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The Myth of the Apolitical Presidency

President Vladimir Putin's remarks over dinner with participants in the Valdai Discussion Club on Saturday were pretty standard, especially for those who followed his performance as host of the Group of Eight summit in July.

Old Habits Die Hard

Everyone agrees that Sept. 11, 2001, changed the world. Much has been said and written about the impact the terrorist attacks had on the United States, how Europe responded and the Middle East was transformed, and about the effect the attacks had on the institutions of international relations in general.

No Experience Without Votes in the Regions

On Saturday, President Vladimir Putin met with foreign political experts and journalists who are members of the Valdai Discussion Club, a talking-shop the Kremlin set up in 2004 for informal, high-level discussion of all matters Russian and political.

Missing the Nuke Deadline

Russia's political set-up is such that once or twice a year the people get to hear the president's thoughts regarding pressing foreign and domestic policy problems.

No Sanctions Support Limiting U.S. Options

Last spring U.S. President George W. Bush's administration struck what looked like a diplomatic bargain with European governments, Russia and China on Iran.

Lebanese Protest Blair's Arrival

A crowd of around 2,000 protests the British prime minister for his support in Israel's war in Lebanon.

Palestinian Leaders Close to a Unity Government

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Monday that he was close to agreeing on a unity government with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which Palestinians hope will lead to a lifting of Western sanctions.

Progress in Talks Over Iran's Nuclear Program

A senior U.S. envoy on Monday welcomed progress at talks meant to defuse a standoff over Iran's nuclear defiance, but said the UN Security Council still intended to move forward toward sanctions if Tehran refused to freeze uranium enrichment.

U.S. Official Says Iraq Situation Dire

A report by a colonel in the Marine Corps admits U.S. forces have been defeated politically.

Hussein Trial Resumes

A Kurdish woman told of seeing people sickened and dying during an alleged chemical attack carried out by Saddam Hussein's forces, as the genocide trial of the ex-president resumed Monday after a nearly three-week break.

OPEC Will Maintain Crude Output

As oil prices drop to a five-month low, OPEC ministers say they are unlikely to drastically change output.

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