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      FIRST APEC SENIOR OFFICIAL MEETING OPENS IN HANOI
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan and Chairman of Vietnam‘s National Committee on APEC 2006, stressed that it is the great honour and responsibility for Vietnam to be the host of APEC, one of the world leading economic forums, and that Vietnam will do its best to live up to the trus >>>


      NA OFFICE RECEIVES GOLD STAR ORDER
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      The National Assembly Office on March 1 received the Gold Star Order awarded by the State and marked the 60th anniversary of its founding (March 2).

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and President Tran Duc Luong sent greetings and flowers to the ceremony.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, >>>


      PM ASKS COMMERCIAL SECTOR TO BOOST EXPORTS
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      PM Khai said a rapid increase in exports would help promote economic development and solve the matter of job generation. Therefore, he added, every economic sector, association and business must map out their own development and export strategies.

The PM asked the commercial sector to pay more attention to dev >>>


      PRESIDENT LUONG HIGHLIGHTS UN AGENCIES‘ HELP IN REALISING MDGS
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      During his meeting with Antonio Maria Costa, Undersecretary General of the UN, Director General of the UN Office in Vienna, and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Hanoi, President Luong also said that Vietnam‘s efforts to implement the UN–set millennium targets, including in t >>>


      PRESIDENT LUONG PRAISES JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN VIETNAM
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      Speaking at a reception in Hanoi given to Okuda Hiroshi, chairman of Nippon Keidanren on a visit to Vietnam from February 27 to March 3, President Luong affirmed that Vietnam would continue to be persistent in its renovation policy. He expressed his pleasure at the on–going efforts of the two Governments in imple >>>


      PRESS PRIZE WINNERS PRAISED FOR ACTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      The Vietnam Journalists‘ Association (VJA) gave the 2005 Press Prizes to 83 works including five A prizes, 16 B prizes, 33 C prizes, 2' honorable mentions and eight awards.

A group of Tuoi Tre newspaper journalists won the first prize for their coverage of a large–scale campaign entitled " >>>


      UNDP ECONOMIST SPEAKS HIGHLY OF VIETNAM COMMUNIST PARTY
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      The wide circulation for public opinions of the draft political report to the 10th Party Congress marks a positive development of the Communist Party of Vietnam, said a UNDP official.

Jonathan Pincus, Senior Economist of the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) in Vietnam, expressed his appreciation whil >>>


      VIETNAM REGULATES ON GRANTING OF APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARDS
      Nhan Dan, 02-03-2006
      Prime Minister Phan Van Khai on February 28 signed a decision to issue regulations on granting and controlling APEC Business Travel Cards (ABTC).

Accordingly, ABTC holders will be eligible for exemption from visa and resident registration procedures. They can use express immigration lanes at airports, come in >>>


      BUSH ARRIVES IN INDIA AMID STRONG PROTESTS
      Pakistan Observer, 02-03-2006
      US President terms N pact with India ‘difficult issue’ Manmohan receives Bush New Delhi—President Bush arrived in India on Wednesday as talks on a landmark U.S.–Indian nuclear pact were down to the wire and tens of thousands of Indians rallied across the country to protest his visit.

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      GOVT EXPECTS TO CREATE ABOVE 2 M JOBS BY JUNE
      Pakistan Observer, 02-03-2006
      Job market expanded with huge investment in infrastructure Abu Talha Islamabad—Government is expected to create over 2 million additional jobs by June this year as the job market has been expanding with a fast pace for the last two years.

Sources in the Finance Ministry quoting Labour Force Survey said from Ju >>>


      NSC CONDEMNS POLITICISING OF BLASPHEMOUS CARTOONS ISSUE
      Pakistan Observer, 02-03-2006
      Musharraf asks world to prevent recurrence Aroosa Alam Islamabad—President General Pervez Musharraf has said the Muslims of all shades of opinion around the world are united in their outrage and strong condemnation of the publication of sacrilegious sketches and expressed their deepest anger against the blasphemy.
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      SADDAM ASKS COURT WHAT WAS THE CRIME? 30 KILLED IN BOMBINGS
      Pakistan Observer, 02-03-2006
      Baghdad—Saddam Hussein told judges Wednesday that he ordered the trials of Shiites who eventually were executed in the 1'80s and said their lands should be confiscated, but he insisted that those actions were not criminal.

