Russians have discovered their own country as a holiday spot rather than heading abroad. Sochi, the city on the Black Sea that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, is popular for its maritime flair, winter sports, and many lodging options.
An attack at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea has killed multiple people, mostly teenagers. Russian investigators have called it a case of mass murder.
Russia and Turkey's deal to demilitarize the battle lines around Idlib has been moved on a step. A buffer zone is intended to separate Syrian troops from rebel fighters, and prevent a full-scale assault on the city.
The Russian President and his Turkish counterpart have met in Sochi to strike a deal over rebel-held Idlib province in Syria. The two leaders have several issues where they are keen to score points.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said IS fighters have captured hundreds of hostages, including several US and European nationals. He said they were taken from an area controlled by US-backed forces.
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