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      UN AVION CHYPRIOTE GREC S‘ÉCRASE PRÈS D‘ATHÈNES
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      un Boeing 737 de la compagnie chypriote grecque low–cost Helios, parti de Larnaca à destination de Prague avec 121 personnes à bord, s‘est écrasé hier matin à une quarantaine de kilomètres au nord–est d‘Athènes, près de Varnava. L‘ap >>>


      VAGUE D‘ARRESTATIONS EN ITALIE POUR CONTRER LA MENACE TERRORISTE
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      lundi 15 août 2005 (Reuters – 16÷46) par Rachel Sanderson ROME – L‘Italie a arrêté 141 personnes dans le cadre d‘une vaste enquête lancée après les attentats en Grande–Bretagne et en Egypte mais reste une cible potentielle des activistes islami >>>


      VEILLÉE D‘ARMES SÉCURITAIRE AVANT L‘ÉVACUATION DE GAZA
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      en longues files, pieds nus en signe de deuil, les habitants de Névé Dékalim rejoignent les synagogues. Dès la fin du sabbat, le jeûne de Ticha Béav a commencé ÷ il commémore la chute des deux Temples de Jérusalem et s‘accompagne de la lecture >>>


      VENTE D‘AUTOROUTES, VIRAGE FUNESTE
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      ne regardons pas ailleurs ! Alors que la dynamique infernale de la dette publique est à l‘oeuvre ­ déficit en croissance, augmentation de la dette, dilatation du service annuel de ses intérêts et à nouveau augmentation du déficit public, le gouvernement de Dominique de Vi >>>


      VISITE GUIDÉE DES HORREURS DE LA GUERRE À HARBIN
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      les bus de visiteurs chinois se succèdent, certains escortés par une voiture de police ÷ militaires, jeunes, retraités... Tous viennent voir les horreurs commises par les Japonais pendant l‘occupation de la Chine, jusqu‘à leur capitulation, le 15 août 1'45, et e >>>


      VRAIES BOMBES, FAUX ARGUMENTS
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      dans un récent article, intitulé «La guerre crédibilise Al–Qaeda» (1), Pascal Boniface nous donne son explication sur le terrorisme. Nous pouvons résumer simplement son argumentation par les phrases suivantes, reproduites telles quelles ou presque de l‘article, réé >>>


      ATHLÉTISME÷ BON BILAN DE LA FRANCE À HELSINKI AVEC 7 MÉDAILLES
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      par Sophie Greuil HELSINKI – Avec sept médailles dont deux en or, la France quitte Helsinki avec un excellent bilan.

La dernière médaille française a été remportée dimanche soir à l‘arraché sur 1.500m par Bouchra Ghezielle.

Qua >>>


      EN FRANCE, ON N‘A PAS DE PÉTROLE BON MARCHÉ, MAIS ON A DES IDÉES
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      l‘affaire est entendue ÷ «Ce sujet est, bien évidemment, essentiel pour les Français et le Premier ministre (...) suit l‘évolution avec la plus grande attention (...) pour faire quelque chose le cas échéant», expliquait–on hier à Matignon. Le sujet ? L >>>


      FRANCE 3 CONFIRME L‘ENLÈVEMENT D‘UN DE SES TECHNICIENS À GAZA
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      PARIS – La chaîne de télévision France 3 confirme l‘enlèvement, dimanche dans la ville de Gaza, de l‘un de ses preneurs de son, Mohamed Ouathi.

"C‘est en regagnant son hôtel à quelques dizaines de mètres du restaurant où elle ve >>>


      FRANCE 3 SANS NOUVELLES DE SON TECHNICIEN ENLEVÉ À GAZA
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      PARIS – France 3 est sans nouvelles de Mohamed Ouathi, son technicien enlevé dimanche soir par des hommes armés dans la ville de Gaza.

La direction de la chaîne et le Quai d‘Orsay ont réclamé la libération du preneur de son, dont l‘enlèvement n& >>>


      LE RETOUR DE LA VIEILLE GARDE DES BLEUS ACCUEILLI AVEC JOIE
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      par Julien Prétot VENDARGUES, Hérault – Les retours en équipe de France de Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram et Claude Makelele ont reçu un écho unanimement favorable au sein des Bleus.

