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02/11/2005

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Press Review

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

Secular Shiites Resisting Islamic Iraq

Adel Abdul Mahdi, one of the leading candidates to become the new Iraqi prime minister, recalled the day last year when he and other Iraqi leaders were summoned to the holy city of Najaf by the country's senior Shiite clerics.

Saudis Conduct Their First Elections

Voters converged at polling stations in the Riyadh region on Thursday to participate in municipal elections, marking the first time that Saudis were taking part in a regular poll that conforms to international standards.

Iraq to Seal Its Borders Next Week

Iraq said Thursday it would seal its borders next week to prevent Shiite pilgrims flooding into the country, in the latest emergency measure intended to thwart insurgent violence.

N. Korea Declares It Has Nukes

North Korea declared Thursday for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons and pulled out indefinitely from six-party talks on its atomic ambitions, saying it needed a defense against a hostile United States.

Prince Charles to Wed Camilla Parker Bowles

Britain's heir to the throne, Prince Charles, revealed on Thursday that he would marry Camilla Parker Bowles, sparking intense debate about whether his divorced, longtime lover should become queen.

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