MOSCOW. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Wednesday for standing up to the United States, kickin...
MOSCOW. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Wednesday for standing up to the United States, kicking off a visit to Moscow that the Kremlin said will focus on major energy and military agreements. The Kremlin said no major arms deals were expected during the visit but that Russia could lend Venezuela money to buy its military equipment.
ALMATY.The Kazakhstan presidency said yesterday a resident of a provincial city had asked President Nursultan Nazarbayev to stay in his post for life. Nazarbayev, 69, has run the former Soviet state for 20 years with sweeping powers and has not announced his plans for the presidential election due in 2012.
NORFOLK.Frank Batten Sr., who built a communications empire that spanned newspapers and cable television and created The Weather Channel, died yesterday. He developed The Weather Channel in the 80s while media leaders scoffed at the idea that people would watch weather programming.
KABUL.A UN backed fraud commission threw out votes from 83 polling stations in areas of strong support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday, starting a long process that could force Karzai into a runoff.