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Israel’s Netanyahu to Discuss Middle East with Putin

JERUSALEM, Aug 20 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday. Israel is concerned Iran is trying to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria. Netanyahu said in a speech last

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Trump Thanks Russia’s Putin for Slashing U.S. Diplomatic Staff

By Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 10 – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump’s kid-gloves handling of Putin. Breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin’s July 30 order

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Trump’s Son-in-Law Faces Capitol Hill Grilling Over Russia Contacts

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, July 24 – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faces two days of closed-door questioning from Congress this week as lawmakers try to determine whether Trump’s campaign enlisted Russia’s help to win the White House in last year’s election. Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is expected to face questions about

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“Welcome to Hell”: Protesters Vow to Disrupt G20 Summit

By Joseph Nasr HAMBURG, July 6 – “Welcome to Hell”. That’s the greeting for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders from anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the G20 summit, already rife with tensions over trade and climate change. Thousands of protesters from around Europe were pouring into the port city

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Trump in Hot Seat as Comey to Testify at Russia Hearing

By Warren Strobel and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, June 8 – Former FBI Director James Comey will tell Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump repeatedly urged him to halt a probe into his former national security adviser’s ties to Russia and to declare publicly that Trump himself was not being investigated. Comey’s testimony in the

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‘Axis of Love’: Saudi-Russia Detente Heralds New Oil Order

By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW, June 1  – A meeting between the two men who run Russia and Saudi Arabia’s oil empires spoke volumes about the new relationship between the energy superpowers. It was the first time that Rosneft boss Igor Sechin and Saudi Aramco chief Amin Nasser had held a formal, scheduled

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Turkey, Russia Sign Memorandum on Lifting Trade Restrictions: Turkish Sources

ANKARA, May 22 – Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum on lifting trade restrictions against each other, Turkish presidential sources said on Monday, after Ankara and Moscow agreed at a meeting this month to settle trade disputes. The memorandum was signed by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek and his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich in

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Trump Says He Has “Absolute Right” to Share Facts with Russians

By Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, May 16  – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to disclose information to Russian officials during a White House meeting last week, saying he had an “absolute right” to share “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” The president took to Twitter to counter

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Trump fires FBI Director Comey, setting off U.S. political storm

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, May 10 – U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome. The Republican president said he fired Comey, the

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