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Overcoming The Impasse on North Korea

The United States is in a bind with North Korea. Pyongyang comes closer every day to beginning full-scale production of nuclear weapons, while diplomacy remains stalled.

The Iraq Endgame

The next couple of weeks are going to be decisive for the diplomatic endgame on Iraq being played out in the UN Security Council.

Ministry Prepares a Heady Brew

The Agriculture Ministry, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Gordeyev, has put forward a new ""alcohol policy"" plan.

The Enigmatic Riddle of Stalin's Literary Tastes

Stalin once famously called writers ""the engineers of human souls."" It's a striking phrase, odd, eerie, uncomfortable. Yet chillingly beautiful, too, resonant and unforgettable: Its author could not have been insensitive to literature.

N. Korea Tracks U.S. Spy Plane

An angry Washington hit out at North Korea for intercepting a U.S. spy plane at the weekend, a close call over the Sea of Japan that underscores the danger that a nuclear crisis could spiral out of control.

Bush: Iraq Disarmament Is Chicanery

The White House said Monday that Iraq's efforts to destroy missiles and convince the United Nations that it was cooperating with weapons inspectors was ""the mother of all distractions.""

60,000 U.S. Troops Sent to the Gulf

The United States has ordered another 60,000 troops, including tank divisions from Germany and Texas, to join a massive U.S.-British military buildup in the Gulf for possible war with Iraq, defense officials said Tuesday.

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