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Russian Orthodox Patriarch signs petition to Putin urging abortion ban

Moscow - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Tuesday signed a petition calling for a legal ban on abortion, the Church said in a statement.

NATO says Aleppo attacks 'blatant violation of international law'

Bratislava - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the "morally totally unacceptable" bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo broke international law, and urged Russia to take genuine steps to restore a ceasefire.

Russia accuses Kiev over MH17 ahead of Dutch probe release

Moscow - Russia on Monday sought to deflect blame over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, accusing Kiev just days before the results of a Dutch criminal probe into the mass-killing are released.

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania said Monday it is in talks to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to address the defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia.

Moscow slams US, UK for 'unacceptable' UN statements on Syria

Moscow - Moscow on Monday slammed the United States and Britain for accusing Russia of "barbarism" and war crimes in Syria as Russian and Syrian warplanes continued to bomb rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

'Child porn' row engulfs US photographer's Moscow show

Moscow - Pro-Kremlin activists who threw urine at pictures by US photographer Jock Sturges -- best known for nude images of adolescents and their families -- on Sunday forced its closure, a day after a government advisor condemned the images as "child pornograp...

US, Russia fail to renew Syria ceasefire deal

New York - The United States and Russia failed Friday to renew their pact to impose a ceasefire in Syria after a week of bitter diplomatic battles at the UN General Assembly.

Lavrov says US-Russian agreements on Syria must be saved

New York - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the United Nations on Friday that US-Russian agreements aimed at ending the war in Syria must be salvaged as fighting raged on the ground.

Kerry: 'little bit of progress' with Lavrov on Syria

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian opposite number on Friday and made what he said was "a little bit of progress" on resolving their differences over the Syrian crisis.

Eight firefighters killed in latest Moscow warehouse blaze

Moscow - Eight Russian firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze at a warehouse in eastern Moscow, authorities said Friday, in the latest deadly fire to hit the capital.

US and Russian-led talks on Syria truce plan begin

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday convened a crisis meeting of governments with a stake in the Syrian civil war.

Putin appoints new foreign spy boss

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed the country's hawkish former parliament speaker as the new head of his foreign intelligence agency.

'No doubt' Russia to blame in Syria convoy attack: top US general

Washington - The top US military officer on Thursday blasted Russia over the attack on an aid convoy in Syria, calling the strike an atrocity and squarely blaming Moscow for the incident.

Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria in New York: Moscow

Moscow - Russia and the United States discussed the Syrian conflict in New York, hours after clashing over the issue at the United Nations, the Russian foreign ministry said Thursday.

Ukraine leader rails against Russia at UN

New York - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko railed against Russia at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, urging Moscow to give peace a chance in a more than two-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, rebels agree troop pullbacks in three areas: OSCE

Minsk - Negotiators sent by Kiev and pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday for the first time agreed to pull back troops from three areas along the battered frontline in east Ukraine.

Russia says coalition drone was in area when Syria aid convoy hit

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday said a Predator drone from the US-led coalition flew over an aid convoy in Syria when it was destroyed, denying again that it bombed the humanitarian column.

Kerry tells UN that Russia must ground Syria air force

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia force Bashar al-Assad's regime to ground its air force in order to revive hopes of a ceasefire in Syria's civil war.

Russia says to send flagship aircraft carrier to Syria coast

Moscow - Russia's defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow was dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria.

New Russian parliament faces tough economic times

Moscow - A crushing victory for Russia's ruling party at parliamentary polls has been hailed as a big win for President Vladimir Putin -- but for the deputies elected it might just prove a poisoned chalice.

Russia busts pair 'trying to sell CIA fake secrets'

Moscow - Russia's security service said Tuesday it had foiled an attempt by two young men in Siberia to sell made-up military secrets to the CIA for cash.

Moscow denies Russia, Syria jets hit aid convoy: agencies

Moscow - Neither Russian nor Syrian planes bombed an aid convoy in Syria's Aleppo, Moscow said Tuesday, as outrage mounted over strikes which the Red Cross said killed around 20 people.

Aid convoy strike could end US-Russia deal: US official

New York - A deadly air strike on a UN aid convoy by Syrian or Russian planes calls into question international efforts to salvage a ceasefire, senior US officials said.

US refuses to throw in towel on Syria ceasefire

New York - Even as a new barrage of bombs and shells pummeled besieged Aleppo once again on Monday, the United States refused to abandon efforts to broker a ceasefire.

What the big win for Putin's party at Russia vote tells us

Moscow - The crushing victory of Russia's ruling party has been welcomed as a vote for "stability" by President Vladimir Putin, but slammed as a catastrophe by the marginalised opposition.

Eye-catching winners in Russian vote

Moscow - The Russian parliament has traditionally housed some colourful characters, from Olympic champions and opera singers to cosmonauts and suspected criminals.

Putin cheers party's crushing win in Russia parliament vote

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Monday hailed a vote for "stability" after his ruling party won a record number of seats at parliamentary polls amid a low turnout.

Putin cheers party's crushing win in Russia parliament vote

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Monday hailed a vote for "stability" after his ruling party won a record number of seats at parliamentary polls amid a low turnout.

Putin cheers party's crushing win in Russia parliament vote

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Monday hailed a vote for "stability" after his ruling party won a record number of seats at parliamentary polls amid a low turnout.

Putin's party dominates in Russia parliament vote

Moscow - Russia's ruling United Russia party cruised to an easy victory in parliamentary polls that could pave the way for President Vladimir Putin to glide to a fourth term in 2018 elections, partial results showed.
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