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Syrian opposition impatient for talks, wants Russian pressure

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GENEVA Syria's opposition is impatient for face-to-face peace talks in Geneva, but things could fall apart if Russia does not pressure President Bashar al-Assad on holding talks and push it to abide by a ceasefire, an opposition member said on Saturday.

Russia vows to veto sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons

UNITED NATIONS Russia is ready to veto a draft resolution calling for sanctions against Syria over the use of chemical weapons on civilians, a top Russian diplomat to the United Nations said on Friday, prompting a rebuke from the United States.

U.S. general urges caution in Syria skies as Islamic State shrinks

WASHINGTON The United States and Russia need to enhance communication to avoid accidents in the skies over Syria because air space is shrinking as Islamic State loses more territory, a top U.S. Air Force general said on Friday.

Out-of-favour BRIC funds see inflows amid emerging equity boom

LONDON, Feb 24 Economic turnaround in Russia and Brazil may be tempting investors back to BRIC equity funds, with EPFR Global on Friday reporting such funds took in new cash for two weeks in a row for the first time in five months.

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Manchester United handed tough Europa league draw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Friday's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League against Russian side Rostov has been unkind to his team, the favourites.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Manchester United handed tough Europa league draw

Feb 24 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Friday's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League against Russian side Rostov has been unkind to his team, the favourites.

The warhead at the top of the pack: The Reuters/Donald Trump interview

- "It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack."

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Pro-Kremlin politicians warn Trump could unleash new arms race

MOSCOW Russian politicians close to the Kremlin said on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump's declared aim of putting the U.S. nuclear arsenal "at the top of the pack" risked triggering a new Cold War-style arms race between Washington and Moscow.

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China's coal imports from North Korea ease after sanctions

BEIJING China's coal imports from North Korea eased last month after new U.N. Security Council sanctions curbing the isolated country's sales abroad came into effect, while Russia, Mongolia, Australia and Indonesia raised shipments, data showed on Friday.

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Wary of divided loyalties, a Baltic state reaches out to its Russians

NARVA, Estonia It is a sign of the times in Estonia, a Baltic state always suspicious of the Kremlin's ambitions in the region, that Prime Minister Juri Ratas is learning Russian.

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