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      ISRAEL SAYS SYRIA TEST–FIRES SCUDS –NEW YORK TIMES
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Israeli military officials said Syria test–fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, The New York Times said on Friday.

The missiles were fired last Friday from northern Syria in the first such missile tests by Syria since 2001, the Israelis said according to the Time >>>


      ISRAEL SAYS SYRIA TEST–FIRES SCUDS OVER TURKEY
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Syria test–fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, senior Israeli security officials said on Friday.

The officials, citing intelligence data, said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were fired last Friday from northe >>>


      ISRAEL SAYS SYRIA TEST–FIRES SCUDS OVER TURKEY
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Syria test–fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, senior Israeli security officials said on Friday.

The officials, citing intelligence data, said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were fired last Friday from northe >>>


      ISRAEL TROOPS ADMIT ‘EYE FOR EYE‘ KILLINGS –REPORT
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Israeli special forces killed 15 Palestinians, including police, in a 2002 shooting spree ordered to avenge comrades slain in a West Bank ambush, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday, citing testimony by troops.

The army, commenting on the report in the Maariv daily, said Israeli forces had targeted "chec >>>


      ISRAEL TROOPS ADMIT ‘EYE FOR EYE‘ KILLINGS –REPORT
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Israeli special forces killed 15 Palestinians, including police, in a 2002 shooting spree ordered to avenge comrades slain in a West Bank ambush, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday, citing testimony by troops.

The army, commenting on the report in the Maariv daily, said Israeli forces had targeted "chec >>>


      ISRAELI TROOPS ADMIT ‘EYE FOR EYE‘ KILLING SPREE
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Israeli commandos killed eight Palestinian policemen in "eye for an eye" shootings three years ago that were ordered to avenge comrades slain in an ambush on an army checkpoint in the West Bank, a newspaper said on Friday.

The report in the Maariv daily, confirmed by senior Israeli security sources, >>>


      ISRAELI TROOPS ADMIT ‘EYE FOR EYE‘ KILLING SPREE
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Israeli commandos killed eight Palestinian policemen in "eye for an eye" shootings three years ago that were ordered to avenge comrades slain in an ambush on an army checkpoint in the West Bank, a newspaper said on Friday.

The report in the Maariv daily, confirmed by senior Israeli security sources, >>>


      JUNCKER WARNS OF EU CRISIS, EURO OVERVALUED
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean–Claude Juncker, who holds the European Union presidency, warned on Friday that failure to agree on a new long–term EU budget this month would turn a political problem into a full–blown crisis.

Juncker, who also chairs euro zone finance ministers, said the singl >>>


      LEBANON ELECTIONS HEAD SOUTH UNDER A CLOUD
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Voters go to the polls in south Lebanon on Sunday in the second phase of parliamentary elections with the country rattled by the assassination of a prominent anti–Syrian journalist.

A slate led by Syria‘s allies Hizbollah and Amal groups looks assured of victory in the Shi‘ite Muslim heartla >>>


      MINISTER SAYS ITALY SHOULD CONSIDER LEAVING EURO
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      An Italian minister said on Friday the country should consider adopting its own currency again, adding fuel to recent talk of a possible break–up of the euro zone which EU leaders dismiss as "absurd." Welfare Minister Roberto Maroni, from the euro–skeptical Northern League party, said Italy shoul >>>


      PACKAGE SENT TO AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HARMLESS
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A suspicious package addressed to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer which forced the closure of the parliament house loading dock on Friday, did not contain dangerous material, police said.

The package contained white powder and arrived two days after a mysterious powder was sent to the Indonesian >>>


      PACKAGE SENT TO AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HARMLESS
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A suspicious package addressed to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer which forced the closure of the parliament house loading dock on Friday, did not contain dangerous material, police said.

The package contained white powder and arrived two days after a mysterious powder was sent to the Indonesian >>>


      POPE JOHN PAUL‘S ‘SHADOW‘ BECOMES KRAKOW ARCHBISHOP
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Pope Benedict has named the late Pope John Paul‘s "shadow" –– his long–time secretary and the man who cradled him in his arms after a 1'81 assassination attempt –– to be the new archbishop of Krakow in Poland.

Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz will take over the le >>>


      POPE JOHN PAUL‘S ‘SHADOW‘ BECOMES KRAKOW ARCHBISHOP
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Pope Benedict has named the late Pope John Paul‘s "shadow" –– his long–time secretary and the man who cradled him in his arms after a 1'81 assassination attempt –– to be the new archbishop of Krakow in Poland.

Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz will take over the le >>>


      PSYCHIATRISTS ASSESS CANADIAN SEX KILLER
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Psychiatrists weighed into the debate about the mental state of a notorious Canadian sex killer on Friday as authorities fought to keep her under close watch after she ends her sentence for manslaughter.

A psychiatrist called by lawyers for Karla Homolka played down the chance that the 35–year–old >>>


      REGIONAL LOYALTY WINS VOTES FOR IRAN‘S RAFSANJANI
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Being the local boy carries a lot of weight in Iranian politics.

Few of the spice merchants and mango sellers of the bazaar in the southeastern city of Kerman doubt political heavyweight Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 70, will win this month‘s presidential election.

Rafsanjani, who held the presiden >>>


      S.LANKA VIOLENCE HINDERING TSUNAMI AID – AGENCIES
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A spree of killings in Sri Lanka‘s restive east and flaring ethnic tensions are hindering tsunami relief efforts, a group of nearly 100 aid agencies said on Friday, calling for an end to the violence.

Shootings and grenade attacks have become commonplace in Sri Lanka‘s east in recent months, blame >>>


      SREBRENICA VIDEO SOBERS SERBIA, BRINGS ARRESTS
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A sickening video of Serb paramilitary soldiers in the act of murdering six Bosnian Muslim youths near Srebrenica in 1''5 sobered Serbia on Thursday and led to the immediate arrest of eight suspects.

Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said the arrests were ordered after the country was shown a "br >>>


      SREBRENICA VIDEO SOBERS SERBIA, BRINGS ARRESTS
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A sickening video of Serb paramilitary soldiers in the act of murdering six Bosnian Muslim youths near Srebrenica in 1''5 sobered Serbia on Thursday and led to the immediate arrest of eight suspects.

Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said the arrests were ordered after the country was shown a "br >>>


      SUPPORT FOR GAZA PULLOUT DIPS IN ISRAEL – POLL
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Public support in Israel for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon‘s Gaza pullout plan has fallen to its lowest level, 50 per cent, since he announced the proposal last year, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

Despite the drop, which the Maariv/Teleseker survey attributed to public weariness over the controversy t >>>


      SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE SENT TO AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A suspicious package addressed to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer forced the closure of the parliament house loading dock on Friday and the decontamination of parliamentary staff, police said.

The package comes two days after a mysterious powder was sent to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra. The >>>


      TALK TO US, KASHMIRI LEADERS TELL INDIA, PAKISTAN
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      Separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir visiting Pakistan‘s side of the disputed territory demanded on Friday to be part of a peace process to end violence in their homeland.

After receiving a heroes‘ welcome when they crossed the ceasefire line a day earlier, the leaders, who will meet President P >>>


      TERRORIST CHECK SPARKS FEAR IN RUSSIAN REGION
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      A Russian official on Friday ordered all people from the North Caucasus living in his region be checked for links to terrorist groups, sparking fears that he could ignite already widespread racism.

The Chechen war and militant attacks across Russia have caused distrust for darker–skinned people from Rus >>>


      U.S CALLS MORE POLICE TO PROTECT DARFUR REFUGEES
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The United States called on Friday for the deployment of more African Union police in refugee camps in Darfur, saying it would help stop attacks against civilians in the Sudanese region.

During a visit to Darfur, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick also urged the Sudanese government to disarm Arab >>>


      U.S CALLS MORE POLICE TO PROTECT DARFUR REFUGEES
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The United States called on Friday for the deployment of more African Union police in refugee camps in Darfur, saying it would help stop attacks against civilians in the Sudanese region.

During a visit to Darfur, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick also urged the Sudanese government to disarm Arab >>>


      U.S. WARNS OF THREAT TO ATTACK HOTELS IN JAKARTA
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta warned Americans on Friday of a threat to bomb lobbies of hotels in the city, less than a week after blasts killed 22 people in an Indonesian area marked by Muslim–Christian violence.

