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      STUDENTS SPREAD KNOWLEDGE ON SMALL SCREEN
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, once said, "To develop a knowledge economy, we need to create knowledge workers." What a group of 250 Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) students has been doing this >>>


      THE STATE–OF–THE–ART SUPPLY CHAIN
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Financial Times Scores of children were disappointed last Christmas as demand for RoboAsapiens, the must–have toy of 2004, outstripped supply. Many of their parents had their own moment of disappointment, too, as the fashionable iPod mini flew off the shelves faster than it could be replaced.

Given the s >>>


      THE WORLD IS NOT FLAT
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Financial Times In modern management thinking, "the flatter the organisation the better".

According to this adage, organisations with very few levels of hierarchy and little in the way of middle management have all the virtues.

Compared with older structures, they are supposed to be less bur >>>


      WHY ARE AMERICAN WORKERS LEFT OUT OF CORPORATE PROFIT BOOM?
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      The Christian Science Monitor Think back to the last time the American economy was rapidly rolling forward÷ output growing more than 4 per cent a year, millions of new jobs were created, and unemployment on a downward slope.

Yes, the 1''0s was a golden economic era. But the description refers to >>>


      24–HOUR INTERACTIVE TV CHANNEL BY STUDENTS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Students of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) are to set up a dedicated 24–hour interactive television channel, which is to become part of the E–Vision package, said a student leader.

The idea of the channel is rooted in the success of their latest v >>>


      BUSINESSMAN SERVES NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF INDIAN BODY
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A senior Indian businessman yesterday served legal notice to six members of the Indian Association Dubai.

Bharatbhai Shah, who served the legal notice, told Gulf News that he is challenging his expulsion from the association on March 6.

He said he was the >>>


      COMPANIES PAY MINISTRY DH22M IN A MONTH
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Companies paid more than Dh22 million to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the past month Dh15 million above the average, to clear outstanding fines before fees rise in a new system of categorising companies and charging them accordingly.

The ministry anno >>>


      DON‘T FALL FOR TEXT SCAM, MANILA CAUTIONS FILIPINOS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A Philippine Government council has issued a warning to all Filipinos in the UAE to beware of a text scam targeting overseas Filipino workers here and elsewhere.

The warning issued by the Anti–Money Laundering Council in the Philippines stated the scam worked >>>


      DRUG LINKED TO SUICIDE DEATHS AVAILABLE IN UAE
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ An antidepressant which is linked to increased suicidal deaths remains available in the UAE and physicians say antidepressants have always been linked to suicidal thoughts.

Patients need to be well monitored whilst on prescription antidepressants and suicidal >>>


      EXPATRIATES STILL NEED NOC TO CHANGE JOBS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Nissar Hoath, Bassam Za‘za‘ and Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporters Abu Dhabi/Dubai÷ The Ministry of Interior yesterday announced that it has stopped stamping the ban on the passports of expatriate workers in the private sector whose residence visas have been cancelled.

A senior government offici >>>


      GLOBAL CAMPAIGN PLANNED FOR BEST PRACTICES AWARD
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      WAM Dubai÷ Dubai Municipality plans to launch an international media campaign to promote submissions for next year‘s Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment.

The campaign was announced by Qasim Sultan, Director–General of Dubai Municipality and chairman >>>


      HOW TO STOP THOSE RUBBERNECKERS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Creating a fine for errant drivers is all very well but only if the law is enforced Traffic accidents are bad enough, but the congestion caused is worse when people slow down or stop to stare. Regrettably, this is a common phenomenon and, despite warnings not to do so, drivers still want to see what is causing the acti >>>


      INTERNET SERVICES MAY BE BACK TO NORMAL ON FRIDAY
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Etisalat is hoping that internet services in the UAE will be back to normal by Friday after repair work on two cables damaged during bad weather is completed.

Internet connections going through Etisalat have been slow since the beginning of the month after eight >>>


      LIFTING OF IMMIGRATION BAN WELCOMED
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The decision to lift the immigration ban that came into effect on Sunday has brought nothing new except that it enables people to return to the country on a visit visa, said residents.

