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Pentagon to Open Drone Base in Niger - Reports
2014-09-02 07:55:00
The Pentagon has reached an agreement with the government of Niger to install a drone base in the latter?s territory, the Washington Post reports.

Local Militia Capture Polish Fighters in Ukraine?s East ? Donetsk Republic
2014-09-02 07:50:00
Independence supporters have captured Polish soldiers that were fighting for the Ukrainian army, one of the Donetsk People?s Republic?s (DPR) leaders Leonid Baranov said on Tuesday.

Ukrainian Parliament Sacks Economic Development Minister Sheremeta
2014-09-02 07:36:00
The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada removed Economic Development and Trade Minister Pavlo Sheremeta from office, on Tuesday.

Italian FM: 'EU to Decide on New Sanctions Against Russia on September 5'
2014-09-02 07:11:00
The European Union will decide on a new round of economic sanctions against Russia, over Moscow?s stance on the Ukrainian conflict, on September 5, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini told the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Official: 'Transnistria to Learn From Russia?s Recognition of Abkhazia, South Ossetia'
2014-09-02 07:04:00
Transnistria is going to use South Ossetia and Abkhazia?s experiences in gaining Russia?s recognition of their independence, Transnistria?s foreign ministry press service reported Tuesday, citing the unrecognized country?s foreign minister.

Australia Plans Partnering With NATO to Increase Role in Global Crises
2014-09-02 07:02:00
Australia is planning on strengthening its ties with NATO in hopes of attaining a greater role in global crises, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday.

Amnesty International Accuses Islamic State of Ethnic Cleansing in Northern Iraq
2014-09-02 06:32:00
The Islamic State (IS) has been systematically targeting non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities in northern Iraq, killing and abducting hundreds and forcing more than 830,000 others to flee, Amnesty International stated in a report published on its official website on Tuesday.

UN Envoy Says World Leaders Failed to Sufficiently Address Climate Change
2014-09-02 06:25:00
World leaders have failed to respond to ongoing climate issues and thus have to step up their efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, UN Climate Change Special Envoy Mary Robinson said Tuesday.

Downpour Causes Landslide in China, Killing Eight
2014-09-02 06:13:00
Landslides caused by torrential rains in the southwestern Chinese municipality of Chongqing has left eight people dead and dozens missing, state news agency Xinhua reports citing local rescuers.

US, EU Should Support Process Begun in Minsk to Find Compromise in Ukraine Crisis ? Lavrov
2014-09-02 06:09:00
The United States and the European Union should support the process started in Minsk, Belarus, to find a compromise in order to settle the crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Global Survey Reveals Dirtiest Hotels in the World
2014-09-02 06:08:00
Ukraine?s Kiev ranks among the worst capitals in terms of hotel room cleanliness, a press release by the website hotel.info says.

Kiev to Discuss Donetsk, Luhansk Special Status Request on September 5
2014-09-02 05:59:00
Ukraine?s National Security and Defense Council will not comment on Donetsk and Luhansk?s request for special statuses, and is instead waiting for the next trilateral contact group meeting scheduled for September 5, a council spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Japanese Researchers Create 30-Minute Ebola Test
2014-09-02 05:58:00
Japanese researchers have created a method to detect Ebola virus infections in just 30 minutes, a professor from Nagasaki University said Tuesday.

Lavrov: 'Poroshenko's Visit to US Good Chance 'to Dot i's' on Ukraine Crisis'
2014-09-02 05:52:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he believes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?s upcoming visit to the United States would help explain Washington?s stance on the Ukrainian crisis, on Tuesday.

Russian, US Scientists to Prepare Astronauts for Extreme Situations in Space
2014-09-02 05:44:00
Russian and American scientists are starting a large-scale study into the cognitive psychology of astronauts to develop new technologies to adjust them for operations in extreme conditions, Tomsk State University (TSU) head Edward Galazhinsky told reporters Tuesday.

Fukushima Liquidators to Sue TEPCO for Health Risks Compensation
2014-09-02 05:40:00
Four workers employed in the decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear power plant plan to sue Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), seeking to get compensation for life and health risks, Japanese media reported Tuesday.

Investigative Committee Siezes Ukrainian Oligarch?s Property in Moscow
2014-09-02 05:20:00
Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky?s property has been seized in Moscow at the request of the Russian Investigative Committee, its spokesperson Vladimir Markin said Tuesday.

