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      NO MORE GOVT DIRECTORS ON ONGC BOARD
      , 14-09-2005
      New Delhi, September 14: Giving a shot in the arm to ONGC chairman Subir Raha, who has been resisting appointment of additional government directors on the company board, the Department of Public Enterprises today said their number could not exceed two.

"We stand by them (ONGC management)," said Mini >>>


      10 SENA MLAS SUPPORTING RANE JOIN CONGRESS
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 181' hours IST Alibaug, Maharashtra, September 14: AICC general secretary Margaret Alva on Wednesday said 10 Shiv Sena MLAs supporting former Sena leader Narayan Rane––who later joined Congress and is now Maharashtras Revenue Minister––have followed >>>


      BJP‘S IMAGE HAS DENTED, ADMITS VENKAIAH
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1753 hours IST Chennai, September 14: Admitting that the recent happenings have dented the partys image, BJP vice–president M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the three–day National Executive, beginning on September 16, would attempt to refurbish the partys ima >>>


      BOLLYWOOD ACTOR DENIES LINKS WITH BAR GIRL
      , 14-09-2005
      Mumbai, September 14: Actor Aditya Panscholi on Wednesday denied media reports that he had introduced a Sri Lankan cricketer to bar girl Tarannum, who is under police scanner for her alleged links with bookies and some cricketers.

Panscholi said he had neither met Tarannum nor introduced the Sri Lankan cricket >>>


      COPS GROPING IN DARK ON BAR GIRL–CRICKETERS LINK
      , 14-09-2005
      Mumbai, September 14: Mumbai police are groping in dark about the alleged links of bar girl Tarannum Khan with Sri Lankan cricketers, stating that nothing concrete has come out of investigations till now.

"So far nothing concrete has come out of the probe that can prove Tarannum‘s links with Sri L >>>


      DAY IN PIX: INDIA, WORLD, SPORT, SHOWBIZ
      , 14-09-2005
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ' 10 11 12Next New Delhi, September 14: View the day‘s events in picture format: A member of Greenpeace protest against the federal government‘s environmental policies while seated on a mock toilet during a demonstration in front of Mexico‘s Finance Ministry in Mexico City Septe >>>


      DON‘T DISCUSS INTERNAL POLITICS WITH BUSH: LEFT
      , 14-09-2005
      New Delhi, September 14: A crucial UPA ally, the CPI on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for raising the issue of differences among political parties on the nuclear agreement with US in his talks with President George W. Bush, saying he should not have done so.

«Who said what or did not >>>


      INDIA–US NUCLEAR BONDING MAY HIT SNAG OVER IRAN
      , 14-09-2005
      New Delhi, September 14: India‘s rapidly expanding relations with the United States are being threatened by its links with Iran, and New Delhi is being forced to choose between its two allies, officials and analysts said on Wednesday.

And it has less than a week to decide. US President George W. Bush rai >>>


      INFOTECH ENTERPRISES GETS MULTI–MILLION–EURO DEAL
      , 14-09-2005
      Mumbai, September 14: Infotech Enterprises Ltd said on Wednesday it had received a contract worth several million euros from Dutch telecoms group KPN.

Infotech will provide a range of data management services for KPN‘s existing access network within 18 months, the company said in a statement.

Sh >>>


      ISRAELI COUPLE‘S KISS AT PUSHKAR RAISES HACKLES
      , 14-09-2005
      Ajmer, September 14: An Israeli couple, allegedly caught kissing in the semi–nude at a bathing ghat in Pushkar lake, have ruffled the feathers of local priests who filed charges against them for hurting Hindu sentiments.

The couple, Alon and Selver Kurmit, deny the charges and claim to have been marrie >>>


      JACKIE CHAN IS A ROGUE: MALLIKA SHERAWAT
      , 14-09-2005
      Kuala Lumpur, September 14: Expressing hope that The Myth would help kickstart her international acting career, Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat today said she was grateful to superstar Jackie Chan and director Stanley Tong for giving her a chance to star in the film.

Addressing a press conference here along w >>>


      LALOO A HABITUAL OFFENDER: BJP
      , 14-09-2005
      Patna, September 14: Describing RJD supremo Laloo Prasad as a habitual offender, the BJP on Wednesday charged the Railway Minister with violating the election model code of conduct once again by addressing a meeting beyond the permitted time and asked the Election Commission to take suitable action against him.
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      MANMOHAN TALKS TOUGH IN NY, TELLS BUSH PAK STILL CONTROLS FLOW OF TERROR
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1336 hours IST New York, September 14: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has done some plain–speaking on the violence in Jammu and Kashmir, telling US President George W. Bush that Pakistan still controls the flow of terror into the state.

