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Reigning Over Russian Blues

Viktoria Pier-Mari overcame a childhood tragedy and is aiming for global fame.

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Tatyana Gorbachyova, 73, custodian at the Tretyakov Gallery: ""I've already worked here 11 years. You spend a whole month in one room. You can't get bored; you can look at Vrubel endlessly.""

Ravioli With Rococo

Venezia has long been liked for its high-quality yet inexpensive Italian food. Its unbeatable central location in a courtyard just off Pushkin Square has only added to its appeal, resulting in long lines to get a table on weekends.

Restaurant News

Chinese restaurant Tanhas introduced a special business lunch menu. On weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. the lunch offerings include such dishes as baked duck breast (150 rubles), prawn salad with fresh fruit (150 rubles), fried corn with pine nuts (150 rubles) and Peking dumplings (190 rubles).

A Shift Tempered by Circumstance

By late Sunday, conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy looked to be on his way to winning the French presidential election.

Stumbling Over the Past

The past matters, and an incomplete understanding of the past can become a chronic illness. The Estonian government's decision to transfer a monument in Tallinn that Russians call the Soviet soldier-liberator generated open hostility from ethnic Russians living in Estonia and in Russia itself.

Sending Georgia's Teens Back Out to the Camps

You can see them everywhere in Georgia these days: billboard posters of clean-cut, fresh-faced youths, dressed in orange and blue, grinning and waving optimistically into the camera's lens.

A Month of Anthems Away

With May well under sail, Victory Day in Russia (May 9) and Memorial Day in the United States (May 28) will soon be offering up stirring renditions of the two countries' national anthems.

Pakistani Judge Decries Dictatorship

Pakistan's suspended top judge made a thinly veiled attack on President Pervez Musharraf at a rally Sunday, telling thousands of supporters that the age of dictatorships is over.

Contentious Election Sends French to Polls

French voters turned out in force Sunday in a presidential election offering divergent choices for the future, with conservative front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy urging the French to work more and Socialist Segolene Royal pledging to safeguard welfare protections.

Cameroonian Officials Find Signs Missing Plane Crashed

Signs have been found of a Kenya-bound flight that crashed in Cameroon with 114 people aboard, an aviation official said Sunday.

Gul Drops Presidential Candidacy

PRESS ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's foreign minister said Sunday that he was withdrawing from the presidential race after the parliament failed again to reach a quorum in voting that pitted secularists against his religious-oriented party, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Car Bomb Attack on Baghdad Food Market Leaves 30 Dead

A car bomb ripped through a wholesale food market in western Baghdad on Sunday, flattening cars and shops and killing at least 30 people in the deadliest of a wave of attacks across Iraq that killed at least 50 people.

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