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Distortion stain on Putin stranglehold
Russian President Vladimir Putin today hailed as a step toward democracy the poll that stacked parliament with his allies but western observers called it “overwhelmingly distorted” and Washington expressed concern. ...  | Read.. 
 
Kremlin’s bitter victory
The Kremlin savoured a resounding election triumph over the Opposition today but its skilled campaign might have done President Vladimir Putin a disservice by eclipsing the p ...  | Read.. 
 
Communists face second death after voter rejection
Russia’s communist party, banned then reborn in the chaos of the 1990s, faced a second death today after voters spurned nostalgic appeals to the red flag and the Soviet past. ...  | Read.. 
 
Bangla bid to curb hill violence
Bangladesh sent troops to the southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts today after rival groups exchanged gunfire as former tribal rebels called a strike to press the government t ...  | Read.. 
 
Britney Spears in a South Korean “Hanbok” during a photo session in Seoul. (AP)
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Bend It volleys towards Bollywood-style musical
The producer and director of Bend It Like Beckham are planning to turn the award-winning Bri..  | Read.. 
Zimbabwe quits, blames it on Britain
President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party railed at Britain and its “white allies” today, saying they ..  | Read.. 
 
Bungled attack could alienate Afghans: US
The US military said today it had launched its biggest ever ...  | Read.. 

Japan to approve Iraq troop plan today
Japan’s cabinet is likely to approve tomorrow a plan for th ...  | Read.. 

UK surcharge on migrants
Britain plans to impose a £500 surcharge on each of the 90, ...  | Read.. 

Pakistan democracy sermon to Commonwealth
Pakistan today described the Commonwealth ministerial actio ...  | Read..