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      PROGRESS, CHALLENGES HIGHLIGHTED ON WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY 2006
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Allies come together worldwide to fight the curable disease By Cheryl Pellerin Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« Tuberculosis (TB), the curable disease that kills 5,000 people every day worldwide, will be the focus of world attention March 24, World Tuberculosis Day, which highlights progress and c >>>


      RICE CONTACTS AFGHAN OFFICIALS ABOUT JAILED CHRISTIAN
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      State‘s McCormack calls freedom of religion a "bedrock‘ principle of democracy Washington –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has contacted Afghan President Hamid Karzai by telephone and spoken in person with Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah to discuss legal proceedings against >>>


      STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING, MARCH 23
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Iran, Iraq, Italy, China/Taiwan, Afghanistan, Chile, Ethiopia State Department spokesman Sean McCormack briefed the press March 23.

Following is the transcript of the State Department briefing: (begin transcript) U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing Index Thursday, March 23, 2006
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      U.S. AGENCY FUNDS U.S.–MEXICO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Center to help Mexico address environment, health risks from mining Washington –– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given the University of Arizona a $1.7 million grant to fund a U.S.–Mexico Binational Center for Environmental Science and Toxicology.

The state of Arizona cont >>>


      U.S. ESTABLISHES PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS WITH UKRAINE
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      President Bush favors Ukraine‘s rapid entry into the World Trade Organization By Vince Crawley Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– President Bush on March 23 signed a law establishing permanent normal trade relations with Ukraine, ending Cold War–era restrictions and meeting a major miles >>>


      U.S. PLEDGES ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO COMBAT TERRORISM IN AMERICAS
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      INTER–AMERICAN COMMITTEE AGAINST TERRORISM (CICTE) ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2006 U.S. PLEDGES AN ADDITIONAL $2.25 MILLION FOR OAS COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS Contributions to Hemispheric Programs and Training Since '/11 Exceed $7 Million BOGOTĂЃ, COLOMBIA –&ndash >>>


      U.S. WOMEN‘S FOOTBALL PLAYER SEES SPORT GROWING IN UNITED STATES
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Defender Cat Whitehill shares experiences, advice, predictions about sport By Sara Feuerstein Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Football fans worldwide enjoyed the unique opportunity to interview one of America‘s leading ladies in sports, U.S. women‘s football player Cat Whitehill, in a >>>


      U.S., ARMENIA TO SIGN $235 MILLION MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE COMPACT
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Pact aims to reduce rural poverty, improve economic performance in agriculture Washington –– The U.S. government‘s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is set to award a $235 million grant to improve Armenia‘s transportation and agricultural infrastructure.

Secretary of State Condolee >>>


      U.S., EUROPE CALL FOR RELEASE OF JAILED BELARUS PROTESTERS
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Opposition supporters arrested after bringing demonstrators food, blankets By Vince Crawley Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The United States is calling on Belarus immediately to release protesters and opposition supporters detained or arrested in connection with the country‘s "severel >>>


      VISITING AFRICAN FEMALE JOURNALISTS GET BOOST FROM LAURA BUSH
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Women participate in media program sponsored by State Department By Jim Fisher–Thompson Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– A group of visiting women journalists from Africa say Washington‘s impressive monuments and institutions paled in comparison to a meeting they had recently with firs >>>


      WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, MARCH 23
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      Immigration reform, speeches on war on terror/questions, U.S. troops in Iraq/length of stay, Iraq/new government, Louisiana/Voting Rights Act, Afghanistan/religious freedom, Iraq/hostage release, upcoming elections/president‘s agenda White House press secretary Scott McClellan briefed the media March 23.

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      WHITE HOUSE REPORT, MARCH 23: BELARUS, AFGHANISTAN
      USIA, 24-03-2006
      White House warns Belarus against crackdown on peaceful protesters UNITED STATES SUPPORTS CALL FOR NEW BELARUSIAN ELECTIONS The White House called for new presidential elections in Belarus and warned the Belarusian government against threatening or detaining peaceful demonstrators who are protesting the March 1' re >>>


      BISSAU STEPS UP ATTACKS ON SENEGAL REBELS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Guinea Bissau‘s army pounded a Senegalese rebel base with rocket and mortar fire on Friday in a renewed offensive to try to dislodge fighters who crossed into the country last week.

