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Russia seeks mediator role between Israel and Iran

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Following Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria, Russia has positioned itself as a mediator between the Middle Eastern rivals as it has maintained good relations with both countries. “The Kremlin is sitting on two chairs,” Russian analyst Alexei Malashenko told AFP. “It is a …

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Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow ahead of Iran deal deadline

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, the premier’s office said, ahead of a possible US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The Wednesday meeting will discuss “regional developments”, Netanyahu’s office said, and follows the Israeli leader’s …

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‘We should never go back’, Macron, May say on chemical weapons

Paris, France | AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday urged the world to keep up the fight against chemical weapons on the anniversary of an international convention banning their use. “On the 21st anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and following Douma and …

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Macron on Iran nuclear deal: There is no ‘Plan B’

Washington, United States | AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron, who is heading to Washington to urge his US counterpart to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that there is no “Plan B” if the accord is scrapped. “I don’t have any Plan B …

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Russians prepare for World War Three

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Russian state TV station has told people what food they should take into bomb shelters as fears grow about the start of World War Three. Kremlin-owned Rossiya-24 said that there were lots of scare stories around, but then went on to tell people …

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US ‘bombed’ UN peace talks on Syria: Lavrov

Moscow, Russia | AFP | The United States and its allies “bombed” UN-backed peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria when they ordered strikes on the country this month, Russia’s foreign minister said Friday. The US, France and Britain “on 14 April bombed not only made-up chemical sites …

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Assad still has ‘limited’ chemical capability: Pentagon

Washington, United States | AFP | The Syrian regime remains able to conduct chemical attacks, though only at a limited level, the Pentagon said Thursday following last week’s international cruise missile strikes on chemical targets. General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime …

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UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire. The team from the world’s chemical arms watchdog has not yet …

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May, Macron face lawmakers angry over Syria strikes

2364, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday faced anger from lawmakers for conducting air strikes with the United States in Syria in their first major military action since coming to power. May was due to address MPs after proceeding …

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US strikes leave Syrian peace process right where it was

6666, United States | AFP | The Western air strikes against Syria probably won’t slow Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s campaign and they certainly don’t amount to a strategy to kick start the failing peace process. They were never meant to. But, by re-focusing Washington’s attention however briefly on Syria’s seven-year-old …

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