By mid afternoon, the Xetra Dax index was down 0.' per >>>


      HEDGE FUNDS THREATENED OVER TRADING BACKLOGS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 02:06 Investment banks have threatened to stop dealing in credit derivatives with hedge funds who fail to clean up their back–office processes.

Mounting backlogs of unconfirmed trades in the complex instruments have alarmed regulators who met with leading industry bankers this week at a >>>


      JOHN PLENDER: A PENSIONS POWER SHIFT LOOMS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:05 But no certainty on the market reaction This week sees a fundamental shift in the balance of power from UK employers to pension scheme trustees as the 2004 Pensions Act‘s new rules for calculating pension liabilities finally come in. The impact will be revolutionary since trustees will ha >>>


      LEX: MEASURING LEVERAGE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 18:22 The rest of this article is for FT.com subscribers only Skip to remaining content Main navigation menu: Home World Companies Markets Markets & funds data Lex Comment & analysis Technology Business life Your money Arts & Weekend In depth FT Reports Jobs & classified Site services >>>


      LOGICACMG LAUNCHES ?38'M RIGHTS ISSUE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 0':1' LogicaCMG, the Anglo–Dutch IT services group, said it would launch a rights issue to raise ã38'm ($700m) to fund its planned ã631m acquisition of French rival Unilog to create a top ten IT service provider in Europe.

The fully underwritten rights i >>>


      MURDOCH SAYS CHINA €?PARANOID‘ ABOUT FOREIGN MEDIA
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 05:07 Later efforts by the News Corp chairman and chief executive to win Beijing‘s favour included dropping plans to publish a book by former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten that was critical of China and barring the BBC from his regional broadcasting system.

The rest of this artic >>>


      NORSK HYDRO IN GULF OF MEXICO ACQUISITION
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 08:45 The acquisition gives Norsk Hydro additional current production of 23,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, seen rising to 50,000 boe/d by 2008. Spinnaker‘s reserve base is 62m boe. Norsk Hydro currently produces some 575,000 boe/d.

The rest of this article is for FT.com subsc >>>


      OIL SET WEIGHS ON WALL ST AT THE OPEN
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 14:53 US stocks opened lower on Monday amid surging crude oil prices due to signs by leading producers they might not to increase output and concerns that the Gulf of Mexico area might be hit by another hurricane.

Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 0.43 >>>


      SIEMENS RESTRUCTURING CUTS AT LEAST 2,400 JOBS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 12:24 Siemens on Monday unveiled plans to cut at least 2,400 jobs and €1.5bn ($1.8bn) in costs at its troubled IT unit just as Germany slid into political chaos after the election produced a hung parliament.

The technology conglomerate also said it would dissolve its logistics an >>>


      TESCO PLACES FOCUS ON GLOBAL AMBITIONS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:54 Tesco will this week highlight the growth of its international division as the UK‘s biggest retailer looks to downplay a dominant position in its home market where it sells over 30 per cent of all groceries sold in large supermarkets.

The retailer, which now commands a hefty 30.5 >>>


      THE CITY REGULATOR IS PUTTING REPUTATIONS AT RISK
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 1':58 The UK financial services àindustry is a global success story, contributing

ã17.8bn in export earnings and more than 5.3 per cent of gross domestic product. However, recent proposals from the Financial Services Authority put at risk the industry‘s reputation fo >>>


      US DEMAND BOOSTS NIKE EARNINGS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 14:20 "The macro–economic trends are clearly creating more uincertainty for consumers today than they were just three months ago," said Charlie Denson, president of the Nike brand, citing the impact the impact of Hurricane Katrina, the London bombings, and high petrol prices. &quo >>>


      WAL–MART STILL SUFFERING GROWING PAINS IN JAPAN
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:47 Wal–Mart first dipped its toe in the Japanese retailing market in 2002 by purchasing a small stake in Seiyu, it was seen as a shrewd way of slowly expanding its share in Japan without taking on too much risk.

But three years later, Wal–Mart and Seiyu are still in the red an >>>


      WALL ST BANKERS FACE DILEMMA ON RECORD EARNINGS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 21:16 Analysts last week quizzed senior executives of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns about capital management during third quarter earnings calls.

