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      BRAND IM BERLINER FRIEDRICHSTADTPALAST
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Großalarm für die Berliner Feuerwehr: Seit 6 Uhr brennt es im Erdgeschoss des Friedrichstadtpalastes in Berlin–Mitte. Sechs Staffeln der Feurwehr sind vor Ort. Näheres ist noch nicht bekannt.
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      BRAND IM QUATSCH COMEDY CLUB AM BERLINER FRIEDRICHSTADTPALAST
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Ein Brand im Quatsch Comedy Club im Gebäude des Friedrichstadtpalastes in Berlin hat am frühen Morgen einen Großalarm ausgelöst. Seit 6.00 Uhr quollen dichte Rauchwolken aus den Räumen des Clubs, teilte die Feuerwehr mit. Im Einsatz waren sechs Staffeln der Feuerwehr und z >>>


      BRASILIEN FORDERT BEDINGUNGSLOSEN ABBAU VON AGRARSUBVENTIONEN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Hongkong (dpa) – Brasiliens Außenminister Celso Amorim hat die Industrieländer aufgefordert, ihre Agrarsubventionen bedingungslos abzubauen. Die reichen Länder könnten dafür keine Bezahlung erwarten, sagte er bei der Tagung Welthandelsorganisation WTO in Hongkong. Der Brasilianer ist ein >>>


      BUNDESREGIERUNG WILL IM FALL EL MASRI LICHT INS DUNKEL BRINGEN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Im Fall Khaled El Masri will die Bundesregierung nach langer Zurückhaltung heute Rede und Antwort stehen. Dabei geht es um die Rolle Deutschlands bei der angeblichen Verschleppung des Deutsch–Libanesen durch den CIA nach Afghanistan. Außenminister Frank–Walter Steinmeier wird >>>


      EU–INSTITUTIONEN BEREITEN KRISENGIPFEL VOR
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Brüssel (dpa) – Einen Tag vor dem EU–Krisengipfel bereiten die wichtigsten Institutionen der Europäischen Union heute das Treffen vor.

Im Europaparlament in Straßburg wollen die Abgeordneten über die umstrittene Finanzplanung für die Jahre 2007 bis 2013 reden. EU– Ko >>>


      GROßFEUER BEI LONDON ENDGÜLTIG GELÖSCHT
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht London (dpa) – Fast 60 Stunden nach dem Ausbruch des verheerenden Großbrandes in einem Treibstofflager bei London haben Feuerwehrleute die Flammen in den Öl–, Benzin– und Kerosin–Tanks gelöscht.

Wie Feuerwehr–Chef Roy Wilsher am Dienstagabend mitt >>>


      KEINE EHE–ANFECHTUNG WEGEN «SEXUELLER VERWEIGERUNG»
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Zweibrücken (dpa) – Eine Ehe kann nicht ohne weiteres wegen «sexueller Verweigerung» des Partners angefochten werden. Das berichtet die Zeitschrift «OLG–Report» unter Berufung auf einen Beschluss des Pfälzischen Oberlandesgerichts Zweibrücken. Zwar sei eine Anfechtung der Ehe wegen arglistige >>>


      KEINE GNADE FÜR FRÜHEREN BANDENCHEF TOOKIE WILLIAMS
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      San Francisco (dpa) – Trotz internationaler Proteste ist der wegen Mordes verurteilte frühere Bandenchef Stanley Tookie Williams hingerichtet worden. Der 51–Jährige starb im San–Quentin–Gefängnis bei San Francisco durch eine Giftspritze. Seine letzte Hoffnung auf Verschonung hatte >>>


      MARBURGER BUND WILL ÄRZTESTREIK NACHHOLEN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Berlin/Köln (dpa) – Nach dem überraschend abgesagten Streik wollen die 65 000 Ärzte an städtischen Krankenhäusern nun im Januar um bessere Vergütungen und Arbeitszeiten kämpfen. Das kündigte der Klinikärzteverband Marburger Bund (MB) am Dienstag an.>>>


      OSTHOFF–FAMILIE WILL SIGNAL FÜR FREILASSUNG SETZEN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Berlin (dpa) – Mit einem bundesweiten Aufruf will die Familie von Susanne Osthoff ein Signal für die Freilassung der im Irak entführten 43 Jahre alten Deutschen setzen. Die Schwester der Entführten, Anja Osthoff, rief am Dienstag zu einer möglichst großen Teilnahme an e >>>


