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US permanent representative to UN signed condolence book in memory of Churkin

TASS [Russian State News] - 25 min 36 sec ago
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died in New York on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday

Secretary General says SCO mourns Vitaly Churkin’s death

TASS [Russian State News] - 54 min 34 sec ago
Vitaly Churkin died on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday

Iran plans to buy 12 Superjet-100 Russian aircraft in near future — minister

TASS [Russian State News] - 1 hour 6 min ago
Russia has offered Iranian partners to establish joint production of turboprop upgraded Ilyushin Il-114 aircraft

Rosneft ready to sell part of gas stations in some regions

TASS [Russian State News] - 1 hour 19 min ago
Rosneft, after purchasing Bashneft, is ready to sell part of gas stations in the regions where their share exceeds 50%

Viktor Bout’s lawyers submit documents to US Supreme Court to overturn sentence

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 31 min ago
Viktor Bout was detained in 2008 in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, on a warrant issued by a local court on a request from the United States

Amnesty International criticizes human rights situation in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 15 min ago
The organization also mentioned restrictions on rights to freedom of expression, non-profit organizations, penalties against human rights activists, violations in the North Caucasus

Kyiv proposes to remove Russia’s veto power in UN Security Council

TASS [Russian State News] - 6 hours 59 min ago
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin added that Russian "aggression against Ukraine" also "targets European and transatlantic unity as basic elements of the global security order."

Trump saddened to learn of death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to UN Churkin

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:56
Vitaly Churkin died in New York on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday

Ukraine’s top diplomat explains why Kiev has blocked UNSC statement on Churkin

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:49
Vitaly Churkin died in New York on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday

Lavrov says Russia-Belarus relations developing in working mode

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:48
Russian Foreign Ministry is always open for discussion of any matters, including difficult ones, Russia's top diplomat noted

Condolence book in memory of Churkin opened at Russia’s Permanent Mission to UN

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:53
Vitaly Churkin died in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday

Russian senator says sanctions should be imposed on Kiev responsible for people’s deaths

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:49
Earlier in the day, Ukrainian president urged the EU to toughen sanctions against Russia because of Moscow’s recognition of passports issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics

Iran waiting for proposals on oil and gas contracts from Russian companies

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:17
Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said negotiations between Russia and Iran on oil and gas contracts are at an advanced stage

Turkey may encourage NATO towards real anti-terrorist coalition — Russian defense minister

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:00
The minister noted that big work is being done in the sphere of military technical cooperation between Russia and Turkey

UN secretary-general offers Lavrov condolences on Churkin’s death

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:53
Vitaly Churkin died in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday

OPEC does not see problems regarding growth of Russian oil export

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:46
OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo said the organization is monitoring production, not exports

Russia's envoy says Kiev disrupts withdrawal of weapons in Donbass agreed by Contact Group

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:39
"The current Ukrainian authorities do not seek to solve the problems that have piled up in the region," Russian envoy to the Minsk talks Boris Gryzlov said

UN Security Council holds a minute of silence in memory of Russia’s deceased envoy

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:30
Diplomats from the member states of the UN Security Council delivered brief speeches, noting Churkin’s merits and calling him an outstanding diplomat and "a maestro of diplomacy"

Russia and US might launch joint operations against terrorists in Raqqa

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:17
The Americans agree that international terrorism is a common enemy, according to the Russian defense minister

Ankara’s talks with Moscow over purchase of S-400 go on positively

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:07
It was reported earlier that Turkey had taken interest in Russia's S-400

Syrian opposition’s Moscow Group to take part in Geneva talks

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:21
The Intra-Syrian talks are scheduled to begin in Geneva on February 23

Poroshenko urges EU to tighten anti-Russian sanctions

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:19
The Ukrainian leader also said that recognition of passports issued by the DPR and LPR in Russia runs counter to the Minsk agreements

Minister says Iranian president plans to visit Russia in March

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:36
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to visit Moscow in March

