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      RALUCA IOANA OLARU REACHES SEMI–FINALS AT ROLAND–GARROS
      Rompres, 02-06-2005
      Paris, June 2 /Rompres/ – The Romanian tennis player Raluca Ioana Olaru qualified for the girls‘ singles semi–finals at Roland–Garros, winning 6–2, 6–3 over Swiss player Timea Bacsinsky, the 5th seed, in a quarterfinal
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      ROMANIAN PM ARRIVES IN GERMANY
      Rompres, 02-06-2005
      Berlin, June 2 /Rompres/ – The Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu–Tariceanu arrived on Thursday in Berlin for an official two–day visit at the invitation
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      VISIT OF ROMANIAN PRESIDENT IN JAPAN IS A PRAGMATIC POLITIC MESSAGE
      Rompres, 02-06-2005
      Tokyo, June 2 /Rompres/ – Romania wants to construct a politic and economic partnership with Japan, meant to ensure mutual advantages, Rompres special correspondent transmits at the end of visit that the Romanian President
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      FIVE KILLED IN KHARTOUM PLANE CRASH
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 2 (AFP) –– Five people were killed and almost 30 others injured as a Sudanese commercial airliner crashed on take–off from Khartoum on Thursday, airport authorities said.

"The plane aborted its take–off and crashed at the end of the runway," an airport official >>>


      KHARTOUM‘S CONTINUING ASSAULT ON HUMANITARIAN AID WORKERS÷
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      Khartoum‘s Continuing Assault on Humanitarian Aid Workers÷ A campaign of intimidation in the context of international acquiescence By Eric Reeves June 1, 2005 –– Khartoum‘s National Islamic Front regime has in the past two days arrested the two top officials working in Darfur and Sudan fo >>>


      POLITICAL SUICIDE OF A NATIONALIST DISGUISE
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      By Mahgoub El–Tigani April 1, 2004 –– The NIF ruling party secretary–general Ahmed Ibrahim Omer urged his government "not to collaborate with the international prosecution of the suspects" identified by the UN Commission as perpetrators of gross human rights violations in the region of >>>


      SUDAN WILL PAY HIGH PRICE FOR ‘PEACE‘
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      By Gerard Prunier, Financial Times May 25, 2005 –– In Soba Aradi, just south of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, land has become quite valuable for residential housing. At dawn on May 18, police cordoned off the squatter area and tried to remove 26,000 internally displaced refugees living in miserable shel >>>


      UN SUDAN ENVOY COUNSELS AGAINST ANY SOUTHERN SECESSION
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 2 (AFP) –– The special UN envoy to Sudan counseled against the secession of south Sudan which he said would destabilize regional and international security, the Sudanese governmental SUNA agency said Thursday.

Jan Pronk "If the Sudan does not remain one state, this will pose a t >>>


      AFRICAN UNION DELEGATION ARRIVES IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      AFRICAN UNION – AFRICAN MISSION IN SUDAN Press Statement Khartoum, June 1, 2005 An African Union Commission delegation led by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Said Djinnit, will arrive in El Fasher on Thursday,
2 June 2005, for a two–day working visit to Darfur, Sudan to asses the humanitar >>>


      BUSH SAYS CONCERNED ABOUT DARFUR GENOCIDE
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – 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.

President George Bush "This is a serious situation," Bush >>>


      DARFUR REBELS, SUDAN GOVT MEET NEXT WEEK – EX– REBEL LEADER
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      CAIRO, June 1, 2005 (AP)––Darfur rebels will meet with Sudan‘s government in Abuja, Nigeria, next week to discuss a peace settlement in the conflict–ridden Darfur region, former rebel leader John Garang said Wednesday.

John Garang Garang, leader of the Sudan People‘s Liberation Mo >>>


      EMMANUEL JAL AND SUDANESE MUSIC COMPILATION
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      From the BBC Radio 3 LONDON, June 1, 2005 –– Emmanuel Jal is a young rapper from the southern Sudan and a former soldier who for five years of his childhood was involved in the bloody civil war in Sudan. By a stroke of luck he ended up being adopted by a British aid worker when he was 11, smuggled to Nairob >>>


      ETHIOPIAN PREMIER IN TALKS WITH US CONGRESSMAN HONDA
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, June 1, 2005 (ENA) –– US Congressman Michael Honda said if 83 per cent of the electorate in Ethiopia participated in the election, the figure exceeds that of voters participation in the US election by 23 per cent.

