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      CONTRACTORS DENY THEY SHOT AT MARINES, ALLEGE MISTREATMENT
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      U.S. Marines and employees of a contractor working for the military in Iraq offer sharply contrasting versions of a recent incident in which Marines in Fallujah detained 1' of the company‘s employees for three days after saying the contractors fired at them.

The contractors say they did not, and some >>>


      EMERGENCY SESSION SUSPENDED IN BOLIVIA
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      LA PAZ, Bolivia –– Violent protests forced Congress to suspend an emergency session intended to elect a new president Thursday as the nation‘s armed forces chief threatened military intervention if the rioting seriously escalates. A conservative senator later rejected moves to name him Bolivia‘s >>>


      ETHIOPIA ARRESTS OPPOSITION MEMBERS AFTER CLASHES
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian security forces rounded up some opposition members on Thursday, a day after police and troops fired into crowds killing at least 26 people in an explosion of violence sparked by election protests.

The main opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), which the government ac >>>


      EXPLOSIVE THROWN IN JAPANESE SCHOOL, 53 HURT
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese high school student threw a bottle containing an explosive into a classroom at his school on Friday injuring 53 people, one seriously, police and fire officials said.

An 18–year–old boy was arrested at the school in Yamaguchi prefecture, some 780 km (485 miles) we >>>


      FILIPINO GRAFT–BUSTER TAKES ON A TRADITION
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      A14 MANILA –– At a quarter to 8 on a recent morning, Simeon Marcelo leaned back in his silver van. One escort van drove ahead of his vehicle, another behind; the whole entourage included eight plainclothes bodyguards. A bulletproof vest sat unused next to Marcelo. It was, he said, too cumbersome to wear.
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      ITALIAN FREED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, June 10, 2005; A17 KABUL, Afghanistan, June ' –– An Italian aid worker who was kidnapped in the capital more than three weeks ago was freed Thursday evening, Afghan officials said.

Clementina Cantoni, 32, was reported to be in good health d >>>


      LA MALDICIÓN DE MIDAS DE LA ADMINISTRACIÓN BUSH
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      5÷57 PM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –– La administración Bush padece de una especie de maldición de Midas en su interacción con las Américas. Todo lo que toca

–– todo lo que los funcionarios de Bush consideran valioso y esencial – se convierte en sospe >>>


      NATO MINISTERS ENDORSE MISSION TO SUDAN
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      BRUSSELS, Belgium –– NATO defense ministers finalized plans Thursday for the alliance‘s first African mission, agreeing to fly 5,000 African peacekeepers to Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region.

The NATO ministers also pledged to deploy 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan for extra security befo >>>


      NEW TACK AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS÷ TRESPASSING CHARGES
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      NEW IPSWICH, N.H. –– The police chief of this tiny whitewashed New England town has crafted his own border–control policy –– he has charged illegal immigrants from Mexico with trespassing in New Hampshire.

The novel legal strategy has made a minor celebrity of W. Garrett Chamberla >>>


      RESEARCHERS SAY NEW DEEP SEA RULES NEEDED
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      UNITED NATIONS –– Leaps in technology have made the darkest reaches of the sea much easier to explore, necessitating new rules to govern the precious resources of the deep, researchers said in a report.

The report released Thursday said that scientists have begun to focus on the possible human heal >>>


      RUSSIA OBJECTS TO NATO ANTI–TERROR PLANS
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      MOSCOW –– Russia objects to NATO plans for expanding its Mediterranean Sea anti–terror operations into the Black Sea, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Thursday.

Ivanov told Russian news agencies in Brussels, where he was meeting with NATO defense ministers, that there was no reason for Ope >>>


      STATE DEPT. URGES CAUTION IN ROMANIA OIL PROBE
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      The State Department cautioned Romania yesterday to carefully handle a criminal investigation involving Rompetrol Group NV, a major oil refining and marketing company that includes a U.S. citizen among its top executives.

