Although both countries claim the military exercises are simply for practice, some wonder if the old dispute is again flaring.
The German chancellor, who visits the White House Friday, has criticized Obama's fiscal policies and refused to substantially increase troop levels in Afghanistan.
Continued violence in the North Caucusus region could be fueled by anger over corruption, experts say.
What economic crisis? Organizers of the new museum promise one of the most 'lavish' exhibitions ever to hit Europe.
At conference in Siberia, leaders of Russia, China, India, and Iran float idea of new 'supranational' currency. China offers $10 billion to neighbors.
The proposed course, which is pending approval from the Education Department, will teach high school students to analyze, compare, and criticize advertisements, news stories, and TV reports from a variety of sources.
Some 36,000 officers are expected to be cut this year and many Soviet-era 'phantom divisions' eliminated. But will the economic crisis undercut reforms?