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03/14/2005

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Press Review

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

Beirut: Syrian Troops to Stay Into April

Syrian troops will not withdraw completely from Lebanon until at least after an April 7 meeting between senior Syrian and Lebanese military officers to discuss their redeployment, Lebanon's foreign minister said Sunday.

Iran Scoffs at Offer of American Incentives

Iran scoffed at U.S. incentives aimed at coaxing the Islamic republic to drop its nuclear ambitions, with Tehran saying Saturday that Washington's overtures offered nothing in the way of a concession.

U.S. Reaches Settlement With Holocaust Victims

The U.S. government reached a $25.5 million settlement on Friday with Hungarian Holocaust survivors over a trainload of gold, artwork and other property seized by the U.S. Army near the end of World War II after it had been stolen by Nazis.

Al-Qaida In Iraq Ridicules the Madrid Anti-Terror Conference

A militant group calling itself Al-Qaida In Iraq ridiculed an international terrorism conference in Spain held to mark the first anniversary of deadly train bombings there, telling the nations who had gathered they ""would never be victorious.""

Business in Brief

Sheremetyevo-3 Partners Aeroflot will team up with two domestic banks to construct a new terminal at Sheremetyevo Airport, Interfax reported Sunday. It quoted a company source as saying that Aeroflot's board approved a plan on Friday naming Sberbank and Vneshtorgbank as partners in the $430 million project. The move would help the carrier secure a steady flow of funding for the project, key to Aeroflot's plans to turn itself into a competitive global player ahead of the possible sale of the state's 51 percent stake in the airline next year. Interfax also said Aeroflot's board approved participation of a state company controlling the airport's existing two terminals in the construction of Sheremetyevo-3. (Reuters) Gazprom in Sakhalin-2? LONDON -- Royal Dutch/Shell Group, the leader of a project developing Sakhalin-2 oil and gas deposit, has agreed to give Gazprom a stake in the venture, the Observer reported Sunday, without saying where it got the information.

Kudrin Prevails Over Fradkov in VAT Spat

The government has decided to keep the rate of value-added tax flat at 18 percent despite calls from Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov to boost growth by cutting it, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Friday.

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