"This flow must stop f >>>


      MCGRATH‘S LETTER SALE IMMORAL BUT NOT ILLEGAL: POLICE
      , 14-09-2005
      Sydney, September 14: Australian police on Wednesday said a threat to sell letters penned by cricketer Glenn McGraths mother via the internet may be immoral but did not appear to be illegal.

New South Wales state police said they had received legal advice that the former McGrath family friend who asked for mo >>>


      MUSHARRAF MEETS BUSH, SEEKS HELP IN TROOP REDUCTION IN KASHMIR
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1655 hours IST New York, September 14: Hours before his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday sought US help in persuading India on troops reduction in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly from specific areas, to achieve some fo >>>


      MUSHARRAF SHOWS ATTACK IS BEST DEFENCE
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1252 hours IST While India has caught itself on the diplomatic defensive at New York, thanks to Delhis absentminded diplomacy on Iran, Pakistan President Musharraf has adopted a different tackas a former commando, he believes attack is the best form of defence.

Musha >>>


      NDA SET FOR HISTORIC WIN IN BIHAR: BJP
      , 14-09-2005
      Bhopal, September 14: Claiming that NDA will get a historic majority in Bihar as problems for its rivals are compounding day–by–day, BJP leader Uma Bharti today said the UPA has committed harakiri‘ there by making Buta Singh the Governor and enforcing President‘s rule.

"The >>>


      NEW ZEALAND ASIANS SUFFER RACISM: STUDY
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1200 hours IST Wellington, September 14: Many Asians living in New Zealand are subjected to some form of racism, with the most common being verbal abuse, new research has found.

The study, "engaging Asian communities in New Zealand," also found that physical >>>


      NIIT‘S GIS ARM BAGS ESRI USA HONOUR
      , 14-09-2005
      New Delhi, September 14: NIIT Technologies‘ GIS division, Esri India has been conferred the High Achievement Award for Asia Pacific by Esri Inc USA.

The award is in recognition of Esri India‘s commitment to customers and achieving record growth.

"Esri India customers have begun to exp >>>


      NO UPWARD PRESSURE ON RATES: CHIDAMBARAM
      , 14-09-2005
      New Delhi, September 14: Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said on Wednesday he saw no upward pressure on domestic interest rates and did not anticipate any more government borrowing than the budget target in 2005.

The government raised retail petrol and diesel prices by about 7 per cent last week after >>>


      NOKIA REQUESTS RELIANCE TO DEPLOY NEW WCDMA NETWORKS
      , 14-09-2005
      Helsinki, Finland, September 14: Finnish telecom equipment major Nokia is talking to operators in India, including Reliance, for migrating them to the WCDMA technology.

WCDMA technology is a variant of the GSM technology while Reliance offers services on both GSM and CDMA technology.

"We are talk >>>


      NOT JAPAN, BUT INDIA CAN BE AT UN: CHINA
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1352 hours IST New Delhi, September 14: Indicating Beijing‘s disapproval of New Delhi‘s association with developed Japan in its quest for a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council, China has said it would ‘fully support‘ India if it puts forwa >>>


      OZ MEDIA BAYS FOR BLOOD
      , 14-09-2005
      Sydney, September 14: The recriminations of Australia‘s Ashes loss to England have begun in earnest with local media already calling for heads to roll.

Australia‘s newspapers and cricket columnists were unanimous in demanding changes be made after England ended their 16–year hold on the Ashes >>>


      POOJA BHATT PLEADS FOR DISMISSAL OF COMPLAINT AGAINST ROG
      , 14-09-2005
      Mumbai, September 14: Actress Pooja Bhatt has moved a sessions court urging dismissal of a complaint filed before a lower court which prayed for a ban on posters of her film Rog alleging that they were obscene.

Bhatt, in her revision application, also urged the court to quash the summons issued by the Borivali >>>


      RESOLVE KASHMIR, PALESTINE URGENTLY: MUSHARRAF
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1746 hours IST New York, September 14: Underlining the need to urgently resolve problems like Kashmir and Palestine, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that these issues involve friction between different religions and faiths.

