The Winter Olympics in Sochi are over - and hosts Russia came back from a weak start to top the medals table. On Sunday evening Sochi said goodbye to the world with a lavish closing ceremony.
The International Olympic Committee's investigation into Russian doping has found a further four athletes guilty. A decision on whether or not to allow Russia to compete at Pyeongchang 2018 will be made December 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, the Kremlin has revealed. Assad thanked Russia for its support in "fighting terrorism in Syria."
Russia's military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it nears the completion of its goals there, chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov has said. Two Russian bases are to remain.
Russia's hopes of competing in the Winter Olympics suffered a major blow after the World Anti-Doping Agency ruled that the country was yet to fulfill two key demands that Moscow said have a "political character."
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