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Russia backs war vs drugs

Russia has reassured President Duterte that it is committed to help the Philippines win the war against terrorism and drug trafficking which the Chief Executive said could come via soft loan for the acquisition of Russian-made precision arms and military technology and through intelligence exchange.

The United States and Russia struggled Monday to keep alive negotiations to end the bloodshed between US-backed rebels and Syria’s Russian-aligned regime. Even as top diplomats vowed to keep trying, President Barack Obama expressed skepticism that an unlikely alliance between rivals would yield the breakthrough needed to end the 5-year-old civil war.

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