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      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Aa Aa Aa Business in Brief Spending Hike Passed State Duma deputies on Wednesday approved the government‘s proposal to increase this year‘s budget spending by 124.7 billion rubles ($4.4 billion), a move that could speed up inflation beyond the authorities‘ target.

Additional money will be spe >>>


      CNPC EXECS SCURRY TO FIX KAZAKH DEAL
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Reuters SINGAPORE –– Top CNPC executives are in Kazakhstan to smooth the way for the Chinese state oil firm‘s $4.2 billion takeover deal there, a top CNPC adviser said as Kazakh legislators backed a bill allowing them to intervene in future deals.

China National Petroleum Corp., which has mad >>>


      EU PLOWS AHEAD WITH MICROSOFT SUIT
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      The Associated Press LUXEMBOURG –– Microsoft‘s remaining opponents in the European Union‘s legal case say that a settlement between the software giant and RealNetworks resolving their antitrust disputes will not deter the EU from proceeding.

RealNetworks, maker of a rival to Microsoft&l >>>


      FORMER AZERI OIL BOSS DENIES WRONGDOING
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      The Associated Press GAZAKH, Azerbaijan –– The longtime head of Azerbaijan‘s state oil company on Tuesday denied bribery accusations leveled in a U.S. indictment charging three men with offering hundreds of millions of dollars to top officials in the former Soviet republic.

Irish citizen Vikt >>>


      KHRISTENKO ATTACKS GAZPROM–SIBNEFT
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Reuters Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko criticized Gazprom‘s $13.1 billion takeover of oil firm Sibneft on Wednesday, saying the deal would strengthen the gas giant‘s monopoly position.

"This deal raises concerns linked to the size of Gazprom, the state‘s role in the compa >>>


      MINISTRIES ASSAIL PLANS TO CUT VAT
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Reuters The Economic Development and Trade Ministry and Finance Ministry oppose a proposal by the prime minister to slash value–added tax, seeing it as a risky step unlikely to support economic growth, top officials said Wednesday.

The officials came out in what appeared to be a concerted campaign to sho >>>


      RUSSIAN BANKER IS HUNGARY‘S RICHEST
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Combined Reports BUDAPEST –– Russian banker Megdet Rahimkulov is the richest person in Hungary, according to a report published Wednesday.

Rahimkulov‘s fortune was estimated at 83 billion forints ($3'8 million) in a publication on Hungary‘s richest people launched by the daily newsp >>>


      WATCHDOG RAPS CEMENT MAKER
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer Eurocement Eurocement risks being broken up by the state if it does not lower prices.

Russia‘s largest cement maker Eurocement risks being broken up by the anti–monopoly authority if it refuses to lower prices, a Federal Anti–Monopoly Service official said Wednes >>>


      1 MILLION NURSES, STUDENTS AND ACTIVISTS RALLY
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Francesca Mereu Staff Writer Igor Tabakov / MT Students watching as about 2,500 protesters rally behind metal barricades near the White House on Wednesday.

More than 1 million teachers, doctors and other state–paid workers took to the streets nationwide Wednesday to demand significantly higher salarie >>>


      BILL WOULD SET UP NEW INVESTIGATIVE AGENCY
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Carl Schreck Staff Writer A group of Federation Council senators has submitted a bill to the State Duma that foresees the establishment of an independent body that would investigate crimes committed by the president, the prosecutor general and other top officials.

The bill, submitted on Oct. 5, envisions th >>>


      DAVYDENKO KNOCKED OUT OF KREMLIN CUP IN UPSET
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Leonid Chizhov The Associated Press Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters First seed Nikolai Davydenko playing Italian Daniele Bracciali on Wednesday.

Unheralded Daniele Bracciali staged a major upset Wednesday in the Kremlin Cup, coming back to knock out top–seeded defending champion Nikolai Davydenko,
3&nd >>>


      EU, RUSSIA AGREE ON VISA RULES
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      The Associated Press LUXEMBOURG –– The European Union and Russia said Wednesday that they would sign an agreement on passport visas and the return of illegals that should make travel to Russia easier and cheaper by the end of next year and help curb illegal immigration into the EU.

The deal took fi >>>


      FINNISH HOTELIER FINDS THE WORLD IS HIS OYSTER
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Yekaterina Dranitsyna Staff Writer Alexander Belenky / MT Hytonen‘s job has taken him from Kuwait to South Africa and now Russia.