Fallait–il en douter ? Pas vraiment, même si Thierry Henry reste lucide sur >>>


      LIGUE 1÷ L‘OM MARQUE SON PREMIER POINT, MONACO REDRESSE LA BARRE
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      PARIS – L‘Olympique de Marseille a marqué son premier but et son premier point de la saison en Ligue 1 après avoir tenu Lyon en échec 1–1 au stade Vélodrome, dimanche.

Battus 2–0 lors de leurs deux premières sorties, les Marseillais se sont rebiff&eacu >>>


      PARIS CONDAMNE L‘ENLÈVEMENT D‘UN TECHNICIEN DE FRANCE 3 À GAZA
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      PARIS – Le ministère français des Affaires étrangères a condamné l‘enlèvement, dimanche dans la bande de Gaza, d‘un technicien de France 3.

"Les autorités françaises condamnent l‘enlèvement, hier soir à Gaza, de >>>


      TIPP, FLOTTANTE OU FIXE ?
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      la taxe intérieure sur les produits pétroliers (TIPP), principale taxe sur les carburants en France, devrait rapporter 20,1' milliards d‘euros à l‘Etat en 2005, soit 0,8 % de plus qu‘en 2004. Calculée sur les volumes de carburant consommés, elle est l‘une >>>


      TOUS LES TRAINS SERONT INTERDITS AUX FUMEURS FIN 2005
      Liberation, 15-08-2005
      PARIS – La totalité des trains français seront interdits aux fumeurs à partir de la fin de l‘année, apprend–on, auprès de la SNCF.

Après des expériences concluantes sur le réseau Transilien, entièrement non fumeur depuis janvier 1 >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Aa Aa Aa Business in Brief Inflation Is Top CB Priority The Central Bank will make the fight against inflation its priority in 2006, while at the same time trying to prevent the ruble from becoming too strong, documents obtained by Reuters showed on Friday.

"The bank of Russia can influence [the exchange >>>


      EVRAZ BUYS STAKE IN ITALIAN FIRM
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Bloomberg Evraz Group, Russia‘s biggest steel producer, said on Friday it had bought a controlling stake in Italian steel–rolling plant Palini e Bertoli as it seeks to enter other European markets.

The purchase was made through a combination of debt and equity, Evraz said in a Regulatory News Servi >>>


      EXODUS TO THE LEFT
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Boris Kagarlitsky For the orderly Germans, early elections like the ones planned for this September are something truly out of the ordinary. However, the biggest sensation is being caused not by the break in the normal schedule of elections or even in the practically inevitable defeat of the Social Democrats now in >>>


      FRENCH SEAL DELTACREDIT DEAL
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Combined Reports France‘s Societe Generale will pay around $100 million to buy DeltaCredit, the leader of Russia‘s fledgling home loans market, the seller said on Friday.

Societe Generale is paying about 2.5 times book value for outright control of DeltaCredit, said Patricia Cloherty, chairman and >>>


      INVESTIGATORS IN KIEV VISIT NAFTOGAZ OFFICE
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Catherine Belton Staff Writer Ukrainian Security Service agents have searched the offices of state energy company Naftogaz Ukrainy as part of a wider investigation into possible illegal gas trading from Turkmenistan to Ukraine, Naftogaz said Friday.

"Our offices have been searched in connection with an >>>


      PLANE SPOTTERS DESCEND ON CITY
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer Vladimir Filonov / MT Close to half a million visitors are expected at Moscow‘s seventh Aviation and Space Show, which begins Tuesday.

The Seventh Moscow Aviation and Space Show, MAKS 2005, kicks off Tuesday at the Zhukovsky airfield in the Moscow region, with this year&lsqu >>>


      RUSAL PLANNING NEW PLANT IN SIBERIA
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Reuters The world‘s No. 3 aluminum producer, RusAl, plans to open a new plant next year in a move that would boost the firm‘s production by up to 300,000 tons in 2007, a senior official said on Friday.

"The Khakassia [plant] ... will be commissioned toward the end next of year," RusAl&lsq >>>


      SISTEMA BUYS INTO BASHKIR ENERGY
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Catherine Belton Staff Writer Consumer services giant Sistema said Friday that it had spent $503 million buying minority stakes in seven energy companies in Bashkortostan. The deal appeared to be a sharp departure from the group‘s telecoms focus just months after it raised $1.6 billion on the London Stock Exch >>>


      ST. PETE SHIPBUILDER SOLD TO OLD RIVAL
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer MT The sale of Baltiisky Zavod to OPK falls in line with government plans to push consolidation in the defense industry.

