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Russian ex-minister on trial for bribery blames Putin ally

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Moscow, Aug 16 (AP) - Breaking months of silence, the former Russian economic development minister on trial for allegedly accepting a $2 million bribe publicly accused the head of Russia's oil company on Wednesday of setting him up.
Alexei Ulyukayev, the highest-ranking Russian official to have been arrested since 1993, was detained last year at the headquarters of Russia's largest oil producer, Rosneft, after a sting operation set up by the FSB intelligence agency. The circumstances of the...
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China, India soldiers hurl stones at one another in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Aug 16 (AP) - Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another in the high Himalayas in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Indian officials said Wednesday after the altercation that escalates tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff...
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Dubai magnate tied to Trump brand seeks new ventures abroad

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Dubai, Aug 15 (AP) - During recent trips to Croatia and Malta, a Dubai-based billionaire and business partner of the Trump Organization looked more like a head of state himself - mingling with government dignitaries, receiving a presidential reception and visiting the glittering Mediterranean...
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US Navy reports another tense encounter with an Iran drone

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Dubai, Aug 15 (AP) - An unarmed Iranian drone shadowed a U.S. aircraft carrier at night and came close enough to F-18 fighter jets to put the lives of American pilots at risk, the Navy said Tuesday, reporting the second such tense encounter within a week. Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the U.S...
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UN says nearly 50,000 stranded at unsafe Jordan-Syria border

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United Nations, Aug 15 (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people, most of them women and children, are stranded at Syria's southern border with Jordan, an increasingly unsafe area where air strikes were reported in the last few days, the United Nations said Monday.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told...
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