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      AWB WAS ‘UNDER SCRUTINY‘ IN 2004
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Senior staff from Australia‘s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned two government ministers in 2004 of allegations that AWB, the wheat exporter, was paying kickbacks to the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.

Classified submissions tendered at the Cole inquiry into the a >>>


      THAI ELECTION WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE BOYCOTT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 00:16 Thailand‘s Election Commission yesterday ruled out a postponement of the country‘s controversial snap elections on April 2, suggesting that it lacked authority to change the date of the vote without the consent of Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister.

With Thailand‘s th >>>


      WEN WARNS US NOT TO MAKE CHINA A SCAPEGOAT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 China will take measures to meet US complaints about their bilateral trade imbalance as part of next month‘s trip to Washington by Hu Jintao, Chinese president, but has warned the US also to take responsibility for its economic problems.

Wen Jiabao, China‘s premier, in unreport >>>


      BASQUE SEPARATISTS ETA TO DECLARE CEASEFIRE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      Basque separatist group ETA on Wednesday declared a permanent ceasefire in its struggle for independence from Spain with effect from Friday, Basque newspaper Gara said on its Web site.

Gara is the group‘s usual vehicle for statements. "ETA has decided to declare a ceasefire which will come into effe >>>


      BERLUSCONI SET FOR FIGHT AGAINST PROTECTIONISM
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 18:40 Silvio Berlusconi, Italy‘s prime minister, will take his fight against protectionism to a European Union summit in Brussels on Wednesday night, even as potential liberal allies backed away from a public confrontation on the issue.

Italy had canvassed support among finance ministers f >>>


      CALL FOR LABOUR LAW TALKS PUTS PRESSURE ON DE VILLEPIN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 18:48 Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s interior minister, is calling for negotiations with unions on controversial labour legislation that has triggered violent street protests by students and workers.

Mr Sarkozy, who is also leader of the ruling UMP party, is adding to pressure on Dominique de Vi >>>


      EU SUMMIT PLANS IN DISARRAY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      Rome and Tom Braithwaite in ParisPublished: March 21 2006 22:00 | Last updated: March 21 2006 22:00 Britain, Italy and the Netherlands are preparing a joint denunciation of protectionism in the European Union, wrecking hopes that the issue could be ducked at an economic summit starting in Brussels on Thursday.

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      FRANCE RISKS EU ROW OVER HUMAN RIGHTS IN TURKEY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 16:31 France is pushing the European Union to take a tougher line on human rights in accession negotiations with Turkey in a move the European Commission fears will damage relations with Ankara.

EU leaders are also facing calls from Paris to thrash out a new, more rigorous strategy for enlargemen >>>


      FRENCH UNIONS REJECT LABOUR REFORM COMPROMISE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 20:26 France‘s trade union and opposition leaders on Tuesday insisted the government suspend or scrap its contentious labour contract for the young, ruling out any compromise being touted by Dominique de Villepin, the prime minister.

All of France‘s main trade unions on Tuesday backe >>>


      OBSERVER – EUROPE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      2006 1':47 So Britain‘s Gordon Brown is the latest world leader to assemble a gang of business advisers. Ahead of his Budget on Wednesday, the veteran chancellor and would–be prime minister burnished his credentials by recruiting some big names. This is in addition to Alan Greenspan, ex–US Federal >>>


      WHO REPORTS FIVE BIRD FLU DEATHS IN AZERBAIJAN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      2006. 4.47pm Bird flu has killed five young people in Azerbaijan, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, adding it was investigating whether some of the victims could have been infected collecting feathers from dead swans.

Confirmation of the five deaths takes the WHO toll from the virus to 103 since l >>>


      BELARUS SET FOR THIRD NIGHT OF PROTESTS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Opposition supporters were last night preparing for a third night of protests in Minsk, the Belarus capital, calling for a re–run of Sunday‘s presidential election.

A dozen tents stood on the central October Square ringed by a human chain. Alexander Milinkevich, the main opposi >>>


      CALL FOR LABOUR LAW TALKS PUTS PRESSURE ON DE VILLEPIN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 18:48 Nicolas Sarkozy, France‘s interior minister, is calling for negotiations with unions on controversial labour legislation that has triggered violent street protests by students and workers.

Mr Sarkozy, who is also leader of the ruling UMP party, is adding to pressure on Dominique de Vi >>>


      FRANCE APPROVES LAW TO CHALLENGE APPLE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 18:2' French lawmakers on Tuesday approved a controversial law that threatens to throw wide open Apple Computer‘s digital music business model. The vote was immediately condemned by parts of the IT industry.

