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      CBI DROPS SUPPORT FOR MATERNITY LAW CHANGE
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      Sir Digby Jones alongside Prime Minister Tony Blair at last month‘s CBI conference A spat over the burden of red tape on business has seen the CBI withdraw its support for Government proposals to extend paid maternity leave from six months to nine.

Sir Digby Jones, the CBI director general, has written t >>>


      CLAWS COME OUT AS SANTAS SAY: THIS TOWN AIN‘T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF US
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Karen McVeigh TOURISTS seeking a traditional Christmas have been coming to the picturesque village of Haworth, West Yorkshire, for years, drawn to its unchanging nature and its links with the Brontë sisters. But this year the cobbled streets that are usually filled with yuletide cheer have become home to a fest >>>


      COD QUOTA CUT AS EU SEEKS TO PRESERVE STOCKS AND JOBS
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By David Lister, Scotland Correspondent THE fishing industry voiced guarded approval yesterday after European Union ministers agreed a reduction in cod landings but stopped short of demands for the closure of key fishing grounds.

Environmentalists accused the EU of draining the life out of the North Sea after >>>


      COMMONS CONSUMES 800 PINTS A DAY
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Greg Hurst DEMOCRACY is thirsty work the Commons recently consumed almost 800 pints of alcoholic drink for every day it sat.

From April to November, 41,845 litres of beer, wine and liquor was consumed in bars, dining rooms and at functions at the Commons. That eight months included only '3 sitting days >>>


      DISPERSED REFUGEES ‘CLUSTERING IN GHETTOS‘
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent ASYLUM–SEEKER ghettos are developing in deprived areas as a result of government policy to disperse refugees around Britain.

Hundreds of people seeking asylum are being housed in areas where they are more likely to face racial assault and harassment. Some have been pla >>>


      FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND GIVE A LASTING IMPRESSION OF LIFE 20,000 YEARS AGO
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Nigel Hawkes THEY walked, ran, hopped and even dragged their feet. Men, women and children all left their mark as they crossed a drying Australian lake bed 20,000 years ago.

Hundreds of human footprints, which over the centuries have solidified into concrete, track those of kangaroos and emus, telling of an >>>


      JUDGE SAYS ‘CHILD KILLER‘ IS THREAT DESPITE ACQUITTAL
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Sean ONeill A JUDGE has declared that a man acquitted by a jury of murdering a baby five years ago was the childs killer and continues to pose a serious threat to children.

Judge James Orrell said he believed that William Vernon had killed 1'–month–old Alanis Holland with a blow to the stoma >>>


      KICK IN THE BALLOTS THAT CAUSED PAIN IN SPAIN
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      From Graham Keeley in Barcelona THE revelations from the BBC report last night served only to confirm existing suspicions in Madrid about the voting process for the 2012 Olympic Games.

When Madrids bid to stage the Games failed, there were concerns about the sequence of events that led to its exit. The Greek d >>>


      KOFI ANNAN TAKES ON THE TIMES
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By our foreign staff THE UN Secretary–General has used his end–of–year press conference to lash out at the media in general, and The Times in particular, for their coverage of the Oil–for–Food scandal and his role in it.

Kofi Annan singled out James Bone, New York correspondent of >>>


      LONDON WON 2012 ‘AFTER GREEK HIT WRONG BUTTON‘
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By John Goodbody A LEADING Olympic official has suggested that London may have won the right to stage the 2012 Games only because one of the 104 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) pressed the wrong button in the third–round vote.

Alex Gilady, the Israeli who is one of the most influenti >>>


      MILITARY SECRECY ALARMS JAPAN
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Jane Macartney and Leo Lewis A minister‘s criticism of the Chinese arms build–up departs from the offical line RELATIONS between Tokyo and Beijing worsened yesterday when the recently appointed Japanese Foreign Minister condemned the secrecy surrounding Chinas rising military spending.

The remar >>>


      MONKS AND NUNS PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS SIT–IN
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Sam Knight and agencies Thirteen Chinese priests and nuns are preparing to spend Christmas under siege in a set of empty buildings that they claim are rightfully theirs.

