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Tsarist Notions of Power

For those who still wondered who President Vladimir Putin is, the mystery is over. His actions last week show that he is Russia's new autocrat. He is a tsar pure and simple.

Confusing Control for Stability

Russia has been flexing its muscles lately, and the adjective ""resurgent"" is now nearly always attached to its name. President Vladimir Putin has also been pulling off one political surprise after another.

Karl Rove as Putin's Aide

Given the tension, mutual suspicion and general bad odor between Russia and the United States over recent years, it's good to see the stars above realigning to make effective cooperation possible again.

Boney M to Rock the South Ossetian House

Ra-Ra-Rasputin! Russia's greatest love machine!"" These are not exactly the kind of lyrics you might expect the Georgian government to consider appropriate as part of its struggle to win back control of the tiny pro-Russian separatist region of South Ossetia.

Milosevic Mover Up for Sale

A rusty, bullet-riddled digger which helped overthrow Slobodan Milosevic went on sale this week for a starting price of 90,000 euros ($127,000).

Junta Cracks Down on Monasteries

Myanmar's military leaders stepped up pressure on monks who spearheaded pro-democracy rallies, saying Sunday that weapons had been seized from Buddhist monasteries and threatening to punish all violators of the law.

Musharraf Win Under Contention

Pakistan entered political limbo Sunday, caught between General Pervez Musharraf's presidential election win and a future court ruling on whether he was even eligible to run.

Building Ignites Riots in Denmark

Hundreds detained following clashes with Copenhagen police have been released but may face charges in connection with the violence, authorities said Sunday.

Hong Kong Protesters Demand Direct Elections

Thousands of people marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to demand the right to pick the city's leader and the entire legislature in 2012.

RBS Beats Barclays in ABN Battle

Investors representing 85 percent of shares in ABN Amro have accepted a 70 billion euro ($99 billion) bid for the Dutch bank from a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland, the Financial Times reported.

Games Spur Olympic Outfitter's Race

The Beijing Olympics are less than a year away and one of the hottest races shaping up is not among the athletes, but the companies that outfit them.

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