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Moscow Ballet's 'Swan Lake' show in Manila pushes through despite 'major issue'

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:19 PM

The performance still pushes through even after the gala night events have been cancelled

SWAN LAKE. The Moscow Ballet 'La Classique' performs the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Photo courtesy of the Moscow Ballet 'La Classique'

More than 400 arrested at Moscow police abuse march – monitor

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:35 PM

As police drag protesters into vans the crowd yell: 'Shame, on Russia Day, this is our country's day! Have you forgotten the constitution?'

ARRESTS. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny (C) is detained by Russian police officers during a march to protest against the alleged impunity of law enforcement agencies in central Moscow on June 12, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

China's Xi in Russia to boost cooperation amid U.S. tensions

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's Vladimir Putin says the visit is a 'key event' in relations between the two neighbors

XI IN RUSSIA. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shake hands at the end of a joint press conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 5, 2019. Photo by Maxim Shipenkov/Pool/AFP

Chooks 3x3 fields country's best for Moscow Challenger

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:05 PM

World No. 24 Pasig aims to bounce back from its winless 2019 Kunshan Challenger campaign

BEST IN PH. Chooks-to-Go is fielding a strong lineup for the upcoming World Cup. Photo from release

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov tells Russian media the craft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode 'because of lightning' on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk

ACCIDENT. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows destroyed fuselage at a site of a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP

41 dead as Russian plane bursts into flames on landing

May 06, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A video shared on social media shows Aeroflot's Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, land at Sheremetyevo international airport, flames and black smoke pouring from its fuselage

INFERNO. This handout picture taken and realeased on May 5, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Handout photo/Russian Investigative Committee/AFP

After protests, Kremlin insists it's not moving to restrict internet

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'No one is suggesting cutting the internet or limiting the opportunity to work on the World Wide Web,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

INTERNET FREEDOM. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

A legacy of the Soviet era, March 8 is widely celebrated and a public holiday in Russia.

A woman walks next to a tulip stand at a flower market set up in a luxury department store in central Moscow on March 7, 2019, a day before International Women's Day.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Taliban sit for second day with Afghan leaders in Moscow

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:10 PM

No government official is invited, despite President Ashraf Ghani's offers to talk peace, underscoring the Taliban's hostility toward the increasingly marginalized Kabul administration

TALKS. Participants attend the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia wheels out key missile in bid to save U.S. arms treaty

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Russian artillery chief Mikhail Matveevsky says the 9M729 missile's maximum range is 480 kilometers. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty bans missiles with a range above 500 kilometers.

INF TREATY. Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the new Russia's 9M729 missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Special counsel disputes explosive report on Trump lawyer testimony

Jan 19, 2019 - 2:06 PM

"BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Moscow demands 'clear explanation' of US charges against Russian lawyer

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry says 'criminal cases based on unclear claims' against Russians in the United States have become a 'habit' for US justice

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 8, 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow. New York prosecutors unveiled an indictment on january 8, 2019 of the Russian lawyer whose participation in a June 2016 meeting with top officials of President Donald Trump's election campaign has given rise to allegations of collusion. Natalya Veselnitskaya was charged with fabricating evidence in a separate 2013 money laundering case the US filed against a Russian company, Prevezon Holdings, which was allegedly involved in a $230 million tax fraud scheme in Moscow. Yury MARTYANOV / Kommersant Photo / AFP

U.S. citizen held in Moscow charged with 'espionage'

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:19 AM

American Paul Whelan's lawyer says Russian prosecutors have charged the ex-Marine with espionage

DOWNTON. An aerial view shows the Kremlin and downtown Moscow. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Kremlin says it sees no prospects for better Russia-U.S. ties

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:03 PM

'Rosy prospects for the normalization of Russian-US ties are not visible on the horizon,' says Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of Russian president Vladimir Putin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks on the phone before a session of the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Sochi on October 11, 2017.  MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL / AFP

Major nuclear treaties between Moscow, Washington

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here's a summary of key treaties signed by the US and Russia aimed at reducing nuclear weapons

SEAT OF POWER. A photograph taken on March 12, 2018 shows the Kremlin complex  and the Bolshoy Kamenny bridge crossing the river Moskva in Moscow. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Real Madrid suffers shock loss as Man United stutters again

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Toni Kroos' mistake proved costly as Real Madrid absorbs a surprise 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League