Reinforcements from the capital Bissau helped launch the assault on the base where Salif Sadio, a hardline chief of Senega >>>


      FAMILIES STILL SEARCH FOR ‘DIRTY WAR‘ MISSING – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Clara Petrakos knows this much: The baby was born on the floor of a clandestine detention center during Argentina‘s "Dirty War." Now, 2' years later, Petrakos is searching for the sister she never knew.

Her mother disappeared soon after the baby was taken away. She named her Victoria.
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      LEBANESE MEDIA OUTLETS‘ ASSETS BLOCKED – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The U.S. government on Thursday moved to block the assets of two Lebanon–based media outlets and their parent company, alleging that they have facilitated the activities of radical Islamic group Hezbollah.

The Treasury Department designated as terrorist entities satellite television operation al Manar, >>>


      MAURITANIA, SPAIN BUILDING MIGRANT CAMP – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Dozens of Spanish troops are helping build a deportation center in northern Mauritania to house African migrants captured trying to reach Europe by boat, police officials said Friday.

The 35 Spanish soldiers arrived earlier this week in the northern coastal city of Nouadhibou, where an upsurge of Africans see >>>


      PATIENCE URGED OVER CYCLONE LARRY – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The retired general who will oversee relief and reconstruction efforts in cyclone–shattered northern Australia toured the region Friday and said he could not set a time limit on how long it would take to rebuild devastated towns.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I‘m here with my sleeves rolled up and m >>>


      STRIKING SECURITY GUARDS RIOT IN SOUTH AFRICA – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
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      ‘SIMPSONS‘ GETTING LIVE–ACTION OPENING – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
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      123 MISSING AFTER SHIP SINKS – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Only 27 of 150 passengers on a ship traveling from Nigeria to Gabon survived when the vessel sank Wednesday night, said the harbor master for the main port in Cameroon.

The ship was traveling in the Gulf of Guinea, along the West African coast, said Capt. Charles Kontelizo, the harbor master in Douala. It san >>>


      AN HOUR OF ‘'' RED BALLOONS‘? – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      They‘re kidding, right? VH1 Classic will present a full hour of the English and German music videos for the 1'84 hit "'' Luftballons," aka "'' Red Balloons," by German rock group Nena.

The music video presentation, to air Sunday (2 p.m. EST), caps off the cable ch >>>


      BELARUS POLICE STORM PROTEST VIGIL – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Police stormed the opposition tent camp in the Belarusian capital early Friday morning, detaining hundreds of demonstrators who had spent a fourth night in a central square to protest President Alexander Lukashenko‘s victory in a disputed election.

The arrests came after a half dozen large police trucks >>>


      BRIEFCASE, LUNCH, CAR KEYS, BABY –– UH–OH – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Commuters racing to catch the train typically forget things in the car –– keys, wallets, briefcases. But a baby daughter?

That‘s what happened Thursday just north of Washington, police say. "Dad forgot baby was in the car, parked the car, got on the Metro," said Lucille Baur, a spo >>>


      CHEMISTRY SCHOOL BLAST KILLS WOMAN – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      An explosion at a French chemistry college has killed a professor and seriously injured one other person.

French rescuers said initially 15 to 20 people were missing but they were later accounted for.

Classes were in session at the time of the explosion around 12:25 p.m. Friday on the second floor of >>>


      CHIRAC DEFENDS LINGUISTIC WALKOUT – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      President Jacques Chirac said on Friday he had been so shocked to hear a fellow Frenchman speak English at a European Union summit the previous day that he had felt compelled to leave the room.

"I have to say I was profoundly shocked to see a Frenchman express himself in English at the (EU) Council table >>>


      CHIRAC LEADS LINGUISTIC WALKOUT – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      French President Jacques Chirac walked out of a European Union summit on Thursday after a French business leader spoke in English, adding linguistic patriotism to a row over economic nationalism.

Facing violent street protests at home over a disputed youth employment law, Chirac briefly led his delegation out >>>


      CO–DRIVER BASTUCK KILLED IN RALLY – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      German co–driver Joerg Bastuck has died in the Rally of Catalunya after being struck by another car while changing a wheel.

