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      THERE WAS SOMETHING FISHY IN THE AIR
      Gulf News, 07-06-2005
      Agencies Melbourne÷ Customs officers at Melbourne Airport were shocked to discover a traveler had concealed 51 live tropical fish underneath her skirt.

AP A woman as she arrived in Melbourne, Australia on a flight from Singapore with 51 live tropical fish allegedly hidden in a specially designed apron u >>>


      WOMAN COUNCILLOR AND SOLDIER KILLED IN CLASH
      Gulf News, 07-06-2005
      By Raffy Jimenez, Correspondent Manila ÷ A councilwoman and a soldier were killed, and eight other soldiers were wounded during a clash between government soldiers and members of the New Peoples Army in northern Luzon on Friday, a belated report said yesterday.

District councilwoman Linda Camiling was k >>>


      ‘ADVANI IS A NATIONALIST PAR EXCELLENCE‘
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1613 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ Breaking its silence on party president L.K. Advani‘s resignation, the BJP on Tuesday came out strongly in his defence saying his commitment to nationalism cannot be questioned and the party needed his leadership.

"Ad >>>


      ABVP ACTIVISTS RANSACK VIGYAN BHAWAN
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1613 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ Activists of ABVP, student‘s wing of BJP, today ransacked the high security Vigyan Bhawan, the venue of today‘s meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE).

The activists, who stormed the conference cen >>>


      ACT OF COURAGE, IT WAS ADVANI THE INTELLECTUAL
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1018 hours IST Advani does the histories of India and Pakistan a great service by reopening the Jinnah question.

L.K. Advanis statements about the historical role and ideas of Muhammad Ali Jinnah have upset the Sangh Parivar. Jinnah is one figure in modern history few >>>


      ADVANI‘S RESIGNATION AN INTERNAL MATTER÷ RSS
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1612 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ RSS, which had demanded that BJP President L K Advani withdraw his controvesial statements in Pakistan, today said it has nothing to do with his resignation and dismissed suggestions it had applied any pressure.

"We have no >>>


      ADVANI GOES TO VAJPAYEE‘S RESIDENCE FOR ADVICE
      , 07-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 7÷ L K Advani, who resigned as BJP president, today met former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee amidst requests from party men for withdrawing his resignation.

Advani, who is said to be adamant on his decision, drove alone to residence of Vajpayee, who earlier in the day supported his >>>


      ADVANI WINDS UP PAK TRIP, ISLAMABAD DELIGHTED
      , 07-06-2005
      Islamabad, June 6÷ Pakistan on Monday described the week–long visit of BJP president L.K. Advani to the country as ‘very good,‘ saying he clarified certain issues that agitated the minds of Pakistanis.

"Advani had a very good meeting with the Pakistani leadership. He interacted wi >>>


      AN IMAGE MAKEOVER FOR ADVANI
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1'06 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ L.K. Advani, the man who virtually single–handedly put BJP on the path to power at the Centre more than a decade ago riding the Ram rath yatra, has ironically landed his party and the entire saffron camp in a deep crisis by his >>>


      BHAJJI ‘THROWS‘ 6 NO–BALLS OFF ONE!
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1201 hours IST London, June 6÷ Indian off–spinner Harbhajan Singh, whose action has been under the scanner off and on, added another chapter to the controversy by throwing the ball out of ‘frustration‘ in a county match, for which he was called.

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      BIHAR FLOOD SCAM÷ VIGILANCE BUREAU MULLING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SAHARA
      , 07-06-2005
      Patna, June 7÷ The vigilance investigation bureau is contemplating legal action against the Sahara Group management –– the employer of former Patna District Magistrate Gautam Goswami, who is evading arrest in the multi–crore flood relief scam.

The vigilance department has sought legal >>>


      BJP LEADERS RUSH TO VAJPAYEE‘S RESIDENCE
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 173' hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ The BJP on Tuesday said all the party leaders are of the view that president L.K. Advani should withdraw his resignation from the post.

"All the party leaders are of the view that he should withdraw his resignation. The >>>


      BJP PLAYING SAFE OVER ADVANI‘S RESIGNATION
      , 07-06-2005
      Ahmedabad, June 7÷ The Gujarat unit of the BJP adopted a ‘wait and watch‘ policy over the resignation of party president L.K. Advani earlier on Tuesday.

