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Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria on Monday, a monitor said, in the bloodiest surge in violence since a truce almost eight months ago.

Despite setbacks, Russia still leans towards Trump: analysts

Moscow - Despite failing to realise the Kremlin's hopes of spearheading a new era in US-Russia ties, President Donald Trump is still Moscow's preferred candidate in the US election over his rival Joe Biden, analysts say.

Pentagon condemns Turkey S-400 test, Erdogan dismisses US criticism

Washington - The United States strongly condemned NATO ally Turkey on Friday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the first test of a Russian-made S-400 air defense system and dismissed US criticism.

Pentagon condemns Turkish missile system test, warns of 'serious consequences'

Washington - The Pentagon on Friday strongly condemned the test of a Russian-made S-400 missile defense system by NATO ally Turkey and warned of "serious consequences.

Death of sea life off Russia peninsula 'caused by algae'

Moscow - Blooming algae was behind a recent mass death of sea animals that saw octopuses and seals wash up on the shore off a Russian peninsula, scientists said on Friday in the final conclusion to their probe.

Putin says Karabakh deaths soaring as diplomats scramble

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that weeks of fighting over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh province had left close to 5,000 people dead as world leaders scrambled to broker a truce.

Ukraine's Zelensky struggles to impress in war-battered east

President Volodymyr Zelensky rose to power last year on a pledge to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine which has left Russia-backed separatists controlling two areas of the country and thousands dead.

Iran, Russia deny US election interference claims

Tehran - Iran and Russia on Thursday strongly denied US allegations of having taken actions to influence public opinion ahead of the November 3 US presidential election.

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

Almaty - An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down safely on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions.

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

Almaty - An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions.

US, Russia edge back towards talks on nuclear arms pact

Moscow - Russia and the United States on Tuesday were edging closer to breaking an impasse in long-running talks aimed at extending a landmark nuclear arms deal, due to expire within months.

US charges Russians with cyberattacks on Ukraine, French elections, Olympics

Washington - Six Russian military intelligence officers have been charged in the United States with carrying out cyberattacks on Ukraine's power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Justice Department announced Monday.

US charges six Russian military intelligence officers with cyberattacks

Washington - Six Russian military intelligence officers have been charged with carrying out cyberattacks on Ukraine's power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympics, the US Justice Department announced on Monday.

French court tries Russian for multi-million-euro cyberfraud

Paris - A Russian goes on trial in Paris Monday accused of having defrauded nearly 200 victims across the world of 135 million euros using ransomware.

US condemns Turkey over reported test of Russian system

Istanbul - The United States on Friday condemned NATO ally Turkey after it reportedly carried out its first test of a highly advanced Russian air defence system in defiance of US warnings.

US shoots down Putin proposal for one-year New START extension

Moscow - Russia and the United States on Friday were at a new impasse over the last major nuclear arms reduction accord, with the United States calling President Vladimir Putin's proposal for an unconditional one-year extension a non-starter.

Australia, Netherlands slam Russia withdrawal from MH17 talks

Sydney - Australia on Friday joined the Netherlands in slamming Russia's decision to withdraw from consultations over its involvement in the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, which killed 298 people, mostly Dutch and Australian citizens.

Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

Moscow - Russia said Thursday it would withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the MH17 flight shot down over Ukraine in 2014, complaining of "vicious" attempts to pin blame on Moscow.

EU agrees Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Apo - The EU agreed Wednesday to impose sanctions on six people and one entity over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a Novichok nerve agent, diplomats told AFP.

New crew reaches ISS in record time

Almaty - A three-person crew successfully reached the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard a Russian rocket after the fastest ever journey from Earth of just over three hours.

Russia launches fresh crew to ISS on fast-track journey

Almaty - Two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut blasted off on a high-speed journey to the International Space Station Wednesday, in the first such launch aboard a Russian capsule since SpaceX's game-changing debut manned flight from US soil.

US says ready to extend nuclear pact, but rebuffed by Russia

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it had reached an agreement in principle with Russia to extend New START, the last major nuclear treaty still in force, but Moscow quickly rejected US conditions.

US says 'agreement in principle' with Russia on extending key nuclear pact

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it had reached an "agreement in principle" with Russia on extending New START, the two nations' last major nuclear accord, which is due to expire in February.

Kamchatka marine life death caused by algae: Russian scientist

Moscow - The mass death of sea creatures in Russia's Kamchatka region was caused by toxins from microalgae rather than man-made pollution, a senior Russian scientist said on Monday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation.

Russia reports record virus cases but shuns new restrictions

Moscow - Russia registered its highest-ever number of new coronavirus infections on Friday after officials warned that tight restrictions could be put back in place if people continued to flout restrictions.

Russia contains spread of arms depot fire

Moscow - Hundreds of Russian servicemen on Thursday contained a blaze at an arms depot that left 16 injured and damaged houses in the area, the defence ministry said.

Witnesses at Berlin trial recount killing 'ordered by Russia'

Berlin - German office worker Drosten F. was just about to order lunch on a restaurant terrace on a sunny August day last year when he heard a loud bang. At first glance at the scene unfolding before him, he thought it was an accident.

UK, Ukraine to sign post-Brexit 'partnership agreement'

London - Britain and Ukraine will on Thursday sign a "strategic partnership agreement" to support Kiev's sovereignty "in the face of Russia's destabilising behaviour", Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said.

Russia evacuates thousands as munitions explode in fire

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday evacuated more than 2,000 people from nearby villages after a wildfire set off explosions at a munitions depot in the Ryazan region southeast of Moscow, officials said.

France, Germany and UK seek Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Berlin - Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday directly accused Russia of "involvement and responsibility" in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announcing that they will seek EU sanctions over the case.
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