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WTO Talks Are a Whole Other Ball Game

Soon after becoming president in 2000, Vladimir Putin energized Russia's previously half-hearted attempts to enter the World Trade Organization.

Emerging From Andropov's Shadow

I remember being surprised by the reaction of some members of the Russian intelligentsia when, in late 1982, Yury Andropov, then head of the KGB, was named leader of the Soviet Union.

Lebanon Vows to Uphold Truce

The Lebanese government vowed on Sunday to crush any attempt on the Lebanese side to breach the cease-fire in the conflict with Israel, a day after the United Nations condemned an Israeli raid on Hezbollah as a truce violation.

German Fears Mount After Train Bomb Plot

German politicians warned over the weekend of a growing terrorism threat and urged new measures to counter it after authorities said a plot to blow up passenger trains had failed only because the bombs did not go off.

Moroccan Hashish Linked to Terrorism

Like many in this hardscrabble region, Abdurahman and his family are near-destitute people who possess vast riches.

After Cease-Fire, Scandals Rock Israel

The president is locked in a sex scandal, the justice minister is quitting over a purported stolen kiss, the prime minister is haunted by a property deal and the country's top general is under fire for stock trading.

Iran Rules Out Enrichment Suspension

Two days before it is to respond to the West's incentives, Iran says it will not stop enriching uranium.

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