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Beslan school siege: Russia 'failed to prevent' massacre

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia failed to take measures to prevent the school siege in the city of Beslan in 2004, in which more than 330 people died. The court has also criticised Moscow for its investigation of the case. In the siege, Chechen separatists took more than 1,000 hostages, the vast majority of them children. It ended when Russian security forces stormed the building. Survivors say the troops used excessive force. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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Syria war: G7 rejects sanctions on Russia after 'chemical attack'

The G7 group of nations has failed to reach agreement over threatening new sanctions against Russia and Syria. Foreign ministers were seeking a common position on the Syrian conflict, before the US secretary of state flies to Russia to try to persuade it to abandon its Syrian ally. The nations agreed there was no solution to the Syria crisis with President Assad in power. But UK proposals to target sanctions at senior military leaders were sidelined. The diplomacy in the Italian town of Lucca follows the latest apparent use of ...

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Russia could soon control a U.S. oil company

IEA predicts end to global oil glut Russia is on the verge of taking control of a US oil company. In a crazy twist of international events, Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft might end up owning Citgo, a US energy company based in Houston, Texas. This isn’t a direct takeover. Instead, it hinges on the ability of Venezuela’s state-run oil company to pay back its Russian loan. The Venezuelan company owns Citgo, which was used as collateral for the loan. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are highly alarmed. In hotly ...

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Syria war: G7 seeks united front on Assad and Russia

The search for a unified approach to the Syria conflict after last week’s suspected chemical attack looks set to dominate talks between the G7 group of leading nations in Italy on Monday. Foreign ministers will focus on how to pressure Russia to distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Allies will also be seeking clarity from the US on its Syria policy, after some apparently mixed messages. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson strongly criticised Russia on Sunday. He said it had failed to prevent Syria from carrying out a ...

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Tillerson: Russia 'failure allowed Syria chemical attack'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised Russia, saying it had failed to prevent Syria from carrying out a chemical attack on a rebel-held town. Russia had agreed to ensure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed – and its failure to do this enabled the attack, he said. G7 foreign ministers are preparing to meet in Italy later on Monday. Talks will focus on how to increase pressure on Russia to distance itself from Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad. On Tuesday, Mr Tillerson will continue from the G7 to Moscow, ...

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Russia to blame for Syria deaths – Sir Michael Fallon

Russia is to blame for “every civilian death” in the chemical weapons attack last week in Syria, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has claimed. Sir Michael, writing in the Sunday Times, said the Kremlin was responsible “by proxy” as the “principal backer” of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. It comes after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a visit to Moscow to meet his opposite number. The attack has been widely blamed on the Syrian government. Sir Michael said last Tuesday’s gas attack was “barbaric, immoral and illegal” and the response of ...

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Syria war: Russia condemns US missile strike on 'chemical weapons' base

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russia has reacted angrily after the US launched a missile strike on a Syrian government air base. US officials said the base had been used to launch a chemical weapons attack in north-western Syria that left dozens of civilians dead on Tuesday. But Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad, condemned the US strike and suspended a deal designed to avoid mid-air collisions over Syria. It is the first direct US military action against Syria’s government. At least six people are reported to have ...

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Russia ramps its submarine patrols back to Soviet-era levels as it modernizes its fleet

The head of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, has stated that Russian submarines now spend more days at-sea and on-patrol than at any time since the Cold War. These remarks, made during the launch of Russia’s newest nuclear-powered attack submarine, the Kazan, sound ominous, particularly given recent remarks by a Putin spokesperson that US-Russian relations are worse than at any point since the Cold War. In reality, the objective threat scenario is smaller and less dangerous than it might seem. Kazan is a Yasen-class attack submarine (NATO reporting name, ...

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Syria chemical 'attack': Russia blames rebel weapons

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russia says that a chemical attack that killed and injured dozens of civilians in a rebel-held town in northern Syria came from rebel weapons on the ground. Its defence ministry acknowledged that Syrian planes had attacked the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province. But it said the aircraft had struck a depot producing mines filled with a poisonous substance, for use in Iraq. The US and others said Syrian planes dropped chemical weapons, which Damascus denied. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded ...

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Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds of others held

Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow. Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations. At least 500 other protesters were detained in the capital and across the country. Most of the marches were organised without official permission. TV pictures showed demonstrators chanting “Down with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin!”, “Russia without Putin!” and “Putin is a thief!”. Correspondents say the marches appear to be the biggest since anti-government ...

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