Russia has stopped issuing short-term, three-day visas for visits to the exclave of Kaliningrad.
The Obama administration was confronted in 2014 with a wave of foreign policy crises that sent it scrambling to mobilize U.S. military and economic might to stamp out fires across the globe.
One of Russia's most respected independent regional television stations went off the air shortly after midnight after the local state-owned broadcasting center canceled its transmission agreement.
One of the Russians who was imprisoned after the May 6, 2012, protest on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square against Russian President Vladimir Putin has been released.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named corruption's "person of the year" for 2014 by an international group of investigative journalists.
People around the world joyfully welcomed the start of 2015 in an international celebration that was marred by a tragic incident in Shanghai.