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      LET HAND NOT RULED OUT
      , 29-12-2005
      Updated: Thursday, December 2', 2005 at 1258 hours IST Bangalore, December 2': Police did not rule out the involvement of Pakistan–based Lashkar–E–Taiba (LeT) in the terror attack at the Indian Institute of Science (iisc) campus, as two more hand grenades were recovered from the premises.
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      MEN WANT FACTS, WOMEN SEEK RELATIONS ON WEB: SURVEY
      , 29-12-2005
      San Francisco, December 2': Internet users share many common interests, but men are heavier consumers of news, stocks, sports and pornography while more women look for health and religious guidance, a broad survey of US Web usage has found.

The study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project to be re >>>


      MODERATE QUAKE HITS INDO–PAK BORDER IN KASHMIR
      , 29-12-2005
      New Delhi, December 2': A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2 on Richter Scale shook India–Pakistan border region in Kashmir early on Thursday, the Meteorological Department said.

The temblor, occurred at 3:35 am, was epicentred at 33.8 degrees North and a longitude of 73.8 degrees East, Met Department >>>


      REGRETFUL BJP PROMISES RECTIFICATION
      , 29-12-2005
      Updated: Thursday, December 2', 2005 at 1156 hours IST Mumbai, December 2': In its first attempt at self introspection, BJP on Thursday "unreservedly expressed its regret" over the involvement of some of its MPs in the Cash–for–Query Scam scandal and promised to rectify the shortcomings.>>>


      SENSEX: RIL LEADS RECOVERY; ALL KEY SEGMENTS UP
      , 29-12-2005
      Mumbai, December 2': Led by index heavyweight Reliance Industries and buying support from the domestic institutions, the stock market benchmark Sensex on Thursday staged a strong recovery of over 65 points.

As the trading in derivatives for the December contract expired on Thursday, the bear–operator >>>


      SEX AND THE SANGH: RSS NEEDS TO GROW UP
      , 29-12-2005
      Updated: Thursday, December 2', 2005 at 1221 hours IST New Delhi, December 2': Grow up RSS; people have sex. Grow up BJP; people have votes This is the last call to all good pracharaks of the RSS. Tiptoe through this minefield of worldly desires and report for a lifetime of righteous denial at the barracks in N >>>


      SHIV SENA CITES NEHRU TO DEFEND SANJAY JOSHI
      , 29-12-2005
      Mumbai, December 2': BJPs electoral ally Shiv Sena, coming to terms with its own internal strife, on Thursday came to the aid of the embattled BJP on the Sanjay Joshi CD issue.

«What wrong did Joshi do,» an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamna said. «Pandit Nehru was a colourful personali >>>


      TEAM INDIA, MUSHARRAF, DALMIYA, ZEE AND SC!
      , 29-12-2005
      New Delhi, December 2': As Indian cricket often faced high drama off the field throughout 2005, the Supreme Court was called in to play the role of umpire to resolve controversies relating to the administration of the sportss richest body, telecast rights or other facets of the most popular game in the country.
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      UPA GOVT SUFFERS FROM POLICY PARALYSIS: BJP
      , 29-12-2005
      Updated: Thursday, December 2', 2005 at 1827 hours IST Mumbai, December 2': The BJP on Thursday painted a bleak picture of the economy, saying the ‘slowly deteriorating situation‘ was a cause for concern and accused the Congress–led coalition of failures in checking the prices, creating more e >>>


      WIFE WAITED FOR HIS CALL, NEWS BROKE
      , 29-12-2005
      Updated: Thursday, December 2', 2005 at 1235 hours IST New Delhi, December 2': Raksha would wait for a call each evening at 7:30 pm from her professor husband M C Puri, who had gone to Bangalore to attend an international conference. Today, however, it was Puris colleague who rang up at that hour, to say he ha >>>


      WORK ON MY TERMS IF YOU WANT ME: UMA TO BJP
      , 29-12-2005
      Mahoba (UP), December 2': Expelled BJP leader Uma Bharati said her return to the saffron party would only be on her own terms and conditions.

"If invited by new party president Rajnath Singh to return to party fold, I will only go on my own terms and conditions," said the fiery leader.

