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Islamic State Must Be Stopped Before It Spreads - Former CIA Officer
2014-08-29 14:50:38
The Islamic State (IS) militants who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria must be stopped before they push into other Middle East nations, former CIA official Graham Fuller told RIA Novosti Friday.

Russia to Supply 20 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Serbia
2014-08-29 14:31:35
Russia?s Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter, carrying 20 tons of humanitarian aid for the Serbians, who are suffering from severe floods, will arrive at the Batajnica military airport near Belgrade on August 30, a source at the Russian embassy in Serbia said Friday.

Russian Minister?s Jet Takes Off From Bratislava After Polish Flyover Incident
2014-08-29 13:48:09
A plane with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on board took off from the Bratislava airport Friday shortly after Poland permitted a flyover in its airspace, according to Slovakia's Interior Ministry spokesman Ivan Netik.

California Could Become First US State to Introduce Sexual Consent Policy at Colleges
2014-08-29 12:52:00
California could become the first US state to legally define what amounts to consensual sexual activity on college campuses, as lawmakers have passed a new bill that specifies when ?yes means yes.?

Moscow Alarmed by US Possible US Reconnaissance Flights Above Syria
2014-08-29 12:31:00
Moscow is concerned by the possibility of US reconnaissance flights above the territory of Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

Russia, India to Continue Joint Air Force Drills in November - Moscow
2014-08-29 12:02:00
The second phase of joint Russian-Indian Air Force exercise ?Aviaindra-2014? is set to take place in India in November, deputy chief of the Russian Air Force's General Staff, Aleksandr Lyapkin, told reporters Friday.

Russia, India to Continue Joint Air Force Drills in November - Moscow
2014-08-29 12:02:00
The second phase of joint Russian-Indian Air Force exercise ?Aviaindra-2014? is set to take place in India in November, deputy chief of the Russian Air Force's General Staff, Aleksandr Lyapkin, told reporters Friday.

Russian Defense Minister Back in Bratislava After Poland Bars His Plane From Its Airspace
2014-08-29 11:38:00
Poland refused to let a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to enter its airspace Friday, forcing the aircraft to return back to Bratislava, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

Second Russian Humanitarian Convoy May Reach Ukraine in Ten Days ? Ukraine Fiscal Service
2014-08-29 11:28:00
A second convoy of Russian humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine could be delivered via railroad in 10 days, if the parties agree on all necessary procedures, UNIAN news agency reported Friday, citing the deputy head of Ukraine?s Fiscal Service, Anatoliy Makarenko.

UN Report on Ukraine Low on Facts on Border Situation, Ignoring Refugee Efforts - Russia
2014-08-29 11:25:00
The UN report on the human rights situation in Ukraine contains few facts and Russia?s efforts to take in refugees are being ignored, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Friday.

Kiev Again Rejects Russia?s Gas Discount Compromise Offer ? Ukraine Energy Minister
2014-08-29 11:09:00
Ukraine still refuses to negotiate Russia?s proposed discount of $100 per 1,000 billion cubic meters of gas, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said Friday.

West Failing to Syrian Refugees - Charity
2014-08-29 11:04:00
Western nations have only accommodated 5,000 of the three million registered Syrian refugees since the country?s civil war began and should do more to help, Andy Baker from the charity Oxfam told RIA Novosti on Friday.

More Protests Against Ferguson Race-Related Police Killing Expected ? Campaigner
2014-08-29 10:56:00
Protests this weekend against the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown will call for an end to police brutality in the US, civil rights campaigner Salim Adofo told RIA Novosti on Friday.

New Report Adds to Concern Over Use Of Depleted Uranium By US, UK
2014-08-29 10:45:00
The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) has published a new report summarizing 50 peer-reviewed studies showing a clear and ongoing health risk arising from the use of depleted uranium (DU) by the US and UK.

Russian Defense Official Calls Reports of 100 Dead Russian Servicemen in Ukraine ?Hooey?
2014-08-29 10:25:00
Statements made by a number of human rights activists about the alleged deaths of a hundred of Russian servicemen in Ukraine were ?hooey,? a high-ranking Russian defense ministry source told RIA Novosti Friday.

Russia, Iran Support Enhancing Efforts in Combating Terrorism
2014-08-29 10:18:00
Russia and Iran have spoken out for the idea of enhancing international efforts to combat terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Fresh Poll Suggests Scottish Independence Backers Gaining Ground
2014-08-29 09:55:00
Support for Scottish independence has risen to 47 percent from 43 percent after the final TV debate took place, less than three weeks away from the historic vote, according to a poll the Scottish Daily Mail conducted on Friday, August 29.

Putin Says Tymoshenko Did Nothing Wrong, Persecution Damaged Russian-Ukrainian Ties
2014-08-29 09:48:00
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko violated no laws when she signed a gas deal with Russia, and her persecution by the former Ukrainian leadership damaged ties between Kiev and Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Today's European Leaders Lack Independence ? President Putin
2014-08-29 09:43:00
Current European leaders are unable to behave independently, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Obama, Poroshenko Planning to Meet on September 18 to Discuss Ukrainian Crisis
2014-08-29 09:37:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is to meet with US President Barack Obama in the White House on September 18 to discuss the crisis in Ukraine?s east, according to an official statement on the White House website.

UN Observer Report Acknowledges 'Horrifying Number' of Dead in East Ukraine ? Russia
2014-08-29 09:36:00
A report by UN observers on the conflict in Ukraine has acknowledged a horrifying number of dead among civilians in the country?s east, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary Friday.

Putting End to Ukraine Conflict Impossible Without Peacekeepers ? Russian Senator
2014-08-29 09:35:00
The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine can only be stopped by peacekeeping forces, but neither the West nor Kiev are interested in doing so, a member of the Russian Senate Committee on Defense and Security, Valery Shnyakin, told RIA Novosti Friday.

International Recognition of Crimea as Part of Russia to Be ?Long and Tiresome? ? Putin
2014-08-29 09:25:00
The process of getting the international community to recognize Crimea?s reunification with Russia is going to be ?long and tiresome,? Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Western Sanctions Fail to Affect People of Iran, Russia ? Iran?s Foreign Minister
2014-08-29 09:14:00
Sanctions are an illegal pressure tactic to attempt to influence policy, but they will not affect the people of Iran and Russia, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told the press after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday.

Ebola Ignorance to Damage Africa?s Economy, International Reputation
2014-08-29 09:00:00
Ignorance and misperceptions regarding the location of the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, will damage the entire continent?s economy and reputation among potential tourists.

No One Would Even Think of Starting Large-Scale Conflict With Russia ? Putin
2014-08-29 08:57:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that no one would even think of initiating a large-scale conflict with Russia today.

Russia?s ?Frenemies? Still Confused by USSR?s Atomic Bomb Creation ? Deputy Prime Minister
2014-08-29 08:47:00
Some countries are still confused by the way the USSR managed to create the first atomic bomb in dire post-war conditions, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Putin Suggests That Politicians Keep Approval Rating in Mind, But Not Count on It
2014-08-29 08:40:00
Politicians should be aware of their approval rating, but never count on it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Crimea Managed to Avoid Southeast Ukraine's Scenario by Rejoining Russia ? Putin
2014-08-29 08:23:00
The ongoing military operation in southeastern Ukraine clearly shows that it would have happened in Crimea had Russia not supported its vote to rejoin Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Moscow to Push for Dialogue on Ukraine Crisis ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-08-29 08:15:00
Moscow will help in negotiations between the warring sides in Ukraine and is taking steps toward a de-escalation of the conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

Moscow Demands Release of Russian Embassy Employees Held ?Under False Pretext? In Kiev
2014-08-29 08:14:00
A group of Russian embassy employees has been detained ?under false pretext in Kiev? and Moscow is demanding their immediate release, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

Putin Says Kiev?s Fears of Federalization Strange, But Russia Not Going to Interfere
2014-08-29 08:00:00
Russia will not interfere in Ukraine?s decision on federalizing the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Ukraine's Cabinet Proposes Dropping 'Non-Aligned Bloc Status,' Joining NATO
2014-08-29 07:55:00
The Ukrainian Cabinet has submitted a bill to the country?s parliament to drop its ?non-aligned bloc? status and renew its path to becoming a member of NATO, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday.

Armenia Invites Turkey?s Erdogan to Attend Genocide Commemoration Ceremony in Yerevan
2014-08-29 07:53:00
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to take part in Yerevan?s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire, according to an official statement published on Armenia?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Kiev Not Counting on NATO Intervention, Understands NATO Not Sending Troops ? Ambassador
2014-08-29 07:51:00
Kiev is not expecting NATO to intervene in the Ukrainian crisis and understands that the alliance cannot send any troops, Ukrainian Ambassador and NATO Envoy Ihor Dolhov said Friday.

Moscow, Tehran to Hold High-Level Meetings in September
2014-08-29 07:17:00
Iran expects to hold two high-level meetings with Russia in September, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday.

OSCE's Ukraine Monitoring Mission to Start in Mariupol Friday
2014-08-29 07:17:00
The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has sent two representatives to the city of Mariupol in southeast Ukraine to start working later Friday, the mission?s press service told RIA Novosti.

Russia to Act In Conformity With International Law in Arctic ? Putin
2014-08-29 07:09:00
Many countries are carefully watching Russia?s activity in the Arctic and are scared, but Moscow will act only in accordance with international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

NATO Protesters Set Up 'Peace Camp' in Wales? Newport
2014-08-29 06:58:00
Campaigners are working to set up a so-called peace camp in Newport's Tredegar Park as thousands of NATO protesters are expected to gather in the Welsh city.

Gas Should Not Be Used to Escalate Ukraine Conflict ? EU Energy Minister
2014-08-29 06:45:00
The gas sector should not be used as an instrument for sanctions or the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, European Union Energy Minister Guenther Oettinger said Friday.

Putin Deems Kiev?s Decision Not to Pull Out Troops Besieged by Militia as Tragedy
2014-08-29 06:27:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that according to latest information, Ukrainian authorities have decided not to pull out troops surrounded by militia in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine Ready to Return Detained Russian Paratroopers ? Putin
2014-08-29 06:23:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that during his meeting in Minsk with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the latter gave his word that the recently detained Russian paratroopers would be returned home.

Lithuanian President Suggests Reducing Russian-Language Broadcasting to 10%
2014-08-29 06:19:00
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite suggested amendments to the country?s law on the provision of information to the public that cut the proportion of Russian-language broadcasting from 30 percent to 10 percent, Grybauskaite?s press service said Friday.

Russia, US Establish Information Exchange for Emergency Situations
2014-08-29 06:07:00
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry (EMERCOM) and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have agreed on the exchange of information on large-scale natural and man-made disasters, EMERCOM reported Friday.

Brother of Murdered Journalist Foley Urges US to Save Another Captive
2014-08-29 05:58:00
The brother of murdered American journalist James Foley asked the United States to do more to save Steven Sotloff, another US journalist held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Iran's nuclear program
2014-08-29 05:43:00

Moscow Calls on West to Refrain From Bargaining With Iran on Nuclear Issue in Final Stage
2014-08-29 05:43:00
Moscow has called on the West to refrain from the temptation to bargain in the final stage of resolving Iran?s nuclear issue by trying to get more from Iran than is needed for a balanced package, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Malaysia Airlines to Dismiss Over 6,000 Employees
2014-08-29 05:35:00
Malaysia Airlines has announced plans to dismiss more than 6,000 employees and change chief executives in an attempt to save company from bankruptcy, Azman Mohtar, head of Malaysian state investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which has taken control of the airline, told reporters.

'Fact-Hiding' Distinctive Western Behavior in Regard to Events in Ukraine - Lavrov
2014-08-29 05:32:00
?Fact-hiding? is a distinctive Western behavior in the events in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Hurricane Katrina in US : Facts and Background
2014-08-29 05:28:00
Hurricane Katrina hit southern US states on August 29, 2005, becoming one of the most destructive hurricanes in the country?s history.

Accusations That Russian Troops Deployed in Ukraine Not Backed by Evidence ? Lavrov
2014-08-29 05:19:00
No evidence of the Russian military being present in Ukraine has ever been presented, while accusations have flown about wildly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Ban ki-Moon Demands Secure Border Between Russia, Ukraine
2014-08-29 05:15:00
A secure border between Russia and Ukraine should be urgently ensured, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday at a press conference in Bali.

Russia Ready for Any Talks Including 'Normandy Format' Suggested by Hollande - Kremlin
2014-08-29 05:13:00
Russia is open to dialogue over the crisis in Ukraine in any format, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti on Friday commenting on French President Francois Hollande?s suggestion of holding talks in the so-called ?Normandy format.?

IS Releases New Execution Video of Soldier Wearing Guantanamo-Like Jumpsuit
2014-08-29 05:08:00
Islamic State (IS) militants released a new execution video on YouTube of a Kurdish Iraq soldier wearing an orange jumpsuit, reminiscent of the uniform worn by Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Google Announces Developments in Drone Delivery System
2014-08-29 05:07:00
Google announced it is currently developing a system for unmanned air vehicles, or drones, to conveniently deliver goods from altitudes of 130 to 200 feet to a customer?s doorstep, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

UN Security Council Ignores Russian Call for Ceasefire in Ukraine
2014-08-29 05:02:00
Russia?s envoy to the United Nations has called on members of the UN Security Council to adopt a media statement urging a ceasefire in Ukraine, a request that the Council has ignored.

Japanese Defense Ministry Delivers Record Budget Request
2014-08-29 04:48:00
Japan?s Defense Ministry has made its biggest-ever budget claim, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues to boost the country's military expenditure in light of China?s increasing geopolitical activities, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Friday.

TEPCO Says Attempt to Curb Accumulation of Radioactive Water at Fukushima Ineffective
2014-08-29 04:39:00
Attempts by the Tokyo Electric Power Cooperation (TEPCO) to curb the accumulation of radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have proven ineffective, Japanese national broadcaster NHK said Friday, citing TEPCO officials.

CSTO Says Ready for Peacekeeping Operations in Ukraine, Decision Up to Members
2014-08-29 04:36:00
The peacekeeping forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is prepared for any operations outside its territories, including in Ukraine, but a decision for a peacekeeping mission would depend on the organization?s members, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Friday.

Nevada State Regulators Give Green Light to Fracking
2014-08-29 04:30:00
The Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources unanimously gave the green light to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

UN Report Claims Nearly 2,220 Dead, 6,000 Injured in Ukraine Crisis Since Mid-April
2014-08-29 04:21:00
A UN report published Friday said 2,220 people have died and some 6,000 have been injured between mid-April and August 17 in the Ukrainian crisis.

Russia to Undertake Protective Measures if Sees No Understanding in EC
2014-08-29 04:19:00
Russia will undertake measures to protect its economy if the European Commission (EC) does not take its opinion on amendments to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement into account, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told journalists.

Iran?s Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Program Focus of Russia Visit
2014-08-29 03:44:00
International negotiations on Iran?s nuclear program will be the key topic in discussions between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, IRNA news agency reported Friday, citing Zarif?s speech on his arrival to Moscow.

