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FBI chief confirms probe of possible Russia links to Trump team

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election and notably Moscow’s possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign. He also rejected Trump’s claim that predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower in New York, saying both the Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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In Russia, Women’s Day piles on the pressure for men

MOSCOW: In offices across Russia, the countdown to International Women’s Day is a whirl of last-minute meetings and dashes for gifts as men race to prepare festivities for their female colleagues. “We’ve sent out loads of emails, we’ve analysed the market, we’ve pooled ideas, and we’ve just got one more meeting ahead of the launch…

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Turkey says US will be invited to fresh Syria talks

BEIRUT: Washington will be invited to fresh Syria peace talks being organised by Moscow and Ankara this month, Turkey’s foreign minister said, but Russia declined to confirm the invitation on Friday.

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Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment: agencies

MOSCOW: Russia’s military on Friday said it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier set to be the first to quit the conflict zone. “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the Russian defence ministry is beginning the reduction of…

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Russia says Ankara envoy killed in ‘terrorist’ act

The Russian ambassador to Ankara died Monday after being shot in the Turkish capital, the foreign ministry in Moscow said, describing the incident as a “terrorist act”. “Today in Ankara as a result of an attack the Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov received wounds that he died from,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in…

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Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured on Wednesday, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city’s streets.

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Turkey, Russia, Iran to meet on Syria war: minister

ANKARA: Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a meeting in Moscow on December 27 to try to find a solution to the five-year conflict in Syria, Ankara said on Wednesday.

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New film explores Russian society through dashcams

MOSCOW: Drivers keep their cool as they plunge into a river, race through a forest fire or see a falling meteorite in a new documentary made from Russian dashcam footage that the filmmaker says represents a national characteristic. Dmitry Kalashnikov, 29, from Saint Petersburg, spent a year piecing together footage he found online, including on…

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Russia, China block UN demand for seven-day Aleppo truce

UNITED NATIONS: Russia and China on Monday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded a seven-day truce in Syria’s Aleppo, with Russia arguing it would allow rebels to regroup and that time was needed for talks between Washington and Moscow.

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Syria army retakes over half of rebel east Aleppo

Syria’s army advanced in east Aleppo Saturday in a devastating assault that has placed it in control of more than half of the former rebel stronghold and prompted international outrage. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled eastern neighbourhoods of the battered city since President Bashar al-Assad’s regime began its latest offensive in mid-November. Overnight,…

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Periodic table expands with elements named after Japan, Moscow, Tennessee

TOKYO: The periodic table got larger Wednesday after four new elements were officially named and added to the chart, including ‘nihonium’ — the first ever to be discovered by Japanese scientists. The new name for element 113, a highly radioactive element with an extremely short half-life, comes from Japan’s name in Japanese — ‘nihon’, literally…

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Moscow nanny admits beheading disabled child

A Moscow nanny on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering the four-year-old disabled child in her charge after brandishing the child’s severed head on the street. “I plead guilty; that’s what she said,” an interpreter said as Uzbek national Gyulchekhra Bobokulova went on trial, Interfax news agency reported. In a chilling case, Bobokulova was arrested in…

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Clinton blames Trump, WikiLeaks, Moscow after new leaks

WASHINGTON: The head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team John Podesta slammed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday for helping Republican rival Donald Trump in the bitter White House race, while accusing Moscow of being behind the hack. The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of emails from John Podesta’s personal Gmail account since Friday, allegedly obtained…

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Russia accuses Kiev over MH17 ahead of Dutch probe release

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday sought to deflect blame over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, accusing Kiev just days before the results of a Dutch criminal probe into the mass-killing are released. Ukraine and the West insist pro-Russian rebels blew the Boeing 777 jet out of the sky over war-torn east Ukraine on July…

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Pro-Putin party wins landslide victory in Russian election

MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin’s political allies won a landslide victory in a parliamentary election in Russia, near final results showed on Monday, paving the way for Putin to run for a fourth term as president in 18 months if, as expected, he chooses to do so. The ruling United Russia party, founded by Putin almost 16…

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Kind man rescues kitten on busy Russian highway

A terrified kitten stranded on a busy Russian highway at Kaliningrad fortunately defied the death nine times, until a kind rescued it. Watch this video…

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Iran, Russia start construction of new Iranian nuclear plant

TEHRAN: Iran began building a second nuclear plant with Russian help on Saturday, in a $10 billion project which follows Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers last year, state media reported. State television showed Iranian and Russian officials at launching ceremonies for the 10-year project which will include two power plants with a total…

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At least 16 migrants dead in Moscow warehouse fire: ministry

At least 16 migrant workers mostly from Kyrgyzstan died in a fire that broke out at a Moscow warehouse early Saturday, Russian authorities said. “When the fire was being put out, a room that had been cut off by the flames was discovered,” TASS news agency quoted the regional branch of the emergency ministry’s press…

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Torrential rain in Moscow beats century-old record

MOSCOW: Torrential rains in Moscow on Monday beat a 129-year-old record for the heaviest August downpours, the state weather service said. Muscovites splashed through flooded streets after more than 48 millimetres (1.9 inches) of rainfall hit the city, authorities said, nearly double the previous maximum recorded back in 1887. “This is a new historical record…

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Putin, Erdogan meet to mend ties after jet downing rift

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday looked to rebuild ties as they met for the first time since Ankara downed one of Moscow’s warplanes in November. Erdogan’s visit to Putin’s hometown of Saint Petersburg is also his first foreign trip since the failed coup against him last month…

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Grand celebrations for Eid commence in Moscow

Thousands of Muslims living in and around the Russian capital flocked to Moscow Cathedral Mosque on Tuesday to offer Eid prayers and celebrate the end of Ramzan. View the picturesque grand celebration of Eid in Moscow in this special report…  

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