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      DEBATEN SI FELT ES HÉROE O VILLANO
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      José Carreño Corresponsal Washington . La revelación de que Mark Felt, el ex subdirector de la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones (FBI) fue el legendario Garganta Profunda del escándalo Watergate , reabrió el debate sobre su importancia para la caída del presidente Richard Nixo >>>


      DESPEDIDA ENTRE LÁGRIMAS Y CODAZOS
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      El mariachi y los acordes de "Las Golondrinas" dieron el cierre de la etapa Creel en el Palacio de Covián, cercado ayer por fuerzas de la Policía Federal Preventiva, que acabaron en un zafarrancho menor frente al Reloj Chino, con una nube de gases lacrimógenos. El estilo de los día >>>


      EL EQUIPO DE CAMPAÑA SE PREPARÓ EN BUCARELI
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      Un equipo de trabajo forjado en los últimos nueve años, con militantes de larga trayectoria en el PAN, politólogos con doctorados y maestrías que sin experiencia previa entraron al ejercicio de la política real en la Secretaría de Gobernación (SG), integran el áre >>>


      INCORRECTO, PROLONGAR ESTANCIA, DIJO CREEL
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      El Centro de Producción de Programas Informativos y Especiales (Cepropie) recibió instrucciones de la oficina del secretario de Gobernación para grabar, producir y enviar a las televisoras el acto de despedida de Santiago Creel, en el que anunció que buscará la candidatura del PAN a l >>>


      MIGRANTES MEXICANOS LOS MÁS POBRES EN EU
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      La población mexicana que radica en Estados Unidos representan el primer grupo inmigrante, pero también es de los más vulnerables.

Uno de cada cuatro connacionales en ese país, cerca de 2.6 millones de personas, vive en condiciones de pobreza, de acuerdo con los estándares es >>>


      PLAN TO BOOST TAX REVENUES
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      Mexico City, June 02, 2005 26 ºC Cloudy .links .

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EMPLEOS .MEXICO NEWS .(English/Inglés) Opinión Columnas Cartones El Mundo México Elecciones 2006 Los Estados DF Finanzas Deportes Espectáculos Cultura Estilos Clima Horóscop >>>


      SE PERFILA ABASCAL COMO NUEVO SECRETARIO DE GOBERNACIÓN
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      El presidente Vicente Fox convocó a todos los miembros de su gabinete legal a una reunión en Los Pinos, para afinar la estrategia política a seguir en lo que resta de la presente administración, y los exhortará a trabajar con mayor ahínco y en "línea" para entr >>>


      TV AZTECA PULLS OUT OF NYSE
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      Mexico City, June 02, 2005 26 ºC Cloudy .links .

INMUEBLES .

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EMPLEOS .MEXICO NEWS .(English/Inglés) Opinión Columnas Cartones El Mundo México Elecciones 2006 Los Estados DF Finanzas Deportes Espectáculos Cultura Estilos Clima Horóscop >>>


      UNO DE CADA 4 PAISANOS EN EU VIVE EN POBREZA
      Эль Юниверсал, 02-06-2005
      Uno de cada cuatro mexicanos que radican en Estados Unidos cerca de 2.6 millones de personas viven en condiciones de probreza, de acuerdo con los estándares estadounidenses, revela un estudio del Consejo Nacional de Población (Conapo).

Según el documento La nueva era de las migraciones, la >>>


      FERIA TURÍSTICA EN COSTA RICA ATRAE NUEVAS EMPRESAS
      Siglo XXI, 02-06-2005
      AP SAN JOSE. La mayor bolsa de comercialización turística en Costa Rica, Expotur 2005, aumentó este año la participación de empresas en un 20% entre las firmas vendedoras y en 41% los compradores.

Destacan siete aerolíneas, 21 ‘‘tour–operadores’’, 17 hoteles y se >>>


      MILES DE PERSONAS PIDEN DEROGACIÓN LEY REFORMAS SEGURO SOCIAL
      Siglo XXI, 02-06-2005
      ACAN–EFE Panamá. Varios miles de personas realizan un marcha en la capital panameña para exigir la derogación de la Ley de reformas al Seguro Social, que hoy fue sancionada por el presidente de Panamá, Martín Torrijos.

