Russia, US officials near adoption accordMOSCOW — Russian and U.S. negotiators have agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies and allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children as part of a new accord, Russia's children's rights ombudsman said Thursday.
Oil falls to $77 as 3-week rally stallsMOSCOW — Oil prices dropped to $77 a barrel Thursday as investors lost confidence in a three-week rally amid signs of weak crude demand in the U.S., the world's biggest energy consumer.
Russia to Belarus: pay or we will cut gasMOSCOW — Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev warned Belarus on Tuesday that it must pay its debt for Russian natural gas supplies within five days or face cuts.
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