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02/20/2008

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Nationalists Obsess Over Medvedev's Roots

Nikolai Bondarik fears that there will be dire consequences for Russia if the heavily favored front-runner in the presidential election, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, wins as expected on March 2.

Ailing Castro Steps Down After 49 Years in Power

The Associated Press
An ailing Fidel Castro, 81, resigned as Cuba's president Tuesday after nearly half a century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when the parliament meets Sunday.

Musharraf's Party Suffers Grueling Defeat in Vote

The Associated Press
Pakistan's ruling party conceded defeat Tuesday after opposition parties routed allies of President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections that could threaten the rule of America's close ally in the war on terror.

Kosovo Recognition Sees Backlash

The Associated Press
Serbs torched checkpoints between Serbia and Kosovo and set off sporadic explosions Tuesday to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence and international recognition of the new nation.

Toshiba Surrenders in DVD Wars

Reuters
Japan's Toshiba surrendered in the high-definition home movie war on Tuesday, giving up on its HD DVD format after losing the support of key studios and retailers to the Blu-ray technology backed by Sony.

The Senseless Rule of Law

On Thursday, Maksharip Aushev was arrested in Ingushetia. His arrest could become a political catastrophe -- not only for Ingushetia, but for the Kremlin's interests in the entire Caucasus region.

Refitting Global Organizations for New Order

Kosovo's proclamation of independence has sparked a storm of debate. The main topic of discussion is how Kosovo's decision will influence other regional conflicts. More interesting, though, is what role the events in the Balkans will play in the overall weakening of international institutions.

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