In summer 2017, the Syrian Army started an offensive toward Deir ez-Zor province, which had become a Daesh stronghold after the terrorists lost ground in Palmyra and the western part of the country. Government troops, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, managed to break the siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor.
The North Korean crisis shows no signs of abating - months are passing with Pyongyang threatening its foes with a nuclear club, Washington responding with stern statements and drills and all North Korea's neighbors being alarmed by the possibility of an atomic Armageddon at their threshold.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.
By mid-October, the Russian campaign in Syria had resulted in more than 92 percent of the country's territory being liberated from terrorists.
The Catalans voted for independence from Spain on October 1 at a referendum. Following the historic result of the voting, Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont said on October 10 he wanted to follow the people's will for Catalonia to become a sovereign state.
On October 10, a Su-24 strike aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces crashed during take-off at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.
On October 4, 1957 the first artificial object made from terrestrial materials - the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik-1 - was launched into space. The satellite was deployed in low orbit and continued to broadcast a radio signal for 92 days. The age of space satellites had begun.
Moscow has been carrying out a military operation against terrorists groups in Syria since September 30, 2015, when President Bashar Assad requested Russia's assistance.
Germany held a general election on Sunday to choose the members of the new, 709-seat parliament, after which a government will be formed and a chancellor elected.
On September 22, Russia floated out the hull of its first serial universal nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir, Project 22220 (LK-60Ya class).
The Northern Sea Route which runs along the Russian Arctic Coast may become an alternative to the Suez Canal. Explore Sputnik infograpic to learn more.
European States have suffered most from terrorist attacks in recent years. Explore Sputnik’s map to learn more.
If a zombie apocalypse ever dawns on the Earth, the Moscow Metro may be the perfect place to hide.
The Ulyanovsk, named after a city on Russia's Volga River, is the seventh Yasen-class nuclear-powered attack sub to be built for the Russian Navy. On July 30, a shipyard in Severodvinsk held the keel-laying ceremony for the new sub.
The T-90MS is a New Version of Russia's legendary 'flying tank', the T90 main battle tank
Following the Arab Spring in 2011 a series of anti-government protests triggered mass civil unrest in Syria. A range of Islamist groups took the lead in the anti-government standoff.
Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, while flying to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. All 298 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft died in the incident.
The Syrian Armed Forces and Kurdish self-defense units liberate the areas occupied by Daesh terrorists.