"We urge the Romanian government to observe due process, to be open and objective in >>>


      THE MIDAS CURSE OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      5÷57 PM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –– The Bush administration is suffering from a Midas curse of sorts in its interaction with the Americas. Everything it touches

–– everything Bush officials consider valuable and essential –– becomes suspect or is rejected by most governm >>>


      TOP COURT JUDGE TAKES BOLIVIA PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      SUCRE, Bolivia –– Bolivia‘s high court chief took office as the country‘s president late Thursday during an emergency congressional session, setting the stage for early elections aimed at curbing violent protests that have paralyzed much of this Latin nation.

The action came after lawma >>>


      U.S. WARY OF SYRIA TARGETING LEBANESE
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, June 10, 2005; A14 Bush administration officials alleged yesterday that Syria has developed a hit list targeting senior Lebanese political figures in an attempt to regain control of its neighboring state, just six weeks after Syria said it had ended almost three decade >>>


      US CONCERNED SYRIA TARGETING LEBANESE
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is concerned about the possibility of a "pattern" of political killings in Lebanon, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday as two newspapers reported the Bush administration had word of a "Syrian hit list" targeting Lebanese leaders.
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      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 10-06-2005
      Israel‘s High Court Clears Gaza Pullout JERUSALEM –– Israel‘s highest court on Thursday rejected a challenge by Jewish settlers to Israel‘s planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, clearing the last major legal hurdle to a pullout in August.

In Gaza, Palestinian Authority President >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      Underground Jewish World Real Estate Shopping

Business in Brief After one month, Tzror quits Channel 10 News After just one month on the job, investigative journalist Reno Tzror has quit as deputy CEO of Channel 10 News. He said his sudden resignation was a result of the change of management at the Channel 10 >>>


      COURT EXTENDS REMAND AGAIN FOR PIS IN INDUSTRIAL SPY CASE
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Roni Singer The Tel Aviv Magistrate‘s Court yesterday heard the third request for a remand extension for 10 private investigators, held on suspicion of operating Trojan horse spyware to illegally obtain information on unwitting corporate victims.

After a hearing of several hours, the court extended th >>>


      DANKNER, SAFRA REPS MEET TO DISCUSS CELLCOM‘S FUTURE OWNERSHIP
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Nitzan Cohen As reports of Cellcom‘s ownership shake–up hit the business media, representatives of the IDB group met late Wednesday night with people representing the Safras, but no conclusions were reached.

Meanwhile, IDB group company Discount Investment Corporation announced a week‘s po >>>


      FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR÷ DON‘T DOUBT MKS‘ INTEGRITY
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Zvi Zrahiya Outraged Litzman orders closed meetings on Bachar reform It is pure fact that the bankers, insurance companies and their ilk have unleashed the most powerful lobbyists in the land to fight the Bachar reform, which would sever the banks from their provident and mutual fund holdings, among other things. Th >>>


      GOV‘T ABOLISHES EXCHANGE RATE BAND
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Haaretz Staff Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer have decided to abolish the band of mobility governing the exchange rate of the shekel against the basket of currencies.

The abolition of the currency mechanism was effective immediatel >>>


      IEC INUNDATED BY APPLICATIONS FOR CEO
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Amiram Cohen More than 100 people are believed to have applied for the job of CEO of the Israel Electric Corporation.

The state–owned electricity utility is actively seeking to replace Jacob Razon, who has expressed his opposition to the government‘s planned restructuring and privatization of th >>>


      ISRAEL SEED DROPS PLAN FOR FIFTH FUND
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Oded Hermoni The future of Israel Seed may have cast doubt in many minds, but now that uncertainty seems to be over. Just two weeks after its biggest–ever exit

– as Shopping.com was bought by eBay for $620 million – the 10–year–old venture capital fund has decided not to raise >>>


      LEON CHARNEY TO PAY $144M FOR HALF OF CLUB HOTEL GROUP
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Shlomy Golovinski Nissan Khakshouri signed an agreement yesterday to sell his half of the Club Hotel group to American Leon Charney for $144 million.

