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      AFGHANS CAPTURE 2 TALIBAN CHIEFS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      KABUL Afghan Army forces captured two senior Taliban commanders whom they blame for a string of bombings and other violence in western Afghanistan, said General Zaher Azimi, an army spokesman.

The two prisoners were immediately handed over to U.S. forces, he said Sunday.

One of those captured was Hajj >>>


      BLUNT DISMISSAL BY JAPAN
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      TOKYO Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura of Japan called China‘s criticism of visits by Japanese officials to the Yasukuni war shrine absurd and defended a controversial history textbook, accusing Beijing of ignoring Tokyo‘s record of aid to its neighbor.

China has said that relations between Beij >>>


      DEFINING A MALAYSIAN IDENTITY
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      KUALA LUMPUR When Steven Gan, now 42, went to school, it was perfectly ordinary for Malaysians of all races to attend a government primary school.

"We got a good education then at state schools and it was genuinely multiracial," Gan said. The language of instruction was English until race riots struc >>>


      DOZENS KILLED IN NEPAL WHEN BUS STRIKES MINE
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      KATMANDU, Nepal At least 53 people were killed and dozens of others wounded Monday when a crowded bus detonated a land mine believed to have been planted by communist rebels, an army official and the state radio said.

The bus traveling on a rural highway near the village of Badarmude in southern Nepal was ripp >>>


      N. KOREA MAKES NEW OVERTURES TOWARD U.S.
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      WACO, Texas North Korea has contacted the Bush administration in recent days in what American officials believe could be the first indications that the country is preparing to return to substantive negotiations about its nuclear program, senior American and Asian officials said Sunday.

The disclosure of the co >>>


      PAKISTAN OFFICIAL PLANS BUS TRIP IN KASHMIR
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan‘s information minister, Sheikh Rashid, said Monday he planned to travel by bus to the Indian–held part of Kashmir, in the first visit of its kind by a senior Islamabad official.

Rashid, the government‘s public face in the Pakistani media, said he wanted to visit h >>>


      RUMSFELD SEEKS UNITY IN FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      BANGKOK Hard on the heels of a warning from Singapore about the dangers of terrorist attacks on shipping in the strategically crucial Strait of Malacca, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used a stopover in Thailand on Monday to urge more cooperation among countries of the region in fighting piracy.

Thai D >>>


      2 COMPACTS PUT TOYOTA IN LEAD OF SALES RACE
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      TOKYO Toyota Motor, Japan‘s biggest automaker, topped the nation‘s monthly ranking in May of passenger vehicles with its compact cars Vitz and Corolla, the fifth month that the two models were the best sellers, according to figures released on Monday.

Sales of the redesigned Vitz, which outsold oth >>>


      AROUND ASIA‘S MARKETS÷ BUYERS PILING INTO BONDS IN MALAYSIA
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      The Employees Provident Fund, the Malaysian state–run pension fund, is short of its investment target because of increased competition from local and foreign investors for a dwindling supply of bonds.

Global investors are buying a record amount of Malaysian debt on bets that the government will allow the >>>


      AS GM LIMPS, CHIEF FACES SHAREHOLDERS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      DETROIT The past three months have been the worst in five years for Rick Wagoner as the chief executive of General Motors and some of the darkest for a company limping toward its centennial in 2008.

Sales of GM cars and trucks are sputtering, two of the three major credit–rating companies have cut the co >>>


      ASIA BRACES FOR LNG PRICE SURGE
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      SYDNEY Prices for liquefied natural gas in Asia may rise more than 75 percent over the next five years because of higher U.S. demand, increasing costs for companies like Korea Gas and China National Offshore Oil.

Asian buyers may pay as much as $8 per million British thermal units by 2010, compared with the cu >>>


      BHP BILLITON REPLACES MANAGEMENT OF WMC
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      MELBOURNE BHP Billiton, the world‘s largest mining company, has replaced the chairman and chief executive officer of WMC Resources after winning majority control last week of the world‘s fifth largest nickel metals producer, WMC said Monday.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, WMC said >>>


      BONDS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      Ten–year government bonds in Japan fell on Monday, pulling up yields from near a 15–month low, after a government report said Japanese capital spending growth accelerated last quarter.

