February 15, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Without warning, a celestial object that NASA described as a "tiny asteroid" streaked above Russia's Ural Mountains early Friday before exploding, creating a shock wave that rattled buildings, shattered glass and injured hundreds of people. Many witnesses in Chelyabinsk said they saw a white trail across the sky and a bright flash and heard a loud explosion seconds before buildings in the eastern part of the city were jolted. Scientists said it was the largest such event in more than a century, since a blast that leveled 800 square miles of forest in 1908, the so-called Tunguska event, also in Siberia.
May 13, 1996 |
Russia's intelligence service disclosed Sunday that it has expelled an American businessman for "activities damaging the interests of Russian state security," the third espionage allegation by the Kremlin in less than a week and a sign that the age of East-West trust may be over.
October 16, 2007 |
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin arrived in the Iranian capital today amid a swirl of speculation about whether Moscow would follow or reject Western plans to pressure Iran over its nuclear program. Putin and an entourage arrived here for a summit of the leaders of the five states bordering the energy-rich but ecologically threatened Caspian Sea. His visit is the first to Iran by a Russian head of state since 1943, when Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D.