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The Latest: Turkey says it will help firms hit by turmoil

Aug. 14, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Turkey's finance minister says his government is working on steps to help banks and support companies affected by the currency crisis. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said: "We will make all kinds of...

Russia to help restore UN patrols near Syria-Israel frontier

Aug. 14, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

TAL KROUM, Syria (AP) — The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help U.N. peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, reflecting Moscow's deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes. The Russian deployment in the area...

Syria vows to help refugees return, wants sanctions lifted

Aug. 13, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government officials vowed Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the refugees' return is a top priority for Damascus, adding that "the Syrian government...

Merkel and Putin to hold talks on new Baltic pipeline, Syria

Aug. 13, 2018 7:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says she plans weekend talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on issues including the development of a contentious Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday the two leaders will meet Saturday at the German...

Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve

Aug. 13, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning...

New US sanctions could pitch Russia relations to new low

Aug. 11, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning...

Pakistan military officers to get training in Russia

Aug. 11, 2018 12:19 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani military officers will receive training in Russian Federation military institutes under a recent agreement signed by Pakistan and Russia. The deal underscores Pakistan's increasing reliance on Russia for its military needs amid strained relations with the U.S. It was signed...

The Latest: Official says sanctions lack 'state seriousness'

Aug. 10, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's financial turmoil (all times local): 9:20 p.m. A Turkish official says U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to double tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports, which he announced on Twitter, lacked "state seriousness." Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami...

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

Aug. 10, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting...

Macron, Putin talk about hunger-striking Ukraine filmmaker

Aug. 10, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about his concern for a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on a hunger strike in a Siberian prison. Macron urged the Russian leader to find a humanitarian solution since Oleg Sentsov's health "seems to be...