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Putin's Candidate for Pre-emption

While working to slow down the Bush administration's campaign against Saddam Hussein, Russia has for weeks waged a campaign of accusation and intimidation against neighboring Georgia, where some Chechen fighters have taken refuge.

An Autumn of Disillusionment

The freedom of speech orgy in Russia has come to an end,"" presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky announced last week.

Tourism Can't Compete With Kidnap Industry

It's been almost four months since Peter Shaw, a financial adviser at a European Union-sponsored bank, was kidnapped, but there's still no word on where he is or why he is being held.

When the Magic Wears Off

Hard times continue on the world's financial markets. Every time share prices make a modest gain, analysts breathe a sigh of relief and inform us that the crisis is past. And before long prices start to fall again.

Press Review

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Ivory Coast Talks Fail, Rebel Areas Attacked

The thud of heavy arms fire shook Ivory Coast's second city Monday as government troops fought to reclaim the rebel-held north after efforts to restore peace in the once-stable West African country collapsed.

Israeli Army Kills 12 Palestinians

Israeli forces killed 12 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday, including 10 who died when a helicopter missile hit a crowd, in a raid that sapped confidence for a new international peace effort.

Tanker Fire Put Out, Investigations Start

A fire that raged for hours aboard a French oil tanker has been put out, but still unanswered is the question of whether the tanker was attacked by terrorists.

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