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'Russia's version of Paris Hilton' announces presidential bid

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MOSCOW Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in a presidential election next year, offering liberal voters unhappy with Kremlin rule someone to get behind, but will little prospect she will win.

Russian politicians fail to see funny side of 'Death of Stalin'

LONDON British satirist Armando Iannucci has won critical praise in Britain for his latest film - a darkly comic look at the power struggle to succeed Joseph Stalin - but in Russia not all politicians share the joke. | Video

Entertainment, Film 11:44am EDT

U.S. senator probes Pentagon on Russian source code reviews

WASHINGTON A U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the Defense Department to explain how it manages the risks when it uses software that has been scrutinized by foreign governments, saying the practice may represent a national security threat.

Politics, Election 2016, Tech Oct 17 2017

Senate presses ex-Trump aide's son for documents in Russia probe: source

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the son of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser to provide documents and testimony as part of the panel's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, a source familiar with the congressional matter told Reuters.

Politics, Election 2016, Oct 17 2017

Russian opposition leader's fraud conviction arbitrary, Europe's top rights court says

STRASBOURG, France Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's conviction for fraud in 2014 had been "arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable" and ordered Russia to pay him compensation.

World, Oct 17 2017

Russia reopens ferry route to North Korea

MOSCOW Sea trips between Vladivostok, Russia and isolated North Korea have resumed after a two-month break, with the transport of cargo, the RIA news agency reported on Monday, quoting the head of the company operating the route.

World, North Korea Oct 16 2017

Ukraine goes to WTO over Russian ban on booze, presidential sweets

KIEV/GENEVA Ukraine has filed a World Trade Organization complaint challenging Russian trade restrictions on beer, vodka, juice, wallpaper and a product close to President Petro Poroshenko's heart: confectionery.

Oct 16 2017

Outgoing leader's protege set to win Kyrgyz presidential election

BISHKEK A protege of outgoing pro-Russian leader Almazbek Atambayev looked set for a surprise outright victory in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election on Sunday, despite polls having predicted a close runoff between him and an opposition leader. | Video

World, Oct 15 2017

North Korea not ready to meet with South Korea in Russia: agencies

MOSCOW Politicians from North and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event and being urged to do so by Moscow, Russian news agencies said on Sunday.

Turkish army expands deployment in Syria's northwest: rebels

AMMAN The Turkish army is expanding its deployment in northwest Syria with the goal of encircling a Kurdish enclave and reining in Russian strikes in the Idlib border province under a deal to reduce clashes, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

World, Syria Oct 15 2017
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China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. | Video