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      QUEEN CONGRATULATES COUPLE MARRIED FOR 80 YEARS
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Jenny Booth, Times Online The Queen today sent a card with her best wishes to a world record–breaking couple who are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary.

She described the marriage of Percy Arrowsmith, 105, and his 100–year–old wife Florence as a "splendid achievement" and >>>


      ROYAL MAIL FIGHTS CAP ON STAMP PRICES
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Simon Freeman, Times Online Adam Crozier Proposals to introduce new performance targets and to curb price rises on postage stamps are a blueprint for the decline of the Royal Mail, its chief executive Adam Crozier warned today.

Postcomm, the industry regulator, wants to place a limit on the price rise on a >>>


      SECRETS AND FEARS IN A DARKENED GARAGE
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      IN THEIR book about the Watergate investigation All The Presidents Men the reporters described Woodwards last meeting with Deep Throat in October 1'72. Worried that he has made a mistake in a report about the funding of the break–in that could jeopardise the investigation Woodward meets Deep Throat at 3am in >>>


      SION JENKINS ‘LIED‘ TO ''' OPERATOR OVER BILLIE–JO
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Simon Freeman, Times Online Billie–Jo Jenkins Sion Jenkins today told a court that his foster daughter Billie–Jo was "alive and happy" when he last saw her and denied prosecution claims that he had misled emergency services in an attempt to cover up her murder.

The Old Bailey was told >>>


      SIX KILLED AT KFC AS PROTESTERS SEEK REVENGE FOR MOSQUE ATTACK
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      From Zahid Hussain in Islamabad SIX employees of a KFC restaurant in Karachi were killed when an angry mob set the building on fire during a night of violence sparked by a suicide–bomb attack on a Shia mosque.

Four of the victims were burnt to death. Two others died after taking refuge in a refrigeration >>>


      SNOOP DOGG ACCUSED OF BEATING UP FAN
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Sam Knight, Times Online A fan has accused rapper Snoop Dogg and his security team of beating him and taking his diamond earrings during a concert in the Seattle suburbs on Saturday night.

Richard Monroe, 24, said he was invited onstage at the performance, which also featured artists The Game and Oowee at t >>>


      THE HIPPEST HOTELS IN THE WORLD
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      If you like doilies and net curtains, look away now. Herbert Ypma, the man behind the chintz–free Hip Hotels series, picks his overall top 20 The Bal, Bali÷ ‘This hotel is incredibly popular with Asians who just want to stay somewhere beautiful‘ If you want to stay somewhere thats truly trendy, >>>


      THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN?
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Rachel Campbell–Johnson Our correspondent ponders the definition of beauty as a magazine lists the women it sees as the fairest of all Charlotte Rampling, left, Nigella Lawson, top left, Christy Turlington, top right., Ziyi Zhang, bottom left, and Dita von Teese WHAT is beauty? There is far more to the questio >>>


      TOP TEN ARTICLES ONLINE ÷TUESDAY MAY 31
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      1. In the age of steam, express trains averaged over 80mph... today they‘re lucky if they beat 2. Battle for the heart of Europe 3. The secret Downing Street memo 4. Su Doku May 30, 2005
5. Robbie Williams and Madonna head Live 8 line 6. Unknown Briton triumphs in land of milk and money 7. Jackson ‘may >>>


      TWO ARRESTED OVER MCCARTNEY MURDER
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Times Online and PA Two men have been arrested in connection with the Belfast murder of Robert McCartney, police said today. The men, aged 36 and 4', were arrested following police operations in Belfast and Birmingham.

Mr McCartney, 33, died after he was attacked outside Magenniss Bar in Belfast city ce >>>


      WATCHDOG REJECTS ‘HEALTHIER‘ ATKINS
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Nicola Woolcock A CLAIM that the Atkins diet helps followers to enjoy a healthier lifestyle has fallen foul of advertising watchdogs.

