Europe

Russia’s Putin Lands in Egypt in Sign of Growing Ties

CAIRO —  Russian President Vladimir Putin, making his second visit to Egypt in as many years, held talks Monday with his Egyptian counterpart on their countries’ rapidly expanding ties. Egypt’s general-turned-president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has visited Russia three times since the ouster of his Islamist predecessor in 2013. After taking office, …

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Thousands in Ukraine Demand Saakashvili’s Release

Thousands in Ukraine rallied Sunday in protest of the arrest of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, calling for his release and the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko. Ukrainian officials have accused Saakashvili, whom they arrested Friday, of abetting an alleged “criminal group” led by former President Viktor Yanukovych — who was …

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Arab League Chief Calls for Recognition of Palestinian State After US Action on Jerusalem

The head of the Arab League has called on the nations of the world to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will recognize the city as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy …

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Saakashvili Declares Hunger Strike Following Arrest in Kyiv

KYIV —  Ukrainian opposition politician and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has declared a hunger strike, his lawyer told journalists on Saturday. Attorney Ruslan Chornolutskiy released a letter from Saakashvili calling on supporters to protest in Kyiv on Sunday and to call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko. Also …

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UK Official Travels to Iran, Seeks British-Iranian Citizen’s Release

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson traveled to Tehran on Saturday to call for the release of a jailed British-Iranian aid worker. Johnson met his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to talk about the consular case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He asked for the release of the mother of one child on …

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