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      ALCAN FACES COMPETITION INQUIRY
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Alcan Inc., the world‘s No. 2 aluminum producer, on Wednesday said it is providing information to Canadian regulators regarding an inquiry into the competitiveness of the sale and supply of aluminum fluoride.

Montreal–based Alcan said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it >>>


      ALCAN FACES COMPETITION INQUIRY BY REGULATORS
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Alcan Inc., the world‘s No. 2 aluminum producer, on Wednesday said it is providing information to Canadian regulators regarding an inquiry into the competitiveness of the sale and supply of aluminum fluoride.

Montreal–based Alcan said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission th >>>


      ALCAN FACES COMPETITION INQUIRY IN CANADA
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Alcan Inc. , the world‘s No. 2 aluminum producer, on Wednesday said it is providing information to Canadian regulators regarding an inquiry into the competitiveness of the sale and supply of aluminum fluoride.

Montreal–based Alcan said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission i >>>


      BOMBARDIER Q1 EARNINGS SWING TO A PROFIT
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Bombardier Inc. reported slightly higher–than–expected first–quarter earnings on Wednesday helped by strong performances from both of its key units.

Montreal–based Bombardier, the world‘s third–largest civil aircraft maker and No. 1 manufacturer of trains, said it earned $5 >>>


      BROOKFIELD CONSORTIUM IN C$2 BLN DEAL TO BUY O&Y
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      A consortium led by Brookfield Properties Corp. and its Canadian–based subsidiary has made an all–cash offer to buy O&Y Properties Corp. and its real estate investment trust in a deal valued at about C$2 billion ($1.6 billion), O&Y said on Wednesday.

Under the terms of the deal, which is e >>>


      CHARGES PUSH NORTEL TO FIRST–QUARTER LOSS
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Nortel Networks Corp. , one of the world‘s largest telecom equipment suppliers, said on Tuesday it posted a first–quarter loss, partly because of a hike in special charges related to a restructuring plan.

Nortel, whose accounting problems have sparked regulatory and criminal probes, reported a net >>>


      OIL REACHES 3–WEEK HIGH, OVER $52
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Oil prices climbed to a three–week high above $52 a barrel on Wednesday as summer drivers took to the roads and forecasters predicted a stormy hurricane season that could disrupt U.S. production.

U.S. light sweet crude for July delivery climbed 31 cents to $52.28 a barrel, the highest since May 10, alth >>>


      SCOTIABANK PROFIT, DIV RISE, EXECUTIVES SHUFFLED
      Reuters Canada, 01-06-2005
      Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada‘s third biggest bank, shuffled its executive ranks on Tuesday, naming a new chief financial officer after reporting a 5 percent rise in second–quarter profit and increasing its dividend.

Scotiabank said its chief auditor, Luc Vanneste, will become chief financial office >>>


      ARGENTINA CON MAYOR TASA MUNDIAL MUERTES EN ACCIDENTES TRÁNSITO
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Argentina es el país con la mayor tasa de mortalidad por accidentes de tránsito de acuerdo al tamaño de su población, según un cálculo del Instituto de Seguridad y Educación Vial (ISEV) publicado el miércoles por la prensa local.

La tasa en Argentina fue >>>


      BAJA APROBACIÓN FOX Y CRECE SENSACIÓN DE INSEGURIDAD
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      La aprobación al trabajo del presidente mexicano, Vicente Fox, cayó entre marzo y junio, mientras la opinión de que la inseguridad ha empeorado en el país subió a su nivel más alto desde que inició su gobierno a fines del 2000, reveló el miércoles una encu >>>


      BUSH SE REÚNE CON PROMINENTE OPOSITORA A CHÁVEZ
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El presidente George W. Bush se reunió el martes en la Casa Blanca con una prominente opositora al mandatario de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, en una muestra de apoyo que podría enfurecer al gobernante de uno de los principales proveedores de crudo a Estados Unidos.

María Corina Machado, >>>


      BUSH SE REÚNE CON PROMINENTE OPOSITORA A CHÁVEZ
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El presidente George W. Bush se reunió el martes en la Casa Blanca con una prominente opositora al mandatario de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, en una muestra de apoyo que podría enfurecer al gobernante de uno de los principales proveedores de crudo a Estados Unidos.