"We are cautious on yields at this level," said Yoshihiro Ishida of Meiji Dresdner Asset Management in T >>>


      BRIEFLY÷ CHINA SETS BUDGET FOR NUCLEAR PLANTS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      Australian job advertisements fell to a two–year low in May. Jobs advertised in newspapers last month fell 7.3 percent to a weekly average of 20,'57, according to Australia & New Zealand Banking Group. Jobs advertised on the Internet rose 3.8 percent fro China sets budget for nuclear plants

China >>>


      CHINA BANK IPO MARKET TO GET A TEST
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      HONG KONG Bank of Communications, China‘s fifth–largest lender, plans to raise as much as 14.' billion Hong Kong dollars in the first of three overseas share sales by the nation‘s banks this year, according to its offer document.

The amount is equivalent to about $1.' billion. Bank of >>>


      COMMENTARY÷ LESS THAN FULL FAITH AND CREDIT IN THE U.S. DOLLAR
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      Brian Wesbury isn‘t a preacher, yet you could‘ve fooled the audience of investors and traders the U.S. economist addressed in London recently.

One was quick to note an "evangelical quality" to Wesbury‘s bullish take on the U.S. outlook. And in a sense, it had that. Highlights of his >>>


      CURRENCIES
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      CURRENCIES The Taiwan dollar had its strongest close in almost a month on Monday on speculation that investors abroad could buy more Taiwanese stocks. The currency gained 0.3 percent.

"There may still be a huge supply of funds to be repatriated to Taiwan, strengthening the currency," said Benson Liu, >>>


      GETTING A GRIP ON THE JOYSTICK‘S ORIGINS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      At the recent E3 Gaming Expo in Los Angeles, where the video game juggernauts Microsoft (maker of the Xbox), Sony (PlayStation) and Nintendo (GameCube) offered glimpses of their next–generation consoles, no mention was made of Robert Esnault–Pelterie.

Yet millions of gaming enthusiasts, and crane o >>>


      IN INDUSTRY SHIFT, APPLE PREPARES TO BUY CHIPS FROM INTEL
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      SAN FRANCISCO Steve Jobs is preparing to take an unprecedented gamble by abandoning Apple Computer‘s 14–year commitment to chips developed by IBM and Motorola in favor of Intel processors for his Macintosh computers, according to industry executives who have been informed of the decision.

The move >>>


      JAPAN FIRMS RAISE THEIR INVESTMENT
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      TOKYO Japanese companies increased investment at a faster pace in the first quarter, the government said Monday, suggesting that the government might raise its estimate for the country‘s economic growth.

Capital spending rose 7.4 percent from a year earlier, to a record 13.7 trillion, or $127 billion, th >>>


      KANEBO COSMETICS TO INVEST IN EX–PARENT
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      TOKYO Kanebo Cosmetics, which is under the control of Japan‘s corporate revival agency, said Monday that it planned to invest 20 billion in its former parent, the household goods maker Kanebo. The deal is equivalent to $186 million.

Five years of losses led the Kanebo group last year to apply for a gover >>>


      MICROSOFT TO RELEASE SOME DATA FREE
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      BRUSSELS Microsoft, under threat of new fines over its compliance with a European Union antitrust decision, has agreed to give some information to rivals for free and to end some restrictions on how the data can be used, regulators said on Monday.

Microsoft agreed to release some information royalty–free >>>


      NEW LIMITS COULD COST CHINA JOBS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      HONG KONG Heavy investment and hiring by Chinese textile and apparel companies since late last year have complicated a trade dispute between the United States and China, as a senior American negotiator acknowledged here on Monday that weekend talks in Beijing had produced little progress.

Chinese and foreign c >>>


      OLYMPUS TO CUT COSTS BY 30%
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      TOKYO Olympus, the world‘s No. 4 seller of digital cameras, said Monday that it planned to cut production costs for digital cameras by 30 percent or more in seeking to keep pace with falling prices and cooling demand.

