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Toward One-Party Rule

In principle, Mexico's 1917 Constitution established a democratic political system. In practice, until very recently Mexico was a one-party state.

Conflicting Storylines in Iraq

If U.S. soldiers are interpreting their experience in Iraq in terms of our own myths and movies, the Iraqis are no doubt doing the same. And one storyline we are unwittingly playing into is the tale of the Russians and the Chechens.

Honey Trove Has a Sticky Conclusion

My wife's elderly mother lived with her other daughter in Kaluga, and we used to visit her regularly. The journey took four tiring hours. The hard seats, lack of toilets and overcrowded carriages made the journey punishing.

Militants Declare a Mideast Truce

The militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups announced Sunday that they are suspending attacks against Israel for three months, effective immediately -- a breakthrough in attempts to end almost three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

'Operation Sidewinder' Starts

U.S. forces launched a massive operation early Sunday to crush insurgents and capture senior figures from Saddam Hussein's ousted regime in a show of force designed to stem a wave of deadly attacks on U.S. troops.

Japan Said To Ignore Sex Crimes by Teachers

Two years ago, a 16-year-old high school girl who lived near here was hospitalized with a high fever. After doctors found that she had an acute case of genital herpes, she told her parents that her teacher had had sex with her.

A Soccer Game to Fight Racism

Russia's first all-star game will take place Monday as the Russian national team takes on a select 11 of the country's top foreign soccer players. The game, though, is more than a fanfare to the end of the first half of the season: It's the first sign of a new attempt to fight racism in Russian soccer.

U.S. Senator Thurmond Dead at 100

U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, a one-time Democratic segregationist who helped fuel the rise of the modern conservative Republican Party in the South, has died. He was 100 and the longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

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