Articles Tagged ‘russia’

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Qatar World Cup: Qatar To Host 2022 World Cup

Qatar has been chosen to host the 2022 World Cup, making it the first Muslim nation to hold a World Cup. The country promised to…



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From Friendster To MySpace To Facebook: The Evolution and Deaths Of Social Networks

Before Facebook, before MySpace, before Friendster even, Keith



Bomb Derails Russian Train, Kills 26

A homemade bomb was planted on the tracks of the high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train route, causing a derailment that killed at least 26 people and injured dozens more, Russian officials said Saturday as they opened a terrorism investigation.

The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Alexander Borotnikov, said an improvised explosive device equivalent to 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of TNT had detonated when the train passed over it Friday night about 9:30 p.m. Remains of the device were found at the site of the crash, Borotnikov said.

“Indeed, this was a terrorist attack,” the Interfax news agency cited Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for federal prosecutors, as saying. He told the ITAR-Tass news agency the bomb crater on the track was 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep.

The derailment of the upscale train, which was popular with government officials and business executives, was Russia’s deadliest terrorist strike outside the volatile North Caucasus region in years.



Nothing But Net: For the Week of Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

You know, you’d think that with today’s economy, airlines would try to offer a little more hospitality. I try to light a cigar—the stewardess tells me I can’t smoke on planes. I love smoking in cramped areas full of people. I demand we watch Fievel Goes West as the in-flight movie—the stewardess tells me nobody likes it. It’s my favorite movie!