ST. PETERSBURG –– If you believe Marko Hytonen, being a general manager of a hotel means that you generally are able to manage any hotel in any country, irrespe >>>


      GEORGIA LINKS INTO CASPIAN PIPELINE
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      The Associated Press Reuters Aliyev, right, presenting Saakashvili with a carpet at the opening of a pipeline link in Georgia on Wednesday.

TBILISI, Georgia –– The presidents of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey on Wednesday ceremonially opened the valves on the Georgian section of a U.S.–backed >>>


      KOVALCHUK IN HOCKEY LIMBO
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By George Henry The Associated Press Ric Feld / AP Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, left, handing a pen to the team‘s manager, Don Waddell, in Duluth on Tuesday.

DULUTH, Georgia –– Russian winger Ilya Kovalchuk was on a line Tuesday with Peter Bondra and Marc Savard in his first practice s >>>


      LAWYER DIES, INTEKO APPEALS TO PUTIN
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Anatoly Medetsky Staff Writer bestlawyers.ru Dmitry Shteinberg A lawyer for Inteko, a company controlled by Mayor Yury Luzhkov‘s wife, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in an attack two days earlier, and Inteko appealed to President Vladimir Putin for an immediate investigation into what it called a relat >>>


      MISSING THE BIGGER PICTURE
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Boris Kagarlitsky Some politicians regard the 2008 presidential election as a watershed event of almost mystical significance. Others see it simply as the end of the world. Everyone is trying to figure out whether President Vladimir Putin will leave office on schedule. If he goes, what will happen next? And if he st >>>


      OIL WEALTH TRICKLING DOWN TO THE POOREST
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Anna Smolchenko Staff Writer The number of Russians living in abject poverty fell to under 13 million in 2002 from over 30 million in 1''', as the country‘s poorest citizens benefited from the country‘s oil–propelled economic growth, according to a new World Bank report released on Thur >>>


      PAPER: YUKOS ASKING $1BLN FOR MAZEIKIU
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Combined Reports Vladimir Filonov / MT TNK–BP director German Khan Oil group Yukos wants $1 billion for its controlling stake in the Baltic region‘s only refinery, front–running bidder TNK–BP said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday.

Yukos is selling its 53.7 percent stake i >>>


      SHARAPOVA ESCAPES DEFEAT AT DEBUT
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By David Nowak Staff Writer Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters Anna–Lena Groenefeld wincing after hurting her ankle while leading Maria Sharapova 6–1, 4–1 in a second–round match at the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday.

The roar from the Kremlin Cup crowd that accompanied Maria Sharapova when she stepp >>>


      SHUTTING THE DOOR ON A DEAD END
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Ira Straus To Our Readers Has something you‘ve read here startled you? Are you angry, excited, puzzled or pleased? Do you have ideas to improve our coverage?

Then please write to us. All we ask is that you include your full name, the name of the city from which you are writing and a contact telephone >>>


      SUSPECT DETAINED IN VORONEZH KILLING
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Kevin O‘Flynn Staff Writer Itar–Tass Hundreds of foreign students rallying in central Voronezh on Tuesday. The poster on the left reads, "Let us live." A suspect has been detained in an attack that killed an 18–year–old Peruvian student and seriously injured two other foreigners in >>>


      TRACKING KHODORKOVSKY
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      By Masha Gessen To Our Readers Has something you‘ve read here startled you? Are you angry, excited, puzzled or pleased? Do you have ideas to improve our coverage?

Then please write to us. All we ask is that you include your full name, the name of the city from which you are writing and a contact telephon >>>


      WHO IS BEING ALLOWED INSIDE THE EUROPE CLUB
      The Moscow Times, 13-10-2005
      Letters To Our Readers Has something you‘ve read here startled you? Are you angry, excited, puzzled or pleased? Do you have ideas to improve our coverage?

Then please write to us. All we ask is that you include your full name, the name of the city from which you are writing and a contact telephone number >>>


      GOVERNMENT TALKS SUCCESSFUL
      The Norway Post, 13-10-2005
      The leaders of the three coalition parties said Wednesday evening that they had reached agreement on the basis for a new government, and that their program would be presented Thursday afternoon.