      REGIERUNG WILL ÜBER FALL EL MASRI INFORMIEREN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Die Bundesregierung will heute im Fall El Masri Licht ins Dunkel bringen. Dabei geht es um die Rolle Deutschlands bei der angeblichen Verschleppung des Deutsch–Libanesen durch den US– Geheimdienst CIA nach Afghanistan. Außenminister Frank–Walter Steinmeier wird nach der Kabi >>>


      SCHRÖDER IM KREUZFEUER DER KRITIK
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Berlin (dpa) – Altkanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) sieht sich wegen seines Einstiegs bei der Betreibergesellschaft für die Ostsee–Gaspipeline dem Verdacht von Korruption und Vetternwirtschaft ausgesetzt. Auch aus der SPD wird heftiger Unmut laut. Schröder will sich nur wenige >>>


      SENAT IN ROM VERABSCHIEDET UMSTRITTENE WAHLRECHTSÄNDERUNG
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Rom (dpa) – Der italienische Senat berät heute über eine umstrittene Wahlrechtsänderung. Die Regierung von Ministerpräsident Silvio Berlusconi will trotz massiver Proteste nur wenige Monate vor den Parlamentswahlen im April das Mehrheitswahlrecht abschaffen und die Verhältniswahl wieder e >>>


      STEUEREINNAHMEN IM NOVEMBER GESUNKEN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Die Steuereinnahmen sind laut «Handelsblatt» im November um 1,1 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat gesunken. Das will die Zeitung aus dem Bundesfinanzministerium erfahren haben. Offiziell werden die Daten nächste Woche veröffentlicht. Steuerschätzerkreise betonten danach, trot >>>


      STICHWORT: WELTHANDELSORGANISATION
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Hamburg (dpa) – Die Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) legt seit 1''5 verbindliche Regeln für den weltweiten Handel mit Waren und Dienstleistungen fest und schlichtet Streit über deren Anwendung.

Hauptziel der UN–Sonderorganisation mit Sitz in Genf ist der freie Hande >>>


      STREIT UM UMGANG MIT SCHRÖDER
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Berlin (dpa) – In der schwarz–roten Koalition gibt es wegen des Einstiegs von Ex–Kanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) beim Betreiber der Ostsee–Pipeline erste offene Spannungen. Führende Sozialdemokraten verwahrten sich in scharfer Form gegen neue Attacken aus dem Unionslag >>>


      TAUSENDE DEMONSTRIEREN ZUM GIPFELAUFTAKT
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Hongkong (dpa) – Begleitet von Ausschreitungen gewalttätiger Demonstranten hat der WTO–Gipfel am Dienstag in Hongkong begonnen.

Minister aus den 14' Mitgliedstaaten der Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) verhandeln bis zum Sonntag über den Abbau milliardenschwerer Zö >>>


      TELEFONÜBERWACHUNG WIRD BIS MITTE 2007 NEU GEREGELT
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Das Abhören von Telefonen soll bis Mitte 2007 gesetzlich neu geregelt werden. Darauf haben sich Union und SPD geeinigt. «Wir wollen eine einheitliche Regelung, die für alle gilt und die den Vorgaben des Bundesverfassungsgerichts entspricht», sagte der rechtspolitische Sprecher der SPD&nda >>>


      TÜRKISCHE GEMEINDE HÄLT MAHNWACHE FÜR OSTHOFF AB
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Berlin (dpa) – Die Türkische Gemeinde in Deutschland hält heute am Brandenburger Tor in Berlin eine Mahnwache für die im Irak entführte Susanne Osthoff ab. Man müsse ein Zeichen der Solidarität setzen, erklärte der Vorsitzende Kenan Kolat. Die Schwester der entführten Arch& >>>


      USA FORDERN NEUEN WTO–GIPFEL 2006
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Hongkong (dpa) – Die USA fordern ein weiteres WTO–Gipfeltreffen Anfang 2006, um die laufende Doha–Entwicklungsrunde abschließen zu können. Der WTO–Gipfel in Hongkong müsse sich auf ein Datum für das Nachfolgetreffen einigen, sagte der US–Handelsbeauftragte Rob Portman >>>


      VERMIETER DARF SÄUMIGEM MIETER NICHT DAS WASSER ABSTELLEN
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Saarbrücken (dpa) – Ein Vermieter darf einem säumigen Mieter nicht ohne weiteres den Wasserhahn abdrehen. Das berichtet die Zeitschrift «OLG–Report» mit Bezug auf einen Beschluss des Saarländischen Oberlandesgerichts Saarbrücken. Für eine eigenmächtige Handlung dieser Art fehle >>>


