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In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war

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BEIRUT With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favor, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.

Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev jailed for eight years over $2 million bribe

MOSCOW Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of soliciting a $2 million bribe and sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday, in a case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the elite ahead of a presidential election. | Video

World, Dec 15 2017

Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

World, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria Dec 15 2017

Friday Morning Briefing

The FCC rescinds U.S. net neutrality rules, more senators are wavering as the Republican tax vote nears and a shake up at Airbus ends weeks of succession speculation.

NATO sounds alarm on banned Russian missile system

BRUSSELS NATO allies on Friday publicly raised concern about a Russian cruise missile system that the alliance says may break a Cold War-era pact banning such weapons, in a show of support for Washington.

World, Dec 15 2017

U.S. jets fire flares to warn Russian jets in Syria

WASHINGTON Two U.S. F-22 fighter aircraft fired warning flares on Wednesday after two Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area in airspace east of the Euphrates river in Syria, the U.S. military said.

World, Syria Dec 14 2017

Russia's Putin, on track for easy re-election, laments dearth of rivals

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he faced no credible high-profile political opponents as he prepared to run for re-election in March, but would work to try to create a more balanced political system. | Video

World, Dec 14 2017

Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day. | Video

World, Dec 14 2017

Putin says Poland should "grow up" and stop blaming Moscow for air crash

MOSCOW/WARSAW Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was tired of hearing allegations from Warsaw that a 2010 plane crash that killed then Polish President Lech Kaczynski was the result of a Russian conspiracy, drawing a sharp rebuke from Warsaw.

Before election, Putin proposes writing off part of Russians' debts

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is running for re-election in March, has proposed writing off some of the tax debts accumulated by Russian individuals and small businesses.

World, Dec 14 2017
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Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. | Video