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      BOROUGE TO INVEST $2.5B IN EXPANSION PLAN
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi ÷ The Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) yesterday announc–ed it will invest more than $2.5 billion (Dh'.2 billion) to triple production at its complex here.

Borouge has awarded Foster Wheeler the project management consultancy contract for the FEED (front end engineer >>>


      BRITAIN TAKES HELM AS EU ECONOMY HITS OIL SLICK
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Brussels ÷ British Finance Minister Gordon Brown took up the helm of the EU economy yesterday with a blunt warning to his colleagues in mainland Europe there is nowhere to hide in a world of cheap Asian labour and cut–throat competition.

"We are challenged by global forces from which >>>


      CNOOC‘S BID FOR UNOCAL ‘LIKELY TO BREAK WTO PLEDGES‘
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Beijing÷ Two US senators have asked American trade officials to look into whether Beijing‘s financial support for CNOOC Ltd‘s bid to buy US oil company Unocal Corp violates World Trade Organisation rules.

Senators Kent Conrad and Jim Bunning said financing provided by Chinese state– >>>


      DUBAI ISLAMIC BANK OPENS DOORS TO FOREIGNERS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has opened the doors to foreign ownership.

At the extraordinary general meeting yesterday, shareholders approved the move to allow foreigners to hold up to 15 per cent of its shares, and to split the bank‘s stock from Dh10 per share to Dh1 per share.>>>


      DUBAI LANDS CONCLUDES DEALS WORTH DH418.6M
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Salma Abdullah, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The Dubai Lands and Properties Department concluded 11 deals worth Dh418.6 million yesterday.

The biggest deal was in Al Dhagaya, where a plot changed hands for Dh7.5 million. The next two involved one plot in Umm Ramool, which was sold for Dh7.3 million and anth >>>


      DUBAI PORTS EXPECTS HK TERMINAL TO PERFORM WELL
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Dubai Ports International Terminals (DPI) expects Hong Kong‘s Asia Container Terminals (ACT) to handle a million 20–foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first year of its ownership and management.

DPI, one of the world‘s leading port owners and operators, handled the >>>


      FED CHIEF CONCERNED WITH CURRENT FLATNESS OF US YIELD CURVE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Rahul Badhwar, Special to Gulf News The concept of flatness was a central belief of our forefathers centuries ago.

Sailors of a bygone age were scared to venture too far towards the horizon for fear that their ships would fall off the edge.

That misconception was laid to rest by great explorers suc >>>


      KUWAIT FINANCE HOUSE NET UP
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Kuwait÷ Islamic bank Kuwait Finance House first half net profit surged '0 per cent to 61.6' million Kuwaiti dinars ($211 million), the Kuwait Stock Exchange said yesterday.

The bourse said on its Website that the bank‘s earnings rose from 32.33 million dinars in the first six month >>>


      MOBILY INTRODUCES ROAMING SERVICES TO 130 COUNTRIES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      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÷ 13/7/2005, 06÷58 (UAE) Mobily introduces roaming services to 130 countries By Mariam Al Hak >>>


      MOST UAE FIRMS ‘MAY REPORT ONLY SMALL RISE IN PROFITS‘
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ The National Bank of Dubai expects only moderate rise in earnings for most UAE companies in 2005 on the back of double digit topline growth and sees current share prices in the country as high.

The bank said current valuations in the UAE were high considering even forecast profits a >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S ECONOMY FACES THREAT OF FLOODS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Farhan Bokhari, Special to Gulf News Pakistan is set to remain in danger of having parts of the country hit by the ongoing cycle of floods as the monsoon season peaks across South Asia.

Unlike the circumstances of few years ago when Pakistan was faced with an ongoing drought, the country now faces a differe >>>


      RISK–MITIGATION IN FINANCING
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Sohail Zubairi, Special to Gulf News We carry on with our discussion on the uniqueness of risk alleviation techniques available to a lessor from within the Islamic Ijara (leasing) structure, instead of seeking external guarantees and collaterals. It is astounding to know the vast dimensions the subject of risk&ndash >>>


      SAUDI BANK‘S FIRST–HALF NET RISES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Riyadh÷ Saudi Arabia‘s biggest bank, National Commercial Bank, said yesterday its first–half net profits rose 3' per cent to 2.43 billion riyals ($648 million).

