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Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

By Adam Entous<p>, Reporter<p>Greg Miller<p>, Reporter<p>Kevin Sieff<p>, Reporter<p>Karen DeYoung<p>, Associate editor/reporter<p>The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish …

Trump Administration

Russia says teams up with Turkey for first time to bomb Syrian militants

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said its war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of al-Bab in northern Syria, evidence of increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Ankara.<p>Chief of the Main Operational …

Middle East

Putin and Erdogan push for talks on Syria without the US or UN

In a snub to Washington, Putin made clear on Friday that the initiative was the sole preserve of Moscow and Turkey and that the peace talks, if they happened, would be in addition to intermittent U.N.-brokered negotiations in Geneva.<p>"The next step is to reach an agreement on a total ceasefire …

Russia continues bombing blitz in Syria for third straight day

Russian strategic bombers struck targets in Syria Thursday in a third straight day of a heavy bombing blitz, military officials said.<p>Russia, which has conducted air campaign in Syria since Sept. 30, sharply raised its intensity this week on President Vladimir Putin's orders.<p>Putin told the military …

How ISIS brought Russia and the West together

Last year, Russia's President Vladimir Putin found himself shunned by fellow world leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, and he ducked …