"The news has just come in. The party will sit together and ponder over the developments that have occurred and decide what to do next >>>


      CHINA ALLURE GROWS AS INDIA WAGES RISE
      , 07-06-2005
      New York, June 7÷ Interest in China as an outsourcing destination shot up over the last year as wages in India kept climbing, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

About 40 per cent of the companies surveyed plan to shift some technology work to China in the next three to five years, compared with >>>


      CONG ENJOYS CRISIS IN THE SAFFRON CAMP
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1613 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ Apparently enjoying the crisis in the saffron camp, Congress today said that L K Advani‘s resignation was an internal matter of the BJP and felt his controversial statements in Pakistan were aimed at an "image changeover" >>>


      FLOOD TOLL IN CHINA MOUNTS TO AT LEAST 120
      , 07-06-2005
      Beijing, June 7÷ A week of floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain across southern and central China has hit nearly 10 million people, killed at least 120 and left 63 missing, the state media reported today.

"Affecting more than '.7 million people, the disaster has so far forced 300, >>>


      HRITHIK HURT ON KRRISH
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1255 hours IST Mumbai, June 7÷ Accidents on the sets are inevitable, especially if the shooting involves the kind of stunts Hrithik is busy doing for his upcoming Krrish. Two days ago, Hrithik got hurt at Film City while performing a stunt. Hrithik has suffered a hamstri >>>


      INDIA, PAK SET UP JWG ON PIPELINE
      , 07-06-2005
      Islamabad, June 6÷ In A boost to the Iran pipeline project, India and Pakistan have set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to move the project forward.

We would like to get this project to some significant ground by the end of this year, said Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar as Pakistans National >>>


      ISRAELI TROOPS KILL PALESTINIAN POLICEMAN
      , 07-06-2005
      Qabatiya, West Bank, June 7÷ Israeli troops killed an unarmed Palestinian policeman on Tuesday during a clash with militants in the West Bank, local residents and medics said.

They said soldiers entered the village of Qabatiya near the city of Jenin and encircled a house, exchanging fire with militants >>>


      JD–U SINGS ADVANI‘S TUNE ON JINNAH
      , 07-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 7÷ The BJP‘s ally JD–U on Tuesday refused to comment on L.K. Advani‘s resignation from the presidentship of the saffron party but backed his controversial statements about Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Pakistan saying these were based on historical facts and aimed at strengthening Indo >>>


      JILTED LOVER TURNS TO E–STALKING
      , 07-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 7÷ Technology didnt go very far for a 24–year–old computer professional who tried to get back at his former lover by hacking into her e–mail account and her colleagues to send threats and pornographic pictures. Police managed to track his Gurgaon company and arrested him; he a >>>


      L.K. ADVANI QUITS AS BJP CHIEF
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1311 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ L.K. Advanis controversial statements on Pakistans founder M.A. Jinnah, the Partition of India as well as the Babri Masjid demolition, that went against the very ideology of RSS, have caused BJP chief to resign.

This step come >>>


      LALOO TO ADVANI÷ STOP THE DRAMA AND LEAVE RSS
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1647 hours IST Patna, June 7÷ Dubbing the resignation of BJP president L.K. Advani as drama, Railway Minister and RJD chief Laloo Prasad on Tuesday said if he was serious he should resign from the RSS and also take action against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.>>>


      LG.PHILIPS INKS $5 BLN DEAL WITH HEWLETT–PACKARD
      , 07-06-2005
      Seoul, June 7÷ LG.Philips LCD, the world‘s second–biggest flat screen maker, said on Tuesday it has signed a 5.05 trillion won ($5.03 billion) three–year deal with Hewlett–Packard Co to supply flat panels.

LG.Philips LCD Co Ltd will supply flat panels for notebook computers and m >>>


      MAHA BJP URGES ADVANI TO WITHDRAW RESIGNATION
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1433 hours IST Mumbai, June 7÷ The Maharashtra unit of BJP has urged BJP president L K Advani to withdraw his resignation in the interest of the party.

"BJP needs the services of a senior leader of Advani‘s stature and it will be in the interest of th >>>


      NARAIN FACES SPELL IN THE WILDERNESS
      , 07-06-2005
      London, June 7÷ India‘s first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan faces a spell in the wilderness before Sunday‘s Canadian Grand Prix.

