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Thousands mourn victims of Stalin-era purges in Moscow

Moscow - Thousands of Russians on Wednesday gathered outside the former KGB headquarters in central Moscow for an annual ritual commemorating the tens of thousands killed in Stalin-era repressions.

Putin spokesman tells press to 'shut trap' on cancer rumours

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday ridiculed US media reports that the Russian strongman may be suffering from cancer, saying he was fine and that journalists should "shut their trap".

Russia offers U.S. space station help after rocket explodes

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.

Ukraine tensions spike as Russia backs rebel vote

Moscow - Moscow and Kiev are set to crunch hold talks over a gas dispute Wednesday, a day after Russia ratcheted up tensions by saying it will recognise separatist polls in east Ukraine.

Russia angers West by backing rebel polls as EU uphold sanctions

Moscow - Russia announced Tuesday it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, sparking an angry reaction from Washington and Kiev's newly elected pro-Western leaders.

Supporters of peace process won Ukraine elections: Moscow 

Moscow - Parties backing a peace process to end the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine won a clear victory at Sunday's parliamentary polls, Russia's deputy foreign minister said Monday.

Russia turns back clocks to permanent Winter Time

Moscow - Russia on Sunday is set to turn back its clocks to winter time permanently in a move backed by President Vladimir Putin, reversing a three-year experiment with non-stop summer time that proved highly unpopular.

Oldest human genome sequenced

A 45,000-year-old bone has been sequenced. This is the oldest human genome yet to have been sequenced. The bone came from a leg bone preserved in Siberia.

'What vote?': Ukrainian refugees in Russia scorn Kiev poll

- While much of Ukraine is abuzz with campaigning for Sunday's parliamentary poll, refugees who have fled fighting in the east for Russia say they want nothing to do with the vote. "Ukrainian elections? What elections?

Downtown Halifax on alert, rifle found, man taken into custody

While the Canadian city of Halifax did not experience the tragedy the city of Ottawa did yesterday, there was a disturbing incident there this morning. A man was seen with a rifle in the downtown area and police went on high alert.

Heads roll in Russia as more details emerge of Total crash

Moscow - Top Russian airport officials quit on Thursday as more employees were detained over the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total.

Russian investigators probe Total CEO crash black boxes

Moscow - Russian investigators said on Wednesday they were analysing the black boxes from the jet that crashed in Moscow this week, killing the chief executive of France's Total oil company.

Deal between Russia and Ukraine on natural gas not completed

Brussels - After meetings on Friday between Putin and Poroshenko and then between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators and the EU Commission over the weekend, it appeared that an agreement would be finalized today but no accord was reached.

Russia blames 'negligent' airport bosses for Total CEO's crash

Moscow - Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff.Total confirmed the death of the 63-year-old early on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Putin ‘wanted to split Ukraine with Poland’

Warsaw - In what can only be described as a major added splash in the murky puddle of Ukraine/Russian relations, it’s been revealed by Polish sources that Vladimir Putin proposed splitting Ukrainian territory between Russia and Poland in 2008.

Op-Ed: Putin's Russian victimhood on Voice of America

Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin's Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin's disinformation.

Mysterious sub near Stockholm might be Dutch: Russian source

Moscow - A mysterious "foreign vessel" the Swedish military have been searching for off the coast of Stockholm might belong to the Netherlands, a source in the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday.

Anti-tobacco conference struggles to stub out lobbyists

Moscow - A major conference in Moscow aimed at cutting global smoking rates this week found itself grappling with another issue: how to stop the powerful tobacco lobby from butting in on the debate.
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