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Putin silent on US election result

Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT | U.S. allies from Europe to East Asia have congratulated Joe Biden on his election as the next U.S. president, with Germany hailing it as a “new and exciting chapter” in transatlantic ties and Japan’s leader pledging to work to ensure “peace, freedom, and prosperity …

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COVID-19: Putin, Sisi and Johnson wish Trump quick recovery

Cairo, Egypt | XINHUA | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on Friday one of over a dozen world leaders who wished U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife a “full and speedy” recovery after Trump’s announcement that they tested positive for COVID-19. Other ‘get well’ messages were also received …

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Putin says he’s not a ‘tsar’ after 20 years in power

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed comparisons to a tsar on Thursday, arguing he “works every day” and listens to what people want. “Well, this is not true,” Putin said when asked about being described as a Russian imperial-era ruler. “Maybe someone else can be called a tsar. But in my …

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Putin clears path to staying in power

  Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out a path Tuesday to staying in power beyond 2024, as lawmakers approved sweeping reforms to the constitution. In a surprise address to the lower house State Duma, Putin said there could be a presidential “reset” allowing him to …

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Putin begins Saudi Arabia tour

Oil, Iran top agenda as Putin visits Saudi Arabia Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. The meeting with King Salman …

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