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Russia blocks import of 500 tonnes of US chicken legs

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Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor says it had stopped imports of more than 500 tonnes of US chicken legs as part of efforts to prevent "counterfeit and prohibited" food entering the Russian market.

The watchdog said in a statement it had also stopped more than 70 tonnes of pig products from Poland and Germany as well as 100 tonnes of apples because they were labelled improperly.

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'At least ten dead' after shelling of Donetsk playground

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed after shelling of a school playground and a nearby street in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Witnesses quoted by Reuters said a biology teacher and a parent of one of the school's pupils were killed during the blasts, although no children were among the dead.

The area has been a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Protesters pull down Lenin statue in Ukraine

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Protesters have pulled down one of the biggest statues of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine.

Hundreds of nationalists cheered and danced around as the monument came crashing down in the country's second-largest city, Kharkiv.

Lenin is considered by many Ukrainians as an undesired link to Moscow.

The tearing down of the memorial is said to be supported by Kiev officials.

After it fell most people in the crowd rushed to the ruins to collect a small piece of the once powerful symbol to take home.

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Moscow: Time to 'modernise Russia's nuclear arsenal'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted on Sunday as saying that the time had come for his country to modernise its nuclear and conventional arsenals.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Credit: PA Wire

"I don't think we are on the verge of a new arms race. At least, Russia definitely won't be part of it. In our case, it's just that the time has come for us to modernise our nuclear and conventional arsenals," Lavrov said, according to a transcript of an interview with Russia Today television published on its website.

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Ukraine: Keep sanctions on Russia

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The world must not lift sanctions against Russia until Ukraine regains control of its entire territory, the country's prime minster has said.

Ending a day of intense discussions over the growing global threat of extremist groups, Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the United Nations General Assembly of world leaders that "we know what terrorism means".

He demanded that Russia pull back its forces from eastern Ukraine, "stop the supply of Russian-led terrorists" and start "real talks, peace talks".

'Significant pullback' of Russian troops from Ukraine

A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Janzen told Reuters: "There has been a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine, but many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border.

"It is difficult to determine the number, as pro-Russian separatists control several border crossings and troops are routinely moving back and forth.

"Further, Russian special forces are operating in Ukraine, and they are difficult to detect."

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