Nuclear icebreakers escort twice more vessels in Arctic year-on-year

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:23
In 2016, the icebreakers escorted along the Northern Sea Route 410 vessels

Russian scientists forecast lower temperatures in Arctic after 2020 only

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:23
The research institute’s studies show the warming is a part of the cyclic climate changes, with the period of about 60 years

Russia expects US to support efforts against 'chemical terrorism' — diplomat

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:18
A Russian diplomat stressed the IS had gained an opportunity not only to use but also to produce chemical weapons on an industrial scale

Russian defense minister blames NATO for dodging cooperation with Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:54
Sergey Shoigu says the leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance keeps to the former course of rejecting all formats of practical cooperation with Russia

Oil production monitoring committee to meet on March 25-26 — OPEC Secretary-General

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:41
March 22-23 were earlier mentioned as the possible meeting date by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak

Minister: Russian operation in Syria stopped chain of color revolutions in Middle East

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:23
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that it was only possible to stop further spread of color revolutions if the world community maintained close cooperation

Defense minister warns 'no animals in Western zoos able to boss the bear around'

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:57
"As the old saying goes: all lions are cats, but not all cats are lions", the Russian defense minister reminded

Ukraine’s envoy to UN forced to stonewall statement on Churkin — Lavrov

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:35
Vitaly Churkin passed away on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday

Russia, China sign contract on supply of anti-ship missile systems

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:33
Russian-Chinese military-technical cooperation has been developing positively, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Tech giant develops material to camouflage military equipment from smart weapons

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:28
The material will help hide equipment by changing color and imitating complex patterns, which even include wind-rippled tree leaves

Russia’s Tigr armored vehicle enjoys strong demand on arms market

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:23
The Tigr is capable of negotiating water obstacles 1.2 meters deep

Russia’s strategic nuclear forces to be 90% armed with modern weaponry by late 2020

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:14
Large-scale work is currently underway to arm Russia’s Strategic Missile Force with modern missile systems, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said

Vitaly Churkin: Outstanding diplomat who 'knew no defeat'

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:09
Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin died on February 20, one day before his 65th birthday

Peskov calls issue of conditions for Moscow’s recognition of DPR, LPR virtual rhetoric

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:31
Putin earlier signed a decree on recognizing passports and other documents issued in DPR and LPR

Kremlin: Putin made no statements on participation in 2018 presidential election

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:15
According to the Kremlin spokesman, President Putin has repeatedly said that he believes it is early to make any statements on elections

Alrosa president writes resignation letter — source

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:58
President of Russia’s top diamond producer Alrosa Andrey Zharkov is quitting his post, according to a source

President of Azerbaijan appoints his wife as first vice-president

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:37
Mehriban Aliyeva heads the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Azerbaijan’s largest non-governmental organization

Ukrainian MP Savchenko renounces parliamentary immunity

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:32
Savchenko particularly urged the working group to consider her statement on giving up parliamentary immunity, citing Article 80 of the Ukrainian Constitution

Lavrov voices hope for restoration of Russia-Sweden relations

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:21
Sweden’s ties with Russia were frozen in 2014 by the previous center-right government

Putin: Russia's UN envoy Churkin suffered no defeats

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:25
Vladimir Putin calls UN envoy Vitaly Churkin, who died in New York on Monday, one of the most prominent Russian diplomats

Russian Rosneft, Libyan National Oil Corporation ink cooperation framework agreement

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:15
The agreement envisages the establishment of a joint working committee to evaluate opportunities in a variety of sectors, including exploration and production

Russian diplomat says Syrian conflict cannot be solved through military means only

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:23
A Russian diplomat believes when the armed conflict in Syria comes to an end, the Iranian military units and the units of Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah movement will leave the country

Rosneft signs offtake contract with Kurdistan regional government of Iraq

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:15
The parties have signed a pre-financed crude oil purchase and sale contract of Kurdistan Region crude oil over the period 2017-2019

