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      RUSSIA‘S GAZPROM WANTS SIBNEFT BY YEAR–END
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 12:40 Gazprom hopes to wrap up talks to buy Sibneft by the end of this year, a senior executive said as bankers close to the Russian gas group work to secure a financing package for the takeover.

"Negotiations are currently in progress. At this point, it‘s difficult to talk about t >>>


      S KOREA TO SELL 4'% STAKE IN KOREA LIFE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 12:54 The decision to sell the stake through an IPO rather than a trade sale reflects the lack of interest in Korea Life, which potential investors have viewed as having too many liabilities.

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      SEIKO EPSON WARNS ON LOWER DEMAND
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 13:5' Epson said group profits in the year to March, 2006 would be Y22bn, rather than Y44bn and sales would be Y1,618bn rather than Y1,63'bn as a result of fierce price competition in the inkjet printer market, slower demand for devices used in projectors, projection TVs and mobile phones and >>>


      THE SHORT VIEW: HOW FAR WILL THE FED GO?
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 17:25 Olson was the only member of the 10–strong Federal Open Market Committee to vote against a rate rise on Tuesday. The vote has prompted mixed reactions in the financial markets.

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      TIME TO CLEAR UP AFTER THE STORM
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 18:52 Martin Sullivan‘s corporate jet swooped low over New Orleans last week, offering the new chief executive of American International Group (AIG), a birds–eye view of the devastation wreaked by '4;­Hurricane Katrina.

"It was like a city with no definition," sa >>>


      TREASURIES END MIXED AFTER RATE RISE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 21:36 US Treasuries were mixed by the close of trading on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates.

The move, which most analysts expected, raised the federal funds rate for the 11th consecutive time to 3.75 per cent.Bond prices fell shortly after the Fed decision, pus >>>


      WALL ST WEAKER ON GROWING HURRICANE FEARS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 15:26 Wall Street was lower on Wednesday morning, extending the previous session‘s sell–off when the market surrendered early gains to close lower following the latest Federal Reserve rate hike.

Avon Products, the cosmetics company, became the latest retailer to blame higher fuel >>>


      WEAK AD SALES PROMPT NY TIMES JOB CUTS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 00:02 New York Times on Tuesday said it would cut 500 jobs, or about 4 per cent of its workforce, and reduced its third–quarter earnings outlook amid continued weakness in the advertising market.

The latest job cuts follow the ending of about 200 positions earlier this year. They will >>>


      WOOLWORTHS CATCHES A COLD FROM THE HIGH STREET
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 10:12 Woolworths on Wednesday said underlying first–half losses had widened as the UK retailer pledged to bring prices down on key products to pull customers into stores and cut £25m ($45m) of costs.

But the household goods and sweets retailer drew some comfort from the recent t >>>


      ACCIDENTS AT WORK COST ?800M A YEAR
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 The economy is losing £800m a year as a result of staff falling and hurting themselves with £500m borne by businesses, the Health Safety Executive warned yesterday.

The Health & Safety Executive is launching a Watch Your Step campaign to highlight the dangers of accid >>>


      BLAIR WARNS LABOUR AGAINST SHIFTING LEFTWARDS TO CONFRONT LIB DEMS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Tony Blair has warned senior Labour figures the government‘s main challenger at the next election will be the Conservatives.

The party, he said, should resist the temptation to confront the Liberal Democrats by shifting leftwards.

As the prime minister met cabinet collea >>>


      CALL TO SCRAP STATE SECOND PENSION
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Abolishing the state second pension and ending the rebates that go with it for those who contract out would make it easier for pension schemes to communicate to their members the benefits they offer, the National Association of Pension Funds said yesterday. It wants to scrap the state second pe >>>


      CITY URGED NOT TO BE COMPLACENT OVER TERROR RISKS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 The chairman of the Financial Services Authority has warned the City of London not to be "lulled into complacency" about the risks posed by a terrorist attack after the markets‘ efficient response to the terrorist bombs of July 7.

In a speech due to be delivered last ni >>>


      CONFLICT IN IRAQ HAS COST TAXPAYERS ?3.1BN
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 The financial cost to taxpayers of the war in Iraq was £3.1bn up to the end of March. Since then, Gordon Brown has provided another £400m in contingency funds, though this is earmarked for both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is expected to pledge more money in November‘s pre&ndash >>>


      EMPLOYERS WARNED OVER ‘INFERIOR‘ DEALS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Employers who try to persuade workers to accept "inferior" information and consultation agreements, required under European Union rules, will face a legal challenge from the trade union Amicus, it warned yesterday.

