Around 140 men were detained following a Monday raid by local law enforcement officers on a gay bar near Jakarta, Indonesia.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Moscow on Monday with the official visit, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov met the Philippine delegation at the Vnukovo-2 airport, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Turkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic accused Washington on Monday of establishment a partnership relations with a terrorist organization in the wake of the recent US decision to supply Syrian Kurdish forces with US arms.
More than 200 Turkish military officials, including 27 generals, have been put on trial for their part in the July 2016 coup attempt. They, along with 12 others not in the military, face life in prison -- and possibly the gallows -- if found guilty of the charges.
Moscow has called on Washington to settle the issue of the "illegal" seizure of Russian diplomatic property in the United States in the latter days of the Obama administration in a constructive way, adding that if the problem isn't resolved, the countermeasures by Russia will follow.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who will arrive to Russia late on Monday, told Russian media that the issues of defense and security will be high on the agenda of his visit.
A Republican state representative in Mississippi wrote in a Saturday Facebook post, since deleted, that those who remove Confederate monuments should be “lynched.” He later apologized after backlash, including from his own party.
The plot thickens in the street fight that broke out in front of the Turkish embassy in Washington on Tuesday during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s DC visit. Ankara has demanded an apology from the United States for alleged "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by US security personnel during the brawl, which sent nine to the hospital.
Ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invoked his right to refrain from self-incrimination, to avoid sharing documents with the Senate Intelligence Committee in their probe into alleged links between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and foreign governments, sources told the AP on Monday.
South Korea’s state tourism agency said Monday that the number of Chinese tourists to the country has dropped by more than half. Beijing has banned the sale of trips to South Korea, in response to the US deploying its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system there.
Seoul military sources asserted on Monday that Pyongyang’s most recent weapons test was a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM), incapable of reaching the US island territory of Guam.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on May 29. Speaking to Sputnik, Sergei Fedorov, a senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Europe, expressed confidence that the meeting will begin the process of thawing out the chilled relations between Moscow and Paris.
US President Fonald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference in Jerusalem.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called on Riyad Hijab, the general coordinator of the Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), to contribute to the political process in the crisis-torn Asian country.
The US president refuted media reports alleging that he had mentioned Israel in the recent talks with Russian diplomats.
Three quarters of all Polish people say they back the Warsaw government's refusal to take in refugees under a mandatory quota system, which has pitched in on a headlong battle against the European Union and the EU is threatening Poland with sanctions if it continues to defy Brussels.
US media have published the details of an internal State Department memo showing Ukraine among the half dozen or so countries that may soon see their cash grants for the purchase of US weapons replaced by loans. Speaking to Sputnik, political analyst Dmitri Zhuravlev said that if the loans have commercial terms, Kiev won't be able to get them.
EU ministers - minus the UK - in a special General Affairs Council meeting, May 22 - have agreed to adopt the draft negotiating directives on the UK's exit from the European Union and to effectively begin the negotiations over Britain's exit from the EU and a new trade relationship between the EU and the UK.
On May 20, US President Donald Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia inked the largest single arms sales deal in United States history, worth a staggering US$350 billion. It marks a continuation of the longstanding and cosy relationship between the two countries, a coupling many consider toxic for both the US and the wider world.
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