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      WHAT IS THE NEW SUDAN VISION?
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      By J. Ojoch× June 10, 2006 The new Sudan, as a philosophy and vision, has produced controversial rhetoric and different meanings. To some it means unity with the Arabs.

Others say Dr Garang fought for many years for nothing that he was against separation of the South form the North. Still others call the >>>


      150 PEOPLE KILLED IN LAND CLASHES IN SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) At least 150 people have been killed in southern Ethiopia in more than a week of clashes between rival clans over land ownership following a jurisdictional re–alignment, officials said Monday.

Aid officials in the region said that the fighting erupted late last month between t >>>


      AL–QAIDA DEPUTY AL–ZAWAHIRI CALLS FOR HOLY WAR IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June ', 2006 (DOHA) Ayman al–Zawahiri, the second–in–command in the terrorist al Qaida Organization, has criticised the Sudanese government for allowing United Nations force to enter in Darfur, however he called Muslims to defend Datfur against the UN force.

Ayman al–Zawahiri In a v >>>


      CHADIAN MILITARY PLANE CRASHES, FIVE KILLED
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (NDJAMENA) A Chadian military C–130 aircraft crashed during a dust storm at an airport near the eastern town of Abeche on Sunday, killing five crew and injuring two people on the ground, the regional governor said on Monday.

"It crashed because of poor visibility, there was lots of dus >>>


      DARFUR TRIBAL LEADERS REJECT UN PEACEKEEPERS
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June ', 2006 (AL FASHER) Tribal leaders on Friday rejected the possibility of U.N. peacekeepers replacing African Union forces in Darfur, with one chief threatening a "holy war" if non–African troops come to the Sudanese region.

Mowadh Jalaladin of the Barti Tribe Their concerns emerged as >>>


      DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT TO THE DAFUR PEACE AGREEMENT
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 8, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) Attached hereunder the text of the Declaration of Commitment to the Dafur Peace Agreement, which was signed on June 8 by leading figures of Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement.

Having Participated in the negotiations which led to the Darfur Peace Agreement >>>


      EASTERN SUDAN PEACE TALKS POSTPONED TO 16 JUNE
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) Peace talks between the Sudanese government and eastern Sudan rebels, due to start on Tuesday in the Eritrean capital Asmara, have been postponed to Friday 16 June, an official from the rebel movement said.

The signing of the procedural arrangements for eastern Sudan peace talks, Asmar >>>


      ERITREA, SUDAN HOLD TALKS ON TIES NORMALIZATION, EASTERN CONFLICT
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) Eritreas president met his Sudanese counterpart in Khartoum Monday in a rare visit aimed at ending almost over a decade of chilly relations between the neighbors who accuse one another of providing assistance to opposition groups across their border.

Sudanese Omer al–Bashir welco >>>


      ERITREAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT SUDAN MONDAY
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 11, 2006 (KHARTOUM) President of Eritrea, Issias Afeworki, is due to arrive here in Khartoum Monday in a short visit to the country in which he will hold talks with the President Omer al–Bashir, on the bilateral relations.

Isaias Afwerki The Spokesperson of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, Jamal Moham >>>


      GUNMEN KILL NINE PEOPLE IN SOUTH SUDAN&#8217;S JUBA ATTACK
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (JUBA, South Sudan) Gunmen killed nine people in an attack on the outskirts of the south Sudanese capital Juba on Sunday night, an army officer said on Monday.

Members of the New Sudan Police practice a drill , Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005 in Rumbek in southern Sudan. (AP).

Residents said the >>>


      SECURITY COUNCIL URGES CHAD TO RESTORE RELATIONS WITH SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (NDJAMENA) – A United Nations Security Council mission that visited Chad at the weekend urged President Idriss Deby to restore relations with neighbouring Sudan.

Idriss deby "We hope that the tension between Chad and Sudan will drop," the head of the UN delegation, French Ambassad >>>


      SLM DETAINS 2 REBEL LEADERS FOR THEIR REJECTION OF DARFUR PEACE DEAL
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June ', 2006 (LONDON) A Darfur rebel faction who signed a peace agreement with the Sudanese government arrested and tortured two rebel leaders for their opposition to the peace deal.

