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      REPAYMENT COULD POSE PROBLEMS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      David Hencke, Westminster correspondent Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Donors who lent Labour nearly 14m in the run–up to the general election are to be asked to convert the money into donations to prevent a cash flow problem for the party.

Unlike the Tories, who have taken out three mortgages on >>>


      SURVEY EXPOSES NHS HYGIENE FAILINGS AS SUPERBUG THRIVES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Limited access to soap and water for 3'% of staff Lack of infection control training highlighted John Carvel, social affairs editor Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Nearly 40% of NHS staff do not have constant access to the hot water, soap, paper towels and alcohol rubs needed to prevent the spread of the MRSA >>>


      SYNTHETIC PHONICS IS A KEY TEACHING TOOL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Synthetic phonics may well be only one tool for teaching reading and spelling, but it is the single most important one (Use synthetic phonics to improve reading, Kelly tells teachers, March 21). The Clackmannanshire research that established this was not limited and faulty, as crit >>>


      TEACHERS HAIL ‘EDUCATION BUDGET‘
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Staff and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 Teachers‘ unions welcomed today‘s announcement by Gordon Brown that spending on schools would rise to 34bn in a bid to lift the average investment in every state pupil to private school levels.

The National Union of Teachers said the news was "exactl >>>


      THE END OF THE RAE?
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      What do Gordon Brown‘s funding plans for science and research mean for universities? Donald MacLeod reports Wednesday March 22, 2006 Gordon Brown today set universities humming with his statement that the system of funding their research is to be "radically simplified". The chancellor is rarely simple & >>>


      TONY BLAIR‘S SPEECH TO THE FOREIGN POLICY CENTRE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Tuesday March 21, 2006 Over these past nine years, Britain has pursued a markedly different foreign policy. We have been strongly activist, justifying our actions, even if not always successfully, at least as much by reference to values as interests.

We have constructed a foreign policy agenda that has sought >>>


      TREASURY REPORT ADMITS PFI FAILINGS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland Wednesday March 22, 2006 Controversial private finance initiative (PFI) deals are failing to deliver on cleaning, catering and other "soft services", according to a Treasury report published today.

The report, published today alongside the chancellor‘s budget, si >>>


      VISION AND REALITY
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Leader Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian It is hardly surprising that Tony Blair chose to focus his foreign policy speech yesterday on global terrorism and the war in Iraq, though both were discussed within the framework of a wide–ranging tour d‘horizon of an agenda he defended as being about values as >>>


      WATER WITH STRINGS ATTACHED
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Western self–interest is stopping one of the most vital forms of aid from going where it is most needed, writes Joanne Green Wednesday March 22, 2006 Recently, in a remote rural Tanzanian village, Joyce Mbwilo, a 35–year–old mother, explained to Tearfund colleagues how it was that she came to walk 5,2 >>>


      YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament Prime minister‘s questions Live: the education debate Last minute cramming
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      AFGHAN TROOPS KILL 15 SUSPECTED TALIBAN
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:01 AM KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghan security forces attacked a group of suspected Taliban rebels after they crossed the border from neighboring Pakistan, killing at least 15 of them, an army commander said Wednesday.

Four insurgents fled back across the border after the t >>>


      AMERICAN ARRESTED IN BOLIVIAN BOMBINGS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:46 PM AP Photo DG101 By FIONA SMITH Associated Press Writer LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Bombs exploded inside two low–budget hotels in Bolivia‘s capital overnight, killing two people and wounding seven, police said Wednesday.

An American was among those arrested. The exp >>>


      AT LEAST 20 KILLED IN SOMALIA FIGHTING
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:46 PM MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Islamic militiamen battled rival forces who have been challenging their growing power Wednesday, killing at least 20 people in some of the heaviest recent fighting in the chaotic Somali capital.

