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      TRES MUERTOS Y UN HERIDO GRAVE AL ESTRELLARSE UN HELICÓPTERO
      Siglo XXI, 16-08-2005
      EFE Río de Janeiro. Tres personas murieron y una sobrevivió, aunque se halla muy grave, al estrellarse el helicóptero en el que viajaban en el estado brasileño de Mato Grosso do Sul, fronterizo con Paraguay, informaron hoy fuentes oficiales.

El accidente ocurrió en la noche d >>>


      AFGHAN COPTER CRASH KILLS NATO TROOPS
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      At least 17 Spanish troops with NATO–led forces in Afghanistan have been killed in a helicopter crash during an exercise near the western city of Herat, a Spanish Defence Ministry spokesman said.

The helicopter went down south of Spain‘s base at Herat on Tuesday, the spokesman said. The cause was u >>>


      AFRICAN NATIONS IN FRESH HEALTH SCARES
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      An unidentified respiratory disease has killed eight more people in an eastern Congo diamond–mining region, pushing the death toll to 2' as the number of infections topped 1000, health officials say.

The apparent viral pulmonary illness that causes victims to vomit blood began spreading in Maniema Pr >>>


      ALJAZEERA INT TV PRODUCTION FESTIVAL
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Under the patronage of his excellency Hamad Bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Aljazeera Satellite Channel announces that the 2nd Aljazeera International Television Production Festival will be held from Monday 27 March to Thursday 30 March 2006 at Doha – Sheraton Hotel, Doha, Qatar.

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      ARABS WELCOME PULLOUT AS FIRST STEP
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Arab governments have expressed the hope that Israel‘s pullout from the Gaza Strip will be followed by the evacuation of other occupied Palestinian lands and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledged the "historic and important" nature of the Isr >>>


      CORONERS SEEK CLUES IN ATHENS CRASH
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Coroners are to carry out tests on the remains of the passengers and crew of a Cypriot airliner that has crashed outside Athens to determine exactly when the 121 people died.

Officials said on Monday the coroners were attempting to determine whether the people on board the Helios Airways flight were already de >>>


      EMOTIONS MIXED ON ACEH PEACE DEAL
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Although many in Aceh are hopeful that lasting peace is at hand after the truce agreement between Indonesian and rebel leaders, others warn that fear and distrust run deep.

Thousands of people huddling around TV sets in a mosque courtyard in the provincial capital Banda Aceh clapped and cheered while watching >>>


      HARVARD PLANS ORIGINS OF LIFE STUDY
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Harvard University is planning a scientific study of how life emerged on Earth.

The study thrusts one of America‘s most prestigious universities into the growing, politically charged debate over an alternative to Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution.

Opponents of the theory of evolution sa >>>


      HRW÷ UK–JORDAN DEPORTATIONS ILLEGAL
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Britain will break international law if it deports security suspects to Jordan or countries such as Egypt and Algeria, due to a high risk of torture, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

The comments on Tuesday come after London arrested and pledged to deport 10 foreigners in a crackdown on hardline Muslims afte >>>


      INFANTS GROUNDED BY US NO–FLY LIST
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the United Sates because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government‘s no–fly list.

It sounds like a joke, but it is not funny to parents who miss flights while scrambling to have babi >>>


      IRAQ CAUTIOUS AFTER MISSED DEADLINE
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Iraq is weighing the fallout from its failure to meet a deadline to draft a new constitution, facing warnings of fresh political turmoil if it does not complete the charter next week.

Iraqi legislators granted a one–week extension to draft the country‘s post–Saddam Hussein constitution after >>>


      IRAQIS MISS CONSTITUTION DEADLINE
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Iraq‘s parliament has missed a crucial deadline to finalise the first post–Saddam Hussein constitution, agreeing instead to a seven–day extension for leaders to complete the draft.

Parliament adjourned after voting to extend the deadline to 22 August, acting on a request from Kurdish leaders >>>


      ISRAELI POLICE ENTER GAZA SETTLEMENT
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Israeli police have swooped on and gained control of Gaza Strip‘s largest settlement, a key location for Jewish settlers resisting eviction.