Tony Burke, Amicus assistant general secretary, said some com >>>


      EXPERTS BELIEVE BROWN WILL MISS TARGETS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Reasonably healthy tax receipts and low public expenditure growth improved the outlook for the public finances in August, but with five months of the financial year gone economists still believe Gordon Brown will miss his borrowing targets for the full year.

In a traditionally quiet mo >>>


      EXPERTS SAY NO NEED FOR FREER TRADE AID FUND
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 There is no need for a separate aid fund to compensate poor countries for the costs of liberalising trade, according to experts at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

In a joint staff paper to be discussed by ministers at this weekend‘s annual meeting of the two insti >>>


      IRAQI POLITICIANS INSIST DRAFT CHARTER BE PUT TO VOTE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      August 23 2005 23:4' The approval of the text, however, would set the stage for a referendum battle, in which the minority Sunni Arabs will campaign to block a document they say could fragment the country.

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      LIB DEMS SNUB CALL FOR ROYAL MAIL SELL–OFF
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Liberal Democrat modernisers suffered an embarrassing setback in their bid to drag the party back on to the political centre ground when conference delegates yesterday refused to back a flagship proposal to privatise Royal Mail.

Market–friendly Lib Dems, who make up a majority of >>>


      LIKELIHOOD OF ATTACK HIGH, SAYS SCOTLAND YARD
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Britain, and London in particular, continue to be at high risk of another terror attack, the head of Scotland Yard‘s anti–terrorist branch said yesterday.

Police were being forced to change their tactics constantly to thwart further bomb attempts in London, said Peter Clark >>>


      MINISTERS ‘FEARED COUNCIL TAX BACKLASH‘
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Fears of a backlash from voters who have become "highly sensitised" to tax rises persuaded ministers to shelve plans for an overhaul of council tax until after the next election, the man hired to reform town hall financing has said.

Sir Michael Lyons, whose inquiry into local >>>


      PRIVATE TREATMENT AT RISK, SAYS BMA
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Private medical practice could disappear in large parts of the country outside London and the south–east as National Health Service reforms, lower fees and the desire of younger doctors for a better work/life balance take effect, a senior member of the British Medical Association has warn >>>


      RATE CUT HELPS MORTGAGE LENDING PICK UP
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Mortgage lending picked up last month, providing evidence that there is still life in the housing market.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders said that after weak growth in July, mortgage lending rose by ' per cent to £27.5bn in August, driven mainly by remortgaging as borrowers >>>


      TORY DUO TO LAUNCH LEADERSHIP BIDS ON SAME DAY
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 David Davis and David Cameron will go head to head next week to launch their campaigns for the Conservative leadership, paving the way for a "beauty parade" of the main contenders at the party‘s annual conference.

Both candidates have pencilled in next Thursday to set o >>>


      DISSENTING VOTE ON RATE RISE FAILS TO RUFFLE FED ANALYSTS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 Fed–watchers yesterday played down the importance of a dissenting vote on the Federal Open Market Committee, as the US central bank indicated that it has more work to do in raising interest rates.

The FOMC raised interest rates, as expected, and acknowledged the increased uncerta >>>


      FORMER ADVISER TO BUSH INTERVIEWED FOR FED POST
      FT, 21-09-2005
      July 4 2005 22:00 Mr Kroszner, a professor at the University of Chicago‘s graduate school of business, met senior White House staff to discuss the position, but there is no guarantee that he will be nominated, according to two people familiar with the administration‘s deliberations.

The rest of th >>>


      NEW ORLEANS VOWS TO LET THE CARNIVAL GO ON
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:32 Hurricane Katrina is not stopping next year‘s Mardi Gras. At least, that is the message of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has some '0 staff working remotely from cities across the US to ensure the show goes on.

Even with all city–wide business con >>>


      AMERICA CANNOT RISK A GAMBLE ON TERROR INSURANCE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 21:1' In London, a series of bomb explosions paralyses the public transportation system. In Madrid, powerful devices are detonated on packed commuter trains.

In New York, two jet aircraft bring down the World Trade Center towers. Terrorism‘s evident intent is not only to exact a ho >>>


      AUSTRALIA TO SPEND A$200M ON AIRPORT SECURITY
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 13:0' John Howard, Australia‘s prime minister, on Wednesday pledged to spend A$200m to tighten airport security after a review found that policing at major Australian airports was "inadequate and dysfunctional".

