Here are the headlines from the international press on Tuesday August 27, as seen by Google News.

Russia regrets US postponement of Hague meeting on Syria – Reuters
Russia regrets US postponement of Hague meeting on SyriaReutersMOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it regretted a decision by Washington to postpone talks on an international peace conference for Syria, underlining growing diplomatic tensions over the civil war. The U.S. State Department said on Monday it …

Russia and Iran warn against attack on Syria – Aljazeera.com
Russia and Iran warn against attack on SyriaAljazeera.comThe Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that such an intervention could have “catastrophic consequences for the region and called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis. “Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once …

David Backes, Sidney Crosby, other NHLers speak out against Russia's anti-gay … – Washington Post
Advocate.comDavid Backes, Sidney Crosby, other NHLers speak out against Russia's anti-gay …Washington Post (blog)When Russia installed an anti-gay law that bans “the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” in June, it immediately made the 2014 Sochi Olympics more than demonstration of sport but a political flashpoint for equality and human rights …WATCH: NHL Star Sidney Crosby Doesn't A

Snowden's Flight To Russia May Not Have Been Such A Shock – NPR
NPR (blog)Snowden's Flight To Russia May Not Have Been Such A ShockNPR (blog)The Associated Press writes that, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, a Russian goverment official says that “Snowden appeared at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong on his own initiative two days before the flight, showed his Aeroflot ticket …Report: Snowden reached out to Russia before arrivalREPORT: Edward

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria – The Age
The AgeSaudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops SyriaThe AgeSaudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia's gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria. The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US …'Saudi offers Russia deal to abandon support for Assad govt.'Saudi Arabia mad

Russia-Belarus potash dispute ignites diplomatic row – Reuters
RT (blog)Russia-Belarus potash dispute ignites diplomatic rowReutersMOSCOW/MINSK (Reuters) – Russia demanded on Tuesday the release of the head of Russian company Uralkali, whose arrest in Belarus threatens to turn a business dispute that shook the $20-billion global potash market into a major diplomatic row.Russia fiercely rebukes Belarus for detaining potash bossRussia warns Belarus over arrest

Swinging Ukraine: Russia rejects customs union with EU-looking neighbor – RT
RTSwinging Ukraine: Russia rejects customs union with EU-looking neighborRTRussia says it won't let Ukraine into its Customs Union, if it seals a trade agreement with the EU. This is likely to end long negotiations with Ukraine over its membership of the Russian-led club, as Kiev is expected to team up with the EU in November.Russia: Ukraine Can't Be In Both EU, Customs Union

Russia warns Belarus over arrest of potash boss – Chicago Tribune
RT (blog)Russia warns Belarus over arrest of potash bossChicago TribuneMOSCOW/MINSK (Reuters) – Russia put pressure on Belarus on Tuesday to release the head of Russian miner Uralkali , the world's largest potash producer, a day after he was arrested following talks with the Belarussian prime minister. The arrest of …Russia's Uralkali CEO arrested in Belarus, faces 10 years in prisonUPDATE 3-Rus

Senior security official shot dead in Russia's North Caucasus – Reuters
AFPSenior security official shot dead in Russia's North CaucasusReutersMOSCOW (Reuters) – A security official was killed by unidentified gunmen in Russia's Ingushetia republic, local police said on Tuesday, the latest violence in a region plagued by an Islamist insurgency and near the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics …Gunmen assassinate top security official in Russia's CaucasusTop security offi

AP Source: US-Russia Meeting on Syria Postponed – ABC News
AP Source: US-Russia Meeting on Syria PostponedABC NewsA senior State Department official said Monday the meeting between Undersecretary Wendy Sherman and U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford with their Russian counterparts was postponed because of the ongoing U.S. review about alleged use of …

Syria Is Headed for Western Strike, Russia Says – Bloomberg
ABC7Chicago.comSyria Is Headed for Western Strike, Russia SaysBloombergRussia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council which has blocked all resolutions condemning its Soviet-era ally Syria, yesterday urged the U.S. not to “repeat past mistakes” like the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq. The U.S. and …Russia warns US, other nations against Syria actionSyrian chemical crisis pr

As world prepares to act on Syria, Russia scrambles to apply brake – Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science MonitorAs world prepares to act on Syria, Russia scrambles to apply brakeChristian Science MonitorLavrov made clear, as he has in the past, that Russia has neither the capability nor the desire to take any direct action to help Mr. Assad, even if the Kremlin does sincerely doubt that the Syrian regime is responsible for the attack. But the foreign …

Snowden contacted Russia before he left Hong Kong, suggesting arrival in … – National Post
Snowden contacted Russia before he left Hong Kong, suggesting arrival in …National PostEdwrad Snowden, the fugitive American whistleblower, contacted the Russian authorities long before he arrived in Moscow, suggesting a much closer degree of co-operation than previously thought, a newspaper in Russia has claimed. AP Photo/The …

Source: US postpones meeting with Russia about Syria – CBS News
Christian Science MonitorSource: US postpones meeting with Russia about SyriaCBS NewsWASHINGTON The U.S. has put off a meeting that had been scheduled for Wednesday in The Hague between senior diplomats from the United States and Russia as Washington mulls its response to what it says was a chemical weapons attack by the regime …Russia says Western attack on Syria would be ‘catastrophic'Syria Is

Russia: No proof Syrian regime behind chemical strike – USA TODAY
Russia: No proof Syrian regime behind chemical strikeUSA TODAYMOSCOW (AP) — Western nations that are calling for military action against Syria have no proof the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical weapons attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. France, Britain, Israel and some …

Russia Compares Syria War Drums to Iraq Invasion, Warns of Consequences of … – ABC News
ABC News (blog)Russia Compares Syria War Drums to Iraq Invasion, Warns of Consequences of …ABC News (blog)In a pair of statements, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman drew comparisons between the current situation in Syria and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and urged countries “not to repeat the mistakes of the past.” Responding directly to comments by …

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria – Sydney Morning Herald
Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops SyriaSydney Morning HeraldSaudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia's gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria. The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US …

Meteor had other near-misses before exploding over Russia in February – NBCNews.com
Sky News AustraliaMeteor had other near-misses before exploding over Russia in FebruaryNBCNews.comThe meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February likely had a near miss before it hit Earth, possibly with another solar system object or a too-close graze by the sun, scientists have found. The bus-size space rock was largely vaporized …Meteor that hit Russia may have had close shave

Report: Snowden reached out to Russia before arrival – CBS News
The Atlantic WireReport: Snowden reached out to Russia before arrivalCBS NewsMOSCOW NSA leaker Edward Snowden spent two days in the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong directly before flying to Moscow on what turned out to be an abortive attempt to reach asylum in Latin America, the respected newspaper Kommersant reported …Report: Cuba nixed Snowden flight from Russia to HavanaHow Snowden's Hong Kong

Ilya Kovalchuk weighs in on Russia's anti-gay laws: ‘I agree, of course' – Yahoo! Canada Sports
Yahoo! Canada Sports (blog)Ilya Kovalchuk weighs in on Russia's anti-gay laws: ‘I agree, of course'Yahoo! Canada Sports (blog)Leading up to Sochi, Russia's anti-gay laws are a hot topic because a) Russia has them, and b) that's terrible. As the players looking to represent their country head to their respective orientation camps, querying them about their stance on these laws …Ilya Kovalchuk On

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria – Telegraph.co.uk
Telegraph.co.ukSaudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops SyriaTelegraph.co.ukLeaked transcripts of a closed-door meeting between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan shed an extraordinary light on the hard-nosed Realpolitik of the two sides. Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, allegedly confronted …