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      EURO STABILISES AFTER DUTCH NO VOTE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 11÷26 The under–fire euro dragged itself higher in European morning trade on Thursday after plummeting to new lows overnight as the Dutch followed the French in voting against the proposed European constitution.

The euro tumbled to a fresh eight–month low of $1.2168 against the >>>


      EUROPEAN SHARES SLIP FROM RECENT HIGHS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 08÷30 European shares slipped on Thursday, easing back from the three–year highs hit in the previous session as oil prices firmed overnight, however a falling euro continued to boost the continent‘s exporters.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 lost 0.1 per cent to 1,11'.'6, London& >>>


      EUROZONE GOVERNMENT BOND YIELDS AT RECORD LOWS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 13÷35 Eurozone government bond yields remained at record lows by Thursday afternoon, but were little moved by the European Central Bank‘s decision to leave interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent.

Investors were anxiously awaiting the press conference of Jean–Claude Trichet, ECB >>>


      EVRAZ IPO GETS OFF TO QUIET START
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 14÷0' Russia‘s biggest steel group raised $422m in its initial public offering

– valuing the company at $5.1bn – selling 2'.1m global depositary receipts, an 8 per cent stake, at $14.50 a piece. The IPO price was in the middle of a range between $13.50 and $17 anno >>>


      GPT UNITHOLDERS APPROVE BABCOCK VENTURE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 06÷41 General Property Trust voted on Thursday to drop property group Lend Lease as its manager, approved the creation of a joint venture with investment bank Babcock & Brown and the plan to sell some of its best assets to Westfield, the trust‘s larger competitor.

Sydney–bas >>>


      JAPANESE STOCKS‘ WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 13÷36 A five–day winning run for Japanese stocks finally came to an end on Thursday, although Singapore rose to levels not seen for nearly five years and Taiwanese shares hit a 10–week high.

Tokyo‘s Nikkei 225 Average fell 4'.62 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 11,280.05, a >>>


      JOHNSON MATTHEY UPBEAT ON AUTO DEMAND
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 0'÷21 Johnson Matthey, the platinum specialist, said its outlook for the next few years was "very encouraging" as platinum demand from the auto sector remained strong.

Strong demand from auto manufacturers in Europe and Asia would be enough to offset an expected fall from the >>>


      LOMBARD÷ DO NOT TURN THE RADIO DIAL ANY HIGHER
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 20÷28 At first glance, Emap might appear ready to pay more. Spurred on by the creation of GCap Media, the national heavyweight formed by the merger of GWR and Capital Radio, it has approached SRH for a recommended offer even though it lacks a finance director ‫ Gary Hughes quit in Apri >>>


      OIL PRICES DIP AS US INVENTORY DATA LOOM
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 11÷43 Crude oil prices eased on Thursday as expectations of a build up in US petrol stocks took some of the pressure off product prices ahead of the weekly inventory report later in the session.

On Wednesday, oil futures made their biggest daily gains in six months, with Nymex WTI adding 5. >>>


      PROFIT TAKING WEIGHS ON LONDON STOCKS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 08÷57 London‘s main equities market moved lower in opening trade on Thursday, but held on to the the foothold it established over the 5,000 mark in afternoon trade during the previous session, when bid speculation in the media sector and optimism about prospects for lower inflation and interes >>>


      PROFITS FLOW AT UNITED UTILITIES AS WATER BILLS RISE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 0'÷16 United Utilities said that pre–tax profits jumped 10 per cent last year following the government‘s decision to allow higher water and electricity bills in December and the growth of the company‘s outsourcing businesses.

The UK‘s largest listed utility, said >>>


      REPORT QUESTIONS GAZPROM STRATEGY
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 00÷27 Hermitage Capital, Russia‘s largest public equity fund and a significant Gazprom shareholder, has performed the analysis annually for four years, and has highlighted abuses at the company in the past.

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      SEC FILES SUIT AGAINST AMERINDO INVESTMENT
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 22÷53 Mr Vilar, who made his name as a patron of the arts and technology investor, is trying to raise $10m bail. His net worth, once put at more than $1bn, is believed to have shrunk to $100m, but he was still unable to provide the bail after his arrest last week.

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      SPORTINGBET THIRD QUARTER PROFITS TRIPLE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 08÷51 Sportingbet, the online betting and gaming group, announced a sharp rise in third–quarter sales and profits on Thursday.