"The cost cuts will have to stay ahead of the expected 15 to 20 percent decline in >>>


      PRODUCER PRICE INDEX SLOWS IN SOUTH KOREA AS COST OF FOOD DROPS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      SEOUL South Korea‘s producer prices rose in May at the slowest pace in almost two years because food became cheaper, the central bank said Monday.

The producer price index increased 2 percent from a year earlier after climbing 2.' percent in April, the Bank of Korea said in Seoul. That is the smalles >>>


      SETTLEMENT IS NEAR IN BRISTOL–MYERS CRIMINAL CASE
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      The drug maker Bristol–Myers Squibb is expected to agree to pay nearly $300 million to end a U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation of its accounting practices, according to people briefed on the prospective settlement.

If a deal is reached, the penalties paid by Bristol–Myers will total ab >>>


      SHARE SALE WILL LOWER FRENCH STAKE IN TELECOM
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      PARIS The French government said on Monday that it would sell a €4.5 billion stake in France Télécom, making debt reduction the first move by the new prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, since voters rejected the European Union constitution last week.

In selling the stake for the equivalent of >>>


      STOCKS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      SYDNEY Asian energy stocks advanced on Monday after oil surged above $55 a barrel. PetroChina, the biggest oil producer in China, and Woodside Petroleum, Australia‘s second–biggest oil producer, led the gains.

"The oil price‘s strength keeps surprising investors," said Hans Kunnen o >>>


      THAI ECONOMY SHRINKS AS DROUGHT HURTS CROPS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      BANGKOK Thailand‘s economy shrank for the first time in four years last quarter as drought parched rice and sugar crops and higher fuel costs curbed consumer spending, the government reported on Monday.

Gross domestic product fell a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent from the fourth quarter, when it expande >>>


      UNITED IS CLEARED TO OFFER WI–FI ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      United Airlines planned to announce on Monday that it was the first airline to receive approval from U.S. regulators to offer wireless Internet networks on domestic flights.

United passengers will not be able to take advantage of the service just yet. The airline expects to have Wi–Fi up and running in m >>>


      WALL STREET WATCH÷ BEWARE OF CALLS FOR FEWER RULES
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      William Donaldson‘s abrupt exit last week as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission brought cheers from those who think that less regulation means more benefits for investors.

They are eagerly embracing President George W. Bush‘s nominee for the job, Representative Christopher Cox, a Ca >>>


      WOMEN GET MORE ATTENTION FROM ONLINE MERCHANTS
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      Internet merchants are starting to pay more attention to the group chiefly responsible for propping up the industry‘s growth÷ women.

While online sales growth has slowed in categories traditionally dominated by male buyers, like computer hardware and software, sales of cosmetics, fragrances, home >>>


      FOR CONGO‘S FORESTS, THE WAR ISN‘T OVER
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      NEW YORK I found Bisimwa Kadjabika, garde première classe, of the Congolese National Parks Service, wrapped in a blanket and sitting on a plastic chair in a wooden shack off a back street in Goma, capital of Congo‘s eastern Kivu Province. As my eyes adjusted to the dim light of the windowless room, his car >>>


      MEANWHILE÷ A DEATH MAKES A PLANE AN OUTPOST OF HUMANITY
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts Acouple of weeks ago, a man died in Ireland. He died at Shannon Airport, stretched out in the aisle of a Boeing 777 on American Airlines Flight 155 en route from London to Boston. I don‘t know his name; we never met. But our paths crossed, if only for a moment.

We were somewhere >>>


      THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      BOSTON I have always associated Richard Haass with the traditionalist wing of the Republican Party‘s foreign policy establishment. He is more in the company of Brent Scowcroft, James Baker and George H.W. Bush than of the neoconservatives who have exerted such influence over the current president with their imper >>>


      U.S. SIGHTS ARE BACK ON CHINA
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      SINGAPORE How will China and the rest of Asia respond to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld‘s blunt assertion that China‘s military spending is a threat to regional security? This is the very stance that some of America‘s friends in the region were hoping it would avoid. Only the day before, Singa >>>


      A GULAG VACATION, GRUEL INCLUDED?
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      VORKUTA, Russia This broken–down Arctic coal town does not offer much when it is comes to economic prospects. The mayor works with what he has.

