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At least 16 migrants dead in Moscow warehouse fire

Moscow - At least 16 migrant workers mostly from Kyrgyzstan died in a fire that broke out at a Moscow warehouse early Saturday, Russian authorities said.

Erdogan, Putin agree to step up aid for Syria's Aleppo

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday agreed to step up efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches citizens in Syria's conflict-torn northern Aleppo province.In telephone talks "the two leaders...

Protests as Russia holds Crimea Tatar activist in psych ward

Simferopol - International rights groups and Ukrainian officials protested Friday against the incarceration in a psychiatric hospital of a prominent Crimean Tatar activist charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.

Kerry, Lavrov hold marathon Syria talks

Geneva - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held marathon talks in Geneva on Friday for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria.

Kerry arrives in Geneva for Syria talks with Lavrov

Geneva - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva late Thursday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

Ankara - Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday.

Russia to work with US on response to Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia will work with the United States on a response after UN investigators found that the Syrian regime had carried out chemical attacks, Moscow's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

Russia frees Japanese man held on disputed Kunashir island

Toukyo - Russia has released a Japanese citizen detained on a disputed island claimed by both countries, Tokyo's foreign ministry said Thursday, ahead of diplomatic talks on the long-running territorial dispute.

Russia launches large snap military drills

Moscow - Russia on Thursday launched large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states, the defence minister said.

Hostage taker at Moscow bank turns himself in

Moscow - A man who took four people hostage at a bank in central Moscow late Wednesday has surrendered to police, local authorities said.

Russia jails leader of banned nationalist group

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced ultranationalist politician Alexander Belov, a former leader of a banned anti-immigration movement, to seven and a half years in prison for extremism and money laundering.

Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Geneva on Friday

Abuja - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday for talks on Syria and Ukraine, his spokesman said Wednesday.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed the meeting.

Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of force

Kiev - Tanks rumbled across Kiev on Tuesday as Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east.

Moscow calls on US to do more to counter Syria's al-Nusra

Moscow - Russia called on the US to do more to combat the al-Nusra Front in Syria, considered a terrorist group by both Moscow and Washington even after it split from Al-Qaeda.

Russia suggests WADA ordered sample destruction at Moscow lab

Moscow - Russia's powerful Investigative Committee on Tuesday suggested the World Anti-Doping Agency could have ordered the destruction of test samples at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory as the country tries to deflect blame over a string of doping scandals.

Ukraine sheds Soviet past on 25th year of independence

Kiev - Ukraine marks the 25th anniversary of its freedom from Kremlin rule Wednesday with moves to sweep away its totalitarian past and embrace a European future while grappling with its tense relations with Russia.

Hollande voices 'concern' to Putin over Ukraine tension

Paris - French President Francois Hollande voiced his "concern" over a spike in tensions in Ukraine, in a telephone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his office said Tuesday.

Kerry says meeting with Russia's Lavrov on Syria is 'likely'

Nairobi - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said he hoped it was "very possible, even likely" he would hold talks on Syria with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Turkey PM urges world powers to turn 'new page' on Syria

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday urged world powers including Iran, Russia and the United States to join together to rapidly open a "new page" in the Syria crisis.

'Putin-mask' protester seeks asylum in Ukraine

Kiev - A Russian man who was repeatedly arrested for donning masks of President Vladimir Putin in anti-Kremlin pickets has crossed into Ukraine and is seeking political asylum.

Egypt's Sisi says Putin ready to host Mideast peace talks

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said his Russian counterpart and close ally Vladimir Putin wants to host an Israeli-Palestinian summit to revive peace talks, in an interview published Monday.

Russian raids from Iran airbase 'over for now'

Tehran - Iran said Monday that Russian raids on jihadists in Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing runs."It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now.

China state media casts doubt on Syria Omran video

Bejing - China's state broadcaster has questioned the authenticity of the video of Syrian boy Omran which went viral worldwide, alleging it may have been faked as part of a Western "propaganda war".

Summer spells cold showers for Russians as hot water cut

Sanktpeterburg - For Russians it is a sure sign that summer has really come -- the annual, rolling switch-off of municipal hot water that hits homes across the vast country.

Turkey PM vows 'more active' Syria role in next six months

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed Saturday Ankara would play a "more active" role in the next six months in efforts to solve the five-year Syrian civil war.

US, Ukraine urge end to soaring tensions with Russia

Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in a phonecall urged a speedy resolution to the conflict with pro-Russian separatists amid a spike in tensions with Moscow, the White House said.

25 years after 1991 coup, Russia wallows in Soviet nostalgia

Moscow - Communists waving Marxist pamphlets and Twitter storms praising the Soviet Union are probably not what the thousands of Russians who rallied in 1991 against a coup by anti-democracy hardliners expected to see 25 years later.

Kalashnikov replica store opens in Russian airport

Moscow - Russia's biggest international airport on Friday expressed concern after gunmaker Kalashnikov opened a store there selling lifesize replica rifles.

MH17 criminal probe out next month, say Dutch prosecutors

Den Haag - Initial results from a criminal probe into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine two years ago will be revealed next month, Dutch prosecutors said Friday.

Putin visits Crimea after Ukraine incursion claim

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin was on Friday visiting annexed Crimea to boost security measures there, just days after accusing Kiev of attempting an armed incursion into the peninsula.
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