Turnover for the three months to April 30 rose from £2'8m to £3'0.5m and pre–tax profits tripled from £4.2m to £13.7 >>>


      SUN SEALS $4.1BN DEAL FOR STORAGETEK
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 14÷26 Sun Microsystems, the troubled computer systems group, on Thursday put some of its cash pile to work by agreeing to pay $4.1bn (â/¬3.3bn) for StorageTek, the maker of data storage equipment.

Scott McNealy, Sun‘s chairman and chief executive, promised more deals to come >>>


      TATE & LYLE CAUTIOUS AS PROFITS BEAT FORECASTS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 08÷50 Tate & Lyle on Thursday revealed underlying profits ahead of expectations but cautioned that the pressure from reform of the European Union sugar regime would damage the performance of its European sugar and food businesses.

The UK sugar refiner and food ingredients group said pro >>>


      TELEWEST SET TO ENTER TALKS WITH RIVAL NTL
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 21÷18 Telewest has hired Rothschild, the investment bank, to advise on merger talks with rival NTL that could create a UK cable group worth more than £5.8bn.

The appointment signals an imminent start to the long–awaited merger talks, which would enable the combined group to com >>>


      TOKYO SHARES BOOSTED BY WALL STREET GAINS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 05÷2' Japanese shares edged upwards on Thursday morning, given a moderate boost by overnight rises in US technology stocks.

But gains were limited, a sign that the market‘s recent bull run may be running out of steam.

The Nikkei 225 closed morning trading up by less than >>>


      WALL ST LOWER AS INVESTORS DIGEST PRODUCTIVITY DATA
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 14÷42 Wall Street stocks fell on Thursday as traders returned to work to digest new updates on productivity and jobless claims and traders returned to work following Wednesday‘s awkward early close.

Biogen Idec and Elan, the pharmaceuticals groups, fell after a setback with a key mult >>>


      YIELD ON TREASURY BOND IS AT LOWEST IN A YEAR
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 01÷00 The yield on the US 10–year Treasury bond fell to its lowest level in more than a year on Wednesday, following weak manufacturing figures and hints from a senior Federal Reserve official that an end to monetary tightening may be in sight.

By the end of New York trading the yield >>>


      CHANCELLOR ‘SHOULD CHANGE HIS RULE ON SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT‘
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Gordon Brown should change one of his fiscal rules to prevent it becoming an arbitrary barrier to investment in public infrastructure, a prominent economist and former adviser to the Treasury said today.

Writing in the Financial Times today, David Miles, the chief UK economist at Morg >>>


      CHINA SEES RISE IN AUTOMATED PLANTS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Companies are boosting efforts to equip their production lines in China with novel automation systems, adding to the country‘s competitive advantages in manufacturing, a report published today will warn. The study by Economist Intelligence Unit, a research group, says both foreign– >>>


      COMPANY DUE TO SUPPLY NHS ELECTRONIC RECORD FIRED
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 IDX, the US software company that was to provide the National Health Service‘s electronic record for 13m people across the south and west of England, has been fired by Fujitsu, the company responsible for installing the new system.

Subject to contract, Fujitsu is to replace the >>>


      DAVIS DISQUIETS TORY MODERNISERS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Conservative modernisers are having second thoughts about backing David Davis for the Tory leadership after he suggested the party should not move on to the political centre ground.

Tory moderates and leftwingers were preparing to back Mr Davis, shadow home secretary and leading conte >>>


      EUROPEAN REGULATORS PROBE ‘CUT–PRICE‘ TOTE SALE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 European regulators have opened an investigation into the privatisation of the Tote over concerns that the sale of the pool betting operator to the UK horseracing industry involves the provision of "substantial state aid".

The sale of the Tote to a racing consortium was a La >>>


      EX–ROVER TEAM AIMS TO REVIVE LONG–DEAD SPORTS CAR
      FT, 02-06-2005
      May 13 2005 03÷00 Former executives of MG Rover, the defunct carmaker, want to revive the long–dead Austin Healey brand as part of a management buy–out backed by US private equity investors.

