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      ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION HOLDS 44TH GENERAL MEETING
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      EU REACHES END OF 20–YEAR BATTLE WITH US ON WINE
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      FINANCELINE
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      GERMAN DRUG MAKER MERCK PLANS $18 BLN BID FOR RIVAL SCHERING GROUP
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      INCOME GAP NARROWS IN TURKEY
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      KIA MOTORS TO SET UP AUTO PLANT IN US
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      MCCLATCHY BUYING NO. 2 US NEWSPAPER CHAIN KNIGHT RIDDER
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      NYMEX SELLS SEAT FOR RECORD $3.8 MILLION
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      OMV ENTERS TURKEY WITH $1.1 BILLION PETROL OFISI DEAL
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      ANKARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO KICK OFF DESPITE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP
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      CO–PRODUCER OF OSCAR WINNER ‘CRASH‘ BROKE, UNPAID
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Your Account Co–producer of Oscar winner ‘Crash‘ broke, unpaid Tuesday, March 14, 2006 print this page mail to a frie >>>


      JAPANESE PRINCESS MEETS MICKEY MOUSE UNDER TIGHT SECURITY
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      MORE ANCIENT WAR GODDESS STATUES FOUND IN EGYPT
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      PAINTER ADNAN VARÝNCA TO RECEIVE 2006 AYDÝN DOĐAN AWARD
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      SABANCÝ INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ON MARCH 27
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      SPECULATING ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE BOOM
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      TODAY IN HISTORY
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      VIOLINIST TUNCAY YÝLMAZ PAYS TRIBUTE TO MOZART WITH NEW CD
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Your Account Violinist Tuncay Yýlmaz pays tribute to Mozart with new CD Tuesday, March 14, 2006 print this page mail to a friend F >>>


      DANES SIGN PETITION FOR RECONCILIATION AFTER PROPHET CARTOON CRISIS
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      EX–SERB LEADER‘S DEATH ADDS NEW ‘UNKNOWN‘ IN EU EQUATION
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Your Account Ex–Serb leader‘s death adds new ‘unknown‘ in EU equation Tuesday, March 14, 2006 print this page m >>>


      FATAH FACES US CUTOFF IF IT JOINS HAMAS GOVERNMENT
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      FATAH FACTION FACES US CUT–OFF THREAT
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Your Account Fatah faction faces US cut–off threat Tuesday, March 14, 2006 print this page mail to a friend FOREIGN All News&raqu >>>


      IRAQI PRESIDENT WARNS OF CIVIL WAR
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      ITALIAN FOES SET FOR TV ELECTION SHOWDOWN
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      NEWSLINE
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Your Account NEWSLINE Tuesday, March 14, 2006 print this page mail to a friend FOREIGN All News» » Italian foes set for TV >>>


      SERBIA RULES OUT STATE FUNERAL FOR MILOSEVIC
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      STUDENTS, UNIONS DEMAND FRENCH PM SCRAP JOBS PLAN
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      TALABANI WARNS OF CIVIL WAR AFTER BOMBINGS
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      TESTS SHOW MILOSEVIC TOOK WRONG DRUGS
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      TORNADOES RIP ACROSS MIDWEST, KILLING 10
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      BACHELET SWEEPS IN CHILE‘S NEW LEADER STARTS WORK
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Michelle Bachelet passes a guard of honour as she enters the presidential palace of La Moneda, in Santiago, on her first working day as Chile‘s first woman president yesterday.

The new leader began her term with a pledge to make good on her $6bn social reform programme, with the firs >>>


      BOHEMIA, WITH A BRAZILIAN BEAT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 11 2006 02:00 WHAT I LOVE ABOUT – RIO DE JANEIRO If you manage to resist the allure of Rio de Janeiro‘s beaches, head for the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. There are many ways of getting there. You can drive. You can jump on a tourist jeep. But nothing beats the bondinho or tram. Climb aboa >>>


      EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA WITH AN ARGENTINE TWIST
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      March 11 2006 02:00 At first sight, yerba mate is an innocuous plant. A relative of common holly, it grows widely in the steamy forests of north–eastern Argentina. Place its leaves in an ornamental gourd, however, infuse in hot water, throw in a complex social ritual, and the bittertasting plant takes on almost >>>


      BILL GATES INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      updated: February 15 2006 05:35 The FT‘s Richard Waters talks to Bill Gates at the RSA Security Conference 2006 in San Jose about Microsoft strategies on computer security, as well as the issue of censorship in China during the RSA Security Conference 2006 in San Jose.