B >>>


      BRITONS KIDNAPPED IN GAZA
      Reuters UK, 29-12-2005
      | RSS Gaza search for kidnapped Britons Israel shells northern Gaza Strip Israel declares Gaza buffer zone Fatah faction united for election GAZA (Reuters) – Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a British human rights activist and her parents in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and then immediately began negotiating with Pal >>>


      COLD SNAP TIGHTENS GRIP
      Reuters UK, 29-12-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Related Articles Weather freezes out three Premier League games LONDON (Reuters) – A cold snap gripped the country for a third day on Thursday with plunging temperatures making travel dangerous, forecasters said.

The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for large parts of east >>>


      LIVINGSTONE CONDEMNS NEW YEAR‘S TUBE STRIKE
      Reuters UK, 29-12-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Mayor Ken Livingstone condemned the RMT rail union on Thursday over its refusal to take part in talks to avert a planned New Year‘s Eve underground strike.

RMT plans a 24–hour stoppage on December 31 –– one of the busiest nights of the year –– >>>


      MAN HELD OVER MURDER OF TENNYSON GREAT GRANDSON
      Reuters UK, 29-12-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – Police searching for the murderer of the great grandson of 1'th century poet Alfred Tennyson arrested a 44–year–old man on Thursday.

Hallam Tennyson, 85, was found dead with stab wounds to the neck and head injuries in his north London home on December 2 >>>


      PALESTINIANS SEARCH FOR UK HOSTAGES
      Reuters UK, 29-12-2005
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Gaza search for kidnapped Britons Palestinian bombs West Bank road Israel enforces Gaza buffer zone By Nidal al–Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian security forces hunted on Thursday for a British human rights activist and her parents abducted in the Gaza Strip, but officials reported no i >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS FOUR POLICE IN BAGHDAD
      Reuters UK, 29-12-2005
      | RSS Related Articles Lights out in Baghdad as power remains erratic Iraq election chief says complaints endanger lives Most Japanese want Iraq troops home soon –poll German says Zarqawi behind her abduction in Iraq Shootout in Baghdad jail Iraqis find 31 bodies at Kerbala Sunni supporters rally in Iraq BAGHDAD >>>


      OLT VALLEY TRAFFIC BLOCKED BY ROCKS
      Rompres, 29-12-2005
      Bucharest, Dec 28 (Rompres) – Road and rail traffic on Olt Valley (west of Bucharest) was blocked on Wednesday afternoon, by rocks that fell
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      PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 29-12-2005
      Bucharest, Dec 2' /Rompres/ – Romania‘s national dailies of Thursday review the year 2005 and carry predictions for 2006.

Romania‘s President Traian Basescu attended on Wednesday a gala awards of the business excellence. Gandul quotes him as saying he is satisfied with the 200 >>>


      QUINTON QUAYLE: THE NEXT 6 MONTHS ARE CRUCIAL FOR ROMANIA‘S EU ENTRY
      Rompres, 29-12-2005
      Bucharest, Dec 2' /Rompres/ – The next 6 months are crucial for Romania‘s EU entry and it is very important for Romania to continue its efforts, said UK ambassador in Bucharest, Quinton Quayle, in an interview for Rompres.

Quinton Quayle, whose country holds until the end of 2005 th >>>


      ROMANIAN EXPLORERS TO HOIST ROMANIA‘S FLAG ON A BASE IN ANTARCTICA
      Rompres, 29-12-2005
      Bucharest, Dec 2' /Rompres/ – A team of Romanian explorers will leave for Antarctica to take over an own research base on December 31 donated
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      URGENT MEASURES FOR SAFETY DIKE AT OCNELE MARI
      Rompres, 29-12-2005
      Bucharest, Dec 28 (Rompres) – The four secretaries of state with the Ministries of the Environment, Administration and the Interior, Economy and with the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, who on Wednesday analysed the situation at Ocnele Mari (southern Romania), decided, together with the leade >>>


      US NEEDS TO SHIFT ITS APPROACH IN SUDAN&#8217;S DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      By Barack Obama and Sam Brownback, the Washington Post Dec 27, 2005 For two years the Bush administration has made commendable efforts to improve the lives of people in Darfur. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick has become personally invested in the crisis, recently completing his fourth trip to the region in th >>>


      CHAD CALLS AFRICAN UNION TO MOVE SUMMIT OUT OF SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (ABUJA) Chads President Idriss Deby has called for the January African Union summit to be moved out of Sudan, accusing the country of supporting attacks on Chad and referring to the crisis in Sudans Darfur region.

