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      AFGHANISTAN’S FLAG AT HALF MAST
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      KABUL, Oct 10: Afghanistan lowered its flags to half mast on Monday in sympathy with Pakistan as it rushed helicopters, doctors and tons of medicines and food to the country.

The flag would be flown at half mast for three days in mourning for the thousands of people killed in Saturday’s earthquake, presidentia >>>


      AID FLOODS INTO EARTHQUAKE REGION
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      Aid is pouring into regions affected by Saturday‘s South Asian earthquake, after relief efforts were temporarily suspended because of bad weather.

But correspondents say there is concern about a lack of co–ordination, with supplies yet to reach remote areas.

UN officials have warned of a g >>>


      AID WORKERS KILLED NEAR KANDAHAR
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      Five Afghan aid workers and six policemen have been killed in separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

Three other aid workers were wounded in the ambush by suspected Taleban militants near the city of Kandahar.

The attacks came as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into Kabul >>>


      ATTACK ON PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE INJURES MORE THAN A DOZEN IN WESTERN AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
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      FIGHTING KILLS 21 PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN AS KARZAI WARNS OF FURTHER BLOODSHED
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      KABUL (CP) – Fighting across Afghanistan killed 10 suspected rebels, six police and five medical workers, and President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday he believes the insurgents are receiving support from the country‘s booming drug trade.

The suspected Taliban guerrillas were killed Monday by U.S. war >>>


      FIVE AFGHAN AID WORKERS, SIX POLICE KILLED IN ATTACKS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      today in separate attacks in Afghanistan. The aid workers from the non–governmental organization Afghan Health Services were attacked near the southeastern city of Kandahar. Three other aid workers were wounded in the attack.

In the southern Uruzgan province, governor Jan Mohammad Khan said six policemen >>>


      HEAD OF REGIONAL ELECTION OFFICE IN SOUTHEASTERN PROVINCE DISMISSED
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
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      KYRGYZSTAN WILL ALLOW U.S. TO KEEP USING AIR BASE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the government of Kyrgyzstan put on paper Tuesday a deal that would allow U.S. forces to keep using an air base here to supply troops in nearby Afghanistan.

It‘s a bright spot in a region in which the United States, China and Russia are fighting for influence. Russ >>>


      NEO–TALIBAN APPOINT NEW SPOKESMAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
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      RICE ARRIVES IN KABUL, SAYS TO VISIT PAKISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      in Kabul today for talks with President Hamid Karzai about the situation in Afghanistan following last month‘s parliamentary elections.

Condoleezza Rice speaking Wednesday at a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul said: "Afghanistan is now inspiring the world with its march to >>>


      SEVEN WORSHIPPERS WOUNDED IN MOSQUE ATTACK
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      via Afghan Press Monitor (No 173, 12 Oct 05) – published by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Erada) Seven worshippers were wounded on the night of October 10 after unidentified men threw hand–grenades into a mosque in Sharana, the capital of Paktika province, officials said the following day. Sa >>>


      TALIBAN PLAY HIDE–AND–SEEK WITH US TROOPS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      KUNLALAN, AFGHANISTAN – It has not been an auspicious start to the morning. The heavy weapons squad has just been dropped into the wrong field of mung beans.

"Man, one of these days we‘ll be dropped in the right place," Pvt. Mike Patraw says, voicing everyone‘s thoughts. Being out o >>>


      TWO DEAD IN BADAKHSHAN CLASH
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      via Afghan Press Monitor (No 173, 12 Oct 05) – published by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Islah) Two people were killed and two others wounded during a clash between armed men in the Argo district of the northern Badakhshan province on October 11. Badakhshan police chief Abdul Wasey Kafil said the >>>


      TWO FOREIGN INSURGENTS CAPTURED
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-10-2005
      via Afghan Press Monitor (No 173, 12 Oct 05) – published by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Hewad) The Afghan National Army and US–led Coalition forces arrested two non–Afghan militants during an operation in the Shinkay district of Zabul province on October 10, officials said the followi >>>


      ADCB PROFIT RISES 174% AS NEW INITIATIVES PAY OFF
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi : Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) announced yesterday its net profit in the nine months to September vaulted 174 per cent to Dh1.425 billion from Dh521 million in the same period last year.