María Corina Machado, >>>


      CONGRESO DE BOLIVIA NO PUEDE REANUDAR SUS SESIONES
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El Congreso de Bolivia no pudo reanudar el martes sus sesiones por las incesantes protestas callejeras en La Paz y quedó en suspenso una convocatoria a un referendo sobre autonomías y una Asamblea Constituyente que tienen al país andino sumido en una grave crisis política.

El Congr >>>


      CORRUPCIÓN GOLPEA POPULARIDAD LULA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      La popularidad del gobierno del presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva cayó en mayo a su menor nivel desde agosto del 2004, afectada por un escándalo por corrupción, pero el mandatario brasileño ganaría hoy la reelección ante cualquier rival, mostró el martes una e >>>


      MINISTRO DE FOX PRESENTA RENUNCIA A GABINETE÷ MEDIOS
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El secretario de Gobernación (Interior), Santiago Creel, principal operador político del presidente mexicano, Vicente Fox, presentó el miércoles su renuncia al gobierno en lo que se espera sea su primer paso para una candidatura presidencial rumbo a las elecciones del 2006.

Creel, >>>


      MÉXICO EXTRADITA A DOS SORDOS QUE EXPLOTABAN INMIGRANTES EN EEUU
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Dos mexicanos sordos, que forzaron a otros inmigrantes sordos a vender baratijas en las calles de Nueva York, fueron extraditados a Estados Unidos para enfrentar cargos en el caso, dijo el martes el gobierno de México.

Bajo un sistema de esclavitud laboral, a mediados de la década de 1'' >>>


      PARLAMENTO PANAMA APRUEBA IMPORTANTE REFORMA DE PENSIONES
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El parlamento de Panamá aprobó una amplia reforma al sistema de pensiones, que disparó violentas protestas callejeras pero fue bienvenido por los inversores extranjeros.

Los diputados apoyaron el proyecto propuesto por el gobierno del presidente Martin Torrijos por 43 votos contra 30 el m >>>


      SEPARAN CON ÉXITO PIERNAS ‘SIRENITA‘ PERUANA HASTA LAS RODILLAS
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Una niña peruana conocida como "la sirenita" porque nació con las piernas unidas por un defecto de nacimiento, superó el miércoles una riesgosa operación, la primera de varias que buscan darle la oportunidad de caminar.

"Tenemos movilidad de las articulaciones >>>


      SEPARAN PIERNAS DE ‘SIRENITA‘ PERUANA HASTA RODILLAS
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Una niña peruana conocida como "la sirenita" porque nació con las piernas unidas por un defecto de nacimiento, superó el miércoles una riesgosa operación, la primera de varias que buscan darle la oportunidad de caminar.

"Tenemos movilidad de las articulaciones >>>


      AL MENOS 14 MUERTOS EN ATENTADO EXPLOSIVO EN MEZQUITA AFGANA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Al menos 14 muertos, entre ellos un jefe de policía, provocó un atentado suicida el miércoles en una mezquita de la ciudad de Kandahar, en la que estaban reunidos fieles para homenajear a un clérigo anti–talibán asesinado.

El atacante suicida que hizo detonar la bomba >>>


      BUSH NIEGA QUE ESTÉ PERDIENDO FUERZA EN SU SEGUNDO MANDATO
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El presidente de Estados Unidos, George W. Bush, negó el martes que esté perdiendo fuerza política en los primeros meses de su segundo mandato y dijo÷ "me siento muy bien con mi desempeño" y que seguirá presionando para que el Congreso apruebe su agenda.

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      CONFIRMAN EX SUBDIRECTOR FBI ES ‘GARGANTA PROFUNDA‘
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El ex subdirector de la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones (FBI), Mark Felt, es "Garganta Profunda," la fuente legendaria que reveló secretos del escándalo Watergate al diario The Washington Post y contribuyó a la caída del presidente Richard Nixon, informó el martes el per >>>


      CONFIRMAN EX SUBDIRECTOR FBI ES ‘GARGANTA PROFUNDA‘
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El ex subdirector de la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones (FBI) Mark Felt es "Garganta Profunda," la fuente legendaria que reveló secretos del escándalo Watergate al diario The Washington Post y contribuyó a la caida del presidente Richard Nixon, confirmaron el martes los periodistas Bo >>>


      DOPAJE–DETENIDAS 70 PERSONAS POR TRÁFICO DE ANABOLIZANTES
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      La Policía y la Guardia Civil españolas detuvieron a 70 personas integrantes de una red que pretendía distribuir 30 millones de sustancias dopantes en Europa, informó el miércoles el Ministerio del Interior en Madrid.

