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Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. Trump’s decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of protests…

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Putin orders partial Russia troop withdrawal from Syria

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country. Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other militants as well as rebels fighting government…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Trump’s eldest son questioned in Congress about Russia

FILE PHOTO: Then U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) welcomes his son Donald Trump Jr. to the stage at one of the New England Council’s “Politics and Eggs’ breakfasts in Manchester, New Hampshire November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declined to discuss with lawmakers on…

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Putin will seek new term as Russia president

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in March elections, a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. Putin, who has run Russia both as president and prime minister for the past 18 years, is expected to sail to victory, with only token…

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Putin says no Russian Olympics boycott after IOC ban

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia would allow athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, after the country was banned from the Games over a state-orchestrated doping programme. There had been speculation Moscow could boycott the Games entirely after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday barred the…

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Olympics: Russian flag might be allowed at closing ceremony – IOC

Lausanne: Russia might be allowed to fly their flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, an IOC spokesman said on Wednesday, provided they play ball during the Games. The sporting superpower was banned from the Pyeongchang Games by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday over state-sponsored doping, although individual athletes will be allowed to…

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Winter Olympics chiefs accept IOC ban, will welcome clean Russia athletes

SEOUL: Winter Olympics organisers said Wednesday they would prefer if Russians competed under their own flag, but accepted as “second-best” an International Olympic Committee ruling which allows clean athletes from Russia to take part in the Games as neutrals. Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Games on Tuesday because of a state-orchestrated doping programme,…

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Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Samuel Schmid, Chair of the IOC Disciplinary Commission, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, attend a news conference after an Executive Board meeting on sanctions for Russian athletes, in Lausanne, Switzerland, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found…

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Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into “peril” by commenting on the probe, reported Reuters. “I would just say…

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Olympics: IOC to rule on Russia’s 2018 Games fate

The International Olympic Committee meets from Tuesday to decide whether to bar Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping violations, in one of the weightiest decisions ever faced by the Olympic movement. The build-up to the high-stakes summit in Lausanne 66 days before the start of the 2018 Games has been dominated by an…

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Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

NEWS DESK: The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria, reported AFP. The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin…

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North Korea trade sanctions bite on borders with China, Russia

NEWS DESK: At the northeastern tip of North Korea, where the isolated, nuclear-armed country meets its giant neighbours China and Russia, United Nations sanctions on the regime over its weapons programmes are having an impact, reported AFP. And with the North possibly facing further sanctions following its ICBM missile test on Wednesday, things are unlikely…

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SCO countries agree to boost connectivity

SOCHI: The member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization have expressed the determination to shape the organization into the most effective forum under the umbrella of common goals of closely knitted road, rail, and communication networks crossing huge swathes of South Asia, Central Asia up to Europe. In a joint communiquĂ©, the 16th Meeting of the…

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Flynn says was ‘wrong’, will cooperate in Russia probe

Washington: Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn said Friday he would cooperate with the probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI over his contacts with Moscow. “I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my…

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Ex-Trump adviser Flynn charged with lying to FBI, expected to plead guilty

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, the U.S. special counsel’s office charged in a court filing made public on Friday. The Office of the Special Counsel, which is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential…

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PM cautions against politicization of development projects

SOCHI Russia: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday stressed upon the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries to fully harness the true potential they possessed, owing to vast connectivity and economic prospects and cautioned against the politicization of economic development and connectivity projects as such a myopic approach would only hold back the collective progress….

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Pakistan, Russia agree to forge long term partnership

SOCHI: Pakistan and Russian Federation Thursday agreed to forge a long term and multidimensional partnership between the two countries. It was agreed during a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed to…

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Pakistan, China premiers express satisfaction over bilateral engagement

SOCHI, Russia: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang Thursday expressed satisfaction over the overall level of engagement between the two countries. They agreed to continue close cooperation both within Shanghai Cooperation Organization and at the bilateral level in all areas particularly political, economic and trade, defense and strategic and multilateral…

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SCO summit: PM to leave for Russia today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will leave for Russia today (Thursday) to represent Pakistan at two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit beginning in Sochi. It is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting that Pakistan will attend after assumption of full membership of the organization in June this year. The meeting is mandated to focus…

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PM to attend SCO heads of govt meeting in Russia

SOCHI (Russia): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will participate in the 16th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of Government (CHG) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) here at Sochi from November 30 – December 1 on the invitation of Prime Minister of Russian Federation D.A. Medvedev. It is the first SCO Heads of…

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