Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny lost the Moscow mayor's race, but he's calling for a recount -- and a runoff election. He claims that Sunday's contest was rigged.
German Chancellor Merkel has offered Moscow possible trade cooperation deals if a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine is found, a German paper has said. The report comes amid an upsurge in clashes in Ukraine.
Ukraine says it is hoping to hold new truce talks after negotiations planned for Friday were postponed. Pro-Russian rebels have vowed to push on with a new offensive if negotiations collapse.
A Russian court has given Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence and jailed his brother Oleg. HRW's Tanya Lokshina says the move is an attempt to stifle political dissent, but it may have the opposite effect.
EU leaders are threatening new sanctions against Russia for its "growing support" for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine. The final decision about whether to impose them will be made at a summit next month.
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