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Pressure Mounts for Sports Minister's Ouster

A senator called for Vitaly Mutko's dismissal from the sports ministry over an Audit Chamber report that named him as one of the officials responsible for misspent allocations for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Borrowers Hesitant Despite Easier Mortgages

Cheaper money and easier lending terms are likely to bring consumers back to the mortgage market, but it may take a few years for borrowers to leave the lessons of the crisis behind them.

Desperate Mother Demands Exorcism for Mayor

A single mother of three young boys has appealed to Pope Benedict XVI to send exorcists to her Volgograd region town after the mayor failed to provide suitable housing.

Paper Mill Upsets Baikalsk's Hopes for Strawberries and Skis

Baikalsk, a town of 15,000 located on the shore of the famed Lake Baikal, is haunted by two fears: unemployment that could cause social unrest and foul waste that would endanger the world's biggest freshwater lake.

Minister: Harvests Damaged by Drought, Exports to Drop Just Slightly

The agriculture minister said Russia's worst drought in a decade had scorched more harvests than the ministry had estimated. But she insisted that foreign trade in wheat would slip only slightly.

How a Suspected Spy Eluded Capture in Cyprus

The Associated Press
To U.S. officials, the man identified as Christopher Robert Metsos is the spy who got away, an operative who funneled money to U.S.-based accomplices. He was a key player, the FBI said.

Komorowski Wins Polish Elections

Combined Reports
Poland's state electoral commission declared Bronislaw Komorowski the country's new president Monday. The commission said Komorowski won about 53 percent of the vote, beating out Jaroslaw Kaczynski's showing of 47 percent.

Should BP Nuke Its Leaking Well?

For some, blasting the problem seems the most logical answer in the world. Mikhailov has had a distinguished career in the nuclear field, helping close a Soviet Union program that used nuclear explosions to seal gas leaks.

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