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U.N. urges U.S., China, others to ratify nuclear test ban treaty
The United Nations Security Council urged China, the United States, North Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel and Pakistan to ratify a treaty banning nuclear explosions, which would allow the deal negotiated 20 years ago to come into force.
Anti-Brexit group challenges UK government over Article 50 disclosure
A group opposed to Britain's exit from the European Union has accused the government of refusing to allow it to make public the official justification for triggering Article 50 to start the Brexit process without a parliamentary vote.
As Syria cease-fire fails, Obama may leave successor 'problem from hell'
The United States was relegated to the sidelines of the Syrian war on Friday as an all-out assault by Syrian government and Russian forces on opposition-held Aleppo threatened to unleash a new refugee wave and drive U.S.-backed rebels into the ranks of al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, U.S. officials and experts said.
Russia and Pakistan to hold first joint military exercise
Former Cold War-era rivals Pakistan and Russia are due to hold their first ever military exercise this month, Pakistan's military said on Friday, in another sign of shifting alliances in South Asia.
Ukraine says peace process at risk without EU sanctions
Loosening the European Union's economic sanctions on Russia would wreck the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, because the measures are the West's only leverage over Moscow, Kiev's deputy foreign minister said on Friday.
Kerry sees a little Syria progress, Russia criticizes United States
The United States said it made a little progress on halting the violence in the Syrian war in talks with Russia on Friday as Moscow blasted Washington for throwing its weight around the world.
Exclusive: How EU firms skirt sanctions to do business in Crimea
Products for sale in the Crimean stores of two European retailers are being shipped there from Russia via a ferry and port that are subject to EU sanctions, people involved in the transportation said, suggesting companies are finding ways around the punitive economic regime facing Moscow since 2014.
German economy minister to discuss EU sanctions and Syria with Putin
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday as he headed to trade talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he favored lifting EU sanctions on Moscow but that would require progress on peace in Ukraine.