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      BEIJING ATTACKS E&Y REPORT ON BAD DEBT AS ‘RIDICULOUS‘
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 An unusually forthright attack by China‘s central bank on an international accountancy firm‘s report on the country‘s bad debt problem has reignited debate about the success of Beijing‘s efforts to clean up the banking sector.

The People‘s Bank of China strongly >>>


      CENSORS TURN CHINA‘S BAIDUPEDIA INTO CLOSED BOOK
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Contributing to Wikipedia, the internet encyclopedia, has been a powerful experience for Chinese users entranced by the idea of an open–ended online reference work that anyone can edit.

"From Wikipedia I learned how to understand different viewpoints and to be neutral and tolerant >>>


      CHINESE SENSE HAND OF THE STATE IN HOTMAIL DISRUPTION
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Internet users in a number of big Chinese cities have been suffering serious difficulties accessing Microsoft‘s Hotmail e–mail service, just three weeks after Hu Jintao, Chinese president, was fĂŞted at Bill Gates‘s Seattle home.

The persistent problems over the p >>>


      DISGRACED SOUTH KOREAN SCIENTIST INDICTED ON FRAUD CHARGES
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Hwang Woo–suk, the disgraced South Korean scientist, was yesterday indicted on charges of criminal fraud, embezzlement and violating bioethics laws by illegally buying human ova – the culmination of a four–month investigation into a scandal that has shaken the scientific world.
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      MOVE TO GET TAMIL FIGHTERS BACK INTO TALKS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 European ceasefire monitors yesterday sought to persuade Tamil separatists to resume peace negotiations with the Sri Lankan government after a sharp escalation of violence sparked by a Tamil assault on a navy patrol boat.

The Sri Lankan air force launched attacks on Tamil targets on the isla >>>


      NATO HOPES TO WORK MORE WITH PAKISTAN
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Nato has proposed steps to boost co–operation with Pakistan as the alliance prepares to enlarge its troop presence in Afghanistan in the face of escalating attacks by insurgents.

Alessandro Munito–Rizzo, Nato deputy secretary–general, met General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan& >>>


      SUHARTO‘S CORRUPTION CHARGES DROPPED
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Indonesia has dropped long–stalled corruption charges against former President Suharto, with the country‘s attorney–general citing the 84–year–old‘s "deteriorating" health as the main reason for formally ending the criminal case against him.

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      TAIWAN‘S FINANCIAL REGULATOR SUSPENDED
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Taiwan suspended the head of the financial regulator from his duties yesterday, citing an investigation into alleged corruption. The move is a sign the government is responding to public anger over alleged misconduct by its officials.

Kong Jaw–sheng, chairman of the Financial Superviso >>>


      TAIWAN‘S TOP FINANCIAL REGULATOR SUSPENDED IN GRAFT PROBE
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Taiwan suspended the head of the financial regulator from his duties yesterday, citing an investigation into alleged corruption. The move is a sign that the government is beginning to respond to public anger over alleged misconduct by its officials.

Kong Jaw–sheng, chairman of the Fina >>>


      US CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FALLS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 US consumer confidence falls US consumer confidence fell in May, according to a preliminary estimate from the University of Michigan. The consumer sentiment index fell to 7', down from April‘s reading of 87.4. This was the weakest month since October.

Analysts said higher energy co >>>


      WHY GLOBAL INTERNET FREEDOM MATTERS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 5 2006 1':50 Defining and preserving internet freedom is a key and growing challenge. In an astonishingly short period of time the internet has become the greatest purveyor of news and information in history and a potent catalyst for innovation and commerce. From a small band of university researchers sharing >>>


      DISPARITY IN CARBON PERMITS EMERGES
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 20:22 British businesses will have to cut their greenhouse gases far more than their continental rivals because of the way the European Union‘s emissions trading scheme was set up, data on Friday appeared to show.

Reports that German companies had received many more permits to produce carbon >>>


      ITALIAN FOOTBALL ROCKED BY MATCH–FIXING SCANDAL
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 20:31 A suspected match–fixing scandal is threatening to engulf Italian football less than a month before the World Cup.

