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12/17/2002

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Putin Calls for Revival of Sporting Greatness

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called the revival of sports among ordinary Russians vital to the health of the nation.

Drama a Feature of World Cup Year

The year 2002 will always be remembered for Brazil winning the first World Cup finals to be held in Asia. But it will also go down in history as the year in which soccer looked at itself in the mirror and did not like what it saw.

Enjoying the Frozen Chaos

You can leave people without hot water and heat in their homes, but you can't cut off their propaganda.

In Pursuit of Fast Food in the Freezing Cold

Hardened Muscovites will no doubt sneer, but for Bakuvians last week's snow flurry was a major event.

Press Review

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

Eastern Europe's Largest Mall Opens on MKAD

Eastern Europe's biggest shopping and entertainment center, Mega Mall is expected to attract 25 million visitors a year and handle up to 170,000 visitors on peak days.

Pakistan Plot Suspects Head to Court

Three men suspected of plotting an attack on American diplomats appeared in court Monday, as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca met with Pakistani officials to discuss the global war on terror.

Colombian Lawmakers Undaunted By Threats

As 1,600 police and soldiers searched Bogota for suspected guerrillas, members of the Colombian Congress refused to be cowed by recent rebel attacks on lawmakers.

Chavez Fights Opposition Strike

Hugo Chavez on Monday fought back against an opposition strike that has crippled the nation's oil industry, using troops to unblock gasoline supplies and oil shipments.

N. Korea Wants Pact With U.S.

Raising an old demand, North Korea said Monday the signing of a nonaggression treaty with the United States is the only way to prevent a war on the Korean Peninsula.

Agricole Bids $20Bln for Lyonnais

Credit Agricole launched a friendly 19.5 billion euro ($19.9 billion) bid for Credit Lyonnais on Monday in a deal that would create a new French banking giant.

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