Idriss Deby Deby also called on the AU to investigate Chads claims that neighboring >>>


      DESPERATION LEADS DARFUR CHILDREN TO TAKE AID WORKERS HOSTAGE
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      By Emily Wax Dec 27, 2005 (KALMA CAMP, western Sudan) Boys in tattered clothes were waiting in food lines, girls were hauling water on donkeys, crippled orphans were begging on crutches. Suddenly, a call went out across this vast camp of stick–and–rag huts filled with civilians displaced by the conflict in >>>


      EASTERN SUDAN REBELS QUESTION LIBYA&#8217;S PEACE MEDIATION
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (ASMARA) East Sudans key rebel faction said on Wednesday Libya was no longer fit to broker peace in eastern Sudan, accusing Tripoli of facilitating negotiations that seem designed to split the eastern rebel alliance.

Muammar Gaddafi Amna Dirar, Vice President of the Eastern Front, said her group w >>>


      ETHIOPIAN COURT: 12' TO STAY IN CUSTODY ON TREASON CHARGES
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) A judge Wednesday ordered prison officials to keep 12' opposition leaders and other people in custody for a week while he considers their bail application on treason, genocide and other charges.

The charges against opposition leaders, journalists and aid workers stem from violenc >>>


      FIGHTING DRIVES MORE SUDANESE IN DARFUR FROM THEIR HOMES – UN
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (UNITED NATIONS) Ethnic fighting across Sudans western Darfur provinces has swelled the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) by thousands, but several roads in the Jabal Marra mountain range that were closed to United Nations humanitarian vehicles can now be used, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) sa >>>


      JAILED ETHIOPIAN OPPOSITION LEADERS REFUSE PLEA
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) A group of 131 detained Ethiopian opposition figures and journalists refused en masse on Wednesday to plead on treason and other serious charges.

The charges are related to an alleged attempt to overthrow the government after disputed elections.

Members of the group who incl >>>


      LEADERS OF SANAA FORUM MEET IN YEMEN
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (ADEN, Yemen) The leaders of the Sanaa Forum, which groups the East African countries of Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, as well as Yemen, were to meet Wednesday for talks on regional security and other issues, officials said.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (R) greets Sudanese counterpart Omar H >>>


      SUDAN TO CONSTRUCT 3 ROUTES IN SOUTHERN AND WESTERN SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (KHARTOUM) The Ministry of Transport, Roads and Bridges Wednesday signed at Holiday Villa Hotel in Khartoum an agreement with the Qatari Sariya Company to fund construction of the roads of Nuhud – Um Kadada, Nuhud – Al–Deain– Neyala and Renk – Malakal, at the cost of 600 milli >>>


      SUDAN&#8217;S HOSTING OF AU SUMMIT OFFERS UNDUE REWARD TO GENOCIDAL REGIME – ONG
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 2', 2005 (KHARTOUM) Human rights groups and opponents of the Sudanese government charge that the hosting of next months African summit by Khartoum offers undue reward to a regime accused of genocide in Darfur.

The most strident opposition to the venue for the January 23–24 summit has come from ne >>>


      SUDAN, UN SIGN AGREEMENT ON STATUS OF PEACEKEEPING FORCES
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (KHARTOUM) Sudanese government and the UN mission in Sudan signed here Wednesday agreement on the status of UN forces charged of the support of peace implementation in the country.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali Karti signed on behalf of the Sudanese side, while deputy UN Secretary–G >>>


      THE CORRIDOR&#8217;S WRITER RECEIVES SUDAN&#8217;S HIGHEST MEDALS
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      By Mahgoub El–Tigani Dec 2', 2005 (KHARTOUM) The American Professor William Y Adams, a well–celebrated cultural anthropologist, archeologist, ethnologist, and historian was presented the Order of the Two Niles medal by the President of Sudan at the Republican Palace, Khartoum.