More than 40 people ňŔÓ including two senior officials from Juventus, the country‘s most successful club ňŔÓ have been placed under inv >>>


      ERIKSSON GAMBLES ON WALCOTT
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 8 2006 16:23 It was predicted but still managed to come as a surprise. England coach Sven–Goran Eriksson has gone ahead and chosen 17–year–old Theo Walcott in his provisional list of 23 for this summer‘s World Cup in Germany.

The young striker‘s inclusion in the squad is a me >>>


      ITALIAN LEADERS FIND TRUTH IN THE WISDOM OF CICERO
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 1':12 It was Cicero, the Ancient Roman orator, who said: "Old age, especially an honoured old age, has such great authority that it is of more value than all the pleasures of youth." To which the gerontocracy ruling the roost in Italian politics today would surely add: "Amen". Recen >>>


      ITALIAN LEADERS FIND TRUTH IN THE WISDOM OF CICERO
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 It was Cicero, the Ancient Roman orator, who said: "Old age, especially an honoured old age, has such great authority that it is of more value than all the pleasures of youth." To which the gerontocracy ruling the roost in Italian politics today would surely add: "Amen". Recent ev >>>


      POLAND SETS UP ANTI–CORRUPTION BODY
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 18:47 Poland‘s parliament on Friday approved the creation of a Central Anti–Corruption Office, an elite law enforcement agency, as the ruling conservative Law and Justice party moved to fulfil one of its main campaign pledges ňŔÓ to tackle the corruption allegedly generated by th >>>


      POLAND SETS UP ANTI–CORRUPTION BODY AND VOWS TO PROBE BANK PRIVATISATION
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Poland‘s parliament yesterday approved the creation of a Central Anti–Corruption Office, an elite law enforcement agency, as the ruling conservative Law and Justice party moved to fulfil one of its main campaign pledges – to tacklethe corruption allegedly generated by the incomplete >>>


      PUTIN ATTEMPTS TO BREATHE LIFE INTO AILING NATION
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 President Vladimir Putin is not renowned for sentimentality. Yet for a fleeting moment half–way through his annual state of the nation address this week he became almost dewy–eyed.

"And now for the most important thing. What is the most important thing?" he asked his Kr >>>


      RUSSIA SHAKES UP CUSTOMS SERVICE
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 The Russian government yesterday sacked a number of senior security officials and named an ex–KGB spy and a former head of the state arms trading agency as the new head of the customs service.

The customs shake–up followed a call this week from Vladimir Putin, Russia‘s pres >>>


      STAMP INVESTORS IN '4;4.2BN ‘SCAM‘
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Afinsa, the world‘s largest stamp dealer, and Forum Filat élico, a dealer in stamps and coins, were accused of embezzling ň'4;ě4.2bn ( ';2.'bn) from 343,000 investors in what appeared to be the biggest scam in Spanish history.

The two companies ran susp >>>


      TOP ITALIAN CLUBS NAMED IN FOOTBALL MATCH–FIXING FURORE
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 An alleged match–fixing scandal is threatening to engulf Italian football less than a month before the World Cup.

More than 40 people – including two senior officials from Juventus, the country‘s most successful club – have been placed under investigation mostly for & >>>


      BUSINESS OILS WHEELS READY FOR REBUILDING OF IRAQ
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Jeffrey Smith, a fluent Arabic–speaker from his time in the US special forces, says he is probably the only American citizen to live and work with ordinary Iraqis in downtown Baghdad, where he runs his security training company, US Defense Logistics.

He drives around in a battered car, >>>


      IAEA IN PROBE OF URANIUM FOUND IN IRAN
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 The United Nations‘ nuclear watchdog is investigating the source of traces of highly enriched uranium found on equipment procured by a suspicious Iranian site once associated with the defence ministry.

The preliminary finding of traces of material that could be used in nuclear weapons >>>


      BATTLING ISLANDERS IN COURT VICTORY
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 03:00 Indian Ocean islanders who were expelled by Britain so that the US could establish a military base on Diego Garcia yesterday wona High Court victory in their long–running campaign to return to their islands.

