Here are the headlines from the international press which made it into Google News, today, Thursday September 5, 2013.

The United Nations, “hijacked by Russia” on Syria, trying to stay relevant – CBS News
Channel News AsiaThe United Nations, “hijacked by Russia” on Syria, trying to stay relevantCBS NewsUNITED NATIONS U.S. United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, a long-time passionate advocate for humanitarian intervention, is playing a spirited role at U.N. Headquarters in a bid to convince Security Council members about the need for a U.S. …US Ambassador says Russia holding UN Security Council

Armenia rift over trade deal fuels EU-Russia tension – BBC News
BBC NewsArmenia rift over trade deal fuels EU-Russia tensionBBC NewsArmenia's decision to join a Russian-led customs union has thrown EU plans to forge closer ties with the Caucasus republic into disarray. The EU plans to conclude association agreements with several ex-Soviet states in November, but Armenia is unlikely …Explainer: Can Armenia Square Its EU Goals With Joining Russia's Customs …

Obama, from Russia, urges US lawmakers to back strike on Syria – Washington Post
Washington PostObama, from Russia, urges US lawmakers to back strike on SyriaWashington PostST. PETERSBURG — Even as he makes his case on Syria to world leaders gathered at an international summit here, President Obama plans to call lawmakers back in Washington to urge them to authorize a U.S. military strike aimed at punishing the Syrian …Next On Syria: Leading From Russia?Obama lobbies Capitol

Vladimir Putin, Syria to test President Obama at Russia's G-20 summit – Politico
PoliticoVladimir Putin, Syria to test President Obama at Russia's G-20 summitPoliticoBy the end of this week's G-20 summit in Russia, President Barack Obama may be wishing he'd backed out when he had the chance. Russian President Vladimir Putin will have the opportunity to use the high-profile international meeting to try to diminish …

Power: Russia Holding Security Council ‘Hostage' – ABC News
The Daily StarPower: Russia Holding Security Council ‘Hostage'ABC NewsU.S. Ambassador Samantha Power has lashed into Russia at the United Nations, accusing Moscow of holding the Security Council “hostage” by blocking against Syria. Power blames the structure of the Security Council, which lets four major nations hold …Power: Russia is holding UN Security Council ‘hostage'Russia holding UN Counci

Showdown on Syria chemical weapons expected at G-20 summit in Russia – CNN International
Showdown on Syria chemical weapons expected at G-20 summit in RussiaCNN International(CNN) — It's supposed to be a summit about the global economy, but the debate over possible military strikes for Syria's apparent use of chemical weapons will likely overshadow the G-20 conference this week. The meeting in Russia will pit two leaders …

Russia moving ships near Syria to evacuate Russians if needed – Fox News
The HinduRussia moving ships near Syria to evacuate Russians if neededFox NewsST. PETERSBURG, Russia – The Kremlin's chief of staff says Russia has been sending warships to the Mediterranean Sea for possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria. Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted Sergei Ivanov as saying that …Russia: Strike on Syria Could Mean Nuke DisasterRussia Boosts Mediterranean

Pentagon Clarifies Hagel's Comments That Russia Sent Chemical Weapons to … – ABC News
ABC News (blog)Pentagon Clarifies Hagel's Comments That Russia Sent Chemical Weapons to …ABC News (blog)U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel perked up some ears at today's House Foreign Affairs hearing on Syria with a brief exchange in which he said Russia had supplied chemical weapons to Syria. It all happened in an exchange with Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.Pentagon Clarifies Hagel's Linking Russia As S

Russia Warns Of Nuclear Disaster If Syria Is Attacked – CBS Local
The HinduRussia Warns Of Nuclear Disaster If Syria Is AttackedCBS LocalWASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned any military intervention in Syria would create a nuclear disaster. “If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MSNR) near Damascus, …Russia: Strike on Syria Could Mean Nuke DisasterRussia Boosts Mediterranean Forc

Obama in Russia to Meet World Leaders Amid Syria Tension – New York Times
New York TimesObama in Russia to Meet World Leaders Amid Syria TensionNew York TimesST. PETERSBURG, Russia — President Obama arrived in this czarist-era capital on Thursday for an international summit meeting officially focused on economics but unofficially absorbed by America's growing estrangement with Russia and looming …Showdown on Syria chemical weapons expected at G-20 summit in RussiaObam

Russia: Strike on Syria Could Mean Nuke Disaster – TIME
The HinduRussia: Strike on Syria Could Mean Nuke DisasterTIME(VIENNA) — Russia is warning that a U.S. strike on Syria's atomic facilities might result in a nuclear catastrophe and is urging the U.N. to present a risk analysis of such a scenario. The warning comes from Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman …Russia Warns Of Nuclear Disaster If Syria Is AttackedRussia Boosts Mediterranean Force as U.