Defense Ministry reports fifth S-400 regiment put on combat duty in Moscow region

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:02
The S-400 Triumf is the most advanced long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007

Russian Defense Ministry delivers aid to nearly 3,000 Syrians

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:57
The Russian Center for Reconciliation carried out six humanitarian missions in Syria in the past 24 hours

Russian, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss bilateral relations

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:19
The foreign ministers will discuss the Russian-Swedish relations, cooperation of Russia and Sweden in regional structures in Northern Europe and in international affairs

UN Chief remembers Russia’s Ambassador Vitaly Churkin as "uniquely skilled diplomat"

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:01
Antonio Guterres called him "a uniquely skilled diplomat" who served his country in one of the most difficult periods in modern history

Vitaly Churkin’s sense of humor will be remembered by his UN colleagues — Ban-Ki-moon

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:59
Former UN Secretary extended his deep condolences to the Russian government and Churkin’s family

Five people killed in plane crash in Australia

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 03:48
The plane fell on the DFO shopping center, broke through the roof and exploded

Plane crashes into shopping center in Australia

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 03:48
The plane fell on the DFO shopping center, broke through the roof and exploded

Churkin knew how to sustain real dialogue - NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 01:34
Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday

Presidential elections in Russia won’t be rescheduled, will be held in March 2018

TASS [Russian State News] - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 01:31
Discussions on shifting the presidential elections in Russia began after the law on rescheduling the election to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, was adopted in summer of 2015

People bringing flowers to Russian Foreign Ministry in memory of late Ambassador Churkin

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:55
The Russian foreign ministry said Vitaly Vhurkin had died while performing his duties

US envoy to UN pays tribute to Churkin’s ‘great skill’ in advocating Russia's position

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:29
The Russian foreign ministry said Vitaly Churkin had died while performing his duties

Russia may get significant share in Iran’s power plant construction contracts

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:45
Iran plans to build huge power generation facilities because the country forecasts the high rate of economic growth, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak

UN holds moment of silence in memory of Russian Ambassador VItaly Churkin

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:36
Vitaly Churkin died in New York on Monday a day before his 65th birthday

Diplomats on Russia's ambassador to UN's death: 'Tremendous loss for all of us'

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:58
Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died in New York on Monday a day before his 65th birthday

Putin offers condolences over UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s death

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:21
"The head of state highly estimated Churkin’s professionalism and diplomatic talents", the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said

Antimonopoly service orders Apple to open official service center in Russia by May 1

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:18
The Russian antimonopoly regulator opened the case against Apple regarding the after-sales maintenance in December 2016

Foreign Ministry elaborates draft presidential decree toughening North Korea sanctions

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 17:56
The decree envisages additional bans on trade-and-economic, banking-and-financial and scientific-and-technical cooperation with North Korea

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BEST NEWS OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD GOES TO BBC FOR REPORTING :

LONDON (Reuters) - A 14-year old girl who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope she could be brought back to life in the future after winning a landmark court case shortly before her death, the BBC reported on Friday, 2016-11-18.
The youngster knew she only had weeks to live when she wrote a heartbreaking letter to a judge asking to be frozen until a cure could be found.

REASON FOR CHOICE OF BEST NEWS 2016: Even though we think that life continues somewhere else, like in heaven or paradise, she wanted to have it, and get brought back to life in the future, AND FOUGHT FOR IT ! AND WON ! She was only 14 years old, and wanted to live. In the future, we might end up with a 14-year old girl, living in 2 worlds at the same time. That was our main reasons. Hope you support our choice of NR 1 best news 2016. Especially considering the fact that she was 14 years old, and had to die, in this sometimes quite fucked up world, but her will and desire to live, manifested in a HOPE, that she MIGHT be brought back to life in the future somewhere. That is why this was the best news in 2016. She was only 14 years old and none could help her with her cancer. So I insist that IF we can make a body live again that has been frozen, she will be the first one "ONLINE" again.
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