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Violent Attacks Surge in Afghanistan

Some of the fiercest violence since the Taliban's ouster erupted Thursday across Afghanistan, with coalition forces engaging in multiple firefights, two suicide car bombs and a massive rebel assault on a small village. Up to 105 people were killed.

A Case for Accommodation

The formation of new governments in Palestine and Israel has produced the oddest of marriages -- one between mortal enemies who are also dependent on one another and who have more in common these days than either would care to admit.

Making the Cut

Apparently many of Moscow's male expats are having a perpetual bad hair day. They go to the barber, sit in the chair, watch their locks falls to the floor, and walk out looking like a recruit -- or worse, like a guy named Bobo with brass knuckles in his pocket and a knack for breaking kneecaps.

Business in Brief

Shipyards Sale Denied United Industrial Corporation on Thursday denied reports that it was looking to sell its St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Verf and Baltiysky Zavod shipyards to the state. ""UIC considers these enterprises strategic assets and doesn't plan to sell them. It is holding negotiations neither with state bodies nor private companies,"" the company said in a statement. Yet the firm is willing consider various forms of partnership if the state puts them forward, Dmitry Morochenko, a spokesman for Mezhprombank, said by phone Thursday. Kommersant reported Wednesday that the state arms trader Rosoboronexport was in talks to buy the shipyards. UIC, which manages noncore assets of Mezhprombank, owns 72.23 percent of Severnaya Verf and 88 percent of Baltiysky Zavod. (MT) Total Warned Again The Natural Resources Ministry has given France's Total a new warning over its work on the Arctic Kharyaga oil field.

RTS Slide Is Longest in 2 Years

Russian stocks slumped Thursday, with the RTS posting the longest losing streak in two years. LUKoil and Surgutneftegaz led a drop by energy producers.

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