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      MUMBAI, THANE FEVER DEATH TOLL REACHES 233
      , 15-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 15÷ With '1 more deaths in the metropolis and Thane district since last night, the death toll due to leptospirosis and other water–borne diseases has risen to 233, Maharashtra Directorate of Health Services sources said today.

However, a senior health official told PTI that ther >>>


      NAXALS GUN DOWN MLA, 7 OTHERS IN AP
      , 15-08-2005
      Hyderabad, August 15÷ Naxalites killed a ruling Congress MLA and seven others in Mehboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday, police said.

The MLA, Narsi Reddy, representing Maktal constitutency, had gone to inaugurate a school building near Narayanpet in connection with Independence Day celebrati >>>


      NEIGHBOURS‘ WELFARE IS IN INDIA‘S INTEREST÷ PM
      , 15-08-2005
      Updated÷ Monday, August 15, 2005 at 1344 hours IST New Delhi, August 15÷ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing the nation on its Independence Day, said India firmly believed in making South Asia a region of peace and prosperity. «Well–being and welfare of neighbours is in India‘ >>>


      NEW WINDOWS VIRUS PREVENTS ACCESS TO ONLINE ASSISTANCE
      , 15-08-2005
      Singapore, August 15÷ A new Internet virus has been detected that can infect Microsoft‘s Windows platforms faster than previous computer worms, said an anti–virus computer software maker.

The ZOTOB virus appeared shortly after the world‘s largest software maker warned of three newly fo >>>


      NIKKEI UP AS STEEL, OIL FIRMS GAIN, NISSAN SLIPS
      , 15-08-2005
      Tokyo, August 15÷ Tokyo‘s Nikkei share average rose 0.23 per cent on Monday, erasing opening losses after rises in energy issues and steel makers offset falls in auto makers such as Nissan Motor Co Ltd.

Energy issues gained after crude surged to a new record high above $67 on Friday, while steel m >>>


      PAK REJECTS INDIA‘S STATEMENT ON TERRORISM
      , 15-08-2005
      Islamabad, August 15÷ Rejecting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s assertions in his Independence Day speech, Pakistan on Monday said no terrorist infrastructure existed any where in the country or in territories controlled by it and described such reports as ‘fabricated‘.

"There is >>>


      PASSENGER HELD WITH FAKE AIR TICKETS
      , 15-08-2005
      Kolkata, August 15÷ Twenty forged air tickets of various airlines were found from the bag of an Air Sahara passenger at the NSC Bose International airport here yesterday.

Airport sources said, the owner of the bag Bikram Saraf who arrived from Hyderabad complained to the Air Sahara authorities that he l >>>


      PM UNVEILS STEPS FOR EMPLOYMENT GENERATION
      , 15-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 15÷ Asking the political system and leadership to show sagacity and foresight in building a ‘new India‘, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said there were ‘internal‘ hurdles to development as he unveiled a series of steps for employment generation and infrastructur >>>


      PRANAB, NATWAR PAY LAST RESPECTS TO KADIRGAMAR
      , 15-08-2005
      Colombo, August 15÷ Reflecting the importance India attaches to its relations with Sri Lanka, a high–level delegation led by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee today attended the last rites of slain Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who helped in bringing bilateral ties to a level of "irr >>>


      S KOREAN SHIP CREW GIVES $ 3,300 TO MAHA
      , 15-08-2005
      Updated÷ Monday, August 15, 2005 at 1622 hours IST Mumbai, August 15÷ In a unique gesture, the navy cruise training force of the Republic of South Korea today donated USD 3,300 along with medical aid to Indian authorities for rehabilitation and relief operation in Maharashtra that faced devastation due to >>>


      SANIA SLIPS TWO PLACES IN WTA RANKING
      , 15-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 15÷ Sania Mirza just about managed to remain in the top–50 bracket following her first round loss in the USD 585,000 women‘s tennis event in Los Angeles last week.

Sania, who had reached her career high ranking of 48 a week ago, slipped two places to be at 50 in the latest >>>


      SRI LANKA BIDS TEARFUL FAREWELL TO KADIRGAMAR
      , 15-08-2005
      Colombo, August 15÷ Sri Lanka on Monday bade tearful farewell to its assassinated Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who took a tough stand against LTTE and was a votary of strong ties with India, in a state funeral at the Independence Square.