Earlier expatriates would get an automatic ban if they cancelled th >>>


      MOHAMMAD MOST ADMIRED LEADER IN ARAB WORLD
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      WAM Dubai÷ General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, has been voted the Arab world‘s most admired leader, according to an online poll conducted by the AME Info in association with the international leadership summit Leaders in Dubai.

Ahmed Kutty/Gu >>>


      MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN ACCIDENT
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief Al Ain÷ A motorcycle rider lost his life in a road accident when a light dumper vehicle hit him at the Clock Interchange on Shaikh Zayed 1st Street in Al Ain, according to hospital sources.

The deceased, Mohammad Afzal, a middle–aged Pakistani expatriate, was waiting a >>>


      MUSIC BUFFS NOT KEEN ON PAYING TO SHARE SONG FILES
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Music fans in the UAE say a new service that allows people to share tracks legally will have little impact on the widespread illegal copying of music.

People will not want to pay to share their favourite music when it is still easy to do it free, even if it is i >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      WAM and staff reports Leaders send greetings to Slovak presidentAbu Dhabi – President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory cable to Ivan Gasparovic, President of Slovakia, on the occasion of his country‘s national day. His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, V >>>


      ONE STOP TOO MANY FOR IRATE GUARD
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A guard tried to pull out all the stops to get to work on time. And threw in some punches as well for good measure.

A private bus driver was doing his rounds, picking up workers to take them to work. A guard was among the employees on the bus, but he w >>>


      REPORTER DETAINED WHILE TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ A local reporter was detained and taken to the security office by officials at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs after he tried to take photographs of Public Relations Officers crowding into the ground floor hall to clear their fines.

A security official, who said the reporte >>>


      SHIP‘S CAPTAIN FOUND LIABLE FOR MAN‘S DEATH IS SENT TO PRISON
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A ship‘s captain, who was found guilty of accidentally causing a worker‘s death, has received a jail sentence.

A 50–year–old Indian drowned under a pile of wooden stacks after falling into the sea when a boat listed at Jebel Ali >>>


      SPECIAL TEAM SAVES THREE LIVES
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Staff Report Abu Dhabi÷ The Quick Intervention Team at the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence has saved the lives of two UAE nationals from suffocation after they were trapped in a fire in the Powerhouse area in Abu Dhabi.

The team used modern ventilation devices to clear the heavy smoke resulting from the fire, a >>>


      STUDENTS BRIEFED ON LIFE IN UK
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ About 35 UAE–based students who are heading for British universities attended pre–departure briefings at the British Council in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The free–to–attend briefings were organised to help familiarise students with their time in the UK such as the >>>


      STUDY CALLS FOR CONTINGENCY PLAN TO DEAL WITH BIRD FLU VIRUS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Nissar Hoath, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi÷ The outbreak of bird flu in South East and Central Asia poses a new threat to the Middle East, including the UAE, says a study prepared by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.

According to the study, though the majority of wild birds that come to the UAE are from >>>


      THE FAST TRACK TO CONVENIENCE
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      A one–stop shop, to speed up immigration transactions, will enhance UAEs image A Special Services Office is about to be set up at the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department for faster and easier processing of all immigration and naturalisation transactions.

The one–stop shop, being set u >>>


      UAE FILES DOCUMENT BEFORE JOINING CONVENTION
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      WAM New York÷ The UAE Government on Monday lodged with the United Nations a document of its official accession to the convention for the suppression of unlawful acts against the safety of maritime navigation and the protocol for the suppression of unlawful acts against the safety of fixed platforms located on th >>>


      UAE IS REPATRIATING CHILD CAMEL JOCKEYS IN LINE WITH NEW LAW
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi÷ Unicef announced this month that the UAE is acting to implement a new law that bans children camel jockeys for the traditional camel racing sport, according an online report in arabicnews.com.

On August 11, the first group of Bangladeshi camel jockeys was repatriated from the UAE and arri >>>


      WAREHOUSE ROBBER GETS JAIL TERM
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A merchant has been jailed for stealing 284 mobile phones, worth more than a quarter of a million dirhams, which were later found in his villa.

