British Prime Minister David Cameron says the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) economic powers have agreed that sanctions imposed against Russia over its actions in Ukraine must be extended next month.
Russia says it has launched "unprecedented measures" to develop military infrastructure on the far eastern Kurile Islands where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims.
Russia's freestyle wrestling championship has been suspended in the Siberian city of Yakutsk after a brawl between two participants.
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A court in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has sentenced two Ukrainian citizens to lengthy prison terms after they were found guilty of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s.
Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian airwoman who spent nearly two years in Russian captivity before her return in a prisoner swap this week, says she's ready to run for president if that's what Ukrainians want.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the revival of relations between Moscow and European Union on the eve of his first visit to the bloc this year.
Russia, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan were among a group of countries that blocked giving United Nations accreditation to the media freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists.
Russia has included Maria Sharapova provisionally on its team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her suspension for failing a drug test.