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      INDONESIA EMBASSY BOMBER GETS DEATH
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      An Indonesian has been sentenced to death for helping to plan and carry out last year‘s bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta – the harshest penalty yet for the attack that killed 10 people.

Iwan Darmawan, 30, said he would appeal Tuesday‘s verdict, which was the latest in a series of >>>


      IRAQIS CONTINUE CHARTER DELIBERATIONS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      The committee drafting Iraq‘s new constitution has been locked in last minute discussions to amend certain articles contested by Sunni Arabs.

Negotiators said on Tuesday that two–thirds of the parliamentary committee met and examined ways of making "three possible modifications" to the do >>>


      ITALY UPHOLDS UK BOMBER‘S EXTRADITION
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Italy‘s highest appeal court has upheld the extradition to Britain of one of the suspected bombers in the failed 21 July attack on London‘s transport system.

Ethiopian–born Hamdi Issac, 27, also known as Osman Hussein, was arrested in Rome a week after the 21 July attacks, which killed no one >>>


      JAPANESE LEADER SETS REFORM AGENDA
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has set out to draft his agenda after voters gave him an overwhelming mandate for economic and social change.

The premier on Tuesday met with his cabinet members, who pledged to push ahead quickly with structural reform.

Koizumi called the election after dissi >>>


      JUBILATION, TRAGEDY FOLLOW GAZA PULLOUT
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Palestinians are in control of the Gaza Strip for the first time in their history but deadly scenes of chaos and jubilation have ensued after Israel closed the door on its four–decade occupation.

Thousands of Palestinian security personnel swarmed into abandoned Jewish settlements on Monday, raising thei >>>


      LAHOUD DENIES LINK TO AL–HARIRI KILLING
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      President Emile Lahoud has denied any connection whatsoever to the death of former prime minister Rafiq al–Hariri and ignored calls in Lebanon to skip this week‘s UN summit.

According to a statement released by his office on Tuesday, Lahoud told reporters on his flight to New York the day before th >>>


      LEFTISTS WIN NORWEGIAN POLLS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Norway‘s left–leaning opposition was on course for an absolute majority in Monday‘s parliamentary elections, which would allow it to squeeze the ruling centre–right coalition out of power.

The opposition parties were projected to win a combined 88 of the 16' seats in parliament, aga >>>


      MAOIST REBELS ATTACK INDIAN VILLAGE
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      More than 200 suspected communist rebels have raided a village in eastern India, killing at least 11 people.

The villagers were attacked in Bhelwa village in Jharkhand state on Monday for trying to form a self–defence group to fight the militants, said the area‘s home commissioner, J B Tubid.
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      MOROCCAN DENIES CREATING ZOTOB VIRUS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      An 18–year–old Moroccan accused of having corrupted the computer systems of leading banks, technology companies and media organisations worldwide, is not the culprit, his lawyer has said.

Farid Essebar appeared in front of a judge in Rabat‘s criminal court on Tuesday after being arrested on 2 >>>


      N KOREA INSISTS ON NUCLEAR PROGRAMME
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      North Korea has insisted it has a right to a peaceful nuclear programme, dimming prospects for progress at international talks on ending the communist nation‘s atomic weapons programme.

Envoys were arriving in Beijing for the resumption later on Tuesday of six–nation talks on the issue. The latest >>>


      NORWAY‘S FAR–RIGHT SURPRISES IN POLLS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      An anti–immigration party has won more than a fifth of the votes in Norway‘s election to become the second biggest party in parliament.

Overall, the Norwegian electorate in Monday‘s elections swung to the left, with a "Red–Green" alliance set to oust the ruling centre right Ch >>>


      PAKISTAN PLANS FENCING AFGHAN BORDER
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has unveiled plans to build a "fence" along the border with Afghanistan to curb the movement of rebels bent on destabilising the government in Kabul.

Musharraf floated the proposal during a meeting in New York with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday >>>


      PALESTINIANS SAVOUR GAZA PULLOUT
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Palestinians have reacted to the departure of the last of the Israeli soldiers from the Gaza Strip with a mixture of excitement, curiosity, and trepidation.

