Russia

UPDATE 1-Russian rouble falls as tension rises over Ukraine

MOSCOW, Jan 26 - The Russian rouble fell sharply on opening on Monday, following a weekend of violence in eastern Ukraine and threats of further Western sanctions against Russia.

RPT-Retreat of Russian shoppers fails to dent Dubai retailers

DUBAI, Jan 25 - Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at the annual retail bonanza.

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Afghan air force ascent slow, imperiling battle with Taliban

KABUL - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. | Video

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Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

NEW DELHI/KIEV - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago. | Video

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Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

NEW DELHI/KIEV - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago. | Video

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Afghan air force ascent slow, imperilling battle with Taliban

KABUL - Afghanistan's armed forces are so short of combat-ready aircraft that, late last year, they began fitting machine guns and rockets to Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopters, dubbed "flying tractors", to bolster their air power. | Video

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Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

NEW DELHI/KIEV - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago. | Video

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Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed 'aggression'

NEW DELHI/KIEV - Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago. | Video

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Retreat of Russian shoppers fails to dent Dubai retailers

DUBAI - Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at the annual retail bonanza.

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Russian Orthodox head slams French weekly's mockery of Christians

MOSCOW - The head of Russia's influential Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said on Sunday cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were "childish" compared to offences it had dished out to Christians.

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Tsipras moves to form anti-austerity Greek government after crushing victory

ATHENS - Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras will move on Monday to build a stable government that can take on international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. | Video