Russia's capital, Moscow , is the largest metropolitan area in Europe proper and one of the largest cities in the world ; other major cities include Saint Petersburg , Novosibirsk , Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe , Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire , beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Rus' ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller states; most of the Rus' lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion and became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde in the 13th century.
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Death of Grace Millane New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes a public apology to the family of Grace Millane, who was murdered in Auckland on 1 or 2 December , saying that "your daughter should have been safe here". The Guardian Thirty-three people are hospitalized in Pavia , Lombardy , Italy , after pepper spray was fired inside the gym of a school. This is the second pepper spray-related incident in the country in three days. On 8 December, six people died when someone fired the spray inside a nightclub, causing a stampede. Il Messaggero Russian serial killer and former policeman Mikhail Popkov is convicted of an additional 56 murders between and All of his victims were women. He had been tried and found not guilty of the crimes in , but the aquittal was quashed as new evidence in the form of DNA was now available.
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Malaysia fought bravely but looked set for an early exit in the World Cup as Germany beat them in Group D today. The Malaysian hockey team put up a gallant fight but lost to Germany on Sunday, and the only thing left to do now is pack their bags and head home. Malaysia's adventure ends after defeat to Germany Published on Monday, 10 December Germany power way to quarters Published on Monday, 10 December Germany defeat spirited Malaysia to enter quarter-finals; Pakistan qualify for cross-overs despite drubbing Published on Monday, 10 December