His Jordan team‘s fitness trainer has taken Karthikeyan and Portuguese team mate Tiago Monteiro to a secluded lake north of Montreal to get in shape >>>


      NOW FLY AT RE 1, COURTESY AIR DECCAN
      , 07-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 6÷ Pushing competition to its limit, Air Deccan on Monday announced the launch of the lowest fare of Rs one per ticket plus taxes worth Rs 221 from Tuesday and also put in place a new concept in the Indian aviation scene to sell its tickets through petrol pumps of HPCL.

The Rs one limite >>>


      ONE IN 10 KIDS BULLIED BY PICTURE PHONE÷ SURVEY
      , 07-06-2005
      London, June 7÷ One in 10 children say they have been threatened or made uncomfortable by people taking a photograph of them with a mobile phone, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

Children‘s charity NCH said nearly a sixth of this total believed their image had then been sent to someone >>>


      PAKISTAN BEATS INDIA IN GROWTH
      , 07-06-2005
      June 7÷ The world‘s second–fastest growing economy after China is no longer India. It‘s Pakistan.According to figures released over the weekend by Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, the $110 billion economy is estimated to have grown 8.4 percent in the current fiscal year that ends J >>>


      PAKISTAN BOOSTS DEFENCE SPENDING BY 3.35 PC
      , 07-06-2005
      Islamabad, June 7÷ Pakistan announced on Monday it would boost defence spending to 223.50 billion rupees for the financial year starting in July, a 3.35 percent increase in rupee terms on the current year‘s revised figure.

The planned spending figure announced in the budget speech by Minister of S >>>


      PAKISTAN IS ‘STUNNED‘ BY ADVANI‘S RESIGNATION
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1627 hours IST Islamabad, June 7÷ Stating that it was "stunned" by the resignation of L K Advani as BJP president, Pakistan today asserted his remarks that Mohammad Ali Jinnah was secular gave him a "new look" here and blamed the media for projecting >>>


      PENNSYLVANIA USES BLOGGERS TO LURE TOURISTS
      , 07-06-2005
      Philadelphia, June 7÷ Pennsylvania is turning to a new kind of travel writer to sell its glories÷ the blogger.

The state tourism office has created six blogs for selected "real people" to record their visits to prime Pennsylvania locations over the summer in exchange for their expenses >>>


      PLANE FIGHT
      , 07-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 7÷ As the competition between new airlines to attract passengers becomes increasingly cut–throat, damage caused to a plane by a toppled step–ladder has become the bone of contention between two carriers.

Kingfisher airlines, the newest entrant to the industry, has alleged tha >>>


      PRIYA TO TAKE OVER SUNIL DUTTS SEAT
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 030' hours IST New Delhi, June 6÷ Priya Dutt, daughter of former sports minister Sunil Dutt, will be the Congress candidate from north–west Mumbai parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the death of her father.

Ms Dutt had a detailed meeting wi >>>


      RETRACT JINNAH REMARKS÷ RSS TO ADVANI
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1312 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ As BJP chief L.K. Advani returned here from a visit to Pakistan sticking to his remarks on Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the Partition of India and Babri Masjid demolition, an incensed Sangh Parivar fountainhead RSS tonight hardened its stand and >>>


      SHIV SAINIKS CARRY OUT ADVANI‘S MOCK FUNERAL
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1'1' hours IST Varanasi, June 7÷ Protesting BJP chief L.K. Advani‘s statements praising Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah‘s secular credentials, Shiv Sena activists here today took out a mock funeral procession of the saffron party leader and later >>>


      SONAL MANSINGH REMOVED AS SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI HEAD
      , 07-06-2005
      New Delhi, June 7÷ Renowned danseuse Sonal Mansingh was today removed as chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi by the government and replaced by former Union Minister Ram Niwas Mirdha, bringing to an end a tumultous period in the history of the Akademi.

Mansingh who was appointed as the head of the Akade >>>


      TOGADIA WELCOMES ADVANI‘S RESIGNATION
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1450 hours IST New Delhi, June 7÷ Welcoming his resignation, VHP international secretary Praveen Togadia today said the BJP president L K Advani was forced to resign from the post because he "betrayed the nation, patriots and Ram bhaktas" by describing Jinnah a >>>


      VAJPAYEE SUPPORTS ADVANI ON JINNAH
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1212 hours IST Manali, June 7÷ Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today endorsed L K Advani‘s comments on Pakistan‘s founder leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah saying that the BJP president‘s remarks were being "misinterpreted." "Whatever >>>


      VHP MEN CELEBRATE ADVANI‘S RESIGNATION
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1652 hours IST Ahmedabad, June 7÷ Several VHP workers, celebrating resignation of BJP president L K Advani by blocking road, were arrested today from Ghatlodia area of the city, even as they clashed with local the BJP workers, police said.

