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Progress on Ukraine reforms can boost case for Russia sanctions - Rasmussen

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KIEV Ukraine will find it easier to persuade European Union countries to renew sanctions against Russia this summer if it shows progress in pushing reforms and tackling corruption, the former chief of NATO told Reuters on Saturday.

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Russia says eight athletes positive in London 2012 re-tests

MOSCOW Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) said on Saturday eight of its athletes from three different sports had tested positive for banned substances in a re-examination of samples taken during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Russia says eight athletes positive in London 2012 re-tests

MOSCOW Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) said on Saturday eight of its athletes from three different sports had tested positive for banned substances in a re-examination of samples taken during the 2012 London Olympics.

UPDATE 2-Doping-Russia says eight athletes positive in London 2012 re-tests

MOSCOW, May 28 Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) said on Saturday eight of its athletes from three different sports had tested positive for banned substances in a re-examination of samples taken during the 2012 London Olympics.

UPDATE 1-Putin aide: not inevitable Russia will raise retirement age

MOSCOW, May 28 Russia's pension system faces a growing deficit that must be tackled, but raising the retirement age is not the only option, President Vladimir Putin's economic aide Andrei Belousov said on Saturday.

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Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs

ATHENS Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security. | Video

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Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs

ATHENS Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

UPDATE 2-Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs

* Turkey must make first step to improve ties (Adds comments on Crimea, Turkey, gas pipelines)

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Freed by Russia, Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' may be thorn in own leaders' side

KIEV Securing pilot Nadiya Savchenko's release from Russian captivity was a PR coup for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko but the outspoken woman feted as the nation's "Joan of Arc" may ultimately prove a thorn in his side.

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Freed by Russia, Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' may be thorn in own leaders' side

KIEV Securing pilot Nadiya Savchenko's release from Russian captivity was a PR coup for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko but the outspoken woman feted as the nation's "Joan of Arc" may ultimately prove a thorn in his side.

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Rescued migrants say ship sank off Italy with hundreds aboard - NGO

ROME Migrants rescued from two boats in the Mediterranean this week told humanitarian workers in Italy that they saw another vessel carrying some 400 migrants sink, Save the Children said on Saturday.