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      PASWAN WANTS TO OPEN A MUSLIM UNIV IN BIHAR
      , 01-06-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 1452 hours IST Patna, June 1÷ LJP president Ramvilas Paswan today claimed Bihar Governor Buta Singh had assured him that he would sympathetically look into the demands of striking teachers of madrasas and Sanskrit schools and agreed to his suggestion of setting up a >>>


      PC MAKERS WOO CONSUMERS WITH NEW DESIGNS
      , 01-06-2005
      Taipei, June 1÷ Taiwan producers of computers and peripherals are retooling their factories to launch new, gadget–filled laptops and hand–held devices to satisfy a growing consumer lust for stylish computing.

Firms such as Asustek Computer Inc and MiTAC International Corp that have been maki >>>


      POACHING MAKES AIR SAHARANS RICH
      , 01-06-2005
      Kolkata, June 1÷ In an apparent bid to thwart other airlines from poaching on its employees, private carrier Air Sahara today announced its new human resources policy, offering a 40 per cent salary hike to employees.

The four–point new HR policy, announced by Air Sahara‘s new head Seemanto R >>>


      PRIYANKA–SALMAN BACK TOGETHER
      , 01-06-2005
      Mumbai, June 1÷ Mujhse Shaadi Karogi pair Priyanka and Salman will be seen once again in Rumi Jafferey‘s directorial debut God Tussi Great Ho, produced by Afzal Khan.

The film is a comedy and besides Priyanka and Salman, will star two more big actors and actresses. Although the filmmakers are not >>>


      ROAD TO PEACE NOT CLEAR÷ MUSHARRAF
      , 01-06-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 0'23 hours IST New Delhi, June 1÷ Stating that although the objective of the India–Pakistan peace process was clear, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told visiting BJP president LK Advani that the end solution was not clear.

In an hour–long >>>


      SAUDI GETS ITS FIRST WOMAN EDITOR–IN–CHIEF
      , 01-06-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 1606 hours IST Riyadh, June 1÷ A woman, who is an international pilot and a fellow member of the British Geological Society, has become the first woman Editor of a magazine in Saudi Arabia.

Abrar Ahmed Al–Atheem, also a regular participant in internation >>>


      SMOKING SCENES BAN IN FILMS÷ BOLLYWOOD FUMES
      , 01-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 1÷ India has banned smoking scenes in movies and on television, saying they glamorise the use of cigarettes but the move has angered filmmakers in the prolific Bollywood movie industry.

In tough new regulations, the health ministry said distributors and directors would have to show healt >>>


      STEEL OUTSHINES IT IN PROFIT
      , 01-06-2005
      Major steel companies have shown stronger growth in Profit After Tax (PAT) compared to major technology companies but the brick and mortar giants have under performed compared to tech companies in the stock markets.

Major steel companies like SAIL, Tata steel and Jindal Vijayanagar steel, have witnessed PAT gr >>>


      TALENT SHINES THROUGH ALBUMS÷ SONU NIGAM
      , 01-06-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 125' hours IST Mumbai, June 1÷ In addition to playback singing, cutting music albums is also important as it provides immense scope to showcase one‘s talent, says noted singer Sonu Nigam. "I got popularity and national recognition through my music albums >>>


      TRUST ME! I AM A HORMONE
      , 01-06-2005
      London, June 1÷ It could be the criminals‘ dream drug – a hormone that makes people trust you.

Scientists in Switzerland and the United States have found that exposing people to the hormone Oxytocin makes them more willing to bond with others.

The same people exposed to the hormone >>>


      TWO GET LIFER FOR RAPING GERMAN WOMAN
      , 01-06-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 124' hours IST Jaipur, June 1÷ A fast track court today sentenced to life imprisonment two persons for raping a German woman on the outskirts of Jodhpur on May 12.

In one of the fastest convictions for such a crime, the court decision comes within 16 days >>>


      YAHOO JAPAN TO TIE UP WITH NIKKO CORDIAL, E×TRADE
      , 01-06-2005
      Tokyo, June 1÷ Yahoo Japan Corp, Japan‘s top Internet portal, said on Wednesday it has reached a basic agreement to tie up with third–ranked brokerage Nikko Cordial Corp and online broker E×Trade Securities Co in the securities agency business as early as August.

The deal would allow p >>>


      "BIOLOGICAL AGENT" SHUTS INDONESIA‘S CANBERRA EMBASSY
      , 01-06-2005
      CANBERRA (Reuters) – Indonesia‘s embassy in Australia was closed on Wednesday after receiving an envelope containing a "biological agent", as a public backlash rages against the conviction in Bali of an Australian on drug charges.

