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08/12/2003

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Press Review

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

FBI Releases Report on Sept. 11 Crash

U.S. investigators now believe that a hijacker in the cockpit aboard United Airlines Flight 93 instructed terrorist-pilot Ziad Jarrah to crash the jetliner into a Pennsylvania field because of a passenger uprising in the cabin.

Anti-Smoking Wave Hits Europe

At The Duke pub, just off busy Grafton Street in the heart of this jovial city, customers indulge in a cherished but seemingly doomed ritual: a sip from a pint, a drag on a cigarette, a sip, a drag.

Taylor Steps Down, His Fate Unclear

President Charles Taylor, the former warlord blamed for nearly 14 years of bloodshed in Liberia and indicted on war crimes in Sierra Leone, surrendered power Monday to his vice president.

Judge Opens Inquiry Into Suicide of Scientist

British Prime Minister Tony Blair was on vacation Monday when an inquiry began into an arms expert's suspected suicide that puts his leadership over Iraq under scrutiny and could affect his re-election chances.

Soros Pledges $10M to Defeat Bush

Making a major foray into partisan politics, multibillionaire George Soros is committing $10 million to a new Democratic-leaning group aimed at defeating U.S. President George W. Bush next year.

NATO Takes Over in Kabul

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization began its first operation outside Europe in its 54-year history Monday when it took command of peacekeepers in the Afghan capital.

Oil Wealth Does Not Translate to Free Society

Iraq is swimming in oil, but anybody who thinks that such natural wealth translates into a fat and happy middle class is in for a crude awakening.

EU, U.S. Seek Deal to Reduce Farm Aid

The United States and European Union are trying to craft a compromise to slash the $140 billion they now spend on farm aid and cut import tariffs to help revive market-opening talks at the World Trade Organization.

Merrill Trader in $43M Theft Probe

Daniel Gordon, former chief energy trader for Merrill Lynch & Co., is being investigated for embezzling $43 million from the world's largest securities firm in 2000.

Hyundai Motor Profit Jumps After Robust Exports

South Korea's biggest carmaker, Hyundai Motor Co., said Monday that quarterly profit rose a better-than-expected 86 percent, boosted by exports of luxury sedans and its Sante Fe sport utility vehicles.

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