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      NAACP NAMES EX–VERIZON EXEC GORDON AS PRESIDENT
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The NAACP, the oldest and one of the best–known U.S. civil rights groups, on Saturday chose retired Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ.N÷ Quote, Profile, Research) executive Bruce Gordon as its next president and chief executive officer.

Gordon, 5', would succeed Kweisi Mfume, who resigned on No >>>


      OBESITY COSTS SOAR TENFOLD TO $36.5 BILLION IN US
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Americans‘ losing battle against the bulge also bears a burgeoning price tag, with the amount of money spent treating obesity–related health problems increasing tenfold over 15 years, a study said on Monday.

Between 1'87 and 2002, private spending on obesity–linked medical problems mushr >>>


      PAUL WINCHELL, VOICE OF TIGGER, DIES IN CALIF SUN JUN 26, 2005 04÷05 PM ET
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Paul Winchell, a famed ventriloquist best remembered as the voice of the irrepressible Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh series, has died, an associate said on Sunday. He was 82.

Winchell died on Friday in the Los Angeles area, according associate Johnny Blue Star and a Web site operated by Winchell‘s daugh >>>


      SEARS DEALERS SUE COMPANY OVER KMART DEAL
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      In a lawsuit that pits mom and pop store operators against retail behemoth Sears, a group of Sears store owners on Monday sued the chain, claiming its acquisition by Kmart created unfair competition by making its products available at Kmart and other stores.

The Dealer Store Owners Association, which represen >>>


      SPIELBERG‘S ‘WAR OF THE WORLDS‘ RECALLS '/11 TERROR
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Every generation has its fears, and director Steven Spielberg does not shy away from the source of anxiety that his new science fiction epic, "War of the Worlds," plays on –– the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"It‘s certainly about Americans fleeing for their lives, being attacked fo >>>


      TEE BALL SEASON OPENS AT WHITE HOUSE FOR YOUNG SET
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The ball players fidgeted, danced at the plate and ran the wrong way –– Tee Ball season opened at the White House on Sunday.

President Bush, a former baseball team owner, brought the game for the younger set to the White House at the start of his first term. He launched the season opener by declar >>>


      TEENAGER DIES IN FLORIDA SHARK ATTACK
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      A 14–year–old girl died after being bitten by a large shark on Saturday while she swam with a friend in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida panhandle, police said.

The girl, a visitor from Louisiana, has not been identified pending notification of her relatives. She was on a boogie board near a san >>>


      U.S. COURT REJECTS REPORTER APPEALS IN LEAK PROBE
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by two journalists who argued that they should not have to reveal their confidential sources to a grand jury investigating the leak by government officials of a covert CIA operative‘s name to the news media.

Without any comment or recorded dissent, the >>>


      U.S. COURT REJECTS REPORTER APPEALS IN LEAK PROBE
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by two journalists who argued that they should not have to reveal their confidential sources to a grand jury investigating the leak by government officials of a covert CIA operative‘s name to the news media.

Without any comment or recorded dissent, the >>>


      AFGHAN ELECTION ON TRACK DESPITE SECURITY WORRIES
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Voter registration for Afghanistan‘s September elections has been overwhelming and the polls are on track despite security worries including an attack on a registration site at the weekend, organizers said on Monday.

No one was hurt in the attack in the southeastern province of Paktika early on Saturday >>>


      AID PACT MAY HELP S.LANKA PEACE, PITFALLS REMAIN
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Sri Lanka‘s landmark pact to share $3 billion in tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels may help breathe life into the island‘s stalled peace process, but age–old political bickering could squander a golden opportunity.

The long–elusive aid–sharing deal agreed on Friday has been her >>>


      ARROYO ADMITS LAPSE BUT DENIES RIGGING ELECTION
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo admitted on Monday she talked to a Philippine election official, as detailed in recordings that have prompted calls for her to quit, but insisted she did not influence the vote count.

The opposition, which also accuses members of Arroyo‘s family of taking kickbacks from >>>


      ARROYO SAYS HER VOICE ON TAPE, DENIES RIGGING POLL
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, saying it was her voice in recordings that have sparked calls for her to quit, apologized on Monday for a lapse in judgment but insisted she did not sway last year‘s election.

The opposition, which also accuses members of Arroyo‘s family of taking kick >>>


      ARROYO TO ADDRESS NATION AMID SCANDALS, HIGH PRICES
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will address the Philippines on Monday "on an issue of vital concern," but oil prices and the economy may be higher on her agenda than a political storm over claims of wrong–doing.