The 27–year–old Azerbaijani merchant, identified as M.Z., will have to spend six months in priso >>>


      WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN ...
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Ahmed Kutty, Gulf News Photographer Al Ain÷ A view from the top of Jebel Hafeet, which stands to the south of Al Ain, close to the border with Oman.

Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

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      1,100 KILOS OF EXPLOSIVES FOUND
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Security forces said on Monday they had unearthed 1,100kg of explosives stashed in an abandoned sack–cloth factory in northern Lebanon.

Security forces raided the factory in the village of Bchinnine and secured the explosives, but said much of the stash appeared old and degraded.

It was >>>


      300 HELD IN CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL WORKERS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha÷ More than 300 Nepalese workers have been arrested over the past two weeks as the immigration authorities increased checks over illegal workers, a diplomat said here yesterday.

The crackdown prompted the Nepalese diplomatic mission to accuse employers of denyi >>>


      BAHRAIN PM CALLS FOR CONSOLIDATING NATIONAL UNITY
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama÷ The emphasis of the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, on genuine allegiance to the nation and the prevalence of the state‘s higher interests is a clear message to all those who try to disparage Bahrain‘s achievements, a senior official yesterda >>>


      BUSH AND RUMSFELD DEFEND IRAQ MISSION
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Connelly, Idaho ÷ US President George Bush has sought to counter anti–war protesters and sagging public opinion about the war in Iraq.

Bush said the United States needs to complete its mission there to protect American security and that a withdrawal would weaken the United States.

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      CONTRADITIONS OVER IRAQ CONSTITUTION
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari has claimed that complete agreement has almost been reached on the draft constitution.

However, his claims were disputed by Sunni delegates who said the document was devisive and would be rejected when put to a national referendum.

Key poin >>>


      FIVE INJURED AS BLAST SHAKES NORTH BEIRUT SHOPPING CENTRE
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP Beirut÷ A powerful explosion late Monday rocked a shopping centre and hotel in the Zalka neighbourhood in north Beirut, injuring at least five people and causing extensive damage, security officials said.

Heavily armed Lebanese soldiers cordoned off the area, punching and hitting journalists to keep >>>


      GAZA NOW NEEDS WORKING PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT, SAYS BUSH
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters US President George W. Bush said yesterday the next step after Israel‘s withdrawal from Gaza would be establishing a working Palestinian government there and suggested more confidence–building was needed before jumpstarting the road map peace process.

Israel completes planned pullout Gaza n >>>


      IRAN WANTS TO PLANT AN ‘ISLAMIC POLE‘
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Amir Taheri, Special to Gulf News When he launched the liberation of Iraq in 2003, US President George W.

Bush promised to help the greater Middle East, the Muslim heartland from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, to bury a despotic past and build a democratic future. As if on cue, political elites throughou >>>


      IRAQI GOVERNMENT RULES OUT MAJOR CHANGES TO DRAFT CHARTER
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Baghdad÷ Iraq‘s Shi‘ite–led government yesterday ruled out any major change to a draft constitution that parliament looks set to pass this week in the teeth of Sunni objections that it could ignite civil war.

Key points in the draft Sunnis refuse to budge on charter Major chang >>>


      ISRAEL COMPLETES PLANNED PULLOUT
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Homesh, West Bank÷ Israel completed a withdrawal of 15,000 Jewish colonists and supporters from occupied land yesterday after police ejected ultranationalist protesters making last stands in two West Bank enclaves.

Israel completes planned pullout Gaza now needs working Palestinian government, s >>>


      ISRAELI CUPS CAUSE OUTRAGE IN SAUDI HOSPITAL
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Riyadh÷ There was uproar in a Saudi Arabian hospital on Saturday when medical staff and hospital employees found out that the paper cups they were drinking from came from Israel.

The catering subcontractor began to use the cups, which had Hebrew writing on them, when his usual supply ran out re >>>


      KEY POINTS IN THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP Chapter One, Article One÷ The Republic of Iraq is an independent state Article Two÷ The political system is republican, parliamentary, democratic and federal.

