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  • BERLIN— The German government says there are no plans to invite Russia to return to the club of leading industrialized nations. Russia was kicked out of the G-8 after its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and assistance for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Steffen Seibert spoke to reporters Friday ahead of Merkel's upcoming trip to...

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Russian fuel retailers say the authorities have told them to ensure any price rises do not exceed inflation in what is a pre-election year, a demand they say amounts to a price freeze and may bankrupt some independent outlets. Vladimir Putin is widely expected to run for what would be a fourth presidential term in March next year.

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    Groups used Facebook to share private info found in emails and to create fake accounts with false information to tarnish political figures.

  • MOSCOW/ SEVASTOPOL, Crimea, April 27- Russia's $1.3 billion plan to build two new power plants in Crimea aimed to show that Moscow could complete high-tech projects on the annexed peninsula despite Western technology sanctions. But two years after its approval, the plan, which would supply Crimea's residents with power they once got from Ukraine, has been...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, April 26- China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalisation" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere. Leaders from 28 countries will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15,...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, April 26- China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalization" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere. Leaders from 28 countries will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15,...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, April 26- China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalisation" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere. Leaders from 28 countries will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15,...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, April 26- China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalization" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere. Leaders from 28 countries will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- Two former U.S. officials, intelligence director James Clapper and deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, will testify next month in a Senate investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Tuesday. The two officials from the administration of former President...

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- Two former U.S. officials- intelligence director James Clapper and deputy Attorney General Sally Yates- will testify next month in a Senate investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Judiciary Committee said on Tuesday. The two officials from the administration of former President Barack...

  • Sally Yates speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice on June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.

    Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the election.

  • President Donald Trump applauds aboard the pre-commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, March 2, 2017.

    President Donald Trump ran on an "America First" theme but now has backtracked on other major issues, including China and NATO.

  • PARIS— As French voters cast ballots for president Sunday, they're making a choice that will resonate far beyond France's borders, from Syrian battlefields to Hong Kong trading floors and the halls of the U.N. Security Council. The future of Europe is at stake as this country faces an election unlike any other, one that may reshape France's post-war identity and...

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has rejected a request from Exxon Mobil to waive U.S. sanctions against Russia to allow the company to resume oil drilling around the Black Sea. The disclosure of Exxon's application was criticized in Congress by lawmakers who said the Trump administration should not reduce sanctions after U.S. intelligence agencies...

  • File photo of Russian President, Vladimir Putin (R) and Rex Tillerson (L), then-Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil during a signing ceremony for an arctic oil exploration deal between Exxon Mobil and Rosneft on August, 30, 2011 in Sochi, Russia.

    Treasury will not grant special permission to Exxon Mobil to carry out oil and gas drilling in Russia while sanctions remain intact.

  • (LtoR) French presidential election candidates, right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon, En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron, far-left coalition La France insoumise Jean-Luc Melenchon, far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen, and

    Voters this weekend will vote on eleven candidates in the first round of the election.

  • BUCHAREST, April 20- NATO member Romania plans to buy Patriot missiles from U.S. company Raytheon to help protect its airspace, a senior Defence Ministry official said on Thursday. The defence budget in Romania- a NATO member since 2004 and one of Washington's staunchest allies in eastern Europe along with Poland- was 1.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2016...

  • BUCHAREST, April 20- NATO member Romania plans to buy Patriot missiles from U.S. company Raytheon to help protect its airspace, a senior Defence Ministry official said on Thursday. The defense budget in Romania- a NATO member since 2004 and one of Washington's staunchest allies in eastern Europe along with Poland- was 1.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2016...

  • BUCHAREST, April 20- NATO member Romania plans to buy Patriot missiles from U.S. company Raytheon to help protect its airspace, a senior defence ministry official said on Thursday. The defence budget in Romania-- a NATO member since 2004 and one of Washington's staunchest allies in eastern Europe along with Poland-- was 1.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2016...

  • BUCHAREST, April 20- NATO member Romania plans to buy Patriot missiles from U.S. company Raytheon to help protect its airspace, a senior defense ministry official said on Thursday. The defense budget in Romania-- a NATO member since 2004 and one of Washington's staunchest allies in eastern Europe along with Poland-- was 1.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2016...