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Senior Russian diplomat, Comoro Islands’ president talk bilateral cooperation

Russian President’s Special Envoy for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russian President’s Special Envoy for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and President of the Comoro Islands Azali Assoumani discussed fostering bilateral cooperation in trade and economic and investment areas, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The meeting was held on January 19 in Antananarivo on the sidelines of events marking the inauguration of Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina. “During the discussion, the sides noted that the relations between Russia and the Comoro Islands are…

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Lawyer files appeal against Russian journalist Vyshinsky’s extended arrest

Lawyer files appeal against Russian journalist Vyshinsky’s extended arrest

KIEV, January 20. /TASS/. An appeal has been filed against Ukraine’s Kherson City Court’s decision to extend the arrest of Chief Editor of the RIA Novosti Ukraine news outlet Kirill Vyshinsky, lawyer Andrei Domansky told TASS. “The appeal has been lodged, preliminarily there is yet no date,” the lawyer said, noting that the court hearing may be held in early February. On Thursday, the Kherson City Court extended Vyshinsky’s arrest until February 16, upholding the prosecution’s request and denying a defense request to release him on bail. Vyshinsky case On May 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) carried out a large-scale operation against RIA…

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Russia prepared to create super-heavy rocket — Roscosmos head

Russia prepared to create super-heavy rocket — Roscosmos head

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin © Sergei Bobylyov/TASS MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russian space industry companies have confirmed their preparedness to create a super-heavy rocket, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday. “The Central Research Institute of Machine Building [TsNIIMash] – the leading scientific center of Roscosmos (based in Korolyov, Moscow Region) confirmed the readiness of its designer and production teams to implement the project of creating a super-heavy carrier rocket,” Rogozin wrote. Earlier, Rogozin said that the super-heavy rocket, set to perform its first flight from the Vostochny launch center in Russia’s Far East in 2028, was officially named Yenisey. The rocket…

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Syria’s air defenses repel Israeli attack in country’s south – SANA

© AP Photo/Sergei Grits TASS, January 20. Syria’s air defense systems repelled an Israeli air attack in the country’s south, the SANA news agency reported on Sunday. According to the agency’s military source, Israel failed to fulfill its tasks. SANA reports that overnight to January 12 Israel carried out a strike on a warehouse near the Damascus airport. According to Al Hadath TV channel, the Israeli jets attacked Iranian military warehouses near the city airport, used by the Shiite militias Hezbollah fighting on the side of the government army. On January 13, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that in order to prevent growing Iranian military…

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Autonomy helped Crimea fight against aggressive Ukrainian policy – republic’s leader

Autonomy helped Crimea fight against aggressive Ukrainian policy – republic’s leader

Sergey Aksyonov © Mikhail Metsel/TASS SIMFEROPOL, January 20. /TASS/. Autonomy that Crimea gained after a referendum held on January 20, 1991 helped the region combat Ukraine’s aggressive policy and contributed to its reunification with Russia, Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov said. At Crimea’s first referendum in the history of the Soviet Union, more than 93% of its citizens approved of the creation of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. After the plebiscite, the peninsula gained autonomy as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. However, the region regards this referendum as the first step towards reunification with Russia. “This is a milestone date in Crimea’s modern history.…

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Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes at rebel-held Yemeni capital — TV

MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. The Saudi-led coalition launched a series of airstrikes on targets in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Saturday, the Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported. One of the attacks targeted a military base in the northern outskirts of the Yemeni capital. Two more strikes targeted the city’s eastern suburb. The coalition’s warplanes continue to fly in Sanaa airspace. According to earlier report by Sky News Arabia, the coalition was conducting a special operation against facilities and arms depots of the rebel Ansar Allah (Houthi) movement and asked civilians to keep away from those targets. On January 11, coalition warplanes have destroyed a facility to launch…

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Launch of Delta IV Heavy with US spy satellite successful — ULA

Launch of Delta IV Heavy with US spy satellite successful — ULA

© Matt Udkow/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP NEW YORK, January 20. /TASS/. A Delta IV Heavy rocket has successfully put into orbit a secret payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the United Launch Alliance (ULA) said on its website on Saturday. “Congratulations to our team and mission partners for successfully delivering this critical asset to support national security missions,” Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs, was quoted as saying in a company statement. The launch took place at 11:10 local time (22:10 Moscow time) on Saturday, with a five-minute delay caused by strong winds. The weather conditions were…

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Rosneft-led Nayara Energy to invest $850 in Indian business