Early on Tuesday, police burst through the main gate and other entrances of Neve Dekalim and cut off the metal gate with an electric saw.

About a dozen mem >>>


      LIBYA, EGYPT, ALGERIA IN TALKS ON SUMMIT
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      The leaders of Egypt, Libya and Algeria have met to discuss the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, developments in Iraq and a possible Arab summit.

On the sidelines of the meeting on Monday, Egypt dismissed reports that its calls for an emergency summit had sparked tensions with Algeria.

"There are no >>>


      PASSENGER PLANE CRASHES IN VENEZUELA
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      A passenger plane has crashed in remote western Venezuela with 152 passengers aboard, an aviation official said. It was unclear whether anyone has survived.

The West Caribbean Airways plane was headed from Panama to Martinique before dawn on Tuesday when its pilot reported engine trouble to the Caracas airport >>>


      QATAR ASYLUM ‘OFFER‘ TO TAYA
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Qatar has offered asylum to Mauritania‘s ousted president Maaouya Ould Sid‘Ahmed Taya almost two weeks after he was overthrown in a bloodless coup, a Gambian official says.

"Qatar has invited Taya to seek asylum there," said a senior Gambian official in the capital Banjulon Tuesday, where >>>


      QUAKE JOLTS JAPAN, TRIGGERS TSUNAMIS
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has hit northeastern Japan, triggering tsunamis along the country‘s Pacific coast, collapsing buildings, knocking out power and shaking skyscrapers in Tokyo, more than 300km away.

The quake on Tuesday caused a roof to cave in at an indoor pool in the coastal city of Sendai, inj >>>


      RUSSIA÷ BIRD FLU DEADLY TO HUMANS
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Russia says an outbreak of bird flu in Chelyabinsk is dangerous to humans, as teams of sanitary workers destroy birds in Siberia in an attempt to prevent the westward spread of the deadly virus.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu is behind the outbreak in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Ural mountains, the Emergencies Min >>>


      SCORES KILLED IN IRAQ ATTACKS
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      At least 17 people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in several attacks in Iraq, including an explosion targeting the family of Iraqi Vice–President Adel Abd al–Mahdi.

Two of al–Mahdi‘s guards were killed in a roadside bomb on Monday 120km north of Baghdad as they escorted the f >>>


      SETTLEMENTS TO BE OUT OF BOUNDS FOR A MONTH
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Israel will not allow Palestinians to enter the Gaza Strip settlements until a month after they are cleared of all Jewish settlers, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz has said.

"There will be a delay of four weeks, one month after the evacuation during which we will not allow the Palestinians to enter," Mo >>>


      SHARON÷ GAZA PULLOUT PAINFUL BUT VITAL
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has called the Gaza withdrawal painful but vital and warned Palestinians that any attack after the pullout would be met with the "harshest response ever".

"This act (disengagement) is essential for Israel. Believe me, the pain I feel with this act is the full >>>


      SYRIAN POLICE ARREST KURDS AFTER RIOT
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      Syrian police have arrested about 35 Syrian Kurds in a northern town near Aleppo after they assaulted policemen dispersing members of a banned separatist faction.

Ammar Qurabi of the Arab Organisation of Human Rights in Syria (AOHRS) said a crowd rioted on Monday after police prevented them from holding a cele >>>


      US DOWNPLAYS IRAQ CHARTER DELAY
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      US President George Bush has downplayed a delay in drafting the Iraqi constitution despite US pressure for the document it hopes will help weaken the anti–US uprising.

The Iraqi parliament, pushed to the brink of a midnight deadline, gave negotiators an extra seven days on Monday to complete a draft cons >>>


      US FIRM SUED FOR FALLUJA DEATHS
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      A lawsuit accusing a North Carolina–based security contractor of wrongful death and fraud in the deaths of four guards killed and mutilated in Iraq should be heard in state court, a federal judge has ruled.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs considered the ruling a victory for survivors of the four slain Black >>>


      US÷ PRISON WITHHELD VIDEOS FROM PROBE
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      The US Justice Department‘s inspector–general has said a federal detention centre in New York City failed to turn over hundreds of videotapes to investigators probing the treatment of detainees taken into custody after the September 11 attacks.

