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December 14, 2016 8:01 PM Moscow has the world’s attention. For Putin, that’s a win

The Russian leader is winning because the post-Cold War order he has railed against has been thrown into chaos, and the Kremlin’s fingerprints are widely seen to be all over it. A year ago, Russia faced a united Europe, an expanded NATO alliance, a paucity of geopolitical allies and the possibility of four more years of poor relations with the United 46

December 14, 2016 7:18 PM Bomber in Istanbul attack came from Syria: Turkish foreign minister

ANKARA One of the two suicide bombers in an attack on an Istanbul soccer stadium last weekend had come from Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. The twin attacks in Istanbul on Saturday - involving a suicide bomber on foot and another in a car - killed 44 people, mostly policemen, outside Besiktas soccer stadium, and injured 35

December 14, 2016 2:43 AM Russia’s Tillerson Praise Underscores Debate Over Trump Pick

Donald Trump’s pick of Exxon Mobil Corp. chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state won quick praise from a key foreign policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, evoking concerns the president-elect’s critics have raised about whether he will be too accommodating toward Moscow. Exxon’s chief executive officer is a “very great professional in his sphere 52

December 12, 2016 7:04 PM Death toll from bombing near Besiktas' stadium rises to 44

The death toll from Saturday's bomb attacks outside Besiktas' stadium in Istanbul has risen to 44, with 149 wounded, Turkey's health minister has announced. A car bomb was detonated close to a bus carrying riot police outside the Vodafone Arena around two hours after Besiktas' 2-1 win over Bursaspor and was quickly followed by a suicide bombing in nearby 39

December 12, 2016 12:59 PM Russia Applauds Trump Dream Team as Exxon CEO Eyed for State

With two decades of deal-making in Russia’s vital oil industry under his belt, Rex Tillerson is Vladimir Putin’s kind of man. The Exxon Mobil Corp. chief is also in Donald Trump’s sights for secretary of state, fueling optimism in Moscow that a longed-for thaw in relations is near. “This is a fantastic team,” Markov said by phone from the Russian capital 46

December 12, 2016 3:50 AM S&P says South impeachment does not affect credit fundamentals

SEOUL S&P Global Ratings said on Monday that Friday's vote by South Korea's parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye does not have a material impact on the country's credit rating. "Although the political uncertainty could remain a distraction to policymakers for some time, we believe the effective Korean bureaucracy will keep the government running 29

December 11, 2016 10:45 PM Bill English chosen as New Zealand's prime minister

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The conservative caucus in New Zealand's Parliament has chosen Bill English to be the next prime minister. English emerged victorious Monday following a meeting of the National Party caucus. Two other candidates for the job withdrew last week after English gained more support. He is to be officially sworn in later Monday 63

December 11, 2016 7:06 PM Behind the deep ties between Exxon's Rex Tillerson and Russia

In 2013, Vladimir Putin awarded ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreign citizens. The 64-year-old Tillerson, a lifetime Exxon employee, came up through the ranks by managing the company's Russia account. In fact, his close relationship with Russia is one of the major reasons Tillerson was selected 70

December 11, 2016 4:40 PM Italy names 5th prime minister in as many years

Paolo Gentiloni set to be 4th PM in a row to take office without winning a national election Italian President Sergio Mattarella asked Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Sunday to try to form a new government, giving him a mandate to lead Italy out of a political crisis caused by the resignation of Matteo Renzi. Gentiloni, a 62-year-old former journalist 34

December 11, 2016 4:40 PM Italian foreign minister tapped to be premier and form the next government

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was chosen Sunday to be the country's next premier and pledged to get straight to work on forming a new coalition with the same Democrat Party-led majority. "I'm aware of the urgency to give Italy a government in the fullness of its powers, to reassure the citizens and to face with utmost commitment and determination 34