The topic of Arroyo‘s speech at 7 p.m. (1100 GMT) was not revealed by her >>>


      AUSTRALIA‘S CORBY REINSTATES INDONESIAN LAWYERS
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      An Australian woman jailed in Indonesia for smuggling drugs has rehired the Indonesian lawyers she sacked a few days ago, in the latest twist in a case that has gripped Australians.

The firing and rehiring of legal counsels came as Schapelle Corby, a beauty therapist, awaits a decision on her defense team&lsq >>>


      BLAIR ADMITS G8 CLIMATE DEAL ‘VERY DIFFICULT‘
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Britain‘s Tony Blair vowed on Monday to press for agreement among world powers to tackle the causes of climate change but admitted he was a long way from achieving it.

The prime minister will host a summit of leaders from the Group of Eight nations in Gleneagles, Scotland, next week. African poverty and >>>


      BLAIR ADMITS G8 CLIMATE DEAL ‘VERY DIFFICULT‘
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Britain‘s Tony Blair vowed on Monday to press for agreement among world powers to tackle the causes of climate change but admitted he was a long way from achieving it.

The prime minister will host a summit of leaders from the Group of Eight nations in Gleneagles, Scotland, next week. African poverty and >>>


      BLAIR WANTS UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO DEBATE ZIMBABWE
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Britain called on Monday for the United Nations Security Council to debate a housing crackdown in Zimbabwe and what it says are wider human rights abuses, after a visiting senior U.N. official reports back.

Zimbabwe vowed on Monday to step up a new housing program after a clampdown on shanty towns that has le >>>


      BOSNIAN SERB POLICE ARREST 11 ON WAR CRIMES CHARGES
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Bosnian Serb police said on Monday they had arrested 11 people on war crimes charges.

The arrests, carried out over the last few days in the eastern Podrinje region, were ordered by Bosnia‘s state prosecutor, said a statement from the Interior Ministry of Bosnia‘s Serb Republic.

The state >>>


      BRAZIL AIMS FOR QUICK LICENSE ON US AIDS DRUG
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Brazil said on Monday it expected to formally break the patent on a U.S. firm‘s key drug by July 6 in a drive to slash costs of treatment for tens of thousands of AIDS sufferers in the country.

Reporting the action at a news conference, Health Minister Humberto Costa said it was covered by World Trade O >>>


      FRANCE‘S SARKOZY SEEKS FREEZE IN EU EXPANSION
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The European Union should suspend further enlargement of the bloc after French and Dutch voters rejected its constitution, France‘s powerful interior minister said on Monday in a veiled reference to Turkey‘s entry bid.

Nicolas Sarkozy, who has presidential ambitions and heads the ruling Union for >>>


      FRANCE‘S SARKOZY URGES FREEZE ON EU ENLARGEMENT
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The European Union should suspend further enlargement of the bloc after French and Dutch voters rejected its constitution, France‘s powerful interior minister said on Monday in a veiled reference to Turkey‘s entry bid.

Sarkozy, who has presidential ambitions and heads the ruling Union for a Popula >>>


      FRANCE‘S SARKOZY WANTS TO FREEZE EU ENLARGEMENT
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The European Union should suspend further enlargement of the bloc after French and Dutch voters rejected its constitution, France‘s powerful interior minister said on Monday in a veiled reference to Turkey‘s entry bid.

Nicolas Sarkozy, who has presidential ambitions and heads the ruling Union for >>>


      GAZA PULLOUT OPPONENTS LINE ISRAELI ROADSIDES
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Thousands of cars lined the sides of Israel‘s main roads during evening rush hour on Monday in the widest protest so far against the planned evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip.

Anti–pullout campaigners, hoping to show their strength, had urged motorists to pull over and "pause& >>>


      GREECE STARTS PROBE INTO SREBRENICA MASSACRE
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      An Athens prosecutor launched a preliminary investigation on Monday to determine whether Greeks took part with Bosnian Serbs in the 1''5 massacre of up to 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica.

The slaughter of the unarmed men and boys taken by the Bosnian Serb army from the U.N. protected area at Srebrenica wa >>>


      IRAQI TRIBUNAL QUESTIONS SADDAM AIDE TAREQ AZIZ
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Tareq Aziz, Saddam Hussein‘s former deputy prime minister, has appeared before Iraq‘s special tribunal as it steps up the process of questioning former regime loyalists about war crimes, officials said on Monday.