The US Bureau of Prisons discovered the tapes in Febru >>>


      YEMEN TRIAL DELAYED AFTER PROTESTS
      Aljazeera, 16-08-2005
      The trial in Yemen of 34 followers of a slain Shia rebel leader has been postponed after defendants loudly denounced the judge, accusing him of being unfair.

Followers of Hussein Badr Eddin al–Houthi, killed in September, also chanted anti–American and anti–Israeli slogans inside the court on >>>


      ALGÉRIE–NORVÈGE÷ VERS LE RENFORCEMENT DE LA COOPÉRATION ÉNERGÉTIQUE
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Alger – Le ministre de l‘Energie et des Mines, M. Chakib Khelil, a rencontré à Oslo le premier ministre norvégien, M. Kjell Magne Bondevik, avec lequel il a évoqué l‘état de la coopération bilatérale et les moyens de renforcer les relations &eac >>>


      BASKET–BALL÷ YAHIA GUIDOUM DONNE LE COUP D‘ENVOI OFFICIEL DE LA CAN 2005
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Alger – Le ministre de la Jeunesse et des Sports, Yahia Guidoum a donné, lundi soir à la Coupole du complexe olympique (Alger), le coup d‘envoi officiel du 23e championnat d‘Afrique des nations de basket–ball qui se poursuivra jusqu‘au 24 août. "Je déclare >>>


      CAN–2005÷ BONS DÉBUTS DE L‘ALGÉRIE FACE AU GABON (80–52)
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Alger – l‘équipe nationale algérienne de basket–ball a bien débuté la compétition en s‘imposant lundi soir à la salle de la "Coupole" face au Gabon (80–52) – mi–temps (37–22), pour le compte de la 1ère journ&eacu >>>


      LANCEMENT DU PROJET DE CENTRE CONCHYLICOLE À BOU ISMAIL (TIPASA)
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Tipasa – Le projet de centre conchylicole du centre national de documentation sur la pêche et l‘aquaculture (CNDPA), qui sera implanté à Bou Ismail dans la wilaya de Tipasa, est fin prêt, selon le responsable chargé du suivi, M. Mustapha Boudjenah, qui précisera &agr >>>


      POUR UNE MEILLEURE CONNAISSANCE DES OPPORTUNITÉS OFFERTES PAR LE MARCHÉ SUD AFRICAIN
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Alger – Une rencontre d‘information sur la politique d‘investissement en Afrique du Sud a été organisée mardi à Alger en direction des opérateurs économiques algériens privés et publics par l‘ambassade de l‘Afrique du Sud à Al >>>


      RESTAURATION DU SARCOPHAGE DE BELLÉROPHON ET DE LA STATUE DE DÉMÉTER
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Alger – Une opération de restauration du sarcophage de Bellérophon et de la statue de Déméter, divinités de la mythologie grecque, se déroule actuellement au musée national des antiquités et des arts islamiques. Cette opération, prise en charge par l >>>


      RÉCONCILIATION NATIONALE ÷ ECHOS FAVORABLES À TRAVERS LE PAYS
      APS, 16-08-2005
      Echos favorables au discours du Président Abdelaziz Bouteflika dans les wilayas du Centre–Ouest du pays Blida – Le discours du Président de la République sur la charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale, prononcé dimanche devant les cadres de la nation, a é >>>


      ABU DHABI DUTY FREE EXPANDS RETAIL AREA
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Abu Dhabi Duty Free increased its retail area by 1,350 square metres this month upon the opening of two new terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

These terminals are intended to accommodate thef airport‘s ever–increasing number of passengers.

The Dh130 mi >>>


      AL SAYEGH RETAIL STORES WILL OFFER E–VISION PACKAGES
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Al Sayegh Brothers Trading, distributors of brands such as LG, Olympus, Aiwa and several others in the UAE, and Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia (E–Vision) have formed an alliance to give customers an opportunity to subscribe to E–Vision cable television through Al Sayegh Brothers >>>


      AMLAK PLANS TO ENTER ABU DHABI
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Amlak Finance yesterday said it intends to enter into property finance, for the first time, in Abu Dhabi‘s growing real estate market.

