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      KIEV FAILS TO SHAKE OFF BEREZOVSKY
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Peter Graff Reuters LONDON –– Exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky gave a detailed account on Friday of his contacts with Ukraine‘s leaders, including telephone calls with President Viktor Yushchenko, whose aides insist he never spoke to him.

His account is likely to add to a politi >>>


      LUKOIL READY TO SUPPLY CHINA
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      Reuters HONG KONG –– Russia‘s largest oil firm, LUKoil, said on Friday that it could ramp up oil exports to China to 100,000 barrels per day in 2006 if the Russian government lowered transportation charges.

LUKoil shipped 60,000 bpd by rail to China in the first half of 2005, up one–thi >>>


      NAFTOGAZ PERMITTED TO RESUME EXPORTS
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      Bloomberg KIEV –– The Ukrainian government has approved a resolution allowing Naftogaz Ukrainy, the country‘s state–owned natural gas company, to resume gas exports to Romania and Germany.

The company stopped shipments in June, after then–Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko banned Naf >>>


      A NEW NAMELESS PERIOD OF RUSSIAN HISTORY
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Richard Lourie To Our Readers Has something you‘ve read here startled you? Are you angry, excited, puzzled or pleased? Do you have ideas to improve our coverage?

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


      ANTI–CAPITALISM AND AGITPROP IN THE RAIN
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Stephen Boykewich Staff Writer Michael Eckels / MT More than 1,000 anti–capitalist protesters marching toward Kitai–Gorod flanked by hundreds of policemen in the pouring rain on Saturday afternoon.

More than 1,000 young left–wing protesters braved Saturday‘s downpour to march amid a >>>


      FETISOV: TEREK CROSSED THE LINE
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Gennady Fyodorov Reuters Itar–Tass Terek fans holding a banner on Sunday reading: "We are outside politics." The country‘s sports chief, Vyacheslav Fetisov, said on Friday that a Chechen football club had overstepped its boundaries by appealing to President Vladimir Putin to save it from relega >>>


      GAZPROM SEEKING $12BLN FOR SIBNEFT
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Michael Rothschild Bloomberg Dmitry Beliakov / Bloomberg Sibneft workers fixing a drill in Siberia. If Gazprom buys the firm, the state will control a third of Russia‘s oil output.

LONDON –– Gazprom, Russia‘s state–run natural gas producer, raised its loan request by 20 percent >>>


      GAZPROM UNVEILS SHTOKMAN SHORTLIST
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Valeria Korchagina and Lyuba Pronina Staff Writers Gazprom on Friday narrowed down the list of potential partners for developing the Shtokman gas field to five companies: Statoil and Hydro of Norway; France‘s Total; and Chevron and ConocoPhillips of the United States.

The gas extracted at the giant Ar >>>


      KIEV FAILS TO SHAKE OFF BEREZOVSKY
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Peter Graff Reuters LONDON –– Exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky gave a detailed account on Friday of his contacts with Ukraine‘s leaders, including telephone calls with President Viktor Yushchenko, whose aides insist he never spoke to him.

His account is likely to add to a politi >>>


      KIRILENKO SHOOTS RUSSIA PAST ITALY
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Carl Schreck Staff Writer Marko Djurica / Reuters Kirilenko dunking over two Italians in Vrasc on Sunday on route to 16 points.

VRSAC, Serbia–Montenegro –– After a listless victory over neighboring Ukraine the previous night, the Russian national team demolished Italy on Saturday in the op >>>


      LITHUANIA REFUSES TO HAND OVER PILOT
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Liudas Dapkus The Associated Press Evaldas Butkevicius / AP Lithuanian soldiers walking close to the debris of the Russian Su–27 jet near the village of Ploksciai on Thursday.

VILNIUS, Lithuania –– The Lithuanian government has denied Moscow‘s requests to hand over a Russian pilot wh >>>


      POLICE DETAIN TREPASHKIN 2 WEEKS AFTER RELEASE
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      The Associated Press For MT Mikhail Trepashkin Police on Sunday re–imprisoned Mikhail Trepashkin, a former FSB officer who was released last month after serving just under half of his four–year sentence on charges of revealing state secrets, his lawyer said.