Honda told journalists after talks he held with Prime Minister Meles Zen >>>


      ETHIOPIANS REVOTE IN 6 SEATS, SOME RESULTS SUSPENDED
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June2, 2005 (AP) –– Ethiopians cast ballots Thursday in new elections for six legislative seats after authorities found evidence of fraud and irregularities in the May 15 general polls, officials said.

The National Electoral Board has also suspended the release of results fro >>>


      GARANG SUSPENDS OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF FUELLING ETHNIC CLASHES
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      John Garang RUMBEK, June 1, 2005 (Sudan Radio Service) –– Sudan People‘s Liberation Movement (SPLM) leader John Garang has suspended three county secretaries in Bahr al–Ghazal for allegedly fuelling ethnic clashes.

The SPLM regional secretary for Bahr al–Ghazal, Deng Alor, told Su >>>


      GROUP OF SUDANESE OPPOSITION PARTIES SIGN POLITICAL DECLARATION
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 1, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) –– A group of opposition parties have agreed to change the National Covenant signed today into a political declaration, to give the opportunity to parties under the umbrella of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to sign up.

A Sudanese supporter >>>


      HIGH–LEVEL AU DELEGATION TO VISIT DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 1 (AFP) –– A high–level African Union delegation will set out on a three–day visit to Darfur to assess the humanitarian situation in the war–torn region, the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) said.

Darfurian women wait for food supplies in the Abu Shouk camp. (A >>>


      PASSENGER PLANE CRASHES IN SUDAN, 5 DEAD
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      By Mohamed Noureldin KHARTOUM, June 2 (Reuters) – An Antonov passenger plane crashed on Thursday when it aborted take–off in the Sudanese capital, killing at least five people and injuring two others, Sudanese aviation officials said.

The plane was bound for el–Fasher in the Darfur region of >>>


      PLANE CRASHES ON TAKEOFF IN SUDAN; FIVE KILLED, MANY INJURED
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 2, 2005 (AP) –– A passenger plane on an internal flight crashed on takeoff in the Sudanese capital Thursday, killing three people and injuring more than a dozen, officials said.

A Russian–built Antonov passenger plane which crashed at Khartoum airport in Khartoum, Sudan >>>


      POLL SHOWS AMERICANS SUPPORT US ROLE IN SUDAN‘S DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS, June 1, 2005 (ICG) –– Over 80 per cent of Americans support a tougher international response to the current situation in Darfur, a new International Crisis Group/Zogby poll× finds. This includes backing for military measures, sanctions and International Criminal Court prosecutions >>>


      SUDAN MINISTER SEES NO REASON FOR AID WORKERS ARREST
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM, June 1 (Reuters) – Sudan‘s foreign minister said on Wednesday he saw no reason why two international aid workers had been arrested for crimes against the state and pledged to solve the problem in talks with the United Nations.

Mustafa Ismail Sudan this week arrested then >>>


      SUDAN MOBILISES ARMY RESERVES IN EAST
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 1 (Reuters) – Sudan has called for general mobilisation of its army reserves in the eastern region bordering Eritrea to secure roads and an oil pipeline after rebels kidnapped three politicians, a local official said.

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


      SUDAN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH UN ON ARRESTED AID WORKERS
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 1, 2005 (AP) –– Sudan‘s foreign minister said Wednesday that the government had reached an agreement with the United Nations over the fate of two arrested aid workers.

Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail did not elaborate, but the statement raised expectations that charges wo >>>


      SUSPECTED ETHIOPIAN REBELS KILL THREE KENYAN POLICE, SEVEN CIVILIANS
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      By Stephen Muiruri and Muchemi Wachira, The Kenyan Daily Nation NAIROBI, June 1, 2005 –– Seven Kenyans have been shot dead by suspected Ethiopian rebels in attacks on manyattas villages near the common border.