      VERZÖGERUNG BEI KONJUNKTURPAKET
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Berlin (dpa) – Nach Differenzen im schwarz–roten Kabinett verzögern sich die Gesetze für das 2006 geplante Konjunkturpaket sowie für das Stopfen weiterer Steuerschlupflöcher. Die beteiligten Ressorts Finanzen, Wirtschaft und Familien haben sich noch nicht auf den Umfang >>>


      WIE VIEL FREIHEIT VERTRÄGT DER WELTHANDEL?
      Die Welt, 14-12-2005
      Großansicht Hongkong (dpa) – Begleitet von Ausschreitungen gewalttätiger Demonstranten hat der WTO–Gipfel in Hongkong begonnen. Minister aus den 14' Mitgliedstaaten der Welthandelsorganisation WTO verhandeln bis zum Sonntag über den Abbau milliardenschwerer Zölle und Subventionen. M >>>


      ‘TORTURE FLIGHT‘ INQUIRY RULED OUT
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has ruled out a judicial inquiry into claims the US has used UK airports to fly terror suspects abroad for torture.

He repeated assurances that an internal investigation had found no record of any requests for "extraordinary rendition" flights to pass through >>>


      BATTLELINES DRAWN ON EDUCATION PLAN
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? The battlelines in the row over the Government‘s education policy are being laid laid down by Labour MPs convinced they will mean a return to selection.

Former Education Secretary Estelle Morris is among a line–up of ex–ministers unveiling alternative plans in a bid to resolve th >>>


      BLAIR: I DON‘T WANT SEAT IN LORDS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Tony Blair has revealed that he would not be taking a seat in the Lords when he stepped down as Prime Minister.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror he said that his historic third term in Downing Street would be the end of his career in frontline politics.

He told the newspaper that the >>>


      BOSSES URGED TO TEACH BASIC SKILLS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Employers need to invest more time and money on teaching staff basic skills such as maths and English to cut the nation‘s skill shortages, according to a report.

The National Audit Office (NAO), which scrutinises public spending, said more employers need to be persuaded of the value of lower >>>


      BREAST CANCER GENE TESTS BACKLOG
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Women who suspect they might carry a gene putting them at a higher risk of breast cancer are waiting up to two years for the results of genetic testing, campaigners have said.

The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are linked to women being more likely to develop breast cancer, with testing available to those >>>


      CAROL SHAPES UP AT 45
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Carol Vorderman: She says she still feels bigger than she should For a woman of almost 45 who claims not to have exercised for a year, Carol Vorderman looks in pretty good shape.

She was happy to pose for this picture lying on a red chaise longue in a black swimsuit.

But she still admits >>>


      CLARKE RULES OUT JULY 7 INQUIRY
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? There will be no public inquiry into the July 7 terrorist atrocities in London, the Home Office has confirmed.

A spokesperson said: "The Government is not proposing to hold a public inquiry into the events of July 7." Home Secretary Charles Clarke was instead looking at what evidence cou >>>


      DONOR FOUND FOR BABY LENNOX
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Baby Lennox: Fighting for life A donor has been found for a five–month–old boy who will die unless he has a liver transplant.

Lennox Nicholson is undergoing the life–saving surgery after his parents made a desperate appeal for a donor in today‘s Daily Mail.

The tra >>>


      DRIVER ‘TAKES BLAME‘ FOR OIL BLAST
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Investigators are looking into claims by a tanker driver that he triggered the Buncefield oil blast by flicking his engine cut–out switch while there was a vapour leak from the plant.

The man‘s friend told The Sun: "There was some sort of vapour leakage, like a dense mist. It was >>>


      FERGIE: UNITED WE STAND
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a passionate plea for Manchester United to stick together and defend themselves against the barrage of criticism being heaped on Old Trafford.

Ferguson has taken the brunt of the abuse himself, with many pundits suggesting it is time the Scot‘s 1'–yea >>>


      INDIA CLOSE IN ON VICTORY
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? India are within touching distance of winning the second Test against Sri Lanka after claiming four late wickets on the penultimate day‘s play in Delhi.

