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U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say


MOSCOW/WASHINGTON The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep strains between the two countries. | Video


Ukrainian police clash with Saakashvili supporters in Kiev Dec 17 2017

KIEV Ukrainian police clashed with backers of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Sunday and prevented them from forcing their way into Kiev's October Palace after a rally against President Petro Poroshenko.


Multi-summit Macron burns energy in hunt for results Dec 15 2017

BRUSSELS If European leaders earned points for the amount of time they spend at summits, French President Emmanuel Macron would probably top the rankings this week.


Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy Dec 15 2017

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.


After London setback, May wins Brexit cheer in Brussels Dec 14 2017

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May made clear her desire on Thursday to move Brexit talks forward to a discussion of a future trade relationship at a dinner with EU leaders who applauded her for progress made so far. | Video

EU agrees to extend economic sanctions on Russia until mid-2018 Dec 14 2017

BRUSSELS European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to prolong for another six months the bloc's economic sanctions on Russia, imposed over the annexation of Ukraine's peninsula of Crimea and Moscow's support for rebels in east Ukraine.

Putin, ahead of election, says opposition would destabilize Russia Dec 14 2017

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that some of his opponents would destabilize Russia and usher in chaos if they were elected in a presidential election next year, but promised genuine political competition.

Canada says defense firms can now sell small arms to Ukraine Dec 13 2017

OTTAWA Canada said on Wednesday that defense contractors would be allowed to sell weapons such as automatic firearms and electric stun guns to Ukraine, a move the government in Kiev has long pressed for.


NATO chief Stoltenberg wins extended term to late 2020 Dec 12 2017

BRUSSELS NATO allies extended Jens Stoltenberg's term as secretary-general of the Western military alliance until late 2020 on Tuesday, giving the former Norwegian prime minister a rare six-year mandate in the top job.


War-scarred neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel-held Donetsk Dec 12 2017

DONETSK, Ukraine Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name.


UK's May to pitch status quo Brexit transition to parliament

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will pitch her plan for a Brexit transition period with unchanged access to European Union markets when she briefs lawmakers on Monday about her latest negotiating trip to Brussels.