APPOINTED. WONG KAR-WAI, 47, Hong Kong director known for his exquisitely stylish and sentimental films; as jury president for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in May; in Cannes. Wong, who won the festival's Best Director award in 1997 for Happy Together, is the first Chinese filmmaker to head the high-powered panel that chooses the winners at the glitzy global film festival.

HALTED. The global trade in STURGEON CAVIAR; by the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES); in Geneva. CITES, which sets annual limits for caviar-exporting countries, has refused to announce quotas for 2006,...

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