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Petrova Powers Past Zvonareva

Nadia Petrova kept her nerve Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the women's singles at the French Open, winning an all-Russian duel with 22nd seed Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in 1 hour, 52 minutes after a battle royal on center court.

Succes d'Estime, But Greatness Is a Tall Order

In olden days, when polite St. Petersburg society spoke French, the past week's gathering of top world leaders in the city at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin would have been called a succes d'estime for Russia.

Summit Season of Content

The plethora of high-level meetings and summits that take place in May each year have become a traditional feature of the international political landscape.

St. Pete's Criminal-Business-Political Elite

On the eve of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, two things happened. The speaker of the St. Petersburg legislature announced that Governor Vladimir Yakovlev would resign immediately following the festivities. And in Moscow, Konstantin Yakovlev -- a reputed organized crime boss known as Kostya Mogila -- was murdered.

Mobsters Branch Out to Internet Porn Sites

In the late 1990s, Richard Martino and other investors made a killing by peddling pornography on the Internet. The problem, U.S. federal prosecutors say, was twofold: Customers' credit cards were billed without their permission, and millions of dollars went to the mob.

Report Criticizes U.S. Detentions

The U.S. Justice Department's roundup of hundreds of illegal immigrants in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was plagued with ""significant problems"" that forced many people with no connection to terrorism to languish in jails in unduly harsh conditions, an internal report released Monday found.

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