"The initial analysis of the powder has tested positi >>>


      "NO" EXPECTED AS DUTCH BEGIN VOTING ON EU CHARTER
      , 01-06-2005
      By Marcel Michelson AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Netherlands began voting on the European constitution on Wednesday with polls pointing to a resounding "No" that would compound the crisis of confidence in the bloc triggered by France‘s rejection of the treaty.

Most mainstream Dutch parties, >>>


      AT LEAST 14 KILLED IN AFGHAN MOSQUE BLAST
      , 01-06-2005
      By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – An Afghan police chief was among at least 14 people killed in a suicide bomb blast at a mosque on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.

Kabul police chief Akram Khakreezwal was among the mourners at >>>


      AT LEAST 14 KILLED IN AFGHAN MOSQUE BLAST
      , 01-06-2005
      By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The police chief of Afghanistan‘s capital Kabul was among at least 14 people killed in a suicide bomb blast at a mosque on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.

Kabul police chief Akram Khakre >>>


      AT LEAST 41 DEAD IN WEST IVORY COAST ATTACK–ARMY
      , 01-06-2005
      By Hilaire Zon ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Attackers shot or hacked to death at least 41 people and burnt their houses in western Ivory Coast on Wednesday, sending hundreds fleeing and raising fears of revenge killings in a region where ethnic tensions run high.

The brutal killings on the outskirts of the cocoa& >>>


      AT LEAST 41 DEAD IN WEST IVORY COAST CARNAGE – POLICE
      , 01-06-2005
      By Hilaire Zon ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Armed men killed at least 41 people on the outskirts of Ivory Coast‘s western cocoa town of Duekoue, shooting and knifing their victims and torching their homes, security officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

The attacks happened on the outskirts of Duekoue, >>>


      DUTCH SUMMON SUDAN ENVOY OVER AID WORKER ARREST
      , 01-06-2005
      AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Sudanese ambassador to complain about the arrest of a Dutch aid worker with Medecins Sans Frontieres over the agency‘s report about rape in Darfur.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said ambassador Abuelgasim Idris would be tol >>>


      FRENCH DIPLOMAT SHOT DEAD IN HAITI
      , 01-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – A French diplomat has been shot dead in Haiti while driving through an area controlled by armed gangs outside the Caribbean nation‘s capital Port–au–Prince, the French Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

It said in a written statement that Honorary Consul Paul–He >>>


      ISRAEL SAYS TO FREE 400 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
      , 01-06-2005
      By Cynthia Johnston JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will free 400 Palestinian prisoners on Thursday in what Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has called an attempt to boost moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of a Gaza withdrawal.

Palestinian officials dismissed the long–delayed release as a >>>


      SUDAN‘S UMMA PARTY TO BOYCOTT NEW GOVT
      , 01-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan‘s Umma party, considered its largest opposition party, will not join a new government to be formed in July because it was agreed by two only parties without an election, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"We are not interested in participating in thi >>>


      SUDAN ARRESTS SECOND AID WORKER FOR RAPE REPORT
      , 01-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan arrested a second aid worker over a report on rape in Darfur and harassed a man who translated for Kofi Annan when the U.N. chief met rape victims in the region, U.N. and aid officials said on Tuesday.

Sudan‘s top U.N. envoy Jan Pronk had earlier said th >>>


      SWAZI KING SAYS HE IS NO ABSOLUTE MONARCH
      , 01-06-2005
      By David Mageria KIGALI (Reuters) – Swaziland‘s King Mswati III said on Wednesday he was not an absolute monarch and insisted that democracy was taking root in his southern African kingdom.

Widely criticised for his expensive tastes in a country with grinding poverty and for maintaining a ban on po >>>


      UN OFFICIAL MEETS MUGABE, SAYS HE WELCOMES FOOD AID
      , 01-06-2005
      By Stella Mapenzauswa HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday he welcomed food aid from the United Nations but it was not yet clear how much the southern African country would ask for, a senior U.N. official said.

Mugabe has accused aid agencies in the past of working to fur >>>


      UN OFFICIAL MET MUGABE, SAYS HE WELCOMES FOOD AID
      , 01-06-2005
      HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday he welcomed food aid from the United Nations but it was not yet clear how much the southern African country would ask for, a senior U.N. official said.

Mugabe has accused aid agencies in the past of working to further a political agend >>>


      UN OFFICIAL MET MUGABE, SAYS HE WELCOMES FOOD AID
      , 01-06-2005
      By Stella Mapenzauswa HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday he welcomed food aid from the United Nations but it was not yet clear how much the southern African country would ask for, a senior U.N. official said.

