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Who are the four men charged with downing of MH17?

Moscow - International investigators have charged three Russians and one Ukrainian with murder over the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed.

Four charged over MH17, Russia slams 'unfounded allegations'

Nieuwegein - International investigators on Wednesday charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the first people to face justice over the tragedy five years ago in which 298 people were killed.

Turkey says US ultimatum over S-400 'not in spirit of alliance'

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday accused the US of not acting as an ally in its official response to Washington's ultimatum to Ankara to abandon a Russian missile defence system deal.

Macron says new Ukraine peace talks possible under Zelensky

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said it may be possible to hold new peace talks over the conflict in the east of Ukraine as he hosted new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his first official visit to France.

Russia drops extortion charge against editor after outcry

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Monday released a local newspaper editor and former lawmaker who had been facing extortion charges, following an outcry from supporters and international organisations.

Moscow warns against 'baseless accusations' over tanker attacks

Moscow - The Kremlin on Sunday warned against "baseless accusations" over last week's attacks in the Gulf of Oman on two oil tankers, blamed by Washington and Riyadh on Iran."Such incidents can undermine the foundations of the world economy.

Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Ankara - Turkey expects the delivery of the controversial Russian S-400 missile defence system to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday."I believe (S-400s) will begin to arrive in the first half of July.

Times' Russia report is 'virtual treason,' Trump says

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused The New York Times of "a virtual act of treason," after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia's electric power grid.

'Good gifts': Putin presents Xi with birthday ice cream

Dushanbe - Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a giant box of ice cream for his 66th birthday before a summit in Tajikistan on Saturday, the Kremlin said, in a sign of the pair's warm ties.

Ukraine's new president visits troubled Mariupol

Mariupol - New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday made his first official visit to the major trading port city of Mariupol, where he observed joint military exercises in the Sea of Azov.

Turkey refuses Russian 'excuse' over Syria strikes

Ankara - Turkey said Friday that it did not accept Russia's "excuse" that it had no ability to stop the Syrian regime's continued bombardments in the last rebel bastion of Idlib."In Syria, who are the regime's guarantors?

Freed Russian reporter vows to 'help others' after ordeal

Moscow - Russian journalist Ivan Golunov, who was jailed on trumped-up drugs charges but released after a public outcry, said Friday he would work to help others in similar situations.

Investigators to unveil new MH17 findings next week

Den Haag - International investigators probing the downing of flight MH17 said Friday they will reveal fresh findings next week, nearly five years after the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot over Ukraine.

Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic

Moscow - A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said.

Turkey says US ultimatum on Russia missile deal 'inappropriate'

Ankara - Turkey's defence minister on Thursday described as "inappropriate" an ultimatum from the US urging Ankara to abandon its controversial purchase of a Russian missile defence system.

Putin sacks two senior police over reporter's drugs arrest

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday sacked two senior police officers over the arrest of investigative reporter Ivan Golunov on trumped up drugs charges.

400 arrested at Moscow police abuse march: monitor

Moscow - Russian authorities sought Wednesday to crush a new protest wave, arresting more than 400 people at a Moscow march, a day after police suddenly dropped trumped-up drugs charges against a respected journalist.

Russian journalist walks free as drugs charges dropped after outcry

Moscow - A Russian investigative journalist walked free late Tuesday after authorities in Moscow dropped drug charges against him in a rare climbdown by law enforcement following a public outcry.

Russian reporter appeals house arrest ahead of solidarity march

Moscow - The lawyers for a Russian investigative reporter appealed against his house arrest on Tuesday as thousands of supporters prepared for a solidarity march in Moscow.

Russian court releases top Chechen rights activist from jail

Moscow - A Russian court granted parole Monday to Oyub Titiyev, the head of the Chechen branch of rights group Memorial convicted this year on controversial drug charges, the NGO said.The court "agreed to a parole request for Titiyev.

Kremlin faces pushback over reporter's arrest

Moscow - Russian authorities faced unprecedented pushback Monday against the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges, with independent as well as pro-Kremlin figures urging his release.

Russian dailies publish same front page over reporter's arrest

Moscow - Three top Russian dailies on Monday published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges.

Russian investigative journalist on drugs charges gets house arrest

Moscow - A Russian investigative journalist facing what supporters call trumped up drugs charges was ordered to be held under house arrest Saturday after appearing before a judge in Moscow.

US gives Turkey to July 31 to backtrack on Russian missile deal

Washington - The United States on Friday gave Turkey until the end of July to abandon its purchase of a major Russian missile defense system, which Washington considers incompatible with Ankara's participation in the F-35 fighter jet program.

Russia, US trade charges after near naval collision

Washington - Russia and the United States on Friday accused each other of dangerous maneuvers after their naval ships came close to collision in the East China Sea.

Russian reporter's arrest sparks outrage

Moscow - Russia has detained an investigative journalist for drugs offences, triggering protests on Friday, with supporters claiming the charges were trumped-up and a punishment for his reporting.

Putin says acting talent may not help Ukraine's new leader

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Ukraine's new leader Volodymyr Zelensky may be a talented actor but his former television role as a fictional president does not automatically give him the skills to be a real one.

Investigative journalist detained in Russia on drug charges

Moscow - Russia has detained an investigative journalist on drugs charges that supporters on Friday condemned as trumped-up and suggested were punishment for his reporting.

Putin, Xi hit back at US dominance at Russia economic forum

Sanktpeterburg - China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin hit back at US global economic dominance on Friday as they took the stage together at Russia's showcase business forum.

Chernobyl TV series reaps praise, criticism in Russia

Moscow - A US-made television series on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was well-received by Russian audiences, even if some critics accused the makers of distorting the facts to show the Soviet-era authorities in a particularly bad light.
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