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Foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine by mid-Sept: Kremlin

MOSCOW - Foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet by the middle of September to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Monday.

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Two U.S. F-22 fighter jets arrive in Poland as part of European training mission

WARSAW - Two advanced U.S. F-22 fighter jets arrived in Poland on Monday for a one-day working visit, the Polish army said, a part of Washington's efforts to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian actions in Ukraine.

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Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy, wholesome side

MOSCOW - The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. | Video

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Putin pumps iron to show Russians his healthy, wholesome side

MOSCOW - The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. | Video

UPDATE 1-Rosneft quarterly profit falls 22 percent

MOSCOW, Aug 31 - Rosneft, Russia's top oil producer, said net profit fell 22 percent to 134 billion roubles ($2.0 billion) in the second quarter due to oil prices that almost halved.

Cook Islands win first ever World Cup qualifier

- Taylor Saghabi struck a hat-trick as the Cook Islands kicked-off Oceania's Road to Russia 2018 on Monday by beating hosts Tonga 3-0 to record their first ever World Cup qualifying win.

Soccer-Cook Islands win first ever World Cup qualifier

Aug 31 - Taylor Saghabi struck a hat-trick as the Cook Islands kicked-off Oceania's Road to Russia 2018 on Monday by beating hosts Tonga 3-0 to record their first ever World Cup qualifying win.

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Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open due to leg injury

NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova, winner of five grand slam events, has pulled out of the U.S. Open tennis championships due to a leg injury, the Russian said on Sunday.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Sharapova pulls out of US Open due to leg injury

NEW YORK, Aug 30 - Maria Sharapova, winner of five grand slam events, has pulled out of the U.S. Open tennis championships due to a leg injury, the Russian said on Sunday.

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Kagawa shines as Dortmund reclaim top spot

BERLIN - Japan international Shinji Kagawa helped set up two goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Sunday to go back top of the Bundesliga, ahead of champions Bayern Munich, on goal difference.

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Police hurt in protests as Ukraine MPs votes on special status for east

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament voted on Monday for constitutional changes to give separatist-minded eastern regions a special status - but divisions in the pro-Western camp and violent street protests suggested the changes would face a rougher ride to become law.