[altered the note to remove a comment in Russian, as the thread is in English.]
Yesterday the home page loaded right away. Today only a blank page loaded the first couple of times I tried.
Then, after a few minutes, the home page loaded, the search function worked and I successfully downloaded a book.
@eugrus Thank you for the link.
Courrier International (a weekly magazine with articles from all over the world translated into French) is very useful, too. The newspaper is in French, but the web edition often includes the links to the original articles.
For instance, https://news.google.com/nwshp?ned=de for German, https://news.google.com/nwshp?ned=ru for Russian and so on.
I would also like to suggest this list of News resources to be listed on the Import pages for learners of Russian: