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Syria Received 225,000 T of Russian Wheat from Commercial Deal

By Maha El Dahan and Lisa Barrington ABU DHABI/BEIRUT, June 13 – Syria has received 225,000 tonnes of Russian wheat, part of a 1.2 million tonne wheat deal struck in February through its state grain buyer. “So far 225,000 tonnes have arrived in total, this is through deals with six local trading firms and all

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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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Watergate “Pales” Compared with Trump-Russia, Former U.S. Intelligence Head

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, June 7 – The Watergate scandal pales in comparison to events in Washington surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and alleged links between his campaign and Russia, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday. Clapper questioned Trump’s continued pro-Russian stance, saying his sharing of intelligence with Russia “reflect either

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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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Trump Attacks ‘Fake News’ Following Kushner Reports

By Doina Chiacu and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, May 29 – U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as “fake news” on Sunday, following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office. Shortly after Trump’s remarks on Twitter,

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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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More Americans Want an ‘Independent Investigation’ of Trump

By Chris Kahn NEW YORK, May 16 – A majority of Americans, including a growing number of Republicans, want to see an “independent investigation” sort out any connections between Russia and President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday. The May 10-14 poll, which was conducted

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FBI Director’s Dismissal Invites Sarcasm from Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

WASHINGTON, May 10 – Russia’s foreign minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey by saying ‘Was he fired? You’re kidding. You’re kidding’ as he posed on Wednesday for photographs with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. President Donald Trump stunned Washington on Tuesday with his decision to fire Comey, whose agency

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