AJ Impact

Calling Trump's bluff, Erdogan says US sanctions will not happen

Washington is set to punish Ankara if it accepts Russian missiles. Only Trump can stop the economic pain - if he wants.

Calling Trump's bluff, Erdogan says US sanctions will not happen

Russia

Russia: Putin vows not to budge despite extension of EU sanctions

President speaks on EU sanctions and a range of other internal and external matters during annual call-in show.

Russia: Putin vows not to budge despite extension of EU sanctions

Vietnam

Vietnam asks for Russian help to preserve Ho Chi Minh corpse

The embalmed body of Vietnam's founding leader lies in a mausoleum in Hanoi, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Vietnam asks for Russian help to preserve Ho Chi Minh corpse

Syria's War

Dozens killed in heavy fighting in northwest Syria

Eighty-nine fighters and 41 government troops killed in Hama since Tuesday in major battle, UK-based monitor says.

Dozens killed in heavy fighting in northwest Syria

China

'Special relationship' in focus as China's Xi visits North Korea

Denuclearisation and economic issues to top agenda as Xi Jinping visits Pyongyang before his meeting with Donald Trump.

'Special relationship' in focus as China's Xi visits North Korea

AJ Impact

OPEC spat over meeting date exposes Saudi-Iran hostility

Tehran points finger at Riyadh for infighting as tensions rise over US sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

OPEC spat over meeting date exposes Saudi-Iran hostility

Europe

First four suspects named for MH17 murder trial

Leaders of a Russian-backed militia have been indicted and will face trial in the Netherlands in March 2020.

First four suspects named for MH17 murder trial

Battle for Idlib

UN aid chief: Syria, Russia attacks on civilians 'deliberate'

Some hospitals have stopped sharing coordinates because it 'paints a target on their back', UN's Mark Lowcock says.

UN aid chief: Syria, Russia attacks on civilians 'deliberate'

Iran

'Pandora's box': China, Russia denounce US troop move

Deployment of 1,000 troops to Middle East shows US on 'a conscious course to provoke war' with Iran, Moscow says.

Russia, China warn US over sending 1,000 new troops to the Gulf

Russia

Russia frees journalist after outcry

Igor Rudnikov's supporters strongly contested the extortion charges, saying they were punishment for his journalism.

Russia drops extortion charges against journalist after outcry

Ukraine

Ukraine's Mariupol stuck between war and Russian blockade

Mariupol is Ukraine's principal port on the Sea of Azov and has great economic and strategic significance.

Ukraine's Mariupol stuck between war and Russian blockade

Opinion

Who is bombing hospitals in Syria?

And why is the UN not naming the perpetrators?

Rashed al-Ahmad

by Rashed al-Ahmad

Rashed al-Ahmad

Iran

As accusations fly in Gulf tanker row, Russia urges restraint

Iran accuses US of staging attacks on Gulf ships as Saudi Arabia, UK side with Washington's claim Tehran is to blame.

As accusations fly in Gulf tanker row, Russia urges restraint

Opinion

Russia just had a mini popular uprising

Did the world notice?

Roman Dobrokhotov

by Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov

Turkey

Erdogan sees Russian S-400s delivery starting in July: NTV

Turkey's president says 'the S-400 issue is settled' after discussing it with Russia, Turkish broadcaster NTV reports.

Erdogan sees Russian S-400s delivery starting in July: NTV