"It is necessary to urgen >>>


      SAMSUNG ELEC EYES MOBILE PHONE PLANT IN INDIA
      , 14-09-2005
      Seoul, September 14: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it was considering building a mobile phone plant in India, the world‘s fastest growing major wireless market.

India had 63 million mobile phone users as of August and its rock bottom tariffs are luring about 2.5 million new users into the >>>


      SARABJITS DEATH SENTENCE WELL DESERVED: PAKISTAN SUPREME COURT
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1321 hours IST Islamabad, September 14: The death sentence for Sarabjit Singh is well deserved and warrants no leniency, the Pakistan Supreme Court ruled while upholding capital punishment on the Indian convicted for carrying out five bomb blasts in Pakistan in 1''0 >>>


      SISTERS KILL PARENTS, BROTHERS
      , 14-09-2005
      Multan, September 13: Police in Pakistan have charged two sisters with the murder of their parents and two brothers, allegedly in a fit of rage after their father beat them, an official said today.

The two women, identified as 28–year–old Asya Andhansa, 20, have confessed to the killings yesterday. >>>


      SONY EYES OVER 30 PC OF JAPAN LARGE LCD TV MARKET
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 144' hours IST Tokyo, September 14: Sony Corp said on Wednesday it aims for a domestic market share of more than 30 per cent by sales volume in liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions measuring over 33 inches by the end of 2005.

It said it now has a little over 20 >>>


      TOOFAN EXPRESS RAPE CASE: TTE, VENDOR ARRESTED
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1601 hours IST Deogarh, Jharkhand, September 14: The police on Wednesday arrested a ticket examiner and a vendor and were looking out for three others, who allegedly raped a teenager in a running train, after recording the victims statement and lodging an FIR.

The gir >>>


      US OFFERS INDIA 8 P–3C ORION SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT
      , 14-09-2005
      Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 1636 hours IST Bangalore, September 14: The US has offered to sell eight P–3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft to India and New Delhi is examining the proposal, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash said today.

The US has offered to modernise eight old >>>


      BAGHDAD BOMBS, GUNMEN KILL OVER 150
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles Baghdad hospital corridors fill with dead, wounded Iraq‘s Qaeda launches suicide bombing campaign–Web FACTBOX–Security incidents in Iraq, Sept 14 Scores Killed In Baghad Violence Baghdad Car Bomb Kills More Than 80 By Mohammed Ramahi and Faris Mehdawi >>>


      BLAIR, BUSH URGE LAWS BANNING INCITEMENT TO TERRORISM
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles UN members fall short of reform goals – Annan UN Urged To Focus On Poverty Bush Softens Tone At The UN Bush Urges End Of Trade Barriers By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Leaders of the major powers issued a formal appeal to world governments on Wedn >>>


      BOMBS, GUNMEN KILL OVER 150 IN BAGHDAD
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles Iraq‘s Qaeda launches suicide bombing campaign–Web FACTBOX–Security incidents in Iraq, Sept 14 Baghdad Car Bomb Kills More Than 80 Violence Continues In Tal Afar Iraq Army Battles In Tal Afar By Mohammed Ramahi and Faris Mehdawi BAGHDAD (Reuters) &ndas >>>


      BRITAIN SET FOR THREE DAYS OF FUEL PRICE PROTESTS
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles European governments seek to head off fuel unrest Schroeder urges biofuel boost to cut oil dependence British Oil Shortage Fears Grow By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) – Britain was braced for the start of a three–day protest against high fuel prices on We >>>


      DEATH TOLL FROM BAGHDAD CAR BOMB REACHES 80
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The casualty toll from a car bombing in Baghdad on Wednesday climbed to at least 80 dead and 120 wounded, police said.

The blast killed mostly labourers who had gathered to look for work in the mostly Shi‘ite district of Kathimiya, witnesses said.

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      LONDON DECLARES UVF CEASE–FIRE OVER
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures DUBLIN (Reuters) – London said on Wednesday it no longer considered two Protestant paramilitary groups to be observing ceasefires, after heavy rioting in Northern Ireland‘s capital at the weekend.

The action is largely symbolic but officials said it was a clear sign >>>


      MAN REMANDED OVER DOUBLE MURDER OF TEENAGERS
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – An 18–year old man was remanded in custody on Wednesday over the double murder of two teenage boys, whose bodies were found in Berkshire woodland.

