U.S. posts record $66.3 billion in arms sales in 2011
From 2010 to 2011 U.S. weapons sales tripled to developing countries. U.S. sales constituted more than three quarters of the global market. Russia was the next largest supplier with $4.8 billion in sales.
Russia Says Syria Will Attend Geneva Peace Talks
The United States and Russia had agreed to pull together the peace conference, with Russia responsible for bringing the government of President Bashar al-Assad to the table.
Syria opposition seeks to unify as momentum for talks builds
ISTANBUL - Syria's fractious opposition scrambled to agree a new leadership on Friday in a bid to present a coherent front at peace talks which the United States and Russia are convening to seek an end to more than two years of civil war.
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Russia: Syria agrees to take part in talks
Foreign ministry says Assad government has agreed "in principle" to attend US-Russia brokered proposed peace conference.
Estonia Advances Border Treaty With Russia
Estonia's government approved a bill for a border treaty with Russia, more than 20 years after the small Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union.
Global Voices: The six personalities of Russia's Putin
Vladimir Putin emerged from the obscurity of a secret agent’s life when called to Moscow in 1997 by power-hungry oligarchs in search of a pliable accomplice to plant in the Kremlin. In little more than two years, Putin was president of Russia and embarked on a mission to tame the wealthy cabal that hired him and to reinvigorate the debilitated nation.