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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday bestowed the national honour of “The Order of Friendship” on Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Moscow.

President Putin honours Afreximbank chief with Russian National Award

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday bestowed the national honour of “The Order of Friendship” on Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Moscow.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin - AFP PHOTO - Sputnik - Alexey NIKOLSKY

Oil, Iran top agenda as Vladimir Putin visits Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf.
The White House severely limited the number of people with access to details of President Trump's phone conversations with world leaders after embarrassing leaks about some calls, US media has reported.

Impeachment fight escalates as Donald Trump calls probe a ‘coup’

As Congress escalates its impeachment probe into the Ukraine scandal engulfing his presidency, President Donald Trump faces the White House press corps Wednesday on an investigation he has branded a “coup.”
The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a monster.

Echoes of Robert Mugabe’s death in foreign hospital

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Reporters surround Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (R) as he hugs his daughter Alina Sentsova (2R) after he disembarked from a plane on September 7, 2019 at Boryspil international airport in Kiev after a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev, a day after Russian President said for the first time the “large-scale” prisoner exchange with Ukraine was being finalised. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed a prisoner exchange with Russia, on September 7, 2019, as the first step towards ending the war in Ukraine’s east and returning territory annexed by Moscow. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP

Russia. Ukraine leaders eye new talks after prisoner swap

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have discussed holding new peace talks after a landmark prisoner exchange.

Russians go to polls after summer of protests

Russians voted Sunday in local elections after weeks of opposition protests in Moscow that led to the biggest police crackdown on dissent in nearly a decade.
A police convoy escort two buses with tinted windows leaving the high-security prison of Lefortovo on September 7, 2019 in Moscow as a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev has begun today, a day after Russian President said for the first time the “large-scale” prisoner exchange with Ukraine was being finalised. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange underway

A major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine is underway — with multiple reports citing the transfer of prisoners out of Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison as well as the arrival of a Ukrainian state-emblemed plane to Vnukovo airport in the Russian capital Saturday morning.

Russia accuses US of stoking military tensions with missile test

Russia on Tuesday criticised the U.S. for ramping up military tensions by testing a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile weeks after withdrawing from the INF pact with Moscow.
Supporters of the former Kyrgyzstan president Almazbek Atambayev clash with special forces outside his home. Vyacheslav Oseledko-AFP-Getty

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president remanded in custody amid mass protests

Kyrgyzstan’s former president Almazbek Atambayev was remanded in custody on corruption allegations on Friday as his supporters waged mass protests overnight near his residence and in the capital, Bishkek.
US President Donald Trump (right) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin speak over phone on trade, wildfires

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation regarding bilateral trade and the raging wildfires in Russia’s Siberia, the White House said Wednesday.
Iran has passed the uranium enrichment cap set in its 2015 nuclear deal, marking the second time in a week that it made good on a promise to reduce compliance with the international pact following the United States's unilateral exit last year.

Iran passes new nuclear deal limit as China blames US for crisis

Iran has passed the uranium enrichment cap set in its 2015 nuclear deal, marking the second time in a week that it made good on a promise to reduce compliance with the international pact following the United States's unilateral exit last year.
Part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine on 17 July 2014. Igor Kovalenko-EPA

Russians, Ukrainian accused of downing flight MH17

Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
China’s Huawei has had to battle suspicions and worries about the security of its networking equipment for many years, which most recently culminated in it being placed on a US blacklist by the Trump administration.

Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia

The Chinese telecom giant has concluded a deal with one of Russia’s leading mobile and internet providers amid US pressure on Huawei. Citing security concerns and accusing the firm of being too close to the Chinese government, the US has barred Huawei equipment from American soil and is pressing allies to do the same.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the International Arctic Forum in Saint Petersburg on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV - SPUTNIK - AFP)

Vladimir Putin wants to ‘fully restore’ ties with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants to “fully restore” strained ties between Washington and Moscow, during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Maria Butina drafted a proposal entitled Description of Diplomacy Project in March 2015 to develop ties with the Republicans with the aim of influencing US foreign policy. AP

US judge sentences Russian agent Maria Butina 18 months in prison

Admitted Russian agent Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months in United States prison on Friday after the Siberia native, her voice breaking with emotion, begged a judge for mercy and expressed remorse for conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and influence US conservative activists and Republicans.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY - SPUTNIK - AFP)

Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un vow to seek closer ties at first talks

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday, vowing to seek closer ties as they look to counter US influence.
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was welcomed by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Vladivostok on Thursday. Pool photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko

Spurned by Washington, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un seeks a friend in Vladimir Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at a summit designed to show that Washington is not the only power able to set the agenda on Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un poses for a photograph while shaking hands with Vietnam’s National Assembly chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the National Assembly in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. (Photo by SeongJoon Cho - POOL - AFP)

Kremlin: Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un to meet on Thursday in Vladivostok

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un will meet in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Thursday, the Kremlin has confirmed.

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