Two judges held that the orders made under the royal prerogative to prevent th >>>


      CO2 PERMITS MISMATCH HITS COMPANIES
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Businesses will have to cut their greenhouse gases far more than their Continental rivals because of the way the European Union‘s emissions trading scheme was set up, data yesterday appeared to show.

Reports that German companies had received many more permits to produce carbon dioxide >>>


      CRAVING FOR BLACKBERRIES SPLITS BUSINESS WORLD
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 One in five companies are preparing to equip their staff with the BlackBerry wireless e–mail device, demonstrating a willingness for non–stop work that baffles many Continental counterparts.

According to research by ACNielsen and VNU, in the next year 21 per cent of companies tha >>>


      EMPLOYERS TO BE FORCED TO PAY INTO LOW–COST PENSIONS SCHEME
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Employers will be compelled to make pension contributions on behalf of staff who sign up to a proposed new low–cost national saving scheme, the government‘s forthcoming pensions white paper will say.

However, small businesses – defined as having fewer than 50 staff – >>>


      FAILED BNP CANDIDATES LOSE LIBEL ACTION AGAINST ANTI–FASCIST MAGAZINE
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Two brothers who stood as parliamentary candidates for the British National party in last year‘s general election have lost a High Court libel battle with Searchlight, the anti–fascist magazine.

An October 2003 article about allegations from feuding factions in the ultra–ri >>>


      JAM–MAKER HITS AT GOVERNMENT RECIPE FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Fraser Doherty, a 17–year–old businessman who sells jam made using his grandmother‘s recipe, has some harsh words about the government‘s attitude to young entrepreneurs.

Mr Doherty, who in 2004 was presented with an Enterprising Young Brit award by Gordon Brown, think >>>


      MINISTERS SET TO BACK INVESTMENT FOR ROYAL MAIL
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Ministers are expected to give the go–ahead for public investment in Royal Mail, the state–owned postal operator, after being convinced by executives of the need for new technology and equipment.

But a decision remains some way off on whether to endorse a controversial share&ndas >>>


      NEW PENSION RULES CREATE IHT LOOPHOLE
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Tens of thousands of people could escape paying billions of pounds of inheritance tax in another loophole that has come to light following last month‘s pensions simplification.

Under the new rules, any member of a small self–administered scheme, or Ssas, can pass on any funds lef >>>


      OFFSHORE INVESTORS BEGIN TO COME CLEAN
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Hundreds of individuals with money invested offshore have caved in to government pressure and have voluntarily disclosed details of those investments to HM Revenue & Customs.

The disclosures follow advice from accountants and lawyers for investors to "come clean" about money he >>>


      SUSSEX SCIENTISTS WELCOME PLANS FOR CHEMISTRY
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 The future of Sussex University‘s prestigious chemistry department was guaranteed yesterday after the university senate, the institution‘s most powerful academic body, voted to accept a last–minute compromise that will see it merged with the biochemistry department.

Science >>>


      TAX AND BENEFITS MAKE DEEP IMPACT ON INCOME INEQUALITIES
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Britain has become a more equal society in terms of income since 2001, according to new official figures that reveal the extent of redistribution through the tax and benefit system.

Before tax and benefits, the highest–earning fifth of the population have incomes that are 16 times grea >>>


      TIME MATTERS IN DECISION TO RESTORE EARNINGS LINK
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Tony Blair may be obsessed with his legacy but the government as a whole might be expected to be at least as interested in achieving a new pensions system that will last.

It is this that has made the ferocity of the dispute over the affordability of the Pensions Commission proposals in the s >>>


      BUSH ADMINISTRATION‘S TELEPHONE SNOOPING
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 22:17 George W. Bush assured Americans this week that his administration was doing nothing illegal by maintaining a record of telephone calls made by about 200m US subscribers. But the president has already made clear that his definition of what is legal applies to virtually anything he chooses to authoris >>>


      CHALLENGE TO US CONTROL OF WEBSITE NAMES
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Fed up with the lack of an international system for internet addresses using non–western scripts, many countries are joining China in creating their own.

These moves are seen as a challenge to the authority of the US–based body that runs the international domain name system and a >>>


      CORPORATE GIFTS DOWN AS SHARE OF PROFITS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Corporate giving among the biggest US companies declined last year as a percentage of pre–tax profits, in spite of the well–publicised corporate response to Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami.

