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Appeasement isn't the answer

...rules and become a "very successful regional power."Obama even said he would not rule out re-opening the U.S. embassy in Tehran ? the same embassy overrun more than 30 years ago by the Islamist radicals who now rule the country with an...
'Miracle' recounts story of 1980 hockey team for a new generation

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A generation of Americans doesn't know the exhilarating win dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" or the tale behind sportscaster Al Michaels' breathless call, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
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Iraq's 1980s war with Iran: from wealth to war debt

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In a park near the Tigris River, twin monumental sculptures - with swords crossing high overhead, gripped in fists said to be modeled on Saddam Hussein's hands - commemorate the long, bitter conflict that the Iraqi leader proclaimed the Qadissiya War.
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Iranian soccer team to play United States, Mexico

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's soccer team will leave Jan. 5 for its first exhibition games in the United States. The Iranians, who upset the Americans 2-1 at last year's World Cup, play the U.S. team on Jan. 16 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. On Jan. 9, Iran plays Mexico at Oakland, Calif.
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U.S. soccer team thinking about points, not politics

SAINT-JEAN D'ARDIERES, France -- Forget the ayatollah, forget the shah, forget the hostages. American players are a lot more interested in points than politics. "We want to win the game for all the right reasons, the three points," Eric Wylnalda said Sunday's World Cup matchup against Iran. "From their perspective, I can't comment."
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'I am not a crook'?

The speed of Iran's opening will be delayed. But there will be no way to hold in check the desires of the young. It's 2005, not 1979."
New-books list begins with 'endless' novel

Although it has no ending, "21" is itself an ending. It's the last book in Patrick O'Brian's popular series of naval adventure novels set in the early 19th century and featuring the exploits of British seamen Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin.
Carter grieves for lost, urges Kerry to focus on Iraq

ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter, whose own presidency was marred by a hostage crisis, said Wednesday he is saddened by the kidnappings and killings of Americans in Iraq and believes John Kerry should make U.S. policy toward that country the top issue in his presidential campaign.
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MACON, Miss. - Former hostage Thomas Hamill was greeted with hugs from fellow churchgoers Sunday as he attended services with his family.
'Echoes in Blue' showcases contemporary Iranian art

NEW YORK -- The painting is beautiful to see - an orange-striped curtain hangs from a wood pole above a shimmering ocean - but the title "Separation" hints at another meaning.