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9 juicy travel nuggets about Sochi

9 juicy travel nuggets about Sochi

As one of the warmest cities in Russia -- a country with no shortage of snowy terrain -- Sochi seems an unusual place to host the Winter Olympics. But that's not all that's notable about it.
Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics by the numbers

Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics by the numbers

The 22nd Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia, on Friday. Here's a look at some key facts and figures related to what appears to be among the most expensive Olympics ever:
Sochi: Athletes, fans set for Russia's Winter Olympics spectacle

Sochi: Athletes, fans set for Russia's Winter Olympics spectacle

After all the consternation over security, the controversy over gay rights and the ridicule over poor preparations, the Sochi Games are here.
Fanny Smith: Ski cross champion defies odds in quest for Olympic gold

Fanny Smith: Ski cross champion defies odds in quest for Olympic gold

When Fanny Smith lines up at the start gates in Sochi later this month, she will do so with form and, perhaps, the fates in her favor.
Sochi 2014: Snow fest or snooze? 10 reasons to love the Winter Games

Sochi 2014: Snow fest or snooze? 10 reasons to love the Winter Games

If the Winter Olympics leave you cold, then we are here to help. Ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, let us thaw your icy hearts with 10 reasons why you should watch the snow men and ice queens compete at the Games.
Sochi 2014 confidential: Take a tour of Olympic Village

Sochi 2014 confidential: Take a tour of Olympic Village

-- Amid security anxieties, indignation over Russian politics, the furore over unfinished media accommodation and astronomic costs, one key component of the Winter Olympics has been all but forgotten: the thousands of athletes streaming into So
State media: Evacuations are expected in Homs, governor says

State media: Evacuations are expected in Homs, governor says

At least 200 people are expected to be evacuated from the besieged city of Homs, according to the Homs Governor, Syrian state news agency, SANA, said Friday.
Handbag company lifts Pakistani women from poverty

Handbag company lifts Pakistani women from poverty

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Popinjay is a high-end handbag company that attracts customers with lush leather and hand-embroidered silk. The designs draw inspiration from Mughal screens, Turkish tiles and Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock.
Israel approves permits for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Israel approves permits for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Israel approved construction permits for more than 550 settlement units in East Jerusalem, officials said, escalating tensions with Palestinians amid negotiations.
Kerry: Fresh barrel bomb attack shows Syrian regime's 'true colors'

Kerry: Fresh barrel bomb attack shows Syrian regime's 'true colors'

At least 15 boys were killed when Syrian forces dropped a barrel bomb on a mosque operating as a makeshift school in Aleppo, the opposition Syrian Coalition said Wednesday.
Russians say authorities rounding up, poisoning stray dogs before Olympics

Russians say authorities rounding up, poisoning stray dogs before Olympics

The Olympic city has a dog problem. Thousands of stray canines wander the streets and suburbs of Sochi.
Vladimir Putin arrives in Sochi ahead of Winter Olympics

Vladimir Putin arrives in Sochi ahead of Winter Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sochi on Tuesday, state media reported, as the Black Sea resort city enters the final stages of preparations for hosting the Winter Olympics.
U.S. ambassador to Russia stepping down after Olympics

U.S. ambassador to Russia stepping down after Olympics

After five years away from his collegiate job and seven months away from his family, the U.S. ambassador to Russia says it's time to come home.
Bus blast kills 2 soldiers in Yemeni capital

Bus blast kills 2 soldiers in Yemeni capital

Two soldiers were killed and 14 others injured Tuesday when a bomb planted under a military bus exploded in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, authorities said. The soldiers were on their way to work from another district of the capital.
Syria talks are a beginning, says U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Syria talks are a beginning, says U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

As multi-day talks in Switzerland involving Syria's government and the opposition come to a close, the United Nations envoy to Syria said they were at least a start, and the two sides had some common ground.