The former Iraqi leader also said his co–defendants should be freed, and he al >>>


      SPAIN FREEZES 4 BANK ACCOUNTS OF BB
      Pakistan Observer, 02-03-2006
      Villa confiscated; High Court appoints Examination Magistrate for judicial investigation Mahmood Hussain Islamabad—There have been more startling revelations regarding the corruption and money laundering of the former prime minister and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. Sources at the Nationa >>>


      42 KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN ISTANBUL
      02-03-2006
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      ANAVATAN CHALLENGES THE AKP TO ACT ON HEADSCARVES
      02-03-2006
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      DOMESTIC AGENDA
      02-03-2006
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      EKÞI SLAMS PM‘S STANCE TOWARDS MEDIA
      02-03-2006
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      ERDOÐAN TAKES ON MEDIA, RECEIVES STRONG RESPONSE
      02-03-2006
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      ERDOÐAN: WE DON&#8217;T NEED MEDIA TO TELL US WHAT TO DO
      02-03-2006
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      MAYORS TESTIFY BEFORE ÞEMDINLI COMMISSION
      02-03-2006
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      TANK PROGRAM ATTRACTS FOREIGNERS
      02-03-2006
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      TEXTILE EXPORTERS SEND LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER
      02-03-2006
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      US PUBLIC TELEVISION AFFILIATE DECIDES NOT TO AIR PANEL ON ARMENIAN ISSUE
      02-03-2006
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      VETOED UNIVERSITIES LAW PASSED AGAIN
      02-03-2006
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      APPLE UNVEILS NEW PRODUCTS
      02-03-2006
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      CZECH REPUBLIC ‘GRADUATES‘ INTO WB DONOR COUNTRY
      02-03-2006
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      DEDEMAN HOLDING‘S TURNOVER RISES 6 PCT IN 2005
      02-03-2006
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      EASYJET TO START CHEAP FLIGHTS TO ISTANBUL
      02-03-2006
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      FINANCELINE
      02-03-2006
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      IBM SIGNS $25 MILLION IT DEAL WITH ZORLU
      02-03-2006
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      INTEL STARTS WORK ON NEW $3.5 BLN CHIP PLANT IN ISRAEL
      02-03-2006
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      MOBILE PHONE SALES HIT 817 MILLION IN 2005
      02-03-2006
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      SUEZ VOWS TO BLOCK ITALIAN COUNTER–BID
      02-03-2006
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      TIM RELEASES RISING EXPORT FIGURES
      02-03-2006
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      TURKCELL‘S RUSSIAN SHAREHOLDER TO MOVE WEST TO GET EAST
      02-03-2006
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      ‘BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN‘ SETS OFF GAY TREND IN HOLLYWOOD
      02-03-2006
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      ARGENTINE FILM TO TAKE INTIMATE LOOK INTO CHE GUEVARA‘S LIFE
      02-03-2006
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      BEIJING LAUNCHING CAMPAIGN TO STAMP OUT SPITTING BEFORE 2008 OLYMPICS
      02-03-2006
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      CEZANNE, PISSARRO: FLIP SIDES OF THE SAME COIN
      02-03-2006
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      ENJOY THE FIZZY JAZZ BRUNCH AT MÖVENPICK HOTEL ISTANBUL
      02-03-2006
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      MOVIE WATCHDOG GROUP: ‘CRASH‘ HAS MOST CURSE WORDS
      02-03-2006
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      ONCE SLIM JAPANESE MEN GETTING BIG ON GIRDLES
      02-03-2006
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      OTTOMAN FIRMANS, TURKISH CALLIGRAPHY ON DISPLAY IN ANKARA
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      PARIS FASHION: DIOR‘S GOTHIC CHIC, GAULTIER‘S ROMANTIC OPULENCE
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      STUDY SHOWS MORE AMERICANS KNOW ‘THE SIMPSONS‘ THAN FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
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      THIEVES STEAL GODDESS HEAD WHILE MUSEUM AWAITS RESTORATION
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      TODAY IN HISTORY
      02-03-2006
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      AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT CALLS FOR LIBERATING NAGORNO–KARABAKH
      02-03-2006
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      BUSH PAYS SURPRISE FIRST VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN
      02-03-2006
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      CAR BOMBS IN BAGHDAD, SADDAM BACK IN COURT
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      ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADER KILLED IN GAZA
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      KOSOVO PM QUITS UNDER PARTY PRESSURE
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      NEWSLINE
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      PAKISTAN FORCES HIT MILITANTS ON AFGHAN BORDER
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      RUSSIA, IRAN MAKE NEW BID TO BREAK NUCLEAR IMPASSE
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      TEHRAN DEFIANT AS RUSSIA PUSHES FOR NUKE COMPROMISE
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      TOP ISLAMIC JIHAD COMMANDER KILLED IN GAZA BLAST
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      BRADY BONDS: END OF AN ERA
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 ×Brazil and Venezuela have announced in the past week that they intend to retire their outstanding Brady bonds. It means the virtual extinction of an asset class, created from 1'80s–era defaulted bank loans. Once the two buybacks are complete, JPMorgan has calculated that just $10.1bn >>>


