The controversy over Russian charges against Greenpeace activists rages on, but ultimately it's all about Russia's aspiration in the thawing north.
Russian officials are in Cairo today, reportedly to negotiate an arms deal. The US suspended some of its annual military aid to Egypt last month.
Dutch representatives appeared before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea today to order Russia to release the protesters arrested in September when they tried to board an oil rig.
The ex-NSA contractor met with a German parliamentarian yesterday, and offered to aid Berlin in its investigation of US spying on Angela Merkel and Germany.