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Russian Fem Spy Spooked US, But It Wasn’t Anna Chapman

Russian Fem Spy Spooked US, But It Wasn’t Anna Chapman

Secretary Clinton: Spy ring target? State Department photo(WASHINGTON) — A female Russian agent got “close enough” to a sitting U.S. cabinet member that the FBI felt they had to swoop in and arrest the lot — but it wasn’t the famous femme fatale Anna…

School of Ice Fishermen Rescued in Russia

School of Ice Fishermen Rescued in Russia

File photo/ Ron Chapple Studios/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Over the weekend a group of about 675 fishermen off the coast of the island of Sakhalin, in far eastern Russia, were hoping to drop a line through the ice for one last time this season when the mass…

Thirty-Two People Killed in Passenger Plane Crash in Siberia

Thirty-Two People Killed in Passenger Plane Crash in Siberia

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A passenger plane crashed in Siberia early Monday morning, killing dozens of people and severely injuring the few who survived.UTair flight 120 went down just minutes after taking off from Tyumen en route to …

US Envoy in Moscow: ‘Impossible’ to Prevent Politics from Derailing Diplomacy

US Envoy in Moscow: ‘Impossible’ to Prevent Politics from Derailing Diplomacy

Asst. Secy. Rose E. Gottemoeller. State Dept photo(MOSCOW) — A top U.S. envoy Friday dismissed claims that Russia was the United States’ greatest adversary and instead painted Moscow as a complex, but essential partner on a range of issues.&ldq…

Former KGB Chief Found Dead in Moscow, Police Say

Former KGB Chief Found Dead in Moscow, Police Say

Creatas/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian police confirmed Friday that former KGB chief Leonid Shebarshin was found dead of apparent suicide in his apartment in Moscow, Russian news agency Interfax has reported.The 77-year-old former head of Soviet foreign…

Obama’s Hot Mic Moment Turned ’007′ Movie Spoof

Obama’s Hot Mic Moment Turned ’007′ Movie Spoof

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — American Crossroads, the pro-Republican super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, is likening President Obama to a rogue James Bond in a new spoof video that seizes upon his hot mic moment with Russian President Dmi…

US Ambassador to Russia Suggests His Emails Hacked, Phone Tapped

US Ambassador to Russia Suggests His Emails Hacked, Phone Tapped

Anton Belitsky/Epsilon/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, suggested his emails were being hacked and his phone tapped after he was confronted by a Russian TV news crew as he arrived at a meeting that he had not publi…

Russia Won’t Attend Friends of Syria Meeting

Russia Won’t Attend Friends of Syria Meeting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said its representatives would not attend an international Friends of Syria gathering in Turkey this weekend that will discuss how to end the violence in Syria, including poss…

Russian President Says Mitt Romney Is Stuck in Cold War

Russian President Says Mitt Romney Is Stuck in Cold War

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(SEOUL) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accused Mitt Romney of being stuck in the Cold War, after the Republican presidential candidate said Russia was the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe.&rd…

White House Dings Romney for Saying Russia Is Top Geopolitical Foe

White House Dings Romney for Saying Russia Is Top Geopolitical Foe

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday took issue with comments from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stating that Russia was America’s “number one geopolitical fo…

Obama’s Russian Comments ‘Destructive of American Interests,’ Gingrich Says

Obama’s Russian Comments ‘Destructive of American Interests,’ Gingrich Says

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) — Newt Gingrich, the first candidate to campaign in Delaware, on Monday night pushed his $2.50-per-gallon-of-gas energy plan and jabbed President Obama about comments caught on an open microphone with outgo…

Mitt Romney Says Russia Is No. 1 Geopolitical Foe

Mitt Romney Says Russia Is No. 1 Geopolitical Foe

Bill Clark/Roll Call(SAN DIEGO) — Mitt Romney said Monday that Russia — not Iran or North Korea — is the United States’ “number-one geopolitical foe,” adding that Russia “always stands up for the world’s worst actors.&r…

Romney Seizes on Obama’s Open Mic Moment

Romney Seizes on Obama’s Open Mic Moment

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Mitt Romney seized on President Obama’s remarks to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev during which he was caught over an open microphone saying that he would have more “flexibility” after th…

Obama Asks Russian President for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense

Obama Asks Russian President for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — At the tail end of his 90-minute meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such…

Disagreeing on Syria, Obama Bids Farewell to Russian President

Disagreeing on Syria, Obama Bids Farewell to Russian President

The White House/Pete Souza(SEOUL, South Korea) — In what will almost certainly be their last presidential-level meeting, President Obama and outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had kind words for one another and the work they were able to accom…

Russian Prisoner Escapes by Helicopter

Russian Prisoner Escapes by Helicopter

File photo. (Stocktrek/Getty Images)(MOSCOW) — It sounds like something out of a movie. A prison escape so daring it almost seemed improbable. According to a Russian news report, a convicted murderer climbed a rope ladder into a helicopter and escaped…

Russia Denies Sending Anti-Terror Unit to Syria

Russia Denies Sending Anti-Terror Unit to Syria

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia’s foreign minister has denied news reports that a team of Russian anti-terrorism troops arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus.At a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergei …

Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria

Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was “a bomb” certain to have serious repercussions. Russia, one…

US and Russia Unable to Find Common Ground on Syria

US and Russia Unable to Find Common Ground on Syria

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. and Russia agree that the time has come to end the year-long violent crackdown on pro-democracy forces in Syria.However, their different approaches on finding a solution have created a stalemate t…

Russia: ‘Gay Gag Rule’ Now Law in St. Petersburg

Russia: ‘Gay Gag Rule’ Now Law in St. Petersburg

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) — An anti-gay law has gone into effect in St. Petersburg, prompting fresh concern from gay rights advocates that it will be used to promote hate crimes against homosexual and transgender individuals.The n…

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