Rebel SLM main faction leaders appear at the exchange ceremony of the African Union (AU) draft peace agreement for Darfur in >>>


      SOMALI ISLAMISTS SEEKS UNDERSTANDING&#8217; WITH US
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (MOGADISHU) The Islamist leader whose Islamic Courts Union militia seized control of this lawless east African capital last week after fierce fighting with U.S.–backed warlords said Monday that he seeks "an understanding" with the United States and denied that his group is sheltering al&nd >>>


      SOUTH SUDAN EFFORTS TO SPONSOR UGANDA TALKS SEEM UNCERTAIN
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June, 2006 (KAMPALA) Efforts by authorities in southern Sudan to mediate in the conflict between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA) appeared to be stalling at the weekend after Kampala refused to meet the insurgencys leadership because it had been indicted by the International Criminal Cou >>>


      SOUTH SUDAN URGED TO GIVE PRIORITY TO WOMEN&#8217;S RIGHTS, GENDER EQUALITY
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (NAIROBI) Activists are urging the Government of Southern Sudan to take issues of womens rights and gender equality as a priority in its search for peace.

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) regional programme director, Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, says that the government should en >>>


      SPLA HANDS OVER HAMESHKOREB TO SUDAN&#8217;S KASSALA STATE
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 11, 2006 (KASSALA, eastern Sudan) Kassala States Government has received Hameshkorieb area form Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) Sunday in the framework of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

SPLA troops before their departure to South Sudan from the east. (ST) Hamesh Koreb, >>>


      SUDAN CHOLERA OUTBREAK REACHES WAR–TORN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) A cholera outbreak in Sudan has spread to the war–torn western Darfur region, posing a serious threat to the 2.5 million living in squalid camps in cramped conditions, a U.N. statement said.

A sick Sudanese man receives medical attention at a World Doctors health center in Drage >>>


      SUDAN ISSUES GENERAL AMNESTY FOR DARFUR PEACE SIGNATORIES
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) President Omer Al–Bashir, issued Sunday 11 June a Republican Decree, declaring general amnesty for rebel groups who signed Abuja Peace Agreement on Darfur.

Omar el–Bashir The amnesty also includes those who joined the peace agreement afterward as well as parties of the trib >>>


      SUDAN TO MEDIATE BETWEEN US, SOMALI ISLAMISTS – REPORT
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 11, 2006 (KHARTOUM) Sudanese government will undertake mediation between the US administration and Union of the Somali Islamic Courts, who seized Mogadishu from an alliance of warlords.

Khartoum based Al–Ray Alaam reported that contacts were established and followed by two days meetings in a neighbo >>>


      SUDAN URGES US TO RELAX SUDAN ECONOMIC SANCTIONS
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) The Federal Minister of Finance and National Economy al–Zubair Ahmed al–Hassan has called for lifting the US economic sanctions from the whole of Sudan, the state–run SUNA said.

Al–Zubair Ahmed al–Hassan In press statements Monday, the minister expected li >>>


      SUDAN&#8217;S AL–BACHIR TO ISSUE AMNESTY DECREE FOR DARFUR DEAL SIGNATORIES
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 10, 2006 (KHARTOUM) Sudanese President, Omer al–Bashir, will issue in the coming days a decree on general amnesty for the rebel groups who signed Darfur peace agreement.

Al–Bashir signs the new constitution moments before being is sworn in again as president of the Republic of Sudan in Khartou >>>


      SUDAN, ERITREA DISCUSS EASTERN CONFLICT
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) The presidents of Sudan and Eritrea met Monday for the first time in five years, setting the stage for landmark peace talks aimed at ending the simmering civil conflict in eastern Sudan.

Sudanese president Omer al–Bashir (right) welcomes Eritrean president Assaias Afeworki at his >>>


      SUDAN, INDIA SIGN AGREEMENT ON AGRICULTURAL RESEARCHES
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) Sudan and India signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of agricultural researches and training of researchers.