Sources say that on one of the most difficult issues, the three parties have reached a compromise: There will be exp >>>


      STOLTENBERG: A HISTORIC DAY FOR NORWAY
      The Norway Post, 13-10-2005
      – This is a historic day for Norway, said Labour Party leader Jens Stoltenberg (photo) when he presented the the new coalition governments political platform at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

He pointed to the fact that for the first time in 20 years, Norway would now have a majority governmen >>>


      WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: BELARUS – NORWAY 0–1
      The Norway Post, 13-10-2005
      Norway won deservedly 1–0 against Belarus away Wednesday, in their last qualifier for the World Cup.

Thorstein Helstad scored for Norway. For Norway this match was more of a good training match, as Hareides men were already number two in their group and set for a play–off spot.

They could >>>


      GAS LEAK CLOSES SLEIPNER
      The Norway Post, 13-10-2005
      The 217 workers on the Sleipner A–platform were ready to enter the lifeboats after a gas leak was registered Wednesday.

However the situation was quickly brought under control. – Two gas detectors were activated and the production closed down. All were asked to go to the lifeboats, says Statoil inf >>>


      RUSSIAN OIL TRANSPORT CONTINUES TO INCREASE
      The Norway Post, 13-10-2005
      The Russian transpoort of oil along the Norwegian coast continues to increase. Larger tankers are being used, and they are now freighting up to one million tons of oil a month.

This compares to four million tons of oil in the whole of 2002. On average, one tanker a day is now freighting Russian oil along the N >>>


      2005 CITYNET CONGRESS HIGHLIGHTS URBAN DEVELOPMENT
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      Participants in the current 2005 Citynet Congress will seek harmonious co–ordination between the common and private, between the general and particular, and turn the common aspirations of humankind into effective activities that are suitable for the particular conditions of a region, country or urban locality.
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      CAMBODIAN PRIME MINISTER HUN SEN CONCLUDES VIETNAM VISIT
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      Prime Minister Hun Sen and his delegation left Hanoi on October 12, concluding their three–day official friendship visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.

Earlier, PM Hun Sen and his entourage paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum and to the Monument >>>


      FORMER VICE–CHAIR OF MINISTERS COUNCIL GIVEN STATE FUNERAL
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      A solemn State funeral ceremony was held for former vice chairman of the Council of Ministers Tran Quynh yesterday in Hanoi.

Tran Quynh was also a Party Central Committee (CPP) member during the fourth and fifth Party congresses.

Many Government and State leaders laid wreaths at the funeral, Phan Dien >>>


      JAPAN HELPS RAISE CAPACITY IN IMPLEMENTING COMPETITION LAW
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      The Japanese Government will help the Ministry of Trade‘s Competition Management Department raise its capacity in implementing the Competition Law and competition policies.

An agreement to this effect was signed in Hanoi on October 12 between the Competition Management Department and the Japanese Interna >>>


      PM HUN SEN THANKS VIETNAMESE HOST FOR WARM WELCOME
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, during his travel home by air on October 12, sent a cable to Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, expressing his pleasure at the fine results of his visit to Vietnam, saying it contributes to further promoting friendship and comprehensive co–operation between Vietnam and Cambodia.
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      PRESIDENT LUONG INSPECTS PREPARATIONS FOR VIETNAM&#3';S BIGGEST HYDRO–ELECTRIC PLANT
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      Luong inspects preparations for Vietnams biggest hydro–electric plant President Luong visits a new resettlement in Via Cuom hamlet, Chieng Bang commune.

President Tran Duc Luong asked the northwestern province of Son La to ensure that those living in the area designated for the countrys largest hydro&nda >>>


      VIETNAM AND INDONESIA PUSH FOR CLOSER HEALTH CO–OPERATION
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      Vietnamese Health Minister Tran Thi Trung Chien and her Indonesian counterpart Siti Fadilah Supari have agreed to increase bilateral co–operation in healthcare services, personnel training, the fight against infectious diseases and in researching and producing pharmaceutical products.

The agreement was s >>>


      VIETNAM WILL FACILITATE UN HUMAN RESOURCE TRAINING PROJECT: DEPUTY PM
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      The Vietnamese Government will create favourable conditions for the implementation of the United Nations‘ project on human resource training in Vietnam, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan.

Deputy PM Khoan made the affirmation while receiving Marcel Boisard, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations >>>


      WB EXTENDS US $50 MILLION CREDITS TO VIETNAM&#3';S EDUCATION
      Nhan Dan, 13-10-2005
      $50 million credits to Vietnams education The State Bank of Vietnam signed a credit treaty worth US $50 million in Hanoi on October 12 with the International Development Association (IDA) under the World Bank to fund Vietnams programme on national education.