Islam is a main source for legislation. No law may contradict Islamic standards. No law may contradict democratic standards. No law may >>>


      MAN GETS PLASTIC SURGERY TO LOOK LIKE ARABIC POP STAR
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Dubai÷ A overzealous fan, obsessed with the Lebanese singing sensation, Nancy Ajram, has undergone several plastic surgery operations so that he can look more like her.

Nancy Ajram It flatters me that a young man would go to such extremes to look like me, the Qatari based daily newspaper Al Ray >>>


      POLITICAL SOCIETIES PLAN TO MEET KING OVER NEW LAW
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama÷ Political societies are considering requests to meet His Majesty King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa and Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa to explain their reservations about the newly–promulgated Law of Associations.

Religious leaders, human right >>>


      SADDAM SACKS DEFENCE TEAM
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies baghdad÷ The Iraqi Special Tribunal trying ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, has confirmed that he has sacked his entire foreign defence team keeping only his Iraqi lawyer, Khalil Dulaimi.

Key points in the draft Sunnis refuse to budge on charter Major changes to draft charter ruled out Bush and >>>


      SAUDI MINISTRY ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO STUDY IN US
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh÷ More than 10,000 Saudi students are seeking admission to American universities this year, according to Ministry of Higher Education sources.

The ministry has also expressed its readiness to send bank guarantees to prospective sponsors of students for the paymen >>>


      SIX KILLED IN BAQUBA ATTACK
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ A suicide bomber killed a US soldier, an American contractor and four Iraqi security guards in an attack on Tuesday.

Government rules out major changes Key points in the draft Contraditions over constitution Six killed in Baquba New deadline for constitution US politicians divided on I >>>


      SUNNIS REFUSE TO BUDGE ON CHARTER
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Sunni Arab leaders showed no sign of compromise as they prepared to resume talks in yet another bid by the Shiite–led government to win approval of Iraq‘s new constitution.

Key points in the draft Sunnis refuse to budge on charter Major changes to draft charter ruled out Bu >>>


      SYRIAN MILITANTS BEHIND AQABA ATTACK, SAYS JORDAN
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Amman÷ Syrian militants linked to Al Qaida‘s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, were behind last week‘s rocket attack on US warships in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordanian security officials said yesterday.

Al Zarqawi‘s group claimed responsibility for Friday‘s attack >>>


      THE IRONY IN GAZA IS STRIKING
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Manal Alafrangi, Special to Gulf News For the first time in a long time, the Israeli military has allowed the international media to report freely wherever and whatever they wanted in Gaza, as operations of evicting colonists from Palestinian land took place.

This comes as a major contrast to Israel‘s >>>


      UN PROJECT HELPS REVIVE IRAQI MARSH LANDS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Tokyo÷ The marshlands of southern Iraq have recovered to nearly 40 per cent of their former range, the United Nations said on Wednesday reporting on results of a multimillion dollar restoration project.

Key points in the draft Sunnis refuse to budge on charter Major changes to draft charter rul >>>


      US MOVES CLOSER TO FULL TIES WITH TRIPOLI
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Tripoli÷ The United States is moving closer toward normalising ties with Libya but Tripoli needs to do more to improve its human rights record and to fight terrorism, the US State Department said.

Asked whether Libya had done enough to resume full diplomatic ties with Washington and be taken off >>>


      11 DEAD AS BUILDING COLLAPSES IN MUMBAI
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Mumbai÷ At least 11 people have been killed after a four storey building collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai on Tuesday.

Around 25 people were trapped in the debris, but police and firefighters rescued them from the 100 year old building in the crowded Nagpada area of central Mumbai.

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      ADVANI MANAGES TO CALM DISSIDENTS IN JHARKHAND
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi ÷ The beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Lal Krishna Advani managed to quell growing dissention in Jharkhand.

The five independent ministers, whose support is crucial for the survival of BJP–led coalition government in the state, returned >>>


      ANGIE HITS SOUR NOTE WITH ROLLING STONES
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Warnemuende, Germany÷ Germany‘s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) turned up the volume on a controversy over a song that is the unofficial anthem of their election campaign Angie by the Rolling Stones.

