American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a UN Messenger of Peace on Global Climate Change, the organization’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. “Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” the Secretary-General said.
Three people have been killed and five wounded in a mortar shelling of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, according to the Donetsk City Council. Earlier, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported that four people had been killed in the mortar shelling of a service depot in Donetsk on Monday.
On September 5 members of the Contact Group on Ukrainian crisis settlement agreed on a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and humanitarian aid, which gave the battered cities long hoped-for truce and a fragile chance to return to peaceful life.
The 12th season of Crimea's International Koktebel Jazz Party Festival, organized by Rossiya Segodnya Information Agency and Russia’s Culture Ministry of Culture, has closed its doors after four days of jazz rocking the peninsula.
Yuri Norstein, a famous Soviet and Russian cartoon artist and director, disputably the father of Russian animation, celebrates his 73rd birthday on September 15. His animated shorts, 'Hedgehog in the Fog' and 'Tale of Tales' made him world-famous, with Hayao Miyazaki amoung his admirers.
Tank Crewman's Day is celebrated in Russia on the second Sunday of September. It was created in order to revive and foster Russian military traditions, to increase the prestige of its military service and to acknowledge the contributions made by army specialists for its national security.
Dmitry Medvedev, who turned 49 on September 14, is mostly known around the world as the current Russia's Prime Minister and the country's president in 2008-2012. But the following informal pictures display a different facet of Medvedev's personality, as a family man and a fan of hard rock and Apple gadgets.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered Thursday to conduct surprise combat readiness drills in Eastern Military District. The Eastern Military District includes military units in Transbaikal and the Far East. The headquarters are located in the city of Khabarovsk.
The discovery of a dinosaur's fossils in Moroccan desert cliffs, rallies in support of independence in Spain's Catalonia and Britain's Scotland, the release of a new iPhone and iWatch by Apple, snow storm in Canadian Calgary and the last supermoon of 2014 - see these and many other important events that took place last week (September 8-14).
Vladimir Spivakov, world-famous Russian conductor and violinist, celebrates his 70th birthday on September 12. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded him with a 4th class Order for Merit to the Fatherland.
One hundred days ago, on June 5, 2014 former professional boxer Vitali Klitschko assumed the office of the Mayor of Kiev. His first actions as the head of the Ukrainian capital are depicted in the following gallery.
While Scotland is getting ready for September 18 referendum on its independence, polls are now showing the two sides - "Yes" and "No" - neck and neck. In case of a "Yes" vote, Scotland would be the first independent state created in Europe since the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
From an exotic invention for expensive yet mostly useless entertainment, recently the 3D printing technology stepped up into the big world of car manufacturing, medicine, construction, art and many more, becoming a major tool in modern-day innovation.