"It is with deep regret that the organisers announce that Joerg Bastuck, co–driver in car number 54, has died as a result of injuries sustained during an accident in spe >>>


      COCKLER DEATHS: GANGMASTER GUILTY – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The head of a gang of Chinese cockle pickers was found guilty on Friday of the manslaughter of 21 workers who drowned on a wild winter night off northwestern England in February 2004.

A court in Preston, near Morecambe Bay, 300 kilometers (200 miles) northwest of London where the cocklers drowned, also found >>>


      COURSE SPECIALIST LOVE CLAIMS LEAD – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Davis Love again demonstrated his fondness for the TPC at Sawgrass by snatching a share of the lead in the Players Championship first round.

The twice former winner fired seven birdies on a damp, overcast day to join playing partner Jim Furyk on seven–under–par 65, two ahead of the field.

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      DEADLY BLAST AT CHEMISTRY SCHOOL – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      A large explosion rocked a chemistry school in eastern France on Friday, killing one person and slightly injuring another, authorities said.

The blast on the ground floor of the Superior National School of Chemistry in Mulhouse, near France‘s border with Germany, was followed by a fire, rescue services >>>


      DONATELLA CONQUERS HER DEMONS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Donatella Versace is rarely alone. Photographers, assistants and security accompany her everywhere. Such is the life of one of fashion‘s iconic figures.

It‘s a life that also keeps Versace constantly on the move. Art of Life met up with her in Beverly Hills preparing for the Oscars. It‘s a t >>>


      EARTH‘S PAST POINTS TO FUTURE MELTING – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The rumblings of global warming are echoing across Greenland. Groups of scientists studying ancient climate, tweaking computer models of future climate and even listening to earthquakes add to the evidence that global warming is melting polar ice, according to a series of papers in this week‘s issue of the journ >>>


      ETA BEGINS ITS CEASE–FIRE IN SPAIN – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      A cease–fire that ends nearly four decades of violence by the armed Basque separatist group ETA came into force Friday just after the stroke of midnight, ushering in a new era of hope for Spain after decades of bombings and assassinations.

Though ETA has called truces before, this is the first to includ >>>


      EW REVIEW: A GREAT ‘INSIDE MAN‘ – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      As "Inside Man" busts open, some guys dressed like industrial painters descend on a New York bank, one of those somber marble edifices built to last as long as the dollar rules. The intruders stride in wearing sunglasses, scarflike masks, worker jumpsuits, and painter caps.

Then they hold up the pla >>>


      FBI INFORMANT‘S ‘LINKS TO PLOTTERS‘ – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      An FBI informant who pleaded guilty in the United States to having links with al Qaeda testified at the trial of seven alleged British terrorists Thursday that he had spent time in Pakistan with a group of British men who planned to wage holy war on the West.

Mohammed Junaid Babar, 31, a U.S. citizen of Pakis >>>


      FREED HOSTAGES HEADING HOME SOON – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Three Christian aid workers rescued from nearly four months of captivity in Iraq are preparing to return to their homes.

The men –– found bound but unguarded in a Baghdad house –– will be flown out of Baghdad in the next few days, officials said.

Coalition troops rescued the t >>>


      FRENCH UNIONS, PM TO HOLD TALKS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Rioters turned a park in front of Napoleon‘s tomb into a battlefield, as youths with baseball bats clashed with police wielding batons in rising protests over a new labor law a day before crucial talks Friday between top unions and the French government.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and five lea >>>


      GOOGLE TO JOIN KEY S&P 500 INDEX – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Google will replace oil and gas producer Burlington Resources in the S&P 500 Index, Standard & Poor‘s said on Thursday sending the Web search leader‘s shares up ' percent.

The move, which takes effect after the close of trade on March 31, means many portfolio managers will have to add >>>


      HIDDINK TO QUIT AS EINDHOVEN COACH – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      PSV Eindhoven coach Guus Hiddink will leave the Dutch Premier Division leaders and champions at the end of this season.

"About my future nothing is concrete at the moment but there are some contacts," said Hiddink – who has been linked with the national coaching positions of both England and R >>>


      HISPANICS MARCH IN MILWAUKEE AGAINST IMMIGRATION BILLS – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Thousands of demonstrators marched in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Thursday to oppose tough anti–immigration legislation sponsored by their Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner.

