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      US SOLDIERS CHARGED IN AFGHAN ASSAULT
      Aljazeera, 31-10-2005
      Two US soldiers have been charged with assaulting two detainees held at a US–led coalition base in southern Afghanistan, the military says.

The two soldiers allegedly punched the detainees on the chest, shoulders and stomach while they were being held at a base in Uruzgan province, a statement said on Su >>>


      VIOLENCE IN IRAQ LEADS TO BRAIN DRAIN
      Aljazeera, 31-10-2005
      An increasing number of skilled Iraqis have been prompted by the continuing spiral of violence to leave their war–torn homes for security and stability in neighbouring Arab countries.

Riyadh Tamimi, a 40–year–old Iraqi businessman, tried to tough it out against the growing insecurity in Basra >>>


      VIOLENCE, FRAUD MAR ZANZIBAR POLL
      Aljazeera, 31-10-2005
      Zanzibari security forces have used rifle butts, tear gas and at least one live bullet on opposition supporters during an election on the Tanzanian islands marred by clashes and fraud allegations.

In a tightly contested election, the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) is seeking to wrest the local presidency >>>


      YEMEN POLICE BEAT UP TV NEWS CREW
      Aljazeera, 31-10-2005
      Yemeni police have beaten an Arab satellite channel news crew covering a strike by textile workers, leaving a cameraman with three broken ribs and internal bleeding.

About 150 workers at a textile factory in the capital, Sanaa, were on Saturday striking for unpaid wages at their workplace, not far from a home >>>


      YOUTHS CLASH WITH PARIS POLICE
      Aljazeera, 31-10-2005
      Gangs of youths have lobbed stones at police and set cars ablaze in a northeastern suburb of Paris in a third night of riots sparked by the deaths of two teenagers electrocuted while fleeing police.

The youths set at least 20 cars ablaze and threw bottles and rocks. Nobody was hurt but 15 people were arrested, >>>


      ADNOC TO OPEN 200 SERVICE STATIONS IN THE UAE BY 2008
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi : Adnoc Distribution has launched a Dh150 million retail expansion plan in Abu Dhabi‘s western region and aims to have more than 200 service stations in the UAE by 2008, a senior official said here.

The Adnoc marketing and distribution subsidiary is also cons >>>


      AL FUTTAIM MOTORS UNVEILS LATEST LEXUS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : Al Futtaim Motors, distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Hino in the UAE, has introduced the 2006 model Lexus GS430 sport sedan in all its showrooms in the UAE.

The GS430 is being sold as having a "sleek, aerodynamic sporty design" coupled with a powerful V8 4.3 litre engine with 6&nd >>>


      ARAB REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS IN BUSINESS BAY CROSS DH100M
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : The latest evidence that Dubai is proving increasingly attractive to regional and international investment comes from Kuwait–based Arab Real Estate.

It has prime plots of land at Dubai Holding‘s Business Bay at an investment that has so far crossed Dh100 million.

Arab >>>


      BATTERY–POWERED SEGWAY POISED TO ‘BECOME A KEY MODE OF TRANSPORT‘
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Piers Grimley Evans, Staff Reporter Dubai : From an office in Dubai Internet City, a retired US Navy official is planning a regional transport revolution.

In the four years since its launch, the Segway has failed to live up to its initial hype, but Steven Brown remains convinced its eventual triumph is inev >>>


      DANA GAS TO SEEK ADSM LISTING IN MID–DECEMBER
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Dana Gas, which completed a Dh2.06 billion IPO in early October, expects to list on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market by the second week of December after completing incorporation formalities, officials said.

The regional natural gas company said it was holding discussions with the Abu Dhabi >>>


      DHCC WILL BUILD DH860M HOTEL
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : A Dh860 million luxury five–star hotel will be built in the heart of Dubai by Dubai Healthcare City.

It aims to "cater to patients and their families, those who would come to DHCC for check–ups or for treatment with relatives," commented Saeed Al Muntafiq, Chairman of >>>


      DUBAI ‘POISED TO MAKE Ł3B BUYOUT BID FOR P&O PORTS‘
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai: Dubai Ports World, the world‘s sixth–largest port operator, is set to make a 3 billion bid this week to take over P&O, Britain‘s biggest ports and ferries group, the Sunday Times News Service reported from London yesterday.

