Thursday, August 21, 2014


In January 1990 Muscovites stood in line for hours to enter the first and the busiest McDonald's restaurant in the world on Pushkin Square in Moscow.

Moscow's McDonald's Fans Not Lovin' Closure

Many Muscovites are scratching their heads -- and gritting their teeth -- over a decision by Russia's consumer watchdog to temporarily close four McDonald's restaurants in the capital. Among them is the first-ever McDonald's in Moscow, the iconic restaurant on Pushkin Square, which first opened 25 years ago. More

A customer tries to decide which meat to choose at a grocery store in Moscow on August 18.

Explainer: Moscow's Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

Moscow's ban on food imports isn't just punishing the West for sanctions, it is also punishing Russian consumers with higher prices. We look at how the bans hurt Russians most. More

Mark Paslawsky, a Ukrainian-American, was killed while fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Video U.S. Army Vet Killed Fighting Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine

Mark Paslawsky, a U.S. citizen from New Jersey, has been killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces battling pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. More

Azerbaijani rights advocate Leyla Yunus (left) and her husband Arif have been held separately in detention for a number of weeks.

'The Hardest Part Is I Can't See You' -- Azeri Activist's Prison Letter To Jailed Husband

With her health reportedly deteriorating, detained Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus has penned an open letter to her husband -- who himself was arrested and charged with treason shortly after her. More

A long line of vehicles waits to use the Kerch ferry line to  Crimea at the port of Kavkaz, Russia, on August 18.

Video Chaos In Kerch: Russia Struggles To Ferry Tourists To Crimea

Moscow says it is eager to get Russian holidaymakers to the recently annexed Crimean peninsula. But the flood of tourists has proven too much for the Kerch ferry crossing, the only link between Crimea and Russia. More


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Iranian Math Genius's Photos Too Racy For Media Back Home

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