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Violent storm kills 13 in Moscow area

Moscow: A violent storm swept through Moscow area Monday, leaving 13 people dead and dozens injured as freak winds toppled hundreds of trees, officials said. “The storm killed 11 people and 70 others have been seriously injured,” Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said, according to Interfax. “The victims are receiving proper care”. Two more deaths were reported…

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Egypt and Russia discuss fight against ‘terror’

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday held talks in Cairo with Russia’s foreign and defence ministers on ways to battle “terrorism”, his office said. A statement said the talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu focused on “the struggle against terrorism” and bilateral cooperation. Lavrov earlier discussed the…

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Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

MOSCOW: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them. Speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Shoigu restated Russia’s view that the strike —…

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Pakistan to attend Afghanistan peace conference in Moscow today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will attend a peace conference on Afghanistan Russia will host in Moscow today. A number of countries including Pakistan, China, India, Iran and Central Asian States have been invited to the conference. Additional Foreign Secretary Tasneem Aslam will lead the Pakistani delegation in the conference. –SAMAA/APP

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G7 backs Tillerson ahead of Syria talks in Moscow

MILAN: G7 foreign ministers warned against military escalation in Syria Tuesday, throwing their support behind US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he readies for crunch talks in Moscow, a key Damascus ally. As diplomats from the seven major advanced economies gathered for talks in the Italian city of Lucca, they were joined by their…

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Tillerson faces tough talks in Moscow amid increased tensions

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week will be an early test of whether the Trump administration can use any momentum generated by a missile attack on a Syrian air base to craft and execute a strategy to end the Syrian war.

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Russia denounces ‘aggression’ as tensions with USA mount

MOSCOW: The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched this week, the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the step his predecessor Barack Obama…

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Russia says metro suicide bomb killed 14

Russian authorities Tuesday confirmed a suicide bomber was responsible for the metro blast that killed 14 people in Saint Petersburg, as the city began three days of mourning. Flags flew at half-mast in Russia’s second city and flowers and candles piled up at an impromptu memorial outside the metro station rocked by the attack, as…

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2 blasts in St Petersburg metro stations kill 10–authorities

ST. PETERSBURG: At least 10 people were killed in explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg on Monday, Russian authorities said. Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying one of the blasts was caused by a bomb filled with shrapnel. President Vladimir Putin, who was in St. Petersburg for…

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Putin critic Navalny jailed after protests across Russia

MOSCOW: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was handed a 15-day jail sentence on Monday for his part in a big anti-government protest in Moscow which buoyed the liberal opposition’s morale a year before a presidential election. Sunday’s protest and others like it across Russia were estimated to be the largest since 2012 and foreshadow a presidential…

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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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