Trepashkin, who had investigated the all >>>


      RUSSIA EDGES FRANCE IN FED CUP THRILLER
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Jerome Pugmire The Associated Press Michel Euler / AP Yelena Dementyeva, center, and Dinara Safina, right, celebrating with Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev on Sunday.

PARIS –– Yelena Dementyeva and Dinara Safina teamed up to help Russia retain the Fed Cup title Sunday, beating Amelie Mauresmo >>>


      STUKALIN FIRED FROM NEWSPAPER
      The Moscow Times, 19-09-2005
      By Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer Kommersant supervising editor Vladislav Borodulin said Friday that he had fired the paper‘s editor, Alexander Stukalin, whose ouster was signaled in a major reshuffle in June.

Borodulin, who has been identified in Kommersant‘s editorial masthead as the paper‘s e >>>


      ANSWERS FROM THE NOKAS DEFENDANTS
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      David Aleksander Toska declared himself guilty for the Nokas burglary. Two of the defendants said they were partly guilty, while the ten other defendants said they were not guilty.

Erling M. Havnaa said he was partly guilty for the burglary, but he denied he was involved with the burglary of the Postal Letter >>>


      DEMAND TO FORCE DRUG ADDICTS
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Drug addicts must be forced to leave the street and to be inside at an aversion clinic for at least six months, police and relatives of drug addicts demands.

The use of force towards drug addicts in order to relieve their dependency and their life on the streets is a controvercial topic within social politics. >>>


      LESS KILLED IN TRAFFIC
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Norwegian traffic kills less and less lives. The number of people who died in car accidents this summer is the lowest since 1'68.

This year the summer traffic killed 74 people, figures from Statistics of Norway (SSB). This is the lowest number of people who died in traffic from May to August since the mont >>>


      MOVE BACK TO THE ATTACKERS
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Nearly every fourth women moves back home to their attacker after stays in crisis centres.

The annual report on Norwegian crisis centres from National Knowledge of violence and traumatic stress (NKVTS) reveals this.

The report shows that last year 23 per cent of the women from crisis centres move back >>>


      SHORTER HEALTH CUES
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      The hospital reform has resulted in better health services, a new report reveals.

More patients get treatment and the cues are shorter than before. The Centre For Economical Analysis, ECON, worked out a report for the health employers organization NAVO. It reveals that a larger number of patients get treatment >>>


      – DAFT SECURITY ACTIONS IN THE NOKAS–CASE
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Both defenders and the public criticise the security methods around the NOKAS–case which begins in Stavanger on Monday.

– Daft actions, said one of the defenders. The lawyers defending 13 people after the theft of NOKAS on 5 April last year, came to Stavanger this weekend. The special forces from t >>>


      ANSWERS FROM THE NOKAS DEFENDANTS
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      David Aleksander Toska declared himself guilty for the Nokas burglary. Two of the defendants said they were partly guilty, while the ten other defendants said they were not guilty.

Erling M. Havnaa said he was partly guilty for the burglary, but he denied he was involved with the burglary of the Postal Letter >>>


      DEMAND TO FORCE DRUG ADDICTS
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Drug addicts must be forced to leave the street and to be inside at an aversion clinic for at least six months, police and relatives of drug addicts demands.

The use of force towards drug addicts in order to relieve their dependency and their life on the streets is a controvercial topic within social politics. >>>


      HYDRO ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE SPINNAKER EXPLORATION
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Norsk Hydro ASA – announced today that it will acquire Spinnaker Exploration Company (NYSE: SKE) in an all–cash transaction for US$ 2.45 billion. The acquisition will substantially boost Hydros presence and growth potential in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The acquisition of US–based Spinnaker Explo >>>


      LESS KILLED IN TRAFFIC
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Norwegian traffic kills less and less lives. The number of people who died in car accidents this summer is the lowest since 1'68.

This year the summer traffic killed 74 people, figures from Statistics of Norway (SSB). This is the lowest number of people who died in traffic from May to August since the mont >>>


      MAKE FRIENDS MEDIA,PERFROMING ARTS STUDENT
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      I am in my thirtys tall slim intreasted in making male and female friends, from Norway. I have a good sense of humour,love photography,and wildlife, feel in love with Norway when i was a teenager,only managed to get out there last year about three times.