The VHP workers blocke >>>


      YASHWANT SINHA SLAMS ADVANI ON JINNAH
      , 07-06-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 1'1' hours IST Ranchi, June 7÷ In the first criticism from within the BJP, senior party leader Yashwant Sinha today said L K Advani‘s controversial comments on Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah was ‘unneccesary and avoidable‘.

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      AT LEAST 16 DEAD IN SOMALI MILITIA CLASHES
      , 07-06-2005
      MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least 16 people have been killed and eight injured in separate militia clashes in two towns north of the capital, officials said on Tuesday.

At least 11 people died in Balli Guled village north of Mogadishu, near Galkayo, and another five were killed in heavy factional fighting i >>>


      BLAIR SAYS EU TREATY IS "SENSIBLE WAY FORWARD"
      , 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared to offer his support for the troubled European Union constitution on Monday after his government shelved plans to hold a referendum on its ratification.

"I think the constitution is a perfectly sensible way forward," Blair said in an >>>


      BRITAIN PLAYS DOWN G8 AFRICA BREAKTHROUGH WITH BUSH
      , 07-06-2005
      By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) – Britain played down media speculation of a possible breakthrough over its plans to lift Africa out of poverty as Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared for talks with President George W. Bush.

Blair‘s spokesman admitted on Monday that Washington would not support Brit >>>


      BUSH, BLAIR MEET TO PLEDGE AFRICA AID
      , 07-06-2005
      By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will pledge hundreds of millions of dollars on Tuesday in aid to Africa but Bush will stop short of backing Blair‘s more ambitious plan to lift the region out of poverty.

Blair is on a one–d >>>


      EGYPTIAN OPPOSITION PARTY SEEKS 2–YR REFORM MANDATE
      , 07-06-2005
      CAIRO (Reuters) – The sole declared runner in Egypt‘s first multi–candidate presidential election this September will seek only a two–year mandate to implement democratic reform, the opposition Ghad party said on Tuesday.

Western nations including the United States have pressed Egypt to >>>


      EU MAKES LITTLE PROGRESS ON AID BUT UK UPBEAT
      , 07-06-2005
      By Katie Allen LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers made scant progress on Tuesday on how to boost development aid but Britain insisted a deal to slash poor countries‘ debt was near.

As current chairman of the Group of Eight industrialised powers, Britain has declared 2005 a make >>>


      FOUR SUICIDE BOMBERS STRIKE IN IRAQ, KILL AT LEAST 1'
      , 07-06-2005
      By Andrew Marshall BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Car bombers struck in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 1' people and wounding more than 40, the latest attacks in a surge of suicide bombings that have killed hundreds since late April.

Four of the attacks were in or near the northern town >>>


      FOUR SUICIDE BOMBS KILL AT LEAST 14 IN IRAQ
      , 07-06-2005
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Four suicide car bombers struck in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding at least 22, police said.

They said three of the suicide bombers blew up their vehicles close to checkpoints around the Iraqi town on Hawija near Kirkuk. The attacks killed >>>


      G8 DEBT COMPROMISE PLAN TO HELP 5 NATIONS – DOCUMENT
      , 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Group of Eight finance ministers will consider a compromise debt relief plan to write off multilateral debts of only five countries, a copy of the proposal showed on Tuesday.

Aid agency Eurodad gave Reuters a copy of the French, German and Japanese compromise plan ahead of this weekend >>>


      ICC INVESTIGATIONS NOT WELCOME IN SUDAN – MINISTER
      , 07-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan said on Monday it would not welcome investigations by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a view to prosecuting people for suspected war crimes in the Darfur region, However, Majzoub al–Khalifa, the head of the government‘s Darfur talks team, said t >>>


      LIBYA ACQUITS POLICEMEN, DOCTOR OF TORTURE CHARGES
      , 07-06-2005
      TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan court on Tuesday acquitted nine Libyan policemen and a doctor of charges of torturing five Bulgarian nurses to extract confessions, officials said on Tuesday.

