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Russia says will target U.S.- backed fighters in Syria if provoked

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MOSCOW/WASHINGTON Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.-backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes.

UPDATE 2-Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

* U.S. spies trying to halt Syrian army offensive -Russia (Adds face-to-face meeting between U.S., Russian generals)

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Italy's Enel draws interest for its sale of Russian coal plant

MOSCOW Italy's Enel , which has mandated Sberbank to find buyers for its Reftinskaya coal power plant in Russia, has received interest from potential buyers including from outside of Russia, Enel Russia's CEO said on Thursday.

REUTERS SUMMIT-Italy's Enel draws interest for its sale of Russian coal plant

* For other news from Reuters Russia Investment Summit, click on http://www.reuters.com/summit/Russia17 (Add quotes, details, background)

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Russia's B&N Bank balance sheet hole could reach $6 billion

MOSCOW Russia's B&N Bank could have a $6 billion hole in its balance sheet, the country's central bank said on Thursday after coming to the aid of the private lender, its second private bank rescue in less than a month.

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Russian reinsurer eyes shift from sanctions business to Asia and beyond

MOSCOW Russian National Reinsurance Company (RNRC) aims to expand into China, India, the Middle East and Africa to increase income from premiums and diversify beyond Russia, the chief executive said.

REUTERS SUMMIT-Russian reinsurer eyes shift from sanctions business to Asia and beyond

* For other news from Reuters Russia Investment Summit, click on http://www.reuters.com/summit/Russia17

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Russia's new anti-doping chief looks for fresh start

MOSCOW Almost two years after Russia crashed out of world athletics amid a spate of drugs scandals, former university lecturer Yuri Ganus sits in his Moscow office, plotting the rehabilitation of the national anti-doping agency.

Russia detains suspects over arson attack linked to film about last tzar

MOSCOW Russian police said on Thursday they had detained four men, including the leader of a radical religious group, in connection with an arson attack related to a new film about the country's last tzar.

Russia detains suspects over arson attack linked to film about last tsar

MOSCOW Russian police said on Thursday they had detained four men, including the leader of a radical religious group, in connection with an arson attack related to a new film about the country's last tsar.

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EU wants May to make firm offers now for Brexit deal - Barnier

ROME British Prime Minister Theresa May should make the EU firm offers by next week to break deadlock in Brexit talks if she wants an orderly withdrawal and transition to a new relationship, the bloc's negotiator said on Thursday.