The US, UK and France want UN-sanctioned use of force should Syria fail to allow destruction of its chemical weapons, but Russia disagrees.
Despite France's sentiments, Russia's foreign minister has said there was no proof that Bashar al-Assad's troops carried out the attack on Damascus.
Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after Russia granted him temporary asylum.
Russia's scientists believe they have discovered new life forms sealed off for millions of years in a subglacial lake deep under the Antarctic ice.
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children and imposed other sanctions in retaliation.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, exposed as the women behind Pussy Riot, are on trial for hooliganism in Russia.
Russia's most famous prisoner has likened the Pussy Riot trial to a medieval inquisition and says their prison regime may amount to torture.
Vladimir Putin sought a convincing victory in Russia's presidential election to strengthen his hand in dealing with the biggest protest of his rule.
Three astronauts have blasted off to the ISS as Russia seeks to restore confidence in its space programme after recent botched launches.
Russia's failed Mars moon probe points to problems of a once-pioneering space industry struggling to recover after a generation of brain drain.