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01/26/2005

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Press Review

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

Safin Storms Into Semifinals

Fourth seed Marat Safin muscled his way into the semifinals of the Australian Open on Tuesday, thrashing 20th seed Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Sharapova Survives 35-Degree Duel

At times she looked like she may melt as the center court temperatures soared. In the end it was Maria Sharapova who put her rival on ice -- barely.

Bush to Request $80Bln More

The U.S. administration plans to announce Tuesday it will request about $80 billion more for this year's costs of fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, congressional aides said.

China Posts 9.5% Growth in '04

China's economy expanded at its fastest pace in eight years in 2004, growing at an annual rate of 9.5 percent despite efforts to slow its blistering pace in order to avert inflation, the government said Tuesday.

Snow: Bush Is Serious About Cutting Deficit

The U.S. administration is committed to cutting huge budget and trade deficits, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said, adding there should be no delay in overhauling Social Security.

Sunni Arabs Chase Role in Creating a New Iraq

Sunni Arab leaders who have been the most vocal in calling for a boycott or postponement of the coming elections say they intend to get involved in politics after the vote, including taking part in writing a permanent constitution.

Allawi Focuses on Problems at Hand

Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Tuesday it was ""futile"" to set a timetable now for the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops from Iraq and that the country must first build up its security forces to confront the insurgents.

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