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Bashar al-Assad says he is ready for Syria peace talks during rare meeting with Vladimir Putin

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Russian president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in the conflict-torn country. The Kremlin said Monday's meeting in the Black Sea resort came during a "working visit" by Mr Assad to Russia. Mr Putin praised Assad for "fighting terrorism," which he predicted would suffer an "inevitable" defeat in Syria, the Kremlin said. "It is in our interest to advance the political process... we don't want to look back and we are ready for dialogue with all those who want to come up with a political settlement," Mr Assad said in translated comments. Mr Putin said he would "consult" world leaders, including US president Donald Trump, on his talks with Assad. Mr Putin's telephone talks with Mr Trump are due on Tuesday, the Kremlin said. On Wednesday, the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet for the first of a series of summits to bring peace in Syria, where regime forces now have an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence.  Credit: Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images Mr Putin will host Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in Sochi ahead of parallel UN-led talks in Geneva set for November 28. The meeting - the first such three-way summit between the trio - comes as Ankara, Moscow and Tehran cooperate with increasing intensity on ending the over six-year civil war in Syria that has left 330,000 dead and millions homeless. The cooperation comes despite Turkey still officially being on an opposite side of the Syria conflict from Russia and Iran, which are key Assad backers. Turkey has supported rebels seeking Assad's ouster but has muted its criticism of the Syrian regime. Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L-R) during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence. "The open-war phase in the Syria conflict will soon be over and the question of a political solution will become more pressing than before," Russian political analyst Azhdar Kurtov told AFP. "Russia, Iran and Turkey each have their own interest in Syria. It is clear that they also have disagreements. And they are meeting to try to smooth over these disagreements." The three countries have backed negotiations in the Kazakh capital Astana that have brought together the representatives of the opposition and the regime seven times this year. The talks have led the creation of four so-called "de-escalation zones" that have produced a drop in violence, but sporadic fighting and bombardment has continued. Moscow is now seeking to steer the process, which has so far focused on military questions, in a political direction. Syria war timeline The Sochi summit will help to "relaunch direct negotiations between the Syrian government and the range of the opposition", said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "As a victory over Islamic State in Syria...grows closer, there are conditions for the relaunch of political negotiations," he said Friday. Moscow's military intervention in Syria from 2015 is widely seen as tipping the balance in the conflict. Since then the Syrian army has reclaimed the ancient city of Palmyra from Isil and driven rebels out of their northern bastion Aleppo. Palmyra recaptured This week regime forces ousted Isil from its last urban stronghold in the country, Albu Kamal, which has changed hands several times. Previous attempts to end the war have stalled over the question of the fate of Assad. But Turkey is showing greater flexibility on that issue, even if it remains unlikely that it will officially accept the prospect of the Syrian president remaining in power, said Timur Akhmetov, an Ankara-based Turkey expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. "For now, to keep a say in the future political negotiations is more important for Turkey than to have Assad departed from power," he told AFP. The last attempt by Moscow to bring together the regime and the opposition in Russia was coldly received by the rebels and no date has been fixed for a meeting which was originally set for November 18. Different factions of the Syrian opposition will meet from Wednesday in Riyadh in talks hosted by Saudi Arabia. The aim of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee is to reach consensus on a strategy for talks in Geneva, which will focus on a new constitution for Syria and fresh elections.

Turkeys seeking Trump Thanksgiving pardon must strut their stuff

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What makes a good presidential turkey? Showmanship. A readiness to strut his stuff and gobble on command, yet enough restraint to stay on a table for the big photo op.
So say a Minnesota turkey farmer and 4-H kids who raised the turkey that will go to the White House for an official pardon from...

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Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

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President Vladimir Putin said the Russian army had "saved Syria as a state" after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad in Russia, as Syrian regime forces take an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group. Monday's talks came during an unannounced "working visit" by Assad to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, ahead of a summit between Putin and the leaders of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday aimed at re-booting the Syrian peace process.