The defendants were charged with torturing the nurses to force them into confessing that they deliberately infected h >>>


      MBEKI SAYS TO SPEAK ABOUT S.AFRICA‘S ZUMA AFTER TRIP
      , 07-06-2005
      By Alistair Thomson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Thabo Mbeki met beleaguered deputy Jacob Zuma on Monday for the first time since a court implicated him in a high–profile corruption case, but said he would take time to study the issue.

In a statement shortly before the president >>>


      NIGER PLANS FOOD LOANS TO FIGHT HUNGER
      , 07-06-2005
      By Abdoulaye Massalatchi NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger plans to launch food loans to help more than 2 million subsistence farmers facing severe shortages in the poor West African nation after a drought and locust infestation.

Prime Minister Hama Amadou said after a meeting with donors late on Monday that the >>>


      S.AFRICA‘S ANC BRASS MEET AS ZUMA SPLIT LOOMS
      , 07-06-2005
      By Alistair Thomson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Thabo Mbeki met beleaguered deputy Jacob Zuma on Monday for the first time since a court implicated him in a high–profile corruption case that risks opening deep rifts in the ruling ANC.

But the closed door meeting with African Na >>>


      S.AFRICA PROSECUTOR URGES JAIL FOR ZUMA ADVISER
      , 07-06-2005
      DURBAN (Reuters) – South African prosecutors urged a tough jail sentence for Deputy President Jacob Zuma‘s former financial adviser on Tuesday in a corruption trial that has threatened Zuma‘s political future.

Schabir Shaik was convicted last week for paying Zuma around 1.3 million rand for h >>>


      SECOND DAY OF VIOLENCE IN ETHIOPIA POLL PROTEST
      , 07-06-2005
      By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian security forces beat rock–throwing students protesting against the result of the May 15 parliamentary election they say was rigged, opposition parties and students said on Tuesday.

A second day of demonstrations turned violent after protests on M >>>


      TURF WARS SNAG US, EUROPE ON DARFUR MISSION
      , 07-06-2005
      By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Defence chiefs from the United States and Europe will seek at a NATO meeting on Thursday to end a weeks–long dispute threatening to delay air transport vital to boosting peace efforts in Sudan‘s Darfur region.

The snag is a turf–war tussle between Washi >>>


      UK‘S BROWN CONFIDENT OF IMMINENT DEBT RELIEF DEAL
      , 07-06-2005
      By Katie Allen LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – British finance minister Gordon Brown said on Tuesday he was confident of a deal with other rich nations within days to wipe out the debts of the world‘s poorest countries.

Brown said finance ministers from the European Union had discussed various proposals to >>>


      VIOLENCE ON SECOND DAY OF ETHIOPIA POLL PROTESTS
      , 07-06-2005
      By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian security forces on Tuesday beat rock–throwing students protesting the results of elections they say were rigged in a second day of violence that has left one person dead and seen hundreds arrested.

About 100 students at a technical college tried >>>


      WARRING DARFUR PARTIES SAY WILL ATTEND PEACE TALKS
      , 07-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) – All parties to the Darfur peace talks will attend the next round of African Union–sponsored negotiations after a 6–month lull, but leaders of the main rebel group said logistical problems may delay their arrival.

Majzoub al–Khalifa, the head of the >>>


      AFGHAN MOSQUE ATTACK SEEN PART OF "BIG SHOCK" PLOT
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Yousuf Azimy KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan investigators believe last week‘s suicide attack on a mosque was part of a plot that included an attempt to shoot down a plane by militants bent on creating maximum shock and dismay ahead of national elections.

A mosque in the southern city of Kandahar was b >>>


      BOLIVIA‘S PRESIDENT OFFERS TO RESIGN AMID PROTESTS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles FACTBOX–Key facts on Bolivia as president resigns By Patrick Markey LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) – Bolivian President Carlos Mesa submitted his resignation late on Monday as he sought to end weeks of crippling protests over nationalisation of the country‘s natural gas reserves that trigg >>>


      BRITAIN PLAYS DOWN G8 BREAKTHROUGH WITH BUSH
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Blair Seeks Africa Aid From Bush By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) – Britain played down media speculation of a possible breakthrough over its plans to lift Africa out of poverty as Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared for talks with President George W. Bush.

