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Not All Fans Welcome in Germany's East

The history of global sporting events hosted by Germany brings up some dark memories.

Getting Your Translation Money's Worth

I need a vacation. I know because the run-of-the-mill follies of translation and interpretation that I usually barely notice have been driving me nuts lately.

Al-Qaida's Leader in Iraq Killed in Air Strike

Al-Zarqawi was responsible for many of the country's worst atrocities.

U.S. Plans Responses to Possible Flu Pandemic

In the event of an outbreak, Hawaii will quarantine tourists and Seattle victims could be buried in yards.

Russian Stages Miracle Recovery

Nicole Vaidisova's French Open adventure ended in tears Thursday when she choked badly in a 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 semifinal defeat by Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Investors No Longer in Love With Russia

A study shows the country has slipped from the No. 8 spot of most attractive investment destinations.

Urals Oil Futures Begin Trading on RTS

Urals oil futures began trading Thursday on the RTS, marking the first time the country's top blend has traded on an exchange.

News in Brief

Inquiry Into Nenets Speaker Prosecutors have reopened a slander case against the speaker of the Nenets autonomous district's legislature, but lawmakers on Thursday rejected a motion to dismiss him. The speaker, Igor Koshin, linked the investigation to the recent arrest of Nenets Governor Alexei Barinov. Barinov's legal troubles appear to be connected to the legislature's refusal last month to fire the region's senator in the Federation Council. The slander case stems from a 2004 complaint in which a man accused Koshin of insulting him and threatening him with murder. (MT) Gryzlov on 3rd Putin Term State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov said Thursday that President Vladimir Putin might be elected to a third term -- but not in 2008, when Putin's second term expires, Interfax reported. He was echoed by Central Elections Commission chief Alexander Veshnyakov, who told Itar-Tass there were no legal obstacles to Putin running in 2012.

AIDS Officials Skirt Hardest-Hit Groups

Needle-exchange programs for drug users are popular in China but not Russia.

Putin Calls for Better-Trained Students

Universities must adapt to the global marketplace and begin churning out graduates who will boost the nation's economic growth, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Shaimiyev Targets 'Moneybag' Senators

Mintimer Shaimiyev, the popular president of Tatarstan, is looking to cleanse the Federation Council of ""moneybags"" and, in the process, weaken the Kremlin's control of the parliament.

Ex-Azeri Leader Begged for Apartment

The first president of independent Azerbaijan, Ayaz Mutalibov, had to beg the Kremlin for an apartment after he fled a rebellion in 1992.

Russia Criticized Over Serb

The prosecutor for the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia criticized Russia for failing to hand over to the court a Bosnian Serb accused of rape and torture in the Bosnian war.

Memorial Tells of Secret Jail

Leading rights group Memorial said Thursday that it had documented the existence of an illegal prison in Grozny where detainees were held in custody unlawfully, bullied and tortured, including one who had his ear cut off.

CB Cuts Dollar Share of Reserves

The Central Bank said Thursday that it had cut the share of dollars in its reserves to 50 percent, diversifying into euros as the greenback's standing as a reserve currency suffers.

Business in Brief

Rates Threaten Economy The global interest rate tightening cycle could create risks for Russia's booming economy, which is still sensitive to external shocks, a senior Central Bank official said. Konstantin Korishchenko, deputy chairman of the Central Bank, said in an interview that the era of cheap money was coming to an end globally as central banks in the United States, Europe and Japan fight rising inflationary pressures. Emerging markets that have posted stellar returns thanks to abundant liquidity are all prone to possible external shocks, Korishchenko said in remarks Thursday. (Reuters) Gazprom's Media Assets Mikhail Seslavinsky, head of the Federal Press and Mass Media Agency, said Wednesday that Gazprom and Russian Railways should sell their media assets. ""Probably, the media assets should not remain with these organizations in the nearest foreseeable future,"" he told Ekho Moskvy radio. ""In the course of 5 to 6 years, probably, they should part with them.

7 Men Beat Tajik Students in Dorm

Seven men who identified themselves as police officers attacked and robbed a group of 10 Tajik students in a dormitory room Wednesday night, sparking new fears about the safety of dark-skinned students in Russia.

Ousted Leaders Find a Safe Haven in Russia

The Moscow office of Georgia's Justice party looks hospitable. Its steel door isn't locked, and there is no guard inside to glare at visitors. Security could be a lot tighter.

12 Projects Tapped for State Handouts

Twelve projects, including some connected to Kremlin-friendly oligarchs, have made a shortlist to get money for infrastructure projects from the state investment fund.

Hackers Down Muckraking Web Site

The popular political muckraking web site was downed for a week by an enduring hacker attack that the site's owner said Thursday appeared to be a threat to him for posting compromising materials.
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