A high–level Indian delegation including Defence Mi >>>


      STRIKE CHAOS NEARLY OVER÷ BRITISH AIRWAYS
      , 15-08-2005
      London, August 15÷ British Airways said it hoped to operate a near normal service on Monday, while talks will resume to try to end an industrial dispute which stranded thousands of passengers for days at London‘s Heathrow Airport.

The airline said it would run all planned short–haul flights >>>


      U2 HONOURED BY PORTUGAL
      , 15-08-2005
      Lisbon, August 15÷ Portugal awarded Irish rockers U2 the country‘s Order of Liberty on Sunday to honour the band‘s humanitarian efforts.

President Jorge Sampaio awarded the Dublin four–– lead singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr– >>>


      UK POLICE HUNT NAPPY–CLAD MAN WHO PESTERS WOMEN
      , 15-08-2005
      London, August 15÷ UK police said on Monday they were searching for a man wearing just a nappy who approaches women late at night and asks÷ "Are there any baby changing facilities around here?" Cleveland police in northeast England said the latest incident occurred around 11 pm on Sunday when he >>>


      WE WILL FIGHT TERRORISM IN ALL ITS FORMS÷ MANMOHAN
      , 15-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 15÷ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday night condemned the mindless violence in Andhra Pradesh in which nine persons including Congress MLA C. Narsi Reddy were killed by naxalites and said government was committed to fighting terrorism in all its forms.

Conveying his condolences >>>


      WHY CAN‘T CMP BE FULFILLED? SONIA WANTS TO KNOW
      , 15-08-2005
      Updated÷ Monday, August 15, 2005 at 1621 hours IST New Delhi, August 15÷ The Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday expressed confidence that the party–led UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh would fulfill its promises made to people in the next few years.

«Why not. Why not&raq >>>


      ZIMBABWE WIN TOSS AND BAT AGAINST NEW ZEALAND
      , 15-08-2005
      Bulawayo. August 15÷ Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat in the second Test against New Zealand in Bulawayo on Monday.

Left–arm spinner Keith Dabengwa will make his debut at the expense of opening batsman Neil Ferreira in the only change to the Zimbabwe team that lost the first Test by an innin >>>


      AS GAZA PULLOUT STARTS AND SHARON WARNS PALESTINIANS
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Abbas says Israel must give up more than Gaza Palestinian refugees hail Gaza pullout, want more Palestinians set parliamentary election for January 21 Gaza settlers assail eviction order but prepare to go Palestinian gunmen kidnap France TV journalist Gaza pullout stirs Palestini >>>


      BA STRIKE REVEALS RISKS TO ITS MODERNISATION DRIVE
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS By Jason Neely, European Aerospace & Airlines Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) – A wildcat strike by British Airways ground workers which caused chaos for the airline underscores risks it faces as it pushes a modernisation drive which threatens jobs.

The walkout on Thursday and Friday by about 1, >>>


      BRITISH AIRWAYS SAYS STRIKE CHAOS NEARLY OVER
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways said it hoped to operate a near normal service on Monday, while talks will resume to try to end an industrial dispute which stranded thousands of passengers for days at London‘s Heathrow Airport.

The airline said it would >>>


      CYPRUS CRASH VICTIMS ‘FROZEN SOLID‘ –DEFMIN SOURCE
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS ATHENS (Reuters) – Most bodies recovered from a crashed Cyprus airliner were "frozen solid", including some whose skin was charred by the plane‘s fiery crash, a top Greek Defence Ministry source said on Monday.

On Sunday, a Helios Airways Boeing 737 flying from Larnaca to Athens cra >>>


      GREECE CRASH PLANE MAY ALREADY HAVE BEEN FLYING TOMB
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Crashes In Greece Helios Comments On Plane Crash By Brian Williams ATHENS (Reuters) – A Cypriot airliner that crashed in Greece may already have been a flying tomb when it plunged to earth with some of the 121 people aboard already either dead or unconscious, early indications suggest.
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      ISRAEL LAUNCHES GAZA PULLOUT, SETTLERS DEFIANT
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Gaza pullout stirs Palestinian hopes, scepticism FACTBOX–How Israel‘s Gaza withdrawal is meant to happen FACTBOX–Gaza, West Bank settlements to be evacuated Israeli settler torches property in Gaza enclave Radical Jewish enclave digs in against evacuation Palest >>>


