Abe and Putin to hold summit Thursday in Vladivostok

/ Sep 2, 2017

Abe and Putin to hold summit Thursday in Vladivostok

A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been set for Thursday in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok, the presidential office announced Friday. The bilateral summit will be held on the sidelines of a two-day meeting of the ...

For czar's great-grandson, Russia needs a strong leader

Aug 26, 2017

For czar's great-grandson, Russia needs a strong leader

A century after the October Revolution that ended his family's three-century reign of Russia, Hans Georg Yourievsky believes the country needs a tough leader. But — for now at least — it is not a role for him, the last living great-grandson of a Russian ...

An estimated 2,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Raqqa, Syria

Aug 5, 2017

An estimated 2,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Raqqa, Syria

About 2,000 Islamic State fighters are estimated to remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, fighting for their survival in the face of an offensive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Brett McGurk, U.S. special envoy for ...

Fragile economy stays Putin's hand in standoff with U.S.

/ | Aug 2, 2017

Fragile economy stays Putin's hand in standoff with U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to risk escalating tit-for-tat sanctions with Washington because the only measures that would hurt the United States would also endanger Russia's fragile economic recovery. After U.S. lawmakers backed a new round of economic sanctions on Moscow, Russia last week ...

Lone clinic in Syria's rebel north tackles civil war's mental toll

Jul 24, 2017

Lone clinic in Syria's rebel north tackles civil war's mental toll

At an austere mental health clinic in northern Syria, male patients with shaved heads squat barefoot in a courtyard, some dressed in uniforms and others in T-shirts and tracksuit trousers. One man screams at those around him, while another laughs to himself. A third sings ...