Amlak Finance, Dubai‘s first specialist Islamic financing company, has submitted its application to the authorities to open new branches >>>


      AMWAL UNVEILS 1B–RIYAL QATAR GATE FUND
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Qatari investment company Amwal has launched a 1 billion riyal (Dh1.01 billion) Qatar Gate Fund, which will focus on the Doha Securities Market and other Gulf markets.

The open–ended equity–based mutual fund is open to Qataris and expatriates through two separate sub&ndas >>>


      ASIAN REFINERY EXPANSION PLANS BEHIND TARGET
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Singapore÷ Key Asian refinery projects that would help ease a shortage of global capacity this year have run into delays as Indian and Chinese firms facing steep losses on domestic sales see little incentive to rush plans.

India‘s new Essar Oil refinery has been pushed back again, while a >>>


      DIAL SMALLER NUMBER TO USE MAYSOUR
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, or Etisalat, has changed its Maysour package, a prepaid service for fixed line telephones.

Customers can now call 122 instead of 800–80'0 to access the toll–free number for the Maysour service.

This change shows Etisal >>>


      DSS OFFERS A JOURNEY TO UAE‘S RICH PAST
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The UAE a land thousands of years old but 34 years young, progressing, vibrant and on the move, which even a few decades ago was stagnant place where life under hostile environment was difficult to carry on.

That‘s what the activities of the Heritage Surpris >>>


      DUBAI DEPARTMENT REPORTS DEALS WORTH DH22'.'8M
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Salma Abdullah, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The value of land transactions recorded at the Dubai Lands and Properties Department exceeded Dh22'.'8 million in the previous two days.

Among the six deals, the biggest one took place in Hor Al Anz, where a plot changed hands for Dh41.4 million.

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      ETISALAT WILL TAKE TECHNOLOGY CLOSER TO PEOPLE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The UAE‘s sole telecom company Etisalat and its digital cable TV unit E–Vision yesterday announced that they will conduct a number of activities during the Knowledge Surprises week from August 18 to 24 as part of the corporation‘s sponsorship of Dubai Summer Surprises for th >>>


      HABIB BANK TO START INVESTOR SERVICES IN UAE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ Online trading in stocks by overseas Pakistanis is poised to get a significant boost when Habib Bank Ltd launches its investor services in the UAE, visiting officials said yesterday.

The Central Depository Company (CDC), the only securities depository entit >>>


      HBG TO MARKET YOUNG‘S PRODUCTS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ HBG Holdings has added to its line up of consumer products by signing up exclusive distribution rights for Young‘s Food Products, a Pakistan–based food manufacturer.

With the distribution agreement in place, Young‘s Food Products will now join Kraft Foods, Uni&ndash >>>


      IEA SEES OIL PRICES CUTTING WORLD GROWTH
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Istanbul÷ Record high world oil prices will cut world economic growth by 0.8 point in 2005 and widen current account gaps both in rich and emerging economies, the International Energy Agency‘s chief economist said yesterday.

"If this year‘s average oil price hits $50, then this >>>


      INDUSTRY DEBUTANT NOMINATED AS IRAN OIL MINISTER
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Tehran÷ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday nominated an industry outsider, acting Tehran mayor Ali Saeedlou, as oil minister of the world‘s fourth biggest crude producer.

Parliamentarians are expected to vote on all Ahmadinejad‘s cabinet nominations within a week.
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      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Compiled from staff and agency reports Saudi Arabia‘s Itsalat sets up shop in DubaiDubai – Competition among mobile phone distributors and retailers looks set to increase with the arrival of Itsalat International Co, a Saudi Arabia–based company, that opened its first outlet in Dubai this month.
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      OIL BRIEFS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Compiled from agencies IPE to make gas oil settlement earlier by an hourLondon – The IPE gas oil futures settlement period is to be brought forward by one hour from October in response to a similar move by energy pricing agency Platts, the International Petroleum Exchange said. The gas oil settlement period will >>>


      OIL PRICES RETREAT FROM RECORD HIGH, IRAN IN FOCUS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters New York÷ Oil faded more than a dollar from a $67 high yesterday but the United States‘ refusal to rule out force against Iran, Opec‘s second–biggest producer, limited losses.

