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      NO DATE SET FOR SADDAM TRIAL, IRAQ BOMBS KILL 1'
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Iraq‘s government backed away on Tuesday from suggestions that Saddam Hussein would be tried within weeks, admitting it was up to an independent special tribunal to decide when he appears in court.

Bombers struck across Iraq, with blasts near the northern city of Kirkuk and in Baghdad killing at least 1 >>>


      NO DATE SET FOR SADDAM TRIAL; IRAQ BOMBS KILL 1'
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Iraq‘s government backed away on Tuesday from suggestions that Saddam Hussein would be tried within weeks, admitting it was up to an independent special tribunal to decide when he appears in court.

Suicide bombers struck across Iraq, with blasts near the northern city of Kirkuk killing at least 1' p >>>


      PALESTINIANS ROCKET ISRAELI TOWN OVER SHRINE CLASH
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least three makeshift rockets at an Israeli border town on Tuesday, damaging an apartment building but causing no serious casualties, the Israeli army said.

Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to the Jewish state‘s destruction, claimed responsibility f >>>


      PARCEL AT INDONESIA EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA HARMLESS
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      A suspicious package sent to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra on Tuesday that shut down the mission for the second time in a week has been found to be harmless, Australian police said.

The two security scares at the embassy and the discovery of a third suspicious package at Australia‘s national parlia >>>


      PARCEL AT INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA HARMLESS
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      A suspicious packet which forced the Indonesian embassy in Australia to close on Tuesday was found to be harmless, police said.

It was the second time in a week the embassy has been forced to close due to a suspicious package.

"It has since been tested and returned a harmless result," said >>>


      POLAND DEALS NEW BLOW TO WOUNDED EU CONSTITUTION
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Poland dealt a fresh blow to the European Union‘s wounded constitution on Tuesday, saying it may delay a planned referendum despite efforts by France, which voted against the charter first, to keep the treaty alive.

Aleksander Kwasniewski, president of the bloc‘s largest new member, said he might >>>


      SAUDI EXECUTES YEMENIS FOR STRANGLING WOMAN
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Saudi Arabia executed two Yemeni men on Tuesday for strangling a Saudi woman, the interior ministry said.

A ministry statement said Shawqi Shamri and Mohammed Yous were beheaded in the southern Asir province. It said they tied the woman up and strangled her after breaking into her home to steal money.

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      SECOND DAY OF VIOLENCE IN ETHIOPIA POLL PROTEST
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Ethiopian security forces beat rock–throwing students protesting against the result of the May 15 parliamentary election they say was rigged, opposition parties and students said on Tuesday.

A second day of demonstrations turned violent after protests on Monday at Addis Ababa University left on person d >>>


      SECOND DAY OF VIOLENCE IN ETHIOPIA POLL PROTEST
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Ethiopian security forces beat rock–throwing students protesting against the result of the May 15 parliamentary election they say was rigged, opposition parties and students said on Tuesday.

A second day of demonstrations turned violent after protests on Monday at Addis Ababa University left on person d >>>


      SOMALI MILITIA DISMANTLE ROADBLOCKS IN PEACE DRIVE
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Militia in anarchic Somalia dismantled roadblocks Tuesday in an unprecedented peace drive aimed at convincing its Kenyan–based government the violent capital Mogadishu is safe enough to be its headquarters.

Witnesses and officials told Reuters that roughly half of Mogadishu‘s 40–50 roadblock >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBERS IN IRAQ KILL AT LEAST 1'
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Car bombers struck in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 1' people and wounding more than 40, the latest attacks in a surge of suicide bombings that have killed hundreds since late April.

Four of the attacks were in or near the northern town of Hawija, close to the strategic oil city o >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBERS IN IRAQ KILL AT LEAST 1'
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Car bombers struck in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 1' people and wounding more than 40, the latest attacks in a surge of suicide bombings that have killed hundreds since late April.

Four of the attacks were in or near the northern town of Hawija, close to the strategic oil city o >>>


      SYRIA‘S VICE–PRESIDENT TO STEP DOWN –PARTY SOURCES
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Veteran Syrian Vice–President Abdel–Halim Khaddam, close to center of power in Damascus for four decades, said on Monday he planned to step down to make way for a younger breed of politicians, Baath Party members said.

