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      FCC DELAYS CUTOFF OF INTERNET PHONE USERS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Federal regulators on Friday extended a disconnection deadline that could have left tens of thousands of people without their Internet phone service.

The Federal Communications Commission said it would delay a Monday deadline for providers of Internet–based phone calls to get ac >>>


      FIRST STEP? ADMIT THERE‘S A PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      SYDNEY –– History repeats itself in strange ways. Consider two statements. "A slogan like ‘stay the course‘ is unacceptable." And÷ "Stay the course is not a policy." The first quotation goes back to October 1'82, when a Republican candidate for governor of New York >>>


      GAY RIGHTS GROUPS URGE DEFEAT OF NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      By Jim VandeHeiWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, August 26, 2005; A02 Leading gay rights groups yesterday dismissed as inconsequential Judge John G. Roberts Jr.‘s pro bono work on a gay rights case in the 1''0s and came out in strong opposition to his nomination to the Supreme Court.

"For >>>


      IN ARTICLE, ROBERTS‘S PEN APPEARED TO DIP SOUTH
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      When John G. Roberts Jr. prepared to ghostwrite an article for President Ronald Reagan a little over two decades ago, his pen took a Civil War reenactment detour.

The article, which was to appear in the scholarly National Forum journal, was called "The Presidency÷ Roles and Responsibilities." >>>


      LATE NIGHT WITH HUGO CHAVEZ
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      I‘m not sure whether Pat Robertson has lost his tenuous grip on reality or is just trying to boost "The 700 Club" in the Nielsens. If it‘s ratings he‘s after, he‘ll probably get them÷ It‘s not every day that you hear a brand–name evangelist call for murdering a forei >>>


      LIBRARY CHALLENGES FBI REQUEST
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, August 26, 2005; A11 A member of the American Library Association has sued the Justice Department to challenge an FBI demand for records, but the USA Patriot Act prohibits the plaintiff from publicly disclosing its identity or other details of the dispute, according to co >>>


      PANEL SPARES SOUTH DAKOTA AIR BASE, SENATOR RELIEVED
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A military panel on Friday voted to keep open South Dakota‘s Ellsworth Air Base, a decision that overturned a Pentagon recommendation and spared the state‘s Republican senator a major political defeat.

The decision to preserve the base for the Cold War–era B&ndash >>>


      PLAYING THE SHIITE CARD
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      America is finally having its great debate over the Iraq war. In that debate, it‘s worth listening to a young Iraqi Shiite cleric named Ammar Hakim.

He speaks for the people who arguably have gained the most from America‘s troubled mission in Iraq and, to a surprising extent, still believe in it.>>>


      REPORT FAULTS DOZENS OF CIA OFFICIALS–NY TIMES
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A long–awaited CIA inspector general‘s report on the agency‘s performance before the September 11, 2001, attacks includes detailed criticism of more than a dozen former and current agency officials, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The highly classified repo >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      Report faults dozens of CIA officials–NY Times WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A long–awaited CIA inspector general‘s report on the agency‘s performance before the September 11, 2001, attacks includes detailed criticism of more than a dozen former and current agency officials, the New York Times re >>>


      ROBERTS TARGETED IN NEW COMMERCIAL
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– An abortion rights group on Friday launched a new television ad criticizing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, two weeks after pulling a heavily criticized commercial that linked him to violent anti–abortion activists.

The new ad "paints a really clear and unambiguous pict >>>


      STANDOFF CONTINUES IN CRAWFORD
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      By Sam CoatesWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, August 26, 2005; A04 WACO, Tex., Aug. 25 –– The standoff between President Bush and antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan escalated Thursday with emotional appeals from both sides, each invoking sacrifices made by Americans after Sept. 11,
2001, to bolster thei >>>


      STEPS IN THE BASE–CLOSING PROCESS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      AM –– The federal panel reviewing the Pentagon‘s proposals to close and shrink bases is making final decisions this week on what to change before sending its report to President Bush. A look at the steps in the first round of base closings in a decade÷ _The commission received the list of bases >>>


      SUIT SEEKS TO BAR FBI LIBRARY DATA ACCESS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      PM WASHINGTON –– The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to block the FBI from obtaining records from an organization possessing information about library patrons.