In the third quarter, ADCB‘s profits rose 168 per cent to Dh581 million from Dh217 million >>>


      BANKS CUT INTEREST RATES TO BEEF UP SHARE OF CREDIT CARD BUSINESS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Mohammed Ezz Aldeen, Staff Reporter Dubai: As the banking sector becomes more competitive, the region‘s financial institutions are becoming more aggressive in their efforts to gain a greater share of the credit card market.

Interest rates on credit cards are starting to be cut as a means of retaining >>>


      CHINA‘S GRIP ON STEEL MARKET GIVES PRODUCERS PAUSE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Peter Marsh, Financial Times Like many steel company executives around the world, Tzer–Haw Chen is watching developments in the Chinese steel industry with trepidation.

In recent months, there have been growing signs that Chinese steel production is surging, increasing the likelihood that overcapacity >>>


      DEUTSCHE BOURSE‘S NEW CHAIRMAN TURNS DEFENSIVE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Patrick Jenkins, Financial Times The new chairman of Deutsche Bourse may seek to draw a loyal investor base back into the German stock exchange group, following the attack on its strategy and directors by dissident shareholders earlier this year.

In an interview with the FT, Kurt Viermetz, who has taken the >>>


      DUBAI LAND DEALS EXCEED DH411.7M
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Salma Abdullah, Staff Reporter Dubai : The value of land transactions recorded by the Lands and Properties Department exceeded Dh411.7 million this week. According to the department‘s report,
14 mortgages worth Dh151.1 million were concluded during the period.

Among 35 transactions, the biggest sa >>>


      EGYPT OFFERS 13 BLOCKS FOR AUCTION
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Cairo: State–owned Egyptian General Petro–leum Corporation (EGPC) said yesterday it was offering for auction 13 exploration blocks in the Gulf of Suez and the Eastern and Western Deserts.

Bids should be submitted by February 13, 2006, EGPC said in a newspaper announcement.

The corp >>>


      EMAAR LEADS STOCK MARKET SLIDE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai: Market heavyweight Emaar Properties led UAE shares down yesterday as its third quarter net profit disappointed investors and hurt sentiment, traders said.

Emaar, the UAE‘s most valuable listed company, announced after market hours on Tuesday its third quarter net pro >>>


      EMIRATES EARNS DH5B FROM AUSTRALASIA OPERATIONS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai : Revenues generated from East Asia and Australasia operations exceeded Dh5 billion, or 28 per cent of Emirates‘ Dh18.11 billion earnings last year, according to company officials.

Emirates last year experienced 36 per cent growth in revenue over the previous year&l >>>


      ETIHAD REACHES MILESTONE IN CARGO TRANSPORT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi : Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, carried more than a million kilos of revenue cargo from the United Kingdom in Sep–tember.

The milestone reflects the steady cargo growth achieved since Etihad started serving London in April 2004.

"To achie >>>


      EU FEARS CHINA WILL OVERTAKE IT IN R&D SPENDING
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Raphael Minder, Financial Times China will within five years be investing a higher proportion of gross domestic product in research and development than the European Union, the European Commission fears.

At present growth rates, the EU‘s public and private spending on R&D is set to rise from 1. >>>


      FREE ZONE EXPORT TAX SHOCK
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Kokila Jacob, Staff Reporter Dubai : The tax free environment assured by the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) is being "jeopardised" by an export tax on scrap metal levied by the customs department, say companies in the zone.

Jafza companies dealing with scrap metal told Gulf News they recent >>>


      GLOBAL BIDDING FOR NEW KUWAIT REFINERY TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Kuwait: State refiner Kuwait National Petro–leum Co (KNPC) will invite bids in February from international firms to build a $6 billion refinery that will boost the Opec nation‘s crude processing capacity, an official said.

"The site for the new refinery has been chosen and now we are i >>>


      GREECE FACES UP TO TAXING TIMES
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Kerin Hope, Financial Times The Greek finance minister has explained to the Financial Times why a 2 billion euros securitisation deal is a ‘temporary measure‘, and not in violation of EU terms.