En la marcha, que recorre las principales calles de >>>


      PRENSA NICARAGÜENSE PAGARÁ IMPUESTOS
      Siglo XXI, 02-06-2005
      AP MANAGUA. La prensa nicaragüense informó que acatará una nueva ley que limita las exoneraciones fiscales para los medios de comunicación aunque la sigue considerando inconstitucional.

‘‘El espíritu de esa Ley fue castigar a los medios de comunicación por denunciar la c >>>


      RESULTADO FINAL÷ EL 61,6% DE LOS HOLANDESES RECHAZÓ CONSTITUCIÓN
      Siglo XXI, 02-06-2005
      EFE Bruselas. El 61,6% de los holandeses rechazó hoy la Constitución europea, según el resultado oficial final del referéndum celebrado en Holanda.

Con todos los votos escrutados y una participación del 62,8%, el Tratado constitucional sólo fue apoyado por el 38,4% de >>>


      ABBAS TO MEET SHARON LATE JUNE
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will hold talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the third week of June, officials on both sides have said.

"This summit will be at the beginning of the third week of this month," chief Palestinian negotiator Saib Uraiqat said on Wednesday after talks with S >>>


      AFGHANS INVESTIGATE MOSQUE BLAST
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Afghan police are searching for those behind an attack on a mosque that killed 20 people, as suspicion fell on al–Qaida.

A bomber detonated explosives in a crowded mosque in the southern city of Kandahar on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.
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      ANNAN FIRES OFFICIAL IN UN SCANDAL
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      UN Secretary–General Kofi Annan has carried out the first sacking of one of his top officials over the Iraq oil–for–food scandal, a UN spokesman said.

Joseph Stephanides was dismissed on Wednesday for "serious misconduct" over the handling of contracts in the oil–for–foo >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS LEBANESE COLUMNIST
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      A prominent anti–Syria journalist has been killed in a car bomb explosion in a residential sector of mostly Christian eastern Beirut.

Samir Qaseer of the An–Nahar newspaper was killed instantly when a bomb exploded in his car as he started the engine outside his home in the Ashrafiyeh neighbourhood >>>


      CAR BOMBS KILL MANY IN NORTH IRAQ
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Three car bombings have killed 16 people in northern Iraq, including an Iraqi child, a municipal council leader and a bodyguard of Iraq‘s Kurdish deputy prime minister, police said.

At least 10 people were killed and 40 wounded in a massive explosion targeting a restaurant at 8am (0400GMT) on Thursday in >>>


      DARFUR PEACE TALKS TO RESUME
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Darfur rebels will meet Sudan‘s government in Nigeria next week to discuss a peace settlement in the conflict–ridden region, former rebel leader John Garang has said.

Garang, leader of the Sudan People‘s Liberation Movement (SPLM), met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday an >>>


      DUTCH VOTERS REJECT EU CONSTITUTION
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Dutch voters have rejected the European Union‘s first constitution by an overwhelming 63% to 37%, according to an exit poll broadcast by Dutch NOS television.

The turnout on Wednesday was 62%, exceeding all expectations, the state–financed broadcaster said.

In the first government reaction >>>


      EU FUTURE IN DOUBT AFTER DUTCH ‘NO‘
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      European leaders have said the Dutch rejection of the European Union constitution raises major questions about the future of Europe.

The no vote on Wednesday comes after France rejected the constitution on Sunday.

In a statement following the Dutch referendum result, French President Jacques Chirac sa >>>


      EU STRUGGLES TO SAVE CONSTITUTION
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      European leaders are fighting to keep alive hopes of salvaging something from the EU constitution after twin blows from voters in France and the Netherlands.

Amidst reports Britain will as soon as Monday announce that it is freezing its plans to hold a referendum, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barr >>>


      FIVE KILLED IN KHARTOUM PLANE CRASH
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Five people have been killed and 2' others injured as a Sudanese commercial airliner crashed on take–off from Khartoum, airport authorities said.

"The plane aborted its take–off and crashed at the end of the runway," an airport official said on Thursday.

