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      AN IRISH AFFAIR
      The Times, 31-01-2006
      by Xanadu, Times Online special correspondent about town Whilst singing in the pub on New Years Eve I realised Ireland was like a strong liquor and I had quickly turned into an alcoholic Christmas and New Year passed without so much as a flick of a TV switch.

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      &#8216;HONOR KILLINGS&#8217; OMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS THE HORROR
      31-01-2006
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      BIRD FLU VIRUS STILL POSES SERIOUS THREAT IN TURKEY
      31-01-2006
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      BOMB BLAST WOUNDS FIVE AT TURKISH–US ASSOCIATION
      31-01-2006
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      BOOST TO AIR DEFENSES CONSIDERED
      31-01-2006
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      EDUCATION TOPS STATE INVESTMENT IN ISTANBUL
      31-01-2006
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      F–16 CRASHES IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY, PILOT SURVIVES
      31-01-2006
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      HORROR DOMINATES ‘HONOR KILLINGS‘ REPORT
      31-01-2006
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      PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE RECTORS AND YÖK CHAIRMAN
      31-01-2006
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      TEZI''; AND 77 RECTORS FACE INVESTIGATION
      31-01-2006
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      TURKEY PREPARES FOR $1 BILLION BUY TO BEEF UP AIR DEFENSES
      31-01-2006
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      WEATHER TO GET WARMER NEXT WEEK
      31-01-2006
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      AMERICANS WARMING TO JAPAN‘S HEATED TOILETS
      31-01-2006
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      BILL GATES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST COMPUTER USE ACROSS TURKEY
      31-01-2006
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      BMB LEADS CONSORTIUM FOR ALGERIAN PIPELINE CONTRACT
      31-01-2006
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      CANON ENJOYS RECORD PROFIT
      31-01-2006
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      CONSUMER WATCHDOG WARNS OF CREDIT CARD RATES ABOVE 100 PERCENT
      31-01-2006
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      DOĐAN, GATES TO CREATE FIRST HIGH–PROFILE TURKISH INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE
      31-01-2006
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      FINANCELINE
      31-01-2006
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      GREENSPAN READIES FINALE AS CENTRAL BANK‘S CONDUCTOR
      31-01-2006
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      JAPANESE LAND, SEA CARRIERS JOIN FORCES FOR NEW CARGO AIRLINE
      31-01-2006
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      OIL PRICES RISE ON EVE OF OPEC MEETING
      31-01-2006
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      TURKEY‘S REFORMS ACT AS INNOVATION FOSTERING PRICE STABILITY
      31-01-2006
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      US LOOKING TO SHARE AFGHAN ‘BURDEN‘
      31-01-2006
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      WORLD BANK CHAFES UNDER WOLFOWITZ CHANGES
      31-01-2006
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      ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS‘ WINS FOUR SPANISH OSCARS
      31-01-2006
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      ARMANI DRESSES DOWN FOR TURIN TORCH
      31-01-2006
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      CAMEL WRESTLING: THE GREAT AEGEAN PASTIME
      31-01-2006
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      HOLLYWOOD ACTORS SNUB OSCARS FAVORITE
      31-01-2006
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      IN HONG KONG, GOOD FORTUNE AND A BIT OF STICK
      31-01-2006
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      LEGENDARY CHILD STAR SHIRLEY TEMPLE GETS SPECIAL ACTORS‘ AWARD
      31-01-2006
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      LOUVRE TO RETURN REPLICAS OF MISSING RELIEFS FROM ÝZMIR AGORA
      31-01-2006
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      ROCKER BRYAN ADAMS IN PAKISTAN FOR QUAKE RELIEF GIG
      31-01-2006
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      SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD WINNERS
      31-01-2006
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      STATE OF THE ONION: FRUIT AND VEGGIES SLASH RISK OF A STROKE
      31-01-2006
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      TODAY IN HISTORY
      31-01-2006
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      YSL‘S LOW–KEY GLAMOUR FOR MEN, WINTER CHIC AT HERMES
      31-01-2006
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      CANADA MINERS SAFE AFTER FIRE
      31-01-2006
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      CHAVEZ SAYS ‘DOWN WITH US EMPIRE‘
      31-01-2006
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      DANES FACE MUSLIM BOYCOTTS IN CARTOON ROW
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      EU WARNS SAUDIS OF WTO ACTION
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      HAMAS APPEALS TO EU NOT TO CUT AID
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      IRAQ ON HIGH ALERT AHEAD OF KEY SHIITE FESTIVAL
      31-01-2006
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      MAN ARRESTED WITH DYNAMITE AT MANILA RAIL STATION
      31-01-2006
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      NEW HUMAN VIRUS LINKED TO OBESITY IN ANIMALS
      31-01-2006
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      NEWSLINE
      31-01-2006
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      RESCUERS BRING UP 32 OF 70 MINERS TRAPPED BY FIRE IN CANADIAN MINE
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      SAUDIS SAY HAMAS SHOULD MODERATE ISRAEL STANCE
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      US, EUROPE PUSH FOR UN ACTION OVER IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM
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      ‘TOUGH‘ PHILIPPINE ECONOMY SET TO HELP LEADER
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Philippine economic growth slowed to 5.1 per cent last year from a revised 6 per cent the previous year as consumer spending and production were buffeted by record–high petrol prices, political crisis, drought and weak US demand for electronics exports.