      ISRAEL LAUNCHES GAZA PULLOUT, SETTLERS DEFIANT
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Abbas says Israel must give up more than Gaza Palestinian refugees hail Gaza pullout, want more Palestinians set parliamentary election for January 21 Gaza settlers assail eviction order but prepare to go Palestinian gunmen kidnap France TV journalist Gaza pullout stirs Palestini >>>


      ISRAEL SEALS GAZA SETTLEMENTS, EVACUATIONS LOOM
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Gaza pullout stirs Palestinian hopes, scepticism FACTBOX–How Israel‘s Gaza withdrawal is meant to happen FACTBOX–Gaza, West Bank settlements to be evacuated Israeli settler torches property in Gaza enclave Radical Jewish enclave digs in against evacuation Palest >>>


      ISRAEL SEALS GAZA SETTLEMENTS, SETS DEADLINE
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Gaza pullout stirs Palestinian hopes, scepticism FACTBOX–How Israel‘s Gaza withdrawal is meant to happen FACTBOX–Gaza, West Bank settlements to be evacuated Israeli settler torches property in Gaza enclave Radical Jewish enclave digs in against evacuation Palest >>>


      JAPAN PM MARKS WW2 DEFEAT WITH APOLOGY TO ASIA
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Anger, bitter memories as Asia marks war‘s end China tightens security to head off anti–Japan demos World War II Commemorated By Jonathan Standing TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan‘s defeat in World War >>>


      JAPAN PM MARKS WW2 DEFEAT WITH APOLOGY TO ASIA
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Anger, bitter memories as Asia marks war‘s end China tightens security to head off anti–Japan demos "Let us be," Japan war shrine visitors tell China World War II Commemorated By Jonathan Standing TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi mark >>>


      SETTLERS BLOCK GATES OF LARGEST GAZA SETTLEMENT
      Reuters UK, 15-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Scores of praying settlers blocked the main gates of Gaza‘s largest Jewish settlement on Monday in an attempt to prevent Israeli soldiers from entering to deliver 48–hour eviction notices.
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      CEREMONY OF RESPONSIBILITY TAKEOVER IN IRAQ BETWEEN 20TH INFANTRY BATTALION AND 2ND INFANTRY BATTALION
      Rompres, 15-08-2005
      Baghdad, Aug 15 /Rompres/ – There are no differences in training and instruction between the Romanian and Italian troops, said Brigadier General Pietro Constantino, commander of the South–eastern Multinational Brigade in Iraq after the takeover ceremony of responsibilities in the Iraqi operational the >>>


      ROMANIA TO SUBMIT TO INTERNATIONAL COURT OF HAGUE FIRST DOCUMENTS IN PROCESS WITH UKRAINE REGARDING DELIMITATION OF BLACK SEA CONTINENTAL PLATEAU
      Rompres, 15-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 15 /Rompres/ – Bogdan Aurescu, Romania‘ s representative at the International Court of Hague in the process regarding the delimitation of the Black Sea territory, submitted a memorial presenting Romania‘s position in the delimitation of the continental plateau and of the exclusive >>>


      ROMANIAN PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 15-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 15 (Rompres) – "Fear of Basescu [Taian Basescu, Romania‘s President] protects customs houses" is the title under which Cotidianul daily says that "a few days after the speech delivered by President Basescu, the management of the General Inspectorate of Border Police dismi >>>


      HALTING THE GENOCIDE IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      By Elvir Camdzic, John Weiss August 11, 2005 The 21st centurys first genocide in the Darfur region of western Sudan has entered its third year. According to an analysis of U.N.

data by Eric Reeves, a professor at Smith College (see www.sudanreeves.org), since early 2003, 215,000 civilians have been killed in a >>>


      FLOODS RENDER DARFURIS HOMELESS AGAIN
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Aug 15 (Reuters) – About 13,000 refugees have been made homeless by floods in Sudans troubled Darfur region, in the worst rains for half a century, a government official said on Monday.

Internally displaced Sudanese children from Mahli village in southern Darfur region collect rainwater to be u >>>


      NEW FIRST VICE–PRESIDENT, FINANCE MINISTER, DISCUSS SUDAN&#8217;S ECONOMY
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Aug 14, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) Sudanese First Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit received at his office at the Republican Palace Sunday Minister of Finance and National Economy Al–Zubair Ahmed Hassan, the official newsy agency SUNA reported.