Despite the song‘s dark lyrics, the CDU has been playing the 1'73 hit Ang >>>


      ARROYO USES MAJORITY TO DERAIL IMPEACHMENT MOVE
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Manila ÷ Gloria Macapagal Arroyo moved to tighten her grip on the Philippine presidency yesterday, using her overwhelming majority in Congress to frustrate opposition attempts to impeach her over allegations of wrongdoing.

Lawmakers in a committee dominated by Arroyo loyalists exchanged legal ar >>>


      BUSH TRIES TO BLUNT IRAQ CRITICISM
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Los Angeles Times–Washington Post Salt Lake City ÷ President Bush acknowledged the human toll of the Iraq war in blunt numerical terms on Monday, a gesture that advisers said was aimed in part at blunting criticism that he is not sensitive to the sacrifices imposed by his policies.

Breaking with t >>>


      CHARGING ROUND THE DEFENCE BLOCK
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      The Economist As demonstrations of military prowess go, last month‘s visits by Canadian troops and then by the defence minister, Bill Graham, to an uninhabited Arctic rock claimed also by Denmark fell firmly into the Ruritanian category.

But the planting of a Canadian flag and the erection of an Inuit st >>>


      DE MENEZES KILLING REPORT DUE IN DECEMBER
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies London÷ An inquiry into the shooting of a man mistaken for a suicide bomber on the London underground will be ready by the end of December according to Britains police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said they did not wish to hurry their report into the death of Brazilian >>>


      INDIA TRIES TO SAVE ‘SPY‘ FROM EXECUTION
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters New Delhi÷ India will try to stop the execution of an Indian man in Pakistan for spying, lawmakers said yesterday, as New Delhi sought access to the prisoner whose family said accidentally crossed the border while drunk.

New Delhi was in touch with Islamabad over the issue and Indian Prime Minis >>>


      IPCC PROMISES MENEZES REPORT BY END OF YEAR
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP London ÷ Britain‘s police watchdog agency promised yesterday to deliver a report by the end of the year on the slaying of a Brazilian man mistaken for a terrorist suspect on the subway system.

"No one would expect an investigation like this to be hurried," said Richard Latham, an atto >>>


      MADRASSAS REJECT CALL TO REGISTER
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP Islamabad ÷ Representatives of 250 Islamic seminaries in Pakistan have rejected a demand that they register their schools with the government and disclose their sources of income, a cleric said yesterday.

The representatives held a meeting in Islamabad on Monday to discuss amendments that President G >>>


      MUSHARRAF TO TALK TO JEWS ABOUT MODERATE ISLAM
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP United Nations ÷ Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has accepted an invitation from a leading Jewish organisation to speak about his campaign to promote moderate Islam among Muslims around the world, the Council for World Jewry said.

Musharraf asked Muslims in a June 2003 speech to move forward in >>>


      MYSTERY OF THE VANISHING BOYFRIEND
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP÷ Olivia Newton–John has issued a public plea for information about the mysterious disappearance of her long–term boyfriend who was last seen on a fishing boat.

Patrick Kim McDermott, 48, left the San Pedro Harbour on June 30 on an overnight fishing trip.

Coast Guard officer Natha >>>


      NEPALESE MOBILE SERVICES RESTORED
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Kathmandu÷ Pre–paid mobile phone services in Nepal – which had been suspended on an order from the king since February – were up and running again on Tuesday.

All phone and Internet services were suspended on February 1 when King Gyanendra took over power and imposed a state o >>>


      NUN‘S PARTY ANTICS EARN HER A REPRIMAND
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Brussels ÷ A Belgian nun‘s acrobatic and indecorous dancing with a missionary during the Catholic World Youth Day in Germany over the weekend earned her a reprimand from her mother superior, a Belgian paper said yesterday.

Daily Het Laatste Nieuws showed pictures of a dancing Johanne Verto >>>


      PERUVIAN AIR CRASH KILLS 37
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Agencies Lima÷ At least 41 people died when a plane heading for an Amazonian rain forest city crash landed in the north eastern Peruvian jungle.
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      POULTRY PRODUCERS TOLD TO WATCH FOR BIRD FLU
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Paris ÷ France said yesterday there was a limited risk of European contamination of bird flu from wild birds migrating from Russia, but asked French poultry producers to be on their guard for any sign of illness among their flocks.

