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04/05/2005

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Press Review

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

Yartsev Quits Russia Post With His Boss' Blessing

Georgy Yartsev resigned as coach of Russia's national soccer team on Monday.

New Wave of Violence Hits Thailand

Security measures are heightened at transportation hubs as separatist violence flares up in the south.

Zimbabwe's Opposition Plays It Safe

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, ruled out organizing demonstrations against what he called the ""fraudulent'' results of last week's parliamentary elections, saying his party could not mount a protest large enough to force President Robert Mugabe from power.

Pacific Islets Fire Old Disputes

They are remote and uninhabited. But it seems every coastal Asian nation has a claim on one group or another of these Pacific islets, reefs and rocks, and many of the disputes have been heating up.

Gorbachev Praises the Late Pontiff

Pope John Paul II was a ""No. 1 humanist"" whose advocacy of human rights helped Eastern Europe throw off the weight of communist oppression, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday.

Strong Desires for Third World Pope

As cardinals rushed to the Vatican to begin the process of selecting a new pope, many back home were asking a pointed question: If most of the world's Roman Catholics live in the developing world, why has every pope been European?

Poles Want Heart of 'Greatest Krakovian'

Officials in Krakow, where Pope John Paul II served as archbishop, are expressing the hope that his heart could be buried in their cathedral alongside Poland's medieval kings and saints.

Italian Politicians Blasted for Using Pope for Votes

Subdued by Pope John Paul II's death, Italians voted Monday for a second day in regional elections -- seen as a test for Premier Silvio Berlusconi's ruling coalition -- amid accusations that the competing sides were exploiting the pontiff's image to win votes.

China's Catholics Hope for Vatican Ties

As Chinese Catholics mourned the death of Pope John Paul II, the country's state-sanctioned church expressed hope Monday that his successor would try to end a half-century-old break between Beijing and Rome -- even as a U.S.-based religious foundation said a bishop of an underground Catholic church had been detained.

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