Salva Kiir The ministers briefed him on the general per >>>


      OROMO REBELS CLAIM VICTORY OVER ETHIOPIAN FORCES
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, Aug 14, 2005 (Radio Voice of Oromo) In their recent military operation against Ethiopian forces, Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) armed wing of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) forces operating in Bale Zone, southeastern Oromiya in southern Ethiopia, has put 41 enemy soldiers out of action and captured a variety of >>>


      SUDAN LIFTS KHARTOUM CURFEW AFTER RIOTS
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have lifted a curfew imposed two weeks ago to stop the capitals worst violence in decades, which killed at least 111 people, Interior Ministry officials said on Monday.

Sudanese soldiers secure Sudans capital Khartoum on August 2, 2005, a day after deadly >>>


      SUDANESE FM TO VISIT CHAD MONDAY 15 AUGUST
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Aug 14, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) The acting Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail, is to visit Chad Monday to convey a message from Sudanese president Omer Al–Beshir, to the Chadian President, Idris Deby.

Ismail said in a press statement to SUNA that the message deals with the bilateral relations, >>>


      UGANDA REPORTER DENIES SEDITION OVER GARANG REMARKS
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA, Aug 15 (Reuters) – A Ugandan journalist who angered the government with remarks about the death of Sudans Vice President John Garang denied a charge of sedition on Monday, saying the constitution guaranteed free speech.

KFM radio reporter Andrew Mwenda, who faces up to five year >>>


      US CONGRESS DELEGATION TO VISIT SUDAN WEDNESDAY
      Sudan Tribune, 15-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Aug 14, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) A delegation of US Congress, headed by Chairman of African Sub–Committee, is due to arrive here next Wednesday August 17, said the acting Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail.

According to SUNA, Ismail said that the visit provides a good opportunity to discuss with >>>


      ENERGY DEPARTMENT DETAILS RESEARCH NEEDED FOR SOLAR ENERGY
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      Department of Energy Press release, August 12, 2005 DOE Outlines Research Needed to Improve Solar Energy Technologies WASHINGTON, D.C. â« To help achieve the Bush Administration‘s goal of increased use of solar and other renewable forms of energy, the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) Office of Scie >>>


      FBI ANNOUNCES TOP OFFICIALS FOR NEW NATIONAL SECURITY BRANCH
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      Unit to oversee FBI counterterrorism, counterintelligence, intelligence Washington –– The FBI has announced the appointment of the top two officials for its new National Security Branch (NSB). Longtime FBI official Gary Bald will be the National Security Branch chief, and Philip Mudd of the CIA will >>>


      JAPAN FACES POSSIBLE DUTIES FOR DUMPING CHROMIUM IN UNITED STATES
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      Commerce Department calculates dumping margin at more than 12' percent Washington –– Imports of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan were dumped on the U.S. market, the Commerce Department has ruled.

In an August 12 preliminary affirmative determination, the department calculated the dumping >>>


      STATE DEPARTMENT RECAPS U.S. AID TO GEORGIA FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      Fact sheet outlines aid from October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2005 The following State Department fact sheet outlines U.S. assistance to Georgia for fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2005)÷ (begin fact sheet) U.S. Department of State Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Washington >>>


      U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ OPTIMISTIC ABOUT DRAFT CONSTITUTION
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      Khalilzad says role of Islam, federalism most important remaining issues By Bernie Chabel Washington File Special Correspondent Washington –– Stating that "failure is not an option for the Iraqis or for us," U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad says Iraqi leaders are optimistic about meeting t >>>


      U.S. ENVOY TO BAGHDAD ENCOURAGED BY IRAQI POLITICAL ACTIVITY
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      United States not seeking permanent military bases in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad says Iraq is experiencing an unprecedented period of constructive political activity, and the United States is prepared to help Iraq as it sorts through the challenges of building a secure, democratic state, according to U.S.

Ambassad >>>


      UNITED STATES SUPPORTS WOMEN‘S EMPOWERMENT IN IRAQ
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      State Department fact sheet outlines U.S. programs for Iraqi women Following is a State Department fact sheet outlining the state of women‘s rights in Iraq and describing U.S. efforts to support women‘s empowerment÷ (begin fact sheet) [U.S. Department of State] Office of International Women‘s I >>>


      UNITED STATES TO PROVIDE EXTRA FOOD TO AFRICA, AID AGENCY SAYS
      USIA, 15-08-2005
      U.S. Agency for International Development USAID Announces Additional Food Assistance for Southern Africa U.S. Food Assistance to Southern Africa for 2005 Reaches 143,000 Tons August 12, 2005 WASHINGTON, DC –– The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today it will provide an additional >>>


      FINNISH OBSERVERS TO BE FIRST INTO ACEH TO MONITOR PEACE
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      A group of Finns are the first of a group of international observers of the peace treaty between the Indonesian government and the separatist movement in the province of Aceh. The 12 Finnish observers arrived in the province on Friday. The treaty was signed in Finland on Monday.