Overall, the amount given by 67 leading companies, including Wal–Mart, AIG, >>>


      ICRC CHIEF HITS OUT AT SECRET PRISONS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 03:00 Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), yesterday released an unusually blunt statement denouncing the Bush administration for denying access to detainees held in secret prisons in the war on terror.

The ICRC said Mr Kellenberger had met senior U >>>


      BIRD FLU INFECTS GIRL IN DJIBOUTI
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 18:54 Human infection by the lethal H5N1 bird flu virus was confirmed in a 10th country on Friday as it emerged that China continues to stall over the timely delivery of samples to global health professionals.

Djibouti became the first country in the Horn of Africa to report the virus, which was c >>>


      CHINESE HOTMAIL USERS SUFFER DISRUPTIONS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006
1':40 Internet users in a number of big Chinese cities have been suffering serious difficulties accessing Microsoft‘s Hotmail e–mail service, just three weeks after Hu Jintao, Chinese president, was fĂŞted at Bill Gates‘s Seattle home.

The persistent problems ov >>>


      CHOICE FOR CIA CHIEF FACES TOUGH QUESTIONS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 21:15 General Michael Hayden, the White House choice to run the Central Intelligence Agency, lobbied members of Congress on Frday on his nomination as lawmakers continue to raise questions about his role in running a controversial domestic spying programme.

A senior administration official confirm >>>


      EMISSIONS SCHEME RECEIVES SEVERE BLOW
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 21:42 Europe‘s attempts to reduce greenhouse gas output through an emissions trading scheme suffered a severe blow after it emerged that German industries last year were granted permits to produce more carbon dioxide than they needed.

Friday‘s news took carbon prices to a 15–mont >>>


      EMPLOYERS FORCED TO PAY INTO PENSIONS SCHEME
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 22:23 Employers will be compelled to make pension contributions on behalf of staff who sign up to a proposed new low–cost national saving scheme, the government‘s forthcoming pensions white paper will say.

However, small businesses â« defined as having fewer than 50 staff & >>>


      FUNDS DEFY ANIMAL RIGHTS ATTACK ON GSK
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 22:43 Efforts by animal rights extremists to blackmail GlaxoSmithKline shareholders into selling their stakes have prompted leading institutional investors into a rare show of public defiance.

The pledge by seven leading international financial institutions with billions of pounds invested in the >>>


      IAEA IN PROBE OF URANIUM FOUND IN IRAN
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 20:00 The United Nations‘ nuclear watchdog is investigating the source of traces of highly enriched uranium found on equipment procured by a suspicious Iranian site once associated with the defence ministry.

The preliminary finding of traces of material that could be used in nuclear weapons >>>


      OFFSHORE INVESTORS BEGIN TO COME CLEAN
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 22:0' Hundreds of individuals with money invested offshore have caved in to government pressure and have voluntarily disclosed details of those investments to HM Revenue & Customs.

The disclosures follow advice from accountants and lawyers for investors to "come clean" about mone >>>


      SPECULATION GROWS THAT SARKOZY WILL QUIT
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 1':30 Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s interior minister, will on Saturday indicate how long he intends to stay in government amid rising speculation that he could quit over an alleged smear campaign against him â« the so–called Clearstream affair.

Mr Sarkozy suspects his arch >>>


      THE US DOLLAR TAKES A POUNDING OVER DEFICIT
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 13 2006 00:18 The US dollar suffered a severe sell–off on Friday, taking it to its weakest level against a trade–weighted basket of currencies since October 1''7, in a tumble that helped to trigger falls across world equity markets.

Worries about US inflation, which have intensified si >>>


      US DOLLAR TAKES A POUNDING OVER DEFICIT
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12
2006 1':3' The US dollar suffered a severe sell–off on Friday, taking it to its weakest level against a trade–weighted basket of currencies since October 1''7, as fears about the US current account deficit crossed world markets.

