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Limits of Russia Adoption Ban Unclear, Causing Anxiety for US Families

Limits of Russia Adoption Ban Unclear, Causing Anxiety for US Families

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Overlapping and often contradictory statements from various Russian officials over the past week have failed to provide much clarity about how Russia plans to implement its new ban on adoptions to the United…

Russia Wants World to Hear Out Syrian President

Russia Wants World to Hear Out Syrian President

ABC News/Rob Wallace(MOSCOW) — Russia is asking the world not to dismiss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s purported “roadmap” for peace out of hand.Earlier this week, the embattled Syrian leader made a fiery speech in which he vowed no surrender to …

St. Petersburg Unveils Steve Jobs Monument

St. Petersburg Unveils Steve Jobs Monument

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) — The Russian city of St. Petersburg has unveiled a new monument to Apple founder Steve Jobs shaped like — wait for it…a giant iPhone.The six-foot-tall memorial can’t make phone calls, but it ha…

Russian Opposition to Protest Ban on US Adoptions

Russian Opposition to Protest Ban on US Adoptions

Creatas/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Not everyone in Russia agrees with the country’s new ban on adoptions to the United States. Russia’s opposition is siding with the American families affected by the ban, and is planning to protest the law in Moscow. Munici…

Man Dies When ‘Zorbing’ Thrill-Ride in Russia Goes Wrong

Man Dies When ‘Zorbing’ Thrill-Ride in Russia Goes Wrong

In this file photo, a man is seen riding inside a zorb similar to the one in which one man died and another was critically injured after veering off course. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — What was supposed to be an alpine thrill-ride turned tragic …

Russia Contends Al-Assad Won’t Be Pushed Out of Syria

Russia Contends Al-Assad Won’t Be Pushed Out of Syria

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Moscow appears unwilling to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he should forget about trying to hold on to power for the good of his country, which has been embroiled in a nearly two-year-long c…

Four Dead in Crash Landing at Moscow Airport

Four Dead in Crash Landing at Moscow Airport

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A Russian-made passenger plane crashed upon landing at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Saturday, killing at least four people, according to Russia’s Interior Ministry.The plane, owned and operated by the discou…

Russian President Signs Bill Banning Adoptions to US

Russian President Signs Bill Banning Adoptions to US

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Friday a bill that will ban adoptions to the United States.The ban, which was added last week to a broader bill retaliating for a set of human rights sanct…

State Department Responds to Russian Law Banning US Adoptions

State Department Responds to Russian Law Banning US Adoptions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department issued a statement on Thursday in response to the law to be signed by President Putin to ban Americans from adopting Russian children.State Department Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said, “We ha…

Russian President to Sign Bill Banning Adoptions to US

Russian President to Sign Bill Banning Adoptions to US

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday that he will sign a bill banning adoptions to the United States.The news comes a day after the upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved the…

Russian Lawmakers Pass Ban on Adoptions to US

Russian Lawmakers Pass Ban on Adoptions to US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved a ban on adoptions to the United States on Wednesday.  All eyes are now on the Kremlin as the bill goes to President Vladimir Putin for his signature….

Moscow’s Homeless Try to Avoid Freezing to Death

Moscow’s Homeless Try to Avoid Freezing to Death

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — They are among this frozen city’s most vulnerable population: the homeless, and they fear freezing to death every night. After a half dozen years providing medical care to Moscow’s homeless, Dr. Elizaveta Glinka, or Dr…

Russia’s Ban on Adoptions to the US Moving Forward

Russia’s Ban on Adoptions to the US Moving Forward

Hemera/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia took one step closer to cutting off adoptions by American families Friday.The lower house of parliament approved a bill that would ban adoptions to the U.S. It was an amendment to a broader measure retaliating for hu…

Putin Puts Limits on Defense of Syrian President

Putin Puts Limits on Defense of Syrian President

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — There were mixed signals coming from Moscow about its stance on the Syrian conflict Thursday as President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his government’s opposition to direct international intervention while at the sa…

Russia Preparing Massive Evacuation in Syria?

Russia Preparing Massive Evacuation in Syria?

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian warships are headed to Syria but apparently not to help prop up the government of ally President Bashar al-Assad.In what seems like reading the handwriting on the wall, Moscow is preparing to evacuate…

Russian Adoption Ban Proposal Draws Criticism

Russian Adoption Ban Proposal Draws Criticism

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian lawmakers still appear prepared to introduce a measure that would cut off adoptions of children from Russia to the United States, even as criticism of the move mounts from unexpected corners.Russia’s…

Anti-Putin Protesters Lay Flowers for Stalin’s Victims

Anti-Putin Protesters Lay Flowers for Stalin’s Victims

NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — With hundreds of police looking on, Russian opposition activists staged an unauthorized protest against President Vladimir Putin in downtown Moscow on Saturday, defying threats of arrest in an event that …

Russia Walking Back Syria Assessment

Russia Walking Back Syria Assessment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry Friday walked back an assessment on Thursday by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who suggested that the Syrian rebels might win as President Assad loses his grip on power. …

In Face of Crackdown, Some Russian Protesters Growing Weary

In Face of Crackdown, Some Russian Protesters Growing Weary

Moscow protest in December 2011. (Harry Engels/Getty Images)(MOSCOW) — Protestors opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin have been denied permission to march through Moscow on Saturday, prompting defiance from some, but hopelessness in many others….

Russia Acknowledges Syrian President May Fall

Russia Acknowledges Syrian President May Fall

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time, Syria’s most powerful ally is acknowledging that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is cracking under the force of a strong rebellion.Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s top envoy for Midd…

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