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      ADVERTENCIA DE HURACANES EN LOS CAYOS DE LA FLORIDA
      Siglo XXI, 20-09-2005
      AP MIAMI. Una advertencia de huracanes fue emitida el domingo para los Cayos de la Florida debido a que una depresión tropical en las Bahamas estaba cobrando fuerza y se vaticinaba que se convertiría en tormenta.

La medida significa que posiblemente para la tarde del lunes la depresión cobre car >>>


      DIRECTOR POLICÍA SALVADOREŃA EXPONDR'3; SITUACIÓN EN ALEMANIA
      Siglo XXI, 20-09-2005
      ACAN–EFE San Salvador. El director de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) de El Salvador, Ricardo Menesses, viajará mańana, sábado, a Alemania para exponer la situación de las pandillas en Centroamérica y el Caribe en una asamblea de INTERPOL.

La PNC informa hoy, en un comunicad >>>


      LA CDU EN CABEZA, PERO SIN LA MAYORÍA DESEADA
      Siglo XXI, 20-09-2005
      EFE Berlín. Los conservadores de Angela Merkel han sido la fuerza más votada en las legislativas alemanas, por delante de los socialdemócratas del canciller Gerhard Schroeder, pero no está claro que puedan formar gobierno, según los sondeos a pie de urna hechos públicos por las televisione >>>


      PARLAMENTO IRAQUÍ ENVÍA PROYECTO DE CONSTITUCIÓN A ONU
      Siglo XXI, 20-09-2005
      AP BAGDAD. El parlamento iraquí firmó enmiendas al proyecto de constitución el domingo y un influyente legislador declaró que la aceptación de la carta debía ser resuelta por el pueblo, no la legislatura.

Hussain al–Shahristani, vicepresidente de la Asamblea Nacional, dijo q >>>


      AFGHAN POLLS MARRED BY VIOLENCE
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Voting in Afghanistan‘s national assembly and provincial elections has been marred by ongoing violence and poor turnout.

Eight people were killed in fighting between security forces and suspected Taliban fighters, including a civilian in a US air strike in the run–up to Afghanistan‘s landmark >>>


      AL–ZAWAHIRI CRITICISES AFGHAN ELECTIONS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Al–Qaida number two Ayman al–Zawahiri has dismissed the legitimacy of Afghanistan‘s parliamentary elections in a new tape broadcast by Aljazeera.

In the tape, al–Zawahiri played down US accomplishments in Afghanistan, saying it had just managed to move the Taliban government from Kabul >>>


      ANWAR THREATENS TO SUE MAHATHIR
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Malaysian dissident politician Anwar Ibrahim has threatened to file a defamation suit against former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for calling him a homosexual.

Mahathir, who fired his then–deputy Anwar in September 1''8, earlier this month reiterated that he had considered Anwar unfit for offi >>>


      CHINA FIRES OFFICIALS OVER ABORTIONS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      China, which enforces a one–child policy in cities, has sacked and detained officials in coastal Shandong province for forcing pregnant women to undergo abortions or sterilising couples with more than two children.

The dismissals and detentions appeared to be in line with a push by Hu Jintao, the Communi >>>


      COUNTING BEGINS IN AFGHAN POLLS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Counting of ballots from Afghanistan‘s landmark legislative elections have begun slowly as international observers praised the vote and al–Qaida‘s number two condemned it as a farce.

Peter Erben, chief electoral officer for the joint Afghan–UN election commission, on Tuesday said counti >>>


      DARFUR REBELS ALLEGE FRESH ATTACKS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Militias backed by the Sudanese government have killed 30 people in fresh attacks in Darfur, threatening new peace talks under way in Nigeria, rebel groups say.

The Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said 17 people were killed in Korbia in northern Darfur on Saturday and 13 >>>


      FAMED NAZI HUNTER WIESENTHAL DIES
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Tributes are pouring in from around the world for Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, who has died in Vienna aged '6 after a life devoted to seeking justice for victims of the Holocaust.

A Holocaust surivor who lost scores of relatives to World War II Nazi death camps, Wiesenthal is remembered as a man who pursu >>>


      FORMER TYCO CEO GETS PRISON TERM
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of Tyco International, has been sentenced to between eight and 25 years in prison for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the company.

