The Concordance
 
 Abbas...................1
The Pakistani military authorities have increased their relief and rescue work in its administered part of Kashmir. The major focus of the relief and rescue work is still Muzzafarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, which has been severely hit by the earthquake. This report from Zaffar Abbas:184
 
 Abhorred................1
Speaking on television just hours after the attacks, the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, promised an intense investigation by the police and security services to track down those responsible. Mr Blair also said he knew those behind the attacks had acted in the name of Islam but he stressed that the overwhelming majority of Muslims abhorred the bombings as much as he did. 508
 
 Able....................4
Brazilians went to the polls to answer a simple question: should the sale of guns and ammunition be banned? They were urged to vote 'yes' by the government, the Catholic church and the United Nations. But instead, by close to two to one, they voted 'no'. Which means gun shops will remain open and, as now, anyone over twenty-five will be able to buy a firearm, subject to background checks. 140
The referendum was also portrayed in terms of civil rights. The 'no' campaign acknowledged that not every Brazilian would want to buy a gun. But it said that in a crime-ridden society, citizens should have the right to choose how to defend themselves and their families. Organisers of the failed 'yes' campaign admit they were out-manoeuvred. Given the overwhelming opposition to a gun ban, it may be many years before politicians feel able to revisit this issue.144
Mayor Ray Nagin said it was with great sadness that he was forced to sack three thousand people who worked for the city. New Orleans was not able to obtain sufficient funds, the official statement said, pointing out that the request for money had been put into the state and the federal government. Those city workers not contacted to return to work, it added, should consider themselves part of the lay off. 196
The deep water reefs are not only found around the west European coast, from Norway, around Scotland, Ireland and right down to Spain, but have also been seen in African waters. Now the scientists have the evidence to show just how devastating deep sea trawlers are to marine life, they hope to be able to prosecute companies that damage the reefs. This they say can be done easily using satellites to track where these large boats go and to ensure they're not destroying wildlife that's almost five thousand years old.302
 
