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EU should drop Russia sanctions, Slovak PM says after meeting Putin

BRATISLAVA Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on Friday renewed his call for the European Union to end sanctions against Russia after meeting President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, saying they had failed to influence the settlement of any key issues.

Spain, Italy seize hashish worth $2 million, arrest 19 alleged drug smugglers Aug 24 2016

Spanish and Italian police seized 3,300 kilograms of hashish worth $1.98 million from a boat off the Italian coast and arrested 19 Polish members of an international drug smuggling ring, Spanish authorities said on Wednesday.

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Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkey to tackle migrant inflow Aug 24 2016

SOFIA The lack of coordinated European response to the migrant flow from the Middle East means Bulgaria must work more closely with neighboring Turkey to deal with the crisis, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Wednesday.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko strikes martial tone on independence day Aug 24 2016

KIEV Ukraine put on a show of military strength on independence day on Wednesday amid fresh tension with Russia over Crimea and President Petro Poroshenko said the country had to rely on its own might rather than international guarantees.

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To deter refugees, Norway readies fence on ex-Cold War border Aug 24 2016

OSLO Norway is putting up a steel fence at a remote Arctic border post with Russia after an influx of migrants last year, sparking an outcry from refugees' rights groups and fears that cross- border ties with the former Cold War adversary will be harmed.

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Lavrov, Kerry to meet on Syria and Ukraine in Geneva on Friday Aug 24 2016

GENEVA Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Geneva on Friday focusing on the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, both sides said.

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Kremlin says Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet to discuss Ukraine at G20 on Sept. 4-5 Aug 23 2016

MOSCOW The leaders of Russia, Germany and France have agreed to meet to discuss the situation in Ukraine on Sept. 4-5 in China on the sidelines of the G20 summit, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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Promised prosperity never arrived in Russian-held Crimea, locals say Aug 23 2016

ARMYANSK, Crimea More than two years after Russia annexed Crimea and promised its 2 million people a better life, residents say prices have soared, wages and pensions have stagnated and tourists have fled.

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Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye Aug 22 2016

NEW DELHI India is set to deliver more arms to Afghanistan to help it fight Islamist militants, Kabul's envoy to New Delhi said, even if Pakistan is wary of closer military cooperation between countries lying to its east and west.

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Arms sales to Saudi 'illicit' due to civilian deaths in Yemen: campaigners Aug 22 2016

GENEVA A group that campaigns for stricter arms sales controls said on Monday that Western powers were breaking international law by selling vast amounts of weapons to Saudi Arabia that are being used to hit civilians in Yemen.

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Italy grieves as state funeral is held for quake victims

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the simple wooden coffins at a state funeral on Saturday for some of the 291 people killed in an earthquake this week. | Video