The priests, from a Catholic diocese in Shanxi, a northwestern province of China, occupied the buildings, which are in a prime location in >>>


      NEW LEADER FINDS DEMONS LURKING AT HOME AND ABROAD
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Roger Boyes The Polish President‘s outspoken views risk alienating his neighbours as well as his own people POLAND is likely to become an even more awkward member of the European Union after Lech Kaczynski, 56, a vocal opponent of homosexuality and critic of Russia and Germany, is sworn in as President today.< >>>


      NO EMBARASSMENT, NO GUILT... AND NO REGRETS
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Michael Owen The striker will run out in front of the Kop insisting that he did not snub his old club I CAN already sense a hubbub around my return to Anfield on Boxing Day, although knowing Alan Shearer he will probably overshadow it by breaking Jackie Milburns goalscoring record for Newcastle United. It is bound t >>>


      PUERTA SCANDAL MUST NOT UPSTAGE MEMORABLE YEAR
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Boris Becker AS I was seated between Billie Jean King and Greg Rusedski at a certain wedding celebration in Windsor on Wednesday night, the conversation momentarily turned to Mariano Puerta and his drugs charge. Obviously Greg was a bit sensitive about the subject and didnt join in that much, but Billie Jean and I w >>>


      Q&A: CLONING RESEARCH SCANDAL
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor of The Times, discusses the resignation of Dr Woo Suk Hwang, the South Korean scientist who stepped down earlier today after his stem cell research was found to be faked Who is Dr Woo Suk Hwang?

Before the current controversy erupted over his work, Hwang was widely seen as the world >>>


      STEM CELL PIONEER RESIGNS OVER RESEARCH FRAUD
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Sam Knight and agencies A South Korean scientist who claimed a string of extraordinary cloning successes resigned from his post today after a university panel found that his work had been faked.

Woo Suk Hwang was officially designated Korea‘s "Top Scientist" this summer after he claimed to h >>>


      TODAY‘S JOSEPH AND MARY WOULD FACE 15 CHECKPOINTS
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      By Stephen Farrell THE road from Nazareth to Bethlehem begins by dropping down from a ridge south of Galilee into the Jezreel Valley, looking out across Jordan and Samaria.

It is a '0–mile route defined by the journey of Mary and Joseph 2,000 years ago, although Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are unhel >>>


      UNION VOTE HALTS TRANSPORT STRIKE
      The Times, 23-12-2005
      The bus and underground rail strike that has forced the seven million New Yorkers who use public transport to queue for taxis or walk to work ended yesterday. Union leaders facing fines, possible jail terms and the anger of commuters voted to return their members to work without a new contract.

Officials said >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP GATHERS EVIDENCE AGAINST FUJIMORI
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 There is sufficient evidence to extradite Alberto Fujimori to face justice in Peru, says a report from Human Rights Watch, the US–based campaigning organisation.

The report challenges the perception among many in Peru that although corruption was widespread during Mr Fujimori&lsqu >>>


      CHINA MOVES TO ZAP ONLINE GAME ADDICTION
      FT, 23-12-2005
      August 23 2005 16:50 China on Tuesday introduced an "anti–online game addiction system" intended to protect players from the mental and physical perils of spending too much time in front of computers.

The system, which will encourage players to play less by cutting the benefits they gain in on >>>


      COSTS EAT INTO FUNDS RAISED THROUGH DISASTER APPEAL
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 A year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, up to a third of the $5'0m so far spent under the United Nations‘ $1.1bn disaster flash appeal appears to have gone on administration, staff and related costs, Shawn Donnan reports from Jakarta.

The unprecedented international response to >>>


      DISPUTES OVER LAND THREATEN NEW START
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Thai fisherman Damrong Singtara, 44, and his wife Halima, 47, had begun to build a new home in their stricken coastal village of Nai Rai when police summoned them for questioning about suspected land encroachment. The couple were rebuilding on the site where they had lived for the previous five >>>


      HK IS CHINA‘S PREFERRED STOCK MARKET
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 A leading Chinese government official said yesterday that state–owned companies would benefit more from listing first on overseas stock markets such as Hong Kong rather than on the mainland exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Li Rongrong, chairman of the State–owned Assets S >>>


      JAPAN VOICES CLEAREST CONCERN YET OF CHINA‘S ‘CONSIDERABLE THREAT‘
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Taro Aso, Japan‘s foreign minister, yesterday called China a "considerable threat", the most direct articulation yet of Tokyo‘s unease at Beijing‘s growing military clout.

