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Erdogan, Putin Discuss Syria as Turkish-Backed Rebels Push to Al-Bab

By Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Nov 25 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed an attack on Turkish troops in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the Syrian city of al-Bab from Daesh. The Turkish military has said Thursday’s air strike, which killed

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Obama, Putin Talk About Syria and Ukraine In Quick Summit Meet

LIMA, Nov 21 – U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke for around four minutes on Sunday at the APEC summit about Syria and Ukraine, in what is likely to be their last in-person meeting before Obama leaves office. The two men met at the start of the summit meeting in

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Putin Rejects Accusations of Meddling in U.S. Election

By James Oliphant and Katya Golubkova WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Oct 13 – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday his country was not involved in an effort to influence the U.S. presidential election even as WikiLeaks released another trove of internal documents from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Last week, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of launching a

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Putin Accuses France of Playing Tricks with Syria Resolution

By Alexander Winning and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, Oct 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused France of deliberately luring Moscow into vetoing a United Nations resolution on Syria and suggested it was doing the bidding of the United States. Russia last week imposed its veto on a French-backed resolution on the violence in

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Putin Wants US to Protect Aid Convoys in Syria, Germany’s Gabriel says

MOSCOW, Sept 22  – Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the United States to protect aid convoys in Syria, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said after meeting him in Moscow. An air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo on Monday, shattering a ceasefire. The United States believes Russian aircraft are responsible but Moscow

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Syria Ceasefire Deal With Russia Close, but Obama Says ‘Not There Yet’

By Roberta Rampton HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4 – President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia were working on Sunday to try to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid in the war-torn country. “We’re not there yet,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with UK Prime Minister

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Fighting in Aleppo Persists Despite Russia Ceasefire Announcement: Rebels

BEIRUT, Aug 11 – Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, two rebel groups and a witness in the city said, as government forces tried to reverse last week’s opposition gains. Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government,

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Syrian Rebels’ Aleppo Success Complicates Strategies of Assad and Russia

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 10 – In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad’s hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military

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Republican National Security Experts: Trump Would Be ‘Dangerous’ President

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 8 – Fifty prominent Republican national security officials, including a former CIA director, on Monday called party nominee Donald Trump unqualified to lead the country and said he would be “the most reckless president in American history.” The statement was the latest repudiation of Trump’s candidacy by veteran Republican national

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