I miss the place so much hence the fact i want to move t >>>


      MOVE BACK TO THE ATTACKERS
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Nearly every fourth women moves back home to their attacker after stays in crisis centres.

The annual report on Norwegian crisis centres from National Knowledge of violence and traumatic stress (NKVTS) reveals this.

The report shows that last year 23 per cent of the women from crisis centres move back >>>


      SHORTER HEALTH CUES
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      The hospital reform has resulted in better health services, a new report reveals.

More patients get treatment and the cues are shorter than before. The Centre For Economical Analysis, ECON, worked out a report for the health employers organization NAVO. It reveals that a larger number of patients get treatment >>>


      USE TOLL MONEY FOR ARCHEOLOGY
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      The last year archeologists have used 66 millions for excavations by E6 in Oestfold. Fifty of these millions are taken from toll money from car drivers.

The last year archeologists have used 66 millions for excavations by E6 in Oestfold.

Fifty of these millions are taken from toll money from car drive >>>


      YOUTHS INDIFFERENT TO THE MONARCHY
      The Norway Post, 19-09-2005
      Most young people at upper secondary schools are indifferent to the monarchy, and more than previously wants to end kingdom.

These are results from a fresh survey. Thirteen per cent of young people in upper secondary schools say they are glad Norway is a monarchy and that it means a lot to them.

Seven >>>


      ACHIEVING UN DEVELOPMENT GOALS SERVES VIETNAM&#3';S SOCIO–ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Vice President Hoa was delivering a speech at the high–level plenary meeting of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 16.

She briefed the meeting on the countrys achievements in its reform process and in reaching the MDGs, including reducing the poverty rate by three– >>>


      GOVERNMENT ISSUES DECREES ON SALARY ADJUSTMENT
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      The Government has issued two decrees aimed at increasing salary levels and social insurance subsidisation for State employees, armed forces and retirees.

Beginning on October 1, the minimum monthly salary for State employees will increase to VND 350,000 from the current VND 2'0,000. The minimum monthly sa >>>


      LEADERS JOIN CHILDREN‘S MID–AUTUMN FESTIVAL
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      The Party and State leaders participated in the festivities with children across the country during the Mid–Autumns Festival which falls on September 18 (lunar August 15).

Nearly 2,000 children from Lien Chau commune, Yen Lac district gathered at the headquarters of the communal People‘s Committee >>>


      NA CHAIRMAN TO JOIN AIPO MEETING IN LAOS
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      NA Chairman An arrives in Vientiane.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An will attend the 26th annual meeting of the ASEAN Inter–Parliament Organisation (AIPO) in Vientiane, Laos, from September 18–23.

Chairman An was invited by his Lao counterpart Saman Vinhaket, who is the current Pr >>>


      PARTY LEADER PRAISES VINH PHUC‘S ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURE
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh on September 17 said he was pleased with the great efforts made by authorities and people in Vinh Phuc province to shift to industry from agriculture that prevailed until 1''7.

A report presented by the provincial Party Committee Secretary Trinh Dinh Dung showed th >>>


      PRESIDENT JOINS DONG THAP&#3';S CHILDREN IN MID–AUTUMN FESTIVAL
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Thaps children in Mid–Autumn festival On Sunday afternoon, President Luong presented moon cakes to children in the remote Hoa Binh commune of Tam Nong district.

During the event, the State leader reminded Dong Thap provincial authorities and mass organisations to help children in the locality, especially >>>


      PRESIDENT URGES FOR HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTION IN AN GIANG‘S AGRICULTURE
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      President Luong with religious representatives in Chau Phong, commune, Tan Chau district.

The southern province of An Giang should make a breakthrough in industrial development, while focusing on agricultural production ‫ one of the province‘s strengths in its socio–economic structure >>>


      TROPICAL STORM WREAKS HAVOC IN CENTRAL PROVINCE
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      A 11–year–old boy was killed by a falling tree in Quynh Luu district. Three others were injured when a dormitory in a boarding school in Nghi Loc district collapsed.