Mr Aso‘s remark prompted an immediate and sharp rejoinder from China which denoun >>>


      LACK OF CO–ORDINATION HITS HOUSING HARDEST
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 In coming months the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies will – if all goes to plan – spend $100m to distribute and to erect 20,000 temporary homes with galvanised steel frames and wood–plank walls across the tsunami–devastated Indonesian prov >>>


      LITTLE CLARITY ON HOW AID GETS SPENT
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 When Jan Egeland, the United Nations top disaster official, announced in March that PwC, the professional services firm, would help monitor the expenditure of funds collected under the UN‘s $1.1bn tsunami "flash appeal" he offered a simple gauge for what would result. The new sys >>>


      SEASIDE DWELLERS‘ LOVE FOR OCEAN GIVES WAY TO MISTRUST AND FEAR
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 For decades, the Andaman Sea was a generous benefactor to the Thai fishermen of Baan Nam Khem, providing them a bountiful harvest that financed comfortable homes, televisions, trucks and motorbikes, and children‘s education.

Chaeweng Boonrit, a 38–year–old father of th >>>


      ASK THE EXPERT
      FT, 23-12-2005
      May 25 2005 10:2' The recent article by the FT‘s Peter Norman, author of "The Accidental Constitution", on the EU‘s constitutional treaty has attracted a big and varied response. Here he gives his answers to readers‘ questions.

Send further questions to ask@ft.com The constituti >>>


      GOOGLE‘S FOUNDERS NAMED MEN OF THE YEAR
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 22:00 Google‘s founders may have conquered the internet world in 2005 â« but given their outsized ambitions, this may only be a start.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who are on Friday named as Men of the Year by the Financial Times, harbour hopes that reach well beyond their se >>>


      ‘EVEN THE SHOWERS ARE COLD‘
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 1':0' When summer ends and the beaches and lidos empty, a small band of bathers up and down the country continues to take their "daily constitutional" in water that saner individuals might refuse even to dip their toes in.

Winter outdoor swimming is strictly for the hard cor >>>


      ALTERNATIVE MARKETS ARE IN THE PINK
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 For Germans tired of the standard, omnipresent Christmas market of mulled wine, wooden toys and tinny festive music, Berlin this year offers a twist: niche Christmas markets.

Since early December Berlin has boasted the world‘s first gay Christmas market, complete with homosexual S >>>


      DUTCH SEEK VOTE ON AFGHAN TROOPS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 While the centre–right cabinet said it was in favour in principle of dispatching the 1,100–strong force in the summer, approval depends on support in parliament.

Nato officials say other nations could fill any gap left by the Netherlands in the 6,000–strong expansion t >>>


      MOSCOW SEEKS TO WIELD PETRO–POWER AS POLITICAL TOOL
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Russia is nine days away from potentially carrying out a threat to reduce gas supplies flowing through a pipeline across Ukraine to western Europe, unless Kiev pays higher prices for gas it takes from the pipe. The result could be winter energy shortages in some European countries.

Yet >>>


      SUNNI THREATEN PARLIAMENTARY BOYCOTT OVER VOTE
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 The main Sunni Arab coalition and the list headed by secular Shia former prime minister Iyad Allawi were among 35 groups that yesterday called the December 15 Iraqi elections illegitimate and threatened to boycott parliament.

The groups, in a statement, demanded that their complaints ab >>>


      CANADIAN DOLLAR BUOYED BY STRONG DATA
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 11:22 The Canadian dollar was the star performer in thin pre–Christmas trade in Friday‘s European trading session.

The loonie, one of the year‘s strongest currencies, firmed 0.25c to C$1.1642 against the US dollar. Data released earlier this week illustrated the continuing h >>>


      CHINA STARTS BUILDING 3G TRIALS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 22:01 China has quietly begun building large–scale trial networks based on its home–grown third–generation (3G) mobile telephone standard, say industry participants.

Construction of the networks in Shanghai and other cities is the strongest evidence yet of China‘s dete >>>


      COMCAST THE LATEST TO CLEAN UP ITS ACT
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 22:53 Comcast, the largest US cable operator, plans to offer "family–friendly" programming next year, to assuage religious conservatives and regulators concerned about racy shows.

The package will include 16 networks in addition to the company‘s basic cable offering, inc >>>


      EUROPEAN BOURSES HIGHER AFTER WALL ST GAINS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 12:43 European stock markets were higher on the last trading day before the Christmas break, although volumes were thin, with some bourses only open for half a session.

By early afternoon, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 was up 0.1 per cent to1,276.'2, while Frankfurt‘s Xetra Dax added 0.3 p >>>


      EUROZONE BONDS BACK UP AFTER BRIEF RALLY
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 11:47 UK and European government bonds saw very thin trade on Friday ahead of the Christmas weekend, but while gilts were little changed, European bonds were first supported by the stronger US market overnight then lost ground later.

A price rally in US Treasuries on the back of mild inflatio >>>


      GOLD STEADY ABOVE $500 BUT LIQUIDITY LOW
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 10:56 Gold managed to hold on to the gains it made on Thursday, when it surged more than $7 following the afternoon fixing in London, as buyers returned to the market.

