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Washington Post says Trump Justice Department secretly obtained reporters’ records
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Washington Post says Trump Justice Department secretly obtained reporters’ records

The records’ seizure was approved by Justice Department leadership last year.

Russia releases new single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light: Here's all you need to know
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Russia releases new single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light: Here's all you need to know

The vaccine is easy to store between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius. It is also expected to cost less than $10.

Russia approves single-dose 'Sputnik Light' vaccine; COVID-19 jab shows 79.4% efficacy
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Russia approves single-dose 'Sputnik Light' vaccine; COVID-19 jab shows 79.4% efficacy

The Russian vaccine has been approved for use in over 60 countries, but the European Medicines Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration have not okayed it yet

Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow espionage thrillers, dies at 69
Arts & Culture

Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow espionage thrillers, dies at 69

Red Sparrow, published in 2013, was a neo-Cold War tale that introduced readers to CIA man Nathaniel Nash and to the former Russian ballerina Dominika Egorova, recruited by her uncle as a 'sparrow,' trained in the art of 'sexpionage - sexual entrapment, carnal black-mail, moral compromise.'

China begins building three-person space station, first launch to take place soon
science

China begins building three-person space station, first launch to take place soon

When completed by late 2022, Tianhe is expected to weigh about 66 tons, a fraction the size of the International Space Station.

Dr Reddy's expects first lot of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V from RDIF by May-end
India

Dr Reddy's expects first lot of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V from RDIF by May-end

A senior executive from Dr Reddy's said the vaccine will be imported in a frozen condition, maintaining a temperature of -18 to -22 degrees Celsius

Eleven astronauts and cosmonauts crammed into ISS, the biggest 'crowd' in over a decade
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Eleven astronauts and cosmonauts crammed into ISS, the biggest 'crowd' in over a decade

The current population includes six Americans, two Russians, two Japanese and one French.

Russia hopes to launch its own space station in 2025, says Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin
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Russia hopes to launch its own space station in 2025, says Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin

"The first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works," Rogozin said in a statement.

Earth day 2021: What can Joe Biden’s summit achieve for climate action?
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Earth day 2021: What can Joe Biden’s summit achieve for climate action?

One of the outcomes of this summit could be US and China working together to achieve their targets during the next few years.

Vladimir Putin warns West of a Russian 'red line' that Joe Biden and others will regret crossing
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Vladimir Putin warns West of a Russian 'red line' that Joe Biden and others will regret crossing

Putin delivered an annual address replete with threats against the West but, despite tensions with Ukraine, stopped short of announcing new military or foreign policy moves

From ex-KGB spy to president, Vladimir Putin's one-man mission to bring power back to Russia
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From ex-KGB spy to president, Vladimir Putin's one-man mission to bring power back to Russia

As the 68-year-old delivers his latest state of the nation address on Wednesday, Putin is leading a Russia that is closer to the Soviet Union than at any time since its collapse

Two cosmonauts, 1 astronaut touch down on Earth after six months aboard ISS
science

Two cosmonauts, 1 astronaut touch down on Earth after six months aboard ISS

This was the second missions for Kate Rubins, and Sergei Ryzhikov Ryzhikov but first mission for Sergei Kud-Sverchkov.

US warns of 'consequences' if Alexei Navalny dies in prison; Russia's Opposition calls for mass protests
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US warns of 'consequences' if Alexei Navalny dies in prison; Russia's Opposition calls for mass protests

Navalny began a hunger strike on 31 March to demand proper medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands. His press secretary on Saturday warned that he 'is dying'

US law enforcement and researchers point to Kremlin providing aid, protection to ransomware rackets
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US law enforcement and researchers point to Kremlin providing aid, protection to ransomware rackets

The value of Kremlin protection isn’t lost on the cybercriminals themselves. Earlier this year, a Russian-language dark-web forum lit up with criticism of a ransomware purveyor known only as 'Bugatti', whose gang had been caught in a rare US-Europol sting.

Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny 'could die at any moment', says his doctor
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Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny 'could die at any moment', says his doctor

Navalny is in the third week of his hunger strike in protest against Russian authorities' refusal to let his personal physicians to visit him in prison

US to expel 10 Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions following SolarWinds breach, election interference
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US to expel 10 Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions following SolarWinds breach, election interference

The US also announced sanctions on 32 individuals and entities accused of attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election by spreading disinformation

India-Russia ties lack old warmth; it's time for New Delhi to address emerging geopolitical order
India

India-Russia ties lack old warmth; it's time for New Delhi to address emerging geopolitical order

Since Moscow has begun to project Pakistan as the key pillar of Russia’s South Asia policy, New Delhi cannot continue its foreign policy within the traditional framework of non-alignment

Russian feminist artist put on trial on charges of disseminating pornography; rights groups declare her a political prisoner
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Russian feminist artist put on trial on charges of disseminating pornography; rights groups declare her a political prisoner

Yulia Tsvetkova ran a children’s theater and was a vocal advocate of feminism and LGBT rights.

DCGI approves SEC's emergency use recommendation for Sputnik V vaccine
India

DCGI approves SEC's emergency use recommendation for Sputnik V vaccine

Sputnik V, backed by the RDIF, already has production agreements in India to produce 852 million doses.

Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine gets expert panel nod for emergency use in India
India

Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine gets expert panel nod for emergency use in India

Dr Reddy's conducted the bridge trials in India and will distribute some 100 million doses of the vaccine in India.