Under the law, Apple‘s iTunes online music store will be forced to remov >>>


      FRENCH SHOPPERS SPEND AS GERMANS SHOW CAUTION
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 French consumers went on a spending spree last month, helping brighten the eurozone‘s economic prospects – even though Germany‘s Bundesbank warned that there was little chance of Germans acting in a similar fashion.

French household spending on manufactured goods jumped b >>>


      GERMAN LABOUR REFORMS MET WITH APATHY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Dominique de Villepin‘s attempt to tackle youth unemployment by making it easier to fire new recruits is jeopardising his position as French prime minister.

So why is an identical step being mulled in Germany raising only indifference there?

On one hand the different reactio >>>


      ORANGE PAST PEELS AWAY AS UKRAINE POLL LOOKS LIKELY TO AVOID DRAMAS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 As Ukrainians gear up for parliamentary elections on Sunday, the controversy over last weekend‘s election in their northern neighbour Belarus has given rise to feelings of nostalgia.

Scenes of opposition demonstrators in Minsk have evoked memories of the "Orange Revolution" >>>


      TURKISH CENTRAL BANK DISPUTE HITS MARKETS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Turkish financial markets weakened yesterday as a political dispute about the appointment of a new governor of the country‘s central bank intensified, raising questions about the immediate direction of monetary policy.

The stand–off between the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoga >>>


      ALIENATED ARABS SHUN ROLE IN ‘JEWISH GAME‘
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Nowhere is the voter apathy that has characterised the run–up to next Tuesday‘s Israeli elections more apparent than among the country‘s Arab citizens, who make up a fifth of the population and voice marked feelings of alienation from the main Zionist parties.

Opinion pol >>>


      NIGERIA ON ALERT AS CENSUS TAKERS BEGIN MAMMOTH TASK
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Hundreds of thousands of census officials travelled in cars, boats, on foot or donkey carts in Nigeria yesterday, as Africa‘s biggest oil producer began a huge headcount exercise that could stoke political tensions.

Counting people can be construed as a political exercise in a countr >>>


      EMERGING CURRENCIES FALL AS YIELD GAP NARROWS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 11:4' High–yielding and emerging market currencies fell once again in European morning trade on Wednesday as rising rate expectations in the US, eurozone and Japan continued to erode yield differentials.

Countries with significant current account deficits, which need to suck in foreign >>>


      EUROPEAN PHARMA GAINS OFFSET FINANCIAL LOSSES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 11:56 European equities were flat by midday on Wednesday as losses for financial stocks were offset by gains for pharmas, led by Sanofi–Aventis after it successfully defended the patent on its Plavix blood thinner.

Most indices recouped their early losses, leaving the FTSE Eurofirst 300 fl >>>


      INM SEES PROFITS BOOSTED BY STRONG HOME MARKET
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 0':20 Independent News & Media, the Ireland–based newspaper group run by Sir Anthony O‘Reilly, on Wednesday reported a double digit rise in underlying profits helped by a strong performances in Ireland and South Africa.

The newspaper group which also owns the Independent news >>>


      LONDON STOCKS FLAT AS ITV APPROACH FAILS TO EXCITE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 11:58 London equities held their ground on Wednesday as news of an approach for ITV offset a host of stocks moving x–dividend.

ITV gained 5.6 per cent to 123'4;ľp as the broadcaster said it had received and rejected an approach from a consortium of private equity groups Apax Pa >>>


      MARTIN WOLF: WHY IT IS TIME TO SCRAP ANNUAL BUDGETS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 14:54 Gordon Brown has just delivered his 10th Budget. It was my 20th as a commentator.

I do not know what the chancellor has learnt from his experience. But I know what I have: it is time to scrap annual Budgets.

They are worse than a waste of time and energy; they are harmful. We unde >>>


      MICROSOFT TUMBLES, NASDAQ STUMBLES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 15:17 The Nasdaq Composite took an early knock on Wednesday as the delay of a crucial operating system from Microsoft cast a pall over technology stocks.

Microsoft slid 2.6 per cent to $27.01 in early trading after it announced late on Tuesday that the finished consumer version of its Vista oper >>>


      MICROSOFT VISTA DELAYED AGAIN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 23:01 Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new partial delay to the launch of the next version of its Windows operating system.

The move deals a potentially damaging blow to the global PC industry in the important Christmas sales season later this year.