Newspaper advertisments repeating the claim were condemned by the Advertising Standards Authority, which called for them to be dropped. It could not be proved and was at odds >>>


      WE MUST TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      Stephen Byers The French voters have killed the treaty but given Europe another chance BY THEIR decisive vote the people of France have killed the European constitutional treaty. If the opinion polls are accurate then the Dutch today will give it a decent burial. It would be a grave mistake for Europes political leader >>>


      WIDOW LOSES BATTLE WITH TOBACCO COMPANY OVER HUSBAND‘S CANCER
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      By Shirley English A WIDOW whose husband died of lung cancer has failed in her attempt to sue Imperial Tobacco for damages in the first case of its kind in Britain.

Alfred McTear, 48, from Beith, Ayrshire, died in March 1''3, having smoked mainly Imperial brands, including John Player, for almost 30 ye >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      The Times, 01-06-2005
      Drug arrests Madrid÷ Three Britons have been arrested by Spanish police after five tonnes of cocaine with a value of 200 million was seized aboard a fishing boat.

Timothy OToole, Ian Davenport and James Carabini were held as part of an operation that has been under way for two years.

Refugees s >>>


      ANKARA REVISES BIDDING RULES FOR MULTIBILLION–DOLLAR CHOPPER CONTRACT
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      BAYKAL÷ MILITANT CRONYISM IS GOV&#8217;T POLICY
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      CHOPPER CONTRACT RULES REVISED
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      DOMESTIC NEWSLINE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      HISTORIC BURUCIYE MEDRESESI UNDER RESTORATION
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      PENAL CODE COMES INTO FORCE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      PENAL CODE IN PLACE AS OF TODAY
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      THE RITZ–CARLTON, ISTANBUL AND TIKAV ENGAGE IN COOPERATIVE PROJECT
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DOMESTIC All News» » Ankara revises bidding rules for multibillion–dollar chopper contract » Historic Buruciye Medresesi under restoration » The Ritz–Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project » Baykal÷ Militant cronyism is govt pol >>>


      ANADOLU CAM SECURES LOAN FOR RUSSIA BOTTLING PLANT
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      CHINA‘S TOP BANK ICBC SHEDS $30 BLN IN BAD DEBT
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      EU ENVOY URGES TURKEY TO FOCUS ON JOB AT HAND
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      EURO HITS SEVEN–MONTH LOW VS. DOLLAR ON EU REFERENDUM WOES
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      FINANCELINE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      GOVERNMENT TO SUBSIDIZE DIESEL OIL TO FARMERS
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      GOVERNMENT, UNIONS AT LOGGERHEADS OVER WAGE HIKES
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      IMF MISSION TO VISIT TURKEY
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      NINE KILLED IN TWO AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN IRAQ
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      ÖZINCE URGES GOVERNMENT TO LOOSEN BANK OWNERSHIP RULES
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 BUSINESS REPORT All News» » China‘s top bank ICBC sheds $30 bln in bad debt » Anadolu Cam secures loan for Russia bottling plant » Euro hits seven–month low vs. dollar on EU referendum woes » IMF mission to visit Turkey » Özince urges governme >>>


      136–YEAR–OLD NEWSPAPERS LIGHT UP HISTORY
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      BURDUR WANTS A SLICE OF THE TOURISM PIE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street » 136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister&ndas >>>


      CANADIAN CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE 2005 IN THAILAND
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street » 136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister&ndas >>>


      GERMAN ORCHESTRA PERFORMS IN SISTER–TOWN TAÞUCU
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      HILTON SEEKS NEW PROPERTIES IN TURKEY
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street » 136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister&ndas >>>


      NEWSLINE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      PAINTING EXHIBIT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      PANGALTÝ HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATED WITH CULTURAL MEDLEY
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      WAX EXHIBIT MELTS PUBLIC‘S HEART
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      WORLD‘S SECOND–BEST CHESS PLAYER IN BURSA
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FEATURE All News» » Burdur wants a slice of the tourism pie » World‘s second–best chess player in Bursa » Painting exhibit in the middle of the street »
136–year–old newspapers light up history » German orchestra performs in sister& >>>