      DRUG CARTELS ‘LAUNDERING CASH IN CHINA‘
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 The US yesterday expressed concern that ever more sophisticated drug–trafficking cartels were using China‘s inadequately controlled financial system to launder their proceeds, possibly even getting tax breaks in the process.

Releasing its annual report on drug–trafficking >>>


      ‘LIBERATOR‘ BUSH MAKES FIRST TRIP TO KABUL
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 George W. Bush made his first visit to Afghanistan yesterday, where US forces toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001.

The US president‘s un–scheduled stop in Kabul came as he made his way to New Delhi, where he was to be greeted by some of the most pro–American metropolit >>>


      THAKSIN FORCED TO REJECT RUMOURS OF HIS RESIGNATION
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Speculation over the political survival of Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand‘s prime minister, intensified yesterday as the premier was forced publicly to reject persistent rumours of his imminent resignation, while the army chief ruled out a military coup.

Pressure on Mr Thaksin, a teleco >>>


      TOWEL MAKERS BREAK ICE IN TAIWAN–CHINA LINKS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 17:44 Four years after joining the World Trade Organisation, China and Taiwan are finally finding ways to deal with bilateral trade disputes under WTO rules despite the political deadlock that keeps their governments from directly talking to each other.

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      TOWEL MAKERS BREAK ICE OVER TAIWAN–CHINA LINKS IN WTO
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 17:44 Four years after joining the World Trade Organisation, China and Taiwan are finally finding ways to deal with bilateral trade disputes under WTO rules despite the political deadlock that keeps their governments from directly talking to each other.

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      TOWEL MAKERS BREAK ICE OVER TAIWAN–CHINA LINKS IN WTO
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Four years after joining the World Trade Organisation, China and Taiwan are finally finding ways to deal with bilateral trade disputes under WTO rules despite the political deadlock that keeps their governments from directly talking to each other.

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      US AND N KOREA GO BACK TO NEGOTIATING TABLE WITH SANCTIONS ON THE AGENDA
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 North Korean and US officials will on Tuesday sit down for long–awaited discussions about the crippling financial sanctions Washington has imposed on Pyongyang, the first step forward in months for the moribund talks on North Korea‘s nuclear ambitions.

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      ARCELOR MANAGERS READY TO DISCUSS BID WITH MITTAL
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 22:07 Arcelor managers would be prepared to talk to executives at Mittal Steel about the hostile ň'4;ě18.6bn ( ';12.6bn) bid being made by Mittal for the Luxembourg company, Guy Doll é, chief executive of Arcelor, said last night.

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      BERLUSCONI CALLS FOR ‘ALLIANCE OF DEMOCRACIES‘
      FT, 02-03-2006
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      BERLUSCONI CALLS FOR ‘ALLIANCE OF DEMOCRACIES‘
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      DEAL HERALDS END TO GERMAN STRIKE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 18:56 Public sector workers in Hamburg, northern Germany, will return to work on Thursday after unions reached a compromise with the city–state that could herald the end of the country‘s first public sector strike in 14 years.

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      EU SHOWS ‘CARING SIDE‘ TO VICTIMS OF GLOBALISATION
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      EU SHOWS ‘CARING SIDE‘ TO VICTIMS OF GLOBALISATION
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      FRANCE REVEALS TOOLS TO FIGHT HOSTILE BIDS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 22:06 France on Wednesday unveiled new weapons in its arsenal for protecting French companies against on Wednesday foreign bidders, as its politicians came under fire over their rising protectionist rhetoric.

Dominique de Villepin, France‘s prime minister, outlined fresh plans to boost emplo >>>


      ITALY, POLAND FAIL TO SETTLE ISSUE OF ‘SECRET PRISONS‘
      FT, 02-03-2006
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      MORE EU MEMBER STATES OPT FOR ‘POISON PILL‘
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 1':26 The European Union‘s long and troubled campaign against "poison pills" and other takeover defences is heading for a further setback, with more and more member states deciding not to apply key provisions of the EU takeover directive.