More than 60 people, including a 3–month&ndas >>>


      BALRUSIANS PROTEST FOR 3RD STRAIGHT DAY
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:01 AM AP Photo MIN104 By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Writer MINSK, Belarus (AP) – Thousands of Belarusians demonstrated on a central Minsk square for the third straight evening Tuesday, swelling the ranks of a core group that had spent the previous night to protest the extension of auth >>>


      BASQUE CEASE–FIRE ENDS DECADES OF VIOLENCE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 3:01 PM AP Photo LON108 By ALBERTO LETONA Associated Press Writer VITORIA, Spain (AP) – The Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease–fire Wednesday, ending a decades–long campaign of violence and closing the door on one of Western Europe‘s last active arme >>>


      BLAGOJEVICH WINS NOMINATION IN ILLINOIS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:31 AM AP Photo ILAF102 By CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich won the chance to seek a second term Tuesday, shrugging off an opponent who accused him of mismanagement and corruption, while five Republican candidates competed to challe >>>


      BLAGOJEVICH, TOPINKA WIN ILL. PRIMARIES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:01 PM AP Photo ILBK103 By CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich easily won his primary despite being potentially vulnerable amid corruption allegations, and Republican state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka earned a shot to defeat him in th >>>


      BOSTON TWIN GUILTY OF RAPE IN THIRD TRIAL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:31 PM By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) – A rape suspect who twice won mistrials because key DNA evidence could have come from either him or his twin brother was convicted Wednesday in his third trial.

Darrin Fernandez, 31, was convicted in an April 2001 atta >>>


      BRITISH OFFICER FACE COURT–MARTIAL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 11:46 AM LONDON (AP) – A judge ruled Wednesday that a British military officer who refused to serve in the Iraq war because he believes it is unlawful will face a court martial.

Judge Advocate John Bayliss made the ruling against Flight Lt. Malcolm Kendall–Smith, a Royal Ai >>>


      BUSH PRESSES FOR INDIA NUCLEAR PACT
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:46 PM By BARRY SCHWEID WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to approve a landmark plan to share nuclear technology with India – a deal that could be a tough sell to lawmakers.

Bush said India has proven itself over 30 years to be a non–prolif >>>


      BUSH SAYS HE‘LL KEEP U.S. ON THE OFFENSIVE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:46 PM AP Photo WHRE101 By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – President Bush said Wednesday he feels Iraqi political figures need to urgently get a representative government together that can unify a nation now embroiled in civil strife.

It&l >>>


      BUSH: TROOPS TO STAY IN IRAQ FOR YEARS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 11:46 AM AP Photo WHCD102 By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, he >>>


      CHAVEZ‘S FOLLOWERS SEE HIM AS THEIR SAVIOR
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:31 PM AP Photo NYET744 By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – His portraits hang in homes across Venezuela.

Loyal Chavistas‘‘ cheer him on during folksy speeches that last up to seven hours and end up in print for sale o >>>


      CHILDREN SEPARATED BY HURRICANES REUNITED
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 3:01 PM AP Photo NY107 By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – When 4–year–old Cortez Stewart was reunited with her mother and five siblings in Texas last week, it closed a happy chapter in the sad story of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Cortez re >>>


      DETROIT MAYOR SEEKS $130M IN LOANS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:46 PM DETROIT (AP) – The city of Detroit will run out of cash by June unless the City Council gives Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick permission to borrow $130 million to cover its bills, the city finance department says.

The money would be used to pay off $74 million owed to the city&lsq >>>


      EPA: NEW YORK, CALIF. HAVE DIRTIES AIR
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:01 PM LOS ANGELES (AP) – New Yorkers and Californians breathe in the dirtiest air in the nation and face higher cancer risks than the rest of the nation, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New York‘s cancer risk is estimated to be >>>


      EX–PHILIPPINES LEADER SAYS HE WAS FRAMED
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:01 AM AP Photo XBM104 By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press Writer MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Former President Joseph Estrada sharply denied Wednesday that he took huge kickbacks in office, defiantly telling an anti–graft court that he was framed.