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      AUSTRALIAN PREMIER DRAWN INTO IRAQ SCANDAL
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The official investigation into whether Australia‘s monopoly wheat exporter paid A$300m ($225m, òÂì186m, ã127m) in bribes to Saddam Hussein‘s regime has unearthed evidence drawing John Howard, prime minister, into the alleged scandal for the first time.
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      INDIA SET TO RAISE $10BN IN ISSUES
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 India is poised for a record year of share issues as companies and the government take advantage of the country‘s booming stock market.

Prime Database, an Indian primary market monitoring agency, said it was likely that around $10bn would be raised in 2006, exceeding the previous r >>>


      DENMARK WARNS ON SAUDI ARABIA TRIPS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 1':21 Denmark on Monday warned its citizens not to travel to Saudi Arabia amid growing tensions between Arab and Nordic countries over cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have offended Muslims.

The row, sparked by cartoons published in the Jyllands–Posten newspaper last September, >>>


      F TÉLÉCOM MANAGER IS ‘STREAMLINED‘ OUT
      FT, 31-01-2006
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      FRENCH TO REMEMBER ‘STAIN OF SLAVERY‘
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 1':58 France would remember the "indelible stain" of slavery in a national day of commemoration on May 10, Jacques Chirac said on Monday. The anniversary will be the first of its kind in Europe.

The president described the date, which marks the day in 2001 that the French senate >>>


      GERMAN RETAIL SALES FALL UNEXPECTEDLY
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 0':47 Unexpectedly weak German retail sales figures for December have setback hopes that Europe‘s largest economy is staging a comeback.

Retail sales in the Christmas month tumbled by 1.4 per cent compared with November, according to the federal statistics office. Economists had expe >>>


      IRAN‘S NUCLEAR OFFER FAILS TO IMPRESS EUROPE
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 22:56 European diplomats yesterday dismissed an offer by Iran to slow down its controversial nuclear programme, as the Islamic republic continued its efforts to avoid being reported to the United Nations Security Council.

Javad Vaeedi, one of Iran‘s top nuclear negotiators, suggested to >>>


      NEW BOSNIA CHIEF MAKES ECONOMY PRIORITY
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 17:12 The international community‘s new high representative in Bosnia, who starts work on Wednesday, plans to make boosting the economy a priority.

Christian Schwarz–Schilling, a veteran German politician and businessman with long experience of the Balkans, intends to start his sti >>>


      POLAND POISED TO VETO DEAL ON EU SALES TAX CUTS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 23:50 Poland was Monday night heading for a political clash with the rest of the European Union after signalling it would veto an agreement on an EU–wide regime for reduced rates of sales tax.

The veto would throw into confusion Europe‘s value added tax system for certain services, >>>


      CONCILIATOR PUTTING HIS HEART INTO BOSNIA‘S LONG REBUILDING PROCESS
      FT, 31-01-2006
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17:12 Christian Schwarz–Schilling, who takes over this week as the international community‘s high representative in Bosnia, could not be more different from Lord Ashdown, his predecessor.

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      LANGUAGE DISPUTE OPENS OLD WOUNDS IN ITALY
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Amid the majestic Alpine slopes and lush green valleys of Alto Adige, Italy‘s northernmost region, a reminder was served last week that generations–old spirits of ethnic grievance and national rivalry are alive and well in 21st century Europe.

