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NO MORE EURO MONEY JOY IN GERMANY
There has been a lot of joy in Germany about the new money Ė euro instead of DM, but the joy did not last long, it vanished very quickly. People are unhappy about the new notes, because prices started growing, and they blame euro for that
WILL BOEING BECOME THE MOST POPULAR PLANE IN RUSSIA?
The visit of the American president to Russia has become the top event not only in Russia, but in the whole world. The problems, which are going to be discussed during the negotiations, are very important for the development of the dialogue between the two countries, both from the economic and political points of view
POPEíS VISIT TO BULGARIA: THE LAST SURGE EASTWARD
A week before the Popeís visit religious processions and public prayers started. Pravoslavie.Ru informs, a huge 3-meter icon, image of Zograf Martyrs, was painted in Bulgaria especially for the Popeís visit. The icon, the symbol of protest against visit of the Catholic Pontiff, was planned to be carried at head of religious processions on the day of the Popeís visit to Bulgaria
RUSSIA-USA SUMMIT: SERIOUS CONVERSATION IS ON THE WAY
After all those documents are signed, the presidents will inevitably touch upon the moot questions in the relations between Russia and America. George Bush is very likely to talk about the issue of Russia-Iran cooperation in the field of the mass destruction weapon
THOUSANDS OF ISRAELI LIVES SAVED BY PURE LUCK
A palestinian truck, loaded with explosives blew up in the Glilot gas reservation in central Israel, in what appears to be an attempt to cause a major disaster. The truck exploded in the reserves, next to major gas and gasoline silos, which are highly flammable. Experts say
BRITAINíS ďAXIS OF EVILĒ
PRAVDA.Ru correspondent Sergey Borisov reports:
Following the USA, Great Britain decided to compile an ďaxis of evilĒ of its own. British Foreign Office and British Defense Ministry that developed a special report especially for the parliament, do not object to the USís axis of evil at all. What is more, Great Britain decided to enlarge list of those countries that may pose a threat to the country within several next years already. Some of the countries were also mentioned in the US ďaxis of evilĒ, they are Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Libya and Syria. London discovered an exact criterion to determine how any country may threat Great Britain in the future. Great Britain considers that if a country has got ballistic missiles, it may pose a threat to Great Britain in the future. That is why Britainís list consists of 28 countries
CHINA AND JAPAN ARE SAVING THEIR FACES
Two leading Asian countries were competing with each other for two weeks, one may call their competition ďsave your face.Ē Each of the countries was standing for its rightfulness in the incident with five fugitive Koreans, who were detained by Chinese guards on the territory of the Japanese embassy in Shenyang
ARGENTINA JOINS BRAZIL TO PROTEST AGAINST US SUBSIDIES
A big controversy has came out after US President George W. Bush announcements to concede subsidies to its agricultural producers. Bush earlier this month signed a six Ė year law raising US crop and dairy subsidies 67 percent, adding $ 6,4 billion a year to farm spending
FAR EAST: WAR WITH FISH MAFIA LOST BY THE STATE
In scold centre of Japnese city of Sapporo, doctors fight for lives of two Russian citizens: the major-general of Federal Frontier Service, Vitaly Gamov and his wife. The condition of the patients is very serious: the 39-year-old major has a burn of 95 percent of his skin, while his wife Ė of over 80 percent. Yesterday, a skin-transplantation operation was made to her.
MACEDONIA DECLARES COLD WAR TO KOSOVO
Yugoslavian Foreign Ministry demanded to summon an extraordinary Security Council session, Belgrade and Skopje raised an objection against the decision. A resolution adopted by Kosovo Albanians lessens the value of the Yugoslavia Ė Macedonia boundary treaty. When the resolution was being voted for, Serbian deputies in Skupstine left the assembly hall in remonstrance
US AUTHORITIES WERE WARNED ABOUT THE TERRORIST ACTS. EVEN BY ARABS
In the case of 11 September, some details are appearing. According to reports of world mass media, one conclusion could be made: US authorities and special services were much better informed about the terrorist acts being prepared, than they try now to present it.
MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND CORRUPTION SCANDALS
Common sense usually blames on public sector of being the sole responsible for the main corruption scandals across the world. However, a Non Governmental Organization called Transparence International (TI) has put an eye on private companies and provided evidence on the contrary.
ABOUT CACTUS MONSTERS
Impossibly huge cactuses are in harmony with boundless deserted spaces of Arizona. In these lands, cactus is a symbol of local cities, often presented in T-shirts. In some photographs it could be seen how a huge cactus broke through a car.