The storm, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rains, uprooted trees, flooded more than 7,000 ha of rice and other crop fields in Q >>>


      US LAWYERS DETERMINED TO HELP VIETNAMESE AO VICTIMS
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      US lawyers will do their utmost to reverse the US Brooklyn district Courts on the Vietnamese Agent Orange victims lawsuit because the decision is unreasonable, said US lawyer Jonathan Moore while talking with Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Hanoi on September 17.

Jonathan Moore is leading a US lawyer del >>>


      VIETNAM AGENT ORANGE VICTIMS FILE APPEAL IN LATE SEPTEMBER
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Vietnamese Agent Orange victims will file an appeal to the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals September 30 following the rejection of their case against 36 chemical producers in the country last year.

The Vietnamese victims of toxic defoliant Agent Orange lodged a lawsuit against 36 US chemical companies who manu >>>


      VIETNAM AND QUEBEC SIGN AGREEMENT ON CHILD ADOPTION
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Vietnam and the Quebec State of Canada signed a bilateral co–operation agreement on child adoption in Quebec on September 15.

Nguyen Thi Hoi, Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada, who represented the Vietnamese Government in signing the agreement, stressed Vietnams goodwill in working on child–adopting >>>


      VIETNAM CALLS FOR EXPERIENCE SHARING IN PERFORMING CONVENTIONS ON PRIVATE LAW
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Vietnams Vice Minister of Justice Hoang The Lien has called on all ASEAN member countries to share information and experiences in performing multilateral conventions on private international laws.

Opening the tenth ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM) in Hanoi on September 16, Lien said there are 36 diff >>>


      VIETNAM WELCOMES UN&#3';S DRAFT REFORM PLAN
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Vietnam welcomes UNs draft reform plan Vietnam welcomes the UNs draft reform plan that has been freshly adopted in New York, Foreign Ministrys spokesperson Le Dung said in Hanoi on September 16.

"After 60 years of existence and development, the United Nations should reform to adapt to changes in the world >>>


      VIETNAM&#3';S MILLENNIUM GOAL ACHIEVEMENTS PRAISED
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Leaders of various countries and United Nations organisations have praised Vietnams achievements in implementing the Millennium Development Goals while meeting with Vice President Truong My Hoa on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

These leaders expressed their wish to boost friendship and c >>>


      VIETNAMESE LEADER BUSY WITH FRANCOPHONE AND UN MEETINGS
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      Vice President Truong My Hoa has affirmed Vietnams continued co–operation with French–speaking countries in promoting democracy and ensuring the peoples rights.

Addressing the Summit of French–speaking countries, held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assemblys 60th Summit in Ne >>>


      WB SUPPORTS VIETNAM&#3';S EFFORTS FOR POVERTY REDUCTION
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      The World Banks Board of Executive Directors has approved three credits totalling US $225 million to Vietnam to help bring water and sanitation facilities to rural areas, prevent natural calamities, and disseminate government information to all people, the WB Vietnam has said.

The first loan worth US $45.87 mi >>>


      WE OWE AGENT ORANGE CHILD VICTIMS AN APOLOGY: US SINGER
      Nhan Dan, 19-09-2005
      US folk singer Peter Yarrow, who is in Vietnam to raise funds for Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO) victims, said he felt he and his friends have the responsibility to make apologies to child AO victims for their sufferings.

Talking with a reporter from the Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) before his concert at >>>


      ALERT AS FLOOD CITY LETS PEOPLE RETURN
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Thousands are set to go home to New Orleans in defiance of warnings that it could be inundated again if there are just a few inches of rain Mark Townsend in New York Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The long–awaited recolonisation of New Orleans will begin officially tomorrow amid warnings that any heavy ra >>>


      FASHION WORLD‘S ULTIMATE ACCESSORY COMES TO CHINA
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Nicole Mowbray Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Neon–lit newsstands, groaning under the weight of hundreds of glossy women‘s magazines, are everywhere in Shanghai and Beijing. And this month China‘s growing importance to the fashion world was officially recognised – it got its own Vogue.>>>


