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Afghan refugees leave Pakistan over tougher measures on visits home

More than five times the number of Afghan refugees returned home from Pakistan in August than in July, the United Nations` refugee office said on Tuesday, seeking to escape harassment in the host nation and stiffer measures on visits home. 

Fire kills at least 16 in Moscow printing works

A fire in a warehouse at a Moscow printing works killed at least 16 people on Saturday morning, an Emergencies Ministry official told Rossiya-24 TV station.

Japan protests to Russia over man detained on disputed island

Japan on Monday lodged a diplomatic protest with Russia over the detention of a Japanese citizen visiting an island disputed by the two countries.

Vladimir Putin dismisses powerful chief of staff

Vladimir Putin dismisses powerful chief of staff

Ivanov, a reputed hawk who served as defence minister from 2001 to 2007, was appointed Kremlin chief of staff in late 2011.

Peter Thiel tells Republican convention he is ''proud to be gay''

Republican National Convention to urge the country to discard petty cultural battles.

After PM Modi's US visit, Subramanian Swamy says America behaving like erstwhile Soviet Union

After PM Modi's US visit, Subramanian Swamy says America behaving like erstwhile Soviet Union

Swamy's comments may draw fresh controversy as his assertion may seem opposite to his party's stand on the fresh thaw between US and India relations.

Russia marks WWII victory anniversary with military parade – In Pics

Russia marks WWII victory anniversary with military parade – In Pics

An estimated 27 million of the former Soviet Union`s soldiers and civilians were killed in World War II.

Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl catastrophe

Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl catastrophe

Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world`s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.

Cubans embrace the English language as Cold War enmity fades

Cubans embrace the English language as Cold War enmity fades

Gilberto Gonzalez learned Russian at a school in Havana at the height of the Cold War when the Soviet Union was Cuba`s closest ally, but 30 years later he`s rusty and remembers little more than, `da,` and `nyet.`

Plane that crashed in South Sudan was in no state to fly

"The An-12B was is no state to fly because it failed to undergo timely technical servicing... That should have included work on extending its resources and exploitation timeframe," Antonov said in a statement.

Russia no longer a superpower: US

Russia is no longer a superpower as its deteriorating economy is ranked "somewhere behind Spain", the White House today said and stressed that Moscow's influence is limited compared to the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Did Lal Bahadur Shastri know about Subhas Chandra Bose's fate?

Did Lal Bahadur Shastri know about Subhas Chandra Bose's fate?

Adding a fresh twist to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose death mystery, former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's grandson has now made a sensational claim that his grandfather was planning to bring back someone from Soviet Union, who was an Indian icon.

Belarus votes as Lukashenko aims to extend 21-year rule

Belarus on Sunday kicked-off its fifth presidential election in 21 years since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Russia and US call urgent talks after Syria strikes

Russia and US call urgent talks after Syria strikes

Russia and United States have agreed to call urgent military talks to head off the risk of clashes between their forces, after Moscow's dramatic entrance into the Syrian war.

Poland `co-responsible` for WWII, says Russian ambassador

The Russian ambassador to Poland has alleged that Warsaw was partly to blame for World War II, prompting a storm of protest in the country which claims to be its greatest victim. 

Poles furious after Russia blames them for starting WWII

The Russian ambassador to Poland has sparked outrage for putting some of the blame for World War II on Poland, creating a new spat amid deepening tensions between the Slavic nations.

Two US warplanes land in Estonia amid Russia tensions

Two of the US Air Force's most advanced planes, F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, made a landmark visit to Estonia today, the first time the state-of-the-art aircraft have visited former Soviet territory.

Rajiv Gandhi regarded Pakistan as 'strategic buffer' against USSR: Report

Contradicting perceived proximity to the Soviet Union in the Cold War era, India under the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had toyed with the idea of supporting anti-Russian civilian groups in Pakistan if the then Zia regime was thrown out by Moscow, a recent declassified CIA document has claimed.

Flare-up in tensions as Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier

Azerbaijan on Saturday accused arch-foe Armenia`s troops of killing its soldier in a new clash amid a Western-mediated push to cauterise the protracted conflict in the South Caucasus.

Top Russian golfer could emerge soon, says British pro

Top Russian golfer could emerge soon, says British pro

Russia and the former Soviet Union have produced world and Olympic champions in virtually every sport over the last century but no Russian has ever made an impact at the top level in golf.