But with the Tokyo Commodities Exchange (Tocom) closed for a public holiday, there was little momentum in the market from Asi >>>


      LONDON MARKETS END FLAT ON TRUNCATED TRADING
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 13:08 London‘s benchmark index ended a truncated trading day just short of the 5,600 level.

On the final trading session before Christmas, the FTSE 100 closed 1.6 points lower at 5,5'5.4 while the FTSE 250 jumped 32.8 points to 8,75'.8, a new all–time higher.

Wall >>>


      WALL STREET STOCKS POISED FOR GAINS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 13:58 Wall Street stocks looked poised for tentative opening gains on Friday, with investors hoping to build on the advances from the previous two sessions.

Trading volume was expected to be thin as traders rushed to get a head start on the Christmas holiday.

About an hour before the >>>


      BLAIR RAISES HOPES ON IRAQ PULL–OUT
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Tony Blair yesterday held out the prospect of UK troops starting a phased withdrawal from Iraq in six months but said considerable challenges lay ahead.

During a surprise visit to British troops in Basra, southern Iraq, the prime minister, said "we are obviously nearer" to the >>>


      COD AND HERRING CATCHES TO BE CUT NEXT YEAR
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 British fishing fleets will have to cut their haul of cod and herring next year but will be allowed to catch more of some other fish following a deal by fisheries ministers and the European Commission yesterday.

Some fishermen were disappointed by the deal, though tighter curbs on catch >>>


      CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT HITS RECORD HIGH
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 The current account deficit hit a record high in the third quarter as imports rose, foreign companies repatriated profits and the insurance sector counted the cost of hurricane Katrina.

Balance of payments data released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the U >>>


      EMPLOYERS TO ENDURE MORE LABOUR PAINS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Employers already seething at the prospect of losing staff for even longer under new maternity and paternity rights will be incandescent when they learn they will also be expected to shoulder the administrative burden of running the scheme.

One of the few reasons the CBI employers&lsquo >>>


      EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS SURGE IN POPULARITY
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 The amount of money flowing into exchange traded funds doubled this year as UK investors became aware of the benefits of alternative trading products.

ETFs are quoted securities made up of a basket of stocks mimicking a benchmark, similar to an index–tracking fund. But unlike a tr >>>


      EXPLOSIONS RIP THROUGH UK FUEL DEPOT
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 11 2005 13:44 Huge explosions ripped through one of the UK‘s largest fuel depots on Sunday morning, sending a tower of flames hundreds of feet into the sky.

The blasts at the Buncefield oil depot, operated jointly by Total and Texaco near Hemel Hempstead, north of London, caused what is believe >>>


      FRIGHT COULD TURN TO FLIGHT AS TAX REGIME GETS TIGHTER
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Mounting unease about tax policy could prompt some companies to leave the UK, the government has been warned. Sir Digby Jones, director–general of the CBI employers‘ group, said this month: "If we‘re not careful, companies will say Britain‘s becoming too difficult an >>>


      GERMANY BRINGS FESTIVE CHEER TO UK
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 Ian Ruck marvels at the illuminated wooden shacks and the smell of freshly baked sweets, bread and mulled wine that fill Birmingham‘s central Victoria Square.

"It feels so festive and Christmassy here. England doesn‘t normally look like that at this time of the year&quo >>>


      GOVERNMENT LOOKS TO TIGHTEN INDUSTRIAL SITE SAFETY IN WAKE OF BUNCEFIELD BLAST
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 The government is drawing up proposals for reducing the potential hazards from large industrial sites across Britain in the wake of this month‘s explosion at the Buncefield petroleum storage depot in Hertfordshire.

The cabinet office study was started some months ago, but will als >>>


      TRUE BLUES MAY GO A SHADE GREEN AND END HOSTILITY TO CLIMATE CHANGE LEVY
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 23 2005 02:00 David Cameron is reconsidering the Conservatives‘ opposition to the climate change levy as part of a drive to rebrand the Tories as a party that cares about the environment.

The Tory leader will step up his campaign to reposition the Conservatives on green issues in the new year, >>>


      WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED THE BLAST
      FT, 23-12-2005
      updated: December 23 2005 02:00 ×Slow release of petroleum vapour into atmosphere above storage site through an undetected leak ×Spillage from a pipeline feeding petroleum products into the site ×Explosion inside a storage tank, causing a chain reactionof other blasts inside other tanks ×Acciden >>>


      ALTERNATIVE MARKETS ARE IN THE PINK
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 1':0' For Germans tired of the standard, omnipresent Christmas market of mulled wine, wooden toys and tinny festive music, Berlin this year offers a twist: niche Christmas markets.

