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Putin won't watch Trump's inauguration live: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be watching the live ceremony of Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, his spokesman said, rubbishing the idea of him being Moscow's man in Washington.

Russians plunge into freezing water for Epiphany

Moscow - Hundreds of thousands of Russians braved freezing temperatures to plunge into lakes and rivers on Thursday, a wintry tradition observed during the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany.

Russia, Turkey stage first joint air strikes against IS in Syria

Moscow - Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said.

Russia says Edward Snowden can stay until 2020

Moscow - Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by three years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Russia and eastern Libya commander sign naval base agreement

According to an article in Al Jazeera, Italian State TV RAI reported commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA) Khalifa Haftar signed an agreement that would allow Russia to build two naval bases near Tobruk, and Benghazi.

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Moscow - The main Palestinian parties on Tuesday announced a deal to form a national unity government prior to the holding of elections, after three days of reconciliation talks in Moscow.

Moldova president hopes to cancel EU association agreement

Moscow - Moldova's president said Tuesday he hoped the ex-Soviet nation's association agreement with the European Union would be cancelled if his party obtains a parliamentary majority, paving the way for an alliance with Moscow.

Putin mocks claims that Trump was spied on

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin cracked raunchy jokes on Tuesday as he poked fun at claims that Russian secret services filmed US President-elect Donald Trump with prostitutes.

Syria talks in Astana meant to 'consolidate' ceasefire: Lavrov

Moscow - Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Protesters confront Russian Orthodox Church in cathedral dispute

Sanktpeterburg - Russians living in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg have been protesting against city authorities' decision to hand control of the country's largest cathedral to the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.

Women who hold a baby on the left side bond more closely

Women who hold their baby on their left side tend to bond more closely with their child than women who tend to hold their baby on the right hand-side, according to a new psychological study.

Russia stays mute on possible US invitation to Syria talks

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday declined to confirm whether it would invite the United States to Syria peace talks later this month after Washington was excluded from brokering a recent truce in the war-torn country.

Russia, Turkey agree to 'coordinate' strikes in Syria: Moscow

Moscow - Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement spelling out mechanisms to "coordinate" their air forces in Syria when conducting strikes "on terrorist targets", the Russian defence ministry said Thursday.

Russians petition against return of iconic cathedral to Orthodox Church

Sanktpeterburg - More than 100,000 people Wednesday signed an online petition against the handover of a flagship cathedral in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg to the Orthodox Church.

Russia's 'kompromat': Soviet-era tool to blackmail opponents

Moscow - Reports that Russian intelligence gathered compromising information about US President-elect Donald Trump have stirred memories of the dark art of "kompromat", a Soviet-era form of blackmail used to shame adversaries.

Father of Russian environmental movement Yablokov dies

Moscow - Leading Russian ecological campaigner Alexei Yablokov, the founder of Greenpeace Russia and one of the pioneers of the post-Soviet environmental movement, has died at 83, the Russian Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

Syria peace talks in Astana set for January 23: Russian source

Moscow - Talks on Syria's political future will take place in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on January 23, a source in the Russian foreign ministry confirmed to AFP on Wednesday."At this time there is no indication that the meeting will be postponed.

Kremlin denies it has compromising info on Trump

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday denied claims that Russia gathered compromising information on US President-elect Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at damaging Moscow's relations with Washington.

Op-Ed: Obama administration subjects five more Russians to sanctions

Washington - The Obama administration announced a new round of sanctions against five Russian officials. Officials admit that technically the sanctions are not directly related to Russian alleged hacking of the recent presidential election.

Kremlin says US blacklist additions another move to degrade ties

Moscow - The Kremlin deplored Tuesday the United States' blacklisting of a high-ranking official and the prime suspects in the 2006 murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko as a move that further damages bilateral ties.
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