Throughout the day, they toured the settlements just vacated by the Israelis. But while they remained ecstatic, they also pondered the restrictions of the >>>


      PHILIPPINE ARMOURY BLAST INJURES 107
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Explosions at a police armoury in suburban Manila have injured at least 107 people, most of them patients at a nearby clinic, and may have been sparked by lightning, officials said.

Police on Tuesday ruled out sabotage or terrorism. The explosions late on Monday initially raised concerns of foul play in a capi >>>


      POLIO BACK IN SOMALIA
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Polio has reappeared in Somalia, three years after the Horn of Africa nation was declared free of the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The announcement comes during a mainly upbeat assessment of progress in a global vaccination campaign.

A 15–month–old girl in the Som >>>


      QUREIA: STOP LOOTING, START REBUILDING
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Prime Minister Ahmad Qureia has urged Palestinians to stop looting and start rebuilding in abandoned Jewish settlements following Israel‘s military withdrawal from Gaza.

A day after the pullout, Palestinian security forces tried to stop scavengers streaming into the enclaves as bulldozers began to clear >>>


      SYRIA REJECTS US CHARGES ON IRAQ
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Syria has rejected US accusations that it allows fighters to sneak into Iraq, saying Washington‘s "threat" of using force was part of relentless pressure on Damascus.

"It is regrettable that such language should come from the ambassador of a great power who is supposed to show more commitm >>>


      TAYSIR ALLUNI: A REPORTER BEHIND BARS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Taysir Alluni could never have suspected that the '/11 attacks and the US war against Afghanistan in its hunt for al–Qaida and Taliban leaders would dramatically change his life.

Alluni, who began his career as an Arabic translator for a news agency in Granada, Spain, is credited as being the only jo >>>


      UN ENVOYS AGREE ON REFORM PROPOSAL
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      United Nations ambassadors have agreed on a draft proposal that focuses on reform of the world body but appears to fall short of a thorough overhaul.

The draft was presented with little time left before world leaders were to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN‘s founding and hold a landmark three–d >>>


      US EMERGENCY CHIEF QUITS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      The US federal emergency chief has resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) director Mike Brown said on Monday he was stepping down "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president".>>>


      US, IRAQI FORCES TARGET TAL AFAR FIGHTERS
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Around 150 fighters have been killed and over 400 others arrested since US and Iraqi troops intensified their operations late last week against anti–government groups in the town of Tal Afar, US military said.

"Some 150 rebels were killed," commander Major James Gallivan, operations officer in >>>


      VICTORIOUS KOIZUMI IN RACE AGAINST TIME
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      After defeating the old guard in his Liberal Democratic Party and winning the support of the public in Japan‘s general election on Sunday, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi could be forgiven for putting his feet up for a week or two.

It is unlikely that he will, however, as he will be more aware than ever >>>


      YEMEN IN SECURITY PACT WITH BAHRAIN
      Aljazeera, 13-09-2005
      Yemen has signed a security agreement with Bahrain aimed at fighting terrorism and exchanging intelligence, the official SABA news agency says.

Under the accord signed on Monday, the two countries will cooperate in "combating crime and terrorism, swapping intelligence, training, and exchanging expertise&q >>>


      DES FIGURES FÉMININES PROCLAMENT LEUR SOUTIEN AU PROJET DE CHARTE
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Alger – Des figures féminines nationales ont annoncé, mardi, leur soutien au projet de Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale, initié par le Président de la République, M. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, et devant ętre soumis ŕ référendum le 2' septembre. >>>


      GUENZET, HARBIL ET DAR EL–HADJ (SÉTIF) VEULENT REGARDER L‘AVENIR AVEC "CONFIANCE"
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Setif – Les habitants de Harbil, Guenzet et Dar El–Hadj, dans la wilaya de Sétif, meurtrie par décennie sanglante qu‘a connue le pays, veulent regarder l‘avenir avec "confiance", tout en exprimant leur "indéfectible adhésion" ŕ la démarche de r >>>