The tribunal released film showing Aziz, looking relaxed in a white prison robe, resp >>>


      IRAQIS PUT ON BRAVE FACE AFTER RUMSFELD COMMENTS
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Iraqi leaders put on a brave face on Monday after Washington said it would be up to them –– not American forces –– to defeat an insurgency that could last a decade or more.

Asked about comments by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the insurgency in Iraq would last years, Prime Min >>>


      IRAQIS PUT ON BRAVE FACE AFTER RUMSFELD REMARKS
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Iraqi leaders put on a brave face on Monday after Washington acknowledged that it would be up to them –– not American forces –– to defeat an insurgency that could last a decade or more.

Asked to respond to comments by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the Sunni insurgency in Iraq >>>


      ISRAELI SOLDIER CONVICTED IN BRITON‘S DEATH
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      An Israeli military tribunal on Monday convicted an ex–soldier of manslaughter in the killing of a British activist who was helping Palestinian civilians take cover during violence in Gaza in 2003.

Taysir Hayb, a former private, was found guilty of shooting Tom Hurndall,
22, a member of the pro&ndas >>>


      IVORY COAST REBELS GREASE GUNS, DON‘T DISARM
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Ivory Coast‘s rebels greased their assault rifles, lounged in ripped out car seats or played cards on Monday, reacting angrily to any suggestion that disarmament was supposed to be starting.

Army and rebel chiefs in the West African country, divided by civil war since September 2002, had agreed in May t >>>


      JAPAN EMPEROR ON SAIPAN TO MOURN WW2 DEAD
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Japanese Emperor Akihito arrived at the site of one of World War II‘s most decisive battles on Monday to pay tribute to those who died in a conflict that still haunts Tokyo‘s ties with Asian neighbors,
60 years after its end.

The journey to the U.S. territory of Saipan –– the first >>>


      JAPAN EMPEROR ON SAIPAN TO MOURN WW2 DEAD
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Japanese Emperor Akihito began a pilgrimage to the site of one of World War II‘s most decisive battles on Monday to pay tribute to those who died in a conflict that still haunts Tokyo‘s ties with Asian neighbors, 60 years after its end.

The journey to the U.S. territory of Saipan –– th >>>


      JAPAN TO RAISE N.KOREA NUCLEAR ISSUE AT G8
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Japan will raise the issue of North Korea‘s nuclear arms development at next week‘s Group of Eight summit, Deputy Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka said on Monday.

North Korea, which said in February it had nuclear weapons, has said it may return to stalled six–party talks on its nuclear prog >>>


      JAPAN TO RAISE N.KOREA NUCLEAR ISSUE AT G8–SHERPA
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Japan will raise the issue of North Korea‘s nuclear arms development at next week‘s Group of Eight summit, Deputy Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka said on Monday.

North Korea, which said in February it had nuclear weapons, has said it may return to stalled six–party talks on its nuclear prog >>>


      LEBANON ASSEMBLY BLOCS BACK PRO–SYRIAN AS SPEAKER
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Lebanon‘s main parliamentary blocs have agreed to back the re–election of Nabih Berri, virtually guaranteeing the strong Syrian ally will secure the post of parliament speaker, political sources said on Monday.

The 128–member assembly look set to re–elect Berri when it holds its first >>>


      LEBANON ASSEMBLY BLOCS BACK PRO–SYRIAN AS SPEAKER
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Lebanon‘s main parliamentary blocs have agreed to back the re–election of Nabih Berri, virtually guaranteeing the strong Syrian ally will secure the post of parliament speaker, political sources said on Monday.

The 128–member assembly look set to re–elect Berri when it holds its first >>>


      NEW IRAN LEADER VOWS MODERATION
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Hardline President–elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he would form a government of moderation but triggered Western concern he would toughen policy on Iran‘s nuclear program and roll back freedoms at home.

U.S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday Ahmadinejad, who takes over from reformist >>>


      PAKISTAN HEAT WAVE TOLL 175 AS MILLIONS SUFFER
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      A heat wave across Pakistan has killed about 175 people over the past eight days but some areas have had relief from the blistering temperatures, officials said on Monday.

