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US congress reaches deal on Russia sanctions bill

US Congressional Republicans and Democrats announced on Saturday they had reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers had settled lingering issues with the bill, which also includes stiff economic penalties against Iran and North Korea. The United States’ sanctions targeting Russia, however, have drawn the most attention due to President Donald Trump’s persistent push for warmer relations with President Vladimir Putin and ongoing investigations into Russia’s interference in the...

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Venezuelans protest Maduro’s bid to amend constitution

Police on motorbikes have fired teargas to break up an opposition march on Venezuela‘s Supreme Court to stop President Nicolas Maduro from proceeding with his plans to rewrite the constitution. Thousands gathered in the capital Caracas on Saturday to march on the Supreme Court, but security forces blocked their way with armoured vehicles and riot shields. Clashes ensued, injuring several people including student protester Wuilly Arteaga, who has become famous for playing his violin in front of security lines. “Repression is the only way this regime keeps itself in power,” opposition lawmaker Luis Florido said at the march, blaming...

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Russia: New ceasefire deal agreed in Syria’s Ghouta

A new deal designating a de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Eastern Ghouta has been signed with Syrian rebels, the Russian Ministry of Defence said on Saturday. The de-escalation agreement was signed with Egyptian mediation after representatives of Syrian opposition groups and the Russian military held talks in Cairo. The agreement provides for a ceasefire in the zone, allowing food and humanitarian aid to be brought in and the ill and wounded to be evacuated for treatment elsewhere, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. With many of its towns and villages ravaged by bombardments in the six-year conflict, Eastern...

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Erdogan set to visit Saudi Arabia over Gulf crisis

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to begin his two-day trip to the Gulf in an effort to help resolve the dispute between Qatar and four other Arab states. Erdogan is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah on Sunday for a meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to his office. Qatar’s isolation against Islamic values, says Turkey He will then depart for Kuwait – the main mediator in the Gulf crisis – and later Qatar. “We will work until the end for the solution of the dispute between the...

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Two Palestinians die after clashes with Israeli forces

Two Palestinians have died in separate incidents after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Oday Nawajaa, 17, died of his injuries on Saturday after being hit by Israeli live fire at Al-Eizariya city east of Jerusalem, the ministry said. Palestinian leader freezes contact with Israel Another Palestinian aged 18 died in the West Bank village of Abu Dis when a petrol bomb he was planning to throw at Israeli security forces exploded prematurely, according to the ministry. In Jerusalem, Israeli police said they used riot gear to disperse dozens...

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