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Russian court rejects Siemens' plea to seize its turbines in Crimea

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MOSCOW A Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month, the court's ruling showed on Sunday.

Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said.

World, Syria Aug 19 2017

Several wounded in Russian knife attack, attacker shot dead

MOSCOW From seven to eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Russian Siberian city of Surgut, local criminal investigators said on Saturday, adding that the attacker had been shot dead by police.

World, Aug 19 2017

White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe

WASHINGTON White House special counsel Ty Cobb predicts the cloud of an investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election will soon be lifted from President Donald Trump and says he would be "embarrassed" if it still hangs over the president in 2018.

Politics, Election 2016, Aug 18 2017

Venezuela's PDVSA defends 'perfect' relationship with Russia

CARACAS Venezuela's alliance with Russia is "perfect," the president of state oil company PDVSA said on Friday, blasting what he said was a U.S.-led attempt to sully the growing ties between the two nations.

World, Aug 18 2017

Factbox: Steps for removing a U.S. president from office

President Donald Trump has faced strong criticism for his actions regarding investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election and contacts between his campaign and Moscow.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Aug 18 2017

Exclusive: China's CEFC in early talks to buy Rosneft stake - sources

HONG KONG/BEIJING CEFC China Energy, which has grown from a niche oil trader to a sprawling energy conglomerate, is in talks to acquire a stake in Russian state oil giant Rosneft , three people with direct knowledge of the discussions said.

Deals, China, Aug 17 2017

German ex-chancellor Schroeder hits back in Russia row before vote

BERLIN Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder hit back at criticism of his planned new job at Russian oil producer Rosneft on Thursday, accusing his foes of political maneuvering to help get Angela Merkel re-elected.

World, Aug 17 2017

Timeline of investigations into Syria's chemical weapons

2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reach an agreement on the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

Syria Aug 17 2017

Assad's march east compounds West's Syria dilemma

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syria's war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria.

World, Syria Aug 17 2017