His co–defendant, former Tyco finance chief Mark Swartz, received the same sentence on Monday, which means they will be eligibl >>>


      FOUR KILLED IN ATTACK ON US CONVOY
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      A car bomber has killed four security agents in an attack on a US diplomatic convoy in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, a US official said.

The attack on the three–car convoy from the US embassy‘s Mosul regional office took place on Monday morning.

The four occupants of the middle car, a >>>


      GERMAN PARTIES SEEK COALITION ALLIES
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      After an inconclusive parliamentary election, both conservative German leader Angela Merkel and the chairman of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder‘s party say they have initiated contacts with potential coalition partners.

Merkel on Monday urged her rival‘s Social Democrats to "accept that they are >>>


      IRAN THREATENS TO QUIT NPT
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Iran‘s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has warned that Tehran could quit the nuclear Non–Proliferation Treaty if it is subjected to the language of force.

He said Iran would link its oil trade and other economic business with individual countries based on their support for Tehran in the interna >>>


      ISRAEL SEEKS BETTER RELATIONS WITH ARABS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Looking to capitalise on its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Israel is pushing Arab states to take the next step and work towards opening formal relations, but so far has faced a mixed and uncertain response.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, in New York for a UN summit and ministerial meetings, said on Monday t >>>


      JORDANIANS DENY RECRUITING FIGHTERS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Seven Jordanians are on trial at the state security court accused of recruiting men to fight US forces in Iraq, while four others have been indicted on similar charges before their trial.

Judicial sources said the seven defendants who appeared in court on Monday, denied the charges levelled against them in Jul >>>


      N KOREAN DEMAND ROCKS NUCLEAR DEAL
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      North Korea may have jeopardised a six–country deal on giving up its nuclear arms just one day after it was struck, by vowing to keep the weapons until Washington provides civilian atomic reactors.

The US State Department said North Korea‘s views, set out in a long statement on Tuesday, did not mat >>>


      NASA PLANNING MOON–VISIT BY 2018
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Nasa has unveiled its $104 billion plan to return Americans to the moon by 2018 aboard a capsule–like vehicle the space agency‘s chief described as "Apollo on steroids".

Like the Apollo programme that carried the first humans to the moon in 1'6', the new system would put crew memb >>>


      NEW STORM THREATENS US GULF COAST
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Tropical Storm Rita is racing towards the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico, with forecasters expecting it to strengthen into a hurricane.

The new threat on Tuesday comes three weeks after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and hammered the US Gulf Coast.

The state Health Department on Tuesday ra >>>


      NORTH KOREA SETS DISARMAMENT TERMS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      North Korea says it will not dismantle its nuclear weapons programme until the US provides it with a light–water reactor for generating electricity.

North Korean chief negotiator envoy Kim Gye–gwan said on Tuesday that his government would not give up its nuclear programs before it received rewards >>>


      ONLINE BOOK CLUB GOING PLACES
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      When Eric Jouannest left his book on a bridge behind Notre Dame cathedral, he did not expect it would wind up in a remote Russian republic.

But such is the globalised nature of a club that started in the United States a few years ago and has spread across the Atlantic and far beyond.

The founders of B >>>


      OPEC AGREES TO SUPPLY EXTRA OIL
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Opec has agreed to make available two million extra barrels of oil a day in an effort to reassure markets edgy over supplies for the winter and storms battering refineries along the US Gulf Coast.

Venezuela‘s oil minister, Rafael Ramirez, confirmed on Tuesday that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting >>>


      PALESTINIANS ENTER W BANK SETTLEMENT
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Dozens of Palestinians have flocked to a vacated Jewish settlement in the West Bank, the second that the Israeli army has left in a week, and prayed in a mosque there.

Ali al–Sumodi, Aljazeera‘s correspondent in Palestine, said on Tuesday that Israeli occupation forces had withdrawn from Jewish set >>>


      RED CROSS WARNS AGAINST BIO–WEAPONS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      The Red Cross has called for more efforts to regulate government biological weapons programmes, saying they pose a bigger threat to the world than bioterrorism.

