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UN Intercedes in Iran Standoff

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Iran's foreign minister Thursday in the world body's first direct intercession in the escalating standoff between Iran and Britain over Tehran's detention of 15 British sailors and marines.

Shrinking Hope for Ethiopian Jews

Thousands of Ethiopians who say their Jewish roots entitle them to live in Israel are stuck in a squalid camp in Ethiopia, their dream of a promised land fading as Israel scrutinizes their family ties.

Flaming Debris Just Misses Jet

A Chilean jetliner flying to New Zealand came ""uncomfortably close"" to being hit by blazing objects hurtling through the atmosphere, New Zealand aviation officials said Thursday.

Not Pretty, But Pretty Accurate

With elections to 14 regional legislatures on March 11 in the past, the focus now turns to the big parliamentary prize, the State Duma election in December.

Fashioning a Dressy Lexicon

Not long ago, after a friend's birthday party, someone asked me: ?? ??? ???? ???? ?????? (What was Lena wearing?) What I thought was: She had on a low-cut, red velvet dress that was form-fitting in the bodice and then fell loosely to mid-calf. What I said was: ??? ???? ? ???????. (She wore red.)

Cabinet Approves Bill on Toll Roads

The Cabinet backed a bill Thursday designed to create a system of toll roads around the country, a Transportation Ministry spokeswoman confirmed.

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