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Russia, unlike U.S., supports Asia for top U.N. post

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said a successor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan should be an Asian and threw cold water on U.S. suggestions that the next top U.N. diplomat could come from any region in the world.

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Russia, unlike U.S., supports Asia for top U.N. post

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said a successor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan should be an Asian and threw cold water on U.S. suggestions that the next top U.N. diplomat could come from any region in the world.

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South Korean arrested in Iraq oil-for-food scandal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities arrested a South Korean lobbyist accused of secretly scheming with top U.N. and Iraqi officials to create the oil-for-food program that turned into a multibillion-dollar scandal.

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Annan assails reporter in rare show of anger

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lost his diplomatic cool with a reporter on Wednesday, calling him an

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Annan assails reporter in rare show of anger

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan lost his diplomatic cool with a reporter on Wednesday, calling him an

Nation

Make war an unprofitable occupation, says journalist

It is essential to make war an unprofitable occupation because right now the US contractors in Iraq are making so much money out of it, said investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee.

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INTERVIEW - Thai candidate for U.N. sounds reform note

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Surakiart Sathirathai, Southeast Asia's candidate to lead the United Nations, said on Wednesday he would work to make the U.N. more accountable after an oil-for-food scandal showed a

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Letters

Each country’s path is unique

A troubled Iraq is being told to compare itself with Malaysia, as its chief Western occupying forces hope to solve their problems there by linking it withMalaysia's track record. But in a complex world where each country is unique, models of development are seldom if ever transferable.

Letters

Where did the money go in Iraq?

The well-publicised Iraq oil-for-food scandal which the UN is embroiled in may eventually be seen as small compared to the financial unaccountability under the US-led authority that ruled the country and the subsequent interim government. Many billions of dollars were unaccounted for, and dubious contracts uncovered, helping to explain the lack of reconstruction work.