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      JUSTICES RULE AGAINST USE OF MARIJUANA
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal authorities may prosecute sick people who use marijuana under their doctors‘ supervision, a bitter defeat for advocates of the medical use of the drug.

The 6–to–3 decision, arising from a case in California, concluded that state laws cann >>>


      PRESIDENT STEPS DOWN IN BOLIVIA
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LA PAZ President Carlos Mesa of Bolivia resigned for the second time in three months after he was forced to flee his office amid angry street protests outside the presidential palace that demanded the nationalization of the country‘s huge natural gas industry.

The Bolivian Congress prepared to meet Tuesd >>>


      U.S. OPENS PROFESSOR‘S TERROR TRIAL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      TAMPA, Florida A federal prosecutor charged that Sami Al–Arian, a fired Florida professor who was a well–known and outspoken advocate on Palestinian issues, lived a double life for more than a decade as the American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, "one of the most deadly terror organizations on ea >>>


      CHINESE ENVOY RENEWS PLEA FOR ASYLUM
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      SYDNEY A Chinese diplomat renewed his bid to defect to Australia on Tuesday after a first asylum request was rejected amid concerns that the case could harm growing trade relations with China.

Chen Yonglin, formerly the first secretary at the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, has written to Prime Minister J >>>


      CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES APPROVED IN TAIWAN
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      TAIPEI Taiwan enacted major constitutional changes on Tuesday that will redraw the political landscape in favor of the two main parties and should assuage China‘s worries over the island‘s moving toward formal independence.

Taiwan‘s National Assembly, a once–powerful electoral college t >>>


      FOR JAPAN AND CHINA, NEW ERA OF BAD FEELING
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      KURE, Japan Never before has East Asia had to contend with a strong China and a strong Japan at the same time, and the prospect feeds paranoia and hostility in both countries.

China has experienced 25 years of extraordinary economic growth, deeply extending its influence throughout Asia. But just when China&ls >>>


      FROM TURBAN TO SHOES, CHIC AS A ‘RELIGIOUS DUTY‘
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      QOM, Iran Racks of colored robes, with neat stitches and fitting marks, fill the workshop of this scholarly city‘s most famous tailor, the Giorgio Armani of clerical clothes, Abolfazl Arabpour. The tailor, 76, a smiley man in a buttoned white linen robe and a beige skullcap, stretched out an exquisitely made cloa >>>


      FUGITIVE BUSINESSMAN SEEKS RETURN TO SEOUL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      For six years, Kim Woo Choong, who founded the Daewoo corporate empire and embodied the rags–to–riches success story of South Korea, has been that country‘s most famous and elusive fugitive.

Kim was "Mr. Daewoo," a workaholic who borrowed $5,000 to start a small textile–tradin >>>


      HINDU NATIONALIST SUBMITS RESIGNATION
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NEW DELHI The president of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party offered to resign from his post after Hindu hard–liners expressed outrage at his praise of Pakistan’s founder during a recent visit to Pakistan, party officials said Tuesday.

L.K. Advani, the country’s former deputy prime minister an >>>


      INDIA PARTY ERUPTS OVER PRAISE FOR A MUSLIM
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NEW DELHI India‘s main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, faced ideological disarray Tuesday evening after its leader resigned amid growing tension with the hard–line wing of the party.

The direct trigger for Lal Krishna Advani‘s departure was a controversy caused by his decision l >>>


      NATIONALISM SPURS GROWING BEIJING–TOKYO RIVALRY
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      KURE, Japan Never before in modern times has East Asia had to contend with a strong China and a strong Japan at the same time, and the prospect feeds paranoia and hostility in both countries.

China has experienced 25 years of extraordinary economic growth, deeply extending its influence throughout Asia. But ju >>>


      NEW ZEALAND÷ LEADING A SMALL NATION ACROSS A TIGHTROPE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      AUCKLAND, New Zealand When the chairman of China‘s National People‘s Congress, Wu Bangguo, visited New Zealand recently, a member of New Zealand‘s Parliament unfurled a Tibetan flag near where his cavalcade was due to pass – an act bound to offend Prime Minister Helen Clark‘s Chinese guest >>>


      SWEEPING CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES ADOPTED IN TAIWAN
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      TAIPEI A convention adopted sweeping changes to Taiwan’s constitution Tuesday that favor the top two political parties and require that future amendments go directly before voters — a measure strongly opposed by China.