En alguno de los seis laboratorios, desarticulados en 13 >>>


      ESPAÑA BUSCA ENJUICIAR A LÍDER SEPARATISTA VASCO
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      La fiscalía pública de España solicitó el miércoles que el líder de un partido vasco prohibido sea acusado de pertenecer al grupo separatista ETA, diciendo que había evidencia de que pueda ser uno de los jefes de ese grupo.

Arnaldo Otegi, líder del ilega >>>


      GENERAL ISRAELÍ ADVIERTE DE RESURGIMIENTO DE LA VIOLENCIA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Los ataques suicidas con coches bomba de los palestinos se reanudarían después de que Israel abandone la Franja de Gaza, a menos que esa acción sea seguida de una salida más amplia de Cisjordania, dijo el jefe del ejército israelí, quien está dejando el cargo.

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      HOLANDA COMIENZA A VOTAR LA CONSTITUCIÓN EUROPEA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Los holandeses comenzaron el miércoles a votar en el referendo que, según las encuestas previas, dará un segundo sonoro "no" a la constitución europea después de que Francia la rechazara el domingo.

Las urnas abrieron a las 7.30 a.m. hora local (05÷30 GMT) p >>>


      JUEZ DISMINUYE UN CARGO CONTRA MICHAEL JACKSON
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El juez en el caso de abuso sexual de un menor contra Michael Jackson degradó el martes uno de los cargos contra la estrella, lo cual podría favorecer a la fiscalía.

El juez del Tribunal Superior de Santa María, Rodney Melville, dijo a los abogados en el caso que iba a reducir el c >>>


      NIXON PUDO HABERSE SALVADO DE RENUNCIA÷ DIPLOMÁTICO BRITÁNICO
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El ex presidente estadounidense Richard Nixon pudo haberse salvado del escándalo del caso Watergate si hubiera destruido las cintas que luego lo incriminaron, según pensaba en esa época el embajador británico en Washington.

La opinión de Sir Peter Ramsbotham se hizo pú >>>


      VILLEPIN DICE RECUPERARÁ CONFIANZA DE LOS FRANCESES EN 100 DÍAS
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El nuevo primer ministro francés, Dominique de Villepin, tiene previsto restaurar la confianza de los franceses en sus primeros 100 días en el cargo, según lo citó un senador el miércoles, quien dijo que esto había dicho el líder ante miembros de la cámara alta d >>>


      ANTICIPAN TRIUNFO DE ‘NO‘ HOLANDÉS A CONSTITUCIÓN UE
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Los holandeses votaron el miércoles en un referendo que según las encuestas a boca de urna dará un segundo "No" a la Constitución europea tras el rechazo de Francia el domingo, profundizando la crisis dentro del bloque.

Un clima soleado alentó a muchos a salir a su >>>


      BUSH NIEGA QUE ESTÉ PERDIENDO FUERZA EN SU SEGUNDO MANDATO
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      El presidente de Estados Unidos, George W. Bush, negó el martes que esté perdiendo fuerza política en los primeros meses de su segundo mandato y dijo÷ "me siento muy bien con mi desempeño" y que seguirá presionando para que el Congreso apruebe su agenda.

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      HOLANDA COMIENZA A VOTAR LA CONSTITUCIÓN EUROPEA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Los holandeses comenzaron el miércoles a votar en el referendo que, según las encuestas previas, dará un segundo sonoro "no" a la constitución europea después de que Francia la rechazara el domingo.

Las urnas abrieron a las 7.30 a.m. hora local (05÷30 GMT) p >>>


      WOLFOWITZ ASUME AL FRENTE DEL BANCO MUNDIAL, CON FOCO EN AFRICA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 01-06-2005
      Paul Wolfowitz se convirtió el miércoles en el flmante presidente del Banco Mundial y dijo que su agenda estará focalizada en Africa, combatiendo la corrupción y haciendo que los paises pobres se sientan menos ignorados en las decisiones de la institución.

En su primera reun >>>


      AMNESTY CRITICISM OF U.S. ‘ABSURD‘, BUSH SAYS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush on Tuesday rejected as "absurd" an Amnesty International report that described the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay as a gulag and which said the United States was responsible for an upsurge in human rights violations around the world.

