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      TOGA‘S GONE . . . PARENTS CARRY ON
      The Times, 28-12-2005
      The parents of Toga, a stolen jackass penguin, have started courting again to replace their lost infant.

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      UNITED CLEAR TO SIGN VIDIC BUT MYSTERY SURROUNDS FEE
      The Times, 28-12-2005
      By Oliver Kay MANCHESTER United breathed a sigh of relief last night when Fiorentina dropped their complaint over the deal to sign Nemanja Vidic, but questions remain as to why the Barclays Premiership club agreed to pay 2.4 million more for the Serbia and Montenegro defender than appeared necessary under the terms of >>>


      VITAMIN D CAN ‘LOWER CANCER RISK‘
      The Times, 28-12-2005
      By Times Online and PA A large daily dose of vitamin D can dramatically lower the risk of developing common cancers, American scientists say.

The "natural" form of the vitamin, known as D3, could dramatically reduce the chances of developing breast, ovarian and colon cancer, as well as others, by up >>>


      ‘STATE SECRETS‘ ON THE TABLE
      28-12-2005
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      BUDGET PASSED BY PARLIAMENT
      28-12-2005
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      COMMISSION DELIBERATES AXING STATE SECRET SHIELD
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      DOMESTIC NEWSLINE
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      FORMER NAVY CHIEF FACES JAIL FOR CORRUPTION
      28-12-2005
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      FOUR DEAD AS SNOW, SUB–ZERO TEMPERATURES HIT TURKEY
      28-12-2005
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      GOVERNMENT PLANS TO EXPAND TOPKAPI PALACE
      28-12-2005
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      HAVELSAN DELIVERS FLIGHT SIMULATOR TO S. KOREA
      28-12-2005
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      JUSTICE MINISTRY GIVEN THE GO–AHEAD TO DECIDE ON ARTICLE 301 CASES
      28-12-2005
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      JUSTICE MINISTRY MUST DECIDE, SAYS APPEALS COURT
      28-12-2005
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      MILITARY OBJECTS TO PERSONNEL REFORM
      28-12-2005
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      SPECIAL ROOM FOR A &#8216;DRAGON&#8217;
      28-12-2005
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      BOEING GAINS MAJOR GROUND AGAINST AIRBUS
      28-12-2005
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      BOSNIA SET TO INTRODUCE NATIONWIDE VAT
      28-12-2005
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      BRAZIL WORKS TO IMPROVE TRADE TIES WITH TURKEY
      28-12-2005
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      CHINA‘S MOBILE PHONE SUBSCRIBERS REACHES 388 MILLION
      28-12-2005
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      FINANCELINE
      28-12-2005
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      INDIA, IRAN TO DISCUSS GAS PIPELINE
      28-12-2005
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      JAPAN CONSUMER PRICES RISE, END OF DEFLATION
      28-12-2005
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      NO PROBLEM FINANCING C/A DEFICIT, SAYS ŢENER
      28-12-2005
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      NUCLEAR REACTOR SHOULD BE PRIVATE SECTOR EFFORT, SAYS ENERGY MINISTER
      28-12-2005
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      SARAR RENEWS COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
      28-12-2005
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      WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE TO BE $6.6 BLN
      28-12-2005
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      ‘DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES‘ STAR HUFFMAN ABOUT HER NEW FILM
      28-12-2005
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      ANKARA&#8217;S '';AĐDAŢ THEATER RETURNS TO LIFE
      28-12-2005
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      AUTHOR OF ‘MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA‘ DEFENDS FILM VERSION AMID CRITICISM FROM EXPERTS
      28-12-2005
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      CANADA‘S GROUP SEX CLUB PATRONS SWINGING FREE
      28-12-2005
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      ONE MOROCCAN TOWN HAS SPAWNED GENERATIONS OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE VETERANS
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      SOME OF THE FILMS MADE IN OUARZAZATE
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      STUDY SHOWS HOW ALCOHOL DAMAGES BONES
      28-12-2005
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      TODAY IN HISTORY (DEC 28)
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      TRAIN AFICIONADO FUNDS UNIQUE MUSEUM
      28-12-2005
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      TURKISH CINEMA TO TAKE LEAP FORWARD IN 2006
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      WORLD–RENOWNED &#8216;NUTCRACKER&#8217; TO GREET NEW YEAR IN ANKARA
      28-12-2005
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      '';ANAKKALE‘S HISTORIC AYNALÝ '';ARŢÝ REOPENS
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      ARAB WORLD‘S FIRST PARLIAMENT MEETS IN CAIRO
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      AUSTRALIA‘S RICHEST MAN, KERRY PACKER, DIES
      28-12-2005
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      FIVE SAUDI POLICE KILLED IN FIREFIGHT
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      GAZPROM SLAMS ‘IGNORANT‘ UKRAINE GAS CLAIM
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      IRAQIS FIND 31 BODIES IN ‘MASS GRAVE‘ AT KERBALA
      28-12-2005
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      ISRAEL STRIKES GAZA AFTER THREATENING BUFFER ZONE
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      ISRAEL STRIKES GAZA, POISED FOR SECURITY ZONE
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      KREMLIN AIDE QUITS, SAYS RUSSIA NO LONGER FREE
      28-12-2005
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      KUWAIT SENTENCES AL–QAEDA–LINKED MILITANTS TO DEATH
      28-12-2005
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      MASS GRAVE DISCOVERED IN IRAQ
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      NEWSLINE
      28-12-2005
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      ROBBER‘S SONS DON‘T REGRET TURNING HIM IN
      28-12-2005
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      SHOOTING ON BUSY TORONTO STRIP KILLS 1, WOUNDS SIX
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      JAPAN DATA FUELS HOPES OF POLICY CHANGE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Japan‘s core consumer prices rose in November for the first time in two years, sending the strongest signal yet that the world‘s second–biggest economy has emerged from seven years of deflation and reinforcing expectations of a near–term change in monetary policy.