Energy Agreements with China Beneficial to Russian Companies ? Moody?s
2014-09-02 05:15:00
Oil and gas agreements that have been signed between Moscow and Beijing within the last 15 years are beneficial to participating Russian companies since they are provide them with access to new sources of funding and opportunities for growth, according to a report published by the international credit rating agency Moody?s on Tuesday.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Says Country Ready to Supply More Commodities to Russia
2014-09-02 05:12:00
Tunisia is ready to supply a range of goods, including olive oil, to Russia, the country?s Foreign Minister Monji Hamdi said Tuesday during talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

'War Party' in Kiev Needs to Be Brought to Reason, Only US Can Do This - Lavrov
2014-09-02 05:10:00
The ?war party? in Kiev needs to be brought to reason and the United States is the only one able to do so, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Amnesty International Slams Turkey?s Prosecution of Twitter Users Amid UN Internet Summit
2014-09-02 04:37:00
Amnesty International has condemned Turkey for putting on trial 29 Twitter users in Izmir, Turkey, over their alleged role in the 2013 Gezi protests as Turkey is hosting the 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Amnesty International?s deputy director of global issues, said in a statement published on the organization?s website Tuesday.

Unregulated Virginia Daycares Accountable for at Least 43 Child Deaths - Reports
2014-09-02 04:07:00
At least 43 child deaths in Virginia are the outcome of unregulated childcare since 2004, The Washington post estimated.

Kremlin: 'Barroso Quoting Putin 'Taking Kiev' Taken Out of Context'
2014-09-02 02:36:00
A quote on Russian President Vladimir Putin?s apparent ability ?to take Kiev in two weeks,? which was stated by European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso earlier in the week, was taken out of context and had a completely different meaning, Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday.

High-Profile North Korean Official Planning European Tour ? Reports
2014-09-02 02:26:00
A high-ranking North Korean diplomat could visit Europe this week, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, citing a South Korean diplomatic source.

Russian Security Council: 'NATO Planning New Bases in Eastern Europe'
2014-09-02 02:01:00
The NATO summit in Wales taking place this week will focus on measures to increase the combat readiness of its troops, including the construction of new military bases in Eastern Europe, a senior Russian security official said Tuesday.

US Boosts NATO Military Presence in Baltic States ? Russian Security Council
2014-09-02 01:01:00
The United States has been actively boosting the NATO military presence in the former Soviet Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council said Tuesday.

Fidel Castro: 'Dollar, Euro to Depend on Ruble, Yuan Due to Western Policies'
2014-09-02 00:54:00
The West's policies will make the euro and dollar dependent on the yuan and ruble, former Cuban President Fidel Castro said in an article, published on Cubadebate website.

Japanese Heat Wave Kills 54, Over 40,000 Hospitalized
2014-09-02 00:49:00
More than 40,000 people were brought to hospitals to be treated for heatstroke and 54 have died since the beginning of the hot season in Japan, Japan?s Fire and Disaster Agency reported Tuesday.

UN Secretary-General: 'No Military Solution for Ukrainian Crisis'
2014-09-02 00:27:00
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that it is impossible to resolve the Ukrainian crisis militarily, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.

Russian Cabinet Approves Draft Russian-Belarusian Program on Crude Hydrocarbons
2014-09-01 22:09:05
The Russian government has approved a draft scientific and technical program of the Union State (Belarus and Russia) on the development of new high-performance technologies of exploration and use of hydrocarbons, the document published on the website of the Cabinet on Tuesday reads.

Syrian Militants Present List of Demands for Release of Fijian Peacekeepers - Reports
2014-09-01 21:01:00
The al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has announced the requirements for the release of 45 peacekeepers from Fiji, the Associated Press reported, citing a representative of the Fiji army.

Remains of Another 9 Victims of MH17 Crash in Ukraine Delivered to Malaysia - Reports
2014-09-01 20:37:00
Remains of another nine people killed in a plane crash in eastern Ukraine have been delivered to Malaysia, New Straits Times reported Tuesday.

Twelve People Killed, Over 40 Wounded in Double Bombing in Baghdad - Reports
2014-09-01 15:21:09
Two mined cars have exploded in the south of Baghdad, killing 12 people and injuring 41, Iraqi radio station Shafak FM reported Monday evening.

Russian, Italian Foreign Ministers Discuss Ukrainian Crisis Settlement
2014-09-01 13:01:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini have discussed by phone the ongoing effort to find optimal solutions to the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

New Demonstration in Support of Russian Journalist Andrei Stenin Held in Argentina
2014-09-01 12:29:00
A demonstration in support of International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who is missing in Ukraine, has been organized in Argentina.

