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Taliban, Afghan government to attend peace talks in Turkey April 24

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will host a major summit on Afghanistan’s peace process in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding representatives from the Taliban and Afghan government would both attend the talks. The meeting includes the United Nations and Qatar as part......

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny says he has temperature and cough, some inmates may have TB

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FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday that he......

Putin signs law allowing him to run for two more terms in Kremlin

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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via......

Russia, China support summit of permanent U.N. Security Council members: joint statement

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FILE PHOTO: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Guilin, China March 22, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and China have expressed support for a summit of permanent members of the U.N. Security Council......

Russia says British nuclear plans deal serious blow to arms control: RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Britain’s plans to expand its nuclear capabilities have dealt a serious blow to the concept of arms control, the RIA news agency reported Russia’s foreign ministry as saying on Wednesday. Moscow said will take London’s move into account when working on its own military planning, RIA added.......

RPT-COLUMN-Oil risks overheating after OPEC+ leaves output unchanged: Kemp

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(Repeats March 5 story with no change to text. John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own.) * Chartbook: tmsnrt.rs/3kMuhS1 * OPEC in its own words: tmsnrt.rs/3kLLhYD LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – By deciding to leave production unchanged for another month at its meeting on......

Saudi Arabia says oil market recovery remains uncertain

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Thursday that the situation in the oil market had improved but the outlook for a recovery......

UPDATE 1-Czech PM backs using Sputnik vaccine without EU regulator’s approval

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(Adds prime minister’s quotes, background) PRAGUE, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Sunday the country could use Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine even without approval by European Union’s EMA drugs agency. The country of 10.7 million has ranked among the world’s worst-hit countries by the......

Kremlin critic Navalny arrives in penal colony: RIA

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FILE PHOTO: A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is accused of flouting the terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement, inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia February 2, 2021. Press service of Simonovsky District......

Armenian president refuses to fire armed forces chief at center of political crisis

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People attend an opposition demonstration to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, Armenia February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Artem Mikryukov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has refused to fire the head of the general staff of the country’s armed forces after he was dismissed by......

Armenia’s armed forces demand resignation of PM and government: Ifax

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FILE PHOTO: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 11, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenia’s armed forces called for the resignation of......

IAEA chief Grossi describes black box-type deal reached with Iran

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VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief described his weekend deal with Iran on continued monitoring of its nuclear activities for up to three months as one where data is gathered but his agency is only able to access it afterwards. The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran announced......

HSBC lowers ambitions on dividends, returns after pandemic-induced annual profit fall

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By Alun John, Lawrence White HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings PLC on Tuesday abandoned its long-term profitability target, and unveiled a revised strategy focused mainly on wealth management in Asia after the COVID-19 shock saw its annual profits drop sharply. FILE PHOTO: HSBC logo is seen on a branch......

HSBC’s annual profit falls 34% as COVID-19 takes toll

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FILE PHOTO: HSBC logo is seen on a branch bank in the financial district in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings PLC on Tuesday reported 34% drop in annual profit, slightly better than expectations, after a year in which its global business......

France’s Macron: ‘I do believe in NATO’

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French President Emmanuel Macron, attends a video-conference meeting ahead of 2021 Munich Security Conference at the Elysee palace in Paris, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, France, February 19, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday his concept of “European strategic autonomy” in the......

Kremlin hopes U.S., EU will refrain from imposing fresh sanctions on Russia

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FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wearing a protective face mask attends Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, in Moscow, Russia December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he hoped the United States......

Russia c.bank chief gives online press conference after rate decision – Reuters

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Going digital will boost rouble’s global role, Russia says

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MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A “digital rouble” could be a tool to make the Russian currency more global, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday. Russia’s central bank first floated the idea of the digital rouble last October, saying it could be issued on top of existing cash......

Britain wants to resolve post-Brexit N.Ireland trade issues quickly

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LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Britain wants to resolve what it describes as issues with an agreement for post-Brexit trade with its province of Northern Ireland as quickly as possible with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. Michael Gove, in charge of implementing......

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