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      NEW BOSNIA CHIEF MAKES BOOSTING ECONOMY PRIORITY
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The international community‘s new high representative in Bosnia, who starts work tomorrow, plans to make boosting the economy a priority.

Christian Schwarz–Schilling, a veteran German politician and businessman with long experience of the Balkans, intends to start his stint i >>>


      STABILITY ELUDES BOSNIA 10 YEARS AFTER DAYTON
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 17:12 A decade after the Dayton peace accords, Bosnia–Herzegovina remains a powerful symbol of the bitter deprivations and atrocious crimes of civil war.

The plan to redefine a Bosnian state, divided between a Serb zone and a Moslem–Croat federation, was agreed in 1''5 afte >>>


      USING TRADE AGREEMENTS TO HELP BIND THE BALKANS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 17:12 Recent moves have raised hopes that the Balkan region may one day join the European Union. Accession negotiations have been launched with Croatia, Serbia–Montenegro is in talks on a "stabilisation and association agreement" and Brussels decided this month to start talks with Bosnia >>>


      DONORS TO PALESTINE SEEK MECHANISMS TO REROUTE AID
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 17:4' The roles of the Palestinian presidency and up to 100 non–governmental organisations are likely to become more prominent as Israel and the international community seek mechanisms to bypass dealings with Hamas in order to deliver aid.

After Hamas‘s legislative victory, don >>>


      KENYA ACCUSED OVER ‘WASTEFUL SPENDING‘
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The Kenyan government squandered millions of dollars on luxury vehicles

– mainly for the personal use of senior officials – during its first year in office, despite pledging to tackle poverty and create a more efficient administration, according to a report released yesterday >>>


      MILITANTS FREE OIL HOSTAGES IN NIGER DELTA
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 23:26 Nigerian militants released four expatriate workers on Monday, ending a 1'–day hostage crisis amid new threats to oil groups in the world‘s eighth largest oil exporter.

The hostages were abducted from an offshore oilfield in the turbulent Niger Delta region among a wave o >>>


      SURPRISE AT FIRST CREDIT RATING FOR NIGERIA
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 1':32 Fitch Ratings surprised some bond market participants by assigning Nigeria its first credit rating – at only three notches below investment grade.

The long–term debt rating of BB– puts the government debt of the oil–rich country on a par with Turkey, Ukraine, >>>


      AT&T CHIEF WARNS ON INTERNET COSTS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 23:58 Ed Whitacre, AT&T‘s "We have to figure out who pays for this bigger and bigger IP network," said Mr Whitacre, who was in New York ahead of AT&T‘s annual presentation to investors and analysts on Tuesday. "We have to show a return on our investments." &q >>>


      C&W WARNS ON PROFITS AS CHIEF GOES IN RESTRUCTURING
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 10:23 Shares in Cable & Wireless plummeted in early trade on Tuesday as it warned on profits and announced its chief executive was to leave in the midst of a far–reaching reorganisation.

The embattled chief executive delivered a surprise profits warning in October and has had to wres >>>


      CONSUMER DATA SEND MIXED MESSAGE TO GILTS MARKET
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 11:5' Gilt prices pushed higher and yields were lower as various consumer data sent mixed messages to the UK bonds market on Tuesday.

Nationwide house price data showed a larger than expected rise of 1.4 per cent month–on–month in January, while mortgage approvals data for Decem >>>


      EUROPEAN EQUITIES HIGHER AS ERICSSON PLEASES
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 10:01 European equities were higher on Tuesday as advancing crude prices pushed the oil sector higher, while results from telecoms equipment maker Ericsson pleased the market.

By mid morning, the FTSE Eurofirst 300 was up 0.4 per cent to 1,324.41, while Frankfurt‘s Xetra Dax added 0.4 pe >>>


      ICAHN PROPOSES NEW TIME WARNER CHIEF
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 00:01 Carl Icahn, the activist investor battling for control of Time Warner, on Monday named Frank Biondi, a former chief executive of Viacom, as an alternative chief executive candidate for the media giant.

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      IRAN STANDS FIRM AGAINST THREATS OF UN REFERRAL
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 10:12 Iran gave its first reaction on Tuesday to the decision by the five permanent members (P–5) of the UN security council to ask the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer its nuclear programme to the council for discussion in March.