The rest of this article is for FT.com subscribers only Skip to remaining content Main navigation menu: Home World Companies By industry Aerosp >>>


      ‘US HATE‘ CLAIM AGAINST BBC ADDS TENSION TO FEE NEGOTIATIONS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 The BBC‘s relationship with Downing Street may be facing fresh tension on the eve of its critical licence fee negotiations following a claim on Friday that Tony Blair found its coverage of the US response to Hurricane Katrina "full of hatred of America".

The report >>>


      4 SEEKS QUICK FUNDING DECISION
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Channel 4 has called for an accelerated review of whether it should be given public funding out of the licence fee money that goes to the BBC.

Luke Johnson, chairman of the advertising–supported public broadcaster, told a Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge at th >>>


      ANGER AS SKILLS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ?40M CUTS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 Union leaders have threatened industrial action after the Learning and Skills Council announced plans designed to save £40m in management and running costs.

The proposals will see 1,300 job losses from the body responsible for funding further education. The organisation employs >>>


      BUYERS RETURN TO HOUSING MARKET
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Buyers are returning to the housing market, raising the possibility the summer marked the bottom ofthis cycle, according to Rightmove, a property website. Although prices fell for the third consecutive month in August, the number of house sales outstripped those of the previous two months, >>>


      CONCERN OVER COST OF DIGITAL TV SWITCHOVER
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Households will have to pay between £80 and £570 to receive digital television by 2012, according to estimates.

The figures, prepared for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, may heighten consumer concern about the planned digital switchover.

The rest >>>


      DRINK TRADE URGES NO GOING BACK ON PUB HOURS REFORM
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Plans to change guidelines for councils applying the new drinks licensing system will test the patience of a pub sector already complaining of the added costs and associated bad publicity.

As reported in Saturday‘s Financial Times, ministers are to review the guidelines in re >>>


      FLAT TAX POSES RISK TO TORIES, WARNS CLARKE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Kenneth Clarke, the Conservative leadership contender, yesterday distanced himself from the concept of a flat tax and said his party risked irrelevance if it embraced such a rightwing US idea.

The former chancellor said the Tories could be overtaken by the Liberal Democrats if they >>>


      IDENTITY CRISIS FINDS A HOME
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 Mike Leigh, riding high on the success of Vera Drake and earlier films, hadn‘t come up with a new play in more than 10 years until Nicholas Hytner brought him to the National Theatre.

The first tease was that neither title nor subject–matter were revealed until the first pr >>>


      INDUSTRY CALLS FOR LIABILITY INSURANCE REFORMS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Manufacturers have called for "root and branch reform" of employers‘ liability insurance despite evidence that many companies saw premiums fall last year.

The EEF, the employers‘ group, said it welcomed the improvement in market conditions last year after seve >>>


      JUST THE LATEST ADVENTURE IN A LONG TRADITIONOF INNOVATION
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 City investment bankers have been trooping into a bland building in Philpot Lane for a chance to help make bond market history.

This week, the government is expected to become the first to issue a 50–year inflation–linked bond. In another break with the past, it is to s >>>


      KENNEDY STRUGGLES TO SHARE HIS PARTY MOOD
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Charles Kennedy set out to pull the Liberal Democrats back to the centre ground yesterday with plans to privatise Royal Mail and possibly ditch the pledge to raise taxes on the wealthy.

Mr Kennedy opened his party‘s annual conference in Blackpool with a warning it had to fres >>>


      M&S: A WALK IN THE PARK?
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 14 2005 20:41 Just 14 months after the end of their battle for Marks and Spencer, Philip Green and Stuart Rose put their differences behind them and went for a walk in the park in an attempt to get shoppers back to London‘s West End.

M&S: A walk in the park? Or click here to read the articl >>>


      MURDOCH TELLS OF PM‘S SHOCK AT BBC
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 Tony Blair was shocked by the BBC‘s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, describing it as "full of hatred of America", Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, said last night.

Mr Murdoch, a long–time critic of the BBC who controls rival Sky New >>>


      POLICE SEARCH SHOPS IN BOMBING INQUIRY
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 Police investigating the London bombings have been searching two shops and a flat in Leeds. Officers are working in the Beeston area, close to where three of the bombers lived. Scotland Yard said they were searching a "combined residential and business premises" they had raided on Tue >>>


      RATE–SETTER WHO ADVOCATES IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO CHANGE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Stephen Nickell is neither a monetary policy hawk nor dove in the City jargon but he believes strongly in adjusting interest rates as soon as the economic outlook changes.

