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Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe. Kremlin Press Office

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with "pro-Russian" forces in the West. In France's upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, April 12 2017. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

What does Russia want from Donald Trump?

Relations between Russia and the United States have reached an all-time low since the US strike on Syria. But Moscow knows that Washington will need its support if tension rises with North Korea.
The future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reign lies with Vladimir Putin’s obstinacy and ability to withstand US pressure. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki

Explainer: the war in Syria and the possibility of removing Assad

To understand the complexities of the conflict in Syria and what might happen next, it helps to untangle the three layers of strife in the war-torn country.
Cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. U.S. Navy/via AP

US airstrike on Syria: What next?

Was this a one-off intervention – or a sign that Trump will undertake more of an effort to undermine the Assad regime?
Trump boards Air Force One on April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump’s attack on Syria: Four takeaways

'America First' apparently doesn't mean a step away from playing the world's policeman – and three more things to note about U.S. airstrikes on Syria.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 8 2016. Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters

Russia and Iran’s growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East

The latest in a series of meetings will see the two countries sign a number of agreements on political and economic matters.
Director James Comey makes it official: The FBI is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Russia, an alleged coup and Montenegro’s bid for NATO membership

Russian interference in the U.S. election is part of a bigger pattern, according to a former ambassador from Montenegro to NATO.
Pauline Hanson told the ABC she advised people to ‘go out and do their own research’ on the question of vaccination. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull rounds on Pauline Hanson

Malcolm Turnbull has slammed Pauline Hanson's views on vaccination.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Reuters/Agencja Gazeta

Syria

This year may be a critical turning point for Syria and the five-year civil war, at least for the Assad regime, which is…
We’ll have to see if the Trump administration will have friendlier relations with Russia. EPA/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV

Russia

This year will likely bring a significant improvement in relations between the United States and Russia, as well as a raft of possible changes to global politics. Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin…

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