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October 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details.
Gunmen stormed the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital,  on Wednesday night, scrambling over the walls of the compound, tearing down the Russian flag and opening fire on cars and buildings, Russian and Libyan news agencies reported. The attack was suspected to be revenge for the killing a day earlier of a Libyan air force pilot by a Russian woman, who the gunmen thought had taken refuge in the diplomatic mission, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. "The Wednesday attack may be linked with the incident on Tuesday," in which local media reported that a Russian woman -- some identified her as Ukrainian -- shot and killed Libyan air force officer Mohammed Susi in Tripoli, then attacked the pilot's elderly mother with a knife, ITAR-TASS reported . The Russian news agency, citing local security sources and the Libyan news agency LANA, said the woman had not been identified, nor was a motive in the attacks known.
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February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Team USA may not be getting its Chobani Greek yogurt any time soon as a shipment containing 5,000 cups of the protein-packed snack is snagged in a trade dispute between U.S. and Russian authorities. While some athletes appear to be shrugging off the lack of Chobani, the conflict has become a punch line of late night television, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Russian authorities to free the "yogurt trapped in a holding pattern at Newark Airport" in New Jersey.
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July 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in Belarus detained about 30 people who staged a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy to demand that the Kremlin stop backing hard-line President Alexander G. Lukashenko. The protest occurred three days after opposition leader Alexander Kozulin was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison in connection with demonstrations against the reelection of Lukashenko, who has been in power 12 years.
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January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russia demanded that the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay be closed down as soon as possible after a Foreign Ministry envoy visited the last Russian prisoner still held there. "This trip has just fortified our principled position, which coincides with approaches of an overwhelming majority of world community members -- states, international human rights groups, nongovernmental organizations, including those from the United States -- to the effect that the Guantanamo prison should be closed as soon as possible,” Konstantin Dolgov, a human rights envoy with the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Saturday, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
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April 27, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Russians and Americans have reached an agreement to move the Romanov jewels from the Corcoran Gallery of Art to the Russian Embassy compound, in what appeared to be a significant breakthrough in a face-off that has drawn national and international attention.
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October 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Three Nigerian Defense Ministry staffers and three foreigners are being held pending a hearing on spying charges, court officials said. Court papers allege that the Nigerians colluded with Irishman James Nolan, Romanian Bogdan Dumitrescu and Israeli Eliav Hommossany to illegally obtain classified security documents and that they intended to pass them to the Russian Embassy in Nigeria. The six have pleaded not guilty. They could get as much as 14 years in prison if convicted.
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April 19, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A dispute over custody of jewels once owned by the czars of Russia led cars from the Russian Embassy to block a tractor-trailer that was to have carted the $100-million collection to its next stop in a two-year American tour. Anatoly Dubekhin, cultural attache from the embassy, said Russia wanted the collection returned to Moscow for the Russian capital's 850th anniversary. The exhibit was to have been sent from the Corcoran Gallery of Art to Houston.
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February 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Russian air force jet briefly violated Japanese airspace over an island in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo, the Foreign Ministry said. The three-minute flyby above Izu island ended after warnings by a Japanese fighter jet dispatched by the Air Self-Defense Forces, said a Foreign Ministry official. The ministry immediately lodged a protest over the intrusion with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, and demanded an explanation, the official said.
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May 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ending a peculiar three-week standoff, the Russian government agreed to allow a $100-million collection of czarist jewels and artwork to head for Houston where it will resume an American museum tour. Timothy Dickinson, an attorney for the Russian government, would not provide details except to say the parties agreed on an "equitable splitting of the revenues."
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October 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Russian travel blogger missing in Syria for more than a week has reportedly been detained by a Syrian armed opposition group, Russian officials said. Russian Embassy officials in Damascus said Saturday that they are looking for Konstantin Zhuravlev, who disappeared in the vicinity of Aleppo on Sept. 30. Zhuravlev reportedly entered Syria from Turkey last month to hitchhike in the war-ravaged country. On Friday, a Syrian agency, Shamel News, associated with rebels, posted on its Facebook page a scan of Zhuravlev's passport, saying that a rebel “security battalion arrested Zhuravlev who was spying on rebel factions and supplied information to Russian and Syrian intelligence.” The report said that a relevant video would be posted soon.
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November 28, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have recaptured the western border town of Deir Attiyeh, less than a week after rebel forces had seized it in a counteroffensive, according to Syrian state television. Deir Attiyeh, with about 10,000 residents and a significant Christian minority, is viewed as a vital link on the main highway between Damascus, the seat of power of President Bashar Assad, and the city of Homs in the center of the country. It is also part of a strategic supply corridor for rebel forces.
