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Putin attends Austrian foreign minster's wedding

Vienna - Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday, in a visit that the opposition says has damaged Austria's reputation for political neutrality.

Russia flies supersonic nuclear bombers near Alaska coastline

For the first time in history, two Tupolev Tu-160 Russian supersonic long-range nuclear bombers conducted drills in an area near Alaska on Thursday on the Chukotka Peninsula, which faces Alaska across the Bering Strait.

Row over Putin's attendance at Austria minister's wedding

Vienna - The expected attendance of Russian President Vladimir Putin at Saturday's wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl sparked a row Friday over whether the visit was appropriate.

Merkel expects tough talks with Putin

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected tough talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday on issues from the Syria and Ukraine conflicts to energy cooperation.

Serbia shutters Russia-backed military training camp for kids

Belgrade - Serbian authorities on Friday ordered the closure of a controversial "patriotic youth camp", where teens were handling fake weapons and dressing in army uniforms as part of military-style training.

Hunger-striking Ukrainian filmmaker 'losing hope': cousin

Kiev - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "losing hope" and no longer believes that he will be freed after almost 100 days on hunger strike in a Russian prison, his cousin told AFP.

Russian rights group told to quit Saint Petersburg offices

Sanktpeterburg - Authorities in Saint Petersburg have moved to evict Russia's main human rights NGO Memorial from the offices it has occupied in the country's second city for over 20 years, the group said Thursday.

Russian teens moved from jail to house arrest after protests

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday moved two teenagers accused of "extremism" from prison to house arrest the day after hundreds of people took to the streets in Moscow demanding their release.

Ukraine demands 15 years in jail for ousted pro-Russian president

Kiev - Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office on Thursday said had it demanded a 15-year prison sentence for ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, accused by Kiev of "betraying his nation" to Russia.

Bemused Banksy says 'nothing to do with' major Russian exhibition

Moscow - The reclusive British street artist Banksy has said in a bemused social media post he was not involved in a major exhibition of his works currently on display in Moscow.

Russia calls it a 'space apparatus inspector' but is it a weapon?

Russia has deployed a suspicious satellite the United States says is part of Moscow's plans to attack orbiting satellites in a future conflict, a State Department official revealed in Geneva on Tuesday.

Hundreds rally in Moscow to demand release of 'extremist' teens

Moscow - Hundreds of people, many clutching stuffed toys, rallied in Moscow on Wednesday to demand the release of two teenagers accused of "extremism" in a case they say is part of a growing Kremlin crackdown on Russian youth.

Russia and Turkey to trade in national currencies not US dollar

Russia said last Monday that it favors bilateral trade with all countries using their national currencies rather than the US dollar. However, Russian authorities say the idea needed more work before it could be implemented

Putin to be guest at Austrian FM's wedding: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will be a guest at the wedding of Austria's foreign minister, who was nominated to the role by a far-right party with reported links to Russia's ruling United Russia.

Ukraine's Sentsov 'wants to live' but will not end hunger strike: activist

Moscow - Hunger striking Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov "wants and hopes to live" but will not stop his protest despite deteriorating health, a rights campaigner who visited him in the Russian Arctic prison where he is held said Wednesday.

In Syria's Golan, Russia seeks handover to UN

Near an abandoned United Nations observation point whose wall had been riddled with bullets, Syrian and Russian policemen gazed across the Golan Heights near the Israeli border.

Creator of iconic Soviet cartoons Eduard Uspensky dies

Moscow - Legendary Soviet children's writer and creator of the USSR's most popular cartoon characters Eduard Uspensky died in his home in the Moscow suburbs at the age of 80 late on Tuesday.

Putin ready to meet N. Korea's Kim at 'early date': KCNA

Seoul - Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at an early date", the North's state media reported Wednesday, amid a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.

Syria regime welcomes returning refugees with charm offensive

- Several years after fleeing Syria, a group of wide-eyed refugees stare through the tinted windows of their bus to see the homecoming committee the government has organised for them.

Arms, investment and 'instructors': Russia boosts Africa role

Moscow - Touting military cooperation and "instructors," arms deals and investment, Russia is making a comeback in Africa after years of inactivity and now aims to rival European countries and even China, analysts say.

Western filmmakers urge action to save Ukraine's Sentsov

Paris - Britain's Ken Loach, Canada's David Cronenberg and dozens of other filmmakers called Monday on Russia to free Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for nearly three months in a Siberian jail.

Five Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on its legal status on Sunday in the Kazakh city of Aktau, easing regional tensions and potentially facilitating lucrative oil and gas projects.

The Caspian Sea: rich in oil and gas and caviar

Aktau - The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aktau on Sunday to sign a landmark deal on the Caspian Sea.

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal Sunday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon.

Lavrov tells Pompeo Russia categorically rejects US sanctions

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday in a phone conversation with US counterpart Mike Pompeo that Moscow categorically rejected the latest US sanctions, the foreign ministry said.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov 'ready to die': lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is "ready to die" after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his lawyer said Friday.

Further US sanctions would be 'declaration of economic war': Medvedev

Moscow - Russia warned Friday that if the US followed through with threats to impose further harsh economic sanctions it would be seen as a "declaration of economic war".

S. Korea firms caught importing coal, iron from North: Seoul

Seoul - Three South Korean firms were caught importing coal and iron from the North last year, Seoul said Friday, in an apparent violation of UN sanctions imposed in August 2017 on the nuclear-armed state.

Macron to discuss Ukraine hunger striker Sentsov with Putin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday discuss with Vladimir Putin the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for almost three months, Macron's office said.

Russia jails IS-linked teen for St Petersburg cathedral bomb plot

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday jailed a teenaged supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group over a plot to carry out a suicide attack at Saint Petersburg's Kazan cathedral, a key tourist attraction.
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