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Democracy Is a Long Shot

The U.S. occupation will never serve as a ""crash course in democracy"" for the Iraqi people.

Neighbors Into ESP, Rugs and Cream Cakes

Baku's Jeweller's Alley just isn't what it was when we moved into the place two years ago.

Press Review

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

62 Spanish Troops Die in Air Crash

A Ukrainian airplane crashed and exploded into flames Monday while trying to refuel in Turkey, killing all 74 people aboard.

Iran Denies Supporting Al-Qaida

Iran, under pressure from Washington over its role in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, said Monday that it had arrested members of al-Qaida but none ranked high in the network.

Bush to Push Road Map in 3-Way Mideast Talks

Israel said Monday that U.S. President George W. Bush was likely to hold a summit with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers in Jordan next week.

Iraqi Political Hopefuls Criticize U.S. Strategy

The sudden shift in postwar strategy in favor of a U.S. and British occupation authority has deflated the Iraqi political scene.

Iraq Stashed Illegal Cash in Arab Banks

Iraq illegally stashed away billions of dollars in cash from oil deals with foreign firms in Lebanese and Jordanian banks and some of the money is still there.

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