The bid team, led by Fraser Welford–Winton, former head of Rover‘s engine arm, claims en >>>


      FROM HAVEN FOR THE HARD–UP TO RETAIL SUCCESS STORY
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 You might think you would never shop nor wish to be seen in one, but be warned÷ once you cross thethreshold the chances are you will be hooked.

A stylish pair of sunglasses, a tub of weedkiller, a bottle of rose–scented shampoo, a box of Maltesers and change from a fiver >>>


      HALIFAX SAYS UK HOUSE PRICES UNCHANGED
      FT, 02-06-2005
      May 6 2005
10÷01 Halifax on Friday delivered a stark post–election reminder to homeowners that the housing market will feel very different in Labour‘s third term than during the boom in the last two as it reported house prices had not moved in April.

The UK‘s largest mortgage lend >>>


      INDUSTRY OUTPUT HIT AS NEW ORDERS DROP
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Manufacturers suffered another blow in May as output tumbled in the face of weak consumer spending and sluggish export markets, according to an industry survey that delivered its worst result in more than two years.

The data suggested further contraction in the ailing sector, which wo >>>


      MARTIN WOLF÷ STORM CLOUDS GATHER OVER BROWN
      FT, 02-06-2005
      May 1' 2005 20÷47 The case for the prosecution is straightforward. As the Bank Credit Analyst says, strong fiscal spending and a considerable wealth effect from housing have driven the UK economy forward. Both will now come to an end. But they will do so when the world economy – particularly in the eu >>>


      MINISTERS FACE PROBE INTO FAILED MG ROVER RESCUE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 The National Audit Office is considering launching an investigation into the government‘s failed attempts to rescue MG Rover in a move that could shed embarrassing light on ministers‘ decision to offer millions of pounds of taxpayers‘ money to the ailing carmaker shortly befo >>>


      MORTGAGE APPROVALS RISE TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN NINE MONTHS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Mortgage approvals rose to their highest level for nine months in April and marginally exceeded the average over the last 24 years as buyers returned to the housing market.

Banks and building societies approved '5,000 mortgages in April compared with '2,000 in March and 77,000 >>>


      POLICE CHIEF QUITS AFTER ALLEGATIONS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 The chief constable of Cambridgeshire police force resigned following newspaper claims that he sexually harassed a woman official during a recent conference of senior officers.

Tom Lloyd yesterday said he was quitting to protect the reputation of the police force he had led during the >>>


      PRESSURE INTENSE TO OVERHAUL TAX CREDIT SYSTEM
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Gordon Brown is under mounting pressure to overhaul the government‘s flagship tax credits after figures released yesterday showed that nearly half of all awards were overpaid in 2003–04.

MPs and charities say families still face hardship as nearly 2m are being forced to pa >>>


      SUCCESS HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR RETHINK BY THE OTHER BIG ECONOMIES
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 In 1''1 Britain‘s economy was in recession.

A spectacular boom at the end of the 1'80s had turned to a bust, unemployment was surging , house prices were falling and the public finances were showing alarming signs of meltdown. The large continental European economies >>>


      SUPPLIERS ‘UNHAPPY WITH SUPERMARKETS‘
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 A leading City law firm has raised doubts over the effectiveness of the Office of Fair Trading‘s investigation into supermarket power after a number of its clients complained about the way suppliers were treated.

CMS Cameron McKenna, which has many clients and contacts that are >>>


      TWO NONS! THAT FRAME BRITAIN‘S VEXED POST–WAR RELATIONSHIP WITH EUROPE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Non! Twice in the last four decades, the monosyllabic expression of French defiance has been splashed in large type across the front pages of Britain‘s newspapers.

The first time was in January 1'63 when President de Gaulle blocked Britain‘s bid to gain accession to Eu >>>


      TWO NONS! THAT FRAME UK‘S RELATIONSHIP WITH EUROPE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷58 Those two Nons – more than 40 years apart – are two milestones in Britain‘s agonised postwar relationship with Europe. More than milestones perhaps, they may be seen as the beginning and end of Britain‘s agonised reaction to European integration.

The rest of th >>>


      UK PLANS SOUTH IRAQ SECURITY HANDOVER IN MONTHS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 British troops in southern Iraq expect to hand over control of security to local Iraqi defence and police forces within a year, according to the senior British police officer overseeing their training.

