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10/12/2004

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Press Review

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

$5Bln Telekom Stake for Sale

State-owned development bank KfW is selling up to 4 billion euros ($4.9 billion) worth of shares in Deutsche Telekom, the latest step in the privatization of the former German phone monopoly.

Chirac Means Business in China

French President Jacques Chirac hailed business deals worth 4 billion euros Sunday as a sign that a state visit to China intended to improve economic ties had been a success.

U.S., EU Spar Over Subsidies to Boeing

The European Union and the United States skirmished Friday over aid to Boeing and Airbus, with Brussels accusing Washington of illegally terminating a 1992 bilateral accord when it filed its challenge at the World Trade Organization last week.

Nigerian Unions Start 4-Day General Strike

Nigerian unions launched a four-day general strike Monday to protest rising fuel prices, but oil shipments from the world's seventh-largest exporter proceeded normally.

Politics Hinder Iran's Economy

Iran's hard-line politicians who came to power in February are spearheading a drive to stop economic liberalization, just as they are cracking down on social and political freedoms.

Actor Christopher Reeve Dies at 52

Actor Christopher Reeve, the star of the ""Superman"" movies who became even more famous as an advocate for the disabled after he was paralyzed from the neck down in a 1995 horseback riding accident, died Sunday. He was 52.

Gadhafi Prize to Chavez

Libya on Sunday awarded its annual Moammar Gadhafi human rights prize to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for resisting ""imperialism"" and being a champion of the poor.

Gunmen Disperse Somalian Election Rally

Somalis gathered at a public square in the capital, Mogadishu, on Monday to celebrate the election of a former army officer as interim president of their war-torn country, but were dispersed by gunmen firing into the air.

TV Company to Air Anti-Kerry Film

The 62 television stations owned or managed by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group -- many of them in swing states -- will show within the next two weeks a documentary highly critical of Senator John Kerry's anti-war activities 30 years ago, Sinclair executives said Sunday.

Debate Rages Over Prayer and Healing

In 2001, two researchers and a Columbia University fertility expert published a startling finding in a respected medical journal: Women undergoing fertility treatment who had been prayed for by Christian groups were twice as likely to have a successful pregnancy as those who had not.

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