Vegetable seller Olesya Vladymyrovna, 55, holds a pumpkin at a market in Lviv, Ukraine. For centuries in the Eastern European nation, a pumpkin meant: "No, I will not marry you." David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Fear The Pumpkin: In Ukraine, It's The Big Kiss-Off

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Insurgents Storm Grozny's Parliament Complex

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Russian councilman Jean Gregoire Sagbo speaks in the administration office in Novozavidovo, a village 60 miles north of Moscow, on July 20. As the first black man elected to public office in Russian history, he has been nicknamed Russia’s Obama, something he’s not too pleased about. Sergey Ponomarev/AP hide caption

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First Black Elected Official Defies Racism In Russia

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A Conversation With The President Of Estonia

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Dallas Officers Charged In Alleged Beating

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Reggie Bush To Forfeit Heisman Trophy

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Putin Vows To Rebuild Homes Destroyed By Wildfires

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Leonid Burmistrov, a researcher at the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, stands amid orange "sorbus" or "mountain ash." This fruit and others could be destroyed if the Russian government sells the land in the village of Pavlovsk. David Greene/NPR hide caption

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Researchers Fight To Save Fruits Of Their Labor

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Visitors walk through a room that contains works by early Italian painters at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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St. Petersburg: A Glimpse Of What Russia Is Not

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Russia Not Easy For Tourists, But Worth The Trip

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Russian Minority Struggles In Post-Soviet Estonia

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Estonia, which joined the European Union in 2004, will adopt the euro as its currency in January 2011. Matthias Rietschel/AP hide caption

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Trouble For The Euro? Not In Estonia

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A Dark View Of Dostoevsky On The Moscow Subway

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Police officers carry a detained opposition activist during a banned anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow on May 31. Opposition leaders say the new law, championed by the majority United Russia party led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, could be used to pressure activists into not organizing such protests. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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New Law Would Restore KGB-Era Powers In Russia

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U.S.-Russia Carry Out Largest Spy Swap In Decades

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