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US-Russia talks Saturday to 'save' Aleppo from destruction: Kerry

Paris - US Secretary of State John Kerry said US and Russian officials would meet on Saturday in a bid to stop the Syrian city of Aleppo "being absolutely, completely destroyed".

No Putin link to Russian doping: McLaren

London - There is no evidence to suggest Russian president Vladimir Putin knew about "state-sponsored" doping in the country's sport programmes, doping investigator Richard McLaren told AFP on Friday.

Russia 'hijacked' sport with mass doping, says McLaren

London - Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an "institutional conspiracy" to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.

UN to vote on 'too little, too late' Syria ceasefire

New York - The UN General Assembly is set to vote Friday on a draft resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Syria and access for humanitarian aid, a measure one diplomat described as "too little, too late.

Russian FM announces halt in Syrian strikes on Aleppo: news agencies

Moscow - The Syrian army has halted its attacks on Syria's Aleppo to allow for the evacuation of civilians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

Russia's Lavrov rejects 'myth of a Russian threat' in Europe

Hamburg - Moscow's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov on Thursday denounced the "myth of a Russian threat" and accused Western powers of destabilising Europe, at a meeting in Germany of OSCE nations.

Despite reforms, denials thwart Russia's anti-doping efforts

Moscow - Russian sport is bracing for more pain after a bruising year that has seen its athletes turfed out of the Olympics over revelations of state-run doping.

No breakthrough in Kerry-Lavrov talks on Aleppo

Hamburg - US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany Wednesday but no breakthrough emerged on efforts to halt the fighting in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.

Irish court unfreezes 100m euros for Khodorkovsky: report

Dublin - An Irish court on Wednesday released 100 million euros ($107 million) in frozen assets for exiled former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Irish Times reported.

NATO urges continued sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Brussels - Damaging EU economic sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis must be kept in place to force Moscow to meet its Minsk ceasefire commitments, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

Wounded in east Ukraine struggle for artificial limbs

Donetsk - Yulia Mikhailova considers herself lucky after surviving a shell strike on a trolley last year that killed 15 people in war-scarred east Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel-held territory.

Chechen strongman not to be called at Kremlin critic's murder trial

Moscow - A judge hearing the murder trial of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday refused a request to call Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov for questioning.

State-owned Russian bank VTB says sites hit by cyberattack

Moscow - State-controlled Russian bank VTB said Monday that its websites had been hit by a cyberattack but insisted its systems were still working "as normal".

British MPs back UK asset freeze for human rights abusers

London - British lawmakers have tabled a change in the law to enable the government to freeze British assets of international human rights abusers, following a campaign in memory of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Russian army medic 'killed in Aleppo field hospital shelling'

Moscow - A Russian army medic was killed Monday and two others seriously injured in rebel shelling of a field hospital in Syria's Aleppo, Russia's defence ministry said, blaming Western nations who support rebel fighters.

Russia, US to hold talks on rebel withdrawal from Aleppo: Lavrov

Moscow - Russian and US experts will meet in the coming days to determine the routes and timing for a total rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

Moscow - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit.

Russian film sparks uproar by glorifying Soviet WWII 'myth'

Moscow - In a controversial new Russian film, 28 Soviet soldiers facing sure death defend the frontline outside Moscow against an onslaught of Nazi tanks in 1941.

Putin says 'clever' Trump will soon grasp weighty role

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly.

Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State 'emir'

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an "emir" of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus.

Putin warns artists against 'dangerous behaviour'

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Friday told artists not to confuse freedom of expression with "outrageously dangerous behaviour" and suggested the Charlie Hebdo massacre could have been avoided if the magazine had not insulted Islam.

600,000 risk losing water in war-scarred Ukraine

Kiev - International monitors warned on Friday that around 600,000 impoverished people could be left without water or heat in war-scarred eastern Ukraine this winter.

Russia says foreign spies plotted huge cyberattack

Moscow - Russia on Friday said it had uncovered plans by foreign intelligence services to carry out massive cyberattacks this month targeting the country's financial system.

From US to Europe to Syria, stars align for Putin

Moscow - Held at diplomatic arm's-length for years, Russian President Vladimir Putin is pivoting back to centre stage as his admirers and international allies rise to power, a move that analysts say the Kremlin will be quick to exploit.

Putin says Russia not 'looking for enemies'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin adopted a conciliatory tone to international rivals in a key speech on Thursday, saying Russia has "never looked for enemies" in the international community."We do not want confrontation with anyone.

Putin demands economic reforms after 2018 polls

Moscow - Russia needs to introduce economic and tax reforms to end its stagnation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, urging the government to plan for 2019 and beyond, after the 2018 presidential polls.

Norway fetes chess champ Carlsen's tour de force

Oslo - From a NATO chief's tweet to the top headlines on news sites, Norway on Thursday feted its three-time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen a day after he beat Russia's Sergei Karyakin in a breathtaking tiebreaker.

Lavrov denies Russia, Syria role in Turkish deaths

Istanbul - Moscow and Damascus were not behind an air strike in Syria last week that killed four Turkish soldiers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, refuting Turkish claims.

Ukraine launches missile drills near Russia-annexed Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday unleashed a barrage of missile tests near Russian-annexed Crimea in a show of strength and defiance bound to irritate Moscow.

Russia confirms ready to cut oil output by 300,000 barrels per day

Moscow - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, responding to a decision by OPEC Wednesday to reduce crude output to lift prices, said Russia was ready to cut its own oil production by 300,000 barrels a day next year.
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