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Separatists end week-long blockade of hotel housing OSCE in eastern Ukraine

Oct 23 2021

MOSCOW/DONETSK, Ukraine Russian-backed separatists on Saturday called off a protest outside a hotel in eastern Ukraine housing international conflict monitors, ending a blockade sparked by the capture of a separatist officer by Ukrainian government forces.

Regional powers back aid for Afghanistan, say U.S. and allies should pay

Oct 20 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers won backing from 10 regional powers at talks in Moscow on Wednesday for the idea of a United Nations donor conference to help the country stave off economic collapse and a humanitarian catastrophe.

Pro-Russian rebels call on OSCE to help secure release of officer detained by Ukraine

Oct 16 2021

DONETSK, Ukraine About 200 protesters in separatist-controlled Donetsk confronted monitors from Europe's main security and rights watchdog on Saturday to demand the release of a pro-Russian officer captured by the Ukrainian military.

Men disrupt screening of Ukraine famine film in Russia

Oct 14 2021

MOSCOW Around 20 men broke into a Moscow office of the Memorial human rights group late on Thursday and interrupted a public film screening about 1930s famine in Soviet Ukraine by hostile chants, a video from the scene showed.

Defeated candidates in Russian election try to annul 'crooked' online results

Sep 23 2021

MOSCOW A coalition of defeated parliamentary candidates in Moscow who allege they were cheated of victory in a parliamentary election by a crooked online voting system said on Thursday they would try to overturn the results via lawsuits and public pressure.

Communist who took on Putin says his family was used to ban him from election

Sep 15 2021

LENIN FARM, Moscow Region A wealthy Communist strawberry tycoon who came second to Vladimir Putin in the last presidential election has accused the authorities of using his family against him to stop him from running for parliament this week.

Russia blames U.S. tech giants for interference in election

Sep 10 2021

MOSCOW Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday it had summoned U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan to meet Russian Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov over alleged interference in the September parliamentary election.

'Resist': Russian opposition candidates rally media

Sep 04 2021

MOSCOW A dozen opposition candidates for Russia's September parliamentary election met scores of journalists in Moscow on Saturday with a message of resistance against the Kremlin's squeezing of independent media.

Afghans fear Taliban rule could stop them studying in Russia

Aug 20 2021

MOSCOW The Taliban's takeover could stop hundreds of Afghans from taking up university places in Russia or continuing with classes that have moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions, students who fear disruption to their educations told Reuters on Friday.

Russia in contact with Taliban via embassy in Kabul - diplomat

Aug 16 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia is in contact with Taliban officials via its embassy in Kabul, President Vladimir Putin's special representative on Afghanistan said on Monday, a day after the Afghan government collapsed and the capital fell to the Islamist insurgent group.

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Sudanese army faces widening opposition to takeover

KHARTOUM (Reuters) -The Sudanese army was facing widening opposition on Thursday to this week's coup, with state officials in Khartoum vowing disobedience and activists mobilising mass demonstrations planned for the weekend.