"I‘m aware of the Amnesty Inter >>>


      BUSH DENIES LOSING CLOUT, PROMISES TO CONSULT
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush on Tuesday rejected talk he was losing political clout early in his second term, insisted "things don‘t happen instantly in Washington" and vowed to fight on for his top priorities.

Bush also promised to consult U.S. senators about potential Supreme Court choices as he held a ne >>>


      BUSH MEETS PROMINENT OPPONENT OF VENEZUELA‘S CHAVEZ
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush met a prominent opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the White House on Tuesday in a show of support that could anger the firebrand leader of a major U.S. oil supplier.

Maria Corina Machado, a founder of Sumate, a citizens rights organization, helped promote an August referendum agai >>>


      BUSH SAYS DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS REMAIN ON NORTH KOREA
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush on Tuesday said there were still diplomatic options available to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without having to resort to a military strike.

"It‘s either diplomacy or military. And I am for the diplomacy approach," Bush told reporters at a news conferenc >>>


      CHINA TEXTILE CURBS LITTLE RELIEF FOR AFRICA – U.S WED JUN 1, 2005 05÷06 AM ET
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      U.S. curbs on Chinese textile exports will give only temporary relief to African producers, so Africa must implement economic reforms to help firms make more competitive garments, a U.S. trade official said on Wednesday.

Sub–Saharan African states have seen their textile industries grow sharply in the l >>>


      CHINA TEXTILE CURBS LITTLE RELIEF FOR AFRICA – U.S WED JUN 1, 2005 05÷06 AM ET
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      U.S. curbs on Chinese textile exports will give only temporary relief to African producers, so Africa must implement economic reforms to help firms make more competitive garments, a U.S. trade official said on Wednesday.

Sub–Saharan African states have seen their textile industries grow sharply in the l >>>


      DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS REMAIN ON NORTH KOREA, BUSH SAYS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush on Tuesday said there were still diplomatic options available to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without having to resort to a military strike.

"It‘s either diplomacy or military. And I am for the diplomacy approach," Bush told reporters at a news conferenc >>>


      FORMER FBI NO. 2 WAS ‘DEEP THROAT‘ – WOODWARD
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 and Carl Bernstein said on Tuesday after 30 years of secrecy.

The two Post reporters, whose aggressive >>>


      FORMER FBI NO. 2 WAS ‘DEEP THROAT‘ – WOODWARD
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 and Carl Bernstein said on Tuesday after 30 years of secrecy.

The two Post reporters, whose aggressive >>>


      FORMER FBI NO. 2 WAS ‘DEEP THROAT‘ – WOODWARD
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 and Carl Bernstein said on Tuesday after 30 years of secrecy.

The two Post reporters, whose aggressive >>>


      OLYMPIC GROUP MEMBERS WANT JUNE NYC STADIUM VOTE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      New York State lawmakers must approve a stadium on Manhattan‘s West Side by June 6 to keep alive New York City‘s bid for the 2012 summer Olympics, U.S. members of the International Olympics Committee told the state‘s top legislators on Tuesday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is counting on the $1.& >>>


      SEC CHAIRMAN DONALDSON TO RESIGN–SOURCES
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson plans to resign by the end of the month, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, raising questions on whether the agency would press ahead with its reform agenda.

The White House said it plans to make an announcement later Wednesda >>>


      U.S. BARS MEXICO‘S CHIAPAS, DURANGO CATTLE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Cattle from the Mexican states of Chiapas and Durango are barred from shipment to the United States, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday, correcting earlier statements on cattle trade.

Cattle from 11 other Mexican states and zones can enter the United States if each animal is tested for bovine t >>>


      WOLFOWITZ FACES ‘WORLD‘S HARDEST JOB‘ AT WORLD BANK
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Paul Wolfowitz swaps his warrior‘s mantle for a global development hat on June 1 when he formally takes over a job some are calling "the hardest in the world" –– president of the World Bank.

The former U.S. deputy defense secretary has spent the last few weeks meeting with member n >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      ‘NO‘ EXPECTED AS DUTCH VOTE ON EU CHARTER
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The Netherlands voted in a referendum on the European constitution on Wednesday with polls pointing to a resounding "No" that would compound a crisis in the bloc triggered by France‘s rejection on Sunday.