Khaddam is one of Syria‘s longest–serving leaders and worked under >>>


      TAIWAN APPROVES SWEEPING CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Taiwan enacted major constitutional reforms on Tuesday that will redraw the political landscape in favor of the two main parties and should assuage China‘s worries over the island moving toward independence.

The National Assembly, a once–powerful electoral college that once appointed presidents in >>>


      TAIWAN APPROVES SWEEPING CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Taiwan enacted major constitutional reforms on Tuesday that will redraw the political landscape in favor of the two main parties and should assuage China‘s worries over the island moving toward independence.

The National Assembly, a once–powerful electoral college that once appointed presidents in >>>


      TAIWAN POISED FOR SWEEPING CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Taiwan is poised to enact sweeping constitutional reforms on Tuesday that will redraw the political landscape in favor of the two main political parties and streamline parliament at the expense of smaller, more radical groups.

The changes were approved last year by the Legislative Yuan, or parliament, and are >>>


      TALIBAN BACKBONE SAID BROKEN, BUT STILL A DANGER
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Afghan security officials in the troubled south of the country say Taliban guerrillas are finished as a threat on the battlefield but they will be able to stage ambushes and bomb blasts for some time yet.

The Taliban insurgency flared this spring after a lull over the snowbound winter months, disappointing ma >>>


      TURF WARS SNAG U.S., EUROPE ON DARFUR MISSION
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Defense chiefs from the United States and Europe will seek at a NATO meeting on Thursday to end a weeks–long dispute threatening to delay air transport vital to boosting peace efforts in Sudan‘s Darfur region.

The snag is a turf–war tussle between Washington and some European capitals over w >>>


      US–NORTH KOREA MEETING LEADS TO OPTIMISM
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Officials in Asia expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday that meetings between U.S. and North Korean envoys could be a step toward resuming stalled six–party talks on Pyongyang‘s nuclear arms programs.

U.S. and North Korean officials met at the United Nations on Monday, their second contact in les >>>


      US–NORTH KOREA MEETING LEADS TO OPTIMISM
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Officials in Asia expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday that meetings between U.S. and North Korean envoys could be a step toward resuming stalled six–party talks on Pyongyang‘s nuclear arms programs.

U.S. and North Korean officials met at the United Nations on Monday, their second contact in les >>>


      US, NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS MEET IN NEW YORK
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      U.S. and North Korean officials met in New York Monday for the first time in nearly a month after Washington urged Pyongyang to return to stalled talks on its nuclear weapons program, U.S. officials said.

"There was a New York channel meeting in New York. Our representatives met with North Korean represe >>>


      US, NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS MEET IN NEW YORK
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      U.S. and North Korean officials met in New York Monday for the first time in nearly a month after Washington urged Pyongyang to return to stalled talks on its nuclear weapons program, U.S. officials said.

"There was a New York channel meeting in New York. Our representatives met with North Korean represe >>>


      UZBEK KILLINGS A ‘MASSACRE‘ – HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Uzbekistan‘s leadership is trying to cover up a "massacre" by blocking an international inquiry into the killing of protesters last month, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

The New York–based group released the most comprehensive report so far into the bloodshed in the town of Andizhan >>>


      VIOLENCE ERUPTS OUTSIDE JERUSALEM‘S AL–AQSA MOSQUE
      Reuters News, 07-06-2005
      Israeli police faced off against Palestinians throwing rocks at Jews outside Jerusalem‘s al–Aqsa mosque on Monday during Israel‘s annual celebration of its capture of Arab East Jerusalem 38 years ago.

Police, who hurled several stun grenades as they moved into the area known to Jews as Templ >>>


      LA FRANCE MARQUE SA DIFFÉRENCE EN EUROPE APRÈS SON "NON"
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      par Yves Clarisse LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – La France a marqué sa volonté de réorienter la construction européenne après le "non" à la Constitution et a rappelé le Royaume–Uni à ses obligations de rassemblement imposées par sa future pr&e >>>


      LA POLOGNE ENVISAGE UN REPORT DE SON RÉFÉRENDUM
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      VARSOVIE (Reuters) – La Pologne pourrait reporter son référendum sur le projet de Constitution européenne si les Vingt–Cinq ne prennent aucune décision sur l‘avenir de ce texte lors du Conseil européen des 16 et 17 juin, a prévenu le président Aleksande >>>