Sri Lanka were always up against it after being set an unrealistic 436 runs to win but a second–wicket stand of 7' between experi >>>


      MONTGOMERY BANNED FOR TWO YEARS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Former 100 metres world record–holder Tim Montgomery and three–time world sprint relay champion Chryste Gaines have been banned for two years after being found guilty of doping offences by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The CAS announced their decisions on the pair, who had been c >>>


      PIETERSEN TO FLY HOME
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? England batsman Kevin Pietersen is to fly home from the one–day series in Pakistan after struggling to overcome a rib problem.

The Hampshire player visibly struggled in the second match of the series on Monday, having earlier aggravated a previous injury, and he left the field before the end >>>


      PM BIDS TO BREAK EU BUDGET DEADLOCK
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Britain is set to unveil its latest bid to break the deadlock in negotiations over the EU budget, ahead of a crunch summit.

Prime Minister Tony Blair faces a tough task to broker a deal on 2007–13 spending from Brussels by the end of the UK‘s six–month EU presidency.

He >>>


      PUPILS ‘FAILED‘ ON CORE SKILLS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Secondary schools are not doing enough to help pupils with literacy and numeracy problems, inspectors have said.

Ofsted has also found that a third of maths and English lessons at primary schools are only "satisfactory".

The conclusions emerged in two reports published by the in >>>


      SALLY KILLER MAY HAVE TAKEN PHOTOS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? The killer of model Sally Anne Bowman may have used her mobile phone to take pictures of the murder scene, police said.

The revelation came after a television reconstruction of the teenager‘s final moments shown on the BBC‘s Crimewatch programme.

Sally Anne, 18, was bitten, st >>>


      SURGERY PATIENTS FORCED TO PAY FOR PAINKILLERS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? Day surgery: Patients forced to pay for painkillers The practice of making day surgery patients pay for pain–killing drugs has been condemned as ‘scandalous‘ by doctors.

The British Association of Day Surgery (BADS) said more and more hospital units are being forced to charge pat >>>


      US APARTMENT BLOCK COLLAPSES AFTER BLAZE EXPLOSIONS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2005
      What is RSS? An apartment building in New Jersey partially collapsed today after a suspected gas explosion, and hospital officials said at least five people were injured.

An official at the Bergenfield Fire Department said at least six fire trucks from that department were on the scene and firefighters had als >>>


      A SOBER START FOR SAN DIEGO MAYOR
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor SAN DIEGO Former police chief Jerry Sanders gained a reputation as an organizational savior after helping the local United Way and Red Cross recover from scandals.

Now, Mr. Sanders has become the new mayor of this beleaguered city of 1.3 million, and his Mr. Fix& >>>


      ALLAN HUBBARD
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By David T. Cook Allan Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, was Tuesday‘s breakfast guest.

Hubbard‘s clout in administration circles comes, in part, from a long friendship with the president. Hubbard has both a law degree and an MBA >>>


      AN 11TH–HOUR DRIVE TO AMEND PATRIOT ACT
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON An unusual coalition of lawmakers and activists opposed to parts of the USA Patriot Act is mounting a last push to persuade Congress to take more time before voting to extend some of the law‘s most controversial provisions.

At issue is whether Con >>>


      ASIAN NATIONS SEEK TO CHART NEW DIRECTIONS – WITHOUT US
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor BEIJING An unusual attempt to hammer out a "shared vision for Asia" begins Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting, which brings together 16 Pacific nations and was essentially sponsored by China, does not include the United States.

Washington was not inv >>>


      AT WAR, WITH JUST A PEN AND BRUSH
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor From the beginning of the Iraq war, Americans have been inundated with news, photos, and video footage of the conflict. They show a country under siege, a dangerous and inhospitable place. But one artist, New York painter Steve Mumford, wasn‘t convinced that chaos w >>>


      BACKSTORY: BELFAST MURALS REFLECT A CHANGE OF ART
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND On a pale wintry morning in working–class East Belfast, hooded men with guns seem to follow me. These ghosts from a long–gone conflict lurk on the walls, peering through the slits of their balaclavas at kids skipping to school and a w >>>


      BRITISH ANTITERROR OPERATIONS ‘UP 75 PERCENT‘ SINCE BOMBINGS
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
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      BUSH‘S NEW KEYWORD: ‘ADJUST‘
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON Under the klieg lights of a prime–time press conference, George W. Bush once famously could not recall any mistakes he had made as president. To his critics, the April 2004 moment cemented the notion that he is unreflective about his policies, an immovable >>>


      CHINA‘S GREAT BALANCING ACT AS IT GAINS WORLD PROMINENCE
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      The best gift to share: a story Letters to the Editor

What is this? Most–viewed stories: (for 12/12/05)
12/13/05 Supreme Court to weigh Texas redistricting 12/12/05 Iran‘s leader drawing fire 12/12/05 Backstory: Paris is buzzing 12/05/05 Drone said to have killed Al Qaeda‘s No. 3
11/ >>>


      CITIES ADOPT CHEAPER, SIMPLER RECYCLING
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Say goodbye to those little recycle bins. No more banging around in the garage tying up cardboard or separating paper from cans and bottles. In the 21st century, all recyclables go into one big fat tub.

