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    NASA signs $490 mn contract with Russia for ISS travel
    Aug06

    NASA signs $490 mn contract with Russia for ISS travel

    Washington (AFP) – NASA has extended a contract with Russia’s space agency for $490 million to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station amid a lack of Congressional funding, the US agency said. The United States will continue to rely exclusively on Russia to take astronauts to the orbiting outpost under the new contract,...

    US Army Going the Distance to Reassure Allies in Eastern Europe
    Aug06

    US Army Going the Distance to Reassure Allies in Eastern Europe

    Amid increased Russian aggression in Ukraine, the U.S. Army needed a fresh way to reassure its eastern European allies. The men and women of the Army’s 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment had the answer. They successfully moved two convoys of hundreds of soldiers and tons of weapons across thousands of kilometers of NATO countries near...

    Ukraine needs to restructure its debt
    Aug06

    Ukraine needs to restructure its debt

    Russian aggression has hurt the Ukraine economy and the nation now needs help from US and other creditors, says Treasury official Nathan Sheets. …read more Source:...

    Kiev court imposes charges on Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov
    Aug06

    Kiev court imposes charges on Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov

    Jared M. FeldschreiberKIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A Kiev district court ruled to arrest in absentia Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces and another ten military men. …read more Source: United Press...

    The Whole World Pretty Much Despises Putin and Russia, Survey Finds
    Aug06

    The Whole World Pretty Much Despises Putin and Russia, Survey Finds

    Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t winning any popularity contests, at least not outside his country.According to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday, both Russia and its leader are held in low regard around the world. The poll, which surveyed 45,435 respondents from 39 countries, found that a median of only 30 percent view...

    There’s lots at stake in this election. And lots of time to decide.
    Aug06

    There’s lots at stake in this election. And lots of time to decide.

    Much has been made of the fact that the 2015 federal election campaign will be Canada’s longest since the 19th century, when horse-powered ballot delivery necessitated voting periods that stretched over several months. But even if technology has improved, an 11-week campaign can still be put to good use today in the 21st century. The 2015...

    The election’s on. The first debate is soon. Here’s how we got here.
    Aug06

    The election’s on. The first debate is soon. Here’s how we got here.

    Watch Maclean’s National Leaders Debate on TV and online on Aug. 6 at 8pm ET. Find out how, here. Any history of the Long Campaign of 2015 that begins with the official launch—the sunny summer morning of Aug. 2, 2015, when Stephen and Laureen Harper strode to the front door of Rideau Hall—will miss much of the action. Sure, many long weeks...

    France Reimburses Russia for Warships as Deal Becomes Casualty of Ukraine Sanctions
    Aug06

    France Reimburses Russia for Warships as Deal Becomes Casualty of Ukraine Sanctions

    Both countries announced the official cancellation of the 2011 deal for the two French warships, without specifying how much Russia had received. …read more Source: The New York...

    Russia Concerns Driving Neighbors to NATO
    Aug06

    Russia Concerns Driving Neighbors to NATO

    Concern about Russian aggression has led Russian neighbors in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to urge troop build-ups in their countries. As Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is sworn in to office Thursday, he and a growing chorus of voices in eastern Europe are calling for permanent NATO troops to warn off threats from Russia. Keir...

    Russia Considers Limiting State Procurement of Foreign Condoms
    Aug05

    Russia Considers Limiting State Procurement of Foreign Condoms

    Russia could ban the government procurement of medical goods including bandages, tampons and condoms from all but three foreign states, according to a draft law submitted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It is not immediately clear why the Russian government would consider such a legal move, however it comes less than a week after Iceland,...