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Internal Discord Next Hurdle to Mideast Peace

Locked in conflict, fearing for their very existence as nations, Israelis and Palestinians have for generations prized national unity, deferring or papering over internal disputes about the means and ends of their struggles.

Embattled Style Queen Resigns

Martha Stewart stepped down as head of the company she built on gracious living -- a media empire now scarred by an indictment that could send its taste-conscious founder to prison.

Iraqi Oil Authorities Hold Tender for First Crude Sale

Iraq on Thursday tendered to sell its first crude since the fall of Saddam Hussein and said it aimed to clinch term supply deals by the end of June.

$2Bln for Olympic TV Rights?

The Olympics' magic number is 2 -- make that $2 billion. That's the record figure that could be reached when U.S. networks bid for the rights to the 2010 and 2012 Games.

Patching Things Up at Putin's Picnic

At bottom, Russian and European officials don't believe that Russia can become part of Europe not only in the cultural, historical and political sense, but also in practical terms.

The Bard Meets the Magician From Riga

Although Vladimir Vysotsky wasn't a pawnpusher, his prolific creative achievements in music and poetry connected him with at least one of the Soviet Union's greatest chess players.

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