Blair‘s spokesman admitted on Monday that >>>


      BROWN WANTS TO SEE FASTER GROWTH IN EURO ZONE
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Katie Allen LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The euro zone economy needs to grow faster, finance minister Gordon Brown said on Tuesday, repeating that he was right to decide last year the conditions were not right to adopt the single currency.

Economists have warned that slow growth in the euro zone countries, >>>


      BUSH AND BLAIR MEET TO PLEDGE AFRICA AID
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles Britain plays down G8 breakthrough with Bush By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair will pledge hundreds of millions of dollars on Tuesday in aid to Africa but Bush will stop short of backing Blair‘s more ambitious plan to lift the reg >>>


      BUSH AND BLAIR TO PLEDGE AFRICA AID
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair will pledge hundreds of millions of dollars on Tuesday in aid to Africa but Bush will stop short of backing Blair‘s more ambitious plan to lift the region out of poverty.

A senior White House official, sp >>>


      CONSERVATIVE HEAVYWEIGHT RIFKIND SEEKS LEADERSHIP
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Malcolm Rifkind, a leading Conservative politician who served under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, tentatively threw his hat into the ring on Tuesday for what is set to be a hotly contested leadership fight.

The centre–right Conservatives are seeking their fifth leader in eigh >>>


      DAY OF FRENZY BUT NO VERDICT IN JACKSON TRIAL
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles Jackson‘s post–trial future hinges on his past Jackson Back in Hospital Jurors Mull Jackson‘s Fate By Dan Whitcomb SANTA MARIA, California (Reuters) – Jurors in Michael Jackson‘s sex–abuse trial completed their first full day of deliberations on Mond >>>


      DEADLY ISRAELI RAID, GAZA ROCKET SALVO HIT TRUCE
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles Israel rejects any British dialogue with Hamas Israeli troops kill Palestinian militant and policeman Rocket Attack On Israel Israel÷ Rocket Attack By Wael al–Ahmad JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed an Islamic Jihad commander in a West Bank raid and >>>


      EU DEFENCE INTEGRATION MUST GO ON – SCHEFFER
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – European integration on defence and security matters must continue despite French and Dutch voters‘ rejection of the EU constitution, NATO General–Secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The need for a strong Europe had not changed since the "No >>>


      EU MINISTERS SAY THERE SHOULD BE JUNE BUDGET DEAL
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Marcin Grajewski LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Euro zone countries agreed on Monday a deal should be reached this month on a long–term budget to show the European Union was in business despite French and Dutch "No" referendum votes against a bloc constitution.

"The (finance) ministers of >>>


      EU MINISTERS SEEK BUDGET DEAL TO BOOST CONFIDENCE
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles Brown wants to see faster growth in euro zone EU finmins ask Commission to study air ticket tax EU assembly opts for tougher energy consumption cuts EU agrees rules to combat money laundering EU savings tax to start on July 1 as planned ECB President Signals Status Quo Trichet÷ No Rate Cut By Ma >>>


      EU TREATY WON‘T BE BROUGHT IN "BY BACK DOOR" – STRAW
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – There will be no introduction of the European Union constitution, or even a revised version of it, "by the back door", Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Tuesday.

But he said some elements of the constitution, such as its proposals on voting rights of member states, could b >>>


      FANS FROM AROUND WORLD RALLY AROUND JACKSON
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles Jackson jury to resume deliberations amid frenzy By Alexandria Sage SANTA MARIA, California (Reuters) – They have hung banners, carried signs and decorated the entrance to Neverland Valley Ranch with paper hearts and stars.

They have flown to California from all over the world to be clos >>>


      FLYING BISHOP A JETSET PASTOR FOR DISTANT ANGLICANS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Iza Kaminska WORTH (Reuters) – Toothbrush? Check. Sunblock? Check. Laptop? Check. Collapsible mitre? Check. Telescopic ecclesiastical staff? Uh, Check?

Once his kit is packed, the Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell is ready for the commute to a day in the office that might take him to the mountains of the >>>


      GLAZERS TAKE SEATS ON MANCHESTER UNITED BOARD
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Soccer club Manchester United Plc (MNU.L÷ Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday that Avram Glazer, Bryan Glazer and Joel Glazer had joined the board as non–executive directors following the takeover of the club.