His voting record on the monetary policy committee shows he is an activist, having voted more regularly for ei >>>


      RETIREMENT AT 67 TO BE CONSIDERED BY MINISTERS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Proposals to raise the state pension age to 67 will have to be considered by the government as part of the answer to a looming pensions crisis, David Blunkett said yesterday.

The work and pensions secretary was speaking after a visit to the US, where the government has begun to pha >>>


      RIVALS DON TIES, NOT SPATS TO SELL WEST END
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 14 2005 22:17 Marks and Spencer, shook hands and made up on Wednesday in a sun–bathed square off Oxford Street, 14 months after the end of their battle for Marks and Spencer.

In a carefully choreographed event, the two put their differences behind them to launch Celebrate Oxford Street, an att >>>


      ROYAL MAIL TO REGAIN DELIVERY MONOPOLY AS EXPRESS QUITS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Royal Mail will regain its monopoly on delivering household post following a decision by Express Dairies to pull out of the postal delivery business.

Express Dairies, the milk business owned by Arla Foods, the Danish group, has been delivering small parcels, magazines and catalogue >>>


      THE ARC OF DANGER REQUIRES PRAGMATISM
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 1':44 Afew weeks ago, Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, was seen in Baghdad talking uneasily about the need for compromise in Iraq.

There could be no more striking proof of the difference between the first and second terms of the current Bush administration. Of course neither Ge >>>


      A POST–HURRICANE ACTION PLAN SHOULD FOCUS ON PEOPLE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 18:40 The tragedy following the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floods and disorder have riveted America‘s attention. As federal assistance mounts to $62bn, with some estimates of the final amount reaching much higher, it is both practical and responsible to ask what the federal >>>


      AFTER REHNQUIST: THE LAW STANDS AT A CROSSROADS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 4 2005 1':27 The appointment of one new justice to the US Supreme Court can transform America‘s high court for years but the appointment of two new justices can change the nation for generations.

Now, unexpectedly, America faces the prospect of just such a rare double vacancy. Just as the >>>


      HURRICANE BLOWS AWAY US CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 US consumer confidence has plunged following Hurricane Katrina with Americans‘ one–year outlook at its gloomiest since the invasion of Iraq.

The University of Michigan‘s widely watched initial sentiment index for September fell from 76.' from 8'.1 last month & >>>


      KATRINA SHOWS EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS GORE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 20:4' Hurricane Katrina offered "a taste" of the disasters, and the response to them, that the US could expect as a consequence of climate change, former vice president Al Gore said on Saturday.

He cited recent research that found warmer sea surface temperatures – a resul >>>


      US IN TALKS TO ORDER RECORD SUPPLY OF TAMIFLU
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:01 The value of the deal, which Financial Times calculations suggest might exceed $1bn, could lift Tamiflu to the status of a "blockbuster" drug to both treat and help prevent flu, though the production of sufficient volumes may encounter manufacturing constraints.

The rest of t >>>


      WORLD ‘UNPREPARED‘ FOR FLU PANDEMIC
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 More action must be taken to prepare for a "devastating" global flu pandemic, the head of the US government‘s health watchdog has warned.

Julie Gerberding, director of the Atlanta–based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the world‘s d >>>


      50,000 BUSINESSES AT RISK, SAYS SURVEY
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 A slowing economy could claim almost 50,000 businesses to fold over the next three years, according to BDO Stoy Hayward. The professional services group forecast that just fewer then 16,000 would fold this year, representing 0.' per cent of all UK companies. This would be a modest rise >>>


      ANNAN DISAPPOINTED WITH UN OVER NUCLEAR AGREEMENT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 21:23 Kofi Annan said he regretted the failure of the United Nations to adequately address nuclear proliferation at its Summit in New York this week.

He said: "The most disappointing outcome of this summit was that we could not come to an agreement on nuclear non–proliferation and >>>


      BARROSO URGES UNITY AMONG GERMAN LEADERS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 11:10 Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, on Monday urged Germany‘s political leaders to put together a ruling coaliton as quickly as possible, amid fears that the stalemate could add to the sense of drift in Europe.

The election stalemate is the nightmare scenario >>>


      BRUSSELS AGENDA
      FT, 19-09-2005
      1' 2005 14:28 Brussels‘ officials will be looking beyond the beltway at the start of this week, with all eyes on the outcome of Germany‘s general election.

