Jan 24, 2015

Founder of Russian gay teen site convicted of 'propaganda'

A Russian court on Friday convicted a journalist who set up a website to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers under a controversial law banning “gay propaganda” aimed at minors. The social networking site, called Children 404, is used by thousands of teenagers to ...

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

Jan 24, 2015

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

British singer Sarah Brightman has started a grueling 72-hour survival course in a snowy Russian forest to train for her upcoming role as a space tourist, Russia’s cosmonaut training centre said Friday. The soprano known for her starring roles in West End musicals composed ...

Jan 24, 2015

Dutch to collect more remains from MH17 crash site in Ukraine

A Dutch team is to return to the MH17 crash site in war-torn Ukraine to collect more remains of the 298 people killed when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was downed in July, officials said Friday. “A small team including defense ministry employees will return ...

Jan 23, 2015

Obama tries to out-Putin Putin

by Leonid Bershidsky

In his State of the Union address earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama showed that he's either blind to the dangers of the deteriorating relationship between Moscow and the West or is faking pride in a victory that is not even on the ...

Jan 23, 2015

Ukraine cedes Donetsk airport on one of bloodiest days of war

Ukrainian forces on Thursday ceded a long-disputed airport to Russian-backed rebels as an upsurge in clashes killed nearly 50 people and punctured Europe’s latest push for peace in the nine-month war. The deadliest day of fighting since the signing of an increasingly irrelevant September ...

Jan 22, 2015

Russia says Pyongyang positive signal on Kim visit in May

Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader, Kim Jong Un, to attend anniversary celebrations of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The trip would be Kim’s first ...

New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

Jan 22, 2015

New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine deployed large quantities of arms and manpower Wednesday to an emerging flashpoint, undermining hopes for a new peace initiative. Ukraine’s president cut short a visit to Switzerland to deal with the unfolding crisis. Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign ...

Russian forces attacking Ukraine troops in separatist east, Kiev says

Jan 21, 2015

Russian forces attacking Ukraine troops in separatist east, Kiev says

Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russian forces of attacking its soldiers after crossing over into the ex-Soviet state’s war-wrecked separatist east in violation of a September truce deal. The charges — met with initial silence by Moscow — should add further tensions to difficult talks ...