Worries about US inflation, which have int >>>


      US TELECOMS GIANTS GAVE IN TO REQUEST FOR RECORDS
      FT, 13-05-2006
      May 12 2006 23:32 With one notable exception â« Qwest Communications â« America‘s biggest telecommunications companies appear to have put up little resistance when the National Security Agency requested access to phone call records in the wake of the '/11 terrorist attacks on New York >>>


      "DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN" R'6;UMT AB
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Er war der unbestrittene Spitzenreiter bei der Verleihung des Deutschen Filmpreises: der Stasi–Film "Das Leben der Anderen". Die Produktion über den DDR–Geheimdienst gewann den Deutschen Filmpreis in Gold und räumte außerdem noch in mehreren anderen Kategorien ab.

Berlin &n >>>


      "HENRI" FÜR "ZEIT"–JOURNALIST
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Gala für Journalisten: Zum zweiten Mal wurde in Hamburg der Henri–Nannen–Preis für herausragende journalistische Texte vergeben. In der "Königsdisziplin" Reportage ging die Auszeichnung dieses Jahr an Bartholomäus Grill von der "Zeit".

Hamburg – Unter d >>>


      16 MILLIONEN CHINESISCHE BLOGS
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Die "SZ" liest 16 Millionen chinesische Blogs. Die "NZZ" erinnert an den größten Kinoskandal in der Franco–'6;ra – ausgelöst von Luis Bunuels "Viridiana".

Die "Welt" spricht Klartext über die Entkoppelung sexueller Aktivitäten >>>


      FAMILIENTREFF STATT STERNSTUNDE
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Von Daniel Haas, Berlin Deutschland hat keine Filmstars. Stimmt. Deshalb war der gestrige Filmpreis auch keine Sternstunde des Glamours, sondern ein Familientreffen von Kreativen.

Stolz kann man dennoch sein: Der deutsche Film ist so gut wie lange nicht. Bernd Neumann war sauer. Deutschland habe keine Filmstar >>>


      AN DEN STREIK–NADELÖHREN W'6;CHST DER '6;RGER
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Von Hasnain Kazim Der Streik im Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder dauert schon bald 14 Wochen

– und nur noch wenige Bürger nehmen ihn wahr. Dabei hat er vielerorts groteske Folgen: Schiffe hängen vor Schleusen fest, und Ein–Mann–Unternehmer müssen mitten in der Nacht vor >>>


      HESSEN MACHT STROMKONZERNEN DRUCK
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Im Streit über zu hohe Strompreise will der hessische Wirtschaftsminister Alois Rhiel die Netzbetreiber zur Senkung ihrer Entgelte zwingen. Die Gebühren sollen um mehr als zehn Prozent fallen. Ziel der Preiskontrolle sind niedrigere Stromkosten für den Endverbraucher.

Die Gebühren, die die >>>


      TELEKOM–VERHANDLUNGEN SIND GEPLATZT
      Spiegel, 13-05-2006
      Der Tarifstreit zwischen der Deutschen Telekom und der Gewerkschaft Ver.di spitzt sich zu. Die große Tarifkommission der Gewerkschaft erklärte die Gespräche einstimmig für gescheitert. Die Streiks werden nun ausgeweitet.

Bonn – Die Arbeitgeber hätten kein weiteres Angebot vorgele >>>


      ANNIVERSARY OF KIM JONG IL‘S FAMOUS WORK MARKED
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– A scientific seminar took place at the People‘s Palace of Culture on May 11 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the publication of leader Kim Jong Il‘s famous work "On Popularizing Physical Training and Sport and Developing Sporting Skills Rapidly" >>>


      BRUTAL SUPPRESSION OF PROTESTERS IN S. KOREA UNDER FIRE
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Different organizations in south Korea and overseas Koreans‘ organizations reportedly released statements to denounce the south Korean military and police for their merciless crackdown upon civilian protesters in the area of Phyongthaek.

The south Korean Christi >>>


      CANDLELIGHT FUNCTION HELD IN SEOUL
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Activists of civic and social organizations including the Seoul Council of Measures against the Expansion of the U.S.

