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      ISRAEL COMIENZA LA LIBERACIÓN DE 400 PRISIONEROS PALESTINOS
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Israel comenzó a liberar a 400 prisioneros palestinos el jueves, en un gesto largamente postergado que se dice apunta a fortalecer la posición del presidente palestino Mahmoud Abbas pero que muchos consideran insuficiente.

Docenas de presos bajaron de autobuses en un puesto de control cerca de l >>>


      MUEREN AL MENOS 24 PERSONAS EN IRAK
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Insurgentes mataron el jueves en Irak a al menos 24 personas en ataques suicidas dirigidos contra elviceprimer ministro kurdo y sus guardaespaldas, así como contra un vicegobernador provincial.

En el pueblo norteño de Tuz Jurmatu, en la carretera que comunica a Bagdad con la ciudad de Kirkuk, un >>>


      SE ESTRELLA AVIÓN DE PASAJEROS EN SUDÁN, CINCO MUERTOS
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Al menos cinco personas murieron y otras dos sufrieron heridas cuando un avión de pasajeros Antonov se estrelló el jueves tras abortar el despegue en la capital sudanesa, Jartum, dijeron las autoridades de aviación de Sudán.

El avión iba a volar hacia El–Fasher, en Dar >>>


      UE ENFRENTA CRISIS POLÍTICA TRAS DOBLE RECHAZO A CONSTITUCIÓN
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      La Unión Europea (UE) enfrentaba el jueves una crisis de confianza en aumento después de que los holandeses se unieran a los franceses en su rechazo a la nueva constitución europea, una decisión que podría estancar la expansión del bloque y afectar su conducción.
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      AMPLIACIÓN DE LA UE SIGUE A PESAR DE FRANCIA Y HOLANDA÷ COMISIÓN
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      La ampliación de la Unión Europea (UE) continuará a pesar de que los votantes de Francia y Holanda rechazaron la propuesta de constitución para el bloque, dijo el jueves el encargado del proceso de expansión.

"(Continuaremos) la política de la ampliación s >>>


      ATENTADOS SUICIDA DEJAN AL MENOS 16 MUERTOS EN IRAK
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Al menos 16 personas murieron el jueves en Irak, en tres atentados suicidas ocurridos en las ciudades de Tuz Jurmatu, Baquba, y Kirkuk, informó la policía.

El primero de ellos ocurrió cuando un atacante suicida ingresó con su automóvil en un restaurante de Tuz Jurmatu, en el >>>


      ATENTADOS SUICIDA DEJAN AL MENOS 16 MUERTOS EN IRAK
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Al menos 16 personas murieron el jueves en Irak, en tres atentados suicidas ocurridos en las ciudades de Tuz Jurmatu, Baquba, y Kirkuk, informó la policía.

El primero de ellos ocurrió cuando un atacante suicida ingresó con su automóvil en un restaurante de Tuz Jurmatu, en el >>>


      HOLANDA RECHAZA ROTUNDAMENTE LA CONSTITUCIÓN EUROPEA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Holanda rechazó enérgicamente la Constitución de la Unión Europea en un referendo celebrado el miércoles, lo que agudiza la crisis en el bloque de 25 países y posiblemente condene a la ruina el tratado, debido a que Francia lo rechazó también el domingo.

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      MUEREN AL MENOS 24 PERSONAS EN IRAK
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Insurgentes mataron el jueves en Irak a al menos 24 personas en ataques suicidas dirigidos contra elviceprimer ministro kurdo y sus guardaespaldas, así como contra un vicegobernador provincial.

En el pueblo norteño de Tuz Jurmatu, en la carretera que comunica a Bagdad con la ciudad de Kirkuk, un >>>


      PROTESTAS DE INDÍGENAS SE EXPANDEN A ZONAS RICAS DE BOLIVIA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Unos 1.000 indígenas que reclamaban la nacionalización de los hidrocarburos de Bolivia rompieron ventanas, atacaron a comerciantes y destrozaron automóviles el miércoles en las zonas más ricas de la capital en medio de una creciente tensión racial dentro de las masivas protest >>>


