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  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Barack Obama voting all laughs Yesterday

    Washington: Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke. It unfolded while Obama cast an early ballot Monday in Chicago. A young woman, Aia (A-ya) Cooper, was voting...
  • Pipeline - 'like love' - should be mutual: Putin 1 week ago

    Moscow: Vladimir Putin on Friday compared the construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline to love, saying Europe needs to show its affection for the Russian project. Speaking on a visit to EU aspirant Serbia about Brussels' reluctance to back the Russia-led South Stream gas pipeline, Putin said Moscow could not...
  • Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, US, russia, hostility, meddling October 16, 2014

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin accused US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile attitude towards Russia, warning against "attempts to blackmail" Moscow. Speaking ahead of his visit to EU aspirant Serbia on Wednesday and key talks with EU leaders, Putin minced no words, demanding that Washington take Moscow's interests into account. The Russian...
  • China on the lookout for the Siberian tiger Putin's released into the wild after it crossed the border in search of food October 14, 2014

    Beijing: China is on the hunt for a Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, state media said on Thursday, after the animal roamed across the border, likely in search of food. The tiger, named Kuzia, was one of three of the rare wild cats that Putin...
  • Vladimir Putin to attend G20 leaders summit: Australia October 12, 2014

    Sydney: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey confirmed on Sunday Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 leaders' summit in November, despite concerns about Russia's actions in Ukraine in recent months. Australia's confirmation that the Russian leader would attend the high-powered summit came after Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he would also meet Putin...
  • Russia's Putin may have talks with Ukraine leader next week: Kremlin October 9, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov confirmed Putin would attend the ASEM (Europe-Asia Meeting) summit in the northern...
  • China on lookout for Siberian tiger released by Putin October 9, 2014

    Beijing: China has launched a massive hunt to locate a rare Siberian tiger released by Russian President Vladimir Putin into the wild after it crossed over to the forest into the Communist nation. Russian media reported that the tiger, named Kuzya, was among three rare Siberian tigers set free by Putin...
  • Vladimir Putin's birthday turned out to be 'Herculean' in Russia where artists portrayed him as a mythological hero! October 8, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday was celebrated across Russia with an outpouring of public adoration on October 7. Putin marked his 62nd birthday roaming the Siberian wilderness on Tuesday, as supporters compared his takeover of Crimea to a Herculean labour and 100,000 marched in Chechnya in his honour.Supporters in Moscow...
  • Russia to stick to open market economy: Vladimir Putin October 3, 2014

    Moscow: Russia will adhere to an open market economy despite restrictions and sanctions imposed by other countries, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "We will seek to make sure that Russia economy develops based on the open market. This strategic course remains unchanged," he said at the annual "Russia Calling" international...
  • Ukraine to UN: 'We know what terrorism means' September 25, 2014

    United Nations: Ukraine's prime minister is urging countries not to lift sanctions against Russia until his country regains control over its entire territory, including Crimea. Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday night told the annual UN General Assembly of world leaders that "we know what terrorism means." He demands that Russia pull back its...
  • G20 nations want Vladimir Putin at leaders' summit September 20, 2014

    Cairns: Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia on Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations. There had been question marks over whether Moscow should be invited to the highpowered forum in...
  • Vladimir Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM September 13, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's prime minister said on Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and said only NATO could defend the exSoviet republic from external aggression. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine in support of proRussian separatists...
  • US, EU to intensify sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, says Barack Obama September 11, 2014

    Washington: The US and the European Union have decided to "intensify" their coordinated sanctions on Russia in the defence, finance and energy sectors as punishment for its illegal actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. "I have said from the very beginning of this crisis that we want to...
  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats September 11, 2014

    Moscow: Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine. Putin accused the West of using the crisis in...
  • Vladimir Putin is 'selfcentred', says Dalai Lama September 7, 2014

    Berlin: Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "selfcentred" in a German newspaper interview on Sunday, saying Putin seems to want to "rebuild the Berlin Wall". "His attitude is: 'I, I, I'," the Dalai Lama said, pointing out that Putin had served as Russian President,...
  • Civilian killed in Ukraine shelling despite truce September 7, 2014

    Donetsk, Ukraine (AP): One civilian was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and large explosions were heard near the airport in Donetsk early on Sunday, raising fears that a ceasefire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse. Blasts from the area near the airport...
  • Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine September 7, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire late on Saturday near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine had earlier said the ceasefire, part of a peace roadmap intended...
  • Putin, Poroshenko discuss eastern Ukraine peace September 6, 2014

    Moscow/Kiev: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Saturday discussed ways to make the new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine durable. The two leaders noted that the ceasefire protocol reached Friday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk "was generally being observed", Xinhua reported citing a statement from Poroshenko's...
  • Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan, France halts warship September 4, 2014

    Kiev: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship. After speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by phone, Putin said he believed...
  • Ukraine PM rejects Putin ceasefire plan as bid to deceive West September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday rejected a ceasefire plan unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to deceive the West about Moscow's real intentions. "This latest plan is another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community ahead of the NATO summit...
  • Confusion as Ukraine, Russia announce progress towards peace September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine said on Wednesday its president had agreed with Russia's Vladimir Putin on steps towards a "ceasefire regime" in Kiev's conflict with proRussian rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing confusion on the eve of a NATO summit. "The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that...
  • Ukraine says Putin, Poroshenko agree on 'permanent ceasefire' in Donbass region September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko reached agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, Poroshenko's press office said. There was no immediate sign on the ground of a halt in the fighting between Kiev's forces and proRussian separatists in the mainly...
  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression September 3, 2014

    Washington:Confronted by a Kremlinbacked military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a highstakes NATO summit that begins...
  • Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship September 1, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized. The Kremlin leader's remarks, two days after a public appearance in which...
  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Vladimir Putin says August 30, 2014

    Washington: President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a proKremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow,...
  • Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis August 29, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of proMoscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of...
  • No ruling on whether Putin will be banned from G20: Tony Abbott August 11, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said that it was too early to decide whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be barred from 2014's G20 summit to be held this November in Brisbane. Abbott said the G20 summit was still three months away and hoped that Russia would wake...
  • Barack Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia July 30, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama escalated US economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in USRussian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against...
  • MH17 crash: Victim's mother slams Putin, says wants her son's body July 22, 2014

    Several tragic stories have come to light after the MH17 tragedy. One such story is of Silena Frederiks whose son was on that illfated flight. She has now appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to put pressure on the rebels to return her son's body. ...
  • Ukraine fighter jet near Malaysian plane MH17 before crash: Moscow July 21, 2014

    Moscow: Russia on Monday said its records show a Ukrainian fighter jet was flying close to the Malaysian airliner just before it crashed and a US satellite was flying over rebelheld Ukraine at the time. Moscow also denied supplying Ukrainian separatists with Buk missile systems or any other weapons as it...