House Resolution 4437 would make all undocumented immigrants felons and require all employers to verify the immigration status >>>


      ICELAND: ENDLESS ADVENTURES BUT PRICE CAN BE STEEP – MAR 22, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      http://en.hotelborg.is/ –– and the Radisson SAS Saga Hotel. Smaller options in centrally located residential areas include the Odinsve Hotel, http://www.hotelodinsve.is/. Nightly rates at all three hotels are $200–$400.

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      INDIA: NEW PAKISTAN PEACE BID DUE – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched a new peace initiative Friday with Pakistan, saying it was time for the two longtime rivals to enter into a meaningful peace.

"I am convinced we can move forward, if all concerned are willing to accept the ground realities; if all concerned take a long view of histo >>>


      IRAQ ATTACKS KILL 3 POLICE, 4 BAKERY WORKERS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Gunmen attacked a bakery in southwest Baghdad on Friday morning, killing four workers, and they left behind a bomb that killed a police officer who rushed to the scene to investigate the shooting, Baghdad police said.

Two hours later, an attack on a police patrol in western Baghdad killed two police officers, >>>


      KENYA DELAYS BURNING POSSIBLE COCAINE HAUL – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      A Kenyan magistrate on Friday postponed the destruction of the largest cocaine cache ever seized in Africa, to give time for U.S.

and British experts to arrive in the country. The experts, who include officials from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will verify the authenticity of the cocaine and help destroy >>>


      LIGHT PUTTER SWINGS IT FOR LANGER – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Helped by a lighter putter, Bernhard Langer rolled back the years with a five–under–par 67 in the Players Championship first round at the TPC at Sawgrass on Thursday.

Playing in the prestigious event for the 21st time, Langer ended a damp and overcast day in a three–way tie for third place, >>>


      LUCENT, ALCATEL IN MERGER TALKS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      U.S. telecom equipment maker Lucent Technologies and its French rival Alcatel confirmed late on Thursday they are discussing a potential merger of equals.

They said in a joint statement that a deal, if concluded, would be "priced at market," meaning that no premium on their stock prices is contempla >>>


      MATCH HALTED AFTER MISSILES THROWN – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The Primera Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla was halted 14 minutes from time on Thursday after objects were thrown on to the pitch by fans at the Vicente Calderon.

Referee Miguel Angel Ayza Gamez suspended the game shortly after Sevilla took the lead and his attention was drawn to a glass whisky >>>


      MISSING GIRL PROBE CONSIDERS DRUGS – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Aruban police reportedly suspect missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway may not have been killed but died from complications involving alcohol and perhaps drugs during a high school trip in the Dutch Caribbean island.

Witnesses have come forward who say the then 18–year–old Holloway had drugs in he >>>


      NASA GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR SPACEWALKS – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      NASA said Thursday it approved a new method for crew members to attach themselves to the outside of the international space station for U.S. spacewalks, which were put on hold a day earlier.

The discovery of some odd bubbling inside some handrails still on the ground –– but similar to those that l >>>


      NEVADA OKAYS GAMBLING TO GO – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Sarah Steineker, 50, is stuck to her seat. She‘s got a bingo game going, and the "hot ball" jackpot is up to $14,4'0.

But thanks to new mobile gambling regulations that passed the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday, she soon may be able to take that bingo game with her elsewhere in the c >>>


      OIL HOLDS NEAR $64 MARK – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Oil held near $64 on Friday, keeping a $2 gain on renewed supply worries in Nigeria and expectations that the United States will see thinning inventories as it heads into maintenance season.

U.S. light crude for May delivery were down 7 cents at $63.84 a barrel, holding on to most of its $2.14, or 3.5 percent >>>


      OLD–FASHIONED TERRORISTS RUN FOR COVER – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Not so long ago, when a bomb went off in London, you could be sure it was the Irish Republican Army. If the target was Madrid, that meant the Basque separatist group ETA.

But al Qaeda has shattered the old certainties –– and accelerated the decline of European paramilitary groups that peg their su >>>


      POLICE ‘MYSTIFIED‘ BY BOYS‘ DISAPPEARANCE – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Police in Milwaukee were "mystified" by the case of two boys missing since Sunday, despite extensive searches and numerous tips from the public, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Authorities have "no significant leads," said Anne Schwartz of the Milwaukee Police Department. "It is a >>>


      PRE–POLL BERLUSCONI FILM OPENS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Italian director Nanni Moretti brings Silvio Berlusconi to the big screen in "The Cayman," a bittersweet critique of the tycoon–turned–politician but also of those who demonize him.

