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Putin Plans to Rule Longer than Stalin


MOSCOW – The two chambers of the Duma – the Russian parliament – have approved the constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power for the next 16 years. Only one of the 620 legislators of the lower and upper chambers voted against the radical amendments, …

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Erdogan to Travel to Germany for Talks in Libya on January 19


ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to pay a day trip to Berlin on January 19 to participate in the Berlin conference on Libya, the presidency announced on Monday. The Presidency did not provide further details of the trip. Erdogan’s planned visit, however, coincides with the day …

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Summit of BRICS Countries to Start in Brazilian Capital


BRASILIA – The two-day 11th BRICS member-state summit-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-will start in Brasilia on Wednesday and will put together the members of the international organization aimed at promoting global multipolarity. The event is being held in Brazil as it holds this year’s rotating BRICS presidency. Together …

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Russia, Saudi Arabia to Sign $700mln Deal: RDIF

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RIYADH – Russia and Saudi Arabia will sign a US$700 million deal on aircraft leasing among other agreements during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday, Sputnik news agency reported, quoting Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev. Last week, the RDIF head said that one …

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Kyrgyzstan Crisis Escalates After Raid on Ex-President’s Home


BISHKEK – A Kyrgyz officer was killed by gunshot when special forces stormed former President Almazbek Atambayev’s compound, AFP reported Thursday. The raid comes after escalating tension with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov,. Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Thursday ordered “urgent measures” to maintain law and order after a failed attempt …

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Syrian Government Accepts Idlib Truce If Buffer Zone Created


DAMASCUS – The Syrian government has agreed to a truce deal in the country’s militant-held north-western province of Idlib on condition that a buffer zone is created between army troops and foreign-sponsored terrorists, Press Tv reported Friday. The official Syrian news agency SANA, citing an unidentified military source, announced on …

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Russia, France Ready to Resolve Crisis in Ukraine


MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone conversation on Thursday, saying they are ready to intensify efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, Xinhua news reported Friday. Both leaders expressed their readiness to intensify joint work in this area, including in the …

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Putin Invites Imran Khan to Visit Russia


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Russia in September at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani media reported. According to the Geo TV, the Russian President had extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan at the meeting of the Council of Heads of State (CHS) …

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