Most mainstream parties, including the center–right government, campaigned for a &q >>>


      ‘NO‘ EXPECTED AS DUTCH VOTE ON EU CHARTER
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The Dutch voted in a referendum on the European Union‘s constitution on Wednesday with polls showing they will join the French in decisively rejecting the treaty, deepening a crisis in the bloc.

Sunny weather encouraged many people to cast an early vote in the first national referendum in the Netherland >>>


      AT LEAST 14 KILLED IN AFGHAN MOSQUE BLAST
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 the mosque in the southern city of Kandahar.

&q >>>


      AT LEAST 14 KILLED IN AFGHAN MOSQUE BLAST
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 Khakreezwal was among mourners at the Abdul Rab Akhundzada mosq >>>


      BUSH DENIES LOSING CLOUT, PROMISES TO CONSULT
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush on Tuesday rejected talk he was losing political clout early in his second term, insisted "things don‘t happen instantly in Washington" and vowed to fight on for his top priorities.

Bush also promised to consult U.S. senators about potential Supreme Court choices as he held a ne >>>


      BUSH DENIES LOSING CLOUT, PROMISES TO CONSULT
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush on Tuesday rejected talk he was losing political clout early in his second term, insisted "things don‘t happen instantly in Washington" and vowed to fight on for his top priorities.

Bush also promised to consult U.S. senators about potential Supreme Court choices as he held a ne >>>


      BUSH URGES MUBARAK HOLD FAIR ELECTIONS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday to show the world his country can set an example for others by holding free and fair presidential elections.

"I urged him once again to have as free and fair elections as possible because it will be a great legacy for his country," B >>>


      BUSH URGES MUBARAK TO LEAD MIDEAST TO DEMOCRACY
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      President Bush urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday to lead the Middle East toward democracy with free and fair presidential elections, the White House said.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the two leaders spoke by telephone for about 10 minutes and among the topics they covered was >>>


      CAR BOMB HITS BAGHDAD CHECKPOINT, 15 WOUNDED
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A suicide car bomb detonated at a checkpoint into Baghdad‘s international airport on Wednesday, wounding 15 civilians, the U.S. military said.

The bomber blew up his vehicle among a group of cars lining up to go through the checkpoint, the main entrance into the tightly controlled airport complex.
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      CAR BOMB HITS BAGHDAD CHECKPOINT, 15 WOUNDED
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A suicide car bomb detonated at a checkpoint into Baghdad‘s international airport on Wednesday, wounding 15 civilians, the U.S. military said.

The bomber blew up his vehicle among a group of cars lining up to go through the checkpoint, the main entrance into the tightly controlled airport complex.
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      CAR BOMB HITS CHECKPOINT ON BAGHDAD‘S AIRPORT ROAD
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint on the road to Baghdad‘s international airport and near a U.S. military base on Wednesday, police said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

They said the bomb detonated among a group of vehicles at the main civilian checkpoint where cars enter t >>>


      CHINA FLOODS LEAVE 200 DEAD, MISSING–RESIDENT
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Heavy rain has triggered floods and mudslides in southern China, leaving about 200 people dead or missing, a resident and state media said on Wednesday.

Torrential rain hit a mountainous region of Hunan province in the early hours and 17 people died in floods, the online edition of the official Xinhua news ag >>>


      DUTCH START VOTING ON EU CONSTITUTION
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The Dutch began voting on Wednesday in a referendum that opinion polls say is set to deliver a second resounding "No" to the European constitution after France rejected it on Sunday.

Polling stations opened at 0530 GMT for the more than 12 million Dutch eligible to vote.

Polls close at 1 >>>


      FIERCE SCUFFLES AS CROWD STORMS KYRGYZ HIGH COURT
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Fierce scuffles broke out at Kyrgyzstan‘s Supreme Court on Wednesday after an angry crowd of some 200 people stormed the building to eject around 100 protesters who have occupied it since late April.

Reuters correspondent Olga Dzyubenko saw the attackers throwing out blankets and mattresses used by the >>>


      FORMER FBI NO. 2 WAS ‘DEEP THROAT‘ – WOODWARD
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 and Carl Bernstein said on Tuesday after 30 years of secrecy.

