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      ON THE SPOT÷ GAZA‘S PHONEY WAR
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Ian MacKinnon, Times correspondent, describes a day of calm confrontations as the Israeli army prepares to remove Jewish settlers from the Gaza strip "I‘ve visited two of the settlements this morning, Katif and Netzer Hazani, and it‘s pretty peaceful, it‘s been very calm. Today is the phoney war >>>


      POLICE IN ‘GET TOUGH‘ CAMPAIGN ARREST WOMAN, 7', IN 4AM RAID
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Nicola Woolcock POLICE have expressed regret for the treatment of a great–grandmother who was woken by officers at 4am, arrested and kept in custody for 13 hours.

Eileen Kearsey, 7', says she was treated like a suspected terrorist when police followed up a complaint made two months earlier by her >>>


      POPE‘S MISSION TO NATIVE LAND
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Richard Owen Youth meeting in Germany will be the first big test of Benedict papacy IN HIS first international challenge since he succeeded to the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI will seek to rejuvenate Christianity in Europe this week, as well as reaching out to Jews and Muslims when he appears at a youth rally in his >>>


      PRINCE PHILIP JOINS VETERANS TO PAY RESPECTS ON VJ DAY
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      by Paul Platt, Times Online, and PA War veterans and prison camp survivors who fought in the Far East during World War II joined Prince Philip in remembering the 60th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day.

The Prince attended a reunion at the Imperial War Museum in south London as veterans across the world rem >>>


      QPR DIRECTOR CHARGED WITH BLACKMAIL THREATS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online and PA News A director of Queens Park Rangers football club appeared in court today charged with blackmail and threats against another club director.

David Morris, 4', was among 11 men arrested by armed police near the QPR ground in west London on Saturday, after Gianni Paladini said that a >>>


      RADCLIFFE BEATS HER DEMONS
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Owen Slot, Chief Sports Reporter in Helsinki THIS felt as much an exorcism as a marathon race, but finally, yesterday, Paula Radcliffe won the world title she has been chasing for so many summers and in so doing left the ghosts of horrors past trailing as far in her wake as the rest of this global field.

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      RAPE GANG REMAINS ON THE LOOSE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Police used high–visibility patrols over the weekend to try to protect women in Northampton, where a gang of rapists has struck five times over the past fortnight.

The incident room has received 2,000 calls offering information about the three attackers, who are described as tall, black men with South Af >>>


      RELIGION AND REGIONAL SELF–RULE PUT CONSTITUTIONAL DEAL AT RISK
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Catherine Philp in Baghdad IRAQI leaders were locked in eleventh–hour negotiations yesterday over the future of the Iraqi state as the the deadline approached for the delivery of the countrys first constitution.

Members of parliament have been summoned to a special session this evening in the hope o >>>


      SAFETY WARNING AFTER GIRL DIES IN BEACH SANDPIT
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online and PA News Parents were today warned against letting their children dig holes in sand dunes after a three–year–girl died in a holiday tragedy.

The youngster suffocated after becoming trapped in a pit dug on Towans Beach in Hayle, west Cornwall, as she played with her brother. Rescu >>>


      SECOND ‘BLACK BOX‘ FOUND IN CRASH
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online, AFP in Athens, and Michael Theodoulou and John Carr of The Times The bodies of 11' of the 121 people on board the Cypriot airliner which crashed northeast of Athens, as well as the airliners second flight recorder, have been recovered, Greek national television, Net, reported today.

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      SHOULD UNIVERSITIES INTRODUCE ENTRANCE TESTS?
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      As record numbers of students are forecast to gain top grades in their A–levels this week, there are concerns that they are no longer a reliable guide to pupils‘ intelligence. Universities are now considering adopting entrance exams to determine who should be admitted on their courses. Are admissions tests >>>


      TALKS ON IRAQI CONSTITUTION GO TO THE WIRE
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Times Online and Catherine Philp in Baghdad The Iraqi parliament has delayed meeting to approve a draft constitution tonight as talks to finalise the document dragged on.

The time of the debate was delayed first by two hours, from 6pm to 8pm (1700 BST), and when that time was passed it was delayed again, th >>>


      TOO MANY HOMES ARE JUST TOO SMALL
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      By Joanna Bale BRITAINS homes are just not big enough, according to research that reveals a glut of two–bedroom flats and a shortage of three–bedroom family houses.

Developers are making matters worse by continuing to build too many two–bedroom apartments, it is claimed.