"My dream is to build a gulag," the mayor, Igor Shpektor, declared the other day in an outburst that stung like the bitter chill of late May in a place >>>


      AMID A ‘MESS,‘ FRANCE HOPES FOR OLYMPIC LIFT
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      PARIS On Sunday, Paris shut down the Champs–Elysées for a huge street party in support of its effort to be selected as the host of the 2012 Olympic Games. The event provided a poignant counterpoint to the gloomy political mood that has pervaded France since it rejected the European Union‘s constituti >>>


      OBITUARY÷ JON IDÍGORAS, A FOUNDER OF BASQUE PARTY TIED TO ETA
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      MADRID Jon Idígoras, a founder of the Basque separatist party that is considered the political arm of the militant group ETA, died Friday in Bilbao, Spain.

He was 6'. The cause was complications from a respiratory illness, said Juan Petrikorena, a spokesman for the party.

Idígoras be >>>


      POLITICUS÷ A BATTLE MAP IS OFFERED, BUT WILL EUROPE MARCH?
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      BERLIN It‘s already a Europe in transformation when Gerhard Schröder invites (subtext÷ summons) the Dutch prime minister to a crisis meeting here of the European Union‘s six founder nations last weekend, and Jan Peter Balkenende answers, fuggedaboutit.

Hardly a political whiz, Balkenend >>>


      SWISS APPROVE LINKS WITH EU
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      GENEVA Swiss voters have approved plans to join the European Union‘s passport–free zone, a move that shows Switzerland is moving further away from its traditional isolation in the region.

In a referendum, 55 percent of voters agreed Sunday to join the EU‘s Schengen and Dublin accords, which t >>>


      U.K. SUSPENDS VOTE ON EU CONSTITUTION
      International Herald Tribune, 06-06-2005
      LONDON The British prime minister‘s office confirmed on Monday that Britain had put off a referendum on the EU constitution, following its rejection in France and the Netherlands.

At issue on Monday evening was whether other nations would follow suit, potentially casting the British government‘s de >>>


      200 DEAD IN CHINA FLOODING – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Wide areas of southern China were placed on high alert on Sunday for further flooding, as officials said more than 200 people had been killed and over 100,000 homes destroyed by floods in the past week.

Heavy rains were expected to trigger further floods and landslides in the middle and lower reaches of the Y >>>


      2012 OLYMPIC INSPECTION REPORT DUE – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The five cities bidding to win the 2012 Summer Olympics will learn on Monday the verdict of the inspectors sent to scrutinise their bids.

The International Olympic Committee‘s Evaluation Commission will report back to the members of the IOC who will vote for the host city at their session in Singapore o >>>


      ASSAD URGES BAATH ECONOMIC REFORM – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Syrian President Bashar Assad opened a conference of the ruling Baath Party on Monday by urging its members to make reform of the economy and fighting corruption their priorities.

"The economic situation and improving living standards represent a priority for us," Assad told the gathering.

>>>


      ASSAD÷ MEDIA, TECH CRUSHING ARABS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Syrian President Bashar Assad has said the media and technological revolution sweeping the region and the world is helping his country‘s foes to undermine and crush the Arab identity.

Assad told the congress of Syria‘s ruling Baath Party on Monday that a media influx had left Arabs "swamped b >>>


      BELGIUM APOLOGY FOR ‘POTTER‘ JIBE – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Belgium is trying to work its magic to soothe the anger of the Dutch prime minister after the Belgian foreign minister compared him to Harry Potter, the boy wizard of children‘s literature.

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt apologized to Dutch leader Jan Peter Balkenende over the weekend for the re >>>


      CHINA ENVOY ALLEGES SPY NETWORK – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A senior Chinese diplomat on the run in Australia claims China has a network of about 1,000 agents in the country who have been involved in kidnappings of dissidents.

The diplomat, Chen Yonglin, said his work in Australia included monitoring the activities of dissident Chinese groups, including Falun Gong pra >>>


      CHURCH SERVICE GOES TO THE DOGS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      More than 25 furry and feathered animals accompanied their owners to a service dedicated to pets at a British church Sunday.

