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In Armenia, war refugees sleep rough in the diamonds

11:29am EDT

ABOVYAN, Armenia In a factory where diamonds are cut, Anna Osipyan and her two grandchildren found something even more precious after fleeing their homes in the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh: shelter from the region's worst fighting in almost 30 years.

In Armenia, war refugees sleep rough in the diamonds

10:13am EDT

ABOVYAN, Armenia In a factory where diamonds are cut, Anna Osipyan and her two grandchildren found something even more precious after fleeing their homes in the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh: shelter from the region's worst fighting in almost 30 years.

Moscow hospital feels strain of second COVID-19 wave

Oct 09 2020

MOSCOW Alexei Karzin, head of a 20-bed intensive care unit in a Moscow hospital, felt a sense of relief when his unit stopped treating COVID-19 patients in early September and could get back to looking after stroke victims. His relief was short-lived.

Russia confirms pollution off Far East amid concern about 'ecological disaster'

Oct 03 2020

MOSCOW Russia told residents on Saturday to stay away from a pristine beach in the Far East due to unexplained water pollution that Greenpeace said was evidence of an "ecological disaster" and had caused some surfers to break into a fever and vomit.

Moscow ramps up COVID hospitals to handle 'big second wave': sources

Sep 25 2020

MOSCOW Moscow hospitals have been instructed to free up hundreds of beds for COVID-19 patients in response to a sharp acceleration in case numbers, four medical sources told Reuters, as the city's mayor urged workers and the elderly to stay at home.

Kremlin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking

Sep 19 2020

MOSCOW Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed on Saturday, five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently. | Video

Navalny team says nerve agent found on Russian hotel room water bottle

Sep 17 2020

MOSCOW The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport as first thought, his team said on Thursday. | Video

Russia's ruling party loses majority in Siberian council targeted by stricken Navalny

Sep 14 2020

MOSCOW/TOMSK The ruling United Russia party secured landslide wins at weekend regional elections but suffered setbacks in votes for two Siberian city councils contested by supporters of stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, results showed on Monday.

Russian excess deaths over summer outstrip COVID toll by more than 3 to 1

Sep 14 2020

MOSCOW The number of excess deaths in Russia between May and July was more than three times higher than the official coronavirus toll, recent government data show, a discrepancy some experts say raises questions about the accuracy of Moscow's counting.

Kremlin set for election wins, but Navalny supporters make rare gains in Siberia

Sep 13 2020

MOSCOW/TOMSK The ruling United Russia party looked set for an array of local election wins on Sunday, but was also on course for some setbacks as stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's supporters made rare gains in city politics in Siberia.

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U.S. urges diplomacy as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as fighting in and around the mountain enclave entered a second month on Tuesday, defying a ceasefire brokered in Washington.