At least that‘s the way a growing number of US cities a >>>


      COOL MUSEUMS, AND NOT JUST FOR KIDS
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By Steven Ellis Children‘s museums are great places for hands–on learning geared to kids.

But don‘t be surprised to find many things at these museums that interest parents and grandparents, too. Most children‘s museums offer a wide range of fun for people of all ages.

MR. POTAT >>>


      HONK IF YOU LOVE RIDING BICYCLES
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By Elizabeth Mata There‘s nothing like living in another country to hone your ability to adapt. Since I‘ve been in Spain, I can say with certainty that my tastes, inclinations, and habits have shifted – some with greater ease than others.

Sometimes I‘m tempted to feel as though I‘ >>>


      HOPE IN IRAQ
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      A Christian Science perspective on daily life Starting on Monday, Iraqis began to vote for their new government, which everyone hopes will bring peace and stability to this struggling nation.

Some expect that the results will enable the multinational military forces to withdraw and let Iraqis take over securit >>>


      IN SELLING MAINE‘S FRESH WATERS, DOES MAINE GET A CUT?
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor POLAND SPRING, MAINE This scenic stretch along Route 26, near where the first water of Poland Spring was discovered and later marketed as restorative, offers a slice of quintessential Maine: towering pine trees, pristine waters, and distant crests. In other words, all the >>>


      JAMES CARVILLE AND STANLEY GREENBERG
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON A majority of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, with the war in Iraq the most frequently cited cause for concern. But that discontent has not translated into gains for the Democratic Party – something that worries many within the party.
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      JOYRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Film critic of The Christian Science Monitor After completing the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Peter Jackson was quoted as saying that he wanted to recuperate and do something small. Yeah, right.

"King Kong," starring Jack Black as scamp showman Carl Denham and Naomi Watts as that blond bu >>>


      LETTING HOLLYWOOD INTO THE HOME
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Why not all executions deter murder China‘s great balancing act as it gains world prominence The best gift to share: a story Letters to the Editor

What is this? Most–viewed stories: (for 12/12/05)
12/13/05 Supreme Court to weigh Texas redistricting 12/12/05 Iran‘s leader drawing fire 12/ >>>


      MURDER POLARIZES LEBANON
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor BEIRUT, LEBANON The murder of Gibran Tueni, an outspoken Lebanese critic of Syria, has plunged Lebanon into a political crisis that is threatening to topple the government and aggravate an already fraught sectarian climate.

The crisis is pitting Lebanon‘s S >>>


      PART OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY ILLUMINATED IN MINIATURE
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By Christopher Andreae It is easy to see from the rich, crisp brilliance of the colors in this tiny but elaborate 15th–century Italian manuscript painting, why the word "illumination" is the apt name for such work. These decorations on parchment light up – almost literally where gold is used. Prin >>>


      SET SOME CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON YOUR
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor One of my fondest memories as a child growing up in Hungary in the 1'50s was hearing the street vendors‘ cry: "Fresh, hot marron chestnuts!" My sister and I would beg our parents to buy us each a bagful of the sweet–tasting treats. They came wrappe >>>


      SYRIANS EDGY OVER UN REPORT
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor DAMASCUS, SYRIA Syrians remained on edge Tuesday as the UN Security Council met to review a second UN report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In the MonitorWednesday, 12/14/05 What Sunni voters want Asian nations seek to chart >>>


      THE BEST GIFT TO SHARE: A STORY
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By Marilyn Gardner ‘Tell me a story" ranks as one of the oldest, most primal requests, filled with hope and eager anticipation. Stories serve as connectors. Whether profound or trivial, poignant or silly, they draw listeners together, uniting them, however briefly.

And few stories bring people toget >>>


      THE IVORY COAST‘S COCOA WAR
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor YAOKRO, IVORY COAST When neighbors came to take away their decades–old cocoa farmland at peak harvest time this fall, the people of this small settlement of mud huts decided to resist.

