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Putin Admits That He’s No Dreamer

Putin Admits That He’s No Dreamer

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia’s president is apparently as stone faced in his sleep as he is when awake.“I, as a rule, usually do no not dream,” Vladimir Putin told a youth forum outside Moscow today, according to RIA…

Japan Gives Russian President Putin New Puppy

Japan Gives Russian President Putin New Puppy

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has a new furry four-legged friend.A three-month old Akita Inu puppy named Yume, a gift from the Japanese prefecture of Akita, arrived in Moscow on an Aeroflot flight from …

Russia Protests Latest Adoption Abuse Case in Virginia

Russia Protests Latest Adoption Abuse Case in Virginia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The Russian government is seizing on the case of an adopted Russian boy in Virginia whose foster parents were arrested last week for allegedly abusing him — the latest in a string of abuses that have gotten a lot of a…

Rock Stars Take on the Kremlin to Defend Jailed Punk Group

Rock Stars Take on the Kremlin to Defend Jailed Punk Group

ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Rock artists including Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand, and Faith No More have decided to challenge the Kremlin over its detention of an all-female Russian punk rock band.Five members of the band…

Russia to Syria: Don’t Use Your Chemical Weapons

Russia to Syria: Don’t Use Your Chemical Weapons

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — No matter what Syria is saying about its alleged arsenal of chemical weapons, strong ally Russia contends Damascus shouldn’t even think about using poisonous gases in its conflict with rebel forces.The warning came Tuesd…

Syria-Bound Helicopters Unloaded at Russian Port: Report

Syria-Bound Helicopters Unloaded at Russian Port: Report

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Three refurbished Russian attack helicopters have been removed from the Alaed, a transport ship that was delivering them to Syria, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Friday.Interfax quoted an unnamed source s…

Russia, China Veto UN Security Council Resolution on Syria

Russia, China Veto UN Security Council Resolution on Syria

Mario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ambassador Susan Rice gave a fiery response Thursday to Russia and China’s veto of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria, calling the action “pitiful and deeply regretful.”Rice said the res…

Russia Says Its Being Blackmailed into Supporting Sanctions Against Syria

Russia Says Its Being Blackmailed into Supporting Sanctions Against Syria

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia reiterated its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Monday by accusing the West of blackmail in trying to get Moscow to support tougher sanctions against Damascus.Over the past fe…

Woman Who Sent Adopted Son Back to Russia Alone Must Pay Child Support

Woman Who Sent Adopted Son Back to Russia Alone Must Pay Child Support

Creatas/Thinkstock(LEWISBURG, Tenn.) — A Tennessee woman who outraged many in the adoption community in 2010 when she put her 7-year-old son on a plane back to Russia alone in hopes of having his adoption annulled, has failed in her bid to avoid payin…

Russian Warships Headed for Maneuvers Near Syria

Russian Warships Headed for Maneuvers Near Syria

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock (file photo)(MOSCOW) — Russia took another step to position itself as a broker in the ongoing Syrian crisis on Tuesday by sending a fleet of navy ships into the Mediterranean Sea for maneuvers.  The naval group include…

Reality TV Gone Wrong — American Adventurers Detained in Russia

Reality TV Gone Wrong — American Adventurers Detained in Russia

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A team of aspiring reality TV stars ran into the reality of foreign laws after they were detained crossing into Russian waters without authorization.The American team was filming a series called Dangerous Waters Friday w…

Russia to Halt Arms Shipments to Syria

Russia to Halt Arms Shipments to Syria

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(LONDON) — Russia says it will halt arms shipments to Syria and will not sign new arms contracts with President Bashar al-Assad as the conflict in that country continues, a Russian official said Monday, according to local n…

Russia Floods: Terrifying Wall of Water Kills at Least 171

Russia Floods: Terrifying Wall of Water Kills at Least 171

iStockphoto/ThinkStock(MOSCOW) — The death toll from Saturday’s catastrophic flash floods in southern Russia has climbed to at least 171 people, and authorities warn that figure is likely to increase.As the flood waters receded they revealed a g…

100 Killed in Flash Flood in Russia

100 Killed in Flash Flood in Russia

ThinkStock(KRYMSK, Russia) — On Saturday a flash flood killed 92 people in Krymsk, according to the BBC.Two died in Novorossiysk and at least nine died in Gelendzhik. Dozens are reported missing and the death toll may rise further.Moscow has sent plan…

Hillary Clinton Builds Pressure on Russia, China to End Syrian Support

Hillary Clinton Builds Pressure on Russia, China to End Syrian Support

Win McNamee/Getty Images(PARIS) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on countries around the world on Friday to demand that Russia and China end their support of Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria.”I ask you to reach out to Russia and China …

Russia Admits Attack Choppers Aboard Syria-Bound Ship

Russia Admits Attack Choppers Aboard Syria-Bound Ship

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Russia has confirmed for the first time that the cargo ship MV Alaed, which is now headed back to Russia, was carrying refurbished Russian attack helicopters and components for an anti-aircraft defense s…

Russian Cargo Ship Bringing Weapons to Syria Turns Back

Russian Cargo Ship Bringing Weapons to Syria Turns Back

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Russian cargo vessel that was reported to be bringing arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military for its continued crackdown on rebel forces is heading back home.British Foreign Secretary William Hague mad…

Obama Says US Is Not Aligned with Russia or China on Syria

Obama Says US Is Not Aligned with Russia or China on Syria

CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/GettyImages(LOS CABOS, Mexico) — President Obama said Tuesday that China are Russia are not aligned with the United States and its allies when it comes to resolving the escalating crisis in Syria, but that both countries “reco…

Obama, Putin Call for ‘Cessation of Violence’ in Syria

Obama, Putin Call for ‘Cessation of Violence’ in Syria

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(LOS CABOS, Mexico) — President Obama and Russian President Putin called Monday for an end to the escalating violence in Syria and endorsed a political solution, but offered no details about a path forward.“We agreed t…

McCain: Russian Empire ‘Nostalgia’ at Work in Syria

McCain: Russian Empire ‘Nostalgia’ at Work in Syria

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that the Kremlin’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be made out of a desire to return Russia to the power it wielded in the 20th century.“I don&…

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