Many develop >>>


      TOP TEN ARTICLES ONLINE ÷SUNDAY AUGUST 14
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      1. US warns of new attacks on London 2. Leaked US intelligence document warning of terrorist attacks on London and America using fuel tankers 3. Saudi exile runs urban warfare website in UK 4. Blunkett fury at McCririck 5. Strikes end but airport misery will last for days 6. It‘s a wonderful life 7. ‘ood a >>>


      VIOLENT PORN SITES MAY BE BLOCKED
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      Viewing violent pornography on the internet could be made an offence under measures being considered by the Government.

The Home Office said that it is keen to strengthen the current legislation, which allows only for the closing down of British internet sites hosting obscene material, such as necrophilia and >>>


      WHITE HOUSE GETS FIRST LADY CHEF FOR TEX–MEX DELICACIES
      The Times, 15-08-2005
      From Tom Baldwin in Washington LAURA BUSH proclaimed hail to the chef yesterday as she put the Philippines–born Cristeta Comerford in charge of White House cooking, the first time a woman has held such a post.

The First Ladys announcement ended more than six months of frantic speculation. I am delighted >>>


      DOMESTIC AGENDA
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      ERDOÐAN÷ DEMOCRACY KEY TO DEVELOPMENT
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      FOUR SUSPECTS WITH EXPLOSIVES ARRESTED IN BATMAN
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      OPPOSITION ACCUSES ERDOÐAN OF CAVING IN
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      PESSIMISM SURROUNDS CHP
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      PM, OPPOSITION AT LOGGERHEADS OVER TERROR STANCE
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      BABACAN SEES NO SNAG IN FINANCING OF CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT
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      EU DEVELOPMENTS, OIL TRIGGER SHARE SELL–OFF
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      VISITING ÝZMIR‘S MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
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      ZUKERMAN TAKES HIS AUDIENCE ON A MAGICAL TRIP
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      ‘TERRORISM SEEMS RULED OUT IN PLANE CRASH‘
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      AHMEDINEJAD NOMINATES CABINET, MOVING IRAN TOWARD CONFRONTATION
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      FORMER NEW ZEALAND PM DAVID LANGE DIES
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      GREEK CYPRIOT PLANE CARRYING 121 CRASHES
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      GREEK CYPRIOT PLANE CRASHES IN GREECE, 121 PERISH
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      IRAQ CONSTITUTION TALKS GO INTO FINAL DAY, MAYBE
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      IRAQ LEADERS MEET A BEFORE CHARTER DEADLINE
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      ISRAEL BLOCKS GAZA ROADS AS PULLOUT NEARS
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      ISRAEL SEALS OFF GAZA APPROACHES BEFORE PULLOUT
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      MUSHARRAF VOWS TO FIGHT EXTREMISTS
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      SRI LANKA HUNTS ASSASSINS, REBELS SUSPECTED
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      TALKS RESUME TO RESOLVE BRITISH AIRWAYS DISPUTE
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      A BITTER HARVEST÷ THE CARIBBEAN FACES THE PROSPECT OF A LIFE WITHOUT SUGAR
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 As they trudge back from a morning spent clearing irrigation ditches on the banks of the Demerara River, the exhausted workers from La Bonne Intention, a government–owned sugar estate in Guyana, look like a defeated army. A few miles away in Georgetown, the down–at–heel ca >>>


      BOLIVIA HOPES EARLY POLL WILL AVERT SOCIAL UNREST
      FT, 15-08-2005
      July 5 2005 1'÷3' Under the deal, the general election and for the first time direct elections for provincial governors are to be held on December 4. The next scheduled elections were due to have been held in August 2007.

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      BRITISH BUSINESS AND POLITICAL INTEREST WANES
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Historic ties with Britain ought to help the Caribbean‘s ability to defend its interests in London. For centuries, the island states were synonymous with sugar and rum. Migration from there has created the UK‘s second biggest ethnic minority. Hundreds of thousands of Britons hav >>>


      FOREIGN INVESTORS DISCOVER THE RISKS OF TESTING THE WATERS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      July 25 2005 20÷56 In April 2000, violent protests in Cochabamba, 150 miles south–east of La Paz, drove out Aguas del Tunari, a consortium led by Bechtel, the US engineering company.

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      PERU MINISTER TO QUIT AFTER TWO DAYS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Peru‘s new foreign minister said at the weekend he would step down – two days after being appointed – because of the controversy his nomination provoked.

