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Putin, Abe to discuss Kuril islands dispute

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Japan and Russia will hold a new meeting on June 22 in Tokyo to discuss their territorial dispute over the Kuril islands and normalisation of bilateral relations.

The meeting on the islands, which lie northeast of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, will take place following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in May where both heads of state agreed to adopt a “new approach” on the dispute, EFE news reported.

Government representative in charge of Japan-Russia relations Chikahito Harada and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov will participate in the new meeting.

“We believe that it will be a fruitful discussion that allows for progress,” Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday.

Japan’s objective is to achieve a greater rapprochement before the next meeting between Abe and Putin which is scheduled in September in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok where the Japanese leader will attend the East Economic Forum.

Tokyo and Moscow have recently taken steps towards reconciliation despite some reluctance from Washington, who advocates Russia’s isolation in retaliation for its military intervention in Ukraine and Syria.

Japan and Russian maintain a territorial dispute over the Kuril islands, controlled by Moscow since Japan’s surrender in the Second World War in 1945, a conflict that has prevented the two countries from signing a peace treaty.

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Protests over Putin’s plans to hike retirement age

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Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS) Members and supporters of Russia’s Communist Party took to the streets of the capital on Saturday to protest unpopular pension reforms planned by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin took measures to soften his proposed hike in retirement age in August by limiting the increase for women to 60 — up from 55 — instead of the initial suggestion of 63, Efe news reported.

But the change of plan has so far failed to quell protests against it. He stood by plans to raise men’s retirement age from 60 to 65.

Protesters held signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Putin Lies”. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov also spoke at the rally.

The changes have been given a preliminary green-light by the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament, but have provoked widespread outrage. An opinion poll showed that about 90 per cent of Russians were against increasing the retirement age.

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Ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Iran: Putin

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Moscow, Sep 23 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, over a deadly terrorist attack and reaffirmed readiness to intensify counter-terror cooperation, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

“We are outraged by this bloody crime. Hopefully, everyone involved will be held liable,” Putin said in his telegram to Rouhani, which was published by the Kremlin, Xinhua news agency.

At least 24 people were killed in a terror attack in a military parade in the southern Iranian Ahvaz city on Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported.

This incident is another proof of the need for “uncompromising war on any manifestations of terrorism,” Putin said.

“I would like to confirm our readiness to further enhance cooperation with our Iranian partners in the fight against this evil,” he said.

The President offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, according to the Kremlin.

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Watch Prince Harry stealing samosa at Meghan Markle’s event

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Prince Harry was caught on camera sneaking samosas from her wife’s Meghan Markle’s cookbook event. 

The Duke of Sussex had hosted an event at Kensington Palace to mark the launch her book “Together: Our Community Cookbook” on
Thursday and in the quirkiest way her husband was seen stealing Indian Snack ‘Samosas’.

The British television network, ITV shared a video on the @itvnews Twitter account on September 20.

In the video, Harry can be seen trying to hide the samosa as he caught red-handed. Later, he smiled and casually walked away checking his surroundings.

Meghan’s book features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed more than 70 lives.

As the video went viral, Twitterati’s just can’t stop laughing at the Royal Prince’s cheeky act.

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