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John Kerry and Russian Counterpart Discuss Syrian Conflict

John Kerry and Russian Counterpart Discuss Syrian Conflict

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BERLIN) — Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Berlin on Tuesday regarding the conflict in Syria.Washington and Moscow have long been at odds at how to best end the two-year…

Gerard Depardieu Officially a Russian Resident

Gerard Depardieu Officially a Russian Resident

THOMAS WIRTH/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — French actor Gerard Depardieu is officially a resident of One Democracy Street in the Russian city of Saransk, about 400 miles east of Moscow.According to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency, the actor travel…

Russian Meteor, Wild Road Madness Exposed in Country’s Dashcam Craze

Russian Meteor, Wild Road Madness Exposed in Country’s Dashcam Craze

YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — They are the videos everyone is talking about. Rare images of a meteor streaking across the Russian sky in a bright, fast-approaching ball of fire. The drama was captured on numerous dashboard cameras and then …

Moscow Seeks Dialogue to End Syrian Conflict

Moscow Seeks Dialogue to End Syrian Conflict

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia’s top diplomat said on Wednesday that Syria’s warring sides run the risk of “mutual destruction” if they don’t soon reach a settlement to end their conflict that began in March 2011.After talks with …

Russians Blame Texas Parents for Adopted Boy’s Death

Russians Blame Texas Parents for Adopted Boy’s Death

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The emergency room death of a 3-year-old boy adopted from Russia is being called “murder” by officials in Moscow, but Texas officials investigating the case say they don’t know where the Russians are getting their clai…

Russian Meteor: Close Encounters and Plans to Prevent Impacts

Russian Meteor: Close Encounters and Plans to Prevent Impacts

Chad Baker/Photodisc/Thinkstock(MOSCOW)– As if Friday’s massive meteor explosion over central Russia weren’t enough, just hours later a large asteroid buzzed dangerously close to Earth.And that evening, the California sky was lit up by a f…

Body of Russian Politician Discovered in Barrel of Cement

Body of Russian Politician Discovered in Barrel of Cement

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The badly-beaten body of a Russian politician was found in a barrel full of cement, in what investigators said they believe was a murder ordered over an $80 million debt.Mikhail Pakhomov was a city council member in Li…

Russian Meteor: Scientists Say Meteor Pieces Found Near Frozen Lake

Russian Meteor: Scientists Say Meteor Pieces Found Near Frozen Lake

Chad Baker/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHEBARKUL, Russia) — Scientists confirmed Saturday the first recovered fragments of the giant meteor that exploded over this region on Friday, according to Russian media. The fragments were found on the edge of a giant …

Russian Meteor: Rushing to Cash in on the Blast

Russian Meteor: Rushing to Cash in on the Blast

Chad Baker/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHELYABINSK, Russia) — The shattered glass and broken walls caused by the massive explosion of a monstrous meteor over this remote, industrial Russian city is not even cleaned up, and people are already trying to cash i…

Meteor Falls in Russia, More than 1,000 Injured

Meteor Falls in Russia, More than 1,000 Injured

Hemera/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — More than 1,000 people were injured Friday when the largest meteor to strike the Earth in two generations disintegrated above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk located about 1,000 miles east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains.Da…

Russia Considers Cameras to Combat Drunk Airline Passengers

Russia Considers Cameras to Combat Drunk Airline Passengers

Fog Stock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian lawmakers are considering plans to install surveillance cameras inside commercial aircraft as part of the country’s effort to crack down on unruly, often drunk, passengers.Other officials have suggested banning d…

Kristi Yamaguchi Reflects on Olympic Career

Kristi Yamaguchi Reflects on Olympic Career

Angela Weiss/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are one year away in Sochi. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars champion and 1992 gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is teaming up with Team Kellogg’s, working with current athletes as th…

Japan Scrambles Jets in Island Dispute with Russia

Japan Scrambles Jets in Island Dispute with Russia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The Japanese government lodged a protest with Moscow on Thursday after two Russian fighter jets briefly violated Japanese air space above disputed islands off the northern coast of Hokkaido island, the defense ministry …

US Couple Finally Leaves Russia with Adopted Daughter

US Couple Finally Leaves Russia with Adopted Daughter

Courtesy Kendra Skaggs(MOSCOW) — As she prepared for the biggest journey of her life, a 5-year-old Russian girl named Polina asked visitors, “Are you coming to America with me?”She had only the slightest idea that her adoption by an American couple fr…

Iran, Russia Denounce Missile Batteries on Turkey’s Border with Syria

Iran, Russia Denounce Missile Batteries on Turkey’s Border with Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NATO’s deployment of Patriot missile batteries in some areas of Turkey’s border with Syria has not just disturbed Damascus but also its close allies, Russia and Iran.Last year, NATO members approved the batteries as …

WATCH: Baby Flung from Car Crash, Almost Run Over

WATCH: Baby Flung from Car Crash, Almost Run Over

File photo. Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A very lucky baby girl narrowly avoided death after the car she was riding in skidded out of control on an icy Russian highway and slammed into an oncoming truck.The 1-year-old girl, who was not strapped int…

Small Group of Russian Expatriates Forced to Leave Syria

Small Group of Russian Expatriates Forced to Leave Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In what may be a portent of things to come, about 100 Russians who live in Syria are getting ready to go back to their homeland.The Russians were described as having lost their homes due to the ongoing fighting in Sy…

Russia Allows Final Child Adoptions to Leave for US

Russia Allows Final Child Adoptions to Leave for US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — After weeks of uncertainty and diplomatic wrangling, Russian authorities have begun to allow a final few adoptions to the United States to proceed, squeaking in under the wire despite Russia’s new ban on adoption…

Blind Teen Stands Up to Putin on Adoption Ban

Blind Teen Stands Up to Putin on Adoption Ban

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A blind Russian teenager’s withering, at times sarcastic, criticism of the country’s new ban on adoptions to the United States has garnered a lot of attention in Russian media, and even from the Kremli…

Thousands Protest in Moscow Against Ban on Adoptions to US

Thousands Protest in Moscow Against Ban on Adoptions to US

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Thousands of Russians took to the streets on Sunday to protest Russia’s new ban on adoptions to the United States.In what organizers called the “March Against Scoundrels” they paraded down a tre…

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