The bank, which is mainly state–owned, said customer deposits grew 7 per cent to 103.75 billion riyals and total >>>


      TRADE BETWEEN DUBAI AND TURKEY INCREASES 87%
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Trade between Turkey and Dubai has increased 87 per cent in the last five years, said the director–general of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"The volume of non–oil foreign trade between Dubai and Turkey reached $641.2 million (Dh2.35 billion) in 2003, as >>>


      UAE MAY CONVERT 5% OF FOREX RESERVES TO EUROS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Dubai, London ÷ The UAE may convert five per cent of its foreign exchange reserves to euros from dollars, a UAE central bank official said yesterday.

"(The central bank) might convert five per cent of its foreign reserves to euros from dollars," an official at the central bank governor >>>


      US GIANT MAY TELL CHEVRON TO RAISE ITS OFFER
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Singapore÷ US energy company Unocal Corp is likely to press suitor Chevron Corp to raise its $16 billion–plus bid after a board meeting tomorrow, investors and analysts said.

Unocal‘s board is due to discuss a rival $18.5 billion cash bid from CNOOC Ltd, following nearly two weeks of >>>


      YOUNG ARAB LEADERS LAUNCHES UAE CHAPTER
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ A chapter of the Young Arab Leaders forum was launched yesterday, with women to comprise at least 30 per cent of the group, it was announced.

The Young Arab Leaders (YAL) was an initiative announced by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and >>>


      4,227 TRAFFIC VIOLATORS BOOKED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Failure to use the compulsory lane accounted for 33 per cent of the total number of 4,227 traffic violations committed during June.

Major Mohammad Yousuf Al Muhairy, Deputy Director of Traffic section at Deira Police Station, said the station issued 1,404 tickets during this period t >>>


      A DEVELOPMENT THAT BUILDS HOPE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Dubai Investments‘ low–cost housing will help residents burdened under rising rents As Dubai‘s expansion continues apace, there has been criticism that the middle and low–income earners have been overlooked. Multibillion–dirham projects of various nature, including leasehold residential pr >>>


      ABANDONED CHILD RESCUED BY UAE NATIONAL FAMILY IN BURAIMI
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief Al Ain÷ An abandoned three–year–old girl, who was rescued by a UAE national family in Buraimi, has been sent to the Centre for Abandoned Children in Muscat as authorities continue searching for her relatives.

A UAE national family had rescued the girl, who said h >>>


      ABU DHABI DUTY FREE GETS SET FOR POTTER MANIA
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ The sixth Harry Potter book will be on the shelves of Abu Dhabi Duty Free outlets from early Saturday morning.

The sale of Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince will begin from 3am on Saturday and will be available to both travellers and non–travellers.

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      BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF EMIRATES FOUNDATION FORMED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi÷ General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council, has issued a decree forming the Emirates Foundation board of directors.

Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential >>>


      CHILDREN GET INSIGHT INTO WORLD OF MEDIA
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      WAM Dubai÷ Dubai eGovernment is providing training in web designing and news story writing to children participating in the sixth Kids Press Club, organised by the Dubai Press Club and sponsored by Dubai eGovernment.

The Kids Press Club is designed to introduce children to the challenging world of media >>>


      CHURCH SERVICE HELD TO MARK LONDON BLASTS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A poignant church service has been held to mark the tragedy of the London bomb attacks and to denounce terrorism across the world.

Worshippers were told that "false religion" was to blame for many of the outrages that have taken lives in both the Middl >>>


      DRAFT PERSONAL STATUS LAW UPSETS LAWYERS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Shireena Al Nowais, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ Advocates were yesterday upset at the draft personal status law approved by the Cabinet on Monday that gives the father legal guardianship over his daughter once she reaches the age of 13.

Under the draft law, the woman‘s custody of a boy terminates >>>


      DUBAI LACKS LOCALLY–FUNDED SPECIAL NEEDS CENTRES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dubai has no locally– funded special needs centres, according to a Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs report issued yesterday.

In comparison, Abu Dhabi‘s local government operated five centres and Sharjah six.

