March 29, 1999

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World NOTES

A powerful bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz, killing 53 people and wounding 100. Vladikavkaz, the capital of the North Ossetia region, is about 50 km from the breakaway region of Chechnya.
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The Mail

The Mail

I fail to understand the belief that the Linux computer operating system may usurp Microsoft (“Bill Gates besieged,” Cover, March 15). As Microsoft Corp. has run into legal difficulties for giving away free Web browsers, will Red Hat Software Inc., which distributes a popular version of Linux, be immune to problems for providing free operating systems?
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The Nation’s Business

Castro's man defends the Cuban crackdown

Except for an off-the-record joke about how Monica Lewinsky has helped rocket the sale of Cuban cigars, Ibrahim Ferradaz is not a barrel of laughs. An economist and member of Cuba’s national assembly, Ferradaz is a key player in Fidel Castro’s inner circle.
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World

THE GAMES BEGIN AGAIN

The bar at the Palace Hotel in Lausanne breathes old money, of the sort expected in a sedate but five-star Swiss lodging where the price of a room starts at $400 a night and spirals upward. The walls are red velvet, the ceiling wood-panelled, the seats dark leather.
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THE MACLEAN’S EXCERPT

A TASTE OF FREEDOM

On Aug. 20, 1980, two days before David was to get out on a pass to attend a barbecue party for [his brother] Chris’s 27th birthday, he and I met with prison authorities. Once again, they told us that David could not be considered rehabilitated in their eyes until he showed remorse.
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Another View

Bungee jumping over Victoria Falls

You’ve got all your shots, started your anti-malarial pills, waited in countless lines, endured long, cramped hours on several airplanes to get to Africa, and the entire effort has pointed towards this moment: you are in the posh Livingstone Room of that historic colonial monument, the Victoria Falls Hotel, watching a group of German tourists fox-trotting to a four-piece Zimbabwean band playing and singing Candle in the Wind.
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