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Taiwan's president may be playing the independence card in an effort to prevent any mending of US-China relations. Beijing is again threatening to invade the island if it attempts to formally secede. Would the US ride to Taiwan's rescue ?

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's whistle-stop peace train pulls into Washington today . Optimism abounds but his positions are ominously close to those of his predecessor.

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Peace process land mines are one thing, but in Kosovo, they're just beginning to locate the explosive ordnance left behind.

- David Clark Scott, World editor


* NOT A CARD-CARRYING FRENCHMAN: The Monitor's Peter Ford was invited to the Elyse Palace (France's White House) for a Bastille Day garden party yesterday. But the invitation alone wasn't enough to gain entry. He also needed to bring his national identity card, a document that Peter, who has dual French and British citizenship, is having trouble obtaining. In this case, his British passport was an acceptable substitute.


* HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE 'KOSOVO'? It depends on who you ask. Serbian linguists say it's KOH-soh-voh. But in Albanian, a language with different roots, the second syllable is stressed and -ovo becomes -ova. Albanians call the province Koh-SOH-vah. Correspondent Lucian Kim has found the distinction politically important. But both Serbians and Albanians he's interviewed pronounce the first syllable as Kah, rather than Koh.


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