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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.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)’s President, Prof. Benedict Oramah, said this at the on-going Afreximbank Annual Meeting (AAM 2019) in Moscow on Thursday.

Afreximbank board retains Nigeria as chairman

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will pay a total of $69 million to its shareholders as dividend from its 2018 earnings, according to decisions reached during the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) of the Bank which ended in Moscow on Sunday.
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.
The head of Venezuela's feared secret police has turned his back on disputed President Nicolas Maduro in an open letter made public Tuesday night.

One dead, 46 injured in Venezuela May Day clashes

May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against President Nicolas Maduro.

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.

Venezuela opposition leader increases pressure on Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition leader has stepped up his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro, rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader and calling for a “major demonstration.”
Andrea Thompson

US rejects Russia’s offer to save key missile treaty

The United States has rejected a Russian offer to save the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that keeps nuclear missiles out of Europe, setting the stage for Washington to withdraw from the pact next month.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for their talks in Moscow Monday. Lavrov threw cold water on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of the disputed Pacific islands, warning Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia's territory as a starting point for talks. | AP

Russia: Kuril islands sovereignty not for discussion

Moscow's sovereignty over a chain of islands seized from Japan at the end of World War II is not up for debate, the Russian foreign minister has said after meeting his Japanese counterpart, adding that disagreements between the countries still obstruct the path to a peace deal.
Russia's Alrosa, the world's leading producer of diamonds, announced Monday it plans to launch in Zimbabwe on the eve of talks in Moscow between the country's president and Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Alrosa diamond company to launch in Zimbabwe

Russia's Alrosa, the world's leading producer of diamonds, announced Monday it plans to launch in Zimbabwe on the eve of talks in Moscow between the country's president and Vladimir Putin.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Moscow on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV - AFP)

Russia, Japan meet on WWII dispute in Moscow

The foreign ministers of Russia and Japan met in Moscow on Monday pushing ahead with efforts to strike a peace deal and end a decades-old dispute over four strategic islands.
Sergei Lavrov Mevlut Cavusoglu

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after US pullout

Russia and Turkey on Saturday agreed to coordinate ground operations in Syria after last week’s announcement of a US military withdrawal, Moscow’s top diplomat said.
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Sergei Lavrov: Huawei boss’ detention shows US arrogance

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the detention of Chinese technology giant Huawei’s chief financial officer in Canada was an example of “arrogant” US policy abroad.
Russia has started delivering S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syrian forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

Sergei Lavrov: Delivery of Russian S-300 missile systems to Syria regime has begun

Russia has started delivering S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syrian forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Alexander Zakharchenko was the highest-profile member of Moscow-backed rebels to be killed in Ukraine's war

Thousands gather for funeral of Ukrainian rebel leader

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk on Sunday to mourn the killing of separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko.

Russia postpones peace talks with Taliban

Russia has agreed to postpone multilateral peace talks with the Taliban, a week after the insurgents accepted an invitation to go to Moscow for a September 4 summit, the office of the Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, said on Monday.
Russia - Igor Konashenkov

Russia accuses Syrian rebels of preparing Idlib chemical attack

Russia on Saturday said Syrian rebels are preparing a chemical attack in Idlib province which will be blamed on Damascus and used as a pretext for Western powers to hit government targets in the war-torn country.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on July 23, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - GALI TIBBON

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu praises Donald Trump’s ‘tough stand’ against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised President Donald Trump's "tough stand" against Iran after the US leader issued a stark warning to the Islamic republic.

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Minister: 60 percent of Nigeria’s 2019 budget to be rolled into 2020

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Martin Keown: Arsene Wenger tried too hard to make Arsenal like Barcelona

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Cross River NYSC begs government to renovate orientation camp

The Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps in Cross River, Mr. Eddy Megwa, has appealed to the state government to assist the scheme in the renovation of its permanent orientation camp in Obubura.
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Federal government seeks to punish officials involved in P&ID negotiation

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Thursday said the federal government would punish any government official whose action or inaction led to the award of $9 billion against Nigeria by a British court for contract violation.
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New Zealand parliament speaker soothes baby amidst fiery debate

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