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In the Khrushchev Home, History Still Existed

When I was growing up in the Soviet Union of the 1970s, it was President Leonid Brezhnev that I loathed. The dreaded Josef Stalin seemed merely a name from a distant past.

The Kiss of Life

In honor of Valentine's Day, let's dwell for a moment on the profoundly bizarre activity of kissing. Is there a more expressive gesture in the human repertoire?

Spinning a Tale of Propane Tanks

President Vladimir Putin first promised to ""waste"" terrorists ""in the outhouse."" Last Tuesday he went further in a speech to the top brass of the Federal Security Service, instructing FSB agents to hunt down terrorists ""in every cave"" and ""to destroy them like rats.""

Hamas Blasts U.S. for Reported Ouster Plans

Israel denies the existence of a plan to remove Hamas from power by forcing regime change.

Iran Says Enrichment Restarted

Iran has resumed small-scale enrichment of uranium, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said Tuesday, showing the country was determined to proceed with its atomic development despite international moves to restrict it.

U.S. Plans Royalty Relief for Oil Firms

The U.S. federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, an estimated $7 billion over five years.

Hussein Announces Hunger Strike

Saddam Hussein's former intelligence chief, Ibrahim Barzan, insisted Tuesday that he ordered the release of dozens of prisoners, making his most lively defense yet against charges that he was involved in torture and executions in a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s.

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