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  • Bono, Medvedev talk charity over tea by the sea

    Russia's rock-music-loving president hosted Bono, the frontman of the Irish band U2, at his resplendent residence near the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, and praised him for writing music "that unites generations."

  • Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, arrives at court in Bangkok on Friday to hear an appeals court extradition decision requested by the U.S. (Associated Press)

    Extradition frays Thai-Russian relations

    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is trying to repair damaged relations with the Kremlin after Moscow's foreign minister condemned the Thai government's decision to extradite Russian weapons dealer Viktor Bout from Bangkok to New York.

  • Briefly

    A call for more mosques with minarets in Austria gave rise Sunday to heated criticism from right-wing politicians, some going as far as demanding a ban on all immigrants from Muslim countries.

  • Agronomist at the Pavlovsk Agricultural Station Sergei Gandrabur walks at the station in Pavlovsk, near St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. The world's first seed bank survived World War II thanks to 12 Russian scientists who chose to starve to death rather than eat the grain they were saving for future generations. Now the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry's seed bank is in danger again, this time because of court-approved plans to rip up its vast fields of genetically diverse plants and build fancy homes on the prime real estate they occupy near St. Petersburg.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Celebrated Russian seed bank fights for its land

    The world's first seed bank survived World War II thanks to 12 Russian scientists who chose to starve to death rather than eat the grain they were saving for future generations.

  • Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, listens to reporter's questions from inside a court cell at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. An appeals court in Thailand ordered his extradition to the United States on Friday. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Thai court orders extradition of Russian arms suspect to U.S.

    A Thai appeals court on Friday ordered the extradition of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to the United States, angering Moscow but paving the way to put the man dubbed the "Merchant of Death" on trial.

  • ** FILE ** Ali Akbar Salehi (right), head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, speaks with media during a press conference as cleric Gholamali Safaei Bushehri looks on at the Bushehr nuclear power plant outside the southern Iranian city of Bushehr on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iran starts nuclear reactor, defends intent

    Trucks rumbled into Iran's first reactor Saturday to begin loading tons of uranium fuel in a long-delayed startup touted by officials as both a symbol of the country's peaceful intentions to produce nuclear energy as well as a triumph over Western pressure to rein in its nuclear ambitions.

  • FIFA wraps up Russia visit to assess World Cup bid

    FIFA wrapped up a four-day visit to Russia to assess its potential to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, and warned on Thursday that construction of stadiums and infrastructure must begin immediately if the bid is successful.

  • Illustration: Russian arms by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    COHEN: Russia bears down

    Last week, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, commander of the Russian air force, announced that Moscow had deployed a state-of-the-art S-300 (SA-20 Favorit variant) long-range air-defense system in Abkhazia, a region of the Republic of Georgia that Russia has occupied since the August 2008 war.

  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, listens to his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence near Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

    Medvedev talks with Afghan, Pakistani leaders

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday offered Pakistan support in dealing with catastrophic floods as he hosted the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on efforts to stabilize the region.

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