NEW DELHI, January 20. /TASS/. Indian company Nayara Energy, in which Russian state oil giant Rosneft holds a 49.13%-stake, has signed an agreement with the administration of India’s Gujarat state two memorandums of understanding (MoU) to invest $850 in expanding the Vadinar refinery there. The documents were signed during the Vibrant Gujarat international economic forum the in the city of Ahmedabad, the Times of India reported on Saturday. “I am glad to announce today that Nayara Energy will enter into an MoU worth USD 850 million with the Gujarat government for our ex expansion plan which will see us start a new refinery unit,” the…

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Russian suspected in alleged terror attack in Oslo examined by psychiatrists

Russian suspected in alleged terror attack in Oslo examined by psychiatrists

MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. The Norwegian police’s Security Service (PST) will request a mental examination for the Russian man who on Thursday stabbed a woman in a supermarket in central Oslo, police attorney Anne Karoline Bekken Staff said on Saturday after a meeting with the suspect’s lawyer. “We will ask for psychiatric tests,” Bekken Staff said cited by the Verdens Gang daily. When asked about the time for the examination, the attorney added that “it was still early to talk about it.” PST asks to remand the detainee in custody for four weeks without the right to correspondence or visits. PST head Benedicte Bjornland said…

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Moscow court extends detention of Anastasia Vashukevich for 72 hours

Moscow court extends detention of Anastasia Vashukevich for 72 hours

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Moscow’s Nagatinsky court has extended for 72 hours the custody of Anastasia Vashukevich, who was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday on suspicion of enticement into prostitution, a TASS correspondent reported from court hall. “Suspect Vashukevich shall be detained for 72 hours,” Judge Natalia Borisenko read out the court ruling. She added the court hearing on a measure of restriction was postponed for January 22. Earlier reports said that three Russian citizens, who had arrived from Thailand, were detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17 on charges of inducement into prostitution. Among them were Belarusian citizen Anastasia…

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Number of victims of gas pipeline explosion in Mexico rises to 21

Number of victims of gas pipeline explosion in Mexico rises to 21

© AP Photo/Marco Ugarte MEXICO CITY, January 19. /TASS/. At least 21 people were killed after a ruptured gas pipeline exploded in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, the state’s governor Omar Fayad wrote on his Twitter account. “I’m at the scene of the Tlahuelilpan incident. At the moment 21 dead and 71 injured are reported. I keep in touch with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to help the affected families,” Fayad wrote. The gas pipeline exploded near the town of Tlahuelilpan where dozens of people were collecting fuel. The authorities of the Mexico City sent four helicopters to Hidalgo to assist those injured in the incident.…

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Russian national extradited to US on charges of wire fraud conspiracy — embassy

Russian national extradited to US on charges of wire fraud conspiracy — embassy

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS WASHINGTON, January 19. /TASS/. Russian national Alexander Zhukov has been extradited to the United States from Bulgaria over charges of committing advertising fraud and is currently held at a prison in New York, the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC wrote on its official Twitter account on Friday. Russian diplomats from the Consulate General in New York will soon visit Zhukov in prison, the Russian embassy said. “According to the Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, on 18 January 2019 Russian national [Alexander] Zhukov was extradited to the United States from Bulgaria. The Russian citizen was charged with wire fraud conspiracy,” the…

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Roscosmos suggests new group of Earth remote sensing satellites “Sovereign’s Eye”

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin © Sergei Savostyanov/TASS KHIMKI, January 18. /TASS/. Russian state space corporation Roscosmos has suggested to create a group of Earth remote sensing satellites called “Sovereign’s Eye,” Roscosmos’s head Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Friday. “We have presented a new project which we consider promising. After a successful launch from the Vostochny spaceport in December, we have reinforced the group of Earth remote sensing satellites. We are suggesting a project called ‘Sovereign’s Eye’ so that we can see the dynamics of any processes on Earth,” Rogozin said. This group of satellites may be found helpful by the Russian Emergencies Ministry and agricultural workers.…

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Russian deputy foreign minister discusses INF Treaty with Greek officials

ATHENS, January 18. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko has held consultations with Greek officials in Athens. The diplomats discussed the situation around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the circumstances of Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe. Over the course of consultations, Grushko met with Secretary General of the Greek Foreign Ministry Dimitrios Paraskevopolous, Alternate Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos, Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Greek Prime Minister Evangelos Kalpadakis, and member of Greece’s New Democracy Party Giorgos Koumoutsakos. “The sides discussed main international issues. They touched upon the issues of security in Europe, including in the framework of the…