      GERMANS SET TO GIVE MERKEL GRUDGING WIN
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Opinion polls suggest a majority for the CDU leader and her allies today. But voters fear she will be a lacklustre Chancellor, reports Luke Harding in Berlin Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer In front of Berlin‘s shabby former East German parliament building, several hundred Left party supporters gathered un >>>


      HOLLYWOOD‘S A–LIST HEAD EAST TO BRING STAR POWER TO BROADWAY
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Mark Townsend in New York Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Once Broadway was the grooming ground for Hollywood; a stepping stone to the riches of the movie mecca on the west coast. These days the 2,500–mile trek between America‘s east and west coasts continues to be made by the biggest names in cinema >>>


      IN BRIEF
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Close call for Labour in New Zealand election New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark was poised to form a third successive government after yesterday‘s nail–biting election. As counting drew to a close last night, Labour led with 40.6 of the vote ahead of the National >>>


      IRAN RAISES STAKES ON NUCLEAR PLANS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Mark Townsend New York Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Iran last night invited private firms to join its nuclear programme, further escalating tensions with the West.

The country‘s hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the United Nations general assembly in New York that Tehran held the &l >>>


      ITALY SNAPS OVER GAY POSTER EXCESS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Barbara McMahon in Rome Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Half–naked models are commonplace on Italy‘s advertising hoardings but a kiss between two fully dressed men has caused a furore on the streets of its capital.

Photographer Oliviero Toscani has ignited a furious debate over homosexuality >>>


      JEERS AS WOMEN TRY TO END MALE REIGN ON PARADE
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Dale Fuchs in Madrid Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Schoolteacher Ixabel Alkain was punched in the face the first time she tried to join the celebrations in the Basque fishing village of Hondarribia.

Eli Olaskoaga, a sex therapist, was shunned by the other mums in her children‘s school playground >>>


      JEWS SPLIT BY A MESSIANIC MESSAGE
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      The right–wing views of a new breed of rabbis have angered many worshippers in Europe, finds Jason Burke in Venice Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Rabbi Ramy Banin, a big man with a long grey beard, is sitting in his office switching easily between English, Italian, Hebrew and Yiddish as he chats with visi >>>


      LEGAL BATTLE RAGES AROUND AMERICA‘S RICHEST TEENAGER
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Mark Townsend in New York Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Life was never likely to be normal for Alex Hughes, but few could have foreseen how tangled it would become for the 13–year–old when his father, a multi–millionaire, died after a drinking binge.

Alex is the sole beneficiary of t >>>


      SUMMIT FAILURE BLAMED ON US
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Mark Townsend in New York Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The failure of last week‘s United Nations summit to deliver an agreement designed to prevent terrorists acquiring ‘weapons of mass destruction‘ was sabotaged by the US, senior diplomats have told The Observer.

Officials involved >>>


      WARRIORS OF BLOODY AFGHAN PAST FIGHT FOR VOTES
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Communists, warlords and former Taliban join in democratic election Declan Walsh Paghman in Afghanistan Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer A committed jihadi from Paghman, a valley overlooking Kabul, Walid Muhammad neither gave nor took quarter to defend his city. In the 1'80s he fought the Russians, who torche >>>


      A VOTE FOR REFORM
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Germany must be revitalised Leader Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer As the polls close in Germany, there is a troubling scenario to be contemplated.

It is not that Germans choose either Gerhard Schroeder, the sitting Chancellor, or Angela Merkel, his conservative rival. It is that an almost evenly divide >>>


      BIRD BRAINS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      US Christian Right misfires again Leader Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer If ever the world needed reminding about the oddities of America‘s Christian Right, its espousal of the film March of the Penguins provides us with a perfect example. To the movement‘s intellectuals, this French nature documenta >>>


      THE CHALLENGE FOR CHARLES KENNEDY
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      The Lib Dem leader at last has a role Leader Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The Liberal Democrats have made few waves since their mediocre election performance. With new Labour dominating the centre ground and Tony Blair due to stand down before the next election, one might ask what is their point. One answer i >>>


      A RECIPE FOR FATAL ERRORS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Tougher anti–terror laws will open the way to more mistakes by the state and police Richard Ingrams‘s week Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The reason some of us opposed and continue to oppose capital punishment was not so much because we objected to it on moral grounds but because we had seen over th >>>


      BLAIR ATTACKS BBC FOR ‘ANTI–US BIAS‘
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      James Robinson, David Smith and Ned Temko Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Tony Blair has denounced the BBC‘s coverage of Hurricane Katrina as ‘full of hatred of America‘ and ‘gloating‘ at the country‘s plight, it was reported yesterday.