Earlier in the 1& >>>


      UNSC EXTENDS MANDATE OF EXPERTS TO MONITOR SUDAN&#8217;S DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 28, 2005 (KHARTOUM) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has decided unanimously to extend until next March 2' the mandate of a panel of experts it appointed to assist in monitoring implementation of UN sanctions on the Darfur perpetrators, a UN official said Wednesday.

A displaced Sudanese woman carries her >>>


      YEMEN TO MEDIATE BETWEEN ETHIOPIA, ERITREA
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      Dec 2', 2005 (ADEN, Yemen) Yemen has offered to mediate to ease escalating tensions between the neighbouring east African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea, the SABA official news agency reported Thursday.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh "announced Yemens readiness to mediate between the two countries, o >>>


      DARFUR TALKS &MDASH; AU COMMISSIONS RESUME WORK AFTER CHRISTMAS RECESS
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      AFRICAN UNION PRESS RELEASE NO. 14
7th ROUND OF THE INTER–SUDANESE PEACE TALKS ON THE CONFLICT IN DARFUR Dec 27, 2005 (ABUJA) The three Commissions, which constitute the Negotiating Frameworks for the on–going Inter–Sudanese Peace Talks on the Conflict in Darfur, resume their deliberations today T >>>


      DARFUR WOMEN PRESENT LETTER, PRESS STATEMENT TO AU MEDIATOR
      Sudan Tribune, 29-12-2005
      ARFICAN UNION PRESS RELEASE NO. 15
7th ROUND OF THE INTER–SUDANESE PEACE TALKS ON THE CONFLICT IN DARFUR The AU Special Envoy and Chief Mediator for the Inter–Sudanese Peace Talks on the Conflict in Darfur, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, was today presented with a letter and a Press Statement by the women of Da >>>


      HONG KONG AGREES TO OPEN MARKET TO U.S. BEEF
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      United States recovers most of beef trade lost since late 2003 Washington –– The United States has reached agreement with Hong Kong for the reopening of Hong Kong‘s market to U.S. boneless beef from cattle younger than 30 months.

With the Hong Kong agreement, announced December 2' by U.S. >>>


      QUARTET WELCOMES PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS JANUARY 25
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman Release December 28, 2005 Statement by Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman Quartet Statement on Palestinian Legislative Council Elections Following is the text of the Quartet Statement: The Quartet welcomes the upcoming Palestinian Legislative Council elections as a positive st >>>


      RICE, EDUCATION SECRETARY TO HOST INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SUMMIT
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman December 28, 2005 MEDIA NOTE U.S. Departments of State and Education to Host U.S. University Presidents Summit Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will co–host the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Educ >>>


      TSUNAMI ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHTS THE LESSONS OF DISASTER
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      U.N. Foundation report outlines better crisis plans for the future The Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004 was a catastrophe of enormous proportions and the greatest natural disaster ever to challenge the United Nations‘ 60–year–old system of humanitarian assistance, according to a report issued Dec >>>


      U.S. COMPANY DONATES MAIZE SEED TO FARMERS IN MALAWI
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      Monsanto‘s contribution expected to feed more than 1 million people By Charles W. Corey Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The U.S. chemical and agricultural company Monsanto announced December 20 its intention to donate 700 metric tons of quality hybrid maize seeds to needy farmers in Malawi. >>>


      U.S. HELPING THAILAND REBUILD TSUNAMI–DEVASTATED INDUSTRIES
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      Goal is to rebuild, diversify livelihoods, mitigate future disasters Washington –– In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean region in December 2004, the United States has worked closely with the Royal Thai government to mitigate future natural disasters, repair inf >>>


      U.S. SANCTIONS NINE COMPANIES UNDER IRAN NONPROLIFERATION ACT
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      Bush administration imposes penalties on firms in China, India, Austria By Susan Krause Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The United States has imposed sanctions on nine companies

–– six in China, two in India, and one in Austria –– for selling materials to Iran tha >>>