The Geneva–based organisation said the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention should be strengthened, including provisions for mandatory openin >>>


      RICE WARNS SYRIA OVER LEBANON, IRAQ
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called on Damascus to stop all meddling in Lebanon and prevent fighters from entering Iraq.

On Monday, Rice also asked Syria to cooperate with the UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al–Hariri.

Speaking after chairing a mult >>>


      SCHROEDER, MERKEL DISCUSS GRAND COALITION
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Germany‘s two biggest parties, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder‘s centre–left Social Democrats and conservative challenger Angela Merkel‘s Christian Democrats, will meet for coalition talks.

The two parties between them will have enough votes to form a clear majority government, but will ha >>>


      SHARON ADMITS HE MIGHT BE OUSTED
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has admitted he risks being ousted from the helm of his right–wing Likud Party as new polls show faction power–brokers favour a leadership contest as early as November.

Flying back to Israel from six days in New York where he won widespread praise at the UN Gener >>>


      UK ADMITS BASRA JAIL RAID
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      The British government has admitted its troops smashed into an Iraqi police jail in an effort to rescue two detained undercover agents, although neither captive was in the prison at the time of the raid.

Declining to comment on why two armed British nationals disguised as Iraqis would be in Basra, the Ministry >>>


      UK COURT RESPITE FOR ISRAELI GENERAL
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      An English court has withdrawn a warrant for the arrest of a retired Israeli general on allegations of war crimes against Palestinians but it could still be reissued, according to a lawyer.

Doron Almog, who formerly commanded Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, avoided arrest on the warrant by returning to Israe >>>


      UK FORCES STORM IRAQ JAIL, FREE SOLDIERS
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      British forces using tanks have broken down the walls of the central jail in the southern city of Basra to free two Britons.

The captives were allegedly undercover commandos, who had been arrested on charges of shooting two Iraqi policemen.

Witnesses said about 150 Iraqi prisoners fled the jail as wel >>>


      UKRAINE PARLIAMENT REJECTS NEW PM
      Aljazeera, 20-09-2005
      The Ukrainian parliament has rejected the candidacy of acting Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov.

Yekhanurov won only 223 votes on Tuesday, three less than he needed to be named to the job.

President Viktor Yushchenko had tapped Yekhanurov to replace his Orange Revolution ally Yulia Tymoshenko, whom he fi >>>


      LE PRÉSIDENT BOUTEFLIKA Ŕ TIZI–OUZOU: L‘AMAZIGHITÉ NE DOIT ĘTRE L‘APANAGE DE PERSONNE
      APS, 20-09-2005
      Tizi–Ouzou – Le Président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a affirmé lundi ŕ Tizi–Ouzou que l‘amazighité "coule dans nos veines" et "ne doit en aucun cas, ni en aucune mani';re, ętre l‘apanage d‘un quelconque groupuscul >>>


      LE PRÉSIDENT DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE INSPECTE ET INAUGURE DES PROJETS DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DANS LA WILAYA DE TIZI OUZOU
      APS, 20-09-2005
      Tizi Ouzou – Le Président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, est arrivé lundi matin dans la wilaya de Tizi Ouzou oů il a été accueilli ŕ Tadmait, 17 km ŕ l‘ouest de Tizi Ouzou, par le commandant de la premi';re région militaire et les autorit >>>


      LE PRÉSIDENT DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE MARDI Ŕ BATNA
      APS, 20-09-2005
      Alger – Le Président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, se rendra demain mardi ŕ Batna oů il animera un meeting sur le projet de la Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale, a–t–on annoncé lundi de source officielle.