One dog barked along during the singing of hymns at Park Avenue Methodist Church in Northampton, central England, said church steward Tony Bayes.

But the other dogs, reptiles a >>>


      CLINTON TO CHIRAC÷ DON‘T GIVE UP – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has urged French President Jacques Chirac not to be discouraged by France‘s rejection of the European Union constitution, counseling him to listen to voters‘ concerns and "go back to work." Clinton, on a visit to Paris, said the French "No" vote for of >>>


      CRIMINAL PROBE INTO FATAL TUNNEL FIRE – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      An Alpine tunnel linking France and Italy will remain closed indefinitely as a criminal probe begins into a truck fire that killed two people, French officials said Sunday.

Two Slovenian truck drivers, aged in their early 20s, died in the blaze, The Associated Press quoted French police as saying.

Th >>>


      ETHIOPIA ARRESTS ELECTION PROTESTERS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Police arrested hundreds of students who defied a government ban to protest the results of Ethiopia‘s disputed legislative elections, hours after surrounding and locking down the country‘s largest university on Monday.

Police charged into crowds at Addis Ababa University to grab protesters and bea >>>


      EX–MEXICAN U.N. AMBASSADOR DIES IN CAR WRECK – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Former Mexican ambassador to the United Nations Adolfo Aguilar Zinser died Sunday in a car wreck on a highway in central Mexico, federal highway police said.

Known for his independent streak, Aguilar Zinser was a vocal critic of the United States‘ unilateral actions in Iraq during his tenure as U.N.
>>>


      FRANCE SELLS $4BN MORE OF TELECOM – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      France announced the sale of an extra 6 percent to 8 percent of France Telecom shares in a deal that could yield from 3.5 billion to as much as 4.5 billion euros ($4.3–$5.5bn), the bulk of which will be used to cut state debt.

The government‘s offer of part of France Telecom‘s capital throug >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 15 SOLDIERS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Gunmen ambushed a military patrol in northern Mauritania, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 20 others, a top military official said Sunday.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, but Islamist leaders in Mauritania have strongly opposed President Maaoya Sid‘Ahmed Taya – who has surv >>>


      HEZBOLLAH AND ALLY CLAIM VICTORY – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Hezbollah and its pro–Syrian ally Amal have claimed overwhelming victories in phase two of Lebanon‘s parliamentary elections.

The two parties, Syria‘s most powerful allies in Lebanon, say they have won all 23 seats in the southern areas bordering Israel.

In the predominantly Shiite >>>


      HEZBOLLAH SET TO WIN LEBANON VOTE – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Syria‘s staunchest allies Hezbollah and Amal headed for a clean sweep in south Lebanon‘s polls on Sunday in the first general election since Syrian troops quit their smaller neighbor.

Official results were not expected until Monday but the Amal–Hezbollah list, dubbed the "steamroller&qu >>>


      HUGE UNDERGROUND HIDEOUT UNCOVERED IN IRAQ – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers have uncovered a 503,000–square–foot underground insurgent hideout in central Iraq containing large stores of weapons, ammunition and supplies.

The bunker –– the size of nine American football fields or six soccer pitches –– is the largest fo >>>


      HUNDREDS MOURN BEIRUT JOURNALIST – JUN 4, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Throwing rose petals and waving red, white and green Lebanese flags, hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Beirut Saturday for the funeral procession of an anti–Syrian journalist amid calls for an international investigation into his death.

Samir Kassir, a 45–year–old newspaper columnist >>>


      INTERNATIONAL COURT TO LAUNCH DARFUR INVESTIGATION – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The International Criminal Court will launch a formal investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region, officials familiar with the case said.

The court has been analyzing the situation in Darfur since the United Nations referred to it allegations of rape, murder and plunde >>>


      IRAN EXTENDS NUCLEAR FREEZE – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Iran said it will extend its suspension of uranium enrichment until the end of July to give European negotiators time to prepare a proposal it can accept, but Tehran also warned against wasting the opportunity to strike a deal.

The announcement Sunday followed Iran‘s agreement last month to review a Eur >>>


      KENYA FIRES THOUSANDS FROM GOVERNMENT JOBS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Kenya fired thousands of civil servants on Monday who took part in a strike it deemed illegal, giving the country a chance to trim a bloated government workforce as donors have demanded.