"The Cayman" hits the screens in Italy on Friday, just two weeks before an April '–10 >>>


      PREACHER‘S WIFE TO BE CHARGED IN HIS SLAYING, OFFICIALS SAY – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The wife of a slain Tennessee preacher will be charged with killing him, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday.

Mary Winkler, 32, will face a charge of first–degree murder, the TBI said. The body of Matthew Winkler, 31, a popular preacher in the small town of Selmer, was discovered Wednesday >>>


      RESCUE MISSION RAISES HOPES FOR ABDUCTED JOURNALIST – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      The rescue of three Western aid workers in Iraq raised hopes among friends and family of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, who has been missing for 11 weeks.

"Although their case is unrelated to Jill‘s, their release gives us new hope that Jill, too, will soon be freed," Carroll&lsqu >>>


      REVIEW: GENIUS AT WORK – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      An advertising executive once noted, "People forget how fast you did a job –– but they remember how well you did it." Columbia University professor James Shapiro is reminding us how quickly a certain job was done.

Four jobs, actually. And they were done historically well. The jobs in que >>>


      ROW BREWS OVER PAPUA REFUGEES – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Australia‘s government is hoping to avoid escalating a diplomatic spat between Canberra and Jakarta over the granting of temporary visas to asylum seekers from the Indonesian province of Papua.

The Indonesian government has criticized Australia‘s decision to grant the 42 visas to the Papuans, espe >>>


      RUSSIA: OSCE STIRS BELARUS TENSION – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday of instigating tensions during the parliamentary election campaign in Belarus, Russian news agencies reported.

It was the first official comment from Moscow after riot police stormed into a square >>>


      SCHERING WELCOMES $1'.5B BAYER BID – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer AG said Thursday it would make a 16.3 billion euro ($1'.5 billion) white–knight offer for Schering AG, whose management said it would accept the offer over a hostile bid from Merck KgA.

The Leverkusen–based Bayer said in a statement that it woul >>>


      SEVILLA BEATS ATLETICO AMID DELAYS – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
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      SEX SYNDROME ‘NEEDS MORE RESEARCH‘ – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Doctors called on Friday for more research into a very rare, poorly understood syndrome that is the opposite of the most common sexual complaint in women.

Instead of failing to get aroused, women suffering from persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS) experience constant, unprovoked feelings of excitement.>>>


      SHE‘S NOT A ‘WEIRDO‘ ANYMORE – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      In spite of herself, Chloe O‘Brian has charmed the "24" audience.

Her job on the Fox thriller (which airs Mondays at ' p.m. EST) is that of Senior Analyst at the Counter–Terrorist Unit, and she‘s a whiz, lording over her keyboard with data–slinging deftness as the nation& >>>


      SUIT ALLEGES INTERNET PRIVACY BREACH – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      New York‘s attorney general sued an Internet company Thursday over the selling of e–mail addresses in what authorities say may be the biggest deliberate breach of Internet privacy ever.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer accused Gratis Internet of selling personal information obtained from millions of >>>


      THAKSIN CRITICS URGE ROYAL ACTION – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
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      THE FIRST FAMILY OF JIHAD – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Huthaifa Azzam found the CD slipped under the front door of his Amman house a few weeks ago.

He thought it might have been left there by one of his brothers. But when he put it into his computer and heard the voice, Azzam realized it was a message from Abu Musab al–Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist who i >>>


      THE MYSTERY OF THE SLAIN PASTOR – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Matthew Winkler had been the minister at the Fourth Street Church of Christ for just over a year, and the congregation loved his straight–by–the–Bible sermons and his quiet wife, Mary.

Now church members are struggling to understand how their charismatic 31–year–old minister coul >>>


      TOM CRUISE JUMPING ON FURNITURE AGAIN – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      When it comes to furniture and his love for Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise just can‘t help himself.

