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Putin Contradicts Medvedev on Georgia War

Russia’s war with Georgia sparked a sensation Wednesday when President Vladimir Putin said he twice called Dmitry Medvedev on the eve of the conflict, contradicting the former president's affirmation that he alone had made the decision to send troops.

Pussy Riot Verdict Delayed to Aug. 17

The judge presiding over the Pussy Riot trial on Wednesday unexpectedly postponed the verdict until Aug. 17, raising hopes for the defense.

Salmon Fishing Plans Generate Uproar

The Moscow Times
Sakhalin environmentalists are up in arms after local authorities sanctioned salmon fishing on three rivers on the peninsula despite stocks being low this year.

Chechen Arrests in Spain Put Paragliding in Spotlight

Combined Reports
The history of terror plots is filled with unusual schemes, from an underwear bomber to model planes filled with explosives, showing how would-be attackers are constantly hatching ideas to catch authorities by surprise.

On Vacation, Yanukovych Signs Russian-Language Law

Combined Reports
President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will make Russian the official language in parts of Ukraine, ignoring opponents who have warned it risks splitting the country.

Senator Urges Russia, U.S. to Rid Syria of Chemical Arms

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a veteran disarmament campaigner, has urged Russia and the United States to put aside their differences over Syria and work together to remove its stockpile of chemical weapons.

Russia: Underground Sect Charged With Abuse

The Associated Press
A reclusive sect that literally went underground to stop contact with the outside world kept 27 children in dark and unheated cells, many of them for more than a decade.

Black Sea Grain Lobbies See No Need for Export Limits

Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan do not need any limits on grain exports this year to ensure that domestic markets are well-supplied, despite weak harvest prospects.

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