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Kasparov-Ponomariov Matchup in Jeopardy

A spat between the reigning World Chess Federation champion, Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov, and chess officials threatens to cancel his title-defending match next month against Russia's Garry Kasparov, the champion's lawyer said Tuesday.

U.S., North Korea Hold Direct Nuclear Talks

The United States and North Korea held direct talks in a formal diplomatic setting for the first time in months Wednesday, meeting for 30 minutes on the sideline of a six-nation summit designed to resolve the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Talks Show Russia's Shift From Korea Back to U.S.

For each of the previous two years, Russia has hosted the leader of North Korea on lavish railroad excursions fit for visiting royalty.

Azerbaijan's Gathering Storm

Everything is calm in Azerbaijan at the moment. But it is time for the outside world to pay more attention to the storm that may be gathering in this oil-rich corner of the South Caucasus.

Soviet Shadows, Ukrainian Ghosts

I got my car stuck in the mud of a so-called road here. Way back in the 1920s, it was a smooth highway, but it has now disintegrated into a rough path -- and when a bridge collapsed recently, motorists were left to forge through a muddy bog as embracing as quicksand.

Tallying Deaths and the Price of Hubris in Iraq

The U.S. intervention in Iraq has reached a disheartening milestone.

Whose 'Bravado' to Blame?

The Mi-8 was mass produced in Soviet times more than any other chopper in world aviation history.

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