      PROTESTAS DE INDÍGENAS SE EXPANDEN A ZONAS RICAS DE BOLIVIA
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      Unos 1.000 indígenas que reclamaban la nacionalización de los hidrocarburos de Bolivia rompieron ventanas, atacaron a comerciantes y destrozaron automóviles el miércoles en las zonas más ricas de la capital en medio de una creciente tensión racial dentro de las masivas protest >>>


      UE ENFRENTA CRISIS POLÍTICA TRAS DOBLE RECHAZO A CONSTITUCIÓN
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      La Unión Europea (UE) enfrentaba el jueves una crisis de confianza en aumento después de que los holandeses se unieran a los franceses en su rechazo a la nueva constitución europea, una decisión que podría estancar la expansión del bloque y afectar su conducción.
>>>


      UE ENFRENTA CRISIS POLÍTICA TRAS DOBLE RECHAZO A CONSTITUCIÓN
      Рейтер Латинская Америка, 02-06-2005
      La Unión Europea (UE) enfrentaba el jueves una crisis de confianza en aumento después de que los holandeses se unieran a los franceses en su rechazo a la nueva constitución europea, una decisión que podría estancar la expansión del bloque y afectar su conducción.
>>>


      BUSH CONCERNED ABOUT DARFUR GENOCIDE
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush said on Wednesday he was concerned about genocide in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region but stopped short of offering military involvement beyond the logistical aid Washington now provides.

"This is a serious situation," Bush said during a meeting at the Oval Office with South Afric >>>


      BUSH PICKS REP. COX TO HEAD SEC, MAJOR SHIFT SEEN
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush on Thursday named Rep. Christopher Cox –– a champion of curbing investor lawsuits –– as the White House‘s choice to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, prompting academics to predict a major shift in the market–regulating agency‘s focus.

T >>>


      BUSH PICKS REP. COX TO HEAD SEC, MAJOR SHIFT SEEN
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush on Thursday named Rep. Christopher Cox –– a champion of curbing investor lawsuits –– as the White House‘s choice to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, prompting academics to predict a major shift in the market–regulating agency‘s focus.

T >>>


      BUSH SAYS DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS REMAIN ON NORTH KOREA
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      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 >>>


      BUSH SELECTS COX TO HEAD SEC
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush has picked California Rep. Christopher Cox, a Republican, as his choice to become chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and will make the announcement on Thursday morning, a senior administration official said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Cox would replace William Donaldson, who an >>>


      COMMERCE SECRETARY VISITS CHINA IN TEXTILE ROW
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez arrived in Beijing on Thursday for a three–day visit to try to ease tensions in a growing trade row over surging textile exports from China.

U.S. imports of clothing from China have risen dramatically since Jan.
1, when a decades–old international quota >>>


      DEEP THROAT TAKES FIRE –– A HERO OR A SNAKE?
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Mark Felt, the former FBI official who helped bring down a president, took criticism and praise from all sides on Wednesday after he was unmasked as the legendary "Deep Throat" from the Watergate scandal.

Revealed after 30 years of secrecy to be the instrumental source in the groundbreaking stories >>>


      ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS PASS FISCAL 2006 BUDGET
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Democratic lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly pushed through a $43.6 billion fiscal 2006 operating budget late Tuesday, beating a midnight deadline that would have required a super–majority vote on budget bills, state officials said Wednesday.

But the move by the Democrat–controlled legisl >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      PENTAGON DELAYS RELEASE OF MAY RECRUITING DATA
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The Pentagon on Wednesday postponed by more than a week the release of military recruiting figures for May, as the Army and Marine Corps struggle to attract new troops amid the Iraq war.

The military services had routinely provided most recruiting statistics for a given month on the first business day of the >>>


      RUMSFELD, AMNESTY TRADE BARBS OVER PRISONER ABUSE
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday assailed as "reprehensible" Amnesty International‘s description of the Guantanamo prison as a gulag but the group said he should be held accountable for torture.

The spat between the Pentagon chief and the human rights group came a week after Amne >>>


      SEC BOSS QUITS, RAISING REFORM QUESTIONS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said on Wednesday he will resign on June 30, raising doubts about whether the agency‘s tougher post–Enron stance on corporate misconduct will be sustained.

