ITAR-TASS


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ITAR-TASSInformation Telegraph Agency of Russia (TASS successor since 1992)
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Pumping hundreds of millions of cubic meters of water from the Caspian would kill this shrinking lake, the director of the Astrakhan State Biosphere Reserve, ecologist Nina Litvinova, told ITAR-TASS.
If the United States ''at least now abandons its hostile policy toward the DPRK and approaches us with good will, we shall be ready to agree to an improvement of (bilateral) relations,'' Kim said in a written interview with Itar-Tass, referring to North Korea by the acronyms of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Shmatko was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying that the Russian-British venture and Algeria's Sonatrach could hold consultations and that "TNK-BP may come up with a certain offer to swap assets." He was not specific.
Itar-Tass reported that the smoke had reduced visibility in parts of the city to below 300-500 metres, and was disrupting traffic, with situation in the south, southeast and east of the city the worst.
"The rescue work will continue when the atmosphere in the mine is restored, but to conduct rescue work now means to send people to die," Tuleyev told ITAR-Tass.
Russia's Emergencies Ministry said 30 bodies had been found at the site, Itar-Tass reported.
The accused man, a captain in the airport police at Moscow's Domededovo airport, failed to check the baggage of two passengers, who later became suicide bombers, after other police officials had asked him to, Itar-Tass reported.
Itar-Tass quoted the Deputy Prime Minister as saying that market economy status was likely to be granted by June.
A Tu-154 with 44 people aboard went missing about the same time near Rostov-on- Don, about 600 miles south of Moscow, but authorities had not found any wreckage, ITAR-Tass said.
56 am BST), ITAR-Tass reported, quoting the emergency situations ministry.
Itar-Tass quotes military officials as saying that 4,739 servicemen were killed in the breakaway republic of Chechnya in 2002, 13,108 other troops were wounded and 29 were listed as missing.
Deputy Press Minister Valery Sirozhenko told ITAR-Tass news agency that special equipment would be used to monitor channels for extra frames.