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Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution

The Kremlin raised the possibility of changing Russia’s constitution after a top lawmaker proposed bolstering parliament’s powers, The Moscow Times reported. The idea of constitutional amendments, including allowing …

IAEA chief Amano to step down early?

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano plans to step down early, in March of next year, because of an unspecified illness that has visibly weakened him over the past year, diplomats who follow his agency’s work said. …

Portugal suspends visas for Iranian citizens

Portugal has suspended the issuance of entry visas for Iranian nationals for unspecified security reasons, Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said, adding the move was not related to bilateral relations between the two …

CDU chief appointed Germany's defense minister

Leader of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was sworn in as Germany’s new defense minister, following her predecessor Ursula von der Leyen’s election as the …

Russia and Belarus agree on integration concept

Russia and Minsk have agreed on the key areas of the development of integration processes within the Union State of Belarus and Russia, Belarusian Economy Minister Dmitry Krutoi said. "I think the concept of …

Putin wishes Angela Merkel happy birthday

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished German Chancellor Angela Merkel a happy 65th birthday, the Kremlin press service said. "Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call wished …

Zarif: Iran to sell oil but not its dignity

Iran will sell oil but not its dignity, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a reference to talks under the U.S. sanctions and pressures. "The Iranian nation's dignity is not for sale," …