      U.S. SCHOOLS, LAWMAKERS WORKING TO CURB OBESITY AMONG CHILDREN
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      Public schools increasingly banning sales of "junk food" in cafeterias By Stephen Kaufman Washington File White House Correspondent Washington –– The commercial success of Morgan Spurlock‘s 2004 film Super Size Me placed a spotlight on the rising rate of obesity in the United States and the >>>


      U.S. SPACE AGENCY LISTS SPACE EXPLORATION MILESTONES FOR 2005
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      NASA [Washington, D.C.] Press release, December 22, 2005 Release: 05–44' NASA‘s Top Space Exploration Stories of the Year NASA completed a successful year of milestones and discoveries in 2005 as the agency begins to implement the Vision for Space Exploration, America‘s long–term plan for re >>>


      URUGUAYAN CONGRESS PASSES INVESTMENT TREATY WITH UNITED STATES
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      Investment agreement intended to enhance bilateral ties, trade, investment By Scott Miller Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The Uruguayan government has ratified a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with the United States that is intended to enhance bilateral relations as well as trade and investme >>>


      WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, DECEMBER 28
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      President‘s schedule, Patriot Act, Texas jury duty, NSA surveillance, Israel/Iran, Iraqi elections, Ukraine/Russia White House deputy press secretary Trent Duffy briefed the press December 28 in Crawford, Texas, near the ranch where President Bush is on vacation.

Following is the transcript of the White >>>


      WORLD ATOMIC TIMEKEEPERS ADD EXTRA SECOND TO 2005
      USIA, 29-12-2005
      Atomic time used to track space vehicles, navigate electronically By Cheryl Pellerin Washington File Staff Writer Washington â« For the first time in seven years, physicists at the U.S.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland, and the rest of the world‘s atomic time >>>


      ASH AND LAVA SPEW FROM VOLCANO – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Guatemala‘s Volcano of Fire belched more ash and lava on Wednesday and continued raining debris on nearby villages one day after it began erupting.

Civil protection officials said various explosions in the volcano sent up columns of ash 500 feet (150 meters) high and caused two lava flows, one extending >>>


      DONORS TO WITHDRAWAID FROMETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      International donors will withdraw $375 million in aid to Ethiopia‘s government following its recent crackdown on the main opposition party and the independent press, Western diplomats said Thursday.

The money will be reallocated the United Nations and aid agencies working to combat poverty among the bu >>>


      EX–NUKE MINISTER FOR EXTRADITION – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Switzerland will extradite Russia‘s former Nuclear Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov to his homeland rather than to the U.S. where he faces fraud charges, the Swiss Federal Court said on Thursday.

The decision by the Lausanne–based court upholds an appeal lodged by Adamov against an earlier ruling by >>>


      FRANCEURGES RELEASE OFHOSTAGE – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      France‘s foreign minister has urged that the French engineer abducted in Iraq be freed "without delay." Philippe Doust–Blazy issued a statement Thursday a day after the Arabic–language news channel Al–Arabiya aired video of Bernard Planche held in captivity by militants.

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      FRENCH HOSTAGE THREATENED IN VIDEO – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      The Arabic–language TV network Al–Arabiya aired video Wednesday of a French engineer held captive in Iraq and said his captors threatened to kill him unless France ends its "illegitimate presence" in the country.

The hostage, seated and flanked by two armed men, said: "My name is Be >>>


      GROUP HIDES NATIVE HAWAIIAN ARTIFACTS – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Leaders of a Hawaiian group vowed not to divulge the location of a cache of native artifacts obtained from a museum and then buried, despite the jailing of their director.

"We have a greater responsibility to our beliefs than we do to the federal government," said William Aila, who is among four mem >>>


      HILTON HOTELS BIDS FOR UK NAMESAKE – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Britain‘s Hilton Group said discussions to sell its hotels to its U.S. sister company Hilton Hotels Corp. were progressing well, as talk that a deal could be unveiled on Thursday gave its shares a boost.