Doubts that the oil industry can pump and refine enough crude have catapulted prices nearly 40 per cen >>>


      OMD GROUP CONSOLIDATES POSITION IN MEDIA BUYING
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The latest figures from Ipsos–Stat show that the sustained growth of OMD Group since its inception in 2002 has propelled it to the top of the media buying industry.

With an investment of more than $170 million in the first six months of 2005, the OMD Group is now the GCC‘ >>>


      PHOTOS BY NATIONAL LENSMEN SHOWCASE COUNTRY‘S HERITAGE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ They depict wind–swept beaches, intricately engraved dagger cases, dhows sailing on deep blue seas and camels pounding down the track.

A varied selection of pictures by UAE national photographers is keeping alive the history of the country at a new exhibit >>>


      RECORD PRICES FAIL TO DENT DEMAND FOR MIDDLE EAST GRADES
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Singapore÷ Record–high crude oil prices are not expected to dent demand for Middle East grades as long as refining margins hold, but Oman‘s price differential is unlikely to return to a premium in the short term.

Focus on the Asia–Pacific market will turn to October cargoes, wi >>>


      SAUDIS CONSIDER INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT INVESTORS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Riyadh÷ Saudi Arabia is considering attracting foreign investors by exempting them from income tax for 15 years and Saudisation rules for five years, a Saudi newspaper reported yesterday.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (Sagia) is in talks with several government departments to po >>>


      SHARES GAIN IN ABU DHABI BUT LOSE IN DUBAI
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dubai shares dropped nearly one per cent in moderate trade yesterday as investors booked profits but Abu Dhabi stocks gained nearly half a per cent helped by services and phone monopoly Etisalat.

Dubai‘s mortgage lender Amlak Finance, the exchange‘s top >>>


      320 YOUNGSTERS COMPLETE POLICE TRAINING COURSE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ More than 300 youngsters will complete their summer training programme with Dubai police tomorrow.

Brigadier Dr Jamal Mohammad Khalifa Al Merri, acting Dubai Police Chief, will attend the closing ceremony at the Dubai Police Academy.

The programme for 320 teenagers was organ >>>


      AMBASSADOR SAYS COUNTRY IS EXPERIENCING ECONOMIC BOOM
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Nissar Hoath and Sunita Menon, Staff Reporters Abu Dhabi/Dubai÷ Indian community members organised special programmes across the UAE yesterday to celebrate their country‘s 5'th Independence Day.

The day began with a national flag hoisting ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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      DEGREE COURSES LAUNCHED
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ As a first step towards a permanent presence in Dubai, the Heriot–Watt University HWU has launched a range of degree courses for students.

The initial degree courses, the Heriot–Watt Management Programme (BA and BBA), Information Technology (BS) and Information Technology >>>


      DUBAI FEATURES IN ONLINE MURDER MYSTERY GAME
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dubai has entered into a new realm within the internet gaming world, as the location of a luxurious hotel used as the backdrop to an online murder mystery.

The Royal Accord hotel is a creation of the BBC. It is described as one of Dubai‘s most luxuriant >>>


      FOUR KILLED AND TWO CRITICALLY INJURED IN AL AIN ROAD CRASH
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ A fatal road accident on Sunday claimed four lives and injured two others in Al Ain, a Civil Defence report said yesterday.

According to the report, four people died and two sustained critical injuries in a collision between two Abu Dhabi–registered vehicles in Al Sarouj Di >>>


      HAMDAN MEETS US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      WAM Washington÷ Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, yesterday met Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, in Washington.

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      HUNDREDS OF FARMS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW PIPELINE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi÷ The new water pipeline extending from Fujairah to Al Ain yesterday began operations to irrigate UAE nationals‘ farms in Sih Harz and Al Ajban.

The pipeline will transport eight million gallons of water, irrigating some 1,020 farms in Sih Harz and Al Ajban.

The water pipelin >>>


      INDIAN CONSULATE TO DELIVER PASSPORTS BY EMPOST
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The Indian Consulate has made the delivery of passports by Empost mand–atory in the UAE from September 1, Consul–General Yash Sinha announced yesterday.

