RUSSIA

  • Kremlin: North Korean leader not coming to Moscow on May 9 2 days ago

    Moscow: The reclusive leader of North Korea will not be coming to Moscow next month for the Victory Day celebration, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman announced on Thursday. The highly anticipated visit would have been Kim Jong Un's first foreign trip since taking power more than three years ago. The Russian foreign minister...
  • Russian spacecraft still spinning out of control in orbit 3 days ago

    Moscow: Russia's Mission Control has failed to stabilize a cargo ship spinning out of control in orbit, but says it has not yet given up on saving the unmanned spacecraft. The Progress M-27M was launched on Tuesday and was scheduled to dock at the International Space Station six hours later to...
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the best ever: Sepp Blatter April 20, 2015

    Moscow: Nothing will stop Russia from hosting the best World Cup in the tournament's history in 2018, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to one of the host venues Sochi on Monday. "I am a happy and proud president. I am proud that Russia is getting ready to host...
  • India close to picking candidate for New Development Bank April 20, 2015

    Washington: India is in the "final stages" of nominating candidate for the President's post of the USD 100-billion New Development Bank (NDB) to be headquartered in Shanghai, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has informed fellow members of the five-nation BRICS bloc. "As regards the President of the...
  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead April 19, 2015

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive...
  • Fed Cup: Svetlana Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany April 18, 2015

    Sochi: Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-finals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets. Kuznetsova won 6-4, 6-4, taking advantage of erratic play by Goerges, who landed just 53 percent of her first serves and made 45 unforced errors against 27...
  • Foreign fighter jet makers eye multi-billion dollar opportunity in India after scaled back French deal April 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Foreign fighter jet makers see a multi-billion dollar opportunity in India's decision to scale back purchases of high-end aircraft from France, which may free up cash in the world's largest arms importer to buy a new fleet of mid-range planes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 10 announced that...
  • Vladimir Putin says Russian economy has passed 'peak' of problems April 16, 2015

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the worst was over for Russia's crisis-hit economy, pointing to the recent rebound of the ruble despite Western sanctions over Ukraine. "The ruble has stabilised and strengthened," Putin said during his annual phone-in with Russians. "Experts believe that we have passed the peak of...
  • Apple's Russian version of Siri accused of being homophobic April 16, 2015

    New Delhi:A company that claims loyalty to gays and its current CEO is also a homosexual, what are the possibilities that its product could be designed to be a homophobic? Tech giant, Apple has been accused of programming the Russian version of its voice assistant, Siri, as homophobic. The Russian Siri...
  • India tops in remittances, receives $70 billion, says World Bank April 14, 2015

    Washington: The World Bank has said India continues to be the leading nation in remittances pulling in $70 billion from its global migrant workforce in 2014. World Bank's study of remittance, the money workers and professionals working in foreign lands send back to their native countries, attributed this mainly to...
  • US says Russian fighter jet makes 'unsafe' intercept April 12, 2015

    Washington: A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner", the Pentagon has said, the second such incident in over a year. On Tuesday, a US RC-135U was flying over the Baltic Sea when it was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker. The Pentagon said...
  • Maria Sharapova to play for Russia in Fed Cup against Germany April 8, 2015

    The Russian Tennis Federation has confirmed that Maria Sharapova will play for her country against Germany in the Fed Cup semi-finals this month. The second-ranked Sharapova rarely plays Fed Cup, citing a busy schedule, but will be part of the Russian team facing Germany on April 18-19 in Sochi. Playing in...
  • Russian hackers reached sensitive White House systems April 8, 2015

    Washington: Russian hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system after intruding at the US State Department in recent months. The White House said the report did not refer to a new incident but was "speculating" about the source of cyber activities that were disclosed last year. Spokesman Mark Stroh...
  • Lapsed tenders hurt Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' defence industry push April 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Indian firms have spurned some $15 billion worth of government tenders to make a range of weapons since 2013, Defence Ministry officials say, in a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his drive to wean the country off imported arms. Executives cited unrealistic quality demands from a military...
  • Russian atomic submarine catches fire in shipyard April 7, 2015

