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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a new cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin names new Cabinet as key members of Russian govt stay

Jan. 21, 2020 1:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place. The Cabinet shake-up comes as Putin has launched a sweeping constitutional reform that is widely seen as an attempt to secure his...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right, surrounded by other officials talk to each other during their meeting on the sideline of a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts the one-day conference of world powers on Sunday seeking to curb foreign military interference, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to stop the chaos in the North African nation. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Libya players agree to respect arms embargo, push cease-fire

Jan. 19, 2020 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — World powers and other countries with interests in Libya's long-running civil war agreed Sunday to respect a much-violated arms embargo, hold off on military support to the warring parties and push them to reach a full cease-fire, German and U.N. leaders said. The agreement came after about...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia's foreign minister slams 'aggressive' US policies

Jan. 17, 2020 7:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign policy chief on Friday blamed what he described as “aggressive” U.S. policies for growing global tensions, noting Washington's reluctance to extend a key nuclear arms pact. Sergey Lavrov, who serves as acting foreign minister in the wake of Wednesday's...

In this photo released by Indian government Press Information Bureau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fourth left, poses with other leaders during the inaugural session of 
Raisina Dialogue, a global conference to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020. (Indian government Press Information Bureau via AP)

Russia says US Indo-Pacific strategy is to contain China

Jan. 15, 2020 2:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China. Addressing a global conference in the Indian capital to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Russia downplays failed Libya talks before Berlin summit

Jan. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia sought Tuesday to downplay the collapse of talks that sought to secure a cease-fire in Libya after the country's rival leaders left Moscow without reaching an agreement, an outcome that cast a shadow on an upcoming Libya summit hosted by Germany. Russia and Turkey proposed a...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, third left, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, second left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, fourth right, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, third right, attend the talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Libya ceasefire talks in Moscow adjourned for the night

Jan. 13, 2020 11:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Talks in Moscow about bringing an end to Libya's long-running civil war have been adjourned for the night after the country's rival governments on Monday considered ceasefire proposals from Russia and Turkey. Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli, and his...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The dual natural gas line connecting the countries will open up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe, through new and existing lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Leaders of Turkey, Russia urge Jan. 12 cease-fire in Libya

Jan. 8, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and Russia called for a Jan. 12 cease-fire in war-torn Libya on Wednesday while European Union officials intensified diplomatic efforts to cool tensions in the North African nation by holding talks with its prime minister. In a related diplomatic push in Rome, Italian Premier...

A boy carries a portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, prior to the Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, Friday Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed

'A more dangerous world': US killing triggers global alarm

Jan. 3, 2020 8:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Global powers warned Friday that the American airstrike responsible for killing Iran’s top general made the world more dangerous and that escalation could set the entire Mideast aflame. Some U.S. allies suggested Iran shared in the blame by provoking the attack. The deaths of Gen....

Syrian group: Israeli strike kills 3, most likely Iranians

Dec. 23, 2019 7:30 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitoring group said Monday that an Israeli missile strike overnight near the capital of Damascus killed at least three foreigners, who were most likely Iranians. The top Syrian diplomat accused Israel of carrying out missile "aggression" on Damascus and its suburbs. There was...