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08/05/2003

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Press Review

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

Germans Use Iron Curtain Ties in Iraq

German companies, excluded by the United States from government contracts in Iraq after Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der's opposition to the war, are using contacts dating from before the fall of the Iron Curtain to win business.

Once Elite Liberia Hotel Home to Misery of War

In the twisted logic of war, the displaced civilians cowering in a ruined hotel in Monrovia are occasionally thankful for the bullets that whiz over their heads.

China Taps Action Movie Star to Reignite Tourism

China, trying to help its tourism industry recover from the impact of SARS, will allow Japanese tourists to visit without visas, officials said Monday.

First Peacekeepers Arrive in Liberia

The first West African forces landed Monday on an international rescue mission for Liberia to help end 14 years of carnage -- and oversee the departure of warlord-turned-President Charles Taylor.

Report: Powell and Deputy to Step Down

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage have signaled to the White House that they intend to step down even if U.S. President George W. Bush is re-elected, setting the stage for a substantial reshaping of the administration's national security team.

Excessive Noise Levels Afflict 70% of Moscow

Less than one-third of Moscow residences are in areas quiet enough to live, city officials said Friday.

A Pointless German Fad Driven by Technology

All at once at 6:01 on Friday evening, about 40 people in the middle of a crowded street pulled out their cellphones and started shouting ""Yes, yes!""

Hyundai Tycoon Jumps to His Death

A top executive of the Hyundai conglomerate, whose business spearheaded reconciliation efforts with North Korea but ended up tangled in debt and scandal, plunged to his death from his office window Monday.

HSBC First-Half Profit Hits $6.11Bln

HSBC Holdings PLC, the world's second biggest bank, unveiled consensus-beating first-half profits Monday thanks to its purchase of Household International, sending its shares to a 13-month high and boosting European markets.

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