North Korea’s Kim to meet Putin at crucial diplomatic moment

World 04/22/19, 20:03

North Korea confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin in a summit that comes at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal. North Korea has so far not gotten what it wants most ...

Kremlin: No proof in Mueller’s report of Russian meddling

Europe 04/19/19, 07:57

The Kremlin argued on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page report has not offered any credible evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The redacted report presented on Thursday said that there was no collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials but it did document ...

Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine

Europe 04/18/19, 14:34

As Venezuela's reliance on Russia grows amid the country's unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin's point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region. In a rare interview, Russian Ambassador Vladimir Zaemskiy rejected an assertion this week by ...

San Francisco’s campy “Beach Blanket Babylon” show to end

Entertainment 04/18/19, 14:32

The campy "Beach Blanket Babylon" musical revue that has been a must-see for San Francisco tourists for 45 years is coming to an end. Producer Jo Schuman Silver announced Wednesday the show's final performances will be on New Year's Eve. The show spoofs political and pop culture and has characters in colorful ...

Leaders of Russia, Estonia sit down for talks

Europe 04/18/19, 07:31

The presidents of Russia and Estonia have sat down for talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade.Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid arrived in Moscow on Thursday to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin.Putin told Kaljulaid in opening remarks that the lack of high-level contacts between Russia ...

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

Europe 04/18/19, 06:27

The Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month.It said in a brief statement Thursday that Kim will visit Russia "in the second half of April" on Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation, but gave no further details.Russian media have been abuzz in recent days ...

Putin vows to pump more cash into Russian space industries

Europe 04/12/19, 08:54

President Vladimir Putin has promised to burnish Russia's space glory by providing more funds to develop cutting-edge rocket technologies.Speaking during Friday's visit to rocket-maker Energomash, Putin said the government will offer more cash to develop new rockets and create more incentives for space industry workers.Putin's visit came on Cosmonauts Day, ...

Russia warms to controversial TUEs after doping scandals

Sports 04/12/19, 03:07

After years of using hacked data to vilify Western athletes as cheats who bend the rules to take banned substances, Russia is warming to a controversial part of the anti-doping system.Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2017 that the country's rivals were using Therapeutic Use Exemptions to game the system. ...

Putin: Russia knows Mueller probe ‘gave birth to a mouse’

Politics 04/09/19, 15:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday mocked U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying "a mountain gave birth to a mouse." In his first comments since Mueller finished his probe, Putin sought to cast the 22-month investigation as a failure and disregarded the ...

European court: Russia’s house arrest of Navalny unlawful

Europe 04/09/19, 06:54

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that a Russian court order placing opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest in 2014 was unlawful and politically driven.Navalny, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has faced repeated arrests, hailed the ruling as a victory and congratulated his ...

Russia’s Putin hosts Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss Syria, ties

Europe 04/08/19, 06:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for talks expected to focus on the situation in Syria and their two nations' booming economic ties.Russia and Turkey have closely coordinated moves on Syria, where they created a security zone in the northern province of Ildib.Russia and ...

Russia plans to free almost 100 captured whales

Europe 04/05/19, 08:23

Russian officials have invited a French ocean explorer to offer advice on how to safely release nearly 100 illegally captured whales, voicing hope that the animals could be let into the wild during summer.Jean-Michel Cousteau of the Ocean Futures Society arrived Friday in Russia's Far East on a mission to ...

Netanyahu thanks Putin for discovery of soldier’s remains

Europe 04/04/19, 07:34

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked Russia for its assistance in finding the remains of an Israeli soldier missing in battle since 1982. Netanyahu is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow visit just five days before parliamentary elections at home. The vote is largely seen as a ...

Kazakhstan leader Tokayev in Moscow for 1st foreign visit

Europe 04/03/19, 09:09

Kazakhstan's interim president is making his first foreign visit since being appointed two weeks ago, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, formerly the speaker of the upper house of Kazakhstan's parliament, was named the country's leader after the unexpected resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been in ...

German automaker Mercedes opens new Russia factory

Europe 04/03/19, 08:05

Germany's Daimler AG has opened a new Mercedes factory in Russia, part of a 250 million euro ($281 million) investment it says will create 1,000 jobs.CEO Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday the Moscow-area plant will produce Mercedes sedans and SUVs for the local market, and is part of a strategy to ...

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