The Club Hotel group is one of the most successful private companies in Israel. It holds a 36 percent stake in the lucrative Loutraki Casino in Greece, as wel >>>


      LORD KALMS÷ IT‘S A BLACK DAY IF BACHAR REFORMS AREN‘T ENACTED
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Guy Rolnik If the Knesset fails to enact the Bachar recommendations on reforming the capital markets, it will be "a black day for Israel‘s economy," British multimillionaire Lord Stanley Kalms warned in an interview with Haaretz this week.

But while Kalms, founder of the Dixons retail electr >>>


      MARKET REPORT / IDB STOCKS WILT AS TASE LIMPS
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Nitzan Cohen Tel Aviv stocks retreated almost 1 percent yesterday, after a choppy session.

There was some pressure from selling, but the market has been developing in a generally bullish direction, moderating the effect of the selling.

Ultimately the TA–25 and TA–100 indexes both fell 0 >>>


      SPACECOM SIGNS 10–YEAR DEAL WITH ROMANIAN TV COMPANY
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Asaf Rothem Spacecom (TASE÷ SCC), which supplies satellite communications services, has signed a 10–year contract with a Romanian satellite company.

The two companies have been negotiating for months, and finally concluded a deal last week. The contract should bring Spacecom $34 million in reve >>>


      A LOW ACADEMIC LEVEL IS GUARANTEED
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Mordehai Heiblum The government recently decided to establish a new university in the Galilee, and plans to base it mainly on the six colleges that already exist there.

The idea is for the university to serve mainly the residents of the Galilee, and lead to accelerated development of this high–priorit >>>


      AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TIKKUN
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yair Sheleg For several years, the general ("secular") press in Israel has been flooded before the Shavuot holiday with advertisements for Tikkun Leil Shavuot

– nights of Jewish studies that offer the secular community a modern version of the nice custom apparently introduced by the Kabbalis >>>


      BOOST DETERRENCE AND ENFORCEMENT
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      The security lull in the situation with the Palestinians – broken from time to time in the territories and in areas within the range of rocket fire – has focused public attention on the criminal violence on the home front. For the Israeli citizen, just like for a guest or tourist, it is important to feel th >>>


      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      Pampering and handouts Regarding "Under Likud, illegal outposts received NIS 70 million," June 7 Advertisement And how much did the "legal" outposts and roads and bypass roads and settlements and farms receive? And how much will they receive in addition to what they have already consumed by the time >>>


      LIBERTY FIRST, DEMOCRACY LATER
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Peter Berkowitz Sometimes President George Bush and those who side with his post–'/11 refocusing of American foreign policy speak of promoting democracy. On other occasions, the president and those who stand with him talk about spreading liberty.

In the United States, we tend to hear these mission >>>


      TIME TO CUT
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yoel Marcus This week all the ATMs in Safed were glued shut. Why? Because. For the same reason that tires were burned on the Ayalon highway. For the same reason that the gates of the Bailiff‘s Office were welded with a soldering iron. For the same reason that two trucks and a tractor were vandalized in Nitzan. >>>


      WATCH OUT – PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING THEMSELVES
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Orna Coussin Everything happened too fast. A few months ago, we were told about a new and fashionable drug, "hagigat," being sold at kiosks. Its main ingredient is cathinone, the active ingredient in qat leaves. We learned of its advantages÷ It creates a pleasant feeling of alert lucidity, joy. The >>>


      4 ACQUITTED IN 2002 KENYA HOTEL BOMBING
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Reuters NAIROBI – A Kenyan judge yesterday acquitted four men charged in the 2002 suicide bombing of an Israeli–owned hotel that killed 15 people, saying prosecutors had failed to link them to the bombers or Al–Qaida.

Kenya High Court Justice John Osiemo said the lack of evidence was such >>>


      ALL PACKED AND READY TO LEAVE
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yair Ettinger and Nir Hasson "Before immigrating to Israel, I dreamed of living in the territories.

I saw the settler as a strong Jew. A Jew who walks around with an Uzi is something out of the movies. At the time, particularly on the backdrop of the sentiment and media in the CIS, as well as the Russi >>>


      COURT OKAYS PULLOUT LAW BY 10 VOTES TO 1
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yuval Yoaz By a majority of 10 justices to one, the High Court ruled yesterday that the pullout decision is constitutional, as is the compensation.