With hundreds of his backers ral >>>


      FLA. TEEN WANTS TO WITHDRAW ROBBERY PLEA
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:01 PM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Lionel Tate, who beat and stomped a little girl to death when he was 12, wants a judge to let him withdraw his guilty plea to robbing a pizza delivery man, saying in a letter released Tuesday that he can prove he didn‘t pull the heist.

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      GUNMEN KILL 20 IN BREAKOUT AT IRAQI JAIL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:31 AM AP Photo BAG117 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – About 100 masked gunmen stormed a prison near the Iranian border Tuesday, cutting phone wires, freeing all the inmates and leaving behind a scene of devastation and carnage – 20 dead policemen, >>>


      HIGH LEVELS OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL IN WATER
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 5:16 AM WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – High levels of a radioactive material – nearly three times the amount permitted in drinking water – were found in groundwater near the Hudson River beneath a nuclear plant, the owner said Tuesday.

The groundwater does not intersect dr >>>


      IN 3RD TRIAL, BOSTON MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:46 PM AP Photo MACR102 By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) – A rape suspect who twice won mistrials because key DNA evidence could have come from either him or his twin brother was convicted Wednesday in his third trial.

Darrin Fernandez, 31, was convicted in a >>>


      IRAQI CAMERAMAN FOR CBS FACES TRIAL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:16 PM By VANESSA ARRINGTON Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – An Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News when he was wounded and detained by the U.S. military will be tried next month, CBS officials said Wednesday.

Abdul Ameer Younis Hussein‘s trial was scheduled t >>>


      JURY IN ILL. EX–GOV.‘S TRIAL HAS TROUBLE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:31 PM By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – The judge at former Gov. George Ryan‘s racketeering trial said Wednesday that jurors were having trouble with their deliberations, but she declined to elaborate.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer summone >>>


      KEY MOMENTS IN ETA‘S ARMED STRUGGLE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:31 PM AP Photo JJ811 By The Associated Press Key events in the history of the armed Basque group ETA: July 31, 1'58 – Founded by dissident student members of the Basque Nationalist Party.

July 18, 1'61 – First violent action: ETA tries to derail a train carrying s >>>


      KIDS DISPLACED BY HURRICANES REUNITED
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 3:01 PM AP Photo NY107 By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – When 4–year–old Cortez Stewart was reunited with her mother and five siblings in Texas last week, it closed a happy chapter in the sad story of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Cortez re >>>


      LIFE SENTENCE SOUGHT IN SMUGGLING CASE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 11:46 AM HOUSTON (AP) – Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to sentence a woman to life in prison for her role in a 2003 human smuggling attempt that left 1' people dead.

Karla Patricia Chavez Joya, 28, who is accused of heading the botched smuggling operation, pleaded gui >>>


      MILLIONAIRE HELD FOR CONTEMPT FOR 10 YEARS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:31 PM By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A millionaire jailed for more than a decade for contempt in his divorce case continues to block efforts to trace his missing assets and should remain jailed, a three–judge panel ruled.

H. Beatty Chadwick >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 11:46 AM By The Associated Press Joseph Bova ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – Joseph Bova, an actor with comedic talent whose career included a Tony Award nomination for the Broadway play The Chinese and Dr. Fish,‘‘ has died. He was 81.

Bova died March 12 at the Actor >>>


      POLICE FOIL PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBING
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:01 AM AP Photo JRL121 By ARIEL SCHALIT Associated Press Writer LATRUN JUNCTION, Israel (AP) – With sirens wailing and blue lights flashing, Israeli police chased a van with explosives on a main highway Tuesday and captured a group of Palestinians who defense officials say planned a majo >>>


      PROSECUTORS WANT DELAY CHARGES REINSTATED
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:01 PM AP Photo TXDP108 By APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors will try to persuade a Texas appeals court Wednesday to reinstate some of the criminal charges against Rep. Tom DeLay, who is trying to win re–election to Congress while under indictme >>>


      REPORTS: ETA ANNOUNCES CEASEFIRE IN SPAIN
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 11:46 AM MADRID, Spain (AP) – The Basque separatist group ETA on Tuesday announced a permanent cease–fire, apparently bringing a dramatic end to nearly four decades of violence that claimed more than 800 lives, Basque television reported following a communique from the group.
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      SEARCH INTENSIFIES FOR TWO MILWAUKEE BOYS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:46 PM MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police knocked on doors early Wednesday and brought in dogs and thermo–imaging equipment in an escalating search for two young boys who disappeared while playing outside Sunday.