The civil liberties advocacy group released a government–censored version of the lawsuit Thursday. The case origin >>>


      TENN. OFFICIAL ASKS STAR TO STOP PLUGGING TOBACCO
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers has asked country star Gretchen Wilson to stop plugging smokeless tobacco in her stage act, but it‘s only a suggestion.

When Wilson sings her latest song, "Skoal Ring," she waves a can of smokeless tobacco. The " >>>


      TEXT÷ NINA SHEA‘S MEMO ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      National Security Commission, and Defense Department.  Thursday, August 25, 2005; 2÷27 PM Here are the main problems for religious freedom the US Commission on International Religious Freedom staff and I have identified in the August 22 draft of the Iraq constitution, which is reportedly the draft submitted to t >>>


      THE STAKES AFTER GAZA
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      The world has noted –– though it will not credit, and will soon forget –– those deeply moving scenes of the Israeli evacuation of Gaza÷ the discipline and self–control of the Israeli army; the cohesion of a society torn over policy but determined to follow the dictates of democracy; >>>


      U.S. ASBESTOS FUND COULD FALL SHORT–BUDGET OFFICE
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A $140 billion asbestos compensation fund being considered by Congress might be too small to cover all the claims of asbestos victims over the next 50 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The proposed fund would have to pay out between $120 billion and $150 bi >>>


      U.S. MINT CONFISCATES 10 RARE GOLD COINS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      PHILADELPHIA –– The U.S. Mint seized 10 Double Eagle gold coins from 1'33, among the rarest and most valuable coins in the world, that a jeweler says she turned in to determine their authenticity.

Joan S. Langbord plans a federal court lawsuit to try to recover them, her attorney, Barry H. Berk >>>


      U.S. PANEL VOTES TO SPARE S. DAKOTA AIR BASE
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A review board deciding the fate of U.S. military facilities voted on Friday to keep South Dakota‘s Ellsworth Air Force Base open, giving a major political victory to the state‘s Republican senator.

The decision to save the B–1 bomber base is good news for Sen. Jo >>>


      5 CHINESE DETAINEES GIVEN MORE FREEDOM AT GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      Officials at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have moved five ethnic Uighurs into a less restrictive area of the prison while the United States tries to find a way to free the Chinese separatists in a third country.

The Uighurs are part of a group of 15 who have been held at Guantanamo Bay >>>


      6–NATION NUKE TALKS TO RESTART NEXT WEEK
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korea‘s foreign minister said Friday that international disarmament talks with North Korea would resume next week, but Japan‘s top diplomat said expressed some doubt.

"The talks will reopen next week, although we‘ve not yet fixed the exact date,&qu >>>


      A FLOWER MOST FOUL BLOOMS IN AUSTRALIA
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      MELBOURNE, Australia –– Forget the sweet scent of roses _ Melbourne‘s Royal Botanic Gardens was suffused with an unusual stench on Friday, as the gardens‘ foul–smelling tongue orchid flowered for the second time in 30 years.

With its finger–like red flowers among meter&ndash >>>


      AFGHAN WOMEN FACE CASH HURDLE TO COMPETE IN POLLS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Many Afghan women who would like to contest the September 18 elections cannot do so because they have no money of their own and their husbands control the family purse strings, Kabul‘s women‘s affairs minister said on Friday.

Massouda Jalal, in Sweden for a meeting on wo >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      ORANJESTAD, Aruba –– Aruban officials say two Surinamese brothers have been arrested again on suspicion of rape and murder in the Natalee Holloway case.
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      ARUBA DETAINS BROTHERS IN HOLLOWAY CASE
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      ORANJESTAD, Aruba –– Two Surinamese brothers who had been detained and released in the Natalee Holloway case were arrested again Friday in her disappearance, officials said.

Satish and Deepak Kalpoe were arrested after authorities uncovered "new facts and circumstances," in the investigat >>>


      BOLTON÷ U.S. SETS SIGHTS ON U.N. REFORM
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      UNITED NATIONS –– U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Thursday the United States wants a strong document on U.N. reform that all member states can adopt, but many developing countries oppose Washington‘s proposed changes.

