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Unformatted text preview: newest members. Authorities have brought in chemical and biological warfare experts, divers and thousands of additional personnel. More controversially, workers have picked up scores of stray dogs, a legacy of communist-era housing policies when thousands of people were evicted from villas in the 1980s and housed in apartment blocs. Many pets were left on the streets in the process. The gathering will be held in Bucharest's Parliament Palace, the gargantuan product of megalomaniac dreams of communist-era dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, which now serves as the city's main tourist attraction. Officials hope the summit will catch the eyes of foreign tourists and boost the city's popularity. "If we were able to organize the world's youth festival in 1950s, I don't see any reason why we could not organize a NATO summit these days," President Traian Basescu said last week....
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- Spring '08
- president vladimir putin, stray dogs, NATO summit