The 300–member National Assembly, chosen by popular ballot last month to address the c >>>


      U.S. MEETS WITH NORTH KOREA ON ATOMIC ARMS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON American officials met with North Korean envoys Monday to discuss halting the North‘s nuclear weapons program.

The meeting was requested by North Korea and held in New York, where the two sides had last met May 13, a State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, said.

The U.S. aim is to >>>


      2 EXECUTIVES SAY THEY QUIT BRICKLIN VENTURE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      DETROIT The future of Visionary Vehicles, the upstart company that announced in January that it would bring the first Chinese–made automobiles to the United States by 2007, appears to be in some doubt.

Two top executives said in interviews on Monday that they had recently left Visionary, a privately held >>>


      APPLE SEES SMOOTH SWITCH TO INTEL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      SAN FRANCISCO Steven Jobs took the stage at Apple Computer‘s Worldwide Developer Conference here to tell more than 3,000 of his most enthusiastic fans – and occasionally also his harshest critics – that he was giving them a new homework assignment÷ to rework their Macintosh programs to run on c >>>


      AROUND ASIA‘S MARKETS÷ RESOURCES OVERRATED, STRATEGIST CONTENDS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Investors should sell resources stocks, including Rio Tinto Group, as global economic growth slows and on concern that demand from China may slow, according to Chris Pidcock, a strategist at Goldman Sachs JBWere in Melbourne.

"Miners have rallied on news flow about demand for commodities from China, but t >>>


      BEIJING ORDERS WEB SITES AND BLOGS TO REGISTER
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      SHANGHAI The authorities have ordered all China–based Web sites and blogs to register or be closed down, the latest effort by the Communist government to police the unruly world of cyberspace.

Commercial publishers and advertisers can face fines of as much as 1 million yuan, or $121,000, for failing to r >>>


      BENQ TO ACQUIRE FAILING SIEMENS CELLPHONE UNIT
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BenQ, Taiwan‘s biggest mobile phone maker, agreed on Tuesday to take over Siemens‘s unprofitable handset unit after the German engineering company lost €500 million from the business in the past year.

Siemens will book pretax costs of €350 million, or $430 million, related to the unit‘s dispo >>>


      BONDS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Five–year government bonds in Japan climbed on Tuesday for the first day in four after stocks dropped amid concern global economic growth would slow.

"Bonds will remain a choice for investors rather than stocks," said Nobumasa Hayashi, a fund manager at Sompo Japan Asset Management. "Japan >>>


      BRIEFLY÷
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Bank Mandiri, Indonesia‘s largest lender, said it was delaying a planned sale of $300 million of dollar–denominated bonds after borrowing costs increased. Mittal and India in talks on new mill

Mittal Steel, the world‘s largest steel maker, may invest 300 billion rupees, or $6.' billion, t >>>


      CHINA FIRM WEIGHS BID FOR UNOCAL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BEIJING A leading Chinese oil producer, CNOOC, said on Tuesday that it was considering making a competing bid to Chevron‘s $16.4 billion offer for Unocal as soaring energy demand increases pressure on China to pursue oil supplies.

"The company announces that it is continuing to examine its options w >>>


      CHINA TO ENCOURAGE CONSUMER SPENDING
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BEIJING China will introduce measures to spur consumer spending to reduce a trade surplus that is fueling tensions with the United States and Europe, the country‘s central bank‘s governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, said Tuesday.

"We haven‘t seen much increase in consumption, but rather we saw rapi >>>


      CITIGROUP UNIT‘S DATA TAPES LOST
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NEW YORK CitiFinancial, the consumer finance division of Citigroup, announced Monday that it had begun notifying about 3.' million U.S. customers that computer tapes containing information about their accounts had been lost.

Citigroup, which is based in New York, said the tapes were lost by United Parcel S >>>


      COAL PRICES PINCH IPO BY SHENHUA
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      HONG KONG China Shenhua Energy, which plans the world‘s biggest initial public offering this year, may be forced to sell its stock toward the bottom of the proposed range because coal prices have almost peaked, investors said Tuesday.