Mugabe has accused aid agencies in the past of working to fur >>>


      UN SAYS TIME RUNNING OUT FOR RWANDANS IN CONGO
      , 01-06-2005
      By Daniel Frykholm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Time is running out for Rwandan Hutu rebels lingering in eastern Congo and the United Nations is preparing to push them out of the country by force if necessary, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday.

Fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwand >>>


      UP TO 28 DEAD IN WEST IVORY COAST CLASHES – POLICE
      , 01-06-2005
      ABIDJAN (Reuters) – At least 28 people were killed when armed men attacked villages on the outskirts of Ivory Coast‘s western cocoa town of Duekoue, military and police officials said on Wednesday.

"We have counted 28 dead. We‘re sending the injured to the hospital but we don‘t hav >>>


      WORLD BUSINESS LEADERS LAUD AFRICA GROWTH PROSPECTS
      , 01-06-2005
      By Gordon Bell and John Chiahemen CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – International business leaders lauded investment prospects in Africa on Wednesday, citing excellent profit growth and declining corruption on the world‘s poorest continent.

"If there were any more of Africa we would be investing in it,&qu >>>


      ZAMBIA RULING PARTY EXPELS EX VICE PRESIDENT
      , 01-06-2005
      By Shapi Shacinda LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia‘s ruling party has expelled a former vice president who accused President Levy Mwanawasa of corruption, a move analysts say ensures Mwanawasa will be his party‘s candidate in the next presidential election.

Nevers Mumba, who is viewed as Mwanawasa&l >>>


      ZAMBIA RULING PARTY EXPELS FORMER VICE PRESIDENT
      , 01-06-2005
      LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia‘s ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party has expelled former vice president Nevers Mumba for lack of discipline after he accused President Levy Mwanawasa of involvement in corruption.

MMD national secretary Vernon Mwaanga told journalists on Wednesday that Mu >>>


      ZIMBABWE ARRESTS 22,000 PEOPLE IN SHANTYTOWN BLITZ
      , 01-06-2005
      By Andrew Quinn HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe police have arrested more than 22,000 people as a fierce blitz on illegal stores and shantytowns gathers pace, sending homeless people fleeing for the countryside, the state Herald newspaper said on Wednesday.

"We have so far arrested a total of 22,735 peo >>>


      ZIMBABWE ARRESTS 22,000 PEOPLE IN SHANTYTOWN BLITZ
      , 01-06-2005
      By Andrew Quinn HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe police have arrested more than 22,000 people as a fierce blitz on illegal stores and shantytowns gathered pace, sending homeless people fleeing for the countryside, the state Herald newspaper said on Wednesday.

"We have so far arrested a total of 22,735 pe >>>


      ZIMBABWE ARRESTS 22,000 PEOPLE IN SHANTYTOWN BLITZ
      , 01-06-2005
      By Andrew Quinn HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe police have arrested more than 22,000 people as a fierce blitz on illegal stores and shantytowns gathered pace, sending homeless people fleeing for the countryside, the state Herald newspaper said on Wednesday.

"We have so far arrested a total of 22,735 pe >>>


      ZIMBABWE RULING PARTY OK‘S PLAN FOR NEW SENATE
      , 01-06-2005
      HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe‘s ruling ZANU–PF party has agreed to expand parliament to include a new 65–seat Senate, which political analysts say could help tighten President Robert Mugabe‘s grip on power.

It would be the first time Zimbabwe has had an upper house of parliament sin >>>


      "NO" EXPECTED AS DUTCH VOTE ON EU CHARTER
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Articles Mixed reasons drive Dutch "No" in EU charter vote New PM aims to revive French confidence in 100 days Czechs to propose more time to ratify EU treaty The Netherlands have began voting on the European constitution with polls pointing to a resounding ‘No.‘ France‘s former Prim >>>


      AT LEAST 14 KILLED IN AFGHAN MOSQUE BLAST
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – An Afghan police chief was among at least 14 people killed in a suicide bomb blast at a mosque on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.

Kabul police chief Akram Khakreezwal was among the mourners at >>>


      AVIATION POLLUTION CLOUDS PROGRESS ON EMISSIONS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Pollution from Britain‘s aviation sector will wipe out all greenhouse gas reductions achieved by other UK industries unless the government acts to check growth in aircraft emissions, environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) said on Wednesday.

Current growth trends in the av >>>


      BAD MANNERS IN KFC AD SPARK RECORD COMPLAINTS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Call centre workers shown on TV singing with their mouths full have prompted a flood of complaints from those concerned over the depiction of bad manners.

The commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken became Britain‘s most complained about ad, with 1,671 members of the public contact >>>


      CHELSEA, MOURINHO AND COLE FOUND GUILTY
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole have been found guilty of breaking Premier League rules, the governing body said on Wednesday.

The Premier League announced its decision, but did not specify any punishments, in a sta >>>


      CHELSEA, MOURINHO AND COLE FOUND GUILTY OF RULE BREACHES
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole have been found guilty of breaking Premier League rules, the governing body said on Wednesday.

The Premier League announced its decision, but did not specify any punishments, in a statement following >>>


      CHILDREN THREATENED BY OBESITY–RELATED SYNDROME
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Patricia Reaney ATHENS (Reuters) – More than half a million children in Europe may be suffering from a cluster of obesity–related risk factors that will increase their odds of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

New research presented at the 14th European Congress on Obesity on Wednes >>>


      COLE, MOURINHO AND CHELSEA AWAIT VERDICT
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea, their manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole will discover their fate on Wednesday following the Premier League‘s "tapping up" enquiry.

A three–man independent commission interviewed Cole, Mourinho and Chelsea chief execu >>>


      COURT SAYS TERROR SUSPECT CAN BE SENT TO SPAIN
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – A Moroccan accused by Spain of terrorist offences linked to the September 11 attacks lost his fight against extradition on Wednesday.

A judge at Bow Street magistrates court in London decided Farid Hilali would not face prejudice on grounds of race or religion if sent to Spain, and wou >>>


      DUTCH ON TRACK TO REPEAT FRENCH ‘NO‘ TO EU TREATY
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Articles France‘s Chirac turns to ally and rival in new govt FACTBOX–Challenges facing new French PM Villepin After EU snub, France tests U.S. ties with Villepin Czech opposition calls on govt to halt EU treaty Defeated Chirac restores rival Sarkozy to government FACTBOX–What happens if Dutch >>>


      ERIKSSON DELIGHTED WITH OWEN HAT–TRICK
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Gerry Cox NEW YORK (Reuters) – England coach Sven–Goran Eriksson heaped praise on Michael Owen after the striker scored all three goals in a 3–2 friendly victory over Colombia on Tuesday.

"I‘ve known for a long time that Michael Owen is one of the best strikers in the world and >>>


      EWAN MCGREGOR BACK ON STAGE AFTER SIX YEARS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) – Star Wars star Ewan McGregor returns to the London stage on Wednesday for the first time in six years to play inveterate gambler Sky Masterson in a revival of the classic 1'50s musical "Guys and Dolls".

But he is refusing in his interpretation to make any >>>


      GARDENERS FACE FINES OVER HIGH HEDGES
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – The days of nuisance hedges in Britain will be numbered from Wednesday when a law comes into effect setting an upper height limit on fast–growing Leylandii trees.

The evergreen, favoured for its ability to create a dense, high hedge within a few years, has been the cause of feuds >>>


      IRAQI PRESIDENT EXPECTS SADDAM TRIAL IN 2 MONTHS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles Iraqi minister asks Syria to watch its border Bush Pleased With Iraq Progress By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Saddam Hussein could go on trial for crimes against humanity within two months, far earlier than expected, Iraq‘s new president, Jalal Talabani, said on Tuesday.< >>>


      ONE–FIFTH OF EARTH‘S BIRD SPECIES IN DANGER – STUDY
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – More than a fifth of the planet‘s bird species face extinction as humans venture further into their habitats and introduce alien predators, an environmental group said on Wednesday.

While there have been some success stories of species that reappeared or reco >>>


      OPEN–MOUTHED EATING SPARKS RECORD AD COMPLAINTS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Call centre workers shown on TV singing with their mouths full have prompted a flood of complaints from people concerned over the depiction of bad manners.

The commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken became Britain‘s most complained about ad, with 1,671 members of the public contac >>>


      POLICE ARREST TWO OVER MCCARTNEY MURDER
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      DUBLIN (Reuters) – Northern Ireland police have arrested two men in relation to the high–profile murder of Robert McCartney outside a Belfast pub earlier this year.

"Two men aged 36 and 4' have been arrested in connection with the murder of Robert McCartney on January 30, 2005," a pol >>>


      POLICE RELEASE CCTV FOOTAGE OF MURDERED JESHMA
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures LONDON (Reuters) – Police on Wednesday released CCTV footage of teenager Jeshma Raithatha filmed on the day she was raped and murdered.

Cameras captured the 17–year–old in shops in west London before her death on May 16.

