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10/14/2004

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Press Review

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

Iraq Raids Ahead of Ramadan

More than 1,000 U.S. troops, Iraqi police and Iraqi National Guardsmen launched two simultaneous raids Wednesday in Baquba, north of Baghdad, to clear the area of insurgents before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan this week.

Israel Arrests Suspect in Bus Blast

Israel dealt a double blow to the militant Palestinian group Hamas on Wednesday, arresting a West Bank leader held responsible for a twin suicide bus bombing that killed 16, and killing a militant in a Gaza airstrike.

UN Official: Afghan Polls a Success

Calling the popular verdict on Afghanistan's first-ever presidential election ""overwhelmingly positive,"" a senior UN official said the problem over indelible ink to prevent voter fraud arose because of confusion over pens and ink sponge containers.

650 Analysts Slam Bush's Foreign Policy

More than 650 foreign affairs experts from the United States and abroad have signed an open letter condemning the George W. Bush administration's foreign policy, saying it has harmed the fight against terrorists, and they have called for a change of course.

NATO Urged to Boost Role

The United States urged NATO countries Wednesday to assume a bigger role in Afghanistan and to come up with a plan to take over all military operations there, possibly as early as next year.

9 Commit Group Suicide in Japan

Nine people were found dead in two rented cars Tuesday, with the windows sealed from the inside and charcoal burners at their feet, in what Japanese police are calling modern Japan's largest suicide pact.

Iran Pledges to Halt Work on Bomb

Iran made Europe an offer Tuesday: Stop pressuring us on nuclear energy and we'll guarantee not to make a bomb. European and U.S. governments were discussing an alternate proposal -- to buy Iran out of its nuclear ambitions.

Intel Profit Jumps 15% in Q3

Intel on Tuesday said quarterly profit rose 15 percent, helped by record sales in Asia and stronger demand for notebook and server computer chips, and gave an outlook that reassured jittery investors that it could grow despite tough market conditions.

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