      LE DISCOURS DE DOMINIQUE DE VILLEPIN VA DEVOIR CONVAINCRE
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      par Hélène Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) – Dominique de Villepin va devoir frapper fort avec son discours de politique générale, mercredi à l‘Assemblée nationale, car sa bataille pour l‘emploi s‘engage dans un climat de scepticisme et de tension sociale.
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      LE DISPOSITIF DU MÉDECIN TRAITANT MIS EN PLACE "COMME PRÉVU"
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – La mise en place du dispositif du "médecin traitant", au coeur du "parcours de soins coordonné" instauré par la réforme de l‘assurance–maladie, aura bien lieu le 1er juillet comme prévu même si les décrets d‘ap >>>


      LE GOUVERNEMENT SE VEUT PRUDENT EN MATIÈRE D‘ÉCOLE ET DE JUSTICE
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Le gouvernement s‘efforce de désamorcer la grogne suscitée par la réforme de l‘école chez les lycéens et les enseignants et la fronde des avocats provoquée par certaines dispositions de la loi Perben II.

L‘entourage du nouveau >>>


      LES DÉPUTÉS SOCIALISTES VEULENT MENER UNE OPPOSITION DÉTERMINÉE
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Le groupe socialiste de l‘Assemblée nationale entend mener une opposition déterminée au gouvernement de Dominique de Villepin et réclame un collectif budgétaire et un débat avant le conseil européen des 16 et 17 juin, annonce son prés >>>


      LONDRES SUSPEND LA PROCÉDURE DE RATIFICATION DU TRAITÉ EUROPÉEN
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      par Mike Peacock LONDRES (Reuters) – Allant à l‘encontre des appels de Paris, Berlin et Varsovie, la Grande–Bretagne a annoncé la suspension du processus de ratification par référendum du traité constitutionnel européen, que les électeurs françai >>>


      OFFENSIVE DES SYNDICATS POUR LA PRÉSERVATION DU CODE DU TRAVAIL
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      par Dominique Rodriguez PARIS (Reuters) – Pour son "baptême du feu" sur le terrain social, le nouveau Premier ministre Dominique de Villepin a été confronté lundi à des syndicats offensifs pour préserver le Code du travail et le modèle social frança >>>


      PAS DE CONSTITUTION SANS RÉFÉRENDUM, DIT JACK STRAW
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      LONDRES (Reuters) – La Constitution européenne, ou même une version amendée, ne sera pas adoptée au Royaume–Uni par des moyens détournés, affirme Jack Straw.

Le secrétaire au Foreign Office, qui a annoncé lundi que Londres suspendait son proces >>>


      PHILIPPE DOUSTE–BLAZY JUGE NORMAL DE POURSUIVRE LA RATIFICATION
      Reuters France, 07-06-2005
      STRASBOURG, 7 JUIN (Reuters ) – Le ministre français des Affaires étrangères estime qu‘il est "normal" de poursuivre le processus de ratification de la Constitution européenne malgré les "non" français et néerlandais et la décision >>>


      PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 07-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 7 /Rompres/ – The main topics grabbing headlines in Romania‘s national dailies include the unveiling by President Traian Basescu of the activity of the task force concerned with the release of the three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq, Romania‘s retrieving the debt due to >>>


      ROMANIA ELECTED FULL MEMBER OF GOVERNING BODY OF INTERNATIONAL LABOUR OFFICE FOR FIVE–YEAR PERIOD
      Rompres, 07-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 7 /Rompres/ – Romania has been elected a full member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO), for a five–year period, the Ministry of Labour, Social Solidarity and Family announced
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      BRIDGING THE GAP IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By GARETH EVANS, The Walla Street Journal June 6, 2005 –– The recent pledge by a number of countries of a further $300 million to support the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) was helpful, even if it didn‘t reach the AU‘s goal of $466 million. The associated EU and NATO pledges of air transp >>>


      ‘LOST BOYS OF SUDAN‘ HAVE BAD MEMORIES – US STUDY
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      CHICAGO, June 6 (Reuters) – The "Lost Boys of Sudan," who fled vicious attacks on their villages only to face a hazardous trek across Africa‘s wilderness, often suffer nightmares but are faring well in the United States, a study said on Monday.

