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Flynn's lawyers cut talks with Trump team, signaling Mueller cooperation: NY Times

WASHINGTON Lawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, have told Trump's legal team they can no longer discuss a probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, indicating Flynn may be cooperating with the investigation, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Russia likely to reduce troops in Syria before year-end: military chief

SOCHI, Russia The size of Russia's military force in Syria is likely to be significantly reduced and a drawdown could start before the end of the year, the chief of the Russian military general staff said on Thursday.

World, SyriaNov 23 2017

Merkel ally calls Russia's new Syrian peace push "height of cynicism"

BERLIN A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Thursday dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's push to host a new Syrian peace process with the backing of Iran and Turkey, calling it "the height of cynicism."

Assad adviser says rebels must lay down arms: Syrian state media

BEIRUT Russia's planned peace talks among Syrian groups will only succeed if the opposition ends its fight against the government, a senior adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday.

U.S. calling Rohingya operation 'ethnic cleansing' unhelpful: Russian envoy

YANGON The U.S. labeling of a Myanmar army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" is unhelpful and could aggravate the situation, Russia's ambassador to the southeast Asian nation said on Thursday, criticizing "excessive external intervention".

Kremlin pledges to stand up for Russian billionaire arrested in France

MOSCOW/PARIS The Kremlin said on Wednesday it will spare no effort to defend the rights of Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian businessman and lawmaker who was arrested in the French Riviera resort of Nice in connection with a French tax evasion case.

World, Nov 22 2017

Russian billionaire under investigation in France

NICE/MOSCOW A French judge put Russian businessman and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov, whose interests the Kremlin has pledged to defend, under formal investigation on Wednesday after his arrest linked to a French tax evasion case, the prosecutor said.

World, Nov 22 2017

Russia-hosted summit could be decisive for Syria peace: Erdogan

SOCHI, Russia A three-way summit on Wednesday between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey could produce decisive steps toward ending the bloodshed in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said at the start of their talks.

World, Davos, Turkey, SyriaNov 22 2017

Putin wins backing from Iran, Turkey for new Syria peace push

SOCHI, Russia/RIYADH Russia's Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress, taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by Moscow's ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

World, Syria, Turkey, DavosNov 22 2017

Rosneft's Sechin a no-show as witness in bribery trial again, ordered to appear next week

MOSCOW Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin again failed to show up as a witness at the bribery trial of a former Russian economy minister on Wednesday, prompting the judge to order him to appear next week.

World, Nov 22 2017

North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.