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Russia and the G8 Now That the Party Is Over

G8 summits attract mountains of expectation (and generate mountainous costs), but produce molehills of results.

Committing to Their Commitments

Russia made infectuous diseases one of the summit's three priorities. The time to reverse the spread of AIDS is now.

The Eviscerated Summit

Ahead of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg, the nagging question was whether Russia under President Vladimir Putin was free enough to deserve a place alongside the world's leading industrial democracies.

Israel Steps Up Offensive as Rockets Hit Haifa

Cross-border violence escalates after Lebanese guerillas fire at least 20 rockets into northern Israel, killing eight.

G8 Leaders Agree on 'Strong Message'

World leaders agreed Sunday to deliver a strong message on the crisis in the Middle East, adopting four conditions they said were vital to halting the spiraling violence.

Russians Are to Be Evacuated From Lebanon

Russia is preparing to evacuate its citizens from Lebanon, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday as leaders of the Group of Eight began discussions at a summit set to be dominated by the violence in the Middle East.

Israeli Leader Stands to Gain Political Capital

The raid into Israel from southern Lebanon by the Shiite militia group Hezbollah has provided the new government of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a deeper political consensus, allowing him to prosecute a war that is widely supported by the Israeli people.

N. Korea Rejects UN Resolution

North Korea said Sunday that it was not bound by a UN Security Council resolution imposing weapons-related sanctions on it and insisted that the country would ""bolster its war deterrent in every way.""

Honor Suicides on The Rise in Turkey

For Derya, a waif-like girl of 17, the order to kill herself came from an uncle in a text message to her cell phone. ""You have blackened our name,"" it read. ""Kill yourself and clean our shame or we will kill you first.""

India Delays Peace Talks With Pakistan in Wake of Bombing

India put off peace talks with Pakistan scheduled for this week after suspicion for carrying out the Mumbai train bombings fell on Pakistan-based Islamist militants, a top Indian foreign ministry official said Sunday.

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