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Russian coastal city of Kaliningrad. ©Reuters
Lithuanian sentenced to 13 years for 'spying on Moscow'

A Lithuanian national has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for spying on Moscow.

Lithuanian sentenced to 13 years for 'spying on Moscow'
Kazakh women's chess team. ©Daniyar Ashirov
Kazakhstan third at Asian Nations Chess Cup

Kazakhstan’s national chess team has become third at the classical chess Asia Nations Cup 2016.

Kazakhstan third at Asian Nations Chess Cup
Turkmenistan introduces mandatory pre-marital HIV tests
Turkmenistan introduces mandatory pre-marital HIV tests

Turkmenistan has passed a law making HIV tests mandatory prior to marriage.

Turkmenistan introduces mandatory pre-marital HIV tests
A patient is tested for diabetes. ©Reuters
Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980: WHO

The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled over 35 years: the World Health Organization

Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980: WHO
Oil pipes. ©REUTERS / Sergei Karpukhin
Ukraine adds Russian oil import ban to growing trade war

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk intends to introduce a ban on oil product imports from Russia.

Ukraine adds Russian oil import ban to growing trade war
Figure skating: Japan's Hanyu fumes at rival for 'intentional' collision
Figure skating: Japan's Hanyu fumes at rival for 'intentional' collision

Japan's Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu accused Denis Ten of Kazakhstan of deliberately colliding with him during practice.

Figure skating: Japan's Hanyu fumes at rival for 'intentional' collision
Caveman's best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists
Caveman's best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists

hunters searching for mammoth tusks discovered an Ice Age puppy's snout peeking out from the permafrost.

Caveman's best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists
US and Russia to push Syrian political transition
US and Russia to push Syrian political transition

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's President Vladimir Putin agreed to intensify the drive for a political settlement in Syria but remained divided over Bashar al-Assad's future.

US and Russia to push Syrian political transition
Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria
Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria

Russia has begun to withdraw military equipment from Syria, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria
©Turar Kazangapov
Central Asia strongman regimes challenged by stuttering economy

Now authorities across ex-Soviet Central Asia are facing an unexpected legitimacy test as falling oil prices and Russia's recession.

Central Asia strongman regimes challenged by stuttering economy
Przewalski's horse in the wild in Hustain Nuruu national park, Mongolia. ©flickr.com
Once extinct, world's last wild horse returns to steppes

The path out of oblivion for Przewalski's horse lies in getting on a plane to China, Mongolia and, most recently, the Russian steppes.

Once extinct, world's last wild horse returns to steppes
Putin says agreement sealed with Russian oil firms to freeze output
Putin says agreement sealed with Russian oil firms to freeze output

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he had sealed a pact with the country's oil majors to freeze production.

Putin says agreement sealed with Russian oil firms to freeze output
Lennon not Lenin: Ukraine renames street after late Beatle
Lennon not Lenin: Ukraine renames street after late Beatle

A Ukrainian village renamed a street, which honoured Soviet founder Lenin, after The Beatles' John Lennon.

Lennon not Lenin: Ukraine renames street after late Beatle
Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war
Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war

Syria's brutal five-year war has turned increasingly messy tangle of internal and external players with their own multi-faceted agendas.

Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war
Denis Ten, figure skater from Kazakhstan. ©Tengrinews/Aizhan Tugelbayeva
Figure Skating: Injured Olympian Ten withdraws from Four Continents

Olympic medallist and defending champion Denis Ten withdrew due to injury from the Four Continents figure skating championships in Taipei.

Figure Skating: Injured Olympian Ten withdraws from Four Continents
Denis Ten, figure skater from Kazakhstan. ©RIA Novosti
Figure Skating: Olympian Ten to defend title at Four Continents

Olympic medallist Denis Ten from Kazakhstan will face tough competition at the Four Continents figure skating championships in Taipei.

Figure Skating: Olympian Ten to defend title at Four Continents
Emomali Rakhmon. ©RIA Novosti
Tajikistan to hold key referendum in May

Tajikistan is to hold a referendum in May that is expected to let President Emomali Rakhmon stay in office.

Tajikistan to hold key referendum in May
Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea
Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea

Moscow warned Washington that deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region.

Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea
Kazakhstan to beef up doping control ahead of Rio Olympics
Kazakhstan to beef up doping control ahead of Rio Olympics

The head of Kazakhstan's national anti-doping centre has pledged to crack down on drug cheats ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Kazakhstan to beef up doping control ahead of Rio Olympics
Russia 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than global average: ministry
Russia 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than global average: ministry

Russia is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, sounding an alarm on the rise in floods and wildfires nationwide.

Russia 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than global average: ministry

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