He said that new scheme has been put in place to eliminate queues at the consulate.

More th >>>


      MEDICAL AWARD WEBSITE NOW IN ENGLISH
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences has launched its new website in English.

The site, to be found at www.hmaward.org.ae, includes information on various categories of international, Arab and local awards and the facility to participate in these awards. >>>


      MISSION VISA HELPS HIRING OF SKILLED STAFF
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Nissar Hoath, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ The Ministry of Interior yesterday clarified that the recent amendment by the Cabinet of an earlier decision on the visa and fee structure pertains only to a new visa introduced to facilitate the Labour Ministry‘s Temporary Work Permit.

Lieutenant Colonel >>>


      MOHAMMAD RECEIVES ENVOY
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi÷ Australian ambassador pays farewell visit General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday received Noel Donald Campbell, the outgoing Australian Ambassador who came to bid him farewell at the end of his tenure.
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      MOVIE BUFFS THRONG THEATRES TO WATCH MANGAL PANDEY
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon and Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporters Dubai÷ Cinemas in the city have reported a huge interest in The Rising and its Hindi version Mangal Pandey, with many evening showings fully booked.

Malavika At Lamcy cinema near Lamcy Plaza, evening showings at 7, 8, 10 and 11pm are all full, accordi >>>


      NO CHANGE IN STRUCTURE OF VISIT VISA – MINISTRY
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Nissar Hoath, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ The Ministry of Interior yesterday confirmed there is no change in the charges or the structure of the visit visa.

Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Al Khidhar, Legal Adviser at the Directorate of Naturalisation and Residence in the ministry, told Gulf News a visit vis >>>


      NUMBER OF RUNAWAY FILIPINO MAIDS DOUBLES
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The number of runaway maids seeking shelter at the Philippine Labour Office in Dubai has doubled in a month, from the usual rate of 30 plus to more than 60, straining the shelter‘s capacity.

Vicente M. Cabe, labour attaché at the Philippine Consulate Ge >>>


      POLICE URGE PUBLIC TO AVAIL OF HOME SAFETY SERVICE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Police are calling on members of the public to make use of their free home safety service the first of its kind in the world which monitors homes while residents are away.

The programme was launched two years ago by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID.) Its >>>


      RESIDENTS KEEN ON JERK–O–METER PHONE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Residents keen on Jerk–O–Meter phone Smooth talkers get a buzz from mobiles Keeping in touch with friends on the telephone is great but you are never sure how pleased they are to hear from you.

But perhaps they are not that interested in speaking to >>>


      RULES NEEDED TO PROTECT SAILORS FROM UNSCRUPULOUS OWNERS, SAYS UNION
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ An international federation advocating seafarers‘ rights has urged authorities in the UAE and other Gulf states to set firm rules to protect seafarers from unscrupulous ship owners.

Bilal Malkawi, the Arab world representative for the International Transport Fe >>>


      SMALL COMPANIES SAY REFUSAL OF GROUP VISAS IS A PROBLEM
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Small company representatives have said their businesses are suffering because the visa committee at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is reluctant to give them the numbers of expatriate workers they are requesting.

A Labour official said officials are someti >>>


      SMOOTH TALKERS GET A BUZZ FROM MOBILES
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      The Telegraph Group Limited Washington÷ Are you a mobile phone "jerk" or a "smooth talker"? Your performance can now be monitored during calls and reviews flashed up on screen.

Residents keen on Jerk–O–Meter phone Smooth talkers get a buzz from mobiles Ominously, the Jerk >>>


      TAKING IT EASY AT THE MARKET
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Devadasand, Gulf News photographer Dubai÷ A man takes a ride in a wheel barrow at the Al Aweer Fruit and Vegetable Market in Dubai.

Reductil is an appetite suppressant that works on the central nervous system by fooling the brain into inducing a feeling of satiety.

––> Getting ar >>>


      TYPES OF VISA FOR THE UAE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Gulf News Visit visa÷ It must be sponsored by an individual, such as a relative, or an establishment. The application is submitted by the sponsor with all required documents. It is issued for Dh100 for two months and is renewable for another month for a fee of Dh500.

