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05/18/2006

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Picking the Best Man to Lead

Russian democracy has come under sharp scrutiny in the run-up to the Group of Eight summit, hosted this summer in St. Petersburg by President Vladimir Putin.

Parade Politics of Fear

Let's get some things straight. Why would anybody want to go out into the street and tell people about her sexual orientation? Or let's start earlier. What is the point of telling others about your sexual orientation?

Do Not Drink the Water

We are no longer going to drink Borjomi mineral water. And Georgian and Moldovan wines are out too. We're going to drink vodka with patriotically named beer chasers.

For Refugees, There Is No Place Like Andijan

One year ago last week, hundreds of unarmed protesters were killed by Uzbek authorities in the eastern city of Andijan, eyewitnesses say.

Good Food and Travel -- All in a Day's Work

At the age of 15, Thomas Koessler was desperate to become a dental technician. He loved sculpting, and all he wanted to do was spend his days perfecting people's teeth.

Student Offers 7 Ways to Avoid Being Attacked

I am writing in response to the growing wave of racially motivated attacks across Russia.

Iran Scoffs at EU's Nuclear Incentives

The Iranian president said the EU was offering ""candies or walnuts and taking gold"" in return.

Typhoon Just Misses Hong Kong

Typhoon Chanchu veered to the east and spared Hong Kong on Wednesday before roaring toward mainland China's southern coast, where local media reported more than 180,000 people were evacuated.

Turkey's High Court Under Fire

A gunman stormed into a meeting at Turkey's highest administrative court on Wednesday and opened fire, wounding five judges, the governor's office said.

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