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U.S. envoy says fight against Islamic State will go on after Trump win

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. special envoy Brett McGurk said on Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition's fight against Islamic State would continue after President-elect Donald Trump takes power in January.

European leaders and Obama to discuss Russia sanctions in Berlin - sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - European leaders and President Barack Obama on Friday will discuss extending sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, and possible new sanctions for its bombing in Syria, sources familiar with the plans said.

Iraqi militia threatens Islamic State's supply route to Syria

BAGHDAD/BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militias said on Wednesday they had driven Islamic State fighters from an air base west of Mosul, a victory which would threaten the Sunni group's supply route from Syria to its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Despite Trump, U.S. lawmakers want response to Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers want Washington to respond to Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. election and actions in Ukraine and Syria, despite Republican President-elect Donald Trump's calls to improve relations.

Nimrud's broken glory lies in dust after Islamic State rampage

NIMRUD, Iraq (Reuters) - In a field outside an ancient palace in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, shattered remains of intricate carvings lie broken in the dust.

LafargeHolcim rejects allegations of financing IS in Syria

ZURICH (Reuters) - Cement group LafargeHolcim on Wednesday rejected suggestions that Syrian operations in 2013-2014 may have contributed to financing Islamic State militants.

Saudi bid nearly sinks Russia’s US$13bil Indian deal

LONDON: A multi-billion-dollar Russian deal to buy Indian refiner Essar was nearly sunk at the eleventh hour by a rival bid from Saudi Arabia as the two oil superpowers vie for supremacy across the world

Russia withdraws backing for International Criminal Court treaty

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order on Wednesday removing Russia's signature from the International Criminal Court's founding treaty, piling pressure on a court that is already reeling from withdrawals by some African countries.

Kremlin says moratorium on bombing Aleppo to be continued for now

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a moratorium on Russian air strikes against targets in Aleppo remained in place for the time being, a day after the Russian military said it had not bombed the Syrian city for 28 days.

German lawmaker says Europe must consider own nuclear deterrence plan

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe needs to think about developing its own nuclear deterrent strategy given concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could scale back U.S. military commitments in Europe, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said.