A Russian airliner crash-landed in the central Russian city of Samara on Saturday, killing seven people and injuring 23, emergency officials said. Authorities gave conflicting accounts about what caused the incident. An Emergency Situations Ministry spokesperson said the plane grazed the runway with a wing as it tried to land in heavy fog.
Group of Eight (G8) leaders have been told Iran is seriously considering a package of incentives aimed at getting it to halt its nuclear programme, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Monday. He said he passed on that message during his meetings with G8 leaders in the Russian Federation.
Although the military parade through Red Square commemorating the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany on Monday was awash in Soviet-era symbols -- on banners, medals and posters -- the city's most powerful Soviet image was almost in hiding. The Lenin mausoleum was blocked by an elaborate platform.
Gunmen with explosives strapped around their waists took more than 200 people hostage at a school in the south of the Russian Federation near war-torn Chechnya on Wednesday and threatened to blow up the building if the security forces moved in. It is Russia's fourth terror attack within a week.