"It had 34 peopl >>>


      FRENCH VOTE EMBOLDENS DUTCH NO CAMP
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      The French rejection of the European Union constitution was expected to bolster already staunch opposition to the charter when the Dutch go to the polls in a referendum on Wednesday.

A second electoral defeat for the document – by another founding member of the European Union – would make it toughe >>>


      GAZA TEEN BECOMES HONORARY SHAIKH
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Devout Muslims from around Gaza have been flocking in recent months to mosques to hear the religious lectures of a 13–year–old boy who has memorized much of the Quran, followers said.

Wearing the red and white "imama" head covering and long robe of observant Muslims, Amjad Abu Sadio preac >>>


      HEMINGWAY‘S CUBA HOME IN DANGER
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Classic US author Ernest Hemingway‘s beloved house in Cuba is the latest inclusion in the list of "America‘s Most Endangered Historic Places".

The estate is a shrine to Hemingway, where he entertained celebrities there such as Ava Gardner and Gary Cooper.

Hemingway lived at the C >>>


      INDIA LEADS GLOBAL OUTSOURCING MARKET
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      India controls 44% of the global offshore outsourcing market for software and back–office services, with revenues of $17.2 billion in the year ended March 2005.

S Ramadorai, chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) on Thursday said as many as 400 of the Fortune 500 co >>>


      ISRAEL FREES 405 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have boarded buses at a prison in southern Israel on their way to freedom, the last phase of an Israeli pledge to release '00 prisoners as part of a ceasefire deal.

The 405 prisoners were being taken to five crossing points in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to be released la >>>


      ISRAEL TO ADD TO W BANK SETTLEMENT
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Israel has announced plans to build 22 more homes in its largest West Bank settlement, a week after US President George Bush urged Tel Aviv to stop expanding Jewish enclaves on occupied land.

The Israel Lands Administration, a government agency, published a tender on Thursday inviting bids for the purchase of >>>


      JOURNALIST‘S KILLING SHOCKS LEBANON
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Samir Kassir, a prominent Lebanese journalist known for his fiery criticism of Syria, has been killed in a car explosion.

Kassir‘s car blew up as he switched on its ignition outside his house in the Christian neighbourhood of Ashrafiyeh in Beirut on Thursday.

Hours after removing Kassir‘s >>>


      KEY EVENTS AFTER AL–HARIRI‘S DEATH
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Samir Kassir, a prominent anti–Syrian journalist of An–Nahar newspaper was killed in Beirut on Thursday when a bomb destroyed his car, security sources said.

Here is a chronology of the main events in Lebanon since former Prime Minister Rafik al–Hariri was killed in February.

14 Febr >>>


      KUWAITI MEN VOTE FOR MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Kuwaiti men have started voting to elect members of the municipal council in the last all–male polls in the Gulf Arab state.

Voting began at 8am (0500 GMT) on Thursday in the 10 electoral districts and were to continue until 8pm (1700 GMT).

Turnout was low in the morning, with only a few dozen c >>>


      MBEKI URGES BUSH FOR MORE AFRICA AID
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      South African President Thabo Mbeki has urged US President George Bush to deliver more African aid, ahead of a G8 summit where the fate of a multibillion–dollar rescue plan for Africa will be decided.

Mbeki said at a briefing with Bush÷ "I‘m going to create more problems for you, Presid >>>


      MINING GIANT ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Mining giant AngloGold Ashanti has been accused of responsibility for war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says Human Rights Watch.

In a 15'–page report entitled The Curse of Gold, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that AngloGold Ashanti had developed links with the Nationalist and Integration >>>


      SLAIN CLERIC WAS HARASSED, FAMILY SAYS
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      The family of a Kurdish cleric has said he repeatedly was harassed by Syrian security agents before he was found dead.

Sheikh Mashouk al–Khaznawi, a scholar and strong proponent of Kurdish rights, was visiting an Islamic study centre in Damascus when he went missing last month.

His body was foun >>>


      SUDAN EXPECTED TO FREE AID WORKERS
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Sudan‘s foreign minister has said that Khartoum has reached an agreement with the United Nations over the fate of two arrested aid workers.

Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail did not elaborate, but his statement on Wednesday raised expectations that charges will be dropped against the employees of Med >>>


      SUDAN PARTY TO BOYCOTT GOVERNMENT
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Sudan‘s largest opposition group, the Umma party, has said it will not join a new government to be formed in July.