Protests Over Fatally Shot Teen Turn Violent in Ferguson
2014-08-29 03:43:00

$40Mln Federal Lawsuit Filed Against US Police for Actions in Ferguson
2014-08-29 03:43:00
Five people arrested during mass protests in Ferguson, Missouri that started after US police shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown, have filed a $40 million lawsuit, accusing police of using excessive force and violating their rights, CNN reported Friday.

Russia, Canada Give Each Other Geography Lessons on Twitter
2014-08-29 03:41:00
Following the Ukrainian government?s claims concerning Russia troops entering Ukraine, the Canadian delegation to NATO decided to give Moscow a geography lesson, prompting a response from the Russian side.

Ukrainian Troops Responsible for Civilian Casualties in Eastern Regions ? UN Report
2014-08-29 03:39:00
The Ukrainian armed forces are partially responsible for the civilian casualties caused by the ongoing military operation in the east of the country, according to the United Nations (UN) report on human rights in Ukraine published Friday.

Ukraine?s Authorities Detain, Maltreat Journalists, Russia's Stenin Missing - UN Report
2014-08-29 03:38:00
Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin (#freeAndrew), allegedly detained by Kiev armed forces, is still missing in Ukraine, with a number of other media workers beeing arrested and maltreated by the Ukrainian authorities, according to a UN report released on Friday.

Russia, Myanmar Establish Bilateral Economic Commission
2014-08-29 03:26:00
Russia and Myanmar signed an agreement to establish a bilateral trade and economic commission during a ministerial meeting on Friday.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests
2014-08-29 03:04:00
The International Day against Nuclear Tests, marked every year on August 29, was established on December 2, 2009 by the UN General Assembly?s Resolution 64/35.

Islamic State Uses CIA Torture Techniques on Captured Americans - Reports
2014-08-29 02:21:00
The Islamic State (IS) is using CIA torture methods on US citizens taken hostage by the militant group, The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the hostages? treatment.

Russian Scientists to Develop Nuclear Waste Removal Technology for Fukushima
2014-08-29 02:01:00
Russian nuclear scientists are developing the technology to clear Fukushima?s radioactive waste of tritium, Sergei Florya, project manager at radioactive waste management enterprise RosRAO told RIA Novosti.

SCO Troops in Final Stage of Peace Mission 2014 Exercise
2014-08-29 01:45:00
Military units from Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are in the final stage of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization?s (SCO) joint anti-terrorist exercise Peace Mission 2014.

US Lawyers Seek to Improve Prison Conditions for Russian Citizen Seleznev
2014-08-29 01:44:00
The defense of Russian citizen Roman Seleznev, accused of cyber fraud in the United States, will once again appeal to change his imprisonment regime from special to general early next week, the Russian Consul General told RIA Novosti.

Half of Syrian Population Displaced, Refugees Number Over 3Mln ? UNHCR
2014-08-29 01:25:00
More than 3 million people have become refugees as violence in Syria rages on, and over half of the country?s population has been displaced since the crisis began three years ago, the UN?s refugee agency said in a statement Friday.

Russian Scientists Confirm Theory Supernova Stars Have Thermonuclear Origin
2014-08-29 01:19:00
Astrophysicists from the Moscow-based Space Research Institute (IKI) have confirmed the theory that Type Ia supernova stars emerge as a giant thermonuclear explosion of white dwarfs, in a study published by the Nature scientific journal.

Donetsk Prime Minister Vows Humanitarian Corridor for Besieged Ukrainian Troops
2014-08-29 00:51:00
The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said the republic?s militia would set up a humanitarian corridor for the surrounded Kiev forces provided they give up their weapons.

Libyan Government Resigns For Parliament to Form New Cabinet - Reports
2014-08-28 23:38:00
Libya?s interim government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Thani has resigned to allow the new parliament to form a new cabinet, Reuters reported Friday citing a Libyan lawmaker.

NATO Confrontation With Russia Unlikely, Exercises Count for Everything - Analyst
2014-08-28 22:39:00
The threat of a NATO confrontation with Russia remains slim, but increased military exercises will count for everything, a retired US foreign policy and defense analyst told RIA Novosti.

US-NATO Talks of Building Capabilities in East Mostly Theater - Expert
2014-08-28 22:28:00
The public criticism of Russia by the United States and NATO discussions of increasing its Eastern front and its readiness capabilities are primarily theatre, a George Washington University professor of international affairs and expert in public attitudes toward war told RIA Novosti.

UN Under-Secretary-General Concerned by Spread of Fighting in Ukraine
2014-08-28 22:12:07
UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs shared the Secretary-General's concern over the expansion off the territory of the fighting in eastern Ukraine southward, he said at the UN Security Council.

Ebola Shows Global Aid Response Inadequate - Doctors Without Borders
2014-08-28 21:58:00
The spread of Ebola virus in West Africa has shown that the United Nations, aid groups and other actors were ill-equipped to halt the contagion, Brice de le Vingne from the charity Doctors Without Borders told RIA Novosti.

UN Security Council Demands Release of Peacekeepers Detained in Golan
2014-08-28 21:47:00
With dozens of UN peacekeepers, detained and restricted in their movement in the Golan Heights, the UN Security Council on Thursday issued a press statement condemning the incident.

Scottish Cabinet Out Of Touch With Local Views On Independence - Official
2014-08-28 21:37:00
The MPs and the British cabinet should have no place in the negotiating team that will lead talks with the British Government if residents back Scotland's independence in three weeks, a local community representative living in the constituency of the Secretary of State for Scotland told RIA Novosti.

UN Ban Ki-moon Concerned About Spread of Fighting in Ukraine after Minsk Talks
2014-08-28 21:26:38
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned with the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis as the fighting in the east spreads toward the south of the Donetsk region, the organization said.

Reporters Without Borders Calls for Immediate Release of Andrei Stenin
2014-08-28 21:12:01
The Berlin office of the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders called on the immediate release of Andrei Stenin, photographer of the news agency Rossiya Segodnya, who has been missing in Ukraine since the beginning of the month.

Britain's Foreign Press Association Calls for Photographer Stenin's Release
2014-08-28 20:59:57
London's Foreign Press Association called on the release of Rossiya Segodnya news agency's photographer Andrei Stenin, missing in Ukraine, and reminded that journalists should be able to freely cover the events in eastern Ukraine.

Obama to Receive Poroshenko in Washington in September
2014-08-28 20:27:15
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is expected to visit Washington in September, US President Barack Obama said.

Obama to Meet Poroshenko in Washington in September
2014-08-28 20:27:00
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is expected to visit Washington in September, US President Barack Obama said.

Putin Calls on Ukraine's Authorities to Stop Military Action - Kremlin
2014-08-28 19:31:28
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has once again called on the Ukrainian authorities to stop military action in the east of the country and to sit down at a discussion table, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.

Obama, Merkel Consider Additional Sanctions Against Russia
2014-08-28 19:25:36
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree that the United States and the European Union should consider imposing additional sanctions on Russia due to the situation in Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

Russia Will Provide Humanitarian Aid to People of Eastern Ukraine ? Putin
2014-08-28 19:14:23
Russia can and will provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Donbass, suffering from a humanitarian crisis, the Kremlin quoted Russia?s President Vladimir Putin as saying in a statement Friday.

Putin Calls on Ukraine's Militia to Open Humanitarian Corridor for Besieged Servicemen
2014-08-28 19:06:00
Russia?s President Vladimir Putin urged the militia in Ukraine to open a humanitarian corridor to allow besieged Ukrainian servicemen to leave battle ground, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.

US Not Taking Military Action to Resolve Ukrainian Problem ? Obama
2014-08-28 18:54:19
The United States does not plan military action to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and is not seeking military confrontation with Russia, US President Barack Obama said.

Russia?s UN Envoy Blames Escalation in Ukraine on Kiev?s War Against Own People
2014-08-28 18:45:17
Russia?s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told the UN Security Council Thursday that the current escalation of hostilities in southeastern Ukraine is a result of Kiev?s war against its own people.

Moscow Ridicules NATO's Images of Alleged Russian Troops in Ukraine
2014-08-28 17:17:42
Moscow sees no sense in commenting on what NATO calls that it has satellite shots of Russian troops in Ukraine, Russia?s Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
2014-08-28 15:11:00
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inaugurated Turkey's president on Thursday after winning the country's first direct election.

Latvia?s Defense Ministry Sees No Heightened Military Threat From Russia
2014-08-28 14:45:03
Latvia does not believe the threat of a military conflict has increased, following Kiev?s claims of Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine?s Donetsk Region, Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Vejonis said Thursday.

Crimea?s Fate
2014-08-28 14:37:41

Poland Closes Consulate in Crimea?s Sevastopol
2014-08-28 14:37:40
Poland has decided to close its Consulate General in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, a ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Donetsk Leader: We Have Long Been Preparing Counter-Offensive for a Long Time
2014-08-28 14:24:37
After long preparations, forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have finally launched a counter-offensive, Donetsk People?s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said Thursday.

Donetsk Leader: We Have Been Preparing Counter-Offensive for a Long Time
2014-08-28 14:24:00
After long preparations, forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have finally launched a counter-offensive, Donetsk People?s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said Thursday.

Russia?s EU Envoy Says 9 Detained Paratroopers Are Only Russian Servicemen in Ukraine
2014-08-28 12:26:00
Currently, there are only nine Russian servicemen in Ukraine, they are the paratroopers who were detained recently after accidentally crossing the border, Russia?s envoy to the European Union said Thursday.

Russian Defense Ministry Says List of Russian Military Units in Ukraine ?Hoax?
2014-08-28 12:14:00
The list of Russian military units allegedly deployed in the conflict area in east Ukraine was a ?hoax,? the Russian Defense Ministry said.

ISIS or ISIL ? Terrorist Group by Any Other Name
2014-08-28 11:45:03
The so-called Islamic State is well-known for its extensive terrorist activity in Syria and Iraq. However, since the media use two different abbreviations, some confusion exists with respect to its correct name.

Ukraine, Russia Border Services to Discuss Border Control Saturday ? Poroshenko
2014-08-28 11:43:00
Russian and Ukrainian border guard officials are scheduled to hold their first border control consultations Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at an urgent meeting of the country?s National Security and Defense Council Thursday.

Unknown Gunmen Capture Over 40 UN Peacekeepers in Golan Heights ? Media
2014-08-28 11:04:00
A group of militants, presumably of a Syrian origin, has captured more than 40 people in the disputed Golan Heights region, Israel?s Ynet news website said Thursday.

OPCW Destroys 93% of Syrian Chemical Weapons Arsenal
2014-08-28 10:52:00
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has destroyed 93 percent of chemical weapons agents removed from Syria, according to a report it released on Thursday.

Moscow Says Swiss Sanctions Groundless, Contradict Switzerland?s Interests
2014-08-28 10:28:00
Switzerland?s decision to expand its blacklist of sanctions against Russian individuals and companies is groundless and damages Switzerland?s own interests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

Sanctions Against Russia
2014-08-28 10:09:00

UN Security Council to Discuss Ukraine at Emergency Meeting Thursday
2014-08-28 10:09:00
The UN Security Council will convene for an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, AFP reported.

Czech Defense Ministry Unaware of Hungarian T-72 Tanks Purchase
2014-08-28 09:31:00
The Czech Defense Ministry is unaware of any T-72 tanks being transported from Hungary into the Czech Republic, Director of the Communication and Promotion Department at the ministry Jan Pejsek told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Kiev Banning 11 More Russian Journalists From Entering Ukraine
2014-08-28 09:20:00
The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine has expanded the list of Russian media professionals for the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) banned from entering the country, the council?s spokesperson said Thursday.

Syrian Army's Air Strike Kills Over Ten Islamic State Terrorists
2014-08-28 09:15:00
More than 10 Islamic State (IS) terrorists were killed as a result on a Syrian government air strike that also destroyed 14 armored vehicles, Syrian state TV reported Thursday.

Russian Minister Assumes West Is Too Reasonable to Introduce Industrial Sanctions
2014-08-28 09:02:00
Western powers are unlikely to impose sanctions against Russia?s industrial sector, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Thursday.

Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Says UK Rogue State, Danger to World
2014-08-28 09:02:00
The United Kingdom as a rogue state and a danger to the world, a former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray said.

Russian Invasion Claims Sparked by Minsk Talks, Kiev?s Military Failure ? Russian Diplomat
2014-08-28 08:42:00
Thursday?s claims of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine were sparked by Kiev?s attempts to justify its military setbacks in the east and downplay the results of recent talks in Minsk, Russia?s EU envoy said.

No Russian Military Forces in Ukraine, Russian Envoy Tells OSCE
2014-08-28 08:38:00
Russia?s envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) denied Kiev's claims that Russia has sent troops to help independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Staff Chiefs Meet to Discuss Afghanistan, Middle East
2014-08-28 07:57:00
Chinese President Xi Jinping thanked Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states for their cooperation at a meeting with the countries? general staff chiefs on Thursday.

Kiev's Claims About Russian Troops in Ukraine Groundless ? Russian Official
2014-08-28 07:36:00
The claims concerning Russian troops entering Ukraine are groundless, Leonid Slutsky, the head of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, said Thursday.

No Meetings Scheduled Between Putin and Ukraine's Poroshenko ? Spokesman Peskov
2014-08-28 07:21:00
No meetings are scheduled between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Putin?s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Thursday.

Ebola Virus Death Toll Tops 1,500 ? WHO
2014-08-28 07:08:00
The death toll from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has passed 1,500, while the number of infected has risen to more than 3,000 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Thursday.

International Petition Calls for Independent Inquiry Into Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash
2014-08-28 06:37:00
New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) Alice Slater has drafted a petition for the organization of an independent inquiry into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine and has called for diplomatic dialogue to resolve important issues.

Russian Gas Sector Should Be Exempt From EU Sanctions ? EU Energy Chief Oettinger
2014-08-28 06:34:00
The Russian gas sector should be exempt from EU sanctions against Russia stemming from the conflict in Ukraine, EU Energy Chief Gunther Oettinger said Thursday.

Too Early for Conclusions on Galileo Satellites Incident ? Russian Space Corporation
2014-08-28 06:30:00
Rushing to conclusions on the possible causes of the Galileo satellites incident before the end of the EU-Russian investigation is both too early and inappropriate, a Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC) spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Glaxo?s Ebola Vaccine to Be Tested on Humans
2014-08-28 06:28:00
US scientists could start clinical safety trials of an experimental Ebola virus vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as early as next week, with health authorities currently discussing whether to give the vaccine to people at risk of contracting the disease in West Africa, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

UK Cabinet Minister Willing to Join Scottish Independence Negotiating Team
2014-08-28 06:21:00
A senior member of the British Government who currently sits in the UK Cabinet, Alistair Carmichael, has told a Scottish newspaper he would resign his position and join Scotland?s negotiating team in the event Scots back 'Yes' in next month?s independence referendum.

