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CEO of French oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

MOSCOW: Russian and French experts were investigating yesterday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet…

Mysterious submarine near Stockholm might be Dutch

MOSCOW: A mysterious “foreign vessel” the Swedish military have been searching for off the coast of Stockholm might belong to the Netherlands, a source in the Russian defense ministry was…

Moscow hotel goes ‘halal’ in bid to woo Muslim visitors

No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special “halal” service as Russia tries to attract…

Mystery deepens over Russian sub in Sweden

STOCKHOLM: Mystery deepened yesterday over a Swedish military operation triggered by “foreign underwater activity” off the coast of Stockholm, amid an unconfirmed report of a hunt for a damaged Russian…

Pope beatifies Pope Paul VI at synod closing ceremony – Church should not fear change: Pope

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis yesterday closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not…

Russia, Ukraine fail to make progress in testy Milan talks

MILAN: Russia, Ukraine and European governments failed to make any progress towards solving the crisis in Ukraine yesterday in talks that the Kremlin said were “full of misunderstandings and disagreements”.…

Putin accuses Obama of hostility, meddling – Don’t blackmail Russia, Moscow warns West

BELGRADE: President Vladimir Putin accused his US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile approach towards Russia, warning in a Cold War-style tirade that Moscow would not be blackmailed by the…

Rouble plunge shows Russia’s reliance on Western money

MOSCOW: A steep plunge in the rouble, caused by sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and falling oil prices, has underlined Russia’s heavy dependence on Western finance to balance its dollar-thirsty…

New Ukraine defence chief vows to stand up to Russia

KIEV: Ukraine’s new defence minister vowed yesterday to build an army capable of withstanding Russia as sparks flew in advance of talks between Moscow and Washington over their worst standoff…

UN health worker dies of Ebola in Germany ahead of UN talks

BERLIN: A UN health worker has died of Ebola in Germany as the international community prepared to hold talks on the crisis yesterday. The death of the 56-year-old Sudanese man,…

Doctors hopeful as Spain Ebola nurse survives two weeks

MADRID: Doctors treating a Spanish nurse infected with the deadly Ebola virus were cautiously optimistic for her condition yesterday after she survived the potentially critical twoweek period after being infected.…

Ukraine hands popular general tricky defence job

KIEV: Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko yesterday turned to the head of his frontline forces to become his new defence minister ahead of a crunch general election and high-stakes talks with…

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