• Martial Artist Or Militant? Chechen On Trial Denies Fighting In Syria
    A Chechen man standing trial on charges of fighting with militants in Syria is innocent and has never been to that country, his lawyer has said.
  • Putin Says Too Early To Plan For 2018 Election
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is too early for him, or anyone else, to plan for the country's 2018 presidential election.
  • Putin: Kyiv To Blame For Ukraine Crisis
    Russian President Vladimir Putin took a typically defiant position on the Ukraine crisis at his annual news conference on December 18, blaming the Ukrainian government for the start of hostilities. He said he and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko were working for peace, but that others in Ukraine were talking of "fighting to the end." The Ukrainian and Western governments say Russia has supported separatists with guns, troops and tanks - which Russia denies. (Reuters)
  • Nuclear Program Has 'Hurt Iran More Than Iraq War'
    Iran's nuclear activities and ambitions faced rare, blunt criticism at a roundtable at Tehran University, where one of the speakers said the damage done by the nuclear program was greater than that by the 1980-88 war with Iraq, which left tens of thousands dead and caused much devastation.
  • Kurdish Journalists Reported Kidnapped By IS In Syria
    Two Kurdish journalists have been reported kidnapped in Syria this week by militants from the Islamic State (IS) group.
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