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Putin, asked on economy: I hopes state's interests are put before clan interests
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he hoped that political forces in Russia would put national interests before clan interests when it came to the country's economic development.
Putin, after re-election, laughs off question about running for another term
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday laughed off a question about whether he would run for another term in office after 2024.
Tennis-Osaka dominates Kasatkina for career-first title
March 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka claimed her first career title with a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over Russian Daria Kasatkina in a battle of 20-year-olds at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
G20 watchdog focuses on rules review, holds fire on cryptocurrencies
LONDON (Reuters) - The global watchdog that drove through a welter of banking and market reforms after the financial crisis said it will pivot more toward reviewing existing rules and away from designing new ones.
Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill cattle as hundreds of people flee
SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as wildfires that have destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the country.
UPDATE 1-U.S. Republican lawmakers concerned by Facebook data leak
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.
UPDATE 5-Turkish forces and Syrian allies drive Kurds from Afrin
ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, March 18 (Reuters) - Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces.
EXCLUSIVE-Sources contradict Sessions' testimony he opposed Russia outreach
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who told Reuters they have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees.
UPDATE 1-Australia AG rejects lawyers' bid to prosecute Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Australia's attorney general said that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has diplomatic immunity, rejecting a bid by activist lawyers to have her face charges for crimes against humanity over the country's treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims.
Dovizioso pips Marquez to win MotoGP opener in Qatar
(Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati by the blink of an eye on Sunday as MotoGP served up a season-opening thriller at the floodlit Losail circuit.
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