President Alejandro Toledo sparked a political crisis last week by naming Fernando Olivera as his foreign mini >>>


      SHAKESPEARE AMONGTHE SHANTY TOWNS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Paul Heritage must be the only foreigner with a theatre inside a maximum–security Brazilian prison named after him. He was recently knighted by the Brazilian government, but having his name attached to Brasilia‘s infamous Papuda jail appears to be a more significant accolade for >>>


      SLIM SNAPS UP TIM PERU
      FT, 15-08-2005
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      THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE UNEXPECTED
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 When Dilip Soman walks into a supermarket, shopping is often the last thing on his mind. A professor of marketing at the University of Toronto‘s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, Prof Soman is likely to be more interested in how shoppers react to shelf layouts and types of packag >>>


      ACEH ON THE BRINK OF A LONG–AWAITED PEACE DEAL
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Indonesia and separatist rebels from the country‘s tsunami–stricken Aceh province are expected today to sign a landmark peace agreement widely seen as the best opportunity yet for ending one of the world‘s longest–running conflicts.

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      ELECTION PUTS FRAGILE PEACE DEAL IN MUSLIM REGION AT RISK
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 A key ally of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has won the governorship of the semi–autonomous Muslim region of Mindanao, in a vote seen as a test of the government‘s ability to hold credible elections amid vote–rigging allegations against her.

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      GUY DE JONQUIèRES÷ YUDHOYONO MUST DELIVER
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 1 2005 20÷23 A bookish former general who had twice served as minister in the shambolic and discredited governments that followed the end of 33 years of military rule in 1''', he was at best an enigma and at worst an object of suspicion.

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      INDONESIA AGREES TO ACEH PEACE FORCE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 3 2005 03÷00 Indonesia has agreed to a structure that would see the European Union chairing a 220–strong peace–monitoring force in the tsunami–stricken province of Aceh, likely to be led by a senior adviser to Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief.

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      INDONESIA QUERIES EU ACEH MISSION MEMBERS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      July 2' 2005 01÷16 While European diplomats maintain that the mission of some 200 unarmed monitors will be EU–led, Juwono Sudarsono, Indonesia‘s defence minister, yesterday said Jakarta wanted it to be drawn equally from the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean).

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      IT FAKES THOUGHT TO COST COMPANIES $100BN A YEAR
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 As many as one in 10 IT products sold worldwide may be counterfeit, costing global technology companies as much as $100bn in lost revenue annually, according to a new report from KPMG, the auditing group.

Furthermore, counterfeiting typically results in inferior products reaching t >>>


      KOIZUMI PONDERS CRITICAL WAR SHRINE VISIT
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Junichiro Koizumi, Japan‘s prime minister, will today take a critical decision on whether to visit Tokyo‘s controversial Yasukuni shrine on the 60th anniversary of the country‘s second world war surrender.

By visiting Yasukuni, Mr Koizumi would risk further angeri >>>


      MANUFACTURER CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE USE OF BIRD–FLU VACCINE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 One of the world‘s leading vaccine manufacturers is seeking the rapid deployment to those at risk of a product it claims could prevent bird flu developing into a lethal human pandemic.

Rino Rappuoli, chief scientific officer and head of research at Chiron, the US–based >>>


      SCRAMBLE FOR ASIAN TEXTILES WORKERS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      June 7 2005 22÷18 Textile manufacturers looking to avoid curbs on Chinese exports by expanding their operations in Hong Kong and Macao are facing shortages of cheap, qualified labour.

Executives say they are struggling to find affordable people with the appropriate skills in Hong Kong and are hamstrung >>>


      SINGAPORE PRESIDENT WINS NEW TERM AS ELECTIONS PANEL DISQUALIFIES RIVAL
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 S.R. Nathan will return unopposed to a second six–year term as Singapore‘s president after a government–appointed elections panel disqualified an independent candidate, dashing hopes for the city–state‘s first open presidential election since 1''3.
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      SOONER OR LATER CHINA WILL EMBRACE DEMOCRACY
      FT, 15-08-2005
      June 7 2005 03÷00 Faced with a rising tide of Chinese exports, the US and Europe have spent a lot of time worrying about China‘s economy. They have given less attention to its domestic politics, reasoning that with the Communist party in power there is no foreseeable chance of a change to the status quo.< >>>


      SRI LANKA‘S FALTERING PEACE PROCESS GETS BOOST
      FT, 15-08-2005
      June 24 2005 12÷22 Six months after the December 26 tsunami killed more than 31,000 in Sri Lanka, the joint mechanism will help bring international aid to parts of the north and east of the country that are under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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      TAMIL TERRORISTS ACCUSED OF POLITICAL KILLING
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 President Chandrika Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka last night blamed outlawed Tamil terrorists for the murder of Lakshman Kadirgamar, the country‘s foreign minister who was gunned down at his home on Friday.