STUNNER. Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez and CSKA Moscow midfielder Jaka Bijol contest the ball during CSKA's upset win in the UEFA Champions League. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia captain Igor Akinfeev calls time on his international career

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 32-year-old says he will be focusing instead on his club duties with CSKA Moscow

RETIREMENT. Igor Akinfeev hangs his spurs from the international stage. Photo courtesy of Alizada Studios/Shutterstock.com


Syria's Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Syrian president points to Israel but the Russian plane was downed by Syria's Russian-made S-200 air defense system and all aboard were killed

Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Trump plans to invite Putin to Washington

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:23 AM

Still under fire over his Helsinki summit , the US president says he looks forward to meeting Russian Vladimir Putin in the White House

INVITATION. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Under fire, Trump says he misspoke on Russia election meddling

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 AM

Faced with intense outrage at home, and even allies demanding he reverse course, Trump – in an extraordinary postscript to the summit – sought to walk back his remarks

US President Donald Trump meets with crew members and passengers from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 which experienced engine failure between New York and Dallas last month, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

'Shameful': U.S. lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:07 AM

Republican Senator John McCain said Trump's seeming acceptance of Putin's denial was a historical 'low point' for the US presidency

HELSINKI SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP

What do Putin and Trump expect from the Helsinki summit?

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:51 AM

With relations between their two countries at lows not seen since the Cold War, the pair will have their work cut out to bring anything positive out of the meeting

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on November 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (left) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

British woman dies after exposure to Novichok nerve agent

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:18 AM

Novichok is a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War

NERVE AGENT. Police officers stand guard near barriers across Rollestone Street, outside the John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living in Salisbury, southern England, on July 8, 2018. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Russian women furious at article calling them 'whores'

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Moskovsky Komsomolets, one of Russia's biggest daily tabloids, publishes the article entitled, 'The era of whores: Russian women at the World Cup are bringing shame on themselves and the country'

WORLD CUP. File photo shows Russian women have the British flag painted on their cheeks as they watch the game against Tunisia at the Fifa Fan fest area in Kaliningrad city, on June 18, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup. Photo by  Ozan Kose/AFP

Trump and Putin to stage long-awaited summit in Finland

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Donald Trump has long called for warmer ties with Moscow, but the talks come as Russia's relations with the West languish at levels not seen since the Cold War

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Norway wants to double U.S. troops and deploy them closer to Russia

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Since last year, 330 US Marines have been deployed on rotation at Vaernes in the center of Norway, despite loud protests from Russia

BALTOPS. A US soldier takes part in a massive amphibious landing during the Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), a NATO maritime-focused military multinational exercise, on June 4, 2018 in Nemirseta on the Baltic sea in Lithuania. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Anti-Kremlin journalist defends faking own murder

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

After initial expressions of relief that Arkady Babchenko is alive, many fellow journalists have sharply criticized the staging of his death for undermining the credibility of the profession

ALIVE. Anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko addresses a press conference on May 31, 2018 in Kiev during which he dismissed criticism of cooperating with Ukrainian security services in the staging of his death, a day following his shock reappearance after Ukrainian authorities said he had been shot dead. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Putin says 'all is not lost' to save Iran nuclear deal

May 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'The US president is not closing the door on negotiations. I think that all is not yet lost.'

HOPEFUL. File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Still standing beneath Washington, remnants of the Cold War

Apr 28, 2018 - 12:03 AM

It was under Oyster-Adams School, just 2.5 kilometers north of the White House, that a nuclear fallout shelter was built to protect more than a hundred people in the event of a catastrophic strike

COLD WAR ERA. A sign marks the location of a former Civil Defense fallout shelter beneath the Oyster-Adams School in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Russia says West only interested in overthrowing Syria's Assad

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'We continue to observe dangerous military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state,' says Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 14, 2016 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview with NBC News channel in the capital Damascus. Assad said in an interview released on July 14, 2016 that his Russian ally has "never" discussed a political transition with him, despite international support for such a process, saying "Only the Syrian people define who's going to be the president, when to come, and when to go". / AFP PHOTO / SANA / -

U.S. must act, but not rush decision on Syria – Haley

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:03 PM

'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria

NO RUSH. File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump calls for prosecuting 'liar' ex-FBI chief Comey

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:45 PM

A Tweet by the US president goes: 'James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired'

LIAR. These two file photos show then FBI Director James Comey (left) in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2017; and US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

