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Russia: Country in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia
Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. Covering an area of 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), it is the largest country in the world by area, spanning more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. The territory of Russia extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caucasus in the south. With 146.7 million inhabitants living in the country's 85 federal subjects, Russia is the most populous nation in Europe and the ninth-most populous nation in the world. Russia's capital and largest city is Moscow; other major urban areas include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Chelyabinsk.

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Trump touts Saudi-Russia oil deal to halt price war [Video]

Trump touts Saudi-Russia oil deal to halt price war

The two top crude producers are said to slash output by as much as 15 million barrels a day - an unprecendented 15% of global supply. Ryan Brooks has more.

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Wall St. gains as oil rally offsets jobless surge [Video]

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Oil soars after Trump claims Saudi-Russia deal [Video]

Oil soars after Trump claims Saudi-Russia deal

Oil prices skyrocketed Thursday after President Trump said Saudi Arabia and Russia will announce a deal to cut global production that could reverse a crash in prices. Conway G. Gittens has more.

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World stocks drift as wary investors expect grim U.S. jobs data [Video]

World stocks drift as wary investors expect grim U.S. jobs data

World stocks were pinned down on Thursday by the rising death toll from the new coronavirus and deepening economic pain, with another record week of jobless claims expected in the United States. Ciara..

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Trump to meet U.S. oil execs dealing with price crisis [Video]

Trump to meet U.S. oil execs dealing with price crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump said he has invited U.S. oil executives to the White House to discuss ways to help the industry "ravaged" by slumping energy demand during the coronavirus outbreak and a..

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Let's Shake On It? Doctor Who Shook Putin's Hand Reveals COVID-19 Test Results [Video]

Let's Shake On It? Doctor Who Shook Putin's Hand Reveals COVID-19 Test Results

Russian doctor Denis Protsenko is the chief of the Kommunarka hospital, and has close ties to President Vladimir Putin. So close, in fact, that he shook the leader's hand when Putin visited the..

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Euro zone starts slide down inflation slope as coronavirus lockdowns weigh [Video]

Euro zone starts slide down inflation slope as coronavirus lockdowns weigh

Euro zone inflation plunged this month on crashing oil prices, signalling the start of a possible deflationary spiral as government lockdowns in response to the coronavirus trigger a dramatic slowdown..

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Oil price war: Analysts expect prices to drop further [Video]

Oil price war: Analysts expect prices to drop further

Coronavirus pandemic continues to crush demand amid price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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Stocks rally after Chinese data boost to close worst quarter since 2008 [Video]

Stocks rally after Chinese data boost to close worst quarter since 2008

World stocks looked set to close their worst quarter since 2008 on a brighter note on Tuesday, as strong Chinese factory data held out hope for an economic revival even as much of the rest of the world..

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Luxury Moscow store issues employees with stylish masks [Video]

Luxury Moscow store issues employees with stylish masks

Moscow's central shopping mall "TSUM" provided employees with stylish masks with a transparent protective screen, so the boutique shop assistants stay protected while looking stylish.

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Soccer-Fans turn to Belarus to fill void as virus puts sport on hold [Video]

Soccer-Fans turn to Belarus to fill void as virus puts sport on hold

The Belarus soccer league continues despite the rest of European soccer being shut down because of the coronavirus crisis.

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Belarus plays on as world soccer is put on ice [Video]

Belarus plays on as world soccer is put on ice

Soccer fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to Belarus, home to one of the few professional leagues that is still playing. David Doyle reports.

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'It's better to die standing than to live on your knees' - Belarus leader on coronavirus [Video]

'It's better to die standing than to live on your knees' - Belarus leader on coronavirus

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko says that "It's better to die standing than to live on your knees" after playing a game of ice hockey in the capital Minsk despite the threat of coronavirus in..

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COVID-19: More countries impose lockdown measures [Video]

COVID-19: More countries impose lockdown measures

Ireland toughens up its measures to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, whilst Russia sends out mixed messages.View on euronews

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Russia's anti-doping agency halts testing amid coronavirus outbreak [Video]

Russia's anti-doping agency halts testing amid coronavirus outbreak

Yuri Ganus, the head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA, says that testing has been suspended during the coronavirus crisis.

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Kazakhstan announces $10bn economic package [Video]

Kazakhstan announces $10bn economic package

Government aims to help stave off impact of coronavirus as oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia makes it even harder to stabilise economy.

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Belarus hosts local soccer match despite coronavirus threat [Video]

Belarus hosts local soccer match despite coronavirus threat

The Belarus soccer championship continues despite the threat in the country of coronavirus.

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Russian boxers appear to flout mandatory coronavirus isolation rules [Video]

Russian boxers appear to flout mandatory coronavirus isolation rules

Several members of Russia's national boxing team have posted online pictures or videos that appear to show them flouting self-isolation rules imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, social media..

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Coronavirus: Putin calls for sanctions on essential goods to be lifted at G20 summit [Video]

Coronavirus: Putin calls for sanctions on essential goods to be lifted at G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for fellow G20 countries to come together and lift sanctions on essential goods amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Spain's crisis heightens as death toll surpasses 4,000 [Video]

Spain's crisis heightens as death toll surpasses 4,000

Spain's coronavirus lockdown was extended on Thursday to last until at least April 12 as Europe's second-worst hit country struggled to tackle a fast increase in the death toll. Lauren Anthony reports.

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