Officers have been to three–quarters of the homes around where th >>>


      SIX DIE WHEN TRUCK HITS TRAIN IN THAILAND
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 5:16 AM BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A truck crashed through a railroad crossing barrier and slammed into a passenger train Wednesday, causing a derailment and killing at least six people, officials said.

About two dozen people were injured in the ' a.m. crash in the northern tow >>>


      TOPINKA WINS GOP NOD FOR ILL. GOVERNOR
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:01 AM AP Photo ILMG10' By CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka narrowly edged out a GOP rival to clinch the Republican nomination for governor late Tuesday, earning a chance to challenge Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich in Nove >>>


      TWO KILLED DEMOLISHING MISS. CASINO BARGE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:31 PM GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Two construction workers were killed during a demolition project at the hurricane–ravaged Grand Casino Gulfport, authorities said.

The men were pumping water out of a portion of the casino that collapsed during Hurricane Katrina. Officials bel >>>


      U.S., IRAQI FORCES CAPTURE 50 INSURGENTS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 2:46 PM AP Photo BAG127 By VANESSA ARRINGTON Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Insurgents attacked a police station Wednesday for a second day in a row, but U.S. and Iraqi forces captured 50 of them after a two–hour gunbattle.

About 60 gunmen attacked the police >>>


      VENEZUELA‘S CHAVEZ: U.S. HAS LOST IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:01 AM By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press Writer CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that U.S. troops have been routed by a strong resistance movement in Iraq, but haven‘t pulled out because officials in Washington won‘t acknowledge >>>


      WAL–MART STORES RECALLING ROCKING CHAIRS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:01 PM WASHINGTON (AP) – Wal–Mart Stores Inc. is recalling about 643,000 Mainstays love seat and porch rocking chairs because poor construction and over–curvature of the chairs‘ runners can cause instability, imbalance, fracturing of the wood and tip–over during >>>


      WILY COYOTE CAPTURED IN CENTRAL PARK
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 6:46 PM AP Photo NYR105 NEW YORK (AP) – A wily coyote led sharpshooters armed with tranquilizer guns on a two–day chase through Central Park before it was finally captured Wednesday morning.

At one point, the searchers had the coyote cornered near the park‘s ice rink, >>>


      ‘WE‘RE TIRED OF BLOOD‘
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      In November, a former Moroccan trade unionist was elected leader of Israel‘s Labour party. Since then the political landscape has changed beyond recognition.

Ariel Sharon founded a new party in response – then fell into a coma. As Israelis prepare to go to the polls, Linda Grant reports from a coun >>>


      &#163;1M CLAIM PUTS WIND UP SCHOOL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Sam Jones Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian A deputy headteacher is suing Bristol city council for 1m because it refused to replace a chair which emitted a "farting" noise every time she sat down, regularly making her the subject of jokes.

Sue Storer, 48, is claiming constructive dismissal and se >>>


      A PURITAN BUDGET
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Parents, pensioners and the low paid have most to gain from the chancellor‘s 10th budget, says Marianne Curphey Wednesday March 22, 2006 If Gordon Brown had crafted a budget to appeal to families living in the south–east and driving their offspring to private school in enormous four–wheel drives, many >>>


      BANK VOTED 8–1 TO KEEP RATES UNCHANGED
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Mark Tran Wednesday March 22, 2006 For the fourth month running, the Bank of England‘s monetary policy committee voted 8–1 to keep interest rates unchanged, minutes showed today.