      L‘ALGÉRIE "A SURMONTÉ SA TRAGÉDIE GR'4;CE Ŕ LA DÉMARCHE DE RÉCONCILIATION NATIONALE"
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Alger – L‘ambassadeur d‘Ukraine en Algérie, Serhly Borvyk, a affirmé mardi ŕ Alger que l‘Algérie a pu surmonter les conséquences de la tragédie nationale grâce ŕ la démarche de réconciliation nationale prônée par le Président de >>>


      LES HABITANTS DE REMKA ET DE HAD CHEKALA "DÉCIDÉS" Ŕ EFFACER LES STIGMATES DE LA TRAGÉDIE
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Relizane – Les habitants de la daďra de Remka et de la commune de Had Chekala, relevant de la daďra d‘Aďn Tarik, des localités durement éprouvées par le terrorisme, se disent "décidés", ŕ la faveur du projet de Charte pour la paix et la réconcili >>>


      LES PARTIS ET LE MOUVEMENT ASSOCIATIF CONTINUENT LUNDI DE SOUTENIR L‘INITIATIVE DU PRÉSIDENT BOUTEFLIKA
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Alger – Les partis politiques et le mouvement associatif continuent lundi de soutenir l‘initiative du Président Bouteflika portant projet de Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale, en poursuivant sa campagne de sensibilisation ŕ travers le pays pour expliquer l‘importance >>>


      M. HAMDANI : LE PROJET DE CHARTE CONSOLIDERA LA POLITIQUE DE CONCORDE CIVILE
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Alger – . Smaďl Hamdani, président de l‘Association algérienne des relations internationales et ancien Chef de gouvernement (1''8–1'''), a indiqué lundi que la projet de Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale consolidera la politique de concor >>>


      M. OUYAHIA Ŕ TÉBESSA : ‘‘LE 2' SEPTEMBRE SIGNIFIE LE RETOUR Ŕ LA VOLONTÉ SOUVERAINE DU PEUPLE‘‘
      APS, 13-09-2005
      Tebessa – M. Ahmed Ouyahia, secrétaire général du Rassemblement national démocratique (RND), a souligné lundi ŕ Tébessa, que ‘‘la Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale‘‘ concrétise la détermination du Président de la R&# >>>


      ‘SUICIDE BOMBERS‘ HELD IN KABUL
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      Afghan officials say they have arrested two people they believe were intending to carry out suicide bomb attacks in the capital, Kabul.

The officials told the BBC the two men were found with explosives on them when they were arrested.

The past year has seen the worst violence in Afghanistan since 2001 >>>


      ADB TO LEND 200 MLN DLRS TO AFGHANISTAN ANNUALLY
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      MANILA, Sept 12 (AFP) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Monday that it will lend about 200 million dollars a year to Afghanistan between 2006 and 2008.

This is in line with the multilateral institution‘s country strategy and program for Afghanistan intended to promote growth, reduce poverty, >>>


      AFGHAN POLL BAN FOR MILITIA LINKS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      Afghan election officials have disqualified 21 candidates from Sunday‘s polls for having links to armed groups.

Under election law, anyone linked to militias is not allowed to run. Grant Kippen, chairman Electoral Complaints Commission, said another seven candidates had been disqualified for holding gove >>>


      AFGHAN VOTE A MILESTONE BUT DEMOCRACY FRAGILE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      By David Brunnstrom KABUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Millions of Afghans will vote next Sunday for a national assembly and provincial councils, a milestone in Afghanistan‘s difficult path to stability after the fall of the Taliban.

The vote will be a step forward to broadening representative government b >>>


      AFGHANISTAN DISQUALIFIES 28 ELECTION CANDIDATES
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      today that it has disqualified 28 more candidates from the parliamentary election to be held on 18 September.

So far, there have been 45 candidates barred from the UN–backed vote for both Wolesi and Meshrano Jirga.

Of the total, 21 were disqualified for links to illegal armed groups and the rest >>>


      AFGHANISTAN SLIPS FROM PUBLIC RADAR
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      Fremont‘s ‘Little Kabul‘ much quieter four years after attacks By Scott Wong / The Argus (Fremont, California, USA) FREMONT — In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, microphones and TV cameras bombarded Fremont restaurant owner Wahid Andesha.