Dubai Ports World is keen to acquire P&O >>>


      DUBAI INVESTMENTS PROFIT JUMPS 306%
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : Net profit at Dubai Investments, a top holding company with diverse business interests, jumped 306 per cent in the nine months to September to Dh386 million from a year ago, the company said in a statement.

Consolidated group income reached Dh1 billion, a two–fold increase over the s >>>


      DUBAI LAND DEALS HIT DH1.'B IN MONTH
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Salma Abdullah, Staff Reporter Dubai : Al Barsha–1 recorded 12 land transactions worth a total of Dh376.8 million during October, according to the Dubai Lands and Properties Department.

A source from the department said that Al Barsha–1 was the most active area in terms of the total value of the >>>


      DUBAI STOCK MARKET RISES TO A NEW CLOSING HIGH
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : Dubai shares rose nearly 1 per cent to a new closing high yesterday and Abu Dhabi stocks climbed half a per cent, but developer Ras Al Khaimah Properties vaulted more than 400 per cent on its trading debut yesterday.

Emirates Telecommunications Corp rose 2.76 per cent to Dh2'.80 despit >>>


      EARNINGS SEASON TO BE STILL HAPPIER
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Dubai : Led by a strong banking sector, third–quarter corporate earnings in the UAE have exceeded market expectations, and the fourth quarter is set to bring even higher profits, analysts said.

Most of the UAE‘s 80 listed companies have reported third–quarter earnings with impressive >>>


      ETIHAD LAUNCHES TORONTO FLIGHT TODAY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi : Etihad Airways will launch a service from Abu Dhabi to Toronto, the UAE national carrier‘s 1'th destination in just two years, via Brussels today.

"Our first transatlantic flight to Toronto after only two years of operations heralds further growth >>>


      ETISALAT AND PAKISTAN TELCO ASSESS NEXT STEP
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Nermeen Elkady, Staff Reporter Dubai : Following the reported collapse of Etisalat‘s acquisition of 26 per cent of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the companies in both countries are busy picking up the pieces and assessing their next steps.

Pakistani officials said that ministers o >>>


      FEEDER TRADE GROWTH MAY TAKE INDUSTRY BY SURPRISE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Frank Kennedy, Special to Gulf News Feeder vessels must keep pace with the accelerated development in long–haul container vessels sector, says an industry expert.

David Tozer, business manager for container ships at risk management organisation Lloyd‘s Register, says the lack of efficient, moder >>>


      FOUNDATION LAYING COMPLETED FOR ARMADA TOWERS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : Foundation laying works for the Armada Group‘s Dh1 billion Armada Towers project being built at the Jumeirah Lake Towers has been completed.

CSHK Dubai Contracting LLC, which is handling the project, has begun the next stage of construction.

The company was awarded a Dh315 m >>>


      GULF AIR RAISES FREQUENCY TO SUBCONTINENT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Manama : Gulf Air has increased its frequency to the subcontinent by adding two weekly flights from Bahrain to Bangalore and Chennai in India and five weekly flights to Karachi in Pakistan.

It has also introduced double daily flights to Mumbai in India and said Bangkok in Thailand would be served >>>


      HOW THE WORLD LOOKS AS A SINGLE ECONOMY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Sam Brittan The most striking conclusion of orthodox trade theory was that low wage and high wage countries could profitably trade without one side undermining the other.

Of course, the theory was never quite that simple. There was a learned debate about the conditions in which trade and capital movements c >>>


      ICESING GETS BAHRAIN BANK LOAN
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Manama : IceSing, a special–purpose company established by FL Group and Kaupthing Bank of Iceland, have signed a facility agreement with Bahrain–based Arab Banking Corporation to part finance the acquisition of a 1''7 Boeing 747–400F freighter aircraft.

