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Kyrgyz Government Resigns Amid Scandal

Kyrgyzstan's government resigned Wednesday after a special state commission ruled that senior officials were to blame for civilian deaths when police opened fire on demonstrators in March.

Vajpayee Visit Sparks Kashmir Valley Strike

Some 30,000 mourners joined a funeral procession for a slain Kashmiri separatist leader Wednesday, shouting demands for independence of the Himalayan province claimed by both India and Pakistan.

Sharon Looks to Opposition for Coalition

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looked set to reshape his government into a narrower coalition after defiant ultra-Orthodox allies refused to back an austerity package in a parliamentary vote Wednesday.

Bureaucracy Just Gets More and More Bloated

This week, the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly got into a spat over raising the salaries of deputies and their assistants.

Making Summit of Nothing

This week's summit in Moscow between Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin has, for more than half a year, been Russia's main foreign policy priority.

News in Brief

Cold Kills 6 MOSCOW (AP) -- At least six people froze to death in Moscow this week because of a cold snap in the city, a city emergency official said Wednesday. Another three people were hospitalized with hypothermia in the past 24 hours, said Lyubov Zhomova, a spokeswoman for the emergency medical service. After weeks of sunny, balmy weather, temperatures in Moscow and some other regions have plunged over the past week. Temperatures dipped below freezing Sunday and Monday night. Probe Into Ukraine WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A former bodyguard whose secret recordings threatened to topple Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma last year said he has appeared before a U.S. federal grand jury in San Francisco but declined to say whether Kuchma was the target of its probe.

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