LONDON, July 19: Russia’s ambassador to Britain has rejected allegations that his country’s intelligence services sought to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine.

WASHINGTON/LONDON/DUBAI, April 30: As the United States pressed Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia, President Donald Trump gave Saudi leaders an ultimatum.

MOSCOW, April 19: Russia on Sunday reported a record rise of 6,060 new coronavirus cases over the previous 24 hours, bringing its nationwide tally to 42,853, the Russian coronavirus crisis response center said.

MOSCOW, March 19: Russia said on Thursday, a 79-year-old woman with underlying health issues who tested positive for the new coronavirus had died from pneumonia, the country’s first confirmed death resulting from the virus.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Nepal has hosted its first ever figure skating and ice hockey friendly match with well-renowned players from Canada, India, Russia, and the United States.

MOSCOW, Jan 24: A popular stand-up comedian has temporarily left Russia for security reasons after police opened an investigation into one of his performances in which he cracked crude jokes about Jesus and the Orthodox Church, his lawyer said on Thursday.

MOSCOW, Jan 22: Russia is working to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus strain in China, Rospotrebnadzor, the country’s consumer safety regulator said on Wednesday, the RIA news agency reported.

MOSCOW, Jan 22: The biggest swimming pool in Russia’s Muslim-majority North Caucasus region has banned women, prompting anger from rights activists and others who have accused the sports complex of discrimination.

MOSCOW, Jan 20: Five people died in the Russian city of Perm on Monday after a hot water pipe exploded in the night and flooded a basement hotel room with boiling water, the regional investigative committee said.

MOSCOW, Jan 16: Russia’s ruling party on Thursday unanimously backed President Vladimir Putin’s surprise choice for prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a man with almost no political profile

MOSCOW, Jan 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down.

MOSCOW, Dec 29: A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia’s defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability.

MOSCOW, Dec 19: Russia has signaled it will file an appeal against its four-year Olympic ban due to World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions which President Vladimir Putin on Thursday branded “unfair.”

UNITED NATIONS DEC 17: China and Russia on Monday proposed the U.N. Security Council lift a ban on North Korea exporting statues, seafood and textiles, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters, in a move Russia said is aimed at encouraging talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

Russia and Middle East

December 4, 2019 11:29 am

TEL AVIV – The collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago meant that its once-formidable presence in the Middle East collapsed as well. Today, however, as the United States has withdrawn from the region, Russia has rushed to recapture the Soviet Union’s position there, through a combination of military force, arms deals, strategic partnerships, and the deployment of soft power. But its success is being significantly overestimated.

MOSCOW, Dec 1 : Nineteen passengers died when a bus skidded off a bridge in Russia’s far east on Sunday and plunged into a river, local government said.MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nineteen passengers died when a bus skidded off a bridge in Russia’s far east on Sunday and plunged into a river, local government said.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held delegation-level talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.

Coming nuclear crises

November 25, 2019 08:24 am

NEW YORK – Until just a few years ago, it looked as if the problem posed by nuclear weapons had been successfully managed, if not solved. American and Russian nuclear stockpiles had been reduced substantially from their Cold War highs, and arms-control agreements were in place that limited both intermediate- and long-range systems. But all of this now could come undone.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is paying official visits to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia from November 23 to 30.

TOKYO/SEOUL, Nov 18: North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui travelled to Russia on Monday, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said, in what Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported could be a visit to discuss efforts to negotiate an agreement with the United States.

BUDAPEST,  Oct 30: The TurkStream pipeline that would bring gas to Central Europe bypassing Ukraine and nuclear energy issues are expected to feature high on the agenda at a meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Oct 26: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

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MOSCOW, Oct 26: Russia’s defense ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns.

MOSCOW/ISTANBUL, Oct 24: Kurdish forces have begun withdrawing from areas near the Turkish frontier in Syria, Russia’s deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Thursday, following a deal between Moscow and Ankara that ended Turkey’s cross-border military offensive.

DOHA, Qatar, Sept 24: Russia’s doping troubles are nowhere near over. After a head-snapping day of developments from Moscow to Tokyo to the Middle East, the country has new fears that its status at next year’s Olympics could be in jeopardy — and no doubt about where it stands in track and field.

TOKYO, Sept 18: With the weight of an expectant nation on their shoulders and a governing body desperate for the hosts to succeed in the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, Japan head into the tournament opener on Friday under arguably more pressure than any other team.

MOSCOW, Sept 9: Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said tech giants Google and Facebook had allowed political advertising during Sunday’s regional elections despite being asked to ban such publicity.

MOSCOW, Sept 9: Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, has lost a slew of seats in the Moscow parliament, RIA news agency said on Monday, suggesting a tactical voting strategy pushed by opponents may have worked.

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 5: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would produce missiles that were banned under a landmark Cold-War era nuclear pact that ended last month, but that Moscow would not deploy them unless the United States did so first.

MOSCOW, Sept 1: A few thousand Russians took to the streets of central Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections to the capital’s city legislature on Sept. 8, defying a ban which has been enforced with violent detentions during previous protests.

WARSAW, Aug 31: President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday that Poland saw a need to maintain Western sanctions against Russia over its 2014 annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine.

MOSCOW, Aug 24: Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the government to review a mineral extraction tax for the Russian coal industry by Oct. 31, instructions published by the Kremlin showed on Saturday.

MOSCOW, Aug 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty.

AMMAN, Aug 21: Ten of thousands of people have fled to Syria’s border with Turkey in the last few days as a Syrian army advance pushed further into the opposition’s last major stronghold, residents, rights groups and opposition sources said on Wednesday.

MOSCOW, August 17: Another seven Russian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended for doping violations, joining five compatriots already banned from the sport earlier this week.

MOSCOW, Aug 16: A Russian pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled plane in a corn field after birds hit both engines said Friday that a quick landing was his only chance and he was not afraid of handling it.

MOSCOW, Aug 10:  Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Saturday that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests on a military site in northern Russia.

WARSAW, August 8: Poland wants to make sure a new European Commission stays tough on Russia and is concerned that some European Union countries are growing increasingly friendly towards its eastern neighbor, even as the Kremlin cracks down on dissent.

MOSCOW, August 3:  Russian police on Saturday detained prominent opposition activist Lyubov Sobol ahead of a planned protest in Moscow to demand free elections.

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BRUSSELS, August 2: NATO has agreed ways to deter Russia from launching a new medium-range missile capable of a nuclear strike on Europe

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Aug 2: The United States formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treaty, something the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

MOSCOW, August 1: Russian officials say forest fires are spreading in remote areas of Siberia and the Far East that firefighters cannot reach.

MOSCOW, July 29:  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was discharged from a hospital Monday even though his physician raised suspicions of a possible poisoning after he suffered facial swelling and a rash while in jail.

BRUSSELS, July 23: Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China will meet Iran in Vienna on July 28 to discuss how to save the 2015 nuclear deal, the EU’s foreign policy service said in a statement on Tuesday.

MOSCOW, July 23:  Russian authorities say four children have died in a fire at a tent camp in the country’s Far East.

SEOUL, July 23: South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea’s airspace off the country’s east coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia.

KATHMANDU, July 22: Vyacheslav M Lebedev, chairman of Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, on Monday arrived in Kathmandu on a four-day visit to Nepal, at the friendly invitation of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana.

MOSCOW, July 17: The U.S. ambassador in Moscow says Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats’ children.

MOSCOW, July 14: A Russian Proton-M rocket successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit Saturday after days of launch delays, Russia’s space agency said.