The two Asian superpowers are trying to convince their small Communist neighbor that launching another rocket is not in its best interest.
The fractious Syrian opposition has come together to create a new unified front in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.
In what may be tit-for-tat recriminations for US expressions of concern regarding Russian democracy, the Russian elections chief ranks the US election system 'the worst in the world.'
Turkey required a passenger jet on its way to Syria from Russia to land before it reached its destination. This move angered Russia, but was supported by the United States.
Russia's plan to end the Nunn-Lugar program, in which the US aided Russia in handling post-Soviet weaponry, is just part of Russia's shifting policy regarding international cooperation.
Alexander Fishenko and others sold cutting-edge microelectronics that could be used in Russian weapons systems, according to federal prosecutors.
Vladimir Putin is getting most of what he wants out Kyrgyzstan, including a lease extension on a Russian airbase and part ownership of a torpedo plant, while America's star there is on the wane.
In a statement on Wednesday, Russian officials accused Western powers of doing nothing to end the conflict in Syria, saying they were instead instigating it.
Western governments have said the sentences handed down to the female band members were unreasonable. Russia's Foreign Ministry calls this criticism 'biased and politically charged.'
The Russian punk rock band spawned small bands of supporters dressed as Pussy Riot look-a-likes Friday dozens of cities worldwide. The three women were sentence Friday to two years in prison for hooliganism.