"These are difficult days," began the decision on the 12 petitions to annul the Evacuation Compensation Law. "The nation is divided. Fears of vio >>>


      ELIAHU‘S COMMENTS ON PULLOUT CONFUSE FOLLOWERS
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Nadav Shragai Soldiers must carry out orders to evacuate settlements, however painful, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu said yesterday evening in a Channel 2 television interview with Oded Ben Ami.

Eliahu, who rejects the disengagement plan, spoke in a similar vein on Channel 1. He did tone down >>>


      EX–SHIN BET CHIEF BACKS PULLOUT, INSISTS IT WON‘T REKINDLE TERROR
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Amos Harel The former head of the Shin Bet security service supports the disengagement from Gaza and does not believe that it will worsen Israel‘s security situation, he told Haaretz this week.

Avi Dichter disagrees with the prediction made by former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Moshe Ya&lsquo >>>


      FIRST TWO LUXURY TRAILERS FOR EVACUEES DELIVERED TO NITZAN
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yuval Azoulay The Defense Ministry yesterday delivered the first two "luxury trailers" for Gaza Strip evacuees to a site near the Negev community of Nitzan. Hundreds more of these wider–than–usual mobile homes are set to arrive over the coming weeks and form the basis for a new neighborhood tha >>>


      HAMAS MUST BE BOYCOTTED TILL IT HALTS TERROR, U.K.‘S STRAW TELLS HAARETZ
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Adar Primor Jack Straw removed his jacket and sat on the sofa at the British ambassador‘s residence in Ramat Gan. The British foreign secretary seemed very relaxed.

No signs of the severe crisis Europe is facing, nor of the fact that he played a key role in the unfolding drama. And no wonder÷ I >>>


      HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADERS SNUB ABBAS
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Arnon Regular The heads of Hamas and Islamic Jihad yesterday refused to meet directly with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

In a move that could be construed as personally humiliating to the chairman, only minor officials from the two organizations were sent to a meeting in Gaza bet >>>


      LEVY÷ LAW VIOLATES SETTLERS‘ RIGHTS, FREEDOM, DIGNITY
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yuval Yoaz The law governing the disengagement from Gaza is so illegal that it ought to be declared null and void – but the settlers must obey it nonetheless, Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy wrote in his dissent to the court‘s ruling upholding the law.

Levy, the lone dissenter, was scathing in >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      100 Jewish graves vandalized in despicable‘ attack in U.K. More than 100 Jewish graves, including some of Holocaust survivors who came to Britain after World War II, have been desecrated in a "despicable attack" in Manchester, northern England, police said yesterday. Gravestones were smashed, broke >>>


      NO CASUALTIES AS GAZA SHELLING CONTINUES
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Amos Harel Mortar and rocket fire continued sporadically yesterday in the Gaza Strip, including during Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas‘ meeting with the heads of local Islamic organizations.

Several mortar shells were fired before dawn yesterday at Netzarim and Gush Katif. Shortly before >>>


      ON TERROR ALERT, ISRAELIS WARNED NOT TO GO TO EGYPT
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Reuters The "terrorist threat" in Egypt‘s Sinai desert has risen recently, and Israelis should stay away from the area, the National Counter–Terrorism Agency warned yesterday.

The agency issued the travel advisory update on the eve of the Shavuot holiday weekend.

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      PLAN TO BOOST POLICE PRESENCE STARTS TONIGHT
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Jonathan Lis Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi‘s plan to "flood the streets" with officers begins tonight.

But the plan, drafted due to a wave of murders in recent weeks, has elicited mixed reactions from senior police officers – primarily because its explicitly stated goal is not actua >>>


      POPE ASSURES JEWISH LEADERS OF HIS COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE RELATIONS
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY – International Jewish leaders held their first meeting yesterday with Pope Benedict XVI, expressing confidence the German–born pontiff will keep up the momentum for improving Catholic–Jewish relations spurred by his Polish predecessor John Paul II.