The U.S. embassy itself only reopened on Tuesday after closing for several days following an >>>


      U.S. WARNS OF THREAT TO ATTACK HOTELS IN JAKARTA
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta warned Americans on Friday of a threat to bomb lobbies of hotels in the city, less than a week after blasts killed 22 people in an Indonesian area marked by Muslim–Christian violence.

The U.S. embassy itself only reopened on Tuesday after closing for several days following an >>>


      UK‘S BROWN STANDS FIRM ON AID GOALS AHEAD OF G8
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      British finance minister Gordon Brown vowed on Friday not to scale back his ambitious plan to lift Africa out of poverty, despite signs rich countries still disagree on how the goal should be achieved.

Brown and Prime Minister Tony Blair have declared 2005 a make–or–break year for Africa, pushing >>>


      WFP SAYS 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE NOW HUNGRY IN DARFUR
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The number of people in Sudan‘s Darfur region who need food has jumped to 3.5 million –– more than half of the population –– as rural families join refugees in the hunger line, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) will seek an additional $'6 >>>


      WIFE OF HELD HK REPORTER REVEALS LINK WITH ACADEMIC
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The wife of a Hong Kong–based reporter China has accused of spying said he had worked with an academic at a government think–tank held on suspicion of leaking state secrets, but denied her husband had done anything wrong.

The connection was revealed in an open letter to Chinese President and Commu >>>


      WIFE OF HELD HK REPORTER REVEALS LINK WITH ACADEMIC
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      The wife of a Hong Kong–based reporter China has accused of spying said he had worked with an academic at a government think–tank held on suspicion of leaking state secrets, but denied her husband had done anything wrong.

The connection was revealed in an open letter to Chinese President and Commu >>>


      WORLD BANK‘S WOLFOWITZ SEEKS TO DEFUSE IRAQ DOUBTS
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      In his second day as World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz sought to assuage doubts over his role as one of the architects of the U.S. war in Iraq and said he would use his White House ties to push for development aid.

The former Defense Department second–in–command told a development conference on >>>


      ZOELLICK IN DARFUR TO SUPPORT AFRICAN UNION
      Reuters News, 03-06-2005
      U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick arrived on Friday in Sudan‘s Darfur region, where more than half the population is going hungry and African Union troops are struggling to keep the peace.

Zoellick headed to the AU headquarters shortly after arriving to be briefed on the security situation >>>


      CATHERINE COLONNA RETOURNE À LA DIPLOMATIE
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Neuf mois après sa nomination à la direction du Centre national de la cinématographie, Catherine Colonna rejoint les allées du pouvoir au ministère des Affaires européennes, où elle devra jouer de tout son talent de diplomate après le " >>>


      DOMINIQUE DE VILLEPIN REÇOIT LUNDI LES PARTENAIRES SOCIAUX
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      par Hélène Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) – Deux jours avant son discours de politique générale, Dominique de Villepin recevra lundi les partenaires sociaux pour "recueillir leurs analyses et leurs propositions", annonce Matignon.

Dans l‘entourage du Premier ministr >>>


      DOMINIQUE DE VILLEPIN RÉUNIT DIMANCHE SON GOUVERNEMENT
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Dominique de Villepin présidera dimanche le premier séminaire du gouvernement formé dans la foulée de la victoire du "non" à la Constitution européenne et chargé de mener la bataille contre le chômage.

Le service de presse >>>


      JACQUES CHIRAC VEUT RASSURER SUR L‘ANCRAGE EUROPÉEN DE LA FRANCE
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Jacques Chirac s‘emploiera dans les semaines à venir à assurer ses partenaires européens "de l‘ancrage de la France dans l‘Union européenne" et a placé l‘enjeu européen au nombre des priorités du gouvernement de D >>>


      LE DUO VILLEPIN–SARKOZY ENTRE EN ACTION
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      par Hélène Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) – Quatre jours après la victoire du "non" au référendum sur la Constitution européenne, Dominique de Villepin a constitué son gouvernement pour la "bataille" contre le chômage, dont Nicolas Sarkozy sera >>>


      LE GOUVERNEMENT SE RÉUNIT SOUS LA PRÉSIDENCE DE JACQUES CHIRAC
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Le premier conseil des ministres du gouvernement Villepin a débuté peu après 16h00 sous la présidence de Jacques Chirac.