Russia says it's compiled 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for a chemical … – McClatchy Washington Bureau
McClatchy Washington BureauRussia says it's compiled 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for a chemical …McClatchy Washington BureauBERLIN — Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year. In a statement …Russia releases

Russia's Mail.Ru sells remaining Facebook stock – Reuters
The GuardianRussia's Mail.Ru sells remaining Facebook stockReutersRu, part-owned by Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov, bought a small stake in Facebook for $200 million in 2009. It sold some of that in the U.S. group's flotation last year, and has also sold its shares in U.S. daily deal website Groupon and game …Facebook: Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov sells remaining stakeRussia's Mail

Russia tells Belarus that arrest of Uralkali head unacceptable – Reuters
The Star OnlineRussia tells Belarus that arrest of Uralkali head unacceptableReutersDvorkovich also told Belarus First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko that Russia will supply Belarus with 18.5 million metric tons of oil in 2013, as previously planned, according to a statement on the government website. Belarus has said it …Uralkali asks Russian authorities for protection

China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit – Reuters
NBCNews.com (blog)China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summitReutersPETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – China warned on Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin's attempts to talk U.S. President Barack Obama out of air strikes. The rift over …Putin: Russia might let UN OK strike against SyriaShowdown on Syria expected

Inside the Ring: Russia reset paused – Washington Times
Inside the Ring: Russia reset pausedWashington TimesPresident Obama will not hold a formal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during this week's G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. The cancellation of a meeting between the two leaders is the most significant sign that the president's four …Russia is America's primary goal despite allPutin Says Snowden Was In Touch Before Coming To

Obama Heads Into the Lion's Den in Russia – ABC News
Wall Street Journal (blog)Obama Heads Into the Lion's Den in RussiaABC NewsPresident Barack Obama is heading into the lion's den of Russia, confronting Syria's key patron as well as foreign leaders skeptical of his call for an international military strike against Bashar Assad's government. Obama on Thursday begins a two-day …Obama in Stockholm before heading to G20 summit in RussiaWallenberg Fa

Kerry leaves light on for Russia – Politico
PoliticoKerry leaves light on for RussiaPoliticoEven as he makes the case for a military strike against Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry is careful to keep the light on for Russia to join him in trying to broker a negotiated settlement to the bloody civil war. Time and again before Congress …Russia's Putin warns US against ‘aggression' in Syria without UN approvalRussia's Putin Calls John Ke

US and Russia relations ‘stuck in a trough' – BBC News
BBC NewsUS and Russia relations ‘stuck in a trough'BBC NewsPresident Putin and President Obama should have been meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, ahead of this week's G20 meeting in St Petersburg. But the meeting was cancelled in July when Russia granted political asylum to the American whistle-blower …

Questions of Policy and Leadership Dog Obama Before Meeting in Russia – New York Times
The GuardianQuestions of Policy and Leadership Dog Obama Before Meeting in RussiaNew York TimesST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Not even a month ago, President Obama canceled a planned summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, citing Russia's decision to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden as evidence of a broader deterioration of relations.Putin: Russia might let UN OK strike against SyriaG20 summit

Putin: ‘Strange guy' Snowden can feel safe in Russia – NBCNews.com
NBCNews.com (blog)Putin: ‘Strange guy' Snowden can feel safe in RussiaNBCNews.com (blog)By Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters. MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin described the former U.S. intelligence contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges as a “strange guy” but said he could rest easy that he would not be handed over to …

Russia ‘doesn't exclude' supporting UN vote on Syrian military strikes, says Putin – Toronto Star
Toronto StarRussia ‘doesn't exclude' supporting UN vote on Syrian military strikes, says PutinToronto StarNOVO-OGARYOVO, RUSSIA—President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia “doesn't exclude” supporting a UN resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its …

Russia Sends Request to Meet With US Lawmakers over Syria – The Atlantic Wire
The Atlantic WireRussia Sends Request to Meet With US Lawmakers over SyriaThe Atlantic WireRussian lawmakers formalized their plans to lobby the U.S. Congress on Syria by sending an official request to meet with House and Senate leadership on Wednesday. That's according to a CNN report, which seems to follow up on earlier speculation that …

White House: Obama to meet with LGBT activists in Russia – USA TODAY
NBCNews.com (blog)White House: Obama to meet with LGBT activists in RussiaUSA TODAYPresident Obama will meet with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists while he's in Russia this week for the G-20 summit, according to a White House official. The meeting will happen on Friday and will include representatives from …Putin: Russia might let UN OK strike against SyriaA Diminished Oba

Strike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia: top US diplomat – Reuters
euronewsStrike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia: top US diplomatReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday a U.S. military strike on Syria over its chemical weapons use was unlikely to provoke a clash with Russia, a key Syrian ally that has blocked efforts to sanction Damascus at the U.N. …Syria: Russia Warns US Over Military Action

Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by US strike – Reuters
RT (blog)Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by US strikeReutersST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium. The Foreign Ministry called on the U.N. nuclear …Russia warns of nuclear disaster if Syria is hitRussia warns of cat

Russia skeptical on Syria chemical weapon claims, but won't rule out strike – CNN International
RT (blog)Russia skeptical on Syria chemical weapon claims, but won't rule out strikeCNN InternationalA Free Syrian Army fighter looks through a hole from behind sandbags, while a fellow fighter reads the Quran in Deir Ezzor, Syria, on Tuesday, September 3. The United States and other Western nations blame the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack …Russia blames rebels for March chemical att

Putin: Russia ‘doesn't exclude' backing Syria strike – GlobalPost
Putin: Russia ‘doesn't exclude' backing Syria strikeGlobalPostPresident Vladimir Putin says Russia would support military action in Syria so long as there was conclusive proof that the Syrian government had used chemical

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