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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.
Kim Jong-un held his first summits with the leaders of the US and South Korea last year [Leah Millis-Reuters]

North Korea fires ‘short-range projectiles’ into East Sea

North Korea has fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang's growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU - AFP)

Japanese premier Shinzo Abe ready to meet North Korea’s Kim ‘unconditionally’: media

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has offered to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “unconditionally” in a bid to restore diplomatic ties between the two historic foes, a daily said Thursday.

Russia trains CAR defence forces

Russia, which played a crucial role in peace-building efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR), is strengthening the country’s defence forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a conference as part of a summit called to attempt to find a lasting political solution to the civil war in Syria which has claimed in excess of 350 000 lives, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul, on October 27, 2018. - The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany are set to meet in Istanbul to try to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war and salvage a fragile ceasefire in a rebel-held northern province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Vladimir Putin canvasses common passport for Russians, Ukrainians

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday suggested Ukrainians and Russians should have a common passport, noting it would bring the kindred nations closer, local media reported on Monday.
This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT /

Korean Peninsular: North Korean leader warns of return to tension

U.S. President Donald Trump, who ended a second summit with Kim in February without a deal for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, seemed unperturbed, saying a lot of progress was being made toward an agreement and welcoming Putin’s support.
This picture taken on April 25, 2019 and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a reception following their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

Kim Jong Un: US acting in ‘bad faith’

Kim Jong Un has accused the US of acting in “bad faith” in talks on its nuclear arsenal, his state media said Friday, as the North Korean leader left Russia following his first summit with President Vladimir Putin.
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after his speech at the opening ceremony for the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019.

Xi Jinping: Belt and Road must be green, sustainable

China’s Belt and Road initiative must be green and sustainable, President Xi Jinping said at the opening of a summit on his grand plan on Friday, adding that the massive infrastructure and trade plan should result in “high-quality” growth for everyone.
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.
Kim Jong Un welcomed onto Russian soil

Kim Jong Un in Russia ahead of Viladimir Putin summit

The two leaders will meet in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid tensions surrounding the North Korean leader'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.
Kazakhstan's ruling party nominated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as its candidate for a snap presidential vote in June after he was backed by the country's founding leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, setting the stage for a smooth handover of power in the Central Asian nation.

Kazakh ruling party nominates Tokayev for presidency

Kazakhstan's ruling party nominated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as its candidate for a snap presidential vote in June after he was backed by the country's founding leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, setting the stage for a smooth handover of power in the Central Asian nation.
Comic Volodymyr Zelensky has won Ukraine's presidential runoff vote, defeating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with more than 73 percent of the vote against about 25, according to official preliminary results.

Comedian wins Ukraine’s presidential election

Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday. His victory, according to AFP report dealt a “stunning rebuke to the country’s political establishment.”
Polls have opened in Ukraine's presidential runoff vote between anti-establishment political novice Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Polls open in Ukraine’s presidential runoff vote

Polls have opened in Ukraine's presidential runoff vote between anti-establishment political novice Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 18, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - POOL - AFP)

Estonia president holds first meeting with Vladimir Putin in years

Estonia’s president met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin here Thursday for talks on trade and global relations, during the first such Russian visit in eight years.
About 20 Ukrainian news outlets have called on presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky to stop avoiding the media before a runoff vote on Sunday.

Comedian on track to be next Ukraine leader

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on track Thursday to become Ukraine’s next leader as incumbent Petro Poroshenko fought for his political survival three days before a presidential run-off vote. Polls showed Zelensky, a 41-year-old standup comic and television star with no political experience, sailing to victory in Sunday’s second-round vote.
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 says knew ‘from beginning’ Robert Mueller probe would find no collusion

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he knew from the start that the massive investigation into links between US President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow would come up empty.

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