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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

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

Trump says he would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:46 PM

'I think you might want to listen... there's nothing wrong with listening,' Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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

Russian police drop charges against journalist

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Ivan Golunov, a 36-year-old reporter with independent media outlet Meduza, is arrested last week on charges his lawyers and supporters say were trumped up to punish him for his investigative work

IVAN GOLUNOV. Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, charged with attempted drug-dealing, sits inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow on June 8, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Kremlin faces pushback over reporter's arrest

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Three top Russian dailies publish the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity and defiance over the arrest of Ivan Golunov

SOLIDARITY. A photo taken on June 10, 2019 in Moscow, shows the front pages of Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK dailies newspapers reading 'I am (we are) Ivan Golunov.' Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Detained Russian journalist hospitalized

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Russian police say detained investigative journalist Ivan Golunov complained of feeling 'unwell', prompting them to send him to the hospital for 'assessment'

HOSPITALIZED. Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov is detained then brought to the hospital by police for supposedly feeling unwell. Photo from Golunov's Facebook page

Russian journalist charged with dealing 'large amount' of drugs

Jun 08, 2019 - 7:14 PM

Supporters say the charge is a trumped-up punishment for Russian journalist Ivan Golunov's investigative reporting on high-level corruption

DETAINED. Russian journalist Ivan Golunov, a investigative reporter with independent news outlen Meduza has been detained in Moscow over alleged drug dealing in what the publication said on June 7, 2019 was punishment for his work. Photo by Dmitry Dzhulay /Meduza/AFP

Russian reporter's arrest sparks outrage

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Investigative journalist Ivan Golunov is detained in central Moscow for drug offenses

Police officers detain Russian journalist and writer Victor Shenderovich during a rally in support of arrested journalist Ivan Golunov outside the headquarters of the Moscow branch of the Russian Interior Ministry in Moscow on June 7, 2019. - A investigative reporter with Meduza, an independent Russian-language media outlet, has been detained in Moscow over alleged drug dealing in what the publication said on June 7, 2019 was punishment for his work. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Putin, Xi hit back at U.S. dominance at Russia economic forum

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin lash out at 'inequalities' in the global economic system and vow to pursue closer ties between their countries

CLOSER TIES. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 7, 2019. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Russia, U.S. trade charges after near naval collision

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Russian ship had to carry out an emergency maneuver to avoid collision, the navy says, adding that it has sent a message of protest to the US cruiser's commanders

ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV. In this file photo, the Russian Navy large anti-submarine ship Admiral Vinogradov (572) arrives for a five-day goodwill visit at the South Harbor of Manila on June 9, 2018. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/AFP

'Chernobyl' TV series reaps praise, criticism in Russia

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Russian audiences praised the series for what they said was its eerie accuracy

Putin says time to 'turn the page' in UK ties after spy scandal

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

SPY SCANDAL. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Huawei signs a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year

Kremlin photo from Shutterstock

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

Blast at central Russia explosives plant injures 19

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The blast took place at the 'Kristall' factory in Dzerzhinsk about 400 kilometers east of Moscow

Russia cuts gay scenes from Elton John biopic 'Rocketman'

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:27 AM

A film critic says that it had been 'very obvious' cuts had been made to the Russian version of 'Rocketman'

Trump briefly acknowledges Russia helped him get elected

May 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

'And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,' says US President Donald Trump

ON ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mueller denies probe cleared Trump, hands baton to Congress

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) Not indicting Donald Trump is not equivalent to clearing him, Robert Mueller says, suggesting Congress has both the constitutional powers and the responsibility to pursue the case

FIRST STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kremlin warns new Ukraine leader against calls for more sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'This is the rhetoric that will not help Ukraine to sort out the problem of the southeast,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the separatist conflict in the ex-Soviet country's industrial east

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Russia to pay $3M in Greenpeace ship settlement

May 18, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The settlement, reached after the Dutch dragged Moscow to various courts, was reached after talks between Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov

ARCTIC SUNRISE. In this file photo taken on February 22, 2005, Greenpeace ship the "Arctic Sunrise" arrives to the Canary Islands.  Photo by Samuel Aranda / AFP

Britain at UN presses Russia to answer for Idlib hospital attacks

May 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The UN says at least 18 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by air strikes and shelling over recent weeks, several of which were on UN "no target" lists that detail exact locations of the health facilities to the warring sides

AFTERMATH. A picture taken on May 5, 2019 shows in an underground hospital on the outskirts of the town of Hass, in the south of the jihadist-held Syrian province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour / AFP

Iran urges China, Russia 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

May 17, 2019 - 10:26 PM

'Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions over Russia rights despite revived ties

May 17, 2019 - 5:48 PM

One of the 5 newly blacklisted figures is Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov

IN MEMORY OF BORIS NEMTSOV. Opposition supporters march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on February 24, 2019. - Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

US, Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling Wrap US | Russia | diplomacy associated with x

U.S. does 'not seek a war with Iran' – Pompeo

May 15, 2019 - 3:04 AM

Pompeo's comments come during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S., Russia clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 2:07 AM

At a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renews US concerns that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to try to tip the vote to President Donald Trump

ON ELECTION MEDDLING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their talks in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S., Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin

May 14, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The renewed diplomacy follows the long-awaited report in the United States which found that Russia interfered in the 2016 election

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)