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Saudi king briefs Putin on investigation into Khashoggi death

CAIRO/MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin by telephone on Thursday to brief him on the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the official Saudi press agency. The king assured Putin that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and to make sure “they receive their punishment”. The death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has…

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Russia launched what it called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a show of force NATO condemned as a rehearsal for "large-scale conflict."

Trump burger joint draws customers, occasional ire

KRASNOYARSK, Russia: A new burger joint named after Donald Trump has been drawing in customers in Siberia, its manager said on Wednesday, amid increased Russian interest in the U.S. president after his summit talks this week with Vladimir Putin. Trump Burger, which opened in the city of Krasnoyarsk in December, is trying to cash in on the buzz around Trump, who reaffirmed his wish to improve chilly Russian-U.S. ties during his meeting on Monday in Helsinki with President Putin. The walls of the burger joint are decorated…