 About...................19
Thousands of men and women, young and old, many with war medals pinned to their suits marched past the Cenotaph and saluted Prince Charles as they walked down the government district of Whitehall. Senior military officer, Air Chief Marshall, Jock Stirrup, was at the ceremony. "This day is not just about the Second World War, or about the First World War. It's about the sacrifice and the contribution of so many people over the years, right up until the present day."66
Thousands of men and women, young and old, many with war medals pinned to their suits marched past the Cenotaph and saluted Prince Charles as they walked down the government district of Whitehall. Senior military officer, Air Chief Marshall, Jock Stirrup, was at the ceremony. "This day is not just about the Second World War, or about the First World War. It's about the sacrifice and the contribution of so many people over the years, right up until the present day."66
Thousands of men and women, young and old, many with war medals pinned to their suits marched past the Cenotaph and saluted Prince Charles as they walked down the government district of Whitehall. Senior military officer, Air Chief Marshall, Jock Stirrup, was at the ceremony. "This day is not just about the Second World War, or about the First World War. It's about the sacrifice and the contribution of so many people over the years, right up until the present day."66
With just three months to go the Turin Games' organisers would have hoped to have put most of their headaches behind them. Not so: the last few weeks have seen fresh doubts emerge about the extent of Italian government funding for the Games, as well as heightened fears about possible terrorist attacks, and, most recently, threats by environmentalists to disrupt the games in protest at a new high speed rail link being built between Turin and the French city of Lyon. 84
With just three months to go the Turin Games' organisers would have hoped to have put most of their headaches behind them. Not so: the last few weeks have seen fresh doubts emerge about the extent of Italian government funding for the Games, as well as heightened fears about possible terrorist attacks, and, most recently, threats by environmentalists to disrupt the games in protest at a new high speed rail link being built between Turin and the French city of Lyon. 84
About ninety thousand adults apply to become British citizens every year. Now each and every one of them will have to take a written test before they can qualify as citizens. This report from Paul Keller104
The head of the governing body for world football has made strong negative comments about the state of the game. Sepp Blatter says that if nothing is done, the future of the game will be threatened. This report from Stephen Evans:172
Sepp Blatter runs the body that runs global football. What he says counts - and what he says is scathing, particularly about the super-rich individuals who are buying big clubs single-handedly. 174
Having set foot in the sport seemingly out of nowhere, he continues, they proceed to throw pornographic amounts of money at it. What they do not understand is that football is more about grass roots than idols; more about giving entertainment and hope to the many than bogus popularity to the few. 178
Having set foot in the sport seemingly out of nowhere, he continues, they proceed to throw pornographic amounts of money at it. What they do not understand is that football is more about grass roots than idols; more about giving entertainment and hope to the many than bogus popularity to the few. 178
Meanwhile the house to house search for bodies has been brought to an end with the death toll in Louisiana standing at more than nine hundred and seventy. A private company will now assume responsibility for any other reports of bodies being found. The total number of dead, around one thousand two hundred, including those in Mississippi, is considerably lower than the figure of ten thousand talked about in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 198
With Brazil already two thirds of the way through its football season, there's now heated debate about what the authorities should do next. The eleven games refereed by Mr. Carvalho will almost certainly have to be replayed and amid claims of more widespread match fixing, the Brazilian Football Confederation has promised an independent inquiry.234
But partygoers think the crowd is thinner. At its peak, a million people crammed onto the streets over the two-day festival. Yesterday two-hundred-thousand came for the children's carnival and the police think about half-a-million people are here today. Alisha, who's been coming here for years, thinks she knows why people have stayed away.314
At the end of Cologne's Catholic Youth Festival, the Pope gave a basically optimistic yet unusually realistic vision for the future of the Church. Catholic ethics and morals are in constant decline, he said. But this gathering of young people from around the world had challenged and stimulated him to think about the future, both of the Church and of society. 350
The opposition labour party leader, Kim Beasley quickly saw an opportunity to make political capital - not to call people mate is un-Australian, he says, but it's also a reflection of the elitist culture of the conservative government which is all about masters and servants. 362
A former labour Prime Minister Bob Hawke says the ban is pomposity gone mad. Mr Hawke says the term mate is also folklore in the Australian labour party because if anyone significant calls you mate you know the knife is about to go in your back. And mate is also handy at official functions when you can't remember a name. 364
The space shuttle Discovery is orbiting the Earth after blasting off successfully from Cape Canaveral. However there are growing worries about something which was seen falling from the spacecraft soon after the launch. This report from Jeremy Cooke:442
The Spanish deputy prime minister, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, has gone to the region and met angry locals. They're complaining about the lack of resources to fight this kind of catastrophe.476
No one knows what the effect of the weekend's concerts will be on the leaders about to gather for the G8 in Gleneagles in Scotland or on the millions living in poverty in Africa. But we do know what the effect has been on the record sales of several of the rock n roll millionaires who played. They've soared. Sales of Madonna's greatest hits have trebled according to a week on week comparison by one of Britain's biggest chains of record shops. But this is a modest boost compared to an eight fold increase for the veteran rockers The Who and a remarkable fourteen times more copies sold of the latest compilation by Pink Floyd. 518
 
 Absurd..................1
The Prime Minister John Howard was among the first to describe the ban as absurd and ridiculous, and well he might. Mate is one of John Howard's favourite words. He even calls President George Bush 'mate'. 360
 
 Abuse...................1
The BBC was also told of children being murdered because of the belief in witchcraft and came across first-hand evidence of traditional African healers and Christian pastors submitting children to horrific abuse. 498
 
 Abusive.................1
The most disturbing case was that of a desperately ill eight year-old boy subjected to a series of abusive rituals by a traditional healer. Despite repeated pleas for urgent action the Angolan authorities took four days to intervene. They say the boy died later in hospital.500
 
 Accelerate..............1
The technique, developed last year, uses human embryos to grow stem cells which one day may be used to replace tissue damaged by disease. The new centre will make the cells and techniques more widely available and accelerate research to find cures for cancer, Alzheimerís and other degenerative diseases. 154
 