A party spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the decision of the new government was agreed on by two only parties without an election.

"We are not interested in participating in >>>


      SWISS HALT MUSLIM FIRM TERROR PROBE
      Aljazeera, 02-06-2005
      Swiss authorities have halted an investigation into a now–defunct Muslim firm that Washington suspects of al–Qaida links.

Authorities were forced on Wednesday to drop the three–and– a–half–year case against top officials of Al Taqwa Management Organisation because authoritie >>>


      38ÈME FOIRE INTERNATIONALE D‘ALGER SOUS LE SIGNE DE LA COMPÉTITIVITÉ
      APS, 02-06-2005
      Alger – La 38ème édition de la Foire internationale d‘Alger (FIA), qui devait ouvrir ses portes mercredi au Palais des Expositions sous la devise "modernisation et compétitivité", est marquée par une participation renforcée des principaux partenaires &ea >>>


      47 ÉQUIPAGES FÉMININS AU RALLYE DES COLOMBES
      APS, 02-06-2005
      Alger – Le club féminin des sports mécaniques organise un rallye automobile international, dénommé "Rallye des Colombes" dont le coup d‘envoi sera donné ce jeudi à 08h00 à Azur–Plage (Zéralda). Ce rallye qui s‘effectue en deux & >>>


      INTÉRÊT GRANDISSANT DES ENTREPRISES BRITANNIQUES POUR LE MARCHÉ ALGÉRIEN
      APS, 02-06-2005
      Londres – La participation en force des entreprises britanniques au colloque sur les opportunités d’investissement en Algérie, organisé mardi, à Londres a révélé un "intérêt grandissant " des entreprises britanniques pour le marché a >>>


      LE REPRÉSENTANT DE L‘UNICEF SALUE L‘ÉLABORATION PAR L‘ALGÉRIE D‘UNE LOI SUR LA PROTECTION DE L‘ENFANT
      APS, 02-06-2005
      Alger – L‘Algérie compte "parmi les rares pays au monde qui ont élaboré une loi sur la protection de l‘enfance", a affirmé mercredi le représentant de l‘Unicef à Alger, Raymond Janssens. Dans une conférence de presse tenue au forum d&l >>>


      OIT÷ L‘ALGÉRIE ÉLUE À LA PRÉSIDENCE DE LA COMMISSION D‘APPUI À L‘EMPLOI DES JEUNES
      APS, 02-06-2005
      Alger – L‘Algérie a été élue à l‘unanimité à la présidence de la commission d‘appui à l‘emploi des jeunes, lors des travaux du groupe tripartite arabe (gouvernement–patronat–travailleurs) dans le cadre de la ' >>>


      AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTRY TRIES TO REASSURE IRAN ON U.S. BASES
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
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      AFGHAN PRESS MONITOR
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      No 83, 01 Jun 05 Published by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting Drugs market destroyed in Helmand (Anis) The Interior Ministry‘s Counter–Narcotics Force Tuesday tore down a drug market in Garamser district of southern Helmand province. Addressing a news conference, Deputy Interior Minister in char >>>


      AFGHANISTAN÷ FOCUS ON WARLORDISM IN NORTHEAST
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      building in the town of Faizabad, provincial capital of Afghanistan‘s northeastern Badakhshan, Shah Jehan Noori, the provincial police chief, pleaded with government officials in the capital, Kabul, to send him more troops and equipment to deal with unruly warlords who still hold sway in many parts of the provinc >>>


      ALMOST 100 AFGHAN NGOS LAUNCH ‘CODE OF CONDUCT‘
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      Tue May 31, 3÷13 PM ET KABUL (AFP) – Nearly 100 non–governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Afghanistan said they have launched a "code of conduct" in a bid to boost transparency in financial matters.

The 88 Afghan and international NGOs pledged to do a better job of "exp >>>


      AUSTRALIA‘S PM DEFENDS SPECIAL FORCES OVER REPORTED SLAYING OF AFGHAN CIVILIANS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      The prime minister on Wednesday defended Australia‘s elite special forces after a news report alleged that a soldier stole a turban and gun from a dead civilian killed during a botched military operation in Afghanistan.

