Children play with toy guns next to a banner put up by activists in protest against the military coup in Yangon on April 11, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis: EU

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700….

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Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia’s leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law allowing him to potentially hold onto power until 2036, a move that formalizes constitutional changes endorsed in a vote last year….

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Russia fines Twitter for not removing calls to protests

A Russian court on Friday fined Twitter nearly $117,000 for failing to remove calls to opposition protests, as Moscow ramps up pressure against the US tech giant. Authorities in January…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 23, 2021 a health worker holds a vial of Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in Podgorica. (Photo by SAVO PRELEVIC / AFP)

Russia denies using COVID-19 vaccines as ‘tools of influence’

The Kremlin rejected Friday that Russia and China were using their vaccines as tools to win geopolitical clout, after accusations the two countries were using their jabs to gain influence…

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Why has the EU not approved Russia’s Sputnik jab?

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is still waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to start the countdown to its launch across the 27-nation bloc. With Moscow and Brussels trading barbs…

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This picture taken on February 1, 2021, shows vials of Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Belgrade Fair turned into a vaccination centre. (Photo by OLIVER BUNIC / AFP)

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 91.6% effective: Lancet study

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6 percent effective against symptomatic Covid-19, according to an analysis published in The Lancet on Tuesday that independent experts said allayed transparency concerns over the…

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This handout picture taken on August 6, 2020 and provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund shows the vaccine against the coronavirus disease, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. (Photo by Handout / Russian Direct Investment Fund / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Russian Direct Investment Fund / Handout ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Russia vaccine ‘passes early trial test’

Patients involved in early tests of a Russian coronavirus vaccine developed antibodies with “no serious adverse events”, according to research published in The Lancet Friday, but experts said the trials…

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FILE – In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. Navalny has been poisoned and hospitalized on Thursday morning, Aug. 20, 2020 his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter, Navalny felt unwell on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Russia’s Navalny in coma in ICU after alleged poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit in Siberia after falling ill from suspected poisoning during a flight,…

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Three new COVID-19 cases are reported in state quarantine

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday), all among Thai returnees from abroad and in state quarantine. According to the CCSA, two new cases are women who were working…

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov visits the Dream Island amusement park ahead of its upcoming inauguration in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian president’s spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, the latest in a series of setbacks for President Vladimir Putin as Russia struggles to contain the…

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In this pool photo taken on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a cabinet via teleconference in Moscow, Russia. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he will self-isolate. (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian prime minister says he tested positive for virus

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking Russian official known to have gotten infected. Mishustin…

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OPEC to try to stem oil price plunge amid coronavirus slowdown

The OPEC club of oil-producing countries meets Thursday in Vienna as they weigh how to react to a sharp drop in global oil demand due to the outbreak of the…

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(Photo) Law enforcement officers detain a participant in a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia August 3, 2019/ REUTERS (Shamil Zhumatov)

Russian police detain over 800 in opposition crackdown in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police forcibly detained over 800 people attending a protest in Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections, including prominent activist Lyubov Sobol, after authorities warned the…

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Bird flu scare prompts suspension of import of birds and poultry from Russia

The Livestock Development Department has imposed a 90-day slowdown of import into or transit through Thailand of birds and poultry as well as their carcasses from Russia, Togo and Congo…

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Thailand wins two prestigious awards at 8th World Puppet Carnival, Russia

Young Thai puppet art performers of Nataya Bangkok Club have won two prestigious awards – Best Traditional Show Award and Audience Award – in the 8th World Puppet Carnival in…

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Russia appoints movie star Seagal US envoy

Celebrated action movie star Steven Seagal, who is a Russian citizen, has been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of the Russian-US humanitarian ties,…

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Croatia booted Russia out of World Cup in penalty shootout

Croatia kicked host Russia out of the World Cup by winning a grueling quarter-final on penalty shootout.   Russian fans erupted when it looked like another World Cup upset was on…

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Russia ousts Spain in penalty shootout

Russia defied all odds to force Spain to a penalty shootout that saw it edge out the former World Cup champion to occupy a spot in the quarter finals.   Igor…

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