The two Post reporters, whose aggressive >>>


      ISRAEL SAYS TO FREE 400 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 public relations stunt, complaining that Israel >>>


      ISRAELI GENERAL SEES THREAT OF RENEWED VIOLENCE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Palestinian suicide attacks are likely to resume after Israel quits occupied Gaza unless it is followed by broader pullbacks in the West Bank, Israel‘s departing army chief said in comments published on Wednesday.

The remarks by Lt.–Gen. Moshe Yaalon, leaving office on Wednesday, clashed with view >>>


      MICHAEL JACKSON JURY COULD GET CASE BY FRIDAY
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The jury could begin deliberating in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial by the end of the week, a judge said on Tuesday, following instructions on the law and closing arguments by attorneys for both sides.

Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, who spent the day working on jury instructions with prose >>>


      MICHAEL JACKSON JURY COULD GET CASE BY FRIDAY
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The jury could begin deliberating in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial by the end of the week, a judge said on Tuesday, following instructions on the law and closing arguments by attorneys for both sides.

Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, who spent the day working on jury instructions with prose >>>


      NY TERRORISM CASE ‘DESPERATE PROSECUTION‘ – LAWYER
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A New York martial arts expert who is charged with conspiring to help train al Qaeda members is the victim of a "desperate prosecution on the government‘s behalf," his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Tarik Ibn Osman Shah was arrested on Friday in New York after a two–year sting operation in whic >>>


      OSLO OFFERS $310,000 TO FIND MUNCH‘S ‘THE SCREAM‘
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Oslo offered a $310,000 reward on Wednesday to help recover Edvard Munch‘s masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna," stolen from a museum in the Norwegian capital last year.

"The sum will be paid after the paintings have been recovered and have been verified as originals," t >>>


      PAKISTAN SUSPECTS AL QAEDA LINK IN TWO ATTACKS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Pakistani investigators suspect the same al Qaeda–linked militant group was behind suicide attacks in Islamabad and Karachi in the past week in which at least 24 people died, intelligence officials said on Wednesday.

The attacks, three days apart, looked like the work of a faction of the Lashkar–e >>>


      PERU‘S ‘LITTLE MERMAID‘ LEGS SEPARATED
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Doctors successfully separated on Wednesday the fused legs of a Peruvian baby girl known as the "Little Mermaid," in a risky operation they hope will help her to walk by her second birthday.

Thirteen–month–old Milagros Cerron was born with a rare defect called Mermaid syndrome, or sireno >>>


      POLICE DETAIN 7 IN WAKE OF INDONESIA BOMBINGS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Indonesia detained six men and a woman under anti–terrorism laws in the wake of twin bomb blasts that killed 22 people in an eastern Christian town, police said on Wednesday, but did not give their names.

The town of Tentena, where the bombings took place last Saturday, is part of Sulawesi island‘ >>>


      SHARON AND ABBAS SET JUNE 21 SUMMIT
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Wednesday he would hold a second summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on June 21.

The two leaders last met on Feb. 8 in Egypt where they called a halt to four and a half years of fighting in a deal that has sharply reduced violence in the region.

>>>


      SPACE TELESCOPE CAPTURES BIRTH OF STARS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 Tuesday.

The image returned by Spitzer‘s infrared array camera shows the Carina nebula, where scientists >>>


      SPACE TELESCOPE CAPTURES BIRTH OF STARS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 Tuesday.

The image returned by Spitzer‘s infrared array camera shows the Carina nebula, where scientists >>>


      SPANISH COURT FREES 5 AL QAEDA SUSPECTS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A Spanish court conditionally freed five suspected members of al Qaeda during their trial on Wednesday, ruling there was a greatly reduced risk they would flee.

But the charges of belonging to an armed group remained against the five, who must surrender their passports and report to authorities daily, a court >>>


      SPANISH COURT FREES 5 AL QAEDA SUSPECTS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A Spanish court conditionally freed five suspected members of al Qaeda during their trial on Wednesday in what legal experts say is an indication the court may be leaning toward acquittal.