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Date of Lavrov’s visit to Greece not set yet — deputy foreign minister

The Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow © Valery Sharifulin/TASS ATHENS, January 18. /TASS/. The date of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s official visit to Greece has not been set yet, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told reporters on Friday. “We cannot discuss the date of the foreign minister’s possible visit yet,” Grushko said in response to a TASS question. “However, considering the current condition of Russian-Greek relations, contacts at the level of foreign ministers are not ruled out,” he added. “If the sides feel the need to hold such talks, there are no serious reasons not to hold them,” Grushko noted. The deputy foreign…

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Body of one of Su-34 pilots found in Tatar Strait

Body of one of Su-34 pilots found in Tatar Strait

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. /TASS/. The body of one of the pilots of the Sukhoi Su-34 bombers that collided in Russia’s Far East earlier on Friday has been found in the Tatar Strait, a spokesman for the Russian defense ministry said. “A ship involved in the rescue operation found and lifted a life raft with the dead body of a Su-34 pilot,” a spokesman for the Russian defense ministry said. “The body of the second air navigator from the second Su-34 was lifted to the Elektron fishing boat involved in the search operation at 03:18 local time (20:18 Moscow time),” a spokesman the Vladivostok maritime…

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Body of third Su-34 pilot found by rescuers — Russian Defense Ministry

Body of third Su-34 pilot found by rescuers — Russian Defense Ministry

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Rescuers have found the body of the third pilot from the Sukhoi Su-34 bombers that collided on Friday in Russia’s Far East, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said. “The pilot’s body was found without vital signs in the area of the search and rescue operation. A ship involved in the operation in this area lifted the body on board,” the spokesman said. Earlier, rescuers found the body of one more pilot. One of the four crewmembers from the crashed Su-34 jets was rescued. His life is not in danger. The fourth pilot is still missing. Two Sukhoi…

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Date of NASA chief’s visit to Russia to depend on schedule of flights to ISS

Date of NASA chief’s visit to Russia to depend on schedule of flights to ISS

KHIMKI /Moscow region/, January 18. /TASS/. The date of a Russian visit by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will depend on the schedule of flights to the International Space Station (ISS) that is to be agreed in a couple of weeks, chief of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday. “I think it [Bridenstine’s visit to Russia] will largely depend on the updated schedule of flights to the ISS. The draft schedule is ready now and I think we will agree it with NASA in seven to ten days,” he said. Rogozin said he had discussed this matter with the NASA chief who…

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Gas blast still deemed as main cause of Magnitogorsk building collapse, investigators say

Gas blast still deemed as main cause of Magnitogorsk building collapse, investigators say

© Ilya Moskovets/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/.Investigators found no traces of explosives at the building collapse site in the city of Magnitogorsk, Russian Investigative Committee Spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told TASS. “From the very beginning, the investigation has been looking into all possible causes of the tragedy. A household gas explosion is still believed to be the main cause. I would like to stress that experts found no traces of explosives at the site,” she said. Petrenko pointed out that it would be possible to draw final conclusions only once all investigative activities were wrapped up and the evidence was assessed. “Therefore, I call on journalists to…

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Mid-air jet collision update: One Su-34 falls into sea, fate of second unknown

Mid-air jet collision update: One Su-34 falls into sea, fate of second unknown

Su-34 fighter jet © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. One of the two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bomber aircraft, which collided mid-air in the Far East, fell into the sea after its crew ejected, the fate of another plane is unknown, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies informed TASS on Friday. “One of the two Su-34 aircraft fell into the sea, its crew ejected. The fate of the second plane is unknown. It is expected that it may return to the base,” he said, adding that nothing was known about the fate of both crews. In other media

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Two Su-34 jets collide in Russia’s Far East

Two Su-34 jets collide in Russia’s Far East

Su-34 jet © Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers have collided in mid-air over the Strait of Tatary (or the Tatar Strait) in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Region, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS on Friday. “According to preliminary data, the accident occurred over the Tatar Strait. Two Su-34 jets vanished from radar screens close to the inhabited community of Nelma in the Sovetsko-Gavansky District. They presumably collided in mid-air,” the source said. That said, a search operation is underway. Earlier, a TASS source said that both planes had been flying from the sea when they collided…

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Norway investigates Russian national for suspected terror attack

