Ukraine's recent natural gas deals show that Ukraine will continue to flirt with both East and West, Belinksi writes, and, most of all, move toward energy independence.
European Union governments agree Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is responsible for the chemical weapons attack last month which left 1,400 dead. The governments would not, however, grant support to a military attack on Asaad's government before United Nations inspectors have issued their report.
The tiny states of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, having shed their Russian-dominated past and joined the EU and NATO, are looking to help their post-Soviet neighbors to do the same.
Ig Nobel prize winners this year include a team who created a fire alarm using the smell of wasabi, research on the effects of withholding urine, and others. The light-hearted science prizes are funny, but also aim to make people think.
Russian writer Ludmila Ulitskaya creates a novel from the real-life story of a Holocaust survivor who became a monk.