UK Hilton said in October it had received an offer from the U.S. Hilton which sources close to the d >>>


      IRAQI PROTESTS CONTINUE IN KIRKUK – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      About 350 Arab and Turkmen demonstrators took to the streets of Kirkuk on Thursday, protesting preliminary results of the Dec. 15 parliamentary election and condemning what they claim are Kurdish attempts to control the city, according to Kirkuk Police Chief Torhan Abdul Rahman.

Rahman said the demonstrators >>>


      IVORY COAST GETS UNITY GOVERNMENT – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      War–divided Ivory Coast announced a 32–member unity government Wednesday that includes rebel, opposition party and ruling party ministers and represents a rare firm step toward reconciliation.

Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, named earlier this month after international mediators persuaded both >>>


      PINOCHET FINGERPRINTED IN HUMAN RIGHTS CASES – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was fingerprinted and photographed by police Wednesday as part of his indictment in the killing and disappearance of nine dissidents in the 1'70s.

Pablo Rodriguez, an attorney for the '0–year–old former ruler, called the procedure "an affront t >>>


      REBELS ACCEPT IVORY COAST UNITY GOVERNMENT – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Northern–based rebels expressed satisfaction Thursday with war–divided Ivory Coast‘s new national unity government, while government loyalists appealed overnight for calm among their supporters.

Young supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo spilled into the streets of the government–hel >>>


      U.N. PEACEKEEPERS ENDING MISSION IN SIERRA LEONE – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Fatmata Bangura will miss the blue–helmeted U.N. peacekeepers when their mandate in Sierra Leone expires Saturday.

For the last few years, the shopkeeper traded rations with Pakistani and Bangladeshi U.N. troops, building a healthy business and new home for her children and grandchild in Waterloo, 17 mi >>>


      ‘BLITZ‘ TURNS UP VIOLENCE IN SPORTS VIDEO GAMES – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
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      ‘HONOR‘ KILLINGS SHOCK PAKISTAN – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25–year old stepsister to salvage his family‘s "honor" –– a crime that shocked Pakistan.

The 40–year old laborer, speaking to The Associated Press in p >>>


      ‘PORNO POSTERS‘ EMBARRASS NEW EU HEAD – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Spoof posters depicting Britain‘s Queen Elizabeth having sex with the U.S. and French presidents that are displayed across Vienna are causing embarrassment just days ahead of Austria‘s taking over the EU presidency.

The images show two naked female models wearing masks of President George W. Bush >>>


      ‘ROGUE‘ AFRICAN ELEPHANT GETS REPRIEVE – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Tembo was a killer who faced the death sentence for his "crimes".

But the six–ton bull elephant won a second chance at life after a vet approached animal trainer Rory Hensman and asked him if he could mend Tembo‘s wild ways.

Now tourists are taking rides on Tembo‘s back in >>>


      ‘TALIBAN REBELS‘DIE IN BOMB BID – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Two would–be suicide bombers have blown themselves up while strapping on explosives in a store in southern Afghanistan, police said.

The explosion took place at 2 p.m. (0'30 GMT) Thursday in the town of Waish, about a kilometer from the Pakistan border, and no one else was hurt, according to Abdul H >>>


      2005‘S TOP ENTERTAINMENT STORIES – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Here are some of the entertainment stories that dominated 2005: 1. Celebrity romance. Whether it was TomKat, Brangelina, Jessica and Nick or some other pairing, celebrities‘ love affairs kept the business busy

–– and, in many cases, inspired talk of how business (such as films and TV shows m >>>


      ACADEMICKILLED ININDIAN SHOOTING – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      A group of gunmen opened fire outside a conference at a premier Indian science institute Wednesday night, killing a retired professor and wounding four other people, officials said.

The attackers opened fire into a crowd as people were leaving an auditorium at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Ind >>>


      AUDIT: MANY SEPTEMBER 11 LOANS WENT TO NON–VICTIMS – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      In a program to help businesses after September 11, a high percentage of government–backed loans went to recipients who appeared to be unqualified –– some of them unaware they were receiving terrorism–recovery money, investigators report.

The Small Business Administration‘s inspe >>>


      AUGENTHALER ACCEPTS WOLFSBURG JOB – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg appointed World Cup winning former German international defender Klaus Augenthaler as their new coach on Thursday.

