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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russia to take control of additional military facilities in Syria from the Assad regime.

President Putin has promoted an ambassador to Syria in the run up to the Syrian elections in 2021.

Chechen leader Kadyrov hospitalised with suspected coronavirus

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Chechen leader Kadyrov hospitalised with suspected coronavirus

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has overseen a heavy-handed reponse to the Covid-19 outbreak - is the latest Russian official suspected to have contracted the coronavirus.

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Sam Hamad

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Comment: The UN's imbalanced and unjust structure is allowing Assad to weaponise aid to vulnerable Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Paul McLoughlin

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Foreign intervention has marked Syria's war. Now it could lead to Assad's downfall.

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Egypt leverages 'soft power' through medical aid in pandemic

Egypt is using medical aid as a form of soft power during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Egypt's Sisi tests team daily to prevent coronavirus infection

Dozens of people working closely with Egypt's President Sisi are subject to the daily coronavirus testing, said an official Egyptian source.

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Libyan government forces destroy Russian mercenary operations room

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally-recognised government say they have destroyed an operations room belonging to the Russian private Wagner ...

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UN: Massive deployment of Russian mercenaries bolstering Libya's Haftar

As many as 1,200 mercenaries have been recruited by a Putin-linked PMC firm to fight and assist Haftar in Libya.

Syria's Assad is more beholden to Russia than ever

Gareth Browne

Syria's Assad is more beholden to Russia than ever

Comment: Russia may be recalibrating its strategy in Syria, but it's unconvincing to think it would consider the risk of replacing Assad a ...

Amr Salahi

Is Syria's Assad now a liability to Russia?

Unprecedented criticism of Bashar al-Assad in Russian media points to growing competition between different international players for influence ...

Trump pressured Saudi with threat of weapons over oil

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Trump pressured Saudi with threat of weapons over oil

Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman was so shocked by Trump's ultimatum that he sent his aides outside the room before continuing the phone call.

<em>Putin</em> 'pressing Assad for political solution with opposition': Bloomberg

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Putin 'pressing Assad for political solution with opposition': Bloomberg

With oil prices collapsing and a coronavirus pandemic at hand, Russia is hoping to reach a political solution for Syria to end the war, a report ...

Kremlin rejects claims about <em>Putin</em>-MBS 'shouting match'

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Kremlin rejects claims about Putin-MBS 'shouting match'

The Russian government has denied reports that Putin and the Saudi crown prince had a fiery telephone call ahead of an ill-fated OPEC+ ...

Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of 'chemical attack'

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Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of 'chemical attack'

Russian private firm Wagner helped mobilise an alleged nerve gas attack by Haftar's forces in the Libyan capital, the GNA said.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran hold virtual summit over Syria

Allies Russia, Turkey and Iran continued Syria negotiations during the seventh Astana summit, which was held virtually.

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Reporters Without Borders: Coronavirus pandemic 'amplifies press freedom threats'

The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran ...

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Russian news agency calls Assad ‘weak’ in unprecedented criticism

A Russian news agency owned by a businessman close to President Putin has called Syrian dictator Assad ‘weak’ and unable to stop ...

Rauf Mammadov

Inside how the Russia-Saudi oil price war finally ended

The oil price war pushed relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia to breaking point.

G20 energy ministers scramble to finalise oil output deal

The New Arab & agencies

G20 energy ministers scramble to finalise oil output deal

G20 energy ministers held virtual meetings on Friday, while oil-producing countries waited to receive Mexico's consent to close the OPEC deal.

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Saudis, Russians 'close' to oil production deal: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that an announcement could be made on Friday.

Saudi-Russia oil price deal a test of US leverage

Courtney Freer

Saudi-Russia oil price deal a test of US leverage

Comment: Much is at stake for Trump's domestic and international reputation in brokering the global energy pricing war, writes Courtney Freer.

Oil drops further as Saudi-Russia output deal talks delayed

The New Arab

Oil drops further as Saudi-Russia output deal talks delayed

Russia and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads over output.

OPEC meeting postponed as Riyadh, Moscow row over prices

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OPEC meeting postponed as Riyadh, Moscow row over prices

OPEC and Russia have postponed a meeting planned for Monday until later next week.

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