Moscow, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia's president Monday in a glittering Kremlin ceremony that took place less than 24 hours after protesters opposed to his rule had battled police in downtown Moscow. "I swear on the power invested in me as president of the Russian Federation to respect and protect the rights and freedom of its citizens," Putin said, his right hand placed on a red-bound copy of the Russian Constitution
Paris, May 7 (IANS) Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande defeated incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's decisive presidential runoff in France and will now become president though he has never held a government post at the national level. Hollande will be the second left-wing president, after Francois Mitterrand, founder of the French Socialist Party, served two seven-year terms as president from
Moscow, May 7 (IANS) Vladimir Putin was sworn in Monday as Russia's president, starting his third term in the Kremlin following two consecutive terms from 2000 to 2008. The 59-year-old political veteran, who served as prime minister from 2008 to 2012, won a resounding victory in the country's presidential election in March
Moscow, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Once the world's tallest wooden skyscraper, the 13-storey Sutyagin House in Russia has been destroyed in a fire, officials said. The 144-foot-tall Sutyagin House was situated in Arkhangelsk region, the regional emergencies department said Sunday
Moscow, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the commander of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky. He has now appointed Vice-Admiral Viktor Chirkov for the position, the Kremlin press office reported Sunday, without explaining the reasons for the dismissal.
Moscow, May 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A photographer trying to click bird's eye photos of a rally against Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin in Moscow fell to his death from a building, police said. The unidentified man with a digital camera climbed the fire escape of a building, but fell down from the fifth or sixth floor and died of injuries on the site, police said quoting witnesses at the site
Paris, May 7 (IANS) World leaders including US president Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron Sunday night congratulated Francois Hollande on his victory in the French presidential elections. In a phone call made to Hollande after the results were announced, Obama said he looked forward to working closely with the French president-elect and his government on a range of shared economic and security challenges
Paris, May 7 (IANS) French president-elect Francois Hollande said Sunday night he felt proud for bringing hope to France and that change will start from now. In an address to his supporters after the presidential election, Hollande said his first mission upon his inauguration would be uniting the French people, facing all challenges and getting the country out of crisis, Xinhua reported
Paris, May 7 (IANS) Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande who defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's decisive presidential runoff in France, has never held a government post at the national level. The bespectacled Hollande will be the second left-wing president, after Francois Mitterrand, founder of the French Socialist Party, served two seven-year terms as president from
Paris, May 7 (IANS) French President Nicolas Sarkozy conceded defeat to his Socialist Party challenger Francois Hollande in the presidential runoff Sunday, saying he had called his rival on the phone and wished him "good luck".