Three police reservists, a child and three elderly men were shot dead when the gunmen, sa >>>


      TRIBAL VIOLENCE IN DARFUR OVERSHADOWS PEACE MOVES, HAMPERS AID
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      GENEVA, June 2 (AFP) –– Growing tribal conflict in Sudan‘s strife torn region of Darfur is overshadowing peace efforts involving the Sudanese government and local rebels, a senior Red Cross official said Thursday.

These recent arrivals from the Nimule area of South Sudan are now living in she >>>


      JSI GRANTS IMPROVE HEALTH SERVICES IN SOUTHERN SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 02-06-2005
      JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc Press release June 1, 2005÷ JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of over $6.' million in grants to a number of local and international NGOs working to improve the heath and livelihood of the people of Southern Sudan. The grant >>>


      AID TO AFRICA ON G8 AGENDA, BUSH ASSURES SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      U.S. leader calls on African nations to address political, human–rights reforms By Steve Kaufman Washington File White House Correspondent Washington –– President Bush says he intends to advance what he described as "the compassion agenda" to provide economic and humanitarian assistance to A >>>


      ARAB AMERICANS RECOUNT EXPERIENCES OF GROWING UP IN AMERICA
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Say negative stereotypes, misperceptions must be addressed By Nino Kader Washington File Special Correspondent Washington –– Several young Arab Americans spoke of their experiences growing up in Midwestern America at the American–Arab Anti–Discrimination Committee convention May 27–2'. >>>


      BUSH MEETS WITH NATO SECRETARY–GENERAL
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      President calls alliance America‘s "transatlantic link to Europe" President Bush welcomed NATO Secretary–General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to the White House June 1, describing him as a "visionary leader" under whose leadership the organization has undertaken missions in places such as Afgha >>>


      BUSH TO HOST U.K.‘S BLAIR AT WHITE HOUSE JUNE 7
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 31, 2005 Statement by the Press Secretary VISIT OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR President Bush will host British Prime Minister Tony Blair for a meeting and working dinner at the White House on June 7, 2005.  The President looks forward to congratulating Pri >>>


      CROATIA SIGNS MUTUAL SHIPBOARDING PACT WITH UNITED STATES
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman For Immediate Release June 1, 2005 Press Release The United States and the Republic of Croatia Proliferation Security Initiative Shipboarding Agreement On Wednesday, June 1, 2005, the United States and the Republic of Croatia signed a reciprocal Proliferation Security In >>>


      FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN U.S. CONTINUED TO GROW IN 2004
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis June 1, 2005 Foreign Direct Investors‘ Outlays to Acquire or Establish U.S. Businesses Rose in 2004 In 2004, outlays by foreign direct investors to acquire or establish U.S.

businesses rose significantly. Outlays were $7'.8 billion, up 26 percent fro >>>


      GLOBAL NETWORK PROVIDING RESOURCES ON STUDY IN UNITED STATES
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      EducationUSA advisers promoting opportunities for students from other nations By Tony Kujawa Washington File Staff Writer Seattle –– Eighty U.S. Department of State–affiliated advisers, part of a global network of more than 450 EducationUSA information centers, are among the more than 6,600 educators, >>>


      HEAD OF INTER–AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Enrique Iglesias served as IDB president for more than 17 years By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Enrique Iglesias, president of the Inter–American Development Bank (IDB) for more than 17 years, is resigning his post, effective September 30.

In a May 31 statement, Igles >>>


      NASA LAUNCHES NEW HURRICANE WEB PAGE
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      NASA Press release, May 31, 2005 [Washington, D.C.] NASA LAUNCHES NEW HURRICANE WEB PAGE Today, NASA launched an Internet resource page highlighting the agency‘s diverse hurricane research. The site opens just in time for the 2005 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 through November >>>


      SAUDI PRINCE CALLS ARAB AMERICANS ROLE MODELS FOR ARAB WORLD
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Says Arab achievements in United States can be repeated in Arab world By Ralph Dannheisser Washington File Special Correspondent Washington –– A member of the Saudi royal family, billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, has told Arab Americans they are role models for the Arab world.