The IDA credits will help upgrade the material found >>>


      CRACK THE PROBLEM
      The Observer, 13-10-2005
      Time to target this anti–social drug Leader Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer Our war against hard drugs is not going well. As we reveal today, a report by the government‘s science think tank, Foresight, predicts that the number of heroin and crack cocaine addicts in Britain could triple within the next 20 >>>


      DOLORES, BE A STAR
      The Observer, 13-10-2005
      Leader Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer What‘s in a name? A giant lump of rock and ice, spotted orbiting the Sun at ' billion miles, is known as 2003 UB313. But this lacks the majesty of Jupiter, romance of Venus or schoolboy snigger quality of Uranus. Stargazers have dubbed the planet ‘Xena‘, in >>>


      IT‘S TOO EARLY TO CLAIM VICTORY
      The Observer, 13-10-2005
      But together we can defeat bombers Leader Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer We are right to be pleased by last week‘s police operations but triumphalist headlines are inadvisable. The carnage of 7 July came out of the blue.

Only a month ago intelligence agencies believed that threat levels were low. Thou >>>


      ‘THERE ARE NO WINNERS‘
      The Observer, 13-10-2005
      Interview by David Smith Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer Colin Parry‘s 12–year–old son, Tim, was killed by the IRA bombing at Warrington in 1''3, in which three–year–old Johnathan Ball also died. Parry is now chairman of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Trust, an educational peace ch >>>


      ‘TRUTH COMMISSION‘ TO AID IRA VICTIMS
      The Observer, 13-10-2005
      Gaby Hinsliff and Henry MacDonald Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer The suffering of the victims of Irish terrorism is to be recognised by the creation of a Victims‘ Commissioner to help heal the wounds of three decades of bloodshed.

Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland Secretary, told The Observer this week >>>


      CALL FOR HI–TECH BORDER CHECKS
      The Observer, 13-10-2005
      Government may speed up the use of electronic controls at airports Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday July 31, 2005 The Observer Electronic checks that could identify terrorist suspects before they board a plane to Britain may be rushed in amid heightened concerns over port security in the wake of the suicide bombi >>>


      23,000 DEATHS CONFIRMED; 51,000 PEOPLE INJURED: SULTAN
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Emergency helipads would be arranged Islamabad—Around 3.3 million people spread over an area of 20,000 square kilometre were worst affected by October 8 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, said Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Shaukat Sultan.

Briefing media persons on th >>>


      BD SENDS RELIEF GOODS
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Mahmood Hussain Islamabad—A Bangladesh C–130 plane, carrying relief good for the earthquake stricken people of Pakistan landed here Wednesday at the Chaklala Base.

The goods included blankets, biscuits, winter clothes, candles and medicine.

The Bangladesh High Commissioner Shamim Amad told Pakis >>>


      BOMB ATTACKS KILL 54 IRAQIS, 2 US SOLDIERS
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Baghdad—Insurgent attacks Tuesday killed at least 54 people, the highest death toll since Sept. 2', when three car bombs exploded simultaneously in the mainly Shiite town of Balad, north of Baghdad, killing at least 102 people. President Bush said more attacks would likely follow in the three days remaining before >>>


      CENTRE TO PROVIDE RS 1 B FOR NWFP, SAYS DURRANI
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Islamabad—NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani on Wednesday said the federal government would provide additional amount of Rs. one billion to carry out relief and rescue operations in quake–hit areas.

He said the federal government has already provided Rs. 500 million for relief measures in the provinc >>>


      CHARLES DEEPLY SHOCKED
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      John Thakur Das Islamabad—Prince of Wales and heir to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Prince Charles Wednesday expressed deep shock and grief over the loss of thousands of people in Pakistan in the devastating earthquake in the country.

In his condolence message to Presid >>>


      JORDANIAN RELIEF CHIEF IN ISLAMABAD
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Aroosa Alam Islamabad—His Royal Highness Prince Rashed Bin–Al–Hassan, Chief of the Jordanian Relief Agencies arrived here bringing with him a 50–bed mobile hospital to be deployed in Rawalakot. Prince Rashed will stay on in Islamabad till October 14, 2005 when he will join the delegation of His Majest >>>


      MASSIVE RESCUE, RELIEF OPERATION UNDERWAY
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Sharafat Kazmi Islamabad—Relief and rescue activities in the earthquake affected areas of Azad Kashmir and NWFP are underway at massive scale.

