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‘Either Russia is a sovereign country, or there is no Russia’ – Putin on relations with the West

Sanctions, however harsh they may be, will not force Russia to abandon its independent stance in the world, President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Russians will never accept trade-offs at the expense of sovereignty. Speaking to Chinese TV, Putin said that he believes the rounds of sanctions imposed on Russia by the US, its allies and the EU have only ...

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German MPs want US ambassador expelled over his desire to 'empower Europe's conservatives'

German MPs are rallying for the US ambassador to be expelled after he said that he wanted to “empower” conservatives throughout Europe. One lawmaker dubbed the diplomat a “Trump vassal” while slamming his remarks. Richard Grenell’s controversial statements sent waves across Berlin when the US ambassador told Breitbart that he is overjoyed by the “European groundswell of conservative policies” that ...

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Italy’s new prime minister backs easing Russia sanctions

In his first address to the parliament on Tuesday, Italy’s newly sworn-in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte emphasised his government’s commitment to dialogue with Russia, with an intention to review the EU sanctions policies. “We will promote openness towards Russia that has in the last years reaffirmed its international role in various geopolitical critical situations,” Conte told the parliament in a ...

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Organization of American States starts Venezuela suspension procedure after US call

The members of the Organization of American States have voted overwhelmingly to start the process that could lead to Venezuela’s suspension from the pan-American 34-state body, accusing Caracas of clamping down on democracy. At a session on Tuesday, 19 delegates representing OAS member-states voted in support of the resolution that might lead to the suspension of Venezuela’s membership in the ...

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‘I could be a lawyer’ – Putin on alternative career options

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Chinese TV that becoming one of the most powerful world leaders was not his only career option. He could have also stuck to spying or become a mundane lawyer. Asked in an interview with the Chinese state broadcaster about what he would do if he had not immersed himself in politics in the 90s, ...

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‘Only world leader I celebrated my birthday with’ – Putin reveals his relationship with Xi Jinping

Vladimir Putin has described his Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “reliable partner and good friend,” striving for the good of his people. They even celebrated Putin’s birthday together once, by having a shot of vodka, naturally. Russia’s president shared his thoughts on the special relationship with China’s leader in an exclusive interview with the China Media Group. “I think ...

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DNA testing service reveals 92mn user accounts have been breached

Genealogy and DNA testing service My Heritage has revealed that the details of more than 92 million user accounts have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach. Emails and hashed passwords of users who registered for the service, up to and including October 26, 2017 – the date of the breach, were found on a private server, the company confirmed Monday. ...

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Calls with Trump 'like making sausage,' says France's Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron pushed back on CNN reports about his ‘terrible’ call with US President Donald Trump, invoking a quote about the process of politics being a bit like sausage-making. Citing anonymous sources, CNN reported Monday that a phone call between Trump and Macron was “just bad. It was terrible.” Asked about this at Tuesday’s press conference with Israeli ...

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‘Not a matter of censorship’: Ecuador FM defends restrictions on Assange

Ecuador’s foreign minister is denying her government is trying to censor WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by restricting his internet access and denying him visitors at the embassy in London. Maria Fernanda Espinosa defended the move to cut Assange’s internet access in March, saying that he disregarded a vow to cease all “political activity” when he spoke out about the poisoning ...

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US envoy to Israel trying to ‘bully’ and ‘gaslight’ media – Israeli journalist to RT

The US ambassador to Israel is trying to “bully” media into not reporting on Gaza atrocities, and to control the spin on events, an Israeli journalist told RT after the infamous comment on reporters keeping their “mouths shut.” Journalist David Sheen was responding to a speech made by the American Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman, in which he warned ...

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