July 4, 2013 |
The Caspian Sea city of Baku, Azerbaijan, will turn into an international hot spot for ponies and polo players this summer when the first Arena Polo World Cup gets underway. The event, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, will be at the newly constructed outdoor polo arena of the Elite Equestrian Center in Baku. Azerbaijan, the largest country in the Caucasus, sits at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe; Baku is the capital and largest city. The nation has a long polo history.
May 20, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Twin explosions rocked the capital of Dagestan on Monday, killing four people and injuring dozens in the Russian region most recently known for its association with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. A car bomb detonated in the center of Makhachkala, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. As police rushed to the scene, another, more powerful bomb detonated in their midst, said Rasul Temirbekov, head of the Dagestan Investigative Committee. He said the force of the explosion was possibly equal to more than 100 pounds of TNT. Thirty-five of the 40 or so injured people were hospitalized.
May 15, 2013 |
Just when it seemed that Russia was poised to collaborate with Western powers on a new peace mission for Syria, a spy scandal has erupted to revive Cold War-era mistrust and division. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had agreed barely a week ago to use their respective influence with Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting him to convene face-to-face negotiations. On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told President Obama that he found "common ground" with the Kremlin on the Syria crisis during his Moscow visit late last week.
May 14, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian authorities detained an American diplomat accused of attempting to recruit a Russian intelligence officer into the CIA, the Federal Security Service said Tuesday. Ryan Christopher Fogle, the third secretary of the American Embassy in Moscow, was held overnight before being handed over to U.S. authorities Tuesday, according to the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main successor agency to the KGB. Fogle, who was ordered to leave the country, was carrying a large amount of money and written instructions for the Russian recruit, the FSB said.
May 6, 2013 |
Officials continued to deflect responsibility for burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev on Monday. The bombing suspect's remains are still above ground more than two weeks after his death. Tsarnaev's body has spent several days at Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., after it was retrieved from the state medical examiner by the funeral service Thursday. Since then, demonstrators have gathered outside the funeral home to protest the presence of his corpse as federal, state and local officials avoided taking responsibility for burying Tsarnaev.
December 7, 2012 |
MOSCOW - A journalist with Russian state television was killed and a government official was injured in separate attacks in the country's violence-ridden North Caucasus region, authorities said Thursday. Kazbek Gekkiyev, a 28-year-old anchor for the Russia-1 state television channel, was gunned down late Wednesday in downtown Nalchik, capital of the Kabardino-Balkarian republic, officials said. The journalist was allegedly approached by two men who asked whether he was Gekkiyev. When he confirmed his identity, the assailants reportedly shot him several times and fled.