The plane was owne >>>


      ISLAMABAD FACES ECONOMIC IMPACT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Farhan Bokhari, Special to Gulf News Islamabad : Share prices on the Karachi stock exchange are likely to fall today in the first significant sign of anxiety among investors over the failure of Etisalat to secure its deal to purchase 26 per cent shares and management rights of Pakistan‘s main telecom company.< >>>


      MIDEAST‘S FIRST PRIVATE AIRLINE LANDS IN DUBAI
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Maey El Shoush, Staff Reporter Dubai: Kuwait‘s first low–fare airline Jazeera Airways touched down in Dubai last night, just 15 minutes behind schedule. It is the Middle East‘s first privately owned carrier.

Flights to Bahrain, Damascus, Amman and Beirut are to begin following the inaugral >>>


      OASIS GAINS AS DEMAND FOR JETS EXCEEDS SUPPLY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Dubai : Less stock and rising demand is good news for Oasis International Leasing, a UAE company, which claims that the number of aircraft available for sale or lease is declining, while new airlines adding capacity is strengthening demand.

This can be seen in Oasis‘ bottom line and strong t >>>


      TANKER RATES SCALE HIGHER GROUND
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Graeme Northfleet, Special to Gulf News As we predicted the previous week, the continuing shut–in of 63 per cent of crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has not eased. Instead it has kept VLCCs busy in the Atlantic basin trying to pump oil into America‘s veins.

It has also prevented these >>>


      TRAFFIC JAMS DRIVE DUBAI RESIDENTS TO DESPAIR
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Dubai: Dubai‘s drive towards global acclaim has hit a speed–bump. The city once boasted about its world class facilities linked by smooth–running highways, but now gridlock is making things miserable for residents.

Economists and experts say the congestion that jams the streets for se >>>


      ‘COMPLAIN IF YOU DON‘T GET YOUR SALARY‘
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai: Labourers should complain immediately if their employer fails to pay them their monthly salary, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commandant General of Dubai police, said yesterday.

Lt. Gen Dhahi Khalfan "They should not wait two or three months, and then go on >>>


      AJMAN PRIVATE TAXI DRIVERS RAISE FARES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Mahmood Saberi, Staff Reporter Ajman: Taxi drivers have increased fares by Dh2 for travel within the emirate in anticipation of stiff competition from a new fleet of metered–taxis.

Mahmood Saberi/Gulf News Indian Saeed Ahmad has been driving a taxi in Ajman for the past 10 years.

He feels new >>>


      AWARENESS DRIVE URGED TO FACE ONSET OF MENOPAUSE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai: UAE women need to be more aware of age–related conditions, such as the menopause, as the UAE faces an ageing population, said a senior Health Ministry official.

"The UAE still has a young population but [the ageing population] is coming as living standards impro >>>


      CRASH ON SHAIKH ZAYED ROAD
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Hadrian Hernandez, Gulf News Photographer A minivan overturned when it was involved in an accident with another car on Shaikh Zayed Road near the third interchange yesterday.

Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News Several people in the vehicles were injured and they were taken to a hospital, police sources said. >>>


      CREW MEMBER ‘HAD CHICKEN POX, NOT BIRD FLU‘
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai: Emirates said yesterday that none of its cabin crew or any other employee had been hit by bird flu.

A spokesman denied claims by a section of the foreign media that a female cabin crew member had contracted the virus and been banned from flying.

Mike Simon, Senio >>>


      DUBAI CROWN PRINCE PERFORMS UMRAH
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      WAM Dubai: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia yesterday received in Makkah General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, who conveyed greetings from President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh >>>


      E–VISION INCREASES CHARGES FOR SOME OF ITS CABLE TV PACKAGES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief Al Ain: Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia (E–Vision) has increased the prices of its different packages, saying it was necessary to deliver the best quality cable TV services.

The new prices will be applicable to existing subscribers from tomorrow (November 1), according to an >>>


      EDUCATION FAIR TO HOST 26 CANADIAN COLLEGES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Mohammad Shamseddine, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Twenty–six premier Canadian educational institutions will participate in the forthcoming Global Education and Training Exhibition (Getex) Abu Dhabi.

Canada will display the best of its educational courses and services at Getex, which will be held from No >>>


      ERRANT EMPLOYERS MUST PAY FINES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Shireena Al Nowais, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Employers‘ attempts to be exempted from fines will be of no avail, the labour minister said yesterday.

