Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

Jun 23, 2016

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

In camouflage uniforms and red caps, a group of young people gather in the Ukrainian rebels’ de facto capital of Donetsk to sing patriotic songs and discuss the conflict. They are members of Patriot, a youth club set up by separatist authorities in the ...

Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain

Jun 23, 2016

Putin heads to China to cement ties, but obstacles remain

With President Vladimir Putin heading to China this weekend, officials in both countries extoll a blossoming “strategic partnership” between the two former communist rivals. But despite Moscow’s push to strengthen ties with Beijing amid a bitter strain in relations with the West, Russia-China trade ...

Jun 15, 2016

NATO to send troops to deter Russia; Putin orders snap drill

Britain, Germany and the United States advanced plans Tuesday to spearhead a new NATO force on Russia’s border from next year, and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered snap checks on combat readiness across his armed forces. Weeks before a critical NATO summit in Warsaw, ...

Jun 10, 2016

Japan business leaders hold talks with Russian officials

Officials from the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, held talks with the Russian government in Moscow on Thursday, with the Russian side expressing hopes for stepped-up economic cooperation from Japan. The Keidanren members, including Teruo Asada, head of the Japan-Russia Business Cooperation Committee — ...

Russians prefer Trump as president: poll

Jun 7, 2016

Russians prefer Trump as president: poll

Russians would overwhelmingly prefer Republican Donald Trump be elected U.S. president over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Russia’s Interfax news agency said Tuesday, citing a poll. The survey found 28 percent of people believe a Trump presidency would be better for bilateral relations than a Clinton ...

May 31, 2016

Air strikes pummel rebel-held city of Idlib in Syria: Human rights group

A wave of airstrikes on a rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria Monday night caused mass casualties and sparked fresh clashes. The flare-up in violence came a day after the opposition’s chief negotiator resigned in frustration over the stalled Geneva peace talks with the government ...