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Searching for a Blitz Legend at Sokolniki

A legend in chess circles, Valentin Arbakov is as well known for his proclivity for alcohol as for his dominance at blitz.

Press Review

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

North Korea Criticizes U.S. Diplomatic Push

North Korea said Thursday the United States was just paying lip-service to diplomacy in its standoff over Pyongyang's suspected atomic weapons ambitions.

Gunmen Target Philippine Mosques

Philippine gunmen threw grenades at three mosques in the southern city of Davao on Thursday as police scoured debris around a destroyed food stall for clues to a bombing that killed 16 people.

U.S. Soldier Recovering Following Daring Rescue

Spirited but hungry, rescued prisoner of war Private First Class Jessica Lynch was in stable condition Thursday after arriving in Germany for treatment.

U.S. Paper Fires Staffer Over Photo

The Los Angeles Times fired an award-winning staff photographer after he admitted combining two photos to make the scene more dramatic.

U.S. Forces Reach Baghdad's Southern Outskirts

U.S. troops surged toward Baghdad on Thursday, passing roads littered with combat boots as Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's loyalists shed their uniforms and switched to traditional robes in hopes of avoiding capture.

Speculation Grows Over Whether Hussein Is Alive

The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush has intensified a campaign to sow doubts about whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is still alive.

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