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Redecorating Trend Trades Gaudy for Taste

Suddenly, it seems, everybody is redecorating in Moscow. Money that was spent on new cars or once-forbidden foreign vacations in the early years after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 is now being spent on the home, according to marketing studies and sociologists.

Robed 'Comedy Terrorist' Calls British Security Into Question

Fears that Britain's royal family could be vulnerable to a terror attack grew Monday after a bizarre breach of security at a royal party.

Iraqi Army Created, U.S. to Stay 5 Years

U.S.-led civil administrators announced the creation of a new Iraqi army Monday and said recruitment will begin next week, hoping to contain Iraqi anger over desperate unemployment and to curb the rising tide of attacks against U.S. forces.

Possible Hamas Truce in Works

Palestinian officials said Monday they expect a positive response from Hamas on a truce with Israel soon, perhaps even by the end of the day, and Egyptian diplomatic sources said an announcement would be made in Cairo.

Greece Stops Explosives-Laden Boat

Greek authorities on Monday impounded a cargo ship that had wandered the Mediterranean Sea for nearly six weeks carrying 680 metric tons of explosives and related material, the merchant marine chief said.

Pipeline Boss Comes to Terms With Oil Kings

As the head of the state pipeline monopoly, Semyon Vainshtok is front and center in the great game of global oil, controlling the valves through which Russia influences the world economy.

WestLB CEO Quits Over Unit's Losses

WestLB chief executive Jurgen Sengera resigned Monday after the owners of Germany's biggest state-controlled bank failed to back him over losses sustained at a specialized financing unit in London.

Heineken Warns of Flat Profits

Dutch brewer Heineken warned of flat first-half profits on Monday, as economic slowdown, war in Iraq and the deadly SARS virus, among other problems, had kept drinkers out of bars and discos.

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