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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- Prospects for an end to Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria were better than a week ago, U.S. U.S. sanctions on Ankara would be eased only if Turkey stopped the offensive, Jeffrey said. Meanwhile, Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey...

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan had yielded what he called momentous results for Syria, but did not say what they were

  • SANTIAGO, Oct 19- Troops were patrolling the streets of the Chilean capital Santiago on Saturday morning, the military confirmed, after President Sebastian Pinera evoked a state of emergency amid a surge in violent protests over a hike in public transport fares. Javier Iturriaga del Campo, the general designated in charge by Pinera, told a news conference at...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 19- At least 15 gold miners were killed on Saturday when a dam collapsed, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials said. Russia is one of the world's top gold producers with most of its output coming from large professional industrial mines. Alluvial or artisanal gold mining in Russia is usually small-scale, but is...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 17- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media company's light regulation of speech and lack of fact checking on political advertising, while citing China's censorship as a roadblock to operating in the country. In a speech at Georgetown University filled with references to the First...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- President Vladimir Putin signalled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's regional rivals and energy cooperation. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have been key...

  • *Russia sees high potential for wheat exports to S. Arabia. SALIC, formed in 2011 to secure food supplies for the kingdom through mass production and foreign investments, has been looking at expanding in Russia and Ukraine, both major Black Sea grain producers and exporters, for several years. "We believe that the Black Sea region of Russia is a very important region,...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- President Vladimir Putin signaled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday by visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's regional rivals and energy cooperation. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have...

  • *Russia sees high potential for wheat exports to S. Arabia. SALIC, formed in 2011 to secure food supplies for the kingdom through mass production and foreign investments, has been looking at expanding in Russia and Ukraine, both major Black Sea grain producers and exporters, for several years. "We believe that the Black Sea region of Russia is a very important region,...

  • *Saudi Arabia, U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on Saudi oil plants. RIYADH, Oct 13- Russia can play a positive role in easing tensions in the Gulf following a spate of attacks in the region, President Vladimir Putin said in comments published on Sunday before his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade. Yemen's Houthi movement said it was behind the drone and missile...

  • *Saudi, U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on Saudi oil sites. RIYADH/ DUBAI, Oct 13- Russian President Vladimir Putin said before his first visit to Saudi Arabia in more than a decade that Moscow could play a key role in easing regional tensions given its good ties with Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states and Shi'ite Iran. Yemen's Houthi movement responsibility for the Sept. 14...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 7- When Saudi Arabian oil installations sustained major attacks last month, Russias energy minister, Alexander Novak, was ready to ramp up production to fill the supply gap. Previously, only Saudi Arabia- and to an extent its neighbours the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait- had such an ability to cushion against oil-supply volatility.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley's decade at the helm of one of the world's biggest oil companies almost didn't happen. Dropped into the role in 2010 after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, 11 rig workers had just died and the company's finances were teetering. Dudley had lived in Mississippi in his youth and spent his holidays fishing on the Gulf.

  • Of all the countries through which Gazprom is building the pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea, Denmark is the only one yet to approve the project. The project would double the capacity of the existing Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany to 110 billion cubic metres a year and allow Russia to bypass Ukraine, currently its main transit route for...

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) in Vladivostok, Russia on Sep. 4, 2019.

    India imports around 80% of its oil needs, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he wants to bring that down to 67% by 2022.

  • HAVANA/ MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a "toxic atmosphere" around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia's support for its Communist government. While Russia's support for Cuba is insignificant compared to the role the Soviet Union once played,...

  • Moscow has sought to renew its commercial, military and political ties with Cuba in recent years, as part of a broader strategy to expand its presence in Latin America as a counterweight to China and the United States. Russia's support for Cuba is insignificant compared to the role the Soviet Union once played, but analysts said it is still very welcome as the...

  • *Iran's oil minister calls Saudi counterpart a friend. *Iran predicts slight supply surplus next year. NEW YORK, Oct 2- Oil prices fell more than 2% on Wednesday after official data showed a rise in U.S. crude inventories, adding to worries about an oversupplied market as weak economic readings in the United States depressed global financial markets.

  • He said it would cost Moscow more money if it had to bypass Denmark but it would complete construction of the pipeline from Russia to Germany anyway. Speaking at an energy conference in the Russian capital, Putin also said Moscow was ready to extend its current gas contract with Ukraine for a short time if necessary and would be ready to work with Kiev under...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- Iran's oil minister sought to defuse tensions with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, calling his counterpart in Riyadh "a friend" and saying Tehran was committed to stability in the region. Iran and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly clashed at OPEC meetings over output policies, and tensions between the two countries flared after Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for...