Over a quarter of all special nee >>>


      ELDERLY MAN IN INTENSIVE CARE AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah÷ An elderly man was rushed to Saqr Hospital after being hit by a four–wheel drive which had been parked without its handbrake being engaged properly.

The UAE national was offering his condolences to a neighbour in Masafi on the death of a relative wh >>>


      EXPATS WELCOME UK ASSURANCES ABOUT UNCHANGED VISA RULES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Leaders of the UAE‘s expatriate communities have welcomed British Embassy assurances that UK visa rules have not been toughened following the London bombings.

Officials at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi say it is no harder now to get a UK visa than it wa >>>


      FRUIT AND VEGETABLE STOCKS DWINDLE AS TRUCKS ARE DELAYED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed and Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporters Dubai÷ There has been a decline in supplies of fruit and vegetables to the UAE from Lebanon because hundreds of trucks are being held for security checks at the Lebanon–Syria border.

"It is not just the UAE which is affected, other countr >>>


      HOUSEMAID DIES AFTER JUMPING FROM 15TH FLOOR
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Sharjah÷ A 24–year–old Filipina housemaid died after jumping from a 15th floor window of a building in Sharjah, a police source said.

Police said the incident happened at about 2pm last Wednesday at a building in Al Nahda opposite the Sahara Centre.

According to police >>>


      KERALA FESTIVAL TO RAISE BUILDING FUNDS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ The Abu Dhabi Malayalee Samajam will host a three–day festival to help raise funds for shifting to new building from the current premises.

The Kerala Festival will be held in September to raise funds for a new premise, following an evacuation notice from the landlord.
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      MAN GETS SEVEN–YEAR JAIL TERM FOR ATTACKING WIFE WITH MEAT CLEAVER
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A man has been jailed for seven years after attempting to kill his wife after hearing she was working in Dubai as a prostitute.

A few weeks ago police heard a man had attempted to murder a woman in her flat.

It was heard the woman‘s husb >>>


      MAN JAILED FOR BEDROOM ADVENTURE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A man has been jailed after an ex–husband found him hiding under his former wife‘s bed.

The man, a Jordanian, must serve three months in prison. The 25–year–old Lebanese woman was given a similar sentence by the Dubai Court of F >>>


      MIDNIGHT ROBBERY AT RAK SUPERMARKET
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah÷ A supermarket on Al Kuwaiti Street was broken into yesterday.

The emirate‘s police has launched an investigation to track down the thieves. A senior police officer said the robbery took place after midnight ... the thieves had ensured the supermarke >>>


      MOHAMMAD CALLS FOR PROPER INVESTMENT OF AWQAF RESOURCES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      WAM Dubai÷ General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday visited the Dubai Authority of Awqaf and Minors‘ Affairs.

He inspected the various sections to ensure progress of work at the authority, and was briefed by Abdul Rahman Al Sharid, the a >>>


      MOHAMMAD VISITS AWQAF AUTHORITY
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      WAM General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence, yesterday visited the Dubai Authority of Awqaf and Minors‘ Affairs.

Abdul Rahman Al Sharid, the authority‘s secretary–general, briefed Shaikh Mohammad on the projects being carried out by the es >>>


      NEW DIVORCE LAWS SHOULD NOT BE MISUSED, SAY NATIONAL WOMEN
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ The new approved draft personal status law giving women the right to end their marriage should be used by "sane" women not "crazy" ones, a UAE national woman told Gulf News yesterday.

The draft personal status law that was approved by the Cabinet on Monday mad >>>


      PARKED CAR DESTROYED BY FIRE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Ras Al Khaimah÷ A car which caught fire in the Khuzzam area of Ras Al Khaimah was totally destroyed yesterday.

The distraught owner was stunned to see his vehicle, which was parked, in flames.

Neighbours called the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence Department, which put out the blaze in >>>


      3 KILLED AND 15 HURT AS CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN KIRKUK
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Baghdad÷ A car bomb exploded yesterday in the ethnically tense northern oil city of Kirkuk, killing at least three people and wounding 15, police said.

An American soldier died of injuries suffered in a land mine explosion south of the capital, the US command said.