Javad Vaeedi, Iran‘s second most senior >>>


      LONDON STOCKS GET A LITTLE HELP FROM FRIENDS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 11:10 London‘s equities market inched back into positive territory on Tuesday, as strong earnings news from Friends Provident lifted the insurance sector.

The FTSE 100 ticked 0.1 per cent higher to 5,785.2 while the mid–cap FTSE 250 slipped 0.1 per cent to ',157.6.

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      MARKET OVERVIEW: STAGE SET FOR GREENSPAN
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 1':26 Financial markets on Monday braced themselves for Alan Greenspan‘s departure from the helm of the US Federal Reserve.

Lingering doubts over the risks of the handover of the Fed chairmanship to Ben Bernanke added to the traditional caution ahead of a meeting of the central bank& >>>


      NIKKEI BOOSTED BY JOBLESS AND SPENDING DATA
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 05:00 Tokyo stocks were led higher by financial services companies in morning trading, after strong economic data boosted hopes for a sustainable economy recovery.

By midday the Nikkei 225 was up 0.8 per cent to 16,6'1.2'. The Topix also climbed 0.8 per cent to 1,717.'7.

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      YEN RALLIES ON STRONG DATA
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 12:01 The Japanese yen rallied in European morning trade on Tuesday as encouraging economic data raised expectations that the central bank will end its ultra–loose monetary policy in the coming months.

Unemployment fell faster than expected in December, to 4.4 per cent from 4.6 per cent >>>


      BCCI LIQUIDATOR PAYS BANK Â73M TOWARDS LEGAL COSTS OF COURT CASE
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The liquidator of Bank of Credit and Commerce International has made an initial Â73m payment to the Bank of England for the legal costs incurred by the central bank in its defence against the high–profile but abandoned "misfeasance" claim in London‘s High Court The pa >>>


      DIVORCE CHALLENGES HEARD BY LAW LORDS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The House of Lords began to hear two "big money" divorce cases yesterday involving top–earning City professionals. In the first case, Alan Miller, a fund manager, is challenging a ruling that required him to pay Â5m to his former wife after less than three years of marriage >>>


      FEWER RELOCATIONS IN OLYMPIC PLAN
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Organisers of the 2012 London Olympic Games have announced plans that will result in significantly fewer businesses in the east of the city needing to be relocated to make way for the future Olympic park. The London Development Agency estimated the changes could save Â142m out of an overal >>>


      FOUR IN 10 COMPANIES MAKE ERRORS IN CORPORATION TAX RETURNS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Revenue & Customs has said it "does not come as a surprise" that four out of 10 corporation tax returns contain mistakes, in a statement that will fuel business and political criticism of the increasing complexity of tax legislation.

Hundreds of thousands of tax returns sub >>>


      IN–HOUSE WORK SET TO DENT LAWYERS‘ EARNINGS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Lawyers‘ hopes of increasing earnings from litigation and arbitration could be dashed by their clients‘ plans to cut spending on dispute resolution, according to research published today.

As many as '6 per cent of leading litigators questioned by Grant Thornton, the profe >>>


      INVESTMENT FUND PURCHASES SURGE
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Purchases of investment funds rose sharply in the last year as investors expressed confidence in the markets, a study shows.

Net sales of funds to retail investors rose more than 70 per cent from Â4.'bn to Â8.5bn in the year to December, according to a survey by the Inv >>>


      JOBS MARKET FOR STUDENTS LIKELY TO STAY BUOYANT
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The jobs market for this year‘s crop of final–year university students is likely to remain buoyant, with employers expecting to take on 6 per cent more graduates than in 2005, according to a study published today.

Starting salaries vary widely, with graduatesin the City of Lo >>>


      LABOUR MPS AND CHARITIES URGE TIGHTER CONTROLS ON DIRECTORS‘ DUTIES
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Labour MPs, trade unions and charities have joined forces to demand tighter rules on companies‘ social and environmental behaviour.

They are urging ministers to toughen directors‘ duties in a bill going through parliament, arguing that the government‘s plans are a " >>>


      LOAN PENALTIES HIT 672,000 BORROWERS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 An estimated 672,000 borrowers were hit by penalty fees on personal loans in the past year, according to new research.

