A 6.7-magnitude earthquake, the latest in a series of powerful tremors, was registered in western Chile on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
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A delegation of U.S. Department of State officials will pay a visit to Moscow next week for talks on child adoption rules, an assistant secretary for the department said.
A deputy head of the Moscow Region investigation department has been dismissed over a suspect"s death at a pre-trial detention center, the Russian Investigation Committee said on Tuesday.
Al-Qaeda has said it was responsible for last month"s deadly suicide bombing at a U.S. base in southeast Afghanistan.
An 8-year boy adopted by an American couple is in the care of the Russian authorities after arriving in Moscow having apparently been abandoned by his parents, Russia"s ombudsman for children"s rights said on Thursday.
An agreement on the extension of the Russian Black Sea Fleet presence in Ukraine after 2017 might be simultaneously ratified by the Russian and Ukrainian parliaments next Tuesday, a Russian parliamentary speaker said.
An unidentified gunman was killed by police in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia on Saturday in a shootout at a sports center where the Ingush president was attending a Russia-wide judo tournament.
Any new sanctions against Iran should work toward the strengthening of the nonproliferation regime, a deputy Russian foreign minister said Wednesday in a signal that Moscow will not back strong punitive action against Tehran.
A project co-founded by Russia"s top courts and RIA Novosti news agency aims to raise the people"s legal awareness and streamline the judicial system, the country"s top judges said on Wednesday.
A rehearsal for the May 9 Victory Day parade started in Moscow on Tuesday booming with the powerful roar of military aircraft engines.
Avatar topped the Russian box office ratings for the fifth straight week, raking in almost four times the ticket sales of its nearest rival over the weekend, the Bulletin of Film Distributors reported on Tuesday.
A Zenit carrier rocket is scheduled to be launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Sunday to deliver a U.S. telecommunications satellite into orbit, Russia"s space agency Roscosmos said.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Tuesday that deposed Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev had arrived in Minsk on his invitation and pledged to provide "personal" protection to his ousted counterpart.
British oil major BP is interested in operations in the Russian Arctic and is prepared to use advanced technologies and experience to prospect and develop natural resources, BP CEO Tony Hayward said on Thursday.
BRUSSELS, January 19 (RIA Novosti) - The European Commission is to hold an extraordinary session of the EU Gas Coordination Group in Brussels on Monday to discuss energy supplies in the wake of the Russian-Ukraine gas dispute.
By Pavel Andreev, RIA Novosti Head of International Projects and political commentator
Former premier and opposition party leader Viktor Yanukovych is leading the presidential race in Ukraine, a Russian pollster said on Wednesday.
For Russia, the 13th day of the Olympic Games in Vancouver lived up to its unlucky reputation. With no medals won on Wednesday, the country plunged to the 10th place in the medal count, and the crushing defeat from the Canadian ice hockey team ended Russia"s hope of winning the Olympic medal it most desires.
Generations to come should never be allowed to forget the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.
GORKI, May 4 (RIA Novosti) - President Dmitry Medvedev urged Russian prosecutors on Monday to discuss with their foreign colleagues the likelihood of creating an international court to try pirates. The appeal came as about 30 suspected pirates are still being held on board a Russian warship after carrying out an unsuccessful hijack attempt on a Liberian-flagged and Russian-crewed tanker. Media reports said they could face trial in Russia as navy commanders and diplomats experience difficulties finding any Gulf of Aden littoral state willing to take the pirates. "We should discuss the problem from the point of view of our criminal law and consider the possibility of establishing an international body to examine such cases," Medvedev told Russia"s top prosecutor Yury Chaika. "We have to consider all options, including the creation of an international court," Medvedev said adding the problem has affected many countries and shipping companies. Somali pirates have stepped up attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden, seizing vessels and kidnapping crews, receiving millions of dollars in ransom. Naval forces from at least a dozen countries have been involved in anti-piracy operations off Somalia. Media reports earlier said Russia had no agreements with regional nations that would allow it to hand over the suspects. Russia has no diplomatic mission in Somalia, where most of the detainees come from. "Our naval personnel are in contact with other countries" naval forces [deployed in the area]. But we need a legal assessment of what is happening, rather than military action, that option is always in our disposal," Medvedev said. Moscow is entitled under a United Nations Security Council resolution to take the suspects to Russia for trial. The United States has already resorted to the taking legal action to prosecute a suspected Somali pirate in New York. Piracy is punishable under Russian law by a prison term of between five and 15 years, and a fine of 500,000 rubles ($15,000). Chaika, however, highlighted problems in identifying the suspected pirates. Experts earlier said that proving in a court of law the attempted attack could also be difficult.