In the brawl that ensued, the flimsy walls of huts were smashed down. Wors >>>


      THESE WEBSITES HAVE IT COVERED
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      csmonitor.com HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA Is it fair to judge a website by its cover (or covers, as the case may be)? Well, when covers are the site‘s main content and reason for being, it seems like a reasonably fair proposition. But presentation still counts for something, and sites like the Smithsonian Institution&l >>>


      WHAT SUNNI VOTERS WANT
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By Ilene R. Prusher and Jill Carroll BAGHDAD AND HUSEYBAH, IRAQ In a complete turnabout from last January‘s vote to select an interim assembly, Sunni Arabs are expected to turn out in large numbers Thursday to select Iraq‘s new parliament.

In some cases, they are being driven to participate by a se >>>


      WHY NOT ALL EXECUTIONS DETER MURDER
      The Christian Science Monitor, 14-12-2005
      By Joanna Shepherd ATLANTA At approximately 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Dec. 13, Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in California. His execution was California‘s twelfth since 1'77. Although California has the largest death row in the United States, with approximately 650 inmates, it has one of t >>>


      ENVIRON 30.000 IRAKIENS TUÉS DEPUIS MARS 2003, SELON GEORGE BUSH
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      lundi 12 décembre 2005 (Reuters – 20:20) PHILADELPHIE – George Bush a déclaré que 30.000 Irakiens environ avaient été tués depuis l‘intervention militaire américaine de mars 2003 contre le régime de Saddam Hussein.

C‘est, semble–t–il, >>>


      NOUVELLES ÉCHAUFFOURÉES EN MARGE DE LA CONFÉRENCE DE L‘OMC
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      mercredi 14 décembre 2005 (Reuters – 10:20) HONG KONG – Des échauffourées ont opposé pour la deuxi';me journée consécutive, mercredi ŕ Hong Kong, des manifestants sud–coréens aux forces de police qui les empęchaient d‘atteindre le centre o$ >>>


      UNE FOULE IMMENSE CONSPUE LA SYRIE AUX OBSČQUES DE GEBRAN TOUENI
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      mercredi 14 décembre 2005 (Reuters – 13:24) par Line Noueďhed BEYROUTH – Les obs';ques de Gebran Toueni, le député et directeur de journal libanais assassiné il y a 48 heures dans un attentat ŕ la voiture piégée, se sont transformées ŕ Beyrouth en un >>>


      VERS DES NÉGOCIATIONS SUR LA LIBÉRATION D‘INGRID BETANCOURT
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      mercredi 14 décembre 2005 (Reuters – 07:50) BOGOTA – La Colombie est pręte ŕ retirer ses troupes des abords de la ville d‘El Retiro afin de négocier avec les rebelles des Farc un éventuel accord permettant la libération de 63 otages, dont Ingrid Betancourt et trois Am >>>


      LA FRANCE INTRAITABLE SUR LE "PERVERS" RABAIS BRITANNIQUE
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      par Sophie Louet PARIS – La France s‘opposera ŕ tout "accord au rabais" sur le budget européen 2007–2013 et sera inflexible sur le "ch';que" britannique, un mécanisme "pervers" dont elle exige une redéfinition équitable et pérenne.
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      LE RAPPORT PÉBEREAU PRÔNE L‘AUSTÉRITÉ FACE Ŕ LA DETTE PUBLIQUE
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      PARIS – Le rapport Pébereau remis au ministre de l‘Economie, Thierry Breton, dresse un diagnostic sév';re mais sans surprise de la dette publique française et recommande une cure d‘austérité de cinq ans pour enclencher sa réduction.

"Le choix de la f >>>


      PEINE MAXIMALE CONFIRMÉE CONTRE L‘ISLAMISTE DJAMEL BEGHAL
      Liberation, 14-12-2005
      PARIS – La cour d‘appel de Paris a confirmé la peine de dix ans de prison ferme infligée en premi';re instance en mars ŕ Djamel Beghal pour avoir préparé en 2001, pour le compte d‘un adjoint d‘Oussama ben Laden, un attentat contre l‘ambassade des Etats&ndas >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      Aa Aa Aa Business in Brief Market Price for Gold The Central Bank said on Tuesday that it would begin valuing its gold reserves on the basis of market prices starting Jan. 1, ending its practice of using a book–keeping price of $300 per ounce.

