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American DC-3s flew over Moscow this summer — recreating their dangerous wartime route from the U.S. to Russia via Siberia.
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Why Putin Hates Cheese: Russia's Sanctions War Explained
Russia has taken on the United States and Europe in a sanctions war, which has recently spilled into some decidedly odd public stunts.
470 Tons of Smuggled Cheese Seized in Russia
Russian officials have smashed a cheese-smuggling gang after it allegedly netted around $30 million by illegally importing the foodstuff.
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U.S., Russia Trade Barbs as Ukraine Violence Spikes
Russia and the U.S. have traded blame for one of the worst spikes in violence between separatist rebels and government troops in Ukraine.
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Russian Tanks Took on 16 Countries and Dominated (Again)
Tanks from 13 countries chased each other across the Russian countryside over the weekend, competing at the third annual Tank Biathlon.
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Donald Trump: Hard to Say 'We're Ripping Up' Iran Deal
Donald Trump warned that the nuclear deal with Iran would lead to a "nuclear holocaust" but said it would be "very hard" to undo the deal.
Russian Outrage After Putin Incinerates 350 Tons of Food
The reported burning of 350 tons of banned foreign food in Russia earlier this week prompted outrage among some critics.
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Bulldozing Brie! Russia Steamrolls Contraband Cheese
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Russia slapped a ban on many Western agricultural products in retaliation for U.S. and EU sanctions.
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70 Years After Hiroshima, World Still Has 16,000 Nukes
Seventy years after the U.S. dropped the first wartime atomic bomb, nine nations are estimated to own around 16,000 nuclear weapons between them.
Books Accusing Russian Troops of Rape Purged: Report
The list of banned books includes works by Briton Antony Beevor, who has written about the mass rape of German women by Soviet troops.
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Putin Sends Obama an Independence Day Message
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a "congratulatory" message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day.
U.S. Tanks Sent to Ex-Moscow Ally Bulgaria
American battle tanks will be deployed to Bulgaria this weekend and conduct live-fire exercises across the Black Sea from Russia for the first time.
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Pope Urges Putin to Commit to Ukraine Peace
The two met for about 50 minutes and agreed on the need to recreate a climate of dialogue in Ukraine, the Vatican said.
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This Is the Way to Win Elections (But It Makes Governing Harder)
First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter
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Germany Urges G-7 Leaders to Send Putin 'United Signal'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G-7 leaders need to show a "united front" over Russian sanctions and the crisis in Ukraine.
Tiny Tigers Taken In By Crimea Zoo Keepers
Zoo keepers in Crimea are looking after two rare white tiger cubs after their mother rejected them.
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Obama Toasts Start of G-7 Summit With Local Beer
Obama praised the relationship between the U.S. and Germany as "one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known."
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U.S. Trains Ukrainians on Russia's Doorstep
American troops are training Ukrainian forces on Russia's doorstep, a move seen as a major provocation by Vladimir Putin's regime.
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Lederhosen, Oom-pah: Obama Faces a Very German G-7
As world leaders flock to Germany for this year's G-7 meeting, don't be fooled by the German folklore — the host has planned an international agenda.
Air Force Kicks Off Competition for New Rocket Engines
The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday formally kicked off a competition for development of new prototype rocket propulsion systems, aimed at ending U.S.
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'Kremlin Trolls': Russia Steps up Online Propaganda Push
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SpaceX Gets OK to Compete for Military Launches
The U.S. Air Force has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United Launch Alliance.
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Putin Takes Swipe at U.S. in Massive Military Parade
Thousands of Russian troops marched in Red Square and tanks rumbled in a huge parade marking the anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.
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Russia Hopes Next U.S. President Will 'Cure' Icy Ties
Russia hopes the next U.S. president will "cure" the frozen relations between Washington and Moscow, Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
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Pro-Putin Biker Gang Hits the Road — And Doesn't Get Far
Ultra-nationalist Russian bikers were blocked on the first leg of a cross-European ride to celebrate the Allies' victory in WWII.
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