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In Russia Dmitri A. Medvedev is now president but "Parliament overwhelmingly confirmed Vladimir V. Putin as prime minister on Thursday, completing a carefully managed departure from the presidency in a manner that left him the country's dominant politician and with a clear grip on power."In Italy, Silvio..




In Russia Dmitri A. Medvedev is now president but "Parliament overwhelmingly confirmed Vladimir V. Putin as prime minister on Thursday, completing a carefully managed departure from the presidency in a manner that left him the country's dominant politician and with a clear grip on power."

In Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, who runs everything else, returns to running the government. "Correspondents say the new government's most pressing challenges include breathing new life into Italy's ailing economy and finding a solution to the untreated rubbish mountains in Naples."