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Wednesday, 6 June, 2001, 20:27 GMT 21:27 UK
AMERICAS


Timothy McVeigh McVeigh execution to go ahead
A US federal judge rules that Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh will be executed as planned on Monday.
capitol hill Democrats take charge in Senate
The US Senate's new majority leader pledges to find common ground with his Republican colleagues after a historic change of power.
Carlos Menem Net closes on Menem
A former Argentine army commander is detained over an arms scandal which has haunted former President Menem since he left office.
Colombian right-wing warlord quits
Right-wing paramilitary leader Carlos Castano resigns in a move thought to reflect internal divisions.
US official says United deal won't fly
Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta casts doubt on the $4.3bn merger of United Airlines and US Airways.
Hispanic loses LA mayor bid
A lawyer becomes the new mayor of Los Angeles, dashing the hopes of the city's large Hispanic community that one of them would get the job.
Napster signs deal with music industry
Napster, the online song-swapping service, has clinched a deal to become an official distributor for three major labels' internet service.
Florida vote criticised
Black and disabled voters were disproportionately excluded from last year's US presidential election an investigation finds.
Philippine rebels: US hostage 'hurt'
Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines say one of their American captives was wounded in recent clashes with troops.
FBI sniper may face charges
A US federal court rules that an FBI agent who shot a woman in a stand-off at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, can be tried for manslaughter.
Billionaire eyes Big Apple
US financial media tycoon Michael Bloomberg announces in a television advert that he is to run for the mayor of New York.
Storm devastates Tristan da Cunha
The remote Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha is hit by a storm, with all 300 residents suffering damage to their property.
Released Colonel speaks of FARC ordeal
The first hostage in Colombia freed under an exchange programme between the government and the FARC rebels has spoken of his time in captivity.
Briton charged with Air India bombing
A British man who was extradited to Canada 12 years ago is charged with the 1985 bombing of an Air India airliner that killed 329.
Guatemalan church accuses former president
The Roman Catholic Church in Guatemala accuses the country's former president of involvement in the killing of the bishop and leading human rights activist, Juan Gerardi.
Toledo urges investors to stay
The Peruvian president-elect, Alejandro Toledo, urges foreign investors to place their confidence in the government he will form.
Bush seeks steel probe
US President George Bush orders an investigation into steel imports that could lead to the imposition of trade barriers.
UN focuses on urban poverty
A special session of the United Nations General Assembly will review progress towards improving the lives of the millions of people who live in poverty in major cities.
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Raiders snap up Rice
American football hero Jerry Rice signs a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders.
US steps up Mid-East diplomacy
CIA chief George Tenet heads to the Middle East for Israeli-Palestinian security talks, amid renewed international diplomatic efforts.
Inter-continental robot surgery
Surgeons in the US have successfully used computers and robots to take part in operations in a different continent.
Brazil eases power rationing
President Cardoso eases restrictions on electricity rationing, as the government struggles to deal with the country's worst-ever power crisis.
Sharp drop in US productivity
US productivity in the first quarter of 2001 fell by 1.2% - the biggest fall in eight years, as other figures suggest the slowdown is continuing.
Argentina should re-open 'dirty war cases'
International human rights groups call on Argentina to re-open the cases of military personnel charged with crimes against humanity.
No progress at US-China WTO talks
The US and China talk trade but there is little sign that Beijing's 14-year old bid to join the WTO has come any closer to reality.
Internet lesson from US elections
The internet made its mark in the 2000 election in the US, but analysts say that while candidates raised record amounts online, the net showed limited ability to sway voters.
Nuclear fears as energy crisis bites
Brazilians fear an expansion of nuclear power plants as the energy crisis escalates
Opec delays extra oil production
Opec ministers decide to postpone their response to Iraq's suspension of oil exports, saying there is "no need to panic."
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Stars gather for Belmont Stakes
Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Preakness winner Point Given head a quality field for the last leg of the Triple Crown.
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Devils skate to the brink
New Jersey need just one more win to claim their second straight Stanley Cup after winning 4-1 in Colorado.
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Jones and Hunter to divorce
Triple Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones says that she is to divorce her husband, shot putter CJ Hunter.
State of the Earth study launched
The United Nations begins a $21m (15m) study to assess the impact of human activities on the Earth.
Aids: 'The worst yet to come'
Twenty years after the advent of Aids, the toll of the disease has been staggering, but some experts say the worst is yet to come.
Vegas gambles on cyberspace
America's Nevada state, which includes Las Vegas, votes to allow gambling on the internet despite a federal ban.
Analysis: No honeymoon for Toledo
As Alejandro Toledo prepares to take power in Peru following a slim election victory, Claire Marshall examines the tough task facing him.
Spotlight on US death penalty
The debate about the possible execution of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh has focused attention on the death penalty in the US.
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