Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would "fiercely and consistently continue the fight against terrorists until their complete annihilation."
An aide to a local prosecutor has been killed in a bomb attack in Russia's North Caucasus.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a New Year's greeting to U.S. President Barack Obama saying that Moscow is determined to pursue constructive relations with the United States, Russian media report.
The latest plan to rescue the ship's 52 passengers -- many of them Australian -- involves a helicopter from the Chinese ship "Snow Dragon," but officials say weather conditions likely won't allow an attempt until January 1 at the earliest.
The first funerals have been held for some of the victims of two suicide bombings that ripped through the southern Russian city of Volgograd less than 24 hours apart, killing at least 34 people and injuring dozens more.
Some Muslim groups in Daghestan and Azerbaijan have called for a ban on the public celebration of the New Year. Their rationale for doing so differs, however.
Switzerland has granted a visa to former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Dual bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd have left more than 30 people dead and scores more injured. Why has Volgograd -- and not Moscow or Sochi -- become the repeated target of terror attacks?
Nina Kotlyarova was inside the Volgograd train station on December 29, when an explosion blamed on a suicide bomber ripped through the building, killing 17 people.
Bad weather has forced back an Australian icebreaker struggling to reach a scientific expedition stranded in an icebound Russian ship off Antarctica.
Security forces and police say they have killed several suspected militants in incidents across Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered stepped-up security measures across the country after more than 30 people were killed in two suspected suicide bombings in as many days in the southern city of Volgograd.