Stephen Nickell was again the lone dissenter at this month‘s meeting, which saw the MPC hold rates at 4.5% for the >>>


      BID FOR YEAR–ROUND CONCERT LICENCE STARTS BATTLE FOR SOUL OF ROYAL PARKS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Purple pain for Prince‘s landlord Radiohead singer snubs Blair climate talks Observer critic to take charge at the Design Museum Austria loses fight to keep Klimt‘s 170m gilded masterpieces Red in tooth and politics – B‘Stard is back Cypriot builders dig up 2,500–year–old stone coffi >>>


      BIG WATER COMPANIES QUIT POOR COUNTRIES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Political and consumer pressure forces rethink British firms identified as seeking less risky markets John Vidal, environment editor Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Millions of people could have to wait years for clean water as some of the world‘s largest companies pull out of developing countries because o >>>


      BLAIR‘S LUCK HAS RUN OUT – AND HE HAS NO ONE TO BLAME BUT HIMSELF
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Three years of conflict in Iraq has corroded public trust in every aspect of his premiership, both domestic and foreign Jonathan Freedland Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian If you want to understand the current plight of Tony Blair, there was a brief but revealing glimpse of it on BBC News 24 yesterday afternoon. T >>>


      BROWN DELIVERS A BUDGET FOR ‘STABILITY‘
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Matthew Tempest and Oliver King Wednesday March 22, 2006 The chancellor, Gordon Brown, delivers his budget speech. Photograph: PA

Gordon Brown today unveiled what he described as a "culture of stability" budget, with a clutch of green measures, a radical overhaul of road taxes and more money for scie >>>


      BROWN IS STUCK IN THE PAST, SAYS CAMERON
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Oliver King and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 Tory leader David Cameron today dismissed Gordon Brown‘s budget, accusing the chancellor of being "completely stuck in the past".

His spirited attack on the chancellor after an exchange of jibes was the first, widely anticipated, Commons duel be >>>


      BROWN TAKES ON CRITICS WITH &#163;26BN GAMBLE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
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      BUDGET DELIVERS SCIENCE BOOST FOR SCHOOLS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Press Association Wednesday March 22, 2006 The chancellor, Gordon Brown, today announced plans for an extra 3,000 specialist science teachers under measures to boost science in schools.

In future, schools will be judged on how well pupils perform in sciences as well as in the current key subjects of English an >>>


      CALL FOR NATIONAL REGISTER OF MOSQUE SCHOOLS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Alexandra Smith Wednesday March 22, 2006 Britain‘s 700 unregulated madrasas need to be monitored nationally to stop children being exposed to significant physical and sexual abuse, a Muslim body has warned.

The Muslim parliament of Great Britain will today urge the government to set up a national registe >>>


      CARTOON ROW CLAIMS SWEDISH MINISTER‘S JOB
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Nicholas Watt, European editor Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian The row about cartoons of the prophet Muhammad yesterday claimed the career of Sweden‘s foreign minister, who resigned after allegations that she shut down a far–right website for soliciting new caricatures. Laila Freivalds, who succeeded >>>


      CHALLENGING IDEOLOGY OF TERRORISTS IS KEY TO FOREIGN POLICY, SAYS BLAIR
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Tania Branigan, political correspondent Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Tony Blair launched a staunch defence yesterday of the government‘s foreign policy, attacking critics for condemning terrorist attacks but failing to challenge the Islamist ideology which drove them.

In a wide–ranging and >>>


      CITY SCEPTICAL OVER ITV TAKEOVER BATTLE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Chris Tryhorn and Dominic Timms Wednesday March 22, 2006 City analysts expressed scepticism that today‘s failed private equity bid for ITV would trigger a takeover battle for the broadcaster.

