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World 12 Dec 2017 | 4:24 AM

Nuclear plan backer denies Inauguration Day text with top Trump aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East denied in a letter made public on Monday that its director received an Inauguration Day text message from incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn saying the project was "good to go."

World 12 Dec 2017 | 4:10 AM

Turkey, Russia will meet to finalise S-400 defence deal in coming week

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and Russian officials will meet to finalise Turkey's S-400 surface-to-air missile systems deal in the coming week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 3:50 AM

Russia's Putin: U.S. decision on Jerusalem is destabilising Middle East

ANKARA (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey agree that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is destabilising the situation in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 3:49 AM

Russia has started military withdrawal from Syria - RIA cites minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that elements of Moscow's military contingent to Syria had already begun returning to Russia, the RIA news agency reported.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 12:31 AM

Russia, China to hold joint anti-missile defence drills - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China will hold joint anti-missile defence drills and work on cooperation against missile threats from other countries, RIA news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

World 11 Dec 2017 | 11:44 PM

China fails to stop U.N. meeting on North Korea human rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China failed on Monday to stop the fourth annual United Nations Security Council meeting on human rights abuses in North Korea, saying it was not the right forum to discuss the issue and warning that it could further escalate tensions in the region.

World 11 Dec 2017 | 11:10 PM

Merkel's conservatives see common ground with Social Democrats on Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for speedy efforts to form a stable new government with Social Democrats (SPD) and said her conservative party saw areas of common ground on domestic reform and Europe.

World 11 Dec 2017 | 11:10 PM

Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

World 11 Dec 2017 | 10:19 PM

Russia ready to sign deal on flights to Egypt this week - minister

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russia is ready to sign a protocol with Egypt on the resumption of direct flights between Moscow and Cairo this week, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told reporters on Monday.

World 11 Dec 2017 | 10:05 PM

Putin says Russia ready 'in principle' to resume direct passenger flights to Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russia is ready in principle to resume direct passenger flights to Egypt and an agreement is expected to be signed in the near future, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday.