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Abandoning a Commitment To Stability

In the leadup to elections, it's not enough to try to give money to the needy. If an economy claims to be of the market variety, you have to help the markets as well.

Of Rivers, Bogs and Souvenirs

There is an interesting souvenir on my desk that serves as a fitting symbol for the global economy. It is a model of an Istanbul mosque I bought for 100 rubles in a little village shop in Dagestan.

Ignatyev Between a Ruble and a Hard Place

Central Bank Chairman Sergei Ignatyev is a man who is battle-hardened to deal with tough situations. He was, after all, a first deputy finance minister at the time of the 1998 default.

Mint Makes a Difference

An inexpensive Italian restaurant with a touch of class is the best way to sum up the recently opened Lemoncello.

Turn Over an Old Leaf

Where to find secondhand and antique books, and how to start your collection.

Treasure Hunt: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

When you think of the great diamond centers of the world, you probably don't immediately think of Smolensk.

Prodi to Back Draft EU Treaty

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi will call on Tuesday for retention of the ambitious scope of the draft European constitution, as negotiations on the future of the failed treaty enter their final phase.

Lebanese Army Targets Fatah Islam

Artillery and machine gun fire echoed around a crowded Palestinian refugee camp for a third straight day Tuesday, as the Lebanese government ordered the army to finish off the Fatah Islam militants holed up in the camp.

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