The City has doubts that ITV will excite further immediate interest, even though it was today forced to reject an >>>


      DIARY
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
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      DON‘T SIGN UP TO THIS UPSIDE DOWN HOBBESIAN CONTRACT
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      The government insists it can only protect us if we surrender freedoms. But such a grim pact has no place in a democracy Karma Nabulsi Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian All public discussion on how to defeat terrorism, in what Tony Blair terms the unique conditions of modern society, is now couched in a simple dich >>>


      EDITOR OF WELSH CHURCH MAGAZINE QUITS OVER CARTOON OF MUHAMMAD
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Archbishop recalls all copies of publication Apologies offered to Muslim community David Ward Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian A senior Anglican priest resigned yesterday as editor of a Welsh language church magazine after publishing a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad.

The Venerable Meurig Llwyd Williams, >>>


      EXPERT WARNS OF MORE CHATROOM LIBEL AWARDS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      James Sturcke Wednesday March 22, 2006 A landmark legal ruling ordering a woman to pay 10,000 in damages for defamatory comments posted on an internet chatroom site could trigger a rush of similar lawsuits, a leading libel lawyer warned today.

Michael Smith, a Ukip activist who stood for the Portsmouth North s >>>


      FASHION KILLERS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      When Camilla appeared in wedges this week, one thing was certain: no fashionista would ever wear them again. Zoe Williams on how the right garment on the wrong person can sink a trend Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian They‘ve always trod a thin line, wedge heels, which is all the more impressive considering h >>>


      FEARFUL OF FLEXPLOITATION
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      France‘s student protests are part of a wider revolt against the elite‘s support for a Thatcherite project Naima Bouteldja Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Last Saturday, an estimated 1.5 million people surged on to the streets of France in protest against Dominique de Villepin‘s faltering govern >>>


      FLINTOFF AND COLLINGWOOD LAY FOUNDATIONS FOR ENGLAND TO BOUNCE BACK
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Mike Selvey in Mumbai Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian The destiny of the final Test and with it the series was hanging in the balance this morning. After a day of attrition England, unable to release the tourniquet applied by Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, spent more than 77 overs in scoring a further 160 runs >>>


      FRENCH MPS SAY SONG DOWNLOADS MUST WORK ON ANY PLAYER
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and Cosima Marriner Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian The dominance of the Apple iPod hit its first European stumbling block yesterday when French MPs voted to force companies to allow music downloads to be played on all types of digital players, not just their own.

Apple&lsquo >>>


      FULL TEXT: GORDON BROWN‘S BUDGET SPEECH 2006
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Wednesday March 22, 2006 "Mr deputy speaker, the British economy is strong and strengthening. I can report that inflation is currently 2% – on target.

And in the latest quarter, the economy is growing at an annual rate of 2.5% – on target, as we enter the 10th year of growth under this governm >>>


      GLUTTONY ISN‘T THE WORST SIN
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Dieting is self–indulgent – it lets you fulfil your quota of worry without thinking of anyone else Zoe Williams Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian It is, of course, possible that this was a quirk of my household, but when I was growing up, the concept of being on a diet and that of being an intelligent, >>>


      GUANTÁNAMO IS NOT A SPA, BUT NEITHER IS IT A TORTURE CAMP
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Journalists are painting an outdated picture of how the US treats detainees, says Colleen Graffy Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Victoria Brittain rose to defend the innocence of Moazzam Begg from her unbiased position as co–author of Begg‘s book, Enemy Combatant (Trial by Spin Machine, March 14). She >>>


      GUNNED DOWN: THE TEENAGER WHO DARED TO WALK ACROSS HIS NEIGHBOUR‘S PRIZED LAWN
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      66–year–old blasted boy twice with shotgun Killing highlights dilemma over firearms death toll Julian Borger Washington Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian "I just killed a kid," Charles Martin told the emergency services operator.

"I shot him with a goddamn 410 shotgun twice." >>>


      IF I WERE A BROWN SUPPORTER, I‘D WANT BLAIR TO STICK AROUND
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      The chancellor will have more hope of succeeding in 200' if he lets the prime minister derail the Cameron bandwagon Simon Jenkins Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Blair should go, said the Guardian on Monday. Nine years is long enough.

