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Russia’s Dark Horse Plan to Get to Mars

mars-phobosInstead of aiming straight for Mars, the Russians are going after Phobos, the larger of its two little satellites and one of the oddest objects around. Their probe, called Fobos-Grunt (‚ÄúPhobos soil‚Äù in Russian), will not only land on Phobos but also scoop up some samples of the surface and send them to Earth. Phobos is very different from our moon. It is a potato-shaped rock measuring only 12 miles by 17 miles, nearly as dark as coal, and dominated by a six-mile-wide crater called Stickney. Full Story : DiscoverMagazine.com….

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Home hit by Russian space debris

russian-spaceshuttleA part of a Russian booster rocket used to deliver a spacecraft into orbit has fallen on the roof of a two-storey home in Russia‚Äôs Altai Region, in South Siberia, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on Friday. The Soyuz booster rocket carrying the Progress-M-02M cargo spacecraft started for the International Space Station on Thursday night. The Progress-M-02M is expected to dock with the ISS on May 12 at 23:23 Moscow Time. Full Story : Mosnews.com…

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Georgian troops mutiny ahead of NATO exercises

georgiaGeorgian authorities foiled an attempted army mutiny that they believe was designed to disrupt planned NATO exercises in the former Soviet republic, the country’s interior ministry said Tuesday. About 500 troops at a military base outside the capital, Tbilisi, were involved in the rebellion, said Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili. Full Story : CNN.com…..

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Russian capsule docks at space station

issA Soyuz capsule carrying a Russian cosmonaut, an American astronaut and U.S. billionaire tourist Charles Simonyi docked at the international space station Saturday. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka manually guided the capsule to a stop slightly ahead of schedule two days after blasting off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Full Story : AP.com

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Russia announces rearmament plan

russian-militaryRussian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Moscow will begin a comprehensive military rearmament from 2011. Explaining the move, he cited concerns over Nato expansion near Russia’s borders and regional conflicts. The Russian Security Council is currently developing a new military doctrine which is expected to reflect current and forthcoming international developments, including any changes Nato may set out this year, missile defence deployments and WMD proliferation. Full Story : BBC.com………

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Russia weighs Cuba, Venezuela bases

russia_flag Russia could use bases for its strategic bombers on the doorstep of the United States in Cuba and Venezuela to underpin long-distance patrols in the region, a senior air force officer said Saturday. Last year, Russia temporarily based a pair of Tu-160 bombers at an airbase in Venezuela. A Russian flotilla led by the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great also joined Venezuelan navy vessels for manoeuvres in the Caribbean late last year.

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Russia outlines plans to support oil prices

Russia on Sunday proposed a list of measures to support world oil prices, calling for lower output from producers as part of the plan. Greater coordination among producers will raise concerns among oil consuming nations. Full Story : Reuters.com…..

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Clinton predicts US-Russia arms treaty

russia_flagU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, declaring a fresh start for relations with Russia, predicted Friday that the two nations would complete a new arms reduction treaty by year-end and find common ground on other major issues as well. Clinton also expressed gratitude for Russian willingness to allow U.S. non-lethal supply shipments to cross its borders to Afghanistan.

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Russian jet chased by Canada before Obama visit

f-18 fighter jetsOn the eve of Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa, a Russian jet approached Canada’s Arctic air space and had to be turned away by Canadian warplanes, Canadia Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Friday at a news conference on Parliament Hill. Full Story : Nationalpost.com…..

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Iran makes first test-run of Bushehr nuclear reactor

bushehr nuclear plant iranIran said on Wednesday it had carried out successful tests at its Bushehr nuclear power plant in a step toward its launch. The Bushehr power plant was built by a Russian firm. Even though the west has been critical about Russia’s involvement in building the plant, Russia says it is purely civilian and cannot be used for any weapons program. The construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was started in 1975 by German companies. However, the German firms abandoned the project after the imposition of a US embargo on high technology supplies to Iran.

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Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Ease Bilateral Tension

Russia is welcoming signals from Washington that the United States wants to ease strained relations with Moscow. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov spoke to reporters today at a security conference in Munich. Full Story : VOAnews…….

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US softens foreign policy stance

Obama and BidenJoe Biden, the US vice-president, has struck a conciliatory tone with Iran and Russia in a wide-ranging speech at a security conference in Germany. Full Story : Aljazeera.net……

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Kyrgyzstan Knocked Offline

kyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic came under¬† cyber attack by a”cyber militia.” The attack which originated from Russia virtually knocked the whole country offline. The attack has shut down Web sites and made emailing impossible. Less than 20% of the Kyrgyz population is online. Kyrgyzstan allows U.S., to use an air base in the country to help with its military operations in Afghanistan

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@ a glance : Gas supply from Russia ‘blocked’

Russian gas supplied to Europe via Ukraine has come to a halt again, just hours after Russia had agreed to resume shipments to the Balkans. Full Story : Aljazeera…..

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@ a glance : Russia sets conditions to resume gas flows to Europe via Ukraine

Russia’s state gas monopoly Gazprom said it would resume supplies to Europe via Ukraine on Friday if an agreement allowing a EU-led monitoring team to track gas flows through Ukraine was signed. Full Story : Xinhuanet……

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@ a glance : US joins rush to supply nuclear equipment to India

The United States will enter the fray against France and Russia this week in the scramble to supply nuclear power equipment worth an estimated $150 billion to India.¬† Full Story : Times Online……

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@ a glance : Russia calls for immediate end to Gaza bloodshed

Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday called for an immediate end to the armed conflicts in the Gaza Strip. Full Story : Xinhuanet.com…..

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@ a glance : Russia blames Ukraine for obstructing gas talks

Russia said on Wednesday that the chances of concluding a gas deal with Ukraine in time to avoid a supply cut on January 1st were slim and blamed Ukraine for obstructing last minute talks. Full Story : FT.com…..

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Quick Note : Russia to halt weapons ‘if US drops shield’

The remarks appeared to be a conciliatory overture to the incoming US administration, but also reflect the challenge posed to Russia‚Äôs ambitious military expansion by the world financial crisis. Full Story FT.com…..

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Russsia Vs Georgia Computer Game

Confrontation Game“Confrontation: Peace Enforcement” is the name of the computer game developed by Russian programmers,which will be released next month. The strategy game, supposes what might happen if Georgia decided to have another go at retaking the region with support from NATO. “Nato does not stay out of it, pushing Poland forward as its representative and Ukraine blockades the Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol,” according to the description of the game supplied by its creators.

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