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Russia Putin Leningrad Siege Anniversary
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Russia Putin Leningrad Siege Anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony for the 76th anniversary since the Leningrad siege was lifted during the World War Two at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, where hundreds of thousands of siege victims are buried, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian city of St. Petersburg, then called Leningrad, marked the 76th anniversary of the end of the devastating World War Two siege by Nazi forces, lasted 872 days until the Soviet Army drove the Nazis away on January 27, 1944.

Abkhazia Protests
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Abkhazia Protests

Leader of the opposition and former presidential candidate Aslan Bzhania speaks outside the presidential administration building, in Sukhumi, Abkhazia. On January 10, an Abkhazian court ruled illegal the results of the latest presidential election in September that had brought President Raul Khajimba to a second presidential term and ordered the Centarl Election Comission to schedule a rerun. The new presidential presidential election in Abkhazia has been scheduled to be held on March 22. President Raul Khajimba has announced that he is resigning after days of opposition protests over the elections he won last year.

Iran Ukraine Plane Crash
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Iran Ukraine Plane Crash

In this handout photo released by Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), people work at the site of the Ukraine International Airlines' Boeing 737-800 passenger plane crash in the vicinity of the town of Parand, outside Tehran, Iran. The plane which was bound for Ukraine's capital of Kiev with almost 170 people on board, crashed earlier in the day shortly after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport. All passengers and crew lost their lives in the crash incident. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.

Venezuela Parliamentary Elections
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Venezuela Parliamentary Elections

Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Luis Parra seats at the presidential office after he was elected as new speaker for 2020-2021 at the parliament session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido lost his seat as the president of the National Assembly to Luis Parra in a Sunday vote. Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president in a failed attempt to oust legitimate head of state Nicolas Maduro a year ago, did not take part in the voting session. Opposition lawmakers later voted to reelect Guaido to the post.

Venezuela Parliamentary Elections
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Venezuela Parliamentary Elections

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido sweas a second term as President of the National Assembly at the session of opposition lawmakers to vote for a new board of the National Assembly at a local newspaper headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido lost his seat as the president of the National Assembly to Luis Parra in a Sunday vote. Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president in a failed attempt to oust legitimate head of state Nicolas Maduro a year ago, did not take part in the voting session. Opposition lawmakers later voted to reelect Guaido to the post.

Russia Train To Crimea
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Russia Train To Crimea

The Tavria train rides through a newly opened railway bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula, at the Kerch Strait, Crimea, Russia. The Tavria train, enroute from St. Petersburg to Sevastopol, is the first passenger train to run over the Crimean Bridge. The railway link, one of a pair of parallel bridges connecting Russian mainland and Crimean peninsula over the Kerch Strait, is ready for passenger and cargo traffic.

Switzerland WADA Russia
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Switzerland WADA Russia

From left, WADA's Director of Intelligence and Investigations Gunter Younger, WADA President-elect Witold Banka, WADA President Craig Reedie, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli and Chair of the WADA's Compliance Review Committee Jonathan Taylor attend a news conference following the WADA's executive committee meeting, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia from international sporting events for the next four years including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory.

Russia Soyuz MS-10 Monument
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Russia Soyuz MS-10 Monument

Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin awards NASA astronaut Nick Hague, of the United States, with Order of Courage during the unveiling ceremony of the Soyuz MS-10 monument at Roscosmos headquarters, in Moscow, Russia. The ISS crew members Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, of Russia, and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, of the United States, were safe after an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station on October 11, 2018.

Russia China Bridge
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Russia China Bridge

Workers stand on the new cross-border automobile cable-stayed bridge across the Amur River connecting the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk and the Chinese city of Heihe, outside the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk, Russia. The bridge is the only road bridge across the Amur on the Russian-Chinese border and is expected to come into service by April 2020. The construction of the bridge began in 2016 and last May the two sections of the bridge were connected.

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