Belarus Nobel Peace laureate chose to return home despite jail warning, friend says

Ales Bialiatski in a defendants' cage during a court session in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 2, 2011. (Sergei Grits / AP) Ales Bialiatski in a defendants' cage during a court session in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 2, 2011. (Sergei Grits / AP)

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Putin calls nuclear weapons a tool of deterrence in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed the annexation of Ukrainian territories as a major achievement and said his country's nuclear weapons serve as a tool of deterrence in the war that the Kremlin calls a 'special military operation.'

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