Thomas Palmer, 18, of Wokingham was charged on Tuesday with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Ste >>>


      PETROL PRICES SET TO FALL
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles Fuel protests fizzle FACTBOX–High oil prices: the factors France ready to get tough with oil firms – fin min Oil up $1 over $64 as U.S. crude inventories dip UK Fuel Protests Fizzle British Oil Shortage Fears Grow By Keyvan Hedvat LONDON (Reuters) – Ma >>>


      PETROL PRICES SET TO FALL – RETAILERS
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles Fuel protests fizzle British Oil Shortage Fears Grow By Keyvan Hedvat LONDON (Reuters) – Market forces will trigger a fall of up to four pence a litre in petrol pump prices next week to levels just before Hurricane Katrina struck in late August, the Petrol Retaile >>>


      REFINERIES OPEN DESPITE FUEL PRICE PROTESTS
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles European governments seek to head off fuel unrest Schroeder urges biofuel boost to cut oil dependence British Oil Shortage Fears Grow By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) – Small protests outside oil refineries and depots on Wednesday failed to block fuel supplies desp >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER LURES IRAQIS TO THEIR DEATHS
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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Related Pictures Related Articles Iraq‘s Qaeda launches suicide bombing campaign–Web Baghdad Car Bomb Kills More Than 80 Violence Continues In Tal Afar Iraq Army Battles In Tal Afar By Mohammed Ramahi BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber lured a crowd of Shi‘ite day labourers to >>>


      TWO SHOT DEAD AT EXCLUSIVE LONDON STORE
      Reuters UK, 14-09-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – Two people were killed in a shooting at one of central London‘s most exclusive department stores on Tuesday, police said.

A man and a woman, both aged about 30, were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting at the Harvey Nichols store in the upmarket Knightsbr >>>


      BLIND YOUNG ROMANIAN RECEIVES IT AWARD FROM CISCO INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
      Rompres, 14-09-2005
      Bucharest, Sept 14 /Rompres/ – Radu Vasile, a blind young man from Constanta (south–eastern Romania) has been awarded a prize by CISCO International Academy for his successes in informatics at the end of last week, Cotidianul
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      PRESIDENT BASESCU MEETS ROMANIAN–LANGUAGE JOURNALISTS BASED IN NEW YORK
      Rompres, 14-09-2005
      Bucharest, Sept 14 (Rompres) – President Traian Basescu met on Tuesday the Romanian–language journalists based in New York, whom he thanked for the way that they support Romania by the publications they represent, the
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      ROMANIA AND WORLD BANK TO SIGN COUNTRY STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
      Rompres, 14-09-2005
      Bucharest, Sept 14 (Rompres) – Romania and the World Bank are to sign a country strategic partnership for funding some projects referring to the reform of the administration and justice as well as for implementing
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      ROMANIA QUALIFIES TO MEN‘S DOUBLES SEMI–FINALS OF ROMANIAN OPEN
      Rompres, 14-09-2005
      Bucharest, Sept 14 (Rompres) – Romanians Ionut Moldovan and Gabriel Moraru qualified to the semi–finals of the Romanian BCR Open tennis tournament
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      ROMANIAN PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 14-09-2005
      Bucharest, Sept 14 /Rompres/ – President Traian Basescu‘s visit to the USA to attend the UN session, the discussions for replacing the Chamber of Deputies speaker, the modification of the new Fiscal Code and the petrol price are the main topics grabbing headlines in the Romanian press of Wednesday.
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      SIMPLE MOTION ON LIVING STANDARDS VOTED DOWN BY DEPUTIES
      Rompres, 14-09-2005
      Bucharest, Sept 14 (Rompres) – The Chamber of Deputies plenum on Wednesday rejected 163 to 135 a simple motion called "The Citizens‘ Living Standards – Tariceanu Government‘s Last Concern" and submitted by 105 Social
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      AL SALAM BANK LAUNCHES ISLAMIC AUTO FINANCE PROGRAM IN SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 13, 2005 (DUBAI) Al Salam Bank – Sudan, started "Waseela", the most competitive auto finance program in Sudan. Sudanese will now have an access to it at a predetermined fixed profit rate of 8.5%.

Waseela is an Islamic finance program which comes under the Murabaha services in Shariah law.< >>>


      CONFUSION, VIOLENCE AS DARFUR PARTIES HEAD TO TALKS
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 14, 2005 (ABUJA) Negotiators from the Sudanese government and two Darfur rebel movements said on Wednesday they were heading to Nigeria for a new round of peace talks despite an escalation of fighting.