The government last week told civil servants who were striking for a 600 percent pay increase that they would be fired if t >>>


      MORTAR STRIKES KILL 6 IRAQIS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Iraqi and U.S. troops have destroyed a huge underground insurgent hideout, and mortar attacks in two restive Iraqi cities have killed six people, including two children, officials said.

A mortar strike Sunday night in the northern Iraq city of Tal Afar killed five civilians, including two children, Task Force >>>


      NEPAL BUS MINE DISASTER KILLS 35 – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      At least 37 people have been killed and dozens more wounded when a crowded bus detonated a land mine planted by suspected communist rebels in Nepal‘s south, an army official said.

The bus, which was packed with passengers, was ripped apart as it was traveling on a rural highway near the village of Badar >>>


      OFFICIALS÷ U.S., N. KOREA HOLD BACKDOOR TALKS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Two senior administration officials confirmed Monday that the Bush administration has had back–channel discussions with North Korea, with one indicating that Pyongyang had contacted U.S. officials recently regarding stalled nuclear talks.

U.S. officials have said they talked with North Koreans on May 13 >>>


      PARIS, LONDON OLYMPIC BIDS PRAISED – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The International Olympic Committee appears to give Paris and London a slight edge in the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

In a 123–page report, released Monday, the IOC‘s evaluation commission rated presentations by the two cities as "very high quality." Presentations by two other b >>>


      POLICE CLASH WITH PROTESTERS OVER CLERIC‘S MURDER – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Syrian police clashed Sunday with stick–wielding protesters condemning a prominent Kurdish cleric‘s murder, and authorities arrested an activist who spoke at his funeral, witnesses and a human rights group said.

Mohammed Mashouk al–Khaznawi, a 47–year–old Kurdish Islamic scholar, >>>


      POLL÷ BRAZIL‘S GOVERNMENT LOSING SUPPORT – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The approval rating for the Brazilian government has dropped 10 points in the past five months, matching the lowest level since President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took office in 2003, a poll released Sunday showed.

With Brazil‘s economy expanding more slowly than expected, and amid an investigation int >>>


      REPORT÷ SEX KILLER MOVED TO NEW PRISON – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Karla Homolka, whose involvement with her husband in the rape and murder of two teenagers horrified Canadians a decade ago, has been transferred to another Quebec prison after receiving threats and to avoid the media glare, a television station reported Saturday.

French–speaking news channel LCN says sh >>>


      RICE URGES PROMOTING DEMOCRACY IN AMERICAS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
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      SCRAMBLE STARTS FOR LIVE 8 TICKETS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A lottery for tickets to London‘s star–studded Live 8 charity concert has opened, with hundreds of thousands expected to apply for the chance to attend the July 2 event.

Performers expected at the Hyde Park show include Maria Carey, Coldplay, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, REM, Scissor Siste >>>


      SHARK KILLS SOUTH AFRICAN SPEAR FISHERMAN – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A South African spear fisherman has been killed by a shark after a struggle in which he and his partner attempted to fight it off with their spear guns, marine officials said on Monday.

Henri Murray, 22, was the second spear fisherman to be killed by a shark in South African waters in the past 1' months.< >>>


      STRAW EXPECTED TO DITCH EU POLL – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is expected to postpone a referendum on the new European Union, following a rejection by voters in France and the Netherlands.

Straw is due to address the British parliament at 1415 GMT on Monday. Political analysts believe the decision signals the death knell for the char >>>


      SWISS VOTE FOR SAME–SEX RIGHTS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A narrow majority of Swiss voters on Sunday approved joining Europe‘s passport–free zone by 2007, while a larger majority were in favor of granting more rights to same–sex couples, according to final results of a two–issue national referendum.

The vote on rights for same–sex coup >>>


      TOP AL QAEDA SUSPECT GIVEN TO U.S. – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Pakistan has handed over to the United States a senior al Qaeda terrorist suspect believed to have masterminded two assassination attempts against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Abu Farraj al–Libbi, captured last month in Pakistan, is widely regarded as the No. 3 man in al Qaeda.