Time Magazine reported in its June 6 edition that five members of Australia‘s S >>>


      BLAST TARGETS AFGHANISTAN MOSQUE
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      At least 20 people have died in a suspected suicide bombing at a mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the worst attack this year.

Kabul police chief Mohammed Akram was among those killed, officials say. He was among many who were at the mosque to mourn a senior anti–Taleban cleric, who was sho >>>


      COALITION ABHORS TERRORIST ACT IN KANDAHAR
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan Coalition Press Information Center (Public Affairs) An explosion occurred earlier today in the Abdul Rub Akhundzadar Mosque during a religious ceremony mourning the death of Mullah Abdul Fiyaz, a respected cleric and supporter of the people of Afghanistan.

The govern >>>


      COALITION FORCES TRANSPORT, TREAT TWO AFGHAN PATIENTS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan Coalition Press Information Center (Public Affairs) BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A 5–year–old girl with a compound fracture in her right arm and a 20–year–old male land–mine victim were medically evacuated May 31.

The man suffered ampu >>>


      GITMO DETAINEES SAY MUSLIMS WERE SOLD
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      By MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Tue May 31, '÷20 PM ET SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – They fed them well. The Pakistani tribesmen slaughtered a sheep in honor of their guests, Arabs and Chinese Muslims famished from fleeing U.S. bombing in the Afghan mountains. But their hosts had ulterior motives÷ >>>


      SECURITY SITUATION DETERIORATES DURING MAY
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      in Kabul –– a roadside bomb blast yesterday morning on the main road going east from the capital –– was a failed attempt to attack soldiers from the NATO–led International Security Assistance Force.

Seven Afghan civilians nearby were injured by the blast which appears to have been >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS KANDAHAR MOSQUE DURING MOURNING CEREMONY
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      were killed and 36 injured by a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the entrance of Kandahar‘s main mosque today. The bomber detonated his explosives during a mourning ceremony for a slain Islamic cleric who had been a strong supporter of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The Afghan government has confirmed that t >>>


      U.S. FORCES RELEASE 53 AFGHAN PRISONERS
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. forces in Afghanistan released 53 prisoners no longer considered a threat on Wednesday, saying their freedom was a sign of peace and progress, but at least one of those set free said he had been abused.

The release came days after President Hamid Karzai called for custody of all Af >>>


      UNHCR HELPS 100,000 AFGHANS TO REPATRIATE THIS YEAR
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 02-06-2005
      in March. The pace of returns is expected to increase, with camp closures planned in Pakistan‘s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Of the total of 101,224 returnees processed by the time the last truck departed on Tuesday, almost half – 48,'67 – had been living in Pakistan‘s North West Fronti >>>


      ABU DHABI CHAMBER POLLS A ‘POSITIVE STEP‘
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ The decision to hold elections for the board of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a progressive step in line with the economic reform programme, officials and businessmen said.

The move to allow women to participate in the elections will encoura >>>


      AIRBUS DELAYS DELIVERIES OF A380 SUPERJET
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Reuters Paris÷ Airbus said yesterday deliveries of its 21st–century flagship, the double–decker A380 superjumbo, would be delayed by up to six months, taking the flourish off one of the most trumpeted aviation launches in decades.

Disgruntled airlines, at least one of which intends to seek c >>>


      ALPHA DATA TARGETS ETISALAT CLIENTS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Alpha Data, a UAE–based information technology company, and Nortel, a North American telecom equipment provider, have opened an outlet to sell telephone systems at the Abu Dhabi office of Etisalat.

"We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with Etisal >>>


      BROKERS SET TO OFFER ONLINE SERVICES
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Business Features Writer Dubai÷ Investors in Dubai will soon be able to buy and sell shares over the internet after a broker begins offering this facility in June, an exchange official told Gulf News yesterday.

"You will no longer need to call your broker and wait for him to pick up >>>


      CENTRAL BANKS WARY OF ANONYMOUS FOREX HEDGE FUNDS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Natsuko Waki A flood of aggressive hedge fund players into the global foreign exchange trading place, long dominated by wholesale bankers, makes it harder for central banks to police the giant forex market, industry experts say.

