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Safin Tops Roddick to Reach Semifinal

Giant Russian Marat Safin stunned world No. 1 Andy Roddick 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (0-7), 6-4 at the Australian Open on Tuesday to set up a showdown with defending champion Andre Agassi in the semifinals.

Wales Hopes to Replace Russia

Wales lodged an official protest Monday with European soccer's governing body, UEFA, about a positive drug test by Russian national team player Yegor Titov and asked to be awarded a retroactive 3-0 win that could give them a place in Euro 2004.

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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Draft EU Ruling Puts Pressure on Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it was still talking to the European Union to avoid extensive changes to its business practices as anti-monopoly regulators wrap up their long-running case against the U.S. software giant.

KFC Takes Chicken Off the Menu

Eight of the nine KFC restaurants in Vietnam, which has stopped some poultry sales to halt its bird flu epidemic, will serve fish and pasta instead of fried chicken when they open Saturday after being closed more than a week.

Stewart Awaits Prosecutors

U.S. prosecutors will launch their long awaited attack against Martha Stewart on Tuesday, saying she lied to investigators about a suspicious stock trade, fearing it could ruin her reputation and the lifestyle empire she had built.

UN Elections Team Will Head for Iraq

The United Nations will send a team to Iraq to determine whether elections should be held -- a step toward ending an impasse over the selection of a future interim Iraqi government, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.

Cairo Building Collapse Kills at Least 14

Rescue teams gave up the search Tuesday for survivors from a Cairo high-rise that collapsed in flames killing 14 people, mostly rescue workers, and injuring 42, officials said.

'Rings' Grabs 11 Oscar Nominations

""The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,"" the final chapter in Peter Jackson's majestic fantasy trilogy, led the Academy Awards race Tuesday with 11 nominations, including best picture and director.

Blair Facing Battle of His Career

Tony Blair rode into the worst storm of a commanding premiership Tuesday when he risked defeat by his party in parliament and castigation by a judge over the suicide of Britain's top Iraq weapons expert.

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