Secretary–General Kofi Annan invited world leaders to U.N. headquart >>>


      BRAZIL‘S SALGADO TURNS HIS CAMERA TO NATURE, TRIBES
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      XINGU INDIAN RESERVATION, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has shown the world the face of poverty, the tragedy of famine and the sweat of hard labor.

Now Mother Nature is attracting the world–renowned master of black–and–white stills.

Salgado is chas >>>


      CHINA, JAPAN SAYS N.KOREA TALKS SET FOR NEXT WEEK
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Japan said on Friday six–party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea‘s nuclear weapons program are still on for next week, but no date has been fixed.

The status of the talks, which also include the two Koreas, Russia and the United States, had been up in the ai >>>


      DEALING WITH THE GOOD AND BAD HUGO CHAVEZ
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      6÷03 PM WASHINGTON –– I am starting to think that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez can have a calming influence on Latin America.

At a time when record oil prices are becoming an ever–increasing burden, the leader of the world‘s fifth–largest oil producer is offering flexib >>>


      EX–REBEL LEADER TAKES OATH IN BURUNDI
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BUJUMBURA, Burundi –– A former Hutu rebel leader took the presidential oath Friday with Burundians looking to him to seal peace after 12 years of civil war and lead the central African nation toward prosperity.

Pierre Nkurunziza was elected by parliament last week following a four–year transi >>>


      FIRE KILLS 17 IN PARIS BUILDING HOUSING IMMIGRANTS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      PARIS (Reuters) – A fire tore through a six–storey Paris apartment block housing African immigrants on Friday, killing 17 people –– about half of them children, French officials said.

They said the blaze broke out in the stairwell of the traditional Parisian apartment building just afte >>>


      HUMANS ARE ONES ON DISPLAY AT LONDON ZOO
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      PM LONDON –– Caged and barely clothed, eight men and women monkeyed around for the crowds Friday in an exhibit labeled "Humans" at the London Zoo.

"Warning÷ Humans in their Natural Environment" read the sign at the entrance to the exhibit, where the captives could be seen >>>


      IN LONDON NEIGHBORHOOD, A FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      By Mary JordanWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, August 26, 2005; A15 LONDON, Aug. 24 –– Albert Siriboe is a black man in his twenties who lives south of the Thames River, which he said means he is likely to be stopped by police at any time for no reason. "The attitude of police is if one black per >>>


      IRAN IN TALKS WITH U.N. NUCLEAR WATCHDOG
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran‘s top nuclear negotiator met the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog on Friday after announcing a plan to head off European Union preparations to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

The EU has held two years of talks with Iran to persuade it to aband >>>


      IRAN SAID NOT WORRIED ABOUT U.N. ACTION
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      VIENNA, Austria –– Iran hopes talks with Europe on easing tensions over Tehran‘s nuclear ambitions are not dead, but it does not fear U.N. Security Council action if it continues activities linked to uranium enrichment, the country‘s top negotiator said Friday.

Ali Larijani also said So >>>


      IRAN SEEKS NUCLEAR TALKS WITH MORE NATIONS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran on Thursday called for more countries to join three European states in talks about its nuclear program, apparently hoping to bring in more sympathetic negotiators. The surprise call was part of Tehran‘s drive to win approval for what it says will be peaceful use of nuclear power.< >>>


      IRAQIS MISS THIRD DEADLINE ON CONSTITUTION
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Fearing constitution talks are deadlocked, Shiite negotiators planned to study new proposals from Sunni and Kurdish delegates after suggesting the draft should go forward to the voters in two months as is.

A Sunni negotiator, meanwhile, pointed the finger at the Kurds, accusing the >>>


      ISRAELIS FAVOR EVACUATING MORE SETTLEMENTS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A majority of Israelis favor removing more Jewish settlements in occupied lands beyond the 25 scrapped this week, a poll published in the country‘s biggest newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth showed on Friday.

