Supervisor Atta Mohammad watches the cranes swivel and workers at the Naibabad freight terminal rush to unload wheat and construction material from Uzbekistan that’s just arrived on Afghanistan’s only railroad.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their status as title favorites by cruising into the fourth round of tennis’s Australian Open with straight-set victories. Li Na and David Ferrer also advanced in Melbourne as yesterday’s temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won at tennis’s Australian Open as intense heat again enveloped Melbourne. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova also reached round three, while Juan Martin Del Potro became the highest seed to exit.
On a chilly September evening in Novogireyevo, a Moscow suburb of concrete apartment blocks about 16 kilometers east of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin compound, a young woman in an orange hoodie approaches Sasha Mazay with an offer that might save his life.
I spent the weekend transported to a desert city in distant Uzbekistan, looking at avant-garde paintings in a strange museum created by an impoverished fanatic and protected by a mild-mannered, elegant woman who could probably stare down a few tanks and a cadre of functionaries. (And some day may have to.)
U.S. lawmakers urged Uzbekistan’s president to resolve a conflict over New York-listed OAO Mobile TeleSystems, the Russian phone operator that had its local license withdrawn and employees detained, warning investment in the Central Asian state may suffer.