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Oil output could return to October 2016 level, says Russia's Novak

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MOSCOW A return to the oil production levels that were in place in October 2016, baseline for the current deal to cut output, is one of the options for easing curbs, Russia's energy minister said on Saturday.

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OPEC, Russia prepared to raise oil output amid U.S. pressure

(This May 25 story was corrected to remove reference in paragraphs 1 and 4 to OPEC discussions being triggered by Trump’s tweet)

RPT-Turkey, Russia agree 10.25 pct natural gas discount, Ankara to get $1 bln payment-Erdogan

ISTANBUL, May 26 Turkey and Russia have reached a retroactive agreement for a 10.25 percent discount on the natural gas Ankara buys from Moscow, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Famous Russian painting damaged in vodka-fuelled attack

MOSCOW One of Russia's most famous paintings, which depicts Tsar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole after drinking vodka.

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Oil output could return to October 2016 level, says Russia's Novak

MOSCOW A return to the oil production levels that were in place in October 2016, baseline for the current deal to cut output, is one of the options for easing curbs, Russia's energy minister said on Saturday.

Famous Russian painting damaged in vodka-fueled attack

MOSCOW One of Russia's most famous paintings, which depicts Tsar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole after drinking vodka.

Turkey, Russia agree 10.25 pct natural gas discount, Ankara to get $1 bln payment-Erdogan

ISTANBUL, May 26 Turkey and Russia have reached a retroactive agreement for a 10.25 percent discount on the natural gas Ankara buys from Moscow, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Russia's Avtovaz explores alternatives to sanctions-hit Rusal

ST PETERSBURG, May 26 Russian automaker Avtovaz said it will continue to buy aluminium from sanctions-hit Rusal but was looking for alternative sources in case it has to wind down business with the world's biggest producer of the metal.

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Putin, Macron bond over shared unease at Trump's actions

ST PETERSBURG, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday found a common cause in their shared unease at U.S. President Donald Trump's actions on Iran, climate change and international trade.

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Oil prices slump as OPEC and Russia consider output boost

NEW YORK Oil prices fell more than $2 per barrel on Friday as Saudi Arabia and Russia discussed easing production cuts that have helped push crude prices to their highest since 2014. | Video

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Ireland ends abortion ban as 'quiet revolution' transforms country

DUBLIN Ireland's prime minister on Saturday hailed the culmination of "a quiet revolution" in what was once one of Europe's most socially conservative countries after a landslide referendum vote to liberalise highly restrictive laws on abortion. | Video