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A Philosophy That's Tough to Popularize

The problem with ""sovereign democracy"" is that it is not particularly versatile as a national political philosophy.

Back to School

There's always something refreshing, uplifting and downright hope-springs-eternalish about Sept. 1 -- the day Russian children are herded en masse back into the arms of the national school system to resume the class struggle.

When the Cats Are at the Dacha ...

As dacha season winds down, it's hard to give up the joys of country living for the big city. Fresh air, the gentle sound of wind in the trees ... relaxed afternoons in the sun ... evenings on the terrace ... breakfast in bed...

UN: Iran Failed to Halt Enrichment

The nuclear watchdog's declaration exposes the Islamist state to possible sanctions from the West.

Siniora Asks Donors for Aid Money

Lebanon's prime minister on Thursday called on world donors to help his country recover after Israeli bombing wiped out ""15 years of postwar development"" in a month of fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas.

Annan Meets With Jordan's King in Effort to Keep Peace

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, trying to calm Middle East violence, met Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday before visiting Syria to seek its help in upholding a truce between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

At Least 22 Bombs Explode in Thai Banks

At least 22 bombs exploded almost simultaneously Thursday inside commercial banks in southern Thailand, killing two people and injuring 28 in a region bloodied by a Muslim insurgency, police said.

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