The results of Sunday‘s poll, which were expected to lead to the ousting of Gerhard Schröder by Angela Merkel, will be felt s >>>


      CLINTON UNITES CEOS AND CELEBS AT SUMMIT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 21:50 Say what you will: Bill Clinton throws a great party. Late on Friday night, as Tony Bennett crooned in front of hundreds of high–powered guests, the former two–term Democratic president, Hillary alongside, was glowing with pride.

On the second day of his grandly–named >>>


      DENTED DETROIT STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH UNION LARGESSE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18
2005 18:56 In boardrooms and union halls across Detroit, a realisation is spreading that the city‘s motor industry is facing one of its biggest challenges since Henry Ford began producing the Model T on Piquette Avenue '7 years ago.

General Motors and Ford Motor, the two biggest Det >>>


      EUROPE‘S INERTIA MEANS IT IS BEING LEFT BEHIND
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 1':46 Ratification of the European Union‘s constitutional treaty has run into the buffers, opening a crisis of confidence that concerns the entire European project. Even though this affects both businesses and citizens, governments are taking their time and displaying a degree of indifferen >>>


      G8 SEEK UNITY ON IRAN NUCLEAR STAND–OFF
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 18:51 Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight industrialised countries meet in New York on Sunday night in an attempt to hammer out a line on Iran‘s nuclear programme following a confrontational speech by Mahmoud Ahmadi–Nejad, Iran‘s new president.

Western diplomats expre >>>


      GERMAN ELECTION ENDS IN DEADLOCK
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:17 Germany slid into political chaos on Sunday night as the election produced a hung parliament, with both chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his challenger Angela Merkel claiming victory and the right to form a new government.

The result is unprecedented in German post–war his >>>


      GERMAN LEADERS WRESTLE WITH COALITION OPTIONS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 12:23 Germany was in limbo on Monday as politicians began the work of coaxing a workable government out of an election that had left both chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel, his conservative challenger, claiming victory and the authority to form a new government.

The i >>>


      GREENSPAN MUST BE SENSITIVE TO GROWTH UNCERTAINTY
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 1':08 Amonth ago, the US economy looked to be on course. Inflation was edging up but still well within Federal Reserve policymakers‘ comfort range. With real growth steady at just above 3½ per cent, output was near its target level as well. Then the storm hit. With Hurricane K >>>


      INJURY LAWYERS SET OUT THEIR STALL
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 A scheme designed to give consumers a better insight into personal injury lawyers‘ expertise and qualifications will be launched today by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The association says the initiative follows research, including a Mori survey, which shows most consume >>>


      IRANIAN DEFIANCE REVEALS WEAKNESS IN WEST‘S LOBBYING
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 03:00 Rarely have Europe and the US seemed so weak onthe world stage as in the last few days.

The attempt by Brussels and Washington to censure Iran‘s nuclear programme has run into trouble due to a combination of stalled diplomacy, changing power politics and the divisions wrought >>>


      JOURNAL FROM NORTH KOREA: AWAITING THE DEAR LEADER
      FT, 19-09-2005
      August 18 2005 12:52 Anna Fifield is the Financial Times‘ correspondent in Seoul. She is in North Korea for two weeks and is writing an online journal available only on FT.com about her visit to and life in the isolated hermit state. This is the third entry of her online journal. Go to www.ft.com/pyongyangdiary >>>


      JOURNAL FROM NORTH KOREA: CRIMINALITY IN KIMLAND
      FT, 19-09-2005
      August 1' 2005 18:44 Anna Fifield is the Financial Times‘ correspondent in Seoul. She is in North Korea for two weeks and is writing an online journal available only on FT.com about her visit to and life in the isolated hermit state. This is the fourth entry of her online journal. Go to www.ft.com/pyongyangd >>>


      LATIN AMERICA AGENDA
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:00 US and Latin America The US Senate foreign affairs committee confirmation hearings for the new assistant secretary for western hemisphere affairs – Tom Shannon – on Wednesday promises to set the stage for a smoother relationship between the executive and legislature over policy on L >>>


      MALTA CASHES IN ON PATENT QUIRK TO TAKE ON DRUG GIANTS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:16 In a chilled low–pressure room that contrasts sharply with the humid Maltese weather outside, a poster reminds the white–coated staff of Actavis that they have just six weeks to finish work on a new drug.

