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Putin slams Russia doping ban as ‘politically motivated’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday slammed a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to ban Russia for four years from major global sporting events over doping violations as a "politically motivated" ruling that "contradicted" the…

Oligarch Khodorkovsky calls Russia ‘mafia’ state

Oligarch-turned-dissident exile Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Russia had been taken over by a "mafia" as he appeared in Venice for the launch of Alex Gibney's "Citizen K" documentary, described by one critic as a "scalding portrait" of the…

Diplomacy: a genteel world combusts in online era

President Donald Trump's fury over leaked cables written by the British ambassador demonstrates the growing predicament faced by diplomats whose profession -- once nearly synonymous with a stiff-upper-lip decorum -- has become explosive in…

Putin hails military might on WWII Victory Day

President Vladimir Putin vowed to ensure Russia's military strength as the country on Thursday marked World War II Victory Day, an event that has become increasingly important over his two-decade rule.

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