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China denies increasing troops on North Korean border
China denied on Thursday that it had increased its troop presence on the border with North Korea after the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
Syria's warring sides meet at U.N. talks for first time in three years
Opposing sides in the Syrian war came face-to-face in U.N. peace talks for the first time in three years on Thursday, to hear U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura implore them to find a way out of the almost six-year-old conflict.
Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute
Japan has protested to Russia over its plan to boost troop strength on disputed islands, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday, the latest move in a territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.
Exclusive: Russia asks energy companies for PR info ahead of election
The Russian government summoned energy companies last week to give it advance notice about developments that could influence public opinion in the period up to May next year, when President Vladimir Putin's term ends.
Ukrainian right-wing groups stage anti-government rally in Kiev
A few thousand Ukrainians rallied on Wednesday to demand a change of political leadership in a demonstration that coincided with the third anniversary of the ousting of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich amid mass street protests.
Leader of Germany's far-right party meets Putin allies in Moscow
The leader of Germany's far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) held talks with Russian officials during a visit to Moscow at the weekend, including with an ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Ukrainian MP plans to travel to Washington to push peace plan
A Ukrainian lawmaker who proposed an alternative plan for peace with Russian-backed separatists to U.S. President Donald Trump's administration told Reuters on Tuesday he plans to travel to Washington to present the proposal publicly.
Tuesday Morning Briefing: Trump's pick is known for saying superiors “want criticism”
President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday afternoon. McMaster, a highly regarded military tactician, is known for challenging his superiors. That’s been detrimental to McMaster in the past – he was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007 – and some observers wonder how he’ll interact with an administration that hasn’t welcomed criticism.