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Nigerian maritime agency identifies nationalities of 12 abducted ship crew

ONITSHA, Nigeria Twelve crew members of a Swiss merchant vessel kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria are from the Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia, the West African nation's maritime agency said on Sunday.

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China cancels military talks with U.S. in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment Sep 22 2018

SHANGHAI/WASHINGTON China summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a U.S. decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system.

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U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles Sep 21 2018

WASHINGTON The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. | Video

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Ukraine president sees risk of Russia sanctions softening Sep 20 2018

KIEV Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that there was a risk of international sanctions on Russia being softened.

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Russia's Putin, Germany's Merkel discuss Syria, Ukraine: Kremlin Sep 19 2018

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Wednesday about the deal reached between Turkey and Russia on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the Kremlin said.

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Ukrainians relive bloodshed of Kiev's Maidan in virtual reality Sep 17 2018

KIEV A volunteer medic and the man whose life he saved. A lawmaker whose Facebook post calling for protests in Kiev's Maidan square helped bring down a president.

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U.S. Defense Secretary warns of Russian meddling in Macedonia referendum Sep 17 2018

SKOPJE U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Russia on Monday of attempting to influence the outcome of a referendum in Macedonia on changing the country's name that would open the way for it to join NATO and the European Union.

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Russians in UK spy case say they wanted to see cathedral; Britain calls it 'lies' Sep 13 2018

MOSCOW Two Russians resembling men Britain accuses of jetting to England to try to murder a former spy said on Thursday that they were innocent tourists who had flown to London for fun and visited the city of Salisbury to see its cathedral. | Video

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Ukrainian minister faces graft probe, says case politically motivated Sep 13 2018

KIEV Ukraine's infrastructure minister, who oversaw the entry of Ryanair into the country this year, is under investigation on suspicion of illegal enrichment, anti-graft officials said on Thursday, but he denied any wrongdoing.

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U.S. lawmakers step up push for more Russia sanctions Sep 13 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers on Thursday kept up their push for the Trump administration to push back harder against Russia's "nefarious activities," even as top economic officials pledged to take a hard line on Moscow's election meddling and the poisoning of its own citizens in Britain.

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As U.S. sanctions near, Europe fails to protect Iran deal

UNITED NATIONS/BRUSSELS At a meeting in Washington after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, a senior U.S. official told European diplomats that their efforts to save the deal by protecting EU investment in the Islamic republic were pointless.