Ukrainian President Cancels Turkey Visit, Calls Security Council Meeting Over Donetsk
2014-08-28 06:15:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has canceled his scheduled trip to Turkey and called an emergency meeting with the country?s Security Council over the situation in the Donetsk Region, the president?s press office said Thursday.

Ukraine?s Prime Minister Calls on US, EU to Freeze Russian Assets
2014-08-28 06:05:00
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has urged the West to block all Russia?s financial assets and banking operations until it withdraws the troops it allegedly moved into Ukraine, the UNIAN news agency reported Thursday.

Aggravation of Sanctions Unwanted, but Russian Troops in Ukraine ?Intolerable? ? Hollande
2014-08-28 06:03:00
Francois Hollande said he does not want economic sanctions against Moscow to intensify, but stressed that Russia?s possible military presence in Ukraine is unacceptable and could trigger new restrictions, the French president said at a meeting of French ambassadors in Paris on Thursday.

Ukraine Bans Military Exports to Russia
2014-08-28 05:48:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree banning the export of military equipment and dual-use military goods to Russia.

Medvedev Concerned Over Disappearance of Russian Photographer Stenin in Ukraine
2014-08-28 05:21:00
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed his concern Thursday over the disappearance of Rossiya Segodnya's Russian photographer Andrei Stenin (#FreeAndrew).

European Commission Not Planning to Discuss Changes to Ukraine's Association Agreement
2014-08-28 04:55:00
The European Commission has no plans to discuss changes to the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, commission spokesman Peter Stano told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Iran to Send Troops to Iraq If IS Threatens Shiite Shrines ? Iranian Interior Minister
2014-08-28 04:50:00
Iran is ready to send troops if the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group damages the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala, which are considered sacred by Shiite Muslims, Iran?s Entekhab online newspaper reported Thursday, citing the country?s interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

Captured US Journalist?s Mother Begs Islamic State to Release Son
2014-08-28 04:45:00
The mother Steven Sotloff, a US journalist currently held captive by Islamic State (IS) militants, has videotaped an address to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, begging him to release her son, the Daily News reported.

US Fracking Companies Giving in to Local Complaints, Protests
2014-08-28 04:42:00
As a surge in fracking operations continues across the United States, drillers? reactions to those opposing the controversial process range from striking a compromise to stubbornly ignoring all complaints, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Disintegration of Ukraine Inevitable - Former Donetsk Prime Minister
2014-08-28 04:16:00
Disintegration of Ukraine is an inevitable process, former Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Borodai said in an interview with Russian online newspaper Gazeta.ru published Thursday.

IS Reportedly Raises Millions of Dollars on Smuggled Oil Trade
2014-08-28 04:01:00
The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group generates huge profits by selling oil smuggled from the areas it occupies in Iraq and Syria, The Wall Street Journal reported citing experts and government officials.

300 Suspected US Citizens Fighting for Islamic State Threaten Homeland
2014-08-28 03:42:00
The US government is currently tracking some 300 US citizens who are fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, concerned that the radicalized Americans could return to wreak havoc on their homeland, according to The Washington Times.

Donetsk Militia Claims Strongholds Taken in Southeastern Ukraine's Mariupol
2014-08-28 03:41:00
Donetsk militia forces claimed Thursday to have taken control of checkpoints and strongholds on the outskirts of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.

Police Arrest Tsarnaev Sister for Alleged Bomb Threat
2014-08-28 03:03:00
A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been arrested and charged with aggravated harassment after making a bomb threat over the phone to her boyfriend?s ex, CBS New York reported.

Galileo Satellites Incident Likely Result of Software Errors
2014-08-28 02:34:00
The failure of the European Union?s Galileo satellites to reach their intended orbital position was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat-MT rocket?s upper-stage, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Thursday.

Seoul to Help North Korea Drum Up Investment After Abandoning Nuclear Program
2014-08-28 02:19:00
South Korea is ready to help its northern neighbor attract international investment, if it gives up its nuclear ambitions, South Korea?s Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday citing the country?s finance minister, Choi Kyung-hwan.

Russian Food Ban to Have Big Impact on Poland?s Economy ? Polish Official
2014-08-28 01:48:00
The food import ban introduced by Russia is expected to have a big impact on the Polish economy, Wanda Nowicka, the deputy speaker of the Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, told the Baltkom radio station.

Iran Could Become Party to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-08-28 01:33:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Iran could possibly become a full member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

FBI Suspects Russian Hackers of Data Theft From JPMorgan - Reports
2014-08-28 00:49:00
The FBI is investigating an incident of data theft from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) that could potentially have been carried out by Russian hackers, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Poroshenko, Merkel Agree to Coordinate Efforts Ahead of EU Summit
2014-08-27 22:23:04
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Wednesday to coordinate their actions ahead of the EU summit on August 30, Ukrainian president's press service said in a statement.

Donetsk Militia Forces Claim They Take Nearly 90 Ukrainian Servicemen Captive in One Day
2014-08-27 22:14:00
The militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said they had taken captive 65 Ukrainian border control forces near the village of Ulyanivske and 24 servicemen near Petrivske on Wednesday.

Russia's Duma Speaker, Tatar, Chechen Leaders to Attend Erdogan's Inauguration
2014-08-27 22:03:45
Russia's Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin will attend the inauguration of Turkey's newly elected president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Thursday, the speaker's press secretary said.

Rossiya Segodnya Photographer Missing in Ukraine
2014-08-27 21:38:55

Yerevan Opens Exhibition in Support of Missing Photographer Andrei Stenin
2014-08-27 21:38:54
Armenian capital plans to open an exhibition of Rossiya Segodnya photographer Andrei Stenin's works on Thursday as part of the campaign for his release after he had gone missing while working in Ukraine earlier this month.

Swiss President Says Concerned With US Plan to Supply Nuclear Fuel to Ukraine
2014-08-27 21:24:00
Swiss President and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Didier Burkhalter shared Russia's concern over nuclear security due to US intention to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine and urged Moscow to address the International Atomic Energy Agency.

NATO Not Obliged to Protect Ukraine, Not Going to Discuss Membership at Upcoming Summit
2014-08-27 20:15:52
NATO allies do not intend to discuss the status of their relations with Ukraine or take the responsibility for the country's protection, but will announce consulting and financial aid to Ukrainian military, a high-ranking NATO official told journalists.

Arctic Cooperation Risks Strategic Spillover Amid Russia-West Tension - CSIS Expert
2014-08-27 20:03:40
Arctic cooperation should be protected from a spillover of the conflicts between the West and Russia, Heather Conley, vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Arctic program, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

UN Security Council Urges Probe Into Downing of Helicopter in South Sudan
2014-08-27 19:39:00
The UN Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to Russia's press statement proposal, urging "a swift, through and transparent investigation" into the downing of a UN helicopter, which killed three Russian crew members and injured one in South Sudan.

At Least 150,000 Flee Libya, Ceasefire Talks Unsuccessful - UN Libya Envoy
2014-08-27 19:27:35
A record number of Libyans are leaving the country amid new airstrikes, outgoing UN Libya envoy, Tarek Mitri, told the UN Security Council Wednesday.

NATO Not Looking for War With Russia - CSIS
2014-08-27 19:15:00
NATO is not looking for ways to set off a war with Russia, despite the alliance?s commitment to build up rapid response forces close to Russia?s border, a representative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told RIA Novosti.

NATO Allies Anticipate Strong Russian Response to Action Plan - CSIS
2014-08-27 18:36:00
A week before the September 4-5 NATO summit in Wales, a number of allies started to fear that the readiness action plan to increase the alliance's military presence along Russia?s border would be provocative, a Center for Strategic and International Studies representative told RIA Novosti.

UN Security Council Concerned With Spread of Terrorist Groups in Africa
2014-08-27 17:40:50
UN Security Council's Presidential Statement adopted on Wednesday focused on terrorism in Africa, amid growing concern about the spread of terrorism in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State.

NATO Claims About Russian Weaponry Supplies to East Ukraine 'Untrue' ? Kremlin Spokesman
2014-08-27 16:20:09
NATO?s recent claims about alleged supplies of Russian weapons and military hardware to eastern Ukraine independence supporters are 'untrue,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Russia, Abkhazia to Sign Deal on Common Security by Year-End ? Kremlin Spokesman
2014-08-27 16:00:14
Russia and Abkhazia will sign a new treaty on common security space by the end of the year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday, commenting on the results of Russian President Vladimir Putin?s meeting with his Abkhazian counterpart.

Situation in the South-East of Ukraine
2014-08-27 15:47:17

Putin, Poroshenko Agree Dialogue Is Necessary ? Kremlin Spokesman
2014-08-27 15:47:16
The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agree that a dialogue is necessary, but it is too early to speak about the format of the future talks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy for East Ukraine
2014-08-27 15:32:57

Russia May Send Second Humanitarian Convoy to Ukraine 'Very Soon' ? Kremlin Spokesman
2014-08-27 15:32:55
Another convoy carrying Russian humanitarian aid may be sent to eastern Ukraine «very soon," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Russia Hopes for Kiev?s Constructive Approach During Three-Way Gas Talks ? Kremlin
2014-08-27 14:53:00
Russia remains a reliable energy partner for Europe and hopes that Kiev will approach the forthcoming Russia-EU-Ukraine gas talks constructively, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Russian Agriculture Minister Urges Better Effort Against Re-Export of Embargoed Goods
2014-08-27 12:53:00
Russia?s agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor and the Russian Interior Ministry should intensify their efforts in order to prevent re-export of embargoed goods to Russia via Customs Union states, the Russian agriculture minister said Wednesday.

Russia Set to Fulfill European Gas Contracts Regardless of Situation in Ukraine ? Minister
2014-08-27 12:30:00
Russia is set to fulfill its European gas delivery contracts, regardless of political situation in transit nations, including Ukraine, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday.

Lavrov Surprised by Kiev?s Decision to Ratify EU Deal Before Parliamentary Polls
2014-08-27 12:20:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is surprised by the Kiev government?s decision to ratify the EU Association Agreement prior to the parliamentary elections slated for October 26.

Ukrainian, Russian Officials on Switzerland?s Updated Sanctions List
2014-08-27 12:02:00
Officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics and Russia were included into Switzerland?s updated sanctions list, published Wednesday.

Russia Not Interested in Ukraine Falling Into Pieces - Lavrov
2014-08-27 11:52:00
Russia is not interested in Ukrainian government falling into pieces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Moscow Not Interested in Sanctions, Does Not Seek Confrontation With West ? Lavrov
2014-08-27 11:17:00
Moscow is not interested in spiraling sanctions and confrontation with the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Uzbekistan Not to Invite West African Athletes to Wrestling Championship Over Ebola Fears
2014-08-27 11:11:00
Uzbekistan?s Public Health Ministry has recommended the organizing committee of the wrestling championship in Tashkent abstain from inviting West African athletes due to Ebola concerns, a representative of the country?s sanitary authority told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

West Neglecting Human Rights Violations by Kiev ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-08-27 11:08:00
The West does not want to take notice of the large-scale violation of human rights by Ukrainian troops and other pro-Kiev forces, the Russian Foreign Ministry?s special representative for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov said Wednesday.

China Aims for the Moon, Plans to Bring Back Lunar Soil
2014-08-27 10:55:00
Chinese scientists are in the course of developing a recoverable lunar robotic spacecraft Chang?e 5 that is to reach the Moon by 2017 with a mission to deliver samples of rock and soil back to Earth, according to Space Industry News.

Russian, South African Presidents to Discuss Cooperation on Thursday
2014-08-27 10:46:58
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is to hold talks on trade cooperation and the BRICS partnership with South African President Jacob Zuma, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday.

Japan Lab Fails to Replicate ?Stem Cell? Findings
2014-08-27 10:42:00
Scientists at the RIKEN research institute in Japan have been unable to verify the discovery of a groundbreaking new method of creating "stem cells," Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday.

Islamic State Using Public Executions to Instill Sense of Terror in Syria ? UN Report
2014-08-27 10:30:00
The Islamic State (IS) is perpetrating massacres and war crimes in Syria, using public executions to instill terror amongst the population, according to a new report published by the United Nations Wednesday.

Russia Urges Israel, Palestinians to Break ?Vicious Cycle? of Violence
2014-08-27 10:29:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry is urging Israel and Palestinian authorities to abide by the Cairo-backed ceasefire agreement reached on August 26, the ministry said in statement Wednesday.

WHO Warns of Climate Change Dangers, Calls for Stronger Actions
2014-08-27 10:27:00
The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning governments and the public of the negative effects that global warming is already having on people?s health, calling for urgent action, according to a press release published Wednesday.

Switzerland Expands Sanctions Against Russia
2014-08-27 10:25:00
Switzerland on Wednesday expanded its sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine to blacklist 11 individuals and five banks, according to the Swiss government?s website.

High Morale, Experience Behind Militia?s Successes in Eastern Ukraine
2014-08-27 10:00:00
The successes of the militia in southeastern Ukraine can be explained by its high morale, accumulated experience and the use of military equipment abandoned by the Kiev forces and later put into action by independence fighters.

Unlike NATO, Russia Accepts Different Opinions ? Lavrov
2014-08-27 09:40:00
Russia accepts the fact that its allies' opinions may differ from from Moscow ones, in contrast to NATO which obliges its members to stick to the rules, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Poll Reveals Alarming 16% of French Residents Support Islamic State
2014-08-27 09:30:10
The poll, conducted by ICM Research for the Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, has indicated that the number of Europeans "supporting" the Islamic State is alarmingly high; especially among French respondents.

Ukraine Counting on Assistance From NATO ? Prime Minister Yatsenyuk
2014-08-27 09:14:00
Kiev is expecting that the West will make crucial decisions at a NATO summit in Wales, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday.

Kiev Expects Consultations, Conditions for Second Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy
2014-08-27 09:11:00
Kiev is expecting to hold consultations with members of the International Red Cross and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) soon in a trilateral contact group on settling the crisis in eastern Ukraine and a second Russian aid convoy, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry?s head of information policy, Yevgeniy Perebiynis, said Wednesday.

Russian Attempts to Tackle Global Threats Hampered by US, EU Actions ? Lavrov
2014-08-27 08:36:00
Russia?s attempts to tackle global threats are being held back by the United States and the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Russian Youth Forum Seliger Holds Rally to Support Missing Journalist
2014-08-27 08:24:00
On Wednesday participants in Russian youth forum Seliger held a rally in support of International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya journalist Andrei Stenin, who went missing in Ukraine on August 5.

Embargoed Food Prices Continue to Grow in Russia ? State Statistics Service
2014-08-27 08:16:00
Russia?s Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat) said Wednesday it had recorded continued growth in prices for products affected by Russia?s embargo imposed in response to Western sanctions.

Poroshenko to Submit Draft EU Association Agreement to Parliament in Mid-September
2014-08-27 07:51:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday he would submit a draft association agreement with the European Union to parliament for ratification in mid-September.

Poroshenko Approves Dissolution of Ukrainian Parliament ? Presidential Website
2014-08-27 07:46:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree Wednesday dissolving the country?s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and setting new elections for October 26, the president?s website stated.