National governments have until May 20 >>>


      ‘SECRET PRISON‘ ISSUE DOGS ITALY, POLAND
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Italy and Poland have failed to dispel suspicions that they have broken European law by colluding with the US over "secret prisons" and extra–legal abductions, the 46–nation Council of Europe said yesterday.

The human rights watchdog said the two countries had failed t >>>


      ‘SICK MAN‘ ITALY SEES ECONOMY STAGNATE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Italy‘s economy stagnated last year, according to official data yesterday that gave fresh ammunition to the political opponents of Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister, and took the gloss off upbeat news on the eurozone economic outlook.

Gross domestic product in Italy saw zero growth in >>>


      ALMUNIA OPTIMISTIC ON GERMAN DEFICIT
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 JoaquĂ­n Almunia, European Union monetary affairs commissioner, said yesterday he was optimistic the new German government was on track to bring its budget deficit below the limit imposed by the euro stability pact.

Mr Almunia said his confidence was fuelled by discussions with the gov >>>


      DEAL ENDS HAMBURG STRIKE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Public sector workers in Hamburg, northern Germany, will return to work today after unions reached a compromise with the city–state that could herald the end of the country‘s first public sector strike in 14 years.

While the Verdi trade union, which represents service sector wor >>>


      DEAL HERALDS END TO GERMAN STRIKE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Public sector workers in Hamburg, northern Germany, will return to work today after unions reached a compromise with the city–state that could herald the end of the country‘s first public sector strike in 14 years.

While the Verdi trade union, which represents service sector wor >>>


      FRANCE REVEALS TOOLS TO FIGHT HOSTILE BIDS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 France yesterday unveiled new weapons in its arsenal for protecting French companies against hostile foreign bidders, as its politicians came under fire over their rising protectionist rhetoric.

Dominique de Villepin, France‘s prime minister, outlined fresh plans to boost employee sha >>>


      FRENCH PLAN TO SHIELD GROUPS FROM HOSTILE FOREIGN BIDDERS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Paris outlined new measures yesterday to defend French companies from hostile foreign bidders, even as its politicians came under fire for hardening their protectionist stance.

Dominique de Villepin, French prime minister, announced plans to boost employee share ownership and to use the Cai >>>


      FRENCH PROVINCE COUNTS THE COST OF BIRD FLU THREAT TO GOURMET BREEDS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Gilles Lassus is hunched over a map in the village of Tramoyes worrying about his ducks. No wonder. His farm is in the Ain department, where last week hundreds of turkeys were found to be carrying the H5N1 virus, making it the first region in the European Union to have a big outbreak of the lethal b >>>


      H5N1 VIRUS HAS FRANCE PREPARING FOR AN ASSAULT
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 17:41 Gilles Lassus is hunched over a map in the village of Tramoyes worrying about his ducks.

No wonder. His farm is in the Ain department, where last week hundreds of turkeys were found to be carrying the H5N1 virus, making it the first region in Europe to have poultry infected with bird flu.>>>


      MERKEL FACES FIRST BIG TEST OVER REFORM OF STATE HEALTH INSURANCE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Angela Merkel marked her 100th day as German chancellor yesterday with a low–key speech at a squash club in the tiny northern village of Demmin.

It has been a remarkable political honeymoon with record popularity ratings. However, the first real test of her leadership skills comes thi >>>


      SETBACK FOR EU AS MEMBERS OPT OUT OF TAKEOVER RULES
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 The European Union‘s long and troubled campaign against "poison pills" and other takeover defences is heading for a further setback, with more and more member states opting out of applying key provisions of the EU takeover directive.

National governments have until May 20 to >>>


      TWELVE COUNTRIES BACK FLIGHT TAX
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 France said yesterday that12 countries had agreed at a two–day Paris conference to support an international tax on airline tickets to fund medical aid.

Jacques Chirac, the French president, who has championed the idea for the past four years, organised the conference to kickstart acti >>>


      ANTI–SYRIAN LEBANESE READY FOR NEW SHOWDOWN
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Walid Jumblatt, leader of Lebanon‘s minority Druze community, an offshoot of Islam, was an instrumental force behind last year‘s "Cedar revolution".

Thepopular uprising provoked by the assassination of his friend and ally Rafiq Hariri, former prime minister and Syrian >>>


      IRANIAN EXILE GROUPS URGED TO UNITE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 23:31 Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of the former Shah of Iran who still holds out the possibility of returning to the throne, expressed his frustration with Iran‘s fractious opposition groups on Wednesday, urging them to unite against the Islamic regime.

