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  • US prepares to defend World Junior hockey title

    No point asking Team Canada coach Dave Cameron how much losing the World Junior Hockey Championship title to the United States _ and on home soil, no less _ still stings a year later.


  • One of the 168 bottles of champagne salvaged from a 200-year-old shipwreck in the waters off Aland Islands, between Sweden and Finland, which was opened at a sampling in Mariehamn, Finland on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010. The divers originally said the bottles were believed to be from the 1780s but experts later dated the champagne to the early 19th century and could be the world's oldest drinkable champagne.  (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari)  FINLAND OUT. NO SALES.

    200-year-old Champagne loses fizz but not flavor

    Lime blossom, coffee, chanterelles. That's what sommeliers detected sampling two centuries-old Champagne salvaged from the wreckage of a schooner at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The flavors that came to my mind were yeast, honey and _ I dare say _ a hint of manure.


  • Former Iranian diplomat Hossein Alizadeh, during a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. Mr. Alizadeh, who quit his job at the Islamic Republic's Embassy in Finland, said he will apply for political asylum in the Nordic country. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Markku Ulander)

    Iranian diplomat says he'll seek asylum in Finland

    An Iranian diplomat who quit his job at his country's embassy in Finland said Monday he will apply for political asylum there.


  • The sauna and the final two competitors, Finland's Timo Kaukonen and Russia's Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy, are shielded by a tarpaulin at the finals of the World Sauna Championships in Heinola, Finland, on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Organizers said Mr. Ladyzhenskiy collapsed and died, while his Finnish rival was rushed to a hospital. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA/Sari Gustafsson)

    Russian man dies in sauna contest

    A Russian man trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 230-degree room as water was tossed onto a searing stove, officials and witnesses said.


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  • St. Petersburg's Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is also known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, for it was built on the site where Czar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Lunch (right) is served in a medieval setting in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Baltic Cruising

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