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Review: Shawna Platt breaks through the barriers of self publishing. Special

Shawna Platt breaks through the barriers that most self published authors face as an independent author. Her latest book, Her only Son, has been receiving five star reviews.

Turkish interests in Russia squeezed after jet downing

Moscow - Workers rounded up, businessmen questioned, a cultural centre closed: the Turkish community in Russia appears to be under pressure a week after Ankara downed one of Moscow's jets.

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Moscow - Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands.

Russian deserter found after hiding in forest for over 10 years

Moscow - Police have apprehended an army deserter who hid in a forest in eastern Russia for more than a decade and kept his whereabouts secret from even his family, regional authorities said Monday.

Putin snubs Erdogan in Paris as pilot's body returned to Russia

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in France on Monday as the body of a pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes returned home.

Op-Ed: Reform and adult supervision for Broadcasting Board of Governors

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate should pass the bipartisan H.R. 2323 Royce-Engel U.S. international broadcasting reform bill to eliminate waste and improve response to ISIS and Putin propaganda.

Tiger befriends goat after it was served to him as live food

Primorskiy - Last week, zookeepers presented Amur the Siberian tiger with a live goat. Instead of eating the goat, Amur befriended it.

Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing

Moscow - Moscow on Saturday slapped economic sanctions on Turkey in the latest tit-for-tat move over the downing of a Russian warplane, as Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was "saddened" by the jet incident.

ISIS fueling soldiers with drug that makes them feel unstoppable

ISIS has allegedly been supplying its militants with a drug that makes them feel unstoppable. The drug Captagon creates an euphoric state where the user feels no pain, unbelievable strength and will not sleep for days.

Erdogan dolls burned, buried as Russia fumes at Turkey

Moscow - Moscow's fury over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border was on full display Friday as pro-government activists staged anti-Turkey rallies, even parading a life-size doll of its president in a coffin.

Russia-Turkey war of words escalates over downed warplane

Moscow - Moscow slapped sanctions on Ankara as the war of words over a downed Russian warplane escalated, with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning Russia not to "play with fire".

U.S. knew flight path of plane downed by Turkey: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had given prior information to the United States of the flight path of the plane downed by Turkey on the Syrian border.

France and Russia agree to 'coordinate' strikes against IS

Moscow - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that Russia and France had agreed to coordinate strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists after talks with Vladimir Putin, who said Moscow could avoid bombing "healthy" opposition groups.

Putin, Hollande agree to coordinate on IS fight but divisions remain

Moscow - French President Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed Thursday to coordinate strikes against Islamic State, but differences over Syria's future hampered efforts to bring Russia into a wider alliance to fight the jihadists.

Russia targets Turkish economy over downed plane

Moscow - Russia on Thursday pledged broad retaliatory measures against Turkey's economy in revenge for the downing of its warplane, as recriminations between Moscow and Ankara reached fever pitch.

Fifteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

Moscow - Fifteen people were killed in Russia on Thursday when a civilian helicopter crashed in Siberia, regional authorities said.

French President Hollande arrives in Moscow for talks with Putin

Moscow - French President Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow on Thursday for talks on Syria with Russia's Vladimir Putin, his press office told AFP.

Russian tourists run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

Moscow - Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes -- and for battered tour operators.

Reality check for Putin after Turkey shoots down plane

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has found himself in a bind after the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which highlights the risks of his gung-ho Syria campaign and the difficulty of forging consensus on the war-torn country's future.

Activists hurl stones, eggs at Turkish embassy in Moscow

Moscow - Several hundred young activists on Wednesday hurled stones and eggs at Turkey's embassy in Moscow and brandished anti-Turkish placards after Ankara downed a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.
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