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China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

BEIJING (AFP) – Iran, China and Russia may seek ways to salvage the nuclear deal ditched by Donald Trump when their leaders meet this weekend at a summit on the Chinese coast. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security bloc led by China and Russia, is set to hold its 18th annual gathering in […]

Pakistan, Russia set to sign $10b offshore pipeline deal next week

Pakistan, Russia set to sign $10b offshore pipeline deal next week

ISLAMABAD: In a major breakthrough, Pakistan and Russia are poised to sign a $10-billion offshore gas pipeline deal, a project planned by the latter to capture the energy market of Pakistan. Sources told The Express Tribune that the cabinet had approved the signing of the gas pipeline laying deal and Pakistan ambassador to Russia had been authorised to ink […]

Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacks

Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacks

BEIRUT (AFP) – Russian fighters were among dozens of pro-government forces killed in eastern Syria this week in a deadly wave of attacks by Islamic State group jihadists, Moscow and a monitor said Sunday. After the collapse of its so-called “caliphate” last year, IS now only holds tiny pockets of Syria, mainly in the vast […]

UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

SEOUL: The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar. UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee, who was last week barred by the Myanmar government from visiting the country, singled out China and Russia […]

Manafort Indictment Shows Case Was ‘Cooked Up,’ Russia Says

Manafort Indictment Shows Case Was ‘Cooked Up,’ Russia Says

Getty Images file MOSCOW — Russia’s foreign ministry has cited a factual error in the indictment against Paul Manafort as proof the allegations are “cooked up” and not part of a “serious investigation.” President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and his business associate, Rick Gates, are accused of charges including conspiracy against the U.S., money laundering, being […]

Trump says ‘things will work out fine’ with Russia

Trump says ‘things will work out fine’ with Russia

By AFP WASHINGTON:  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 […]

FBI obtained court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe

FBI obtained court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe

By Reuters The FBI secured a court order in 2016 to secretly surveil the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as the agency investigates possible ties between the campaign and Russia, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Citing law enforcement and other US officials the Post reported that […]

Despite tough talk, Turkey caught between US and Russia in Syria

Despite tough talk, Turkey caught between US and Russia in Syria

By Reuters ISTANBUL:  Turkish calls for tough action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after US missile strikes on one of his airbases may overestimate Washington’s appetite for deeper involvement in Syria’s war and threaten Ankara’s fragile rapprochement with Russia. Within hours of the US cruise missile strikes, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described the action as […]

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

Russia’s force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed. Eighteen Russian citizens fighting alongside Moscow’s allies, the Syrian government forces, have […]

FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap

FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap

FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap WASHINGTON:   The directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James […]

Russia denies official involvement in ‘any’ cybercrimes

Russia denies official involvement in ‘any’ cybercrimes

Russia denies official involvement in ‘any’ cybercrimes By Agency Igor Sushchin, one of the Russian Intelligence agents accused of helping with the Yahoo hacks. PHOTO: REUTERS MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Thursday denied any official Russian involvement in cybercrimes after the US indicted two FSB intelligence agents over cyberattacks on Yahoo that compromised 500 million accounts. “As […]

Trump did not know Flynn was representing Turkey: White House

Trump did not know Flynn was representing Turkey: White House

Trump did not know Flynn was representing Turkey: White House The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump did not know until this week that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had been working as a representative for Turkey, although the issue was raised with the Trump team before the Republican took […]