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Trump: Saudi Arabia, Russia “both went crazy” on oil issue

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said he planned to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and that Saudi Arabia and Russia “both went crazy” over oil prices pushed down by an economic slowdown caused by the need to slow

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Putin approves changes allowing him to stay in power until 2036

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday opened the door to constitutional changes that would allow him to remain in power until 2036, but said he favoured term limits once the country became politically “mature”. Putin, who in January unveiled a

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Rivals targets Sanders’ at South Carolina Democratic debate

CHARLESTON, SC: Surging Democrat front-runner Bernie Sanders came under withering fire in a debate in South Carolina yesterday, as rivals criticised the high cost of his ambitious economic agenda and warned he would cost the party the White House and

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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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Turkey striving to reduce tensions between US, Iran

ANKARA: Turkey is going to great lengths to reduce tensions between the United States (US) and Iran, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday following the recent killing of a top Iranian commander in a US drone strike in the Iraqi

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Russian police deploy in Syria’s Kobani, Trump claims ceasefire ‘permanent’

MOSCOW/ANKARA/WASHINGTON: Russian military police started to deploy on Syria’s northeast border yesterday under a deal with Turkey to drive out Kurdish fighters, marking Moscow’s deepening influence in the region two weeks after the US pulled out forces. Turkey announced that

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Russia, Turkey reach deal to eject Kurdish fighters from Syria border

Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey, under a deal agreed yesterday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph. Hours after the deal

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Ahead of offensive, Turkey says it strikes Syria-Iraq border

ANKARA/ISTANBUL: Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepared to attack following a surprise US troop pullback, Turkish officials told Reuters yesterday. Turkey says it is ready to

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Russian strongman Putin unimpressed by Thunberg’s UN speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday took aim at teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, telling an energy forum he did not share the excitement about her United Nations speech last month. The 16-year-old Swede electrified the UN summit in New York

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Dr M: Cannot avoid talking about MH17 with Putin

VLADIVOSTOK: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he could not exclude discussing the MH17 crash with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting later today, reported Sputnik news agency. “Well, if the matter is mentioned, then of course,” the

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