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Russia defends decision to recognise rebel passports in eastern Ukraine

The RIA news agency quotes the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying the order is temporary. Russian officials are also quoted as saying the order corresponds with international law.

The RIA news agency quotes the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying the order is temporary. Russian officials are also quoted as saying the order corresponds with international law.

Europe

US VP Mike Pence retreats from Trump's EU, NATO comments

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged support for the EU and NATO on Monday, distancing himself from comments made by President Donald Trump.

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged support for the EU and NATO on Monday, distancing himself from comments made by President Donald Trump.

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Mike Pence pledges 'unwavering' US support for NATO

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged the Trump administration’s ‘unwavering’ commitment to NATO on Saturday.

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged the Trump administration’s ‘unwavering’ commitment to NATO on Saturday.

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Netanyahu looks to reboot relations with the US

Israel's prime minister meets Donald Trump for the first time since he became US President, and hopes for a friendlier relationship than with his predecessor.

Israel's prime minister meets Donald Trump for the first time since he became US President, and hopes for a friendlier relationship than with his predecessor.

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Man tipped to be US ambassador to EU faces block in Brussels

The man tipped to be President Trump's pick as US ambassador to the European Union is faced with being blocked by EU politicians

The man tipped to be President Trump's pick as US ambassador to the European Union is faced with being blocked by EU politicians

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Holding hands, Trump and May renew 'deep bond' between US and UK

The image of Theresa May and Donald Trump holding hands at the White House, if only briefly, is a potent one, as the US and UK renewed their ‘deep bond’.

The image of Theresa May and Donald Trump holding hands at the White House, if only briefly, is a potent one, as the US and UK renewed their ‘deep bond’.

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Donald Trump was not actually in Scotland to predict Brexit

In his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump claimed to have been in Scotland in the run-up to

In his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump claimed to have been in Scotland in the run-up to

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Why the Iran nuclear deal will likely survive President Trump

Officially in office for less than a week, US President Donald Trump keeps using executive orders to dismantle or overturn policies put in place by his predecessor Barack…

Officially in office for less than a week, US President Donald Trump keeps using executive orders to dismantle or overturn policies put in place by his predecessor Barack…

Europe

EU's Mogherini tells Kosovo, Serbia to end blame game

The EU’s foreign policy chief has called on Kosovo and Serbia to do more to repair relations after weeks of risen tension between the two.

The EU’s foreign policy chief has called on Kosovo and Serbia to do more to repair relations after weeks of risen tension between the two.

Business

German business morale weakens, but is Trump to blame?

German businesses are gloomier this month according to a survey of 7,000 firms, which may or may not be linked to Trump's protectionist comments.

German businesses are gloomier this month according to a survey of 7,000 firms, which may or may not be linked to Trump's protectionist comments.

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Trump’s foreign policy – should we trust his own words?

During the transition, Donald Trump has made foreign policy comments that rattled allies, emboldened extremists and fringe-groups and let others just…

During the transition, Donald Trump has made foreign policy comments that rattled allies, emboldened extremists and fringe-groups and let others just…

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Donald Trump on refugees, Nato, Merkel and Brexit

“Brexit is going to be a great thing”, Germany’s Angela Merkel is Europe’s most important leader and the lifting of sanctions against Russia could happen.

“Brexit is going to be a great thing”, Germany’s Angela Merkel is Europe’s most important leader and the lifting of sanctions against Russia could happen.

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US foreign policy - which way now?

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson expressed views at odds with President-elect Donald Trump on key foreign policy issues during a hearing on Wednesday.

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson expressed views at odds with President-elect Donald Trump on key foreign policy issues during a hearing on Wednesday.

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Senate grills Trump's pick for Secretary of State

Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has faced tough questioning during a Senate confirmation hearing in Washington.

Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has faced tough questioning during a Senate confirmation hearing in Washington.

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China stresses US mutual interests amid trade war fears

China signals it wants to avoid a trade war after US President-elect Donald Trump names tough-talking Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator.

China signals it wants to avoid a trade war after US President-elect Donald Trump names tough-talking Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator.

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Exxon Mobil chief to become America's top diplomat?

There is mounting speculation that America’s president-elect Donald Trump will name the chief executive of Exxon Mobil as the country’s top diplomat.

There is mounting speculation that America’s president-elect Donald Trump will name the chief executive of Exxon Mobil as the country’s top diplomat.

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What would a Fillon presidency mean for French foreign policy?

Widely tipped to be France’s next President, François Fillon stormed to victory in US-style primaries last weekend to become the centre-right’s candidate.

Widely tipped to be France’s next President, François Fillon stormed to victory in US-style primaries last weekend to become the centre-right’s candidate.

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How can Donald Trump balance his conflicting interests?

With the US presidential transition two weeks in, the incoming administration of the president-elect faces an avalanche of conflict-of-interest troubles.

With the US presidential transition two weeks in, the incoming administration of the president-elect faces an avalanche of conflict-of-interest troubles.

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Obama's compelling valedictory speech

The US president touched on globalisation, Donald Trump, the NATO question and the compassion of the Greek people in his foreign farewell.

The US president touched on globalisation, Donald Trump, the NATO question and the compassion of the Greek people in his foreign farewell.

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'There are three of us against the world - It's the only way'

The president of the Philippines has announced his country will abandon its longstanding ally the United States and embrace China instead.

The president of the Philippines has announced his country will abandon its longstanding ally the United States and embrace China instead.

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Clinton vs Trump - the final round

The third and final US presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was billed as a tough and bitter political punch-up and millions of viewers wanted to see dust fly were not…

The third and final US presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was billed as a tough and bitter political punch-up and millions of viewers wanted to see dust fly were not…

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US to lift trade sanctions against Myanmar

President Obama announces US to lift sanctions against Myanmar during a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in Washington

President Obama announces US to lift sanctions against Myanmar during a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in Washington

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Merkel "upbeat" after talks with Erdogan in China

The leaders of Germany and Turkey discussed the migrant issue, Incirlik air base, the Armenian question and visa liberalisation

The leaders of Germany and Turkey discussed the migrant issue, Incirlik air base, the Armenian question and visa liberalisation