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Gorbachev: Russia needs sweeping reforms

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has appealed to the Kremlin to make Russia more democratic, saying President Dmitry Medvedev’s push to modernise the country would not succeed otherwise.

23 dead, 300 hurt in Kyrgyz clashes

At least 23 people were killed and 300 injured in ethnic clashes in south Kyrgyzstan, a stronghold of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, prompting the interim government to declare a state of emerge

6 men begin 520-day simulated Mars mission

Six men from Europe, Russia and China will on Thursday be voluntarily locked away in a module for almost one and a half years to simulate the effects of a mission to Mars.

‘Stalin blocked bids to kill Hitler’

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin blocked two attempts to kill Adolf Hiter during World War Two, fearing that his replacement as Nazi leader would make peace with the Western Allies, a top Russian general

520 days in a Mars simulator

Six men from Russia, Europe and China are preparing to spend 520 days together in a sealed-off warren to take a simulated trip to Mars to test how long isolation would affect humans.

Ad guys bank on mobiles

The global advertising industry is eager to capitalise on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online.

Russia ready to assist Dalai, China on Tibet

In a major shift, Russia on Thursday said it is ready to assist in the dialogue between China and the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to resolve the vexed Tibet issue.

Russia reopens czar case


Over 90 years after the killing of Czar Nicholas II, his wife, their four daughters and a son, and several servants during the Bolshevik revolution, a Moscow city court ordered the opening of a criminal case into the murders.

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