The reasons were offered because Greece plans to offset a projected shortfall this year in tax revenue >>>


      GULF AIR‘S NEW STRATEGY NEXT MONTH
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Mohammad Ezz Al Deen, Staff Reporter Dubai : Gulf Air will launch a completely new branding strategy next month and plans to identify itself as a GCC carrier after the Abu Dhabi Government pulled out of the three–way partnership with Bahrain and Oman.

"The company will complete its new identity w >>>


      JORDAN AVIATION SET TO LAND IN BAHRAIN
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama : Jordan Aviation, a privately owned airline, will start operations to Bahrain this month, senior executives have said.

"We will start flights from Aqaba to Bahrain and Dubai on October 2'," president and CEO Mohammad Khashman said yesterday at a press conferen >>>


      KAZAKHSTAN ALL SET TO BLOCK PETROKAZ SALE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Astana: Oil–rich Kazakhstan moved nearer blocking Chinese CNPC‘s $4.18 billion takeover of PetroKazakhstan yesterday and warned shareholders in the Canadian–listed firm against approving the deal.

"If our law has been adopted there‘s going to be a legal collision and we wil >>>


      NUCLEAR POWER FACES COOL RECEPTION IN UK
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Thomas Catan, Financial Times After a 20–year gap, Britain appears to be edging towards a decision to start building a new generation of nuclear power stations.

The government has committed itself to a decision before the end of next year and companies are already jockeying to gain a slice of the expe >>>


      OIL NEARS $64 ON DEMAND OUTLOOK
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters London : Oil rose toward $64 yesterday on concerns about tight supplies this winter and after the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast faster demand growth next year.

US crude oil futures rose 46 cents to $63.'' a barrel by 10.25am London time. US light crude rose $1.73 on Tuesday.
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      PLET WINS CONTRACT FOR SUPPLY OF COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Maey El Shoush, Staff Reporter Dubai: Professional Laundry Equipment Trading (PLET) signed a Dh20 million contract with Institutional Laundry Services Dubai (ILS), for supply and installation of commercial laundry equipment.

The project will be completed in three phases and is set to cost Dh40 million overa >>>


      SAUDI GRADUATES PREFER JOBS IN HOME COUNTRY
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : Saudi university graduates are eyeing a grab–bag of international employers, but the majority eventually want careers at home.

Although 54 per cent of graduates from the King Fahd University of Petro–leum and Minerals are interested in working abroad for a few years, '4 per >>>


      SIMWORKS LAUNCHES ARABIC VERSION OF ANTI–VIRUS PROGRAM
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Nermeen Elkady, Staff Reporter Dubai : Now mobile phone users can zap threatening viruses in Arabic. New Zealand–based SimWorks, partnering with UAE–based Citi Telecommunications International, is bringing an Arabic version of its anti–virus to the region after six months of development.

T >>>


      150 ILLEGALS FOILED BY IRIS SCANS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter Sharjah: Iris scans at Sharjah International Airport have foiled attempts by more than 150 people to enter the UAE illegally in the past two months, said a top Interior Ministry official.

Lieutenant Colonel Salem Saif Al Suwaidi, director of the Sharjah Naturalisation and R >>>


      2,368 UAE APPLICANTS FOR 80 MINISTRY VACANCIES
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai: More than 2,000 UAE nationals applied for 80 vacancies in the labour ministry, many paying just over Dh3,000, Gulf News has learnt.

As many as 2,368 nationals applied for 80 jobs offered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, translating into 2' applications for >>>


      ABSCONDING WORKERS TO FLY HOME AFTER TURNING THEMSELVES IN
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Shireena Al Nowais, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Around 30 absconding workers who willingly turned themselves in to the authorities on Saturday are finally to go home, after sleeping rough for four nights.

The mostly Pakistani and Indian workers from various construction companies turned themselves in to the L >>>


      DH7M MEDICAL UNIT OPENS IN RAK
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah: A new Dh7 million casualty unit has opened at Al Jazera Al Hamra Medical Centre.