The study by Money–Expert.com and Defaqto, financial companies, said people had lost out by having to pay early redemption penalties imposed by banks of up to two >>>


      PRIVATE PROVIDERS OFFERED FRESH OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTH SHAKE–UP
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Private sector and not–for–profit providers of care will be given fresh opportunities under the government‘s white paper on care outside hospitals.

Boots, Bupa, Care UK, Netcare, BMI, UnitedHealth, Nuffield, Alliance Medical and many others are likely to become provider >>>


      UK‘S ENVOY REJECTS PUTIN NGO CLAIMS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The British ambassador to Moscow yesterday rebutted Kremlin allegations of improper conduct in dealing with non–governmental organisations and promised Russian charities and human rights groups the UK‘s government‘s continued support.

"I am writing to assure all of >>>


      APOLOGY FOR FAILING TO CHECK ON US BEEF PACKERS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 16:14 Japan‘s farm minister on Monday apologised to a parliamentary committee for the government‘s failure to send officials to the US to verify abattoir inspection procedures before the resumption of US beef imports to Japan last December.

Shoichi Nakagawa said he felt a "gra >>>


      CALL FOR ACTION ON GENETICS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Low–cost public health measures could save many of the 3.3m young children around the world who die each year because of birth defects, says a study issued yesterday by the March of Dimes, the US charity focused on child health.

Folic acid supplements, iodised salts and rubella imm >>>


      GUSHERS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      02:00 FT.COM Oil company ExxonMobil is expected to break US corporate records when it reports profits today, followed by Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday (www.ft.com/oil).

In Brussels, the Middle East will be at the top of the European Union‘s agenda at meetings of foreign ministers today and tomorrow (www. >>>


      NEW YORK STALLS ON TRAFFIC CHARGING
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Advocates of London–style congestion pricing in New York ran into two roadblocks late last year.

One was politics. Mayor Michael Bloomberg surprised them by declaring after his November re–election that road pricing was not part of his second–term agenda. The other obst >>>


      QUARTET URGES HAMAS TO FALL INTO LINE OVER ISRAEL OR FACE FUNDING CUTS
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The international community yesterday called on Hamas to recognise Israel and renounce violence in the wake of the militant Islamic group‘s electoral victory last week, or face a reduction in funding for the Palestinians.

At a meeting in London of the "Quartet" – th >>>


      US URGED NOT TO EXECUTE THE MENTALLY ILL
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 Nearly 10 per cent of prisoners executed in the US in the past three decades have suffered from some sort of serious mental illness, the UK–based human rights organisation Amnesty International says in a report to be released today.

The 180–page study, which calls on the US t >>>


      WOLFOWITZ AIDES SPARK WORLD BANK DISPUTE
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 31 2006 02:00 The World Bank‘s internal investigations unit has received an anonymous complaint that the bank‘s rules and procedures were stretched in the appointment of close advisers to Paul Wolfowitz, the bank‘s president.

In the latest example of simmering tensions between Mr Wol >>>


      AFGHANS WIN AID PLEDGES AT LONDON CONFERENCE
      FT, 31-01-2006
      31 2006 LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Afghanistan received promises of economic and military support from Western nations at a conference in London on Tuesday in return for pledges to fight corruption and the illegal opium trade.

Four years after the U.S.–backed campaign which ousted the Taliban hardl >>>


      ASK THE EXPERT: COULD US LOSE ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE?
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 30 2006 15:38 The US is closing its doors to immigrants with degrees in science, maths and engineering. Because of security concerns in the US, and improved education in their own countries, it is increasingly difficult to get foreign students into American universities. Those who do complete their studies in >>>


      BLAST KILLS 100TH BRITISH SOLDIER IN IRAQ
      FT, 31-01-2006
      2006. 11.55am A British soldier was killed by an explosion in southern Iraq on Tuesday, becoming the 100th UK service member to die in the campaign since the U.S.–led invasion in 2003.

In a sign of the political sensitivity of the milestone, Defence Secretary John Reid took the rare step of announcing th >>>


      BRUSSELS DENIES EU FUNDS USED IN RELOCATION
      FT, 31-01-2006
      January 2' 2006 20:21 Europe‘s top enterprise official has found no proof that companies are using EU regional funds to relocate to lower–wage countries, despite renewed concerns that jobs are moving from western to eastern Europe.

GĂĽnther Verheugen, EU enterprise commissioner, said >>>



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