A suicide bomb in Russia's restive Caucasus region closely follows a strike that took out Al Qaeda's appointed 'Amir' in the majority-Muslim republic of Dagestan. The suicide bomb killed six and wounded 14.
Russia's National Media Group cites economic motives in moving REN TV and the outspoken St. Petersburg Channel Five. But critics worry the partnering move with Russia Today may presage a loss of editorial freedom.
US Vice President Joe Biden toured Eastern Europe this week with a new missile-defense plan designed to reassure the Czech Republic and Poland that they aren't being forgotten as relations warm with Moscow.
The announcement comes amid growing tensions between the leftist leader and the conservative government of Colombia, which recently agreed to host US military personnel on its bases.
Venezuelan leader recognizes Georgia breakaway states, South Ossetia and Abkhazia as added bonus during Moscow visit.
It is responsible for economically troubled South Ossetia and may have spurred the European Union to seek alternative sources of energy.
In a first, the games will range across Russian as well as Chinese territory near Khabarovsk in the far east.