St. Petersburg industrial conglomerate IST Group said in a statement on Friday that it had sold its 88 percent stake in shipbuilder Baltiisky Zavod to United In >>>


      SURGUTNEFTEGAZ PITCHES BID FOR REN–TV STAKE
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Reuters Kremlin–friendly oil company Surgutneftegaz is bidding for a 35 percent stake in Ren–TV, one of the country‘s last independent television stations, a company spokeswoman told Interfax on Friday.

Raisa Khodchenko, a spokeswoman for Russia‘s fourth–largest oil company, told >>>


      AT THE EDGE OF THE MIDDLE KINGDOM
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Andrei Piontkovsky 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 te >>>


      FRENCH SEAL DELTACREDIT DEAL
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Combined Reports France‘s Societe Generale will pay around $100 million to buy DeltaCredit, the leader of Russia‘s fledgling home loans market, the seller said on Friday.

Societe Generale is paying about 2.5 times book value for outright control of DeltaCredit, said Patricia Cloherty, chairman and >>>


      INVESTIGATORS IN KIEV VISIT NAFTOGAZ OFFICE
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Catherine Belton Staff Writer Ukrainian Security Service agents have searched the offices of state energy company Naftogaz Ukrainy as part of a wider investigation into possible illegal gas trading from Turkmenistan to Ukraine, Naftogaz said Friday.

"Our offices have been searched in connection with an >>>


      LUNDBERG WINS RUSSIAN OPEN
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Leonid Chizhov The Associated Press Oleg Romanov / AP Lundberg putting during the Cadillac Russian Open near Moscow on Sunday.

NAKHABINO, Moscow Region –– Mikael Lundberg of Sweden beat England‘s Andrew Butterfield on the fourth extra hole in a sudden–death playoff to win the Cadilla >>>


      LUZHKOV WILL RUN FOR CITY DUMA
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Oksana Yablokova Staff Writer Adding fuel to what is shaping up to be a fiery election campaign for the Moscow City Duma, Mayor Yury Luzhkov said on Friday that he would run for a seat as the top candidate for the United Russia party.

"If the municipal branch of United Russia trusts me to top the party >>>


      PLANE SPOTTERS DESCEND ON CITY
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer Vladimir Filonov / MT Close to half a million visitors are expected at Moscow‘s seventh Aviation and Space Show, which begins Tuesday.

The Seventh Moscow Aviation and Space Show, MAKS 2005, kicks off Tuesday at the Zhukovsky airfield in the Moscow region, with this year&lsqu >>>


      PUTIN AND KWASNIEWSKI CRITICIZE STREET ATTACKS
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Carl Schreck Staff Writer President Vladimir Putin talked with his Polish counterpart, Aleksandr Kwasniewski, by telephone Friday after the beating of a Polish journalist

–– the third attack on Polish citizens in Moscow, including a diplomat, in five days.

Kwasniewski contacted Putin la >>>


      RUSSIA‘S ECONOMIC MANEUVERS
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Alexander Golts 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 telep >>>


      SISTEMA BUYS INTO BASHKIR ENERGY
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Catherine Belton Staff Writer Consumer services giant Sistema said Friday that it had spent $503 million buying minority stakes in seven energy companies in Bashkortostan. The deal appeared to be a sharp departure from the group‘s telecoms focus just months after it raised $1.6 billion on the London Stock Exch >>>


      ST. PETE SHIPBUILDER SOLD TO OLD RIVAL
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer MT The sale of Baltiisky Zavod to OPK falls in line with government plans to push consolidation in the defense industry.

St. Petersburg industrial conglomerate IST Group said in a statement on Friday that it had sold its 88 percent stake in shipbuilder Baltiisky Zavod to United In >>>


      U.S. AND RUSSIA TAKE HELSINKI BY STORM
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      Combined Reports Martin Meissner / AP Isinbayeva set another world record.

HELSINKI –– Lauryn Williams won her second gold medal at the World Athletics Championships by anchoring the U.S. women‘s 400–meter relay team to a world–leading time and Dwight Phillips won his second succe >>>


      UMAROV‘S SISTER IS ABDUCTED
      The Moscow Times, 15-08-2005
      By Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer Unidentified armed men abducted a sister of Chechen rebel warlord Doku Umarov early Friday morning, RIA–Novosti reported, citing the Chechen Interior Ministry. The men entered the house of Natalya Khumadova, 45, in the town of Urus–Martan, threatened her relatives and took her >>>


      FOREIGN MINISTER ATTENDS FUNERAL IN SRI LANKA
      The Norway Post, 15-08-2005
      Norwegian Foeign Minister Jan Petersen and Undersecretary of State Vidar Helgesen will represent Norway at the funeral of Sri Lankas Foreign Minister Laksham Kadirgamar.

