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.
Northeast Passage through the Arctic slashes time and money for mariners and could be a boom for Russia. But it raises concerns about ice loss induced by global warming.
Job losses in September amounted to 263,000 – 83,000 more than expected – pushing the unemployment rate up.
The financial crisis has halted breakneck development in the Russian capital that was tearing down historic buildings and replacing them with replicas.
Most of the criticism for erroneous reports of gunshots is aimed at the Coast Guard exercise. But news organizations take hits too for going live with unconfirmed reports reminiscent of Chicken Little.
A giraffe at Sydney's Taronga Zoo in Australia stuck her tongue out during an early morning feeding. The celebrity gossip site TMZ.com spotted a giraffe being walked on the beach in Malibu, Calif., on Feb 20.
Camp grounds and tent cities become permanent addresses.
Stick to your principles and make government work are mantras for St. Petersburg's GOP chief executive.
The most fertile ground for Republicans is the growing ranks of independents. And efforts to rebrand the party from the inside are prompting a stir within a new generation of young politicians.
Though problems remain for housing and jobs, the Fed's Open Market Committee sees further improvement in financial markets in recent weeks.