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NATO not planning to boost military presence in Baltics

Den Haag - NATO is not planning to boost its military presence in Baltic nations, which have called for extra protection from their Russian neighbour, the alliance's head Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

Russia extends house arrest for theatre director Serebrennikov

Moscow - Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov will not be able to attend the Cannes Film Festival next month, where one of his films is competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize, after a Moscow court on Wednesday extended his house arrest...

US says clash averted with Russian mercenaries in Syria

Washington - US forces in Syria narrowly averted another clash with Russian mercenaries like one last month that left more than 100 opposing fighters dead, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

Pussy Riot slams Putin re-election at Mexico show

Mexico - The Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot -- whose members served time in prison camps after criticizing the Moscow government -- is rejecting President Vladimir Putin's re-election.

EgyptAir to resume Moscow flights, halted after attack

Apo - Egypt's national carrier EgyptAir said Friday it would resume direct flights between Cairo and Moscow, three years after they were halted following the bombing of a Russian charter jet over the Sinai.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which identified the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy earlier this month, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

London - A secretive British army base, which analysed the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy this weekend, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons.

Trump yet to order spies to retaliate against Russia: NSA chief

Washington - President Donald Trump has not yet ordered his spy chiefs to retaliate against Russian interference in US elections, the head of the National Security Agency told lawmakers Tuesday.

Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin along with millions of Orthodox believers braved freezing temperatures to take a barechested plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus.

Putin praises 'mature politician' Kim Jong-Un

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse international tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear programme.

Canada authorizes export of automatic weapons to Ukraine

Ottawa - Canada on Wednesday authorized the export of automatic weapons to Ukraine, citing its "steadfast" support for the security and sovereignty of a country engaged in a conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

Russia contacts: a sword of Damocles over Trump's head

Washington - Between March and September 2016, members of the campaign team of presidential candidate Donald Trump held a series of meetings with Russian officials and representatives, the timeline of which is now at the center of the investigation by special prose...

'Serious fears' missing Russian pop star killed in Chechnya

Moscow - A leading Russian human rights group said it had "serious fears" Friday that a gay pop star may have been killed in Chechnya as part of a crackdown on the homosexual community.

Blaze at Moscow shopping centre forces 3,000 to evacuate

Moscow - Three thousand people were evacuated from a shopping centre in Moscow on Sunday after a massive fire broke out, Russia's emergency services ministry said.

Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun

Moscow - Workers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon.

Russian defence minister visits Assad ahead of Syrian offensive

Moscow - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Hundreds of Russians protest tighter internet controls

Moscow - About 1,000 Russians braved pouring rain in Moscow on Saturday to demonstrate against the government's moves to tighten controls on internet use, with police arresting about a dozen protesters.

Kasparov-mania sweeps St. Louis, America's chess capital

Saint Louis - Benny Pirogovsky turns a brass king piece around in his hand as he stands by an outdoor chess table shaded by a tree. After hours spent driving through the American Midwest, the teenager is finally about to see his idol.

Putin cultivates strongman persona with holiday adventures

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who loves to cultivate a virile man-of-action image, was shown on Russian TV Saturday spear-fishing in a camouflage wetsuit, piloting a powerboat and catching some rays while on a Siberian holiday.

Eight still missing at flooded Russian diamond mine

Moscow - Rescuers Saturday helped an injured worker out of a flooded Russian diamond mine but the search continued for eight other still missing in the disaster, mine owners Alrosa said.

In strongman's grip, Chechnya looks to become unlikely tourist draw

Moscow - At nighttime in the Chechen capital of Grozny an immense fountain lights up and its jets of water dance to the music of Celine Dion. "It is more beautiful than Las Vegas," says the city's mayor Muslim Khuchiyev.

Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

Moscow - An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced.

South Syria ceasefire 'globally respected': Russia

Moscow - The ceasefire in south Syria is being "globally respected", Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday, in comments broadcast on Russia television.

US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games

Vilnius - The United States deployed a battery of Patriot ground-to-air missiles in Lithuania on Tuesday as part of multinational NATO exercises in the the Baltic country, its defence ministry announced.

Polish police break up chained anti-Kaczynski protesters

Varsovia - Police in Warsaw on Saturday dragged away hundreds of protesters hoping to block a monthly rally by the head of Poland's rightwing ruling party to commemorate the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed his brother.

China's Tencent 'deeply sorry' for Russia WeChat block

Bejing - Chinese internet giant Tencent said Saturday it was "deeply sorry" its messaging app WeChat was blocked in Russia, adding it was in touch with authorities to resolve the issue.

Norway releases images of Russian fleet en route to Med

Oslo - The Norwegian military said Tuesday it had taken photos of a Russian fleet, including its flagship aircraft carrier, which were shadowed off its coast as they headed for the eastern Mediterranean.

Russia closes airspace to Ukraine airlines from Oct 25

Moscow - Russia on Monday said it would close its airspace to Ukrainian airlines from October 25 in reprisal for a ban that Ukraine has slapped on two Russian firms.

Ukraine nationalists in standoff with security forces after two killed

- Heavily armed ultra-nationalists in western Ukraine on Sunday set up roadblocks to stop security forces from disarming them the day after a shootout with police left at least two dead in the town of Mukacheve.

'Welcome to the media war': Ukraine moves to counter Russian spin

Debaltsevo - Donning bullet-proof jackets, a score of foreign journalists clamber aboard an armoured vehicle headed for Ukraine's front line as Kiev flexes muscle in the propaganda war with Russia.

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