Sudanese rebel gunmen prepare to patrol the village of Muhajiriyah in rebel–held South Darfur, Sud >>>


      ERITREAN PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH UMMA PARTY LEADER
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      13 Sept 2005 (ASMARA) Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki today held talks with the delegation headed by the Chairman of the Sudanese Umma Party and leader of Ansar, Sadiq Al–Mahdi.

Sadiq al–Mahdi In the meeting, Mahdi gave a detailed briefing on the political developments in Sudan in general and the >>>


      ERITREANS FLEEING &#8217;REPRESSION&#8217; ONTINUE ENTERING ETHIOPIA
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 13, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) Around 2,000 Eritrean refugees have fled alleged repression into neighbouring Ethiopia since January, bringing their population in camps there to nearly 10,000, the UN food agency said Tuesday.

Between 200 and 300 refugees have been arriving in Ethiopia every month, said the World F >>>


      SAUDI KING HAILS SUDAN&#8217;S EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE PEACE
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      King Abdullah Sept 13, 2005 (JEDDAH) King of Saudi Arabia Abdallah Bin–Abd–al–Aziz has praised Sudans intensive efforts to achieve peace and forming the government of national unity During his meeting today with Bashirs presidential advisor Ahmad Ali Imam in Jeddah, the king stressed the importance of >>>


      SOUTH SUDAN&#8217;S MACHAR WITHDRAWS FROM PARLIAMENT
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Riek Machar Sept 13, 2005 (KHARTOUM) The Vice President of the southern government, Riek Machar, has withdrawn his membership from the National Assembly "parliament", because it legally opposed with his appointment as Vice President of the south.

Machar told Al–Ray al–Amm that members of >>>


      SPLM TO NAME DELEGATES FOR ABUJA TALKS
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 13, 2005 (JUBA) The Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) is currently engaged in consultations at the level of the higher leadership to name its members who will join the government delegation for the negotiations in Abuja with the Drafur rebels groups.

Sudanese government chief negociator Majzoub al& >>>


      STRUGGLE OVER SUDAN&#8217;S ENERGY MINISTRY DELAYS NEW GOVT
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 14, 2005 (KHARTOUM) A struggle over Sudans energy ministry is delaying the formation of a post–civil war government, Salva Kiir, first vice president of Sudan and leader of a former rebel group said in comments published on Wednesday.

Ministry of Energy & Mining – Khartoum (ST). Officials >>>


      SUDAN COTTON COMPANY PROFITS REACH 465M DINARS
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 13, 2005 (KHARTOUM) Total of the net profits of Sudan Cotton Company for the year 2003 – 2004 have reached 465 million dinars (US$ 2), said Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, Abbas Abdul–Bagi, at the eighth annual meeting of the companys General Assembly.

Abbas indicated that t >>>


      UN PRESSES ETHIOPIA TO ACCEPT BORDER DEMARCATION WITH ERITREA
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      Sept 13, 2005 (UNITED NATIONS) The U.N. Security Council put new pressure on Ethiopia on Tuesday to end a five–year stalemate and fully accept a border with neighboring Eritrea marked out for it by an international commission.

An Eritrean soldier stands on a mound of earth behind his front line trench at >>>


      DARFUR: INCOMMUNICADO DETENTION AND TORTURE OF ALLEGED SLA SYMPATHISERS
      Sudan Tribune, 14-09-2005
      SOAT Sudan Organisation Against Torture Human Rights Alert: 13 September 2005 On 13 August 2005, officers from the Military Intelligence arrested three men from their homes in Zalingei, Southern Darfur State on suspicion of supporting the rebel opposition group, Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). The men were taken to the mi >>>


      BRAZIL TO HOST MEETING OF CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS FROM THE AMERICAS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      September 14–16 meeting to focus on detecting threats to computer security By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Government experts involved with computer security in the Americas are meeting September 14–16 in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil, to continue cooperation on a hemisph >>>


      BUSH CONGRATULATES JAPAN‘S PRIME MINISTER KOIZUMI ON ELECTION WIN
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Leaders discuss international security, aid for U.S. hurricane victims By Stephen Kaufman Washington File White House Correspondent Washington –– President Bush telephoned Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to congratulate him on his party‘s strong victory in the general election held in Japan >>>


      BUSH OUTLINES AGENDA OF PROGRESS, REFORM AT UNITED NATIONS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Urges focus on fighting global terrorism President Bush, in a September 14 address to the United Nations General Assembly, called on the world body to advance its ideals by confronting terror, fighting poverty and disease, and spreading liberty.