Central banks, who are responsible for the stability of the financial system, h >>>


      CONSTRUCTION BOOM POSES CHALLENGES TO CONTRACT BUSINESS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Anwer Sher, Special to Gulf News The world of contracting has done a full circle, in fact more than that÷ it has done the circle, picked up momentum and taken off into the stratosphere.

Contractors, in the face of it, are having a ball, and are riding an enormous construction boom.

Projects >>>


      DEWA ANNOUNCES LARGEST POWER PROJECT YET
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Kokila Jacob, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) yesterday announced the construction of a Dh3.42 billion power generation and desalination project as part of a four–year Dh10 billion capacity expansion programme in Dubai.

The Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Sta >>>


      DUBAI INDUSTRY BODY TO SET UP FIRST INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CENTRE
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Nermeen Alireza, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the country‘s first international trade hub, called Trade Point, which is expected to start operating in three months, according to Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) officials.

The Dubai Trad >>>


      DUBAI SEES 37 LAND DEALS IN A WEEK
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The Dubai Lands and Properties Department concluded 37 deals worth Dh728.7 million this week.

The biggest deal was in Al Hamriya, where a plot changed hands for Dh120 million.

The next two involved one plot in Al Barsha 1, which was sold for Dh102.3 million and another in Em >>>


      DUBAI SHARES REMAIN FLAT AS EMAAR GAINS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Arif Sharif, Business Features Writer Dubai÷ Dubai shares were nearly flat yesterday after rising half a per cent on the previous day, but top property developer Emaar rose more than a per cent on news it would invest $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) in building 10 hotels and resorts.

Abu Dhabi stocks wer >>>


      DUBAI TO UNVEIL BIGGER POWER AND WATER PROJECTS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Kokila Jacob, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will unveil bigger utility projects, including a 2,000 megawatt power plant, or Station M, in the next few years, its top official said yesterday.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of >>>


      EMIRATES‘ CATERING GETS DH147M LOAN
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Standard Chartered Bank will provide $40 million (Dh147.2 million) towards part–financing expansion of Emirates Flight Catering‘s facilities, a company statement said.

The expansion involves three major projects. The first will be a food production facility called Food Po >>>


      ETISALAT TO SPEND $10B TO BOOST TELECOM OPERATIONS ABROAD
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Emirates Telecommunication Corp‘s investment arm Etisalat International will get $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) from Hong Kong–based Huawei Technologies Investment Co for its international operations.

Bin Mes‘har said the corporation was competing wi >>>


      GAZPROM EXPECTS ABOUT $1B LOSS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Reuters Moscow÷ Russian gas monopoly Gazprom sees its losses on sales of gas within Russia rising more than fivefold to about $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) in 2005, a company executive said yesterday.

Yelena Karpel, the head of Gazprom‘s pricing department, said the main reason for the surge in loss >>>


      INMARSAT UNVEILS BIG IPO
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Reuters London÷ UK satellite operator Inmarsat has unveiled plans for the biggest flotation by a domestic company in more than 18 months, saying yesterday it hoped to raise $6'0 million (Dh2.53 billion) by selling shares in London later this month.

Inmarsat, which provides mobile communications for >>>


      JAPANESE COMPANY TO SET UP DUBAI BASE
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ OKI Printing Solutions, a Japanese printer manufacturer, will establish its Middle East headquarters at the Dubai Airport Free Zone.

"OKI has been operating in the region for quite some time now through our channel partners that operate across the Middle East and some North Afri >>>


      NABORS BUILDS TWO ADVANCED RIGS IN DUBAI
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Nabors Drilling International said yesterday it was constructing two technologically advanced deep drilling rigs at the Lamprell facility in Dubai‘s Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Rig 54 and Rig 200 are designed to meet the deep gas exploration and development needs in the Middle East, t >>>


      OMAN‘S LIWA INKS DEAL WITH GERMAN COMPANY
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Muscat÷ Liwa Petrochemical Company on Tuesday signed a $300 million (Dh1.1 billion) worth licence–technology–core equipment supplier agreement with Uhde GmbH of Germany for the ethylene dichloride (EDC) plant in the Sohar Port Industrial Area.

