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US Justice Department 'opens investigation into Russian doping scandal'

A WADA report alleged widespread doping by Russian athletes in November Credit: Reuters

The US Justice Department is investigating allegations of state-sponsored doping by "dozens" of top athletes in Russia, according to the New York Times.

Russia's Athletics Federation is currently suspended from all competitions - including the Olympic Games in Brazil, following a vote by the IAAF in November.

It led to the acting head of Russian Athletic Federation, Vadim Zelichenok, threatening to resign.

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Three suicide bombers set off blasts in Russia

Three suicide bombers have blown themselves up near a police department in the southern Stavropol region of Russia, according to a report from Russian news agency Sputnik.

Stavropol police confirmed the attack to Russian media and said that no one aside from the attackers was hurt.

Three suicide bombers allegedly detonated themselves near the police station in the Novoselitsk District of the Stavropol region.

The terrorists died, and around five explosions were heard.

– Law enforcement source speaking to Ria Novosti

It was not clear who carried out the attack, though Russia has struggled with an Islamist insurgency on its southern borders.

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Russia's Commander Islands

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A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit near the Commander Islands, also known as Komandorskiye, off the coast of Russia according to the US geological survey.

The quake struck at a depth of 18.4 miles, 140 miles west-southwest off Komandorskiye.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center there is "no danger of a Pacific-wide tsunami" following the quake.

Investigators comb through rubble at Russian crash site

Investigators have started combing through the wreckage of a passenger jet which crashed in Russia, killing all 62 people on board.

62 people were killed in the crash Credit: APTN

Braving freezing temperatures and heavy snow, experts need to find the plane's black box to establish the cause of the crash.

Fifty-five passengers and seven crew members were on the Boeing 737-800, which crashed as it made a second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia. Four of the passengers were children.

The jet's wing reportedly clipped the ground and burst into flames

The crash happened at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia Credit: APTN
Investigations have now started into the cause of the crash Credit: APTN

CCTV 'shows Russia plane crash' which killed 62

CCTV has emerged which reportedly shows the moment a passenger jet crashed as it came in to land, killing all 62 on board.

Fifty-five passengers and seven crew members were on the Boeing 737-800, which crashed as it made a second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia.

According to investigators, the jet's wing clipped the ground and burst into flames.

The CCTV footage, broadcast by TV channel Russia 24, shows a bright light - reportedly the plane - plummet to the ground, before an explosion lights up the screen.

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