Consumer sales of the long–awai >>>


      OIL EASES AHEAD OF DATA
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 11:02 Crude oil prices were slightly weaker on Wednesday ahead of the weekly US crude and petroleum product inventory data, which is expected to show another rise in US crude oil stockpiles.

IPE Brent for May delivery was 1 cent lower at $62.12 a barrel in early morning trade. May West Texas Int >>>


      SANOFI, BRISTOL SETTLE PLAVIX PATENT SUIT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 01:14 Bristol–Myers Squibb and Sanofi–Aventis, the US and French drugmakers, have reached a financial settlement with Apotex to delay generic competition for Plavix, their most important drug, until 2011.

The tentative settlement moves the drugmakers a step closer to removing one of >>>


      TOKYO STOCKS FALL ON PROFIT–TAKING
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 04:06 Japanese stocks were hit by profit–taking on Wednesday morning, with moderate selling of domestically focused companies.

The Nikkei 225 closed down 0.7 per cent to 16,500.58. The Topix fell 0.3 per cent to 1,682.67.

The securities sector, which has risen sharply because of t >>>


      TREASURY CURVE INVERSION CONTINUES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22
2006 17:31 European and US government bonds were generally higher and yields lower on Wednesday, but the move could be attributed to local factors in each market.

US Treasuries appeared to be in curve flattening mode. Trading volumes eased after a busy session on Tuesday as investors waited for n >>>


      BOOKS AND PC GAMES PRICE RISES NUDGE INFLATION TO 2% TARGET
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Inflation hit the Bank of England‘s 2 per cent target last month, nudged higher by increases in the prices of computer games and books. Inflation has now been at or below target for three consecutive months.

The stability of inflation continues to encourage hopes among some analysts >>>


      BROWN‘S TOUGH MESSAGE ON PUBLIC SECTOR PAY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Gordon Brown will use today‘s Budget to spell out a tough message on the need for public sector pay restraint, rejecting many of the above–inflation increases recommended by individual pay review bodies.

Insisting the public sector must lead by example on the issue of pay restr >>>


      CRIME CONCERNS OF SMALL BUSINESSES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 More than half the owners of small and medium–sized enterprises have been victims of crime at least once in the past year, according to a national study by the Federation of Small Businesses. The biennial survey, which covers almost 1',000 FSB members and is the largest non–governme >>>


      EDUCATION TARGETS NOT HIGH ENOUGH, SAYS REPORT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22
2006 14:44 Britain must "raise its game" if it is to meet the challenge of ensuring workers are properly skilled at a time of intense global competition, the author of an independent report for the government warned on Wednesday.

Lord Leitch, the chairman of National Employment Panel as >>>


      INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS TOLD TO SLASH COSTS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Independent schools will have to slash costs and merge if they are to survive a bleak financial future, headmasters at the country‘s leading schools were warned yesterday.

Schools would be squeezed by a long–term decline in the number of school–age children and by the dwi >>>


      JOBS BOOST PLAN FOR REFUGEES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Moves to boost the employment of refugee workers and make better use of their skills will be announced today by Margaret Hodge, the employment minister.

Mrs Hodge is expected to unveil a bonus points scheme, which would give Jobcentres extra performance points for meeting targets to place >>>


      LAW LORDS UPHOLD SCHOOL‘S RIGHT TO BAR MUSLIM PUPIL
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 17:26 A Muslim girl who claimed that her human rights were breached by her school‘s uniform policy, which barred her from wearing a full–length traditional jilbab, on Wednesday lost her case in Britain‘s highest court.

The House of Lords overruled a decision by the Court of App >>>


      MARTIN WOLF: MR BROWN‘S MISDIRECTED ENERGY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 15:25 Oh, the tedium of it! I respect Gordon Brown for his energy and ambition. Overall management of the economy has been thoroughly competent and its performance at the very least satisfactory. But as I tried to stay awake, while listening to his Budget speech, I understood at last what it felt like to >>>


      OSBORNE EXPECTS A BUDGET FULL OF GESTURES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 This afternoon‘s Budget will mark the first big showdown between Gordon Brown and David Cameron. But while George Osborne, the 34–year–old shadow chancellor, will only be a spectator at the event, he has nevertheless thought hard about what the Conservatives can expect from Mr Bro >>>


      SEVEN DENY PLOTTING BOMB CAMPAIGN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 One of the UK‘s biggest terrorism trials opened yesterday at the Old Bailey with seven men – all British nationals but with Pakistani connections accused of planning a bombing campaign that would either wipe out "strategic" assets or kill and injure British citizens.

