Italy's Rita Levi-Montalcini dies
Sunday, 30 December 2012 18:51
Italy's Rita Levi-Montalcini diesLevi-Montalcini continued to work into her old age

The Italian Nobel prize-winning neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini has died at the age of 103.

Dr Levi-Montalcini lived through anti-semitic discrimination under fascism to become one of Italy's top scientists and most respected figures.

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Russia plane crash investigators say faulty brakes may be to blame
Sunday, 30 December 2012 15:48

Air crash investigation team examining black boxes on Tupolev-204 plane, which slid off Moscow runway, killing five

Faulty brakes may be to blame for a Russian airliner sliding off the runway and smashing onto a road near Moscow, killing five people, a member of the crash investigation team said on Sunday.

Investigators said they were examining the...

 
Church backs Vladimir Putin's ban on Americans adopting Russian children
Saturday, 29 December 2012 23:06

Russian Orthodox church criticised for supporting Kremlin again

The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin.

Father Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-ranking...

 
Without negotiations, Syria will be the new Somalia, UN envoy says
Saturday, 29 December 2012 19:59

Even Russia, Bashar al-Assad's biggest ally, is coming round to idea of talks as Syrian rebels continue to gain ground

A diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria seemed as far away as ever on Saturday, as the UN-Arab League envoy to Damascus, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the country risked slithering into "hell".

Following talks in Moscow with Russia's...

 
Russia's three most important events in 2012
Saturday, 29 December 2012 18:00

Pravda.Ru asked representatives of parliamentary parties and experts to name three, in their view, main events that took place in Russia's political life in 2012. It is worth noting that most of our interviewees, regardless of their views and party affiliation, named the same events. Although, of course, there are differences in the estimates.

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