 Accepting...............1
Sunday's election was fought on domestic issues. Most voters were accepting or rejecting landmark economic reforms, like plans to privatise the postal system. But the consequences of this decisive victory will be far-reaching. Mr Koizumi now has a degree of political security rare in Japan, where power is usually diluted by the check and balance of rival factions and coalition politics.274
 
 Accident................1
Emergency services have arrived at the crash site of a Colombian airliner in the Venezuelan mountains. All 160 people on board the West Caribbean Airways flight from Panama to Martinique died in the impact. This is the second accident this year involving West Caribbean Airways. This report from Jeremy McDermott:370
 
 Accommodation...........1
Tens of thousands of people are still homeless living in shelters, hotels or other accommodation across America. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has been criticised for not getting evacuees into more permanent housing quickly enough. Trailer parks are being established to home those most in need.200
 
 According...............3
Fewer cars were torched around the country on Tuesday night - just over six hundred - but there were many arrests, according to a spokesman for the Interior Minister. The Paris area was relatively calm but there was trouble in cities like Toulouse and Lyon. The government's emergency decree allowing for widespread new police powers is now in force. Many cities may now impose curfews if the authorities see fit. 74
Falling ticket prices and rising incomes are leading to rapid growth in global air travel. According to the British government, the number of British air passengers, for example, will more than double in the next quarter of a century. Increases of such an order would mean much more aviation fuel being burned and aviation fuel may be more harmful to the environment than other fuels because the resulting smoke is emitted at high altitudes. 242
No one knows what the effect of the weekend's concerts will be on the leaders about to gather for the G8 in Gleneagles in Scotland or on the millions living in poverty in Africa. But we do know what the effect has been on the record sales of several of the rock n roll millionaires who played. They've soared. Sales of Madonna's greatest hits have trebled according to a week on week comparison by one of Britain's biggest chains of record shops. But this is a modest boost compared to an eight fold increase for the veteran rockers The Who and a remarkable fourteen times more copies sold of the latest compilation by Pink Floyd. 518
 
 Accusation..............1
This is potentially embarrassing for those involved in the concerts, as the cynics' favourite accusation has always been that rock stars use charity to disguise self promotion. 520
 
 Accused.................2
Brazil's football season has been thrown into confusion following the arrest of a senior referee. The referee is accused of helping to arrange matches as part of an illegal betting ring. This report from Steve Kingstone:228
It's claimed that sometimes those instructions would come just moments before kick-off. Mr. Carvalho would then favour one team or the other, allegedly for a fee of between four and six thousand dollars per game. The official has now been questioned by the police and suspended from his duties, along with a second referee accused of fixing lower division matches. On Sunday the Brazilian authorities wrote to football's world governing body, FIFA, recommending that Mr. Carvalho also be suspended as an approved international referee. 232
 
 Aceh....................6
Final round of Aceh disarmament 30
Rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh are handing in the last of their weapons as part of a peace agreement signed between rebels of the free Aceh movement and the Indonesian government. Itís hoped this will be the end of twenty six years of fighting. Rachel Harvey reports.32
Rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh are handing in the last of their weapons as part of a peace agreement signed between rebels of the free Aceh movement and the Indonesian government. Itís hoped this will be the end of twenty six years of fighting. Rachel Harvey reports.32
In theory the deadline for the decommissioning of rebel weapons is the end of the year but there's always been another date in mind. December the 26th, the anniversary of the tsunami disaster which destroyed huge swathes of Aceh and killed an estimated hundred and sixty thousand people. It was the tsunami which prompted the two sides to get back to the negotiating table. 34
So far the peace process has gone far more smoothly than anyone expected but there are major obstacles ahead. The first is integrating former rebels back into civilian life. The other is the political future of the province. Under the terms of the agreement the free Aceh movement should be allowed to form a local political party but that requires a change in the law which must be approved by parliament in Jakarta. It's likely to be a lengthy and potentially acrimonious process. 36
But an event due to take place on Wednesday evening shows how much things have already changed in Aceh. The international monitors overseeing the decommissioning process have challenged the rebels to a football match. Rachel Harvey, BBC news, Jakarta38