Le Président de la R& >>>


      LE STADE DU 1ER NOVEMBRE 1'54 DE TIZI–OUZOU AU RENDEZ–VOUS AVEC LA RÉCONCILIATION
      APS, 20-09-2005
      Tizi–Ouzou – Les gradins du stade du 1er Novembre 1'54 de la ville de Tizi–Ouzou étaient, lundi matin, pleins ŕ craquer, remplis de citoyens venus de Bouira, Béjaďa et Tizi–Ouzou pour écouter le Président de la République expliquer le projet de Charte pou >>>


      AFGHAN BALLOTS SENT TO COUNTING CENTERS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      By DANIEL COONEY, Associated Press / Mon Sep 1', 5:32 AM ET KABUL, Afghanistan – Trucks, helicopters and donkeys carried ballots to counting centers across Afghanistan on Monday, though early indications suggested voter turnout in landmark legislative elections was lower than in last year‘s presidential >>>


      MUSHARRAF: ‘NO NEED TO APOLOGISE‘
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has denied that he accused rape victims of using their situation to make money in a newspaper interview.

But, one of the authors of Tuesday‘s article in the Washington Post told the BBC News website that the president had been quoted "verbatim" in the articl >>>


      ROCKETS FIRED AT PAKISTAN ARMY CAMP NEAR AFGHANISTAN BORDER
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      Mon Sep 1', 4:22 AM ET MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – Two rockets have been fired at a Pakistan army camp near the Afghanistan border in the same area where troops last week raided a suspected Al–Qaeda compound, an official said.

The rockets, fired from over the border Sunday, caused no casualties >>>


      SHARP DROP IN AFGHAN POLL TURNOUT
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      Turnout in Afghanistan‘s parliamentary and provincial elections on Sunday was more than 20% down on last year‘s presidential poll, officials say.

Just over 50% of registered voters cast their ballots, officials have told the BBC.

A number of reasons for the drop are being given. Many voter >>>


      TALIBAN CLAIM 51 ATTACKS LAUNCHED
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      PESHAWAR: Despite Taliban failure to disrupt Sunday’s landmark parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, their spokesman Latifullah Hakimi claimed 51 attacks were launched against the US–led coalition troops across the country in spite of unprecedented security measures undertaken for the vote.

Speaking fr >>>


      TURNOUT IN AFGHANISTAN‘S VOTE APPEARSTO BE JUST OVER 50 PER CENT: OFFICIAL
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      The Canadian Press (CP) / Mon Sep 1', 6:10 AM ET KABUL (CP) – Early indications suggest turnout in Afghanistan‘s landmark legislative elections was just over 50 per cent, significantly lower than in the country‘s presidential vote last fall, the chief electoral official said Monday.

Repor >>>


      WORLD LEADERS PRAISE AFGHAN POLL, PLEDGE SUPPORT
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 20-09-2005
      KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan‘s allies commended Afghans for their bravery in defying Taliban threats to vote in legislative elections held on Sunday and promised their unstinting support.

Millions of Afghans turned out to vote in the first parliamentary elections in more than 30 years. At least 14 >>>


      AIR ARABIA WILL FLY TWICE A WEEK TO AQABA
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter Dubai: Air Arabia, the Middle East‘s first low–cost airline, announced that it will start flights to Aqaba, Jordan from October 1'.

Air Arabia will fly twice a week to Aqaba from Sharjah International Airport every Wednesday and Sunday, scheduled to depart >>>


      ARAB INSURANCE GROUP SETS UP TAKAFUL RE
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai: Regional reinsurer Arab Insurance Group (Arig) yesterday said it had set up Takaful Re Ltd, the first Islamic reinsurance company in the Mena region aimed at winning a share of a $600 million a year Islamic reinsurance market.

Takaful Re has an authorised capital of $500 m >>>


      ARABTEC TO BUILD TOWER IN DUBAI FINANCIAL HUB
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai: Arabtec, a local construction company, has won a Dh320 million contract to build a residential tower in Dubai‘s financial free zone for Kuwait‘s First Dubai for Real Estate Development, the company said.

Arabtec chairman Riad Kamal signed an agreement yesterday >>>


      AUSTRALIA LOWERS ENERGY PRODUCTION FORECAST
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters Sydney: Australian energy production will be lower than previously forecast in fiscal 2005–06, a government bureau said yesterday, but is still set to beat the previous year‘s output as new discoveries move to full capacity.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics revis >>>


      CHINESE GARMENTS HURT UAE‘S TEXTILE INDUSTRY
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter Sharjah: Stiff competition from China has caused a slump in the UAE‘s textile industry, causing factories to close.