The citizens of following countries >>>


      UNIVERSITY RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FOR DEGREES
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ Al Hosn University has received accreditation for its degrees on Software Engineering, Business Administration and Management Information Systems from the Ministry of Education.

The university‘s programmes are designed to include a high degree of interaction among faculty m >>>


      VISITOR WHO ESCAPED FROM POLICE LOCK–UP BACK IN JAIL
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A female visitor, who was being detained in a police lock–up ready to be deported but managed to escape by climbing up the vents and crawling through the air–conditioning channels, has landed in jail.

The 1'–year–old Russian >>>


      WEIGHT–LOSS DRUGS ARE AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Pharmacists should practise self restraint and not think too much of the bottomline when selling weight–loss drugs that are available only through prescription elsewhere in the world, said doctors.

A Gulf News survey found that pharmacists selling weight&ndash >>>


      A RIGHT MOVE AT THE RIGHT TIME
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Bahrains decision to allow human rights activists to inspect its prisons is laudable In another welcome initiative, Bahraini authorities have decided to allow human rights activists to visit and inspect the kingdom‘s prisons as of next month.

The decision complements the moves the country has taken so fa >>>


      BAHRAIN ALLOWS FEMALE DIPLOMATS TO WORK ABROAD
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama÷ Bahraini women will have greater opportunities to take up posts in Bahrain‘s diplomatic missions following the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

The breakthrough, a long–standing demand by women‘s rights activists, followed a re >>>


      BUSH ADMINISTRATION REMAINS OPTIMISTIC OVER IRAQI DELAY
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ The Bush administration remains optimistic although Iraq‘s parliament failed to draft its new constitution to meet the agreed deadline Iraqi politicians failed to meet a key deadline to draft a new constitution and agreed on Monday to allow and extra week for negotiations on a constitutio >>>


      COLONISTS FORM HUMAN CHAIN TO STOP EVICTION NOTICES
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Occupied Jerusalem÷ In a last ditch attempt to prevent Israeli troops distributing eviction notices defiant protesters locked arms to form human chains, at the gates of Gaza‘s biggest settlement, Neve Dekalim.

Protesters scuffled briefly with police, pelted them with paint–filled ba >>>


      CONSTITUTION DEBATE DELAYED
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ A special meeting of Iraq‘s parliament to debate a draft constitution has been delayed to give delegates more time to strike a deal.

Discussions about the final text for the constitution are now expected to carry on into the night – with the original midnight deadline likel >>>


      GULF LEADERS WANT ISRAEL TO WITHDRAW FROM ALL OCCUPIED LANDS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Riyadh÷ Gulf governments expressed the hope yesterday that Israel‘s pullout from the Gaza Strip will be followed by the evacuation of other occupied Palestinian lands and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Saudi Arabia "looks forward to the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip b >>>


      IRAQI PARLIAMENT EXTENDS CHARTER TALKS BY A WEEK
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Iraq‘s parliament yesterday agreed to allow an extra week for negotiations on a constitution after politicians asked for more time to reach a deal.

With less than 20 minutes to go until time was to run out at midnight, parliament voted to extend the deadline for a draft constitut >>>


      ISRAELIS EVACUATE TWO COLONIES IN WEST BANK
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Occupied Jerusalem÷ The evacuation of two out four Jewish colonies slated for removal in the West Bank was completed yesterday, Israel‘s army said.

The colonies were the first of 25 to be vacated under Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon‘s planned withdrawals.

"Ganim a >>>


      KHARTOUM LIFTS CURFEW AFTER VIOLENCE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Khartoum÷ Sudanese authorities have lifted a curfew imposed two weeks ago to stop the capital‘s worst violence in decades, which killed at least 111 people, Interior Ministry officials said yesterday.

"We have lifted the curfew," the ministry official said. "There will be no >>>


      LAWYER SAYS WHAT IS TAKEN BY FORCE MUST BE RECLAIMED BY FORCE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Though Israel began withdrawing from the Gaza Strip by sealing some areas and delivering final eviction notices to thousands of Jewish colonists, an international lawyer believes that whatever has been taken by force should be reclaimed by force.