Meetin >>>


      RIGHT WING BLASTS PULLOUT RULING
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Yuval Yoaz, Nadav Shragai and Gideon Alon Right–wing parties and groups slammed yesterday‘s High Court ruling confirming the legality of the Evacuation Compensation Law.

The spokesman for the Gaza Coast Regional Council, Eran Sternberg, praised the minority opinion of Justice Edmond Levy, saying >>>


      STUDENTS PROTEST LACK OF WOMEN AT SCIENCE CONFERENCE
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Tamara Traubman Some 20 graduate students demonstrated yesterday in front of the "Rehovot Conference" at the Weizmann Institute of Science, to protest the absence of women at the gathering.

The new conference will serve as a "national forum for examining Israel‘s science policy." S >>>


      THE RETURN OF THE SUICIDE BUNKER
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Nadav Shragai Yehuda Richter is coming back. The man who barricaded himself in the "suicide bunker" at Yamit in 1'82, and a few years later participated in a shooting attack on a busload of Arab workers, is founding a group called "Yamit will not fall twice." Richter plans to recreate the &qu >>>


      WESTERN INTELLIGENCE FAILED TO UNCOVER NAZI PREPARATIONS‘
      Haaretz, 10-06-2005
      By Amir Oren Western communications intelligence failed to uncover Nazi Germany‘s preparations before World War II, or its efforts during the war to annihilate European Jewry, claims a new study of the American National Security Agency (NSA), published this week in Washington.

The failure was mainly a re >>>


      A GREEN AND UNPLEASANTLY CORPSE–LITTERED LAND
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Simon Hoggart Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian As we are reminded by David Dimbleby‘s excellent new TV series, A Picture Of Britain, our love for scenery is acquired rather than innate. Before the Romantic movement, people thought places like the Lake District or the Scottish Highlands ugly, disordered and frigh >>>


      ASBO CHIEF ROUNDS ON LIBERAL CRITICS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Public backs tough measures, says unit‘s director Lucy Ward, social affairs correspondent Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Liberal critics of the government‘s flagship antisocial behaviour orders (Asbos) are "not living in the real world", according to the head of the government unit tackling the >>>


      BLAIR REBUFFS CHIRAC CALL TO GIVE GROUND ON EU REBATE
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Nicholas Watt in Brussels and Michael White Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac were last night involved in a war of words over Britain‘s 3bn EU budget rebate after the French president called on "our English friends" to give ground.

In an attempt to deflect politica >>>


      CHERIE BLAIR‘S US AGENT THREATENS TO SUE ITN
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Owen Gibson, media correspondent Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian The controversy surrounding Cherie Blair‘s speaking engagement in the US this week has refused to die down, after her US agent wrote to ITN and threatened to sue the ITV news provider for surreptitiously filming the event.

The Harry Walke >>>


      CORRALLING WANDERING PIGS, AND OTHER BIZARRE USES FOR ORDERS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Helen Carter Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian One of the most bizarre Asbos was on Brian Hagan and his wandering pigs.

Last December magistrates in Cromer, north Norfolk, served one after hearing the animals were a threat to traffic and public health. They went wandering the very same day and he was arrested, >>>


      DIARY
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Marina Hyde Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian With ambitious personnel keen to impress the new boss, these are heady days in the Church of Rome, and our eye is drawn to a thrusting new presence in the Catholic Herald. Father Charles Whittaker is a Naples–based priest, but judging by his column the summons to the >>>


      EVERY ROAD A TOLL ROAD!
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      John O‘Farrell Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Yesterday, the transport secretary announced the introduction of road charging as the only way to avoid total gridlock by 2015. The speech would have got a rapturous reception, but most of his audience were still stuck on the A406 Hangar Lane gyratory system. The b >>>


      GREEN ANGER AT PLAN TO TAX JOURNEYS, NOT GAS–GUZZLERS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Andrew Clark, transport correspondent Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian The transport secretary, Alistair Darling, has angered green activists by insisting that a Mini would pay the same rate as a gas–guzzling sports utility vehicle under his plans for a nationwide road charging scheme.

