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UPDATE 1-Gazprom managers may face corruption charges in Switzerland

ZURICH, Sept 2 - Managers of Russia's state-controlled natural gas exporter Gazprom may face corruption charges in Switzerland, the Swiss federal prosecutor's office said, confirming a Swiss media report.

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Russian forces strengthening positions in Ukraine - Kiev military

KIEV - Russian troops are strengthening their positions in eastern Ukraine and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces, Kiev's military said on Tuesday.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance

KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. | Video

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EU moves to help Ukraine with Slovak gas link

VELKE KAPUSANY Slovakia - Slovakia opened a pipeline on Tuesday able to deliver natural gas from the European Union to Ukraine, marking a major step in the bloc's efforts to aid the country in its escalating dispute with Russia.

Estonia wants clear NATO presence in the East to deter Russia

TALLINN - NATO needs a clear and visible presence in eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression but Alliance members also must increase military spending after years of cuts, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday.

Estonia wants clear NATO presence in the East to deter Russia

TALLINN - NATO needs a clear and visible presence in eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression but Alliance members also must increase military spending after years of cuts, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday.

Czechs seek to modify proposed EU sanctions, warn of escalation

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic wants to modify some parts of the European Union's proposed new trade measures against Russia, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Tuesday, warning that escalating sanctions was risky.

Czechs seek to modify proposed EU sanctions, warn of escalation

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic wants to modify some parts of the European Union's proposed new trade measures against Russia, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Tuesday, warning that escalating sanctions was risky.

UK gas prices at four-month high on tight supply, Ukraine concerns

LONDON - British wholesale natural gas and power prices rose to their highest in months on Tuesday, buoyed by tight supply and coming closer to prices for winter delivery on concerns of a Russian supply cut as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

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Putin orders building hastened at new Russian spaceport

VOSTOCHNY Russia - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East that he said would break reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Relatives of abducted Iraqi soldiers break into parliament - witnesses

BAGHDAD - More than 100 relatives of Iraqi soldiers abducted by Islamic State fighters broke into parliament armed with sticks, metal bars and stones on Tuesday, demanding news of their loved ones, witnesses said.