The review was led by former British Conservative minister S >>>


      BANANA EXPORTERS FIGHT FOR EU MARKET
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 16:55 African banana exporters are pressing for a bigger share of the European Union market as part of a new import regime due to be in place from January.

The demand further complicates a long–running trade dispute over bananas that is now before the World Trade Organisation.

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      BERLUSCONI DELAYS PLAN FOR SINGLE PARTY
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:31 Silvio Berlusconi, Italy‘s prime minister, on Tuesday made a significant political retreat, postponing a plan to unite centre–right forces into a single party because of continued disarray in his ruling coalition.

He announced his decision only months before a national elec >>>


      BRAZILIAN CONGRESSIONAL LEADER SET TO RESIGN
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:57 Severino Cavalcanti, president of Brazil‘s lower house of Congress, is expected to resign on Wednesday after being accused of extortion.

The affair puts further pressure on the government of President Luiz In ácio Lulu da Silva, already battered by four months of scandal i >>>


      BRUSSELS BOWS TO INDUSTRY ON CLEAN AIR PLANS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 22:11 Controversial plans to improve Europe‘s air quality have been diluted by the European Commission following protests from industry, reducing projected annual compliance costs from €12bn to €7.1bn.

The proposal, expected to be approved by the EU executive on Wednesd >>>


      BRUSSELS TO EASE SUBSIDIES FOR SMALL COMPANIES
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 18:13 The European Commission plans to ease restrictions on government subsidies aimed at helping small and innovative companies, which Brussels believes are currently suffering from a dearth of financial support.

Among the measures it outlined in a paper on Wednesday are more generous rules >>>


      CHINA FREES LAWYER JAILED FOR OIL WELL PROTEST ROLE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 A lawyer detained for nearly four months because of his role in a landmark attempt to sue authorities in China‘s northern province of Shaanxi has been released and returned to Beijing on Tuesday.

The detention of Zhu Jiuhu, a lawyer retained by Shaanxi private oil well investors >>>


      CITY BANKERS SET FOR HEALTHY BONUSES
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 18:33 Investment bankers in the City of London are heading for their best bonuses for four years as they cash in on buoyant equity markets and the upsurge in mergers and acquisitions.

Nearly three quarters of City employees expect their 2005/2006 bonus to be higher than last year, with a qua >>>


      COLOMBIA BEGINS HEARING CASE FOR URIBE RE–ELECTION
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:4' Colombia‘s constitutional court on Tuesday began deliberations over the legality of a popular but controversial amendment that would allow President Alvaro Uribe to run for an unprecedented second term next year.

Meeting behind closed doors, the court‘s nine magistrates >>>


      CRISIS DEEPENS AS YUSHCHENKO SUFFERS DEFEAT
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:4' Ukraine plunged deeper into political crisis on Tuesday after Viktor Yushchenko, president, failed to win parliamentary backing for his nominee for prime minister.

Despite an impassioned speech to parliament, Mr Yushchenko came up three votes short of the majority needed to confirm >>>


      CYPRUS HOLDS OFF ON TURKEY COMPROMISE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:42 The Cypriot government on Tuesday backed away from agreeing to a compromise to help clear the way for the start of European Union membership talks with Turkey on October 3.

EU ambassadors, including Cyprus‘s, on Monday had provisionally agreed a declaration on Turkey‘s rela >>>


      EU AND US LOOK FOR TRADE–OFF ON FARM TARIFFS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 17:38 Trade ministers will meet in Paris over the next few days and try to put numbers on what has to date been a largely abstract set of negotiations under the Doha round of world trade talks.

The meeting, which will bring together ministers from the key negotiating economies the US, EU, In >>>


      EU STANCE JEOPARDISING ENERGY DEALS, WARNS TEHRAN
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 17:26 European pressure over Iran‘s nuclear programme is putting at risk multi–billion dollar energy deals with oil majors, including Total and Royal Dutch Shell, Iranian officials have warned.

Ali Larijani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), on Tuesday ex >>>


      FEMA ON STANDBY AS NEW STORM NEARS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:18 Disaster planners are leaving nothing to chance in their preparations for Hurricane Rita, after the botched response to last month‘s Hurricane Katrina began a political backlash against the Bush administration and Louisiana‘s Democratic state leadership.

