U.S. House recognizes Armenian genocide, backs Turkey sanctions

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote instantly denounced by Turkey. The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution asserting that it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from...

Putin orders reciprocal Russian response to U.S. missile test

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told the Defence Ministry and other government agencies to analyze the threat posed by a new U.S. missile test and to prepare a reciprocal response. The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, the first such test since the United States pulled...

France wants progress in Ukraine before Russia returns to G7

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Russia’s readmission to the Group of Seven nations depends on progress in Ukraine peace talks, a French diplomatic source said, responding to comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that Moscow should be allowed to rejoin the group. Trump said on Tuesday it would be appropriate to let Russia return to the G7 group of advanced industrialized countries, telling reporters at the White House...

NATO on Russian aircraft tracked over the Baltic Sea - We have no information as to who was on board

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NATO has said that a Russian aircraft, escorted by at least one Russian fighter jet, was tracked over the Baltic Sea earlier on August 13.  “Jets from NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission scrambled to identify the aircraft which flew close to Allied airspace. Once identification of the aircraft had taken place, the NATO jets returned to base. NATO has no information as to who was on...

Russian fighter jets push NATO war plane away: TASS

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Russian fighter jets pushed away a NATO war plane after it tried to approach Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, TASS news agency reported. The plane was flying from Kaliningrad to Moscow and was carrying a TASS reporter on board, the report said. /Reuters

Russian nuclear agency says five killed in accident at test site

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Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Saturday that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests on a military site in northern Russia. The accident occurred during the engineering and technical support of isotope power sources on a liquid propulsion system, Rosatom said in a statement. The statement did not give details of the isotope power sources. A further...

New blasts hit Siberia ammunition dump during cleanup from earlier explosions

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New blasts tore through a Siberian ammunition dump on Friday during a clean-up operation, four days after it was destroyed by explosions that forced thousands of people to evacuate nearby areas. Nine people were reported injured in Friday’s explosions during the clean-up of the ammunition dump on a military base in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk district. The initial incident on Monday killed one...

Trump accuses France's Macron of sending 'mixed signals' to Iran

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said no one is authorized to speak to Iran on behalf of the United States, and he accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Tehran over possible talks. “I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself,” Trump said in a series of tweets. It was not...

Trump wants forces reduced in Afghanistan by next U.S. election: Pompeo

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U.S. President Donald Trump wants combat forces reduced in Afghanistan by the next U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, in comments that underlined the growing pressure from Washington to cut troop numbers there. Trump’s South Asia strategy, unveiled in August 2017, called for an open-ended deployment of U.S. forces with the goal of compelling...

Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death: report

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Iran has captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday. State television quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying it had broken up a CIA spying ring and captured 17 suspects. A ministry official said some of those arrested had been sentenced to death, the semi-official Fars news agency...

Turkish diplomats 'shot dead' in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Three Turkish diplomats have been shot dead at a restaurant in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, security sources tell the BBC. Turkey's deputy consul, who was said to have been dining with two other diplomats, is reportedly among the dead. Sources say the gunmen have fled the scene and Kurdish security forces have closed off the surrounding area. No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the...

Trump administration plans to divert $40 million in aid to Venezuela's opposition

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration plans to divert more than $40 million in humanitarian aid for Central America to support the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. The $41.9 million had been destined for Guatemala and Honduras, two of the three Central American countries at the center of a migration crisis in which...

Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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Support for U.S. President Donald Trump increased slightly among Republicans after he lashed out on Twitter over the weekend in a racially charged attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen, a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll shows. The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime...

Trump to congresswomen of colour: Leave the US

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US President Donald Trump has been accused of racism after posting tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen. He claimed the women "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe", before suggesting they "go back". The tweet is directed towards a group of four congresswomen of colour; three were born and raised in the US, while the fourth moved to the...

Monsoon kills dozens in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

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Dozens of people have been killed as monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India. At least 65 people have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, police said on Monday. Thirty people are reported missing amid floods and landslides, while 38 have been injured. Heavy rains have also caused deaths in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in...