It showed 54 percent of those surveyed want to continue Prime Minister Ariel >>>


      LO BUENO Y LO MALO DE CHÁVEZ
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      2005; 6÷03 PM Estoy empezando a creer que el Presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez puede tener un efecto tranquilizador en América Latina.

En un momento en que los precios récord del petróleo se están constituyendo en una carga cada vez más grande, el líder d >>>


      MAN BEHIND BESLAN SIEGE NAMED CHECHEN REBEL NO.2
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      MOSCOW (Reuters) – Shamil Basayev, the man behind Russia‘s Beslan school siege last year, has been appointed deputy leader of Chechnya‘s separatists, the outlawed movement said on Friday in a sign of its growing radicalism.

Basayev, Russia‘s most wanted man who describes himself as &quo >>>


      PARIS FIRE KILLS 17, HALF ARE CHILDREN
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      PARIS –– A blaze raced through a Paris apartment building housing African immigrants early Friday, killing 17 people, at least half of them children, officials said.

The fire also injured about 30 people, most of them from Mali. It was the second blaze since April to take a devastating toll on Afri >>>


      PORTUGAL ARRESTS SCORES OVER FOREST FIRES
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      LISBON (Reuters) – Police in Portugal have arrested 127 people suspected of starting forest fires that have destroyed swathes of land as authorities stepped up efforts to ensure fires do not restart when temperatures rise again.

Police said on Friday they had arrested the 127th person linked to the fires >>>


      RAIN EASES BUT FLOOD WATERS THREATEN SWISS CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BERNE (Reuters) – Residents in the oldest part of Switzerland‘s capital Berne were kept away from their homes on Friday due to fears buildings could be swept away by surging waters after a week of heavy rain and flooding.

The worst of the flooding, which killed more than 40 people across Europe, wa >>>


      REBEL FACTION IN COLOMBIA MASSACRES 14 COCA WORKERS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BOGOTA, Colombia –– Rebels massacred 13 coca harvesters and their cook, the latest victims of a feud among paramilitary gangs fighting to control Colombia‘s lucrative cocaine trade, authorities said Thursday.

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, gunned down Flor Mar >>>


      REVENGE, AN OCTOPUS AND ACCLAIM FOR S.KOREA‘S PARK
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      SEOUL (Reuters) – Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but South Korean director Park Chan–wook put live octopus on the menu of his award–winning movie on getting your own back.

Park won international acclaim, the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004 and industry accolades for his movie "Old >>>


      RUSSIA‘S BESLAN WILL NEVER FORGET ITS TRAGEDY
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) – Little Alyona Tskayeva glances at the picture of her dead mother and sister then looks around for something more interesting.

Her grandmother, Klara Gasinova, puts it back on the shelf, straightening the black ribbon over the photograph –– one of the few reminders s >>>


      SEARCH FOR TERROR SUSPECT ENDS IN HAMBURG
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      BERLIN –– Police in the northern German city of Hamburg said Friday they had called off a large–scale search for three men overheard talking in Arabic at a bus stop about becoming "heroes before Allah." About 1,000 officers were involved in the search, which began late Thursday after a witne >>>


      SURVIVORS ON PERU PLANE RECALL ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      PUCALLPA, Peru –– An eerie silence fell over the people inside a Peruvian airliner when it suddenly lost altitude as if "something was pushing it down by force from above," a doctor aboard the flight recalls. Seconds later, the TANS Airline Boeing 737–200 carrying Ronald Doneyre and '7 o >>>


      THEY ASK FOR THE ROYAL TREATMENT, AND THEY GET IT
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      Don‘t be fooled by the soothing piano music or the semblance of serenity in the lobbies of Washington‘s luxury hotels. Behind the oversize arrangements of flowers and exotic branches, international fiascos are narrowly being averted.

Take June 2004, when six heads of state descended on the Ritz&nda >>>


      UZBEK PARLIAMENT÷ EVICT U.S. TROOPS
      Washington Post, 26-08-2005
      TASHKENT, Uzbekistan –– The Uzbek government won backing from the country‘s upper house on Friday for ordering the United States to withdraw troops from the Central Asian nation.

