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Exclusive - IMF sees sizeable risks in Ukraine 2018 budget

The International Monetary Fund sees considerable risks both on the revenue and expenditure side of Ukraine's 2018 budget though it agrees with the government's deficit target of around 2.5 percent of GDP, the IMF country head told Reuters on Friday.

In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war

With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favour, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilises the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.