It is thought that Raithatha was killed when s >>>


      ROYAL MAIL CONDEMNS REGULATOR‘S PRICING PLANS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal Mail warned on Wednesday that industry plans to freeze its prices would starve the group of vital investment and result in inexorable decline.

Royal Mail (GBPO.UL÷ Quote, Profile, Research) was responding to plans by industry regulator Postcomm which would cap the pric >>>


      SHERLOCK HOLMES RETURNS IN NEW BOOKS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Walker Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sherlock Holmes, the detective famed for his icy logic, is hot again, brought back to life by authors who believe the supremely rational character strikes a chord in this age of post–'/11 uncertainty.

Seventy–five years after the death of his creator, >>>


      SOHAM POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS OVER SEX CLAIMS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Cambridgeshire police, who was strongly criticised over his force‘s handling of the investigation into the murder of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, has quit over claims of sexual misconduct.

Chief Constable Tom Lloyd said on Wednesday he was steppi >>>


      SPACE TELESCOPE CAPTURES BIRTH OF STARS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The infrared eyes of NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope have captured the birth of as many as 100,000 stars in a massive gas cloud surrounding a star about 10,000 light years from Earth, NASA said on Tuesday.

The image returned by Spitzer‘s infrared array camera shows the >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 1' IN AFGHAN MOSQUE
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The police chief of Afghanistan‘s capital was among 1' people killed in a suicide bomb blast at a mosque on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.

Kabul police chief Akram >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 1' IN AFGHAN MOSQUE
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The police chief of Afghanistan‘s capital was among 1' people killed in a suicide bomb blast at a mosque on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.

The governor of troubled >>>


      SWEDEN BANS SMOKERS FROM BARS
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      By Daniel Frykholm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The makers of "snus", a smokeless tobacco product banned in most of the EU, looked forward to new sales in Sweden on Wednesday after the government banned smoking in restaurants.

The Nordic country is the fourth in Europe to follow the example of Ireland >>>


      US HIGH COURT OVERTURNS ANDERSEN‘S ENRON CONVICTION
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Andersen Verdict Overturned By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of onetime accounting giant Arthur Andersen for destroying Enron Corp.–related documents because of flawed jury instructions.

In a defeat for the U.S. Justice Department, the hi >>>


      WATERGATE‘S DEEP THROAT REVEALED
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Ex–FBI Claims To Be Deep Throat By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI No. 2 Mark Felt is "Deep Throat," the legendary source who leaked Watergate scandal secrets to the Washington Post and helped bring down President Richard Nixon, journalists Bob Woodward a >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Wolfowitz became World Bank president on Wednesday and said his agenda would focus on Africa, tackling corruption and making poor countries feel less sidelined in the bank‘s decisions.

In his first briefing with reporters since he was confirmed unanimously in March, the >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Articles FACTBOX–World Bank presidents and their tenures WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Wolfowitz became World Bank president on Wednesday and said his agenda would focus on Africa, tackling corruption and making poor countries feel less sidelined in the bank‘s decisions.

In his first br >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles FACTBOX–World Bank presidents and their tenures WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Wolfowitz became World Bank president on Wednesday and said his agenda would focus on Africa, tackling corruption and making poor countries feel less sidelined in the bank‘s decisions.

>>>


      ZIMBABWE ARRESTS 22,000 PEOPLE IN SHANTYTOWN BLITZ
      Reuters UK, 01-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles Zimbabwe ruling party OK‘s plan for new Senate By Andrew Quinn HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe police have arrested more than 22,000 people as a fierce blitz on illegal stores and shantytowns gathers pace, sending homeless people fleeing for the countryside, the state Herald ne >>>


      ANGEKLAGTER BESTREITET MITGLIEDSCHAFT BEI ISLAMISTEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      München (Reuters) – Beim zweiten Anlauf des bundesweit ersten Prozesses wegen Mitgliedschaft in einer ausländischen terroristischen Vereinigung hat der Angeklagte Lokman M. eine Mitgliedschaft in der Extremistengruppe Ansar al–Islam abgestritten.

"Ich war niemals Mitglied der Ansar a >>>


      ARMEE÷ 41 TOTE BEI ÜBERFALL AUF DÖRFER IN ELFENBEINKÜSTE
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Abidjan (Reuters) – Bei einem Überfall auf die Bewohner zweier Dörfer im afrikanischen Staat Elfenbeinküste hat am Mittwoch eine Gruppe bewaffneter Männer Armeeangaben zufolge mindestens 41 Menschen getötet.

Die Opfer seien erschossen, erstochen oder verbrannt worden, sagte ein A >>>


      AUCH SPD WILL VISA–BEWEISAUFNAHME AUSSETZEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – SPD und Grüne wollen die Beweisaufnahme im Visa–Ausschuss wegen der erwarteten Neuwahlen auch gegen den Widerstand der Opposition vorzeitig beenden.

