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Diplomatic Ties help Israel Defang International Criticism

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, July 5 – Ahead of the release last week of a report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Quartet of Middle East mediators, the word from diplomats was that it would be hard-hitting, especially on Israel and its settlement building. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations were

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The Russian Fighters of Daesh

By Margarita Antidze and Maria Tsvetkova BIRKIANI, Georgia/MOSCOW, July 4 – In 2012, Tarkhan Batirashvili set off from his home in ex-Soviet Georgia on a journey that would pave the way to last week’s suicide attack on Istanbul airport. “He told me: ‘Father, I should find my own way in life. This country does not

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Istanbul Airport Bombers Were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish Official

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, June 30 – Three suspected Daesh suicide bombers who killed 43 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul’s main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on one of the world’s busiest airports, a hub at

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The Undesirables of Russia

Russia’s 12.5 million disabled people are rarely seen in public—and some Russians prefer it that way BY Marc Bennetts “I don’t want to look at children in wheelchairs!” shouted one distraught woman at a tense public meeting in eastern Siberia late last year. “I can’t do anything to help them, and I can’t look at them and

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Brexit Casts Doubt Over New EU and NATO Defence Strategy

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, June 28 – Britain’s departure from the European Union risks undermining Europe’s new defence strategy, days before NATO and EU governments sign a landmark pact to confront a range of threats from Russia to the Mediterranean, officials say. The European Union and the United States plan to use two separate EU

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Turkey Mends Fences with Israel, Russia in Foreign Policy Reset

By Nick Tattersall, Jack Stubbs and Jeffrey Heller ISTANBUL/MOSCOW/JERUSALEM, June 27 – Turkey announced the restoration of diplomatic ties with Israel on Monday after a six-year rupture and expressed regret to Russia over the downing of a warplane, seeking to mend strained alliances and ease a sense of isolation on the world stage. The deal

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Russia Secures Energy Deals, Talks Security With China as Putin Visits

By Denis Dyomkin BEIJING, June 25 – Russia and China sealed a raft of energy deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing on Saturday, strengthening economic ties while pledging to preserve the strategic balance of power among nations. The deals involve the sale of stakes in a number of Russian projects to Chinese firms,

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Syrian and Russian War Jets Step Up Bombing of Aleppo City: Monitor

AMMAN, June 5 – Nearly 40 strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around Syria’s Aleppo city on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes, residents and a monitor said. Rebels also hit government-held parts of the city in what Syrian media said was an escalation in mortar attacks

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Russian Hopes for Iran Trade Boom Run Aground at Caspian Port

By Svetlana Burmistrova ASTRAKHAN, Russia, June 5 – When sanctions on Iran were lifted in January, Russia might have expected to be near the front of the queue for business opportunities. Moscow, after all, was one of Tehran’s oldest allies and is now its partner on the battlefield in Syria. On the evidence of the

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