Russia’s doping scandal: Keeping politics out of the arena
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:52

The latest scandal involving large-scale allegations of Russian athletes using performance-enhancing drugs in international competitions may end up not only with the culprits being named, blamed and stripped of their titles, but with Russia as a country being suspended and banned from participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.


A321: Four lessons for Russia
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:49

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FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov stated on November 17 that the A321 passenger aircraft was destroyed as a result of a terrorist attack. CIA Director John Brennan stated that terrorist attacks in Paris were not an isolated incident, as terrorists were likely to be working on more attacks. What must be done to minimize the terrorist threat? Is...

Syria breakthrough: An end to the slaughter in sight?
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:45

Foreign ministers and representatives from 20 countries agreed a road map to peace in Syria in Vienna on Nov. 14. With the terrorist attacks in Paris the night before giving the second round of talks fresh urgency, there was agreement on setting up a transitional government within six months and elections within 18 months.

As positive...

Medvedev, Vietnamese president discuss bilateral agenda
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:05

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang have met in Manila to discuss current bilateral relations and their development prospects.

"We will continue contact at all levels of leadership," the Russian prime minister said at the meeting.

He also thanked the Vietnamese leader for attending...

Italian priest attacked in Bangladesh
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:58
Italian priest attacked in BangladeshImage copyrightSTRImage caption Mr Parolari was attacked as he cycled in the town of Dinajpur - the gunmen escaped

Gunmen have wounded an Italian priest in the latest in a series of attacks on foreigners in Bangladesh.

Police say the man, identified as Piero Parolari, works as a doctor in a hospital run by...

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