Pakistani Fo >>>


      U.S. PONDERS NEXT MOVE ON N. KOREA – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The United States plans to decide its next move on North Korea in the next several weeks, which could include referring the matter of Pyongyang‘s nuclear weapons program to the United Nations, a senior defense official said Sunday.

North Korea has not responded to offers made during the last round of si >>>


      UK CLIMBER DIES IN EVEREST ‘TEST‘ – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A British software engineer, who was "road testing" new safety technology for explorers during an ascent of Mount Everest, has died climbing to the summit of the world‘s tallest peak, Britain‘s Foreign Office has said.

Robert Milne, 4', from Edinburgh, was just 366 meters (1,200 feet >>>


      VACCINES MAY BLOCK EBOLA, MARBURG, SCIENTISTS SAY – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Canadian and U.S. scientists have developed vaccines that protect monkeys from the deadly Marburg and Ebola viruses and show promise for humans, a study published in Nature Medicine magazine said Sunday.

It will take five or six years to complete the research to show the experimental vaccines can be safe and >>>


      WAR CRIMES PROBE INTO DARFUR – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The International Criminal Court on Monday formally announced the start of an investigation into alleged war crimes in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region.

Prosecutors said in a statement their inquiries will be "impartial and independent, focusing on the individuals who bear the greatest criminal respo >>>


      YOUNGSTERS RAPED IN CONGO MILITIA RAMPAGE – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Gangs of militia have attacked five villages in southeastern Congo, raping girls as young as 8 years old and forcing more than 1,000 people to flee, a U.N. official said Monday.

Gunmen from the Mayi–Mayi militia attacked the villages in southeastern Katanga province during the past two weeks, burning ho >>>


      ‘DOUBT‘ REIGNS AT TONYS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      "Doubt," John Patrick Shanley‘s drama of suspicion and certainty set in a parochial school in the Bronx, was named best play as the 2005 Tonys celebrated the best of a busy Broadway theater season.

"Happy. Joy. Fleeting," Shanley began his acceptance speech, adding÷ "I wa >>>


      ‘MADAGASCAR‘ ROARS INTO TOP SPOT AT BOX OFFICE – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The cartoon critters of "Madagascar" ended the two–week reign of the final "Star Wars" movie at the North American box office Sunday, while Russell Crowe‘s acclaimed boxing movie "Cinderella Man" opened at a disappointing fourth.

"Madagascar" sold about $28. >>>


      FBI DIVERS TO HELP IN HUNT FOR U.S. TEEN – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Investigators on Monday planned to send an FBI dive team into the Caribbean waters off Aruba, where an 18–year–old Alabama student vanished a week ago at the end of a graduate class trip.

Police on Sunday charged two security guards with crimes related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
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      FEDS SAY HOMELESS LURED TO FLORIDA LABOR CAMP – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Federal agents raided a migrant farm labor camp where homeless men and women were kept in what labor officials called a version of modern–day slavery.

Four people, including the camp‘s owner, Ronald Evans, face federal charges in a case that officials said is likely to grow. Investigators are look >>>


      JACKSON UNDER STRESS, AIDE SAYS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Michael Jackson visited a hospital for about two hours Sunday afternoon for treatment of a recurring back problem and returned to his nearby Neverland Ranch, his spokeswoman said.

A Santa Barbara County jury is scheduled to resume deliberations Monday on Jackson‘s fate in his trial on child molestation >>>


      JESSE JACKSON÷ RESOLUTE MICHAEL IN GREAT PAIN – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      With a jury set to resume deliberations on his fate, pop star Michael Jackson is suffering excruciating physical pain yet remaining resolute and strong in his conviction of his innocence, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday.

Michael Jackson visited a hospital for about two hours Sunday afternoon for treatment >>>


      LOHAN WONDERS WHY TABLOIDS CARE – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Lindsay Lohan wishes paparazzi would keep their distance, especially after police said a photographer intentionally crashed into her car.

"It‘s a frightening experience. There‘s a line that needs to be drawn now," the actress–singer told reporters recently, according to AP Radio.>>>


      MISSING TEEN KNOWN FOR DEPENDABILITY – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Already a world traveler at 18, Natalee Holloway was nothing if not careful and dependable, relatives say. That‘s why friends knew something was wrong the instant she failed to show up for the flight home to Alabama after a senior trip to Aruba.