Der SPD–Obmann in dem Untersuchungsausschuss, Olaf Scholz, kündigte am Dienstagabend nach Angaben einer Sprecherin >>>


      BISKY÷ LINKSBÜNDNIS KÖNNTE BIS ZU ZEHN PROZENT ERZIELEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Die PDS strebt ungeachtet der Kritik der WASG an ihrer Kooperationsbereitschaft ein Linksbündnis mit der SPD–Abspaltung für die im Herbst geplante Bundestagswahl an.

Dabei sei ein Wahlergebnis von acht bis zehn Prozent möglich, sagte PDS–Chef Lothar Bisky der >>>


      BUNDESREGIERUNG BEKRÄFTIGT ZEITPLAN FÜR VERTRAUENSFRAGE UND WAHL
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Die Bundesregierung hat den Zeitplan zur geplanten Neuwahl des Bundestags bekräftigt, der am 1. Juli die Vertrauensfrage von Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder vorsieht.

"Es gibt keine Änderung des bekannten Vorgehens", sagte ein Regierungssprecher am Mittwoch in B >>>


      BUSH TROTZ REBELLENAUFSTANDES MIT ENTWICKLUNG DES IRAK ZUFRIEDEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Washington (Reuters) – Trotz des anhaltenden Aufstandes im Irak hat sich US–Präsident George W. Bush zufrieden mit der Entwicklung in dem Golf–Staat gezeigt.

"Ich freue mich darüber, dass es nach weniger als einem Jahr eine demokratisch gewählte Regierung im Irak gibt, das >>>


      CDU UND FDP IN NRW WOLLEN LANDESBETEILIGUNGEN ÜBERPRÜFEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Düsseldorf (Reuters) – CDU und FDP wollen nach der Regierungsübernahme in Nordrhein–Westfalen entschieden gegen Bürokratie vorgehen und Landesbeteiligungen auf den Prüfstand stellen.

Über einen Verkauf der Anteile an der WestLB haben sie in ihren Koalitionsgesprächen n >>>


      CHIRAC HOLT NACH EU–DEBAKEL RIVALEN SARKOZY INS KABINETT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      – von Jon Boyle Paris (Reuters) – Nach dem Debakel beim Referendum zur EU–Verfassung hat Frankreichs Präsident Jacques Chirac seinen innerparteilichen Rivalen Nicolas Sarkozy ins Kabinett zurückgeholt.

Chirac sagte am Dienstag in einer Fernsehansprache an die Nation, der früher >>>


      CHIRAC HOLT NACH EU–DEBAKEL RIVALEN SARKOZY INS KABINETT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      – von Jon Boyle Paris (Reuters) – Nach dem Debakel beim Referendum zur EU–Verfassung hat Frankreichs Präsident Jacques Chirac seinen innerparteilichen Rivalen Nicolas Sarkozy ins Kabinett zurückgeholt.

Chirac sagte am Dienstag in einer Fernsehansprache an die Nation, der früher >>>


      CHIRAC HOLT NACH EU–DEBAKEL RIVALEN SARKOZY INS KABINETT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      – von Jon Boyle Paris (Reuters) – Nach dem Debakel beim Referendum zur EU–Verfassung hat Frankreichs Präsident Jacques Chirac seinen innerparteilichen Rivalen Nicolas Sarkozy ins Kabinett zurückgeholt.

Chirac sagte am Dienstag in einer Fernsehansprache an die Nation, der früher >>>


      CHIRAC÷ FRANKREICH BLEIBT EU VERPFLICHTET
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Paris (Reuters) – Frankreich bleibt der Europäischen Union (EU) nach den Worten von Präsident Jacques Chirac auch nach der Ablehnung der EU–Verfassung verpflichtet.

In einem am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Brief an andere Staats– und Regierungschefs der EU schrieb Chirac, der Rati >>>


      DIFFERENZEN ÜBER STEINKOHLE VOR NRW–KOALITIONSVERHANDLUNG
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Düsseldorf (Reuters) – Vor der zweiten Runde der Koalitionsgespräche zwischen CDU und FDP in Nordrhein–Westfalen haben sich die Positionen im Streit um die künftige Steinkohlepolitik verhärtet.

