Ukraine still facing `continual attacks` on its territory: NATO

 A top NATO commander warned Wednesday that "continual attacks" against Ukraine were hampering Kiev`s efforts to modernise its army enough to one day join the Western military alliance.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after `undesirable` law

 Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

Obama says Russia adopting 'increasingly aggressive posture'

US President Barack Obama accused Russia of toughening its battlefield stance on Tuesday, as he met with the NATO secretary general to discuss the rolling crisis in Ukraine.

Russian science fund facing closure over 'foreign agent' tag

The founder of one of Russia's leading private foundations supporting scientific research warned on Tuesday he might halt funding after it was labelled a "foreign agent" under a controversial law.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

The leader of France`s far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen visited Moscow for high-level talks Tuesday, amid fears the Kremlin is courting radical politicians across Europe.

Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Barack Obama says Russia adopting `increasingly aggressive posture`

US President Barack Obama accused Russia of toughening its battlefield stance on Tuesday, as he met with the NATO secretary general to discuss the rolling crisis in Ukraine.

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

Russia, Iran talks on S-300 missiles end in `success`

Moscow and Tehran have concluded talks on the delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran which should take place "quite" soon, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday.

Ukraine agents raid UniCredit in expanding terror probe

Ukrainian security agents today seized documents at the Kiev headquarters of Italy's UniCredit bank as part of a probe aimed at cutting off the suspected illicit financing of pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east.

Drugs used at Kochi party: Police

Police in Kerala on Monday said drugs were used at a party held at a plush hotel here on Saturday night.

One Ukrainian soldier, one rebel killed in war-torn east

One Ukrainian soldier and one pro-Russian rebel have been killed in fighting between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine, officials said on Monday.

`Tanks don`t need visas,` blacklisted Russian official tells West

 An outspoken deputy prime minister in charge of Russia`s defence sector has dismissed Western concerns over Moscow`s increased assertiveness in the Arctic by saying that "tanks don`t need visas."

Ukraine rebels deny internal strife behind commander's slaying

Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels rushed today to dispel speculation that a bloody internal battle for control of Moscow's money was behind the gangland-style slaying of a top warlord.

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

The European Union joined the United States today in condemning a Russian crackdown on "undesirable" NGOs, calling it a "worrying step" that would stifle free speech.

Iran denies agreement on military site inspections

An Iranian negotiator on Sunday denied accepting military site inspections as part of a nuclear deal with world powers, a delicate issue in the discussions that must be concluded by the summer.

Ukraine rebels deny internal strife after commander`s slaying

Ukraine`s pro-Russian rebels rushed Sunday to dispel speculation that a bloody internal battle for control of Moscow`s money was behind the gangland-style slaying of a top warlord.

US 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

 The United States has said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

US `deeply troubled` by Russia`s NGO law

The United States said Saturday it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

Russia vows `tough` action if Ukraine defaults on debt

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that his government will adopt a "tough stance" if Ukraine defaults on its debt, which includes a $3 billion loan from Moscow.