The United States is expanding its list of sanctions against Russia. But in the energy sector, penalising Russian companies threatens their German joint venture partners at the same time.
EU leaders agreed to continue economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, the bloc's top politicians also discussed migration and security, revealing national differences.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has claimed that Beijing and Moscow's ties with North Korea call into question their commitment to ending the nuclear crisis. Japan has levied its own sanctions on the North.
At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
One of Russia's highest-profile court cases in decades has come to an end. Former Economics Minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of extorting a bribe in a trial hitting at the heart of power in the country.
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