Monaco keen on Arda Turan

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French champions Monaco have made a move on Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, according to Turkish media outlet Fanatik. The 30-year-old is set to leave the Catalans in the upcoming transfer window and he was heavily linked with a return to Galatasaray. However, latest reports suggest that Monaco have joined the race as well and they […]

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Syria's Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

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MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey as Russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country's 6-year war, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

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A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

From: www.yahoo.com

Syria's Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

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Syrian President Bashar Assad was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey as Russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country's 6-year war, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
President Vladimir Putin hosted Assad...

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Dish customers lose CBS amid fee fight

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Dish Network subscribers may be having their Thanksgiving turkey without the NFL games slated to air on CBS this year.

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From: rss.cnn.com

Bashar al-Assad says he is ready for Syria peace talks during rare meeting with Vladimir Putin

Added: 21.11.2017 7:06 | 0 views | 0 comments


Russian president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in the conflict-torn country. The Kremlin said Monday's meeting in the Black Sea resort came during a "working visit" by Mr Assad to Russia. Mr Putin praised Assad for "fighting terrorism," which he predicted would suffer an "inevitable" defeat in Syria, the Kremlin said. "It is in our interest to advance the political process... we don't want to look back and we are ready for dialogue with all those who want to come up with a political settlement," Mr Assad said in translated comments. Mr Putin said he would "consult" world leaders, including US president Donald Trump, on his talks with Assad. Mr Putin's telephone talks with Mr Trump are due on Tuesday, the Kremlin said. On Wednesday, the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet for the first of a series of summits to bring peace in Syria, where regime forces now have an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence.  Credit: Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images Mr Putin will host Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in Sochi ahead of parallel UN-led talks in Geneva set for November 28. The meeting - the first such three-way summit between the trio - comes as Ankara, Moscow and Tehran cooperate with increasing intensity on ending the over six-year civil war in Syria that has left 330,000 dead and millions homeless. The cooperation comes despite Turkey still officially being on an opposite side of the Syria conflict from Russia and Iran, which are key Assad backers. Turkey has supported rebels seeking Assad's ouster but has muted its criticism of the Syrian regime. Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L-R) during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence. "The open-war phase in the Syria conflict will soon be over and the question of a political solution will become more pressing than before," Russian political analyst Azhdar Kurtov told AFP. "Russia, Iran and Turkey each have their own interest in Syria. It is clear that they also have disagreements. And they are meeting to try to smooth over these disagreements." The three countries have backed negotiations in the Kazakh capital Astana that have brought together the representatives of the opposition and the regime seven times this year. The talks have led the creation of four so-called "de-escalation zones" that have produced a drop in violence, but sporadic fighting and bombardment has continued. Moscow is now seeking to steer the process, which has so far focused on military questions, in a political direction. Syria war timeline The Sochi summit will help to "relaunch direct negotiations between the Syrian government and the range of the opposition", said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "As a victory over Islamic State in Syria...grows closer, there are conditions for the relaunch of political negotiations," he said Friday. Moscow's military intervention in Syria from 2015 is widely seen as tipping the balance in the conflict. Since then the Syrian army has reclaimed the ancient city of Palmyra from Isil and driven rebels out of their northern bastion Aleppo. Palmyra recaptured This week regime forces ousted Isil from its last urban stronghold in the country, Albu Kamal, which has changed hands several times. Previous attempts to end the war have stalled over the question of the fate of Assad. But Turkey is showing greater flexibility on that issue, even if it remains unlikely that it will officially accept the prospect of the Syrian president remaining in power, said Timur Akhmetov, an Ankara-based Turkey expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. "For now, to keep a say in the future political negotiations is more important for Turkey than to have Assad departed from power," he told AFP. The last attempt by Moscow to bring together the regime and the opposition in Russia was coldly received by the rebels and no date has been fixed for a meeting which was originally set for November 18. Different factions of the Syrian opposition will meet from Wednesday in Riyadh in talks hosted by Saudi Arabia. The aim of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee is to reach consensus on a strategy for talks in Geneva, which will focus on a new constitution for Syria and fresh elections.

Soon-to-be pardoned Turkeys staying at luxury hotel in DC

Added: 21.11.2017 7:04 | 0 views | 0 comments

They're said to be watching football in the meantime.

From: www.foxnews.com

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