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Russia steps in as Turkey defies NATO allies in Syria.

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Russia said it was working to prevent a conflict between advancing Turkish and Syrian government forces on Wednesday, as Turkey’s president defied growing pressure and sanctions from Western allies for a cease-fire in northern Syria.

The U.S. Turned Syria’s North Into a Tinderbox. Then Trump Lit a Match.

The violence precipitated by the American withdrawal is an outcome of tensions that have been building since the conflict began more than eight years ago.

Russian troops patrol between Turkish and Syrian forces on border.

Soldiers’ presence underlines Moscow’s role as power broker after evacuation of US personnel Russian units have begun patrolling territory separating Turkish-backed Syrian rebels from the Syrian army around Manbij in north-east Syria, in a clear s...

Russia Savors U.S. Missteps in Syria, and Seizes Opportunity

President Trump’s erratic moves are letting Russia seize the role of peacemaker — and deal-maker — in Syria.

30 years after communism, east Europeans divided over democracy's impact.

Pew research reveals very different views on whether countries are better off todayThirty years after the fall of communism, few people in Europe’s former eastern bloc regret the monumental political, social and economic change it unleashed – but ...

Zelenskiy's brush with Trump won't help him end Ukraine's war - Liana Semchuk.

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As Ukrainians brand their president ‘Monica Zelenskiy’ and EU allies waver, the chances of peace in Donbass look slimAt a press marathon in Kyiv last week, Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared that his mission was to be the Ukrainian president who would “...

Mass raids target Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Kremlin critics denounce searches as attempts to intimidate themRussian investigators have raided opposition offices across the country in the latest move to increase pressure on the chief government critic Alexei Navalny and his allies.The raids,...

As World Frets Over U.S. Missteps in Syria, Russia Grins and Pounces

President Trump’s erratic moves are letting Russia seize the role of peacemaker — and deal-maker — in Syria.

Who Are the Kurds, and Why Is Turkey Attacking Them in Syria?.

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Why did Turkey invade? Why did America leave? How did the Kurds gain so much land? We answer 10 key questions about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria.

Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad.

With the US gone, the implications of their departure is beginning to sink in across the Middle EastThe moment that changed the Middle East arrived with a sudden silence. Just before 7pm on Sunday, the internet was cut across north-eastern Syria w...

Thousands march in Kyiv to oppose east Ukraine peace plan.

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Ukrainian president calls on protesters to avoid violence as he is criticised for ‘capitulation’Thousands of people have joined a march through Kyiv led by nationalist parties and veterans’ associations to protest against changes to a peace plan f...

Syria Live Updates: Assad’s Forces Move Into Area Hit by Turkey.

Hours after reaching an agreement with Kurdish forces, the Syrian Army entered a key town near the Turkish border — a significant shift in the power dynamic.

Fusion GPS founders to release book on Trump’s ties with Russia.

Book includes how Steele was commissioned to write dossierRobert Reich: Trump is an international mobsterThe former journalists Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch are to publish a book on Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia, including an account ...

Germany must not be silent about Crimea in dialogue with Russia.

Germany's leader of the ruling party reminded that Crime's annexation was the violation of the international law and it is necessary to be truthful in relations between Berlin and Moscow

Syria Live Updates: Assad’s Army Faces Off With Turkey.

Hours after the Kurds forged a deal with their onetime enemies in the Syrian government, the Syrian Army raced northwest to help battle Turkish-led forces.

Kurds reach deal with Damascus in face of Turkish offensive.

Agreement to hand over border towns comes after more than 700 Isis affiliates escape campMore than 700 people with links to Islamic State have escaped from a detention camp in north-east Syria, as the Kurdish-led forces in control of the area reac...

12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia.

The Russians saved Bashar al-Assad’s government. A trove of Russian Air Force recordings obtained by The Times shows how bombing Syrian hospitals helped them do it.

Here’s a breakdown of the phone call imperiling Trump’s presidency.

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White House staffers, working in the secure, soundproof Situation Room in the West Wing basement, listened in and chronicled the conversation . National Security Council personnel edited a memo written about the call.

Alexei Leonov, first human to walk in space, dies aged 85.

The Soviet cosmonaut almost didn’t make it back into his capsule in 1965, when his suit inflated in the space vacuumAlexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago, has died in Moscow at 85.Th...

Aleksei Leonov, First Man to Walk in Space, Dies at 85.

The Russian cosmonaut’s thrilling feat in 1965 nearly cost him his life, but raised Soviet prestige during the Cold War space race against the United States.

Russia exports its missile early-warning knowhow to China.

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Reportedly, at least one $60 million contract has already been signed to develop software for a future PLA SPRN network

Russia to return captured Ukrainian vessels soon.

Three ships of the Ukrainian Navy were taken by Russia's FSB Border Guard in November 2018; their crew members, the 24 detained sailors returned home during the prisoners exchange procedure in September 2019

Ask me anything: Ukraine's president holds 10-hour press conference.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy is questioned by journalists on topics including his phone call with Donald TrumpEver since reports of a telephone call with Donald Trump emerged last month, the news has been bad for the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenski...

Scientists discover sea ‘boiling’ with methane in Siberia.

"No one has ever recorded anything like this before," the expedition leader said in a statement.

The U.S. is expected to withdraw from the Open Skies treaty — Here’s why it matters

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What is the Open Skies treaty, and why does it matter if the U.S. withdraws? Here's a look at what's happening.