However, recent quotas imposed by Europe on China create an opportunity to reclaim lost ground, manufacturers said.

The Texpo Forum held at E >>>


      CONOCO AND LUKOIL MAY JOIN TO BUY LITHUANIAN REFINER
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters Vilnius: Oil majors Lukoil and ConocoPhillips could join forces in a bid to buy Russian Yukos‘s stake in Lithuanian refiner Mazeikiu Nafta, officials from the two firms said yesterday.

Yukos, paralysed by a Russian Government claim for $27.5 billion in back taxes, has been in talks with a string >>>


      DH2.06B DANA GAS SHARE ISSUE OPENS TODAY
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Dana Gas‘ Dh2.06 billion initial public offering (IPO), the largest in the UAE and the first by a natural gas resource company, opens today.

This is 34.33 per cent of Dana Gas‘ Dh6 billion capital, the rest being held by the Founders Committee which comprises over 300 prominent >>>


      DUBAI‘S IMPRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT MODEL
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By K Raveendran, Special to Gulf News In the timeline of Dubai‘s investment flows, one day can make a big difference, particularly during events such as the just–concluded Citiscape.

But as of a week ago, every dirham that the authorities planned to spend on the prestigious Dubailand project has pr >>>


      ETA STAR EYES DH2.5B FROM 14 PROPERTIES
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: The 14 properties announced by Dubai–based real estate developers ETA Star is expected to fetch Dh2.5 billion in revenue, according to a top official.

"The total built–up area of these 14 projects will cross 5 million square feet and form part of the 12 >>>


      EZRA BOOSTS FLEETTO SERVE OIL RIGS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters Singapore: Old is gold, but in the oil industry these days, the young ones are winning most of the business.

Saddled with ageing infrastructure and driven to deeper waters by the ever–widening search for energy, offshore explorers are desperate for new–generation equipment.

Many en >>>


      GCC POWER GRID PROJECT CONTRACT VALUE PUT AT $3B
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh: Saudi Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al Hussain has estimated the total value of contracts for the GCC power grid at $3 billion (11 billion Saudi riyals).

He said the GCC would sign agreements for 13 construction contracts this year to implement the first phase >>>


      GLOBAL VILLAGE OFFERS ENCOURAGE NATIONALS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Global Village, in collaboration with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, will offer young national business owners a 50 per cent discount on the prices of stalls at the annual event.

Ebrahim Abdul Rahim, director of the Global Village, said, "We are glad >>>


      GULF COMPANIES INVEST IN AL AREEN COMPLEX
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Al Areen Holding Co, developers of Dh2.75 billion Al Areen project, a mixed–use, health and family tourism development in Bahrain, has signed three deals with UAE, Bahraini and Kuwaiti investors.

Leading UAE builder Al Hamad Construction and Development Co has acquired a large plot in >>>


      INDONESIA KEEN ON RAISING EXPORTS TO MIDDLE EAST
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter Dubai: Indonesia‘s exports to the Middle East have been growing significantly, boosted by better relations with the Arab world as well as trade shows.

As part of efforts to boost trade with the region further, over 300 Indonesian companies are displaying their produ >>>


      INDONESIA LOOKS FOR GULF INVESTMENT IN REFINERIES
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai : Indonesia is looking to the UAE and other Gulf countries to invest in its oil refining industry to better provide for domestic consumption in Indonesia.

Faisal Bafadal, Indonesian ambassador to the UAE, told Gulf News Indonesia was looking to the UAE to invest in oil refi >>>


      INDONESIA STRIKES DEAL WITH EXXONMOBIL TO WOO INVESTORS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters Jakarta: Indonesia has restored a measure of investor confidence by finally clinching a $2 billion oil deal with US giant ExxonMobil Corp, but must do more to boost the investment climate to stem its declining oil output.

The government signed a contract at the weekend with state oil firm Pertamina and >>>


      INVESTMENT IS TOO LOW TO REDUCE OIL PRICES, SAYS IMF
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Financial Times Vienna: The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or Opec, and international oil companies are investing too little in oil production and refining to reduce record oil prices in the next five years and possibly beyond, the International Monetary Fund will warn this week.