IMF Chief Lagarde Under Investigation Over Alleged Corruption in France
2014-08-27 06:55:00
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday she was placed under official investigation in France over her alleged involvement in a corruption scheme when she was France?s finance minister, Agence France-Presse reported.

Islamic State Militants Take US Humanitarian Aid Worker Hostage
2014-08-27 06:25:00
A female US humanitarian aid worker is being held captive by Islamic State (IS) militants who are demanding a $6.6 million ransom for her release, as well as the release of a Muslim woman, a neuroscientist, from a US prison.

Questions Left Unanswered at Putin-Poroshenko Minsk Talks
2014-08-27 06:19:00
The talks on Ukraine in the Belarusian capital of Minsk that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said would decide ?the fate of the world and Europe? did not yield any breakthrough solutions to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow Court Rules to Slam Door of McDonald's Next to Kremlin Over Sanitation Violations
2014-08-27 05:01:00
A Moscow court has ruled to shut the doors of a McDonald?s restaurant across from the Kremlin Wall for three months over sanitation violations, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from a Moscow courthouse Wednesday.

Frenchman Sues American Airlines After Being Denied Flight Over Foul Smell
2014-08-27 04:07:00
An investigation into allegations of discrimination by American Airlines is being carried out in France after its crew forced a passenger to leave an aircraft because of his unpleasant odor, Liberation newspaper reported.

Freed Crimean Journalists Say Stenin?s Fate Still Unknown
2014-08-27 03:46:00
Recently freed Crimean journalists Yevgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko said Wednesday that they tried to obtain some information about missing Rossiya Segodnya photographer Andrei Stenin (#freeAndrew) while being detained by Right Sector activists, but the militants said they did not know where he was.

Greeks Fighting Alongside Donetsk People?s Republic Militia - Reports
2014-08-27 03:44:00
Volunteers from Greece are among the representatives of various nationalities in the ranks of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) indepedence forces, the Athens Courier newspaper reported.

Russian Journalists Detained in Ukraine Return to Crimea
2014-08-27 03:06:00
Russian journalists Yevgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, detained by Right Sector militants in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, returned to Crimea on Wednesday.

Japanese Official Says Meeting Between Putin, Poroshenko ?Positive Step?
2014-08-27 02:02:00
Japanese authorities believe the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to be a positive step toward a diplomatic solution, Kyodo news agency reported, citing Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Yanukovych?s Former Residence Becomes Base for Kiev Forces
2014-08-27 01:43:00
The country residence of Ukraine?s former President Viktor Yanukovych on the coast of the Azov Sea has been turned into a base for the National Guard?s Azov Battalion and painted in a traditional Ukrainian style, the Donetsk Region administration reported on its website.

Root Causes of Israel-Palestine Conflict Need Resolution - UN Secretary-General
2014-08-26 23:24:00
After an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza was announced in Cairo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the root causes of the conflict needed to be addressed in order to prevent future conflict.

European Parliament Fails to Calculate Impact of Sanctions Prior to Implementation
2014-08-26 23:08:00
The European Parliament did not conduct any of its own official studies on the impact of its sanctions against Russia prior to their implementation or to this day, said Director-General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) Anthony Teasdale and Secretary-General of the European Parliament (EP) Klaus Welle on Tuesday.

First Results of Talks in Minsk Positive
2014-08-26 21:50:00
The first results of the multilateral talks in Minsk, attended by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, as well as European Union officials, have been deemed positive; several issues were discussed, including the situation in Ukraine, gas issues, the Russian food embargo and others.

No Agreement Yet on Possible Change in Ukraine ? EU Deal ? Russian Official
2014-08-26 19:03:51
Moscow, Kiev and Brussels will search for ways to allay Russia?s concerns about Ukraine?s association with the European Union but it remains unclear yet whether this could lead to changes in the text of the agreement,? Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexei Likhachev told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Energy Talks Involving Ukraine, Russia, EU to Take Place September 6 ? Poroshenko
2014-08-26 18:33:22
The negotiations, focused on energy issues and involving the energy ministers from Ukraine, Russia and the European Union, will be held on September, 6, the website of the Ukrainian president reported Wednesday.

Negotiations in Minsk to Continue in Various Formats, at Various Levels ? Kiev
2014-08-26 16:28:29
Negotiations in the Belarusian capital Minsk are continuing in various formats and at various levels; during the talks Kiev intends to seize every chance to secure a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Donbas, Ukraine?s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

Released Crimean Journalists to Return Home Early Wednesday
2014-08-26 15:24:17
Two journalists of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper, detained by Right Sector militants in eastern Ukraine, have been released and are expected to arrive in Crimea early on Wednesday, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

Minsk Meeting Participants Say Captives Should Be Released in Ukraine ? Belarusian Leader
2014-08-26 15:08:00
Participants of the Customs Union-Ukraine-EU meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk differ in their approaches to the Ukrainian conflict, but all of them agree that all captives should be released, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday.

Europe Does Not Expect Ukraine to Halt Russian Gas Transit ? EU Energy Chief
2014-08-26 14:28:21
The European Union is not concerned by the possibility of Kiev halting Russian gas transit via Ukraine, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for energy, Gunther Oettinger, said in Minsk Tuesday.

Russia's Putin Begins Talks With Ukraine's Poroshenko in Minsk
2014-08-26 14:05:35
Russian President Vladimir Putin began talks on Tuesday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Russian leader?s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russia to Lift Food Embargo When Its National Security No Longer Threatened ? Deputy PM
2014-08-26 13:47:22
Moscow will lift its food embargo, imposed in response to Western economic sanctions, when it sees that Russia?s national security is no longer threatened, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Tuesday.

Ukraine Not Responsible For Reliable Transit of Gas to Europe ? Energy Minister
2014-08-26 13:18:27
Kiev is convinced that the reliability of Russian gas supplies to Europe via the territory of Ukraine depends solely on the Russian energy giant Gazprom, the country?s energy minister told reporters Tuesday.

Malaysian Airlines Hemorrhaging $2 Million Daily
2014-08-26 12:58:00
Malaysian Airlines is losing $2 million dollars a day and it is having trouble filling flights in the aftermath of its two plane crash, an industry expert asserts.

Four-Hour Customs Union-Ukraine-EU Talks End in Minsk
2014-08-26 12:42:00
The leaders of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the president of Ukraine and top EU officials completed their talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk Tuesday after four hours of talks.

Russia, Ukraine, EU Agree to Continue Three-Party Talks on Gas ? Russian Energy Minister
2014-08-26 12:40:00
Russia, Ukraine and the European Union agreed to continue the three-party talks on gas issues that stalled this summer, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

Israel, Palestinians Agree on Ceasefire ? Egypt?s News Agency
2014-08-26 12:21:00
Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to announce a ceasefire at 16:00 GMT Tuesday after weeks of Egypt-mediated efforts to end the hostilities, Egypt?s state-run MENA agency reported.

UN Helicopter That Crashed in South Sudan Had Russian Crew - Spokesman
2014-08-26 12:10:00
The helicopter that crashed in South Sudan Tuesday had a crew of Russian citizens, three of them died, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Ireland Experiences Sharp Rise in Number of Children in Care of State - Official
2014-08-26 11:47:00
Since figures started to be recorded in 2007, Ireland has seen a 23 percent rise in children being cared for by the Irish state, a child welfare official in Ireland told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

NASA Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Encounters Last Major Traversing En Route to Final Destination
2014-08-26 11:35:00
NASA?s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has crossed the orbit of Neptune, the last major traversing on its way to distant dwarf planet, the Agency?s press release said Monday.

Ukraine Needs International Help to Prevent Economic Collapse ? Kazakh President
2014-08-26 10:11:00
The international community should render assistance to Ukraine to prevent economic collapse in the country, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Tuesday.

Free Health Service at Risk if Scots Vote No to Independence - Health Service Surgeon
2014-08-26 10:08:00
A No vote in next month?s Scottish independence referendum pose a risk to a range of free health services currently provided in the country, a National Health Service (NHS) surgeon told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Poroshenko Calls Kazakh President's Initiative to Create Fund for Donbas Renewal 'Timely'
2014-08-26 09:52:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to create a fund for the renewal of eastern Ukraine ?timely.?

Experts Concern About California?s Only Nuclear Plant Safety After Powerful Earthquake
2014-08-26 09:46:00
California?s nuclear experts concern about the safety of the state?s only operating nuclear power plant Diablo Canyon after the strongest earthquake in nearly 25 years hit the region over the weekend, The Associated Press reports.

Moscow Will Have to Respond to Kiev?s Association With EU ? Putin
2014-08-26 09:31:00
Russia will have to take measures in response to Kiev?s implementation of the EU Association Agreement, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Customs Union Should Join Aid Delivery to Ukraine ? Kazakh President
2014-08-26 09:22:00
The Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan should join the delivery of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Tuesday.

Russia Aims at Closer Economic Ties With Kiev, EU Association Puts it in Doubt - Putin
2014-08-26 09:11:00
Moscow favors increased economic cooperation with Kiev, but doubts it will be possible if Ukraine continues its association with the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Russia Favors Boosting Cooperation With EU, Creating United Economic Space ? Putin
2014-08-26 09:08:00
Russia is in favor of closer cooperation with the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Ashton Hopes Meeting in Minsk to Help Settle Situation in Ukraine
2014-08-26 09:02:00
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed hope that Tuesday?s meeting in Minsk will help settle the situation in Ukraine.

Merkel Speaks Against Catalonia Independence Referendum
2014-08-26 08:55:00
Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, should be backed in his firm opposition to the Catalonia drive for independence German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, AFP reports.

ASEAN, China to Negotiate Free Trade Area Upgrade
2014-08-26 08:26:00
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China affirmed the continuing commercial relevance of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) on Tuesday and agreed to negotiate an upgrade on its principles of organization.

Russian Economy Ministry Expects 6.5% Inflation in 2015 Citing Sanctions
2014-08-26 08:20:00
The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has recalculated its forecast for the country?s inflation rate for 2015 to 6.5 percent due to Western sanctions, the ministry?s Macroeconomic Forecasting Department director, Oleg Zasov, said Tuesday.

Draft Final Document of Ukraine-Customs Union-EU Meeting Ready ? Belarusian Leader
2014-08-26 08:11:00
The meeting of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan leaders with the president of Ukraine and European Union officials may lead to the signing of a final document, which has already been drafted, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday.

Putin: Ukraine Crisis Cannot Be Solved by Escalating Force Without Dialogue With Southeast
2014-08-26 08:10:00
The crisis in Ukraine cannot be solved by the further escalation of force without taking into account the interests of those in the southeast of the country and a peaceful dialogue, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Russian Journalists Detained in Ukraine Expect Release Tuesday Evening
2014-08-26 08:06:00
Russian journalists Yevgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, detained by Right Sector militants in eastern Ukraine, have contacted Koroleva?s family, saying they will be released Tuesday evening, the editor-in-chief of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper, Maria Volkonskaya, said on air with Kommersant FM radio.

China Releases Videos Devoted to Resistance Against Japanese Forces
2014-08-26 07:43:37
China's State Archives Administration has released a video series, devoted to China's resistance against the Japanese aggression of 1937.

Canada Ready to Use Force Against Russia in the Arctic ? Canadian Foreign Minister
2014-08-26 07:41:00
Canada is concerned about Russia?s military expansion in the Arctic and is ready to defend its interests in the region using military force, John Baird, Canadian foreign affairs minister, told the Berlingske newspaper Monday.

Bitcoin ATMs Open in US, Australia, South Africa
2014-08-26 07:37:00
Bitcoin ATMs, also called BTMs or Bitcoin Teller Machines, which turn cash into the virtual currency, are starting to appear across the globe, with new machines operating in the United States, Australia, South Africa and the Isle of Man, Cointelegraph reports.

Poll Reveals Americans Against Paying Ransom for Hostages
2014-08-26 07:16:00
A Reuters-IPSOS poll released Tuesday found that 62 percent of Americans do not think the US government should pay ransom in exchange for hostages captured by terrorists.

Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine Refutes Death of Leader Ahmed Jibril
2014-08-26 06:58:00
The head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) press office has refuted the death of PFLP-GC Secretary-General Ahmed Jibril in Damascus.

Russian President Putin Arrives in Minsk for Multi-Party Talks on Ukraine
2014-08-26 06:54:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to hold multi-party talks on the situation in Ukraine, including with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Major Discovery at Stonehenge of 15 New Monuments
2014-08-26 06:39:29
15 new Neolithic monuments have recently been discovered in the vicinity of Stonehenge as a part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project, as reported by the Smithsonian Institute.

Uzbekistan Taking Measures to Prevent Ebola Penetration at Wrestling Championship
2014-08-26 06:39:00
Uzbekistan has requested more information about the athletes from Ebola-hit West African countries to make a decision on their admission to the world wrestling championship in Tashkent, a representative of the country?s sanitary authority told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Poroshenko Hopes Minsk Meeting to Bring Peace to Ukraine
2014-08-26 06:32:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hopes that the results of Tuesday?s meetings in Minsk will lead to an agreement that could bring peace to Ukraine.

Japanese Whaling Ship Detained for Border Violation in Russia Released
2014-08-26 06:32:00
The Shonan Maru 2 Japanese whaling ship, detained on suspicion of violating Russian naval borders, left the port of Magadan, its captain fined $830, the Magadan Department of the Russian Border Guard Service said Tuesday.

Reports Claim Terrorist Ahmed Jibril Linked to Lockerbie Bombing Assassinated in Syria
2014-08-26 05:47:00
Unconfirmed reports from the Syrian capital have claimed Ahmed Jibril, the founder and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine ? General Command (PFLP-GC) who has been on the America?s ?most wanted? list for decades, has been assassinated by an al-Qaeda affiliated group.

US Judge Overturns Law Curbing GMO Crops in Hawaii
2014-08-26 05:46:00
A United States judge has ruled against a new law that curbs genetically modified (GMO) crops, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Armenian Foreign Minister to Attend Erdogan?s Inauguration
2014-08-26 05:45:00
Armenia?s Foreign Minister will attend Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s inauguration ceremony, according to a statement from Armenia?s Foreign Ministry.

Ukraine's Poroshenko Arrives in Minsk for Multi-Party Talks
2014-08-26 05:17:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for multi-party talks on resolving the crisis in Ukraine?s east, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday.

Ebola Outbreak Claims Lives of Over 120 Medical Workers - World Health Organization
2014-08-26 05:06:00
The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than 120 health care workers so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

More Russian Medical Teams Ready to Join Fight Against Ebola in Africa
2014-08-26 05:03:00
Several Russian medical brigades are ready to substitute a team sent to Guinea to fight Ebola, or if necessary, start working in other West African countries, the head of Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Tuesday.

Iran to Offer Foreign Oil Companies Opportunities Only After Nuclear Crisis Settled
2014-08-26 04:57:00
Iran has decided not to offer rights to develop its oil deposits to foreign companies until a final settlement with foreign governments over its nuclear program is reached, Bloomberg reported citing Mehdi Hosseini, the head of Iran?s Oil Contracts Revision Committee.

