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Report: Snowden has asked for asylum in Russia

The Interfax news agency says a Russian consular official has confirmed that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asked for political asylum in Russia.Full story

Russian Arctic-mapping satellite malfunctions: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian satellite launched last year to map the Arctic has stopped working, a space industry source told the Interfax news agency on Thursday, in the latest disappointment for the country's once-pioneering space program. Full story

Lavrov says Russia agrees with U.S. on North Korea, hopes for calm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow agrees with Washington's stance on North Korea but warned that any military moves could hamper chances to calm tensions in the Korean peninsula, the Interfax news agency reported. Full story

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