* Large queues of freight cars were forming Thursday at the Russian-Ukrainian border after new checks introduced at Russian customs began to delay the export of Ukrainian goods, the latest twist in a series of long-running politically tinged commercial spats between the two former Soviet nations
* Greenpeace has ended a two-day protest against Rosneft’s activity in the Arctic after a research ship operated by the Russian oil company turned back to the port of Murmansk, the environmental group said
* The Russian government urged its citizens Thursday to avoid traveling to Egypt, a popular tourist destination engulfed by riots over the sacking of an Islamist president that have already resulted in more than 500 deaths and the torching of churches
* US President Barack Obama scrapped a military exercise the United States was due to hold next month with Egypt and “strongly condemned” the violent crackdown by security forces on protesters in the Middle Eastern country, in which hundreds were killed and thousands injured.
* Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov ordered his government to resolve issues with Russia’s Customs Service that have led to a backup of Ukrainian goods on the border, said the Ukrainian government's envoy for cooperation with Russia
* Russia and Georgia have agreed to resume cross-border passenger and cargo road transportation after suspending it over an array of disagreements between the two countries in 2006, Georgia’s economics ministry said Thursday
* Attorneys for fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and his father are fuming over a transatlantic discussion the two men apparently had through an encrypted website, a source close to the case said
* Six terrorists who plotted to assassinate Kazakhstan’s leaders and establish an Islamic state in the former-Soviet republic have been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail, Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court said