The memo was signed during a visit recently paid to India by a delegation led by Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Engineer and comprising the Minister of Agricu >>>


      SUDANESE FOREIGN MINISTER STARTS 10–DAY VISIT TO FRANCE, BELGIUM
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12 (KHARTOUM) The Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol, left on Monday evening for Paris at the outset of a ten–day European tour that will also take him also to Belgium.

Sudans FM Lam Akol talks with an aid. In France, the minister would meet the French Foreign Minister, the French Minister of Intern >>>


      THERE WILL NOT BE WAR IN SOUTH SUDAN AFTER TODAY – SALVA KIIR
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 10, 2006 (KHARTOUM) Sudanese First Vice–President Salva Kiir has said that the curtain has been completely closed on the war in the south. However, in an interview with London based Al–Sharq al–Awsat published on 7 June, he said that comprehensive peace will not be achieved unless it is achieved >>>


      UN–AU TEAM TO VISIT DARFUR FOR ASSESS PEACEKEEPERS NEEDS
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (KHARTOUM) A joint team of the African Union and the United Nations is scheduled to visit Darfur on Tuesday 13 June to determine what measures are needed to strengthen the ill–equipped peacekeeping force in the troubled western Sudanese region.

Jean–Marie Guehenno The joint UN–A >>>


      UN FAULTS SUDAN AND UGANDA OVER REBEL CONTACTS
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (UNITED NATIONS) A top U.N. official faulted the Sudanese and Ugandan governments on Monday for agreeing to talks with Lords Resistance Army leaders accused by the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity.

LRA Joseph Kony is shaking hand with southern Sudans vice president Riek Mac >>>


      UNICEF&#8217;S MIA FARROW VISITS DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      June 12, 2006 (NYALA, South Darfur) Performers from Darfurs various ethnic African and Arab tribes greeted actress Mia Farrow with dancing and singing as she arrived in Sudans remote western region to appeal for international aid for the 2.5 million people made refugees by the conflict here.

actress Mia Farrow >>>


      AFRICAN UNION STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN MOGADISHU
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      AFRICAN UNION Press Satement Statement of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, on the Situation in Mogadishu June ', 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) The Commission of the African Union followed with great concern the fighting that took place (over several weeks) in and around Mogadishu. The fighting caused grave damages and re >>>


      MIA FARROW, RONAN FARROW RETURN TO DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      Genocide Intervention Network GI–Net Spokesperson Ronan Farrow Advocates for Protection, Intervention Genocidal Attacks Business as Usual with Insufficient Peacekeeping Force June 12, 2006 (WASHINGTON) Ronan Farrow, Representative of the Genocide Intervention Network, is joining his mother, actress Mia Farrow, on >>>


      OROMO OLF SAYS ETHIOPIA RULING PARTY TOILS TO DISRUPT OPPOSITION ALLIANCE
      Sudan Tribune, 13-06-2006
      ADDA BILISUMMAA OROMOO OROMO LIBERATION FRONT A DESPERATE MINORITY REGIME CONTINUING WITH ITS MALICIOUS ACTS No.: : 035/ABO/2006 June 8, 2006 Ever since it came to power the EPRDF/TPLF did not have the support of the people in Ethiopia. Its cling to power rested on its control of the security forces and its readiness t >>>


      40 POLIO CASES APPEAR IN NAMIBIA; VACCINATION CAMPAIGN SET
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Seven deaths result from virus thought to be imported from Angola Washington ‫ Forty suspected cases of polio, resulting in seven deaths, have brought an end to a polio–free decade in Namibia.