Military Base in Phyongthaek reportedly held a candlelight function in front of the head office of Dong–A Ilbo in Kwanghwamun in Seoul on May 8. >>>


      DANGEROUS MOVES TO REVISE JAPAN–U.S. DEFENSE COOPERATION GUIDELINES UNDER FIRE
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Japan and the United States are contemplating to revise the "Japan–U.S. defense cooperation guidelines" adopted in 1''7.

It is said that the guidelines to be revised contain the issue of expanding tie–ups between the two countries in over >>>


      DPRK AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA APPOINTED
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Kim Tong Je was appointed as DPRK ambassador to Libya, according to a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People‘s Assembly.
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      EE.UU. ES EL PEOR TRAFICANTE ILEGAL DEL MUNDO, COMENTA ATCC
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, 12 de mayo (ATCC) –– En estos dias, resuena en el ambito internacional la opinion publica desenmascarando que Estados Unidos es el peor negociante ilegal del mundo.

La pagina web del Internet "Conspiracy Planet" revelo el 26 de abril que los bancos norteamericanos lavan cada >>>


      GREAT KING OF CAMBODIA LEAVES PYONGYANG
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Great King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk left Pyongyang by a special plane on May 12.

He was seen off at the airport by Yang Hyong Sop, vice–president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People‘s Assembly, and Kim Yong Il, vice Foreign Minister.

O >>>


      IRANIAN EMBASSY OFFICIALS VISIT E–LIBRARY
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Ambassador Jalaleddin Namini Mianji and staff members of the Iranian embassy here Thursday visited the E–Library of Kim Chaek University of Technology on the occasion of a week for DPRK–Iran friendship.

They went round reading rooms, remote controlled&ndas >>>


      KCNA TERMS U.S. WORLD‘S BIGGEST ILLEGAL DEALER
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– The international community is becoming increasingly critical of the U.S. for being a kingpin of illegal transaction.

Internet homepage Conspiracy Planet on April 26 disclosed that American banks have laundered illicit money to the tune of 500 billion U.S. dollars eve >>>


      KOBANGSAN MINERAL SPRING GOOD FOR HEALTH DISCOVERED
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– Kobangsan mineral spring was recently found out in Kapmun–dong, Taesong District, Pyongyang. It is popular among citizens for its various ingredients good for health.

According to an analysis made by a relevant research institute, the calcium and magnesium of th >>>


      MODO DE POLITICA SOCIALISTA DE NUESTRA EPOCA
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, 12 de mayo (ATCC) –– La idea Juche es la original filosofia politico–revolucionaria que da el principio y metodologia para el avance victorioso de la revolucion y la construccion.

Asi senala el diario Rodong Sinmun en un articulo individual del dia 12 y continua:

En la >>>


      PELIGROSIDAD DE "GUIA DE COOPERACION DE DEFENSA JAPON–EE.UU."
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, 12 de mayo (ATCC) –– Japon y Estados Unidos tratan de enmendar la "guia de cooperacion de defensa" aprobada en 1''7.

@Se dice que la nueva incluira el problema de ampliar las relaciones de coligacion de ambos paises en las operaciones militares en otros paises bajo >>>


      RODONG SINMUN ON EFFECTIVE SOCIALIST POLITICAL MODE
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– The Juche idea is a unique political philosophy, a revolutionary philosophy as it provides principles and methodology for leading the revolution and construction along the road of victory.

Rodong Sinmun today says this in a signed article. The unique Songun political >>>


      SEMINARIO POR 20 ANIVERSARIO DE PUBLICACION DE OBRA DE KIM JONG IL
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, 12 de mayo (ATCC) –– Tuvo lugar el dia 11 en el capitalino Palacio Cultural del Pueblo el seminario en homenaje al 20o aniversario de la publicacion de la obra maestra del Dirigente Kim Jong Il "Para convertir el deporte en una actividad masiva y elevar con rapidez su tecnica".
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      SYRIAN GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC DELEGATION HERE
      , 13-05-2006
      Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) –– A Syrian government economic delegation led by Amer Hosni Lutfi, minister of Economy and Commerce, arrived here Friday.

It was greeted at the airport by Ri Myong San, vice–minister of Foreign Trade, and Muhammad Adib Al Hani, Syrian charge d‘affaires ad in >>>


      10 KILLED IN IRAQ VIOLENCE
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Nine Iraqis â« three of whom had been tortured â« were killed in Iraq, and a roadside bomb killed a US soldier south of Baghdad on Saturday.