In a draft of >>>


      JUMBO PLANS TO OPEN OUTLET IN MALL OF THE EMIRATES
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Jumbo Electronics plans to open a 27,000 square foot store in the Mall of the Emirates, which will make it the largest electronics retail outlet in the UAE.

The store, Jumbo‘s 27th in the country, will contain the world‘s leading brands in consumer electronics, information techn >>>


      KUWAIT‘S GLOBAL INVESTMENT STOCK MAKES GRAND DEBUT
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai: Dubai shares fell nearly one per cent yesterday, snapping a five–day winning streak, as investors booked profits after the previous day‘s record close but Kuwait‘s Global Investment vaulted nearly 15 per cent on its trading debut here.

Abu Dhabi stocks ju >>>


      MARKET AWAITS OUTCOME OF OPEC MEETING
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters Singapore: The Middle East crude market was dampened by the focus on the Opec meeting yesterday, as well as an industry gathering in Singapore.

Refiners also said that they had time before stepping into the market. "It‘s still wait and see," a refiner said. "But the market seems we >>>


      NAKHEEL ALONE TO OWN WATERFRONT
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: Madinat Al Arab, one of the largest components of the Dubai Waterfront project, will have more than 200 towers and attract more than Dh40 billion in investment, officials said.

Officials of Nakheel, the developer, hinted that this was only a glimpse of what would follow. >>>


      NAKHEEL DENIES REPORTS OF SLOWDOWN IN CONSTRUCTION OF GIANT PROJECTS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: Nakheel, the Dubai government–owned master developer, denied recent media reports of a slowdown in the construction of the World and the Palm Deira projects.

James Wilson, Nakheel‘s chief executive, told Gulf News, "Work on the World and Palm Deira is go >>>


      NATIONAL DRILLING TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW RIG
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Adnoc subsidiary the National Drilling Company (NDC) on Sunday took delivery of a new Dh100 million offshore rig, raising its investments to over Dh1.5 billion in the past five years.

Gulf News Top officials including Yousef Omair Bin Yousef, Chief of the Supreme >>>


      NAVIS FUND CLOSES FOR SUBSCRIPTION
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Global asset management and regional investment banking company Rasmala Investments and Navis Capital Partners, along with other investment companies yesterday announced the closing of Navis‘ latest private equity fund, Navis Asia Fund IV.

The fund, which reached its maximum subscript >>>


      NEW BOURSE TO OFFER VARIETY OF EQUITY–RELATED PRODUCTS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai: The Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX), the new stock market in the city‘s financial free zone, will list up to five equity–related products and have up to four brokerages operating when it begins trading on September 26, an official told Gulf News yesterday. >>>


      OIL BRIEFS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Compiled from agencies OGDCL net profit increases 47.07% on high oil pricesKarachi – Pakistan‘s biggest listed firm, the Oil and Gas Development Co Ltd (OGDCL), yesterday posted a 47.07 per cent jump in full–year net profit, driven by high global oil prices and increased production.

It report >>>


      OMANI REAL ESTATE ATTRACTS DH73B IN JUST TWO YEARS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: Oman has attracted more than Dh73 billion in direct investment in its real estate sector in the past two years, a top official said.

The Omani Government is also liberalising investment and property laws to increase the flow of foreign direct investment.

"T >>>


      OPEC LEANS TOWARDS NO CHANGE IN OUTPUT
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters Vienna: Opec producers yesterday prepared to postpone action on extra crude supply, falling short of expectations among some consumer countries hoping for immediate relief from fuel price inflation.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was near a deal to make available its remaining sp >>>


      OUTPUT GLITCHES LIFT LNG PRICES TO NEW HIGH
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Reuters London: Spot liquefied natural gas prices have surged to record highs as Hurricane Katrina hit US natural gas output while LNG projects in Nigeria, Australia and Egypt suffer production problems.

An LNG cargo to be delivered into the United States was reported sold last week at a record high of $'. >>>


      SHEFFIELD PUTS DH150M IN FOUR DUBAI PROJECTS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Sheffield Real Estate, part of the Dubai–based Sheffield Group, is investing Dh150 million in four residential projects that are in various stages of development in Dubai.