The company may price its shares around 7.85 Hong Kong dollars, or $1, >>>


      COMMENTARY÷ PAKISTAN IS POISED TO CATCH CHINA IN GROWTH RACE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      The world‘s second–fastest growing economy after China is no longer India. It‘s Pakistan. According to figures released over the weekend by the Pakistani prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, his country‘s $110 billion economy is estimated to have grown 8.4 percent in the year ending on June 30.

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      CURRENCIES
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      CURRENCIES The Indonesian rupiah strengthened for the first day in six on Tuesday, gaining 0.4 percent, after the Indonesian government on Monday raised its economic growth forecast for 2005.

"I wouldn‘t be surprised if the rupiah moved up," said Steven Chang, vice president of global markets i >>>


      DIAGEO TO PURCHASE BUSHMILLS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LONDON Diageo, the world‘s largest liquor company, has agreed to buy the Bushmills Irish whiskey brand from Pernod Ricard of France and has received an option to acquire a New Zealand wine business.

In exchange, Diageo agreed to stick to the sidelines in the $14 billion battle for Allied Domecq.

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      DROUGHT CUTS AUSTRALIAN WHEAT FORECAST 2'%
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Australia on Tuesday slashed its production forecast for wheat by 2' percent because of a drought in the country‘s southeast.

Output may reach 16 million metric tons, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics said in a statement. The bureau in March predicted a crop of 22.6 milli >>>


      EU TO INVESTIGATE FINANCE AND ENERGY
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BRUSSELS European Union regulators will start inquiries into Europe‘s financial services and energy markets "in the coming days," the EU competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said on Monday.

"We intend to use these sectoral investigations to identify any significant barriers to competiti >>>


      EU TO SUSPEND PART OF MICROSOFT RULING
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BRUSSELS The European competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has agreed to suspend a part of the historic antitrust ruling last year against Microsoft until after the company‘s appeal is concluded in the coming years, the commission said Monday.

But the commission has also insisted that part of the ruli >>>


      EU TRIMS BRITISH BUDGET PAYMENT
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BRUSSELS The European Union reduced Britain‘s contribution to its 2005 budget by €'0' million, adding to pressure on London to surrender its cherished annual rebate in negotiations under way on the next EU spending plan.

The British contribution was cut to €12.3 billion, or $15 billion, because o >>>


      GENERAL RE EXECUTIVE PLANS TO OFFER GUILTY PLEA
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      A senior executive of General Re, John Houldsworth, plans to plead guilty this week to federal criminal charges of helping the insurer American International Group alter its books, according to Houldsworth‘s lawyer and prosecutors investigating abuses in the insurance industry.

The U.S. Securities and Ex >>>


      GREENSPAN CALLS FOR LOOSER YUAN PEG TO DOLLAR
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BEIJING Alan Greenspan, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, on Tuesday urged China to ease tight controls on its exchange rate for the sake of its own financial health, but China‘s top central banker said the country‘s fragile financial system needed more time to prepare.

"I‘ve sai >>>


      GUILTY PLEA IS EXPECTED IN GENERAL RE INQUIRY
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NEW YORK John Houldsworth, an executive at Berkshire Hathaway‘s General Re unit, agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge of helping American International Group distort its finances, a lawyer for the businessman said Monday.

Houldsworth, who has been put on leave at General Re‘s Dublin >>>


      INDONESIAN BANKS COULD MERGE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      JAKARTA Bank Central Asia and Bank Danamon, two of Indonesia‘s top five banks, have said that they would be willing to consider a merger as the central bank pushes the nation‘s 133 lenders to combine into fewer, larger institutions.

The two banks were not yet in talks, said Bank Central Asia‘ >>>


      INTEL SEES 30% INDIA SALES RISE IN PC EFFORT
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BANGALORE, India Intel, whose chips power 80 percent of the world‘s personal computers, says its role in helping consumers buy PCs for 4'' rupees, or $11.45, a month will help achieve annual sales growth in India of 30 percent a year.

