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Putin congratulates Trump, not Obama, in New Year's greetings for state heads

Updated: Dec 31, 2016 19:15 IST

New York [USA], Dec. 31 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rather than President Barack Obama, in his annual New Year's greetings statement to foreign heads of state.

However, Putin did convey his seasonal greetings to Obama, his family and the American people in a separate statement on Friday, reports CNN.

In his annual greetings statement, Putin expressed hope that after Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, the two countries, "acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner, will be able to take real steps to restore the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in various areas and take their interaction in the international arena to a whole new level."

"Major global and regional challenges that our countries have confronted in recent years clearly confirm that Russia-US relations are an important factor in ensuring stability and security in the modern world," reads Putin's message to Trump. (ANI)

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Russia hits back over allegations that Moscow was involved in a failed coup in Montenegro and an attempt to assassinate the country's former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, stating the claims may damage relation between the two nations.

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New York[USA], Feb. 23(ANI): According to a recent poll, US President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped over the last month, with a majority of voters now disapproving of his job performance.

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New York[USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Mexico indicated that it intends to take hard stand against Trump administration's new immigration directives that could have dramatic implications for the United States' southern neighbours, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Donald Trump administration's issuance of tough new orders for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants.

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London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump's government revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools, in defense of transgender student rights, which would permanently scrap transgender student protections in schools.

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London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): U.S. Vice President Mike Pence condemned "vile act of vandalism" at a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery, where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier this week.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Former leader of Hong Kong Donald Tsang has been sentenced 20 months imprisonment for misconduct in public office.

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Marine Le Pen's aides under investigation

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 05:07 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The chief staff of French leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of European Union(EU) funds to pay parliamentary assistants.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Iceland's President Gudni Johannesson's strong views on pizza have caused an international stir as he disclosed his opposition to pineapple on pizza to Icelandic high school students last week.

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London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): Cressida Dick is all set to become the first ­female head of the Metropolitan police, completing a remarkable career comeback by vowing to reform Britain's largest police force.

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US troops have come 'under fire' in Mosul

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 03:41 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The U.S. troops have come "under fire" and have "returned fire" in and around Mosul, as allied forces tried to retake the city from ISIS.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Kellyanne Conway, once a strong supporter for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): In what comes as a development of U.S first lady Melania Trump's USD150 million defamation lawsuit against a British media outlet, her lawyers have changed and refiled it, which leaves out a controversial portion of the original, a section that argued the first lady's earning potential as a brand spokeswoman would be irretrievably damaged by the defamation.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The Russian foreign ministry has accused some major Western media, of spreading false news about the country.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): A banner, reading "Refugees Welcome," was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

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British Muslim teacher denied entry to US

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 01:55 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 22(ANI): A British Muslim school teacher, Juhel Miah, was denied to board a New York bound flight, during a trip with his students.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 22 (ANI): More than a million protesters across the United States gathered for the 'Women's March on Washington' and "sister marchers" around the country after the United States gagged one of Chinese feminist movement's most visible social media accounts in an apparent bid to stifle criticism of President Donald Trump.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 22 (ANI): Following the recent militant attacks in Pakistan, the army has spoken about jointly fighting terrorism with Afghanistan.

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Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb. 22 (ANI): Stating that attempts were made to break into the morgue in which the body of the estranged half brother of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Nam, was kept, the investigating Malaysian police has demanded to question a senior North Korean diplomat.

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