The Russian capital develops an exceptional splendor in winter, from the snow-covered Kremlin to illuminated boulevards, ice floes on the Moskva River and skaters in Gorky Park.
An Aeroflot flight was forced to land in central Russia after a passenger tried to divert the flight to Afghanistan. Russian investigators described the man as "a drunk" who threatened the crew with weapons.
Washington has told Moscow its decision to leave the INF is "final," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said while meeting Heiko Maas. Germany's top diplomat urged a new, international system for arms control.
Visitors to Venice will have to pay a new tax to help cover the costs of keeping the tourist-thronged historic city clean and safe, city officials have announced.
Despite very different views of the Syrian conflict, Presidents Putin and Erdogan have met to discuss regional stability in Moscow. Both want to prevent a power vacuum after the US troop withdrawal.
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