Mr Pahlavi‘s appearance at a W >>>


      IRANIAN PRESIDENT UNDER BUDGET PRESSURE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Members of Iran‘s parliament yesterday savaged the first budget drawn up by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadi–Nejad.

Ahmad Tavakoli, a leading deputy, said he shared the president‘s fundamentalist political opinions but attack–ed his view that parliament cou >>>


      JORDAN URGES PATIENCE WITH HAMAS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Hamas should be allowed a period of grace in which to form a peace strategy before the international community decides whether to shun the Islamic movement, Abdul Ilah Khatib, Jordanian foreign minister, told the FT yesterday.

Mr Khatib said Hamas needed encouragement to adopt a peaceful pl >>>


      JUMBLATT PREPARES FOR ‘LONG BATTLE‘ FOR LEBANESE INDEPENDENCE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 18:15 Walid Jumblatt, leader of Lebanon‘s minority Druze community, which adheres to a secretive offshoot of Islam, was an instrumental force behind last years Cedar revolution.

The popular uprising provoked by the assassination of his friend and ally Rafiq Hariri, the former prime minister >>>


      KENYAN JOURNALISTS‘ ARRESTS PROMPTS FEARS OF CLAMPDOWN
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 16:42 Three Kenyan journalists have been arrested in connection with a political article concerning the president in what many view as an attempt to intimidate the country‘s increasingly active mediia.

The two editors and a reporter with The Standard newspaper were detained on Tuesday and r >>>


      NON–SHIA PARTIES PREPARE TO BLOCK IRAQI LEADER‘S BID TO KEEP PREMIERSHIP
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Iraq was last night facing political turmoil in addition to its deteriorating security situation with signs that the non–Shia parties are uniting to block Ibrahim Jaafari remaining as prime minister.

Opposition to Mr Jaafari, the leader of the Shia Islamist Dawa party, intensified thi >>>


      S AFRICAN VOTERS REGISTER DISILLUSIONMENT IN LOCAL POLLS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 17:18 The bombing of three rural voting stations ahead of South Africa‘s municipal poll on Wednesday was a sign that, almost 12 years after the advent of democracy, people are running out of patience with the ruling African National Congress‘ ability to make their lives better.

Petrol >>>


      BOURSES BUOYED BY TELEKOM AND LVMH
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 08:17 Europe‘s bourses were buoyed by positive numbers from Deutsche Telekom and luxury goods group LVMH on Thursday ahead of an expected quarter percentage point interest rate rise in the eurozone to 2.5 per cent.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 rose 0.3 per cent to 1,360.38 with the Xetra Dax in F >>>


      EQUITIES REBOUND LED BY BID TALK
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 1 2006 18:45 US and European shares rebounded on Wednesday, supported by a swathe of economic data and renewed bid and merger talk.

News that that a key measure of US inflation ‫ the core personal consumption expenditure index ‫ had risen by a modest 0.2 per cent in January enc >>>


      INSURERS LEAD FTSE 100 ADVANCE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 10:04 Aviva shares moved ahead in morning trade in London on Thursday as equity markets opened strongly higher. Insurers supported the opening rally along with oil and gas stocks which rose on further overnight gains in crude oil prices.

Aviva, the UK‘s biggest insurer, was up 3.7 per cent >>>


      JAPANESE STOCKS SEE MODERATE GAINS
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 03:26 Moderate rises in a range of export–focused and domestic stocks pushed up Japanese stock indices on Thursday morning. By midday the Nikkei 225 was 0.3 per cent higher at 16,013.3'. The Topix rose 0.5 per cent to 1,644.12.

Export stocks were helped by a rebound in US shares, which >>>


      REGULATORS AND BANKERS PROMOTE GLOBAL STABILITY
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:44 Senior regulators and bankers from around the world on Wednesday said progress had been made in improving the stability of the global financial system, but that much more needed to be done.

The comments came after a one–day meeting in New York designed to gauge progress made in improv >>>


      BOND GIVES BOOST TO MICROFINANCE
      FT, 02-03-2006
      March 2 2006 02:00 Microfinance, the business of making tiny loans to individuals in developing countries, is taking a step forward with the launch of the biggest attempt yet to generate funding through the international capital markets.

BlueOrchard, a Geneva–based specialist company, yesterday launched >>>



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