According to Federal Relief Commission, 150 tonnes of relief goods including food items, blankets, tents and medicines have been provided in the affected areas of AJK t >>>


      PRESIDENT URGES NATION TO SHOW COORD, COURAGE
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Contributions to be used transparently Pays tribute to nation, armed forces; gratitude to the world Islamabad—Praising the nation for demonstrating unity in its response to catastrophic earthquake, President Pervez Musharraf Wednesday appealed to all segments to coordinate their efforts and extend generous donations fo >>>


      REHABILITATION OF QUAKE–HIT
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      NSC for short,long–term strategy Aroosa Alam Islamabad—The extraordinary meeting of National Security Council has decided to immediately put in place short and long–term strategy for the relief and rehabilitation of quake hit areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas.

The meeting also unde >>>


      RELIEF, RESCUE OPERATION ACCELERATED: PM
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Staff Reporter Islamabad—Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the relief and rescue operation has been accelerated in the affected areas and hoped that the situation will improve shortly.

Talking to newsmen at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad Wednesday Mr Shaukat Aziz said special heavy equipment is >>>


      RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS AGAINST ELEMENTAL FORCES
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Comment/Abdul Sattar Editor, Foreign Affairs Last year’s tsunami, hurricane Katrina in September and now the earthquake, all cataclysms of historic proportions, illustrated the frailty and powerlessness of humans in the face of irresistible elemental forces of nature.

We could only watch with helpless horror a >>>


      RICE ASSURES FULL US HELP
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      We will be with you in hour of need not just today but also tomorrow; Discusses needs with President, PM Islamabad—The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday expressing sorrow and grief over the tragic loss of lives in the devastating earthquake assured full support and long–term U.S. help and cooperati >>>


      SNGP ESCAPES MAJOR DAMAGE
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Anwar Rajani Karachi—Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGP) network has not suffered any major damage from the earthquake, according to official sources. SNGPL is the sole gas transmission and distribution company in the Northern parts of the country.

However, only minor portions of company’s gas pipelines are affe >>>


      SYRIAN INTERIOR MINISTER COMMITS SUICIDE
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      Damascus (Syria)—Syria’s interior minister, who ran Lebanon for many years and was one of several top officials caught up in the U.N. probe of the slaying of that nation’s former prime minister, died Wednesday. The country’s official news agency said he committed suicide in his office.

The death of Brig. Gen. >>>


      WORLD BANK INJECTS ADDITIONAL $40 M
      Pakistan Observer, 13-10-2005
      John Thakur Das Karaachi—Mindful of the grim rescue operation that will continue in earthquake–hit South Asia for days to come, the World Bank is scrambling teams of disaster reconstruction experts as well as available money, doubling its initial commitment to hardest–hit Pakistan to US$40 million. This amo >>>


      ‘THE ATTITUDE AND MENTALITY PERSISTS. IT NEEDS BREAKING‘
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By A Correspondent THE mother of Danielle Beccan has moved from the area where her daughter was killed in an attempt to protect her remaining children from the culture of violence and crime that deprived them of their 14–year–old sister.

Paula Platt and her family left the gang district of St Anns, >>>


      ANTI–TERROR BILL SUFFERS DOUBLE BLOW OVER HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent Click here to read the full text of Lord Carlile‘s report on the Terrorism Bill TONY BLAIRS controversial detention plans for terror suspects may breach human rights laws, the Governments own anti–terror watchdog said yesterday.

In a second blow to the Government >>>


      BOYCOTT WATERSTONES AND AMAZON TO SAVE OUR BOOKSHOPS, SAYS ALAN BENNETT
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Lewis Smith and Tosin Sulaiman Best–selling author bemoans the loss of independent booksellers ALAN BENNETT urged readers to boycott mainstream high street retailers and to return to independent bookshops. He appealed to book–buyers to protect towns and cities from Identikit shopping centres.

Sp >>>


      CAMERON MOVES TO SECOND PLACE WITH RIGHT HELP
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Greg Hurst, Philip Webster and Rosemary Bennett DAVID CAMERON has moved into a clear second place among MPs in the Conservative leadership contest and has begun to pick up significant support from the Right, according to a comprehensive survey of backbench opinion by The Times.

