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Syria conflict: UN presses Russia to help save truce

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is to meet Russia's foreign minister to discuss efforts to salvage the crumbling cessation of hostilities in Syria.
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US considering rotational ground force in Eastern Europe to deter Russia

Business Insider - ‎15 hours ago‎
The NATO alliance is considering establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry about Russian military assertiveness, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday. "That is one of the ideas ...
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Gotta shoot 'em, Trump says – as Pentagon downplays Russian warplane encounters

RT - ‎5 hours ago‎
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said US may have to shoot down Russian warplanes approaching American military assets.
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Satire Is Thriving in Russia, While Many Russians Aren't

Newsweek - ‎21 hours ago‎
05_13_RussiaSatire_01 A puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, whispers to a puppet of former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, June 29, 2000 on the set of satirical television show Kukly.
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US, Russia compete to woo Syrian Kurds

Al-Monitor - ‎14 hours ago‎
Nowadays, one of the least enviable positions in Washington is that of a government spokesperson who is required to give daily briefings to the media.

Anna Nemtsova: Reporting Putin's Russia

ABC Online - ‎10 hours ago‎
Russian-American journalist Anna Nemtsova covers Russia and Ukraine—some of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters.
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China and Russia to Hold First Computer-Enabled Missile Defense Exercise in May

The Diplomat - ‎22 hours ago‎
China and Russia will hold their first computer-assisted missile defense drill in May, according to the press office of the Russian Ministry of Defense. “The Russian and Chinese defense ministers decided to hold the first Air and Space Security 2016 ...
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Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Russia hopes crash as favourite falls in rehearsals

Metro - ‎18 hours ago‎
After strong rehearsals from Armenia, Greece and Netherlands today, all eyes turned to the hot favourites, but Russia's Eurovision bid hit the buffers. Sergey's fall on stage was mirrored in betting markets, with France now joint favourites to win next ...
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U.S. once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

Macleans.ca - ‎May 1, 2016‎
U.S. and other officials described that initiative, brokered mainly by Russia and the United States as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, as a “reinforcement” of the February truce, now largely in tatters, that they hope to extend from ...
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America's Missile Defense Disaster (And Music to Russia and China's Ears)

The National Interest Online (blog) - ‎17 hours ago‎
The ballistic missile threat to U.S. allies and the homeland is skyrocketing. Russia is deploying a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying ten or more warheads.
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Europe and Russia Push Back Next Mars Rover Mission to 2020

Gizmodo - ‎4 hours ago‎
Space agencies in Europe and Russia have sadly announced that their next mission to the surface of Mars with a rover will be delayed by two years, from 2018 t0 2020.
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Ricciardo admits Red Bull strategy "went wrong" in Russia

Motorsport.com - ‎3 hours ago‎
Daniel Ricciardo admits that Red Bull's race in Russia was not helped by the decision to switch to medium tyres after both cars were delayed by the first lap incident.
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Ferrari F1 struggles in Russia just a blip - Mercedes

autosport.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has suggested Ferrari's disappointing form during the Russian Grand Prix weekend was a blip, influenced by Sochi's characteristics.

BBC Got It Wrong: Russia Not 'Most Mentally Closed Off Country on Earth'

Sputnik International - ‎16 hours ago‎
In a recent article for the BBC's Russian-language service, the broadcaster suggested that Russians are "the most mentally closed off country in the world," citing "a survey conducted in countries across different continents for BBC World Service.
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Magnussen voted Driver of the Day in Russia

Motorsport.com - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Renault driver Kevin Magnussen has won the Driver of the Day vote for the Russian Grand Prix. The Dane scored his and Renault's first points of the season after finishing in seventh place in the Sochi race.

People are apparently upset that we're giving Russia money for rocket engines

Hot Air - ‎14 hours ago‎
Brian Sikma at The Resurgent has some less than cheerful news this week about US plans to continue purchasing rocket engines from Russia for America's space launch needs. In the short term we're talking about a dozen and a half engines with a price tag ...

US Urges Russia To Free Jailed Journalist 'Immediately'

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎16 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has urged Russia to "immediately" free a journalist currently imprisoned on charges he calls politically motivated.

NATO's Breedlove Calls for Sharper Focus on Russia Ahead of Departure

Wall Street Journal - ‎May 1, 2016‎
MONS, Belgium—The U.S. has too few intelligence assets focused on the threat from Russia and should concentrate its technical capabilities on Moscow's growing military might, NATO's departing supreme allied commander said.

For Tourists, With Love: Russia's New Travel Experience Includes MiGs And AK-47

NDTV - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Firing Kalashnikovs, flying gunships, stomping about in tanks and sweating it out in army fatigues, that's Russia's cutting edge arsenal of ideas for attracting tourists. Amid the annexation of Crimea and the conflict with Ukraine, "military tourism ...

US Army Is Getting Ready for Great Power War (Think Russia or China)

The National Interest Online (blog) - ‎20 hours ago‎
The Army is developing its weapons, technologies and platforms with a greater emphasis on being ready for great-power, mechanized force-on-force war in order maintain cross-the-board readiness and deter near-peer adversaries from unwanted aggression ...
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