The European Union and five Asi >>>


      FLIGHT RECORDER OF STRICKEN HELICOPTER TO BE SENT TO BRITAIN FOR ANALYSIS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      The flight recorder of the passenger helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of Finland on Wednesday soon after taking off from the Estonian capital Tallinn en route to Helsinki has been recovered. It will probably be sent to Britain for analysis. Neither Estonia nor Finland have the technical capacity to study the " >>>


      FOREIGN PROFITEERS TRY TO EXTRACT MONEY FROM FINNISH COMPANIES BY RESERVING THEIR DOMAIN NAMES
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      Dozens of Finnish companies, communities, and local authorities have been contacted by foreign companies who have offered to sell them domain names for a premium.

The first offers appeared in April. A Swedish Internet firm contacted Finnish companies informing them that another client of theirs was about to re >>>


      IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS END ON A DRIER NOTE, BUT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM COMES UP SHORT
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      The TV–newscaster‘s closing remarks late on Sunday evening were telling÷ "So now the World Championships are done, and it looks like the weather prospects are cheering up." It summed matters up perfectly. The 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, celebrated in Helsinki for the past we >>>


      NIINISTÃ÷ OLLILA CONSIDERED RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2000
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      Sauli NiinistÃ, the likely candidate of the National Coalition Party for the Finnish Presidency in next year‘s elections, says that in his capacity as the party‘s chairman, he had asked Nokia Chairman and CEO Jorma Ollila to be the party‘s candidate in the previous elections in 2000.

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      TOMMI EVILä DELIGHTS HUNGRY FINNISH ATHLETICS FANS WITH LONG JUMP MEDAL
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      The 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics came to a close on Sunday evening, with a careful piece of choreographing÷ one particular medals ceremony was kept back to the last to ensure the crowds stayed in their seats.

The Finns had been exemplary hosts throughout, but wanted a medal of their own, a >>>


      UPM TO BUILD NEW PAPER MANUFACTURING LINE IN FRANCE OR GERMANY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 15-08-2005
      The Finnish paper manufacturer UPM plans to set up a new magazine paper production machine in Germany or France.

With the investment, the company hopes to serve its Central European customers better, says Jyrki Ovaska, President of the companys Magazine Papers Division.

The aim is to build a new machi >>>


      28SUSPECTED TALIBAN KILLED – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Fighting across southern Afghanistan has left at least 28 suspected Taliban rebels dead as violence rages on in the countdown to crucial legislative elections next month, officials said Monday.

The bloodiest battle occurred in Zabul province Sunday when Afghan forces attacked a group of suspected militants, k >>>


      ARMSTRONG÷ U.S. SHOULD FOCUS ON CANCER – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Seven–time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong Sunday said the United States, which is embroiled in a costly war in Iraq, should focus more effort on a war facing many Americans

–– the one against cancer. Although the United States declared war on cancer in 1'71, Ar >>>


      ASIA MARKS VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Still stinging with anger and sorrow, Asians are marking the 60th anniversary of Japan‘s World War II surrender by honoring their dead, burning Rising Sun flags and demanding compensation amid rekindled tensions over Japanese abuses.

The occasion inspired a rare joint commemoration by North Korea and So >>>


      BA÷ FLIGHTS RETURNING TO NORMAL – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      British Airways says it is close to resuming a normal timetable, three days after the end of a crippling ground–crew walkout that had stranded more than 100,000 passengers during the peak of the summer travel season.

A spokesman for BA said that all short haul flights and '5 percent of long haul fli >>>


      EAST AFRICA OPENS DISASTER CENTER – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Eleven mainly east African nations opened a U.S. military–financed disaster management center on Monday to boost their ability to respond to the natural and man–made calamities that often strike the region.