"Natalee being late is a tipoff," aunt Marcia Tw >>>


      MISSING TEXAS STUDENT FOUND AFTER 7 YEARS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A Texas A&M University student who had been feared murdered after disappearing nearly seven years ago has been found alive and working in Kentucky, according to authorities.

Brandi Stahr went missing in October 1''8, and police spent hours searching for her body in wooded areas. They questioned a >>>


      NEW YORK ‘DELIGHTED‘ BY OLYMPICS REPORT – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Local boosters hoping to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York City remained upbeat Monday about an International Olympic Committee report evaluating host city finalists, even though Paris was given higher praise.

"This really couldn‘t be any better," NYC2012 bid leader Dan Doctoroff said. " >>>


      OLYMPIC STADIUM VOTE GOES TO THE WIRE – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Negotiations on a controversial proposal to build a $2 billion stadium that is part of the city‘s bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics continued on Sunday, with only one day to go before a rescheduled vote on the project.

The Public Authorities Control Board‘s vote on $300 million in state funding >>>


      PERRY SIGNS ABORTION BILL AT CHURCH SCHOOL – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Using an evangelical school gymnasium as a backdrop, Gov. Rick Perry put his signature to legislation restricting abortions and added his backing to a measure barring same–sex marriage.

Perry signed a bill Sunday requiring girls under the age of 18 to get their parents‘ consent before having an ab >>>


      POLICE SAY GRANNY, 80, RAN PROSTITUTION RING – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Police made a surprising discovery when they busted the alleged madam of a prostitution ring called "August Playmates"÷ The woman running the show was an 80–year–old grandmother.

Authorities arrested Vera Tursi last month during a sting operation to crack down on prostitution ring >>>


      PROFESSOR CHARGED WITH STEALING STUDENTS‘ IDS – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      A community college professor has been charged with using his students‘ names and Social Security numbers to obtain department store credit cards.

Bradley Neil Slosberg, 4', of Winter Haven, was arrested Friday on charges of criminal use of personal identification and scheming to defraud, the Polk C >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP LEADER SAYS U.S. HAS SECRET JAILS – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      The chief of Amnesty International USA alleged Sunday that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp is part of a worldwide network of U.S. jails, some of them secret, where prisoners are mistreated and even killed.

William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty‘s Washington–based branch, speaking on " >>>


      RUSSELL CROWE ARRESTED AT NY HOTEL – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Hollywood star Russell Crowe has been arrested in New York and charged with assault for allegedly throwing a telephone that struck a hotel employee in the face, according to police.

Officers said the New Zealand–born actor, currently starring in "Cinderella Man," is expected to appear in Manha >>>


      STORMS KNOCK OUT POWER IN MICHIGAN – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      More than 110,0000 homes and businesses remained without power Monday after severe thunderstorms swept across Michigan, officials said.

Hundreds of power lines remained on the ground overnight, creating a danger in many areas, Consumers Energy Co. spokesman Kevin Keane warned.

As the storms moved thr >>>


      SUPREME COURT ALLOWS PROSECUTION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors‘ orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don‘t protect users from a federal ban on the drug.

The decision is a stinging defeat for marijuana advocates who had successfully pushed 10 >>>


      TWO MEN CHARGED IN ARUBA MISSING STUDENT CASE – JUN 5, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Police in Aruba charged two security guards Sunday with crimes related to the disappearance of an 18–year–old Alabama student.

Aruba chief prosecutor Karen Janssen declined to specify the charges related to the Natalee Holloway missing person case.

Authorities will hold the men for at lea >>>


      UNDER AGE, UNDER THE INFLUENCE – JUN 6, 2005
      CNN, 06-06-2005
      Thirteen years old and in search of a remedy for shyness and a way to bond with friends, Koren Zailckas made alcohol her steady companion.

Drinking heavily on a regular basis, she frequently blacked out. One night, Zailckas had her stomach pumped –– waking up in a hospital bed, but with no idea ho >>>



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