A law known as the "sovereign internet" bill came into force in Russia. It aims to tighten state control over the the internet, which free speech activists say will strengthen government oversight of the country's cyberspace.
The House of Representatives passed a bill this week in defense of former US Marine Paul Whelan, calling on Russia to either offer up "legitimate evidence" of wrongdoing against Whelan or release him from prison.
Throughout Syria's war, President Bashar al-Assad has managed to stay in power through "ruthless desire to rule and perpetuate the reign of this family," says Sam Dagher, foreign correspondent and author of a new book on the Assad family.
In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.
Under the Trump administration, new immigration policy restrictions may impact the 1,000-strong community of Korean Uzbeks in New York City, some of whom came to the US seeking reprieve from harassment and assault in Russia.
Tyler Ivanoff, 36, of Shishmaref, Alaska, was out picking berries and gathering driftwood when he stumbled across a green bottle lying along the state's western shore early this month. It was a message in a bottle — sent from a Soviet sailor 50 years ago.
We're in Russia for today's Geo Quiz where some people go all out for Valentine's Day. They shell out for long stem roses, boxes of chocolate, and amorous cards. But officials in the Russian city we're looking for take a dim view of the holiday.
Jessica Golloher reports from Moscow on how some Russians escape the winter blues with the help of zoo animals. Russia's long, cold and dark winters have been linked with high rates of depression and stress.
For today's Geo Quiz, we head to the frozen north. We have heard a lot about the problem of melting ice as climate change warms up the Arctic. But scientists are also worried about something else that is melting up there — permafrost.
The rising price of oil and the growing demand for energy has prompted a new look at nuclear power -- even in the oil-rich Middle East, but there are limits to how fast nuclear energy can grow to meet that demand