BBC, CNN and other major news networks broa >>>


      CLERICS MULL MADRASSA REGULATION
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      Senior clerics in Pakistan are meeting to discuss the government‘s demand for tighter regulation of the country‘s thousands of religious schools Following the London bombings in July, President Pervez Musharraf renewed a long standing demand for all madrassas to register with the authorities.

He al >>>


      COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND AFGHAN FAMILY
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      An Afghan family which won the heart of the Launceston community in its fight for Australian residency celebrated with new Australian friends at Launceston‘s City Mission yesterday.

The community raised nearly $70,000 for members of the Sarwari family so they could prove their identity, after the Immigra >>>


      FACTS ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      of 2' percent that followed the ousting of the Taliban by U.S.–led forces in 2001.

–– Growth is booming in the construction and services sectors, fueled by foreign aid and possibly opium–related demand, the IMF says.

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      MAIN STEPS IN AFGHANISTAN‘S BONN AGREEMENT
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      Sept 12 (Reuters) – The United Nations convened a conference in Bonn with four anti–Taliban Afghan groups in November 2001, days after the Taliban were forced from power, to work out a road map for a new Afghan government.

The factions agreed on a series of steps, beginning with a six–month i >>>


      SOME AFGHAN DISTRICTS STILL WAITING FOR TROOPS TO GUARD VOTE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      KABUL, Sept 12 (AFP) – Troops have yet to reach some parts of Afghanistan ahead of key legislative polls next week, electoral officials said Monday, as one district said it might have to cancel voting because of security fears.

Peter Erben, head of the joint UN–Afghan Electoral Management Body, tol >>>


      THE TALIBAN‘S BATTLE OVER THE BALLOT
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      KARACHI – Rich with money they make from Afghanistan‘s opium trade, the Taliban–led resistance has the funds to finance its struggle against foreign troops in the country, in many cases using the same smuggling routes the drugs take to procure arms on the black market. These routes traverse Iraqi Kurd >>>


      UNITED NATIONS DRUG CZAR CALLS FOR THE REMOVAL OFAFGHAN OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN DEADLY HEROIN TRADE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      and Declining Drug Incomes in 2005 Break Four–Year Trend – First Improvement Since Fall of Taliban UNODC Executive Director Calls for the Removal of Officials Involved in Deadly Trade VIENNA, 8 September (UN Information Service) –– Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office o >>>


      WELCOME TO TALIBAN CENTRAL, PAY AT THE GATE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 13-09-2005
      By Paul McGeough, Chief Herald Correspondent in Spin Boldak Before easing his machine forward, the Afghan motorcyclist sits back from the throng and nods to a Pakistani border guard.

His hand goes into his pocket as the guard raises two fingers. They shake hands and a tight wad of cash is exchanged. As the gua >>>


      ABU DHABI LIKELY TO WITHDRAW FROM GULF AIR
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Saifur Rahman and Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporters Manama/Dubai/Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi, which owns a one–third stake in Gulf Air, is likely to withdraw from its board, that will help the emirate to focus on its own airline, Etihad.

What has been rumoured among the region‘s aviation o >>>


      AMERICAN GARDEN REBRANDS PRODUCT IDENTITY
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: American Garden, one of the leading FMCG food brands in the UAE, yesterday announced the launch of its new brand identity with the punchline ‘Bring Home the Garden‘.

The new slogan is complemented by a visual of a basket containing a variety of popular American Garden products.< >>>


      DUBAI HOLDING TO SET UP NEW CEMENT PLANT
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Dubai Holding yesterday announced the establishment of the Emirates Cement Company (ECC), which will aim to profit from the current boom in the region‘s construction sector.

The announcement was made by Mohammad Al Gergawi, chief executive officer of Dubai Holding and chairman of Duba >>>


      DUBAI SHARES EDGE UP AS MARKET CONSOLIDATES AFTER RALLY
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Staff Reporter Dubai: Dubai shares crept higher yesterday although trading was robust, as the market consolidated after hitting record highs last week but district–cooling company Tabreed climbed nearly four per cent on news it had won a big contract.