Mr Darling believ >>>


      MORE CASH FOR TEACHERS OF SHORTAGE SUBJECTS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Rebecca Smithers, education editor Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Graduates are to be offered more generous financial incentives to teach the so–called shortage subjects, such as maths and science, as part of a fresh national drive to fill classroom vacancies.

For the first time, trainee teachers in m >>>


      NEW HATE LAW ‘COULD HAVE STOPPED RIOTS‘
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Tania Branigan, political correspondent Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Controversial laws banning the incitement of religious hatred could have prevented the riots which swept through northern English towns in 2001, a government minister said yesterday.

The disorder in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford was spark >>>


      NUMBER OF CIVIL SERVANTS FALLS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      David Hencke Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian The number of civil servants employed in Whitehall and the Scottish and Welsh executives has fallen for the first time since Tony Blair became prime minister in 1''7, according to independently assessed figures released yesterday.

The figures from the Offi >>>


      PRESCOTT BACKS CLASSICAL DESIGN FOR INFIRMARY
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Rob Sharp Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian The deputy prime minister, John Prescott, has distanced himself from a row between two of Britain‘s best–known architects by approving a new infirmary building to house war veterans.

In a letter yesterday to Kensington and Chelsea borough council, leaked >>>


      PRESSURE GROWS FOR EARLY TORY CONTEST
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Howard fights moves from MPs as contenders put forward ideas Michael White, political editor Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Michael Howard moved quickly yesterday to squash renewed efforts to force an early Conservative leadership contest which would turn this year‘s party conference into a platform for his su >>>


      PRIVATE FIRMS GET 73M WINDFALL IN HOSPITAL DEAL
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      David Hencke, Westminster correspondent Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Banks and property developers made windfall profits of 73m by refinancing one of the Labour government‘s first privately financed hospitals, the '8'–bed Norfolk and Norwich hospital, the National Audit Office reveals in a repo >>>


      THE FACES THAT MAKE IT TO THE TOP
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      David Adam, science correspondent Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian William Hague‘s political career was doomed from the start and Douglas Alexander, Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and now a rising star as minister for Europe, should consider growing a beard. For a politician, it seems, having a bab >>>


      TIME TO CHARGE
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Leader Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian In 10 to 15 years‘ time, owning and driving a car in this country will be a very different experience, based on the speech by the transport secretary Alistair Darling yesterday. In a decade or so, it is likely that cars and their drivers will be charged, via high–tec >>>


      UK CLAIMS AFRICA DEBT SUCCESS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Brown says relief deal will now include billions owed by poor nations to IMF Larry Elliott, economics editor Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Britain was poised last night to claim the first major success of its G8 presidency when finance ministers accepted that a package of debt relief should include money owed by po >>>


      UK TREATMENT OF TERROR SUSPECTS ‘INHUMAN‘
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Government waits 11 months before publishing scathing condemnation by European torture watchdog on imprisonment without trial Clare Dyer, legal editor Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Britain‘s detention without trial of foreign terror suspects subjected some of them to "inhuman and degrading treatment" >>>


      3 ARRESTED IN MISSING TEEN CASE IN ARUBA
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷31 AM AP Photo ALJR601 By MICHAEL NORTON Associated Press Writer ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – Aruba‘s prime minister said Thursday that finding a missing Alabama teenager was the country‘s No. 1 goal,‘‘ and police arrested three young men who acknowledge >>>


      ABUSE COST FOR CATHOLIC DIOCESES TOPS $1B
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷31 AM AP Photo GFX82' By RACHEL ZOLL AP Religion Writer The cost to the U.S. Roman Catholic Church of sexual predators in the priesthood has climbed past $1 billion, according to tallies by American bishops and an Associated Press review of known settlements.

