The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.
Conservative politician Vitaly Milonov has denounced a senator who suggested Russia adopt a “don't ask, don't tell” policy to improve the acceptance of LGBT people, telling the Govorit Moskva radio station that he was unworthy of being called a Russian citizen.
Refiners on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii have stepped up purchases of Russian crude, taking advantage of a narrow gap between U.S. and global prices as they look to guard against a seasonal shortage of Alaskan supply.
The United States will pre-position military equipment in Eastern and Central Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russia's intervention in Ukraine.
It is impossible to say with certainty how many people holding Russian passports now fight for the Islamic State, but the reasons that many of them join the group are obvious, writes columnist Alexander Shumilin.