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06/17/2003

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Conference Mulls 'Shortage' of Land

A conference looking at investment potential in the real estate market in Russia, the country with the largest amount of land in the world, focused on the shortage of suitable land.

Plans for Minsk Get an Upgrade

A plan to demolish Moscow's Minsk hotel and build a multifunctional center on its site has been reworked, increasing its size and making it $40 million more expensive.

Ministry Thinks Big on Utilities

The federal government intends to end the state monopoly on the provision of communal housing and municipal utilities to promote better service, said Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Vitaly Shipov, who is in charge of the reform.

Dacha-Building Zeal Threatening Ecology

In idle moments, writer Boris Pasternak used to gaze across the valley at a vista of trees and golden domes, but this may be the last year when visitors to his dacha can also appreciate the view.

ASEAN Ministers Tell Junta to Free Suu Kyi

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Monday told Myanmar to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an unprecedented rebuke to one of its own.

Egypt Pushes Hamas to Call Truce

Egyptian mediators summoned all Palestinian militias Monday in a final push to persuade them to halt attacks on Israelis, and Palestinian officials said they expect a truce to be declared very soon.

6 More Arrested in Mecca Bomb Plot

Saudi police arrested six more suspected al-Qaida Muslim militants in a widening probe into a plot to attack Mecca, Islam's holiest city, newspapers reported Monday.

Asian Banks Buy Up America

A handful of foreign central banks are amassing a huge stake in the U.S. economy, not out of any belief that the United States is an attractive investment but rather as a desperate attempt to shield their countries' exports.

Fortune Keeps Good Times Rolling, for Now

Everyone agrees that Russia's economy is in the midst of a fantastic bull run. What role has luck played in the recovery -- and what will happen when that luck runs out?

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