The agreement was signed on behalf >>>


      OMAN AIMS TO RAISE $748M VIA TELECOM IPO
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Reuters Muscat÷ Oman aims to raise 288 million rials ($748 million, Dh2.75 billion) by selling 30 per cent of the state–owned telecom company in the biggest ever flotation in the Arab state, a source familiar with the transaction said yesterday.

The initial public offering (IPO) of 225 million sha >>>


      REAL ESTATE ATTRACTS BIG SHARE OF FUNDS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The real estate sector in Dubai attracted about 21.4 per cent of total capital investment between 1''6 and 2003, according to a study by the Dubai Department of Economic Development.

The manufacturing sector attracted about 17.' per cent of non–oil capital investmen >>>


      ROTANA EYES 5,000 ROOMS IN DUBAI BY END OF 2006
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Nermeen Alireza, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Rotana Hotels will have 32 projects in the Middle East and a total of 5,000 rooms in Dubai by the end of 2006, according to a senior executive.

"Last week, we opened the Rotana Hotel Suites in Damascus, Syria. In Dubai, we have the upcoming opening of the V >>>


      RUSSIA SEEKS TO BOOST OIL GROWTH
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Reuters Paris÷ Russia plans licensing rounds for several hundred offshore and onshore oil blocs to both local and foreign companies to stem slowing crude production growth and boost reserve replacement rates, a senior official said yesterday.

Anatoly Ledovskikh, head of the Federal Subsoils Use agency s >>>


      SAUDI SHARE SCAM ACCUSED RELEASED ON BAIL
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Abdulnabi Shaheen, Correspondent Riyadh÷ A Saudi businessman detained for more than two years for involvement in a multi–billion dollar stock investment scam, has been released on bail under a royal decree.

Juma‘a Al Juma‘a, whose bank accounts were frozen during the time he was in >>>


      THAILAND COMPANY NEARS $3B MERGER OF ITS TWO REFINERIES
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Reuters Singapore÷ PTT PCL, Thailand‘s largest oil and gas company, is close to merging its Rayong Refinery and Star Petroleum Refinery in a deal valued around $3 billion (Dh11.01 billion), a person familiar with the deal said yesterday.

Following the merger, the combined entity will prepare to la >>>


      UAE–INDIA BUSINESS SET TO FLOURISH
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Trade between the UAE and India will continue to grow as bilateral relations develop further, said the new chairman of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC).

"There is a history of trade and economic relation between the two countries. I am optimistic that the IBPC >>>


      UAE–SOUTH AFRICA TRADE REACHES $610M
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Total bilateral trade between South Africa and the UAE during 2004 was worth $610 million (Dh2.24 billion), said Dikgang Moopeloa, Ambassador of South Africa to the UAE.

He said this during the official opening of South Africa House and the public launch of the Business Directory of >>>


      WATANIYA TO GET NOKIA TECHNOLOGY
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Wataniya Telecom, Kuwait‘s leading mobile services provider, has signed a deal with Nokia, the top mobile phone company, for advanced technologies to enhance the company‘s network.

"This relationship gives us a platform to provide the most advanced, capable and relia >>>


      WHERE BIOTECHNOLOGY IS THE DRUG
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Andrew Jack and Haig Simonian Franz Humer may only have a narrow view from his office across the river Rhine in Basel, but the chief executive of Roche is being eyed back with some envy around the world.

At a time when many pharmaceutical companies are struggling against investor pessimism, Roche has receiv >>>


      BEGGAR FLEEING POLICE HIT BY SPEEDING CAR
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter Sharjah÷ A beggar who was being chased by Sharjah police is in a critical condition after he was struck by a speeding car, a police source said yesterday.

The 4'–year–old Pakistani, Ali Sheer, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Al Qasimi Hosp >>>


      DUBAI WALKERS TO STEP OUT WITH THE AIM OF STAMPING OUT CHILD POVERTY
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Kelly Crane, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Hundreds of Dubai residents are expected to join more than 200,000 people around the world in the battle against child hunger and walk in over '0 countries across 24 different time zones.

