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The World Today, from Belarus to Brazil

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty are American radio stations that broadcast to the former Communist countries of eastern Europe. Every day, their news departments prepare a summary of news in those countries, which is then disseminated via the Net, through a Bitnet mailing list and a Usenet newsgroup.

To have the daily digests sent directly to your e-mailbox, send a message to


Leave the subject line blank, and as a message, write:

subscribe rferl-l Your Name

Alternately, look for the bulletins in the Usenet newsgroup misc.news-east-europe.rferl.

Daily Brazilian news updates are available (in Portuguese) from the University of Sao Paulo. Use anonymous ftp to connect to


Use `cd' to switch to the whois directory. The news summaries are stored in files with this form: `NEWS.23OCT92;1'. But to get them, leave off the semicolon and the 1, and don't capitalize anything, for example:

get news.23oct92

Daily summaries of news reports from France (in French) are availble on the National Capital FreeNet in Ottawa, Ont. Telnet to freenet.carleton.ca and log on as: `guest'. At the main menu, select the number for "The Newsstand" and then "La presse de France."

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