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Death of Hussein's Sons Could Be Turning Point

After a long, hot season of seemingly relentless stories about guerrilla warfare, sabotage and mounting American casualties, U.S. commanders in Iraq finally had some good news to announce on Tuesday -- and it was very good news indeed.

Iraq Is Not Like Chechnya

The reaction of the Iraqi people to the news that Saddam Hussein's two sons were killed in a shootout with U.S. troops on Tuesday has once again underlined the deep basic differences between U.S.-occupied Iraq and Russian-occupied Chechnya.

Chelsea Beginning a Big-Money Makeover

Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, whose wish list of new players is fast becoming a reality thanks to Roman Abramovich's deep pockets, was handed a completely new left flank this week.

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No Serial Killer MOSCOW (AP) -- Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday that there is no evidence to suggest a serial killer is responsible for the recent murder of seven young women in Moscow. ""The serial character of these murders has not been proved. There are no signs proving that the murders were committed by a single person, or a single group of people,"" Gryzlov was quoted by Interfax as saying. At least seven young women have been strangled or beaten to death in Moscow since July 1. Riga Blast Kills 5 RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- A powerful explosion at a propane gas exchange center near an outdoor market in Riga killed five people and injured 12, authorities said Wednesday. The explosion occurred Tuesday night inside the Birgita Ltd. gas company, leveling a small building and toppling a nearby wall where merchants were selling vegetables. ""The only thing we are sure of at this point is that it was an accident,"" Riga police spokeswoman Ieva Ziedre said.

Budanov Makes Closing Statement

Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of murdering a Chechen woman, delivered a terse final statement to a military court Wednesday, saying he had not lost hope and thanking the court for its patience.

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