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Nerves Still Pervade Post-Sept. 11 Sports

Americans refused to let the Sept. 11 attacks stop them playing and watching the games they love. But much of the joy has gone out of sport for them.

Airport Customs Trips Up Travelers

Foreign travelers are still being tripped up at airport customs a year after the introduction of rules allowing them to take out as much foreign currency as they declared coming in.

Space Officials Give Bass The Boot

The Russian Aviation and Space Agency announced that it was tired of waiting for U.S. pop singer Lance Bass to pay up and evicted him from the cosmonaut training center.

Soccer's Golden Boy Loses His Shine

Three months ago at the World Cup, he was the only bright spot of a dismal tournament for Russian soccer.

Ukrainian Deputy Claims Proof of Iraq Arms Deals

An opposition Ukrainian legislator and former security service operative claimed Tuesday to have evidence that President Leonid Kuchma and other high-ranking officials were involved in military deals with Iraq in violation of UN sanctions.

Russia Repays Germany Early Due to Floods

Russia is servicing its debt to Germany early this year to help cover the billions of dollars in damage wrought by unprecedented summer floods said President Vladimir Putin.

Fire Emergency Declared in 22 Districts

The Moscow regional administration on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in 22 districts most affected by the forest and peat bog fires that have blanketed the region and the capital in thick smoke over the past few weeks.

Bout Linked to Taliban Gold

Planes owned by Russian businessman Viktor Bout have been used to fly al-Qaida and Taliban gold to Sudan in recent weeks, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Vladivostok Fights for Some Attention

Despite the appearance of a few pleasure boats and windsurfers and new restaurants for its 700,000 people, Vladivostok remains mostly mired in a Soviet hangover.

EU Delegation Travels to Chechnya

A delegation from the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly headed to Chechnya on Tuesday to survey the needs of refugees and assess the prospects for a political settlement of the nearly three-year-old war.

Duma Drafts U.S. Border Agreement

State Duma Deputies said they were working to resolve a dispute over a Soviet-era border agreement.

News in Brief

Kyoto Still on Track JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said Tuesday that Russia, the last key holdout on the Kyoto Protocol, would ratify the accord on climate change soon, but did not commit to a specific time. ""Russia has signed the Kyoto Protocol and now we are preparing for its ratification,"" Kasyanov said at the World Summit. ""That ratification will occur in the very near future."" UN officials had urged Moscow before the summit to commit to ratification by the end of this year so that the protocol can go into effect. The accord has been ratified by more than the 55 countries required, but to take effect, those countries must account for at least 55 percent of carbon dioxide emissions based on 1990 output. Despite Washington's decision to withdraw last year, it can still meet that target if Russia joins the European Union and Japan in ratifying.

VTB-VEB Merger Gets a Bit Clearer

A little light has finally been shed on the future of two major state-owned banks, Vneshtorgbank and Vneshekonombank, after almost a year of promises and disagreements at the highest levels of government and after top management reshuffles at both banks.

Gazprom Makes Its Case to Drivers

Former Gazprom CEO Rem Vyakhirev tried not to breathe too deeply on his way to the gas monopoly's headquarters in southwest Moscow.

RusAl Mulls Expansion in Africa

Russian Aluminum, the world's second-largest producer of the metal, hopes to dig new bauxite mines around West Africa to add to its major operations in Guinea, senior executives said Tuesday.

Ministry Pens Far East Energy Plan

The Energy Ministry announced new measures aimed at boosting energy self-sufficiency in the Far East.

Business in Brief

Gazprom Drops Suit MOSCOW (MT) -- Gazprom withdrew its civil lawsuit against Media-MOST on Monday and called for the unfreezing of Media-MOST assets, including NTV and its sister companies' shares, which Gazprom bought from Media-MOST founder Vladimir Gusinsky in July. However, the Cheryomushkinsky district court refused the request, Interfax reported. Gazprom-Media general director Boris Jordan said Tuesday that the company was planning to file a complaint with the Cheryomushkinsky court. ""Both parties would like the arrest to be lifted,"" Jordan said. Jordan met with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller on Tuesday. After the meeting, Jordan told reporters he hoped to complete preparations for the sale of Gazprom-Media assets by Jan. 1. Unfreezing part of the stakes is an important part of the process, he said. PM Sees 3.6% Growth MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said Tuesday the country's economy would expand by more than 3.

A Dog Without a Bark

In one of his legendary moments of brilliance, Sherlock Holmes pointed the attention of the police to the curious behavior of a dog on the night of the murder.

Don't Shoot or Don't Miss

When Russian planes were sent into the Pankisi Gorge recently, it was called an anti-terrorist operation.

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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press
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