The '3 Senators present voted unanimously for a resolution supporting the government‘s July 2' order >>>


      ANALYSIS / DO ME A FAVOR
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Sivan Klingbail Judge Varda Alshech‘s decision to approve Supersol‘s NIS 825 million offer for Clubmarket leaves Antitrust Commissioner Dror Strum in a difficult position÷ His ruling will determine whether Clubmarket – Israel‘s third largest supermarket chain, with 115 stores, hundreds >>>


      BEN CHELOUCHE PREPARING TO LEAVE, STILL HARD AT WORK
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Shlomy Golovinski The Finance Ministry‘s supervisor of the capital markets, insurance and savings, Eyal Ben Chelouche, is clearing out his desk in advance of his departure next week, following a successful three–and–a–half–year tenure.

Ben Chelouche will then embark on a mandat >>>


      COMMENTARY / WOULD A MARTIAN BUY THESE BONDS?
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Eytan Avriel Small country surrounded by enemies. Disengagement. Fears of a surge in terrorism. Elections. A new finance minister. Political uncertainty. Economically dependent on global trade, imported oil, hi–tech and foreign aid.

A visitor from Mars would assume Israel to be a highly unstable, high >>>


      DELEK÷ MATAV ISN‘T FOR SALE
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Hadar Horesh The Delek Group is not holding negotiations to sell its 40 percent stake in Matav Cable Systems, the holding company‘s chief executive, Asi Bartfeld, said yesterday.

Nor does it have any intention of selling its holding in Matav, which Delek Group bought for strategic purposes, Bartfeld s >>>


      ISRAEL CHEMICALS NETS $101 MILLION IN Q2
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Yoram Gavison Israel Chemicals stock has simply divorced itself from the TA–25 index in the last year.

Today, ICL is worth NIS 22.5 billion, making it the second biggest company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, second only to Teva Pharmaceuticals and ahead of the big banks, Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi >>>


      M–SYSTEMS INVESTS $100 MILLION IN KOREAN CHIPMAKING PLANT
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Omri Cohen Israel–based M–Systems will be investing about $100 million in buying equipment to manufacture semiconductors under an agreement with South Korea‘s Hynix Semiconductors, the Israeli company announced yesterday.

The equipment will be used at Hynix‘s manufacturing plant in r >>>


      MARKET REPORT / SEESAW DAY ENDS DOWN A TAD
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Omer Sharvis The TASE seesawed back and forth yesterday with leading indexes opening the day with a positive and calm options expiry that reversed into a decline, and then later climbed back up only to fall back later in the day.

The Maof–25 blue chip index finally closed down 0.3 percent to 701 point >>>


      SEARCH ON FOR NEW TRUSTBUSTER
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Ora Coren The search committee looking for a new antitrust commissioner published a tender for the job yesterday, rather belatedly. The current officeholder, Dror Strum, had been slated to complete his term of office early this month, but he acceded to a request from committee chair Ra‘anan Dinor to stay until >>>


      STRUM TAKES ISSUE WITH JUDGE‘S CRITICISM
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Sivan Klingbail and Anat Roeh Antitrust Commissioner Dror Strum responded angrily to Judge Varda Alshech‘s criticism of him during her hearing on Supersol‘s bid for Clubmarket yesterday morning.

"It‘s very popular to be concerned about competition until one has to pay a price for it,& >>>


      TELAD PREPARES FOR LIFE AFTER CHANNEL 2
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Boaz Greilsammer Telad‘s studio in Jerusalem will not be sold after the company‘s Channel 2 television franchise expires in November, the company‘s board of directors decided this week. Instead, it will continue to serve the company‘s subsidiary, Telad Arutzei Shidur.

Telad‘s o >>>


      THE BOTTOM LINE / STARTING ON THE WRONG FOOT
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Nehemia Strasler As things stand today, the government seems unnecessary. Who needs 22 ministers and 12 deputy ministers when a single minister can fill so many different roles÷ vice prime minister, minister of industry, trade and labor, finance minister, and also de facto foreign minister? The fact is that E >>>


      THE LESSER EVIL‘÷ JUDGE APPROVES SALE OF BANKRUPT CLUBMARKET TO SUPERSOL
      Haaretz, 26-08-2005
      By Sivan Klingbail Tel Aviv District Court Judge Varda Alshech yesterday approved the sale of bankrupt supermarket chain Clubmarket to rival Supersol, calling the possibly anticompetitive merger "the lesser evil." She called on Antitrust Commissioner Dror Strum not to veto the merger.