The most populous province of Punjab, in the center of the country, was the worst hit with about 120 people dying and many suffering ill e >>>


      RAPE VICTIM TAKES CASE TO PAKISTAN‘S SUPREME COURT
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      A Pakistani woman gang raped in 2002 on the orders of a village council said on Monday she hoped the country‘s Supreme Court would reimpose death sentences on the men who attacked her.

The Supreme Court is due to begin hearing on Monday an appeal by the woman, Mukhtaran Mai, against the acquittal of fiv >>>


      RUSSIA‘S PUTIN TOSSES LIFELINE TO EMBATTLED PM
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Russian President Vladimir Putin threw a lifeline to his embattled prime minister on Monday, praising Mikhail Fradkov‘s government for sticking to the course he had laid out.

At a meeting with top ministers, Putin dropped his usual role of tough taskmaster to tell Fradkov he was impressed by the cabinet >>>


      S.AFRICANS STRIKE AGAINST JOB CUTS, TURNOUT PATCHY
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      A general strike started to take hold across South Africa on Monday, hitting some gold mines, car production and rail transport as workers protested against massive unemployment and poverty.

However, in other mines and other sectors, the walkout appeared generally low–key.

A spokesman for Anglo >>>


      S.AFRICANS STRIKE AGAINST JOB CUTS, TURNOUT PATCHY
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      A general strike started to take hold across South Africa on Monday, hitting some gold mines, car production and rail transport as workers protested against massive unemployment and poverty.

However, in other mines and other sectors, the walkout appeared generally low–key.

A spokesman for Anglo >>>


      S.KOREA PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FERTILIZER AID TO NORTH
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      South Korea will send more fertilizer to North Korea to help the impoverished communist state battle chronic food shortages caused by its weak farm sector, a South Korean government official said on Monday.

South Korean officials have said they hope bilateral humanitarian assistance will help to coax the Nort >>>


      SAUDI SAYS ITS U.S. AMBASSADOR REMAINS IN POST
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Saudi Arabia‘s ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan is still in his post and will return to work at the end of August, officials said on Monday, responding to reports he had offered his resignation.

Diplomats in Saudi Arabia have speculated for months that the veteran envoy, who has >>>


      SETTLERS OPPOSING PULLOUT ERECT NEW GAZA OUTPOST
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Rightist Jews established a new Gaza outpost on Monday at a site where Israeli troops clashed with settlers while razing buildings to prepare for withdrawal from the occupied territory.

Sunday‘s flareup, in which 20 people were injured and a soldier arrested for refusing orders to take part in the demol >>>


      SETTLERS OPPOSING PULLOUT ERECT NEW GAZA OUTPOST
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Rightist Jews established a new Gaza outpost on Monday at a site where Israeli troops clashed with settlers while razing buildings to prepare for withdrawal from the occupied territory.

Sunday‘s flareup, in which 20 people were injured and a soldier arrested for refusing orders to take part in the demol >>>


      SETTLERS OPPOSING PULLOUT ERECT NEW GAZA OUTPOST
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Rightist Jews established a new Gaza outpost on Monday at a site where Israeli troops clashed with settlers while razing buildings to prepare for withdrawal from the occupied territory.

Sunday‘s flare–up, in which 20 people were injured and one soldier was arrested for refusing orders to take part >>>


      SOLANA SEES NO CHANGE IN EU NUCLEAR POLICY ON IRAN
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Monday ruled out an immediate change in the bloc‘s nuclear policy on Iran following the weekend election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.

The European Union will stand by an agreement reached at a meeting with Iran‘s chief nuclear negotiator, Hassan Roh >>>


      THOUSANDS FLEE INDIAN STATE AFTER FLASH FLOODS
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Thousands of people fled their homes in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh after a river burst its banks, which police said may have been caused by a swollen lake in neighboring China.

Dozens of homes, bridges and roads in the mountainous state have been washed away since the Sutlej river rose on S >>>


      U.N. SEEKS TO MOVE UZBEK REFUGEES TO THIRD STATES
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      The United Nations said on Monday it wanted to move hundreds of Uzbek refugees to third countries from camps in Kyrgyzstan because there were fears Uzbekistan might try to snatch them and take them home by force.

More than 500 Uzbeks fled to Kyrgyzstan after troops shot into a crowd to put down an uprising la >>>


      UGANDA SLAMS KINSHASA, U.N. OVER EAST CONGO GUNMEN
      Reuters News, 27-06-2005
      Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the vast African nation are "preserving" foreign fighters who want to attack Uganda, its President Yoweri Museveni has said.