Abu Dhabi stocks were marginally lowe >>>


      DUBAILAND SIGNS UP DH30B WORTH OF INVESTMENTS
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      BREAKING NEWS: Classifieds Front Page PDF Email US Subscribe Past Editions Search About Gulf news Jobs@gulfnews Notes Letters Ask The Law Special Reports Supplements About Dubai About UAE

Published: 13/'/2005, 06:4' (UAE) Dubailand signs up Dh30b worth of investments By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Du >>>


      EBAY STRIKES SURPRISE DEAL TO BUY SKYPE
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      AP Stockholm: Online auctioneer eBay Inc. agreed yesterday to pay at least $2.6 billion (about Dh'.5 billion) for Internet–telephony company Skype Technologies SA.

The deal confounded many analysts not just for the price tag but also for what some see as their dubious compatibility of the companies.< >>>


      EBAY WILL PAY $4.1B FOR SKYPE
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Reuters San Francisco: eBay has agreed to buy fast–growing internet start–up Skype for up to $4.1 billion in cash and shares, in a move to tap new sources of growth and add free web telephone calls to its online auctions.

eBay said yesterday it planned to pay $1.3 billion in cash and $1.3 billion i >>>


      FIRST GULF BANK PLANS TO RAISE FOREIGN HOLDING TO 30%
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      BREAKING NEWS: Classifieds Front Page PDF Email US Subscribe Past Editions Search About Gulf news Jobs@gulfnews Notes Letters Ask The Law Special Reports Supplements About Dubai About UAE

Published: 13/'/2005, 07:07 (UAE) First Gulf Bank plans to raise foreign holding to 30% Staff Report Abu Dhabi: First G >>>


      GRADES FOR NOVEMBER LOADING WEAKEN
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Reuters Singapore: Middle East grades for November loading weakened as the market turned more bearish yesterday, while rapidly falling outright crude prices prompted traders to remain on the sidelines.

November–loading Oman traded at a 1–cent–a–barrel premium to MOG, sold by US major Ch >>>


      INDIA SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH DUBAI HOLDING
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: The Indian state of Uttaranchal is seeking partnership with Dubai Holding and Jebel Ali Free Zone to increase trade, senior Indian officials said.

Narain Dutt Tiwari, chief minister of Uttaranchal, urged non–resident Indians (NRIs) to invest heavily in the state, w >>>


      JORDAN‘S ECONOMIC ZONE ATTRACTS UAE INVESTORS
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Jordan‘s four–year old Aqaba Special Economic Zone has attracted $1.5 billion in investment, of which nearly $100 million has come from the UAE, officials said yesterday.

The zone, optimistic that it will attract more investment, has launched an aggres >>>


      MORE CHINESE COMPANIES INTERESTED IN JEBEL ALI
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: The number of Chinese companies in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafz) is expected to increase following interest generated by Dubai‘s participation in a top business summit in Beijing.

Currently there are more than 50 Chinese companies in Jafz. A high–profile delegation from the Jeb >>>


      NIKAI TO SET UP NEW PLANT IN INVESTMENT PARK
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: Dubai–headquartered Nikai Corporation will invest Dh36.7 million in a 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility to be built in the Dubai Investment Park, said the group chairman.

Paras Shahdadpuri, chairman of Nikai Group, told Gulf News the project is currently i >>>


      OTHER PRODUCING NATIONS ‘MUST FOSTER INVESTMENT‘
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Reuters Basel, Switzerland: Oil–producing nations should follow Saudi Arabia‘s lead by fostering new investment in crude production and refining ventures, helping stabilise lofty prices, a senior Saudi central banker said yesterday.

Mohammad Al Jasser, vice governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Ag >>>


      SAUDI GROUP TO INVEST DH7B IN DUBAILAND THEME PARK
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: Saudi Arabia‘s Al Sharq Group will invest Dh7 billion in an eight million square foot development in Dubailand, named Aqua Dunya, that is expected to become the region‘s largest theme park.

Aqua Dunya is expected to attract more than three million visitors an >>>


      SIBNEFT SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE MASSIVE DIVIDEND
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Reuters Moscow: The shareholders of Russian oil firm Sibneft approved a massive $2.3 billion dividend yesterday, local media reported, paving the way for an expected sale of the company by core owners led by Roman Abramovich.

