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Republicans Urge Obama to Rebuke Russia for Alleged Treaty Breach

Sev­er­al seni­or House Re­pub­lic­ans are call­ing on the White House to pen­al­ize Rus­sia over its al­leged vi­ol­a­tions of a nuc­le­ar-re­lated …

US bans all carry-on liquids on nonstop flights to Russia

The Homeland Security Department is banning all liquids from carry-on luggage for nonstop flights from the US to Russia.<p>The ban comes after the department warned airlines that terrorists might try to smuggle explosives on board hidden in toothpaste tubes. The warning said terrorist might try to …

Is Edward Snowden a prisoner in Russia?

Edward Snowden's prolonged stay in Russia was involuntary. He got stuck in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport when his efforts to transit to a South American country such as Ecuador, Bolivia or Venezuela failed. But it made his own story – his narrative of principled exile and flight – a …

Russia linked to cyber espionage across Asia, Europe, US

Russia actively engaged in cyber espionage in 2013, a new report from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revealed.<p>Last year, Russia's intelligence forces hacked into corporate networks around the world -- including those in the US, Asia, and Europe -- to peek into what the firms were working on, …

US hints at Edward Snowden plea bargain to allow return from Russia

The attorney general, Eric Holder, has indicated that the US could allow the national security whistleblower Edward Snowden to return from Russia under negotiated terms, saying he was prepared to “engage in conversation” with him.<p>Holder said in an MSNBC interview that full clemency would be “going …

Jack Ryan star Kenneth Branagh: 'America doesn't understand who it's dealing with ... perhaps Russia likes it that way' – video

Kenneth Branagh, star and director of new Tom Clancy adaptation Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is joined by star Chris Pine and the movie's producers to talk to Catherine Shoard about patriotism and the shifting balance between the US and Russia in geopolitics. After recent NSA revelations, is the film …

What awaits Russia in 2014 - Russia Beyond

The new year will offer new challenges for the Russian authorities, on top of the problems carried over from 2013. Government reshuffles remain a possibility, as do changes in the senior management structure of state-run corporations.<p>Virtually none of the country's pressing problems were resolved …

UPDATE 4-Russia denies visa to U.S. journalist critical of Putin

* Russia says journalist violated visa regulations<p>* Satter says ministry statement is false<p>* Move echoes Cold War, precedes Winter Olympics (Adds U.S. comment in paragraphs 6 and 7)<p>By Timothy Heritage and Gabriela Baczynska<p>MOSCOW, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Russia has barred a U.S. journalist critical of …

Tensions between US and Russia hang over Sochi despite strong opening

Picking your way through Sochi's Olympic Park at night is like weaving through a giant car park in which a series of jaw-dropping spaceships have landed at random.<p>The brightly lit ice palaces themselves are stunning, inside and out, and the sporting facilities have been rightly praised by almost …

US blames Russia for leak of undiplomatic language from top official

America's new top diplomat for Europe seems to have been caught being decidedly undiplomatic about her EU allies in a phone call apparently intercepted and leaked by Russia.<p>"Fuck the EU," Victoria Nuland apparently says in a recent phone call with the US ambassador to Kiev, Geoff Pyatt, as they …

Sochi Olympics 2014: Russia wins gold, U.S. bronze in team figure skating

Russia wins gold, U.S. bronze in team figure skating<p>Russia gets its first gold medal of the Winter Games in the initial team competition in Olympic history. U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White complete sweep of short and free dances.<p>February 09, 2014|By Philip Hersh<p>TOPSHOTS Russia's …

Russia bans European pork imports - Russia Beyond

Russia has banned pork imports from the EU over outbreaks of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in several European countries. The ban went into effect on Feb. 6.<p>According to Alexei Alexeyenko, an official representative of the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, the ban applies to both raw …

Media do an about-face on Sochi: Forget the twin toilets, we love Russia

Have we passed peak #SochiProblems?<p>After weeks of critical coverage of Russia and its shambolic Winter Games, the international media has now largely left that story behind in favour of a narrative that is likely much more pleasing to the organizers: the competitions themselves. The jokes about …

Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia has gone through great pains to present the Olympic Games in Sochi as an environmentally responsible event. Yet the environmental damage from …

China cancels U.S. corn purchases as GMO dispute drags on

CHICAGO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Chinese importers canceled purchases of four cargoes of U.S. corn this week, after one cargo was diverted to Vietnam last week, U.S. government data showed on Thursday, as a dispute over an unapproved genetically modified strain remained unresolved.<p>The U.S. Department of …

China decries U.S. comments on South China Sea as "not constructive"

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has accused the United States of undermining peace and development in the Asia-Pacific after a senior U.S. official said concern was mounting over China’s claims in the South China Sea.<p>China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei asks journalists for questions during a news …

China helps arrest suspected ivory smuggler in Kenya

A Chinese suspected ivory smuggler has been arrested in Kenya and extradited – the first time that China has helped arrest a wildlife crime suspect overseas, according to the country's official news agency.<p>Kenyan authorities arrested the man, surnamed Xue, in Nairobi on 17 January, Xinhua reported. …

US businessman Vincent Wu goes on trial for gang crimes in China

An American businessman stood trial in China on Monday for allegedly heading a violent mob that kidnapped rivals and operated illegal casinos – charges he has said he was tortured into confessing.<p>Authorities in southern China have accused Vincent Wu of gang crimes but Wu's family and lawyers say he …

Kerry to visit China, South Korea, Indonesia and Abu Dhabi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will begin a trip this week to China, South Korea, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, the State Department said on Sunday, at a time of high tensions in Asia over China’s increasingly assertive territorial claims.<p>U.S. Secretary of State …

Russia, China snub U.N. talks on draft Syria aid access resolution

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China on Monday rebuffed the United States, France and Britain and other states by failing to attend negotiations on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to boost aid access in Syria, diplomats said.<p>Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan on Thursday presented …

China considers new powers for pollution watchdog as part of govt shakeup

* Govt shake-up to grant more powers to environment ministry<p>* Beijing to raise fines, criminal punishments for polluters<p>* Law to boost monitoring capacity to combat fraud, evasion<p>By David Stanway and Benjamin Kang Lim<p>BEIJING, Feb 10 (Reuters) - China could grant its undersized environment ministry …

China firms head for U.S. IPOs, not fussed by accounting flap

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese companies are flocking to the U.S. IPO market in their biggest numbers since 2010, drawn by soaring valuations for tech start-ups and undeterred by a flare-up in an accounting row between Washington and Beijing.<p>Some 30 Chinese companies could list in the United States …

U.S., China urged to finalize investment treaty in 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - The United States and China should aim to complete a planned investment treaty this year, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) said on Monday.<p>The world’s two biggest economies agreed in July to restart stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing …

China backs Sri Lanka over U.S. rights complaint

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday offered support for Sri Lanka after the United States said it would table a U.N. resolution against Colombo over its human rights record.<p>Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) in Montreux, …