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      THE BUDGET AT A GLANCE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 15:57 ECONOMY Growth and investment Gross domestic product growth on target at 2.5 per cent in the last quarter.

Economic growth forecast unchanged at 2 to 2.5 per cent this year and 2.75 to 3.25 per cent in 2007 and 2008. Exports to rise by 5 to 5.5 per cent this year.

Public finances >>>


      WEALTHY INVESTORS AWAIT CLARIFICATION ON PENSION RULES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Wealthy investors will be listening eagerly to the Budget speech on Wednesday or clarification of the new A–day pension rules a fortnight before one of the biggest pension shake–ups comes into force.

The regime, taking effect on April 6, will make it easier for high earners to >>>


      DP WORLD CHIEF SAYS DISPUTE WAS ‘SHOCK‘
      FT, 22-03-2006
      Companies Markets Market data Managed funds Lex Comment & analysis Technology Business life Business education Your money Arts & Weekend In depth Iran Steel consolidation Investment Banking FT Reports Portugal E–learning Jobs & classified Site services In depth   The new IraqBird fluAr >>>


      PORTS FRACAS FAILS TO HALT UAE TRADE ACCORD EFFORTS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006
23:13 A United Arab Emirates–based company may have been prevented from taking over five US ports, but the two governments‘ attempt to knit together a trade accord continues.

UAE and US negotiators agreed this week to meet again at the end of April after talks were delayed the da >>>


      UN REBUKES DRUGS CHIEF OVER GUN GIFT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 02:00 Antonio Maria Costa, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, has earned a rebuke from the UN after failing to tell Kofi Annan, UN secretary–general, that he accepted a free handgun from an Austrian arms manufacturer.

Mr Costa assumed the post in 2002 with pledges to res >>>


      US SUPREME COURT LIMITS CLASS–ACTION SUITS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 20:48 The US Supreme Court on Tuesday closed the courtroom door on one form of big investor class–action lawsuits, siding with US business and dismissing the claims of some shareholder groups.

The court, which ruled unanimously, appeared eager to close a loophole in federal securities laws >>>


      AFGHAN TRIAL RAISES ISSUE OF RELIGIOUS LAWS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 00:33 The trial of an Afghan man who is facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity has drawn the battle lines between religious conservatives in the Supreme Court and western diplomats pushing a reformist agenda.

The case comes within days of President Hamid Karzai‘s unveiling >>>


      BASQUE SEPARATISTS ETA TO DECLARE CEASEFIRE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      Basque separatist group ETA plans to declare a permanent ceasefire from Friday, a report in the Basque newspaper Gara said on Wednesday.

Gara is the group‘s usual vehicle for statements. The announcement was first made on Basque television.

A ceasefire would be the first step in a long–awa >>>


      BERLUSCONI SET FOR FIGHT AGAINST PROTECTIONISM
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 18:40 Silvio Berlusconi, Italy‘s prime minister, will take his fight against protectionism to a European Union summit in Brussels on Wednesday night, even as potential liberal allies backed away from a public confrontation on the issue.

Italy had canvassed support among finance ministers f >>>


      BROWN HOLDS FIRE IN A BUDGET FOCUSING ON EDUCATION
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 14:4' Gordon Brown focused on investment in education as he delivered a workmanlike Budget seen as a holding exercise ahead of his likely elevation to the premiership.

The chancellor said the measures he unveiled in his 10th Budget were crucial to "further strengthen Britain for the glo >>>


      BUSH CALLS FOR UNITY ON IRAN AS ALLIES ARGUE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 23:53 President George W. Bush on Tuesday sought to shore up the international front against Iran‘s suspected nuclear weapons programme as differences over strategy emerged in a spat between the US and Britain.

Discord within the Bush administration had also been exposed, diplomats said, b >>>


      BUSH TRIES TO STEM DECLINE IN SUPPORT FOR WAR
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006
23:48 President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that some American troops would remain in Iraq past 2008 and suggested a decision on complete withdrawal would be left to future presidents.

During a press conference, Mr Bush was asked whether US troops would ever leave Iraq completely. "T >>>


      CATERPILLAR CHIEF WARNS OF US RECESSION IF TRADE ROW DEEPENS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006
17:34 The head of Caterpillar on Wednesday warned that deteriorating trade relations between the US and China could plunge the global economy into recession and called on Congress to back away from protectionist measures.

