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US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for a meeting with officials from the

A Filipino child rests inside a damaged school building turned into a temporary evacuation center in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao Province, Southern Philippines. The Philippines` military announced a halt to a month-long military offensive agains

A picture made available on 30 March 2015 shows an Indian artist from New Delhi dressed up Lord Hanuman in a performance of the religious observance of `Mata Ka Jagran` at the end of the Navratri festival in Bhopal, India, 29 March 2015. The Navratra fest

Swiss `Solar Impulse 2` pilot Bertrand Piccard (C) waves before he departs from the Mandalay International airport in Mandalay, Myanmar, 30 March 2015. The Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 took off early 30 March from Mandalay, Myanmar, bound

Relatives of victims who died in a grenade attack in 1997 give offerings to Buddhist monks during a ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Victims` families hold the ceremony to pray for their relatives who died in the grenade attack during a political rally a

A contest for the tallest palm underway in Lipnica Murowana, southern Poland, 29 March 2015, during the celebration of Palm Sunday.

Several faithfuls carry elaborate decorations made with palm leaves as they participate in a Palm Sunday procession in Elche, eastern Spain, 29 March 2015.

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Vladimir Putin: Overwhelmingly Absent, then Overwhelmingly Present

1 of 18 | March 22, 2015, Sunday // 15:46 EPA/BGNES

And it once more showed that, regardless of international sanctions, Russia's actions in the standoff with Ukraine are helping thousands of Russians to remain united.

For about ten days, Russian President Vladimir Putin was absent from spotlight, and a number of Russian media outlets started speculating on the reasons. While a number of websites criticizing the political elite suggested this is a peculiar development, the Kremlin downplayed any hypotheses that there was something wrong. All of this highlights Putin's importance: both as a subject to ...

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