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Conscription, Ronald Reagan and Drugstores

I couldn't agree more with Pavel Felgenhauer's views on conscription.

Blast Kills 35 at Baghdad Military Base

A sport utility vehicle packed with artillery shells slammed into a crowd of people waiting to volunteer Thursday for the Iraqi military, killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 138, authorities said. A U.S. military officer said the bombing was believed to be a suicide attack.

UN Body Admits to Iran Error

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday acknowledged mistakenly accusing Iran in one instance of withholding information from a probe of its nuclear program.

Jury Convicts Dutroux for Murder

A jury Thursday convicted Belgium's public enemy No. 1, Marc Dutroux, for a series of child rapes and murders in a case that has horrified the country for nearly a decade.

Press Review

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

Russia's Euro Campaign Ends in Failure

Another miserable episode in the recent history of Russian soccer was concluded Wednesday night when its Euro 2004 campaign ended in dismal failure.

Business in Brief

Prosecutors Visit MDM MOSCOW (MT) -- Prosecutors seized documents last week from the offices of MDM bank in connection with a criminal investigation into a related coal mining company, Vedomosti reported Thursday. In 2002 the Higher Arbitration Court ruled that a subsidiary of MDM's Siberian coal miner SUEK had sold stock in three coal pits at knock-down prices to offshore companies close to MDM. The subsidiary, Krasugol, reportedly paid 1.2 billion rubles in unpaid taxes to the government. But earlier this month tax authorities requested that prosecutors open a criminal investigation to determine who had organized the sale of the coal pits, Vedomosti reported. An Interior Ministry source told the paper that police had confiscated documents from MDM bank in relation to a case brought by tax authorities. Rothschild Review MOSCOW (Prime-Tass) -- International investment bank N. M.

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