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U.S. Cultural Tip: Don't Wear a Speedo. Ever.

At a pre-departure orientation for high school students going to the U.S. on the FLEX program, the participating teens received a jarring crash course on how Americans live.

Nomos, Otkritie May Form Bank Giant

Otkritie Bank and Nomos Bank may combine to form Russia's second-largest private bank, with a balance sheet of about $25 billion, as state-owned behemoths tighten their grip on the finance industry.

Putin, Annan Meet on Syria Crisis

The Associated Press
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Moscow was ready to seek consensus on a new UN resolution aimed at ending Syria's civil war, but did not indicate how it would resolve a dispute over a Britain-sponsored resolution.

What the Papers Say, July 17, 2012

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers

Olympics: Russians Remain Wrestling Favorites in London

The Associated Press
The often-overlooked sport of wrestling did its best to grab the spotlight when the United States and Russia staged a highly publicized exhibition in New York's Times Square in June.

Drought Affecting 3.4% of Sown Territory

Drought in parts of Russia damaged grains on 1.5 million hectares this year.

Glavkino Aims to Boost Domestic Film Production

The head of Russia's newest film studio intends to revive a 100-year-old filmmaking industry, which saw its best days fade with the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago.

Aberdeen Invests in Magnit Amid Retail Boom

Aberdeen Asset Management is investing in major retailer Magnit, as the economy's expansion boosts consumer spending and spurs the best performance on the benchmark MICEX Index.

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