In Baghdad, gunmen yesterd >>>


      AL JAAFARI÷ WORSE TO COME FROM REBELS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Iraqi Prime Minister Ebrahim Al Jaafari yesterday told his violence–weary nation to brace for even larger attacks as insurgents exact revenge on the government for its "success" in rebuilding the country.

At least seven Iraqis were killed in a new spate of attacks that >>>


      ATTACK LOADED WITH MESSAGES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Jumana Al Tamimi, GCC & Middle East Editor Dubai ÷ The car bomb that targeted the motorcade of Lebanons outgoing deputy prime minister yesterday and wounded him was loaded with several political messages÷ one was to shake stability and security and the other was to the president, said the outgoing >>>


      FATHER BLUDGEONS DAUGHTER TO DEATH
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Amman÷ A Jordanian man killed his teenage daughter with a crowbar, allegedly to cleanse the family honour, hours after promising police he would not harm her for running away from home, authorities said yesterday.

The 16–year–old girl, who was not identified, ran away from home in early J >>>


      FOREIGN FORCES CAN START HANDOVER IN IRAQ
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ The Iraqi Prime Minister has said that coalition forces could begin handing over security to the Iraqis in some parts of the country.

However he said he did not think there should be a set timetable for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

Ibrahim al&nda >>>


      IRAN‘S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS CAN SET OFF A CHAIN REACTION
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Borut Grgic, Special to Gulf News With the victory of the conservative Mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Iran‘s presidential elections, a new security constellation in the Gulf is in the making. Ahmadinejad has been outright candid about his nuclear ambitions Iran will be a nuclear power.

The p >>>


      IRAN ‘RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDERS OF KURDS‘
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies Iran, and not Saddam Hussain, was responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of Kurds and Shiites, a lawyer for the deposed Iraqi dictator said in comments published yesterday.

Essam Ghazzawi, who is part of Saddam‘s defence team, told the daily Die Presse that "Iran is responsible fo >>>


      LAWMAKER SCOTCHES RUMOURS OF NEW SHIITE BLOC
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Ali Taqi Gulf News Report Kuwait City ÷ Speculations about forming a new Shiite bloc have been squashed by a prominent member of the parliament.

Such blocs are fragile and known for working for only their personal interests, MP Yousuf Al Zalzalah was quoted as saying by a daily, Al Watan, yesterday.< >>>


      MAN INVOLVED IN SADAT KILLING TO BE RELEASED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Cairo÷ A Cairo court yesterday ordered the release of a man who has served his full 22–year sentence for his role in the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in October 1'81.

An Interior Ministry source said the authorities were studying the administrative court‘s ruling demand >>>


      MIANDAD‘S SON TO MARRY IN DUBAI
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies Dubai÷ A son of a former Pakistani cricket captain and a daughter of India‘s most wanted man are to marry in Dubai on July 23, the groom‘s father said.

"I would like to announce that my son‘s wedding is due on July 23 in Dubai and a reception from our side will be held la >>>


      OUR ‘POLICIES ARE OUTLINED BY THE SUPREME LEADER‘
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Tehran÷ Iran insisted yesterday its nuclear policy would not change when President–elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes office next month.

European diplomats have expressed concern that the former Revolutionary Guardsman will adopt a tougher line than outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khata >>>


      QOREI LASHES OUT AT ARAB LEADERS FOR NOT REACTING TO WALL BUILDING
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Gaza City ÷ Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qorei yesterday lashed out at Arab leaders for their inactivity in the face of a wall Israel is erecting in Occupied Jerusalem.

Israel says the wall is meant to stop suicide bombers, but Palestinians charge that Israel is unilaterally drawing the border of >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS TWO AT ISRAELI SHOPPING MALL
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies Netanya÷ A Palestinian teenager blew himself up at an Israeli shopping mall, killing two people as a car bomb blew up in a Jewish colony yesterday.

The strikes dealt heavy blows to a shaky five–month–old truce in the region. A unit of Palestinian group Islamic Jihad claimed the suic >>>


      THREE SAUDIS ARRESTED AT YEMEN BORDER
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh÷ Saudi border guards arrested three Saudi men as they tried to cross into Yemen.

