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Tennis: Sharapova congratulates mum-to-be Serena

STUTTGART: Maria Sharapova offered her congratulations to pregnant rival Serena Williams after the Russian made her return from a 15-month ban for doping on Wednesday.

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Russia says Turkey’s air strikes on Iraq, Syria are unacceptable

MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Turkey’s air strikes on Iraq and Syria were unacceptable and had violated the fundamental principles of intergovernmental relations. “In this situation, we call on all parties to exercise restraint,” the ministry said in a statement. Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday and…

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Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

MOSCOW: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them. Speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Shoigu restated Russia’s view that the strike —…

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Trump calls for new UN sanctions against North Korea

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to impose new sanctions on North Korea as concerns mount that it may test a sixth nuclear bomb as early as Tuesday.

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Israel targets Syria positions after Golan mortar fire

JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said Friday it had targeted positions inside Syria in retaliation for mortar fire that hit the northern part of the Golan Heights.

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Russia warns US against unilateral strike on N.Korea

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over.¬† “This is a very risky path,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow. “We do not accept the reckless nuclear…

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Trump says ‘things will work out fine’ with Russia

US President Donald Trump expressed confidence Thursday that US-Russian relations will “work out fine” after icy bilateral talks in Moscow, as he looked to China to “deal properly” with North Korea. Trump faces crucial tests in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, with tensions building on both fronts over a suspected chemical weapons attack…

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Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS: Russia blocked a Western effort at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to condemn last week’s deadly gas attack in Syria and push Moscow’s ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident.

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Putin meets Tillerson as US, Russia wrangle over Syria

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after complaining of worsening ties with Donald Trump’s administration as the two sides spar over Syria. Putin received Tillerson at the Kremlin along with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after the top diplomats held several hours of talks dominated by the…

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Putin slams Trump ties as top diplomats spar on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said ties with the United States have deteriorated ¬†under the administration of Donald Trump as their top diplomats locked horns Wednesday over the Syrian conflict. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow in what he said was an attempt to narrow “areas of…

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UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, but Russia is likely to veto the measure, diplomats said. Britain, France and the United States put forward the draft text which was slightly…

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Canada court denies accused Yahoo hacker bail

OTTAWA: A Canadian court on Tuesday denied bail to a man accused of carrying out devastating cyberattacks on Yahoo as he awaits possible extradition to the United States to face criminal charges.

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Dollar near 5-month low vs yen amid geopolitical risk

NEW YORK: The dollar fell broadly on Tuesday, nearly touching a five-month low against the Japanese yen, as geopolitical risk and declining U.S. Treasury yields pushed traders out of the greenback.

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Monitor says Syria drops barrel bombs despite U.S. warning; Syria denies

DAMASCUS: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes in Syria. A Syrian military source denied the Observatory report and said the army did not use barrel…

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Tillerson in Moscow to confront Russia over Syria

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to confront the Russian leadership over its support for President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime. Before setting off for Moscow, Tillerson told a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Italy that Russia should rethink its alliance in the light of the latest alleged chemical attack in…

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Putin warns of future chemical weapons ‘provocations’ to frame Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons “provocations” in Syria that would be used to frame Kremlin ally Bashar al-Assad. “We have information from various sources that such provocations — I cannot call them otherwise — are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern outskirts of Damascus,…

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G7 backs Tillerson ahead of Syria talks in Moscow

MILAN: G7 foreign ministers warned against military escalation in Syria Tuesday, throwing their support behind US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he readies for crunch talks in Moscow, a key Damascus ally. As diplomats from the seven major advanced economies gathered for talks in the Italian city of Lucca, they were joined by their…

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Tillerson faces tough talks in Moscow amid increased tensions

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week will be an early test of whether the Trump administration can use any momentum generated by a missile attack on a Syrian air base to craft and execute a strategy to end the Syrian war.

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Russia, Iran army chiefs vow to continue Syria fight

TEHRAN: The army chiefs of Russia and Iran discussed the US strikes in Syria by phone Saturday, and vowed to continue the fight against “terrorists” and their supporters, Iranian media reported. The two chiefs of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri and General Valery Gerasimov, “condemned the American operation against a Syrian air base which is…

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US threatens further strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON: United States warned Friday it is ready to hit Syria again after a missile strike that infuriated Moscow and fueled calls for a push to end the six-year war. US Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered the warning at an emergency session of the UN Security Council called after the US strikes, which were launched to…

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Russia denounces ‘aggression’ as tensions with USA mount

MOSCOW: The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched this week, the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the step his predecessor Barack Obama…

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