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Let's Dance

If waltzing at a wedding makes you weak at the knees, social dance classes could be the solution.

What to Do: Finnish Fun

For many Russians, the Finnish character is summed up in a joke: Two Finns come to visit their father in a village.

Shimmer and Shine

After a hard day scouring the enormous Yevropeisky shopping center's fashion boutiques, a girl needs to unwind and refuel -- and that's where the recently opened Blesk aims to please.

Ask the Chef

Sergei Poletayev is head chef at Homemadecafe.

Truly Strange Duma Elections

The Duma elections are very strange. They had seemed to be nothing more than a formality to re-elect members of a senseless and useless lower house of parliament.

For Putin, Anti-Democracy

The State Duma election campaign will reach its end next week. Looking back, the entire process has been little more than a struggle among various pro-Putin candidates vying for Duma seats.

Deal Sealed to Dispose of Plutonium Stocks

The Associated Press
U.S. and Russian officials have reached an agreement on how to dispose safely of 34 tons of Russian weapons-grade plutonium, overcoming a major hurdle in a joint nuclear-nonproliferation effort that at times has been close to falling apart.

Toiletmobile Headed for Seoul

Staff Writer
Somewhere east of Yekaterinburg, a man is driving a toilet to Seoul. ""Toilet culture is a part of national culture,"" Alexei Maksunov, deputy head of the Russian Toilet Union, said by telephone Monday -- World Toilet Day -- while driving a clunky Oka car outfitted with a toilet.

Putin Hosts Church on Anniversary

During a celebration of the re-establishment of the Moscow Patriarchate, the president urges the Orthodox to go to the polls.

5,000 to Attend Gathering for Putin

At least 5,000 supporters of President Vladimir Putin will attend a demonstration in his honor at Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, said Pavel Astakhov, the lawyer-cum-celebrity who leads the nascent ""For Putin"" movement, on Monday.

Monitoring Invitations Will Go to Different Observers

The Moscow Times
Russia will increase the number of invitations to monitors from the Parliamentary Assemblies of the European Council, the OSCE and CIS, Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the Duma's international affairs committee said Monday.

Olmert Agrees to Release of Prisoners Ahead of Summit

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought wide Arab support on Monday for a U.S.-led peace conference by agreeing to release 441 Palestinian prisoners and reaffirming a pledge not to build new Jewish settlements.

Cyclone Death Toll Tops 3,000

Four days after super cyclone Sidr killed more than 3,000 people in Bangladesh, rescuers struggled Monday to reach isolated areas along the country's coast to give aid to millions of survivors.

Pakistan Judges Back Musharraf Re-Election

Pakistan's Supreme Court, packed with government-friendly judges since President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule, dismissed on Monday the main challenges to his re-election last month.

World Bank Urges Action on Inflation

Russia must control inflation and allow for appreciation of the ruble if it wishes to see its robust economic performance stay on course, the World Bank said in a report released Monday.

Sibir Sues Millhouse Over Fields

An affiliate of the energy firm is seeking billions of dollars in a lawsuit against Roman Abramovich.

Finns Sees Compromise on Wood Duty

Finland's Foreign Ministry said Monday that the European Commission was expecting a compromise proposal from Russia on wood export duties soon.

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