Dec 14, 2014

Sex romp in Moscow metro prompts security checks

Moscow’s aging Soviet metro system became the unlikely scene for sexual antics as a thrill-seeking young couple crept into a tunnel and made love on the tracks last week. The metro ordered an urgent security sweep on Friday after what appeared to be the ...

Dec 12, 2014

A rude awakening for America

by William Pfaff

The American pivot to Asia was the product of people in Washington who only think in terms of military power — as in trying to annex Ukraine and Georgia to NATO and the EU. There are new ways of thinking in China and even ...

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

Dec 12, 2014

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

A three-day-old cease-fire in eastern Ukraine was under pressure on Thursday after three government soldiers were killed, while European nations raised new fears about Russia’s “unprecedented” military buildup. On some parts of the front line, there appeared to be a determined effort to keep ...

Dec 12, 2014

Moldova arrests gang suspected of smuggling uranium from Russia

Moldova has detained seven people suspected of smuggling uranium-238 on a passenger train from Russia, a highly radioactive substance that can be used to make a dirty bomb, Interpol said on Thursday. After a nearly year-long investigation, Moldovan police also seized 200 grams (7 ...

Dec 11, 2014

Diamond deals to add sparkle to India-Russian ties

India’s gemstone industry is urging Russia to step up trade, by dealing directly with the global hub of cutting and polishing rather than involving middlemen elsewhere. During a visit to New Delhi on Wednesday and Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Indian ...

Dec 11, 2014

Hobbit fans drop plan for Tolkien evil eye in Moscow

A group of Russian designers on Wednesday scrapped a planned light installation modeled on the all-seeing evil eye in J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy novels after the Russian Orthodox Church protested. The group had planned to raise what resembles a giant glowing eye on the 21st ...

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

Dec 10, 2014

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine’s industrial east has stayed out of rebel hands but a mysterious spate of bombings has triggered fears that Russia is trying to destabilize this key defense hub. Barely a week goes by without another bombing reported against Ukrainian ...

Abbott's 'shirtfront' is Australia's word of the year

Dec 10, 2014

Abbott's 'shirtfront' is Australia's word of the year

“Shirtfront,” an aggressive Australian sports term used by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to challenge Russia’s Vladimir Putin, was picked Wednesday as the National Dictionary Centre’s word of the year, beating “man-bun.” Abbott vowed in October to “shirtfront” the Russian president — an Australian Rules ...