"I would expect that within the next six to nine months in certain areas under >>>


      VOTE PROMPTS QUESTIONS OVER EUROPE‘S FUTURE, SAYS STRAW
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 Jack Straw, UK foreign secretary, said last night that the decisive Dutch No vote against the constitutional treaty had raised "profound questions" about Europe‘s future direction.

In a toughly worded response to the exit poll in the Netherlands, he avoided mentioning >>>


      FINANCIAL REFORMS BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 23÷00 But Mr Bush probably got more than he bargained for when he appointed Mr Donaldson to head the chief US financial regulator in 2003.

The rest of this article is for FT.com subscribers only Skip to remaining content Main navigation menu÷ Home World Companies By industry Aerospac >>>


      KISSINGER WARNS OF ENERGY CONFLICT
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 00÷1' Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, on Wednesday warned that the global battle for control of energy resources could become the modern equivalent of the 1'th century "great game" the conflict between the UK and Tsarist Russia for supremacy in central Asia.

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      SEC CHIEF PLANS TO STEP DOWN THIS MONTH
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 William Donaldson, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, plans to step down from his post at the chief US financial regulator on June 30, it was announced yesterday.

Mr Donaldson has played a leading role in the response by prosecutors and regulators to the spate of US a >>>


      SLOWDOWN IN INDUSTRY MAY RELAX FED POLICY
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 The US manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace in nearly two years last month, convincing many traders that the Federal Reserve may become more gentle in tightening monetary policy.

The ISM index of manufacturing activity fell 1.' points to 51.4 – still above the 50 ma >>>


      US LOOKS ABROAD FOR IMPACT ON DOMESTIC PURSE–STRINGS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 The Federal Reserve has always paid close attention to the timing of Easter in assessing the strength of the economy. New evidence suggests the Chinese New Year also belongs on the Fed‘s list of seasonal quirks.

The Commerce Department recently revised its first–quarter es >>>


      WOLFOWITZ AVOIDS ROCKING BOAT
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 As Paul Wolfowitz yesterday completed his first day as president of the World Bank, a sense that his tenure would mark a sharp deviation from the bank‘s previous course has receded.

President George W. Bush‘s nomination of the deputy defence secretary to run the world&lsqu >>>


      YIELD ON TREASURY BOND IS AT LOWEST IN A YEAR
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 03÷00 The yield on the US 10–year Treasury bond fell to its lowest level in more than a year yesterday, following weak manufacturing figures and hints from a senior Federal Reserve official that an end to monetary tightening may be in sight.

By the end of New York trading the yield on >>>


      BOJ SIGNALS MONETARY POLICY SHIFT
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 11÷35 The Bank of Japan on Thursday allowed liquidity to fall below its Y30,000bn floor, marking a turning point in monetary policy.

It was the first time the central bank had permitted liquidity to slip below its target since it introduced ultra–loose policy in March 2001.

U >>>


      BOMB KILLS ANTI–SYRIA JOURNALIST IN BEIRUT
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 12÷42 A booby–trapped car exploded killing a prominent anti–Syrian journalist in Beirut on Thursday in an attack the opposition blamed on Syria and its Lebanese allies.

The killing of columnist Samir Qaseer four days after the start of Lebanon‘s staggered parliamentary ele >>>


      BUSH NAMES COX AS SEC CHIEF
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 15÷17 President George W. Bush named Christopher Cox, chairman of the US House committee on Homeland Security, as his choice as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr Bush made the announcement at a briefing on Thursday morning. Mr Cox, a former White House counsel to Presid >>>


      CAFTA FAILURE WOULD HARM ALL FREE TRADE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 20÷06 One of these is the Central American Free Trade Agreement between the US and Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The Cafta legislation comes before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee in two weeks‘ time. Cong >>>


      COMPANIES MOVE TO COMPUTERISE PLANTS IN CHINA
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 21÷56 Companies are boosting efforts to equip their production lines in China with novel automation systems, adding to the country‘s competitive advantages in manufacturing, a report published on Thursday will warn.

The study says both foreign owned and local companies are putting mor >>>


      DANES CAUGHT BEWEEN REASSURANCE AND REALPOLITIK
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 10÷01 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, on Thursday performed a careful balancing act between recognising the reality of the Dutch outcome and reassuring the Danes that the voices of small nations matter.