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      STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING, JUNE 1
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Department/confirmation of Sean McCormack as spokesman/Boucher‘s impending departure, Iraq, Bolivia, Nigeria/Liberia, China, Japan State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher briefed the press June 1.

Following is the transcript of the State Department briefing÷ (begin transcript) [U.S. Department >>>


      STATE DEPARTMENT DESCRIBES U.S. RULE–OF–LAW ASSISTANCE FOR RUSSIA
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman June 1, 2005 Question Taken at May 31, 2005 Daily Press Briefing RULE OF LAW ASSISTANCE FOR RUSSIA Question÷  List examples of the kind of rule of law programs we have in Russia.  What is the total amount of money being spent on these programs?
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      STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL OUTLINES U.S.–EU AGENDA
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C.

May 31, 2005 REMARKS AT THE TRANSATLANTIC DEMOCRACY NETWORK CONFERENCE R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Sponsored by Freedom House, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the National Endowment for Democracy Brussels, Belgium May 26, >>>


      U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN HAITI
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Violence prompts action for extension to June 24, possible future periods By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The U.N. Security Council has extended its multinational peacekeeping mission in Haiti until June 24, with the intention to renew the mission for further periods after that date >>>


      U.S. ARRESTS LEADER OF ALLEGED PLOT AGAINST CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      NEWS RELEASE Debra Wong Yang United States Attorney Central District of California Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Office (213) 8'4–6'47 thom.mrozek@usdoj.gov www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac For Immediate Distribution June 1, 2005 PRESIDENT OF CAMBODIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS ARRESTED IN ALLEGED PLOT TO OVERTHROW CAMBODIAN >>>


      U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY, MEXICAN COUNTERPART MEET
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Michael Chertoff, Santiago Creel outline plans for future cooperation U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Mexican Interior Minister Santiago Creel met May 31 in Washington to review progress on collaborative efforts and identify future priorities.

The two officials identified pr >>>


      UNITED STATES URGING CHINA TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Department of Commerce FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 27, 2005 STRENGTHENING COMMERCIAL TIES GOAL OF GUTIERREZ VISIT TO RUSSIA AND CHINA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will travel to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 28 – Wednesday, June 1 and Beijing, China, Thursday, June >>>


      UNITED STATES, EUROPEAN UNION TO HOST IRAQ CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman June 1, 2005 Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman THE UNITED STATES, THE EUROPEAN UNION AND IRAQ ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JUNE 22, 2005 Following a request from the new Iraqi Transitional Government, an international conference with Iraq, co–hosted b >>>


      VENEZUELAN HEROIN KINGPIN TO SERVE NEARLY 22 YEARS IN U.S. PRISON
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Successful prosecution resulted from effective U.S.–Venezuelan cooperation By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– A U.S. district judge in New York has sentenced the head of a Venezuelan heroin–trafficking organization to almost 22 years in prison in a case that U.S. and Venezu >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DAILY BRIEFING, JUNE 1
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      President‘s schedule, Egyptian election, Zarqawi/Syrian aid, Deep Throat/Legacy of Watergate, EU constitution, questions from women journalists in press avails, press conference/president‘s message, immigration reform, Luis Posada, readout on president‘s meeting with Sumate leader, president‘s a >>>


      WHITE HOUSE REPORT, JUNE 1÷ EGYPT, AFGHANISTAN, VENEZUELA, WATERGATE
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Bush urges Egypt‘s Mubarak to hold free and fair presidential elections MUBARAK URGED TO SET DEMOCRATIC EXAMPLE FOR MIDDLE EAST President Bush telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak June 1 and discussed the beginning of Egypt‘s presidential election campaign and their shared desire for "free and f >>>


      WTO NEGOTIATIONS NEED HARD WORK IN 2005, REPORT TO CONGRESS SAYS
      USIA, 02-06-2005
      Doha Development Agenda behind schedule, according to GAO findings Washington –– Despite progress on agriculture, World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations remain behind schedule and require considerable, difficult work, especially in the next few months, to achieve an agreement, Congress‘ investiga >>>


      ESTONIAN POLICE OFFICER LEAKS INFORMATION TO CRIMINALS – RUINS FINNISH DRUG OPERATION
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      The head of the Drug Unit of Estonia‘s Central Criminal Police is suspected of leaking information to Estonian drug gangs. The disclosure of sensitive information apparently ruined a drug operation by Finnish police officials that was under way three years ago.