Since early December Berlin has boasted the world‘s first gay Christmas market, complete with homo >>>


      BUNCEFIELD PROMPTS GOVERNMENT TO TIGHTEN SAFETY
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 22:00 The government is drawing up proposals for reducing the potential hazards from large industrial sites across Britain in the wake of this month‘s explosion at the Buncefield petroleum storage depot in Hertfordshire.

The Cabinet Office study was started some months ago, but will als >>>


      CBI ENDS SUPPORT FOR PARENTAL LEAVE PLAN
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005
22:0' The UK‘s leading business organisation has withdrawn its support for the government‘s flagship policy of increasing paid parental leave for employees in protest at Gordon Brown‘s withdrawal of a proposal to reduce the regulatory burden of the new measures.

A le >>>


      CHEAPER FUEL DRIVES DOWN US INFLATION
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 18:14 Headline inflation in the US fell last month while the measure of core inflation remained subdued, resulting in a boost for consumer spending in real terms.

The personal consumption expenditures index measure of inflation dropped by 0.4 per cent in November, a record decline following a >>>


      COMPANIES FOCUS HELP ON LONG–TERM PROJECTS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 17:20 Within 24 hours of the tsunami, Amal Naj, Thailand country manager for Pfizer, received a call from headquarters, asking for help to find several colleagues and their families from Europe on holiday in Thailand when the disaster struck.

Mr Naj, more than 200 local Pfizer staff, and five >>>


      EXPERTS PUZZLE OVER CAUSE OF BUNCEFIELD BLAST
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 21:58 One thought has been uppermost in the minds of the health and safety experts who have been puzzling over the cause of the explosion at the Buncefield petroleum depot in Hertfordshire: nothing like this event had been postulated as credible by those responsible for regulating and running the site >>>


      JAPAN VOICES CONCERN AT CHINA‘S ‘CONSIDERABLE THREAT‘
      FT, 23-12-2005
      Germany France Canada Netherlands Sweden South–east Asia Australia & New Zealand "Managed funds" sub navigation Managed funds main Fund comparison Fund finder Daily fund focus FTfm Fund ratings "Lex" sub navigation Lex main About Lex Lex tools Investment navigator Best of Lex Lex by >>>


      KUWAIT EYES CHINA OIL DEALS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 17:51 Kuwait hopes to reach a final agreement by March on a planned multi–billion dollar refinery and petrochemical venture with Chinese major PetroChina and is also seeking a second such project in China.

Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al–Ahmad al–Sabah, energy minister, said on Thursd >>>


      MICROSOFT CALLED TO ACCOUNT ON 2004 RULING
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 18:44 Throughout the six–year antitrust battle between the European Commission and the world‘s biggest software group, the Brussels regulator has displayed a tendency to ruin Microsoft‘s holidays.

Three times, the group‘s lawyers were forced to spend a frantic August p >>>


      MOSCOW SEEKS TO USE PETRO–POWER AS POLITICAL TOOL
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 18:17 Russia is nine days away from potentially carrying out a threat to reduce gas supplies flowing through a pipeline across Ukraine to western Europe, unless Kiev pays higher prices for gas it takes from the pipe. The result could be winter energy shortages in some European countries.

Yet >>>


      RUMSFELD: US TO SCALE BACK COMBAT FORCES IN IRAQ
      FT, 23-12-2005
      Year in review Bid for LSE Pensions Bird flu FT Reports Jobs & classified Site services Partner sites   FTChinese.comFT DeutschlandLes EchosThe New York TimesVedomostiInvestors Chronicle Middle East & Africa / Iraq Print article |
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      SADDAM TRIAL ADJOURNED UNTIL JANUARY
      FT, 23-12-2005
      of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity was adjourned on Thursday until Jan. 24, court officials said.

The next hearing will be the eighth in a trial which started on Oct. 1' but which has now been adjourned four times.

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      SEASIDE DWELLERS‘ LOVE FOR OCEAN GIVES WAY TO FEAR
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 17:17 For decades, the Andaman Sea was a generous benefactor to the Thai fishermen of Baan Nam Khem, providing them a bountiful harvest that financed comfortable homes, televisions, trucks and motorbikes, and children‘s education.

