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01/18/2005

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Press Review

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

Sharapova Named as Face of 2012 Bid

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has been chosen to become an ambassador for the Moscow bid to host the 2012 Olympics, city officials said Monday.

Avangard Wins Hockey Euros

Avangard Omsk won the final of the inaugural European Champions Cup when Jaromir Jagr scored an overtime game-winner to lift the Siberian club to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Finnish champion Karpat Oulu at St. Petersburg's Ice Palace on Sunday.

Kuznetsova Angered by Belgian Doping Charge

U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, one of three players at the center of tennis doping allegations, says she is not a drugs cheat and is upset that Belgian authorities inadvertently pointed the finger at her.

Officials Play With, Not By, the Rules

Most parents probably hope that their children will be winners -- in spelling bees and beauty contests, chess tournaments and boxing contests, mayoral and presidential elections. But it's very unlikely that there are parents who hope that their children will secure victory by hitting below the belt.

China Mourns Death of Zhao

Zhao Ziyang, the former Communist Party leader who helped launch China's economic boom but was ousted after sympathizing with the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters, died Monday in a Beijing hospital. He was 85.

Iraqi Expats Approach Vote Amid Confusion

Exiled Iraqis began registering to vote Monday in their homeland's first independent election in nearly 50 years, with dozens arriving at polling stations from Australia to Britain -- and many expressing confusion at the process.

Bush to Have Solemn Swearing-In

Inaugurations are always balancing acts: part coronation, part celebration of democracy, part touchdown dance in the end zone. But they become even trickier during times of war, particularly when television images of dancers in black ties can be instantly juxtaposed with soldiers in body armor.

Croatians Re-elect Pro-Western Mesic

Croatians overwhelmingly gave pro-Western President Stjepan Mesic a second term in an election runoff, bolstering efforts to bring the former Yugoslav republic to European Union membership, results showed Monday.

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