Gaza Supporters Take On 'Rubble Bucket Challenge'
2014-08-26 04:53:00
A Gaza supporter has created his own version of the wildly popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, switching out the bucket?s cold water with rubble and dirt.

US Government Uses NSA ?Google? to Access Data Records
2014-08-26 04:43:00
The US National Security Agency (NSA) shares vast amounts of communications data with the country?s government agencies using a search engine similar to Google, according to investigative website The Intercept.

Court to Make Decision on Future Jack Daniel?s Sales in Russia ? Watchdog
2014-08-26 04:38:00
The final decision on further sales of US-made Jack Daniel?s whiskey in Russia will be made by the court, Anna Popova, the head of Russian consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor, said Tuesday.

Public Support for Netanyahu Drops by Half Amid Gaza Operation
2014-08-26 03:57:29
Public support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen to new lows amid the continuing Israeli offensive in Gaza, according to a poll conducted by Channel 2.

US Journalist Foley Executed by ISIS
2014-08-26 03:42:00

Foley?s Boss Contradicts Claims Journalist Was Killed 1 Year Ago
2014-08-26 03:42:00
American journalist James Foley?s boss and friends contradict claims that he was killed by Islamic State (IS) militants a year ago, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Hague Treats War Criminals Better Than Guantanamo
2014-08-26 03:36:00
War criminals awaiting trial at the detention center operated by the International Criminal Court in The Hague are treated better than detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, The New Republic reported Tuesday.

Abkhazia, South Ossetia?s Independence Day
2014-08-26 03:33:00
On August 26, Abkhazia and South Ossetia mark their independence day, with Russia being the first international state to recognize their sovereignty on this day in 2008.

Disney Files Patent Applications to Use Drones for Nighttime Entertainment
2014-08-26 03:01:00
Disney Enterprises Inc. published three patent applications requesting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for aerial display systems with floating pixels, floating projection screens and marionettes held aloft and animated by the machines, Reuters reported.

Neither of Two Suspected Ebola Cases in Russia Confirmed - Head Sanitary Doctor
2014-08-26 02:44:00
Two suspected cases of Ebola in Russia have not been confirmed, the country?s head sanitary doctor, Anna Popova, said Tuesday.

Israeli Soldiers Clash With Palestinian Communities in Jerusalem
2014-08-26 02:36:00
Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded two Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, clashing with local youths, leaving many injured and kidnapping one, the International Middle East Media Center reported Tuesday.

Obama Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria
2014-08-26 02:21:00
US President Barack Obama has approved surveillance flights over Syria, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed US officials.

US Journalist Foley Murdered by IS Militants 1 Year Ago ? Assad Spokesperson
2014-08-26 02:03:00
American journalist James Foley may have been murdered by Islamic State militants a year ago, The Daily Mail reported, citing Syrian President Bashar Assad?s official spokesperson, Bouthaina Shaaban.

Court Finds TEPCO Responsible for Fukushima Evacuee Suicide
2014-08-26 02:03:00
A Fukushima district court ordered the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, TEPCO, to pay $470,000 in compensation over the suicide of a nuclear disaster evacuee, Kyodo News reported Tuesday.

Ukraine?s Poroshenko Announces Early Parliamentary Elections in October
2014-08-26 01:56:00
Ukraine is to hold early parliamentary elections on October 26, the country?s president, Petro Poroshenko, announced after dissolving the parliament.

Right Sector Releases Russian Journalists Captured in Ukraine - Rights Spokesman
2014-08-26 01:22:00
A Russian freelance photographer working for Rossiya Segodnya and Agence France-Presse, as well as another correspondent from the Krymsky Telegraf, who were detained by Ukraine?s Right Sector militants, have been freed and are on their way to Crimea, human rights spokesman Andrei Krisko said Tuesday.

Ukraine Compromise at Stake at Minsk Summit
2014-08-26 00:29:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko together with the top leaders of the European Union and the Eurasian Customs Union are to gather in Minsk on Tuesday to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event.

Dutch Safety Board to Publish MH17 Investigation Reports at Regular Intervals - Spokesman
2014-08-25 23:24:08
The Dutch government spokesperson would not answer questions about the progress of the Malaysian Flight MH17 crash investigation when contacted by RIA Novosti, saying it was still unclear when the Dutch Safety Board concludes the investigation.

Friend Says Michael Brown's Family 'Broken up' After Funeral
2014-08-25 23:03:00
A friend of the mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by police, says the bereaved family are "broken up" by the 18-year-old?s funeral.

Human Rights Watch Calls For Immediate Release of Russian Journalists in Ukraine
2014-08-25 21:30:00
Human Rights Watch is extremely concerned about wellbeing of the two Russian journalists, missing in Ukraine since Sunday, and demands their immediate release, Rachel Denber, Deputy Director for the Europe and central Asia division of the organization said.

US, European Allies Discuss Escalation of Violence in Libya ? Reports
2014-08-25 21:05:00
The United States in a joint statement with France, Germany, Italy and Britain has condemned the escalation of combat actions and violence in Libya and called for a democratic transition in the conflict-torn country, Agence France-Presse reported.

Abkhazia May Sign New Agreement With Russia by Year-End ? President
2014-08-25 20:50:21
A new intergovernmental agreement with Russia may be signed by the year-end, Abkhazia?s newly elected President Raul Hajimba said.

Poroshenko, Merkel Discuss Dissolution of Ukraine?s Parliament, Upcoming Meeting in Minsk
2014-08-25 20:42:53
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing the recent dissolution of Ukraine?s parliament and an upcoming meeting in Minsk, the website of the Ukrainian president reported Tuesday.

Russia?s Prosecutor General to Discuss Transnational Crime Fight With Foreign Colleagues
2014-08-25 20:39:09
Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika is to discuss with his foreign colleagues the issues related to the fight against transnational crime during an international conference in the Russian city of Irkutsk, the press service of the Russian agency reported Tuesday.

Agence France-Presse Not Commenting on Detention of Photographer in Ukraine
2014-08-25 20:19:53
Representatives of Agence France-Presse in Paris have refused to comment on the detention of its stringer Maxim Vasilenko in Ukraine.

Ferguson Killing Partly Obama?s Failure ? Funeral Attendee
2014-08-25 20:07:45
The recent police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager showed that Barack Obama?s election as the first African-American US president did not solve the country?s race problems, funeral attendee Zakiyyah Mahasin said after the service.

After Ferguson Tragedy ?Comes Hope? ? Funeral Attendee
2014-08-25 19:58:00
The police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager that provoked a fortnight of race-related protests in Ferguson, can yield positive changes for the city, funeral attendee Mike Muhammad said after the funeral service.

Ferguson Teen ?Executed in Broad Daylight? ? Funeral Attendee
2014-08-25 19:45:26
The police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager that provoked a fortnight of often-violent race protests in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, was an execution ?in broad daylight?, resident Jayla Hilton McCrary told RIA Novosti after the funeral service for the victim.

Russian Red Cross Demands Meeting With Ukrainian Colleagues to Resolve Humanitarian Issues
2014-08-25 19:32:00
Russia?s Red Cross is pressing for a meeting with its Ukrainian colleagues, which are ignoring the requests, related to the distribution of Russian humanitarian aid in Ukraine?s East, the organization?s head Raisa Lukutsova said.

Civil Rights Leader Rallies Against Police Brutality at Brown?s Funeral in Ferguson
2014-08-25 19:16:30
The civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton railed against police brutality and received rapturous applause from a crowd of people at the funeral of African-American Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in a racially divided suburb of Missouri.

Brown Killing ?Straw That Broke Camel?s Back? ? Funeral Attendee
2014-08-25 19:04:10
The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was a ?straw that broke the camel?s back? and unleashed pent-up racial anger, campaigner Khalid Jabari told RIA Novosti after the funeral service for the victim.

Ferguson Residents Need to Vote to Secure Political Change ? Funeral Attendee
2014-08-25 18:57:52
Ferguson residents need to exercise voting rights to ensure political change in the city after the police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager, campaigner Keith Sypes-El told RIA Novosti after the victim?s funeral service.

Son of Russia?s Lawmaker Seleznev Not Transferred into General Regime
2014-08-25 18:51:09
The administration of the detention facility where Roman Seleznev, accused of hacking by the US government, remains in custody did not transfer the Russian citizen from the special unit into the general regime, Andrei Yushmanov, Consul General of the Russian Federation said.

Ferguson Shoppers Should Boycott Stores for Political Change ? Campaigner
2014-08-25 18:39:09
Residents should boycott stores to force political change in the city, following the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager, supporter Zakiyyah Mahasin told RIA Novosti after the funeral service.

Red Cross to Evaluate Russia?s Aid Transfer to Ukraine - Spokesperson
2014-08-25 18:20:47
It will be up to the Geneva International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to characterize whether the handling of aid convoy from Russia was typical or out of the ordinary, American ICRC spokesperson, Anna Nelson said.

Rossiya Segodnya Demands Release of Detained Crimean Journalists in Ukraine
2014-08-25 18:12:03
The International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya is calling for a speedy release of its freelance photographer Maxim Vasilenko, working also for Agence France-Presse, and correspondent of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper Evgeniya Koroleva, who were detained in Donetsk Region by rebels of Ukraine?s Right Sector.

US State Department Concerned About Russia?s Plans for Another Aid Convoy to Ukraine
2014-08-25 17:56:00
Another humanitarian convoy sent to Ukraine from Russia without Kiev?s consent will only escalate the situation, Jen Psaki, a spokesperson for the US Department of State said.

Russian Journalists Detained by Right Sector Safe, to Be Transferred to Police ? Activist
2014-08-25 17:42:18
Two Russian Journalists of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper, Evgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, working also as a freelancer for Rossiya Segodnya and Agence France-Presse, are safe and sound and will soon be handed over to police, a local human rights activist said.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing Crashes in Ukraine
2014-08-25 17:30:06

UN, ICAO Should Coordinate Efforts to Facilitate MH17 Crash Probe ? Lavrov
2014-08-25 17:30:05
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations should coordinate international efforts to ensure a speedy completion of the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia to Protect National Interests if West Impose New Sanctions ? Lavrov
2014-08-25 17:22:54
Russia will do everything possible to protect its legitimate interests and national security if the West decides on new sanctions, but prefers to stay away from the ?road of escalation?, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

US Not Recognizing Abkhazian Presidential Election Results ? State Department
2014-08-25 17:07:42
The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the elections in Abkhazia, held on August 24, Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the US Department of State said.

All Accusations of Russia?s Invasion Into Ukraine Part of Information War - Lavrov
2014-08-25 16:51:25
All accusations of Russia?s attempts to escalate the crisis in Ukraine, circulating in Western media, are blatant lies and a part of an information war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia Expects US, EU to End Vicious Circle of Sanctions ? Lavrov
2014-08-25 16:35:56
Moscow hopes that the United States and the European Union will finally heed the voice of reason and break out the vicious circle, which they created, imposing sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Ukrainian President Decides To Dissolve Parliament ? Spokesman
2014-08-25 15:11:06
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided to dissolve the country?s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on Monday.

Moscow Blames Political Chaos in Libya on Forceful Democratization by US, NATO
2014-08-25 14:27:00
The United States and its NATO allies caused the current political chaos in Libya by their attempts ?to forcefully democratize the country,? the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Russia Considers Meteor Impact Prevention Project
2014-08-25 13:58:41
A project to protect people and economic facilities from the impact of space objects could be launched in Russia this year, Russian Emergencies Ministry has announced.

Economic Benefits of Faslane Nuclear Base in Scotland ?Overplayed? - Official
2014-08-25 13:26:00
Claims that Scottish independence and the subsequent removal of Trident would lead to ?economic devastation? for the local community have been ?overplayed,? an elected official living in the shadow of the Faslane nuclear submarine base on the west of Scotland told RIA Novosti Monday.

3D Printed Spine Saves 12 Year Old Boy in China
2014-08-25 12:19:55
Doctors at China's Peking University Third Hospital have successfully removed a cancerous vertebra from a 12-year old boy and replaced it with a 3D printed implant in a first such procedure worldwide, Forbes reports.

Indonesian President Calls IS 'Embrassing' to Religon - Reports
2014-08-25 11:57:01
The President of Indonesia, the most populous Islamic nation in the world, has called the actions of the Islamic State (IS) ?embarrassing? to the Muslim religion and called on all other Islamic leaders to join in fighting extremism on Thursday writes the Australian.

Two Journalists From Crimea Missing in Eastern Ukraine
2014-08-25 11:41:00
Two journalists of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper, Evgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, went missing on Sunday in the area of the military operation in eastern Ukraine, the newspaper?s editorial office representative told RIA Novosti Monday.

China to Replace Google, Microsoft With Homegrown OS
2014-08-25 11:04:00
China has announced it would present its own new operating system in October, 2014, Reuters reports.

Russian, International Red Cross Officials to Discuss More Aid to Ukraine This Week
2014-08-25 11:04:00
Russian Red Cross officials will discuss the possible delivery of another batch of Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine with a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Moscow later this week.

Russia, EU Energy Chiefs to Discuss Gas Issues in Moscow Friday
2014-08-25 10:00:00
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger will meet in Moscow Friday to discuss Russian gas deliveries to Europe, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Unidentified Person Opens Fire at US Military Base - Reports
2014-08-25 09:59:00
An unknown person has opened fire at a US military base in central Virginia, according to the official statement on Twitter.

British Blogger Locates Islamic State Training Camp - Reports
2014-08-25 09:43:00
British blogger Eliot Higgins has located a training camp of the Islamic State (IS) radical Sunni group using only public-available online mapping services, according to the blogger?s website.

Germany Not Planning to Supply Syria With Arms to Fight Islamists ? Foreign Ministry
2014-08-25 09:37:00
Germany has no plans to supply arms to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, Martin Schaefer said.

Holocaust Survivors, Descendants Condemn Israel?s Genocide in Gaza
2014-08-25 09:35:00
Over 300 survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide are calling out Israel for killing over 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza, The New York Times reports.

Liberian Doctor Treated With Anti-Ebola ZMapp Drug Dies
2014-08-25 09:23:00
Liberian medical doctor Abraham Borbor, who was injected with the anti-Ebola trial vaccine ZMapp, has died, the country?s information minister said Monday.

Ballistic Missile Falls on Donetsk for First Time
2014-08-25 09:18:00
A Tochka-U (SS-21 ?Scarab B?) ballistic missile landed on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine for the first time since the conflict broke out, a RIA Novosti correspondent in the area reports.

China Aims to Make Suing Government Easier for Citizens
2014-08-25 09:12:00
China?s top legislature is reviewing a draft amendment to the Administrative Procedure Law, which would make it easier for citizens to sue their government, China?s Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

Child Poverty Growing in Japan as Government Fails to Help Poor Families
2014-08-25 09:09:00
Child poverty continues in Japan, with one-in-six children reported to be living in families with incomes below the poverty rate for the country, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Monday.

