As relations between Turkey and the US reach new lows, Turkey is developing policies to counter financial speculation.
Five littoral states - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan - sign a deal that settles a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which means it falls under different international laws.
The Chinese One Belt One Road initiative is running through a chunk of Russia's sphere of influence in Central Asia. It will inevitably pit Russia and China against each other.
Alexander Rastorguyev, Kirill Radchenko and Orhan Dzhemal were killed in the Central African Republic while reporting on the Wagner Group, a Russian military contractor company.
Rick Gates admitted to stealing from US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort as well as helping Manafort hide millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts from US tax authorities.
Russia summoned Greek Ambassador Andreas Friganas as Moscow takes tit-for-tat measures after Athens expelled two Russian diplomats.
The elimination of Daesh from strategic plateau that divides foes Israel and Syria, means the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war according to Israel's defence minister.
Russia, Iran and Turkey, co-sponsors of Syrian peace talks held periodically in Kazakhstan, are meeting in Russia's Sochi to discuss issues related to the seven-year-long civil war.
The US government says it will not accept Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.
Putin and Trump have agreed to pressure Iran for the sake of Israel's "security." Because of both countries' competing interests in Syria, analysts say this won't be easy.
Maria Butina was charged with conspiring to act as an agent of Russia "by developing relationships with US persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics."
Facing widespread backlash, President Donald Trump backpedals from remarks made during Helsinki summit in which he appeared to side with Russian president's denials of interfering in the 2016 US election.
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