Blair allegedly made the remark >>>


      BLUNKETT FACES NEW EXAM CLAIMS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Martin Bright and Gaby Hinsliff Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer David Blunkett was facing fresh questions last night about the extent of his role during an exam grade fiasco that threatened his son‘s results.

A senior official, who worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), has >>>


      DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT – HARMAN
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Anushka Asthana Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The divide between rich and poor is threatening the legitimacy of British democracy, according to the minister in charge of the electoral system.

Harriet Harman, minister for constitutional affairs, described parts of the country as ‘democracy desert >>>


      FEARS FOR CHILD SAFETY IN BID TO END CARE CHECKS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Children left in daycare while their parents work will be put at risk under government plans to scrap official checks on carers, children‘s organisations are warning.

The shake–up would affect after–school clubs, nannies, >>>


      JAIL FOR STALKERS WHO FLOUT BAN
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Martin Bentham Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Britain‘s most senior police officers are calling for men who stalk or harass women to be jailed automatically if they ignore court orders in an attempt to prevent tragedies such as last week‘s murder of a shop assistant in Harvey Nichols.

The A >>>


      LABOUR, SPIN, AND THE DEVASTATING PHONE CALL THEY TRIED TO DENY
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      As David Blunkett faces new claims over his integrity, Martin Bright reveals a bizarre political saga Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer In his long and chequered career David Blunkett has always had an idiosyncratic grasp of the truth. Last week Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, accused hi >>>


      LIB DEMS SET TO SUPPORT TAX CUTS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Gaby Hinsliff and Ned Temko Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Taxes could be cut for middle–income earners under the Liberal Democrats, their Treasury spokesman has promised as part of a bid by the party to woo young professionals.

Vince Cable said the era of income tax hikes and generous cash boost >>>


      NEW POLL BOOSTS DEMANDS FOR TOTAL PUB SMOKING BAN
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Jamie Doward and Anushka Asthana Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer A blanket ban on smoking in all pubs became increasingly likely last night after it was claimed there has been a strong shift in public opinion.

The anti–smoking charity, Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), says most informed people >>>


      NEW TORIES? THAT‘LL BE THE LIB DEMS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Beware the ‘liberal‘ right–wingers whose only agenda is to put Labour out of power Peter Hain Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer After their disappointing general election result, the Liberal Democrats will confront at their confrence this week the key strategic choice facing the party. Should the >>>


      STUCK IN THE CREDIBILITY GAP
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Charles Kennedy needs to show the restive Liberal Democrats that he has a plan for making them more than forever third best Andrew Rawnsley Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Any politician aspiring to occupy on the most important doorstep in Britain has to pass the Shut Your Eyes Test. When the voters shut their e >>>


      THE CHALLENGE FOR CHARLES KENNEDY
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      The Lib Dem leader at last has a role Leader Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The Liberal Democrats have made few waves since their mediocre election performance. With new Labour dominating the centre ground and Tony Blair due to stand down before the next election, one might ask what is their point. One answer i >>>


      TORY HOPEFULS FAIL FUNDRAISER‘S TEST
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Fundraiser Ashcroft says his party needs a new image, a Blair to lead it and even perhaps another defeat Ned Temko, chief political correspondent Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The Conservatives‘ most influential financial backer said yesterday that their ‘brand‘ was so tainted that it could t >>>


      TRAVEL DEALS TO BEAT HOLIDAY ‘TRUANCY‘
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Ned Temko Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Cut–price deals during school holidays are to be offered as part of a government drive against ‘middle–class truancy‘.

