Turkey

Russian church slams Hagia Sophia plan, Turkey cites sovereignty

A Turkish court last week heard a case aimed at converting the building back into a mosque with a verdict expected soon.

Russian church slams Hagia Sophia plan, Turkey cites sovereignty

Middle East

Turkish defence minister and military chief visit war-torn Libya

Hulusi Akar and Yasar Guler hold talks with Fayez al-Sarraj, head of UN-recognised government in Tripoli.

Turkish defence minister and military chief visit war-torn Libya

Europe

Putin orders constitution changes allowing him to rule until 2036

The longtime president's move comes after voters approved the controversial changes during a week-long plebiscite.

Putin orders constitution changes allowing him to rule until 2036

Libya

Russia to reopen its embassy in Libya, says FM Lavrov

Embassy head will temporarily be based in Tunisia, Interfax news agency cited Lavrov as saying ahead of Saleh meeting.

Russia to reopen its embassy in Libya, says FM Lavrov

United States

Top US spies brief Congress on Russia-Taliban intelligence

Congress eyes new sanctions as Trump downplays reports Russia offered Taliban affiliates cash to kill Americans.

Top US spies brief Congress on Russia-Taliban intelligence

Europe

Russians clear way for Putin to extend his rule until 2036

Final results of the referendum on constitutional changes show a landslide victory for Russia's president.

Russians clear way for Putin to extend his rule until 2036

United States

Trump officials defend response to Russia-Taliban intelligence

Trump remained defensive about the intelligence, dismissing stories about it as 'Fake News' made up to 'damage me'.

Trump officials defend response to Russia-Taliban intelligence

Donald Trump

Trump OKs withdrawal of 9,500 US troops from Germany

US president signs off on plan after being briefed. Pentagon will seek to reassure allies, enhance Russian deterrence.

Trump OKs withdrawal of 9,500 US troops from Germany

Syria's War

Russia, Turkey, Iran talk about stabilising Syria

For the first time since September, the three key players in the conflict hold a virtual meeting to map the way forward.

Iran, Russia Turkey in talks to find political solution for Syria

Vladimir Putin

Russia vote that may extend Putin rule till 2036 enters final day

Week-long balloting on constitutional amendments to extend President Vladimir Putin's rule among other changes.

Inside Story

Will US confront Russia on alleged Afghanistan reward killings?

Kremlin denies paying Taliban-linked fighters to kill US troops.

United States

US Congress leaders: Did Trump know about Russia and the Taliban?

US media outlets report that intelligence agencies have tied Russian rewards directly to the deaths of US soldiers.

US Congress leaders: Did Trump know about Russia and the Taliban?

Donald Trump

'Everybody denying it': Trump says no Russian bounty on US troops

In series of posts, US president says neither he nor the vice president were briefed about Moscow's alleged plot.

'Everybody denying it': Trump says no Russian bounty on US troops

Environment

Russian metal giant admits pollution in Arctic tundra

Norilsk Nickel says 'flagrant violation of rules' has been committed by dumping wastewater from reservoir into wildlife.

Russian metal giant admits pollution in Arctic tundra

Afghanistan

Russia denies report spy unit paid Taliban to attack NATO forces

The Taliban also denies the New York Times report, which it denounced as an attempt to defame the armed group.

Russia denies report spy unit paid Taliban to attack NATO forces