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Russia

Earthquake: M 4.8 - 235km SE of Vostok, Russia

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celebrities

Elton John, Vladimir Putin will not have time to meet when singer is in Russia next week, says spokesperson for Russian president - Moscow Times

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2016 Olympics

Maria Sharapova included on Russia's Olympic tennis team despite doping suspension - AFP

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Syrian civil war

Lavrov says Russia supports Syria elections under international watch, but says 'must be chosen by Syrian people' - Al Arabiya

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Syrian civil war

5 truce breaches recorded in Syria in past 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry says - Interfax

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Russian athlete doping scandal

US Sen. John McCain, R-Az., says he wants a Senate hearing examining reports on allegations of Russian athlete doping - @ReutersZengerle

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

President Poroshenko says Ukraine will get back eastern Territories, Crimea just as it has won back pilot Savchenko - Reuters

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European Union

Update: Eurojust agency confirms Portuguese national, Russian arrested in Rome on suspicion of being involved in espionage for hire; no names released - AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukraine's Nadiya Savchenko thanks supporters, promises to fight for the release of other Ukrainians in Russian custody - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Photo: Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko arrives back in Kiev after being pardoned and released from Russian custody - @ChristopherJM

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Russia's Putin says he has decided to pardon Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, local TV reports - AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Photo: Russian TV shows return of 2 Russians detained in Ukraine, insists they were 'not active servicemen' but 'volunteers' - @NoahSneider

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Kremlin says 2 Russians held in Ukraine's capital Kiev have landed back in Russia - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukrainian official: Russia has released jailed pilot Nadiya Savchenko and she is being flown to Ukraine - AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Upcoming: Ukraine's President Poroshenko will make a statement at 3:15 pm local time (8:15 am ET), likely to be on prisoner swap with Russia, Reuters reports

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Syrian civil war

Russia says holding off air strikes on Nusra Front militant group in Syria - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Source close to Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap says Ukraine has pardoned 2 Russians for expected exchange - Reuters

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Italy

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service declines to comment on reported detention of alleged Russian spy in Italy - Interfax

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Plane carrying Ukraine's President Poroshenko to land in Rostov-on-Don to exchange 2 Russian servicemen for pilot Nadiya Savchenko - Interfax

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Petition for pardoning 2 Russian nationals submitted to Ukrainian president, lawyer says - TASS

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