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Putin Signals Russia's Return to Africa with Summit

President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders next week as Russia seeks to reassert its influence on the continent and beyond.

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Russians Protest Outside Putin Administration over Crackdown

About 200 Russians including actors and musicians staged a protest on Wednesday outside the presidential administration in Moscow in support of jailed demonstrators amid a crackdown on the opposition.

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Erdogan Hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria Summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus's push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib.

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Russian Police Raid Dozens of Opposition Offices, Homes

Russian police on Thursday raided dozens of offices of the opposition group behind mass protests this summer and the homes of its supporters, activists said.

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Russia Has 'No Expectation' of Better US Ties after Bolton Ouster

Russia said Wednesday it has "no expectation" of any improvement in relations with Washington after the dismissal of Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton.

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France Says 'Time Has Come' to Ease Tensions with Russia

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for easing tensions with Russia as top French ministers met their counterparts in Moscow on Monday.

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UN Urges Probe of 'Excessive Force' by Russia Police

The UN rights chief voiced concern Monday over the massive police crackdown on demonstrators in Russia in the run-up to weekend elections, urging an investigation into alleged excessive use of force.

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24 Ukrainian Sailors Set to Be Part of Moscow-Kiev Prisoner Swap

All 24 Ukrainians captured by Russia last year are expected to be part of an imminent prisoner swap between Kiev and Moscow, the head of their defence team told AFP on Saturday.

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Russia Says US Missile Test 'Escalation of Military Tensions'

Moscow on Tuesday said the United States was ramping up military tensions by testing a medium-range cruise missile weeks after tearing up a pact with Russia.

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Russian Opposition Plans Election Protest despite Arrests

Thousands of Russians say they will take to the streets of Moscow on Saturday to demand fair local elections, despite a police crackdown on the opposition that has seen top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny jailed.

The planned rally is the latest in a series of protests over authorities' refusal to allow dozens of opposition candidates to stand for election to Moscow's city council in September.

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