The Federal Emergen >>>


      FOREIGN TEAMS TO HELP JAKARTA TACKLE BIRD FLU
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 03:00 International donors have begun talks with Indonesia on how to tackle a growing outbreak of bird flu amid concerns Jakarta is struggling to deal with the problem as the number of human cases mounts.

A US government fact–finding team from the Centers for Disease Control and Protec >>>


      HEWLETT–PACKARD JOB CUTS IRK CHIRAC
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 20:40 France could be heading for a clash with Hewlett–Packard after President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday asked for the US computer maker to be referred to the European Commission over its plan to cut 1,240 jobs in France.

Mr Chirac told the government‘s monthly employment committ >>>


      IMF SEEKS US TAX RISES TO MEET FISCAL PROBLEMS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      August 1 2004 22:50 In its annual report on the US economy, the IMF said that even if the administration‘s target of halving the deficit over four years was achieved, the deficit and government debt would still be too high in the face of the added burden on Social Security and Medicare created as "baby boom >>>


      INDONESIAN GIRL MAY BE LATEST VICTIM OF BIRD FLU
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 07:06 A girl with symptoms of bird flu died in a Jakarta hospital on Wednesday as the Indonesian government announced it would carry out mass culling of poultry in high–risk areas, addressing concerns that it was not doing enough to tackle the growing outbreak.

Blood samples of the fiv >>>


      IRAN RULES OUT LEAVING NPT OVER SANCTIONS THREAT
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 12:34 Iran has ruled out leaving the nuclear non–proliferation treaty, in spite of anger over US and EU moves to push for the imposition of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear programme.

A US and EU–backed proposal to refer Iran to the security council for concealing elemen >>>


      IRAN WARNS EUROPE ON ALLOCATION OF ENERGY CONTRACTS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 18:53 Iran on Tuesday hardened its stance against the efforts of Europe and the US to refer its nuclear programme to the United Nations security council, saying it would respond by resuming uranium enrichment and reconsidering the international inspectors‘ access to its atomic facilities.
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      JAPAN ACCUSES CHINA IN OILFIELD DISPUTE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 21:01 Japan on Tuesday accused China of beginning to produce oil or gas from a field in disputed waters in the East China Sea, saying it was weighing up what counter–measures to take.

Shoichi Nakagawa, the trade minister who has turned Chinese gas production into a territorial issue, s >>>


      KATRINA CLEAN–UP WILL €?HURT BUSH AGENDA‘
      FT, 21-09-2005
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      KOIZUMI EXPECTS SPEEDY PASSAGE OF POSTAL BILLS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 11:11 Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi said he would use an emergency session of parliament convened on Wednesday to push through postal reform, as well as to extend an emergency law to allow Japanese troops to remain stationed in southern Iraq for another year.

His ruling coalition >>>


      MPC VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO KEEP RATES ON HOLD
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 11:2' The nine members of the Bank of England‘s monetary policy committee all agreed to keep the Bank‘s official interest rate at 4.5 per cent this month following a split vote in August, according to the minutes of the meeting published on Wednesday.

The outcome was widely e >>>


      NEW ANTI–MACAPAGAL RALLY SUFFERS LOW TURN–OUT
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 12:27 Organisers of the first major anti–government protest after Philippines‘ Congress quashed an impeachment bid against president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffered a lower–than–expected turn–out.

Protest organisers said between 25,000 and 30,000 demonstrators >>>


      OBITUARY: SIMON WIESENTHAL
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 18:08 Simon Wiesenthal, who has died at the age of '6, survived Hitler‘s concentration camps and dedicated the rest of his life to bringing the perpetrators of genocide to justice. He was a pioneer in the field of human rights whose campaigning led indirectly to the creation of today‘ >>>


      OIL AND GAS OUTPUT HIT AGAIN AS RITA GAINS IN STRENGTH
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 18:52 Oil and gas companies were stepping up the pace of evacuations of Gulf coast facilities on Wednesday and refiners prepared to shut down as Hurricane Rita picked up strength, building into a category 4 storm with winds of at least 131 mph.

Its approach put an end to what had been a grad >>>


      OPPOSITION PARTIES SET TO BEGIN HORSE–TRADING
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 18:38 Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, will meet Angela Merkel, the opposition Christian Democratic Union leader, in Berlin on Thursday in the first stage of the elaborate political mating ritual that will decide the colour of the next government.

