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Adoption freeze urged after boy returned to Russia

MOSCOW - (AP) Russia's foreign minister urged Friday that child adoptions to the U.S. be frozen after an American woman put an 8-year-old Russian boy she had adopted on a one-way flight back to his homeland unaccompanied. Artyom Savelyev, who carried the adoptive name Justin Hansen, got off a...

Russia furious over adopted boy sent back from US

MOSCOW - (APINTL) Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems. The boy, Artyom Savelyev, was put...

Russia, US officials near adoption accord

MOSCOW - (AP) Russian and U.S. negotiators have agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies and allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children as part of a new accord, Russia's children's rights ombudsman said Thursday. Adoptions in Russia became a highly emotional issue after an instance...