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Oligarchs' Rights and the Media's View of War

""Russia right now is the preeminent laboratory for economics.""

Easy Qualifier Win for Kwan

Michelle Kwan practically tumbled out of bed to beat Russia's Elena Sokolova and U.S. teammate Sasha Cohen, winning her qualifying group at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Turning a Blind Eye to the Chessboard

What's the hardest thing to do in sport? How about playing blindfold chess and checkmating a grandmaster?

Press Review

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

Virus Closes Some Asian Schools

Scientists in Hong Kong said Thursday they had identified the virus behind a mystery pneumonia that has killed more than 50 people worldwide.

Japan to Launch Two Spy Satellites

Japan will blast its first spy satellites into orbit later this week, giving Tokyo its first independent peek into heavily armed North Korea.

U.S. Is Reassessing Strategy for a Longer War

Some senior U.S. military officers are now convinced that the war is likely to last months and will require considerably more combat power than is now on hand there and in Kuwait.

Iraqis Take Aid With Resentment

As the first aid convoys rolled into southern Iraq on Wednesday, a cheer went up from several hundred Safwan villagers who grabbed hold of latches and jumped on running boards of 18-wheeler trucks.

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