Der designierte Ministerpräsident Jürgen Rüttgers wies zum Auftakt der >>>


      EHEMALIGE NUMMER ZWEI BEIM FBI WAR WATERGATE–INFORMANT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Washington (Reuters) – Die ehemalige Nummer 2 der US–Bundespolizei FBI, Mark Felt, war "Deep Throat", die legendäre Quelle, die Anfang der siebziger Jahre im Watergate–Skandal die entscheidenden Einzelheiten weitergab und damit zum Sturz des republikanischen Präsidenten Richard Nix >>>


      EHEMALIGE NUMMER ZWEI BEIM FBI WAR WATERGATE–INFORMANT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Washington (Reuters) – Die ehemalige Nummer zwei der US–Bundespolizei FBI, Mark Felt, war "Deep Throat", die legendäre Quelle, die Anfang der siebziger Jahre im Watergate–Skandal die entscheidenden Einzelheiten weitergab und damit zum Sturz des republikanischen Präsidenten Richard >>>


      EHEMALIGE NUMMER ZWEI BEIM FBI WAR WATERGATE–INFORMANT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Washington (Reuters) – Die ehemalige Nummer zwei der US–Bundespolizei FBI, Mark Felt, war "Deep Throat", die legendäre Quelle, die Anfang der siebziger Jahre im Watergate–Skandal die entscheidenden Einzelheiten weitergab und damit zum Sturz des republikanischen Präsidenten Richard >>>


      EHEMALIGE NUMMER ZWEI BEIM FBI WAR WATERGATE–INFORMANT
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Washington (Reuters) – Die ehemalige Nummer zwei der US–Bundespolizei FBI, Mark Felt, war "Deep Throat", die legendäre Quelle, die Anfang der siebziger Jahre im Watergate–Skandal die entscheidenden Einzelheiten weitergab und damit zum Sturz des republikanischen Präsidenten Richard >>>


      FRANKREICHS NEUER MINISTERPRÄSIDENT VILLEPIN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Paris (Reuters) – Der französische Präsident Jacques Chirac hat den bisherigen Innenminister Dominique de Villepin am Dienstag zum neuen Ministerpräsidenten ernannt.

Im Folgenden einige Informationen zu Villepin. –– Der 51–Jährige ist ein enger Verbündeter des k >>>


      GRÜNEN–EXPERTEN SCHMIDT UND HUSTEDT TRETEN NICHT ZUR WAHL AN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Der langjährige Verkehrsexperte der Grünen, Albert Schmidt, kandidiert nicht mehr für den Bundestag.

Nach elf Jahren im Bundestag sei es Zeit für einen Neuanfang, sagte Schmidt am Dienstag in Berlin. Seine Entscheidung habe ausschließlich persönliche Gr&u >>>


      IRAKS PRÄSIDENT÷ SADDAM–PROZESS KÖNNTE IN ZWEI MONATEN BEGINNEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Bagdad (Reuters) – Der Prozess gegen Saddam Hussein dürfte nach Worten des irakischen Präsidenten Dschalal Talabani in den kommenden zwei Monaten beginnen.

Auf die Frage, wann mit dem Auftakt zu rechnen sei, antwortete Talabani in einem am Dienstag ausgestrahlten Interview mit dem US–Send >>>


      ISRAEL LÄSST AM DONNERSTAG 400 WEITERE PALÄSTINENSER FREI
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Jerusalem (Reuters) – Israel will am Donnerstag 400 weitere palästinensische Gefangene freilassen und setzt damit einen Kabinettsbeschluss vom Wochenende um.

Keiner der Häftlinge, die freikommen sollen, sei wegen der Beteiligung an Anschlägen gegen Israelis verurteilt worden, erklärte >>>


      KÖHLER WILL MIT PARTEICHEFS ÜBER NEUWAHL–PLAN SPRECHEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Bundespräsident Horst Köhler will vor seiner Entscheidung über eine vorgezogene Wahl mit den Partei– und Fraktionschefs über den Plan sprechen.

"Ich werde vor dem 1. Juli Gespräche zur grundsätzlichen Problematik führen", unter anderem >>>


      KÖHLER WILL WEGEN WAHL MIT PARTEI– UND FRAKTIONSCHEFS REDEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Bundespräsident Horst Köhler will mit den Partei– und Fraktionschefs über die Umstände sprechen, unter denen Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder eine vorgezogene Wahl des Bundestags erreichen will.

Er werde die Gespräche noch vor dem 1. Juli führen, >>>


      LIBYEN VERTAGT ENTSCHEIDUNG ÜBER TODESURTEIL GEGEN BULGARINNEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Tripolis/Sofia (Reuters) – Libyens oberstes Gericht hat die Berufungsentscheidung über die Todesurteile gegen fünf bulgarische Krankenschwestern überraschend auf November verschoben.

