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Fraud claims as Kremlin candidate wins vote re-run

Moscow - A Kremlin-backed candidate has won a key governorship election in Russia's Far East but critics denounced the vote as a fraud after a popular opposition figure was not allowed to run.

Ukrainian arts enjoy surprise revival in conflict-riven east

Donezk - In a grungy cellar bar, a young crowd sings along to a melancholy ballad in Ukrainian. Nothing unusual here -- except that the concert is taking place in the stronghold of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia retains heightened military border presence: Ukraine leader

Kiev - Russia retains a heightened military presence on Ukraine's border, having pulled back "less than 10 percent" of its forces since tensions between the countries peaked in November, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday.

Protesters arrested outside Russian security service HQ

Moscow - Russian police on Sunday arrested seven people protesting outside the Moscow headquarters of the FSB, Russia's security service, an independent monitor reported.

Six children among 10 dead in Russia house fires

Moscow - Six children and four adults died in house fires in several Russian cities on Sunday, Russian media reported. Three toddlers died in a house fire in a village in Bashkortostan, a region south of the Ural mountains, news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Ukraine Orthodoxy in key points

Kiev - Ukraine is home to millions of believers of the Orthodox Church. But their loyalties are divided between the Kiev and Moscow patriarchies.

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Kiev - A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturday to work towards founding an independent church, in what Kiev authorities hope will be a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Young Russian fashion designers take inspiration from history

Moscow - In her workshop in a Moscow attic, Maria Andrianova is using a sewing technique she learnt from elderly women in the forested Karelia region of northwestern Russia."For me, sewing is a way to learn about my origins," said the 31-year-old designer.

US, Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure

Washington - The head of the Ukrainian navy is meeting his US counterpart this week in Washington, where they will discuss the Russian navy's recent seizure of three Ukrainian vessels, a US official said Thursday.

Accused Russian agent pleads guilty in US

Washington - A Russian national who built a powerful network of Republican contacts via the US gun rights lobby that reached into President Donald Trump's circle admitted Thursday acting as an illegal foreign agent.

EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia: Tusk

Apo - EU leaders extended punishing economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine for another six months on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over the Azov Sea clash.

Ukrainian synod seeks to set up church independent of Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will meet on Saturday to work towards an independent church, following an Orthodox "schism", in what Kiev authorities hope will signal a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Ex-lawyer blames Trump 'dirty deeds' as he gets 3 years

New York - Donald Trump's former lawyer apologized Wednesday for covering up the "dirty deeds" of his ex-boss as he was sentenced to three years for multiple crimes including hush money payments implicating the US president.

Ex-lawyer blasts Trump as sentenced to three years

New York - US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered a blistering attack on his ex-boss as he was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for multiple crimes including paying "hush money" to two women who claimed to have had affair...

Venezuela-Russia wargames an 'alert' for region: Colombia

Apo - Venezuela's joint military exercises with Russia should put the entire South American continent on alert against an "unfriendly act", Colombia's President Ivan Duque warned Wednesday.

Cousin of jailed Ukrainian filmmaker accepts EU's Sakharov prize

Strasbourg - A cousin of jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov accepted on Wednesday the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize on his behalf, saying the director remained committed to winning the release of all "political prisoners" in Russia.

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen faces hour of truth

New York - The hour of judgment has come for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, who will learn Wednesday if cooperating with authorities conducting the Russia probe will spare him a long prison term.

Ex-Trump aide Flynn does not deserve jail, lawyers say

Washington - US President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn does not deserve jail for lying about his contacts with Russians after Trump's 2016 election win, his lawyers argued in a memorandum on Tuesday.

Russia probe target Papadopoulos plans book, biopic

Washington - George Papadopoulos sparked the first FBI inquiry into Russian involvement in the 2016 US election when, as a Trump campaign advisor, he let slip that Moscow had offered him dirt on Hillary Clinton.Now he's the first to cash in on the scandal.

Moscow slams US 'hysterics' over planes sent to Caracas

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday slammed Washington's "undiplomatic" response to its deployment of two bomber planes to Venezuela for exercises.

Putin defends jailing of 77-year-old activist

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday defended the jailing of an elderly rights activist over calls to protest, stressing he wants to prevent events like France's "yellow vest" revolt.

Russia gives ex-cop 13 years in Norwegian spy case

Moscow - A former Russian police officer accused of handing documents to an alleged Norwegian spy was on Tuesday sentenced by a Moscow court to 13 years in prison, news agencies reported.

Russians mourn human rights icon Alexeyeva

Moscow - Russians paid their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva on Tuesday, with some mourners angered by President Vladimir Putin's attendance of a memorial ceremony.

Putin praises dissident writer Solzehnitsyn on centenary

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a statue honouring writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the centenary of his birth Tuesday, hailing as a patriot the dissident whose work was once banned.

Russians mourn human rights giant Lyudmila Alexeyeva

Moscow - Russians on Tuesday paid their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva, with President Vladimir Putin expected to attend a memorial ceremony despite the activist's criticism of his rule.

Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises

Caracas - Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela Monday for what the government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defense of the leftist-ruled South American country.

Undeniable: contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia

Washington - On January 11, 2017, Donald Trump was asked in his first press conference after his shock election victory, "Did you or anyone in your campaign have any contact with Russia leading up to or during the campaign?""No, not at all," Trump responded.

Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises

Caracas - Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela Monday for what the government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defense of the leftist-ruled South American country.

Accused Russian 'agent' to plead guilty

Washington - A Russian gun rights advocate who built a powerful network of Republican contacts that reached into President Donald Trump's circle has reached a deal to plead guilty after her arrest for acting as an illegal foreign agent, a court filing by her lawyer...
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