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Syria peace process ‘complicated’ but no other options: Putin

MOSCOW -UNS : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that the peace process in Syria would be “complicated” but that there were no other ways of ending the conflict, ahead of the scheduled start of a ceasefire. “We understand fully and take into account …

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India to put nuclear-armed submarine into operation

NEW DELHI (UNS/ AFP) – India is close to becoming the world’s sixth country to have its first home-built nuclear submarine, reported Bloomberg. The country is all set to to put a nuclear-armed submarine into operation, as it detailed billion-dollar projects to arm its navy …

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Beijing beats New York as world billionaire capital

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing has surpassed New York City to become the “billionaire capital of the world” with 100 resident billionaires to the US business and cultural capital’s 95, a survey showed. The number of Beijing billionaires rose by 32 from last year, while New …

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Pressure builds ahead of deadline for Syria ceasefire

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Pressure was building on Syria’s warring parties to abide by a partial ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington as the UN discussed a draft resolution that would endorse the agreement due to take effect Saturday. The 15 members of the Security Council …

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US-Russian Syria plan could benefit Assad:Erdogan

ISTANBUL -UNS : Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he feared a US-Russian ceasefire plan would do little more than benefit Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and accused the West, Russia and Iran of only seeking to further their own interests. The United States and …

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Turkey ‘not optimistic’ on Syria truce, threatens new strikes

ANKARA -UNS : Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday announced a multi-million-dollar aid package for the country’s struggling tourism industry which has been hit by a crisis with Russia and security concerns. Davutoglu said that a total of 255 million Turkish lira ($86.5 million) …

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Turkey PM unveils plan to boost struggling tourism sector

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday announced a multi-million-dollar aid package for the country’s struggling tourism industry which has been hit by a crisis with Russia and security concerns. Davutoglu said that a total of 255 million Turkish lira ($86.5 million) in financial …

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Syria opposition gives ‘conditional’ acceptance of ceasefire

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syria s main opposition grouping said it accepted a ceasefire deal announced by the United States and Russia on Monday if humanitarian “conditions” were met. The statement by the Riyadh-based High Negotiations Committee came hours after Moscow and Washington said a ceasefire …

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Obama,Putin discuss Syria ceasefire: White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama called Russia s Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss the terms of a ceasefire to take effect in Syria on February 27, the White House said, cautioning that the road ahead would not be easy. “This is a …

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More than 150 people killed in IS blasts in Syria as US, Russia push truce

SAYYIDA ZAINAB: A string of suicide bombings near a Shia shrine outside Syria’s capital and in Homs claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group killed more than 150 people Sunday, as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire. Near Damascus, a car bombing …

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