    Moscow: A Russian nuclear submarine has caught fire in a shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday. Both the Zvyozdochka shipyard, where wires said the 949 Antei submarine was being repaired, and the Emergencies Ministry declined to comment. There was no word of any casualties. Russian news...
  • Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 43 dead April 2, 2015

    Moscow: A freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 has sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 43 crew members have been killed, rescue workers said. The emergency services in Kamchatka, citing the head of the rescue operation, said 63 crew members were...
  • UEFA starts proceedings against Montenegro and Russia March 30, 2015

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players. European soccer's governing body said on Monday it was probing the "setting off and throwing of fireworks and objects" by...
  • IAF's AN-32 planes stranded in Ukraine March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: The last lot of five AN-32 aircrafts, which were sent for upgrade to Ukraine, continues to remain stranded there due to the geo-political situation there, the Air Force said on Monday. IAF's statement came amid reports in the Russian media that the planes have gone missing during the upgrade....
  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern March 29, 2015

    Sanaa: The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country until the Huthi Shiite rebels...
  • India opposes rights to same-sex partners of UN staff March 25, 2015

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • Russia proposes ICT group for BRICS: Ravi Shankar Prasad March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: India will give a structured response on a Russian proposal to set up an ICT group among the BRICS nations to deliberate on common issues in this area, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. Russia's minister for telecom and mass communications Nikolai...
  • My Russian heritage is non-negotiable, says Maria Sharapova March 23, 2015

    Maria Sharapova's life-changing move from Siberia to Florida as a seven-year-old propelled her on a path to fame and fortune but she says she would never turn her back on her mother country. It is sometimes easy to forget that five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete, is...
  • FIFA to pay clubs $209 million in World Cup compensation March 20, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA will pay $209 million to clubs releasing players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the same sum again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, nearly three times the amount distributed in 2014. "A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the...
  • Modi pips Xi Jinping in handling domestic, international affairs: Survey March 19, 2015

    Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pipped Chinese President Xi Jinping to secure the top rank in handling domestic and international affairs in a global survey conducted by a Chinese firm. In the China's National Image Global Survey 2014, conducted in nine countries - the US, UK, Australia, Japan, South...
  • Putin returns after a 10-day disapearing act, becomes a laughing stock March 17, 2015

    After going under the radar for 10 days, Russian President Vladimir Putin is back. But his disapperance has become the butt of many jokes and he did not look bad considering all the things he was rumored to have suffered. ...
  • India world's largest importer of weapons, military equipment: SIPRI March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: India has yet again emerged as the world's largest importer of weapons and military equipment, accounting for 15 per cent of global imports, with Russia being its majority supplier, a Stockholm-based think tank on Monday said. Between 2005-2009 and 2010-14, India's imports increased by 140 per cent. In 2010-14,...
  • No compromise with Russia over Ukraine sanctions: European Union chief March 16, 2015

    London: The European Union must not compromise with Russia over sanctions in response to the Ukraine crisis, the bloc's chief Donald Tusk said in an interview on Monday. Tusk said that a failure to uphold the sanctions until Ukraine regains control of its border with Russia could strain relations with the...
  • Vladimir Putin says Russia was ready for nuclear confrontation over Crimea March 16, 2015

    Moscow: Moscow was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert to ensure Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said in a pre-recorded documentary aired on Sunday. Putin also said that Russia had saved the life of Ukraine's former pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovich, who he said...
  • Malaysia beat Russia 3-0 in Women's HWL Round 2 March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Malaysia defeated Russia 3-0 to register their second consecutive victory at the Hero FIH Women's World League Round 2 here today. Malaysia scored all their goals after halftime as both the teams matched each other in the opening 30 minutes of the Pool B game. After a barren first half,...
  • Hockey World League: Russia clinch 7-0 win over Singapore March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Russia clinched a convincing 7-0 win over Singapore on the opening day of the Hockey World League Round 2 (Women) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Saturday. In the first quarter, Russia outplayed Singapore with their spirited performance and attacking moves. Nine minutes into the game, Russia...