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My 10-Day Ordeal in a Belarussian Prison Cell

In jail, the guards did body searches of everyone. They took everything from me, including my glasses and tampons.

From a Shining Idealist to a Hardcore Realist

It came as something of a shock to have to agree with Vice President Cheney, but what he said last week about human rights in Vladimir Putin's Russia was accurate, even laudable.

Kremlin Shadow-Boxing

Kremlin theorists describe Russian-U.S. relations as a competition. It may not be a Cold War confrontation but, they maintain, the United States is trying to weaken Russia to undermine its sovereignty and rule it ""from without.""

Burning Down the Country

When you look out the window of a plane descending toward Moscow on a clear day, especially as evening falls and the setting sun dims the colors of the earth to create that wondrous play of light that photographers love to capture, you see a terrifying scene.

Having Babies the Soviet Way

Some of us took an hour-long trip back to the future Wednesday afternoon. All one had to do was turn on the television and listen to President Vladimir Putin give his state-of-the-nation address to members of parliament and a slew of other officials.

Unlikely Launchpad for Rambler CEO's Ascent

Irina Gofman's first experience in journalism was writing about underprivileged children for the provincial newspaper Za Kommunism.

Palestinian Aid Payments to Resume

Mideast peace brokers say they will bypass Hamas in administering funds.

Israel Sets Deadline for Peace Negotiation

Israel will give the Palestinians until the end of the year to prove they are willing to negotiate a final peace deal, and will unilaterally set final borders with them by 2008 if they do not, a close associate of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's said Tuesday.

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