HELSINKI If Finland joined NATO it would lead to a serious crisis with neighbouring Russia, a report commissioned by the Finnish government said on Friday.
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* Inflation risks still "elevated", wage data mixed (Adds details and comment)
SOCHI, Russia Sergey Sirotkin raised eyebrows when he first appeared on the Formula One radar in 2013 as a little-known teen with seemingly wealthy backers but the Russian racer looks more like the real deal now.
* Loan agreement likely be lauded as Putin win over West (Adds details, quote from Yamal director general)
SOCHI, Russia Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo tested a new Formula One head protection device on his car at the Russian Grand Prix on Friday with opinions divided on the aesthetics if not the effectiveness.
MOSCOW The Russian rouble opened stronger on Friday, boosted by the rising price of oil which ticked above $48 per barrel ahead of a Russian central bank meeting which is expected to leave rates on hold.
WASHINGTON Indications are that Syria's government was solely responsible for an air strike on a hospital in Aleppo, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, urging Russia to use its influence to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the attacks.
BEIJING China and Russia urged the United States on Friday not to install a new anti-missile system in South Korea, after Washington said it was in talks with Seoul in the wake of nuclear arms and missile tests by North Korea.
BEIRUT Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in fighting the United Nations said showed "monstrous disregard" for civilian lives.