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An Upper-Crust Pizzeria

When the original Bocconcino opened several years ago on Strastnoi Bulvar, it lifted the humble pizzeria genre to a new level of fashionableness.

Ask the Chef

Andre Martin from Burundi is consultant chef at Le Royal Meridien National hotel.

Iran Says U.S. Faked Warship Video

The Associated Press
Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused the United States on Wednesday of fabricating video and audio released by the Pentagon that shows Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.

Bush in Israel for Mideast Peace Talks

U.S. President George W. Bush began his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president Wednesday, saying he saw a new opportunity for peace in the face of deep skepticism.

Pakistan Rejects IAEA Chief's Worries Over Nuclear Arsenal

Pakistan angrily rejected on Thursday remarks by the UN nuclear watchdog chief that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of Islamist militants.

African Union Head Arrives in Kenya to Break Impasse

African Union chief John Kufuor met Kenya's president and opposition leader Wednesday to try to break a political impasse behind post-election turmoil that has killed about 500 people.

Chinese Detentions Spark Protests

The Associated Press
Chinese authorities have detained four people over the suspected beating death by police auxiliaries of a man who filmed a clash between villagers and members of the force.

The Gun is Hanging on the Wall

Despite the calm of the holiday season, tension is mounting in Russia's political environment. And it is a natural product of the unique form of political theater -- imitation democracy -- that the political system has evolved into over the last eight years.

The President's Fate

After emerging from New Year's celebrations and returning to the daily routine, the country is gradually waking up to the fact that it will soon have a new president.

Governors to Get Votes for Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev first tapped the Kremlin's chief of staff to run his national presidential campaign. Now he is signing up governors to campaign for him in their regions.

Vote Count Confirms Victory for Saakashvili

The Associated Press
Several hundred opposition supporters protested Wednesday, emphasizing their claims of fraud in Georgia's presidential vote, as the top electoral official said a nearly complete ballot count confirmed Mikheil Saakashvili's re-election.

7 Killed in Explosion in Kazan

Combined Reports
A natural gas blast ripped through an apartment building in Kazan on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and leaving others feared trapped beneath the rubble, officials said.

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