"India as a growing emerging market is central to Intel&l >>>


      LG.PHILIPS WINS $5 BILLION H–P ORDER
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      SEOUL LG.Philips LCD, the world‘s biggest maker of liquid crystal displays, said Tuesday that it had won a contract to supply $5 billion worth of panels to Hewlett–Packard over the next three years, its largest ever transaction.

The order for notebook computer screens and LCD monitors, which starts >>>


      LOCAL DEMAND DRIVES MALAYSIAN OUTPUT RISE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia‘s industrial production rose in April as manufacturers increased output to meet growing domestic demand, the government said Tuesday.

Production at factories, mines and utilities increased 6.8 percent from a year earlier, compared with revised growth of 5.8 percent in March, the Sta >>>


      LOOPHOLES THAT LEFT UNITED PENSIONS FEEBLE ARE WIDELY EXPLOITED
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Loopholes in U.S. pension laws allowed United Airlines to treat its pension fund as solid for years when in fact it was dangerously weakening, according to a new analysis by the agency that guarantees pensions.

That analysis was scheduled to be presented at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. A seco >>>


      MALAYSIA WANTS SHIELD FOR MARKET INFORMERS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      KUALA LUMPUR Bursa Malaysia, which manages the Malaysian stock exchange, wants protection for whistle–blowers who provide information on share–price manipulation.

"Trying to prove the link on people behaving suspiciously is the difficult part and whistle–blowers" can help, the excha >>>


      MICROSOFT RAISES THE STAKES IN MOBILE E–MAIL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BERLIN In April, Martin Bailey, the managing director of a German equity research firm called First Berlin, bought a BlackBerry 7100V from his mobile carrier, Vodafone, for about €100.

When the 34–year–old Ireland native travels to clients in Frankfurt, or to companies like Jenoptik in Jena, he get >>>


      PHILIPPINE INFLATION RATE IS STEADY AT 8.5%
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      MANILA Philippine inflation stayed near a six–year high for the fourth month in May, the government said Tuesday, increasing the chances that the central bank will raise its key overnight rate again this year.

The consumer price index rose 8.5 percent from a year earlier, the National Statistics Office. >>>


      STOCKS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      SINGAPORE Asian stocks fell on Tuesday for the first day in four, led by Samsung Electronics and Elpida Memory, after Merrill Lynch said investors should sell shares of chip makers including Micron Technology.

"Chip makers are still increasing capacity even though prices are falling and demand hasn‘ >>>


      ‘ANGLO–SAXON MODEL‘ WEARS FRENCH CLOTHES
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LONDON Like Monsieur Jourdain in Molière‘s "Bourgeois Gentilhomme," who was surprised to discover he had been speaking prose all his life, I have been taken aback to find that I have been living in the "Anglo–Saxon model."

Voters in the French referendum on the EU constit >>>


      3 MILLION REASONS TO ACT FOR AFRICA
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      OXFORD, England Forget the rock stars and the news media feeding–frenzy. When finance ministers of the Group of Eight industrial countries meet in London this weekend they will be dealing with matters of life and death, especially for the children of sub–Saharan Africa.

The finance ministers‘ >>>


      A SMALL BUT DANGEROUS CLAUSE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      At a time when world leaders are struggling to keep dangerous nuclear materials from terrorists and rogue nations, a devious provision in the energy bill now in the U.S. Congress heads in the opposite direction. The provision would weaken controls on exporting bomb–grade uranium to plants abroad for use in making >>>


      A WOMAN NAMED CHARITY
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      NAIROBI The rich world is searching for ways to help Africa. At the meeting of industrialized countries in July, there will be pronouncements about how to funnel money to Africans beset by poverty, disease and wars. There will be talk about modalities, measurements and criteria, and how to bypass corrupt officials and >>>


      AN AVIAN FLU PANDEMIC COULD KILL MILLIONS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON When we think of major threats, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat is lurking, one from nature, not humans – an avian flu pandemic.

An outbreak could cause millions of deaths and threaten the security of government >>>


      BARRED FROM THE LONG HAUL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      The Patriot Act, passed by the U.S. Congress after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has come under fire for broad issues involving civil liberties.