Twenty–year–old John Deng James >>>


      1 DEAD, 7 INJURED IN ETHIOPIAN ELECTION PROTESTS – POLICE
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By ANTHONY MITCHELL ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 6, 2005 (AP) –– Clashes between police and student demonstrators left one girl dead, seven people injured and hundreds arrested Monday in protests against disputed Ethiopian election results, a police statement said.

An Ethiopian policeman beating a u >>>


      AU ACCUSES DARFUR REBELS OF DEADLY INFIGHTING
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 6 (AFP) –– African Union peacekeepers accused ethnic minority rebels in Sudan‘s western region of Darfur Monday of deadly infighting in the run–up to renewed peace talks with the government this week.

A rebel of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), fighting Sudanese t >>>


      BRUTALISED DARFURIANS LOOK TO ABUJA TALKS TO BRING PEACE
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By Anaclet Rwegayura ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June6, 2005 (PANA) –– Despite the present lull that raises optimism for peace, the overall situation in the strife– torn Darfur region of western Sudan remains fluid and complex.

Newly arrived refugees at the Touloum camp – driven out of their >>>


      DARFUR REBEL GROUP REGRETS CLASHES
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      CAIRO, June 7 (AFP) –– The head of the main rebel organisation in Sudan‘s war–torn Darfur region expressed regret Tuesday at recent clashes with a rival group that left several civilians dead.

Abdulwahid al–Nur The Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) admitted the two main rebel >>>


      DARFUR REBEL INFIGHTING KILLS 11, INJURES 17–AU
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM, June 6 (Reuters) – Internal fighting between two Darfur rebel groups has killed 11 people and injured 17 in clashes which breach a shaky ceasefire agreed more than a year ago, the African Union said on Monday.

Sudan Liberation Army rebels move through the desert east of El Fas >>>


      DILEMMA FOR WASHINGTON AS ICC BEGINS DARFUR PROBE
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By Guy Dinmore and Nikki Tait, Financial Times WASHINGTON/LONDON, June 6, 2005 –– The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday launched an investigation into suspected war crimes in Sudan‘s Darfur region, a development likely to present problems for the Bush administration as it opposes the court& >>>


      ETHIOPIAN POLL PROTESTS SPREAD AS MORE STUDENTS DEFY DEMO BAN
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, June 7 (AFP) –– Ethiopian police on Tuesday raided a technical college in Addis Ababa as student protests against last month‘s disputed polls spread in defiance of a government ban, witnesses said.

A day after a teenager was killed and more than 500 students arrested amid sporadi >>>


      GERMANY MULLS STOPPING SUDAN MISSION OVER BLOCKADE POLICIES
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By The Der Spiegel HAMBURG, Germang, June 6, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) –– The Bundeswehr, German Federal Armed Forces, mission to Sudan, which was approved by parliament on April 13, might be stopped far earlier than originally planned.

German Defense Minister Peter Struck. Defence Minister Peter Struck >>>


      ICC– A STEP TOWARDS JUSTICE FOR THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      FIDH – SOAT International Federation for Human Rights – Sudan Organisation Against Torture Press Release Paris, Khartoum, 6 June 2005 The ICC Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court endorses the referral of the Security Council and opens an investigation on the crimes committed in Darfur The Internat >>>


      ICC TAKES KEY STEP TO BRING JUSTICE TO DARFUR– HRW
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NEW YORK, June 6, 2005 (HRW) –– The decision today by the International Criminal Court‘s prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, to start an investigation into atrocities in Darfur is a key step toward bringing justice for those crimes, Human Rights Watch said.

Luis Moreno Ocampo "The ICC prosec >>>


      KENYA URGED TO ENSURE PEACE DEALS IN SUDAN, SOMALIA
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NAIROBI, Jun 6, 2005 (Xinhua) –– African economic experts meeting in Nairobi on Monday have called on Kenya to ensure successful implementation of both Sudan and Somalia peace agreements.

SPLM leader John Garang (left) shakes hands with Sudanese president Omar El Bashir (right), in the presence of >>>


      MSF ASKS SUDAN TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST TWO EMPLOYEES
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By MARIAM FAM CAIRO, Egypt, June 6, 2005 (AP) –– A Medecins Sans Frontieres official who traveled to Sudan to urge the government to drop charges against two employees of his aid group said he was hopeful of a resolution, although no assurances had been made.