UN Human Rights Council Says Islamic State Actions Amount to Crimes Against Humanity
2014-09-01 12:12:00
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday condemned terrorist acts and systematic human rights abuses committed by the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq, saying they amount to crimes against humanity.

Next Ukrainian Contact Group Meeting Due Friday ? Donetsk Deputy Prime Minister
2014-09-01 11:45:00
The Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation, comprising Russia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Kiev government and east Ukraine independence supporters, will convene on Friday, a Donetsk official said Monday.

Pope Francis Sends Letter to Residents of Beslan Who Mark 10 Years Since School Massacre
2014-09-01 11:03:00
Pope Francis has written a letter to the residents of the town of Beslan in North Ossetia who are marking ten years since the Beslan school massacre, Italian media reported Monday.

NATO Spokesperson Says ?Unaware? of NATO Officers in Ukraine?s Mariupol
2014-09-01 11:01:00
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Monday that she was unaware of possible presence of NATO officers in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Norway?s NADL Hopes to Expand Business With Rosneft Despite Sanctions
2014-09-01 10:59:00
The Norwegian company North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL) that signed various contracts with Russia?s oil giant Rosneft during the summer period, hopes to continue doing business with Rosneft and other Russian companies, despite the possibility of the imposition of new sanctions against Russia by the West, NADL?s chief executive Alf Ragnar Lovdal said.

Timeserving Decisions Should Not Affect Russian-French Cooperation ? Moscow
2014-09-01 10:48:00
The long-standing tradition of cooperation between Russia and France should not fall victim to ?timeserving decisions,? the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday, commenting on the recent statement by a senior French diplomat.

Rasmussen: 'Russia-France Mistral Ships Deal France?s Responsibility'
2014-09-01 10:39:00
NATO has not considered taking over the order for two Mistral helicopter carriers that France is responsible for delivering to Russia, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a press conference Monday.

Head of US Diplomatic Mission Summoned in Ankara Over Snowden-Leaked NSA Spying Documents
2014-09-01 10:26:00
Turkey?s foreign ministry summoned one of the most senior US diplomats in Turkey in order to explain reports on Washington?s spying activities in the country, Turkey?s Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Arinc, said Monday.

Donetsk, Luhansk Republics Demand Kiev Guarantee Their Right to Use Russian
2014-09-01 10:17:00
The self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are demanding that the Kiev government guarantee their right to use Russian as an official language.

Donetsk, Luhansk Republics Call on Kiev to Acknowledge 'Special Status' - Statement
2014-09-01 10:09:00
The self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk People?s Republics have called upon Kiev to acknowledge their special status in exchange for fulfilling the capitol'sdemands and promising to use maximum efforts to keep Ukraine a unified space.

Donetsk, Luhansk Republics Suggest Reconciliation Commission
2014-09-01 10:04:00
The representatives of the self-proclaimed people?s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in southeastern Ukraine published a joint statement Monday demanding that the Kiev government set up a joint commission for a peace settlement.

Luhansk, Donetsk Republics Call on Kiev to Grant Amnesty to Political Prisoners
2014-09-01 10:03:00
The self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk People?s Republics have called on Kiev to grant amnesty to political prisoners, militia, as well as politicians, deputies and Cabinet members of the republics during talks in Minsk on Monday.

Russia 'Indignant' at Ukrainian Escalation Claims by US Envoy to OSCE
2014-09-01 09:51:00
Russia is ?indignant? at comments made last week by Daniel Baer, the US envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

NATO May Hold Drills, Set Up Military Training Centre In Georgia ? Rasmussen
2014-09-01 09:48:00
NATO may hold military drills and establish a military training center in Georgia, NATO Secretary General Andrers Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

Rasmussen: 'NATO Favors Good Relations With Russia, Adapts to Current Situation'
2014-09-01 09:44:00
NATO believes good relations with Russia are important but the alliance has to adapt to the situation given Russia?s position towards NATO, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

New Anti-Russia Sanctions Could Put ExxonMobil Investments in Jeopardy - NASDAQ
2014-09-01 09:21:00
If sanctions against Russia broaden in the coming months Exxon may be affected by transfer restrictions on technology, NASDAQ reported on Monday.

Moldova Asks EU to Provide Its Farmers With Financial Assistance
2014-09-01 09:18:00
Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca asked the European Union to provide Moldovan farmers with financial aid during a meeting with Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, a spokesman for the Moldovan government told RIA Novosti Monday.

