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State of Play over Russian Envoy Expulsions

The United States, EU members, NATO and other nations across three continents have announced the expulsion of over 150 Russian diplomats in a coordinated action against Moscow which they accuse of poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.

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Russia Says UK Forcing 'Allies to Take Confrontational Steps' over Spy Poisoning

Russia on Friday slammed Britain for encouraging European Union member states to support London over a spy poisoning row after they agreed to recall the bloc's envoy from Moscow for consultations.

In London they "are feverishly trying to force allies to take confrontational steps," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on a visit to Hanoi, state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

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Russians See Little Hope of Change They Crave in Putin's Next Term

Retired rocket scientist Anatoly Alexandrovich has a blunt suggestion for how the Russian healthcare system could be improved: "Drop an atomic bomb on it."

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Russia Denies Role in Strikes Killing Civilians in Syria's E. Ghouta

The Kremlin on Wednesday denied involvement in air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave that monitors say have killed at least 250 civilians since the start of the week.

"These are groundless accusations. It is not clear what they are based on. No specific data has been given. We do not agree (with them)," said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a U.S. briefing saying that Russia was responsible for the attacks.

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U.S. Pushes Russia on Syria as U.N. Warns of 'Dangerous Moment'

The United States has urged Russia to use its leverage over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the war as the U.N. envoy warned of a "worrying and dangerous" moment in the nearly seven-year conflict.

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Russia Marks 75 years Since Battle of Stalingrad Victory

Russia on Friday marked 75 years since the Soviet Union's victory in the major World War II Battle of Stalingrad, extolled as a symbol of the country's resilience as President Vladimir Putin campaigns for his fourth term.

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Russia Hit by Several Terrorist Attacks in 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called an explosion that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket, wounding 13 people, "an act of terror." 

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Five Dead after Bus Plows into Moscow Underpass

Five people were killed when a city bus plowed into a pedestrian underpass in western Moscow on Monday, traffic police said.

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Russia Election Date Set for March 18

Russia's presidential election will take place on March 18, the upper house of parliament said Friday, in polls that are all but certain to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a new six-year term.

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Moscow Reluctant to Mark 1917 Revolution Anniversary

Russian authorities were reluctant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution on Tuesday, with just low-key events being held to mark an uprising that launched more than 70 years of Communist rule. 

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