Paul Foreman MSF Operations Director Ke >>>


      SUDAN MUST SUPPORT ICC INVESTIGATION OF WAR CRIMES IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE AI Index÷ AFR 54/058/2005 (Public) News Service No÷ 155 6 June 2005 As the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it will begin investigations of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur, Amnesty International said today >>>


      SUDAN WARNS ICC OF PROBE INTO ALLEGED DARFUR WAR CRIMES
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 6, 2005 (Xinhua) –– Sudan stressed on Monday that a probe by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into alleged war crimes in Darfur could torpedo efforts to achieve peace in the country.

A displaced Sudanese man looks at his destroyed house after militiamen burnt the Sereaf village >>>


      SUDAN WON‘T CONFRONT SECURITY COUNCIL ON ICC PROBE
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NEW DELHI, June 7 (Reuters) – Sudan said on Tuesday it would handle investigations into suspected crimes in Sudan‘s Darfur region on its own but would not confront the U.N. Security Council on the International Criminal Court‘s inquiry.

Mustafa Ismail The ICC on Monday formally launched an in >>>


      TURF WARS SNAG US, EUROPE ON DARFUR MISSION
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By Mark John BRUSSELS, June 7 (Reuters) – Defence chiefs from the United States and Europe will seek at a NATO meeting on Thursday to end a weeks–long dispute threatening to delay air transport vital to boosting peace efforts in Sudan‘s Darfur region.

African Union (AU) commission chairman Al >>>


      WARRING DARFUR PARTIES SAY WILL ATTEND PEACE TALKS
      Sudan Tribune, 07-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM, June 7 (Reuters) – All parties to the Darfur peace talks will attend the next round of African Union–sponsored negotiations after a 6–month lull, but leaders of the main rebel group said logistical problems may delay their arrival.

Displaced Sudanese women build a >>>


      AMERICANS READ MILLIONS OF SELF–HELP BOOKS ANNUALLY
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Books on self–improvement date from America‘s beginning By Steve Holgate Washington File Special Correspondent Washington –– Some titles say it all÷ Overcoming Anger, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Atkins Diet Revolution.

Others are less direct, but manage to co >>>


      AZERBAIJAN GOVERNMENT PERMITS PEACEFUL OPPOSITION RALLY
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman June 6, 2005 Statement by Sean McCormack, Spokesman PEACEFUL OPPOSITION RALLY IN AZERBAIJAN We welcome the Government of Azerbaijan‘s decision to permit the opposition bloc "Success" to hold a demonstration in Baku on Saturday, June 4. The politic >>>


      BUSH SAYS DEMOCRACY IS ROUTE TO PROSPERITY IN THE AMERICAS
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      President speaks at inter–American assembly in Florida The United States shares a commitment with its Western Hemisphere neighbors to build a hemisphere "that lives in liberty, trades in freedom, and grows in prosperity," says President Bush.

Speaking June 6 to the 35th General Assembly of the >>>


      PEACE CORPS SUSPENDS PROGRAM IN UZBEKISTAN
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      The Peace Corps Washington, D.C.

PEACE CORPS SUSPENDS PROGRAM IN UZBEKISTAN WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2005 – Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez announced today that the Peace Corps is suspending its program in Uzbekistan.

Recently, the visas of 52 Peace Corps volunteers and the Peace Corps co >>>


      POLIO SPREADS IN YEMEN; NEW OUTBREAK IN INDONESIA
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Immunization campaigns planned for both countries By Charlene Porter Washington File Staff Writer Washington â« The crippling disease polio has re–emerged in two nations in recent weeks, and international health officials are launching stronger surveillance programs to determine how broad the outbrea >>>


      RICE HAILS OAS ROLE IN PROMOTING REGIONAL DEMOCRACY
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Says inter–American organization can help avert political crises At the 35th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, government ministers from across the Western Hemisphere are discussing "the need to deliver the benefits of democracy to every citize >>>


      RICE SAYS DECISION TO SEEK SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA NOT IMMINENT
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Says United States reviewing options, but still supports six–party approach Washington –– The United States has not set a deadline for resolving the issue of North Korea‘s nuclear activities and is not close to a decision on whether to seek U.N. sanctions against the Pyongyang government, accord >>>