The Sri Lankan foreign minister was shot in his own garden on Friday, and later died in hospital.

While in Sri Lanka, the Norwegian >>>


      FOREIGN MINISTER ATTENDS FUNERAL IN SRI LANKA
      The Norway Post, 15-08-2005
      Norwegian Foeign Minister Jan Petersen and Undersecretary of State Vidar Helgesen will represent Norway at the funeral of Sri Lankas Foreign Minister Laksham Kadirgamar.

The Sri Lankan foreign minister was shot in his own garden on Friday, and later died in hospital.

While in Sri Lanka, the Norwegian >>>


      NEW RECORD FOR CROSS–BORDER SHOPPING IN SWEDEN
      The Norway Post, 15-08-2005
      Norwegian shoppers will spend an estimated NOK ' billion in shops across the border in Sweden this year.

This is the same as in the record year of 2003, NRK reports. Some Swedish stores report an increase in sales by 30 per cent in July this year, compared with July last year.

The main reason is t >>>


      OFFSHORE RACING÷ "SPIRIT OF NORWAY" WINS
      The Norway Post, 15-08-2005
      "The Spirit of Norway" piloted by Baard Eiker, won the second round of the World Championship in offshore racing held in Trondheim Sunday.

"Victory" from the United Arab Emirates took second place. The second Norwegian boat "Jotun '0", piloted by Christian Zaborowski came thir >>>


      WC ORIENTEERING÷ GOLD AND SILVER FOR NORWAY
      The Norway Post, 15-08-2005
      The Norwegian mens team won gold ahead of the French team, in the relay events of the World Orienteering Championships on Sunday.

Switzerland ended in third place. The Norwegian women won silver, beaten only by Switzerland, the best nation of the championships.

Swedens women came third. (NRK)
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      NEW RECORD FOR CROSS–BORDER SHOPPING IN SWEDEN
      The Norway Post, 15-08-2005
      Norwegian shoppers will spend an estimated NOK ' billion in shops across the border in Sweden this year.

This is the same as in the record year of 2003, NRK reports. Some Swedish stores report an increase in sales by 30 per cent in July this year, compared with July last year.

The main reason is t >>>


      DEPUTY FM STRESSES STRENGTH OF OVERSEAS VIETNAMESE INTELLECTUALS
      Nhan Dan, 15-08-2005
      The Vietnamese Government is working hard to refine its policy aimed at better motivating overseas Vietnamese to contribute their intellectual ability to national construction, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phu Binh has said.

This effort is in line with the consistent policy of the Vietnamese Party and State >>>


      PARTY LEADER URGES POLICE TO RELY ON PEOPLE
      Nhan Dan, 15-08-2005
      Talking with senior officers of the police force in Hani on August 14 on the occasion of the forces 60th anniversary, the Party leader said while the force has overcome numerous difficulties to protect national security and maintain social order over the past 60 years, its tasks in the future are even greater and more >>>


      VIETNAM ATTENDS TWO FORUMS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND ANTI–IMPERIALISM
      Nhan Dan, 15-08-2005
      A Vietnamese delegation to the 16th World Youth and Student Festival in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 14 (Vietnamese time) participated in two important forums on human rights violation under the mask of anti–terrorism for human rights protection and international tribunal against imperialism.

At the end >>>


      VIETNAM UNDER THE RULE OF LAW÷ PRESIDENT LUONG
      Nhan Dan, 15-08-2005
      "The Vietnamese State attaches special importance to building the peoples administration and strengthening socialist legislation," said President Tran Duc Luong.

Interviewed by the Vietnam News Agency on the 60th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 1') and National Day (September 2), Pre >>>


      VIETNAMESE AND INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTRIES PLEDGE TO BOOST CO–ORDINATION
      Nhan Dan, 15-08-2005
      The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Indonesia have pledged to closely co–ordinate with each other on both a bilateral and multi–lateral basis to contribute to strengthening peace, security, stability and co–operation in the region.

During their first consultative meeting in Yogyakarta, Indo >>>


      ‘BUSINESS NEEDS SEAT ON CRISIS COMMITTEE‘
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Jill Sherman, Whitehall Editor BUSINESS leaders should be represented on Cobra, the Governments top–level emergency committee, in a drive to get the private sector more involved in counter–terrorism, a report out this week says.