Le chef du gouvernement est arrivé le premier dans la cour de l‘Elysée, à 15h45, adressant un rapide sourire au >>>


      LE GOUVERNEMENT VILLEPIN LANCE SA GUERRE DE MOUVEMENT
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      par Hélène Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) – Dominique de Villepin, à qui Jacques Chirac a demandé "des mesures simples et claires" contre le chômage, réunit son premier séminaire gouvernemental dimanche, avant une journée de rencontres avec les partenair >>>


      NICOLAS SARKOZY EN VISITE À PERPIGNAN ENTEND "FRAPPER FORT"
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      PERPIGNAN (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy, pour son premier déplacement de ministre de l‘Intérieur du gouvernement Villepin, a tenu un langage d‘extrême fermeté à Perpignan, dans les Pyrénées–Orientales, où de violents incidents ont opposé >>>


      PATRICK DEVEDJIAN VICTIME DE SON IMAGE "SARKOZYSTE" ?
      Reuters France, 03-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – L‘ex–ministre délégué à l‘Industrie Patrick Devedjian, écarté par le Premier ministre Dominique de Villepin, a longtemps été le seul "sarkozyste" du gouvernement en dehors de Nicolas Sarkozy.

Son entoura >>>


      GERMAN LIBERAL–DEMOCRATS SUPPORT ROMANIA‘S ACCESSION TO EU ON JANUARY 1, 2007
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Berlin, June 3 (Rompres) – The German Liberals support the enlargement of the European Union by including Romania and Bulgaria, in accordance
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      GERMAN PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE ROMANIA AND BULGARIA‘S EU ACCESSION TREATIES AFTER MONITORING REPORT OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS READY
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 3 /Rompres/ – The German Parliament will subject to ratification Romania and Bulgaria‘s EU Accession Treaties after the European Commission presents the monitoring report, to establish if the two countries respect the engagements assumed, spokesman on foreign policy issues with the opp >>>


      PM TARICEANU WELCOMED WITH MILITARY HONOURS AT GERMANY‘S FEDERAL CHANCELLERY
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Berlin, June 3 /Rompres/ – Chancellor Gerhard Schroder welcomed Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu with military honours at Germany‘s Federal Chancellery, on Friday at noon.

The two premiers listened to the state anthems of Romania and Germany and reviewed the Guard of Honour.
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      PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 3 (Rompres) – The statement issued by head of the European Commission Delegation in Romania Jonathan Scheele on Thursday with respect to Romania‘s monitoring in view of joining the European Union in 2007 and the visit paid by President Traian Basescu to Japan are the main topics covere >>>


      PRIME MINISTER TARICEANU DEMANDS THAT EU OBSERVE ACCORD ON ROMANIA‘S 2007 ACCESSION
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Berlin, June 3 /Rompres/ – Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu demanded that the EU‘s leaders observe the accord on Romania‘s 2007 accession, after France and the Netherlands rejected the European
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      RALUCA IOANA OLARU TO PLAY FINAL IN ROLAND GARROS
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Paris, June 3 /Rompres/ – The Romanian tennis player Raluca Ioana Olaru qualified for the final of the girls‘ singles at Roland Garros, defeating
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      ROMANIA IS EXPECTING TO BE ASSESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS HONOURING THE ACCESSION PLEDGES, SAYS PM TARICEANU
      Rompres, 03-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 3 /Rompres/ – Romania is expecting to the assessed in accordance with its honouring the accession pledges, and not according to some domestic politics matters of European Union member states, Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu–Tariceanu said on Friday in Berlin, at a meeting with ch >>>


      A CRITICAL LOOK INTO THE ETHIOPIAN ELECTIONS
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By Yohannes Woldemariam× June 1, 2005 –– Ethiopia has a bicameral Parliament. The House of Federation (upper house) has 108 seats and the House of Representatives (lower house) has 547 seats. Members of the House of People‘s Representatives are elected by popular vote to serve five–year te >>>


      BUSH‘S SILENCE
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, The New York Times NYALA, Sudan, May 31, 2005 –– A reader from Eugene, Ore., wrote in with a complaint about my harping on the third world÷ "Why should the U.S. care for the rest of the world?" he asked. "The U.S.

should take care of its own. ... It&lsq >>>


      AFRICAN UNION NEEDS MORE CASH TO END SUFFERING IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By ANTHONY MITCHELL ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 2, 2005 (AP) –– The African Union needs more cash to expand its peacekeeping mission in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur, the group‘s peace and security commissioner said Thursday as he headed to the region on a fact–finding tour.