President Bush must name a successor soon for Donaldson, who backed a stron >>>


      SEC BOSS QUITS, RAISING REFORM QUESTIONS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said on Wednesday he will resign on June 30, raising doubts about whether the agency‘s tougher post–Enron stance on corporate misconduct will be sustained.

President Bush must name a successor soon for Donaldson, who backed a stron >>>


      SEC CHAIRMAN DONALDSON TO QUIT JUNE 30
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said on Wednesday he will resign on June 30, raising doubts about whether the agency‘s tougher post–Enron stance on corporate misconduct will be sustained.

President Bush must name a successor soon for Donaldson, who backed a stron >>>


      U.S. GETS TOUGH WITH CHINA ON PIRACY LAWS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The United States will not stand idly by while criminals violate U.S. intellectual property rights, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told China on Thursday.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated U.S. companies lose more than $200 billion in China each year because of counterfeiting of everything from >>>


      U.S. GETS TOUGH WITH CHINA ON PIRACY LAWS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez kicked off his first official trip to China on Thursday by saying that the country‘s rampant counterfeiting of American products was the top issue bedevilling trade ties.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated that global trade in fake and pirated goods, anyt >>>


      VENEZUELA SLAMS BUSH MEETING WITH CHAVEZ OPPONENT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Venezuela on Wednesday condemned as "meddling" and "a provocation" President Bush‘s meeting at the White House with a prominent opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

In a move that strained already frayed relations, Bush met on Tuesday with Maria Corina Machado, a Venezuelan >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TAKES WORLD BANK HELM
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Paul Wolfowitz took up his post as World Bank president on Wednesday and laid out an agenda focused on Africa, tackling corruption and ensuring poor countries feel less sidelined by the bank‘s decisions.

In his first briefing with reporters in his new role, the former U.S. deputy defense secretary said >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TEST IS TO KEEP WORLD BANK RELEVANT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Paul Wolfowitz has promised to make the World Bank more attractive to fast–growing but still poor countries like China and India, which feel the development institution has less and less to offer them.

At the start of his World Bank presidency, the former U.S. deputy defense secretary told reporters and >>>


      ‘RUNAWAY BRIDE‘ SENTENCED TO PROBATION
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The Georgia "runaway bride" whose highly publicized disappearance days before her wedding turned out to be a case of cold feet pleaded no contest on Thursday to a felony charge of making a false statement to police.

Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, appeared in a Gwinnett County court and was sentenced to two >>>


      AFGHANS PROBE SUICIDE BLAST, AL QAEDA SUSPECTED
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Afghan police hunted on Thursday for those behind a suicide attack on a mosque that killed 20 people, as suspicion fell on al Qaeda.

A suicide bomber detonated explosives in a crowded mosque in the southern city of Kandahar on Wednesday as mourners gathered to pay respects to an assassinated anti–Taliba >>>


      AIDS OUTRUNS GLOBAL EFFORTS TO STOP IT, ANNAN SAYS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Money to fight AIDS has soared to an all–time high but the pandemic is racing faster than efforts to stop it, especially among women and girls, Secretary–General Kofi Annan told a high–level U.N.

forum on Thursday. "Last year saw more new infections and more AIDS–related deaths th >>>


      AIDS PANDEMIC RACING FASTER THAN MEANS TO STOP IT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Money available to fight AIDS has soared to an all–time high of $8 billion but the pandemic is racing faster than the means to stop it, especially among women and girls, says a report prepared for a high–level U.N. forum on Thursday.

"AIDS unleashes a chain of events that threatens to cause e >>>


      AMNESTY DEFENDS ‘GULAG,‘ URGES GUANTANAMO ACCESS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.

A verbal feud between Amnesty International and Washington has esc >>>


      AMNESTY DEFENDS ‘GULAG,‘ URGES GUANTANAMO ACCESS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.

A verbal feud between Amnesty International and Washington has esc >>>


      AMNESTY DEFENDS ‘GULAG,‘ URGES GUANTANAMO ACCESS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.

A verbal feud between Amnesty International and Washington has esc >>>


      AMNESTY DEFENDS ‘GULAG,‘ URGES GUANTANAMO ACCESS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.

A verbal feud between Amnesty International and Washington has esc >>>


      AMNESTY DEFENDS ‘GULAG,‘ URGES GUANTANAMO ACCESS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.