Abdullah Al Qurasi, who heads the department, said it had taken a year to build. He said the unit included theatres to conduct minor surgery and an Intensive Care Unit ( ICU).

Officers at th >>>


      DIABETIC WHO SOUGHT ALMS LOSES BOTH LEGS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai: An Indian who came to the UAE on a visit visa in search of big money will be leaving without his legs.

Hari Singh, a 45–year–old labourer, came to the UAE two months ago, ready to do any job, although he had diabetes.

Sunita Menon/Gulf News Hari Singh >>>


      FAKE OR REAL, THEY ARE ALL CHEAP
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Mahmood Saberi, Staff Reporter Sharjah: If you have a limited budget, there are hundreds of shops in Sharjah which sell cosmetics, perfumes, brands of soap, clothes and even mobile phone covers for as low as Dh1.

These shops are fast multiplying as there is a huge profit to be made. Gulf News There are many >>>


      IS THAT A NEW BOTTLE COLLECTION POINT?
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Prasad Nair, Gulf News Photographer Dubai: Empty bottles and cans find an unlikely deposit area.

The UAE generates one of the world‘s highest amounts of trash per person. Prasad Nair/Gulf News

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      JOURNALISTS TO INTERACT WITH DECISION–MAKERS MORE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: The Dubai Press Club (DPC) will implement a new strategy that aims to encourage greater interaction between journalists and decision–makers.

Following the inauguration of the club‘s new premises at Dubai Media City, Mona Al Merri, Chairperson, DPC, said: "This is a new begi >>>


      MOHAMMAD: STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM SOCIETY‘S LECTURES, SEMINARS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      WAM Dubai: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence, received members of the Harvard University Alumni Society at Zabeel Palace.

Shaikh Mohammad met society members and discussed its activities. WAM Shaikh Mohammad received members of the Harvard University >>>


      MORE CARS MEAN MORE PROBLEMS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Fines are not the solution to inadequate parking facilities in the emirates As if traffic congestion on the emirates‘ roads wasn‘t bad enough, when you get there, you face the additional burden of trying to find somewhere to park.

What may once have been an acceptable level of parking facilities bo >>>


      MOTORISTS BREAK TINTING RULE USING SUMMER PRETEXT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai: Excessive window tinting topped the list of traffic violations reported last month, a traffic police official told Gulf News yesterday.

"The number of violations was high because it was summer and people were making it an excuse to apply tinting in higher degrees,&q >>>


      NEW FRUIT MARKET FOR RAK
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah: The municipality announced yesterday that a new fruit and vegetable market is to be constructed in Ras Al Khaimah city.

It will replace the old market, which is located under the RAK–Nakheel bridge.

A senior municipal official said customers had r >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      WAM and staff reports Dubai Municipality unit nominated for global IT awardDubai – A unit of Dubai Municipality dealing with No Objection Certificate (NOC) has been nominated for a prestigious international IT award instituted by IDC, one of the leading global providers of market intelligence, advisory services a >>>


      POLICE ON TRAIL OF MOTOCROSS BIKERS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah: Police are cracking down on motocross bikers who disturb the peace in residential areas after a flood of complaints about the ear–splitting noise they make.

Lieutenant Colonel Omar Al Zaabi, acting head of the Ras Al Khaimah Traffic and Licensing Departmen >>>


      RELIGIOUS LECTURES ‘PURIFY THE SOUL‘
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A Muslim scholar has called on people to attend religious gatherings and lectures because it helps edify themselves and purify their souls.

"A religious lecture is like a healthy meal to individuals because it helps soften the heart and parts it from cru >>>


      SURPRISE HEAT WAVE TRIGGERS FEARS OF LONG–TERM RISE IN TEMPERATURES
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai: Yesterday was declared the hottest October day ever in Dubai as the mercury climbed to a sizzling 42.4C.

The surprise heatwave came after it seemed that the weather had cooled down significantly after a baking summer.

Tracy Brand/Gulf News Despite yesterdays s >>>


      TWO DIE AS CAR VEERS INTO CENTRAL RESERVATION
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai: Two people were killed and eight others injured in road accidents in Dubai over the last two days.