Museveni wrote a letter, seen by Reuters in Kinshasa on Monday, to Congo‘s President Joseph K >>>


      ALERTE AUX ORAGES DANS L‘OUEST ET EN RHÔNE–ALPES
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Météo France a émis une alerte de niveau 3 "orange" pour de violents orages liés à la canicule dans les régions Bretagne, Pays de Loire et Rhône–Alpes, ainsi que dans quatre départements du Sud–est et du Centre.

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      ALERTE AUX ORAGES DANS L‘OUEST, CANICULE DANS LE SUD
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Météo France prévoit lundi et mardi de violents orages dans neuf départements de l‘ouest du pays, qui ont été placés en alerte de niveau 3.

L‘alerte canicule de niveau 3 – sur 4 – est par ailleurs en vigueur dans 1 >>>


      LA VENUE DU FN À MATIGNON PROVOQUE UNE POLÉMIQUE
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      par Hélène Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) – La venue d‘une délégation du Front national à Matignon, dans le cadre des consultations menées par Dominique de Villepin sur l‘après–2' mai, a suscité une polémique, le Parti socialiste d&ea >>>


      LES AVOCATS D‘YVAN COLONNA DÉNONCENT UNE "ERREUR JUDICIAIRE"
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Les avocats d‘Yvan Colonna, assassin présumé du préfet de Corse Claude Erignac en février 1''8, dénoncent une "erreur judiciaire" et réclament la mise en liberté de leur client.

"La thèse de la culpabil >>>


      NICOLAS SARKOZY RÉAGIT APRÈS UNE NOUVELLE AFFAIRE JUDICIAIRE
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy déclare sentir "monter la colère" après la révélation d‘une nouvelle affaire judiciaire, dans laquelle quinze "caïds" présumés du milieu grenoblois ont été libérés apr&egra >>>


      NOUVELLE POLÉMIQUE APRÈS LA LIBÉRATION DE QUINZE CAÏDS PRÉSUMÉS
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Une possible maladresse de la justice, qui a conduit à la libération de quinze "caïds" présumés du milieu grenoblois pour un vice de procédure, a amené lundi une nouvelle passe d‘armes entre le ministre de l‘Intérieur Ni >>>


      PERQUISITION DANS LES LOCAUX DE THIERRY BRETON À BERCY
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Une perquisition a été menée ce matin dans les locaux du ministre de l‘Economie et des Finances, Thierry Breton, à Bercy, apprend–on de source proche du ministère.

"Il y a effectivement une perquisition en cours depuis ce matin", >>>


      PERQUISITION POLICIÈRE À BERCY
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Une perquisition a été menée ce matin dans les locaux du ministère de l‘Economie et des Finances à Paris, annonce Bercy.

"Il y a une perquisition dans le cadre d‘une instruction ouverte par le tribunal de grande instance de Paris dans >>>


      PERQUISITION À BERCY DANS L‘AFFAIRE RHODIA
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Une perquisition a été menée lundi matin dans les locaux du ministère de l‘Economie et des Finances à Paris dans le cadre de l‘enquête sur l‘affaire Rhodia, apprend–on de source judiciaire.

"Il y a une perquisition da >>>


      PERQUISITIONS À BERCY ET AU SIÈGE DE RHODIA
      Reuters France, 27-06-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – Des perquisitions ont été menées lundi dans les locaux du ministère de l‘Economie et des Finances à Paris et au siège de Rhodia, apprend–on de source judiciaire et auprès du groupe chimique.

Ces perquisitions ont ét&eac >>>


      35 ROMANIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS WITH OBSERVERS‘ STATUS IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO ATTEND SPECIAL TRAINING PROGRAMME
      Rompres, 27-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 27 /Rompres/ – The 35 Romanian parliamentarians with status of observers to the European Parliament will attend on June 28–2' a special training programme organised by the Senate and Chamber of Deputies
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      EPP REPRESENTATIVES VOICE OPENNESS TOWARDS RECEIVING NEW MEMBERS
      Rompres, 27-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 25 /Rompres/ – Members of the European People‘s Party express openness to all parties that share joint visions and values on Europe, European People‘s Party (EPP) Secretary General Antonio Lopez, invited to attend the works of the Extraordinary National Convention of
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      PRESIDENT BASESCU CONVEYS PD THAT GOOD RESULTS OF 2004 HAVE REPRESENTED AN OBLIGATION, BUT ALSO AN HONOUR FOR THE PARTY TO SERVE THE ROMANIAN PEOPLE
      Rompres, 27-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 25 /Rompres/ For the Democratic Party (PD), the political performances registered in the local, parliamentary and presidential elections of last year have represented an obligation, but also an honour for this party to serve the Romanian people, reads a message of the Romanian President Traian Bas >>>


      PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 27-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 27 (Rompres) – The dailies on Friday publish analyses, comments and information of the National Convention of the Democratic Party (PD), the cut in the contribution to health insurance by 5 percent instead of 2–3 percent, the new terms of granting bank loans and the near changeover to >>>


      PUBLIC CONTRACTS WORTH OVER 2,000 EUROS TO BE ALLOTTED THROUGH ELECTRONIC AUCTION
      Rompres, 27-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 25 /Rompres/ – Public authorities will have to resort to the procedure of electronic auction for public procurements only as regards contracts whose value (without VAT), exceeds 2,000 euros, reads
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      ROMANIAN GENDARMERIE PAYS HOMAGE TO DAY OF NATIONAL FLAG
      Rompres, 27-06-2005
      Bucharest, June 26 (Rompres) – As a homage paid to the Romanian people‘s national symbols, the Romanian Gendarmerie on Sunday, at noon, organized the public ceremony devoted to hoisting the national flag in the park near
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      "IN DARFUR, RAPE IS SYSTEMATICALLY USED AS A WEAPON OF WARFARE"
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      "In Darfur, rape is systematically used as a weapon of warfare," Jan Egeland, UN Under–secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, June 21, 2005 By Eric Reeves June 25, 2005 –– Egeland‘s recourse to the present tense in describing the use of rape as an ongoing weapon of war in Darfur is entire >>>


      AFRICANS MUST SAVE DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Ketumile Masire, The Boston Globe June 25, 2005 –– The presidents of Africa need immediately to resolve the bitter conflict in Darfur. Too many people –– upwards of 400,000 to date

–– have died needlessly, and 10,000 more are dying each month. We need the kind of African >>>


      SPLIT IN DARFUR REBEL SLA RANKS DISRUPTS PEACE TALKS
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      ABUJA, June 27 (AFP) –– Peace talks on the crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur hit the latest in a long series of obstacles on Monday with an apparent split in the ranks of one of two rebel groups taking part.

SLM‘s Abdelwahed Mohamed A–Nur. A spokesman for the Sudan Liberat >>>


      THE DONORS AND DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      Editorial, The Washington Post June 20, 2005 ––The United Nations is getting ready to appeal for more money for Darfur, the western Sudanese province that‘s been targeted with genocide. The reason is simple÷ The Darfur crisis, which threatens to slide off the radar screen as people grow tired o >>>


      SOUTH SUDAN DEAL WITH UK OIL FIRM VALID, SPLM OFFICIAL SAYS
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, June 27 (Reuters) – A disputed deal between south Sudan‘s former rebels and UK oil explorer White Nile is valid, and French oil giant Total‘s concession there has expired, a top former rebel official said on Monday.

Lam Akol Total has disputed the award of the conc >>>


      SUDAN PARLIAMENT STARTS DEBATING PROPOSED CONSTITUTION
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 27, 2005 (AP) –– Sudanese lawmakers Monday began debating a proposed constitution that represents a significant step away from Islamic rule in a country emerging from war between the mainly Muslim north and the non–Muslim south.

The draft interim constitution for Sudan i >>>


      BALANCED APPROACH NEEDED TO PROTECT DARFUR‘S DISPLACED– UNHCR
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      GENEVA, June 24, 2005 (UNHCR) –– The UN refugee agency‘s top official for international protection, Erika Feller, has returned from her mission to western Sudan‘s Darfur region with mixed reviews and a strong belief in the need for more coordinated and nuanced efforts to better protect displaced >>>


      CHINESE SEEK RESOURCES, PROFITS IN AFRICA
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Rob Crilly, The USA TODAY NAIROBI, Kenya, June 21, 2005 –– The front room of a residential apartment in the Kenyan capital makes an unlikely nerve center for a 21st–century scramble for Africa. But five years ago this is where Dang Song set up the Kenyan branch of North China Grid.

