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Kerry arrives in Geneva for Syria talks with Lavrov

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

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.Kerry, who was flying in from Jeddah...

Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

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.Turkish...

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

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

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."We have...

Russian gas pipeline 'bad' for Europe: Biden

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

Russia's pipeline project to pump gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea is a bad deal for Europe that would destabilise Ukraine, US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday."From our perspective, the Nord...

UN Syria envoy expects 'impact' from Kerry- Lavrov meeting

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

The UN special envoy for Syria said Thursday upcoming US-Russian talks could help his push to resume peace talks on the war-ravaged country.US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet Russian...

Russia launches large snap military drills

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

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. "In accordance...

Russia frees Japanese man held on disputed island

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

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.Tokyo...

Russia's biggest bank upbeat on 2016

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

Russia's largest lender Sberbank on Thursday announced it almost tripled its profits in the second quarter and predicted further stabilisation of the economy this year despite credit growth slowing.The...

Aluminium giant Rusal reports 70% net profit plunge

25 August 2016 | 0 comments

Russian aluminium giant Rusal said Thursday net profit fell 70 percent in the first half of 2016, as weaknesses in global commodities markets keeps prices depressed.The cost of aluminium sank to six-year...

Hostage taker at Moscow bank turns himself in

24 August 2016 | 0 comments

A man who took four people hostage at a bank in central Moscow late Wednesday has surrendered to police, local authorities said. Russian special forces were deployed to the Citibank branch, located just...

Russian special forces dispatched to Moscow bank hostage-taking

24 August 2016 | 0 comments

Russian special forces were dispatched to a bank in downtown Moscow late Wednesday where a man had taken four people hostage, local police said.Moscow police said they were able to negotiate the release...

Russia jails leader of banned nationalist group

24 August 2016 | 0 comments

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.Belov...

Obama marks Ukraine independence day

24 August 2016 | 0 comments

President Barack Obama marked the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence from the Soviet Union Wednesday, voicing solidarity as the country struggles with the Russian annexation of territory."We have...

Romania releases first loan tranche to crisis-hit Moldova

24 August 2016 | 0 comments

European Union member Romania said Wednesday it has paid the first tranche of a multi-million-euro loan to neighbouring Moldova, in a bid to prevent the ex-Soviet nation from economic collapse and help...

Russia says 'deeply concerned' at Turkish operation in Syria

24 August 2016 | 0 comments

Russia's foreign ministry expressed deep concern on Wednesday at Turkey's military operation in Syria, warning of rising tension over Ankara's targeting of Kurdish militia fighters at the border."We are...

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