Russia delivers missile system to Turkey in challenge to NATO

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Russia began delivery of an advanced missile defense system to Turkey on Friday, a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally and drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance. The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to a military air base near the capital Ankara, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia which...

Rouhani says Britain to face 'consequences' for seizing Iranian tanker

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Britain would face "consequences" over the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker. Iran has demanded the immediate release of the Grace 1, which British Royal Marines boarded off Gibraltar last week and seized on suspicion that it was breaking sanctions by taking oil to Syria. "You (Britain) are the initiator of insecurity and you will realise the...

Rockets land near Iraqi base hosting U.S. personnel in Mosul: sources

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A rocket landed near an Iraqi military base hosting U.S. forces in the northern city of Mosul late on Tuesday, an Iraqi military statement said, the second such incident in two days. The statement gave no immediate reports of casualties. It said the rocket fired was a short-range Katyusha missile. Mosul’s military commander said the rocket landed in an open space causing no casualties or...

Trump says U.S. is 'very prepared' with regard to Iran

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President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States was very prepared with regard to Iran, as tensions ramped up after attacks on several oil tankers and Tehran’s announcement it would step up uranium enrichment. “We’re very prepared for Iran. We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters. On Monday, the United States announced it would deploy about 1,000 more troops to the...

Russia to Washington: Drop Middle East troop plan and stop provoking Iran

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Russia told the United States on Tuesday to drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East and to cease actions that looked like a conscious attempt to provoke war with Iran. The comments, from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to Russian news agencies, followed an announcement from Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan a day earlier who said...

Turkey says Syrian government forces attacked its observation point

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Syrian government forces have attacked a Turkish observation point in Syria’s Idlib province, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, in what it assessed to be a deliberate attack involving 35 mortar shells. Three Turkish soldiers were slightly wounded in the attack, the defence ministry said in a statement, and some equipment and facilities were damaged. Ankara has made...

Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at U.S. base: Pentagon

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Training by Turkish pilots on F-35 fighter jets has come to a faster-than-expected halt at a U.S. air base in Arizona, U.S. officials said on Monday, as the United States winds down Ankara’s involvement in the program over Turkey’s plans to buy a Russian air defense system. The United States says Turkey’s acquisition of Russia’s S-400 air defenses poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin...

Three missing after blast on oil tanker in Russia's Makhachkala

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Three people were missing and two injured on Tuesday after a blast on an oil tanker caused a fire while it was pumping oil in the southern Russian port of Makhachkala, Russia’s Transport Ministry said. The port is functioning as normal despite the incident, the RIA news agency cited the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation as saying. The fire occurred on the VF-Tanker 16...

Donald Trump says he had "automatic chemistry" with the Queen but denies 'fist bumping' her

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Donald Trump says he had “automatic chemistry” with the Queen, following his three-day state visit to the UK earlier this week. The US president, 72, made the boast to _FOX NEWS’ TALK SHOW_ [https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/06/06/full_trump_interview_with_laura_ingraham_democrats_have_been_going_after_me_and_they_have_nothing.html] host Laura Ingraham, while he was at the...

Putin says will try to help Trump and North Korean leader resume talks

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President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia would try to help U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un resume talks in an effort to find a breakthrough in their row over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Putin was speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg. Putin held his first face-to-face talks with Kim Jong Un in April after which he said U.S. security...

Putin to U.S.: 'Economic egoism' is recipe for trade and maybe real wars

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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States on Friday that what he described as unbridled economic egoism was a recipe for trade and maybe even real wars. Putin, speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg on the same platform as Chinese leader Xi Jinping, complained about what he called unfair competition and protectionism from the West and Washington...

Kremlin to Britain: we won't change our behavior - Ifax

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The Kremlin said on Friday that Britain was responsible for damaging its relations with Russia and rebuffed a call made by London for Moscow to change its behavior on the international stage, Russian news agencies reported. British Prime Minster Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Thursday Britain could only have a better relationship with Russia if it changed its behavior. “No we won’t...