The English Premier League side said in a statement that >>>


      HAGUE COURT OPENS PROBE INTO CRIMES IN SUDAN‘S DARFUR
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles Darfur rebel infighting kills 11, injures 17–AU ICC investigations not welcome in Sudan––minister FACTBOX–Key facts about conflict in Sudan‘s Darfur region FACTBOX–Key facts about the International Criminal Court ‘Lost boys of Sudan‘ have bad memories &nd >>>


      HOUSE PRICE INFLATION AT FOUR–YEAR LOW
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Ross Finley LONDON (Reuters) – House prices fell for a second month in May, bringing the annual rate of increase to its weakest in four years, HBOS (HBOS.L÷ Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday, providing more evidence the housing market was stagnating.

The figures came alongside a report >>>


      JACKSON JURY RESUMES DELIBERATIONS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles Michael Jackson‘s share of Beatles catalog in doubt Jackson‘s post–trial future hinges on his past Fans from around world rally around Jackson Jackson Back in Hospital Jurors Mull Jackson‘s Fate By Dan Whitcomb SANTA MARIA, California (Reuters) – Jurors re >>>


      JACKSON JURY TO RESUME DELIBERATIONS AMID FRENZY
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Pictures Related Articles Jackson‘s post–trial future hinges on his past Jackson Back in Hospital Jurors Mull Jackson‘s Fate By Dan Whitcomb SANTA MARIA, California (Reuters) – Jurors were set to resume deliberations for a second day on Tuesday in Michael Jackson‘s sex–abuse >>>


      MAY HOUSE PRICE INFLATION AT FOUR–YEAR LOW
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – House prices fell a second month running in May, bringing the annual rate of increase to its weakest in four years, HBOS said on Tuesday, providing more evidence the housing market was stagnating.

The nation‘s largest mortgage lender said its Halifax house price index fell 0.6 pe >>>


      MINISTERS SEEK BUDGET DEAL TO ALLAY EU CRISIS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles EU makes little progress on aid but UK upbeat Brown wants to see faster growth in euro zone EU assembly opts for tougher energy consumption cuts EU agrees rules to combat money laundering EU savings tax to start on July 1 as planned ECB President Signals Status Quo Trichet÷ No Rate Cut By Jan St >>>


      NO DATE SET FOR SADDAM‘S TRIAL
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s government backed away on Tuesday from recent claims that Saddam Hussein could be tried within weeks, saying it was up to the country‘s independent Special Tribunal to decide when he goes to court.

Senior Iraqi officials, including the president and th >>>


      POLICE SEIZE 8 TONNES OF HASHISH FROM BRITISH–FLAGGED BOAT
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      MADRID (Reuters) – Police seized 8 tonnes of hashish from a British–flagged fishing boat off Spain with a market value of 33 million euros (22 million pounds) and arrested seven people, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Police arrested four crew members –– two Britons, a Sp >>>


      ROCK STARS TO STAGE 6TH LIVE 8 CONCERT IN SCOTLAND
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Dido, Annie Lennox, Travis and Texas will take the stage in Scotland for a sixth Live 8 rock concert to press world leaders to fight African poverty at next month‘s G8 summit, organisers said on Tuesday.

Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof has announced concerts in London, Paris, Rome >>>


      RUSSELL CROWE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Pictures Russell Crowe arrested after NY hotel fracas By Jeanne King NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Russell Crowe was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon on Monday after throwing a telephone at a hotel employee, police and prosecutors said.

The Oscar–winner, who plays a box >>>


      SCRAMBLE STARTS FOR LONDON LIVE 8 CONCERT TICKETS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – A texting lottery for tickets to London‘s star–studded Live 8 charity concert opened on Monday with hundreds of thousands expected to spend up to 20 million pounds competing for the chance to attend the July 2 event.

Performers expected at the Hyde Park show include Maria C >>>


      STRAW SAYS NO CONTACTS WITH HAMAS HEADS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Foreign secretary Jack Straw, who visits the Middle East on Tuesday, said his diplomats would have no contacts with the leadership of the Palestinian militant group Hamas until it declared a ceasefire.

Britain and the European Union have both declared Hamas a terrorist group and reject >>>


      STRAW TRIES TO CALM ISRAELI WORRY OVER HAMAS TALKS
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Pictures Hamas Reacts To British Rebuke By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Foreign Secretary Jack Straw began a Middle East visit on Tuesday trying to ease Israeli concern over his disclosure that British diplomats had met Palestinian officials linked to the militant group Hamas.