The megastar was the guest of honor at Yahoo‘s quarterly "Influential Speakers" event Tuesday at the company‘s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, bantering with chief executive Terry S >>>


      TOP MUSLIM CLERICS: CONVERT MUST DIE – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Senior Muslim clerics are demanding that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity be executed, warning that if the government caves in to Western pressure and frees him, they will incite people to "pull him into pieces." In an unusual move, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tel >>>


      WEST SLAMS BELARUS CRACKDOWN – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      European Union leaders have agreed to impose restrictive measures on the Belarussian government as they condemned a crackdown against opposition protesters in Minsk.

But while Friday‘s forced removal by police of about 200 demonstrators from the center of the capital Minsk sparked Western criticism, Rus >>>


      WIFE AND CHILDREN OF DEAD PASTOR FOUND  – MAR 23, 2006
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      WITH HOSTAGES FREE, PEACE GROUP CALLS FOR END TO WAR – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      While the Christian Peacemakers Teams expressed joy at their colleagues‘ rescue from captivity in Iraq, the group also called Thursday for an end to the U.S.–led occupation of Iraq.

Canadians James Loney, 41 of Toronto, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, formerly of Montreal, and Briton Norman Kember, >>>


      17 YEARS AFTER EXXON VALDEZ, NEW THREAT LOOMS – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      17 years later Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Prince William Sound Regional Citizens‘ Advisory Council: YOUR E–MAIL ALERTS Alaska Exxon Mobil Corporation Oil and Gas or Create Your Own Manage Alerts
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      '11 CALLS NOT ANSWERED AS OPERATORS TAKE BREAKS TOGETHER, STUDY SHOWS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Thousands of calls to Chattanooga‘s '11 call center have been going unanswered, according to records examined after a caller was unable to report a kitchen fire because three of four dispatchers were taking breaks at the same time.

Stacey Hunter and her family members called '11 from her home ph >>>


      BABY RESCUED FROM FRIGID WATERS – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      A police officer rescued an 8–month–old boy from the frigid waters off Staten Island after he saw the baby‘s father jumping with him into the harbor.

"It was crying. It was in distress," Officer Brian Sheehy, 2', said of the baby who had been floating on his back about 20 feet >>>


      BUSH URGES ‘CIVIL‘ IMMIGRATION DEBATE – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Anticipating turbulent debate over immigration, President Bush urged Congress on Thursday to grapple with the emotional issue in a way that avoids pitting groups against each other.

The Senate is to take up immigration next week –– and the president and the leader of his party are starting out wit >>>


      COPS STOP SPEEDING CAR, FIND BOMB – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Explosives experts defused a homemade bomb found in the backseat of a car early Friday after the driver was stopped for speeding in this eastern Los Angeles suburb, authorities said.

The bomb was defused safely, but several industrial businesses in the area were evacuated and a main boulevard was closed for m >>>


      CRUISE SHIP FIRE SURVIVORS COUNT THEMSELVES LUCKY – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      Princess Cruises was flying more than 2,600 passengers home with full refunds on Friday and Saturday after a fire – possibly caused by a neglected cigarette –– killed a Georgia man, injured 11 other passengers and charred 150 rooms aboard the Star Princess.

"We believe the best course o >>>


      EXXON VALDEZ –– 17 YEARS LATER – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      March 24 is the 17th anniversary of the 11 million gallon Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska. Since then changes have been made to insure safety off shore, but some wonder if there‘s still a potential for accidents onshore.

Changes since the spill –– Tankers are stronger, with double hulls >>>


      IS YOUR BOSS SPYING ON YOU? – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      and keeping your job –– concern you, follow these tips for work: 1. Review your company‘s handbook: Every company has a list of policies available to its employees. When you get a new job, your human resource department should make you aware of them. If you don‘t remember them, now‘s a go >>>


      LIFELONG FRIENDS LOSE LIVES IN BUS CRASH – MAR 23, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      They grew up together, and grew old together. Then, while on a typically adventurous vacation trip, they died together.

Ten residents of a retirement community near Princeton were among the dozen people who lost their lives Wednesday when their tour bus plunged off a mountain road in Chile. Twelve Americans d >>>


      THE ALLIGATOR WHO CAME TO CALL – MAR 24, 2006
      CNN, 24-03-2006
      So now the alligators are going door to door.

