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Putin says Russia not aiming to divide EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is not trying to split the European Union. His remarks come ahead of a visit to Austria, his first trip to a Western European country in nearly a year. He told Austria’s ORF station he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling the …

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All ‘foreign forces’ to leave Syria, Putin tells Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thursday that “foreign armed forces” would leave Syria, according to Syria’s state-run news agency, SANA. Assad was on a surprise visit to Russia. He and his counterpart hailed the beginning of the “political process” in Syria amid an ongoing “fight against …

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D.N.C. Lawsuit Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy

The Democratic National Committee opened a new legal assault on President Trump on Friday by filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. The 66-page lawsuit, filed in …

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Russia ‘test-fires hypersonic Kinzhal missile’

Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. The country’s defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it. It said the intended …

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Russia’s Putin boasts of all-powerful nuclear missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear-powered missile with an unlimited range that is also completely immune to enemy intercept. Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the cruise missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the …

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Russia Busts Crypto Miners at Secret Nuclear Weapons Lab

Russia’s still debating laws on cryptocurrencies, but engineers at a top-secret nuclear lab were already busy mining them, authorities said. The Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics, where the first Soviet nuclear weapon was produced in 1949, Friday reported “an attempt at unauthorized use of the institutes’s equipment for personal …

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Iran—On the Brink?

by Graham E. Fuller* — With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington’s neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded “liberals” have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for “regime change” in Tehran. Indeed, of the three current potential global flashpoints—North …

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Putin says St Petersburg supermarket bombing was terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a bomb blast in a St Petersburg supermarket on Wednesday was an act of terrorism, and that security forces whose lives were threatened by terrorist suspects should shoot to kill if necessary. Putin was speaking on Thursday at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin for Russian personnel who served in Syria. “You …

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Vladimir Putin suggests U.S. is manipulating key whistleblower on Russian doping

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Thursday that his country’s former anti-doping chief, now in the U.S. in the federal witness protection program, is being manipulated by American officials into saying what they want. The testimony of Grigory Rodchenkov helped provide the basis for the International Olympic Committee’s unprecedented decision this …

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Muslim leaders discuss al-Quds at OIC emergency summit in Turkey

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convenes an urgent summit in Istanbul on Washington’s contentious declaration on Jerusalem al-Quds, with the Turkish foreign minister urging Muslim nations to respond by pressing the world for the recognition of the city as the capital of a Palestinian state. Representatives from 57 OIC members are …

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Syria war: Putin’s Russian mission accomplished

When Russia launched its military operation in Syria in 2015, the then US President Barack Obama predicted Moscow would get “stuck in a quagmire”. His defence secretary, Ashton Carter, warned that Russia’s approach was “doomed to fail”. Two years on, Russia appears to have proved the doomsayers wrong. On a …

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Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday as part of a whirlwind Middle Eastern tour. Putin, who also stopped in Egypt and Turkey, met leaders, posed for photo-ops, inked a huge energy deal and, all in all, played the part of an influential international statesman. While President Trump has sparked outrage across the region, …

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Russia Says IS Has Been Defeated in Syria

Russia’s military said Thursday that its mission to oust the Islamic State group in Syria had been accomplished and that the country was “completely liberated” from the group. “The Russian armed forces’ goal to defeat armed groups of the ISIL terrorist organization in Syria has been accomplished,” Sergei Rudskoi, in …

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Vladimir Putin says he’ll run for reelection. Nobody is surprised.

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, he of the perennial 80 percent approval ratings, declared his intention Wednesday to run for reelection, essentially guaranteeing a new six-year term for the Kremlin leader. “I will nominate my candidacy for the post of the president of the Russian Federation,” Putin said at a rally and a concert at …

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Netanyahu quiet on U.S. Embassy move in speech, focuses on Iranian threat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Israel’s “irreplaceable” relationship with the United States in his first public remarks after the Trump administration said it would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but he did not address the move directly and instead stressed the threat of Iran. Netanyahu lauded Israel’s expanding …

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Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic push in Middle East seals both Syria’s fate and diminishing role of the US in the region

Exactly one year ago, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, with Russia’s help, was laying waste to the last rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo. Cluster bombs and bunker-busters fell out of the sky “like rain”, one resident said at the time. Children mistook the bright lights of phosphorous munitions for fireworks. The …

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Iran leader: Talks to help stabilize Syria

The Latest on Syria talks (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Turkey’s president says trilateral talks with the leaders of Russia and Iran have critical importance for bringing peace to Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking after Wednesday’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Russian Black Sea resort of …

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