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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&…

As Syria Conflict Rages On, Hillary Clinton’s Rhetoric Intensifies

As Syria Conflict Rages On, Hillary Clinton’s Rhetoric Intensifies

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — From calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a reformer to saying he must go and criticizing Russia directly for its support of the Syrian regime, 16 months of comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on t…

Russia Denies Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria

Russia Denies Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria

ATTA KENARE/AFP/GettyImages(TEHRAN, Iran) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday dismissed accusations from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Moscow is providing attack helicopters to Syria.In a fiery denouncement Tuesday, Cl…

Hillary Clinton Charges Russia of Supplying Syria with Attack Helicopters

Hillary Clinton Charges Russia of Supplying Syria with Attack Helicopters

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration has accused Moscow of providing attack helicopters to Syria to battle opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.In a fiery denouncement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told …

Russian and Polish Fans Break into Violence Before Euro Match

Russian and Polish Fans Break into Violence Before Euro Match

CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages(WARSAW, Poland) — A violent brawl broke out Tuesday between Russian and Polish soccer fans shortly before the two teams met at the Euro 2012 match in Warsaw.  Polish police used rubber bullets and water cannons in …

Anti-Putin Rally to Be Held in Moscow After Cops Raid Protesters’ Homes

Anti-Putin Rally to Be Held in Moscow After Cops Raid Protesters’ Homes

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Another massive opposition rally is scheduled to take place in central Moscow on Tuesday as protesters seek to keep up the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin.On Monday, Putin launched a pre-emptive stri…

‘Proof’ Links Flame, Stuxnet Super Cyber Weapons: Researchers

‘Proof’ Links Flame, Stuxnet Super Cyber Weapons: Researchers

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Researchers say they have uncovered “proof” linking the authors of the Flame cyber espionage program to Stuxnet, the most powerful offensive cyber weapon ever developed — both of which are believed to have targete…

Russia: Ahead of Anti-Putin Rally, Police Raid Protesters’ Homes

Russia: Ahead of Anti-Putin Rally, Police Raid Protesters’ Homes

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Tensions are running high in Moscow after protest leaders’ homes were raided on the eve of another massive anti-Putin rally.Police stormed the homes of several prominent Russian protest leaders on Monday morning,…

As Syrian Violence Goes On, Russia Warns of Civil War

As Syrian Violence Goes On, Russia Warns of Civil War

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The besieged Syrian city of Homs was bombarded by heavy government artillery on Sunday, just a day after an activist group charged President Bashar al-Assad’s forces with killing nearly 100 people across …

Vladimir Putin’s Extravagant $700,000 Watch Collection

Vladimir Putin’s Extravagant $700,000 Watch Collection

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently has a soft spot for luxury watches, but some are wondering why the timepieces haven’t been hard on his wallet.The Russian opposition group Solidarity has pro…

Russia ‘Outraged’ After Pro-Gadhafi ‘Mercenaries’ Sentenced in Libya

Russia ‘Outraged’ After Pro-Gadhafi ‘Mercenaries’ Sentenced in Libya

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — Two dozen Eastern European “mercenaries,” including two Russians, were convicted and handed harsh sentences in Libya Monday for allegedly helping to target NATO warplanes on behalf of Libyan dictator…

Sec. Clinton: Russia’s Support of Syria ‘Has Strengthened the Assad Regime’

Sec. Clinton: Russia’s Support of Syria ‘Has Strengthened the Assad Regime’

Win McNamee/Getty Images(OSLO, Norway) — Speaking to reporters Friday in Oslo, Norway, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that weapons Russia continues to ship to Syria are not being used in …

Russian Jailed for Sneezing, Spitting on Putin Photo

Russian Jailed for Sneezing, Spitting on Putin Photo

An opposition supporter wears a t-shirt with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s picture in central St.Petersburg on May 31, 2012. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — A lone protester detained in a small city east of Moscow earlier this month for s…

Russia Digs In Its Heels against Syria Intervention

Russia Digs In Its Heels against Syria Intervention

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Any hope in Western capitals that Russia might be willing to sever ties with President Bashar Assad and perhaps even support international intervention in Syria following the Houla massacre may be quickly fading away.P…

Twitter War Rages On Between Russia and US Ambassador

Twitter War Rages On Between Russia and US Ambassador

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The Twitter war between the Russian Foreign Ministry and U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul has flared up again after the ministry said it was “utterly shocked” by a presentation the U.S. envoy g…

Russia Says Syrian Regime ‘Bears Main Responsibility’ for Bloodshed

Russia Says Syrian Regime ‘Bears Main Responsibility’ for Bloodshed

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia, the most steadfast ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, on Monday joined the international condemnation of last week’s brutal massacre of more than 100 people, most of whom were …

Gay Activists Detained While Demanding Right to Hold Parade

Gay Activists Detained While Demanding Right to Hold Parade

Creatas/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — About 40 gay activists were detained by police in Moscow Sunday while trying to demand their right to hold a gay pride parade, according to organizers of the march.Russian authorities have repeatedly denied gays the right…

Vladimir Putin’s Decreasing Popularity May Be Irreversible: Poll

Vladimir Putin’s Decreasing Popularity May Be Irreversible: Poll

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — An independent Russian polling group says President Vladimir Putin’s decreasing popularity may be irreversible.Putin remains Russia’s most popular politician, but the independent Levada Center released a report o…

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