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02/21/2003

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Banned Official Receives Invite

The Figure Skating Federation of Russia included Didier Gailhaguet on its list of official invitees to a major event next weekend in St. Petersburg even though Gailhaguet, the French skating federation president, was banned from the sport for his role in the cheating scandal at last February's Olympic Games.

Israel Tackles Trafficking of Women Sex Slaves

Every year hundreds of women running from poverty in her homelands are smuggled into Israel to enter a profession older than the Bible -- prostitution.

Weather Hinders Iran Crash Salvage

Search teams pressed through fog, rain and strong winds Thursday to recover some mutilated bodies from the mountainous site of a military plane crash that killed all 302 Iranian soldiers aboard, and grieving relatives tried to approach the heavily guarded scene.

Air Force Chief Killed In Pakistan

A Pakistani air force plane crashed Thursday in a remote region of northwestern Pakistan, killing all 17 people on board, including the chief of the air force.

Oil Hovers at 29-Month High

Oil prices simmered near the highest levels for more than two years Thursday, ahead of data expected to show further declines in U.S. fuel stocks as the United States gears up for a possible war on oil-rich Iraq.

U.S. 2002 Trade Deficit Hits Record $435Bln

The United States recorded a $435.2 billion trade deficit for 2002, the largest imbalance in history, as the weak global economy set back American exports while imports of autos and other consumer goods were hitting all-time highs.

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