The U.S.–led project, dubbed "Golden Spear", aims mainly to increase milita >>>


      FARRAKHAN÷ MEXICAN PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Mexican President Vicente Fox was right to say that Mexican immigrants take jobs "that not even blacks want." Although Fox was sharply criticized for his remarks by some black leaders, Farrakhan said Sunday that blacks do not want to go to farms and pick fruit beca >>>


      GRENADE EXPLODES IN KASHMIR – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      A grenade exploded near a stadium in Indian Kashmir‘s main city of Srinagar on Monday before the start of a ceremony to mark India‘s independence anniversary, but police said there was nobody dead or wounded.

The grenade went off an hour before the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohamma >>>


      GROZNY CAR BOMBING KILLS BOY, 10 – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      –– A car bomb exploded in downtown Grozny on Monday, killing a 10–year–old boy, the RIA–Novosti news agency reported citing police officials.

The boy was an employee at a nearby gas station, the report said. According to witness accounts, the explosion and wounded two other peopl >>>


      INDONESIA, ACEH REBELS SIGN TRUCE – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels have signed a peace treaty to end nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil and gas–rich province that killed 15,000 people.

The signing ceremony in Helsinki on Monday followed seven months of talks mediated by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who spurred >>>


      IRAN SEEKS NUKE TALKS WITH EUROPE – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      An increasingly defiant Iran called Sunday for Europe to open talks on Tehran‘s intention to enrich uranium, and dismissed a veiled Bush administration warning of military action against Iranian nuclear operations as psychological warfare.

The new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, named >>>


      JAKARTA ANDGAM SIGNPEACE DEAL – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Indonesia and rebels from Aceh have signed a truce in Helsinki aimed at ending one of Asia‘s longest–running conflicts, which has cost more than 12,000 lives in nearly three decades of fighting.

The deal, signed on Monday, provides for an amnesty and disarming of Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fighters >>>


      KOIZUMI APOLOGIZES FOR WAR WOUNDS – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Monday apologized for his country‘s role in World War II on the 60th anniversary of the war‘s end, and vowed Japan would never again take "the path to war." In a statement issued by his office, Koizumi acknowledged the "enormous damage" infli >>>


      MARINES, INSURGENTS TANGLE ON FALLUJA ROAD – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      "Ma‘am, you know your cameraman is in the kill–zone?" That was just a small reminder of the danger we were in, from a Marine driving the Humvee I was in.

"Yeah, he likes to get just as close to it all as you Marines!" I replied. Then ... bah–boom! What the military calls >>>


      MEXICAN REBELS DECRY LEFTIST CANDIDATE – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Southern Mexico‘s armed Zapatista rebels Sunday continued their verbal assault on the country‘s largest leftist political party and its strongest presidential contender in years, saying both were out to "destroy our country." Concluding a meeting with more than 60 Indian organizations from across >>>


      OFFICIALS÷ ETHIOPIA FEARS MALARIA EPIDEMIC – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Ethiopia feared a major malaria epidemic, with the number of infections in some regions well above normal and the rainy season not yet ended, officials said Monday.

"We are alerting everybody and preparing ourselves as much as possible for this big epidemic," Health Minister Kebede Tadesse said.
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      SESSION ON IRAQI CONSTITUTION DELAYED – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      The Iraqi parliament session on whether to sign off on the new constitution was postponed Monday for two hours, Shiite member Mohammed Baqir al–Bahadli said.

The National Assembly had been scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. local time to consider the draft but moments ahead of the time, there was no sign of >>>


      SPORADIC VIOLENCE HITS GAZA PULLOUT – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Israeli soldiers descended on Jewish settlements throughout Gaza on Monday morning, serving eviction notices to settlers who remained after a deadline for the withdrawal from the territory to begin.

Israel has committed 55,000 soldiers and 8,000 police to the effort. Some of the settlers remaining in Gaza rio >>>


      SRI LANKA PRESIDENT BLAMES REBELS – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Sri Lanka‘s President Chandrika Kumaratunga has laid the blame for Friday‘s assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgama directly on the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Kadirgamar, 73, was gunned down late Friday by sniper fire that hit him in the head and chest at his Colombo home. He died later at a >>>


      U.S. DONATES $52 MILLION TO FEED SOUTHERN AFRICA – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      The United States has given the U.N. World Food Program $52 million for southern Africa, the United Nations said Monday, but more is needed to help more than 10 million people facing possible shortages.

Many families in the region have exhausted meager food stocks and have almost nothing to get them through t >>>


      VICTIMS MAY HAVE DIED BEFORE CRASH – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Investigators were working to determine why a Cypriot plane apparently suffered a catastrophic loss of cabin pressure and slammed into a Greek mountain –– possibly with all 121 people on board already dead.

