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

A Whole Lot of Fluffiness

Although today almost all the world's top models -- those tall, leggy beauties without an ounce of cellulite -- are Russians, historically in Russia, plump was beautiful and healthy.

For Whom the Drum Rolls

You hear the banging of drums everywhere: on the streets, where military bands are endlessly rehearsing, and on radio and television, as one uplifting war-related program follows another. You get the impression that you'll hear a drum roll when you turn on the iron. And the racket stops only to allow yet another top official to deliver yet another rousing speech about our great victory in World War II and the need to rebuff anyone who belittles the historic significance of the Soviet people's heroic deeds.

UN Urges Action on Afghan Slayings

The bodies of three women were found with a note claiming they were killed for ""whoredom"" and their work with NGOs.

Al-Qaida's No. 3 Jailed in Pakistan

Interrogators questioning al-Qaida's reputed No. 3, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, have been repeating the same two questions over and over again: ""Where is bin Laden?"" and ""What were your plans?"" a senior Pakistani intelligence official said Thursday.

Violence in Iraq Rages On Unabated

Insurgents killed at least 24 people in a wave of ambushes and bomb blasts in Baghdad on Thursday, the latest attacks in a surge of violence that has overshadowed the formation of a new Cabinet for Iraq.

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