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St. Petersburg Sends Contractors to Syria




Two research institutions in Moscow were hit by explosions today. A bombing of a grocery store in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killed at least one person and wounded one more last week.




Iranian nuclear talks end without a deal




Russia sending foreign, defence chiefs to Egypt




NATO plans bigger exercises as it winds down Afghan mission




President Putin has approved a new law making a terrorist's family financially responsible for damage caused by terrorism. The law permits security forces to take action against a "terrorist association" without evidence that its members are planning terrorist acts. Two men shot and killed a judge in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, on Nov. 4. Russian authorities are cracking down on militancy in the Caucasus region ahead of the Winter Olympics, closing madrassas and even taking saliva DNA tests of conservative Muslim women for identification if they become suicide bombers; some 49 such bombers, called "Black Widows," have detonated in Russia in the past 13 years.




US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons




No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming NSA




Two bombs targeting a liquor store in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killed one person and injured at least 10 more. A shootout between police and suspected Islamist militants in Kabardino-Balkaria yesterday left one policeman and two militants dead.




Romania works on US missile shield at Deveselu base




Altered Images: How activists cried foul over 'suicide bomber' photo




In Spy Uproar, 'Everyone Does It' Just Won't Do




A bomb attack killed an Investigative Committee member in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, and an IED detonated near a military convoy on Dagestan's Khasavyurt-Babayurt motorway. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a mosque in Volgograd, and several of them set fire to the house of an Islamic cleric in the city on Oct. 22. The families of two Kazakh jihadists in Syria are asking authorities to help bring the two men home. Video was released of a Russian engineer kidnapped in Syria; authorities are checking its authenticity; another Russian citizen was reportedly kidnapped in Syria earlier this month.




FBI Probing Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American Intelligence Assets




Obama's Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed




In a Weapons Shell Game, Russia Is Still Arming Syria




Suspected 'Black Widow' suicide bomber kills 6 in southern Russia

Islamist militants affiliated with the Caucasus Emirate appear determined to wreak havoc in advance of Russia's planned Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Two people died in an explosion near a mosque in the village of Dygulubgey near Baksan in Kabardino-Balkaria yesterday, in what may have been a premature detonation. Russia's Investigative Committee said it was a suicide bombing. Police said the terrorists had been preparing to attack a funeral procession.




Saudi Arabia turns down UN Security Council membership




Egypt 'looking to Russia' for arms after US aid freeze