      DE VILLEPIN IS NEW FRENCH PM
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      DE VILLEPIN NAMED NEW FRENCH PM
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      IRAN TESTS BALLISTIC MISSILE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      IRAQ TO MOVE 3,100 IRANIAN KURDS TO SAFE AREA
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      IRAQI PRESIDENT EXPECTS SADDAM TRIAL IN 2 MONTHS
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      KHODORKOVSKY JAILED FOR ' YEARS
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      NEWSLINE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      SARKOZY TO BE INTERIOR MINISTER, SAY SOURCES
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      TEHRAN UPGRADES SHAHAB–3 MISSILE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      THE SEVEN CHARGES
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      UK‘S IMPERIAL TOBACCO WINS LANDMARK SMOKERS CASE
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      YAALON÷ ISRAEL CAN DEFEND ITSELF IF GOLAN RETURNED TO SYRIA
      01-06-2005
      Wednesday, June 1, 2005 FOREIGN All News» » Khodorkovsky jailed for ' years » The seven charges » Iran tests ballistic missile » Yaalon÷ Israel can defend itself if Golan returned to Syria » UK‘s Imperial Tobacco wins landmark smokers case » De Villepin named n >>>


      AMBITION THAT LED TO A POT OF URUGUAYAN GOLD
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 18÷4' He worked for the best part of two decades in the London–based Rio Tinto mining group, and had experience as a metallurgist and a mineral economist.

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      BRAZIL CORRUPTION PROVES HARD TO FIGHT
      FT, 01-06-2005
      April 24 2005 1'÷45 Nothing has been proved against Mr Jucá and his relaxed attitude may well reflect his innocence. But innocent or guilty, such allegations against Brazil‘s rich or powerful rarely cause them much concern. Corruption is a fact of daily life and the chances of being puni >>>


      BRAZIL PLEDGES FUNDS FOR GAS PIPELINE IN ARGENTINA
      FT, 01-06-2005
      March 3 2005 21÷51 The funds are part of $2bn (òÂì1.52bn, ã1.1bn) investment that Brazil is making in regional infrastructure projects and marks renewed momentum in South American political cohesion.

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      AFTER TSUNAMIS COME SPECULATORS WITH EYES ON THAI COASTAL LAND
      FT, 01-06-2005
      February 1' 2005 03÷00 Ever since the Asian tsunamis swept away the homes in his Thai fishing community, Heed Harnthalay, a weathered elder of Taptawan village, has stayed in the hills, too frightened to return to the seafront where he says the group has lived for many decades.

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      BUYERS UNMOVED BY CHINA‘S U–TURN ON TEXTILES
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Textile industry executives yesterday shrugged off China‘s decision to remove self–imposed export tariffs on some textiles less than a fortnight after it raised them.

Chinese manufacturers and international buyers said their main concern was not the higher tariffs Beijing >>>


      CHINA BANK REFORMS TO COOL LOAN GROWTH
      FT, 01-06-2005
      March 24 2004 20÷44 China announced a series of important interest rate and bank reforms on Wednesday aimed at cooling the torrid pace of loan growth by penalising poor quality institutions.

The moves also potentially raise the cost of bank borrowing in the interbank market.

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      CHINA FIRM AGAINST N KOREA SANCTIONS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 11 2005 03÷00 China warned yesterday against the use of heavy–handed sanctions against North Korea to force Pyongyang to return to the six–party talks about its nuclear weapons programme.

The comments, delivered at a regular Beijing foreign ministry briefing yesterday, amount to a publi >>>


      FRUSTRATION FOR DONORS AS AID PILES UP ON DOCKS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 12 2005 07÷21 A call to the Australian government led to the Australian Red Cross, and from there to the Indonesian Red Cross. Within a week a Diageo supplier began sending the equivalent of eight 20ft shipping containers of drinking water to survivors in Indonesia‘s Aceh province, the area hit hardes >>>


      JAPAN RECOVERY FEEDS THROUGH TO JOBS MARKET
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Japanese unemployment fell in April to 4.4 per cent, its lowest level since 1''8, bolstering the view that the stop–start recovery of the past three years is at last feeding through to the labour market.

