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Sport divided as Russia escapes blanket Olympics doping ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee's decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping left international sports leaders divided on Monday, less than two weeks before the opening ceremony.

IOC under fire as Russia escapes blanket doping ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided against hitting Russia with a blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run doping, sparking an immediate backlash from groups that had demanded bold action against cheating.

IOC faces historic call on Russia Rio ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades.

Doping scandal derails Putin's sports masterplan

Russia - President Vladimir Putin has pumped vast sums into sport to refashion Russia's image and bolster his personal prestige, but the scandal over state-run doping threatens to obliterate any successes.

Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record

Sydney - Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.

Kerry announces fresh talks with Russia on Syria

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos.

Russia facing Rio Paralympic ban over doping report

Paris - Russia could miss the Paralympics in Rio as well as the Olympics after the International Paralympic Committee decided Friday to open suspension proceedings following a damning report into state-sponsored doping.

Russia bids to avoid Rio ban as IOC reports new test failures

Moscow - Russia on Friday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics.

Putin insists 'no place' for doping in sport as Rio ban looms

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday insisted Russia was committed to wiping out doping in a last-ditch push to avoid a possible blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run drug cheating.

Russian warplanes 'targeted U.S., British outpost in Syria'

Washington - Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite US and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Moscow restarts air travel for Russians to Turkey

Russia - Moscow on Friday lifted a temporary ban on air travel for Russian citizens to Turkey imposed over fears of unrest after a failed coup in the country.

Russian wildfires put key climate resource at risk

Moscow - Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

Russian agent gets 10 years over export violations

Washington - A convicted Russian agent was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally exporting advanced electronics with military applications.

Ukraine rebels train locals to fight armed international police

- Pro-Russian insurgents in war-torn eastern Ukraine have staged sabre-rattling training exercises in preparation for the possible deployment of an armed international police force in rebel-held areas.

Russia facing calls for all-out Rio ban

Montr - Russia was facing calls to be kicked out of the Olympics on Thursday after their highly-regarded track and field squad lost their appeal over being banned from Rio for state-sponsored doping.

IOC to take a week to decide on Russia Olympic ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it would take up to a week to decide whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics over its "state" doping machine.

Kremlin confirms Putin and Erdogan to meet in Russia in August

Moscow - The Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan to meet in Russia in early August."A meeting between Putin and Erdogan is being prepared and worked out.

Russia detains investigators over huge mob boss bribes

Moscow - Russia's security service on Tuesday detained senior investigators on suspicion of taking bribes of up to $1 million from mafia bosses in return for letting their cases drop.

Seven Ukraine troops die in worst clashes in two months

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday seven of its soldiers had been killed and 14 wounded in "very heated" fighting that marked the bloodiest clashes with pro-Russian separatists in two months.

Ukrainians take to Facebook to break taboo over rape

Kiev - It was yet another online discussion blaming a rape victim for provoking her attacker that prompted Ukrainian activist Anastasiya Melnychenko's campaign to shatter taboos in her homeland and neighbouring Russia.

Russia's Rio status hangs by thread as IOC talks sanctions

Montr - International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were set for emergency talks Tuesday to decide Russia's status for the Rio Olympics after an investigation found rampant state-run doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events.

Two years on, villagers, relatives mourn MH17 crash

Ukraine - Villagers held a vigil Sunday at the site in eastern Ukraine where Flight MH17 was shot down two years ago, as bereaved relatives marked the anniversary with emotional memorial services.

Putin calls Erdogan, hopes for speedy return to stability

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, describing the attempted coup as unacceptable and voicing hope for a speedy return to stability.

Historic Russian ship returns to mooring after refit

Sanktpeterburg - Russian cruiser Aurora, whose salvo against the Winter Palace sounded the start of the 1917 revolution, returned to its mooring in Saint Petersburg Saturday after a year-and-a-half of restoration work.

Moscow calls on Turkey to avoid all 'bloodshed'

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Turkey to avoid all "bloodshed" as troops were on the streets of the country's major cities Friday amid reports of an attempted coup by the military.

U.S. and Russia strike deal on 'concrete steps' to save Syria ceasefire

Moscow - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said Friday they had agreed on "concrete steps" to salvage a failing truce and tackle jihadist groups in Syria but refrained from laying out their deal.

US and Russia unite over Nice as they debate Syria

Moscow - The top diplomats of Russia and the United States joined forces to pay tribute to the victims of the Nice attacks Friday as they debated how to end the war in Syria.

Russia to deploy latest air defence systems in Crimea

Moscow - Russia will deploy its most advanced S-400 air defence systems to the annexed Crimea peninsula in August, a military official said Friday.

U.S. calls for closer cooperation with Russia in Syria

Moscow - Top US diplomat John Kerry stressed the urgency of closer cooperation in Syria after the Kremlin said Friday a US proposal for direct military cooperation in the war-torn country had not been addressed in earlier talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Russia conducts over 50 strikes on IS near Palmyra in 3 days

Moscow - Russia has conducted more than 50 air strikes since Tuesday against Islamic State (IS) jihadists near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the defence ministry in Moscow said.
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