The fatalities occurred during an accident on the Dubai–Al Ain road, when a vehicle‘s rear tyre burst.

A truck driver is helped to safety by Dubai Poli >>>


      UAE GETS SET TO MEET BIRD FLU THREAT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi: A national emergency committee has approved a contingency plan to prevent bird flu from spreading to the UAE and being able to deal with it if it does.

The panel, in its first meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, gave each emirate a week to finalise their plans and determin >>>


      UAE TO BE CERTIFIED MALARIA–FREE SOON
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai: The World Health Organisation will likely certify the UAE free of malaria by February, said a senior Health Ministry official.

The certification would make the UAE the fourth GCC country to be declared free of malaria. The others are Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.

The >>>


      UNPAID EMPLOYEES CANNOT ALWAYS SWITCH JOBS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai: The Labour Ministry will not automatically allow unpaid workers to switch jobs without their bosses‘ permission, despite a decision to let 16 labourers change companies without their employer‘s OK, a senior official said yesterday.

The 16 labourers received perm >>>


      WOMAN STABS FIANCÉ TO DEATH WITH BREAD KNIFE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A Russian woman has been sentenced to three years in jail for stabbing her fiancé to death with a bread knife when he tried to force himself on her.

The 18–year–old waitress identified as T.O. was charged with premeditated murder, having an i >>>


      AT LAST, A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT IN IRAQ
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Political process restarts after leaders resolve their differences on the constitution Finally, a bit of good news from Iraq. Stalled for at least two months, the political process is back on track. The three major communities clinched a deal on the constitution, which would go before a general vote on Saturday.
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      BASHAR BRUSHES ASIDE SUSPICIONS ABOUT SYRIA‘S ROLE IN HARIRI‘S DEATH
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Damascus : President Bashar Al Assad said the Syrian Government was not behind the assassination of ex–Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri, but vowed severe punishment if any Syrian is found to have been involved.

Kanaan said Syrian troops did their utmost to preserve the unity of Lebanon in an interv >>>


      BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR, BUSH TELL SYRIA
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Washington : The United States is expecting many changes in Syria‘s conduct regardless of whether a UN investigation implicates the Syrians in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday.

Kanaan said Syrian troops did their utmost to preserve >>>


      BRITAIN SAYS TEHRAN IS TRAINING IRAQ BOMBERS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters London: Britain has accused Iran of running training camps to teach militants how to carry out roadside bomb attacks on British troops in southern Iraq, according to newspaper reports yesterday.

London believes Iran‘s Revolutionary Guard has taught Shiite militia members from Iraq how to make arm >>>


      DAMASCUS PREPARES FOR LOOMING UN INVESTIGATION REPORT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Damascus: Syria‘s regime is quietly preparing for the possibility that a UN investigation will implicate it in a Lebanese leader‘s murder consolidating its power, preparing a public relations counteroffensive and even taking steps to guard against possible tough sanctions.

Kanaan said Syrian tro >>>


      ENVOY VOWS SUPPORT FOR BEIRUT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Beirut: The United States pledged support for Lebanon yesterday ahead of an international aid summit to help it launch reforms after years of Syrian domination.

Senior US diplomat David Welch said Lebanon now had an opportunity for economic and political reforms.

"I would like to express >>>


      EVENTS IN LEBANON SINCE HARIRI KILLING
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters February 14, 2005: Former Lebanese premier Hariri is killed by a truck bomb in Beirut.

February 16: At least 150,000 Lebanese turn Hariri‘s funeral into outpouring of anger against Syria.

February 28: Pro–Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami resigns. March 5: President Bashar Al Assad >>>


      EXTREMISTS BEHIND BOMBINGS IN IRAQ
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Sanaa: Newspapers in Yemen, citing anonymous Yemeni security sources, have reported that two Yemenis who died in a July suicide bombing in Baghdad were among more than 360 extremists released from Yemeni custody since 2003, as part of a "dialogue" programme run by a senior judge with close ties to security >>>


      GUNS USED IN SAUDI ATTACK WERE FROM YEMEN MILITARY
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Sanaa: Two AK–47 assault rifles used in a deadly attack on the US consulate in Saudi Arabia have been traced to Yemen‘s Defence Ministry, according to Western and Yemeni officials, raising new fears that the country isn‘t doing enough to fight terrorism.