"It is a c >>>


      AMNESTY REFUSES INVOLVEMENT IN UK DEPORTATIONS
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      James Sturcke Friday August 26, 2005 Amnesty International said today it would refuse to work with the government to monitor the treatment of foreign nationals deported from Britain under toughened anti–terrorist measures.

The human rights group said it would not prioritise the human rights of individual >>>


      BLUNKETT WARNS CHANNEL 4 OVER QUINN DRAMA
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Jason Deans at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival Friday August 26, 2005 Lawyers acting for David Blunkett have written to Channel 4 warning the broadcaster that he may go to court to prevent it from showing a TV drama about the former home secretary‘s affair with Kimberly Quinn.

Mr Bl >>>


      CHINA AND EU HOLD ‘BRA WARS‘ TALKS
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Mark Tran Friday August 26, 2005 Boxes of blockaded clothing items from China in a warehouse in Antwerp, Belgium. Photograph÷ Virginia Mayo/AP

Chinese and European officials today held a second round of talks to change a textiles agreement that has led to millions of trousers and bras barred from enteri >>>


      COOK‘S ELECTION AGENT TO STAND FOR LABOUR
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Friday August 26, 2005 Jim Devine at Robin Cook‘s funeral service. Photograph÷ Andrew Milligan/PA

Labour has selected Robin Cook‘s long–serving election agent, Jim Devine, to fight in the Livingston byelection caused by the untimely death of the >>>


      CRITICS RAISE ALARM OVER ‘EXCLUSIVE‘ NEW TERROR LAWS
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Friday August 26, 2005 A cross–party coalition today warned the government that its forthcoming anti–terrorism legislation risks criminalising or excluding people who have already condemned terrorist attacks.

A joint statement, arguing for a "broad cons >>>


      DAVIS PLAYS DOWN THREAT FROM CLARKE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Friday August 26, 2005 Davis, the frontrunner in the leadership race. Photograph÷ Jane Mingay/PA

The frontrunner for the Conservative leadership, David Davis, today rejected suggestions that his rival Kenneth Clarke had become a "more dangerous" opponen >>>


      FOUNDER OF SDLP LORD FITT DIES AT 7'
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Press Association Friday August 26, 2005 Lord Fitt, the first leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party and a fierce critic of the IRA, has died aged 7'.

The peer, who served as the MP for West Belfast for 17 years, had been cared for by his daughters in England after a long illness. He had been in >>>


      GERARD FITT
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      First leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party and leading light in the 1'60s civil rights movement in Northern Ireland Anne McHardy Friday August 26, 2005 The indelible memory of one of Northern Ireland‘s best–known politicians, Gerry Fitt – Baron Fitt of Bell‘s Hill in the County o >>>


      LONG–DISTANCE COUNCILLOR REFUSES TO QUIT
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Hlne Mulholland Friday August 26, 2005 A London Tory councillor who is still claiming his annual allowance of nearly 10,000 despite moving 200 miles has no plans to give up his seat, it has emerged.

Bromley Conservative councillor Chris Wordingham is still drawing his monthly allowance, worth ',470 a year, >>>


      PARLIAMENT‘S PICNICKERS TAKE ON PROTEST BAN
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Friday August 26, 2005 Free speech activists are hoping to circumvent the government‘s restrictions on protests around Westminster with a weekly tea party on Parliament Square.

Several demonstrators have already been arrested since a new law came in at the start o >>>


      TORIES WIN BYELECTION BY SINGLE VOTE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Press Association Friday August 26, 2005 The Conservatives snatched a one–vote gain from the Liberal Democrats in this week‘s council byelections.

Candidate James Elford triumphed by a single vote at Lyneham, North Wiltshire District.