All but two of the bodies have been recovered, a Greek government spokesman said Monday, an >>>


      ‘FOUR BROTHERS‘ LEADS BOX OFFICE PACK – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      The John Singleton revenge flick "Four Brothers" beat its cinematic siblings to take the top spot at the weekend box office.

However, the R–rated action film‘s three–day ticket sales of $20.7 million did little to stem a prolonged box office slump, which entered its third week afte >>>


      250 MILES PER GALLON? THEY‘RE DOING IT – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Politicians and automakers say a car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away.

Ron Gremban says such a car is parked in his garage. It looks like a typical Toyota Prius hybrid, but in the trunk sits an 80–miles–per– >>>


      AMERICAN JEWS GATHERFOR PRAYERS ON GAZA WITHDRAWAL – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Wearing skull caps and prayer shawls, several hundred American Jews gathered in front of the United Nations as Israel began withdrawing from Gaza after a 38–year occupation.

The crowd Sunday chanted and prayed for friends in Gaza who were forced to leave their homes in the settlements. Many said they ca >>>


      ANALYZINGROBERTS‘GREEN STANCE – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Supreme Court nominee John Roberts once offered the National Mining Association some unpaid advice on how to intervene in other people‘s court cases.

Two years later he was hired by the group to argue against a citizens group trying to stop coal companies from shearing off the tops of West Virginia&lsqu >>>


      BUSH NEIGHBOR TAKES AIM AT ‘DOVES‘ – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Anti–war protesters outside President Bush‘s ranch here were startled Sunday by gunshots fired by a Texas rancher frustrated by the group‘s presence.

"Well, I‘m getting ready for dove season," Larry Mattlage, 62, told reporters of the shots fired around 10 a.m. (noon EDT). As >>>


      COLORADO HIGHWAY REOPENSAFTER3 ROCK SLIDES – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Interstate 70 was reopened in both directions early Monday following a weekend of work to clear three massive rock slides that fell from mountainsides in less than 24 hours, state highway officials said.

The first rock slide was reported at 8÷30 p.m. Saturday. The westbound lanes were cleaned up in abo >>>


      FATHER OF FALLEN MARINE ATTENDS HOMECOMING – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      John Prazynski stood in the sea of welcome home signs and wondered why he was there.

Prazynski‘s son, Lance Cpl. Taylor Prazynski, wasn‘t going to be among the '00 Marines from the 3rd Battalion who arrived home Sunday. Taylor Prazynski, 20, was killed May ' from an insurgent mortar shell. >>>


      FIREFIGHTERS BRACE FOR HEAT, HOPE FOR COOL – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      A forecast for more warm weather Monday had firefighters strengthening their lines around a 4',000–acre wildfire, the largest in the lower 48 states.

The fire in southeastern Washington has destroyed more than 100 homes about 15 miles south of Pomeroy and was only 65 percent contained Sunday.
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      FIRST WOMAN HIRED AS WHITE HOUSEHEAD CHEF – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      After a six–month search, First Lady Laura Bush announced Sunday that the new head chef at the White House will be Cristeta Comerford

–– the first woman to take the top spot in the executive kitchen. Comerford has been an assistant chef at the White House for 10 years, working under former e >>>


      GAS PRICES HIT HIGH – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Gas prices surged 20 cents over the past three weeks to an all–time high of $2.50 per gallon of self–serve regular, according to a national survey.

The price surge "does smash the all–time record high for the third time this year," Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the Lundberg Survey, >>>


      HOMELESS HOLD SLEEP–OVER TO PROTESTPANHANDLING BAN – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Homeless people and dozens of advocates spent the night at Atlanta City Hall to show their opposition to a proposed panhandling ban backed by downtown businesses.

"It‘s far from out of control," said Ronald Lee, a 48–year–old Washington, D.C., native who has been homeless in Atlant >>>


      HUNDREDS REMEMBER PIONEERING PUBLISHER JOHN JOHNSON – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Pioneering black publisher John H. Johnson was remembered as a generous entrepreneur who provided what many say was American media‘s first positive window into black culture.

Hundreds of people filed past the Ebony and Jet founder‘s casket on Sunday, six days after his death at age 87. Former Pres >>>


      IRENE A HURRICANE BUT NO THREAT TO U.S. – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Tropical Storm Irene strengthened into a hurricane Sunday but turned away from the East Coast and posed no threat to land, forecasters said.