David Davis appears to be hol >>>


      CLARKE THREATENS MEPS OVER EU TERROR LAWS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Jenny Booth and PA News Charles Clarke today issued an ultimatum to the European Parliament to fall into line over new EU laws to help track terrorists through e–mail and telecoms information.

The exasperated Home Secretary gave MEPs until the end of the year to agree to legislation which has been the >>>


      CRITICS ATTACK HOME OFFICE PLAN FOR PRISONER EARLY RELEASE
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Times Online and Richard Ford, Home Correspondent A plan approved by Charles Clarke that would see thousands of prisoners released early was criticised today as an inappropriate response to the problem of prison overcrowding.

Under the plan, reported by The Times this morning, criminals sentenced to four ye >>>


      DOSSIER ON FOREIGN TERROR LAWS BACKFIRES ON GOVERNMENT
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Jenny Booth A Foreign Office dossier published today to back up the Governments case for new anti–terror laws appears to have backfired.

The 40–page study compares anti–terror laws and practices in seven European countries, the US, Canada and Australia, looking particularly at how long sus >>>


      DRIVE–BY MURDERERS JAILED FOR 32 YEARS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Michael Horsnell A feud between two estates, with hatred fuelled by drugs and gun crime, led two men to cruise the streets looking for a victim to shoot. They chose a girl of 14. Michael Horsnell reports TWO men were jailed for life yesterday for the murder of a schoolgirl in a drive–by shooting and told that >>>


      HAROLD PINTER WINS NOBEL LITERATURE PRIZE
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Simon Freeman Harold Pinter (Simon Walker/The Times) Harold Pinter, Britain‘s most distinguished living playwright and a passionate opponent of the invasion of Iraq, was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize today.

The jury said that Pinter, the author of 2' plays and master of the pregnant pause, &q >>>


      IN FULL: LORD CARLILE REPORT ON TERRORISM BILL
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      PROPOSALS BY HER MAJESTYS GOVERNMENT FOR CHANGES TO THE LAWS AGAINST TERRORISM REPORT BY THE INDEPENDENT REVIEWER LORD CARLILE OF BERRIEW Q.C.

BACKGROUND TO THIS REPORT 1. Pursuant to the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 section 14 I am required to prepare periodic reports on the operation of the Act. By secti >>>


      LEADERSHIP RIVALS WOO WAVERERS IN LAST–GASP CANVASSING
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Greg Hurst, Political Correspondent KENNETH CLARKE and Liam Fox are targeting a group of about forty MPs as they fight to avoid elimination in the first ballot in the Conservative Party leadership election next week.

A survey of Tory MPs by The Times suggests that about twenty MPs are wavering between the f >>>


      PINTER, OUTSPOKEN MASTER OF THE PREGNANT PAUSE
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Philippe Naughton Harold Pinter (Ian West/PA) For a man best known for his pregnant pauses, Harold Pinter has never been afraid to speak his mind.

Britain‘s greatest playwright of the past half–century, who was today awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, has traversed the worlds of cinema and >>>


      THIEF WHO STOLE 300 IDENTITIES MAY BE FREE IN 15 MONTHS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By David Rose A FAILED business student who developed a talent for identity theft was sent to prison after he was found to have illegally used more than 300 names to make a fortune.

Stephen Hoyle, 3', was sentenced yesterday to spend three and a half years in jail. He had stolen identities ranging from a m >>>


      TIME IN JAIL TO BE SLASHED FOR PRISONERS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent THOUSANDS of prisoners will be released early in an attempt to ease prison overcrowding, under plans approved by Charles Clarke.

Criminals sentenced to four years in prison could be freed after just 18 months, The Times has learnt. A two–year sentence would mean spendi >>>


      TORIES STILL WEAR THE EUROSCEPTIC LABEL
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Peter Riddell WHOEVER becomes Conservative leader, the small band of pro–Europeans will be the losers. The party will remain firmly Eurosceptic, and may become even more so. Europe has not, so far, played a role in the leadership campaign, largely because all the candidates either enthusiastically or reluctant >>>


      WHISPER IT, BUT TORIES ARE GETTING A TASTE OF POWER
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Anne Treneman OH HAPPY day! The Tories are in turmoil and how they love it. Everywhere you go in Westminster there are little groups of men in suits, heads together, whispering and nodding with such force that the dandruff situation is reaching sandstorm levels.