Two wee >>>


      CUD CONCERNED BY COMPOSITION OF NEBE‘S INVESTIGATION PANEL
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Binyam Alemayehu, The Ethiopian Reporter ADDIS ABABA, June 25, 2005 –– At a time when the National Electoral Board (NEB) is about to begin probing into nearly half of the 2'' complaints of alleged irregularities and fraud, Ethiopia‘s main opposition party, the coalition for Unity and Democr >>>


      DARFUR TALKS INCH FORWARD, CHAD DISPUTE REMAINS
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      LAGOS, June 25 (Reuters) – Parties to the talks on the conflict in Sudan‘s Darfur region expressed hope on Saturday that they were nearing agreement on basic principles for the negotiations after two weeks of logjam.

Officials of the Sudanese government wait for resumption of talks with rebel leade >>>


      DYING IN THE DUST÷ A STORY FROM SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Matthew Green PALIANG, Sudan, June 27 (Reuters) – Sprawled on the ground with his face pressed into the earth, the boy looked like he might already be dead.

A four–year–old Sudanese boy lies on the ground after collapsing from hunger at a feeding centre run by medical charity Medecins Sans >>>


      EAST SUDAN REBELS URGE MEDIA TO VIEW BOMB DAMAGE
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Ed Harris ASMARA, June 25 (Reuters) – Rebels in Sudan‘s remote east urged the world‘s media on Saturday to come and see damage in civilian areas that they say was caused by government bombing.

Rebels from Sudan‘s Eastern Front parade north of Kassala town, near the Eritrean border, i >>>


      EMIRATES AND SUDAN BANK IPO OVERSUBSCRIBED 8 TIMES
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      DUBAI, June 25 (Reuters) – A $28.5 million initial public offering of Emirates and Sudan Bank (ESB) was oversubscribed eight times, the bank said on Saturday.

The new Islamic bank set up by investors from the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, had offered 28.5 million shares at $1 each, representing 25 perc >>>


      ERITREA‘S NATIONAL DEMINING PROGRAMME SUSPENDED
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      ASMARA, June 25 (AFP) –– A national programme to clear landmines in Eritrea has been suspended after the government confiscated 40 vehicles used by the country‘s mine action agency, anti–mine campaigners said in statement Saturday.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said >>>


      ETHIOPIA ELECTION RESULTS MAY FACE FURTHER DELAY – OFFICIAL
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 27, 2005 (AP) –– Electoral authorities may again delay the release of results in disputed elections that have sparked deadly clashes in Ethiopia, an official said Monday.

The official said investigations into voting irregularities involving a quarter of the seats at stak >>>


      ETHIOPIAN RULING PARTY MANTAINS LEAD IN PARLIAMENTARY SEATS
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, June 26 (AFP) –– Ethiopia‘s ruling coalition is maintaining the lead in the May 15 hotly–contested parliamentary elections, the country‘s electoral panel said on Sunday.

According to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), provisional results from the 51' >>>


      FEATURE–SUDAN AID AGENCIES BATTLE STARVING POPULATION
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Opheera McDoom MAYO, Sudan, June 26 (Reuters) – Tiny southern Sudanese Martin Atiyan‘s hollowed cheeks screwed up into a scowl as he hit out at his thin diseased mother trying to breast–feed him. At 3 months he weighs half as much as a normal new–born baby.

A Sudanese internally disp >>>


      GARANG RETURNS TO KHARTOUM ON JULY 7
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 24, 2005 (KUNA) –– Chief of the Sudanese People‘s Liberation Movement (SPLM) John Garang said on Friday he will return to Khartoum on July 7.

SPLA leader John Garang greets his supporters at freedom square in Rumbek during a rally where he informed the people about the peace ta >>>


      INTERNAL DIVISIONS WITHIN DARFUR REBEL SPA THREATEN PEACE TALKS– REPORT
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      ABUJA, Nigeria, June 26, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) –– The Sudanese radio said today that the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) has issued a statement announcing it does not recognize the movement‘s representative at the talks, Abdelwahid Mohamed Nur.

Mani Arku Mannawi, SLA secretary–general. The s >>>


      SUDAN AIRWAYS INTRODUCES SECOND WEEKLY NAIROBI–KHARTOUM FLIGHT
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      By Ken Ramani, The Standard NAIROBI, June 27, 2005 –– Sudan Airways has introduced a second weekly flight between Nairobi and Khartoum, a senior manager with the airline has said.

