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How to Cut Meat Among Bureaucrats

They say that the great hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov considered the ability to ""cut meat"" to be one of the most important skills of his profession. In other words, he knew how to cut players from the team when they were no longer needed.

The 'Peace Mission'

The world will understandably have some questions Thursday when Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Vladimir Putin meet at Garrison Chebarkul, located in the Chelyabinsk region near the Ural mountains, to review troops from both their countries, as well as four Central Asian states.

Grisly Video Must Serve as Wake-Up Call

A three-minute video posted on several ultranationalist web sites recently is sickening. Two frightened young men, bound and gagged, are seen kneeling beneath a Nazi flag in a forest.

Equal Pay for Equal Labor

While politicians make use of the summer recess to prepare for the election campaign fracas in the fall, an altogether different battle is shaping up in provincial cities that has much more significance for ordinary citizens.

U.S. Loses Its Stature as Tallest Country

Washington -- Pundits often opine that United States' stature is declining on the global stage. It turns out that Americans, literally, are not standing as tall in world rankings as they used to.

India Celebrates Its Independence Day

NEW DELHI -- India celebrated the 60th anniversary of its independence from British rule Wednesday in a triumphant mood, with many here feeling the country is finally taking its rightful place as a major global player.

Mattel Recalls More Chinese-Made Toys

WASHINGTON -- Mattel extended its recalls of Chinese-made toys to 18.2 million, including popular Barbie, Polly Pocket and ""Cars"" movie items, and warned that more could be ordered off store shelves because of lead paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed.

Al-Qaida Suspected in Iraq Bombing

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military said Wednesday that al-Qaida was the ""prime suspect"" in the suicide bombings on an ancient minority sect that Iraqi officials said killed about 200 people in northwestern Iraq.

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