Jim Owens, chairman and chief executive of the US heavy equipment make >>>


      CHANCELLOR TO ANNOUNCE NEW MPC MEMBER
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 11:18 A strong business services sector is likely to help push growth above trend in the first quarter of this year, according to the majority of members on the Bank of England‘s monetary policy committee.

Minutes released on Wednesday showed the MPC voted eight to one to keep its main int >>>


      CHINA‘S COMPETITIVENESS ‘ON THE DECLINE‘
      FT, 22-03-2006
      Middle East & Africa Americas International economy Companies Markets Market data Managed funds Lex Comment & analysis Technology Business life Business education Your money Arts & Weekend In depth FT Reports Jobs & classified Site services News in depth '4; '4; The new IraqArab–Is >>>


      CHINA LAUNCHES TAX TO CURB ENERGY USE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 08:12 China will start imposing consumption taxes on heavy transport and jet oil, lubricants and naphtha, the finance ministry said on Wednesday, as part of its effort to increase the cost of energy and make its use more efficient.

The new taxes, to be applied on April 1, will include Rmb0.2 per >>>


      CHINA WARNS US NOT TO MAKE IT A SCAPEGOAT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 03:32 China will take measures to meet US complaints about theirÂbilateral trade imbalance as part of next month‘s trip to Washington by Hu Jintao, Chinese president, but has warned the US also to take responsibility for its economic problems.

Wen Jiabao, China‘s premier, in u >>>


      CLARKE TARGETS LABOUR TREASURER IN FUNDING ROW
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006
16:43 Charles Clarke has weighed into the row about the Labour party‘s finances, launching an outspoken attack on the competence of Jack Dromey, the party treasurer who has criticised Downing Street for raising money through undeclared loans.

The home secretary also suggested that Gord >>>


      DEBT–PRESSED LABOUR TO SELL HQ
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 20:55 Labour is to sell its plum Westminster headquarters and negotiate extensions to up to Â14m of private loans in a desperate attempt to avoid a financial crisis.

The party is understood to be close to agreeing to sell the lease on its Old Queen Street building, which it vacated last y >>>


      EU SUMMIT PLANS IN DISARRAY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      Rome and Tom Braithwaite in ParisPublished: March 21 2006 22:00 | Last updated: March 21 2006 22:00 Britain, Italy and the Netherlands are preparing a joint denunciation of protectionism in the European Union, wrecking hopes that the issue could be ducked at an economic summit starting in Brussels on Thursday.

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      FEARS GROW OVER NEW DUBAI REVOLT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 00:3' Arab and US officials are growing nervous at the prospect of a second congressional uprising against the acquisition of American assets by a Middle Eastern–controlled company in the wake of the Dubai Ports World debacle.

A person familiar with the thinking of both the US and Unite >>>


      FRANCE RISKS EU ROW OVER HUMAN RIGHTS IN TURKEY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 16:31 France is pushing the European Union to take a tougher line on human rights in accession negotiations with Turkey in a move the European Commission fears will damage relations with Ankara.

EU leaders are also facing calls from Paris to thrash out a new, more rigorous strategy for enlargemen >>>


      FRENCH UNIONS REJECT LABOUR REFORM COMPROMISE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 20:26 France‘s trade union and opposition leaders on Tuesday insisted the government suspend or scrap its contentious labour contract for the young, ruling out any compromise being touted by Dominique de Villepin, the prime minister.

All of France‘s main trade unions on Tuesday backe >>>


      HEAD OF UN AGENCY COMBATING DRUGS REBUKED OVER FIREARM
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 22:03 Antonio Maria Costa, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, has earned a rebuke from the UN after failing to tell Kofi Annan, UN secretary–general, that he accepted a free handgun from an Austrian arms manufacturer.

Mr Costa assumed the post in 2002 with pledges to res >>>


      JAPAN READY TO CONCEDE GROUND ON TRADE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 22:04 Japan is prepared to make further concessions on farm products to help conclude trade liberalisation talks, but will not reveal its "trump card" until other countries, such as Brazil, budge from entrenched positions, according to the Japanese agriculture minister.

In an interview >>>


      MICROSOFT TAKES FURTHER STEPS TO BEAT ANTITRUST FINES
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 17:18 Microsoft has made a fresh attempt to escape antitrust fines of up to ň'4;ě2m ($2.4m) a day, telling the European Commission on Wednesday that it will take further steps to comply with the regulator‘s March 2004 competition ruling.