And the figure is >>>


      ABUSE COSTS FOR CATHOLIC DIOCESES TOPS $1B
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷01 AM AP Photo GFX82' By RACHEL ZOLL AP Religion Writer The cost to the U.S. Roman Catholic Church of sexual predators in the priesthood has climbed past $1 billion, according to tallies by American bishops and an Associated Press review of known settlements. And the figure is guarante >>>


      AFRICANS WONDER WHETHER LIVE 8 WILL HELP
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷16 AM AP Photo GVW110 By RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – They‘ll be grooving to Coldplay in London, rapping along with Will Smith in Philly, dancing mbalax with Youssou N‘Dour in Paris. But in African cities and villages, they‘ll be worr >>>


      ARLENE CHURNS ON PATH TOWARD GULF COAST
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷46 AM AP Photo HAV105 By BILL KACZOR Associated Press Writer PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – The Atlantic hurricane season‘s first named storm headed north Thursday toward the Gulf Coast as Florida residents, still recovering from last year‘s devastation, watched with a wary eye.< >>>


      AUTHORITIES CRACK DOWN ON BIKER GANG
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 1÷01 AM By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press Writer SEATTLE (AP) – Police and federal agents began rounding up members of the Bandidos biker gang Thursday after they were charged with crimes ranging from racketeering to dealing drugs and stolen Harley Davidson motorcycles.

At leas >>>


      BUSH PRESSES CONGRESS TO RENEW PATRIOT ACT
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 1÷01 AM AP Photo CO101 By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – President Bush, facing efforts by some in his own party to scale back the post–Sept. 11 Patriot Act, says it has made America safer and should be made permanent.

The Patriot >>>


      CALIF. STRIP CLUB OWNER TESTIFIES ON GRAFT
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 5÷01 AM By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) – A Las Vegas strip club owner testified Thursday he channeled money through an intermediary to San Diego politicians in a campaign to do whatever it took‘‘ to prevent passage of a ban on touching dan >>>


      DEMS MODIFY BOLTON SECRET INFO REQUEST
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 12÷46 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats opposed to John R. Bolton asked one of his GOP supporters to be a go–between in their pursuit of information that could break an impasse over his nomination to be U.N. ambassador.

At the same time, a Democratic lawmaker said th >>>


      EXEC SAYS CONTRACTORS DIDN‘T FIRE ON TROOPS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷16 AM AP Photo NCCB601 By TIM WHITMIRE Associated Press Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The head of a firm contracted to destroy ammunition in Iraq insists it is inconceivable‘‘ his workers fired on Marines in Fallujah, given that nearly all of them have military >>>


      GOP LEADERS WEIGH RAISING SOC. SEC. AGE
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷31 AM AP Photo NY120 By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – Key Senate Republicans privately reviewed suggestions Thursday for raising the Social Security retirement age while limiting future benefits for upper–wage earners, officials said, as they sought mome >>>


      GOVERNMENT DEFENDS SLASHED TOBACCO PENALTY
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 1÷01 AM By HILARY ROXE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors on Thursday defended their decision to downsize dramatically a proposed penalty against Big Tobacco, saying they tried to put the focus on future smokers who might become hooked if cigarette makers con >>>


      HEAD START CHILDREN SHOW SOME GAINS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 12÷46 AM By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Head Start helps poor, disadvantaged children narrow a gap in reading skills compared with other preschoolers, but the program doesn‘t help them catch up in math or their ability to comprehend what people say to >>>


      IRAQ PRESIDENT AVERTS POLITICAL CRISIS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷31 AM AP Photo BAG115 By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq‘s president averted a crisis Thursday by promising Sunni Arabs a big say in drafting the constitution – clearing the way for them to join a Shiite–dominated panel now working ar >>>


      ISRAEL MAY USE NEW SOUND WEAPON ON SETTLERS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷46 AM By AMY TEIBEL Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel is considering using an unusual new weapon against Jewish settlers who resist this summer‘s Gaza Strip evacuation – a device that emits penetrating bursts of sound that leaves targets reeling with dizzine >>>


      JACKSON ONCE UPSTAGED ROMANIAN ELECTION
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷16 AM AP Photo NY1'0 By ALISON MUTLER Associated Press Writer BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Thirteen years ago, Romania‘s president waited outside a shabby orphanage as Michael Jackson met children inside. Beyond the walled compound, thousands of screaming fans jostled with sec >>>


      JORDAN KING SAYS U.S. AIDED MIDEAST CHANGE
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 12÷46 AM AP Photo ILCA102 By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Jordan‘s King Abdullah II said Thursday that pressure from the U.S. has helped push through changes in the Middle East, but added that only homegrown‘‘ reforms are guaranteed of >>>


      MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN GIRLS‘ STABBINGS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷31 AM WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) – A man pleaded not guilty to first–degree murder charges Thursday in the Mother‘s Day stabbings of his young daughter and her best friend at a park near their homes.

