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01/09/2008

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Purge or Coup?

For years, President Vladimir Putin promised everybody that he would retire from politics when his second term lapsed in 2008. With his usual consistency, he changed his tune last June, saying he would maintain a major political role. In December, he ""agreed"" to serve as prime minister under a future President Dmitry Medvedev.

Our Native Wiesenthal

Last week, Senator Alexander Torshin, former head of the parliamentary commission that investigated the Beslan school attack, shared some news about the investigation with Ekho Moskvy radio.

Virtual Communities

Russia's first social networking web site for English speakers now has a rival.

Red Tuna Tartare with Coriander Pesto and Parmesan Cheese

A recipe from Julien Piguet, chef de cuisine at the Park Restaurant in the Ararat Park Hyatt hotel.

Posh Spot for Fresh Pasta

No one could describe Le Mark as central, but the southwest Moscow location certainly does have its fans. In fact, many consider the southwest to be quite a prestigious area in which to live, given the proximity of Moscow State University and that the area is generally spacious and relatively pollution-free.

Sri Lankan Minister Killed in Bombing

Reuters
A Sri Lankan minister was killed by a roadside bomb planted by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels north of the capital Tuesday, a senior hospital official said, the second lawmaker killed in a week as a protracted civil war escalates.

Odinga Rejects Bilateral Negotiations

Reuters
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday rejected bilateral talks with President Mwai Kibaki, dimming hopes for a breakthrough to end turmoil that has led to almost 500 deaths.

U.S. Starts 'Phoenix' Campaign

Reuters
U.S. and Iraqi forces began a series of operations on Tuesday targeting al-Qaida in Iraq after an upsurge in suicide bombings that U.S. commanders say are an attempt by the militant group to reignite sectarian violence.

EU President Favors Signing Pre-Entry Deal With Serbia

The Associated Press
Slovenia, which currently heads the EU's rotating presidency, favors a quick signing of an EU pre-entry deal with Serbia, possibly in the next few weeks, its foreign minister said Tuesday. But the EU commissioner in charge of the bloc's expansion, Olli Rehn, was cautious, saying that the signing of a deal -- called a Stabilization and Association Agreement -- depends on whether Serbia would fully cooperate with the UN war crimes court.

Boy Scout Foils Assassination Attempt on Maldives President

Reuters
A 15-year-old Boy Scout intervened to stop a man from stabbing Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom with a kitchen knife on Tuesday, a move the leader's spokesman said saved him from assassination.

Business in Brief

Severstal's SeverCorr BuyoutGazprom's Prices RiseGazprom, Nigeria to PartnerUrals Energy Sells SharesUES Starts Generator AgainAndritz's $191M OrderUkraine to Review NaftogazKazakhstan's Economy Up

Scottish & Newcastle Has Sights on Baltic

Scottish & Newcastle, which is fighting to head off a takeover bid from Carlsberg and Heineken, said Tuesday that it could save nearly $200 million per year if it gained full control over Baltic Beverages Holding, its 50-50 joint venture with Carlsberg.

Nord Stream Price Tag to Exceed Plan

The Associated Press
Costs for a proposed Baltic Sea pipeline to deliver gas from Russia to Germany will exceed the initial estimate of $7.3 billion, a spokesman for the project said Monday.

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