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Russia's accused the United States of interfering in its affairs on Sunday, as tens of thousands rallied in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Russian forces foiled an Islamic State plot to attack an administrative building belonging to security services as well as an assault targeting interior ministry employees, authorities said.

Putin signs bill giving presidents lifetime immunity

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Putin signs bill giving presidents lifetime immunity

The bill gives former presidents and their families immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during their lifetime

Russia thwarts Islamic State group terror plot: <em>FSB</em>

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Russia thwarts Islamic State group terror plot: FSB

At least five people were arrested by the FSB in connection with the plot, according to Russian state media.

EU sanctions senior Putin aides over Navalny, Libya

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EU sanctions senior Putin aides over Navalny, Libya

The EU sanctioned Putin's inner circle over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and Kremlin meddling in Libya's civil war.

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Syrian regime troops reportedly enter besieged city of Saraqeb

Syrian regime forces have besieged the deserted rebel-held city of Saraqeb in Idlib and entered it according to some reports, while clashing with Turkish troops at Taftinaz Military Airport.

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British co-founder of Syria White Helmets 'died from fall'

James Le Mesurier was an ex-British Army officer who set up Mayday Rescue which helped train the White Helmets, was found dead in November.

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Turkey treating death of White Helmets co-founder as suicide

James Le Mesurier was discovered with fractures to his legs and head outside his Istanbul apartment building early on Monday.

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British 'co-founder' of Syria's White Helmets 'found dead'

James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier, founder of Mayday Rescue, was found dead in Istanbul, Turkey, reportedly after 'falling' from the balcony of ...

Moscow fears IS returnees could pose 'terror threat'

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Moscow fears IS returnees could pose 'terror threat'

The head of Russia's FSB security service has expressed concerns that family members of IS fighters returning to Russia could cary out ...

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Russia 'repatriates' 27 IS children from Iraq

Russia has repatriated 27 Russian children of IS-affiliates in Iraq.

Russia blocks return of IS militants' families: activist

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Russia blocks return of IS militants' families: activist

Kheda Saratova, a Chechen activist who is on Kadyrov's human rights council, said Russia's federal authorities were no longer willing to bring ...

Qatar accuses UAE bank of 'financial warfare'

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Qatar accuses UAE bank of 'financial warfare'

Qatar has accused a UAE bank of trying to crash its currency through offshore trading, in an attempt to damage the economy of the Gulf state.

The stark reality of Russia's chemical attacks

Sam Hamad

The stark reality of Russia's chemical attacks

Comment: The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter should remind Theresa May of the nature of Russia's chemical warfare beyond its borders, ...

Russian security agency arrests supermarket bombing suspect

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Russian security agency arrests supermarket bombing suspect

Russian security forces arrested a man suspected to be in connection with a St Petersburg supermarket bombing that wounded 18 people.

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Saint Petersburg supermarket bomb 'act of terror,' says Putin

Russia's leader Vladimir Putin has called Wednesday's bomb blast at a Saint Petersburg supermarket an 'act of terror' after 13 people were wounded.

Oved Lobel

Islamic State and low-tech terrorism in Russia

Comment: Oved Lobel asks what's behind the seemingly small numbers of low-tech terror attacks in Russia.

Oved Lobel

Is al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate adopting IS tactics in Russia?

Comment: If the Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda is adopting the technique of remote radicalisation, there are serious implications - not least for ...

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Russia detains eight people over Saint Petersburg metro bombing

Six people were detained in Saint Petersburg and two in Moscow, authorities have said.

Chechen leader says 3 militants killed in shoot-out

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Chechen leader says 3 militants killed in shoot-out

The Chechnyan PM Kadyrov has said three jihadists militant and two policemen were killed in a shoot-out.

Naveed Ahmad

Russia, the rival superpower?

The long read: Russia is masterfully engineering the fall of the status quo by creating chaos, deception and a crisis of credibility, writes ...

Russia kills IS 'emir' for North Caucasus

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Russia kills IS 'emir' for North Caucasus

An Islamic State group emir of the North Caucasus region was killed by Russian security forces, leading to another blow for the militant ...

Disinformation vs no information: Putin and Sisi compared

Robert Springborg

Disinformation vs no information: Putin and Sisi compared

Comment: While Sisi and Putin both hope to manipulate public opinion, the Egyptian leader lacks Putin's know-how and masterful handling of ...

IS agents in Thailand 'to hit Russian interests' IS agents in Thailand 'to hit Russian interests'

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IS agents in Thailand 'to hit Russian interests'

Ten Syrians linked to the Islamic State group entered Thailand in October to attack Russian interests there, Thai police said in a leaked ...

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