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12/27/2007

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Cultures Meet at Dinner

NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Istanbul's culinary influences span Armenia, Greece, the Middle East, the Black Sea region and beyond.

Elias Vidal, of Peru, is a catering chef

Favorite restaurants ""Truffaldino for great wood-fired pizza; Galereya for nouvelle cuisine."" Favorite dish ""I'm from Peru, and I love ceviche. Yuri Navarro used to make it well in Santa Fe restaurant; now he has opened Navarro's."" Which chefs inspire you? ""I was amazed by the stories of Ferran Adria and Nobu Matsuhisa. Never trained as chefs, they had a hunch that they kept developing without knowing what it was. That's a real talent that can't be taught, and that makes them masters."" Comment on Moscow restaurant culture ""Most people have not developed culinary taste yet. Even a wealthy person who was brought up on sour cream can try foie gras and react with, 'What is this lard?' In Moscow, most restaurants don't actually perform to their declared level, which would eventually put them out of business in the West. But here people continue eating bad food if they like the design or the atmosphere.

Meaty Eats at Pivovarov

Beer restaurants have been duking it out with Italian eateries for the lion's share of new openings this year. Both flavors of restaurants have seen their segment of the market grow exponentially and it would seem that every restaurateur and his dog is choosing one of the two genres for their latest endeavor.

A New Year of More Confrontation

By Janusz Bugajski
A new critical year in East-West relations is fast approaching. It promises to be a year of decision and confrontation. 2008 will present an important challenge for European Union unity, trans-Atlantic cohesion and the determination of the West to stand up to an increasingly assertive and expansive Russia.

A True Citizen More Than a Good Shopper

Moscow has turned into one huge marketplace in the run-up to the New Year's holiday. Judging from the traffic jams in the city, and especially those near supermarkets, the scale of this year's shopping bonanza will set a new record.

Ford Focus and Punching Bags

In response to ""A Draw for Ford but a Victory for All,"" a column by Boris Kagarlitsky on Dec. 20. Editor, The author stated that vehicles produced at the Ford St. Petersburg plant in early December ""might not meet all of the technical standards."" This is completely wrong, as were other less-serious inaccuracies in the story, which were not checked. We can assure you and all of our customers that all cars built during the dispute fully meet Ford Motor Company's stringent quality control standards. Indeed, we have consistently praised the Vsevolozhsk team for equaling the quality of our plants in Germany and Spain, where the Focus model is also built. This is one of the reasons why the Ford Focus is the best-selling foreign-badged car in Russia. Ian S. Slater Vice President Communications and Public Affairs Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group In response to ""Saving the Relationship,"" a column by Rose Gottemoeller on Dec. 18.

Landslides Kill Dozens in Indonesia

Reuters
Landslides and floods caused by torrential rains have left up to 81 people dead or missing in Indonesia's Central Java province, police and rescue officials said Wednesday.

Cabinet Passes Iraqi Pardon Bill

Reuters
The Iraqi Cabinet approved a draft law Wednesday that will offer a general pardon to thousands of prisoners in U.S. military and Iraqi custody, a government spokesman said.

Diplomats' Expulsions Protested

The Associated Press
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday protested the Afghan government's decision to expel two senior European diplomats accused of holding unauthorized meetings with Taliban militants.

Probe of Korea's President-Elect Opened Over Fraud Allegations

The Associated Press
South Korea's president approved an independent probe Wednesday of his successor, Lee Myung-bak, over financial fraud allegations that have cast a cloud over the former Seoul mayor's landslide election win.

Tigers Kills on Zoo Rampage

The Associated Press
The San Francisco Zoo was closed Wednesday as investigators tried to determine how a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others.

The Dalai Lama Is Not a 'Call Girl'

Reuters
When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to explain in a year-end interview why he would meet the Dalai Lama in his Ottawa office, it was clear that he wanted to show respect for the exiled Tibetan leader.

Business in Brief

Sberbank Existing Share SaleRosneft, LUKoil ViolationsRusAl in New Norilsk BidGazprom Gets More OGK-6Gazprom Reserves SteadyOil-Export Tax Up 18%Sberbank Lends $13.7BlnConsumer Gas Up 1%$2.5Bln for St. Pete PortChina Oil Pipeline DelayedSedmoi Rejects TPG OfferBorder Gridlock EasesFor the Record

Gazprom's Tomskneft Deal Approved

Bloomberg, Reuters
The anti-monopoly service backs Gazprom buying half the former Yukos unit for an undisclosed sum.

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