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World's tallest log cabin destroyed in fire

Once the world's tallest wooden skyscraper, the 13-storey Sutyagin House in Russia has been destroyed in a fire, officials said.

The 144-foot-tall Sutyagin House was situated in Arkhangelsk region, t

On Monday, a new Russia for Putin

Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency on Monday will technically give him greater powers than he wielded as Prime Minister. The irony is that his position will be arguably weaker than at any time since he first came to power more than 12 years ago.

Drunk Russian hijacks electric bus

A drunk man in a central Russian city faces up to five years in jail after he drove off a electric bus when the driver went to a grocery store, police said.

The incident took place in Kirov city. The

Twin blasts kill 15 in Russia's Caucasus region

Two blasts near a police post late on Thursday killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 in Dagestan, part of Russia's restive Caucasus region, the interior ministry said.

"At least 15 peopl

Teenager jailed for killing Russian Santa Claus

A 17-year-old boy in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe has been sentenced to jail for 10 years for killing a man dressed as 'Father Frost', the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus.

A court in Dushanbe on Thu

Eritrea tops list of 10 most censored nations

Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa region, leads the list of top 10 most censored countries in the world, according to an international non-governmental organisation, the Committee to Protect Journalists

Russian military ups the ante on missile defense


Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to bui

Kazakhstan warns about 'evil' foreign reporters

Prosecutors in Kazakhstan have characterised foreign correspondents as 'evil' in an indictment accusing 37 residents of a western oil town of inciting and participating in mass unrest that led to at l

Dutch court bans foreigners from Cannabis cafes

A Dutch court has upheld a law banning foreigners from entering 'coffee shops' to buy marijuana and hashish.

The legislation comes into effect in three southern provinces next month and will be enfor

Self-proclaimed 'God' sets himself ablaze in Russia

A man in Russia, proclaiming to be ‘God’, set himself ablaze and landed in hospital in a critical condition with 70 per cent burns, RIA Novosti reported.

A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses sect, the

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