BEIRUT Dozens of mortar bombs landed on the last major rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, a war monitor and a witness said on Wednesday, despite a 48 hour truce proposed by Russia to coincide with the start of peace talks in Geneva.
GENEVA Syria's opposition wants Russia and other states to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to engage in peace talks in Geneva to produce a political solution within six months, the chief of its delegation said at the start of negotiations on Wednesday.
LONDON The founder of Moscow-based anti-virus software company Kaspersky Lab said on Tuesday he would quit Russia if its intelligence agencies ever asked his company to spy for it. | Video
MOSCOW The latest test of a new North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a provocative act, Russia said on Wednesday, calling on all sides involved to stay calm to avoid a clash.
WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that a new law allowing Russia's Justice Ministry to list foreign media outlets as "foreign agents" posed a threat to free press and it urged Moscow not to use the measure to tighten control over the media.
BERLIN China's growing military strength and a resurgent Russia will pose growing challenges to the trans-Atlantic alliance in coming years, and NATO's moves to bolster its capabilities could trigger a new Cold War-style arms race, a NATO report said.
MOSCOW A colleague of Katerina Tikhonova from the world of acrobatic rock'n'roll confirmed that she is the younger daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and then later withdrew his comments, saying he had misheard the question.
Two Russian refiners are avoiding export duty on fuel oil and vacuum gas oil by re-naming them as an oil product that is exempt from the charge, according to a Reuters analysis of customs and refining data, and four industry sources.
BERLIN A senior Russia's foreign ministry official on Tuesday said he was not worried by the European Union's move to integrate European defenses, saying the initiative was "just words" and did not appear to be aimed at Moscow.
NEW YORK U.S. oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Monday, easing from two-year highs on prospects of higher supply from a planned restart of the Keystone crude pipeline and uncertainty about Russia's resolve to join in extending output cuts ahead of this week's OPEC meeting.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea said it successfully tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile yet on Wednesday, putting the U.S. mainland within range and increasing pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation. | Video