The Agriculture Ministry said in a statement it had written to p >>>


      PRESIDENT READY TO CUT SHORT HER TERM
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila ÷ President Gloria Arroyo has offered to cut short her term ahead of 2010 if it is a condition imposed by former president Joseph Estrada in the proposed reconciliation plan, a cabinet member and spokesman said.

"President Arroyo has been keeping an open >>>


      SECURITY FORCES ARREST 10 SUSPECTED AFGHAN MILITANTS
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP Peshawar ÷ Security forces arrested 10 suspected Afghan militants in a northwestern tribal region in Pakistan, and in a separate raid seized weapons along with women‘s wigs and clothes from a suspected Islamic school, the military said.

No one was in the seminary when it was raided late on Sund >>>


      TERRORISTS ‘MAY POSE AS HOMELESS‘
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      AP Washington ÷ Asking for increased vigilance in the wake of the London bombings, the US government is warning that terrorists may pose as vagrants to conduct surveillance of buildings and mass transit stations to plot future attacks.

"In light of the recent bombings in London, it is crucial that >>>


      THE RULES OF THE GAME HAVE CHANGED
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Charles Clarke Since July 7, Londoners have shown remarkable resilience in the face of understandable fear caused by that outrage and the subsequent terror attack on the capital. Friends, families and communities have stood shoulder to shoulder in their determination to continue their lives and uphold their way of l >>>


      UNIFORM RESPONSE
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      By Jo Johnson Discreet advertisements in some newspapers in Pakistan this week told a story in themselves. The government announced a tender for image consultants for the Pakistan Image Project, an embryonic initiative that aims to shift negative perceptions about the country in the international media.

Consul >>>


      VICTIM OF GANG RAPE CHEERS GRASS ROOTS DEMOCRACY
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Reuters Meerwala, Pakistan ÷ Last week, the women of a Pakistani village infamous for a gang rape did something that gave the victim, Mukhtaran Mai, hope for the future÷ They voted.

Wrapped in a shawl embroidered by herself and wearing traditional shalwar kameez, a baggy shirt and trousers, Mai w >>>


      WHY IS TALIBAN HOLDING ITS FIRE?
      Gulf News, 24-08-2005
      Afghans investing in democracy must be wary of the resurgent forces Some 24' seats are up for grabs in the Wolesi Jirga and another 34 in provincial councils as campaigning for elections to Afghanistan‘s first parliament gets under way. So far the 11 million voters have 6,000 candidates to choose from. But vo >>>


      ‘RAW AGENT‘ CASE NOT OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY÷ PAK
      , 24-08-2005
      Updated÷ Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 2237 hours IST New Delhi, August 23÷ Virtually ruling out that Sarabjit Singh, whose death sentence was upheld by the Pakistan Supreme Court, was a case of mistaken identity, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M. Kasuri on Tuesday night said the matter has been in cour >>>


      INDIA INTO OVERDRIVE TO SAVE SARABJIT
      , 24-08-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 1120 hours IST New Delhi, August 24÷ Parliamentarians said India would try to stop the execution of an Indian held in Pakistan for 15 years for spying, and the man‘s family said he had merely crossed the border accidentally while drunk.

Prime Minister >>>


      LATE TO PARTY, GOOGLE OFFERS VOICE MESSAGING
      , 24-08-2005
      San Francisco, August 24÷ Google Inc is set to offer on Wednesday its own instant message and Web–based phone calling system, joining a crowded field of established rivals in a nearly decade–old computer communications craze.

The world leader in Internet search confirmed sketchy reports on T >>>


      LETS DUBAI CHIEF HELD IN DELHI÷ COPS
      , 24-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 23÷ The Dubai chief of Lashkar–e–Toiba, who has links with Osama Bin Ladens Al–Qaeda network has been arrested in the Capital, the police said today.

