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At least 16 migrants dead in Moscow warehouse fire: ministry

Moscow - At least 16 migrant workers mostly from Kyrgyzstan died in a fire that broke out at a Moscow warehouse early Saturday, Russian authorities said.

Russia launches large snap military drills

Moscow - Russia on Thursday launched large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states, the defence minister said.

Hostage taker at Moscow bank turns himself in

Moscow - A man who took four people hostage at a bank in central Moscow late Wednesday has surrendered to police, local authorities said.

Russia jails leader of banned nationalist group

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced ultranationalist politician Alexander Belov, a former leader of a banned anti-immigration movement, to seven and a half years in prison for extremism and money laundering.

Moscow calls on US to do more to counter Syria's al-Nusra

Moscow - Russia called on the US to do more to combat the al-Nusra Front in Syria, considered a terrorist group by both Moscow and Washington even after it split from Al-Qaeda.

Russia suggests WADA ordered sample destruction at Moscow lab

Moscow - Russia's powerful Investigative Committee on Tuesday suggested the World Anti-Doping Agency could have ordered the destruction of test samples at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory as the country tries to deflect blame over a string of doping scandals.

Summer spells cold showers for Russians as hot water cut

Sanktpeterburg - For Russians it is a sure sign that summer has really come -- the annual, rolling switch-off of municipal hot water that hits homes across the vast country.

25 years after 1991 coup, Russia wallows in Soviet nostalgia

Moscow - Communists waving Marxist pamphlets and Twitter storms praising the Soviet Union are probably not what the thousands of Russians who rallied in 1991 against a coup by anti-democracy hardliners expected to see 25 years later.

Kalashnikov replica store opens in Russian airport

Moscow - Russia's biggest international airport on Friday expressed concern after gunmaker Kalashnikov opened a store there selling lifesize replica rifles.

Putin visits Crimea after Ukraine incursion claim

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin was on Friday visiting annexed Crimea to boost security measures there, just days after accusing Kiev of attempting an armed incursion into the peninsula.

Russia says ready for Aleppo 'humanitarian pause'

Moscow - Russia said on Thursday it was ready to halt fire for 48-hour periods in Aleppo from next week, following UN calls to extend humanitarian pauses to deliver aid.

Russian mufti calls for genital mutilation of all women

Moscow - A senior Muslim cleric in Russia has prompted controversy by urging universal female genital mutilation after a rights group released a report on the practice in the country's North Caucasus region.

Russian forces kill 4 in raid against Caucasus militants

Moscow - Heavily-armed Russian special forces on Wednesday raided an apartment building in Saint Petersburg in an operation targeting North Caucasus militants, killing four suspects.

Russia says Syria raids from Iranian base do not violate UN resolution

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday dismissed a suggestion from Washington that Moscow is violating a UN Security Council resolution by using an Iranian air base for its bombing raids on Syria.

Heady days fade for Russians who halted 1991 coup

Moscow - It was a desperate plea from then Russian leader Boris Yeltsin that drew Gennady Veretilny to the barricades going up around the White House in central Moscow. "I wasn't a supporter of Yeltsin, I wasn't a liberal or a Communist.

Russia scrambles after work halted at 2018 World Cup venue

Sanktpeterburg - With the 2018 World Cup less than two years away, Russia is scrambling to resume construction at one of the tournament's flagship stadiums where labour disputes have threatened to derail efforts to meet deadlines.

Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday announced for the first time it had flown bombing raids against jihadist groups in Syria from an airbase in Iran after deploying its warplanes to the country.

Torrential rain in Moscow beats century-old record

Moscow - Torrential rains in Moscow on Monday beat a 129-year-old record for the heaviest August downpours, the state weather service said.Muscovites splashed through flooded streets after more than 48 millimetres (1.

Russia 'close' to joining forces with US on Aleppo: minister

Moscow - Russia is close to joining forces with the United States around Syria's ravaged second city of Aleppo, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in comments aired Monday.

Lavrov urges calm after Ukraine flare-up over Crimea

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday appealed for calm after a flare-up with Ukraine over the annexed Crimea peninsula but warned Moscow was ready to stamp out any attempts to destabilise the region.
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