A judge entered the plea on behalf of Jerry Hobbs, who didn‘t sp >>>


      OPEN GOVERNMENT LAW MAY GET TOUGHER
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 1÷01 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – A bill requiring that additional exemptions to open government laws be spelled out precisely in new legislation won approval Thursday from a Senate committee.

Supporters said those who want to narrow the Freedom of Information Act often insert vague l >>>


      POLICE÷ MAN NOT BEATEN FOR WHISTLEBLOWING
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 12÷46 AM By ANNA MACIAS AGUAYO Associated Press Writer ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Authorities said Thursday that the beating of a Los Alamos nuclear lab auditor outside a bar was unrelated to his status as a whistleblower.

Police did not say that Tommy Hook, 52, had offered fals >>>


      POLL÷ BUSH JOB APPROVAL DIPS TO NEW LOW
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷46 AM AP Photo OHCD102 By WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – As the war in Iraq drags on, President Bush‘s job approval and the public‘s confidence in the direction he‘s taking the nation are at their lowest levels since The Associated Press&ndash >>>


      REPORT SHOWS FBI‘S MISSED SEPT. 11 CHANCES
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 1÷01 AM By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI missed at least five opportunities before the Sept. 11 attacks to uncover vital intelligence information about the terrorists, and the bureau didn‘t aggressively pursue the information it did have, the Justice >>>


      RESULTS OF AP–IPSOS POLL ON PRESIDENT BUSH
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷46 AM By The Associated Press The Associated Press–Ipsos poll on public attitudes about President Bush and the nation‘s direction is based on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted June 6–8 by Ipsos.< >>>


      TOP COURT JUDGE TAKES BOLIVIA PRESIDENCY
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 4÷31 AM AP Photo DG103 By VICTOR CAIVANO Associated Press Writer SUCRE, Bolivia (AP) – Bolivia‘s high court chief rose to the presidency late Thursday after two congressional leaders refused to assume the post, clearing the way for possible early elections that officials hope wit >>>


      TRUCKER SENTENCED IN CHICAGO TRUCK SCAM
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 12÷46 AM By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – One trucking company executive was sentenced to probation and another pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday as legal fallout continued from the city‘s scandal–plagued Hired Truck Program.

Martin >>>


      TWO AMERICANS, AUSTRIAN WIN KYOTO PRIZES
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Friday June 10, 2005 7÷46 AM TOKYO (AP) – Two American scientists and an Austrian conductor won this year‘s Kyoto Prizes, the Japanese awards for achievement in the arts and sciences.

The advanced technology award went to George H. Heilmeier, 6', a chairman emeritus of New Jersey–b >>>


      ‘OUR RELATIONSHIP WAS THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF MY LIFE‘
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      But did Simone de Beauvoir‘s scandalous open ‘marriage‘ to Sartre make her happy, asks Lisa Appignanesi Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian ‘Women, you owe her everything!" So read the headline announcing Simone de Beauvoir‘s death in April 1'86. It was a phrase repeated over and ov >>>


      ‘SAFE‘ DRUG LINK TO HEART ATTACKS
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Millions face painkiller dilemma Sarah Boseley, health editor Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Nine million people with arthritis were yesterday left in a dilemma as ibuprofen, a painkiller which has long been considered one of the safest drugs on the market, was linked with heart attacks.

The news will disma >>>


      A NOOSE, NOT A BRACELET
      Guardian, 10-06-2005
      Africa is a rich continent made poor by rapacious western corporations. G8 leaders must be forced to deliver justice Naomi Klein Friday June 10, 2005 The Guardian Gordon Brown has a new idea about how to "make poverty history" in time for the G8 summit. With Washington so far refusing to double its aid to Afr >>>



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