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Russian President Putin and wife say their marriage is over

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, said on television on Thursday that they have separated and their marriage is over. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Steve Gutterman) [New Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila walk after an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin…

Clashes in Russia’s mostly Muslim Caucasus kill 20

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 17 rebels and three law enforcement officers were killed on Monday in Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus region, Russian media reported, citing the National Anti-Terror Committee. The clashes between insurgents and security forces enforcement took place in Ingushetia, a small province next to Chechnya, the site of two…

Putin likens U.N. Libya resolution to crusade calls

VOTKINSK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday likened the U.N. Security Council resolution supporting military action in Libya to medieval calls for crusades. Putin, in the first major remarks from a Russian leader since a coalition of Western countries began air strikes in Libya, said that Muammar…

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