The improvement follows strong growth in the first quarter, which s >>>


      NEXT FOR THE WEST ARE CARS €?MADE IN CHINA‘
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 20÷0' For the past year or so, several Chinese car companies have been shipping vehicles to countries in the Middle East in a trial run for exports. From there, the Chinese are planning an assault on the car markets of the developed world. Chery, the most ambitious, plans to launch five speciall >>>


      OECD SAYS AUSTRALIA NEEDS REFORMS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      February 2 2005 22÷41 The Paris–based group said, in a report issued on Thursday, that Australia‘s extensive reform programme had been "remarkable" and was still producing benefits. However "the pace of reform has recently not been as strong as it could have been". It said improv >>>


      PYONGYANG KEEPS WORLD GUESSING ON ARMS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 10 2005 00÷2' The consequences of calling his bluff, and being wrong, are so potentially catastrophic that analysts and governments alike assume that North Korea does, as it says, have nuclear weapons. The question is whether it is prepared to take the next step and prove it.

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      THAI CENTRAL BANKER ORDERED TO REPAY $4.6BN
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 1'÷51 Former Thai central bank governor Rerngchai Marakanond, who oversaw the country‘s failed attempt to protect its fixed exchange rate regime on the eve of the 1''7 Asian financial crisis, was ordered on Tuesday to pay back the Bt186bn (US$4.57bn) spent in the futile defence of >>>


      THAI EX–BANKER TOLD TO REPAY ?2.5BN
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Rerngchai Marakanond, the former Thai central bank governor who oversaw the country‘s failed attempt to protect its fixed exchange rate regime on the eve of the 1''7 Asian financial crisis, was ordered yesterday to pay back the Bt186bn (£2.5bn) spent in the futile currency >>>


      THAIS PRESSED TO SAVE ENERGY
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 02÷45 Thais will be asked to switch off air–conditioners at lunchtime and extra lights in the evening as part of an emergency conservation campaign to curb rising energy consumption, which has been blamed for the country‘s widening trade deficit.

Thailand‘s energy import b >>>


      A NEW MANDATE FOR ‘LOSERSHIP‘
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 30 2005 1'÷54 Never before has the French electorate rejected both its leadership and Europe to this extent÷ 56 per cent voted No on a 70 per cent turnout. The striking feature, however, is not the No vote itself but the fact that France is still so collectivist. This offers an opportunity to par >>>


      AIRBUS FACES COMPENSATION FOR A380 DELAY
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 0'÷13 Airbus faces demands for compensation from airlines which have placed orders for the A380, the largest airliner ever built, after it confirmed that there would be a delay in deliveries.

Qantas Airways, in a statement on Wednesday, said delivery of the 12 A380s it had ordered would >>>


      AMADEUS BACKERS TO GAUGE INTEREST IN BUY–OUT
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005
22÷04 Amadeus, the Spanish–listed travel reservations group, meet potential sub–underwriting banks on Thursday to gauge interest in one of Europe‘s largest leveraged buy–outs.

The meeting comes amid a testing period for the European LBO sector, with a wave of lar >>>


      BANKS MAKE A GOOD BET ON BAD DEBT
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷33 In the past few years, some of the world‘s largest investment banks and private equity groups have snapped up portfolios of non–performing loans in Germany and Italy. In doing so, they are hoping to profit from financial distress by applying lessons learnt in the aftermath of the U >>>


      BLAIR‘S GOLD AT THE REFERENDUM‘S END
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 18÷17 As they survey the damage wreaked by France, most politicians assume Tony Blair must be jubilant. After all, a British referendum was always going to be nearly impossible to win.

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      DE VILLEPIN BEGINS TASK OF REGAINING CONFIDENCE
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷28 Dominique de Villepin, France‘s new prime minister, has set himself a target of 100 days to restore the confidence of the people, promising to make monthly accounts of his government‘s progress.

Seeking to restore the government‘s authority following its crushing def >>>


      EU TO UPDATE ITS BROADCASTING RULES
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 00÷23 Viviane Reding, European Union media commissioner, plans to modernise the rules covering television broadcasts, laid down in 1'8', as viewing spreads to mobile telephones and the internet.