A transcript of Bush‘s remarks to the General Assembly is a >>>


      BUSH TELLS IRAQI PRESIDENT U.S. SUPPORT "WILL NOT WAVER"
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      U.S. president says Iraqi people can be proud of their draft constitution President Bush reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to helping the Iraqi people build a peaceful and free democracy and described the country‘s recently drafted constitution as a "historic milestone." Speaking at the White House Septemb >>>


      BUSH, HU CONTINUE U.S.–CHINA DIALOGUE AT UNITED NATIONS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Will discuss wide range of bilateral issues at General Assembly President Bush met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in New York, September 13, during the United Nations General Assembly meetings.

Speaking to reporters briefly during a photo opportunity, Bush said the two would discuss issues ranging from the e >>>


      DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT: IRAQ OPERATIONAL UPDATE
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      U.S., Iraqi forces make major effort to eliminate enemy forces in Tall Afar Terrorists have suffered hundreds of casualties and are on the run from an Iraqi city near the Syrian border, a U.S. Army colonel says.

Tall Afar, a city of some 200,000 people about 260 miles northwest of Baghdad and only 40 miles fro >>>


      ENERGY SECRETARY HAILS STRONG, DURABLE U.S.–CANADA PARTNERSHIP
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman Remarks to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives September 12, 2005 Willard Intercontinental Hotel Washington, D.C.

I am pleased to participate in today‘s forum with such an impressive group of representatives from the Canadian business sector.

My earlie >>>


      FINAL DECLARATION READY FOR U.N. SUMMIT APPROVAL
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      60th General Assembly opens after goals document approved By Judy Aita and Merle D. Kellerhals Jr.

Washington File Staff Writers United Nations –– With applause and relief, weary diplomats ended the 5'th session of the United Nations General Assembly and officially opened the 60th session Septe >>>


      INTERNATIONAL SCIENTISTS TO EVALUATE TSUNAMI WARNING METHODS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      National Science Foundation Press release, September 12, 2005 [Arlington, Virginia] Scientists to Evaluate Social Effectiveness of Tsunami Warning Methods Key social and psychological variables influence preparedness Scientists from the University of Hawaii have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NS >>>


      JAPAN, U.S. TO COLLABORATE ON DISASTER PREVENTION RESEARCH
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      National Science Foundation Press release, September 12, 2005 [Arlington, Virginia] Japan and U.S. National Science Foundation to Collaborate on Disaster Prevention Research New agreement on earthquake simulators adds to ocean research As part of a full week of activities in Japan, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF >>>


      NASA SATELLITE DETECTS EXPLOSION FROM EDGE OF VISIBLE UNIVERSE
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      NASA Goddard Space Flight Center September 12, 2005 [Greenbelt, Maryland] MOST DISTANT EXPLOSION DETECTED, SMASHES PREVIOUS RECORD Scientists using NASA‘s Swift satellite and several ground–based telescopes have detected the most distant explosion yet, a gamma–ray burst from the edge of the visible un >>>


      NEW EMERGENCY PLAN LAUNCHED TO PROTECT HORN OF AFRICA FROM POLIO
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Eradication campaigns aim to reach 34 million children throughout region By Charles W. Corey Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The Global Polio Eradication Initiative – spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio >>>


      NO CHANGE FORECAST FOR U.S. AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS AFTER KATRINA
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Short delay expected in exports of some major commodities By Bruce Odessey Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– No change in U.S. agricultural exports is forecast in the short term despite problems brought on by Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports.

In a report >>>


      NO OSCE REFORM AT EXPENSE OF HUMAN DIMENSION, AMBASSADOR SAYS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      United States Mission to the OSCE Vienna, Austria September 13, 2005 STATEMENT BY U.S. PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE AMBASSADOR JULIE FINLEY AS DELIVERED AT THE MORNING SESSION OF THE HIGH LEVEL CONSULTATIONS Thank you Mr. Chairman: I have listened very attentively to the comments of other delegations.