Speaking to employers who asked to be exempted from a Dh5,000 fine for each year of expiry of a worker‘s labour card, labour minister Dr Ali Bin Ab >>>


      FOUR–PRONGED STRATEGY DRAWN UP TO TACKLE BIRD FLU
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Mohammad Shamseddine, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Department of Municipality and Agriculture instituted a plan yesterday to tackle bird flu, according to a department official.

The department has taken precautions and procedures to prevent the spread of bird flu, and emphasised it is taking all >>>


      GROWING LABOUR DISPUTES LED TO SETTING UP OF POLICE HOTLINE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai: An average of three or more labour protests daily has prompted the authorities to set up a hotline to report labour related complaints, the Dubai Police chief said yesterday.

The hotline suggestion came from General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of >>>


      GUIDE TO HELP BRITONS ON CONSULAR SERVICES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai: British officials have announced they are producing a major guide that will show what help they can and cannot give to Britons living overseas.

The document is designed to help the 13 million British nationals who live outside their home country 100,000 of them in the >>>


      HAMDAN RECEIVES EGYPTIAN ENVOY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      WAM Dubai: Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, yesterday received new Egyptian Ambassador Mohammad Saeed Obaid.

WAM Shaikh Hamdan welcomed the ambassador and wished him success in his new post.

>>>


      INDIANS HOLD NEARLY HALF OF ALL MANAGERIAL POSTS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai: Indians dominate managerial positions in private sector establishments, holding 46.23 per cent of posts, according to a Dubai Municipality study.

UAE nationals hold 11.58 per cent of managerial posts, while 14.32 per cent are held by Arab expatriates.

Some '. >>>


      JULPHAR TO CUT PRICES OF MEDICINES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter Ras Al Khaimah: The Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) announced yesterday it will cut its drug prices.

The move is seen as enabling pharmacists to drop their own prices and comply with a price cut announced by the Ministry of Health, to be implemented from tomorrow.
>>>


      KHALIFA AND MAKTOUM WILL NOT RECEIVE WELL–WISHERS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will not receive well–wishers on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr as it coincides with the first anniversary of the passing away of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced.

His Highness Shaik >>>


      LOOP ON INTERCHANGE OPENS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Sankha Kar, Gulf News Photographer Sharjah: The new interchange in Al Khan area in Sharjah now affords access between the busy industrial area and the central district of Rolla.

Sankha Kar/Gulf News This loop opened to traffic on Saturday night, an engineer of the public works department said.

He s >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      WAM and Staff reports Role of education in developing human resources discussedAbu Dhabi – The role of university education in supporting the government‘s efforts in developing the UAE‘s human capital was discussed. Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka‘abi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, held a mee >>>


      NO BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS FOR EMERGENCY CASES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Faisal B. Masudi, Staff Reporter Dubai: Pakistani expatriates who need to renew their passports before heading home to tend to quake victims or family emergencies will not get machine–readable ones, a consulate official said.

This is because the all–new "biometric" passport cannot be i >>>


      SHARIA AND UAE LAWS PROHIBIT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi: Cruelty to animals is prohibited in the Islamic Sharia and UAE‘s laws, according to scholars and legal consultants.

Gulf News An offence punishable by imprisonment of up to one year, or by a fine of not more than Dh10,000, or by both the fine and imprisonment.
>>>


      SPRINGS RESIDENTS ‘CUT OFF FROM EMERGENCY SERVICES‘
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Kavitha S. Daniel, Staff Reporter Dubai: Theresa Seward–Case, who was expecting her first baby, had to be admitted to hospital three months before her due date.

It was not a medical complication that forced her to be hospitalised when she was just six months pregnant. The reason had more to do with li >>>


      SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FOCUS OF DATE PALM MEETING
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief Al Ain: International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) has joined hands with UAE University to organise a conference to look at the new dimensions and challenges for sustainable date palm production.

The three–day Third International Date Palm Conference is scheduled >>>


      THE BEST OF THE BEST LOVE DUBAI
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Phenomenal growth and growing appeal among celebrities wins recognition A website is all praise for Dubai as the world‘s top celebrities endorse its appeal.

