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Manila, Moscow sign defense, 9 other pacts

The Philippines and Russia signed 10 agreements on Wednesday, including arrangements for defense cooperation and use of nuclear technology for power generation, the day after President Duterte decided to cut short his four-day official visit here.

Duterte discusses arms deal with Putin

President Duterte reiterated the Philippines offer of friendship and optimism for a robust partnership in trade and commerce with Russia during a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin Tuesday night.

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Duterte, Medvedev meet today

President Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hold bilateral talks on Wednesday at the Moscow’s White House.

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Russia blast suspect ‘from Kyrgyzstan’

St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday laid flowers outside the city’s subway where a bomb blast a day earlier killed at least 11 people and wounded more than 40. Thousands of miles to the east, authorities in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan identified one suspect as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen.

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Mystery and confusion surrounded the final moments of a Russian jetliner that plummeted suddenly from high altitude to the Egyptian desert, killing all 224 people aboard. The airline Monday ruled out pilot error or a technical fault, but Russian aviation officials dismissed those comments as premature.

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