Abdul Razzak Masood, wanted in a Sai Baba temple bomb blast case in Hyderabad, helped recruit insurgents for attacks >>>


      MAKING PEOPLE WEAR A SMILE, GIVING THEM WHAT THEY WANT÷ SHAH RUKH KHAN
      , 24-08-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 1135 hours IST As far as I am concerned, India is one hundred per cent empowered. Maybe if you take a high–end view, then you may feel that our country is still to be empowered. But I‘m an optimistic guy, I view the whole thing from the ideology of Indians.
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      MCGRATH MAY MISS FOURTH ASHES TEST
      , 24-08-2005
      London, August 24÷ Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath is an injury doubt for the fourth Ashes test against England in Nottingham starting on Thursday.

McGrath experienced pain in his right elbow during a practice session on Tuesday and was sent for a scan.

More Sport Headlines People who rea >>>


      PERU JET CRASHES IN JUNGLE, AT LEAST 40 DEAD
      , 24-08-2005
      Lima, Peru, August 24÷ A Peruvian passenger jet crashed during a severe storm in Peru‘s northeastern jungle on Tuesday, killing at least 40 people, police said.

State–run airline TANS said its Boeing 737–200 plane with 100 people aboard made an emergency landing without its landing gea >>>


      RSS FOR BJP REVAMP, FLOATS TRIAL BALLOON
      , 24-08-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 1126 hours IST New Delhi, August 24÷ As part of its efforts to re–establish control over the BJP, the RSS is keen to change the partys organisational structure from a presidential to an elected system, sources indicated.

The RSS, which is unha >>>


      TRINA CHAKRAVARTY CROWNED MISS INDIA USA
      , 24-08-2005
      Washington, August 24÷ Trina Chakravarty of Florida, was crowned Miss India USA 2005 at a dazzling function organised at the prestigious Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida, Trina is a first year student at the University of Florida.

Her hobbies include Indian classical dance and she plans to become a surgeon. Tri >>>


      ANIMAL TESTING BACKED BY 500 SCIENTISTS
      Reuters UK, 24-08-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – More than 500 leading scientists and doctors gave their backing to animal testing on Wednesday, a day after a farm targeted by activists said it would stop breeding guinea pigs for medical research.

The declaration, drawn up by the Research Defence Society (RDS), said a >>>


      EX–CORRIE STAR QUINTEN IN COURT ON RAPE CHARGE
      Reuters UK, 24-08-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – Former Coronation Street actor Christopher Quinten will appear in court on Wednesday charged with the rape of a woman in a London nightclub.

Quinten, 48, will appear at Horseferry Road Magistrates Court in London. He is charged with raping a woman in her 20s in a centra >>>


      GOVERNMENT PRESENTS PLANS TO BAN HATE PREACHERS
      Reuters UK, 24-08-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – The government on Wednesday unveiled the criteria it will use to bar foreigners it believes inspire terrorism as part of a broad crackdown on Islamist preachers after last month‘s bombings in London.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke published a list of "unaccept >>>


      GOVT TO UNVEIL NEW MEASURES AGAINST HATE PREACHERS
      Reuters UK, 24-08-2005
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By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) – The government will on Wednesday unveil measures to rid the country of radical clerics who could inspire bombers like those who attacked London last month as part of a broad crackdown on Islamist preachers.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke will publish >>>


      LONDON BOMBERS TRIGGERED BLASTS BY HAND÷ PAPER
      Reuters UK, 24-08-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – Four suicide bombers who killed 52 people in attacks on London‘s transport network on July 7 triggered the blasts by hand rather than by mobile phones as previously suggested, a British newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Guardian, citing unidentified senior poli >>>


      POLICE RECEIVE HUGE RESPONSE IN DEAD BOY INQUIRY
      Reuters UK, 24-08-2005
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LONDON (Reuters) – Scottish police investigating the murder of 11–year–old schoolboy Rory Blackhall said on Wednesday they had received an outstanding response from the public and asked for a blonde woman spotted in the area to come forward.