Chinese ?Haima? Plans to Return to Russian Auto Market
2014-09-01 08:43:50
Chinese automotive company Haima plans to enter the Russian market, following another Chinese automobile manufacturer Lifan, newspaper Kommersant reports.

Dolphin Hunting Season Begins in Japan
2014-09-01 08:28:00
The controversial six-month long dolphin hunting season began in Taiji, Japan, an official of the Taiji fisheries association announced on Monday.

Saudi King Predicts Europe, US Next Targets of ISIS
2014-09-01 08:26:00
Addressing newly appointed ambassadors, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said that ISIS? next targets will be Europe and the US, the New York Post reports.

Moscow Urges Ukraine to Investigate ?Humanitarian Crimes? in Kiev, Odessa, Mariupol
2014-09-01 07:49:00
Russia expects Kiev to investigate ?humanitarian crimes,? which followed the February coup, Russian Foreign Ministry?s Special Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Konstantin Dolgov told Kommersant FM radio Monday.

Power of Siberia Pipeline to Develop Russia?s Gas Infrastructure ? Putin
2014-09-01 07:38:00
The Power of Siberia gas pipeline will give Russia the ability to export gas as well as the ability to develop the country?s gas infrastructure, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the opening ceremony of the pipeline?s construction Monday.

US Cold War Covert Civilian Agent Program Targeting Soviet Union Exposed
2014-09-01 07:36:00
During the Cold War, the United States recruited and trained civilian Alaskans as part of a covert network designed to collect intelligence in preparation for a Russian invasion, the AP reported.

Anti-War Hashtags Getting Popular on Twitter Ahead of NATO Summit
2014-09-01 07:31:00
Anti-war hashtags, such as #StopNATO and #NoToNATO, have been gaining in popularity on Twitter ahead of the NATO summit in Wales, Great Britain, slated for September 4 - 5.

UK Researchers Blame Western Eating Habits for Climate Change
2014-09-01 07:24:00
An ongoing increase in meat and dairy consumption could potentially increase greenhouse gases emissions by 80 percent, a joint study from Cambridge and Aberdeen universities concluded.

Crimean Court Seizes Kolomoisky's Property - Reports
2014-09-01 07:17:00
Crimean bailiffs seized the hotel and recreation complex Tavria belonging to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky's Privatbank, Izvestia newspaper reported Monday, citing Crimean prosecutors.

Power Of Siberia Pipeline to Allow Gas Exports Based on Market Conditions - Putin
2014-09-01 07:14:00
The Power of Siberia pipeline will contribute to the Russian Far East and Siberia?s gasification, enabling the joining of Russia?s gas networks into one and will allow the redirection of gas supplies depending on the market conditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Self-Proclaimed Donetsk Republic Set to Launch Negotiations With Kiev at Minsk Talks
2014-09-01 07:07:00
For the talks in Minsk Monday, the delegation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) has prepared proposals intended to launch direct negotiations with Kiev.

China to Begin Building Power of Siberia Gas Pipeline in First Half of 2015
2014-09-01 06:46:00
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Monday announced that his country would begin the construction of its part of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in the first half of 2015.

German Foreign Ministry Fears Arms in Iraq Could Be Used Not Only Against IS Militants
2014-09-01 06:30:00
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has acknowledged the difficulty of the German government?s decision to supply weapons to Iraq and does not rule out that the weapons may be used against not only the extremists, German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Japan Confirms 22 People Affected By Dengue Fever Outbreak
2014-09-01 06:27:00
An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever has already affected 22 people in Japan, the nation?s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry confirmed Monday.

Russia Urges Israel to Reconsider West Bank Land Appropriation
2014-09-01 06:10:00
Moscow has urged Israel to reconsider its decision to expropriate 400 hectares of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank, Russia?s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Iraqi Government Should be Able to Conquer Terrorism ? Iraqi President
2014-09-01 06:04:00
The new Iraqi government, which is being formed at the moment, should be a broad coalition in order to conquer terrorism and bring stability back to the country, Iraqi President Fuad Masum said.

UK Considers Temporary Ban on British-Born Jihadists Returning Home
2014-09-01 06:03:00
The decision regarding a temporary ban preventing British jihadists from re-entering the United Kingdom will be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, BBC reported.

Russia, Ukraine Ready to Hold Trilateral Gas Talks September 6 - Russian Energy Minister
2014-09-01 05:46:00
Moscow and Kiev are ready to hold three-party gas talks on September 6 and are waiting for a date agreement with the European Commission, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.