Die Regierung Sofia sieht darin ein Anzeichen, dass die umstrittenen Urteile am Ende ganz aufgehoben werden >>>


      MERKEL VERRINGERT ABSTAND ZU SCHRÖDER IN UMFRAGE
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Die Kanzlerkandidatin der Union, Angela Merkel, hat nach einer Umfrage ihren Abstand zu Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder bei der Frage nach dem künftigen Regierungschef verringert.

Nach der am Mittwoch vorab veröffentlichten Forsa–Studie im Auftrag des Magazins " >>>


      MERKEL WILL ANTIDISKRIMINIERUNGSGESETZ KIPPEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Unions–Kanzlerkandidatin Angela Merkel hat für den Fall eines Wahlsiegs die Rücknahme des umstrittenen Antidiskriminierungsgesetzes der rot–grünen Bundesregierung angekündigt.

Dieses absurde Gesetz würde sicher zu den ersten gehören, die sie zu >>>


      NACH NEIN DER FRANZOSEN REFERENDUM IN POLEN AUF DEM PRÜFSTAND
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Warschau (Reuters) – Nach dem Nein der Franzosen zur EU–Verfassung wird in Polen die Frage einer Volksbefragung auf den Prüfstand gestellt.

Die Spitzen von Parlament und Regierung kämen noch in dieser Woche unter dem Vorsitz von Präsident Aleksander Kwasniewski zu einem Krisentreffen >>>


      NIEDERLÄNDER STIMMEN ÜBER EU–VERFASSUNG AB
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Amsterdam (Reuters) – In den Niederlanden hat am Mittwoch die Volksabstimmung über die EU–Verfassung begonnen.

In jüngsten Umfragen zeichnete sich ein klares Nein zu dem Vertragsentwurf ab, dem bereits die Franzosen am Sonntag eine Absage erteilt hatten. Ministerpräsident Jan Peter B >>>


      NIEDERLÄNDER STIMMEN ÜBER EU–VERFASSUNG AB
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Amsterdam (Reuters) – In den Niederlanden hat am Mittwoch die Volksabstimmung über die EU–Verfassung begonnen.

In jüngsten Umfragen zeichnete sich ein klares Nein zu dem Vertragsentwurf ab, dem bereits die Franzosen am Sonntag eine Absage erteilt hatten. Ministerpräsident Jan Peter B >>>


      NIEDERLÄNDER STIMMEN ÜBER EU–VERFASSUNG AB
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Amsterdam (Reuters) – Drei Tage nach Frankreich haben am Mittwoch die Niederländer über die EU–Verfassung abgestimmt. Sollten sie den Vertrag ebenfalls ablehnen, droht das gesamte Reformprojekt zu scheitern.

In den letzten Umfragen vor dem Referendum zeichnete sich unter den zwölf Mi >>>


      POLIZEI IN SIMBABWE NIMMT BEI RAZZIEN ÜBER 22.000 MENSCHEN FEST
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Harare (Reuters) – Bei mehreren Razzien in Elendsvierteln hat die Polizei in Simbabwe einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge mehr als 22.000 Menschen festgenommen.

Mit dem harten Durchgreifen wolle die Regierung unter Präsident Robert Mugabe dem blühenden Schwarzmarkt und anderen mutmaßlichen Stra >>>


      ROT–GRÜN HÄLT TROTZ KLAGEDROHUNG AN AUS FÜR VISA–AUSSCHUSS FEST
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Trotz einer drohenden Verfassungsklage der Opposition halten SPD und Grüne an ihrem Vorhaben fest, die Beweisaufnahme im Visa–Untersuchungsausschuss wegen der erwarteten Neuwahlen vorzeitig zu beenden.

Dies kündigten die Obleute von SPD und Grünen, Olaf Scholz und >>>


      SCHARON WILL ABBAS AM 21. JUNI NOCH VOR GAZA–ABZUG TREFFEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Jerusalem (Reuters) – Israels Ministerpräsident Ariel Scharon will sich im Juni noch vor dem geplanten Abzug aus dem Gaza–Streifen mit Palästinenserpräsident Mahmud Abbas treffen.

Scharons Büro nannte am Mittwoch als Termin den 21. Juni, ohne Angaben über den für das T >>>


      SCHRÖDER VERTEIDIGT REGIERUNGSKURS UND WILL FÖDERALISMUSREFORM
      Reuters Deutschland, 01-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) hat die rot–grünen Reformen bei Steuern, Arbeitsmarkt und Familienförderung verteidigt und eindringlich für Änderungen im föderalen System geworben.

Die Regierung habe in den vergangenen Jahren wesentliche finanzi >>>



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