My comments >>>


      NORTH KOREA WOULD GAIN BY ENDING ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAMS, RICE SAYS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Secretary also discusses U.N. reform, Iraq, Gaza withdrawal in interview By Todd Bullock Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– North Korea can expect to have "a road toward normalization of relations with the United States" if it is prepared to make the strategic choice of verifiably dismantl >>>


      NUCLEAR TERRORISM TREATY OPENING FOR SIGNATURE
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      U.N. summit event spotlights importance of treaties By Judy Aita Washington File United Nations Correspondent United Nations –– One of the main events of the United Nations‘ 60th Anniversary observance will be the "Focus 2005:'4; Responding to Global Challenges" treaty event during w >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH ADDRESSES UNITED NATIONS PLENARY
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Urges stronger action against activities that incite terrorism President Bush, in a September 14 address to more than 160 leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, urged the world community to "put the terrorists on notice" and crack down on activities that could incite terro >>>


      RICE WELCOMES GROWTH OF IRAQI POLITICAL ACTIVITY
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Secretary addresses Iran‘s nuclear program, Syria‘s regional policies The political process is gathering momentum in Iraq, and Iraqis from all religious and ethnic communities are finding their place in the political arena, according to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"I think that the mo >>>


      SENATE BEGINS HEARING ON ROBERTS CONFIRMATION TO SUPREME COURT
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Chief justice nominee says he will "confront every case with an open mind" Washington –– Judge John Roberts began his confirmation hearing on September 12 as President Bush‘s nominee to be the 17th chief justice of the United States.'4; In his opening statement before the Senate Judi >>>


      STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING, SEPTEMBER 13
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      North Korea, Egypt, China, Japan, Iran State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli briefed the press September 13.

Following is the transcript of the State Department briefing: (begin transcript) U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing Index Tuesday, September 13, 2005
1:04 p.m. EDT Briefer:' >>>


      TERRORISM STATEMENT IN U.N. DOCUMENT CITED BY U.S. DIPLOMATS
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      State‘s Burns, Silverberg discuss outcome document By Kathryn McConnell Washington File Staff Writer United Nations â« The United States and other members of the United Nations have reached agreement on an "outcome document" to be presented to heads of state and government who will meet for >>>


      U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR GLOBAL EFFORT AGAINST TERROR
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      United Nations Security Council 14 September 2005 Resolution 1624 The Security Council, Reaffirming its resolutions 1267 (1''') of I5 October 1''', 1373 (2001) of 28 September 2001, 1535 (2004) of 26 March 2004, 1540 (2004) of 28 April 2004, 1566 (2004) of 8 October 2004, and 1617 (2005) of 2 >>>


      U.S. AIMING FOR STATEMENT OF AGREED PRINCIPLES ON NORTH KOREA
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Pyongyang‘s position may be "evolving" ahead of talks, Ambassador Hill says After a four–week hiatus, the fourth round of the Six–Party Talks aimed at removing the threat of nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula resumed in Beijing September 13.

The United States is eager to achi >>>


      U.S. RESEARCHERS MAKE PROGRESS ON BIRD FLU VACCINE
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      Purdue University News September 12, 2005 Harmless virus may aid in knocking out deadly bird flu WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A harmless virus used as a delivery vehicle may help set a roadblock for a potentially catastrophic human outbreak of bird flu, according to researchers at Purdue University and the Centers for >>>


      U.S. SELLS 11 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL FROM EMERGENCY RESERVE
      USIA, 14-09-2005
      U.S. Department of Energy September 14, 2005 Secretary Bodman Announces Sale of 11 Million Barrels of Crude Oil from the Nation‘s Strategic Petroleum Reserve WASHINGTON, DC –– Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced that the Department of Energy has approved bids for the sale of 11 million barrels of cru >>>


      FIRST MAJOR AUTUMN STORM SWEEPING ACROSS FINLAND TODAY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      The first major storm of this autumn is expected to sweep across Finland today, Wednesday.

A powerful low–pressure system is moving across Lapland towards the North–East, and according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, dangerously strong winds are expected also on land.

A storm warn >>>


      NEWSPAPER READERSHIP GOING UP, GOSSIP MAGS STABLE
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      According to the newest national media survey carried out by Taloustutkimus Oy, newspaper readership figures have grown slightly for the first time in the last few years.

Even though the survey does not indicate any permanent change, it shows a stable trend, and at least the figures are not expected to go down >>>


      NUMBER OF AVAILABLE JOBS INCREASED BY QUARTER AT BEGINNING OF YEAR
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      Finland has already more jobs available in proportion to the entire labour force than during the previous peak at the turn of the 1''0s. For all that, in labour policy discussions there is talk of job openings failing to coincide with the skills of the unemployed – a development that has further worsened >>>


      OECD: FINLAND HAS VERY FEW FOREIGN STUDENTS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      Very few foreign students in search of higher education come to Finland, reveals the OECD‘s Education at a Glance 2005report published on Tuesday.