Russia Extends Summer Break for Students From Ebola-Hit Countries
2014-09-01 05:46:00
Russian universities have extended the summer break for the students from West African countries hit by the Ebola virus outbreak, Deputy Education and Science Minister Veniamin Kaganov told the press Monday.

Russia Expects Ukraine to Take Steps to Return Russian Photographer Stenin
2014-09-01 05:45:00
Russia expects Ukraine to take steps to facilitate the return of International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin and hopes for a positive outcome of the situation, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry?s special representative for human rights, said Monday.

North Korea Fires Missile in Sea of Japan - Reports
2014-09-01 05:30:00
North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan on Monday, Kyodo news agency reported, citing a statement by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Suicide Attack Kills 37 in Iraqi City of Ramadi
2014-09-01 05:28:00
A suicide bomb attack has killed 37 Iraqis in the city of Ramadi, in the western province of Al-Anbar, Reuters reports.

Abbott Likely to Sign Australia-India Uranium Deal During New Delhi Visit
2014-09-01 05:15:00
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott might sign a deal enabling uranium exports from Australia to India during his New Delhi visit on September 4-5.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Standoff Continues
2014-09-01 04:54:00

US Urges Israel to Reverse Biggest Land Grab in Decades
2014-09-01 04:54:00
Washington has condemned Israel?s annexation of 988 acres of the West Bank?s land, inhabited by Palestinians, urging Tel Aviv to annul the move, Reuters reported, citing a US State Department representative.

Russian Obliged to Respond to Western Sanctions, But Not ?Eye for an Eye? ? Lavrov
2014-09-01 04:42:00
Moscow is obliged to respond to Western sanctions, but ?an eye for an eye? is not its approach, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Australia Imposes New Sanctions on Russia
2014-09-01 04:35:00
New Australian sanctions will ban arms exports to Russia, prohibit Russian state-owned banks further access to the Australian capital market and ban oil and gas exports to Russia, Australia?s prime minister announced Monday.

Russia Hopes Ceasefire Between Palestine, Israel Genuine ? Lavrov
2014-09-01 04:25:00
Moscow hopes that Israel and Palestine will abide by the long-term ceasefire agreement reached on August 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Russia Not to Intervene Militarily in Ukraine ? Foreign Minister
2014-09-01 04:15:00
Russia will not intervene with its military in the Ukrainian conflict and supports only a peaceful resolution of the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Lavrov Hopes Europeans Will Be Embarrassed by Situation in Ukraine
2014-09-01 04:07:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said he hopes that European leaders will become embarrassed for what is happening in Ukraine.

No One Exempting Russia From G8, Partners 'Skipped' Summit in Sochi - Lavrov
2014-09-01 03:44:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday no one exempted Russia from the Group of Eight, and that its members simply did not attend the group's summit in Sochi.

Putin Hopes Common Sense Prevails on Western Sanctions; Mutual 'Shots' Costly
2014-09-01 03:25:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he hopes that common sense would prevail over the issue of imposing sanctions by the West and Russia?s response to them because neither Russia nor its foreign partners would bear the cost.

Russia Not Planning to Leave WTO, Planning to Use Its Instruments - Lavrov
2014-09-01 03:24:00
Russia is not planning on leaving the World Trade Organization, but instead will use the organization?s instruments to protect the country?s interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Poroshenko's Entire Peace Plan Means Militia Lay Down Arms, Be Destroyed - Lavrov
2014-09-01 02:45:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?s entire peace plan revolves around a request for the east Ukrainian militia to lay down their weapons and be destroyed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Moscow Hopes Minsk Talks on Settling Situation in Ukraine to Be About Ceasefire ? Lavrov
2014-09-01 02:42:00
Moscow hopes that talks in Minsk, Belarus, on settling the situation in Ukraine will be mostly about a ceasefire, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Ukrainian Military Targeting Residential Areas, Europe Prefers Not to Notice - Putin
2014-09-01 02:01:00
The Ukrainian military is purposely firing at residential areas but Europe prefers not to notice, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Kiev Unwilling to Have Substantial Dialogue With Southeast Ukraine ? Putin
2014-09-01 01:54:00
Ukrainian authorities do not want to hold substantial political dialogue with the country?s southeastern regions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Assad Swears in New Syrian Government
2014-09-01 01:24:00
Syrian President Bashar Assad has sworn in the country?s new government at a ceremony in Damascus, PressTV reported Monday.

