Syrian army advances towards Turkish border

2016-02-07 21:37

Syrian government troops are advancing to a rebel town near the Turkish border with the help of a Russian-backed offensive.

1000s of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkey border

2016-02-07 07:27

Thousands of Syrians have braved the cold and rain at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed regime assault on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster.

Fighting flares up in eastern Ukraine

2016-02-05 13:26

The Ukrainian government has accused Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine of violating the shaky truce with large-caliber weapons.

Pussy Riot releases new video mocking Russian prosecutors

2016-02-04 11:21

The Pussy Riot punk provocateur band is punching back at the Russian government in a new video.

EU wants to see Gazprom contracts with European clients

2016-02-03 13:15

The EU wants to examine the contracts which Gazprom has signed with European firms, amid suspicions that the Russian state energy giant has imposed unfair prices.

7.0-magnitude quake hits east Russia

2016-01-30 07:45

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck in Russia's Far East, US and Russian authorities say, although there were no reports of any casualties.

Russia ready to meet Opec over low oil prices

2016-01-29 15:45

Russia's energy minister says Moscow is ready to take part in an Opec meeting aimed at establishing possible "co-ordination" over low oil prices.

Russian rapists jailed for 'moralist' attacks

2016-01-27 19:30

Two Russian men who gang-raped several women and lectured them about accepting rides from strangers have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison, the St Petersburg prosecutor's office says.

Putin is 'picture of corruption': US Treasury offical

2016-01-26 05:35

An official of the US has, for what is believed to be the first time, directly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption.

Kerry dismisses posturing ahead of Syria talks

2016-01-25 16:11

US Secretary of State John Kerry is dismissing posturing from the Syrian government and opposition ahead of UN-led peace talks that are supposed to begin this week


Turkey will not 'abandon Syrian refugees'

2016-02-07 20:05

Turkey will continue to let in Syrian refugees instead of "abandoning them to their deaths", says the country's deputy premier.

Pope and Patriarch to bridge 1 000-year split

2016-02-05 22:27

Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican has announced.

Russia: Turkey 'preparing to invade Syria'

2016-02-04 20:35

Russia's defence ministry has accused Turkey of actively preparing to invade Syria as recriminations flew following a bitter breakdown in peace talks.

Spacewalkers toss flash drive to Mother Russia

2016-02-03 22:56

Two Russians on board the International Space Station have given a ceremonial send-off to a flash drive containing special messages for their motherland.

Merkel: Putin should use his influence to end Ukraine crisis

2016-02-02 19:04

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence with pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine to bring an end to the conflict in the region.

Egypt losing $250m monthly after Russian plane crash

2016-01-29 16:00

An Egyptian government official says Egypt has lost hundreds of millions of dollars since last year's suspected bombing of a Russian plane, which crippled the country's vital tourism industry.

177 hospitals destroyed in Syria: Aid group

2016-01-27 21:31

A Syrian aid group has denounced the incessant bombing of medical facilities in the war-wracked country, where 177 hospitals have been destroyed and nearly 700 health workers killed.

Fishermen rescued from broken ice slab

2016-01-27 07:35

Russian fishermen have been rescued after they were briefly stranded on ice when a giant slab broke off from shore.

Peace talks on Syria before week's end

2016-01-25 20:47

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups are to start before the end of the week, the UN special envoy on Syria has announced.

Syrian official: State will make no concessions during talks

2016-01-24 21:49

The Syrian government will not make any new concessions in future peace talks at a time when the Syrian army is making progress in different parts of the country, a senior official says.

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