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Old Hand Takes Over At Ukrainian Champs

Former Russia manager Yury Syomin has been appointed Dinamo Kiev coach, the Ukrainian champion said Saturday.

Inquiries Promised In CIA Scandal

The Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department and the CIA's internal watchdog have announced a joint inquiry into the spy agency's destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists, as the latest scandal to rock U.S. intelligence gathered steam.

Suicide Bombing Kills 8 in Pakistan

The Associated Press
Eight people were killed, including two children, when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a police outpost Sunday in Pakistan's Swat valley, the site of an ongoing military operation against militants loyal to a fugitive cleric.

Africa Rejects EU Trade Deals

Most African leaders on Sunday rejected new trade deals demanded by the European Union, dealing a blow to efforts to forge a new economic partnership at the first EU-Africa summit in seven years.

Europe Leaders to Stop Seeking Negotiated Solution to Kosovo

EU leaders are expected to agree this week that efforts to reach a negotiated solution to the Kosovo problem are exhausted and offer to take responsibility for security and justice in the Serbian province.

NATO Captures 2 Taliban Leaders

Afghan and NATO-led forces have captured two senior Taliban leaders during an offensive to retake the insurgents' most important stronghold in Afghanistan, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Cleanup Starts in Aftermath of South Korea's Biggest Oil Spill

The Associated Press
Thousands of people used shovels and buckets Sunday to clean up a devastating oil spill at a scenic beach on South Korea's western coast, some battling headaches and nausea from the stench.

Worn Out by Elections

With the dust settling from the State Duma elections, all eyes have turned to the presidential election in March. But some in the Kremlin might be turning their thoughts to the presidential election in general -- as in getting rid of it altogether.

Ending an Empire Over a Few Drinks

Sixteen years ago Saturday, the leaders of the three Slavic republics of the Soviet Union gathered at a hunting lodge in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha nature reserve near Minsk and signed an agreement that spelled the end of the Soviet Union.

Putin's Pretend Democracy

Now that the pretend results from the pretend elections to the nation's pretend parliament have been certified, the next order of political business will be the pretend presidential election in March.

Refugees Dreaming of Home in Hotel Charm

The Hotel Charm isn't really a hotel any more, and it's definitely not charming. The hallways are scruffy, the stairwells are filthy, broken light fittings cast a pall of gloom across the corridors, and in winter it's cold and damp. But for more than a decade, this dingy concrete block in Tbilisi has been home to around 25 families.

Opportunities And Optimism

A positive outlook is the winning strategy for Germany's top business lobbyist in Russia.

Ask the Boss

When is the best time of year to look for a new job?

Introduction to Italian

Piatto Italiano is a good starting point for the inexperienced diner looking to get acquainted with Italian cuisine.

Restaurant News

Bio Gourmet, the organic cafe located in Moscow's posh ""Golden Mile"" neighborhood, has commenced its German Christmas Bazaar.

News in Brief

German Embassy Visa FraudTymoshenko Vote NearsSerbs Arrest BusinessmanKyrgyz Activist InvestigatedPoles to Air Belarussian TV

Communists to Rally Against Vote Dec. 22

Combined Reports
The Communist Party is planning demonstrations nationwide this month to protest ""flagrant violations"" during the State Duma elections, a senior party official said.

Kasyanov Chosen Kremlin Hopeful

Despite having difficulties with holding a congress the night before, the Russian People's Democratic Union managed to select its leader, Mikhail Kasyanov, as its candidate in the March presidential election.

58 One-Way Streets

The Moscow Times
Fifty-eight centrally located streets are to become one-way streets amid an ongoing struggle by City Hall to ease traffic congestion, Pavel Kozlov, head of City Hall's center for organization of road traffic, said Friday.

National Bolshevik Activist Awarded $22,000 by Court

The Moscow Times
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay 15,000 euros ($22,000) to an activist with the banned National Bolshevik Party who was convicted of seizing a presidential administration reception office, the activist's lawyer said.

Rice Fails to Convince Lavrov on Iran

The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has failed to persuade Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the urgency of new sanctions for Iran, and the two have clashed over the future of Kosovo.

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