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Family of 'Swedish Schindler' can't see his files: Russian court |

Moscow - A Moscow court on Tuesday upheld the Russian security service's refusal to open the files of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg -- who saved thousands of Jews during World War II -- to his family.

Communists accuse Kremlin of smear campaign

Moscow - Russia's Communists on Tuesday appealed to President Vladimir Putin in an open letter accusing Kremlin "provocateurs" of running a smear campaign against their presidential candidate.

Anti-gay 'vote Putin' video goes viral in Russia

Moscow - A homophobic video urging Russians to re-elect President Vladimir Putin has gone viral less than a month before the country's election.

UN draft calls for 'measures' over Iran missiles to Yemen

New York - The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would condemn Iran for violating the arms embargo on Yemen and call for measures to address this violation, according to the text obtained by AFP on Monday.

West's attitude stoking tensions in Balkans: Lavrov

Belgrade - The West is stoking tensions in the Balkans despite Russia's pacific stance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying Monday ahead of a visit to Serbia.

Russia says 'no evidence' it meddled in US election

Moscow - Russia's government on Monday insisted there was no evidence that it meddled in the US elections, after Washington indicted 13 Russians for alleged covert efforts to sway voters.

Russia probes church killing for 'extremist' links: Kremlin

Moscow - Russia is investigating whether the gunman behind a deadly attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus had extremist ties, the Kremlin said Monday after Islamic State claimed the shooting.

Five women killed in Dagestan church shooting claimed by IS

Moscow - Five women were shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Sunday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault.

Thousands of Saakashvili supporters march in Kiev

Kiev - Thousands of supporters of deported former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili marched through the streets of Kiev on Sunday, demanding the impeachment of the Ukrainian President.

Russian Olympic curler involved in doping case: sources

Pyeongchang - A Russian Olympic curler has been implicated in a doping case, sources told AFP on Sunday, in a potential setback as the country battles to recover from a major scandal which triggered its ban from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Trump says Russia succeeding in sowing US discord

West Palm Beach - President Donald Trump said Sunday that Russia was succeeding beyond its "wildest dreams" in sowing US discord but refrained once more from directly challenging Moscow on its election meddling.

US vows investigation into Syria attack involving Russians

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday vowed to investigate an attack involving Russian citizens on American-allied forces in Syria but stopped short of accusing Moscow of orchestrating the assault.

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Munich - Moscow on Saturday dismissed as "blabber" and "fantasies" allegations that it interfered in the election that brought President Donald Trump to power, denials that drew immediate scorn from US officials.

Indonesia inks $1.1 bn deal with Russia to buy 11 jets

Jakarta - Indonesia has inked a billion-dollar deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia, an official said Saturday. The contract, signed by both countries' representatives in Jakarta on Wednesday, is worth a total $1.

Lavrov calls US election meddling claims 'blabber'

Munich - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday dismissed as "blabber" accusations that Moscow had interfered in the US election that brought President Donald Trump to power.

Russian mercenaries, a discrete weapon in Syria

Moscow - The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict.

Special counsel Mueller's Russia probe: Where it stands

Washington - With the surprise indictment Friday of 13 Russians for meddling in the US election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Moscow has entered new territory.

US eyes heavy tariffs on China, Russia to counter steel, aluminum glut

Washington - The US Commerce Department said Friday it recommended imposing tariffs on China, Russia and other countries to counter a global glut in steel and aluminum which it says threatens national security.

Russia investigator questioned Bannon: report

Washington - The special counsel probing Russian meddling in the US election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign questioned former White House adviser Steve Bannon this week, CNN reported Thursday.

Kremlin, opposition vie for 'Generation Putin' youth vote

Sochi - Between classes at her university in southern Russia, 21-year-old Irina Papandopulo lists the qualities of President Vladimir Putin: "He's strong, he's diplomatic, he's close to the people, he plays sport, he has a healthy lifestyle, he looks good.

No programme, no debate but Putin cruising to poll win

Moscow - Running with a lacklustre slogan, no programme and refusing to debate his opponents, it sometimes seems like Russian President Vladimir Putin is not campaigning for re-election at all.

Russia's Kalashnikov becomes majority private-owned

Moscow - Private investors have for the first time gained a majority share of Russia's Kalashnikov arms manufacturer, producer of the famed AK-47 assault rifle, the company said Thursday.

Website of top Kremlin critic blocked after tycoon complaint

Moscow - Russia's media watchdog on Thursday blocked the website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he posted a video alleging a deputy prime minister enjoyed lavish hospitality from a billionaire tycoon.

Kremlin 'categorically' denies Russia behind NotPetya cyber-attack

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday denied an accusation by Britain that the Russian military were behind last year's "NotPetya" cyber-attack that started in Ukraine and Russia before spreading globally, affecting thousands of computers.

US pushes Russia on Syria as UN warns of 'dangerous moment'

New York - The United States on Wednesday urged Russia to use its leverage over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the war as the UN envoy warned of a "worrying and dangerous" moment in the nearly seven-year conflict.

Coalition destroys Russian-made tank in Syria

Washington - A US-led coalition drone has destroyed a Russian-designed tank in eastern Syria close to the scene of last week's attack on pro-regime forces that left more than 100 Damascus loyalists dead, officials said Tuesday.

Russian studying radicalism gets 2.5 years for 'extremist' posts

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a law student writing a thesis on countering radicalism to two and a half years in prison for reposting "extremist" images online.

US intel chiefs say Russia meddling threatens 2018 vote

Washington - US intelligence chiefs said Tuesday that Russian attempts to meddle in US politics are continuing unabated -- and pose a threat to mid-term Congressional elections in November.

US warns Russia to end its Ukraine 'aggression'

Washington - The United States on Tuesday marked the third anniversary of a deal that ought to have ended the war in Ukraine by demanding Russia end its "aggression" and give up Crimea.

Moscow plane crash may have been caused by iced speed probes

Moscow - Russian experts investigating the weekend plane crash outside Moscow that killed 71 people said Tuesday that the accident may have been caused by ice on speed-measuring instruments which led to faulty information on the craft's airspeed.
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