The initiative, called ‘Every Lesson Counts,‘ was brokered by the Department for Education and will be laun >>>


      2–HOUR LIMIT FOR TV ‘KEEPS KIDS HEALTHY‘
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Two mothers are on a mission to unglue a whole generation from the hypnotic box Jamie Doward, social affairs editor Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Meet Teresa Orange and Louise O‘Flynn, two women with a plan to save society

– or at least to save children from too much television. For them i >>>


      BLAIR ATTACKS BBC FOR ‘ANTI–US BIAS‘
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      James Robinson, David Smith and Ned Temko Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Tony Blair has denounced the BBC‘s coverage of Hurricane Katrina as ‘full of hatred of America‘ and ‘gloating‘ at the country‘s plight, it was reported yesterday.

Blair allegedly made the remark >>>


      BLUNKETT FACES NEW EXAM CLAIMS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Martin Bright and Gaby Hinsliff Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer David Blunkett was facing fresh questions last night about the extent of his role during an exam grade fiasco that threatened his son‘s results.

A senior official, who worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), has >>>


      CHANNEL 4 BOSS SETS SIGHTS ON LICENCE FEE
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      James Robinson, media business correspondent Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The channel 4 chairman, Luke Johnson, warned last night that the broadcaster may not survive unless it is given a fresh slice of public money.

Speaking at a conference for media industry executives in Cambridge, he said competi >>>


      CHILD ABUSERS WHO SHAME BRITISH FOOTBALL
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Paedophiles, bullying coaches, aggressive parents ... Martin Bentham reveals details of a new report which will show how boys – and girls – are being put at risk by failures in the running of football at all levels Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The mother‘s voice trembles as she describes the >>>


      DYING NURSE SUES NHS FOR DENYING HER CANCER DRUG
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Anushka Asthana, Martyn Halle and Jemma Gander Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer A nurse with breast cancer is taking legal action to force the NHS to prescribe her a powerful, life–saving drug which could significantly increase her life expectancy.

Barbara Clark, who has an 11–year–old >>>


      FEARS FOR CHILD SAFETY IN BID TO END CARE CHECKS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Children left in daycare while their parents work will be put at risk under government plans to scrap official checks on carers, children‘s organisations are warning.

The shake–up would affect after–school clubs, nannies, >>>


      HOW THE PENGUIN‘S LIFE STORY INSPIRED THE US RELIGIOUS RIGHT
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Antarctic family values: Is the emperor penguin an enemy of Darwin? America‘s surprise film hit was meant to be a nature documentary. Now it‘s a pawn in the war on evolutionary theory David Smith Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer It is an odyssey to rival Scott‘s in the Antarctic, albeit with a h >>>


      JAIL FOR STALKERS WHO FLOUT BAN
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Martin Bentham Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Britain‘s most senior police officers are calling for men who stalk or harass women to be jailed automatically if they ignore court orders in an attempt to prevent tragedies such as last week‘s murder of a shop assistant in Harvey Nichols.

The A >>>


      LABOUR, SPIN, AND THE DEVASTATING PHONE CALL THEY TRIED TO DENY
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      As David Blunkett faces new claims over his integrity, Martin Bright reveals a bizarre political saga Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer In his long and chequered career David Blunkett has always had an idiosyncratic grasp of the truth. Last week Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, accused hi >>>


      OLYMPICS ARE HANDED AN EXTRA &#163;1BN AS COSTS SOAR
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Olympics are handed an extra 1bn as costs soar Denis Campbell, sports news correspondent Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The cost of the 2012 London Olympic is soaring amid growing fears that the final bill will be far higher than the original estimates.

The Observer has obtained a letter from a senior >>>


      PAPA STOUR: POP. 20 AND FALLING, AS FEUDS TEAR ISLAND FAMILIES APART
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Lorna Martin, Scotland editor Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Like many who have stood on the rugged, windswept spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Martin and Fay Strickland thought they had found their island Utopia.

The couple had, like so many of those before them, become disillusioned with life. Th >>>


      PETROL PRICES TUMBLE AS FUEL FIRMS FIGHT TO MATCH SUPERMARKETS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Less than a week after the country was gripped by panic over rising fuel prices and protest threats, British motorists are enjoying a major price war between petrol stations.

