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Russia, France FMs admit ‘differences’ on Syria conflict

The foreign ministers of Russia and France on Tuesday admitted they still had differences over their approaches on how to end the Syrian conflict, despite a landmark agreement for Damascus to hand over its chemical weapons.

Russia sends warship with 'special cargo' toward Syria


A Russian warship carrying "special cargo" will be dispatched toward Syria, a navy source said today, as the
Kremlin beefs up its presence in the region ahead of possible US strikes against the Damascus regime.

Russia absolutely unconvinced by Syria chemical attack claims

Russia is totally unconvinced by evidence presented by the US and its allies of an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the Syrian regime, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Putin calls Syria chemical use claims ‘nonsense’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday dismissed as “nonsense” claims that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and demanded that the United States provide proof.

Massive space rocks to explode over Earth?

The Chelyabinsk meteor which exploded over Russia earlier in 2013, injuring more than 1000 people, was not a one-off, there are 20 more lurking on a similar path, Spanish astronomers have warned.

USA look for hurdles sweep


The United States’ hopes of a medals clean sweep in the 110 metres hurdles remained intact as all four of their hurdlers qualified for the final on Monday at the World Athletics Champion-ships.

Bolt is still in search of history

No sooner did Usain Bolt happily pocket the 100m world gold than his focus was promptly switched to snagging two more golds in his never-dying quest to become a “real legend” of modern day track and f

US band barred from Russia gig

American rock group Bloodhound Gang has been barred from a music festival in Russia, the Russian culture minister said, after a band member shoved the country’s flag into his underpants during a gig.

‘Find a safe haven,’ father tells Snowden


The father of US fugitive Edward Snowden reached out to his son on Russia’s national television Wednesday, telling him he did not mind if the intelligence leaker stays in Russia as long as he is safe.

Russia gives Snowden document allowing him to leave airport

Russia’s migration service has provided fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden with a document that allows him to leave the Moscow airport transit zone where he has been holed up for the last month, a report said here Wednesday.

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