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World 07 Dec 2017 | 8:06 AM

'Good to go': Top Trump aide gave inaugural day ok to nuclear plan - congressman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address on Capitol Hill in January, his incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, sitting a few yards away, texted a former business partner that a nuclear power project that would require lifting sanctions on Russia was "good to go," a senior House Democrat said in a letter released on Wednesday.

World 07 Dec 2017 | 7:02 AM

Blackwater founder Prince details meeting with Russian in Seychelles

(This version of the December 6 story corrects paragraph 3 and adds new paragraph 4 to clarify the nature of U.S. sanctions)

World 07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

Putin declares 'complete victory' on both banks of Euphrates in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a complete victory had been achieved over Islamic State militants on both banks of the Euphrates river in Syria.

Nation 07 Dec 2017 | 12:00 AM

Harith seeks to host World’s Funniest Person contest here

KUALA LUMPUR: Local comedian and 2016’s “World’s Funniest Person” Harith Iskandar is hoping to bring the biannual contest to Malaysia when it takes place next year.

World 06 Dec 2017 | 11:54 PM

Tillerson takes tough line on Russia, open to peacekeepers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday there could be no normal relations with Russia until Moscow ended its support for separatists in Ukraine and returned Crimea, in comments likely to reassure Western allies.

World 06 Dec 2017 | 11:23 PM

Russia's Olympic ban strengthens Putin's re-election hand

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opinion polls show Vladimir Putin is already a shoo-in to win a fourth presidential term. But a ban on Russia taking part in the Winter Olympics is likely to make support for him even stronger, by uniting voters around his message: The world is against us.

World 06 Dec 2017 | 11:01 PM

U.S., France urge Russia to 'deliver' Assad delegation to Syria peace talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States and France called on Russia on Wednesday to deliver the delegation of President Bashar al-Assad to Syria peace talks in Geneva after discussions on ending the six-year war resumed with no sign of the government attending.

World 06 Dec 2017 | 11:01 PM

Russian air strikes kill 21 in eastern Syria - monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian air strikes killed 21 people in a village on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in east Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

World 06 Dec 2017 | 11:00 PM

Russia's Putin, pulling no surprises, says he'll seek re-election

NIZHNY NOVGOROD/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's worst kept political secret on Wednesday, saying he would run for re-election in March 2018 - a contest he seems sure to win comfortably and extend his grip on power into a third decade.

World 06 Dec 2017 | 10:34 PM

French court demands 40 million euro bail for Russian lawmaker

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - A French judge has ordered a prominent Russian businessman and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov pay a 40 million euro (£35 million) bail for his release pending a tax fraud and money laundering investigation, a judicial source said on Wednesday.