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Giant Trump, Putin caricatures to parade at Nice Carnival

NICE (Reuters) – Caricatures of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will join Charlie Chaplin and Harvey Weinstein when the Nice Carnival lights up the Cote d’Azur this month. Figures of Rusian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard The carnival, held in the Mediterranean city since 1873, runs from Feb. 16 until March 2 this…

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Putin wants government to “take charge” of rap music

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy are Russian rappers getting arrested? Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the government to “take charge” of rap music after a number of concerts were cancelled across the country. Efforts to ban rap were “impossible” and so the state should play a greater role in controlling it, he said. The Ministry of Culture would find the best way to “navigate” youth concerts, he added. His comments come after Russian rapper Husky was arrested after several of his concerts were cancelled. In…

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Putin and Saudi crown prince high five

The Russian president was due to discuss the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They are in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a summit with G20 leaders. Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Canada, France, the US and Germany have imposed targeted sanctions related to the murder of the prominent Saudi journalist. Source link

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Ukraine-Russia sea clash staged, says Putin

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage of the collision was posted by the Ukrainian interior minister Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, of trying to boost his ratings ahead of 2019 elections with a naval confrontation off Crimea. Russian FSB border guards opened fire on two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug before seizing the Ukrainian crews. “He had to do something to make the situation more tense,” Mr Putin told an investment forum on Wednesday. Mr Poroshenko has declared martial law for 30…

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Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Trump says may cancel G20 Putin talks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some of the detained Ukrainians have appeared in court in Crimea US President Donald Trump says he may cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin following a maritime clash between Russia and Ukraine. Mr Trump told the Washington Post he was waiting for a “full report” after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats on Sunday. The two leaders are due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires later this week. Meanwhile, the US has urged European…

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INF treaty: Putin shrugs off Trump’s nuclear arms move

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Feeling relaxed: Putin has even joked in recent days about the prospect of nuclear conflict Waking up to daily headlines about nuclear obliteration is not a comfortable feeling. But Vladimir Putin seems to be relishing an exchange of deadly threats with the United States. As Donald Trump tears up a key arms control treaty and pledges to rebuild his country’s nuclear arsenal, Russia’s president has promised to mirror every move. Last week, he even joked about nuclear Armageddon. Military might has become key to…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Vladimir Putin asks UFC world lightweight champion’s father to go easy

Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father met Vladimir Putin (left) on Wednesday Russia president Vladimir Putin has asked Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father “not to punish him too severely” for his part in a brawl which followed his defeat of Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov retained his UFC world lightweight title and then jumped the octagon fence to fight McGregor’s team. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the bout, has withheld his fight purse while it investigates. UFC president Dana White says he should keep his belt, even if he is…

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Skripal poisoning: Putin denounces ex-spy as ‘scum’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Putin has previously referred to the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal as civilians Russian President Vladimir Putin has labelled poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal a “traitor” and “scum”. In a speech he complained that the media were treating Mr Skripal as “some kind of human rights defender”, whereas he had betrayed his country. Mr Skripal and his daughter survived the Salisbury attack, which the UK says was carried out by two agents of Russian military intelligence. But a British woman died in…

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Skripal poisoning: Suspects ‘civilians, not criminals’ says Putin

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption Sergei Skripal (right) and his daughter Yulia Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is “nothing criminal” about the men named by UK authorities over the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. UK authorities have named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, thought to be officers of Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU. But Mr Putin said they were civilians and would tell their story soon. Mr Skripal and Yulia were poisoned in the city of Salisbury in March. “We…

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Russia: Google removes Putin critic’s ads from YouTube

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alexei Navalny is an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin Google has taken down YouTube videos by Alexei Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, ahead of elections for regional governors in Russia. The videos showed Mr Navalny calling for Russians to take part in protests on 9 September against raising the retirement age. One of Mr Navalny’s aides said the removal of the ads amounted to “political censorship”. Google said it required all advertisers to act in accordance with local laws. Russian…

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