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Glimpses of Shanghai
Even the spectacular fireworks display at the opening ceremony of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai were environmentally friendly, in perfect compliance with the exhibition's theme Better City, Better Life.
Black Sea Fleet: the cost of power
The ratification of the Russian-Ukrainian agreement allowing the Black Sea Fleet to remain in Sevastopol until 2042 has again raised the issue of modernizing the fleet, the cost of such an upgrade, and Russia's ability to implement it.
WWII: the war that changed the world
As that great war recedes further into the past, the scale of the change that it had brought to the world becomes clearer. On May 9, 1945 the bloodiest of all wars that had ever been fought was drawing to a close in Europe.
American oil spill to benefit Russia
The explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has already been dubbed "Big Oil's Chernobyl," although it is still difficult to estimate the true scale of the disaster or the impact it will have on the local environment and the global economy.
International adoption: Everyone wants the best for children
Russia and the United States have resumed the talks on the adoption of Russian orphans by American families, which were suspended after a US woman sent an eight-year-old adopted orphan Artyom on a one-way flight back to Moscow.
Russian billions to save Ukraine
The agreement on Russia's Black Sea Fleet continues to be the subject of heated debate in both Russia and Ukraine. However, the concerns expressed by opposition parties and the public differ significantly in the two countries.
UN to review non-proliferation efforts
The international community will meet in New York for the eighth UN Review Conference on the NPT from May 3-28, 2010, to assess the treaty's implementation.
Shanghai's answer to the Eiffel Tower
Expo 2010 Shanghai is scheduled to begin on May 1, but the exhibition's Chinese hosts have recently opened it for a dress rehearsal, admitting guests in order to find out what to expect. And it seems reasonable to expect that this exhibition will become a milestone in the history of civilization.
Poland: Will Jaroslaw succeed Lech Kaczynski?
Apparently Lech Kaczynski always wanted his twin brother Jaroslaw to be president of Poland.
The unequal sides of the Slavic triangle
On Tuesday April 27, the parliaments of Russia and Ukraine ratified an agreement extending by 25 years Russia's lease of the base in Sevastopol, where it's Black Sea Fleet is stationed.
UN drugs chief says Afghanistan, not NATO must fix heroin trade
Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), blames porous Central Asian borders for the influx of Afghan heroin and says Afghanistan’s government must stop opium cultivation, not foreign troops.
Moscow, Oslo, Copenhagen: Nordic problems
On April 26, President Dmitry Medvedev depart Moscow for his "Nordic tour", which will take him to Norway on April 26 and 27 and to Denmark on April 27 and 28
Ukrainian lawmakers to set tone for Russia ties with naval base vote
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flies into Kiev as the Ukrainian parliament's prepares to consider ratifying the deal on Russia's naval base in Crimea in a vote of no little importance to Moscow.
Gas in exchange for naval base?
Protracted talks between Moscow and Kiev on Russian gas prices for Ukraine have produced some unexpected results. Ukraine has received a substantial 30% discount on the gas prices stipulated by the January 19, 2009 contract.
Vladimir Putin goes to the land of Strauss and schnitzel
Vladimir Putin, who is going to Austria on April 24-25, will meet with Chancellor Werner Faymann and President Heinz Fischer only after attending the European judo championships in Vienna
Vladimir Volkogon: The Kruzenshtern nearing completion of unique voyage
The famous Russian four-mast sailing ship Kruzenshtern will be back to its registration port, Kaliningrad, in early May after a six-month voyage as part of the Transatlantic Expedition
There is no Race for the Arctic - Norwegian expert
Willy Ostreng, Professor and Chairman of the Research Institute Ocean Futures from Oslo, Norway, discusses with RIA Novosti the Arctic’s natural resources and heated issues in the region
Lenin the thrillseeker
Vladimir Lenin, who was commonly described in Russia as "more alive than all the living," has been forgotten once and for all 140 years after his birth. His specter no longer haunts Russia, and Communist Party functionaries pay homage to him only out of a sense of duty.
The battle-cruiser Pyotr Veliky
Although the heavy nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) has been at sea for the past six months, her voyage is just beginning.
The end of the era of Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch passed away on April 21, 2010, three months before his 90th birthday.
Putin Defends Central Bank Actions on Tumbling Ruble
Sydney Hostage Crisis Forces Australian Police to Conduct Anti-Terror Raids
Chechen Leader Organized Terrorist Act in 2002 Arrested in Crimea
IS Claims Responsibility for 2013 Tunisian Politicians Murder: Reports
Pregnant Woman Kept on Life Support due to Abortion Laws in Ireland
Twitter User JihadistJoe May Be Only 'Jihadist' You Would Want to Follow
Putin Discusses Donbas Situation With Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko: Kremlin
Putin Will Meet With Journalists at Annual Press Conference on December 18
Obama Should Sign Russian Sanctions Bill, Arm Ukraine: US House Speaker
EU Foreign Policy Chief Expects New Sanctions Against Crimea on Dec.18
The Simpsons' 25th Anniversary
NASA Publishes Pictures From Mars Rover That Found Methane
International Migrants Day: the Ins and Outs of Migration Explained