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In a sort of Russian-style town hall meeting, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fielded questions Thursday about his government's policies and practices in a lengthy televised session (running time: 4 hours and 29 minutes) that included the cheeky query, "How is your puppy, Buffy?"

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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev knows a thing or two about warfare in Afghanistan, having ordered Soviet troops out of the country two decades ago, and Wednesday he passed on a little advice to the NATO troops and allied forces fighting there now (continued).

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On Thursday, President Barack Obama made his case for a fourth round of sanctions against Iran to send a strong message to Tehran about its nuclear program, but some other global powers aren't on board with that plan just yet -- namely, China and Russia.

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Although he fled the capital city of Bishkek on Wednesday, Kyrgyzstan’s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced Thursday from an unknown locale that he wasn't stepping down, despite the apparent takeover of the Krgyz government by opposition politicians, according to The New York Times.

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President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, met in Prague on Thursday to sign the New START Treaty, effectively replacing the now-expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991 Obama said the new measure was (continued).

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In an effort to "breathe new life into business activity," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has reduced the number of time zones in his country from 11 to nine. More time zone collapsing could lie ahead, with Medvedev suggesting Russia could get by with maybe five.

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President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have agreed on final terms for a new nuclear arms reduction agreement, a successor to the START treaty of 1991. The new deal will remove about a third of the warheads deployed by each country.

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Less than a year after President Barack Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons, the US and Russia have agreed to reduce the number of deployed nukes by more than 25 percent The White House hopes the agreement, which will (continued).

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