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      LANDMINE KILLS 10 IN SRI LANKA AHEAD OF TALKS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 At least 10 army officials were killed in a landmine explosion in the northern rebellious region of Sri Lanka yesterday, sending a bleak signal ahead of talks today between the country‘s recently elected president, Mahinda Rajapakse, and India‘s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, in New >>>


      NEW HOPE ON JAPAN ECONOMY
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Japan‘s core consumer price index showed its first rise in two years in November, giving the strongest signal yet that the world‘s second biggest economy has emerged from seven years of deflation.

The rise reinforced expectations of an early change in monetary policy. But mi >>>


      TAIWAN‘S PRESIDENT FAILS TO GET HIS PRIORITIES RIGHT
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 In just five years President Chen Shui–bian has fallen from being Taiwan‘s hero of democracy to become its most reviled politician.

In 2000, Mr Chen swept away a ruling party that had held power for more than 50 years, carried by a wave of hope for political and judicial ref >>>


      DEUTSCHE HIT BY CONSOB CHARGE OVER UNIPOL DEAL
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 18:02 Italy‘s market regulator dealt a blow to Deutsche Bank last week, adding to a series of controversies for the German group in Italy this year.

Consob said a derivatives deal struck with a client trying to buy a bank constituted an undisclosed pact to work together on the acquisiti >>>


      EU TAX REFORM SETBACK HITS UK BUSINESS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 17:43 British companies are paying hundreds of millions of pounds of extra tax each year because of the growing problems of reclaiming value added tax incurred in other European Union countries, according to tax experts.

Efforts to simplify Europe‘s VAT system have been set back by the >>>


      ‘WE LOVE DISLOCATION AND CHAOS‘
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 America may be the home of the leveraged buy–out but it is Europe that has become the world‘s most fertile hunting ground for private equity.