But there are very specific and narrow problems with the act as well. One is a provision that was intended to prevent potential terrorists from being certified as t >>>


      DOING THE RIGHT THING
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Next month could be a historic turning point for the more than 300 million Africans who live on the equivalent of less than a dollar a day. Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain has been busily lining up international support for his proposal to attack poverty in Africa by ramping up foreign aid. Studies commissioned by >>>


      INDONESIAN JUSTICE
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Philip Bowring describes as "reasonable" the Bali court proceedings that sent Schapelle Corby to prison for 20 years for supposed marijuana smuggling ("Drug case brings out the worst in Australia," Views, June 2). But given the revelations of possible criminal infiltration of Australian airports, th >>>


      NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF÷ UNCOVER YOUR EYES
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LABADO, Sudan Last autumn, President George W. Bush declared the slaughter here in Darfur to be genocide, and then looked away. One reason for his paralysis is apparently the fear that Darfur may be another black hole of murder and mutilation, a hopeless quagmire to suck in well–meaning Americans

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      OTHER VIEWS÷ MIAMI HERALD, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, THE ECONOMIST
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Facing up to U.S. abuse of prisoners MIAMI÷ U.S. officials were wrong to dismiss out of hand Amnesty International’s report that described the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as a "gulag." Let‘s be clear. The human–rights group badly overstated the situation when it compared U.S >>>


      PLAYING ALONG IN HONG KONG
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      HONG KONG No one in this city has any illusions about enjoying a democratic system of government. Nonetheless, the current campaign for the "election" of a new chief executive is a curious spectacle, one that mixes a sense of unseriousness and good humor with some slightly disturbing echoes of Soviet–st >>>


      A EUROPE ‘GONE FAR TOO FAR‘ TO UNRAVEL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BERLIN Does Europe have a soul? Would anybody die for Europe? Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of Germany was asked those questions the other day by an American wondering whether the rejection of the European Union‘s constitution in France and the Netherlands last week did not mean that the EU itself lacked a kin >>>


      BRIEFLY÷ U.S. AND NORTH KOREA ARE BACK IN TOUCH
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON The United States is back in touch with North Korea on halting its nuclear weapons program and is withdrawing a threat to punish North Korea with UN sanctions.

With negotiations in limbo for nearly a year, American diplomats urged North Korea on May 13 to resume six–sided negotiations.

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      EUROPEAN FIRMS BLOOM BY SHIFTING TO SERVICES
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      PARIS In the fast–moving global economy, the weak do not always go to the wall; sometimes they try to leap over it.

Thomson is a French electronics company that was close to bankruptcy in the 1''0s when it was state–owned, no longer able to make money manufacturing televisions, video player >>>


      GLOBALIST÷ A 3–STAR CHEF ASTOUNDS WITH A ‘NON‘ OF HIS OWN
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      PARIS The French daily Le Figaro compared the event to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was not referring to the French rejection of a European constitution. No, it was alluding to another rejection, that of the coveted three–star status in the Michelin guide by the French chef Alain Senderens.

Can anythi >>>


      SECULAR EUROPE CONFIRMED BY POLL
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      Complaints by Pope Benedict XVI about growing secularism in Western Europe were backed up Monday in a poll conducted in 10 countries on behalf of The Associated Press.

The survey, by the polling concern Ipsos, found France with the strongest opposition to clerical lobbying of lawmakers÷ 85 percent. Fran >>>


      SPEAKING FEES PAID TO BLAIR‘S WIFE IGNITE A WAR OF WORDS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      WASHINGTON Flying into this city Monday, Cherie Blair also flew into a storm over the substantial fees she has accepted for public speaking and whether she is improperly exploiting her position as the wife of the British prime minister.

Blair was speaking Monday at the Kennedy Center in an event that the cultu >>>


      THE END OF FREE SPENDING
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LONDON In grim procession, some of Britain‘s best–known retailers from Boots to Marks & Spencer have lined up in recent times to report or warn of lower profits. But these days the gloom has an impact far beyond the dwindling profits from digital cameras at Jessops photographic stores or food at Sainsbu >>>


      THE WORKPLACE÷ HAZINESS ABOUT TOBACCO
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LUXEMBOURG Sweden last week became the latest country to outlaw smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, in the wake of similar bans enacted in Ireland, Italy, Norway and Malta.