The Estonian police investigating the incid >>>


      MINISTRY PREDICTS FINLAND WILL LOSE 100,000 INDUSTRIAL JOBS IN TEN YEARS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      Finland is set to lose 100,000 jobs in industry in the coming ten years, suspects Markku Wallin, Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Labour. In his view, Finland hardly has any means to fight against the trend.

Recent announcements of closures of industrial facilities seem to confirm the trend. However, the situ >>>


      NON–INSPECTION OF PASSPORTS OF TRAVELLERS GOING TO RUSSIA NO VIOLATION OF SCHENGEN TREATY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      In the view of an expert on European Union law, the decision by the Finnish Frontier Guard to stop inspecting passports of travellers crossing the from Finland into Russia is not a violation of the Schengen Treaty.

"Various measures to ease inspections are made for different reasons around Europe. Nowhere >>>


      PAPER INDUSTRY LABOUR CONTRACT DISPUTE TO BE DETERMINED ON SUNDAY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      The fate of the paper industry‘s collective labour contract squabble will be determined at five PM this Sunday.

The Paperworkers‘ Union, a member of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), and the Finnish Forest Industries Federation have been asked to present their responses to the >>>


      PRESIDENT HALONEN÷ EU CONSTITUTION RATIFICATION IN HANDS OF FINNISH PARLIAMENT
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      Finnish President Tarja Halonen has emphasised that the Finnish ratification of the proposed constitution for the European Union is in the hands of the national Parliament.

Commenting on the rejection of the treaty in the Dutch and French referendums, Halonen appeared to think that the process might be delayed >>>


      RETAILERS EDGE CLOSER TO REGULAR SUNDAY OPENING IN MINISTRY PROPOSALS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      Proposals by a Ministry of Trade and Industry working party have set out five possible solutions on the regulation of shop opening hours.

Many believe that the most workable of the recommendations is that the moderate deregulation of store opening hours will be continued. Sunday opening would be permitted for >>>


      RUSSIA OFFICIALLY DENIES – AND TACITLY ADMITS – AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 02-06-2005
      Russia has denied that its military planes had violated Finnish airspace over the Gulf of Finland, as claimed in a diplomatic note sent by Finland to Russia a month ago.

The response was presented by Russia‘s Ambassador to Finland, Vladimir Grinin on Friday last week; he read the statement from a piece o >>>


      ABBAS UNDERGOES ANGIOPLASTY – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas underwent heart angioplasty in a Jordanian hospital on Wednesday, a senior Palestinian official said.

He was taken to a hospital in Amman earlier after complaining of fatigue, said Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a top Abbas aide. He underwent angioplasty, a procedure to clear out clogged >>>


      AIR CRASH IN SUDAN ‘KILLS 5‘ – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      An Antonov cargo plane crashed in Sudan on Thursday, killing five people, a Sudanese civil aviation official said.

"There are five people dead," said Ahmed Mustafa Jaylani, head of internal flights in the civil aviation authority.

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      AIR CRASH IN SUDAN KILLS 3 – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A passenger plane on an internal flight crashed on takeoff in the Sudanese capital Thursday, killing three people and injuring more than a dozen, officials said.

State Minister of Aviation Abdel Karim Abdullah initially said five people had been killed when the plane‘s engines failed on takeoff at aroun >>>


      ANNAN FIRES STAFFER OVER OIL–FOR–FOOD – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan has fired staffer Joseph Stephanides for his role in the oil–for–food scandal, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Wednesday.

Stephanides immediately vowed to appeal. "Under no circumstances was I motivated by personal gain," Stephanides tol >>>


      AT LEAST 41 KILLED AS IVORY COAST PEACE CHALLENGED – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Attackers shot, hacked or burned to death at least 41 people in western Ivory Coast on Wednesday, the army said, sending hundreds fleeing and raising fears of revenge killings in a region where ethnic tensions run high.

