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Inspectors arrive at suspected Syrian chemical attack sites in Douma: Russia

Moscow - Inspectors from the world's chemical arms watchdog arrived Saturday in the Syrian town of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack took place earlier this month, the Russian foreign ministry said.

Moscow slams US for refusing Bolshoi prima ballerina visa

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry on Saturday slammed the US for refusing an entry visa to a prima ballerina at the country's Bolshoi Theatre. "It did not come to this even during the Cold War.

US brands China and Russia 'forces of instability'

Washington - The United States branded strategic rivals China and Russia "forces of instability" on Friday, grouping them with Iran and North Korea as countries whose rights abuses amount to a global threat.

US 'bombed' UN peace talks on Syria: Lavrov

Moscow - The United States and its allies "bombed" UN-backed peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria when they ordered strikes on the country this month, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Washington - Donald Trump lashed out Friday after memos of his meetings with the FBI's then chief James Comey depicted the president as obsessed with the Russia probe and a smutty video allegedly showing him with two prostitutes.

US brands China and Russia 'forces of instability'

Washington - The United States branded strategic rivals China and Russia "forces of instability" on Friday, grouping them with Iran and North Korea as countries whose rights abuses amount to a global threat.

Democrats sue Trump campaign, Russia for alleged conspiracy

Washington - The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that Russia, WikiLeaks and top officials from Donald Trump's campaign conspired to tilt the 2016 US presidential election in the Republican's favor.

Putin 'ready' for Trump summit, Lavrov says

Moscow - Russian president Vladimir Putin is "ready for a meeting" with his US counterpart Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Sri Lanka beefs up tourist hotspot security after violence

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced Friday it would establish new police posts and step up patrols at popular resorts after a spate of sexual attacks and violence targeting foreign tourists.

Comey memos show Trump obsessed with Russia probe

Washington - US President Donald Trump repeatedly complained to FBI director James Comey in early 2017 that the Russia meddling investigation was a cloud over his young administration, weeks before firing him, leaked memorandums showed Thursday.

Saudi-Russia oil alliance likely to undercut OPEC

Dubai - Saudi Arabia hopes to bring Russia into the fold of an expanded club of global oil giants to sustain a stable market, leaving OPEC's role in question, analysts say.

US airlines can still fly over Russia, Moscow says

Moscow - US airlines are still able to fly in Russian air space, the transport ministry assured on Wednesday despite a transit agreement between Washington and Moscow expiring shortly.

Trump denies firing Comey over Russia probe

Washington - President Donald Trump denied Wednesday having fired FBI director James Comey a year ago over the investigation into links between his election campaign and Russia.

UK regulator probes Russia's RT channel over impartiality

London - Britain's broadcasting watchdog on Wednesday opened seven impartiality probes concerning Russia's RT news channel, noting "a significant increase" in programmes warranting investigation since the poisoning of a former Russian spy in March.

Russia says to probe Facebook after Telegram crackdown

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog plans to probe Facebook before the end of the year after blocking access in the country to the popular messaging app Telegram, its head said on Wednesday.

Britain accuses 'reckless Russia' of breaking chemical arms ban

Den Haag - Britain accused Russia on Wednesday of breaking the two-decade international ban on chemical weapons, at emergency talks on last month's poisoning with a nerve agent of a former Russian spy.

Global arms watchdog starts talks on spy poison case

Den Haag - Diplomats were holding emergency talks Wednesday on the poisoning of a former Russian spy, after the global chemical arms watchdog confirmed British findings that he was the victim of a nerve agent attack.

Kremlin's earnings list gives glimpse of officials' wealth

Moscow - The Kremlin's annual list of Russian officials' earnings has provided an outline of the richest names in government, even as the true wealth of many big-hitters remains opaque.

US flights diverted as Russia permissions to expire

Washington - US airlines have begun diverting flights away from Russian airspace just hours before a deadline to renegotiate access agreements is to expire, the State Department said Tuesday.

Skripal relative denies contact with security services

Moscow - Viktoria Skripal, a relative of poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, denied having links to security services in an interview to Russian media on Tuesday.

Russia says West's diplomatic push on Syria is 'untimely'

New York - Russia's UN ambassador on Tuesday dismissed as "untimely" a push by the United States, France and Britain at the United Nations to establish a new chemical weapons investigation in Syria and re-energize peace efforts.

Clean-up starts in UK city hit in nerve agent attack

London - A clean-up operation in the British city where a former Russian spy was poisoned began Tuesday, with officials saying the nerve agent used was delivered in "liquid form" and small quantities.

'Sex coaches' claiming Trump secrets plead for US help at Thai court hearing

Pattaya - A Belarusian model and Russian "sex coach" pleaded for US help as they arrived for a court hearing in Thailand on Tuesday, in a case that has grabbed widespread attention after the model claimed to have revelations about alleged Russian meddling in th...

US, Britain warn of Russian campaign to hack networks

London - Russian government-sponsored hackers are compromising the key hardware of government and business computer networks like routers and firewalls, giving them virtual control of data flows, Britain and the United States warned Monday.

White House says no decision yet on fresh Russia sanctions

Washington - The White House on Monday said it was weighing fresh Russia sanctions for Moscow's role supporting Syria's chemical weapons program, but officials cautioned that no decision has yet been taken.

EU urges relaunch of Syria talks after strikes

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers on Monday backed "all efforts" to stop Syria using chemical weapons, after weekend strikes by Britain, France and the US, but called for renewed efforts to find a political solution to the seven-year war.

US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria: Haley

Washington - The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday.

New Western Syria strikes would spark 'chaos': Putin tells Rouhani

Moscow - New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos" in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.

US strikes leave Syrian peace process right where it was

Washington - The Western air strikes against Syria probably won't slow Bashar al-Assad and Russia's campaign and they certainly don't amount to a strategy to kick start the failing peace process. They were never meant to.

Moscow accuses OPCW of manipulating Skripal probe

Moscow - Moscow on Saturday accused the chemical weapons watchdog of manipulating the results of its probe into the poisoning of a former Russian spy, saying his samples had traces of a nerve agent used by the West.
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