A verbal feud between Amnesty International and Washington has esc >>>


      BODY OF BLACK LYNCHING VICTIM EXHUMED IN ILLINOIS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      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 >>>


      BODY OF BLACK LYNCHING VICTIM EXHUMED IN ILLINOIS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      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 >>>


      BOMB ATTACKS ACROSS IRAQ KILL 24
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Insurgents killed at least 24 people in motorcycle and car bomb attacks on Thursday, one targeting the bodyguards of Iraq‘s Kurdish deputy prime minister and another killing a deputy provincial governor.

In the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu, on the highway between Baghdad and the strategic oil city of K >>>


      BOMB KILLS ANTI–SYRIA JOURNALIST IN BEIRUT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A prominent anti–Syrian journalist was killed on Thursday when a bomb destroyed his car as he started the engine in a Christian district of Beirut, security sources said.

They said Samir Qaseer of An–Nahar newspaper died instantly in the blast that destroyed his white Alfa Romeo car outside his ho >>>


      BOMB KILLS ANTI–SYRIA JOURNALIST IN BEIRUT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A booby–trapped car exploded killing a prominent anti–Syrian journalist in Beirut on Thursday in an attack the opposition blamed on Syria and its Lebanese allies.

The killing of columnist Samir Qaseer four days after the start of Lebanon‘s staggered parliamentary elections shocked the countr >>>


      BOMB KILLS ANTI–SYRIA JOURNALIST IN BEIRUT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A booby–trapped car exploded killing a prominent anti–Syrian journalist in Beirut on Thursday in an attack the opposition blamed on Syria and its Lebanese allies.

The killing of columnist Samir Qaseer four days after the start of Lebanon‘s staggered parliamentary elections shocked the countr >>>


      BUSH PICKS REP. COX TO HEAD SEC, MAJOR SHIFT SEEN
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush on Thursday named Rep. Christopher Cox –– a champion of curbing investor lawsuits –– as the White House‘s choice to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, prompting academics to predict a major shift in the market–regulating agency‘s focus.

T >>>


      BUSH PICKS REP. COX TO HEAD SEC, MAJOR SHIFT SEEN
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush on Thursday named Rep. Christopher Cox –– a champion of curbing investor lawsuits –– as the White House‘s choice to head the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, prompting academics to predict a major shift in the market–regulating agency‘s focus.

T >>>


      BUSH SELECTS COX TO HEAD SEC
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush has picked California Rep. Christopher Cox, a Republican, as his choice to become chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and will make the announcement on Thursday morning, a senior administration official said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Cox would replace William Donaldson, who an >>>


      BUSH SELECTS COX TO HEAD SEC
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      President Bush has picked California Rep. Christopher Cox, a Republican, as his choice to become chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and will make the announcement on Thursday morning, a senior administration official said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Cox would replace William Donaldson, who an >>>


      COMBINING DIETS BEST WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT –– EXPERT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Combining the best components of low–carbohydrate and low–fat diets could be the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off, a leading obesity expert said on Thursday.

Low carbohydrate diets such as Atkins, which largely exclude fruit, vegetables and grains, produce a greater weight loss in >>>


      DEEP THROAT TAKES FIRE –– A HERO OR A SNAKE?
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Mark Felt, the former FBI official who helped bring down a president, took criticism and praise from all sides on Wednesday after he was unmasked as the legendary "Deep Throat" from the Watergate scandal.

Revealed after 30 years of secrecy to be the instrumental source in the groundbreaking stories >>>


      DEEP THROAT TAKES FIRE –– A HERO OR A SNAKE?
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Mark Felt, the former FBI official who helped bring down a president, took criticism and praise from all sides on Wednesday after he was unmasked as the legendary "Deep Throat" from the Watergate scandal.

Revealed after 30 years of secrecy to be the instrumental source in the groundbreaking stories >>>


      DOUBLE ‘NO‘ TO TREATY PLUNGES EUROPE INTO CRISIS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The European Union faced a deepening crisis of confidence on Thursday after the Dutch joined the French in rejecting a new constitution in a move that could stall the bloc‘s expansion and disrupt decision–making.