Demos, the influential left–of–centre think–tank, >>>


      ‘WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO A GOOD, LOCAL EDUCATION‘
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By David Charter A GROWING number of Labour councils are taking parents to court to try to prevent them from sending their children to the school of their choice.

Alfie Sidford, 4, won the right to attend his popular local school in Haringey, North London, from an independent appeal panel. But the Labour local >>>


      A–LEVEL RESULTS TO ADD PRESSURE FOR UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE TESTS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Alexandra Blair, Education Correspondent UNIVERSITIES are coming under mounting pressure to adopt admissions tests to distinguish between the best candidates as record numbers of A–level students are forecast to gain top grades this week.

With almost a quarter of girls predicted to achieve A grades, i >>>


      ALCOHOL–RELATED DEATHS SOAR IN NORTHERN ENGLAND
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online and PA News The number of people dying from alcohol abuse has risen by almost half in five years in some parts of Britain, according to Government figures.

Across England and Wales the number of deaths put down to conditions such as alcoholic liver disease and alcohol poisoning have increased b >>>


      BLAIR DEMANDS MORE SCHOOL CHOICE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By David Charter, Chief Political Correspondent TONY BLAIR has ordered officials to make it easier and quicker for popular schools to expand after the failure of measures to improve parent power in education.

An Education White Paper this autumn will rewrite the rulebook on school choice after a 37 million sch >>>


      DONS TOLD HOW TO GET THE BEST FROM STATE APPLICANTS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By David Sanderson OXFORD dons have been given new guidelines for interviews that are designed to prevent the intimidation of state school pupils and increase their chances of winning a place at the university.

Dons have been urged not to assume too much knowledge on the part of the candidate, not to be cold a >>>


      FEE RISES SLOW BUT ARE STILL TWICE THE RATE OF INFLATION
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Alexandra Blair, Education Correspondent FEE rises at independent schools are at their lowest level for ten years, as schools are braced for the Office of Fair Tradings report, into allegations of fee–fixing, next month.

A study of 60 independent secondary schools across Britain has revealed that fees >>>


      NEW TANKER THREAT ADDS TO BURDEN ON POLICE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Times Online and Daniel McGrory Police have admitted that they are no nearer to finding a mastermind behind the July 7 bombings, as Scotland Yard responds to a new warning that terrorists plan to drive hijacked fuel tankers into petrol stations.

A focus for the July 7 investigation will be to trace any video e >>>


      POISON TO KILL ISLAND‘S RATS &#150; ONCE THE MICE ARE SAFE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Poison to kill island‘s rats once the mice are safe By Shirley English A COLONY of rare woodmice, unique to the Scottish island of Canna, is going to be evacuated before a 250,000 project to exterminate the entire population of brown rats.

About 120 woodmice will be captured in their burrows next month b >>>


      POLICE HUNT FOR TANKER TERROR CELL
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Daniel McGrory POLICE admitted last night that they are no nearer to finding a mastermind behind the July 7 bombings as Scotland Yard faced a new threat from terrorists driving hijacked fuel tankers into petrol stations.

A focus for the investigation will be to trace any video evidence recorded by the four >>>


      TEACHER JAILED FOR HAVING SEX WITH BOY, 14
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online and PA News A married primary schoolteacher was jailed for 15 months today after admitting having sex with a underage teenage boy.

Hannah Grice pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of indecent assault on the youngster, who was aged 14 and 15 at the time of the offences.

H >>>


      US WARNS OF NEW ATTACKS ON LONDON
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      DAVID LEPPARD Read the document AMERICAN intelligence chiefs have warned that Al–Qaeda terrorists are plotting to drive hijacked fuel tankers into petrol stations in an effort to cause mass casualties in London and US cities in the next few weeks.

The leaked warning, contained in a bulletin issued by the >>>


      A MOMENTOUS DAY FOR PEACE÷ WHY GAZA MATTERS TO US ALL THIS MORNING
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Shimon Peres DISENGAGEMENT BEGINS today. So does the day after. History never rests.