Norway?s Statoil Delays Energy Projects With Russia as Western Sanctions Go Into Effect
2014-08-25 08:51:00
Western sanctions against Russia stemming from the Ukrainian crisis will slow down the realization of various joint ventures between Statoil, Norway?s largest oil company, and Russia?s Rosneft, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Iran to Up Arms Supply to Palestinians After Shooting Down Israeli Drone - Reports
2014-08-25 08:29:00
Tehran will speed up arms supplies to Palestine in retaliation against Israel for attempting to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Iran, Agence France Press reported Monday, citing a statement by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Commander Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh.

Anonymous Tips Sent to WildLeaks Fuel Fight against Poaching
2014-08-25 08:24:00
Online whistleblower platform dedicated to wildlife and forest crimes, Wildleaks, is targeting corrupt officials in Africa, fueling the fight against the illegal poaching of animals such as elephants and rhinos, as demand for ivory and rhino horn increases.

Japan Awaiting WHO Approval to Provide Experimental Ebola Vaccine
2014-08-25 08:20:00
If the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) is granted, Tokyo plans to provide an experimental drug to Ebola victims, a Japanese government spokesman said Monday, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).

Effectiveness of Fukushima Ice Wall Unclear to Experts
2014-08-25 08:19:00
The effectiveness of Tokyo Electric Power Company?s (TEPCO) plan to create an ?ice wall? to contain the waste water used to cool the failed reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is so far unclear to experts.

IS Joins List of Militant Groups With Reported Drone Capabilities
2014-08-25 08:05:00
The Islamic State (IS) militant group appears to have drone capabilities as is evidenced by a recent IS propaganda video containing surveillance footage of a Syrian military base.

Russia Not Planning to Participate in Wales NATO Summit ? Permanent Mission
2014-08-25 07:44:00
Russia has no plans to participate in any activities during the NATO summit in Wales, Russia?s Permanent Mission to NATO told RIA Novosti on Monday.

ICRC Waiting for Russia's Request to Escort Next Humanitarian Convoy to Eastern Ukraine
2014-08-25 07:33:00
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will consider its participation in Russia?s second humanitarian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine after receiving an official request from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Andre Loersch, a spokesman for the ICRC mission in Ukraine told RIA Novosti on Monday.

East Ukraine's Donetsk Republic Ready to Provide Safety for Second Humanitarian Convoy
2014-08-25 07:30:00
The armed forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) are prepared to provide safe passage for a second humanitarian convoy from Russia into eastern Ukraine, the DPR?s first deputy prime minister told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Lavrov Says Unclear Why Kiev Not Releasing Air Traffic Recordings of Malaysia Airlines
2014-08-25 07:09:00
Russia has still not received a clear explanation of why Kiev has not presented the recordings between the air traffic controllers and the crew of the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger airplane, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

French Prime Minister Dissolves Government
2014-08-25 07:06:00
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told President Francois Hollande that the government has been dissolved, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

India?s 'Rice Bucket Challenge' Goes Viral
2014-08-25 06:48:00
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has inspired an Indian spin-off called the ?rice bucket challenge,? aimed at battling hunger.

Iraq?s July Oil Exports 5% Up From July 2013
2014-08-25 06:47:00
Iraq exported 75.7 million barrels of oil in July, or 2.442 million barrels per day, a 5 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago, according to a Crude Oil Exports report released by Iraq?s Oil Ministry on Monday.

British Embassy in Washington Apologizes for Celebrating White House Burning
2014-08-25 06:46:00
The British Embassy in Washington D.C. has issued an apology after tweeting a photograph of a cake celebrating the 200th anniversary of the White House?s burning.

Over 45,000 Ukrainian Refugees Living in Russian Regions
2014-08-25 06:16:00
More than 45,000 refugees from southeastern Ukraine have been taken from areas bordering Ukraine to Russia?s interior regions, while all Russian temporary accommodation centers are currently home to nearly 60,000 Ukrainians, a representative from Russia?s emergency response center told RIA Novosti Monday.

Russia Uninformed Why Berlin Meeting Protocol on Ukraine Still Unpublished - Lavrov
2014-08-25 06:10:00
Russia does not have any information on why the protocol of the Berlin Meeting on Ukraine is still unpublished, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Accusing Russia of Crossing Ukrainian Border Without Facts 'Non-Perspective' ? Lavrov
2014-08-25 05:38:00
Accusing Russia of illegally crossing the Ukrainian border without any facts is non-perspective, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Russia Ready for Any Format to Discuss Situation in Ukraine ? Lavrov
2014-08-25 05:11:00
Russia is ready for any type of format to discuss the situation in Ukraine: from direct bilateral contacts to a ?Normandie format,? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Russia Eager to Start Meaningful Talks Between Customs Union, EU, Ukraine - Lavrov
2014-08-25 05:09:00
Moscow eager to start a ?de-ideological dialogue? between the Customs Union members and Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Russia Interested in Remaining Donor of Humanitarian Aid for East Ukraine - Lavrov
2014-08-25 05:07:00
Russia is interested in remaining a donor of humanitarian aid for the residents of eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Islamic Extremists Make Child Re-Enact Foley?s Execution - Reports
2014-08-25 05:04:00
Shocking images of a child beheading a doll in an orange outfit, which mirrors the execution of US journalist James Foley, were posted on a Twitter account called Time Of The Caliphate, which reportedly belongs to an Islamic State (IS) supporter, The Standard Digital News reported Monday.

EU, Poland ?Forgot? About Right Sector?s Influence in Ukraine ? Ex-Polish Prime Minister
2014-08-25 05:03:00
Europe and Poland shamefully "forgot" about Right Sector in Ukraine and the role it played during the Euromaidan riots, former Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Poland Overestimated Role in Ukraine Crisis ? Former Prime Minister
2014-08-25 05:02:00
Poland has clearly overestimated its role in the development of events in Ukraine, and now looks ?grotesque? in the eyes of the world former Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Humanitarian Crisis in Eastern Ukraine Not Over - Lavrov
2014-08-25 04:49:00
The humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine is not over yet, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Putin, Poroshenko Possible Meeting Set in Minsk August 26 - Russian Foreign Minister
2014-08-25 04:42:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may meet in Minsk on August 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Cellphone Users Susceptible to State Surveillance
2014-08-25 04:42:00
Makers of surveillance systems offer governments all over the world the technology to easily track any cellphone user?s movements, The Washington Post reported.

Moscow Calls on Kiev, International Red Cross to Continue Humanitarian Mission in Ukraine
2014-08-25 04:41:00
Russia has called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ukrainian authorities to help in continuing the humanitarian mission in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Moscow Hopes Distribution of Humanitarian Aid in East Ukraine to Go as Planned - Lavrov
2014-08-25 04:34:00
Moscow hopes the distribution of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue as planned, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Chinese Top Executive Salaries Could Shrink by 70% - Reports
2014-08-25 04:31:00
Executives at Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) could suffer salary cuts of as high as 70 percent, as part of President Xi Jinping?s anti-corruption efforts, Beijing-based Caijing magazine reported.

Western Politicians Using Ukrainian Conflict to Pressure Russia ? Russian Official
2014-08-25 04:26:00
Western politicians are using the situation in Ukraine to put pressure on Russia instead of working toward a resolution of the conflict, Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russia?s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, told reporters Monday.

Violence Erupts in Iraq as Islamic State Rises
2014-08-25 04:15:00

Foreign Ministers of Arab States Discuss Further Efforts to Fight Terrorism in Region
2014-08-25 04:15:00
The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates held a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in order to discuss the situation in Syria and further efforts to fight terrorism and extremist ideology in the region, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported Monday.

Russia Sends 38 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to China
2014-08-25 04:11:00
Planes from Russia?s Emergencies Ministry will deliver 38 tons of humanitarian aid to China, the ministry reported on its website Monday.

Kiev Shows Aggressive Plans Instead of Peaceful Dialogue in Independence Parade - Lawmaker
2014-08-25 03:23:00
The speaker of Russia?s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, said Monday the military parade during Ukraine?s independence day celebrations was a demonstration of its aggressive plans.

US Journalist Foley?s Execution Video Could be Staged ? Reports
2014-08-25 02:47:00
The video documenting the beheading of US journalist James Foley may have been staged, with the actual murder happening off-camera, The Australian reported Monday, citing a forensic analysis of the tape.

Burger King Planning Merger With Canadian Doughnut Chain Tim Hortons
2014-08-25 02:30:00
Burger King representatives confirmed merger discussions with Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons, a deal that would create a new fast food company with a market capitalization of about $18 billion, Reuters reported on Monday.

Japan?s Former Prime Minister Urges Australia to Stop Exporting Enriched Uranium
2014-08-25 02:29:00
Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has urged Australia to stop exporting enriched uranium, and to make efforts to reduce dependence on nuclear power, The Japan Times reports.

Fukushima Rice Back on Sale in Singapore - Reports
2014-08-25 02:28:00
Rice produced in Japan?s Fukushima Prefecture has gone on sale in Japanese supermarkets in Singapore, the BBC reported Monday.

North Carolina's Residents to Voice Concerns on Fracking
2014-08-25 02:07:00
The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is hosting a public meeting Monday to give local residents a chance to voice their concerns about possible new state fracking regulations.

Losses From California Earthquake May Exceed $1 Billion
2014-08-25 02:02:00
Total losses from Sunday?s earthquake in northern California are likely to exceed $1 billion, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates using automated software.

Kyrgyz Government Website Under Attack
2014-08-25 00:49:00
Unknown hackers carried out an attack Sunday on the Kyrgyz government?s website, a Kyrgyz Cabinet press service representative told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Dead Missouri Teen?s Father Urges ?Peace? for Funeral
2014-08-24 23:17:00
The father of an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by police earlier this month told Sunday that he wanted ?peace? during his child?s imminent funeral.

US Journalist Foley's Family Publish His Last Letter
2014-08-24 23:00:00
The family of James Foley, a US freelance journalist killed by militants in Syria, published his last letter written from captivity on the official Facebook page of the family and friends.

CPJ Welcomes Release of US Journalist in Syria
2014-08-24 21:47:00
The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the release of US freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis after two years in the captivity of a militant group in Syria, CPJ said in a statement.

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Shakes Peru
2014-08-24 19:25:54
A strong earthquake with 7.0-magnitude shook southern Peru, US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

California Earthquake Leaves 120 Injured - Reports
2014-08-24 16:59:48
At least 120 people have been hospitalized in northern California as a result of the strongest earthquake to hit the region in nearly 25, CNN reported quoting the head of the hospital receiving the victims.

Over 500 Killed as IS Gains Control Over Syrian Air Base in Raqqah
2014-08-24 15:31:00
Islamic State (IS) militants have seized an air base in the Syrian northern province Raqqa, with over people 500 people being killed in the fighting, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday citing a monitoring group.

UN Confirms Release of US Journalist From 2-Year Syrian Captivity
2014-08-24 15:02:00
The United nations confirmed Sunday that US freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis had been set free after spending two years in Syrian hostage.

California Governor Declares State of Emergency after Record Quake
2014-08-24 14:19:13
Californian Governor Edmund Brown released a statement Sunday declaring a state of emergency after a massive 6.1-magnitude earthquake caused scores of injuries and damages and knocked out power to almost 70,000 people.

EU Top Diplomat Says Ukraine Needs Good Relations With Russia
2014-08-24 13:06:32
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday she would seek to convey to Kiev authorities the importance of good relations both with EU countries and Russia.

Ukraine Army Mobile Mortar Teams Shelling Donetsk ? Independence Supporters
2014-08-24 12:47:13
Ukraine?s army is using mobile mortar teams to shell downtown Donetsk, Volodymyr Konovalov, the defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic, said Sunday.

UN Aid Chief Speaks of Displaced People, Approach of Winter in Ukraine
2014-08-24 12:37:00
The United Nation?s Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Sunday visited a refugee shelter in eastern Ukraine where she talked with displaced people affected by Kiev?s ongoing military operation and called for an end to fighting.

Archaeologists Uncover Two Large Ancient Mayan Cities in Mexico
2014-08-24 11:40:00
An international team of archaeologists has discovered two large ancient cities built by the Maya in the tropical forest of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, Reuters reports.

Donetsk Region Requests Humanitarian Aid as Fighting Continues in Ukraine
2014-08-24 11:40:00
The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic in eastern Ukraine said Sunday the region required humanitarian assistance after months of heavy fighting between government forces and local militia.

Poland, Baltics Urge NATO to Target Russia with Europe?s Ballistic Missile ?Shield?
2014-08-24 10:52:00
Several NATO member states have reportedly thrown their weight behind an agenda of targeting Russia with the US-controlled ballistic missile ?shield,? which is being built in Europe to allegedly guard the European Union against Iran, Germany?s Der Spiegel said Sunday.

At Least 87 Injured in Northern California Earthquake ? Media
2014-08-24 10:35:00
More than 80 people were injured after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit northern California on Sunday, according to media reports.

Syrian Jihadists Press Demands by Uploading Video of Lebanese Captives
2014-08-24 10:24:00
The al-Nusra Front, a branch of Al-Qaeda has posted a video of kidnapped Lebanese police officers calling on the Hezbollah movement, which sides with Bashar al-Assad?s forces to withdraw its fighters from Syria, according to AP.

Some 130 Settlements Remain Without Power in Ukraine?s Donetsk Region
2014-08-24 10:12:00
At least 127 settlements and a number of factories in Ukraine?s eastern Donetsk Region remain without electricity supply, DTEK energy company reported Sunday.

Turnout In Abkhazia Presidential Election Exceeds Threshold, Deemed Valid
2014-08-24 09:42:00
Voter turnout in Abkhazia?s early presidential election has exceeded the required threshold, reaching at least 55 percent, the central election committee said Sunday.

WHO Announces First Ebola Infection Among Staff ? Reports
2014-08-24 09:37:00
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the first case of Ebola infection among its staff experts as an epidemiologist deployed to Sierra Leone contracted the deadly virus, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.

Iran Downs Israeli Spy Drone Attempting to Penetrate Nuclear Enrichment Site - Reports
2014-08-24 09:16:00
Iranian Revolutionary Guards have downed an Israeli drone that was trying to spy on Iran?s nuclear facility in Nantaz, state news agency ISNA reported Sunday.

Over 250 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sink Off Libya ? Agency
2014-08-24 09:10:00
More than 250 migrants may have died after a boat sank off Libya, Reuters reported Sunday citing Mohammad Abdellatif, a local coastguard official.

UK Citizen Infected With Ebola on Plane to UK From Sierra Leone ? Reports
2014-08-24 08:38:00
A UK citizen who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being transported to the United Kingdom by a Royal Air Force plane, Reuters reported Sunday referring to a witness.

China Executes Eight Convicted on Terrorism Charges in Xinjiang
2014-08-24 08:29:00
Eight people, who were convicted of terrorism, have been executed in the restive Chinese province of Xinjiang, Xinhua reports.

Iran, Iraq Want Tighter Cooperation, Urge Global Effort Against Islamic State ? Reports
2014-08-24 08:24:00
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pledged Tehran?s support to Bagdad, as he met with Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider Abadi on Sunday in the Iraqi capital and discussed the need for a global push against the Islamic State (IS) militants.

