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Russia presents unharmed Syrians to OPCW, Western envoys condemn 'stunt'

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THE HAGUE Russia and Syria presented more than a dozen unharmed people from Ghouta, Syria, at the premises of the Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons on Thursday to support claims there was no chemical attack in the region this month.

Volatile ruble encourages McDonald's to cook up Russian fries

LIPETSK, Russia French fries at McDonald's restaurants from Moscow to Murmansk will be Russian from now on, as the American fast-food chain turns to homegrown potatoes to deal with rouble volatility caused by fluctuating oil prices and Western sanctions. | Video

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Fortum plays down risks from Russian media criticism

HELSINKI Finnish utility Fortum on Thursday played down concerns that Moscow might block its planned purchase of a stake in Uniper, after an article in a Russian government newspaper described Fortum as "a real threat" to Russian security.

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Trump says hands-off approach to Justice Dept. could change: Fox News interview

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Thursday the hands-off approach he has taken to the U.S. Justice Department given the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia could change, comments that could re-ignite concerns he might move to impede the investigation.

World, 9:00am EDT

U.S. attorney general tiptoes around Russia probe at hearing

WASHINGTON Questions about President Donald Trump and the investigation into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia overshadowed a Senate hearing on Wednesday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a frequent target of Trump's wrath.

Politics, Election 2016, Apr 25 2018

Russia-wary U.S. to press NATO allies to hike military spending: official

WASHINGTON The United States will press NATO allies, especially Germany, to increase military spending while underscoring the heightened threat from Russia, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday before Friday's meeting of the alliance in Brussels.

World, Germany Apr 25 2018

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Myanmar, Brazil, Japan, Syria, Twitter Apr 25 2018

Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses

MOLKINO, Russia The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed. | Video

World, Syria Apr 25 2018

Credit Suisse fully compliant on sanctions: CEO

ZURICH Swiss bank Credit Suisse complies with sanctions regimes wherever it does business, Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam said after two U.S. senators demanded big banks disclose any links to rich Russians.

Money, Apr 25 2018

Under financial squeeze, fire-ravaged Russian mall cut costs

KEMEROVO, Russia The company behind a Russian shopping mall where a fire recently killed 64 people, most of them children, had sought to slash costs amid financial losses according to interviews with former employees, their relatives, and owners of retail space in the mall. | Video

World, Apr 25 2018
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'A new history starts now' as leaders of two Koreas begin summit

SEOUL Smiling and holding hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between the countries on Friday in the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade. | Video