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Kiev 'failed' to probe protest violence: Council of Europe

Kiev - The Council of Europe on Tuesday blasted Kiev for failing to properly investigate deadly violence against demonstrators in last year's Maidan protests that ended with pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych's downfall.

Court charges Nemtsov suspects with contract killing

Moscow - All five suspects being held over the brazen murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov have been charged with taking part in a contract killing, a Moscow court said Tuesday.

Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Moscow - Russia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs.

Dutch seek BUK missile witnesses in MH17 crash probe

Den Haag - Dutch and international experts probing the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine appealed Monday for witnesses who saw the transport or firing of a BUK surface-to-air missile around the time of the disaster."Investigators are looking at all scenarios.

Ukraine leader says he will not let oligarchs sow 'chaos'

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday pledged to stop oligarchs from sowing "chaos" after the governor of a key industrial region quit following a row over a state oil firm.

EU-Ukraine summit to take place on April 27: Poroshenko

Kiev - A summit between top European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders will take place in Kiev at the end of April, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA

Moscow - Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.

Vandals destroy memorial to murdered Russian opposition leader

Moscow - Vandals Saturday destroyed an improvised memorial created by supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot a month ago, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported Saturday.

Judge looks to build 'new society' in Ukraine rebel bastion

Donetsk - Even as he breaks down in tears, judge Alexander Klyanoshkin admits no regrets about ending a decade on the bench in his government-held hometown in eastern Ukraine to serve in the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Donetsk.

Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS for year-long mission

Baikonur - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked at the International Space Station Saturday after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said, launching a year-long mission on the orbiting outpost.

Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, U.S. astronauts docks at ISS

Baikonur - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked with the International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said.

Ravaged east Ukraine village reveals cost of war

Ukraine - A stuffed toy horse hanging from a gate reminds visitors that the war-ravaged eastern Ukraine village of Logvinove, now held by pro-Russian separatists, was once bustling with life.

Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine.

Russian air controllers charged for Polish presidential jet disaster

Varsovia - Pilot error was to blame for the 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia, but two Russian air traffic controllers also triggered the disaster that killed Poland's then head of state, prosecutors in Warsaw said Friday.

Assad 'welcomes' larger Russian naval presence in Syria

Damascus - Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday.

Ukraine's Russia debt threatens IMF rescue

Washington - A default by Ukraine on $3 billion in debt to Russia this year could threaten the International Monetary Fund's lifeline to the embattled country, an IMF spokesman said.

Passenger bus hits landmine in east Ukraine, four dead

Kiev - Four people were killed and 20 injured when a passenger bus hit a landmine near a government-controlled town in eastern Ukraine, local officials said Thursday.

EU's Juncker to visit Kiev next week

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he will visit Kiev next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine's embattled government.

Kolomoisky, the ruthless oligarch key to peace in Ukraine

Kiev - Sacked regional governor Igor Kolomoisky is one of Ukraine's richest men with a sprawling business empire whose ruthless methods are admired, feared and denounced in equal measures, making him one of the war-hit country's key players.

Passenger bus hits landmine in east Ukraine, three dead

Kiev - At least three people were killed and six injured in eastern Ukraine when a passenger bus hit a landmine in the government-controlled town of Artemivsk, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, a police official told AFP...

Ukraine receives first batch of U.S. Humvees

Kiev - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday took delivery of ten U.S. armoured vehicles, two days after American lawmakers voted to urge President Barack Obama to provide "lethal" aid to Kiev.

Ukraine arrests officials on live TV, sacks powerful oligarch

Kiev - Ukraine on Wednesday dramatically arrested two top officials on graft charges at a televised cabinet meeting hours after the president sacked a powerful oligarch as regional governor.

Ukraine president dismisses powerful oligarch as regional governor

Kiev - Ukraine's president has dismissed a powerful oligarch from his post as regional governor in a showdown exposing the high-level internal conflicts of a nation already battling pro-Russian separatists.

Russia wants to be 'in step' with Cuba against U.S. embargo

Havana - Russia and Cuba worked on their joint strategy against the U.S. economic embargo on the communist island, during a visit by Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russia fails in benefits challenge for gay UN workers

New York - Russia failed Tuesday to block a United Nations decision to extend full spousal benefits to legally married gay UN employees.

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

Vilnius - NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation.

On Ukraine frontline, villagers scramble over bombed bridge

Ukraine - Having trudged 15 kilometres, 75-year-old Stanislav faces a daunting climb as he leaves the war-torn eastern Ukrainian village of Stanytsya Luganska, whose bridge was wrecked by a bomb blast last week.

Russia wants to be 'in step' with Cuba on U.S. embargo

Havana - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Cuba on Tuesday, saying he was meeting officials there to develop a joint position on the U.S. embargo on the communist island.

Russia fines Sakharov rights centre as 'foreign agent'

Moscow - A Moscow court on Monday fined the prominent Sakharov Centre, a human rights group seeking to preserve the legacy of a Nobel Prize-winning Soviet-era dissident, for failing to declare itself a "foreign agent".

Son of ousted Ukraine leader said to have drowned in car accident

Kiev - The 33-year-old son of toppled ex-Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych has died, his former party said Monday, after his car apparently fell through ice on Russia's Lake Baikal.
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