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U.S., Russian Space Crew Returns Safely To Earth After Booster Failure

A space capsule carrying a two-man Russian-American crew that malfunctioned after liftoff has landed safely in Kazakhstan, the Russian and U.S. space agencies say. Deputy Russian Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has told Russian media that Moscow is suspending all manned launches of the Soyuz rocket for now.

A Saint In St. Petersburg: Pensioner Delivers Kindness

After decades as a professional driver, Galina Yakoleva now delivers much more than food and clothes to lonely pensioners in St. Petersburg. She brings kindness.

Plastic Ain't Georgia's Bag

Georgia has begun to implement a ban on plastic bags.

Kosovar Minister, Pristina's Mayor Join Gay-Pride Parade

Kosovar Minister of European Integration Dhurata Hoxha and Pristina Mayor Shpend Ahmeti joined several hundred other people in the center of Pristina on October 10 to participate in what organizers described as their second-ever pride parade.


Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region

A top Russian investigator involved in serious economic crimes and corruption cases has been shot dead in the Moscow region, officials say. The Investigative Committee's Moscow branch told Russian news agencies that Colonel Yevgenia Shishkina was shot in the neck on October 10 when she was leaving her apartment block in the town of Arkhangelskoye, near the capital.

Russian Website Names Third Suspect In Skripal Poisoning

The Russian website says a GRU military intelligence operative named Sergei Fedotov is allegedly the third Russian agent involved in trying to kill former spy Sergei Skripal in Britain earlier this year.

Preliminary Hearing Set In Russian Director Serebrennikov Case

October 17 has has been chosen as the date for a preliminary hearing in a high-profile case against Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who faces charges of embezzlement that rights groups say are politically motivated.

Land Grab? Why The Ingush Are Furious With Chechnya

Magas, the capital of the southern Russian region of Ingushetia, has been at the center of fresh controversy in the volatile North Caucasus region due to a land-swap deal signed by Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and his Chechen counterpart Ramzan Kadyrov on September 26.

Ukrainian Forces Reclaim Village In Donbas

Ukraine has announced that its forces have taken over a village located in the so-called grey zone in the country’s eastern Volnovakha district, advancing 3,937ft from their positions. (Ukrainian Service)

Despite Cease-Fire, Fighting Kills Two Ukrainian Soldiers In Country's East

Ukraine says two of its soldiers have been killed and three wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east. The Defense Ministry said on October 11 that the fighting also left six separatists dead and 10 wounded.

Tanks, Aircraft Used To Battle Fire At Ukrainian Arms Depot

Kyiv says it has sent in specialized tanks and aircraft to fight a massive fire as explosions continued at an arms depot in northern Ukraine on October 10.

Hungary Protests Ukrainian 'Death List' Of Dual Citizens

A diplomatic spat between Hungary and Ukraine has escalated, with Budapest summoning Kyiv's ambassador to protest what it called a "death list" targeting ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine, and military movements on their common border.

Woman Who Spent Millions At Harrods Named As Wife Of Jailed Azeri Banker

Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of Jahangir Hajiyev, the former chairman of Azerbaijan’s biggest bank, who is serving a 15-year prison term on charges of fraud and embezzlement, is the first target of new British legislation designed to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK.

POLL: Ukrainians Feel Better Towards Russians, But Reverse Not True

A poll by the Levada Center and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology finds that the positive attitude of Ukrainians toward Russians has increased to 48% over the last year, compared to 37% in 2017. Attitudes of Russian respondents toward Ukrainians have deteriorated slightly, with 55% registering negative views of Ukrainians, compared to 53% in 2017. (Russian Service)

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