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Russian cultural stars back Putin on Crimea

More than 80 of Russia's leading arts figures, including conductor Valery Gergiev, have signed an open letter in support of President Vladimir Putin's policy on Ukraine and Crimea, the culture ministry said Wednesday. In the letter published on the ministry's website, they say they "cannot be indifferent observers with cold hearts" and that they "firmly state support for the position of the president of the Russian Federation on Ukraine and Crimea."

Russia's assembly speaker says there will be no war between Russia, Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There will be no war between Russia and Ukraine, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said on Friday. "It's complete nonsense, it absolutely does not reflect our intentions, the feelings of empathy and the pain we feel for the Ukrainian people," said Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Russian Federation Council. "We are absolutely sure that there will never be a war between the two brotherly nations."

German violinist Roth champions 'forgotten' Weinberg

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Mieczyslaw Weinberg's parents and sister died in a concentration camp, his Yiddish-language actor father-in-law was killed on Stalin's orders and the Polish-born composer himself was imprisoned by the KGB and only released after Stalin's death. His moving Holocaust opera "The Passenger", which revolves around a former camp guard who recognizes a former inmate on an ocean liner decades later, was not performed until four years after his death in 1996.

Russian spy ship docked in Havana

A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The Vishnya, or Meridian-class intelligence ship, which has a crew of around 200, went into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet, Russian media sources said.

Former president Chirac hospitalised, life not in danger: source

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Jacques Chirac was admitted to a hospital near Paris on Monday for examinations due to pain linked to gout, a source close to his family said. "It's not serious at all," the source said. "His leg has been hurting for two days, which is apparently related to an episode of gout that has caused him a lot of pain." "He was transferred to the American Hospital in Neuilly for examinations," the source added.

Former French president Chirac in hospital with suspected gout

Jacques Chirac, who has been in poor health for several years, was hospitalised Monday near Paris for a suspected flare of gout, sources close to the former French president said. An AFP reporter saw an ambulance and police motorbikes in front of the 81-year-old former president's home at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT). He was later checked into the American Hospital of Paris in the plush suburb of Neuilly, a government source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Former French president Chirac hospitalised: government source

Former French President Jacques Chirac, who has been in poor health for several years, was hospitalised Monday near Paris, a source close to the government told AFP. An AFP reporter saw an ambulance and police motorbikes in front of the 81-year-old former president's home at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT). He was checked into the American Hospital of Paris in the plush suburb of Neuilly but the source would not provide any details on Chirac's health. sm/jmm/dh

Fidel Castro meets with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto

Havana, Feb 17 (EFE).- Fidel Castro held a "lengthy conversation" in Havana with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto, Cuba's official media said Monday. During the meeting, which took place on Sunday afternoon, Castro and Betto spoke about the current international situation, according to a brief article published on the front page of Communist Party daily Granma and accompanied by a photograph showing the pair seated beside each other.

Fidel Castro meets with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto

Havana, Feb 17 (EFE).- Fidel Castro held a "lengthy conversation" in Havana with Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto, Cuba's official media said Monday. During the meeting, which took place on Sunday afternoon, Castro and Betto spoke about the current international situation, according to a brief article published on the front page of Communist Party daily Granma and accompanied by a photograph showing the pair seated beside each other.

Egypt's Sisi negotiates arms deal in Russia

Egyptian army chief and likely new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on Thursday negotiating a $2-billion arms deal with Russia meant to replace subsiding assistance from old ally Washington. Sisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy for a second round of so-called "2+2" talks with their Russian counterparts. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had made a landmark trip to Cairo in November aimed at reviving ties that had remained stagnant since Soviet times.
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