North Korea's neighbours push to resume six-party talks

 Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea`s nuclear programme this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.

Russian army TV offers Jeremy Clarkson job

Russia`s Zvezda television, a channel run by the defence ministry, unexpectedly revealed Thursday that it has offered a job to disgraced British "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson after he was dropped by the BBC for assaulting his producer.

Russia threatens to prosecute MP who opposed Crimea annexation

Russian prosecutors have asked parliament to lift the immunity from prosecution of the only member of Russia`s legislature who voted against the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, parliamentary officials said Thursday. 

Feud on Earth but peace in space for US and Russia

Hundreds of kilometres below on Earth, their governments are locked in a standoff over Ukraine - but up in space, Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts are still working together side by side.

Ukraine arrests officials on live TV, sacks powerful oligarch

 Ukraine on Wednesday dramatically arrested two top officials on graft charges at a televised cabinet meeting hours after the president sacked a powerful oligarch as regional governor.

Moscow says new US national security strategy is anti-Russian

Russia`s federal Security Council on Wednesday criticised as "anti-Russian" the new US national security strategy, which lists Moscow`s aggression in its neighbouring Ukraine among most pressing threats.

Hungary reaches EU deal on nuclear fuel from Russia

Hungary said Wednesday it has reached a compromise with EU nuclear body Euratom over plans for Russia to be the sole supplier of nuclear fuel to the country`s Paks power plant.

Moscow-friendly Greece could `paralyse` NATO

A Moscow-friendly Greece could paralyse NATO`s ability to react to Russian aggression, former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warned Wednesday.

India opposes rights to same-sex partners of UN staff

At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee.

Passenger plane lands safely in Russia after engine fails

A Boeing 737 plane carrying 78 passengers plus crew landed safely at the main airport in Russia`s second city of St. Petersburg on Wednesday after one of its engines failed.

Russia keen to step up cooperation in I&B sector

 India and Russia on Wednesday agreed to strengthen ties in the information and broadcasting sector with the exchange of media personnel and cooperation in the social media space.

India votes in favour of Russian resolution at UN on gay issue

India was among the 43 countries that voted in support of a Russian-drafted resolution that proposed removing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff, but the resolution failed to pass in the General Assembly committee after 80 nations opposed it.

Russia wants to be `in step` with Cuba on US embargo

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Cuba on Tuesday, saying he was meeting officials there to develop a joint position on the US embargo on the communist island.

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation.

Russia fails in bid to stop UN staff benefits for all gay couples

Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a UN General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal. 

Russia to resume space tourism in 2018

Russia officials say they will resume space tourism in 2018 after years of sending into space only professional cosmonauts and astronauts.

Russia warns US against sending missile defence system to South Korea

 Russia on Tuesday warned the United States against sending a ballistic missile defence system to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security. 

Lawmakers urge Britain to re-arm in response to Russia

 Britain must urgently rebuild defence capabilities abandoned after the Cold War to face growing global threats, including from Russia, a committee of lawmakers warned on Tuesday.

Russia fines Sakharov rights centre as `foreign agent`

A Moscow court on Monday fined the prominent Sakharov Centre, a human rights group seeking to preserve the legacy of a Nobel Prize-winning Soviet-era dissident, for failing to declare itself a "foreign agent".

Mother of captured Ukraine pilot lobbies Germany to help free daughter

The mother of captured Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko sought German support on Monday in her campaign to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin into ordering the release of her daughter who has become a national hero in Ukraine.