Every day counts as the 320 employees of the generic–drugs manu >>>


      N KOREA AGREEMENT TO BENEFIT NEIGHBOURING JAPAN
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 12:37 The six–party agreement to denuclearise North Korea and the bilateral agreement with Japan to normalise relations could have far–reaching benefits for Tokyo, if it is implemented as agreed.

Japan‘s foreign minister, Nobutaka Machimura, said on Monday: "The fa >>>


      N KOREA AGREES TO TO GIVE UP NUCLEAR PROGRAMMES
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 07:23 North Korea on Monday agreed to abandon all its nuclear programmes in return for international aid and a pledge from the US not to take any aggressive action towards the communist regime.

The landmark deal, capping two years of multilateral negotiations aimed at achieving the denuc >>>


      NATIONS REPORT €?FRACTION OF WORK DEATH TOLL‘
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:57 At least 2.2m people die of work–related accidents and diseases each year, but poor reporting in many countries means this could be a vast underestimate, the International Labour Organisation says in a report onMonday.

The ILO estimate is already adjusted for under–reportin >>>


      NIGERIAN POLITICIAN ARRESTED IN LONDON
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 British police have arrested a Nigerian state governor in London in what Nigeria‘s anti–corruption commission has called an investigation into theft and money laundering.

Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, governor of Nigeria‘s oil–producing state of Baylesa, was arrested >>>


      NZ‘S CLARK HOLDS TALKS ON COALITION GOVERNMENT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 05:07 Helen Clark, New Zealand‘s caretaker prime minister, was preparing for a third term at the head of a coalition government after preliminary results showed a narrow election victory over her rivals.

Ms Clark, whose Labour party appeared to be just one seat ahead of opposition >>>


      OIL INVESTMENT TOO LOW TO REDUCE PRICES
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 00:10 In a draft of the main chapter of its World Economic Outlook, the IMF writes: "Based on current investment plans, production capacity is unlikely to grow enough to outpace future growth in consumption and create adequate spare capacity." The rest of this article is for FT.com subs >>>


      ON A KNIFE EDGE BUT SCHRöDER WINS ON CHUTZPAH
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:26 Vith the outcome on a knife edge, Gerhard Schröder last night won full marks for chutzpah, contriving by his buoyant body language and soaring self–belief to suggest that he had won the election and Angela Merkel had lost.

For her part, Ms Merkel, the strong favourite to >>>


      OPEC MEMBERS DIVIDED OVER HOW TO RESPOND IN FACE OF REFINERY CRISIS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:00 The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the oil cartel, this weekend faces disagreement within its ranks over how to respond to calls for it to act to bring down crude prices.

Saudi Arabia, the world‘s biggest oil supplier, favours measures to push down high oil pr >>>


      OPEC SEEKS TO DEFLECT OIL PRICE PRESSURE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 11:27 Under intense pressure on the high price of oil and petrol, the president of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries proposed on Sunday that the cartel offer all of its remaining spare oil to the market.

It would be an unprecedented policy change aimed at assuring con >>>


      PHILIPPINES EXTENDS FREEZE ON EXPANDED VAT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 13:47 The Philippine supreme court on Monday extended a freeze on a proposed law to expand value–added taxes, disappointing investors who want the government to raise more revenue to cut its crippling budget deficits.

The ruling followed the last–minute submission by oppositi >>>


      PROSPECT OF €?GRAND COALITION‘ DRAWS MIXED REACTIONS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 1' 2005 13:02 The prospect of a â€?grand coalition‘ in Germany for the first time since the late 1'60s drew mixed reactions from economists and business leaders on Monday morning, with some putting a brave face on the idea of Germany‘s two largest parties working together on >>>


      RATE CUTS PREDICTED IF GROWTH IN UK FALLS SHORT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 21:57 There is a "serious risk" that economic growth will fall short of the Bank of England‘s forecast, forcing further interest rate cuts, Stephen Nickell, a member of its monetary policy committee, has told the Financial Times.

In an interview Mr Nickell said consumer expen >>>


      REFINERS DEFER MAINTENANCE TO KEEP OIL FLOWING
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:53 US refiners are putting off scheduled maintenance to their plants in response to a White House call to maximise petrol and diesel production following Hurricane Katrina. The move has raised concerns about long–term risks among analysts, energy executives and safety officials.

