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Russia prosecutors seek to label Navalny groups 'extremist'

Moscow - Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a Moscow court to designate organisations linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as "extremist" in a move that could ban them in Russia and result in jail time for their members.

Germany probes Russian over plot to murder Chechen dissident

Berlin - German prosecutors said Friday they are investigating a Russian man suspected of helping to plan the murder of a Chechen dissident living in Germany on orders of the Chechen regime.

Ukraine urges Putin summit, ceasefire after Russia build-up

Paris - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called for a summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and a new ceasefire, as France and Germany urged Moscow to pull back troops after a build-up on borders raised fears the Kremlin was planning t...

Kremlin welcomes Biden call for dialogue, criticises sanctions

Moscow - The Kremlin said Friday it was "good" that US President Joe Biden was seeking dialogue with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin but criticised the United States for a fresh bout of sanctions on Moscow.

Europe on alert as Russia steps up aggressive spying

Paris - By Didier LAURAS — Three years after the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Moscow's representatives in Europe are coming under scrutiny again following a raft of new spy scandals.

Ukraine-Russian tensions on menu at Paris talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the former Soviet state, which fears a Russian invasion.

The main US sanctions against Russia

Washington - The United States announced a salvo of sanctions Thursday against Russia in retaliation for what Washington says are "destabilizing international actions," including attacks on American interests.

US imposes sanctions on Moscow, expels Russian diplomats

Washington - The United States announced sanctions and the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats Thursday in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyberattack and other hostile activity.

New US sanctions won't 'help' Putin-Biden summit plans: Kremlin

Moscow - The Kremlin said Thursday that looming US sanctions against Russia in retaliation for alleged election interference and hacking will not "help" a potential summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden.

Ukraine slams Russia's 'open' threats ahead of France, Germany meeting

Kiev - Kiev on Thursday accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction ahead of President Volodymyr Zelensky's meeting with the leaders of Germany and France.

US to announce sanctions on Russia over hacking, election meddling: media

Washington - The United States will announce sanctions against Russia on Thursday in retaliation for alleged election interference and hacking, American media reported.

US cancels Black Sea deployment of two warships: Turkey

Ankara - The United States has cancelled this week's planned deployment of two warships to the Black Sea, Turkish officials and media said Wednesday, amid high tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Russian police raid student news site over Navalny video

Moscow - Russian police on Wednesday raided the offices of student news site DOXA and charged staff with inciting minors to protest as authorities piled fresh pressure on independent media.

Biden summit offer hailed in Moscow as win for Putin

Moscow - US President Joe Biden's invitation to Vladimir Putin to hold a summit was being hailed in Moscow Wednesday as a sign that Washington had blinked first in the showdown with Russia over Ukraine.

Flagged! Russia objects to Kosovo background at UN video conference

New York - A United Nations Security Council meeting on Kosovo was temporarily suspended Tuesday after Russia objected to the partially recognized country's flag appearing behind Pristina's foreign minister during the video conference.

Navalny's wife 'worried' for Kremlin critic after prison visit

Moscow - Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday she was increasingly concerned for her hunger-striking husband's health after visiting him at his penal colony outside Moscow.

Russia detains two after huge Saint Petersburg fire

Sanktpeterburg - Russia on Tuesday detained two people after a huge fire gutted a historic factory in Saint Petersburg, as firefighters continued putting out the blaze.

Biden urges Putin to ease Ukraine tensions

Washington - US President Joe Biden urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ease mounting tensions with neighboring Ukraine Tuesday, joining a pushback against a build-up of troops along their border that has alarmed NATO allies.

Iran vows to ramp up uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade

Tehran - Iran warned Tuesday it will start enriching uranium up to 60 percent purity, two days after an explosion it blamed on Israel damaged its enrichment plant in Natanz.

India greenlights Sputnik V, will fast-track approval for other virus shots

New Delhi - India has authorised the emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine and will fast-track approval for other shots already passed by other major countries, authorities said Tuesday, as infection rates soared to a new record high.

G7 urges Russia to stop 'provocations,' de-escalate on Ukraine

Paris - The Group of Seven leading economic powers on Monday called on Russia to stop its "provocations" and "de-escalate tensions" following its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine.

Russian prison threatens to force-feed Navalny

Moscow - Russian prison officials are threatening to start force-feeding jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his team said Monday, after he lost eight kilograms (18 pounds) since starting a hunger strike.

Russian prison threatens to force-feed Navalny: team

Moscow - Russian prison officials are threatening to start force-feeding jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his team said Monday, after he lost eight kilograms (18 pounds) since starting a hunger strike.

Massive fire in historic Saint Petersburg factory

Sanktpeterburg - A huge fire was burning in a historic factory in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg on Monday, sending clouds of black smoke over the city.

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in war-torn separatist east

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in clashes with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine's war-torn east, its military said Monday, as Kiev again accused Moscow of massing tens of thousands of soldiers on its border.

From Sputnik-1 to Sputnik V: Russian scientific achievements

Moscow - Russia boasts a rich history of scientific invention across a wide variety of fields, from the Sputnik satellite to the coronavirus vaccine of the same name.

In Russia, the legend of cosmonaut Gagarin lives on

Moscow - Sixty years after he became the first person in space, there are few figures more universally admired in Russia today than Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.His smiling face adorns murals across the country.

Russians celebrate 60 years since historic Gagarin spaceflight

Moscow - Russia on Monday celebrated the 60th anniversary of the legendary flight that made Yuri Gagarin the first man in space, a major source of national pride for millions of his countrymen.

Ukraine rules out offensive against pro-Russia separatists

Kiev - Ukraine's army said Friday it would not launch an offensive against pro-Russian separatists controlling two regions in the east, as fears grow of a major escalation in the long-running conflict.

Russian court orders tighter laws to stem domestic violence

Russia - Russia's constitutional court on Friday ordered stronger laws to punish repeat domestic violence offenders, saying both the penalties as well as protection for victims were insufficient.
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