Angela Merkel tells Vladimir Putin to `use influence` to rein in Ukraine rebels

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence to rein in pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, a day after the German leader warned that a peace deal was not being fully implemented.

US is after Russia's minerals: Vladimir Putin's top security adviser

Russia is the world`s sixth-largest holder of crude oil resources and its natural gas reserves are the second biggest.

At least 50 deadly swine flu cases reported in Russia

At least 50 people have died of swine flu in Russia since last month, according to AFP calculations based on data from regional health authorities, as the virus seems to gain ground in the country.

France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted `this summer`: French economy minister

France hopes that international sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine will be lifted "this summer," French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.

Cyber attack on airport launched from Russia: Ukraine
Cyber attack on airport launched from Russia: Ukraine

A cyber attack on Kiev's main airport was launched from a server in Russia, Ukraine's military spokesman told Reuters on Monday, as the state-run Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) warned of the threat of further attacks.

India has largest diaspora population in world: UN report

India's diaspora population is the largest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015, according to a latest UN survey on international migrant trends.

Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, Syria: White House

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone today, discussing crises in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said.

MH17 relatives demand release of radar images

Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster today urged Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to launch a global campaign to obtain radar images which may help pinpoint who fired a missile at the plane.

Hackers used malware to confuse utility in Ukraine outage: Report

Hackers likely caused a Dec. 23 electricity outage in Ukraine by remotely switching breakers to cut power, after installing malware to prevent technicians from detecting the attack, according to a report analysing how the incident unfolded.

Malaysia Airlines lifts baggage ban on Europe flights

Malaysia Airlines said on Wednesday it has lifted a ban on check-in baggage on flights to Paris and Amsterdam, after the move angered many passengers who slammed the airline on social media.

Ukraine announces 'New Year' truce with pro-Russia rebels

Ukraine said today that it had reached a "New Year" truce agreement with pro-Russian insurgents that could finally end periodic deadly clashes in the war-scarred ex-Soviet state.

Kremlin slams NATO, Kiev for `erroneous` interpretation of Putin`s Ukraine comment

The Kremlin on Friday slammed NATO and Ukraine for misinterpreting a remark by President Vladimir Putin as a virtual admission of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

MP lifts Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk up by his crotch in Parliament – Watch
MP lifts Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk up by his crotch in Parliament – Watch

A bizarre scene was witnessed in Ukraine Parliament when an MP forcibly pulled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk off the podium by his crotch.

Ukraine arrests insurgents who `planned terror attacks`

The SBU security service claimed Moscow is seeking to destabilise the country elsewhere in what it called a "transformation of Russian aggression".

IMF changes rule on debt as Ukraine faces Russia deadline
IMF changes rule on debt as Ukraine faces Russia deadline

 The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday changed a rule that would have blocked its financial aid program to Ukraine in the event the country defaulted on debt owed to Russia.

Cost to Russia will rise if its Ukraine `aggression persists`, says Joe Biden
Cost to Russia will rise if its Ukraine `aggression persists`, says Joe Biden

Joe Biden warned Moscow on Tuesday that Western pressure will only harden if Russia` "aggression" against Ukraine persists.

Joe Biden visits war-scarred Ukraine to reaffirm US support

US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev late Sunday to reassure its pro-Western leaders that Washington remains committed to Ukraine despite stepped-up efforts to work with Russia against Islamic State jihadists.

Vladimir Putin makes surprise visit to Crimea after power shortages
Vladimir Putin makes surprise visit to Crimea after power shortages

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine after a popular revolt overthrew the pro-Moscow government. 

NATO invites Montenegro to join, angering Russia

NATO on Wednesday invited Montenegro to become the 29th member of the US-led military alliance, defying Russia's warnings it would have to respond to what it branded a threat to its security.

With fighting easing, landmines still haunt east Ukraine
With fighting easing, landmines still haunt east Ukraine

Both Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels have refused to take on the task of fully clearing the war zone.