The >>>


      ROBERTS SOWS SEED OF DOUBT FOR ACTIVISTS OF LEFT AND RIGHT
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:48 Americans spent last week debating competing visions of justice in America, and now they face a moment of truth: will they give a big vote of confidence to the minimalist vision of Judge John Roberts as US chief justice? Or will Democrats speak out loudly against him, because he rejects their g >>>


      TIME RUNS SHORT FOR EU DEAL ON TURKEY TALKS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:33 Britain is running short of time to strike a deal with its European Union partners on starting membership talks with Turkey, escalating the risk that any final compromise will not be to Ankara‘s liking.

With only two weeks to go before the scheduled October 3 start of the accessi >>>


      TURNOUT SUBDUED AS AFGHAN VOTERS GO TO POLLS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 22:21 Afghanistan braved threats of Taliban and Al–Qaeda–linked violence on Sunday to hold the country‘s first parliamentary elections in over 30 years. Fraught security conditions in the south and east of the country in the end prevented only 16 out of 6,250 polling centres from op >>>


      UN DEFENDS ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL POLICE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:52 Soren Jessen–Petersen, the UN‘s most senior official in Kosovo, has mounted a robust defence of international policing in the Serbian breakaway province, after Kosovo‘s prime minister described the work of the UN police there as a "failure".

Mr Petersen call >>>


      UN SUMMIT ADOPTS MODEST REFORM PLANS
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 17 2005 03:30 World leaders adopted modest reforms of the United Nations on Friday after a three–day summit to mark its 60th anniversary that made only slim progress on fighting poverty and terrorism, boosting security and protecting human rights.

Kofi Annan, UN secretary–general, hailed >>>


      US EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR ENERGY FACES RESISTANCE
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:37 The US government has begun preparing the ground for a major expansion of civil nuclear power generation at home and abroad, but it faces serious problems and potentially stiff opposition in both aims.

Against the background of the continuing stand–off with Iran over its nuclear >>>


      WORLD–FIRST FOR 50–YEAR BOND LINKED TO INFLATION
      FT, 19-09-2005
      September 18 2005 20:41 The UK could offer the world‘s first 50–year inflation–linked bond to investors as early as Monday.

The Debt Management Office, which borrows for the government, has hired investment banks to help with the sale, which is expected to raise about

ã1bn ( >>>


      AFGHANISTAN: LES ÉLECTIONS SE SONT FINALEMENT BIEN PASSÉES
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Les élections parlementaires afghanes se sont déroulées sans accroc majeur, mais avec une participation de l‘ordre de seulement 50%, en raison de la complexité du scrutin, voire de la déception des Afghans face ŕ la lenteur de la démocratisation, selon les observateurs.

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      ALLEMAGNE: SCHRÖDER ET MERKEL CONCURRENTS POUR LE POUVOIR
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Le chancelier Gerhard Schröder et sa rivale conservatrice Angela Merkel Merkel étaient engagés lundi dans un duel sans merci pour gouverner l‘Allemagne, aucun camp n‘ayant obtenu dimanche la majorité absolue aux élections législatives anticipées. [voir L‘év >>>


      ALLEMAGNE: SCHRÖDER ET MERKEL SE DISPUTENT LA VICTOIRE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      La chrétienne–démocrate Angela Merkel, de peu en tęte, et le chancelier social–démocrate sortant Gerhard Schröder, ont revendiqué tous deux la direction du gouvernement ŕ l‘issue dimanche des élections législatives anticipées en Allemagne, aucun camp >>>


      CROATIE: EXPLOSION DEVANT L‘AMBASSADE BRITANNIQUE Ŕ ZAGREB, 1 BLESSÉ LÉGER
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      La Croatie était en état de choc lundi apr';s une "attaque terroriste" perpétrée dans la matinée contre l‘ambassade britannique ŕ Zagreb, les autorités estimant qu‘elle visait ŕ nuire aux efforts du pays d‘adhérer ŕ l‘Union eur >>>


      CÔTE D‘IVOIRE: 3 ANS APRČS LE DÉBUT DE LA CRISE, PAS DE SOLUTION EN VUE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Trois ans apr';s le déclenchement de la plus grave crise politique qu‘ait connue la Côte d‘Ivoire, aucun r';glement ne se dessine, et la tenue de la présidentielle du 30 octobre est compromise, ravivant les tensions qui pourraient dégénérer entre le présid >>>