The value of deals this year rose to a record of more than $180bn ('4;Ł104bn) by mid–December, according to Dealogi >>>


      COMPANIES AIM TO BANISH TURKEY‘S POOR REPUTATION
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Oliver Stone may have apologised a year ago forhaving "overdramatised" Midnight Express, the director‘s 1'78 film about an American abused in a Turkish prison, but the violent imagery still haunts the world‘s view of Turkey and the portrayal continues to upset Turks.
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      EGYPT AND TURKEY SIGN TRADE DEAL
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Egypt and Turkey yesterday signed a trade agreement aimed at strengthening their ability to compete in European markets while boosting cross–border trade and investment. The deal is modelled on Egypt‘s Partnership Agreement with Europe that allows for the phased liberalisation of bil >>>


      POLISH GOVERNMENT ASKS TO KEEP TROOPS IN IRAQ NEXT YEAR
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Poland‘s new government yesterday sent a request to Lech Kaczynski, the president, to keep Polish troops in Iraq through 2006 to help train the Iraqi military.

The previous government had pledged to remove the 1,450 Polish troops by the end of this year.

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      PUTIN‘S CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER QUITS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Andrei Illarionov, President Vladimir Putin‘s chief economic adviser but also an acerbic critic of the Kremlin‘s grab for economic power, offered his resignation yesterday, saying Russia was "no longer free".

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      SPAIN DROPS SIESTA TO END ‘CHAOTIC‘CIVIL SERVICE HOURS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Spain‘s Socialist government yesterday officially abolished the siesta.

A new law published in the official bulletin decreed that lunch breaks would be limited to one hour to allow civil servants to clock off at 6pm.

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      SUNNI LEAD MASS IRAQ POLL PROTESTS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Thousands of Iraqis rallied in Baghdad yesterday, rejecting results in the December 15 parliamentary elections, while politicians started power–sharing talks between Shia, Kurdish and Sunni Arab leaders that may lead to a way out of the crisis.

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      INSTABILITY AND BAD ADVICE WORSEN MALAWI FOOD CRISIS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Humanitarian agencies are struggling to focus world attention on the acute and worsening food crisis in southern Africa. As food stocks dwindle and the region‘s hungry season begins in earnest, 12m people in six countries will need humanitarian aid by early 2006, according to the United Na >>>


      ISRAEL RETALIATES OVER GAZA ROCKETS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Israeli helicopters fired missiles at targets in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday in response to the latest barrage of rockets from the territory, one of which landed near a kindergarten in southern Israel.

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      A VETERAN‘S IRAQ MESSAGE UPSETS ARMY RECRUITERS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      DULUTH, Minn., Dec. 21 – As those thinking of becoming soldiers arrive on the slushy doorstep of the Army recruiting station here, they cannot miss the message posted in bold black letters on the storefront right next door.

"Remember the Fallen Heroes," the sign reads, and then it ticks off num >>>


      BELOW A MOUNTAIN OF WEALTH, A RIVER OF WASTE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      JAKARTA, Indonesia – The closest most people will ever get to remote Papua, or the operations of Freeport–McMoRan, is a computer tour using Google Earth to swoop down over the rain forests and glacier–capped mountains where the American company mines the world‘s largest gold reserve.

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      COMPUTER VISIONARY JOHN DIEBOLD DIES
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 00:38 John Diebold, one of the early advocates of using electronic computing to automate office and factory life, died on Monday at the age of 7'.

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      DECEMBER PROVES TO BE BUMPER MONTH FOR DEALS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 1':04 The most robust year for mergers and acquisitions since 2000 continued in spite of the break for the Christmas holiday.

Four companies on Tuesday announced deals together worth more than $1bn ( ';577m, ň'4;ě843m) in the insurance, biotechnology and telecommu >>>


      DENNIS KUCINICH
      FT, 28-12-2005
      Born October 8 Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1'77–7'; presidential candidate, 2004; Congressman,
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      EURO RALLIES ON GERMAN SENTIMENT DATA
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 11:33 The euro rallied against the dollar, yen and sterling in European morning trade on Wednesday following a surprise jump in German consumer sentiment.

The GfK consumer climate gauge for January rose to 3.8, exceeding expectations for a reading of 3.3, with the December number also revised >>>


      EUROPEAN BOURSES FOLLOW WALL STREET LOWER
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 0':58 European stocks were lower on Wednesday, mirroring the sharp falls seen on Wall Street overnight as investors grew wary after ominous signals from the bond market.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 was down 0.1 per cent to 1,278.02, while the Xetra Dax in Frankfurt fell 0.1 per cent to 5,441.5 >>>


      EUROZONE YIELDS RISE AS CONFIDENCE IMPROVES
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 11:35 European government bond yields jumped on Wednesday after German consumer confidence rose to its highest for six months in a survey, adding to positive eurozone economic data from last week.

