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Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefire

Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on steps towards implementing the …

US to push back at foreign interference in election - Ambassasdor to UN nominee

US to push back at foreign interference in election - Ambassasdor to UN nominee

The United States should send a strong message it will not tolerate foreign interference in its elections and will respond appropriately to every such attempt, the US Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Nikki Haley told the …

Russia may place $3 bln in Eurobonds in spring

Russia may place $3 bln in Eurobonds in spring

Russia may place $3 billion worth of Eurobonds this spring in a single issue, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Siluanov said the government had decided not to use additional …

Sberbank CEO: Sanctions against Russia unlikely to be lifted soon

Sberbank CEO: Sanctions against Russia unlikely to be lifted soon

The sanctions against Russia will not be lifted in the near future and a lot will depend on the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, German …

NATO Military Committee: Officials to set stage for expert talks with Russia

NATO Military Committee: Officials to set stage for expert talks with Russia

The agenda and the rules of the talks between NATO and Russian military experts on prevention of dangerous incidents should be determined by top military officials first, Petr Pavel, the Chairman …

Man burned during protest outside Trump hotel

Man burned during protest outside Trump hotel

A man was transported to a hospital after suffering burns while setting a fire outside the Trump International Hotel, authorities said. The man received serious but non-life threatening burns during a …

Daesh plans to blow up Palmyra’s historical sites

Daesh plans to blow up Palmyra’s historical sites

Daesh is bringing large amounts of explosives to Palmyra, apparently with the aim to wipe out historical monuments in that city, Head of the Main Operations Department of Russia’s General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy …

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Mogherini discuss JCPOA, Syria in Davos

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Mogherini discuss JCPOA, Syria in Davos

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini Wednesday held talks on various issues, including the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, …

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint air operation against Daesh

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint air operation against Daesh

On Wednesday, Russia’s Aerospace Force and Turkey’s Air Force are conducting the first joint air operation against the Daesh terror group on the outskirts of the al-Bab town in the Aleppo province, Head of the Main Operations …

Putin: Positive trend in Russian economy should be supported

Putin: Positive trend in Russian economy should be supported

Positive trend in the Russian economy is still unsteady, it should be supported, President Vladimir Putin said, TASS reports. "We know about positive trends that were marked in the end of 2016 (in economy) but at …

Merkel: EU doesn#039t know what to do with migrants

Merkel: EU doesn't know what to do with migrants

The European Union still does not have a long-term solution to the migration problem, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. She recalled that Germany, along with Italy, received a lot of migrants, but "we still do …

Zarif: Iran can cooperate with Saudi

Zarif: Iran can cooperate with Saudi

Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the World …

Kazakhstan holds military drills

Kazakhstan holds military drills

The ground troops of Kazakhstan are holding command and staff drills in the east, west and south of the country, the country’s Defense Ministry said. As much as 1500 soldiers and more than 200 units of military equipment take part …

OPEC decreased its oil output

OPEC decreased its oil output

OPEC has decreased its oil production by 221,000 barrels per day in December 2016 down to 33.08 million barrels amid the deal on oil output curtailment, the cartel said in its monthly report. The largest decline in crude oil production …

 Ex-prosecutor general appointed Sargsyan#039s advisor

Ex-prosecutor general appointed Sargsyan's advisor

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, has signed a decree, appointing the former Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan an Advisor to the President, the press office of the President said. …

Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks

Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks

Any country that "honestly seeks to facilitate the peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict, is eligible to take part in the Astana meeting," the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said. He made …

Istanbul nightclub attacker begs police not to kill him

Istanbul nightclub attacker begs police not to kill him

An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, Abdulkadir Masharipov, told police he had to change target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted with direct orders from …

Crimea museums appeal Amsterdam court ruling on Scythian gold

Crimea museums appeal Amsterdam court ruling on Scythian gold

Crimean museums have appealed a Dutch court's ruling to transfer a collection of ancient Scythian gold to Ukraine, Inyurkollegiya law firm lawyer Anastasia Sivitskaya, protecting the interests of Crimean museums in the …

Diyarbakir authorities remove Assyrian sculpture from public square

Diyarbakir authorities remove Assyrian sculpture from public square

Turkish authorities removed an Assyrian sculpture from a public square on January 8. The sculpture, an Assyrian winged bull known as a Lamassu, was in front of the local council building in Diyarbakir. No explanation has been provided by the …

Kurz: Russia can be key player in resolving crises

Kurz: Russia can be key player in resolving crises

Russia can play a key role in finding peaceful solutions to crises in Europe using mechanisms of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, whose country …