They were planning to cross into Iraq and join the insurgency, security sources said.

The three were arrested at the Al Wadiea crossing point on the Saudi side of the borde >>>


      TRUCKS HELD UP AT SYRIAN BORDERS AS SECURITY INCREASES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Bassam Zaza, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Border inspections of trucks from Lebanon have intensified since Syrian customs officials found explosives in a truck travelling from Lebanon last week.

Omar Shehab Al Eisa, head of the Jdeideh customs post near the Lebanese border, said tightening of security was >>>


      YEMENI CLERIC SETS TERMS FOR ISLAMISTS TALKS WITH US
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Nasser Arrabyee, Gulf News Report Sanaa÷ A Yemeni cleric who is on the US terror list has agreed to conduct conditional dialogue between the US administration and Islamic movements.

Shaikh Abdul Majeed Al Zandani, chairman of the Shura Council of the largest Islamic Party (Islah), and founder and cha >>>


      ‘COMMUNISTS DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CULTURE‘
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr, Correspondent New Delhi ÷ More than a year after the Congress–led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition assumed power, its culture war against the earlier Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)–led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) continues to sputter. The latest incident >>>


      ARROYO PROPOSES STATUTE CHANGE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay,Bureau Chief Manila ÷ President Gloria Arroyo, battling for survival amid a political crisis, yesterday pledged major changes to a constitution which she said had doomed her country to failure.

She made little reference to her own woes but appealed to critics to "listen to th >>>


      BOSNIAN SERBS MOURN THEIR DEAD
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Srebrenica, Bosnia–Herzegovina÷ Thousands of Bosnian Serbs mourned their dead from the 1''0s Srebrenica clashes yesterday, a day after their Bosnian Muslim wartime enemies marked the 10th anniversary of Europe‘s worst massacre of civilians since the Second World War.

Serbs claim t >>>


      BRITONS WANT TOUGH NEW SECURITY MEASURES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters London÷ An overwhelming majority of Britons would support tough new measures to reduce the threat of attacks after last week‘s deadly London bomb blasts, a poll by The Times newspaper showed yesterday.

Some 86 per cent of those questioned said they supported giving the police new powers to >>>


      COUNTDOWN TO TERROR THURSDAY
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP London ÷ A good morning cellphone text message at 7 am. A goodbye peck on the cheek on a subway platform at 8.10.

As police work to determine the sequence of events in Thursday‘s bombings, and Londoners frantically retrace the steps of missing relatives and friends, a countdown to terror has em >>>


      DASTARDLY ADVICE DEVALUES VALOUR
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Why did American troops need safety when civilians are venturing out? The US military based in the UK were advised not to venture past the M25 ring road and on into London. The advisory was issued in the light of the recent bombings and was intended to insure that the presence of US personnel in the nation‘s capi >>>


      DISGRUNTLED ALLIES SOFTEN STAND
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Staff Report Manila ÷ President Gloria Arroyo‘s estranged and disgruntled allies have softened their stance against the president, but opposition leaders are still waiting to see people‘s outrage snowball.

"I did not call for her resignation," backtracked administration Senator Mar >>>


      FORCES RECAPTURE ESCAPED MILITANT FROM HIDEOUT
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Kabul ÷ One of the four Arab Al Qaida militants, who escaped from the main US military detention centre in Afghanistan, was recaptured yesterday, a senior Afghan official said.

The man was found hiding in a mosque about two km northwest of the giant US base at Bagram that houses the prison from >>>


      FORMER CHIEF MINISTER VASUDEVAN NAIR DEAD
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent Thiruvananthapuram ÷ Veteran leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and former Kerala Chief Minister P.K. Vasudevan Nair died following multiple organ failure here yesterday. He was 7'.

Nair is survived by his wife Lakshmikutty and children K.P. Rajendran, Sarada >>>


      FOUR ABU SAYYAF MEMBERS KILLED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Al Jacinto, Correspondents Zamboanga/Manila ÷ Four members of the Abu Sayyaf group were killed by security forces in the southern province of Maguindanao, military reports said.

