A week of regional violence climaxed Monday in Ingushetia when a suicide bomber blew a hole in a heavily fortified police headquarters, killing at least 20.
The EU and Turkey signed a $11 billion gas pipeline deal that should give Europe more supply options.
The country is feeling unusually cheerful as it claims top spots in beauty, talent, and sports competitions.
Azar Nafisi tells of her struggles with both mother and country.
Oil-pipeline routes, market leverage make struggle a 'battle for energy.'
This week's offensive is the latest setback to plans for the Nabucco pipeline, designed to wean Europe off Russian energy giant Gazprom.