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Ukrainian right-wing groups stage anti-government rally in Kiev

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KIEV A few thousand Ukrainians rallied on Wednesday to demand a change of political leadership in a demonstration that coincided with the third anniversary of the ousting of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich amid mass street protests.

Exclusive - Russia asks energy companies to provide PR info ahead of election

MOSCOW The Russian government summoned energy companies last week to give it advance notice about developments that could influence public opinion in the period up to May next year, when President Vladimir Putin's term ends.

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Exclusive - Russia asks energy companies to provide PR info ahead of election

MOSCOW The Russian government summoned energy companies last week to give it advance notice about developments that could influence public opinion in the period up to May next year, when President Vladimir Putin's term ends.

EXCLUSIVE-Russia asks energy companies to provide PR info ahead of election

MOSCOW, Feb 22 The Russian government summoned energy companies last week to give it advance notice about developments that could influence public opinion in the period up to May next year, when President Vladimir Putin's term ends.

UPDATE 1-Rosneft's profits slip, other Russian oil and gas producers see gains

MOSCOW, Feb 22 Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil producer, made a net profit of 52 billion roubles ($908 million) in the final three months of last year, it reported on Wednesday, down from 53 billion roubles in the same period of 2015.

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Russia sets up information warfare units - defence minister

MOSCOW Russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, in a move likely to heighten the West's concerns about what it sees as Moscow-sponsored "fake news".

Russia sets up information warfare units - defence minister

MOSCOW, Feb 22 Russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, in a move likely to heighten the West's concerns about what it sees as Moscow-sponsored "fake news".

Russian Supreme Court scraps conviction of opposition activist

MOSCOW Russia on Wednesday overturned the conviction of anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin, who was the first person sent to jail under new rules that made staging some forms of non-violent protest a criminal offence.

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Oil rises 1 percent as OPEC sees higher compliance with cuts

NEW YORK Oil prices ended about 1 percent higher after touching three-week highs on Tuesday on OPEC's optimism for greater compliance with its deal with other producers including Russia to curb output in an effort to clear a glut that has weighed on the market.

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Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

(In this Feb. 20 story, corrects in paragraph six that Churkin was taken to a hospital from the Russian mission, not the Russian embassy.) | Video

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U.N. mediator not expecting quick breakthrough in Syria peace talks

GENEVA U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he did not expect an immediate breakthrough when Syria peace talks restart on Thursday but wanted productive talks that relaunch the process towards a political solution to end the six-year war. | Video