It will soon start sale of units in 45–storey Sheffield Tower a commercial office tower in Jumeirah Lake di >>>


      TAMEER WORKS ON DH40B REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: Tameer Holding will invite bids for its Dh1.2 billion Al Ameera Village infrastructure package within months, said a top official.

This is part of the company‘s Dh40 billion real estate portfolio that includes a 22–square kilometre Al Salam City, a master&nda >>>


      UAE COMPANIES GET RATINGS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Kokila Jacob, Staff Reporter Dubai: More than 7,000 UAE companies have been given credit ratings by an international agency which has a database of 44 million companies worldwide.

The credit rating service is being offered by a special unit launched this month by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( >>>


      ‘IT HAS BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO SURVIVE‘
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai: Shezad, a Pakistani carpenter working for the Al Hamed Company for Development and Projects, has received his salary only once in the past eight months, he says.

Kiran Prasad/Gulf News The labour housing compound in Jebel Ali.

Interviewed by Gulf News after yeste >>>


      ‘WORKER NEGLIGENCE CAUSED OASIS CENTRE FIRE‘
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai: The fire that gutted the Oasis Centre on Shaikh Zayed Road on September 10 was caused by worker negligence regarding safety and precautionary measures, according to a technical report by fire experts.

Brigadier Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina of Dubai police. Brigadier Khamis M >>>


      A VICTORY FOR ALL WORKERS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Labour ministers firm action should be seen as a warning to abusive companies The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs is setting new standards. And he should be applauded. Just a couple of hours after hundreds of workers marched on Shaikh Zayed Road yesterday to protest against their companies‘ failure to pay t >>>


      ACCOMMODATION SPARKS PROTEST
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai: Rush hour traffic slowed down as about 800 workers staged a peaceful protest in the middle of Shaikh Zayed Road yesterday to demand months of unpaid wages.

Diaa Hadid/Gulf News Hundreds of construction workers sit by the side of Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai, demanding months >>>


      ACTIVISTS CALL FOR NATIONAL AGENCY TO PROTECT ANIMALS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai: The UAE needs a national agency for the protection of animals to provide a much–needed boost for animal rights in the UAE, animal activists have said.

The call came after Gulf News reported the case of Clooney, the Golden Retriever yesterday. Jackie Ratcliffe >>>


      ARCHIVING CONFERENCE CALLS FOR WORKING GROUP TO BE SET UP
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai: There is a need to set up an international working group to study ways of making Dubai a centre for knowledge and information management, international experts attending a three–day conference have recommended.

Participants in the third documentation and archiving c >>>


      BIRD FLU TO COME UNDER SPOTLIGHT
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi: Bird flu will be discussed by the standing committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Wildlife and Natural Habitats in GCC countries in Abu Dhabi today.

The UAE represented by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAAD) will focus on bird flu and the importance of being able >>>


      BOSS GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MOLESTATION
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A shop manager has been jailed for peeping up his assistant‘s skirt and attempting to molest her.

The court heard the manager had asked the 24–year–old to get some items from a high shelf.

When she climbed the ladder the accused pee >>>


      CABINET APPROVES INVESTMENT PLAN
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi: The Cabinet yesterday approved a memorandum on the Ministry of Economy and Planning‘s contribution to the country‘s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) database preparation project.

A number of national institutions, including the UAE Central Bank, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and I >>>


      CONTACT IS ESSENTIAL TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS, SAYS MOHAMMAD
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      WAM Dubai: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday received John Landy, Governor of the Australian state of Victoria.

Landy is currently on a visit to the country to upgrade and develop fraternity and cooperation between the cities of Dubai and Vict >>>


      DANGEROUS GAS CYLINDERS STILL ON SALE IN RAK
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah: The Civil Defence Department yesterday warned about the increasing number of dangerous gas cylinders on the market following a rise in cylinder prices.

The department, in coordination with the Economic Department, has initiated inspections of gas distributors&ls >>>


      IT STUDENTS GET BOOST WITH NORTEL
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: To enrich the broad spectrum of networking skills, the IT students at Dubai Men‘s College (DMC) will be exposed to a variety of Nortel Networks‘ technologies.