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      INDONESIA RESTORES GUTERRES‘ JAIL TERM
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Indonesia‘s Supreme Court yesterday rejected the appeal of Eurico Guterres, the former head of the feared East Timorese pro–Jakarta Aitarak militia, and restored a 2002 10–year sentence that had been halved by a lower court.

Should Mr Guterresbe jailed, he would be the on >>>


      JAPAN LEADS THE PACK IN GLOBAL JOBS GROWTH
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Japan‘s economic recovery is generating job growth "like a pressure cooker letting off steam", according to a report published today.

Hiring activity in Japan‘s peak second quarter season is expected to be vigorous, notably in the financial and insurance sectors, says >>>


      UK INFLATIONARY PRESSURE STEADY
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 UK inflationary pressure steady Inflationary pressures in the UK economy remained steady last month, official data published yesterday showed. Factory gate prices rose 0.3 per cent during February, keeping the annual rate at 2.' per cent, slightly ahead of City forecasts. However, the cost of m >>>


      WASHINGTON WARMS TO INDONESIA AS CONDUIT INTO THE ISLAMIC WORLD
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Not so long ago, from Washington‘s vantage point, Indonesia looked like a daunting second front in the war against terrorism.

Even as frustrated US and other western officials warned of looming danger in the months before the October 2002 Bali bombings, Jakarta‘s default positi >>>


      BANKING SYSTEM FAILING EUROPE‘S IMMIGRANT WORKERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:43 Mediterranean and North African countries are losing out because of the inefficient way funds are sent home by immigrant workers in Europe, according to a report released on Monday.

Up to ň'4;ě14bn is sent annually to countries in North Africa and the Middle East by worker >>>


      BOMB ALLEGATIONS THREATEN TURKEY‘S UNEASY BALANCE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:02 The military officer tipped to become Turkey‘s most senior general later this year is at the centre of a political and legal storm over allegations that he tried to disrupt the country‘s bid to join the European Union.

General Yasar Buyukanit, currently the commander of land fo >>>


      EU MINISTERS CLASH OVER PROTECTIONISM
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      March 13 2006 23:07 European Union economy ministers clashed on Monday in Brussels over mounting protectionism in the bloc, this time over laws to open up the EU‘s services market.

Poland is leading opposition to a redrafted EU law to liberalise the services market, which it claims is designed to stop l >>>


      EURONEXT TO KICK–START D BÖRSE MERGER TALKS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 12:41 Euronext signalled it was prepared to tackle its differences with Deutsche B rse, which have thus far thwarted hopes of a deal between the European exchange operators.

As proposed pairings among the world‘s stock market groups proliferate, Euronext, which operates the cash and deriv >>>


      GREECE SAYS IT WILL MEET STABILITY PACT‘S DEFICIT TARGET
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 18:10 Greece is on track to reduce the budget deficit this year below the European Union‘s stability and growth pact ceiling, after a period of excessive spending that raised questions about its future in the eurozone.

In an interview with the FT, George Alogoskoufis, finance minister, sai >>>


      ITALY‘S ELECTION RIVALS SQUARE UP'4;€‰FOR TV DEBATE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:54 Silvio Berlusconi, Italy‘s centre–right prime minister, aims to deliver a knock–out punch on Monday night when he confronts Romano Prodi, his centre–left challenger, in the first of two televised election debates.

"Invite an undecided voter to dinner!" the >>>


      MILOSEVIC WIDOW MAY AVOID SERBIA CHARGES
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 22:57 Serbia may drop charges against the widow of Slobodan Milosevic, to clear the way for a funeral in the capital for the former Serbian and Yugoslav president, who died under indictment for war crimes in The Hague on Saturday.

Belgrade district court convened on Monday to consider cancelling >>>


      PORTUGAL‘S BCP MAKES '4;‚¬4.3BN BID FOR BANCO BPI
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 01:11 Millennium BCP, Portugal‘s biggest bank, on Monday launched a €4.3bn ($5.1bn) takeover bid for Banco BPI, the country‘s fifth–largest bank, in a move designed to create a "national banking champion".

BCP is offering €5.7 a share, a premium of 25 pe >>>


      RUSSIA DEFENDS SUPPLY RECORD AS G8 DEBATES ENERGY
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:12 Russia defended its record as a reliable energy supplier on Monday, as Group of Eight energy ministers and Jos é Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, prepared to gather in Moscow to discuss concerns about energy security.

