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Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Heavy police and troop presence in bomb-hit Russian city

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd […]

12/31/2013

A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Russian bombings kill 31, raise Olympic fears

MOSCOW (AP) — Two suicide bombings in as many days have raised concerns that separatist militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Winter Olympics in February. Russian authorities and […]

12/30/2013

In this photo taken on a cell phone, made available by Volgograd Mayor's Office, bodies lie at an entrance to Volgograd railway station, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. More then a dozen people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. (AP Photo/Nikita Baryshev,Volgograd Mayor's Office Handout)

16 killed in suicide bombing in Russia’s south

MOSCOW (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 15 other people and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat […]

12/29/2013

The region of Chechnya, Russia is noted on this image from Google Earth.

US team to speak to Boston suspects’ parents

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. investigators traveled to southern Russia on Tuesday to speak to the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects, a U.S. Embassy official said.

04/23/2013

Anzor Tsaraev headshot, father of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in Makhachkala, Dagestan. (AP Photo)

Parents of Boston suspect describe his Russia trip

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The parents of Tamerlan Tsarnaev insisted Sunday that he came to Dagestan and Chechnya last year to visit relatives and had nothing to do with the militants operating in the volatile […]

04/21/2013

The region of Chechnya, Russia is noted on this image from Google Earth.

Russia’s Chechnya has seen decades of war, terror

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings have their ethnic roots in Chechnya, a part of the Caucasus Mountains that has spawned decades of violence.

04/19/2013

German scientists seek to clone perfect Christmas trees

BERLIN (AP) — The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may soon become a lot easier: just pick a nice clone. That’s what German scientists are now working on.

12/22/2012

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