Analysts say the size of the dividend bigger than last year‘s profit is a sure >>>


      STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO REGULATE STOCK MARKET
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Dr Mohammad Al Asoomi, Special to Gulf News After the cross dealing fiasco of Dubai Islamic Bank, which has been referred to courts, we can pause to think of the best way of learning from the experience to prevent it occurring again.

Putting an end to violations of this kind once and for all is extremely di >>>


      UAE BUSINESS PROCEDURES ‘HIGHLY STREAMLINED‘
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai: It takes six documents, three signatures and 18 days in the UAE to move imported goods from ports to warehouse, which according to the latest World Bank report makes the country one of the most competitive in the Middle East.

The annual Doing Business in 2006 report rele >>>


      UAE PREFERRED CHOICE OF SAUDI GRADUATES
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: The UAE‘s attractiveness as a vibrant economy in which to develop a career is growing in the Arab world.

According to a new survey it is now the leading choice among Saudi graduates seeking jobs abroad, according to a study by GulfTalent.com.

Top Saudi graduates seeking jobs >>>


      AL SUFOUH TO GET MAJOR TRANSPORTATION BOOST
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai : Dubai is planning to introduce its first tram system to provide an alternative mode of public transport in the city, an official at Dubai Municipality said.

"Luxury buses will be used to encourage people use public transport keeping in view the living standards in t >>>


      DECREE ISSUED ON ADMINISTRATION OF WASTE MATERIALS IN ABU DHABI
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday issued in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Decree No 21 of the year 2005 related to the administration of waste materials in the emirate.

This shall be affected following its publication in the official gazette. According to >>>


      DH7BN WATERPARK ANNOUNCED FOR DUBAILAND
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Agencies Dubai: A Saudi property firm has announced plans for a Dh7 billion dirham resort and water theme park in the Dubailand project.

The Aqua Dunya will feature the world‘s largest cruise ship – The Desert Pearl – which will be 407m long and '5m high.

Saudi firm Al Sharq Deve >>>


      DRUNK FINED DH700 FOR INDECENT ACT
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A drunk who could not wait till he reached home and relieved himself in a public place a few blocks from a Dubai police station was fined Dh700.

The Dubai Court of First Instance fined the 25–year–old Pakistani after finding him guilty of drinking >>>


      ENTRY OF BIRD FLU ‘NOT RULED OUT‘
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai: The possibility of the bird flu virus entering the country cannot be ruled out completely but stringent measures are in place to check it, said an official at Dubai Municipality.

"Migratory birds and illegal trade of birds can be dangerous and we are concerned about >>>


      FAMILY FINDS LIZARD IN JUICE
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah: The Ras Al Khaimah Economic Department shut down a cafeteria after a UAE national family complained they found a lizard in bottle of juice.

The municipality issued a circular banning restaurants and cafeterias from preparing juice in advance. Storing and selling >>>


      FAMILY OF GIRL KILLED IN BLAZE CALLS FOR STRICTER SAFETY MEASURES
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter Sharjah: A four–year–old girl did not attend her first day in school yesterday ...

she was burnt while playing in her grandparents‘ house, a police source said.

Lana Loa‘ai Faisal Al Bakri was announced dead upon arrival, according to a medi >>>


      FEE HIKE ‘WILL ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL EMPLOYMENT‘
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai: The Labour Ministry‘s latest increase in transaction fees for sponsorship transfers will encourage people to work illegally on visit visas, and companies to pass on increased costs to workers, workers and company representatives said.

Sponsor Change Relax job change r >>>


      FIVE UAE MEDICAL SPECIALISTS HONOURED
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai: The International Hospital Federation honoured five UAE medical specialists for their contributions to their fields and health education, making them the first in the Middle East to receive awards from the France–based organisation.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr >>>


      HAMDAN OPENS HUNTING AND EQUESTRIAN SHOW IN ABU DHABI
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Falconry Club, yesterday opened the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2005.