The announcement followed a recent increase in international >>>


      CONOCO AGREES TO BUY BURLINGTON FOR $36BLN
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Sonja Franklin and Dan Lonkevich Bloomberg CALGARY, Alberta –– ConocoPhillips agreed to buy U.S. natural gas producer Burlington Resources for $35.6 billion in cash and stock in the industry‘s biggest takeover since 2001.

ConocoPhillips, which would jump to seventh from ninth among publicl >>>


      FOOD AID FIGHT SHADES WTO TALKS
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Sophie Walker and Tan Ee Lyn Reuters HONG KONG –– A trans–Atlantic dispute over food aid boiled over and anti–globalization protesters clashed with police on Tuesday as troubled trade talks got under way in Hong Kong.

Deadlocked in negotiations for a free trade accord because of diff >>>


      HOW NOT TO GAIN INTERNATIONAL RESPECT
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Yulia Latynina Back in mid–October, we were all glued to our television sets watching the heroic tale of the poacher Valery Yarantsev, captain of the trawler Elektron. Inspectors from the Norwegian coast guard boarded the Elektron off Spitzbergen and found its hold full of illegal cod. Rather than sailing to t >>>


      INVESTORS PRESS FOR CLARIFICATION ON PLANS FOR GAZPROM SHARES
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Elif Kaban Reuters Investors are pressing Russia for more details on plans to scrap a bar on foreigners owning shares in Gazprom, which it has promised before the end of the year.

"I have more questions than answers," Pavel Prosyankin of Renaissance Capital said of the move to create the world&lsq >>>


      MAKING SAVINGS WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      Combined Reports With the price of gold around its highest level in almost a quarter–century

–– climbing more than 20 percent this year alone –– the yellow metal‘s performance is leading some investors to see it as more than just a safe haven.

Predicting where it wi >>>


      MTS BUY IN KYRGYZSTAN DISPUTED
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      Combined Reports Alfa Group said Tuesday that it wanted to acquire Kyrgyzstan‘s dominant mobile phone operator Bitel, whose ownership is disputed. "We are interested in Bitel, and as soon as the legal situation settles down and the legal owner is found, we will be interested in negotiating‘‘ with >>>


      NEW PARTNER SOUGHT FOR BALTIC PIPELINE
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      Reuters BERLIN –– Gas monopoly Gazprom and its German partners are in talks to add another European firm to their Baltic Sea pipeline joint venture, Gazprom‘s deputy chief executive said on Tuesday.

"We are negotiating with a number of potential partners," deputy CEO Alexander Medve >>>


      RUSSNEFT WINS SUPPORT FOR SLOVAK BID
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      Reuters Russia will support a bid by fast–growing oil producer Russneft to buy a 4' percent stake in Slovak oil pipeline operator Transpetrol from fallen firm Yukos, a government official said on Tuesday.

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref sent a letter last week to the Slovak govern >>>


      STATE MOVES TO CANCEL LNG EXPORT DUTIES
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      The Associated Press Vedomosti German Gref Russia plans to make future exports of liquefied natural gas duty–free, Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref said Tuesday, according to news reports.

The decision to cancel the duty made by a trade and tariffs committee would be submitted to the g >>>


      VEDOMOSTI LAUNCHES COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Anatoly Medetsky Staff Writer In one of the largest copyright lawsuits in the Russian media, Vedomosti said on Tuesday that it was suing online news agency RosBusinessConsulting for $'.7 million, alleging that the web site had posted 100 of Vedomosti‘s stories without giving the paper credit.

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      2 YEARS ON, ROSE EUPHORIA HAS FADED
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Stephen Boykewich Staff Writer Georgy Abdaladze / AP Saakashvili and parliament speaker Nino Burdzhanadze talking on Nov. 22.

TBILISI, Georgia –– The strains of Beethoven‘s "Ode to Joy" were still echoing through the hall, and already the president was on the defensive.

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      CLIPPERS TO PLAY CSKA, UNICS
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Carl Schreck Staff Writer The Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA will head to Moscow next October to play Russian powerhouses CSKA Moscow and UNICS Kazan ahead of the 2006 NBA season, the National Basketball Association and Euroleague Basketball announced Tuesday.

