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

Sharon's 'Occupation' Baffles Israelis

Unbelievable. That was the word on everyone's lips Tuesday after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a champion of Jewish settlement in areas Palestinians want for a state, described Israel's hold on land in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as ""occupation.""

U.S. Troops Die in Iraqi Firefight

Two U.S. soldiers and two unidentified attackers were killed and nine other U.S. troops injured in a firefight early Tuesday in the troubled town of Fallujah, a hotbed of support for Saddam Hussein's fallen Baath Party, the U.S. military said.

Opposition Says Iran Has 2 Secret Nuclear Facilities

An Iranian opposition group said Monday that it had evidence of two previously undisclosed uranium enrichment facilities west of Tehran -- information that, if proven, might add to the U.S. administration's argument that Iran is violating its commitment not to produce nuclear weapons.

Everest Gets Crowded at the Top

It's getting a little crowded at the top of the world. In the last week, climbers rushing to scale Mount Everest before the 50th anniversary of the first ascent on Thursday have set a rash of records, including oldest (70), youngest (15), fastest (12 hours, 45 minutes), again fastest (10 hours, 56 minutes) and most frequent (13 times).

Euro Soars to $1.19, Rate Cut Possible

As the euro soared to all-time highs against the dollar Tuesday, putting the squeeze on European exporters, the European Central Bank appeared to be preparing to come to the rescue and cut euro-zone interest rates, perhaps as soon as next week.

Norway's Oil Savings At $100Bln

A gargantuan fund saving Norway's oil wealth has topped $100 billion for the first time, giving enough cash to buy every Norwegian a new car or 6,000 pizzas, central bank figures showed Tuesday.

U.S. Contracts for Tax Haven Firms

Companies that reduced their U.S. tax bill by incorporating overseas did $1 billion worth of business with the federal government last year, a computer analysis of federal contracts shows.

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