Blackhall, from Livingston, disappe >>>


      FOREIGN MINISTRY LAUNCHES ‘‘ELEMENTS OF INTEREST FOR BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT‘‘ WEB PAGE
      Rompres, 24-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 23 /Rompres/ – The web page titled ‘‘ ‘Elements of interest for business environment‘‘ was launched on Tuesday on the Foreign
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      BEIJING&#8217;S GREAT GAME – DON&#8217;T EXPECT CHINA TO BE ETHICAL ON OIL – UNTIL THE US IS.
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      Aug 24, 2005 (London) This weeks Dollars 4.18bn (Pounds 2.3bn) bid by state–owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) for PetroKazakhstan, the Canada–based central Asian oil group, helps to illustrate two important truths about the world energy business today.

First, Chinas eagerness to buy access >>>


      KIIR&#8217;S HUMILITY SECURED THE JANUARY PEACE DEAL
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      by Jacob J. Akol, The East African. Aug 23, 2005 (Nairobi) If Salva Kiir Mayadit ever harboured the idea of one day becoming the overall leader of the SPLM/A, he kept it well to himself.

But, judging by his character, it would be safe to assume that such an idea never occurred to him. Carrying out his duty as >>>


      PENETRATING THE FOG
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      By Stan Stalla One of my favorite activities, when on vacation from my humanitarian work in Sudan, is just sitting on my back porch overlooking the Penobscot Bay.

If you stop and think about it, the natural world is full of symbolism. Sunrises and sunsets remind me of lifes cycles. A hummingbird represents the >>>


      TOTAL MAY TAKE SALVA KIIR TO COURT OVER SUDAN OIL FIELD
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      by Paul Redfern, Special Correspondent, The East African Aug 23, 2005 (Nairobi) What do a former England cricket star, a South African businessman and the new leader of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement have in common?

The answer, in a nutshell, is oil. And lots of it. For between them Salva Kiir, Phil Edm >>>


      "SECURITY OBSTACLES" REASON BEHIND DETERIORATING SUDAN, ERITREA TIES
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      Excerpt from report by Sudanese news agency Suna website, by BBC Monitoring Aug 23, 2005 (Khartoum) The minister of foreign affairs, Dr Mustafa Uthman Ismail, has described the ties between Sudan and Eritrea as unique because, according to Sudanese policies, these ties are supposed to be special neighbourly ties. Howev >>>


      GARANG INSURERS IN KAMPALA
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      Aug 24, 2005 (Kampala) The United States–based Life Insurance company, Aetna Life Insurance and Annuity Company, has sent a team here to investigate the July 30 helicopter crash, which killed Sudanese First Vice President John Garang and 12 other people.

Three officials, one from Aetna and two hired avia >>>


      OPPOSITION PARTY SAYS TIES WITH EX–REBEL GROUP "STRONGER THAN EVER"
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      Excerpt from report by Sudanese newspaper Al–Khartoum on 24 August by BBC Monitoring Middle East Aug 24, 2005 (Khartoum) The [opposition] National Ummah Party, led by Al–Sadiq al–Mahdi, has said its relations with the SPLM will remain unchanged and are now stronger than ever.

Ummah party Secr >>>


      PEACE PROCESS WILL CONTINUE – SUDANESE FIRST VICE–PRESIDENT
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      Text of report in English by Sudanese news agency Suna website, by BBC Monitoring Middle East Aug 23, 2005 (Rumbek) First Vice–President of the republic and president of the Government of Southern Sudan, Lt–Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit, has affirmed that the peace process will continue to realize the objectives >>>


      SALVA KIIR WARNS LRA TO LEAVE SUDAN
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      Aug 24, 2005 (Khartoum) Sudans new southern leader Salva Kiir issued a stark warning to the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), urging the Ugandan rebels to reach a rapid peace deal with Kampala or leave Sudan at once.

"The LRA have to reach a settlement to their problem with the Ugandan government, if not, they >>>


      SOUTHERN SUDAN STARTS REGISTERING INVESTORS
      Sudan Tribune, 24-08-2005
      by Ken Ramani, The East African Standard. Aug 24, 2005 (Nairobi) The government of Southern Sudan has started registering foreign businesses and investors in various sectors.

Under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in Nairobi in January, Southern Sudan will enjoy a six year–interim period by >>>



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