Apr 24, 2015

Astronaut Yui to head for ISS on May 27

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will enter space for the first time on May 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday. The rocket will lift off at 4:46 a.m. Japan time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “We want him to ...

Chechnya leader orders 'shoot to kill' on Russian forces

Apr 24, 2015

Chechnya leader orders 'shoot to kill' on Russian forces

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to “shoot to kill” if they encountered any unauthorized Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region. “I am officially stating that if (a soldier) appears on your ...

Apr 24, 2015

Russia carries out military drills on disputed islands

Russia has conducted military anti-landing drills in a Pacific island chain, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Interfax news agency reported the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday. “Units were scrambled as part of large-scale anti-landing drills … (they) worked on ...

Apr 23, 2015

Russia bolstering rebel forces, heavy arms, air defenses in Ukraine: U.S.

The United States accused Russia Wednesday of building up its forces along the border with Ukraine, boosting air defense systems in the country and training Ukrainian rebels in the east. “Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the ‘Minsk 2′ agreement signed ...

Apr 22, 2015

Major NATO cybersecurity drill to be held in Estonia

About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO’s efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks. Teams from 16 nations will take part in the Locked Shields 2015 exercise at ...

Ukrainian forces get U.S. paratrooper training to fight pro-Russia rebels

Apr 21, 2015

Ukrainian forces get U.S. paratrooper training to fight pro-Russia rebels

U.S. paratroopers Monday began training Ukrainian government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on in the ex-Soviet country. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko welcomed troops from the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade in a rain-soaked ceremony ...

Putin bests Obama in Iran

Apr 17, 2015

Putin bests Obama in Iran

by Leonid Bershidsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin is building on a tactical advantage he has over the U.S. in talks with Iran: He can be the first to begin rapprochement with Iran's leaders, without worrying too much about its compliance with any nuclear deal's requirements.