Downing Street is an embarrassment. The muesli has soured. Gordon >>>


      INDEPENDENT FAILS TO CUT LOSSES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Chris Tryhorn, City correspondent Wednesday March 22, 2006 Losses at the Independent and Independent on Sunday remained at 10m last year, as the papers suffered from the weak advertising market and upped their marketing spend in the second half of the year.

The papers‘ hopes of finally breaking even in 2 >>>


      IRAQ OBJECTOR TO FACE COURT MARTIAL
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Staff and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 Flight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall–Smith. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

An RAF doctor who refused to serve in Iraq was told today that he must face trial by court martial.

Flight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall–Smith faces five charges of failing to >>>


      ITV REJECTS PRIVATE EQUITY TAKEOVER BID
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Dominic Timms Wednesday March 22, 2006 ITV has rejected a takeover approach from a group of venture capital firms including Apax, a company advised by former BBC director general Greg Dyke, saying the offer was not in the interest of shareholders.

The UK‘s biggest commercial broadcaster said an offer by >>>


      KHAMENEI BACKS TALKS WITH US OVER IRAQ
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Staff and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 Iranís supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photograph: AP

Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has given his backing to proposed talks between Tehran and Washington over Iraq.

It was the first time that Ayatollah Khamenei, who holds the f >>>


      LAW LORDS BACK SCHOOL OVER ISLAMIC DRESS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Staff and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 Shabina Begum arrives at the House of Lords last month. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA

The law lords today overturned a court ruling that teenager Shabina Begum‘s human rights were violated when she was banned from wearing full Islamic dress at school.
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      MAIN POINTS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Laura Smith and Mark Tran Wednesday March 22, 2006 Tax and duties Personal tax allowance to rise from 4,8'5 to 5,035.

Stamp duty exemption to rise to 125,000. Inheritance tax exemption from 275,00 to 325,000 over the next four years.
'p on a pack of cigarettes.
4p on a bottle of wine.
1p on >>>


      MICROSOFT DELAY KNOCKS COMPUTER SHARES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Staff and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 Shares in computer manufacturers and chip makers around the world have fallen today, following the decision by Microsoft to delay the launch of its new Vista operating system.

The American software giant saw 3% wiped off its share price, in after hours trading, while >>>


      MIXED REACTION TO BUDGET‘S GREEN MEASURES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Mark Tran Wednesday March 22, 2006 Environmentalists today gave a mixed reaction to the environmental measures unveiled by the chancellor, Gordon Brown, in his budget.

As expected, Mr Brown announced a new top rate of vehicle excise duty for heavily polluting 4x4 cars, nicknamed "Chelsea tractors".>>>


      MPS SCATHING OVER SOARING COST OF DIANA FOUNTAIN
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      David Hencke, Westminster correspondent Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian The memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales, was criticised yesterday by MPs, who said it was "ill–conceived and ill executed" and would leave the Royal Parks Agency with a maintenance bill that will total 25m over the n >>>


      MYTRAVEL TO OFFER TOURS TO MADAME MAO‘S HOLIDAY SPOT
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Offer is first British package deal to China Hainan resort described as ‘Hawaii of the Orient‘ Andrew Clark Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Affluent Chinese holidaymakers on the country‘s tropical southern tip should prepare themselves for a cultural revolution – the arrival of the British >>>


      NHS TRUSTS MUST HELP EACH OTHER, SAYS MINISTER
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      David Batty Wednesday March 22, 2006 The government today admitted that NHS trusts that have kept in the black would have to bail out those that have sunk into debt.

