Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff symbolically handed over the World Cup to her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Sunday, as Russia is set to host the 2018 tournament. The two were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Three water cannons, purchased by Mayor Boris Johnson from Germany, are to be delivered to London next week, British media report. The controversial street weapon, so far used nowhere in the country except Northern Ireland, are second-hand.
Forced by accession to the WTO to cut the import tariffs on foreign cars, Russia is striking back in an attempt to protect its domestic auto industry by slapping buyers and manufacturers with more fees.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on a shooting incident during a wedding party in the Russian capital, said firing gunshots in a fit of joy - whether in Moscow, Makhachkala, or New York - is unacceptable everywhere in the world.
It seems the Cold War never ended. In yet another spy revelation like others embroiling Russia in recent years a man and a woman have been charged with espionage. This time they were discovered in Germany.