Rwandan sol >>>


      AFRICAN UNION TEAM VISITS DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 2 (AFP) –– A high–level African Union (AU) delegation began a three–day visit to Darfur to assess the humanitarian situation in the war–torn western Sudanese region.

Internally displaced Sudanese line up to fill their water containers at the Abu Shouk camp, home of >>>


      AIRLIFT OF ADDITIONAL AU TROOPS TO DRFUR MAY START THIS MONTH
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      KIGALI, June 2 (AFP) –– The airlift of some 5,000 additional men to be deployed in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan as part of the African Union (AU) Mission could get underway later this month, a US senior official said Thursday.

Rwandan soldiers belonging to the African Union wait to b >>>


      BUSH ONCE AGAIN CITES ‘GENOCIDE‘ IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, June 1, 2005 (IPS) –– Breaking nearly six months of silence on the issue, U.S. President George W. Bush reaffirmed Wednesday his belief that "genocide" is taking place in Darfur, Sudan, but gave no indication that his administration is prepared to pursue aggressive efforts >>>


      ETHIOPIA‘S ELECTORAL BOARD URGES OPPOSITION TO DESIST FROM DEFAMATION
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, June 2, 2005 (Xinhua) –– The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) urged opposition parties on Thursday to desist from spreading defamatory allegations against the board and engaging in activities that would adversely affect the electoral process.

NEBE said in a statement that so >>>


      ETHIOPIA OPPOSITION ACCUSES MELES, NEWSMEN ARRESTED
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA, June 2 (Reuters) – Ethiopian authorities arrested eight journalists on Thursday, accusing them of inciting "insurrection" after elections which opposition leaders accuse the government of rigging to stay in power.

Intensifying their war of words with the governme >>>


      ETHIOPIAN ELECTORAL PANEL TO SUE OPPOSITION FOR DEFAMATION
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, June 3 (AFP) –– Ethiopia‘s electoral board said Friday, amid tensions ahead of the release of final but hotly disputed poll results, that it would sue the two main opposition groups for making statements that cast doubts on its impartiality.

Kemal Bedri, the chairman of the Natio >>>


      GADDAFI OPPOSES FOREIGN INTERVENTION IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      OUAGADOUGOU, June 2 (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday any intervention in Sudan‘s Darfur region from outside Africa would exacerbate the crisis, adding that the continent was capable of dealing with its own problems.

Muammar Gaddafi "We are against any foreign interven >>>


      GROWING INSECURITY MAKES QUICK RETURN OF DARFUR REFUGEES UNLIKELY–ICRC
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By UTA HARNISCHFEGER GENEVA, June 2, 2005 (AP) –– Growing lawlessness and tribal hostilities in Darfur make it unlikely that the 2 million people who have fled their homes in the Sudanese region will be able to return soon, the international Red Cross said Thursday.

Many of the refugees‘ face >>>


      HELD LAWMAKERS ARE ‘PRISONERS OF WAR‘– REBELS
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      ASMARA, June 3 (AFP) –– Rebels operating in eastern Sudan on Friday confirmed they had captured three regional legislators and are holding them as "prisoners of war" a week after Sudanese reported they had been abducted.

Rebels from Sudan‘s Eastern Front parade during a conference h >>>


      STUDENTS URGE US STANFORD UNIVERSITY TO DIVEST
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      SocialFunds.com, June 1, 2005 –– "I found a man groaning under a tree. He had been shot in the neck and jaw and left for dead in a pile of corpses," wrote Johann Hari in a November 2004 article entitled "How Some of the World‘s Biggest Corporations are Fuelling the Genocide in Darfur.&q >>>


      SUDAN‘S OPPOSITION PARTIES FORM NATIONAL ALLIANCE
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 2 (Reuters) – Two of Sudan‘s largest opposition parties are heading up a 16–party alliance to promote democracy and calling for a national conference to endorse a peace deal signed in January, party officials said on Thursday.