The charges of belonging to an armed group remain against the five, who are among 24 on trial for belonging to al Qaeda. >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 1' IN AFGHAN MOSQUE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 Khakreezwal was among mourners at the Abdul Rab Akhundzada mosque in the t >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 1' IN AFGHAN MOSQUE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 Khakreezwal was among mourners at the Abdul Rab Akhundzada mosque in the t >>>


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

The governor of troubled Kandahar province blamed Osama bin Laden‘s al Qaeda network for the fir >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 20 IN AFGHAN MOSQUE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      A suicide bomber killed 20 people, including a police chief, in an attack on a mosque in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliban cleric.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the first suicide attack on an Afghan mosque as "an act of >>>


      TRANSATLANTIC CLASH ERUPTS OVER AIRCRAFT TITANS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Europe hit Washington on Tuesday with a tit–for–tat lawsuit in their battle over subsidies for aviation rivals Airbus and Boeing, opening the way for one of the biggest commercial disputes in history.

European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson voiced regret at the multi–billion– >>>


      U.S. FORCES RELEASE 53 AFGHAN PRISONERS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      U.S. forces in Afghanistan released 53 prisoners no longer considered a threat on Wednesday, saying their freedom was a sign of peace and progress, but at least one of those set free said he had been abused.

The release came days after President Hamid Karzai called for custody of all Afghan prisoners in U.S. >>>


      U.S. WARNS IRAQ‘S NEIGHBORS NOT TO TREAT ZARQAWI
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday warned Iraq‘s neighbors not to provide medical care to al Qaeda‘s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al–Zarqawi, who the Pentagon believes has been wounded.

"The current assumption is that he‘s in Iraq. Were a neighboring country to take him i >>>


      UN‘S ANNAN÷ TEFLON PAST TURNS INTO ROCKY FUTURE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Dignified, soft–spoken, honored as a Nobel peace prize laureate, U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan has embraced the job as the world‘s top diplomat with openness and a widely acclaimed moral authority.

But since the 2003 war in Iraq, which he opposed, and the disastrous bombing of U.N. staff >>>


      UNITED AIRLINES DUCKS STRIKES
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Bankrupt United Airlines dodged two threatened strikes on Tuesday after one key labor group ratified a deal worth $'6 million annually to the carrier and the leadership of another union agreed to a separate concessions plan.

United, a unit of UAL Corp. (UALAQ.OB÷ Quote, Profile, Research) , secured >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM; FOCUS ON AFRICA
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      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 former U.S. deputy defense s >>>


      ACTOR CHRISTIAN SLATER ARRESTED IN NY FOR GROPING
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Actor Christian Slater was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching after a woman accused him of groping her buttocks, authorities said.

Slater, 35, was accused of groping the woman, a stranger, at a small store after he was seen arguing with his girlfriend, prosecutors said. The v >>>


      ACTOR GERE URGES EU PRESSURE ON CHINA OVER TIBET
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Actor Richard Gere, campaigning for a free Tibet, on Wednesday demanded Europe match the United States in appointing a special envoy for Tibet to increase pressure on China to end its occupation of the Buddhist region.

The Hollywood star, chairman of the Washington–based International Campaign for Tibet >>>


      BODY OF BLACK LYNCHING VICTIM EXHUMED IN ILLINOIS
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The FBI on Wednesday exhumed the body of a black teenager killed in a Mississippi lynching 50 years ago, hoping to shed light on an unsolved crime that symbolized the raw history of race relations in America.

A burial vault with a casket containing the body of Emmett Till was unearthed with the help of a back >>>


      CALIFORNIA APPEALS JUDGE‘S RULING ON GAY MARRIAGE
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      California‘s attorney general on Tuesday appealed a San Francisco judge‘s finding that the state‘s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

The appeal, made in court filings that did not offer arguments on the merits of the case, had been widely expected.

San Francisco Superior Cou >>>


      COURT OVERTURNS ANDERSEN ENRON CONVICTION
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of one–time "Big Five" accounting firm Arthur Andersen, which was ruined after being found guilty of destroying documents related to Enron Corp. as the energy company crumbled.

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


      DRUGMAKERS NOT FOLLOWING UP SPEEDY APPROVAL– STUDY
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      The Food and Drug Administration‘s system of rapidly approving new drugs fails to ensure patient safety because drug companies are not doing the required follow–up studies and the agency has not cracked down, a U.S. congressman said on Wednesday.

Under the FDA‘s accelerated approval process, >>>


      FACTORY GROWTH INDEX SLOWS IN MAY
      Reuters News, 01-06-2005
      Growth in the U.S. factory sector slipped more than expected in May to its slowest pace in nearly two years, raising concerns about the strength of the U.S. economy, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national manufacturing activity fell to 51.4 >>>



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