A world map of global consumption of alcohol, according to the UN's World Health Organisation, contains quite a few surprises.
Click on the video link "Vladivostock Customs Rules", and enter the dreary world of Russian bureaucracy...
Book on WikiLeaks that shows Russia in poor light is suspected to be the reason behind Kremlin's decision to expel Guardian reporter.
Is the success of The King's Speech only down to the fact that it is a very good film or are deeper themes at work?
<P>The description in the <EM>Moscow Times </EM>of the suspected suicide bomber behind the Moscow airport attack as a "man ... of North Caucasus or Arab appearance" raises a number of questions.</P>
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times New Roman">RUleaks claims to be Russia’s answer to WikiLeaks. It launched this week with the publication of pictures purported to be a $1bn mansion of Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P>
<P>High-profile critic decides that he can no longer serve in government after challenging the Irish prime minister.</P>
<P>Brian Cowen knows he's now at risk but few expect him to fall in Tuesday's vote.</P>
<P>Views differ on ETA's demand for a separate homeland, but its announcement of a "permanent ceasefire" has revived collective hopes for peace.</P>
<P>Police appealing for help in a murder investigation lock out a national broadcaster after they judge one of its reports to be critical of their operations.</P>
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: small; FONT-FAMILY: Calibri">"Freedom of expression" has a post-modern, sacrosanct, warm-fuzziness about it. But are those who claim it entirely consistent?</SPAN></P>