Alexander Medvedev, head of the export arm of Gaz >>>


      WARSAW WARNED OVER RISK OF BANK FEUD
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 20:12 Poland‘s international reputation and commitment to the rule of law are being undermined by the bitter battle between ministers and the central bank over a banking merger, the government was warned on Monday.

Jean–Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, used unu >>>


      BANKING SYSTEM FAILING EUROPE‘S IMMIGRANT WORKERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:43 Mediterranean and North African countries are losing out because of the inefficient way funds are sent home by immigrant workers in Europe, according to a report released on Monday.

Up to ň'4;ě14bn is sent annually to countries in North Africa and the Middle East by worker >>>


      BOMB ALLEGATIONS THREATEN TURKEY‘S UNEASY BALANCE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:02 The military officer tipped to become Turkey‘s most senior general later this year is at the centre of a political and legal storm over allegations that he tried to disrupt the country‘s bid to join the European Union.

General Yasar Buyukanit, currently the commander of land fo >>>


      DEATH ON TRIAL
      FT, 14-03-2006
      02:00 WORLD The death of Slobodan Milosevic, former Yugoslav president, followed by reports of murder claims among loyalists, fuelled speculation among bloggers.

After suggestions of suicide from Carla del Ponte, United Nations prosecutor, jugoblog. blogspot.com said the UN international war crimes tribunal&ls >>>


      OPPOSITION FACES UPHILL STRUGGLE TO OUST ‘EUROPE‘S LAST DICTATOR‘
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Opposite the vast Lenin tractor factory in Minsk, the Belarus capital, the crowd is vocal but sparse – 300 at most. The meeting hall where Alexander Milinkevich applied to hold an election rally is locked. So the presidential challenger stands on the icy steps and addresses his supporters thr >>>


      WESTERN LEADERS DENY PLOT TO INFLUENCE DESTINY OF BELARUS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 The US and the European Union would like little better than to contribute to ending what Condoleezza Rice, the American secretary of state, has called "the last dictatorship in Europe".

However, they insist they are limiting their efforts to promoting fair elections and democracy >>>


      GREENHOUSES IN GAZA SUFFER EXPORT BLOW
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Greenhouses bought on behalf of Palestinians by Jewish American benefactors are losing up to $130,000 a day in export sales because of Israeli restrictions on produce leaving the Gaza Strip, says the company running the project.

Hundreds of tonnes of cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, strawber >>>


      IMMIGRANTS LOSE OUT IN EU FUND TRANSFERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Mediterranean and North African countries are losing out because of inefficiency in the way funds are sent home by immigrant workers in Europe, according to a report released yesterday.

A study by the European Investment Banksays on average 16 per cent of money sent is lost along the way b >>>


      COMET APPROACH BOOSTS STELLAR LONDON STOCKS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 12:12 London equities hit a fresh five–year high on Tuesday as news that Kesa Electricals had rejected an approach sent selected retailers sharply higher.

Kesa shares jumped 18.5 per cent to 347'4;˝p as the owner of Comet in the UK said it had "received a conditional propo >>>


      EURO SLIPS ON SOFT ZEW DATA
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 12:06 The euro fell in European morning trade on Tuesday after a key measure of German investor sentiment came in below market expectations.

The ZEW Institute‘s economic expectations index fell to 63.4 in March, from 6'.8 in February, bucking forecasts for a rise to 71. The Institute c >>>


      EUROZONE BONDS BOOSTED BY WEAK GERMAN SENTIMENT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 12:06 Eurozone government bonds perked up on Tuesday following an unexpectedly weak reading from a key German investor sentiment survey.

The monthly survey by the Mannheim–based ZEW institute showed that the economic expectations indicator fell by 6.4 points to 63.4 from 6'.8 in Februar >>>


      GOVERNMENT BONDS HIT FURTHER ON RATE JITTERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 20:57 Government bond prices around the globe were weaker on Monday amid interest rate jitters in Japan, Europe and the US.