Straw‘s >>>


      WORLD CUP ON TRACK BUT CAN GERMANY HOST A PARTY?
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      By Kevin Fylan FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany has proved it can stage the world‘s biggest soccer tournament. Now it needs to show that it can also host a party for more than a million foreign visitors.

With a year to go before the World Cup kicks off in Munich on June ' 2006, the big challenge l >>>


      WORLD MILITARY SPENDING NEARS COLD WAR PEAK
      Reuters UK, 07-06-2005
      Related Articles FACTBOX–The top 15 military spenders in 2004 By Peter Starck STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Massive U.S. spending on the war on terrorism pushed global military expenditure above $1 trillion (567,653 billion pounds) in 2004, the sixth successive year the total has risen, a leading research institute >>>


      ARMEE÷ PALÄSTINENSER TÖTEN ZWEI ARBEITER IM GAZA–STREIFEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Jerusalem (Reuters) – Eine von Palästinensern in eine jüdische Siedlung im Gaza–Streifen abgefeuerte Werfergranate hat israelischen Militärkreisen zufolge zwei Arbeiter getötet und fünf weitere verletzt.

Bei den Opfern handle es sich wahrscheinlich um palästinensische >>>


      AUSEINANDERSETZUNGEN VOR AL–AKSA–MOSCHEE IN JERUSALEM
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Jerusalem (Reuters) – Am Jahrestag der israelischen Eroberung Ost–Jerusalems haben Palästinenser am Montag in der Stadt jüdische Gläubige mit Steinen beworfen.

Die israelische Polizei rückte auf den Platz vor der Al–Aksa–Moschee vor, um die Steinwürfe zu unterbi >>>


      BOTSCHAFT INDONESIENS IN AUSTRALIEN WEGEN PAKETS GESCHLOSSEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Canberra (Reuters) – Ein verdächtiges Paket hat am Dienstag in der australischen Hauptstadt Canberra zum zweiten Mal innerhalb einer Woche die Schließung der indonesischen Botschaft verursacht.

Wie die australische Polizei mitteilte, wurde sie am Vormittag (Ortszeit) telefonisch über das >>>


      BUNDESGERICHTSHOF URTEILT ÜBER FREISPRUCH MZOUDIS
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Karlsruhe (Reuters) – Der Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) wird am Donnerstag über den umstrittenen Freispruch des wegen Beihilfe zu den Anschlägen vom 11.

September 2001 angeklagten Marokkaners Abdelghani Mzoudi urteilen. Sollte der BGH das Urteil des Hamburger Oberlandesgerichts (OLG) nicht bestä >>>


      BUNDESREGIERUNG SIEHT KEINEN ANLASS FÜR BEFÖRDERUNGSSTOP
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Die Bundesregierung will trotz der für September erwarteten vorgezogenen Bundestagswahl nicht auf Beförderungen in den Ministerien verzichten.

"Es gibt keinen Anlass für einen Stopp", sagte Regierungssprecher Bela Anda am Montag in Berlin. Nach bisherigen Angab >>>


      BUNDESREGIERUNG SIEHT KEINEN ANLASS FÜR BEFÖRDERUNGSSTOP
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Die Bundesregierung will trotz der für September erwarteten vorgezogenen Bundestagswahl nicht auf Beförderungen in den Ministerien verzichten.

"Es gibt keinen Anlass für einen Stopp", sagte Regierungssprecher Bela Anda am Montag in Berlin. Nach bisherigen Angab >>>


      BUSH UND BLAIR PLANEN UMFANGREICHE AFRIKA–HILFEN
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Washington (Reuters) – US–Präsident George W. Bush und der britische Premierminister Tony Blair planen umfangreiche Hilfen im Kampf gegen Hunger und Armut in Afrika.

Einen Finanzplan Großbritanniens zur Verdoppelung bereits bestehender Hilfsbudgets wird Bush dagegen nicht unterstütz >>>


      CLEMENT WILL SCHÄRFERE KONTROLLEN BEI ARBEITSLOSENGELD II
      Reuters Deutschland, 07-06-2005
      Berlin (Reuters) – Bundeswirtschaftsminister Wolfgang Clement will eine schärfere Kontrolle der Empfänger des Arbeitslosengeldes II.

In einem der "Berliner Zeitung" vom Dienstag vorliegenden Schreiben an Job–Center und die Arbeitsgemeinschaften der Bundesagentur für Arbeit >>>



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