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Leader of breakaway South Ossetia meets Assad in Syria

The leader of South Ossetia, a Russian-backed breakaway region of Georgia, met Moscow’s ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday, Syrian state media reported. South Ossetia’s President Anatoly Bibilov is on a three-day visit to Syria two months after Damascus recognized his country’s independence, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported. South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in wars in …

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UK woman dies after nerve agent poisoning

British police say a woman who was exposed to a nerve agent in southern England has died. London’s Metropolitan Police said 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess died Sunday in a hospital in Salisbury. Sturgess had been hospitalized after falling ill on June 30 along with 45-year-old Charlie Rowley. Police say they were …

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Trump Can’t Play Putin’s Game in Syria

In some alternate universe, it may make sense for the president of the United States to meet with his Russian counterpart to negotiate an end to the fighting in Syria. It would be a universe in which the American president weren’t constantly denigrating European allies, and the Russian president weren’t habitually lying about …

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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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Syria recognises Russian-backed Georgia regions

Syria has recognised two Russian-controlled regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – as independent states, angering Georgia. The Georgian Foreign Ministry responded by saying it was breaking off diplomatic relations with Syria. Separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgia in 2008 with massive help from …

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Syria may not have declared entire chemical arsenal, OPCW says

The head of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog has questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared his entire arsenal. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), highlighted that attacks involving chlorine barrel bombs and deadly nerve agent sarin have continued despite the landmark …

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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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Syria Reportedly Regains Control Over Key Highway for First Time in 6 Years

The militants, who blocked the road, left their positions and handed over their weapons to government forces. According to the newspaper Al-Watan, the Syrian Arab Army has regained control over the stretch of the M5 highway between the cities of Homs and Hama due to the implementation of a reconciliation agreement in a militant-held enclave north of Homs (165 km from Damascus). …

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Korea: The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

by Graham E. Fuller*  —   I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning point in the geopolitics of East Asia. In …

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The Latest: Syrian rebels surrender north of Homs

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 10 p.m. Syrian state media say rebels have agreed to surrender an enclave near Syria’s third largest city to the government. Al-Ikhbariya TV says rebels have agreed to allow government forces into the countryside north of Homs and re-establish state institutions. Rebels will have the …

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