Hoping that this trend would continue, health experts and government officials at a conference here called Smokefre >>>


      TOP MUSLIMS IN ITALY PLAY DOWN DISPUTE OVER BURKAS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      ROME Members of the anti–immigrant Northern League, a partner in Italy‘s governing coalition, stirred controversy over the weekend by calling for fines against women who wear burkas, the all–encompassing female Muslim dress, and advocating a crackdown on immigrant street vendors.

But Islamic >>>


      U.K. SUSPENDS VOTE ON EU CONSTITUTION
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      LONDON Deepening a sense of crisis and division in the European Union, Britain said Monday that it would suspend plans for a referendum on the new EU constitution that has already been rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands.

The announcement in Parliament by Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, laid ba >>>


      U.S. SUPPORTS EUROPE, NATO CHIEF ASSERTS
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      BERLIN Despite the overwhelming rejection by France and the Netherlands of the European Union‘s constitution and the undermining of the bloc‘s defense and security ambitions, the United States is firmly committed to a strong and united Europe, NATO‘s top civilian official said Monday in an interview.< >>>


      WHERE REJECTION IS NOT A DIRTY WORD
      International Herald Tribune, 07-06-2005
      STOCKHOLM Even as Europe frets about unity following French and Dutch rejection of the EU constitution last week, Norway and Sweden are celebrating a century of disunity with fanfare.

Exhibitions, civic works and a big party in Oslo on Tuesday will mark the decision of the Norwegian Parliament on June 7, 1' >>>


      ANTI–GOVERNMENT PROTESTS INTENSIFY IN BOLIVIA – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Tens of thousands of Indians, miners, labor and peasant protesters staged their biggest anti–government march in weeks, paralyzing downtown La Paz on Monday as President Carlos Mesa struggled to defuse a severe political crisis amid suggestions he call early elections.

Long lines of rowdy demonstrators, >>>


      BOLIVIA PROTESTS RESUME DESPITE PRESIDENT‘S OFFER TO RESIGN – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A resignation offer by President Carlos Mesa, whose 1'–month–old free–market government was unraveling, did little to halt a crippling blockade of La Paz Tuesday as tens of thousands of protesters marched on the capital for a second day.

The resignation, if accepted by Congress, could ul >>>


      BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT PLANS RESIGNATION – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      President Carlos Mesa offered to resign Monday night, seeking to quell weeks of anti–government protests that have paralyzed parts of the country.

The offer came as tens of thousands of Indians, miners and labor members protested in downtown La Paz in their largest anti–government march in weeks.< >>>


      BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT SUBMITS RESIGNATION – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      President Carlos Mesa offered to resign Monday night, seeking to quell weeks of anti–government protests that have paralyzed parts of the country.

The offer came as tens of thousands of Indians, miners and labor members protested in downtown La Paz in their largest anti–government march in weeks.< >>>


      BRITAIN‘S RED SQUIRREL ON THE REBOUND – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Rare native red squirrels reintroduced to a pine forest are set for a bumper breeding year, conservationists said Tuesday.

The European Squirrel Initiative said the first red squirrels reintroduced to Newborough forest in Anglesey, an island off the north coast of Wales, in 2003 produced 23 young last year.>>>


      BUSH TO ANNOUNCE AFRICA AID PLAN – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      The Bush administration will announce plans to spend $674 million for "humanitarian emergencies" in Africa during a visit by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a U.S. official.

An extensive aid package for poverty–stricken African nations is expected to top the agenda for Blair wh >>>


      BUSH PROMOTES CAFTA – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      President Bush touted his proposals for a hemisphere–wide free trade agreement, saying it will open the way to peace and prosperity for all nations of the Americas and reduce the attraction of "false ideologies." Speaking to an Organization of American States foreign ministers meeting, Bush also appeal >>>


      EURO STAYS SAY FINANCE MINISTERS – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Euro zone finance ministers have dismissed talk of a euro zone break–up amid the crisis over the EU constitution as "absurd." The euro suffered after French and Dutch voters rejected the EU charter last week because of fresh concern over the bloc‘s ability to push up its growth rates.