The meeting, between the rival >>>


      POLICE CHANGE TACTICS OFTEN TO THWART TERRORISM
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 1':30 The UK, and London in particular, continue to be at high risk of another terrorist attack, with police being forced to change their tactics constantly in an attempt to disrupt or thwart any attempt to follow up the London bombings, Peter Clarke, the head of Scotland Yard‘s anti– >>>


      REID MEETS JAAFARI AS DETAILS OF JAIL CLASH EMERGE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 10:23 Ibrahim al–Jaafari, Iraq‘s prime minister, and John Reid, UK defence secretary, were meeting on Wednesday to discuss Britain‘s military presence in Iraq in the aftermath of an incident that sorely tested the goodwill on both sides.

In dramatic scenes in Basra on Monda >>>


      RUDE AWAKENING IS FEARED AS BANKERS STAY POSITIVE
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 16 2004
21:31 Jean–Claude Trichet‘s mood matched the bright autumn sunshine as he chaired a meeting of "Group of Ten" central bank governors from industrialised and developing countries in the Swiss town of Basel this week.

In financial markets the talk had been of high oil >>>


      RUSSIA LOOKS AT INCENTIVES TO BOOST OIL OUTPUT
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 1':58 President Vladimir Putin of Russia indicated on Tuesday that the Kremlin would be prepared to give oil companies tax breaks to explore new fields, a day after they promised to freeze domestic fuel prices until the end of the year.

In comments broadcast on state–owned televisi >>>


      SAUDIS TAKE TO CAFE CULTURE WITH A TWIST
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 18:4' Dark blue sofas are arranged in rows in front of a giant screen. Men sit around leisurely drinking coffee, smoking and chatting as their eyes follow the flickering lights on the screen.

It may have the feel of a cafe and the appearance of an entertainment centre but this is the &qu >>>


      TENSIONS GROW IN BASRA AS MILITIAS VIE FOR SUPREMACY
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 17:22 The British military‘s raid on a Basra jail on Monday highlights the uneasy situation in the south. In the oil rich city and nearby provinces, rival militias confront each other and the multinational forces in their midst in local power struggles.

The level of violence in Basra i >>>


      THE PRICE OF GERMANY‘S INDECISION
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 21:01 So Germany is at a crossroads ‫ once again. We have been here before (a search on Google for "Germany at a crossroads" yields 5m hits). Still, it is hard not to think that something special is happening in the Berlin republic beyond the utter confusion following last Sun >>>


      UK EXPECTS TOUGH QUESTIONING OVER IRAQ HANDOVER
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 18:58 Britain‘s troubled military handover in Iraq is set to dominate talks on Wednesday between Ibrahim al–Jaafari, the Iraqi prime minister, and John Reid, the UK defence secretary.

The meeting follows a clash between British forces and Iraqi police which forced London on to th >>>


      UK FINANCE MINISTER UNDER FIRE OVER ECONOMY
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 21 2005 18:18 Gordon Brown‘s stewardship of the UK economy came under fire on Wednesday when the International Monetary Fund warned of flagging growth in the world‘s fourth biggest economy and the European Union complained about the UK budget deficit.

The IMF said higher interest rates, >>>


      US RAISES INTEREST RATES DESPITE OIL CRISIS
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 23:5' The Federal Reserve on Tuesday voted '–1 to raise US interest rates by another quarter point and signalled that it expected to continue tightening policy.

The move came in spite of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and as Hurricane Rita approached the Gulf, posi >>>


      US REFINERIES BRACED FOR ANOTHER HIT FROM RITA
      FT, 21-09-2005
      September 20 2005 1':58 The US energy industry braced itself on Tuesday for another blow as Hurricane Rita swept towards the oil and gas production centre of the Gulf coast, which is still reeling from Hurricane Katrina.

The National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm would be a Category 3 hurrican >>>


      ALLEMAGNE: LE SPD ET LES VERTS DONNENT LE COUP D‘ENVOI DES DISCUSSIONS
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le Parti social–démocrate allemand (SPD) du chancelier Gerhard Schröder a donné mercredi le coup d‘envoi des discussions politiques exploratoires, rencontrant les Verts, en vue de former un gouvernement et trouver une issue ŕ la crise issue des législatives de dimanche. [voir L&lsq >>>


      ALLEMAGNE: UNE COALITION SANS SCHRÖDER NI MERKEL ÉVOQUÉE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Les partis allemands devaient entamer mercredi les négociations en vue de former un nouveau gouvernement, l‘hypoth';se d‘une "grande coalition" entre conservateurs et sociaux–démocrates sans Gerhard Schröder ni Angela Merkel se renforçant au détriment des au >>>


