Russian President Vladimir Putin says homosexuals should feel "free" and "calm" at the Winter Olympic Games, but asked them to "please leave our children alone."
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says in Moscow that Syria is prepared to exchange lists with rebel forces on a possible prisoner exchange.
City police said that the body of the 29-year-old Uzbek man, whose name was not released, was found overnight on January 16-17 and showed more than 20 stab wounds.
Two senior U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would expand to all countries the Magnitsky Act passed in 2012 to penalize Russian officials for alleged human rights abuses.
A summit between leaders of Russia and the European Union is being cut short.
Moscow has again urged the West to invite Iran to next week's international peace conference on Syria.
A U.S. Congressman at the forefront of efforts to punish Russian officials implicated in rights abuses says he now wants answers from the U.S. administration as to why it hasn't expanded the so-called Magnitsky list.
A court in Moscow has sent a man suspected of burning the Koran to pre-trial detention until at least March 9.
Rights organizations have been criticizing Russia's banning of a U.S. journalist from the country for five years.
A Russian court has found the former deputy mayor of the Siberian city of Tulun guilty of killing a journalist who had criticized his activities, but ruled he should not go to prison.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili says he expects "provocations" from Russia ahead of the signing of an Association Agreement with the European Union.
A Russian firm has announced that it's in the final stages of negotiations on a contract to help build a natural-gas power plant in Serbia as part of a multinational consortium.