Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for `ordinary flat`

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country`s elite.

Putin says `no regrets` on Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he had no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea and that it was righting a historical injustice.

Kazakh leader sails to re-election with 'stability' mantra

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was set to renew his 26-year grip on power on Sunday, offering the multi-ethnic Central Asian state economic and social stability in return for what rights groups call systematic suppression of opposition.

Russia jails three for WWII memorial `twerk`

A Russian court has sentenced three young women to up to 15 days imprisonment after they performed a dance with "twerk" moves in front of a war memorial and posted a video online, prosecutors said on Sunday.

Barack Obama's 'unclassified emails' hacked by Russians, says report
Barack Obama's 'unclassified emails' hacked by Russians, says report

In what is being considered as more 'worrisome and intrusive' than reported, US President Barack Obama's unclassified emails were hacked by Russian elements last year, said a report in the New York Times.

One Ukrainian serviceman killed, two wounded near Mariupol

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and two were wounded in shelling attacks by pro-Russian separatists on Saturday near the port of Mariupol in Ukraine`s south-east, military spokesman Dmytro Gorbunov said.

Russia failing to fully implement Ukraine ceasefire: US

Russia is failing to fully implement a ceasefire deal agreed in eastern Ukraine despite its hopes of seeing European sanctions eased, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

Arctic nations warned on Friday of the dangers facing the environment and the peoples of one of the planet`s most remote regions, which because of climate change is becoming a new hotspot in tensions with Russia.

Poland denies entry to pro-Putin bikers planning victory ride

Poland on Friday said it had denied entry to a Russian biker gang backed by the Kremlin, which is planning to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union's role in the World War II victory over Nazi Germany.

Turkey `condemns` Putin comments on Armenia genocide

Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I.

Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in jeopardy amid donation claims

In a report that could potentially hurt Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid, a prominent US daily said that "a flow of cash" made its way into the Clinton Foundation during a deal that gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the US.

Russian MPs back mass prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a mass prisoner amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin that could free thousands ahead of next month`s World War II victory anniversary.

US army walks cultural minefield training Ukraine troops

US paratrooper Gregory Crocker is giving a group of Ukrainian soldiers lesson one in dealing with an unexploded bomb: don`t touch it until the experts arrive.

Chechnya leader gives `shoot to kill` orders on Russian forces

 Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday ordered his troops to "shoot to kill" if they encountered any unauthorised Russian forces on the territory of the small republic in the volatile North Caucasus region.

Supply of Russian S-300 systems to Iran will not happen soon: TASS

 Supplying Iran with Russian S-300 missile defence systems is not a matter of the nearest future, TASS news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Thursday.

Use of military against Iran would be `last resort`: Eshel

Asserting that use of military force to foil Iran's nuclear ambitions would be an act of "last resort", Israel's Air Force chief has said that his unit has the capacity "to get job done" if ordered to do so.

Big military build-up on Russia-Ukraine border: NATO

NATO's chief on Thursday reported a sizeable Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine that he said would enable pro-Moscow separatists to launch a new offensive with little warning.

Russian TV channel admits reporter dropped butt at wildfire scene

 A Russian state television reporter dropped a lit cigarette butt at the scene of raging wildfires in Siberia, sparking a fire in grass a few metres from a village, his channel said on Thursday.

Pentagon says evicted Russian hackers who penetrated network

The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion by Russian hackers who accessed an unclassified US military network this year, in an episode Defense Secretary Ash Carter said showed the growing threat and improving US ability to respond.

John Kerry urges Russia to remove forces from Ukraine

Washington: Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia to remove forces from eastern Ukraine and press Ukrainian separatists into observing a ceasefire.

The State Department says Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone yesterday.