      CYCLONE RITA: NOUVELLES ÉVACUATIONS AUX ETATS–UNIS, TROIS SEMAINES APRČS KATRINA
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le cyclone Rita, avec des vents de 240 km/h, est en route pour les côtes du golfe du Mexique qu‘il atteindra samedi, jetant une nouvelle fois les habitants du sud des Etats–Unis sur les routes, plus de trois semaines apr';s la tragédie du cyclone Katrina qui a fait plus d‘un millier >>>


      DEUX JOURNALISTES IRAKIENS ASSASSINÉS EN IRAK
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Deux journalistes du quotidien irakien Al–Safir ont été abattus par balles ŕ Mossoul ces derniers jours, a affirmé mercredi le rédacteur en chef du journal, Hussein Joubouri.

Firas Al–Maadhidi, 36 ans, le chef du bureau du journal dans cette ville située ŕ 370 km >>>


      ISRAËL MAINTIENT SON OPPOSITION Ŕ LA PARTICIPATION DU HAMAS AUX ÉLECTIONS
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Israël a réitéré mercredi son opposition ŕ une participation du groupe islamiste radical Hamas aux élections législatives palestiniennes en dépit d‘un certain assouplissement de Washington sur ce point.

Le Hamas a réalisé de tr';s bons scores fac >>>


      JAPON: KOIZUMI RECONDUIT TRIOMPHALEMENT Ŕ L‘OUVERTURE DE LA NOUVELLE DIČTE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Fort de sa récente victoire électorale, le Premier ministre libéral japonais Junichiro Koizumi a été triomphalement reconduit dans ses fonctions mercredi ŕ l‘ouverture de la nouvelle Di';te qui doit réexaminer son projet de réforme postale d‘ici le 1er novemb >>>


      JAPON: TRIOMPHALEMENT RECONDUIT, KOIZUMI PROMET DES RÉFORMES TOUS AZIMUTS
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Triomphalement reconduit dans ses fonctions, le Premier ministre libéral Junichiro Koizumi a promis mercredi de procéder ŕ davantage de réformes aussitôt que l‘emblématique projet de privatisation de la Poste aura été adopté par la nouvelle Di';te.

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      L‘UE DEVRAIT POUVOIR OUVRIR LES NÉGOCIATIONS AVEC LA TURQUIE LE 3 OCTOBRE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      L‘Union européenne devrait pouvoir ouvrir comme prévu les négociations d‘adhésion avec la Turquie le 3 octobre, apr';s des progr';s accomplis mercredi dans les deux derniers dossiers ŕ régler par les ambassadeurs des 25 ŕ Bruxelles.

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      L‘UE TROUVE UN ACCORD POUR DÉFINIR UNE ATTITUDE COMMUNE SUR LA TURQUIE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Les ambassadeurs des 25 ŕ Bruxelles sont parvenus mercredi ŕ un accord de principe sur la réponse commune au refus d‘Ankara de reconnaître Chypre et sur les principes directeurs des pourparlers d‘adhésion de la Turquie ŕ l‘UE qui doivent s‘ouvrir le 3 octobre, a&nd >>>


      LE CYCLONE RITA FORCE UNE NOUVELLE ÉVACUATION DE MASSE, TROIS SEMAINES APRČS KATRINA
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le cyclone Rita, emportant des vents de 225 km/h, est en route pour les côtes du golfe du Mexique qu‘il atteindra ce week–end, jetant une nouvelle fois les habitants du sud des Etats–Unis sur les routes, trois semaines apr';s la tragédie du cyclone Katrina.

Rita a secou >>>


      LE CYCLONE RITA SE RENFORCE ET SE DIRIGE VERS LE TEXAS ET LA LOUISIANE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Plus de trois semaines apr';s Katrina, le cyclone Rita qui menace le Texas et la Louisane apr';s avoir frappé la Floride et Cuba s‘est renforcé mercredi ŕ la catégorie 3 (sur 5).

Le cyclone devrait encore prendre de la vigueur et passer dans la journée de mercred >>>


      LE PREMIER MINISTRE IRAKIEN Ŕ LONDRES APRČS LES ÉVÉNEMENTS DE BASSORAH
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le Premier ministre irakien Ibrahim Jaafari devait rencontrer mercredi ŕ Londres le ministre de la Défense John Reid apr';s les incidents de Bassorah qui ont traumatisé les Britanniques et relancé le débat sur la présence de leurs troupes en Irak.