      RICE URGES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR UNDEMOCRATIC HEMISPHERIC LEADERS
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      U.S. secretary of state says leaders must act on pledge to defend democracy Democratically elected heads of governments in the Americas who do not govern democratically must be held accountable to the Organization of American States (OAS), says U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Speaking June 5 at the o >>>


      SPAIN HOSTS COUNTERPROLIFERATION EXERCISE OVER MEDITERRANEAN
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Proliferation Security Initiative To focus on WMD trafficking by air By Jacquelyn S. Porth Washington File Security Affairs Writer Washington â«– Spain will host its first air exercise designed to practice procedures that might be required of Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) partners if they e >>>


      U.S. LEADS EFFORTS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Programs aim to quell nuclear, chemical, biological arms production Washington –– The United States leads the world in efforts to prevent the spread of the world‘s most dangerous weapons, according to a recent released State Department electronic publication.

United States Initiatives to Prev >>>


      U.S. SEEKS SUSTAINED DEMOCRACY IN WESTERN HEMISPHERE, RICE SAYS
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Secretary hopes region will establish rules for democratic governance The United States supports democratic institutions and democratic processes in the Western Hemisphere and hopes the region will establish rules to ensure that democracy is sustained, according to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

In a Jun >>>


      U.S. WORKING WITH PARTNERS TO BROADEN PSI PARTICIPATION
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Spain hosts WMD countertrafficking exercise in Mediterranean airspace The United States is working with nations around the world to broaden participation in the Proliferation Security Initiative in order to interdict the transfer of illegal weapons of mass destruction, WMD delivery systems and related materials.
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      U.S., EUROPEAN OFFICIALS TO PROMOTE COLLABORATION AGAINST PIRACY
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Office of the United States Trade Representative Executive Office of the President Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2005 U.S. Expands Outreach in Campaign To "STOP!" Trade in Fakes WASHINGTON – Officials representing seven United States Government agencies will travel to Europe June 6–10 on the s >>>


      WESTERN HEMISPHERE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      Leaders will explore mechanisms to support regional democracy, Rice notes Several Latin American Democracies are fragile and the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) will provide an opportunity for hemispheric leaders to discuss how best to support them, according to Secretary of State Condolee >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DAILY BRIEFING, JUNE 6
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      President‘s schedule, OAS General Assembly, Lebanon/elections, North Korea,
'/11 Commission White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan briefed reporters on Air Force One en route to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida June 6.

Following is the transcript of the White House press briefing÷ (begin trans >>>


      WHITE HOUSE REPORT, JUNE 6÷ LEBANON, NORTH KOREA
      USIA, 07-06-2005
      White House repeats designation of Hezbollah as terrorist group U.S. CONTINUES TO VIEW HEZBOLLAH AS TERRORIST GROUP White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan says that despite the strong showing by Hezbollah in Lebanese elections in the south of the country, the Bush administration continues to view it as a "ter >>>


      BEGINNING OF JUNE SEES MONTH‘S WORTH OF RAIN AS SUMMER STARTS WET IN FINLAND
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      Though it is early days yet, the summer of 2005 seems frighteningly similar to the one before. After the period of snow, ice, and frost, the rain seems to have picked up where it left off in the autumn.

"Just when I really could have used a warm, sunny holiday, after the first year in high school", f >>>


      CHILDHOOD HOME OF CGE MANNERHEIM OFFERS GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY OF FINNISH NOBILITY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Irma Stenbäck A group of pre–schoolers are eating their picnic lunches on the lawn of the Louhisaari Manor. Behind the poplars and the apple trees in bloom is the sea. Nightingales are singing and singing, and the feeling is pleasantly restful after Mannerheim tales and ghost stories.

T >>>


      EUROPEAN VALUES STUDY SHOWS FINNS HAVE OPEN MINDS, BUT LACK SOLIDARITY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      A fresh study indicates that Finnish elderly people tend to be more open–minded than senior citizens in other European countries.

The study by the communications and advertising group Euro RSCG surveyed the views of about 10,000 Europeans from ten different countries. Nearly 1,000 Finns took part.
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      FACTFILE÷ CULTURAL HERITAGE FOR ALL SENSES WITH EU SUPPORT
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      Louhisaari Manor Castle has been chosen as part of a three–year EU project to promote accessibility to cultural heritage, and for improving access to museums for people with disabilities.