Moscow to Allocate About $15.5 Mln to Help Refugees from Ukraine - Reports
2014-08-31 21:59:00
The Russian government will fund the programs for the reception and placement of refugees from Ukraine, with the Federal Migration Service receiving approximately $15.5 million from funds allocated to support small and medium-sized businesses, the newspaper Izvestiya wrote Monday, citing the ordinance of the Cabinet of Minister.

Ukraine Military, Militia Forces Fighting Over Donetsk Airport, One Civilian Dead
2014-08-31 15:09:49
At least one civilian was killed on Sunday as the Ukrainian military and independence supporters kept on fighting over the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk.

Israeli Military Downs Syrian Drone Over Golan Heights
2014-08-31 13:04:00
Israeli military have shot down a drone that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Sunday.

No Signs of Russian Invasion in Ukraine?s Novoazovsk, Situation Peaceful ? CNN
2014-08-31 12:02:00
The situation in Ukraine?s southeast border town of Novoazovsk is calm and there are no signs of Russian military forces, according to CNN.

Ban Ki-Moon Concerned About Reported Military Takeover in Lesotho, Offers Support - UN
2014-08-31 10:59:00
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said he is concerned about the reported coup in Lesotho.

EU Blindly Accepting Claims About Russian Troops in Ukraine - Russian Diplomat
2014-08-31 09:15:00
The European Union is still trammeled by inertia of sanctions and blindly accepts unsubstantiated claims about the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, Russia?s envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said Sunday.

Putin Calls for Talks Inside Ukraine, Not Giving Statehood to Novorossiya - Spokesman
2014-08-31 08:52:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Sunday?s interview called for inclusive negotiations inside Ukraine, not granting statehood to Novorossiya, the union of Donetsk and Luhansk republics in the east of the country, the Russian leader?s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Impossible to Predict End of Crisis in Ukraine, Everything Depends on Kiev ? Putin
2014-08-31 08:34:00
It is impossible to say when the Ukraine crisis may end as everything depends on the political will of current Kiev authorities, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russia?s Channel One Sunday.

Rouhani Slams New US Sanctions Against Iran as Illegal
2014-08-31 08:29:00
Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, has called new sanctions imposed by the United States on more than 25 companies and individuals illegal, adding that Tehran will circumvent them, BBC reports.

Bahraini Human Rights Activist Detained on Aggressive Behavior Charges
2014-08-31 08:18:41
Bahraini Human Rights Activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, was taken into custody on Saturday when she arrived at Bahrain International Airport, Reuters reports.

Putin Says Has Agreement With Poroshenko on Peaceful Settlement of Ukraine Crisis
2014-08-31 08:17:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he came to terms with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that the crisis in Ukraine will be resolved in a peaceful manner.

European Companies Might Find It Hard to Return to Russian Market - Putin
2014-08-31 07:28:00
European businessmen are disappointed with the decisions of their countries? politicians made against Russia, as it will be hard for them to come back to the Russian market, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.

Putin Says Ukrainian Military Used Humanitarian Pause to Reorganize Forces
2014-08-31 07:01:00
The Ukrainian Army reorganized their forces during the ceasefire in humanitarian corridor granted by eastern self-defense militia to the trapped Ukrainian troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.

At Least 10 Killed, 25 Injured in Fresh Violence in Libya?s Benghazi - Agency
2014-08-31 06:51:00
The forces of the former general Khalifa Haftar and Islamist fighters clashed in Benghazi, Libya?s second largest city, on Saturday, leaving at least 10 people dead and 25 injured, Reuters reports citing medical and military sources.

Twitter Enables Traders to Act on News Before It Breaks
2014-08-31 06:49:00
Entrepreneurs are increasingly using Twitter to keep track of their rivals? and consumers? sentiments, believing it to be a one of a kind tool to find new trading opportunities, CNN reports.

Putin Urges Kiev Cease Hostilities, Start Restoring Infrastructure in East Ukraine
2014-08-31 06:06:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Kiev authorities to think about the approaching heating period, end its military operation and swiftly start infrastructure rehabilitation work in southeastern Ukraine to prevent winter deaths.

Events in Donetsk, Luhansk Result of Ukraine?s Political Situation ? Putin
2014-08-31 05:52:00
The ongoing events in Donetsk and Luhansk are the result of dramatic developments of the internal political situation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

NATO to Set Up Another 5 Military Bases in Eastern Europe
2014-08-31 04:22:00
NATO plans to set up five additional military bases in Eastern Europe, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Saudi King Warns of Possible Terrorist Attacks Against EU, US
2014-08-31 03:58:00
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said that Islamic terrorist groups could soon attack Europe and reach the United States unless the international community dramatically accelerates its efforts, according to the Associated Press.