The first case appeared in early May when a 3'–year–old man was stricken with sudde >>>


      AT–RISK YOUTH IN EASTERN CARIBBEAN TARGETED IN NEW JOB PROGRAM
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Inter–American group, U.S. company team up to provide job training By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– At–risk youth in the Eastern Caribbean are being targeted for help under an initiative created by an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Microsof >>>


      AVIATION ESSENTIAL FOR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO SECURITY
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      U.S. Ambassador Swing, Ituri aviation chief describe MONUC air operations By Jim Fisher–Thompson Washington File Staff Writer Bunia, Ituri District, Democratic Republic of Congo –– If you can imagine having to travel from Paris to Rome or Warsaw without using roads, you get a better idea of how diffic >>>


      BUSH CALLS FOR IRAQI AID DONORS TO HONOR PLEDGES
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      First day of Camp David meetings focus on security, energy, economy Washington –– President Bush urged members of the international community, including Iraq‘s neighbors, to "do more to help" with Iraq‘s reconstruction, including honoring their financial aid pledges, which total more t >>>


      BUSH, DENMARK‘S RASMUSSEN CONFER ON IRAQ AT CAMP DAVID
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Iran, human rights in War on Terror also figure in discussion By Jeffrey Thomas Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– President Bush said his administration will be conducting a review of the new Iraqi government‘s strategy June 12–13 at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland, &qu >>>


      CHERTOFF TO DISCUSS PASSENGER NAME RECORDS AT G8 CONFERENCE
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Ministerial conference to focus on counterterrorism, disaster preparedness By Anita N. Wadhwani Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff plans to discuss security cooperation with his counterparts from the Group of Eight (G8) nations during the week of June >>>


      COALITION PURSUING AL–QAIDA IN SEVERAL OPERATIONS, GENERAL SAYS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      General Casey says Iraqi government focusing on increased security for Baghdad Washington –– The al–Qaida network in Iraq has been hurt badly by the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al–Zarqawi, and Iraqi and coalition forces have moved swiftly to exploit intelligence from that operation to id >>>


      CROSS–CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE KEY TO TODAY‘S MANAGEMENT CAREERS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Dean of Stanford‘s Graduate School of Business holds webchat By Marissa K. Eubanks Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Robert Joss, dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California, says cross–cultural understanding and good communication skills are important r >>>


      EU‘S PROPOSED CHEMICAL RULES COULD DISRUPT TRADE, U.S. ENVOY SAYS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      United States joins other nations in calling for improvements to REACH By Bridget Hunter Washington File Staff Writer Washington ‫ U.S. reservations about the European Union‘s (EU‘s) proposed regulatory framework for chemical substances were expressed June 8 by U.S.

Ambassador to the E >>>


      GLOBAL PRESS GROUPS CONDEMN ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS IN AMERICAS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Resolutions on the breach of press freedoms criticize policies of Venezuela, Cuba By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Global press freedom organizations have passed resolutions condemning attacks against journalists in the Western Hemisphere.

In a June 5 statement, the Inter&nd >>>


      HOUSE PASSES $21.3 BILLION FISCAL 2007 FOREIGN AID SPENDING BILL
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Representatives reject proposal to cut assistance to Egypt By Kathryn McConnell Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $21.3 billion in foreign assistance spending for the fiscal year beginning October 1 (fiscal year 2007) after defeating a proposal to redu >>>


      IMPERFECT HIV VACCINE NONETHELESS HELPS SURVIVAL, RESEARCH SHOWS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Vaccine trial in monkeys offers increased survival but not protection from virus Washington ‫ HIV/AIDS researchers have developed a vaccine that helps prolong survival in monkeys after infection even though it does not create immunity from the virus, according to research published in the journal Science J >>>


      LEGISLATORS DETAIL CONCERNS ABOUT COUNTERFEIT GOODS FROM CHINA
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Theft of intellectual property has significant impact on revenue, jobs By Susan Krause Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The U.S. Congress increasingly is concerned about losses of revenue and jobs due to intellectual property piracy and counterfeiting in China, and several legislators are calling >>>


      LIBERIAN FOREST INITIATIVE PROGRESSES IN DIFFICULT CONDITIONS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Forestry reform should accompany political reform, panelists say By Elisa Walton Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Two years after the creation of the Liberian Forests Initiative (LFI) much work remains to be done, but the new administration in Liberia and recent progress are reasons for hope, acco >>>


      NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS AGREE AFGHANISTAN IS TOP PRIORITY
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, also looks to smaller–operations capability By David Anthony Denny Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– NATO defense ministers agreed that Afghanistan remains the alliance‘s main priority, while approving new guidance for members‘ long–term defense >>>


