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Former Star Shot Dead in Capital

Former Russian international striker Yury Tishkov was shot dead in central Moscow on Saturday, police have confirmed. He was 31.

Putin's Dilemma: To Stabilize or to Transform?

It's tough being Vladimir Putin these days. History has handed him a true challenge.

Sharon Pulled From Prime Time

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's scandal-plagued election campaign faced mounting problems Friday after a news conference in which he denied wrongdoing and assailed his main rival was yanked off the air.

Death Sentences Reduced

Denouncing the death penalty system as broken, the governor of Illinois commuted the sentences of all the state's death row inmates Saturday, granting clemency to more than 150 people in a dramatic move likely to fuel the national debate about capital punishment.

Venezuela's Strike Worsens as Chavez Warns Schools

President Hugo Chavez vowed he will not be driven from office by a six-week strike, and threatened to fire or jail teachers joining the work stoppage.

46 Dead in Peruvian Plane Crash

Rescue teams found the wreckage of a Tans Peru aircraft on Saturday, two days after it slammed into a hill in Peru's northern jungle, and established that all 46 people on board were killed, government ministers said.

Iraqi Generals Get Pentagon E-Mails

In a novel use of information warfare, the Pentagon sent e-mail messages to Iraqi generals to encourage dissent and defections and to warn against carrying out any order from President Saddam Hussein to use chemical or germ weapons against U.S. or allied forces, an official said Friday.

North Korea Ditches Nuclear Treaty

North Korea has no intention of returning to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty but would agree to let the United States verify that it is not producing nuclear weapons if Washington drops its hostile policies, the country's UN ambassador said Friday.

Russia Proposes Package, Not Pressure

Russia believes it is too early to take the North Korea issue to the United Nations Security Council and is proposing a so-called package plan addressing an array of concerns in the crisis, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Bush's Intentions Remain a Mystery

An Asian diplomat emerged from one of the many meetings on defusing the North Korean nuclear crisis saying that no one could know what Kim Jong Il wants: a nuclear arsenal or a new relationship with the West.

Richardson Optimistic After Talks

A senior North Korean diplomat contends his country does not intend to build nuclear weapons, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said Saturday as he concluded three days of talks with envoys from the communist nation.

Germany Sees Growth Slumping

Germany's efforts to rein in its runaway budget deficit has suffered a triple setback as slowing growth, an expensive public sector wage deal and rising unemployment darkened the outlook for Europe's biggest economy.

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