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05/14/2003

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Press Review

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

Attacks Highlight Pressures on Saudis

The suicide bombings in Riyadh send a harsh message to Saudi rulers that an American troop withdrawal from Islam's birthplace has not mollified militants bent on destabilizing the world's biggest oil exporter.

N. Korea 'Aimed Laser' at Chopper

North Korea's military may have aimed a laser at a U.S. helicopter in March, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

U.S., Iran Discuss Mutual Concerns

After almost a quarter-century of tension and deep distrust, the United States is now engaged in ""useful"" discussions with Iran over issues of mutual concern, according to senior officials in the U.S. administration.

FAA Says Average Passenger Now Weighs More

Study after study has shown that many Americans are overweight, raising health concerns among physicians. Now, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is saying it may be a safety concern for fliers, too.

'Black Tuesday' Strike Swamps France

Planes, trains and buses across France ground to a halt, schools shut down and newsstands were Planes, trains and buses across France ground to a halt, schools shut down and newsstands were empty Tuesday as trade unions mobilized a mass one-day protest against planned state pension reforms.

Halliburton Wins Iraq Job

The U.S. Army said Monday it had awarded a $24 million contract to distribute gasoline and cooking fuel in Iraq to a unit of oil company Halliburton, once run by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Soros: Void Hussein-Era Deals

Bank loans to Iraq and oil field development contracts that were agreed to under the regime of deposed leader Saddam Hussein should be voided, billionaire U.S. financier George Soros said Monday.

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