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    • 15 dead after dam collapse at Siberian mine

      15 dead after dam collapse at Siberian mine

      At least 15 gold miners were killed on Saturday when a dam collapsed, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials said. Heavy rains had weakened the dam and water broke through, sweeping away several cabins where the artisan miners lived, about 160 km south of the city of Krasnoyarsk.

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    • Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

      Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

      Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a key deal Monday with Saudi Arabia during a key visit for an OPEC+ grouping aimed at stabilising global oil prices and seeking to calm regional tensions with Iran. Putin's visit was the first one to the kingdom in over a decade and followed attacks on Saudi oil installations that Saudi Arabia and the United States have blamed on Iran, an ally of Moscow.

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    • Ukraine signs deal on Donbass

      Ukraine signs deal on Donbass

      The Ukrainian government signed last Tuesday an agreement with pro-Russia separatists, Russia and European monitors that will allow a local election to be held in separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine, news wires reported. The deal was signed after the parties met in Minsk, and is seen as a major step by the new Ukrainian government under President Volodymyr Zelensky toward resolution of the conflict in the eastern part of the country.

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    • Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

      Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts today, 16 September, for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus's push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib.  Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will join Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara for their fifth summit on the conflict since 2017, as reported by AFP.

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    • S-400 missile system in Turkey operational in April 2020

      S-400 missile system in Turkey operational in April 2020

      The delivery of a second battery of Russian S-400 missiles to Turkey was completed on Sunday with the controversial defence system expected to become fully active by April 2020. Efforts to mount the missile system and train military personnel to use it were continuing, a Turkish defence ministry statement said, despite repeated warnings from the US.

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    • Dunarit theft emerges from spy scandal too

      Dunarit theft emerges from spy scandal too

      The whole scheme devised by the criminal duo Tsvetan Vassilev and Emiliyan Gebrev to steal Dunarit is among the revelations that have come out of the espionage scandal that has rocked Bulgaria over the past few days. A one-page report entitled “Gaining control over Dunarit AD by EMKO EOOD” emerged from the documents seized by the Prosecutor’s Office as part of the investigation that has resulted in the indictment of Nikolay Malinov, former Bulgarian Socialist Party lawmaker and publisher of the newspaper Duma and current head of the National Movement “Russophiles”.

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    • Ruling United Russia party slapped in Moscow vote

      Ruling United Russia party slapped in Moscow vote

      Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, lost about one third of its seats in the Moscow city assembly at the local elections held last Sunday, according to final data cited by Russian news agencies. Nevertheless, the party retained its majority in the assembly, and its candidates for regional governors won in St Petersburg and in 15 other parts of the country.

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    • Russia's first humanoid robot is now in space

      Russia's first humanoid robot is now in space

      Yesterday Russia launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 14 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia.

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