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Mizuho, SMBC in talks to provide 800 million euros in loans to Gazprom: sources

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TOKYO Japan's Mizuho Bank Ltd [MZFGAE.UL] and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp [SUMFGI.UL] are working on a deal to provide 800 million euros ($845 million) in loans to Russian gas giant Gazprom , people familiar with the matter said on Monday, less than two weeks before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Japan PM hopes for progress on peace treaty with Russia

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he hopes for progress in peace treaty talks with Russia but that the decades-old issue cannot be settled in one meeting.

US skeleton athletes seek boycott of Sochi championships

U.S. skeleton athletes are considering boycotting the world championships in Sochi next year in protest at the Russian doping scandal and how it has been handled, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Doping-US skeleton athletes seek boycott of Sochi championships

Dec 4 U.S. skeleton athletes are considering boycotting the world championships in Sochi next year in protest at the Russian doping scandal and how it has been handled, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

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Pakistan, Russia to sell warplanes to Nigeria, air force chief says

ABUJA Nigeria is expecting the arrival of warplanes and helicopters it ordered from Pakistan and Russia, its latest effort to counter terrorist and militant activities, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said on Sunday.

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Rebels defiant as Syrian army nears Aleppo's Old City

BEIRUT Syria's army and allied militia advanced towards rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Old City on Sunday in an attack which a military source predicted would be over in a matter of weeks.

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Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

MOSCOW U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV.

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Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels

BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. | Video

Soccer-Aubameyang on fire as Dortmund crush Gladbach

BERLIN, Dec 3 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Borussia Dortmund crushed Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-1 on Saturday to bounce back after last week's defeat and continue their pursuit of the Bundesliga's pace-setters.

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Russia's Lavrov says difficult to solve peace treaty issue with Japan

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday it would be difficult to close the gap in positions over a peace treaty and territorial dispute with Japan, two weeks before President Vladimir Putin visits.

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Italy's Renzi to resign after referendum rout

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is set to resign on Monday after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil. | Video