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Obama to Trump: Keep Russia sanctions separate from nuclear talks


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama urged President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to keep separate the issue of economic sanctions on Russia from the pursuit of talks to reduce nuclear stockpiles. | Video


Trump U.N. pick echoes his criticism but breaks from him on issues Jan 18 2017

WASHINGTON Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador echoed his condemnation of the world body and pledged to push for reforms at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but broke from the president-elect on some other policy issues, including Russia and NATO. | Video


Ukrainian president calls for global response to Russian threat Jan 18 2017

DAVOS, Switzerland Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a worldwide effort to counter the threat of Russian cyber warfare and urged the United States to "be great again" by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security. | Video


Germany, France and Russia agree to keep working for peace in Ukraine Jan 18 2017

BERLIN The leaders of Germany, France and Russia agreed on Wednesday to continue working toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine under four-way peace talks that include Kiev, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.


Guterres vows U.N. reform and diplomatic 'surge' Jan 18 2017

GENEVA U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he is determined to reform the world body and to see a diplomatic "surge" to overcome obstacles in peace talks.


Indonesia can do business with 'pragmatic' Trump, says minister Jan 18 2017

Indonesia, the country with the world's biggest Muslim population, can do business with a "pragmatic" U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a senior minister close to President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday.


China's Xi says willing to help resolve Ukraine crisis Jan 17 2017

BEIJING China is willing to play a constructive role in seeking a political resolution to the crisis over Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Ukrainian counterpart, adding that he considers the eastern European country a friend.


U.S. ambassador to U.N. says Russia tearing down global order Jan 17 2017

WASHINGTON Russia is engaging in aggressive and destabilizing actions that are threatening the rules-based international order, Samantha Power said on Tuesday in her last major speech as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


In Russia, Moldovan president says he may scrap EU trade pact Jan 17 2017

MOSCOW Moldova may scrap a trade agreement with the European Union after the country's next parliamentary election, President Igor Dodon said on Tuesday during his first state visit to Russia.

Lithuania to build fence along border with Russia's Kaliningrad Jan 17 2017

VILNIUS Lithuania plans to build a two-meter high wire fence along its border with the Russian region of Kaliningrad, its interior minister said on Tuesday, amid continued tensions between Moscow and the Baltic states, which are members of NATO.


Trump admin targets violent Islamist groups as foreign policy priority

WASHINGTON The Trump administration will make defeating "radical Islamic terror groups" its top foreign policy goal, according to a statement posted on the White House website moments after Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president.