The violence came as Prime Minister–designate Nouri al–Maliki is struggling to put together his new cabinet, the final step in estab >>>


      21 DEAD IN PHILIPPINES STORM
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      At least 21 people have been killed after a motorboat capsized during a tropical storm that continued to lash the Philippines on Saturday.

Heavy rains triggered landslides and left parts of the country under water as tropical storm Chanchu headed northwest towards the South China sea.

Windspeeds of up >>>


      AFGHAN OFFICIAL: BIN LADEN IN PAKISTAN
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Osama bin Laden is living in Pakistan close to the Afghan border, but Pakistani authorities are only making half–hearted efforts to catch him, Afghanistan‘s foreign minister has been quoted as saying.

Germany‘s Bild am Sonntag newspaper asked Rangeen Dadfar Spanta in an interview whether rece >>>


      AID WORKERS DIE IN AFGHAN ATTACK
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      An Afghan doctor and driver have died after fighters attacked their vehicle with rockets near the western city of Herat.

A third person was seriously wounded in the incident, which was condemned by Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, as a "despicable act of terrorism".

The two dead worked fo >>>


      ATTACK ON US CONSULATE IN JEDDAH
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      A man opened fire on guards at the US consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Friday as he drove past but no one was hit, the Saudi interior ministry said.

Police chased and arrested the suspect after wounding him in a shootout when he fled from his car, a ministry statement said on Friday.

The inciden >>>


      BASRA POLICE CHIEF SUSPENDED
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      The governor of the southern Iraqi province of Basra has suspended the city‘s police chief after accusing him of links to groups involved in terrorism.

Mohammed Musabah al–Waili on Saturday said he was suspending Major General Hassan Sawadi and was also demanding the resignation of General Abdul La >>>


      BOLIVIA TO PUSH OWN ENERGY POLICY
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      The leaders of Bolivia and Venezuala have refused to soften their energy policies, ignoring warnings from EU leaders at a summit in Vienna.

Some 58 leaders from Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean had gathered in the Austrian capital to discuss new trade and investment deals; but talks were dominated by c >>>


      CLASHES IN WEST BANK OVER ISRAELI WALL
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      More than 2,000 Palestinians and 150 Israeli peace activists have clashed with Israeli soldiers in Al–Ram, north of Jerusalem, during a rally against the Israeli separation barrier.

Soldiers on Saturday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators after some protesters threw rocks at t >>>


      D–8 SUMMIT AVOIDS IRAN NUCLEAR ISSUE
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      A summit of eight large Muslims countries has ended without discussing the diplomatic crisis over Iran‘s nuclear programme.

However, members at the meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali agreed on Saturday that the countries should co–operate to develop atomic energy.

Susilo Bambang Yudh >>>


      D–8 SUMMIT BEGINS IN BALI
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      A summit of eight majority Muslim developing countries has begun on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The developing eight (D–8) summit is aimed at increasing economic ties between Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president >>>


      EGYPT EXTENDS PROTESTERS‘ DETENTIONS
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Egyptian prosecutors have extended for 15 days the detentions of more than 250 people arrested in demonstrations on Thursday, a judicial source said.

The interior ministry on Friday also defended the presence of thousands of riot police who chased and beat activists during protests.

The violence broke >>>


      FIGHTING CONTINUES IN SOMALI CAPITAL
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Fighting in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, has entered its seventh day, with at least two people reported killed in clashes overnight.

Although estimates vary, it is thought between 102 and 142 people, most of them civilians, have now died since Islamic fighters and US–backed warlords began battling fo >>>


      GANG ATTACKS IN BRAZIL LEAVE 21 DEAD
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      At least 21 people were killed and more than 30 wounded after a series of attacks on police in Brazil, officials said.

The attacks on police stations, patrols and barracks, took place in several cities across Sao Paulo state over a 12–hour period on Saturday.

