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Discover Moscow's Local Secrets

Global Yodel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Travel
Global Yodel

In contrast to many European cities and capitals, in Moscow everything is always open and working virtually around the clock. You will always find a place where you can drink, eat, take a walk or go to the gym, even late at night.

Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.07.2015 | World

By Sylvia Westall and Dominic Evans BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to...

Astoria Characters: The Man Fully Invested in Finance

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.06.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's not much to see in Korsa K. Nzidee's office because he's just moved into it.

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

The 25 Best Value Cities in the World

trivago | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel

Building your dream vacation can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you plan on hitting some of the world's most famous sights and cities. To help travelers create a fun (and affordable) itinerary for 2016, we analyzed the world's most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.

The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans For A Baltic Battle Against Russia

Foreign Policy | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed c...

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

The Minsk Process: Belarus Diplomacy at Center of Ukrainian Peace Initiative

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

The Minsk protocols seemed tenuous at best and the future of the region uncertain. Yet as autumn rolls around, the conflict has been largely contained and its outcome is being decided around a negotiating table instead of on a battle field.

The US Embassy Moscow Fire of 1977

ADST | Posted 09.02.2015 | World

Diplomats working in the USSR had to contend with a wide range of difficulties -- poor bilateral relations, KGB surveillance, tough living conditions, Russian winters. For those serving in 1977, you could add one more thing to that list -- a massive fire.

The 10 Worst Cities on the Planet

Trippy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel

We admit it: even though we love to travel more than anything else in the world, some places just rub us the wrong way.

Russia's Moskva River Catches Fire, Spews Black Smoke Over Moscow

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

An oil slick on the Moskva River in Moscow caught fire Wednesday afternoon, sending a plume of heavy black smoke skyward in the southern part of the c...

Russia Destroys Western Food To Mark 1 Year Of Sanctions

AP | Katie Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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Homeless In Moscow Get Free Movie Nights As Temporary Retreat

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.24.2015 | Good News

A night at the movies is a treat everyone should get to enjoy. Friends on the Streets, a Moscow charity organization, has set up a cinema to screen mo...

Moscow's Muslim Population Flourishes Despite Animosity

Al Jazeera | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

Moscow, Russia - Surrounded by movable metal fences and police, they placed their prayer rugs and shreds of wallpaper on the cold asphalt along ...

What a Million-Dollar Home Looks Like Around the World

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business

In Shanghai, China's most expensive city, a luxury property priced at $1 million would be about the size of a small one-bedroom apartment in the U.S.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

Sport and Society for Arete -- Hockey in Russia

Richard Crepeau | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

It may be my imagination, but it seems as though every time I leave the country for a few weeks, the world of sport goes through some sort of convulsion or some extraordinary developments take place.

As We Reflect on VE-day, Beware the Sin of Omission

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

As we remember those who gave their all to ensure our freedoms and liberties, let us also guard against clever appropriations of the memory of blood and sacrifice for political ends.

Russia's New 'Super Tank' Stalls Out Mid-Parade

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

Tanks, but no tanks. A new high-tech Russian tank stalled during a military demonstration Thursday, prompting a futile effort to tow the T-14 Armat...

'Arma Virumque Cano' - Militarism and Parades in Asia

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military parades are an indispensable political platform for communicating power and ambition and are now amplified by the tools of mass media, which can orchestrate and glamourize rhythmic ranks of well-booted warriors and rolling chariots of gleaming steel.

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Teacher Allegedly Hires Undercover Cop To Torture, Kill Former Student

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime

A Russian school teacher is accused of hiring an undercover police officer to torture and murder a former student she harbored a "personal dislike" fo...

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

Why Russia's Skolkovo Innovation Center is Off Strategy

Bill_Robinson | Posted 06.07.2015 | Technology

Many countries, states and cities are hard at work trying to duplicate this magical innovation development. Most will fail. Let us see what Russia is up to in this regard.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.