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12/01/2004

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Press Review

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

Japan Signs On for Trade Talks

Japan and South Korea joined the rush to court Southeast Asia, agreeing Tuesday to launch free trade talks with the region's leaders hours after they clinched a momentous market-opening deal with booming China.

Row Mars Myskina's Finest Year

Anastasia Myskina capped a magnificent year for Russian tennis by leading her country to its first Fed Cup title at the weekend, but her feud with Maria Sharapova continues to cast a shadow over the country's success.

Self-Made Immigrant Chosen for Commerce

U.S. President George W. Bush began reshaping his economic team for a second term Monday by nominating Carlos Gutierrez, the Cuban-born chief executive of the Kellogg cereal company, to replace Bush's friend Donald Evans as commerce secretary.

Gaymard Promises Economic Upturn

New French Finance Minister Herve Gaymard vowed Tuesday to pursue an ambitious industrial policy by turning firms into ""European champions,"" and cut unemployment and boost growth to make the economy more dynamic.

Annan Surprised at Son's Illicit Dealings

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was ""very disappointed and surprised"" that his son had continued to receive payments until this February from a firm that had a contract with Iraq's oil-for-food program, the subject of numerous corruption investigations.

Flash Floods Ravage North Philippines

More than 300 people died after flash floods and landslides devastated three coastal towns and left swaths of the northern Philippines under water Tuesd

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