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10/24/2003

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Bush's Australia Visit Marred by Hecklers

Heckled inside the Australian parliament and jeered by protesters outside, President George W. Bush on Thursday defended the Iraq invasion and war on terror, saying Australia and the United States had to lead by example.

Annan Calls for Iraq Donations

U.S. and Iraqi officials are pleading for billions to rebuild Iraq at a donors conference that opened Thursday with appeals for generosity and warnings that they might not get all they need right away.

Azerbaijan, Russia's Army, and Oil and Euros

The Moscow Times readers share their thoughts on Azeri elections and Russia's dependence on oil dollars.

Business in Brief

VW Awaits Decision MOSCOW (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG, Europe's No. 1 carmaker, expects a Russian government decision on the conditions for opening a car factory in the country, the Financial Times reported Thursday, without citing anyone. Volkswagen wants to make cars from imported kits in Russia, the paper said, without citing anyone. Volkswagen will only invest if Russia lifts restrictions on imports of parts after three years, the paper said. Detlef Wittig, head of sales for the VW brand, told the paper that the investment would be ""in the double-digit million euros."" He said the import restrictions should be removed, the paper said. Foreign-Run Airport? MOSCOW (Bloomberg) -- Aeroports de Paris, the operator of Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, is in talks with Russian partners about managing Sheremetyevo, the country's largest international airport, Vedomosti reported Thursday. The paper cited the general manager of Aeroports de Paris' management unit.

CB: Banks Will Soon Power GDP

Russia's improving banking system may become the country's second-biggest generator of economic growth after the energy sector in about a year, First Deputy Central Bank Chairman Andrei Kozlov said Thursday.

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