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Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects. Russia shares borders with the following countries (from northwest to southeast): Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It also has maritime borders with Japan (by the Sea of Okhotsk) and the United States (by the Bering Strait).

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The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco, California
Apple Inc (AAPL) Stock Positive Growth To Continue in 2015; Analysts Mixed On Apple Watch Performance

By IBTimes AU

The positive growth of Apple stock is expected to continue as analysts predict strong iPhone 6 demand to continue despite mixed forecasts on Apple Watch. (12:25 am)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IPHONE, APPLE INC., BARCLAYS, IPAD, GOLDMAN SACHS

Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal poses during the premiere of "The Interview" in Los Angeles
US Planning International Cyberattack Response With Aid of Australia, New Zealand, UK

By IBTimes AU

The United States government is consulting with Australia, New Zealand, UK, China and other countries in the fight against international cyberattacks. (12:09 am)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, BARACK OBAMA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, AUSTRALIA, SONY

Russia To Have Its Own Space Station
Russia To Have Own Space Station

By IBTimes AU

Russia announced that it has intentions to perhaps build a space station of it's own. (11:27 pm)

A Russian navy ship sails past exploding anti-missile ordnance during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok July 27, 2014.
Reasons Why Russia’s Emerging Borei-Class Submarine Fleet is a Fearsome Nuclear Weapon at Vladimir Putin’s Disposal

By IBTimes AU

Russia plans to commission eight Borei-class submarines that will be at the disposal of President Vladimir Putin by 2020. The Kremlin characterises the subs as “the backbone of Russia’s naval strategic forces for the coming decades. (4:34 pm)

MORE TOPICS: NUCLEAR WEAPONS, BROADBAND

IRAN
Iran Prods Russia To Send In S-300 Surface-To-Air Missile Despite US Sanctions

By IBTimes AU

Iran demands for Russia to continue with its missile system deal despite sanctions from the United States. (3:41 pm)

MORE TOPICS: AL ARABIYA, CHINA, ISRAEL

Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada talks at a news conference
Canada Slaps Fresh Sanctions Against Russia: Product Specific Embargo May Bite Hard On Russia's Oil Exploration Sector

By IBTimes AU

Repeated sanctions are looking iike a testimony that previous sanctions were not effective. (3:01 pm)

MORE TOPICS: EUROPEAN UNION, UKRAINE

Students Walk Out Of Samsung Electronics' Headquarters In Seoul
Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date Set For Q2 2015, To feature Full-Metal Construction Alongside Bent-Display On Both Sides

By IBTimes AU

More information on the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been revealed, including the release date, exterior design and display. (12:42 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, SAMSUNG

Smoke and sand are seen following an Israeli air strike in Gaza August 25, 2014.
Russia 'Planning' War in Israel Says Official; Putin Notes Rising Foreign Spy Activities

By IBTimes AU

Russia may be planning to ignite a war in Israel with the help of Hezbollah. A French official who refused to be named revealed the alleged plot. (12:41 pm)

MORE TOPICS: ISRAEL, EUROPEAN UNION

People walk behind a glass window bearing the logo of Samsung
Android 5.0 Lollipop Beta Build For Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Now Available For Download

By IBTimes AU

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is soon to get the Android v5.0 Lollipop update as beta build has been leaked. (12:01 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MICROSOFT, SAMSUNG, ANDROID

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi gestures as he arrives at his hotel ahead of an OPEC meeting
Saudi Oil Minister Slams Conspiracy Theories About Low Oil Prices--Report

By IBTimes AU

The drop in the oil prices have led to global market concerns, primarily by the oil producing countries. (11:30 am)

MORE TOPICS: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, NIGERIA, OPEC, INVESTMENT