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10/18/2005

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Press Review

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

China Welcomes Astronauts Home

China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as a patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess.

Koizumi's Shrine Visit Angers Neighbors

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi prayed at the Yasukuni Shrine on Monday, fulfilling a promise to make annual visits to a war memorial considered a symbol of unrepentant Japanese militarism in Asia.

Nurses Sit on Libya's Death Row

In 1998, at a time when her country was mired in hyperinflation, Valya Chervenyashka left her rural Bulgarian village and went to work as a nurse in Benghazi, Libya, for $250 a month, to pay for her daughters' college educations.

Europe Begins Search for a Bird Flu Vaccine

Europe is ready to expedite approval of a bird flu vaccine, but a preventative shot is unlikely to be available before next year's winter flu season, Europe's top medicines regulator said Monday.

MI6 Raises Cloak of Secrecy Online

If there is an institution that the fictional James Bond made famous with all his derring-do, it was, to quote from the thriller and movie of the same name, Her Majesty's Secret Service.

U.S. Presses China to Free Yuan

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Monday that he was convinced China was committed to letting market forces drive the yuan's value, but warned Beijing had to show progress to hold off U.S. protectionist sentiment.

Scandal-Ridden Broker Close to Sale Agreement

Refco, the futures broker facing insolvency because of a bad-debt scandal, is close to an agreement to sell part of the company to a group led by J.C. Flowers & Co., two people briefed on the discussions said.

Wheelbarrows Push Along Liberian Economy

Ask Moses Kollie what his job is and he answers not with a profession or a trade but with an object.

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