A Russian pilot imprisoned in the US on questionable charges is receiving no medical treatment, despite suffering from pre-infarction angina. His lawyer said that a review of Konstantin Yaroshenko’s case will only become possible in August.
Greek authorities have stepped up security after a leftist extremist group declared war on the “German capitalist machine.” The group has claimed responsibility for attacks on a Mercedes-Benz branch and on the German ambassador’s residence in Athens.
An independent Scotland will not be able to use the pound as its currency, Britain’s finance minister George Osborne warned on Thursday, seven months before Scots vote on a referendum which could end their 307-year union with the UK.
A judge who recently dealt with a case concerning riots has been shot dead in central Ukraine by unknown assailants, according to the Interior Ministry. The police presume his murder is connected with his judicial work.
President Hamid Karzai has confirmed he is engaged in secret talks with the Taliban, which reportedly wants to join the Afghanistan peace process. Washington is pushing for Karzai to sign a security pact that would extend the US military presence.
The Western media’s response to Russia’s law banning gay propaganda among minors is “heavy-handed”, members of Sochi’s gay community have told RT. They worry excessive media attention may lead to Russian society blaming them for “spoiling the Olympics.”
At least 36 people have been killed in a fire at a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Moscow that housed as many as 41 people, including medical staff. A nurse and two patients were the only survivors.
In a critical reshuffle of the world's archaic political stage, Russia's PM Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao are looking to lay the first BRICS of a new relationship in Beijing today.