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

'Rings' Makes Clean Sweep at Academy Awards

The filmmakers from Down Under were on top of the entertainment world Sunday evening as the final installment of the hugely successful trilogy ""The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"" made a clean sweep at the 76th annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Gibson's 'Passion' Profits Amid Controversy

Mel Gibson's gamble on ""The Passion of the Christ"" paid off enormously, riding a storm of religious debate to a $117.5 million haul in its first five days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

French Theaters: No Boycott

French film distributors denied Friday they were boycotting Mel Gibson's controversial movie ""The Passion of the Christ"" for fear it could cause anti-Semitic reactions in a country already struggling with the issue.

Belgium's Public Enemy No. 1 on Trial

Belgium's public enemy No. 1 and three co-defendants went on trial Monday for kidnapping, abusing and killing young girls in a mid-1990s crime spree that shocked the country -- as much for the inept police work as for the depravity of the acts.

Schroeder's 'Painful' Poll Defeat

Germany's Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder pledged Monday to press ahead with economic reforms despite a ""painful"" state election defeat that exposed voters' anger about his drive to trim welfare-state programs.

Iraqi Council Approves Charter

Iraqi politicians agreed early Monday on an interim constitution with a wide-ranging bill of rights and a single chief executive, bridging a gulf between members over the role of Islam in the future government, coalition and Iraqi officials said.

UN Authorizes Peacekeepers to Haiti

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide flew into exile in Africa early Monday as his country descended into chaos amid a bloody rebellion. France and the United States began sending troops to join a multinational security force authorized by the UN Security Council.

Venezuelan President Slams Bush

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called U.S. President George W. Bush an ""asshole"" on Sunday for meddling, and vowed never to quit office like his Haitian counterpart as troops battled with opposition protesters demanding a recall referendum against him.

Edwards Gets Tough Ahead of Super Tuesday

Fighting against time and his inability to move to the top of polls, Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards sharply attacked front-runner Senator John Kerry as a Washington practitioner of politics as usual as Tuesday's 10-state slate of contests that could decide the race approached.

Australia Orders New Iraq Probe

Australian Prime Minister John Howard ordered a fresh investigation into prewar intelligence on Iraq, despite a parliamentary report Monday that broadly cleared his government of exaggerating the threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

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