The care services minister, Liam Byrne, said NHS trusts that have balanced their books will have to subsidise those which have run up deficits.>>>


      PRIME MINISTER‘S QUESTIONS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Wednesday March 22, 2006 Preamble For once, PMQs is only a sideshow, with Gordon Brown‘s 10th budget following immediately on from Mr Blair‘s performance. That might be a relief for the prime minister, who has had a torrid two weeks, first with the Tessa Jowell affai >>>


      SCIENCE FIRST
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Donald MacLeod examines what the budget means for schools Wednesday March 22, 2006 Sport and science research have always been causes close to Gordon Brown‘s heart – today he moves his influence into schools, setting out his claim to be an education prime minister in waiting with a declaration that "in >>>


      SEEING IS BELIEVING
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Sightings of mystery ‘big cats‘ in Britain‘s countryside have snowballed since the 1'80s, dividing opinion about their existence Merrily Harpur Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Angus, a Warwickshire gamekeeper, went to feed his pheasants in a spinney one afternoon in November 2004 when he sur >>>


      SENSATIONAL ENGLAND SQUARE SERIES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      England 400 & 1'1 India 27' & 100 England win by 212 runs Lawrence Booth Wednesday March 22, 2006 England have won the third Test at Mumbai by 212 runs and secured a share of a series in which few observers, if any, gave them hope of avoiding defeat. Set 313 to win, India folded to 100 all out an hour a >>>


      SEVEN WITH ALLEGED AL–QAIDA LINKS DENY PLOTTING TERROR BOMB CAMPAIGN
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Men arrested before finalising target, says QC Defendants had gathered components, court told Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Seven British men with alleged links to al–Qaida plotted to carry out a terrorist campaign in the UK with homemade explosives containing more than ha >>>


      SURVEY EXPOSES NHS HYGIENE FAILINGS AS SUPERBUG THRIVES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Limited access to soap and water for 3'% of staff Lack of infection control training highlighted John Carvel, social affairs editor Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Nearly 40% of NHS staff do not have constant access to the hot water, soap, paper towels and alcohol rubs needed to prevent the spread of the MRSA >>>


      TERROR SUSPECT LINKED TO NUCLEAR BOMB PLOT
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Staff and agencies Wednesday March 22, 2006 A British man with alleged links to al–Qaida was involved in a plot to buy a nuclear bomb, the Old Bailey heard today.

Salahuddin Amin, 31, from Luton, Bedfordshire, had information passed to him about a "radio–isotope bomb" while he was in Paki >>>


      THE BUDGET: KEY FINANCE POINTS
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      What does this year‘s budget mean for your pocket? Hilary Osborne outlines the key finance points Wednesday March 22, 2006 The child element of the child tax credit will be increased by 14% over the next three years. The credit will be worth 88 a week by 200', or 4,500 a year for a two–child family. Chi >>>


      THE DOUBLE STANDARDS OF THE UNITED STATES
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      I fear there has been a brutal shift of morality in the ‘new normal‘ US – and it may never be the same again Marcel Berlins Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Last Thursday, the general assembly of the United Nations voted to set up a new human rights council, to actively promote, monitor and super >>>


      THE END OF THE RAE?
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      What do Gordon Brown‘s funding plans for science and research mean for universities? Donald MacLeod reports Wednesday March 22, 2006 Gordon Brown today set universities humming with his statement that the system of funding their research is to be "radically simplified". The chancellor is rarely simple & >>>


      THE REWRITING OF OUR HISTORY
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      The decision by Hungary‘s supreme court to brand a wartime antifascist hero as a criminal is an outrage Tamas Krausz Wednesday March 22, 2006 The Guardian Sixty–two years ago this week, Hitler‘s Wehrmacht began its blood–soaked occupation of Hungary. The country soon turned into a battlefield in >>>


      TIME GIVES UP ITS PANTING CHASE
      Guardian, 22-03-2006
      Neville Cardus Wednesday March 22, 1'72 The Guardian Artur Rubinstein, that improbable octogenarian, packed the Royal Festival Hall last night, as soloist in the E flat piano concerto of Beethoven, conducted by Lorin Maazel, with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.

Rubinstein sprang up the steps of the platfor >>>



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