SOS PLANET EARTH
Geo-3, a UN report on the environment, spells a disaster story for planet Earth, which Mankind continues to destroy faster than she can recover. The figures speak for themselves: 50% of rivers seriously degraded or polluted, 33% of fish stocks in danger, 25% of mammals in danger of extinction, 15% of the planetís surface destroyed, 12% of birds at risk of extinction, 2.5% of forests cut down since 1990 and water resources 40% that of 1995
INDIAN SABRE-RATTLING AS PAKISTAN PREACHES PEACE
Belligerent rhetoric from New Delhi is met with a desire to avoid conflict in Islamabad. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee vented his anger at Pakistanís supposed support for Kashmiri terrorists on a visit to Indian soldiers in Indian Kashmir, making inflammatory statements like ďThe time for decisive combat has come and in this war, we shall win
ARAFATíS POPULARITY FALLS
Yasser Arafatís star is growing dim but in the event of an election, he would still win over his main rivals. A recent opinion poll carried out by the Centre of Investigation and Political Research has shown a dramatic loss of support for Arafat but that he is still by far the most popular Palestinian leader
WORLD CUP: RUSSIA WILL BE IN SEMI-FINALS
Pravda.Ru journalist Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey agrees with the official Pravda.Ru forecast that Russia will reach the semi-finals of the competition but makes minor adjustments. What are your forecasts? Discuss them in our Forum (Science, Culture). The thread is called WORLD CUP THREAD, opened by ďzhurnalistĒ.
PUTIN AND BUSH: LIQUIDATING THE COLD WAR
As George Bush visits Moscow for a historic treaty marking a new era of bilateral relations, what baggage does he bring with him and how much has President Vladimir Putin done for Russia? On his first visit to Europe since September 11th, the declarations of George Bush leave no doubt that he is seeking another Grand Alliance
BYKOV RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING?
Krasnoyarsk governor Alexandr Lebedís death has caused many talks, that now-imprisoned Anatoly Bykov, former director of Krasnoyarsk aluminium work, could seriously correct pre-election prospects in Kransnoyarsk Region.
UKRAINE TO JOIN NATO
Ukrainian Security and Defence Council approved of the strategy of Ukraineís relationship to NATO, whose final aim is Ukraineís joining the alliance. This was reported on Thursday, by the Security and Defence Councilís secretary, Yevgeny Marchuk. According to him
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BUSH WILL REMEMBER REAGANíS VISIT TO GERMANY IN 1982
German critics of the global war against terrorism and its methods prepared their own ďundertakingsĒ that were timed at the American presidentís visit to Germany. The adversaries of the American president set up an alliance, incorporating the Party of Democratic sSialism (former communists), as well as several youth and leftist organizations
POCHINOK VS. NARUSOVA: WHO WINS?
Alexander Pochinok, the Minister of Labor and Social Development, stated today that the Fund for Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation is experiencing difficulties paying compensations to Russian victims of nazism of the World War II. The problems occurred because of the activity of the fund's previous administration
NO ARGENTINA NO 10 SHIRT IN JAPAN, AND PERHAPS NO MARADONA EITHER
Diego Maradonaís famous number 10 shirt will not be in the next World Cup in Japan, but neither will he, unless his travel visa comes through soon. ďIt is a shame about JapanĒ, Coppola said. ďThey let in people who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and yet they wonít let Diego in
FRIGHTENING FRAUD CONTINUES? ORGANIZERS OF SEPT.11 TRAGEDY NAMED
Recently, Thierry Meyssan decided once again to remind people of himself and his sensational investigation. This time, he names those people who expected to profit by the Sept.11 tragedy and who organized the terrorist attacks. As could be expected, Thierry Meyssanís version completely rules out Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda
WORLD CUP 2002 BECOMING MORE CONTROVERSIAL THAN SALT LAKE CITY
Here is the latest news from the Russian football team: the players had a training match in Bor (the Moscow region), visited a church there, and were blessed for the participation in the forthcoming championship. The players are to have a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today, who is coming to Bor to give the players his own blessing
KYRGYZSTAN: CRITICAL MOMENT HAS COME
Opposition between Kyrgyzstan official authorities and majority of the southern population, that lasted for about two months in the republic, resulted in failure of the government. Being under the threat of a civil war, President Askar Akayev called an extraordinary Security Council meeting on May 22 to dismiss Prime Minister Kurmanbek Bakiyev, head of the presidential administration Amanbek Karpykulov and General Public Prosecutor Chubak Abyshkayev
GEORGE BUSH ARRIVES IN MOSCOW EMPTY-HANDED
US congressmen from the Democratic Party on Wednesday blocked the Rpublicansí attempt to withdraw Russia and some republics of Middle Asia and Transcaucasian Region from the Jackson-Vanik amendment.
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