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Russia, Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia, Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter in a deal brokered by the European Union. The deal will also ensure gas supplies to EU countries via Ukraine are secure. "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,'' said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. European...

Russia reveal World Cup 2018 emblem

Russia reveal World Cup 2018 emblem

The emblem for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia has been revealed on board the International Space Station. The design was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of achievement and innovation". The image of the emblem was also projected onto the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Russia won the right to host the...

US used Nazis as Cold War spies

US used Nazis as Cold War spies

Declassified US records reveal the nation's intelligence chiefs used hundreds of Nazis as spies and informants after World War Two. Central Intelligence Agency officials are said to have turned to the country's former enemies to help beat the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Academics studying the documents say America used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis. Some...

Ukraine's President seeks coalition talks

Ukraine's President seeks coalition talks

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko plans to start talks on forming a coalition government after exit polls showed his bloc emerge strongest in Sunday's parliamentary elections. He said talks might last up to 10 days. PM Arseniy Yatseniuk's People's Front party could be a key partner, he added. Pro-Western parties look set to dominate parliament after the...

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Ukraine's vote, Russia's fate

Ukraine's vote, Russia's fate

WHEN Ukraine's voters go to the polls on October 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a...

Ukraine claims gas deal with Russia

Ukraine and Russia yesterday stood on the verge of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had reached a price deal at high-stakes talks in Milan on Friday that otherwise focused on the six-month pro-Kremlin revolt convulsing the ex-Soviet state's separatist east. Two meetings mediated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande -- as...

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Russian President Vladimir Putin have hoped that the socioeconomic relations between Bangladesh and Russia would get strengthened further in the days to come. Both leaders expressed their high hopes while having talks during a gala dinner hosted by Italian President Giorgio Nepolitano at Sala Delle Cariatidi at Milan, Italy...

IS grooms Chechen fighters against Putin

IS grooms Chechen fighters against Putin

Michael Winfrey, Bloomberg When the Islamic State commander known as “Omar the Chechen” called to tell his father they’d routed the Iraqi army and taken the city of Mosul, he added a stark message: Russia would be next. “He said ‘don’t worry dad, I’ll come home and show the Russians,’” Temur Batirashvili said from his...

‘Putin’s tiger’ swims to China

‘Putin’s tiger’ swims to China

Virile, canny and possessed with a boundless appetite for red meat, Kuzya, a 23-month-old Siberian tiger, would seem the perfect mascot for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had a personal hand in reintroducing Kuzya to the wild in the Russian Far East in May. It turns out that Kuzya, like Putin, has...

The hospital where patients 'feel more like guests on a cruise'

The hospital where patients 'feel more like guests on a cruise'

A Russian billionaire has designed a huge boat-shaped hospital for the new Dubai-style Tunisia Economic City. Vasily Klyukin, 38, claims the White Sails Hospital and Spa will be the “most pleasant hospital in the world”, reports a UK-based daily The Independent. Doctors and nurses will have to wear “marine uniforms” and the concept aims to...

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