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Swedes told to prepare for conflict in Cold War-style booklet

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STOCKHOLM Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea.

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Putin seeks common cause with Merkel over Trump 18 May 2018

SOCHI, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that he would stand up to any attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump to block a Russian-German gas pipeline project.

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Exclusive - Manafort's former son-in-law cuts plea deal, to cooperate with government: sources 18 May 2018

NEW YORK The former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, has cut a plea deal with the Justice Department that requires him to cooperate with other criminal probes, two people with knowledge of the matter said.    | Video

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Good relation with Russia are a German interest - Merkel 18 May 2018

SOCHI, Russia Germany has a strategic interest in good relations with Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after talks with President Vladimir Putin, adding that this did not go against the continuation of a firm trans-atlantic friendship.

Putin says detention of Russian news agency head in Ukraine 'unprecedented' 18 May 2018

SOCHI, Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the detention of a local director of Russia's state news agency RIA in Ukraine was "unprecedented".

Putin says diplomats to mull multinational peacekeepers for east Ukraine 18 May 2018

SOCHI, Russia Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that German and Russian diplomats would look again at options for using a multinational peacekeeping contingent in Eastern Ukraine.

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Russia's Putin, France's Macron to discuss Iran in St Petersburg - Kremlin 18 May 2018

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Iran, Syria and Ukraine when Macron visits St Petersburg on May 24-25, the Kremlin said on Friday.

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U.S. driven by self-interest in wanting to block Russia pipeline - German minister 18 May 2018

BERLIN A close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning to the United States about the risks of placing "America First", accusing Washington of seeking to block a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to shore up its own exports.

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Ukraine leader enacts new sanctions against Russia 18 May 2018

KIEV Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to enact the recently adopted decision to expand sanctions on Russian companies and entities, according to information published on the presidential website on Friday.

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Mueller outlines scope of Russia probe in court filing 18 May 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office on Thursday gave a federal court a classified memo describing the extent of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related crimes. | Video

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Foreign media arrive in North Korea, suggesting nuclear shutdown on track

BEIJING About two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organisations arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site, an indication that the shutdown will go ahead amid renewed diplomatic uncertainty. | Video