Ec >>>


      FLAGS, JOKES MARK NORWAY‘S 100TH – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Norwegians marked 100 years of independence from Sweden Tuesday with flag–waving parties, a small anti–U.S. protest and a little bit of leg–pulling of their Nordic neighbors.

Some children went to school dressed in the style of June 7, 1'05, when Norway‘s parliament decided it woul >>>


      FUGITIVE ENVOY ‘STILL FEARS DEATH‘ – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A Chinese democracy organizer in Sydney says fugitive diplomat Chen Yonglin is still in fear of his life, despite reassurances by China‘s ambassador in Australia.

Chin Jin, head of the Federation for a Democratic China in Australia, told CNN on Tuesday that Chen feared he faced execution.

Chin >>>


      GAY MARRIAGE SUPPORT COULD DOOM CANADA‘S RULING PARTY – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A member of Canada‘s minority Liberal government unexpectedly quit the party on Monday over plans to legalize gay marriage, and said he would be willing to bring the government down if necessary.

The balance of power is so finely divided in Parliament that the single vote of Pat O‘Brien, who will >>>


      GLAZER SONS JOIN MAN UTD BOARD – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      U.S. tycoon Malcolm Glazer has appointed his three sons to the board of Manchester United, extending the Florida–based tycoon‘s control over the world‘s richest soccer club.

Glazer, owner of the NFL‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, became majority shareholder of the English Premiership Club on >>>


      HEZBOLLAH WINS SOUTH LEBANON POLL – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Pro–Syrian Shiite political parties swept parliamentary elections along Lebanon‘s southern border with Israel, a victory that poses a challenge to the growing opposition to Syria‘s longtime influence over Lebanon.

The militant group Hezbollah and its allies have won all 23 seats in south Leb >>>


      INDIA‘S ADVANI OFFERS TO QUIT – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A day after returning from a controversial weeklong visit to Pakistan, Lal Krishna Advani has offered to resign from the presidency of India‘s main opposition party.

The 77–year–old Advani has been the head of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

During his trip to the Musl >>>


      MEXICO ERUPTION PROMPTS EVACUATIONS – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Officials were evacuating residents of some nearby villages on Tuesday after western Mexico‘s Volcano of Fire erupted for the second time in two days, shooting burning rock high in the air and dusting the region with ash.

The eruption shortly after 11 p.m. Monday sent a column of ash about 5 kilometers >>>


      OAS MEMBERS BALK AT U.S. INTERVENTION PLAN – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A U.S. proposal to intervene in Western Hemisphere nations to push democracy rankled the leaders of several South American countries debating the issue Monday at the meeting of the Organization of American States.

"There needs to be a dialogue rather than an intervention," said Brazil‘s foreig >>>


      PAPER÷ MUGABE DENIES HE IS DEAD – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has laughed down rumors that he died of heart failure last week, the official Herald newspaper reported Tuesday.

Speculation has been rife in the capital Harare that Mugabe was dead, after privately owned media reported he had checked into a local hospital for heart tests.
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      PATIENCE, GAS RUNNING SHORT IN BOLIVIA – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Bolivian President Carlos Mesa‘s fate could be sealed this week as the country enters a third week of crippling Indian protests and political divisions deepen.

Mesa‘s only ally at this point is the highly respected Roman Catholic church, which answered his plea for mediation and has begun talks wi >>>


      PINOCHET LOSES IMMUNITY, MAY FACE FRAUD CHARGES – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A Chilean appeals court voted on Tuesday to strip ex–dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution so he can face tax fraud and other charges related to millions of dollars he held in secret bank accounts.

"In four out of five areas of investigation, the judges voted for removing immunity, >>>


      POLICE CLEARED OF TORTURING NURSES – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Nine Libyan policemen and a physician were cleared Tuesday of torturing five Bulgarian nurses to force them to confess to infecting hundreds of Libyan children deliberately with HIV.

"The court has decided that all the defendants are not guilty, and they were acquitted of the charges against them," >>>


      RESEARCHERS÷ DOLPHINS USE SPONGES AS TOOLS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A group of dolphins living off the coast of Australia apparently teach their offspring to protect their snouts with sponges while foraging for food in the sea floor.

