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Bumping Into Lenin at a Taco Diner in Seattle

The Fremont district, stretching along the ship canal that links Union Bay with Puget Sound, is ""a community that thrives on spontaneity,"" The Seattle Times once noted. The fun is everywhere to be seen.

France Threatens Veto on Use of Force

In a broad challenge to U.S. President George W. Bush's foreign policy, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said France would not yet approve use of force against Iraq and cautioned that the United Nations' handling of Iraq would set a precedent for North Korea and the Middle East.

Mexico in World Court To Stop U.S. Executions

Saying it had exhausted other alternatives, Mexico appealed to the World Court on Tuesday to stop the execution of 51 of its citizens in the United States.

Israeli Forces Demolish 62 Shops in West Bank

In the biggest demolition in the West Bank in years, Israel razed 62 shops and market stalls in a Palestinian village Tuesday as troops clashed with protesters, residents said.

Tokyo Bank to Post $16.5Bln Loss

Japanese megabank Mizuho Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it expected a net loss of $16.5 billion in the year to March -- the biggest corporate loss ever in Japan -- as it dumps more bad loans, the latest example of a bank moving to clean up its balance sheet under pressure from the government.

Chinese Oil Imports Rise 15%

China's crude oil imports rose 15 percent in 2002 due to robust economic growth and increased demand for gasoline as more Chinese drove family cars, oil industry officials in Beijing said Tuesday.

Russians Impress Early at Euros

Russians Yelena Sokolova and Viktoria Volchkova put the pressure on four-time champion Irina Slutskaya after shading their compatriot during qualifying on the opening day of the European Figure Skating Championships on Monday.

The Quantum Theory of Putin

The other day, a small group of Russia-watchers who had gotten momentarily bored with talking about Russia asked me to explain quantum computing.

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