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Pristina Sends Moscow Back to UN

The government reacted immediately Sunday to Kosovo's declaration of independence, calling for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the move, while former Soviet breakaway regions, long fostered by aid from Moscow, rejoiced at improved prospects of international recognition.

Medvedev Lays Out Economic Program

Dmitry Medvedev, likely the country's next president, laid out a liberal-leaning economic program on Friday, urging economic liberty and a crackdown on corruption in his first major speech on the subject just two weeks ahead of the presidential vote.

Karabakh Ponders Kosovo's Independence

""What is Kosovo, and what do you eat it with?"" quipped Yuan Go, a Chinese cook living in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Valuev Win Earns Another Title Shot

The Associated Press
Nikolai Valuev earned a shot at the WBA heavyweight title Saturday, beating Sergei Liakhovich in a one-sided decision between former champions.

80 Dead in Afghanistan Bombing

The Associated Press
A suicide bombing at an outdoor dog fighting competition killed 80 people and wounded scores more Sunday, an Afghan governor said, in what appeared to be the deadliest terror attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Cyprus in Cliffhanger Election

Greek Cypriots voted Sunday for a new president in a cliffhanger three-way race crucial for any revival of peace talks on the divided island and for Turkey's hopes of joining the European Union.

Iran Blames Technical Reasons for Delay in Talks With U.S.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that technical reasons were behind the delay in talks between Iranian and U.S. officials on Iraq and denied new U.S. charges that Tehran was stoking violence in its neighbor.

Pakistan Tense on Eve of Crucial Elections

Pakistani politicians made final preparations over the weekend for general elections Monday that could usher in a parliament intent on forcing U.S. ally President Pervez Musharraf from power.

Female Bomber Kills 3 in Baghdad

A female suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded four others in central Baghdad, police said Sunday, in the latest such attack to be carried out by a woman.

In Africa, Bush Seeks Money for AIDS

The Associated Press
U.S. President George W. Bush, on a five-nation visit to Africa, challenged Congress on Sunday to renew and expand his global program to combat AIDS.

Candidates Battle in Wisconsin

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton traded fresh attacks and touted their economic leadership over the weekend as they took their Democratic presidential duel to Wisconsin.

Northern Rock Now Under State Ownership

The Associated Press
Britain's finance minister, Alistair Darling, said Sunday that struggling bank Northern Rock would be nationalized after the government rejected two private takeover bids.

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