If preliminary figures are correct, Russia"s GDP grew by over 3% in the fourth quarter of 2009, presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said Tuesday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki blamed Washington for the surge of instability in the Middle East, the Islamic republic"s Fars news agency said on Tuesday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described Iran as a "fist" that will "knock teeth out" of anyone who has the courage to attack the Islamic republic, Iranian news agency ISNA said on Friday.
Iran on Friday launched its most powerful warship in a ceremony attended by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he believes mild sanctions the UN Security Council is considering against Iran over its controversial nuclear program will not work.
Lithuania"s defense minister said that a decision by NATO member France to sell Russia a top-of-the-range warship demonstrates that the alliance is no threat to Moscow.
MOSCOW, April 27 (RIA Novosti) - Spacecraft manufacturer Energiya said Thursday that its new digitally-controlled Soyuz TMA vehicles will be used to extract lunar reserves of helium-3
MOSCOW, December 17 (RIA Novosti) - A court in the U.S. state of Virginia on Wednesday acquitted Miles Harrison of the involuntary manslaughter of his 21-month-old son, according to a Fairfax County court verdict.
Moscow expects a new nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States to be linked to Washington"s plans to deploy missile shield elements in Europe, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti) - Roman Pavlyuchenko will remain at Tottenham Hotspur after scoring four goals in less than one and a half games, the player"s agent said in an interview on Thursday.
MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian warship spilled about 20-30 tons of oil while refueling off the coast of Ireland in mid-February, a Navy spokesman said on Friday.
MOSCOW, March 19 (RIA Novosti) - Somalia has worked out a set of measures to make the fight against piracy in the region more effective, the Somali ambassador to Russia said on Thursday.
MOSCOW, March 3 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian rocket filled with garbage from the International Space Station was deorbited and sunk in the Pacific at 4:53 p.m. Moscow time [1:53 GMT], a spokesman for Mission Control said.
MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the establishment of a special commission to counter attempts to falsify history to the detriment of Russia"s interests, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said he still intends to decorate the capital with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin"s portraits during the celebrations of victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two despite a clear signal from the Kremlin, the Russian Izvestia daily reported on Wednesday.
MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on Thursday to consider cutting the number of time zones in the country, which spans 11 time zones.
Non-aggression guarantees between Georgia and its former republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will be discussed on Tuesday during the regular round of Geneva consultations on South Caucasus.
North Korea has shut down ports on its western coast and could be readying to test-fire missiles, South Korea"s Yonhap agency said on Tuesday, citing a military official.
On Tuesday April 27, the parliaments of Russia and Ukraine ratified an agreement extending by 25 years Russia"s lease of the base in Sevastopol, where it"s Black Sea Fleet is stationed. This agreement is the clearest sign yet of the two countries" rapprochement. Russia"s relationship with Belarus, on the other hand, is veering off course.
Palestinian unity is of paramount importance if a repetition of the 2008-09 Gaza War is to be avoided, the Palestinian National Authority"s ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday.
Participants in the UN climate change conference underway in Copenhagen resumed on Wednesday after a two-hour halt due to a dispute between small island states and large countries, a WWF official said.
Police in the central Russian republic of Chuvashia have detained a man in connection with the killing of a priest, an investigation spokesman said on Thursday.
Rubin Kazan made light of a three-month break from competitive football and winter temperatures below minus 10 Celsius to beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League knockout tie.
Russia and European countries should adopt a law banning the expansion of religious extremism, which results in deaths, a senior Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said on Thursday.
Russia failed to win any medals on the 9th day of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, falling to the 12th place in gold and other medal count, although Russian athletes were close to claim victory in two competitions on Saturday night.
Russia has voiced concerns about Israeli plans to build 1,600 homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem, fearing they may damage peace efforts ahead of the Mideast Quartet"s meeting in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Russia may offer Ukraine a loan of between $5 billion and $6 billion for construction of the third and fourth units of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant, Russian Prime Minster Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
Russia must maintain a tough line against militant and criminal groups in the North Caucasus, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.