An article on foxnews.com has given the emirate a rave review. "It‘s got a New York business atmosphere and Cancun tourism. Combine the t >>>


      THREE TO STAND TRIAL FOR MALL BLAZE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai: Two Indian workers and their supervisor have been charged by Dubai Public Prosecution for negligently causing the Oasis Centre fire, a senior Public Prosecution official said yesterday.

"The two workers were charged because they were directly working with fire. Thei >>>


      TOUGH ACTION AGAINST THREE FIRMS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter Dubai: Authorities have taken tough action against three companies that failed to pay workers‘ salaries.

The move has effectively blacklisted them and they will not be able to bring in more workers.

The authorities closed the labour files for the Arab Light E >>>


      ZAYED UNIVERSITY‘S DUBAI CAMPUS TO BE RELOCATED IN JULY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai: Zayed University is moving to its new campus in Academic City in Al Rawayah next July.

It will house a special memorial hall for the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said Dr Hanif Hassan, Zayed University (ZU) Director.

"The memorial hall >>>


      15 JORDANIAN MILITANTS CHARGED WITH IRAQ SUICIDE PLOT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Amman: Fifteen Jordanian Islamists were charged with plotting suicide bombings against US and Iraqi forces in Iraq, Jordanian media reported on Monday.

Five of the fifteen militants were absent from court as they are still on the run.

Charges against the militants included illegal possession >>>


      BAHRAINI WOMEN SPLURGE TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama: Bahraini women spend an average of 150 Bahraini dinars a month on perfumes and beauty products, the triple of what men pay out, according to a study published yesterday.

The conclusion by the Bahrain News Agency confirms other study findings about the strong penchant of Gul >>>


      DUBAI JOURNALIST BEATEN BY YEMEN POLICE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Sanaa: A Dubai–based journalist was badly beaten by police while covering a textile workers strike over unpaid wages in Yemen.

A 200–strong police force surrounded the small news crew and beat camera man Moujeeb Swelah, who was part of the Dubai–based news satellite channel Al Arabiy >>>


      FROM DOHA TO HONG KONG
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Mike Moore, Special to Gulf News In December, trade ministers from various countries will hold a critical meeting in Hong Kong that should advance the negotiations to conclude the Doha Development Round.

The Doha trade round was launched in 2002 when I was the director–general of the World Trade Organ >>>


      IRAQ CABINET ADVISER KILLED
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Baghdad : Iraqs cabinet adviser was killed on Sunday when gunmen attacked his car in northern Baghdad in the latest militant campaign of attacks on government officials.

Government officials also said that a deputy trade minister was wounded when gunmen attacked his convoy in a separate attack in Bagh >>>


      IRAQI CASUALTY FIGURE PUT AT 26,000 SINCE JANUARY LAST YEAR
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Baghdad: The Pentagon estimates that 26,000 Iraqis have been killed or wounded in attacks by insurgents since January 2004, with the daily number increasing fairly steadily.

In the first partial public count of Iraqi casualties, the Pentagon said more than 60 are killed or wounded by insurgents every d >>>


      ISRAEL AND IRAN START A CHAIN REACTION
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Patrick Seale, Special to Gulf News Iran and Israel are behaving like "rogue" states, whose intemperate words and deeds are spreading chaos and war throughout the Middle East.

Last Wednesday, Iran‘s new hard–line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, aroused alarm and condemnation by declari >>>


      JORDAN BANS AIRING OF ANTI–SEMITIC TV SERIES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP Amman: Jordan has banned broadcast of a controversial mini–series criticised as anti–Semitic, winning praise yesterday from Israel and a Washington–based media watchdog.

Twenty–two episodes of Al Shatat, Arabic for The Diaspora, were broadcast by a new Jordan–based satellite st >>>


      KHATAMI CRITICISES AHMADINEJAD REMARKS ON ISRAEL
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Tehran : Hard–line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remarked that his comments on Israel‘s destruction represented Iran‘s long–standing policy toward the Jewish state.

