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'Candidate Putin' makes first appearance at annual press conference

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold an annual press conference Thursday in his first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in March 2018 elections.

Facebook accused of inaction over Russian ads in Brexit vote

London - A senior British MP on Wednesday accused Facebook of failing to seriously investigate possible Russian influence in the Brexit vote, after it found just three adverts linked to a known propaganda group.

Greek court orders extradition of Russian Bitcoin suspect to US

Atenas - Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that a Russian accused of laundering $4 billion using bitcoin digital currency be extradited to the United States, a court source said.

Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa

New York - Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to supply light arms and ammunition to the struggling armed forces of the Central African Republic beginning next week, according to a request obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

Russia blocks websites of Khodorkovsky's opposition group

Moscow - Russia said Tuesday that it had ordered the blocking of websites linked to an opposition movement founded by exiled former oligarch and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky over "undesirable" activities.

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - The first Russian troops returned home Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, beginning a partial withdrawal from a mission widely seen as decisive in swinging the war in favour of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus.

Russia pledges to help negotiate an end to Libya crisis

Moscow - Russia will "do everything necessary" to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country's political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - The first Russian troops returned home on Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

Russia on alert for returning IS jihadists ahead of World Cup

Moscow - Russia's security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.

Erdogan says officials to meet to 'finalise' Russia defence deal

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish and Russian officials would meet in the coming days to finalise the deal for Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

Cairo - Egypt and Russia signed a contract on Monday for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.

Pentagon skeptical about Russia's Syria pullout claims

Washington - The Pentagon on Monday voiced skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he had ordered the partial withdrawal of troops from Syria.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

Cairo - Egypt and Russia signed a final contract on Monday for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.

Kazakhstan to hold new Syria talks next week

Astana - A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is scheduled for next week in Astana, Kazakhstan said Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Ankara - Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia's troops from the war-torn country.

Putin orders partial Russia troop withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country.

European rights watchdog raps Ukraine's language law

Kiev - A European rights watchdog ruled on Friday that Ukraine's new law requiring state schools teach older children almost entirely in Ukrainian might be discriminatory.

Delayed Bolshoi 'Nureyev' to premiere with director under arrest

Moscow - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet based on the life of Russian dance legend Rudolf Nureyev that was abruptly pulled in the summer will premiere Saturday, despite its director remaining under house arrest.

Doubts about Washington hinder North Korea deal: Lavrov

Vienna - Uncertainty about the US administration is weighing on efforts to ease the nuclear crisis with North Korea, which would be willing to negotiate with the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Russia launches giant Yamal gas project in the Arctic

S - Russia launches Friday its Yamal gas plant in Arctic Siberia, a gigantic project in one of the world's most remote areas, as the region becomes more accessible due to climate change.

Putin 'deeply concerned' at US Jerusalem move

Moscow - Russian president Vladimir Putin is "deeply concerned" by Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the Kremlin said in a statement Thursday.

Russia says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

Moscow - Russia said Thursday that it had completed its mission to liberate Syria from Islamic State jihadists, though the UN cautioned that a territorial victory was incomplete without a political solution.

Olympic ban opens chasm between Russia's athletes and leaders

Moscow - The International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Games over state-orchestrated doping has created an unprecedented split between the country's athletes and politicians.

Russia says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said its mission to oust Islamic State jihadists from Syria had been "accomplished" with the country "completely liberated" from the extremist group.

Putin's ex-minister, facing 10 years in jail, asks forgiveness

Moscow - Alexei Ulyukayev, a former Russian economy minister who faces 10 years in prison on bribery charges, insisted on his innocence Thursday while asking Russians to forgive him for ignoring the injustices of Russia's political system.

Putin will seek new term as Russia president

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in March elections, a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin.

French court sets 40-mn-euro bail for Russia billionaire

Aix-en-provence - An appeal court in southern France ordered billionaire Russian businessman and senator Suleyman Kerimov to post bail of 40 million euros ($47 million) on Wednesday pending a tax fraud investigation.

Putin seeks new term as Russia president in March vote

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in the country's March elections in a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin.

Russian air strikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Birut - Russian air strikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Putin keeps Russia in suspense over re-election bid

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday gave his strongest hint yet that he would seek a new six-year term in March 2018 elections, but stopped short of announcing his candidacy in a carefully choreographed ceremony.
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