The killings on the outskirts of the cocoa–rich town of Duekoue left many injured an >>>


      BLAST KILLS LEBANESE JOURNALIST – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A prominent Lebanese journalist known for his anti–Syrian writings was killed after a bomb placed in his car exploded Thursday, police said, as the country was in the midst of parliamentary elections, free for the first time of overt Syrian interference.

The explosion occurred midmorning in the Christia >>>


      CANADIAN SEX KILLER FACES POST–PRISON SANCTIONS – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A Quebec court is being asked Thursday to keep Canada‘s most notorious female criminal under close watch after she completes her sentence for the sex killings of two schoolgirls.

The request is an unprecedented one for a convict who has served a full prison term, rather than leaving jail early on parole >>>


      DUTCH REJECT EU CONSTITUTION – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The Netherlands has become the second country to reject a proposed constitution for the European Union, three days after the French turned the proposal down, leaving the EU in disarray over what steps to take next.

One of the leaders of the "No" campaign, Grondwet Nee president Willem Bos, told CNN >>>


      ECB HOLDS FIRM AMID EU UNCERTAINTY – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The European Central Bank held firm amid a storm over Europe‘s future and kept interest rates at 2.00 percent on Thursday, despite the grimmest economic and political outlook for many months.

The resounding French and Dutch rejection of the European Union‘s new constitution threatens economic sent >>>


      EMBASSY THREAT POWDER ‘NOT DEADLY‘ – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Initial tests suggest a white powder containing a bacterial agent sent to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra on Wednesday was not deadly, according to Australian police.

A full scale emergency was triggered Wednesday morning when an embassy official discovered a white powder after opening an envelope addresse >>>


      ETHNIC KILLINGS THREATEN IVORY COAST PEACE PROCESS – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      At least 55 people have been killed in ethnic violence in western Ivory Coast, officials said on Thursday as thousands fled their homes after a massacre and revenge slayings inflamed tribal rivalrie and raised fears of a breakdown in a fragile peace process.

The violence, the worst in the West African nation >>>


      EX–GOVERNOR‘S AIDE SENTENCED FOR CORRUPTION – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A woman who was an aide to former Gov. Pedro Rossello was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on extortion charges.

Angeles Rivera Rangel will also serve three years of probation and be fined $36,000 following her release from prison, U.S. District Judge Carmen Consuelo Vargas said at the sen >>>


      GUILTY VERDICT IN S. AFRICA CORRUPTION TRIAL – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A close friend and former financial adviser of South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma was found guilty Thursday of fraud and corruption after a trial with implications for the future leadership of the continent‘s economic and political powerhouse.

Judge Hillary Squires, making his pronouncement in an >>>


      IRAQ BOMB WOUNDS 15 OUTSIDE U.S. MILITARY COMPLEX – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A suicide bombing wounded 15 people in Iraq on Wednesday, the second attack on the main American military complex in Baghdad in 24 hours, the military said.

A mortar strike on the complex Tuesday night injured 11 people. "Terrorists attacked the entry point with small arms fire immediately after the expl >>>


      ISRAEL RELEASING 400 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Israel began the release of about 400 Palestinian prisoners Thursday –– the second phase of the prisoner releases promised under a cease–fire agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian prisoners began boarding buses from prisons in >>>


      JAKARTA CONDEMNS TERROR THREAT – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The Indonesian Government has vowed it will not be intimidated by threats following the discovery of a suspected biological agent mailed to the Indonesian embassy in Australia.

A full scale emergency was triggered Wednesday morning when an embassy official discovered a white powder after opening an envelope a >>>


      JAPAN, S. KOREA END SHIP SPAT – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Japanese and South Korean patrol ships have ended a 33–hour sea standoff over an alleged fishing violation, with Japan agreeing to withdraw its craft, the Foreign Ministry said.

