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    Google translation error turns ‘Russia’ into ‘Mordor’
    Jan07

    Google translation error turns ‘Russia’ into ‘Mordor’

    Google says it has fixed a bug in its translation software that converted “Russian Federation” into “Mordor,” a fictional region in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy that has the nickname “Land of Shadow” and is home to the evil Sauron. The automated translation tool also turned “Russians” into “occupiers” while “Sergei Lavrov” — Russia’s...

    Coca-Cola map mix-up angers Russia and Ukraine
    Jan06

    Coca-Cola map mix-up angers Russia and Ukraine

    A New Year’s greeting from Coca-Cola has managed the rare feat of uniting Russia and Ukraine, in anger. The soft drinks giant posted a message to its customers on VK, a Russian social media site, featuring a map of Russia that did not include Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014. After a stream of complaints, the firm republished the...

    How six words divided the EU and Israel
    Jan04

    How six words divided the EU and Israel

    Israel’s U.S. ambassador sent gift boxes for the 2015 holiday season containing wine, olive oil, body cream, and halva — and a defiant note calling out the European Union. The products came from what the international community considers to be occupied territories, and Ambassador Ron Dermer was determined to make a blunt point about the...

    How Barack will juggle Bibi, Vlad and Hillary
    Dec30

    How Barack will juggle Bibi, Vlad and Hillary

    Bibi Netanyahu is waiting him out. Vladimir Putin may try to test him. And Hillary Clinton is keeping a wary eye on him. As he enters the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama will find his foreign policy complicated in new ways by the clock ticking down to his last day in office. White House officials have studied up on the foreign...

    2015, an awful year for Europe’s free media
    Dec30

    2015, an awful year for Europe’s free media

    LONDON — It was a terrible year for journalists in Europe. Attacks by Islamic militants, unjustified arrests, assaults, harassment, threats and tougher legal restrictions made it harder for editors, reporters and photographers to hold the powerful to account across the region this year, according to media organizations and NGOs. Hopes that...

    Obama’s 2016 world tour
    Dec29

    Obama’s 2016 world tour

    President Barack Obama will be making good use out of Air Force One while he still can. Obama has asked aides to set a busy international travel schedule for him in his final year, with “half a dozen” trips already in the works and more potentially coming together. The travel will be aimed at cementing a foreign policy legacy he hopes will...

    Lavrov: Most EU leaders think confrontation a mistake
    Dec28

    Lavrov: Most EU leaders think confrontation a mistake

    European leaders are less hostile to Russia over Ukraine than they are letting on, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “Sometimes there is a contradiction between what they say on the podium and what they tell you tête-à-tête, when no one else hears them,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Zvezda television channel, broadcast Monday....

    In pictures: Training to fight for Ukraine
    Dec28

    In pictures: Training to fight for Ukraine

    Fifty kilometers west of the Russian border in the eastern Ukrainian province of Luhansk, new recruits — eager to defend their country against pro-Russian separatist forces — are put through their paces. Photojournalist Filip Warwick, currently based in Ukraine, recently spent a week with them. The training takes place in an ex-Soviet Youth...

    On the trail of Europe’s last ‘lost city’
    Dec26

    On the trail of Europe’s last ‘lost city’

    ASTRAKHAN, Russia — One recent cold December morning, I find myself aboard a wooden raft, pulled across the Volga by a small fishing vessel. I’m here to look for the remnants of a powerful, mostly forgotten medieval empire few have heard about. Once a mythical capital of enormous wealth, it once stood at the crossroads of the ancient Silk...

    Russia’s dissident poets society
    Dec26

    Russia’s dissident poets society

    OZOLNIEKI, Latvia — Russian culture is often defined by nationalist rants on state television, the Orthodox Church’s cozy ties with politicians and soldiers marching on Red Square. There are also iconoclasts, atheists, dissidents and gay poets with wild hair and pink trousers — but many are fleeing to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to...

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