Many of the MPs are thrilled, for they are li >>>


      WIVES OF MPS ARE SET TO GIVE CANDIDATES A GRILLING
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Rosemary Bennett, Deputy Political Editor SCORES of Tory MPs wives will today pack a Commons committee room to hear the four leadership candidates say why they should be chosen to succeed Michael Howard.

The hustings, the first to be organised by wives, will involve contenders each being grilled for 15 minu >>>


      ARTHUR SELDON
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      May 2', 1'16 – October 11 Economist whose rejection of state intervention came to underpin the Thatcherite belief in free–market policies ARTHUR SELDON was a prophet of what came to be called Thatcherism. The Thatcherite revolution of the 1'70s and 1'80s had many roots, but one was certainly >>>


      BETTER THE BALLOT
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      Iraq takes an unusual course towards constitutional consensus Napoleon asserted that constitutions should be short and obscure. Iraqs draft constitution is not short but the process by which it is being ratified is certainly a little obscure. A referendum will be held on Saturday on a text that was hammered out months >>>


      CHURCH, OLD, BANKRUPT, EMPTY, SEEKS SAVIOUR
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      Magnus Linklater Just when spiritual leadership is most needed, senior churchmen are failing to confront the big issues IT WAS ROUND about Act IV of Don Carlos that I began to realise what a wretched state religion is in these days. (Verdi clearly has this effect on people it was during Act III that the late Lord Dacre >>>


      CRIME OF OMISSION
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      The Government ignores prison overcrowding at its peril The credibility of the Governments prisons policy is in the dock. For the third time since home detention curfews (HDCs) were introduced in 1''', they are expected to be extended by the Home Office. These are the orders that allow criminals serving sen >>>


      HOW MUCH WOULD WE PAY NOT TO HAVE TV ADVERTS?
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      From Mr Stephen Williams Sir, The patience of the television licence–payer is surely tested by the BBC application for increased fees (reports and leading article, October 12).

In between programmes we have endless trailers of people jumping around on the tops of buildings and advertising puffs for the o >>>


      LEADING QUESTIONS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      From Lord Howell of Guildford and others Sir, We are all frontbench Conservative peers who have listened carefully to what the candidates in the leadership contest have said.

There have been many good contributions but David Cameron has excelled and we believe that he represents the best choice, both for the p >>>


      LICENSED TO SURF
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      MI6 comes out of the shadows and on to the web Come in, Moneypenny. Do sit down, C said without looking up as he scribbled in his trademark green ink approved on an assassination request. You can take that burka off now no need for disguise now that were out on the web!

Your move from a desk officer to an expe >>>


      NINETY DAYS? A LEAP TOO FAR
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      Camilla Cavendish Police understandably want to extend their powers but politicians should be wary of agreeing A FEW WEEKS AGO I had the surreal experience of trying to stop the traffic in Hyde Park by holding one end of a police tape, while a nice but harassed policewoman tried in vain to stretch the other end round a >>>


      PROFESSOR LEOPOLD B. FELSEN
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      May 7, 1'24 – September 24, 2005 Authority on electromagnetic waves whose research has been used in the development of radar, sonar and the mobile phone LEOPOLD B. FELSEN was an internationally recognised expert in wave physics, particularly electromagnetic waves. Felsens research is applied to seismic, radar >>>


      PROTECT US FROM THIS MADNESS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Bruce Anderson SOMETIMES one despairs of the police. In their attempts to prevent Oxford University from opening laboratories in which tests on animals will be carried out, the terrorists of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)are threatening builders and decorators who do work for the university. There have already be >>>


      THE PEOPLE OF EUROPE HAVE VOTED FOR PARALYSIS &#150; AND PERHAPS OBLITERATION
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      The people of Europe have voted for paralysis and perhaps obliteration Anatole Kaletsky AFTER THIS WEEKS creation of a German government in which Angela Merkel will not even control the Finance and Foreign ministries, all three of the great European nations that have dominated the Continents history for 2,000 years Ger >>>


      THE STRANGE TALE OF MRS TIGGY–WINKLE AND THE LITTLE GIRL BESET BY SNOBBERY
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      Arts Notebook by Rachel Campbell–Johnston THE RETROSPECTIVE of Beatrix Potters paintings that opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery this week will no doubt stir pastel–tinted memories. Countless nurseries have been enchanted by her pocket–sized books. But is the tale of Beatrix Potter more complicated than >>>


      WHY WE MUST PATRONISE OUR GOOD BOOKSHOPS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      Mary Ann Sieghart My mother is so lucky. Just five minutes walk from her house is the best independent bookshop in Britain. And I am not being sentimental or biased.

