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Nordic, Baltic states call on Russia to release Estonian policeman

COPENHAGEN - Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers, meeting in Copenhagen on Thursday, called on Russia to immediately release an Estonian policeman who they say was "abducted" from his country and jailed for 15 years in a case that violated international law.

Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

WASHINGTON/BEIJING - Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state.

Russia needs to develop Vladivostok fish hub to boost economy - minister

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 3 - Russia needs to create its own Asia-Pacific hub to store, process and trade seafood and fish, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said on Thursday, the latest plan to protect domestic producers.

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Cilic into U.S. Open third round; Fish takes final bow

NEW YORK - Defending champion Marin Cilic powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with a routine win over Russia's Evgeny Donskoy on Wednesday while the curtain came down on American Mardy Fish's career.

Russia delays start of UN probe of Syria gas attacks -envoys

UNITED NATIONS - Russia is delaying the launch of an international investigation aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapon attacks in Syria, U.N. Security Council diplomats said on Wednesday, though Moscow's U.N. envoy said the holdup was for technical reasons.

Tennis-Cilic into U.S. Open third round; Fish takes final bow

NEW YORK, Sept 2 - Defending champion Marin Cilic powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with a routine win over Russia's Evgeny Donskoy on Wednesday while the curtain came down on American Mardy Fish's career.

UPDATE 1-Volatile rouble sinks after U.S. oil stock build

MOSCOW, Sep 2 - The Russian rouble fell on Wednesday after a volatile day of trading, sinking in the evening along with the oil price after U.S. oil inventory data showed a large buildup in stockpiles.

No breakthrough seen at Russia-Venezuela oil meeting - source

MOSCOW, Sept 2 - A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, during which they will discuss stabilising oil prices, is unlikely to yield any concrete results, a senior Russian source said on Wednesday.

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Russia says will respond in kind to new U.S. sanctions over Ukraine

MOSCOW - Moscow said on Wednesday it would react in kind to United States' widening of sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, criticising the move as straining relations and posing risks for international stability.

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Russia risks Japanese ire with Far East war commemoration

MOSCOW - Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.

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Confrontation as Hungary police force migrants off train

BICSKE, Hungary - Hungarian police halted a train packed with migrants bound for the Austrian border and tried to force them to disembark in a town with a detention camp on Thursday, a confrontation that has become a focus of Europe's migration crisis. | Video