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UN backs call for Russia to withdraw troops from Moldova

New York - The UN General Assembly on Friday backed a call from Britain, Canada, Poland and eight other countries for Russia to withdraw its troops from a breakaway region of Moldova.

Turkey gets first F-35 delivery from US

Washington - The United States delivered Thursday its first shipment of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey, despite tensions with the country and US lawmakers' opposition.

Migrants use World Cup Fan IDs to try to enter EU

Sanktpeterburg - A small number of migrants have used Russia's World Cup ticketing system that allows visa-free travel for foreign fans to try to enter the European Union illegally, with neighbouring Belarus and Finland reporting cases.

Trump weighs meeting with Putin

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and is sending his national security advisor to Moscow to discuss the idea.

S. Korea's Moon arrives in Russia for talks with Putin

Moscow - South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Russia Thursday ahead of talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, which are expected to focus on economic cooperation and the situation in North Korea.

G7 ambassadors 'deeply concerned' about jailed filmmaker Sentsov

Kiev - G7 Ambassadors said Thursday they were deeply concerned about Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for more than a month as he serves a 20-year term in a Russian prison camp.

Yekaterinburg: World Cup host city where gangs once ruled

Yekaterinburg - Yekaterinburg has escaped its dark past of contract killings and organised crime to become a World Cup host city with a more hopeful future.The industrial city of 1.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday expressed alarm over US President Donald Trump's call for the United States to dominate space exploration and his plan to create a separate branch of the military called a Space Force.

Russia calls out US 'cynicism' for rights council pullout

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday voiced surprise at the United States' decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, accusing Washington of "gross cynicism" and "disregard" for the world body.

World Cup brings no lasting cheer for Russian beer

Moscow - Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia's bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up.

Russia seeks to force out foreign rabbis as 'national security threat'

Moscow - For the past three months, Asher Krichevsky, Siberia's chief rabbi, has been battling to stay in the country after the Russian authorities accused the Israeli citizen of attempting to overthrow the state.

Russian opposition leader Navalny calls for protests during World Cup

Moscow - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny called Tuesday for nationwide protests to take place across the country during the World Cup over a government plan to raise the retirement age for the first time in its modern history.

Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

Moscow - During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not the number of goals his team has scored in the World Cup but the number of phone numbers he has collected from Russian girls."Four!

US Commerce Secretary held Russia, China-linked assets: report

Washington - US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held assets for much of last year that created conflicts of interest and has since transferred ownership to a family trust instead of divesting outright, Forbes reported Monday.

Lavrov and Pompeo discuss North Korea

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo have discussed North Korea by phone less than a week after a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Moscow said Monday.

EU extends Crimea sanctions for another year

Apo - The European Union on Monday rolled over for another year tough sanctions imposed over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Over 1.5 mn Russians sign petition against pension age hike

Moscow - A Russian government proposal to hike the state pension age to 63 for women and 65 for men had as of Monday seen more than 1.5 million people sign a petition against the move.

Zone for minority fans at Russia World Cup forced to move

Sanktpeterburg - A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.

Russia, Saudi seek raised OPEC output of 1.5 million bpd

Moscow - Russia and Saudi Arabia will ask OPEC to hike production by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday.

Taxi driver injures at least seven near the Kremlin

Moscow - At least seven people were injured Saturday when a Moscow taxi apparently lost control of his car a few hundred meters away from the Kremlin on the third day of the Russia World Cup.

Ukraine arrests second suspect in Babchenko case

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday announced it had arrested a suspected organiser of the planned murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, whose death was staged last month in an bid to foil what Kiev said was a real assassination attempt by Moscow.

Ukraine official denied access to hunger-striker in Russian jail

Kiev - Kiev protested to Moscow on Friday after a Ukrainian rights official was barred from visiting hunger-striking filmmaker Oleg Sentsov in a Russian prison amid growing concerns for his life.

UN chief urged to raise Ukrainian prisoners in talks with Putin

New York - The United States, France, Britain and 35 other countries asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to raise the case of jailed film director Oleg Sentsov and dozens of other Ukrainian prisoners during his talks with Russian President Vla...

Moscow slams Norway plans to double US troop presence

Oslo - Moscow on Thursday criticised Norway's plans to ask Washington to double the number of US troops stationed in the Scandinavian country and deploy them nearer the border with Russia.

Russia overturns 'not guilty' verdict for gulag historian

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday overturned the "not guilty" verdict in the high-profile trial of a historian on child pornography charges, forcing a retrial, his lawyer told AFP.

Putin invites Kim to Russia, praises Trump summit

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday conveyed to a senior North Korean official an invitation for Kim Jong Un to visit Russia as he praised the results of his summit with Donald Trump.

British gay rights activist arrested in Russia before World Cup

Moscow - British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested on Thursday in Russia for holding a one-man protest against the country's record on LGBT rights, hours before the kick-off of the World Cup.

Kremlin says Russian women will make own dating choices during World Cup

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday rejected suggestions from a senior lawmaker that Russian women should not have sex with visiting World Cup fans, saying they would make up their own minds.

Russia proposes raising pension age, first hike in almost 90 years

Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday proposed raising the state pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women, the first such hike in almost nine decades.

Yemen port assault could lead to 'catastrophe': Russia

Moscow - Russia warned on Thursday that an offensive against the Yemeni port city of Hodeida could lead to "catastrophic consequences" for the entire war-ravaged country.
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