OSCE Monitors Report Victims, Damage Following Donetsk Shelling
2014-08-24 08:02:00
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) on Sunday released a special report on civilian fatalities and damage following shelling of a residential area in the north of Donetsk on August 23.

Almost 44% Vote in Abkhazia?s Early Presidential Election
2014-08-24 07:54:00
Almost 44 percent of eligible voters have cast their ballots in the early presidential election underway in Abkhazia, a former Georgian republic that declared its independence in 2008, the central election committee said Sunday.

Navy Parade Underway in Ukraine Port City Odesa
2014-08-24 07:49:00
A naval parade is being held in the port of Odessa in southern Ukraine as the nation is marking its 23rd Independence Day since the Soviet collapse.

NSA, GCHQ Insiders Leaking Security Flaws to Tor
2014-08-24 07:33:47
Anonymous members of the US and UK intelligence services are regularly supplying the developers of Tor, an anonymous web browser, with information about flaws and security exploits in its software, Andrew Lewman, head of Tor Project operations assumes.

Kiev Claims 720 Ukrainian Military Died Since Military Operation Started in Mid-April
2014-08-24 07:19:00
Over 720 Ukrainian military died in eastern Ukraine since the start of Kiev?s military operation against independence supporters, another 2,600 have been wounded, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council said Sunday.

Luhansk Humanitarian Crisis Enters Fourth Week ? Authorities
2014-08-24 06:58:00
Ukraine?s eastern city of Luhansk, besieged by the Ukrainian army, has not had power, running water or phone connections for 22 days, the city authorities said Sunday.

Donetsk Holds Mourning Ceremony for Victims of Ukraine Army?s Missile Strikes
2014-08-24 06:12:00
A mourning ceremony for the victims of the Ukrainian Army?s recent missile strikes against Donetsk was held Sunday in the besieged city as fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on the ground.

Israeli Prime Minister Warns Gaza Operation May Last Past Start of School Year
2014-08-24 06:07:00
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is far from over and warned Palestinian citizens to immediately leave the enclave.

Moscow Dismisses Russia's Alleged Violated of Finnish Air Space - Defense Ministry
2014-08-24 06:00:00
Russia?s Defense Ministry has dismissed allegations that Russian aircraft entered Finnish airspace without permission.

In Ferguson Footsteps: NY Protests Another Black Man?s Death At Police Hands
2014-08-24 05:46:00
While indignation over the racial issues still runs high in US Ferguson, thousands marched peacefully Saturday through the New York borough of Staten Island protesting at the death of an African American man put into a chokehold by a white police officer.

SCO?s Five-Army Peace Mission Drills Kick Off in China
2014-08-24 05:35:00
A large-scale anti-terror exercise involving armies from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization?s five member states kicked off Sunday in northern China, Russia?s Defense Foreign Ministry says.

Egypt Denies Involvement in Tripoli Airstrikes ? Agency
2014-08-24 05:12:00
Egypt on Sunday denied any link to unclaimed airstrikes that hit military camps in the Libyan capital Tripoli earlier this week, according to Agence France-Presse.

Italian Rescuers Found 18 Bodies of Illegal Migrants South of Lampedusa Island
2014-08-24 05:03:00
Italian rescuers found an inflatable dinghy adrift south of the island of Lampedusa, with 73 illegal migrants alive and 18 dead, Italy?s ANSA reported.

Kiev Searches For Political Settlement of Crisis in Southeastern Ukraine - Poroshenko
2014-08-24 04:05:00
Ukrainian diplomats are looking for a political settlement of the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, the country?s President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday, adding that steps toward peaceful settlement cannot be unilateral or be taken at the expense of the country?s territorial integrity.

Poroshenko to Allocate $3Bln For Ukrainian Army Rearmament
2014-08-24 03:53:00
Kiev will allocate over $3 billion for the rearmament of the Ukrainian army and renewal of military hardware in 2015-2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday speaking at the military parade in downtown Kiev.

UK Intelligence Identifies Key Suspect in Execution of US Journalist Foley - Reports
2014-08-24 03:40:00
Spy agents of the British MI5 and MI6 have identified the executioner of American journalist James Foley beheaded in Iraq earlier this week, The Sunday Times reported citing security sources.

Ukraine's Independence Day: Facts and History
2014-08-24 03:22:00
Amid clashes in southeastern Ukraine, the country celebrates its Independence Day with military parades held in Kiev, Odesa and the cities where the headquarters and operation command offices of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are located.

US Congratulates Ukraine on National Day
2014-08-24 02:48:00
Washington has congratulated Kiev on the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine?s independence, with US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry vowing support.

Ukraine to Close Some of Its Consulates Due to Austerity
2014-08-24 02:22:00
Ukraine is planning to close some of its consulates and embassies across the world in order to cut budget spending, Deputy Head of Ukraine's Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly wrote Sunday on Facebook.

UK to Send Weaponry to Iraqi Kurds to Fight Against Islamic State - Reports
2014-08-24 01:53:00
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Sunday that the United Kingdom eyes sending weaponry and ammunition to the Iraqi Kurds so that they can fight the Islamic State (IS) militants, BBC reported Sunday.

Iran to Produce Short-Range Missiles, Drones ? Reports
2014-08-24 01:31:00
Tehran has inaugurated four new defense achievements by the Air Industries Organizations , including the production of two new short-range missiles and two types of drones, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Sunday.

Travelers to Get Emergency Entry Permits in UAE as Country Eases Visa Regime
2014-08-24 01:00:00
Authorities? of the United Arab Emirates have introduced emergency entry permits allowing travelers to stay in the country for up to four days and cost $27, Al Khaleej newspaper reported Sunday, adding that requirements for other types of visas have been facilitated as well.

Luhansk Militia Starts Offensive Against Two Large Cities in Southeastern Ukraine
2014-08-24 00:40:00
Militia of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People?s Republic have started an offensive against the cities of Severodonetsk and Debaltseve, militia?s representatives told RIA Novosti Sunday.

Donetsk Meets Sunday Under Artillery Salvo
2014-08-24 00:06:00
As Ukraine marks Independence Day on Sunday, the morning started with an artillery salvo in the city of Donetsk, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

Hundreds Take to Streets in Washington to Support People of Ferguson
2014-08-23 23:37:00
Hundreds of peaceful protesters have taken to the streets in Washington, DC to show support for Michael Brown and stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri.

Second Plane With MH17 Crash Victims Arrives in Kuala Lumpur
2014-08-23 21:28:19
The second special flight carrying the bodies of several Malaysian victims of MH17 flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July has arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Bernama news agency reported Sunday.

Ten Injured in Gas Blast in Brazil - Reports
2014-08-23 20:11:35
At least 10 people were injured in a gas explosion in the center of Brazil's largest city of Sao Paulo on Saturday, local Telesur channel reported.

At Least 35 Police Officers Missing in Nigeria after Boko Haram Attack - Reports
2014-08-23 19:51:27
At least 35 Nigeria's police officers went missing after an armed Boko Haram militants' attack at a police academy in the country's north-east, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday citing local authorities.

Three Killed in Donetsk Region Church Shelling
2014-08-23 19:41:00
An artillery shelling has killed three church-goers and completely destroyed St John of Kronstadt Church of the city of Kirovskoye in Donetsk region, the Horlivka and Slaviansk Diocese said on its website early Sunday.

Kiev Launches English-Language TV Channel Ukraine Today
2014-08-23 18:47:04
Ukraine's international television channel Ukraine Today launches an English-language satellite broadcast on Sunday, the national Independence Day.

US Airforce Strikes Islamic State Forces in Northern Iraq Again
2014-08-23 17:17:00
US military jets have fired at Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq again, US Central Command said in a statement Saturday.

Donetsk Militia Fighting its Way to Azov Sea
2014-08-23 13:47:50
Ukrainian militia in the restive Donetsk region told RIA Novosti Saturday they were now fighting their way to the Sea of Azov in the country?s south.

Poroshenko Eyes Banning Symbols of ?Self-Proclaimed Entities? in Ukraine
2014-08-23 12:44:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tasked the Cabinet of Ministers to work out a bill of state regulation and banning the use of the symbols of ?self-proclaimed entities,? the press service of the Ukrainian president said.

UN Chief Urges Israel?s Netanyahu to Return to Calm, Offers Support
2014-08-23 12:39:00
With the most recent ceasefire in Gaza having expired, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke on Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about ?the crisis in Gaza, including the need for the parties to return to the ceasefire negotiations under Egyptian auspices,? according to the United Nations.

Islamist Fighters Claim to Have Captured Airport in Libya?s Capital ? Reports
2014-08-23 12:23:23
Islamist-leaning insurgents in the Libyan capital Tripoli claimed on Saturday they had seized control of the country?s main airport after a month of clashes, Associated Press cited a local television channel as saying.

20 Dead, 65 Wounded As Explosions Struck Iraq - Reports
2014-08-23 11:47:16
Twenty people died and 65 were wounded in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, located 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, after three car bombs exploded on Saturday, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday citing a senior police officer and a doctor.

Scientists Say They Discovered Traces of One of Universe?s Oldest Stars
2014-08-23 11:33:00
A team of American and Japanese astronomers claims it has found a chemical signature of one of the first stars in the universe embedded in another old star, BBC reports.

Arab States to Discuss Syrian Crisis Settlement on Sunday - Reports
2014-08-23 11:19:42
Top diplomats of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates will meet Sunday to discuss political settlement of the conflict in Syria in the context of the increasing activity of the Islamic State (IS) militants, Sky News Arabia reported citing Egypt's foreign ministry.

Iceland Grounds Flights Near Stirring Bardarbunga Volcano
2014-08-23 11:05:34
Iceland?s aviation regulator on Saturday grounded all flights near the stirring Bardarbunga volcano in the south of the country after meteorologists said the sub-glacial volcano could soon melt the ice crust, sending ash into the atmosphere.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
2014-08-23 10:33:00

Sierra Leone Moves to Outlaw Sheltering Ebola Patients
2014-08-23 10:33:00
Sierra Leone lawmakers have passed an amendment to the country?s health legislation imposing prison terms of up to two years on those hiding Ebola virus patients, according to Associated Press.

ICRC to Continue Cooperating With Russian Foreign Ministry, Including Over Ukraine
2014-08-23 10:32:00
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is ready to continue cooperation with the Russian Foreign Ministry, including on the issues related to the situation in Ukraine, the Red Cross spokeswoman in Moscow Victoria Zotikova told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

OSCE Confirms Humanitarian Convoy to Ukraine Crossed Back Into Russia
2014-08-23 10:24:00
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) confirmed on Saturday that all 227 vehicles that entered Ukraine as part of a Russian aid convoy have returned home.

Ukraine Army Claims That Killed 500 Militia, Destroyed 40 Armored Vehicles
2014-08-23 09:56:00
The Ukrainian military said Saturday it had allegedly destroyed up to 40 enemy armored vehicles and 500 independence supporters near Luhansk in the country?s east, according to its Interior Ministry.

Kiev Claims Ceasefire for Aid Convoy Could Have Been Set if Duly Registered
2014-08-23 09:50:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday that Kiev was ready to announce ceasefire for the safe passage of Russian humanitarian convoy to southeastern Ukraine, provided the convoy ?was duly? registered.

All Aid Convoy Trucks Return to Russia, No Cargo Inside - Deputy Emergency Minister
2014-08-23 09:26:00
All Russian humanitarian convoy trucks had delivered cargo to eastern Ukraine and returned to Russia empty, Deputy Emergency Minister Eduard Chizhikov said Saturday.

Two Satellites Fail to Reach Intended Orbit
2014-08-23 09:19:58
Two Galileo navigation satellites have failed to reach their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace reported on the website.

Trilateral Contact Group to Have Talks With Ukraine Regions Representatives, OSCE ? Merkel
2014-08-23 09:04:00
The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine will have new talks, involving representatives of southeastern Ukrainian regions and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.

Russia?s Defense Ministry Denies NATO Accusations of Military Involvement in Ukraine
2014-08-23 08:53:00
Russia?s Defense Ministry has denied NATO?s ?another portion of accusations? against Russia, now of direct military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, including the use of Russian forces, hardware and artillery.

Number of Ebola Cases Feared Higher Due to 'Shadow Zones' - WHO
2014-08-23 08:51:52
The number of reported cases and deaths resulting from Ebola deadly virus has been underestimated due to the so-called ?shadow zones? the World Health Organization reported Friday.

Merkel Hopes Minsk Meeting Involving Ukraine to Be Successful
2014-08-23 08:46:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in Kiev that she expects the Customs Union-Ukraine-EU meeting in Minsk on August 26 to be successful.

Ukraine Parliament to Consider EU Association Deal in September
2014-08-23 08:41:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at a meeting with Germany?s Chancellor Angela Merkel he was going to submit his edition of the nation?s association agreement with the European Union in September.

New Sanctions Against Russia Not on Agenda But Possible if Situation Deteriorates ? Merkel
2014-08-23 08:33:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that new sanctions against Russia are not on agenda at the moment but they are possible in future if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates.

Two Teenage Girls Arrested on Terrorism Charges in France
2014-08-23 08:30:00
French police have launched an investigation into the case of two teen girls, aged 15 and 17, who presumably, tried to join a Syrian terrorist group

Russia Says Aid Delivery to East Ukraine Legal, Guided by Humanitarian Principles
2014-08-23 08:09:00
Russia said Saturday its humanitarian assistance mission to turbulent eastern Ukraine had complied with the International Court of Justice ruling that allowed for the delivery of humanitarian aid to people disregarding their political convictions.

Moscow Expects NATO to Pressure Kiev Into Fair Implementation of Int'l Commitments
2014-08-23 08:00:00
Moscow has expressed hopes that NATO will pressure Kiev into fair and just implementation of Berlin Declaration and Geneva Accords, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Moscow Slams NATO Over Rasmussen?s Statements About Russian Humanitarian Convoy
2014-08-23 06:58:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the statement of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that Russian humanitarian aid convoy entered Ukraine without Kiev?s consent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) involvement, is another lie.

Hamas Backs Palestinian Bid to Join International Criminal Court
2014-08-23 06:52:00
Hamas has declared its support for the Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), Associated Press reports citing two senior Hamas officials.

170 Migrants Still Missing After Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast
2014-08-23 06:39:18
A boat with 170 African migrants bound for Europe has sunk off of the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said, as reported by Reuters.

Last Trucks From Aid Convoy to Ukraine Return to Russia
2014-08-23 06:24:00
The last group of trucks, that have delivered Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, returned to Russia on Saturday afternoon, according to RIA Novosti reporter.

Shelling Kills Hundreds in Besieged Luhansk in East Ukraine
2014-08-23 06:20:00
Hundreds have died in artillery attacks on eastern Ukraine?s key city of Luhansk as government troops continue to lay siege to the militia stronghold, according to a senior official of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People?s Republic.

