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Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Malaysia: US diplomat

Kuala Lumpur - US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov later Wednesday on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Malaysia, a US diplomat said.

NATO halves Baltic air policing mission

Vilnius - NATO on Tuesday said that from September it will reduce its air patrols over the Baltic states, which it stepped up amid concern over Russia's activity in the region.

Nemtsov's daughter receives million-euro Polish rights prize

Varsovia - The journalist daughter of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday received a million-euro ($1.1 million) Polish prize for championing democracy and human rights.

Ukraine leader calls in generals after failed peace talks

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko convened his generals Tuesday to discuss the latest failed bid to negotiate an end to clashes with pro-Russian rebels that saw seven troops killed in another wave of attacks.

Conflict scares off beach-goers in east Ukraine

Mariupol - The sun is shining and the waves of the Sea of Azov look warm and inviting. But its sandy beaches are empty -- not surprisingly since they run right through the Ukraine conflict's front line.

Russia files UN claim over vast swathe of Arctic

Moscow - Russia pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

Russia says wrong DNA found in French hypermarket mince

Moscow - Russia's food safety regulator on Tuesday accused the popular French hypermarket chain Auchan of selling beef and pork mince containing meat from sheep and chicken.

Russia slams Sweden over expelled diplomats

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday lashed out at Stockholm and confirmed it had expelled a Swedish diplomat in retaliation for the Scandinavian country turfing out one of Moscow's diplomats.

Four killed as new Ukraine peace talks fall apart

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday reported the death of four soldiers in clashes with pro-Russian rebels that came just hours before another failed bid to negotiate an end to the 15-month separatist revolt.

From Moscow, exiled ex-PM launches committee to 'save' Ukraine

Moscow - An exiled former top ally of ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Monday launched a shadowy committee to "save" the war-torn country, pledging to bring down the current pro-Western government.

Sweden says diplomat expelled from Moscow in retaliatory move

Stockholm - A Swedish diplomat has been expelled from Moscow in a tit-for-tat move after the Scandinavian country recently kicked out a Russian diplomat, Stockholm's foreign ministry said Monday.

Putin spokesman sparks row with '$620,000 watch'

Moscow - Pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman flashing a watch worth an alleged $620,000 on Monday sparked controversy in the crisis-hit country.

Turkey's Erdogan says Putin may 'give up' on Assad

Istanbul - Russian President Vladimir Putin is having a change of heart on the Kremlin's wholehearted support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and may "give up on him" in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Monday.

Op-Ed: Kudos to RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is showing courage and practices good journalism in response to threats from Putin propaganda and disinformation.

Ukraine court permits self-rule for pro-Russia rebels

Kiev - Ukraine's highest court on Friday allowed parliament to vote on Western-backed constitutional amendments aimed at stemming daily bloodshed by giving pro-Russian insurgents partial autonomy in the separatist east.

Mixed messages from Russia, France on warship compensation deal

Moscow - Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday denied that a final agreement has been hammered out.

Litvinenko widow says inquiry has uncovered 'truth'

London - The widow of a Russian ex-spy fatally poisoned in London said Friday she believed a British judge-led inquiry had uncovered the "truth" into his death as it heard its final submissions.

Russia agrees compensation deal with France over Mistral warships

Moscow - Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday refused to confirm a final agreement.

Ukraine bans French lawmakers who visited Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday blacklisted a group of right-wing French lawmakers who ignored warnings from Paris and paid an unofficial but highly publicised visit to Russian-occupied Crimea.

Ukraine eyes September debt repayment freeze

Kiev - Ukraine's finance ministry warned Thursday it could declare a technical default in two months should its lenders fail to accept less stringent repayment terms and a possible partial debt write-off.

EU 'regrets' Russian veto of UN MH17 resolution

Brussels - The EU said Thursday it regretted as a "setback" a Russian veto of a UN resolution for a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine last year.

Russia opens trial against Ukrainian woman pilot 'hero'

Russia - Ukrainian pilot and lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko went on trial in Russia on Thursday in a politically charged case that could send tensions between Moscow and Kiev to a new high.

Russia vetoes UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

New York - Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Ukraine vows justice despite Russia's veto of MH17 tribunal

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Wednesday to push for justice despite Russia's veto of a UN resolution that would have set up a tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down passenger flight MH17 over the former Soviet state.

Russia puts Ukraine aviator in the dock

Moscow - Russia on Thursday opens the high-profile trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko in a politically charged case that could send ties between Moscow and Kiev to a new low.

Elderly Russian woman suspected of murdering, dismembering duo

Sanktpeterburg - Russian authorities on Wednesday detained an elderly woman on suspicion of poisoning a friend and chopping up the body, while police said she was being investigated over a second gruesome murder.

Citing 'economic reasons,' HP halts production in St. Petersburg

California-based PC giant Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday it was pulling up stakes at its Shushary factory near St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ukraine claims capture of another Russian soldier

Kiev - Ukraine's security service on Wednesday announced the capture of a Russian army major who was allegedly delivering explosives to pro-Kremlin rebels in the former Soviet state's separatist east.

Russia vetoes UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

New York - Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Poroshenko honours Ukraine Church leader derided by Russia

L'viv - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday unveiled a monument to a Catholic Church leader derided by Moscow for initially welcoming Nazi soldiers during World War II.
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