      NEW U.S. – MIDDLE EAST PARTNERSHIP TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Program to improve disease research and community outreach By Michelle Austein Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Organizations from the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are working together in a new initiative to fight breast cancer, first lady Laura Bush announced June 11.< >>>


      PUBLIC DIPLOMACY MUST STRESS COMMON VALUES, STATE‘S HUGHES SAYS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Under secretary says United States engaged in "conversation with world" By Howard Cincotta Washington File Special Correspondent Washington –– U.S. public diplomacy must emphasize the common values of faith, democracy and human dignity that unite societies and nations around the world, according t >>>


      RADIO OKAPI INDEPENDENT VOICE OF FREEDOM, ELECTIONS IN CONGO
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      U.N.–NGO partnership aims to further peace, advance exchange of opinions By Jim Fisher–Thompson Washington File Staff Writer Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo –– Millions of Congolese are learning about democracy and the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to >>>


      SMALL AFRICAN BUSINESSES LAG IN REAPING AGOA BENEFITS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Congressman Smith co–sponsors law to help small entrepreneurs By Charles W. Corey Washington File Staff Writer Washington ‫ Even though the historic African Growth and Opportunity Act'4;  (AGOA) has done much to expand U.S.–Africa trade and investment, much remains to be done and much is >>>


      TERRORIST‘S DEATH IN IRAQ IS VICTORY FOR FREEDOM, BUSH DECLARES
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Coalition "seizing the moment" to bring greater security to Iraq The killing of Abu Musab al–Zarqawi, operational commander of al–Qaida in Iraq, is an important victory for the Iraqi people and in the global war against terrorism, President Bush said in his weekly radio address to the nation on Ju >>>


      TERRORIST‘S DEMISE SIGNIFICANT, BUT WILL NOT END IRAQ‘S VIOLENCE
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      State‘s Karen Hughes says Zarqawi‘s death is a victory for the Iraqi people By Jacquelyn S. Porth Washington File Staff Writer Washington ‫ A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Iraq, says the elimination of the leading terrorist in Iraq is a big step forward, but will not end the ongoing viole >>>


      TERRORIST‘S IDENTITY CONFIRMED; DEATH CAUSED BY BOMB BLAST
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Standard autopsy, DNA testing of Zarqawi‘s body confirm U.S. military assertions Washington –– DNA testing and an autopsy confirm that the man killed by a June 7 coalition air strike was indeed al–Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al–Zarqawi, U.S. military officials say.

FBI forensic >>>


      THREE GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES APPARENT SUICIDES, U.S. SAYS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Military official believes deaths were coordinated act of "asymmetric warfare" The following article from the American Forces Press Service was posted June 10 to the Department of Defense Web site.'4;  There are no republication restrictions.

(begin byliner) Three Guantanamo Bay Detainees Die >>>


      TREASURY‘S SNOW SEES STRONG GLOBAL ECONOMY AS G8 SUMMIT NEARS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Calls for trade liberalization, warns of danger from high energy prices By Howard Cincotta Washington File Special Correspondent Washington –– Despite the pressures of rising energy prices and continuing barriers to free trade, the overall strength of the global economy remains impressive, according to U.S. >>>


      U.S. ENVOY BOLTON PLEDGES INCREASED PUSH FOR U.N. REFORMS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Effectiveness of world body to be seen by actions on Darfur, Lebanon, Iran Washington ‫ U.S. Ambassador John Bolton says there will be an increased U.S. effort in the coming weeks and months for needed reforms at the United Nations.

Bolton told an audience in London on June 8 that the United State >>>


      U.S. HEALTH SECRETARY URGES CENTRAL AMERICA TO PLAN FOR PANDEMIC
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Leavitt, in Panama, outlines hemispheric partnership in disease prevention By Charlene Porter Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt urged regional cooperation and partnership in preparing for a human influenza pandemic when he spoke to Central >>>


      U.S. OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON REPUTED MEXICAN DRUG LORD
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Reward comes from State Department‘s anti–narcotics program By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The United States is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information that leads to the capture or conviction of a reputed Mexican drug lord who is a fugitive from U.S. justi >>>


      U.S. PLANS "SIGNIFICANT" CONTRIBUTION TO NEW BLACK SEA FUND
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Public–private grant–making trust will promote democracy, regional cooperation By Vince Crawley Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The United States plans to make a substantial contribution to the Black Sea Trust, a new multimillion–dollar fund promoting democracy and cooperation a >>>


      U.S. SPENT $27 MILLION TO DESTROY SMALL ARMS, LIGHT WEAPONS
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      U.S. delegation will attend U.N. Small Arms Review Conference in New York Illicit trade in small arms contributes to conflicts, lawlessness and instability in regions around the world.