The event, which will continue until September 16, is being he >>>


      HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY WILL ‘HAVE DIFFERENT PACKAGES‘
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Shireena Al Nowais, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: The General Authority for Health Services yesterday announced details of its health insurance scheme that is mandatory for all expatriates in Abu Dhabi.

Health Insurance Health insurance policy will ‘have different packages‘ New law ‘should be >>>


      KHALIFA GETS MESSAGE FROM MAURITANIA
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a message from Colonel Ali Weld Mohammad, Chairman of the Military Council in Mauritania.

WAM President Shaikh Khalifa is seen with Abdullah Weld Sulaiman, Mauritanian Finance Minister.

The message, which dealt with >>>


      KHALIFA KEEN ON STABILITY IN MAURITANIA
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      WAM Al Ain: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a verbal message from Colonel Ali Weld Mohammad, Chairman of the Military Council in Mauritania.

The message, which dealt with bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest, was delivered to Shaikh Khalifa yesterday by >>>


      NATIONAL SOCIAL SECURITY ALLOWANCE RAISED BY 75%
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Khitam Al Amir and Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporters Dubai: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered a 75 per cent increase in the monthly social assistance for UAE nationals benefiting from the social security programme in the country.

The order takes effect from October 1. " >>>


      NEW LAW ‘SHOULD BE APPLIED IN ALL EMIRATES‘
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘ and Sunita Menon, Staff Reporters Dubai: Dubai residents say that the mandatory health insurance law for Abu Dhabi should be implemented in other emirates as well.

Health Insurance Health insurance policy will ‘have different packages‘ New law ‘should be applied i >>>


      NEW RULES ON AND FEES FOR LABOUR SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Abu Dhabi: Dr. Ali Bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, Minister of labour and Social Affairs, has issued ministerial decision No. 826 of 2005 setting the new rules and fees of the labour sponsorship transfer.

Sponsor Change Relax job change rules, say workers Fee hike ‘will encourage illegal employment‘ New rul >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      WAM Leaders send congratulations to Mexican presidentAbu Dhabi – President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of congratulations to President Vicente Fox of Mexico on his country‘s national day. His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice–President and Prime M >>>


      PRESIDENT ISSUES LAW TO REGULATE HUNTING IN THE WILD
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, issued local law number 22 for 2005 pertaining to regulation of the hunting of wild animals in the emirate.

The 13–article law, which prohibits the act of hunting mammals, birds and reptiles w >>>


      RELAX JOB CHANGE RULES, SAY WORKERS
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai: Workers have told Gulf News they would like the rules on moving from one employer to another relaxed.

Expatriate employees say it would be fairer if they were free to leave one job and start another without getting a ban.

Biju Abdul Majeed Their comments come >>>


      RELIGIOUS STUDIES TEACHER JAILED FOR MOLESTING STUDENT
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A Dubai court yesterday jailed a religious studies teacher for one year for sexually molesting an 8–year–old boy.

The Court of First Instance found the 22–year–old Bangladeshi teacher, identified as M.M., guilty of molesting the boy wh >>>


      RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WELCOME MANDATORY ABU DHABI HEALTHCARE PLAN
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi: Residents and businesses are all praise for the obligatory healthcare scheme for expatriate workers and their families in Abu Dhabi.

Health Insurance Health insurance policy will ‘have different packages‘ New law ‘should be applied in all emirates&lsqu >>>


      SIMPLE BUT FAR RANGING IMPACT
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By David Westley, Business Features Editor Dubai: The economic implication of making mandatory company provision of employee healthcare is both simple and far ranging.

Health Insurance Health insurance policy will ‘have different packages‘ New law ‘should be applied in all emirates‘ Res >>>


      TEACHER JAILED FOR SHOP–LIFTING
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: A teacher who escaped the first time she stole a red skirt has been jailed after she was caught red–handed trying to steal a second time.

The 5'–year–old Egyptian teacher identified as R.A. was sentenced to a month in jail.