A growing view that the Bank of Japan‘s new policy framework is distinctly hawkish sent Japanese government bond prices sharply lower and pushed yields on two–y >>>


      SALES DATA TO WEIGH ON US STOCKS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 13:53 Shares on Wall Street were expected to open in negative territory on Tuesday after US retail sales recorded their sharpest decline in six months and a weaker growth outlook from consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

US retail sales for February fell 1.3 per cent in February, outstr >>>


      STRONG OILS OFFSET WEAK BANKS IN FLAT EUROPE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 12:1' The FTSE Eurofirst 300 was flat at midday on Tuesday as strength in the oil and automobile sectors was offset by weakness in banks and pharmaceuticals.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 was flat at 1,363.73 with the FTSE 100 in London 0.1 per cent ahead at 5,'60.6. However, the Xetra Dax was >>>


      TOKYO SHARES CLOSER LOWER ON PROFIT–TAKING
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 07:26 Japanese stocks lost earlier gains in afternoon trading, hit by a combination of profit–taking and a weak dollar.

The Nikkei 225 closed 0.8 per cent lower at 16,238.36, while the Topix fell 0.5 per cent to 1,665.7'.

The previous day‘s sharp increases in domestic st >>>


      UK GAS PRICES HIT RECORD AGAIN
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 11:27 UK gas prices hit record levels on Tuesday for the second successive day as cold weather and the temporary closure of the country‘s largest gas storage facility tightened supply, but prices later eased as the National Grid, the operator of the UK gas network, said it would not repeat Monday&l >>>


      ANTI–BRIBE RULES TO BE PUBLIC ‘SHORTLY‘
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Ministers have promised to publish "shortly" the long–delayed government decision on anti–bribery rules for UK exporters.

New anti–bribery rules governing the main export credit agency were first proposed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in April 2004. >>>


      BROWN TO PLAY SAFE WITH A BELT–UP BUDGET
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Gordon Brown will finally make it to number 10 next week – his 10th Budget, that is. And given his ambitions to move next door in Downing Street, next week‘s Budget could be his last as chancellor. As such, he is likely to play it safe.

Mr Brown‘s listlessness has shown i >>>


      DEPORTATION APPEAL DELAY RULED OUT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 An immigration tribunal in London has refused the home secretary more time to prepare his case against 17 Algerian terrorism suspects, who are fighting deportation from the UK. The Special Immigration Appeals tribunal yesterday refused an application by Charles Clarke to delay the appeal hearings u >>>


      EMPLOYEES FEAR CONSEQUENCES OF REPORTING FRAUD
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Most employees are willing to report evidence of fraud in their workplaces but fewer than one in 10 would go directly to the police.

According to a survey of workplace attitudes to fraud, commissioned by BDO Stoy Hayward, the professional services firm, many potential "whistleblowers& >>>


      MPS CONDEMN FAILURE TO DEPORT UNSUCCESSFUL ASYLUM SEEKERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Hundreds of thousands of failed asylum seekers are still awaiting deportation and the growing backlog is undermining the integrity of the system, MPs will say today.

In a damning report on the work of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, the Commons public accounts committee says t >>>


      SCIENTISTS RALLY TO SAVE CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 Scientists are mobilising to stop the University of Sussex closing its highly rated chemistry department which has produced two Nobel prizes and is becoming increasingly popular with undergraduates.

Chemical and pharmaceutical organisations said the proposed closure, announced at the weeke >>>


      UK TROOPS IN IRAQ TO BE CUT BY 10% FROM MAY
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 16:20 John Reid, the UK defence secretary, on Monday announced that the number of British troops deployed in Iraq would be reduced by 10 per cent to just over 7,000 from May this year. At its high point in October 2003 Britain had some 10,000 troops serving in Iraq.

In his statement to the Commo >>>


      DETROIT WOES DRIVE UP CAR RENTAL CHARGES
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 The Detroit motor industry‘s financial woes have led to a steep increase in the cost of hiring a car in North America, and could result in car rental companies keeping their vehicles on the road longer.

The average daily charge for a mid–sized saloon rented at a US airport has >>>


      OIL INDUSTRY TO FIGHT CONGRESS OVER ROYALTY PAYMENTS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:43 As the US oil industry prepares to defend itself on Tuesday against political attacks on high fuel prices, one senior executive has dubbed some members of Congress "hypocritical" for seeking to reduce, or possibly end, a system allowing oil and gas producers to pay lower royalty payments. >>>


      UN RIGHTS BODY SUSPENDS SESSION
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 02:00 The United Nations Human Rights Commission began its annual session yesterday with a decision to suspend work for a week to allow more time for efforts in New York to establish a successor rights council.

The current meeting of the commission is supposed to be its last. But the proposed es >>>


      US WARMS TO INDONESIA AS CONDUIT INTO THE ISLAMIC WORLD
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 21:08 Not so long ago, from Washington‘s vantage point, Indonesia looked like a daunting second front in the war against terrorism.