For that reason, the United States has provided more than $27 million to help various nations destroy surplus stockpiles of sm >>>


      U.S. TRANSPORTATION RULES CHANGED TO FACILITATE GLOBAL COMMERCE
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      United States aligns domestic rules for cylinders with international standards Washington ‫ U.S. requirements for the design, construction, maintenance and use of cylinders that hold dangerous goods will match international standards under a final adopted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) June 12.< >>>


      UNITED STATES, BRAZIL LAUNCH COMMERCIAL DIALOGUE
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Governments to work closely with private sectors of both countries By Scott Miller Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The U.S.–Brazil Commercial Dialogue will stimulate bilateral trade and investment as well as improve the competitiveness of each country, according to U.S. Secretary of Commerc >>>


      UNITED STATES, EUROPEAN COMMISSION RENEW BIOTECH TASK FORCE
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Consultative group scheduled to meet July 1'–20 in Brussels, Belgium Washington –– The United State and European Commission (EC) renewed a consultative task force on biotechnology research in an agreement signed June 8 by John Marburger, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology >>>


      WORLD‘S TOP YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN U.S. FOR WORLD CUP PROGRAM
      USIA, 13-06-2006
      Ugandan football star is one of 30 secondary–school players from 13 countries By Tim Receveur Washington File Staff Writer Washington ‫ When the 2006 World Cup kicked off in Germany on June ',
32 football teams from six continents joined together to share in one of the greatest international >>>


      ABBAS SETS JULY VOTE ON PALESTINIAN STATE – JUN 10, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday scheduled a July referendum on a proposal to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel –– even though ruling party Hamas has rejected the plan.

Hamas refused to support the plan, drawn up by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, beca >>>


      BEACH STRIKE SHAKES HAMAS CEASE–FIRE – JUN ', 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      An Israeli navy gunboat fired shells onto a northern Gaza beach Friday, killing at least seven people and prompting the military wing of Hamas to call off a 16–month–old cease–fire with Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was firing on rocket–launching areas in Gaza after a milit >>>


      CAMILLA ‘ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED‘ AT FATHER‘S DEATH – JUN 11, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Maj. Bruce Shand, the father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, died at home Sunday, her spokesman said.

Shand, 8', was surrounded by family when he died at home in Dorset, on England‘s south coast, said the spokesman for Clarence House, the residence Camilla shares with her husband Charles, the Princ >>>


      CANADIAN TYCOON KEN THOMSON DIES – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Canadian newspaper tycoon Ken Thomson, who helped transform his father‘s print empire into one of the world‘s biggest electronic publishers, has died. He was 82.

Thomson was Canada‘s richest man and the ninth wealthiest in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Thomson Corp. announced that >>>


      CONGOLESE PROTEST OVER ORGANIZATION OF ELECTIONS – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
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      HUSSEIN CO–DEFENDANT WRESTLED FROM COURT – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Saddam Hussein‘s former intelligence chief was dragged out of court and manhandled by guards after arguing with the judge Monday.

Meanwhile, an American lawyer blasted the trial, saying unfair treatment was putting the defense at a "serious disadvantage." Chief Judge Raouf Abdel–Rahman o >>>


      ISRAEL FIRES ROCKET AT CAR IN GAZA CITY – JUN 11, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      The Israeli Air Force on Sunday launched a rocket at a car filled with members of Hamas‘ military wing in Gaza City, Palestinian security sources told CNN.

The occupants of the car, members of the Izz al–Din al–Qassam Brigades, escaped uninjured, security sources said.

