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Crimea declares independence

Crimea’s parliament declared the region an independent state today, one day after its residents voted overwhelmingly to break off from Ukraine and seek to join Russia. The U-S and the E-U do NOT recognize the […]

03/17/2014

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Tension continues to escalate in the Ukraine

While pro-Russian troop remain in control of the strategic Crimean peninsula of Ukraine, lawmakers in the Crimean region have decided to hold a referendum in ten days on whether Crimea should become part of Russia. […]

03/06/2014

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

Ambulances line up a site of a trolleybus explosion, background, in Volgograd, Russia Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Successive suicide bombings in Russia kill over 30

MOSCOW (AP) — A suicide bomber killed 14 people aboard an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during the Monday morning rush hour, and authorities believe it was the work of the […]

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

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, listens to questions  at his first news conference after his release in Berlin, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Putin frees his enemies as part of Sochi spin

MOSCOW (AP) — It came as a shock for both those released and the general public — President Vladimir Putin’s move to pardon his foes has allowed him to seize the news agenda in his […]

12/23/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to deliver his state-of-the-nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Putin defends Russian conservative values

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil. Putin’s state-of-the nation address also contained […]

12/12/2013

Nearly 200 skydivers, from all over the world, perform a group jump, a day after two skydivers were killed after colliding in midair during a jump from Skydive Arizona, at Eloy Municipal Airport, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Eloy, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Skydivers return to Arizona site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier. Two […]

12/04/2013

Fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

Russian crash investigators find voice recorder

MOSCOW (AP) — The last word the pilot of the Boeing 737 uttered was “circle.” Moments later the jetliner slammed into the ground, investigators said Wednesday, killing all 50 people on board. The Moscow-based Interstate […]

11/20/2013

Fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

Video shows near-vertical crash of Russian plane

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — The grainy airport video is dark, short and chilling. Within five seconds, a dot of light that Russian authorities say is a Boeing 737 appears in the sky over the tarmac […]

11/18/2013

Map locates Kazan, Russia, where a plane crashed while landing, killing all 50 aboard (AP Graphic)

Boeing plane crashes in Russia, 50 on board killed

MOSCOW (AP) — A Boeing 737 jetliner crashed and burst into flames Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people aboard in the latest […]

11/17/2013

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