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US, Russia, others making renewed diplomatic push on Syria

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in talks this weekend in Switzerland on the Syrian crisis, a spokesman said Friday. Kerry said contacts, but not necessarily a meeting, would start anew next week. "We've asked countries to come, having done some thinking, about a realistic way forward given the differences represented in the room", a senior U.S.


Russia's Rosneft Acquires 98% In Essar Oil For $10.9 bn

Russia's Rosneft Acquires 98% In Essar Oil For $10.9 bn

In what is seen as one of biggest foreign direct investments into India's energy sector, Ruias-promoted Essar Group has divested 98% stake for $13 billion (Rs 86,100 crore) in its flagship 20 million tonnes per annum refinery in Gujarat, almost 2,500 fuel stations and Vadinar Port to a consortium lead by Russia's national oil company Rosneft along with commodity trading firm Trafigura and private investment group United Capital Partners.



Xi, Modi hold talks amid India frustrations

With both India and Russian Federation wary of the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, "the leaders expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and recognised the need for resolute action against the menace of terrorism and threats of illicit drug-production and drug-trafficking, including the elimination of terror sanctuaries, safe havens, and other forms of support to terrorists".


Russian Federation gives S-400 systems to boost India's air defence

Russian Federation gives S-400 systems to boost India's air defence

This agreement will be the next big step in cooperation between Russian Federation and India in the area of helicopter production and service. MoD officials would neither confirm nor deny whether the long-pending final agreement to produce FGFA would be inked, and whether there would be an agreement on the purchase of five S-400 air defense units and the leasing of the additional nuclear sub.



Modi gets Putin's support on terror, asks Xi to take a stand

The Chinese president told Modi that "terrorism and violence were on the rise and alluded to ISIS". For his part, Modi said it is in the two countries' as well as the region's common interests for India and China to maintain frequent high-level exchanges and strategic communication.



Turkey-backed forces attack IS stronghold in Syria

Since a brief truce collapsed last month, Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes have intensified their bombardment of rebel-held areas in Aleppo. "We have given our proposal to coalition powers and we are moving together". Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for IS because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims.