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Sharapova, Myskina Out of Belgian Fed Cup Test

Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Myskina will skip Russia's forthcoming Fed Cup tie against Belgium.

The Spirit of Giving

This has probably happened to you. Say, if you have a child in a Russian state school. At some point or another you will hear something about a ""donation."" The better the reputation of the school, the more you will have to ""donate"" and the more frequently. The best state schools, which are officially tuition-free, charge as much or more as the average private school -- except the money is procured as ostensibly voluntary donations, which is to say, these schools do not charge; they extort. If you do not pay, your child risks being penalized or even expelled.

A Word That Drives a Wedge

I like to think I don't have an adversarial relationship with the Russian language. True, I sometimes think it conspires to trip me up. And I admit it is not healthy to regard a language as a kind of sneaky goblin, lurking around the corner and chortling when I slip on a linguistic banana peel.

U.S. Panel Votes Against Ports Deal

A House committee votes to block a Dubai firm from gaining control of U.S. ports.

Deadly Car Bombs Hit Baghdad

A dust storm driven by howling wind enveloped the Iraqi capital Thursday, muffling the sound of a series of heavy explosions, including two car bombs that killed at least 11 people and wounded 15 -- all of them civilian passersby, police said.

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