Even as frustrated US and other western officials warned of looming danger in the months before the October 2002 Bali bombings, Jakarta‘s default positi >>>


      ‘QUICK ECONOMIC RECOVERY‘ FROM FLU PANDEMIC
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:2' A severe avian flu pandemic would have a significant but short–lived impact on the global economy through its disruption of workforces, transport and trade, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday.

If the virus caused high levels of illness and death, it is likely there wo >>>


      BEIJING APPROVES ONE OF TWO ‘MAGLEV‘ RAIL LINES
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 00:48 China gave one green light and one red light yesterday to the cutting–edge technology for trains that levitate on magnetic tracks when the government issued the go–ahead for two new high–speed lines.

The government‘s planning body said the State Council, China&lsquo >>>


      CHAT SHOW ECONOMIST FORCED OFF CHINA TV
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 04:07 China has forced one of the country‘s controversial economic commentators off the air, closing his top–rating programme on the grounds that he did not meet the government‘s spoken language standards for national television.

Lang Xianping, who is also known as Larry Lang, >>>


      CHILD SEX AN UNWELCOME FACET OF COSTA RICAN TOURISM
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:46 Pamela, a frail–looking 16–year–old with white skin and pale blue eyes, is looking for customers. It‘s a cold night and she pulls her tracksuit top tight over her bony, adolescent body as she walks by the railway tracks of San Jos é‘s Pac ífico district.
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      COACHING OF WITNESSES DISRUPTS '/11 TRIAL
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:27 A federal judge is considering ruling out the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui, who was last year convicted of conspiring with the September 11 plotters, after it emerged that a government lawyer held "improper communications" with witnesses.

Judge Leonie Brinkema adjourned t >>>


      DELHI GRANTS JCDECAUX PACT TO BUILD BUS SHELTERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 10:54 India‘s capital city may still lack decent pavements by the time it hosts the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but it will at least be able to boast some state–of–the–art bus shelters.

In a deal with potentially important ramifications for the development of the country&lsq >>>


      DOCTORS IN ‘CHAMBERS‘ SEEN AS OPTION FOR NHS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006
00:12 Doctors and other specialists could opt out of the National Health Service and form barrister–style chambers to sell their services to hospitals under a reshaping of the system presaged in a draft report for ministers.

This is just one of a number of reforms that would open up th >>>


      EU MINISTERS CLASH OVER PROTECTIONISM
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:07 European Union economy ministers clashed on Monday in Brussels over mounting protectionism in the bloc, this time over laws to open up the EU‘s services market.

Poland is leading opposition to a redrafted EU law to liberalise the services market, which it claims is designed to stop l >>>


      GREECE SAYS IT WILL MEET STABILITY PACT‘S DEFICIT TARGET
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 18:10 Greece is on track to reduce the budget deficit this year below the European Union‘s stability and growth pact ceiling, after a period of excessive spending that raised questions about its future in the eurozone.

In an interview with the FT, George Alogoskoufis, finance minister, sai >>>


      ISRAEL RAIDS WEST BANK PRISON TO DEMAND MILITANT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March, 11.33 Israeli forces blasted their way into a West Bank prison on Tuesday to try to seize a top Palestinian militant accused of killing an Israeli minister, storming in after U.S. and British monitors withdrew.

Palestinian officials said a guard and a prisoner were killed in clashes at Jericho prison, h >>>


      ITALY‘S ELECTION RIVALS SQUARE UP'4;€‰FOR TV DEBATE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:54 Silvio Berlusconi, Italy‘s centre–right prime minister, aims to deliver a knock–out punch on Monday night when he confronts Romano Prodi, his centre–left challenger, in the first of two televised election debates.

"Invite an undecided voter to dinner!" the >>>


      MILOSEVIC WIDOW MAY AVOID SERBIA CHARGES
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 22:57 Serbia may drop charges against the widow of Slobodan Milosevic, to clear the way for a funeral in the capital for the former Serbian and Yugoslav president, who died under indictment for war crimes in The Hague on Saturday.

Belgrade district court convened on Monday to consider cancelling >>>


      PENSION ACTIVISTS LAUNCH BATTLE FOR COMPENSATION
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006
1':34 Campaigners will gear up on Tuesday for a battle for government compensation for 85,000 people who lost pension benefits when their occupational schemes were wound up.

