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Russia court upholds controversial Caucasus land deal

Sanktpeterburg - Russia's Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a controversial land deal between the Caucasus republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya was legal, a move likely to fuel tensions in the volatile region.

Russia upholds torture convictions against senior officers

Moscow - A military court has upheld murder and torture convictions against senior security and police officers from Russia's North Caucasus, a rights activist said Friday, in what he described as rare ruling.

Amnesty worker says abducted, beaten in Russian Caucasus

Moscow - An Amnesty International researcher said Monday he was abducted and brutally beaten by men claiming to be from the Russian security service after he travelled to the North Caucasus to monitor peaceful protests.

Moscow-backed land swap opens old wounds in volatile Caucasus

Russia - Looking at the lush green hills around his native village in Russia's Ingushetia region, 59-year-old Ruslan says that even if this does not seem like much, it should still belong to his people, not their neighbours in Chechnya.

Thousands in southern Russia demand leader's ouster over land deal

Magas - Several thousand protesters in Russia's volatile region of Ingushetia demanded Sunday the resignation of a veteran leader, accusing him of surrendering swathes of territory to neighbouring Chechnya.

Rare protest against Russian North Caucasus land deal

Moscow - Thousands attended a rare protest Thursday in Russia's North Caucasus region of Ingushetia to decry a land-swap deal with neighbouring Chechnya, despite authorities reportedly setting up roadblocks to hinder demonstrators.

Paris attack latest linked to Russian Caucasus

Moscow - A knife attack in Paris that killed one man on Saturday, carried out by a French citizen born in Chechnya, is the latest of numerous suspected acts of terrorism linked to the troubled Russian region.

Religion and politics clash in Russia's North Caucasus

Moscow - A rare conflict between religious and political leaders has broken out in Russia's North Caucasus region, with Islamic imams accusing the local government of corruption while authorities install cameras in mosques to monitor sermons.

Russian women desperately seek daughters who joined IS

Moscow - Three years ago, Petimat Atagayeva's daughter Zalina secretly left Russia for Syria, taking her 10-month-old baby boy with her, to join the Islamic State group.

Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base

Moscow - Six Russian soldiers were killed in Chechnya Friday when gunmen tried to storm their base in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Chechens serving as Russian military police in Aleppo: Kadyrov

Moscow - Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Tuesday confirmed that troops from the mainly Muslim Caucasus region were serving as Russian military police in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State 'emir'

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an "emir" of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus.

Car blast in Russia's Dagestan kills policeman after IS claims earlier attack

Moscow - One policeman was killed and another injured when a car exploded at a checkpoint in Russia's volatile region of Dagestan Wednesday, local police said, hours after another officer died in a bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Is Trump intentionally copying Hitler?

In a rally in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump urged the crowd of supporters to make a pledge of solidarity by promising to vote for him, and raise their right hand doing it.

Two police dead in car bomb blast in Russia's North Caucasus

Moscow - Two Russian policemen died and many people were injured in a car bomb blast at a checkpoint in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Monday, the interior ministry said.

IS claims deadly shooting in Russia's Caucasus

Moscow - The Islamic State group has claimed it was behind a deadly shooting at an ancient citadel in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, an area increasingly becoming a hotbed of extremism.

Shooting at ancient citadel in Russia's Caucasus, one dead

Moscow - One person was killed and 11 injured in a shooting at an ancient citadel in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, officials said on Wednesday.

Russian accuses Kiev PM of fighting Moscow in Chechnya

Moscow - The head of Russia's powerful investigative body claimed Wednesday that Ukraine's bespectacled technocrat prime minister fought in Chechya with Islamist insurgents against Moscow.

Caucasus Islamist leader 'killed in Russian raid'

Moscow - The leader of a Caucasus Islamist group in Russia's restive Dagestan region has been killed in a mountain raid that included air strikes, Russian security services and Islamists said Tuesday.

Russia's Caucasus Islamists 'pledge allegiance' to IS

Moscow - Islamist militants in four regions of Russia's Caucasus have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to a recording which was welcomed by IS after being posted online.

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.

Russia convicts 57 in massive 2005 terrorism case

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday convicted 57 people, jailing five of them for life, after a decade-long trial over an armed raid on the North Caucasus city of Nalchik.

Russia convicts accomplices in Volgograd bombing

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday convicted four men for helping orchestrate twin suicide blasts in 2013 that killed 34 people, handing down sentences of up to 19 years in detention.

When does Russian diplomacy reach Old Model expiry date?

Sydney - When Bismarck was told that a Russian diplomat had died, he said, “Really? I wonder what his motive was?”, or words to that effect. Modern Russian diplomacy, particularly over Syria, hasn’t become any more transparent.

In wake of Biden visit, tension escalate between Russia, Georgia

As the first anniversary of their 2008 war approaches, tensions are elevated between Russia and Georgia, with Russia's defense ministry threatening force unless Georgia stops 'provocations' against the South Ossetia region.

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