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02/03/2003

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WTO Entry: No Time to Lose

Recent events show that Russia's need for membership in the WTO is rapidly growing.

Press Review

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

Bush, Blair Split on Role of UN

British Prime Minister Tony Blair stood with U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday in warning Saddam Hussein that time is running out for Iraq to avoid war, but Bush and Blair appeared divided over how hard to press the UN Security Council for a new resolution supporting military action.

Experts: Invasion of Iraq Likely by End of March

The United States is highly likely to lead an invasion of Iraq in the next two months and the war should be over by the end of June, according to a Reuters survey of experts.

Top Jobs at Schwab Split for Ethics' Sake

Top U.S. discount brokerage Charles Schwab Corp. said Friday it will split the jobs of chairman and chief executive in a bid to guard against concerns over its corporate governance structure.

150,000 Protest French Pension Plan

At least 150,000 people, some braving snow, poured into streets across France on Saturday to protest government plans to reform the country's generous -- but overburdened -- pension system.

UAL Reports $1.47Bln Q4 Loss

The UAL Corp., the parent company of United Airlines, reported Friday a net loss of $1.47 billion in the fourth quarter, capping off the most horrendous year in the airline's history.

Ryanair Gets a Bargain On Buzz and Boeings

Ryanair Holdings PLC leapfrogged back to the top spot of Europe's budget airline industry Friday with a potential $6 billion dollar deal for new planes from Boeing Co. and the purchase of smaller Dutch rival buzz.

Faulty Brake Sparks Recall That May Cost BMW $5M

German luxury carmaker BMW AG said Friday it was recalling 164,000 of its X5 sports utility vehicles worldwide due to a fault with the brake hose, a move that would cost up to 5 million euros ($5.38 million).

Why Not Just Bury It?

When the White House announced last week it would spend an additional $312 million next year on securing Russia's loose nuclear materials, it was a major turnaround.

History Exam Reveals An Enterprising Spirit

In the Soviet era every institute of higher education taught a compulsory, pseudo-scientific course in Communist Party history.

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