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Rock with 30,000 diamonds found but their origin is still unknown

A mysterious Russian rock has been discovered containing 30,000 tiny diamonds. The rock itself may actually be worth a minimal amount, but its strange form adds to the mystery of how diamonds are actually created.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks that were backed by Russia in the heat of its devastating currency crisis.

Russian Mistral sailors to leave France, says shipbuilder

Paris - About 400 Russian sailors are returning home, French shipbuilder DCNS said Wednesday, as Paris weighs whether to deliver the Mistral-class warship to Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

Russian central bank announces measures to support financial system 

Moscow - The Russian central bank announced Wednesday a series of measures aimed at "stabilising the financial system" following the plunge in the value of the ruble this week.

Spy row as Kremlin agent in Estonia tells all on Russian TV

Moscow - In a rare disclosure by a spy agency, Russia's secret service has revealed it had an agent inside the secret police of NATO neighbour Estonia for 15 years.

Some quiet but little peace on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Rebel commander Tikhii holds a finger in the air as the sound of an explosion echoes in the distance."That's them shelling our position again, that's the ceasefire," he says. "It was a howitzer cannon.

Op-Ed: No ringtones for ruble in Russia

Moscow - The Russian economy is collapsing and more sanctions are ahead. Apple halted online sales in Russia and Moscow began selling off reserve foreign currency.

Russia spends billions to prop up ruble

Moscow - Russia stepped up its defence of the ruble on Wednesday as it sought to halt a run on the currency and stem the worst financial crisis of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power.

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phonecall early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Kiev - The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday the 28-nation bloc would stay united on Ukraine despite pressure from some members to drop or ease its sanctions on Russia.

Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers still in Ukraine: Kiev

Kiev - Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers and their heavy weapons are still deployed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine despite a new ceasefire, a top Ukrainian military commander said Tuesday.

So long Alps, hello Sochi: Ruble dive keeps Russians home

Saint Petersburg - Like many Russians, Maria Pchelkina enjoys winter holidays abroad, but the ruble crash means this time she'll swap the cottage she'd been eying in Finland for a staycation in Saint-Petersburg.

Obama will sign Russia sanctions bill: White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill passed by Congress to tighten sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, the White House said Tuesday, amid a dramatic run on the ruble.

Putin can choose a path to end sanctions: Kerry

London - US and European sanctions against Russia could be lifted within days if President Vladimir Putin makes the right choices in Ukraine, top US diplomat John Kerry said Tuesday.

Russia grapples with shock ruble fall

Moscow - The Russian currency crashed to unprecedented lows Tuesday trading at 80 rubles to the dollar and 100 to the euro, testing Vladimir Putin's ability to ride out both the economic storm and his clash with the West.

Russians buying cheese like people bought weed in 1980s Brooklyn

Russia's economy is in free fall. Part of that is due to dramatically declining oil prices. And part of it is due to international sanctions against the country.

Ukraine ministers pledge corruption fight to win aid

Brussels - Top Ukraine ministers vowed Tuesday to root out graft in what they called the most corrupt country in Europe to meet the demands made by international partners before they stump up more aid.

Russia says ruble slide 'critical', to take further measures

Moscow - The rapid slide of the ruble is a "critical situation" and the Russian central bank will take additional measures soon, the bank's first deputy chairman Sergei Shvetsov said Tuesday."The situation is critical.

Ukraine presses EU for more aid, blasts Russia

Brussels - Ukraine used the first meeting Monday of a landmark council with the EU to press for more financial support as it pushed ahead with reforms in the face of Russian "aggression.

HRW slams Russia for spiralling homophobic attacks

Moscow - Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin's government for "inaction" and urging a crackdown on hate crimes.

UN accuses Ukraine forces, pro-Russia rebels of 'torture'

Kiev - The United Nations on Monday released a damning report accusing Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels of torturing and indiscriminately shelling civilians in the bloody conflict in the separatist east.

France, Germany discuss Ukraine crisis with Poroshenko

Paris - The leaders of France and Germany discussed a shaky ceasefire deal and economic reforms for Ukraine in a telephone call with President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday.

Kerry, Lavrov meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

- Top US diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine.

Attackers torch rights group's office in Chechen capital

Moscow - Members at one of the last human rights groups active in Chechnya said Sunday that their office has been torched after they criticised the Kremlin-installed Chechen leader for calling for collective punishment against families of Islamist insurgents.

Russia denies military jet near miss with airliner over Sweden

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Sunday denied a report by Swedish military that a Russian military plane nearly collided this week with a passenger plane over Sweden.

Kerry, Lavrov to meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

Moscow - Top US diplomat John Kerry is set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Kerry, Lavrov to meet as tensions soar over Ukraine

Moscow - Top US diplomat John Kerry is set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.

Russia will react if more sanctions imposed

Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Saturday that Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia will take countermeasures if Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow.

Op-Ed: Dismal New Year's for Putin

Moscow - Perhaps it’s a good thing that Russia’s government is calling off New Year’s Eve parties. They probably would fizzle. Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine adventures have led to the price of condoms and hookers rising.

Baltics up defence spending as Russia buzzes borders

Riga - Russia's meddling in Ukraine has delivered a wake-up call on defence spending to small Baltic states which spent half a century under Soviet occupation and now fear the Kremlin's territorial ambitions.
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