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      EURONEXT CHIEF REASSURES INVESTORS ON LSE BID
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 13÷17 Euronext, on Wednesday promised shareholders in the pan–European stock exchange that any bid for the London Stock Exchange would offer "a very strong return on investment".

He said Euronext‘s offer for the LSE, on which it is awaiting a decision by the UK Competi >>>


      EUROPE MUST KEEP ITS ‘SOFT POWER‘
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 20÷0' Yet, in recent years, Europe has prided itself on the perceived success of its so–called "soft power".Indeed, there is no way to explain the swift and smooth transformation of societies from Estonia to Bulgaria without referring to both the magnetism of the EU and the model >>>


      HOPES OF A PATENT BREAKTHROUGH
      FT, 01-06-2005
      February 23 2004 05÷00 Changes in patent and trademark regulations have been coming thick and fast, both in Britain and Europe.

Small wonder, then, that Ron Marchant, new chief executive at the Patent Office, admits to facing "a hell of a lot of work". On the one hand, there is the first sign >>>


      LATE POLL SHOWS DUTCH YES VOTE NARROWING THE GAP
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 12÷30 Dutch voters went to the polls on Wednesday to vote on the European Union‘s constitutional treaty amid indications of a high turnout and with a late opinion poll suggesting there may not be a landslide No that many have predicted.

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      MARTIN WOLF÷ FORGET THE HYMNS AND FIX THE ECONOMY
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 20÷0' Before the vote, Jean–Claude Juncker, Luxembourg‘s prime minister and current president of the European Council, declared that France and the Netherlands should re–run their referendums, if necessary, in order to obtain the "right answer". Mr Juncker is all too >>>


      MEPS WARNED ON IMPLICATIONS OF EU SOFTWARE MOVES
      FT, 01-06-2005
      October 26 2004 18÷34 The appeal comes as the parliament and European Union member states prepare for the next stand–off over one of the most controversial laws of recent years.

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      OBSERVER – EUROPE
      FT, 01-06-2005
      1'÷46 Another poet president? A masterstroke from French president Jacques Chirac. Hours after his citizens reject the European constitutional treaty in a sign of how out of touch the political elite is with the voters, he appoints an aristocratic poet who has never been elected as prime minister.

T >>>


      OUTLOOK FOR EUROZONE MANUFACTURING WORSENS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 11÷54 Eurozone manufacturing output contracted for a second month in May as business conditions continued to deteriorate, according to a closely–watched economic indicator for the region released on Wednesday.

The purchasing managers‘ index for the eurozone, compiled by NTC Rese >>>


      TA EXPEDITES BULGARIAN MOBILTEL DEAL
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 17÷47 The Austrian group said it was bringing forward completion of its òÂì1.6bn ($2bn) purchase of MobilTel in Bulgaria to next month from the fourth quarter, as it had originally planned.

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      UNIPOL INCREASES STAKE IN BNL
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷40 Unipol, the Italian insurance company, declared on Wednesday that it had again increased its stake in Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, the target of a bid by Spain‘s BBVA, to 10 per cent.

Unipol‘s shareholding has grown from just less than 2 per cent a few weeks ago. The insure >>>


      VERDICT TELLS US THAT EUROPE HAS BEEN OVERSOLD
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 30 2005 1'÷54 Many people are disenchanted with the EU. That is because it has been oversold.

It is not and cannot be the answer to all of their problems. Ordinary people worry about crime in the streets, the plague of drugs, their take–home pay, the service in hospitals and the level of >>>


      A RISKY CHOICE TO LEAD CHIRAC‘S FIGHTBACK
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 At a debate on Europelast month, Dominique de Villepin posed a rhetorical question÷ why did the French always imagine they would be the losers from globalisation rather than winners?