At around 11÷25am on Monday, the 1st Light Reaction Company engaged Abu Sayyaf leader Kadaffy Janjalani‘s grou >>>


      LANKA OPPOSITION CALLS FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga,Correspondent Colombo÷ Sri Lanka‘s main opposition party yesterday mounted pressure on the government to hold the presidential elections on schedule.

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe called on his supporters at a massive public rally to continue their campaign until the e >>>


      LEADING CLERIC DENIES BIN LADEN‘S TERROR LINK
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Canberra ÷ One of Australia‘s leading Islamic clerics says he doesn‘t believe Osama Bin Laden directed the September 11, 2001 strikes against America or that Muslims were involved in either that attack or last week‘s London bombings.

"I dispute any evil action linked to Bin Lad >>>


      MEAT FROM THE LAB PROMISES BETTER NUTRITIONAL VALUE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Los Angeles Times–Washington Post Washington÷ Would you like your meat well–done, rare or cultured in a lab dish?

While the last option might not taste as good, it may be higher in nutrients, produced without any messy waste and pollution, and guaranteed to be free of mad cow disease or othe >>>


      MUSHARRAF ASKS ISLAMIC SCHOOLS TO IMPART MODERN EDUCATION
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Mujahid Ali, Correspondent Karachi ÷ President Pervez Musharraf yesterday asked Islamic schools to impart modern and scientific education, saying that the government wants to bring students into the mainstream of the society.

"Islamic schools should teach all disciplines including science subjec >>>


      NO DECISION ON IRAQ TROOP PULL–OUT
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP London ÷ The government has not decided to withdraw troops from Iraq, although contingency planning is under way, Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s office said.

A leaked government memorandum shows Britain is considering scaling back its troop presence from 8,500 to 3,000 by the middle of next year, >>>


      NUCLEAR ISSUE HOLDS THE KEY TO IMPROVED US–INDIA TIES
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By C. Raja Mohan As the Left parties chip away at efforts to improve relations with the United States, they have a powerful ally in Washington the American bureaucracy which is committed to old think on non–proliferation and nuclear cooperation with India. With the nuclear question once again becoming the touchst >>>


      OPPOSITION PLANS TO FILE ANOTHER IMPEACHMENT MOTION
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Gilbert Felongco, Correspondent Manila ÷ Members of the opposition yesterday agreed to file another impeachment complaint against President Gloria Arroyo, separate and distinct from a similar move made by her allies earlier.

Twenty–one members of the opposition in the House of Representatives m >>>


      PAKISTANI KILLED IN SUSPECTED RACIAL VIOLENCE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies London ÷ A Pakistani man was killed in a suspected racial attack in the central English city of Nottingham, police said yesterday, amid fears that such assaults could increase in the wake of last week‘s bombings in London.

Pakistani national Kamal Raza Butt died on Sunday, three days afte >>>


      POLICE ARREST MAN IN LONDON BLASTS INQUIRY
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies London÷ Police declared their first arrest yesterday as the pieces began to fall together in a fast–moving investigation into the bloodiest bombings on British soil since World War II.

Police said they had identified four suspects over the bombings and that it was "very likely" >>>


      PROTESTANT PARADES GET PEACEFUL START
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Belfast ÷ Protestant parades across Northern Ireland passed off peacefully early yesterday but community leaders warned violence could erupt in Belfast when marchers return through Catholic areas later in the day.

A hot, sticky summer‘s day, and one of the most tense atmospheres in the Bri >>>


      RANE QUITS AS OPPOSITION LEADER IN ASSEMBLY
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent Mumbai ÷ A fortnight–long political drama within the Shiv Sena drew to a close yesterday as an emotional Narayan Rane, the expelled leader, resigned from the post of Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra legislative Assembly.

His standoff with Shiv Sena chief B >>>


      SHARIF HAS A RIGHT TO A PASSPORT
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Husain Haqqani, Special to Gulf News The hesitation of the Pakistani authorities in issuing a new passport to Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, highlights Pakistan‘s greatest weakness.

Pakistan is a country run on the whims of its rulers rather than on the basis of its constitution and laws enact >>>


      STOIC AND CONFUSED INTERPRETATIONS
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      By Amir Taheri, Special to Gulf News To classical historians nothing could be said to have happened unless someone took enough notice to narrate it. To modern semiologists, however, an event could be regarded as having really happened only when someone interprets it.

