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Italy's Salvini, in Moscow, denounces sanctions on Russia

Moscow - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini denounced the "madness" of western sanctions against Russia, during a trip to Moscow Wednesday, and launched a fierce attack on the European Union.

Crimean college shooting: what we know so far

Moscow - A teenage gunman shot dead at least 19 people and injured dozens before killing himself at a technical college where he was a student in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday. Here is what we know so far about the shooting.

'Randomly shooting everyone': Witnesses on Crimea college attack

Simferopol - Students in the Crimean college where at least 17 people died on Wednesday said they heard shooting and chaos as students fled from a gunman or multiple gunmen in the building.

18 dead in Crimea college rampage

Simferopol - Eighteen people died and dozens more were wounded, mostly teenagers, Wednesday when a student opened fire at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Russian director Serebrennikov attends closed hearing in fraud case

Moscow - The trial of Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov began Wednesday with a closed hearing, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe.

'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch

Moscow - Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on Tuesday said the G-force during last week's emergency landing of the Soyuz spacecraft felt like a concrete block on his chest but he and NASA astronaut Nick Hague are now in "great" health.

Putin will be in Paris on November 11 to mark 100 years since WWI end: advisor

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a November 11 ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I, his advisor Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday.

Fears of further Orthodox Church rifts after Russia-Constantinople split

Moscow - Orthodox Church leaders from numerous countries on Tuesday called for unity and raised fears of further discord after the Moscow branch announced it would break ties with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate, in what has been described as one of ...

War drills on the school curriculum in eastern Ukraine

Sartana - Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school comes under attack in eastern Ukraine's war.

Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

Minsk - The Russian Orthodox Church said Monday it is breaking ties with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian church, which Moscow does not recognise.

Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Constantinople

Minsk - The Russian Orthodox Church said Monday it is breaking ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate over its decision to grant independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which Moscow does not recognise.

Russian opposition leader says facing 'slander' charge

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday he faces a new criminal charge for slander just a day after his release from two consecutive terms behind bars for organising anti-Kremlin protests.

Amnesty worker says abducted, beaten in Russian Caucasus

Moscow - An Amnesty International researcher said Monday he was abducted and brutally beaten by men claiming to be from the Russian security service after he travelled to the North Caucasus to monitor peaceful protests.

Rival prayers, police presence as Ukraine marks holiday

Kiev - Police were out in force in Kiev Sunday as Ukraine marked Defender's Day, an event with nationalist roots, shortly after a decision to grant independence to the country's Orthodox Church brought fresh tensions.

Putin foe Navalny freed from jail after back-to-back sentences

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail Sunday after three weeks behind bars for organising anti-Kremlin protests, his second spell in detention in as many months.

Weather in Canada leaves $3 billion worth of grain unharvested

Western Canadian grain farmers are warning the federal agriculture minister they may not be able to get this year’s multibillion-dollar crop in the bin because of continued snowfall in much of the Prairies.

Russian ambassador denounces 'aggressive' Britain

London - UK-Moscow relations have plunged to a "very low level", Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko said Friday, due to what he claimed was an "aggressive anti-Russian campaign" by the British government.

Russian FM says independent Ukrainian Church is US-backed 'provocation' 

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was a "provocation" backed by Washington.

Fears of 'religious war' over Ukrainian Church independence

Kiev - Moscow has promised to defend Orthodox believers in Ukraine while Kiev accuses its neighbour of preparing for "religious war" after the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Ukraine hails Church independence move as 'blow' to Moscow

Kiev - Ukrainian media outlets on Friday welcomed what they said was a "serious blow" to Moscow after a historic decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

ISS crew may be there awhile says astronaut Chris Hadfield

Three people currently on board the international space station are "essentially marooned" on the ship for a while, renowned Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has told Euronews.

Moscow-backed land swap opens old wounds in volatile Caucasus

Russia - Looking at the lush green hills around his native village in Russia's Ingushetia region, 59-year-old Ruslan says that even if this does not seem like much, it should still belong to his people, not their neighbours in Chechnya.

'Glory to Ukraine': worshippers praise church independence decision

Kiev - Applause erupted outside a Kiev cathedral Thursday after Orthodox clerics in Istanbul agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Orthodoxy: world's third Christian religion

Moscow - The Orthodox Church, the third main Christian faith after Catholics and Protestants, counts between 125 and 180 million believers around the world, mainly in Russia and eastern Europe.

Ukraine leader hails decision to recognise independence of country's Orthodox Church 

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday hailed a decision by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate to agree to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church despite protests from Russia.

Moscow rages as Ukrainian Church's independence recognised

Istanbul - The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate on Thursday said it had agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in a move welcomed with jubilation by Kiev but condemned as "catastrophic" in Moscow.

Russia probes ISS rocket failure

Baikonur - Russian investigators have launched a probe into why a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off, in a major setback for Russia's beleaguered space industry.

'That was a short flight': crew of failed rocket keeps cool

Baikonur - Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing. "An accident with the booster, 2 minutes, 45 seconds....

China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options

Seoul - China and Russia have backed easing sanctions on Pyongyang "at an appropriate time", as South Korea's foreign minister said Seoul was mulling lifting its own measures, threatening cracks in global restrictions on the nuclear-armed North.

Putin says Nurmagomedov doesn't deserve harsh punishment

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin met mixed martial arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday, saying that he did not deserve harsh punishment for a recent post-fight brawl.
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