Microsoft said it would offer rival >>>


      NIGHTCLUBS AND MALLS ON LIST OF TERROR TARGETS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 16:12 A central London nightclub, one of Britain‘s largest shopping centres or energy supplies were potential targets considered by some of the seven men facing terror–related charges at the UK‘s top criminal court, a jury was told on Wednesday.

On the second day of one of Brit >>>


      PENSIONS REFORM IN JEOPARDY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 22:0' The future of plans for a wide–ranging revamp of Britain‘s pension system is in serious doubt after a fundamental disagreement on the way forward between Gordon Brown, the chancellor, on one side, and Tony Blair and John Hutton, the work and pensions secretary, on the other.

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      PERU ELITE BRACES FOR POSSIBLE HUMALA VICTORY
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21
2006 17:3' At a corner table in an exclusive coffee house in Miraflores, an upmarket suburb of Lima, an elderly man holds court. Over cappuccinos and exotic fruit salad, two entrepreneurs are telling him about the benefits of state funding for the arts.

The man, an aide to Ollanta Humala, the >>>


      REACTION: AT A GLANCE
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 15:18 FT.com gauges reaction from the business community, lobby groups, trade unions and the â?big four‘ accountants to Gordon Brown‘s Budget.

This page is being reguarly updated. Refresh your browser for updates Opposition parties David Cameron, leader of the Conservatives &qu >>>


      SEPARATISTS IN NO POSITION TO DRIVE HARD BARGAIN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 18:27 Every Spanish prime minister has harboured ambitions of bringing lasting peace to the Basque country, but Jos é Luis Rodr íguez Zapatero stands a better chance than his predecessors.

In the course of Eta‘s 38–year violent struggle for an independent Basque state, ther >>>


      TAIWAN TIGHTENS RULES ON INVESTING IN CHINA
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 12:31 Taiwan‘s government is imposing tighter restrictions on economic exchanges with China in a move that is likely to provoke an outcry in the business community.

Under a set of new rules announced on Wednesday, Taiwanese companies that plan investments in China will have to undergo much >>>


      US SEEKS TRADE INSURANCE WITH BILATERAL PACTS
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 21 2006 22:01 It‘s always wise to have a Plan B. As the US urges progress in the "Doha round" of trade talks, it is also chasing bilateral trade deals across east Asia. These proposed pacts, which include South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, will act as insurance for a disappointing round. They al >>>


      WHO REPORTS FIVE BIRD FLU DEATHS IN AZERBAIJAN
      FT, 22-03-2006
      2006. 4.47pm Bird flu has killed five young people in Azerbaijan, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, adding it was investigating whether some of the victims could have been infected collecting feathers from dead swans.

Confirmation of the five deaths takes the WHO toll from the virus to 103 since l >>>


      WTO WARNS US OVER PROTECTIONIST SENTIMENT
      FT, 22-03-2006
      March 22 2006 18:3' The US needs to head off domestic protectionist sentiment that risks reducing the openness of the US economy and dampening growth, the World Trade Organisation warned on Wednesday.

In its latest report on US trade policies, written before the controversy over the sale of US port operat >>>


      "LES MISERABLES VON NORDKOREA"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Anne Schneppen, Seoul 06. März 2006 Ein nordkoreanischer Flüchtling bringt in Seoul die Leiden politischer Gefangener unter dem Regime Kim Jong–ils auf die Bühne und stößt damit noch vor der Premiere auf Widerstand. Der Regisseur des Musicals, Jung Sung–san, bekam während d >>>


      AUSZUG AUS DEM PARADIES: "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Verena Lueken 08. März 2006 Seit Herbst vergangenen Jahres wußte jeder, daß "Brokeback Mountain" von Ang Lee einer der Filme des Jahres werden würde. Über kein anderes Werk wurde von so unterschiedlichen Standpunkten aus diskutiert, kein anderer Film wurde ähnlich einstimmig >>>


      DER BAIJI–DELPHIN SOLL WIEDER AUFTAUCHEN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Petra Kolonko, Peking 22. März 2006 Sie galten als Gottheiten des Yangtze, die den Menschen vor Stürmen warnten. Tausende Baiji–Delphine tummelten sich früher in den braunen Fluten von Chinas "Mutterstrom". Heute schwimmen höchstens noch 100 Süßwasser–Delphine im >>>


