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French Minister Says Iran Seeking To Expand Military Influence In Middle East

France's foreign minister has accused Iran of trying to create an "axis" of military and political influence stretching from Tehran through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.

Russian Official Says Most Of Recent Telephone Bomb Threats Came From Syria

A top Russian official said on December 12 that most of the phone calls conveying fake bomb threats that prompted evacuations recently in dozens of Russian cities came from Syria.

Russia Evacuates Diplomatic Staff From Yemen, Citing Deteriorating Security

All Russian diplomatic personnel have left Yemen and Moscow has temporarily suspended its diplomatic presence in the country because of the deteriorating security situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on December 12.

Southeastern Iran Hit By Two Strong Earthquakes; At Least 18 Injured

Iran's southeastern province of Kerman was hit by at least two strong quakes on December 12 and 13, injuring at least 18 people and damaging around 20 buildings, state media reported.

U.S. Official Says Upcoming Deadline For New Russian Sanctions Will Be Met

A top U.S. State Department official said the administration was committed to meeting a February deadline to specify new measures against Russia officials and influential businessmen for Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Amnesty International: Iran Upholds Death Sentence For Academic

Amnesty International says Iran's Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against an Iranian-Swedish academic who has been convicted of espionage.

New York Bombing Suspect Mocked Trump On Social Media Before Attack

The man who faces federal charges over a New York subway bombing mocked President Donald Trump on social media on the morning of the December 11 attack, according to court documents.

Saakashvili: Corruption -- And Russia -- Are Ukraine's Enemy

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian leader who is now an ardent opponent of Ukraine's president, said corruption had inflicted far greater damage on Ukraine than Russia had.

World 'Losing' Fight Against Climate Change -- France's Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has told dozens of world leaders and company executives that "we are losing the battle" against climate change.

Saakashvili Says His Arrest Was A Gift To Putin

Hours after his release from detention in Ukraine, opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili said that his arrest on suspicion of abetting an alleged "criminal group" was instead a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former Georgian president, who moved to Ukraine and has become a fierce ...

Macedonia-Greece Name Dispute Could Be Resolved In Coming Months, Says UN Envoy

The UN Special Representative for the naming dispute between Greece and Macedonia, Matthew Nimetz, said on December 12 that the issue "can and should be resolved" next year after the parties met for the first time in three years in Brussels.

'We Believed Our Cleric': Pakistani Polio Victim's Regretful Father Urges Others To Use Vaccine

Polio has almost been eradicated from Pakistan, but not quite. That's due in part to stories like Hamid Aziz's.

Saakashvili Freed, Marched Home By Supporters

A judge in Kyiv has rejected a request by Ukrainian prosecutors to place opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest. He was marched home by cheering supporters following the December 11 decision. Saakashvili was arrested on allegations that he colluded with Ukrainian businessmen tied ...

UN Says Fighting Fuels 'Dire' Situation In Eastern Ukraine As Winter Sets In

The United Nations says daily cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine have led to more civilian deaths and "further aggravated a dire human rights and humanitarian situation" as temperatures drop.

Jailed Turkmen Animal Rights Activist Visited By Daughter After Days Held Incommunicado

The daughter of a jailed Turkmen animal rights activist has brought her mother warm clothing, making the first visit permitted by the authorities since police stormed Galina Kucherenko's apartment and arrested her.

Kremlin Hopeful Sobchak Decries 'Cavalier Assault' On Tatar Language

Presidential hopeful Ksenia Sobchak has criticized Russian authorities over what she called a "cavalier assault" on the Tatar language in Tatarstan, voicing support for local languages spoken in so-called "ethnic regions" of the country.

NATO Extends Stoltenberg's Mandate As Alliance Chief To 2020

NATO allies have extended Jens Stoltenberg's term as chief of the Western alliance until September 30, 2020.

In Kosovo Visit, Macedonia Agrees To International Probe Into Deadly 2015 Shoot-Out

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has said that there will be an international investigation into a deadly 2015 shoot-out that has strained ties with neighboring Kosovo.

One Killed In Explosion At Austrian Gas Facility

Emergency services say one person died when a natural gas facility in Austria exploded and caught fire.

Kazakhstan's Omnipresent President

The international airport in the Kazakh capital, Astana, was renamed this year in honor of the president, Nursultan Nazarbaev, who has led the country for nearly three decades. It joins a long list of places and institutions bearing the president's name, including a university, a library, schools, ...

Investigation Finally Launched Into Killing Of Daghestani Herdsmen

Seemingly arbitrary shootings by security personnel of unarmed young men who are subsequently branded Islamic militants are commonplace in the North Caucasus. Most such cases never come to court. But the killing in August 2016 of two teenage brothers may prove an exception.

Coal Miners' Strike Spreads In Kazakhstan As Workers Stay Underground

Hundreds of coal miners in Kazakhstan's central region of Qaraghandy are refusing to come up to the surface, demanding wage increases.

Trump Signs $700-Billion Military Budget Into Law, Urges Congress To Fund It

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700-billion budget for the military, including additional money for missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

Russian Olympic Committee Gives Athletes Green Light To Compete As Neutrals In Pyeongchang

The Russian Olympic Committee has given its blessing for the country's athletes to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics despite a ban on Russia over doping violations.