La rencontre est pré >>>


      MANIFESTATION Ŕ BASSORAH CONTRE LES BRITANNIQUES, BAGDAD ET LONDRES MINIMISENT
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Des centaines d‘Irakiens ont manifesté mercredi contre la présence des troupes britanniques ŕ Bassorah (sud) apr';s une intervention musclée pour récupérer deux soldats britanniques, mais les gouvernements des deux pays se sont empressés de minimiser l‘affaire.
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      NUCLÉAIRE IRANIEN: UNE "MAJORITÉ" D‘OCCIDENTAUX VEUT IMPLIQUER L‘ONU
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le bras de fer s‘est poursuivi mercredi ŕ Vienne entre les Occidentaux, qui disent avoir "une majorité croissante" ŕ l‘AIEA pour saisir le Conseil de sécurité de l‘Onu, et l‘Iran qui agite toujours des menaces.

Européens et Américains, unis >>>


      NUCLÉAIRE: LA CORÉE DU NORD, UN MARCHANDEUR Ŕ LA TACTIQUE ÉPROUVÉE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      La Corée du Nord pourrait ętre jugée imprévisible apr';s son apparent revirement, mardi, qui menace un accord de dénucléarisation arraché apr';s plus de deux ans de négociations, mais la dictature est en réalité fid';le ŕ une tactique de ma >>>


      OUZBÉKISTAN: QUINZE LEADERS PRÉSUMÉS DE LA RÉVOLTE D‘ANDIJAN PLAIDENT COUPABLE Ŕ LEUR PROCČS
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Les quinze hommes accusés d‘avoir mené en mai le soul';vement d‘Andijan, réprimé dans le sang, ont reconnu mardi leur culpabilité au premier jour de leur proc';s, appuyant ainsi la th';se du pouvoir qui dénonce un complot islamiste et nie avoir écr >>>


      SOUDAN: FORMATION DU PREMIER GOUVERNEMENT D‘UNION NATIONALE
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le premier gouvernement d‘union nationale au Soudan a été formé mardi au terme de plusieurs semaines d‘âpres discussions et huit mois apr';s la conclusion d‘un accord de paix qui a mis fin ŕ plus de 21 ans de guerre civile dans le sud du pays.

La formation de >>>


      UKRAINE: IOUCHTCHENKO PROPOSE Ŕ TIMOCHENKO "D‘ENTERRER LA HACHE DE GUERRE "
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le président Viktor Iouchtchenko, soucieux d‘apaiser les tensions politiques en Ukraine et remettre le gouvernement au travail, a appelé mercredi son ancien Premier ministre Ioulia Timochenko ŕ faire la paix et proposé ŕ son bloc de participer ŕ la formation du nouveau cabinet.
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      68% DES FRAN'';AIS JUGENT QUE LE MODČLE SOCIAL FONCTIONNE MAL
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      68% des Français estiment que le mod';le social fonctionne mal, selon un sondage Ifop pour Acteurs Publics en partenariat avec Metro et LCP–AN publié mercredi.

32% des personnes interrogées pensent au contraire que le mod';le social fonctionne bien.

Parmi les pers >>>


      AYRAULT: LA GAUCHE DOIT "SE RÉVEILLER"
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le président du groupe socialiste ŕ l‘Assemblée nationale, Jean–Marc Ayrault, a exhorté mercredi la gauche ŕ "se réveiller" pour offrir "une alternative crédible", car, a–t–il dit, la droite lui "lance un véritable défi de so >>>


      BAYROU DÉNONCE LA "BÉATITUDE" DES DISCOURS OFFICIELS
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le président de l‘UDF François Bayrou a dénoncé mercredi la "béatitude" des discours officiels qui veulent cacher aux Français la "réalité" des choses, lors des journées parlementaires de la formation centriste ŕ Taissy (Marne).

Ces j >>>


      DRAY (PS): "L‘EXTRĘME–GAUCHE EST DEVENUE SECTAIRE"
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Julien Dray, porte–parole du Parti socialiste (PS), a déclaré mardi que l‘extręme–gauche "était devenue sectaire" ces derni';res années.

"Je pense qu‘il y a une extręme gauche qui a changé ces derniers années et qui est dev >>>


      FABIUS AU PS: ATTENTION AU "DÉCROCHAGE DE L‘ÉLECTORAT POPULAIRE"
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Laurent Fabius a mis le PS en garde contre un risque de "décrochage d‘une partie de l‘électorat populaire", en tirant mercredi sur RTL les leçons des élections législatives allemandes.