Reuters Children sit on a hand–made steel cart in Kabul, Afghanistan >>>


      E–VISION TO BOOST BROADCAST QUALITY WITH NEW CONNECTIVITY
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief Al Ain÷ The Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia will soon introduce a new high–speed connectivity technology to enhance the broadcast quality of its channels.

E–Vision is currently using hybrid fibre coaxial technology in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other cities, except Al >>>


      ELDERLY NATIONAL STRANGLED TO DEATH IN AL AWEER
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Mona Ahmad, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Five men who strangled an elderly man to death in his bed for the sake of Dh500 were arrested within 48 hours.

Dubai police were alerted to the incident at 5.30am last Sunday by the victim‘s son.

The mastermind behind the murder. The 73–year&ndas >>>


      EXPERTS TO EXPLORE MARINE DEVELOPMENT
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ A symposium to discuss planning and integration of coastal and marine development of the UAE is to be held from June 8.

The four–day discussions will be organised by Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (Erwda).

The symposium on Integrated Coastal >>>


      FILIPINO CULTURE ON SHOW AHEAD OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Nissar Hoath, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ Members of the Filipino community here have planned two weeks of celebrations to mark their country‘s 107th Independence Day anniversary.

The programmes begin today and continue till Independence Day on June 12. A flag–hoisting ceremony will be at t >>>


      IRANIAN LAWYERS TO HELP UAE FISHERMEN
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah÷ UAE national lawyers have been looking into the case of the national fishermen detained by Iranian authorities so they can appoint their Iranian counterparts to represent them in court.

They have been collecting information about the national fishermen, t >>>


      KHALIFA ATTENDS BANQUET
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      WAM President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday attended a lunch banquet hosted by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on the occasion of the marriage of his son, Shaikh Sultan Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the daughter of Shai >>>


      KHALIFA ATTENDS EVENT TO CELEBRATE WEDDING
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi÷ President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday attended a banquet hosted by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on the occassion of the marriage of his son, Shaikh Sultan Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the daug >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      WAM Khalifa and Maktoum send cables to leadersAbu Dhabi – President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday sent congratulatory cables to President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi of Italy, King Carl Gustav of Sweden, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark on the occasion of the National Day anniversary in their r >>>


      SCAM PROMPTS POLICE TO WARN INVESTORS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Mona Ahmad, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Police have warned investors against buying properties from suspicious real estate companies, following a property scam in which people lost millions of dirhams.

The incident took place about five months ago when many foreign investors bought fictitious properties in >>>


      UAE CHARITY FUNDS NEW ORPHANAGE
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      Staff Report Ras Al Khaimah÷ A delegation from the Al Rahma charity has visited Bangladesh to choose the location for a new orphanage, which it will construct and sponsor at a cost of Dh300,000.

Abdul Raheem Naqi, who heads the charity, said the new orphanage will Sheeta Gong would accommodate 120 orpha >>>


      UAE IS ON ALERT AS POLIO EMERGES IN ARABIAN PENINSULA
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Shireena Al Nowais, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ More than 50,000 children in the UAE will be vaccinated against polio starting Saturday after the emergence of the disease in the Arabian Peninsula.

Detection of polio amongst children in Yemen, Sudan, Indonesia and some African and Far Eastern countries >>>


      UAE TO HOST MAJOR INTERNATIONAL POSTAL CONFERENCE
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The UAE will play host to the Universal Postal Union‘s Strategy Conference in November next year, the first time the conference will be held outside Switzerland, the union‘s base.

The union is a UN specialised agency that controls postal operations in 1 >>>


      ACTIVIST HOPES WOMEN WILL DO BETTER IN NEXT POLLS
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      By Rasha Al Ebrahim, Special to Gulf News Manama÷ It has been about four years since Bahrain declared its National Charter which provided women with full political rights. But women are yet to make a mark in political life. They are now looking forward to next year‘s parliamentary elections.

Naima >>>


      AID AGENCIES TOLD NOT TO TARNISH COUNTRY‘S IMAGE
      Gulf News, 02-06-2005
      AP Khartoum÷ Striking an unapologetic note after the arrest of two foreign aid workers, Sudan‘s foreign minister yesterday warned international organisations not to meddle in the country‘s affairs or tarnish its image.

"Organisations operating in Sudan should observe the country‘s >>>



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