Chaeweng Boonrit, a 38–year–old father of th >>>


      SUNNIS THREATEN BOYCOTT OF PARLIAMENT
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 18:57 The main Sunni Arab coalition and the list headed by secular Shia former prime minister Iyad Allawi were among 35 groups that on Thursday called the December 15 Iraqi elections illegitimate and threatened to boycott parliament.

The groups, in a statement, demanded that their complaints >>>


      THIRD OF TSUNAMI FUNDS GO ON OVERHEADS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 22:06 A year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, up to a third of the $5'0m so far spent under the United Nations‘ $1.1bn disaster flash appeal appears to have gone on administration, staff and related costs.

A two–month investigation by the Financial Times has also found that sev >>>


      UKRAINE GAS DISPUTE WITH RUSSIA RAISES SUPPLY FEAR
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 18:03 Ukraine and Russia have had many disputes over natural gas, but have never come as close as now to reducing supplies to Europe.

Even through the break–up of the Soviet Union and crises that followed, Russia‘s gas exports to Europe, 80 per cent of which transit Ukraine, have >>>


      UNHAPPY DAYS FOR AMERICA‘S FAMILY RESTAURANTS
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 22:30 The American family restaurant is starving.

Casual restaurants have supplanted family restaurants in terms of revenue for the first time since the US census started measuring this in the 1'70s.

The shift means the burger, fries and milkshake ideal evoked by the sitcom Happy >>>


      UNION VOTES TO END NY TRANSIT STRIKE
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 23:06 A sense of relief spread across New York on Thursday as strike–weary commuters learned that transit workers would return to their jobs, ending a three–day ordeal that strained the patience of the city and cost it hundreds of millions of dollars.

The transit workers‘ un >>>


      WATCHDOG SAYS FUJIMORI SHOULD BE SENT TO PERU
      FT, 23-12-2005
      December 22 2005 18:56 There is sufficient evidence to extradite Alberto Fujimori to face justice in Peru, says a report from Human Rights Watch, the US–based campaigning organisation.

The report challenges the perception among many in Peru that although corruption was widespread during Mr Fujimori&lsqu >>>


      "DER DICKE" MACHT EIN GANZES DORF GLÜCKLICH
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2004 Ganz normaler alljährlicher Wahnsinn in Spanien: Zwei Tage vor Heiligabend hat die traditionsreiche Weihnachtslotterie, bei der insgesamt rund 1,8 Milliarden Euro ausgespielt werden, einen warmen Geldregen das Land niedergehen lassen. Der Hauptgewinn mit insgesamt 3'0 Millionen Euro, genannt >>>


      "EL GORDO" STIMMT DIE SPANIER GLÜCKLICH
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Zwei Tage vor Heiligabend hat die traditionsreiche Weihnachtslotterie Tausenden von Spaniern einen warmen Geldregen beschert. Bei der Ziehung der Glückslose am Donnerstag wurden Gewinne in einer Rekordhöhe von über zwei Milliarden Euro ausgeschüttet.

Die Lotterie ist die g >>>


      ENDE DER PENDLERPARTY – ENDE DES STREIKS
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Von Roland Lindner, New York 22. Dezember 2005 New Yorker zeigen der Welt ganz gerne, wozu sie in Ausnahmesituationen fähig sind. Spätestens seit den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September 2001 ist es fest in der Mentalität von New Yorkern verankert, sich von nichts unterkriegen zu lassen. So standen di >>>


      GEISELNEHMER IN PSYCHIATRIE EINGEWIESEN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      13. April 2005 Der Geiselnehmer von Ennepetal ist einen Tag nach seinem Überfall auf einen Schulbus auf Antrag der Staatsanwaltschaft in eine geschlossene Abteilung einer psychiatrische Klinik eingewiesen worden. Das teilte ein Sprecher des Amtsgerichts Schwelm mit. Bei seiner Vernehmung hatte der Geiselnehmer zuv >>>


      HWANG GIBT FÄLSCHUNGEN ZU
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 Der als Gentechnik–Pionier gefeierte südkoreanische Wissenschaftler Hwang Woo Suk hat Fälschungen zugegeben und seine Universität verlassen.

Hwang entschuldigte sich am Freitag "für den Schock und die Enttäuschung", die er verursacht habe.

Gle >>>


      MINDESTENS 42 TOTE NACH GASEXPLOSION IN CHINA
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 Eine Gasexplosion bei einem Tunnelbau in Südwestchina hat mindestens 42 Menschen in den Tod gerissen. Elf Arbeiter wurden verletzt.

