Many acclaimed non-English movies never make it to the big screen in the US.
A girl rides on a swing carousel in Grozny, Chechnya, late Sunday. Russia recently ended a federal counter-terrorism operation after two wars in the republic. Separatist rebels however still stage frequent attacks in Chechnya despite increased stability in the southern region.
Former Microsoft software developer Charles Simonyi flies during a parabolic flight aboard a zero-gravity simulator, a Russian IL-76 MDK aircraft used for astronauts' training flights in weightlessness, in Star City outside Moscow, on Feb. 26, 2007. As the world's fifth space tourist, Simonyi blasted off to the International Space Station on April 7, 2007.
A German Greenpeace activist fixes a poster which reads, 'In Copenhagen 2009, Mrs. Merkel make history: Save the climate,' on the golden Victoria statue atop Berlin's Victory Column on Friday.
Valentina Vezzali celebrates the Italian team's victory against Russia in the women's team foil final fencing event at the World Fencing Championship in Antalya, Turkey, on Wednesday.
Heaps of rusted barrels for chemical substances and other rubbish may be observed everywhere in Dzerzhinsk, the city of chemical industry. The city was one of the Soviet Union's most important chemical weapons producers, and the Dzerzhinsk's environmental agency estimates that almost 300,000 tons of chemical waste were dumped between 1930 and 1998. The US Blacksmith Institute has named the city one of the most polluted in the world, citing lead, sarin, lewisite, sulfur mustard, hydrogen cyanide and phosgene as the worst pollutants.
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TOKYO, JAPAN: Tokyo knocked last year's most expensive city, Moscow, off the top of the chart, according to an annual Cost of Living Survey by Mercer, an international consulting firm. The survey covers 143 cities across six continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment. Mercer claims this is the world's most comprehensive cost of living survey and is used to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowance for their expatriate employees. The survey, conducted in March, uses New York as the base city for the index, with currency moves measured against the dollar. Here, a light display is relfected on a window of a skyscraper as the Tokyo Bay area can be seen in the background from a viewing deck of the Tokyo Tower.
Sudan sees 'positive points' in new US strategy that offers 'incentives' for Omar al-Bashir's regime to cooperate fully with international peace efforts.
Former leader Mikhail Gorbachev and others are outraged after last week's elections, which only 3 percent of Russians believed were fair, according to a poll.