Those remarks, that Israel should be "wiped off the map," were both praised and condemned on Sunday.
>>>


      MILITANTS AGREE TO STOP ROCKET FIRE ON ISRAEL
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Gaza: Palestinian militants on Sunday agreed to end their rocket attacks on Israel in what appeared to be an end to the latest round of violence between the two sides, officials said.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a top aide to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, said the agreement had been reached following talks >>>


      NO CASES FOUND IN THE COUNTRY MINISTER
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Baghdad: Iraq has not found any cases of deadly bird flu and is taking every precaution to ensure infected birds do not enter the country, Agriculture Minister Ali Al Bahadli said yesterday.

A regional government official in the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq said on Saturday that two cases of a mil >>>


      SEVEN KILLED AND 17 HURT IN MAKKAH STAMPEDE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh: Seven people were killed and 17 others were injured in a stampede in Makkah on Saturday night.

Reuters People pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in occupied Jerusalems Al Haram Al Sharif compound on Saturday as they observe a holy Ramadan night called Laylatul Qadr >>>


      SHARON MAY BE ASSASSINATED SAYS FORMER INTELLIGENCE CHIEF
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Gulf News Web Report Dubai: The man who was head of the former Israeli domestic intelligence head (Shabak) when former Israeli Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated thinks current Premier Ariel Sharon, will be killed in the same way.

Carmi Gillon gave his first interview – since Rabin‘s murd >>>


      SYRIA FACES PROSPECT OF UN SANCTIONS THREAT TODAY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies United Nations : The UN Security Council is expected to consider a resolution against Syria for failing to cooperate in the inquiry into the death of a former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

But the United States, France and Britain remained at odds with Russia and China on the resolution demand >>>


      TALABANI CALLS FOR TREATMENT OF SADDAM‘S HALF BROTHER
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Baghdad : Iraqs President Jalal Talabani on Sunday urged that Saddam Husseins half–brother and co–defendant be released to hospital for cancer treatment.

Barzan Ibrahim Al Tikri, who is on trial with Saddam for crimes against humanity, had called for help earlier this week so that he can g >>>


      TWO ISLAMIC JIHAD MILITANTS KILLED IN WEST BANK SHOOTOUT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Jenin, West Bank : Israeli troops killed at least two Islamic Jihad militants in a shootout in the West Bank on Sunday, hours after the group agreed to halt rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Relatives of a militant of the Islamic Jihad, weep over his body at the hospital of the West Bank town of Jenin. >>>


      US CLAIMS PRECISION STRIKE AGAINST AL QAIDA HIDEOUT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Ramadi, Iraq : US planes bombed a house near the Syrian border early Monday in what the military said was a precision strike on an Al Qaida leader.

The jets also used precision–guided munitions to attack a second house suspected of being a base for attacks against American and Iraqi forces, the >>>


      YEMEN INTENSIFIES FIGHT AGAINST CHILD SMUGGLING
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP Yemen: Staring over the border snaking past this ragged Yemeni town, 11–year–old Mohammad was willing to risk the dangerous desert trek, police capture and even his life for a chance to make money across the frontier in Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of Yemeni children have dashed across the border or >>>


      A TIME FOR GRIEF, AND CAUTION
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      No cause can be excused or furthered by terror. All causes are discredited by its use Terror, the scourge of the last century, is stamping its footprint on the new century. New York, Madrid, London and scores of other cities have witnessed the carnage wrought by murderous minds intent on sowing havoc.

Saturday >>>


      AGENCY DENIES ITS REPORTER BAILED OUT TERROR SUSPECT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Gilbert Felongco, Correspondent Manila: A Philippine–based news agency yesterday denied a report that one of its staff helped bail out a suspected terrorist who was captured by authorities last week.

In a report published on its website, ABS–CBN network denied that its reporter Julius Babao prov >>>


      AIR FORCE LOSING PLANES AND PILOTS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Basa Air Base: Fighter pilot Carlos Evangelista has difficulty holding back nostalgic feelings every time he hears the soundtrack of the 1'86 movie Top Gun.

A major in the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Evangelista says it was an inspiration for him to fly F–5A planes, the main weapon in the Phi >>>


      ALLIANCE DIVIDED OVER BAR POLL
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report Lahore: The Alliance for Restoration of Democracy stands divided over the issue of election to the office of the Supreme Court Bar Association‘s president, scheduled to be held today.