Die genaue Zahl der Opfer war am Freitag noch unklar. Die Bergungsarbeiten dauern noch an. Das Unglück ereignete sich am Donnerstag in der Provinz Sich >>>


      URTEIL: GESCHLOSSENE PSYCHIATRIE
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 Der Geiselnehmer von Ennepetal, der im April zehn Schulkinder in seine Gewalt gebracht hatte, ist schuldunfähig und muß dauerhaft in die geschlossene Psychiatrie. Das hat am Freitag das Hagener Landgericht in seinem Urteil angeordnet.

Der 50 Jahre alte Iraner hatte mit Fleischermes >>>


      VOGELGRIPPE–OPFER ENTWICKELN RESISTENZ GEGEN TAMIFLU
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 In Vietnam sind zwei Menschen an der Vogelgrippe gestorben, die eine Resistenz gegen das Medikament Tamiflu entwickelt hatten. Gesundheitsexperten sprachen von einer beängstigenden Entwicklung. Die beiden verstorbenen Mädchen seien frühzeitig mit dem Medikament behandelt worden, und sie >>>


      "DIE LAGE IST NICHT RUHIG UND NICHT STABIL"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Seine Rundreise vor Weihnachten um den halben Erdball zu den deutschen Soldaten im Ausland war ein bißchen wie Bescherung. Nicht, weil Verteidigungsminister Franz Josef Jung (CDU) den Truppen in Dschibuti, Pakistan und Afghanistan Weißwürste, Bier oder eine Video–Leinwand mitbrach >>>


      "WIR BEREICHERN UNS NICHT"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Als Oberbürgermeister von München ist Christian Ude (SPD) in einer beneidenswerten Lage, nicht nur wegen der Schönheit der Stadt oder der Nähe der Berge. München gehört zu den Orten mit guter Wirtschaftskraft

– dadurch bleibt der Stadt mehr finanzieller Han >>>


      AMERIKANISCHER SENAT VERL'6;NGERT "PATRIOT ACT"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Der amerikanische Senat hat das Anti–Terror–Gesetz "Patriot Act" verlängert – aber nur um sechs Monate und nicht, wie Präsident George W. Bush wollte, ohne zeitliche Befristung. Selbst republikanische Senatoren wollten diesen Schritt wegen der bekanntgewordenen Ab >>>


      DRITTER NPD–ABGEORDNETER VERLÄßT PARTEI UND FRAKTION
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 In Sachsen hat innerhalb einer Woche ein dritter NPD–Landtagsabgeordneter seinen Rückzug aus Partei und Fraktion erklärt. In der Nacht zu Freitag habe der Leipziger Abgeordnete Jürgen Schön sein Mandat niedergelegt und sei gleichzeitig aus der Partei ausgetreten, teilte der S >>>


      EVO MORALES GLAUBT AN ZAPATERO
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Von Josef Oehrlein, La Paz 22. Dezember 2005 Als sich der künftige Präsident Boliviens, der Kokabauernführer Evo Morales, seines überwältigenden Wahlsieges sicher sein konnte, kamen zuhauf die Glückwunschanrufe von Staats– und Regierungchefs. Einer der ersten Gratulanten war der span >>>


      FÜHRER DER MUSLIMBRUDERSCHAFT NENNT HOLOCAUST EINEN MYTHOS
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 Der Führer der islamistischen Muslimbruderschaft in Ägypten hat den Holocaust als einen Mythos bezeichnet. Mohammed Mahdi Akef verurteilte auch gleichzeitig in einem Artikel auf der Web–Site dieser wichtigsten Oppositionsgruppe in Ägypten die westlichen Regierungen, die die Leugne >>>


      IM HEIßEN SCHATTEN DES ISLAMS
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Die Aufzeichnungen der Wüstenreisenden Isabelle Eberhardt / Von Wolfgang Günter Lerch 21. Dezember 2005 Nicht nur männliche Reisende, wie Richard Francis Burton, Heinrich Barth oder Charles Doughty (um nur die berühmtesten zu nennen), kennt die Entdeckungsgeschichte Arabiens, sondern auch Frauen ver >>>


      KNIRSCHEN IM BRAUNEN GEBÄLK
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Von Reiner Burger 11. April 2005 In ihrem Sendungswahn neigen Rechtsextremisten zu einer manchmal penetranten, manchmal unfreiwillig demaskierenden Geschwätzigkeit.

Als sich der frühere NPD–Anwalt Horst Mahler Ende vergangenen, Anfang dieses Jahres vor dem Berliner Landgericht wegen Volksverhet >>>


      KOALITION VERTEIDIGT MERKELS KOMPROMIß
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 Politiker von Union und SPD haben die von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel mitverhandelte Finanzplanung der Europäischen Union verteidigt.

