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02/03/2004

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Sharon Planning Gaza Pullout

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his Likud Party on Monday he plans to dismantle all 17 Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip -- his most specific comment yet on a possible Israeli redeployment, a participant in the closed-door meeting said.

Depleted Russians Look for Success

Yelena Sokolova, who was second to Michelle Kwan at the world championships in Washington last March, and Yevgeny Plushenko, the current men's world champion, lead a Russian squad looking to sweep the titles again at the European figure skating championships that started Monday.

Pakistani Scientist Says He Sold Nuclear Secrets

The founder of Pakistan's nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has admitted he transferred nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea, a Pakistani government official said Monday.

Kurd Parties Say Blasts Will Bring Unity

The twin suicide bombings targeting Iraq's two main U.S.-allied Kurdish parties, which killed at least 67 people, will only serve to unite them and strengthen their resolve for self-rule within a federal Iraq, their leaders said.

Reformers to Boycott 'Unfair' Iran Elections

Iran's largest pro-reform party announced Monday it will boycott Feb. 20 elections, with its leader saying the party has lost hope that a free and fair parliamentary vote can be held as scheduled.

Arms Export Picture Mixed

Last week, the arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport announced that Russia had sold $3.2 billion worth of arms abroad in 2001, $4.2 billion in 2002, $5.1 billion in 2003 -- and that over 90 percent of exports had been handled by Rosoboronexport.

Will Azeri Regime Be Hauled Over the Coals?

Rape, electric shocks, serious beatings, forced confessions -- it's all there in a damning report released by Human Rights Watch last week. Azerbaijan is experiencing its gravest human rights crisis of the past decade, the report says, and urgent action needs to be taken.

CEO Quits Over Forex Scandal

The chief executive of National Australia Bank quit Monday in the wake of shock currency trading losses, with the head of the bank's British operations taking the top job at the country's largest bank.

IMF Chief Says Global Economy Is Recovering

IMF Managing Director Horst K?hler said Monday that imbalances in the global current account remain a risk to economic recovery though a stronger euro and weaker dollar are helping facilitate a rebalancing.

E-Mail Virus Cripples SCO Group Web Site

A computer virus that targeted a small Utah software company performed as its perpetrators promised Sunday, bringing down The SCO Group's web site two days before a similar virus was programmed to attack Microsoft Corp.

Viacom Mulls Blockbuster Fate

Viacom, having failed to find a buyer for its Blockbuster video-rental business, is nearing a decision to spin it off, executives close to the discussions said over the weekend.

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