The 48–year–old Augenthaler has signed a contract running until June 2007, the club said on its website.

He will replace Holger Fach, sacked 10 >>>


      BAGHDAD SUICIDE BOMB KILLS 4 – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Four people, including three police officers, were killed and five police officers were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated at the main gate to Iraq‘s Ministry of Interior in downtown Baghdad, emergency police said.

The explosion, which occurred at about ':45 a.m. Thursday, also claimed the life >>>


      BRAZILIAN INMATES END RIOT, FREE HOSTAGES – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Prisoners ended a rebellion on Wednesday in a remote prison in Brazil‘s Amazon and released nearly 200 visitors they had taken hostage on Christmas Day, officials said.

Inmates at the Urso Branco penitentiary in Rondonia state released the visitors, mostly women, and ended a riot after authorities promi >>>


      BRITISH TRIO KIDNAPPED IN GAZA – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Three people, described as a British couple and their child, were kidnapped Wednesday at Rafah in southern Gaza, according to Palestinian Security sources.

The sources said the kidnappers were believed to be members of a splinter group upset because Palestinians whose names are on a black–list are being >>>


      CAGED KIDS‘ PARENTS GET HOLIDAYVISIT – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
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      CHINA‘S MOON MISSION TAKES STEP FORWARD – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      China‘s plans to send a spacecraft around the moon have reached a new stage, with the unmanned orbiter and rocket entering production and testing, China‘s top aerospace official said on Thursday.

Luan Enjie, commander of China‘s "round the moon" project, said the Chang‘e 1 Lu >>>


      CHINA REPORTS NEW BIRD FLU DEATH – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      A 41–year–old woman from China‘s southeast has become the country‘s third confirmed human fatality from the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, the government said Thursday.

The woman, a factory worker in Sanming, a city in coastal Fujian province, fell ill on December 6 and died on Dece >>>


      COLE WINNER EXTENDS CHELSEA‘S LEAD – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Chelsea extended their Premier League lead to 11 points after Joe Cole earned the champions a 1–0 win at Manchester City.

Chelsea, whose only league defeat last season came at City, had to wait until the 7'th minute for the matchwinner from their England midfielder.

Meanwhile, main rivals M >>>


      DA: NO CHARGES IN LOHAN CRASH – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      The photographer whose collision with actress Lindsay Lohan helped prompt California to adopt an anti–paparazzi law won‘t be charged with a crime, the district attorney‘s office said.

Deputy District Attorney William Hodgman said there was no evidence photographer Galo Cesar Ramirez delibera >>>


      DALAI LAMA: TIBET NOT OPEN, HAPPY – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      The Dalai Lama has rejected a depiction of Tibet as open and happy by the most senior Buddhist in Tibet, the Beijing–sanctioned 16–year–old Panachen Lama.

The Dalai Lama said on Wednesday the Panchen Lama had obviously wanted to please Chinese authorities by praising Tibet for its political >>>


      DEPORTATIONORDERED FORACCUSED NAZI – DEC 28, 2005
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      DISNEYLAND PROTEST OVER LOST BONUS – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Hundreds of Disneyland Paris resort workers staged a protest Thursday to denounce the "stinginess" of managers who chose not to pay many employees a euro100 ($11') bonus this year.

The protesters, many waving banners and chanting, said the retraction of the annual bonus was one of many complaint >>>


      DRAGHI FAVORED FOR TOP BANK ROLE – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Goldman Sachs executive Mario Draghi is hot favorite to become governor of the Bank of Italy, government sources told Reuters ahead of a cabinet meeting on Thursday which could name the new bank chief.

The Bank of Italy‘s directors, or Superior Council, will also meet on Thursday to discuss a successor >>>


      DRUNKEN TODDLER FOUND, BABYSITTER CHARGED – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      A 37–year–old man was charged with child endangerment after one of two toddlers he was baby–sitting was found drunk, authorities said.