Not anywhere, and clearly not in the Middle East. For many months disengagement was looming large over Israels public life. Disengagement also became a focus of the international communitys relations with Israel and the Palest >>>


      ARTHUR SCARGILL FLIES AGAIN
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      William Rees–Mogg The T&G is fooling nobody the dispute at Heathrow is militant trade unionism at its worst I HAPPENED to be caught up in the Heathrow stoppage on Thursday. I was returning with my wife from a holiday in Portugal; we were flying British Airways. Our aircraft landed at about 16.30; we were not >>>


      DAVID LANGE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      August 4, 1'42 – August 13, 2005 Former Prime Minister of New Zealand who opposed nuclear experiments but embraced neoliberal economics DAVID LANGE, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, was a mercurial, witty and outspoken politician, accused by his opponents of shooting from the lip. He was a political >>>


      DISASTER LORE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      by urban fox, times online correspondent It hurts more if it‘s closer to home Cub reporters have to learn this ruthless rule of thumb. Five thousand people killed in a distant disaster in Asia or Africa have only as much impact as 500 people killed in a nearer disaster in Europe; or 50 people killed in a disaster >>>


      FUTURE OF SOCIETY ONCE THE DRINKING LAWS HAVE BEEN RELAXED
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Mr Keith Barnes Sir, Judge Charles Harris, QC, believes that the Governments proposals to relax the drinking laws are close to lunacy (report, August 10).

Some five years ago, whilst working as a communications operator for Avon and Somerset Police, I was able to view the CCTV coverage of Yeovil. Drunken >>>


      GAZA GAMBIT
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Sharon will require outside support as he withdraws settlements On Wednesday, Israeli troops will begin the forced withdrawal of almost ',000 settlers from the Gaza Strip. The process will take several weeks to complete and it will not be a comfortable experience for Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, his ad >>>


      HOW MANY TIMES MUST I READ HOW AWFUL MY OLD SCHOOL IS?
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Stefanie Marsh NEWS of a fascinating new trend plopped on to my doormat on Saturday. While lonely hearts try and fail to inject new life into the flagging speed–dating phenomenon, smart business types are doing their best to apply the rules of sex and romance to turning the world of commerce into a never–en >>>


      I‘LL RAISE A GLASS TO THESE NEW LAWS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Tim Hames How can the Brits ever learn to drink sensibly under such archaic regulations?

AN ALCOHOLIC, the observation runs, is a person who drinks more than you. In the past week an interesting new version of British (especially English) history has emerged and has been largely accepted without challenge. Acc >>>


      NO CHOICE IN SCHOOLS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      The Government has the right idea but is failing to deliver Anyone disinclined to trust this Government may see a despairing but clever plot behind what will reportedly be the best ever crop of A–level results when they are published this week. It is now so easy to pass these exams, officials will be able to mutt >>>


      ON THIS DAY – AUGUST 15, 1'66
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Police appealed to the underworld for information after the shooting of three policemen in West London. Three men were later convicted of the murder, one of whom was Harry Roberts SIR JOSEPH SIMPSON, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said last night that he would welcome help from the criminal underworld in bringing to >>>


      RON BRIERLEY
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      July 31, 1'21 – July 11, 2005 Wartime SOE agent who took part in clandestine missions in enemy occupied France and Burma RON BRIERLEY was the radio operator of the three–man team codenamed Daniel dropped by parachute into the Dpartement Ctes–du–Nord on the night of August 4, 1'44. The ro >>>


      RUSHING AROUND AND POTTERING ABOUT
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      by pink mum One boy with two mothers. The diary of an unconventional nuclear family Tuesday morning To the seaside for the annual school trip. Were off to a good start when we arrive at school to discover that D is the only one wearing school uniform.

Everyone else is dressed in best beach gear, armed with spa >>>


      THE WRATH OF GRAPES
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Anthony Jay To Michael Grade, Chairman of the BBC÷ THURSDAY NIGHTS News at Ten carried a story about the plight of South African grape farmers in the Western Cape. The substance of the story was that black South African families were being driven into poverty by the greed of British supermarkets who were refu >>>


      TORTURE RISKS FOR DEPORTEES
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Mr Stuart Wheeler Sir, When a foreign country applies to extradite an accused person from the UK the application is rejected if our courts believe the accused would not receive a fair trial. The applying country will always, I assume, assure us that the trial would be fair.

