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December 31, 2018 8:23 AM A Suspected Gas Explosion at a High-Rise in Russia Has Killed at Least 3 People

A suspected gas explosion in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk early Monday morning ripped through an apartment building, killing at least three people and burying dozens after a partial collapse of the structure. Russian news agency TASS reports that six people have been pulled out of the rubble, of which three died, and that 79 were missing. According 83

December 26, 2018 9:35 AM Russia, Belarus fail to agree on financial compensation for Minsk: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko failed to agree on possible financial compensation for Minsk and will meet again before the end of the year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. The two leaders met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, but did not reach an agreement 132

December 25, 2018 12:35 PM Turkey 'determined' to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces

ISTANBUL – Turkey said Tuesday it is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains "determined" to clear U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that "if Turkey says it will enter, it will," in comments carried by private DHA news agency. For weeks 120

December 22, 2018 9:59 AM Russia warns of global conflict over nuclear pact collapse

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday that the scrapping of a Cold War era nuclear pact may lead to an arms race and direct confrontation between several global regions, after a proposal by Moscow was rejected in a United Nations vote. Moscow had put forward a resolution in support of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) which 122

December 18, 2018 9:35 AM Vladimir Putin Decries Prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah’s Witnesses face charges in Russia, and 25 of them are in jail awaiting trial. Human rights activists 84

December 16, 2018 6:23 PM New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

Ukrainian new head of Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epiphanius speaks during a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified 86

December 13, 2018 11:30 AM High-tech 'Robot Boris' at Russia technology forum actually a man inside suit

Russian state television praised a “hi-tech robot” at a technology forum that is actually a man in a robot suit. (YouTube) Russian state television praised a “hi-tech robot” at a technology forum that was actually a man inside a robot suit. Russia-24, a state-owned television channel, applauded a man in a suit believing he was a real robot, saying that “Robot 97

December 11, 2018 2:43 PM Putin, opposition gather to honor prominent rights activist

People gather to pay their last respects to Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the Moscow Helsinki Group Chair and human rights activist during a farewell ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. A Russian rights official says Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who was forced into exile by Soviet authorities after founding Russia's oldest human rights organization in 1976, has died in a Moscow 95

December 5, 2018 9:41 PM US warship sails in Sea of Japan waters claimed by Russia

A U.S. Navy warship sailed in waters claimed by Russia in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday as tensions increase over the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from a decades-old arms control treaty. A spokesperson for the U.S. Pacific Fleet says the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell sailed “in the vicinity of” Peter the Great Bay, a body of water 89

December 4, 2018 9:45 AM Kremlin says it regrets that U.S.-Russia dialogue is not working out

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it regretted that dialogue between Russia and the United States was not working out despite what it said was a series of important strategic issues that needed to be discussed. Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump were due to have an extended meeting at a G20 Summit in Argentina 105