Putin's Syria Envoy Says No Reason Assad Should Not Seek Reelection

Russia's envoy for Syria peacemaking efforts says that President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for reelection, a stance that runs counter to Western governments that say he should have no place in politics after a postwar political transition.

Two Pakistani Soldiers Killed In North Waziristan Attack

Pakistan's military says two of its soldiers, including an officer, were killed when militants opened fire on an army vehicle on patrol in a northwestern tribal district.

Investigation Finally Launched Into Killing Of Daghestani Herdsmen

Seemingly arbitrary shootings by security personnel of unarmed young men who are subsequently branded Islamic militants is commonplace in the North Caucasus. Most such cases never come to court. But the killing in August 2016 of two teenage brothers may prove an exception.

Coal Miners In Kazakhstan Refuse To Surface, Demand Higher Wages

Dozens of coal miners in Kazakhstan's central region of Qaraghandy are refusing to come up to the surface, demanding wage increases.

Russian FSB Says Terror Plot Foiled, Suspects Arrested

Russia's Federal Security Service says it has uncovered an extremist "cell" that was directed by the militant group Islamic State and was planning terror attacks in Moscow during the New Year's holidays and the upcoming presidential campaign.

Russian FSB Says Terror Plot Foiled, Suspects Arrested

The head of Russia's main security service says that the agency has uncovered an extremist "cell' whose members were planning to carry out attacks during the New Year holidays and the campaign for Russia's March 2018 presidential election.

U.S. Soldier Dead, Two Injured In 'Vehicle Incident' In Eastern Afghanistan

NATO says a U.S. soldiers has died as a result of injuries sustained during a "vehicle incident" in eastern Afghanistan.

Recession Recoveries In Russia, Brazil Help Lift World Growth To Six-Year High

World economic growth rose this year to 3 percent, the strongest rate since 2011, aided by recoveries from recession in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and NIgeria, the United Nations has estimated.

Firm Denies Flynn Sent Text On U.S.-Russian Nuclear Project In Middle East

A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East has denied that its director received a text message from White House aide Michael Flynn saying the project was "good to go."

Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey's Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey of bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified.

Iran Offers Support For Palestinian Militants Fighting Trump Move On Jerusalem

A top Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps  commander has offered Iran's "complete support" for Palestinian militants in their resistance campaign against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Three More Russian Athletes Appeal Lifetime Bans From Olympics For Doping

Three more Russian athletes are appealing lifetime bans from the Olympics that were imposed in connection with doping practices uncovered at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on December 11.

Russia Blocks Access To Website Of Khodorkovsky-Backed Civic Group

Russian authorities have blocked access to the website of Open Russia, a democracy and civil society group founded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

U.S. Judge Warns Former Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort Over Ukrainian Op-Ed

The U.S. judge overseeing the criminal case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has scolded him for working to write opinion articles for publication in foreign newspapers.

Already Reeling From Loss Of NHL, Olympic Hockey Anxiously Awaits Russia's KHL

With Russia's ban from the next Winter Olympics, the world's second-best hockey league is threatening to keep players from competing.

No HIV Test? No Wedding In Russia's Ingushetia

Couples in Russia's North Caucasus region of Ingushetia will need to prove they've been tested for HIV if they want to tie the knot.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Urges Iran To Release Dual Nationals

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he has urged Iran to release detained dual nationals during a visit to Tehran.

Croats Honor Convicted War Criminal Praljak

Several thousand people have attended a ceremony in Zagreb to honor convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak, who died of cyanide poisoning last month.

Earthquake Hits Western Iran

Iranian media reports say an earthquake has struck western Iran, near the border with Iraq.

Russian Nationalists Disrupt Screening Of Film On Ukraine

Activists from a Russian nationalist group disrupted the Moscow screening of a film about the war in eastern Ukraine on December 10.

Russian Athletes 'Prepared To Compete' In Olympics As Neutrals

A group of prominent Russian athletes and sports officials says that would-be Russian Olympians are ready to take part in the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea as neutrals.

Saakashvili Appears In Kyiv Court

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned opposition leader in Ukraine, appeared at a hearing on whether he should continue to be held in custody in Kyiv. He was supported at the hearing by Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister who leads an opposition party.

Russia Jails Estonian Businessman For 12 Years For Espionage

A Russian court has convicted an Estonian businessman of espionage and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

Pipe Bomb Explodes in New York, Injuring Four In 'Attempted Terrorist Attack'

A man has set off a pipe bomb strapped to himself near New York's Times Square, injuring the suspect and three other people during the morning rush hour, in what city officials called an attempted terrorist attack.

Stickers Mocking Solzhenitsyn Appear In Moscow Ahead Of Plaque Ceremony

Stickers insulting the late Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn appeared on a Moscow street named after the Nobel Prize-winning author a day before the unveiling of a plaque honoring his memory.

EU Members Formally Agree To Launch Defense Cooperation Structure

Twenty-five European Union member states have taken the formal decision to establish a new defense and security cooperation network.