Suffolk County sheriff‘s deputies investigating a family court case peered through the window of a Patchogue home Tuesday and saw Juan Reyes passed out >>>


      EUROPE HIT BY FREEZING CONDITIONS – DEC 2', 2005
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      EUROPE NEARSFOURYEAR HIGHS – DEC 2', 2005
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      FIRE KILLSSEVEN IN MOSCOW CLINIC – DEC 2', 2005
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      FUTURE BRIGHT FOR ONLINE SEARCH – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Can you remember what life was like before the World Wide Web? Searching for information is not just an occasional pleasure, it is now a necessity.

More than a billion people already search the Web and that figure is forecast to almost double by 2010.

But several companies are working on taking searc >>>


      GERMAN DIPLOMAT, FAMILY MISSING IN YEMEN – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      A former German deputy foreign minister and his family are missing in Yemen, German officials said Wednesday, and there are reports that they were kidnapped.

"We will try to bring them to safety as quickly as possible," German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said.

Juergen Chrobog, >>>


      GORILLA RESEARCHER DIAN FOSSEY HONORED – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Rwandan officials commemorated the life and the 20th anniversary of the death of famed primate researcher Dian Fossey with dances and speeches in the rural highlands where she studied the mountain gorillas she loved.

Government officials and locals held traditional dances, gave speeches and laid wreaths at th >>>


      GRANDMA, LET ME PLAY THAT VIDEO GAME! – DEC 28, 2005
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      HEAVY SNOW SNARLS TRAFFIC ACROSS EUROPE – DEC 28, 2005
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      HOMES, MEMORIES GO UP IN SMOKE – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      When Teresa Kennedy‘s mother died six years ago, she and her seven siblings left their childhood home untouched to preserve the memories.

But in just minutes, flames from a grass fire destroyed that history, along with 50 other homes in this West Texas ranching–and–oil town about 150 miles s >>>


      HUNT ON FOR ABDUCTED BRITONS IN GAZA – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Palestinian security forces hunted Thursday for a British human rights activist and her parents abducted in Gaza, but officials reported no immediate progress.

Kate Burton, a 25–year–old worker at the Palestinian rights group Al Mezan, was showing her visiting parents around the chaotic southern b >>>


      ISRAELI MILITARY BOMBARDS NORTHERN GAZA – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      The Israeli military pounded northern Gaza with artillery fire Wednesday evening after warning Palestinian civilians to stay out of a zone used by militants to fire rockets at Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was acting "in the absence of any action by the Palestinian Authority to stop terror or >>>


      JAKARTA PULLS BACK ACEH SOLDIERS – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Indonesia was preparing to pull the last of 24,000 troops from tsunami–ravaged Aceh province on Thursday –– a key step in a peace accord to end three decades of fighting with separatist rebels –– the military said.

Lt. Col. Eri Soetiko said Wednesday that 3,353 Indonesian soldier >>>


      LANDSLIDES DESTROY YEMENI VILLAGE – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Landslides in Yemen have destroyed a small village near the capital Sanaa, killing at least 30 people including women and children with dozens more missing, officials have said.

A Yemeni official said rocks had slid off a mountain late on Wednesday and collapsed into the al–Dhofair village –&ndash >>>


      MAN BLOWS HIMSELF UP IN DAGESTAN – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      A man strapped with explosives blew himself up Thursday near a mosque in the regional capital of the restive southern Russian province of Dagestan, killing himself and injuring another person, police said.

A spokesman for the local branch of the Interior Ministry, Abdul Musayev, said that the man who was kill >>>


      MILLER INJURED IN DOWNHILL TUMBLE – DEC 28, 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      Daron Rahlves led a World Cup downhill training session at Bormio for the second consecutive day Wednesday, while American teammate Bode Miller fell and cut his lip.

Rahlves covered the 3.68–kilometer Stelvio course, considered the most physically demanding on the World Cup circuit, in one minute, 5' >>>


      MRS. PARTRIDGE! PUT SOME CLOTHES ON! – DEC 2', 2005
      CNN, 29-12-2005
      What‘s this –– the matriarch of the Partridge family in bed with a 24–year–old stud? It happens in "Grandma‘s Boy," a boisterous comedy produced by Adam Sandler‘s company.

"It‘s a different role for me," laughs Shirley Jones, the star of &quo >>>



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