The >>>


      THE STORY IS THE WAY WE TOLD IT
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Ministerial decision on the rules of changing sponsorship ends weeks of confusion The confusion and the speculation is finally over. We now know the detailed rules of the labour policies with regard to changing sponsorship, thanks to the clear guidelines spelled out in the ministerial decision, which was issued on Sund >>>


      TRAMS TO CONNECT AL SUFOUH TO DUBAI METRO NETWORK
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai: A tram system is being planned to provide an alternative mode of public transport, an official at Dubai Municipality said.

The tram system will be part of the new road network project for Al Sufouh area, which is the hub of big residential, commercial and tourism projects >>>


      A DAY OF VICTORY AND JUBILATION
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Palestinians must now start rebuilding Gaza and solve problems by working together The moment that Palestinians have waited for 13,'80 days has come true.

Gaza is free from Israeli troops for the first time after 38 years of occupation. Though the liberation came through political means including pressure >>>


      ABBAS SAYS HE CAN RESTORE LAW AND ORDER
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Agencies Rome/Occupied Jerusalem: Law and order can be restored to the Gaza Strip over the coming months following Israel‘s historic withdrawal from the territory, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published in an Italian paper yesterday.

"Now that the Israeli withdrawal has fini >>>


      AL WEFAQ HINTS AT FIELDING WOMEN
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama: The president of Al Wefaq, Bahrain‘s largest opposition group, yesterday said that the selection of female candidates for next year‘s municipal elections would depend on their competence and social acceptance.

"The extent of tolerance by constituents of wom >>>


      AN AUDIENCE WITH POPE
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      AP Pope Benedict XVI met Jordan‘s King Abdullah II in the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome yesterday.

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      BAGHDAD EXPLOSION KILLS TWO
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Agencies Baghdad: A car bomb exploded on Monday night outside a restaurant in Baghdad killing two people wounding at least 15.

The restaurant was in Baghads upscale district, Mansour. Hospital sources have said that the majority of people wounded by the bombing were women – who are still hospitalized.
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      BAHRAIN TO GET SIX HAWK 12'S
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      The first of six Hawk 12's destined for the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) made its maiden flight in the United Kingdom.

The aircraft, BT001, is being built by BAE Systems for the RBAF. The aircraft is an updated Mk127 standard, originally supplied to the Royal Australian Air Force.

Courtesy: BAE >>>


      CALL FOR JOINT EFFORTS TO COUNTER TERRORISM
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief The US, British and Egyptian envoys to Bahrain and Bahrain‘s ambassador to Iraq have stressed the need for concerted efforts to counter violence and attempts by terrorists to spread fear and hatred.

"In the four years since the September 11 attacks, the terrorist >>>


      CENTRE TO REHABILITATE VICTIMS OF ABUSES
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha: The ministry of interior has set up a rehabilitation centre for victims of abuses, three months after a national report accused it of being among the main violators of human rights in the country.

The centre is offering shelter to victims of human trafficking, prost >>>


      DEFIANT AL JAAFARI TOURS TAL AFAR
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      AP Tal Afar, Iraq: Iraqi Prime Minister Ebrahim Al Jaafari toured Tal Afar yesterday – ignoring an alleged Al Qaida threat to strike with chemical weapons.

He toured the northern city to congratulate Iraqi soldiers and commandoes for successfully rousting militants from the insurgent stronghold near the >>>


      EDUCATING RESIDENTS ON ENVIRONMENT
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Staff report Muscat: Oman‘s Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources began a two–month awareness programme on Sunday to educate residents in the country about the importance of the environment and how to deal with environmental violations.

"The main focus of the cou >>>


      HARIRI MURDER INQUIRY ENTERS CRUCIAL PHASE
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      Reuters Damascus: Syria agreed yesterday with chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis on the procedures for questioning Syrian witnesses in the inquiry into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

"An agreement has been reached on the procedures and arrangements for hearing Syrian witnesse >>>


      IRAN‘S NUCLEAR CHIEF SEEKS TO BOLSTER TIES WITH MOSCOW
      Gulf News, 13-09-2005
      AP Moscow: The head of Iran‘s nuclear programme told Russian officials yesterday that the new Iranian government wants to increase cooperation with Russia.

"The relations with Russia are of key importance to our state," Gholamreza Aghazadeh said at the start of his meeting with Russian Foreign >>>



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