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04/07/2004

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Press Review

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

Shiite Cleric Defiant as Battles Rage

A radical Shiite cleric sought by U.S. forces said Tuesday he is willing to die resisting any attempt to capture him, while battles between gunmen and coalition forces in Shiite cities in the south killed at least 15 Iraqis and wounded dozens.

Vietnam Comparison Irks Bremer

The top U.S. administrator in Iraq said Tuesday that he was confident the occupation would end as planned on June 30 despite an upsurge in violence, and insisted Iraq had nothing in common with Vietnam.

Beijing Asserts Control Over Hong Kong Law

China asserted control Tuesday over Hong Kong's political process, saying the territory cannot change the way it picks its leaders without securing approval from Beijing. Hong Kong activists immediately decried the decision.

Iran to Increase Cooperation With UN Body

Tehran made yet another promise Tuesday to rein in its nuclear program, and the visiting chief UN weapons inspector said he had received assurances Iran knows it has to step up cooperation with his agency.

L.A. Times Takes 5 From Pulitzer Board

The Los Angeles Times on Monday won five Pulitzer Prizes, the most for any newspaper this year, in categories ranging from breaking news to feature photography, and Washington Post foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid won a Pulitzer for international reporting for his coverage of the Iraq war and its uncertain aftermath.

Racy Auto Columnist Finds Niche

An automotive reporter who was once fired from a newspaper job for writing an overly sexy column about his personal experiences in the back seat of a Ford truck is the first automobile writer to win a Pulitzer prize.

Green Cards Bound in Red Tape

Gabriella Barschdorff, a vice president for strategic investment at J. P. Morgan Chase in New York, is not exactly the huddled-masses type.

Nikkei Surges to a 32-Month High

Japan's Nikkei average reached its highest closing level in 32 months Tuesday after a jump in the dollar against the yen triggered buying in Sony and other tech shares.

Chinese Discover New Oil Deposits

The government has announced discoveries of new oil deposits that it says will help reduce China's increasing dependence on imports, amid growing worries over the country's energy security.

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