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In Crackdown, Some Russian Groups Labeled As 'Foreign Agents'

A new law places the tag on human rights and other private groups that receive funding from abroad. In Russia, the label is nearly synonymous with "spy." Critics say the law is part of an effort by President Vladimir Putin to stifle dissent.

The Fear That Drives Russia's Support For Syria's Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently supported President Bashar Assad through Syria's violent crisis. Fiona Hill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues that Putin's support is linked to Russia's own history.

Italian Law, Extradition And Amanda Knox

The Italian Supreme Court ordered that Amanda Knox be retried for the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. This decision overturned her acquittal from 2011. If she's found guilty this time around, she could face extradition.

Myanmar's Top General Promises Continued Role For Military

Gen. Min Aung Hlaing calls for Myanmar to become a "well-disciplined democratic nation" and says the military will continue to play a leading role in governing. The statement comes as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends a military parade.

Raids In Russia On Foreign NGOs Spark International Concern

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are among the groups whose offices have been the subject of unannounced searches and audits by prosecutors and tax investigators.

Winter Olympic Organizers Worry About Snow Shortage

In Russia, they've started stockpiling snow for 2014 after an unusually warm winter in the city of Sochi. The snow is being stored high up in the mountains, and coated with a "special thermo seal" to prevent it from melting.