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Passenger plane lands safely after engine fails

A Boeing 737 plane carrying 78 passengers plus crew landed safely at the main airport in Russia's second city of St Petersburg on Wednesday after one of its engines failed. "The plane made a safe landing ... no passengers

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Jordan signs $10bn nuke energy deal with Russia

Jordan signed an agreement with Russia on Tuesday worth $10 billion that sets the legal basis for building the kingdom's first nuclear power plant with a total capacity of 2,000 megawatt. Jordan imports nearly 98 per cent of i

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Russia in Islamic finance push as crisis grows

Russian lawmakers have introduced to parliament a draft bill to support Islamic finance, aiming to attract capital inflows at a time when an economic slowdown is intensifying and Western sanctions show no sign of being lifted. The

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Tourism and luxury firms count cost of Russia's recession

Russia's lurch into recession has hit many tourism and luxury goods companies hard, forcing them to cut prices -- and in turn costs -- in an attempt to limit the damage. And there are few signs things will get better soon, with a fr

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Russia opposition leader shot dead in Moscow

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday. Nemtsov, 55, w

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US mulls extra sanctions on Russia over Ukraine: Kerry

The United States and its allies are discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. Kerry made the comments as he

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Shelling halts in Donetsk as ceasefire ordered

Shelling stopped abruptly at midnight on Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk after President Petro Poroshenko ordered government forces to halt firing in line with a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending the country's bloody conf

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Fighting rages in run-up to Ukraine ceasefire

Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels fought fiercely for control of a strategic railway junction on Friday despite a new peace deal brokered by Germany and France. A ceasefire is due to come into effect from Sunday under the agreemen

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Russia backs new Egyptian investment fund

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) will support the creation of an Egyptian investment fund as part of an agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Investment to bolster cooperation between the two countries. The agreement wa

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Russian rebels massing to attack key Ukrainian towns

Pro-Russian separatists have intensified shelling of government forces on all front lines and appear to be amassing forces for new offensives on the key railway town of Debaltseve and the coastal city of Mariupol, Ukraine's military said on

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