The two countries‘ boats had been lashed together since early Wednesday with each side refusing to back off –&ndas >>>


      LATVIA RATIFIES EU CONSTITUTION – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Latvia‘s parliament voted overwhelmingly to support the EU constitution Thursday, a decision lawmakers and analysts said sent a message from the new Europe to the old that the approval process must continue.

After several European leaders urged other member states to press ahead with the endorsement pro >>>


      MBEKI PRESSES BUSH FOR FUNDS – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      South African President Thabo Mbeki urged U.S. President George W. Bush and other world leaders to use next month‘s G–8 summit to take a strong stance against poverty in Africa.

While praising U.S. assistance to South Africa and the African continent, Mbeki said "I‘m afraid I‘m go >>>


      NK HITS BACK OVER TROOP REMAINS – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 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.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week recommended the suspension of efforts that began in >>>


      NK HITS BACK OVER TROOP REMAINS – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      North Korea has said it will "totally dismantle" efforts to recover the remains of U.S. troops missing since the 1'50–53 Korean War.

The decision comes one week after Washington said it would temporarily halt the missions.

"The rude action taken by the present U.S. administra >>>


      OAKLEY÷ EUROPEAN LEADERS ‘WOUNDED‘ – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Voters in the Netherlands soundly rejected the proposed European Union constitution Wednesday, three days after France gave it a thumbs–down.

CNN correspondent Robin Oakley spoke to anchor Fionnuala Sweeney about what may happen next.

SWEENEY÷ Now let‘s turn once again to Robin Oak >>>


      PALESTINIAN LEADER UNDERGOES HEART PROCEDURE – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas underwent a successful minor heart procedure, one of his top advisers said Wednesday in an interview with WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency.

The procedure was carried out Tuesday in a hospital in Amman, Jordan. Abbas, 70, has been discharged and plans to >>>


      PROSECUTOR TACKLES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A newly appointed special prosecutor assigned to investigate 12 years of killings of women in Ciudad Juarez announced on Thursday a new emphasis on stopping more killings.

"A priority of my new commission will be to promote the work of prevention," Mireille Roccatti said in her first press conferenc >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP÷ MAJOR CORPORATIONS PROFIT FROM ILLICIT CONGO GOLD TRADE – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Competition over lucrative gold mines in mineral–rich northeastern Congo has enriched major corporations, empowered armed militias and led to the killing of thousands of residents, an international rights group said Wednesday.

Armed militia have also used profits from the trade to buy weapons and mainta >>>


      SRI LANKA DENIES TSUNAMI GRAFT – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Sri Lanka‘s president has dismissed allegations of corruption following the December tsunami that claimed more than 30,000 lives and displaced nearly a million others in the South Asian nation.

Speaking to a conference hosted by CNN in Atlanta, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said she did not know wh >>>


      STAGE SET FOR ‘.XXX‘ INTERNET ADDRESSES – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The Internet‘s primary oversight body approved a plan Wednesday to create a virtual red–light district, setting the stage for pornographic Web sites to use new addresses ending in "xxx." The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers said it would begin negotiations with ICM Registry Inc >>>


      SUICIDE CAR BOMBS KILL 16 IN IRAQ – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Three suicide car bombs killed at least 16 people and wounded 53 in Iraq on Thursday morning. One attack targeted bodyguards for a deputy prime minister, one targeted a U.S. diplomatic convoy, and the third killed a political leader in Baquba, police and government officials said.

In the first attack –& >>>


      U.S. RELEASES 53 AFGHAN PRISONERS – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The U.S. military released 53 Afghans from its jails in Afghanistan on Wednesday after deciding that they posed no threat, American officials said.

The men were brought from the main American base at Bagram and another U.S. base in the southern city of Kandahar and released in the capital.

Col. James >>>


      ‘DEEP THROAT‘ FAMILY IN THE SPOTLIGHT – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The family of W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official whose alter ego as Deep Throat has been revealed, has an opportunity to cash in on his newfound fame.

And if money is what they want, Felt‘s family stands to reap a huge financial windfall, according to literary agents, who estimated Wednesday that a b >>>


      ‘RUNAWAY BRIDE‘ PLEADS NO CONTEST TO FELONY – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Choking up before a Georgia judge, "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks on Thursday pleaded no contest to a felony charge of making false statements to police.

