Army engineers in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, are teaching Crimean school children how to neutralise explosive devices. The Russian military is promoting the program as a means to attract future graduates to join its ranks. (Crimea Realities website)
A Roma man has given hope to his fellow residents in Tajikistan, helping to provide children an education he was never able to have himself.
Agency photographs show the scale and emotion of the January 21 protest in Greece over the name "Macedonia." Feelings have been stirred by recent suggestions out of Athens and Skopje that a compromise might be at hand to the 26-year name dispute.
The deputy head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has stated that the mission has recorded an intensification of ceasefire violations amid a build-up of forces and munitions in the country’s eastern region. (Ukrainian Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Aleksandr Grushko from his post as ambassador to NATO and appointed him as deputy foreign minister.
Russian media reports that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has indicated that several countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia intend to purchase the country’s newly minted S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems. Russia currently has contracts to supply the systems to Turkey, China, and Saudi Arabia. (Russian Service)
A Russian court has convicted Soviet-born New York real-estate developer and socialite Janna Bullock of large-scale fraud and money laundering and sentenced her to 11 years in prison after a trial in absentia.
The United Kingdom has frozen the assets of Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, two Russians accused of carrying out the 2006 killing in London of former Federal Security Service officer Aleksandr Litvinenko.
Maksim Panfilov, who was accused of participating in clashes with security forces at a Moscow protest on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in 2012, has been released from a psychiatric clinic.
The world's top sporting court has begun hearing the appeals of 39 Russian athletes who have challenged a lifelong ban imposed by the International Olympic Committee following doping offences at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The prosecutor in the trial of three Belarus journalists charged with illegal entrepreneurship and inciting ethnic hatred has asked a court in Minsk to hand suspended sentences to the defendants, which would spare them from prison.