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Checkmated Without the EU

As a Croatian-American, I have spent more time thinking about the public image of that small Balkan nation than the vast majority of people outside its borders.

Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Russia has a new hero: Major Valery Troyanov, the military pilot who flew heroically off course and then heroically ejected when his Su-27 fighter jet crashed in Lithuania in mid-September.

Still Behaving Rudely After All These Years

I first learned Russian 43 years ago as a civilian University of California exchange student at the U.S. Army Language School (now Defense Language Institute) at Monterey, California.

Who Protects Schools From Terrorists?

In case you missed it, the government just wrapped up a monthlong nationwide anti-terrorism program with the slogan: ""We won't allow the Beslan tragedy to be repeated!""

Amid Chaos, Pakistan Treats Its Quake Victims

The town of Abbottabad is less damaged than other cities, but doctors are overwhelmed by the thousands of injured.

Suicide Bomb at Iraqi Market Kills 30 as Violence Increases

Insurgents determined to wreck Iraq's constitutional referendum killed nearly 45 people and wounded dozens in a series of attacks Tuesday, including a suicide car bomb that ripped apart a crowded market in a town near the Syrian border, police said.

Liberians Seek Hope in Elections

Many of the teenagers who fought in civil wars for 14 years, looting, raping and killing their way across this country, are now old enough to vote.

Merkel Keeps Cool on Political Journey

On Nov. 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall fell, Angela Merkel made her weekly visit to a sauna. Hours later, she caught up with thousands of East Germans, who were streaming jubilantly into the West.

'The Deflated' Target Parisians' SUVs

If the French marauders known as The Deflated waged their brand of urban subversion in California, the mecca of the sport utility vehicle, by now they would probably have been jailed, beaten, shot or at least sued.

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