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Russia: Bank offers ‘free cat with every mortgage’

BBC News Monitoring: Russia’s largest bank is apparently loaning cats to clients who buy one of their mortgage products - as a sign of good luck.

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Photo: Sberbank

Putin claims ‘anti-constitutional coup’ in Ukraine

CNN: Russia’s President Putin has held a news conference on the Ukrainian crisis where he denied Russia had plans to add Ukraine’s Crimea region into its own territory.

To see all of the updates from the news conference visit BreakingNews.com

Putin also said that the use of force in Ukraine would be a choice of last resort.

Photo: A soldier under Russian command restrains a colleague after he fired his weapon into the air and screamed orders to turn back at an approaching group of over 100 unarmed Ukrainian troops at the Belbek airbase, which the Russian troops are occcupying, in Crimea on March 4, 2014 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Putin: Gays welcome in Sochi, must ‘leave the children in peace’

AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games “can feel calm and at ease,” but said they must “leave the children in peace.”

Putin vowed there would be no discrimination at the games. He emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.

Terror group arrested in Moscow, police claim

BBC News: Russian police have arrested a group of ‘armed Islamists’ in Moscow with just months left until the Winter Olympics are held in Sochi, authorities say.

Authorities say members of the group were caught with guns, bombs and hand grenades.

Olympic torch fizzles out in Russia

ABC News: The traditional Olympic torch relay got off to a rocky start in Russia after a torch fizzled out during a portion of the Sochi 2014 relay.

The torch, carried by champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan was re-lit by a man using a lighter.

Video: Olympic torch fizzles out (Youtube’s RIA Novosti)

Russia may charge Greenpeace activists as pirates

BBC News: Russia says it will prosecute all activists, regardless of their nationality, on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, which authorities are towing to the port of Murmansk after boarding the vessel.

Prosecutors are accusing the activists of piracy after they tried to board an oil platform.

Photo: Greenpeace picture of two activists scaling side of Prirazlomnaya oil platform (AFP/Greenpeace)

Putin op-ed calls for caution regarding Syria

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes:

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

Read more of Putin’s piece at The New York Times.

Syria, Russia welcome Kerry’s chemical weapons suggestion
Foreign ministers from Syria and Russia have welcomed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion that Bashar al-Assad hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week if he wants to avert an attack on Syria.
The New York Times reports that Kerry said his suggestion was more of a debating point than an ultimatum, but the reactions appear to represent a possible point of agreement between all sides on how to address the chemical weapons issue.Kerry is scheduled to join other senior administration officials at a briefing today for U.S. lawmakers, who are returning from their August recess. More updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, left, gives a press conference today with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (Yuri Kadobnov / AFP - Getty Images)

Syria, Russia welcome Kerry’s chemical weapons suggestion

Foreign ministers from Syria and Russia have welcomed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion that Bashar al-Assad hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week if he wants to avert an attack on Syria.

The New York Times reports that Kerry said his suggestion was more of a debating point than an ultimatum, but the reactions appear to represent a possible point of agreement between all sides on how to address the chemical weapons issue.

Kerry is scheduled to join other senior administration officials at a briefing today for U.S. lawmakers, who are returning from their August recess. More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, left, gives a press conference today with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (Yuri Kadobnov / AFP - Getty Images)

Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold
Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.
Read more from NBC News: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986959-lightning-strikes-as-usain-bolt-storms-to-world-championship-gold
Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images

Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold

Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.

Read more from NBC News: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986959-lightning-strikes-as-usain-bolt-storms-to-world-championship-gold

Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images

NSA leader Edward Snowden receives asylum in Russia
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum for a year in Russia and has left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer says.
Read more from The Wall Street Journal.
More updates on BreakingNews.com.Photo: This handout photo taken on July 12, 2013, from Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden during his meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Tatyana Lokshina, Human Rights Watch)

NSA leader Edward Snowden receives asylum in Russia

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum for a year in Russia and has left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer says.

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: This handout photo taken on July 12, 2013, from Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden during his meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Tatyana Lokshina, Human Rights Watch)

Russian rocket crashes shortly after launch

NBC News: A Russian Proton-M rocket upended itself less than a minute after launch Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, exploding in a fireball of toxic chemicals.

The rocket was supposed to put three of Russia’s Glonass global positioning satellites into orbit, but during its ascent, it rolled over and blasted its way back downward toward the Kazakh steppes, breaking apart just before hitting the ground.

Video: Russian news channel footage of launch via YouTube

No sign of Snowden as plane leaves Moscow bound for Cuba
NBC News: The whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden were unclear on Monday as heavy security at a Moscow airport fueled speculation that he would attempt to fly to Havana en route to Ecuador.
However, journalists aboard Monday morning’s Aeroflot flight to Cuba said there was no sign of Snowden on board.


Photo: An empty seat believed to be reserved for Edward Snowden is seen on an Aeroflot jet to Cuba before it left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Monday. (Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

No sign of Snowden as plane leaves Moscow bound for Cuba

NBC News: The whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden were unclear on Monday as heavy security at a Moscow airport fueled speculation that he would attempt to fly to Havana en route to Ecuador.

However, journalists aboard Monday morning’s Aeroflot flight to Cuba said there was no sign of Snowden on board.

Photo: An empty seat believed to be reserved for Edward Snowden is seen on an Aeroflot jet to Cuba before it left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Monday. (Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

Demonstrator confronts Putin and Merkel in Hanover

Telegraph: A bare-breasted protester with an obscene anti-Putin slogan daubed on her back has confronted the Russian president and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a trade fair in Hanover.

The women appeared to be members of the feminist group Femen, which has staged topless protests against the sex industry and religious institutions.

The group has criticized Mr Putin over the arrest and conviction of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, for performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral last year.

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are confronted by a topless demonstrator during a tour of the Hanover Fair, Hanover (EPA/JOCHEN LUEBKE)

Russia delays dead man trial

Reuters: A Russian court postponed until March 22 the start of the posthumous trial of a whistleblowing lawyer which human rights groups says is politically motivated and absurd.

Judge Igor Alisov announced the delay after no legal team showed up to defend Sergei Magnitsky at Moscow’s Tverskoy Court, more than three years after he died in custody.

Russian lawmaker’s body found in cement barrel

AFP: The body of a kidnapped Russian lawmaker has been found in a cement-filled barrel in a cellar outside Moscow, investigators said Monday.

'The body of Mikhail Pakhomov, a lawmaker from Lipetsk city council, has been found in one of the cellars of a private garage in a metal barrel filled with cement,' the Investigative Committee said in a statement.