"The Danish position is that all countries must be heard but of c >>>


      DONALDSON REPLACEMENT NEEDED SWIFTLY
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 00÷3' News of William Donaldson‘s resignation on Wednesday sent Washington insiders from Capitol Hill to K Street buzzing about who the White House would name to succeed the controversial Securities and Exchange Commission chairman.

Sources who work with the SEC also said that Mr >>>


      DONALDSON TO LEAVE SEC AT THE END OF JUNE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷4' Mr Donaldson has played a leading role in the response by prosecutors and regulators to the spate of US accounting scandals including Enron and WorldCom.

But in recent months the SEC has been accused by business groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce of going too far in some of >>>


      DUTCH REJECT EU TREATY BY HEAVY MARGIN
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 0'÷23 The European Union‘s constitutional treaty appeared all but dead on Wednesday night when the Netherlands became the second founder member of the EU to reject the document, which had been intended to ensure its robust health for years to come.

A posse of politicians and polit >>>


      ECB IGNORES WARNINGS AND HOLDS RATES AT 2%
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 12÷45 The European Central Bank held its main refinancing rate at 2 per cent for the 24th straight month on Thursday.

The decision was widely expected amid mounting economic and political turmoil in the wake of the French and Dutch rejection of the proposed European Union constitution and a >>>


      EGYPTIANS PROTEST AT ATTACK ON WOMEN ACTIVISTS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷57 Hundreds of Egyptians, many of them women dressed in black, rallied in central Cairo on Wednesday to demand the resignation of Habib al–Adly, the interior minister.

Activists said they held the minister responsible for the fact that police stood by last week while supporters of >>>


      EUROPE IN TURMOIL AS THE DUTCH VOTE NO
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 00÷52 The Netherlands on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to the European constitution, delivering a massive No vote just three days after it was rejected by the French.

Dutch voters threw out the treaty by 62 to 38 per cent, illustrating the chasm that has opened up between the EU >>>


      FIRST UN SACKING AFTER IRAQ AID SCANDAL
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 21÷04 The United Nations said on Wednesday it had dismissed Joseph Stephanides, a senior official, for "serious misconduct" after investigators found he helped steer a contract to Lloyd‘s Register Inspection to monitor Iraq‘s oil–for–food programme.

It was >>>


      IRAQ UNVEILS UNPRECEDENTED SECURITY OFFENSIVE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      May 26 2005 18÷52 Bayan Jabr, interior minister, who heads Iraq‘s police forces, said on Thursday that an impenetrable cordon of 40,000 police and soldiers would make movement in or out of Baghdad impossible for several days next week.

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      JAPAN UNLIKELY TO REVISE CONSTITUTION BEFORE 2007
      FT, 02-06-2005
      January 4 2005 15÷43 The proposed revision to the 58–year old pacifist constitution, imposed by the US after the second world war, is expected to focus on widening the powers of Japan‘s military, which currently can only use force to defend the country.

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      KILLINGS PERSIST AS IRAQIS STRUGGLE FOR COMPROMISE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 20÷06 Five weeks ago Ibrahim al­Jaafari, Iraq‘s new prime minister, presented his country‘s national unity government. Its numbers painstakingly selected to ensure that none of Iraq‘s biggest ethnic or religious communities felt excluded, the government‘s formation was >>>


      LATVIA RATIFIES THE EU TREATY
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 11÷21 Lavia‘s parliament on Thursday sent an unequivocal signal to its fellow European Union members by ratifying the constitutional treaty less than 24 hours after the Dutch had turned it down.

The parliamentary vote, which had been brought forward by prime minister Aigars Kalvitis f >>>


      MINISTERS FACE PROBE INTO FAILED MG ROVER RESCUE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 22÷01 The public spending watchdog told the FT on Wednesday it was "tracking the events" surrounding Rover pending a final decision on whether to conduct an inquiry. An official said the watchdog was looking "particularly [at] the part played by the Department of Trade and Industry an >>>


      QUENTIN PEEL÷ EUROPE MUST GROW TO REMAIN CREDIBLE
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 20÷06 If the same referendum were to be held in Britain next year – a commitment the UK government is now showing an indecent haste to wriggle out of a No vote would be more about Fortress Britain than Fortress Europe. But the thinking would be much the same÷ nationalistic, insecure, de >>>


      REVALUING RENMINBI NOT THE ANSWER, SAYS ADB
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 21÷24 The substantial revaluation of China‘s currency being demanded by Washington to cut the mainland‘s swelling exports would have a negligible impact on the US current account deficit, according to a new report.