4 things to know about Telegram messenger

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Here are four things to know about the company, which says it has 200 million active users

ENCRYPTED. This illustration picture taken on April 6, 2018 in Moscow shows the Telegram messenger application displayed on the screen of a smartphone. Photo by Alexander Nemenov /AFP

Russian ex-spy's poisoned daughter says growing stronger

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:58 AM

'I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily,' says Yulia Skripal

AFTER SPY ATTACK. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

What the world is saying about Putin's re-election

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Here's a roundup of the global reaction to the new 6-year term of Russian President Vladimir Putin

READ ALL ABOUT IT. This photograph taken on March 19, 2018, shows a newsstand with a newspaper featuring on the front page, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his re-election in Moscow on March 19, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

Russia votes with strongman Putin set for 4th term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Since taking power 18 years ago, Vladimir Putin has stamped his total authority on the country, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might abroad

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

Britain expels Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia failed to respond to her demand for an explanation on how a Soviet-designed chemical, Novichok, was used in the English city of Salisbury

SPY POISONING. British police officers stand on duty at a cordon leading to a residential housing estate as Military personnel in wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Investigators search snow for clues to deadly Russian plane crash

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's Investigative Committee says it will consider explanations including human error, technical failure and weather conditions

HUDDLE. A picture taken in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow on February 11, 2018 shows an aerial view of Russian emergency vehicles arriving near to the site of air crash. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Russia warns U.S. not to get involved in Iran

Jan 04, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'We warn the US against any attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran,' says Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov

WARNED. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a brief press availability at United Nations headquarters, January 2, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria mortar attack

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The latest killings raises to 44 the number of Russian military casualties in the Syria campaign

RUSSIAN ARMY. This file picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on September 15, 2017 shows Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as locals pass by. Photo by  Dominique Derda/France2/AFP

5 dead after bus ploughs into Moscow underpass – police

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Footage broadcast on national television showed a bus driving down the stairs, running over several pedestrians

Kremlin praises U.S.-Russia 'exemplary cooperation' on terror fight

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Donald Trump on Sunday to express his gratitude for intelligence which allowed Russia's FSB security service to prevent attacks in Saint Petersburg

THANKS. This file photo taken on November 11, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vitenam. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin seeks new term as Russia president in March vote

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 PM

Vladimir Putin, who has been in power for the past 18 years, is expected to sail to victory, with only token opponents competing against him

RUNNING. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to give a speech at a forum of volunteers in Moscow on December 6, 2017. RUNNING. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to give a speech at a forum of volunteers in Moscow on December 6, 2017. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

Moscow accuses U.S. of seeking to recruit Russian journalists

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Maria Sakharova says 'Russian journalists, including those in the United States, have come under great pressure from the special services, notably through attempts at recruitment'

GREAT PRESSURE. A video grab made from handout footage taken in Moscow on April 7, 2017 shows Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Photo by Russian Foreign Ministry/AFP

World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

This may be the last chance for world football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win a title in the World Cup

FINAL DRAW. Spain and Portugal are pitted against each other in Group B.

Russia rejects U.S. call to cut North Korea ties

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the United States of seeking to provoke Kim Jong-Un's regime and demands to know whether Washington was plotting to destroy the isolated country

PROVOCATION. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria in Moscow on November 24, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia denies nuclear incident after contamination reports

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:23 PM

An 'extremely high pollution' of radiation is detected, but a representative of Rosatom nuclear corporation told AFP 'there have been no incidents at nuclear infrastructure facilities in Russia'

GREENPEACE. In this file photo, environmental group Greenpeace activists in a boat display a banner reading "No To Floating Chernobyl" in front of the floating nuclear power plant "Academician Lomonosov" in Saint Petersburg in Russia. Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP

Russian chess star Karjakin says he is on 'team Putin'

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The 27-year-old Russian chess prodigy, who became the youngest ever grandmaster at 12, came forward after other Russian sports stars said they supported Putin

TEAM PUTIN. Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin celebrates after winning the gold medal in FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships 2016, in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely,' says Kremlin

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:21 PM

A Kremlin spokesman says 'Putin and Trump both have full programs and bilateral meetings, which have been arranged in advance and then there is the program of the summit itself'

MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures as he delivers a speech during a reception in Moscow on November 4, 2017, to maek Russian National Unity Day.  Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP