Russians Still Prefer Putin As President

Russian President Vladimir Putin would secure a landslide victory if a presidential race were to be held this coming weekend, a new survey shows.

According to the opinion poll conducted by the independent Russian pollster Levada Center, 55 percent of respondents said they would vote for Putin if they went to the polls next Sunday.

Snowden ‘working exhaustively’ with US to secure terms of trial

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says he has been working with the US government since he fled the country two years ago to secure the terms of a fair trial should he decide to return to America, but says that at the moment proceedings are not on the horizon.

“I've been working exhaustively with the government now since I left to try to find terms of a trial,” he said Wednesday during a live question and answer session organized by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

Gen. Allen: US to Protect Trained “Moderate Opposition” in Syria

The United States will make preparations to “protect” what it calls “moderate opposition” in Syria with air power in fighting against the Syrian government says a top US official, according to Press TV.

"It is clearly part of our plan, that not only we will train them, and we will equip them with the latest weapons systems, but we will also protect them when the time comes," retired US general John Allen said on Monday.

Iran, Russia FMs Urge Continuation of Nuclear Talks

Foreign ministers of Iran and Russia have stressed the importance of proceeding with nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 countries about Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, held a meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council session.

Lavrov: US, Allies Undermine 'Nuclear Free' World

GENEVA- Unilateral actions by the United States and its allies in regard to missile defense systems are influencing strategic stability by undermining the outlook of reaching a world free of nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“A whole range of factors today is influencing strategic parity. Among these factors are the unilateral actions by the United States and its allies in regard to missile defense systems that are already showing destructiveness on strategic stability, and in essence are undermining the outlook of moving toward a ‘zero nuclear’ [world], to the goal of which I understand that many of those present here in this hall share,” Lavrov said during his speech during a disarmament conference in Geneva.

Pope prays with thousands for kidnap victims in Syria, Iraq

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter's Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapped or are victims of other "intolerable brutality" in Syria and Iraq, AP reported.

The pope on Sunday also appealed for "everyone, in line with their possibilities, (to) act to alleviate the suffering."

More than 220 Syrian Christians were kidnapped last week by the Islamic State group, with no word on their fate.

Zionist Entity Asks US for Additional $300mn for Missile Weapons

Zionist Entity reportedly bypassed the White House and asked the US Congress for an extra $317 million to be added to President Barack Obama's budget for the next fiscal year in order to fund Israeli missile weapons' programs.

The requested funds would be in addition to the $158 million already proposed by the Pentagon for Israel’s security needs for the fiscal year that will begin on October 1. The new allocation will allegedly finance the 'David's Sling' and 'Arrow-3' programs - designed to intercept medium- to long-range missiles - as well as provide an anti-ballistic missile system.

Venezuela imposes mandatory visas for all US citizens, bans for Bush and Cheney

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a new mandatory visa requirement for all Americans visiting the country. The leader also called to review and downsize the number of US embassy staff in Caracas, according to RT.

“In order to protect our country...I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela,” Maduro said in a speech on Saturday.