It is thought the incidents were rel >>>


      INDONESIA VOLCANO ALERT RAISED
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Indonesia has raised the alert at the Merapi volcano to its highest level and ordered the evacuation of 7,000 people living on its slopes.

Merapi, in Indonesia‘s densely populated central Java region, has been rumbling ominously in recent weeks whilst spewing clouds of black ash and lava.

Many p >>>


      IRAN DENIES ‘URANIUM TRACES‘ REPORT
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Iran has denied reports that UN nuclear inspectors have found traces of highly enriched uranium on vacuum pumps at an Iranian research centre linked to the military, Aljazeera says.

The reports quoted diplomats in Vienna, who demanded anonymity in exchange for divulging the confidential information on Friday.< >>>


      IRAQ ARMY UNITS CLASH OVER BOMBING
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      A roadside bombing north of Baghdad has provoked fierce clashes between two Iraqi army units.

According to Iraqi police sources one of the army units was Kurdish and the other made of Shias.

The US military provided a different account of the incident that occurred after a bombing near Duluiyah, about >>>


      KOREAS TO TEST CROSS–BORDER RAIL LINKS
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      North and South Korea agreed on Saturday to test rail links across their heavily fortified border.

The move could pave the way for the first train services between the Cold War rivals for more than five decades.

"The North and South will carry out test runs ... on May 25," read an agreement >>>


      MAOIST CHIEF TO ATTEND NEPAL TALKS
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      The Maoist rebel leader in Nepal has agreed to head a peace delegation to talks aimed at ending a decade–long insurgency in the Himalayan country.

The announcement by Prachanda, the elusive rebel leader, on Friday that he would join the peace process came just hours after Khadga Prasad Oli, the deputy pr >>>


      MOUSSAOUI APPEALS LIFE SENTENCE
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Al–Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui has appealed his life sentence as the jury‘s foreman in the September 11 sentencing trial revealed that only one juror opposed giving him the death penalty.

The 37–year–old Frenchman, who was spared from being sentenced to execution by the jury last w >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP PRAISES SYRIA
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      A US–based human rights group has praised Syria for accepting Palestinian refugees fleeing violence in Iraq.

Human Rights Watch said governments in the Middle East should follow Syria‘s example.

"Syria has stepped forward to protect a particularly vulnerable group of refugees," s >>>


      SYRIA REFUTES HAMAS ‘CONFESSIONS‘
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Syria has rejected televised confessions by two Hamas activists arrested in Jordan who said they had received military training in Syria.

"I completely deny the authenticity of this," Walid al–Mualem, Syria‘s foreign minister, told a news conference in Kuwait on Friday when asked about th >>>


      THOUSANDS MOURN PAKISTANI STUDENT
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Tens of thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of a Pakistani student who died in a German jail while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of a newspaper editor.

Amer Cheema, 28, died in custody 10 days ago after being arrested in March on charges of attempting to kill the editor of Die Welt for re >>>


      TWO KILLED IN KASHMIR GRENADE ATTACK
      Aljazeera, 13-05-2006
      Two people have been killed after suspected Islamic militants hurled a grenade at a Hindu rally in Doda, southern Kashmir.

At least 23 people were wounded in Saturday‘s attack, which took place near Doda‘s main bus station.

The rally was held to protest against the killings of 35 Hindu&lsq >>>


      AFGHAN MINISTER HAILS POWER TRANSMISSION LINE
      , 13-05-2006
      ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan sees electric power transmission line from Central Asia to South Asia as an important project, as it is believed to be the first step towards integrated trade in various sectors between the two regions through Afghanistan, said Afghan Deputy Minister for Energy and Water Dr M Jalil Shams here on >>>


      AFGHANISTAN: MORE WEAPONS SURRENDERED
      , 13-05-2006
      Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) [This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations] KABUL, 12 May (IRIN) – Former militia commanders in Afghanistan‘s eastern province of Nangarhar have voluntari >>>


      AFGHANISTAN: UK LANDING FORCE
      , 13-05-2006
      The Afghan national team have announced they will embark upon a momentous journey to the UK.

National Coach, Taj Malik Alam, stated that the British International Cricket Group had invited the team over for friendly matches across England.

The Afghanis squad start with a one–day fixture against >>>



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