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    Russia Casts Cautious Eye on US-Cuban Détente
    Mar25

    Russia Casts Cautious Eye on US-Cuban Détente

    Omar Hernandez didn’t have a role in building socialist Cuba. He was born in 1963, four years after the Cuban Revolution, and his parents had been supporters of ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista. But growing up in a small town on the island, Hernandez did soak up Russian influences: an avalanche of Russian literary classics, Soviet films,...

    Lawyer for Russian Soldier Found Dead in Ukraine
    Mar25

    Lawyer for Russian Soldier Found Dead in Ukraine

    Ukrainian authorities say they found the body Friday of a lawyer representing one of two Russian soldiers being tried on terrorism charges. Yuriy Grabovsky was the defense attorney for Aleksander Aleksandrov, who was arrested last May on terrorism charges stemming from the separatist conflict in pro-Moscow eastern Ukraine. Grabovsky’s body...

    Russia to Deploy Weapons to Disputed Kurile Islands
    Mar25

    Russia to Deploy Weapons to Disputed Kurile Islands

    Russia this year will deploy some of its newest missile defense systems and drones to the Kurile islands, where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday. The dispute over the islands, known as the Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan, has strained the two countries’...

    Lawyer for Russian Officer in Ukraine Found Dead
    Mar25

    Lawyer for Russian Officer in Ukraine Found Dead

    A lawyer for one of two Russian servicemen on trial in Ukraine has been found shot to death, officials said on Friday. Yuri Grabovsky was representing Alexander Alexandrov, who was captured along with another Russian last year in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. The two men admitted they were Russian officers but Moscow said they had resigned from...

    US, Russia Push for New Syrian Constitution by August
    Mar25

    US, Russia Push for New Syrian Constitution by August

    The United States and Russia are calling for the drafting of a new Syrian constitution by August. They have also agreed to push both the Syrian government and the opposition to free all political prisoners, especially those who are vulnerable. After a four hour meeting in Moscow on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President...

    Putin Seeks to Contain Chechnya’s Idiosyncratic Leader
    Mar25

    Putin Seeks to Contain Chechnya’s Idiosyncratic Leader

    President Vladimir Putin has imposed the Kremlin’s writ on every corner of Russia except one: the Chechnya region, whose leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, often pays little heed to the rules that govern the rest of the country. Putin is now trying to rein Kadyrov in, though alienating him would risk reigniting an Islamist insurgency that he helped...

    Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker Considered as Successor to PM Yatseniuk
    Mar24

    Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker Considered as Successor to PM Yatseniuk

    Ukraine’s parliamentary speaker emerged Thursday as the front-runner to replace unpopular Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, signaling a breakthrough in a political crisis that has lasted months. Current and former members of the ruling coalition met to discuss nominating Volodymyr Groysman, 38, a former mayor and ally of President Petro...

    Kerry Discusses Syria, Ukraine with Russian Officials
    Mar24

    Kerry Discusses Syria, Ukraine with Russian Officials

    Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Thursday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the crises in Ukraine and Syria. Kerry said before his talks with Lavrov that “many people” are hopeful that the talks in Moscow can help bring the conflict in Syria to an end as fast as...

    Giant Arch to Block Chernobyl Radiation for Next 100 Years
    Mar24

    Giant Arch to Block Chernobyl Radiation for Next 100 Years

    In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world’s largest land-based moving structure has been built to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site for the next 100 years. On April 26, 1986, a botched test at the Soviet nuclear plant sent clouds of smoldering nuclear material across large...

    Lukashenko: Belarus Won’t Choose Between EU, Russia
    Mar23

    Lukashenko: Belarus Won’t Choose Between EU, Russia

    Belarus does not want to have to choose between the European Union and Russia, President Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday during the first visit by an EU minister to Minsk since Brussels lifted sanctions against the country last month. Lukashenko is a five-term president whose country was described in 2005 by U.S. Secretary of State...

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