      DEUTSCHE BLICKEN PESSIMISTISCH IN DIE ZUKUNFT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      21. März 2006 Die Deutschen sind nach einer Emnid–Studie "Pessimismus–Spitzenreiter". Besonders ihre soziale Absicherung, die Leistungen im Pflegefall, die wirtschaftliche Situation und die künftige Gesundheitsversorgung schätzen die älteren Bundesbürger als "negativ >>>


      EIFERSUCHTSDRAMA UNTER RENTNERN: ZWÖLF JAHRE HAFT GEFORDERT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      21. März 2006 Im Bochumer Mordprozeß gegen einen 73jährigen mutmaßlichen Bombenattentäter aus Recklinghausen hat die Staatsanwaltschaft am Dienstag zwölf Jahre Haft beantragt.

Der Angeklagte hatte im April 2005 auf offener Straße einen selbst gebastelten und mit Schrauben >>>


      EIN HEMD, EIN MANN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Anke Schipp 22. März 2006 Ennis trägt ein grau–weiß kariertes Flanellhemd, Jack ein Hemd aus Jeansstoff mit weißen Perlmuttknöpfen. In Wyoming fallen die beiden nicht weiter damit auf. Es sind Hemden, wie sie Cowboys tragen, wenn sie mit ihrem Pferd die Rinder durch die Prärie tr >>>


      FATIMAS WEG IN DIE SELBSTÄNDIGKEIT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Leo Wieland, Marrakesch 21. März 2006 Die beste Meinung von ihrem König haben die jungen, ehrgeizigen, berufstätigen Marokkanerinnen. Ihnen hat Mohamed VI. Türen geöffnet und Selbstbewußtsein verschafft. Das neue Gesetz über die faktische Gleichberechtigung der Frau hat über >>>


      KLEIN–BRITANNIEN IN KOREA
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Anne Schneppen, Paju 22. März 2006 England liegt südlich von Nordkorea, nur wenige Kilometer vom 38. Breitengrad, der die Teilung der Halbinsel markiert. Hier hat die Geschichte Englands erst begonnen. Eine neue Straße führt zur Zollabfertigung.

Als wäre man am Flughafen, leuchten >>>


      NÄCHSTER HALT: VENUS! SEIEN SIE DABEI!
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      22. März 2006 Bisher läuft alles glatt, der größte Teil der rund 350 Millionen Kilometer langen Reise ist überstanden, doch das schwierigste Manöver kommt noch: Am 11. April erreicht die europäische Planetensonde "Venus Express" ihr Ziel, schwenkt in eine Umlaufbahn um die >>>


      SCHADENERSATZ WEGEN MORDES
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      22. März 2006 Eine kalifornische Jury hat der Familie eines Mannes, der von seiner Ehefrau vergiftet wurde, über 100 Millionen Dollar (83 Millionen Euro) Entschädigung zugesprochen.

Wie die "Los Angeles Times" am Dienstag berichtete, hatte die Familie des im Jahr 2000 ermordeten Gregor >>>


      SCHWARZE LISTE: EU VERBANNT '2 AIRLINES
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      22. März 2006 Für '2 meist afrikanische Fluggesellschaften besteht wegen schwerer Sicherheitsmängel von sofort an ein Landeverbot auf Flughäfen der Europäischen Union. Eine entsprechende Schwarze Liste hat die EU–Kommission am Mittwoch in Brüssel beschlossen.

Fachleute a >>>


      ZWISCHEN MEER UND MAGEN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Jakob Strobel y Serra 27. Januar 2006 Der Mensch ist die Krone der Schöpfung. Hier ißt er sie auf. Der Wal landet in seinem Bauch, nicht umgekehrt. Was würde Gott dazu sagen? Zürnte er, oder bekäme auch der Schöpfer Appetit in diesem Hohetempel der Frische, dieser Pforte ins Himmelrei >>>


      "EINE ART VON ERPRESSUNG"
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      22. März 2006 Die afghanische Regierung hat die Kritik aus Deutschland am Prozeß gegen den zum Christentum konvertierten Afghanen Abdul Rahman zurückgewiesen. Die "hitzige und emotionale Reaktion deutscher Politiker" sei überzogen und habe bei seinen Landsleuten für Unmut gesorgt, sag >>>


      AFGHANISCHE UNVEREINBARKEITEN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Jochen Buchsteiner, Delhi 22. März 2006 Über Abdul Rahman ist nicht viel bekannt, außer daß er 40 Jahre alt ist, einige Jahre lang in Deutschland lebte und nun in einem Kabuler Untersuchungsgefängnis sitzt, wo er auf den Fortgang der Ermittlungen wartet. Die Staatsanwälte gehen der Anz >>>


