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08/10/2004

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Press Review

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

Catching the Sun

Photo essay.

BA to Double Fuel Surcharges

British Airways will double fuel surcharges on long-haul flights to compensate for soaring oil prices, Europe's second-biggest airline said Monday, as it swung to a larger-than-expected first-quarter profit.

Iraq Asks Foreigners to Size Up Oil Fields

Iraq has an immense amount of oil, but no one knows in detail just how much is there, not even the country's oil ministry.

Advertising Forecast Shadows Google IPO

A new Internet advertising forecast shows slower growth for paid search listings in the next five years, a projection that raises questions about web search leader Google's prospects as it goes public.

OPEC Says It May Boost Oil Output

Crude oil futures fell from records in London and New York after the president of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said the group next month may boost output to help lower prices.

Afghanistan Issues Fatwa on Opium

Afghanistan's religious leaders decreed poppy cultivation, which makes the country the world's biggest opium producer, illegal, a move that will aid efforts to end the $2.3 billion drug trade, the United Nations said.

Chinese Trade in Africa Booms

A look of satisfaction played on the trade official's face as he reeled off statistics recently from a ministry report about China's booming commerce with Africa.

Iraq Issues Arrest Warrant for Chalabi

Iraq has issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Chalabi, a former governing council member with strong U.S. ties, on counterfeiting charges, and for his nephew Salem Chalabi -- head of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein -- on murder charges, Iraq's chief investigating judge said.

Iranian Diplomat Kidnapped

Iran on Monday confirmed that one of its diplomats in Iraq was kidnapped, a day after militants in Iraq said they had taken a top Iranian diplomat hostage.

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