In 2003, the year the data was collected, only 2.5 % of all the university students in Finland were foreigners, whereas in Australia and Switzerland, the lead >>>


      OPENING OF NEW SECTION OF ESPOO SHOPPING MALL EXPECTED TO BRING TRAFFIC JAMS TO MAJOR THOROUGHFARE
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      The opening of the second phase of the Sello shopping mall in the LeppÃvaara district of Espoo is likely to bring major traffic congestion to the area in the coming days. The new shopping facility opened on Wednesday morning.

The expected surge of up to 60,000 customers is set to push the traffic infra >>>


      POSITIVE PROFIT WARNING SENDS NOKIA SHARES SURGING
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      Mobile telephone manufacturer Nokia has upgraded its forecast for its third–quarter sales and results.

The company announced on Tuesday that it had sold more handsets in the late summer than it had anticipated. Retail prices of mobile phones had also not gone down as much as Nokia had expected. The news >>>


      PRESIDENT AHTISAARI PLEASED WITH PROGRESS IN ACEH PEACE PROCESS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 14-09-2005
      The peace process in Indonesias Aceh Province is proceeding "according to the textbook", says Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who helped mediate in talks between Aceh separatists and the Indonesian government this year.

"I spoke to Aceh a couple of days ago. It seems that preparations >>>


      ‘MAJOR AL QAEDA BASE‘ DESTROYED – SEP 13, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      Pakistan has destroyed a major suspected al Qaeda hideout and arrested 21 alleged militants in an operation involving helicopter gunships and thousands of troops in a remote northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan, officials said.

Lt. Gen. Safdar Hussain, the top army commander responsible for anti– >>>


      2ND EMBASSY BLAST DEATH SENTENCE – SEP 14, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      An Indonesian court on Wednesday sentenced a second Islamic militant to death for involvement in a suicide bombing last year at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta that killed 10 people and wounded nearly 200 others.

The accused, Achmad Mohamed Hasan, said the verdict was a result of pressure from the United St >>>


      AFGHANS‘LET BIN LADEN ESCAPE‘ – SEP 14, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      Osama bin Laden was provided safe passage to Pakistan in 2001 by Afghan commanders paid by al Qaeda and sympathetic to its cause, a senior Afghan official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Lutfullah Mashal, Afghanistan‘s Interior Ministry spokesman, said commanders helped the al Qaeda leader escape from the To >>>


      AL–ZARQAWI: KATRINA AN ANSWER TO PRAYERS – SEP 11, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      An Islamist Web site on Sunday posted a recording from al Qaeda‘s leader in Iraq saying Hurricane Katrina was an answer to the prayers of Iraqis and Afghans who have suffered under U.S. occupation.

The audio message thought to be from Abu Musab al–Zarqawi came on the fourth anniversary of al Qaeda >>>


      ARMY: BURUNDI REBELS ATTACK AFTER REJECTING TALKS – SEP 14, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      Burundi‘s only remaining rebel group killed one person after launching an attack on a military base, hours after rejecting an offer of peace talks by the new government, the army said on Wednesday.

Fighters from the Forces for National Liberation (FNL) attacked the northern suburb of Gihosha in the capi >>>


      BUSH: ‘AMERICA WILL STAND WITH THE IRAQI PEOPLE‘ – SEP 13, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      Meeting Tuesday with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, President Bush renewed his pledge to assist Baghdad in building a democracy and to help the fledgling government defeat insurgents.

"America will stand with the Iraqi people as they move forward with the democratic process," Bush said at a joint n >>>


      DUTCH MILLIONAIRE‘S DAUGHTERKIDNAPPED – SEP 14, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      Armed men broke into a house in an affluent neighborhood of Amsterdam and kidnapped the daughter of a multimillionaire who earned the family fortune selling chemicals, including some to Iraq, police said.

Police said the gunmen stormed into the home of Claudia Melchers, 37, late Monday and took her away. They >>>


      HORROR SHOOTING IN UPMARKET STORE – SEP 13, 2005
      CNN, 14-09-2005
      A man and a woman were killed Tuesday in a shooting at London‘s fashionable Harvey Nichols department store, Scotland Yard said.

The British Press Association reported that a former security guard walked into the store and shot a beauty counter assistant –– believed to be his girlfriend or e >>>



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