The report, from the Asian Development Bank, says a 10 or 20 per >>>


      STREET PROTESTS PARALYSE BOLIVIA‘S RULERS
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 1 2005 18÷52 Bolivia is caught in a dangerous "power vacuum" in which the conventional institutions of government are failing to function, analysts warned on Wednesday.

Members of Bolivia‘s Congress failed yet again on Wednesday to reach a consensus on how to defuse a crisis that h >>>


      SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS KILL 18 IN IRAQ
      FT, 02-06-2005
      A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people when he ploughed his car into a restaurant in northern Iraq where bodyguards of the Kurdish deputy prime minister were eating on Thursday, local police said.

Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Shways was not with his guards when the bomber struck in the town of Tuz Khurmatu >>>


      UK HOUSE PRICE INFLATION HITS NINE–YEAR LOW
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005
08÷04 House prices are on a gently slowing trend, the Nationwide building society said on Thursday as it reported that the annual rate of increase had fallen to a nine–year low.

Average property prices as measured by the mortgage lender increased marginally by 0.3 per cent between >>>


      UK RELUCTANT TO SOUND DEATH KNELL FOR EU TREATY
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 10÷42 The British government on Thursday acknowledged that the decisive Dutch rejection of the European Constitution had created "serious difficulties" but said it would not unilaterally abandon the treaty. "It is not for one country to declare it dead," Douglas Alexander, Europe >>>


      US LABOUR COSTS RISE 3.3 PER CENT
      FT, 02-06-2005
      June 2 2005 16÷53 Unit labour costs in the first three months of the year climbed by 3.3 per cent – much higher than the 2.2 per cent initially estimated.

Thursday‘s figures from the Bureau of Labour Statistics also pointed to a 10.2 per cent increase in compenstation per hour and a 7.7 per >>>


      APRÈS LA FRANCE, LES PAYS–BAS REJETTENT MASSIVEMENT LA CONSTITUTION DE L‘UE
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Les Pays–Bas ont infligé un nouveau coup, peut–être fatal, à la Constitution européenne, trois jours après le non français, en la rejetant massivement mercredi lors d‘un référendum où le non l‘a emporté avec 61,6% des voix, se >>>


      CÔTE D‘IVOIRE÷ AU MOINS 50 MORTS LORS D‘AFFRONTEMENTS ETHNIQUES DANS L‘OUEST
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Au moins 50 personnes ont été tuées, dont onze brûlées vives, dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi dans des affrontements ethniques dans deux villages de la région de Duékoué (ouest de la Côte d‘Ivoire), témoignant de l‘exacerbation des >>>


      CÔTE D‘IVOIRE÷ DES AFFRONTEMENTS ETHNIQUES FONT AU MOINS 50 MORTS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Au moins 50 personnes ont été tuées, dont onze brûlées vives, dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi dans des affrontements ethniques dans deux villages de la région de Duekoué (ouest de la Côte d‘Ivoire), témoignant de l‘exacerbation des tensio >>>


      CÔTE D‘IVOIRE÷ NOUVEAUX TUÉS DANS DES AFFRONTEMENTS ETHNIQUES À DUEKOUÉ
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Une dizaine de personnes en majorité d‘ethnie dioula (originaire du nord de la Côte d‘Ivoire) ont été tuées chez elles dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi à Duekoué (ouest de la Côte d‘Ivoire), a constaté un journaliste de l‘AFP.< >>>


      ETATS–UNIS÷ CONDOLEEZZA RICE REÇOIT SES HOMOLOGUES EUROPÉENS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Les Etats–Unis entendent plaider pour le maintien d‘une coopération forte avec l‘Union européenne sur les dossiers internationaux au cours d‘une réunion ministérielle USA–UE, jeudi à Washington, alors que la construction européenne traverse une p& >>>


      HAÏTI÷ HUIT MORTS DANS DES VIOLENCES, RENFORT DE CASQUES BLEUS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      La Mission de stabilisation de l‘Onu en Haïti (Minustah) a annoncé mercredi le transfert de Casques bleus déployés en province vers la capitale Port–au–Prince où des violences ont fait mardi au moins huit morts.

