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Exclusive - Russia threatened countries ahead of U.N. vote on Ukraine: envoys

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favour of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea’s referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.<p>Diplomats watch …

Obama: Russia should move troops back from border with Ukraine

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Obama said Russia should move its troops back from its border with Ukraine and ease tensions by opening direct negotiations with that country's new government.<p>The Russian troops massing near the border are doing so "under the guise of military exercises," Obama …

Suspected Gulnara Karimova letter smuggled to BBC

<b>Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's president, used to be one of the most powerful people in Central Asia. Last year she fell from grace - but remained active online until five weeks ago. Since then, she has been silent.</b><p>The long rambling letter in my inbox is littered with signs of …

Human Rights

If the west wants to hurt Putin, could Saudi Arabia do its dirty work?

Russia is vulnerable to sanctions. Economic weakness caused the collapse of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago and – the self-enrichment of the oligarchs apart – not much has changed since. Energy exports to the rest of the world pay for imports of machines and consumer goods. The …

Dogs saved from Sochi streets arrive in Washington for adoption

Ten loveable mutts rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia, arrived in the United States for adoption Thursday, the result of an international outcry over the plight of stray dogs in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city, organizers said.<p>Sochi animal rescue organizations began bringing in dogs from …