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Tsunami warnings after magnitude 7.8 quake off Russia’s Kuril islands

U.S. authorities put out tsunami warnings on Wednesday after an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia’s Kuril Islands, but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes. The U.S. National Oceanic

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Saudi Arabia, Russia raise stakes in oil production standoff

DUBAI/MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia said yesterday it would boost its oil supplies to a record high in April, raising the stakes in a standoff with Russia and effectively rebuffing Moscow’s suggestion for new talks. The clash of oil titans Saudi Arabia

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Oil prices rise 4% after biggest one-day fall since 1991

SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose by more than US$1 todau after a price war by top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia sparked the biggest daily rout since the 1991 Gulf War, but investors saw little chance of a quick price recovery

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Why is the MH17 trial in the Netherlands?

The first hearing in the criminal trial of four men accused of murder for their roles in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine is due to start in the Netherlands on Monday: What happened? MH17 was

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‘US intelligence told lawmakers of Russian bid to boost Trump re-election’

WASHINGTON: US intelligence officials told lawmakers last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign by aiming to cast doubt on the integrity of the vote and boost President Donald Trump’s re-election, a person familiar with the briefing

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Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

BEIRUT/AMMAN: The Syrian army said yesterday that it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups “wherever they are found”. The advances were

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Syrian forces seize most of Aleppo province, on eve of Turkey-Russia talks

AMMAN/BEIRUT/ANKARA: Syrian government forces made significant advances yesterday in the country’s northwestern Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region, state media said, a day before a new round of talks between Turkey and Russia on the escalation in the

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Five killed in Russian hotel after boiling water floods basement

Five people died in the Russian city of Perm today after a hot water pipe exploded in the night and flooded a basement hotel room with boiling water, the regional investigative committee said. At least three other people were taken

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Putin shake-up could keep him in power past 2024 as Cabinet resigns

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes yesterday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down. Most importantly,

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Russian jets resume bombing of Syria’s rebel-held northwest

Russian jets struck several rebel-held towns in northwest Syria’s Idlib for the first time since a ceasefire agreed with Turkey came into force two days ago, witnesses and rebels sources said. They said the towns of Khan al Subl, Maasaran

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