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      JOHN LEWIS REPORTS 12% RISE IN STORE SALES
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 20:02 Britain‘s bruised retailers received a timely boost on Tuesday when John Lewis reported a rise of 11.7 per cent in store sales for the 31–day period up to Christmas compared to the same period last year, while the nation‘s retail parks and shopping centres swarmed with sales&nd >>>


      LONDON SHARES BREAK THROUGH KEY BARRIER
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 10:56 London‘s benchmark equities index moved above the 5,600 level on first day of trading following the Christmas break.

In late morning trade, the FTSE 100 was 6.4 points or 0.1 per cent higher at 5,601.8 although the FTSE 250 slipped 8.7 points or 0.1 per cent to 8,751.1.

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      MICHAEL PORTER
      FT, 28-12-2005
      Born May 23 Professor at Harvard Business School, 2000–present Any generation is affected by the context and surroundings in which it matures. I am the son of a career army officer. During my childhood we lived in Taiwan, Germany and all over the US.

As I became an adult, I was living in an era in which >>>


      MUSIC DOWNLOADS ON TRACK FOR RECORD YEAR
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 20:22 Visits to music downloading websites saw a 50 per cent rise on Christmas Day as hundreds of thousands of people began loading songs on to the iPods they received as presents.

According to figures from Hitwise, the online intelligence company, visits to music download sites, such as Appl >>>


      RECESSION FEAR AS US YIELD CURVE INVERTS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 18:55 Yields on 10–year US Treasuries fell briefly below those on two–year notes on Tuesday for the first time in five years â« a rare event that in the past has often heralded a recession.

Longer–term Treasury yields are usually higher than shorter–term on >>>


      RETIREMENT BECKONS FOR BABY–BOOMERS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 27 2005 23:14 Wooed by politicians and marketers alike, it has throughout its life been one of the more powerful cohorts in history.

Born as the west was emerging from the trauma of the second world war, graduating from university as hostility to the Vietnam draft plunged campuses into turmoil and he >>>


      RON LOGUE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      Born October 27 Chairman and chief executive officer of State Street My generation grew up in the 1'60s, which were very volatile, very violent years. We were young then and just starting to formulate our opinions of the world.

The year 1'68 is one that I think is indelibly etched in our memories. I ha >>>


      TOKYO SHARES MARGINALLY HIGHER IN EARLY TRADE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 04:34 Tokyo shares were marginally higher in morning trade on Wednesday, though shares of Japan‘s leading retailers lost ground following the release of disappointing economic data. The benchmark Nikkei 225 average was up 0.4 per cent to 16,026.'3 by midday, while the broader Topix index was >>>


      WALL ST RALLIES ON CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 15:44 Wall Street rebounded modestly in early trading on Wednesday, buoyed by news of higher consumer confidence.

On Tuesday, the main indices suffered from their sharpest one–day sell off in two months after developments in the bond market sparked concerns over the outlook for the US e >>>


      BLAIR FACES ROW WITH BROWN OVER PENSIONS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Tony Blair is preparing for a big struggle with the chancellor over measures to avert a pensions crisis.

Downing Street officials say Mr Blair is determined to press ahead in the spring with a radical overhaul of the pension system, following the recommendations of the independent commi >>>


      BUSINESS DEFENDS LACK OF IDEAS ON RED TAPE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Business has defended the relative paucity of its suggestions for cutting red tape, saying the absence of many concrete proposals does not reflect a lack of enthusiasm for the government‘s deregulatory drive.

Fewer than 150 ideas for simplifying or axing the thousands of rules and >>>


      CASE AGAINST REFORM HINGES ON MEANS–TESTED BENEFITS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 If Gordon Brown is to fend off any attempt by Tony Blair to implement Lord Turner‘s recommendations, he will have to put up a rigorous case for channelling money to the poorest pensioners through means–tested benefits.