Last week‘s terrorist attack in Londo >>>


      TELL–TALE SIGNS OF AL QAIDA‘S RETURN
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Recent events in Afghanistan show the terror outfit could be regrouping There is no clinching evidence. But there is a chilling pattern. Suicide bombers at mosques, the brutal beheading of Afghan policemen, the shooting down of a US helicopter killing all 16 on board, the death of the four–man team sent to rescue >>>


      THANK YOU AND APOLOGY AS HOWARD MEETS EX–HOSTAGE
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Canberra ÷ An Australian rescued after being held hostage for 47 days by insurgents in Baghdad shook hands with Australia‘s prime minister yesterday to say thank you, and apologised again for asking coalition forces to withdraw from Iraq.

Both longtime Californian resident Douglas Wood and Prim >>>


      TRAIN COLLISIONS KILL AT LEAST 125
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies Islamabad÷ At least 125 people were killed and around 1,000 injured on Wednesday after three passenger trains collided in southern Pakistan near the remote town of Ghotki.

Nineteen carriages were derailed in all, police said. Police said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash but >>>


      TRANSIT SAFETY REASSESSED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP San Fransisco÷ Within hours of the London bombings, a renewed call went up for the United States to use its considerable technology heft to prevent similar attacks on the nation‘s transit system.

Public transit‘s chief lobbyist said its members need $6 billion (Dh22 billion) to upgrade se >>>


      UK WANTS TERRORISM FINANCING STOPPED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters Brussels ÷ The European Union agreed to speed up its drive to cut off funding for terrorist groups after bombs killed over 50 people in London.

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said he was also putting on the agenda of IMF meetings this autumn the issue of sanctions against count >>>


      UN COUNCIL EXPANSION DRAFT INTRODUCED
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Agencies United Nations ÷ The UN General Assembly opened a divisive debate Monday on a controversial draft resolution by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan to expand the powerful Security Council.

Brazils UN envoy Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg introduced the draft from the so–called G4, which calls for en >>>


      US MILITARY LIFTS TRAVEL BAN AFTER PUBLIC SCORN
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      Reuters London ÷ The US Air Force yesterday rescinded an order banning its personnel from visiting London in the wake of last week‘s bomb attacks, after a wave of public scorn and indignation.

A spokesman for the US embassy in London confirmed the order had been withdrawn but did not say why. The >>>


      VAN GOGH KILLER TELLS VICTIM‘S MOTHER HE FEELS NO SYMPATHY
      Gulf News, 13-07-2005
      AP Amsterdam ÷ The suspect in the slaying of filmmaker Theo van Gogh admitted his guilt to a Dutch court yesterday, declaring that he acted out of religious conviction and would do it again if given the chance.

Mohammad Bouyeri, 27, faces possible life imprisonment if convicted of charges of stabbing an >>>


      BATTLE ON FOR HOURS AS 35 PAK MILITANTS SNEAK ACROSS THE LOC
      , 13-07-2005
      Srinagar, July 12÷ In a major infiltration bid across the Line of Control (LoC) near the Gurez sector, the Army intercepted a group of 35 heavily armed militants.

RELATED STORIES Talk to us in Srinagar, Hurriyat tells Centre Peace talks needed in J&K between Mufti and Governor 135 trapped in Jamm >>>


      TALK TO US IN SRINAGAR, HURRIYAT TELLS CENTRE
      , 13-07-2005
      Srinagar, July 12÷ A day after Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil ruled out a fresh talks invite to the Hurriyat Conference, its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said his group is ready to send an invitation to Manmohan Singh «if the Centre is willing to talk in Srinagar».

RELATED STORIES Pe >>>


      ‘IMRANA RAPE CASE IS DEFAMING ISLAM‘
      , 13-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1005 hours IST Lucknow, July 13÷ The All India Muslim Personal Law Board alleged that over exposure given by the media to the Imrana issue and taking it to the streets was aimed at defaming Islam and Muslim personal law.

