After nearly two turbulent decades in power, Vladimir Putin on Sunday will be overwhelmingly handed another six-year term by Russian voters, one that may prove his most challenging yet and which – under Russia's current constitution – should be his last. Few Russian leaders have lasted as long or more radically changed the face of this gargantuan and unwieldy country than Mr. Putin. Today's Russia, with all of its strengths and flaws, is very much the product of Putin's priorities.
SOUTH Korean officials began preparations today for a summit next month with North Korea aimed at reducing tensions on the peninsula, as a report showed the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February.
VIETNAM marked 50 years since the My Lai massacre today in a memorial ceremony at the site of the killings that was attended by survivors of the massacre, their families, and around 60 U.S. Vietnam War veterans and anti-war activists.
If strategic relationships crave stability and dependability, the connection between the United States and its longtime Middle East ally Saudi Arabia has faced more than the usual challenges in the past year – perhaps especially in the last two weeks. Instead, the de facto Saudi ruler is set to arrive in Washington Monday with a sense of confidence. In current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the kingdom has an administration ally on its overriding issue of Iran who has security clearance, the ear of the president, and is designated to fill s the United States’ top diplomat.
JAPAN will be “concerned” at US President Donald Trump’s failure to consult them prior to accepting an invitation to meet North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, an expert in the south-east Asian affairs has said.
RUSSIA sent the UK a dire threat of World War 3, claiming Theresa May’s ferocious response to the spy nerve agent attack in Salisbury was sharp “provocation”. And as fears of a nuclear war rise, analysis shows how far radiation would spread if a H-bomb hit London.
VLADIMIR Putin and the Russian spy crisis are uniting the UK with Europe, helping to heal the splits created by fraught Brexit negotiations and pushing the countries closer together, it has been claimed.
The U.S. on Friday announced a $5 million award for information leading to the arrest of Afghanistan-based Maulana Fazlullah, leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an outfit which carries out terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. Under its rewards for justice program, the US also announced a $3 million reward each for information on Abdul Wali, of Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JuA), and Mangal Bagh leader of Lashkar-e-Islam. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is a terrorist organization that split away from...