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Russia delays start of U.N. probe of Syria gas attacks: envoys

UNITED NATIONS - Russia is delaying the launch of an international investigation aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapon attacks in Syria, U.N. Security Council diplomats said on Wednesday, though Moscow's U.N. envoy said the holdup was for technical reasons.

Russia says will respond in kind to new U.S. sanctions over Ukraine

MOSCOW - Moscow said on Wednesday it would react in kind to United States' widening of sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, criticizing the move as straining relations and posing risks for international stability.

World, 02 Sep 2015

Russia risks Japanese ire with Far East war commemoration

MOSCOW - Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.

World, Japan 02 Sep 2015

Rocket with 'Denmark's Gagarin' lifts off to space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Denmark's first astronaut, roared off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS).

Science, 02 Sep 2015

Big guns in east Ukraine fall silent, two more die from wounds in Kiev protests

KIEV - A fragile truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding on Tuesday as both sides made a renewed effort to silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.

World, 01 Sep 2015

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

WASHINGTON - The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

Tech, Cybersecurity 01 Sep 2015

Lithuania presses charges over deaths in 1991 Soviet crackdown

VILNIUS - Lithuania has charged 66 citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine with war crimes and crimes against humanity over the deaths of 13 civilians in a Soviet crackdown on the Baltic state's pro-independence movement in 1991, prosecutors said on Monday.

World, 31 Aug 2015

Foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine by mid-Sept: Kremlin

MOSCOW - Foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet by the middle of September to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Monday.

World, France, Germany 31 Aug 2015

Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy, wholesome side

MOSCOW - The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. | Video

31 Aug 2015

Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy, wholesome side

MOSCOW - The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips.

30 Aug 2015
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China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders. | Video