Norway investigates Russian national for suspected terror attack

© EPA-EFE/TERJE BENDIKSBY MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. A Russian citizen has been detained in Norway for stabbing a woman in Oslo on Thursday. The chief of the Norwegian security service PST, Benedicte Bjornland, told the NRK television channel the incident was considered as a possible terrorist attack. “The man is a Russian citizen who arrived in Norway on Thursday through Sweden,” Bjornland said, adding that the suspect had agreed to cooperate with the authorities. “Further investigation is expected to find out if the incident was a terrorist attack,” she said. According to the special services, the 20-year-old Bashkortostan-born man had already been questioned by the Oslo…

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First manned launch in 2019 may be postponed from March 1 to early April

First manned launch in 2019 may be postponed from March 1 to early April

KHIMKI /Moscow region/, January 18. /TASS/. This year’s first launch of a manned spaceship that was originally scheduled for March 1 may be postponed to early April, chief of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday. “After the October 11, 2018 developments (an abortive launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket – TASS), we had to revise this schedule. And despite the fact that the first launch was scheduled for March 1, we jointly with the American will probably postpone it to a more acceptable date. I don’t rule out that it will not take place in March and will be postponed to…

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Russia ready to continue dialogue with US to save INF Treaty, says Lavrov

Russia ready to continue dialogue with US to save INF Treaty, says Lavrov

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to continue dialogue with Washington to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on Friday. “Clearly, the destruction of the Treaty is fraught with the most negative consequences for global strategic stability,” he said. “Following the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the entire arms control system will be endangered, including the New START [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] and nuclear non-proliferation. Today, Russia has confirmed that although the expert consultations held by Russia and the US in Geneva on January 15…

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Russia’s experiment to print living tissues on orbital outpost crowned with success

Russia’s experiment to print living tissues on orbital outpost crowned with success

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. The experiment conducted by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018 to print the human’s cartilaginous tissue and the mice’s thyroid gland using the Organ-Avt bioprinter has been successful, Projects Head of 3D Bioprinting Solutions Yusef Khesuani told TASS on Friday. “We can state the fact that the assembly was successful and the internal structure of these organs is intact. We can say already now, at the primary stages, that the experiment crowned with success,” Khesuani said. All the samples of the printed tissues are being studied in the histology lab of 3D Printing Solutions’ partners,…

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Pilot of one collided plane found at sea, says source

Pilot of one collided plane found at sea, says source

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS KHABAROVSK, January 18. /TASS/. A pilot has been found at sea following a collision between two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers over the Sea of Japan, a source told TASS on Friday. “They have found one of the pilots and are now trying to get him out of the sea,” he said, adding that a storm was complicating the rescue effort.  One of Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft, which collided mid-air in the Far East, has returned to the base, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS on Friday. “One of the planes landed at the Khurba base,” the source added.  At the time…

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French Ice Hockey Federation considers option of its Paris club joining Russia-based KHL

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. The French Ice Hockey Federation (FFHG) considers a possibility of an ice hockey club from Paris joining the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), FFHG President Luc Tardif told TASS on Friday. KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko said last September that the league was in talks to take aboard ice hockey clubs from Paris and Marseilles. The KHL president added at that time that French clubs could be playing home matches against their opponents in Paris at the former Bercy Arena, which is now called AccorHotels Arena. Asked by a TASS correspondent about a possibility of French clubs from Paris and Marseille joining…

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Russian technical university proposes using traps for space debris disposal

Russian technical university proposes using traps for space debris disposal

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Specialists of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University have proposed using traps to dispose of space debris and will deliver a report at academic discussions on cosmonautics on January 29 – February 1 to describe two types of devices to bring medium and large space junk into the dense layers of the atmosphere. “The project of a promising system of space junk disposal using a transformable mechanical trap has been developed. Two types of traps have been simulated to open up and their basic characteristics have been obtained,” the report says. Specialists believe that the project for a trap with mechanically…

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Russia’s Karen Khachanov leaves 2019 Australian Open after 3rd round defeat

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. /TASS/. Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain defeated on Friday Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the 3rd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The match, which lasted for 2 hours 10 minutes, saw the 30-year-old Spanish player sailing past his 22-year-old Russian opponent with the straight sets win of 6-4; 7-5; 6-4. The 3rd round of the Australian Open is now the best result for Russia’s Khachanov. His previous best result at the Grand Slam tournament in Australia was 2nd round in 2017. Roberto Bautista Agut,…

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