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Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

- Defence ministers for the three Baltic states said Thursday they are mulling a joint air defence system in response to security concerns over Russia's activity in the region.

Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a 'state secret'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday banned the release of information about troop deaths in "special operations" during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

Russian divers report ancient ship find near Crimea

Moscow - A group of Russian divers said Wednesday they had found Byzantine-era ship wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery.

Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

Washington - Russia's provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

Ukraine faces looming HIV treatment shortage

Kiev - A group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS.

Ukraine under 'continual attack' despite truce: NATO

Kiev - A top NATO commander warned on Wednesday that "continual attacks" against Ukraine were hampering Kiev's efforts to modernise its army enough to one day join the Western military bloc.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after 'undesirable' law

Moscow - Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

Moscow - The leader of France's far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen visited Moscow for high-level talks Tuesday, amid fears the Kremlin is courting radical politicians across Europe.

Russia rights ombudsman slams law on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russia's rights ombudsman has slammed a controversial law approved by President Vladimir Putin that allows the authorities to ban international NGOs deemed "undesirable.

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Moscow - Russia conducted huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

Six killed in east Ukraine fighting: Officials

Kiev - Four pro-Russian rebels, a Ukrainian soldier and one civilian were killed in clashes that broke out over the past 24 hours in violation of a February truce deal, officials said Tuesday.

Ukraine agents raid UniCredit in expanding terror probe

Kiev - Ukrainian security agents on Monday seized documents at the Kiev headquarters of Italy's UniCredit bank as part of a probe aimed at cutting off the suspected illicit financing of pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east.

German MP linked to Ukraine denied entry to Russia

Berlin - A German deputy with strong links to Ukraine was denied access to Russian territory over the weekend, a decision slammed as "unacceptable" by Berlin on Monday.

Putin wants 'constructive' Poland ties after Duda presidential win

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called for "constructive ties" with Poland as he congratulated conservative challenger Andrzej Duda on his surprise victory at presidential polls.

Ukraine rebels deny internal strife behind commander's slaying

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels rushed Sunday to dispel speculation that a bloody internal battle for control of Moscow's money was behind the gangland-style slaying of a top warlord.

EU calls Russia's NGO law a 'worrying step'

Brussels - The EU said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a "worrying step" by enacting a law banning what Moscow deems to be undesirable non-governmental organisations.

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

Moscow - The European Union joined the United States on Sunday in condemning a Russian crackdown on "undesirable" NGOs, calling it a "worrying step" that would stifle free speech.

U.S. 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

Washington - The United States said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

Rebel commander 'killed in eastern Ukraine'

Donetsk - A separatist commander in eastern Ukraine was killed along with several other fighters after their car came under attack Saturday, rebel authorities announced.

Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board.

Russia vows 'tough' action if Ukraine defaults on debt

Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that his government will adopt a "tough stance" if Ukraine defaults on its debt, which includes a $3 billion loan from Moscow.

Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

London - British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

Kiev - A Kiev court on Friday ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian troops in the separatist east to be placed in pre-trial detention until July 19.

Ukraine truce talks make no breakthrough in Minsk

Minsk - A top pro-Russian rebel said on Friday that a new round of Ukraine crisis talks had resulted in no breakthrough but would continue in the coming weeks.

'War crimes' rampant in Ukraine: Amnesty

Kiev - Amnesty International on Friday accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal.

Kremlin seeking to free Russians held by Kiev

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday the Kremlin was doing all it could to secure the release of two men that Ukraine says are captured Russian soldiers.

Ukrainians don embroidered shirts to show unity

Mariupol - Ukrainians led by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday donned the country's traditional embroidered dress -- a yearly celebration that has become a manifestation of national identity and unity.

Moscow bans Gay Pride march, again

Moscow - Moscow's town hall announced Thursday that it would not allow a Gay Pride march in the Russian capital that activists wanted to hold later this month -- a ban that it repeats every year.

Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army: OSCE

Kiev - European mediators in the Ukrainian crisis said Thursday that two men captured by Kiev's troops had confessed to being members of the Russian armed forces sent in to back up pro-Moscow separatist fighters.

Apple plans major international launch for new streaming service

Apple is planning an early launch in Russia for its upcoming music streaming service, according to a report in Billboard — indicating that it is likely to see a large-scale global launch.
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