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Taking a world view for this April 17th in 1998, via The BBC World Service Newsdesk program.
News of Russian President Boris Yeltsin making a second try at getting Parliament approval for his Prime Minister pick of Sergei Kiriyenko. He threatened to dissolve Parliament if it didn’t happen this time.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was readying for a Middle East trip and U.S. President Bill Clinton was getting ready to address the Chilean Congress with some questions as to whether or not notorious former dictator Augusto Pinochet would make an appearance.
All that and much more crammed into this half-hour of Newsdesk from the not-so-distant past for a change.