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Meteorite Fragments Found in Icy Urals Lake - Scientists
The fragments of a meteorite that hit Russia’s Urals on Friday, injuring more than 1,000 people in the area, have been found by scientists in Lake Chebarkul, in the Chelyabinsk Region.
Cisterns Carrying Sulphuric Acid Derailed in Russia’s Urals
Rescuers are working to contain a sulfuric acid leak from cisterns which derailed at a copper plant in the Russian Urals Sverdlovsk region on Sunday.
Lavrov, Kerry Talk Syria Settlement, North Korea Test
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry discussed measures to end the Syrian crisis, and also Pyongyang's third nuclear test, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
Soviet Officer Awarded Prize for Preventing Nuclear War
A retired Soviet lieutenant colonel whose self-control prevented a nuclear war from being triggered by a long-classified accident in 1983 was honored with a German anti-war prize on Sunday.
Police Probe Fraud at RusHydro Construction Project
Police have uncovered the embezzlement of 1 billion rubles ($33.2 million) of state funds from the Russian hydropower holding company RusHydro, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
Russian Schools, Hospitals Restored After Meteorite Strike
All schools, kindergartens and hospitals which were damaged by Friday's meteorite strike in Russia’s Urals Region have been restored, Russia's consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Sunday.
Egypt 'On Way' to Kosovo’s Recognition
The Arab Republic of Egypt is "on its way" to recognize Kosovo as an independent state, Egypt's presidential aide said on Sunday as Kosovo Albanians celebrated the fifth anniversary of their declaration of independence from Serbia.
Kremlin Helicopter Pad to Be Created ‘Soon’
The head of Russian presidential property management department has confirmed that the Kremlin will be soon equipped with a helicopter landing pad to help top officials avoid Moscow’s heavy traffic jams.
Over 20 Killed in Baghdad Deadly Bomb Blasts
Over 20 people were killed and scores of others were injured after several car bombs exploded in Baghdad and its suburbs, local police reported on Sunday.
Russian Tanker Full of Oil Stranded in Sea of Japan
A Russian tanker carrying almost 800 tons of fuel oil became stranded in the Sea of Japan after suffering an engine failure, the Emergencies Ministry reported on Sunday.
Death Toll in Pakistan Sectarian Attack Tops 80
The death toll in a suicide bomb attack in southwestern Pakistan has exceeded 80 people and more than 200 others are injured, local police reported on Sunday.
Fighter Jets Intercept Small Planes Near Obama’s Florida Resort
Fighter jets intercepted and chased down two small planes that violated flight restrictions set up in Florida for US President Barack Obama’s visit, CNN reported on Sunday, referring to officials from the US Defense Department.
Over 24,000 Workers Involved in Urals Meteor Blast Cleanup
Over 24,000 workers and 4,300 pieces of equipment are involved in the effort to clear up the damage caused by a meteor that shook Russia’s Urals Region, the regional Emergences Center reported on Sunday.
Three Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan
Law enforcement officers have killed three suspected militants in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the Investigative Committee reported on Sunday.
Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing in Russian Far East
A Tupolev Tu-204 jet airliner with 97 passengers on board has made a successful emergency landing in Vladivostok airport in Russia’s Far East due to a technical failure, the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported Sunday.
Gunmen Shoot British Reporter in Sri Lanka
Three gunmen broke into the home of a British investigative reporter in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and opened fire, seriously wounding him, British media reported.
Afghanistan not to Call for Residential Air Strikes
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has said he will issue a decree on Sunday to ban his country’s security forces from urging foreign air strikes in residential areas, media reported.
Suspected Militant Killed in Dagestan
An unknown assailant opened fire on police officers in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Saturday evening and was killed by return fire, the Interior Ministry reported.
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Meteorite Fireball Slams Into Russia, 1,000 Hurt
A flaming meteorite streaked across the sky and slammed into central Russia on Friday with a massive boom that blew out windows and damaged thousands of buildings around the city of Chelyabinsk, injuring more than 1,000 people in the area, officials said.
Indonesian Helicopter Spots Two Oil Slicks in AirAsia Flight Search Zone
Churchill's Affinity for Islam Alarmed Relatives who Feared his Conversion
Another Mosque in Sweden on Fire, Arson Suspected: Reports
Greek Prime Minister Calls for Snap Parliamentary Elections on January 25
Bodies of Four Norman Atlantic Fire Victims Seen in Rescue Boat: Reports
Indonesia Verifies Reports on AirAsia Plane's Emergency Landing
AirAsia Plane With 162 Aboard Feared Crashed Into Water Due to Turbulence
North Korea Not Responsible for Sony Pictures Hacking: US Cyber Experts
Russia Revises Military Doctrine, Lists NATO Buildup As Major Threat
China to Start Payments With Russia in National Currencies on December 29
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What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy
Is NATO Really a Threat to Russia?
Yes, it is the biggest external threat to Russia’s security
It is a threat to Russia, but not the major one
No, NATO is a force for good and poses no threat to Russia