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To the Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain

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To the Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain

Iran and South Korea qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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Alisher Usmanov, Britain's richest man

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Russian soldier 'missing in action' for 30 years found in Afghanistan

A former Soviet soldier who went missing more than three decades ago during Moscow’s ill-fated invasion of Afghanistan has been found alive and well near the city of Herat.

Staying power: Stan Kroenke has resisted offers to sell his US holdings

Middle East group set to offer £1.5bn for Arsenal

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Gerard Depardieu wears a Soviet-style ushanka in Grozny, where he was welcomed by the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov

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