"The debate will crystallise around the sustainabil >>>


      EU TAX REFORM SETBACK HITS BUSINESS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 British companies are paying hundreds of millions of pounds of extra tax each year because of the growing problems of reclaiming value added tax incurred in other European Union countries, according to tax experts.

Efforts to simplify Europe‘s VAT system have been set back by the >>>


      FAST–TRACK MERGER SCRUTINY AN OPTION
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Britain‘s competition watchdog is examining the possibility of introducing a fast–track merger scrutiny process to speed the handling of less complicated deals and cut regulatory costs.

The Competition Commission is looking at changing its "one size fits all" appro >>>


      FORMER EUROPE MINISTER ATTACKS EU TREATY
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Tony Blair‘s longest serving minister for Europe has launched a stinging attack on the European Union‘s now mothballed constitution, saying it was proposed "at the wrong time, by the wrong people, in the wrong manner".

Denis MacShane, who as Europe minister from 20 >>>


      GELDOF BACKS CAMERON‘S POVERTY REVIEW
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 David Cameron will today step up his campaign to reach out beyond the Conservative party‘s core voters by launching a policy commission on international development with the backing of Bob Geldof, the anti–poverty campaigner.

The Tory leader hopes the policy review will give >>>


      GOLDSMITH HINTS AT SHIFT IN TORY PARTY‘S FOCUS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Signs that the Conservative party may be trying to distance itself from business are emerging through some unusual comments from Zac Goldsmith, appointed by David Cameron, the party‘s leader, to develop a new environmental policy.

First Mr Cameron ann–ounced in December he h >>>


      JOB SEEKERS ‘UNLIKELY TO SEE BENEFITS OF GROWTH‘
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Job seekers can expect a weaker labour market in 2006 in spite of a strengthening economy, according to forecasts from the leading personnel organisation.

John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, warns that job creation is likely to slip ne >>>


      TIDE COULD TURN FOR MIGRANT WORKERS
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 The availability of migrant workers to fill gaps in Britain‘s booming labour market, suppressing inflationary wage pressures, has generally been regarded as having a benign influence on the economy. But is this about to change?

According to official figures, the number of people c >>>


      WATCHDOG SHARPENS HIS COMPETITIVE EDGE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Companies that hold back potentially damaging information from the competition regulator are likely to face fines and embarrassing publicity, the new head of the Competition Commission has warned.

With signs that some companies in merger or market inquiries are resisting disclosing docu >>>


      ILL WINDS BLOW A BOOMING BEACHFRONT PARADISE NO GOOD
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 It is easy to understand what attracted Richard Pinegar and his family to Dauphin Island, Alabama. From the terrace of their elevated seafront home, they look down on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping against an idyllic white sand beach, just footsteps away.

After 11 ye >>>


      SLOWDOWN FEARS AS LONG–TERM YIELDS FALL
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 The possibility of a slowdown in the US economy weighed on stock investors yesterday after yields on 10–year US Treasuries fell below those on two–year notes, a rare event that has often heralded a recession.

Longer–term Treasury yields are usually higher than shorter& >>>


      STUDY ON CHINA ENERGY DEMAND DELAYED
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 The Department of Energy has delayed until the beginning of February the release of a study examining how China‘s growing demand for energy will affect US "political, strategic, economic and national security".

The study, which was meant to be completed in December and w >>>


      US MARINES CHARGED WITH RAPE
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 Philippine prosecutors yesterday charged four US marines with raping a 22–year–old Filipina woman in a case that could strain friendly ties between the two countries.

The accused soldiers, members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed in Okinawa, Japan, took part i >>>


      BANK OF ITALY PAVES WAY FOR NEW GOVERNOR
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 15:48 Italy‘s centre–right government is poised on Thursday to nominate the Bank of Italy‘s next governor after the resignation of Antonio Fazio on December 1' in a banking scandal that damaged the central bank‘s reputation.

President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italy&ls >>>


      BUSH‘S BOOK LOOKS BEYOND PRESIDENCY
      FT, 28-12-2005
      December 28 2005 02:00 President George W. Bush headed for his ranch in Crawford, Texas, this week with a reading list that suggested he may already be thinking about life beyond the White House.

Among the books he took with him is When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, by Patricia O&ls >>>



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