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The Ultimate Cost of Deals in Iran

During the seemingly endless arguments with the United States and the West in general over Russia's cooperation in the construction of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, Moscow has consistently maintained that there is nothing political about the contract. It is sticking with this in portraying current negotiations over payment for the project as a purely economic question.

Ukraine Has to Be Realistic

Just two years ago, following my inauguration as president of Ukraine, the upheavals and uncertainties that accompanied the Orange Revolution seemed behind us.

Get Smart

Whenever I make a major life error, like doing a large translation without a contract and discovering -- surprise, surprise -- that I can't get paid, one of my friends always shakes her head and asks ?? ????? ?? ?? ?????????? (When on earth are you going to smarten up?)

U.S. Troops Using More Alcohol in War Zones

In May 2004, U.S. Specialist Justin Lillis got drunk on what he called ""hajji juice,"" a clear Iraqi moonshine smuggled onto a U.S. Army base in Balad, Iraq, by civilian contractors, and began taking potshots with his M-16 service rifle.

EU Releases Results From Drinking Poll

Binge drinking across Europe continues to be a problem in Ireland, Britain, Finland and Denmark, according to a European Union survey on alcohol consumption released Wednesday.

Car Bombs Strike Iraq Despite New Campaign to Stop Them

A suicide car bomber apparently targeting a senior city official struck an Iraqi military checkpoint Thursday in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least eight people, officials said.

Ahmadinejad Defiant Over UN Resolution

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday dismissed any new UN sanctions resolution as ""a torn piece of paper"" that would not stop Tehran's nuclear work, Iran's official news agency reported.

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