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Turkey’s Erdogan Accuses Russia of Arming PKK Militants: Newspaper

By Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay ANKARA, May 30 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia of providing anti-aircraft weaponry and rockets to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), government officials said on Monday, confirming reports in local media. Speaking to reporters on board his airplane after a visit to the southeastern

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Russia to Lend Egypt $25 Billion to Build Nuclear Power Plant

CAIRO, May 19 – Russia will loan Egypt $25 billion to finance building and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the official gazette said on Thursday. Egypt and Russia signed an agreement on Nov. 19 for Russia to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in Egypt and to extend Egypt a loan to cover

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U.S., Russia Stalemate on Syria Frustrates European Powers

By Michelle Nichols and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA, May 17 – The Obama administration’s failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country’s five-year civil war, diplomats say. Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread

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Russia: Razz Putin

Political satire is thriving in Russia because many Russians aren’t BY Marc Bennetts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual “direct line” conversation with the nation was still going strong when the joking began on social media. “Question: ‘Everyone has had to make cuts to their household budgets recently. What have you cut spending on?’ Putin: ‘On

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Russia Showcases Syria Hardware in Red Square Military Parade

By Andrew Osborn and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW, May 9 – Russia rolled out an air defence missile system of the kind used to protect its base in Syria and some of the Russian jets flying missions there screamed overhead as it showcased its military war machine on Moscow’s Red Square on Monday. The grand parade,

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Syrian Government Forces Battle Rebels Near Aleppo, City Areas Shelled

BEIRUT, May 9 – Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and warplanes launched more raids around a strategic town Islamist rebels seized last week, a monitoring group said. The capture of Khan Touman was a rare setback for government forces in Aleppo province in recent months, and for

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Iran Suffers Losses in Syria, Aleppo Truce Extended

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, May 8 – Thirteen Iranian soldiers were killed in a battle with Islamist militants over a village near the Syrian city of Aleppo, Tehran said on Saturday, in one of Iran’s biggest single-day losses since it sent forces to support President Bashar Al Assad. Russia meanwhile said that a truce in Aleppo itself

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U.N. Envoy Urges Obama, Putin to Save Syria Truce, Peace Process

By Stephanie Nebehay and Shadia Nasralla GENEVA, April 28 – The United Nations mediator on Thursday called on the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation to salvage the “barely alive” two-month-old ceasefire in Syria and revitalise the damaged peace process. U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura voiced deep concern at the truce

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