Hurricane Irene had top sustained winds of 80 mph, just above the 74 mph threshold to become a hurricane.

At 11 p.m. EDT, Irene was about 355 miles east of Cape >>>


      KISSINGER FINDS PARALLELS TO VIETNAM IN IRAQ – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      An architect of the U.S. war in Vietnam more than 30 years ago said Sunday that he has "a very uneasy feeling" that some of the same factors that damaged support for the conflict there are re–emerging in the 2–year–old war in Iraq.

"For me, the tragedy of Vietnam was the divis >>>


      MAN KILLS WIFE, SELF AT ATLANTA HOSPITAL – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      A man fatally shot his wife in her hospital room and then killed himself Monday morning, authorities said.

The shootings took place about 6÷15 a.m. at St. Joseph‘s Hospital, said Victor Azar, operations manager for Fulton County Emergency Services.

Azar said officers were on the scene in >>>


      POLICE÷ ‘MARINEOF THE YEAR‘SHOT AT NOISY CROWD – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      A veteran recently named "Marine of the Year" for his service in Iraq was charged with attempted murder after firing a shotgun from his apartment window as a group of noisy revelers stood outside a nightclub, police said.

Two people were hit by bullet fragments and suffered minor injuries. Daniel Co >>>


      RELIGIOUS RALLYATTACKS ‘ARROGANT‘ JUDGES – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      America‘s most powerful judges are "unelected, unaccountable and arrogant," Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told the thousands of people who packed a Nashville church for "Justice Sunday II," a rally televised for broadcast to churches across the country.

The goal of the ral >>>


      THE ‘SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE‘ THAT WASN‘T – AUG 14, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      A training device mistakenly left by a Secret Service agent at a Washington hotel was the "suspicious package" that prompted a building evacuation Sunday afternoon, law enforcement sources said.

The FBI and Secret Service sent teams of investigators to the Mayflower Hotel, a few blocks from the Whit >>>


      THOUSANDS BLACKED OUT FOLLOWING NORTHEAST STORMS – AUG 15, 2005
      CNN, 15-08-2005
      Thousands of people across the Northeast had no electricity for alarm clocks and air conditioners Monday following waves of violent thunderstorms.

Wind gusting to 80 mph knocked trees onto power lines, lightning started fires and torrential rain flooded streets in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, northern New J >>>


      PRESSESTIMMEN VON MONTAG, 15. AUGUST 2005
      " " (, "Deutsche Welle") , 15-08-2005
      Der Iran im Wahlkampf / Abzug aus Gaza / Absturz in Griechenland Der Ton im Streit um Irans nukleare Wünsche wird wieder schärfer. US–Präsident Bush hält sich nach eigener Aussage alle Reaktionen offen, auch eine militärische.

Teheran warnt, jeder Schuss werde nach hinten losgehe >>>


      BITTERSÜßE ZUKUNFT FÜR UGANDAS ZUCKERWIRTSCHAFT
      " " (, "Deutsche Welle") , 15-08-2005
      Bauern im Westen Ugandas Das weiße Gold könnte für Uganda ein Weg aus der Armut sein. Doch die internationale Konkurrenz ist mächtig und die EU–Zuckermarktreform wenig hilfreich. Bauern wie Sebidai Kasangaki sind die Leidtragenden.

Sebidai Kasangaki ist kaum noch zu sehen, mitten im >>>


      HILFE FÜR UGANDAS KINDERSOLDATEN
      " " (, "Deutsche Welle") , 15-08-2005
      Waffe aus der Hand – und dann? Seit 18 Jahren kämpfen in Uganda die Rebellen der "Lords Resistance Army" gegen die Regierung. Die meisten Kämpfer der Rebellentrupps sind Kinder.

Wer betreut sie, wenn sie keine Soldaten mehr sind – oder sein wollen? Worum es in dem Bürgerkri >>>


      UGANDA÷ BIOBAUERN GEGEN BIOTECHNOLOGIE
      " " (, "Deutsche Welle") , 15-08-2005
      DW–RADIO÷ Thema DIE WELT – Grüne Gentechnik (Teil 2) "Ugandas Forscher züchten schädlingsresistente Kochbananen" Autor÷ Dirk Bathe

Grüne Gentechnik, Teil 2÷ Uganda .mkcms_multiklick .mkcms_segment .mkcms_headline .mkcms_link a.mkcms_headline&divi >>>


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