Two former judges of the Lahore High Court are in the running for the presidentship, one having political af >>>


      AN INVITATION THAT‘S COME LATE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      US government should have asked UN officials to visit Guantanamo Bay earlier The US government has for the first time extended an invitation to three United Nations human rights experts to visit the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

But would the visit really make any difference for the over 500 detainees wh >>>


      ARROYO PUSHES TO PASS ANTI–TERRORISM LAW
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Claro Cortes, Correspondent Manila: President Gloria Arroyo yesterday pushed Congress to quickly pass an anti–terrorism law to guard against a similar attack in Manila following the latest bombings in New Delhi.

At least 61 people were killed in the series of coordinated attacks in New Delhi that tore >>>


      BATMAN BEGINS BEATS REVENGEOF THE SITH AS BEST FILM THIS YEAR
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP London: Batman Begins, the most recent adventure of the comic superhero starring Christian Bale in the title role, has been voted top film of 2005 by British movie fans.

The film fought off competition from the latest Star Wars offering, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, to land the number one spot in the p >>>


      BETA BATTERS NICARAGUA‘S CARIBBEAN COASTLINE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Puerto Cabezas: Hurricane Beta strengthened to a dangerous Category 3 early yesterday as it lashed Nicaragua‘s Caribbean coast, where troops tried to rush thousands of people into shelters to escape its fierce winds and rains.

Beta carried winds of 185 kph, and forecasters said its eye is expecte >>>


      BIRD FLU MAY HIT INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP Canberra: International air travel would virtually stop if bird flu triggered a lethal human pandemic in the Asia–Pacific region, Australia‘s health minister said yesterday, as Chinese media reported plummeting poultry sales in Beijing and Shanghai.

AP Pigeons take flight in Xiangfa in Chinas Hu >>>


      BLUNKETT ‘BROKE RULES BY ACCEPTING CITY JOB‘
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP London: Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett broke parliament‘s anti–sleaze rules when he accepted a lucrative job in London‘s City business district without consulting an independent watchdog, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The Independent said Blunkett‘s decision to become a >>>


      BORDER OPENING INSPIRES WEDDING
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Staff Report New Delhi: The announcement in Pakistan‘s capital Islamabad to open the Line of Control at five points along the border that snakes through divided Kashmir did it.

Mohammad Younus Khwaja, resident of Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan–held Azad Kashmir, announced the wedding of his daug >>>


      BORDER TO OPEN ON NOVEMBER 7
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Neena Gopal, Foreign Editor New Delhi: Pakistan and India agreed yesterday morning to open their heavily militarised border, the Line of Control, in disputed Kashmir to each other‘s citizens.

Atiq–ur–Rehman/Gulf News A Pakistani woman contemplates her future in the quake–hit town of >>>


      CONVICT‘S MOTHER SEEKS QUEEN‘S HELP
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Sydney: The mother of an Australian drug smuggler who has been condemned to death in Singapore has written to Queen Elizabeth asking her to intervene.

Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, of Vietnamese extraction, was sentenced to death after being arrested at Singapore‘s Changi airport three years ago with alm >>>


      DRESDEN CHURCH RISES FROM ASHES
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Dresden, Germany: A church that dominated Dresden‘s skyline for two centuries but collapsed after the city was firebombed during the Second World War was reconsecrated yesterday following a 180–million euro (Dh7'8 million) reconstruction.

Reuters The renovated ceiling of the Frauenkirch >>>


      FISCHER‘S FIFTH WEDDING IN ROME
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP Rome : Outgoing German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, 57, has married for the fifth time, wedding his companion Minu Barati, 2', in a civil ceremony at Rome‘s city hall, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Rome mayor Walter Veltroni performed the brief ceremony on Saturday. It was attended by about >>>


      GATES PLEDGES $258 MILLION TO FIGHT MALARIA
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies New York: The richest man in the world, Bill Gates, on Monday pledged the largest single donation to the task of eradicating malaria – a disease which kills up to 2.7 million people a year.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that they will donate $258 million towards research on mal >>>


      INDIA AND PAKISTAN AGREE TO OPEN KASHMIR BORDER
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Neena Gopal, Foreign Editor New Delhi: Despite Saturday‘s triple bomb blasts in New Delhi, India and Pakistan put mounting mutual distrust aside to announce the opening of five relief camps along their disputed border in Kashmir to help the earthquake victims.

