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01/14/2004

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Press Review

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

Assad Ready to Talk, Israeli Daily Reports

Syrian leader Bashar Assad has dropped a demand that peace talks with Israel resume where they left off in 2000 and is now ready to negotiate without conditions, an Israeli daily reported Tuesday.

Iran's Reformers May Have to Resign

A top Iranian official has warned the reformist government may be forced to resign if it cannot overturn a decision to ban hundreds of liberal candidates from running for parliament, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.

Doctor-Turned-Killer Found Hanging in Cell

Britain's worst mass murderer, Harold Shipman -- a family doctor who killed hundreds of his patients -- was found hanging dead in his cell Tuesday, the prison service said.

U.S. Pushes Background Checks on Passengers

Despite stiff resistance from airlines and privacy advocates, the U.S. government plans to push ahead this year with a vast computerized system to probe the backgrounds of all passengers boarding flights in the United States.

O'Neill Interview May Spark Probe

The U.S. Treasury Department is seeking an investigation into whether a classified document might have been shown during a television show in which former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill spoke out against the Bush administration.

Deepening Rifts in the Americas

Disagreements over free trade and penalties for corrupt nations caused deepening rifts between countries Monday as leaders from across the Americas opened a two-day summit.

Heated Democratic Race Rages in Iowa

Democratic U.S. presidential front-runner Howard Dean widened his lead over Missouri Representative Richard Gephardt in Iowa to five percentage points with six days left before the state's caucuses, according to a Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby poll released on Tuesday.

Adecco Shares Rally After Scare

Adecco shares rallied slightly Tuesday as speculators tried to cash in the day after the company's announcement of possible accounting problems sent its stock crashing 35 percent.

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