EU leaders urged member states to press on with ratification of the treaty, drawn up >>>


      DOUBLE ‘NO‘ TO TREATY PLUNGES EUROPE INTO CRISIS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The European Union faced a deepening crisis of confidence on Thursday after the Dutch joined the French in rejecting a new constitution in a move that could stall the bloc‘s expansion and disrupt decision–making.

EU leaders urged member states to press on with ratification of the treaty, drawn up >>>


      DOUBLE ‘NO‘ TO TREATY PLUNGES EUROPE INTO CRISIS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The European Union faced a deepening crisis of confidence on Thursday after the Dutch joined the French in rejecting a new constitution in a move that could stall the bloc‘s expansion and disrupt decision–making.

EU leaders urged member states to press on with ratification of the treaty, drawn up >>>


      EUROPE IN CRISIS AFTER DUTCH, FRENCH REJECT TREATY
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The European Union was in disarray on Thursday after the Netherlands followed France in resoundingly rejecting the bloc‘s new constitution, possibly stalling future expansion and disrupting decision making.

The rejection of the charter by two of the six countries that founded the bloc in the 1'50s c >>>


      EUROPE IN CRISIS AFTER DUTCH, FRENCH REJECT TREATY
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The European Union was in disarray on Thursday after the Netherlands followed France in resoundingly rejecting the bloc‘s new constitution, possibly stalling future expansion and disrupting decision making.

The rejection of the charter by two of the six countries that founded the bloc in the 1'50s c >>>


      FINAL ARGUMENTS TO BEGIN IN MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the Michael Jackson sex abuse trial, the final showdown between prosecutors and defense lawyers in a bitter, four–month court fight that could end in prison for one of the world‘s best–known entertainers.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors called >>>


      FINAL ARGUMENTS TO BEGIN IN MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the Michael Jackson sex abuse trial, the final showdown between prosecutors and defense lawyers in a bitter, four–month court fight that could end in prison for one of the world‘s best–known entertainers.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors called >>>


      FINAL ARGUMENTS TO BEGIN IN MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the Michael Jackson sex abuse trial, the final showdown between prosecutors and defense lawyers in a bitter, four–month court fight that could end in prison for one of the world‘s best–known entertainers.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors called >>>


      FINAL ARGUMENTS TO BEGIN IN MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the Michael Jackson sex abuse trial, the final showdown between prosecutors and defense lawyers in a bitter, four–month court fight that could end in prison for one of the world‘s best–known entertainers.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors called >>>


      FINAL ARGUMENTS TO BEGIN IN MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the Michael Jackson sex abuse trial, the final showdown between prosecutors and defense lawyers in a bitter, four–month court fight that could end in prison for one of the world‘s best–known entertainers.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors called >>>


      FROM PIZZA TO PITA÷ U.S. SCHOOLS TRY TO GET HEALTHY
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      When Annette Evanson sends her son off to elementary school each day, she packs him a lunch stocked with carrot sticks, whole–grain bread and fresh fruit.

She considers it a defensive move. "They serve the kids corn dogs and hot dogs at school," said Evanson, who lives in suburban Overland Par >>>


      FROM PIZZA TO PITA÷ U.S. SCHOOLS TRY TO GET HEALTHY
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      When Annette Evanson sends her son off to elementary school each day, she packs him a lunch stocked with carrot sticks, whole–grain bread and fresh fruit.

She considers it a defensive move. "They serve the kids corn dogs and hot dogs at school," said Evanson, who lives in suburban Overland Par >>>


      ISRAEL BEGINS RELEASE OF 400 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Israel began freeing 400 Palestinian prisoners on Thursday in a long–delayed gesture it said was aimed at boosting moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but which Palestinians said was insufficient.

Dozens of freed inmates stepped down from buses at a checkpoint near the Palestinian–ruled c >>>


      ISRAEL FREES 400 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Israel freed 400 Palestinian prisoners on Thursday in a long–delayed gesture it said was meant to bolster moderate President Mahmoud Abbas but which Palestinians said was not enough to advance peacemaking.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon acted under U.S. pressure to help strengthen Abbas, who faces >>>


      ISRAEL FREES NEARLY 400 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Israel freed nearly 400 Palestinian prisoners on Thursday in a long–delayed gesture that fulfilled a ceasefire pledge to President Mahmoud Abbas, but Palestinians said the release did not go far enough.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon acted under U.S. pressure to help strengthen Abbas, who faces a H >>>


      JACKSON PROSECUTOR‘S SUMMARY CHARGES EXPLOITATION
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Michael Jackson sexually exploited a 13–year–old cancer victim as part of a pattern of cultivating young boys for abuse, his prosecutor charged in summing up a bitter case that could end in prison for one of the world‘s best known entertainers.