"Jeder andere Kompromiß in der Zukunft wäre erheblich teuerer für Deutschland geworden", sagte der Unions–Finanzexperte >>>


      KONGREß VERLÄNGERT PATRIOT ACT UM NUR EINEN MONAT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      23. Dezember 2005 Der amerikanische Kongreß hat am Donnerstag die zum Jahresende auslaufenden Teile des Anti–Terror–Gesetzes Patriot Act nur um einen Monat verlängert. Einer entsprechenden Vorlage des Repräsentantenhauses stimmte auch der Senat ohne weitere Debatte zu.

Der Senat hat >>>


      KURZ VOR SCHLUß
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 K.F. Nicht nur für Fernstehende mutet das, was in den vergangenen Tagen an "Politik" in Washington geboten wurde, wie Chaos an: Im Kongreß – in beiden Kammern, zwischen beiden Parteien –, zwischen Kapitol und Weißem Haus wurde gedroht, gefeilscht, blockiert, beleid >>>


      LEBENDIGES MUSEUM
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Von Daniel Deckers 22. Dezember 2005 Eine zutreffende Charakterisierung Lateinamerikas lautet, der Subkontinent sei ein "lebendiges Museum". Seit fünfhundert Jahren existieren Sozial– und Wirtschaftsformen, deren Wurzeln bis in die Zeit vor der Entdeckung reichen, neben "modernen" Ideolog >>>


      LONDON ERW'6;GT TRUPPENREDUZIERUNG
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Der britische Premierminister Blair hat den Soldaten seines Landes im Irak bei einem vorher nicht angekündigten Besuch am Donnerstag einen Abzugsbeginn in einem halben Jahr in Aussicht gestellt. Zuvor müßten die irakischen Sicherheitskräfte jedoch in die Lage versetzt werden, eigen >>>


      NIEDERLAGEN FÜR BUSH IM SENAT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Der amerikanische Senat hat vor der Weihnachtspause einer sechsmonatigen Verlängerung des Terrorbekämpfungsgesetzes Patriot Act zugestimmt.

Die Regierung Bush konnte sich damit zunächst nicht mit ihrer Forderung durchsetzen, das umstrittene Gesetzespaket unbefristet zu verl >>>


      REGIERUNG NOMINIERT STARK FÜR EZB–DIREKTORIUM
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Die Bundesregierung will Bundesbank–Vizepräsident Jürgen Stark als Nachfolger von Otmar Issing ins Direktorium der Europäischen Zentralbank (EZB) entsenden. Das Bundesfinanzministerium bestätigte am Donnerstag eine entsprechende Personalentscheidung des Kabinetts vom Dienstag >>>


      SADDAM HUSSEIN BEZICHTIGT WEIßES HAUS DER LÜGE
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      22. Dezember 2005 Der frühere irakische Machthaber Saddam Hussein erhält den Vorwurf aufrecht, in amerikanischen Gewahrsam geschlagen und mißhandelt worden zu sein. Vor dem Sondergericht in Bagdad sagte Saddam Hussein am Donnerstag, wenn das Weiße Haus in Washington dies bestreite, lüge es gena >>>


      SEHNSUCHT NACH DER WÜSTE
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Von Birgit Svensson, Amman 20. Dezember 2005 Susanne Osthoff braucht Ruhe. Drei Wochen Nervenkrieg liegen hinter ihr. Nicht zu wissen, was mit einem geschieht, Menschen ausgeliefert zu sein, die willkürlich darüber bestimmen, ob man überlebt: Das geht auch an einer Frau nicht spurlos vorüber, die wa >>>


      VON KRIEG ZU KRIEG?
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Amerikanische Pläne und deutsche Illusionen im globalen Zeitalter 21. Dezember 2005 Clemens Verenkotte hat ein sorgfältig recherchiertes, gut lesbares Buch geschrieben – mit freilich etwas irreführendem Titel.

Gegenstand ist nicht etwa der gegenwärtige Zustand der Gesellschaft oder de >>>


      ALTANA STEHT VOR EINEM HISTORISCHEN EINSCHNITT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 23-12-2005
      Von Carsten Knop 22. Dezember 2005 In bevorzugter Wohnlage in Bad Homburg wird in absehbarer Zukunft ein architektonisch reizvolles Gebäude eine andere Verwendung finden.

Die Möglichkeiten hierfür sind allerdings begrenzt. Denn das "Herbert Quandt Haus" ist zwar großzügig gep >>>



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