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Bolton May Meet Russian Security Official By End of Summer Sunday, July 29th, 2018

(VOA): U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton may meet the secretary of Russia's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, by the end of summer, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday. Ryabkov said a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian..

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Trump Open to Visiting Moscow After Putin Invite

(VOA): President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow, the White House said on Friday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had invited the American leader. Despite the uproar in Washington after the two met in Helsinki last week, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on..

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Kurdish-Backed SDC Holds Talks With Syrian Government

(VOA): A delegation of the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forced (SDF) is in Syria for talks with Syrian government officials, an alliance official said on Friday. The delegation arrived in Damascus two days ago, SDC co-chair Riad Darar said,..

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Russia's Putin says He Invited Trump to Moscow

(VOA): Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had invited U.S. President Donald Trump to Moscow and that both he and Trump were ready for further summits, but that conditions needed to be right for a meeting to take place. Putin and Trump met in Helsinki earlier this month at a..

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BRICS Nations Pledge Trade Unity

(VOA): Five of the biggest emerging economies Thursday stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of U.S. tariff threats and unilateralism. The heads of the BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — met in Johannesburg for an..

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Armenia Charges Ex-President Kocharyan, Seeks His Arrest

(VOA): Armenian investigators on Thursday charged former President Robert Kocharyan with usurping power and filed a court motion to arrest him, the special investigation service said. The move comes three months after a power change in the ex-Soviet country following weeks of mass protests..

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Turkish-US Tensions Deepen Over Detained American Pastor

(VOA): A senior U.S. official said Washington is confident a detained American pastor in Turkey will be free soon, as tensions deepen between the two countries. "On Pastor Brunson, I think there is excellent prospects that he's going to come home," Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador at large for..

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Ex-Catalan Chief Back in Belgium, Meets Successor

(VOA): Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has returned to Belgium to drum up support for Catalonia’s separatist movement after Spain’s bid to extradite him on rebellion charges from Germany failed.   Puigdemont arrived in Brussels Saturday morning and shook hands with the current..

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Robotic Tools Could Revolutionize Cancer Screening

(VOA): Not counting certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. and worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Now researchers in Europe have come up with a robotic device that may speed detection of cancer tumors, potentially..

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Report: Erdogan Defiant in Face of US Sanctions

(VOA): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responding to a threat by U.S. President Donald Trump to slap sanctions on Ankara if it did not free an American pastor, said his country would stand its ground, Haberturk TV reported Sunday. The friendship between the United States and Turkey is..

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UK Lawmakers Urge Tougher Facebook Rules

(VOA): The U.K. government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age, a parliamentary committee has recommended in a scathing report on fake news, data misuse and interference by Russia. The interim report by the House..

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US, Turkish Diplomats Discuss Detained American Pastor

(VOA): The U.S. State Department said Saturday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being detained in Turkey on terrorism and espionage charges. Details of the conversation were not disclosed, but..

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