Russian President Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the airport in Riyadh for his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. IMAGES

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Putin puts on birthday show gathering mushrooms | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin is renowned for posing for high-octane photo opportunities like tiger-tracking or deepwater diving. But in images released to celebrate his birthday, the long-term leader was seen enjoying some of Russia’s more peaceful wildlife.

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Arresting looks: Russian protests get a fashion twist | AFP

A number of trendy Russian brands are making clothes that signal support for Russia’s protest movement. Sold online and in mainstream shops, the quirky designs have boomed in popularity since demonstrations this summer for fair elections that sparked a police crackdown and saw thousands detained.

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