Ministers are to reject demands from Ann Abraham, the parliamentary ombudsman, in a report published on Wednesday >>>


      POLL SHOWS LÓPEZ OBRADOR AS MEXICO‘S FAVOURITE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      Media & internet Property Retailing & leisure Telecoms Transport "By region" sub navigation By region main US Europe UK UK – smaller companies UK – your business Asia–Pacific Middle East & Africa Americas "Markets" sub navigation Markets main Equities Currencies Capital >>>


      RUSSIA DEFENDS SUPPLY RECORD AS G8 DEBATES ENERGY
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:12 Russia defended its record as a reliable energy supplier on Monday, as Group of Eight energy ministers and Jos é Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, prepared to gather in Moscow to discuss concerns about energy security.

Alexander Medvedev, head of the export arm of Gaz >>>


      STATUS OF BUDGET IS REDUCED TO REPORT
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 18:21 The postponement last year of the 2006 spending review to 2007 has downgraded next week‘s Budget to a humdrum progress report.

The Budget had been expected to reveal whether Labour‘s public spending surge would continue after 2008 or whether Gordon Brown, the chancellor, would >>>


      TAIWAN CONSIDERS CAPPING CREDIT CARD LENDING RATES
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 00:50 Taiwan‘s government is considering an interest rate cap on unsecured consumer lending, in a move experts warn could worsen a simmering credit card loan crisis on the island.

The ministry of justice yesterday said it planned to propose capping rates on credit card loans at 8 percentag >>>


      THAI KING TAPE WARNS FEUDING LEADERS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 18:42 Thailand‘s six state–controlled television channels have simultaneously aired film of King Bhumibol Adulyadej intervening to end a 1''2 political confrontation in an apparent warning to Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister, and opposition leaders to end a stand–off over >>>


      THOUSANDS MARCH SEEKING OUSTER OF THAI PM
      FT, 14-03-2006
      2006 An estimated 100,000 people massed outside the office of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday, their leaders vowing the protest would go on until he quit.

They sat on the main road running alongside the large Government House compound under the watchful eyes of riot police, but there were no >>>


      URIBE‘S ALLIES TRIUMPH IN COLOMBIAN ELECTIONS
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 23:44 Allies of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe have swept to majority control of the country‘s Congress, paving the way for the US–backed leader to secure passage of crucial economic reforms once he is re–elected, as expected, in May.

Candidates from the three main parties th >>>


      US RETAIL SALES FALL BACK AS CAR SALES DECLINE
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 14:30 US retail sales fell faster than expected last month, as an end to unseasonably warm weather damped spirits and car sales fell back.

The 1.3 per cent fall – the first decline in six months – followed a bumper 2.' per cent increase in January. Economists had been forecasting >>>


      US URGED TO WORK WITH CHINA ON ENERGY
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 14 2006 04:0' The US must expand international co–ordination of energy issues, especially with China and India, to address concerns about growing global competition for energy resources, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee said on Monday.

In a speech in Washington, Dick Luga >>>


      WARNING ON US PORTS‘ PRODUCTIVITY
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 17:58 The US must increase investment in its congested transport infrastructure and sharply raise productivity at its ports or risk being overwhelmed by surging imports from Asia, industry leaders say.

"Every aspect of the supply chain is stretched," Doug Tilden, chief executive of Mar >>>


      WARSAW WARNED OVER RISK OF BANK FEUD
      FT, 14-03-2006
      March 13 2006 20:12 Poland‘s international reputation and commitment to the rule of law are being undermined by the bitter battle between ministers and the central bank over a banking merger, the government was warned on Monday.

Jean–Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, used unu >>>


      "ICH HABE SECHS ROLLS–ROYCE ZU HAUSE – MEINE KINDER"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 14-03-2006
      Von Christian Schubert 06. Dezember 2005 Samstag nachmittag bei Ikea in einem Pariser Vorort.

Abgekämpft warten die Kunden in langen Schlangen an den Kassen. An einer Zahlstelle jedoch wird eine besondere Käufergruppe schneller bedient: Schwangere Frauen dürfen sich hier vordrängeln, wie ei >>>


      "WIE ANFANG JANUAR"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 14-03-2006
      13. März 2006 "Ja, es war wirklich sehr, sehr kalt", sagt Jens Hoffmann. Von keiner einzigen der mehr als 400 Meßstationen des Deutschen Wetterdienstes hat der Meteorologe für die Nacht von Sonntag auf Montag einen Wert über dem Gefrierpunkt übermittelt bekommen – "von List >>>



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