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Misha One Percent

Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, was barred on Sunday from running in the presidential election because of supposed irregularities among the 2 million signatures he collected in support of his candidacy. Similar tactics were used to keep opposition parties out of the State Duma elections in December and to harass the street demonstrations organized by Garry Kasparov's opposition coalition, The Other Russia.

The Albatross Hanging Over Gazprom's Fate

Reputed crime boss Semyon Mogilevich has been living comfortably in his villa in the elite Rublyovka neighborhood of Moscow for the last seven or eight years. When he was suddenly arrested on Jan. 23, the logical question many asked was, ""Why now?""

The Crazy World of Superstar Economics

Jerome Kerviel, the ""rogue trader"" at Societe Generale, is accused of causing $7.2 billion in losses to the bank. Kerviel did not make money for himself by his trading. Instead, as Paris Prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said this week: ""He wanted to show that he was worth as much as the others around him. He truly believed that ... everyone would recognize his financial genius.""

Lawmaker's Killing Draws Fury

A police officer in Kenya shot dead an opposition legislator on Thursday, the second killed in a week, sparking fresh protests and interrupting talks to try to end more than a month of violence.

Egypt to Block Car Traffic From Gaza

The Associated Press
Egyptian border guards moved Thursday to prevent all car traffic from entering the country from the Gaza Strip, but still allowed hundreds of Palestinians in on foot.

Blast Kills Afghan Governor

The Associated Press
A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday inside a mosque in southern Afghanistan, killing a deputy provincial governor and five other worshippers in the latest assassination of a senior official in President Hamid Karzai's government, officials said.

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