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      MARTIN TELLS CANADIANS TO LEAVE IRAQ
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Toronto÷ After the body of a kidnapped Canadian business man was found in Baghdad, Prime Minister Paul Martin warned Canadians not to travel to Iraq and suggested that those already there should leave.

"Any Canadians in Iraq should leave. The situation remains volatile and the Government o >>>


      MORE THAN 1,200 TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN TWO DAYS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha÷ Qatar‘s Traffic Department has observed more than 1,200 violations in the first two days of a massive campaign against traffic accidents that have killed 111 people since January.

Hundreds of policemen have been assigned to busy traffic junctions and ma >>>


      MOST IRAQIS BACK WOMEN‘S RIGHTS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      AP Baghdad÷ A survey conducted by Iraq‘s constitution drafting committee showed that 6' per cent of respondents support full rights for women as long as the freedoms don‘t contradict Islam.

The survey, released onSunday, was conducted by a subcommittee of Iraq‘s constitutional comm >>>


      OMAN POLICE TELL ILLEGALS TO LEAVE BY AUGUST 1' AFTER PAYING FINE
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief Muscat÷ Oman‘s immigration authorities have eased rules to quicken the exit of expatriates, who have overstayed their visit visas.

The Royal Oman Police have called on people overstaying visit visas to leave by August 1'.

"The fine would be 250 ri >>>


      PALESTINIANS BARRED FROM COLONIES FOR ONE MONTH
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Gaza City ÷ Palestinians will not be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip colonies until a month after Jewish settlers have been evacuated, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Tuesday.

Gaza Withdrawal Latest Developments÷ Gaza withdrawal Palestinians barred from colonies for one month Israel >>>


      PALESTINIANS WORRY PULLOUT WILL BE THE FIRST AND LAST
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Jumana Al Tamimi, GCC & Middle East Editor Dubai÷ Officially, Palestinians welcomed an end to 38 years of Israeli occupation to Gaza and expressed hope it would be a step toward the establishment of a Palestinian independent state.

But the public is divided on whether this step will be followed b >>>


      PRIVATE VARSITIES FLAYED OVER RAMPANT CORRUPTION
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau chief Bahrain÷ Private universities have been savaged over their corrupt practices by two senior academics who called for the prompt activation of an administrative entity to oversee higher education in Bahrain.

"There is a crucial need to monitor the private universities and >>>


      PRIZE THAT SHARON IS CHASING WITH THE GAZA PULLOUT
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      By Patrick Bishop This week Israeli soldiers and policemen will flood into the Gaza Strip to remove those Jewish colonists who have chosen to stay on in defiance of their government‘s decision to evacuate the area completely.

It will be the first time that Israel has dismantled colonies since it complete >>>


      SHARON ‘WE COULDN‘T KEEP GAZA FOREVER‘
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Occupied Jerusalem÷ Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said the withdrawal from Gaza was a necessary step to secure the future of the country.

Speaking on national television, Sharon said that Israel could not hold onto the territory indefinitely, and that the Palestinians would now have t >>>


      SUDAN LIFTS KHARTOUM CURFEW
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Agencies Khartoum÷ The Sudanese government has lifted a curfew imposed after violence which claimed the lives of more than 100 people a fortnight ago.

The trouble was sparked by the death of former southern rebel leader and newly sworn–in First Vice President John Garang in a helicopter crash.
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      TWO CANADIAN PEACEKEEPERS HURT IN SINAI ‘TERROR‘ BLAST
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      AP Al Arish÷ Two Canadian women peacekeepers were wounded in a bomb blast yesterday in Egypt‘s Sinai peninsula that officials described as a terrorist attack.

"Terrorists planted two gas canisters on the road and linked them to an electrical wire. They hid in nearby apricot groves and blew th >>>


      YEMENI COURT ADJOURNS TRIAL OF SLAIN REBEL CLERIC AL HOUTHI‘S SUPPORTERS
      Gulf News, 16-08-2005
      Reuters Sanaa÷ Yemen began the trial yesterday of 34 supporters of a slain Shiite cleric.

The judge quickly adjourned the session after the unruly defendants chanted slogans against the government and its ally the United States.

"Death to America, Death to Israel," the defendants shou >>>



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