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Head of Russia's FSB: crash of the passenger plane in Egypt was the result of 'terrorist' act

November
17
,
2015
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MOSCOW — A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia's FSB security service said Tuesday, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin it's now clear the bombing that killed...

Russian general says Moscow has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to safeguard planes

November
5
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russia has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in order to safeguard its jets involved in airstrikes against militants in the war-battered Arab country, the commander of the Russian Air Force was quoted as saying Thursday. Russia...

Tens of thousands march in pro-Kremlin rally to mark Russia's Unity Day

November
4
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Tens of thousands are marching in a pro-Kremlin rally in central Moscow to mark Russia's Unity Day. The celebrations were scrapped in St. Petersburg as Russia's second-largest city mourns the victims of Saturday's plane...

Islamic State on recruitment spree in Russia's North Caucasus - raising fears of instability

October
28
,
2015
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MAKHACHKALA, Russia — The Russian province of Dagestan, a flashpoint for Islamic violence in the North Caucasus, is feeding hundreds of fighters to the Islamic State in Syria — and now some are coming back home with experience gained...

Russian intelligence chief says Taliban, IS militants may invade Central Asia

October
28
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russian intelligence has warned of an increased risk of Taliban or Islamic State fighters invading Central Asia. FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies on Wednesday that a concentration...

Police stop speeding hearse in Russia's far east, find half a ton of caviar inside

October
27
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Police in Russia's far east stopped a hearse speeding on a highway — only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside. The Interior Ministry's department in the Khabarovsk region said on Tuesday the hearse was caught...

No gunfire, no close dancing: Chechen officials enforce their own proper wedding guidelines

October
15
,
2015
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GROZNY, Russia — What makes for a proper wedding in the eyes of Chechen authorities? No gunfire, keep the men and women at a distance on the dance floor and don't let the bride cut the cake. These are among the recommendations issued...

Russia appeals to UN civil aviation body to open new probe into MH17 crash over Ukraine

October
14
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Russia has appealed to the International Civil Aviation Organization to open a new probe into last year's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, the chief of the Russian aviation agency said Wednesday. The...

2 Russian cosmonauts on International Space Station conduct spacewalk

August
10
,
2015
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MOSCOW — Two Russian crewmembers at the International Space Station have begun a spacewalk to install new equipment and inspect the orbiting outpost's exterior. Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko are to mount devices that will ease...