World Tourism Organization head calls on Russia to ease visa rules

The Russian government should review its strict visa policies and take more efforts to make travelling in Russia easier in order to attract more tourists, the head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said.

// May. 20, 2011 - 13:52 GMT

Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Ireland

Queen Elizabeth II is paying a state visit to Ireland on May 17–20. The queen has been to the best-known sites in Dublin the Garden of Remembrance, dedicated to the memory of all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, dedicated to the memory of Irish soldiers who fought in World War I, Trinity College, the Guinness brewery, and Croke Park stadium. </p>

// May. 20, 2011 - 15:35 GMT

Kazakh premier urges EBRD to back its candidate for IMF chief

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov has called on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to support Kazakhstan's respected central bank president as the next head of the IMF.

// May. 20, 2011 - 15:37 GMT

IMF acting head strengthens expectation European will get post

The acting managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), John Lipsky, has hinted that French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde could head the organization but said the process of selection would be open and merit-based.

// May. 20, 2011 - 16:00 GMT

Putin offers Belarus a $3bn bail-out

Away from frantic negotiations over how to save Portugal and Greece, another peripheral European country is scrambling for a bail-out. But Belarus is looking not to the European Union or the International Monetary Fund but to a grouping of ex-Soviet republics led by Russia.

// May. 20, 2011 - 16:08 GMT

Russian nationalists, leftists and Chechens debate future of North Caucasus

At a roundtable organized by the Moscow Institute of Innovative Development, Russian nationalists, members of leftist groups, and representatives of the Chechen Republic joined in a lively debate about what each group sees as the future relationship of the North Caucasus and the Russian Federation.

// May. 20, 2011 - 16:10 GMT

Medvedev's Challenge to Putin: Oh, Never Mind

It was impossible to pinpoint the exact moment of the transformation, but by the time Russian President Dmitri Medvedev left the podium after his first big press conference on Wednesday, he had morphed into a lame duck.

// May. 20, 2011 - 16:14 GMT

Car bomb in Pakistan targets U.S. consulate vehicles

A roadside bomb hit two U.S. consulate vehicles in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing a passerby and causing minor wounds to some U.S. personnel, Pakistani television reported.

// May. 20, 2011 - 16:54 GMT

RMK copper firm to float 20-25% shares in London IPO

Russkaya Mednaya Kompaniya (RMK), Russia's third largest copper maker, plans to sell 20–25 percent of its stock in an initial public offering in London to raise $900 million-1.2 billion, Kommersant business daily reported on Friday citing sources close to the deal and company management.

// May. 20, 2011 - 17:44 GMT

South Ossetian president's bodyguards killed in Russia

Two bodyguards for the president of the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia were shot dead on Friday morning in a night club in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, police said.

// May. 20, 2011 - 17:55 GMT