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The Smerdyakov Effect

Even by Russian standards, the Litvinenko affair has been exceptionally murky. But, paradoxically, it has also been marked by a heightened sense of mirror-image symmetry.

Kolchak's Rehabilitation

Civil war is a terrible business and recording it for posterity is a contentious issue.

Unrest and Chacha in Georgia's Kodor Gorge

The Soviet-era Antonov airplane creaked and growled its way across the spectacular valleys of the Caucasus mountain range toward the Kodor Gorge, deep within Abkhaz separatist territory.

Ex-Qwest Head Sentenced to 6 Years

Joe Nacchio, the former Qwest Communications chief who was forced to resign during a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, was sentenced to six years in prison for illegally selling $52 million in stock and hiding financial problems from investors.

Bancrofts Split Over Media Sale

Members of the family that controls Dow Jones jostled over their positions on News Corp.'s $5 billion bid Friday, as a dark horse rival prepared a revised proposal.

Chinese Car Companies Mulling Possible Tie-Up

A tie-up between Shanghai Auto, China's biggest carmaker, and smaller rival Nanjing Auto could lead to the creation of a Chinese national car champion to rival the big multinationals.

Resorts and Slums Follow Oil Wealth

Jose Costa moved to Brazil's oil boomtown of Macae two years ago hoping to find a job on a sparkling offshore rig but settled instead for work as a landlocked janitor with a shack to call home.

Casual Day The New Way To Cut Costs

One of Shanghai's main business districts is urging office workers to ditch their suits and ties for shorts and T-shirts Friday as temperatures approach 40 degrees Celsius.

Abe's Ruling Party Defeated at Polls

Japan's ruling party suffered a devastating defeat in parliamentary elections Sunday, as voters angry at a spate of government scandals revolted against embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

$20Bln in U.S. Arms For Mideast

U.S. President George W. Bush's administration is preparing a package of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that could be worth some $20 billion over the next 10 years, a senior U.S. defense official said Saturday.

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