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  • In Pictures Glenn Beck's career

    Fox News host Glenn Beck speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. in 2010.

  • In Pictures Elton John's showmanship

    Sir Elton John performs at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2010. Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) was knighted in 1998. The English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist has worked with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967, collaborating on more than 30 albums.

  • How to save the last tigers on Earth

    How to save the last tigers on Earth

    The tiger population of India grew by 300 in the past four years. But this week 13 Asian nations are meeting to discuss ways to save the last remaining tigers.

  • Gates visits Russia as Putin decries UN action on Libya

    Gates visits Russia as Putin decries UN action on Libya

    Russian Prime Minister Putin said the Western assault on Qaddafi's offensive capabilities resembles a medieval crusade.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 03/15

    Demi Heranne (l.) and Melanie Aparitio kiss a wax figure of singer Justin Bieber after the unveiling at Madame Tussauds museum in New York.

  • Walter Rodgers Russians shouldn’t bury Lenin until they uncover his lies

    Russians must face up to Lenin’s brutal legacy – as Germans did Hitler’s.

  • In Pictures Russia's landmarks

    In this photo is Catherine's Palace just located about 12 miles from St. Petersburg, Russia. Since it's quite impressive in size it now houses reserve collections of precious metals, amber, and religious artifacts from the 17th through the 20th century.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 02/17

    Pang Qing, top, and Tong Jian of China perform during the pairs short program competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Hungry for books

    Hungry for books

    In Zimbabwe, a police officer's request at a security checkpoint demonstrated his passion for reading.

  • Billionaire as Russia's president? The 5 richest men in Russia.

    Billionaire as Russia's president? The 5 richest men in Russia.

    Mikhail Prokhorov, one of Russia's richest men – and the owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team – has announced that he will challenge Vladimir Putin in the March 2012 presidential elections. His move to throw his hat in the ring has thrown the spotlight once again on Russia's billionaires. A record number of billionaires now call Russia home – 114 of them, according to an annual list of the 500 richest Russians published in February by the Moscow-based Finans magazine. The number of billionaires is up from a mere 77 in 2009. To make this year's list, a Russian tycoon had to be worth at least $160 million. The assets of the top 10 grew last year by a whopping 30 percent to a combined worth of $182 billion. The bonanza has yet to reach Russia's struggling middle class; average incomes rose a paltry 4 percent last year, according to the state statistics agency Rostat. To be a former associate of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin helps, apparently. According to the magazine, Arkady Rotenberg, who did judo training with a teenaged Mr. Putin, jumped 17 places to become Russia's 63rd richest person, worth $1.75 billion. Two neighbors from Putin's summer home community near St. Petersburg also shot through the ranks this year to become the 115th and 184th richest persons. Here are the top five: