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Palestinian Power Games Threaten Road to Peace

Yasser Arafat and his prime minister-designate, Mahmoud Abbas, clung to their positions Tuesday in a bitter dispute over whom to name security chief, raising the possibility that Abbas will fail to form a Cabinet and resign.

Jazz Legend Nina Simone Dies at Home in France

Jazz and soul diva Nina Simone, whose smoky voice soared in civil rights songs and interpretations of gospel, ballads and George Gershwin, died Monday at her home in the south of France, her manager said. She was 70 years old.

Korea Talks Set to Begin in Beijing

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly and his North Korean counterpart arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang's suspected nuclear weapons program.

Burn a Country's Past and You Torch Its Future

It happened in the United States, too. The British burned our national library in 1814.

E-Banking Clicks With Cybersavvy Estonians

Banking is actually booming in this former Soviet republic -- via Internet. The number of Estonians who bank online soared from zero in 1997 to 700,000 this year.

Press Review

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

Grand Plan to Cut Taxes on the Cabinet Table

The government on Wednesday is to consider the Finance Ministry's tax reform plan, which outlines a way to meet Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's demand that the tax burden on the economy be slashed by 2 percent of gross domestic product next year.

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