• Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) visits the OAO Severstal plant with majority stock holder Alexei Mordashov February 17, 2014 in Cherepovets, Russia.

    Trial of activists charged with stoking unrest after Putin's third presidential win in 2012 book-ended by another arrest of Pussy Riot members.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 18, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered her tacit endorsement for former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker as the leading conservative candidate in May E.U. parliament elections on Thursday, which should put a damper on the darkhorse bid of French European Commissioner Michel Barnier.
    Putin aide warns U.S. on Ukraine, says Russia could act [Reuters]

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 06, 2014, 8:29 PM EST