Atiq–ur–Rehman/Gulf News A Pa >>>


      INDONESIA SAYS JAIL TERMS OF MILITANTS MAY BE CUT
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Agencies Jakarta : Indonesia said militants convicted under anti–terrorism laws, including cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, are eligible for a reduction in their jail terms to mark Ramadan.

The move, expected this week to mark Eid Al Fitr, which falls on November 3, is likely to irritate some foreign countries, >>>


      JAKARTA BOOSTS SECURITY AFTER BEHEADING OF THREE TEENAGE GIRLS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Jakarta: Indonesian police beefed up security patrols yesterday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls.

Six machete–wielding men attacked the 16– to 1'–year–old students as they w >>>


      MEHMOOD WANTS TO VISIT INDIAN KASHMIR
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Mujahid Ali, Correspondent Karachi: Barrister Sultan Mehmood, a former prime minister of Pakistan–administered Kashmir, yesterday offered to take relief goods for the earthquake victims living in Indian–zone of Kashmir, saying that New Delhi should not create any obstructions to his planned visit.
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      MUSHARRAF ALL FOR DEMILITARISATION
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Khaled Almaeena Rawalpindi: Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf speaks with determination, candour and a frankness that exemplifies the enlightened moderation which has given his country new prominence on the world stage.

President General Pervez Musharraf We met him yesterday on the first floor of >>>


      NEW DELHI LIMPING BACK TO NORMALITY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi: Displaying remarkable resilience, life limped back to near normal after Saturday‘s triple blasts that claimed 62 lives and left about 200 injured.

Reuters Workers clean the debris of burnt shops at a bomb blast site in New Delhi.

The Delhi Police, haul >>>


      PARIS SEES THREE NIGHTS OF RIOTS
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Paris: French police have taken 22 youths into custody for questioning after three nights of riots in a northeastern suburb of Paris, officials said yesterday.

Overnight, groups of young people threw bottles and rocks and set more than a dozen cars ablaze. Nobody was hurt but nine people were detained >>>


      POPE IN SURPRISE VISIT TO MENTORELLA SHRINE
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      Reuters Vatican City: Pope Benedict slipped out of the Vatican unannounced for the first time in his papacy on Saturday, travelling to the same spot his predecessor did exactly 27 years ago to pray after being elected.

The Pontiff visited the shrine at Mentorella, in the mountains about 55 km northeast of Vati >>>


      POWER TRANSITION WAS SMOOTH – MEHBOOBA
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr, Correspondent New Delhi: The media speculation whether Congress would take its turn at the chief minister‘s post in Jammu and Kashmir ended on Friday when Congress president Sonia Gandhi decided to send Ghulam Nabi Azad as the next chief minister.

Regi Varghese/Gulf News Peo >>>


      SCHOOLS PUT ON FRONTLINE IN WAR ON TEENAGE PREGNANCY
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      The Telegraph Group Limited London: Teenage pregnancy rates across the catchment areas of individual secondary schools are to be compiled by the British Government.

The controversial plan will put schools in the front line of the battle against under–age conceptions.

But the measure could mean s >>>


      SRI LANKAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER KILLED NEAR COLOMBO
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent Colombo: One of Sri Lanka‘s senior military intelligence officers involved in gathering information about Tamil rebel activities succumbed to gun shot injuries yesterday, police said yesterday.

He was shot by an unidentified gunman inside his vehicle overnight. Lieutena >>>


      TEENAGER SHOOTS TWO PEOPLE AND KILLS HIMSELF
      Gulf News, 31-10-2005
      AP Aliso Viejo, California: A 1'–year–old in a black cape and a paintball mask went on a shooting rampage on Saturday in his upscale southern California neighbourhood, killing a man and his daughter before committing suicide, authorities said.

William Freund also fired shots into another house >>>



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