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Swords and skirts, or How modern women fight
Clad in Viking’s armor, women participate in the Sword of Russia historical fencing tournament. Alyona Mironova, the absolute champion of Russia, shared the secrets of women’s fighting technique with us.
Solar powered cooker
Roast chicken, or "gai yang" is a very popular dish in Thailand. It is usually roasted on charcoal grills. Sila is roasting his chicken with help of a wall of 1,000 hand-sized mirrors.
Dust storm down under
Australia's worst dust storm in 70 years blanketed the heavily populated east coast on Wednesday in a cloud of red Outback grit, nearly closed the country's largest airport and left (m) millions of people coughing and sputtering in the streets.
Russian masters Kasparov and Karpov in 25th anniversary rematch
The two former champions on Tuesday started 12 games of two kinds of speed chess in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia. The four-day match is the highlight of a chess conference organised by the regional government, town hall and corporate sponsors.
Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva: Inside the relationship
Interview with Mel Gibson's singer-songwriter girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva
Manuel Zelaya returns to Honduras
Deposed President Manuel Zelaya made a dramatic return to Honduras' capital on Monday, taking shelter from arrest at Brazil's embassy and calling for negotiations with the leaders who forced him from the country at gunpoint.
Bear attacks tourists
Bear injures 9 tourists before being shot dead in souvenir shop
Russian archbishop describes limits of noninterference in church-state ties
Speaking to the members of the Valdai Discussion Club, Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s External Church Relations Department, explained his vision for church-state relations in Russia.
Churches are only powers trying to reconcile Russians, Georgians – Russian archbishop
The Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches are the only social forces in the two countries working to reconcile the two nations following last year’s military conflict, Archbishop Hilarion Alfeev said.
Ariel Cohen: Putin, Medvedev’s plans for 2012 were main issue of Valdai-2009
The main issue of the Valdai conference this year was the simultaneous announcement of Vladimir Putin and president Dmitry Medvedev that they both are considering running for presidency in 2012. It was really interesting to indentify the differences between these two politicians who were raised together and worked together.
Timothy Colton: Different mood of Valdai-2009
The mood of the last Valdai meeting was rather different. Now we are moving into another period. Last year the situation was very tense because of the war in the Caucasus and financial catastrophe, but this time a lot of things have changed. Today it’s too early to speak about the 2012 presidential elections in Russia. Russia is more than Kremlin, more than Moscow, it’s a really big and interesting place.
Oksana Antonenko: Valdai Club was concentrated on global issues for first time
For the first time the last Valdai Club meeting was concentrated on the global issues, including developing of the European security system, global fiiancial crisis, aftermath of the U.S.- Russia summit. We travelled to Yakutia, for many people is was really an eye-opening chance to see what kind of processes are taking place in Russian regions.
Thousands of turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of Mexico
As thousands of turtles arrive at a beach in Oaxaca, Mexico, to lay their eggs this season, federal and local authorities have been deployed to protect them against poachers.
Pie in your face: New world record
A new record was set in New York on Thursday for the world's biggest pie fight. The pies, some 1500 of them, were coconut custard. But the record wasn't for the number of pies thrown, it was for the number of participants which amounted to 271 people.
Russian riot police demonstrate new riot control vehicle
The Podolsk riot police, OMON, demonstrated the BAT RCU 6000 riot control vehicle featuring a jet pulse water cannon that is effective up to 60 meters.
Separated Siamese twins return to Russia
Zita and Gita Rezakhanov, the two former Siamese twins from Kyrgyzstan who were surgically separated in Moscow in 2003, have returned to the Russian capital where they will be fitted with new prosthetics. This trip will probably decide their future. Both girls decided to become doctors, while taking a walk in Moscow.
Ariel Cohen: Medvedev is a conservative reformer
Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Security, The Heritage Foundation, at the final press-conference of the 2009 Valdai International Discussion Club Summit.
Angela Stent: Russia should be included into the European security architecture
Angela Stent, Professor of Government and Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, at the final press-conference of the 2009 Valdai International Discussion Club Summit.
Alexander Rahr: President Medvedev spoke more about internal affairs
Alexander Rahr, Director of the Russia/Eurasia Program, German Council on Foreign Relations, at the final press-conference of the 2009 Valdai International Discussion Club Summit.
Timothy Colton: Russia changes gradually and peacefully
Timothy Colton, Feldberg Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, at the final press-conference of the 2009 Valdai International Discussion Club Summit.
Mass Stabbing in Australia Leaves Eight Children Dead: Reports
Former US Ambassador Calls Ukrainian Claims of Retaking Crimea ‘Dream’
Ban Ki-moon Welcomes Postponement of Iraq's Compensation Payments to Kuwait
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Putin Discusses Donbas Situation With Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko: Kremlin
Putin Will Meet With Journalists at Annual Press Conference on December 18
Highlights of Putin's Big Annual Press Conference 2014
EU Foreign Policy Chief Agrees to Impose New Sanctions Against Russia
The Simpsons' 25th Anniversary
Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
International Migrants Day: the Ins and Outs of Migration Explained