When Lori Pachelli heard someone knocking at the door of her home in a gated community in this southwest Florida community earlier this week, she looked out to see an unwelcome visitor on her front stoop: an 8–foot alligator.

The bull gator, which h >>>


      BMW ОБЪЕЗЖАЕТ ПРАВИЛА
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      [TT] Компания начала продавать в России автомобили с GPS-навигацией Хотя определять координаты объектов с точностью выше 30 м в России пока запрещено, официальные дилеры BMW уже начали продавать автомобили со штатными навигационными системами на базе спутниковых приемников GPS. Потенциал этого рынка составляет не менее 12 млн евро. Но поп >>>


      GM ЗАРАБОТАЛА$ 1,5 МЛРД
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Корпорация General Motors стала еще меньше. Вчера GM заявила, что рассталась с еще одним активом - 78% акций GMAC Commercial Holding, специализирующегося на ипотечном кредитовании, проданы за $1,5 млрд. Вчера GM объявила, что за $1,5 млрд продала 78% из принадлежащих ей 100% акций GMAC Commercial Holding (GMACCH, занимается ипотечным к >>>


      АВТОВАЗ "ОЦЕНИЛ МОТОРЫ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Новый менеджмент "АвтоВАЗа" будет искать заводы по выпуску двигателей по всему миру. В апреле "АвтоВАЗ" проведет переговоры о возможности покупки у DaimlerChrysler и BMW бразильского Tritec Motors, производящего двигатели. На эту сделку "АвтоВАЗ" готов потратить $300 млн. Кроме того, предприятие присматривается к заводу по производству кор >>>


      АВТОВАЗАГРЕГАТ "ДЕРЖИТСЯ ЗА КРЕСЛО
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      [TT] Чтобы остаться главным поставщиком сидений "АвтоВАЗу" "АвтоВАЗагрегат" вложил около $10 млн в цех по производству наполнителя для сидений на автомобили "Калина" и "Приора", чтобы отказаться от наполнителя завода "Пластик", принадлежащего "Соку". Конкуренты и эксперты говорят, что "АвтоВАЗ" все равно будет искать других поставщиков си >>>


      АВТОИНСПЕКЦИЯ :СЛУЖБА ДВИЖЕНИЯ НАЧАЛЬНИКОВ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Начнем с главного вопроса: "Для чего в России существует ГАИ (ГИБДД)?" Весь мой опыт водителя с 30-летним стажем не позволит ответить иначе, как: "Главная и единственная цель существования ГАИ состоит в том, чтобы начальство могло беспрепятственно ездить по дорогам страны". Все остальные ее функции второстепенны и подчинены этой главной це >>>


      АМЕРИКАНСКИМ ГАЗЕТЧИКАМ ПРИХОДИТСЯ ИЗВОРАЧИВАТЬСЯ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Небольшие американские газеты ищут способы выживания в ситуации, когда ставка на массового потребителя становится заранее проигрышной. Они создают локальные поисковые системы в Интернете по подобию гигантских Google и Yahoo и печатают молодежные таблоиды, чтобы привлечь местных рекламодателей, которые не могут позволить себе рекламу в боль >>>


      БАЛЕТ ДЛЯ РЕСТОРАНА
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      [TT] "Тамар" реинкарнации не поддалась Балет "Тамар", поставленный в театре "Кремлевский балет", стал очередной жертвой Андриса Лиепы, большого поклонника балетной старины, и особенно балетного Серебряного века. Лиепа уже 10 лет продвигает проект "Русские сезоны - XXI век". Благодаря ему от волшебного мифа о дягилевской антрепризе скоро н >>>


      БОЙ НОЧНОМУ ПЬЯНСТВУ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      [TT] Объявило правительство Ленобласти В Ленинградской области объявили бой пьянству. Вчера губернатор области Валерий Сердюков подписал постановление, запрещающее торговлю крепким алкоголем в ночное время. Участники рынка ожидают, что его результатом станет закрытие небольших круглосуточных магазинов, а сети, напротив, могут заработать. >>>


      ВЕКТОР
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Особенности счета Прошлый год был рекордным на рынке слияний и поглощений в России. В этом солидарны все компании, проведшие собственные исследования. Однако в том, каков реальный размер этого рынка, оценки расходятся. Одним из первых свою оценку дал портал Mergers.ru, по мнению которого объем слияний и поглощений за прошлый год составил >>>