The principle of the project is that everyone has the right to enjoy and to learn from cultural heritage.

Pl >>>


      FACTFILE÷ FAVOURITE SURVIVAL DELICACIES
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      Spruce needles soaked in hot water for ten minutes with the lid on make for a good–tasting drink that can be enjoyed all year round.

Woolly Burdock roots can be dug up from the ground, washed, and peeled, boiled, and cooked. They are suitable for foods cooked in a wok.

Dandelion flowers can be a >>>


      FOREMEN TO RUN MACHINES AT STRIKING UPM PLANT IN CANADA
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      Finnish forest product company UPM is considering using management and foremen to run its Miramichi paper mill in Canada, while workers continue their strike over articles in their collective labour agreement.

"The test run was successful, and running the machines five days a week manned by foremen and ma >>>


      HAND–MADE BY SHY CHINESE WOMEN÷ ADULT TOYS FOR THE WORLD MARKET
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Josetta Mykkänen in Shenzhen, China The bionic penises are baked for around one and a half minutes in a kiln at 220°C.

Men shovel the dough–like jelly rubber into charred moulds that resemble sausages, and then thrust them into the kilns. The baked bionic penis shells or shea >>>


      HEADING FINLAND ONTO THE WORLD MAP!
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Riku Siivonen Ten seconds before full–time, and the girls of Malmi FC‘s 1''4/'5 juniors are 1–0 up against near–neighbours Puistola Sport.

It has been an evenly–balanced match. In the first half, Eve Peltola in the Malmi goal pulled off a string of tremendous saves >>>


      INDIVIDUAL UNIONS DECIDE ON SUPPORT MEASURES FOR PAPER WORKERS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) will not initiate industrial action of its own to back the Paperworkers‘ Union in its labour dispute with the Finnish forest industry. The Executive Board of the SAK decided on Monday that each individual affiliated union can decide independently on possible >>>


      INSPECTIONS ON EASTERN BORDER TO MINIMUM LEVEL
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      The Labour Court ruled on Monday that the tasks the Frontier Guard had been allocating to non–union personnel at crossing points could not be labelled safety work. This means that inspections hitherto carried out by senior personnel will have to be scaled back still further.

The ongoing strike by members >>>


      MANOR CASTLE PASSES FOR NATIONAL HOME
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Irma Stenbäck The portal over the main door is the only ornament decorating the façade of the Louhisaari Manor Castle. The sandstone portal captures the visitor‘s gaze on the barren courtyard.

The text on the portal summarises the history of both Louhisaari and of Finland, >>>


      PM VANHANEN TO DISCUSS RUSSIAN AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS IN MOSCOW TODAY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      Russia had not provided any further oral or written information on the violation of Finnish airspace by Monday evening. This means that the issue of repeated incursions into Finnish airspace by Russian military planes flying over the Gulf of Finland is moving to the political level.

Prime Minister Matti Vanhan >>>


      RAUTAKESKO PLANS TO EXPAND HARDWARE RETAIL BUSINESS TO NORWAY
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      Rautakesko, Finland‘s leading hardware retailer, is planning to buy a major Norwegian hardware store chain.

Negotiations between the Finnish Kesko and Norway‘s Norgros, the owner of the Byggmakker chain, are to be brought to a conclusion by the end of July.

Rautakesko CEO Jari Lind will no >>>


      SURVIVAL COURSE TEACHES HOW TO LIVE ON WILD PLANTS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Sami Soininen New books have been published again this spring, detailing how wild plants can be turned into culinary delights by adding a little cream, olive oil, and grated cheese. Wild greens are a trendy way for city people to supplement the offerings of a summer food table.

A somewhat different view of >>>


      TUOMIOJA, THE EU ELITE, AND BERLIN PLUS
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Anssi Miettinen Do you happen to remember Berlin Plus? No matter. I‘d already managed to forget it myself. But Berlin Plus came back to mind on Friday when I watched a breakfast–TV interview with Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja (SDP).

Tuomioja criticised the EU elite for alienating the public. H >>>


      UPS AND DOWNS OF RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Erkki Pennanen The old liturgies and diffidence used when discussing relations between Finland and Russia have almost disappeared in Finland – and in Russia as well, where Finland nowadays gets fairly little attention.

