Japanese astronaut Yui reaches space station

Jul 23, 2015

Japanese astronaut Yui reaches space station

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Japan, Russia and the United States arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday morning nearly six hours after liftoff from Kazakhstan. Their rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:02 a.m. Japan time and separated from ...

Jul 21, 2015

Japan protests Russian minister's visit to disputed isle

The government has lodged a protest over the recent visit by Russia’s health care minister to one of the disputed islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Suga called Saturday’s trip by Veronika Skvortsova to Shikotan “extremely regrettable” ...

Russian scientists affected by sanctions, Kremlin policies

Jul 21, 2015

Russian scientists affected by sanctions, Kremlin policies

Hundreds of Russian scientists say companies abroad are refusing to sell them scientific equipment they need to do their work and Western publications are curtly turning down their research papers. The reason, they believe, is a combination of sanctions against Russia over its involvement ...

Putin orders formation of new Russian military reserve force

Jul 18, 2015

Putin orders formation of new Russian military reserve force

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine. The new reserve force has been discussed for several ...

New video emerges of Ukrainian rebels looting luggage of Flight MH17 victims

Jul 17, 2015

New video emerges of Ukrainian rebels looting luggage of Flight MH17 victims

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday she was ‘sickened’ after new footage emerged allegedly of Russian-backed rebels ransacking the luggage of passengers killed after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. The video was obtained by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and published ...

Jul 16, 2015

Putin tells Dutch PM MH17 tribunal would be counterproductive

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte that establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine would be counterproductive. “Vladimir Putin in detail explained the Russian position regarding the premature ...