The Nortel technologies will be integrated into networking courses taught at Dubai Men‘s College, allowing the stu >>>


      MAN WHO SLANDERED ISLAM JAILED
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A public relations officer who was found guilty of slandering Islam after receiving a parking ticket has been jailed.

The Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced A.A. to a month in jail. A.A., a Pakistani, 33, had parked in the special needs parking area at t >>>


      MASSIVE BLAZE GUTS DHOW IN SHARJAH
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter Sharjah/Ajman: A huge fire ravaged a dhow in the Sharjah Khor in Al Murajah yesterday, but no one was injured, civil defence said.

The cause of the blaze is not known yet, and the damage has not been estimated. An official said the fire started at about 5am. The wooden dhow >>>


      MINISTRY CRACKS THE WHIP
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Sunita Menon and Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporters Dubai: In an unprecedented move, the UAE Labour Minister yesterday took a tough stand against a construction company, asking it to pay its workers within 24 hours and slapped it with penalties as well.

Diaa Hadid/Gulf News Hundreds of construction workers sit by >>>


      MOHAMMAD RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN OFFICIAL
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      WAM Duabi: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday received John Landy, Governor of the Australian state of Victoria.

WAM General Shaikh Mohammad is in talks with John Landy, Governor of the Australian state of Victoria.

Shaikh Mohammad sa >>>


      NEW RULES WILL HELP RETAIN EXPERIENCED STAFF
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai: Workers and employers have welcomed a change in the rules that means that people aged over 60 can now renew their labour permits.

Bosses say they will be able to retain experienced staff while employees are relieved they will no longer need to pack in work once they hi >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      WAM Rulers send greetings to Saudi KingAbu Dhabi – President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice–President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have sent cables of congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Ki >>>


      POPULAR AL SEEF STREET MONUMENT VANDALISED
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai: One of Dubai‘s most prestigious monuments is in dilapidated condition just three years after its inauguration.

The monument is a replica of the trophy of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve Living Standards.

Gulf News The vandalised >>>


      SPRINGS AND MEADOWS RESIDENTS TO FORM PANEL
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Kelly Crane, Staff Reporter Dubai: Residents living on the outskirts of Dubai are preparing to launch a residents committee in an attempt to make themselves heard.

With a spring in their step The initiative hopes to give both tenants and owners of properties in the Springs and Meadows areas a mouthpiece to >>>


      VIRTUAL REALITY TO HELP HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi: An innovative project to develop health professionals‘ practical skills has been launched at Zayed University‘s Abu Dhabi campus.

The programme the first of its kind in the Middle East, will see some 300 health professionals attend workshops and seminars thr >>>


      ABBAS: RAFAH BORDER WILL ONLY REOPEN WITH INTERNATIONAL PACT
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      AP Gaza City: The Gaza–Egypt border will only reopen as part of an international agreement, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday, quashing speculation that Egypt and the Palestinians might operate a crossing there without Israel‘s blessing.

Abbas spoke a day after his security forces plu >>>


      AL BARADEI CHIDES IRAN AND WEST FOR CONFRONTATION
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Agencies Vienna : The chief UN nuclear inspector urged an end to confrontation over Iran in indirect but unusually blunt criticism of both Tehran for refusing to compromise on its nuclear programme and the West for threatening it with referral to the UN Security Council.

While expressing relief over North Kore >>>


      BAHRAIN‘S NATURALIZATION LAWS TO BE AMENDED
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      Agencies Dubai: The Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain announced on Monday that moves were being made to grant nationality to the children of Bahraini women who married foreigners.

Proposed laws would means that children who were born to a Bahraini national women and a foreign man wo >>>


      BAHRAIN TO REPLACE OIL MINISTRY WITH ENERGY COMMISSION
      Gulf News, 20-09-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief Manama: A new foreign minister and abolishment of the Ministry of Oil will be the feature of a minor cabinet reshuffle, expected to take place in Bahrain in a few days, sources said yesterday.

Bahrain‘s ambassador to Britain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, is lik >>>



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