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

Russian Idol Is All Grit and Glamour

Maria Sharapova has taken only four years in the professional game to achieve her lifetime goal of becoming world No. 1.

Troops Clear Last Settlement

Troops went house to house clearing out Gaza's last Jewish settlement on Monday to wrap up Israel's historic pullout from the coastal strip, even as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he would expand large West Bank settlements.

Warrior Is at Peace With His Decision

When the last Jewish settlers leave the Gaza Strip, it will be the culmination of an extraordinary personal and political odyssey for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the man who almost single-handedly created the settlement movement.

Iraqis Struggling to Reach Agreement

Hours away from the constitution deadline, disagreements remained over federalism and the role of Islam in the law.

Pope Draws a Crowd in Germany on Youth Day

They slept in a dew-soaked field, packed head to toe, and awoke Sunday under heavy gray skies to hear Pope Benedict XVI urge his youthful followers to live a life of faith and to work to spread it.

Afghanistan Braces for Violence

This year is already the deadliest for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan since the war of 2001, and the violence is likely to intensify ahead of the nation's legislative elections on Sept. 18.

Crude Hovers at $65 as Iraqi Exports Stop

Oil prices fell but held above $65 per barrel Monday as saboteurs forced Iraq's southern pipeline exports to a halt but Ecuador partially resumed crude production.

Romanians Target Texas Oilman

G. Philip Stephenson does not cut the figure of an Eastern European oil baron, clashing with formerly communist security officials over the legality of his budding empire.

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