"This case is about the exploitation and a >>>


      JUDGE INSTRUCTS JURY AS END OF JACKSON CASE NEARS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The judge in Michael Jackson‘s child molestation trial told jurors on Wednesday how to weigh the law and evidence –– including a crucial videotaped interview with his young accuser –– one day before closing arguments were set to begin in the case.

The final recitation of the char >>>


      LANDSLIDE CRUSHES 15 HOMES ON CALIFORNIA COAST
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A landslide destroyed at least 15 luxury homes in the upscale Southern California seaside community of Laguna Beach on Wednesday, causing panic but no serious injuries, authorities said.

Police said 15 to 18 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged and about 20 others were destabilized by the slide that happ >>>


      LANDSLIDE CRUSHES 15 HOMES ON CALIFORNIA COAST
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A landslide destroyed at least 15 luxury homes in the upscale Southern California seaside community of Laguna Beach on Wednesday, causing panic but no serious injuries, authorities said.

Police said 15 to 18 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged and about 20 others were destabilized by the slide that happ >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      N.KOREA CALLS CHENEY A ‘BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      North Korea called Vice President Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North‘s leader Kim Jong–il was irresponsible and ran a police state.

"Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts >>>


      PERU‘S ‘LITTLE MERMAID‘ STABLE AFTER LEGS SEPARATED
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A Peruvian baby girl known as the "Little Mermaid" is able to wriggle her two legs after her fused limbs were surgically separated on Wednesday, in what local doctors said was the second such operation worldwide.

Thirteen–month–old Milagros Cerron was born with a rare defect called Merma >>>


      RUMSFELD, AMNESTY TRADE BARBS OVER PRISONER ABUSE
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday assailed as "reprehensible" Amnesty International‘s description of the Guantanamo prison as a gulag but the group said he should be held accountable for torture.

The spat between the Pentagon chief and the human rights group came a week after Amne >>>


      RUMSFELD, AMNESTY TRADE BARBS OVER PRISONER ABUSE
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday assailed as "reprehensible" Amnesty International‘s description of the Guantanamo prison as a gulag but the group said he should be held accountable for torture.

The spat between the Pentagon chief and the human rights group came a week after Amne >>>


      SEC BOSS QUITS, RAISING REFORM QUESTIONS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said on Wednesday he will resign on June 30, raising doubts about whether the agency‘s tougher post–Enron stance on corporate misconduct will be sustained.

President Bush must name a successor soon for Donaldson, who backed a stron >>>


      SEC BOSS QUITS, RAISING REFORM QUESTIONS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said on Wednesday he will resign on June 30, raising doubts about whether the agency‘s tougher post–Enron stance on corporate misconduct will be sustained.

President Bush must name a successor soon for Donaldson, who backed a stron >>>


      SEC CHAIRMAN DONALDSON TO QUIT JUNE 30
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said on Wednesday he will resign on June 30, raising doubts about whether the agency‘s tougher post–Enron stance on corporate misconduct will be sustained.

President Bush must name a successor soon for Donaldson, who backed a stron >>>


      SHARON, ABBAS PLAN SUMMIT AS ISRAEL TO FREE JAILED
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced plans on Wednesday to hold a second summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on June 21, in an effort to boost deadlocked peace moves before a planned Gaza pullout.

The statement from Sharon‘s office came hours before Israel was to release 400 Palesti >>>


      SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS KILL 18 IN IRAQ
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people when he plowed his car into a restaurant in northern Iraq where bodyguards of the Kurdish deputy prime minister were eating on Thursday, Iraq‘s Defense Ministry said.

Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Shways was not with his guards when the bomber struck in the town >>>


      SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS KILL 18 IN IRAQ
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Insurgents killed at least 18 people in three suicide car bomb attacks on Thursday, one targeting the bodyguards of Iraq‘s Kurdish deputy prime minister and another killing a deputy provincial governor.