Yemeni tribal leader Shaikh Mohamma >>>


      IRAQ PARLIAMENT AMENDS CHARTER BEFORE REFERENDUM
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Baghdad : Iraq‘s parliament amended its draft constitution on Wednesday in a final bid to stem bitter sectarian feuding three days before a referendum on the text.

The lawmakers approved a set of last–minute amendments to the constitution without a vote on Wednesday, sealing a compromise d >>>


      IRAQ TO AMEND CHARTER BEFORE VOTE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Baghdad: Iraqi leaders agreed to amend a draft constitution yesterday just three days before it goes to a referendum but many minority Sunnis rejected the compromise and insurgents struck again, killing 30 in a suicide bombing.

As ruling Shiites and Kurds formally announced concessions that persuaded o >>>


      ISRAELIS DISGUISED AS VEGETABLE VENDORS CAPTURE MILITANT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Hebron, West Bank: In a sweep through West Bank towns, Israeli forces arrested six Palestinians, including a 14–year–old boy allegedly coerced by militants into becoming a suicide bomber and a senior Hamas fugitive who has been on the run for eight years, the army said yesterday.

The Israeli arm >>>


      KANAAN FOUND DEAD WITH GUNSHOT WOUND, SAYS REPORT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Damascus : Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan, who was found dead in his office in Damascus, is said to have shot himself.

The countrys official news agency had reported on Wednesday that Kanaan,
63, committed suicide.

Kanaan said Syrian troops did their utmost to preserve the unity of >>>


      KANAAN LEAVES BEHIND MANY QUESTIONS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Duraid Al Baik, Foreign Editor Dubai: Syrian citizens were yesterday shocked to hear about the death of their Interior Minister one of the strongest pillars of the regime, according to an official statement published by a local agency in Syria.

Kanaan said Syrian troops did their utmost to preserve the unit >>>


      KIDNAPPED JOURNALISTS FREED IN GAZA
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Gaza : Palestinian gunmen briefly kidnapped an American reporter and a British photographer in Gaza on Wednesday.

The two men working for Knight Ridder newspapers were seized by assailants who stopped their car near the town of Khan Younis and took them away at gunpoint.

Seven hours later, Je >>>


      KUWAIT EMIR MAY REPLACE HEIR AMID CRISIS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Kuwait: A crisis in the ruling family of Kuwait, which has a tenth of world oil reserves, is likely to usher in a new heir to the ailing emir whose existing crown prince is also ill, diplomats and analysts said yesterday.

They said the most prominent candidate is Prime Minister Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al >>>


      MELTING THE ‘SWISS CHEESE‘
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By George S. Hishmeh, Special to Gulf News Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, is putting all his eggs in the American basket; in fact, in the basket of US President George W. Bush.That seems to be the message that his articulate chief of staff, Rafik Al Husseini, emphasised during his visit >>>


      MPS SUGGEST FOUR–POINT ACTION PLAN AGAINST ISRAEL
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama : In a rare show of unity, Bahrain‘s elected MPs have rejected the government‘s decision to lift the ban on Israeli goods, as one deputy pledged that he would resign if the government normalised relations with Israel.

At a marathon five–hour session marked >>>


      SAUDI SHURA SEEKS REVISION OF MEDIA POLICIES
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh: The Saudi Shura Council has urged the Ministry of Information to revise its media policy which bans and confiscates some books coming from abroad.

The Shura Council‘s call on Wednesday was made during deliberations on the annual report of the Ministry of Informa >>>


      SECOND MINISTER TO COMMIT SUICIDE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Duraid Al Baik, Foreign Editor Dubai: The way General Gazi Kanaan died in Damascus yesterday recalls the death of another Syrian official in 2000 just a few months before Bashar Al Assad took over as president.

Kanaan said Syrian troops did their utmost to preserve the unity of Lebanon in an interview to Vo >>>


      SYRIAN MINISTER COMMITS SUICIDE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Duraid Al Baik, Foreign Editor Dubai: Gazi Kanaan, Syrian Interior Minister and once the most powerful man in Lebanese politics for nearly two decades, committed suicide in his office in the Al Marjah area of Damascus yesterday.