One Child Dead, 11 People Injured as Explosion Hits Paris Suburb Building
2014-08-31 03:30:00
A residential building has exploded and collapsed in Rosny-sous-Bois, an eastern suburb of Paris, France, killing one child, Parisien newspaper reported Sunday.

Militia Releases Over 220 Ukrainian Soldiers to Kiev
2014-08-31 02:54:00
Militia released over 223 captives to Kiev early Sunday morning, the Donetsk People?s Republic said in a statement.

Death Toll in China Landslide Rises to 22 ? Agency
2014-08-31 02:45:00
The death toll from a landslide in China's southwestern Guizhou Province has risen to 22 while one person is still missing, Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.

Protest Clashes in Pakistan?s Capital Result in One Death, 400 Injuries ? Agency
2014-08-31 00:06:00
One person was left dead and over 400 people were injured in Pakistan as a result of clashes between protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and law enforcement officers in Islamabad, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.

All Filipino Peacekeepers Escape Golan Heights
2014-08-30 22:50:00
All Filipino peacekeepers who were trapped by Syrian militants on Golan heights, managed to escape, The Associated Press reported Sunday, citing the Philippine military chief Gregorio Pio Catapang.

Russia Hands Over 63 Ukrainian Soldiers - Airborne Forces
2014-08-30 21:42:00
Russia has handed over 63 Ukrainian soldiers who crossed the Russian border on August 27, the deputy commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksei Ragozin, said on Sunday.

US Military Conducts More Airstrikes Against Islamic State Targets
2014-08-30 17:52:00
US fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck the Islamic State (IS) militants near Iraq?s Mosul Dam, said the US Central Command in a statement, published on its official website.

Only 300,000 People Out of Population of 900,000 Remain in Donetsk ? DPR
2014-08-30 16:03:09
Only around 300,000 people out of population if 900,000 remain in Ukraine?s eastern city of Donetsk, Deputy Prime Minister of Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

Poroshenko?s Statement That Ukraine Conflict Can End by September Far From Reality - DPR
2014-08-30 15:51:55
The Kiev authorities? statements that conflict in eastern Ukraine can be ended by September are idealistic and far from reality, Deputy Prime Minister of Donetsk People?s Republic Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

Ukraine Militia Ready to Ensure Safety of Second Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy - DPR
2014-08-30 15:40:27
Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) is looking forward for the arrival of the second Russian humanitarian aid convoy and ready to ensure its safe passage, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

Donetsk People?s Republic Says Controlling Most of MH17 Crash Site
2014-08-30 15:31:02
The Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) militia is controlling the most of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Turns 60
2014-08-30 13:54:00
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko celebrates his 60th birthday on August 30, 2014. Here is the factbox presenting the Belarusian leader?s biography.

Poroshenko Expects Ukraine Peace Talks to Result in Swift Resolution
2014-08-30 10:36:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday that he expects to see progress in peace talks on eastern Ukrainian crisis settlement in a few days.

Cold War-Era Spy Dies in US Prison
2014-08-30 08:57:00
Former US Navy officer John A. Walker Jr., who was given two life sentences for engaging in espionage during the Cold War, died in a US federal prison on Friday, CNN reports.

Trilateral Gas Talks Involving EU, Russia, Ukraine to Resume in Early September
2014-08-30 08:09:00
Trilateral gas talks involving Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine will resume in early September, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Saturday following the talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

ISIS Captives Were Waterboarded, Claims Source
2014-08-30 07:07:00
At least four of the hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including executed American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early stage of their captivity, The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

Some Ukrainian Servicemen Leave Encirclement Outside Ilovaisk ? Interior Minister
2014-08-30 06:25:00
The first group of Ukrainian servicemen besieged by self-defense forces outside the town of Ilovaisk, located in 22 miles from Donetsk, has left the encirclement, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.

Russian Defense Ministry Says Ukraine Conflict Is Common Disaster For Moscow, Kiev, EU
2014-08-30 05:52:00
The current events in Ukraine is a problem shared by Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told RIA Novosti and Slovak television Saturday.

iPhone 6 to Arrive This September
2014-08-30 05:46:00
Apple will organize a media event on September 9, where, according to a series of reports, it is going to present its latest smartphones.