In the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu on the highway between Baghdad and the strategic oil city of Kir >>>


      SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS KILL 1' IN IRAQ
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Insurgents killed at least 1' people in three suicide car bomb attacks on Thursday, one targeting the bodyguards of Iraq‘s Kurdish deputy prime minister and another killing a deputy provincial governor.

In the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu on the highway between Baghdad and the strategic oil city of >>>


      TROOP REMAINS CAN NEVER BE RECOVERED, N.KOREA SAYS
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Remains of American soldiers killed in North Korea during the 1'50–53 Korean war can never be recovered, Pyongyang has said in response to Washington‘s decision to suspend its search operation.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week recommended the suspension of efforts that began in 1 >>>


      U.S. ‘RUNAWAY BRIDE‘ SENTENCED TO PROBATION
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      The Georgia "runaway bride" whose highly publicized disappearance days before her wedding turned out to be a case of cold feet pleaded no contest on Thursday to a felony charge of making a false statement to police.

Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, appeared in a Gwinnett County court and was sentenced to two >>>


      WOLFOWITZ TEST IS TO KEEP WORLD BANK RELEVANT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Paul Wolfowitz has promised to make the World Bank more attractive to fast–growing but still poor countries like China and India, which feel the development institution has less and less to offer them.

At the start of his World Bank presidency, the former U.S. deputy defense secretary told reporters and >>>


      WOODWARD TELLS HOW FBI MAN BECAME ‘DEEP THROAT‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A chance encounter with a senior FBI official in 1'70 grew into a friendship and as the Watergate scandal unfolded the official became the "Deep Throat" source for the stories that helped bring down President Richard Nixon, reporter Bob Woodward wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Woodward >>>


      WOODWARD TELLS HOW FBI MAN BECAME ‘DEEP THROAT‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A chance encounter with a senior FBI official in 1'70 grew into a friendship and as the Watergate scandal unfolded the official became the "Deep Throat" source for the stories that helped bring down President Richard Nixon, reporter Bob Woodward wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Woodward >>>


      WOODWARD TELLS HOW FBI MAN BECAME ‘DEEP THROAT‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A chance encounter with a senior FBI official in 1'70 grew into a friendship and as the Watergate scandal unfolded the official became the "Deep Throat" source for the stories that helped bring down President Richard Nixon, reporter Bob Woodward wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Woodward >>>


      WOODWARD TELLS HOW FBI MAN BECAME ‘DEEP THROAT‘
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A chance encounter with a senior FBI official in 1'70 grew into a friendship and as the Watergate scandal unfolded the official became the "Deep Throat" source for the stories that helped bring down President Richard Nixon, reporter Bob Woodward wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Woodward >>>


      WOUNDED EU LIMPS ON AFTER DOUBLE ‘NO‘ TO TREATY
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A stunned European Union warned against panic on Thursday after the Dutch joined France in a resounding "No" to the bloc‘s constitution, putting both further expansion and decision–making in jeopardy.

The euro touched an eight–month low after the Dutch vote, but European Central Ba >>>


      ACCUSED CALIFORNIA MASS KILLER WIPES TEARS IN COURT
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      A California man accused of killing nine of his children and grandchildren shook his head and wiped away tears as a prosecutor said in closing arguments on Wednesday he had exterminated his family.

Authorities charge that Marcus Wesson, 58, fatally shot seven of his children and two of his grandchildren, aged >>>


      ACTRESS LOHAN SLIGHTLY HURT IN CAR CRASH
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Actress Lindsay Lohan and a passenger in her Mercedes suffered minor injuries when a photographer crashed his car into hers after pursuing her through the streets of Los Angeles, police said on Wednesday.

Police arrested Galo Cesar Ramirez who they said followed Lohan, 18, and her 1'–year–old >>>


      ADDICTIVE DRUGS GIVEN TO SLEEP DEPRIVED – STUDY
      Reuters News, 02-06-2005
      Doctors prescribe potentially addictive drugs nearly half the time when patients seek help with a sleep disorder, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Older patients and those with publicly funded health insurance plans were nearly twice as likely to get prescriptions for cheap benzodiazepines – the >>>



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