However the swing, based on the average party votes in >>>


      12–YEAR–OLD TELLS OF ESCAPE FROM SHARK
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 4÷01 PM By PAM EASTON Associated Press Writer GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – A 12–year–old boy who nearly lost his foot to a shark sat in a wheelchair at a hospital Friday and recalled how he hit the animal‘s nose and lifted it into the air to get its clenched teeth from h >>>


      5 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MUSHARRAF PLOT
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 1÷16 PM By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – A Pakistani military court on Friday sentenced five men to death for their roles in a 2003 suicide plot to kill President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, an army spokesman said.

The men, one of them a soldier, >>>


      A LOOK AT THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE KATRINA
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 3÷16 PM A look at the impact of Hurricane Katrina on southeast Florida÷

– Four people were killed, including three by falling trees. – More than 1.3 million customers lost power. – Sustained winds reached 80 mph; wind gusts were recorded as high as '2 >>>


      ARUBA COPS ARREST TWO BROTHERS AGAIN
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 3÷31 PM ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – Police have arrested two Surinamese brothers who had been previously detained and released in the disappearance of U.S.

teenager Natalee Holloway, an Aruban government official said Friday. Satish, 18, and Deepak Kalpoe, 21, were arrested alo >>>


      ARUBA DETAINS BROTHERS IN HOLLOWAY CASE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 4÷46 PM ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – Police have arrested two Surinamese brothers who had been previously detained and released in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, a government official said Friday.

Satish and Deepak Kalpoe were arrested along with a third person, accordin >>>


      BASE–CLOSING PANEL TO DECIDE ON AIR FORCE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 1÷16 PM AP Photo WAJF103 By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Only some of the most contentious proposals – all from the Air Force – are left for the federal base–closing commission to accept or reject as it completes work on the Pentagon‘s >>>


      BLACK MADONNA GETS NEW COVERING IN POLAND
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 6÷31 PM AP Photo WAR150 By ELA KASPRZYCKA Associated Press Writer WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics gathered at Poland‘s holiest shrine Friday to pray as the revered Black Madonna of Czestochowa icon was given a new covering, including gold crowns donat >>>


      BLASTS SUSPECT APPEALS EXTRADITION RULING
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 1÷16 PM By ALESSANDRA RIZZO Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) – A suspect in the failed July 21 London bombings who was arrested in Rome appealed an Italian court‘s extradition ruling Friday, saying he feared that heightened tension‘‘ in Britain might affe >>>


      BOLTON÷ U.S. SETS SIGHTS ON U.N. REFORM
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 12÷01 PM By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Thursday the United States wants a strong document on U.N. reform that all member states can adopt, but many developing countries oppose Washington‘s proposed changes.
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      BUSH CALLS IRAQ TO URGE COMPROMISE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 4÷01 PM AP Photo TXDL103 By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) – President Bush made a call to a Shiite leader in Iraq to spur work on a new constitution but the administration doesn‘t plan to comment publicly on each detail of the negotiations, a White >>>


      CHANGES RECOMMENDED BY BASE CLOSING PANEL
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 3÷01 PM By The Associated Press A look at a federal commission‘s decisions on the list of major bases the Pentagon wants to close. The Pentagon defines major‘‘ as facilities whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater.

CLOSE (as Pentagon rec >>>


      CIA PANEL÷ '/11 FAILURE WARRANTS ACTION
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 7÷46 AM By KATHERINE SHRADER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – CIA Director Porter Goss must decide whether to heed the recommendation of his top watchdog to hold disciplinary reviews for current and former officials who were involved in faulty intelligence efforts before the >>>


      CINDY SHEEHAN PLANNING ANTI–WAR BUS TOUR
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 12÷31 PM AP Photo TXLM103 By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press Writer CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) – A fallen soldier‘s mother said Thursday that the anti–war vigil she started nearly three weeks ago near President Bush‘s ranch won‘t end when she and other protesters p >>>


      COMMISSION VOTES TO KEEP S.D. BASE OPEN
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 5÷16 PM AP Photo VAMC101 By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The base closing commission voted Friday to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota – rejecting the Pentagon‘s plan to close it – as the panel labored toward conclusion of a >>>