Mrs Kumaratunga said investigations showed "the clear responsibility >>>


      TAMIL TIGERS‘ WARNING FUELS WAR FEARS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      July 13 2005 01÷24 "We cannot exercise patience while our cadres and civilians are being killed, maimed and threatened by the military intelligence wing in the military controlled areas," S.P. Thamilselvan, the Tamil Tigers‘ political head, told Hagrup Haukland, the head of the Colombo–bas >>>


      ACEH ROLE FORCE BOOSTS EU‘S FOREIGN POLICY CREDENTIALS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 17÷24 The Indonesian government and Aceh separatist leaders on Monday signed a peace agreement in Helsinki ending three decades of fighting in the Indonesian province, devastated by last December‘s tsunami. An international monitoring force was appointed to oversee the disarmament of separa >>>


      DOLLAR REBOUND GIVES INVESTORS COSTLY SHOCK
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 20÷40 Pension funds, trend–following hedge funds and private investors are all believed to have been hit this year because of the US dollar‘s unexpected strength.

But more nimble investors, including many hedge funds, are now believed to have recouped most of their losses.
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      EU RETAILERS ANGERED BY CHINA TEXTILE QUOTA
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 21÷58 European retailers are sharpening their attack on the European Union‘s decision to restrict textile exports from China amid evidence that blocked shipments of sweaters could lose them â/¬800m ($''4m) in retail sales during the autumn and winter trading season.
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      EUROPEAN HIRING RECOVERY LIFTS PROFITS AT MICHAEL PAGE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005
08÷51 Michael Page, the financial specialist recruitment group, reaped the benefits from a recovering market in Europe as it reported a jump of 7' per cent in interim pre–tax profits on Monday.

"While the UK, Asia Pacific and the Americas continued to grow strongly, th >>>


      FEARS FOR EUROPE AS BIRD FLU SPREADS WEST
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 18÷27 The bird flu virus has spread west to a sixth Russian region, increasing fears that it could be carried to Europe.

Russia‘s agriculture ministry said on Monday the virus had been found in a village in the Chelyabinsk region, on the eastern slopes of the Ural mountains, which >>>


      GERMANY‘S HOTEL INDUSTRY STRUGGLES TO KEEP MATCH–FIT
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 A gleaming glass–and–steel circle – the world‘s first round building, according to its designers – is a stunning addition to the west end of Frankfurt‘s proud skyline.

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      GUY DE JONQUIèRES÷ YUDHOYONO MUST DELIVER
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 1 2005 20÷23 A bookish former general who had twice served as minister in the shambolic and discredited governments that followed the end of 33 years of military rule in 1''', he was at best an enigma and at worst an object of suspicion.

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      INDONESIA AGREES TO ACEH PEACE FORCE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 3 2005 03÷00 Indonesia has agreed to a structure that would see the European Union chairing a 220–strong peace–monitoring force in the tsunami–stricken province of Aceh, likely to be led by a senior adviser to Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief.

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      INDONESIA QUERIES EU ACEH MISSION MEMBERS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      July 2' 2005 01÷16 While European diplomats maintain that the mission of some 200 unarmed monitors will be EU–led, Juwono Sudarsono, Indonesia‘s defence minister, yesterday said Jakarta wanted it to be drawn equally from the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean).

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      ING CHIEF EXECUTIVE WARNS OF €?REGULATORY FATIGUE‘
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 22÷00 ING, one of Europe‘s largest financial institutions, has warned of "regulatory fatigue" as banks and insurers struggle to apply a wave of new rules.

In an interview with the Financial Times, ING‘s chief executive Michel Tilmant said that the burden of corporat >>>


      LUMILEDS TAKEOVER LIGHTS WAY FOR PHILIPS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 18÷16 Philips is to buy back up to â/¬1.5bn ($1.8bn) worth of shares and acquire almost total control of a high–tech lighting business set up in a joint venture with Agilent.

The Dutch technology group will spend â/¬765m in cash on the California–based com >>>


      SCHRODER WARNS US AGAINST MILITARY ACTION
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, has called on the US to leave "the military option off the table" in its dispute with Iran, in a speech aimed at boosting his re–election campaign.