People use real language when they speak of such matters – so much so that ma >>>


      WOMEN CANDIDATES IN AFGHAN ELECTIONS VISIT FINNISH PARLIAMENT
      Helsingin Sanomat, 07-06-2005
      By Tanja Vasama "The basis of the discussion in the plenary session is our report, not the government‘s original proposal", explains Committee Councillor Ritva BäckstrÃm. "The proposal is almost always approved with the changes that have been made in the committee." It i >>>


      COURT BEGINS INQUIRY ON DARFUR
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      THE HAGUE The International Criminal Court on Monday formally announced the start of an investigation into alleged war crimes in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region.

The government in Khartoum, which is accused of trying to intimidate international aid workers, indicated that it would not cooperate with the t >>>


      FOUR BOMBINGS KILL AT LEAST 18 IN IRAQ
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BAGHDAD Four bombings, including three suicide attacks, within seven minutes killed at least 18 people, including Iraqi soldiers, and wounded 3' in northern Iraq early Tuesday, while the government announced it has detained nearly '00 suspected militants in a two–week sweep in Baghdad.

A car bomb >>>


      HEZBOLLAH TO STAY ARMED
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BEIRUT The Hezbollah–led coalition that won all 23 seats in voting Sunday in the hilly Shiite Muslim heartland of southern Lebanon, turned the election into a virtual referendum on "the resistance" – that is, keeping Hezbollah‘s weapons along the tense border with Israel.

"The >>>


      MASS GRAVES TELL OF DESPOTIC IRAQ REGIME
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      A chain of evidence that investigators believe will help convict Saddam Hussein begins at a wind–swept grave in the desert near Hatra, in northern Iraq.

The burial site – a series of deep trenches that held about 2,500 bodies, many of them women and children – is one of many mass graves that >>>


      SKIRMISH AT HOLY SITE REMINDS OF TENSIONS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      JERUSALEM At least five people were slightly injured and a Palestinian was arrested Monday when the Israeli police confronted Palestinians throwing rocks at Jews at one of Jerusalem‘s holiest sites.

The brief flare–up took place at the Temple Mount, revered by Jews as the site of the two Jewish tem >>>


      BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT OFFERS TO RESIGN AS GROWING STREET PROTESTS PARALYZE CAPITAL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LA PAZ, Bolivia President Carlos Mesa, his 1'–month–old government unraveling amid swelling street protests and a crippling blockade of the Bolivian capital by Indian and labor opponents, tendered his resignation to Congress in a late night nationally televised address.

Hours after huge street >>>


      BRIEFLY÷ BUSH BOOSTS FREE TRADE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida President George W. Bush touted free trade as a means of strengthening democracy in a speech Monday to representatives of the 34 members of the Organization of American States.

"An America linked by trade is less likely to be divided by resentment and false ideology," Bush sa >>>


      BUSH PRESSES CENTRAL AMERICA PACT
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida President George W. Bush stepped up pressure on Congress to pass a free trade agreement with Central America, telling a meeting of the Organization of American States here that passage would serve as "a signal of the U.S. commitment to democracy and prosperity for our neighbors."
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      BUSH PRESSES LATIN FREE TRADE ACCORD
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida President George W. Bush stepped up pressure on Congress on Monday to pass a free trade agreement with Central America, telling a meeting of the Organization of American States that passage would serve as "a signal of the U.S. commitment to democracy and prosperity for our neighbors." >>>


      DEMOCRAT SUGGESTS BOLTON COMPROMISE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON A leading U.S. Senate opponent of John Bolton‘s nomination as the American ambassador to the United Nations has signaled that Democrats would drop their objections to a vote on Bolton‘s nomination if the White House would compromise in a dispute over access to information about his actions.
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      FOR RENT÷ IRONCLAD IDENTITIES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      TLALCHAPA, Mexico Gerardo Luviano is looking for somebody to rent his Social Security number.

Luviano, 3', obtained legal residence in the United States almost 20 years ago. But these days, back in Mexico, teaching beekeeping at the local high school in this hot, dusty town in the southwestern part of the >>>


      HAMAS VOTE WON‘T AFFECT BAN BY U.S.
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON The Bush administration, rebuffing the suggestions of some European officials, will continue to refuse to have contact with the militant group Hamas and its leaders even if some of those leaders win elections in Palestinian areas, a senior administration official said.

The official said Monday that >>>



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