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Sharapova Outlasts Venus in Miami

Maria Sharapova rallied from a set down to defeat Venus Williams 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 as the top four women's seeds advanced to the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday.

N. Ireland Rivals Agree To Start Sharing Power

Northern Ireland's main Protestant and Catholic parties agreed on Monday to start sharing power May 8 after their leaders put aside decades of hostility to hold a historic first meeting.

Airstrike Against Sri Lankan Base is First for Tamil Tigers

Tamil Tiger rebels launched their first airstrike in the nearly quarter-decade conflict with Sri Lanka's government, using at least one small plane to bomb an air base outside the capital Monday, killing three airmen, officials said.

U.S. Iraq Envoy Praises Progress

The departing U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Monday that he believed Iraq was heading in the right direction but cautioned that Iraqi leaders must understand that U.S. voters were increasingly impatient with the war.

International Leaders Push For Mideast Peace Initiative

An international diplomatic drive for Middle East peace gained momentum Monday, with Israel welcoming the idea of a regional peace summit and Saudi Arabia suggesting that it would consider changes in a dormant peace initiative to make it more acceptable to Israel.

Japanese Prime Minister Says Sorry for Slaves

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under fire for denying that Japan forced women to work as sex slaves during World War II, offered a fresh apology Monday but refused to acknowledge clearly Japan's responsibility for the front-line brothels.

Sarkozy Steps Down as Interior Minister

French right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy stepped down as interior minister on Monday to focus on his election campaign less than a month before voters go to the polls.

The Berlin Fudge

The European Union's 27 national leaders listened with what looked like great intensity as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on Saturday evening in a musical tribute to the EU's 50th anniversary.

The State of Auction Theory

Returning to theory is often one of the ways people try to explain what went wrong in major auctions that have been held here in the past.

The Peculiar Case of Tuva

In the next few days, President Vladimir Putin is expected to nominate a new president for the republic of Tuva, as the term of the incumbent, Sherig-ool Oorzhaka, is just about up.

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