Trump briefed on ongoing situation in Syria:White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation in Syria, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday after a blast struck near a U.S.-led coalition patrol that a war monitor said killed 16 people. “The president has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria,” […]

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Ukraine says grain shipments may fall on more Russian naval aggression

KIEV, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Grain shipments from Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea could fall if Russia commits more aggressive actions, although the impact would be limited, acting Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Maksym Martyniuk said on Tuesday. He also said freight prices and insurance company costs could rise, but not in short term. Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and […]

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Kremlin says martial law may raise tension in Ukraine conflict

MOSCOW, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Tuesday that the introduction of martial law in Ukraine following Russia’s seizure of three vessels in the Kerch Strait could create tension in Ukraine’s conflict-stricken south-east. Kiev on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko […]

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Financial crisis hit young men hard – and they're yet to recover

There’s been plenty of good news about jobs lately. Australia's unemployment rate has been in decline all year and reached a six-year low of 5 per cent in September. There’s every chance it will go lower still. But an important new study paints a less rosy picture for young Australian workers. Melbourne University researchers Lyn Craig and Brendan Churchill tracked […]

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Russia says militants trying to wreck deal over Syria's Idlib: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused rebels in Syria’s Idlib Province on Thursday of trying to wreck a Russian-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarized zone in the insurgent-held region, the Interfax news agency reported. Idlib is held by an array of rebel groups, the most powerful of which is Tahrir al-Sham. An amalgamation of Islamist groups, it is dominated by the […]

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Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine’s political elite on Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and officials along with dozens of businesses owned by Ukrainian businessmen. The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and were described as counter-sanctions drawn up in response to similar Ukrainian measures […]

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