Kanaan said Syrian troops did their utmost to preserve the unity of Lebanon in >>>


      TOP CLERIC AL SISTANI CALLS FOR POSITIVE VOTE ON CHARTER
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Baghdad: Iraq‘s most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, has urged Iraqis to vote "Yes" on Saturday‘s referendum on a draft constitution, one of his aides said on Wednesday.

Sistani exerts great influence over the 60 per cent of Iraqis who are Shiite Muslims.
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      US ADDS MOROCCAN GROUP TO TERROR LIST
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Washington: The State Department is adding to its list of foreign terrorist organisations a Moroccan group alleged to have been behind bomb attacks in Spain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

The Morocco Islamic Combatant Group, known by its French–language initials GCIM, is already on the Terrorist Exclusion >>>


      106 TONS OF RELIEF GOODS SENT TO PAKISTAN
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief Al Ain : Medicines and other relief supplies have started flowing to Pakistan daily as the relief collection drive gains momentum across the UAE.

South Asia Quake Stories of despair and survival abound in quake–ravaged land Survivors face a fresh challenge Hurriyat opens two >>>


      ANTI–GRAFT COURT ALLOWS ESTRADA TO BUILD LIBRARY
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila : The Sandiganbayan anti–graft court has allowed former president Joseph Estrada to build a library in his resort in suburban Rizal where he has been held under house arrest while facing a plunder case.

The proposed library would be for the exclusive use of Est >>>


      BBC ACCUSED OF MOVE TO IMPOSE POLL TAX ON POOR
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Evening Standard London : The BBC yesterday stood accused of imposing a "poll tax" on the poor.

The criticism came as director–general Mark Thompson unveiled plans for inflation–busting increases in the licence fee.

The BBC wants the Government to approve an annual increase of 2. >>>


      BIN LADEN‘S FATE IN KILLER QUAKE QUESTIONED
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Washington : Did Osama Bin Laden‘s secret lair crumble in the earthquake that devastated northwest Pakistan?

So far, US government officials and terrorism experts caution against too much speculation about whether the Al Qaida chief may have been killed, injured or forced from hiding, providing a much >>>


      BUSH AND FIRST LADY DEFEND PICK FOR TOP COURT JOB
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Washington : President George W. Bush and his wife Laura offered a double–barrelled defence of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers while the White House worked to dampen opposition from the right and win confirmation for the president‘s pick.

"Harriet Miers is going to be confirmed and peop >>>


      EARTHQUAKE–HIT TOWNS IN THE GRIP OF LOOTING SPREE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Balakot : Thieves are having a busy time in Balakot as they continue to steal valuables from shops and houses collapsed or abandoned following the quake.

South Asia Quake Stories of despair and survival abound in quake–ravaged land Survivors face a fresh challenge Hurriyat >>>


      ERDOGAN RULES OUT INTERVENTION IN WRITER‘S CASE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Paris : The Turkish government cannot intervene to help a best–selling writer who could face prison for his views on the massacres of Armenians '0 years ago, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in comments published yesterday.

Orhan Pamuk has been charged with insulting Turkish identity for su >>>


      FAULTY LANDING STILL A MYSTERY
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent Mumbai : As the mission to extricate the Air Sahara Boeing 737 plane at Mumbai‘s airport continued for the fourth day, several questions are being raised as to how the Kolkata–Mumbai flight veered off the runway.

"What exactly happened in the cockpit when the >>>


      HURRIYAT OPENS TWO RELIEF CENTRES FOR QUAKE VICTIMS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Neena Gopal, Foreign Editor Dubai : While the rest of the world is loosening its purse strings for earthquake relief, Indian Kashmiris are flooding relief centres in Srinagar with food, blankets and money, a separatist leader said.

South Asia Quake Stories of despair and survival abound in quake–ravag >>>


      JAPAN AND US CLOSE TO RESOLVING ROW OVER RELOCATING MILITARY BASE
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Tokyo : Japan and the United States appear headed towards settling a feud over where to relocate a US military base in Japan.