Ukraine?s Militia Uses Soviet Weaponry From Captured Warehouses - Defense Ministry
2014-08-30 04:55:00
Self-defense forces in southeastern Ukraine are using the captured Soviet equipment that they got at the abandoned warehouses and captured Ukrainian forces' equipment depots, while they do not receive anything from Russia, Russia?s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television.

Moscow Calls for ?Humanitarian Bridge? Uniting Russia, Luhansk, Donetsk - Defense Ministry
2014-08-30 03:53:00
Russia cannot remain indifferent to the events unfolding in eastern Ukraine which led to a humanitarian catastrophe in the region, so that Moscow is calling for a so-called ?humanitarian bridge? which will unite Russia with the violence-torn regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, Russia?s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television.

Malaysian Plane Catastrophe in Ukraine Raises More Questions ? Russian Defense Ministry
2014-08-30 03:43:00
The circumstances of Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine need to be thoroughly investigated, but recently the issue has been little spoken about and Russia has more and more questions about the investigation, including why the data recovered from black box recorders has not been disclosed, Russia?s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television.

Russia Never Conducted Warfare in Ukraine, Rules Out Prospects ? Defense Ministry
2014-08-30 03:34:00
Russia has never held military actions in Ukraine and is not planning to undertake any in the future, Russia?s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television.

Kyrgyz Gov?t Approves Bills to Join Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan
2014-08-30 02:32:00
Kyrgyzstan?s Cabinet of Ministers has unanimously approved a package of bills that pave the way for the country?s accession to the Customs Union and Common Economic Space of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the press service of the Kyrgyz government announced.

20 Miners Rescued in Nicaragua ? Reports
2014-08-30 01:32:00
Twenty workers from a gold mine in Nicaragua have been rescued after having been trapped following a cave-in in the village of El Comal; four people remain trapped, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday.

Lawyers for Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Seek to Delay Tsarnaev?s Trial - Reports
2014-08-30 00:59:00
Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected of having carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings with his brother, are seeking to delay the trial until September 1, 2015, saying there are ?barriers of distance, language, and culture,? NBC News reported.

Bodies of Russian Pilots Killed in S. Sudan Helicopter Crash Flown Home - Reports
2014-08-30 00:32:00
United Nations South Sudan aid chief Toby Lanzer described a ?deep sense of shared sadness? while speaking to colleagues who had gathered at the airport in Juba, South Sudan around the coffins of three dead helicopter crewmen, which were draped in UN flags.

Over 800,000 Ukrainian Refugees Have Entered Russia Since April, 130,000 Asked for Asylum
2014-08-29 23:45:00
More than 800,000 Ukrainians have fled Ukraine for Russia since the start of Kiev?s military operation in southeastern Ukraine; some 130,000 have applied for asylum, Russia?s Federal Migration Service told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Golan Peacekeepers Safe, Not in Direct Contact - UN
2014-08-29 21:27:00
The United Nations peacekeepers detained in the Golan Heights are "safe and in good health," although no direct contact has been established with them, the UN said.

Serbian Police Officer Killed in Kosovo, UN Kosovo Envoy Cites Political Motives
2014-08-29 21:01:30
A Serbian police officer and two other people were killed in an attack in Kosovo, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo Farid Zarif said at a debate of the UN Security Council Friday.

UN Security Council Urges Houthi Rebels to Withdraw from Yemen's Sana'a and Amran
2014-08-29 20:42:19
With Yemen's capital Sana'a filled with protests led by the Houthi rebels, the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a Presidential Statement calling on the Houthis to ?remove the camps and dismantle the checkpoints they have erected in and around Sana'a.?

UN South Sudan Mission Says Too Early to Assign Blame for Helicopter Crash
2014-08-29 20:03:03
With the investigation underway in South Sudan into the downing of a UN helicopter, which killed three Russian crew members and injured one, the country's UN Mission said it was too early to say who was responsible for the crash.

Donbass Opens Humanitarian Corridor for Ukrainian Servicemen - Commander
2014-08-29 19:45:00
The commander of Ukrainian Donbass forces announced the opening of a safety corridor, through which Ukrainian servicemen can leave the encirclement outside the town of Ilovaisk in the Donetsk region.

Russian Defense Minister's Plane Lands in Moscow
2014-08-29 15:39:33
The Tu-154 plane carrying Russian defense minister safely landed at the Chkalovsky military airport outside Moscow Friday night, after a Poland?s refusal to let the plane fly in its airspace, a RIA Novosti correspondent on board the plane said.

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.