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Exclusive: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions – sources

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) – Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft is negotiating to swap its collateral in Venezuelan-owned, U.S.-based refiner Citgo for oilfield stakes and a fuel supply deal – a move to avoid complications from U.S. sanctions, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters. State-owned Rosneft holds a 49.9 percent stake in Citgo as collateral for a loan last ...

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Qatari emir amends laws to bolster fight against terrorism: agency

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar’s ruler has amended the country’s anti-terrorism laws in a royal decree issued on Thursday, state news agency QNA reported, in a move that appears aimed at countering charges the Gulf Arab state supports terrorism. The move comes less than a week after Doha signed an accord with the United States to bolster measures aimed at curbing ...

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U.S. general says allies worry Russian war game may be 'Trojan horse'

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia’s planned war games in September could be a “Trojan horse” aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army’s top general in Europe said on Thursday. Russia has sought to reassure NATO that the military exercises will respect international limits on size, but ...

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U.N. rights chief seeks meeting with China over Liu Xiaobo's widow

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Thursday he plans to seek a meeting with Chinese officials to urge freedom of movement for the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died of cancer while in custody. Liu Xia has been under effective house arrest since her husband – who ...

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Egypt says it is 'shameful' that Qatar not held accountable at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Egypt accused Qatar on Thursday of adopting a “pro-terrorist” policy that violated United Nations Security Council resolutions and described it as “shameful” that the 15-member body had not held Qatar accountable. Qatar’s U.N. ambassador, Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, rejected the “baseless accusations” made by Egyptian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ihab Awad Moustafa after the Security Council adopted ...

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Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi King Salman on Thursday ordered the creation of a new cabinet-level security apparatus to handle a range of matters including counter-terrorism that were previously under the aegis of the Interior Ministry. In a series of royal decrees published by the state news agency, the king appointed Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Howairini to head the new body. The ...

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OJ Simpson granted parole for Las Vegas robbery

O.J. Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in prison for a Las Vegas robbery, a group of four Nevada commissioners decided today. The imprisoned former NFL player could be released as early as Oct. 1. Simpson, 70, delivered a rambling account of the case to the parole board earlier today, maintaining that he didn’t intend to steal but ...

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This Is Why Everyone In The Russia Story Keeps Talking About Adoptions

When you hear “Russia” and “adoptions” the real story isn’t the children — it’s US sanctions. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his dinner meeting with Vladimir Putin earlier this month involved what should be an anodyne topic: adoption. “It was not a long conversation, but it was, you know, could be 15 minutes,” Trump told the New York ...

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