Iran Denies IAEA Inspectors Access to Parchin Military Base - Reports
2014-08-23 06:11:00
Tehran will not give the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to Parchin military base that the UN nuclear inspectors were seeking since 2005, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday citing the country?s Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan.

Moscow Surprised at Washington?s Failure to Record That Russia Convoy Left Ukraine
2014-08-23 06:02:00
Russian Foreign Ministry is surprised that the United States massive possessing intelligence equipment, is unaware that Russia?s humanitarian aid convoy left Ukrainian territory and is now in Russia, deputy head of the ministry?s information and press department Maria Zakharova said.

Russia Welcomes Red Cross Decision to Continue Aid Mission in East Ukraine
2014-08-23 05:44:00
Moscow welcomes the decision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to continue the humanitarian aid mission in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Russia Wants Regular, Transparent Reports on MH17 Crash Probe
2014-08-23 05:16:00
Moscow wants the investigation into the crash of a Malaysian Boeing 777 to be as most transparent as possible, and insists on regular provision if prove reports in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

Russia Wants Regular, Transparent Reports on Boeing 777 Crash Probe
2014-08-23 05:16:00
Moscow wants the investigation into the crash of a Malaysian Boeing 777 to be as most transparent as possible, and insists on regular provision if prove reports in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

Russian Red Cross Poised to Help Distribute Aid in East Ukraine Pending Permit
2014-08-23 04:59:00
Russia?s Red Cross personnel are awaiting permit from their Ukrainian colleagues to assist in distributing relief aid to Luhansk residents, the organization?s head told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Russia?s Agricultural Watchdog Allowed Dairy Imports From Serbia
2014-08-23 04:48:00
Russia?s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Saturday it allowed Serbia to export its dairy products to the countries of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Spanish Farmers Burn EU Flags Over Brussels?s Policy Toward Russia
2014-08-23 04:29:00
Representatives of Spanish Young Farmers and Ranchers of Catalonia (JARC) organization have burnt several flags of the European Union protesting against Brussels? policy toward Russia and its measures taken after Moscow introduced import restrictions, El Pais reported.

Spanish Farmers Burn EU Flags Over Brussels? Policy Toward Russia
2014-08-23 04:29:00
Representatives of Spanish Young Farmers and Ranchers of Catalonia (JARC) organization have burnt several flags of the European Union protesting against Brussels? policy toward Russia and its measures taken after Moscow introduced import restrictions, El Pais reported.

Over 50 Trucks From Aid Convoy to Ukraine Cross Back Into Russia
2014-08-23 03:57:00
More than 50 trucks from a Russian aid convoy have already returned from eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reporter said Saturday.

Luhansk Hopes For More Russian Humanitarian Aid Deliveries
2014-08-23 03:39:00
Residents of Luhansk People?s Republic hope to receive more humanitarian aid from Russia, Vice Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Luhansk Vasyl Nikitin told RIA Novosti.

Family of Five Killed in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza ? Agency
2014-08-23 03:34:00
Five people from one family have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday, citing Palestinian medical sources.

OSCE Satisfied With Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy?s Return Process
2014-08-23 03:08:00
The return of Russian humanitarian aid convoy is underway, no major incidents or violations recorded, the Head of the OSCE's mission in Rostov region Paul Picard told RIA Novosti, as trucks that have delivered humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine are returning to Russia.

Luhansk to Start Distribution of Russian Humanitarian Aid Saturday
2014-08-23 02:42:00
Distribution of Russia?s humanitarian aid to the residents of Luhansk will start Saturday, Vice Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Luhansk Vasyl Nikitin told RIA Novosti.

First 34 Trucks Return to Russia After Delivering Aid to Luhansk
2014-08-23 02:37:00
The first group of trucks, that have delivered Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, entered the Russian territory on Saturday, a spokesman for Russia?s Southern Customs Directorate, Rayan Farukshin, said Friday.

First Trucks From Russian Humanitarian Convoy Leave Ukraine
2014-08-23 01:50:00
The first trucks from the Russian humanitarian convoy left the Ukrainian territory on Saturday morning.

UN Concerned About Wrong Things - Russian Deputy Prime Minister on Aid to Ukraine
2014-08-23 01:23:00
The United Nations should be concerned not about the arrival of Russian humanitarian aid in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, but by the fact that the trucks reached the city so late, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Saturday.

Photo Exhibition Focused on Ukraine War on Display in US
2014-08-23 00:44:00
A series of photos of tragic events in eastern Ukraine, provided by International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya, was displayed on Friday night in Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, New York.

Moderate Undersea Quake Hits Northwest Indonesia
2014-08-22 23:59:00
An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the seas off northwestern Indonesia on Saturday, according to Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG).

Falcon 9R Rocket Testbed Explodes During US Test Flight ? Media
2014-08-22 23:42:00
A Falcon 9R carrier rocket testbed, a modified version of a Falcon 9 rocket's first stage, have exploded during a test flight in McGregor, Texas, according to NBC channel.

Lawyers of Marathon Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Ask for Dismissal of Indictment
2014-08-22 22:58:00
Lawyers of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands accused of the bombings in Boston, have filed a motion to dismiss the indictment in connection with irregularities in the selection of grand juries, the Boston Globe reported.

Russian Diplomats in US to Seek Transfer for Son of Duma Lawmaker into General Regime
2014-08-22 21:27:00
Russian diplomats are soon going to visit the son of Russian lawmaker, who stands accused of hacking by the US government, and seek his transfer to the general regime, Russian Consul General in Seattle, Andrey Yushmanov told RIA Novosti.

Cyber Attack Threatens Data Security of 25,000 US Civil Servants - Reports
2014-08-22 19:52:27
Data security of at least 25,000 government employees in the United States was compromised after a cyber attack on the United States Investigation Services (USIS), which is in charge of checking personal data of the Ministry of Homeland Security employees, Reuters reported early Saturday, citing a representative of the office.

Missing Russian Student Found Dead in Northwestern US Mountains - National Park
2014-08-22 19:40:59
Russian student Aleksandr Sagiev, 20, from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was found dead in Grand Teton National Park on Friday, spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

Russian Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Luhansk amid Protests from Kiev, West
2014-08-22 18:09:06
The first group of Russia?s aid convoy trucks that crossed into Ukraine earlier on Friday has rolled into the stricken city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the city authority said.

Militia Says No Evidence of Missing Russian Journalist Found Dead in Ukraine
2014-08-22 16:16:34
There is no evidence that a body found in one of the burned-out cars in eastern Ukraine may belong to a missing Rossiya Segodnya journalist, Deputy Interior Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Nikolai Kryuchenko told RIA Novosti.

International Red Cross Reaffirms Readiness to Help Luhansk Residents
2014-08-22 15:51:31
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Friday it is ready to help residents of the besieged eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk but urged Russia and Ukraine to respect the independent humanitarian action of the organization.

Ukraine Border Guards Claim 227 Russian Aid Trucks Crossed Into Country
2014-08-22 14:59:29
Ukraine?s Border Guard Service said late on Friday that 227 Kamaz trucks carrying humanitarian aid had allegedly crossed into the country?s territory from the east.

Luhansk Residents Welcome First Group of Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy
2014-08-22 14:35:29
Residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, controlled by independence supporters, have enthusiastically welcomed the Russian trucks loaded with humanitarian aid which reached the city on Friday.

Hundreds of Displaced Syrians Return to South of Damascus - Media
2014-08-22 13:37:18
Hundreds of Syrian citizens have returned home to southern neighborhoods of Damascus, namely Qadam, Essali and Bor Said, thanks to reconciliation process, Al Mayadeen television channel reported Friday.

Russian Aid Convoy Reaches Luhansk, Trucks Being Unloaded ? City Authority
2014-08-22 12:39:00
The first group of Russia?s aid convoy trucks that crossed into Ukraine earlier on Friday have rolled into the stricken city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the city authority said.

Some 700,000 Iraqis Displaced in Kurdish North - Agency
2014-08-22 12:24:00
The number of Iraqis fleeing the Islamic State (IS) militants for the Kurdish north has reached 700,000 people, Agence France-Presse reported Friday citing the United Nations.

173 Victims of Flight MH17 Crash Identified - Reports
2014-08-22 12:16:00
The Dutch forensic experts have identified another 46 victims of the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash, so that the total of 173 victims has been identified, Agence France-Presse reported citing the Dutch justice ministry.

UN Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Ukraine Crisis
2014-08-22 12:06:00
The UN Security Council will hold on Friday an emergency meeting behind closed doors to discuss the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, the UN press service announced.

Ukraine Says Unaware of Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy Whereabouts
2014-08-22 11:57:00
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has no information about the whereabouts of the Russian humanitarian aid convoy, spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Friday.

Mistakes in Text Sent to Foley?s Parents Indicative of UK ?Working Class Briton? - Expert
2014-08-22 11:47:00
An e-mail that James Foley?s captors sent to his family days before the US journalist?s beheading contained spelling and grammar mistakes that are common in Britons with a working-class background, language experts told The Telegraph Friday.

Eastern Ukraine Hospitals Struggle as Staff Leaves, Supplies Run Short
2014-08-22 11:36:00
Hospitals in the conflict-torn regions of southeastern Ukraine are struggling to stay open as payments stop and medical supplies run short.

Russia Says Decision to Speed Up Aid Delivery Morally Right, in Line With Int'l Norms
2014-08-22 11:09:00
Russia insists that its decision to speed up humanitarian cargo delivery to eastern Ukraine without waiting for Kiev?s formal approval was morally right and fully in line with the international norms, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Putin to Merkel: Russia Not to Allow Further Delay in Aid Delivery to East Ukraine
2014-08-22 10:38:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that Russia had to act decisively in the situation with the aid convoy in order to prevent further delays in the delivery of humanitarian cargo to the crisis-hit eastern Ukraine.

EU Calls Aid Convoy Entry Into Ukraine 'Violation,' Urges Moscow to Reverse Decision
2014-08-22 10:30:00
The European Union on Friday condemned the ?unauthorized? entry of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine without a Red Cross escort and called on Moscow to reverse its decision.

Kiev Says Ukraine Needs 5 Bln Cubic Meters of Russian Gas for Winter
2014-08-22 10:24:00
Ukraine needs to purchase additional five billion cubic meters of gas from Russia for the forthcoming winter season, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday.

Russia-Ukraine Gas Conflict
2014-08-22 10:24:00

By Blocking UN Resolution, US Shows That It Seeks Ukrainian Conflict Escalation ? Moscow
2014-08-22 10:06:00
By blocking the UN Security Council statement on the ceasefire in Ukraine, Washington has demonstrated that it wants to see further escalation of the Ukrainian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Gaza Militants Execute 18 Palestinians Accused of Collaborating With Israel ? Media
2014-08-22 09:50:00
Hamas gunmen on Friday executed at least 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israeli security services, according to Al Quds radio station.

Pope Calls Foley?s Family to Assure Them of His Prayers
2014-08-22 09:47:16
On Thursday afternoon, Pope Francis phoned the bereaved relatives of a US journalist who was executed by an ISIS fighter in Syria to offer consolation and assure them of his prayers, Catholic News Service cited Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, as saying.

Russian Journalists Come Under Mortar Fire in East Ukraine - Luhansk Authorities
2014-08-22 09:40:00
A group of journalists from several Russian media outlets, including Rossiya Segodnya, ITAR-TASS and NTV television, came under mortar fire in violence-torn eastern Ukraine, a spokesman for self-proclaimed Luhansk People?s Republic said Friday.

First Trucks With Russian Aid Cargo Reach East Ukraine's Luhansk
2014-08-22 09:34:00
The first group of trucks carrying Russian humanitarian aid to the population of violence-torn eastern Ukraine has arrived in the city of Luhansk, authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk republic said Friday.

UN Ready to Increase Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine - Kiev
2014-08-22 09:21:00
The UN is ready to enhance cooperation with Ukraine in the humanitarian aid and to provide the country with $33 million by the end of the year, Ukraine's Ministry of Regional Development said Friday.

Russian Epidemiologists Arrive in Ebola-Stricken Guinea
2014-08-22 09:19:00
A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry flight carrying an anti-epidemic team and a mobile laboratory has arrived in Guinea, a representative of the task force told RIA Novosti Friday.

Serbian Anti-Fascists Urge Release of Rossiya Segodnya Photographer
2014-08-22 08:56:00
A rally to demand the release of Rossiya Segodnya?s photojournalist Andrei Stenin (#freeAndrew), who vanished in Ukraine in early August, was held Friday in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

Russia Vows to Preserve Peace in Breakaway Transnistria ? Russian Official
2014-08-22 08:45:00
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday Russia would fulfill its obligations to preserve peace in the self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria, a narrow strip of land between Moldova and Ukraine that has been in a conflict with Moldova since the 1990s.

Over 100 Russian Journalists Sign Petition in Support of Reporter Stenin
2014-08-22 08:34:00
More than 100 journalists in Russian mass media have signed a group petition in support of the missing International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya photographer Andrei Stenin (#freeAndrew), according to a note released by the Russian Union of Journalists Friday.

Russia Completes Customs Clearance of Ukraine-Bound Humanitarian Convoy
2014-08-22 08:19:00
Russian officials have completed customs clearance of all humanitarian aid convoy vehicles, a spokesman for Russia?s Southern Customs Directorate, Rayan Farukshin, said Friday.

Fracking Possible Cause of 20 Earthquakes in Oklahoma in One Day
2014-08-22 08:05:00
The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) recorded 20 earthquakes in the state in a single day following an increase in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, Think Progress reports.

NYC Stop-And-Frisk Ineffective, Racially Biased
2014-08-22 08:04:00
New York City?s controversial stop-and-frisk policy appears to have a significant racial bias and is questionable in terms of effectiveness in reducing murders and shootings, according to a new report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).

Russian Red Cross Volunteers Ready to Escort Aid Convoy to East Ukraine
2014-08-22 07:59:00
Volunteers of the Russian Red Cross are ready to join the effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the war-torn southeastern Ukraine, the organization?s chief, Raisa Lukutsova, said Friday.

EU Not Ready to Comment on Russian Convoy Crossing Ukraine Border
2014-08-22 07:05:00
The European Commission is not ready to comment on the situation with the Russian humanitarian aid convoy that crossed the Ukrainian border earlier Friday, Sebastien Brabant, the EU foreign policy chief?s deputy spokesperson said.

Red Cross Still Awaiting Security Guarantees for Aid Convoy
2014-08-22 06:48:00
A spokeswoman from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Friday the organization would consider escorting the convoy of 280 Russian humanitarian aid trucks to affected areas in war-torn eastern Ukraine if it obtained security guarantees.

Safety of Humanitarian Convoy via Ukraine Depends on Russia - Kiev?s Security Spokesman
2014-08-22 06:46:00
Kiev suggested holding talks on delivering Russian humanitarian aid, but Russia declined, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Friday.

Malaysia Mourns as First MH17 Crash Bodies Return Home
2014-08-22 06:45:00
Malaysia is observing a day of mourning Friday to remember the victims of July?s Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine, while the cause of the tragedy remains unknown.