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11/18/2003

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Kasparov Strikes Back Against Computer Rival

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov claimed a crucial victory Sunday in the third of a four-game match with his computerized rival X3D Fritz, tying the first virtual reality showdown at 1.5 points each.

Party Campaigns and Petrine Wisdom

Disgusting. Utterly vapid and unbearably dull at times. But useful all the same. The true benefit of live televised debates was concisely defined by none other than Peter the Great, who ordered the senators of his day to make their speeches without referring to notes -- ""so that the foolishness of each would be apparent to all.""

Soros, Bush, Chubais and Putin

The newspaper Moskovskiye Novosti recently ran a piece by Igor Malashenko, the former head of NTV who now lives in the United States. In the article, Malashenko calls on Unified Energy Systems chief Anatoly Chubais to run for president in March 2004. The thrust of the article is pretty well summed up by the title: ""If You're Guilty, You're a Candidate.""

Iraq Is No Vietnam Repeat

It's ridiculous to compare Iraq with Vietnam or Afghanistan. No superpower is providing the Iraqi resistance with military specialists or top-class new weapons. The capabilities of the resistance are severely limited and the level of U.S. casualties is incomparable with the toll in Vietnam.

Whither the Fruit Bowl Turned Basket Case?

It doesn't feel like a country on the brink of civil war. The sun is shining, there were half a dozen weddings in the church outside my window on Sunday, and the khachapuris -- the golden, cheese-stuffed pasties that are Georgia's answer to pizza -- are still as delicious as ever.

Black Quits Hollinger Amid Scandal

Press baron Conrad Black is stepping down as chief executive of publisher Hollinger International after the discovery of $32 million in unauthorized payments to him and other top executives.

Alabama Jury Fines ExxonMobil $11.9Bln

A jury has ordered ExxonMobil to pay $11.9 billion in damages after finding the oil giant had cheated the state of Alabama out of natural gas royalties.

Merrill Merges Operations

Merrill Lynch has structured a new European capital markets and financing group, or CM&F, to bring together debt and equity operations, part of a major reorganization of Merrill's European business, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

Gas Stations in China Ration Supplies

Retail petrol stations in bustling eastern China have started to ration the supply of gas oil as refineries struggle to keep up with demand, China-based industry sources said on Monday.

French Vintners Urge Drinking and Driving

France's wine industry wants drivers to know: It's OK to have a drink for the road. Or three.

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