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Soaring Gasoline Prices a Byproduct of Boom

The record surge in world oil prices may be fueling Russia's sixth straight year of economic expansion, but it is also taking an increasingly heavy toll on its motorists.

Oil Exports Via Baltic Flood North Europe

Russia's efforts to boost oil flows via Baltic seaports have created a glut in north European markets, making its Urals crude increasingly reliant on exports to Asia and the United States.

Russian Tankers Bottle Up Bosporus

Giant tankers carrying Russian and Caspian oil to Western markets weave through the narrow curves of the Bosporus Strait bisecting Istanbul.

Press Review

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

Russia Salvages Pride With Greek Win

Russia beat Greece 2-1 at Euro 2004 on Sunday, but the victory came too late to save the Russians from elimination.

Militants Threaten to Behead Korean

Muslim militants in Iraq threatened to behead a South Korean hostage by Monday night unless his country scrapped plans to send 3,000 more troops -- a demand rejected by Seoul.

Al-Qaida: Saudi Force Helped Us

The al-Qaida group responsible for beheading an American engineer said sympathizers in the Saudi security forces provided police uniforms and cars used during the victim's kidnapping, according to an Islamic extremist web site.

Abu Ghraib Declared a Crime Scene

A U.S. military judge Monday declared the notorious Abu Ghraib prison a crime scene that cannot be dismantled -- as President George W. Bush had offered -- and denied defense motions to move the trial of soldiers accused of abusing prisoners there out of Iraq.

NYT Says Detainees Overvalued

U.S. administration and military officials have repeatedly exaggerated the intelligence value of detainees at Guantanamo Bay as well as the danger they pose, The New York Times reported Monday.

Tourism Tug-of-War at Zambian Border

With a name like that, one would think this town would have no trouble attracting tourists.

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