      GRANDE–BRETAGNE: PROCČS DU DRAME DES RAMASSEURS DE COQUES CHINOIS DE MORECAMBE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      D';s le premier jour du proc';s du drame de la baie de Morecambe (nord–ouest de l‘Angleterre), oů 21 ramasseurs de coques chinois ont péri rattrapés par la marée en février 2004, le voile s‘est levé sur le quasi–esclavage dans lequel vivaient ces im >>>


      IRAK: FEU VERT Ŕ L‘IMPRESSION DE LA CONSTITUTION, LA VIOLENCE SE POURSUIT
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Le Parlement irakien a donné dimanche son feu vert ŕ l‘impression du projet de Constitution soumis au référendum le 15 octobre alors que la violence s‘est poursuivie avec notamment l‘assassinat d‘un député kurde et la découverte de vingt corps qui appartiendra >>>


      IRAK: PČLERINAGE CHIITE SOUS HAUTE TENSION, UN NEVEU DE SADDAM HUSSEIN CONDAMNÉ
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Deux attentats suicide ont fait lundi dix morts sur la route empruntée par des milliers de p';lerins chiites en Irak se rendant dans la ville sainte de Kerbala, placée en état d‘alerte maximale.

Un neveu de l‘ancien président Saddam Hussein, Ayman Sabawi, a par ailleurs >>>


      ISRAËL: ARIEL SHARON ENGAGE LA BATAILLE POUR SON AVENIR POLITIQUE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Revenu lundi apr';s–midi en Israël apr';s avoir été félicité ŕ l‘Onu pour le retrait de Gaza, le Premier ministre Ariel Sharon engage une bataille incertaine au sein de son parti, le Likoud, pour se maintenir ŕ la direction de la droite et au pouvoir.
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      ISRAËL: SHARON ENGAGE LA BATAILLE DE SON AVENIR POLITIQUE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      De retour lundi en Israël apr';s avoir été félicité ŕ l‘Onu pour le retrait de Gaza, le Premier ministre Ariel Sharon engage une bataille incertaine au sein de son parti, le Likoud, pour se maintenir ŕ la direction de la droite et au pouvoir.

S‘il ré >>>


      KATRINA: POLÉMIQUE SUR LE RETOUR DES HABITANTS Ŕ LA NOUVELLE–ORLÉANS
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Trois semaines apr';s le passage du cyclone Katrina dans le sud des Etats–Unis, le retour attendu lundi d‘une premi';re vague d‘habitants ŕ La Nouvelle–Orléans (Louisiane) suscite une polémique entre le maire et le responsable des secours.

Le vice–a >>>


      LES POURPARLERS SUR LE NUCLÉAIRE NORD–CORÉEN SAUVÉS DE JUSTESSE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Les pourparlers multilatéraux sur le programme nucléaire nord–coréen ont été sauvés lundi avec l‘adoption d‘une déclaration conjointe dans laquelle Pyongyang s‘engage ŕ abandonner son arsenal atomique militaire contre l‘espoir d‘utiliser l&lsq >>>


      NOUVELLE–ZÉLANDE: MARCHANDAGES AVANT LE VERDICT DES LÉGISLATIVES
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      La Nouvelle–Zélande aborde deux semaines d‘incertitudes politiques dans l‘attente des résultats définitifs des législatives de samedi, marquées par d‘intenses tractations entre partis apr';s la trop courte victoire du Premier ministre travailliste Helen Clark en >>>


      NUCLÉAIRE NORD–CORÉEN: PYONGYANG RENONCE Ŕ SON ARSENAL MILITAIRE
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      Les pourparlers multilatéraux sur le programme nucléaire nord–coréen ont été sauvés lundi avec l‘adoption d‘une déclaration conjointe dans laquelle Pyongyang s‘engage ŕ abandonner son arsenal atomique militaire contre l‘espoir d‘utiliser l&lsq >>>


      NUCLÉAIRE: L‘AIEA SE RÉUNIT EN PLEINE CRISE ENTRE IRAN ET OCCIDENT
      Le Figaro, 19-09-2005
      L‘exécutif de l‘Agence internationale de l‘énergie atomique, l‘AIEA, se réunit ce lundi ŕ Vienne pour réagir au refus iranien de renoncer ŕ ses activités nucléaires sensibles et pour décider ou non de saisir le Conseil de sécurité de l&lsqu >>>



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