An Israel Def >>>


      SOMALI PARLIAMENT DEBATING ON PEACEKEEPERS – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
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      SPAIN TO PROBE CIA FLIGHT CLAIMS – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Spain‘s National Court is to investigate allegations the CIA used a Spanish airport as part of its alleged secret transfer of terrorism suspects.

National Court investigating magistrate Ismael Moreno ruled Monday that he has jurisdiction to look into the allegations, a court spokeswoman told CNN on Mond >>>


      SUICIDES FUEL GUANTANAMO CRITICISM – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
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      TWO KANSAS TEENS DROWN IN COSTA RICA – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Two Kansas teenagers died and two other Americans were missing after they were swept away by currents while swimming at a Pacific Coast beach in Costa Rica, authorities said.

Officials said they were searching for the two swimmers missing since Saturday, identified as a teacher and a student from Labette Coun >>>


      VETERAN MALAWI OPPOSITION LEADER CHIHANA DIES AT 67 – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Veteran politician Chakufwa Chihana, who rallied opposition to the iron–fist dictatorship of the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, died Monday after an unsuccessful attempt to remove a brain tumor, the government and relatives said. He was 67.

Chihana was diagnosed with the tumor last month after suffering pe >>>


      ‘MORK‘S‘ ‘EXIDOR‘ DEAD AT 75 – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Robert Donner, a comedian and character actor known for his roles in TV‘s "Mork and Mindy" and "The Waltons" and movies including "Cool Hand Luke," has died. He was 75.

Donner died on June 8 at his Sherman Oaks home of a heart attack, according to his former agent, Michael >>>


      37 MILITANTS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Security forces raided a southern Afghan village and killed 15 suspected militants, including a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, while fighting elsewhere left 25 dead, an Afghan army general said Monday.

The violence extends three weeks of the fiercest battles since the Taliban‘s fall in 2001. U. >>>


      AL–ZARQAWI KILLED BY BLAST INJURIES, AUTOPSY SHOWS – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Blast injuries killed terrorist leader Abu Musab al–Zarqawi after a coalition airstrike hit his safe house, the U.S. military said Monday.

"The injuries to his lungs were not survivable. That‘s what killed him," said Col. Steve Jones.

There was no evidence that al–Zarqawi >>>


      AL–ZARQAWI SUCCESSOR REPORTEDLY NAMED – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Al Qaeda in Iraq has named a successor to Abu Musab al–Zarqawi, the terrorist leader killed in a U.S. airstrike last week north of Baghdad, Islamist Web sites said Monday.

The sites identified the militant group‘s new leader as Sheikh Abu Hamza al–Muhajer, which means "the immigrant,&qu >>>


      ALBERTO WEAKENS AS IT NEARS LANDFALL – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      A slightly weakened Tropical Storm Alberto approached the northern Gulf Coast of Florida early Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.

A hurricane warning was in place from the Tampa Bay area to near Tallahassee. Forecasters urged people to quickly make "p >>>


      ASIAN TECHS FOLLOW U.S. INTO RED – JUN 12, 2006
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      AT LEAST 70,000 FORCES TO HIT BAGHDAD STREETS – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      At least 70,000 coalition forces –– most of them Iraqi –– will be deployed on the streets of Baghdad Wednesday morning in a massive effort to bring security to the Iraqi capital, according to the Iraqi prime minister‘s office.

The troops will include Iraqi police, police commando >>>


      BANGLADESH STRIKE: POLICE ON ALERT – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Bangladesh authorities ordered riot police and paramilitary troops onto the streets Tuesday to prevent violence across the country during a 36–hour general strike called by the opposition.

The 14–party opposition alliance, led by the Awami League party, called the strike to protest a police crackd >>>


      BEACH DEATHS ‘NOT ISRAEL‘S FAULT‘ – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      An explosion on a Gaza beach that killed seven people last week was caused by explosives planted there by Palestinian militants, not artillery fire from an Israeli navy gunboat, Israeli military sources said.

