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Iranian florists must be delighted. Students will hand out posies in the streets of Tehran this weekend in the latest phase of their power struggle.

France and Germany are pushing plans for a United States of Europe. But Britain says it's a trojan horse for two classes of EU membership.

Tuned in to hope: Radio shows connecting kidnap victims and their families are big in Colombia.

Citizen diplomacy: Unofficial reunions between Turk and Greek Cypriots may be the vanguard of peace.

David Clark Scott World editor


*FILE IT UNDER 'REVOLUTION': Mideast correspondent Scott Peterson finds relics from Iran's recent history in the most interesting places. He visited the offices of the students organizing today's flower protests. The Daftar Ta-Hakim (Office of Fostering Unity) is an offshoot of the radical student group that seized the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The Daftar Ta-Hakim offices are in an old house that was taken from supporters of the pro-West Shah after the Islamic Revolution. Upstairs are several rows of beat-up filing cabinets from the former US Embassy, with security-lock handles for classified material still in place. One has a red label "OPEN" - just as embassies today still mark nonclassified files. A log book for a US official Fiat car is in another drawer. "Don't write that we took these!" implores a student with a smile, who was born after the events. "We inherited them."

*STOLEN LIVES: Colombia correspondent Martin Hodgson was riding in a taxi in Bogot when he first heard one of the radio programs for kidnap victims. "It sounded just like a regular call-in show, but I was shocked when I found out it was the 'Heartbreak Hour.' " Also symptomatic of just "how mundane and expected it is that you might be abducted someday," Martin says, is a new bestseller out this summer: 'How to Survive a Kidnapping.'

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