"I‘m truly sorry for my actions," Wilbanks told Gwinnett County Judge Ronnie Batchelor.

The judge sentenced her to two >>>


      CHENEY PRAISES AIR FORCE GRADS – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      In a speech dominated by the tragedy of September 11, Vice President Dick Cheney told graduating cadets at the Air Force Academy on Wednesday that they will help lead the nation to victory in the war against "freedom‘s enemies." Interrupted by cheers from the '06 graduates, Cheney noted that they w >>>


      CLOSING ARGUMENTS UNDER WAY IN JACKSON TRIAL – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      The prosecution began making its closing arguments Thursday morning in the child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville will allow each side four hours to make its final argument to the jury, sources told CNN.

The judge told jurors he >>>


      COMMUNITY STUNNED AS LANDSLIDE SENDS HOMES CRASHING – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Fourteen–year–old Haley Stevens was getting ready for school when her morning routine was shattered by the sounds of trees and houses being torn from the ground.

The next thing she knew, her family was rushing out the door as a massive landslide bore down on the neighborhood of hillside homes perc >>>


      FLORIDA BOY SUSPECTED IN BEATING DEATH OF INFANT SIBLING – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A 7–year–old boy beat his baby half–sister to death with his fists, feet and a two–by–four because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said Wednesday.

The State Attorney‘s Office is deciding whether to file ch >>>


      GUNMAN WHO HELD HOSTAGE KILLED – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A woman held hostage inside a convenience store for nearly 20 hours was rescued Thursday and the suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers, authorities said.

Shelby County Prosecutor Kent Apsley confirmed the death of the man, who entered the Bigfoot store Wednesday morning after a police cha >>>


      HEMINGWAY‘S CUBA HOME ON ENDANGERED LIST – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Novelist Ernest Hemingway‘s hideaway near Havana, where he wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" and spent more than 20 years of his life, is so tied to American culture –– and so damaged by time and the elements –– that a U.S. preservation group has listed the house among its endange >>>


      LINDSAY LOHAN IN MINOR CRASH – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Actress Lindsay Lohan suffered minor injuries in a crash with a photographer who pursued 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 passenger on Tuesday and tried to snap a photograp >>>


      MINOR QUAKE RATTLES TENNESSEE – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A minor earthquake struck northwestern Tennessee early Thursday, jarring some residents awake but causing no reported damage.

The quake had a magnitude of 4.0 and was centered 10 miles north–northwest of Dyersburg, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The area where the quake hit is in the New Madrid fa >>>


      RICHMOND POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN 3 KILLINGS – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Police on Thursday were searching for a man wanted in three possibly racially motivated shooting deaths in Richmond, Virginia, authorities said.

The shootings occurred Wednesday night within a few minutes and a few miles of each other, said Cynthia Price of the Richmond police.

The first victim, a bl >>>


      SPELLING BEE FIELD CUT TO 51 – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      A spelling whiz from Canada and one from Jamaica advanced to the final rounds of the annual U.S. spelling bee, the only remaining foreign students.

Also among the 51 contestants still standing for Thursday‘s competition, more than half have competed in the contest before, and a half dozen are home&ndash >>>


      STUDY÷ SHOPPERS NAIVE ABOUT RETAIL PRICES ONLINE – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
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      TEEN DISAPPEARS DURING SENIOR TRIP TO ARUBA – JUN 2, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      An Alabama high school student disappeared during her graduation trip to Aruba, and officials said they have few clues after questioning and releasing three men who said they dropped the teen off at her hotel.

Natalee Holloway, 18, was among 125 graduating seniors from Mountain Brook High School, near Birming >>>


      TURNER REFLECTS ON CNN AT 25 – JUN 1, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
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      WHAT WAS WATERGATE? – MAY 31, 2005
      CNN, 02-06-2005
      Initially dismissed by the White House as a "third–rate burglary," the June 17, 1'72, break–in at Democratic National Committee headquarters mushroomed into a constitutional crisis that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The scandal began during the run–up to th >>>



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