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      SWEDEN‘S HEXAGON RAISES OFFER FOR LEICA GEOSYSTEMS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 0'÷45 Hexagon, the Swedish engineering group, has raised its hostile bid for Leica Geosystems by 31.4 per cent surpassing the offer from rival Danaher of the US last month.

As a result of the bid, Leica shares jumped over 11 per cent to SFr572 in early trading.

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      WOLFGANG MUNCHAU÷ AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL CHOICE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 18÷45 The outcome of the country‘s general election will have deep reverberations in the European Union. A vote for reform would encourage reformers in other EU member states and strengthen the European Commission in its efforts to liberalise goods and services markets. It would alter the E >>>


      XSTRATA BUYS STAKE IN FALCONBRIDGE FOR C$2BN
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 0'÷02 Xstrata, the London–listed mining company, has bought a 1'.' per cent stake in Falconbridge from Brascan, the Canadian real estate group, for C$2bn (US$1.67bn) in cash, in a move to boost its commodity portfolio.

The Swiss–based group said it may consider ma >>>


      DISAFFECTED WESTERN GERMANS LOOK TO LEFT PARTY
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 "There are 5m Germans living in a dictatorship today," says Martin Wendland, a 48–year old unemployed journalist. "I am one of them." When Germany goes to the polls on September 18, this social democrat who has been unemployed for four years says he will "relu >>>


      GREECE PROBES AIRCRAFT CRASH
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Investigators were yesterday examining the possibility that a sudden drop in cabin pressure caused a Greek Cypriot airliner to crash outside Athens, killing all 121 passengers and crew.

The Boeing 737–800, operated by Cyprus–based Helios Airways, plunged into a hillside >>>


      SCHRODER WARNS US AGAINST MILITARY ACTION
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, has called on the US to leave "the military option off the table" in its dispute with Iran, in a speech aimed at boosting his re–election campaign.

By addressing rising fears about military escalation in the Middle Ea >>>


      DISCORD ON CONSTITUTION DOGS IRAQI LEADERS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Iraqi leaders last night continued to argue over critical issues, including federalism and the role of religion in the state, ahead of today‘s deadline for the submission of the country‘s new constitution.

The National Assembly is scheduled to convene today at the unusu >>>


      ISRAELI SETTLERS RESIGNED TO PROSPECT OF IMMINENT GAZA STRIP EXPULSION
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Religious settlers in Gaza yesterday observed the annual fast of Tisha B‘Av that recalls a catalogue of Jewish tragedies over the centuries and to which, no doubt, in future years they will append the trauma of their own expulsion.

As worshippers chanted biblical lamentations >>>


      MINISTERIAL NOMINATIONS POINT TO ATTACK ON IRAN REFORM
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 03÷00 Mahmoud Ahmadi–Nejad, Iran‘s president, yesterday introduced his cabinet to parliament for a vote of confidence, with his choice of candidates reflecting a conservative shift in political and international priorities but continuity in economic policies.

Many of the 21 n >>>


      MULTIPLE SUICIDE ATTACKS HIT IRAQ
      FT, 15-08-2005
      – Ten suicide car bombers exploded in a series of apparently coordinated attacks across the Iraqi capital on Friday, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, police sources said.

All appeared to target US or Iraqi security forces, police said. Reuters journalists saw the aftermath of five. >>>


      A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME FOR GERMANY
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 18÷43 The four–star SAS Radisson, complete with 428 bedrooms, two ballrooms and seven conference rooms, is part of a wave of new hotels being constructed at breakneck speed across the country in the run–up to next year‘s football World Cup, which kicks off on June '.

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      AGILENT FAILS TO BOLSTER WALL STREET
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 15÷25 Wall Street made a torpid start to the week on Monday despite a dip in oil prices, big restructuring news and a share buyback from Agilent.

The S&P 500 was down 0.1 per cent at 1,228.84 and the Nasdaq Composite was down a similar extent at 2,155.04. The Dow Jones Industrial Ave >>>


      AGILENT SET TO SELL CHIP UNIT FOR $2.66BN
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 21÷54 Agilent is set to announce the $2.66bn sale of its semiconductor unit on Monday as part of a broader restructuring of the technology testing and measurement equipment business.

The sale, to Silver Lake Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, is the second–biggest buy–out >>>


      AGILENT SHARES LEAP ON JOB CUTS AND DISPOSALS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 18÷53 Shares in Agilent Technologies shot up about 12 per cent on Monday after the world‘s largest testing equipment maker agreed to jettison several business lines, including its semiconductor unit, and eliminate 1,300 jobs as part of a restructuring plan that will cut costs by $450m.
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      CHINESE STEELMAKERS OUTLINE PLANS TO MERGE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 16÷30 Angang Iron and Steel Group, the second largest Chinese steel company, said it had agreed to join forces with Bengang Steel, number five in the Chinese rankings, following more than a year of negotiations. The new company will rival industry leader Baosteel.

