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US Broadens Syria Talks After Failure of Truce Deal with Russia

By Marina Depetris and Alexander Winning LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will return to Syria talks on Saturday, three weeks after the failure of their painstakingly drafted ceasefire that many saw as the last hope for peace this year. Kerry has pointedly avoided

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Putin Ally Tells Americans: Vote Trump or Face Nuclear War

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Oct 13 – Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare himself to the U.S. Republican candidate. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery

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Egypt, Russia to Hold Joint Military Exercises in Mid-October

CAIRO, Oct 13 – Egypt’s armed forces will hold joint military exercises with their Russian counterparts on Egyptian soil for the first time from Oct. 15-26, Cairo’s military spokesman said on Wednesday. Days ago Egypt backed a Russian resolution in the U.N. Security Council on Syria that removed the demand for an end to air

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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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Russian Jets Resume Heavy Bombing of Eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT, Oct 11 – Russian jets resumed heavy bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after several days of relative calm, a rebel official and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Air strikes mostly hit the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, Zakaria Malhifji of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters. “There is

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Escalation in Syria Means EU Less Likely to Soften Stance on Russia

By Gabriela Baczynska and John Irish BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Oct 11 – Outraged by Russia’s intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin. While the

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British Lawmaker Likens Russia’s Behaviour in Syria to that of Nazis

LONDON, Oct 11 – A senior British lawmaker has accused Russia of targeting civilians in Syria in the same way the Nazis behaved at Guernica during the Spanish civil war of the 1930s. Andrew Mitchell, a lawmaker in Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservatives and a former Secretary of State for International Development, said an

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Russia and Turkey Sign Gas Deal, Seek Common Ground on Syria as Ties Warm

By Olesya Astakhova and Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL, Oct 11 – Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalisation in ties nearly a year after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Turkish President

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Putin says Russia Ready to Join OPEC Output Freeze

By Olesya Astakhova ISTANBUL, Oct 10  – Russia is ready to join a proposed cap on oil output by OPEC members, Russian President Vladimir Putin told an energy congress on Monday. Putin, speaking at an energy congress in the Turkish city of Istanbul, said that low oil prices have lead to underinvestment into the global

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Russia says to Create Permanent Naval Base in Syria’s Tartus

MOSCOW, Oct 10- Russia intends to establish a permanent naval base on the site of an existing facility it leases at the Syrian port of Tartus, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said on Monday, Russian news agencies reported. Pankov’s statement is the latest sign that Moscow wants to expand its military footprint in Syria

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