Researchers say it appears to be a cultural behavior passed on from mother to daughter, a first for animals of this type, although such learning >>>


      RUMSFELD÷ REPORTS ON N. KOREA ‘INACCURATE‘ – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
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      SIEMENS SELLS MOBILE PHONES UNIT – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Germany‘s Siemens is to sell its mobile phones unit to Taiwan‘s BenQ, it said on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty over the future of the loss–making business and boosting Siemens‘ shares.

The terms of the deal will mean Siemens incurring a pre–tax loss of 350 million euros ( >>>


      SOUTH AFRICA‘S MILITARY BATTLES HIV – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      South Africa‘s armed forces are battling HIV/AIDS, which affects almost a quarter of troops, with resources under strain as soldiers and officers fall to the epidemic, military officials said on Tuesday.

"At this stage we do rise to the occasion as an organization, but we are starting to get stretc >>>


      SYRIAN VICE PRESIDENT ‘TO RESIGN‘ – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Syrian Vice President Abdul–Halim Khaddam intends to resign to make way for the younger generation, an official of the ruling Baath Party said Tuesday.

Khaddam, 73, who wielded considerable influence in Lebanon for many years as Syria‘s top official for the neighboring state, indicated he intends >>>


      TAL AFAR÷ GHOST TOWN UNDER SIEGE – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      "Wakhrou min houn" is a semi–rude way to tell someone to get lost in Arabic, but it‘s what Miriam Elias, a Turkmen Shiite married to a Sunni, said to four insurgents trying to launch an attack on an Iraqi army post from near her home in northeastern Tal Afar.

"They left," she s >>>


      TWO PALESTINIANS KILLED IN ISRAELI OPERATION – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Two Palestinians were shot and killed during an Israeli operation in the West Bank, according to accounts from Israeli and Palestinian sources.

The two sides provided different details of the incidents. Israeli military sources said Israel Defense Forces troops entered the West Bank town of Qabatiya to arrest >>>


      U.S., IRAQI TROOPS LAUNCH TAL AFAR OFFENSIVE – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      U.S. and Iraqi troops on Tuesday launched another major military operation against insurgents in Iraq, a show of force in the northwestern city of Tal Afar –– not far from the huge, porous Syria border that has been navigated with impunity by anti–American foreign fighters.

"There is a >>>


      U.S.÷ N. KOREA SAYS IT‘S COMMITTED TO TALKS – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      The White House said Tuesday that North Korea has expressed its commitment to six–nation talks on halting its nuclear weapons program, but has not said when it might return to the negotiating table.

The two sides met in New York on Monday, their first meeting in a month. The U.S. aim is to resume six&nd >>>


      UGANDA BUS CRASH KILLS 30 – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A bus crash in southwestern Uganda on Tuesday killed at least 30 people and injured 21, Ugandan and Rwandan state radios reported.

A regional bus en route from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and passing through Uganda on the way to Nairobi, Kenya, hit a heavy truck head–on just north of the Rwandan border >>>


      VENEZUELA SEIZES COLOMBIAN MISSILE PARTS – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      Venezuelan police seized a cargo of Colombian warplane missile components being transported to Israel and detained a warehouse manager employed by the German air freight company Lufthansa Cargo, officials said Tuesday.

"Some of these missile parts contained nitrogen which make their transport dangerous,& >>>


      BOY, 3, FOUND DEAD IN DAY–CARE CENTER VAN – JUN 7, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      A 3–year–old boy died after being left in a day–care van for hours while the temperature was in the '0s, and the driver was charged with manslaughter, police said Tuesday.

Marcellus Johnson, was to have been dropped off at his home in Little Rock around 3 p.m. Monday, but van driver Ranc >>>


      BUSH PROMOTES CAFTA – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 07-06-2005
      President Bush touted his proposals for a hemisphere–wide free trade agreement, saying it will open the way to peace and prosperity for all nations of the Americas and reduce the attraction of "false ideologies." Speaking to an Organization of American States foreign ministers meeting, Bush also appeal >>>



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