John Okoth Daniel, the regional manager, said the Sunday flight will have a stopover in Juba and will be operational wi >>>


      SUDAN COMMISSION DRAFTS INTERIM CONSTITUTION
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 26 (AFP) –– A Sudanese committee on Sunday completed the drafting of a constitution for a six–year interim period provided for in a January peace deal that ended two decades of war between north and south.

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, centre, holds the draft interim const >>>


      SUDAN CONSTITUTION COMMISSION CONCLUDES ITS WORKS
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 25, 2005 (SUNA) –– President of the Republic Omer Al– Bashir is to receive Sunday the draft interim constitution from the leadership committee of the national constitution commission, prior to presenting it before the National Assembly and the Liberation Council of the Sudan People&lsqu >>>


      SUDAN DRAFTS NEW CONSTITUTION
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jun 26, 2005 (UPI) –– Sudan finalized the draft for the country‘s new constitution Sunday and submitted it to President Omar Bashir.

The draft interim constitution for Sudan is held aloft by Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sunday, June 26, 2005.(AP) >>>


      SUDAN JUDICIARY CHALLENGES ICC OVER DARFUR CASES
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      NAIROBI, June 24, 2005 (IRIN) –– A court set up by the Sudanese judiciary to try suspected criminals in the western region of Darfur has raised questions regarding its legal status vis–à–vis the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is conducting separate investigations in Darfur.
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      SUDAN SUSPENDS SECOND SOUTHERN PAPER
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 25 (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have suspended a second English–language opposition paper and released on bail three of its journalists, accusing them of not being properly registered, the editor of the paper and journalists said on Saturday.

Men read newspapers in Khartoum. (AFP >>>


      SUDAN TO PROTEST TO UN OVER ERITREA
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 26 (AFP) –– Sudan plans to lodge a protest with the United Nations against Eritrea, accusing it of seeking to stoke instability after a rebel offensive in the east of the country, the state–run SUNA news agency said Sunday.

Elfatih Erwa The agency quoted Sudan‘s UN ambass >>>


      SUDANESE PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE ON NEW DRAFT CONSTITUTION
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 25, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) –– The Speaker of parliament, Ahmad Ibrahim al–Taher, has announced that parliament will start its deliberations on the interim draft constitution on Monday 27 June, with a speech from the president of the republic followed by an approved copy from the National >>>


      SUDANESE PRESIDENT RECEIVES COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 27, 2005 (SUNA) –– President of the Republic Omer Al–Bashir received at the Guest House Sunday evening Secretary General of the Sudanese Communist Party Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud.

Ibrahim Nugud (SMC). First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and Minister of Information and Commu >>>


      US‘S ZOELLICK TO ATTEND JULY ' INAUGURATION OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick. WASHINGTON, June 26, 2005 (SUNA) –– An American delegation, which is to be led by US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, is to participate in Sudan‘s celebrations marking the start of the interim period and the inauguration of the President of the R >>>


      US NEW ILLINOIS LAW BANS STATE INVESTMENTS IN SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 25, 2005 (AP) –– A new state law requires Illinois to divest about $1 billion worth of pension investments in companies that do business in Sudan and to sever all financial ties to the violence–ridden country.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law Saturday, say >>>


      US TO CONSIDER LIFTING SANCTIONS ON SUDAN÷ FM
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      WASHINGTON, June 24 (AFP) –– Sudan‘s Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail said US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has agreed to consider the possibility of lifting sanctions imposed on the northeast African state.

Mustafa Ismail Speaking after talks with the top US diplomat, he said &quo >>>


      WOMEN IN DARFUR CAMPS STILL PREY TO RAPE
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      KHARTOUM, June 25 (AFP) –– Women in displaced persons‘ camps in Darfur remain prey to rape, a UN security report said, adding that two Sudanese aid agency staff had been kidnapped by ethnic minority rebels.

Sudanese women and children sit in front of a tent on the sand in the Kalma camp for i >>>


      DARFUR – FINAL APPEALS AGAINST DEATH SENTENCE – ALTAYIB ALI AHMED
      Sudan Tribune, 27-06-2005
      SOAT Sudan Organisation Against Torture Human Rights Alert÷ 27 June 2005 SOAT has been informed of the imminent execution of Altayib Ali Ahmed, (32 yrs) from the Fur tribe. According to reliable information inside Kober Prison, Khartoum Mr. Altayib, police officer is scheduled to be executed today (27 July 2005) >>>



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