Sadiq al–Mahdi The Umma Party, widely conside >>>


      SUDANESE OPPOSITION LEADERS HOLD "POSITIVE" TALKS IN CAIRO
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      CAIRO, June 2, 2005 (MENA) –– It has been decided to form a mini–committee from the Sudan People‘s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to prepare a working paper on ways to promote the talks on the Cairo platform process in the light of the discussion >>>


      US TELLS SUDAN÷ DISARM DARFUR MILITIAS
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      EL FASHER, Sudan (AFP) –– United States Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick issued a stern warning to Sudan to disarm the Arab militias accused of human rights abuses in Darfur, as he visited the shattered Sudanese province.

US undersecretary of State Robert Zoellick (L) talks with an unident >>>


      US WANTS MORE POLICE TO PROTECT DARFUR REFUGEES
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KUTUM, Sudan, June 3 (Reuters) – The United States called on Friday for more African Union police in camps housing 2 million displaced people in Darfur, saying it would help stop attacks on civilians in the Sudanese region.

US Deputy Secretary of State, Robert Zoellick. Visiting Darfur >>>


      US ZOELLICK IN DARFUR TO SUPPORT AFRICAN UNION
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom EL–FASHER, Sudan, June 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick arrived on Friday in Sudan‘s Darfur region, where more than half the population is going hungry and African Union troops are struggling to keep the peace.

US Deputy Secretary of State Robert >>>


      WFP SAYS 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE NOW HUNGRY IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 2 (Reuters) – The number of people in Sudan‘s Darfur region who need food has jumped to 3.5 million –– more than half of the population

–– as rural families join refugees in the hunger line, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Fatu >>>


      ZOELLICK MEETS AFRICAN LEADERS ON SUDAN, RWANDA
      Sudan Tribune, 03-06-2005
      By David Mageria and Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI, June 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said on Thursday he had asked Sudanese President Omar al–Bashir to stop violence, rape and intimidation of aid workers in the western Darfur region.

US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoel >>>


      AIDS EPIDEMIC OUTPACES RESOURCES, UNITED NATIONS SAYS
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Countries urged to take "far stronger action" against epidemic By Judy Aita Washington File United Nations Correspondent United Nations –– The AIDS epidemic continues to outrun international efforts to contain it, top U.N. officials told a high–level meeting of health ministers and other sen >>>


      AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI THRIVES IN MIDDLE EASTERN SETTING
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      University offers academic flexibility, cultural diversity, career preparation By Chris Thornton Washington File Special Correspondent Dubai, United Arab Emirates –– Situated on busy Sheikh Zayed Road between Dubai Media City and the Hard Rock Cafe, the American University in Dubai (AUD), at first glance, e >>>


      BUSH OSCE NOMINEE SUPPORTS GOAL OF WHOLE, FREE, PEACEFUL EUROPE
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      STATEMENT OF JULIE FINLEY BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS May 24, 2005 Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee÷ I am honored to be here before you today, seeking confirmation so that I might serve our country as the President‘s Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation >>>


      BUSH PROCLAIMS JUNE 2005 "BLACK MUSIC MONTH"
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 2, 2005 BLACK MUSIC MONTH, 2005 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION During Black Music Month, we pay tribute to a rich musical tradition and honor the many contributions African–American musicians, singers, and composers have made to t >>>


      CHINA‘S INDUSTRIAL POLICIES CONFLICT WITH WTO RULES, EXPERTS SAY
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Subsidies, tax breaks, product standards create discriminatory climate By Susan Krause Washington File Staff Writer This article is one in a series on U.S.–China economic relations.

Washington –– U.S. government agencies and private business interests concur that, three and a half years after >>>


      CHINESE, U.S. EDUCATORS URGE GREATER PARTNERSHIP, EXCHANGE
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      See need for communication, dialogue, cooperation, joint research By Anthony Kujawa Washington File Staff Writer Seattle –– U.S. and Chinese educators attending a forum for university presidents from the two countries June 1 stressed the importance of enhancing partnership and exchange between their educati >>>


      CONVICTION OF BELARUS OPPOSITION FIGURES "OUTRAGEOUS," SAYS U.S.
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman June 2, 2005 Statement by Sean McCormack, Spokesman CONVICTION OF BELARUSIAN OPPOSITION FIGURES On May 31, a Belarusian court convicted opposition leaders Nikolai Statkevich and Pavel Severinets of "violating public order" and sentenced them to three years of c >>>


      DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, JUNE 2÷ RUMSFELD TRAVELS TO ASIA, EUROPE
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Defense secretary will discuss terrorism, Asian–Pacific security concerns Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew to Singapore June 2 where he will join defense ministers from the Asia–Pacific region for the June 3–5 "Shangri–La Dialogue." Rumsfeld will deliver a speech there on June 4 >>>


      DETROIT ISLAMIC CENTER OPENS LARGEST MOSQUE IN UNITED STATES
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Mosque‘s Imam Qazwini seeks to create interfaith dialogue By Brittany Sterrett Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Fifteen years of planning, six years of building and $15 million went into the creation of a new Detroit mosque that now ranks as the largest mosque in the United States.  T >>>


      GUTIERREZ URGES CHINA TO SPEED PROGRESS ON BILATERAL TRADE ISSUES
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Secretary of commerce warns that lack of results risks protectionist backlash The government of China must speed progress on issues driving trade relations with the United States or risk an outbreak of protectionism that will hurt both countries‘ economies, according to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez >>>


      NONGOVERNMENTAL ADVISERS NAMED FOR ANTI–SEMITISM CONFERENCE
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman June 2, 2005 MEDIA NOTE U.S. NON–GOVERNMENTAL ADVISORS AT THE OSCE CONFERENCE ON ANTI–SEMITISM AND OTHER FORMS OF INTOLERANCE JUNE 8–', 2005 IN CORDOBA, SPAIN The following non–governmental organization representatives have been named as advis >>>


      RICE, EU OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING U.S.–EU SUMMIT
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Also discuss Middle East, Darfur, the spread of freedom and democracy U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with three top European Union officials at the State Department June 2 in preparation for the upcoming U.S.–EU summit June 20 in Washington, at which President Bush will host European Council Preside >>>


      RICE, IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER DISCUSS CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Hoshyar Zebari describes Iraq‘s priorities for Brussels conference Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice welcomed the Iraqi government‘s commitment to an inclusive constitutional process designed to represent the interests of all Iraqis during her June 1 meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
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      U.S. AGENTS HELP TRAIN COLOMBIAN INVESTIGATIVE BOMB SQUADS
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      U.S. BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2005 ATF PROVIDING EXPLOSIVES TRAINING TO COLOMBIANS Two–Week Course Part of Effort to Share Expertise Internationally BOGOTA, Colombia –– The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and >>>


      U.S. HOLDS WORKSHOP FOR TSUNAMI–AFFECTED, ASIA–PACIFIC NATIONS
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Event to showcase best practices, technologies for early warning By Cheryl Pellerin Washington File Staff Writer Washington ‫ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) are sponsoring an international workshop to help tsunami–affected >>>


      U.S. REPORT SAYS NORTH AMERICA MOVING TOWARD SINGLE TRADE MARKET
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Report examines agricultural economies of United States, Mexico, Canada By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– U.S. agricultural trade with Mexico and Canada is on a "clear upward trend," resulting in the economies of the three countries "behaving as if they form one market, >>>


      U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY PRAISES OUTGOING HEAD OF INTER–AMERICAN BANK
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Enrique Iglesias hailed for economic development work in Americas By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow is praising the outgoing president of the Inter–American Development Bank (IDB), Enrique Iglesias, for his long–lasting contributions to ec >>>


      U.S. URGES JAPAN NOT TO EXPAND LETHAL WHALING RESEARCH PROGRAM
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Media Conatct÷ Scott Smullen (202) 482–10'7 UNITED STATES REITERATES ITS OPPOSITION TO SCIENTIFIC WHALING AND ASKS JAPAN NOT TO EXPAND ITS LETHAL RESEARCH PROGRAM Request Comes Three Weeks Before International Whaling Commission Meets In Korea June 2, 200 >>>


      U.S., EU, IRAQ SET GOALS FOR UPCOMING BRUSSELS CONFERENCE
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman June 2, 2005 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN UNION AND IRAQ Following is the text of a joint statement by the United States, the European Union and Iraq.