Shell offered to cut two to four pence off a litre of petrol and diesel at its '00 filling st >>>


      POISON EXPERTS ATTACK ‘HYSTERIA‘ OVER CHEMICALS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Robin McKie, science editor Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Britain‘s leading poison experts united last week to denounce pressure groups for mounting a ‘hysterical, scaremongering‘ campaign about dangerous chemicals in the environment.

They accused the groups – in particular WWF >>>


      RETURN OF THE SUMMER DRESS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Put away your boho – strong, straight silhouettes will dominate London Fashion Week Nicole Mowbray Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer If you are planning a trip to London‘s Natural History Museum this week, you may well catch a glimpse of the lesser spotted lost fashionista tottering amid the dusty old >>>


      SPAM AND SCAM ‘COULD MAKE INTERNET UNUSABLE‘
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      David Smith, technology correspondent Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer The boom era of the internet – symbolised by the likes of Amazon, eBay and Lastminute.com – will soon be a thing of the past unless coordinated action is taken to improve security, Microsoft has warned.

An estimated 1.4 tr >>>


      TAKE FOUR PEOPLE, ONE DNA TEST, AND UNRAVEL THE STORY OF HUMAN MIGRATION
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      For 300, it‘s claimed anyone can trace their heritage back through thousands of years. Observer writers tried it out...

Antony Barnett Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Oprah Winfrey has used them to claim she has Zulu blood. Film–maker Spike Lee used them to trace his origins to Niger and Cam >>>


      TOP FOOTBALL CLUBS HIT BY CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Premiership probed as FA investigates 250 cases Seventy banned over ‘threat to children‘ fears Martin Bentham Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Hundreds of cases of suspected child abuse in football and serious flaws in the way young players and fans are cared for will be exposed this week in a report >>>


      TRAVEL DEALS TO BEAT HOLIDAY ‘TRUANCY‘
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Ned Temko Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Cut–price deals during school holidays are to be offered as part of a government drive against ‘middle–class truancy‘.

The initiative, called ‘Every Lesson Counts,‘ was brokered by the Department for Education and will be laun >>>


      TRY SAYING SORRY, NHS DOCTORS TOLD
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Anushka Asthana Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer ‘It is a good rule in life never to apologise,‘ wrote PG Wodehouse. ‘The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.‘ Luckily for patients, the NHS has scorned his words. ‘When things g >>>


      WARHOL‘S ART FILM TO LULL LONDON TO SLEEP
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Highlights from the eight–hour epic – but don‘t worry, we won‘t give away the ending by David Smith Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer It begins with a shot of a skyscraper. Eight hours later, we‘re still looking at it. The drama in between has included some lights going on, the odd pl >>>


      WATER? IT‘S A TONIC AT &#163;40 A BOTTLE
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Water? It‘s a tonic at 40 a bottle Denis Campbell Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer You‘ve had the 30 burger, 100 fish finger, 500–a–kilo mushrooms and even the 28,000 truffle. The latest ultra–expensive consumable coming to Britain is a tiny 40 bottle of water beefed up with liquid o >>>


      WHY 50–STONE BARRY SEIZED A CHANCE OF LIFE
      The Observer, 19-09-2005
      Britain‘s fattest man decides to lose weight to show others the many dangers of obesity Anushka Asthana Sunday September 18, 2005 The Observer Barry Austin, who is believed to be the fattest man in Britain, has decided to turn his life around; he has cut his daily intake from 2',000 calories to 1,500 in an ef >>>


      15 KILLED AS ELECTIONS HELD IN AFGHANISTAN
      Pakistan Observer, 19-09-2005
      Kabul—A wave of violence across Afghanistan killed 15 people, including a French commando, with militants using everything from roadside bombs to explosives hidden in pens and a clock to try to subvert landmark elections Sunday, officials said.

Despite the violence, there were no major disruptions in the vote, >>>


      BB ATTENDS MONEY LAUNDERING CASE IN GENEVA TODAY
      Pakistan Observer, 19-09-2005
      Mahmood Hussain Islamabad—The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto will attend the Swiss Money Laundering case before the Examining Magistrate in Geneva on Monday (today). She has already reached the Swiss capital, PPP sources confirmed to Pakistan Observer here on Sunday.

The sources also c >>>



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