      BAYERN BEHAUPTET, SACHSEN DR'6;NGT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      22. März 2006 Mit knappem Vorsprung vor dem westlichen Nachbarn hat Bayern seinen Platz als wirtschaftlich stärkstes Bundesland gehalten. Im jüngsten Wirtschafts–Ranking der IW Consult und der Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung erreichte Bayern 130,6 Punkte, dicht gefolgt von B >>>


      BOSBACH DROHT MIT BUNDESREGELUNG
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Europäische Union Ausland Vereinte Nationen Politische Bücher FAZ.NET fragt: Sollen deutsche Soldaten nach Kongo?

Nein, das Risiko ist zu groß Ja, die Wahlen müssen gesichert werden Nein, das ist politischer Aktionismus Ja, die EU muß Verantwortung übernehmen Zum Ergebnis Politi >>>


      BUNDESWEHRSOLDATEN SOLLEN ENDE MAI IN KONGO SEIN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Europäische Union Ausland Vereinte Nationen Politische Bücher Politische Bücher Rigg, Bryan Mark: Rabbi Schneersohn und Major Bloch Schölzel, Christian: Walther Rathenau FAZ.NET–Märkte FAZ.NET–Services EU–Einsatz in Afrika Bundeswehrsoldaten sollen Ende Mai in Kongo sein 22. M >>>


      DAS BASKISCHE BAADER–MEINHOF–PAAR
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Leo Wieland 04. Oktober 2004 Die Baader–Meinhof–Analogie stimmt, was das Gewicht und die Position des Paares in der baskischen Bande angeht. Der Unterschied ist: Er war der politische Kopf der Terroristen und sie die mutmaßlich blutigste Kommandoführerin. Mikel Albizu, alias "Mikel Antza& >>>


      DEMONSTRANTEN TROTZEN VERHAFTUNGSWELLE
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      22. März 2006 Mit dem höchst ungewöhnlichen Besuch einer Demonstration gegen den weißrussischen Präsidenten Alexander Lukaschenka haben fünf EU–Botschafter am Dienstag ein Zeichen der Solidarität mit der Opposition gesetzt.

Die Botschafter Deutschlands, Frankreichs, Gr >>>


      DER FDP DROHT BEDEUTUNGSVERLUST
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Günter Bannas, Berlin 22. März 2006 Die Verhältnisse im Bundesrat werden – was die alltägliche Gesetzgebungsarbeit betrifft – durch die Landtagswahlen am kommenden Sonntag nicht wesentlich verändert werden. Die Umfragen für den Ausgang der Wahlen und die Koalitionsaussagen >>>


      DEUTSCHE BLICKEN PESSIMISTISCH IN DIE ZUKUNFT
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      21. März 2006 Die Deutschen sind nach einer Emnid–Studie "Pessimismus–Spitzenreiter". Besonders ihre soziale Absicherung, die Leistungen im Pflegefall, die wirtschaftliche Situation und die künftige Gesundheitsversorgung schätzen die älteren Bundesbürger als "negativ >>>


      DIE 100 FRAGEN
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Hundert Fragen will die hessische Landesregierung an die Einbürgerungswilligen stellen. Wer Deutscher werden will, soll wenigstens dem Wissen nach integriert sein. Nun wäre es nicht schwer nachzuweisen, daß auch geborene Deutsche so manche Frage nicht auf Anhieb beantworten könnten. Doch die Frages >>>


      DIE GEF'6;HRDETE EINHEIT DER OPPOSITION
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Michael Ludwig, Minsk 22. März 2006 Ganz war das Mißtrauen der weißrussischen Opposition gegen Aleksandr Kosulin nie verschwunden – in der Nacht zum Mittwoch hat es neue Nahrung erhalten. Zuerst forderte der Vorsitzende der Vereinigten Sozialdemokratischen Partei Weißrußlands, "H >>>


      DIE GENOSSEN DES FEUERS
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22-03-2006
      Von Wolfgang Günter Lerch 22. März 2006 In Afghanistan droht einem ehemaligen Muslim, Abdul Rahman, die Todesstrafe wegen Glaubensabfalls. Er war während eines mehrjährigen Aufenthaltes in Deutschland Christ geworden und beharrt auch nach seiner Rückkehr nach Kabul auf der Konversion.

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