"To bring such an issue to the str >>>


      200 KILLED IN PAKISTAN TRIPLE TRAIN CRASH
      , 13-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1332 hours IST Ghotki, Pakistan, July 13÷ More than 200 people were killed and hundreds injured in Pakistan on Wednesday when a passenger train crashed into another at a station and a third train then ploughed into the wreckage, police said.

Police and rescuer >>>


      AFTER SC VERDICT, ASSAM MULLS LAW FOR MINORITIES
      , 13-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1'37 hours IST Guwahati, July 13÷ The Assam government, which had defended the IMDT Act struck down by the Supreme Court, will discuss with Congress high command the possibility of evolving an alternative law to protect the rights of the genuine Indian citizens, Ch >>>


      AILING BRAD PITT RUSHED TO HOSPITAL÷ PUBLICIST
      , 13-07-2005
      Los Angeles, July 13÷ Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt has been rushed to hospital suffering from what appears to be a bad case of flu, a representative of the actor has told AFP.

The 41–year–old star of such films as Mr and Mrs Smith and The Fight Club checked himself into a hospital in Los A >>>


      AIYAR TALKS TOUGH ON PETROL STRIKE
      , 13-07-2005
      Chennai, July 13÷ Union Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar today said he was willing to talk to petroleum dealers, who have threatened an indefinite nationwide strike from July 18 demanding a hike in commission, but would not succumb to any pressure from them.

"We have invited the representative >>>


      BIHAR TURNING SAFE HAVEN FOR MAOIST MILITANCY
      , 13-07-2005
      Patna, July 13÷ Authorities in Bihar are concerned over reports of LTTE imparting training to Nepalese Maoists and Naxalites in the state to raise human bomb squads for suicide missions and recent spurt in their activities in districts along the Indo–Nepal border.

The security establishment in Bih >>>


      BJP TELLS FERNANDES TO SHUT UP
      , 13-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1310 hours IST New Delhi, July 13÷ Closing ranks with the RSS, BJP today expressed disagreement with George Fernandes‘ criticism of RSS and charged him with crossing his jurisdiction as NDA convenor.

"We are sad (with Fernandes‘ statement). We >>>


      BOLLYWOOD ITEM NUMBER, FILM MADE BY CHURCH!
      , 13-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 13÷ Treading uncharted territory, the social service wing of the Delhi Catholic Church is producing a full–fledged Hindi feature film, with all the ingredients of a typical Bollywood blockbuster, including a very hot item number.

Aisa Kyun Hota Hain, slated to hit theatres in Octob >>>


      BRITAIN TO ACT AGAINST MUSLIM EXTREMISM÷ BLAIR
      , 13-07-2005
      London, July 13÷ Britain will move to close its borders to people suspected of preaching religious hatred and deport those already doing so as part of a plan unveiled on Wednesday to root out extremism in the wake of the London bombs.

Prime Minister Tony Blair announced four measures to Parliament after >>>


      CBS NEWS PLANS 24–HOUR ONLINE NEWS OPERATION
      , 13-07-2005
      New York, July 13÷ CBS News on Tuesday unveiled plans to enlarge its online presence with a 24–hour broadband Internet service providing video clips that consumers can assemble into their own individually tailored newscasts.

CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc, touted the move as an embrace of the ‘on >>>


      COLIN POWELL BOUND FOR SILICON VALLEY
      , 13-07-2005
      Washington, July 13÷ Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell will join a Silicon Valley venture capital firm to work with young executives on leadership and global business development, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted Powell as saying he will join Kleiner Perkins Caufie >>>


      DAMAGE WON‘T DELAY DISCOVERY‘S LAUNCH÷ NASA
      , 13-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 1132 hours IST Cape Canaveral, July 13÷ With the countdown for Discovery in its final hours, NASA was dealt a setback when a window cover fell off the shuttle and damaged thermal tiles near the tail. But the space agency said it could fix the problem in time for today& >>>


      DON‘T BOW TO US÷ LEFT TO UPA
      , 13-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 13÷ Criticising UPA government for its keenness to enlist American support for Indias candidature as a permanent member of the Security Council, the CPI–M has said such a step would detract from New Delhis credibility as an independent power which was necessary for its representation in >>>



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