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Russia: 1,200 Vietnamese in raid of workshops

Police in Russia's capital say they have detained 1,200 Vietnamese who are in the country illegally during a pre-dawn raid on a complex of small workshops. Full story

Snowden's father says won't be 'emotional tool': report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would not fly to Russia to serve as an "emotional tool" in the United States' efforts to persuade his son to surrender. Full story

Uralkali could discuss joint Swiss trading firm with Belarus: CEO

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Uralkali <URKAq.L> <URKA.MM> could discuss joining with Belarus in a Swiss-based trading company to export potash, but will not return to the Minsk-based venture which broke apart on Tuesday, the Russian firm's CEO said on Wednesday. Full story

Hess earnings rise on asset sales, higher prices

Oil exploration company Hess Corp. reported second-quarter net income more than doubled it sold its Russian subsidiary and got a lift from strong oil and gas selling prices even though production declined. Full story

Sector Snap: Fertilizer Cos.

Shares of fertilizer companies continued to tumble Wednesday on news that a big Russian fertilizer company plans to stop cooperating in a pricing cartel. Full story

Russia's Putin to meet new Iranian president in September

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin will meet Iran's newly elected president for the first time in Kyrgyzstan in September, the Islamic Republic's ambassador to Moscow said on Wednesday. Full story

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Still image from video footage by RU24 shows the father of Edward Snowden speaking during an interview in Washington
Still image from video footage by RU24 shows the father of Edward Snowden speaking during an interview in Washington

Lonnie Snowden, father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, speaks during an interview in Washington in this still image from July 31, 2013 video footage by Russian 24 television. Lonnie Snowden said he would not fly to Russia to serve as an "emotional tool" in the United States' ef

Russia's Interior Ministry officers detain an opposition supporter during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow
Russia's Interior Ministry officers detain an opposition supporter during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow

Russia's Interior Ministry officers detain an opposition supporter during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Russia's Interior Ministry officers detain opposition leader Limonov during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow
Russia's Interior Ministry officers detain opposition leader Limonov during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow

Russia's Interior Ministry officers detain opposition leader Eduard Limonov (2nd L, front) during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)