Pour lutter contre l‘insécurit&eac >>>


      HAÏTI÷ LE BILAN DES VIOLENCES S‘ALOURDIT
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Cinq corps ont été retrouvés mercredi dans les décombres du marché incendié mardi par des inconnus à Port–au–Prince, portant à sept décès le bilan de cette attaque qui a contraint l‘Onu à redéployer dans la capitale d >>>


      IRAK÷ 17 MORTS DANS UNE VAGUE D‘ATTENTATS DANS LE NORD DU PAYS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Douze corps calcinés ont été retirés des décombres d‘un restaurant visé par un attentat suicide jeudi à Touz Khormatou, à 180 km au nord de Bagdad, a indiqué le ministère de la Défense dans un communiqué.

"Sept voit >>>


      IRAK÷ QUATORZE TUÉS ET 54 BLESSÉS DANS TROIS ATTENTATS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Quatorze personnes, dont un responsable local, ont été tuées et 54 autres blessées dans trois attentats suicide dans différentes villes au nord de Bagdad.

Le bilan de l‘attentat le plus meurtrier à Touz Khormatou, à 180 km au nord de Bagdad, est mont&eacu >>>


      IRAK÷ UNE NOUVELLE VAGUE D‘ATTENTATS FAIT 17 MORTS DANS LE NORD
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Douze corps calcinés ont été retirés des décombres d‘un restaurant visé par un attentat suicide jeudi à Touz Khormatou, à 180 km au nord de Bagdad, a indiqué le ministère de la Défense dans un communiqué.

"Sept voit >>>


      ISRAËL LIBÈRE 400 DÉTENUS PALESTINIENS POUR "RENFORCER" MAHMOUD ABBAS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Israël a libéré jeudi 400 détenus palestiniens affirmant vouloir "renforcer" le dirigeant palestinien Mahmoud Abbas, mais ce geste à été minimisé par les Palestiniens.

Transportés à bord d‘autobus israéliens, les d&eacu >>>


      KOWEÏT÷ SCRUTIN MUNICIPAL DONT LES FEMMES RESTENT EXCLUES
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Les Koweïtiens se rendent aux urnes jeudi pour élire 10 des 16 membres de l‘unique conseil municipal de l‘émirat, où les femmes sont exclues du scrutin.

Le Conseil municipal compte seize membres, dont six sont nommés par l‘émir, cheikh Jaber al–A >>>


      L‘EUROPE SOUS LE CHOC AU LENDEMAIN DU NON NÉERLANDAIS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Les partisans de la Constitution européenne tentaient jeudi de recoller les morceaux, au lendemain d‘un vigoureux "nee" néerlandais à un référendum sur ce traité, qui a achevé le travail de sape entamé dimanche avec le non français. [voir L >>>


      L‘EUROPE TENTE DE S‘ACCORDER APRÈS LE NON NÉERLANDAIS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Au lendemain d‘un vigoureux "nee" néerlandais au traité constitutionnel européen, nouveau coup après le non français de dimanche, ses partisans tentaient jeudi de trouver une position commune pour sauver ce qui peut l‘être encore. [voir L‘év&e >>>


      L‘UE CRAINT UN EFFET BOULE DE NEIGE APRÈS LES "NON" FRANÇAIS ET NÉERLANDAIS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Le "non" massif des Français et des Néerlandais à la Constitution européenne fait désormais craindre un effet boule de neige dans les quatre pays de l‘Union où doivent se tenir encore des référendums d‘ici la fin de l‘année.
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      LA CONSTRUCTION EUROPÉENNE EN PANNE APRÈS LE NON FRANCO–NÉERLANDAIS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      La construction européenne se retrouve face à une crise sans précédent après le double non français et néerlandais à la Constitution et les pistes de relance apparaissent hypothétiques à court terme, au vu des situations politiques délicates >>>


      LA LETTONIE, 10ÈME MEMBRE DE L‘UE À RATIFIER LA CONSTITUTION
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Le parlement letton a largement ratifié jeudi matin la constitution européenne, rejeté par les Français et Néérlandais, mais désormais approuvé par dix des 25 membres de l‘Union européenne.

