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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukraine claims they have captured a Russian army major who was allegedly delivering explosives to rebels in Donetsk region - @DailyStarLeb

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FIFA corruption case

FIFA president Sepp Blatter deserves the Nobel Prize, Russian president Vladimir Putin says on Swiss TV - @AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Kremlin says it has no info confirming or denying reports on detained Russians' swap for Ukrainian soldiers - Interfax

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United States Department of State

US Secretary of State John Kerry appoints Michael Ratney as new Special Envoy for Syria ahead of upcoming Aug. 3 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Doha - @margbrennan

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Editor's note: The Ocean X group reports it has discovered a small Russian submarine in the waters off Sweden. It says it can not determine how long it has been there. - Tom

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Russia says it is considering ban on import of Dutch flowers - @AP

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Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014

Russia's UN envoy says Moscow will veto creation of tribunal prosecuting those responsible for shooting down MH17 - @dmitryzaksAFP

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crime & courts

Key suspect in poisoning death of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko says he is unable to testify at UK inquiry - @BBCNews

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Photo: NASA has just released this photo of activity at the Klyuchevskoy volcano in eastern Russia, shot by an astronaut aboard the ISS - @wxbrad

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FIFA corruption case

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is 'a very brave person' and 'a victim,' according to Russia 2018 chief executive Alexei Sorokin - @BBCSport

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Iran nuclear program deal

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., at hearing on Iran deal: 'I believe Russia and Iran teamed up against the United States during the negotiations'; Secretary of State Kerry says he is 'exactly wrong' - @ReutersZengerle



Media reports: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is offered a return to power in Russia by president Vladimir Putin - @euronews

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Aeroflot pilot alters flight plan to arrive at Siberian city from Moscow nearly 1 hour ahead of schedule due to child passenger with high fever - @RT_com

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Russian football authorities must do more to stop racism following incident involving Ufa player Emmanuel Frimpong, says UN official - @guardian_sport



Approximately 10 ships of Russian Navy are constantly deployed in Mediterranean, commander says - Interfax

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Earthquake: M 4.7 - 199km ESE of Nikol'skoye, Russia



Photo: Approximately 30 minutes until launch of 3 astronauts aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to International Space Station - @BrimstoneOr

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Pentagon prepares to provide Ukraine with radar to help counter artillery used by Russia-backed rebels, @WSJbreakingnews reports

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Photo: Scientists believe Arctic wildfires, including those in Alaska, Canada and Russia, have caused smoke over the Greenland Sea - @NASA

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Emmanuel Frimpong

FC Ufa player Emmanuel Frimpong banned 2 matches for reaction to alleged racist abuse; Spartak Moscow, whose fans taunted Frimpong, not punished - @AP_Sports

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