Russian Jews will establish a youth organization based in the Volga city of Ulyanovsk that could become the largest such group in the country, a Russian Jewish Congress spokesman said on Wednesday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev does not rule out the possibility of imposing reasonable sanctions on Iran, the Russian foreign minister said on Friday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the interior minister to probe last week"s car crash in Moscow involving a LUKoil vice-president that killed two doctors, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev named four new regional leaders on Monday in a move that seems to be aimed at rejuvenating regional authorities, a Kremlin source said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on Thursday to introduce tougher punishment for crimes committed by police officers than for those carried out by civilians.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday all attempts by Russian officials to hamper businesses for personal profit should be met with crushing response.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he had no problem with children preferring electronic books to printed ones, as long as they read.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew back on Sunday to the site of the Polish plane crash near Smolensk in west Russia to pay last respects to Polish President Lech Kaczynski who was killed in the incident.
Russian producers are ready for the potential ban on U.S. poultry imports, a spokeswoman for one of Russia"s largest meat manufacturers said on Friday.
Russia"s Air Force will develop in 2010 a civil aviation safety program that should more than halve aviation accidents, a Defense Ministry department said in a statement on Saturday.
Russia"s law enforcement bodies in 2009 curtailed the activities of four organized crime groups responsible for a total of 90 murders, the country"s top investigator said.
Russia"s NATO envoy has expressed cautious optimism about the new U.S. approach to a European missile shield, which could use a Russian radar as part of an integrated system.
Russia"s new ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, arrived in Kiev on Monday to take his office delayed by last year"s spat between the two presidents, but may face a diplomatic scandal over his credentials.
Russia"s Progress cargo spaceship, launched on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this week, docked with the orbital station in an automatic regime on Friday.
Tehran is still open to discussion on a nuclear fuel swap with any supplier, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
The death count from a powerful earthquake in Chile has sharply risen to 708, the local newspaper Tercera reported citing President Michelle Bachelet.
The death toll from the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti last week exceeded 112,000, according to new official figures released by the Haitian government on Sunday.
The Georgian government has adopted a new strategy toward S. Ossetia and Abkhazia which excludes any use of military force against its former breakaway regions.
The German government and parliament are ready to discuss Russia"s proposals on European security, a German MP said Monday.
The long-serving president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan said Friday he had no plans to seek another term of office after his tenure ends in March.
The lower house of the Russian parliament will consider in its second hearing on Friday amendments to a bill on easing entry and work permit procedures for highly-qualified professionals, a business daily said on Wednesday.
The Moscow City Court has upheld an arrest warrant for a U.S. national who founded an Andrei Sakharov prize, a court spokesperson said Wednesday.
The Moskva missile cruiser has passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Indian Ocean to join other Russian warships for large-scale naval exercises, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
The orbital altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) will be boosted by 1.7 kilometers (about a mile) on March 24, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control said on Tuesday.
The organizers of an international film festival in Russia"s second city of St. Petersburg aim to create an alternative to the "pit bull fight" that surrounds the prestigious Cannes film festival, a popular Russian daily said on Wednesday.
The Russian and U.S. presidents will direct their respective delegations to speed up talks on a new arms control agreement, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
The United States, Britain and France have confirmed their plans to participate in a May 9 parade on Moscow"s Red Square, the Kremlin property chief said on Thursday.
Three people are missing in Sochi after a powerful winter storm swept in off the Black Sea and severely damaged a port under construction in Russia"s Olympic city.
Ukraine"s new authorities are seeking a new gas deal with Moscow, offering Russia a stake in the Ukrainian gas transportation system in exchange for lower natural gas prices, a business paper reported on Monday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Wednesday she had offered the post of prime minister to Sergei Tigipko, who came third in the first round of presidential elections, in exchange for his support in the runoff vote on February 7.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is running as a candidate in the presidential elections on January 17, pledged to keep the gas transportation system under Ukraine"s ownership.
Units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization"s rapid reaction force have completed joint command-and-staff counter-terrorism exercises in Tajikistan, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
Washington has dismissed Iran"s nuclear fuel demand and said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proposal already offered to Tehran was sufficient.