Russia

John Kerry to meet Vladimir Putin on first Russia visit for two years

Reuters –U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to explore Russia's willingness to curb its involvement in Ukraine and its support for Syria's president at talks on Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin.Kerry flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the highest-level U.S. visit to Russia in two...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 4:29am

OMG: Watch man turn head around 180 degrees

Video of a man turning his head around 180 degrees has resurfaced on the Web and it just might make you say something along the lines of "Oh my god!", "What the hell?" or "Ouch!"The man, a Russian (the country where all strange things come happen and come from) namedAlexander, explains his talent...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 1:09pm

While you were sleeping...

Good morning.Before you checked your phone this morning, Russian prez Putin was taking calls from his people.A year later, China and Malaysia offered to extend the search for the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight, while South Korea failed the relatives of the sunk Sewol ferry.A mailman landed on the...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:27am

Russia's economy will bounce back in two years, Putin says on TV phone-in

Reuters –President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon.In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin acknowledged that there were...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:13am

Iran nuclear deal is better than war, says Obama

Reuters –U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday touted the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program as a "good deal" that would block Tehran from obtaining an atomic weapon and make the world safer –a better option than another Middle East war.Shortly after the agreement was announced in...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:27pm

Russia says there's hope for Iran nuclear deal as deadline passes

Reuters –Six world powers and Iran will meet again later on Wednesday in a bid to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran's nuclear program, after failing to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions by a Tuesday deadline.The negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 2:00pm

Diplomats meet for last resort nuclear talks with Iran

Reuters –The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary accord less than two days before their deadline to outline a deal to end Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West.For days Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China...

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 1:42pm

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!Loads of interesting stuff happened after you turned out the lights last night. The U.S. continued to help Vietnam clear itself of leftover explosives, while reports surfaced that Ellen Pao is preparing to testify in her own Silicon Valley sexism case.The Garden State cut a deal with...

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:15pm

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!Before you jumped in the shower this morning, Florida rescuers came face to face with 20 of these funny-looking fellas - above - as they saved them from a drain. Ukraine rebels offered truce hope, while ISIS took Syrian hostages. Chewing tobacco faced a baseball ban.Ukraine rebels...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:28pm

Glimmer of hope for Ukraine truce as rebels start weapons withdrawal

Reuters –Pro-Russia separatists said on Tuesday they began withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in east Ukraine under a ceasefire deal, but the Ukrainian military, which says it won't pull back until fighting stops, reported further shelling.Fighting has eased in eastern Ukraine in recent...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:40pm

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!Didn't stay up past your bedtime to watch the Oscars? Here's what happened: Birdman won, then stars showed off their statuettes at showbiz parties.John Kerry negotiated nuclear peace with Iran, while Ukraine separatists nixed a ceasefire. Nepal promised to make climbing Everest safer....

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:14pm

Ukraine truce in tatters as army is still under attack from rebels

Reuters –Ukraine's military said on Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as required under a tenuous ceasefire because pro-Russian separatists who advanced last week were still attacking its positions.A truce to end fighting that has killed more than 5...

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 4:03pm

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!While you had a lie-in on Presidents Day, two suspected Copenhagen shooting accomplices were charged, while Islamic militants were bombed in Libya after beheading 21 Egyptians there.In Eastern Europe rebels in eastern Ukraine defied a ceasefire, and in Western Europe, leaders planned a...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 6:30am

East Ukraine bombing continues despite official ceasefire

Reuters –A government-held town in east Ukraine sandwiched between two rebel-controlled areas came under heavy shelling on Monday, a day after the start of a ceasefire that Russian-backed separatists say does not apply there.A Kiev military source said four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 21...

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 4:15am

Ukraine military says no let-up in rebel offensive

Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as separatist rebels tried to seize more territory before a ceasefire takes effect at midnight, the Ukrainian military said.The truce envisages the creation of a neutral "buffer zone" and withdrawal of heavy weapons responsible for many of the 5,...

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 9:19am

While you were sleeping...

Good morning! Before you surfaced this morning, leaders agreed a Ukraine ceasefire. We mourned the deaths of Bob Simon and three North Carolina students.As South Korea jailed a horrible boss daughter, North Korea gave citizens 300 new mottos.A Ukraine ceasefire was declaredA ceasefirefor eastern...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5:13am

Ukraine ceasefire agreed after peace summit all-nighter

Reuters – The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday.The deal reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk included a ceasefire that would come into effect on...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 3:24am

Unraveling New York's Ties to Spies

A Russian man whom the U.S. government said posed as banker in New York City, but was in fact a Russian spy, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday.Evgeny Buryakov, 39, was arrested late last month in the Bronx. He’s accused of seeking information regarding the New York Stock Exchange and...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 3:06am

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!As your alarm went off, four leaders hoped for Ukraine peace as more soldiers died. It turned out to be true that Kayla Mueller had died, and false that Brian Williams was in an Iraq chopper strike. Obama planned to bring Ebola-fighting U.S. troops home. Apple planned a solar-powered...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 3:51pm

Putin to attend peace talks as rebels continue attack in Ukraine

Reuters –Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in talks on the Ukraine crisis in Minsk on Wednesday, the Kremlin's press service said."Russian President V. V. Putin is today leaving for a visit to Minsk, where he will take part in talks in the 'Normandy format'," the Kremlin said in a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 3:44pm