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November 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Rising tensions between Poland and Russia flared into a fiery rampage on Polish Independence Day, when masked youths and right-wing radicals veered from a peaceful march to hurl bottles, trash and torches at the Russian Embassy in Warsaw. Russia's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the Polish ambassador to Moscow, Wojciech Zajaczkowski, to demand an apology for the attack and compensation for damage inflicted on the embassy and a security checkpoint at its front gate, RIA Novosti reported.
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October 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Russian travel blogger missing in Syria for more than a week has reportedly been detained by a Syrian armed opposition group, Russian officials said. Russian Embassy officials in Damascus said Saturday that they are looking for Konstantin Zhuravlev, who disappeared in the vicinity of Aleppo on Sept. 30. Zhuravlev reportedly entered Syria from Turkey last month to hitchhike in the war-ravaged country. On Friday, a Syrian agency, Shamel News, associated with rebels, posted on its Facebook page a scan of Zhuravlev's passport, saying that a rebel “security battalion arrested Zhuravlev who was spying on rebel factions and supplied information to Russian and Syrian intelligence.” The report said that a relevant video would be posted soon.
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October 9, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russian investigators said Wednesday that they found drugs and equipment that could be used for spying on board a Greenpeace ship used in a foiled protest against offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Additional charges are expected to be filed against 30 people accused of piracy for their roles in last month's protest, according to a statement posted on the website of Russia's Investigative Committee. Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said “narcotic substances”  -- apparently morphine and poppy straw, which is used to manufacture opiates such as heroin - were found on the ship along with “dual purpose” equipment that “could be use not only for ecological ends.” Investigators are also trying to determine which of those in custody were allegedly responsible for ramming coast guard ships during a failed attempt to board an oil drilling platform, Markin said.
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October 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW - Russia evacuated its diplomatic community from Libya on Thursday following an attack on its embassy in Tripoli, and said it was relocating its Libyan mission to Tunisia until conditions were safe. “On Oct. 3, all the employees of the Russian Embassy and their family members safely crossed the border with Tunisia,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in an official statement. “Until the security issues related to the work of our mission in Tripoli are resolved, a group of senior diplomats of the Russian Embassy in Libya will temporarily remain in Tunisia.” Lukashevich said the others will be flown to Moscow on Friday.
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October 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details.
Gunmen stormed the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital,  on Wednesday night, scrambling over the walls of the compound, tearing down the Russian flag and opening fire on cars and buildings, Russian and Libyan news agencies reported. The attack was suspected to be revenge for the killing a day earlier of a Libyan air force pilot by a Russian woman, who the gunmen thought had taken refuge in the diplomatic mission, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. "The Wednesday attack may be linked with the incident on Tuesday," in which local media reported that a Russian woman -- some identified her as Ukrainian -- shot and killed Libyan air force officer Mohammed Susi in Tripoli, then attacked the pilot's elderly mother with a knife, ITAR-TASS reported . The Russian news agency, citing local security sources and the Libyan news agency LANA, said the woman had not been identified, nor was a motive in the attacks known.
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February 4, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW--Two Russians and an Italian held hostage by the Syrian armed opposition since mid-December were released, Russian officials said Monday. The two Russians were exchanged on Sunday for rebel fighters held by the Syrian government, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told the Russia-24 TV news network. It was not clear whether similar arrangements were made for the Italian hostage. The three were employees of a steel plant near the city of Homs in central Syria.
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February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Team USA may not be getting its Chobani Greek yogurt any time soon as a shipment containing 5,000 cups of the protein-packed snack is snagged in a trade dispute between U.S. and Russian authorities. While some athletes appear to be shrugging off the lack of Chobani, the conflict has become a punch line of late night television, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Russian authorities to free the "yogurt trapped in a holding pattern at Newark Airport" in New Jersey.
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September 3, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM - Israel said Tuesday that it had tested a new version of its Sparrow target missile over the Mediterranean Sea, an unannounced launch that was immediately detected by Russia and quickly raised tensions in a region already on edge over a possible U.S. strike against Syria. U.S. and Israeli officials initially refused to comment on the test, raising questions about who was behind the launch and what was targeted. Russia was the first to announce that it had detected two unknown ballistic launches at about 9:15 a.m. Jerusalem time.
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September 3, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Israel said it carried out a joint missile test with the U.S. over the Mediterranean Sea that was detected Tuesday morning by a Russian radar system. Earlier in the day, Russia announced the detection of two "ballistic" objects over the Mediterranean, state-run media outlets RIA-Novosti and ITAR-TASS reported. The two launches were picked up at 10:16 a.m. Moscow time, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedly informed President Vladimir Putin. The news initially raised concerns of a possible missile strike against Syria -- the U.S. is weighing an attack on the country in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government -- but the Russian Embassy in Damascus reported no sign of any explosions or damage from missiles, RIA-Novosti reported.
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