Yet when a person we want to de >>>


      TWO–UP AND UP AND UP
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Britain must aim high if it is to preserve the green and pleasant land The kingdom is at a loss, apparently, and all for want of an ensuite. A glut of two–bedroom flats and a shortage of three–bedroom houses reflects a suburban English dream of a house and garden that will not be shaken by architects promis >>>


      WRITING A HIT FILM, PREDICTING CANCER; YOU JUST CAN‘T KNOW EVERYTHING
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Science notebook by Anjana Ahuja THE US Government thinks it knows how to lure young people into science and engineering. The Pentagon has splashed out 25,000 to teach 15 scientists among them geneticists, vets and astronomers how to write film and television scripts. The resulting Hollywood blockbusters, the thinking >>>


      ‘FAREWELL, COUSIN, WE ARE FROZEN.‘ THEN DISASTER STRUCK
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Michael Theodoulou in Nicosia and John Carr Passenger sent final text message saying pilots were unconscious minutes before crash in which 121 died ALL 121 people on board a Cypriot airliner died when it crashed into a mountainous area north of Athens yesterday after it apparently suffered a catastrophic loss of cabin >>>


      ‘PLANE DRAMA SHOULDN‘T HAVE ENDED LIKE THIS‘
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      by Paul Platt, Times Online The Helios Airways crash that killed 121 has raised many unanswered questions about the reaction of the crew and the planes safety systems to depressurisation.

Captain Mervin Granshaw, who flew Boeing 737s for over eight years, said÷ "Its a real mystery. Depressurisation >>>


      1,500 DOLPHINS SPOTTED
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By A Correspondent A MARINE expert told yesterday how he saw a school of about 1,500 dolphins off the coast of West Wales.

Cliff Benson, chairman of Sea Trust, a section of the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales, saw the common dolphins during a survey off the Pembrokeshire coast last week.

He said t >>>


      60 YEARS ON, JAPAN APOLOGISES AGAIN
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Sam Knight, Times Online Japan commemorated the 60th anniversary of its surrender at the end of the Second World War today by issuing a fresh apology for its invasions of countries across Asia during the conflict.

In another apparent show of contrition, Junichiro Koizumi, the Japanese Prime Minister, also d >>>


      ALMONDS IN DEVON, KIWIS IN KENT AS FARMERS WARM TO CLIMATE CHANGE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Rajeev Syal BRITAIN is expected to bear the exotic fruits of global warming this autumn with crops of almonds, kiwi fruit, apricots and even tea.

Farmers, particularly in southern England, have taken advantage of warmer springs and summers by cultivating plants that normally flourish in the heat of southern >>>


      BEES WITH A TASTE FOR VAN GOGH‘S FLOWERS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent IT IS one of the worlds most admired paintings and created a stir when it sold in 1'87 for a record then of 22 million.

Now Vincent van Goghs Sunflowers has won another accolade÷ it appears to be the favourite painting for bees.

In a study at Queen M >>>


      BINGE – DRINK THUGS FACE AT LEAST THREE YEARS IN PRISON
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent VIOLENT binge drinkers can expect three years in jail if convicted after the Lord Chief Justice ruled that the courts should hand out substantial sentences because of the need to protect the public.

Even longer jail terms will be imposed on offenders who have a criminal reco >>>


      CITY GIVES FARMS NEW LEASE OF LIFE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Leo Lewis Japan hopes that allowing private companies into agriculture will lift it out of crisis SACHI HOSOKAWA seems like just another mud–spattered farmworker as she tends strawberries in a field in Ogata village.

There is very little to suggest that, at 25, she is the trailblazing vanguard of Ja >>>


      CRESPO THE SAVIOUR OF BELOW–PAR CHELSEA
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Matt Dickinson Wigan Athletic 0 Chelsea 1 GOAL OF THE SEASON? Hernn Crespos thunderous winner in injury time yesterday is an early spectacular contender. Already beyond debate is that no team will lose more cruelly all year than Wigan Athletic did in succumbing to the Argentinians late cannonball.

Jos Mouri >>>


      DON‘T TRASH THE BRAND, CAMERON TELLS RIVALS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By David Charter, Chief Political Correspondent DAVID CAMERON warned his rivals for the Conservative leadership against trashing the brand yesterday after an outspoken attack by Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

Sir Malcolm, who intends to join the Shadow Education Secretary in the race to succeed Michael Howard, dismissed >>>


      DOUBTS OVER CABIN PRESSURE AND OXYGEN
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent THE investigation is likely to focus on problems with cabin pressure and emergency oxygen supply. Aircraft require pressurised cabins as there would otherwise be insufficient oxygen to breathe at high altitudes, and to counter outside temperatures of –50C (–58F).
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      DRIVER MURDERED AS LOYALIST FEUD ESCALATES
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online and PA News Loyalist paramilitaries who assassinated a delivery driver outside a south Belfast shop today have pledged to intensify their onslaught against rival terrorists, it was claimed tonight.

