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Saudi Arabia prepares for war

The Syrian civil war rages on after five years of intense fighting and has absorbed a wide variety of factions into the conflict, including the Kurds, Islamic State, the Syrian army, the United States and its allies, and Russia.

Russia sanctions to remain until Ukraine deal implemented: Kerry

Munich - Sanctions against Russia will continue until it implements all aspects of the Ukraine peace agreement reached in Minsk last year, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: Report

Moscow - Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria.

Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West strains cloud talks

Munich - The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as East-West tensions over Ukraine and Syria took centre-stage at a gathering of world leaders in Germany.

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: Key points

Havana - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday held the first meeting in nearly a millennium between heads of their two branches of the Christian church.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

Moscow - A Russian court has thrown out a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin filed by top opposition leader Alexei Navalny over alleged graft, saying the Kremlin chief was effectively untouchable.

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

Havana - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called in a historic meeting Friday for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.

Russia launches probe after Boeing engine fails mid-air

Moscow - Russia's prosecutors said Friday they were investigating after a Boeing passenger jet suffered an engine failure over the Dominican Republic with 371 people aboard.

Medvedev lambasts 'stupid' Merkel migrant policy

Berlin - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has condemned German Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal policy on migrants as "quite simply stupid", in an interview due to appear this weekend.

Russian patriarch in Cuba before pope meeting

Havana - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill arrived on Thursday in Cuba, where he will sit down with Pope Francis in the first meeting of its kind since the historic 11th-century church schism.

Hollande calls for Russia to halt action that supports Assad

Paris - French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Russia to halt its military action in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian protest leader sues Putin over 'corruption'

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin on Thursday over alleged graft, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by his son-in-law.

Russia has made 'quite specific' proposal on Syria ceasefire: Lavrov 

Munich - Russia has made a "quite specific" proposal for a ceasefire in Syria and is awaiting a US response, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

51,000 displaced since Russian air strikes on Aleppo began: UN

Ginebra - About 51,000 people have been displaced since Damascus, backed by Russian air strikes, launched its latest offensive on the Syrian city of Aleppo last week, the United Nations reported Thursday.

IMF chief tells Ukraine to fix graft or lose vital aid

Washington - IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Ukraine on Wednesday that its stalled fight against corruption and inability to push through required restructuring measures were jeopardising the future of the Fund's rescue plan.

NATO sends 'clear signal' to Russia with eastern presence

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said the alliance had approved plans for an increased presence in eastern member states alarmed by a more assertive Russia, sending a "clear signal" to any aggressors.

Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation

Moscow - Syrian Kurdish separatists on Wednesday opened a representation in Moscow amid a push by the Kremlin to have them included in Syria peace talks despite Turkey's objections.

Three killed as passenger bus hits mine in east Ukraine

- Three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger minibus hit a mine in separatist eastern Ukraine during a relative calm in fighting in the 21-month war.

Moscow warns U.S. over missile system deployment to S. Korea

Moscow - Moscow on Wednesday warned that Washington's deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region.

Kremlin downplays 'hooligan' cake attack on opposition leader

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday downplayed a cake-throwing attack on opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov and denied it was linked to a threat last week by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Between mines and mortars: stranded lives in eastern Ukraine

- Imagine picking your way through a minefield to go to work every day. Or even to go shopping for basic supplies.

Russian church hopes 'historic' pope talks will reset ties

Moscow - The Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday said it hoped a historic first meeting between its Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis would herald a new era of cooperation between two Christian branches that have been estranged for centuries.

West's advantage in military tech 'eroding': Think-tank

London - Western superiority in military technology is "eroding", notably at the hands of China and Russia, a leading think-tank said Tuesday in its annual report on the state of militaries around the world.

Watch this incredible video of lightning storms from space

As storms peppered Europe and Africa last night, British astronaut Tim Peake captured them in all their stunning beauty from on-board the International Space Station.

US spy chief: US and Russia could spiral into new Cold War

Washington - Russia is "paranoid" about being challenged by NATO and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of US intelligence said Tuesday.

Moscow bulldozes 100 'illegal' shops

Moscow - Moscow city authorities early Tuesday bulldozed some 100 buildings housing small shops and cafes which they said violated municipal law, putting thousands of people out of work.

Kremlin rebukes Merkel over Syria criticism

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday issued a rare rebuke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel a day after she criticised Russian air strikes in Syria.

At least four Russian servicemen killed in helicopter crash

Moscow - At least four Russian servicemen were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the west of the country late Monday, the defence ministry said.

Pope says he angered Merkel with comments on Europe

Vatican City - Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday.

Moscow slams UN chief for Syria comments

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry on Monday criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over his claim that Russian air strikes in Syria had undermined last week's peace talks to end the country's five-year war.
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