The settlement could clear the way for a broader deal that would help tighten military cooperation between the two allies, Japanese media and diplomatic sources said yesterday.< >>>


      LANDSLIDE KILLS SIX RESCUE TEAM SOLDIERS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Jammu : At least six Indian soldiers on a rescue mission in earthquake–hit Kashmir were killed by a landslide triggered by rain, a military officer said yesterday.

South Asia Quake Stories of despair and survival abound in quake–ravaged land Survivors face a fresh challenge Hurriyat opens t >>>


      MAJOR AFTERSHOCK RATTLE SURVIVORS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Muzzafarabad, Pakistan: An aftershock shook Pakistan on Thursday, rattling the nerves of those who lived through last weekend‘s devastating earthquake.

South Asia Quake UN relief chief visits quake hit Major aftershock rattle survivors Indian troops did not cross border Stories of despair and su >>>


      MANILA TO HOLD JOINT EXERCISES WITH US
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Manila : About 5,000 American and Filipino troops will hold joint ground, air and naval exercises on the main island of Luzon, Philippine military officials said yesterday.

The Philippines, which is fighting protracted rebellions by communist and religious separatists, cements its close security allian >>>


      MINISTRY INCURS BIG LOSSES AS GUEST HOUSES LIE VACANT
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      The Asian Age New Delhi : The Urban Ministry is losing millions of rupees as its spacious guest houses comprising about 480 rooms, near Ansal Plaza shopping Arcade in Hudco Palace in South Delhi, have been lying unoccupied since 1''3.

Initially legal litigation with a private company and then red tape >>>


      OVER 60 KILLED IN REBEL ATTACK ON TOWN IN SOUTH RUSSIA
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Moscow: Fifty gunmen and 12 local people were killed in a gunbattle in the southern Russian town of Nalchik on Thursday, Itar–Tass news agency quoted the regional leader as saying.

Gunbattles raged after about 150 armed men staged lightning raids. Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for the co >>>


      PAKISTAN DENIES INDIAN TROOPS CROSSED BORDER
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Agencies Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Pakistan denied on Thursday that Indian troops had crossed the border in the divided Kashmir region to help Pakistani troops repair a bunker damaged by Saturday‘s earthquake.

South Asia Quake UN relief chief visits quake hit Major aftershock rattle survivors Indian troops d >>>


      PARTIES TRADE ALLEGATIONS AHEAD OF ELECTION
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent Colombo : Both the main political parties in Sri Lanka contesting next month‘s presidential election are raking up allegations ranging from corruption to misuse of power against rival candidates believing they could muster more votes for their party candidates.

Fresh al >>>


      PLAN TO EXPLOIT DEMAND FOR IT SPECIALISTS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Gilbert Felongco, Correspondent Manila : The Philippine‘s labour department yesterday launched a programme that is aimed at taking advantage of the current worldwide demand for specialists in information technology and other related sectors.

In a press briefing, Undersecretary for Employment Danilo Cr >>>


      PRIME MINISTER UNVEILS TOUGH ANTI–TERROR LAWS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      Reuters London : Britain yesterday published sweeping plans to fight terrorism which, if passed, would let police hold suspects for three months without charge, sparking anger from senior judges and civil rights groups.

However Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s government may still have to back down on the mos >>>


      RELIEF TEAM FROM DUBAI STARTS FIELD HOSPITAL TO TREAT VICTIMS
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Balakot : The Dubai relief team yesterday started operating a field hospital in tents to provide immediate treatment to quake victims in the worst–hit Balakot city, about 150 km north of Islamabad.

South Asia Quake Stories of despair and survival abound in quake–rava >>>


      REPORTER TESTIFIES BEFORE GRAND JURY FOR THE SECOND TIME
      Gulf News, 13-10-2005
      AP Washington : New York Times reporter Judith Miller is giving prosecutors details of a previously undisclosed conversation she had with Vice–President Dick Cheney‘s chief of staff, adding a new dimension to the criminal investigation into the leak of a covert CIA officer‘s identity.

Miller >>>



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