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Russian foreign minister to hold talks in Qatar

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Qatar as part of a tour across the Gulf countries aimed at discussing bilateral trade, energy, investment and regional issues including Syria, Yemen, Libya and Palestine.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, gestures during a news conference Buenos Aires [Agustin Marcarian-Reuters]

US ramps up Venezuela sanctions as Juan Guaido tours South America

The United States has ramped up its attempt to dislodge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, imposing new sanctions and revoking visas, while opposition leader Juan Guaido said Maduro's support among the military was cracking.

Vladimir Putin says yet to see US ‘Kremlin Report’

President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Tuesday that he has not seen the so-called “Kremlin list” released by the U.S. earlier in the day, but colleagues informed him about the document.

Vladimir Putin’s ex-minister Alexei Ulyukayev gets eight years over $2 million bribe

A Russian court on Friday sentenced former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a penal colony for taking a $2-million bribe from an ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Russian ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev found guilty of corruption

Former Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Friday was found guilty of demanding a bribe of 2 million dollars in exchange for a decision to allow the country’s largest oil company, Rosneft, to acquire a state-controlled rival.

OPEC, Russia set for oil cut extension but wary of overheating market

OPEC and Russia look set to prolong oil supply cuts until the end of 2018 this week while signalling that they may review the deal when they meet again in June if the market overheats.

Oil Price: OPEC to hold crucial meeting Thursday

OPEC is heading for tougher-than-expected policy talks on Thursday amid concern that its efforts to rebalance the oil market might overshoot by creating a global deficit and spurring a further price rally.

US arrests two Chinese oil company reps in Africa bribery scheme

US authorities have arrested Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary and the ex-foreign minister of Senegal for leading a multimillion dollar bribery scheme in Africa on behalf of a top Chinese energy company, with some deals arranged in the halls of the United Nations.

Russian ex-minister protests innocence at corruption trial

Russia’s former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday, insisted he was innocent as he arrived for the start of his high-profile bribery trial in Moscow.

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