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    Poles vote for president, incumbent Komorowski tipped to win
    May10

    Poles vote for president, incumbent Komorowski tipped to win

    Warsaw (AFP) – Poles vote Sunday in the first round of a presidential election after a lacklustre campaign focused on national security and social issues, with incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski expected to win, but not without a struggle.The 62-year-old historian, who was elected in 2010 and is close to the governing centrist Civic Platform...

    Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day remarks underline Russia’s icy relations with former wartime allies
    May10

    Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day remarks underline Russia’s icy relations with former wartime allies

    Western leaders were noticeably absent from Russia’s massive 70th anniversary celebrations due to Ukraine conflict. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Don’t Bring a Dove to a Polish Hawk Fight
    May10

    Don’t Bring a Dove to a Polish Hawk Fight

    WARSAW — On Feb. 14, Magdalena Ogórek, a left-wing candidate in Poland’s presidential race, said if she were elected, she “would pick up the phone to call the Russian president” to normalize relations between Moscow and Warsaw. As it happens, it’s an unlikely scenario: The 36-year-old historian and TV personality is polling just 3...

    What does Russia and China’s cybersecurity pact mean for the US?
    May10

    What does Russia and China’s cybersecurity pact mean for the US?

    HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: As we mentioned, the Chinese leader was in Moscow today as Russia paraded its military hardware through Red Square. Just yesterday, the two countries signed 32 agreements, including what’s being described as a nonaggression pact in cyberspace. All this, at a time of severely strained relations...

    Battle Tested, Ukraine Troops Now Get U.S. Basic Training
    May09

    Battle Tested, Ukraine Troops Now Get U.S. Basic Training

    After months on the front lines, Ukrainian National Guard members are being trained in basic skills as part of a $19 million American military effort. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine Separatists Release US Aid Workers Accused of Spying
    May09

    Ukraine Separatists Release US Aid Workers Accused of Spying

    Aid group say the two are in a “safe location.” …read more Source: ABC...

    Russia and Ukraine celebrated Victory Day’s 70th anniversary very differently
    May09

    Russia and Ukraine celebrated Victory Day’s 70th anniversary very differently

    In both countries, it was a sight to be seen. Russia celebrated the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany during World War II in epic style on Saturday, with a massive military parade in Moscow’s Red Square. The national parade during the largest secular holiday in Russia is a chance for the country to display its military...

    Massive Russian Military Parade Marks 70th Anniversary of Victory Over Nazis
    May09

    Massive Russian Military Parade Marks 70th Anniversary of Victory Over Nazis

    (MOSCOW)—Russia showed off new machines of war, including a highly sophisticated tank, on Saturday in the annual Victory Day military parade through Red Square that marks the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Red Army’s key role in the defeat. The Armata tank drew a round of strong applause as it rumbled through the square, part of a long...

    How Shirtless Putin Became A Rock Star President In Russia
    May09

    How Shirtless Putin Became A Rock Star President In Russia

    Vladimir Putin is sort of the Old Spice of world leaders. And not just because the Russian president turns up topless on a horse more often than Isaiah Mustafa, the actor whose sleek wit and abs reinvigorated the 81-year-old deodorant maker’s brand with a 2010 viral ad campaign titled “Smell Like a Man, Man.” Indeed, long before Mustafa...

    Russian Veterans Recall Horrors of WWII Eastern Front
    May09

    Russian Veterans Recall Horrors of WWII Eastern Front

    Russia staged a huge military parade in Moscow Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the World War II over Nazi Germany. VOA spoke to veterans of the conflict about their memories of the fighting, and their thoughts on current tensions between Russia and the West. The scale of sacrifice still has the power to shock: An estimated 25...