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Russia, U.S. Lose Ties to Minnows

The United States, the Fed Cup favorite, was dumped out in the first round by Austria on Sunday at the climax of a controversial weekend that saw its No. 1 player Jennifer Capriati thrown off the team.

Free Pass on Chechnya

Watching the rapidly escalating pressure on Israel from the safe distance of Moscow -- the hostile delegations of UN investigators, the demands for an international conference, the talk of European sanctions -- President Vladimir Putin might afford himself a secret smile.

Russia's Festive Postmodernism

We Russians are one of the most festive nations on Earth in the sense that we love our holidays.

Shenanigans Besmirch Soccer's Good Name

Corruption, bribery, favoritism, election-fixing: For once these aren't criticisms of the Azeri government but the country's soccer federation.

French Deliver Just Desserts

At first the French presidential election wasn't of much concern to most people. There was so little to choose between the candidates that the result of the vote really only mattered to the candidates themselves -- and to those gunning for jobs in the new administration.

Swiss Group Repays Ingush for Their Hospitality

In the small Ingush village of Gazi-Yurt, the Izmailov family -- Alikhan, Aza and their eight children -- have shared their house with a Chechen family for 2 1/2 years.

Even Two Left Feet Can Try to Catch Latin Beat

Latin rhythms are steaming up the spring air in this northern city, and venues are popping up all over town where you too can live la vida loca.

The Last Shots of the Perm OMON

When he left for his first mission in Chechnya in February 2000, Sergei Udachin, a 37-year-old OMON serviceman, took along a cheap Kodak camera.

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