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Annan Mulls UN Role in Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan sought ""greater clarity"" in talks set for Monday with U.S. and Iraqi officials about a possible UN role in Iraq as the Bush administration faced a dispute with a prominent Shiite cleric over choosing a provisional government.

Barclays Clinch Hollinger Takeover

The owners of a British newspaper group announced a deal with embattled press baron Conrad Black to take over his controlling interest in Hollinger Inc., the Toronto-based parent company of newspaper publisher Hollinger International Inc.

Poll: U.S. Concerned About Health, Work

In the United States, concerns over health care and unemployment have edged higher in the public's consciousness over the last year as worries about the overall economy eased, an Associated Press poll found.

Strike Grounds 364 Alitalia Flights

A strike by staff of Alitalia airlines grounded 364 flights Monday, forcing thousands of passengers to change their plans and adding to disruption caused by labor disputes in other parts of Italy's transport sector.

Eurogroup Stressing High Euro Concerns

Euro-zone finance ministers were likely to join forces Monday to stress they don't want any more speedy gains in their common currency.

No Strong Japan-Europe G-7 Front Expected

Japan and Europe may share concerns about the dollar's weakness but any alliance between them at next month's Group of Seven meeting will probably be superficial, not a strong united front likely to alter currency trends.

Auto Supplies, the New Boom Trade for Slovakia

Deep amid the rusting pipes and gritty stacks of a dilapidated Slovak aluminum smelter, Peter Oslanec is trying to turn a huge hole in the ground into the heart of Slovakia's new boom trade.

Brisk Baptism

Starting in the wee hours of Monday, Russian Orthodox believers celebrated Epiphany in rivers and lakes around the country, where priests blessed the waters through cross-shaped holes in the ice.

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