* Texas authorities are sticking to their guns amid complaints from senior officials in Moscow that they have been unable to access investigative materials in the case of a 3-year-old adopted Russian boy who died in Texas in January.
* Belarus and Russia must join efforts tapping into promising and lucrative Latin American markets, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.
* Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva, abducted by Syrian militants in October and held for a $50 million ransom, has escaped and is now safe, she told RIA Novosti by telephone.
* A senior Russian lawmaker vehemently denied media reports that she had failed to declare ownership of a luxury apartment in central Moscow.
* A Moscow court postponed a posthumous trial for late Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whose 2009 death in pre-trial detention triggered an international outcry against Russia’s justice system.
* Customs officers at the Moscow Sheremetyevo international airport arrested on Monday a Russian citizen who attempted to smuggle 26,000 diamonds with a total weight of 166 grams (830 carats) into the country.
* A Russian state watchdog accused of unfairly censoring thousands of websites defended its actions, claiming that censorship is an efficient way of preventing suicide among minors.