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Putin says 'no regrets' over Crimea annexation

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he had no regrets over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and that it was righting a historical injustice.

Pro-Kremlin bikers ride for Berlin defying bans from Germany, Poland

Moscow - Dozens of bikers from pro-Kremlin gang the Night Wolves on Saturday set off on a ride to Berlin ahead of the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, despite Poland and Germany barring the riders.

Some German theaters are boycotting Avengers: Age of Ultron

Theaters have pulled the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, before its release. It is said the boycott is to send a message to Disney regarding oppressive business practices.

Russian MPs back mass prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a mass prisoner amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin that could free thousands ahead of next month's World War II victory anniversary.

Chechnya leader gives 'shoot to kill' orders on Russian forces

Moscow - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to "shoot to kill" if they encountered any unauthorised Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region.

Russian TV channel admits reporter dropped cigarette at wildfire

Moscow - A Russian state television reporter dropped a lit cigarette butt at the scene of raging wildfires in Siberia, sparking a fire in grass a few metres from a village, his channel said Thursday.

Russian court upholds firing of teacher for being gay

Saint Petersburg - A Russian court has thrown out a complaint from a gay teacher in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg against her dismissal for "immoral" behaviour, a gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

Officers pull unconscious man from burning vehicle

Mesquite - Mesquite police officers are seen in a dash cam video pulling a man from a burning vehicle moments before it becomes engulfed in flames.

Navalny vows to challenge Putin in parliamentary polls

Moscow - Russia's opposition led by the charismatic activist Alexei Navalny vowed Wednesday to contest next year's parliamentary elections as liberals firm up plans to close ranks amid an intensifying Kremlin crackdown.

Test missile crashes on launch in northern Russia

Moscow - A surface-to-air missile crashed shortly after being launched in northern Russia on Wednesday, Russian news agencies said, in a failed test that will be seen as an embarrassment for the country's military forces.

IS group is 'Russia's greatest enemy', not U.S., says Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the Islamic State group was Moscow's greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United States over the Ukraine conflict.

Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, wakes from coma

A lawyer representing Bobby Brown releases a statement confirming that the singer's daughter has in fact opened her eyes after months in a medically induced coma. Brown was married to the late Whitney Houston from which Bobbi Kristina is their only child.

Pro-Putin movement launches cartoon weekly to mock West

Moscow - A group of supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday launched a satirical weekly with anti-Western cartoons and verses, calling it an answer to France's "Charlie Hebdo" magazine.

Siberia wildfire toll rises to 34

Moscow - Raging wildfires in recent weeks killed 34 people, the emergencies minister said Tuesday in a new toll as President Vladimir Putin visited the stricken region.

Russia PM estimates economy shrank by 2% in first quarter

Moscow - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday estimated that the Russian economy shrank by two percent in the first quarter due to sanctions pressure and low oil prices.If confirmed, that would be the first quarterly contraction since 2009.

Mega Expedition to set sail for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Los Angeles - On Monday, environmental campaigning organization, Ocean Cleanup, founded by young Dutchman, Boyan Slat, unveiled its Mega Expedition, a massive research undertaking to assess the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

New Jurassic World trailer reveals new dinosaur villain

The newest full length trailer has been released for the upcoming sequel to the Jurassic Park series. The franchise unveils a monster of a dinosaur named Indominus rex.

Russia says Islamist rebel leader Kebekov 'neutralised'

Moscow - Russia said Monday the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus was killed in a special operation, and militants confirmed his death.

Russian opposition parties link up ahead of 2016 polls

Moscow - The marginalised Russian opposition parties of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny have announced they will form an alliance for legislative polls in 2016.

U.S. troops on Ukrainian soil could reignite fighting: Moscow

Moscow - Russia on Friday warned that the arrival of U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine to train its forces fighting pro-Russian rebels could reignite the conflict, leading to mass bloodshed.
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