(begin text) Representatives from Iraq, the United States, the European Union, joined by >>>


      WHERE IS U.S. POLICY ON UZBEKISTAN HEADED FOLLOWING ANDIJAN?
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      On May 13, government soldiers in Uzbekistan opened fire on thousands of protestors in the eastern Uzbekistan city of Andijan. These actions raised deep concerns in the United States and around the world about the direction in which Uzbekistan is headed.

Kent Logsdon, deputy director of the U.S. State Departme >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DESIGNATES NINE DRUG KINGPINS FOR SANCTIONS
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Kingpins and one organization denied access to U.S. financial system The Bush administration designated eight international drug traffickers and one entity as narcotics kingpins on June 2, according to a White House fact sheet issued that same day.

The president designated the drug traffickers under the author >>>


      WHITE HOUSE NAMES NEW SECURITIES COMMISSION CHIEF
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      Congressman Cox nominated to replace Donaldson as SEC chairman Representative Christopher Cox, a California Republican, has been nominated as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a government agency that regulates U.S. securities markets.

Announcing the nomination June 2 at the Whi >>>


      WHITE HOUSE REPORT, JUNE 2÷ AFRICA, NORTH KOREA
      USIA, 03-06-2005
      White House says United States "leading the way" in providing aid to Africa UNITED STATES TRIPLED AID TO AFRICA SINCE 2001, McCLELLAN SAYS The United States has been "leading the way" in giving aid to African countries, and President Bush looks forward to discussing the issue at the Group of Eight ( >>>


      FINLAND TO PROCEED WITH EU CONSTITUTION RATIFICATION PROCESS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      The Finnish Parliament is to debate the proposed constitution for the European Union in the autumn; the Finnish ratification process is to continue even though the rejection of the document in the recent referendums in France and The Netherlands means that the treaty is unlikely to take effect in its current form.
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      HUGE CROWD FORMS WITHIN MINUTES AS KAMPPI COMMERCIAL CENTER OPENS IN DOWNTOWN HELSINKI
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      In the future, an estimated number of 150,000 people will pass through Helsinki‘s new Kamppi Center every day. One could get an idea of the number just by looking at the huge crowd that formed within a few minutes on Thursday, when the first units of the multifunctional commercial complex were opened to the publi >>>


      INTRODUCTION OF EURO WEAKENED CONSUMERS‘ PRICE AWARENESS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      With the introduction of the euro, consumers‘ ability to perceive the cost of things has become weaker. Furthermore, people‘s estimates of prices have become more inaccurate.

These are the findings of a new National Consumer Research Centre study, Three years of the euro – Have consumers lear >>>


      LEAF FACTORY ANNOUNCEMENT OF 50% WAGE CUT PROMPTS WALKOUT BEFORE DECISION REVERSED
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      Employees of the Leaf sweets factory in Turku walked off their jobs again on Thursday afternoon, after the factory‘s management announced that wages would be cut in half in response to a sharp drop in productivity.

According to head shop steward Raimo Häikiö, the management said th >>>


      PRICE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN PHARMACIES AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TECHNICALLY LEGAL
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      The National Agency for Medicines has found that discount price agreements between pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers endanger public confidence in the independence of pharmaceutical sales.

According to an interpretation published by the agency on Thursday, the practice does not actually violate the l >>>


      STRAY DOGS CAUSE TROUBLE FOR TRAVELLING CIRCUS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      In one of the stranger stories to come to light this week, two large stray dogs apparently scared passers–by in parts of the town of Hämeenlinna on Wednesday. Ermergency services received several reports of the loose hounds on Wednesday afternoon.

Police went to investigate and found the o >>>


      VISITING CZECH PRESIDENT WELCOMES FRENCH AND DUTCH REJECTION
      Helsingin Sanomat, 03-06-2005
      "The EU has existed for decades without a constitution, and can certainly continue [without it] in the future", said Czech President Václav Klaus in Helsinki on Thursday.

Klaus, the most notorious Eurosceptic among the new EU member states, is on an official visit to Finland. At a press >>>


      ALABAMA TEEN MISSING FOR FOURTH DAY IN ARUBA – JUN 3, 2005
      CNN, 03-06-2005
      Natalee Holloway disappeared on the last night of a trip to Aruba to celebrate her graduation from high school. Four days later, the Alabama teenager is still missing, despite an extensive search of the Dutch Caribbean island.

"Honestly, at the beginning, we were hopeful the girl would come back," s >>>



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