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Putin Promises Visa-Free World Cup

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin threw his weight behind Russia's bid to host the world's biggest sporting event, joining an uphill battle in a country where most stadiums do not meet FIFA requirements, and decent roads, airports and affordable hotels are scarce.

Doctors Say Heat Will Boost Suicides, Diabetes

Toxic smoke wafted into a rain-soaked Moscow on Tuesday as doctors warned that this summer's disastrous heat wave could drive more people to alcohol and suicide, and firefighters announced that they had halved the number of wildfires.

Studio Renews Fight For Soviet Cartoons

Soyuzmultfilm will resume its 16-year battle Wednesday to regain the rights to its catalog of Soviet cartoons, seeking to invalidate an agreement under which it transferred roughly 1,200 films to a U.S. company.

Driver Jailed for 3 Years — Starting in 2024

An Irkutsk court has sentenced an official's daughter to three years in prison for killing a pedestrian — but ruled that she won't begin serving time until 2024 because she has an infant son.

July Car Sales Surge 50% on Clunkers

Countrywide car sales jumped 50 percent year-on-year in July, making Russia the third-largest European auto market, thanks in large part to the cash-for-clunkers program, a report said Tuesday.

Sputnik to Glonass: Playing Catch-Up in Outer Space

Special Report: President Dmitry Medvedev has listed the development of space technologies among Russia's five priority directions for modernization. But chronic underfunding and inefficiency mean the country might continue to fall behind other spacefaring nations.

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