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Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

By Camelia Entikhabifard Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable

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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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Syria Ceasefire Deal With Russia Close, but Obama Says ‘Not There Yet’

By Roberta Rampton HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4 – President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia were working on Sunday to try to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid in the war-torn country. “We’re not there yet,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with UK Prime Minister

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Fighting in Aleppo Persists Despite Russia Ceasefire Announcement: Rebels

BEIRUT, Aug 11 – Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, two rebel groups and a witness in the city said, as government forces tried to reverse last week’s opposition gains. Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government,

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Syrian Rebels’ Aleppo Success Complicates Strategies of Assad and Russia

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 10 – In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad’s hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military

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Strong Men in Love

A failed coup is pushing Turkish President Erdogan back into Putin’s arms By Owen Matthews Did Vladimir Putin’s spies save Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s life in the recent attempted coup? The theory first surfaced when Iran’s official Fars News Agency claimed that Russian security services tipped off their Turkish counterparts after picking up “highly sensitive army

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Republican National Security Experts: Trump Would Be ‘Dangerous’ President

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 8 – Fifty prominent Republican national security officials, including a former CIA director, on Monday called party nominee Donald Trump unqualified to lead the country and said he would be “the most reckless president in American history.” The statement was the latest repudiation of Trump’s candidacy by veteran Republican national

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Kerry Presses On with Russian Talks on Syria Despite Aleppo Setbacks

By Lesley Wroughton, Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Aug 6 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and skepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks

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