The Clippers, who made former CSKA junior team >>>


      EX–BUSH OFFICIAL MAY HEAD ROSNEFT
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Valeria Korchagina Staff Writer NIST Evans with George W. Bush at an awards ceremony in 2004 at the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

A report that former U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans had been tapped by President Vladimir Putin to chair Rosneft‘s board gained credence late Tuesd >>>


      GAZPROM SELLING SIBNEFT NAME
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Anna Smolchenko Staff Writer Itar–Tass Analysts say the move is a sign that companies are more brand–aware.

Gazprom said Tuesday that it was putting the Sibneft brand on the market, just months after the gas monopoly bought the company from billionaire Roman Abramovich in the largest state buyou >>>


      HERALDING HOPE FOR HUMAN GROWTH
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Creelea Henderson Special to The Moscow Times Yevgeny Filonov / For MT Last Friday‘s concert at St. Andrew‘s raised money for lessons for orphans.

The arcing nave of stately St. Andrew‘s Anglican Church on Voznesensky Pereulok rang out last Friday with the strains of Rachmaninov‘s &q >>>


      MILLER RAISES GAS STAKES BUT ALL–OUT WAR UNLIKELY
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Simon Saradzhyan Staff Writer Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller on Tuesday gave Ukraine a deadline of less than three weeks to pay drastically higher prices for gas or lose Russian supplies.

The warning threatened to exacerbate a dispute that has been intensifying over the past six days. But the "g >>>


      PUTIN REACHES OUT TO SOUTHEAST ASIA
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      The Associated Press Bazuki Muhammad / Reuters Abdullah, fourth from left, joining hands with Putin and Arroyo during the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– President Vladimir Putin led a delegation at Russia‘s first–ever summit with ASEAN on Tuesday as M >>>


      RUSSIAN SKATING FACES POST–TURIN BLUES
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Gennady Fyodorov Reuters Duane Burleson / AP Many believe that Slutskaya will retire if she wins the gold medal in Turin.

Russia, a dominant force in figure skating for the past three decades, could endure a lean spell in the years following the Turin Olympics when most, if not all, of their top skaters are >>>


      THAT‘S THE SUN. NO, THAT‘S LIFE!
      The Moscow Times, 14-12-2005
      By Kevin O‘Flynn Staff Writer MT Zhizn‘s biggest exclusive so far was a series of photographs of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in his Chita prison camp.

The newspaper looks familiar. It has a stark red and black front page with a huge headline that screams out at you. Turn the page, and a half–naked w >>>


      BIRD FLU GRADUALLY COMES UNDER CONTROL
      Nhan Dan, 14-12-2005
      Bird flu epidemic has been gradually put under control, with no new outbreaks reported for many days, according to the Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

By December 13, Vietnam still had 130 communes and wards in 5' districts and townships, 15 provinces and citi >>>


      CHRISTIANS URGED TO PROMOTE PATRIOTIC TRADITION
      Nhan Dan, 14-12-2005
      President of the Vietnam Fatherlands Front‘s Central Committee, Phan The Duyet on December 7 sent a Christmas message to Christian followers, urging them to continue promoting their patriotic tradition and the spirit of national independence.

The message, extended on the occasion of Christmas 2005, says: >>>


      CONTEST ON VIETNAM‘S 20 YEARS OF RENOVATION TO BE HELD
      Nhan Dan, 14-12-2005
      The Vietnam Communist Party E–newspaper and Vietnam Television will organise a contest titled "Studying 20 years of the country‘s renovation" from December 1', 2005 to March 30, 3005.

The contest aims to raise the awareness of Vietnamese people inside and outside the country and forei >>>


      DIALOGUE COUNTRIES SHOULD PROVIDE CONCRETE SUPPORT TO ASEAN: PM KHAI
      Nhan Dan, 14-12-2005
      At the annual high–level ASEAN plus one meetings with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India and the Russian Federation, PM Khai made important comments aiming to promote co–operation for mutual benefits between the ASEAN and these dialogue countries.

PM Khai urged the dialogue countries to hel >>>


      NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOUNDED
      Nhan Dan, 14-12-2005
      The Prime Minister has signed a decision on the establishment of the National Committee on the Educational Decade for Vietnam‘s Sustainable Development (2005–2014).

The committee is designed to support the Prime Minister in directing Vietnam‘s activities in the implementation of the United Na >>>


      VIETNAM AND INDONESIA TO CO–OPERATE IN BIRD FLU FIGHT
      Nhan Dan, 14-12-2005
      Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agreed that Vietnam and Indonesia should strengthen bilateral economic and commercial co–operation and work together to fight against avian influenza.

During their meeting on December 13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they a >>>



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