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09/22/2004

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Press Review

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

U.S. Hostage Beheaded on Tape

Family members of an American and a Briton held by kidnappers in Iraq pleaded Tuesday for their lives after a grisly video posted on the Internet purportedly showed militants beheading U.S. civil engineer Eugene Armstrong and threatening to kill another hostage within 24 hours.

Kerry Launches Harsh New Attack on Iraq War

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry on Monday unleashed some of his harshest attacks yet on President George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq war, calling it a ""colossal failure of judgment.""

Bush's Speech at UN Targets U.S. Voters, World Opinion

U.S. President George W. Bush, trying to soften his image overseas as a heavy-handed unilateralist, is using his annual address to the United Nations to offer up a brighter vision of a planet with less hunger, disease and oppression.

Washington Eases Libya Sanctions

U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday removed a ban on commercial air service to Libya and released $1.3 billion in frozen Libyan assets in recognition of ""significant"" steps to eliminate its deadliest weapons programs.

Death Toll Tops 600 in Haiti Flooding

Bloated corpses and weeping relatives filled morgues in Haiti after Tropical Storm Jeanne left more than 600 people dead, another tragedy for the Caribbean country in a year marked by revolts, military interventions and deadly floods. The death toll was expected to rise.

Iran Defies UN Ban on Enrichment

Defying a key demand set by 35 nations, Iran announced Tuesday that it has started converting raw uranium into the gas needed for enrichment, a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons.

$280Bln Suit Against Big Tobacco Goes to Trial

After five years of legal wrangling, the United States' largest cigarette makers are meeting federal lawyers in court for the trial phase of the government's record $280 billion civil racketeering suit against the tobacco industry.

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