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Moody's downgraded Greece to its lowest level on March 2, because it expects the much ballyhooed "haircut" negotiations to end in a default this coming week. Thursday, March 8, is the deadline for Greece to announce what percentage of its bondholders have "voluntarily" agreed to the terms of their haircut.

March 5th, 2012 • 1:42 AM

On Feb. 29, in the course of the past week's busy pre-election schedule, Russian Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin warned against possible drastic provocations around the March 4 election, up to and including the assassination of some opposition figure which would then be blamed on the government. He attributed such intentions to foreign agencies.

March 5th, 2012 • 1:37 AM

Statements by representatives of western-funded political NGOs and members of the extraparliamentary opposition in Russia are being heavily quoted in British and U.S. media, for purposes of dubbing Vladimir Putin's resounding victory in today's Presidential election "tainted" or as having occurred "amid allegations of fraud."

March 5th, 2012 • 1:22 AM

Faced with Obama's virtual dismantling of the U.S. fusion energy program, the scientific community is organizing a fight to reverse the drastic cuts proposed in the White House's FY13 budget. The nearly $50 million in cuts in world-class national laboratory and university-based fusion experiments has been proposed so the U.S.

March 4th, 2012 • 10:13 AM

"We are not a closed club, our doors are wide open," Roscosmos head, Vladimir Popovkin, said during a press conference on March 1, following the meeting in Canada of the partners of the International Space Station. Now that the assembly of the ISS is complete, the focus is on widening the array of science and technology investigations in its set of laboratories.

March 4th, 2012 • 10:02 AM

China's Foreign Ministry issued today an official six-point framework "for realizing a political solution" in Syria. "China follows closely the developments of the situation in Syria, firmly maintains that the current crisis should be resolved through political dialogue in a peaceful and appropriate manner, and has made unremitting efforts to this end."

March 5th, 2012 • 1:39 AM

The following statement was issued by Lyndon LaRouche in the wake of the Russian Presidential elections.

"Nothing has changed. Over 82% in Russia have voted against the enemy, but nothing has changed from what I have said over the past several months, that thermonuclear war is on the table.

March 5th, 2012 • 1:31 AM

With over 94% of the votes counted, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won a clear first-round victory in today's Russian Presidential election.

March 5th, 2012 • 1:18 AM

Izvestia reports that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin is planning "a series of scientific conferences" with key personnel in Russia's space sector, and has suggested that Russia ought to examine the possibility of establishing a manned scientific base on another planetary body rather than seek to extend the life of the International Space Station (ISS).

March 4th, 2012 • 10:03 AM