The Aldeburgh Bookshop won that accolade at the British Book Awards this year.

Deservedly so. Inside, it is bright and cheerful, with an >>>


      ‘CHEATED‘ WIFE SHARES HER FEELINGS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      A warring couple have taken to airing their dirty linen in public. This message, painted on a bedsheet tied to a bridge over the A27 near Brighton, is in response to an earlier one that stated: Wendy, I want a divorce.

The identities of the bypass bust–up couple are unknown, although the husbands initial >>>


      ‘SUICIDE‘ OF GENERAL WHO RULED BY REMOTE CONTROL
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      From Nicholas Blanford in Beirut THE Syrian general who, in effect, ran Lebanon for 20 years was found dead in Damascus yesterday, nine days before the release of a potentially explosive United Nations report that could implicate senior Syrian officials in the murder of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister. >>>


      A CHILLING WAY TO SAY THE FINAL FAREWELL
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Helen Nugent ::nobreak::A LOCAL authority is considering freeze–drying corpses as an environmentally friendly alternative to cremation or burial.

The technique, called promession, involves dipping the body in liquid nitrogen. Vibration then shatters it into powder. Officials from Crewe and Nantwich Bo >>>


      A KALEIDOSCOPIC LONDON CREATED IN PARIS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent VIEWS of the Thames and Westminster Palace are among more than 130 famous London scenes sketched a century ago by Andr Derain, one of the leading figures of Fauvism, which have come to light for the first time.

They fill two sketchbooks that were discovered in private colle >>>


      AL–QAEDA REVEALS GRAND PLAN AS IT TRIES TO REIN IN SHEIKH OF SLAUGHTER
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By James Hider and Stephen Farrell Letter from bin Laden‘s henchman sets out steps to a caliphate but warns that Iraqi beheadings are costing support AL–QAEDAS second–in–command has ordered the groups leader in Iraq to prepare a campaign of violence across the Middle East to establish an Islamis >>>


      ANALYSIS: CHECHNYA CONFLICT SPREADS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Times Online Jeremy Page, Moscow Correspondent of The Times, says that today‘s violence in the predominantly Muslim republic of Kabardino–Balkaria shows how the conflict in Chechnya is spilling across its borders.

"The people of the Caucasus have come to live with these spasms of violence a >>>


      BLUNKETT IN TROUBLE FOR USING HOUSE NOTEPAPER
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Andrew Pierce DAVID BLUNKETT was reported to House of Commons authorities yesterday for breaching the MPs code of conduct by using Commons headed notepaper to object to a building development near his house in South London.

The Work and Pensions Secretary failed to disclose in the letter to Wandsworth counc >>>


      BRIEFING: BIRD FLU FACTS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Jenny Booth What is bird flu and how dangerous is it?

Bird flu is a disease that affects poultry. It is highly infectious to birds, often fatal, and spreads rapidly among flocks, sometimes carried by wild birds as they migrate.

Only the H5N1 strain is regarded as a risk to humans, as it has managed >>>


      CHINESE WERE PASTA MASTERS 2,000 YEARS BEFORE ITALIANS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent THE first known bowl of pasta was filled not with Italian spaghetti but with Chinese noodles, archaeologists have discovered.

A dish filled with beautifully preserved yellow noodles from 4,000 years ago has been unearthed at a dig near the Yellow River in northwestern C >>>


      COVER UP THAT EMBARRASSING CALL
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Helen Nugent UNFAITHFUL spouses afraid of being caught out by their mobile phone records can breathe a sigh of relief: a product has been launched that automatically removes all traces of embarrassing calls.

Alibitel, a mobile software supplier, says that its Call Erasing product enables users to block unwa >>>


      DOZENS KILLED DURING ‘ISLAMIC RADICAL‘ ATTACK IN CAUCASUS
      The Times, 13-10-2005
      By Simon Freeman and agencies At least 67 people were killed and many more injured in street battles which followed a wave of attacks on government buildings in one of the principal cities in Russia‘s volatile Caucasus region.

Heavy automatic gunfire and explosions rattled through the centre of Nalchik, >>>



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