Whipping himself into a frenzy of enthusiasm, the 51–year–old interior minister and >>>


      ACEH PEACE TALKS TO REOPEN IN JULY
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 A fourth round of peace talks between Indonesian government officials and representatives of the Free Aceh Movement ended yesterday in Helsinki, where the two sides agreed to a fifth round of meetings July 12. Former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, who is chairing the talks, said÷ & >>>


      CHIRAC PICKS ALLY DE VILLEPIN AS NEW PM
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Jacques Chirac, France‘s president, yesterday sought to give new impetus to his embattled government after its humiliating defeat in Sunday‘s European referendum by naming Dominique de Villepin, his loyal ally, as prime minister.

In a surprise announcement last night, Mr C >>>


      DUTCH VOTERS SET TO IGNORE THEIR LEADERS AND FOLLOW THE FRENCH
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Dutch voters look set today to ignore the advice of most of their political leaders, newspapers, businesses and trade unions and join the French in saying No to the European Union‘s constitutional treaty.

Opinion polls taken after the treaty‘s rejection by French voters on >>>


      EUROPE MUST KEEP ITS ‘SOFT POWER‘
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 31 2005 20÷0' Yet, in recent years, Europe has prided itself on the perceived success of its so–called "soft power".Indeed, there is no way to explain the swift and smooth transformation of societies from Estonia to Bulgaria without referring to both the magnetism of the EU and the model >>>


      FAILURE TO TAME UNEMPLOYMENT SEALS RAFFARIN‘S FATE AS PM
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Jean–Pierre Raffarin was a low–key choice as prime minister – the third to serve under Jacques Chirac. With his provincial roots, he was meant to reconnect France‘s Parisian ruling elite with the common people.

However, his departure yesterday primarily reflect >>>


      FAZIO SEES ITALY‘S EXPORTS STAGNATING AMID ZERO ECONOMIC GROWTH
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Italy‘s economy, increasingly seen as the weakest link in the 12–nation eurozone, will not grow at all this year and its budget deficit will balloon to about 4 per cent of gross domestic product, the national central bank governor said yesterday.

Painting a grim picture of >>>


      FRENCH LEADERS URGED TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE SET BY BUSINESS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 France‘s reshuffled government ministers should follow the example of their more successful corporate cousins and embrace the challenges of the fast–changing world rather than retreating behind defensive social or protectionist policies, leading French businessmen said yesterday.>>>


      KHODORKOVSKY VOWS TO FIGHT FOR RUSSIAN FREEDOM AS HE IS JAILED FOR NINE YEARS
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 Mikhail Khodorkovsky vowed yesterday to fight for his freedom and the "freedom of the whole of Russia" after he was sentenced to serve nine years in prison for fraud and tax evasion.

Once Russia‘s richest man, Mr Khodorkovsky made clear he had not renounced his ambitio >>>


      MARTIN WOLF÷ A MORE DYNAMIC EUROZONE IS A NECESSITY
      FT, 01-06-2005
      May 17 2005 20÷25 oui or a non to the European constitution would better protect their citizens from "ultra–liberalism" and Franz Müntefering, chairman of Germany‘s ruling SPD, describes investors who desire a high return as "locusts". In Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, the pri >>>


      NO–VOTE LOBBY GAINS GROUND IN USUALLY PRO–EUROPE LUXEMBOURG
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 If aFrench rejection of Europe‘s constitutional treaty seemed unlikely earlier this year, a No vote by passionately pro–Europe Luxembourg would have been inconceivable.

But after the political shockwaves created by the overwhelming French No vote and the expectation that t >>>


      OLIGARCHS TUMBLE FROM SUMMIT AS PUTIN INVERTS POWER PYRAMID
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 03÷00 The jail sentence for Mikhail Khodorkovsky marks an apparent victory for President Vladimir Putin‘s campaign to office to wrest control of Russia back from the rich "oligarchs" who had used their wealth to gain political power under his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.

Some >>>


      OPPOSITES YOKED TOGETHER TO FIND FUTURE FOR FRANCE
      FT, 01-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷48 French President Jacques Chirac had to choose this week between two men to be his prime minister÷ Dominique de Villepin, his loyal interior minister, or Nicolas Sarkozy, the rebellious president of the ruling UMP party.

Instead, Mr Chirac chose both. While Mr de Villepin has be >>>



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