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Bangladesh signs US$1b arms contract with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday met the prime minister of Bangladesh for talks that included the signature of a US$1 billion arms contract, the Asian nation's biggest since its 1971 independence.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 4:27am

The Week Explained: Taxing the rich

Have you been worrying over how much the rich have to pay in taxes? Did you experience a warm glow of relief on learning that the French actor Gerard Depardieu has escaped his tax liabilities as a French citizen by acquiring a shiny new Russian passport? No, I thought not.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:37am

Short Science, January 13, 2013

A state-of-the-art computer-assisted autopsy system that is increasingly being used in European hospitals may eventually mean there is no such thing as a "perfect murder". The "virtopsy" is now being used at selected forensic medical institutes in Europe, after University of Zurich scientists pioneered the method.

13 Jan 2013 - 6:03am

Shinzo Abe looks to Russia for early diplomatic win

When Yoshiro Mori visits Russia next month, as special envoy from Japan, it will represent the best opportunity since 1945 for the two nations to resolve disputes stretching back to the second world war.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:53am

Man killed after 'zorb' ride goes awry: report

A father-of-two was killed in a horrifying accident when a giant inflatable ball in which he and another man were rolling down a mountain plunged off a cliff at a ski-resort in southern Russia, The Daily Mail reported.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:02pm

Briefs, January 9, 2013

A rare copy of a work by fourth-century Chinese calligraphy legend Wang Xizhi has been unearthed in Japan, the first such discovery in four decades, Tokyo National Museum said. 

9 Jan 2013 - 6:10am

Gerard Depardieu ‘pleased’ after he gets his own Green Card from Putin

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has announced he wants to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes, said on Thursday he was pleased after President Vladimir Putin granted him Russian citizenship.

4 Jan 2013 - 11:33am

Briefs, January 2, 2013

2012 was the "deadliest year for journalists", the International Press Institute said, with the highest number of deaths recorded since the media watchdog began its annual tally. The year had "been marked by an appalling and disturbing truth: an unprecedented 132 journalists were killed in the line of duty or as a consequence of their reporting in 2012", the institute said. The previous highest figure had been 110 deaths in 2009.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:38am

Four dead as Russian plane crashes into motorway

Four crew were killed on Saturday when a Russian airliner crashed into a motorway and broke up into three pieces after overshooting the runway at an international Moscow airport.

30 Dec 2012 - 12:16am

Putin vows to sign anti-US adoption bill

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin vowed on Thursday to sign a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children that has added new strains to the uneasy relations between the former Cold War foes.

An aide separately raised the spectre of the Kremlin eliminating all foreign adoptions as part of a patriotic drive to limit Russia’s dependence on others.

27 Dec 2012 - 11:44pm