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First 'America' Map a Cartographic Conundrum

The only surviving copy of the map that first used the name America goes on permanent display this month at the Library of Congress, but even as it prepares for its debut, the 1507 Waldseem?ller map remains a puzzle for researchers.

Cyber Don Juan Sparks Worries About Privacy

Internet chat-room romantics beware: Your next chat may be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person, trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an online security firm says.

Stronger EU Forged At Lisbon

European Union leaders signed the Treaty of Lisbon on Thursday to reform the bloc's institutions and give it stronger leadership, marking the end of a difficult process that has lasted nearly a decade.

China Recalls the 'Rape of Nanking'

China marked 70 years since Japan's Nanjing massacre on Thursday, invoking memories of the atrocity to remind Tokyo that its wartime past remains a bitter backdrop to an improving relationship.

EU, U.S. Trade Barbs On Climate

The European Union threatened on Thursday to boycott U.S. talks among top greenhouse gas emitting nations, accusing Washington of blocking goals for fighting climate change at UN talks in Bali.

Putin's Three-Ring Circus

Circus Putin fascinates not only Russia but the entire world. The questions are numerous, but we will soon have the answers. Will Putin stay on as president?

The Jackals Scavenging Among Us

After Putin's fiery speech at Luzhniki several weeks ago, Russians and expats alike went running to their dictionaries to find the meaning of the criminal slang ????????, which the president used to describe how certain groups -- presumably opposition and human rights organizations -- ""??????? ? ??????????? ?????????"" (scavenge like jackals at foreign embassies).

Business in Brief

Belarus Oil Faces SanctionsGDP Target Raised to 7.6%Reserves Down $2.3BlnVimpelCom Adopts BudgetEvraz Puts Figure on DealEBRD Loans Banks $514MTNK-BP May Spin Off UnitAmur Sees $331M CapexUralkali Raises Potash PricesDigital Bros Into RussiaBlack Earth ExpandsSistema-Hals, China DealLUKoil in Turkmen TalksTatneft Calls for Boycott

Schedule Fixed for Iranian Atomic Plant

Reuters, Bloomberg, MT
Russia and Iran have settled all differences over the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power station and agreed on a timetable for its completion, the Russian contractor building the station said Thursday.

Zubkov Asks Kudrin About Missing Cash

Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov on Thursday publicly quizzed Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin over the disappearance of 1 billion rubles ($40.1 million) in earthquake aid to Sakhalin.

Nord Stream to Hike Cost Estimates

Nord Stream, the firm building a subsea gas pipeline from Russia to Western Europe, said Thursday that early next year it would revise upward the project's costs, which analysts say may soar by at least 60 percent.

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