Syrian activists say Russia is expanding the tarmac of an airport in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said "significant progress" had been made toward a resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
British singer and composer Elton John has called for Ukraine to give stronger support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) community.
Russians have cast ballots in local and regional elections set to confirm the ruling party's dominance, amid reports of mass vote rigging.
Aside from Vladimir Putin, the head of Tatarstan is the only president left in the Russian Federation. An election on September 13 is turning into a referendum on his right to keep that title.
Syrian state media has reported that two Russian planes carrying 80 tons of humanitarian aid have arrived in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no path to regulating the crisis in eastern Ukraine other than the existing Minsk agreements.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree approving a citizenship application from famed U.S. boxer Roy Jones.
Police in the central Russian region of Kostroma say they have confiscated 2 million rubles ($30,000) from an activist of the Open Russia nongovernmental organization.
In Ukraine's southern city of Mariupol, schoolchildren are learning what to do if they find land mines and unexploded bombs.
Germany's foreign minister has warned Russia against bolstering its support for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia called on the United States to reopen channels of communications between the two military superpowers to avoid "unintended incidents" as Russia steps up military assistance to the Syrian government.