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Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station

This handout picture taken on July 26, 2019 and released by the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS on August 21, 2019 shows Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 (Fedor) being tested ahead of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - Russia space agency Roscosmos is about to send a humanoid robot to the International Space Station. Skybot F-850 will be sent to the ISS on August 22 on board the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, and will spend over two weeks there before returning to Earth on September 7. It's the first time that a robot will take the commander's place in a Soyuz — the Skybot will monitor and report on conditions during the otherwise uncrewed flight. (Photo by - / Roscosmos space agency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROSCOSMOS / Space Center Yuzhny/TsENKI /" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Putin, Erdogan to 'activate' cooperation on Syria – Kremlin

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict but have worked closely, along with Iran, to find a political solution for Syria

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Canada says no to Russia rejoining G-8

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Canada's foreign minister says: '... Russia grossly violated international law by invading and annexing Crimea and added to that with the continuing war in the Donbass'

Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia

FEDOR. This handout picture taken on July 26, 2019 and released by the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS on August 21, 2019 shows Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 (Fedor) being tested ahead of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. File photo by Roscosmos space agency/AFP

U.S. tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The launch is a sign of Washington beefing up its nuclear war-fighting capabilities in the wake of the collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

TEST. This US Department of Defense handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. AFP PHOTO /DOD/SCOTT HOWE/HANDOUT

Russian opposition figure detained upon release from jail

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin is one of several opposition figures arrested for taking part in unsanctioned protests

Russians killed in missile test blast were working on 'new weapons'

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The accident took place at an Arctic military facility on the coast of the White Sea on Thursday, August 8, but Russian authorities only admit its nuclear nature on Saturday, August 10

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 09, 2017:Russian thermonuclear weapon intercontinental ballistic missile Yars on parade festivities devoted to 72 anniversary of Victory Day on May 9, 2017 in Moscow. shutterstock

Russia warns Youtube, foreign powers of 'meddling' after protests

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Russia accuses foreign governments and media, including video website YouTube, of backing the demonstrations, which are held to demand free local elections

Russian detained over protests in 'serious' condition

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Authorities say at least 1,400 people were arrested during hte demonstration against Russian President Vladimir Putin

Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in Moscow

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Tens of thousands take to the streets in Russia, again calling for fair elections after several opposition figures were excluded from Moscow polls set for September

Russian security officers detain a man following a rally calling for fair elections in central Moscow on August 10, 2019. - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Moscow on August 10, 2019, after mass police detentions at recent protests that have been among the largest since the current Russian President's return to the Kremlin in 2012. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)

Murder, 'gay-hunters' strike terror in Russia's LGBT community

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The Pila group promises 'very dangerous and cruel little gifts' to a number of Russia's gay activists

YELENA GRIGORYEVA. In this file photo taken on October 28, 2018 police officers detain LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva at a rally in support of the defendants involved in the New Greatness case in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Putin urges new arms talks with U.S. to avoid 'chaos'

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

President Vladimir Putin says that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it 'will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles'

NEW TALKS? Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik/AFP

Police detain dozens at Moscow opposition protest

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:52 PM

At least 89 are detained by police about an hour into the rally

MOSCOW PROTESTS. Dozens of protesters were detained in Moscow on Saturday, August 3, for participating in an opposition march. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

U.S., Russia rip up Cold War-era INF missile treaty

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow says the deal has been terminated 'at the initiative of the US,' while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia is 'solely responsible for the treaty's demise'

INF TREATY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Putin opponent Navalny 'poisoned' – lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been in jail since last week for calling an unauthorized rally

POISONED? Alexei Navalny has been in jail for calling an unauthorized rally. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Putin critic Navalny hospitalized after 'allergic reaction' in jail

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Alexei Navalny is serving a 30-day jail sentence for calling a mass protest after authorities blocked prominent opposition candidates from taking part in Moscow city elections

ALEXEI NAVALNY. 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

1,400 arrested at Moscow election protest – monitor

Jul 28, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Amnesty International also condemns what it calls the use of excessive force by the police

ELECTION PROTESTS. A detained protester waves a Russian flag from inside a police bus during an unauthorized rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local election in September, at Moscow's Trubnaya Square on July 27, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

North Korea releases Russian fishing boat

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Russian coast guards frequently detain North Korean fishermen in the Far East, many of whom use rudimentary wooden boats

Moscow police arrest hundreds at rally for fair elections

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Protest monitor says at least 561 people are arrested at the rally – more than one in 7 of those officially taking part

DISSENT. Protesters attempt to break through a police cordon during an unauthorised rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local election in September, in downtown Moscow on July 27, 2019. Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/AFP

Russian opposition plans election protest despite crackdown

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:29 AM

This week, authorities jailed Russia President Vladimir Putin's top opponent for 30 days and launched a probe targeting his allies

MORE PROTEST. 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. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Britain draws Russia's fury by fining RT for bias over Skripal

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The Russian foreign ministry calls it an 'act of censorship' and warns British media operating in Moscow 'to face the consequences'

RT. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2018 a Russia's state-controlled Russia Today (RT) television broadcast van is seen parked in front of St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin next to Red Square in Moscow. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russia warns of 'consequences' after Ukraine seizes tanker

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:35 PM

'We are looking into what happened to take appropriate measures,' says a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson

File photo of Izmail port in Ukraine from Shutterstock

Trump gloats as Mueller gives Dems little support for impeachment

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'The Democrats lost so big today,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON MUELLER. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mueller to Congress: Trump was not exonerated

