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Is the smallest insect ever debate finally settled?

Moscow - After a long debate about the accuracy of measurements and the measurement method, the world’s smallest insect has finally be announced. And it is very, very tiny.

Russia says 'serious doubts' about goal of Dutch MH17 probe: ministry

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday said it had "serious doubts" about the goal of a Dutch inquiry into the downing of a Malaysia Airline plane that was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year.

Putin asks IMF to help Ukraine pay off $3 billion debt to Russia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin called Tuesday on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to lend an additional $3 billion to Ukraine to help the ex-Soviet country pay off its debt to Russia.

Damascus shelling of Russia embassy an 'act of terror': Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday described the shelling of Moscow's embassy in Damascus as an "act of terror" aimed at intimidating those who support Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria.

Russian BUK missile maker disputes Dutch MH17 inquiry findings

Moscow - The Russian maker of BUK missiles on Tuesday sought to discredit findings of an official inquiry into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year.

Putin slams US on Syria, says partners have 'mush for brains'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed Washington for refusing to share intelligence with Russia on Syria, accusing it of muddled thinking.

Egyptian TV host mistakes video game for Russian attacks in Syria

Cairo - The controversial Egyptian TV host, Ahmed Moussa, made an embarrassing gaffe recently after mistaking grainy video game footage for Russian airstrikes on ISIL in Syria.

Jailed Kremlin critic goes on hunger strike

Moscow - Jailed Russian protest leader Sergei Udaltsov has begun a hunger strike to protest his solitary confinement in the prison camp where he is being held for allegedly inciting unrest at anti-Kremlin protests, his wife said Monday.

Russia 'foils' Moscow attack by IS-trained Islamists

Moscow - Russia's security services said on Monday it foiled a "terrorist attack" on Moscow's public transport system by a group of militants, some of whom were trained by Islamic State jihadists in Syria.

Five fascinating facts you might not know about sea otters

Sea otters tickle our imaginations. Their charming antics make them the clowns of the sea, and for those of us fortunate enough to live alongside them, they are enchanting. The sight of mother otters cuddling young ones make them even more endearing.

Russia's Gazprom resumes gas supplies to Ukraine

Moscow - Gazprom on Monday resumed gas supplies to Ukraine after receiving prepayment of $234 million (206 million euros) from Kiev, assuaging European fears about a new energy crisis ahead of the winter heating season.

Russian police foil 'terror attack' planned on Moscow

Moscow - Russian police have arrested a group of people they said were planning a terror attack on Moscow, the country's anti-terrorism committee said, without giving details about the group's motives.

Op-Ed: U.S. vs Russia in Syria — Guess who's winning, again?

Damascus - When the U.S. shows up in the region with a rule book and bright smiles and says “play nice,” it doesn’t reassure Middle Easterners. When Russia shows up, grim, uninformative and launching hails of bombs, they’re considered heroes.

Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Russia would not deploy ground troops to Syria, where it has been conducting air strikes against what it says are Islamic State targets.

Russian jets hit 63 targets in Syria in past 24 hours: Military

Moscow - Russian fighter jets hit 63 targets in Syria in the past 24 hours, the defence ministry said Sunday, as Moscow intensifies a campaign it says is aimed against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Russia seeks victory over the West in Syria campaign: Analysts

Moscow - Cruise missiles fired from warships, the latest jets pounding far-off targets: Russian President Vladimir Putin's show of strength in Syria looks aimed at proving that a resurgent Moscow can rival the West, analysts said.

Russian maker of missile that destroyed MH17 to explain disaster

Moscow - The Russian manufacturer of the missile system blamed for shooting down flight MH17 said Friday it would unveil the "real reasons" for the disaster on the same day Dutch investigators present their final report on the tragedy.

Russian air force 'hits 60 terror targets' in new Syria strikes

Moscow - Russia's air force hit more than 60 "terrorist targets" in Syria over the past 24 hours, Moscow's military said Friday, significantly ramping up its bombing campaign in the war-torn country.

Russia denies U.S. claim that four Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry denied a claim by a US official Thursday that four Syria-bound Russian cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea had crashed in Iran.

Op-Ed: Russia in Syria — Good or bad news for the West?

Sydney - The Russian buildup in Syria has led to the first new tactical development in the Assad regime’s military posture. The move from a defensive continuous fire approach to an actual attack has taken years. The question is whether it’ll work.
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