Today, by request, we introduce headlines from The Moscow Times. If you know of any more
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International Hearld Tribune (www.iht.com)
- Bush's Plan Backs a Nuclear Revival
President George W. Bush on Thursday laid out his long-awaited energy plan, proposing looser regulations
on oil and gas exploration, conservation-minded efforts like a review of gas mileage
standards and a $4 billion tax credit for a new generation of highly fuel efficient cars.
- An Egg Brings Blair's No. 2 to a Boil
Every politician likes to press the flesh at campaign time, but Britain's deputy prime minister
gave new meaning to the term as he propelled a left hook at a voter and ended up rolling on the sidewalk in a no-holds-barred melee.
- Allies Ready to Lighten Sanctions Against Iraq
The United States and Britain will begin a diplomatic campaign next week to overhaul the 11-year-old sanctions on Iraq,
marking the first substantial step by the Bush administration to carry out a new policy for confronting Baghdad.
- French Hate Their Own 'Reality' TV - but They Watch It
"Reality" television has finally come to France, in the form of a steamy, some say
trashy, new show called "Loft Story."
- Digital Art Heist? Van Gogh Web Sites in Rights Battle
The battle of the van Gogh Web sites highlights a dispute that is increasingly common in the age of digital reproduction.
As one van Gogh fan has discovered, copying Web sites is not only easy; it also can be legal.
- Pentagon Puts Focus on Long-Range Arms to Counter Chinese Threat
A confidential Pentagon strategy review has cast the Pacific as the most important region for military planners and calls
for the development of new long-range arms to counter China's military power.
- Tories target asylum
The Conservatives say Britain is a "soft touch" for
asylum seekers as they shift the election campaign spotlight.
- Israel offers settler deal
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres outlines restrictions to the expansion
of Jewish settlements, but a senior Palestinian rejects the move.
- Scientists produce test-tube horses
Scientists in Newmarket produce Europe's first test-tube foals, which could pave
the way for the production of genetically-modified horses.
- French hunt for trapped potholers
A massive rescue effort is under way in eastern France to save eight Swiss potholers
trapped in a cave by rising flood waters.
- Overdose death rate cut
A restriction on the number of painkillers that can be bought at supermarkets and chemists
in the UK has led to a big cut in fatal overdoses.
- Farmers welcome disease-free day
There were no new foot-and-mouth cases on Thursday
Farmers have welcomed the first 24-hour period with no
new cases of foot-and-mouth in almost three months.
New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
- Bush's Energy Plan Shifts to Protecting Supply
President Bush will issue an executive order
that will require agencies to issue a new kind of
impact statement on adverse effects to the
nation's energy health.
- Senate Panel Is Split Over Nominee for Legal Post
Senators deadlocked on the selection of
Theodore B. Olson to be solicitor general, with
opponents complaining about his involvement in
- Citigroup to Buy Mexican Bank in a Deal Valued at $12.5 Billion
In the biggest Latin American acquisition by a
United States company, Citigroup announced
that it would buy Mexico's second-largest
- Questions Hover in Internet Sex Abuse Case
Public attention has faded in the case of a
Columbia University graduate student accused
of preying on an undergraduate he met on the
Internet, and so have pieces of the case.
Panapress (African) (www.panapress.com)
- Press leak jolts Anti-corruption commission
Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating who leaked confidential statements concerning how 2 billion kwacha was
withdrawn from National Assembly accounts and used during the recent convention of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Kabwe.
- Palestinian envoy appeals for clear Zambian position
The Palestinian ambassador to Zambia has challenged President Frederick Chiluba's government to clearly state its stand on the Israeli-Palestinian
- Cameroon opposition leader snubs President Biya
John Fru Ndi, leader of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), which is the main opposition party in Cameroon, has turned down an
invitation from President Paul Biya to attend a presidential dinner as part of National Day celebrations next 20 May.
- UNFPA decries dearth of accurate population data in Gambia
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Gambia, says the absence of accurate data is hampering proper planning and
evaluation of its programmes in the country.
- Some 10,000 Burundian refugees return home
Some 10,000 Burundian refugees have returned home in the last four months, mostly from neighbouring Tanzania, said an official
source in Bujumbura.
China Daily (www.chinadaily.com.cn
- China: US containment policy wrong, doomed
China on Thursday reacted angrily to a Pentagon-sponsored study calling for a shift in the US military presence in Asia, saying any attempt to contain China was wrong and would fail.
- Beijing Olympics bid committee dismisses report as smoke
Beijing's 2008 summer Olympics bid committee dismissed an AFP report that the city has garnered 15 more "tickets" from the IOC members than rivals Paris or Toronto, is "nonsense".
- EP-3 spyplane crew will see Bush
The 24 crew members of a US Navy spy plane at the center of an 11-day standoff with China last month will meet President George W. Bush at the White House on Friday, administration officials said.
- Secret Service detain man before Bush jog
The United States Secret Service detained a man with a gun in a park where President George W. Bush was jogging on Thursday, local police and White House officials said.
- Deputy governor fired for taking bribes
The deputy governor of north China's Hebei Province has been dismissed from office for taking huge amount of bribes, according to official sources.
The Moscow Times (www.themoscowtimes.com
- EU Asks Russia to Ax Dollar for Euro
European Union leaders have urged Russia
to start accepting euros instead of dollars
for its exports.
- Ambitious $4Bln Sale Is Up in the Air
As a debate heats up over global warming,
Russia is readying to pull billions of dollars
out of thin air.
- Hanssen Indictment Reads Like Spy Novel
A U.S. federal grand jury returned a 57-page
court indictment Wednesday accusing veteran
FBI agent Robert Phillip Hanssen of spying for
Russia since 1985.
- Police: Federal Insulin Funds Stolen
Managers of a firm set up to produce
high-quality insulin will soon go on
trial foralleged embezzlement.
- A Better Chechnya Policy
The war in Chechnya made Vladimir Putin president. And the same war
may bring down his administration.
- Mammoet In Talks to Raise Kursk Sub
Russian officials have stepped up talks with a Dutch firm over the lifting
of the sunken Kursk submarine.