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06/16/2005

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Press Review

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

Kurd Forces Abduct Minorities

Police and security units, led by Kurdish political parties and backed by the U.S. military, have abducted hundreds of minority Arabs and Turkmens in this intensely volatile city and spirited them to prisons in Kurdish-held northern Iraq, say U.S. and Iraqi officials, government documents and families of the victims.

'Mullahcrat' Power Is at Stake in Vote

Iran's clerical regime may be forced to surrender some influence to the country's new president, to be elected Friday.

Journalist Describes Life as a Hostage

Florence Aubenas on Tuesday described her five months as a hostage in a dark Iraqi cellar, where time stood still and she battled intermittent fears that her captors might kill her.

Annan's Role in Scandal Reviewed

A newly discovered e-mail suggests the UN secretary-general helped his son's employer win a contract.

Opposite Fringes Form Odd Alliance in Vienna

Even for one of Europe's quirkier capitals, it was a bizarre spectacle: a far-right politician who has questioned the existence of Nazi gas chambers noshing on salmon pate at a bar mitzvah and tapping his foot to wildly pulsating Hasidic music.

Marijuana Dispensaries in Jeopardy

The best sellers at the Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary here are whipped up in the kitchen of Kevin Reed, the founder and president.

Prices Remain High, as OPEC Ups Limits

OPEC on Wednesday lifted oil output limits but, bumping up against full capacity, may fail to topple crude from $55 per barrel.

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