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Georgian PM to Retire From Politics After Election – Estonian Paper
Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has announced he will retire from politics following the presidential elections in October this year, in an interview with Estonia’s Postimees.
Friends of Syria Promise Weapons For Syrian Rebels
Western and Arab nations in the Friends of Syria group agreed on Saturday to supply weapons to the rebel forces fighting the Bashar Assad regime in Syria and to channel it through a unified command system.
Seven Hurt After NGO Evicted From Moscow Office
Seven people caught up in the eviction of a Russian human rights organization from its Moscow office on Saturday have formally notified the police of injuries they allegedly suffered in the incident, the police said.
Tractor Driver Steals Bridge in Russia
In an age of intricate wrongdoing, it can be refreshing to find a criminal eschewing complex machinations in favor of a hands-on approach – as a local man did in Russia’s northern Vologda region, stealing a small metal bridge for scrap metal.
Armenia to Launch Its First Satellite
The ex-Soviet republic of Armenia will launch its own satellite into the orbit, a governmental official said Friday.
Russian Police Deny Crowbar Rape of Detainee
An internal police check did not confirm media reports that a construction worker was abused and raped with a crowbar by officers, police in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia said late Friday.
Nuclear Arms Reduction Deals to Become Multilateral – Lavrov
Any upcoming treaties on nuclear arms reductions will have to involve all countries that have atomic weapons at their disposal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
Nazi Invasion Day Marked with Retro Widow Fashion Show
In what may be the most morbid runway show ever, a crematorium in Western Siberia announced plans to present a collection of authentic dresses worn by widows in the Soviet Union in the 1940s.
VTB Head Opposes Putin on Business Amnesty
The head of Russia’s second-largest bank, the state-owned VTB, spoke Friday against an amnesty for jailed entrepreneurs backed by President Vladimir Putin.
Russia Offers Iran New Replacement for S-300 – Paper
Moscow made a new attempt to dodge a $4-billion lawsuit from Tehran over a failed deal to supply S-300 missile systems by offering another type of air defense system to Iran, Kommersant daily said Saturday.
At Least 110 Injured in Volga Area Ammunition Blasts
More than 110 people have sought medical assistance since a large fire and multiple explosions tore through a military facility near the Volga Area earlier this week, the Russian emergencies ministry said on Friday.
Ukrainians Divided over Customs Union, EU Aspirations
The number of Ukrainians, who want their country to join the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is slightly more than the number of those who favor European integration, a Ukrainian pollster said.
Human Rights Activists Led out of Moscow Office
Law-enforcers led a group of activists, including prominent rights campaigner Lev Ponomaryov, out of the Moscow office of the For Human Rights non-governmental organization.
US Boosts Military Presence in Jordan after Exercises
Along US with missiles and fighter jets, about 700 US troops will remain in Jordan after training exercises which ended this week, US President Barack Obama said in his letter to the Congress.
Russian Rock Legend Funds Mayor Campaign by Selling Cats
Russian heavy metal legend Sergei Troitsky, better known as Spider, said on Friday kittens will become the main source of funding for his Moscow mayor electoral campaign.
S.Russian Region to Ban Religious Symbols for Students
“Explicitly religious” clothes and symbols will be banned in schools and universities of South Russia’s Astrakhan Region starting from September 1, the region’s governor said on Friday.
Huge Chunk of Meteorite Located in Urals Lake - Scientist
A huge fragment of meteorite that slammed into Russia’s Urals region in February was located on the bottom of Chebarkul Lake in the Chelyabinsk Region, a scientist said on Friday.
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US Must Choose: Back Syria Conference or Rebels – Russia
The United States needs to choose between its support for an international conference designed to end the civil war in Syria and unilateral steps to support the armed opposition, Russia’s foreign minister said Friday.
Chinese State Media Slams US Mocking of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un
HRW Urges Pakistan to Stop Executions in Response to Peshawar Tragedy
CIA Torture Practices May Be Discussed at UNHRC: Russian EU Envoy
Australian Police Arrests Mother of Children Stabbed in Cairns
Obama Calls for Closure of Gitmo Again
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
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