"Pour la gauche, la leçon principale, en dépit de l‘excel >>>


      HOLLANDE (PS): OFFRIR LE VISAGE D‘UN PARTI "OFFENSIF ET RASSEMBLÉ"
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le PS entend montrer le visage d‘un parti "ŕ l‘offensive" contre le gouvernement mais aussi "rassemblé" sur des propositions alternatives, lors de ses journées parlementaires mercredi et jeudi ŕ Nevers, a déclaré le premier secrétaire François Hol >>>


      HP: LE GOUVERNEMENT SOUHAITE LA CONCERTATION SUR LE PLAN DE LICENCIEMENTS
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le gouvernement souhaite que le plan de licenciements en France de la société américaine d‘informatique Hewlett–Packard soit "le plus concerté et le plus limité possible", a déclaré mercredi le porte–parole du gouvernement Jean–François Copé >>>


      LE PEN DÉSAVOUÉ PAR GOLLNISCH ET CARL LANG SUR L‘EXCLUSION DE BOMPARD
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le président du Front National Jean–Marie Le Pen a été désavoué par les numéros 2 et 3 de son mouvement, Bruno Gollnisch et Carl Lang, lors du bureau exécutif qui a abouti ŕ l‘exclusion du bureau politique du maire FN d‘Orange Jacques Bompard, selon une informa >>>


      PREMIČRE SORTIE PUBLIQUE DE CHIRAC DEPUIS SON HOSPITALISATION
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Le président Jacques Chirac a assisté mercredi, au cercle Interallié ŕ Paris, ŕ la traditionnelle réception des patrons de la presse régionale, sa premi';re sortie publique de l‘Elysée depuis son accident vasculaire le 2 septembre, a constaté un journaliste de >>>


      PRIVATION DE DROITS CIVIQUES REQUISE CONTRE LES FAUCHEURS D‘OGM
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      Des peines de privation de droits civiques, dont une d‘un an ferme contre José Bové, ont été requises mercredi lors du proc';s de ' militants anti–OGM qui comparaissaient depuis mardi devant la cour d‘appel de Toulouse pour un arrachage d‘OGM en juillet 2004.
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      PROCČS ANTI–OGM: UN AN DE PRIVATION DE DROITS CIVIQUES REQUIS CONTRE J. BOVÉ
      Le Figaro, 21-09-2005
      L‘avocat général a requis mercredi une peine d‘un an ferme de privation de droits civiques ŕ l‘encontre de José Bové et avec sursis contre 7 autres élus ou syndicalistes qui comparaissent depuis mardi devant la cour d‘appel de Toulouse pour un arrachage d‘OGM >>>


      ASIATISCHE STAATEN BERATEN STRATEGIE GEGEN VOGELGRIPPE
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21-09-2005
      21. September 2005 Die Staaten der Asien–Pazifik–Region haben sich am Mittwoch auf eine gemeinsame Strategie gegen die Vogelgrippe und ähnliche Krankheiten geeinigt. Bei einem Treffen unter dem Dach der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) in Noumea auf der Insel Neukaledonien vereinbarten sie, die Risike >>>


      EXPLOSION IN HÖXTER: VERURSACHER IST TOT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21-09-2005
      21. September 2005 Der mutmaßliche Verursacher der verheerenden Explosion eines Wohn– und Geschäftshauses in Höxter in Ostwestfalen ist tot. Mit an Sicherheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit handele es sich der Obduktion zufolge bei dem am Dienstag abend gefundenen dritten Toten um den 64 Jahre alten >>>


      FROM THE BIG APPLE TO THE BIG EASY
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21-09-2005
      21. September 2005 Zahlreiche Musik– und Hollywoodstars sind in der Nacht zum Mittwoch in New York bei zwei gleichzeitigen großen Benefiz–Konzerten zugunsten der Hurrikan–Opfer von New Orleans aufgetreten.

Die Konzerte im ausverkauften Madison Square Garden und der RadioCity Music Hall s >>>


      FRÖHLICH, ABER STARK BESCHWERT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21-09-2005
      Von Mechthild Küpper 21. September 2005 Am Mittwoch hörte die 18. Große Strafkammer des Berliner Landgerichts Nachbarn, Bekannte, Freundinnen, Betreuerinnen und den letzten Lebensgefährten der ermordeten Hatin Sürücü als Zeugen.

Sie entwarfen ein facettenreiches Bild der jung >>>



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