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Injured Petrova Makes Early Exit

Eleventh seed Nadia Petrova suffered a first-round defeat at the French Open for the second successive year when she was dumped out 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 by Czech Kveta Peschke on Tuesday.

A Writer's Farewell

It seems time, then, to say goodbye to the little corner of this newspaper that I've occuppied for the last 3 1/2 years.

Seeing Is Only Sometimes Believing

The people of Volgograd elected a new mayor last week, a Communist named Roman Grebennikov who at 31 ywas the youngest speaker of a regional legislature in modern Russian history. Grebennikov edged out both the incumbent, acting Mayor Roland Khrianov, and State Duma Deputy Vasily Galushkin.

The Best Approach to Conflict Is to Plan Ahead

Recently I was invited to speak in Washington during one of the many conferences on U.S.-Russian relations that are held in the city every year. The topic under discussion at this meeting was fairly standard: ""Is conflict inevitable?""

Meat Goes Upmarket

The meat just keeps on coming: Yet another steakhouse has opened, this time in Zamoskvorechye. T-Bone is affiliated with the snooty Villa Rosa, with which it shares a summer courtyard. Although not as swish as Villa Rosa, it's no barbecue in Uncle Bobs' backyard, either.

Framed And Then Hung

How to choose the right frames for your artworks and hang them without hassles.


The funeral-gray Dom na Naberezhnoi, famous as the home of many Soviet officials hauled off to prison camps under Stalin, underwent a test repainting in yellow -- said to be Mayor Yury Luzhkov's favorite color.

Deadline For Climate Talks Set

European and Asian foreign ministers agreed to set a 2009 deadline to complete negotiations on a new international climate change pact to limit greenhouse gases, diplomats said Tuesday.

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