En tout 82 députés sur les cent que c >>>


      LA VIOLENCE SE POURSUIT EN IRAK, EXTENSION DU MANDAT DES FORCES ÉTRANGÈRES
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      La violence n‘a pas faibli mercredi en Irak faisant plusieurs morts alors que le gouvernement de Bagdad a obtenu le feu vert de l‘Onu pour l‘extension du mandat de la Force multinationale commandée par les Etats–Unis.

Quatre Irakiens ont été tués, dont trois >>>


      LE JOURNALISTE LIBANAIS ANTISYRIEN SAMIR KASSIR ASSASSINÉ À BEYROUTH
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Le journaliste et opposant libanais de renom Samir Kassir a été assassiné jeudi dans un attentat à Beyrouth, qui a créé un immense émoi au Liban et a été attribué par l‘opposition aux alliés libanais de Damas, dont le président E >>>


      LE PARLEMENT LETTON A LARGEMENT RATIFIÉ LE TRAITÉ CONSTITUTIONNEL
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Les députés lettons ont largement ratifié jeudi matin par 71 voix, contre 5 et six abstentions, le traité constitutionnel européen tout juste rejeté par référendum en France et aux Pays–Bas.

En tout 82 députés sur les cent que compte >>>


      LES DIRIGEANTS EUROPÉENS S‘ACCROCHENT À LA POURSUITE DE LA RATIFICATION
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Trois jours après le non français, les dirigeants européens ont enregistré une nouvelle désillusion mercredi avec le non massif des Néerlandais, mais la plupart d‘entre eux ont marqué la volonté de s‘accrocher à la poursuite du processus de rat >>>


      LES DIRIGEANTS EUROPÉENS S‘ACCROCHENT À LA POURSUITE DE LA RATIFICATION
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Trois jours après le non français, les dirigeants européens ont enregistré une nouvelle désillusion mercredi avec le non massif des Néerlandais, mais la plupart d‘entre eux ont marqué la volonté de s‘accrocher à la poursuite du processus de rat >>>


      LIBAN÷ ASSASSINAT DU JOURNALISTE ANTI–SYRIEN SAMIR KASSIR
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Le journaliste libanais anti–syrien Samir Kassir a été assassiné jeudi dans un attentat à la voiture piégée dans le quartier chrétien résidentiel d‘Achrafieh à Beyrouth.

Le corps de Samir Kassir, un journaliste de renom qui collaborait >>>


      LIBAN÷ ASSASSINAT DU JOURNALISTE ANTISYRIEN SAMIR KASSIR
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Le journaliste et opposant libanais de renom Samir Kassir a été assassiné jeudi dans un attentat à Beyrouth, qui a créé un immense émoi au Liban et a été attribué par l‘opposition aux alliés libanais de Damas dont le président Em >>>


      MUNICIPALES÷ TENUE DE LA DERNIÈRE ÉLECTION RÉSERVÉE AUX HOMMES AU KOWEÏT
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Les Koweïtiens participaient jeudi à la dernière élection réservée aux hommes dans l‘histoire de leur pays, un scrutin municipal destiné à élire 10 des 16 membres de l‘unique conseil municipal de l‘émirat.

L‘affluence >>>


      PROCHE–ORIENT÷ ISRAËL A ENTAMÉ LA LIBÉRATION DE DÉTENUS PALESTINIENS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Israël a commencé à libérer jeudi matin 405 détenus palestiniens, a indiqué une porte–parole de l‘administration pénitentiaire.

"La libération de 405 prisonniers a commencé dans les prisons gérées par l‘administr >>>


      PROCHE–ORIENT÷ ISRAËL LIBÈRE 400 DÉTENUS PALESTINIENS
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Quelque 400 détenus palestiniens libérés jeudi par Israël, pour "renforcer" le leader palestinien Mahmoud Abbas, ont regagné leur foyers en Cisjordanie où ils ont été accueillis par des proches agitant drapeaux palestiniens et entonnant des chants patriot >>>


      RENCONTRE ABBAS–SHARON PRÉVUE POUR LA TROISIÈME SEMAINE DE JUIN
      Le Figaro, 02-06-2005
      Une rencontre entre le dirigeant palestinien Mahmoud Abbas et le Premier ministre israélien Ariel Sharon est prévue pour le début de la troisième semaine de juin, a–t–on appris de sources proches des deux responsables.

"Ce sommet se tiendra au début de la tr >>>



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