Turkey says no delays in delivery of S-400s from Russia

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The delivery schedule for Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey is continuing as planned, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said on Friday, dismissing reports of delay. The U.S. and Turkey have been at odds over Ankara’s decision to purchase the S-400s, which Washington says are not compatible with NATO systems and poses a threat to the F-35 stealth fighter...

Serbia puts forces on alert after Kosovo police operation in Serb-populated north

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Serbia ordered its security forces on full alert on Tuesday after police in neighbouring Kosovo mounted an anti-smuggling operation in a northern region of the country populated mainly by Serbs. The move came amid rising tension in four Serb-populated municipalities in Kosovo’s north, which remains largely outside control of Pristina and pledges allegiance to Belgrade. Serbian President...

Turkey has until next month to cancel a messy multibillion-dollar Russian arms deal or face harsh US penalties

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Turkey has a little more than two weeks to decide whether to complete a complex arms deal with the U.S. or risk severe penalties by going through with an agreement to buy a missile system from Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. By the end of the first week of June, Turkey must cancel a multibillion-dollar deal with Russia and instead buy Raytheon’s U.S.-made...

Turkey's Erdogan says will jointly produce S-500s with Russia after purchase of S-400s

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia was a done deal, adding that Ankara would also jointly produce S-500 defense systems with Moscow. U.S. officials have called Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system “deeply problematic,” saying it would risk Ankara’s partnership in the joint strike fighter F-35...

German, Dutch military suspend training operations in Iraq amid U.S.-Iran tensions

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Germany and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were suspending military training operations in Iraq as the United States warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. A German defence ministry spokesman said Berlin had no indications of its own of any impending attacks on Western interests by Iran and said the training...

Iran ready for any scenario, from confrontation to diplomacy: official

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A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Tehran was ready for all scenarios from “confrontation to diplomacy” but the United States could not afford another war in the Middle East. Any conflict in the region will have “unimaginable consequences,” the official told Reuters. Washington has sent additional military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52...

US orders non-essential embassy staff to leave Iraq

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The U.S. Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran. The alert, published on the embassy’s website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans...

Kremlin says U.S. has not offered a Putin-Trump G20 meeting despite Trump statement

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The Kremlin said on Tuesday that the United States had not made any formal proposal for U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet on the sidelines of a gathering of the G20 in Japan next month. Trump said on Monday that he would meet Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20. “We have noted the statement,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told...

Trump Says He'll Meet With Russia's Putin, China's Xi At G20

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U.S. President Donald Trump has said he'll be meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin during the upcoming Group of 20 (G20) summit to be held in Japan in June. Trump made the comments on May 13 during remarks to reporters ahead of talks with visiting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russian news agency Interfax as saying that...

Aleksander Lukashenko: Petro Poroshenko and I used to have a common friend - Mikheil Saakashvili

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Petro Poroshenko and I used to have a common friend - Mikheil Saakashvili, - Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko said in an interview with Anadolu, Turkish news agency. The Belarusian President was asked about which candidate he supported in Ukraine's presidential elections. "I will not start making analysis and comparing two candidates with each other. I know one of them very well and...

Kremlin says it is not backing Libyan commander Haftar's westward push

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THE KREMLIN SAID ON FRIDAY IT WAS NOT HELPING LIBYAN MILITARY FORCES LOYAL TO EASTERN COMMANDER KHALIFA HAFTAR PUSH WESTWARD AND THAT IT SUPPORTED A NEGOTIATED POLITICAL SETTLEMENT TO LIBYA’S PROBLEMS THAT RULED OUT ANY NEW BLOODSHED. THE KREMLIN WAS COMMENTING AFTER U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES SAID HE WAS FLYING TO EASTERN LIBYA TO MEET HAFTAR, WHOSE FORCES A DAY EARLIER BEGAN...

Russia, Turkey will continue efforts to establish peace in Syria: Putin

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Russia and Turkey will continue their efforts to establish peace in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow on Monday. Putin also said he and Erdogan discussed the supply of S-400 missile systems to Turkey. /Reuters