The rest of this articl >>>


      DELTA INVESTORS BRACE FOR LATE FILING
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 18÷44 Delta Air Lines awaited an update on the carrier‘s most recent efforts to avoid a slide into Chapter 11. Delta was on Monday expected to provide further details of its second–quarter results and outlook in a belated quarterly report to US regulators.

Meanwhile, investor >>>


      DOLLAR HOLDS FIRM AHEAD OF CAPITAL FLOWS DATA
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 12÷11 The US dollar enjoyed continued resilience in European morning trade on Monday ahead of June‘s US Treasury International Capital data due later in the day.

The greenback edged higher from last week‘s two–month lows against the euro despite June‘s US trade de >>>


      EUROPEAN HIRING RECOVERY LIFTS PROFITS AT MICHAEL PAGE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005
08÷51 Michael Page, the financial specialist recruitment group, reaped the benefits from a recovering market in Europe as it reported a jump of 7' per cent in interim pre–tax profits on Monday.

"While the UK, Asia Pacific and the Americas continued to grow strongly, th >>>


      EUROZONE BONDS HIGHER ON ECONOMIC GROWTH CONCERS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 12÷58 Eurozone government bonds and UK gilts were higher in thin trading on Monday on concerns that oil prices, which continued to flirt with record highs, may be affecting economic growth.

As prices rose during afternoon trading in London, the 10–year Bund yield lost 0.7 basis poin >>>


      FTSE MOVES HIGHER IN MORNING TRADE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 0'÷15 London equities markets moved higher in morning trade on Monday, gathering some momentum as hopes for a bidding war for the LSE were rekindled and traders reacted well to a big deal in the mining sector.

The FTSE 100 moved 0.4 per cent higher at 5,367.0 and the mid–cap FT >>>


      ING CHIEF EXECUTIVE WARNS OF €?REGULATORY FATIGUE‘
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 22÷00 ING, one of Europe‘s largest financial institutions, has warned of "regulatory fatigue" as banks and insurers struggle to apply a wave of new rules.

In an interview with the Financial Times, ING‘s chief executive Michel Tilmant said that the burden of corporat >>>


      IT FAKES THOUGHT TO COST COMPANIES $100BN A YEAR
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 14 2005 20÷03 As many as one in 10 IT products sold worldwide may be counterfeit, costing global technology companies as much as $100bn in lost revenue annually, according to a new report from KPMG, the auditing group.

Furthermore, counterfeiting typically results in inferior products reaching t >>>


      LOWE‘S PROFITS GROWTH BEATS FORECASTS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 16÷00 Lowe‘s increase its second quarter net profits by a better–than–expected 20 per cent.

The results underlined Lowe‘s status as one of the fastest–growing US retailers as it challenges Home Depot for dominance of the home improvement sector.

The >>>


      LUMILEDS TAKEOVER LIGHTS WAY FOR PHILIPS
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 18÷16 Philips is to buy back up to â/¬1.5bn ($1.8bn) worth of shares and acquire almost total control of a high–tech lighting business set up in a joint venture with Agilent.

The Dutch technology group will spend â/¬765m in cash on the California–based com >>>


      MACQUARIE BANK MAY BID FOR LSE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 04÷07 Macquarie Bank, the Australian investment bank, announced on Monday that it was interested in making a bid for the London Stock Exchange, the bourse which last year rejected a £1.3bn (US$2.4bn) merger offer from its German rival.

"Macquarie, as is always the case, is co >>>


      MARKET INSIGHT÷ BATTERED CARMAKERS REGAIN SHINE
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 16÷0' General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, the US arm of Germany‘s DaimlerChrysler, have all been clearing out dealer forecourts with blow–out deals usually only available to employees. And it has worked÷ sales at Ford last month boomed 2' per cent year–on–yea >>>


      MIXED START FOR EUROPE‘S BOURSES
      FT, 15-08-2005
      August 15 2005 08÷28 European shares edged higher on Monday despite oil prices remaining close to record nominal highs and stocks on Wall Street finishing in negative territory on Friday.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 gained 0.1 per cent to 1,1'3.2', while London‘s FTSE 100 was flat at 5,346.8, >>>



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