The Israeli investigation concluded that the possibility any of the six artillery shells fired from t >>>


      BERNANKE URGES MORE FLEXIBLE YUAN – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday both China and the world economy would be better served if Beijing allowed the value of its yuan to be determined by a more flexible, market–determined system.

In reply to a question on China‘s policy of keeping the yuan closely tied to the U. >>>


      C.AGRICOLE OFFERS $4B FOR EMPORIKI – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Credit Agricole, France‘s biggest retail bank, has offered to buy full control of Greek lender Emporiki in a 3.1 billion euro ($3.' billion) deal as it aims to spur its earnings growth.

The bank said demand for financial services in Greece is growing strongly as the economy is expanding faster than >>>


      CAHILL DOUBLE AS AUSSIES GRAB WIN – JUN 12, 2006
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      CHEATING STUDENTS OUTSOURCE ON WEB – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Cheating students are using outsourcing Web sites where bidders compete to write their coursework for them, researchers have found.

They have labelled the new twist on Internet plagiarism contract cheating and warn it could jeopardise the value of university degrees.

"What we have identified is >>>


      CHENEY‘S EX–AIDE LIBBY TO APPEAR IN COURT – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Eight months after a federal indictment, I Lewis "Scooter" Libby and his attorneys will be in court Monday, across from prosecutors, to tell a judge the status of preparations before his trial, set for January.

Libby, who resigned in October as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is fighti >>>


      COINTREAU UNCORKS PROFIT GROWTH – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      French wines and spirits group Remy Cointreau reported a 56.2 percent rise in full year net profit on Monday but missed analysts‘ forecasts as restructuring and tax charges weighed on earnings.

The maker of Cointreau liqueur and Piper Heidsieck champagne proposed raising its dividend to 1.10 euro from 1 >>>


      CUBA CUTS OFF POWER TO U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION – JUN 12, 2006
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      CUP OF JOE – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Throughout the World Cup, World Sport supervising producer Joe McCurdy will be providing a behind–the–scenes look at covering the tournament.

Monday, June 12 You didn‘t hear it from me...

I could not be more pleased with our live shot location in Berlin for our World Sport program o >>>


      CYPRUS ISSUE KEY IN TURKEY EU BID – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      European Union foreign ministers agreed on a common position to start detailed membership talks with Turkey Monday after resolving a standoff with Cyprus, officials said.

The EU agreed to Nicosia‘s demand that Ankara must be reminded of its obligation to normalize relations with the divided island&lsquo >>>


      DODGY REFS CAN‘T SPOIL THE PARTY – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      With the World Cup under way, CNN‘s Fan Zone has been flooded with e–mails and photos from excited supporters in Germany and around the globe.

There‘s no prize for guessing what your biggest complaint has been so far –– the referees. "When will FIFA start using instant repla >>>


      DOHA AIRPORT CREATES NO–QUEUE SOLUTION – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Few would disagree that airports and queuing now go hand in hand, with passengers facing long lines for security checks even if they are flying in business class.

Qatar Airways has come up with a way of reducing these lines, by creating a terminal just for business and first class passengers at Doha Internati >>>


      EUROPE STOCKS HIT SIX MONTH LOW – JUN 13, 2006
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      FAN ZONE FORUM – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      With the World Cup under way there‘s already plenty to talk about. The Fan Zone Forum gives you the chance to air your views to the world. Have Germany been good hosts? Who has been the player of the tournament so far? Will referees ever get it right? And is Zidane past his best?

Whatever your thoughts >>>


      GAS STATION LOOKS AT GAS–FREE FUTURE – JUN 12, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      If the United States is going to end its addiction to oil, the fuel station of the future might look like Pearson Ford Fuel Depot.

Along with gasoline and diesel, the one–of–a–kind station –– part of a dealership near busy Interstate 15 –– offers a full range of clean >>>


      GOOGLE UPGRADES MAPPING TOOLS – JUN 13, 2006
      CNN, 13-06-2006
      Google Inc. released the latest upgrades to the mapping tools that rank among the company‘s biggest success outside the Internet–leading search engine that steers much of the Web‘s traffic.

The improvements include a major expansion of the satellite imagery included in Google‘s three&n >>>



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