      ВЕЩЬ НЕДЕЛИ :РУССКОЕ ЧУДО
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      В воскресенье в Москве, в районе "Войковской", устанавливали какую-то рекламную штуковину и случайно забили несколько бетонных свай прямо в проходивший под землей поезд метро. Плохой писатель сказал бы, что в этой истории, как в капле воды, отразилась моя страна. И был бы прав. Вот ребята заколачивают бетонную сваю. Она проваливается в >>>


      ВИНОВНЕЕ ХОДОРКОВСКОГО
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Юрист ЮКОСа Светлана Бахмина может получить срок больший, чем экс-глава компании Михаил Ходорковский. Обвинитель просит приговорить ее к девяти годам лишения свободы. Юристы называют его позицию слишком жесткой. Бахмину арестовали в декабре 2004 г. Генпрокуратура обвиняет ее в присвоении в 1''8-1''' гг. имущества "Т >>>


      ВКРАТЦЕ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      МОСКВА "Волга-Днепр" получила контракт НАТО ВЕДОМОСТИ - Германская Ruslan SALIS, учрежденная на паритетных началах компанией "Волга-Днепр" и украинской АНТК "Антонова", получила трехлетний контракт на грузовые авиаперевозки для стран НАТО и ЕС с возможностью пролонгации до 2012 г. Тендер был объявлен три года назад. Два большегрузны >>>


      ВКРАТЦЕ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      МОСКВА Русь-банк привлек 1,5 млрд руб. ВЕДОМОСТИ - Русь-банк полностью разместил трехлетние облигации в объеме 1,4 млрд руб. с полугодовой офертой. Об этом вчера сообщил банк. Эффективная доходность облигаций к оферте по итогам размещения составила 10,78% годовых. МОСКВА Центробанк лишил лицензий четыре банка ВЕДОМОСТИ - Вчера ЦБ >>>


      ВКРАТЦЕ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      МОСКВА У ЮКОСа украли векселя ИНТЕРФАКС - Вчера ЮКОС сообщил, что часть векселей его трейдера "Фаргойл" могла быть украдена менеджментом этой компании. Осенью 2005 г., после представления векселей "Фаргойла" третьими лицами, не входящими в ЮКОС, стало понятно, что некоторые из них были украдены. ЮКОС в ноябре - декабре провел срочну >>>


      ВКРАТЦЕ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      МОСКВА "Черкизово" готовится к IPO ВЕДОМОСТИ - Акционеры ОАО "Группа "Черкизово" на внеочередном собрании утвердили новую допэмиссию акций группы. 218 810 акций новой эмиссии (66,6% уставного капитала) будут размещены по закрытой подписке в пользу компании "Черкизовский Груп Лтд." (по данным на сентябрь 2005 г., владела '1,4% акций О >>>


      ВКРАТЦЕ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      ТОЛЬЯТТИ Работников "АвтоВАЗа" будут перевозить "ЛиАЗами" ИНТЕРФАКС- ПОВОЛЖЬЕ - Администрация Тольятти и ЗАО "УК "Регионавтотранс" (Москва, дилер дивизиона "Автобусы" группы "ГАЗ") в первом полугодии 2006 г. планируют создать СП по перевозке пассажиров на маршрутах, соединяющих районы города и производственные площадки ОАО "АвтоВАЗ", гово >>>


      ГАЗПРОМ "ТЯНЕТ НА СВЯТОЕ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      [TT] Труба в Китай пролегает через сакральное место на Алтае Самый амбициозный за последние 30 лет экспортный проект "Газпрома" может споткнуться о скалы Горного Алтая. Оказалось, что маршрут газопровода в Китай, предложенный Владимиром Путиным, проходит через уникальное высокогорное плато Укок. Этот природный парк входит в список объекто >>>


      ДАЧНАЯ АМНИСТИЯ
      Ведомости, 24-03-2006
      Депутаты недовольны тем, как правительство справилось с подготовкой "дачной амнистии" - упрощенным порядком регистрации прав на земельные участки и самовольные постройки. Но чиновники уверены, что еще большее упрощение привело бы к массовым спорам по поводу границ между участками. "Надо помочь гражданам легализовать в упрощенном порядк >>>



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