Michael Green, 42, was ambushed today as he arrived to open up the furniture store where he worke >>>


      EMPTY SEATS ANGER STRANDED BA FLYERS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Helen Nugent and Joanna Bale BRITISH Airways faced a fresh row last night over flying with empty seats while refusing to take passengers still stranded at Heathrow airport by last weeks wildcat strike.

Customers who had been stranded for 72 hours after a walkout by baggage handlers reacted with disbelief wh >>>


      FESTIVAL IN A SPIN OVER SUCCESSION ROW
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Jack Malvern Next year will be Sir Brian McMaster‘s last Festival as director, but critics are not intending to wave him off kindly into the sunset THE director of the Edinburgh International Festival was forced to defend himself as his programme began yesterday after he was accused of running the event like a >>>


      FOOD FIRM CONSIDERED PROVOKING A DISPUTE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By A Correspondent THE catering company at the centre of the travel chaos at Heathrow considered provoking strikes last year so staff could be replaced with cheaper labour, a leaked memo revealed last night.

A secret internal briefing presented to bosses at Gate Gourmet, British Airways catering company, reads >>>


      GATE GOURMET HITS OUT AT ‘LUNACY‘ OF STRIKE CLAIM
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Miles Costello, Times Online The catering company at the centre of last week‘s damaging strikes at Heathrow Airport has hit out angrily at reports it deliberately provoked the unofficial action so it could sack staff – describing the contents of a leaked memo as "sheer lunacy".

Gate Go >>>


      GAZA PROTESTERS BLOCK TROOPS AS EVICTION BEGINS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      by Paul Platt, Times Online, and Agencies Israeli troops handing eviction notices to Jewish settlers were blocked by human chains and burning tires, as Israels historic withdrawal from the occupied coastal Gaza Strip got under way today.

At Neve Dekalim hundreds of Jewish settlers blocked the gates to the comm >>>


      GIRL KILLED AS SANDPIT COLLAPSES ON BEACH
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By David Sanderson A THREE–YEAR–OLD girl has died after the sides of the beach sandpit that she had built with her brother collapsed on top of them.

Despite frantic efforts by people near by to dig the two children out of the 5ft–deep hole, the girl was declared dead shortly after she had bee >>>


      HARDLINE CABINET UNITED BY NUCLEAR AMBITION
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Ramita Navai in Tehran IRANS ultra–conservative President has announced a hardline Cabinet, signalling a tougher line in negotiations with the West and sounding the death knell for the reform movement in Iran.

Despite promising a government of moderation, President Ahmadinejad appointed key posts to >>>


      HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS READY TO DEFY SOLDIERS OVER GAZA EVICTION
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Ian MacKinnon in Gush Katif and Martin Patience in Khan Younis WHEN thousands of Israeli soldiers and police arrive at Gazas Jewish settlements to hand out eviction notices this morning, they will find the gates locked and hundreds of protesters blocking their entry.

The security forces will be implementi >>>


      INDONESIA SIGNS PEACE TREATY WITH ACEH REBELS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Sam Knight, Times Online The Indonesian Government and rebels from the province of Aceh signed a peace treaty this morning in Helsinki that could bring to an end South East Asia‘s longest running war.

The signing of the treaty this morning, in which the separatist rebels known as the Free Aceh Movemen >>>


      LESBIANS TO WIN REVIEW OF IVF LAWS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent LESBIANS and single women are poised to win the right to seek in–vitro fertilisation treatment in the first overhaul of Britains fertility laws for 15 years.

The controversial requirement for IVF clinics to consider a childs need for a father before providing ther >>>


      MICKELSON REIGNS IN STORMY WEATHER
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      BY TIMES ONLINE AND AGENCIES A dramatic last–hole birdie saw Phil Mickelson capture his second major title when he won the storm–delayed 87th US PGA Championship.

The 35–year–old American carded a closing two–over 72 to finish on four–under 276 for the year‘s final maj >>>


      OLD WAR WOUNDS STILL FESTER ON VJ DAY
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Chris Johnston STILL filled with anger and sorrow, Asian countries marked the 60th anniversary of Japans surrender in the Second World War by honouring their dead and demanding compensation from Tokyo.

Emperor Hirohito ended the war by announcing the surrender in a radio broadcast that urged his subjects to >>>



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