      CONCESSIONS URGED ON IRAQ CONSTITUTION
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 1÷01 PM AP Photo LON111 By QASSIM ABDUL–ZAHRA Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – President Bush has urged Shiites to make concessions to Sunni Arabs on two key points – federalism and Saddam Hussein‘s Baath Party – to win their support for Iraq&lsquo >>>


      EGYPT POLICE WITHDRAW FROM MOUNTAIN RANGE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 4÷31 PM AP Photo XAN102 By NADIA ABOU EL–MAGD Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Egyptian police have withdrawn from a Sinai mountain range where a land mine killed two senior officers during a search for Islamic militants believed involved in a series of resort bombin >>>


      FLOODED RIVER POURS INTO MEXICAN CITY
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 12÷01 PM MEXICO CITY (AP) – A rain–swollen river overflowed its banks and flooded a town in central Mexico Thursday, leaving five people dead and five others missing, officials said.

Mexican troops joined police and civil defense workers in the rescue effort in Aguilil >>>


      FORMER REBEL LEADER TAKES OATH IN BURUNDI
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 6÷16 PM AP Photo NAI102 By ALOYS NIYOYITA Associated Press Writer BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) – A former Hutu rebel leader took the presidential oath Friday with Burundians looking to him to seal peace after 12 years of civil war and lead the central African nation toward prosperity.
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      FOUR DEAD AS KATRINA PLOWS THROUGH FLORIDA
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 11÷31 AM AP Photo FLJC117 By JILL BARTON Associated Press Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Hurricane Katrina flooded streets, darkened homes and felled trees with wind gusts reaching '2 mph as it plowed through South Florida and emerged over the Gulf of Mexico early Friday. Fo >>>


      HURRICANE KATRINA LEAVES 4 DEAD IN FLA.
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 3÷01 PM AP Photo FLJC117 By JILL BARTON Associated Press Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Flooded streets resembled canals, sailboats sat on the sand and a highway overpass lay in ruin Friday in the hours after Hurricane Katrina plodded across South Florida.

Four people w >>>


      ILL. STUDENT NEWSPAPER SAYS IT WAS DUPED
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 7÷01 PM CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – The student newspaper at Southern Illinois University was taken in by an elaborate hoax in which a child, tricked into thinking she was playing a movie role, posed as the daughter of a man serving in Iraq, the publication said Friday.

The tale >>>


      IRAN NUKE NEGOTIATOR, IAEA CHIEF TO MEET
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 12÷01 PM AP Photo VAH10' By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Iran is stepping up efforts to win approval for what it says will be peaceful use of nuclear power as its top negotiator focuses on a resumption of uranium conversion with the head of the U.N.< >>>


      IRANIAN NUKE NEGOTIATOR TO MEET WITH IAEA
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 8÷46 AM By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Iran is stepping up efforts to win approval for what it says will be peaceful use of nuclear power as its top negotiator focuses on a resumption of uranium conversion with the head of the U.N.

atomic monit >>>


      IRAQIS MISS THIRD DEADLINE ON CONSTITUTION
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 11÷31 AM AP Photo BAG104 By SLOBODAN LEKIC Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Fearing constitution talks are deadlocked, Shiite negotiators planned to study new proposals from Sunni and Kurdish delegates after suggesting the draft should go forward to the voters in two mont >>>


      ISRAEL, VATICAN MEND FENCES AFTER DISPUTE
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 6÷31 PM AP Photo XVAT102 By ARIEL DAVID Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) – A dispute between Israel and the Vatican over Pope Benedict XVI‘s comments on terrorism appears to have been resolved, after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sent a letter calling the pontiff &# >>>


      JORDAN‘S CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY ON HOLD
      Guardian, 26-08-2005
      Friday August 26, 2005 8÷31 AM AP Photo AMM101 By JAMAL HALABY Associated Press Writer AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordan‘s reform–minded, U.S.–educated monarch, King Abdullah II, follows two separate lines when discussing the idea of surrendering some powers and moving his kingdom toward a Euro >>>



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