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UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians ‘trapped inside conflict zones’

At least 2,593 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation against anti-government forces there started in mid-April, according to a new estimate by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Russia urges UNSC to stop ‘speculation around MH17 flight’

At a UN Security Council meeting, Russia demanded the international community to stop speculation about the MH17 flight, unless someone is willing to contribute info important to investigation, such as air traffic controller’s records concealed by Kiev.

​Geography can be tough indeed: Canada, Russia engage in tweet-for-tat war

Following the panic caused in the West by Kiev's claims of a Russian invasion after several Russian soldiers patrolling the border were caught on Ukrainian side, the Canadian delegation to NATO reacted with a little geography sarcasm in its Twitter.

Russia-suggested statement on Ukraine ceasefire blocked at UNSC under ‘frivolous pretext’

A statement calling for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was blocked at the UN Security Council under a completely frivolous pretext, Russia's envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said, after a heated debate with Kiev again accusing Russia of full-scale invasion.

Russia’s Defense Ministry ridicules NATO’s photo-proof of invasion in Ukraine

It makes no sense to comment in detail on the satellite imagery released by NATO as “proof” of Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, Defense Ministry’s spokesman said, pointing out that even high NATO officials were hesitant to put their names on it.

​Russia to develop system to filter radioactive Fukushima water

RosRAO, a subsidiary of Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, is among the three companies selected to build a system to filter radioactive tritium out of the contaminated water collected at the stricken power plant – a task that has so far defied engineers.

​‘All hands on deck’: US pushes ahead with Ebola vaccine trials on humans, as epidemic booms

Twenty healthy volunteers will next week enter a 48-week trial for a US-developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus.

Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let blocked Kiev troops to cross into Russia

President Putin has called on the self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev's military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to cross into Russia.

Russian Defense Ministry: Online list of army units 'relocated to Ukraine' is a fake

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied the veracity of a list of military units that a human rights blog claimed have been amassed in the warzone in eastern Ukraine, saying it has “no relation to reality.” Read Full Article at

​43 UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights seized by militants

Forty-three United Nations peacekeepers have been captured by armed militant forces in Golan Heights, a UN spokesperson said on Thursday.

$7 bln NASA Mars Mission rocket set for 2018 launch

NASA’s 70-metric-ton mega-rocket, which is due to launch in 2018 and may one day head to Mars, has passed a key stage in its development.

​‘Reduce or stop it’: China vows to respond to US ‘close surveillance’ patrols

Beijing is calling on Washington to scale back, or cancel, aerial surveillance of the Chinese mainland, since such a practice represents a security risk and a deterrent to better bilateral relations - otherwise it is ready to take measures.

Palestine to ask UN Security Council to set 'timetable' to end Israeli occupation

Palestine will ask the UN Security Council to set a “timetable” for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories, a senior official said.

Kiev protesters demand resignation of Ukrainian president, defense minister

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast.

​Kiev loses control of city of Novoazovsk, self-defense troops advance in southeast Ukraine

Kiev’s troops had to leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk to save their lives, said the country’s Security and Defense Council.

Kiev accuses Russia of 'bringing troops' to Ukraine, no proof offered

The chorus of allegations about a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine has President Poroshenko calling for an emergency meeting of the country’s security and defense council, while the Prime Minister Yatsenyuk is calling for a Russian asset freeze.

​‘You abandoned us’: Ukrainian soldiers, their relatives accuse Kiev of neglect

Kiev authorities have opened over 1,000 investigations into Ukrainian soldiers who deserted from the army.

Only Russian volunteers fighting with anti-Kiev forces - Donetsk Republic leader

About 3-4,000 Russian citizens joined anti-government fighters during Kiev crackdown in Ukraine’s east, says the leader of Donetsk independent republic, noting that self-defense fighters have never concealed this fact.

NATO formations on Russian borders will impact Moscow’s decision-making – envoy

Following NATO’s aggressive military posturing in Eastern Europe, Russian envoy to the alliance warned that the “configuration and activity” of its forces will impact how Russia proceeds with its own security planning and considerations.

Sub-glacial eruption of Iceland’s volcano forms row of ‘cauldrons’

Icelandic volcano activity increased on Wednesday, with scientists detecting 10-15 meters deep cauldrons of melted ice at the Vatnajökull glacier, prompting fears of an imminent eruption.