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'The finding indicates that the president was not exculpated from the acts that he allegedly committed,' Robert Mueller tells the House Judiciary Committee

MUELLER REPORT. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Russia says North Korea holding ship with 17 crew

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested ahead of protest

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navlany says he was detained as he was leaving his Moscow home to go jogging and buy flowers for his wife on her birthday

ALEXEI NAVALNY. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017. File photo by Ivan Vodopyanov

South Korea says it fired warning shots at intruding Russian warplane

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:06 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft breaches South Korean airspace twice off its east coast, forcing the air force to scramble fighters

Trump attacks Mueller ahead of testimony on Russia probe

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Robert Mueller will take questions from lawmakers for the first time on the Russia investigation when he appears before two separate Democratic-led House committees on Wednesday, July 24

TRUMP ON MUELLER. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media on May 20, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has brain surgery after defeat

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Maxim Dadashev suffers a double whammy as his unbeaten streak comes to a halt

PUNISHING LOSS. Maxim Dadashev fails to finish his bout against Subriel Matias as his cornerman threw in the towel. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP


In sluggish Russian economy, halal sees growth

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The halal economy, worth more than $2.1 trillion globally, is far from limited to meat. In Russia, the market is growing.

GROWING MARKET. Halal food for sale at a hypermarket in Russia. Photo from Shutterstock

Putin says he will work to restore Ukraine ties

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The Russian leader holds talks in Saint Petersburg with Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician and businessman who has claimed Putin is his daughter's godfather

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. senator calls for investigation into Russia-made FaceApp

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:17 PM

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sounds the alarm over FaceApp's Russian developer, calling for the FBI and the consumer protection agency FTC to 'look into the national security & privacy risks' connected to the application

FACEAPP. This illustration picture shows FaceApp application displayed on the screen of a smartphone. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP

Bad sex and fake fur: Russians trash 'The Last Czars'

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Russians find plenty to criticize about Netflix's latest period drama, 'The Last Czars'

European Union urges Russia to continue to respect nuclear missile treaty

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The European Union says Russia should take 'substantial and transparent actions' to ensure compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

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

Russia launches space telescope

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:22 PM

The Spektr-RG is a space observatory intended to replace the Spektr-R, known as the 'Russian Hubble'

SPEKTR-RG. Russia launches a new space telescope on July 13, 2019. Photo from Wikipedia

Turkey receives first Russian missile delivery sparking NATO concern

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:51 PM

NATO, which counts Turkey as one of its members, is 'concerned about the potential consequences' of the purchase

ARRIVAL. This picture taken July 12, 2019 shows a Russian Antonov plane after it landed at the Murted military airbase, in Ankara. Turkey receives the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defense system on July 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / Demiroren News Agency"

Huge fire erupts at power station outside Moscow

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The emergencies ministry says that at least 5 people were injured, while the health ministry says it was at least 6

Turkey warns U.S. to avoid steps that harm ties over S-400

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations,' Turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement

WARNING. Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile launchers roll down the Red Square. File photo by Miaden Antonov/AFP

NATO says no sign of Russia backing down in missile crisis

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

'We didn't see any sign of Russia being willing to come back into compliance with the INF treaty,' says NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg

ON RUSSIA. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Putin meets pope, 'welcoming' populist gov't during Italy trip

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled

MEET AGAIN. File photo of Pope Francis (left) greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican on June 10, 2015. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/pool/AFP pool

Kremlin says details of deadly sub fire 'state secret'

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Vladimir Putin's spokesman explains the secrecy surrounding the tragedy by saying the information 'belongs to the category of state secrets'

ON SUBMARINE FIRE. This file photo shows Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attending a meeting in Moscow on June 24, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

14 crew killed in Russian submarine fire

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The tragedy in the far north has echoes of the sinking of the Kursk submarine in 2000 that claimed the lives of 118 personnel and shook the first year of Vladimir Putin's presidency

Russia tells Iran 'not to give in to emotions' in nuclear standoff

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will do everything to help preserve the Iran nuclear accord

ON IRAN DEAL. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses in Moscow on October 31, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Russia – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Bookmark for updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth vies for its first triumph versus Russia in Greece on Tuesday, July 2 (Wednesday, July 3, Philippine time)

Probes show Russia staged Salisbury chemical attack from London

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Investigations show a top Russian military intelligence officer coordinated a 2018 chemical attack in Salisbury, which saw former Russian spy Sergei Skripa and his daughter slumped over a park bench after being poisoned

SCENE OF CRIME. 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 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

Putin says liberal, pro-LGBT views 'forced' on people

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams ideas of freedom of sexuality as he defends Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Russian President Vladimir Putin lashes out at the idea of freedom of sexuality and gender. File photo by AFP

'It's a problem': Trump tells Erdogan on Russia missile deal

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Turkey remains committed to the purchase, with Erdogan saying earlier this month: 'We have completed the business'

G20 SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

May to Putin: Stop 'destabilizing' UK, allies

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The comments come as British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

With a smile, Trump tells Putin 'don't meddle in the election'

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Vladimir Putin says nothing, but grins in response to the US President's comment

ALL SMILES. Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

2 killed as plane hits building in Siberia

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The An-24 aircraft attempts an emergency landing at Nizhneangarsk airport but goes 100 meters off the tarmac, crashing 'into a waste treatment facility building'

CRASH. In this handout picture released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on June 27, 2019, firefighters work on extinguishing a fire on an An-24 passenger plane after its emergency landing at Nizhneangarsk airport. Photo by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP